Suspected killer of reputed mob boss was influenced by conspiracy websites: Lawyer

first_imgWABC-TV(NEW YORK) — The 24-year-old suspect in the killing of reputed Gambino family mob boss Francesco “Franky Boy” Cali was arraigned on Monday on a murder charge in a New York City courtroom as his attorney cryptically said right-wing conspiracy websites and online hate speech influenced the slaying.Anthony Comello appeared in Staten Island Criminal Court just hours after he was charged with murder, assault and criminal possession of a loaded firearm in the fatal shooting of the 53-year-old Cali outside his home on Staten Island.Defense attorney Robert Gottlieb requested that Comello be placed in protective custody, telling a judge that Comello and his family are in danger.Comello was arrested at his family’s home in Brick Township, New Jersey, last week and was extradited to Staten Island early Monday to face justice.Following a brief court hearing, Gottlieb suggested the killing stemmed from Comello’s recent obsession with right-wing internet conspiracy websites, particularly QAnon, and hate spewed by citizens and politicians “including right at the White House.”“This is a tragedy for everybody, for the two families. But this case, perhaps more than any other, reflects what everyone has been saying recently, and that is that words matter, hate words matter,” Gottlieb told reporters outside the courthouse.Gottlieb declined to say what specifically motivated Comello to allegedly gun down Cali, asking people to wait until the evidence comes out.When Comello appeared in a New Jersey courtroom following his arrest last week, he flashed at reporters the palms of his hands on which were written the words “MAGA Forever,” “United We Stand MAGA” and “Patriots In Charge.” MAGA is an acronym for President Donald Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again.”“All of that is going to become quite clearer once all the evidence is known and the truth comes out,” Gottlieb said. “We are certainly taking this very seriously. But at the end of the day, the truth and the reasons for whatever happened here will become so clear and it will be shown to be directly related to the impact of the hate that people are bombarded with every day on the internet and elsewhere.”Gottlieb went on to express fear for Comello’s life while he is in jail.“I know the department of corrections is very concerned about it. That’s why we asked for protective custody,” Gottlieb said. “But also his family, certainly, there are concerns and we appreciate the concerns, considerations that law enforcement has shown in ensuring their safety as well.”Cali was shot multiple times on March 15 outside his home in the posh Staten Island neighborhood of Todt Hill. Police said he was apparently lured out of his house when a pickup truck allegedly driven by Comello crashed into his Cadillac SUV parked outside the home.New York Police Department homicide investigators have obtained security video of the shooting that reportedly shows Cali talking and shaking hands with a man believed to be Comello, NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea said at a news conference last week.When Cali turned his back on the killer to put the license plate that fell off his SUV in the rear of the vehicle, the man he was talking to pulled out a 9mm handgun and fired 12 shots, hitting Cali at least six times, sources with knowledge of the investigation told ABC News. Cali was taken to Staten Island University North hospital where he died.Police investigators have yet to comment on a motive for the killing. When asked if the homicide was related to organized crime, Shea said investigators are not ruling anything out.Gottlieb said Comello’s family claimed they noticed a sharp change in him in recent months.“His family and friends, the people who know him the best, recognized and picked up significant changes in him over the past few months. Something clearly went wrong,” Gottlieb said. “People who know him, love him, who spent time with him, know something dramatically happened to him that certainly seems to be affected by the hate that is being spewed throughout the internet.”Comello was ordered to return to court on April 3. Gottlieb said Comello may testify before a grand jury hearing the murder case.“He’ll be pleading unequivocally not guilty,” Gottlieb said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Boundary layer characteristics and turbulent exchange mechanisms in highly complex terrain

first_imgThe Mesoscale Alpine Programme’s Riviera project investigated the turbulence structure and related exchange processes in an Alpine valley by combining a detailed experimental campaign with high-resolution numerical modelling. The present contribution reviews published material on the Riviera Valley’s boundary layer structure and discusses new material on the near-surface turbulence structure. The general conclusion of the project is that despite the large spatial variability of turbulence characteristics and the crucial influence of topography at all scales, the physical processes can accurately be understood and modelled. Nevertheless, many of the “text book characteristics” like the interaction between the valley and slope wind systems or the erosion of the nocturnal valley inversion need reconsideration, at least for small non-ideal valleys like the Riviera Valley. The project has identified new areas of research such as post-processing methods for turbulence variables in complex terrain and new approaches for the surface energy balance when advection is non-negligible. The exchange of moisture and heat between the valley atmosphere and the free troposphere is dominated by local “secondary” circulations due to the curvature of the valley axis. Because many curved valleys exist, and operational models still have rather poor resolution, parameterization of these processes may be required.last_img read more

​Investors ‘must research equity overlays’ as demand soars: Bfinance

first_imgInvestors must be prepared to scrutinise complex equity overlay strategies as downside protection comes to the fore, according to consultancy Bfinance.A number of pension funds have turned to such strategies over the last year to protect portfolios against falling market prices.Toby Goodworth, managing director for risk and diversifying strategies at Bfinance, said: “We have seen a clear trend among investors seeking more explicit forms of protection against equity losses over the past 12 months as artificially stimulated asset prices have given way to increased market volatility, geopolitical tensions and trade war concerns.”The prospect of severe downturns had bolstered the case for more explicit safeguards on investment portfolios, he said, in contrast to the past decade when investors had instead built up implicit downside protection through diversifying strategies. However, changing approach in this way involved several critical choices, Goodworth said – some of which were relatively complex from a technical point of view.Usually, equity protection strategies involve a derivative overlay designed to limit how much an equity portfolio falls in value.“They also need to be considered from the perspective of governance and stakeholder buy-in, as even the most cautious investor can find that their stakeholders run out of patience before protective measures pay off,” Goodworth warned.“When it comes to applying overlays, simplicity is not always straightforward so investors should ensure they are well-equipped to consider the level of customisation required with the desired level of tactical adjustment and the types of instruments to be employed with an awareness of the trade-offs that are involved.”The South Yorkshire Pensions Authority (SYPA) was among the large pension schemes to have put a strategy in place over the past year to mitigate possible falls in equity markets. In June 2018, it tasked Schroders with a £2.6bn (€3bn) equity risk management strategy.In December, the £1.4bn London Borough of Tower Hamlets Pension Fund also hired Schroders to run a “risk management solution” protecting around half of its portfolio.Also in December, multi-sector Dutch pension fund PGB hired BMO Global Asset Management to implement a protection strategy for its €12bn equity portfolio.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— The University of Cincinnati has eliminated its men’s soccer program as other colleges weigh cutbacks because of budget problems resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. College are grappling with revenue losses from spring sports cancellations.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — Florida will have its top scorer back next season. Forward Keyontae Johnson announced on social media Tuesday that he plans to return for his junior year with the Gators, a huge boost for coach Mike White’s program. Johnson averaged 14.0 points a game to lead the team in scoring, and was second in rebounding. He also led the team in steals with 38, was second in 3-point shooting at 38% and ranked third in assists with 49.NFL-CHARGERS-PARHAMChargers sign former XFL tight end Donald Parham Jr.COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Donald Parham Jr., who led XFL tight ends in yards and receptions, has signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers.Parham had 24 receptions for 307 yards and four touchdowns for the Dallas Renegades before the XFL season ended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Parham was also the only tight end in the league to have a 100-yard receiving game. Associated Press — The NHL will remain on pause through at least the end of the month. The league on Tuesday announced it was extending its self-quarantine recommendation for players, coaches and staff through April 30. The announcement marks the third time the NHL has pushed back its timetable.— Major League Soccer says its hopes of returning in mid-May are “extremely unlikely.” In a statement Tuesday, the league said guidance from federal and local public health officials is making it unlikely the league will be able to restart in about a month.— Major League Baseball is moving its annual celebration of Jackie Robinson online because of the delay in the season caused by the new coronavirus. The Jackie Robinson Foundation is launching a virtual learning hub to coincide with Wednesday’s 73rd anniversary of Robinson breaking the major league color barrier.—The Chicago Cubs are putting Wrigley Field to use as a food distribution hub to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. The Cubs said they will use the famed ballpark’s concourse as a food-packing and distribution center starting this week while working with Lakeview Pantry.— There will be no Golden Spikes Award this year, ending a streak of 42 consecutive seasons. USA Baseball made the announcement Tuesday. It followed the NCAA’s decision to cancel spring sports seasons due to the new coronavirus. Hank Steinbrenner was one of the four siblings who own the team’s controlling shares. He had hoped to succeed as father as the team’s controlling owner. Between the 2007 and 2008 seasons, he became the public voice of the Yankees ownership. He didn’t appear to have much involvement in the team’s operations in recent years and devoted more time to racing interests.In other baseball news:—The San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks are two of the Major League Baseball teams participating in a study of the coronavirus that will test hundreds of people — including players — from the various clubs for antibodies. The Oakland Athletics also are taking part.— Former big league manager Jim Frey has died at age 88. Frey managed the Kansas City Royals to the 1980 AL pennant and the Chicago Cubs within one win of the 1984 World Series. His 1980 Royals swept the Yankees in the ALCS, then lost to Philadelphia in a six-game World Series. His Cubs wasted a 2-0 lead against San Diego in the 1984 NLCS.—Former World Series MVP Steve Pearce is retiring, saying he’s done playing after an injury-plagued season for the Boston Red Sox. Pearce made the announcement Monday night on Boston radio station WEEI while it aired a replay of the 2018 World Series opener between the Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. The career journeyman homered and hit a three-run double in Game 4 of that matchup, then homered twice the next day as the Red Sox took title and he won the MVP. UNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner has died. The oldest son of George Steinbrenner was 63. The team said he died at home in Clearwater, Florida, due to a long-standing health issue.Hank Steinbrenner was one of the four siblings who own the team’s controlling shares. He had hoped to succeed as father as the team’s controlling owner. Between the 2007 and 2008 seasons, he became the public voice of the Yankees ownership. He didn’t appear to have much involvement in the team’s operations in recent years and devoted more time to racing interests.In other baseball news:—The San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks are two of the Major League Baseball teams participating in a study of the coronavirus that will test hundreds of people — including players — from the various clubs for antibodies. The Oakland Athletics also are taking part.— Former big league manager Jim Frey has died at age 88. Frey managed the Kansas City Royals to the 1980 AL pennant and the Chicago Cubs within one win of the 1984 World Series. His 1980 Royals swept the Yankees in the ALCS, then lost to Philadelphia in a six-game World Series. His Cubs wasted a 2-0 lead against San Diego in the 1984 NLCS. —Former World Series MVP Steve Pearce is retiring, saying he’s done playing after an injury-plagued season for the Boston Red Sox. Pearce made the announcement Monday night on Boston radio station WEEI while it aired a replay of the 2018 World Series opener between the Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. The career journeyman homered and hit a three-run double in Game 4 of that matchup, then homered twice the next day as the Red Sox took title and he won the MVP.NASCAR-LARSON FIREDLarson fired over slurCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson has been fired by Chip Ganassi Racing, a day after nearly every one of his sponsors dropped the star driver for using a racial slur during a live stream of a virtual race.Larson was in his seventh Cup season with Ganassi and had been prepping to test free agency for the first time. Just weeks ago, the 27-year-old was considered the top free agent in NASCAR. Now he is out of a job in what could ultimately be an eight-figure blunder. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSKentucky’s Richards is fourth player to enter NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — Kentucky forward Nick Richards will enter the NBA draft and forego his final season of collegiate eligibility by signing with an agency.He’s coming off a breakout season in which he was named a first team All-Southeastern Conference selection by The Associated Press and league coaches. His per-game scoring average increased 10 points this season to 14.0 while starting 30 of 31 contests to help the Wildcats earn the SEC regular season title. Richards also ranked fourth nationally in shooting at 64% and made the SEC all-defensive squad with averages of 7.8 rebounds and 2.13 blocks per game.In other college basketball news: Parham had 24 receptions for 307 yards and four touchdowns for the Dallas Renegades before the XFL season ended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Parham was also the only tight end in the league to have a 100-yard receiving game.Parham spent time with the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins during the offseason last year.In other NFL moves:— Offensive tackle Storm Norton has signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. Norton played for the Los Angeles Wildcats of the XFL before the league ended midway through its season due to the coronavirus pandemic. He played for the Minnesota Vikings in 2018 and had previous stints with the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS He was suspended without pay by Ganassi early Monday, then suspended indefinitely by NASCAR and Larson, who is half Japanese, was ordered to complete a sensitivity training. But his entire program fell apart as primary sponsors McDonalds and Credit One Bank pulled their funding from Larson. Chevrolet suspended its relationship with him, and all but one commercial partner denounced Larson’s comment and indicated they were ending their relationship.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSKentucky’s Richards is fourth player to enter NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — Kentucky forward Nick Richards will enter the NBA draft and forego his final season of collegiate eligibility by signing with an agency.He’s coming off a breakout season in which he was named a first team All-Southeastern Conference selection by The Associated Press and league coaches. His per-game scoring average increased 10 points this season to 14.0 while starting 30 of 31 contests to help the Wildcats earn the SEC regular season title. Richards also ranked fourth nationally in shooting at 64% and made the SEC all-defensive squad with averages of 7.8 rebounds and 2.13 blocks per game. Parham spent time with the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins during the offseason last year.In other NFL moves:— Offensive tackle Storm Norton has signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. Norton played for the Los Angeles Wildcats of the XFL before the league ended midway through its season due to the coronavirus pandemic. He played for the Minnesota Vikings in 2018 and had previous stints with the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals.MLB-NEWSHank Steinbrenner dead at 63 April 14, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSHank Steinbrenner dead at 63UNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner has died. The oldest son of George Steinbrenner was 63. The team said he died at home in Clearwater, Florida, due to a long-standing health issue. In other college basketball news:— Florida will have its top scorer back next season. Forward Keyontae Johnson announced on social media Tuesday that he plans to return for his junior year with the Gators. Johnson averaged 14.0 points a game to lead the team in scoring, and was second in rebounding. He also led the team in steals with 38, was second in 3-point shooting at 38% and ranked third in assists with 49.NFL-CHARGERS-PARHAMChargers sign former XFL tight end Donald Parham Jr.COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Donald Parham Jr., who led XFL tight ends in yards and receptions, has signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. Update on the latest sports ESPN asks personalities to take pay cutsUNDATED (AP) — ESPN is asking some of its on-air personalities to take a 15% pay cut over the next three months because of the coronavirus pandemic. The request applies to about 100 ESPN commentators. The voluntary pay cuts would apply to ESPN’s highest-paid broadcasters. They are designed to help deter further immediate furloughs that would affect network employees who might be more financially vulnerable..In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:—The Senior British Open has been postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak, but organizers are still hoping the last senior major of the year can be played in 2020. The event, due to take place at Sunningdale from July 23-26, is the fourth of the five senior majors to lose its scheduled place on the calendar because of the pandemic.— The Tour de France won’t begin as planned because French President Emmanuel Macron (eh-mahn-yoo-EHL’ mah-KROHN’) has canceled all public events with large crowds through mid-July in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Tour organizers say it is now impossible for the three-week race to start on June 27. NASCAR-LARSON FIREDLarson fired over slurCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson has been fired by Chip Ganassi Racing, a day after nearly every one of his sponsors dropped the star driver for using a racial slur during a live stream of a virtual race.Larson was in his seventh Cup season with Ganassi and had been prepping to test free agency for the first time. Just weeks ago, the 27-year-old was considered the top free agent in NASCAR. Now he is out of a job in what could ultimately be an eight-figure blunder.He was suspended without pay by Ganassi early Monday, then suspended indefinitely by NASCAR and Larson, who is half Japanese, was ordered to complete a sensitivity training. But his entire program fell apart as primary sponsors McDonalds and Credit One Bank pulled their funding from Larson. Chevrolet suspended its relationship with him, and all but one commercial partner denounced Larson’s comment and indicated they were ending their relationship.last_img read more