APTN National NewsThe chief and members of Saugeen First Nation are concerned about a possible nuclear waste storage facility beside about a 1 km away from Lake Huron.The plan is to store radioactive waste from the facility deep underground.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has the story.
APTN National NewsA healing gathering took place near Fort McMurray, Alberta this weekend.One of its goals was to help raise awareness of the impact the oil industry is having on the environment.APTN’s Chris Stewart was there and has this story.
APTN National NewsOttawa police need the public’s help finding a 39-year-old missing Inuk woman.Police said Mary Papatsie was seen in Ottawa near the end of April.Papatsie is described as about 5’2, 140-160 pounds, long straight dark hair and has a scar above her left eye from a piercing.Anybody with information is asked to call the Missing Person Unit at 613-236-1222, ext. 2355.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – The ride-sharing company Uber confirmed Thursday that it had technology to shield company data when law enforcement raided its offices outside the U.S.Uber spokeswoman Melanie Ensign said this tool — no longer in use — could lock computers and smartphones and change passwords remotely from the company’s headquarters in San Francisco.Bloomberg reported Thursday that Uber used the tool, known as Ripley, from spring 2015 until late 2016 in several cities, including Paris, Hong Kong, Brussels, Amsterdam and Montreal.Bloomberg said some Uber employees felt the system hindered legitimate investigations, while some people believed its use was justified when police didn’t come with warrants or specific-enough data requests.The use of this tool raises questions for Uber because the company has in the past used a phoney version of its app to thwart authorities. The “Greyball” software identified regulators who were trying to hail a ride in an attempt to collect evidence of local law-breaking. Those rides would be cancelled or never arrive. It has also been reported that the Justice Department was investigating whether Uber illegally used software to track drivers of its rival Lyft.Bloomberg reported that authorities in Montreal were seeking evidence in May 2015 that Uber had violated tax laws. Uber’s use of Ripley meant they didn’t get any information, but Uber co-operated with a second search warrant and agreed to collect provincial taxes for each ride, Bloomberg said.Ensign said the company shut down Ripley in 2016 because it didn’t work well.She said Uber now has a tool called ULocker that can remotely lock and encrypt devices. Ensign could not immediately say if Uber has used that to protect data from law enforcement as well. But she said Uber’s guidance to employees bars use of the tool where it isn’t legal.In a statement, Uber said this security tool is similar to those used by other companies and gives Uber a way to block access to data when an employee loses a device. The company said its policy is to co-operate with “all valid searches and requests for data.”The ride-hailing service had a scandal-ridden 2017 that included lawsuits, government probes, the revelation of a significant sexual-harassment problem and the disclosure of a coverup of a hack that stole personal information of 57 million passengers and 600,000 drivers. The company’s hard-charging CEO, Travis Kalanick, resigned in June and was replaced in August by the former CEO of Expedia, Dara Khosrowshahi.
MILAN — Chinese consumers will remain the driving force for luxury goods market, according to a new study by Bain consultancy released Thursday that shows they will fuel nearly half of global high-end sales by 2025.Chinese shoppers will account for 46 per cent of global luxury sales of an estimated 365 billion euros ($412 billion) in just six years, Bain said in the study, which was prepared for Italy’s Altagamma association of high-end producers. That’s up from one third of all sales of luxury apparel, accessories and cosmetics last year.Bain partner Claudia D’Arpizio says half of those purchases will be made in China, as price differences between countries fade and brands improve the customer experience in China.Bain said luxury sales this year are forecast to grow 2 per cent to 260 billion euros, in figures restated to exclude luxury art, design and decor. Taking into account both luxury goods and experiences, the market is expected to grow by 5 per cent to 1.2 trillion euros globally.Luxury goods sales in China this year are forecast to be up 18 per cent to 23 billion euros. Europe and the Americas, still the two largest markets, remain flat due to strong currencies, totalling 84 billion euros and 80 billion euros, respectively.D’Arpizio said that Bain identifies five different generations of luxury goods consumers in the current market, from those born before 1945 whose spending focuses more on experiences than hard luxury, to current teenagers who favour casual wear like expensive sneakers.“This is an opportunity for brands to cheery pick the customer. Loro Piana and Balenciaga have different customer bases, while Gucci or Louis Vuitton can be relevant for teen-agers or older customers,” she said.“That is why we are very positive on the market going forward,” she said, with annual growth of 3 per cent to 5 per cent.Colleen Barry, The Associated Press
RICHMOND, Va. — Altria is spending $12.8 billion for a stake in e-vapour company JUUL as one of the world’s biggest tobacco companies tries to offset declining cigarette use.Altria Group Inc. said Thursday that its investment puts the value of JUUL Labs Inc. at $38 billion.JUUL will remain a fully independent company and have access to Altria’s infrastructure and services.The Associated Press
The Kahta Creek fire is burning approximately five kilometres south of another 6.5 hectare fire next to the Alaska Highway north of Buckinghorse River. While firefighters have completely surrounded the smaller fire with hoses, the Kahta Creek fire is currently uncontained, and has burned over 1,000 hectares. Reynolds said that the fire is currently burning in an easterly direction away from the Alaska Highway and not threatening any properties.The Milligan Hills fire, which is around 10 kilometres west of Milligan Hills Provincial Park, has also grown to over 1,000 hectares, though it is also not currently threatening structures at this time. Reynolds said that the Wildfire Service has made a request for two Incident Management Teams to be brought in to Fort St. John to deal with those two fires, which are the largest fires during near Fort St. John.A Conair Aerial Firefighting Avro RJ85 air tanker at the North Peace Airport. Photo by Chris NewtonCrews are also planning to begin attack operations on the Beatton River fire, which is located northwest of Prespatou near Nig Creek and has grown to around 500 hectares in size. Reynolds said that the fire has grown quickly because of windy conditions and the large amount of fuel in the area. Reynolds added that while several fires have grown quickly in size in the past few days, the current situation is much less dire than two years ago, since none of the fires are currently threatening any property. She said that crews are prepared for an anticipated spike in fire activity over the next month, as forecasters are calling for the usual pattern of increased thunderstorm activity heading into June. The Peace River Regional District also announced on its website this morning that it is currently monitoring the situation. It says that no evacuation alerts and no evacuation orders have been issued at this time, but that updates will be posted on the PRRD’s website and Facebook page. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service will be bringing in more crews today to respond to a number of fires that flared up north of Fort St. John on Tuesday.Amanda Reynolds, Fire Information Officer with the Prince George Fire Centre, says that hot and windy conditions on Tuesday helped to fan the flames of several spot fires sparked by lightning over the weekend. Reynolds explained that two fires in particular have ballooned in size since Tuesday, when their smoke plumes were first noticed by fire crews from the air.A map showing the locations of wildfires burning north of Fort St. John. Photo by BC Wildfire Service.
“We should have an update by 3:00 today. We have remediation and repair efforts ongoing and things are looking up today, but I don’t want to speak for the folks who are doing the work. We have power and heat restored in the building, and now it’s about making sure things are clean, tidy, and safe.”For more updates, watch this website or visit the School District’s website at prn.bc.ca FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District 60 will be providing an update at 3:00 p.m. today (Wednesday) on the status of North Peace Secondary School.NPSS has been closed since Tuesday, February 12, due to a burst pipe that had caused damage to an electrical unit in the building.Dave Sloan, School District 60 Superintendent, says they should have an update today at 3:00 p.m. while repair efforts are ongoing.
Beijing: Researchers said Monday they have discovered more than 7,000 new microbial species from the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans, enhancing our understanding of biodiversity in the world seas. The scientists at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) discovered the microbial species, including Acidobacteria — a natural medicinal phylum containing the CRISPR gene editing system found at sea for the first time. Over a span of eight years, the team developed biofilms with the water samples on different materials, eventually discovering the new biofilm-forming species and 10 new bacterial phyla. The finding, published in the journal Nature Communications, contradicts the existing belief that the world has only 35,000 marine microbial species and 80 bacterial phyla. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingIt enhances our knowledge in microbial biodiversity of the oceans, bringing hope for the development of new drugs, researchers said. Acidobacteria — one of the new marine phyla identified in this research only exist in terrestrial soils, and has been used for developing novel antibiotics and anti-tumour drugs due to its high level of biosynthetic gene clusters. This marine phylum not only shares functions of its terrestrial counterpart, but is also the first ocean species found to contain the CRISPR gene-editing system, researchers said.
The days of French culture and language are all set to return to the national capital with the beginning of Francophone Festival. The four-day event (March 13-16) will feature exhibitions, film screenings, theatre, live music, and the much-awaited Francophone Méla.Organised by Alliance Française de Delhi, ‘Semaine de la Francophonie’ or the Francophonie week will begin with a tête-à-tête with Canadian author Frédérick Lavoie. The session will focus on countering fake news and literary journalism as a tool to counter it. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe festival will then move on to the screening of Canadian drama Mommy which debuted at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and won the jury prize. Another Canadian movie Origami, which revolves around an art curator who discovers his ability to travel back in time following a traumatic event, will also be screened. In the evening of March 14, Alliance Française de Delhi will inaugurate an exhibition titled ‘Back from France – Living Outlines’. Organised in collaboration with Raza Foundation, the art show retell the India-France-India story through the works of Reji Arackal. The exhibition will be on view until March 28, from 10 am to 7 pm, at the Gallery Romain Rolland. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”Since 1988, every year French speakers and Francophiles unite to promote the French language and the diversity of Francophone cultures. This will be a one of its kind experience for all those who know no boundaries when it comes to adapting and enjoying different cultures,” said Jean-Francois Ramon, Director of Alliance Française de Delhi. On the third day of the festival (March 15) French accordionist Noé Clerc along with an Indian Classical vocalist Ujwal Nagar and percussionist Zaheen Khan will present various ‘shades of sound’ from the musical series of Alliance Francaise de Delhi In[Chorus] to the visitors at the M L Bhartia Auditorium, 6:30 p.m onward. The festival will culminate on March 16 with the Francophonie Méla, which will witness representatives from different Francophone countries, animating stalls all over Alliance Française de Delhi, sharing information about their cultures, accompanied by delicious food from all over the world. The festivities will begin with various competitions organised for Delhi Schools students followed by a theatre play in the afternoon by the Alliance Francaise de Delhi’s theatre group. On this occasion, the students of Alliance Francaise de Delhi will get a platform to showcase their talent during an interesting segment called ‘AFD’s got talent’. The celebrations will conclude in the evening with an acrobatic performance ‘Via’ – A fusion of Chinese Pole and Kalaripayattu by an Indo-French performing group, at 5:30 pm, followed by a French DJ night by DJ Roli.
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav Saturday termed the BJP “schizophrenic” and alleged that the party tries to co-opt icons like Mahatma Gandhi, B R Ambedkar and Ram Manohar Lohia but follows people who these leaders disagreed with. The remarks by the SP chief came in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s blog in which he dubbed the efforts of regional parties to form a grand alliance with the Congress as “reprehensible”, saying socialist ideologue Ram Manohar Lohia would be “horrified” as most of these parties claim to be his followers. Accusing the BJP of practising double standards, Yadav wrote on Twitter, “I wonder which principles are being spoken of. The BJP seems to be schizophrenic.” “On the one hand they try to co-opt Gandhi Ji, Bhagat Singh, Sardar Patel, Dr Ambedkar and Dr Lohia and on the other hand they follow people who these leaders opposed and disagreed with.”
Lille (France): People occupying high offices in French football are firm believer of ‘Black, Blanc, Beur’, a phrase often used to celebrate the ethnically-diverse national team’s 1998 World Cup triumph and the one last summer. Black is black, Blanc means white and Beur Arabic, implying that the players stay united on the field, irrespective of their origins and religions. People in high places believe that the French society is as accepting as its national team, ignoring the right-wing voices’ sporadic outbursts against the country’s immigration policies. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhFootball took them from the streets of Paris’ banlieues (suburbs) to the stadiums of Russia and when the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba flew back with the glittering World Cup trophy in their hands, it was hailed as the triumph of France’s immigrants. “Immigration is not an issue, immigration is a chance, and we have big players from Africa. It is a chance for France to develop football. Mbappe is French. France is known for its acceptance, accepting people from all over, including Africa. It’s France’s strength,” said Didier Quillot, CEO of Ligue de Football Professional (LFP), which runs the country’s major leagues. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterWhile its national team is looked at as a symbol of its multiculturalism, the country is often divided over the issue of refugees. France’s last major triumph was attributed to the efforts of a diverse, multicultural group of players. In the 23-member World Cup squad, 17 were immigrants or the children of immigrants. It comprised players of African and Arab descent, reviving memories of the 1998 World Cup triumph. Headlines such as ‘Triumph of Africa’ and ‘The last African team’, after the team’s win in Russia, left Paris Saint-Germain’s communications director, Jean-Martial Ribes, surprised. “The French people don’t think that they are African or Arabic. For us they are all French. France is known for its diversity, something like the USA. We were a little bit surprised to see the comments in some of the media. “Perhaps that’s what makes France a better place. People from every origin are welcome here and accepted. Our focus was on the triumph,” Ribes said.Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, who is presently a brand ambassador of Coupe de la Ligue, said there is no place for racism and exclusion in football “I feel people are focusing on France but this (immigration) is a general problem in all society right now. People speak about discrimination and all but this has no place in football. Football is a place where we try to include everyone. Football has the power to unite more than anything else,” Drogba said. The former Ivory Coast striker added, “When you look very closely at the teams, the players, the stars you will not see discrimination. Most of the time it’s the people coming to the game from outside who bring that. People from outside, politicians do that. But inside it’s different.” Though the players of African or Arab origin in France have often been questioned over their allegiance to the flag.
Sydney: Australia continued a string of “hottest ever” months in March, the government said Monday, as global warming emerges as the hot button issue in national elections just weeks away. The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said the country had experienced the warmest March on record, with mean maximum and minimum temperatures above average for nearly all of the vast continent nation. BOM said the national mean temperature was 2.13 degrees centigrade (3.83 degrees Fahrenheit) above the long-term average for the month of March. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USIt was the fourth month in a row of record heat in the country, and January was Australia’s hottest month ever, with mean temperatures across the continent exceeding 30 degrees Celsius for the first time. There was some relief for regions suffering from prolonged drought, however, as two tropical cyclones that struck northern and western Australia in March bought badly needed rains. “Unfortunately, the rain needed to reduce significant rainfall deficiencies in drought-affected areas is substantial and will require above average rainfall over a prolonged period to completely remove deficits at longer timescales,” BOM said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsMeteorologists say weather patterns over the Indian and Pacific oceans have contributed to the higher temperatures, but that long-term climate change trends were also involved. The problem of climate change has emerged as a key issue in national elections due to be held by mid-May. The conservative coalition government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been reluctant to back steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions blamed for contributing to global warming for fear this would hurt the country’s huge coal industry and undermine economic growth.
New Delhi: The government has asked tech giants Google and Apple to comply with the Madras High Court’s order that had banned popular mobile app TikTok, according to sources.Sources said instructions in this regard were sent to the two American companies on Monday after the Supreme Court refused to stay the April 3 order of Madras High Cout that had directed the Centre to ban Tiktok app over concerns about access to pornographic content through it. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’E-mails sent to Apple and Google did not elicit a response. On Monday, the Supreme Court said the ban directive was just an interim order and that the high court is scheduled to hear the matter on April 16. In its April 3 order, the Madras HC said it was evident from media reports that pornography and inappropriate content were made available through such mobile applications. It had also directed the media not to telecast video clips made with TikTok. The app, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance, allows users to create short videos and then share them. In a statement on Tuesday, TikTok said it has faith in the Indian judicial system. “We are optimistic about an outcome that would allow over 120 million monthly active users in India to continue using TikTok to showcase their creativity and capture moments that matter in their everyday lives,” it said.
New Delhi: Lenders to Jet Airways are talking about ways to restore the crisis-hit carrier and new funds are likely to be infused shortly, officials said on Tuesday.Amid acute financial crunch crippling its operations, Jet Airways management is awaiting clarity on receiving new funds after which a decision would be taken on continuing operations. “Discussions for reviving the airline are underway, and nothing has been finalised as of now,” Punjab National Bank Managing Director and CEO Sunil Mehta told reporters here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsRepresentatives of various lenders to Jet Airways are also understood to have discussed issues related to Jet Airways with Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar. Jet Airways has a debt burden of more than Rs 8,000 crore. SBI Capital Markets has the mandate for Jet Airways sale on behalf of the SBI-led consortium of the domestic lenders to the debt-ridden private carrier. A senior government official said that funding for Jet Airways from lenders is likely to come through. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe board of the full-service carrier, which is currently operating less than ten aircraft, met in Mumbai on Tuesday. On Monday, lenders did not take a final decision on providing emergency funds to the cash-strapped carrier. Another government official said that approaching the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for Jet Airways is not an option at this stage. “Right now, the lenders are trying to resolve the issue by seeking bidders for investment. This is not the time for lenders to approach NCLT for resolution,” the official said. Creditors can take a defaulting company to the NCLT for seeking approval for resolution under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). Earlier in the day, sources said Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal has decided not to bid for acquiring a stake in the cash-strapped airline.
Mumbai: Over a month after a foot overbridge (FOB) near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) collapsed, killing seven persons, a blame game has erupted between the Mumbai civic body and the Central Railway (CR) over it.The Brihanmumai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has recently written a letter to the CR, seeking to know whether the railway authorities had intimated it about linking the FOB to 18 platforms at the CSMT. The 40-year-old Himalaya FOB was connected to CSMT’s suburban train platforms one to seven and long-distance train platforms eight to 18. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The civic body said it wanted to know whether linking of outstation train platforms led to an increase in the load on the bridge. However, CR officials said it was very immature to say that the bridge fell because of the human load. “Don’t consider our letter as blame-game. We simply want to ascertain whether linking of platforms for outstation trains with the (collapsed) FOB led to increase in the load?” said a senior BMC official requesting anonymity. When contacted, CR officials objected to the civic body’s letter and said a reply to the BMC will be given soon. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Let us make it clear that the railways constructed the FOB to facilitate the passengers. But in the last 10 to 12 years, the footfall of suburban passengers at the FOB had gone down. Hence, it is very immature to say that the bridge fell because of the increasing load,” a senior CR official said. “In fact, human load does not affect a bridge as much as the static load, like the use of heavy material, such as tiles, which was also the case with the ill-fated bridge,” the CR official added. Although the number of long-distance passengers have gone up, they approach to the platforms via P D’Mello Road and not from the collapsed bridge, the official added. After the bridge collapsed on March 14, Mumbai police had booked both the BMC as well as the railway officials and launched a probe. However, the police had later dropped the charges against the CR officials.
North Londonderry: A journalist was shot dead during riots in Northern Ireland in what police Friday were treating as a terrorist incident following the latest upsurge in violence to shake the troubled region. “Lyra McKee was murdered during orchestrated violence in Creggan last night,” Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said in a statement. McKee had earlier posted an image that appeared to be from the riots in the Creggan housing estate in the city of Londonderry, also known as Derry, accompanied by the words “Derry tonight. Absolute madness.” Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USImages of the unrest posted on social media showed a car and van ablaze and hooded individuals throwing petrol bombs and fireworks at police vehicles. “A single gunman fired shots in a residential area of the city and as a result wounded Ms McKee,” said Hamilton, adding that police believed the gunman was a “violent dissident republican.” “We are treating this as a terrorist incident and we have launched a murder enquiry,” he added. Journalist Matthew Hughes earlier identified the dead woman as one of his friends. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”I just received the heartbreaking news that my friend @LyraMcKee was murdered tonight in a terrorist incident in Derry,” he wrote on Twitter. McKee had written for The Atlantic magazine and Buzzfeed News and was named by Forbes Magazine in 2016 as one of their “30 under 30” outstanding figures in media, according to her literary agent Janklow & Nesbit. Leona O’Neill, a reporter with the Belfast Telegraph, said she saw McKee get hurt. “I was standing beside this young woman when she fell beside a police Land Rover tonight in Creggan #Derry. I called an ambulance for her but police put her in the back of their vehicle and rushed her to hospital where she died. Just 29 years old. Sick to my stomach tonight,” she tweeted. Thursday’s unrest raised memories of past decades of violence in Northern Ireland. Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar warned that “we cannot allow those who want to propagate violence, fear and hate to drag us back to the past”. His British counterpart Theresa May said the killing was “shocking and truly senseless”. In Brussels, a European Commission spokesman condemned the “terrible incident”. “We condemn such violence, and we are confident that the UK authorities will ascertain the exact circumstances of this tragic event,” he said. The violence came in the run-up to the Easter weekend, when Republicans opposed to the British presence in Northern Ireland mark the anniversary of a 1916 uprising against British rule.
Karachi: Three heavily-armed militants on Saturday stormed a luxury hotel in Pakistan’s port city of Gwadar in the restive Balochistan province, leading to a fierce gunbattle in which four persons including the attackers were killed, police said. The armed men entered the upscale Pearl Continental (PC) Hotel and opened random firing, a senior police official said. They shot dead a guard at the entrance, the army’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportA shootout between the militants and the security forces broke out at the hotel as the anti-terrorism force, the Army and the Frontier Corps were called in, Gwadar Station House Officer (SHO) Aslam Bangulzai said. Balochistan Home Minister Ziaullah Langov said that all the three attackers were killed by the security forces. He said that some of the guests in the hotel were also injured but their number was not immediately known. The outlawed Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility of the attack which it said was carried out by the militants linked with its Majeed Brigade group. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsLocals said several gunshots were heard after the terrorists entered the luxury hotel. Gwadar port is one of the focal points of the USD 50 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with many Chinese workers from other provinces of Pakistan working at the port. The hotel, frequented by business as well as leisure travellers, is located on the Koh-e-Batil hill, south of West Bay on Fish Harbour road in Gwadar. All foreign and local guests staying at the hotel had been safely evacuated, Express Tribune quoted Balochistan Information Minister Zahoor Buledi as saying. “At around 4:50 pm (local time) we got reports that there are two to there armed men in PC Hotel,” SHO Bangulzai said. “Two to three gunmen had first fired at and then entered the hotel,” Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohsin Hassan Butt said. “A clearance operation was going on,” a spokesman of the army said. The provincial police chief further said that “the attackers may have come in a boat to launch the attack”. Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan Alyani condemned “the terrorists attack” on PC Hotel, and instructed the authorities to “ensure the safety of all inside the hotel”, Dawn news reported. He called for a “well planned and strong action against the terrorists”, adding that he is “in touch with police and local administration” regarding the situation. Balochistan, which borders Afghanistan and Iran, is Pakistan’s largest and poorest province, rife with ethnic, sectarian and separatist insurgencies.
Rabat – Spanish daily newspaper El Mundo published an article Tuesday explaining what they described as the real reasons behind Mohammed VI’s choice of Turkey instead of France to spend the holidays.According to the Spanish daily, King Mohammed VI’ decision to spend the end of the year holidays along with family members in Turkey instead of his Paris castle where he has spent long periods in previous years, is not at all coincidental as it is believed in Rabat’s diplomatic circles.The daily went on to say that the Moroccan Monarch wanted to express his discontent with France and its president François Hollande, adding that ‘one must go back a quarter of a century with the publication of Gilles Perrault’s “Our Friend the King” in order to realize the long crisis between Morocco and its former colonial power.’ El Mundo added that the Moroccan anger began last February when half a dozen agents of the French judicial police went to the residence of the Ambassador of Morocco driven by three complaints raised against Abdellatif Hammouchi, head of the Moroccan secret services (DGST), accusing him of torture.The Moroccan authorities reacted by suspending the judicial cooperation with France, complicating in the process the lives of thousands of citizens whose interests depended on the said cooperation such as the validation of a divorce or partition of inheritance.The same source also mentioned the incident in which Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Salaheddine Mezouar went through a body search dubbed by Morocco as ‘humiliating’ by French authorities in a Paris airport, adding that Moroccan officials are accusing President François Hollande of “rebalancing France’s North African policy in order to benefit Algeria at the expense of Morocco.Besides the tension with France, El Mundo said, Morocco’s relations with its neighbor to the East Algeria remain historically bad and to a lesser extent, Mauritania.The Rabat relations with the General Secretariat of the United Nations and the US State Department are also strained because of the Sahara issue, added the Spanish daily.Mohammed VI arrived Sunday night in Istanbul in a Boeing 747, from Abu Dhabi where he had spent three weeks. His wife, Princess Lalla Salma along with crown prince Moulay Hassan and Princess Lalla Khadija flew in a Boeing 737 from the capital Rabat.The Royal family was preceded by three Moroccan military planes carrying goods and everything they may need during their stay in Turkey.
Rabat – Morocco’s General Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DGST) reportedly made more than 44,000 arrests during the month of June.44,223 people were arrested for various offenses across Morocco during the period from May 25 to June 30, 2015, according to a statement released by the DGST.The DGST said that 26,890 of the total suspects were arrested in flagrante delicto, while 13,698 were wanted for their involvement in serious crimes. 370 other suspects were arrested for drug trafficking, and the remaining 3,265 were arrested during police operations conducted in the vicinity of schools. The statement noted that the majority of the suspects arrested in flagrante delicto, or who were already wanted by police, were involved in various crimes, ranging from sexual assault to violence in schools, theft, and assaults with knives.This statement came only a few of days after Ministry of Interior issued a report revealing unprecedented figures on the number of crimes recorded in the country.The number of crimes and offenses recorded during the first six months of the current year amounted to about 425,000. Casablanca recorded the largest number of crimes in the kingdom, the report concluded.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission.