Frenchman facing death in Indonesia for molesting hundreds of kids

first_imgPolice said they had found videos on Abello’s laptop computer that showed him engaging in illegal sex acts with hundreds of children aged between 10 and 17.The pensioner had entered the Southeast Asian nation on a tourist visa several times over the past five years, according to police.”He would approach children and lure them by offering them work as models,” Jakarta police chief Nana Sudjana told reporters Thursday.”The ones who agreed to have sex with him would get paid between 250,000 and one million rupiah ($17-70). Those who didn’t want to have sex would be beaten, slapped and kicked by the suspect,” he added.Police said they believed Abello had been molesting Indonesian children for years and that there may be more victims.As many as 70,000 children are victims of sexual exploitation annually in Indonesia, according to global anti-trafficking network ECPAT International.American fugitive Russ Medlin, wanted at home in connection with a $700 million cryptocurrency scam, was arrested in Jakarta last month on allegations he paid underaged girls to have sex with him.Topics : A French retiree could face the death penalty in Indonesia on charges that he molested over 300 children and beat those who refused to have sex with him, authorities said Thursday.Police said they nabbed Francois Camille Abello, 65, last month at a hotel in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta, where they found two underaged girls in his room.Abello could face life in prison or even execution by firing squad if he is convicted on a raft of charges under Indonesia’s child protection laws, including accusations that he filmed the illicit encounters.last_img read more

3rd fire in Berbice in 2 days

first_imgA former sugar estate worker, who lost his job when the Skeldon Estate closed, has now lost his home. The Sunday afternoon blaze completely destroyed the Lot 9 Number 75 Village, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) home leaving Rajendra Ramnauth and his family homeless.The building at Number 75 Village, Corentyne, was reduced to ashes The 39-year-old security guard told this publication that he was at a nearby supermarket with his wife and daughter.He said while shopping, they received a message stating that their house was on fire.According to the father of one, when he arrived on the scene, he saw flames engulfing his entire house.“When you are poor and you have to start from scratch it will be hard. It is everything we had…” the former sugar worker explained.A unit from the Corriverton Fire Service responded in a timely manner and was able to prevent a second building from total destruction. The exterior of that building received extensive damage.Meanwhile, Ramnauth’s wife, Normattie Chinoppah, a domestic worker, said that all appliances in the home were off when they left for the supermarket.“We will be glad if people can help us because we are very poor,” she pleaded.Persons wishing to make contact with Ramnauth or his wife can do so on telephone number (592) 335-4210.Rajendra Ramnauth and his wife Normattie Chinoppah Sunday’s fire was the third to be recorded in Berbice in two days.On Sunday morning, a fire of unknown origin completely destroyed a flat building at D’Edward, West Coast Berbice, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), leaving two homeless.Fifty-eight-year-old Alvin Spencer, who occupied the house with his 16-year-old son was asleep when the fire started. It was his son, Osborne, who woke him up.The teenager lost everything including his School Based Assessments (SBA), he was working on for CSEC next year.Textbooks, notebooks and a laptop are just a part of the list of school items destroyed.The flat building was burnt to ashes. The family is pleading for assistance and can be contacted on telephone number (592) 671-5476.Meanwhile, on Saturday a fire believed to be an act of arson destroyed a two-story building at Number 29 Village, West Coast Berbice, also in Region Five.The building was owned by retired teacher and community worker Marsha Gouveia.The 56-year-old former teacher, in relating the incident, said she was not at home when the incident occurred.According to her, her husband, James Adams, threatened to kill her and she grabbed her great-nephew and ran out of the house.Adams, she said, came to her friend’s house where she was and demanded that she give him back $15,000, which he had given to her.She promised that he would get it the following day. However, he was not satisfied with the offer and promised to burn the house.Minutes later, flames were seen coming from the building and Adams was seen running away.last_img read more

China, U.S. to discuss growing trade surplus

first_imgBEIJING – It’s a sign of the times when China’s plan to buy a few billion dollars worth of U.S. goods gets announced with the fanfare normally reserved for much larger deals. The point was to show that China knows it must make strides to equalize trade between the two nations, days before its negotiators travel to Washington to haggle with U.S. officials about trade. But whatever good may have come from the three-hour signing ceremony in California on Wednesday – when deals were announced for China to buy $4.3billion of U.S. technology – probably evaporated on Friday, after China said it posted a $16.88billion trade surplus in April, a good chunk of it likely from the United States. The April trade gap was below February’s $23.7billion – the second-highest level on record – but in line with steady increases in monthly trade surpluses during the past year. The announcement by China’s General Administration of Customs came against a backdrop of rising trade tensions between the world’s No.1 and No.3 economies. Chinese and U.S. trade envoys are due to meet May23-24 in Washington for talks on Beijing’s surpluses, currency controls, product piracy and other contentious issues. Some U.S. lawmakers are pushing for punitive tariffs on imports of Chinese goods if Beijing fails to ease currency controls that critics say keep its currency undervalued, giving exporters an unfair price advantage and adding to China’s trade surpluses. Washington is hoping the “strategic economic dialogue,” led by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi, helps to mollify critics and avert disruption in trade ties. Chinese President Hu Jintao made an unusual personal lobbying effort for the talks this week, expressing hopes for “positive progress” in a phone call with President George W. Bush. The Chinese government says it is not actively pursuing such large surpluses and has taken steps to reduce exports. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

False teeth and other write-offs

first_img “This (big game hunting deduction) is an egregious example of the tax code, that doesn’t help lower taxes for anyone,” said Andrew Chamberlain, a staff economist with the Tax Foundation. “In our view, deductions like this are bad policy because every time you create a loophole you force everyone to pay higher tax rates.” Scores of doctors write off the scrubs they wear during the year. And false teeth are always a worthy deduction for taxpayers, young and old, because they’re usually a remedy for a medical condition. But Martin said it never ceases to amaze him when someone argues for a tax deduction that has absolutely no merit. A client of his wanted to write off the meals she consumed during her work day. “Because I work, I have to eat,’ she’d say. And, I had to tell her that the government isn’t going to allow you to deduct your lunch,” said Martin. It’s not only lunch that people are trying to deduct. How about your mother’s mortgage? Heinz Hercher, an accountant from Claremont, said he’s had cases when clients say their mothers have no income and therefore can’t deduct mortgage payments. “So they try to deduct mother’s mortgage payments from their own taxes,” he said. “And that is completely inappropriate.” Deducting your own mortgage, of course, is perfectly legitimate. Attempts are also made to write off veterinary expenses, which are difficult to detect because of the ambiguous title of doctor attached to the bill. But the tax code is also open to interpretation, and accountants may have differing views on what’s deductible and what’s not. Home improvements are usually not deductible, unless something is installed for medical reasons. For example, a homeowner might install an elevator because they are handicapped, however, they wouldn’t be able to deduct the cost of the elevator if the homeowner simply installed it to increase the value of their home, Asimow said. Plastic surgery is another murky area. Tim Good, partner at Windes & McClaughry in Torrance, said if the surgery is strictly cosmetic then don’t deduct it. So even though it could help them in their careers, movie stars might find it hard to nip and deduct. “If an auditor found something like that, I’m certain it would inspire a spirited conversation,” Good said. At then end of the day, Good advises to let common sense be your guidepost. “But be careful,” he said. “Don’t make assumptions. And never shoot from the hip.” Evan Pondel, (818) 713-3662 evan.[email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! If you go on a safari, shoot an exotic beast and donate the mounted trophy head to a charitable organization, you can deduct the full cost of the adventure from your income taxes. The loophole has triggered a cottage industry of travel groups that use the deduction as a marketing tool to attract the well-to-do sportsman. And until recently, lawmakers ignored the deduction because it was embedded so deeply in the tax code. Big game trophies, false teeth, wigs, haircuts and Fido’s root canal are among a bevy of items Americans try to – and often succeed at – deducting from their taxes. And accountants say that with tax time just around the corner, ’tis the season for tales of the bizarre deduction. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “There is a lot of squeezing under the radar,” said Michael Asimow, professor of law emeritus at the University of California, Los Angeles, who specializes in tax issues. “And many things that are not deductible under the law people will try to deduct anyway.” Robert C. Martin, owner of accounting firm R C Martin & Associates in San Bernardino, can recall several policemen who attempted to deduct the cost of their haircuts, saying it was part of their uniform. “And I said absolutely not. That’s personal. You’d be getting a hair cut regardless of being a policeman,” said Martin, who’s been a practicing accountant for more than two decades. “My rule of thumb for tax deductions is that if you spend a dollar to make a dollar than it’s deductible.” It appears that California taxpayers may be getting a bit more honest. In 2003, there were 5.8 million tax returns with a total of $155.7 billion in itemized deductions, compared with $155.9 billion in the prior year. Charitable donations accounted for more than 10 percent of the total dollars in itemized deductions, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Economists say deductions from charitable donations are likely to rise this year as a result of Hurricane Katrina, along with a slew of other donations that continue to stream in from natural disasters in recent years. But in the end, tax deductions actually do more harm than good for the nation as a whole, according to the Tax Foundation, a tax research organization based in Washington D.C. last_img read more