Court filing: Man agrees to plead guilty to conspiracy in plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer

first_imgDETROIT (AP) — Court filing: Man agrees to plead guilty to conspiracy in plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.last_img


Linden Mayor denies financial extravagance

first_img− reiterates Town Clerk must goBY Utamu BelleLinden Mayor Carwyn Holland has denied reports highlighted in some sections of the media that he and Deputy Mayor Waneka Arindell expended over $500,000 in travel/fuel expens from the time of taking up office on April 1.Holland, reportedly overseas at the time of the allegations, sought to set the record straight during a press conference in Georgetown on Monday. He said the impression presented to some sections of the media and the public that he “treats the municipality of the Linden Mayor and Town Council’s (LM&TC) funds like his personal piggy bank” are not only untrue, but signals a clear attempt to incriminate and bring the Mayor’s office into disrepute with malicious slandering.He pointed out that it is the Linden Town Clerk (TC) Jenella Bowen, who administers and more so has access to the Council’s funds, also stating that not even the Deputy Mayor has such access to the funds.Councillor and acting head of the council’s Finance Committee Derron John who was also present, reported that from the period April 1 to now a total of $255,464 was expended in vehicular travelling by the mayor and deputy mayor, instead of over the $500,000 that was reported. “Let me begin by first asserting that these allegations are completely untrue and are a gross exaggeration of the actual expenditures…the actual sum expended on fuel by the mayor and deputy Office is almost half of what was wickedly presented to the media…It is the responsibility of the municipality to provide a fixed sum for travel to the capital city Georgetown on Council business. On many occasions I have travelled to Georgetown and not requested funds to travel,” Holland noted.According to Councillor Wainwright Bethune, who was part of the press conference, the reports of over $500,000 in spending was an error which had been recorded but that the amount was corrected at a Finance Committee meeting. He explained that the municipal treasurer had also relayed the correction to the TC.He noted that while he is not making allegations against the TC, there was circumstantial evidence which proved that a document, which only TC had access to, was out in the public domain prior to the Finance Committee meeting. Bethune noted that some members of the municipality have also indicated their belief that the incorrect figures could have been leaked to the public by the TC.Bethune posited that because of the incorrect information being peddled, it was decided that the recent no-confidence motion be passed against the TC. He said that while the decision was made in the absence of the Mayor, Holland supports the decision of the Council and reiterated that the TC must go.Meanwhile, the mayor went on to state that he is aware of the Council’s financial situation, with it being over $200 million in the red but denied the exorbitant spending.“I am not now, nor have I been an exorbitant spender, nor one to be fancied over frivolous things. Instead, I know myself to be charitable especially to my town and have been fighting ever since we took office for stricter financial accountability and prudent spending,” Holland remarked.Further, Holland reiterated that he does not have any direct access to Council funds and that no spending of the Council is done without the passage and signature of the Town Clerk.Holland said he was forced to send a letter of complaint to the Communities Minister regarding what he described as the malpractices of the TC while he was on vacation. He believes there was a deliberate attempt to besmirch his image and that of the Deputy Mayor by inflating expenditures. He is contemplating legal proceedings; and will only recant when he gets a public apology. He added that the no-confidence motion was not a deliberate plan, but came from a recommendation from a Finance meeting of the Council where the accusations of the improprieties came up, which pushed the Council to make a recommendation for the no-confidence motion to be discussed at the level of the statutory meeting.He also denied allegations that the TC was locked out of office and noted that tardiness on the part of the TC was the main reason for the motion.last_img read more


Missing Dog: Have you seen Sandy?

first_imgUPDATE: Sandy has come home safely, thanks to all who shared this post.An appeal has been launched to find a much-loved missing dog in Letterkenny. Sandy was last seen on Monday 11th March in the Ramelton Road/Ballyraine area of Letterkenny. She is 12 years old.Sandy’s owners are anxious to see her come back home safely.If anyone has any information please call Caitrina on 0861655232.Missing Dog Sandy – LetterkennyMissing Dog: Have you seen Sandy? was last modified: March 14th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennylost and foundMISSING DOGlast_img read more


Matt Barnes: ‘We Believe’ Warriors celebrated Dallas upset with copious weed at Nellie’s place

first_imgNow it can be told. The question is, are you ready to hear it?The year was 2007. The woebegone Warriors, in the first season of coach Don Nelson’s second tour of duty with Golden State, actually manned up and reached the postseason for the first time in 13 years.The catchphrase that year was “We Believe” — mainly because the marketing folks balked at putting “Do you believe this (expletive)?” on a T-Shirt.Not only did the Warriors reach the postseason, they defeated the Dallas Mavericks, …last_img read more


News Cafe opens in India

first_img6 January 2010 South African food and entertainment chain News Cafe opened its first venue in India in November, joining the ranks of other well-known local brands, such as Nando’s, Spur and Steers, which have branched out overseas. This is the first News Cafe branch to open off the African continent. MediaClubSouthAfrica Free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. The first sub-continental branch of News Cafe opened its doors in the capital city of New Delhi. Before taking the adventurous step the company conducted intensive market research to establish the pattern for overseas expansion. Research was carried out in three key areas in India – the densely populated cities of Mumbai, New Delhi and Hyderabad. But this country is not the only one in Asia to be targeted by News Cafe – the company also has China in its sights. The second News Cafe, currently in the final stages of fitting, is due to open early in 2010 in Hyderabad, known as the pharmaceutical and ICT capital of the country. The third one will open in Mumbai, the world’s second-biggest city in terms of population, in March 2010. To get the most out of its Indian market penetration, the South African franchise has partnered with Numbers Only, a multinational company with extensive hospitality experience in the US and India, and therefore sound knowledge of the industry. Numbers Only also has a separate hotel and restaurant division. News Cafe GM Alan van der Westhuizen said the company was extremely excited to be branching out into new territory. “Unlike other parts of the globe, there is much money and potential within the Indian economy,” he said. “An enormous expatriate community exists with the presence of major corporations utilising the country’s colossal workforce. As such, initial reactions to the contemporary News Cafe brand have been incredibly positive.” He added that New Cafe was hoping to give other similar international brands, such as T.G.I. Friday’s, Hard Rock Cafe and Smokehouse Grill, a run for their money. Rave reviews The 200-seater New Delhi News Cafe operates in the upmarket residential suburb of Vasant Kunj, in the DLF Promenade which is fittingly situated on Nelson Mandela Road. Reviews posted on food websites have not been sparing with praise for News Cafe. “This place rocks,” wrote one enthusiastic diner. “They have the best burgers in town, and the drinks are good … their menu is casual continental.” Customers can experience the well-established South African vibe with decor very similar to that of local News Cafes. To be more compatible with the Indian clientele, however, subtle changes have been made, such as the use of brighter, jewel-like colours in fabrics. The familiar wood counter tops have been replaced with locally quarried granite, which is also seen on the floors and walls. There are also slight changes to the menu. In South Africa News Cafes open very early, some by 07h00, but because the New Delhi one trades between 10h00 and 02h00 the breakfast menu has been reduced accordingly. In addition to the normal fare, a few local favourite dishes such as paneer kathi, kakori keema sandwich, falafel, and Thai green, green prawn and Thai red vegetable curries, are available. The staple food of rice also appears on the menu. Hindu customers have been accommodated with a variety of non-beef dishes, but beef has been left on the menu for the growing international community. All dishes are clearly marked as vegetarian or non-vegetarian, or containing beef and pork.Steady growth The first News Cafe opened in 1995 in Hatfield, Pretoria, and since then the franchise has expanded throughout South Africa and across the country’s borders. There are now 37 venues in Africa, including franchises in Nigeria and Botswana. The unique News Cafe lifestyle concept has earned it many awards in the food, beverage and service sector. Success is attributed to astute, high-profile location, versatility, innovation, trend-setting, aesthetics, positive energy and a multi-cultural clientele. The versatile food chain presents itself as a stylish coffee shop in the morning, switching to a bistro ambience at lunch time, and later in the evening, serves cocktails and light snacks. Occasionally there are music and promotional events for product suppliers. Customers can make themselves at home at all times of the day at a News Cafe, according to the holding company Fournews Developments. The company’s international expansion strategy includes not only Asia, but also the Middle East, Europe and North Africa.First published on 3 December 2009 by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more


Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman: I was abused by doctor

first_imgUSA Gymnastics announced Tuesday it hired Kerry Perry as the organization’s new president and CEO. Perry starts Dec. 1. NVGRELATED STORIES:US gymnastics gold medalist reveals abuse by team doctorUS Olympic gymnastics doctor pleads guilty to child porn charges Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Read Next FILE – In this Aug. 11, 2016, file photo, United States’ Aly Raisman rests between apparatus’ during the artistic gymnastics women’s individual all-around final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Raisman says she is among the young women abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor. Raisman tells “60 Minutes” she was 15 when she was first treated by Dr. Larry Nassar, who spent more than two decades working with athletes at USA Gymnastics. He’s now is in jail in Michigan awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she is among the young women sexually abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor.Raisman tells “60 Minutes” she was 15 when she was first treated by Dr. Larry Nassar, who spent more than two decades working with athletes at USA Gymnastics. He’s now is in jail in Michigan awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding ‘He took advantage of so many people’s trust’The 23-year-old Raisman has been highly critical of USA Gymnastics in recent months, calling for leadership change at the top of the organization while advocating for athlete’s rights.Nassar began working with USA Gymnastics as an athletic trainer in 1986 and became the national team doctor in 1996. He stepped down in 2014 but remained on staff before being fired in 2015.“These girls, they should be comfortable going to USA Gymnastics and saying ‘I need help, I want therapy. I need this,’” Raisman said in an interview with The Associated Press and USA Today in August during the 2017 national championships.Raisman declined to get into specifics at that time about whether she was abused by Nassar but painted a vivid picture of how Nassar’s behavior went unchecked.ADVERTISEMENT Raisman, the captain of the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold-medal winning teams, details the abuse in her book “Fierce,” which will be released on Tuesday. Raisman’s interview with “60 Minutes” will air Sunday night.Raisman is the latest gymnast to claim she was sexually abused by Nassar. McKayla Maroney, who won two medals at the 2012 Games as Raisman’s teammate, said last month she was molested for years by Nassar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNassar also is awaiting trial on separate criminal sexual conduct charges and has been sued by more than 125 women alleging sexual abuse. Nassar has pleaded not guilty to the assault charges, and the dozens of civil suits filed in Michigan are currently in mediation.USA Gymnastics said in a statement Friday that Raisman sharing her personal experience took “great courage” and it is “appalled by the conduct of which Larry Nassar is accused.” “I think that, you just want, you want to trust people and that he was just a disgusting person, he took advantage of so many people’s trust,” Raisman said. “And I think, it just disgusts me he was a doctor. It’s crazy. Because when a doctor says something you want to believe him and it’s just awful.”Jamie Dantzscher, a bronze medalist on the 2000 U.S. Olympic team, filed a lawsuit against Nassar in California in September 2016. She says Nassar touched her inappropriately while disguising the abuse as treatment. Dantzscher initially filed as “Jane Doe” but came forward publicly to “60 Minutes” in February.USA Gymnastics adopts SafeSport PolicyUSA Gymnastics launched an independent review of its policies in the wake of the allegations against Nassar and reporting by the Indianapolis Star in August 2016 that highlighted chronic mishandling of sexual abuse allegations against coaches and staff at some of its more than 3,500 clubs across the country.In June, the gymnastics board adopted the new USA Gymnastics SafeSport Policy that replaced the previous policy. Key updates include mandatory reporting, defining six types of misconduct, setting standards to prohibit grooming behavior, preventing inappropriate interaction and establishing accountability.In July, the organization hired Toby Stark, a child welfare advocate, as its director of SafeSport. Part of Stark’s mandate is educating members on rules, educational programs and reporting. The federation also adopted several recommendations by Deborah Daniels, a former federal prosecutor who oversaw the review. USA Gymnastics now has the power to withhold membership from clubs that decline to report claims of abuse.Clubs are now “required to report child abuse or neglect, including sexual misconduct, to proper authorities, including the U.S. Center for SafeSport and law enforcement authorities.”The organization has taken some steps to provide more oversight and safety to its national team gymnasts.Team members who fly into Houston for training camps must be escorted to the camp with at least two other people to avoid any one-on-one interaction. Underage female gymnasts with male coaches who are picked to compete internationally must now travel with a credentialed female chaperone. One-on-one visits by medical staff are prohibited at cabins the athletes use during overnight stays at the national training center.center_img LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. 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10 months ago​Monaco boss Henry: I talk to Fabregas every two, three days

first_img​Monaco boss Henry: I talk to Fabregas every two, three daysby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMonaco boss Thierry Henry has admitted that he would be interested in Cesc Fabregas.It has been suggested in the British and French press that Fabregas is set to leave Chelsea, with a multi-year deal with Monaco touted as the most likely option.And the French club’s manager, who only took over the job earlier this season, would like to have Fabregas in his team.But he has not given any indication that a deal is set to be completed.”You saw like me, there was a standing ovation, tears,” Henry said of Fabregas to reporters. “Since I left Arsenal we talk every two or three days. It hasn’t changed in the last few days. He’s a player that interests all clubs.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


Canada largely successful in managing economic immigration OECD study

first_imgStephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press OTTAWA — An international review of Canada’s economic immigration system suggests the country is doing well when it comes to how it selects and welcomes foreign workers.But the report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development suggests that some tweaks would be helpful to ensure the needs of the economy are actually being met.The OECD study comes as Quebec debates whether to slash the number of immigrants it accepts, and ahead of a federal election in which the immigration file is expected to be a major point of discussion.The organization reviewed how Canada recruits foreign labour — from the Express Entry program that sees the government effectively “invite” people to come to Canada permanently, to programs geared towards temporary workers.Their analysis is that the system is largely working, but point out flaws such as the fact that the screening policy leaves room for political tinkering and that too many professional credentials from outside the country are not recognized in Canada.The OECD released its report on Thursday alongside federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, whose Liberal government made several changes to the Express Entry system initially designed by the previous Conservatives.The international body says some of the Liberal changes — such as reducing the number of points an applicant received for having a job offer — helped better align what the labour market requires and who is applying for entry.The study suggests, however, that there are still mismatches occurring in the way the system is run. For example, what gets an applicant into the pool of potential invitees doesn’t align with what leads to an invitation to immigrate, making it harder for areas with labour shortages to get the candidates they need. About 85,000 economic immigrants a year settle in Canada and whether that number is too high, too low, or just right is a frequent political flashpoint, linked at times to whether newcomers integrate successfully into the country.The Quebec government wants to cut the number of immigrants that province accepts, arguing that more work needs to be done to ensure they are matched with market need.Some business groups are arguing the planned intake numbers are far too low, and others have said the plan — which comes as Quebec also pursues a so-called values test for newcomers — is part of an anti-immigrant push.The OECD report did not specifically review Quebec’s immigration program. It operates independently of the federal system and other existing provincial systems for selecting economic immigrants.But it did find in general that newcomers directly recruited and settled by the provinces often have better outcomes than those who are welcomed via federal programs.Pledging to make the immigration system better and more responsive to labour market needs is a regular promise on the election campaign trail.The Conservatives have already promised that under their government, they would improve the credential recognition system.Among other things in the 2019 federal budget, the governing Liberals promised to make permanent a pilot project that fast-tracks the application process for certain kinds of employees.The OECD study suggested that the Global Skills Strategy does live up to its promise, and suggested it be used as a template to help speed up temporary labour programs for other categories.last_img read more


Alberta signs pot supply deals with 13 licensed marijuana producers

first_imgST. ALBERT, Alta. – The Alberta government entity tasked with regulating cannabis has signed supply deals with 13 licensed producers, including Aurora Cannabis and Canopy Growth Corp., as it gears up for legal recreational pot in October.The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission says it chose the producers from a list of 31 marijuana producers who expressed interest.All but two of the 13 marijuana companies chosen are based in Ontario, including Aphria Inc., the Tragically Hip-backed UP Cannabis Inc., and MedReleaf Corp.Edmonton-based Aurora Cannabis, which has three facilities in Alberta, is the only licensed producer based in the province. The ALGC also signed a deal with New Brunswick-based Organigram.The commission says it will continue to engage additional marijuana producers, specifically those based in Alberta, as they become federally licensed.When legal, consumers will be able to buy pot from the ALGC online for home delivery, as well as from private retailers that receive the appropriate licenses from the province.Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB, TSX:WEED, TSX:APH, TSX:LEAF, TSXV:OGI)last_img read more


Rise in mental health awareness in India

first_imgWhile mental health has often remained a widely ignored topic and a taboo in the Indian society, a new report shows over 80 per cent rise in the number of people seeking help for mental health issues, especially in tier-2 cities. According a digital healthcare platform annual healthcare map, there has been 82 per cent increase in the appointments with psychologists, psychiatrists and psychotherapists in tier-2 cities — Indore, Kanpur, Nagpur, Jaipur, Vishakapatnam, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Coimbatore, Ahmedabad and Patna. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainPeople in these cities sought help mostly for depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), marriage counselling, stress, de-addiction and anger management among others. “It is a common belief that mental issues are mainly arising in metro cities owing to the stressful lifestyles. However, the non-metro cities are also in immediate need for access to mental healthcare,” experts said. “The sharp increase in the number of physical appointments with psychologists, psychiatrists and psychotherapists in these towns and cities clearly indicates that Indians beyond metros are seeking timely help to address their concerns rather than ignoring or self-medicating,” experts added. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardIn tier-1 cities – Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune, Chennai, Kolkata and Hyderabad – a 24 per cent increase was seen in the appointments with psychologists, psychiatrists and psychotherapists. A World Health Organisation (WHO) report states that 7.5 per cent of the Indian population suffers from some form of mental concern or disorder. “This indicates that unhealthy lifestyle habits, long working hours and work-life imbalance are taking a toll on people and their mental health,” the report said. Further, it was found that Indians visited their doctors 3.2 times a year in 2018, up from 2.7 times in 2017. This is, however, lower than Japan where patients visited doctors 13 times or the US where visits to doctors were a little over four times in 2018. The healthcare map, which highlights key consumer healthcare trends, concerns and behaviour, has been compiled from thousands of searches and appointments, by over 13 crore patients, across more than 50 cities and over 250 specialties, in 2018.last_img read more