Tag Archives: New York

N.Y Police remove barriers from Trump’s Tower.

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Since leaving the White House, Trump has moved to his resort at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, which he made his official residence at the end of 2019.

New Yorkers walking down Fifth Avenue in recent years have become used to navigating security barriers outside Trump Tower. Now, there’s more space on the sidewalk.

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The barricades that went up after Donald Trump won the presidential election in November 2016 have been removed, New York police confirmed on Thursday.

Police had already reduced their presence around Trump’s New York home, located between 56th and 57th street, following President Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20.

Last Friday, “In partnership with the US Secret Service, the decision was made to remove the barriers around Trump Tower,” an NYPD spokesman told AFP.

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Since leaving the White House, Trump has moved to his resort at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, which he made his official residence at the end of 2019.

But his company the Trump Organization, which is headed by his two sons, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, remains based in the 58-story skyscraper near Central Park.

The spokesman would not say what security has been left in place to protect the Tower or when members of the Trump family visit.

“The NYPD does not discuss security measures,” he said.

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Trump Tower has been the site of many anti-Trump protests over the past four years.

Last summer, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, took great joy in joining with activists to paint a giant Black Lives Matter slogan outside the tower.

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Daniel Prude: New York A.G to set up Grand Jury. [United States]

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Prude died after police put a hood over his head and held him down during an arrest in Rochester, New York, in March.

The attorney general for New York State has announced plans to form a grand jury to investigate the police killing of Daniel Prude, a Black man who died of suffocation after officers put a hood over his head and held him down during an arrest.

In a short statement released on Saturday, Letitia James said her office would “move immediately” to set up the grand jury as part of its probe into the incident, which took place in Rochester, New York, in March.

“The Prude family and the Rochester community have been through great pain and anguish. My office will immediately move to empanel a grand jury as part of our exhaustive investigation into this matter,” the statement reads.

Prude’s family on Wednesday released body camera footage that showed a group of officers putting a hood over Prude’s head as he knelt on the ground, handcuffed and naked.

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The 41-year-old was in the middle of a mental health crisis when the incident occurred. He died seven days later after being taken off life support.

His death comes amid an ongoing movement against racial injustice in the United States and growing demands for an end to police violence against Black people across the country.

Prude, a 41-year-old Black man in the United States, was in the middle of a mental health crisis when the incident occurred [Adrian Kraus/AP]

The release of the footage showing Prude’s arrest prompted large-scale protests this week in Rochester, the third-largest city in New York State, where 1,000 demonstrators took to the streets on Friday to demand accountability for what happened.

Seven police officers involved in Prude’s death were suspended with pay on Thursday, but activists say more concrete action is needed.

Prude’s family has called for the officers involved to be charged.

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“Mr Daniel Prude was failed by our police department, our mental healthcare system, our society, and he was failed by me,” Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren told reporters this week. “We cannot continue to fail Black lives in this way.”

Rights groups also have said Prude’s death raises critical questions about whether police should answer calls involving people experiencing mental health crises.

Having police respond can be a “recipe for disaster”, The National Alliance on Mental Illness said in a statement on Friday.

Prude’s death “is yet another harrowing tragedy, but a story not unfamiliar to us”, the advocacy group said. “People in crisis deserve help, not handcuffs.”


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Fahim Saleh: Gokada CEO assassinated in New York

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Fahim Saleh, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Founder of ride-hailing company, Gokada is dead.

He was said to have been dismembered with his decapitated remains found in his apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, New York on Tuesday afternoon.

However, his dog, Laila, was found alive in the house at 265, East Houston Street near Suffolk Street.

The company confirmed his death in a series of tweets on its handle on Wednesday morning, describing the late Saleh as an inspirational leader.

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“We are deeply saddened to inform you about the sudden and tragic loss of our founder and CEO, Fahim Saleh. Fahim was a great leader, inspiration and positive light for all of us,” the tweet read.

Fahim Saleh, the late Gokada CEO. Photo: Instagram@Fahims

“Our hearts go out to his friends, family and all those feeling the pain and heartbreak we are currently experiencing, here at Gokada.

“Fahim’s vision and belief in us will be with us forever, and we will miss him dearly. Thank you for understanding as we get through this.”

It added that further updates about his death will be revealed as events unfold.

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“Forever in our hearts,” the company added.

Saleh’s headless and limbless torso was seen in his swanky Manhattan condo on Tuesday with an electric saw lying close to his body.

According to the New York Police Department (NYPD), contractor bags were found close to the torso but the cops did not open them to know if the body parts were inside.

Detectives were waiting for fingerprints and forensics tests on the body, the police said.


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COVID-19: Gov. Andrew of New York declares state of emergency.

76 new cases arose


Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York declared a state of emergency on Saturday after the number of coronavirus patients in New York rose to 76.

During a news conference in Albany, Cuomo said twenty more people have tested positive for coronavirus in New York, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 76.


He also disclosed that there are 11 confirmed cases in New York City, 57 in Westchester County, two in Rockland County, four in Nassau County, and two in Saratoga County including a man who is apparently an Uber driver whotested positive, resulting in more than 40 doctors and others at the hospital treating him to go into self-quarantine.

“You know what’s worse than the virus? The anxiety,” Mr. Cuomo said, noting that most patients would suffer mild or no symptoms.


The declaration of emergency will allow the state to speed up the purchasing of supplies and the hiring of workers to assist local health departments that have been handling the monitoring of thousands of self-quarantined patients, Mr. Cuomo said.

“Somebody has to go knock on their door, once a day,” he said. “This is labor intensive.”

The declaration would also allow officials to skirt purchasing regulations, if necessary, he said.

The total number of confirmed cases across the US is 312, and there have been 17 deaths as of Saturday.


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Africa’s Richest, Dangote to take office space in Big Apple New York


Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, plans to take office space in Big Apple New York to help diversify his investments and avoid the risk of currency fluctuations on his home continent.

According to a Bloomberg report, Dangote will use the base and an existing one in London to become more global after the completion of a $12 billion, 650,000 barrel-a-day refinery currently under construction in Nigeria.

“In Africa, you know we have issues of devaluation, so we want to really preserve some of the family’s wealth,” Dangote told Bloomberg TV’s David Rubenstein Show.

The 62-year-old Nigerian businessman became $4.3 billion richer in 2019 as his fortune continued to grow on the back of investments in cement, flour and sugar. With a net worth of about $15 billion, he is ranked the 95th wealthiest man in the world, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

His conglomerate, Dangote Industries, includes the Lagos-listed Dangote Cement Plc and four other publicly traded companies under the Dangote umbrella that account for more than a fifth of the value of the Nigerian stock exchange.–Bloomberg


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T.I’s Actions Prompts The New York Lawmakers Ban Virginity Check Up.

Two lawmakers in New York have introduced new bill that would stop doctors from “performing or supervising virginity examinations” after rapper T.I’s controversial interview, where he revealed that he takes his 18-year-old daughter to the gynecologist to check her hymen and confirm she’s still a virgin.

State Sen. Roxanne Persaud (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages (D-Nassau), recently introduced new legislation.

Their new bill argues such checkups are abusive and could have detrimental effects. “These examinations are not only a violation of women’s and girls’ human rights, but in cases of rape, can cause additional pain and mimic the original act of sexual violence, leading to re-experience, re-traumatization and re-victimization,” the bill reads.

“It’s misogynistic, it’s appalling,” Solages recently told the New York Post. “I was horrified to see this was happening. If a celebrity can impose his power to ensure his 18-year-old daughter gets checked, imagine what can be done in households across New York state?”

This comes weeks after rapper T.I revealed on Ladies Like Us podcast that he takes his daughter to the gynecologist to check her hymen.

The rapper said: “Not only have we had the conversation, we have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen.”

“Yes, Yes I go with her. I go with her. So it’s this one time we go, I think this might have been after her 16th birthday. This is what we do… Usually, like the day after the [birthday] party, she’s enjoying her gifts. I put a sticky note on the door: ‘Gyno. Tomorrow. 9:30.’ ”

He has since addressed the comments on Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Red Table Talk.

“Firstly, I came to clear up any misconceptions that have been surrounding how we interact and parent and what is appropriate and inappropriate,” T.I. began. “I think all of this surrounds a conversation that I was having in a very joking manner when asked how do I deal with parenting in this day and age. And so I just began to—you know, from a place of truth, I began to embellish and exaggerate. And I think that a lot of people kind of like, took it extremely literal. Because if you put any of my reputations by like who I am as a father and who I’ve been, I honestly thought people knew me better than that.”

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