MONTREAL — A foundation that educates young people about genocide says it is partnering with the Quebec government to offer high school teachers a guide on how to sensitize students to the warning signs leading to the systematic destruction of a group of people.Beginning this fall, a selection of high schools across Quebec will be offered the universal teaching guide on genocide as part of a pilot project, said Heidi Berger, head of The Foundation for Genocide Education. The goal is to have the guidebook in every public and private high school across the province by 2020, she said in an interview Friday.“The guide is going to give educators all the resources they need to be able to teach this sensitive topic with knowledge and confidence,” Berger said. As a daughter of Holocaust survivors who lived through the Second World War in a Polish ghetto, Berger said she learned early about the horrors of genocide.“My mother witnessed many cruel and violent acts,” she said. “Her brother and father taken away; the rape and murder of her best friend; the machine-gunning of her mother as she was hiding in an attic.”Berger worries young people aren’t being sufficiently exposed to the history of the Holocaust and of the genocides since then. If students are ignorant of history, she says, they won’t fully understand where hate and intolerance can lead.And she has some numbers to back up her concerns. A September 2018 survey that polled 1,100 Canadians, conducted by New York City-based Schoen Consulting, indicated 22 per cent of respondents between 18 and 34 years old were unaware or unsure if they heard of the Holocaust.The guide is composed of a series of case studies that explain the major genocides of the 20th century, including the horrors that took place in Germany and Poland, Armenia, and Rwanda.“The importance is that the students develop critical thinking so they understand intolerance and hate,” said Berger.She said the Quebec Education Department will decide how many schools will participate in the pilot project. A spokesperson for the department did not return a request for interview. Berger says her foundation and the Education Department are aiming to have the guides in every secondary school by next year.Kyle Matthews, executive director of the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Concordia University, was alongside Berger in meetings with the education minister to develop the guide.Most Holocaust survivors are elderly and every year there are fewer alive who can visit schools to talk about their experiences, Matthews said. He added that Quebec’s high school curriculum doesn’t included detailed lessons on genocide.“With the rise of the far-right and the far-left and terrorism around the world … we are in a very difficult moment and we need to learn the lessons about what happens when hate goes out of control,” he said.The lessons are all around us, Matthews said, pointing to ISIS recently attempting to destroy the Yazidis in Syria, the Rohingya being persecuted in Myanmar and China imprisoning up to one million Muslim Uighurs.Moreover, Canada has had a “really high” number of citizens who have travelled to Iraq and Syria to fight for ISIS, he added. A 2018 report on terrorism by Public Safety Canada indicated there were roughly 190 “Canadian extremist travellers” in the region and about 60 have returned home.“We have our own citizens who have travelled abroad and helped a group commit genocide,” Matthews said. “That’s not in the past — that’s the present.”Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsUnlike most masks, Carey Price’s new helmet actually says a lot about the man underneath.Drawing inspiration from his First Nations heritage, the goalie for the Montreal Canadiens is also looking to promote a good cause with anew look in hot pink.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has this story.
Companies in this story: (TSX:ONEX, TSX:WJA)The Canadian Press More coming. CALGARY — Onex Corp. has signed a friendly deal to buy WestJet Airlines Ltd. in a deal it valued at $5 billion, including assumed debt.Under the agreement, Onex will pay $31 per share for WestJet, which will continue to operate as a privately held company.WestJet shares closed at $18.52 on Friday.
Judge Cassese, who also taught international law to generations of students around the world, passed away at his home in the Italian city of Florence at the age of 74. He had a long and distinguished career, during which he assisted the UN in a number of capacities. He was the first President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the first President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. He stepped down from the latter post recently due to illness.Also, as independent expert he reviewed the judicial efficiency of the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), and led the International Commission of Inquiry on Darfur.“In these and many other functions Antonio Cassese shaped the development of international criminal justice and made a major contribution to fighting impunity and bringing about an age of accountability,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.“The United Nations will fondly remember Antonio Cassese as a giant of international law, as a loyal friend who was always there when the Organization needed his wise counsel and dedicated services, and mostly as an exceptionally charming and warm human being who courageously stood up for justice, for human rights and for humanity,” the statement added. 22 October 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute to Judge Antonio Cassese, a renowned legal expert who died yesterday, calling him “a giant of international law” and a loyal friend to the United Nations.
He said that the government is, at present, carrying out development work around the country without using the provincial council system. Gunawardena said that land and police powers should not be in the hands of the provinces as that could pose a threat to national security. The Mahajana Eksath Peramuna (MEP) says the 13th Amendment to the constitution has brought more harm than good to the country.MEP leader and government Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said that through the 13th Amendment an attempt was made to use the Provincial Council system to merge the North and East. The Minister also noted that the debate of the 13th Amendment has created a situation which should be addressed soon. (Colombo Gazette)
Done in cooperation with Serendib Foundation for Relief and Development, the project provides a convenient environment for the populations that were displaced due to armed conflict. Now, they can return to their home villages, after years of displacement. Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has completed a project to establish a residential village for 800 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Sri Lanka.At a total cost of $486,619 (nearly QR 1.8), donated by a Qatari benevolent person who requested anonymity, the new village is located in Riditenna, Valaichchenai Province, eastern Sri Lanka. In February 2018, a delegation from QRCS held the groundbreaking ceremony for the project. It was attended by the Minister of Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Mayor of Batticaloa, head of municipality, local community leaders, and the project’s manager.Under a public tender, the winning construction company was awarded the contract. To ensure more transparency, onsite supervisors were appointed, and weekly follow-up visits were made by QRCS personnel and the partners. It comprises 56 2-BHK housing units, each with a 250-liter water tank. Also, there is a mosque, a public school, a health unit, and two shops. An artesian water well was dug and equipped with a solar-powered pump and a 10,000-liter tank. The houses, the mosque, and the school were fully furnished, and the health unit has all the needed medical equipment. After the end of operation, the health facility will be handed over to the government, to ensure its sustainability.Sri Lank suffered an armed conflict that displaced thousands of people to neighboring provinces, where they lived in makeshift shelters. As the conflict came to an end, they started returning home, just to find totally destroyed houses and public utilities.An integrated repatriation scheme was adopted by the government to reconstruct the damaged areas, rehabilitate infrastructure, and support livelihoods. (Colombo Gazette)
by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 20, 2012 3:58 pm MDT Competition Bureau accuses water heater rental companies of abuse of dominance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The federal competition watchdog is accusing two companies of “abuse of dominance” in Ontario’s market for rental home water heaters.The Competition Bureau says it’s seeking a total of $25 million in financial penalties — $15 million from Direct Energy and $10 million from Reliance Comfort.The companies say they’ll oppose the allegations before the Competition Tribunal, the federal agency that hears cases brought by the bureau.The Competition Bureau says the companies have return policies and procedures that are designed to prevent consumers from switching to a competitor. The bureau also says customers are subjected to aggressive retention tactics when they call to return a rented water heater.It also alleges there are unwarranted fees and charges as well as restrictions on when and where water heaters can be returned.Reliance Comfort Limited Partnership said it was disappointed by the bureau’s action, saying it had been in “co-operative discussions” about its return policies.It also insisted that its return procedures are designed to protect consumers from aggressive sales tactics by its rivals, who want home owners to change suppliers.“Reliance intends to vigorously defend its current practices that it firmly believes are in best interests of its customers,” said Roger Rossi, president and CEO of Reliance Comfort.“The action taken against us today will not clean up the well-documented problem of misleading sales tactics used by competitors’ door-to-door salespeople. We believe that taking action against these unlawful practices should be the priority of the Competition Bureau.”In a separate announcement, Direct Energy also said it would “vigorously defend” its position and denied the bureau’s allegations.“Direct Energy strongly believes that all customers and homeowners deserve to have all of the necessary information for them to make informed and intelligent choices. Such practices and procedures do not inhibit competition,” it said.
The overhaul will also see 42 Commando switch to being a specialised marine operations unit.Maj Gen Julian Thompson, who commanded 3 Commando Brigade in the Falklands, last week warned that Britain will no longer “be able to stage another Falklands-style operation” if the Marines faced heavy cuts.In addition to the Marines, the Navy is also considering cutting the number of amphibious landing craft, as well as decommissioning HMS Ocean, the Navy’s flagship, whose primary role is as a helicopter carrier and assault ship.Maj Gen Thompson said last night: “We just hope that also the amphibious ships are not touched. That’s also part of the equation.”Maj Gen Robert Magowan, Commandant General Royal Marines, said the corps would “ensure that we remain as relevant tomorrow as we do today.”HMS Queen Elizabeth had been due to begin trials in the North Sea last month and enter its new home in Portsmouth later in the year.Late last year senior defence sources disclosed that the Armed Forces had begun secretly preparing for another round of defence cuts despite the 2015 defence review which was supposed to boost funding.They said there is not now enough money available for the various spending commitments already made and therefore more savings were necessary with “very tough choices” ahead. The decision was made after senior former officers had warned that axing the Marines would send a message to enemies that “Britain is not interested in defending its interests”.A senior Whitehall source said half the marine cuts would be to backroom functions such as drivers and admin staff. The source said there would be no redundancies and the overhaul will be carried out by the end of the decade through natural wastage.Marine commanders had been braced for cuts of up to 2,000 men with the Royal Navy struggling to meet the cost of manning the two new Queen Elizabeth class carriers. The Navy is struggling to man its new aircraft carriers 200 Royal Marines posts will be transferred to the NavyCredit:LA(Phot) Dave Jenkins/MoD The MoD is also trying to find £10bn worth of “efficiencies” in the defence budget during the next decade.It is understood several senior Naval commanders argued large numbers of Marines should be sacrificed to bolster sailor numbers in the Royal Navy after decades of cuts.Naval sources said they have enough sailors to man the first 70,000 ton carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, but nowhere near enough to man the second, HMS Prince of Wales. Extra sailors are also needed to man the latest nuclear-powered Astute class attack submarines. Adml Sir Philip Jones, First Sea Lord, said: “The Royal Marines remain bound in to every part of the Royal Navy’s future, from conducting sophisticated operations from the sea, at a variety of scales and against a range of threats, using our new aircraft carriers as a base, to leading the Service’s development of information warfare. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The Royal Marines are to by cut by 200 men to help the Royal Navy crew its new £6.2bn aircraft carriers.The head of the Navy struck the deal last week amid fears the Marines faced sharp cuts because of a hole in defence spending.A shake-up will see 200 posts transferred from the Marines to the Royal Navy as it struggles to find enough sailors to crew the biggest warships Britain has ever had.
“The inquiry centres on the theft of sensitive material, which was used in a documentary film re-examining the 1994 murders,” the statement said, adding that the theft “potentially puts lives at risk.” “The film exposed the failure of police to properly investigate Loughinisland Massacre and bring suspected killers to account,” Gibney said. “Police reaction? Re-open murder investigation? No. Arrest the truth tellers.”On June 18, 1994, Protestant paramilitary gunmen entered the Heights Bar in the village of Loughinisland and opened fire indiscriminately on customers watching Ireland play Italy in a televised World Cup match, Six were killed, including 87-year-old Barney Greene, one of the oldest victims in the ‘Troubles’.Among the failings identified in the 2016 Police Ombudsman report was that police informants at the most senior level within armed Loyalist groups were involved in the importation of arms used in at least 70 murders and attempted murders, including the Loughinisland killings.Over 3,600 people died during the 30-year armed conflict between Catholic Irish nationalists seeking a united Ireland and their Protestant rivals who want to keep Northern Ireland British. A Durham police spokesman later said the two had been released on bail pending further enquiries, which he said were likely to continue for a number of months.The producer of the documentary, Alex Gibney, said on Twitter that the pair had been arrested “for doing good, hard-hitting journalism.” Two journalists were arrested on Friday over the suspected theft of documents from Northern Ireland’s police ombudsman that were used in a documentary that alleged police collusion in the 1994 murder of six soccer fans.The two were later released on bail, police said, and the documentary makers secured a temporary court order to stop police examining documents and material seized in raids on Friday.The 2017 documentary “No Stone Unturned” named a Protestant paramilitary gunman it said police believed shot six fans in one of the most notorious episodes of Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’.It also detailed alleged police collusion, which a 2016 report by the Northern Ireland police ombudsman said was a significant feature in the killings. No one has been prosecuted for the killings.The arrests, made in a joint operation between police from Northern Ireland and the northern British region of Durham, relate to the suspected theft of materials held by the office of the Police Ombudsman of Northern Ireland, police said in a statement. The film exposed the failure of police to properly investigate Loughinisland Massacre and bring suspected killers to accountAlex Gibney, Producer (Top row left to right) Patsy O’Hare, Barney Green, Adrian Rogan, (bottom row left to right) Eamon Byrne, Daniel McCreanor and Malcom Jenkinson, who were killed in the tiny Heights Bar in Loughinisland, Co DownCredit:PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
It still isn’t 100% clear exactly who is using Carrier IQ — and for what purposes — but one thing we do know is that you don’t benefit from having it on your phone. Rooted Android users and all iOS users can remove the software with relative ease, and now RIM has posted instructions for Blackberry owners to remove it as well.These are our instructions for removing Carrier IQ from any device on the three platforms.Remove Carrier IQ from iPhoneApple says that most iOS 5 devices don’t use Carrier IQ, but iPhone 4 owners will need to disable it.The easiest way is to navigate to Settings > General > About > Diagnostics and Usage. Then simply select “Don’t Send.”This doesn’t actually remove the software, but it removes its permission to communicate with Carrier IQ servers, rendering it useless.Remove Carrier IQ from rooted Android phonesOne option for removing Carrier IQ on Android is to flash a custom ROM. Most will have removed Carrier IQ long ago.Another option is to get this app. It will tell you if Carrier IQ is on your device.If it tells you that Carrier IQ is there, then the easiest way is to buy the premium version of the app from the Market. It costs $1, but the developer is legit (he’s actually the one who discovered Carrier IQ’s SMS keylogging).We recommend searching for your specific device, as some phones haven’t been playing nicely with the removal app. If it doesn’t look good, then we’d recommend flashing a custom ROM instead.Remove Carrier IQ from Blackberry phones1. On your Blackberry, navigate to the Options menu (it could also be Settings > Options)2. This step will be different depending on the version of Blackberry OS you are running:Blackberry OS 6.0 or laterGo to Options > Device > Application Management. Find IQ Agent.Blackberry OS 5.0Go to Options > Applications, and select Third Party. Find IQ Agent.Blackberry OS 4.1 to 4.7Go to Options > Advanced Options > Applications. Find IQ Agent.Blackberry OS 4.0Go to Options > Applications. Find IQ Agent 3. After locating IQ Agent (Carrier IQ), press the menu button, and select delete. When it asks you if you want to restart your phone, select yes.via RIM
Short URL The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2017 DAILY MAIL: Enemies of the people #tomorrowspaperstoday #bbcpapers pic.twitter.com/n5ynFalnEa— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) November 3, 2016 President Donald Trump speaks while visiting the aircraft manufacturer Boeing in South Carolina. Source: AP Photo/Susan WalshUS PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has ratcheted up his attacks on the media, describing the press as “the enemy of the American people!” in a tweet.Shortly after landing at his holiday home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida — where he is spending a third consecutive weekend — the president lashed out. Just leaving Florida. Big crowds of enthusiastic supporters lining the road that the FAKE NEWS media refuses to mention. Very dishonest!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2017 Source: Neil Henderson/Twitter http://jrnl.ie/3246721 22,018 Views Donald Trump evokes historical propagandists and labels media ‘enemy of the American people’ The US President has ratcheted up his attacks on the media. Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 8:05 AM Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter Trump had tweeted an earlier post which targeted the New York Times, CNN, NBC “and many more” media — and ended with the exclamation “SICK!”But he swiftly deleted that missive before reposting the definitive version — adding two more “enemies” to his blacklist.Many US presidents have criticised the press, but Trump’s language has more closely echoed criticism leveled by authoritarian leaders around the world.The ‘enemies of the people’ label is one that has roots going back centuries but variants of it have been used by, among others, Nazi propagandists, Chinese dictator Mao Zedong and during Soviet-era Russia.His language also echoes the inflammatory tone pitched by some English newspapers after the High Court ruling that Brexit must be voted on by parliament. Feb 18th 2017, 8:05 AM Share Tweet Email2 Trump, who regularly accuses the media of overstating his setbacks, also has accused journalists of failing to show sufficient respect for his accomplishments — including in their coverage of a rambling press conference on Thursday in which he voiced a litany of grievances against their industry.Many reporters were taken aback by the ranting press conference described by some as bizarre, but Trump echoed the words of praise he got from one rightwing commentator and insisted that Thursday’s outing had been a bravura performance. 98 Comments Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter The 70-year-old built his campaign on criticizing the press as biased.On Thursday, he launched a long diatribe at a grievance-filled news conference, in which he blamed the media for his one-month-old administration’s problems.In four tumultuous weeks, Trump has seen his national security advisor ousted, a cabinet nominee withdraw, a centrepiece immigration policy fail in the courts and a tidal wave of damaging leaks.© – AFP 2017 with reporting by Rónán DuffyRead: As if we didn’t have enough to worry about – here are five reasons why a GREXIT is back on the agenda >Read: Trump administration denies plan to use National Guard to round up illegal immigrants > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By AFP
WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Pinterest Google+ Last night’s 3/14 WWE RAW drew an average audience of 3.46 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 3.471 million viewers, the second hour drew 3.392 million viewers and the third hour closed the night with 3.510 million viewers.This is down from last week’s show that drew 3.72 million viewers. Despite the drop in viewers, RAW was once against the highest rated show on cable on Monday night.RAW averaged a 1.28 rating among adults 18-49, up from last week’s 1.26.Source: Showbuzzdaily.com Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte
Most events in the Vancouver Rotary Foundation Festival of Trees are free, but organizers suggest a donation of $5 per family for tree viewing.o Festival of Trees: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Pearson Air Museum, 1115 E. Fifth St.o Hot Buttered Run and Kids Kandy Kane Race: 8 a.m. Sunday, registration; 8:30 a.m., kids zone and gear check-in; 9:40 a.m., 12k run starts; 10 a.m., 5k walk/run starts; 11:45 a.m., kids races start; noon, awards ceremony, all starting and finishing at Pearson Air Museum. Admission: $40 on race day for 12K and 5K. Kandy Kane Race is sold out. On the Web: Hot Buttered Run and Kids Kandy Kane Race.o Gala dinner and tree auction: 5:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 1, Pearson Air Museum. Cost: $95 per person. Reservations required. Call 360-750-0409.About 2,000 people wearing raincoats and carrying umbrellas descended upon Propstra Square in Esther Short Park on Friday evening for the 17th annual community tree-lighting sponsored by the Vancouver Rotary Foundation.The crowd was soaking wet and smiling as they sang along to “Frosty” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” while the combined choirs of Vancouver high schools performed as one.“As wet as it is, there’s still a lot of people here. That’s pretty cool,” said John Reed, 53, of Vancouver, who came to watch his daughter perform in the choir.
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a shooter after bullets flew in Northwest Miami-Dade Thursday morning.Two people were hit by the gunfire near Northwest 16th Avenue and 77th Terrace.One victim was killed. The second victim was hit in the arm and taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
MIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a college student from Miramar who went missing after leaving her home to head to her university upstate, leaving her family deeply concerned.Elizabeth Arango said she and her loved ones have not been able to sleep since her 20-year-old daughter, Valentina Arango, went missing earlier this week.“All these days, we haven’t slept, because we’re all concerned about you, Valentina,” she said. “Please come home, please tell us you’re OK.”Elizabeth and her other daughter Stephania have not heard from Valentina since Tuesday.Miramar Police said Valentina left her home at the Villages of Renaissance community in a blue 2015 Toyota Yaris with the Florida license plate Z01AXB, at around noon, Sunday.According to the GPS on her cellphone, she arrived at Stetson University Hatter Hall in DeLand, located about an hour north of Orlando in Volusia County, about five hours later.The last transaction on Valentina’s debit card was made at a Sunoco Gas Station in DeLand, located near the Stetson campus, the same day. Missing Endangered Adult: If anyone has seen or heard from Valentina Arango, please contact the Miramar Police Department at 954-602-4000 (and press 0). #MissingPerson pic.twitter.com/sY1qxejJVh— Miramar Police (@MiramarPD) August 23, 2019 However, detectives said, no one could verify the student being at either location physically, and now her phone goes directly to voicemail. “Very often, very often, incredibly often, so it’s very weird,” said Elizabeth.Detectives said Arango stands 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 105 pounds. She has brown hair and brown eyes.“The whole family, their hearts are broken,” said Elizabeth. “Her grandmother is 84 years old. She took it very, very hard, and she’s been crying every day.”Because Valentina was last seen in Miramar, Miramar Police have taken over the investigation.“Send a message, something, if you’re not able to,” said Elizabeth. “Try to turn on that phone. Try to do something, so we can help you.”Investigators said they’re going to verify whether there is surveillance video of Valentina using her debit card at the gas station in DeLand.If you have any information regarding Arango’s disappearance or if you have seen or heard from her, call Miramar Police at 954-602-4000 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. You may be eligible for a reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Arango’s mother said she last heard from her daughter on Tuesday.“I’m like, where is my baby sleeping? Where is she?” she said.Police said no one has seen or spoken with her since.Valentina’s family said phone records show she was checking her voicemail frequently, adding something just doesn’t sit right.
Mallapur: Local Corporator Pannala Devender Reddy on Monday inspected the preparation of vermi compost from garbage and various types of discarded leaves and vegetables in the house of a resident of Shakti Sainagar Lakshmi. He sought details from her of the methodology of the preparation. Reddy was told that such manure was being prepared in 20 houses of the colony.The residents after putting the manure for their use have been distributing it to interested persons. Among those who accompanied the corporator were Ward Member S Praveen, Srikanth, TRS activists Mastan, Urmila, Srilata, Manga, colony association president Sriramulu.
Brent Crude prices slid to a new five-year low hovering at $57 on Tuesday even though output disruptions in Libya put a temporary hold on the global supply glut.For February delivery, Brent fell 25 cents to $57.63 as of 0528 GMT, after sliding to $57.37 in the previous session, its lowest level since May 2009, according to Reuters.Oil prices rose to $60 on Monday after supply was disrupted in Libya. A fire caused by political clashes destroyed 800,000 barrels of crude — two days worth of the country’s oil output.The scale of damage is reportedly being established and the government has contacted a US firefighting firm that will help put out the fire. Repair work at the oil storage facility is slated to start in the next five days.Minimal Libyan ImpactLibya produces about 385,000 barrels per day and analysts say that the temporary stop of supply is just a small fraction of the total OPEC output of 1 million barrels per day, which wouldn’t have much impact on the prices.”The loss of a couple hundred thousand barrels from Libya will have a minimal impact on the global supply balance. There’s about 2 million barrels a day of excess production right now, so this will just tighten things a little,” Bob Yawger, director of the futures division at Mizuho Securities USA Inc. told Bloomberg in a telephone interview.”A year ago this kind of headline ( the Libya fire) would have spurred a $3 to $4 rally. The market is so oversupplied right now that it can’t muster a rally on what are bullish headlines,” Phil Flynn, senior market analyst at the Price Futures Group told the agency over the phone.Future of Oil PricesOil prices are expected to witness their steepest decline since 2008 and the second biggest annual slump since the 1980s.Especially with the OPEC refusing to reduce output this time, oil prices are at free fall. Previously experts predicted oil prices to fall to $60 and stabilise there but the recent developments have sprung a surprise and some say that won’t stop there.”A prolonged period of low oil prices is also likely to result in durable economic, political and geopolitical changes that, not so long ago, would have been considered remote, if not unthinkable,” Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic adviser at Allianz SE wrote for Bloomberg View.Expect oil prices to keep falling in 2015.”In the immediate term we think the stage is being set for that reduction in production. That’s going to take some time but we believe that in January you’re going to hear more announcements about reduction in drilling and production,” Dan Heckman, a national investment consultant at U.S. Bank Wealth Management told International Business Times.”Sometime in the second half of 2015 we’ll finally see some relief and prices moving up a little bit … but I don’t see us going back up to $100 a barrel over the long term — I’m talking about in the next 18 months to two years,” he added.
Map of Egypt locating El-Arish, near where seven police officers have been killed in a jihadist attack. Photo: AFPSeven police officers have been killed in a jihadist attack in restive North Sinai, Egypt’s interior ministry said Wednesday.The attack near the regional capital El-Arish targeted an “assembly centre” for police, according to the ministry.Four assailants died “during clashes” following the attack, one when he detonated an explosives belt, it said.North Sinai has long been a centre of insurgents and Egyptian authorities last year launched an offensive against the jihadists.Hundreds of militants have been killed along with dozens of soldiers, according to official figures which cannot be verified as Sinai is largely cut off to journalists.Egypt is currently on high alert as it hosts the Africa Cup of Nations, although none of the games are taking place in Sinai.A month before the tournament kicked off, a tourist bus was hit by a roadside bomb near the famed pyramids of Giza.A similar attack in December killed three Vietnamese holidaymakers and an Egyptian tour guide.The country’s security forces and Christian minority have also been targeted by jihadist attacks.
Los Cabos, Baja California Sur — Three tourists were swept out to sea at Los Cabos after ignoring weather warnings of Tropical Storm Sergio.Despite tropical storm warnings with the passing of Sergio, three tourists were swept out by the extremely strong currents. The tourists, who were videoed struggling to make their way back to shore, were rescued by a group of local men.The two men and one woman were eventually pulled back to shore, but not until several failed attempts also pulled would-be rescuers into the strong current. A human chain consisting of several people was made as local men struggled to pull the three back to safety.The incident took place at the Arch of Cabo San Lucas. Other tourists were on shore watching as the three nearly drowned after being repeatedly knocked down and pulled back out to sea.Two days before, the harbor master of Puerto de Los Cabos had released a warning of high waves and strong currents due to the passing storm and advised the public to avoid walking in that area of the beach. People were warned of possible fines for not complying with the public warning.Due to a natural phenomenon, it is possible at times to walk under the Arch from the beach, something that draws the curious. Earlier in the week, reports say other tourists were also rescued from the same area after trying to walk the arch, ignoring the public safety warnings.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Punter found hiding in bushes Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play. Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.19:56Road reported to have reopenedThe A34 has now reopened19:51Road continues to be shutThe A34 still remains shut, according to traffic data company Inrix19:19What we know so farParamedics and firefighters are at the scene on the A34 SouthboundThe collision took place between Stone and Stafford – with the carriageway closed at around 6.40pm.Two vehicles are involvedThe road is expected to reopen shortly.19:13Fire service confirm the accident involves two vehiclesA Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said:Crews from Stafford and Longton have just attended an RTC involving two vehicles. The A34 near Stone is closed southbound for crew safety and will reopen shortly. “19:12Photo from the sceneThe fire service have released this photograph of the scene on the A34 (Image: Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)19:05The affected stretch of the A34Affected stretch of the A34 (Image: Inrix)19:01Emergency services at sceneParamedics are reported to be at the scene Emergency services are at the scene of an accident on a major Staffordshire road this evening (July 4). The A34 Stone Road Southbound iwas closed between Stone and Stafford, and there is slow traffic due to the accident between the A51 (Aston Island, Stone) and A513 Beaconside (Marston Gate). The road was closed at around 6.40pm tonight, with traffic data company Inrix confirming it had reopened by just before 8pm. The collision was first reported at around 6.30pm today and involved two vehicles. A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “Crews from Stafford and Longton have just attended an RTC involving two vehicles. The A34 near Stone is closed southbound for crew safety and will reopen shortly.” We have no further updates on if anyone has been injured at this stage. Elsewhere on the local road network a lorry has collided with a barrier on the M6 northbound in Cheshire. Updates on that here. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive