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Queens Man Charged with Murder in Valley Stream Slaying

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Joshua Geddes has been accused of second-degree murder for the alleged shooting death of a man in Valley Stream Monday.A 23-year-old Queens Village man currently on a parole has been arrested in the alleged shooting death of a man in North Valley Stream Monday night, Nassau County police said.Joshua Geddes was taken into custody in Elmont at 6:49 p.m., police said. He was charged with second-degree murder and violation of parole. He will be arraigned Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.Police first received calls of a possible shooting on Charles Street at 5:57 p.m. Monday, police said. When officers arrived, they found a 21-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital at 6:40 p.m., police said.Another shooting victim was discovered a short distance from Charles Street with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, police said. The 22-year-old man was taken to a local hospital and was listed in guarded condition, police said.The name of the murder victim has yet to be released.Geddes has not been charged for the shooting of the second victim.Police said the investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

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TENNIS : Freshman Marrow adapts to college game, finds niche in No. 6 position

first_imgWhen her father was laid off from his engineering job, Aleah Marrow’s parents were left with minimal money to send their daughters back to private school. Marrow’s mother, Anna, turned to the idea of homeschooling as a way to balance her daughter’s difficult travel tennis schedule with academics.Marrow traveled an hour and a half each way to practice with her coach in Fayetteville, N.C., during the week. In addition, there were lengthy trips to tournaments on the weekends. Keeping that balance was difficult.But Marrow loved the chance to spend a majority of her time on the tennis court.‘I’ve always wanted to play professional tennis,’ Marrow said. ‘I still do and I still think I can do it and become a really great champion one day. I always felt that in my heart I had a dream and a goal, so I set out to do what I had to do to put in work at a young age.’Marrow has emerged as the anchor of Syracuse’s singles lineup at the No. 6 position this year. The transition from being homeschooled and practicing with her sister to playing at a Division I program was a unique and challenging experience, but Marrow has finally found her niche on the tennis court as she reaches the conclusion of her first year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith an astounding work ethic and a long journey onto the courts at the Drumlins Tennis Center, Marrow has become one of SU’s most consistent threats. She has won 24 total matches in her freshman campaign and has currently won six consecutive singles matches.Marrow was coached by her sister Amanda for three years of high school, at a court down the road from their house. The sisters would wake up and practice for three hours, take a break and practice three more hours in the evening.But Marrow never wanted to stop. The sisters trained six times a week, and even on their day off Marrow wanted to hit the ball for at least an hour.Once, Amanda walked off the court, marking the end of practice for the day. But Marrow was so mad at the abrupt ending that she threw her racket to the ground. It was the only time her mother had ever seen Marrow throw her racket.‘Aleah is very hard working,’ Amanda said. ‘There were times when I wouldn’t want to practice and Aleah would. Aleah would want to stay out there all day long, and I would want to go home.’The transition from minimal professional training to Syracuse head coach Luke Jensen’s demanding and structured practice environment was a challenge for Marrow. She was used to practicing when she wanted, performing the drills she wanted and receiving limited coaching in game action.Anna believed her daughter would have rather played professional tennis than go to college. But after seeing Jensen and Syracuse compete, the opportunity to get a degree and further learn under Jensen was more enticing.‘I think that she would have forgone college to play tennis,’ Anna said. ‘She met Coach Jensen a few years ago, and it started to sound appealing to what college could offer her.’Marrow’s extreme self-confidence makes her a viable threat in the Orange lineup. The velocity on her serve is dangerous, but Jensen said there are still some gaps within her game that need to be filled. There are times Marrow looks to force certain shots during improper moments of games, but if she is able to hone in on certain skills, she could be as dynamic as any player Jensen has ever coached.‘She has to get more consistent,’ Jensen said. ‘She’s got big weapons and sometimes they hit the mark, and other times they hit the fence, the coaching staff or her partner. That’s youth. Crazy, wild and uncontrolled youth.’Jensen began recruiting Marrow three years before she completed high school. Marrow aspired to become a professional tennis player. She was the No. 1 ranked player in North Carolina in the 18-year-old division at the age of 15.Now those talents Jensen saw years ago are coming to fruition in Marrow’s first season with the Orange.‘I think she’s the most gifted player we’ve ever had here, in all aspects,’ Jensen said. ‘She’s the complete athlete. She’s bigger, faster and stronger than anyone we’ve ever had. She’s never had traditional tennis training, and she kind of just put it together.‘Her and her older sister were just out there playing without guidance. And she was winning matches, which is phenomenal.’[email protected] Published on April 19, 2011 at 12:00 pm Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Law Reform Commission Inducts 1st Legislative Drafters’ Class Leaders

first_imgThe Law Reform Commission (LRC) has inducted into office the leadership of the first class of legislative drafters.Legislative drafters are individuals all of whom don’t necessarily have law backgrounds, but have backgrounds in other disciplines, and are employees of various government ministries and agencies. They are undergoing a vigorous seven hours a day, month-long training on how to do legislative drafting. The 35 member are being trained under the auspices of the LRC.The LRC is statutorily mandated to lead the law reform process of Liberia by reviewing the laws, proposing amendments where necessary and ensuring that the laws are modernized to meet contemporary times.To meet this objective, LRC has to meet with various stakeholders, who have interests and parts to play in drafting laws.This has, however, become difficult for the LRC because a lot of the times when instruments to be enacted into law are sent to them, they (instruments) are “very poorly drafted and they would have to be drafted over,” according to Cllr. Jallah Barbue, Chairman of the LRC.Dr. Barbue said there is so much pressure on the Commission that they are not able to keep redrafting laws from scratch. According to him, because of some delays, tension has erupted between the LRC and some of their partners and others with interests in the law.“So, on that basis, we realized that rather than just leading the process of drafting and redrafting, it is important that we have documents (coming) from trusted individuals at public institutions and agencies, who already have basic ideas of what to do. So it’s on that basis that we thought that we should conduct a training of this nature,” he stated. The 30+ members of the first class elected Attorney Nadia S. Kamara, President; Rev. Melvin Kennedy, Vice President and Matthew N. Kumeh, Secretary General.The induction ceremony was performed by Nimba County Dist. #7 Representative Wolea-Sawah Dunah. He said the idea of the legislative drafting training, from their experience at the Capitol, is a necessity. “We want to commend the LRC for organizing this one,” he added. “This training focuses on the critical works that we were elected to do.”In her inauguration speech, Attorney Kamara raised the concern of what becomes of them after their training as legislative drafters is over at the end of October. “Do we go on our own, doing our usual tasks at our various institutions? Will we receive the requisite recommendations from the government and thereby be placed in appropriate institutions in order to utilize our knowledge?” she asked.She told her colleagues that they should be aware that as legislative drafters, they have the responsibility to construct legislations, which have effects on government policies and to communicate the law “clearly to people who are affected by it, to the officials who administer it and to the judges who interpret and apply the law.”Madam Kamara is from the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL), Rev. Kennedy from is the National Civil Society Council of Liberia, while Mr. Kumeh works at the House of Representatives.In response, LRC vice Chairperson, Cllr, Deweh E. Gray said “We have plans that after the third week of the training, you are going to be placed in your various institutions where you will be able to put into practice what you have learned over two week (s).”Cllr. Gray said the reason is to evaluate the trainees and will also help them in strengthening the training and filling in gaps.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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