Alleged bribes over half a million ex Minister Shane Gibson given bail

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 4, 2017 – Nassau – Over half a million dollars in alleged bribes is what the former Labour Minister and once Hurricane Matthew Czar was charged in connection with at Magistrate’s Court on Thursday.   The charges against Shane Gibson, who limped and hopped his way into the court house were concerned with Jonathan Ash and included 16 counts of bribery, two counts of conspiracy to commit bribery, two counts of conspiracy to commit extortion and 15 counts of extortion – where it is alleged that between January 2 and April 30, 2017, Gibson extorted $250,000 from Mr Ash.As it relates to  the bribery challenges, it is alleged Gibson solicited more than $250,000 from Mr Ash between February 2 and March 30, 2017; the conspiracy to extort is alleged to have happened between January 2 and April 30, 2017.   The cumulative figure comes to a reported $610,000 in alleged kickbacks to the former Minister for the National Insurance Board.The suspicious leg injury of Shane Gibson which is shown in cell phone and media videos of his arrival at court on Thursday was said to be caused by a boating accident.    Gibson is represented by Damian Gomez, QC, Wayne Munroe, QC, Anthony McKinney, QC, and Alex Dorsett.  He is released on $40,000 bail with sureties and was allowed to keep his travel documents, will not have to check in with Police and is due back in court on October 3.#MagneticMediaNews#ShaneGibsongivenbail Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #ShaneGibsongivenbaillast_img read more

RMZ waiting for clarity on dividend distribution tax before IPO

first_imgRMZ Corp, real estate developer and investor, would wait for signals from the government on dividend distribution tax (DDT) before finalising its initial public offering (IPO), a senior company executive said on Thursday.”We are looking for clarity on the dividend distribution tax and stamp duty in the (upcoming) Union Budget based on which we will decide on how and when to get listed,” the executive told IB Times Media on the condition of anonymity.”India is our first priority for listing and if it does not work out, we will look at Singapore,” he added.In India, dividend is tax-free at the hands of shareholders but the company that distributes dividend is liable to pay tax to the government. “This comprises DDT of 15 percent along with a surcharge of 12 percent and education cess of 3 percent (inclusive of surcharge). Provisions exist to remove the cascading effect of DDT in a holding company-subsidiary relationship,” according to a KPMG note.The Budget session of Parliament will begin from 23 February and end on 13 May, 2016. The railway budget will be presented on 25 February and the union budget on 29 February. The economic survey will presented on 26 February.Bengaluru-based RMZ hopes to close FY2016 with lease rentals of $200 million and is currently outperforming the market in terms of rentals.”Rentals are growing in the range of 5 percent to 7 percent every year overall, but we are growing at a rate of 10 percent to 12 percent,” the executive said, attributing it to “premier” locations of the company’s office properties and better asset management.The executive said further that the company would be investing about $500 million in the next 12 to 18 months to take its current 20 million sq ft office property portfolio to 80 million sq ft by 2021.Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) has an investment of about $300 million and Barings Private Equity Partners has invested about $100 million in RMZ Corp.RMZ Corp’s office properties are located in Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Mumbai and New Delhi.The company recently purchased Essar Group’s Equinox Business Park in Mumbai for about $360 million, according to a Business Standard.last_img read more

Sri Lanka churches hotels bomb attacks toll rise to 138

first_imgA shoe of a victim is seen in front of the St. Anthony`s Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 21 April 2019. Photo: ReutersEaster Day bomb blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and three luxury hotels killed 138 people and wounded more than 400, hospital and police officials said, following a lull in major attacks since the end of the civil war 10 years ago.In just one church, St. Sebastian’s in Katuwapitiya, north of Colombo, more than 50 people had been killed, a police official told Reuters, with pictures showing bodies on the ground, blood on the pews and a destroyed roof.Media reported 25 people were also killed in an attack on a church in Batticaloa in Eastern Province.The three hotels hit were the Shangri-La Colombo, Kingsbury Hotel and Cinnamon Grand Colombo. It was unclear whether there were any casualties in the hotels.Nine foreigners were among the dead, the officials said.There were no immediate claims of responsibility for the attacks in a country which was at war for decades with Tamil separatists until 2009 during which bomb blasts in the capital were common.Prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe called a national security council meeting at his home for later in the day.One of the explosions was at St Anthony’s Church in Kochcikade, Colombo.”Our people are engaged in evacuating the casualties,” a source with the bomb squad said.St. Sebastian’s church posted pictures of destruction inside the church on its Facebook page, showing blood on pews and the floor, and requested help from the public.Sri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony`s Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 21 April 2019. Photo: ReutersLast year, there were 86 verified incidents of discrimination, threats and violence against Christians, according to the National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL), which represents more than 200 churches and other Christian organisations.This year, the NCEASL recorded 26 such incidents, including one in which Buddhist monks allegedly attempted to disrupt a Sunday worship service, with the last one reported on 25 March.Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony`s Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on 21 April 2019. Photo: AFPOut of Sri Lanka’s total population of around 22 million, 70 per cent are Buddhist, 12.6 per cent Hindu, 9.7 per cent Muslim, and 7.6 per cent Christian, according to the country’s 2012 census.In its 2018 report on Sri Lanka’s human rights, the US State Department noted that some Christian groups and churches reported they had been pressured to end worship activities after authorities classified them as “unauthorised gatherings.”The report also said Buddhist monks regularly tried to close down Christian and Muslim places of worship, citing unidentified sources.last_img

HPMHarveyHeroes Grace Hoover A Volunteer From Canada

first_imgTo find more info about the Giving Hub, visit 611 W. 22nd Street  to see what the center still needs. Many people sit back and feel sorry when tragedy strikes. While thoughts and prayers offer emotional support, some people get the urge to do more.In comes Grace Hoover, who made it her mission to cross international lines and go from Winnipeg, Canada, to Houston, to do whatever she could to help  with Harvey’s aftermath.She and a few friends made their way to the dry goods distribution center the Giving Hub,  on 611 W. 22nd Street, after flying to Dallas, renting a truck, and filling it with supplies. Sharelast_img

Road rage Reckless bus mows down 5yrold at Nagerbazar

first_imgKolkata: Two persons including a five-year-old girl died in the city in two separate accidents in Nagerbazar and Chinar Park.The traffic at Nagerbazar came to a halt on Tuesday as local people put up a blockade after a five-year-old girl was crushed under the wheels of the bus in which she was travelling. Immediately after the incident, the locals got agitated, protesting against the death of the child due to rash and negligent driving. The girl, identified as Anushka Kar, was a resident of Kalindi near Lake Town and studied at a local English medium school in class one. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseOn Tuesday morning, the five-year-old had boarded a private bus while travelling to her school, accompanied by her mother. Witnesses said that as soon as the mother-daughter duo got down at Kajipara near Nagerbazar, the bus increased its speed at an alarming rate and before the child could move from the spot, the rear wheels of the bus crushed her underneath. The child was immediately taken to a nearby hospital, where the doctors declared her brought dead. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter the incident, local people took to protests in anger over the incident, blocking the road. But even after the police arrived at the spot, the locals refused to withdraw the blockade. Eventually, an altercation erupted between police and the protesters. The locals complained that although the vehicles move recklessly in the area during the wee hours, the police have not taken any adequate measure. The footpath has been taken away by the hawkers, leaving no sidewalk for the pedestrians. The area has become an accident-prone zone as a result. The protesters further claimed that if no action is taken to ensure the safety of common people, the blockade will continue. A resident of the area said: “The little child died as the driver drove the bus in an extremely reckless manner. Exemplary punishment should be given to the perpetrator. Police need to be strict against the rash drivers.” Although police seized the bus which mowed down the child, the driver had managed to escape. The condition in the area later returned to normal in the evening, as the locals ceased their protests. In another incident, at around 3.45 am on Tuesday, a truck which was coming from New Town rammed into another smaller truck, arriving from the Rajarhat Road at Chinar Park, resulting in the death of one person, leaving seven others injured. The injured were later admitted to a local hospital in New Town. The deceased has been identified as a resident of the Basirhat area, a 30-year-old man identified as Bablu Mondal, who succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. Both the vehicles have been detained. A case of causing death by negligence has been initiated.last_img read more

I dont respect convention in music religion

first_imgTalking about the unifying power of music, Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan recently said that he doesn’t respect convention in music or in religion and lamented the state of the 21st century world, driven by religious strife. “I don’t respect convention. It is a very unhealthy word. Even regarding religion, my father often told me all of us have a common God. In this 21st century, we are still fighting and killing each other on account of religion,” Khan said here at a literary meet. The master of strings regretted that education has failed to instil compassion and kindness in human beings. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”How can a (person holding a degree like) PhD be radical or communal? This is the problem of the whole world, not only in India,” he pointed out. Expressing gratitude to the Almighty for the unifying power of music, Khan said, “I think the 21st century is the worst time for the world, which should have been the best time. People are afraid to travel internationally, there is a problem of security. Thank God that music has connected the world whereas language creates barriers.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAccording to the Padma Vibhushan awardee, this message of common God and race should have been given by every priest but they don’t talk as ‘they are paid servants’. “At this age, I want to give my opinion and share my thoughts with the people,” he said. About presentation and breaking convention, the legend said, “Presentation is a different art. Grammar and literature are important for everybody to learn but very few musicians realise the level of poetry. Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore was an amazing combination of a poet and musician. He took liberty in every Raga and I think only a genius can do that and the rest follow the convention”. As a young boy, he said, he did not like Rabindra Sangeet but later liked it due to Suchitra Mitra, one of the finest exponents of Rabindra Sangeet.last_img read more