Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Queens man was arrested Monday for allegedly robbing a woman and forcing her to commit a sex act in Inwood, Nassau County police said.Alok Parekh, 30, of Glen Oaks, was charged with criminal sexual act, robbery, grand larceny and resisting arrest.Fourth Squad detectives alleged that he met the 30-year-old victim at a pre-arranged location and drove around in his Smart Car, but when the victim wanted to get out, Parekh took her cell phone and demanded that she withdraw cash from an ATM, which she did.“The defendant then forced the victim to engage in a sexual performance and then demanded more money from the ATM,” police said in a news release.After she complied, the victim was released, police said. The suspect told the victim that her phone and driver’s license were in a bag on the ground, but they were not, police said.The suspect was apprehended outside of his home, but as they began to take him into custody, he ran toward the house, tried to slam a door into an officer and violently swung his arms and twisted his body while refusing verbal commands, police said.Parekh will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.
(LeBron has been in the last eight Finals – reaching all from the East, the lesser conference even when his Miami teams were the NBA’s best. Had LeBron’s Heat and Cavaliers been in the West, he would have done well to make half those Finals.)Besides LeBron, Magic Johnson signed four veterans with checkered pasts who might be in the rotation – Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, Michael Beasley and Lance Stephenson. The team hopes they will assume key roles, not the least of which is vanishing from its salary cap next spring.(Actually, Rondo, one of those viewed most skeptically, might be the most helpful, especially if Lonzo Ball struggles or gets hurt. Once a non-factor past 15 feet, Rondo has become a 35 percent 3-point shooter. He has become a leader as he has aged and chilled from his early years as a pain in the rear end whom older teammates put up with because he was so good.)There’s still too great a burden placed on the Lakers’ young, promising but still untested-at-this-level players.We know Kyle Kuzma could be very good and Brandon Ingram could be special. Josh Hart looks useful, at least. Lonzo Ball showed he was, indeed, a special playmaker, even while leaving other questions – shooting? – unanswered in a rocky rookie season.The young players will be the ones filling the major roles around James. Of the four, only one has ever been on an NBA team that was ever above .500 (Ingram, a rookie on the 2016-17 team that rocketed to a 7-5 start before finishing 26-56).Not enough shooters. You could hear this on any local talk show, or, indeed, at any local grade school but that doesn’t mean it’s not true.This isn’t just a critique you could hear on any talk show.Nevertheless, it’s not just some modern internet vogue, like so much of the hue and cry about unproven “analytics” in basketball.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Three-point shooting is the key to spacing the floor, which is the key to modern offense … the kind the Lakers, who were cutting edge in the Showtime 1980s but not nice, would like to develop in this new age, which is why they hired Luke Walton off the Warriors’ bench.Kuzma was a stunner, not least because he made 36.6 percent of his 3-point attempts. That was head-turning for a rookie but not for one of a contending team’s top shooting threats.Last season’s Warriors were No. 1 in 3-point accuracy at 39.1 percent, 1.4 percent ahead of No. 2 Boston (37.7). The Rockets were No. 1 in 3-pointers made at 15.3 per game, 2.6 ahead of No. 2 Brooklyn (12.7).The Lakers were No. 20 at 10 per game and No. 29 in accuracy at 34.5 percent.It’s asking a lot of young players to slash that gap but Magic Johnson, who had concluded LeBron’s Cavaliers had too many specialists such as Kyle Korver, didn’t bring in a single outside shooter, aside from drafting Ukrainian Svi Mykhailiuk (Kansas) in the second round.This might have been all about knowing they’re waiting ’til next season.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Now for the season Lakerdom has waited all decade for …Oh, wait, that’s next season, after the Lakers bag that second star player they’ve saved salary cap space for, such as Kawhi Leonard or (they can dream) Kevin Durant.This season should be titled “In the meantime.” For the Lakers, who measure success in titles, this is still about rebuilding to contend on that level, as opposed to being there.The Western Conference powers far outgun them – that’s the Rockets as well as the Warriors and perhaps two or three or more teams. Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed I’m guessing that if Magic thought there was a title on the line this season, he would have brought in some shooters … the way he had Byron Scott and Michael Cooper, who meant so much in Showtime, even before offense became all about spacing and shooting.In other words, wait ’til next year. In that meantime, good luck, Luke!None of this means this season will be anything like the lean ones.It’s actually disappointment-proof with Lakers fans, once the most spoiled of fat cats, enchanted at the thought of making the playoffs, which once would have elicited yawns here.Better yet, with James as a magnet, there’s every reason to believe they can land that second star next summer, leading to even better times in the 2019-20 season.In the meantime, LeBron, at 33, has to continue aging arch-gracefully. The young players have to keep coming. As a team they have to be as good, or better, on the court as they are on paper.What’s the problem? After all the down years, this looks like up in Lakerdom. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Las Vegas over/under has the Lakers at 48.5 wins, a fair projection that ties them with Utah for No. 4 in the West, 14 behind the Warriors, six behind Houston, two behind OKC.The Nuggets are one back. The Timberwolves are two back, only because of the furor around Jimmy Butler’s trade demand.These are unusually modest expectations on the Lakers, a glamour franchise that now has LeBron James, after finishing 23-18 last season, a pace that projects to a 46-win season pre-LeBron.Nevertheless, I’m going with the “under” on this season: Not enough cohesion, which even lesser Western challengers such as Denver, Portland and New Orleans have after years together.There are too many new moving parts in a conference in which the powers have so few. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions
…“that’s what people want to know, where the money going” – Country ManagerCountry Manager of ExxonMobil, Rod Henson, has committed the company – gearing for commercial oil production in 2020 – to the principles of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) with its headquartered in Oslo, Norway.Henson was at the time addressing participants at first ever Guyana EITI outreach workshop held in Corriverton, Berbice, on Saturday at the City Inn Hotel.According to the ExxonMobil Country Representative, Guyana’s participation as an EITI member will promulgate greater transparency and accountability in the oil sector, since the full payments made to Government by ExxonMobil will have to be made public.Government under the EITI mechanism will also be responsible for making its revenue received from ExxonMobil public in order to be verified by international third party auditors.According to the ExxonMobil Country representative, Guyana being an EITI member will hold oil companies operating in Guyana accountable and in fact encourages a level playing field among the competitors.Henson was at the time addressing members the Berbice Community including its Mayor and Deputy Mayor, Members of the Upper Corentyne Chambers of Commerce, Orealla/Siparuta Toshao and other members of the business community.According to the ExxonMobil Country Manager, the core of the EITI mechanism is the reporting of revenues paid and received coupled with reconciliation by international third party assessors.He conceded “that’s what most people want to know, where the money going.”According to Henson, the EITI initiative is good since it encourages transparency and facilitates a better dialogue with civil society, since the public would be in possession of information in relation to payments by the oil companies and monies received by Government – information that can be trusted.Speaking to the benefits of such an initiative, the Country Manager told participants all countries rich and poor requires investments and being a member an EITI country bodes well since it sends a signal to investors that the country is committed to the principles of transparency and accountability.He said too the EITI initiative in fact “lowers our industry risk in this area.”Henson used the occasion to remind that the extractive industry is in fact very capital intensive, with large sums of money being invested hence companies engaged in such activities would require long-term stability.“EITI improves Government accountability and revenues to State… it can be an anti-corruption tool… in general it raises the standard of business.”The ExxonMobil Country Representative was quick to point out that the EITI forum is not where the dialogue between civil society begins since it only supplies factual information that can be trusted, “so that society can use the information to have a dialogue.”The head table during the Guyana EITI outreach workshop held in Corriverton, Berbice on SaturdayHenson also used the occasion during an interactive session to concede the heightened interest in the oil and gas sector but declined to dictate in anyway how the money will be managed by the country since Guyana is a sovereign country.“What will be done with the money, as a company I can’t tell the Government what to do,” according to the ExxonMobil Country Manager.He was quick to point out that ExxonMobil is interested in what obtains since “our reputation depend on it… We know that the oil curse, Dutch disease is a real thing… we don’t want it, we don’t want to look back 20 years on and say Guyana is another example.”Government representative on the GY-EITI Multistakeholder Group, Gillian Pollard, in her contribution to the outreach sought to impress on the participants the level of contribution of the extractive industry to Guyana’s Gross Domestic Product.According to Pollard, mining currently contributes some 30 per cent of Guyana’s national earnings and this figure is slated in exponentially balloon as a result of the imminent commercial production of oil in 2020.“Why not start now to get a handle on this… we need to take our self to a place where we are comfortable with the increases,” she said.The outreach was sponsored in part by the US-based Carter Center, whose country representative, Jason Calder also told participants of the importance of the joining the EITI initiative.He was quick to point out however that EITI does not replace any local laws and further is in fact a voluntary arrangement that is none enforceable since countries cannot be sanctioned but rather delisted from the EITI global initiative.EITI, he said, “is part of a good governance framework.”The Carter Center representative was quick to point out however that making information on revenues and receipts available to citizen is only useful if citizens use that information properly and use their views to bring to bear on the Government.”According to Calder, the EITI process only works if citizens analyse reports adding that this “is the critical role civil society plays in the process.”He point out too that the MSG does not in any way replaces any Government entity or department.“They don’t take over any responsibility but can make advice on how things can be improved.” Under the EITI initiative, the MSG consists of 12 members, with four each selected from Government, civil society and industry.Providing an update on Guyana’s application status to the EITI mechanism, MSG National Coordinator, Dr Rudy Jadoopat who indicated that Guyana is looking to submit its formal application by next month and it is expected that after the Oslo board meets in October, approval will be granted to Guyana.Following presentations by MSG members including civil society representatives, an interactive question and answer segment was occasioned which saw participants engaging panellists on a range of issues including Government plans for the use and management of its oil revenue.
A one-time president of East County Little League has been charged with embezzling more than $11,000 from the league by writing checks to herself between 2009 and 2010.Kimberly A. Dimes-Garner, 41, of Washougal was summoned to appear in Clark County Superior Court Tuesday to face charges of first-degree theft and money laundering.Trial was set for March 26.According to court documents filed in December, Dimes-Garner, the league’s president between 2008 and 2010, allegedly wrote 60 checks to herself from the league’s checkbook, which were then deposited into her personal bank accounts. The alleged embezzlement occurred between September 2009 and October 2010.The league was alerted to the missing money in spring 2010 when a new board of directors came in; a board member notified the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in November 2010.Of the checks deposited into Dimes-Garner’s account, the money was taken by cash withdrawals or “used to pay the suspect’s personal expenses via a debit card or via checks written by Dimes-Garner,” according to the court summons written by Deputy Prosecutor Scott Ikata.