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Trump Org. fined $1.6 million after conviction for 17 felonies




A New York judge penalized the Trump Organization $1.6 million – the maximum penalty – on Friday for conducting a decade-long tax fraud scheme, a landmark moment because it is the only criminal conviction that has come close to Donald Trump.

Last month, two Trump companies, The Trump Corp. and Trump Payroll Corp., were convicted of 17 offenses, including tax evasion and falsifying corporate records.

Under New York law, corporations can only be penalized up to $1.6 million, which the Trump Organization can afford.

Prosecutor Joshua Steinglass asked Judge Juan Merchan to levy the maximum sentence on the Trump Organization, although he admitted that it would have “little impact” on a multibillion-dollar corporation.

“We all know that these organizations cannot go to jail like Allen Weisselberg,” Steinglass said on Friday, referring to the Trump Organization’s long-time chief financial officer, who was sentenced to five months in prison earlier this week as part of a plea deal with prosecutors. “The only way to stop someone from doing something like this is to make it as expensive as possible.”


This Verdict Was Momentous

On Friday, Alvin Bragg, the New York District Attorney, said that the fines against the Trump Organization are big, but he also wants lawmakers to make fines for businesses that break the law even bigger.

“This verdict was momentous,” Bragg said outside the courthouse on Friday, “the first ever for a criminal conviction of former President Trump’s enterprises, and I would go so far as to say the first time for any former president in my lifetime.”

However, Bragg believes that the fine is insufficient.

“To be clear, we do not believe that is sufficient; we believe that our laws in this state must be changed to catch this type of decade-plus widespread, atrocious fraud,” Bragg said.


Trump Organization Has 14 Days To Pay The Fine.

The real estate business is not in danger of being shut down because there is no legal mechanism to dissolve the company. No one will be imprisoned as a result of the jury’s decision. A felony conviction, on the other hand, may harm the Trump Organization’s reputation and ability to do business and acquire financing or contracts.

Trump and his family were not charged in this case, but prosecutors cited the former president several times during the trial about his link to the untaxed benefits given to certain officials, including company-funded homes, car leases, and personal expenses. According to one prosecution, Trump “explicitly sanctioned” tax evasion.

One juror said that the jury saw a “culture of deception” at the Trump Organization, but when they talked about Trump’s knowledge of the alleged crimes, they called him “Bob Smith.”

Weisselberg pleaded guilty to 15 charges concerning the tax fraud scheme last year and promised to testify honestly against the corporation at trial.


Weisselbeg Plead Guilty to 15 Charges

He remained on paid leave at the Trump Organization, where he was paid somewhat more than $1 million per year, until his sentence on Tuesday. Weisselberg received a “substantial” severance package, according to one individual familiar with the agreement.

Merchan, who sentenced Weisselberg, stated at the time that if it hadn’t been for the plea agreement, he would have sentenced Weisselberg to a longer time in prison after hearing the evidence at trial.

Merchan called it “offensive” that a $6,000 payroll check was made out to Weisselberg’s wife, who had never worked for Trump, so she could get Social Security payments.

According to a Trump Organization spokesman, Weisselberg “is a victim,” as is the firm and the previous president.

“Even though New York has become the world’s crime and murder capital, these politically driven prosecutors will stop at nothing to get President Trump and continue the never-ending witch-hunt that began the day he announced his candidacy,” the spokesperson stated. “We did nothing illegal and intended to challenge this decision.”


District Attorney’s Office Is Still Looking Into The Company’s Operations.

Prosecutors are conducting a broad investigation, and in recent months their focus has shifted back to the company’s role in hush-money payments made to keep adult film star Stormy Daniels from going public with an affair with Trump just before the 2016 election, according to people familiar with the matter. Trump has denied having an affair.

According to the people, prosecutors are also looking into potential insurance fraud after fresh information emerged from the New York attorney general’s civil inquiry into the integrity of the Trump Organization’s financial accounts.

The most serious threat to the company right now could be New York Attorney General Letitia James’ $250 million civil lawsuit, which claims Trump, his three eldest children, Weisselberg, and others defrauded lenders, insurers, and tax authorities for more than a decade by inflating the value of multiple Trump Organization properties.

In addition to monetary damages, James, a Democrat, is trying to permanently prevent Trump and the children mentioned in the case from acting as directors of a New York-registered firm. She is also attempting to have the Trump Organization’s corporate certificate revoked, which, if successful, would effectively force the company to discontinue operations in New York state.

The judge presiding over the case appointed an impartial monitor to assess the Trump Organization’s financial accounts and business decisions. He recently turned down requests to end the lawsuit and said he was considering punishing Trump’s lawyers. The trial date has been scheduled for October.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing and claims the case is political.



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Indonesia’s Marapi Volcano Erupts For The Second Day As 12 Climbers Remain Missing




PADANG, Indonesia – Officials in Indonesia paused the search for 12 climbers on Monday when Mount Merapi volcano erupted again, sending a huge burst of scorching ash as high as 800 meters (2,620 feet) into the air.

The deaths of 11 climbers were discovered earlier in the day while searching for the missing, but efforts to locate them were hampered by the resumed activity, according to West Sumatra’s Search and Rescue Agency head Abdul Malik. He stated that the search would restart whenever conditions improved.

The agency shared a video of rescuers escorting an injured climber on a stretcher off the mountain and into a waiting ambulance to be brought to the hospital.


On Sunday, Marapi erupted, unleashing clouds of burning ash.

Since 2011, the volcano has remained at the third highest of four alert levels, indicating above-normal volcanic activity, prohibiting climbers and villagers from approaching the peak within 3 kilometers (1.8 miles), according to Hendra Gunawan, the head of the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation.

“This means there should be no climbing to the peak,” Gunawan explained, adding that climbers were only permitted below the danger zone, “but sometimes many of them broke the rules to fulfill their satisfaction to climb further.”

On Saturday, over 75 climbers began their ascent of the nearly 2,900-meter (9,480-foot) mountain and became stranded. Rescuers saved 52 people, including three on Monday. According to Hari Agustian, an official with the local Search and Rescue Agency in Padang, the West Sumatra provincial capital, eight of those rescued Sunday were transported to hospital with burns, and one suffered a fractured leg.

Before beginning their ascent, all climbers registered at two command stations or online with West Sumatra’s conservation office, according to Agustian. When asked how many individuals may be stranded, he claimed it couldn’t be confirmed because some may have taken unauthorized routes up the mountain, and residents may have also been present.

During Sunday’s eruption, Marapi erupted thick ash columns as high as 3,000 meters (9,800 feet), and heated ash clouds extended for miles. Tons of volcanic debris buried nearby villages and cities. According to a social media video, volcanic dust and rain covered the faces and hair of evacuated climbers.

Authorities provided masks and urged inhabitants to wear eyeglasses to protect themselves from volcanic ash as falling ash blanketed several communities and obstructed sunlight.


Rubai and Gobah Cumantiang, the nearest villages about 5 to 6 kilometers (3.1 to 3.7 miles) from the peak, are home to approximately 1,400 people.

According to Gunawan, the Sunday eruption was not preceded by a large rise in volcanic earthquakes. Deep volcanic earthquakes were only detected three times between November 16 and Sunday, while the peak’s deformation equipment or tiltmeter revealed a horizontal pattern on the radial axis and a small inflation on the tangential axis.

“This shows that the eruption process is taking place quickly and the center of pressure is very shallow, around the peak,” the scientist stated.


According to Gunawan, Marapi has erupted on average every 2 to 4 years since 2004.

Gunawan added that this eruption was not the result of magma movement and that marapi eruptions are typically sudden and challenging to detect using equipment because the source is close to the surface.

Marapi has been active since a January eruption that left no one dead. It is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is vulnerable to seismic activity due to its placement on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircles the Pacific Basin.


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Rizz Named Word Of The Year 2023 By Oxford University Press




Are you adept at flirting or chatting up possible partners? If this is the case, you may already have rizz and be unaware of it.

Young folks utilize the Oxford word of the year, internet slang for romantic appeal or charm.

It was one of eight words chosen from a shortlist to define the mood, ethos, or preoccupations of 2023.

A public poll was used to narrow down the list before Oxford lexicographers made the ultimate selection.

Swiftie, Beige Flag, and Situationship were among the other contenders.

If you are not a member of Generation Z, the term may be meaningless to you.

However, it is widely utilized online, with billions of views of the hashtag “rizz” on TikTok.


Rizz Named Word Of The Year 2023 By Oxford University Press

It is described as style, charm, or attractiveness, as well as the ability to attract a romantic or sexual partner, by Oxford University Press [OUP], which publishes the Oxford English Dictionary [OED].

The word “charisma” is assumed to be a shorter variant of “charisma.”

It can also be used as a verb, as in “to frizz up,” which means “to attract, seduce, or chat up someone.”

It’s essentially a modern version of the “game,” described as skill, proficiency, and the capacity to sexually entice people through one’s charm.


What do the shorlisted words mean?

Beige flag (n.): a character feature that indicates that a partner or possible partner is boring or lacks creativity; (also) a quality or habit, especially of a partner or potential mate, that is very distinctive but not good or bad. [proposed definition]

A situationship (n.) is a romantic or sexual relationship that is not formal or established.

Swiftie (n.): a devoted follower of Taylor Swift. [proposed definition]

Prompt (n.): a command issued to an artificial intelligence program, algorithm, or the like that affects or influences the content it generates [draft definition]

De-influencing (n.): the activity of deterring individuals from purchasing specific things or pushing people to consume less material goods, particularly through social media [draft definition]

The Oxford University Press emphasized that lexicographers are writing a draft definition “for the Word of the Year campaign” and that terms without draft definitions are already in the OED.


Rizz Named Word Of The Year 2023 By Oxford University Press

The rest of the words will be included in dictionaries “after assessment of their longevity, frequency, and breadth of usage,” according to the statement.

Kai Cenat, a Twitch streamer and YouTuber is widely credited with popularizing the term rizz, which he used with his buddies.

The word’s popularity has grown this year, and in June, actor Tom Holland was asked by Buzzfeed about the secret to his frizz.

Holland responded, “I have no rizz at all.” “I have limited rizz,” he says before detailing how he won his fiancée Zendaya over by playing the “long game.”


Another slang term characterizing “unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy” behavior that was last year’s Oxford word of the year was “goblin mode.”

Casper Grathwohl, president of Oxford Languages, stated that while “goblin mode” was popular following the epidemic, “it’s interesting to see a contrasting word like rizz come to the forefront.”

He speculated that the word referred to “a prevailing mood of 2023, where more of us are opening up after a challenging few years and finding confidence in who we are.”

Mr. Grathwohl said that the increased use of the word frizz demonstrated that words and phrases derived from online culture “are increasingly becoming part of the day-to-day vernacular.”

The language specialists at Oxford University Press chose the selection of eight words.

This list was then subjected to a public vote in late November, narrowing the field to four finalists before the experts decided.

Collins Dictionary revealed “artificial intelligence” as the word of 2023 in November.


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Brisbane Mayor Quits 2032 Olympic Organizing Committee, Condemns Stadium Costs




Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner has resigned from the inter-governmental group planning the 2032 Brisbane Olympic Games, describing it as a “pointless talkfest” and a “dysfunctional farce.”

It is the first substantial divide for the organizers, whom the International Olympic Committee chose to host the 2032 Summer Olympics in 2021.

The so-called Leaders’ Forum, which includes officials from all three levels of government and various organizations, is intended to deliver the Olympics while leaving a legacy for Queensland. Its mandate is to collaborate with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s Queensland state government to “progress the significant venues, villages, and transportation infrastructure” for the Games.

However, Schrinner claimed that the committee was meant to “place key stakeholders while the state government made all the real decisions behind closed doors.”


Brisbane Mayor Quits 2032 Olympic Organizing Committee, Condemns Stadium Costs

“The truth is that we’ve always wanted to be team players. On Sunday, Schrinner stated, “The state government wanted to play politics.”

He advocated for creating an independent authority, similar to the one that oversaw preparations for the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and the London Olympics in 2012, to bring planning “back on track.”

“We don’t need overpriced stadiums, we need better transport,” Schrinner said. “This week it became very apparent that the Intergovernmental Leaders’ Forum is a dysfunctional farce.”

According to Schrinner, sports have become “more about overpriced stadiums.”
A $2.7 billion US makeover of the existing Gabba stadium in inner-city Brisbane, which would be dismantled and rebuilt, is intended to be the centerpiece of an Olympics with sites around southeast Queensland. However, Schrinner suggested that alternative options be investigated.

He was particularly critical of the state government’s proposals for Brisbane City Council to contribute $91 million to upgrade another local stadium, the RNA Showgrounds, to host cricket and Australian Rules football while the Gabba is redeveloped.


Brisbane Mayor Quits 2032 Olympic Organizing Committee, Condemns Stadium Costs

A 20,000-person stadium will be built within the showgrounds for the next five years to house the Brisbane Lions AFL teams and the Brisbane Heat cricket club. Schrinner resigned in response to the state government’s request for a financial commitment from the city for a temporary cricket and AFL site.

“The state government’s game playing is jeopardizing the games and they are quickly losing the support of the people of Queensland,” Schrinner said in a statement. “It’s clear that the games have become more about overpriced stadiums rather than the promise of vital transport solutions.”

Queensland Sports Minister Stirling Hinchliffe expressed surprise at Schrinner’s decision to resign. If he chooses to return, a place will be reserved for him.

Queensland will have council elections in March of next year. Schrinner’s conservative Liberal National Party alliance and the opposition Australian Labor Party had previously backed the Gabba renovation.


Brisbane Mayor Quits 2032 Olympic Organizing Committee, Condemns Stadium Costs

The Greens’ candidate for mayor of Brisbane, Jonathan Sriranganathan, has stated that if elected, his party would oppose the demolition and rebuilding of the Gabba. He called it a “deplorable waste of money” and a “bad deal for our city.”


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