Bronze stolen from graves

first_imgWHITTIER – Deputies say that for more than a month, a man pried 85 bronze markers off graves at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary and sold them as scrap metal to a recycling center. Detectives said the markers were valued at $100,000. To explain why he kept showing up with the markers, detectives said the man allegedly told the recycling center he works for the cemetery, which supposedly was undergoing remodeling. It wasn’t. Nor was he an employee of Rose Hills. The suspect, 47-year-old David Torres, will be arraigned Tuesday at Norwalk Superior Court on 25 felony counts that include grand theft of personal property, petty theft, cemetery vandalism and receiving stolen property. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champHe was charged for crimes that happened between Sept. 18 and Oct. 25. Torres pleaded not guilty at an earlier arraignment, according to Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Torres is being held at the Pitchess Detention Center East Facility in Castaic in lieu of $170,000 bail. Authorities didn’t say how much selling the grave markers could fetch. But all agreed it was a rare case. “Oh absolutely. Very unusual,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Al Leyva. “We have not encountered any (like) this. A new form of thievery.” Olivia Rosales, the head deputy district attorney for Whittier Superior Court where Torres had his preliminary hearing, said she’s never heard of anything like this before. “It’s very sick,” she said. Leyva said the thefts occurred between August and October and happened in the daytime when the park was open. Rose Hills reported the incidents to the sheriff’s Pico Rivera station. The markers were taken from the older section of the cemetery, according to Nick Clark, director of marketing and communications for Rose Hills. He said it is part of the park that was opened in 1914. “It’s not a highly visited area,” he added. Clark said all missing markers have been returned and will be reset in concrete and put back on the graves early next year. Rose Hills has not notified the relatives about the thefts. “It is our intent,” Clark said. “We’re putting together a plan.” While he declined to divulge the additional security measures Rose Hills implemented after the thefts, Clark did say they have increased patrol in the park, which sits on 1,400 to 1,500 acres and houses about 400,000 graves. The markers ranged in size, but the average was 16 inches by 28 inches. They weigh between 4 and 6 pounds, Clark said. He didn’t know how much the markers sold for in 1914 or other years. Today, he said a bronze plaque like that sells for $557 to $968. Deputies said Torres allegedly worked alone. “He was prying them from the ground, breaking the concrete and taking the markers to a recycling center,” Leyva said. “As far as we know he only hit Rose Hills.” Leyva declined to name the recycling center where deputies found the markers shortly after Torres’ Nov. 1 arrest. Nov. 1 is All Saints’ Day. A break in the case came when a cemetery employee spotted the alleged thief and jotted down a license plate number, Leyva said. He said the car didn’t belong to Torres but deputies collected information that led them to the Lancer Motel on Rosemead Boulevard in Pico Rivera where Torres was staying. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

TCI Tourism Minister gets CTO industry Award Stewart wins too

first_img TCI Tourism Minister gets CTO industry Award, Stewart wins too Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, June 8, 2017 – New York – Turks and Caicos wins in Tourism rolling in this week, as former Tourist Board director and current Tourism Minister, Hon Ralph Higgs will today be bestowed a special honour at the CTO Awards Luncheon in New York.   Minister Higgs will be presented with the Allied Award.  Established in 2005, the Allied Award is presented to an individual among the CTO family who has done an extraordinary job of contributing, in a tangible way, to the sustainable development not only of his or her country, but of the region. The North Caicos MP will today get the prize at the Wyndham New Yorker, where the event is set for noon to 2pm.  Another honoree is no stranger to the Turks and Caicos; it is Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resort International who will get the Jerry Award, for demonstrated passion in the development of the region through time, energy, financial, and other personal and professional resources.  It is Caribbean Week in NY.#MagneticMediaNews#TCItourismministergetsCTOindustryaward#MinRalphHiggs#AdamStewart Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#AdamStewart, #magneticmedianews, #MinRalphHiggs, #TCItourismministergetsCTOindustryawardlast_img read more

PM Minnis Promotes Bahamian Experience at Baha Mar

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 20, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis Friday urged officials at Baha Mar to ensure that additional ways are found to further weave Bahamian art and culture and the Bahamian experience into the resort experience.  He was addressing the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar.SLS is a signature, world-class destination that will welcome luxury travellers to The Bahamas and adds to the collection of global brands at Baha Mar including Grand Hyatt and Rosewood, in addition to 30 luxury retail outlets.“Even as SLS brings its signature vision and principles to The Bahamas, I trust that the company may also appreciate what The Bahamas may impart to, and add to their brand,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“I note, for example, the rich collection of Bahamian art at Baha Mar. This artistry represents some of the spirit of the Bahamian and Caribbean Imagination, helping visitors to experience some of our cultural heritage.“I imagine this collection will continue to grow, including at SLS, helping to feature the extraordinary talent and diversity of Bahamian artists at home and abroad,” Prime Minister Minnis added.Managing the art collection throughout the resort is noted Bahamian artist, Creative Art Director John Cox.   Prime Minister Minnis encouraged a similar pattern in the area of the resort’s culinary arts, nightlife and entertainment sectors.“I am sure that Bahamian talent is also being showcased in the Culinary Arts and in the nightlife and entertainment at all hotels at Baha Mar,” Prime Minister Minnis said.“A Bahamian visitor to one of the Cafés at Baha Mar was delighted to discover guava duff ice cream and sky juice ice cream. These added touches help to highlight the food heritage of The Bahamas,” Prime Minister Minnis added.The Prime Minister urged officials at the Resort to provide opportunities for their guests to get a taste of the Bahamian experience outside of their doors, even as they move to create a Bahamian experience within.“Even as visitors experience the delights of Baha Mar, there should be opportunities to venture beyond the resort to experience our culture and heritage including through heritage tours.”This, Prime Minister Minnis said, would produce opportunities for tour drivers and local shopping.The call is part of Prime Minister Minnis’ push to take advantage of all opportunities for wealth and job creation in all areas of business and industry for Bahamians both at home and across the Bahamian Diaspora.   It is a further goal of the Minnis Administration to ensure that Bahamians of various skill levels have the opportunity to benefit from the “multiple dimensions of tourism” as administration officials further believe that there is even more “extraordinary diversification” that can still be gained within tourism industry, and have designed a number of plans to drive the Bahamian economy through tourism-related initiatives.Prime Minister Minnis has said that tourism is the platform from which the country can boost and launch a network of inter-related businesses.By: Matt Maura (BIS)Photo caption:  Prime Minister Minnis addresses the Official Opening of SLS Baha Mar, November 17, 2017.(BIS Photo/Peter Ramsay) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Navy on Cusp of Reaching Renewable Energy Goals Mabus Says

first_imgThe Navy is on course to consume 50 percent of its shore facilities’ electricity needs from renewable sources by the end of the year, Secretary Ray Mabus said last week.“We’re going to be there on our shore bases by this year,” purchasing a gigawatt of renewable energy, which will be half of shore energy power used, Mabus said during a National Press Club luncheon, reported Seapower Magazine.Generating one-half of its installations’ power needs from renewable sources would put the Navy well ahead of the Pentagon’s objectives for installations to shift toward alternative energy. The department has set a goal for the services to produce or procure 25 percent of their electricity for facilities from renewable sources by 2025.If the Navy successfully reaches its goal of obtaining one gigawatt of alternative energy before next year, it would become the first service to reach that threshold. Last year, the Navy moved up its goal for generating 1 gigawatt of renewable energy to 2016; at the time, it established an interim goal of generating 500 megawatts of renewable energy by 2015.Three years ago the three services announced they each would strive to produce 1 gigawatt of renewable energy at their installations. The Air Force has said it plans to meet its goal by 2020. Last year the Army said it was on pace to meet its goal of deploying 1 gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025, with a possibility that it would beat its target.  Mabus also said the Navy next year will deploy a carrier strike group powered by 50-50 blends of biofuels. With the exception of the group’s aircraft carrier, which will be nuclear powered, “every type of aircraft and every other type of ship will be [using] 50-50 blends of bio-fuels. … We’ve certified every single ship and every single aircraft” as compatible with the mixed fuels, he said.The Navy is relying on “drop-in” alternative fuels for the “Great Green fleet,” meaning the ships and aircraft do not have to be altered to use them. Also, the biofuel would not use edible crops and its price would be competitive with conventional fossil fuels, Mabus said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Tax Liability Eats into HDFC Earnings Q4 Net Profit Down by Half

first_imgHousing Development Finance Corp. Ltd (HDFC), the country’s largest housing financier, saw its profit nearly halved in the March quarter of FY15, as a result of provision for deferred tax liability.HDFC’s net profit increased by 8% to Rs 1,862 crore for the quarter ended March 2015, compared to a profit of Rs 1,723 crore in the same quarter in FY14. On a consolidated basis, net profit was up 10% to Rs 2,646 crore.The mortgage financier had to set aside Rs 119.77 crore as deferred tax liability in the January-March quarter against Rs 87.29 crore in December quarter.Analysts say that net profit growth would have come at 15% in the absence of deferred tax liability.”This was the first year they had to make this provision for deferred tax, so the impact may be higher but going forward the numbers will adjust. The company will also benefit from lower cost of funds next year as domestic interest rates drop and they also make use of the $500 million approval to raise money from abroad,” said Ravi Shenoy, assistant vice president, midcaps research, Motilal Oswal Securities Ltd, told Live Mint.The bank’s consolidated profit growth is less than its usual 20% rate due to the deferred tax liability, Shenoy said.However, the fall in net profit due to deferred tax provision was partly offset by an increase in individual loan growth.Individual loans increased by 23% in the fourth quarter, while non-individual loans picked up by 14% on annual basis. Loans for individual homebuyers accounted for 71% of total loan book in the financial year.Overall, the size of bank’s loan book rose to Rs.2.28 trillion in the March quarter, from Rs.1.97 trillion in the corresponding quarter a year ago.”The results for the fourth quarter could not be taken at face value. Besides the absence of deferred tax liability in FY14, the fourth quarter of FY14 received exception interest income, resulting in a bunching up of interest income from Hiranandani Constructions, which was classified as an NPA in earlier quarters. This resulted in net interest income showing lower growth in FY15,” Keki Mistry, vice-chairman and CEO, HDFC, told The Times of India.last_img read more

Coroner Releases Causes Of Death For All 58 Victims Of Las Vegas

first_imgCopyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesThe 58 fatalities in October’s mass shooting in Las Vegas were all caused by gunshot wounds, the county coroner and medical examiner said Thursday. A makeshift memorial on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip a few days after the shooting has photos of some of those who were killed.All 58 of the people killed in the mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1 died of gunshot wounds, the Clark County Office of the Coroner/Medical Examiner has determined.Nearly all of the fatalities were caused by a single gunshot wound, though six victims died from multiple wounds. Most had been shot in the head, chest or back. The deaths were all ruled homicides.In the chaos of the shooting, in which bullets rained down on a country music festival from a gunman on the 32nd floor of a nearby hotel, it wasn’t immediately clear whether any victims might have died from trampling as the crowds sought to escape the fusillade.The shooter, Stephen Paddock, died from a gunshot wound to the head that entered through the mouth. His cause of death was a suicide, the coroner’s office said.Coroner John Fudenberg told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that it has taken more than two months to release the information because his office wanted to be accurate and notify the victims’ families first.“Because of the impact that this incident had on our community, and the attention that this incident received, it became very important for us to ensure that all of the families had the information prior to us releasing it to the public,” Fudenberg told the newspaper.More than 500 people were injured during the shooting, and thousands of others who were there at the Route 91 Harvest Festival have been trying to cope in the months since the tragedy.One woman who was there, Melissa Barham, recently told NPR’s Weekend Edition that since the massacre, she’s been and sad depressed and wonders whether anything has really changed since the Sandy Hook shooting five years ago.“I wake up every morning and I journal,” Barham said. “I pick one of the victims and I write down their name and their age and where they’re from and then just details about them. And I just think about them.”“And this time of year, the holidays, make it really hard.”last_img read more