Police Brutality on the Rise

first_imgThe wave of police brutality across the country is fast becoming alarming, compelling the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) to institute measures to curtail the occurrence.Addressing a news conference in Monrovia yesterday, INCHR Chairperson, retired Associate Justice Gladys K. Johnson expressed serious concern over the number of human rights violations attributed to the Liberian National Police (LNP), stressing that something must be done to save the image of the state.Based on mountains of allegations and complaints from ordinary Liberians, particularly motorcyclists and youths in concession areas, the rights body has named a team of investigators to be dispatched to Butaw, Sinoe County, where there was rioting involving some residents and police, Ms. Johnson announced.According to Chairman Johnson, one of the Commission’s investigators is due in the region shortly to launch a “comprehensive and independent investigation into unfolding events.”She noted that the move is part of “our mandate to promote and protect human rights in Liberia consistent with national and international legal instruments.” Investigating all human rights abuses remain a cardinal part of INHRC’s operations, she noted.Even though the INHRC has recruited eight investigators to be stationed in Montserrado, the lack of adequate budget support to undertake these initiatives is a challenge that needs to be overcome, Madam Johnson asserted.“We want to investigate all human rights issues in the country, but there is serious constraint with the budget to support all of our programs.“We have made appeals to the Legislature and others involved with the budget process, but Ebola and the budget shortfall last year hampered our work,” the former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court said.According to Commissioner Johnson, “US$30 million is needed to run the commission properly, and as such, we are reaching out to everyone to generate the needed funds.Meanwhile, the Commission will today hold a day-long awareness forum to educate and inform the public about the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recommendations with a view to soliciting public support in carrying out the INHRC’s functions.The palava hut approach is part of a Strategic Roadmap for national healing, peace building and reconciliation launched in 2013. The move is in keeping with the Commission’s mandate as enshrined in the Accra Comprehensive Peace Accord signed in 2003.INCHR also has a mandate to ensure the full implementation of the TRC recommendations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Thief shot in Stabroek Market

first_imgA 28-year-old man who was caught stealing in an electronics outlet at the Stabroek Market on Thursday sustained a single gunshot to his left leg after trying to attack Constabulary ranks with a knife.The man, who identified himself as Delwar Booker of South Sophia Squatting Area, Greater Georgetown, is currently nursing his wounds under Police guard at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation.It was reported that about 02:30h, the Constabulary received information relating to a disturbance within the city market so a team that makes regular checks immediately responded.Checks revealed that security padlocks on the south-western end of the market had been breached. Further checks revealed that one of the stalls – Electronics City – had been broken into.Upon discovery of this, the ranks initially called out to the suspect and demanded that he relieve himself of all weapons and exit the stall. That was when the man is said to have emerged with the knife and advanced on the ranks. Despite warnings he persisted in advancing, so one round was thus discharged, hitting the suspect in his leg.A haversack containing a number of stolen items, which included valuable cellphones, was removed from the scene. A number of tools used in the break-in were also found at the site, among them crowbars, pliers and scissors.Operators of the Electronics City stall expressed gratitude over the Constabulary’s quick response. They said had the suspect gotten his way, he would have carted off more than million in electronic items.Investigations are continuing into the matter.last_img read more

PSC slams Govt for honouring convicted terrorist Abdool Kadir

first_imgThe Private Sector Commission (PSC) has strongly condemned the motion laid in the National Assembly by the A Partnership for National Unity, Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration honouring convicted terrorist, Abdool Kadir.Late convicted terrorist and former MP, Abdul KadirThe Private Sector body blasted the Government mere days after two out of the three ABC countries and the European Union (EU) joined in condemning the Guyana Administration’s actions.The United States and the United Kingdom made it clear that the motion was inappropriate, with the US Embassy in Georgetown issuing a strongly-worded statement in which it questioned the coalition Government’s commitment to the rule of law.On Friday, the PSC in a release to the media said it is “appalled and deeply disappointed” in the move made by the Administration to honour Kadir.“The Commission considers this statement to be highly damaging to the good name and reputation of our country and wholly offensive. The Commission holds the view that the statement is completely unrepresentative of the well-established and declared position of our Government and of our Parliamentary Opposition in condemning any and all forms of national and international terrorism”, the PSC stated in a missive to the press.According to the PSC, it finds the motion “abhorrent” to the entire business community and the citizens of Guyana at large.In this regard, the Private Sector Commission urged the Government to revisit the position it has taken as well as make arrangements to correct this flawed message sent to the international community which is dubbed “terrible and unfortunate”.The motion – Sympathy on the Death of Mr Abdul Kadir, former Member of Parliament – was tabled by newly-transferred Junior Agriculture Minister Valerie Adams-Yearwood in Parliament on Friday last.The motion states: “Be it resolved that this National Assembly records its deep regret on the death of Mr Abdul Kadir on 28th June, 2018, and pays tribute to his dedicated service to the Parliament of Guyana as a Member of Parliament, where he served in the Eighth Parliament, from 17th April 2001, to 2nd May 2006, and to the people of Guyana. “The people of Linden and Guyana have lost a great man, a stalwart; a bold and courageous man. So I ask this National Assembly that we direct an expression of sympathy (to) be conveyed to his sorrowing widow, children, grandchildren and relatives,” Minister Adams-Yearwood said as she tabled the motion, which was eventually carried in the absence of the PPP/C Opposition.Kadir, a former PNC MP and Mayor of Linden, died back in June 2018 in a penitentiary in the United States of America, where he had been serving a life sentence for plotting a 2007 terrorist attack at the John F Kennedy International Airport, New York.Since the announcement, Government has come under scrutiny from several local and international stakeholders. The US was quick to lash out against the motion and in a statement noted its position of dissatisfaction.The US declared that members of Government chose to honour a man who “conspired to kill innocent people from across the United States and around the world. This resolution is an insensitive and thoughtless act, which demonstrates the National Assembly’s disregard for the gravity of Kadir’s actions”.British High Commissioner to Guyana, Gregory Quinn threw his support behind the US Embassy’s statement, noting in a tweet on Monday that the Government’s actions were inappropriate.“The UK shares the concerns of our US friends about the honouring of convicted terrorist Abdul Kadir,” Quinn wrote in his statement. “Terrorism affects us all and we believe this action was inappropriate.”The EU also came out against the Government’s actions. “The EU Delegation notes with surprise the honouring of former MP Abdul Kadir in the National Assembly of Guyana and believes that eulogising a person convicted of terrorist acts is inappropriate,” the Delegation stated.After the rising indignation against the motion to honour Kadir, Government released a statement on Monday saying that honouring Kadir is in keeping with “time-honoured convention”.“It is well known that there is a time-honoured convention of the National Assembly to observe, in a standard and solemn form, the work of former Members who are deceased. The observance of this tradition has never been selective, and has included, over the decades, persons of all political parties and persuasions who served in the National Assembly”.“The Government of Guyana regrets the interpretation given to the motion passed in the National Assembly on April 26 on the death of Abdul Kadir, a former Member of Parliament. The Government of Guyana asserts that it had no intention of conveying the impression that the motion was designed to honour a former MP convicted of terrorism in another jurisdiction”, the Government stated.According to the Government in its statement, the motion was intended to recognise Kadir’s service as a parliamentarian since he would have served in the National Assembly as a member of the People’s National Congress (PNC) from 2001 to 2006.Meanwhile, the Opposition – People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) – has since denounced the act by the Government saying that such a motion is another act of betrayal of democracy and the rule of law.last_img read more

Worried? These Arsenal, Chelsea and Man United players can leave for nothing in January

first_img 2. Michael Carrick – Manchester United – The England international put pen to paper on a contract extension in March, but this deal will expire in June 2016. Carrick remains an integral member of the Manchester United squad; however, his fitness is a major concern. What’s more, with a plethora of options in the centre of the park for Louis van Gaal, the former Netherlands manager could consider the 34-year-old dispensable. 10 8. Mathieu Flamini – Arsenal – Despite scoring in the League Cup victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the end of September, Flamini’s second spell in north London looks to be reaching its conclusion. The Frenchman has been handed just 75 minutes of Premier League action by Arsene Wenger, and is likely to continue to be used solely in cup competitions – unless injuries force his inclusion. His contract is up next summer and he could confirm his future intentions in two months’ time. 10 6. Samir Handanovic – Inter – The Slovenia goalkeeper was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in the summer, but opted to remain at the San Siro, despite having just 12 months remaining on his contract. Reports recently claimed he was closing in on an improved deal until 2019, however this is yet to materialise. Handanovic, therefore, will be available to speak with clubs in the winter window. As arguably one of the most underrated goalkeepers in Europe, there could be plenty of offers for his signature. 10 There is less than two months until the winter transfer window opens and January could see some major players agree their summer exits.If a players’ contract is set to expire at the end of the current season, they are able to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in the New Year.Premier League veterans from Man United and Chelsea may decide to seek a new challenge.Take a look at 10 players, across Europe, whose contracts expire at the end of this season and can therefore begin negotiations in January, by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 10 10 10 10 5. Branislav Ivanovic – Chelsea – As with Terry, Ivanovic could leave Chelsea next summer. The Serb has been sidelined since the previous international break, and such has been his woeful form, he has not been missed by the Blues faithful. Nonetheless, having been with the club since January 2008, his presence could be a huge loss in the dressing room. His agent recently toyed with the media, suggesting his client could renew his contract, but also addressed the rumour that Inter are interested in his signature. His response was typically cryptic, ‘In football, anything is possible’. 10 3. Xabi Alonso – Bayern Munich – Despite having established himself as a key player under Pep Guardiola, Alonso could leave the Allianz Arena next summer, with time running out on his current deal. At the age of 33, many players begin to consider moving to Major League Soccer, but the Spaniard looks far from finished at the top level of the game. 7. Gregory van der Wiel – Paris Saint-Germain – Van der Wiel will become a free agent at the end of the season, and having lost his place in Laurent Blanc’s starting line up to Serge Aurier, an exit may suit all parties. With Chelsea right back Branislav Ivanovic’s contract also expiring next summer, the Dutchman could be the ideal replacement – and reports claim Jose Mourinho has the defender on his wish list. 4. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Paris Saint-Germain – Zlatan leaving on a free transfer? This surely couldn’t happen. If the Ligue 1 giants opt not to offer the Sweden international a new contract, the striker may address his options in January. Recently, he has been talking up Serie A; could a return to AC Milan, therefore, be on the cards? 10. Ezequiel Lavezzi – Paris Saint-Germain – Lavezzi is another player that was widely tipped to move to a new club in the summer, particularly with Laurent Blanc having recruited Angel Di Maria. It was therefore a surprise that the Argentina international decided to remain at the Parc des Princes, despite reports suggesting there was much interest in his signature. He has made just three Ligue 1 starts this season, and at the age of 30, it’s difficult to envisage Les Parisiens offering the winger a contract extension. In terms of business, the French side could be wise in agreeing a transfer in the winter window. 10 9. Charlie Austin – Queens Park Rangers – Such was his excellent form in the Premier League last season – despite the Hoops’ relegation – Austin was expected to make a swift return to England’s top flight. While reports suggested he received plenty of offers in the summer, the striker opted to stay put at Loftus Road. Nonetheless, Austin’s contract is still set to expire next summer, with no extension having been signed. Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT at the beginning of the week, the 26-year-old voiced his happiness at QPR, but refused to rule out a move in the winter window – if it’s ‘right for myself and my family’. 10 1. John Terry: Chelsea – click the yellow arrow above, right, to see more players who could agree to leave their clubs in January – Towards the end of their title-winning campaign last season, the Blues skipper penned a 12-month contract extension. He may, however, may struggle to earn a new deal at the end of this term. Over the past few years, club icons Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and Petr Cech have moved on to pastures new, but it’s difficult to envisage Stamford Bridge without John Terry. Nonetheless, this could very well be the case next summer, particularly if the club do not turn their form around. last_img read more

GAA NOTES: KILLYBEGS

first_imgThe Killotto had no winner this week. The numbers were 2, 6, 11 and 29. There was one winner of Match 3 Numbers, John Baker Boyle, Killybegs. Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €2,300. Match 3 is €60. The Killotto is now online. This week team selling Killotto is Shane Molloy’s team and 24th is Brenda Foy’s team. If you would like to do the Killotto and are not at home, go online to the new website www.killybegsgaa.com and follow the link for the instructions.There was no winner of Bingo Jackpot. Consolation prizes went Margaret Campbell, Kilcar, Eabha Cryaw and Claire Baska. Next week’s Jackpot will be €1,250 on 46 calls.The club would extend sincere sympathy to Liam Browns Family, friends, and fellow Gaels. Killybegs Seniors and Reserves are playing St. Michaels away in the league on Saturday. Throw Ins are 4.30 and 6.00.As the ladies season has now concluded, we wish to thank the following for their help during the past year.The tea committee under stewardship of Patricia Murrin and Mary Boyle, those club men who officiated as umpires and lines men, those senior and reserve players for their valuable inputs, tony Hegarty for his assistance on medical matters, Mary Gallagher and Shannon Gorman as masseurs, the club officers for all their help, the Harbour Bar who sponsored each girl a hoodie and the people of Killybegs who came to support us in our matches.The ladies will begin again in January. We welcome back our existing panel and look forward to new members joining us GAA NOTES: KILLYBEGS was last modified: September 20th, 2011 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:killybegs gaa noteslast_img read more

HUGE ENTRY FORCES NORTH WEST 10K ORGANISERS TO SEPARATE WALKERS AND RUNNERS

first_imgIn a new departure this year the walkers taking part in the North West Charity 10k will start separately from the runners.The move by organisers is aimed at improving safety, minimizing delays and reducing congestion at the start of the charity event on Sunday week, May 6th in Letterkenny. The change will see walkers start down at the bottom of the Car Park in front of the Community Centre adjacent to the running track. The runners as usual will have their starting line at McGinley Motors on the Pearse Road.It has been confirmed that the Mayor of Donegal Cllr Noel McBride will give the signal for the walkers to begin the 10k.Meanwhile, Chairperson Grace Boyle has asked all the participants to pre-enter in the days leading up to an event that is expected to attract in excess of 3,000 runners and walkers.“In order to avoid delays and reduce congestion on the day of the 10k I would really appeal to all the participants to pre-enter on the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. I would like to clear up some confusion out there that pre-entry is only for runners. That is definitely not the case as all walkers are also being asked to pre-enter where they will be able to pick up their t-shirts and numbers. Also the athletes will be able to get their chips for the race. We are also asking as many people as possible to come in fancy dress to make it a carnival occasion and there will be spot prizes for the best” the Chairperson said.Entries will be taken upstairs at Letterkenny Community Centre on next Wednesday 2nd, Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th of May from 6.00 to 7.30 p.m. Also on Saturday 5th May from 4.00 to 7.00 p.m. Visit the website www.northwest10k.com where you will get all the pre-booking details.The three main charities benefiting from this year’s North West 10k are the Buddy Bear Appeal; MS Ireland Donegal and the Donegal Down Syndrome Association. The walk and race takes place on Sunday week, May 6th in Letterkenny with a 2 p.m. sharp start.  HUGE ENTRY FORCES NORTH WEST 10K ORGANISERS TO SEPARATE WALKERS AND RUNNERS was last modified: April 27th, 2012 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:CLLR NOEL MCBRIDENorth West 10krunnerswalkerslast_img read more

DD LOCAL: MILFORD PREPARING TO CELEBRATE THEIR HERITAGE

first_imgMilford Community Library – Celebrating Our HeritageTo celebrate Heritage Week at Milford Community Library members of Milford Tidy Towns Committee will lead a guided walk around the Milford area on Saturday 17th August.Everyone is welcome to meet at the library at 11am. There will be light refreshments in the library after.From Saturday 17th until the 31st August Milford Library will host an exhibition of “Our Heritage in 10 Items”.We will have on display a selection of 10 items which will trigger memories of times gone by. Everyone is welcome to call in and reminisce.For more information please call us on 0749153927, pick up a heritage week brochure or visit www.donegallibrary.ie www.heritageweek.ie The information contained in this email and in any attachments is confidential and is designed solely for the attention and use of the intended recipient(s).This email may contain information, which is privileged within the meaning of applicable law. If you are not an intended recipient of this email or any part of it you should not use, disclose, copy, distribute or retain this message.If you have received this email in error please notify the sender immediately and delete all copies of this email from your computer system(s).The views expressed in this communication may not necessarily be the views of Donegal County Council.Any attachments have been checked by a virus scanner and appear to be clean. Please ensure that you scan all messages, as Donegal County Council does not accept liability for contamination or damage to your system(s). DD LOCAL: MILFORD PREPARING TO CELEBRATE THEIR HERITAGE was last modified: August 8th, 2013 by John2Share 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:CelebrationCommunityHeritageMilfordnewsNoticesWeeklast_img read more

Deconstruction versus Demolition

first_imgDemolition is pretty straightforward—you test for and then remove any hazardous regulated materials before you knock the building down and crunch it up for the landfill. Masonry rubble may make its way to clean fill or aggregate and some metals are likely to get pulled out for recycling.Two primary types of deconstructionDeconstruction is “unbuilding”—taking a building apart, often reversing the order of the construction of the building. There are two general categories of deconstruction.Selective deconstruction (or “soft strip” or “skim”) is going in before demolition and removing easy, high-value materials such as solid, paneled interior doors; lighting fixtures; “wavy” glass windows; or maybe even hardwood flooring.Whole-house deconstruction includes soft-stripping but goes further to take apart and salvage the structure: framing lumber, sheathing, even bricks. So how do you know if a home should be deconstructed instead of demolished?Assessing for deconstructionDeconstruction is a business, just like demolition. Either approach requires a building assessment to price the job. A deconstruction building assessment and the resulting bid can be quite different than demolition in two ways:1. The tax-deductible value of the donated materials – Many deconstruction operations are run by non-profit organizations. One reason for this is that a non-profit deconstruction firm can factor the tax-deductible donation benefit to the client into the bid. This is an added benefit to the non-profit approach to deconstruction.2. Manual labor intensity – Deconstruction uses less machinery and more labor, so worker safety considerations and costs can be higher and the job may take longer to complete. Hazardous material regulation and management can be more difficult or onerous for deconstruction than demolition.If deconstruction is cost-competitive with demolition, it is a clear winner: It is better for the environment (greater reuse and recycling, cleaner cleared lots, and less disposal) and for the local economy (more jobs and availability of lower-cost building materials).The Deconstruction and Reuse Network has “4 Easy Assessment Steps” that make a lot of sense for evaluating the deconstruction option.Finding (or creating) deconstruction firms“There has been an explosion of deconstruction firms, salvage operations, and reuse stores,” says Brad Guy, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Catholic University, co-author of the book on deconstruction, Unbuilding, and Founder/past President of the Building Materials Reuse Association.Brad recommends two approaches to locating a local deconstruction firm:1. The BMRA directory – The BMRA directory that Brad developed started about 4 years ago with around 1200 or so. It is searchable by a map of North America and by zip code.2. The local phone book – “You would think that the Web is the first and best place to search,” says Brad. “But I find that you get the best results by using key words and searching the local hardcopy Yellow Pages.” You get to talking and word of mouth fills in the blanks between the entries in the phone book. Key words I use include: salvage, demolition, wrecking, lumber, Habitat for Humanity ReStores, and ANY local green building program.”Brad is also keen to point out that there are opportunities to develop deconstruction/reuse stores within affordable housing operations. “It’s a good fit,” says Brad. “I have worked with several local non-profit housing organizations on start-up decon/reuse store operations, including the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans.”Brad and others have developed a number of resources for deconstruction/salvage retail business development; listed below are just a few.Resources (in rough chronological order, most recent first) “A Guide to Deconstruction” by Brad GuyDeconstruction and Reuse Reports and Studies (25 papers) Best Practices: Building Material Reuse Industry United Villages: A Case Study on Building Materials Reuse in Portland, Oregon“Deconstruction: Building Disassembly and Material Salvage: The Riverdale Case Study” by NAHB Research Center for EPA“A Guide to Deconstruction” by NAHB Research Center for HUD“Background on Asbestos” by Laurence Malloy“New Regulations for Lead Based Paint – Implications for Salvage and Deconstruction” by Dirk Wassink for BMRAGBA RESOURCESJob Sites Deconstructing Seattle’s Deconstruction Movementlast_img read more

All About Attic Venting

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Most homeowners and builders believe that attics should be vented. If you walk down to your local lumberyard and lean on the counter, the employees and nearby customers will offer a variety of opinions about why attics need to be vented. Unfortunately, it’s highly unlikely that the statements you hear will be true.Here are the four most common reasons people suggest to explain the practice of venting attics:Although attic ventilation is sometimes able to contribute in a very small way to addressing the problems on this list, there are much better solutions to all four problems than ventilation.If you plan to install insulation on your attic floor, then most building codes require that the attic be vented. (For example, see Section R806.1 of the 2015 International Residential Code.)The standard code formula requires 1 square foot of net free ventilation area for every 300 square feet of attic floor area, assuming that half of the ventilation openings are located in the lower half of the attic (generally at the soffit) and half near or at the ridge. If a roof has only soffit vents and no ridge vents, most codes require 1 square foot of net free ventilation area for every 150 square feet of attic floor area.Manufacturers of soffit vents and ridge vents usually specify the net free vent area of their products on product packaging or in specifications available online. (Researchers have shown that the net free vent areas reported by manufacturers are exaggerated, but that is a topic for another article.)If you plan to install insulation between your rafters, building codes require that the attic be sealed (unvented). The code allows you to install a ventilation channel between the underside of the roof sheathing and the top of the insulation installed between the rafters if you… This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberscenter_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

Indian Man Refused Australian Citizenship for Not Disclosing Earlier Conviction Over Stolen Shoes

first_imgAn Indian national has been denied Australian citizenship for hiding information about his past court convictions in his applications for permanent residency and citizenship.Identifying the man only with his last name, SBS reported that Patel, 35, did not disclose in his citizenship application that he was convicted for stealing a pair of shoes and possessing a credit card that was also apparently stolen.The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) found that Patel had knowingly hidden the court conviction when he had applied for permanent residency application in March 2010 and in his application for citizenship in July 2016.Although he was issued a permanent visa in 2015, the Immigration Department later got to know that he was convicted by a Sydney court in February 2010 on charges of “larceny and goods in personal custody suspected being stolen,” the report said, adding that it was for this reason that his citizenship application was rejected.According to police records that were produced in the AAT, Patel, who was an international student in Australia in January 2010, stole a pair of shoes from a shopping center and was caught near the exit. Along with the shoes, the police also found a credit card on him that they suspected was stolen, the report added.Patel pleaded guilty to both the charges and said that the credit card belonged to his friend who had given it to him for safe keeping.When he came before the AAT, he said that was “sorry and embarrassed” for not disclosing his conviction in his citizenship application as the incident had happened years ago and it didn’t really occur to him to mention it in the forms. He also said that he didn’t realize that he wouldn’t get another shot at fixing any mistakes in his application later.“My situation was one of not paying sufficient concentrated attention to what I was doing and not attending to the exact wording of everything I had to read,” he told the tribunal.The AAT rejected his argument of forgetting to mention his conviction by saying that he had revealed it while registering his business two months before applying for Australian citizenship, and discussing it with his business partner. The AAT called his behavior “plainly dishonest.”After finding differences in what he told the court with the police records, the AAT said last month that non-disclosure of convictions on his part was a deliberate “pattern of dishonesty.”“The Tribunal finds that [Mr. Patel] changes his storyline often. This is particularly in relation to the circumstances which led to his convictions,” AAT member C. Edwardes said in the judgement,  before rejecting his citizenship application. Related ItemsAustralialast_img read more