Dawson Creek RCMP look to return found item to rightful owner

first_imgPolice say it is unknown as to how long the jewellery had been on the bridge or who may have lost it.The ring is very distinguishable and therefore no photo is being released at this time in the event the owner can describe it.If you believe this is your ring, you are being asked to contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek RCMP are looking to return a found item to its rightful owner.On June 7, Dawson Creek RCMP received a report of some found jewellery on the OldKiskatinaw River bridge.According to RCMP, what was found on the old wooden bridge is being described as a female’s wedding ring.last_img read more

Probe Rafale files ‘theft’: CM

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee demanded a thorough investigation into the “theft” of Rafale documents from the office of the Ministry of Defence and stated that it was a matter of serious concern for the whole country.Talking to newsmen on Thursday, she wondered how such an important document could be stolen from the Union Defence ministry. The Centre has not filed any FIR regarding the matter yet. “We demand a thorough inquiry into the same. Such irresponsible act of the government has ashamed us. Where is our country’s safety and security?” she questioned. Also Read – IAF Day: Tributes paid to soldiers killed in line of duty in JammuShe said under such a “callous” government, the country was in deep trouble. “The Centre cannot get away with the statement that somebody has stolen the documents. It is a very serious issue. The quicker this government goes the better it is for this country,” she said. The Chief Minister further added: “Where is our country heading to? The Attorney General is telling before the Supreme Court about the ‘theft’ of documents in the Rafale deal. This has never happened in the past.” Also Read – Shashi Tharoor writes to PM Modi: Don’t let your ‘mann ki baat’ become ‘maun ki baat’Earlier in the day, she tweeted in Hindi and described the incident as ‘tamasha’ (drama) and hinted that its fallout would be known after the Lok Sabha elections. “What drama is going on in the country? Documents are being stolen from the Ministry of Defence itself. This is a very dangerous situation for the country. What is the government’s opinion on this? Who is the main culprit behind this? There must be a probe into this.” She asked the people to “wait for sometime as general election results would come out soon”. Supporting N Ram, chairman of the Hindu Publishing Group, Banerjee said: “We support Ram for exposing this government. I have profound respect for some senior journalists like N Ram, Pranay Roy who can express their views fearlessly. Invoking Official Secrets Act to threaten journalists is a shame.” She further said that now any journalist who was writing against the BJP was abused and heckled. “Look at the national channels in Delhi. BJP has purchased them and they write stories to confuse people. They are run by people whose primary goal is business and publication of news is secondary.” Recollecting her experience as a Central minister, she said: “Arun Shourie who was then with The Indian Express used to file reports exposing the Centre. There were politicians like George Fernandes and Madhu Dandavate who used to raise those issues in Parliament. She reiterated that under the BJP rule, most of the media houses were scared and anyone opposing them would be taken to task. “Such a thing cannot go on for long. It is most unfortunate.”last_img read more

Nehru committed original mistake on China: Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi: Under attack from the Congress for its failure to yet again designate JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, the government fielded Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for its defence who alleged that the original mistake, not only on Kashmir but also on China, was committed by Jawaharlal Nehru. Jaitley’s remarks came soon after the Congress blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policy vis-a-vis China for the latter yet again blocking the bid to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM)’s chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day “The original mistake, both on Kashmir and China, was committed by the same person,” Jaitley said in a tweet. Referring to India’s first Prime Minister’s “infamous” letter to chief ministers dated August 2, 1955, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said it was Nehru who said India taking China’s place in the United Nation’s Security Council (UNSC) would be “very unfair for a great country like China”. “Will the Congress President tell us who the original sinner was?” he asked. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty Jaitley quoted Nehru as saying in the letter: “Informal suggestions have been made by the United States that China should be taken into the United Nations but not in the Security Council, and that India should take her place in the Security Council. …we cannot, of course, accept this as it means falling out with China and it would be very unfair for a great country like China not to be in the Security Council.” Earlier, with China for the fourth time putting on hold the proposal against Azhar in the UN Security Council, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said it is a major setback for the global fight against terrorism and “reaffirms Chinese position of being an inseparable ally of terrorism’s breeding ground Pakistan”. Blaming Modi, he said: “The present situation also arises out of failure of a weak-kneed Modi government, bending over backwards before China over last 5 years, which has culminated into the present state of things where the Chinese have blocked Masood Azhar’s declaration as an ‘international terrorist’, without any reason and only to please its ally Pakistan.” The Congress asked if Modi would answer why he became “Maun Modi” (silent) as India’s interests are repeatedly being compromised.last_img read more

Man involved in ‘illegal’ deal nabbed with Rs 60 lakh cash

first_imgKolkata: A man was arrested with cash worth Rs 60 lakh from B B Ganguly Street on Monday. It is suspected that the money was being used for an illegal deal.According to sources, on Monday, sleuths of the detective department got a tip-off that a deal involving huge amount of money was about to be made around B B Ganguly Street. Based on the information, plain-clothed police personnel started patrolling the area. While keeping a vigil a police source identified one of the suspects. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe person was identified as Dinesh Lohia of Patipukur in Lake Town. He was detained on suspicion. Sleuths found Rs 60 lakh in his bag. When asked about the source of money he could not provide a satisfactory answer. Sharma was immediately arrested and taken to Lalbazar. The information about the seized money has been shared with the Income Tax and Enforcement Directorate for necessary actions on their part. During the past few days, Kolkata Police have seized huge amount of unaccounted money and arrested several persons. Sleuths suspect a section of people are trying use black money during the ensuing Lok Sabha Elections 2019 and for the same reason money is being circulated through hawala.last_img read more

Kashmir integral part of India, can’t be separated: Shah

first_imgRaigarh: BJP president Amit Shah Thursday said Kashmir is an integral part of India and cannot be separated from the country till a single BJP worker is alive, irrespective of whether the party is in power or not. Addressing an election rally in Raigarh district headquarters in Chhattisgarh, he said when the Modi government is re-elected at the Centre, infiltrators will be identified across the country and deported. “Election is underway in Jammu and Kashmir and an ally of Congress, leader of National Conference Omar Abdullah had advocated for a prime minister in Kashmir. Do you think it’s possible that a country can have two PMs? I have been asking Rahul baba to clarify his stand on the (Abdullah’s) statement, but he is silent,” Shah said slamming Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. “Rahul baba listen carefully…Presently there is a government headed by Modi ji and it will be re-elected. But even if we are not in power, nobody can separate Kashmir from India till a single BJP worker is alive. Kashmir is an integral part of India and if anyone says that it will be isolated from the country, then people of the country will not tolerate it,” he added. Shah also accused the Congress and the National Conference of not being in favour of scrapping Article 370 of the Constitution, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir. “Congress and National Conference don’t want to remove Article 370. But the BJP has promised in its poll manifesto that Article 370 will be scrapped,” he said. “Another issue is that of NRC (National Register for Citizen). Congress is saying do not bring NRC, but I want to urge you to again elect the Narendra Modi government at the Centre…infiltrators will be identified right from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Gujarat to Assam, and deported,” he said. Describing infiltrators as “termites”, he said they are a threat to the nation’s security. “Our commitment is to throw them out of the country,” the BJP chief added. Shah also alleged that the Congress and other opposition parties are unhappy with the success of the Indian Air Force’s strike on terrorist camps at Balakot in Pakistan in retaliation to the Pulwama terror attack. “The Modi government has done the biggest work to safeguard the borders of the country. When terrorists attacked in Pulwama and killed our 40 jawans, there was anger and disappointment in the country. But the Modi government is not like the ‘mauni baba’ (silent) Manmohan Singh government. Barely 13 days after the attack, air strikes were carried out targeting terror camps in Pakistan,” he said. “At a time when the whole nation rejoiced, there was grief in Pakistan. But there was also sadness in the office Rahul baba and company,” Shah claimed. “The guru of Rahul Gandhi, Sam Pitroda, says some kids have committed mistakes and dialogue should be held with them. Do you think talks should be held with those who killed our 40 jawans? Our policy is clear that reply of the bullets will be given with shells. We will not hold talks with terrorists. BJP has a zero tolerance policy against terrorists.” The Congress ruled the country for 55 years, but it did nothing for development of poor, Dalits, tribals, villages and cities of the country, he alleged. In the five years of the Modi government, work has been done for the development of 50 crore poor. Shah also slammed the Congress government in Chhattisgarh and said Ayushman Bharat scheme has been stopped in the state which was meant for welfare of poor people. He also targeted Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel for banning the CBI from investigating any fresh cases in the state without seeking the state’s consent. “Why was Bhupesh Baghel so afraid of the CBI that he banned it in the state immediatelyafter coming to power. What he has done?” he asked. The Congress had promised to provide unemployment allowance in the state, Shah said, adding, “Are you (people) getting it? No development work is taking place in the state. The law and order situation has collapsed.” Shah was campaigning for BJP candidate Gomtee Sai from Raigarh Lok Sabha constituency which will go to polls in the third phase on April 23.last_img read more

Smith hands Royals much needed win over Mumbai

first_imgJaipur: Steve Smith (59 not out) played a captain’s knock as Rajasthan Royals (RR) kept their play-off hopes alive after defeating Mumbai Indians (MI) by 5 wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) tie at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, here on Saturday. Despite wickets falling at regular intervals for Rajasthan, Smith kept one end intact and ensured that his team crossed the line with five balls to spare. Smith’s innings was laced with five boundaries and a six. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhSanju Samson and Riyan Parag too supported their skipper with useful knocks of 35 and 43, respectively. Chasing a modest target of 162, the hosts started on a positive note, scoring 31 runs in the first three overs before Rahul Chahar drew the first blood for Mumbai as the leg-spinner cut short opener Ajinkya Rahane’s (12) stay in the fourth over. Samason and Smith were then involved in a 37-run second wicket partnership before Chahar struck again in the eighth over to pack back the former, leaving Rajasthan at 76/2. Four balls later, Chahar added more misery to the Mumbai camp by dismissing Ben Stokes (0). Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterSmith was then joined by Parag and the duo denied Mumbai from making any further inroads as they both propelled Rajasthan past the 100-run mark in 11.1 overs. The hosts were comfortably placed at 137/3 in 16 overs and it seemed the two will steer their side to victory. However, Parag fell short of the crease while converting a single and had to depart in the 18th over. Jasprit Bumrah then trapped Ashton Turner (0) in front of the wicket with Rajasthan still needing 9 runs off the last 11 balls. But Smith ensured that there were no further hiccups as he steered Rajasthan to a much-needed victory. For Mumbai, Chahar was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3/29 while Bumrah bagged one wicket. Earlier, opener Quinton de Kock’s scintillating 65-run knock helped Mumbai put up 161/5. Apart from de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav chipped in with a valuable 34 while Shreyas Gopal once again starred with the ball for Rajasthan, conceding just 21 runs from his four overs besides picking up two wickets. Put into bat, the visitors received an early jolt as Gopal dismissed Rohit Sharma (5) in the third over. de Kock was then joined by Yadav and the two helped Mumbai past the 50-run mark in 6.4 overs. The duo were involved in a crucial 97-run partnership with de Kock helping himself to a stroke-filled half-century before Stuart Binny came up with the much-needed breakthrough for the home side. A top-edge from Yadav went straight to deep backward square-leg where Dhawal Kulkarni took a fine catch to break the partnership. Gopal claimed his second wicket soon as de Kock miscued a googly, holing out to Stokes at long-on in the process. Jaydev Unadkat then sent back Kieron Pollard, who fell cheaply after managing to contribute just seven runs with Mumbai’s scorecard reading 124/4.last_img read more

Terror factories in neighbourhood waiting for weak govt: PM Modi

first_imgAyodhya/Kaushambi: Terming terrorism the biggest threat facing India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said terror factories running in the neighbourhood are waiting for a weak government here.This is a new India which will strike terrorists in their den, within the border and outside it, he said at an election rally in Gosaiganj, about 25 km from the temple town of Ayodhya, in which he focused much of his attention on terrorism. Gosaiganj is in the same district as Ayodhya but falls in the Ambedkarnagar Lok Sabha constituency. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghRecalling the Easter Day blasts across Sri Lanka, he said, “We saw what happened in Sri Lanka. The same situation prevailed in our country before 2014. Can we forget the blast in Ayodhya? There were terrorist attacks on a daily basis.” In the past five years, he asserted, this has stopped. “It doesn’t mean terrorism has stopped. Terrorism factories are running in our neighbourhood. It is an industry there and it is their business. They are waiting for a weak government. They are waiting for a chance,” the prime minister warned. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadCautioning people against terrorism, the prime minister referred to the oft seen signboards on roads, ‘Savdhani hati, Durghatna ghati (If we lower our guard, there will be a tragedy), and declared, “The game of terrorism is also the same.” “This is a new India. It doesn’t disturb anyone but also does not spare if someone disturbs us. Be it inside our borders or outside, this new India will hit terrorists in their den and reply to bullets with bullets,” he said in his speech in Hindi, using the words ‘ghar me ghus ke maarenge’ to make his point. If the country is safe, our aspirations will be fulfilled, Modi said at the Gosaiganj rally to mobilise support for BJP candidates Mukut Bihari Verma (Ambedkar Nagar) and Lallu Singh (Ayodhya). “To keep our culture and country safe, you all should press the lotus button,” he told the crowd. He also hit out at the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance and the Congress, accusing the parties of being soft on terrorism. “Their record shows that agencies used to catch terrorists only to be let off for the sake of votes. They want to make a ‘mazboor’ (weak) government. You have to remain alert,” he said. He told the crowd that their love is his capital and energy and said this is the land of Ram, the land of the country’s pride. In a scathing attack against the SP and the BSP, he said they had done nothing for the poor and misused the names of Babasaheb Ambedkar and Ram Manohar Lohia. The prime minister said his is the only government that thinks of the poor.last_img read more

2,000 Aadhaar cards dumped on river bank

first_imgThanjavur: About 2,000 Aadhaar cards have been dumped near the Mulliyaaru bank in Tiruvarur district, according to revenue officials. The cards meant for distribution to the owners had not been apparently delivered by the post office concerned, the officials said. Some of the local people in Thiruthurapoondi managed to get their Aadhar card from the dump, they said. The cards, bundled in jute bags and abandoned, were found by the children playing in the riverbed.last_img

Defiant Morsi tells Egypt court to try ‘coup’ leaders

first_imgCairo — Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi appeared in court Monday on the first day of his trial for incitement to murder, rejecting its legitimacy and demanding “coup” leaders be prosecuted.In his first public appearance since the military toppled him in July, Morsi was indignant and outraged as he attended a make-shift courtroom at a police academy in east Cairo. The trial was adjourned to January 8.“I am Dr. Mohamed Morsi, the president of the republic,” a defiant Morsi told the court. Monday’s hearing lasted nearly three hours and the judge heard requests from the defendants’ lawyers, who demanded to see all the case files and be allowed to meet their clients privately.Morsi, who had been kept in secret detention since July, was then flown to Borg al-Arab prison outside Egypt’s second city of Alexandria.Morsi and 14 co-defendants are accused of inciting violence and the murder of protesters outside the presidential palace in December, charges that could lead to the death penalty or life in prison.The Islamist leader branded as criminal his overthrow by the army on July 3 after mass protests against his single year of turbulent rule.“This was a military coup. The leaders of the coup should be tried. A coup is treason and a crime.”“I cannot accept for the judiciary to become a cover for the military coup,” he yelled. “I am here involuntarily, and through force.”Morsi, wearing a dark blue suit, was brought to court by helicopter that touched down nearby and then driven to the heavily fortified police academy.State television aired footage showing Morsi smiling as he stepped out of a white van, buttoning his blue blazer and entering the dock to applause from fellow defendants dressed in white prison uniforms.Muslim Brotherhood co-defendants Essam al-Erian and Mohammed al-Beltagui chanted “Down with military rule” at the hearing, as Morsi, his greying beard closely trimmed, smiled and waved at his supporters packing the benches of the courtroom.Judge Ahmed Sabry Youssef banned cameras and recording equipment from the courtroom.Morsi’s supporters, battered by a bloody and sweeping police crackdown, accuse the army-installed government of fabricating the charges against him.They held anti-military rallies across Cairo, including outside the police academy where dozens brandished posters of Morsi and signs bearing anti-military messages.Thousands also protested in front of the constitutional court.“Morsi’s trial is a farce. The criminals are trying the legitimate president,” supporter Ibrahim Abdel Samd said.Security forces completely closed Nahda Square — site of a bloody crackdown on Morsi supporters in August — and Cairo University, while military vehicles guarded police stations.The authorities deployed 20,000 policemen for the trial, and warned they were ready to deal with any violence.‘Defiance noteworthy’‘Free and fair trial’Morsi’s trial is seen as a test for Egypt’s new authorities, who have come under fire for their heavy-handedness.With more than 1,000 people killed since Morsi’s overthrow and thousands of Islamists arrested, hopes for a political settlement are slim in Egypt.“Morsi’s insistence that he is still the legitimate president shows that he and most of the Muslim Brotherhood is not ready to give up their legitimacy claim,” said Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Doha Center think-tank.“Their stand is detached from the reality, but their defiance is noteworthy and could keep supporters energized.”Amnesty International said Morsi should be granted a fair trial, including the right to challenge evidence against him.“Failing to do so would further call into question the motives behind his trial,” said the watchdog’s Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui.But Hamid believes the “political” nature of the trial will drive its outcome.“There is zero chance of it being free and fair,” he said.On the eve of the hearing, foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdelatty said Morsi “will have rights to a free and fair trial”.Morsi was catapulted from the underground offices of the long-banned Muslim Brotherhood to become Egypt’s first democratically elected president in June 2012.His victory was made possible by the 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocratic president Hosni Mubarak.But Morsi’s stint at the helm was marred by political turmoil, deadly clashes and a crippling economic crisis.In November 2012, Morsi decreed himself sweeping powers, prompting opponents to accuse him of failing the ideals of the revolution.It was a turning-point that launched the worst polarisation in Egypt’s recent history.A month later, deadly clashes erupted outside the presidential palace between his supporters and opponents in which at least seven people were killed.last_img read more

Two Young Girls Abducted via Facebook Found Captive in Casablanca

first_imgCasablanca- Two teenage girls who went missing in Marrakech were recently found captivein a house in Casablanca, according to daily Assabah.After four days of investigation, Hay Hassani police in Casablanca finally found the two girls, who had been abducted in Marrakech, held captive in a house in Casablanca.According to daily Assabah’s Wednesday issue, it was thanks to the father of one of the victims that both girls were eventually found. The father had checked his daughter’s Facebook page and posts to discover that his daughter had been communicating online with individuals from Casablanca.  The father found that the suspects had persuaded his daughter to leave her home in Marrakech and join them in Casablanca, according to the same source. The girl’s father subsequently lodged a complaint against the suspects, and the police then opened an investigation.  Less than 24 hours later, the police had arrested one of the people the girls had been chatting with on Facebook. The suspect subsequently led the police to where the girls were being held captive.  The investigation is far from being over, however.  The police suspect the existence of a larger criminal network, specializing in child abduction.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Morocco, a partner for Russian investors to conquer African markets

Moscow – Morocco proposes to be a partner for Russian investors wishing to conquer the African market, said on Tuesday chairwoman of the Moroccan enterprise association (CGEM), Miriem Bensalah Chaqroun.Due to its strategic location, Morocco is a link between Europe and Africa and has all it takes to become a partner of Russian investors wishing to conquer the African continent, she told the Moroccan-Russian economic forum.After recalling that Morocco has concluded over 30 free-trade agreements, including with the European Union, the USA and Turkey, she recommended joint investments between Moroccan and Russian economic operators. She also insisted that it is high time to lend some added-value to trade between the two countries, noting that Morocco has drafted work plans for the promotion of several sectors and stands ready to sell its food-industry, fish, and high-quality manufactured products.Trade between the two countries went up from 1.5 billion Dollars in 2010 to 2.5 billion dollars in 2013, posting a 33pc increase, she said recalling that the number of Russian tourists to Morocco increased by 60pc between 2012 and 2013 after the opening of a direct air line between Casablanca and Moscow. read more

Moroccans Are Happy When They Have Peace of Mind, Survey

Taroudant – A recent study sponsored by Atlanta Assurances on Moroccans’ perception of happiness revealed that Moroccans are happy when they have “peace of mind.”Ipsos, a global market research company, surveyed about 2,100 individuals aged 25 to 64 to find out what makes Moroccans happy — what are their joyful moments? According to the survey, Moroccans are happy when they have “peace of mind.”“Many would have thought that money would be the secret to Moroccans’ happiness,” said Nabil Abouzaid, CEO of Ipsos Morocco, at a press conference held on Tuesday in order to unveil the results of the survey on happiness. However, “the survey revealed that happiness for Moroccans lies in their peace of mind,” he said. “This confirms that happiness among Moroccans, like all universal definitions, remains strongly linked to soul-searching,” the survey found.The survey results reported that peace of mind (36%), health (26%), stability (15%), and then money (14%) are the top criteria for happiness among Moroccans.Health (96%), worship (80%) and family (70%) are the main sources of happiness among Moroccans.The survey found that the more advanced in age Moroccans were, the more they focused on religion, and that the family is much more important to those in lower socio-economic classes.The study also revealed that children’s success in school is a source of delight for parents, while the blessing of parents is most cherished and sought after among the younger.El Boukili Ahmed, a university professor and researcher in Islamic studies, said that the study highlights the close connection between Moroccan culture and religion.“In the imagination of Moroccans, the Hajj remains the most profound expression of spirituality,” he said.While many economists suggest that a person’s welfare is based only upon material wealth, and thus only the growth of gross domestic product (GDP) can measure a nation’s happiness, this survey shows that true happiness depends upon more complicated social, religious, and psychological factors. read more

Morocco Dismantles Seven-Member ISIS Related Cell in Tangier and Meknes

Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) dismantled on Thursday a terrorist cell linked to ISIS, who were operating in Tangier and Meknes.According to a statement by the Ministry of Interior, investigations show that the cell was supporting and disseminating the propaganda of theme terrorist group. The dismantled cell was intended to attack people and property.The BCIJ dismantled the cell in the possession of various electronic devices and bladed weapons, in addition to books and manuscripts calling for extremist acts. The suspects will be brought to justice for further investigation under the supervision of the public prosecutor’s office.Since 2002, police elements of BCIJ have managed to dismantle 174 terrorist cells, including 60 cells linked to terrorist groups in Syria and IraqAccording to Abdelhak El Khiam, the head of the BCIJ, the bureau’s forces have thwarted a total of 352 terrorist attempts aimed at threatening Morocco’s securityOn October 14, 17, and 23, Moroccan police arrested six suspects in the cities of Rabat and Beni Mellal, as well as a village near the city of El Jadida. read more

Smaller companies fear they’ll be unable to pass on carbon tax costs: poll

OTTAWA — A large proportion of small- and medium-sized businesses soon to be subjected to Ottawa’s carbon tax worry they’ll be unable to pass along the bulk of the extra costs to their customers, suggests a new survey being released Tuesday.The online survey was completed by 3,527 members of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business in the four provinces — Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick — that will have to follow the Trudeau government’s carbon-pricing system as of April 1.The lobby group has strongly opposed the federal carbon-tax plan out of concern it will pile on too many costs for smaller companies. In fact, more than two-thirds of the business owners that it polled don’t support any kind of carbon pricing program at all.Ottawa says 90 per cent of the carbon-tax revenues it collects will be returned via rebates to households in each of the four provinces. Consumers will get by far the largest share because the government expects them to ultimately pay most of the new costs passed down from businesses.CFIB has some new data coming out soon on how small businesses are feeling about this plan and how much of the consumer rebate they will be financing. https://t.co/SR2exSSHtg— Dan Kelly (@CFIB) February 10, 2019But the findings of CFIB’s poll, conducted in November, suggest there’s concern most smaller companies will be unable to pass along their new costs — meaning these firms will end up subsidizing the rebate program for households, the report said.About 80 per cent of the respondents said they didn’t think it would be easy for them to forward costs on to their customers. The poll found 55 per cent of those surveyed didn’t expect to pass on any of the additional costs, while 25 per cent said they would only be able to pass on less than 25 per cent of the extra costs.“These findings should be deeply worrisome to public policy makers,” said the report, which also repeats CFIB’s concerns the carbon tax will arrive the same year that businesses’ Canada Pension Plan premiums start to rise.“It means small firms will be forced to find the resources to pay the tax from the business itself, which means it may come at the expense of wages, jobs or future business growth.”The Liberals’ carbon tax has generated intense political debate across the country and it’s destined to be a key campaign issue in October’s federal election.The Liberal government has argued pollution is already getting expensive for Canadians as costs from climate-change-related weather events have climbed to more than $1 billion a year. The Liberals believe carbon pricing, which has been in place for years in provinces like British Columbia, Quebec and Ontario, is one of the best ways to lower emissions.The federal climate change action plan also includes efforts to develop clean fuel standards, create new energy-efficiency building codes and phase out electricity generation from coal.The opposition Conservatives have repeatedly called the Liberal plan a “tax grab” that will hurt the bottom lines of small businesses and families, kill jobs and make the country less competitive. Moving forward, the Tories warn carbon-tax bills will only get bigger.READ MORE: Saskatchewan’s carbon tax battle continuesSeveral provincial leaders have also become vocal opponents of the federal program.The regime will be applied to Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick because they don’t have their own carbon-pricing system.Ottawa has said the remaining 10 per cent revenue share from the carbon tax will be dedicated to a program to help organizations, such as schools, that are unable to pass on the costs via higher prices. Part of this portion — worth about $1.5 billion — will also be used to help small- and medium-sized businesses adapt to carbon pricing over the next five years, the government has said.Ottawa has yet to lay out the specifics of this element of its plan.The report noted that some big industrial emitters will pay through a separate system that provides some relief to sectors heavily exposed to foreign competition. Smaller businesses, it added, have not been provided the same relief.READ MORE: Oilpatch wants growth policies from Alberta; carbon price absentCFIB is calling on Ottawa to limit the impact on smaller businesses, including reassurance the same proportion of revenue collected from these firms is returned to them. Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Press read more

New Brunswick looks to hydrogen from seawater as fuel for future power

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s Crown-owned power utility is partnering with a Florida-based company to develop power plants that would use hydrogen extracted from seawater as their fuel.NB Power signed a licence agreement with Joi Scientific three years ago, but have now agreed to work together to build a number of prototypes that would eventually be used in the province.Traver Kennedy, CEO of Joi Scientific, says his company has developed a new way to extract hydrogen from unprocessed seawater.He says when used as a fuel to generate power, the only emissions are water vapour.NB Power president Gaetan Thomas says it could be two or three years before they would have small prototypes ready, and the cost would be about the same as a natural gas-fired plant.The costs of the technology and the licence agreement are being kept confidential.Thomas says the utility is looking at all its options, but it might make more sense to have numerous small facilities around the province rather that a large generator, in order to avoid transmission loss.The Canadian Press read more

Morocco Opens Museum at Lixus, 1200 B.C. Phoenician Archeological Site

Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Culture Mohamed Laaraj has overseen the opening of a new museum at Lixus, an ancient Phoenician archeological site dating to the 12th century B.C.The Ministry of Culture opened the new facility on Saturday, April 20.Built in the 12th century B.C. by Phoenicians and regarded as one of the oldest urban centers in North Africa, Lixus has undergone restoration and is now open to the public along with a visitor center. The Roman empire captured the Phoenician settlement in the 1st century B.C. With the Roman empire’s decline, the Amazigh (Berber) people lived at Lixusz from the 5th to the 7th centuries A.D. before it was completely abandoned, according to the World Monuments Fund.Spread over 62 hectares, Lixus, Laaraj said, opens a new era in the management of archaeological sites.Speaking about the historical significance of Lixus, Laaraj said the ministry has a “great responsibility that requires an appropriate approach to preserve its authenticity for the benefit of future generations.”Lixus, which Pliny the Elder linked to the Garden of Hesperides where the Greek hero Hercules picked the golden apples, is situated on Tchemmich Hill on the eastern bank of the Loukkos valley near the seaport town of Larache on the Atlantic coast of northern Morocco, 80 kilometers south of Tangier.The restoration projects carried out by the ministry in partnership with foreign institutions, like the Italian embassy and the University of Siena, aimed to “raise awareness” of the importance of safeguarding Lixus’s history, which had sunk into “oblivion,” noted the minister. Laaraj added that the site boasts important artifacts and stands out as a “universal heritage.”The new museum contains two exhibition halls that display Phoenician, Mauritanian, Roman, and late Islamic archeological artifacts. The ministry spent approximately MAD 12 million ($1.2 million) rehabilitating the site. The opening of the site to the public falls within the framework of Heritage Month, which Morocco celebrates between March and April every year. read more

Spain’s Leftist Government Wins Elections Amid Far-Right Success

Rabat – Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s socialist party scored a big victory in Sunday’s snap elections in Spain. But an equally big result for right-wing parties meant the experience was more of a setback for the country’s ruling socialist party.The challenge of coalitionWith slight differences here and there in scores obtained by different contenders, poll predictions that Sanchez’s Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) would win turned out to be right. But the polls were also correct in predicting that PSOE would fall short of the majority needed to rule alone.PSOE won about 29% of the vote, translating into 123 seats in the 350-seat Spanish Parliament. The number is a big win for the socialist party, whose Parliament membership stood at 84 seats prior to Sunday’s elections. But that score is still far below the 176 needed to secure the majority. In retrospect, the snap elections have not exactly provided the answers the ruling coalition had expected. Instead, the results suggest that the country’s political fracture is far deeper than the political establishment thought. Even with a meaningful victory, there was very little to celebrate for Spain’s ruling leftist coalition.Podemos and other left-leaning formations, on whom Sanchez could count to form a more coherent government coalition, did not score enough to bar the prospect of seeking help from right-wing parties.“Efforts at coalition wrangling in the country could take longer because of the incoming local, regional and European elections on May 26, with parties unwilling to declare their hand until the end of the electoral season,” Politico observed.But the Guardian’s assessment was grimmer, stressing the growing momentum of the once-isolated far right in Spanish politics. “Sunday’s results are unequivocal proof of the advent of Vox in the era of five-party politics in Spain,” the British paper lamented.The conservative People’s Party secured 66 seats, the center-right Citizens Party won 57 seats, Podemos and allies landed 42, while Vox—perhaps the biggest winner—secured a comforting score of 24 seats. The result makes Vox the first ever far-right party to make it to Parliament in 40 years of post-Franco democratic experience.Two visions of SpainSanchez’s PSOE landed a surprising victory in June 2018 after challenging the then-ruling People’s Party with a no-confidence vote over corruption allegations.But Sanchez was later compelled to call for Sunday’s snap elections in February after a coalition of nationalist and far-right parties opposed his 2019 budget and other legislative measures.In calling for Spaniards to go to polls for the fourth time in three years, Sanchez hoped for a conclusive victory. Speaking on Sunday moments after casting his ballot, he spoke of “calmness, serenity, and resolution” to mend a politically fragmented Spain.Evoking the in-fashion Trump and Brexit analogy, the Spanish prime minister urged voters to “look to the future” rather than backwards. A victory for his party, he predicted, would be “the difference between a Spain that looks towards the future and a Spain that slides back 40 years.”By the time results starting to sink in late Sunday, Sanchez, momentarily unconcerned by the success of right-wing parties and what the setback that could mean for his otherwise milestone victory, decided to focus on the bright side. He appeared to take pleasure and pride in his party’s leap from 84 to 123 seats.“We made it happen. We have sent out the message that we don’t regress or reverse. We want a country that looks forward and advances.”In response, Vox’s message was defiant and dismissive, calling Sanchez’s victory “ephemeral.” Vox leader Santiago Abascal called his party’s performance “a re-conquest of Spain,” a historical reference to the 15th-century defeat of the Moors and the expulsion of Spanish Jews.Founded in 2013 by frustrated members of the conservative People’s Party, Vox remained on the fringes of national politics until now. The party was ignored and deemed irrelevant in national debates until it secured a shock political breakthrough in Andalucia during the December 2018 regional elections.The party styles itself as avowedly Christian, conservative, and nationalist, scathingly criticizing Sanchez’s socialist party’s stance on Catalan separatism and migration. Banning pro-Catalan independence political parties is among the party’s priorities.Vox also denounces mutlticulturalism, feminism, and “unrestricted migration.”Like President Trump, Vox’s Abascal has maintained that his goal is to “make Spain great gain.” read more

Elon Musk, SEC told to meet for at least 1 hour about tweets

DETROIT — A federal judge in New York is ordering Tesla CEO Elon Musk and U.S. securities regulators to meet for at least an hour to try and settle a dispute over Musk’s tweets.Judge Alison Nathan also told both sides Friday to send her a letter by April 18 saying whether they have reached a deal. If they don’t, Nathan will decide on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s motion to find Musk in contempt.The SEC wants Nathan to fine Musk for allegedly violating a court-approved settlement requiring his tweets to be approved by a lawyer if they disclose important company facts. Musk’s lawyers say he didn’t violate the settlement.The judge also wrote that if Musk is found in contempt, both sides will write legal briefs about his punishment.The Associated Press read more

Scandinavian Airlines strike in 4th day, affecting thousands

COPENHAGEN — A strike among pilots at Scandinavian Airlines has entered its fourth day with the carrier being forced to cancel 1,213 flights Monday and Tuesday, affecting some 110,000 passengers.The flag carrier of Denmark, Norway and Sweden says more than 170,000 passengers have been affected since the open-ended strike started Friday. The strike began after the collapse of pay negotiations with the SAS Pilot Group, which represents 95% of the company’s pilots in the three countries.There is no sign of when talks might resume on a new collective bargaining agreement.Jacob Pedersen, an analyst with Denmark’s Sydbank, says the pilots want their share of company earnings after the carrier posted a profit in the past four years following a cost saving program that started in 2012.The Associated Press read more