Fitting Name for New Ferry

first_imgThe name is a fitting nod to the water that she will travel, andto her sister ship. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has chosen thename Petit Princess for the new car ferry that will sail PetitPassage between Digby Neck and Long Island, Digby Co. Her sistership in New Brunswick is also regally named — the Deer IslandPrincess II. Grade 7 student Felicia Frost proposed Petit Princess in a namingcontest for the new $4-million ferry. Transportation and PublicWorks Minister Ron Russell selected her entry from 66 namessubmitted by students at Islands Consolidated School in Freeport. “Our goal was to find the best name for the new ferry with thehelp of students who will sail aboard her for years to come,”said Mr Russell. “With so many well thought-out names submitted,students clearly benefitted from their research in this contest.” Mr. Russell and Felicia revealed the name at a ceremony at theHalifax Shipyard today, Nov. 18. The minister presented Feliciawith $500 for winning the contest. Transportation and PublicWorks also gave Islands Consolidated School $1,000 to fund aschool project. “The contest made students think about the uniqueness of wherethey live, and the importance of the ferry system as atransportation link to the mainland,” said Loretta Crocker,principal of Islands Consolidated School. “The studentsresearched the history of the islands and we all learnedsomething new.” The ferry is being built at the Halifax Shipyard and will becommissioned early in 2004. The Petit Princess is a 42-metrevessel with a capacity of 24 cars, 95 passengers and four crew.It is wheelchair accessible and is replacing the Joshua Slocum,which was built in 1974. In 1974, the Slocum carried 38,000 vehicles a year; that numberhas now skyrocketed to 96,000 a year, mainly as a result ofincreased tourism.last_img read more

NS man facing deportation to Somalia to be released lawyer says

first_imgHALIFAX – The lawyer for a young man who has spent most of his life in Canada but is now facing deportation to Somalia says his client will soon be released from detention.Benjamin Perryman says the Immigration and Refugee Board has ordered Abdoul Abdi to be released from custody.Abdi was six years old when he arrived in Nova Scotia as a refugee from the war-torn, African country.He went to live with his aunt, who didn’t speak English, and was soon apprehended by the Nova Scotia government and put into foster care.Between the ages of eight and 19, Abdi was moved 31 times, separated from his sister and was never granted citizenship.His aunt’s efforts to regain custody were rejected, and attempts to file a citizenship application for the children was blocked.Abdi served five years in prison for multiple charges, including aggravated assault.Perryman said Abdi was given grossly inadequate care by the province as a foster child. He has said deporting him to Somalia — a country to which he has no ties and where he would be unable to care for his Canadian-born daughter — would be unfair.Abdi’s case has become a rallying point for advocates who say it was wrong for the province to fail to apply for citizenship on his behalf.Stephen McNeil, Nova Scotia’s premier, said last week that he has ordered the province’s Community Services Department to complete a review of any cases that would require supports similar to those needed by Abdi.The Canada Border Services Agency detained Abdi when he was released from prison earlier this month.Although a date is not finalized, Abdi, 24, will soon be released to a halfway house in the greater Toronto area.“He will likely be transferred to a halfway house tomorrow. Canada continues to pursue his deportation,” Perryman said in a tweet Monday.(Global News, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

May says Greens will work with any party that has a serious

first_imgOTTAWA — With three months until Canadians vote in the next federal election, Green party leader Elizabeth May says her big hope for the final result is a minority government over which she can exert some influence.In fact, May thinks that influence could even get the Conservatives to drop their dyed-in-the-wool opposition to carbon taxes if it means the difference for them between governing or spending more time in opposition.“People change their minds when they see the dynamic of a way a Parliament is assembled and maybe think, ‘Killing carbon taxes isn’t such a good idea if the only way I get to be prime minister is by keeping them,’ ” May says.It would be unprecedented for the Greens to hold the balance of power at the federal level but it has happened provincially. In British Columbia, the Greens’ three seats are keeping NDP Leader John Horgan’s minority government in office. In New Brunswick, the minority Tory government can turn to either the Greens or the righter-wing People’s Alliance for support on confidence votes.In Prince Edward Island, the Greens formed the official Opposition after the spring vote, the best finish the party has ever had in a Canadian election.Federally, May says she could support a minority government of any party but only if that party is serious about acting to stop climate change.“We will negotiate with anyone, we will talk to everyone, but we won’t compromise on climate action,” she says.On a multi-city, pre-campaign tour of the country that began last winter, May was found last week bumping along rural roads in Ontario south of Barrie, Ont., driven around in a Tesla owned by a local party volunteer. She won’t call the events Green party rallies — they are “community matters” meetings, even though in almost the next breath she talks about how cool it is to be greeted by throngs of people waving Green signs and shouting “We love you, Elizabeth!”Those greetings are new to her, even though this is the fourth national campaign for the 65-year-old, who in 2011 became the first Green MP elected in Canada.She says this campaign feels very different, with a “groundswell” of support, and she is holding out hope this one won’t end with Green backing collapsing on voting day as Canadians turn to parties with better chances of winning.Nik Nanos, founder of Nanos Research, says that is always a risk, even though the Greens are polling better than ever.“The challenge for the Greens is that they might be a safe haven for disgruntled progressive Liberals and NDP voters,” he says. “If there is the chance of a Conservative win, Green support, even with the goodwill for the party and the leader, may swing back to the Liberals to block a Conservative win.”Nanos says the “best scenario” for May and the Green party is that Canadians don’t think anyone will form a majority and they want more Greens in the House of Commons.May doesn’t say it quite as directly.“I think it’s really important to communicate with Canadians how our democracy works and that a minority Parliament is the very best thing, if, and this is a big if, you have parties and MPs in Parliament who are committed to working together,” she says.And by “working together” she specifically means to slow climate change with policies that drastically reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, don’t build any more oil pipelines and replace fossil fuels with renewable energy as fast as possible.But even within her own party, there is a dispute erupting about how fast that can happen.The head of Quebec’s Green party, Alex Tyrrell, launched a petition about three weeks that has drawn signatures of provincial and federal Greens, including several whose names will be on the ballot for the party in October. That petition says May’s plan to continue to use Canadian oil for years, and even invest in upgraders so bitumen from Alberta’s oilsands can be turned into gasoline at Canadian refineries, is nowhere near the aggressive climate action needed.Tyrrell says he will still vote for the federal Greens this fall but he is disappointed in May’s position.May dismisses Tyrrell’s criticism entirely and denies any of the petition’s backers are running for the federal party — although she is wrong about that.Cass Romyn, who is the Green candidate in the Edmonton-area riding of Sturgeon River-Parkland, signed it. Romyn says not to read too much into the petition, though, saying the Greens are a true democracy and differences of opinion are not a bad thing.Romyn also says that with more Canadians feeling the heat of climate change in their own backyards, the growing interest in the Green party should not be surprising.Mia Rabson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Montrealarea home sales in April up 10 per cent from year ago

first_imgMONTREAL – The Greater Montreal Real Estate Board says area home sales in April were up 10 per cent compared with a year ago as they recorded their highest mark for the month in eight years.The board says there were 5,432 home sales in April, up from 4,957 a year ago, based on the real estate brokers’ Centris provincial database.Condominium sales climbed 18 per cent compared with a year ago. Meanwhile, sales of single-family homes and plexes, which include two to five units, both gained six per cent.The median price of single-family homes across Greater Montreal was $317,000 last month, up four per cent year-over-year, while plexes reached $500,000, a three per cent increase.As for condominiums, the median price was up two per cent compared with a year ago, with half of all units selling for more than $245,350.The increase in sales came as the number of active listings fell 17 per cent to 25,466, compared with 30,735 a year ago. New listings fell two per cent to 6,584 compared with 6,728 in April 2017.last_img read more

Chambers of Commerce meets with government to discuss issues affecting businesses

first_imgMontgomery says furthering discussions with the government on regional issues is an important part of the Chamber’s mandate to ensure they are advocating on behalf of their members.“Furthering our discussions with government about the regional issues that affect ourbusinesses and our local economy are an important part of our Chamber’s mandate to ensure we are advocating on behalf of our members.”The consultations were created to enable the B.C. Chamber network to communicate directly with the government and propose legislative and policy solutions that will better support the economy. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Five Northeast Region chambers of commerce met with 12government representatives, on Thursday, September 19, to discuss both local and pan-provincial issues affecting businesses in the region.Some of the pan-provincial issues discussed during the meeting included taxation, transportation, and housing.According to Executive Director of the Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce, Cheryl Montgomery, infrastructure investment required for upgrades to the TaylorBridge and Taylor Hills, primarily the south hill, was brought up as a local issue.last_img read more

What message is LT giving startups Mindtree

first_imgBengaluru: Strongly opposing L&T’s hostile bid, Mindtree promoters Tuesday asked why the infrastructure giant could not build a great technology business on its own and wondered what kind of a message is being sent to start-ups and credible entrepreneurs with the takeover attempt. Posing five questions to diversified Larsen and Toubro (L&T), which already has two separate IT firms, the promoters also wanted to know what would happen if Mindtree employees choose to leave after the takeover. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”You are a company with a turnover of Rs 1,20,000 crore, you are 18 times the size of Mindtree. Why can’t you build a great technology business with your resources and capability without disseminating another organisation,” Mindtree promoter and Executive Chairman Krishnakumar Natarajan said in a press conference here. Mindtree promoters have staunchly opposed the L&T’s bid to acquire the company, describing it as a grave threat and value destructive to shareholders. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostOther promoters are Subroto Bagchi (co-founder), Rostow Ravanan (CEO) and Parthasarathy N S (executive vice-chairman and COO). All the four are also co-founders of Mindtree. “This is a people business. ‘Mindtree Minds’ have signed up for a mission not just a salary. Take their mission away and they will go… what will you be left with,” Natarajan said. In the country’s first hostile takeover bid in the IT sector, L&T made an offer Monday to buy up to 66 per cent stake in Mindtree for around Rs 10,800 crore. Natarajan also questioned L&T on what message it is giving to start-ups in the country and to honest and credible entrepreneurs. L&T has entered into a deal to buy Cafe Coffee Day owner V G Siddhartha’s 20.32 per cent stake in Mindtree and has also placed an order with brokers to pick up another 15 per cent of the company shares from the open market. Subsequent to these deals, L&T would make an open offer to buy additional 31 per cent stake through an open offer, it said in a late evening statement on Tuesday. All the three acquisitions are being done at Rs 980 per share, a premium of 1.8 per cent over Monday’s closing price of Mindtree on the BSE. Mindtree closed on the BSE at Rs 962.50 a piece. L&T would pay Siddhartha Rs 3,269 crore and Rs 5,030 crore for the open offer, according to filings made by L&T and Mindtree. The company would shell out around Rs 2,500 crore for acquiring the additional 15 per cent stake. Together, the outgo would be around Rs 10,800 crore, according to a rough calculation. Natarajan said L&T has decided to mount first-ever hostile in the 50-year-old unblemished Indian IT industry. “If you persist in whatever you are doing, you will be forever be remembered for this. Is this how you want to set an example?” he said. He added that customers of Mindtree have selected it for its unique culture and warned that clients would “stall all future business and even take their business elsewhere”. “In the process, you would have demolished shareholders value for both the companies. Is this the right thing to do?” Natarajan said. The board of directors of Mindtree is scheduled to meet Wednesday to consider a proposal for buyback shares. Facing heat, L&T claims deal done by SiddharthaMumbai: Under flak for mounting a Rs 10,733-crore hostile takeover bid on Mindtree, engineering major L&T Tuesday said the deal got triggered after largest sharehlder VG Siddhartha approached them three months ago, and exuded confidence in winning over the unhappy promoters. L&T managing director and chief executive SN Subrahmanyan invoked parallels with Bollywood dramas, saying with ‘dil and pyaar’ (heart and love) it will be able to win over everybody. He made it clear that L&T, which is looking at the Mindtree deal as an investment to deploy its cash of over Rs 15,000 crore, will want at least 26 percent stake in the target company. L&T had Monday night announced that it reached an agreement to acquire Siddhartha’s 20.32 percent stake at Rs 980 a share (valuing his stake in Mindtree at Rs 3,269 crore) and also announced its intention to raise the ownership to 67 percent by buying an additional 31 percent through an open offer (at the same price of Rs 980 a share which is 1.81 percent premium over Monday closing price) and another 15 percent off the market. Together the deal will cost the engineering major which is sitting on a cash pile of Rs 15,000 crore, Rs 10,733 crore-of which Rs 3,269 crore will go to Siddhartha and his related parties Caf Coffee Day and Rs 2,434 crore for the 15 percent buyout from market and Rs 5,030 crore for open offer. The promoters of Mindtree led by Krishnakumar Natarajan, Subroto Bagchi, and Parthasarathy NS among others, responded calling the plan as a grave threat and a value- destructive. The company is also separately mulling a buyback to stave off L&T’s bid. Its over 20,000 employees are also unhappy with the deal, according to reports. There are also that some of the mutual fund houses are also not happy with the deal as open offer premium is only a paltry 1.81 percent and that if L&T sweetens the deal, they may go with it. Acknowledging the concerns, Subrahmanyan said “emotions have to be overcome as we go forward. The senior people in the management are (our) personal friends, good people, men of repute and who have done their best to get Mindtree to where it is today. We feel lot of positivity and sync in the way to go forward.” Refusing to specifically answer a question on whether the deal is strategic or financial, Subrahmanyan said Mindtree will maintain its separate identity for “some time to come” and there are no plans on integration as of now. Interestingly, L&T has itself been the target of a hostile takeover by Reliance Industries in the 1980s but its employees were able to stave off the bid. Refusing to specifically answer a question on whether the deal is strategic or financial, Subrahmanyan said Mindtree will maintain its separate identity for “some time to come” and there are no plans on integration as of now. He also refused to answer questions like whether L&T automatically gets Siddhartha’s board seat on Mindtree or if it will increase its open offer price of Rs 980 per share in the scenario of a bidding war as “speculative” queries.last_img read more

ArcelorMittal to pay Rs 42K cr for Essar Steel takeover Co tells

first_imgNew Delhi: Global steel major ArcelorMittal Monday told the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) that it would pay Rs 42,000 crore, including a minimum of guarantee of Rs 2,500 crore as working capital, for acquiring debt-laden Essar Steel under the insolvency process. Senior advocate Harish Salve appearing for ArcelorMittal also accused Ruias, former Essar Steel promoters, of creating hurdles in the resolution process of the bankrupt steelmaker. According to him, there have been eight attempts by Ruias to create hurdles in the insolvency resolution process of Essar Steel. The NCLAT is hearing a batch of appeals filed by several stakeholders challenging NCLT’s approval to ArcelorMittal’s resolution plan for Essar Steel. Countering the allegation of Standard Chartered bank over valuation of Essar Steel, Salve submitted that the liquidation value of Essar Steel was Rs 15,800 crore and ArcelorMittal India is paying almost three times, which is “fair”, “reasonable” and “adequate” to meet the interest of the stakeholders. Salve contended that during the resolution period, Essar Steel had a profit of Rs 3,500 crore and the company is already providing Rs 2,500 crore as working capital. “As ArcelorMittal has assured a working capital of Rs 2,500 crore, a profit of Rs 3,500 crore means that ArcelorMittal will make available a sum of Rs 43,000 crore to the creditors of the company,” Salve said adding that “Rs 42,000 crore is the frozen figure”. He further said that ArcelorMittal would also infuse Rs 8,000 crore additionally in the company after the takeover. Over distribution of Rs 42,000 crore between financial and operational creditors of Essar Steel, Salve suggested there should be equitable distribution” of the money coming from ArcelorMittal. However, he also said that it was not on ArcelorMittal to decide over the distribution of the fund. On being asked from the NCLAT bench over it, Salve said, “It should be finally decided by NCLT and you (NCLAT).” During the proceedings, Salve alleged Ruias are creating hurdles in the insolvency resolution process of the company and made several attempts. “Ruias are trying to create hurdles,” he said referring to the recent allegations by the Essar Steel Asia Holdings Ltd, a shareholder of Essar Steel Ltd. Salve also refuted contentions of Essar Steel Asia Holdings Ltd (ESAHL), which sought rejection of ArcelorMittal’s resolution plan alleging that its chairman and CEO L N Mittal suppressed his links with defaulting firms run by his two brothers intentionally to bypass the ineligibility criteria under section 29 (A) of the Insolvency & Bankruptcy Code. “The Supreme Court has clearly said that nothing beyond KSS Petron and Uttam Galva and these people have gone much beyond that,” he told the tribunal. He further said the NCLAT does not even have jurisdiction to reopen the issues that have been looked at, decided by the Supreme Court. “Some people are manufacturing hurdles,” Salve said, adding “Their conduct is under contempt … they come and raise the issues again.” Salve said that Essar Steel Offshore, a step-down firm of Essar Steel to buy Trinity Coal, should not be a crying wolf. “In our estimate, the value of the asset is USD 25-30 million. Their estimate is USD 640-45 million. I am saying them to give us USD 600 million for the asset,” he said, adding that it should be left for the conjecture, where the erstwhile promoters “use the money for buying yachts or planes.” Essar Steel has given a bank guarantee for the step-down firm. Trinity Coal has filed proceedings under chapter 11 in the US Bankruptcy Court for South District of West Virginia. “Therefore the purported valuation of Trinity Coal as presented by Standard Chartered Bank, in the course of its arguments is questionable and asset of negligible value to the Essar Steel,” said Salve. Meanwhile, over the matter of Orissa Slurry Pipeline Infrastructure (OSPIL), Salve said that there was no secret settlement with the lenders regarding it. It is a separate transaction and the Cuttack bench of NCLT has already admitted insolvency proceeding against it. A two-member NCLAT bench headed by Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya would continue to hear the Essar Steel insolvency case on Tuesday.last_img read more

Morocco among Belgiums Most Important Partners Belgian FM

Brussels – Morocco is among Belgium’s most important partners, Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Didier Reynders said, noting that the two countries have a lot to gain from sustained and effective cooperation in several fields.Reynders, who will start a working visit to Morocco this Wednesday, said, in an interview with MAP, that the relations between the two kingdoms are excellent.The Belgian official, who underlined the human dimension of bilateral relations given the importance of the community of Moroccan origin in Belgium, said that intense relations are maintained at all levels through regular political visits and exchanges between economic operators. In this year, a Belgian economic mission will visit Morocco and “the Year of Morocco” will be organized by the French Community of Belgium through several cultural events, he announced.Regarding trade, the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister stressed that Morocco and Belgium are important partners in this sector, with Belgium being Morocco’s 8th largest supplier and its 9th largest customer.Reynders emphasized that “Morocco’s location as a gateway to Africa, further strengthened by its rapprochement with ECOWAS, is of interest to Belgian companies”, adding that Belgian companies are already involved in the development of Moroccan port cities, while other prospects are available including in the areas of renewable energy, wastewater treatment and the medical sector.The Belgian official called for supporting economic partnerships between Moroccan and Belgian groups, as well as triangular cooperation with other African partners.Morocco and Belgium enjoy good relations in several areas, including justice, security, fight against terrorism and migration, he said, noting that good cooperation between Moroccan and Belgian police and intelligence services is necessary to address common security challenges.The two countries “also share a common desire to promote peace and stability, especially on the African continent, he said.Belgium welcomes the momentum given by HM the King to Morocco’s African policy, he said, adding that Morocco’s return to the African Union is a “key moment for the organization and the continent.”The Belgian minister also lauded the “leadership” of HM King Mohammed VI regarding the migration issue.Commenting the Moroccan religious model, Reynders said that “the way Islam is lived and taught in Morocco has a definite impact in our country given the large proportion of citizens of Moroccan origin in Belgium.”“Moroccan Islam is therefore a source of interest for us”, he pointed out, while expressing his willingness to learn more about Morocco’s experience in de-radicalization during his visit to Morocco. read more

The Latest Mayor disappointed with Electrolux plant closing

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Latest on Swedish appliance maker Electrolux closing factory in Memphis, Tennessee: plant (all times local):3:50 p.m.The mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, says he is disappointed with the decision by appliance maker Electrolux to close its factory there.The Swedish company said Thursday it is stopping production at its Memphis, Tennessee, factory within two years while investing $250 million in a separate facility in Springfield, Tennessee.Memphis, Shelby County and the state of Tennessee committed about $150 million in financial incentives to Electrolux to build the factory, which opened in 2014.Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says he heard about the announcement in a news release “after being told a month ago that the plant wasn’t closing.” He says the decision to close the plant is “disappointing to say the very least.”Strickland says the local and state governments’ investment in Electrolux was “unprecedented.”Strickland says he is meeting with Electrolux officials Friday.___12:56 p.m.Swedish appliance maker Electrolux says it is stopping production at its Memphis, Tennessee, factory while investing $250 million in a separate facility in the state.The Stockholm-based maker of Frigidaire products said Thursday that it is consolidating all U.S. cooking manufacturing into its facility in Springfield, Tennessee. The company said in March that it was putting its plant expansion in Springfield on hold, citing President Donald Trump’s tariff announcement as the reason.Springfield is about 30 miles (about 50 kilometres) north of Nashville.Electrolux said production at the Memphis facility is expected to continue through 2020. Buttressed by $150 million in tax incentives, the company opened its Memphis factory in 2014 with the goal of producing 600,000 ovens annually while employing 1,200 people. Job cuts have reduced that to 530.The Associated Press read more

Toronto stock index Wall Street gain ground as Canadian dollar weakens

TORONTO — Mining companies led a largely broad-based gain on Canada’s main stock index Monday as the loonie lost ground to the U.S. dollar.The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 63.64 points to 15,236.67 — with base metals gains of more two per cent helping to offset gold sector losses of about one per cent.“Broadly we’re seeing small gains in equity market indices, not only domestically but also around the world,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist for Edward Jones in St. Louis.“I’d probably categorize it as another one of these days where in the absence of bad news, the direction for equity markets continue to be higher. And I think that’s a reflection of the fact that economic growth and corporate profits continue to be the undercurrent for equity market gains.”On Wall Street, it was also another positive day as investors looked ahead to the latest two-day policy meeting of the U.S. Federal Reserve, set to begin Tuesday.Traders will be listening for indications on the timing for the next rate hike and when the Fed might start shrinking its multitrillion-dollar stockpile of bonds. Forecasters expect the Fed to leave rates unchanged and stick to plans to raise rates in December.The Dow Jones industrial average advanced 63.01 points to 22,331.35, the S&P 500 index edged ahead 3.64 points to 2,503.87, and the Nasdaq composite index was up 6.17 points to 6,454.64.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 81.71 cents US, down 0.38 of a U.S. cent.In commodities, the November crude contract gave back nine cents at US$50.35 per barrel while the December gold contract fell $14.40 to US$1,310.80 an ounce.The December copper contract was up two cents at to US$2.97 a pound and the October natural gas contract gained 12 cents at US$3.15 per mmBTU.– With files from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter. read more

Two more charged in Sun Sea case

Christhurajah and Emmanuel were both arrested in B.C. and are slated to make an appearance in Vancouver Provincial Court Wednesday morning. The federal government was quick to suggest some of the passengers had connections to the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, a banned terrorist organization and separatist group that lost the civil war in 2009.Passengers on both ships were accused of ties to the Tigers during hearings at the Immigration and Refugee Board. While none of those allegations was substantiated for passengers on the Ocean Lady, several Sun Sea passengers were ordered deported for connections to the Tigers.The federal Conservatives pointed to the arrivals to argue for tougher sentences for human smugglers, proposing legislation that would target operations that bring large numbers to Canada at once. (CBC News) “The investigation remains ongoing and we’re continuing to gather evidence,” said RCMP Sgt. Duncan Pound.“We’re not obviously ruling out the possibility of additional charges in the future, and so it wouldn’t be appropriate to speak right now as to the specific evidence against these two individuals.” Two more people have been charged with organizing illegal entry into Canada in connection with a ship that brought hundreds of Tamil migrants to B.C.’s West Coast.According to documents sworn in B.C. provincial court in Vancouver, Kunarobinson Christhurajah and Lesly Jana Emmanuel were charged Monday in connection with the MV Sun Sea, the boat that arrived off the B.C. coast in August 2010, carrying 492 people. Christhurajah and Emmanuel are both named in an amended indictment, bringing to three the total of people now charged in the case. Last month, RCMP announced the arrest of the man accused of masterminding the alleged human smuggling operation.Thayakaran Markandu was arrested in France after an international manhunt. Police said they intend to extradite him to face trial in Canada.An indictment filed in provincial court accuses Christhurajah, Emmanuel and Markandu of crimes in the Juan de Fuca Strait off the B.C. coast, as well as in Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand. The indictment, which contains unproven allegations, claims they “did knowingly organize, induce, aid or abet the coming into Canada of one or more persons who are not in the possession of a visa, passport or other document required by the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.” The Sun Sea arrived with 492 Tamil men, women and children aboard. All made refugee claims, pointing to decades of violence wrought by a 26-year civil war in their home country of Sri Lanka.The ship arrived a year after another vessel, the MV Ocean Lady, brought 76 Tamil migrants to B.C.’s shores.The two ships amplified the debate about what to do when migrants arrive in large numbers after paying human smugglers, with the federal Conservative government using the two cases to argue for tougher human smuggling and refugee laws. read more

Business Highlights

___Oil prices jump as attack on Saudi plant jolts supplyNEW YORK (AP) — Global energy prices spiked Monday by 14% after a weekend attack on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia caused the worst disruption to world supplies on record. The attack on the country’s largest oil processing plant halted more than half of its daily exports, resulting in the loss of 5% of world crude oil output.___Auto strike idles more than 50 GM factories and warehousesDETROIT (AP) — More than 50 General Motors factories and parts warehouses are at a standstill after members of the United Auto Workers went on strike against the nation’s No. 1 automaker. Over 49,000 workers left factories and formed picket lines shortly after midnight in the dispute over a new four-year contract. The union’s top negotiator says in a letter to the company that the strike could have been averted had the company made its latest offer sooner. Talks resumed Monday in Detroit.___Noise but no breakthrough as Johnson, Juncker talk BrexitLUXEMBOURG (AP) — Boris Johnson has been booed by protesters and berated by Luxembourg’s leader on a visit to the tiny nation for his first face-to-face talks with European Union chief Jean-Claude Juncker about securing an elusive Brexit deal. On a day of chaos and conflicting signals, Johnson pulled out of a news conference because of noisy anti-Brexit demonstrators, but insisted there was a good chance of securing a divorce agreement before Britain is due to leave the 28-nation bloc in just over six weeks.___Yada yada yada: Netflix to air ‘Seinfeld’ starting in 2021LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — Netflix says it will start streaming all 180 episodes of “Seinfeld” in 2021, gaining a hugely popular addition to its library as the battle for viewers heats up. Netflix Inc. struck the deal with Sony Pictures Television for the global streaming rights to the Emmy-winning television comedy, which aired its final episode in 1998. Terms were not released.___Demand drives CBD sales, attracts people who spike productsSome vapes marketed as helping a range of ailments thanks to the cannabis extract CBD have instead sent dozens of people to emergency rooms because they were spiked with synthetic marijuana. Even as CBD goes mainstream and the industry sees explosive growth, it remains largely unregulated. An Associated Press investigation shows how that has attracted some operators willing to substitute cheap and dangerous street drugs for natural ingredients.___Manufacturers, retailers less optimistic, survey saysNEW YORK (AP) — Small manufacturers and retailers are losing confidence in the national economy yet remain upbeat about their own prospects. That’s the finding of a third quarter survey of 1,000 companies released last week by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and MetLife. Sixty-three per cent of manufacturing companies surveyed were optimistic about the economy, down from 69% in a second quarter survey. Fifty-three per cent of retailers were optimistic, down from 59%.___With Trump trade war a threat, Fed is set to cut rates againWASHINGTON (AP) — For a second straight time, the Federal Reserve is set to cut interest rates this week to try to protect the economy from the consequences of a global slowdown and President Donald Trump’s trade war with China. After that, no one — not even the Fed itself — seems sure what it will do. The economic landscape looks too hazy.___German industrial designer Luigi Colani dies at 91BERLIN (AP) — Luigi Colani, a renowned German industrial designer, has died. He was 91. German news agency dpa has reported that his partner confirmed that Colani died in the southwestern town of Karlsruhe after a severe illness.___SeaWorld CEO resigns after less than a year on the jobORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The CEO of SeaWorld Entertainment is stepping down just months into the job. Company officials said Monday that Gustavo “Gus” Antorcha has resigned from his job as the top executive the theme park company as well as his position on the company’s board of directors. In a statement provided by the Orlando, Florida-based company, Antorcha said he still believed in SeaWorld’s mission, even though he may have “a difference of approach.”___US stocks close lower as spike in crude oil rattles marketNEW YORK (AP) — Airlines, cruise lines and other companies in fuel-dependent industries helped pull U.S. stocks broadly lower Monday after an attack on Saudi Arabia’s biggest oil processing facility sent crude prices soaring. The U.S. and international benchmarks for crude each vaulted more than 14%. Shares of oil producers jumped, while prices for Treasurys, gold and other investments seen as less risky rose___The S&P 500 fell 9.43 points, or 0.3%, to 2,997.96. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slid 142.70 points, or 0.5%, to 27,076.82. The Nasdaq lost 23.17 points, or 0.3%, to 8,153.54. The Russell 2000 of small-company stocks rose 6.46 points, or 0.4%, to 1,584.60.The Associated Press read more

UN agencies focus on sustainable management plans ahead of World Water Day

The head of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today told ministers meeting in Kyoto for a key conference on water that improving the sustainable development and management of water for agriculture is essential to enhance food security and alleviate poverty.Speaking during the high-level segment of the Third World Water Forum, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said investment in small-scale irrigation, rural infrastructure and market access will be vital for any success in the fight against hunger and poverty. “The international community and the countries concerned need to make improved agricultural water management a political and financial priority,” he said.In many developing countries, water is already scarce and the competition from industrial and domestic users is intensifying. FAO estimates that by 2030, one in five developing countries will be suffering actual or impending water scarcity. Mr. Diouf stressed that without support for low-cost, small-scale irrigation and drainage in poor rural communities in the developing world, “we will annually be pouring, as this year, hundreds of millions of dollars in food aid to avoid starvation.”The ministers at the Kyoto Forum are expected to make recommendations that will be included in the meeting’s final declaration. In particular, the ministers will call for improved governance of agricultural water use through efficient water resource management, increased research and development, including traditional knowledge, and broad cooperation and public-private partnerships in agricultural water management.Meanwhile, on the eve of World Water Day 2003 – an event planned to inspire political and local-level action to promote responsible water use and conservation – the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has announced a joint initiative with the World Water Council which will help prevent and resolve possible “water wars” in the future. Based at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, the new facility will react to crises and assist or intervene in disputes at parties’ requests. It will provide a range of services, including technical and legal advice and training in water negotiations. For its part, the World Health Organization (WHO) is set to launch a new journal on water and health, in conjunction with the International Water Association (IWA). The publication is designed to bring up-to-date information to government officials and professionals whose work affects people’s access to water and sanitation. It will deal with diseases associated with microbial and chemical hazards and insect vectors, and will span aspects of science, policy and practice. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), meanwhile, stressed that World Water Day 2003 is scheduled as the highlight of the UN International Year of Freshwater. The theme for this year’s event is “Water for the Future” – calling on everyone to observe sustainable approaches to water use for the benefit of future generations – and the agency said that in a refugee context, water is very often the key to life or death. UNHCR has launched a global survey on water supply for refugees to identify the major gaps in providing safe water to some 20 million refugees and displaced persons around the world. When the survey is completed, UNHCR said it would be able to better shape and direct its water projects. read more

Local Content Plan for oil sector expected by yearend ExxonMobil

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related By Jarryl BryanInternational oil giant ExxonMobil has indicated its intention to toe the proverbial line and submit its Local Content Plan by December of this year, in accordance with a Government-stipulated deadline.This document will chronicle all that the company plans to do for the individual development of the people of Guyana.According to the Senior Director of Exxon’s Public and Government Affairs, Kimberly Brasington, the company will be adhering to the deadline and submit its plan exactly six months after being granted its production licence.Senior Director of Exxon’s Public and Government Affairs, Kimberly BrasingtonAuthorities have reviewed the technical and environmental aspects of the Liza Project Development Plan submitted by Exxon affiliate Esso Exploration and Production (Guyana) Ltd in December 2016. Following those reviews, Government had granted the oil giant a formal production licence in June.“So that’s December (when we are scheduled to submit our plan). We are required to submit our Local Content Plan to the Government six months from the (date of) approval of the production licence,” Brasington explained, adding that the Local Content Plan will focus on development.The Local Content Plan and what it will do for Guyana has been a burning question since it was announced that oil was found in the Stabroek Block. Expectations were initially tempered by statements to the effect that few job opportunities would be created by commercial exploitation of this oil find, but the company has since said it will help with Local Content delivery.When ExxonMobil was granted a production licence in June of this year, Minister Trotman had given the company a six-month deadline in which to submit its Local Content Plan to the Government.ExxonMobil’s newly appointed Guyana Country Manager, Rod Henson, had recently announced that the company would be relocating its onshore operations, which were used for support services, from neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago to Guyana.He had told participants at a meeting it was not the case that ExxonMobil would be looking to build a facility for its support services, but would rather put out tenders, and anyone interested in providing the shore-based services could present a proposal.Trotman had, in 2016, announced that Cabinet had given its ‘no objection’ to the establishment of the onshore industrial site on Crab Island, in the mouth of the Berbice River.He had said it would be forged through the joint efforts of the ministries of Natural Resources, Public Infrastructure and Business.Construction was announced for early this year, and the investments from the private sector and Government’s infrastructural work and support were to be equivalent to US$500 million; but the Crab Island facility is yet to materialise.A map showing CGX and ExxonMobil Operations among others.According to information released in March by the Government’s Department of Public Information (DPI), the construction of an onshore oil-and-gas facility seeks to cater to the expansion of exploration and subsequent production of oil in Guyana.That report had said Government would be investing US$500 million to construct the onshore facility during the course of this year, and that the facility would serve as a logistics and supply base to the offshore production, creating crucial areas of opportunity for Local Content.What is happening now is that an onshore facility to service Exxon is being constructed by Guyana Shore Base Incorporated (GYSBI) at Houston, EBD. GYSBI is acting in partnership with Muneshwer’s Limited, Pacific Rim Constructors, Total Tech Oil Field Services, and LED Offshore.For its part, Guyana has formulated its own draft Local Content Policy, which was seen by this publication.According to the policy, legislation is likely to be enacted to set out how Guyanese will benefit.The document also sets out that the policy will be enforced by a regulatory institution that is well-funded and resourced. The regulator, in turn, would be overseen by a multi-stakeholder group representing local bodies that are involved in the sector.The regulatory agency would also have to report to Parliament, as is customary for most regulators who report to the Public Accounts Committee, or are overseen by the Auditor General and the Social Services Committee.And if contracts are awarded by the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB), the regulator would also be tasked with ensuring international operators manage their work according to the Local Content strategy. This, it says, will apply from the developmental stage of the project to its operational stage.The agency’s duties would include monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on the licensing and registration process for all suppliers. It will also be in charge of creating databases for suppliers, local professionals and technicians, as well as projects. It is proposed that the body will also set targets for these projects. read more

RN Lowen beat Wisla Plock in front of only 1152 fans

← Previous Story FA Goppingen sign Tomas Urban Next Story → ANOTHER VOICE – Branko Tamse (RK Celje PL): I am 100% for shot-clock The German champions Rhein Neckar Lowen celebrated the first win at new season of the VELUX EHF Champions League. Team of Nikolaj Jacobsen beat Polish runners-up Orlen Wisla Plock 31:27 (13:13) in front of only 1.152 fans. Matches of the European elite competition obviosly aren’t interesting for Lions fans and that don’t change for many years….Rhein-Neckar Löwen – Orlen Wisla Plock 31:27 (13:13)RNL: Appelgren, Palicka – Tollbring (6), Kessler, Groetzki (3), Radivojevic, Schmid (4), Pekeler (1), Guardiola (1), Bliznac, Petersson (1), Reinkind (5), Mensah (4), Rnic, Taleski, Baena (6)Plock: Borbely, Morawski, Wichary – Daszek (6), Duarte (1), T. Gebala (3), Wolowiec, Olkowski, Tarabochia, Obradovic (2), De Toledo (2), Ivic (3), Mihic (4), Krajewski (1), Ghinoea (1), M. Gebala (4), Zabic read more

RAW Kurt Angle to announce WrestleMania opponent Three more matches announced

first_imgFacebook Twitter Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Pinterest Tony Khan talks to the media after All Out, addresses Jon Moxley, Chris Jericho and more Kurt Angle Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRonda Rousey To Make WWE Debut At WrestleManiaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:27/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 42.62%0:03Remaining Time -0:24 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles AEW announces limited tickets are available for tonight’s All Out Pay-Per View Triple H Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WWE has confirmed more segments and matches for RAW this Monday in Chicago.The announcements include:– Kurt Angle will be revealing his WrestleMania 35 opponent. Angle revealed earlier this week that he would be having his retirement match in three weeks.– Ronda Rousey will defend the RAW Women’s Championship against Dana Brooke. WWE announced on Friday that Rousey had been “fined” after she attacked Brooke last week in a new storyline heading into WrestleMania.– Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre.– Finn Balor and a partner of his choosing vs. WWE Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush in a tag team match.– Plus, WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar will be appearing.THIS MONDAY on #RAW… https://t.co/KKHlRFmYZl @FinnBalor chooses a partner to take on #ICChampion @fightbobby & @ItsLioRush @RealKurtAngle announces his @WrestleMania opponent @RondaRousey vs. @DanaBrookeWWE for #RAW #WomensTitle @WWERollins vs. @DMcIntyreWWE pic.twitter.com/THWWPXRMwV— WWE (@WWE) March 15, 2019 Now Playing Up Next Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Kurt Angle Will Retire After WrestleMania Ronda Rousey Google+ Now Playing Up Next AEW on TNT returning to Sears Centre Arena in Chicago on Thanksgiving Eve Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ronda Rousey To Make WWE Debut At WrestleMania WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins WhatsApplast_img read more

High surf in San Diego damages Ocean Beach Pier

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 5:25 PM KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsOCEAN BEACH (KUSI) – The high surf has damaged parts of the Ocean Beach Pier. Some of the wood has washed ashore.KUSI’s Dan Plante is live in Ocean Beach with more information. KUSI Newsroom Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption High surf in San Diego damages Ocean Beach Piercenter_img Posted: January 18, 2019 January 18, 2019 Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption Show Caption Hide Caption 12345 Show Caption Hide Caption last_img read more

Oil terminal slick slope for Vancouver council

first_img An occasional series examining Southwest Washington’s role in the global fight over fossil fuels.Sunday: Panel reviewing proposed oil terminalWhen Port of Vancouver commissioners approved a lease last year for what would be the Northwest’s largest oil-handling facility, they knew Gov. Jay Inslee would decide the project’s fate.The high-profile project may become a financial boon to the port, but the commission’s decision plunged Vancouver city leaders into a politically charged quandary. Mayor Tim Leavitt and city councilors face pressure from project supporters and opponents to take a stand. Both sides say the city’s position could be influential in a process that includes an exhaustive review by the state Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, or EFSEC, and ends with Inslee’s decision. Last week, Leavitt said he understands why EFSEC — rather than a local jurisdiction — controls the permit-review process for projects of statewide significance. But it’s a frustration for local elected officials, he said.“We see a lot of the pressure coming to bear on us,” he said at a Feb. 3 workshop.For Vancouver, the stakes are particularly high: The developer of a $1.3 billion downtown waterfront revitalization project insists that he won’t go forward with that project if the oil-by-rail facility wins approval. But Tesoro Corp. and Savage Companies — who want to build a facility capable of handling 380,000 barrels of oil per day for eventual conversion into transportation fuels — say Vancouver can have both the terminal and a new commercial/residential waterfront. Port officials agree.The Columbian asked Leavitt and city councilors where they stand on the Tesoro-Savage proposal. None said an oil terminal was in their vision for Vancouver — and a majority express skepticism that their safety concerns can be satisfied. But none have come out in direct opposition to the $110 million project. Tim LeavittMayor of Vancouverlast_img read more

Workshop on making of clay Ganesha idols in Visakhapatnam

first_imgVisakhapatnam: Paryavarana Margadarsi Vaisakhi and Green Climate team founder conducted a workshop on making of clay Ganesha idols in A S Raja Mahila Junior College on Friday. These clay idols were prepared with seeds of 21 varieties of medicinal plants and after the celebrations, the idols can be immersed in a pot or garden. Besides, the idols which are made with plaster of paris are harmful to environment and water resources, “The idols made of plaster of paris contain metals like gypsum, sulphur, phosphorous, magnesium and artificial colors contain mercury, lead, cadmium and carbon,” said PMV secretary J Rajeswari. According to them holding on to eco- friendly methods is the safest way to celebrate the festivities.last_img read more

Grievance Day at ITDA Tribals plea for Kalyana Lakshmi

first_imgBhadrachalam: A large number of tribals attended the Grievance Day programme held at the Integrated Tribal Development Agency Office in Bhadrachalam on Monday. Agency Project Officer VP Goutham received pleas from the tribals and interacted with them and sought to know their issues. A majority of applications received were related to podu land pattas and sanctioning of Kalyana Lakshmi benefits. The Project Officer, on the occasion, directed the officials to clear all the grievances immediately besides mentioning the reasons for rejecting the pleas, if any. The official directed the medical officer concerned to take all measures for prevention of viral fevers in agency villages and suggested them to conduct awareness camps in villages and extend help to those in need. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us Directing the panchayat staff to conduct sanitation programme in villages immediately, the PO informed that over 20 members have applied for the post of ANM in the ashram schools. Executive Engineer (Tribal Welfare) Koti Reddy, Assistant Project Officer (General) Nago Rao, Administrative Officer Bheem Rao, Assistant Project Officer (Power) Anuradha, Manager Surender, Additional District Medical and Health Officer Singa Raju and others attended the programme.last_img read more