Twenty-four-year-old Kevin Benn of John Street, Campbellville, who was shot by a security guard following a robbery committed on a teen in April last, was on Monday placed on bail in the sum of $60,000 by Principal Magistrate Judy Latchman.Benn had denied the allegation when he made his first appearance in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts. The Police had said that on April 1, 2018, while Benn was in the company of others, he had robbed Navendra Rampersaud of his mobile phone.Based on reports, Benn and two other teenagers were apprehended on April 1, 2018 after they allegedly attempted to rob 18-year-old Rampersaud and his friend, Ramesh Sooklall.The incident reportedly occurred at about 21:15h on the day in question on Hincks Street, Georgetown. When the two victims exited a taxi, they were pounced upon by the three men, one of whom was armed with a knife, and Rampersaud had his cell phone confiscated.However, when the second perpetrator attempted to rob Sooklall, an argument ensued, and this prompted the three men to flee the scene.Ranks on patrol in the area at the time were informed, and promptly responded by giving chase with the assistance of MMC security patrol. They were able to apprehend the three perpetrators at the corner of King and Regent Streets.One of the alleged bandits attempted to confiscate the firearm of a security rank, but was shot to his right side neck while the security guard received injuries to his mouth.Both men were taken to the GPHC, where they were treated. The security guard was sent away, while Benn remained under Police supervision at the medical facility.Neither Benn’s accomplices — a 19-year-old of Vryheid’s Lust, East Coast Demerara and an 18-year-old of Sophia, Greater Georgetown — nor the security guard implicated in Benn’s shooting were present in court to answer to the charges.Benn has been ordered to report to the Brickdam Police Station every Friday until completion of this matter, and arrest warrants have been issued for the other parties involved.The matter will continue on October 8, 2018 with a report.
KOLKATA: Tension was triggered after Member of Parliament (MP) in Rajya Sabha Dr Santanu Sen was allegedly threatened by some unknown persons over phone. He lodged a complaint with the Sinthi police station in this regard on Saturday.According to the complaint lodged by Sen, he has been receiving threat calls from unknown numbers, stating that they would kill him. Sen alleged that three callers were using the same number to threaten him. Some other numbers were also used to threaten him with dire consequences. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to sources, Sen was getting such calls since almost one and a half months. Initially, he did not pay any attention to the calls but the problem escalated since the last few weeks. It was alleged that he was getting threats frequently. Sen alleged that sometimes, the caller told him that he would be killed. He was told that his family members would be killed as well. During the last two calls, he was told that explosives will be placed near his residence to blow up the house. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLater, Sen informed the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee about the phone calls. Following that, he lodged a complaint with Sinthi police station, narrating the whole incident. He also stated that he is not afraid of such calls but intimated the police to act accordingly. He also provided the mobile numbers to the investigating officers. Based on Sen’s complaint, an FIR has been initiated on charges of 506 IPC (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 34 IPC (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) against unknown persons. Till Sunday night, no one has been arrested in the case. Sleuths are trying to get the details of the phone numbers which were used to threaten Sen. Police are also trying to locate the tower location of the mobile numbers.
Key elements of the planAgainst this backdrop, the administration’s new solar plan makes sense. Key elements of the plan include:Commitments from affordable housing owners to install solar and other renewable energy facilities. The goal of 300 megawatts will mean thousands of families save on their utility bills and can put those savings to better use. The projects will come from public housing agencies such as New York City Housing Authority and private owners such as Mercy Housing.A partnership to promote community solar projects. Community solar allows households to receive the benefits of purchasing a fractional share of a solar facility. How-to guides and commitments from companies that implement projects should produce real, on-the-ground facilities.Correcting policies at the Federal Housing Administration to assure the value of solar facilties is captured in the process of making mortgage loans.Giving rural electric co-ops the tools to help their customers to invest in renewables projects. This builds on the existing program that allows co-ops to borrow low-cost funds from the Treasury to use to help customers invest, including renters.Enhancing workforce development through various agency actions, including AmeriCorps, to reach low-income communities. Philip Henderson is a senior financial policy specialist with the National Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C. This post was originally published at NRDC Switchboard. Concerns are well placedThe concern about leaving renters behind is very real. We have seen a similar outcome with energy efficiency in rental housing. Efficiency repairs and improvements (such as fixing air leaks, tuning up air conditioners and heaters, and installing better lighting controls) are needed, create real value for residents and owners, improve the quality of housing, and deliver value to the utility.Yet owners often defer making these needed repairs and improvements, even with incentives available to support installation. Studies present a clear picture of this reality. One recent study of affordable rental housing in nine states shows cost-effective energy savings of over 20% in affordable housing buildings. Other studies show similar results.This is why we launched the Energy Efficiency for All project. Utilities are positioned to help owners repair and improve rental housing to waste less energy. But we’ve learned that it takes concerted action to assure programs nominally available to all actually reach residents of affordable housing.Utilities in many states, including New York, Maryland, and Minnesota, have recently implemented better programs to help renters (and all low-income customers) realize the benefits of energy efficiency. Some leading owners of affordable housing (such as the National Housing Trust) have undertaken efficiency projects in their own properties, proving the value to owners and residents and providing project blueprints. But there is much more work to be done. America has been in a solar energy boom. Photovoltaic (PV) installations have increased over 400 percent since 2010. As installations have grown, the cost of PV equipment has dropped dramatically, further fueling adoption and growth in rooftop solar, commercial projects, and even utility projects. This solar energy boom reduces the need for electricity from dirty power plants, reduces utility bills, and creates thousands of jobs.The growth in residential rooftop solar has been particularly strong, but it raises an important concern: families in rental housing can be left behind. Renters don’t own their rooftops. It’s typically difficult to persuade a building owner to invest in a solar system to reduce tenants’ utility bills, even if it makes financial sense to do so, and even with incentives. Owners of subsidized affordable housing face additional barriers to financing and installing PV equipment. (For more detail, see Bridging the Solar Income Gap.)This is the focus of the president’s new new solar initiative. The initiative shows leadership and the importance of concerted action to assure that all Americans have access to the benefits of clean energy, especially renters and low to moderate income families. Utilities have an important role to playThe White House Fact Sheet describing the new solar initiative does not focus on the role of utilities, but of course electric utilities must be important partners in the endeavor to adopt more clean energy. Consider the need for utilities to help building owners to connect to and maintain the power grid. NRDC’s fact sheet describes the key policy considerations. Also, see reports here and here for descriptions of how utilities can implement large-scale solar facilities in ways that benefit all customers.Most important, utilities play a vital role in helping building owners — including owners of rental housing — in the primary task to reduce energy waste and make their buildings more energy efficient in the first place. This efficiency work is a priority. It can improve the lives of residents, lower their bills, and make buildings better candidates for investments in solar.
Today’s meeting on a key permit for the controversial Vancouver Energy oil terminal is expected to draw testimony from opponents and supporters alike.The state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council is hosting the Notice of Construction Air Permit meeting for the terminal this afternoon.The public is invited to bring written or oral comments during the hearing from 1 to 9 p.m. at Clark College’s Gaiser Hall, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way.Today is also the final day of public comment on the draft.Each speaker will be given two minutes. A court reporter will be available in a separate room for those who must leave before they have a chance to speak.Parking is free, but Clark College asks that drivers use the red parking lots. If the room is filled to capacity, latecomers will be asked to wait outside until people leave.Commonly called the clean-air permit, the notice of construction air permit is required when a business creates a new source of air pollution or modifies an existing source of pollution. The permit’s goal is to make sure the sources of air pollution are established in a way that conforms with state air-quality regulations.