Former NFL player detained by police after Instagram post

first_imgFILE – This Aug. 28, 2014, file photo shows San Francisco 49ers’ Jonathan Martin on the bench during an NFL football preseason game against the Houston Texans in Houston. A law enforcement official says ex-football player Martin was taken into Los Angeles police custody after a threatening Instagram post that spoke of bullying. The official says Martin was being questioned and was not under arrest. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)LOS ANGELES — Former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin, who has struggled with mental health issues after a 2013 bullying scandal that shook the NFL, was questioned by Los Angeles police after a threatening Instagram post on his account mentioned two former teammates who had harassed him.Martin was detained by investigators after the post showed a shotgun and referred by name to the private Harvard-Westlake prep school in Los Angeles that he once attended but was not under arrest Friday evening, police spokesman Josh Rubenstein said.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus MOST READ The post also included mentions of the Instagram usernames of former Miami Dolphins players Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey and said suicide and revenge were the only options for a victim of bullying.The Harvard-Westlake prep school was evacuated earlier Friday after officials were made aware of the post. It was not immediately clear whether Martin posted the photo himself.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMartin left the Miami Dolphins midseason in 2013 after accusing teammates of bullying. An NFL investigation found that Incognito, Pouncey and teammate John Jerry engaged in persistent harassment directed at Martin.Incognito was suspended for the final eight games and sat out the 2014 season before joining the Buffalo Bills. China stumbling on path to Olympic glory at 2022 home games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:09‘Very evasive cop’ ordered detained in Bilibid02:04‘Very evasive cop’ ordered detained in Pasay City jail by Senate01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City The NFL’s investigation also found that teammates threatened to rape Martin’s sister, called him a long list of slurs and bullied him for not being “black enough.” Martin is black and Incognito is white.Martin, who underwent counseling for emotional issues after the bullying scandal, posted on Facebook in 2015 that difficulties in football led him to attempt suicide multiple times.Martin, the son of two Harvard graduates, attended Stanford University. After he left the Dolphins, Martin played for the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers. He left the NFL in 2015.Representatives for the Miami Dolphins and the NFL declined to comment and referred questions to Los Angeles police.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentscenter_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Next LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Tim Reed proves he still has it after latest Ironman conquest

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss That nearly yearlong curse, however, ended on Sunday when he conquered the 2019 Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay for his 23rd career title.Reed said doubts crept in during the low point of his professional career and the hardest part of it all was the downtime he took in between tournaments.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The hardest part was taking some rest, I kept racing so I train harder and harder and then you’re not racing because you’re tired and your body’s telling you to take a break,” said Reed. “I took a break, reset, and put work into training harder.”“To win is a great feeling because you start to doubt yourself sometimes because I’m getting older, I got three kids, and you wonder how many more years you can do this.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Iguodala’s clutch basket leads top plays in Game 2 of NBA Finals Reed struggled in the early part of the race finishing the swim leg at third with a time of 24:35, more than a minute slower than that of Alex Polizzi, who clocked in at 23:22.The 34-year-old, however, pushed hard in the early in the bike leg and eventually held that pole position until the finish line.Reed, who’s been with Team Alaska since 2016, said he’s proud to get another title in the Philippines—a country where he saw the sport of triathlon grow first hand.“I feel like triathlon’s grown over the years which is really important and I think to see I’m really fond of to see the participation really grow is really special,” said Reed.ADVERTISEMENT Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img LATEST STORIES Tim Reed. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSUBIC, Zambales—As stellar as his resume is, Tim Reed had his fair share of struggles throughout his career.Reed has won more than 20 Ironman 70.3 titles so far, but admitted the past eight months had been difficult.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Eden Hazard warns opponents about perfect partner Kevin De Bruyne

first_imgEden Hazard believes he and fellow midfield playmaker Kevin de Bruyne could prove decisive for Belgium in their quest for a first major title at the European Championship in France. (Euro 2016 – Full Coverage)”Kevin and I are two players who can make a difference,” he told a news conference ahead of Belgium’s opening Euro 2016 match against Italy in Group E on Monday.”One day I can make a decisive action and on another day it could be Kevin who does something. I think we can play together perfectly, although our combination at the moment could still improve.” (Also read: Workmanlike mentality gives Italy hope against Belgium)Hazard, who is the Belgium captain having taken over the armband from the injured Vincent Kompany, said he believed they could reach the final.”We are not a top favourite, there are two or three countries with a much better armoury than us. But we also have good players in each position.”We had a setback in defence, but those who have come in to replace Kompany are among the best players in the world.”Hazard said he thought Monday’s match-up with the Italians could be key to the outcome of the group.”The first match is perhaps the most important. If we lose, then we already are under pressure. On paper, on the basis of individual quality, it makes sense that we and the Italians fill the two top places in the group but we will not be under-estimating Ireland or Sweden.”advertisementBelgium have been studying Italy in the lead-up to the match, added Hazard.”They have a great defence and it will be up to us to find a solution to bypass it and be able to score,” he said.”(Goalkeeper Gianluigi) Buffon is also a strong captain. He has had a massive career behind him and is still the best at what he does.”All players would hope to reach his level one day. We have nothing but the utmost respect for him.”last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo leaves Real Madrid: Ramos, Bale pay emotional tribute

first_imgAfter nine successful years at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo has finally moved on and signed for Juventus on Monday.Ronaldo moved to the Italian club for a fee of 105 million euros and signed a four-year deal.The five-time Ballon D’Or winner, who spent nine seasons at Madrid since joining from Manchester United in 2009, has scored 450 goals in all competitions and has won two La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies with them.And, the 33-year-old released a statement via Real Madrid’s official website to thank the fans for nine wonderful years.”These years in Real Madrid, and in this city of Madrid, have been possibly the happiest of my life.”I only have feelings of enormous gratitude for this club, for this hobby and for this city. I can only thank all of them for the love and affection I have received.”They have been absolutely wonderful for 9 years. They have been 9 unique years. It has been an exciting time for me, full of consideration but also hard because Real Madrid is of a very high demand, but I know very well that I will never forget that I have enjoyed football here in a unique way,” he said.Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos and his teammates also took to Twitter to congratulate him on the move and thank him for his wonderful contribution at Real Madrid. His new teammates Sami Khedira and Paulo Dybala also welcomed him at the Old Lady..@Cristiano, your goals, your numbers and everything we’ve won together speak for themselves. You have earned a special place in the history of @RealMadrid. As Madridistas we’ll remember you always. It’s been a pleasure to play alongside you, bicho. Big hig and good luck! ?????? pic.twitter.com/NaywaDd3gwadvertisementSergio Ramos (@SergioRamos) July 10, 2018An incredible player and a top guy! It has been a pleasure to play alongside you for the last 5 years. Good luck for the future my friend ???????? pic.twitter.com/KBYLMYaWjPGareth Bale (@GarethBale11) July 10, 2018Crucial for the trophies we won in the past years! A true champion. It was a pleasure playing with you! All the best, legend. @Cristiano pic.twitter.com/1C5x2ARSBTToni Kroos (@ToniKroos) July 10, 2018Bienvenido @Cristiano ! Benvenuto! Bem-vindo!#CristianoRonaldo #cr7 #juventus #cr7juve #FinoAllaFine pic.twitter.com/8MNcNrC8aWPaulo Dybala (@PauDybala_JR) July 10, 2018Benvenuto a Torino, Cristiano ???? We had a great time together in Madrid, I cant wait to get back to work with you! Today is a special day for @juventusfc! ???? #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve #SK6 @cristiano pic.twitter.com/iU4ULPeHmgSami Khedira (@SamiKhedira) July 10, 2018.@Cristiano https://t.co/vzGBI3d8kh #CR7JUVE pic.twitter.com/UB7BwBdDWeJuventusFC (@juventusfcen) July 10, 2018Com você eu aprendi, aproveitei e ganhei. Obrigado por tudo, amigo. pic.twitter.com/e4oWYzB7zmCasemiro (@Casemiro) July 10, 2018Ha sido un placer, Cris. Simplemente THE BEST. pic.twitter.com/TeF8RVY1RCLucas Vázquez (@Lucasvazquez91) July 10, 2018Ha sido un placer jugar a tu lado, has sido un ejemplo en todos los sentidos. Te deseo mucha suerte en tu nueva etapa @Cristiano ???? pic.twitter.com/9p0zXSWMxaMarco Asensio (@marcoasensio10) July 10, 2018last_img read more

9 months agoMohamed Elneny marks 3 years with Arsenal

first_imgMohamed Elneny marks 3 years with Arsenalby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has marked his three-year anniversary with the club.The Egyptian has barely featured under Unai Emery this season, playing just once in the Premier League in the 3-1 win over Burnley just prior to Christmas.And on the three-year anniversary of his arrival at Arsenal, Elneny posted two tweets which caught the attention of fans.He wrote: “The 14th of Jan is a day that will always be engraved in my heart,” tweeted Elneny. “Three years ago, on this same day, I joined the Arsenal family.”I call it family, because it is how it’s like to be here at Arsenal. I’m grateful for every single moment during those three years, the tough moments and the many happy ones.”I’m grateful for the one of a kind fans, for the coaches, for the colleagues who became real brothers, for everyone.. I’m grateful for the past and I’m very much looking forward to the future.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Health Minister Encourages Other Islands to Replicate ‘Jamaica Moves’ Campaign

first_img Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is encouraging other Caribbean countries to join forces and replicate the ‘Jamaica Moves’ campaign into ‘Caribbean Moves’, with the objective of reducing the region’s growing rate of persons living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs).Jamaica Moves is part of the National Strategy and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs, which covers seven main categories of diseases – cardiovascular conditions, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, sickle cell, mental health disorders and chronic renal failure.The campaign also focuses on community-level interventions to facilitate increased physical activity among the population.Speaking at the Healthy Caribbean Coalition’s (HCC) Caribbean NCD Forum held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Monday (April 23), Dr. Tufton said the Ministry of Health has seen positive results and increased participation among Jamaicans in healthy lifestyle activities since the launch of Jamaica Moves one year ago.He told the gathering, including delegates from other Caribbean islands, that the region has been successful in combating vaccine-preventable diseases, reducing maternal and infant mortality and premature death due to HIV/AIDS, through collaborations over the years.The Minister said the same can be done in the fight against NCDs with a campaign aimed at overcoming the epidemic.“Our efforts here in Jamaica, including the Jamaica Moves efforts, serve as a platform for a ‘Caribbean Moves’ that shows regional commitment focused on tackling the NCD epidemic from a preventative perspective in the first instance,” Dr. Tufton said.He noted that Caribbean leadership was central to the movement that galvanised the world towards the 2011 United Nations Political Declaration on Non-communicable Diseases, and that the Caribbean had the first ever political commitment in the world to fight the NCD epidemic in 2007.Dr. Tufton encouraged the delegates representing islands in the Caribbean to accelerate implementation of NCD responses that were previously agreed, to meet regional and global targets.“Political leadership and commitment are critical elements for success in tackling the NCD epidemic, along with the investment in a package of cost-effective interventions with a focus on prevention,” he said.The HCC’s Caribbean NCD Forum is a multi-stakeholder civil society-led meeting, which will last for three days between April 23 and 25. It is being hosted in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Pan American Health Organization, Sagicor Life Inc, Caribbean Public Health Agency, the University of the West Indies Open Campus, the Heart Foundation of Jamaica, the Diabetics Association of Jamaica and the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Alliance.Sessions are aimed at bringing together diverse groups of approximately 100 stakeholders, including representatives from civil society, the Government and the private sector of the different Caribbean islands.The primary goal of the Forum is to mobilise regional civil society organisations and other key stakeholders to ensure that the Caribbean is fully engaged in the third United Nations High Level Meeting (UNHLM) on NCDs.The objectives of the Forum are to take stock of the NCD process in the Caribbean, harmonise CARICOM priority areas for the UNHLM 2018, discuss strategies to encourage the highest level of political attendance at the 2018 UNHLM and to explore post-2018 strategies.At the end of the Forum, the delegates will arrive at a consensus on NCD priorities to take to the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs in September. Jamaica Moves is part of the National Strategy and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs, which covers seven main categories of diseases – cardiovascular conditions, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes, sickle cell, mental health disorders and chronic renal failure. Speaking at the Healthy Caribbean Coalition’s (HCC) Caribbean NCD Forum held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Monday (April 23), Dr. Tufton said the Ministry of Health has seen positive results and increased participation among Jamaicans in healthy lifestyle activities since the launch of Jamaica Moves one year ago. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is encouraging other Caribbean countries to join forces and replicate the ‘Jamaica Moves’ campaign into ‘Caribbean Moves’, with the objective of reducing the region’s growing rate of persons living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Story Highlightslast_img read more

Hyundai Mipo Cuts Steel for KSS Line’s LPG Carrier

first_imgzoom Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard has today cut steel for a 38,000 cbm class LPG carrier ordered by KSS Line, a compatriot LPG and chemical shipping company.The ship will be classified by Korean Register of Shipping (KR) and is slated for delivery in February 2017.KSS Line has two more LPG/ammonia carriers under construction at Hyundai Mipo and one at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI).Hyundai Mipo is building one more 38,000 cbm LPG carrier for KSS Line, scheduled for delivery in 2017, and a 84,000 cbm LPG carrier, due for delivery in 2016. The latter is assigned on a seven-year-plus time-charter with Japanese trader Itochu.Earlier this month, KSS Line increased its order book to five units, by ordering an 84,000 cbm very large gas carrier (VLGC) from HHI.With these five newbuilds, KSS Line will own and operate a fleet of 17 gas carriers, 6 chemical, and 4 LNG carriers.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Prince Rupert Port to Welcome More Cruise Ships in 2017

first_imgzoom British Columbia’s Port of Prince Rupert expects more than a 100% increase in the number of ships and passengers visiting the coastal community this summer, according to its 2017 cruise schedule.A total of 25 vessels carrying around 17,000 passengers will dock at Prince Rupert’s Northland Cruise Terminal in 2017, representing the city’s biggest cruise season since 2011. The coming season also marks the second consecutive year that the number of cruise ship passengers visiting Prince Rupert has doubled, up from 7,264 in 2016 and 3,626 in 2015.“In addition to the increased number of vessels and guests Prince Rupert will see this year, we’re also excited that 20 of those vessels are participating in our shore excursion program and are taking full advantage of the unique tours and activities of our destination,” Don Krusel, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority, said.“It’s great to see cruise lines including Prince Rupert on their Alaskan itineraries for the first time, and the return of lines that we’ve had the pleasure of hosting in the past,” Krusel added.Seabourn Cruise Line is returning to Alaska for the first time in 15 years, and will include Prince Rupert on six voyages of the 450-passenger Seabourn Sojourn beginning on June 23. Crystal Cruises will return to Prince Rupert for three calls in 2017, after the inaugural visit of its Crystal Serenity ship in 2016 on the heels of its sailing of the Northwest Passage.Norwegian Cruise Line is coming back to Prince Rupert for the first time since 2011, with the two largest vessels of the 2017 season. The Oceania Regatta will also return for seven calls this season, bringing the largest share of Prince Rupert passenger traffic with capacity for 4,788 guests. Regent Seven Seas Cruises will sail the Seven Seas Mariner into the Prince Rupert’s harbour for two calls, and Ponant’s 264-passenger Le Boreal will make one of the last calls of the season in September.last_img read more

La révision de la loi sur ladministration municipale est en cours

first_imgLes Néo-Écossais peuvent soumettre leurs commentaires au sujet de la loi sur l’administration municipale (Municipal Government Act) dans le cadre d’une révision annoncée aujourd’hui 30 septembre par Zach Churchill, ministre des Affaires municipales. Le ministère des Affaires municipales travaillera en collaboration avec l’Association des municipalités de la Nouvelle-Écosse et l’Association des administrateurs municipaux pour effectuer la révision au cours des trois prochaines années. « Nous sommes d’avis qu’il s’agit d’un moment propice pour réviser la loi afin que les municipalités puissent avoir un cadre juridique moderne et pratique pour leur gouvernance, affirme M. Churchill. Nous voulons offrir aux municipalités les outils nécessaires pour bâtir des communautés solides et viables tout en offrant des services efficaces et rentables à leurs citoyens. » Le processus de révision de la loi se divise en six domaines, soit l’efficacité de l’administration, la responsabilité financière, la croissance économique et du milieu des affaires / la planification et le développement, l’offre de programme et de services, la sécurité publique et les villages. « Il s’agit d’une occasion d’entendre les points de vue des Néo-Écossais sur leurs gouvernements municipaux futurs, poursuit M. Churchill. Les commentaires des gens et des municipalités seront essentiels au succès de cette révision. » « Cette révision est une principale priorité pour l’Association des municipalités de la Nouvelle-Écosse, déclare Keith Hunter, président. Nous avons hâte de collaborer avec le gouvernement provincial et avec l’Association des administrateurs municipaux pour recommander les modifications législatives cernées par le travail du groupe Towns Task Force, l’examen financier et les résolutions. » Les Néo-Écossais peuvent soumettre leurs commentaires au www.novascotia.ca/dma/mga-review/default-fr.asp jusqu’au 9 novembre. Les résultats du sondage serviront à cerner les domaines qui exigent des recherches plus approfondies. Le site Web sera mis à jour tout au long du processus de révision.last_img read more

Weary Kyrgios yearns for home but doesnt want a ban

first_imgNew York: Australia’s Nick Kyrgios was dumped from the US Open, falling to Russian Andrey Rublev and overheard saying he really didn’t want to be on the court.Rublev advanced to a fourth-round match against Italian 24th seed Matteo Berrettini with a 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 triumph.”Nowhere near my best tennis, but it is what it is,” Kyrgios said.A microphone caught Kyrgios commenting that he wanted to go home, which prompted Kyrgios to say, “I guess I’ve been on the road five and a half months now. It’s not easy.” Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIt didn’t get any easier with the ATP issuing a record USD 113,000 record fine to Kyrgios for his actions at an event in Cincinnati.And Kyrgios could face punishment for calling the ATP “corrupt” after a US Open victory, although he later tweeted a statement saying that was a poor choice of words for the issue of double standards he wanted to raise.The ATP is investigating the remark as a major player violation, which could carry a possible suspension.That would bring time off and a chance to head home.”Would I welcome it? I don’t know if I look at it like that,” Kyrgios said.”I have no say in it. I guess it’s out of my control.”last_img read more

Vancouver woman singing O Canada at Seahawks game to kneel after US

first_imgVANCOUVER – A Vancouver woman invited to sing O Canada before a Seahawks game in Seattle says she will take a knee during the American anthem to support protesting NFL players and make a statement about human rights.Arielle Tuliao said she broke into tears when she read an email from the Seahawks asking her to sing Canada’s national anthem on Sunday as part of the team’s celebration honouring Canadian fans.“They sent me a specific clip of me singing for the (Vancouver) Canucks, which in itself was my original dream,” Tuliao said Friday, the same day she decided she’d be kneeling with players.The 28-year-old singer and actor who made her foray into belting out O Canada for professional teams by performing at a Vancouver Whitecaps soccer match last year said the opportunity to sing for the Seahawks brought up some conflicting feelings.Tuliao wondered how she’d respond as players kneeled or locked arms during the Star-Spangled Banner in keeping with protests by NFL and NBA teams over police brutality against African-Americans and President Donald Trump’s portrayal of their stance as unpatriotic.“How do I take a stand without bringing unnecessary drama to my country? I want to honour the Seahawks for celebrating their true north fans but at the same time it’s my job to also stand up for (their) rights, not just as American citizens, but as humans.”Tuliao said she won’t kneel during the Canadian anthem because that would take away from the Seahawks’ celebration of their growing fan base in Canada.“But I’m 100 per cent confident that I’ll be kneeling for the American anthem,” she said, adding she’ll also be celebrating her brother’s birthday in Seattle on Sunday as her team takes on the Indianapolis Colts.Tuliao was initially afraid to wade into a political issue in the U.S. but said she was motivated by conquering her fear of speaking openly about her lifelong battle with depression, for which she finally sought help after hitting rock bottom last year.“I’ve stopped doing things because I’m scared and this is something that’s way bigger than me and it’s way more important than me. In my heart I know it’s the right thing to do.”The Seahawks did not respond to requests for comment.In Canada, the Toronto Argonauts and the Saskatchewan Roughriders have linked arms during O Canada to support their American counterparts.Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has faced criticism for supporting his team’s trip to the White House as part of a traditional champions’ visit with the president though Trump has rescinded an invitation to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors after all-star guard Steph Curry said he wasn’t interested in attending.Prof. Paul Quirk, who teaches American politics at the University of British Columbia, said most U.S. citizens seem to be reasonably tolerant of the current protests by sports teams so they’re not likely to take offence to Tuliao’s stance at a football game.“In particular, I think the entertainment industry, which seems to be her career, is mostly opposed to Trump and sympathetic to the players and the Black Lives Matter movement,” said Quirk, who moved from the U.S. in 2004 and now has dual American-Canadian citizenship.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Aboriginal Affairs probing MKO Grand Chief Harpers spending

first_imgBy Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe federal Aboriginal Affairs department is probing the finances of a Manitoba First Nation organization whose embattled grand chief is trying to avoid a non-confidence vote by member chiefs.The department’s assessment and investigations branch told Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Grand Chief David Harper via letter auditing firm KPMG would be sifting through the organization’s books dating back to 2010.The probe will include MKO’s use of funds from Aboriginal Affairs and Employment and Social Development Canada including Harper’s expenses, money paid to the organization’s former director of finance Glen Buchko and contracts issued by the organization.“We have received allegations that federal funding provided to (MKO) is not being used for its intended purpose,” said the Aug. 12 letter, signed by Sylvie Lecompte, director of Aboriginal Affairs’ assessment and investigation services branch.Harper could not be reached for comment. The voicemail for his cell phone was full when APTN National News called the number. Harper’s lawyer could not be reached for comment.A spokesperson for MKO said the organization would issue no comment.Harper could face a non-confidence vote next week when MKO chiefs meet in Opaskwayak Cree Nation. During an MKO meeting in Norway House this past July, chiefs passed a resolution offering Harper a choice of stepping down during a separate internal forensic audit launched by the organization or face a non-confidence vote at the next MKO meeting.Harper chose to hang on and has since hired a lawyer to help fight opposing chiefs pushing for his ouster. MKO chiefs have already asked Winnipeg-firm Lazer Grant to conduct a full forensic audit of the organization’s books. The first phase of the forensic audit was triggered in 2013 after chiefs discovered Buchko was making about $250,000 annually.Harper is facing allegations of financial mismanagement and of using MKO funds for personal purchases like guitars, flights for his girlfriend and car repairs. Harper said he paid back all his personal expenses.MKO’s finances have plunged deep into red under Harper’s leadership and the organization was warned by a third auditing firm that Aboriginal Affairs could put it under co-management or third-party management if it didn’t get its books in order, especially around travel and consultants.MKO was also warned to include a paper trail around its credit card use.MKO’s accumulated deficit for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2013, hit $976, 025. MKO also accumulated an operating deficit of $609,058 by March 31, 2013, which was a 71 per cent increase over the previous year’s operating deficit of $356,108.Harper has also been accused of obstructing Lazer Grant’s forensic audit. He denied obstructing the audit. Harper has also faced criticism over his plan to sell clan membership to sponsors as a way to raise money for the AFN election which MKO is hosting in Winnipeg this December.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Prospects for Cyprus settlement among issues raised in Bans talks with Greek

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Greece’s Foreign Minister, Dimitris Avramopoulos, discussed prospects for a settlement in Cyprus, as well as resolving the “name” dispute with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, during their meeting today in New York. The United Nations has been facilitating talks between the Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots with the goal of reunifying the divided Mediterranean island nation. The talks are aimed at the eventual establishment of a federal government with a single international personality, consisting of a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State, each of equal status.The UN has also been mediating talks between Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in the dispute over the latter’s name, through the efforts of the Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy, Matthew Nimetz.The talks are in line with a UN-brokered interim accord reached in 1995 which details the differences between the two over the name of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, and obliges both Athens and Skopje to continue negotiations under the auspices of the Secretary-General to try to reach an agreement.In today’s meeting, the Secretary-General underlined the importance of accelerating progress in both processes and reiterated his personal commitment to that end, according to information provided by his spokesperson. read more

Beloved South Downs landscape saved from road plan

The landscape of the South Downs, near Seven Sisters cliffs The cover of Bill Bryson's The Road to Little Dribbling, featuring the Seven Sisters cliffs A treasured view of one of the finest landscapes in Britain has been saved following a campaign by conservationists and residents.Campaigners claimed the much loved vista close to the Seven Sisters cliffs, featured in paintings, films and countless photographs, could have been permanently ruined by the building of a road.Plans had been submitted to run the access track through fields in the heart of the South Downs National Park, in Sussex, to allow easier access to a private house.Opponents said it would have despoiled a centuries old landscape and ruin its unique, untouched character.But the owner of the house condemned them as hypocrites, saying that hers was the last house in the area not to have a proper and safe access road. The South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) threw out the plan in the face of vocal opposition, despite a recommendation by its own officials to go ahead with building work.Ironically, one of the previous owners of the house was Frank Newbould, the painter of the World War Two poster ‘It’s Your Britain – Fight for it now’, which celebrated the unspoilt glory of the South Downs.The landscape around the Seven Sisters cliffs has also been featured in the films Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Atonement and Pirates of the Caribbean and depicted on the cover of Bill Bryson’s affectionate book about England, The Road to Little Dribbling. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The landscape of the South Downs, near Seven Sisters cliffsCredit:Jack Taylor/Getty Images Europe The cover of Bill Bryson’s The Road to Little Dribbling, featuring the Seven Sisters cliffs The plan submitted by local resident Mary Jane Higgins to build the hard-surfaced 2.5m wide road was opposed by the local parish council, the South Downs Society, the National Trust and dozens of nearby residents who said it ran counter to the SDNPA’s own obligation is to “conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area”. Ms Higgins has been left angry with the SDNPA’s decision not to allow the road to be built to her home.She said: “I was shocked and very disappointed that the planning application for a simple chalk track was turned down when all the houses in my neighbourhood, also part of the Downland Trust, have tarmac access and cattle grids.“There are real health and safety issues, especially in times of rain and fog when access without four wheel drive is hazardous not only to the live stock in the field but the ramblers too. Most emergency vehicles for instance, ambulances and fire engines are two wheel drive.”The South Downs National Park Authority said: “The application was refused by the Authority’s Planning Committee on the grounds of adverse impact on the special qualities of this area of the National Park.”View latest offers from National Trust The National Trust officials said the proposed road was too wide for “a modest residential building in a very rural landscape”.Local resident Mark Wigglesworth, a conductor and former music director of the English National Opera, said: “People come from all over the world to enjoy the Seven Sisters – and what they love about it is the freedom of its landscape, a tranquility that is currently untouched by development and traffic.“Previous inhabitants of this property, including Frank Newbould, have never had any problem with access. All have understood that the distinctive, natural, unscarred quality of this landscape was what made where they lived so special.Mr Wigglesworth, who has lived in Crowlink, on the South Downs, for 25 years, added: “There are currently no tracks across the open fields that stretch down to the Seven Sisters cliffs and many of us were concerned that this unique characteristic was about to be ruined forever. We are so relieved that the objections of so many were taken seriously by the committee members themselves.” read more

SUSI restores grant funding for 39 dental nursing and hygiene students

first_imgTHE NATIONAL GRANT body has restored grants for nearly 40 students who had had their funding suspended.SUSI had suspended the payments for some full-time dental nursing and dental hygiene students at both UCC and Trinity College following a review which suggested that the courses may not have been in compliance with grant eligibility criteria.However, following a consultation with the Department of Education, the courses have been cleared and payments restored.The Union of Students Ireland (USI) welcomed the decision, saying collaboration between students and educational institutions was key.“Since we became aware of this situation, we have been working alongside the Department of Education and Skills and SUSI with a view to reaching a favourable conclusion for these students.It is important that all stakeholders work together to ensure issues such as these are dealt with speedily and satisfactorily should they arise.Read: SUSI may ‘seek to recover’ 65 postgraduate grantsRead: SUSI: Decisions have been made on all completed student grant applicationslast_img read more

Retail trade down 114 per cent

first_imgThe volume of retail trade in Greece fell 11.4 per cent in June against the same month in 2010, the independent Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) said on Wednesday. ELSTAT, said that according to provisional results, the turnover index in retail trade at current prices, excluding automotive fuel, recorded a fall of 8.2 per cent in June 2011 compared with June 2010. The Index in June 2010 recorded a decrease of 2.8 per cent compared with June 2009. The turnover index in retail trade, including automotive fuel, recorded a fall of 8.3 per cent in June 2011 compared with June 2010. The Index in June 2010 recorded an increase of 1.1 per cent compared with June 2009. The volume of retail trade (i.e. turnover in retail trade at constant prices), excluding automotive fuel, decreased by 9.9 per cent in June 2011, compared with June 2010. The retail trade volume index, including automotive fuel, decreased by 11.4 per cent in June 2011 compared with June 2010. The Index in June 2010 recorded a decrease of 4.5 per cent compared with June 2009. Source: Athens News Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Halloween Party with Canberra youth

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Join the Greek youth of Australian Capital Territory, as they gather for a masquerade at their Halloween Party. The event is hosted by the Hellenic Youth Club of Canberra.When: Friday 31 October at 7.00 pm Where: The Hellenic Club in the City, 13 Moore Street, Canberra For more information, contact (02) 6162-6777last_img

LEurope photographiée depuis la Station Spatiale Internationale

first_imgL’Europe photographiée depuis la Station Spatiale InternationaleLes caméras à bord de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS) sont de nouveau parvenues à capturer une vue spectaculaire de l’Europe. L’Europe vue du ciel est encore plus belle quand elle est prise depuis la Station spatiale internationale. A l’aide de caméras présentes à bord, l’équipage est parvenue a capturer ce surprenant cliché à une altitude de 350 kilomètres, le 22 janvier 2012. À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreAu premier plan de l’image, on peut apercevoir un bras robotisé, destiné au transport du matériel, ainsi qu’un couple de panneaux solaires en orbite autour de la station. Au centre de la photographie, se distingue la Belgique et les Pays-Bas éclairés par les lumières des habitations. “En regardant par les hublots de la Station spatiale, il est naturel de réfléchir à qui nous sommes et où nous nous situons dans le monde d’en bas” confie l’astronaute Don Pettit dans des propos relayés par le Daily mail. Actuellement, six spationautes se trouvent à bord de l’ISS mais la situation des prochains mois pourrait se compliquer dans la mesure où l’agence spatiale russe envisage de reporter les prochains vols à la destination de la station. En effet, un défaut repéré sur la capsule Soyouz prévu pour le lancement prochain oblige à utiliser l’engin normalement prévu pour celui d’après. D’où un décalage du calendrier. Le 5 février 2012 à 14:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Jumbo from Karnataka to take part in Bonalu processions

first_imgShalibanda : Following consultations with the Chief Wildlife Warden of Karnataka, the Forest and Endowments officials have finalised arrangement of an elephant from the neighbouring state for the upcoming festivities of Bonalu. The elephant from the Veera Thapasvi Veerabhadra Shiva Charyaru Samasthanam Muth, near Kalaburagi (Gulbarga), Karnataka, will be arriving shortly. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us According to sources, the services of the new elephant will be utilised on July 22 in Secunderabad (Ujjaini Mahankali Temple), on July 28 in Sabzi Mandi (Nallapochamma Temple) and on July 29 in Old City (Akkanna Madanna Temple). But, a special permission has to be taken for the Moharram’s Bibi ka Alam procession, with the coordination of the Forest and other departments from the two states. Also Read – Kolkata artists giving final touches to 24 ft clay Ganesh idol Advertise With Us “The elephant will be arriving in a huge truck on July 21 and will take part in Secunderabad’s procession. it will go back to Karnataka to take part in some procession on July 25 and will return the next day for serving the next two days in the City, till the conclusion of the festivities,” said the sources. The decision has been taken in view of the High Court order, which restricted to take services of Rajani (the local elephant from Zoo). The officials from endowments and forest visited Karnataka in this endeavour. Advertise With Us “After careful examination of the circumstances stated by the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (HOFF), Hyderabad, in the reference cited, the government has observed that the Forest Department has already issued No Objection Certificate (NOC) for entry of the elephant into Telangana State for the procession related to Bonalu festivals in a letter addressed to the Chief Wildlife Warden in Karnataka,” a recent Government Order stated. “The curator at Nehru Zoological Park in Hyderabad is directed to provide a trained Veterinary officer with tranquilizing equipment and drugs to accompany the elephant during processions and to attend to any emergency or untoward incident. The Commissioner of Endowments Department is requested to coordinate with the Forest Department officials and the organizing committee on the matter. The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (WL) and Chief Wildlife Warden, Telangana State, are therefore requested to take necessary further action accordingly, in consultation with the Commissioner of Endowments, Hyderabad,” says the GO. Speaking to The Hans India, Sri Akkanna-Madanna Mahankali Mandiram president G Niranjan, while welcoming the decision, said that a counter petition from state government’s side in the High Court would help clear the room for utilising the services of Rajani, which is said to be ill, in the future. “We request the state government to find a solution to this problem, as we cannot avail the services of the elephant for every Bonalu or Moharram. We do not have any Mutt like that in Karnataka having an elephant,” he pointed out.last_img read more

Direct tax revenue grows 175 to Rs 224 lakh cr in AprAug

first_img[Representational image]     Creative CommonsDirect tax collections in the first five months of the current fiscal increased 17.5 per cent to Rs 2.24 lakh crore, mainly on account of income tax mop-ups from individuals rising.The report said that the collections in the April-August period constitute 22.9 per cent of the total budget estimates of direct taxes, which comprise personal income and corporate tax, for the current financial year 2017-18.”The direct tax collections up to August 2017 continue to register steady growth. Direct tax collection, net of refunds, stands at Rs 2.24 lakh crore which is 17.5 per cent higher than the net collections for the corresponding period of last year,” a finance ministry statement said on Monday.The statement said that growth rate for Corporate Income Tax (CIT) and Personal Income Tax (PIT), including Securities Transaction Tax, in terms of gross revenue collections was 5 percent and 16 percent respectively.Refunds amounting to Rs 74,089 crore were issued in the period from April 2017 to August 2017, which were 7.2 percent lower than refunds issued during the corresponding period of 2016-17, the finance ministry statement said.However, after adjusting for the refunds, the net growth in CIT collections was 18.1 percent while that of PIT collections was 16.5 percent.In the April-August period of the previous fiscal, 2016-17, direct tax collections had grown 15.03 per cent to Rs 1.89 lakh crore.last_img read more