GPL contractor slapped with fraud charge

first_imgNeil Benjamin of Lot 254 Section C Enterprise, East Coast Demerara, a sub-contractor attached to the Guyana Power and Light Inc, appeared on Monday before Magistrate Judy Latchman to answer to yet another charge of fraud.He denied that between October 7, 2017 and February 28, 2018, he obtained $725,000 from Keisha Cameron by falsely pretending that he was in position to purchase for her a Toyota Allion motorcar, knowing same to be false.The prosecution is contending that on July 6, 2017, Cameron, in a conversation with the 52-year-old Benjamin, told him she wanted to purchase a used motorcar, and Benjamin reportedly advised her to purchase a new car instead, provided that she allowed him to take her to his auto dealer.Facts relate that the woman made a down payment of $170,000 to Benjamin, for which she was never given a receipt; and on two other occasions he allegedly collected from Cameron other monies totalling $725,000.The Prosecution’s case is that several months passed with the woman inquiring about the motorcar, only to be later told that Benjamin had never made any down payment for the vehicle.A report was made to the Police, and the contractor was arrested and charged.The Police prosecutor objected to Benjamin being placed on bail, informing the court that Benjamin had previously been charged for matters of a similar nature, for which he is presently before the court.Benjamin was, however, placed on $200,000 bail, and is expected to return to court on September 24.last_img read more

Gujarat trying to bail out companies: Congress

first_imgThe Congress on Wednesday questioned the Gujarat government’s decision to form a high-powered committee to resolve the issues in a power purchase agreement signed by the Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam with four firms, which include Adani Power Limited, Essar Power Gujarat Limited and the Tata-owned Coastal Gujarat Power Limited.The four companies had signed an agreement for long-term procurement of power with the Gujarat government in 2007. In 2012, they filed an appeal saying that the rates should be increased, citing the hike in the rate of coal being imported from Indonesia. The case, after moving through various channels, reached the Supreme Court. On April 11, 2017, the court rejected their claim saying that change in international market cannot be used as an excuse to renegotiate the tariff in India.The Congress claims that the Gujarat government, in order to bypass the Supreme Court, had formed the high-powered committee to bail out these industrialists. “This is another another example of crony capitalism practised by the Modi government,” said Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh.last_img read more

Wives of two dons battle it out in Siwan

first_imgKavita Singh. | Photo Credit: Amarnath Tewary In conversation with Hena ShahabIt’s 7.30 a.m. and a motley crowd has gathered outside the modest home of imprisoned “Sultan of Siwan” Mohd. Shahabuddin in Pratapur village. Over two dozen SUVs are parked outside. Some of the occupants are sitting beneath trees, while others form a semi-circle on the verandah of the old house. Fully covered in burkha and hijab, Hena Shahab, Shahabuddin’s wife, is standing on the half-closed doorsill and instructing a group about the day’s campaign. Contesting the Lok Sabha poll on an RJD ticket, Ms. Shahab takes some time off to respond to questions.You have become mature now… earlier in the 2009 and 2014 Lok Sabha polls you were a contestant with very few words on your lips.Paristhithi sab kuch sikha deti hai (The situation makes you learn everything).This time your fight is against the wife of another don… how do you see the challenge?I don’t see any challenge. And moreover, I do not wish to make any comment on others. I want to focus only on my work and leave the rest to the people of Siwan who know well what my husband has done for them and what others have done.After losing twice, how do you think you’ll win this time?I lost in the 2009 parliamentary poll because I got very little time and I was a new entrant in politics… I could hardly speak at that time. In 2014 it was “Modi wave” that swept the poll. But this time, I’ve got experience and people too have realised what PM Modi promised them and what he has fulfilled. All the people cannot be cheated all the time.Who do you find a better politician — Lalu Prasad or Nitish Kumar? And why?Lalu Prasad always. He is the only mass leader of Bihar who cares for the downtrodden and becomes their voice. He doesn’t change, he doesn’t betray his people.Do you miss your husband?Yes, I miss him a lot… the people of Siwan miss him a lot.In conversation with Kavita SinghIt’s 11. 30 a.m. and the blistering heat has forced everyone indoors, including Kavita Singh, the NDA candidate and wife of gangster Ajay Singh. Mr. Singh has been challenging Mohd. Shahabuddin’s sway in Siwan for several years. The couple are inside a local BJP leader’s house in the town. Mr. Singh, surrounded by a few of his men, is busy on his mobile phone asking people to ensure his wife’s victory. Ms. Singh, who has been MLA twice, comes out after some time. Resplendent in yellow sari, bangles, gold earrings, finger rings, mangal sutra and a tattoo of her husband’s name on her right hand, she appears more articulate than her husband. She speaks like a seasoned politician.center_img  How do you feel contesting the Lok Sabha poll for the first time?Not much difference, except that we have to visit more people in more areas. But I’m getting an overwhelming response everywhere as people have made up their mind to bring Ram Rajya in Siwan with Modi ji as Prime Minister.How do you find Hena Shahab as a challenger?Everyone knows in Siwan who she is. She has been defeated twice in the last two parliamentary polls and she will be defeated for the third time as well.But you too are a wife of a don accused in several criminal cases.All the cases lodged against my husband are false and politically motivated. He is a desh-bhakt (patriot) and has been challenging the reign of terror unleashed in Siwan. If he is a gangster, why have people voted to elect me as an MLA twice? I feel bad when people call him a don.What are the issues you raise when asking people to vote for you?Desh ko bachana hai, Modi ji ko phir ek baar PM banana hain (We’ve to protect our country and make Modi ji our Prime Minister again). I also tell people about the development work done by Nitish Kumar’s government in the State.Who is a better leader Nitish Kumar, Lalu Prasad or PM Modi?In the country it is Modi ji and in the State it is Nitish ji.last_img read more

SC panel asks Odisha to plug road safety gaps

first_imgA Supreme Court-appointed committee on road safety has observed that Odisha lacks road signage, markings and traffic signals conforming to the Indian Road Congress specifications.The committee headed by Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan made the observations based on a report of Institute of Road Traffic Education, which had conducted training on road safety for traffic police personnel deployed in Bhubaneswar, and for civil engineers on standard installation of traffic-control devices, types of road traffic violations and identification of black spots.Although the IRTE conducted the survey in Bhubaneswar, the committee wanted the Odisha government to “treat it as a sample study and implement the recommended actions throughout the State”.11% rise in fatalitiesThe committee’s observation becomes significant as there has been a rise of 11% in road accident fatalities in Odisha. According to State Road Safety Council, which met here earlier this week, 5,315 people were killed in road accidents in Odisha in 2018, 525 more than 2017 when 4,790 people lost their lives. The average growth in road accident fatalities in the country has been below 1% in this period.“A large percentage of road signage, road markings and traffic signals do not conform to IRC specifications,” the SC committee said in a letter to the State government.“Police personnel were not fully conversant in Motor Vehicles (Driving) Regulations, 2017. These regulations have been notified by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways on June 23, 2017, and have superseded the rules of the Road Regulations, 1989,” the letter addressed to the State Transport Secretary said.The committee recommended that all the road signage, markings and traffic signals should conform to the IRC specifications.“Traffic police, transport officers and road engineers should be imparted training in Motor Vehicle Acts, 1988, Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989 and all the rules and regulations made thereunder,” it added. Enforcement of traffic laws by the State agencies should be as per the extant law and evidence, the committee emphasised.last_img read more

Arellano’s Lervin Flores crowned new NCAA slam dunk king

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Lervin Flores jumps over three people! Perfect 50! #NCAASeason93— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) September 1, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout #KicksStalker: High schooler LaMelo Ball gets signature shoe Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The Kapampangan forward also relished winning the title on his second try after losing last year to champion Yankie Haruna.“Without Yankie, I really took the opportunity to be a champion,” he said.Justin Gutang pys a tribute to last year’s dunk champ Yankie Haruna, gets a 45. #NCAASeason93— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) September 1, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLervin Flores jumped over Renato Ular, host Andrei Felix, and judge Empoy Marquez and hammered the tomahawk dunk to win the Slam Dunk contest in the 2017 NCAA All-Star Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Arellano forward scored a perfect 50 in the Finals to outlast St. Benilde’s Justin Gutang and Ular.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I really prepared hard for it. I was thinking in the final round to jump over (Eugene) Toba, but he lost, so I just convinced myself to be firm. I was also thinking to jump over (Elie) Ongolo Ongolo,” kidded Flores, who was undoubtedly enjoying his time with his dance celebrations to pump the crowd. Gutang paid tribute to Haruna in his championship slam with a 360 flush while wearing Haruna’s jersey, which got him a 45.Ular, meanwhile, failed to make his ambitious off-the-glass dunk in the championship and settled for 30.Flores topped the first round after completing an off-the-bounce two handed reverse to nab a 45.Letran’s Renato Ular makes his dunk, gets a 45. #NCAASeason93— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) September 1, 2017Also joining the competitions were San Beda’s Toba, JRU’s Jed Sarmiento, Lyceum’s Yancy Remulla, EAC’s Rustan Bugarin, San Sebatsian’s Allyn Bulanadi, Perpetual’s Kervin Lucente, who all missed their dunk attempts in the first round.The competition was judged by Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag, reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks, celebrities Marquez and Ria Atayde, and NCAA Press Corps president Cedelf P. Tupas of the Philippine Daily Inquirer. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

StandingRock camp on the move APTNs Dennis Ward reports

first_imgAPTN National NewsFor months, members of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe have been living at the Sacred Camp in North Dakota.A lot has happened since the Obama Administration through the Department of Justice requested a pause in construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.APTN’s Dennis Ward is in North Dakota.dward@aptn.calast_img

Red Bull Media House has struck a new partnership

first_imgRed Bull Media House has struck a new partnership with Arqiva, which will distribute live sports for the media company to international broadcasters.The multi-year occasional use partnership will see communications infrastructure and media services company, Arqiva, distribute the content globally to rights takers through its teleports.Red Bull hosts a range of sports events across the globe, including the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series and the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. Among the content that Arqiva will handle is the second season of Red Bull’s Beach Volleyball coverage.“It is always great to gain a new media partner, but the fact that we’ll be working alongside a global company that is pushing the boundaries in terms of sports content distribution is hugely exciting,” said Arqiva’s managing director of satellite and media, David Crawford.“Arqiva continues to expand its presence across the globe, and the partnership with Red Bull Media House to distribute content to international broadcasters highlights the outstanding, trusted reputation we are developing across multiple markets.”last_img read more

Netflix uptake is now as strong as pay TV use in t

first_imgNetflix uptake is now as strong as pay TV use in the US with 73% of Americans taking each type of subscription offering, according to new research by PwC.The survey found that the proportion of US respondents who subscribe to pay TV has fallen from 79% in 2015 and 76% in 2016 to 73% this year – the same proportion who now also subscribe to Netflix.“The number of traditional Pay TV subscribers continues to drop as more people are trimming or cutting the cord completely,” said the PwC report.“At the same time, people report they’re paying more for video today than they were last year. 53% of cord trimmers report paying more for their services in 2017 than they did in 2016. However, trimmers are still paying less than traditional subscribers overall.”PwC said that live sports is one of the “primary motivators” keeping people tied to a pay TV subscription and predicted the evolution of live streaming in sports could mean an “even more precipitous decline in pay TV subscriptions”.Some 82% of traditional pay TV subscribers polled said they would trim or cut their subscription if they no longer needed it to access live sporting events, while 90% said they believe the options for watching live sports have expanded in recent years.The findings were taken from a PwC survey of 1,986 Americans, aged 18 to 59, with annual household incomes above US$40,000, plus two consumer focus groups in New York. The research was carried out in October.Access the full report by clicking here.last_img read more

Public health concerns as MPs connection to organization partfunded by tobacco industry

first_imgRelated StoriesResearchers document specific characteristics of storefront tobacco advertisementsNicotine delivery devices are harmful and do not help smokers to quitCo-use of cannabis and tobacco associated with worse functioning, problematic behaviorsSir Ian Gilmore, director of the Liverpool Centre for Alcohol Research and chair of Alcohol Health Alliance UK, fears that “public health would be an early victim of populist free marketism and the victims would be the most vulnerable – including children.”These findings “raise important questions about the potential for bias and conflict of interest in the think tank’s outputs and the government policies they might influence,” writes Rebecca Coombes, Head of News and Views at The BMJ.She believes the government should compel all think tanks to publish a list of their donors; and media organizations such as the BBC should oblige them to reveal their funding sources before they can participate in public debate – as The BMJ does.”Without this necessary scrutiny and disclosure, the public is unable to assess the extent to which their claims of academic independence are sustainable,” she concludes.Source:BMJJournal reference:Gornall, J. (2019) Big tobacco, the new politics, and the threat to public health. The BMJ. The consequences of a future leader aligning against health and in favor of the tobacco, alcohol and obesity industries are deeply concerning. The cost will be premature mortality and the utter despair this causes families, higher workloads for the NHS, and reduced productivity for the economy.” Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)May 18 2019No fewer than 25 serving Conservative MPs, including several leadership candidates, are connected to an organization part-funded by the tobacco industry and responsible for a series of attacks on public health initiatives, reveals an investigation by The BMJ.Politicians with links to free-market think-tank the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) include Dominic Raab, David Davis and Owen Paterson.Between them, Neil Record, chair of the IEA’s board of trustees since 2015, and fellow IEA trustee since July 2005, Sir Michael Hintze, have given a total of £166,000 in cash or hospitality to 30 MPs and £4.3 million to the Conservative party since 2002.Between 2010 and 2017, prior to his appointment as health secretary, Matt Hancock accepted £32,000 in funding from Neil Record.In a special report published today, investigative journalist Jonathan Gornall warns that the IEA is closer to power than it has been for decades – and may hold the key to No 10.Public health experts say they are “deeply concerned” that policies designed to tackle childhood obesity, such as calorie labeling and advertising restrictions on unhealthy foods, could be put at risk under a new Tory leadership wedded to the IEA’s free-market, anti-regulation ideology.The IEA has a long record of dismissing public health initiatives as “nanny-state” interventions, writes Gornall. In the past year alone, it has issued statements criticizing everything from alcohol controls to sugar taxes as “pointless,” “absurd” and “draconian.”The IEA keeps its funding sources private, as it is legally allowed to do, but The BMJ can reveal today that it is part-funded by British American Tobacco. In the past, it has also taken money from the gambling, alcohol, soft drinks and sugar industries.The prospect of a free-market ideologue taking the reins of the Conservative party fills many in the public health community with dismay.Professor Nick Sheron, head of the Population Hepatology Research Group at Southampton University, says:last_img read more

Struggling Toshiba returns to black avoids delisting

Citation: Struggling Toshiba returns to black, avoids delisting (2018, May 15) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Struggling Japanese conglomerate Toshiba said Tuesday it had bounced back into the black after a disastrous year and will avoid a humiliating delisting from the Tokyo stock exchange. The firm said it had booked a record net profit of 804.0 billion yen ($7.3 billion), compared with a loss of 965.7 billion yen a year earlier.It marks the first net profit for the firm in four years and was helped by one-off revenue from tax cuts linked to the sale of its nuclear units.However, operating profits dropped 21.9 percent to 64.1 billion yen while sales declined 2.4 percent to 3.95 trillion yen.Toshiba had been on the ropes after its disastrous acquisition of US nuclear energy firm Westinghouse, which racked up billions of dollars in losses before being placed under bankruptcy protection.Those losses came to light as the group was still reeling from revelations that top executives had pressured underlings to cover up weak results for years after the 2008 global financial meltdown.In order to survive and avoid delisting, the cash-strapped group decided on the multibillion-dollar sale of its prized chip business to a consortium led by Bain Capital. The chip unit brought in around 90 percent of Toshiba’s total operating profit in the first six months of the fiscal year 2017 and was the crown jewel in a vast range of businesses ranging from home appliances to nuclear reactors.At the time the deal was seen as crucial to keeping it afloat after multi-billion-dollar losses.Last month, Toshiba said it was still waiting for regulators to approve the key sale but denied media reports that it was considering scrapping the sale plan. In November, Toshiba said it planned to raise 600 billion yen by issuing new shares, a move aimed at avoiding delisting even if the chip business sale is delayed.Looking ahead, Toshiba said it expected a net profit of 1.07 trillion yen for the current year to March 2019, up 33.1 percent from the previous year, on sales of 3.6 trillion yen.Investors cheered the results, with Toshiba shares up 1.38 percent at 293 yen by the break in Tokyo.But Hideki Yasuda, an analyst at Ace Research Institute in Tokyo, warned that the sale of the chip business would be crucial in the future.”We are paying close attention to the fate of its memory chip business. The cancellation of the deal will change the company’s strategy significantly,” Yasuda told AFP.”Toshiba needs to create a fresh source of profit, but it is likely to take two to three years to find and foster it.” Toshiba tips return to black as it sells chip, nuclear units © 2018 AFP Toshiba is bouncing back after a terrible year Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more