Press Statement from the Office of the Leader of the Opposition

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 6, 2018 – Providenciales – I was taken to task by the Chairman of the PDM because I had the audacity to demonstrate leadership where his party has failed to do so.   My intervention focused on the history of the development of the entire area know as Chalk Sound including the fact that it was under my administration that Belongers were given the opportunity to take up ownership of their own land hitherto seemingly reserved for others.  My real intention though was to appeal for cool headedness at a time when an property owner in Taylor Bay was being wrong and strong in his understanding of the reality, and the vehemence with which he threatened those who had every right to enjoy their heritage albeit no right to trespass over private property.  At my press meeting I indicated that I was undertaking research to better clarify the situation and would inform the public once I had better information.  I now have that information and recount below the important events leading up to today.The Sapodilla Bay and Taylor Bay Community came into being through a Conditional Purchase Lease between TCIG and Condor Real Estate Limited in 1978 – a company 100% owned by Canadian Developers.   The condition being the pushing of a quarry graded roadway servicing the property along with what would be an extremely low price by today’s standard.  Subsequent to that the narrow strip of land not in Condor Real Estate ownership was itself the subject of a Conditional Purchase Lease.Below is the chronology of the various conveyances of the land directly abutting Taylor Bay Beach and the adjacent beach assess:October 17, 1984 parcels 60400/9 & 10 are transferred from the Crown to Clearwater Holdings Ltd. (a company owned jointly by foreign and local developers in return for the construction of road works in the Bight.September 5, 1989 Worldwide Hotel Holdings Ltd. has a caution registered as purchaserNovember 2, 1989 Worldwide Hotel Holdings Ltd. changes name to Paradise Cove Ltd.March 4, 1991 parcels 60400/9 & 10 are transferred from Clearwater Holdings Ltd. to Paradise Cove Ltd. (Dick Clark)October 3, 2007 parcels 60400/9 & 10 are transferred from Paradise Cove Ltd. to MWE Holdings Ltd. (a member of the Ashcroft Group of Companies).March 2, 2016 parcels 60400/9 & 10 are mutated into parcels 60400/394-398. Since then a number of easements have been granted by MWE to homeowners in the area givin them access to the Beach.The following is the Chronology of beach access parcel 60612/90 at the heart of the controversyDecember 20, 1988 parcel 60612/90 is created from a mutation of parcel 60612/52 then owned by Condor Real Estate LimitedMarch 21, 1989 parcel 60612/90 is transferred from Condor Real Estate Limited to Gibraltar Investments Ltd.December 5, 2007 parcel 60612/90 is transferred from Gibraltar Investments Ltd. to MWE Holdings Ltd.(a member of the Michael Ashcroft Group of Companies).The intention all along seem to have been the prevention of the public – and in particular the local population from accessing the beach – with the full knowledge that the common law position has been for time immemorial and remains that the beach belongs to the public.  My research has uncovered that were private property abuts the edge of vegetation and there is accretion the accreted land becomes the property of the Crown.  Also, where private land is loss because of erosion and this results in an encroachment of the beach on to the boundary of the private property the principle remain that it becomes public.  In all and every case the beach belongs to the public.  However, when challenged in some common law jurisdiction the plaintiffs were successful.So, despite what Don thinks the Taylor Bay Home owners do not own the beach.  However, they do own the access and that is the mischief that has to be cured; that is where the focus of attention ought to be placed.  The pressure must be applied to the Government to use existing legislation to compulsory acquire 60612/90 and any other property it deems necessary to secure access to the beach.   Attacking the Leader of the Opposition is not the answer, neither is a party on the beach. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Islamic Stateinspired terror group plotted to poison water sources in Mumbai

first_imgRepresentative ImageReutersThe Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad have said that ISIS-inspired militant youths planned to poison water sources in Mumbai. The plot was revealed during the investigation of the Mumbra temple poisoning case.The Ummat-E-Mohammaddiya group, which is reported to have links with the Islamic State, had planned to poison the temple offering at the Mumbreshwar Mahadev temple’s Shrimadh Bhagwat Katha in Mumbra last year. The offering was to be consumed by 40,000 devotees during the festival in December. New findings by ATS revealed that the terror group was also planning to poison water bodies all over the Mumbai city that would have led to mass deaths, reported DNA.The report said that accused Jaman Nawab Khuteupad, who is also a chemical expert, had prepared the vicious concoction before they were arrested. The 32-year-old worked as a pharmacist at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and was a key member of the militant group.Around 10 members of the group were arrested in January by the ATS before the group carried out the operation. A detailed charge sheet based on an investigation by ATS submitted before the Mumbai High Court in July said that the suspected terrorists were inspired by contentious preacher Zakir Naik.The accused have been identified as Abu Hamza, Fahad Ansari, Talha Potrik, Mohsin Khan alias Abu Marya, Mohammad Takky Khan alias Abu Khalid, Atai Waris Abdul Rashid Shaikh alias Mazhar, Salman Khan alias Abu Ubeda, Mushahed Ul-Islam, Jaman Nawab Khuteupad alias Abu Kital and a minor.Apart from Khuteupad who prepared poison, another member, identified as Talha Potrick, also played a major role as a recruiter for carrying out the operation. The police were alerted after some recruits backed-off and tipped the police about the group’s operation plans.last_img read more

Heres Where The Texas Legislature Is On Abbotts Special Session Issues

first_imgSTILL PENDINGCaps on state government spendingUnder the Texas Constitution, state spending cannot grow faster than the state’s economy. Ahead of each legislative session, state leaders set a growth rate for state spending based on the estimated rate of growth in Texans’ personal income over the next two years. Abbott has asked lawmakers to require future legislatures to limit how much state spending can grow to the estimated combined growth in population and inflation, a figure that is often lower than the one lawmakers currently use.Related bills: HB 41, HB 127, SB 9 STILL PENDINGLimits on local tree regulationsDozens of cities and towns across Texas have ordinances protecting trees on private property; in many cases, property owners either have to pay a fee or replant trees if they cut down larger trees on their land. These measures would make those local ordinances illegal, though current versions of the bills focus specifically on ordinances that prevent residential property owners from cutting down trees as they please. Cities can still regulate what commercial property owners do with their trees.Related bills: HB 70, SB 14 STILL PENDINGSchool finance reformAt first, Abbott said he would task legislators with creating a commission to study the school finance system. But in July, he added immediate school funding reform to the session’s agenda amid complaints from Democrats and moderate Republicans in the House that the state’s beleaguered system for funding public schools deserved more concrete action. The governor also tasked legislators with helping small, rural districts struggling after the expiration of a $400 million state aid program.Related bills: HB 191, SB 16 STILL PENDINGSunset legislationDuring this year’s regular session, lawmakers failed to pass so-called sunset legislation needed to prevent some state agencies from closing. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick held key sunset legislation hostage in a successful effort to force a special session on other issues. In announcing the special session, Abbott said he would only add an additional 19 issues to the agenda after the Senate passed sunset legislation. On the third day of the special session, the Senate did just that and Abbott significantly expanded the session’s agenda.Related bills: HB 1, HB 2, SB 20, SB 60 STILL PENDINGProperty taxesThere’s a constitutional prohibition on the state levying a property tax, but that’s a major source of revenue that keeps cities, counties and special purpose districts operating. Amid Texans’ complaints about rising property tax bills – often driven by rising property values – Abbott called on the Legislature to tackle measures aimed at reining in increases in local property taxes. Local government officials argue the bills would hamstring their ability to deliver services their residents expect.Related bills: HB 3, HB 4, SB 1 STILL PENDINGPreventing local rule changes on already acquired propertiesThis bill would prohibit cities and towns from enforcing any local regulation on a property that was not in place when that property was purchased. Critics have expressed concern that the measure could have far-reaching consequences on environmental, health and other local ordinances in place in communities across the state.Related bills: HB 188, SB 12 STILL PENDINGMail-in ballot fraudAmid an investigation of mail-in ballot irregularities affecting city council races in Dallas, Texas lawmakers this year put a newfound focus on mail-in ballot fraud, a documented vulnerability in elections. During the 2017 regular session, Abbott signed into law a bill that overhauls absentee balloting at nursing homes, in an attempt to shore up that process. During the special session, Lawmakers are considering bills to increase criminal penalties for those found to have committed mail-in ballot fraud.Related bills: HB 184, SB 5 STILL PENDINGSpeeding local government permittingLawmakers want to make it easier for developers to get approval for projects in cities. Abbott wants state law changed so that permits would be approved automatically if cities don’t respond to them fast enough. Lawmakers are also looking at outlawing construction permitting rules currently in place in Austin that expedite permitting for projects that include certain worker protections such as offering worker’s compensation insurance.Related bills: HB 164, SB 13 STILL PENDINGTexting-while-drivingTexas will be under a statewide texting-while-driving ban starting Sept. 1. But Abbott has complained that this measure leaves in place a “patchwork quilt” of driving safety regulations that differ across cities and counties. He has called on lawmakers to effectively preempt local ordinances in more than 40 Texas cities that are stricter than the statewide ban.Related bills: HB 171, SB 15 STILL PENDINGMaternal mortalityIn 2013, lawmakers created The Task Force on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity to examine why so many Texas mothers die within a year after their pregnancies end. A study last year in the medical journal Obstetrics and Gynecology showed that Texas’ maternal mortality rates had nearly doubled between 2010 and 2014. While public health experts and legislators have not been able to pinpoint reasons for the spike in deaths and pregnancy complications, there’s bipartisan support behind extending the task force until 2023 to continue its work.Related bills: HB 9, SB 17 STILL PENDINGTaxpayer funding for abortionState and federal law already prohibit using tax dollars to pay for abortions, but Abbott wants the Legislature to broaden that ban to block local and state government agencies from entering into any financial contracts — including lease agreements — with clinics that are affiliated with abortion providers, even if those clinics don’t perform abortions.Related bills: HB 14, HB 163, SB 4 STILL PENDINGAbortion insuranceLawmakers are considering measures that would require women to pay additional premiums if they want their health plans to cover abortions performed outside of medical emergencies.Related bills: HB 214, SB 8 Share STILL PENDINGTeacher pay and retirement benefitsAbbott asked the Legislature to put more money into the Teacher Retirement System amid concerns that retired teachers would no longer be able to afford their medication amid rising health insurance premiums and health care costs. He also wants school districts to rearrange their budgets to increase teacher salaries by an average of $1,000, a measure educators vehemently oppose and have criticized as an “unfunded mandate.”Related bills: HB 198, SB 19, SB 97, SJR 1 STILL PENDINGBathrooms, showers, locker and changing roomsAmong the most contentious issues during the regular session, proposals to bar transgender men, women and children from restrooms that do not match their biological sex are back under consideration in legislative overtime. Efforts to pass such restrictions fizzled out in May as part of an ongoing fight that’s pitted Republicans against business and Republicans against Republicans. Lawmakers are now considering proposals that would affect bathrooms overseen by both school districts and local governments like cities and counties.Related bills: HB 46, HB 50, SB 3, SB 91 STILL PENDINGAbortion reportingThe Senate has passed two bills that would require physicians and facilities to report more details about abortions — and fine those who do not comply. Under one measure, in procedures where complications occur, physicians would be required, within 72 hours, to submit reports to the state health commission that include detailed information like the patient’s year of birth, race, marital status, state and county of residence, the date of her last menstrual cycle, the number of previous abortions and the number of previous live births. Another measure would also require reporting on whether minors seeking abortions did so because of a medical emergency and whether they obtained parental consent or a judicial bypass.Related bills: HB 13, HB 195, HB 215, SB 10, SB 73 STILL PENDINGCaps on local government spendingAbbott asked lawmakers to cap how much additional money local governments could spend each year without an election, drawing immediate criticism from city and county officials. They say such a limit would make it difficult to develop long-term financial plans and fund maintenance and services that residents want from their local governments.Related bills: HB 206, SB 18 STILL PENDINGSchool choice for kids with disabilitiesDuring the regular session, the Senate passed a measure to subsidize private school tuition using state funding. But school-choice proposals have long faced significant opposition in the House, particularly from Democrats and rural Republicans. Abbott has narrowed the issue for the special session by calling for “private school choice” specifically for students with disabilities.Related bills: HB 253, SB 2 STILL PENDINGDo-not-resuscitate protectionsThe governor has asked lawmakers to ensure that patients or their legal guardians have consented to a do-not-resuscitate orders before doctor can issue them. Proponents say it codifies practices already in place at many hospitals, while some opponents say that it could needlessly complicate the process of issuing a do-not-resuscitate order.Related bills: HB 12, HB 43, SB 11, SB 80 STILL PENDINGMunicipal annexationA bill that would have allowed homeowners targeted by a city for annexation to vote on the proposal died during the regular session when state Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio, launched a filibuster against it, claiming it offered inadequate protections to military bases from encroaching development. Now that Abbott has included annexation reform on the special session agenda, lawmakers are looking to resurrect the issue.Related bills: HB 6, SB 6 STILL PENDINGUnion dues deductionState lawmakers are considering for the second time this year a measure that would end the practice of collecting membership dues automatically from the paychecks of certain public employees who are in labor unions or other associations. The proposal would apply to public school teachers, corrections officers and other government employees, but would exempt firefighters, police officers, emergency first responders and charitable organizations — a carve-out that’s received a lot of pushback, even from some of the law enforcement groups that would benefit from the exemption.Related bills: HB 156, SB 7last_img read more

Small things matter

first_imgThis one’s for the photography enthusiasts. Time Out , a photo art exhibition by four prominent artists trying to portray the myriad facets of life and the real essence of small things in life . The Exhibition is  an inspiration to take some ‘Time Out’ for leisure to wash out heart and souls.  These masterpieces are showcasing an array of moments soaked in the beauty of life , enriched with divinity.  The muse of  Time Out was to capture the allure of  candid expressions by presenting them in a frame. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition has the works of Ravi Dhingra, Moushumee K Jha, Shoba Jolly and Ahmed Firoz. Moushumee Jha is an accomplished photo artist whose sensitive frames capturing people, culture, street life have been appreciatedby photographers, designers and creative professionals all overthe world. Starting her artistic journey as an actress (TV, cinema, stage), Moushumee developed a keen sense of light and shade, frame angles and story-telling with minimalist subjects. She brings these experiences as well as her deeply artistic and rich cultural training to her photography. Moushumee has executed commissioned projects in Tourism, architectural and real estate projects, products, interiors, theme based personal portfolios. Her Work has been published in various magazines, News Papers, Corporate Brochures, and Documentation Journals. She has been in the panel of judges in various photography competitions and initiatives in Delhi. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMoushumee has authored 3 photo books – Ananya. Her journey through life in 2010, which was well appreciated by the viewers/readers. A coffee Table Book Celebrating Assam At SurajKund- a Visual Narration, for Assam Tourism in 2012, and Golf Tourism in Assam- a Tea Table Conversation, For ATDC in 2014.Ravi DhingraRavi pursued photography as a hobby till he joined Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi in 1998 to learn the finer nuances of the craft. With his photographs he tries to bring out the emotions attached with every subject- the state of happiness, feelings of being sad, neglect and plight. He wants the viewer to get involved with the photographs and feel the emotions. A chance assignment with a publication led to switching over from the hobby into a full fledged job. Since then he has been involved in Lifestyle photography which includes Interiors, Food, People and Product. He has been associated with leading publications, advertisement agencies and corporate clients and his work has been widely published in various books,magazines, brochures and on Web. Currently based in New Delhi, Ravi is also a visiting faculty for photography at various Institutes including National Institute of Fashion Technology since the year 2003. He is also a Co-Founder of a photography based organisation called Camera Unlimited Foundation. The organisation is involved in spreading knowledge and information related to photography through Workshops, Photo Walks and Tours. He has also curated a number of Photography exhibitions under the same banner involving upcoming and established photographer Shoba Jolly, a passionate photographer and avid traveller, loves practicing the art of seeing through her roving camera lenses.  Her vivid and endearing images  tell stories about people and places in far away lands. Originally a commerce student from Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi, Shoba ran a plastic manufacturing industry for 22 years. Yearning to give vent to her creative side Shoba now concentrates on travel, landscape and fine art photography. She also shares her travel memoirs by writing articles accompanied by alluring photographs for various travel publication.When- March 27 to April 5Where- Arpana Caur Gallery at Academy of Fine Arts and Literature, 4/6 Sri Fort Institutional Area Time- 11am to 7pmlast_img read more

Tamang set to meet North Bengal Varsity authorities to resolve impasses

first_imgDarjeeling: Binay Tamang, chairman, Board of Administrators, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, will convene a meeting with the authorities of University of North Bengal and principals of various hill colleges affiliated to the university on September 8 at the Lalkothi, the GTA secretariat in Darjeeling.The meeting is aimed at finding a solution to the impasses that have cropped up, with the university having introduced the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS). College authorities apprehend that the winter vacations will have to be done away with, under the CBCS. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHill college students, anticipating multiple problems, especially in winters, had appealed for intervention by both the state government and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA). The students of Southfield College (formerly Loreto College, Darjeeling), recently submitted memorandums to the MLA, Darjeeling and chairman, GTA, requesting them to take up the matter with the state government. “The meeting will be attended by the Vice-Chancellor, registrar and secretary, Undergraduate Council of the University of North Bengal. The GTA aims at creating a conducive environment for students, hence the meeting has been convened to find a way out,” stated Tamang. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe GTA had written to the university for a meeting to resolve the impasse. In reply, the registrar, University of North Bengal, in a letter dated August 20, confirmed the participation of the university authorities on September 8. “The University of North Bengal has to conduct all the undergraduate examinations for its affiliated colleges, irrespective of locations of the hills and the plains. The stipulation of 90 teaching days per semester have the mandate of the UGC, which has to be followed while the undergraduate examinations are conducted,” stated the letter. The letter further stated that the university believes in deliberations and democratic practices. “The Vice-Chancellor shall certainly hear from the hill college principals to resolve the issue in the joint meeting,” added the letter. Under the CBCS system, examinations will be held every six months. Sessions will be from July to December and from January to June. The duration of each class will be for an hour, with 5 classes a day. There is no break in this system. Under the annual system, the hill colleges would break for winter recess in January and restart in mid-February. “We are anticipating curtailment of winter recess to accommodate this new system. This will cause numerous complications for students, especially girls,” stated Dipika Thapa, student representative, Southfield College.last_img read more

Youth shot dead by friends in Kalyani

first_imgKolkata: A youth from Bijpur was shot dead in Kalyani Jheel Par area late on Sunday night. Locals informed that the deceased identified as Raju Natta was shot dead by his own friends. Police later arrested three persons on Monday.Locals informed that Natta went to Kalyani Jheel Par area with some of his friends where they were consumeing alcohol. Among his friends, a few were against him due to some reasons. According to the sources, Natta and his friends have criminal records. A few months ago, due to some reasons, the group got divided. On Monday, Natta was asked to join the other team. But he refused to leave his current group of associates, resulting in a conflict. Natta was threatened by others over his refusal and soon a scuffle broke out. All of a sudden someone from them fired a shot which hit Natta. He was immediately rushed to Kalyani Jawahrlal Nehru Memorial Hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. In order to save themselves, Natta’s so called friends fled. Later, Nattas family was informed. His family members went to the hospital and lodged a complaint with Bijpur Police Station. Upon receiving the complaint, police arrested three of his friends on Monday. They will be produced before Barrackpore Court on Tuesday. “Investigation is on. His family claimed that his friends had committed the crime. Nothing more could be said before a detailed investigation,” said a senior police official from Barrackpore Police.last_img read more

City reels under hottest days of season no respite in sight

first_imgKolkata: The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore has issued heat wave alert in the Western districts for the next couple of days.A senior official of the Met office said that the temperature in Western districts like Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram, East Midnapore, Birbhum and West Burdwan may pulse between 41 and 44 degree Celsius in the next few days. The temperature feel would be sultrier than the actual temperature. Various other South Bengal districts will continue to burn as the mercury is expected to soar past 40 degree Celsius. The districts like Nadia, Murshidabad, North 24-Parganas will also record alarming temperatures. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe people might feel soaked in and uncomfortable due to high levels of humidity, which will be present along with the scorching heat. The temperature in Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly, North 24-Parganas and South 24-Parganas may rise by 2-3 degree Celsius in the next 48 hours. The humidity level is expected to shoot up further in the next two days. “There will be an intense spell of heat and humid condition in all the Western districts at least for two days. The situation is expected to improve from May 12 as a low pressure trough is likely to form. There is a possibility for thunderstorm in some South Bengal districts if the low pressure intensifies,” said Deputy Director General of Alipore weather office Sanjib Bandyopadhyay. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIn case of North Bengal districts, there is a possibility of thundershower in the next three days. The temperature at night will be higher than the normal days. Due to the scorching heat, many roadside shop owners at Esplanade, Dalhousie and other areas decided to down shutters in the afternoon hours of Thursday. In various stretches of the city, the density of traffic was lesser than usual. Many people preferred to stay indoors in the afternoon to avoid the scorching sun. Priyanka Maity, a college student who visited the College Street area on Thursday afternoon, said: “We are trying to stay indoors in the scorching heat. We are stepping out only when it is absolutely necessary.” Many people were seen walking along the streets in Esplanade area with their faces covered with clothes and scarves. Some youths were found standing in queues at Esplanade East to have Lassi and fruit juice to get some relief from the heat. The city’s largest water park Aquatica recorded a huge footfall on Thursday morning, with many people indulging in various water activities.last_img read more