St Kitts-Nevis benefits from Taipei International Travel Fair

first_img Sharing is caring! Share LifestyleTravel St Kitts-Nevis benefits from Taipei International Travel Fair by: – December 12, 2011 Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Flag of St. Kitts. Photo credit: cia.govTAIPEI, Taiwan — The Embassy of St Kitts and Nevis in Taiwan created a great impression in showcasing the Federation’s tourism product at the recently concluded Taipei International Travel Fair (ITF). According to Jasmine Huggins, St Kitts and Nevis resident ambassador to Taiwan, “This is the fourth consecutive year that the Federation has exhibited at what has been touted as the largest event of its kind in Asia.”This year, the main theme for the display was cruise tourism, which was quite timely and appropriate, given the recent surge that St Kitts and Nevis has recently made in this area. Nonetheless, other aspects of the local tourism product were also highlighted, including activities such as golf, zip-lining, the Sugar Train and scuba diving; historic sites like Brimstone Hill Fortress; as well as the unique culture and festivals.As part of the cultural presentation, Kittitian and Nevisian students, who are currently studying in Taiwan, donned clown and masquerade costumes and entertained the thousands of visitors to the booth, by dancing to local soca music. This, along with the Kittivisian rum punch that was served from the booth offered the patrons a chance to sample the festive spirit of carnival.This cultural presentation was partly responsible for the enthusiastic interest that the radio and television crews took in the St Kitts and Nevis booth. This was recognized by Abdullah Skerritt, director of e-business operations with the St Kitts Tourism Authority, who stated that “the level of press coverage – both print and broadcast – that the destination was afforded at the event, translates into advertizing value that would otherwise have been prohibitive, given our budget.”Both Huggins and Skerritt expressed confidence that the destination will benefit from the twin-island state’s presence at the expo. “We are already in discussions with principals who want to bring tour groups to our shores,” Skerritt said.Caribbean News Now 33 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

These assists prove Kobe Bryant was one of the NBA’s best ever passers [VIDEO]

first_imgNBA legend, Kobe Bryant, was known as a premier scorer in his prime.However, Kobe was one of the most versatile players in NBA history and his game included more than just putting the ball through the hoop.His highlight reel is filled with the former LA Lakers star dropping dimes to his mates over the years, including Lamar Odoom, Shaquille O’Neal and Pau Gasol, for emphatic dunks.A few of the best saw Kobe pass the ball off the backboard to himself.Bryant, in fact, is the NBA’s all-time leader in assists for Shooting Guards with 6,306.ESPN’s Sports Center Twitter posted a video of some of his best dunks and it’s a real treat.Check it out below:  The helicopter crash scene18-time All-Star Kobe spent 20 years at the LA Lakers winning five championships.Until his death Kobe was the third-highest scorer in NBA history, a position he relinquished to Lebron James.Continuing to move the game forward @KingJames. Much respect my brother 💪🏾 #33644— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 26, 2020His final tweet was a congratulatory one to James, urging him to keep moving the game forwardKobe, known fondly as the Black Mamba, retired in 2016.He is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and three children, the last of whom was born in June.In 2018, Kobe won an Oscar for his short film, “Dear Basketball,”; it won the prize for best animated short. Some of Kobe Bryant’s best passes 👀— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 17, 2020The world is still recovering from the loss of 41-year-old former Los Angeles Lakers star who died when his private chopper dropped from the sky.His 13-year-old daughter, Gianna was also in the helicopter.According to The Los Angeles Times. the crash occurred around 10:00am local time “amid foggy conditions in the hills overlooking Calabasas, with the chopper sparking a bush fire on impact that hampered initial rescue efforts.”Bryant was one of nine people in the helicopter at the time.No survivors were discovered.last_img read more


first_imgFinn Harps bring the curtain down on the first quarter of the 2014 campaign when they make their shortest away trip of the First Division season on Saturday as the face First Division title favourites Longford Town at the City Calling Stadium (kick-off 7.45pm).Longford come into the game on the back of a shock defeat against Shamrock Rovers ‘B’ last weekend, but Harps boss Ollie Horgan still knows they will prove a formidable opponent on Saturday.“Longford have the best panel of players in our Division,” said Horgan of his fortcoming opponents. “The fact that they lost last day out makes no difference other than we might suffer a backlash from them. “They have serious players all over the field and on the bench too,” he said. “Stephen Rice, Pat Sullivan and Pat Flynn all won the league with Shamrock Rovers just a couple years ago. David O’Sullivan, Gary Shaw and Don Cowen amongst others give them power and pace up front. They also have Kevin O’Connor and Sean Russell who they have signed from Premier Division teams.”Last Friday, Harps had to fight back for a 1-1 in a game that turned on the sending off of defender Keith Cowan in the first half.“We played well during the first half on Friday night until sending off,” said Horgan. “But, the whole game changed after that. I felt we were in control of game up to that point and had a decent goal disallowed but in the end were fortunate to get a result at all.“Keith raised a ‘finger’ to Danny Furlong who fell rather dramatically to the ground, so according to the letter of the law he was sent off. However, neither player came out of incident with much credit.” Harps have conceded four goals in their six First Division games this season, with only one of them coming from open play. Horgan has preached all season about defending from set-pieces and is probably a bit disappointed that the majority of goals conceded have come from set plays.“We conceded against Galway from a throw in that should have been cleared, a direct free kick and penalty in Shelbourne but Wexford’s goal should have been dealt with. Killian Cantwell got a free header near the back post initially and ball travelled good distance to other side of goal and overall it was poor defending on our part.Harps have had some success against Saturday opponents in Longford in recent times. Prior to last season’s 3-1 defeat, Harps had won on each of their previous three visits to the midlands.Josh Mailey and Keith Cowan are both suspended for Saturday’s game, meaning that Caoimhin Bonner is in line for his first start of the season. Kevin McHugh, who has only played in the opening game of the season, remains out with a hamstring complaint.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ TEAM NEWSSuspended: Josh Mailey, Keith Cowan.Doubtful: None.Injured: Kevin McHugh (hamstring). Form Guide (last six league games)Finn Harps: D-W-W-D-L-D (9 pts)Longford Town: W-W-L-W-D-L (10 pts)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Last six away games v Longford Town03-Jun-11 Longford Town 0-0 Finn Harps (FAI Cup)09-Jul-11 Longford Town 3-2 Finn Harps (First Division)14-Apr-12 Longford Town 1-3 Finn Harps (First Division)11-Aug-12 Longford Town 0-1 Finn Harps (First Division)11-May-13 Longford Town 2-3 Finn Harps (First Division)07-Sep-13 Longford Town 3-1 Finn Harps (First Division)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Goalscorers 2014Pat McCann – 3Ruairi Keating – 3 (1 in League Cup)Keith Cowan – 1James Doherty – 1Michael Funston – 1Paul McVeigh – 1Carel Tiofack – 1Sean McCarron – 1 (in League Cup)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Finn Harps Results 2014 (Finn Harps scorers in brackets)11-Apr-2014 – Lg – Finn Harps 1-1 Wexford Youths (Keating)04-Apr-2014 – Lg – Shelbourne 2-0 Finn Harps29-Mar-2014 – Lg – Finn Harps 1-1 Galway FC (McVeigh)21-Mar-2014 – Lg – Finn Harps 5-0 Cobh Ramblers (Doherty, Tiofack, McCann 2, Keating)16-Mar-2014 – Lg – Shamrock Rovers B 0-3 Finn Harps (Cowan, Funston, McCann)10-Mar-2014 – LC – Finn Harps 3-2 Cockhill Celtic (McCarron, O’Donnell o.g., Keating)07-Mar-2014 – Lg – Finn Harps 0-0 Waterford UnitedHARPS MAKE THE SHORT AWAY TRIP TO LONGFORD was last modified: April 18th, 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:finn harpsLongford Townlast_img read more

10 months agoFulham defender Chambers: We’re improving under Ranieri

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Fulham defender Chambers: We’re improving under Ranieriby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFulham defender Calum Chambers is adamant the club are improving despite Saturday’s 2-0 loss to West Ham United.The Cottagers are still bottom of the Premier League, having conceded 42 goals in 17 games.But Chambers, currently on loan from Arsenal, says the club are making strides under new boss Claudio Ranieri.”We’ve improved a lot of things over the last few weeks,” Chambers told Standard Sport. “Things are changing, things are looking positive. “We feel we played alright against West Ham, we created chances but we just didn’t put them in the back of the net. We’ve got to stay together, be positive. “We’ve got an important week coming up next week and we have to be ready for that.”We knew how important a game this was for us. We created a lot of chances and didn’t finish them, you can get punished in this league for that.” last_img read more

Elton John AIDS Foundation To Honor United Nations SecretaryGeneral Ban Kimoon

first_imgOn Wednesday, November 2, 2016, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) will host its 15th annual An Enduring Vision gala at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.This year’s honorees are United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and philanthropists Frank Giustra and Steve Tisch. Emmy award-winning producer Andy Cohen will host the event.“We are excited to present the Enduring Vision Award to long-time supporters Frank Giustra and Steve Tisch, who have both been strong allies in the effort to end HIV/AIDS,” said Sir Elton John, Founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “We are also very proud to present United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with the Founder’s Award, which celebrates extraordinary contributions to the global effort to end AIDS. He continues to be a vocal supporter for LGBT equality and HIV/AIDS advocacy, declaring LGBT rights as one of the great neglected human rights issues of our time,” he continued.This year’s honorees have a long history of supporting EJAF and the global effort to end HIV/AIDS.• As Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon oversaw the launch of the Free & Equal Campaign, an international public education campaign to promote equality and acceptance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people around the world. • As a renowned businessman, entrepreneur, and international philanthropist, Frank Giustra has donated millions of dollars to address global poverty, disaster relief, conflict prevention and resolution, health and economic development, and homelessness. • Chairman and Executive Vice President of the New York Giants, Academy Award-winning film producer, and philanthropist Steve Tisch has devoted his time and resources to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to significant arts and education programs.EJAF is also delighted to announce American Airlines, BVLGARI, Robert K. Kraft, The Lauder Foundation – Leonard & Judy Lauder Fund, Fiore Group, Sands Bethlehem, and Steve Tisch as the presenting sponsors for this year’s gala.The co-sponsors for this year’s gala include: Aquilini Group, Audi, and The John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation.“We have made tremendous progress in the fight to end AIDS. Today, more people have access to treatment and prevention medicine, and the world has increasingly become a more tolerant and compassionate place,” said David Furnish, Chairman of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. “At EJAF, we are deeply grateful to Frank and Steve for helping us in countless ways and for their tremendous generosity to numerous other worthy organizations. We’re also grateful for the Secretary-General’s on-going work to keep HIV/AIDS as a focal issue for the international community and for his deep commitment to helping us end AIDS by 2030.”Elton John and David Furnish will serve as the honorary chairs for An Enduring Vision, joined by fellow Co-Chairs Francesco Aquilini, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Joseph W. Blount, Heather Bresch, Don Capoccia and Tom Pegues, Stephen Carlino and Dennis Fee, Robert J. Coury, John Demsey, Jennifer Kelly Dominiquini, Sally Field, Richard Gere, Stephane Gerschel, Ilana Glazer, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka, Charlie and Cynthia Hendon, Abbi Jacobson, Caitlyn Jenner, Mark Juliano, Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss, Robert K. Kraft, Padma Lakshmi, Leonard A. Lauder, Matt Lauer, Cyndi Lauper, Sandra Lee, Spike and Tonya Lee, Judith Light, Susan Lucci, Jenna Lyons and Courtney Crangi, Joe McMillan, Jennifer and Howard Michaels, Thomas E. Moore III and Mark Reynolds, Matthew Morrison, James L. and Margo Nederlander, Daniel Paltridge, Lily Safra, Harvey M. Schwartz, Michael Stipe, Jeffrey and Kasia Tambor, and Darren Walker.For ticket information, please contact Andreas Schwarz at the Elton John AIDS Foundation, 212.219.0670 or [email protected] Airlines is the official airline of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.last_img read more

Wyclef Jean Donates Santana Guitar For Charity

first_imgWyclef Jean headlined a fundraiser on November 16 organised by the Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda in Miami, the Global Citizen Forum and the Jumby Bay Fund in Antigua, who collaborated to curate an evening of food, entertainment and art with all proceeds directed to the rehabilitation of Barbuda.Wyclef Jean performing on stage at Jumby Bay in AntiguaGuests of honor included the Governor General Lady Williams, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Hon. Gaston Browne accompanied with his wife Mrs. Maria Bird Browne, Ambassador Gilbert Boustany, Armand Arton, the founder of the Global Citizen Forum, and Martin Franklin, founder of Jarden.Anthony Mackie, the Avengers: Infinity War superstar who was also in attendance said: “I fell in love with Barbuda on my first visit a few years ago. So, from the moment I heard there was a crisis, I knew I had to offer my help.”The four-course dinner was accompanied by entertainment from sons of the soil – The Strays, Former Miss Antigua Shermain Jeremy and Tessane Chin, winner of The Voice USA.After the dinner, the event returned to the goal of giving with a live auction that included a 3-piece Murano glass collection with a two-night stay at the AMAN resort in Venice, Roland Iten credit card holder and an Oliviero Toscani Art to name a few.Hosted at the Estate House on the private hideaway of Jumby Bay Resort, the fundraiser raised more than US$80,000, towards the acquisition of a 400-Watt Milton Cat generator for Barbuda.Grammy Award winner and Global Citizen Forum ambassador Wyclef Jean’s performance started out as an intimate acoustic show and ended with a full-blown celebration in honour of Barbuda’s resilience.“After a fantastic night of dancing till exhaustion, we cannot overlook the generosity of each person who organized and participated in this event,” said Prime Minister Gaston Brown. “It is another welcome step in the direction to achieve our goal of restoring Barbuda together.”“Truly it was a perfect evening. The ambience, the company, the vibe, the intimacy and the award-winning entertainment. Such a great night for a worthy cause,” commented Armand Arton.At this oasis of giving, Wyclef Jean donated his Santana guitar.“This guitar is one of my most precious items,” said Wyclef. The Fugees mastermind holds dear the people of Antigua and Barbuda and is committed to helping the rebuilding efforts.This event was a continuation of the fundraising efforts by the Global Citizen Forum, which in Montenegro raised more than US$400,000 for the Global Citizen Foundation. Some of the projects currently supported by the foundation are the rebuilding of Barbuda and the Amal Project in Dominica, which was also hit hard by the hurricanes.Earlier in September this year, Barbuda was hit by a category 5 hurricane “Irma”, which left 95% of existing structures damaged.Ambassador Boustany was exceptionally pleased with the turnout and support and in thanking the attendees, he promised that “Barbuda will rise again”.last_img read more

Eldorado begins talks with Greek government postpones decision to suspend work

first_imgVANCOUVER – Eldorado Gold Corp. is temporarily postponing its decision to suspend work at its operations in northern Greece as it begins talks with the Greek government.The company (TSX:ELD) has been embroiled in a fight with the Greek government over its gold mining operations in the country.Eldorado accused the government of delaying key permits and licenses and threatened last week to suspend investment.Since then, the government has issued several permits and approved a key technical study for the closure of an old mine.It also served formal notice that it would initiate an arbitration hearing regarding the company’s Madem Lakkos metallurgical plant.Eldorado chief executive George Burns says the company is “confident” that the arbitration process will be concluded in a timely and efficient manner.The decision came as about 200 company workers protested outside the Development Ministry in Athens, demanding the government ensure Eldorado continues operating.The workers gathered outside the ministry building during the morning rush hour Thursday, banging their hard hats on the road and holding banners saying “Yes to Development.”— With files from The Associated Presslast_img read more

McConnell looks to complete hemps comeback as crop

first_imgFRANKFORT, Ky. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants a full pardon for hemp.The Kentucky Republican on Monday previewed legislation seeking to free the plant from its ties to marijuana and let it take root as a legitimate crop.Hemp — marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin — would be removed from the controlled substances list under the bill he’s offering, McConnell said. The result would legalize hemp as an agricultural commodity.“We’re going to give it everything we’ve got to pull it off,” the Senate’s top leader told hemp advocates in his home state.The crop has been grown on an experimental basis in a number of states in recent years, and Kentucky has been at the forefront of hemp’s comeback. Kentucky agriculture officials have approved more than 12,000 acres (4,800 hectares) to be grown in the state this year, and 57 Kentucky processors are helping turn the raw product into a multitude of products.Growing hemp without a federal permit has long been banned owing to its classification as a controlled substance related to marijuana. Hemp and marijuana are the same species, but hemp has a negligible amount of THC, the psychoactive compound that gives marijuana users a high.Hemp got a limited reprieve with the 2014 federal Farm Bill. McConnell helped push for the provision that allows state agriculture departments to designate hemp projects for research and development.Since then, 34 states have authorized hemp research, while actual production occurred in 19 states last year, said Eric Steenstra, president of the advocacy group Vote Hemp. Hemp production totalled about 25,500 acres (10,300 hectares) in 2017, more than double the 2016 output, he said.Supporters said the bill would bring more certainty for farmers, agribusinesses and investors looking at the crop.“The goal of this new bill, should it become law, is to simply remove the roadblocks altogether,” McConnell said. “It would encourage innovation and development and support to domestic production of hemp.”The crop, which once thrived in Kentucky, was historically used for rope, clothing and mulch from the fiber, hemp milk and cooking oil from the seeds, and soap and lotions. Other uses include building materials, animal bedding and biofuels.Hemp advocates, who have fought for years to restore the crop’s legitimacy, praised McConnell for putting his political clout behind the effort.“This is a huge development for the hemp industry,” Steenstra said. “Sen. McConnell’s support is critical to helping us move hemp from research and pilot programs to full commercial production.”Brian Furnish, an eighth-generation tobacco farmer in Kentucky, has taken the plunge into hemp production. His family will grow about 300 acres (120 hectares) of hemp this year in Harrison County. He’s also part owner of a company that turns hemp into food, fiber and dietary supplements.Furnish said hemp has the potential to rival or surpass what tobacco production once meant to Kentucky.“All we’ve got to do is the government get out of the way and let us grow,” he told reporters.McConnell acknowledged there was “some queasiness” about hemp in 2014 when federal lawmakers cleared the way for states to regulate it for research and pilot programs. There’s much broader understanding now that hemp is a “totally different” plant than its cousin, he said.“I think we’ve worked our way through the education process of making sure everybody understands this is really a different plant,” the Republican leader said.McConnell said he plans to emphasize the differences between the plants to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Trump administration has taken a tougher stance on marijuana.The Department of Justice’s press office declined comment Monday on McConnell’s pending legislation.McConnell said his bill would attract a bipartisan group of co-sponsors. He said the measure would allow states to have primary regulatory oversight of hemp production if they submit plans to federal officials outlining how they would monitor production.In Kentucky, current or ex-tobacco farmers could easily make the conversion to hemp production, Furnish said. Tobacco production dropped sharply in Kentucky as the health hazards of smoking became clear and tobacco use declined.Furnish said his family has reaped profits of about $2,000 per acre for hemp grown for dietary supplements, better than what they’ve made from tobacco, he said.Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said he hopes for hemp’s legalization, saying it can “open the floodgates and we can see the true potential of this crop.”last_img read more

NGT raps Delhi pollution control panel over air quality

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has rapped the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) over its failure to control air pollution in the national capital, saying it was avoiding its duties. A bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel, directed the Delhi chief secretary to look into the matter and take remedial measures about proper manning and effective functioning of the DPCC. “The tribunal may have to consider whether a statutory authority which is repeatedly failing to perform its duties should continue in position as one of the reasons which is contributing to unabated pollution in Delhi resulting in large scale deaths and diseases is the failure of statutory authorities to perform their duties. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “In absence of responsiveness of the statutory authorities who have to carry out the orders of this tribunal, mere passing of paper orders will not advance the purpose for which this tribunal has been constituted under the law,” the bench said. It said that no officer or authority can be allowed to defeat law in the manner it is being done on regular basis by the DPCC. The tribunal said that in such a situation, option may also have to be explored for action under Section 18(2) of the Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974, whereby the central government may handover the functions of defiant DPCC to the Central Pollution Control Board. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings “Before further action, we direct the Chief Secretary, Delhi to look into the matter and take remedial measures about proper manning and effective functioning of the DPCC. The DPCC may file a proper affidavit of the action taken in the matter before the next date,” the bench said. The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by city resident Rajesh Kumar alleging air pollution by a brake lining factory near Chajju Gate, Babarpur here. The NGT had earlier directed DPCC to furnish a factual and action taken report. “A report has been received vide e-mail dated March 29 to the effect that East Delhi Municipal Corporation has sealed the premises and the SHO (Welcome) will be keeping strict vigil. “The report does not show any steps for prosecution or recovery of compensation for damage to the environment on ‘Polluter Pays principle’,” the tribunal noted.last_img read more

Dhoni moves SC seeking protection of ownership rights of property in Amrapali project

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni has moved the Supreme Court seeking protection of his ownership rights on an over 5,500-square feet penthouse he booked 10 year ago in a project of embattled Amrapali Group. Dhoni filed an application in the court through his lawyer, after receiving a notice from apex court-appointed forensic auditors seeking clarification on certain aspects of the purchase. “This application is being moved by the applicant (Dhoni) to protect his rights qua his ownership and possession of Penthouse apartment…in Amrapali Sapphire phase-1 which was agreed to be sold to him vide agreement dated August 31, 2009,” Dhoni said in the application, filed through advocate Shekhar Kumar. The apex court is scheduled to hear the Amrapali matter on April 30. Dhoni said the apex court had on December 5 last year directed the forensic auditors to issue individual notices to home buyers who booked the flats on a paltry sum. The former team India captain said his authorised representative has given a detailed reply to the notice sent by the forensic auditors. Dhoni said he has paid Rs 20 lakh for the property but only some work for the penthouse has been done and he has not been given the possession. “It is respectfully submitted here that the price paid by the applicant is certainly not a paltry amount,” he said, adding that because he was associated with the Amrapali Group as their brand ambassador, he got the penthouse at a lower price. This cannot be a ground to question the otherwise genuine agreement, he said. While the affidavit mention no market price for the property, it is estimated that it is worth over Rs 1 crore. Dhoni said that like other home-buyers and creditors, he has also been duped by the Amrapali Group. He sought direction from the court that the allotment of the penthouse is not questioned and he be allowed to take its possession. On April 9, the apex court had expressed annoyance over “circulation” of forensic auditors’ report among lawyers on the Amrapali Group before it was submitted to the court. The top court said it will hear from April 30 the pleas of home-buyers on whether the property titles can be given to them. It had said it will also look into the ways the money diverted to other ventures by Amrapali can be realised and the stalled projects be completed. The court had said that if anyone has to benefit from the Amrapali case it is the hassled home-buyers who invested their earnings but were not given the flats. The court had taken on record the final report comprising nine volumes submitted by the two court appointed forensic auditors and directed them to finish their work by April 28. The forensic auditors, Pawan Agrawal and Ravi Bhatia, had told the court that they have found that over Rs 3,000 crore of home buyers’ money was diverted by Amrapali promoters. They said over 100 shell companies were formed by the group to divert the money. On February 28, the apex court had allowed the Delhi police to arrest and interrogate in custody Amrapali group CMD Anil Sharma and two directors on a complaint that home-buyers of their various housing projects were cheated and duped of their funds. The top court, which is seized of several pleas of home-buyers seeking possession of around 42,000 flats booked in projects of the Amrapali group, also ordered attachment of personal properties of the CMD and directors — Shiv Priya and Ajay Kumar. The trio, under detention of the Uttar Pradesh police and kept in a hotel at Noida since October 9 last year by the apex court for not complying with its orders, was in for a shock when the court ordered the arrest on a plea by Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police saying that it wanted to quiz them in a separate cheating case. The court had also appointed a valuer to ascertain the exact value of 5,229 unsold flats including those booked by Amrapali for just Rs 1, Rs 11 and Rs 12 and asked the valuer to submit its report.last_img read more