Carrefour and Ahold struggle to win over investors as market gets tough

first_imgThursday 3 March 2011 7:49 pm whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCute EUROPE’S biggest retailer Carrefour and Dutch peer Ahold, struggled to convince investors yesterday with steps aimed at boosting their share prices against tough trading conditions.Carrefour, hit by two profit warnings last year, detailed plans to spin off discount chain Dia and 25 per cent of its European property arm. It believes this will allow it to focus on turning around its European hypermarket business and expanding in fast-growing emerging markets, while also unlocking value for shareholders from its real estate business.However, Espirito Santo analysts described the plan as “cosmetic spin” and were disappointed by the lack of detail in the French group’s forecast to grow sales and profits this year.Ahold, which runs Dutch market leader Albert Heijn but makes about 60 per cent of its sales in the US, announced a bigger-than-expected programme to buy back €1bn (£858m) of shares over 18 months, and hiked its dividend. But it also missed forecasts with a 14 per cent drop in fourth-quarter operating profit to €295m, saying it failed to pass on the full effects of higher food prices to cash-strapped shoppers. Ahold reiterated its long-term goal to grow both net sales and margins by five per cent. KCS-content Sharecenter_img whatsapp Carrefour and Ahold struggle to win over investors as market gets tough Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Northampton team v Sale – Foden plays

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS ReplacementsMarc Jones, Eifion Roberts, Jack Forster, Nic Rouse, Neil McMillan, Will Cliff, Rob Miller, Iain Thornley Ben Foden; Chris Ashton, Jon Clarke, James Downey, Paul Diggin; Stephen Myler, Lee Dickson; Soane Tonga’uiha, Dylan Hartley (capt), Brian Mujati, Courtney Lawes, Christian Day, Calum Clark, tom Wood, Roger WilsonReplacementsBrett Sharman, Alex Waller, Tom Mercey, Mark Sorenson, Phil Dowson, Stuart Commins, Shane Geraghty, Bruce ReihanaSaleNick Macleod; Ben Cohen, Chris Bell, Kyle Tonetti, Mark Cueto (capt); Charlie Hodgson, Dwayne Peel; Lee Imiolek, Neil Briggs, Henry Thomas, Chris Jones, Wame Lewaravu, James Gaskell, David Seymour, Sisaro Koyamaibole Northampton Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder is pushing his team to improve on last week’s performance, when they welcome Sale to Franklin’s Gardens on Saturday. The Saints came away with a bonus point win over Wasps last weekend, scoring five tries, but Mallinder believes his side will have to work even harder to overcome the Sharks.Mallinder said:” Sale are capable of playing some good rugby. Their No 8, No 9 and No 10 are very strong which is always an important area, and they also have two quality wingers in Ben Cohen and Mark Cueto. They have threats all over the field, and we need to make sure we’re on our game.“Charlie Hodgson is a very good goal-kicker and he will take any chances he gets. We have to make sure we’re not over eager and give away stupid penalties or else we’ll get punished with field possession or penalty goals.“There’s no way this game will get forgotten. We’re determined to finish in the top four and to do that we have to make sure we win our home games, and that starts with this Saturday.”Sharks back-rower David Seymour makes his first start since October having returned from injury last week in the victory over Leeds. Rob Miller also returns from injury to take his place on the bench.Sharks Executive Director of Sport Steve Diamond knows this will be a tough clash for his side. He said: “Over a period of three years I recruited many of the players who have done so well for Northampton Saints. They may have hit a lean patch earlier this year, but are sure to benefit from the return of their international players, as they showed in the big win against Wasps. I fully expect the Saints to have a strong end to the season.”A small number of tickets are still available for the game. Click here to get yours!Northampton TAGS: Northampton SaintsSale Sharks last_img read more

Back-to-School Free Immunization Event coming this summer

first_img Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! The Florida Department of Health in Orange County (DOH-Orange) is urging parents to prepare their children now for the upcoming school year by attending the Back-to-School Immunization event running July 22 through August 4, 2019.This free immunization event hosted by DOH-Orange has been planned so parents can vaccinate their children and obtain their DH680 form for school. Don’t wait, vaccinate!WHO: Orange County Public School (OCPS) students and children (4 years to 18 years of age) entering, attending, or transferring to Florida schools.WHAT: Free school-required immunization shots and/or the certified DH680 form (first come, first served basis or maximum number reached each day).WHERE: West Oaks Mall, 9401 W. Colonial Drive, Ocoee, FL 34761WHEN: Monday, July 22 through Sunday, August 4, 2019 (8am – 2pm each day)WHY: Florida requires certain vaccines to be administered before children may enroll and attend daycare or school.Parents or Guardian bring: Valid IDStudents must bring: Most recent immunization record, original Birth Certificate, passport, or other government IDClients 17 years of age and younger must be accompanied by one of the following adults: parent, grandparent, step‐parent, Uncle, Aunt, Sister or BrotherNon‐related adults accompanying clients 17 years of age and younger must present an original notarized letter signed by the parent or legal guardianLegal guardians must present the most recent court-ordered paperworkBackgroundServices are provided on a first come, first served basis or maximum number reached each day. Parents are urged to arrive early. Those with private insurance and Medicaid can go directly to their medical care provider and obtain the same services.A certified DH680 immunization form is required for school and daycare entry and is provided at no charge when vaccinations are received.  If a client only needs a DH680 form, an administrative fee may apply. For additional information, please call 407-858-1444 or visit http://orange.floridahealth.gov.About the Florida Department of HealthThe department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts. TAGSBack to School 2019Florida Department of Health in Orange CountyImmunizations Previous articleFlorida ranks 29th in senior healthNext articleOrange County unemployment rate drops to 2.6% in April Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

Pio Tuwai’s incredible pass sets up Fijian try against New Zealand Sevens

first_imgTuesday Dec 10, 2013 Pio Tuwai’s incredible pass sets up Fijian try against New Zealand Sevens A busy week last week meant we weren’t able to get this featured but it’s well worth adding to our Great Tries archive as it’s not only a brilliant piece of play, but was part of Fiji’s highly impressive Dubai Sevens victory.In the semi final they beat New Zealand 44-0 believe it or not, and went on to win the final against South Africa. This try was named Try of the Tournament by the IRB, narrowly beating Phil Mack of Canada’s effort. You can view that, and the other outstanding contenders, on page two.The try was scored by Emosi Mulevoro but it was Pio Tuwai’s moment of magic that made it.Seven of the Best Tries from the 2013 Dubai SevensADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Great Tries , Sevens Related Articles 26 WEEKS AGO Incredible athleticism for sensational try… 26 WEEKS AGO ARCHIVE: Suntory score amazing try to upset… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: All 12 tries from EPIC Bristol-Clermont… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Mlynica Loft Apartment / Juraj Hubinský + Kuklica x Smerek Arc…

first_img Photographs “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/920416/mlynica-loft-apartment-juraj-hubinsky-plus-kuklica-x-smerek-architekti Clipboard “COPY” Year:  Architects: Juraj Hubinský, Kuklica x Smerek Architekti Area Area of this architecture project Mlynica Loft Apartment / Juraj Hubinský + Kuklica x Smerek Architekti CopyAbout this officeKuklica x Smerek ArchitektiOfficeFollowJuraj HubinskýOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingLoftInterior DesignResidential InteriorsApartment InteriorsBratislavaSlovakiaPublished on July 05, 2019Cite: “Mlynica Loft Apartment / Juraj Hubinský + Kuklica x Smerek Architekti” 05 Jul 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogFaucets / SinkshansgroheKitchen SinksGlass3MSun Control Window Film in MarkthalPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceRetractable StructuresShadeFXRetractable Canopies in Beverly HillsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsWoodSculptformTimber Tongue and Groove CladdingSkylightsVELUX CommercialLonglight 5-30° – Modular SkylightsBars / Wire / MeshJakobWebnet – Sports NetSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Ceiling SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteHanging LampsLuminisPendant Lights – HollowcoreHandicap BathroomAamsco Lighting, Inc.Mirror-Lux LED Illuminated MirrorMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Products used in this ProjectRenders / 3D AnimationAutodeskAutoCAD 2D and 3D Design SoftwareSave this picture!© Lousy AuberText description provided by the architects. This two-story loft situated in the industrial object Mlynica is an unusual living space. The Mlynica object itself, located in a rather remote brownfield in Bratislava, recently underwent an extensive transformation and currently offers multifunctional space with minimal residential use. The disposition of the loft is vertically oriented with a usable floor area of 73m2. The entrance is on the bottom floor of the loft, where the closet, bathroom, toilet, and bedroom are situated. A staircase leads to the uppermost level with a living room connected to the diningSave this picture!© Lousy AuberSave this picture!Floor PlansSave this picture!© Lousy Auberroom and kitchen by a set of seating stairs. A terrace with a view over Carpathian mountains is accessible through the living room. Raw building materials are in contrast with inserted wood and metal elements with exposed circuits on wall surfaces. The envelope of the loft, its walls, ceiling, and floors, is made of roughly poured concrete. On the bottom level of the loft, there is a built-in closet with integrated doors leading to sanitary cells, which, together with the closet doors, create a smooth full-mirror surface.Save this picture!© Lousy AuberSave this picture!© Lousy AuberA sink with steel legs is situated outside the mirror box and is separated from the bed by a black steel clothes bar suspended from the ceiling, as well as a drapery of the same length as the room height, which can be used to separate the bedroom from the rest of the loft. The staircase with railing inserted between loft levels is subtle, black and made of steel. The elevated upper floor is connected to the seating stairs made of white plywood and is in contrast with the black kitchen plywood box, black dining table, and black chairs.Save this picture!© Lousy AuberSave this picture!Perspective SectionSave this picture!© Lousy AuberThe sofa in the living room on the upper floor is a solitary, fully cushioned piece coated with grey upholstering fabric. The loft is illuminated by distinctive pendant chandeliers hanging above the bed and dining table in combination with flush technical line lighting and spotlights. The project of the loft interior was a solitary and refreshing assignment accentuating raw esthetics and reflecting the character of the industrial location and object, as well as the persona of the client.Save this picture!© Lousy AuberSave this picture!© Lousy AuberProject gallerySee allShow lessChicago Architecture Biennial Announces 2019 Partner SitesArchitecture News2019 International Architecture Awards Winners AnnouncedArchitecture NewsProject locationAddress:Bratislava, SlovakiaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Slovakia 2018 Area:  73 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyLoft, Apartment Interiors•Bratislava, Slovakia ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/920416/mlynica-loft-apartment-juraj-hubinsky-plus-kuklica-x-smerek-architekti Clipboard ArchDaily Save this picture!© Lousy Auber+ 33Curated by Paula Pintos Share Mlynica Loft Apartment / Juraj Hubinský + Kuklica x Smerek ArchitektiSave this projectSaveMlynica Loft Apartment / Juraj Hubinský + Kuklica x Smerek Architekti Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Foscarini, HAY, Trimble Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Projects Loft Photographs:  Lousy Auber Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project last_img read more

44% of Brits would forego a Christmas present in exchange for a gift to charity

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 44% of Brits would forego a Christmas present in exchange for a gift to charity Melanie May | 21 December 2018 | News  172 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 Tagged with: christmas research 44% of people would be willing to receive fewer Christmas presents and instead see the money go to a good cause.The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)’s latest polling of 1,124 adults aged 16+ by YouGov also reveals that three out of 10 people give to charity during the festive season, with the average person donating £20. Homelessness is the top cause given to over Christmas, followed closely by children’s charities and animal welfare.For those doing the cooking on Christmas Day, the average person in the UK will spend £40 on ingredients, whilst each one spends £100 on average on presents for that special someone.Commenting on the numbers, Susan Pinkney, Head of Research at the Charities Aid Foundation said:“Many British people are at their most generous during the festive period; at CAF our data indicates that November and December are consistently the peak months for charity donations. It really is a great time to support a cause that you care about, whether that’s by donating a little money, buying a set of charity Christmas cards or volunteering. There are countless ways to give back this Christmas.”  171 total views,  1 views today Advertisement 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.last_img read more

Supervisor Barger Joins County Fire Department to Welcome Arrival of Super Scoopers

first_img 20 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Community News Community News Supervisor Barger Joins County Fire Department to Welcome Arrival of Super Scoopers Los Angeles County to lease two Bombardier CL-415s from Canada to aid during fire season Published on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 | 4:31 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Make a comment Top of the News Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Today, Supervisor Kathryn Barger joined Los Angeles County Fire Chief Darryl Osby, along with pilots, air crew members, and fire personnel to welcome two CL-415 Super Scooper fire-fighting aircraft that the County is leasing from the Government of Quebec.“The Board of Supervisors is proud to support our Fire Department and help provide critical resources such as the Super Scoopers, to supplement our own aerial firefighting fleet during fire season,” said Supervisor Barger. “For years, LA County has partnered with Quebec to provide these Bombardiers which are instrumental in our battle against large-scale wildfires. This is a great collaboration of shared resources between our two regions. I am grateful for the leadership of the LA County Fire Department and to the brave men and women who work valiantly each day to save lives and property,” she continued.With increasingly dangerous fires and record-breaking heat in Southern California, fire safety is at the forefront of everyone’s mind. The Los Angeles County Fire Department leads the nation in its ability to manage wildfires and it is necessary to support these efforts with top-of-the-line resources in firefighting aircraft. Los Angeles County has welcomed the Super Scoopers for 27 consecutive years.With a capacity of up to 1,600 gallons of water, Super Scoopers exceed the capabilities of other aerial fire craft. Flying at high speeds just above the surface of a large body of water, the Super Scoopers are able to fill their tanks within 12 seconds. A full Super Scooper can last for fire operations of up to four hours. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPriyanka Chopra’s 10 Year Challenge Pic Will Surprise YouHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business Newslast_img read more

Madras High Court Constitutes Committee To Make Recommendations On Insurance Cover For 65,000 Lawyers

first_imgNews UpdatesMadras High Court Constitutes Committee To Make Recommendations On Insurance Cover For 65,000 Lawyers Akshita Saxena25 April 2021 10:43 PMShare This – xStating that many advocates have lost their lives amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the Madras High Court recently constituted a 9-membered Committee to give recommendations with regard to medical insurance coverage to advocates. The Committee will hold talks with both the State Government and the Insurance companies to devise a Group Health Insurance for approximately 65,000 Advocates registered with the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry. The scheme will also possibly extend to the family members of such Advocates. The direction was made by a Division Bench comprising of Justices N. Kirubakaran and R. Pongiappan which noticed that many advocates lost their lives during the pandemic, due to lack of Mediclaim Policy. “Around 65,000 advocates are on the rolls of Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, as on date, who have got Certificate of Place of Practice…Their interests should be taken care of as they do not have any Health Insurance Policy,” the Bench observed at the outset. The matter was brought up in a petition filed by Mrs. Sudha Ramalingam, a Senior Member of the Bar, seeking a direction to the Bar Council to forthwith formulate a Mediclaim Policy for advocates enrolled with in the State, and their dependent family members After taking stock of the prevailing situation, the High Court has constituted a Committee to be headed by the Advocate General, who is the leader of the Bar, the ex-officio Chairman of Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry and the Chairman of Advocates’ Welfare Fund. The following persons are nominated as members of the said Committee: Sudha Ramalingam (Senior Member of the Bar) N. Vijayaraghavan (Member of the Bar, an expert in Insurance Laws) S. Arunkumar (Member of the Bar, Standing Counsel for National Insurance Company)R. Sankaranarayanan (Additional Solicitor General)MR Sivasubramaniam (Bar council Member)P. Manoharan (Former Senior Divisional Manager, National Insurance company Limited)CK Chandrasekaran (Member of the Bar, Standing counsel for Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry)Devika (Member of the Bar) Further, Additional Advocate General PH Arvindh Pandian will be the co-ordinator of the Committee. Member Secretary of Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry will be the Convenor of the Committee. They will interact with representatives of various Insurance Companies and suggest viable proposals so that all the advocates can be covered. Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderTagsMadras High Court Insurance Cover For Advocates Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Next Storylast_img read more

Missing baby Margot reunites with dad after mom’s murder

first_imgAustin Police Department (HOUSTON) — After tragedy, a Christmas reunion.Margot, the baby daughter of slain Austin mom Heidi Broussard, has been brought home to her father, days after the young mom’s body was found and her friend was arrested for kidnapping.Broussard’s fiance and Margot’s father, Shane Carey, took a selfie of their reunion and posted it to social media Tuesday, saying: “Baby Margot is home.”Broussard and Margot had been missing since Dec. 12 when Broussard was discovered strangled to death near Houston on Dec. 19, according to officials.A 3-week-old girl was found alive and healthy at the scene. Child Protective Services said on Monday that the baby was reunited with her family.“I wish both of them could’ve came back,” Broussard’s friend, Katrina Collicott, told ABC News at a Monday night vigil. “I hope she looks like Heidi when she grows up.”Police have released this photo of Heidi Broussard and her daughter Margot Carey after they were reported missing.Police have released this photo of Heidi Broussard and her daughter Margot Carey after they were reported missing.Broussard, 33, also leaves behind a 6-year-old son.Broussard’s friend, Magen Fieramusca, has been arrested for kidnapping. According to an official briefed on the probe, police are investigating whether Fieramusca, 33, plotted to take Margot as her own child.Collicott said Broussard and Fieramusca met a church camp and “had been friends since they were young,” calling Fieramusca’s arrest “the biggest surprise of my life.”“You call someone a friend for so long, then this happens … it’s disgusting,” she said.“I want to know why she did that to her closest friend,” Broussard’s friend, Carli Laughlin, told ABC News. “I want to know, why her.”“I’m glad that everyone came out,” Laughlin said at the vigil. “For [Broussard] and her family, especially her children.”Fieramusca had allegedly been acting like she was pregnant and telling people that she was expecting a child, the official briefed on the probe told ABC News. Authorities are now trying to determine whether she was, in fact, pregnant, the official said. Baby registries allegedly connected to the suspect were found online, the official said.Fieramusca was booked at the Travis County Jail Friday on two charges of kidnapping and one charge of tampering with evidence with intent to impair a human corpse.Additional charges are possible, police said Friday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Judge orders home confinement for accused COVID-19 fraudster, citing virus outbreak

first_imgKuzma/iStock(WASHINGTON) — As the COVID-19 crisis spread from China to Europe throughout February, there was growing concern that an outbreak in the U.S. was on the horizon. One glaring vulnerability was coming into focus — there were not enough masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment to meet the potential need.Craven R. Casper of Washington, D.C., a self-described “successful American author, businessman and entrepreneur” saw an opportunity, according to court records, quickly creating a business to sell “N-95 masks, surgical masks, hand sanitizer, and other personal protection equipment.”Casper registered a website on Feb. 24 that purported to sell PPE and provide a way for customers to make donations to the “Global Coronavirus Relief Fund” for sending needed supplies like masks, face shields, goggles and virus neutralization solution to hospitals in China and other areas affected by the outbreak, according to court records.But according to federal prosecutors, Casper is a “professional fraudster.”Despite the growing worldwide demand for protective gear, Casper’s website claimed scarce N-95 masks were “in stock.” He engaged in more than 140 customer transactions in a matter of weeks valued at almost $9,000, all paid in advance by credit card, prosecutors said.But by mid-March, customer complaints began to pile up as urgent orders for masks went unfilled. At least 24 customers filed complaints with their credit companies, according to court records. Soon, federal agents from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service were on the case.Casper has been in trouble with federal officials before. Postal Inspectors had searched his D.C. luxury apartment last October as part of an earlier fraud investigation. On March 12, Casper pleaded guilty to a single count in that case involving filing fraudulent tax returns in 16 different states and 47 fraudulently obtained tax refunds valued at nearly $200,000.While on release in that case and awaiting sentencing, Casper continued stealing from customers in his newest scheme, withdrawing money from his account while failing to provide refunds to customers whose orders for masks were never fulfilled, according to prosecutors.Prosecutors said Casper is a seven-time felon, citing his previous convictions in North Carolina for stealing and then selling restaurant equipment and his guilty plea last month. But as agents searched his apartment last week for this most recent allegation of fraud, prosecutors say they found evidence of more crimes, including alleged unemployment benefits fraud.Postal inspectors also found what they said is a false reimbursement claim made by Casper to the U.S. Postal Service for a package of N95 masks listed as missing that was found in Casper’s apartment.Casper was arrested last Friday and was ordered held without bond after the government argued “there are absolutely no conditions of release that will ensure that Casper does not continue to defraud people.”Casper’s attorney, Shelli Peterson, declined to comment for this story.Just as an alleged COVID-19-related scam got him arrested, the spread of the disease through the D.C. jail weighed heavily on whether he would be released pending trial. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta noted there have been 37 people who have tested positive for COVID-19, that number growing by nine in the past 24 hours.“I really think it’s a hard call. Under any other circumstances, I would not hesitate to detain Mr. Casper for what I think are new law violations,” Mehta said.Casper’s attorney told the court he suffered from heart disease, high blood pressure and has asthma, and possible exposure to COVID-19 could put him at risk.Mehta said the prosecution’s characterization of Casper as “a serial fraudster” was “apt,” but that “even serial fraudsters should not be exposed to conditions that present a very real risk to their health and their safety and their life.”Casper was ordered placed on home detention under supervision of his former girlfriend, confined to his luxury apartment with GPS monitoring and no access to phones or computers pending sentencing in his first fraud case and trial for his latest case.In 2017, he filed a 367-page federal lawsuit against Comcast, NBC Universal and Saturday Night Live executive producer Lorne Michaels claiming copyright infringement for use of the phrase “Randy Candy” in a skit. “Randy Candy” is the name of a trademarked name of a novelty apparel clothing line owned by Casper, which includes underwear with an image bearing the likeness of Casper holding a hobo sack full of money. He claimed he was entitled to more than $20 million damages, but a federal judge thought otherwise, dismissing the suit last month. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more