, Updated: 1:28 PM December 14, 2017 Posted: December 14, 2017 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The California Department of Insurance has formed a task force to fight fraud and scams targeted at the survivors of the devastating Lilac Fire.Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones made the announcement Thursday at a Vista library branch which is now functioning as an assistance center for fire survivors.”This is ground zero for protecting wildfire survivors and we are taking a stand against disaster fraud,” Jones said.The Department of Insurance will be working with the Contractors State License Board (CSLB) and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office to canvas neighborhoods scorched by the fires, and warn residents about the dangers of hiring unlicensed contractors.California law is very clear about what kinds of financial obligations are allowed. Rick Lopes, a spokesperson for the Contractors State License Board said that homeowners should be concerned if any contractor demands a lot of money upfront.”They can ask for no more than 10 percent or $1,000, whichever is less. Once you get past the down payment, they cannot require you to pay for any work before that work is done or for any of the materials before the materials are delivered to your job site,” Lopes said. Unlicensed contractors who are caught trying to solicit work in the disaster area could be prosecuted on felony charges. For more tips and useful guidelines on hiring a reputable contractor, you can go to the website, www.cslb.ca.gov or CheckTheLicenseFirst.com. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Anti-fraud task force aims to protect wildfire survivors
Awami League president, prime minister Sheikh Hasina is seen addressing a party meeting at Ganabhaban on MondayPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has started playing “blame game” after being rejected by the people in the city corporation elections.“The BNP has started playing blame game after not getting response from the people in the city corporation polls and their tricks have been caught red-handed,” she said.Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, made the accusation while delivering her introductory speech at a meeting of her party’s central working committee at Ganabhaban in the city this afternoon.Her comments came as police have arrested Rajshahi BNP general secretary Matiur Rahman Montu over the bomb explosion at a meeting organised for Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul, the BNP mayoral candidate for the upcoming city corporation election.Rajshahi police officials said that BNP leaders ‘planned the attack by themselves’ in an effort to ‘raise questions’ about the election environment.Montu was detained by police from his home in the Rajshahi city’s Ramchandrapur area late on Saturday after police found audio of a ‘phone conversation’ involving Montu and BNP assistant pffice secretary Saiful Islam Tipu, said Rajshahi Metropolitan Police spokesman Iftekhayar Alam.Referring to unleashing of killing, terrorism and arson attacks by the BNP in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the prime minister said the BNP has a habit to hurl bombs and ransack vehicles by themselves.“They will stage an incident and later put blame on the Awami League. They are expert in staging drama … they want to draw international attention through it,” she said, adding none can overtake the BNP in this falsehood.The premier said directives are there so that no untoward incident takes place centering the ensuing city corporation polls of Rajshahi, Sylhet and Barisal.“We have directed the law enforcement agencies to arrest the troublemakers whoever might be and whatever party they belong to as we want that everybody will conduct election campaign freely. We’ve maintained that environment,” she said.Then, she said, cocktails were exploded at a meeting of the BNP candidate in Rajshahi and the BNP put blame on Awami League for it. “But as per the statement of the Rajshahi BNP leader, they committed the crime,” she said.The prime minister said the BNP wanted to take this incident to the international level and it also got huge publicity in the global media. “There is no doubt that various games will start when the national election is nearing,” she remarked.Referring to the history of the country, Sheikh Hasina said the BNP killed people in the past by hurling grenades and bombs and carrying out arson attacks.In this connection, she mentioned the killings of Shah AMS Kibria in Sylhet, Ahsanullah Master in Gazipur and Manjurul Imam in Khulna, killing of journalists in Khulna, grenade attacks on Sylhet city mayor Badaruddin Qamran and Women Awami League meeting in Sylhet.‘If we see the history, throwing bombs and grenades and killing of the people are the only work of the BNP,” she said.The premier added that the BNP committed misdeeds and harboured terrorism and militancy and wanted to destroy Bangladesh through these crimes.