Category: ctcwzolrsqsv

Review finds former Victoria police chief committed 8 acts of misconduct

first_imgVICTORIA – A former Victoria police chief “caught in a web of untruths” was handed unprecedented disciplinary action Wednesday after a review found Frank Elsner committed eight acts of misconduct under British Columbia’s Police Act.B.C. Police complaint commissioner Stan Lowe demoted Elsner to the rank of constable and dismissed him from policing after he reviewed investigations and discipline proceedings involving the former chief.Lowe said in a statement that Elsner’s police record will also state that faced a 30-day suspension and was required to take training for harassment and sensitivity in connection with unwanted contact with a female officer.“These findings and the accompanying discipline measures are unprecedented in Canadian policing,” said Lowe in an 11-page report.Elsner had already resigned as chief in May last year. He could not be reached for comment about the ruling.The investigations and discipline proceedings before two retired judges were held after a 2015 Victoria police board investigation examined reports that Elsner sent inappropriate Twitter messages to a the wife of an officer in his department.In the end, the commissioner determined Elsner committed eight acts of misconduct, including discreditable conduct, inappropriate use of police department equipment, deceit and attempting to procure a false statement.Lowe’s report says Elsner lied to investigators, minimized an inappropriate relationship he had with the wife of one of his officers, attempted to convince another witness to provide a false statement, had unwanted physical contact with two female officers, made inappropriate sexual remarks towards an officer and misused the department’s equipment.“I have reviewed the investigations and disciplinary processes concerning these matters and I have concluded that the decisions and discipline proposed by the discipline authorities are reasonable and appropriate based on the evidence,” says the report. “Therefore, I have determined that the decisions and discipline are final and conclusive.”The report says the former chief, who also faced an allegation of misleading an internal investigator, changed facts to suit his story.“It becomes clear on reviewing the former chief’s evidence that he is caught in a web of untruths,” says retired chief judge Carol Baird Ellan in her report on Elsner’s comments about his interactions with the wife of one of his officers.“Where he finds himself facing contradictory evidence, he tailors his statements to reveal only that part of the truth he feels he must, to address the established facts with which he is faced.”Retired Justice Ian Pitfield found Elsner should face a 30-day suspension and undertake sensitivity training for three incidents of discreditable conduct involving two female officers that involve non-consensual conduct and violates the police department’s harassment policies.In one incident, Elsner stood behind one female officer and pressed his groin against her buttocks, says Pitfield.“Mr. Elsner’s action in relation to (officer A) amounts to the application of force, however minimal, without consent,” says Pitfield in the report. “As a police officer and chief constable, Mr. Elsner knew or ought to have known that the application of force, however minimal, to an individual constitutes an assault.”Lowe said for women to feel safe and valued in policing, senior officers must conduct themselves with integrity and respect.“The determinations of retired Judge Pitfield demonstrate the deficit in leadership the former chief exhibited,” Lowe says. “His conduct caused emotional harm and violated the dignity of the affected parties, the gravity of which is amplified by his position of power and the importance of the office held by a chief constable.”Lowe’s report also calls on the B.C. government to amend the Police Act to appoint retired judges to review misconduct proceedings that involve chiefs or their deputies. The current system involves police boards, which are usually made up of local mayors and council members.Rollie Woods, deputy police complaint commissioner, said Wednesday that Elsner’s dismissal sends a strong message of deterrence to all senior police officers.“For senior officers in B.C. it would be unwise for them to consider harassing their employees and think there would be no consequences because the consequences as we see in this case are quite clear.”.last_img read more

Read More

Northwest Territories not meeting key duties in child services auditor general

first_imgYELLOWKNIFE – Nearly two-thirds of foster care homes in the Northwest Territories don’t get basic screening before receiving children to look after, says a critical report from the auditor general’s office.The report says the territory isn’t meeting key responsibilities to protect children in care and the situation is getting worse.“We determined that many of the services provided to children and families in the Northwest Territories that we examined were in fact worse than when we examined them in 2014,” audit director Glenn Wheeler said in a release.Glen Abernethy, the N.W.T.’s minister of health and social services, acknowledged the problems.“These findings are very concerning,” he said Wednesday. “Clearly, without question, more needs to be done and we need to do it better.”Abernethy said the territory has been bringing in a more preventative model for child services and some of the administrative issues the report found are a result of the changes.“We haven’t necessarily translated that well on the front line.”The report, tabled late Tuesday in the N.W.T. legislature, compares results from the previous audit to the present situation. It said there is little improvement for the roughly 1,000 children involved with child and family services.In 2014, social workers failed to check on children in care at least every two months in 59 per cent of cases. By 2018, that had risen to 88 per cent.The previous audit found 69 per cent of foster care homes didn’t receive basic screening such as a criminal record check. That level remains at 66 per cent — with the additional warning that 89 per cent of foster homes didn’t get an annual review, slightly worse than 2014.The audit also found that guardians, who assume full parental control and responsibility for children, were poorly screened. Auditors found one guardian had been criminally charged with assaulting the child.“We were seriously concerned when senior departmental and authority officials told us they were unaware this was occurring,” the report says.Although the figure has improved modestly from 2014, in nearly one-fifth of cases child welfare officials don’t respond to child protection concerns.The report also says that children are constantly shuffled around.In 2015, the N.W.T.’s own internal audit found children in permanent care moved homes an average of 12 times. In 2016, one child was moved 20 times.Abernethy promised quick action on the recommendations.“I want to see changes starting immediately,” he said.He noted child welfare has been totally reorganized over the last four years, which has created confusion over roles. The N.W.T. sees “incredible turnover” in staff, he said.As well, Abernethy acknowledged the department may have been underfunded, but will increase staffing and improve training.“I’ve given staff a two-year time limit to turn this around.”Abernethy said two annual internal audits uncovered some of the same problems the auditor general found.“We have been fixing (the problems.) Some of them aren’t as simple as flicking a light switch. They do take a significant amount of work.”However, Abernethy believes child services in the N.W.T. are improving.“As we continue to roll out these recommendations, we are going to have a safe, robust system for all children who are in care.— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on Twitterlast_img read more

Read More

Premier Rachel Notley unveils carbon tax break for drilling companies

first_imgThe Canadian Press CALGARY — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is handing out tax breaks for oil and gas drillers along with criticism of Ottawa’s lack of appreciation for how damaging are current price discounts on western Canadian oil.In a speech at a Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors event in Calgary, she announced her government would add oil and gas drilling to a list of trade-exposed industries exempt from the province’s carbon tax.The exemption, made retroactive to when the tax was introduced at the start of 2017, is expected to provide $750,000 to $1.5 million per year in relief for the drilling industry.Notley later criticized Wednesday’s federal fiscal report for underplaying Western Canada’s oil price crisis, blamed on insufficient pipeline capacity to take away a glut of crude trapped in Alberta.She told reporters that if Canada’s manufacturing sector was suffering as much, it would have been mentioned in the first paragraph of the update speech.The CAODC, meanwhile, says it expects little improvement in drilling activity next year, calling in its 2019 forecast for an increase of 51 wells to about 7,000. That’s down from about 13,000 wells in 2014 before global oil prices crashed.“Other industries in the same situation would be holding their hands out for a government bailout. Yet instead our industry has only asked for government permission and support to get our products to market,” said association president Mark Scholz.“The lack of action and attention by the federal government to this pressing issue is deafening.”last_img read more

Read More

Recall fatigue may prompt Canadians to avoid serving some foods over holidays

first_imgVANCOUVER — A string of high-profile produce recalls may lead to shortages of the most recent culprits ahead of the holidays. But, even if cauliflower and some lettuce varieties stay in stock, experts say consumers may be hesitant to buy these and serve them as part of a big, family meal.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency announced over the weekend a recall of certain cauliflower and lettuce products produced by California-based Adam Bros. Farming Inc. that were distributed in at least six provinces. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the wrapped cauliflower, and green leaf and red leaf lettuce that’s sold in bulk without a brand name.“We are likely — in the short run at least — to be short of those products,” said Mike von Massow, an associate professor at the University of Guelph.In the winter, Canada’s supply of fresh fruit and vegetables tends to come from very specific areas, he said. The farm in question likely represents a significant proportion of the total cauliflower and leafy greens arriving in Canada and stopping those imports could create a strain on supply, resulting in higher prices for what is safe and available ahead of the holidays.Loblaw Companies Ltd., Empire Co. Ltd. and Metro Inc. did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether they sold the farm’s products and whether they anticipate supply falling below demand.Romaine lettuce, on the other hand, seems to be back in stock in at least some grocers’ stores after a recent recall that prompted many companies to temporarily stop selling the product.Empire, the parent company of Sobeys Inc., has now sourced romaine from an unaffected region and the product is back in stock, an executive said during a conference call with analysts last week.There are alternatives for each of these items, of course, like swapping brussels sprouts for cauliflower.However, folks tend to be highly traditional over the holidays and some dishes may demand specific ingredients.“I think about our Christmas traditions and we have very sort of established meals over the holidays,” said von Massow.“And so, that could put a crimp if cauliflower is central to that for families.”They may have to pay more than they otherwise would for that ingredient, he said.A more budget-minded option may be purchasing frozen cauliflower, said Simon Somogyi, a professor at the University of Guelph who studies food consumer behaviour.It’s possible though, consumers may simply avoid these products and others implicated in recent recalls.This recall comes shortly after a wide-ranging romaine lettuce recall in the country and south of the border. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency halted romaine lettuce imports from certain California counties after the leafy green was linked to 28 cases of E. coli in the country. Grocery stores pulled romaine lettuce off their shelves and many restaurants stopped serving dishes with the ingredient at the time.“I think we’re definitely in a period of recall fatigue and there seems to be so many recalls of late that consumers are getting just confused and that’s a concern,” Somogyi said.Canadians should be comforted by the fact that authorities have pinpointed the location of the most recent outbreak of cauliflower and leaf lettuce, he said.But he wouldn’t be surprised if they’re cutting back on romaine consumption as a U.S.-Canadian investigation has yet to determine the source contamination for that outbreak.Some have speculated that a deadly 2006 E. coli outbreak linked to spinach, for example, prompted consumers to favour kale instead.People may also be more vigilant about what they serve others over the holidays as they tend to be bigger meals than usual, said von Massow.“You also don’t want to be the person that served the entire family of 18 the vegetable that made them sick.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. Companies in this story: (TSX:L, TSX:MRU, TSX:EMP.A)Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Read More

PRRD releases statement in response to Premiers announcement on Caribou Recovery

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District has released a statement in response to Premier John Horgan’s announcement on the future steps of the Caribou Recovery Program.Throughout 2018 and early 2019, the Regional District had been advocating for improved stakeholder consultation during recovery talks.The District says they were pleased with the Premier’s decision to allow more time for consultation, by appointing Blair Lekstrom to submit an informed impact report, before signing the Section 11 Agreement. “The PRRD is pleased that Premier Horgan allowed the additional time needed for Mr.Lekstrom to undertake additional targeted consultation to inform his report to the Premier, and that the report was received and considered prior to moving toward signing the Section 11 Agreement.”The Regional District says the announcement of a temporary moratorium on new resource development is a very positive development in the consultation process.According to the District, they will continue to work with the public and all levels of government to minimize negative social and economic impacts resulting from the species at risk protection and recovery efforts.last_img read more

Read More

Lankan fishermen arrested

All the arrested fishemen were from the Trincomallee area in Sri Lanka. They were identified as Perera (44), Muthumalai (23), Vayagara Chanda (23), Asila Nisiri (23) and Paadha (35). The arrested persons were handed over to the Harbour police and the fishermen were booked for violation of India’s marine boundary and remanded to judicial custody in Puzhal prison. Indian authorities arrested five Sri Lankan fishermen when they were found fishing within the Indian Marine boundary, the Express News service reported today.Police said the fishermen were intercepted at about 150 nautical miles from the Chennai coast by a patrolling team of the Coastal Security Group. read more

Read More

Ottawa provincial restraint to cost 100000 jobs slow growth watchdog says

Ottawa, provincial restraint to cost 100,000 jobs, slow growth, watchdog says by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 25, 2012 5:44 pm MDT OTTAWA – Government spending restraint and cuts will lead to balanced budgets but also slower economic growth and 100,000 lost jobs, Canada’s budget watchdog said Wednesday.Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page’s latest economic and fiscal report is surprising in that it agrees with the Harper government that the budget will be balanced in 2015-16 — maybe even a year earlier.But it says fiscal soundness carries a heavy price, with Ottawa taking $52 billion out of the economy and the provinces adding another $9 billion in drag.“The PBO expects that restraint and reductions in government spending on programs in Canada will act as a drag on economic growth and job creation, pushing the economy further away from its potential (gross domestic product) and delaying the economic recovery,” the report states.The report was posted on the PBO website Wednesday ahead of Page’s testimony before the Commons finance committee on Thursday.The report says it incorporates Finance Department multipliers for jobs and growth for its projections, and is taking the government at its word that it will limit spending increases while chopping 19,200 public service jobs.Ottawa’s ongoing planned restraint and 6.9 per cent cut in departmental spending will reduce its share of the economy from 7.3 per cent in 2010-11 to 5.5 per cent in 2016-17.That will have a direct impact on the economy, Page’s report stresses.It projects the spending restraints and cutbacks will reduce economic output by 0.3 per cent this year, climbing to 0.88 per cent in 2014.Canada’s economy, subsequently, will grow by only 1.6 per cent in 2013, eight tenths of a point less than forecast by the Bank of Canada and the private sector consensus.On the jobs front, restraint will result in about 18,000 fewer jobs this year than had there been no restraint, climbing to 108,000 fewer jobs in 2015. Most of the losses are due to Ottawa’s actions — including a reduction of 43,000 stemming directly from March’s spending reductions — although provincial restraint is also a factor.Unemployment, currently at 7.2 per cent, will climb to 7.9 per cent in 2013, the report predicts.Both scenarios are significantly gloomier than private-sector forecasts, something the PBO attributes to calculating a bigger drag from public sector restraint and higher weighting for downside economic risks.However, TD Bank chief economist Craig Alexander said the numbers are too pessimistic.“I completely agree with the assessment that there is going to be a lot of fiscal (government) drag, the real question is how strong is the private sector going to be,” he said. “Over the last several years, the PBO has had a generally more pessimistic view about economic prospects.”A spokesperson for Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said Page’s analysis fails to incorporate actions the government is taking to create jobs and growth.“We’re … also supporting private sector jobs with new measures to help grow research and development in Canadian businesses to increase innovation and productivity, streamline resource development project approvals, extend job creating tax breaks to small business, and aggressively pursue further free-trade agreements,” explained Mary Ann Dewey-Plante in an email response.The spending restraint and public service cutbacks — particularly for Ottawa — will have the desired effect on the government’s books, the report projects.Page predicts the Harper government will indeed be able to balance the budget when it says it will, in 2015-16, and may even achieve the feat a year earlier. As well, Ottawa will come in with a healthy $10.8 billion surplus by 2016-17, about $3 billion more than the budget estimate.The PBO has been critical in the past of Ottawa’s overly optimistic projections on the fiscal balance, but now seems to be on the same page with only minor differences.As well, it says the federal government will eliminate its underlying structural deficit as early as next year, with only the slack in the economy keeping Ottawa in deficit a few years longer.“The projected improvement in the government’s budgetary balance over the medium term primarily reflects its policy actions to reduce and restrain direct program expenses and is therefore structural in nature,” the report explains.In a second report posted on the website, the PBO again chided the government for being overly secretive and asks for information on how it will cut spending so MPs can judge the impact on services to the public. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Read More

Jack Astors Canyon Creek commit to serving cagefree eggs this fall

Jack Astor’s, Canyon Creek commit to serving cage-free eggs this fall TORONTO – The owner of Jack Astor’s and Canyon Creek restaurants will soon start serving eggs laid by hens not cooped up in cages.SIR Corp, the owner of the two restaurant chains and several others, announced Thursday all 64 of its restaurants will make the shift by September.The promise comes after public pledges by several other companies to start dishing up only cage-free eggs as well, including Tim Hortons, McDonald’s, and Starbucks. However, most of these companies say it will take between four and 10 years to make the change.Currently, about 90 per cent of Canada’s egg farmers keep hens in battery cages, which house several hens and offer each one the floor space of a standard piece of paper.Egg Farmers of Canada, which represents more than 1,000 of the country’s egg farms, recently said its members will meet the growing demand for cage-free eggs.By 2036, all the eggs produced by its member farms will come from hens living in either enriched cages — bigger units that provide space and amenities, such as perches, for the animals to exhibit natural behaviours — or in free-run, aviary or free-range environments. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 18, 2016 8:42 am MDT Last Updated Feb 18, 2016 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Read More

Empire Co admits challenges from Safeway integration were selfinflicted

Empire Co. admits challenges from Safeway integration were ‘self-inflicted’ by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 15, 2016 5:45 am MDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2016 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Empire’s interim president and CEO says much of the difficulties the company faced in the last financial year came from missteps in the integration of Safeway operations.“We were too inward focused during this transition and we couldn’t provide the service our customers deserve or expect,” said Francois Vimard during the annual general meeting for Empire Co. Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A) on Thursday.Vimard assumed the position temporarily after Marc Poulin left the post in early July. Empire gave no details as to why he left.Poulin had led the company when it made the $5.8-billion deal to buy the Canadian Safeway assets in 2013. His departure came after the company posted $2.13 billion in net losses for its 2016 fiscal year.The difficult economic climate, particularly in Alberta and Saskatchewan, amplified Empire’s integration problems, Vimard said.“Certainly the overall downturn in the western economy didn’t help, but most of our challenges were self-inflicted and we are in a position to improve them,” Vimard said.In the short-term, the company will concentrate on building sales, reducing costs and renewing focus on store-level execution, he said.The company believes the direction it’s taking will help it see the return of long-term profitability, he added.Empire also reported the first-quarter earnings of its 2017 fiscal year. It earned $65.4 million in its latest quarter compared with $108.8 million a year ago as its stores in Western Canada continued to struggle.Empire said the profit for the quarter ended Aug. 6 totalled 24 cents per diluted share, down from 39 cents per diluted share a year ago.Sales in what was the company’s first quarter amounted to $6.19 billion, down from $6.25 billion in the same quarter last year.Excluding the negative impact of fuel sales, Empire said Sobeys’ same-store sales — a key metric that measures sales at locations open for more than a year – fell 1.2 per cent from the same period last year. Excluding fuel and its Western Canadian retail business, same-store sales would have increased 0.6 per cent.On an adjusted basis, Empire said it earned a first-quarter profit of $73.6 million or 27 cents per diluted share compared with an adjusted profit of $121.7 million or 44 cents per diluted share a year ago.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. read more

Read More

UN agency supporting French authorities in transferring refugees from Calais Jungle

Yesterday, authorities transferred some 1,900 people voluntarily to accommodation centres throughout France. Many lined up in the early morning in order to board buses. UNHCR was present throughout the process to provide information on legal rights and help identify those people with special needs, including hundreds of unaccompanied children. No serious incidents were reported.UNHCR has long time recommended that France close the camp and replace it with proper accommodation for asylum seekers and migrants. It now urges that special arrangements are made in order to ensure the safety and welfare of hundreds of unaccompanied children.“This is important so that children don’t move on to other destinations and risk becoming exploited by human traffickers or end up living on the streets without support,” said William Spindler, spokesperson for UNHCR during today’s regular bi-weekly press briefing in Geneva.He added that all efforts, including family tracing, must be made to reunite children with their relatives in Europe so long as it remains in the best interest of the children. 200 unaccompanied children have already left the Calais camp for the United Kingdom. UNHCR has welcomed the transfer of more than 100 unaccompanied children since 17 October from Calais to the United Kingdom under the Dublin Regulation, which establishes which European Union Member State is responsible for processing an asylum application. Furthermore, the United Kingdom is committed to transferring additional children through the “Dubs Amendment,” which allows unaccompanied children safe refuge in the country.Mr. Spindler urged that procedures and safeguards be put in place to ensure that transfers are in children’s best interests and that once in the UK, appropriate care arrangements can be made. But, he warned: “The United Kingdom cannot be the only solution for the unaccompanied children in Calais.”According to French authorities, remaining children will be moved to a site next to “The Jungle” known as the “camp d’accueil provisoire (CAP),” where they will be housed in a safe environment and then interviewed in coming days to determine their best interests.“The situation in Calais has highlights the need for greater responsibility sharing and coordination between EU Member States to address current gaps in asylum and reception, and increase solidarity measures such as relocation and other legal avenue for people to reach safety,” Mr. Spindler stated.He called for a “collective and far-reaching” European response “based on the principles of humanity, access to protection, solidarity and responsibility-sharing” and reiterated that UNHCR remains ready to assist France, the United Kingdom, and other members of the EU in their quest for practical and comprehensive solutions. read more

Read More

GPs being asked to run cookery classes to help battle Britains obesity

GPs have been urged to prescribe healthy recipes in a bid to combat Britain’s obesity crisis.Doctors are also being asked to run weekend cookery classes at their practices, in a bid to teach families how to eat a balanced diet.Medics at the Royal College of GPs’ annual conference said doctors needed to take a bigger role in helping patients to choose their meals more wisely.Dr Abhinav Bhansali, part of Culinary Medicine UK – a not for profit agency – said it was working on a range of recipes which GPs will be asked to hand out.The doctor, who also works in intensive care at George’s Hospital, London, said the agency was expanding training in cooking and nutrition for GPs.Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chairman of the Royal College of GPs, said doctors would welcome the idea of “handy resources” such as recipe cards, or websites for healthy eating advice.Dr Bhansali said many patients knew they needed to improve their diets, but lacked practical ideas about how to do so.”People are already talking about ‘eat more fruit and veg, eat more wholegrains, eat less sugar in your diet’ but patients don’t actually know how to do that,” he said. The medic said simple advice about how to cook a stir fry, nutritious curry, or make veggie burgers could be enough to make a difference.Giving patients tips about how to make a healthy version of their favourite meal could mean they were less likely to end up on drugs for major lifestyle diseases, he suggested.”Hopefully that means that with some patients we can delay when they start medications or may not have to take them at all.In pilot schemes, GPs have taken part in cooking lessons during special surgeries, he said.”One of the recipes we look at it spaghetti bolognaise – so the traditional recipe of pasta sauce, pasta and some kind of meat.”What we do is we split our 16 people into five groups and each of them cook a different version of spaghetti bolognaise. It ranges from that simple spaghetti bolognaise to something that’s a lot more wholesome with lentils, peppers, garlic and parsley.”GPs get to see the difference that adding an extra ingredient can make and they’re quite excited by it.”The medic said he wanted to see surgeries opening their own kitchens to run healthy cooking courses. “GPs will have an understanding of the impact of nutrition on our patients’ health, but we are always keen to update and enhance our skills and knowledge of emerging trends, as long as it is grounded in robust independent clinical research and evidence.”Getting family doctors involved in cookery lessons might be ambitious, given the pressures on them, she suggested. But she said giving GPs recipe cards to hand out could be a quick and easy way of improving the nation’s diet.“Many GPs will already discuss nutrition with patients, but there is already so much to do within the confines of a 10-minute consultation, expecting GPs to do even more is unrealistic. However, the concept of having handy resources, such as healthy recipe cards or websites to signpost patients to, might be a sensible way forward. It will be interesting to see this research develop,” she said. “We’re working on a range of recipes that can be cooked by families for under £10.” 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. Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, said: “What we eat is really important for our long term health and wellbeing, and knowing how to eat healthily, and how to cook healthy, nutritious food is a vital part of that. read more

Read More

Pradoville 2 interrogations by SOCU setting a precedent for the incumbent

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedJagdeo to be “interviewed” by SOCU later today; PPP maintains actions by SOCU politcally drivenSeptember 17, 2018In “latest news”Jagdeo should not have been arrested, detained – GrangerMarch 11, 2017In “latest news”‘We will not be intimidated!’ – Jagdeo declares after arrestMarch 8, 2017In “Politics” Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader, Dr Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday brushed aside the renewed investigations by the Special Organized Crime Unit’s (SOCU) into the sale of lands at Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara (known as Pradoville 2) to People’s Progressive Party (PPP) officials during their tenure in office, as “another political gimmick.”During his weekly presser, Jagdeo disclosed that his party members and former Ministers who were so far interrogated by SOCU were essentially asked about “…some $13M contract and about the vesting order. Whether the Cabinet and individual members had knowledge of the law governing vesting of properties.“According to the PPP General Secretary, there is no doubt in his mind that the investigation is not only politically instigated but that it is Government’s intention to damage reputations leading up Local Government Elections.Nevertheless, Jagdeo, during the press briefing, asserted that his party members will cooperate with SOCU, regardless, so as to set a precedent for when the investigations are launched by the very entity into the many cases of corruption by sitting Ministers.“They don’t see the big picture…They’re digging a deep hole for themselves…If I’m called in, I will go because we will set a precedent for when they [SOCU] pursue the other investigations. Trust me, they [Government] don’t know what they have just done,” he said, while noting that everything regarding Pradoville 2 lands were done in accordance to the laws of Guyana.In relation to the Government corruption, the Opposition Leader drew reference to the recent report to SOCU made by the PPP based on the findings of the Public Procurement Commission that the Infrastructure Minister, David Patterson, acted illegally when he contracted Dutch company LievenseCSO to conduct the feasibility study on the new Demerara Harbour Bridge in the sum of approximately $150M.In this case, he was sure to mention that in addition to Patterson, all the Ministers of the Cabinet who approved the unsolicited bid are culpable of acting illegally by bypassing the tender process.According to Jagdeo, the other Cabinet ministers also acted illegally by approving Patterson’s unsolicited bid, since with the passing of the procurement laws, the powers of Cabinet to approve contracts were replaced with just the available oversight of no objection.Moreover, he asserted that the rental of the Sussex Street, Georgetown bond is another act of corruption on the list, among others.On Wednesday morning, former Public Works Minister Robeson Benn and former Labour Minister Manzoor Nadir found themselves the latest to be questioned at SOCU’s headquarters.The duo was represented by former Education Minister Priya Manickchand, who disclosed that she too was called in for questioning regarding the matter on Tuesday.Speaking to media operatives after being questioned, Benn revealed that he explained to the SOCU investigators that the period surrounding the sale of the lands, a Minister had been murdered and so Government did what “needed to be done” at the time.He was referring to the assassination of former Agriculture Minister Satyadeo Sawh, his family and security personnel. Sawh and two of his siblings were gunned down in April 2006 shortly after they had returned to the Minister’s La Bonne Intention (LBI), East Coast Demerara home.Benn, who does not own property at the Sparendaam location, told media reporters that the overriding issue had to do with the stability of the country to make sure that the President  and other members of the Cabinet get a home in a secure and safe environment away from criminal activities.Meanwhile, Manickchand deemed the prolonged investigation as a “distraction” expressing her belief that it is being politically directed. She contended that “Pradoville 2” was being targeted because the Opposition Leader lives there.The former Minister said too that the move comes days after meetings were held in Berbice.“This has only to do with an attempt to decapitate the PPP and pull down its leaders and interfere with its ability to lead and that’s all it is, it’s a political persecution,” she said. (Ramona Luthi) read more

Read More

Aegean and Olympic see domestic traffic recover

first_imgThe combined domestic air traffic secured by Aegean Airlines and Olympic Air last month was up 10 per cent compared with November 2012, parent company Aegean announced this week.After four years of falling domestic traffic, Aegean reported that the two carriers, which have merged, had transported 315,000 passengers last month, against 286,000 passengers in November last year, before the merger. Destinations such as Hania, Chios, Mytilene and Ioannina have reported a rise in arrivals after four years. Subsidized routes such as Athens to Milos, Paros and Kythira also saw more passengers.Last month the two carriers saw traffic increase on the three main domestic routes – from Athens to Thessaloniki, Rhodes and Iraklio – by 17 percent year-on-year, covering the absence of rival Cyprus Airways from these popular routes. Aegean expects its synergies with Olympic to fetch even better results next year. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Read More

Windows Live Essentials bientôt en version finale

first_imgWindows Live Essentials bientôt en version finale ?États-Unis – Microsoft serait sur le point de livrer la version finale de sa suite Windows Live Essentials. Certains affirment même qu’elle sera prête jeudi prochain.Depuis trois bonnes semaines, la version non officielle de Windows Live Essentials est disponible en ligne. Ainsi, Microsoft devrait être en mesure de fournir sa suite officielle dès jeudi prochain, selon le média italien Casamessenger. Windows Live Essentials 2011 intègre les prochaines versions de plusieurs programmes de l’éditeur américain liés à Internet : Live messenger, Outlook social, Windows Live Mail ou encore Windows Live Sync. Pour le moment, la dernière bêta est stable.Le 24 septembre 2010 à 11:44 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Read More

Woodland man wants own shooting range

first_imgWOODLAND — Bill Dunlap is tired of driving 30 minutes just to fire a gun. The retiree frequently travels to public shooting ranges in Camas or Portland to perfect and maintain his aim.So now he wants to build a gun range in his backyard — on a quiet residential street in the Woodland city limits. He says it would be soundproof and bulletproof, but that hasn’t stopped some of his neighbors and one prominent city official from sniping at the idea.“Ever since I can remember, I think I had a B.B. gun before I could talk, and I’ve shot all my life. I like to stay in practice. When you don’t shoot a lot, you kind of lose your edge a little bit. I like to be a good shot,” Dunlap said.He said he would only use his shooting range for about 20 minutes once a week, or when he had friends over who wanted to safely show off a new gun.There’s a hitch to his plan, though: Gun ranges aren’t allowed in Woodland, and they definitely aren’t allowed in residential areas like Lilac Lane, where Dunlap is building a new house. Technically, it’s illegal to discharge any guns within Woodland city limits.last_img read more

Read More

Auditors Office report wins national honors

first_imgClark County — The Clark County Auditor’s Office has been recognized by an international association for its annual financial report.According to a county news release, the international Government Finance Officers Association has recognized the office with a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its 2016 comprehensive annual financial report.The association serves 19,000 local, state and provincial government officials and finance practitioners in U.S. and Canada. The certificate, awarded last month, is the highest recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting from the Chicago-based association and brings with it the Award of Financial Reporting Achievement, according to the news release.last_img read more

Read More

Neville backs Solskjaer as Man United interim manager

first_imgManchester United legend Gary Neville believes old team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would bring back the “feel-good factor” – if named interim coachUnited parted with manager Jose Mourinho on Tuesday after embarking on their worst start to a season in 28 years following Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Liverpool.The Red Devils added that an interim manager would be announced within 48 hours for the remainder of the 2018/19 campaign.Aside from Solskjaer, former Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc along with another United great in Steve Bruce have been mentioned for the interim post.Although it’s believed Solskjaer will get the nod after United accidentally confirmed the news by mistake on their website on Tuesday evening before deleting the post.“I would suggest that the person who goes in for the next six months is someone who can steady the ship, knows the club, can bring people together, understands the people in the club, the fans, the media and can bring the feel-good factor back,” Neville told Sky Sports.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“Ole fits that mould, and there’s a number of other ex-players who would. At this moment in time, I can see where an interim appointment becomes someone who brings favour and goodwill, and he absolutely would. So would Laurent Blanc or Steve Bruce, as would Michael Carrick.“They would have to just steady the ship, hold the fort until the end of the season and then Manchester United can go and get what they believe to be the next manager of this football club for the next five to six months.”The former full-back reckons that whoever gets the interim manager’s job could end up becoming the new permanent boss.“If they were to win the Champions League in the next five or six months, you say ‘ok, leave them in charge!’ But, with the understanding that you’re restricting the background of the club from a technical and recruitment point of view, but you’re also making sure the head coach that actually is the best in the world comes to the club,” said Neville.“One thing the fans will not accept, those players who have flared up with the manager and you can’t silence players, but their excuse is gone now. Now they have to perform.”last_img read more

Read More

Marco Silva issues topsix warning

first_imgEverton manager Marco Silva has urged his side to exercise caution in their pursuit of a top-six finish in the Premier League this season.Everton are currently 12 points behind sixth-placed Manchester United after winning just one in their last seven Premier League matches.The Toffees were active in the summer transfer window splashing over £90m to bring in players like Richarlison (Watford), Yerry Mina and Lucas Digne (Barcelona).Silva believes they should also consider their rivals’ spending power before dreaming of finishing in the top-six.“We as a club didn’t say once we will challenge for the top six,” Silva told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I don’t know why you are asking me this situation about what I want, it is not a lack of ambition, because we have big ambition behind us as a club but we have to be honest and fair as well and look for the other clubs’ budget.“If we can fight for something we will fight. But we have to be smart in these types of things as well.“Our goal is to win the next match. Even if you are an ambitious club you have to create conditions that in the future you are able to fight with this top six like you want.”last_img read more

Read More

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Warehouse Person at PepsiFull-Time Production Technician at CutisPharmaFull-Time Expert Regulatory Affairs & Product Safety at DSM Resins & Functional MaterialsFull-Time Technician II at Charles River LabsFull-Time Associate Director at Charles River LabsFull-Time Solar Technician at SunRunPart-Time Track Operator at K1 SpeedFull-Time Sales Operations Analyst at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Product Management Associate at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Project Administrator at Trinity Building & Construction Management Corp.(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Business”last_img read more

Read More

Avengers Endgame ends a Marvel era What I want from MCUs Phase

first_img Share your voice I’m intrigued by what’s next for the MCU.  Marvel With Avengers: Endgame, the first era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is over.The last decade has seen a grand, 22-part opera that revolutionized modern cinematic storytelling. But now the first three phases of the MCU, collectively termed the Infinity Saga, is over — and several of our beloved characters are gone too. This means there’s an opportunity to shake things up and really redefine what it means to be an MCU movie moving forward.Here’s what I want to see from Phase 4 of the MCU now that Endgame is over. Warning: Big spoiler territory going forward. Proceed at your own risk.spoilers-mcuFewer CG battlesCountless sci-fi and fantasy films end with massive conflicts between computer-generated armies. From Starship Troopers in 1997 to the Lord of the Rings trilogy, we’ve long grown bored with faceless, nameless hordes crashing into each other. Just look at DC’s Man of Steel to see how boring city-smashing CG can be.Endgame’s ending ambitiously brings together every MCU hero in a final clash with Thanos and his CG pets. It’s an even denser retread of Infinity War’s final battle, and while visually impressive, it’s a jarring departure from the film’s earlier intimate focus on the core Avengers. After sharing emotional moments with the characters we’ve come to love over the last decade, glorified cameos for the likes of Black Panther and the Guardians of the Galaxy make things less relatable, detaching me from the experience.Seeing all these guys in action is cool as hell, but we don’t need to end every superhero movie with a massive battle anymore.Bring the A-Force to the silver screenWhat’s the A-Force? An all-female version of the Avengers that appeared in Marvel comics in 2015. For a brief moment, we got a glimpse of what A-Force could look like in Endgame when Scarlet Witch, Shuri, Okoye, Wasp, Valkyrie, Mantis, an armored Pepper Potts and Gamora backed up Captain Marvel on her push to return the Infinity Stones to their proper timeline.Okay, it’s unclear why in the midst of a grand battle, only the female heroes would gather at a specific spot. But it’s an awesome moment so we’re not going to question it that much. Sadly, the team-up was missing a key Avenger. Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow was last seen dead on an alien world — but she’s also set to finally headline her own movie in coming years, so maybe we’ll see yet another hero resurrected.  Asgardians of the GalaxyThor’s journey into space in Ragnarok reinvigorated the series and made me actually care about the Norse god of thunder. Now that Chris Hemsworth has tapped into his comedic side, he hefted around some heavyweight humor in Endgame.The tease at the end showing Thor joining the Guardians of the Galaxy is just perfect. I anxiously await seeing Hemsworth spar with Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord under the direction of James Gunn. 30 Photos Spoiler-free review: Love letter to fans tops Infinity War Spoiler-packed review: MCU clincher so close to perfect No postcredits scene, but there’s a tiny audio stinger The biggest spoiler-filled WTF questions It’s three hours long: The best times to pee Captain America will always be my favorite Avenger 13 Hasbro’s Avengers: Endgame figures showcase heroes’ new suits, weapons Commentscenter_img TV and Movies Endgame is here Tags A new Captain AmericaThe peaceful final moments of Endgame saw an aged Steve Rogers pass the baton (or shield) to BFF Sam Wilson. Even Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier, gave Wilson the nod. Wilson has taken on the mantle in the comics, so let’s see it on screen too.I’m keen to see the Captain America franchise continue with a character that doesn’t have the super-soldier serum, but possesses the same spirit and integrity as the original Cap. Oh, and metal wings are cool too. It’s unclear whether Captain America will continue, but having a new character take on the mantle breathes new life into the franchise. Until then, there’s still the upcoming Falcon and Winter Soldier show on Disney Plus. Here’s hoping the shield comes along for the ride. Recruit the X-Men and Fantastic FourNot all Marvel comic book characters are part of the MCU. Previously Fox had its own X-Men and Fantastic Four franchises, but since Disney bought Fox those could now be unified under Marvel.The Avengers tapped the Quantum Realm for time travel. Maybe they can travel to parallel universes too? How does Deadpool co-exist with the rest of the Marvel universe? Fox But I don’t want a clean reboot of the Fox franchises. I’d like to see Marvel Studios find a plausible way to incorporate the existing properties. I’d like to see an MCU where the Fantastic Four and X-Men are already out there, even if those films have proven hit-or-miss. And don’t you dare reboot Deadpool.We’re all tired of origin stories — particularly for well-known properties like the X-Men. Marvel wisely skipped that aspect with Spider-Man, and I’d like to see a similar move with the former Fox properties.Standalone storiesThis may be a controversial request. Part of the MCU’s appeal is the way each movie builds upon the next, with intertwining plot points and Easter eggs for fans. But as much fun as that’s been, it also often took focus away from individual films. Watching Captain Marvel, for example, I was bracing to see how it fit in with Endgame.Sure, let’s get the X-Men in there and keep combining characters in interesting ways. But I’d love to enjoy a superhero film as its own standalone experience — even if it means dialing back on the connections.The original Iron Man didn’t need a cinematic universe to offer a fun time. I’m hoping with the next phase, the fresh start will offer that kind of experience again.Fingers crossed that the next Marvel movie to hit theaters — Spider-Man: Far From Home — will offer just that. This story originally published on April 27 at 4 a.m. PT. Update, 4:30 p.m. PT: To add further background. Update, April 30 at 6 a.m. PT: Adds further background.  Marvel Thor The Avengerslast_img read more

Read More