Meadowbrook Parkway Driver Injured by Brick Thrown from Bridge

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Police are searching for a suspect who threw a brick off a Meadowbrook State Parkway bridge on Saturday, hitting the windshield of a BMW and injuring two people riding inside it, authorities said.A 21-year-old Island Park man was driving his car northbound when the brick crashed through his windshield just south of Glenn Curtiss Boulevard in Uniondale, injuring his right shoulder shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday, police said.The 22-year-old West Hempstead woman in the passenger seat suffered an injury to her left eye and bruising to her mouth, police said. The driver declined medical attention, but the woman was treated and released from Nassau University Medical Center.Investigators ask anyone with information regarding this incident to call them at 631-756-3300.  All calls will remain confidential.last_img read more

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Raj Technologies CEO Raj Mehta: The Problem Solver

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York When he came to the United States from India in 1978, Raj Mehta knew he had to make money, so he took a minimum-wage job in the Washington, D.C. suburbs before earning a computer science degree from the University of Maryland. He would soon start his own company, Infosys International in Plainview, now Raj Technologies, with just a single computer and a determination to succeed.Your company was known as Infosys International for some 30 years. Now it’s Raj Technologies Inc. What happened? We had to reach a settlement with a big company, Infosystems of India. We had to change our name. There was no way we could fight a $12 billion company.Was the name change difficult for you? It was definitely a lot of work. People know who we are. We have contracts with federal and state governments. I have worked hard for over 30 years and I’ve been using this name all of that time. It’s going to take some people time to adjust. All of our contracts had to be renamed, with the new name. But I also like Raj Technologies.Why did this big company do this now? We asked this question. They said, “So what? We came after you when we did.”What does Raj Technologies actually do? We are an information-technology company and we work primarily in the public sector and for Fortune 500 companies. What we do all depends on what the client wants. They may want to change their finance systems, or their HR systems. This means they have to change their software. So we go out and do an analysis. We implement the solutions they want. Is the company profitable? We are a privately held company so we don’t disclose those figures. But we are a healthy company with an excellent reputation.When did you come to this country? In 1978, from India. I first went to Maryland. I knew I had to make money so I got a job as an accounting clerk in Maryland. I was making minimum wage, about $5 an hour.What happened next? I went to the University of Maryland and studied computer science. I already had two bachelor’s degrees in India. After I graduated Maryland, I joined Sperry Corp. in Virginia, working on NASA programs. I worked on a lot of different government programs, including for the U.S. Air Force. I went out and made the customer happy.How was the business started? I started the business in 1986. I had four years of savings. If I didn’t make money for four years, it wouldn’t have mattered.How much were start-up costs? I just had to buy a computer for myself. I spent my time going out getting clients. At that time, if somebody offered me $500 I would do their job. You need to grow. You want to establish yourself. Money isn’t important. I would just say, “Give me the work.”When did the company start to grow? I would say in the early 1990s. Until then, I had only one or two people. [Business reports say the company now has 65 employees.] But we remain basically a small, minority-owned company.Are you finding it hard to hire qualified people in this strong economy? It is always hard to find the right people to match your culture. We are very family oriented here. We don’t have set things for people to do. Nobody says, “That’s not my job.” When we hire people, we don’t expect them to know everything. But we do expect them to find the answer to things.You operate a television production studio that broadcasts your own show. Why? I started this six years ago. It’s a public service from me. I help a lot of people. I was thinking, “How can I help more people?” By having my own show I can give people knowledge. I interview government officials, political figures. I once interviewed a cardiac surgeon. He described the operating room. That was important for people to know.What keeps you up at night? I think of whatever happened that day. I say, “Okay, this or that happened. Let’s move on.” Then I sleep well.last_img read more

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Villas-Boas confident over Townsend

first_img And the main reason the 22-year-old has had an extended run in the first team is because of an injury to Aaron Lennon, who is now fit and in contention for Sunday’s game at Aston Villa. Villas-Boas was concerned that Townsend’s experience with the international team would be counter-productive. The Portuguese feared the winger would go down the same route as Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone, who received call-ups and were then quickly discarded. Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will come back in to the reckoning by the time the World Cup comes around, but Villas-Boas is sure Townsend will feature for England for a long time to come so long as he keeps impressing for his club. The Portuguese added: “We’re very proud of what he has done, (we have) seen him play with so much confidence and determination he’s really set his place in the team, for Tottenham and for his country. “It’s performances like this that keep your place in the team. “Whenever he’s been called up by myself or Roy he’s given great performances. At the moment we’re very happy with what he’s been doing and I think Roy thinks the same. “It’s wonderful for him. He’s come along with the explosion he had in the Premier League, not just with Tottenham but with his country. “He is doing extremely well for club and country and deserves credit.” Townsend may find it easier to get into the England team than the Spurs XI. Lennon is available for the trip to Villa Park this weekend while £30million signing Erik Lamela is itching for a league start. Villas-Boas is looking for his team to bounce back in the Midlands following their shock 3-0 defeat to West Ham before the international break. “That definitely was a call to attention for us,” Villas-Boas said. “Everything is open this season, it showed us that surprise results can happen. “We analysed that game with the squad when everyone got back and made sure we’re able to give a response against Villa and going forward.” Andre Villas-Boas has no doubt Andros Townsend will be able to shoulder the pressure of being England’s next big thing. Jack Wilshere was afforded that tag after he burst onto the scene with Arsenal a couple of years ago while players like David Bentley have crashed and burned under the weight of expectation. Townsend got a taste of how fierce the spotlight on England can be this week when he found himself – through no fault of his own – in the middle of a race row. Villas-Boas knows Townsend’s every move will be scrutinised over the next seven months in the build-up to the World Cup, but he is sure the player will be able to cope. “That is part of growing up as a player,” the Tottenham manager said. “I would suppose that wouldn’t divert his attention too much. “I expect him to be the same player. There are going to be more people worried about him, he will be more in the public eye and they will demand performances from him and I expect him to respond. “Most of his colleagues are down to earth, he is in the right environment for his development and I think we have to help him in that sense.” Townsend had to go through nine loan spells before he got his first crack at regular first-team football with Spurs this season. Townsend’s stock has risen sharply over the last fortnight thanks to his explosive international debut against Montenegro and an impressive showing against Poland four days later. The 22-year-old’s place in the Tottenham squad was in doubt at the start of the season but now he is seen as England’s brightest emerging star. Press Associationlast_img read more

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