Germany to strengthen regulator after Wirecard debacle

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — Germany’s finance minister has unveiled plans to strengthen the country’s financial supervisory authority following the accounting scandal at payment systems provider Wirecard. He promised Tuesday that the agency will gain “bite.” The finance ministry had announced on Friday that regulator BaFin’s president, Felix Hufeld, was stepping down to make possible a “new beginning” at the top. BaFin’s executive director for securities supervision, Elisabeth Roegele, is also leaving. One-time tech star Wirecard filed for protection from creditors through insolvency proceedings in June after admitting that 1.9 billion euros ($2.3 billion) that was supposedly held in trust accounts in the Philippines probably did not exist. German authorities have been criticized for failing to step in sooner.last_img read more

Leslie Kritzer, Teal Wicks & More Set For Piece of My Heart

first_img Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer Teal Wicks Zak Resnick View Comments Related Shows Joining Kritzer as Jessie, Wicks as Ilene and Resnick as Berns, will be Linda Hart as Mom, Joseph Siravo as Wazzel, Tony nominee de’Adre Aziza as Candace and Derrick Baskin as Hoagy. The ensemble will include Carleigh Bettiol, Teresa Gattison, Shonica Gooden, Sydney James Harcourt, Harris Milgrim, Michael Millan, Gabrielle Ruiz, Amos Wolff and Mark Zeisler. Piece of My Heart tells the story of one of the most successful songwriters of the 1960s. His hits, which were recorded by such artists as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie and Otis Redding, include “Twist and Shout,” “Tell Him,” “I Want Candy,” “Hang On Sloopy,” “Cry, Baby” and many more. Piece of My Heart Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 14, 2014 Stage favorites Leslie Kritzer (Legally blonde, Hairspray), Teal Wicks (Wicked) and Zak Resnick (Mamma Mia!) will appear in the previously announced Piece of My Heart, a new biographic musical about the life and songs of songwriter Bert Berns. The tuner, with a book by Daniel Goldfarb and directed and choreographed by Denis Jones, will play The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center beginning June 25. Opening night is set for July 21.last_img read more

Ex-Freeport Principal Gets 60 Days in Jail for Having Sex With Teen

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 46-year-old ex-Freeport middle school principal was sentenced Wednesday to 60 days in jail for having sex with a 16-year-old boy and omitting his criminal history when he applied for that job.Nassau County Judge Angelo Delligatti also sentenced John O’Mard to 10 years of probation. O’Mard additionally surrendered his certifications with the New York State Education Department and will have to register as a sex offender.O’Mard had pleaded guilty at county court in November to criminal sexual act, offering a false instrument for filing, perjury and official misconduct.Prosecutors have said O’Mard met the teen through Grindr, smartphone dating application for men, and took the victim to his Freeport home, where they engaged in oral and anal sexual conduct without the boy’s consent on Sept. 22, 2012.He had been the principal of the John W. Dodd Middle School from Sept. 1, 2003 until the School Board fired him on April 25, 2013, a month after his arrest.During the investigation, authorities found that a decade prior to the sex crimes, O’Mard failed to disclose having a felony and misdemeanor conviction, when he applied for certifications with the state education department in September 2004.O’Mard is due back in court on March 5, when the judge will determine O’Mard’s sex offender level under the Sex Offender Registration Act.last_img read more