PMO calls comments about Jody WilsonRaybould unacceptable

first_imgObservers say comments from Liberal Party insiders about former Justice Minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould are sexist. Facebook/Jody Wilson-Raybould.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsThe Prime Minister’s Office is condemning the comments reported in the press and attributed to unnamed Liberal Party insiders about Jody Wilson-Raybould’s character.“The comments made about Jody Wilson-Raybould are simply unacceptable, and have no place in our political discourse,” Matt Pascuzzo, Justin Trudeau’s press secretary, said in an email to APTN News.It’s the first public response from Trudeau’s office to statements published in a Feb. 9 Canadian Press story that many have called sexist.On Tuesday the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) published an open letter to Trudeau, demanding he “immediately and categorically publicly condemn the racist and sexist innuendo about Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould that is being spread by unnamed elected officials and staff of your government in media reports.”The CP story paraphrased unnamed Liberal Party “insiders” saying Wilson-Raybould “had become a thorn in the side of the cabinet,” that she was “difficult to get along with, known to berate fellow cabinet ministers openly at the table, and who others felt they had trouble trusting.”One source was quoted saying the former justice minister and attorney general has “always sort of been in it for herself.“It’s never been about the government or the cabinet. Everything is very Jody-centric.”In their letter the UBCIC executive called the statements “cowardly, low blows aimed at discrediting the staunch work ethic Minister Wilson-Raybould has maintained.“They perpetuate colonial-era, sexist stereotypes that Indigenous women cannot be powerful, forthright, and steadfast in positions of power, but rather confrontational, meddling and egotistic. These comments from your staff must be recognized for what they are – blatant sexism.”The letter contains similar concerns to another one UBCIC published in December, after Trudeau addressed Neskonlith Indian Band Kukpi7 Judy Wilson by her first name at an Assembly of First Nations special chiefs assembly in Ottawa.Wilson, who also serves as UBCIC’s secretary treasurer, told Trudeau he did not have the consent of Secwepemc rights and title holders to run the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project through their unceded territory.Responding, Trudeau told Wilson she should “be careful about minimizing or ascribing reasons for people who take positions that disagree with you,” referring to elected Secwepemc band chiefs and councils that do support the pipeline.“I don’t think we should be criticizing them, just because they disagree with you, Judy,” he added.Trudeau’s treatment of Wilson drew outrage from First Nation leaders.Former Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Grand Chief Sheila North said she was “taken aback” by Trudeau’s comments.North, one of the candidates for AFN National Chief last year, said the prime minister “wasn’t respecting [Wilson’s] position as a representative of her people, and she deserves a lot more respect than that.”UBCIC immediately demanded Trudeau apologize for the comments, saying they “[run] the risk of sending a message to Canadians that it’s ok to belittle, berate and lecture female Indigenous leaders.“It sends a message that it’s ok to continue these attacks towards our Indigenous women whether it is in the boardroom, meetings or dealing with issues on the land, and it runs the grave risk of discouraging Indigenous women to stand up to defend themselves.”Kukpi7 Judy Wilson of Neskonlith Indian Band confronted Justin Trudeau in Dec. 2018 on Secwepemc rights and title. APTN.Following the PMO’s respond to our request for comment on the Liberal insiders’ statements about Wilson-Raybould, APTN asked if the prime minister could respond directly to the UBCIC’s concerns about Trudeau’s comments to Chief Wilson.“As the Prime Minister has said before, no relationship is more important to our government than the one with Indigenous peoples,” Pascuzzo said in an email response.“The PM has the utmost respect for Indigenous leaders, including Chief Judy Wilson.”Trudeau came under fire this week after also referring to Wilson-Raybould by her first name.Following a funding announcement in Winnipeg Tuesday, Trudeau repeatedly referred Wilson-Raybould as “Jody” while addressing reporters.APTN asked Pascuzzo again if the prime minister would respond directly to the UBCIC’s concerns over the potential impacts of his behaviour to Wilson, and also to the criticism over his calling Wilson-Raybould by her first name.“The PM has the utmost respect for all Indigenous leaders,” Pascuzzo read more

Trudeau apologizes to Inuit for TB mistreatment

first_imgKent DriscollAPTN NewsIt was a long-awaited event delayed at the last minute by Nunavut’s unpredictable weather.But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made it to Iqaluit Friday to apologize for the way the federal government treated Inuit tuberculosis patients from the 1940s to 1960s.He didn’t just say ‘sorry.’ He said ‘sorry’ with a plan

Bombardier signs second CS300 deal in as many weeks after Airbus backs

first_imgMONTREAL – Bombardier Inc. said its deal with Airbus has yet to ignite new sales discussions, but existing efforts have yielded results as the manufacturer announced back-to-back potential orders including one with Africa’s largest airline.Chief executive Alain Bellemare told an investor conference Tuesday that he fielded upbeat calls from some large airlines —including Airbus customers — hours after the deal was announced.“That’s the reason why I’m convinced that we are going to see much better sales moving forward,” he said at the Goldman Sachs Industrials Conference in Boston.Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) has signed its second potential C Series order in less than two weeks after EgyptAir Holding Co. announced plans to purchase up to 24 aircraft.The agreement announced at the Dubai Airshow includes 12 CS300 aircraft with purchase rights for an additional 12 aircraft.Bellemare acknowledged that the orders had nothing to do with Airbus even though the partnership gave customers added comfort that the European giant will put its full weight behind the C Series.“This is very good but it’s the work our team was doing with airline customers,” he told analysts. “It keeps on building the momentum up.”Bombardier said that based on the list price of the CS300, a firm order for 12 aircraft would be valued at about US$1.4 billion. That would double if the airline exercises the 12 purchase rights. However, airlines typically receive large discounts.“It would be difficult to wish for a better carrier to establish our presence in the region,” Colin Bole, Bombardier senior vice president commercial aerospace, said in a conference call with reporters from Dubai.“It’s a great template and it is something that will be followed extremely closely by the other carriers in the regions and the sub regions in the area.”The C Series has also been ordered by Iraqi Airways, Saudi Gulf and Gulf Air.The national airline of Egypt told reporters in Dubai that while it has been studying the C Series for a long time, Airbus’ involvement makes them feel better about the program, Bombardier commercial aircraft president Fred Cromer added on the conference call.EgyptAir chairman and CEO Safwat Musallam said the planes will help the airline to modernize its fleet and better serve destinations in the Middle East and Europe.Analyst Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group says Airbus’ involvement will assuage fears that the C Series will be an “orphan” airplane because it will have the support of the European aerospace giant.“I would argue that the Airbus effect will be fairly profound,” he said in an interview.Aboulafia said the C Series is a great plane but Bombardier has had major financial issues.“That is no longer a problem. You remove that, you now have just a great jet that the people want.”The EgyptAir letter of intent and a deal for 31 planes plus options for 30 announced Nov. 2 with an undisclosed customer are expected to be firmed up by the end of the year. That would raise the number of firm C Series orders to more than 400.Bombardier said it remains confident that Boeing won’t be able to prove in its trade complaint that it has been damaged by the C Series since it doesn’t make a plane the size of the CS100 and wasn’t invited to bid on the Delta order.Nonetheless, Cromer said Bombardier is developing contingency plans if high tariffs continue to be applied on aircraft manufactured in Canada and delivered to the U.S.“We have opportunities to place some of those early Delta positions with other airlines,” he said.Cromer declined to say if the second assembly line in Alabama estimated by the company to be built at a cost of more than US$300 million would be affected by the maintenance of high U.S. duties.Bellemare added that Bombardier was never seeking to use the C Series to compete with Boeing or Airbus. Rather, its competitor for the 100- to 150-seat aircraft will remain Brazil’s Embraer.“There were two (competitors) yesterday and there will be two tomorrow,” he said.Bellemare added that Boeing has underestimated the response to its trade action, with support for Bombardier coming from companies and governments such as Canada and Britain.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier’s shares gained nearly 1.6 per cent at C$3.11 in afternoon trading.last_img read more

Survey suggests more Canadians plan to do holiday shopping online this year

first_imgA new survey suggests more Canadians are planning to do some or all of their holiday shopping online this year.A survey commissioned by FedEx Canada and released today found that 65 per cent of Canadians polled planned to shop online this year, while 55 per cent said they did so last year.Six per cent of those polled said they planned to shop online this holiday season for the first time.Participants in Ontario, Atlantic Canada and British Columbia were the most likely to shop online for the holidays, with 68 per cent of Ontario respondents and 67 per cent of the others saying they planned to avoid brick-and-mortar stores.Saskatchewan, Quebec and Alberta had the lowest percentage of respondents who said they intend to shop online, ranging from 58 to 62 per cent.The survey was conducted online from Oct. 5 to 7 and involved roughly 1,490 adult Canadians. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the populationlast_img read more

Air Canada to offer lieflat seats on some North American flights

first_imgMONTREAL – Air Canada will soon be offering lie-flat seats on some of its non-stop flights within Canada and the U.S. for customers willing to pay a premium.The airline says these lie-flat seats are available for those flying in Air Canada Signature Class, the premium cabin of its wide-body aircraft.The new service, which is available today for international customers, will be offered starting June 1 for select flights within North America.Routes with the lie-flat seats will include overnight daily flights from Vancouver, Los Angeles and San Francisco to Toronto, the airline says.This new service, branded as Air Canada Signature Service, will also include other added amenities such as valet service in a BMW across the Toronto-Pearson airport tarmac to connecting flights for full-fare premium cabin customers who qualify, starting later in 2018.Benjamin Smith, president of passenger airlines for Air Canada, says its premium customers travelling on longer-flight itineraries place a high value on convenience and comfort.last_img read more

US to impose antidumping duties of 24 plus on Canadianmade pipe

first_imgThe United States has opened a new battleground in its trade war with the world, announcing preliminary anti-dumping duties on large-diameter welded pipe from Canada and five other countries.The U.S. is to immediately begin collecting 24.38 per cent cash deposits on imports from Canada that were worth almost US$180 million in 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced on Tuesday.The other countries being hit with duties are China, Greece, India, Korea, and Turkey, with penalties ranging from 3.45 per cent for Turkey to more than 132 per cent for China.India is the only country on the list that had greater exports of the pipe to the U.S. in 2017 than Canada, at US$295 million.The decision is “disappointing” but it affects only one of his members, said Joe Galimberti, president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association, which represents the $15-billion primary steel production industry here.He said the Canadian arm of Chicago-based Evraz North America is the only manufacturer of large-diameter welded pipe in Canada.Evraz did not immediately respond to a request for comment.A spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said the department is in contact with the exporter targeted by the duties and will monitor the situation.“The United States has a $2-billion surplus in steel trade with Canada,” said Adam Austen in an email. “Canada buys more steel from the U.S. than any other country, accounting for more than 50 per cent of U.S. exports.”The U.S. Commerce department said it found that the six countries have sold pipe at less than fair value in the United States.“Commerce currently maintains 458 anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade,” it said in a statement.Final duty determinations are to be announced in early November for China and India and in January for Canada and the other three countries.The department said enforcement of U.S. trade law is a primary focus of the Donald Trump administration, noting it has initiated 120 new investigations since the president came to office, more than double the previous administration.Trump slapped Canada and other allies with steel and aluminum duties last spring, which led to retaliatory levies from Ottawa.He has also made repeated threats to apply far more damaging tariffs on the deeply integrated automotive sector.Last week, Trump said the U.S. should harvest fallen trees from the forest floor, which he says are making wildfires in California worse, rather than import wood when “Canada is charging us a lot of money to bring their timber down into our country.”Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Bellegarde says pipeline expansion may go forward if shipping terminal moved

first_imgOTTAWA – The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says the federal government would find it easier to get the Trans Mountain pipeline built if it moves the route and the marine shipping terminal to avoid Indigenous communities that are oppose the project.Perry Bellegarde said many Indigenous communities believe in the need to diversify export markets for Canadian resources through work to transition to a clean energy economy.However, he acknowledged there are some communities along the coast, notably the Squamish First Nation and the Tsleil-Waututh Nation, that will never support the pipeline, which in its current format affects a marine terminal in the traditional territory of the Tsleil-Waututh, and would bring additional oil tankers through traditional waters of the Squamish.“So why not move (the terminal)? Why don’t you move it to Tsawwassen?” Bellegarde said in a wide-ranging interview Monday with The Canadian Press.“They’re not going to change their mind, so why not find a different outlet? It might take a little longer, but it’s a win-win-win.”Bellegarde said he spoke to chiefs who support of the idea of a terminal near Tsawwassen — but Tsawwassen First Nation Chief Bryce Williams said Monday he is not one of them.His community neither supports the pipeline nor the idea of moving the terminal to land that abuts his community, Williams said.In 2015, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley pushed the idea of the Tsawwassen terminal in Delta, B.C., arguing it might get more local support than the plan to expand the existing Westridge Marine Terminal in Burnaby, B.C. The latter would see another six or seven oil tankers each week try to navigate the tricky Burrard Inlet and Vancouver Harbour, while the Tsawwassen location poses environmental risks from those additional tankers to the Fraser River Estuary.Kinder Morgan Canada dismissed the Tsawwassen location because of those environmental concerns, as well as an estimated $1.2 billion cost needed to make the pipeline 14 kilometres longer and build a trestle in the Straight of Georgia to support it.The federal government has yet to announce how it plans to re-engage with Indigenous communities after the Federal Court of Appeal overturned approval for the pipeline expansion, citing insufficient Indigenous consultations. The court also criticized the National Energy Board for failing to do a proper review of what impact additional oil tanker traffic would have on sensitive marine ecosystems and, specifically, the endangered Southern resident killer whales.Last week Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi ordered the board to go back and do such a review of oil tanker traffic and provide a new recommendation on the pipeline before the end of February.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said that plan only adds delays and argued Ottawa should instead appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada and legislate the project into existence. That includes supporting a private members’ bill from Alberta Se. Doug Black that reaffirms federal jurisdiction for the project.Scheer also wants emergency legislation to use an existing Trans Canada review of oil tanker traffic in lieu of the NEB repeating that work, which he said would satisfy the court’s conditions. He added more Indigenous consultation does need to happen, and suggested the appointment of a ministerial special representative to oversee the process.He also said many communities have signed benefit agreements as partners in the pipeline and no one community should be able to halt it entirely.“We certainly don’t believe that the 30-plus Indigenous communities who had signed agreements, who are going to see real benefits in their communities, should have to go without those advantages because a smaller group of people are simply opposed to it,” he said.Sohi’s press secretary, Vanessa Adams, said the Conservatives have no reason to complain given their shoddy environmental review was the one the court rejected in this case, and in previous ones the courts also rejected.However, Sohi’s office has yet to respond to the idea of moving the marine terminal. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said two weeks ago he was open to the idea of moving the suggested route, but hasn’t been clear on what changes he is considering.Canada now is in full charge of the pipeline, having purchased it from Kinder Morgan last month for $4.5 billion. Ottawa stepped in hoping that federal ownership would provide the political certainty to get it built, and the government intends to sell it to a private-sector buyer after the project expansion is completed.last_img read more

Ontario releases cannabis regulations for retail stores set to open April 1

first_imgTORONTO — The Ontario government has released regulations that will guide the startup of private cannabis stores on April 1.The stand-alone stores can be open any day between 9 a.m. and 11 p.m., but they must be at least 150 metres away from schools and bar entry to anyone under 19 years old.A market concentration limit of 75 stores per operator has been set.Until April, cannabis can only be legally purchased from the online Ontario Cannabis Store.Applications for licences will begin on Dec. 17 and illegal cannabis retailers who were operating after legalization on Oct. 17 will not be eligible to receive cannabis sales licences.Licences won’t be issued to any person or organization who has an association with organized crime, and applicants must demonstrate their tax compliance status to show they are in good standing with the government.“The purpose of these regulations is to keep kids safe and to ensure all people operating in this tightly-regulated retail system behave with integrity, honesty, and in the public interest,” Attorney General Caroline Mulroney said in a statement.Retail managers and employees must complete approved training in the responsible sale of cannabis.The government says it will provide $40 million over two years to help municipalities with the implementation costs of recreational cannabis legalization.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

France to assess financial impact of clashes over fuel tax

first_imgPARIS — France’s finance minister has said he will meet with the country’s employers’ federation and retailers to assess the economic impact of violent clashes with police over fuel tax hikes.Police bulldozers and garbage trucks cleaned up rubble on the Champs-Elysees on Sunday, a day after 8,000 people demonstrated against the fuel tax. Some of the protesters torched barriers and plywood boards.Paris police have said that 24 people were injured.Bruno Le Maire told BFMTV that on Monday he will meet with representatives “from retailers, merchants, craftsmen, chambers of commerce and the employers’ federation” to estimate the protest’s “impact on sales and on our economy.”Paris’ most iconic boulevard and its surrounding streets were littered with piles of charcoal debris.The Associated Presslast_img read more

FAA bringing back safety inspectors sidelined by shutdown

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration says it has brought about 500 safety inspectors back to work and expects more to return next week, potentially easing strains on the aviation system amid a partial federal government shutdown.Most of the FAA’s 3,000 safety inspectors have been sidelined during the 22-day shutdown . But the agency is accelerating efforts to bring them back. Agency spokesman Gregory Martin didn’t provide specifics in an email to the Associated Press Saturday.Inspectors oversee and certify inspections by airline and repair-shop employees. They’re not considered essential employees who must work during shutdowns.The shutdown has hit aviation hard . About 10,000 FAA air traffic controllers are on the job but not getting paid. Some Transportation Security Administration screeners are staying home rather than work without pay.The Associated Presslast_img read more

OGC releases thirdparty review on induced seismic events in the Kiskatinaw area

first_imgThe review found that the state of stress throughout much of the Kiskatinaw area at depths between the Doig and Belloy is strike-slip and in a near-critical state. This means only small fluid pressure increases are sufficient to cause the most critically oriented fractures and faults to become critically stressed.The full review can be found on the OGC’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Oil & Gas Commission released a third-party review of the factors that contributed to induced seismic events in the Kiskatinaw area.According to the OGC, on November 29, 2018, the area experienced a 4.5 magnitude induced seismic earthquake which led to heightened public concern.In the third-party review, conducted by Enlighten Geoscience Limited, it looks at understanding the issues surrounding induced seismicity in the Kiskatinaw Seismic Monitoring and Mitigation Area.last_img read more

China accuses US of undermining UN antiterror body

first_imgBeijing: China on Thursday accused the US of undermining the authority of the UN anti-terrorism committee by “forcefully moving” a resolution in the UNSC to list Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, saying America’s move only “complicates” the issue. The US, supported by France and the UK, has moved a draft resolution in the UN Security Council to blacklist the Pakistan-based terror group’s chief, two weeks after China put a hold on a proposal to list Azhar under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Asked about the development, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a media briefing that Washington move only complicates the issue. “This is not in line with resolution of the issue through dialogue and negotiations. This has reduced the authority of the Committee as a main anti-terrorism body of the UNSC and this is not conducive to the solidarity and only complicates the issue. “We urge the US to act cautiously and avoid forcefully moving forward this resolution draft,” Geng said.last_img read more

The Matrix wanted Sandra Bullock as Neo

first_imgLos Angeles: The Matrix producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura has revealed that before Keanu Reeves was chosen to play Neo, he initially wanted Sandra Bullock for the role. Di Bonaventura, whose filmography includes discovering the cult classic sci-fi franchise at Warner Bros and Transformers film series, said there were far more than two options to choose from. Several A-listers including Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Will Smith were considered for the part. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”We went out to so many people I don’t remember. We were getting desperate. We went to Sandy Bullock and said ‘We’ll change Neo to a girl.’ (Producer) Joel Silver and I worked with Sandy on ‘Demolition Man’ and she was and continues to be a very good friend of mine.” “It was pretty simple. We sent her the script to see if she was interested in it. And if she was interested in it we would try to make the change,” he told The Wrap in an interview as part of the film’s 20th anniversary year. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna”It just wasn’t something for her at the time. So really it didn’t go anywhere,” di Bonaventura added. A representative for Bullock said the actor did not recall the specifics of the pitch for The Wachowskis’ epic but di Bonaventura was always supportive of her career. She added, however, that the right person was cast for the film. In 2009, the actor said that she was also considered to play Trinity and regretted not taking it. The role famously went to Carrie-Anne Moss. Reeves and Bullock had previously worked in the 1994 ‘s action blockbuster film Speed, a few years before The Matrix was released.last_img read more

Man kills wife and three children

first_imgGhaziabad: A 35-year-old man allegedly killed his wife and three children including two daughters in Nyay Khand 2 in Indirapuram area of Ghaziabad on intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. Police are yet to trace the accused who left his home informing his family members by putting up a video on family’s AhatsApp group of which he told the members that he killed the all of him family and he is going to commit suicide now.According to police, the deceased have been identified as accused’s wife Ashu Balla (32), two daughters- Parmesh (6) and Akriti (8) and only son Aarav (4). “The family lived at a rented accommodation in a builder flat for the last two years,” police said. Shlok Kumar, SP City of Ghaziabad told Millennium Post that the accused has been identified as Sumit Kumar, who works as a software engineer. “Two months ago, he resigned his job in Bangalore and after that he had no job while his wife works as a private teacher in Ghaziabad. The reason behind this killing is not clear yet, but the initial investigation revealed that the accused was under depression due to financial crunch and no job can also be a reason,” Kumar added. “The accused himself posted a video on the family WhatsApp group in which he confessed to have killed his family and he also told the family members that he is going to kill himself as well,” Kumar added. Sandeep Kumar Singh, Station House Officer of Indirapuram police station, said that the incident occurred around 3 am and he posted his video on family group around 6pm on Sunday. After posting the video, the accused called his brother-in-law and informed about the incident. Around 6.15 pm, police received a call from the Ashu’s brother and he informed the police about the incident. When police team reached the accused’s house, police found all dead body on the bedroom floor,” Singh said. Three police team have been formed by SP City to trace the accused live or dead, as soon as possible.last_img read more

Sensex starts on a weak note Yes Bank recovers 4 pc

first_imgMumbai: The benchmark BSE Sensex started on a weak note Thursday tracking negative cues from global equities after the US Federal Reserve kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged. After falling over 100 points in early trade, the 30-share index recovered lost ground and was trading marginally lower at 39,006.33. The NSE Nifty too was trading 14.65 points down at 11,733.50. In the previous session on Tuesday, the BSE bourse closed with 0.09 per cent or 35.78 points loss at 39,031.55, while the NSE Nifty ended 0.06 per cent or 6.50 points lower at 11,748.15. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: Icra Top gainers in early session were Yes Bank, Bharti Airtel, Hero MotoCorp, Sun Pharma, RIL, M&M, PowerGrid, HDFC Bank, IndusInd Bank, Bajaj Auto, L&T, Coal India and Kotak Bank, rising up to 3.66 per cent. On the other hand, Tata Motors, ICICI Bank, Infosys, Tata Steel, NTPC, TCS, HUL, Bajaj Finance, HCL Tech and ITC were among the top losers, shedding up to 1.94 per cent. According to traders, market sentiment was choppy as investors took weak cues from glaobe equities after the US Federal Reserve Wednesday decided to keep its benchmark interest rate unchanged amid mixed signals about the direction of the US economy. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days On Wall Street, the S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq ended in the red on Wednesday. Elsewhere in Asia, benchmark equity indices in Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul were trading on a mixed note in early trade. Brent crude futures, the global oil benchmark, were trading 0.28 per cent lower at USD 71.98 per barrel. On the currency front, the rupee was trading flat at 69.57 against the US dollar in early trade. Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought equity worth Rs 114.59 crore on Tuesday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) purchased shares to the tune of Rs 730.02 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed.last_img read more

Torrential Rainfall Causes Traffic Disruptions in Northern Morocco

Rabat – The torrential rainfall that affected the cities of Tetouan and Chefchaouen in northern Morocco on Saturday caused temporary traffic disruptions.Tetouan and Chefchaouen recorded heavy rainfall on Sunday morning, causing soil erosion and water overflow onto roads. This overflow resulted in temporary traffic disruptions in several sites, notably on roads linking Tetouan to Chefchaouen (National Route 2) and Tetouan to Al Hoceima (National Highway 16). The El Jebha region and surrounding areas on the coastal Mediterranean strip were also impacted, according to Moroccan authorities.The Ministry of Equipment and Transport, local authorities and security services were mobilized to avoid total disruption of traffic on the affected roads by reorganizing and diverting the traffic flow to alternative roads. The Moroccan Society of Motorways (ADM) announced that on Saturday night it suspended  the toll levied on the section of motorway between the cities of Tetouan and Fnideq because of disruptions at several points along the highway linking the two cities.Edited by Kelsey Fish read more

Omrans Brother Dies of Injuries in Hospital

Rabat – Ali Daqneesh, the brother of Omran Daqneesh, the five-year-old who became the symbol of Syrian civilians in war-torn Aleppo on Wednesday, reportedly died on Saturday.Ali, the ten-year-old attained severe injuries after he was injured with his brother Omran and his family members when an airstrike reduced his family’s building to rubble.“Ali was taken to hospital with his family members, but he succumbed to death on Saturday.” Activists in Aleppo said. The UK-based Syrian Solidarity Campaign also reported the death of Ali, saying that the attack is a “war crime” and calling for peace in Syria.In an interview with the Telegraph, Ali’s father said “It is very painful to watch your children falling in front of your eyes.”The touching photo of Omran on Wednesday epitomized the dire misery of the Syrian people after five years of war.In August alone, approximately 142 children have been killed in Aleppo, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. read more

Badou Zaki Doubts Morocco Will Go Far in CAN 2017

Rabat – Former coach of Morocco’s national football team and current coach of Algeria’s CR Belouizdad, Badou Zaki, has ruled out Morocco from the list of  favorites to win the African Cup of Nations (CAN 2017), set to take place from January 14th-February 5th, in Gabon.In an interview with Algerian channel “Annahar,” Badou said that Morocco hopes to advance past the first round [and qualify for other rounds], something it has not managed it to achieve since 2004.”“It does not make sense to dream of many things that we have not achieved for more than 12 years,” he said. “If Morocco qualifies for the semi-final it will be such an achievement.” He went on to add  that “the African teams that have managed over the past few years to achieve remarkable results in the World Cup competitions are the ones that are inspired to dream of winning the CAN 2017.”The Group C category, which includes Morocco, Côte D’Ivoire, Togo and the Democratic Republic of Congo, is considered one of the most competitive groups.Morocco’s first scheduled match, against the Democratic Republic of Congo, will take place January 16. Its second match will be against Togo on January 20 before going on to play Côte D’Ivoire on January 24.In a press conference held during the national team’s preparatory camp in the UAE, Morocco’s coach, Hervé Renard, said: “We will do our utmost to achieve the best results based on our potentials and capabilities. I set myself to qualify for the final quarter as a top priority, and I took it as a personal matter.”The national team’s private plane took off on Thursday morning from the UAE’s Al Ain International Airport, heading to Gabon’s capital, Libreville where they will then settle in to their tournament residence in the city of Bitam. read more

Cenovus reports 136billion Q4 loss due to deep discounts on Canadian oil

Companies in this story: (TSX:CVE) CALGARY — Cenovus Energy Inc. reported a $1.36-billion loss in its latest quarter as it faced deep discounts for Western Canadian Select oil.The company says the loss amounted to $1.10 per share for the quarter ended Dec. 31, compared with a profit of $620 million or 50 cents per share in the last three months of 2017 when its results were boosted by the sale of assets in Alberta and Saskatchewan.Cenovus had an operating loss from continuing operations of $1.67 billion or $1.36 per share for the quarter compared with an operating loss of $533 million or 43 cents per share a year ago.The discount on Western Canadian Select has eased in recent weeks following production cuts that were mandated by the Alberta government, which reduced the size of the mandatory reductions at the end of January.Taking into account the government-mandated cuts, Cenovus says it expects its first-quarter bitumen and crude oil production will be a maximum of 348,000 barrels per day.It says the financial impact of its curtailed volumes will be more than offset by an expected improvement in prices. The Canadian Press read more

Train Derails in Spain Kills 1 Injures Dozens

Rabat – International news outlets reported that the accident occurred at 6:15 a.m. local time, 30 miles from the train’s destination, Barcelona.About 131 people were on board the train.Photos of the train showed that four cars had derailed. Several ambulances and authorities arrived on the scene to rescue people in the accident. The accident followed a similar tragedy in Morocco, when a train derailed in Boukenadel between Rabat and Kenitra in October. The accident killed at least seven people.Read Also: Bouknadel Train Accident: A Story of Lives Cut Short read more