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MSC Cruises Suspends Tunisia Calls

first_imgzoom  In the wake of terror attack at the Bordo National Museum, in Tunis, MSC Cruises has decided to suspend all remaining calls at Tunisian ports in the 2015 summer programme in the interests of guest and crewmember safety.Twelve guests of MSC Cruises have been confirmed dead following the terrorist attack during a shore excursion at the port of La Goulette, Tunisia on Wednesday. Thirteen people have been injured in the tragic event, of which two are in serious condition.“The safety and security of guests and crewmembers is MSC Cruises’ number one priority at all times, and the events that took place this week preclude the possibility of MSC Cruises calling in Tunisia for the foreseeable future,” the cruise liner said.MSC Cruises added that it remains in continuous contact with relevant government ministries and international bodies, and does not consider additional itinerary changes to be necessary at this time.Itineraries affected by the change will impact four of MSC Cruises’ 12 ships as follows:MSC Splendida will call at Valletta, in MaltaMSC Fantasia will call at Palma de Mallorca, MallorcaMSC Preziosa will call at Cagliari, in SardiniaMSC Divina will call at Valletta a day earlier and head directly to Corfu, Greece  “Sadly, the murderous actions of the people behind this devastating attack will have far-reaching and profoundly damaging effects on democratic Tunisia and its faltering economy. Tunisia can little afford to be considered a no-go zone at this time, but regrettably that is how tourists will now see it,” MSC Cruises Executive Chairman Pierfrancesco Vago said. “Tunis is a key destination for MSC Cruises, and we hope to be able to restore it to itineraries in due course. But until we receive the necessary reassurances that the security situation has returned to normal, we have to take our guests to alternative Mediterranean destinations,” Mr Vago added.last_img read more

Transpetro Scraps Order for Two LPG Carriers

first_imgzoom Tanker shipping company Petrobras Transportes S.A. (Transpetro), a logistics arm of Brazilian state-run energy group Petrobras, has terminated the contracts for two Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) carriers on order from Vard Promar S.A., a 50.5% owned indirect subsidiary of Vard Holdings.The vessels in question are the last two of a series of eight LPG carriers originally contracted in June 2010, for delivery from Vard Promar between 2014 and 2016, Vard said. The combined contract value for the series of eight vessels was USD 536 million.The reasons behind the company’s decision to terminate the contract have not been revealed.“Construction of the two vessels is at a very early stage. The company is currently reviewing its overall exposure to the Brazilian market, and the termination – if effective – is expected to reduce the company’s overall exposure”, Vard said in a stock exchange filing.As a result, Vard said it would claim compensation from Transpetro for damages in relation to the terminated contracts.However, as disclosed the contract termination is not expected to have a material effect on the earnings per share of the group for the financial year ending 31 December 2015.last_img read more

Question mark on Centres objective on calamity grants

first_imgKolkata: State Disaster Management minister Javed Khan on Monday questioned the intention of the Central government regarding allocation of funds for the damages caused by natural calamities.Responding to a query at the state Assembly on the losses incurred by the state due to the cyclonic storm Fani that had hit the state in the first week of May, Khan said the Centre had not sent any delegation to the state as yet . “They neither sent any team to talk to the state for having an idea of the extent of loss caused by Fani,” Khan said. He added that when there was flood like situation in the state in 2017 his department had sent an estimate of Rs 23,000 crore but the Centre dispatched only Rs 1100 crore. “They always discriminate. As many as 20 districts in the state was affected in 2017,” Khan said. He reiterated that the state government will soon sent estimates seeking funds from the Centre against the damages caused by Fani. The state has already spent Rs 14.09 crore for the destruction caused by the cyclone. He presented before the state Assembly that 14 districts in the state has been affected due to Fani which includes Hooghly, East Burdwan, North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Birbhum, Howrah, Bankura, Jhargram, West Burdwan, Nadia, West Midnapore, East Midnapore, Purulia, Murshidabad and parts of Kolkata. “There has been no loss of human life with the state government taking preventive measures in connection with disaster management like setting up relief camps, evacuating people from the coastlines, deploying disaster management teams and several other measures. Altogether 6,383224 people have been affected and 29260 houses have been damaged. The number of municipalities and blocks that have been affected are 54 and 231, respectively,” Khan said. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had stayed at Kharagpur in West Midnapore where Fani was destined to have the maximum effect in the state and monitored the situation.last_img read more

Confidentiality an issue in whether to release Hehr report Trudeau

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says confidentiality will be a factor in deciding whether to release the findings of an investigation into allegations of misconduct levelled against Liberal MP Kent Hehr.When asked today whether the results of the probe will be made public, Trudeau was non-committal, saying each case must be handled differently.He says that while confidentiality is important in some circumstances, it may not be as important in others.Hehr resigned from federal cabinet last week after he was accused of making inappropriate sexual remarks during his time as a member of the Alberta legislature.The Prime Minister’s Office has engaged lawyer Christine Thomlinson to conduct an independent investigation into the allegations.Trudeau says he wants to get to bottom of the allegations, but also wants to ensure the probe is carried out properly.“Every situation has multiple factors that we look into. Confidentiality is important in some cases, less so in others,” Trudeau said as he entered the weekly Liberal caucus meeting in Ottawa.“So we’re going to do what is right and what is reasonable in every step.“I think people need to know that we take these allegations very seriously and that we follow through investigations in the right way.”last_img read more

Pancreatic cancer study aims to provide personalized treatment and hope

first_imgVANCOUVER – Susan Stewart remembers going shopping with her daughter on Black Friday in December 2016. The next day, she felt nauseous and by Monday, her urine was dark brown, prompting her to book an appointment with the family doctor.Stewart, 57, was in good health as a marathon runner who had “done everything right to stay healthy.”When she got the news that she had stage four pancreatic cancer that had already spread to her liver, she thought she had little hope of survival, Stewart said during chemotherapy treatment at the BC Cancer Agency.She started taking experimental medication in January 2017 and also had her pancreatic tumour sequenced as part of a study in Vancouver by the Terry Fox Research Institute.The aim of the study, called EPPIC, or Enhanced Pancreatic Cancer Profiling for Individualized Care, is to sequence tumours and provide personalized treatment for patients based on their particular subtype of the cancer.Dr. Daniel Renouf, Stewart’s oncologist, said she has responded so well to experimental therapy that her tumour is no longer visible on CT scans and physicians studying her case hope to help other patients diagnosed with what’s often a deadly disease.“We’re using the EPPIC analysis to try to understand why she has had such an incredible response,” he said. “She’s done much better than how people would do, on average, with this type of cancer. That’s why we’re trying to understand why her cancer specifically is so sensitive to this treatment whereas other pancreatic cancers that all look the same under the microscope won’t be as sensitive to treatment.”For Stewart, the diagnosis meant she had little hope because pancreatic cancer offers only a nine per cent survival rate over five years and has a low profile compared with colon, breast and lung cancer.“This study gives hope to people like me and people down the line who are going to develop this cancer,” she said. “People are actually concerned about pancreatic cancer now. Before it just used to be a death sentence.”Renouf said pancreatic cancer tumours are also being sequenced in Toronto, but the research institute is providing $5 million in funding over the next five years to expand the sequencing to Montreal in the next two weeks, followed by Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Kingston, Ont.“This project, I think, may be the largest funded project in pancreatic cancer in Canada,” he said of the study that aims to involve 400 patients suffering from a cancer that has been historically underfunded but is the fourth most common cause of cancer-related death in the country.“It’s a very resistant cancer to chemotherapy treatments. It often presents as a very advanced disease because of where the pancreas is located — right at the back of the abdomen. If there’s a small cancer growing there you wouldn’t notice any symptoms.”Doctors are starting to understand there are differences between subtypes of pancreatic cancer but in-depth sequencing of tumours is required to understand the genetic changes in them and offer patients precision treatment strategies, Renouf said.Sequencing the entire DNA, called whole genome sequencing, is not done for any other cancer on a routine basis, he said.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitterlast_img read more

Quebec to permit personalized licence plates by the end of the month

first_imgMONTREAL – After years of waiting, Quebecers will finally be able to advertise their name, passions or interests for all to see on the licence plate of their vehicles.The Quebec government announced Tuesday that personalized plates will be available for purchase online as of July 27.Transport Minister Andre Fortin told a news conference in Quebec City the message on the plates — a combination of numbers and letters ranging between two and seven characters — will have to be respectful and tasteful.They will sell for $250 and renewal will cost drivers $34.50, which falls within the range charged elsewhere in Canada.Most Canadian provinces and territories offer such plates with costs ranging from around $100 to about $340, according to publicly available information. It is also a widely available option in the United States.With Quebec introducing personalized plates, Newfoundland and Labrador is the last jurisdiction in Canada where vanity plates aren’t available.The province’s motor registration division says the computer system in place that manages the inventory is “plate to vehicle” — meaning a plate stays with a vehicle throughout its time on the road.By comparison, a “plate to owner” system involves plates issued to an individual that follow any vehicles that person may own over time.“Because of the way our system currently functions, we are unable to issue personalized plates in Newfoundland and Labrador,” a government spokeswoman said in an email. “However, we are evaluating the costs and benefits of adopting plate to owner.”Fortin cited a recent study by the province’s automobile insurance board suggesting 40 per cent of drivers are interested in vanity plates.The previous Parti Quebecois government first floated the idea in 2014 and it was supposed to come into effect in 2015, but it has been delayed until now.Sylvain Gaudreault, the former PQ transport minister, said it’s not surprising an announcement comes just three months before a provincial election in October.“The government must explain to us why it has made Quebecers wait so long, if only to take advantage of the pre-election context,” he said in a statement.Fortin said the government wanted to make sure the process wasn’t complicated for citizens “and that’s exactly the case.”The insurance board will verify the contents of the plate and they will arrive by mail within three to six weeks.“Of course the (insurance board) will assure that all the combinations are appropriate and respectful of everyone,” Fortin said.Some of the options provided by the insurance board in its media campaign included “CAMPING,” “STEEVE,” “JAZZ,” and “PITPIT.”One of the most highly publicized cases involving a licence plate has played out in Nova Scotia in recent years after attempts by a man named Lorne Grabher to reinstate his personalized plate since it was revoked in 2016 by the Registrar of Motor Vehicles following an anonymous complaint.The Nova Scotia government has to reimburse Grabher for a court skirmish over a report suggesting a licence plate bearing his family name supports sexual violence against women.Grabher first purchased the plate as a gift for his late father around 1990. It then became an expression of family pride in their Austrian-German heritage.His case will resume in early September, when he will make constitutional arguments against the registrar’s regulations and its decision to revoke the plate.last_img read more

Lawyer who quit MMIWG inquiry feared he was being setup after he

first_img(Lawyer Breen Ouellette, right, listens to a witness during a hearing of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls)Mark BlackburnAPTN NewsBreen Ouellette was more than a little confused when he received an email from a lawyer claiming to work for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.Confused because Ouellette, a Metis lawyer who had just quit his position with the inquiry, had never heard of him.“Hello Mr. Ouellette,” the email begins from Steve Kelliher. “Would you consider having a confidential chat with me in respect to your recent resignation. I am involved in the Forensic Document Review Project and would very much appreciate whatever insights you felt comfortable to share.”Ouellette said he not only had no idea who Kelliher was, but didn’t know why he would be contacting him.“This immediately raised my defences because I can’t know what he knows,” Ouellette said.APTN News reached out to Kelliher to ask why he was trying to contact Ouellette.“You will know about solicitor-client privilege. It includes whether a lawyer acts for someone,” Kelliher wrote in an email to APTN. “If I answered your question I could be disbarred. So you will understand my reluctance in doing so.”Both the inquiry, and later Kelliher, confirmed that he is a lawyer at the national inquiry.Kelliher is based in Vancouver. According to his email to Ouellette, he works with the forensic panel review at the inquiry.“So I don’t know if he has the same set of confidential information that I have and it could be a set up,” Ouellette said. “It could be the national inquiry trying to get me to talk to someone who appears and then ‘gotcha’ – we gotcha in the act you’ve breached your professional duties.”Ouellette turned to the inquiry to ask permission to speak.“Has anyone working for the national inquiry been authorized to speak to me?” he asked the inquiry Executive Director Jennifer Rattray.“And I received a cease and desist letter by noon,” he said.APTN asked the inquiry whether Kelliher was asking Ouellette to speak on behalf of the inquiry.“Any communication that Mr. Kelliher may have made was not in his official capacity nor on behalf of the National Inquiry,” wrote inquiry spokesperson Nadine Gros-Louis.Ouellette was hired by the inquiry in September 2017 – but because of a slow security clearance process, didn’t start until April.He quit the inquiry on July 3.He told APTN that it wasn’t the subject matter or long hours that pushed him to resign.It was a “serious loss of confidence” in leadership – both at the top of the inquiry and with federal officials in charge.“It’s speeding towards failure,” said Ouellette.“The subpoena issue is a major issue with me.” Ouellette has more questions than answers about how the commissioners run the inquiry, and about what he calls federal interference.He said he cannot discuss his concerns in detail because he has not received clearance from the inquiry.But one point in particular seems to be of interest.The inquiry has the ability to subpoena a witness or document – but there is something about the way commissioners are handling this that is bothering the lawyer from Saskatchewan.And the fact that Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett raised it is only heightening his sense that the feds are meddling in the inquiry.“The federal government is one of the parties with standing before the national inquiry,” said Ouellette. “And the federal government’s departments and police service, the RCMP, and other departments are under the scrutiny and investigation of the national inquiry and the national inquiry is empowered to make findings of misconduct against any of those parties if it deems it’s within the scope of the mandate – so you have to ask yourself – do the other parties with standing, looking at the relationship of the minister speaking about the subpoena process do they perceive any bias?“It’s extremely curious that she would raise the specific issue of subpoenas if she had no intimate knowledge of the inner-workings of the national inquiry if she’s actually working at arms length from it.”Ouellette is not shy about sharing his opinions about how the inquiry has been handled.He believes that the federal government should have granted the inquiry a two-year extension – but fired the current list of commissioners.He also believes he should be allowed to speak freely about issues he has with the inquiry and the federal government.“The foundations of the national inquiry are the commissioners, its mandate and its budget,” he said. “And if the commissioners are acting in a way that’s not consistent with the mandate and the budget… only the legal team are going to have any knowledge that its occurring,” said Ouellette.“So if the legal team is making what I consider a mistake, and they’re considering the commissioners to be the client, and they’re ignoring the mandate, and they’re ignoring the budget as foundational components then I don’t think the interests of justice are served. I believe the duty of loyalty to the national inquiry should guide whether or not lawyers can speak out.”Ouellette is the sixth lawyer to resign from the inquiry but the first to issue a news release about his departure.His exit brings the total number of people that have quit or been fired to 24.mblackburn@aptn.ca@mblackburn21-with files from Kathleen Martenslast_img read more

Two Moroccans Die at Lake Michigan in Chicago

Chicago –Two Moroccans were pronounced dead in Chicago on Tuesday. According to NBC Chicago, the two men believed to be 36 and 40 years old were pulled out from Lake Michigan in the afternoon and taken in “extremely critical condition” to Mercy hospital for urgent care. They were pronounced dead an hour later. NBC did not reveal the identity of the two victims, but a friend of the two victims said that they are both Moroccans, from Rabat.According to eyewitnesses cited by the same source, the two men, who were at the beach with their families, went for a swim. They began to have troubles “35 yards out from the shore in 7-8 feet of cold water.” But in a phone call with MWN, a friend of the victims, who asked to speak on the condition of anonymity, said that one of the two Moroccans, Ali Moufid, a taxi driver, went to look for his son’s ball when the wave of the lake pulled him deep inside. His brother-in-law, Outhmane Kassou, who was also a taxi driver, went to rescue him but could not withstand the cold water.The same source added that the rescue team arrived in the scene 20 minutes after the Chicago Fire Department was informed of the incident.The main reason of their death appears to be the cold water of the lake. According to the Chicago Fire Department, the water was temperature was around 50 degrees, which can cause hypothermia and cause the body to shut down.“I mean we got weather that’s right around 90 degrees and everybody thinks the water is that warm, but the water temperature is right around 50 degrees, and that can really zap your energy really fast,” deputy fire chief Mike Fox told NBC news.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Global Energy Day Aziz Rabbah Calls for African Renewables Revolution

Rabbah made the remarks in a keynote speech at the Moroccan 2018 Global Energy Day, an annual gathering of public officials, academics, and entrepreneurs in the energy sector. The conference opened today in Rabat with discussions on energy challenges for Morocco and Africa.In his speech, the Moroccan minister mentioned the need for a collaborative African vision to “fully participate in the rapidly changing world of energy and new technologies.” For Rabbah, Morocco and the rest of Africa ought to be full participants in global changes if they are to minimize their overwhelming dependency on other regions. “We may not end our dependence given the context of the world we live in, but we have to reduce our dependence level and count on our own ability to mobilize our own resources.”Africa and Morocco “have been left on the margins of the ongoing digital revolution,” the minister said, referring to the continent’s lagging energy and high-tech sectors. “We consume but we don’t participate; we don’t create enough.”Mastering energy sources is a necessary step towards sustainable and inclusive development. However, the minister noted, Africa is unfortunately the region with the highest number of people without access to energy. And when they do have access, he added, it is of very limited quantity and quality.To bridge the gap between available resources and the demand for energy, the continent must “launch an African industrial revolution.” The revolution would entail investing in human resources by funding research.Referring to the conference’s theme—Building a Citizen Partnership for Affordable and Clean Energy—he concluded: “We need to reclaim social trust between different actors and social classes and rethink our place in the global challenge.” read more

United Arab Emirates at UN calls for international partnerships to achieve Middle

“Despite the progress made over the past seven decades, the United Nations must now play a greater role in addressing the grave security challenges that risk threatening its achievements,” he said.Indeed, the challenges facing the Middle East today, particularly extremism, terrorism, interference in the internal affairs of States and non-respect for the sovereignty of States, demonstrate that the Organization has not yet fulfilled its primary objective of maintaining international peace and security.As such, said that it is incumbent on all Member States to commit to the principles of the UN Charter, most importantly its principles of sovereignty and non-interference, the promotion of dialogue and moderation, and playing an active and responsible role with regard to regional and international issues, to overcome these challenges.The Minister reported on the alarming rise of tension and violence around the Middle East region resulting from the terrorist acts being carried out in the name of Islam. “Since the Second World War, the world has not witnessed such an escalation in brutal and shocking terrorist crimes carried out by extremist organizations, most notably Da’esh [also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levan, or ISIL], Al-Qaida, Hizbollah, Ansar-Allah, and other groups, who exploit religion for political purposes.”He said the UAE condemns the brutal methods used by these groups and organizations in the name of Islam. They have no connection with the tolerant teachings of Islam, which calls for peaceful coexistence and acceptance of others.Regarding Yemen, the Minister said that UAE’s participation in the Coalition supporting the legitimate government is in response to a request by the President of Yemen to provide necessary support to efforts to confront terrorism and extremism. “We seek, with the international community, to restore the political process in Yemen in accordance with the agreed parameters, most importantly the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative and its implementation mechanism. To achieve this goal, it is important to ensure full compliance with the Security Council resolution 2216, which was adopted after consultations with relevant states in the region,” he said calling for international support.Mr. Al Nahyan expressed concern regarding the inability of the international community to reach a political settlement to the Syrian crisis and put an end to the violence and systematic mass atrocities committed by the Syrian regime against its own people.“The crisis has also created serious humanitarian consequences which have affected neighbouring countries and led to a political and security vacuum exploited by terrorist organizations, especially Da’esh and Al-Nusra Front, which spread their extremist ideas and destructive messages in the region. Therefore, the Security Council must fulfil its principal mandate and reach a consensus on a settlement for the Syrian crisis to ensure a political transition and the formation of a new Government, which encompasses all components of the Syrian society,” he asserted.He went on to say that Palestinian-Israeli issue remains at the core of conflict in the region, and one of the main threats to its security and stability, a sentiment shared by most Middle Eastern leaders at the annual General Debate this year. read more