Wasaya Airways VP accused of racking up thousands in personal charges on

first_imgBy Kenneth Jackson and Cullen CrozierAPTN InvestigatesAround the same time Transport Canada inspectors were finding major safety violations at Wasaya Airways last March, the board of directors was informed that one of company’s vice-presidents may have stolen thousands of dollars using his corporate credit card.The board was told immediate action would be taken to strip Jonathon Mamakwa’s credit card and they’d also get Mamakwa to repay the money they allege he had taken.The internal emails describing the allegations suggest some of the money was spent at casinos.While the board was first learning of this, Transport Canada was inspecting Wasaya’s safety management system and found it to be in non-compliance with regulations as APTN Investigates reported Feb. 27.See also: Debt-ridden Wasaya Airways in ‘danger of collapsing’ forced to sell assetsVisa records obtained by APTN, and interviews with confidential sources, suggest Mamakwa misused more than $160,000.But after the March board meeting the card wasn’t immediately cut off.In fact, documents allege Mamakwa kept misusing it, and the first meeting to try to resolve the issue didn’t take place until late June.According to sources, this created apparent friction between Wasaya Airways president Tom Morris and Wasaya Group’s former president Tom Kam who wanted the card taken away. Kam inquired about the situation on July 5.“Did Tom M do anything with Jonathan’s visa?” Kam wrote in an email to Maureen Sitch, the vice-president of finance for Wasaya Airways.“(Morris) talked to him about it but Jonathon used it again this past week for a cash advance at the casino. So Tom said he would talk to him again. He didn’t take it away that I know of,” Sitch responded in an email.A few days later Kam met with Sitch and discussed the matter further, according to emails.Kam then approached Morris directly July 12 in an email.“What’s happening with his credit card? You need to fix this,” said Kam.Morris wrote Kam saying “it will be fixed.”The card was apparently taken away and a repayment plan was scheduled the board was told July 17, according to documents and sources.But that didn’t sit well with Kam.It also wasn’t enough for Gordon Beardy, chief of Muskrat Dam First Nation which is one of 12 First Nations that own Wasaya Airways.Beardy, and the board of directors, directed Kam to file a police complaint because they didn’t believe simply paying the money back was acceptable.“Chief Beardy believes this is wrong, it is wrong to steal from us, the owners. and (sic) he would like to see an investigation into this,” wrote Kam July 26 to the chief of Thunder Bay police.It’s believed this was one of the last actions by Kam as president of the Wasaya Group as he had already planned to resign months prior.However, jurisdiction to investigate the matter wasn’t with Thunder Bay police but rather with Anishinbek police, Wasaya was told.So Kam’s replacement as acting president of Wasaya Group, MaryEllen Thomas, was directed by the board to contact Anishinbek police with the same fraud complaint against Mamakwa.APTN was told Thomas did just that and provided the Anishinabek police with documents to show the alleged misuse of money.According to Anishinabek Police Sgt. Rob Pelletier, a fraud complaint was officially made by the Wasaya board on Aug. 8.But a day later, the board of directors was fired by a majority vote of the ownership chiefs, according to sources. This was confirmed by two of the fired board members. The chiefs then took the place of the fired directors and became the new board of directors.A week later, Thomas was suspended and her work email disabled. A couple of days later she was fired, APTN was told.But the investigation by Anishnabek police had already started.Police told Wasaya they would be coming to their headquarters in Thunder Bay later that month as part of the investigation.On Aug. 15, investigators “instructed” Wasaya on a few points prior to their arrival. That was also a day before Thomas was fired.Police wanted Wasaya to secure all files related to Mamakwa’s credit card and take “all the necessary measures to prevent access and secure all company property from” him.Investigators also instructed Wasaya to immediately terminate the lease payments to Mamakwa’s company vehicle, according to an internal company email.According to a document, Wasaya had agreed to pay for a company vehicle for Mamakwa but the ownership of the vehicle was found to be in Mamakwa’s name and not Wasaya’s. This was apparently against company policy.Then on Aug. 28 police arrived at Wasaya in Thunder Bay.Sgt. Pelletier told APTN that upon their arrival a “representative” of Wasaya handed them a letter, telling them they weren’t needed and that the matter of the alleged fraud was being handled internally.Police immediately dropped the investigation.When questioned, Pelletier said any questions about why the investigation was dropped should be directed to Wasaya. He said in his mind Wasaya made the complaint and Wasaya was taking it back.According to sources, the letter informing police that the matter would be handled internally was written by Sandy Lake First Nation Chief Bart Meekis, also now chair of the board made up of chiefs, and Kingfisher Lake Chief James Mamakwa, who is the cousin of Jonathan Mamakwa.It’s believed the letter was handed to police by Morris.In another twist, when the board was suddenly fired by the chiefs, the majority of ownership chiefs ripped up the resignation letters of Tom Morris and Jonathan Mamakwa. They both had planned on resigning months earlier for unconfirmed reasons.APTN has copies of their resignation letters.But even before the board was fired, not everyone wanted them to quit.In May, Morris’ cousin and chief of Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation, Donny Morris wrote the former board saying they wouldn’t accept either of the men’s resignations.Donny Morris said he wasn’t part of the vote to fire the board because Morris is his cousin.APTN has learned Jonathan Mamakwa was earning approximately $142,000 with an option for bonuses at the time. He’s currently listed as the vice-president of customer relations and business development. His bio says he used to work for the Kingfisher First Nation.Tom Morris has refused to comment on “internal” Wasaya matters after first offering to meet with APTN in person by flying a reporter to Thunder Bay and paying for their hotel accommodations.The allegations that Jonathan Mamakwa misused a company credit card were put before him in an email to his boss Tom Morris so he could have the opportunity to respond to them.Morris responded “no comment.”kjackson@aptn.caccrozier@aptn.calast_img read more

Crews doing maintenance on Blue Grave Creek Bridge this week

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Yellowhead Road & Bridge North Peace crews will be doing work on the Blue Grave Creek Bridge on the Upper Halfway Road for the first half of this week.The bridge, which is located at the 73-kilometre marker of Upper Halfway Road, will also be closed Monday, March 12th until Wednesday, March 14th because of routine maintenance from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.YRB apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. If you require further information feel free to contact us by phone 250-262-2600 or email rodney@yrb.ca.last_img

Former OGC staff member speaks at FSJ for LNG rally

first_imgPeace River North MLA Dan Davies served as the MC of the rally, which has held at roughly the same time as other pro-resource rallies in Terrace, Kitimat, Smithers, and Langley. FSJ for LNG founder Alan Yu kicked things off by impressing the importance of the rally, especially given the short time remaining before Kinder Morgan’s self imposed deadline of whether or not it will proceed with its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion after halting all non-essential work last month.Sean Surerus, who company is one of two Fort St. John-based companies involved in building Trans Mountain through joint ventures, also spoke about the positive aspects of the resource industry in Canada and especially their commitment to safety.“Our shortcuts hurt us in our sector,” said Surerus. “Every moment that we’re in the media for the wrong reasons: a challenge with a pipeline, an incident in safety, a wreck of some sort. Those are ammunition for those who do not support what we do. Every one of us, we’re representing our sector, and it only takes a moment for something to happen. And in our business, a shortcut hurts us and it hurts our sector.”The rally’s keynote speaker was ResourceEd’s Steven Simons, who prior to working with ResourceED worked for the Oil and Gas Commission for a number of years. Simons spoke about many of the same things that Vivian Krause spoke about at last month’s rally, including the trend of environmental groups conducting coordinated attacks on one specific resource industry at a time in a methodical way. Simons also hosted a seminar at NLC on that topic on Saturday night. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Local grassroots organization FSJ for LNG held its second rally supporting B.C.’s resource extraction industries in just over a month this past Saturday.Around 50 vehicles, half the number that showed up to the organization’s rally on April 21st, lined up near the UFA cardlock on the city’s south side before travelling by convoy once again to Charlie Lake. A crowd of around 50 attendees then parked at the Charlie Lake boat launch for the second half of the rally, which featured several guest speakers take to the stage, which was supplied by Surerus Pipeline. Peace River North MLA Dan Davies and FFSJ for LNG’s Craig Stevens examine the inside of one of Surerus Pipeline’s 42′ pipes. Photo by Chris Newtonlast_img read more

Les Miles Wasnt A Great Coach But He Was A Great Recruiter

Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Sept. 27, 2016) we talk about tragic death of Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández and how both the numbers and his background show why he was so great. Then, we chat with Sports Illustrated’s Lindsay Schnell about why LSU fired Les Miles and whether he should give up being a coach and concentrate on being a recruiter. Finally, we break down the numbers behind Kevin Garnett’s historic career. Plus, a significant digit on Vin Scully’s retirement after almost seven decades in the commentator’s chairLinks to what we discuss:Neil Paine says baseball lost a potential all-time great in José Fernández.Josh Levin, in Slate, writes that Fernández represented the future of baseball.The Ringer’s Michael Baumann goes one step further and says Fernández also represented the future of America.Jordan Ritter Conn, on Grantland, tells the story of Fernández’s journey from Cuba to the MLB All-Star Game.ESPN Stats & Information produces the numbers that show Les Miles was a winner early on at LSU, but not so much at the end.Nylon Calculus’s Justin Willard asks how will we remember Kevin Garnett.Dan Rosenbaum breaks down what the adjusted plus/minus statistic says about how good Garnett was on defense.Significant Digit: 67. That’s the number of years Vin Scully has been a broadcaster for the Dodgers. He’ll be calling his final game with the team this weekend. Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight read more

Beside The Points For Monday April 9 2018

See more NBA predictions All newsletters Big Number(s)46 percentThere are only six teams who are on the bubble for a playoff spot in the NBA right now. Three of them are effective locks; the Spurs, Jazz and Thunder each have a higher-than-97 percent chance of making the postseason. This leaves three teams jockeying for two playoff spots. The Pelicans and Timberwolves are in the best position, each projected to finish 47-35 and each with just over an 80 percent chance of getting in. But there’s still hope for the Denver Nuggets, who have a 46 percent chance of making the postseason. [FiveThirtyEight]Leaks from Slackchris.herring:Shoutout to @kyle’s timing this year. He’s had at least 3 stories in which a team or a player had a huge win that same night. Jokic last night, Blazers a couple weeks back. Good stuff, man.Predictions NBA Oh, and don’t forgetThis is a pro-Nikola Jokic zone haters go elsewhere We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe Things That Caught My EyeWoods and Nicklaus are the only draws in golfTiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus are the only two players where high finishes have a statistically significant effect on Sunday ratings for the Masters tournament. When Tiger finished in the top 10, the average rating was a 10.0, and when Jack finished in the top ten the average rating was a 9.5. [FiveThirtyEight]When Dinosaurs Ruled The EarthThe fullback position is a tough one in the NFL these days. For college fullbacks, they’ve got to make an argument they can also contribute considerably on special teams lest teams overlook them in the draft. This is just part of the position; fullbacks averaged 182.4 plays per season last year, while offenses averaged 1,015.7 snaps per season, meaning you’re only going to see a fullback on offense 18 percent of the time. With a 53-man roster, that’s a tough sell. [ESPN]Sleep; it’s important!I don’t mean to blow your mind with science, but athletes need adequate sleep in order to perform at their peak performance levels. Due to the nature of the NBA schedule and also the width of America, that isn’t always feasible. There were 54 games this NBA season where one team faced a significant competitive disadvantage because of scheduling. For instance, the Denver Nuggets played in Memphis, then left immediately and traveled overnight, then lost an hour en route to Cleveland where they played their third game in five days. Indeed, the Nuggets have been the victims of these “schedule alert” games more than any other team, six of the 54 total games. [ESPN]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?Big Ten lost in Frozen FourThe Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs best out Notre Dame this past weekend to win the Frozen Four NCAA men’s hockey tournament. They were the distinct underdogs; Minnesota Duluth spent just $655,000 on men’s hockey to Notre Dame’s $1.6 million. [ESPN]College Football Playoff probably happens without a Big 12 teamWith Oklahoma sending Baker Mayfield to the NFL, the Big 12 will see its chances of sending a team to the College Football Playoff slashed to 26 percent, lower than any of the other Power 5 conferences. Part of this is that the Big 12 lives and dies based on Oklahoma’s disproportionate performance. The SEC has an 84 percent chance of sending at least one team to the playoff, the Big Ten has an 80 percent shot and the ACC has a 65 percent chance. [ESPN]Cavs should consider preventing the other team from scoring so muchThe Cleveland Cavaliers would ideally prefer to make the NBA Finals, but they have a tough time preventing the other team from scoring the ball a lot, a strategy that other teams have taken to calling “defense.” Yes, interfering with the capacity of opponents to score is, for 28 other teams, a higher priority than for the Cavs and their 29th ranked defense. If they want to beat the Raptors, Celtics or Sixers — again, all who make any attempt, however small, to stop the other team from getting points — LeBron James should consider it! [ESPN] read more

Javier Zanetti Ill see you at the Milan derby – Maldini

first_imgInter Milan Vice-President Javier Zanetti has welcomed the news of Paolo Maldini’s return to arch-rivals AC Milan and is looking forward to seeing him at the next Derby della MadonninaMaldini was unveiled as Milan’s new director on Monday after nine years away from the Rossoneri following his retirement from professional football after an incredible 902 appearances.The former left-back spent his entire 25-year playing career at the San Siro and helped Milan to an impressive five Champions League titles over that period.And Zanetti, who likewise played for Inter 858 times and helped the club win the European title in 2010, has welcomed back his old rival.“I’m really happy for Paolo, because before being a great professional he’s a great person,” said Zanetti on Football-Italia.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“Someone like him will be a positive for the world of football in general, and in particular for ours. I have huge respect for him.“We faced each other many times as an opponent, now we’re both in other roles. However, the same admiration, respect and consideration for him remain.“I’ll be happy to embrace him at the next derby, as we did on the pitch so many times. I want to wish him a big ‘good luck’ for his new adventure.”The first Milan derby of the Serie A season will take place on October 21.last_img read more

Pochettino insists Spurs must improve squad in January

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed the club are keen to improve their playing staff when the January transfer window opens at the start of next year.Spurs became the first club in the Premier League since the transfer window was added to the calendar at the turn of the millennium that did not sign a single player in the summer transfer window after they failed to make a single addition to their squad during the offseason.Pochettino has hinted that the North London club are looking to add to their squad in January.The former Southampton manager admitted that all coaches are keen to sign new players every six months ‘to change the dynamic in the dressing room.’Pochettino said, according to 101GreatGoals: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.“All the coaching staff, managers, always want to improve the squad with signings and players from the academy because football is dynamic.”“Every six months you need to do something to refresh and to wake up, or to change the dynamic in the dressing room always.”“We tried to sign players but we could not achieve what we need or what we want.”Spurs were interested in signing Jack Grealish from Aston Villa in the summer, it remains to be seen if they’ll renew their interest in the England international when the transfer window reopens in January.last_img read more

Jamaica And World Bank Sign US105 Millions Loans

first_img Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 3 (JIS): Three loans totalling US$105 million were signed by the Government and the World Bank, at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., today (September 3). Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, signed on behalf of Jamaica, while World Bank Country Director for the country, Sophia Sirtaine, signed for the bank. The loans are in support of three government projects – the Foundation for Competitiveness and Growth, which will receive US$50 million; the Youth Employment in Digital Animation Industry, US$20 million, and the Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project, US$35 million. “The projects are intended to further the overarching goals of the Government of Jamaica-World Bank Country Strategy for the period 2014 – 2017; to support the government’s investments in key strategic areas, including physical sustainability in youth employment; public sector modernization and to facilitate a more enabling environment for private sector growth,” the Finance Minister said at the signing. Dr. Phillips added that the loans represent an important cooperation between the Government of Jamaica and the World Bank, and is aimed at advancing the prospects for growth as the country goes through a strenuous economic reform programme that forms part of the agreement with the IMF. He said the Government will do its utmost best to ensure a smooth implementation of the three projects.The Minister explained that funds for the Foundation for Competitiveness and Growth project will enhance competition in the business environment, facilitate strategic private investments and support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Funds for the Youth Employment in Digital Animation Industry will provide training and coaching for over 200 young Jamaicans, enhance entrepreneurial skills and create 150 start-up companies. Under the Strategic Public Sector Transformation Project, the funds will be used to strengthen public investment management systems, budget preparation process and property tax compliance administration. In her remarks, Ms. Sirtaine had high praise for Jamaica regarding the programmes it has implemented to spur economic growth, and for the results it has been reaping since its implementation. She added that the bank is committed to working with Jamaica in ensuring the success of its various economic programmes. Dr. Phillips and his delegation are also engaged in a series of discussions with officials at the US Treasury, State Department, the IMF and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). He is accompanied by the Governor of the Bank of Jamaica, Brian Wynter; Director General of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Colin Bullock; Financial Secretary, Devon Rowe and Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Stephen Vasciannie. Related Items:bank of jamaica, Brian Wynter, colin bullock, devon rowe, jamaica, peter phillips, Sophia Sirtaine, stephen vasciannie, world bank Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclavelast_img read more

GOVERNOR SAYS MELOCHE NOT BOOTED OUT OPTED OUT

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Dec 2014 – Director of Public Prosecitions says public conjecture is wrong; her decision and resignation from the office came long before Rodney Adams case. HE Governor Peter Beckingham said already there is advertising on for the position to be filled; he said he hopes some islanders apply for the job. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Related Items:director of public prosecution, governor peter beckingham, JoAnne Meloche DR wants consulate office in TCI Recommended for you New Prison Supt & Officer of the Year Awardedlast_img

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrest

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between June 21, 2018 and June 27, 2018:Thursday, June 21NoneFriday, June 22NoneSaturday, June 23Angelo R. Speranza (55, Wilmington) — Unlicensed Operation Of A Motor Vehicle and Possessing Open Container of Alcohol In A Motor Vehicle (Arrest)Sunday, June 24NoneMonday, June 25Erik M. Miltrano (31, Burlington) — Operating A Motor Vehicle with a Revoked or Suspended License and Warrant (Arrest)Tuesday, June 26NoneWednesday, June 27None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests & Issue 1 SummonsIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 1 Arrest & Issue 2 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 3 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Tesla tweets video of electric Semi hauling vehicles for delivery

first_img Post a comment Tags More From Roadshow 0 2019 Maserati Levante GTS: Heart of gold Share your voice Review • Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim More about 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance Tesla Preview • 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance: The future, quicker Tesla has been placing ever more focus on delivering vehicles in the past several months. In November, Musk tweeted that Tesla “just acquired trucking capacity” to improve Model 3 delivery times. In March, a filing from the SEC showed that Tesla registered about $14 million worth of company stock in order to acquire trucks and trailers from California-based Central Valley Auto Transport, Inc., further boosting its delivery capabilities.While the Semi is not yet a production vehicle, according to a text message from a Tesla spokesperson, the Semi has been used “many times” for hauling to and from Gigafactory and elsewhere, so it appears there are no issues surrounding the idea of using a development vehicle for real-deal deliveries. The spokesperson also confirmed that the cars in the video were actual owner vehicles, and that those vehicles were delivered to their owners using the Semi. Nevertheless, it’s clear that Tesla is determined to get its own trucks delivering its own vehicles as the automaker expands its offerings and the markets in which they’re sold. 2020 Chevy Silverado 2500HD first drive: Teched out for towing The Tesla Semi isn’t even in production yet, but it appears at least one early model is getting put to work.Tesla on Monday tweeted a video of its all-electric Semi hauling a carrier’s worth of Tesla vehicles. The tweet’s caption makes it sound like the Semi is actively participating in delivering Tesla’s production vehicles, and it definitely looks good doing it. Tesla Semi delivering Tesla cars pic.twitter.com/ttEpcW5d8G— Jung Musk (@elonmusk) March 30, 2019 Tesla Semi out for deliveries— Tesla (@Tesla) April 1, 2019 Tesla Semi looks set to tower over the competition 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 12 Photos This follows a tweet from CEO Elon Musk over the weekend, which showed a static picture of the Semi fully loaded for vehicle deliveries. In a follow-up tweet, Musk said the company has been “so mired in production [and] logistics for [the] past 18 months,” and that he is “[r]eally looking [forward] to getting Semi into production.” Electric Cars Car Industry Elon Musk Teslalast_img read more

Fake journalists hatching plot to kill me says JK top cop Imtiyaz

first_imgThanks sir. Not afraid but worrying is smear,maligning & slander campaign against @JmuKmrPolice & it’s officers who’re bravely fighting proxy war/terrorism for last 30 years with impeccable record & huge sacrifices. We aren’t here for any other project except to establish peace https://t.co/J23BN6hibX — Imtiyaz Hussain (@hussain_imtiyaz) March 21, 2019 This is becoming intolerable to them and their bosses across have employed them to target me. They want to silence me on social media.They are the same people who have built a case for Shujat Bukhari’s killing.3/n — Imtiyaz Hussain (@hussain_imtiyaz) March 21, 2019Meanwhile, former J&K police chief Sheesh Paul Vaid has praised Imtiyaz for fearlessly voicing the opinions of the department on social media.Imtiaz, you are a fine and bold officer who has been putting across the views of the department fearlessly on social media and an officer with the high integrity. Have faith in Allah, no harm will come to you. The entire police force has always been behind you. https://t.co/GFfe6qjwgj— Shesh Paul Vaid (@spvaid) March 21, 2019 Protests staged after the murder of journalist Shujaat Bukhari.IANSIn a startling revelation, a top official serving in J&K Police, Imtiyaz Hussain, took to Twitter to claim that some criminals posing as journalists are trying to kill him. In a series of tweets, Imtiyaz said that there is a well-hatched conspiracy being propounded by some who are active on social media to eliminate him.J&K Police top officer, Imtiyan Hussain said that some people posing as journalists on social media are planning to kill himTwitterThe senior police official said that the same people across the border who killed senior journalist Shujaat Bukhari are also planning to murder him.Imtiyaz, who was recently posted as Senior Superintendent of Police, Baramulla, has been now transferred to the security wing of J&K Police. He said that his choice of expressing views on social media has made “some people and their bosses unhappy” and they have hatched a slander/ smear campaign against him.The tweets sent shockwaves across journalist and security officials’ fraternity on social media.There are some well-known people hyperactive on Facebook and Twitter who are building an environment to get me killed. These people claiming to be journalists aren’t apparently working with any media house. 1/n— Imtiyaz Hussain (@hussain_imtiyaz) March 21, 2019The senior cop said that he is not scared to die in the line of duty and would consider it as a great honour.Having been never afraid of death and it would be honour to get sacrificed in the line of duty but the perception being created against me is slanderous. I am one among very few police officers active on social media and being forthright and calling a spade a spade. 2/n — Imtiyaz Hussain (@hussain_imtiyaz) March 21, 2019Imtiyaz also alleged that senior journalist and editor of Rising Kashmir, Shujaat Bukhari, who was killed last year, had confided in him that several people working in media houses were creating an environment for his murder.Shujat had confided with me how some media guys had been spreading canards against him and creating a conducive atmosphere for his murder.We being a liberal democracy and such elements take full advantage of our liberal laws,knowing it very well that law can’t touch them.— Imtiyaz Hussain (@hussain_imtiyaz) March 21, 2019last_img read more

NGK box office collection Suriyas film enters second week with a bang

first_imgSuriya’s NGK is off to a good start at Chennai box office.PR HandoutSuriya’s NGK has completed its first week in Tamil Nadu on a decent note. The Kollywood film was released in over 450 screens last weekend (31 May) and had opened to mixed reviews from the critics and audience.By the end of its first week, NGK is estimated to have grossed around Rs 32-34 crore at the Tamil Nadu box office. In the weekdays, the movie had highest footfalls in theatres on Wednesday (6 June) due to Eid holiday.At the worldwide box office, NGK is estimated to have grossed over Rs 50 crore. With lots of expectations, the movie has entered its second week. However, Vijay Antony and Arjun Sarja’s Kolaigaran has got highly positive reviews which might have some impact on the collection of the Suriya-starrer.In order to be a profitable venture, NGK has to perform well at the box office for the next one week and the second weekend is crucial for its success.Meanwhile, Suriya has accepted the mixed verdict given to his latest film by the audience. On Twitter, he wrote, I humbly accept all the love,views and opinions about NGK with utmost humility and thank the masterminds 😉 who decoded and appreciated the different attempt, and the actors performances!! Thanks to the entire cast & crew for making this happen #NGK @selvaraghavan @prabhu_sr”. [sic]”NGK is a political thriller, written and directed by Selvaraghavan. Rakul Preet Singh and Sai Pallavi play the female lead in the movie.last_img read more

Appeal hearing against stay on Gazipur polls Wednesday

first_imgGazipur City CorporationThe Supreme Court (SC) is scheduled to hold hearing on the two appeal petitions on Wednesday challenging the High Court order staying the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election for three months, reports UNB.The full bench of the appellate division, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, will hear on the appeal petitions filed by two mayoral candidates of ruling party Awami League (AL) and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).Earlier in the day, Awami League mayoral candidate Zahangir Alam filed a petition with the Appellate Division bench of the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order staying the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election for three months.The chamber judge of the Appellate Division justice Hasan Foyez Siddique on Tuesday sent the petitions to the full-bench of the appellate division after hearing on the two petitions.Earlier on Monday, BNP mayoral candidate Hasan Uddin Sarkar filed a petition with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order.However, no hearing on the petition was held with the chamber judge of the Appellate Division as no representative from the election commission was present at the court, said Sagir Hossain Leon, counsel of the BNP mayoral candidate.On Sunday, the HC stayed the Gazipur City Corporation election, which was scheduled to be held on 15 May, for three months.It also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the inclusion of six moujas of Dhaka district into GCC should not be declared illegal.The government on 16 January 2013 published a gazette incorporating six moujas of Shimulia union of Savar upazila (South Boroibari, Domna, Shibrampur, West Panishail, South Panishail and Domnag) under Gazipur City Corporation but according to law, GCC was formed with Gazipur and Tongi municipalities.ABM Azharul Islam Suruj, Shimulia union parishad chairman of Savar, filed the writ on Sunday morning challenging the legality of the gazette as the election commission announced the election schedule incorporating six moujas of Dhaka district, which is illegal.Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced the election schedule for Gazipur and Khulna city corporations on 31 March.last_img read more

NonMPO teachers employees end hunger strike

first_imgNon-MPO teachers, employees end hunger strikeTeachers and employees of non-MPO educational institutions on Wednesday broke their hunger strike upon government assurance that their demand of enlisting their institutions under the Monthly Pay Order (MPO) scheme would be met, reports UNB.National professor Anisuzzaman and former adviser to a caretaker government Rasheda K Chowdhury went to the teachers demonstrating in front of the Jatiya Press Club around 3:30pm and offered them water to break the fast.Professor Anisuzzaman said, “The prime minister came up with an announcement over the demand of the teachers at parliament recently. Hopefully the problem will soon be resolved.”On 4 July, prime minister Sheikh Hasina told parliament that the government would take a scheme soon to bring educational institutions under the MPO following a recently formulated policy.Meanwhile, Binoy Bhusan Roy, general secretary of Non-MPO Educational Institutions Teachers’ and Employees’ Federation, said, “In the morning five representatives of the protesting teachers met the education minister when he assured us of granting our demand and said the ministry has already started discussion with the finance ministry over the issue.”The teachers and employees of non-MPO educational institutions went on an indefinite hunger strike under the banner of Non-MPO Educational Institutions Teachers’ and Employees’ Federation in front of the Jatiya Press Club on 25 June.On 31 December last year, they had started observing fast unto death but ended the strike on 5 January after getting assurance from the PM.As there were no specific budgetary allocation for the 2018-2019 fiscal year in this regard, they started fresh agitations.last_img read more

WB VP arrives Sunday to discuss Rohingya issue

first_imgWorld Bank vice president for South Asia region Hartwig SchaferWorld Bank vice president for South Asia region Hartwig Schafer arrives in Dhaka Sunday to discuss how to help Bangladesh cope with the Rohingya crisis.The WB official is scheduled to visit the Rohingya camps and meet local government officials, the civil society and non-governmental organisation representatives in Cox’s Bazar.“Despite its own challenges, Bangladesh has shown great generosity by sheltering nearly one million Rohingya people,” said Schafer.A WB release quoted him as saying, the World Bank is working closely with the government to help address the needs of the Rohingya until their safe return to Myanmar and help build the country’s capacity to deal with the crisisHe appreciates Bangladesh’s ‘remarkable story of cutting extreme poverty to half in record time’ and said other countries can learn from Bangladesh’s many development innovations and successes.“I look forward to meet our partners and see firsthand the country’s journey to economic growth,” said Schafer. This is his first visit to Bangladesh since assuming office on 1 July.In Dhaka, Schafer will meet the finance minister, the water resource minister as well as the private sector and civil society leaders.He will also join the launch of a new World Bank report, “South Asia’s Hotspots: The Impact of Temperature and Precipitation Changes on Living Standards.”He will also visit a World Bank supported project, which is upgrading a unit in the Ghorashal power station to more than double the unit’s electricity generation capacity.The WB release mentioned that it has mobilised up to $400 million on grant terms to help Bangladesh deal with the Rohingya crisis. It has approved the first two operations — totaling about $75 million in grants — to provide health services and education to the Rohingya, many of whom are children, youth or women.last_img read more

UPDATE Houston Joins Litigation Against Texas Over Sanctuary Cities Law

first_imgSB4, which allows local police to ask for proof of legal status when detaining someone and demands cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security, has raised fear in the immigrant community and hasn’t been welcomed in the law enforcement community because of its many implications, as explained by the two top local chiefs,  Houston Police Department’s Art Acevedo, and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez.  The Houston City Council passed a Resolution today to join the litigation against Texas over the Constitutionality of the State law about so-called sanctuary cities, commonly known as SB4. UH Associate Professor in Political Science, Jerónimo Cortina, said about the vote: “On the one hand, it is a clear signal to the state that cities and municipalities want the same autonomy to run their cities in the same terms that the State claims when there is real or perceived intervention of the federal government on State matters. Houston is a welcoming city and thus it needs to backup those claims through actions.” With this decision, Houston joins six other jurisdictions challenging the SB4, which are Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Bexar, Travis, El Cenizo, and El Paso. Share Human rights, public safety and the welfare of Houston’s business community were some of the arguments presented by the Council Members who supported the Resolution to sue. Karla Cisneros, who represents District H, referred to Acevedo’s concerns about SB Four during the debate about the Resolution. Al OrtizThe Houston City Council voted on joining the litigation against SB4 during its June 21st meeting. The vote tally was 10 to 6, with Mayor Sylvester Turner voting in favor of the Resolution and At-Large Position 5 Council Member Jack Christie being absent during the vote.center_img On the other hand, the Council Members who voted against the lawsuit alluded to not seeing a clear reason to join the litigation and also voiced their concern about the possibility the City could lose State and Federal funding because of fighting SB4 in the courts. Cortina goes on to analyze the law itself stating: “SB4 has a lot of potential economic and public safety consequences that need to be clarified by the courts. At the end it is not the State nor the City who are going to end up paying the costs of implementing SB4 it is going to be the tax payer and for some this constitutes an unfunded mandate from the State to Cities.” Council Member Travis was the most vocal and at one point he stressed: “I’m talking about the quarter billion dollars we stand to lose that will affect everybody’s district in here.” Some activists who support the City’s upcoming lawsuit were in the Council’s chamber and celebrated the outcome of the vote. “I think his comments are alarming and I want to read just a few of the things he has said. He says we don’t have the resources, nor do we have the bandwidth to be ICE agents,” said Cisneros while she addressed her colleagues. “Houstonians are expecting us to stand up and protect their interests, not to defer to somebody else,” Mayor Turner commented in this regard during the customary press conference held after the City Council meeting. Council Members Brenda Stardig, Steve Le, Greg Travis, Dave Martin, Mike Knox and Michael Kubosh voted against the City suing the State because of the law.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wednesday December 9

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uUniversity of Maryland President Wallace Loh is advocating for the removal of the name of Curly Byrd, perhaps the most influential leader in the school’s history and an avowed segregationist, from UM’s football stadium. We’ll discuss Byrd’s segregationist history at the University of Maryland with AFRO Publisher Jake Oliver. Also, our recurring guests Taya Graham and Stephen Janis (The Mod Squad) are back with reporting on the trial of Officer William Porter, Marilyn Mosby being sued by a former city prosecutor and other Baltimore political and law enforcement news.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img