250000 in cheques paid to exAMC finance director did not have proper

first_img(Former Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs financial director Gary Julius.)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe former director of finance for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs allegedly paid himself about $250,000 in cheques that were not properly authorized, according to a complaint submitted to Manitoba’s chartered accountants institute.The complaint alleges that 23 of 30 cheques paid out to Gary Julius, the former director of finance for the AMC, did not have “the proper authorizations required” and that 16 of the 30 cheques did “not have any cheque requisitions,” according to the complaint filed by the AMC on April 22 with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba.“They were just paid out to him on the invoices he provided,” said the complaint, obtained by APTN National News.Julius, who held the position as director of finance from Dec. 15, 2008, to Sept. 7, 2011, was paid a total of $326,681. The complaint alleges that of that total, $250,287 “did not have the proper authorizations.”The allegations around the payments are listed under the subhead “personal payments Mr. Julius made to himself that did not follow the AMC financial policy.”The complaint lists three specific examples to back the allegations. The complaint alleges that “no one signed off” on a Jan 7, 2010 cheque to Julius for $13,510 and on a June 7, 2011 cheque for $13,440. It also alleges that Julius “signed off on one requisition and one invoice by himself” for an Aug. 6, 2009 cheque for $15,430.Julius told APTN National News that the allegations were “unfounded.” He said he has provided a response to the allegations, but he would not supply APTN National News with a copy. Julius said he expected the chartered accountants institution to make a ruling on the complaint soon.None of the allegations have been proven in court.The AMC did not have any comment.Julius was once the Winnipeg Kinsmen’s president, vice-president and treasurer. He also served on the finance committee of the Manitoba Special Olympics’ board of directors and helped start the Winnipeg chapter of Operation Go Home, which is a charitable organization that helps street youth get home.Julius was director of finance while former AMC grand chief Ron Evans was in power.Evans could not be reached for comment.APTN National News reported last week that, while Evans was in power, the AMC also borrowed over a million dollars from an education charity to pay its bills. An internal financial report found that the education charity had likely run afoul of Canada Revenue Agency rules as a result of the financial transactions with the AMC.One of Julius’ jobs as director of finance was to “provide accounting and financial support for First Nations Education Trust Inc. account.” The complaint against Julius also alleges that he authorized the July 25, 2011 transfer of $295,000 from the education fund to the AMC to keep the organization’s bank account from getting into an overdraft position.The fund was nearly drained of money by the times Evans left his post as grand chief. He took with him $87,853 in severance pay that the AMC says was unauthorized.The issue of Evans’ severance pay, along with the use of funds from the education charities form part of a complaint launched by the AMC against Julius.A second arms-length charity connected to the AMC had its registration revoked by the federal tax agency last month. The Tay Bway Win First Nations Justice Fund lost its charity registration because it had failed to file its return.The AMC was warned by an internal financial report from BDO Canada in September 2011 that the Tay Bway Win fund was in danger of facing revocation as a result of $26,000 the charity spent on things outside of its mandate like football tickets, dinners, galas and sponsorships.Julius was on the charity’s board of directors and its treasurer. Evans was also on the board.The complaint alleges the justice charity, which was created to help people get access to legal services who couldn’t afford it, also failed to file any financial statements to the Manitoba government.“The directors of Tay Bway Win Fund are also at risk as they can be held to the same standards in court as trustees of the trust,” said the complaint.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

NAN wants Keeashs death treated as a homicide – but police say

first_imgAPTN National NewsNishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) is calling on the Thunder Bay police to treat the death of Tammy Keeash as a homicide.Keesh’s body was found Sunday in a floodway after she didn’t return to her group home the night before.“Following conversations with the Thunder Bay Police on Tuesday, it was our understanding that the investigation into the death of Tammy Keeash, 17, is being treated as a homicide until the investigation is completed,” said Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum. “We have strongly encouraged police not to rule out any possible causes for her death until a thorough investigation is completed.”Keeash was from North Caribou Lake First Nation and in child protection.She is the fourth First Nations girl to die while living in group homes in Ontario since October 2016.Thunder Bay police confirmed to APTN that they have not concluded that Keeash was murdered.“This is a death investigation at this time. We are in the process of reviewing the results of the post-(mortem),” said a statement from police.A NAN release Wednesday calling for an inquest into the deaths of the girls in child protection said it believed Keesh’s death was a homicide investigation already.“Her death is being investigated as a homicide,” the release stated.Chiefs call for inquest into deaths of First Nations youth in Ontario care – Globalnews.ca#NishnawbeAskiNation https://t.co/eKVWC7O4h8— Alvin Fiddler (@gcfiddler) May 11, 2017Keeash’s death is eerily similar to a number of First Nations students attending the Dennis Franklin Cromarty high school.Students from a number of First Nation communities travels thousands of kilometres from home to attend high school.Over an 11-year period, five died down by a waterway in Thunder Bay. An inquest was called and a jury issued 145 recommendations.During that inquest, the police were severely criticized for not properly investigating the deaths of the students.The police force is currently being reviewed the Office of the Independent Police Review Director for how it handles investigations of violence against First Nations peoples.The main theme of the release is about NAN’s call for an inquest to look into the death of Keeash, Amy Owen, 13, from Poplar Hills First Nation, who died April 17 in Ottawa. Kanina Sue Turtle, 15, also from Poplar Hills died Oct. 29, 2016, in Sioux Lookout, Ont., Courtney Scott, 16, from Fort Albany First Nation, who died in a house fire on April 21.A statement from the Ontario Coroner’s office said it will include NAN in any decision whether to call an inquest into the deaths.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Tax bill clears Senate in big boost for Trump GOP

first_imgWASHINGTON – Republicans muscled the largest tax overhaul in 30 years through the Senate early Saturday, taking a big step toward giving President Donald Trump his first major legislative triumph after months of false starts and frustration on other fronts.“Just what the country needs to get growing again,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said in an interview after a final burst of negotiation closed in on a nearly $1.5 trillion package that impacts the breadth of American society.He shrugged off polls finding scant public enthusiasm for the measure, saying the legislation would prove its worth. “Big bills are rarely popular,” he said. “You remember how unpopular ‘Obamacare’ was when it passed?”Trump on Saturday tweeted his thanks to Senate and House Republicans as they now begin trying to reconcile differences in legislation passed by both chambers, a behind-closed-doors process that is expected to move swiftly. Trump is aiming to sign the tax package into law before Christmas. “Biggest Tax Bill and Tax Cuts in history just passed in the Senate,” he tweeted inaccurately. The overhaul is significant but far from the largest.Presiding over the Senate, Vice-President Mike Pence announced the 51-49 vote to applause from Republicans. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., was the only lawmaker to cross party lines, joining the Democrats in opposition. The measure focuses its tax reductions on businesses and higher-earning individuals, gives more modest breaks to others and offers the boldest rewrite of the nation’s tax system since 1986.Republicans said the package would benefit people of all incomes and ignite the economy. Even an official projection of a $1 trillion, 10-year flood of deeper budget deficits couldn’t dissuade GOP senators from rallying behind the bill.“Obviously I’m kind of a dinosaur on the fiscal issues,” said Corker, who battled to keep the bill from worsening the government’s accumulated $20 trillion in IOUs.The Republican-led House approved a similar bill last month in what has been a stunningly quick trip through Congress for complex legislation. Democrats derided the hastily written, scribbles-in -the-margin crafting of the bill in the final hours Friday night.After spending the year’s first nine months futilely trying to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, GOP leaders were determined to move the measure rapidly before opposition Democrats and lobbying groups could blow it up. The party views passage as crucial to retaining its House and Senate majorities in next year’s elections.Democrats dismissed the bill as a gift to its wealthy and business backers at the expense of lower-earning people. They played up the fact that the bill would permanently reduce corporate tax rates, from 35 per cent to 20 per cent, while offering only temporary tax cuts to individuals, lasting until 2026.Congress’ nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation has said the bill’s reductions for many families would be modest and by 2027, families earning under $75,000 would on average face higher, not lower, taxes.The bill is “removed from the reality of what the American people need,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. He criticized Republicans for releasing a revised, 479-page bill that no one could absorb shortly before the final vote, saying, “The Senate is descending to a new low of chicanery.”“You really don’t read this kind of legislation,” Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., told home-state reporters, saying senators focus on the major provisions as opposed to the “mind numbing” comparisons to current law.Democrats took to the Senate floor and social media to mock one page that included changes scrawled in barely legible handwriting. Later, they won enough GOP support to kill a provision by Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., that would have bestowed a tax break on conservative Hillsdale College in Michigan.The bill hit rough waters after the Joint Taxation panel concluded it would worsen federal shortfalls by $1 trillion over a decade, even when factoring in economic growth that lower taxes would stimulate. Trump administration officials and many Republicans have insisted the bill would pay for itself by stimulating the economy. But the sour projections stiffened resistance from some deficit-averse Republicans.But after bargaining that stretched into Friday, GOP leaders nailed down the support they needed in a chamber they control, 52-48. Facing unyielding Democratic opposition, Republicans could lose no more than two GOP senators and prevail with a tie-breaking vote from Vice-President Mike Pence, but ended up not needing it.Late changes introduced by GOP leaders included helping millions of companies whose owners pay individual, not corporate, taxes on their profits by allowing deductions of 23 per cent, up from 17.4 per cent. That helped win over Wisconsin’s Johnson and Steve Daines of Montana.People would be allowed to deduct up to $10,000 in property taxes, a demand of Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. That matched a House provision to keep some GOP votes from high-tax states like New York, New Jersey and California.The changes added nearly $300 billion to the tax bill’s costs. To pay for that, leaders decided not to erase the alternative minimum tax. Instead, they reduced the number of high-earners who must pay it. They also increased a one-time tax on profits U.S.-based corporations are holding overseas and they would require firms to keep paying the business version of the alternative minimum tax.Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz. — who like Corker had been a holdout and has sharply attacked Trump’s capabilities as president — voted for the bill. He said he’d received commitments from party leaders and the administration “to work with me” to restore protections, dismantled by Trump, for young immigrants who arrived in the U.S. illegally as children. That seemed short of a pledge to actually revive the safeguards.The Senate bill would drop the highest personal income tax rate from 39.6 per cent to 38.5 per cent. The estate tax levied on a few thousand of the nation’s largest inheritances would be narrowed to affect even fewer.Deductions for state and local income taxes, moving expenses and other items would vanish, the standard deduction — used by most Americans — would nearly double to $12,000 for individuals and $24,000 for couples, and the per-child tax credit would grow.The bill would abolish the “Obamacare” requirement that most people buy health coverage or face tax penalties. Industry experts say that would weaken the law by easing pressure on healthier people to buy coverage, and the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has said the move would push premiums higher and leave 13 million additional people uninsured.Drilling would be allowed in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Another provision, knocked out because it violated Senate budget rules, would have explicitly let parents buy tax-advantaged 529 college savings accounts for fetuses, a step they can already take but which anti-abortion forces wanted inscribed into law. There were also breaks for the wine, beer and spirits industries, Alaska Natives and aircraft management firms.___Associated Press writers Andrew Taylor and Richard Lardner in Washington and Scott Bauer Milwaukee contributed to this report.last_img read more

Airplane and oil deals at risk in Trump pullout of Iran deal

first_imgDUBAI, United Arab Emirates – From airplanes to oilfields, billions of dollars are on the line for international corporations as President Donald Trump weighs whether to pull America out of Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.Regardless of where they are headquartered, virtually all multinational corporations do business or banking in the U.S., meaning any return to pre-deal sanctions could torpedo deals made after the 2015 agreement came into force.That threat alone has been enough to scare risk-averse firms, like Boeing Co., into slow-walking deals agreed to months ago. A complete pullout by the U.S. would wreak further havoc and likely frighten off those considering making the plunge.“I absolutely think those on the fence will not jump in,” said Richard Nephew, a former sanctions expert at the U.S. State Department who worked on the nuclear deal and now is at New York’s Columbia University. “The only ones who will, will be those who see tremendous monetary benefit and no U.S. risk.”The 2015 Iran nuclear deal lifted crippling economic sanctions that had locked Iran out of international banking and the global oil trade. In return, Tehran limited its enrichment of uranium, reconfigured a heavy-water reactor so it couldn’t produce plutonium and reduced its uranium stockpile and supply of centrifuges.For Western businesses, the deal meant access to Iran’s largely untapped market of 80 million people. Most prominently, airplane manufacturers rushed in to replace the country’s dangerously dilapidated civilian fleet.In December 2016, Airbus Group signed a deal with Iran’s national carrier, IranAir, to sell it 100 airplanes for around $19 billion at list prices. Boeing later struck its own deal with IranAir for 80 aircraft with a list price of some $17 billion, promising that deliveries would begin in 2017 and run until 2025. Boeing separately struck another 30-airplane deal with Iran’s Aseman Airlines for $3 billion at list prices.But Boeing has yet to deliver a single aircraft to Iran. The Chicago-based company’s CEO recently stressed it understands the “risks and implications around the Iranian aircraft deal,” which would be the biggest business agreement between an American company and Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution and U.S. Embassy takeover.“We continue to follow the U.S. government’s lead here and everything is being done per that process,” Dennis Muilenburg said during a quarterly earnings conference call on April 25. “We have no Iranian deliveries that are scheduled or part of the skyline this year, so those have been deferred again in line with the U.S. government process.”Airbus, a European airline consortium based in Toulouse, France, likewise continues its sales at the discretion of the American government. At least 10 per cent of its aircraft components are of American origin, meaning it requires permission from the U.S. Treasury for its sales to Iran. Airbus has already delivered two A330-200s and one A321 to Iran.Airbus declined to comment when asked by The Associated Press about its possible plans ahead of Trump’s decision.European airplane manufacturer ATR struck a $536-million deal with IranAir for at least 20 aircraft last year. It’s already has delivered eight of its twin-engine turboprops to Tehran after earlier winning permission from the U.S. Treasury.“To date, we are on track to deliver the remaining ATR aircraft in due time, before the end of the year,” ATR spokesman David Vargas told the AP.The speed at which Western airplane manufacturers went into Iran is contrasted by a slow start by Western energy firms despite the country’s vast oil and gas wealth. The exception is French oil giant Total SA, which in July signed a $5 billion, 20-year agreement with Iran and a Chinese oil company to develop the country’s massive South Pars offshore natural gas field. The natural gas pumped by the deal will go toward Iran’s domestic market.The deal marked a return to Iran for Total, which pulled out of the country in 2008 as Western sanctions over its nuclear program began to ramp up. Total did not respond to requests for comment, though its CEO Patrick Pouyanne reportedly told Trump in February to stick with the deal.“If the framework, the rules of the game, change, of course we will have to re-evaluate,” Pouyanne told the Financial Times.French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen reached a deal in 2016 to open a plant producing 200,000 vehicles annually in Iran. Peugeot, once a major player in Iran’s car market before sanctions, did not respond to a request for comment.Meanwhile, fellow French automobile manufacturer Groupe Renault signed a $778-million deal to build 150,000 cars a year at a factory outside of Tehran.“The Renault Group is closely monitoring the evolution of the diplomatic situation,” the company said in a statement to the AP, without elaborating.Volkswagen also began exporting cars to Iran.“Currently we are tracking and examining the development of the political and economic environment in the region very closely,” the German carmaker said in a statement. “In principle, Volkswagen adheres to all applicable national and international laws and export regulations.”Nuclear deal co-signers Britain, France and Germany, which have urged Trump to preserve the deal, may seek exemptions to protect their companies if the U.S. snaps back sanctions, said Ellie Geranmayeh, a senior policy fellow studying Iran at the European Council on Foreign Relations.“This should include a series of exemptions and carve-outs for European companies already involved in strategic areas of trade and investment with Iran, with the priority being to limit the immediate shock to Iranian oil exports,” she wrote Wednesday.___Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jongambrellap . His work can be found at http://apne.ws/2galNpz .last_img read more

Industrials and tech help lift Toronto market while US stocks sink

first_imgTORONTO – The industrials and technology sectors helped Canada’s main stock index close higher Thursday, while U.S. stock markets moved lower.Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. climbed along with aviation and other rail companies after the company showed strong results in its earnings after markets Wednesday.The industrial sector index, which closed up 1.14 per cent, looks to be benefiting from a strong economy across North America, said Allan Small, a senior investment advisor at HollisWealth.“When you have an economy in North America firing on if not all cylinders then pretty close, you can extrapolate to the rails, they’re the ones that carry the goods all around.”A boost to the utilities, consumer staples and other sectors also helped the S&P/TSX composite index close up 65.61 points at 16,543.01.U.S. stocks were hit by concerns about trade tension as congressional hearings on auto tariffs got underway, said Small.“I think more talk overnight and early this morning about auto tariffs, etc. I think that took down U.S. markets.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed down 134.79 points at 25,064.50. The S&P 500 index was down 11.13 points at 2,804.49 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 29.14 points at 7,825.30.Trade tension could have also played a role in pushing down the Canadian dollar, which averaged 75.44 cents US for a dip of 0.29 of a US cent Thursday.“All these trade talks, trade wars, the idea that the U.S. President could put tariffs on automobile parts and automobiles in general. There’s been more talk of that recently, so I think trade worries brought down our dollar,” said Small.He said confidence that the U.S. federal reserve will continue to steadily increase rates has also strengthened the U.S. dollar against other currencies.The September crude contract closed up 49 cents at US$68.24 per barrel and the August natural gas contract was up five cents at US$2.77 per mmBTU.The August gold contract ended down $3.90 at US$1,224 an ounce and the September copper contract was down six cents at US$2.70 a pound.Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. closed up 7.5 cents, or 46.88 per cent, at 23.5 cents after De Beers Canada Inc. signed a deal to acquire the company in an offer valued at $107 million. Under the deal, De Beers will pay 24 cents per share for the company, which owns the Chidliak diamond project located 120 kilometres from Iqaluit.last_img read more

The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store

first_imgApp Store Official Charts for the week ending November 11, 2018:Top Paid iPhone Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Heads Up!, Warner Bros.3. Plague Inc.,Ndemic Creations4. Facetune, Lightricks Ltd.5. iSchedule, HotSchedules6. Bloons TD 6,Ninja Kiwi7. NBA 2K19, 2K8. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB9. Stardew Valley, Chucklefish Limited10. PlantSnap Plant Identification, PlantSnap, Inc.Top Free iPhone Apps:1. Fire Balls 3D,Voodoo2. Swing Star,Good Job Games3. Stickman Hook, MADBOX4. TikTok – Real Short Videos, musical.ly Inc.5. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC6. Instagram, Instagram, Inc.7. Snapchat, Snap, Inc.8. My Talking Tom 2, Outfit7 Limited9. Messenger, Facebook, Inc.10. Find Differences: Detective,Fastone GamesTop Paid iPad Apps:1. Minecraft, Mojang2. Procreate. Savage Interactive Pty Ltd3. Toca Life: Neighborhood, Toca Boca AB4. Notability, Ginger Labs5. GoodNotes 4, Time Base Technology Limited6. XtraMath, XtraMath7. Stardew Valley, Chucklefish Limited8. Geometry Dash, RobTop Games AB9. Plague Inc., Ndemic Creations10. NBA 2K19, 2KTop Free iPad Apps:1. Swing Star, Good Job Games2. My Talking Tom 2, Outfit7 Limited3. Paper.io 2, Voodoo4. Fire Balls 3D, Voodoo5. YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream, Google LLC6. Netflix, Netflix, Inc.7. Helix Jump, Voodoo8. Spinner.io, Good Job Games9. Happy Glass, Lion Studios10. Flip Trickster, Lion Studios__(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Sears gets another reprieve from liquidation

first_imgNEW YORK — Sears is getting another reprieve from liquidation after its chairman and largest shareholder revised his bid to save the iconic brand.The Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based retailer says it has accepted Eddie Lampert’s bid through an affiliate of his ESL hedge fund that could keep 425 stores open and save tens of thousands of workers, according to a hearing on Tuesday at the bankruptcy court in White Plains, N.Y. The bid now requires Lampert to deposit $120 million by 4 p.m. Wednesday through his hedge fund.The revised bid is not official, and will be evaluated in an auction set for Jan. 14 that will compete with other bids from liquidators looking to shut it down.Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Presslast_img

Extreme cold warning issued for the North Peace

first_imgSee the full warning below.Warnings2:32 PM PST Friday 01 February 2019Extreme Cold Warning in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverA period of very cold wind chills is expected.With arctic air now settled over the Peace region, strong northerly winds will continue tonight to produce wind chill values below minus 40. Windy conditions are expected to last through Saturday night.Extreme cold puts everyone at risk.Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – An extreme cold warning has been issued for the North Peace.Environment Canada says a period of very cold wind chills is expected through Saturday night.  The wind chill will produce temperatures below minus 40.The forecast calls for temperatures to drop to minus 38 overnight Friday and to minus 43 overnight Saturday before the current storm moves out of the B.C. Peace. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more

Goons hack TMC worker to death

first_imgKolkata: A Trinamool worker was beaten and hacked to death at Rajapur in Uluberia here on Saturday night. The deceased has been identified as Gobinda Pramanik (35). It has been alleged that the accused persons were known BJP supporters and local residents. The Election Commission (EC) has already sought a report on the incident from the District Magistrate.According to sources, Pramanik, an auto rickshaw driver by profession, was an active Trinamool worker. On Saturday around 8:30 pm, he was returning home after parking his auto rickshaw at at Kamalachak in Rajapur. While he was walking towards his home, some miscreants allegedly blocked his way and started beating him. They stabbed him multiple times and didn’t stop attacking even when he fell on the ground. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHearing Gobinda screaming, a few local residents ran to help him. As people came forward to help Pramanik, the miscreants fled the scene leaving him in a pool of blood. Pramanik was rushed to Uluberia Sub-Divisional Hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. Rajapur police station was immediately informed. Local Trinamool leaders went to the hospital and Pramanik ‘s home. The Trinamool alleged that the BJP is trying to create unrest situation in the area before the Lok Sabha election. Pramanik ‘s wife Saraswati also alleged that some BJP supporters has killed her husband as he used to be an active Trinamool worker. She also named some people , who had earlier attacked Pramanik. Though local residents and Pramanik family are pointing their fingers at the BJP workers, local BJP leaders denied the allegation. A case has been registered against a few BJP supporters at the Rajapur police station. Till Sunday night, no one has been arrested in this case.last_img read more

NDA government has taken strong action against terrorists PM Modi

first_imgUdaipur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said his government had taken strong action against terrorism and that the Congress does not understand the importance of the issue because of its “narrow mindset”.”Modi is taking action against terrorism. Modi is hitting them in their homes,” the prime minister said, in an election rally here. He said national security is “very much” the issue of Lok Sabha elections, but the Congress, due to its “narrow mindset”, does not understand this. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Congress and its ‘mahamilavati’ (wordplay on mahagathbandhan) say Modi should not talk about national security and terrorism in elections. Someone else may get deceived but not Modi,” he said. It is okay if issues like national security are not highlighted in local elections, but in Lok Sabha polls it is very much an important issue, Modi said. “They (opposition) have narrow mindset. Even after 60 years, they do not understand what the issues of the country are. They are roaming around the country with five-six abusive words,” Modi said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KTargeting Congress leaders for asking for evidences of surgical strikes, Modi said the ‘saboot gang’ has put the country down, but people have now given the Opposition ‘saboot’ (evidence) in the initial phases of polling in the country. “Will you be trusting ‘sapoot’ (soldiers) or those who demand ‘saboot’,” he asked. The prime minister targeted the previous UPA government, saying that it pressured the banks to give loans to “its millionaire friends, but our government gave loans to the poor, tribals and youths under the MUDRA scheme”. “Now, if someone has fled abroad, either he will have to return or he will be extradited just like Michel ‘mama’ of Naamdaars. If any rich does not return money taken as loans from bank, then he will not be able to sleep comfortably,” he said, referring to British-national Christian Michel, alleged middleman in the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper case who was arrested after his extradition from Dubai. He said the NDA government has showed that running an honest government in the country is possible. Modi said the foundation which will be laid in the next five years will decide the future of the 21st century. “The upcoming polls are very important for those who are going to vote for the first time. Those who are born in the 21st century will nurture dreams and realise them in this century. A strong foundation will be laid in the next five years,” Modi said. The prime minister said Congress knows very well how to spread lies and do manipulations. In the rally, Modi highlighted the achievements of his government and sought vote for the BJP.last_img read more

Two labourers die while laying sewer pipeline in Noida

first_imgNoida: Two contractual labourers died after drowning in water while pursuing a pipeline laying work at a sewer in Salarpur area of Noida on late Thursday night.Following the incident, the Noida authority has terminated a junior engineer for dereliction of duty and filed an FIR against the labour contractor for negligence. The incident occurred around 9 pm when the two deceased workers, identified as Aslam (39) and Hamid (20), were putting up a sewer line under the Dadri Surajpur Chhalera (DSC) road. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAs per reports, the workers were working in a 12 feet deep ditch when the adjacent drain leaked and they were drowned. Both of them got stuck between the pipe and wall while the mud collapsed over them with the water flow and both of them got buried underneath. Cops said that they reached the spot around 10 pm and a crane was arranged to begin with the rescue operation. “Police teams began the rescue operation around 10 pm but were unable to trace the victims. We immediately called the NDRF team who reached the spot around midnight and a much intensified rescue operation was again started around 3 am. Both the bodies were recovered on early Friday morning around 6:30 am and 7 am respectively,” said Prashant Kapil, Station House officer of sector 39 police station. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarMeanwhile a few other labourers working at the site said that none of the labourers were provided with the safety kit and other equipments which are necessary to be given to the workers before they enter any such sewerage. Also, they alleged that the contractor started the work late in evening and continued till night. Rajesh Kumar Singh, Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Noida authority told Millennium Post that the authority has terminated junior engineer Pawan Kumar for dereliction of duty while the authority has also registered an FIR against the contractor Hariom Singh who violated the norm by engaging workers at night. “It’s very unfortunate for such a incident to happen and we will ensure strict actions against those responsible for this. The JE has been dismissed while a police complaint has been made against the contractor,” said Singh. The officer further said that the matter of compensation to the family of deceased is also under consideration. Earlier in 2017 also, three sanitation workers died of suffocation while cleaning a sewer line at BDS market in sector 110, Noida. The lack of safety measures and negligence from the contractor was also highlighted in the incident. However, the Noida authority announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakhs each for the family of deceased persons.last_img read more

Morocco Blocks Ikeas Projects as Sweden Considers Recognizing socalled SADR

Rabat – Moroccan authorities have decided this Monday to block Swedish furniture giant Ikea’s project from opening five stores in Morocco.An exclusive report by Le360 said this decision was made following an urgent meeting, held this Monday at the head of government’s office, in response to Stockholm’s project of the so-called Sahrawi Republic (SADR).The leaders of eight national parties from the majority and the opposition attended the meeting, which was chaired by the Head of Government. The Swedish retail giant entered the Moroccan market via SYH Morocco, a subsidiary of the Kuwaiti Al Homaizi Group, which has franchise rights for IKEA and already represents the brand in Kuwait and Jordan.The company planned to open five stores across the Morocco. Ikea’s first store in the country was expected to open by the end in 2015 in the new city of Zenata between Casablanca and the capital Rabat.A previous report by the Moroccan weekly magazine TelQuel said that Ikea Morocco had already hired its staff.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Morocco Dismantles Criminal Network in Tangiers Oujda

Rabat – Moroccan authorities dismantled on Friday a criminal network composed of four people in the cities of Tangiers (north) and Oujda (east), the Interior ministry said.A member of this network is wanted for international drug trafficking while two others are formers convicts in terrorism-related cases, the ministry said in a statement, adding that one of these former detainees had links with extremist fighters abroad while the second one fought in Iraq and Syria in the ranks of an extremist group which had planned terrorist attacks in the Kingdom.The fourth member of this network had been transferred from Belgium to Morocco in 2014 after serving a prison sentence for kidnapping, murder and drug trafficking. The members of this network abducted and held captive an individual in Tangier after having taken possession of his car that they intended to sell in the city of Oujda, before it was seized by security services. This security operation provides information on close links between terrorist organizations and organized crime networks, which are one of the main sources of terrorist funding, the statement said. The members of this network will be brought to justice pending the completion of the investigation led under the supervision of the competent public prosecutor’s office. read more

Morocco Has Steadily Been Branding Itself as Manufacturing Hub

Rabat – Morocco has steadily been creating a name for itself as a manufacturing hub thanks to several competitive advantage, writes «How We Made It in Africa», a platform for African and international investors.“The country’s geographic location is a competitive advantage, offering manufacturers easy access to European, African and Middle Eastern markets”, according to the African-focused online business publication.Recalling Morocco’s National Pact for Industrial Emergence in 2009, the analysis notes that this document outlines clear objectives when it comes to building industries in high value-added sectors. Since this date, Morocco has since invested in industrial parks, free trade zones, and supporting infrastructure such as railways, storage facilities and ports, the analysis says, adding that this strategy has paid off.Already the country has established an automotive manufacturing hub, the publication writes, adding that Renault’s factory in northern Morocco is the largest car manufacturing plant in Africa, with the capacity to produce 340,000 vehicles annually.Other industry leaders such as French car maker PSA Peugeot Citroën and Canadian auto parts supplier Linamar have followed suit, the same source adds.Global power management company Eaton opened its new $12m facility in the Casablanca Midparc Free Zone – part of the Moroccan government’s National Pact for Industrial Emergence, the publication notes, adding that its plant in Morocco is only its second in Africa (it also has a facility in South Africa). read more

Lionel Messi Brings Barcelona Back to Life

Rabat – Lionel Messi helped revived FC Barcelona from its stagnation at the club’s 3-2 win against Real Madrid Sunday at the Bernabeu stadium.Making two of their three goals, the 29-year-old striker was able to stabilize his team’s standing and make it La Liga’s current leader.Real Madrid’s Carlos Henrique Jose Francisco Venancio, commonly known as Casemiro, was the first to score against Barcelona’s goalkeeper at 28-minute mark. Five minutes later, Messi scored an equalizer.During the second round of the clash, Barcelona’s midfielder scored the second goal at the 73rd minutes, but Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez stunned Barcelona with an equalizer at the 86 minute mark, leaving everyone expecting a tie of 2-2. However, Barcelona’s Leo has dazed Real Madrid with a late victory goal at the 93rd minute.Messi’s two goals during Real Madrid against Barcelona keep suspense alive over in the race of La Liga. Barcelona now is ranked in first place with 75 points, with Real Madrid in secondplace with 75 points. read more

Indonesia Reiterates Support for UN Efforts for Political Solution to Western

Jakarta – On the sidelines of the 2nd Session of the Morocco-Indonesia Joint Committee, held on Thursday and Friday in Jakarta, Indonesia reiterated its strong support for the efforts by the UN Secretary-General and his Special Envoy to reach a durable political solution to the issue of the Western Sahara.During this meeting chaired jointly by Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Mounia Boucetta and Indonesia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdurrahman Mohammad Fachir, the emphasis was laid on the development of bilateral political, economic and cultural relations, as well as technical cooperation.The two sides also shared viewpoints on a number of issues of common interest, both regionally and internationally, and expressed their firm commitment to moving ahead in fostering bilateral relations. Read Also: UN Secretary-General Guterres Meets Pompeo, Hale on Western SaharaTo this end, Morocco proposed to examine the possibilities of developing a tripartite cooperation by taking advantage of the strategic position of the Kingdom and Indonesia on their respective continents.Boucetta also congratulated the Republic of Indonesia on its election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, noting that the Kingdom of Morocco is willing to share its experience and expertise in relation to the body read more

Moroccos BCIJ Dismantles 6Member Terror Cell Includes 1 Former Inmate

Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) dismantled a six-member terror cell on Thursday morning in several cities around the Casablanca area, including Mohammedia, just east of Casablanca; El Jadida, 100 kilometers west of Casablanca on the Atlantic coast; Sidi Bennour, 80 kilometers inland from El Jadida; and Marrakech.A statement from the Ministry of the Interior announced that BCIJ carried out the arrest in collaboration with the General Directorate of Territorial Surveillance (DGST).The ministry said that the six radicalized suspects were aged 27 to 40. One of the suspects had spent time in prison after police arrested him for having links with ISIS terrorists active in Libya. A preliminary investigation found the suspect had pledged allegiance to ISIS.The ministry added that the suspect was plotting terror attacks across Morocco.Police placed all suspects into custody for further investigations.Read Also: Terrorism: US Pleased Morocco Repatriated 8 Moroccans from SyriaThe operation followed the dismantling of a five-member terror cell in February in Safi, western Morocco.The suspects were aged 21-36.Morocco’s security services have arrested several alleged terrorists since the beginning of the year, including 13 in January.The head of the BCIJ, Abdelhak El Khiame, shared some statistics in December 2018 in the wake of the Imlil murders, in which two Scandinavian tourists were murdered near Mount Toubkal.Khiame estimated that 1,668 Moroccans had joined ISIS and other terror groups in Syria and other conflict zones.Last Sunday, Morocco’s Ministry of the Interior announced the repatriation of eight Moroccan fighters from Syria.The ministry described the operation as a “humanitarian” move which would allow the Moroccans to return in safety.The move pleased the US, one of Morocco’s major partners in counterterrorism.Morocco “is a highly capable partner in the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS,” the US State Department said. Following the 2003 terror attacks in Casablanca and the 2011 attack in Marrakech, the Moroccan security services announced several approaches to deal with terrorism.One of the programs implemented by the Moroccan government is the “moussalaha” program, or reconciliation. Launched in 2018, the project aims to reintegrate prisoners charged with terrorism.The program involves human rights and anti-radicalization experts to provide psychological assistance to people convicted of terror crimes. read more

Appeals from final and binding arbitration rarely allowed court rules

An agreement to submit a commercial dispute to final and binding arbitration prevents one of the parties from appealing the decision except in the narrowest of circumstances, Ontario’s top court ruled on Tuesday.As a result, the court found, a judge was wrong to set aside an arbitrator’s award on the basis that it might have been unreasonable or even wrong.Having decided that the arbitrator was acting within the scope of the arbitration agreement, his task “was at an end,” the Appeal Court said.“It was for the arbitrator, not the court, to interpret and apply the substantive provisions of the (arbitration agreement) and it is of no moment whether the arbitrator did so reasonably or unreasonably, correctly or incorrectly,” The Appeal Court ruled. “The decision was the arbitrator’s to make.”The dispute arose in September 2016 when Alectra Utilities Corp. cancelled a financing agreement with Solar Power Network for the construction of solar-power projects in Ontario. Under a contract in which they had agreed to binding arbitration, Solar Power asked an arbitrator to award them $19.5 million in damages.Court records show the arbitrator concluded after a seven-day hearing that Alectra had in fact terminated the deal illegally, and awarded Solar Power $12.3 million for lost profits.“The arbitrator’s award was supposed to be final,” the Appeal Court noted in its ruling. “The parties chose not to establish a right of appeal on any basis from the arbitrator’s award.”Nevertheless, Alectra asked the courts to intercede under Ontario’s Arbitration Act of 1991 that allows for judicial review only if an arbitrator goes beyond what the parties had agreed to. Essentially, Alectra argued the arbitrator had gone beyond his authority in awarding damages to Solar.In August 2018, Superior Court Justice Herman Wilton-Siegel accepted Alectra’s argument and set aside the award. Wilton-Siegel found the arbitrator had not exceeded his jurisdiction but had been unreasonable in deciding he had the power to award damages.Solar Power appealed. The company maintained the courts were wrong to interfere, saying the judge was confused about the difference between a narrow look at whether the arbitrator had acted outside the arbitration agreement and a broader review of the merits of the dispute.In siding with Solar Power, the Court of Appeal cited the Arbitration Act as essentially barring appeals from private arbitration unless parties explicitly agree otherwise. In other words, the court said, arbitrators have to stick to the terms the parties agreed to.“In this case the parties — sophisticated commercial parties represented by counsel — chose not only to resolve their contractual dispute by arbitration rather than litigation, but also to preclude appeals to the court,” the Appeal Court said. “There is no ambiguity here: There is no appeal to the court, period. The arbitrator’s determination is final and binding.”The Appeal Court said the arbitrator “did exactly what he was authorized to do” under the arbitration agreement: He resolved the parties’ dispute concerning the alleged breach of their agreement and awarded damages.Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press read more