East Hampton Police Say Hedge Fund Trader Took Trees

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first_imgThe controlling partner of a New York City hedge fund company who owns two homes in the Town of East Hampton stole hundreds of eastern white pine tree saplings from two Northwest Woods properties in January, according to police. Ari Meyer Benjamin, 39, was arraigned in East Hampton Town Justice Court last week on four felony charges. One of the properties is owned by the Peconic Land Trust, the other, a Manhattan couple. They are opposite each other straddling Old Northwest Road, which is around the corner from a home Benjamin bought in 2018. Benjamin, who owns a residence in the financial district in lower Manhattan, as well as houses in Springs and Northwest Woods, has been charged with third and fourth-degree grand larceny, as well as third and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Fourth-degree grand larceny means the police value the allegedly stolen items at over $1000, while third degree is over $3000. Benjamin, who had been in contact with East Hampton town police, was arrested around midnight February 21 apparently at police headquarters. The same charges that were brought against Benjamin were previously made against a man who told police he was Benjamin’s landscaper, Cesar Sarpes-Santos, 46, of Flanders. According to the statement Sarpes-Santos gave police after he was arrested on January 26, he has been intermittently working for Benjamin for the past five years, first at Benjamin’s Springs property on Hildreth Place, then at a newly-constructed house on Country Lane. Benjamin purchased the Country Lane property for $2.25 million at the end of 2018. In Sarpes-Santos’s statement, he said Benjamin contacted him via text message on January 25 asking if he wanted to work that weekend. He had Sarpes-Santos, who brought another worker, meet him at the Country Lane property, where Sarpes-Santos said Benjamin showed the pair where he wanted the white pine trees planted. They then followed Benjamin a little over a mile north on Old Northwest Road. “Ari got out of his vehicle and stood at the edge of the roadway,” Sarpes-Santos is quoted telling police in his statement. “He pointed to small pine trees on both sides of the road that he wanted me to remove and plant at his house.” The saplings were each about a foot tall. “I was concerned that the trees were not located on Mr. Ari’s property,” the landscaper told police, and said he asked Benjamin if it was okay to remove the baby trees. “It’s no problem, it’s just small trees” was the answer Benjamin reportedly gave Sarpes-Santos. Sarpes-Santos and his fellow worker dug up over 200 saplings from both sides of the road and transported them to the Country Lane property. There, they planted them along the exterior borders of the property, Sarpes-Santos told police, as well as along the circular driveway that opens onto Country Lane and Old Northwest Road. Sarpes-Santos’s co-worker was not charged by police. Once finished, the pair ran an irrigation hose along the borders of the property. The trees appeared to still be where they allegedly planted them as of Sunday morning.t.e@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

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Praxair gets hydrogen contract

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SoCalGas co-funds power-to-gas research

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Mermaid bags Middle East subsea contracts

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first_imgMermaid Maritime has been awarded two saturation diving services contracts. Both Contracts are estimated to be of approximately 6‐8 months duration in total in the Middle East.The first of these two contracts has already begun and the second will start back‐to‐back upon completion of the first.The contracts will be serviced using a chartered‐in DP3 Multipurpose Support Vessel ‘Bourbon Evolution’. Mermaid has secured this vessel for a period of 8 months with a further option for an additional 8 month extension to service additional work prospects.Together with this modern vessel, Mermaid will deploy specialized diving equipment, remotely operated vehicles (“ROVs”), specialized divers and other project crew to provide a full integrated service under these Contracts. The total estimated value of these contracts is USD 40‐45 million.Mermaid has said it continues to implement its growth strategy by expanding its revenue base through the charter‐in of additional vessels against confirmed client contracts as demand for its subsea services continues to experience growth in its targeted markets.Delivering on this initiative, in December 2013 Mermaid took delivery of the DP2 RSV ‘Mermaid Resolution’ on a 2+1 year charter to service new contracts in Indonesia. This was followed in June 2014 by a short term charter of the DP2 PSV ‘Lewek Atria’ for several months serving the Gulf of Thailand. In August 2014, Mermaid took delivery of DP2 Construction (CLB) Barge ‘Mubarak Supporter’ on a 1+1+1 year charter to service new contracts in the Middle East. [mappress]September 18, 2014last_img read more

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Does your contract really need a duty of good faith?

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No vessel big enough for Allseas

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first_imgThe new vessel, says Allseas, will be able to remove all platform topsides in the North Sea – something which is beyond the capability of Pieter Schelte.As well as decommissioning, the vessel is also designed for the worldwide installation of very large topsides.The new vessel will be 160 m wide, with a topside lift capacity of 72,000 tonnes, compared with the 124 m wide Pieter Schelte and its 48,000-tonne lifting capacity.Allseas says that the new ship will be operational in 2020. Pieter Schelte began its journey from South Korea to Rotterdam last Monday, November 17 and is set to arrive at the end of 2014. When the vessel is completed at the Dutch gateway, it will become the world’s largest crane ship.  www.allseas.comlast_img read more

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False sicknote solicitor avoids strike-off after tribunal shows mercy

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first_imgAn immigration lawyer who faked a sicknote for her unsuspecting client has avoided a permanent ban after the tribunal found that her judgement had been impaired by ill health. Sandia Kumari Pamma, a non-practising former consultant with national firm Duncan Lewis Solicitors, admitted trying to delay a hearing with a false document because she was not up to speed with the case. But the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal accepted she went through a series of difficult events in her personal life that caused depression, and left the door open to her possible return to practice in future years. Pamma was alleged to have falsified a doctor’s statement of fitness for work to mislead the immigration and asylum chamber in Birmingham that her client was ill and could not attend. It was also alleged she repeated this statement to the director of her firm, made a written application for an adjournment on the basis of the false statement, then asked another solicitor to renew the application after the request for an adjournment was initially refused. The SRA had been alerted following a report from Duncan Lewis in October 2016 raising concerns about a hearing at the immigration chamber, where a sick note was produced but the client confirmed that the document was fraudulent and misleading. The firm attached correspondence from Pamma saying she had applied for an adjournment because she had not prepared the file adequately. Before the tribunal in November, the solicitor admitted all the allegations, including dishonesty, but asked for leniency on the basis of her exceptional circumstances. She gave details to the tribunal of an upsetting and difficult experience associated with her first pregnancy in 2011, and she admitted she had dealt with these events at the time as the first in a succession of traumatic events. When her first child was born in 2013, she and her daughter spent time in intensive case, then in December 2014 she miscarried. During this period her previous firm closed while she was in hospital and she then set up her own practice, City Law Immigration Limited, to generate income and provide some balance between professional and family roles. Following the birth of her son in July 2016, she continued to struggle to kept attending to work matters despite describing her life as ‘more exhausting and time consuming than anything she had experienced before’.  Pamma, a solicitor for 11 years, said she was angry at herself for not recognising she was not coping, and remorseful for what followed, as she tried not to let her client down. The falsification of the sicknote was ‘preposterous’ and had no chance of succeeding, and subsequent diagnosis from a consultant psychologist found she suffered a moderate depressive episode at the time and was not fit to work. The SRA submitted that the tribunal should consider the extent, nature and scope of dishonesty, which lasted for three days and involved misleading a court. The tribunal agreed that any act of dishonesty was ‘extremely serious’, but accepted that Pamma’s judgement was impaired. Finding her to be an ‘honest witness who gave straightforward and credible evidence’, the tribunal accepted that her condition caused her to act out of character and that the pressure on her was exceptional. Pamma was suspended indefinitely and advised not to reapply to the roll for at least five years. She must also pay £7,361 costs.last_img read more

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THORNHILL COMMUNITY TAKE PRIDE IN THEIR VILLAGE

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInRecently Thornhill Community Council issued a rallying call to local residents and groups to support their village clean up initiative , and support they did with well over 40 people turning out to clean up around village.Organiser and Vice Chairman Jim Renicks told DGWGO News ” We were very pleased with the turnout , we are very lucky to live in such a picturesque village and it was great to see this support . Jim added ” We hope to make this a regular event in the village calendar but we also need to remind everyone of there social responsibility to keep our village tidy .”The Community Council would also like to thank Declan McGarva for his work on this project as part of his Duke of Edinburgh award .last_img read more

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POLICE PROBE SPATE OF THEFTS FROM SHEDS IN KIRKCUDBRIGHT

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first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInPolice officers in Kirkcudbright are investigating a spate of shed break-in in the town’s High Street sometime overnight Thursday 2/Friday 3 June 2016. At this stage it appears that a Stihl make petrol hedge cutter is the only thing that has been stolen. In total four sheds were violated.Constable Hayley Stitt at Kirkcudbright said”clearly those who carried out these break-ins have been looking for something, however at this stage all that appears to have been stolen is the hedge cutter. We want to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious in the High Street area to get in touch through 101 if they can assist. Anyone else who may have suspicions about their shed being entered should also give us a call to report it.”last_img read more

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