Millionaire Chinese businessman bulldozes run down huts in village where he grew up and builds luxury flats for residents instead… for free.

By JULIAN ROBINSON FOR MAILONLINE

  • Xiong Shuihua paid for wooden huts he grew up in to be knocked down
  • Tycoon then spent millions replacing them with luxury flats for residents 
  • He has housed 72 families to repay them for their kindness in his youth
  • A further 18 families who were particularly kind will be given villas to live in
  • Elderly and low paid residents will also be given three meals a day for free
  • Flats constructed in Xiongkeng village in the city of Xinyu, southern China 

A millionaire Chinese businessman has bulldozed the wooden huts and muddy roads where he grew up – and built luxury homes for the people who lived there.

Xiong Shuihua was born in Xiongkeng village in the city of Xinyu, southern China and said that his family had always been well looked after and supported by residents in his childhood.

So when the 54-year-old ended up making millions in the steel industry he decided to repay the favour – for free.

A millionaire Chinese businessman has bulldozed the wooden huts and muddy roads where he grew up - and built luxury homes for the people who lived there

A millionaire Chinese businessman has bulldozed the wooden huts and muddy roads where he grew up – and built luxury homes for the people who lived there

Xiong Shuihua (pictured) was born in Xiongkeng village in the city of Xinyu, southern China and said that his family had always been well looked after and supported by residents in his childhood

Xiong Shuihua (pictured) was born in Xiongkeng village in the city of Xinyu, southern China and said that his family had always been well looked after and supported by residents in his childhood

After making his millions, the business tycoon decided to return to the village and give everybody a place of their own to live

After making his millions, the business tycoon decided to return to the village and give everybody a place of their own to live

The 54-year-old even promised three meals a day to the older residents and people on a low income to make sure they could get by

The 54-year-old even promised three meals a day to the older residents and people on a low income to make sure they could get by

The business tycoon decided to return to the village and give everybody a place of their own to live.

Five years ago, the area was run down and many lived in basic homes.

But the area has been transformed in recent years and now 72 families are enjoying life in luxury new flats.

Meanwhile, 18 families, who were particularly kind to the businessman, were given villas of their own in a project costing close to £4million.

After moving in, he even promised three meals a day to the older residents and people on a low income to make sure they could get by.

Millionaire Chinese man builds luxury flats for residents for…

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The area has been transformed in recent years and now 72 families are enjoying life in luxury new flats

The area has been transformed in recent years and now 72 families are enjoying life in luxury new flats

The multimillionaire (pictured left) made his money first of all in the construction industry and later by getting involved in the steel trade

The multimillionaire (pictured left) made his money first of all in the construction industry and later by getting involved in the steel trade

A further 18 families, who were particularly kind to the businessman, were given villas of their own in a project costing close to £4million

A further 18 families, who were particularly kind to the businessman, were given villas of their own in a project costing close to £4million

Xiong Shuihua said he could afford the development as he had 'earned more money than I knew what to do with'

Xiong Shuihua said he could afford the development as he had ‘earned more money than I knew what to do with’

The multimillionaire made his money first of all in the construction industry and later by getting involved in the steel trade.

He said: ‘I earned more money than I knew what to do with, and I didn’t want to forget my roots.

‘I always pay my debts, and wanted to make sure the people who helped me when I was younger and my family were paid back.’

Elderly local Qiong Chu, 75, said: ‘I remember his parents. They were kind-hearted people who cared very much for others, and it’s great that their son has inherited that kindness.’

 

 

Cops Beat Man & 7-Month Pregnant Wife then Deleted the Video, But it Survived on the Cloud [Warning, this one is pretty bad]

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Denver, CO — The Denver police department has been accused of using excessive force after a video, which they allegedly deleted, survived on the cloud and was turned into FOX 31. 

The incident started as two officers approached David Nelson Flores, who was in his vehicle with his seven-and-a-half-months pregnant wife and their child, to shake him down after suspecting him of being in possession of a substance deemed illegal by the state.

Upon their approach, officers said they saw Flores put a white sweat sock in his mouth. Because the US is involved in an immoral war on drugs, this ‘sock in mouth’ move apparently gave the officers the right to yank Flores out of his car and proceed to pummel the man on the asphalt.

According to the police report however, a pair of plain clothes officers “assisted” suspect David Nelson Flores out of his car and they all “fell to the ground.”

The pummeling was for Flores’ own good, according to the police report. They bashed in his face and head so he wouldn’t “choke.”

At the moment the officers began struggling with Flores on the ground, Levi Frasier was driving by and pulled over his van to get a better look at the situation. At first, Frasier says, the undercover cops asked for his assistance in subduing Flores.

But Frasier said before he could react, backup arrived and they told him to get back.

That’s when Frasier turned on the camera.

Amazingly enough, as officers were involved in this *life threatening* situation, one of them had the wherewithal to warn his fellow officers about them being filmed. The word “camera!” can be heard shortly after officer Charles “Chris” Jones IV began beating in the face of David Flores.

Flores was struck six times by Jones after he yells, “Spit the drugs out! Spit the drugs out!” Like we said earlier, these six strikes about the face and head of Flores were for Flores’ well being, according to police.

According to police reports, Jones’ reasoning for the punches were twofold:

  1. Trying to retrieve what he believed was a bag of heroin from the suspect’s mouth (and preventing Flores from choking)
  2. Fear that one of the other officer’s arms was injured after being trapped beneath the suspect’s body

After seeing her husband’s head bouncing off of the pavement over and over again, Flores’ wife, Mayra Lazos-Guerrero, was scared that he may die, and began begging the police officers in Spanish to stop beating her husband.

Naturally Jones feared for his safety as the seven-and-a-half-months pregnant woman approached the beating zone, so he sweeps 25-year-old Lazos-Guerroro’s legs out from under her. The obviously pregnant woman then falls hard onto her stomach and face, as she begins to scream in agony.

She was screaming like, ‘What are you doing. Let him go! Let him go! Stop hurting him! What are you doing?,’” Frasier said. “She was just concerned for him. You could clearly hear that and as she got closer.”

After the police-on-pregnant woman violence subsided, Frasier says that’s when the Denver police officers became interested in his Samsung Tablet.

Fraiser told FOX 31 that officers on scene threatened him with arrest, demanded he turn over all photos and videotape to them and then seized his tablet over his objections.

“When he took it, I said, ‘Hey! You can’t do that. You need a warrant for that!’ and he said, ‘What program did you take the video with? Where is that?’” Frasier said.

He said police ignored his objections and dug through his personal photos without obtaining a court order.

“The first officer that comes up to ask me about my witness statement brings me to the police car and says we could do this the easy way or we could do this the hard way,” Fraser said. “It was taken as ‘You can either cooperate and give us what we want or we’re going to incarcerate you.’”

According to Frasier, when he got back his tablet, the video was gone. “I couldn’t believe it. My heart dropped. I know I just shot that video, like it’s not on there now?” Frasier said.

Frasier said it’s “possible” both he and the police officer who looked through his tablet “missed seeing” the clip inside his files.

However, Frasier said he suspects, in reality, the clip was deleted either with intention or by mistake.

When he got back home that evening, Fraiser synced his tablet with his electronic cloud and within a few moments, the video reappeared.

“It was very well known that the video was shot and things were done on the video that shouldn’t be leaked out, that it would be bad for the reputations of the police officers,” Frasier said.

Denver police Cmdr. Matt Murray, pointed out that Frasier did in fact fill out a witness statement and did not report seeing officers do anything inappropriate. However, filling out a complaint with the ones who are threatening you is like voicing your discontent with a murderous kidnapper who is about to let you go, it’s just something you don’t do.

Frasier actually concurs, and said he did sign the witness statement, but did so “under duress.”

“It was survival mode. It was like, ‘Okay, I’m going to make it out of here. Not going to go to jail today for something I didn’t have anything to do with,’” Frasier said.

Despite his friends telling him to delete the video for fear that the officers would seek revenge, Fraiser did the courageous thing and submitted it to FOX31, and for this Frasier deserves credit.

According to court records, the severely injured Flores was brought to the hospital, treated for his injuries, and now faces a charge of resisting arrest and two felony drug charges.

Mayra Lazos-Guerrero faces charges for obstruction, drugs and child abuse because there was a child in the car when this arrest went down. Guerrero was also allegedly caught with drug paraphernalia in her purse.
Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cops-beat-man-7-month-pregnant-wife-deleted-video-survived-cloud/#oyzFjZ2F3IpRrYmk.99

Is the NYPD About to Start Ticketing More Cyclists Due to a Mathematical Error?

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If there is one thing I can get behind, it is using data to make better policy decisions here in NYC. So when I saw the following tweet by the 5th precinct in Manhattan, I was intrigued:

Now we could argue all day if ticketing cyclist in response to more collisions is the right thing to do here, and you will find people on both sides of the argument.  A quick browse through the Twitter responses shows what many people thought.  And of course the efficacy of  data-driven decisions like this are a difficult thing to measure.   That’s not a problem in itself because good policy does not always need to have data to back it up.  But as I teach my students at Pratt, when data is being used to support a decision, it should be done with caution.  

One thing that is not hard to measure is whether there really was a 115% increase in bicycle collisions.  That number seemed astoundingly high to me.  More than double the number of collisions from last year would indicate something has drastically changed in the neighborhood.

I am a big fan of posting raw data and methodology along with statistical claims, as “reproducibility” is a central core to the scientific method.   Unfortunately, we don’t see that same philosophy being adhered to by the precinct, so I am left guessing.  Even so, I took the liberty of dumping the raw collision data out of the city’s Open Data portal to put the claim to the test.

It turns out that VisionZero collision data provided by the city lacks precinct information, so I intersected that data with a police precinct spatial layer using QGIS.  The following map shows the 5th precincts 2013 cycling collisions in red and 2014 cycling collisions in orange . (Both data sets are through November 21st of that year and 2013 circles are slightly large.)

At first glance, I see a lot of red and a lot of orange, but no obvious surge. So with the data in hand, I compared the cumulative monthly counts of all collisions involving bicycles in the 5th precinct from January 1st – November 21st, for both 2013 and 2014, in search of this massive uptick this year.  The results:

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It turns out that 2013 had more collisions Year-to-date than 2014, so that must not have been what they were talking about.

2013: 86, 2014: 83

Maybe they were talking only about collisions where pedestrians were injured, since that is usually the cycle ticketing rationale:

2013: 1, 2014: 0

Maybe cyclist accidents that caused deaths, since the aim of VisionZero is to drop that number to 0?

2013: 0, 2014: 0

OK, next try.  Cyclist accidents that injured drivers:

2013: 8, 2014: 2

Last one. Number of cyclist collisions where no cars were involved, since this tweet focusses on cyclists, not drivers:

2013: 0, 2014: 1

Ah ha! One reported collision that did not involve an automobile in 2014, vs zero in 2013.   A number where 2014 shows an uptick. And in fact it’s an infinite percent increase.

But seriously, what gives?  Well, I have absolutely no idea.  Perhaps I’m missing something here and that there really is some underlying data that supports the NYPD’s assertion.  (I’d be able to measure the ticket uptick as well if summons data was released publicly on the portal, but we are still waiting on that…) Data nerds: if you run the numbers yourself, and reach different conclusions, please let me know.

My ask here from the NYPD?  Please, when using open data to make policy decisions, give us a hint about the underlying data and methods.   Data driven enforcement decisions can have a very big impact on the citizens of this city, and if you are going to use data (which is great by the way), at the very least we deserve an explanation of where the statistic came from.

Ticket Data from NYC Open Data Portal here.
Precinct Data found here.
My filtered version of Cycling Accidents in 5th precinct is here.
h/t to Stephen Miller for tweeting about original NYPD tweet.

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