Here is my interview with Kevin Cooper

ANS2014 says ‘ Nice One Kev ‘ 🙂


Kevin Cooper

Age 50

Where are you from? Hull, England.

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc

I was born and dragged up in Hull. (I couldn’t exactly call it “raised.”) I came from a blue-collar working class family. My father was a typical Docker. My mother died when I was two. I had four sisters, three elder and one younger. The family was split up after my mother died. My two eldest sisters and I ended up living with our grandparents until our dad remarried a few years later. My other two sisters were (informally) adopted by my grandmother’s sister. We were never reunited as a family unit.

Our great-grandparents were really well-off, one of them was a solicitor in Beverley, but nobody would have guessed it. My grandfather had squandered his wealth in Canada, came back to England poor and ended up working on…

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` First Chartered Black-Owned Bank in the `US ‘ Opened in 1888 ‘ by a former Slave’

#AceFinanceNews says `First Black Owned Bank’ was opened in the `US‘ back in 1888 and was on the site of the `Vanquished Confederacy

WASHINGTON, March. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Following is the daily “Profile America” feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:


Profile America — Sunday, March 2nd.

The capital of the vanquished Confederacy was the site of the first chartered black-owned bank in the U.S., founded on this date in 1888 by former slave and Union Army veteran William Washington Browne.

Savings Bank of the Grand Fountain, United Order of True Reformers.It was known as the Savings Bank of the Grand Fountain, United Order of True Reformers.

The bank provided mortgage loans and other banking services that were difficult for African-Americans to obtain in the segregated climate after reconstruction. When the bank opened, Richmond had a population of just over 81,000 people, 32,000 of them African-American. Today, Richmond is home to over 210,000 people, just over half of them African-Americans. You can find more statistics on communities across the country by downloading the Census Bureau’s “dwellr” mobile application at


Kane’s Famous First Facts, 842
Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 483

Click to access 1890a_v1-13.pdf
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at (look for “Multimedia Gallery” by the “Newsroom” button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau




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` Mt Gox the largest ` Bitcoin Exchange ‘ files for ` Bankruptcy ‘ amid rumours of Hacking ‘

#AceFinanceNews says that `Tokyo‘s Mt Gox Bitcoin Exchange has filed for `Bankruptcy‘ amid missing currency‘.

Published time: March 02, 2014 11:54
Reuters/Jim Urquhart Reuters/Jim Urquhart
Mt Gox, once the world’s largest bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy in a Tokyo district court on Friday, the company’s lawyer citing ‘outstanding debts of $63.2 million, after mysteriously going offline on Monday.

Investors may have lost all of their virtual coins, as the exchange’s computer system was exposed to fraudulent transactions and technical failures.

A leaked internal Mt Gox “crisis strategy” document suggesting that the exchange site had been hacked and hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of the cryptocurrency stolen began to circulate online.

Technical glitches in February forced the trading platform to halt deposits, causing the already volatile crypto-currency to plunge 20 percent. On Friday it was listed at $565.07 on Winkdex, a New York-based bitcoin value index.

Mt Gox once claimed to host nearly 80 percent of all bitcoin transactions worldwide, and was the primary source cited for bitcoin prices.

Mark Karpeles (2nd L), chief executive of Mt. Gox, attends a news conference at the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo February 28, 2014. (Reuters/Yuya Shino)Mark Karpeles (2nd L), chief executive of Mt. Gox, attends a news conference at the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo February 28, 2014. (Reuters/Yuya Shino)

After it the site crashed on Monday, the value of bitcoin fell to $440, a 3-month low after the currency reached highs above $1000 at the end of November.

On Monday, Mark Karpeles, the chief executive of the now defunct exchange, resigned Mt Gox from the board of the Bitcoin Foundation ‘effective immediately’.

Karpeles remained mum after the site went offline, but on Friday told a press conference that Mt Gox wants to file a criminal probe into the hacking.

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 Bit-coin, an alternative to traditional currencies, isn’t backed by any official government or central bank, which makes recovering losses difficult.

Central banks across the globe have begun to crackdown on the cryptocurrency, instructing financial institutions not to accept bit-coins because they have no legal status or monetary-backing, like state-backed currencies.

Courtesy of: RT   
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` Russia recently passed part of new `Security Legislation’ that could control People’s Live’s’

#AceFinanceNews says that recently the `Russian Lower House passed its very first reading that broadens `Security’ powers in Russia‘.

The Russian Lower House has passed the first reading of a set of amendments that broadens the security service’s powers, increases punishment for terrorist activities and also imposes additional state control over the internet.

Duma passes first stage of security billThe bill was submitted in mid-January after a string of deadly terrorist attacks shook southern Russia in December killing 37 people. One of its main sponsors, MP Irina Yarovaya of the centrist conservative party United Russia told other Russian legislators earlier this week that the draft must be passed as soon as possible to allow law enforcers to conduct preventive measures against the terrorist threat. MP Andrey Lugovoy of the populist nationalist party LDPR jokingly suggested that all those who were in doubt, or just scared to take resolute measures make a trip to the Ukrainian capital Kiev and see for themselves why the bill is extremely necessary.

In its current form the draft law consists of three parts.

1. The first bill gives the agents of the Federal Security Service, the FSB, the right to search people, their personal belongings and cars without a warrant when there are sufficient grounds to suspect them of committing or preparing terror-related crimes.

2. The second part completely scrapped the statute of limitation for terrorism and crimes against peace and security of humanity.

The bill also aims to increase the punishment for a number of terrorist related activities. The maximum punishment for such crimes is set at life in prison instead of the current 20 years – this is applied if an attack ends in the loss of human life, or if terrorists use nuclear devices or materials. Also, the new amendments introduce sentences of up to 20 years or even life sentences for organizing and committing crimes of a terrorist nature and for organizing financial terrorism.

Those who undergo terrorist training, organize terrorist communities, and form illegal armed groups can also be sentenced to life in prison according to the new proposals.

3. The third part says all companies and individuals that organize the spreading of information or data exchange between users on the internet must keep logs of all user activity for six months, and provide the information to law enforcers in a way described by federal laws.

The bill also restricts the maximum anonymous payment via an internet money transfer system to just 1000 rubles (under $30) per day and 15000 rubles ($415) in a month.

The maximum amount of money to be held in an anonymous account is set at 5000 rubles (under $140). Anonymous payment systems issued by foreign organizations are banned in Russia.

The amendments concerning the limitations of internet operations and especially the electronic payment systems have caused the strongest response in Russian society, and drew the most criticism. In connection with this MPs have suggested that before the second reading the bill is altered so that it includes some mechanisms of remote identification of users by electronic payment systems.


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