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Jamaica yet to make contact with GRBD – General Manager

first_imgAfter some seven weeks after a shipment of rice from Guyana was confiscated in Jamaica for failing to meet human consumption standards, the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) is yet to receive word from the country.This is according to the General Manager of the GRDB, Nizam Hassan, who told Guyana Times on Wednesday that there has been no communication between his agency and the Jamaican counterpart nor has any information been divulged.He maintained that the Foreign Affairs Ministry was engaged to possibly resolve the matter but they haven’t received any communication thus far.GRDB General Manager Nizam Hassan“We haven’t heard anything. Like was said, we passed through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in getting the information from the Jamaicans but I don’t think they have received any communication from that side. I can’t say what the expectations will be or when they will communicate,” said Hassan.Nevertheless, Hassan posited that there has not been any hindrance in the supply of rice, since daily shipments are leaving Guyana.“We are exporting every day to Jamaica. Guyana continues to export to Jamaica all the time,” he said.The rice was confiscated by the Ministry of Industries, Agriculture and Fisheries because of high microbial content. According to reports by the Jamaica Observer, the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division of the Ministry impounded some 1575 bags of rice worth millions of dollars.The grains, which were exported by a local distributor, were inspected and was found to have signs of mould, clumping discolouration and wetting and as such, detained by a food storage inspector.After being sent to a laboratory for testing, results showed that the rice contained microbial levels which were beyond the accepted limits, thus making it inapt for human consumption.However, during a press conference, the Board stated that it was being sidelined by Jamaican authorities with regard to obtaining information about recent reports about the alleged shipment.“We immediately contacted the agency, the Jamaica Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division. We contacted them, they reported that they could not give us any information… they have not provided us with any information as I speak to you,” Hassan had said.last_img read more


first_imgPETROL PRICES RISE AGAINHARD-pressed Donegal families are facing huge hikes in the cost of fuel.Diesel and petrol for cars – as well as home heating oil – are all set to rise again in the next few days.According to AA Ireland, the cost of a litre of petrol will increase on average to €1.70, while diesel will rise to €1.60 per litre. An increase of the cost of oil on world markets, the declining value of the euro against the dollar and tax increases on petrol and diesel are being blamed for the rises, said the organisation.“That is, by a country mile the most we’ve ever paid for it,” said spokesman Conor Faughnan.Almost 60 per cent of the retail price of petrol is taxes levied by the state, Mr Faughnan said.“The biggest factor of all is taxes imposed by the Dublin Government, and we shouldn’t lose sight of that,” Mr Faughnan said. Hauliers have also hit out at the increases, saying they will cost jobs. FUEL PRICES SET TO SOAR AGAIN was last modified: August 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:FUEL PRICES SET TO SOAR AGAINlast_img read more


first_imgSinn Fein in Co Donegal have become split on the payment of water charges with the party’s councillors and TDs now disagreeing on the issue.Sinn Fein in Donegal are now split on the water charge.Pearse Doherty TD has said he will pay the charge to save paying Irish Water further penalties and charges.However, his party colleague, Cllr Gary Doherty, has now clearly stated that he will NOT pay the levy. The Stranorlar-based county councillor said it was now up to each individual to make up their mind on the issue.He said “I am taking this stand in protest and in solidarity with the ordinary working people of Ireland. We cannot afford to pay another unjust and unfair tax on an essential natural resource. Our citizens are already so encumbered by the property tax, USC, unemployment, cuts to benefits etc, that we simply cannot take any more. To ask families to pay perhaps €500 per annum for water is rubbing salt inthe wounds. The time has come to say ‘enough is enough’.He continued “I am taking this stand in full knowledge that Irish Water will charge fees and penalties for non-payment. It is for that reason thatI cannot others to do the same. This must be a decision for each individual family to make, for the needs of their family. I will not lambast or criticise others who choose to pay, however for me, I believe this is the right decision.”Cllr Doherty also pointed to Sinn Fèin’s alternative budget released last week saying there is alternative ways of getting Ireland out of the red. “Sinn Fèin’s budget proposals proved that there is a different way. We will abolish Irish Water when in Government and end watr charges. There are more equitable ways of getting Ireland out of the red than taking the last euro from our families pockets to give to Irish Water.” DONEGAL SINN FEIN BECOME SPLIT ON WATER CHARGES was last modified: October 14th, 2014 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:CLLR GARY DOHERTYDeputy Pearse DohertyIrish WaterSinn Feinwater chargeslast_img read more

Intel “eliminates” wearables division to focus on augmented reality

first_imgHow AR and VR Will Enhance Customer Experience David Curry Related Posts Few Industries will not be Transformed by AR an… AR And VR: Which is More Important to Emerging …center_img Intel has reportedly “eliminated” its wearable division, a year after it issued a recall of all Basis Peak smartwatches, due to frequent overheating. The division had already lost most of its workers in November, when Intel slashed 80 percent of the Basis team, according to CNBC.The chip maker’s New Technologies Group, which looks into emerging markets, has moved its attention to augmented reality. Even though AR headsets are still niche, Intel expects a surge in interest and available over the next 10 years.See Also: Scientists create comfortable e-skin wearable that lasts for a weekEven though the Basis team has been gutted, Intel will continue to work with partners in the wearable industry, including TAG Heuer, Oakley, and New Balance, according to the report.Intel had high hopes for the wearable industry in 2014 when it acquired Basis for $100 million and launched heart-rate monitoring earbuds with celebrity endorsements. That hope soon faded as the wearable market started to shape, with Apple, Xiaomi, and Fitbit the dominant players.Intel has made some major investments over the past 12 months, aimed at reducing the chance of another mobile calamity and diversifying the brand. The acquired Mobileye, a supplier of cameras and sensors for cars, for $15.3 billion. It also acquired Nervana Systems, an AI startup, for $400 million.These investments, while improving Intel’s chances in the respective markets, also push aside smaller divisions, like wearables. How a Modern Gaming Engine Can Supercharge Your… Tags:#Augmented Reality#Basis#Intel#mobile#smartwatch#wearable last_img read more

India, UK to Sign Agreement on Return of Illegal Migrants

first_imgIndia and United Kingdom is set to sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the return of illegal Indian migrants within a month of the identification of their residence status by authorities.The MoU has been timed ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United Kingdom in March. It aims to streamline the process of the return of illegal migrants to India. “The process was not streamlined yet. The British authorities will first identify the illegal migrant, the Indian authorities will be informed and then the verification will be done by police agencies back home,” said a senior official, the Hindu reported.If the British authorities’ claim is found valid, travel documents will then be prepared and the person will be deported back to India, the report added. The time frame set for this process is one month.The United Kingdom has raised the issue of the return of illegal migrants many times with India.In 2016, as many as 2,782 Indians were estimated to be working illegally in different fields in Britain, while the corresponding figures for people from Bangladesh and Pakistan was 3,574 and 3,568, respectively. Indians were thus the third-largest group of illegal immigrants in the country that year, according to estimates based on data from the UK Home Office. The country claims that the figures have increased now. However, Indian agencies have only been able to find 2,000 Indians who are overstaying in the United Kingdom, the report added.The UK migration watch said in December 2017 that the country does not have an agreement with Brazil and India, “both of which are thought to be significant sources of illegal migration to the United Kingdom.”About 200 Indians were arrested between January and June 2017 in the United Kingdom. Operation Magnify involved raids at 253 properties in Leicester and London. These properties were housing individuals who were either overstaying their visa or had entered the country illegally.The Indian government is also seeking to know the United Kingdom’s position in court on extradition of liquor baron Vijay Mallya. Kiren Rijiju, the Indian Minister of State for Home, will lead a delegation to the United Kingdom soon. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit will overlap with the court hearing of Mallya’s case. Related ItemsBritainUnited Kingdomlast_img read more

Puma’s Suede Gully Ad Draws Fire From Conservationists

first_imgGlobal sportswear company Puma’s viral video “Suede Gully,” which saw an artistic collaboration of four rappers, four dance crews, street artists and 36 dancers, has run into trouble with Indian conservation activists.The video, which taps into the bubbling street culture of India, was launched to sell the new Puma line of shoes called Suede. It includes scenes showing graffitied walls in old Delhi, street shots of Madurai, a painted staircase in Shillong and a local train in Mumbai. The spray-painted walls of old Delhi have invited the fury of conservationists, who have accused the firm of defacing centuries-old historic structures.“It’s a heritage area. You can’t just go and paint what you like,” Swapna Liddle, the convener of the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH), told AFP. “Permanent damage has been done to the carved sandstone, limestone plaster and Lahori bricks. Those who made and approved this advertisement, those who stood by while this was done, are all responsible for this insensitive treatment.”@PUMA https://t.co/sbTkC3KyPP This ad meant painting over buildings from 17th c in Churiwalan in ShahJahanabad #Delhi Do you have any idea what you’ve spoilt? How did you get permission? @PDWKB Thx for highlighting this pic.twitter.com/bbTQ6ckzEy— Rana Safvi رعنا राना (@iamrana) November 12, 2017A Puma spokesperson said that “all necessary permissions were sought,” the Indian Express reported. The murals “capture the grit of Indian streets,” according to Puma’s website.Conservationists, however, maintain that rules to protect heritage sites were largely ignored. Laws to prevent advertising on historic buildings in Delhi are rarely upheld.One of the owners of the buildings that was spray-painted in the video said the decision was his. “This is a private property and the graffiti is making the area look more beautiful. The area is looking better now, it is more lively,” Arun Khandelwal told the Indian Express.The ad has been hailed for its visually stunning features by some in the advertising industry. “This is a piece of content, created on the back of unpeeling sub-cultures and marrying that with a distinct brand point of view and then bringing it alive through rich and varied collaborations,” Bikram Bindra, the vice president and strategic planning head, GREY group Delhi, told the afaqs website. “It is edgy, a riot of color and chaos, and very attitudinal,” he added. Related ItemsDelhi heritageIntachPumalast_img read more

Property Management Firms Seek to Help NRIs With India Houses

first_imgReal estate is one of the popular investments for NRIs in India. It is, however, an investment that comes with a catch. Who deals with issues like maintenance, utility and property tax?Propadis, an India and US-based property management service for NRIs, promises to do just that. Started on July 5 last year, the firm has already acquired 50 properties on board, with a presence in six cities and 10 verified service providers. Propadis follows a B2C model and offers services such as preventive maintenance for increased value of asset, ensuring better quality for tenants, tighter rent collection process and quarterly visits. It aims to help over 30 million NRIs by providing a trusted management service for immovable property in India for an annual fee of $299.How it BeganThe company was founded by three friends, Vinod Poddar, Shantanu Dev and Prasanth R Bhat, after US-based Poddar found himself in a fix as he had to pay quarterly maintenance for his apartment in Mumbai. His bank account was locked for certain documentation and his US credit card was declined.“The only option I had left was to call my father, who is over 70 years, my cousin and everyone I know, and also call the person up who does the maintenance work, all in IST timing,” Poddar told YourStory.com, a website that covers startups.He soon found that his problem was not uncommon. When he started talking to his friends in the US, he discovered that a relative or a friend back in India was usually summoned to manage the process. In worst cases, one of the family members had to visit India to sort things out.Poddar wondered if “a happy event like buying or owning a property in India really become a nail-biting, teeth-grinding occasion”, according to the website.Property Management FirmsThe problems faced by most NRIs have spurred the demand for property management firms. “Despite having a lot of relatives, friends in Chennai, we were unable to get basics done because everyone is so busy these days,” Prasad Rao, a software consultant from SouthLake, Texas, had told the Times of India earlier. “Once, the electricity connection in our flat was disconnected. But with a property manager, we were able to get a lot of work done and at very affordable rates.”Propdial, an end-to-end property management service for NRIs, also caters to this need. Propdial was launched in April 2016 to save NRI property owners time, says founder Vinay Prajapati. It spares them from worrying about issues like maintenance, repairs, renting, rent collection, as well as responding to tenant complaints.The MarketThe Indian real estate market is expected to touch $180 billion by 2020, according to India Brand Equity Foundation. The housing sector makes up five to six per cent of country’s GDP.According to Propadis, 80 per cent of NRI property investment is in Bengaluru, Mumbai and the National Capital Region. It is a trend Prajapati noticed as well before he started Propdial.  According to him, thousands of residential properties were lying vacant in metropolitan cities.When it comes to NRIs’ investment in real estate, they frequently rely upon social media sites such as Quora, and see a flood of answers from real estate property management services, such as Fella Homes, Managed Homz and Nestaway. Startups like HomeInspecktor also offer end-to-end home inspection to ascertain the health of any property. These property managers look after everything from plumbing, rent collection from tenants, commercial property rent-outs, crediting advances or wiring money to different countries.Other similar startups like Portiqo, Konnect Realty and Help at Home also have clients in nearly 20 countries. Related ItemsFella HomesHomeInspecktorLittle IndiaManaged HomzNestawayNRI properties IndiaPrasanth R BhatPropadisProperty management NRIReal estate management NRIShantanu DevVinod Poddarlast_img read more

More Woes for Theresa May Govt: Priti Patel Resigns Over Israel Meetings

first_imgThe Conservative Party in the United Kingdom has given Prime Minister Theresa May a deadline until Christmas to turn around her administration after two recent high-profile exits. After Defence Secretary Michael Fallon’s resignation due to a sexual harassment scandal, International Development Secretary Priti Patel bit the dust on Nov. 8 for holding unauthorized meetings in Israel during a personal holiday in August this year.“My actions fell below the standard of transparency and openness I had promoted and advocated,” Patel said while resigning.Patel was a Brexit campaigner but was forced out when it was revealed that she had withheld details of her meetings with Israeli officials. She apologized earlier this week for the conduct. Apart from meeting some organizations, she met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well, without the knowledge of the Foreign Office. She also visited the disputed Golan Heights area and asked her department if aid could be sent to Israeli troops in the territory. The United Kingdom generally balances meetings with officials in Israel with those with Palestinian officials since it recognizes a two-state policy.Priti Patel appears to have breached the Ministerial Code, gone behind the Government’s back, and misled the British public. #PritiPatel pic.twitter.com/BWNam592X3— Kate Osamor (@KateOsamor) November 8, 2017“Now that further details have come to light, it is right that you have decided to resign and adhere to the high standards of transparency and openness that you have advocated,” May’s letter said.The May-led government faces more criticism after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told a Parliamentary Committee that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian woman jailed in Iran for five years for espionage, was teaching journalists there. Her family said she was there on a holiday and there are fears that Johnson’s statement would increase her jail term.Also in hot water is May’s deputy Damian Green, who has been accused of inappropriate behavior and was recently questioned about pornographic material being found on his computer.Despite the attention – rightly – on Priti Patel, we mustn’t also forget Boris Johnson’s catastrophic error in the Iran case, his pathetic qualified apology to a mother in tears at prospect of not seeing her child for more years, and his risk to diplomacy— Jane Merrick (@janemerrick23) November 8, 2017Priti Patel needed to go but why given Boris has endangered the life of a British citizen is he still in post? His rank incompetence involves an innocent third party and it simply cannot be allowed to stand. If PM has any bottle he would be given his marching orders tonight.— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) November 8, 2017The recent events have cast a negative view on the government and there seems to be a trust deficit from the general public even as the tough Brexit talks continue.“There is cumulative effect and there is a danger for the Prime Minister that she could be perceived as having lost control of events,” an unnamed minister told the Independent. “That is a very difficult thing to regain once that perception is created. This next month to six weeks is make-or-break time. Not just domestically, not just with the EU withdrawal Bill and the Budget, but with the European Council in December and whether we get ‘sufficient progress’ in Brexit talks.” Related ItemsBoris Johnsonconservative partyIndian UK MPsIndian UK parliamentmichael fallonpriti patelPriti Patel controversypriti patel israelPriti Patel resignationPriti Patel resignsTheresa Maylast_img read more

ED Sends Notices to 50 NRIs for Suspicious Activity in Bank Accounts: Report

first_imgAs many as 50 Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) have been sent notices by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the last three months over suspicious overseas remittances, according to reports. They have been sent notices under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.The ED is investigating all suspicious overseas remittances and irregular fund movements by NRIs, who have also been told to explain the source of money, and the origin or point of remittance. In some cases, the agency has even ordered them to appear in person.“There are cases where source of earning is unknown, more than permissible amount has been remitted, money has gone into trading of land, while round tripping is suspected in some transactions,” the Economic Times reported, citing an ED official.“Some of the persons who moved money from NRO account to NRE account and subsequently transferred outside India have been called for questioning. Some NRIs have received substantial amounts as ‘gifts’ in their NRO accounts. These inflows have been red-flagged because the maximum a resident can transfer to a non-resident is $250,000 a year,” the report quoted a senior chartered accountant as saying.An NRO or Non-Resident Ordinary account is meant for interest, stock gains, dividends and property sale proceeds. At most, $1 million can be repatriated through an NRO account in a financial year but there are no restrictions on Non-Resident External (NRE) accounts.If money is sent to an NRO account based on fraudulent property or security documents or the NRE account is used to bring money to India that was sent through hawala, it will be considered a violation. A tax practitioner advising 15 NRIs who received the ED notices told the Economic Times that a tax official can only say if taxes were paid on such an amount but not verify the veracity of those. That onus lies with the bank.With multi-million dollar scams emerging in India recently, the government has tried to become stricter about corruption in the banking system. After Kingfisher Airlines’ owner Vijay Mallya, and jewelers Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi fled India, the finance ministry is also seeking passport details of those who want more than Rs 50 crore in loans.Diamond trader Nirav Modi, accused in a Rs 11,400 crore scam involving the Punjab National Bank, had changed his status to NRI before the matter surfaced. Related ItemsEnforcement DirectorateFraudNirav Modilast_img read more