Milwaukee Police Chief Fires Cop Over Social Media Posts

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee officer involved in the stun gun arrest of Bucks’ player Sterling Brown has been fired because of social media posts mocking the incident, the city’s police chief said Thursday.Police Chief Alfonso Morales said the firing decision was not tied to anything Erik Andrade did when Brown was arrested, but explained that the social media posts compromised the officer’s ability to testify in other cases. Morales spoke about the case at a Marquette University event.FILE – In this April 1, 2018, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown is seen during an NBA basketball game in Denver. A Milwaukee police officer involved in the stun gun arrest of Bucks’ player Sterling Brown has been fired because of social media posts. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)Brown sued the police department in June and accused officers of using excessive force and targeting him because he’s black. A group of officers swarmed on him at a Walgreens parking lot because he didn’t immediately remove his hands from his pockets. Brown was standing with the officers waiting for a citation for parking in a disabled spot early on Jan. 26, but never appeared to threaten police before or during his arrest, according to police body camera videos.Andrade later mocked Brown on Facebook for his arrest.“Nice meeting Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks at work this morning! Lol#FearTheDeer,” one Facebook post read, referencing a slogan used to cheer on the Bucks at games. Andrade also posted a racist meme of Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant.Morales said in a statement that Andrade’s posts violate the department’s social media policies.“They have a racist connotation and are derogatory, mocking an individual who was recently the subject of officers’ use of force,” Morales said. “Such comments also directly affect his credibility and ability to testify in future hearings as a member of this Department. I have not, and will not, tolerate such behavior.”Andrade was at the scene when Brown was arrested but was not among the officers who took him down, according to police. A total of 11 officers involved in the arrest were disciplined or retrained, but Andrade was not among those punished at the time.The president of the Milwaukee Police Association, Mike Crivello, did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on behalf of Andrade. Andrade does not have a listed phone number.Morales apologized to Brown for his officers’ actions and the Bucks’ second-year guard was never charged with anything. read more

Cash savings in air travel as InterCaribbean celebrates 22 Years

first_img Airports Authority commanded to protect South Caicos airport by airline Domestic Airline Companies institute insecticide spraying to ward off Zika Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Feb 2015 – No longer an air carrier with one pilot, one plane and the accountant who was also the baggage handler – all in the person of Lyndon Gardiner. Now, InterCaribbean airways has a fleet of 10 aircraft, 31 captains, first officers and flight attendants and 45 ground support and administrative staff in five Caribbean countries; namely: The Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic and its hub in the Turks and Caicos.This is the report as the company celebrates 22 years in operation. General Manager of the once InterIsland… then Air Turks and Caicos and now InterCaribbean Airways said the company has marked some great moments over the two and some decades including being the first Turks & Caicos airline to operate its own equipment into the United States and Territories, being the first airline to be allowed to operate domestic flights in Jamaica in 50 years of Jamaican independence, being presented in 2014 the Invest Caribbean 2014 Visionary Award and now with launched flights between Kingston, Jamaica and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Kingston, Jamaica and Port au Prince, Haiti and launched flights between Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and San Juan, Puerto Rico. On the local scene, InterCaribbean has also upped flights into South Caicos to twice a day. Trevor Sadler said to celebrate the milestone, the company is offering a discount on air travel. A $22 voucher is available when you sign up for it online. You type in ’22YEARS’ – all caps and you have until this Friday February 13th to do it to capitalize on the anniversary savings. The company last month introduced a rewards program, called Cacique Rewards. Recommended for you Related Items:Intercaribbean Airways, lyndon gardiner, trevor sadler Turks and Caicos airline, ICA, now flies to Havana Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Maritime Institute to officially become University on September 28

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 21, 2017 – Kingston – The Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) will officially become Caribbean Maritime University on World Maritime Day, September 28, at an official Charter Day ceremony to be held at the National Arena in Kingston.   This follows passage of relevant legislation in Parliament earlier this year to grant the institution university status and to confer degrees, awards, certificates, diplomas and other academic distinctions.The Charter Day ceremony, which will be open to the public, will get under way at 3:00 pm, ending at approximately 10:00 pm with fireworks and a logo burn that will be visible across the capital city.   More than 5,000 persons are expected to attend, including several regional heads of state and other officials from around the world.Among the guests will be the university’s first Chancellor, His Royal Majesty King Drolor Bosso Adamtey I, king of one of the largest tribes in Ghana.   Included in the Charter Day activities will be the installation of a president and a deputy president.Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (September 19), Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said with university status, the governance structure of the institution will change.“There is a transition policy as enshrined in the (Caribbean Maritime University) Act, so we are moving from a Board to a council and from an executive director to a president.   The current Board becomes the council and the existing executive director, unless otherwise so determined, will now become the first president of the new university,” he explained.The university, which was established in 1980 with 30 students, has grown significantly over the years. Enrolment increased from 300 students in 2007 to just under 5,000 in 2017.Senator Reid, in hailing the growth as “remarkable”, noted that according university status is a natural step as the institution establishes itself as a leader in its class.“I don’t think we’ve had another tertiary institution that has grown as exponentially as CMI, but it’s exciting for all of us.   This is another layer of the growth prospects that we seek in Jamaica.   We are making the connections with education, training and industry, and this is a massive part of our armoury in transforming the Jamaican education and economic landscape,” he pointed out.The Minister noted further that the granting of university status will, among other things, allow for the CMI to access global grant funding from various agencies and entities worldwide, which will enable the institution to better administer its functions and perform its role as a national economic driver through education, training and certification.The CMI continues to make a significant contribution to the Jamaican economy by bridging the employment gap, with approximately 85 per cent of CMI graduates being placed in jobs within six months of graduation.The Palisadoes-based institution is the only international entity approved for maritime training in Jamaica, with 80 per cent of the teaching/support personnel and 50 per cent of the board of directors drawn from organisations within the industry.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

4th Annual Trouble The Dog Motorcycle Ride Set For September 9 In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA – Sheila Duncan, founder of The Kennek Foundation, announced that the Fourth Annual Trouble The Dog Motorcycle Ride will take place on Sunday, September 9, 2018. Registration begins at 10am. The ride starts at 11am.The ride will start and end at Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road, Wilmington).The motorcycle ride, escorted by members of the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office, will benefit first responders and the children they serve.The ride is sponsored by Marblehead Opticians.Tickets are $20 per rider, $10 for passengers, and $20 for walk-ins. Tickets include coffee and donuts — courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts of Marblehead — and a full lunch after the ride. There will be music, a cash bar, food, and great prizes.Proceeds from the ride help to place Trouble The Dog plush dogs in police cruisers, fire trucks, and ambulances to help first responders provide a source of comfort to children in the event of a fire, accident, or other emergency.Trouble plush dogs has been proven to be a source of immediate tactile comfort that children need in times of crisis.To register, visit https://thekennekfoundation.org/911toy-ride.Donations will help deliver Trouble plush dogs to representatives from Massachusetts police and fire departments.Motorcycles are not required for participation.For more information, call 781-631-0366 or email Hope@thekennekfoundation.org.(NOTE: The above press release is from The Kennek Foundation.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5th Annual ‘Trouble The Dog Motorcycle Ride’ Set For September 15 In WilmingtonIn “Community”COMING TO THE SHRINERS: 3rd Annual ‘Trouble The Dog Motorcycle Ride’ Set For September 10In “Community”2nd Annual ‘Trouble The Dog Motorcycle Ride’ Set For September 11 In WilmingtonIn “Community”last_img read more

Rohingya repatriation anytime

first_imgBangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered Bangladesh since 25 August, 2017 amid military-led crackdown in Rakhine state of Myanmar. UNB File PhotoForeign secretary M Shahidul Haque on Sunday said the repatriation of Rohingyas to their place of origin in Rakhine State will begin anytime mentioning that the issue is very much on the table, reports UNB. “It (repatriation) can start anytime. It’s a continuous process,” Haque said without giving any specific date when he was asked whether the repatriation of Rohingyas will begin on 22 August. The Red and Green Research, an initiative of journalists, organised the discussion titled ‘Rohingya Crisis: Way Forward’ at the auditorium of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) in the city. Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas and most of them entered Bangladesh since 25 August, 2017 amid military-led crackdown in Rakhine. The foreign secretary said the repatriation has always been one of the priority issues for Bangladesh as it is looking for a peaceful solution to the crisis. BIISS chairman Munshi Faiz Ahmad and former chairman of National Human Rights Commission Mizanur Rahman also spoke at the discussion. Red and Green Research director Shahidul Islam Chowdhury presented the keynote paper.last_img read more

GOP Efforts To Repeal Obamacare May Be Failing But Theyre Still Affecting

first_imgJorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUTNora Chovanec canceled her health plan under Obamacare because of uncertainty about the law’s future.Nora Chovanec showed off the chickens in her backyard last March while talking about a newly proposed Republican health care bill to replace Obamacare.The 29-year-old was on a health care plan through the online marketplace created by Obamacare. It allows people who don’t get insurance through an employer to buy a plan on their own.Under the GOP plan proposed at the time, Chovanec was poised to get some more money.“I, as a young healthy person, would actually benefit,” she said. “This plan would save me money on my taxes at the end of the year.”But Chovanec said the plan didn’t sit right with her because older and sicker people would be forced to pay more.The bill eventually died in Congress. And so did another Republican plan. Chovanec said she’s been watching each of the bills closely.“I definitely have been worried this year,” she said, “because I didn’t know if I was going to continue to have health insurance, if the whole marketplace was going to disappear, if they were going to change it, and I was going to have really terrible health insurance or my premium was going to skyrocket.”The latest Republican effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is unlikely to pass at this point. With a deadline at the end of the week, the bill, known as Graham-Cassidy, is three votes short. It’s the third major GOP effort this year to get rid of Obamacare.The possibility that Obamacare could be repealed has affected Texans like Chovanec. In fact, the uncertainty made her think it would be better to get rid of her Obamacare plan.“Actually, just two weeks ago I made the decision to go on my husband’s health insurance,” she said.Chovanec said she’s lucky to have that option to fall back on, but the decision wasn’t easy.For one thing, her premiums under her husband’s insurance are more expensive. Under her Obamacare plan, she paid $180 a month. Now she pays $270 a month.More importantly, Chovanec said, she didn’t want to leave Obamacare because of what it meant.“When I called to cancel my insurance – even though I’m going to get better health insurance that’s more expensive – I still felt sad,” she said. “I felt sad in leaving this kind of larger, in my mind, social good. And so, I didn’t want to have to jump ship. I felt like I was forced into it, because I didn’t know whether I was going to have insurance in a couple of months.” Fingers crossedThe feeling is shared by many people watching the health care debate. No one really knows what their choices will be next year.That’s been a problem for Victoria Tisor, who also talked to KUT back in March.Tisor, 60, couldn’t find a plan she could afford in the Obamacare marketplace, so she decided to risk it.“I went without health care insurance this year,” she said. She joined a wellness center and started an exercise routine. “[I] focused on my health, instead of my sickness.”Tisor said everything is working out fine – for now.“Where I am vulnerable is if an accident happens, something catastrophic,” she said. “I wouldn’t be covered. So, of course I’m following all the bills that are coming up and what is going on.”So far, Tisor said, none of those Republican repeal bills have been good news for her situation. But she said she hasn’t given up completely on finding a plan.She said if Obamacare is still around during open enrollment in November, she plans to shop around.“I am going to look again, you know?” Tisor said. “And if I feel like I can find an insurance policy that I can afford that covers something, then I’ll probably make that decision.”In a few years Tisor will have her own backup plan: She’ll be eligible for Medicare. Sharecenter_img Single-payer health careBoth Chovanec and Tisor said they were encouraged by at least one health care bill that was introduced in Congress this year.“My little bit of hope, though, is that maybe with all this insanity, we’ll get a national single-payer health care system,” Chovanec said, referring to a bill introduced by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.Tisor said she’s excited that single payer is being talked about, again. She said she’s been following the issue since the 1990s.“Single payer would obviously be more cost-effective for the entire country,” she said. “I mean, that would be the best.”For now, of course, a single-payer bill faces even worse odds in Congress than any of the Republican bills that have been proposed so far.last_img read more