Senate Regrets Former President Pro-Tempore’s Death

first_imgThe late Senator of Grand Bassa County, Cllr. Charles BrumskineThe Senate of the 54th Legislature has expressed shock at the death of Cllr. Charles Walker Brumskine, former President Pro-Tempore of the 51st Legislature.The former Grand Bassa County Senator died on Wednesday, November 20, 2019, in the United States of America following a period of illness. He was 68.In a press release under the signature of the Senate’s secretary, dated November 21, 2019, 15 senators acknowledged that Cllr. Brumskine served as a President Pro-Tempore of the Senate from August 1997 until he resigned in August 1999. He was the first Senate President Pro-Tempore during the regime of former President Charles Ghankay Taylor.According to the Senate’s press release, it was during the tenure of the late Brumskine that the parliamentary practice for the majority and the minority leadership of the Senate was re-established.“The Senate extends its deepest condolences to the bereaved family as they go through this period of loss to the Senate and people of Liberia,” the release said.One senator, who begged not to be named, said it was also during the tenure of the late Cllr. Brumskine that the first debate or argument of who ‘heads’ the Legislature sparked, creating a slip between him and former House Speaker Nyudueh Morkonmana of River Gee County. His name in the Grebo language means “you get luck”.Brumskine then argued that the administrative head of the Senate — the President Pro-Tempore, who presides over the Senate when the Vice President is absent in the Upper House — Upper Chamber, which comprised of ‘elders,’ is the ceremonial head of the Legislature.But Morkonmana argued that the President Pro-Tempore’s powers are limited, and not comparable to the Speaker of the House, as the chamber’s presiding officer and constitutionally presides when there is a joint session.The argument of who ‘heads’ the Legislature was rekindled by former President Pro-Tempore, Isaac W. Nyenabo, but was short-lived, because many legal-minded and political scientists came in defense of then Speaker, Montserrado County District #6 (now Bomi County District 1) Representative Edwin M. Snowe.Meanwhile, the remains of Brumskine is expected to ‘lie in state’ in the rotunda of the Capitol Building, a ceremony which will follow the signing of the Book of Condolence at the same venue.President George Weah and former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf are expected to attend the State Funeral of the founder and former standard-bearer of the opposition Liberty Party (LP), as well as a throng of powerful Liberian political, religious and business leaders, who will also come to bid farewell to Brumskine.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Donegal Dublin Business Network to hold Breakfast Seminar

first_imgIn the wake of a recent successful launch, the newly-formed Donegal Dublin Business Network (DDBN) will hold a Breakfast Seminar on 27th April next. The group aims to foster mutually beneficial relationships between Dublin-based members of the business community who are from Donegal or who have strong links to Donegal. More than 120 people attended the inaugural DDBN event in February.The breakfast briefing will take place in the 1900 Restaurant at 59 Harcourt Street at 7.30am and will feature two guest speakers. Laura Mohora, a Talent Acquisition Partner with LinkedIn in Dublin will conduct a “Rock your LinkedIn Profile” session designed to help those present optimise their presence on the business networking website. She will be introduced by her LinkedIn colleague, Letterkenny man Declan Sweeney, who is a member of the DDBN and who will give an overview of the LinkedIn organisation, its mission and product offerings.The event’s other speaker is Garret Harte, former editor-in-chief of the Newstalk 106-108 radio station. The Raphoe native will offer an insider’s view on media consumption in Ireland, advising how to cut through the noise to make informed choices that can drive a positive business outcome. He’ll also detail the importance of audience engagement when advertising and recommend approaches that deliver the best results.The event is free of charge. A complimentary breakfast, sponsored by Northstone Construction, will be served and the venue has been sponsored by the McGill family of the Harcourt Hotel.The DDBN will be urging those interested in becoming involved in their organisation to fill out a membership application at the breakfast briefing. Membership is open to people who have an office or business address in the Greater Dublin area and who are from Donegal or who have strong links to the county. The business network is working on creating a website and this will soon be able to process membership applications. The €30 fee for the remainder of 2017 will give members entry to future events. It will also facilitate discounts in a number of businesses with links to Donegal. The DDBN’s next event, which will feature Jim McGuinness in mid-May, will be members only.Those interested in becoming members of the DDBN are advised to email donegaldublinbusinessnetwork@gmail.com or contact the group through LinkedIn and Twitter @DDBN2017Donegal Dublin Business Network to hold Breakfast Seminar was last modified: April 19th, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:breakfast seminarBusinessdonegaldublinlast_img read more

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England legend reveals where Three Lions must improve for World Cup knockout stage

first_imgStuart Pearce has explained where England still need to improve despite the Three Lions recording their biggest ever World Cup win on Sunday afternoon.England’s 6-1 defeat of Panama was the first time they have scored more than four goals in a World Cup finals match, with Harry Kane netting a hat-trick to become the first England player to achieve that feat since Gary Lineker in 1986. Panama, making their debut at the finals, were also beaten in their first match at the tournament by Belgium, and for large portions against England they did not resemble a professional football team.Nonetheless, they did manage to score late on – Felipe Baloy grabbing Panama’s first ever World Cup goal – and with a better quality of player they maybe could found a way past Jordan Pickford on two or three other occasions.For all the brilliance of England’s attacking play, their defence still raised questions, and Three Lions legend Stuart Pearce has explained this is an area that really needs improvement heading into matches against better opposition.“I don’t for one moment think everything’s totally rosy,” Pearce told talkSPORT following the full-time whistle.“I think everything’s gone very, very well for us against two teams that are not fantastic.“I’ve been around football long enough to know… I’ve seen one or two things in our play defensively where we need to brush-up a little bit, because when you come up against better opposition, they’ll find that pass that opens you up or find that finish.“We’ve got to clear that up a little bit.“Maybe a little lack of leadership cost us that goal. We’re holding a high line, but two players drop off and the rest of the line hold their high line, and it ends up in the back of our net.“When you play against the better sides, you can’t give away goals like that.”Regardless of his criticisms, Pearce did not want to downplay England’s history-making achievement. 2 Kane is just the second player to score a World Cup hat-trick for England 2 Felipe Baloy breached England’s defence to score Panama’s first ever World Cup goal He added: “Let’s not dwell on that… there have been some fantastic things going forward.“Well done to the manager, well done to the coaching staff… the players have done everything needed of them in this group.“Now go and finish the group off however we do it.”last_img read more

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YOUNG FAMILY ESCAPE HARM AFTER BLAZE AT NEW HOUSE

first_imgThree units of the fire service have attended a house fire in the Rosses this afternoon.The fire broke out in a side section of a relatively new house in the townland of Meenbanad near Burtonport this afternoon.Fire crews from Dungloe and Gweedore raced to the scene. The blaze has now been brought under control according to an eyewitness, who added that the property has suffered considerable damage. It is understood a young family was in the house at the time but no injuries have been reported. YOUNG FAMILY ESCAPE HARM AFTER BLAZE AT NEW HOUSE was last modified: October 25th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:burtonportfirelast_img read more

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Pasadena tells club to hang up its signs

first_img Without commenting on the specifics of the case, city spokeswoman Ann Erdman said code enforcement officers have been told to suspend enforcing the city’s sign ordinance in residential areas. The headquarters, at 1045 E. Green St., are in a commercial zone. “Code compliance staff has been instructed to be hands-off on political signs in residential neighborhoods until the issue of the ACLU lawsuit is resolved,” Erdman said. “They have not been told to ignore political signs in commercial districts.” The suspension is supposed to give city officials time to revise the sign ordinance in hopes of avoiding litigation in the ACLU lawsuit. Several City Council members have said the size limitations appear overly restrictive when it comes to political signs, but, again, the focus has only been on signs posted at private homes. Councilman Victor Gordo said there may be reason to take a broader look if the complaints about the Republican headquarters are founded. “Anytime speech is restricted in any way, we have a responsibility to ensure that the restrictions don’t run afoul of the Constitution. If in this case they do, then we need to remedy that,” he said. Upon hearing what happened, Patrick Briggs said it is clear to him city officials have not “learned their lesson” from his suit. Although he is a committed Democrat, Briggs said the underlying free speech issue transcends any party affiliation and indicated he would reach out to the local GOP. “The city is trying to make this community of Pasadena into some sort of Universal City Walk, which is as far from reality as possible,” Briggs said. “They are trying to clean things up so there isn’t discussion, so there isn’t conflict. We need some mature conflict in this community.” — Gary Scott can be reached at (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4458, or by e-mail at gary.scott@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Whether or not the city’s actions constitute harassment, ACLU attorney Peter Eliasberg said they appear to be unconstitutional. Eliasberg is one of two attorneys representing Patrick Briggs and Mary Gavel-Briggs, the Pasadena couple who sued the city last month for forcing them to remove an antiwar, anti-Bush banner from their front yard because it was too large. “I’m not saying people have an unlimited right to put up 40-by-40 billboards on their property, but the idea that (the city) can have regulations that in effect stifle political speech, or require people to pay to engage in basic political speech, is very problematic,” Eliasberg said. The Republican Club’s banner reads “Pasadena Republican Headquarters,” and has been posted as part of the club’s campaign activities surrounding the Nov. 8 special election. Eliasberg said the message clearly is political in nature and should receive the same First Amendment protections as the Briggses’ banner. He also questioned the justification for limiting the number of signs that can be posted inside a window, since, he said, someone could simply pull the blinds and cover the window completely. PASADENA — The week after the city stopped regulating the posting of political signs in Pasadena neighborhoods in response to a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union, code enforcement cited the Pasadena Republican Club for hanging a political banner from its Green Street headquarters. According to Elaine Klock, headquarters chairwoman, the city said the banner violated the local sign ordinance and ordered club officials to pay a $21 permit fee to continue hanging it. The edict came down Tuesday, Klock said, several days after city inspectors told her she had too many political signs posted in the office windows. “We certainly do not intend to violate their laws and their rules,” Klock said, noting club officials have complied with all city regulations, “but I sure do think this is beyond the call of duty. “I won’t call it harassment,” she added, “but it sure does seem the city employees should have something more important to do.”last_img read more

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Vipers take care of Maroons to stay in contention for League title

first_img Tags: Brian NkuubiMaroons FCPius ObuyaStarTimes Uganda Premeir Leaguetom matsikotopvipers sc Vipers are still four points behind leaders KCCA FC in the standings (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Vipers SC 2-0 Maroons FC St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende Wednesday, 27-03-2019KITENDE – Vipers remained four points behind leaders KCCA FC thanks to a 2-0 victory over Maroons at the St. Mary’s Stadium in Kitende.The Venoms who were without a host of first team players struck through Tom Matsiko’s penalty in the first half and Brian Nkuubi’s volleyed effort in the second.Maroons could have pulled a goal back but Pius Obuya missed a penalty late in the game.Vipers started the game brightly, asking all the questions but were always let down by lazy finishing. Steven Mukwala and Dan Sserunkuma were both guilty of missing chances with most of the work coming down the right as Innocent Wafula and Ibrahim Kiyemba took the initiative.There first real shot on target came on 17 minutes as Wafula fed Mukwala but the striker’s first time shot was saved by Akol. Sserunkuma tried to pounce onto the rebound but Martin Mpuga was on hard to put the ball out of touch for a corner. From the resultant kick, Tom Matsiko found himself in acres of space but could not sort his feet and Maroons cleared their lines.Vipers continued pressing and on 25 minutes, Akol failed to hold onto a Wafula first-time cross but the custodian was relieved to see the ball bounce off Sserunkuma and out for a goal kick.Maroons were struggling all the way and resorted to long range shots.First Felix Okot shot wide and over from 30 yards and then Obuya pounced onto a loose ball just outside Vipers’ area but the youthful playmaker could only look on as he missed the target by a whisker.The first yellow card of the game came on 31 minutes and it was flashed to Bronson Nsubuga for fouling Aziz Kayondo.With 7 minutes of the first half to play, Kayondo made a breathtaking run down the left, was brought down by Mpuga and the referee, Ronald Madanda pointed to the spot.After minutes of protests by the visitors that also saw Captain Silvestre Okello booked, Tom Matsiko stepped up and sent Akol the wrong way to hand Vipers a 1-0 lead.Maroons tried to go on the offensive in the last minutes of the first half but their best opportunity saw Nsubuga shoot straight at Derrick Ochan in the Vipers’ goal, from a free-kick.At the start of the second half, Maroons looked to be a much changed side, taking the game to Vipers.On 48 minutes, Ronald Orombi controlled Eddie Kipampa’s low cross but shot over while under pressure from Halid Lwaliwa.The diminutive midfielder was at it again moments later but saw his powerful shot from outside the area fly over the cross bar.As Vipers tried to counter, Brian Majwega was booked for tagging Mukwala back on 50 minutes.Sserunkuma who was in and out of the game got a chance to double Vipers’ lead on 55 minutes but his point-blank shot was saved expertly by Akol.On 67, Vipers made their first substitution with the returning Moses Waiswa coming on in place of Matsiko.Orombi who was all over Vipers, robbed Kayondo of the ball on 69 minutes but looked on in disbelief as his shot from just inside the area flashed agonizingly wide of the target.As Maroons pressed for the equalizer, they looked suspect on the counter and Mukwala nearly punished them on 75 minutes but his curling effort from just inside the area sailed over the bar after good interplay with Sserunkuma and Kiyemba.13 minutes from time, Vipers sealed the points. Kiyemba played in Nkuubi off a lofted long ball and the midfielder shot first time past Akol and into the back of the net.In response, Emmanuel Oringa replaced Nsubuga as the visitors made their second substitution.Vipers looked to be headed for a comfertable victory in the end but they got a scare two minutes from time as Kiyemba handled in the box and Maroons were awarded a penalty. Obuya stepped up but put his effort wide of the target.The three points earned on the day see Vipers move onto 48 point, four behind KCCA FC who defeated Kirinya 2-0 on the same day.For Maroons, they remain in 13th on the table qith 25 points.The other games played on Wednesday:-Kirinya JSS FC 0-2 KCCA FC-Onduparaka FC 2-1 SC VillaComments last_img read more

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SA stars at Freestyle Dance Worlds

first_img11 July 2013 The 15-year-old schoolboy secured wins in the under-16 Championship Boys Street Style, Freestyle and Slowdance solo categories. South African dancers excelled at the 2013 Freestyle Dance World Championships in Blackpool, England recently, winning four titles. Kalon Badenhorst of Johannesburg starred, claiming four world titles to become the only dancer ever to achieve the feat in a single championship. Titles Runner-up Dancing solo in the under-14 Girls Premier Champ Division, Minnaar reached the finals of both the Freestyle and Slowdance, and ended up placing sixth and fourth respectively. The five-member squad returned from the global showpiece as the most successful South African team to compete at the championships, which have been held in Blackpool since the early 1980s. The Freestyle World Championships is organised by Anna Jones, the president of the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA). The IDTA is one of the world’s largest examination boards, covering the full spectrum of dance examinations on a global scale, with over 7 000 members in 55 countries. Badenhorst is a member of the Daniel Swanepoel Dance Studio in Randburg and Minnaar a member of Dance Zone International in Bryanston. Tatijana Ignaijtov added another podium placing for South Africa by finishing second in the under-8 Girls Premier Champ Division in the Freestyle discipline. Badenhorst also partnered with 13-year-old Courtney Minnaar, also of Johannesburg, to secure the Under-16 Freestyle Couples world title. The Bishop Bavin learner from Bedfordview, Johannesburg, who is a member of Diana Moore Dance World, also reached the final in the Slowdance, but had to withdraw due to illness. Freestyle is an evolved version of Disco dance, and has developed sub- categories in which dancers compete solo, in couples and groups. It involves runs, spins, kicks and leaps, as well as many other diverse steps and acrobatic movements. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Drones and satellites spot lost civilizations in unlikely places

first_imgSAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA—What do the Sahara desert and the Amazon rainforest have in common? Until recently, archaeologists would have told you they were both inhospitable environments devoid of large-scale human settlements. But they were wrong. Here today at the annual meeting of the AAAS (which publishes Science), two researchers explained how remote sensing technology, including satellite imaging and drone flights, is revealing the traces of past civilizations that have been hiding in plain sight.“Although [the Amazon and Sahara] seem so different, a lot of the questions are actually very similar,” says David Mattingly, an archaeologist at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. He studies a culture known as the Garamantes, which began building a network of cities, forts, and farmland around oases in the Sahara of southern Libya around 1000 B.C.E. The civilization reached its peak in the early centuries of the Common Era, only to decline after 700 C.E., possibly because they had tapped out the region’s ground water, Mattingly explains.Many Garamantian structures are still standing in some form or another today, but very few have been visited by archaeologists. It’s hard to do fieldwork in the hot, dry, remote Sahara, Mattingly explains. “And that relative absence of feet on the ground leads to an absence of evidence” about the Garamantes and other cultures that may have thrived before the Islamic conquest of the region. But because many Garamantin sites haven’t been buried or otherwise destroyed, they show up in stunning detail in satellite photos. By analyzing such images, “in an area of about 2500 square kilometers, we’ve located 158 major settlements, 184 cemeteries, 30 square kilometers of fields, plus a variety of irrigation systems,” Mattingly says. Not only have he and his team been able to select the most promising sites for on-the-ground fieldwork, but they can also use the images to reconstruct the Garamantes’ regional footrpint—something that would have been very hard to do by excavating one site at a time.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Satellite images are less helpful when it comes to the Amazon rainforest, where a thick canopy of vegetation blocks the view of most signs of ancient settlement. So José Iriarte, an archaeologist at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom, has opted for drones to search for the region’s lost civilizations.When ecologists look at the Amazon, they see “virgin wilderness” untouched by humans, Iriarte says. But thanks to the discovery of large-scale earthworks called geogylphs and terra preta—“black earth” that was purposely enriched by humans in the past—archaeologists have concluded that at least parts of the rainforest must have been home to large, agricultural settlements. “Now it’s time to start quantifying past human impact in different parts of the Amazon,” Iriarte says.Iriarte’s drone will be outfitted with LiDAR equipment to map the ground through the trees, which is very helpful for revealing large geoglyphs that may be hidden beneath the canopy. But the unmanned aerial vehicle will also be equipped with tools that can analyze the distribution of the plants themselves. If past cultures “farmed” the rainforest by cultivating helpful crops in specific places, their practices may have shaped which species grow where, even today—which could change the way we think about conservation in the Amazon. “The very biodiversity that we seek to safeguard may itself be a legacy of centuries or millennia of human intervention,” Iriarte says.“These new technologies have just opened up these regions to us,” Mattingly says. But time is of the essence. Sites in both the Amazon and the Sahara are being built over by modern development, sometimes by people who don’t understand the archaeological importance of what they are destroying. Remote sensing data may be the only way to capture information about these sites before they are gone for good.Check out our full coverage of the AAAS annual meeting.What message would you send into space? Tell us on Twitter and Vine with #msgtospace!last_img read more

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Two Indian Americans face charges for defrauding the State of Connecticut

first_imgTwo Indian American men were charged for allegedly defrauding the State of Connecticut of $5.8 million dollars in taxes due for importing tobacco products into the state. The duo operated a wholesale tobacco business based in Bridgeport in Connecticut.Pavan Vaswani, 39, of West Haven, Connecticut and 45-years-old Rishi Malik formerly of Fairfield, Connecticut were arrested on Jan.11. “A grand jury in Bridgeport returned a 13-count indictment charging Vaswani and Malik with engaging in a conspiracy to defraud the State of Connecticut of millions of dollars in taxes due on tobacco products imported into the state,” a statement from the United States Attorney’s office of the District of Connecticut said.According to the United States Attorney’s office of the District of Connecticut, Vaswani was released on a bond of $250,000, while Malik was detained with a pending detention hearing scheduled for Jan.16. If convicted, Malik could be deported to India.In the indictment, it has been alleged that Vaswani has been operating KDV Discounts LLC, a wholesale tobacco business based in Bridgeport. “Malik had been operating it previously as Connecticut Discounts LLC before selling it to Vaswani in 2012. Between 2013 and 2017, Vaswani filed false tax forms with the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services that underreported his taxes due,” said the statement.He then paid over those lower amounts instead of taxes actually owed. Malik continued to be involved in the business even after selling it.“Malik conspired with Vaswani through means including forming a Pennsylvania company, discount deals, to acquire smokeless tobacco that was imported into Connecticut without payment of taxes. The tax in Connecticut is about 50 per cent of the value of smokeless tobacco brought into the state,” the statement added.The United States’ Attorney John H. Durham has noted that the Indictment is not evidence of guilt and so, the charges are only allegations as of now until they are proven guilty.Both Vaswani and Malik will be charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and to violate the Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act, an offence that has a maximum term of 5 years in prison. They have also been ordered to pay their owed taxes and forfeit anything gained from illegal earnings. According to the statement, Vaswani has been charged with 12 counts and Malik with four counts of wire fraud, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years, on each count.In December 2017, four Indian Americans were charged for pretending to be tax officials and defrauding people of $3.5 million. They collected money by allegedly threatening over 7,300 people. Related ItemsIndian Americanssmokeless tobaccotobacco taxwire fraud indian americanslast_img read more

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Country roots for Team India to lift the World Cup

first_imgIndian cricket fans pose with a replica of the cricket World Cup trophy and cheer for their home team, in Kolkata on Friday, April 1, 2011.Best wishes poured in from people of different walks of life on Friday for the Indian cricket team to lift the World Cup on Saturday with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi hoping the ‘Men in Blue’ would emerge victorious.As the nation waited with bated breath to know the outcome of the World Cup final, a car bonanza awaited the Indian players if they beat Sri Lanka with auto major Hyundai Motor promising its yet to be launched Verna sedan to all 11 players.Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, an avid cricket fan, and Bollywood celebrities also rooted for an Indian win and fervently hoped that batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar will score an unprecedented 100th international century on his home ground in Mumbai.”Keep it up is all I would say. I hope India wins,” Singh said when asked about his message to the Indian cricket team.Singh, who watched the blockbuster India-Pakistan semi-final clash along with his Pakistani counterpart Yusuf Raza Gilani, however, will not be travelling to Mumbai to watch the final.”I will be in Assam then,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Padma awards function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here.”The whole nation joins in wishing the Indian cricket team,” he said, adding that he would be watching the game as and when he gets time.Sonia Gandhi, who was campaigning in Assam, hoped the Indian team would bag the World Cup.advertisement”I congratulate the Indian team for winning the semifinal at Mohali and wish them the best for the final”, Gandhi said. Sonia and her son Rahul Gandhi had watched the Mohali match.”We hope they win and bring the World Cup for us. I wish them all the best”, she added.Scores of youngsters across the country also belted out impromptu songs wishing an Indian victory. Groups like ‘Indian Ocean’ also came out with special compositions.81-year-old Lata Mangeshkar said, “I am eager to see India winning the cup and if Sachin scores his 100th century on his home ground in the final, it will be icing on the cake. I will pray for that.”When asked about the possibility of watching the final at Wankhede stadium, she replied in the negative. An avid cricket fan, Lata had enjoyed the 1983 World Cup final from the galleries at Lords.”I don’t go to stadiums anymore. I will watch the match at home and after that I leave for Pune where I have to attend an award ceremony,” she said.She also declined to predict the outcome of the much awaited match.”Both the teams are equally good. Cricket is a very unpredictable game and you can’t guess anything about the outcome. I thought Yuvraj will play a big knock in the semifinal but he got out for a duck. So I don’t like to predict anything,” Lata said.Bollywood star Lara Dutta said, the “whole country is rooting for the Indian team.””The team has all the ingredients essential for a win in the Final,” she saidAnother star Suneil Shetty said the Indian team is a “perfect combination and it deserved to win.””We will be extremely delighted to felicitate the Indian cricket team with the all-new Verna much ahead of its market launch in the country,” Hyundai Motor India Managing Director and CEO Hang-Woo Park said in a statement.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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