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Anglo seeking €25bn bailout

first_img Show Comments ▼ Anglo seeking €25bn bailout Anglo Irish Bank said yesterday the bill for its rescue should not exceed €25bn (£20.6bn) but investors remained sceptical after mounting losses raised pressure on Ireland to shut down the nationalised lender.Once the posterchild of the “Celtic Tiger” economy, the cost of bailing out Anglo left Ireland with the biggest budget deficit in the European Union last year, undermining the government’s austerity drive and raising its borrowing costs.Anglo Irish chief executive Mike Aynsley’s view that the bank would not need more than the €25bn previously flagged by the government failed to soothe markets already rattled by concerns over Eurozone debt.“It’s a pretty brave comment by the management,” said one analyst who declined to be named. “As a taxpayer I would be somewhat relieved, and I think it would be a nice support for the bond market, but I’m scratching my head over it.”The premium investors demand to hold 10-year Irish bonds over German Bunds was hovering close to euro-era highs of 366 basis points yesterday. Irish financial stocks were trading down 1.45 per cent.In an analysis criticised by Irish officials, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s estimated last week that the final cost of purging Anglo of bad debts accumulated during the property boom could hit €35bn.Finance minister Brian Lenihan did not put a final figure on Anglo’s bailout but said clarity on the total cost would come when Ireland reaches an agreement with the European Commission on what to do with the lender. “We must bring finality and certainty to that figure and that is part of this exercise we are doing with the European Commission,” he told the national broadcaster. Dublin signalled on Monday it might wind down Anglo Irish, the worst-performing company in Irish corporate history, after its losses and scandals made it more difficult to push through spending cuts. Tuesday 31 August 2010 9:13 pm whatsapp whatsapp More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Share KCS-content Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Les Moulins de la Concorde Ltee (LMLC.mu) Q12016 Interim Report

first_imgLes Moulins de la Concorde Ltee (LMLC.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Les Moulins de la Concorde Ltee (LMLC.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Les Moulins de la Concorde Ltee (LMLC.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Les Moulins de la Concorde Ltee (LMLC.mu)  2016 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileLes Moulins de la Concorde Limitée (Ordinary) is headquartered in in Port-Louis, Mauritius. The company manufactures, distributes and sells wheat flour in Mauritius. Les Moulins de la Concorde Limitée exports product to Comoros, Seychelles, Reunion, Madagascar, and Mayotte as well through the company’s brand names Blédor and Les Moulins. The company also produces premix and multigrain premix flour for the manufacture of bread products under the DOMIX brand name, breads and bakery products under the OPTIMAL brand name and flour products for the manufacture of white bread under the Concorde brand name. In addition, the company provides flour for making pastries, donuts, puris, pastry flour for baking, and animal feed. Les Moulins de la Concorde Limitée (Ordinary) is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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Fincorp Investment Ltd (FINC.mu) HY2019 Interim Report

first_imgFincorp Investment Ltd (FINC.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about Fincorp Investment Ltd (FINC.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fincorp Investment Ltd (FINC.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fincorp Investment Ltd (FINC.mu)  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileFincorp Investment Limited operates solely as an investment company that is fully owned by the Mauritius Commercial Bank. The company offers services in funds management, property investment, and specialised services in mortgaging, property investment products and property development. Fincorp Investment Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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Five Things we learned in October

first_img TAGS: Northampton Saints The Barbarians live on, Dan Lydiate returns from France, rugby’s US expansion and Gareth Davies’ new role as WRU chairman is all covered in October’s wrap Last month’s European Rugby Champions Cup (please Lord find a shortened version for this tournament) saw the best in the Aviva Premiership take on the best in the Guinness Pro 12. The Ospreys had entered the fixture unbeaten in the Pro 12, but this season Northampton Saints represent a significant hike in quality. Even the in-form Dan Biggar, Rhys Webb and Alun-Wyn Jones struggled to make influence the game at Franklin’s Garden. The gulf between the two sides was particularly evident at the breakdown where Tom Wood, Samu Manoa and Calum Clark were highly effective – Justin Tipuric was uncharacteristically shut out of the game. However, special praise must be reserved for George North who scored four tries. He actually scored more points than 13 of the teams playing in that weekend’s Rugby Champions Cup. It’s so encouraging to see North being utilised so effectively. The Saints backline regularly play him off the 13 or 15 instead of forcing him to carry senselessly into backrow forwards in the 9 and 10 channel. Make no mistake, Northampton are the real deal this season.Saint George: Northampton are shaping up as genuine European contendersBalance at the WRUOctober saw Gareth Davies appointed as the new Chairman of the WRU. It appears a prudent decision. Not only does Davies have the elite rugby CV required, his commercial credentials are equally reassuring – the former CEO of the Newport Gwent Dragons has also held senior roles within CBI Wales, BBC Wales, S4C, the Sports Council for Wales and the Royal Mail. The appointment of Davies should be seen as a positive move for Welsh rugby as a whole, but particularly the four Welsh regions (who have recently rebranded as Pro Rugby Wales). Davies’ arrival represents a more equitable power shift from the WRU towards the regions. In recent times it has felt as though the WRU were sitting around the boardroom table, in luxurious soft leather upholstered chairs, whilst the regions were asked to sit on those slightly worn chairs you retrieve from the garage when your entire family nip around unannounced. This isn’t to suggest that Davies will offer any bias, he won’t, he isn’t that sort of man, but he will ensure that any disagreements are met with a fair and balanced approach for all parties. That can only be good for Welsh rugby. Carter draw: The superstar All Blacks came to the lucrative US and conquered so why not Europe?Rugby tries to crack the USAThe past week saw the All Blacks travel to the USA to take on the Eagles. The move was met by some with cynicism, sniggers and talk of selling out for a few dollars, especially with Sonny Bill Williams and Dan Carter back in tow. But those sentiments are way off the mark. Rugby needs to grow both its commercial and participation numbers. Whilst the rugby public would love to believe that our sport is the premier game in the world, most of the world doesn’t even know rugby exists. Rugby’s relatively small target audience has big consequences outside of the slush funds that pour through the AVIVA Premiership and Top 14 – Welsh and Australian rugby being just two examples of cash shortfalls. Some think that the expansion of rugby into new countries, particularly the playing of domestic club fixtures overseas, will be detrimental to traditional rugby playing nations. But it won’t, quite the opposite, the long-term expansion of the game will benefit all. New markets bring new audiences, new audiences bring TV and TV brings sponsors. American dollars could be a game-changer for many in rugby – such expansion could mean that the first sponsor of the Millennium Stadium is an American company seeking to expand in Europe. Rugby needs to embrace new markets and revenue streams – every other successful organisation does and rugby should be no different. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Australia v Barbarians. Take a bowI feel sorry for whichever producer was tasked with producing the highlights package for the Barbarians v Australia game. Cutting that down to 15 minutes must have been a nightmare. It was pure entertainment and a wonderful antidote to the paranoid, stifling game that test level rugby can become. Between both sides the ball was passed 417 times. To put that in perspective, the last time Wales played South Africa, both teams managed just 237 passes combined. It was a glorious exhibition where hands took precedence over feet with Australia kicking the ball just four times. There were 37 clean breaks, 57 defenders beaten and 50 offloads – it was like watching 15 year-old boys ‘preening when their girlfriend’s come to watch them play down the local rugby club. But above all it showed that rugby, when played with the right mind-set, can compete in the entertainment stakes with any sport in the world.Lydiate returns: The Wales blindside will not be short of offersDan Lydiate released earlyOctober saw Dan Lydiate released from his contract with Racing Metro. It was no surprise as Lydiate had only played four hours of competitive rugby for Racing Metro this season. Lydiate’s time in French rugby has been torrid. In fact Welsh-French entente cordiale hasn’t reached such an awkward low since my ill-fated pen-pal relationship with a girl from La Rochelle in 1987 – she wrote to me 12 times, I didn’t RSVP once. Anyway, I digress, in truth, The British Lion and former Six Nations Player of the Tournament wasn’t suited to the Top 14. This is a league that values versatile, almost generic, back row forwards such as Steffon Armitage and Juan Martín Fernandez Lobbe – players who can play two or even three positions in the backrow. It almost makes you wonder if Racing Metro’s scouts even watched Lydiate’s highlights showreel before they signed him. Lydiate is a highly specialised six, the Dennis Rodman of rugby, a player who has perfected his defensive role to a level that it almost redefined the ‘tackle-line’. Lydiate hasn’t yet declared for which team he will now play, largely due to confusion regarding his suitability for a dual-contract, and which Welsh region has the right to claim him. Either way, Lydiate shouldn’t be short of offers.Northampton. Genuine contenders for Europe Hair raising: The Barbarians vs Australia was a welcome return to risky rugby last_img read more

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Breaking News: 9-1-1 service out of order in Orange County and…

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Breaking NewsFrom the Apopka Police DepartmentA reported issue with AT&T cellular service Wednesday evening is preventing customers from calling 9-1-1 for emergency assistance in parts of the southeastern United States including Orange County and Apopka, Maitland and Eatonville.In cases of actual emergencies tonight, AT&T cellular phone customers who cannot reach 9-1-1 in Apopka, Maitland and Eatonville should call the city’s emergency dispatch center at (407) 703-1757. This is only for AT&T customers – others should call 9-1-1.Follow the City of Apopka Facebook page for additional information updates. Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply 1 COMMENT Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. March 9, 2017 at 3:37 pmcenter_img TAGS9-1-1Apopka Police Department Previous articleBreaking News: Apopka police arrest 16-year-old for home invasionNext articleApopka High football schedule announced Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR We got a automated phone call about it today. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! Mama Mia Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom last_img read more

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Legacy Marketing Can Be Simple

first_imgLegacy Marketing Can Be Simple Legacy marketing can be simple or it can be mind-bogglingly complicated. Of course, for charities like Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation, which receive millions of pounds each year from bequests left to them by their supporters, marketing Legacies is almost an industry in its own right. But for smaller charities and membership organisations it really can be a simple process. If you follow these guidelines you should not go too far wrong: 1) Tell your members that you accept and welcome legacies. 2) Explain why the funds are so important and what you will do with them. 3) ALWAYS use response-marketing techniques so you know who is thinking about leaving you a legacy. 4) Ask those who have expressed an interest or requested a brochure if they would pledge to leave a legacy. 5) Communicate regularly with pledgers and ask them for their input. 6) Consider specific projects and ring-fencing money to fund them.  Andrew Atiyah The CGL www.thecgl.co.uk/membership-services Most people who leave legacies to charities tend to leave to a number of different charities rather than to just one. To ensure that your organisation is given due consideration make your case strongly and convincingly.  Howard Lake | 3 May 2013 | Newscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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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Community health and wellbeing charities win GSK IMPACT Awards

first_imgWhy IMPACT?The name ‘IMPACT’ derives from the criteria that winners must have demonstrated in their application submission: Innovation, Management, Partnership, Achievement, Community focus and Targeting need.  10 winnersThe ten winners of the 2020 GSK IMPACT Awards are:·         Auditory Verbal UK, for helping deaf children learn to listen and talk so they can get an equal start at school.·         Empire Fighting Chance, a Bristol-based charity, for its work transforming young lives through non-contact boxing.·         Headway East London, for supporting brain injury survivors, their families and carers.·         Maundy Relief, for tackling poverty and helping people in real need in Accrington.·         New Pathways, for helping people who have experienced rape or sexual assault across South, West and Mid Wales.·         Playlist for Life, for using music to help improve the lives of people with dementia and their families across the UK.·         Shantona Women’s and Family Centre, empowering women and strengthening families in diverse communities in Leeds.·         Trevi House, a Plymouth-based charity, for helping mothers to recover from addiction without separating them from their children.·         Vision Care for Homeless People, for providing eye tests and glasses to homeless people.·         Yellow Door, for improving the lives of people affected by domestic or sexual abuse across Hampshire.The ten winning charities will receive their awards at a ceremony at the Science Museum in London on 13 May 2020. The overall winner will be announced on the night and awarded an extra £10,000. Lisa Weaks, Assistant Director at The King’s Fund, added:   “The financial support and the leadership and development opportunities offered by the GSK IMPACT Awards will give an important boost to these organisations and vital support for their leaders.”   “This year’s winners are making a huge difference to the lives of people, and it’s an honour to be able to recognise and support the work that they are doing. “The ten winners offer help with a wide range of issues across the UK. It’s inspiring to see the different ways that these outstanding charities are engaging and supporting their communities and finding new and innovative ways to deliver their services.”  Ten charities have been named as winners of the 2020 GSK IMPACT Awards for their outstanding work improving health and wellbeing in their communities.More than 400 charities across the UK applied for the awards in their 23rd year. Each of the ten winners receives £30,000 in unrestricted funding as well as expert support and leadership development provided by The King’s Fund. Howard Lake | 10 March 2020 | News Next awardsThe 2021 GSK IMPACT Awards will be open for application in June 2020.  355 total views,  3 views today  356 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Developing leaders and a networkA key aim of the GSK IMPACT Awards programme is the development of leaders in the charity sector. Consequently all winners are invited to build on their success and take part in a tailored leadership development programme run by The King’s Fund.Following this they are invited to join the GSK IMPACT Awards Network, a UK wide network of over 85 previous award winners who work together to develop leaders, find new ways of working and provide mutual support.  Katie Pinnock, Director of UK and Ireland Charitable Partnerships at GSK, said:  center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 SEE ALSO: 2020 GSK IMPACT Awards open for applications (3 July 2019) Tagged with: Awards Funding health Advertisement Community health and wellbeing charities win GSK IMPACT Awards The GSK IMPACT Awards are designed to recognise the outstanding work of small and medium sized charities working to improve health and wellbeing in communities across the UK. 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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Donegal mans discovery linked to possible virus cure

first_imgA drug co-discovered by a Donegal Scientist in the 1970s has emerged as a possible treatment option for Covid-19.New evidence shows that the drug ivermectin can inhibit the virus that causes Covid-19 replicating in cells in the lab.Donegal native Professor William Campbell, who shared a Nobel Prize for his role in the discovery of Ivermectin has been sharing his thoughts on the major developments.He says it’s a huge step in the right direction:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/BillCacvbcvbmpbell.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further WhatsApp Twitter By News Highland – April 24, 2020 Previous articlePeople beginning to stretch the public health adviceNext articleDonegal TD highlights major insurance concerns in Dail News Highland Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterestcenter_img Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNewsPlayback Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp Facebook Donegal mans discovery linked to possible virus cure Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more

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Always thankful

first_img Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Published 2:00 am Saturday, June 13, 2015 By Jaine Treadwell In my childhood days, we invented things to play. We made up the games, the rules and the penalties and we carried them out.One of our favorite things to play was fighting.There were two kinds of fighting. The fighting we planned and the fighting that just erupted. That was the best kind. By Blood Sugar Blaster Skip Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) Latest Stories The Bible says in all things be thankful.I’m not sure the Lord had sandspurs clinging to his jeans and scratching his legs when he said that.When you get a little age on you, bending over to detach sandspurs can cause you to be a bit woozy. So, maybe the dizziness brought back the memories or maybe it was the tilt of my memory box but, either way, the memories stood as clear as if it were yesterday. Print Article Email the author Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Betty Kay and I were riding the horse one day and Jimmy and Preston Darby wanted to ride but we wouldn’t get off. After a long time, we took Lightning back to the barn. When I was taking the saddle off, Jimmy ambushed me. He jumped down on me from the hayloft, knocked me flat on my back and started beating me in the stomach with both of his fists.Dora, my adopted grandmother, came running out to save me. She pulled Jimmy off me and gave him a shake. “You ain’t supposed to hit girls!”Jimmy hollered, “She’s ain’t a girl!”Well, I was a girl. But if I could have twisted my arm around far enough to kiss my elbow and turn into a boy, I would have knocked his head off.The fights that just erupted were real fights. But the “wars” we planned weren’t too rough unless they erupted.We’d war with pinecones, pecans, corncobs and BB guns that didn’t pack much power.But the best weapons were sandspurs. We’d gather up a big handful of the long-stemmed sandspurs. The rule was that you could only hit people on the backside and everything was fair game — the head, the hair, the back and the bare legs.Let somebody whack you on the back with a sandspur and see how it feels.Those old pricks cling to your shirt and stick in you every time you move. If you get hit on the legs, it brings the blood and, if sandspurs get in your hair, they’ll still be there when you die.It was those days of war and truce that memory brought back to me as I picked sandspurs out of my jeans on that hot, late summer day.Standing there, I gave thanks for sandspurs because, for just a minute or two, I was back again with my friends, Betty Kay, Jimmy and Preston Darby.They are all gone now. Oh, how I miss them.Come to think of it, I wonder if there are sandspurs in heaven. If there are, the Good Lord might be picking them out of his jeans after all. Always thankful Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration We erupted a lot – me, my friend Betty Kay and my cousin Jimmy.Betty Kay and I fought like cats. We scratched, pulled hair, pinched, kicked and sometimes we’d bite each other. And we would fight over anything or nothing.Mama said we’d be in the bed asleep and the next thing she knew we’d be fightin’ like tigers, right there in the middle of the bed.But, Jimmy and me, we did real fighting like ol’ Joe Lewis — with our fists. We’d hit each other in the mouth and punch each other in the stomach. And, like Popeye we fought “to the finich.” You Might Like GALERIES GALORE: Olszyk, Wedderspoon exhibits open at Johnson Center Messenger Photo/Jaine TreadwellKelly Olszyk’s paintings have their beginnings in the stories of life as told in black and white. Then… read more Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe 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

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Teen girl says she was traumatized after escaping alleged Uber kidnapping

first_imgiStock(NEW YORK) — A young girl who was allegedly kidnapped by her Uber driver over the summer says the incident has left her in a constant state of fear, so much so that she says she’s afraid to use ride-hailing services ever again.The 15-year-old and her attorneys, Rosemonde Cely and Lorna Lightfoot-Ware, sat down with ABC News for an interview which aired Thursday on Good Morning America.“It’s affected my school life, my friends, my family,” she said. “It’s had such a negative impact on me. Everywhere I go, I feel scared because I’m so much more aware of my surroundings now.”The Long Island teenager said she used to take Uber rides on a regular basis before the traumatizing encounter on July 12, when Sean Williams, a 32-year-old Uber driver from Brooklyn, allegedly tried to force her to go to his home “where he intended to sexually assault her,” according to the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.The teen, whom ABC News is not naming because she is a minor, requested a ride home from a Sweet 16 party in Atlantic Beach, New York, which is about 15 miles away from her home in Merrick, but Williams allegedly canceled the route and tried to convince the girl to go drinking with him instead, prosecutors said.The teen said she told Williams her age and repeatedly asked that he take her home, but he allegedly refused and continued driving west, in the wrong direction. He also forced her to sit in the front seat, which made it hard for her to use her phone to call for help, she said.“It’s hard for me to open up and, like, trust people now because I put trust in that I would be able to get home safely. And I was not able to get home safely that night,” she told GMA. “He kept asking me, like, if I wanted to go out for drinks with him sometime. And I said, ‘No, ’cause I’m 15. I can’t go out to drinks. And, like, I just want to get home.’ But he kept, you know, insisting on that.”She figured out a way to escape once they arrived in Brooklyn, authorities said. The teen told the driver she needed a bathroom, and when he pulled over, she ran into a McDonald’s and called police, prosecutors said.Williams allegedly followed her into the McDonald’s but fled before police arrived, prosecutors said. He was arrested four days later and charged with second-degree kidnapping, second-degree kidnapping as a sexually motivated felony, endangering the welfare of a child, and unlawful imprisonment. He pleaded not guilty at an arraignment in late August and was later released on $150,000 bail, according to his attorney.“My client adamantly denies doing anything of any nature that can be construed as criminal,” his defense attorney, Steven Gaitman, told ABC News. “The facts and circumstances as alleged leave much to be debated at trial, which my client is looking forward to.”A spokesperson for Uber said the company is cooperating with authorities as they investigate the case.“What has been reported is deeply alarming and the driver’s access to the app was immediately removed when we learned about the incident,” the spokesperson told ABC News. “We continue to cooperate with law enforcement on their case.”Uber riders can share their trip with loved ones so it can be tracked and monitored — a safety feature which the company notes says is not available when taking other forms of transportation, such as a taxi. Uber terms, which drivers and riders agree to, state that anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult to ride with Uber, and account holders must be over 18, according to the company.Despite those terms, in this case, the mother ordered the Uber for her 15-year-old daughter to go to the event and, later that evening, told her to order one home so she could track the trip, according to Uber.Earlier this year, the San Francisco-based company launched an awareness campaign called “From Car Seat to College,” which aims to “proactively educate families on safety with Uber.” As part of the campaign, the company says it is collaborating with the National Parent Teacher Association to deliver important safety tips and information to families across the United States so they know how to use the app appropriately and to help them have a safe experience when using the app with family.The young girl’s family called the case a scary reminder of how dangerous ride-hailing can be. Her aunt signaled that she was aware of the waves of sexual assault allegations plaguing the ride-sharing industry, but she never imagined that the issue would hit so close to home.“I don’t take Uber now any longer. Even on business trips, I won’t take an Uber now any longer and I certainly wouldn’t advise her to do it,” her aunt said. “I’ve given the same advice to my coworkers and I would not put myself in that position, just because there’s no guarantee that you’re going to be safe.”As for the victim, she said she wants her story to serve as a warning for people who use ride-sharing services without being mindful of the risks. If possible, she said, it’s better to hitch a ride with someone you know.“I think parents should be monitoring their kids more and becoming more aware,” the teenager said. “I think they should be more wary [because] this can happen to you. This can happen to your kids.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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