Stronger-than-expected growth in the Canadian economy in May points to another interest rate hike this fall but economists don’t think it will happen at the next Bank of Canada rate announcement in September.On Tuesday, Statistics Canada said the Canadian economy grew by 0.5 per cent in May thanks to strong performances by both domestic and export-oriented sectors.That was above market expectations of 0.3 per cent, said Josh Nye, senior economist with RBC Economics Research, who pointed out that with activity rising month-over-month in 19 of 20 industries, it was the most broadly-based gain in more than a decade.“Today’s solid growth numbers simply improve our confidence that the overnight rate is set to move higher again this year,” he said, adding that he believes the Bank of Canada will hold off until October to raise rates.The central bank raised interest rates for the fourth time in a year in July and has indicated that more hikes are coming as economic growth raises the risk of inflation heating up.The Bank of Canada has forecast GDP growth of 2.8 per cent in the second quarter ended June 30, slightly less than analyst expectations of 3.0 per cent.CIBC Capital Markets chief economist Avery Shenfeld said he also expects a rate increase in October but added the central bank will leave rates alone after that until 2019.“Even with a flat June, we’re on target for 3.0 per cent growth in Q2, but remember, that follows three quarters averaging only 1.5 per cent. Thus, the underlying trend isn’t that far above the 1.9 per cent growth rate that the Bank of Canada sees as sustainable without inflation pressures,” he said.The month-over-month increase of 0.5 per cent in May compared to a rise of 0.1 per cent in April, Statistics Canada reported, adding the April number was reduced by weather that included an ice storm across Central and Eastern Canada as well as the temporary shutdown of some oilsands projects in Alberta for maintenance.The oil and gas sector led the way in May with a 2.5 per cent increase as those oilsands facilities returned to production.The utilities sector contracted 2.4 per cent in May as warmer weather returned across the country, reversing growth of 1.4 per cent in April prompted by increased demand for heating due to colder-than-usual temperatures.Activity at the offices of real estate agents and brokers was down 2.7 per cent in May, in part due to declining home sales in British Columbia. It was the fourth decline since the beginning of 2018.The retail trade sector rose two per cent, its largest monthly increase since October 2017, sparked by activity from motor vehicle and parts dealers and springtime activities from building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers, clothing and clothing accessories stores and general merchandise stores.Construction increased 0.7 per cent in May, essentially compensating for April’s decline. Residential building construction and repair construction were both up after decreases in April.Export-oriented sectors also registered gains, with wholesale trade rising 1.4 per cent on strength in building material and supplies and building material.The manufacturing sector edged up 0.1 per cent as non-durable manufacturing rose 0.9 per cent on higher chemical output and durable manufacturing fell 0.7 per cent on decreased activity in transportation equipment and fabricated metal products.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
Those released on Sunday also included former B.C. Teachers’ Federation president Susan Lambert. In May, the federal government announced its intent to acquire Trans Mountain from Kinder Morgan Canada.According to recent documents filed with the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission, the sale could cost as much as $1.9 billion more than the initial quote of $4.5 billion.The documents also suggest the project could take another 12 months to finish.More than 200 activists have been arrested for demonstrations against the Trans Mountain project since March. In the statement, the five women – who include anti-poverty activist and Order of Canada recipient Jean Swanson – said they are not criminals, but “political prisoners.”Swanson said in a phone interview that her four days spent at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women in Maple Ridge had not deterred her in what she said is a fight against climate change.“I don’t know how anyone can look at the sky in Vancouver today and say global warming is not an issue,” said Swanson, in reference to the smoke and particulate matter from wildfires hazing the skies in southwestern B.C.“We need to do something, we need to stop the insanity.”From her perspective as an anti-poverty advocate, Swanson said the Trans Mountain pipeline ties the issues of homelessness, poverty and climate change together.“For all those billions and billions of dollars, governments could actually create jobs building renewable energy … Governments could end homelessness, they could put clean and safe water on Indigenous reserves.” MAPLE RIDGE, B.C. – Several pipeline protesters were released from a B.C. jail on Sunday, a few days before their weeklong sentences were set to end.Seven protesters in all were sentenced to a week in jail on Aug. 15, after pleading guilty to contempt charges in B.C. Supreme Court.Five who were released on Sunday issued a joint statement, saying they were imprisoned because of their opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District is holding a public meeting for residents of the Old Fort.You can watch the meeting live here:
If schools are to be named after a person, the School District requires that they need to have been deceased for at least 5 years and also need to be distinct from other school names.The School Board said that when selecting new school names, it will be sensitive to cultural and social diversity, and that the names have good taste and are capable of standing the test of time.Two years ago, the School District chose to name what was then the city’s newest school for Alaska Highway News founder Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray after taking submissions from residents.Final naming decisions will be determined by the consensus of SD60’s Board of trustees.Residents can make their submissions via email to email@example.com until November 30th at noon. School Board members can also be sent naming submissions directly. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District #60 is asking to residents to start submitting their ideas of what they think the new elementary school under construction near the Fort St. John Hospital should be called.In a post on its website, the School District says it has a number of criteria that it is asking residents to adhere when submitting their proposed names.School District #60’s Naming Protocol states that new schools can be named after either the geographic areas and/or communities they serve, or persons who have been recognized for their historic, cultural, or social significance to the North Peace.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Two students from the Energetic Learning Campus (ELC) are going to host a mini music clinic at Margaret Ma Murray Community School.Aurora Fredericks and Jay-Cee Siemens as part of their school’s community project wanted to make a positive impact on the community.Fredericks and Siemens decided to host a mini music clinic at Ma Murray for grades 4-5 students from all schools in the Fort St. John school district on Saturday, June 8th.The student team will teach how to play the recorder, by playing games and playing fun songs will help teach the young students to learn notes. Participants will learn to play the recorder, learning notes and a few songs.The event runs from 1 pm -5 pm and you are required to RSVP to attend the event by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
New Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate told a Delhi court on Thursday that it has no objection if Rajeev Saxena, an alleged middleman, is allowed to turn approver in the AgustaWestland money laundering case. The probe agency told Special Judge Arvind Kumar that if Saxena turns approver it would be very useful for the ED. Saxena, who has sought to become an approver in the case had on March 6 recorded his statement during in-chamber proceedings after which the court sent the copies of his statement to the special judge hearing the case. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! He was earlier granted bail by the court on medical grounds after the perusal of reports submitted by AIIMS. The court posted the matter for consideration on March 25. Saxena, director at two Dubai-based firms — UHY Saxena and Matrix Holdings — is one of the accused named in the charge sheet filed by ED in the Rs 3,600 crore AgustaWestland deal scam. Christian Michel, former AgustaWestland and Finmeccanica directors Giuseppe Orsi and Bruno Spagnolini, former Air Force chief SP Tyagi and Saxena’s wife Shivani have also been named by the agency in the charge sheet.
Darjeeling: Police recovered two more live cartridges on Sunday working on the information provided by one Chandan Tamang.Tamang had been arrested and is in police remand at present. Late at night on Friday, the Jorebungalow police station in Darjeeling received information about a man moving around suspiciously in the Batasia Loop area. “We received information that he was armed,” said Mingma Lepcha, OC, Jorebunglow Police Station. When he was questioned about what he was doing on the streets he could not answer. An improvised loaded single shot gun was recovered from Chandan Tamang. There was a single round of live ammunition also. He was produced at the Chief Judicial Magistrate court here on Saturday. The CJM granted 3 days of police remand. On interrogation on Sunday based on his statements two more live cartridges were recovered by the police.
New Delhi: Sterlite Power Friday said it has signed an agreement for Pampa transmission project in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, entailing an investment of Rs 1,394.79 crore. “The agreement is for batch 13, won at energy transmission auction held by ANEEL ( Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency),” Sterlite Power said in a statement. Completion of the project is expected in March 2023, and signing of the pact represents an important milestone in the company’s evolution, it added. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe company however said it will ensure ahead of schedule delivery just like other projects in India. The project includes construction of three energy transmission lines totalling 316 km, two substations and 1,544 MVA transformation capacity, with annual allowed revenue of 74.72 million Brazilian real ( about Rs 133.98 crore) and an investment of 777.8 million Brazilian real (about Rs 1,394.79 crore). “Given the strong contractual framework, including long concession tenures (30 years) and inflation-protected revenues (which help lower the forex risk), the Brazil market presents us with a clear vision to implement projects in a time bound manner. We hope to replicate our successes in India in Brazil too,” said Ved Mani Tiwari, CEO – Global Infrastructure Business, Sterlite Power. Sterlite Power develops power transmission infrastructure and has projects exceeding 12,500 km in circuits and 20,500 MVA in India and Brazil.
Mumbai: After a video clipping of Will Smith shaking a leg with the star cast of ‘Student of the year 2’ went viral, producer Karan Johar has hinted at the possible appearance of the Hollywood actor in the upcoming Bollywood film. During the trailer launch of SOTY2 on Friday, when asked about Will Smith’s appearance in the upcoming film, Karan told media, “Smith shot for a Facebook show called ‘Bucket List’. One of his wish on that list was to dance on a Bollywood song.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Fortunately, I know Will Smith for a few years now, and when his team got in touch with us, we were shooting for ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’. He came and rehearsed for ‘Radhaa'(a song from the first instalment of the film released in 2012), and there is synergy between the two films. He came and shot that.” “Whether he will be a part of the film or not, that’s a question I will leave unanswered till you see the film,” added Karan. Besides Will Smith, actors Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra, who started their Bollywood career with the film ‘Student Of The Year’ are also expected to make a cameo appearance in the second instalment of the film. The story of the film SOTY2 revolves around the lives of two college girls, played by debutants Ananya Panday and Tara Sutaria, who falls in love with Tiger Shroff. The film is slated for release on May 10.
Cairo- Egyptian objections are delaying formation of a committee to implement expert recommendations on an Ethiopian dam project, which Cairo fears could diminish its water supply, Ethiopia’s water minister said Tuesday.At a one-day meeting in Khartoum, the water ministers of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia agreed to form the panel, Alemayehu Tegenu told reporters.“But we didn’t agree about the composition of this committee,” he said. “We have differences with Egypt.”The Ethiopian minister declined to elaborate on why there was disagreement over the committee’s membership but said the three sides would meet again in Khartoum on December 8.Ethiopia began diverting the Blue Nile in May to build the 6,000 MW Grand Renaissance Dam, which will be Africa’s largest when completed in 2017.An international panel has issued a report outlining the dam’s impact on water levels.The report has not been made public, but Ethiopia has said it confirms that the impact on water levels is minimal.Cairo had sought more studies about the dam’s impact on its water supply, which is almost entirely dependent on the Nile.Egypt believes its “historic rights” to the Nile are guaranteed by two treaties from 1929 and 1959 which allow it 87 percent of the Nile’s flow and give it veto power over upstream projects.But a new deal signed in 2010 by other Nile Basin countries, including Ethiopia, allows them to work on river projects without Cairo’s prior agreement.Sudan, along with Egypt, has not signed the new Nile Basin deal.Sudan too relies on Nile resources but has said it does not expect to be affected by the Grand Renaissance project.
Sao Paulo- Three people died Wednesday following an accident on the site of the stadium in Sao Paulo that will host the opening match of next year’s World Cup, Brazilian television reported.Reporters at the scene reported a crane fell across part of the metallic structure at the Arena Corinthians stadium, still under construction, bringing part of the stand crashing to the ground.
Rabat – US secretary of state John Kerry welcomed, on Friday in Rabat, Morocco’s initiatives to uphold human rights in Sahara.“The Secretary welcomed the recent actions and initiatives taken by Morocco to continue to protect and promote human rights in the territory (Sahara),” said a joint statement issued after the 2nd USA-Morocco strategic dialogue, which was co-chaired by Kerry and foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar.The US secretary of state underlined the growing and important role of the National Council for Human Rights. Washington and Rabat affirmed their shared commitment to the improvement of the lives of the people of the Sahara.
Rabat- Taha Ellaouzi, a 15 year old Moroccan young man, is suffering from terminal liver failure, and his family calls on merciful hearts to help him go through this ordeal.The patient has been diagnosed very recently and is now in a state of coma at CHU Ibn Sina in Rabat.His family said that his “case is very urgent,” as the doctor said “he needs a liver transplant as soon as possible.” Today, his family appeals to you, to any person who has connections, advice or knows any associations working in this field to help the young man.“We are looking for a liver donor in the next few days,” the family said.Attached are the medical opinions of two doctors, one of them is Pr. Belkouchi, who did the only successful liver transplant in Morocco on July 23, 2014 in CHU Ibn Rochd in Casablanca, according to the family of the patient.For donations:Father’s name : Mohammed EllaouziBank account number: 38038540000001 Banque Populaire.ID card Number: B 101515
Miami – An Ohio woman manipulated by media, arrived outside Noor Islamic Cultural Center in Columbus, Ohio to protest Muslims presence in the US.On Saturday morning, the American woman (Annie) arrived with two placards condemning Islam’s Shia law “No to Islam” and pronouncing her dislike for Muslims and the Holy Koran by calling it a “book of Satan”.The protest was part of a national call by the Islamophobic group “Global Rally for Humanity” to demonstrate their negative feelings toward Muslims in front of all Islamic institutions across the country. In a video posted on YouTube, Annie was met by a group of Muslims whom for nearly 40 minutes tried to make sense with her and clear up her misconceptions. However, her rage and continuous verbal attacks towards Islam made it for them hard to convince her of the opposite.The protester kept repeating and affirming that Muslims will “behead everybody” and that she was horrified by the murders and abuse that according to her, Muslims do to children and defenseless people.However, when other Muslim worshippers arrived in the scene and invited Annie to visit the mosque and share with them, things started to change for the woman who found no anti-Muslim support on the streets and instead found demonstrations of tolerance and generosity from Islam believers.After much bickering from Annie, Muslim woman, Cynthia Boutinkhar approached and hugged her.“I could feel that she was relaxed, she let slip all this anger and fear,” Cynthia said after Annie surrendered to the hug.To the surprise of observers, Boutinkhar invited Annie into the mosque and she accepted “without resistance”.“Astonished, the president of our mosque asked me how did you get to do that? We had tried to convince her to come inside for 40 minutes,” Cynthia said but it was not until the human touch and the hug that Annie was moved.The American woman remained inside the mosque for two hours, took selfies with her new Muslim friends, received gifts, had lunch, and engaged in peaceful discussions about Islam and the Koran.The president of the Noor Islamic Center, Imran Malik, said he was very pleased with the result because it helped to correct Americans’ misconceptions about Islam.“You could feel when she left her perception of Islam and the Muslim community had changed,” he noted.Cynthia Boutinkhar said that Annie left joyful and grateful to her new friends and said, “I did not know the Muslims could be nice to me, despite the signs [Islamophobia] I have made. […] I will read this book [the Koran].”
By Mbarka BohamraRabat – In 1527, a fleet of five Spanish ships led by Pánfilo de Narváez set sailed to explore present-day Florida, only to get lost and perish in The New World. The crew originally consisted of three hundred men including officers, soldiers, friars and settlers but four men survived: the expedition’s treasurer, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca; a nobleman named Alonso del Castillo Maldonado; an explorer named Andrés Dorantes de Carranza; and his enslaved moor Estebanico. Upon his arrival to Spain, Cabeza de Vaca began writing his own account of what he had witnessed in his journey, which was published in 1542 and it’s considered to be the first written account of North America. There was only one line in which he mentioned Estebanico: “the fourth [survivor] is Estibanico, an Arab negro from Azemmour”.In her novel, The Moor’s Account, Laila Lalami sets out to resurrect Estebanico, giving him a voice to tell the story from his perspective and narrate the details of the ill-fated expedition without the embellishments or the changes that the other survivors would add to their stories to make them fit the Spanish crown at the time. He “intend to correct details of the history that was compiled by my companions, the three Castilian”Estebanico, or Mustafa Al-Zamori as Leila labels him, was a merchant living in Azemmour. When the town fell to Portuguese rule and famine spread all over the place, he had to sell himself into slavery to save his family from starvation. Baptized and converted to Catholicism against his will, Estebanico strives to juggle his identity in a strange land and surrounded by strangers and hazards from every corner in The New World.The novel touches on different themes and emotions including despair, loss, racial conflicts, and most importantly; greed, which the root of all evil in the story. It was greed that led Pánfilo de Narváez to cross the ocean in search of gold he convinced himself it existed in Florida. It was greed that made Estebanico forsake the profession of a notary that his father wanted for him and instead he ventured into trading, selling several human beings and eventually, selling himself into bondage.The storytelling moves rather in a slow motion giving the novel a perceptive undertone. Estebanico narrates a myriad of tales about the American Indians, their tribes, their traditions and their customs and the survival tactics that allowed him to remain alive. The story also points out how racial differences crumble in times of peril and hardship, but they’re back as soon as the circumstances return to comfort.Overall, The Moor’s Account is a well-researched page-turner filled with thrilling and sometimes shocking events. It explores the reactions of humans in the face of the adversary and danger, and the brutality on both sides of equation (Indians and Spanish colonists) from the perspective of a relatively neutral bystander.Throughout the story, Estebanico remains unbiased and his only concern is staying alive and regaining his freedom. He writes about The Spanish: “Just by saying something was so, they believed that it was. I know that these conquerors, like many before them, and no doubt like others after, gave speeches not to voice the truth, but to create it.” If you’re into historical fiction and want to read about darker periods of history, this novel is a must-read for you.
New York – United Nations Secretary General’s annual report on the “Situation concerning the Western Sahara,” will not be submitted to the Security Council on time, informed sources inside the Security Council told Morocco World News on Thursday. Ban Ki-moon was scheduled to submit his annual report to the UN executive body on Friday. Based on the report, the 15-member body will decide whether or not to renew the mandate of the United Nations Mission in the Western Sahara, known by its French acronym as MINURSO.However, this year’s report comes amid unprecedented tension between Morocco and the United Nations Secretariat as a result of the controversial statement Ban Ki-moon made against Morocco last March. During his first visit to the Tindouf camps on March 5-7, the UN chief described Morocco’s presence in the Western Sahara as “occupation,” in total departure from his neutrality and from the UN diplomatic language.Morocco reacted vehemently to the Ban Ki-moon’s statement and decided to expel MINURSO’s civil personnel and to stop its $3 million voluntary contribution to the UN mission.During a closed-door meeting of the Security Council at the request of Venezuela and Uruguay on Thursday, Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary General for Peace-keeping operations, said that MINURSO is still operational despite the expulsion of its civilian component. He noted, however, that the mission can no longer fully play its role in line with its mandate.At the end of the meeting, he informed the Security Council that the UN chief’s annual report will be delayed for several days.Sources inside the Security Council told Morocco World News that the reason behind this delay is the ongoing friction between Morocco and the UN Secretariat.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission.
Casablanca – Aminatou Haidar, the President of NGO Codesa, recently had several meetings with Heather Chase, an American diplomat working for the American embassy in Morocco, according to Codesa’s Facebook page.In an article by Moroccan publication Telquel, the two women reportedly met for two hours, discussing human rights conditions in the Sahara, with Haidar asking the diplomat to write a report on the issue.The Moroccan press, namely Libe.ma, a newspaper affiliated with political party Socialist Union for Populist Forces, is not happy about this meeting, calling it American “interference on a national issue.” After being contacted by a Telquel journalist, a Moroccan official stated that “this NGO is not recognized by the Moroccan government and isn’t even recognized in the United States.”Luna Jangle, press officer at the U.S. Embassy, said U.S. diplomats “regularly visit the region to discuss the topic of human rights, advanced regionalization and economic development.”It should be said that tensions between the two countries have eased up since last May, when the United States seemed to side with Ban Ki Moon, who described Morocco’s sovereignty over the Western Sahara as “occupation.”Ironically, while she has traveled the world, lambasting Morocco, Aminatou Haidar cannot deny she has been traveling with a Moroccan passport.Meanwhile, the Saharawis in the Tindouf camps in Algeria, she claims to defend areprevented from obtaining a refugee card or the right to travel either within or of Algeria or out.
LONDON — Anglo Dutch energy giant Shell says its fourth-quarter earnings rose 32 per cent as the company took advantage of higher oil prices following years of streamlining operations.Earnings excluding one-time items and fluctuations in the value of inventories — the industry’s favoured measure of performance — rose to $5.69 billion in the final three months of 2018 from $4.30 billion in the same period a year earlier. Net income jumped 47 per cent to $5.59 billion.Shell is benefiting from a rebound in energy prices after it slashed costs and reined in investment when crude oil plunged to less than $30 a barrel in 2016.But the company says it is bracing for a decline in first-quarter production in its integrated gas and upstream divisions because of the divestments.The Associated Press
The two-day Morocco-France Business Forum saw more than 100 French investors headed to Laayoune for the third annual forum November 2-4.At the opening ceremony of the forum on November 2, French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Morocco (CFCIM) Chairman Philippe-Edern Klein spoke about Morocco’s efforts to develop Western Sahara.He said that the Laayoune-Sakia-El Hamra region has rapidly transformed in recent years, calling it an “ideal hub” for investments. “The region of the South benefits from ambitious investment programs, both public and private, and major infrastructure projects that make it the ideal hub to the African continent,” he said.Maha Hmeid, director of the Moroccan branch of Weber, a subsidiary of the Saint-Gobain group, told AFP that the French firm is planning to open a unit in the region after those opened in Casablanca and Agadir.Secretary of State to the Ministry of Industry Rakia Edderham told AFP that Laayoune is a “very rich region: There is great potential in industry, fishing, agriculture or offshoring, we want to see foreign investors coming.”The forum aimed to convince French businessman to invest in the region, which Morocco is developing for Sahrawis.Hamdi Ould Errachid, president of the region, said that Morocco aims to push the development and economy to shed light on the attractiveness of the territory, a gate to sub-Saharan Africa.Asked about the Western Sahara conflict, Eddarham said that the “political issue should be solved by the United Nations … the development of the region cannot be linked to it.”Khadija Gamraoui, a right-wing French lawmaker, who attended the forum with a Moroccan-French political association, said, “No one is fooled…. There are politics at stake.”However, she said she was impressed by development projects in the region.
BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. environmental regulators are leaving intact an air quality standard for power plant pollution that can worsen asthma in children, despite calls by health advocates for a tougher standard.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday it will retain the standard for sulfur dioxide pollution established in 2010 under President Barack Obama.Sulfur dioxide comes from burning coal to produce electricity and from other industrial sources.The American Lung Association and other groups had urged EPA to lower the amount of pollution allowed. They say the existing standard puts millions of people at risk of asthma attacks.The American Petroleum Institute argued that the rules were overly stringent and wanted them relaxed.Sulfur dioxide emissions dropped sharply in recent decades due to pollution restrictions and declining use of coal.The Associated Press