Lone gunman robs money changer

first_imgA foreign currency dealer, who was in the vicinity of Popeye’s on Water Street, Georgetown, was on Sunday robbed of all of his cash by an armed bandit.According to reports, 36-year-old Bishwanauth Noudat, of Lot 482 C Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, was sitting in a chair with $150,000, US$1200, TT$3000 Cdn$1000, 90 euros, EC$8000, Bds$200 and 31 reais when the lone gunman approached him from behind and snatched the cash.Noudat reportedly attempted to fight for his money, but the gunman whipped out his weapon which was in his waistband and dealt the man a lash to his face.The perpetrator then made good his escape south on Cornhill Street then east along Hadfield Street.The money changer reported the matter to the Police, and was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was treated and sent away.The Police are currently reviewing CCTV footage from businesses in the area in an effort to identify the gunman.last_img read more

Ethics panel combs laws on lobbyists

first_imgBattered by critics over loopholes in Los Angeles’ lobbying provisions, the city Ethics Commission on Friday began re-examining regulations covering everything from registration to fundraising. In the first of several planned workshops, Ethics Commission staff members met with lobbyists and others to determine which regulations might need to be changed to better reflect the role and activities of lobbyists. “This city has had some regulations on lobbyists in effect since 1969 and has been a leader in looking at their activities,” Ethics Commission Director LeeAnn Pelham said. “But it’s been some time since we have had a re-evaluation of it.” The city’s lobbying laws have gained increased scrutiny since the November passage of Measure R, which gave City Council members the option to run for a third four-year term and was designed to limit the influence of lobbyists on City Hall decisions. Under current laws, lobbyists are required to report that they are hosts of events if they pass an e-mail on to at least 25 people or are involved in telephone conversations regarding fundraisers. That rule applies even if they have no significant hosting role in the event. Limits on lobbyists’ political activities long have been a concern of local officials. Concern escalated under former Mayor James Hahn, whose administration was embroiled in allegations regarding “pay-for-play” abuses. Subsequent regulations were designed to stem the role of lobbyists as political fundraisers. In one of his first acts after taking office, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa also removed all lobbyists from city commissions. Pelham said the Ethics Commission review is expected to take several months to complete. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The measure, however, failed to address loopholes that have been used to allow lobbyists to continue to raise thousands of dollars on behalf of elected officials and candidates. Pelham said the commission’s review will include Measure R and its impact. For lobbyists, many of their complaints involve city bookkeeping rules that often require filing duplicate statements of work performed. They also want a clearer definition of what constitutes lobbying activity and any administrative work they do. Several lobbyists at the Friday workshop said most of their work has involved pulling building permits and submitting plans for approval to allow city work to proceed for their clients. The lobbyists also urged the city to adopt clearer rules on what must be reported for fundraising activities. last_img read more