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Bayonne settles lawsuit with Muslim group

first_imgBAYONNE – The City of Bayonne and Bayonne Muslims have reached a settlement of $400,000 in a lawsuit stemming from the Zoning Board’s denial in March of 2017 of an application to convert on old warehouse on 109 East 24th Street into a community and prayer center, according to Mayor James Davis.Per the settlement, the Bayonne Zoning Board of Adjustments will vote on the application again at a special meeting, yet to be announced, within 30 days. The public will have a chance to comment on the settlement at the meeting. A public hearing and submission of a revised application are required by state law before the settlement agreement can be ratified.At ​the ​March meeting, the Zoning Board of Adjustments approved conditional use variances in curb width and buffer zone, but denied the group ​a ​bulk parking variance. Meanwhile, other places of worship in the city have been approved with similar variances.“This all goes back to the Constitution,” said Davis. “Every group should have a place to pray.”last_img read more

Two Pharmaceutical Employees Admit Health Care Fraud Conspiracy Targeting State Health Benefits Programs

first_imgSept. 27, 2017Two Burlington County, New Jersey, men today admitted defrauding New Jersey state health benefits programs and other insurers by submitting fraudulent claims for medically unnecessary prescriptions, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick and New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced.Judd Holt, 42, a pharmaceutical sales representative from Marlton, New Jersey, and George Gavras, 36, a pharmaceutical sales representative from Moorestown, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler in Camden federal court to separate informations charging them with conspiracy to commit health care fraud.According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:Compounded medications are supposed to be specialty medications mixed by a pharmacist to meet the specific medical needs of an individual patient. Although compounded drugs are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), they are properly prescribed when a physician determines that an FDA-approved medication does not meet the health needs of a particular patient, such as if a patient is allergic to a dye or other ingredient.From January 2015 through April 2016, Holt and Gavras served as recruiters in the conspiracy and persuaded individuals in New Jersey to obtain very expensive and medically unnecessary compounded medications from an out-of-state pharmacy, identified in the informations as the “Compounding Pharmacy.” The conspirators learned that certain compound medication prescriptions – including pain, scar, antifungal, and libido creams, as well as vitamin combinations – were reimbursed for thousands of dollars for a one-month supply.The conspirators also learned that some New Jersey state and local government and education employees, including teachers, firefighters, municipal police officers, and state troopers, had insurance coverage for these particular compound medications. An entity referred to in the informations as the “Pharmacy Benefits Administrator” provided pharmacy benefit management services for the State Health Benefits Program, which covers qualified state and local government employees, retirees, and eligible dependents, and the School Employees’ Health Benefits Program, which covers qualified local education employees, retirees, and eligible dependents. The Pharmacy Benefits Administrator would pay prescription drug claims and then bill the State of New Jersey for the amounts paid.The conspirators recruited public employees and other individuals covered by the Pharmacy Benefits Administrator to fraudulently obtain compounded medications from the Compounding Pharmacy without any evaluation by a medical professional that they were medically necessary. In return, the pharmacy paid one of Holt and Gavras’ conspirators a percentage of each prescription filled and paid by the Pharmacy Benefits Administrator, which was then distributed to other members of the conspiracy.Once they had recruited an employee covered by the Pharmacy Benefits Administrator, Holt and Gavras would obtain the employee’s insurance information and fill out a Compounding Pharmacy prescription form. They would select the compounded medications that paid the most without regard to their medical necessity.Holt and Gavras would then get the prescriptions signed by doctors and other qualified health professionals who never saw the patients or evaluated whether the patients had a medical necessity for the compounded medication. The prescriptions were then faxed to Compounding Pharmacy, which filled the prescriptions and billed the Pharmacy Benefits Administrator.According to the informations, the Pharmacy Benefits Administrator paid Compounding Pharmacy over $50 million for compounded medications mailed to individuals in New Jersey.As part of the plea agreements, Holt must forfeit $95,574.49 in criminal proceeds he received for his role in the scheme and pay restitution of at least $769,762.53. Gavras agreed to forfeit $204,002.02 and pay restitution of at least $679,368.53.Each defendant faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense. Sentencing for both defendants is scheduled for Jan. 5, 2018.Six other conspirators – Matthew Tedesco, Robert Bessey, Michael Pepper, Thomas Hodnett, Steven Urbanski, and John Gaffney – pleaded guilty in August and September 2017 and await sentencing.Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick credited agents of the FBI’s Atlantic City Resident Agency, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Timothy Gallagher in Newark, IRS – Criminal Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Jonathan D. Larsen in Newark, and the Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Michael C. Mikulka in New York, with the investigation leading to the guilty pleas. He also thanked the Division of Pensions and Financial Transactions in the State Attorney General’s Office, under the direction of Attorney General Porrino and Division Chief Eileen Schlindwein Den Bleyker, for its assistance in the investigation.The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys R. David Walk, Jr. and Jacqueline M. Carle of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Camden. 17-356Defense counsel:Holt: Rocco C. Cipparone Jr. Esq., Haddon Heights, New Jersey Gavras: Robert N. Agre Esq., Haddonfield, New JerseyJudd.Holt.Information.pdfGeorge.Gavras.Information.pdflast_img read more

News story: Three Trustees Appointed to Sport England

first_imgSue JamesSue James has over 30 years’ experience working in the media industry. She was a senior executive of Time Inc UK for over 20 years and until September 2017 she was the Editorial Director of woman&home, the UK’s leading consumer title for 40+ women. Sue received widespread recognition for her work there earning numerous industry awards and establishing a strong commercial reputation for understanding and meeting customer needs as well as delivering and managing behavioural and organisational change. Sue now runs her own media brand consultancy advising clients from all sectors on Strategic Brand Marketing, Content Creation and Customer Engagement.Her passion for wellbeing and desire to help all women ‘lead their best life’, led Sue to develop long standing partnerships with some of the UK’s biggest health charities. For Breast Cancer Care she created the game-changing Pink Ribbon Walk initiative in 1999 and she was the driving force behind Walk for One Million for Target Ovarian Cancer. These, plus her recent work with the Alzheimer’s Society, have resulted in more than £10 million being raised for health and wellbeing charities.Sue is a consummate communicator and has an astute understanding of the needs and aspirations of women globally, having herself worked in the USA, Europe and South Africa. She is passionate about supporting and mentoring and has, during her career, helped, encouraged and inspired women of all ages. She has also worked on youth and graduate inclusive physical activity initiatives through her involvement as a Trustee with the National Centre of Circus Arts.Natalie Ceeney CBENatalie is a non-executive Director and strategy consultant. She was appointed to the board of Sports England from 1st June 2018, and her other roles include Chair of Innovate Finance, non-executive director of Board of Countrywide PLC, and a business advisor on technology driven transformation. Her previous executive career includes three CEO roles, of HM Courts and Tribunals Service, The National Archives and the Financial Ombudsman Service.Natalie has always been passionate about sports, initially just as a supporter of elite sports and more recently as a regular cyclist and gym user. Her own experience of ill health, including breast cancer, has made her a strong believer in the power of activity and exercise for physical and mental health. Natalie is also a digital evangelist, with a career history of using digital technology to widen participation and access, and excited by its potential in sport.Mohamed ElsarkyMohamed Elsarky is a seasoned executive with wide experience in industry, sport, and not for profit organisations. Most recently he served as Global President and CEO of Godiva Chocolatier where he was also a member of the Board. Previously, he was operating partner at Lion Capital, a leading private equity firm; President of United Biscuits Northern Europe; CEO Jacobs Bakery (Danone) UK and Ireland, and Chairman / CEO Kellogg Australia and New Zealand.Mohamed’s involvement in sport include major sponsorship of Rugby League, Netball, and Surf Life Saving Iron Man and Iron Woman competitions in Australia where he was Vice Patron of Surf Life Saving Queensland. More recently he was Chair of British Canoeing overseeing improved governance and developing relationships with funding bodies and key stakeholders. Mohamed is currently Chair of British Equestrian Federation.Mohamed hold a number of non-executive board positions including NOMAD Foods (NYSE) and the East India Company. He also served on several not for profit organisations focussing on children including Kids Help Line, Children’s Hospital Council, and Australian Council for Children and Parenting as well as the New South Wales Technical and Further Education (TAFE) Board.The roles are remunerated at £218 a day. These appointments have been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years must be declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election. Natalie, Sue and Mohamed have declared no such political activity.last_img read more

Conte ‘very disappointed’ after 6-goal Sassuolo draw

first_img Inter twice blew their lead with Giangiacomo Magnani equalising in the 88th minute for the final goal of the game. “I think we deserved much more considering how much we created, whereas I don’t recall any Samir Handanovic saves,” said Conte in his post-match media conference.Advertisement Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Netflix Shows Cancelled Because They Don’t Get The Ratings7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesWhat Disney Princesses Would Look Like In Modern Day RealitiesThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More “It’s something we keep repeating in this pattern and are paying a heavy price. I am very disappointed and so are the lads. When you play this type of game and put so much into it, you have the chance to win despite the difficulties in the key area of midfield, you have to take home the three points. We didn’t do that, it’s disappointing and troubling.” read also:Aubameyang rejects Arsenal deal, draws closer to ‘fascinating’ Conte plan He added: “There are situations where we need to score goals and we are paying for these naïve errors. We had the chances to finish it and we didn’t. I don’t know what more we can do other than keep working. “I am happy with the performance, we’ve got to be more careful on the details. That is where we can grow and improve.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Inter Milan coach, Antonio Conte, was left frustrated after their 3-3 draw with Sassuolo.last_img read more

DeJoe adds extra dimension to Syracuse’s man-up unit as sharpshooter

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In a low-scoring affair, Syracuse needed to make the most of its extra-man opportunities. The Orange cycled the ball around the outside in the third quarter, looking to expand on its three-goal cushion on the man-up.The ball found its way into the pocket of Derek DeJoe’s stick. Without any wavering in confidence, the freshman fired from 15 yards out, beating Sam Somers for SU’s sixth and final goal of the day, further dimming any Army comeback hopes.“I think I’m pretty good at shooting. The main thing is just everyone believes in me, and everyone’s confident in my shot,” DeJoe said, “so it’s pretty easy for me myself to just catch it and shoot it.”DeJoe has helped add a new dimension to Syracuse’s man-up unit. The Orange (1-1) has scored on three of its five extra-man opportunities this season, with the latest coming on the 15-yard rip from the freshman. DeJoe’s shot has been clocked as fast as 103 mph, he said, and is already one of the best on the team.He uses that ability to stretch the defense and make the opposition susceptible to interior scoring from Derek Maltz and the rest of the attack.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’m pretty pleased with the man-up so far,” Maltz said. “I think we’re executing well, we’re getting good shots off and overall, we’ve done a pretty good job early in the season.”DeJoe arrived at SU as the second ranked field player in SU’s Class of 2012 — goaltender Tyler Avallone was its top player overall. The scouting report on him said he would thrive as a shooter. It was his admitted best attribute on the field and main skill he planned to work on at Syracuse. He rode that shooting ability to 93 career goals at Fairport (N.Y.) High School and the No. 71 overall prospect ranking by Inside Lacrosse.The Orange’s three man-up goals this year have come in three different ways. In the opener against Albany, attack Kevin Rice found a cutting Matt Walters for a seven-yard strike. The first against the Black Knights came in close, courtesy of Maltz.Then came DeJoe’s. It was SU’s first long-range goal on the extra-man, but it’s the threat DeJoe provides that leads to so much else.“He helps stretch the defense,” head coach John Desko said. “He can score a little farther out than most midfielders and most freshmen at this stage of the game, so it’s a matter of trying to get him out there where he can get the opportunities to take that big shot.”That constant threat makes it impossible for Desko to take him off the extra-man, despite his freshman status. The extra-man unit is young this season, but successful.Desko let the young guys run in the scrimmages, and when they played well, it meant some real action once the season came around. With a 60-percent success rate, albeit early in the season, the underclassmen have made it tough for the head coach to pull them off. His only concern lies in the group’s defensive ability if the inexperienced unit turns the ball over.As he remains on the field, the goals will continue to come. Maltz called him, “one of the best shooters on the team,” and expects the long-distance goal against Army will be the first of many for the freshman.DeJoe feeds off of that confidence. It’s the reason it doesn’t waver when he shoots. He doesn’t know the farthest he’s ever made a shot from. But whatever it was, he and his teammates knew that, like always, it had a chance to find the back of the net.“Everyone’s pretty comforting, they’re all real confident in me,” DeJoe said. “Maltz down low, and they always love when I shoot, so it’s pretty easy for me to just get it and rip it.“You almost just close your eyes sometimes.” Comments Published on February 27, 2013 at 12:01 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2center_img Related Stories SELF DEFENSE: Syracuse shuts down Army, Thul in 1st win of seasonlast_img read more

Super Bowl XLIX a letdown

first_imgNow that I have finally picked my jaw up off the floor, I can begin to write about what I just witnessed in Super Bowl XLIX. As close as the game was, I’m still disappointed. Not because I am a Seahawks fan or because I hate the Patriots. In fact, I didn’t really have a rooting interest at all.I think the game ended the way everyone expected it to, with the go-ahead score in the final minutes. There were lead changes and momentum shifts throughout the entire game.The Patriots seemed to control the first half so much that my friend was convinced that Deflategate was planned as a coverup to hide Spygate part two. The Patriots took the lead with a touchdown but gave Russell Wilson two minutes to score, something he did in 29 seconds to end the first half.Then came the second half that had the Patriots at a 10-point deficit. The defending champions had Tom Brady on the ropes and forced him into another costly interception.It looked like the Seahawks had it in the bag after an incredible juggling catch by Jermaine Kearse. All the Hawks had to do was hand the ball off to Marshawn Lynch on the 1-yard line and let “Beast Mode” end the game, but instead Wilson threw a game-ending interception.And that is why I think the Seattle offensive coordinator is the real MVP. Brady might be the official Super Bowl XLIX MVP, but he won by default. Brady didn’t really do anything important except throw two interceptions. Gronkowski had an important touchdown reception, but I still wouldn’t call it MVP status.Wilson was the better quarterback during the game, but gave up Seattle’s only turnover with the costly interception. Lynch and Richard Sherman were both quiet, too, and if I had to pick an MVP I would choose Chris Matthews, who didn’t have a single catch all season except for his four catches for 109 yards in the Super Bowl. The undrafted 25-year-old is in his first season in the NFL and was just signed off of Seattle’s practice squad in December. His first catch came in the second quarter and was Wilson’s first completion of the night, helping to get Seattle’s offense in motion.With that said, I don’t think I would’ve been totally satisfied if the Seahawks had won, either. I consider them lucky to even be playing for a Super Bowl after a pretty lucky win over Green Bay. Couple that with the fact that they almost won on Kearse’s miraculous juggling reception, and I was having a hard time getting over how lucky the Seahawks were.But I am not convinced that the Patriots deserved to win either. With Deflategate now the second cheating scandal during Brady and Belichick’s reign, I question the Pats’ morals and integrity, and basically every game they’ve ever won. I was completely impartial to Deflategate until I saw Brady’s interview with Bob Costas in which his answers came across as evasive and calculated. To be fair, though, I also know that Pete Carroll might not even be the Seattle head coach right now if he hadn’t been caught in a scandal of his own here at USC.Moreover, I don’t like that Brady won the Super Bowl and the MVP on a defensive play. I don’t think the Patriots won so much as Seattle simply failed to finish.And finally, the last straw was the commercials. If I was going to be this dissatisfied with the outcome of the game, I wish I could have at least found some consolation in the commercials. I can count on one hand the number of commercials I found amusing.last_img read more