APTN National NewsOld family and cultural ties are being renewed as Tlingits from Alaska, northern British Columbia and the Yukon gathered in Teslin this past weekend.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has this story.
APTN National NewsKitigan Zibi will have its maple sugar production running at full capacity this spring.The reason?They’re going international.APTN’s Maike Eikelmann reports on how Kitigan Zibi is trying to conquer the maple syrup world – one country at a time.
APTN National NewsThe search for a missing Mi’kmaw woman has ended in Knoxville, Tenn.Chrisma Joy Denny was found alive Sunday after she was reported missing in early November.“Denny is in a safe location and has agreed to stay there,” said the Knox County sheriff’s office in a press release.Police in Knoxville said they’re working with police in Canada to ensure her safe return home.Denny, 23, was reported missing in early November.But no one in her home community of Eskasoni had seen her since early September.Her family has said Denny struggled with addiction and mental illness and often took off on her own. At times, she lived on the streets in Sydney, Cape Breton. So, it wasn’t unusual to not see her for weeks at a time.Early in their investigation, police found out that Denny travelled to the United States. Her last reported sighting was in Tennessee where she had contact with the Knox County sheriff’s office.Officers in Knox County had tried to help Denny. She spent a couple of days at a shelter and was thought to have then moved on.
CALGARY – Jim Shaw, the former chief executive of Shaw Communications Inc., died Wednesday following a brief illness.The Canadian telecommunications company says in a statement that the vice-chairman passed away peacefully at the age of 60.He joined Shaw in 1982, working as a construction worker and cable installer, and later served as the company’s second CEO from 1998 to 2010.Current CEO Brad Shaw says in a statement that he not only lost a brother, but a great friend and mentor.The company’s board of directors and employees expressed their condolences to the Shaw family.
TORONTO – The Toronto Star has named Irene Gentle as its new editor, the first woman to hold the job.Gentle replaces Michael Cooke, who announced earlier this year that he would be retiring in June.She has been the Star’s managing editor since June 2016. The promotion is effective immediately.Gentle joined the Star in 2011 as business editor and was named assistant managing editor and city editor in 2012.Before the Star, she worked at the Hamilton Spectator.The Star and the Spectator are owned by Torstar Corp. which also owns daily and community newspapers throughout Ontario and a majority interest in VerticalScope.—Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse.Companies in this story: (TSX:TS.B)
WASHINGTON — U.S. job openings fell in November from the previous month, but the number of available positions remained healthy.The Labor Department says job openings slipped 3.4 per cent to a seasonally adjusted 6.9 million. That is the fewest openings in five months, but still 16 per cent higher than a year ago.The job market remains strong despite sharp stock market declines last month, interest rate increases by the Federal Reserve, and a slowing global economy that is also bedeviled by trade fights. Last week’s blockbuster jobs report helped assuage concerns about the economy, as it showed that hiring reached a 10-month high in December.The number of people quitting fell in November, the report showed, but the total also stayed at a solid level.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press
MOSCOW — The head of the Russian Orthodox Church says the data-gathering capacity of devices such as smartphones risks bringing humanity closer to the arrival of the Antichrist.In an interview shown Monday on state TV, Patriarch Kirill said the church does not oppose technological progress but is concerned that “someone can know exactly where you are, know exactly what you are interested in, know exactly what you are afraid of” and that such information could be used for centralized control of the world.“Control from one point is a foreshadowing of the coming of Antichrist, if we talk about the Christian view. Antichrist is the person who will be at the head of the world wide web that controls the entire human race,” he said.The Associated Press
Residents are not being allowed into the area. The RCMP won’t say what’s happening but there is a large police presence on the road.BC Ambulance is also on scene.We will share more information as details are released. If you have any information, email firstname.lastname@example.org UPDATE as of 5:10 p.m. – The Red Creek road is now open to traffic as the police incident has ended. There is still a small police presence at one property on the road. The RCMP still haven’t released any information about what happened at the home.—–FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP are blocking the entrance to the Red Creek Road near Mile 62 of the Alaska Highway.
New Delhi: The government has kept the interest rates on small savings schemes, including NSC and PPF, unchanged for the April-June quarter. Public Provident Fund (PPF) and National Savings Certificate (NSC) will continue to carry an annual interest rate of 8 per cent, while Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) will give a yield of 7.7 per cent and mature in 112 months.Interest rates for small savings schemes are notified on a quarterly basis. “The rates of interest on various small savings schemes for the first quarter of the financial year 2019-20 starting April 1, 2019, and ending on June 30, 2019, shall remain unchanged from those notified for the fourth quarter of financial year 2018-19,” the finance ministry said in a notification issued Friday. Interest rate for the five-year Senior Citizens Savings Scheme has been retained at 8.7 per cent. The interest on the senior citizens’ scheme is paid quarterly. Interest on savings deposits has been retained at 4 per cent annually.
Pasighat (Arunachal Pradesh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday tore into the Congress, terming its manifesto as a “hypocrisy document” which was “full of lies”. Addressing his second rally in Arunachal Pradesh within a week, the prime minister cited the Congress manifesto for the 2004 Lok Sabha elections, and said it had promised that every house would have electricity by 2009. “However, till 2014 around 18,000 houses were unelectrified… Just like them (the Congress), their manifesto is corrupt and full of lies. Therefore, it should be called hypocrisy document, not a manifesto,” Modi said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Congress President Rahul Gandhi Tuesday released his party’s manifesto for Lok Sabha polls, making jobs creation, addressing farm distress, bringing a single moderate rate of GST and giving Rs 72,000 per annum to poor families as key focus if the party comes to power. The prime minister also charged that the Congress was fooling farmer in the name of votes, whereas the BJP government has always been with them. “We never committed the sin of betraying farmers but we introduced the mechanism from seed to market,” the PM said. Modi said the upcoming Lok Sabha polls will be about the choice between “trust and corruption, and about resolution and conspiracy”. Simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and the state assembly will be held on April 11.
Kolkata: The outgoing BJP MP from Asansol Babul Supriyo, who is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from the same seat, lost his cool during his election rally on Thursday morning when some local youths protested against him for accusing his political rival Trinamool Congress of running a syndicate with coal mafias.The incident sparked tension at the Dhandadihi area of Andal, where Supriyo was conducting a road show. Some youths, who the BJP claimed to be Trinamool Congress supporters, protested against Supriyo as he was accusing TMC of being involved in a syndicate operating out of coal mine areas. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThis allegedly made Supriyo so angry that he engaged in an altercation with the youths. He also claimed that TMC might have deployed the youths to disrupt his road show. The irate BJP MP allegedly instructed his party workers to ‘throw them out’. The BJP workers finally dissuaded the youths from protesting and dispersed them. Curious onlookers were stranded on both sides of the road. The district election officers are currently looking into the matter. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt may be mentioned here that some BJP workers were earlier found sitting in a car with a sticker on it reading ‘On Election duty’. The car was spotted close to the residence of Supriyo in Asansol and there was a BJP flag on the bonnet of the car. The incident has led to a political slugfest between the BJP and Trinamool Congress leaders in Asansol. Supriyo has been under the scanner of the Election Commission after he was found playing the controversial theme song of BJP, defying the commission’s instructions. He has since stopped playing the song but controversy seems to still surround him. A section of TMC leaders in West Midnapore district are saying that Supriyo is losing his cool as BJP is apprehending defeat in the seat in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.
Kolkata: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (Makaut) has launched a number of new vocational courses that are designed to expand the career options for the students. “The new vocational courses will help the students to choose the right career as per their choice and will also open up job avenues for them” said Saikat Maitra, Vice Chancellor, Makaut.The new vocational courses that can be taken up in the undergraduate level include Travel and Tourism, Medical Lab Technology, Medical Imaging Technology, Banking-Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI), Hardware Networking, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Interior Design, Automotive Manufacturing Technology, Retail Management, Industrial Tool Manufacturing, Renewable Energy, Electronic Manufacturing Services, Animation, Beauty and Aesthetics, Theatre Studies, Fashion Designing, Catering Technology and Hotel Management etc. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaEligibility criteria for admission to these subjects are higher secondary or equivalent. There are provisions for exit from the course at the end of completion of first and second year course of their studies with diploma and advanced diploma, respectively. On being asked about the course on Beauty and Aesthetics that has nothing to do with a technology varsity, a senior official of the varsity said that the course will train the students in non-clinical aspects of cosmetology. “Beauty professional courses are in very high demand nowadays and students pursuing this course can explore job opportunities in a salon or spa, as a beauty and skin specialist,” he added. The B voc course in Theatre Study and Acting is also tailor made for students to get associated with film and television media. This course that includes topics like theatre techniques and designing, study of theatrical script and play is expected to develop the intangible concept of creative imagination and its expression within the collective framework of a group.
NEW DELHI: PC Chako, All India Congress Committee in-charge of Delhi, on Thursday said his party will have a direct fight with the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi and asserted that the possibility of a triangular contest is “slowly disappearing” in the national capital. The senior Congress leader also raised doubts about AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s seriousness in defeating the BJP. Chacko said the Congress was getting a good response after the party fielded its candidates for all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, which goes to polls on May 12. Also Read – Meeting: Issues related to handling of Airport Entry Passes discussedDelhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) on Thursday introduced its candidates before the media at its party office here. Talking to reporters, Chacko said he has “doubts” about Kejriwal’s seriousness to defeat the Bhartitya Janata Party in Delhi. “Earlier, we thought there is a triangular fight in Delhi, but (the possibility) of a triangular fight is disappearing slowly in Delhi. We have a direct fight with BJP in Delhi,” the party’s general secretary in-charge of Delhi said. Also Read – Arms supplier arested from RajasthanAsked about the possibility of any alliance between the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party even after both parties announced its candidates, Chacko said that it is now a closed chapter. “It is difficult to get the AAP into confidence because we have doubts about Kejriwal’s intension…without any reason, he (Kejriwal) stepped back that is why we still have doubt about him being serious in defeating the BJP,” the Congress leader said. Asserting that there will be no split of anti-BJP votes in Delhi, he said in the entire country, there is fight between the Congress and BJP. “Anti-BJP votes will come to Congress. In the entire country, there is fight between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi and in view of this, there will be no split of votes,” Chacko also said. Congress president and North-east candidate Sheila Dikshit said that the Congress candidates are familiar with the people of Delhi as they have been serving them for past many years in various capacities.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has “strongly deprecated” the “casual manner” in which Bihar has filed an appeal before it after a delay of over 700 days and said a clear signal has to be sent to the government authorities that they cannot approach the court as and when they please. A bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Indira Banerjee dismissed the appeal filed by the Bihar government in a service matter and imposed a cost of Rs 20,000 on the state, saying it was a “complete wastage” of judicial time. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe apex court noted that an appeal against the division bench order of the Patna High Court was filed before it after a delay of 728 days and the state sought condonation of this “extraordinary” delay stating that it took time to obtain all the sanction from the respective departments and receive the affidavit. “We are of the view that a clear signal has to be sent to the government authorities that they cannot approach the court as and when they please, on account of gross incompetence of their officers and that too without taking any action against the concerned officers,” the bench said in its order. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”No detail of this delay of 728 days have been given as if there is an inherent right to seek condonation of delay by state government. The law of limitation apparently does not apply to the state government according to its conduct,” the bench said. Referring to an earlier judgement of the apex court, the bench noted in its order that such condonation of delay is no more admissible on the pretext of “government working lethargy”. The bench also noted that the state had earlier filed an appeal before a division bench of the high court against an order of its single judge in the matter after a delay of 367 days. The division bench of the high court had dismissed the application filed by the state seeking condonation of delay on the ground that there was no sufficient cause shown for it. “We strongly deprecate the casual manner in which the division bench (of the high court) was approached…,” the bench said.
The 26 Palestinian prisoners Israel has agreed to free as part of ongoing peace talks will be released on Monday, a source in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said.Netanyahu had agreed to the release of 104 Palestinian prisoners in line with commitments to the US-backed peace talks, which resumed in July, and groups have been freed on August 13 and October 30.“Their release should come on Monday night after the 48-hour delay given for appeals from victims’ families to the supreme court,” the official in Netanyahu’s office told AFP on condition of anonymity. In the past, Israel’s supreme court has turned down all appeals against the release of Palestinian prisoners.Netanyahu’s government gave the green light on Saturday for the latest tranche of prisoners to be freed.“All of the released prisoners perpetrated offences prior to the (1993) Oslo accords and have served sentences of 19-28 years,” an Israeli government statement on Saturday said.“If any of those to be released resume hostile activity they will be returned to serve the remainder of their sentences,” the statement warned.The planned release of the latest group of detainees comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry prepares for a fresh tour of the region on New Year’s Day to try to push talks forward.It will be his 10th trip to Israel and the West Bank since March, with his most recent visit in early December.Kerry has been piling on the pressure in a bid to nudge the Palestinians and Israelis to reach an interim framework ahead of a full accord ahead of a deadline set to expire in late April.Meanwhile, Israel is set to announce plans for new settlement construction to coincide with the prisoners’ release, an official said on Thursday.Media reports say the plans are for 1,400 settler homes.Kerry and the European Union earlier this month urged Netanyahu to delay plans to announce new settlement construction on land Palestinians want for their future state.But Netanyahu was bullish in the face of international pressure over settlement construction.“We will not stop, even for a moment, building our country and becoming stronger, and developing… the settlement enterprise,” he told members of his rightwing Likud party last week.
Paris- Morocco’s minister of foreign affair and cooperation, Salaheddine Mezouar, saw on Sunday positive prospects to reach an agreement on various aspects in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.The official who took part in a meeting of the Arab League’s follow-up committee of the Arab peace initiative, held in Paris in the presence of US Secretary of state John Kerry, Mezouar told MAP “convergences of viewpoints between various parties are starting to appear”, stressing that the Arab side requested during the meeting explanations on some points.He added that John Kerry has brought “concrete answers”, noting that there one or two items that need to be deepened. Mezouar was upbeat that a final solution will be reached in the coming weeks, stressing that “the Arab side has supported the US peace initiative and commended efforts by Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas “.
Madrid – Benita Ferrero-Waldner, former European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighborhood Policy, said that the adoption of a draft bill on military justice by the council of ministers is a sound decision to uphold human rights in Morocco.Waldner, who held the position of the European Commissioner from 2004 to 2009, told MAP that the draft law, adopted on Friday by the council of ministers under the chairmanship of King Mohammed VI to stop civilians from standing trials before military courts, is a very sound decision to uphold human rights in Morocco.The new military draft bill, prepared in accordance with the Royal guidelines, is meant to ensure the coherence of national legislation with provisions laid in the Constitution and international standards, in order to guarantee the requisites for a fair trial before all courts of the Kingdom.
Rabat – The two houses of parliament will hold, next Tuesday, a joint plenary session during which the head of government Abdelilah Benkirane will present, at his initiative, the phase results of government action. This session, which will start at 10 p.m. at the lower house, will be held in conformity with article 101 of the constitution, said on Friday a statement by the two houses.
Rabat – Amid an increasing rate of traffic accidents in Morocco, the Government Council ratified on Thursday a bill that aims to review certain provision of the Highway Code in order to improve road safety.The new bill abolished the rule punishing drivers for dangerous or illegal parking to jail for 48hours and replaced it with a fine.The bill also amended the penalty of keeping a person in jail for 10 days for driving a car with no technical control, and replaced it with a penalty of forcing the driver to undergo the technical test, in addition to a fine. Under the new bill, driving licenses will be seized only in cases of traffic accidents that are the result of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.The new law requires victims of traffic accidents who submit medical certificates with a deficit for a period exceeding 21 days to undergo a counter medical examination to ensure the certificate’s accuracy.On the other hand, the new bill hands down harsher penalties for using phone while driving, exceeding the speed limit by no more than 20 km/h, and driving in the wrong direction.The bill also decreased the necessary period of time required to pass from driving license type B to obtain driving license type D to two years, rather than four years.This bill was proposed by Minister-delegate in charge of Transport Mohamed Najib Boulif, after Minister of Equipment and Transport Aziz Rebbah deemed it necessary to review certain provisions of the Highway Code in consultation with professionals and civil society.In 2012, Aziz Rebbah stressed that some fines provided for in the Highway Code are excessive, and that the withdrawal of the driving license, which is the only source of income for some professionals, is a serious problem for them, especially when they have to wait for months to get their licenses back.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
New York – The US Federal Court of Appeals upheld the Moroccan Court’s judgment to enforce a $123 million fine that the US District Court had refused on the DeJoria v. Maghreb Petroleum Exploration case.According to a The Washington Post report by Eugene Volokh, last August a $123 million judgment in Morocco was denied by the Texas District Court. The foreign judgment was denied because it was allegedly “not rendered under a system that provides impartial tribunals and procedures compatible with due process.”However, the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overruled the District Court’s decision on Wednesday and upheld the original claim, demonstrating that the Moroccan judiciary is in fact compatible with the “international due process standard”. To justify its ruling against Morocco, the Texas court used a 2010 report from the US Agency of International Development (USAID) entitled “Morocco Rule of Law Report,” according to which Moroccan citizens feel that “there is a widely held perception that corruption is tolerated, that a political and security elite act with impunity, and that strong actions are taken against those who would challenge power.”According to the same report, the Moroccan judiciary is “permeable to political influence”, and its judges are “vulnerable to political retribution.”Nevertheless, in the DeJoria v. Maghreb Petroleum Exploration, there was no evidence that “the King or anyone else in Morocco these days cares about [DeJoria] at all or even remembers who he is or the bad acts he perpetrated.”The Fifth Circuit ruled Morocco’s system as “fundamentally fair” and enforced the judgment because “a case of serious injustice must be involved” to rule otherwise.Under the Texas Recognition Act on foreign judgments, “[T]he statute requires only the use of procedures compatible with the requirements of due process. [T]he foreign proceedings need not comply with the traditional rigors of American due process to meet the requirements of enforceability under the statute.”Azzedine Kabbaj, a Moroccan attorney with 35 years of experience testified in the case to defend the Kingdom’s judicial system. Kabbaj said the Moroccan system “places great emphasis” on giving “actual notice” of lawsuits to defendants, hears experts’ opinions, and provides defendants the right to appeal.Abed Awad, an adjunct professor at Rutgers University School of Law, said that Moroccan and American commercial courts follow the same procedures. Morocco’s judicial system does “adher[e] to international standards.”The same USAID report said the Monarchy “has made judicial reform one of its key objectives,” to “make strides” in ruling according to the rule of law as a critical factor in its development.Despite addressing Morocco’s lack of judicial independence, the report stated that the “Monarchy’s interest in reforming the justice sector is a positive sign.”The World Bank also recognized the Moroccan judiciary as “indisputable” with an “enhanced drive toward an independent judiciary.”The State Department confirmed that Morocco’s reforms are “intended to increase judicial independence and impartiality.”The Texas Recognition Act requires that a “debtor” prove the lack of an “impartial tribunal or procedures compatible with due process so as to justify routine non-recognition of the foreign judgments.”In the DeJoria v. Maghreb case, based on the evidence, DeJoria failed to prove his appeal. The US Court of Appeals ruled, “We cannot agree that the Moroccan judicial system lacks sufficient independence such that fair litigation in Morocco is impossible.”The due process requirement is not “intended to bar the enforcement of all judgments of any foreign legal system that does not conform its procedural doctrines to the latest twist and turn of our courts.” Therefore, Moroccan judgments need not be disregarded.There was no evidence that an American did not “receive due process or impartial tribunals” in Morocco. There was no evidence of an anti-American sentiment in Morocco, since US companies do business in the Kingdom.Moreover, the judicial system in Morocco is not in “complete collapse,” nor was there evidence of a disregard for the “rule of law”. Thus, the Moroccan judiciary does not “offend against basic fairness,”The case was not considered a “serious injustice,” “fundamentally unfair,” or “incompatible with due process.” The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overruled the district court’s decision, trusting the Moroccan judicial system as no evidence was found on the contrary.PHOTO: SUSAN WALSH/ASSOCIATED PRESS© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission