Yiannopoulos dropping lawsuit against former publisher

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Milo Yiannopoulos is dropping his lawsuit against his former publisher.In papers filed Tuesday in New York State Supreme Court, Yiannopoulos and Simon & Schuster asked that the case be dismissed “without costs or fees to either party.” The far-right author and agitator sued for $10 million last summer after the publisher cancelled the release of his memoir “Dangerous.” Simon & Schuster acted after video clips of Yiannopoulos surfaced in which he appeared to defend sexual relationships between men and underage boys. Yiannopoulos alleged breach of contract and said the publisher gave in to “false and misleading reports.” Simon & Schuster had called the suit a publicity stunt.Last fall, a judge allowed the case to proceed after Simon & Schuster had asked that it be dismissed. But in January, Yiannopoulous’ legal counsel withdrew and the author announced that he would represent himself.“We are pleased that Mr. Yiannopoulos’ lawsuit has been withdrawn,” Simon & Schuster said in a statement Tuesday. “We stand by our decision to terminate the publication of Mr. Yiannopoulos’ book.”In a Facebook posting Tuesday, Yiannopoulos said ending the suit was a “tough decision” but the “right one.” He wrote that “it was always going to be hard to prove damages, as anyone who has ever hired a ‘damages expert’ will know.”Yiannopoulos eventually self-published “Dangerous,” which came out last July 4.“I don’t want to spend all the money I made from my book, and the next two years of my life, on a lawsuit,” he wrote on Facebook.last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,143.55, up 35.49 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 26 cents, or 3.49 per cent, to $7.20 on 8.4 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 40 cents, or 2.87 per cent, to $14.32 on 7.8 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 15 cents, or 2.56 per cent, to $6.02 on 7.1 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Down 87 cents, or 6.82 per cent, to $11.89 on 5.7 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down three cents, or 0.70 per cent, to $4.25 on 5.6 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up $1.13, or 3.53 per cent, to $33.14 on 5.3 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Oil and gas. Up 39 cents, or 0.93 per cent, to $42.19 on 4.7 million shares. The company announced plans to simplify its corporate structure.Nutrien Ltd. (TSX:NTR). Agriculture. Down 17 cents, or 0.26 per cent, to $66.01 on 939,063 shares. The fertilizer giant sold its 62 million A shares in Chilean lithium miner SQM to Tianqi Lithium Corp. for US$4.07 billion. Nutrien still retains ownership of 20 million B shares and expects to divest them.last_img read more

Toronto US markets end lower as Turkey concerns weigh loonie slips

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s main stock index closed in the red Monday along with U.S. markets as concerns about economic instability in Turkey continued to weigh globally.“The clear headliner today that’s sapping a bit of the optimism in the markets is worries about what’s happening in Turkey and the plunge in their currency,” said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist with Edward Jones in St. Louis.Markets were rattled late last week as concerns over the country’s monetary policy debt levels, and a dispute with the U.S. sent the Turkish lira sharply down.The instability in the country has raised concerns that cracks are showing in the global landscape, but Fehr said the country’s credit system isn’t integrated enough into the global credit system to cause major shocks.“While there can be some pain from the drop in the currency, and some pain from any potential debt challenges there, I don’t view this as a catalyst that would spark contagion in global markets.”On Monday Turkey’s central bank announced measures to help the country’s banks manage their liquidity, but the Turkish lira and Turkey’s stock market continued to slide.North American markets had turned slightly positive on news of the action but ended down on the day.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 75.76 points at 16,250.75 as gold and energy stocks dropped. The index hit an intraday high of 16,371.81 points while volume on the index totalled 169.2 million.Gold stocks had some of the steepest losses as investors fled to the safety of the U.S. dollar. That pushed the December gold contract down US$20.10 to US$1,198.90, the first time since March 2017 that it fell below US$1,200.The S&P/TSX Global Gold index was down 2.6 per cent, while mining major Barrick Gold Corp. closed down 3.2 per cent and Goldcorp Inc. was down 3.3 per cent.The energy index was down 0.9 per cent as the September crude contract closed down 43 cents at US$67.20 per barrel on less risk appetite.“On a day like this when the fears are perhaps translating back to trade fears, tariff fears and ultimately global growth fears, we’re seeing it show up a little bit in global oil prices,” said Fehr.The S&P/TSX capped consumer stables index had the highest gains for the day at 0.5 per cent after being under pressure last week on losses from auto parts producers.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average ended down 125.44 points at 25,187.70. The S&P 500 index closed down 11.35 points at 2,821.93, while the Nasdaq composite was down 19.40 points at 7,819.71.The Canadian dollar averaged 76.13 cents US, down 0.13 of a US cent.The September natural gas contract dropped a cent to end at US$2.93 per mmBTU and the September copper contract fell a penny to US$2.73 a pound.last_img read more

Firefighters working forest fire near Buckinghorse along the Alaska Highway

first_imgAs of 8 p.m. Monday, the fire is 6.5 hectares in size and in stable condition.  Water tankers attacked the fire Monday afternoon along with two initial attack crews.  Firefighters will reassess the fire Tuesday morning to determine how to continue their attack.According to the Wildfire Service, there are no structures near the fire and it is believed the fire was caused by lightning.A photo of the Buckinghorse fire posted to the Na Deh Kleh Newsletter Facebook Page FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Wildfire service is working to extinguish a forest fire near Buckinghorse and the Alaska Highway.The fire started Monday afternoon and is near Trutch Mountain along the Alaska Highway.  The B.C. Wildfire Service has traffic control crews in the area monitoring smoke conditions.  Motorists should expect delays if they plan to travel in the area.The Highway is still open at this time.last_img read more

Province says ridership steadily increasing after BC Bus North launch

first_imgBC Bus North was launched as an interim service while the Province works to find a long-term inter-community transportation solution for not only Northern B.C., but the entire province after Greyhound announced that it was ending service in all of Western Canada.BC Bus North offers twice-weekly service between Prince Rupert and Prince George, between Prince George and Valemount, and from Prince George to Dawson Creek and Fort St. John. Additionally, the service provides one round-trip per week from Dawson Creek and Fort St. John to Fort Nelson.The service was designed with affordability in mind, with one-way fares being either $35 or $45 per route, depending on how far people are travelling.BC Transit and its contracted operator, Pacific Western Transportation, are delivering the service that operates using four highway coaches equipped with comfortable seating suitable for long-distance travel, luggage and washroom facilities.Customers can purchase tickets using credit card or debit by calling 1 844 564-7494 daily between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or by visiting: www.BCBus.ca. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The provincial government says that its new BC Bus North service has recorded approximately 900 riders book trips since its launch at the beginning of the summer.The long-haul bus service began on June 4th in response to Greyhound Canada’s decision to eliminate service on routes in Northern B.C.In its first month of service, BC Bus North had close to 300 trips booked, increasing to approximately 450 in July. As of early August, the upward ridership trend continued, for a total number of 900 trips booked in just a little over two months.last_img read more

Mega stars get ready for IPL carnival

first_imgNew Delhi: M S Dhoni’s tactic against Jasprit Bumrah’s yorkers, Virat Kohli’s strategy to counter Kuldeep Yadav’s googlies, Steve Smith’s desperation to show his footwork, the 12th edition of Indian Premier League will be all these and much more. The annual cricket carnival like every other edition will also throw up a few unexpected heroes, who will be topic of 9 pm dinner table discussions as India’s cricket fanatics get ready for their two-months of 8 pm binge-watch. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThis edition of the league will bear special significance with the mega ODI World Cup starting only two and half weeks after the final on May 12. In 2011 and 2015, the World Cup was held before the IPL and this is the first time that it will be held post the tournament. With skipper Virat Kohli stressing on workload management for all the World Cup hopefuls, it promises to be an interesting IPL. On one hand, players will need to stand up to the expectations of their franchises who are paying million bucks and on other hand will be the commitment towards country which expects nothing short of trophy from ‘Men In Blue’. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterSet to complete a dozen of editions, IPL has always carried a different meaning for different players, especially the eight captains. For Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings is an extended family where he always seemed to be in control. He has created a different kind of legacy in IPL with three titles and has a legacy to defend. And who knows whether these are the last seven games at the Chepauk where CSK fans will get to watch their beloved ‘Thala’ in his canary yellow jersey. Virat Kohli has nothing to prove as a batsman after his heady accomplishments over the years but eight years as RCB captain without an IPL title, sticks out like a sore thumb. Former KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir’s not so charitable comments on Kohli’s IPL captaincy wouldn’t have gone unnoticed as far as the India captain is concerned and he would be happy to turn the corner even though World Cup has perhaps occupied 90 percent of his mind space. Rohit Sharma perhaps leads a franchise which is the most demanding amongst the eight teams and nothing short of a final appearance or a trophy makes the owners happy. The India vice-captain also has three IPL titles under his belt but there would be no less pressure to win a fourth title and at the same time keep a tab on Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah’s workload. Ajinkya Rahane will perhaps ponder on how he slipped out of the ODI radar after playing his part in the 2015 edition and a good show for Rajasthan Royals will certainly lift his spirits. With Steve Smith ready to sing the redemption song and the two maverics in Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler adding the zing, Royals will be serious contenders for a place in the play-offs. Ravichandran Ashwin has said he is “no slouch with white ball” and will probably carry a baggage of angst now that it is crystal clear that he has missed the World Cup bus. With find of English cricket Sam Curran in his ranks, Ashwin will aim to make a statement.last_img read more

Sudanese protesters present demands to military in talks

first_imgKhartoum: Sudanese protest organisers have presented demands to the country’s new military rulers, urging the creation of a civilian government, the group spearheading demonstrations said. Thousands remained encamped outside Khartoum’s army headquarters overnight to keep up the pressure on a military council that took power after ousting veteran leader Omar al-Bashir on Thursday. A 10-member delegation representing the protesters delivered their demands during talks late Saturday, according to a statement by umbrella group the Alliance for Freedom and Change. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”We will continue… our sit-in until all our demands are met,” including the formation of a fully civilian government, one of the alliance’s leaders, Omar al-Degier, said in the statement. The umbrella group insists that civilian representatives should be accepted onto the military council, and that a fully civilian government should be formed to run day-to-day affairs. “We surely want our demands to be met, but both sides will have to be flexible to reach a deal,” said a protester who spent the night at the army complex. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsOn Saturday, the new chief of the military council General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan vowed to dismantle Bashir’s regime and lifted a night time curfew with immediate effect. Burhan also pledged that individuals implicated in killing protesters would face justice and that protesters detained under a state of emergency imposed by Bashir during his final weeks in power would be freed. He took the oath of office on Friday after his predecessor General Awad Ibn Ouf stepped down little more than 24 hours after ousting Bashir. Tens of thousands of people have massed outside the army headquarters since April 6, initially to urge the armed forces to back their demand that Bashir be removed. Burhan comes with less baggage from Bashir’s deeply unpopular rule than Ibn Ouf. But while celebrating the fall of Bashir and then Ibn Ouf — a defence minister and long-time close aide of the deposed president — protesters remain cautious. Degier said their demands include restructuring the country’s feared National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), whose chief Salih Ghosh resigned on Saturday. Rights group Amnesty International on Saturday urged the military council to examine Ghosh’s actions during a crackdown against protesters during the final weeks of Bashir’s rule. “It is crucial that Sudan’s new authorities investigate Salah Ghosh’s role in the killings of scores of Sudanese protesters over the past four months”, said Amnesty’s regional director Sarah Jackson. The newly formed 10-member transitional council contains several faces from Bashir’s regime. On Saturday evening, the new military ruler named NISS deputy head Jalaluddin Sheikh to the council. He also nominated Mohammad Hamdan Daglo — known as Himeidti — a field commander for the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) counter-insurgency unit, which rights groups have accused of abuses in war-torn Darfur. One of the protesters taking part in the sit-in outside the army headquarters said he was ambivalent about Himeidti’s appointment. “We don’t have many options — they (the RSF) have guns, they have money,” said Mohamed, who gave only his first name for security reasons. “Himeidti was part of the crimes that happened previously but at least now he is on the side of the people,” he added. Key regional power-brokers Saudi Arabia and the UAE voiced backing for the transitional council. Burhan’s nomination “reflects the ambitions of the brotherly people of Sudan for security, stability and development”, UAE state news agency WAM said. Saudi Arabia has promised an aid package, the Saudi Press Agency reported Saturday. Sudan is part of a UAE and Saudi-led military coalition fighting Iran-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen. That marked a dramatic shift by Khartoum, aligning itself with the Gulf Arab monarchies and dropping close ties with their arch-rival Iran. The International Criminal Court has longstanding arrest warrants against Bashir for suspected war crimes during the regime’s brutal campaign of repression in Darfur, where a decade-and-a-half of conflict has killed 300,000 people. Amnesty demanded Saturday the deposed president be handed over to the Court. But the military council has said it would never extradite Bashir or any other Sudanese citizen.last_img read more

Centre sanctions Rs 4,000 cr for women safety projects under Nirbhaya Fund

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has sanctioned nearly Rs 4,000 crore for various women safety projects under the Nirbhaya Fund that include financial assistance to rape and acid attack victims and setting up of special police units for women and children.According to a Home Ministry document, the highest Rs 2,919.55 crore has been sanctioned under the ‘Safe City Project’ being implemented in eight cities — Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Lucknow — to provide safety to women in public places. A total of Rs 200 crore has been released for the Central Victim Compensation Fund. The key objectives of the project is to support the victims of rape, acid attacks, crime against children, human trafficking etc, it said. All these projects are being implemented under the central government’s ‘Nirbhaya Fund’, which was named after the 2012 Delhi gang-rape victim, a Home Ministry official said. The ministry has sanctioned Rs 321.69 crore under the Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) to provide a pan-India single emergency response number — 112. The project has already been operationalised in 20 States and Union Territories, according to the document A total of Rs 23.53 crore has been sanctioned for setting up of the Special Unit for Women And Children (SPUWAC) and the Special Unit for North East Region (SPUNER) at Nanakpura in Delhi. Both the SPUWAC and the SPUWAC have already become operational, it said. A state-of-the-art DNA laboratory is being set up at the Central Forensic Science Laboratory in Chandigarh at a cost of Rs 99.76, while projects have been sanctioned for setting up or strengthening of the DNA facilities in Forensic Science Laboratories in 12 states at a cost of Rs 131.09 crore, as per the document. The Home Ministry has also sanctioned Rs 7.09 crore for training of investigation, prosecution and medical officers and Rs 5.07 crore for providing facility of social workers and counsellors at the district and sub-divisional police station level in Delhi, it said.last_img read more

SC rejects plea of sacked BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday rejected sacked BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav’s plea challenging the Election Commission’s decision to reject his nomination papers from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat to contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi said, “We do not find any grounds to entertain the plea of Yadav.” Yadav had moved the top court challenging the decision of Returning Officer (RO) to reject his nomination papers from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, saying it was intended to “give walkover” to PM Modi. Senior advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, appearing for the Election Commission, referred to various apex court judgments and said election petitions can only be filed after polls are over as it would vitiate the electoral process. Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for Yadav, said that as per earlier verdict of the apex court, the election petition can be filed during enforcement of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). At the fag end of the hearing, Bhushan sought liberty from the court to file an election petition after polling is over. “We have done what we could have done. We find no grounds to entertain this petition,” the court said. The top court had Wednesday asked the poll panel to examine grievances of Yadav. The RO on May 1 had rejected the nomination papers of Yadav, a Samajwadi Party candidate, who was dismissed from BSF in 2017 after he posted a video online complaining about the food served to the troops. The poll panel official held that Yadav failed to furnish a certificate as mandated under the Representation of Peoples (RP) Act to the effect that he has not been “dismissed for corruption or disloyalty to the state”. The Samajwadi Party had initially fielded Shalini Yadav as its candidate to contest against Modi and later nominated the sacked BSF jawan.last_img read more

Co-location case: NSE to appeal against Sebi order

first_imgMumbai: NSE will appeal against a Sebi order in the co-location issue in which it has been penalised up to Rs 1,000 crore and barred from approaching market for the next six months at the Securities Applleate Tribunal (SAT). When contacted, NSE spokesperson declined to comment. The exchange has made a regulatory filing on the development. “The holding company is in the process of filing an appeal to contest the aforesaid orders with the Hon’ble Securities Appellate Tribunal, the future outcome of which is uncertain at this stage,” the NSE said in its consolidated financial statements for 2018-19. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraIn a volume of five orders issued on May 1, Sebi had asked the NSE to “disgorge” its profits from co-location worth Rs 624.89 crore at 12 per cent interest to the Investor Protection and Education Fund (IPEF). The amount with interest would add up to about Rs 1,000 crore. The Sebi had also penalised NSE’s two former CEOs and founding members Ravi Narain and Chitra Ramakrishna. Narain, who was heading the exchange between 2010 and 2013, was asked to deposit 25 per cent of his salary for the three fiscals in IPEF, while Ramakrishna, who was the CEO of the exchange starting fiscal 2014, was asked to deposit 25 per cent of her salary for that fiscal. She stepped down as CEO in December 2016. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysIn the order, the regulator had found lapses in the use of dark fibre by certain trading members in violation of NSEs own policy norms. Dark fibre is a dedicated communication line through which messages travel faster than regular lines because of the absence of other traffic. But, there is nothing illegal about using such faster connectivity infrastructure. Sebi held that NSE had been taking inconsistent positions and its conduct broke its own rules right from the time when a non-registered member, Sampark, was granted permission in April 2015 to lay dark fibre cable for two brokerage firms leading to lack of fair play and favourtism.last_img read more

Emirati Poet’s Ode to Moroccan Women Stirs Up a Controversy

Casablanca – Emirati Poet Saoud Al Muzaini’s recent ode dedicated to Moroccan women has seemingly stirred  up a polemic among Emiratis on social media.The Emirati poet dedicated his lyrical poem “Bent Marrakech” (the girl from Marrakech) to the beautiful women of the Moroccan Southern Pearl. Muzaini’s poem has been received unfavorably by some Emiratis, especially insofar as it draws a comparison between Moroccan and Emirati women.According to Moroccan news portal Hesspress, Emirati poets and journalists not only harshly attacked Muzaini, but have now gone beyond that to sue him for “insulting Emirati women and praising Moroccan women instead.” A vocal segment of Emiratis on social media also denounced Muzani’s poem. A comment posted by an Emirati woman, quoted byHesspress, read, “Anyone who appreciates Muzaini’s poem, which defames Emirati women, has disrespected his fellow Emirati citizens.”  “Moroccan women are a source of trouble,” another Emirati commented, according to Hesspress.According to Le360, the bulk of reactions to Muzaini’s poem in the United Arab Emirates was negative, mainly because of the poet’s“defamatory” description of Emirati women as “materialists.”According to the same source, the Emirati poet was accused of “encouraging Emirati men to marry Moroccan women” through his poem on Marrakchi women.The controversial poem seemingly brought two Emirati camps into dissension on twitter: those who reject the allegations leveled at Muzaini and deem them baseless and dramatized, and those who levied harsh criticism on the poet and lashed out at  Moroccan women.Edited by Elisabeth Myers read more

Jamel Debbouze: “France is my mother”

Rabat – French-Moroccan comedian Jamel Debbouze has spoken for the first time on the attacks against satirical weekly magazine Charlie Hebdo.Speaking on French television programme “Sept à huit” aired Sunday night on TF1, Jamel Debbouze said he was proud to be “Muslim and French”, adding that he was also “destabilized” the cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad “which did not make him laugh.”“My France is that of difference, tolerance, peace,” the actor said. “ It’s a country with noble values. I will defend France heart and soul for everything it brought to my family,” he added.Debbouze said that he is a French Muslim who is married to Mellisa Theuriau, a Christian woman, and that his son is called Leon Ali and his daughter Leila Fatima Bridgette.Debbouze described as “silly and disrespectful” the incident in which some children marred the minute of silence in honor of the victims of terrorist attacks in France, saying these children were “uneducated.”Moved, with tears in his eyes, he concluded: “terrorism has no religion. We must not forget what happened. Never again, never again this terror. We cannot pretend it did not happen.” read more

Morocco’s ONCF to Invest MAD 7.5 Billion in 2015

Rabat – During a Rabat meeting held last Thursday, which was chaired by Aziz Rabbah, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Logistics, the board of the Moroccan National Railways (ONCF) approved a capital budget of MAD 7.5 billion for the year 2015.Almost half of this budge, MAD 4 billion, will be allocated to the high speed line (TGV) currently under construction, while 3.5 billion will be used for the modernization of the existing (conventional) network.This will include the construction of a third track on the railway between the cities of Casablanca and Kenitra, the track doubling of the Settat – Marrakech line, the strengthening of security and safety, the construction of new stations, renovation of rolling stock and the acquisition of new trains. Mohamed Rabie Khlie, managing director of ONCF, said that the investments are in line with the government’s 2015 finance act and the provisions of ONCF’s 2010-015 contract with the state. read more

COP21: Moroccan Minister Calls for Innovative Climate Financing

Paris – Morocco’s Environment Minister, Hakima El Haite, called for formulating innovative financing for programs of adaption to climate changes.“We should innovate. There are not only green funds and adaptation funds. We should mull a smart means to make sure that countries do not pollute,” the minister said at a side event held by Morocco on “climate financing and green investment.”After recalling the long debates on the proposed amount of 100 billion Dollars by 2100 and all the reluctance that this proposal aroused, she invited finance experts to explore new financing tools.Developed countries have pledged in Copenhagen in 2009 and in Cancun in 2010, to jointly raise 100 billion dollars annually by 2020 to help developing countries face effects of climate change. “In Morocco, we want finance experts to think of a new means and new tools,” she insisted.The meeting is held on the sideline of the COP21, the international conference of parties to the UN convention on climate change, held in the Paris suburbs from November 30 through December 11.MWN with MAP read more

Hakima el-Haiti: Morocco imports 450,000 Tons of Waste Annually

Rabat – Seeking to contextualize the latest importations of European waste to the Kingdom, Delegate Minister of the Environment Hakima el-Haiti reported on Monday that Morocco imports 450,000 tons of foreign waste annually.This month, uproar overthe importation and planned disposal of 5,800 tons of Italian and French trash has brought the debate over the global waste trade in the Kingdom into the political limelight.The global waste trade, the process in which developing nations import and dispose of waste from industrialized nations, is a controversial topic. Proponents note that industrialized nations are able to lessen their waste piles while developing nations receive capital, and that the Basel Convention’s regulations limit potential damage to importers by banning the trade of hazardous waste. However, opponents believe the system exploits poorer countries, since the process of burning waste damages their environments. Critics of Morocco’s importation of the Italian trash believed that the waste had originated from Campania, a region of Italy proven to contain toxic waste. Their protests were largely focused on the environmental consequences of burning this potentially toxic material. Others criticized the government for allowing the Kingdom to serve as Europe’s trash bin, exploiting the environment and dignity of their land. Outrage renewed on Friday when a ship carrying 3,300 tons of French garbage landed in Casablanca.Following the government’s controversial efforts to promote environmental sustainability in preparation for COP22 , many citizens feel that authorizing the importation and burning of foreign waste is hypocritical. Some have called for Minister el-Haiti’s resignation.The Minister held a press conference on Monday to defend her decision to allow these importations. Emphasizing that the practice is widespread, el-Haiti told reporters that the Kingdom imports 450,000 thousand tons of garbage each year. She noted that the waste is from the Pescara region, not Campania,and is not hazardous. The waste was tested twice by an internationally-certified lab to ensure it complied with RoHS standards of toxicity and Basel Convention regulations. El-Haiti told the reporters that she will not resign. read more

Russia Vetoes UN Condemnation of Syria attack

Rabat – Russia blocked a Western-led effort at the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday to condemn last week’s deadly gas attack in Syria and push President Bashar al-Assad to cooperate with international inquiries into the incident.In the veto, Russia blocked a draft resolution backed by the United States, France and Britain to denounce the attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun and tell Assad’s government to provide access for investigators and information such as flight plans.The toxic gas attack on April 4 prompted the United States to launch missile strikes on a Syrian air base. Syria’s government has denied responsibility for the gas attack in a rebel-held area of northern Syria that killed at least 87 people, many of them children.

Carrier starts reserving seats on largest passenger airliner

HONOLULU — Japan-based All Nippon Airways has begun taking reservations for flights between Tokyo and Honolulu on an Airbus A380, the world’s largest passenger airliner.The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the airline expects to put its first 520-seat aircraft into service in late May. It started reserving seats earlier this month.The carrier ordered three Airbus A380s in 2016.All Nippon Airways plans to launch service on the A380 with flights on three days per week between Honolulu and the Narita International Airport.It anticipates moving to 10 flights per week when the second A380 enters service in July.Jun Miyagawa, the airline’s senior vice-president of sales, says the carrier would ramp up its Japan-Hawaii capacity to about 1,300 customers per day by 2020 if all goes according to plan.___Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.comThe Associated Press read more

US charges Chinese tech giant Huawei, top executive

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Justice Department is filing charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei.A 13-count indictment was unsealed Monday in New York charging Huawei, two of its affiliates and a top executive at the company.The charges include bank fraud, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and violating the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.A separate case filed in Washington state charges Huawei with stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile.Meng Wanzhou, the company’s chief financial officer, was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1. Prosecutors allege she committed fraud by misleading American banks about Huawei’s business deals in Iran.Prosecutors charge Huawei used a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment in Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions.Huawei is the world’s biggest supplier of network gear used by phone and internet companies.Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press read more

Feuding UK politicians seek elusive unity as Brexit looms

LONDON — Britain’s ruling Conservative party is beginning another week negotiating with itself as it tries to rework Britain’s divorce deal with the European Union before the U.K. leaves the bloc in less than two months.British Prime Minister Theresa May is gathering pro-Brexit and pro-EU lawmakers from her Conservative Party into an “alternative arrangements working group” seeking to break Britain’s Brexit deadlock.Starting Monday, the groups is holding three days of meetings with ministers and civil servants to investigate possible changes to the divorce deal rejected by Parliament last month.The changes centre on replacing a measure known as the backstop, designed to keep an open border between Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland.The EU insists the withdrawal agreement can’t be renegotiated. Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29.The Associated Press read more

Morocco’s Hakim Ziyech Gets ‘Massive Pay Rise,’ Stays with AFC…

Rabat – There is bad news for the football clubs who showed an interest in Ajax star Hakim Ziyech.The Moroccan footballer has reportedly decided to renew his contract with Dutch football team Ajax.Calciomercato reported that Ajax convinced the footballer to stay “with a massive pay rise.” Ziyech is highly wanted in the Italian league; Roma made several attempts to convince Ajax to sell its superstar.Ziyech had been considering AS Roma’s offer, and he reportedly expressed his willingness to leave the Netherlands league.Calcio Mercato quoted Ziyech, saying that he was “very close” to accepting the transfer move offered by AS Roma. “But in the end nothing is done due to the lack of agreement between the two clubs, but there were other offers, but for those it was not worth leaving Ajax,” Ziyech said.Ziyech also expressed his joy that he is staying with his steam. “I did not expect to stay even this season, but now I am here and I will give everything for this jersey, I am very happy and I think I am in the best phase of my career.”The footballer made it to Morocco’s A list in the 2018 World Cup and has also been chosen to participate in the CAN 2019 qualifiers.In April 2018, Ajax named Ziyech player of the year after he led his Dutch team to a major win over AZ Alkmaar (3-0). The award recognized Ziyech’s excellent performance with the Dutch team over the season.Born in the Netherlands to Moroccan parents, Ziyech chose to represent Morocco internationally. On October 2015, the player made his debut for Morocco in a friendly with Côte d’Ivoire, which ended with a 0-1 victory for Côte d’Ivoire. read more