Criminal charges possible in SOCU fraud probe – Minister

first_img…file sent for legal adviceThe recent revelations of fraud at the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU), the orgainsation that is supposed to be investigating fraud, has prompted the legal advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) being sought by the police, with Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan revealing that criminal charges may be filed against officers.The minister made the revelations while speaking on the sidelines of the National Assembly on Wednesday. According to Ramjattan, the audit into SOCU made some damning allegations and legal advice will be needed on how to proSOCU’s file is with the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions, headed by Shalimar Ali-Hackceed.“It is not a nice report. It had some damning allegations. But these are operational matters now, the implementation of the recommendations is in the hands of the (Police) Commissioner. I understand the commissioner, because of the damning nature of the allegations, has decided to take it to the DPP Chambers and the Legal Advisers. That will take some time.”“I don’t know, I rather suspect there might be,” Ramjattan added, when asked if the seeking of legal advice from the DPP indicated the possibility of criminal charges being filed against the offending officers in the unit.However, Ramjattan refuted contentions that the tainted integrity of the unit necessarily affected the cases which it investigated… most of which involved former People’s Progressive Party (PPP) officials. Some of these cases have already been thrown out by the courts for various reasons.“I don’t think it will affect the cases. In a unit, you have the police. Police are known to do grievous things. It doesn’t mean the entire police force and their investigations in other matters will be necessarily undermined.”“I doubt whether that will be undermined. Because what you find in these investigations, there are other witnesses dealing with certain offences that others might have committed,” Ramjattan added.Following the revelations against SOCU, the parliamentary Opposition – Peoples Progressive Party – had called for the shutting down of the unit. But according to Ramjattan, even a restructuring of the unit is not on the table. He noted that fixing SOCU requires that the recommendations from the fraud probe be followed.According to Ramjattan, they have not sat down with Sydney James to have him defend his unit against the findings of the auditors.Meanwhile, President David Granger was also asked about the unit earlier on Wednesday. According to the head of state, whatever actions are taken in SOCU largely depend on Police Commissioner Leslie James.“I asserted that SOCU is an organic part of the Guyana Police Force so in terms of investigation, in terms of any recommendation out of the investigation it will be up to the Commissioner of Police first to initiate action and I’m sure, I’ll be advised by the Minister of Public Security,” President Granger said.A probe that was conducted into SOCU by the Guyana Police Force (GPF) had unearthed irregularities that included falsified records and missing documents. According to reports, there was even a case of an official who alleged his signature was forged. In addition, there are reports of listed expenditure being concocted and receipts being backdated.last_img read more

South Africa pays R2.9m for Dewani transfer

first_img9 April 2014 South Africa’s Department of Justice and Constitutional Development took no chances on Tuesday, forking out R2.9-million to transfer honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani from Bristol Airport in the UK to Cape Town International Airport. Dewani arrived at the Cape Town International in a private chartered jet, accompanied by a South African medical doctor, nurse and members of the South African Police Service and Interpol, shortly after 9am on Tuesday. He was then whisked off to the Western Cape High Court, where he was charged with kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances, murder, conspiracy to commit murder and defeating the ends of justice. The case was postponed to 12 May pending a medical examination to determine whether or not he is fit to stand trial. Dewani has been accused of orchestrating the murder of his bride, Anni Hindocha. He allegedly ordered local men to carry out a hit and make it look like a fatal carjacking incident. A substantial amount of money was paid for the hit, which occurred in Khayelitsha in November 2010. Three men have already been imprisoned for the same offence. Xolile Mngeni, Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Zola Tongo were convicted of murder between 2010 and 2012. The men were sentenced to life imprisonment, 25 years’ imprisonment and 18 years’ imprisonment respectively. Dewani has been fighting removal from the UK, citing mental health problems, including severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Department of Justice spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said the choice of a private aircraft was informed by the fact that Dewani’s medical condition needed to be constantly monitored and attended to. A commercial flight would have had the potential of compromising Dewani, which could have had an adverse effect on his pending medical examination. “We took into account the fact that there was undisputed evidence during the extradition hearing that he had displayed suicidal tendencies, and the South African government did not want to take chances,” Mhaga said. “It was therefore paramount that his return to the country was hazard-free, in order to ensure that he eventually makes that court appearance without hindrance.” Lieutenant Anwa Dramat, national head of the police’s Hawks special investigating unit, said: “We wish Dewani well as far as his health his concerned, in order for him to be able to tell his side of the story. Our investigating team is ready to resume with the trial. We hope the trial will bring closure to both the Hindocha and Dewani families.” Dewani is being detained at Valkenberg Hospital in Cape Town, where he will receive psychiatric treatment pending his trial. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Roger Federer happy to return to clay after three-year hiatus

first_imgFormer world number one Roger Federer said he was glad he made the decision to return to clay courts as he prepares for the Madrid Open this week, three years after his last match on the surface.Federer had skipped the clay court season the past two years since last competing in Rome in May 2016 but confirmed his participation for the tournament in Madrid earlier this year.”I’m happy that the decision I took last December, when I started feeling like I definitely want to play on the clay, was the right one,” Federer, 37, told reporters.”I haven’t looked back yet during the clay court build-up, thinking, ‘Ah, maybe I shouldn’t have.’ I’m happy I’m here, I’m happy I am on the surface.”It takes some time getting used to how to construct the points a little bit more because there is more baseline (play), a possibility to play with more angles and height. It’s been interesting and fun, but not so challenging.”Federer, who recently won his 101st singles title in Miami, is the tournament’s fourth seed behind world number one Novak Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Alexander Zverev.However, the 20-times Grand Slam singles champion said he was not trying to burden himself with expectations when he steps out on court at the Caja Magica.”It will be interesting to see how this tournament goes,” Federer added. “I do not have high expectations in some ways.”But at the same time I also know that things are possible. Madrid always plays fast with the altitude here. I’m intrigued to find out.”advertisementHaving received a bye to the second round, Federer will play the winner of the match between France’s Richard Gasquet and Spanish teenager Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, who reached the semi-final of the Estoril Open last week.Also Read | Maria Sharapova pulls out of Italian Open with shoulder injuryAlso Read | Simona Halep favourite to win French Open: Justine HeninAlso Seelast_img read more

ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight Releases Playoff Odds After Rivalry Weekend

first_imgESPN's FiveThirtyEight playoff odds for College Football teams after rivalry week.fivethirtyeight playoff oddsThe regular season, at least for most college football teams, has ended. Which means that after next Saturday’s slate of contests (many of which are conference championship games), the playoff selection committee will have all of the info it needs to make its decisions. Will their be chaos on the final Saturday? Or will it all hold?At this point, according to ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight, a few things are clear. Oklahoma, after winning the Big 12, is in the playoff field. Alabama, with a win over Florida in the SEC title game, will also have a spot. Clemson, with a win over UNC, is in. And the winner of the Big Ten title game between Iowa and Michigan State will qualify as well. The question marks? Does UNC, with a win over Clemson, get in? And if Alabama loses to Florida, does Ohio State sneak back in? Here are the odds that FiveThirtyEight has at the moment.Oklahoma is in. The next four are locks if they win. Lurking: UNC, Stanford, Ohio State. https://t.co/ZvsQO702Hb pic.twitter.com/djQVtog8wY— Andrew Flowers (@andrewflowers) November 29, 2015In just a week, we’ll have all of the answers. Until then, expect a great deal of debate.last_img read more

Photos: Outline Of The Field At Bristol Motor Speedway For Tennessee-Virginia Tech Is Visible On Google Maps

first_imgBristol Motor Speedway on Google Maps shows the lines for the 2016 football game played at the racetrack.Google Maps. The Sept. 10 meeting between Tennessee and Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway is hoping to be the highest-attended college football game in history. Organizers for the event believe the record of 115,109 (Notre Dame at Michigan in 2013) can be broken. There’s certainly enough room at the 150,000-seat track for that to happen. Photos of the field outline are now visible on Google Maps, and it’s pretty clear that there is a ton of space for even more seating. Check these out: Google Maps. Google Maps. Google Maps.Google Maps.It was announced on Wednesday that Tennessee and Virginia Tech will kick off at 8 p.m. E.T. on Sept. 10. The game will be televised on ABC.last_img read more

Passenger on airliner that crashed in Mexico files lawsuit

first_imgCHICAGO – A suburban Chicago man who was one of more than 100 survivors of a jet crash in Mexico this week is suing the airline.In the lawsuit filed Thursday in Chicago, 43-year-old Nestor Martinez of Northlake alleges that the Mexico-based Aeromexico was negligent in improperly taking off Tuesday during a severe storm.The jet had just taken off in Durango in northern Mexico when it smashed belly-down into a field near the runway. All 103 people aboard escaped. Rescuers took 49 people, most of whom suffered minor injuries, to area hospitals. Martinez’s attorney, Robert Bingle, says Martinez has headaches after striking his head, suffered muscle damage to his neck and shoulders, and has a laceration on his right leg.Bingle says it’s too early to say what caused the crash.last_img read more

Gasoline prices rose with land costs but full differentials unexplained report

first_imgVANCOUVER — A report analyzing gasoline prices in British Columbia says rising land costs and credit card processing fees may account for nearly the entire differential in retail margins observed between Vancouver and comparable areas up to the end of last year.The report by Deetkten Group was posted online late Wednesday by the B.C. Utilities Commission, which is overseeing a public inquiry into sky-high gas prices in the province.The consultant’s report says Vancouver’s gasoline retail margins, which are the difference between the wholesale price for fuel and the retail price less tax, “highly” correlates with local land values. The Canadian Press Credit card processing fees are applied as a percentage of a total transaction, meaning the fees will be higher in jurisdictions like Vancouver where prices at the pump are already high.But even after those factors are taken into account, more than one cent per litre in the retail margins remains unexplained.The report says transportation and regulatory costs may account for higher wholesale gasoline prices in B.C. cities, but even estimating those costs at their highest potential does not explain the full wholesale price differences.last_img read more

Ohio State womens soccer dominates but cant find the net against Northwestern

OSU senior defender Nicole Miyashiro battles a Northwestern defender for the ball on Oct. 1, 2016 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Aaron Tomich | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State women’s soccer team responded to the offensive challenge the Northwestern Wildcats’ offense presented with a thrilling match, but a disappointing finish Saturday night.The game ended in a 0-0 tie, after an overtime period, making the Buckeyes 7-4-2 (1-2-2 Big Ten); Northwestern 10-1-1 (3-1-1 Big Ten).The Buckeyes’ defense stifled Northwestern potent strikers, but the biggest impact of the game came out of a strong and dominating offensive attack from the Scarlet and Gray.  In an attack that included 28 total shots and 17 corner kicks, the Buckeyes’ offense was relentless towards the strong Northwestern back line of defenders.  With such high offensive statistics, there was a frustration when it came to the lack of scoring.  “I don’t know another sport where you can dominate an opponent as much as we did tonight and not find a way to get the result,” said OSU coach Lori Walker. “Obviously we feel good about our effort. We feel good about how much we dominated against Northwestern but we’re very disappointed that we couldn’t figure out how to put the ball in the rectangle, so that’s a bit frustrating.”At the beginning of the tightly contested overtime period, redshirt senior defender Morgan Wolcott had an opportunity from a cross into the goalkeeper’s box, deflecting off the left post opposite the goal in what could have given the Buckeyes the lead.  “I thought it was going to bounce the other way off the post but it didn’t and then after that I thought we were going to get another opportunity,” Wolcott said.  “But they were quick getting to the ball and getting it out, unfortunately.”The motivation for tonight’s strong play came from last week’s 3-0 victory over Iowa, along with the desire to record another conference win.  “I think this week, after coming off the win on Sunday, we wanted to get this win again here,” Wolcott said. “We definitely dominated the game here. They’re a good team, and we really came out today.”OSU’s defense made a statement, holding Northwestern to a total of 9 shots and three corners.  Senior defender Nicole Miyashiro emphasized the team’s domination while looking ahead to next week’s matchup, using the strong defensive play as motivation. “We’re frustrated but we’re going to take this momentum into Maryland,” Miyashiro said.  “I think it’s a really good build up for us into that game and also just for the defense to get a shutout, that really helps us a lot.”Miyashiro’s personal connection with Northwestern midfielder Kassidy Gorman created a fun and competitive twist to tonight’s game. “That 10 minutes we had against each other, it was so fun,” Miyashiro said.  “There was (a moment) over here (left side of field by the goal) where we were going against each other and she was dribbling, and I slid and kicked it out and there’s really no better feeling than that.”OSU hopes to learn from tonight’s offensive domination, using the scoreless draw as motivation for their road trip to Maryland.  “Some of it’s just repetition.  We have players that are capable of finishing a game at any time,” Walker said. “For whatever reason it just didn’t happen tonight.” read more

Arne Maier Im living the dream at Hertha Berlin

first_imgThe highly-rated Arne Maier is loving life at Hertha Berlin and is choosing to ignore rumours of a high-profile move to either Arsenal or Manchester UnitedThe 19-year-old midfielder is thriving for both club and country with big things expected of him in the future.Maier has started in all seven of Hertha’s Bundesliga games this season with the club in fifth-place and three points off leaders Borussia Dortmund.“It is always a nice feeling to be praised,” Maier told Goal.“But no matter how much I may be praised at the moment, on the field that does not help me. There I am on my own and every time I have to go to my limits and not rest.“But I want to emphasise that I like this torture. I’m living my dream.”The interest of major clubs throughout all of Europe is nothing new to Maier, who has been targeted since the age of 13.“Of course, on the one hand, it was a cool feeling that such big clubs were interested in me,” he added.“On the other hand, I was only 13 years old, had my school in Berlin, my family and my friends, which is why I decided against a change at that time.”Currently, Maier plays his international football for the Germany U21 side.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.But the youngster hopes to eventually force his way into the senior side along with some other players he believes will like feature in Joachim Low’s plans in the near future.When asked to name these players who will get a call-up to the senior team, Maier said: “First of all Kai Havertz [of Bayer Leverkusen].“I have known him for several years. He is a good friend of mine and I have followed his development closely.“But there is not only Havertz, also players like Thilo Kehrer [at Paris Saint-Germain] have a lot of potential and can play an important role in the national team at some point.“Of course, each of us wants to someday play for Die Mannschaft – me too. That’s the dream.”European Championship qualification ✅Man of the match ✅Friday night was some night for Arne #Maier on international duty! 💙🇩🇪#hahohe pic.twitter.com/d0gKdI1R3S— Hertha Berlin (@HerthaBSC_EN) October 14, 2018last_img read more

India worlds fastestgrowing economy sees drop in forex reserves amid demonetisation

first_imgU.S. dollar notes are seen in this November 7, 2016 picture illustration. India’s foreign exchange reserves dropped $1.54 billion to $365.49 billion as of November 18, 2016 in the wake of selling of Indian equities and debt by foreign investors.Reuters fileForeign currency assets, which form the largest component of India’s foreign exchange reserves, fell $1.49 billion to $341.27 billion, according to the weekly data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday.It may be recalled that the Indian rupee plunged to a record low of 68.86 to the US dollar on Thursday, amid pressure on emerging market currencies even as the greenback strengthened on hopes of an interest rate hike by the US Federal Reserve next month. “The INR (Indian rupee)sank to a record low of 68.86/USD yesterday, down nearly 4% since 9 Nov. While this movement is in sync with the broad sell-off in Asian and emerging market currencies, the pace of depreciation has been swift,” Radhika Rao, economist, group research, DBS Bank, said in a note on Friday.Stock markets posted gains, reversing previous day’s losses as the rupee rose from its Thursday low. The BSE Sensex ended 456 points, or 1.76 percent higher at 26,316 while the NSE Nifty closed at 8,088, up 123 points, or 1.55 percent.”With fresh positions being initiated in December futures and options series, and with rupee strengthening sharply, markets found its voice and registered gains across sectors. Gains were initially seen in IT and metal sectors, but midcaps also got the wind soon, suggesting that risk appetite had improved after a fortnight-long selling spree had rendered prices ripe for value picking,” Anand James, Chief Market Strategist, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services, said in a note.TCS was the biggest Sensex gainer at 5.23 percent (Rs 2,300), followed by Infosys, Sun Pharma, GAIL (India), Lupin, Wipro and HDFC.The rupee closed at 68.47 to the US dollar as a result of the possible intervention by the RBI in the currency market.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs/FPIs) were net sellers of Indian equities worth Rs 372.88 crore on Friday, according to provisional data published by the National Stock Exchange (NSE).last_img read more