Mail bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc to be transferred to New York for trial


first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The 56-year-old man accused of mailing more than a dozen pipe bombs throughout the country to top Democrats, other high-profile liberal figures and CNN will be transferred from Florida to New York, where he will face federal criminal charges.Cesar Sayoc, wearing khaki jail scrubs, waived his right to a pretrial detention hearing before a federal judge in Miami Friday morning and agreed to be moved to New York City for the hearing and prosecution.He will remain in custody in the meantime.“It makes much more sense for his hearing to happen in New York with the lawyers who are going to represent him long-term. They will have a much better handle on the information and the decision-making process,” Daniel Aaronson, one of Sayoc’s private attorneys in Florida, told reporters after Friday’s brief hearing.The trip from the Southern District of Florida to the Southern District of New York will be by bus and could take as long as three weeks, prosecutors told ABC News. Sayoc has been detained in isolation since he was arrested in a parking lot in Plantation, Florida, on Oct. 26, following a days-long, nationwide manhunt for the suspect in an apparent mass mail bomb campaign.Sayoc, whose residence is listed as his mother’s home in Aventura, Florida, though he mainly lived in a white van plastered with pro-Trump stickers, could be sentenced to up to 48 years in prison if convicted of the five federal charges he’s facing: interstate transportation of an explosive; illegal mailing of explosives; threats against former presidents and certain other persons; threatening interstate communications; and assaulting current and former federal officers.“The magnitude of what has happened does weigh on him,” Aaronson told ABC News Friday, after telling reporters he’s known Sayoc for nearly five years. “He was the most respectful client that I have ever represented. When I heard his name in connection to this, I just stuttered and stammered that he could possibly be involved. It’s just not the person that I know.”The attorney would not speculate as to what could have triggered the alleged plot to send crude pipe bombs to prominent public figures who have all spoken critically of President Donald Trump.The decision to transfer Sayoc comes on the heels of a letter New York prosecutors sent Tuesday to the judge presiding over Sayoc’s case in Florida. They requested that Sayoc be moved to Manhattan to “face the consequences of his actions” and arguing that he remain behind bars pending trial “due to both his dangerousness to the community and risk of flight.”“The defendant conducted a domestic terrorist attack targeting at least 15 victims,” Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, wrote in the letter to U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres of the Southern District of Florida. “There are no conditions that could adequately protect the public from the defendant and assure his appearance in Manhattan for trial.”The FBI seized and searched multiple electronic devices belonging to Sayoc and discovered files containing the addresses of his intended victims — plus “numerous additional targets” — and return labels that match those used on the padded mailing envelopes carrying the improvised explosive devices (IEDs), according to the letter.“Metadata from the electronic devices indicates that the defendant started planning the attack as early as July 2018,” Berman wrote. “The evidence of the defendant’s terror campaign is still being collected but is already overwhelming.”So far, authorities have recovered at least 15 IEDs that Sayoc allegedly mailed to targets throughout the country, including former President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as CNN’s offices in New York City and Atlanta. Each device was packaged in a tan-colored manila envelope lined with bubble wrap and stamped with approximately six postage stamps bearing an image of an American flag, according to court documents.All of the recipients are prominent critics of Trump, and many of them have been publicly disparaged by the president either at campaign rallies or on Twitter.Each envelope listed Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as the return sender at a particular address in Sunrise, Florida. Authorities do not believe the South Florida congresswoman, who is the former head of the Democratic National Committee, was involved in sending any of the parcels.All of the packages traveled through the U.S. Postal Service. They were all intercepted before they reached their intended targets, sources told ABC News.None of the devices detonated, and no one was injured in handling the packages.The packages and the contents were all sent for analysis to FBI’s laboratory in Quantico, Virginia.“The FBI’s analysis of the defendant’s IEDs is ongoing, but it is clear that they were dangerous,” David Brown, FBI special agent, wrote in the Oct. 26 complaint against Sayoc. “The IEDs that have been analyzed thus far contained energetic material with explosive qualities. The defendant also placed shards of glass in several of the IEDs for the apparent purpose of maximizing harm to his intended victims through the detonation of the devices that he had mailed.”Investigators have not determined a motive for the suspected mail bombs.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Managers to shake a tail feather in Rio


first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Restaurant chain Nando’s is planning to reward allof its UKmanagers by taking them to Brazilfor next February’s Rio carnival. The privately-owned company, which has 95 outlets across the UK,is holding its annual staff conference in Rio, instead ofa conventional location such as a country hotel. HR director Julia Rosamondtold Personnel Today: “We know managers have a tough job so we want toreward them, and where nicer than Rio? We will be taking all of our assistantmanagers out there the year after as well.” According to Rosamond, staffmotivation is the key measurement for most HR activity. “One of the mostimportant things for us is how people feel inside the business,” she said.”Our annual staff survey showed that 93 per cent of employees ‘enjoy’working here, compared to 91 in 2003 and 93 in 2002. To maintain that levelwithin a period of growth is pleasing.” Managers to shake a tail feather in RioOn 24 Aug 2004 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

It’s a wrap! Meet the proptech making a meal of apartment developments


first_imgProptech can sometimes get a little dull when geeks start chuntering on about code and algorithms.But a company has launched with a more unusual approach to proptech that aims to help leasehold residential development managers and freeholders earn up to £90,000 a year from their unused outdoor space.Streetdots has an army of 2,500 vetted street food and drink vendors – and of course the ubiquitous three-wheeled coffee van – that can be set up within a development’s unused public spaces.The company was launched last year and has already got Savills and the Grovesnor Estate in London as clients, as well as US build-to-rent behemoth Greystar and hopefully soon major housing association Notting Hill Genesis.Built-to-rentGreystar is using the service at its huge Greenford Quay mixed use development in NW London to attract tenants to the area, which isn’t known for the quality of its restaurants or shops.Streetdots was founded by two food entrepreneurs who had a ‘tuck truck’ but who found it was hard to find flexible pitches to park up their vehicle.Streetdots, whose name is a shorthand for the pitches it makes available at sites, is also hoping its service will prove popular at student halls and even care homes.It says it service offers developments an ‘instant community’ by providing residents with a range of mobile food and drink units, all organised via an app.“Rather than small squares and other dormant pieces of land sitting unused, we work in collaboration with property owners to provide these spaces with mobile independent traders and make the most of the space,” says Streetdots spokesperson Charlotte Dove McCarthy (left).“We started with food but we’re also expanding into retail, wellbeing and music. Every space is an opportunity with our service.”Streetdots build-to-rent Savills October 31, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » It’s a wrap! Meet the proptech making a meal of apartment developments previous nextProptechIt’s a wrap! Meet the proptech making a meal of apartment developmentsAn app that enables block managers to book street food vendors to visit their sites and claims to generate revenues of up to £90,000 a year has launched.Nigel Lewis31st October 20190905 Viewslast_img read more

Working harder, playing harder


first_imgAt any one time it is estimated that 0.7% of the world’s population are drunk. In a microcosm such as Oxford this figure, particularly on a Friday night, is likely to be much higher, thanks to the phenomenon of “the binge”. Also known as heavy episodic drinking, risky single occasional drinking, a piss up, a bender, and the lash train, it seems that painting the town red, or yellow with vomit, is endemic in both town and gown culture and has come to the attention of more than one college authority in recent months.Socializing at Oxford goes hand in hand with alcohol, epitomized by St Catz JCR which adjoins the longest bar in Oxford. The relationship between the party and its lubricant has long been a mutually advantageous one. Yet the tendency amongst the student body to over-indulge in Bacchanalian antics during the “formal, bar, bop” triad, has led to a crackdown on excessive drinking in colleges including LMH, Jesus and Magdalen within the last term and a total ban in extreme cases such as Teddy Hall. Every college has its own stories of drunken debauchery and debacle, but more often than not binging is far less glamorous than the subsequent r e p e r c u s s i o n s . Somerville’s Michaelmas “Horror Bop” landed one inebriated fresher in the John Radcliffe having taken a serious blow to the head.The St. Anne’s rowing curry carried an exorbitant price tag for second year boatie James. After “spending most of the meal in the restaurant toilets” the £350 camera with which he hoped to immortalise his friends drunken antics was stolen from his jacket.Self confessed binge drinker Tom, a second year hockey Blue, had a rather memorable initiation into the infamous team. Having seen off a bottle of sherry between the pitch and the pub, a distance of 500 yards, whilst dressed as a woman, Tom was made to top off various drinks with the now notorious “down a pint through the tampon” game. He recalls, “While walking over Magdalen Bridge my mate ripped my skirt off. I still had my boxers on, but another girl thought it hilarious to rip those off as well exposing me to the elements and a police warning for indecent exposure – stating that if they saw me like that later they would arrest me. Embarrassing to say the least”.With recent medical research proving that binge drinkers are more likely to suffer damage to the frontal lobes of  their brains, memory loss, and irreversible liver damage, drinking to excess in many cases is not just a youthful phase but a possible precursor of later, harmful drinking behaviour. Perhaps college Deans are justified in their actions.However, students don’t drink with the intention of jeopardizing their future health, nor do they seem to be deterred by the sobering statistics that bombard them. Principal of Somerville College, Dame Fiona Caldicott, former chair of the student health and welfare committee, advocates education and the enforcement of an institution’s rules in order to show people that they have stepped over the mark and are facing a problem. “If students are made aware that they have broken the rules, and that the cost of cleaning up their vomit for example will result in a fine for them, they come to see the consequences of their actions and the rules as of benefit to them.”How far can fines, increased bar prices and the banning of certain lethal cocktails cause a U-turn in the drinking habits of students in this university of extremes? Many see the drinking culture in Oxford as symptomatic of the acute pressures of work and a consequent need to, as Worcester JCR President Peter Jones put it, “purge everyday stresses”.John Robins, a former Bar Rep at St. Anne’s, agrees, “People do not drink in moderation because they cannot work in moderation”.However PPE student Pete sees it as a question of maturity “Drinking seems like a bit of a novelty for a lot of students at Oxford. Many haven’t had much experience of drinking White Lightning in the park in comparison with those at other unis”.Student insobriety and its management are not new to college authorities. Whilst it was referred to as a “cascade” not a “vom” in the eighteenth, students exhibited similar roguish behaviour. In 1768 Brasenose SCR rationed each Junior member to two dozen bottles of port and six of sherry per week. The memoirs of Lewis Holberg note the nightly patrols by proctors searching for students, an offence liable to bring hefty fines and other impositions.So next time you down it, neck it, see it away or reward yourself you’re not the first and you won’t be be last to do so. But a balance needs to be struck on the part of the colleges and individual students: if college bar prices are driven too high, the safety of the college bar will no longer be affordable, and if you drink yourself under the table the consequences lie at your own feet.Archive: 0th week 2004last_img read more

13 arrested in child sex ring investigation


first_imgSix Oxford residents have been charged for crimes relating to the exploitation of local girls aged between 11 and 16, after an investigation into child trafficking.Operation Bullfinch, led by Thames Valley Police and assisted by Oxfordshire County Council, culminated in the arrests of members of what is believed to be a “criminal gang” that has groomed, drugged and raped vulnerable individuals over a period of six years.Detective Superintendent Rob Mason said, “We believe we have uncovered an organised crime group who have been running a business of selling young girls for sex. We have also identified a number of customers who we have reason to believe have used the service.”“We consider the girls to be very, very vulnerable and that’s why they have been targeted.”The Detective Superintendent added, “It would be fair to say that at different times in their lives they have all come to the notice of children’s services.”Twelve Oxford residents, from 21 to 37 years of age, were arrested in synchronised dawn raids on fourteen houses last Thursday, in an operation involving 150 officers. A thirteenth arrest was made on Thursday afternoon. Six men have so far been charged, whilst the other seven have been bailed until next month.Both suspected gang members and customers were targeted. Officers launched the investigation after a number of girls were reported missing.The arrests were for a variety of offences, including for the prostitution of females under the age of 18, trafficking, rape, administrating drugs for the purpose of rape, and grooming.Louise Chapman, Cabinet Member for Children, Education and Families in Oxfordshire County Council, stated on Thursday, “The council has assisted in what has been a complex investigation leading to today’s events. Its focus has been, and will continue to be, on the care for alleged victims.“Thames Valley Police and the Oxfordshire County Council’s children’s social care team linked up swiftly when it became apparent that it would be dealing with an investigation that centred upon child exploitation.“This prompt action allowed children’s social care workers to work in close partnership with Thames Valley Police, with officers from the county council being seconded to the police, working from police premises.”Esther Davidson, from the group Oxford Community Against Trafficking, added, “We now have to face the fact modern slavery takes place in our community, and it involves children.“Criminals are at work, but they are also exploiting demand. Demand for sex with under-age children is completely unacceptable.”Zeshan Ahmed, who is unemployed and lives in Headington, faces ten charges of engaging in sexual activity with a child between January 2010 and January this year. The court heard that the offences relate to two girls who were under the age of 16 at the time.Security guard and father of two Kamar Jamil, from Summertown, was charged with four counts of rape, two counts of arranging the prostitution of a child, one count of making a threat to kill, and one count of possession of cocaine with intent to supply.Hospital porter Akhtar Dogar, from East Oxford, was charged with three counts of rape, one count of conspiring to rape a child, three counts of arranging the prostitution of a child, one count of making a threat to kill, and one count of trafficking.His brother, Anjum Dogar, faces one charge of conspiring to rape a child, one charge of arranging the prostitution of a child, and a further charge of trafficking.Unemployed Mohammed Karrar, who lives on Cowley Road, has been charged with two counts of conspiracy to rape a child, and one count of supplying a Class A drug to a child between July 2004 and 2009. His brother, security guard Bassan Karrar, who has no fixed address, faces one count of rape, allegedly carried out against a 14-year-old girl in November 2006.The six charged men appeared before High Wycombe Magistrates on Saturday, but no pleas were entered. They were remanded in custody to appear at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday.After Thursday’s raids, more than 40 uniformed officers and community support officers handed out flyers to reassure the public and spread contact details for those seeking further information. Detective Inspector Simon Morton, who leads Operation Bullfinch, spoke on YouTube to reassure the community and explain the events.last_img read more

BNW drives in wrapper


first_imgLancashire-based BNW Bakery Services says its BW5 machine can be used for wrapping bread, cake and flour confectionery.When sliced bread is to be wrapped, the use of a BNW LB90 or B51 Slicer machine, linked to the wrapper by an indexer unit to transfer the sliced loaves into the BW5 machine, provides a complete plant that will slice and wrap in one continuous operation.BNW has recently supplied Warburtons’ new Tuscany park site with the new Overhead Paddle Wrapper. The wrapper is fitted with an HMI screen allowing the operator to adjust the print registration and the wrapper running rate. The HMI screen also displays alarms to aid the operator with the wrapping process.The BW5 Wrapper is still a popular machine with both major bread manufacturers and the small independent bakers, claims the company. The wrapper can be adjusted to suit all different sizes of products, and can wrap with either wax paper or cellophane.last_img read more

Crepe firm reveals plans for new outlets


first_imgLondon-based Crepeaffair has just opened its 12th UK outlet as it strives for 15 in total by mid-summer as well as adding international sites and launching a ‘grab and go’ range. The Islington site opened last week as a standalone shop, with one to follow in May in Bristol, a kiosk opening in a “huge new development” at Birmingham’s Grand Central Station and a brand new concept launching in West London’s Westfield shopping centre in April at Kidzania.There are already 16 Kidzanias worldwide, with nine more planned including London, which is under construction now to open this spring. It is a concept for the entertainment of children and Crepeaffair founder Daniel Spinath has adapted his model to fit – Crepeaffair Mini will serve mini cakes from a mini cart and it is “highly likely” that this adapted version could be used elsewhere.“The launch will be at Kidzania and we are looking at integrating it into existing sites or do it separately as a new concept,” Spinath told British Baker.He is also “developing” plans with another party in Scotland and opening the biggest shop so far in Amsterdam in May as a joint venture. At 1,800sq ft it is roughly double the size of existing sites. An agreement with a partner in Kuwait has been signed and they are closing in on the first site, likely to be in a mall.Two other major plans for this year are developing an events arm of the business as of April or May and also launching a ‘grab and go’ range of four sweet and four savoury products, which are currently in development to be completed and on sale by September.last_img read more

Hey Y’all! Kyle Dean Massey Joins Cast of Nashville


first_img Kyle Dean Massey Another Great White Way alum is going country on the small screen! Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Kyle Dean Massey has been cast in a recurring role on ABC’s Nashville. According to Deadline, Massey will play Kevin Bicks, a successful and openly gay singer/songwriter.Massey most recently appeared as Pippin’s titular prince on Broadway—during which time he took us backstage in his vlog Fresh Prince. His other stage credits include Wicked, Next to Normal (for which he took home a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award), Xanadu, Lucky Guy and Altar Boyz. Massey has appeared on TV previously in Inside Amy Schumer, Up All Night, Hart of Dixie, Cupid and The Good Wife.Other stage names to appear on the country music drama include Laura Benanti and Will Chase. View Commentscenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

Sembcorp completes 800MW of new wind power capacity in India


first_imgSembcorp completes 800MW of new wind power capacity in India FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Clean Technica:Sembcorp Energy India Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore-based Sembcorp Industries, has announced completion of its 800 MW wind energy projects in India.The wind projects were awarded to Sembcorp under the first, second, and third auctions conducted by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). The company was awarded 250 megawatts of wind capacity under the first SECI auction, whereas 250 megawatts and 300 megawatts, respectively, were awarded to the company under the second and third SECI auctions.With the commissioning of its 300 MW wind project, the company has become the first independent wind energy producer to commission the entire capacity awarded under all three auctions of SECI. It is also has the largest operational wind portfolio under the SECI auctions.The 250 megawatt project under the first auction was installed in the Chandragiri district of Tamil Nadu. The other two projects of 250 megawatts and 300 megawatts under the second and third SECI auctions were commissioned in the Bhuj district of Gujarat.The company said that all its wind assets can provide enough energy to power more than 600,000 homes and offset 2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions annually. The Indian Union power and renewable energy minister R.K. Singh has dedicated the three wind projects to the nation via video conferencing.Sembcorp owns and operates total of 35 assets with the cumulative capacity of 4,370 megawatts including 1,730 megawatts of renewable energy projects. The company is reportedly planning to sell its stake in its thermal power projects.[Saurabh]More: Sembcorp commissions 800 megawatts of wind power projects in Indialast_img read more

Baldwin Man Admits Killing Syosset Woman


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A man has admitted to beating a 25-year-old Syosset woman to death at his Baldwin home two years ago.Raphael OyagueRaphael Oyague pleaded guilty Thursday in Nassau County court to second-degree murder in the death of Deanna Wingender.“A young woman’s life was tragically brought to an end when this defendant savagely attacked her with a hammer, striking her all over her body,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.Prosecutors said the 37-year-old man was found covered in the victim’s blood after Nassau County police followed a trail of blood to his apartment after passersby reported finding the victim’s body was found on Grand Avenue at 12:40 p.m. Nov. 23, 2016.Authorities have said the beating occurred during a dispute over payment for sex.Oyague faces up to 20 years to life in prison when he is sentenced June 29 by Judge Felice Muraca.last_img read more