5 ex Madoff aides convicted in schemeFive former aides to imprisoned financier Bernard L. Madoff were convicted Monday of charges that they helped their boss conceal his massive Ponzi scheme for years.A federal jury in New York found back office director Daniel Bonventre, portfolio managers Annette Bongiorno and Joann Crupi, and computer programmers Jerome O’Hara and George Perez guilty on all counts, including securities fraud and conspiracy to defraud clients.The five month trial was the first to result from Madoff’s massive fraud. He was arrested in December 2008 for running a Ponzi scheme that is estimated to have cost investors more than $17 billion of principal.
Mr Biden said his administration had been led to believe there was far more vaccine available than turned out. “So that’s why we’ve ramped up every way we can,” he added. Kylie Moore Gilbert, 33, has filed for divorce from Ruslan Hodorov, her Russian Israeli husband, according to the Herald Sun of Melbourne.
Engineer Manuela Zude Sasse at the Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy in Potsdam, Germany, for example, has developed a sensor that predicts the right time to pick apples based on the levels of chlorophyll in the skin of the fruit. Meanwhile Will Flittner, an agricultural engineering student at Harper Adams University is one of a group of researchers using similar technology to equip robot picking arms with the vision required to differentiate ripe fruit from unripe fruit. While Flittner’s technology is still in the prototype phase, “precision agriculture” is a burgeoning field, and some farms are already using robot technology..
In his first major interview since becoming president, Mr Biden told CBS news anchor, Norah O’Donnell, the country faced a challenge to reach herd immunity before the end of the summer. The US president said the rate of vaccination had to be accelerated to meet the target of 75 per cent of Americans getting the jab set by infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci. Mr Biden said his administration had been led to believe there was far more vaccine available than turned out.
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