email@example.com@JorgeBarrera By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsForensic auditors investigating a northern Manitoba First Nation organization want its grand chief to step aside because he could “pose a threat” to their probe, according to a letter obtained by APTN National News.Chiefs on Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak’s (MKO) executive committee requested Winnipeg firm Lazer Grant conduct a forensic audit of all the organization’s books citing concerns over Grand Chief David Harper’s financial management.MKO is facing a nearly million dollar deficit and Harper has been accused of trying to obstruct the audit. Harper is also accused of spending MKO funds on personal expenses, including for car repairs, three guitars and plane tickets for his girlfriend.The organization represents 30 northern Manitoba communities and many are among the poorest in the country.In a letter to Kelvin Lynxleg, MKO’s interim executive director, Lazer Grant requested Harper turn over his laptop, cell phone and any other MKO-owned electronic devices. The firm said Harper should be put on a “non-functioning paid leave-of absence” until the forensic probe ends. The firm recommended Harper be banned from entering MKO’s premises, accessing the organization’s accounting information and communicating with suppliers and vendors.Lazer Grant recommended Harper take a leave of absence because he posed a threat to the forensic audit, which had been hampered in the past by former staff members who turned over tampered electronic devices like their cell phones and laptops.“We recommend that MKO determine any other individuals that are perceived to pose a threat to the ongoing investigation,” said the letter signed by David Glass, a partner with Lazer Grant, and dated Tuesday.Lazer Grant recommended Harper also cease talking to the media.MKO and Harper could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Based on Harper’s recent statements, it remains unclear whether he would be compliant with any such requests.Harper conducted several media interviews last week to state he would ignore a resolution passed by chiefs at an MKO meeting in Norway House requesting he take a voluntary leave until the audit ended.The resolution, which was passed last Wednesday, demanded Harper take the voluntary leave or face a non-confidence vote at the next MKO meeting in September.In an interview with APTN National News, Harper said he did nothing wrong and expressed confidence he would be cleared.Harper, who has been accused of obstructing the forensic audit in the past, denied he ever tried to interfere with investigators.The forensic audit was originally launched last August to initially probe the contracts of a former director of finance who was paid $1.1 million between 2005 and 2011. Since then, chiefs on MKO’s executive council pushed to expand the forensic audit to include all the organization’s books, including those of its subsidiaries.Documents obtained by APTN National News show MKO was warned by an outside auditor the federal Aboriginal Affairs department could put the organization into co-management or third –party management if it didn’t get its spending under control, especially around travel and consultants.MKO’s accumulated deficit for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2013, hit $976, 025. MKO also accumulated an operating deficit of $609,058 by March 31, 2013, which was a 71 per cent increase over the previous year’s operating deficit of $356,108.MKO, which received a denial of opinion from an auditor because it lacked proper accounting of its spending, was also warned to include a paper trail around its credit card use.Documents show that Harper used the organization’s money to pay for three guitars, car repairs, flights for his girlfriend and for members of a U.S.-based gospel music group to attend a jamboree, according to Visa statements and invoices obtained by APTN National News.Harper said the guitars were a Christmas gift to someone and that the car repairs and flights for his girlfriend came out of his pay.Harper has also faced criticism over his plan to sell clan memberships to sponsors as a way to raise money for the AFN election which MKO is hosting in Winnipeg this December.
24 March 2011The values and ideas embodied by the former United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld – from championing human rights to promoting democracy to fighting poverty – remain more relevant than ever, half a century after his death, a senior UN official said today. Kiyo Akasaka, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, told a forum in Espoo, Finland, dedicated to discussing the legacy of Mr. Hammarskjöld that the values he expressed when UN chief “remain unchallengeable” now, despite the enormous global changes of the past 50 years. “Moreover, the conscience that he inspired in the United Nations – of active service in the common interest – is now manifested in many of its greatest undertakings,” Mr. Akasaka told the Hanaforum, citing “the embrace of human rights, the fight against impunity, the spread of democratic principles, the preservation of our global commons” and the battle to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their target date of 2015. “This conscience is living and breathing. We see it most dramatically in the revolutionary changes taking place in the Middle East and North Africa.” Mr. Hammarskjöld was the second UN Secretary-General, serving from April 1953 until September 1961, when he was killed in a plane crash while trying to resolve a crisis in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize later that year. USG Kiyo Akasaka addresses Hanaforum in commemoration of Dag HammarskjöldMr. Akasaka said Mr. Hammarskjöld still inspired UN staff today with his view that our “fate is what we make of it,” but he added that for the world body to remain strong and to continue to make a difference, its 192 Member States need to demonstrate their active support. “It will continue to require that governments give priority to the general global good rather than to specific national interests. This is not an abstract statement. Member States and governments are composed of individuals – men and women – whose vision and compassion create the institutions and spirit that animates the United Nations. The United Nations is us. And the values that unite us must continue to be the ones that motivate the United Nations.”
A Secretary of a Member of Parliament (MP) in the North has been accused of demanding sexual bribes from women in order to get their work done.Social media was abuzz with the purported Facebook conversation between the secretary of the Tamil National Alliance MP and a woman. The woman then says that she is not prepared to go to that level to obtain the letter.The secretary says he will give the letter only if he meets her in the room and that even her husband will not hear about it. The woman in the conversation asks for a letter from the secretary to give her husband.The secretary says he is prepared to obtain the letter from the MP provided she meets him in a hotel room for a night. The secretary has however denied that such a conversation took place. (Colombo Gazette)
The photographs show a group of local men with their pants down and bare chested posing for the camera.A complaint had been lodged with the Police over the photographs. Three youth who were arrested over semi-nude photographs taken on the Pidurangala rock have been further remanded till October 10.The Police had launched an investigation into the semi-nude photos appearing on social media, taken on the Pidurangala rock. The three youth were subsequently arrested and remanded till today. (Colombo Gazette)
The blaze spread at a terrifying rate, with the flames starting on one side of the 27-storey Grenfell Tower before moving round the building.In a matter of minutes what were once people’s homes were little more than a charred wreck as the building was gutted by fire.Jody Martin said he got to the scene just as the first fire engine was arriving at Grenfell Tower, in Latimer Road.He told the BBC: “I grabbed an axe from the fire truck, it looked like there was a bit of confusion about what to do.”I ran around the building looking for a fire escape and couldn’t see any noticeable fire escapes around the building. A lot of debris falling down. “I eventually gained entry onto the second floor, and once I got to the corridor I realised there was so much smoke there.”He added that given the thickness of the smoke, he would be surprised if anyone could have left the building without assistance.”I watched one person falling out, I watched another woman holding her baby out the window… hearing screams, I was yelling everyone to get down and they were saying ‘We can’t leave our apartments, the smoke is too bad on the corridors’,” he said. Fire is getting worse and people are still screaming for help#grenfelltower pic.twitter.com/tafB2Cp6tD— Fabio Bebber (@biobber) June 14, 2017 Flames and smoke billow as firefighters tackle fire in west LondonCredit:Toby Melville/Reuters Tim Downie, an actor and writer who lives close to the block, added: “The fire has spread to all the building. The whole building has been engulfed. It has gone.” “I’m getting covered in ash, that’s how bad it is. I’m 100 metres away and I’m absolutely covered in ash. “It’s so heartbreaking, I’ve seen someone flashing their torches at the top level and they obviously can’t get out.Another witness, called Reo, watched the blaze unfold from his kitchen window.”There is a large fire which has spread to the other side. The building has completely gone. “The fire is getting a lot worse, there is a lot of smoke, it is out of control.” Smoke billows out of Grenfell TowerCredit:Toby Melville/Reuters Nearby a corner shop opened up to allow food and water to be brought to those who had been forced to flee for their lives.Other residents brought clothes and shoes for people who had only the pyjamas they were wearing when they were evacuated.The scene was one of devastation with debris still falling hours after the fire took hold.”People are out there holding their dogs and cats,” Mr Downie added. “They are seeing their entire lives go up in flames.” Celeste Thomas, who lives nearby the block on the Lancaster West Estate in North Kensington described how she could hear the building cracking and debris falling.On Twitter, Fabio Bebber wrote: “More screams for help as the fire spreads to another side of the building.”Some people used bedsheets to make their escape from the building. Others flashed torches or used the light from their mobile phones to guide firefighters who had come to rescue them.George Clarke, who presents Amazing Spaces on Channel 4, told Radio 5 live how at first he thought the noise was just a car alarm going off. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. He added: “The building is pretty much burned out. It is gutted. “I have never seen anything like it, the smell, the burning, the heat is extraordinary,” he added. “I have never seen anything like it, the smell, the burning, the heat is extraordinary.”
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A RYANAIR PLANE bound for Dublin was forced to make what passengers described as an emergency landing soon after take off from Malta yesterday after a passenger on board was taken ill.The plane was diverted to Palermo on the southern Italian island of Sicily after a medical emergency involving a member of the Dublin-based ‘Emerald Isle’ Irish dance team.Ryanair described the incident as a medical diversion. The passenger was taken from the plane immediately upon landing, and received treatment locally.According to Ryanair spokesman, Robin Kiely: Another passenger paid tribute to the airline cabin crew, saying “they looked after everyone so well”.The plane was turned around within 90 minutes, and the flight continued it’s onward journey to Dublin, landing at around 4am.The passenger who took ill is said to be “doing fine,” according to another member of the dance group.Read: Reilly: €666 million adjustment “toughest challenge I’ve had to face yet” “A Ryanair flight from Malta to Dublin diverted into Palermo after a passenger became ill onboard. “On arrival in Palermo, the passenger disembarked and was assisted by local medical services.”
LAS VEGAS – Hyundai Blue Link, a telematics service announced today, matches and raises the competition with three telematics packages with an embedded cellular data modems, like GM OnStar. The cheapest level with crash notification and roadside assistance, is expected to be about $100 a year.. If so, that halves the cost of the competition. Higher levels include remote start and stolen vehicle location, and turn by turn navigation even on cars without embedded navigation. “Blue Link should be the most full-featured telematics service on the market,” said longtime industry consultant Egil Juliussen, the principal analyst in automotive research for iSuppli. “Hyundai picked the best features of OnStar, BMW, Mercedes.” Barry Ratzleff, director of service operations for Hyundai, said the first cars to get Blue Link will be the 2012 Hyundai Sonata and the Hyundai Veloster, a sports crossover due to be introduced next week. Eventually all Hyundais will offer Blue Link. It comprises an in-car hardware module with a cellular data modem – like OnStar, BMW Assist, and Mercedes-Benz Mbrace, unlike Ford Sync where the connection is via the user’s cellphone – and call center services to Hyundai provided by ATX. AdChoices广告Blue Link will use enhanced voice recognition for function control such as searching for POIs, helped along by background operator assistance to complete queries not fully parsed by the voice input. The driver won’t know the operator is there (and thus want start a long conversation that drives up the cost of the service). Hyundai didn’t provide initial pricing but it’s believed the basic tier would be about $100 a year. OnStar is about $200 and $300 a year for its services. The middle tier package includes a bunch of Big Brother, actually Big Parent, tools meant to track what your teenager is doing and at what speed. The Blue Link Packages: Good, Better, Best The three Hyundai Blue Link packages are: Blue Link Assurance Automatic crash notification & assistanceSOS emergency assistance Enhanced roadside assistance (beyond Hyundai’s existed roadside assistance)Monthly vehicle reportBlue Link EssentialsBlue Link Assurance plus Remote access: remote door lock, remote door unlock, remote horn & lights, panic notification, remote vehicle startConvenience: alarm notification,quick tips, location sharing, voice to text messagingVehicle self diagnostics: automated diagnostic trouble code notification, maintenance alert, recall advisor, web vehicle diagnosticsTheft protection: stolen vehicle recovery, stolen vehicle slowdown, vehicle immobilization“Safeguard:” valet alert, geo-fence, speed alert, curfew alert. Speed alert is an absolute setting (e.g. more than 60 mph) not relative (5 mph over the posted speed limit as determined by map data, if available). Blue Link GuidanceBlue Link Assurance and Essentials plus: Turn-by-turn navigationPoint-of-interest by voice recognitionPoint-of-interest web searchDaily route guidance with traffic conditionTrafficGas station locations & gas pricesEco-coachRestaurant ratingsWeatherHyundai made the announcements at the Consumer Telematics Show held annually in Las Vegas the day before the Consumer Electronics Show opens. CTS drew a packed house of about 350 attendees. ces is even more car-centric this year with keynotes from the heads of Audi and Ford plus major announcements that just a few years ago that would have been saved for next week’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Earlier this summer, several Android OEMs announced that they would no longer be locking their bootloaders. The change in heart was met with cheers from developers and enthusiasts in the community, though wireless carriers weren’t quite so excited about the move. Verizon, for example, tweeted that it would not activate any unlocked devices on its network. Nevertheless, manufacturers like HTC stayed true to their word — though it now turns out there’s a catch in this particular case.While HTC has announced that it’s ready to take the bolt cutters to your bootloader padlock, but, as in real life, freedom sometimes come at a price. For HTC, that price is your phone’s remaining warranty.In addition to agreeing to a disclaimer that unlocking your phone “may void all or parts of your warranty,” you’ll also need to download and install the Android SDK, use it to retrieve the identifier token from your device, and then pop that code and your email into HTC’s Web Tool. The Tool then emails you an unlock code for your device, which you then pop into to your Android to initiate the actual unlocking process.Does the HTC warranty verbiage really mean that you’re out of luck if some random misfortune befalls your beloved handset? Probably not, but it’s likely that president Peter Chou was offering an olive branch to the unhappy carriers — who can use the unlocking process as a way to get themselves out of servicing your modified hardware if they’re so inclined.More at HTC on Facebook, via Engadget
After 12 years away, one of the best, most critically acclaimed cartoon series of all time, Samurai Jack, returns to television later this year with original series creator Genndy Tartakovsky at the helm. To help you get ready, Geek.com’s Aubrey Sitterson is rewatching the entire series in order.In the previous three episodes of Samurai Jack, we watched our hero search for a means of time travel, a way to get back to the past and defeat his nemesis Aku. In “Jack vs. Mad Jack,” however, we find the samurai not trying to defeat Aku, but rather, to simply survive. But the eighth episode of Samurai Jack is much more than mere fighting – though there is certainly a bunch of that – as it, like all the series’ best episodes, manages to impart some crucial information about its stoic, taciturn protagonist.The episode kicks off with a not unfamiliar scenario: Jack serenely enters a seedy tavern, and despite his generally peaceful demeanor, is almost immediately sucked into a massive brawl. Unlike previous episodes, which find Jack trying to obtain or reach some item of massive power, here the samurai simply wants to sip on his hot water in peace, but is interrupted by a procession of bullies, monsters, and bounty hunters.As per usual, the character designs are on-point and sometimes hilarious. They include a round Chewbacca stand-in, a screeching robo-babboon, a crusty fish-man, a few giant centipedes, a Russian bear and, my personal favorite, a safari cat riding an elephant. It feels like a procession of characters that had been sitting around without an actual story to surround them, and it makes for some fun action, the type of well-choreographed, intense, kinetic fight scenes at which the series always excels. But things get really interesting with Jack’s next opponent: Himself.Or, rather, a version of himself. Recognizing that Jack’s particular fighting style is unimpeachable, Aku decided to make use of one of my all-time favorite tropes: The evil twin. Spawned from Jack’s hatred – dredged up by the endless stream of bounty hunters he is forced to dispatch – Mad Jack features a scowl, orange whites of his eyes and, of course, a black kimono. The fight between the two is as fast-paced and mesmerizing as you would expect, but what’s really interesting is how the two warriors’ appearances shift.Early on, Mad Jack’s topknot is cut off by Jack, which leads to the evil twin sporting a big, black, unruly mane of hair which is reminiscent of, you guessed it, the wild, spiky, unpredictable shapeshifter, Aku. This is a fun visual nod to the evil that spawned Mad Jack, but the really significant part comes next, when Jack’s own topknot is cut loose and he too begins to sport an Aku-esque head of hair.It’s a visual representation of the simmering rage and anger building up inside of our normally reserved hero, the same hatred that Aku used to create Mad Jack. As the two fight, clashing together again and again, they give off sparks, igniting the forest in which they are doing battle. As Jack gives in more and more to the hate within him, as he begins to resemble Mad Jack more and more, as the two, draped in flame and shadow, begin to become indistinguishable, their struggle literally burns down the world around them.And that leads into what is the most crucial moment of the entire episode: Jack’s realization that he is becoming the worst part of himself, that he is allowing Aku’s relentless attacks, his ruthless torment, to break him, to accomplish exactly that which his nemesis desires. It’s the kind of smart genre storytelling that the show does so well, using a well-worn trope like an evil twin to not just provide a new threat for the protagonist, but to actually teach us something crucial about him.Up until this point, Jack has been, to our eyes, unflappable. Yes, we’ve seen him get angry at Aku, but it’s always been a type of controlled, righteous anger, a justified hate fueled by his desire to right wrongs and defend the defenseless. But in “Jack vs. Mad Jack,” we learn that there is another side to our hero, that he, like everyone, contains a darkness within him, a seething frustration that grows when things don’t go his way, when he is repeatedly denied that which he desires and deserves.That Jack isn’t infallible doesn’t make him any less of a hero though. In fact, the knowledge that he struggles with hatred and anger only makes him more relatable, more of a fleshed out character as opposed to a caricature. This is a crucial episode of the series, as it shows that Jack doesn’t just aim to vanquish the evil of Aku, but that he must also fight against the evil contained within him, being careful not to allow his hatred of Aku to overwhelm and overtake the good that he would see done in the world, as to do so would set the entire world ablaze.Join us next time as we discuss episode nine of Samurai Jack’s first season, “Jack Under the Sea.” Watch along with us on Hulu!Aubrey Sitterson is a Los Angeles-based writer whose most recent work is the Street Fighter x G.I. Joe series from IDW, available at your local comic shop or digitally on Comixology. Follow him on Twitter or check out his website for more information!
Load More Bill Miller named new boss of American Gaming Association Electronic gaming machine supplier AGS has announced the appointment of former American Gaming Association President and CEO Geoff Freeman to its board of directors.Freeman stepped down from the AGA in August to take on a similar role with the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the leading representative of the US$2.1 trillion food, beverage, and consumer products industry. RelatedPosts AGS President and CEO David Lopez said, “We are excited to welcome Geoff as a new independent director to the AGS board. Not only does he have a proven track record of effecting significant positive change in our industry, he is a recognized and respected business leader who brings deep strategic, operational and market development experiences that span across multiple industries.“Geoff is an extraordinary executive and a great cultural fit who brings a new perspective to our Board and will be invaluable to the continued growth and success of AGS.”Freeman spent five years with the AGA, departing shortly after seeing the Supreme Court overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 (PASPA), opening the door for legalized sports betting in the US.“I’m honored to join the AGS board of directors at such an exciting time in the company’s growth journey,” Freeman said. “Having worked closely with David Lopez and the entire AGS leadership team on numerous initiatives, including their annual GameON Customer Summit, I’m excited to help this passionate, experienced, innovative and intelligent team take the company to the next level. I have tremendous respect for the AGS board and I look forward to working with them to help AGS continue its momentum.” AGA boss Bill Miller backs track record of US operators in Japan IR license bids It’s Miller Time
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Related posts:Injured Uruguay star Suárez in camp; England crushes Peru; key Italian player breaks leg Costa Rica’s first World Cup opponent Uruguay could lose spot in the tournament Italy coach Prandelli resigns immediately after group stage elimination Costa Rica achieves highest FIFA ranking ever (No. 16) after historic World Cup run SAO PÃULO — Heavyweights England and Uruguay must resurrect their World Cup hopes or face the prospect of an early flight home when they collide in a Group D fixture on Thursday at 1 p.m.Opening defeats to Italy and Costa Rica respectively have left both countries in danger of elimination with little room for error in their last two pool games.Defeat in Sao Paulo would surely spell doom for either Roy Hodgson’s new-look England or two-time winners Uruguay, who were unimpressive in their 3-1 loss to Costa Rica.Both countries have question marks over their strikers with calls in British media to either drop talisman Wayne Rooney, or move him from the left to his preferred central role.For Uruguay, Liverpool’s Luis Suárez, this season’s Premier League top-scorer with 31 goals, is set to make his return from keyhole surgery on the meniscus in his left knee last month.Rooney set up England’s goal but missed a chance to equalize during Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Italy, in a subdued display which had many critics questioning his place.The Manchester United forward, 28, has never scored at a World Cup and when he was spotted training with the reserves on Monday, speculation rose that he had been axed.But the English FA said Rooney had requested an extra training session while other first-team regulars continued their post-match recovery.Rooney complained “sometimes (I) wonder what the press are getting at” on his Facebook page, while Frank Lampard hit out at the obsession with his teammate.“A fixation with one player can become, rather than a debate, a bit of an agenda,” he said. “So I do think we need to drop the agenda and look at the team, whoever plays.”The whirlwind surrounding Rooney has dominated the build-up for youthful England, who won praise for their bold approach against Italy, exemplified by Raheem Sterling.However, defensive fragility could return to haunt them with problems down the left, while center-half Gary Cahill was out-jumped by Mario Balotelli when heading the winner.Uruguay have their own worries at the back after their defense was repeatedly rattled by Costa Rican striker Joel Campbell, who is on Arsenal’s books.They will also be missing Benfica defender Maxi Pereira, who was sent off for a foul on Campbell near the end of Saturday’s game.But England will be wary of a strike force pairing between Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani and the lethal Suarez, even if he won’t be fully match-fit.The build-up has not been short of hyperbole with Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez calling it a “final.”England’s Daniel Sturridge, who was on target with a sweet first-time finish against Italy, said it would be “do or die” in Sao Paulo.The rivalry dates back to May 1953, when Uruguay saw off England 2-1 in Montevideo. Uruguay lead the head-to-head 4-3, with three draws.In their only World Cup meetings, then-defending champions Uruguay won 4-2 in the 1954 quarterfinals and the teams drew 0-0 in the group stage in 1966, when England won their only World Cup title.The latest instalment will be refereed by Spain’s Carlos Velasco Carballo, who is taking charge of his first World Cup match.Both teams will keep a close eye on the other Group D result between Italy and Costa Rica, 2,000 km (1,200 miles) away in Recife on Friday. Facebook Comments