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Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) Q12014 Interim Report

first_imgLucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw)  2014 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileLucara Diamond Corporation is a diamond exploration and mining company which operates in southern Africa. Its principal asset is the wholly-owned Karowe Mine in Botswana where Lesidi La Rona was found; the world’s second largest gem-quality diamond. Karowe Mine consistently produces large Type IIA stones and has an estimated worth of $US2.2 billion unmined diamonds. Lucara Diamond Corporation also has interests in the Mothae Diamond Project in Lesotho and the Kavango Diamond Project in Namibia. The company was previously known as Bannockburn Resources Limited, but the name was changed to Lucara Diamond Corporation in 2007. Lucara Diamond Corporation is a member of the Lundin Group of Companies with its head office based in Vancouver, Canada.last_img read more

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CLIC Sargent voted HBOS Charity of the Year 2008

first_imgChildren’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent has been voted HBOS’s Charity of the Year for its Million £ Challenge 2008 by a vote by over 31,500 members of staff. This beats last year’s record of 26,500 votes.Almost half the votes went to CLIC Sargent, which intends to use the funding to pay for financial care grants for families of children with cancer.Staff at HBOS will take part in fundraising events throughout 2008, with HBOS giving up to £1 million of the money raised to CLIC Sargent. Two other charities were short-listed, Age Concern and Diabetes UK, and after the £1 million for CLIC Sargent is raised, any additional funds will be split equally between all three charities.The 2007 Charity of the Year, the British Heart Foundation, received £1.8 million from the partnership. In addition, the WRVS and a partnership between the Family Holiday Association and the RNLI each received over £800,000.This year HBOS aims to break last year’s record total of £3.4 million.The Million £ Challenge is the main focus for collective fundraising across HBOS. It was conceived in 2002 following the merger of Halifax and Bank of Scotland. Through all the fundraising events since its creation, more than £11 million has been raised for a wide range of deserving causes.www.clicsargent.org.uk CLIC Sargent voted HBOS Charity of the Year 2008 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 21 January 2008 | News  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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PayPal offers match funding opportunity for Giving Tuesday

first_img  145 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Melanie May | 2 December 2019 | News PayPal offers match funding opportunity for Giving Tuesday Tagged with: match funding PayPal Ahead of tomorrow, here is a match funding opportunity to be aware of from PayPal. It is match funding donations made by anyone using PayPal on the PayPal UK fundraising page or the PayPal App to the PayPal Giving Fund between 06:00 on Tuesday 3 December 2019 up to £150,000.The PayPal Giving Fund UK will also grant an additional 10% of the donation to the chosen charity.This means 100% of the donation, plus the 10% match, will go to the charity, in line with with the PayPal Giving Fund Donation Delivery Policy.Terms and conditions are via this link. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3last_img read more

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Jeralynn Blueford: ‘The community is grieving’

first_imgMollie Costello, left, & Jeralynn Blueford demand justice on the Poor Peoples March in May 2013..Oakland, Calif. — Two and a half years after the death of her son by the gun of Oakland Police Department officer Miguel Masso, Jeralynn Blueford and Adam Blueford are still struggling to make sense of this tragedy and find justice for their son, Alan Blueford. Workers World sat with Jeralynn Blueford on Oct. 7 to hear her views on the anti-police brutality struggle and how she has found her role in it.Together with Mollie Costello, Blueford has developed the Alan Blueford Center for Justice (­ABC4J), which she describes as “a place to help heal the community.” Located near downtown Oakland on Telegraph Avenue, she described ABC4J: “We do a lot of different outreach. It’s a meeting space for activities around issues such as mass incarceration. Every first Friday, we open our doors to the public to share art exhibits, photos. We have live music — it’s all conscious awareness rap music and singing. In May, on the second anniversary of Alan’s death, we did the ‘Use Your Heels to Heal Celebration’ walk around Lake Merritt, and for his birthday last year we did ‘Feed the People.’”Blueford described: “I know I can’t get Alan back, but the pain that I experience is still very deep and hurts a lot. The only time I feel better is when I’m helping people. To keep Alan who he was, still alive. He was a servant of people, working in his high school with disabled youth.”Blueford told how she was “inspired by Sabrina Fulton, Trayvon [Martin]’s mother, at the ‘Circle of Mothers’ event organized in May by Fulton. It was a weekend of women empowering women to transform change in their communities.” Blueford said she was inspired by seeing mothers come together. “Although we were grieving, we were able to unite and share and love one another. It empowered me to want to do more.”WW: Is this how you conceived of your upcoming ‘Helping Hearts to Heal Conference’?Jeralynn Blueford: Yes, we came up with the idea to have a panel of mothers to share experiences of what we lost, to come up with questions we need answers to and see what solutions are put forward. The purpose of the conference is to reclaim our power as mothers, families, as a community, to transform change. We have to make our community better. …There’s no hope in our communities. I remember the hopelessness I felt among the youth, when handing out flyers in Fruitvale. They already know about the police, who take oaths to protect and serve, but their actions and mindset are to shoot to kill. They don’t question people anymore, they come out with their guns blazing.‘A long, long fight ahead’WW: Is the conference just for mothers?JB: The conference is open to all to allow grieving and develop unity as we’ve all suffered losses. The community is grieving. The conference will focus on education, inspiration and celebrating the lives of lost loved ones. The sessions will include a mothers’ panel; discussion on the law and suing for police reports; and a celebration for the announcement of the Alan Blueford Foundation.The mothers’ panel will include Dinial New, who lost two sons, ages 13 and 19, in January; Wanda Johnson, Oscar Grant’s mother; Krystal Brow from Florida, who lost her husband; Rosemary Duenez, mother of Ernest Duenez Jr.; and Val Greenoak, mother of Jessie Hamilton.WW: How have the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, affected you?JB: What went on in Ferguson made me relive everything that happened to my Alan. As I looked into Mike Brown’s mother’s eyes, I saw a reflection of myself. I know she has a long, long fight ahead. She’ll need strong faith and a strong support system, and a belief in the healing part, because you need all that to fight. I plan on going there. … I’ve sent my love and prayers for her and her family, but the real struggle happens when everyone stops coming, news stops reporting. That’s when I plan to go and meet with her, share some of my experiences and be of any kind of help that I could possibly be to her.I made a pledge at the mothers’ conference: ‘This is my story. I cannot change my story. My job is to stand on my story, not in my story.’ What I thought my life would be and what’s happened are totally different. Alan was always proud of me. Whatever I do from here on, it is really imperative that I make him proud. I feel like I’m healing. I was filled with sadness and grief and anger. I’m trying not to remember the tragedy, but remember the life!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Biden won’t save us / Keep it in the streets!

first_imgAs the November election approaches, pressure will mount on revolutionary organizations within the U.S. to fall in line with the Democratic Party and endorse Joe Biden.The argument often made is that a Democratic president is needed to counter reactionary policies put in place by a Republican administration.Does this claim hold up to scrutiny? If Joe Biden is elected, can we expect him to reverse Trump’s reactionary, white supremacist policies? Let’s examine Biden’s own record, as well as the record of the past two Democratic administrations, to see if this is a reasonable expectation.DeportationsPeople across the U.S. are outraged by the daily crimes against humanity committed by ICE and the Border Patrol under Trump. Can we expect Biden to bring the detention and deportation machine to a halt, or even slow it down? His record, as well as his recent remarks say otherwise. From 2009 to 2017, while Biden was Barack Obama’s vice president, the U.S. deported more than 2.5 million undocumented migrants, more than had been deported during the entire 20th century. (abcnews.com, Aug. 29, 2016) Last November at a town hall event in Greenwood, S.C., a former undocumented migrant challenged Biden about his record of deportations. Biden’s response? “Vote for Trump.” Biden will not dismantle the very machine he helped build.Black Lives Matter, police brutality and mass incarcerationThis summer has seen unprecedented Black Lives Matter protests and rebellions across the country in the wake of the Minneapolis police murder of George Floyd. While many revolutionary forces, including Workers World Party, advocate abolition of the police, the more mild demand to defund the police has gained wide circulation, even among moderate forces. Has Biden promised to take up this mandate and push back against racist police brutality? He made his position clear in a June 10 opinion piece in USA Today: “I do not support defunding the police.” Trump has deployed federal agents to a number of cities in response to the protests, a move widely decried as a step toward a police state. Biden has engaged in a bit of doublespeak, opposing the deployment while also saying “anarchists should be prosecuted.” This statement criminalizes people for holding a particular political perspective, and offers a way for the ruling class to target its opponents as “anarchist” and arrest them. While condemning Trump, Biden actually endorses the principle of Trump’s policy.Bill Clinton was elected president in 1992 after 12 years of Republicans Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Reagan had greatly expanded the racist “war on drugs,” leading mass incarceration to grow by nearly half a million, the majority Black, Brown and/or Indigenous. This trend continued under George H.W. Bush. When Democrat Bill Clinton took office, did he reverse course? Just the opposite. The incarcerated population grew by an incredible 650,200, the largest increase in U.S. history. A major force behind the continued incarceration was the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, the Democrats’ attempt to meet and exceed the Republican Party’s “tough on crime” image. Which Senator took the lead drafting the bill? None other than Joe Biden. While working and oppressed people are out in the streets as never before, the Democratic Party has chosen to put forward a senator who oversaw the greatest incarceration of Black people since the Civil War, with a prosecutor – Kamala Harris — as his running mate. Can such a ticket be expected to listen to those in the streets — or repress them? WelfareTrump and the Republican Party’s decision not to extend the federal $600/week unemployment benefits, despite record joblessness resulting from their failed response to the COVID-19 pandemic, is an appalling act of cruelty. Biden has not demanded resumption of the $600/week benefit, instead offering a vague program of “employment insurance.” Nor has he pushed for undocumented migrants to receive benefits. This refusal to stand firmly behind direct cash payments to address poverty is not new for Democratic presidents. While Republican Ronald Reagan rode the racist myth of the “welfare queen” to the presidency, it fell to Democratic President Bill Clinton to actually dismantle Aid to Families with Dependent Children in 1996. In its place was the meager Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (emphasis on the “temporary”). Biden, a senator from Delaware at the time, voted for this reactionary “welfare reform” and has avoided standing behind or disowning that vote ever since. (nbcnews.com, Feb. 10)WarExamples of Trump’s militarism are too numerous to count, but a selection should include: saber-rattling at Iran, including the drone assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani; a trade war and escalating tension with China; an attempted coup and debilitating sanctions on Venezuela; rejection of Iraq’s demand that U.S. troops be withdrawn; major increases in the military budget; support for the genocidal Saudi blockade of Yemen and the Israeli genocide of Palestinians; and sanctions and threats of military force against People’s Korea. Will Biden take a different course? He has actually criticized Trump for being soft on China and People’s Korea. He supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq, sanctions on Iran, U.S. coup attempts and sanctions against Venezuela, and is a long-time promoter of Israel. This similarity between the two main capitalist parties when it comes to war is not new. George H.W. Bush presided over the 1990 U.S. invasion of Iraq, but Clinton, with Biden’s support, then continued a brutal regime of sanctions that were responsible for the deaths of more than 500,000 Iraqi children. Democratic Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said these deaths were “worth it.” Similarly, the Obama/Biden administration continued the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, backtracked on a campaign promise to close Guantanamo Bay, began a $1 trillion modernization of the U.S. nuclear weapon arsenal, and carried out coups in Honduras and Libya, creating migration crises that continue to this day. Libya was transformed from the most prosperous country in Africa into a place where enslaved people were publicly auctioned off. Health careSupporting Medicare for All seems like a no-brainer during an unprecedented public health crisis that has already killed over 160,000 people in the U.S., with millions of workers laid off as they no longer receive irrational employer-based health insurance. An April poll showed 69 percent of registered voters support it. (Newsweek, April 24) But Biden stands with Trump and the insurance industry in rejecting this basic step to improve healthcare access. In the face of that position, anything Biden suggests in response to COVID-19 rings hollow.Misogyny Deep disgust at Trump’s blatant misogyny and admitted serial sexual abuse of women ignited one of the largest days of demonstrations in U.S. history: the 2017 Women’s March. But what about Biden? Numerous women have accused him of sexual assaults and inappropriate behavior. Asked about allegations by Tara Reade, a staffer for Biden in the early 1990s, he denied them and responded: “If they believe Tara Reade, they probably shouldn’t vote for me.”Social Security If reelected, Trump has promised to end the payroll tax responsible for a major share of Social Security’s funding. (americanprogress.org, Aug. 12) Will Biden protect this crucial program? He has repeatedly advocated cutting Social Security since the 1980s, as detailed in a Jan. 13 piece in The InterceptBiden tells on himselfAt a posh Manhattan fundraiser in June, Biden summed up what to expect from his presidency: “Nothing would fundamentally change.” If that weren’t enough, he had kind words for Sen. James Eastland of Jim-Crow-era Mississippi, who once said, “What the people of this country must realize is that the white race is a superior race, and the Negro race is an inferior race.” When Biden praises white supremacists of the past, why expect him to fight white supremacy today?As the crisis of collapsing U.S. imperialism pulls the country ever farther to the right, the record makes it clear we should not count on Biden, or the Democratic Party in general, to save us. We have it straight from the horse’s mouth when Biden says: “Nothing will fundamentally change.”While the loyalty of the Democratic Party is to the ruling class, the sheer grotesqueness of Trump’s white supremacist rhetoric and policies will make many feel that they must vote for Biden, regardless of his record. In any case, the ever-worsening crisis of U.S. imperialism will not be addressed in the voting booth on Nov. 3. Instead, working and oppressed people will address U.S. imperialist domination on Nov. 4 when once again we take to the streets. And on the next day when residents in a neglected neighborhood organize a tenants’ association, when a teacher demands a safe learning environment for their students, workers at a hospital fight for private protection equipment and the best care possible for their patients, when a community mobilizes to stop an eviction, people will fight on inside and outside the U.S. When a demonstration says “No War on Iran,” when a Committee for the Defense of the Revolution meets in Cuba, when a commune in Venezuela distributes food in the face of U.S. sanctions, when a Palestinian resists Israeli occupation, when the New People’s Army in the Philippines recruits new members, when Vietnam’s public health system continues to protect its people from COVID-19, when a soldier in People’s Korea trains to defend her nation against U.S. imperialism, and when the People’s Republic of China yet again lifts thousands out of poverty. Working and oppressed people can rely only on ourselves — armed with our dual weapons of solidarity and organization to counter the move to the right and defeat this horrific, rotten, racist, mysogynist, ableist, homophobic, transphobic system. That will remain the case whether a capitalist donkey or a capitalist elephant walks into the White House in January.On every single day working and oppressed people will organize and resist until we have tossed capitalism into the dustbin of history.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Two journalists released but facing trial on sedition charges

first_imgNews Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa March 29, 2020 Find out more Reports Zambia : Outspoken Zambian TV channel suspended for 30 days Two journalists who were arrested earlier this week over their coverage of a secessionist movement in the west of the country were released yesterday but are facing the possibility of a seven-year jail sentence or a fine of 1 million Zambian kwachas (about 150 euros) on sedition charges.Mwala Kalaluka of the privately-owned daily The Post, who was arrested on 17 January, has been charged with seditious intention, while Nyambe Muyumbana, an assistant station manager of Radio Lyambai (a station based in the western city of Mongu), has been charged with publication of seditious materials.Speaking to Reporters Without Borders by telephone, Muyumbana said no date has so far been set for his appearance in court. “I have no legal representation or money to pay a lawyer to represent me in court,” he said.Kalaluka had been due to appear today before a court in Kabwe (140 km north of the capital), but the police were not ready to present their case. The hearing may now be held on 23 February.————————————————————————————–19.01.2011 – Two journalists held after covering demonstrationsReporters Without Borders today condemns the detention by police in Zambia of two journalists working for an independent newspaper and a local radio, apparently because of their displeasure at their coverage of a secessionist movement in the west of the country.Mwala Kalaluka, of the daily The Post, was detained on 17 January after he had reported on events last week in Mongu, in the western province (also known as Barotseland), where the Lozi ethnic group is calling for a breakaway.Yesterday Nyambe Muyumbana, an assistant station manager at Radio Lyambai, an independent radio station in Mongu, was also detained.On 17 January Mwala Kalaluka was on a bus between the capital, Lusaka and the town of Kabwe (140 km north of Lusaka) when he had a conversation with someone, whose name we are withholding, on events in Barotseland. He mentioned to his correspondent that he had also discussed the issue with the US radio station Voice of America. A man identifying himself as an intelligence security agent stopped the bus and handed him over to the police who later detained him. He said he was “inciting violence” by discussing Barotseland with the Americans. After lengthy questioning Mwala Kalaluka was put under arrest at the Kabwe police headquarters in the early evening. Mwala Kalaluka has condemned police brutality during the repression of the disturbances in Barotseland during which two people have died. Mr Mwala told Reporters Without Borders’ correspondent in Zambia who visited him yesterday in Kabwe he had been well treated and was well, had not been charged with any offence but expected to be taken to court Wednesday. The Zambian authorities refused The Post deputy editor, Sam Mujuda, who is a lawyer, the right to defend the journalist on the grounds that they belonged to the same company. “I am going to lodge a complaint with the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ). It is an infringement on my client’s right to legal representation,” Sam Mujuda said.On 18 January Nyambe Muyumbana was arrested and spent the night in a cell, Daniel Sikazwe, president of the Media Institute of Southern African told Agence France-Presse.He said the police accused him of broadcasting programs inciting listeners to rise up against the authorities.Radio Lyambai has been suspended since 14 January by the government which says it is campaigning for the autonomy of the Western province from the rest of Zambia. “As often happens the authorities confuse the necessary investigative work of the journalist into an event with a supposed involvement in the event,” Reporters Without Borders said.The fact of covering a story does not make the journalist a participant in it, the press freedom organization said.“Mwala Kalaluka and Nyambe Muyumbana have committed no crime except to give full coverage to the disturbances in Barotseland. “We demand not only their immediate release but also the dropping of any possible charges against them.” ZambiaAfrica Help by sharing this information November 27, 2020 Find out more Organisation Newscenter_img January 20, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists released but facing trial on sedition charges Follow the news on Zambia to go further The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa ZambiaAfrica News March 12, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en last_img read more

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Three attempts to murder provincial reporter

first_img Reporter killed in ambush after police protection withdrawn News Reporters Without Borders is worried about a series of threats and attacks on Gabriel Bustamante, a journalist based in the small southern town of Ayolas on the Argentine border, who works for radio FM Ayolas and who is a correspondent for the newspapers La Nación and Crónica.Last week, Bustamante was the target of repeated murder attempts by Francisco and Valentín Vera, the brothers of Isidro Vera, a senior executive with the Yacyretá binational power company. Francisco Vera went to Bustamante’s home on 22 July and told him he had come to kill him, but neighbours managed to intervene. He went to the radio station the next day saying he had come to “finish the job.” Bustamante was there but succeeded in escaping.Francisco Vera’s threatening behaviour was apparently prompted by Bustamante’s criticism of Isidro Vera during his radio programme, in which he linked him to alleged corruption.Bustamante reported the threats to the police, who arrested Francisco Vera and held him for several hours but finally released him for “lack of evidence.”With a gun in his hand, Valentín Vera forced his way into the home of a neighbour of Bustamante on 24 July, apparently believing it was Bustamante’s home. The police arrested him and placed him under judicial custody. As a result of Valentín Vera’s armed intrusion, Francisco Vera was finally charged by prosecutor José Llano with “serious presumed injury” but he is now on the run.Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to do everything possible to arrest and punish those responsible for these attacks, including the instigator. It is unacceptable that a journalist should be forced to live in constant fear of being murdered just because he criticised a public figure.Ranked 54th out of 175 countries, Paraguay has a fairly good position in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index but impunity prevails. The August 2007 murder of journalist Tito Palma and the January 2009 murder of journalist Martín Oscampos Páez are still unpunished. Both were killed for reporting cases of corruption. October 20, 2014 Find out more Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable February 14, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Paraguay February 10, 2017 Find out more ParaguayAmericas Help by sharing this information center_img Organisation Brazilian journalist murdered at home in Paraguay News ParaguayAmericas to go further RSF_en News News July 27, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three attempts to murder provincial reporter last_img read more

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Pasadena Man, Azusa Man Arrested in Connection with Deadly Kidnapping and Extortion Plot

first_img Business News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Community News Make a comment More Cool Stuff The victim was Ruochen “Tony” Liao. Image courtesy FBIFBI agents arrested a Pasadena man and an Azusa man Tuesday for their roles in a scheme to kidnap an Orange County man and attempt to extort $2 million from his family before leaving his body buried in the Mojave Desert two years ago, authorities said.Anthony Valladares, 28, of Pasadena and Alexis Ivan Romero Velez, 24, of Azusa, were taken into custody by FBI agents and members of the San Gabriel Valley Sage Street Task Force after they went to the Pasadena Police Department to be interviewed, according to the U.S. Department of Justice and FBI officials.Vallardes and Velez were each charged in federal court Wednesday with kidnapping. They were ordered held without bail and ordered to return to court for preliminary hearings on July 29, Mrozek said.The suspects join two former West Covina men already in custody in China and awaiting trial for the kidnapping and killing of Ruochen “Tony” Liao, 28, of Santa Ana, who was kidnapped from a mall parking lot in San Gabriel on July 16, 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.Guangyao Yang, 26, and Peicheng Shen, 34, are charged with conspiracy to kidnap, kidnapping, attempted extortion in violation of the Hobbs Act and threat by foreign communication, U.S. DOJ spokesman Thom Mrozek said in a written statement. They were arrested in China, where they fled following the alleged crimes.“During the investigation, the FBI learned that Valladares and Romero worked with Yang and Shen to conduct the kidnapping, during which Liao was repeatedly beaten and tased into submission,” Mrozek said.Valladares was hired to be the “muscle” in the kidnapping, while Velez was hired to drive the vehicle used in the crime, prosecutors said. Valladares told investigators he had been paid $1,000 to take part.Following the abduction, Liao’s parents in China began receiving ransom demands, “and ‘proof-of-life’ photos suggesting that Liao had been badly beaten, blindfolded, and tied up with duct tape,” according to Mrozek.The family members were told to deposit $2 million into Chinese bank accounts within three hours, officials said. Liao’s father heard his son asking for help, as well as what he believed were the sounds of his son being beaten, during a phone call, according to an affidavit filed in the case.A male voice told the parents, “Your son has made me very poor. I have lost everything and suffered a divorce because of him. I have been looking for Tony for a long time. You must pay two million U.S. dollars in exchange for his life,” the affidavit stated.Liao was believed to have been held captive inside a closet at a Corona home, prosecutors said.“During his captivity, investigators believe Liao was frequently beaten and ultimately died the night of July 17,” Mrozek said. “During the early morning of July 18, investigators believe Yang and Shen drove to the desert near the town of Mojave to bury Liao’s body.”FBI forensic investigators used DNA to identify Liao’s remains on July 26, 2019, officials said.The federal kidnapping charges, alone, carry a potential maximum sentence of life in federal prison, while the extortion and threat charges carry maximum penalties of 20 years in prison each.Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly described the nationality of suspects Anthony Valladares and Alexis Ivan Romero Velez, The story has been updated. 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Summary of Michael Noonan’s Budget 2013 measures

first_img Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook Summary of Michael Noonan’s Budget 2013 measures WhatsApp PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Finance Minister Michael Noonan has been presenting Budget 2013 to the Dail.It contained tax raising measures amounting to one and a quarter billion euro and cuts in spending amounting to 2.2 billion.Central to budget was the much flagged property tax. It will kick in next summer and will be charged at 0.18 percent of the value of your home. A so called mansion tax for houses valued at over a million euro will also be introduced at a rate of 0.25 percent.Local authorities are to be given the power to vary the tax by 15 percent above or below the national rate to better match their funding needs.But there’s bad news if you own more than one house. Next year you will have to pay the second home charge along with the new property tax. The second home charge will be phased out in 2014.There are to be changes to PRSI contributions. The 127 euro weekly tax free allowance is to be scrapped with PRSI being paid on all income instead.Landlords and people with shares will not escape either. PRSI is now to be charged on rental income and share earnings.Pensioners are also in the firing line. Those with high incomes are to be hit with a 3 point increase in the Universal Social Charge on incomes over 60,000 euro.Savers will see DIRT on interest go up to 33 percent from thirty, other capital taxes such as capital gains tax are also being increasedMotor tax is going up as is VRT however petrol and diesel have been spared any rise.Some of the so called old reliable’s haven’t escaped either. Cigarettes are to increase by 10 cent per pack of 20, A pint of beer or cider will increase by 10 cent from Midnight but if your a wine drinker, a bottle is going up by one euro. Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img Pinterest Google+ Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme WhatsApp By News Highland – December 5, 2012 News Previous articleBudget 2013 – as it unfoldedNext articleDonegal Deputy Pearse Doherty slams Budget 2013 News Highland HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Google+ Facebooklast_img read more

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Elevator drops 84 floors after cables snap in Chicago’s famed Hancock building

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — Six people left the dining room on the 95th floor of Chicago’s famed Hancock building early Friday, stepped into an express elevator and fell 84 floors before they were rescued by firefighters who had to break through a brick wall to access them.The 100-story skyscraper is the twelfth tallest building in the world, 141 feet taller than the Eiffel Tower.The Chicago Fire Department were called after passengers became stuck at 12:30 a.m. Friday, and officials soon realized two cables had snapped and six people, including a pregnant woman, were trapped in a “blind shaft” elevator.Found in parking garages and other tall buildings, these elevators travel express between floors – in a shaft constructed without openings in between.This caused a big problem for Chicago FD’s Special Ops: “It was a pretty precarious situation where the cables that were broke were on top of the elevator,” Battalion Chief Patrick Maloney said. “We couldn’t do an elevator to elevator rescue.”They broke through a brick wall on the 11th floor, where the elevator was halted, to open the doors.Thankfully, Maloney said the group was “very gracious that the Fire Department did a nice job” and unharmed after they waited nearly three hours to be rescued.He explained because there are “multiple” cables on elevators, they “were still safe in there” – the car was just not operational.“They’re from out of town, came to visit the great city of Chicago,” Maloney said. “They were just joyous that we were able to assist.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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