Corentyne underage marriage Following reports that teenage girls on the Corentyne, Berbice were allowed into marriage and one was living with an adult male as if married, one of the two girls has been confirmed pregnant.Doctors have confirmed that one of the two 13-year-old girls is pregnant.On Wednesday, Guyana Times had reported that a 13-year-old girl was allegedly wed to an older man over the weekend. This led to the Child Care and Protection Agency (CC&PA) promising a probe.Police on the Corentyne are currently investigating two other cases.The parents of one of the girls, this newspaper was told, have been assisting the Police with their investigations which led to the arrest of one man.Over the weekend a man admitted to this newspaper that he has been living with a 13-year-old girl.Meanwhile, residents on the Corentyne had gone to the Office of the Prime Minister after they had reported the matter to the relevant agencies and had not been getting a response.Regional Representative to the Prime Minister, Gobin Harbhajan, explained that he too had tried to get the relevant agencies involved.“The residents of the community kept calling and complaining they had some priests and pastors also called about an underage girls who would have run away a few weeks ago and then the parents were making arrangements to marry the girls. I passed on that information to the Number 51 Police Station Sergeant and also at the Police Outpost at Number 62 Village, but the complaints continued to come in.”The age of consent in Guyana is 16. The age of consent was raised from 13 to 16 on October 31, 2005. Harbhajan added that he is surprised at the way one Police Officer acted when the information was given to him.Meanwhile, Divisional Commander Assistant Commissioner Clifton Hicken have since assured that the matters will be investigated while the CC&PA is also investigating both matters.On Tuesday, Director of the CC&PA, Ann Greene, during an interview with Guyana Times stated that the CC&PA currently does not have enough information to conduct the investigation.“We (are) looking at it but we got to get more information to send the people out. We don’t have exactly where this place is or who these people are. I have it down on the list… I need more information on where we can find this child,” she explained.Greene noted that this is the first report coming out of the Corentyne, Berbice area after quite some time. According to her, such cases were more prevalent in years gone by but had decreased significantly due to sensitisation conducted by her agency.
APTN National NewsThe ‘60s Scoop lasted three decades and saw an estimated 20,000 Indigenous children adopted out to non-Indigenous families across North America and overseas.Now, one scoop survivor has returned to Manitoba for the first time in over 40 years discovering her true heritage one step at a time.APTN’s Jaydon Flett has the story.
South Korea-based electronics manufacturer LG is said to be delaying the release of its anticipated tablet computer device until next year in an effort instead to ramp up its mobile phone offerings.Citing an anonymous LG official, a Bloomberg report says that while the yet-unnamed device’s hardware is set, LG is still finalizing the software. LG apparently aims to sell 10 million of its Optimus One smartphones (which it sees as a rival to Apple’s iPhone) before it will enter the tablet device market.According to the report, LG is likely to introduce the tablet device—which is expected to run Google’s Android operating system—at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January.An LG spokesperson did not immediately return a FOLIO: e-mail seeking comment.
U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm Inc forecast third-quarter profit below analysts estimates as it expects to ship fewer chips, including those for smart phones, its biggest business.The company’s shares dropped 3 percent to $50.50 in after market trading on Wednesday, having earlier oscillated between slight gains and losses.Qualcomm, whose customers include Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, said it expects chip shipments to fall 13-22 percent to 175-195 million in the current quarter.The company said it expects 3G and 4G device shipments increase to 8 percent at the midpoint in this quarter, lower than its previous estimate of about 10 percent growth.Besides slowing smart phone sales, Qualcomm is also being squeezed by competitors making chips that rival its own in price and performance, and the likes of Samsung and Apple increasingly making their own components for smart phones.Qualcomm said it expects to earn between 90 cents and $1.00 per share in the third quarter. Analysts on average were expecting a profit of $1.02 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.Research firm Gartner expects global smart phone sales to grow in single digits in percentage terms for the first time ever this year, while Apple in January also forecast its first revenue drop in 13 years.The uncertainty in the smart phone business seemed to show in the company’s third-quarter revenue forecast of $5.2-$6.0 billion, which implies revenue could be between 11 percent lower and 3 percent higher than the year-ago quarter.However, while Qualcomm’s chip business is the bigger contributor to revenue, the San Diego-based company’s business of licensing its chip technology is the bigger driver of profit.But here too the company has faced delays in closing licensing agreements in China, its biggest market.Qualcomm, which has recently signed new deals with several companies including Lenovo, said on Wednesday it was still in talks with key Chinese smart phone makers to sign agreements.Revenue at Qualcomm’s chipmaking division and its licensing business fell, 25 percent and 12 percent respectively, in the latest quarter, dragging down total revenue for the fourth quarter in a row.However, the 19.5 percent drop, to $5.55 billion, in the three months ended March 27, was less than the nearly 23 percent drop analysts were expecting.Net income attributable to Qualcomm rose 10.5 percent to $1.16 billion, or 78 cents per share. Excluding items, it earned $1.04 per share, beating average analyst’ estimate of $0.96.
For large-value instantaneous fund transfers, customers use the RTGS process while the NEFT System is used for fund transfers up to Rs 2 lakh.PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty ImagesTo boost digital transactions, the Reserve Bank of India on Thursday, June 5, announced that it has decided to do away with charges levied on fund transfers through Real-Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) and National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) transactions. Asking banks to NEFT and RTGS transfers free of cost, the central bank has asked consumer banks to pass on the benefit to customers.As far as charges on transactions are concerned, there will be more good news for customers as the RBI declared that it was setting up a panel to review charges imposed by banks on ATM withdrawals.For large-value instantaneous fund transfers, customers use the RTGS process while the NEFT System is used for fund transfers up to Rs 2 lakh. [Representational image]Creative CommonsThe RBI stated that it was doing so to promote digital transactions. Currently, the State Bank of India (SBI) charges between Re 1 and Rs 5 for NEFT transactions and between Rs 5 and Rs 50 for RTGS.On developmental and regulatory policies after the Monetary Policy Committee’s (MPC) meeting, the RBI said in its statement that it levies minimum charges on banks for transactions routed through RTGS and NEFT system for other fund transfers. Banks, in turn, levy charges on their buyers. “Banks will be required, in turn, to pass these benefits to their customers. Instructions to banks in this regard will be issued within a week,” the central bank said as quoted by news agency PTI.The latest developments came today at the end of the RBI’s bi-monthly monetary policy meeting. A few hours back, RBI had announced its decision to lower the repo rate to 5.75 per cent from 6 per cent. The repo rate is the key interest rate at which commercial banks borrow short-term funds from the RBI. The repo rate now stands at 5.75 per cent. This was the third consecutive rate cut by the RBI in 2019. The recent rate cut has brought down interest rates on home and car loans.