Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hempstead Town Clerk Mark BonillaHempstead Town Clerk Mark Bonilla was painted as both the manipulator of a woman who accused him of sexual harassment and an honest politician Monday during opening statements of his misconduct trial.Bonilla opted for a bench trial before Judge Sharon Gianelli instead of a jury trial after pleading not guilty last fall to charges of coercion, attempted coercion official misconduct and petit larceny.“Most cases seem complex, then become simpler,” Assistant District Attorney Jed Painter told the court in his opening. “This is the opposite, looking simple and then grows like a weed.”Mineola-based defense attorney Adrian DiLuzio asked the judge keep an open and questioned the accuracy of the prosecutor.“A public official doesn’t commit a crime when their acting as regular people,” DiLuzio said in court.Bonilla, who had refused calls from fellow Republicans to step down after his arrest, allegedly asked the ex-boyfriend of his accuser—both of whom worked in the clerk’s office at the time—for intimate photos of the woman in order to get her to drop the complaint.Painter said after Bonilla learned of the allegations, the clerk held a meeting to tell his staff that his accuser “has nothing on me.”The accuser testified Monday afternoon that Bonilla told her she would half to prove her loyalty to him if she wanted the clerk to undo her transfer from his office.The woman recorded the meeting—a recording that is one of the key pieces of evidence in the case, although attempts to play it in court were stumped by technical difficulties.She is expected to take the stand again when the trial resumes Tuesday at First District Court in Hempstead.
In his first season with the first team, Greenwood has scored 15 goals despite making just 18 starts in all competitions.United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who earned the tag “baby-faced assassin” for his finishing prowess as a player at Old Trafford, rates the club’s latest prodigy as “one of the best — if not the best — finisher I have worked with and seen”.Greenwood’s second against Bournemouth was particularly eye-catching as he spun onto his supposedly weaker right foot before crashing the ball with such speed that Aaron Ramsdale could not keep it out despite getting a hand to it.”It’s freakish,” said former United striker Andy Cole. “He can go either side and you know he’s going to produce that kind of quality.” ‘More like a man’Revitalized by the January signing of Bruno Fernandes, United were in fine form before football’s three-month coronavirus shutdown. But far from seeing their momentum slowed, the manner in which Solskjaer’s men have returned has raised hopes they could even mount a title challenge to Liverpool and Manchester City next season.Greenwood did not let the lockdown period go to waste as he reportedly gained three kilograms of muscle mass.”Mason is looking more and more like a man,” said Solskjaer prior to the season’s restart.It has shown on the field as the teenager has started three consecutive Premier League games for the first time, during which United have scored 11 goals.Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial’s goals against Bournemouth took them to the 20-goal mark in the season for the first time and with an average of just 21, United’s front three have the potential to bring back the glory days of the Ferguson era in the coming years.”He’s always eager to learn and he reminds me, mentality-wise, of how I was when I was younger,” said Rashford. “If you keep learning, there’s no limit to what you can become.”United’s immediate future is focused on securing a return to Champions League football, with a trip to relegation-threatened Aston Villa next up on Thursday.The swagger and speed with which United have played in the past three games has come, significantly, in the only three matches Fernandes and Pogba have started together.Pogba seemed destined to leave Old Trafford for the second time in his career prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. Now, with finances tighter across European football, it is unlikely interest from Real Madrid will materialize this summer.For the first time in his second spell at United, Pogba’s role in the midfield suits his skill-set, with Nemanja Matic providing the platform for the French World Cup winner and Fernandes to share the creative burden.”We know that they [Rashford, Martial and Greenwood] can score goals, we know that they’ve got pace, energy, they’re youthful, they’ll learn, they’ll improve,” added Solskjaer.”With the players that we have that can provide the passes with Paul and Bruno, the creativity that we’ve got in the team now is exciting.” Manchester United have spent more than £1 billion ($1.2 billion) on new players over the past nine years but the Red Devils latest revival owes much to a home-grown superstar in 18-year-old academy graduate Mason Greenwood.The young forward was the star of the show as United scored five goals in the Premier League at Old Trafford for the first time since 2011 against Bournemouth at the weekend.Greenwood smashed high into the Bournemouth net, first with his left foot and then with his right as free-flowing United won 5-2 in a style rarely seen since Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013. Topics :
Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Nigeria U-20 squad yesterday flew into Calabar, capital of Cross River State as the football –loving State returns to the front burner of international football action.Coach Emmanuel Amuneke led a group of 25 players and three officials into Canaan City, as the Flying Eagles intensify preparations for weekend’s 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations qualifying match against the Young Swallows of Burundi.Calabar is hosting the return leg match this Saturday, which should be a soft session for the African champions, who pipped the Young Swallows 1-0 in Bujumbura two weeks ago.Meanwhile, Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup bronze ball winner Samuel Chukwueze has continued in fine form in friendly matches ahead of the clash, causing serious havoc to opposition defence –lines.Just two days after his brace helped the Flying Eagles demolish Nigeria National League side, Shekarau Babes FC in a friendly match played on the artificial pitch of the FIFA Goal Project in Abuja, the winger was again at his imperious best netting twice in the second half as the Emmanuel Amuneke tutored side saw off Amakson Football Academy 3-0 in another friendly match at the weekend at the same venue.The galloping winger was at his usual slippery best all through the entertaining affair and received huge applause from the crowd, among them players of the National U-17 team currently in Abuja for a screening exercise supervised by team Coach Manu Garba.The UJ Esuene Stadium, which has played host to several Super Eagles and Golden Eaglets’ international matches over the past few years, will host this weekend’s clash between the Flying Eagles and the Young Swallows. The winner on aggregate will reach the final round of the qualification series for the 2017 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations, where Sudan will be the opposition.
Hardik Pandya’s 21 runs of Pawan Negi’s 19th over for Mumbai Indians to overcome a tricky chase against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League 2019 match on Monday was yet another instance of the all rounder’s unmatched ability to finish games. This was the fifth instance in this IPL that Hardik’s ability to up the ante in a short burst proved decisive.Pandya’s ability to switch gears at will towards the end overs is going to be crucial for India at the 2019 World Cup. The Mumbai Indians all-rounder was named in the 15-man squad announced on Monday in Mumbai. Add his bowling ability and genuine all-round skills, Hardik becomes a crucial match-winning resource in India’s World Cup team.Important to keep hitting the ball well in the lead up to World Cup: HardikApproaching his first World Cup, Hardik wants to keep it ticking. “It’s pretty important to keep hitting the ball well because the World Cup is a big stage. This is the first time I will be playing. I was out of the game for some time and it was important to keep hitting,” he spoke in Mumbai after the win against RCB.Playing down his success ratio of finding and clearing the boundary in pressure situations, Hardik says that’s precisely his role. “I have been doing this for the past four years now. That’s my role for any team that I play for. I practice the same thing in nets. It’s all about handling situations and if you are smart enough then more often, you will get the result that you desire,” he said.advertisementTime away gave some time for my body and game: HardikA brief period of suspension and the criticism that followed could have easily bogged down another player. Not Hardik. The in-form all-rounder has come back strong from the Koffee With Karan controversy that cast doubts on his international cricket future.Asked about learning lessons from the enforced break, Hardik replied dismissively, “Nothing it’s ok. Everyone has a setback and I got to improve.”A more considered and remorseful stance would have earned him some brownie points but that’s not his personality.”It gave some time for my body and game. And the time I was out is helping me right now. I am in good mind space and everything is coming right,” he added.This will be his first brush with a 50-over World Cup but Hardik has played long enough at the highest level and was part of a World T20 at home and Champions Trophy in England, two years back. It’s with those lessons from the good and bad from India’s Champions trophy campaign that Hardik is looking to improve.”Learnings are a lot. It’s (Champions trophy) in the past and as a cricketer I have changed. But the conditions (in World Cup) we will have to see because the last time people told me that it will be swinging and it will be cold and I realised, I hadn’t played on such flat wickets before. So it depends on the conditions and situations that we play in. If it’s the same as it was last time in Champions trophy, it will be a help,” he said.Hardik said he wanted to continue what he has been doing for this long in the lead up to the 2019 World Cup. Simply put, he doesn’t want to complicate things.”Cricket is the same whether it’s the World Cup or IPL. I have always followed my basics and that’s what has got success for me and I will keep backing myself that way,” he said.Also Read | RCB didn’t bowl well in the Powerplay: Hardik Pandya after MI winAlso Read | MI vs RCB Highlights, IPL 2019: Mumbai crush Bangalore by 5 wicketsAlso See: