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Grains mostly higher Livestock mixed

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were mostly higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Mar. delivery was off 1 cent at $5.0460 a bushel; Mar. corn rose 1.60 cents at $3.7520 a bushel; Dec. oats was up 1.20 cents at $2.7620 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans gained 6 cents at 8.88 a bushel.Beef was lower and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Dec.live cattle fell 1.20 cents at $1.2380 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle was off .90 cent at $1.4810 a pound; Dec. lean hogs was up 1.63 cents at .6278 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img read more

US stocks edge higher after huge swings in recent trading

first_imgNEW YORK — U.S. stocks are edging higher in early trading on Wall Street Monday after enormous swings the previous two days.Representatives from the U.S. and China began a round of trade negotiations, and investors’ hopes that the two sides will finally make progress in talks have sent stocks higher recently. But investors remain fearful that the trade dispute is far from a resolution.Retailers made some of the largest gains Monday while utility companies fell. U.S. stocks soared more than 3 per cent Friday as investors reacted to the upcoming trade talks as well report showing strong hiring by U.S. employers in December.Investors also responded positively to comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell. The jump wiped out a large loss from the day before.KEEPING SCORE: The S&P 500 index added 13 point, or 0.5 per cent, to 2,544 as of 10:15 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 32 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 23,480. The Nasdaq composite gained 54 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 6,794. The Russell 2000 index rose 10 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 1,391.Any progress on ending a dispute that has resulted in both sides imposing tariffs on billions of dollars’ of each other’s exports would be welcomed in the markets. The South China Morning Post, citing a person familiar with the matter, reported that Trump plans to meet Chinese Vice-President Wang Qishan on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, held on Jan. 22 to 25. Last month, Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping met and agreed to hold off on further tariffs for 90 days.SHAKING THE TREE: Discount retailer Dollar Tree rose after activist investment firm Starboard value disclosed a stake in Dollar Tree and pushed it to consider changes, including selling the Family Dollar business it bought in 2015. Starboard says Family Dollar’s struggles are hurting the company’s stock price and that Dollar Tree should consider raising prices on some items. It nominated seven candidates for seats on Dollar Tree’s board of directors.The stock climbed 4.1 per cent to $96.67. Elsewhere, Amazon rose 1.3 per cent to $1,596 and Home Depot picked up 1.2 per cent to $175.73. Automakers also rose, with General Motors up 2.6 per cent to $34.18 and Ford gaining 1.1 per cent to $8.17.POWER FAILURE: The parent company of Pacific Gas & Electric sank after Reuters reported that the company might file for bankruptcy protection as it faces potentially huge liabilities connected to deadly wildfires in California. The cause of the Camp wildfire hasn’t been determined, but PG&E reported an outage around the time and place it begin. The fire killed at least 86 people and destroyed 15,000 homes. PG&E also faces lawsuits related to wildfires in 2017.The company’s stock dropped 20.5 per cent to $19.41. PG&E stock traded at almost $70 a share in October 2017 and was valued at about $48 in November 2018.LILLY AND LOXO: Eli Lilly will buy Loxo Oncology for about $8 billion as it bulks up on cancer treatments that target gene abnormalities. Lilly is known for insulins including Humalog, but has emphasized cancer drugs over the past several years, and one of its top-selling products is the cancer treatment Alimta.That makes the second big pharmaceutical acquisition announced in the new year. On Thursday Bristol-Myers Squibb agreed to buy Celgene for $74 billion in cash and stock, one of the largest drug industry acquisitions of all time. Loxo soared 66.3 per cent to $232.63 and Eli Lilly dipped 1.2 per cent to $113.30.POLITICAL RISKS: The partial shutdown of the U.S. government stretched into its third week and there were few signs of progress in staff-level talks over the weekend. That means many hundreds of thousands of federal workers aren’t getting their paychecks, which could slow the economy.Meanwhile British legislators will vote next week on proposed terms for Britain’s departure from the European Union. The government of Prime Minister Theresa May agreed to a deal with European Union leaders in November, but a Parliamentary vote on the package was cancelled because it was clear it would be rejected. It’s not clear if May will be able to get the proposal through Parliament next week. That raises the possibility that the U.K. will leave the European Union without any kind of economic deal, which could have severe effects on the British and European economies.ENERGY: Oil prices continued their recent rally. U.S. crude rose 2.9 per cent to $49.33 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was up 1.9 per cent to $48.17 per barrel in London.BONDS: Bond prices edged lower. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.66 per cent from 2.65 per cent.CURRENCIES: The dollar fell to 108.37 yen from 108.51 yen. The euro rose to $1.1465 from $1.1400. the British pound rose to $1.2780 from $1.2740.OVERSEAS: Germany’s DAX shed 0.8 per cent and the FTSE 100 in Britain fell 0.6 per cent. The CAC 40 in France was also 0.6 per cent lower.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index gained 2.4 per cent, while South Korea’s Kospi rose 1.3 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng climbed 0.8 per cent.____Associated Press Writer Annabelle Liang contributed from SingaporeMarley Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Wildfire Service helping Fort Nelson Fire Department fight wildfire

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – Volunteers from the Fort Nelson Fire Department and the B.C. Wildfire Service are fighting a fire west of Fort Nelson. The Regional Municipality has also activated the Emergency Operations Centre.The fire is approximately 30 hectares in size and is 2km west of Radar Road, which is west of Fort Nelson.  The Regional Municipality has also activated the Emergency Operations Centre due to how close the fire is to Fort Nelson.  The Fort Nelson Golf Course has been closed due to the fire.Air tankers and one helicopter are on the scene.  The Forest Service believes the fire was human-caused.BCWS personnel currently responding with the Fort Nelson Volunteer Fire Dept. to a ~30 ha #BCwildfire that’s ~2 km west of Radar Road, which is west of Fort Nelson. Airtankers and 1 helicopter are on scene. Fire is believed to be human-caused.— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) May 11, 2018Officials in both B.C. and Alberta are urging members of the public to use caution with any campfires and to adhere to any fire bans as a ridge of high pressure is forecast to bring hot, dry temperatures to the Peace Region. UPDATE as of 6:30 p.m. – The Fire is now listed as under control.  The evacuation order that affected approximately 100 properties in the area of the fire has now been rescinded.  All residents can return home.Crews will remain on scene putting out any remaining hotspots.  The State of Local Emergency is continuing as a precautionary measure.UPDATE: The fire is no longer in “out of control” status and is now being held. Crews continue to assist the Fort Nelson Volunteer fire department. https://t.co/mZ2sbcrNuw— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) May 12, 2018 Fire Information Officers Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre said that conditions in Northeast B.C. are starting to dry out because of the lack of rain that the rest of the Southern Interior has experienced this week. Reynolds is reminding residents that Category Two fires, fireworks, and burning barrels are currently banned in all of Northeast B.C., and that anyone present near a campfire that is larger than a half-metre in dimension would be liable to get a fine of over $1,000.last_img read more

City hosting Candidate 101 info session for upcoming municipal election tonight

first_imgAttendees will be given an opportunity to ask staff questions and review the candidate binder.The City’s Legislative Services Director Janet Prestley spoke with Councillor Trevor Bolin about the upcoming info session last Friday’s episode of Moose FM’s Trev Talks.The nomination period starts at 9:00 a.m. on September 4th and closes at 4:00 p.m. on September 14th.The Candidate 101 meeting is taking place Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. inside the City Hall Council Chambers and is open to all members of the public.For more information about the October 20th municipal election, call Janet Prestley, Chief Election Officer, or Laura Howes, Deputy Chief Election Officer at (250) 787-8150. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John will be hosting a free information session this evening for anyone interested in running to be a member of City Council.The Candidate 101 info session will give prospective candidates answers to questions they might have about being a Fort St. John councillor or mayor, including what the role entails, what type of time commitment is required, or what exactly is involved in being a Council member.The meeting will also provide an overview of what remuneration and benefits are paid.last_img read more

Snowfall warning issued for the BC Peace

first_imgPrepare for quickly changing and deteriorating travel conditions. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm. See the full warning below for the B.C. PeaceIssued at 2018-12-28 11:32 UTC by Environment Canada:Snowfall warning issued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Current details:Snowfall with total amounts of 10 to 20 cm is expected.A low-pressure system will approach the BC Peace River region tonight and move into Alberta on Saturday. Snow heavy at times will develop tonight and persist through Saturday afternoon.Strong northwest winds in the wake of the low may produce local blowing snow with reduced visibility on Saturday.Rapidly accumulating snow will make travel difficult. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A snowfall warning has been issued for the B.C. Peace.  The warning says the region could receive 10 to 20 cm of snow.A low-pressure system will move into the area late Friday bringing heavy snow overnight into Saturday.  Strong northwest winds in the wake of the low may produce local blowing snow with reduced visibility on Saturday.A snowfall warning remains in place for the Pine Pass.  That region could receive 15 to 25 cm with heavy snow starting during the day Friday.last_img read more

Fort St John Legion commemorates the 75th Anniversary of DDay

first_img“D-Day happened on June 6, 1944. It was one of those decisive battles that really gave name to Canada as a nation. Canada didn’t really have a name for itself until World War I at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The D-Day Invasion was another one of those incredible feats for Canadian Soldiers as they were brought on shore in Normandy at Juno Beach.”D-Day was an Allied invasion of Normandy, France that began the liberation of German-occupied France from Nazi control, which laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.14,000 Canadian soldiers took part in the D-Day Invasion.359 Canadians had died and another 715 were wounded or captured after the Invasion. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Legion held a Ceremony on Thursday in honour of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.Members of the Legion and the community came out to the Cenotaph to pay their respects to Canadians who had served during this critical moment in World War II.According to MLA Dan Davies, D-Day is one of the decisive battles that gave name to Canada as a nation and was an incredible feat in Canadian history.last_img read more

Day after India China reveals auto sales slide worsened in Feb

first_imgBeijing: The downturn in China’s auto market worsened in January and February as an economic slowdown and a tariff fight with the US chilled demand in the industry’s biggest global market. Sales of SUVs, minivans and sedans plunged 17.5 per cent from a year earlier to 3.2 million SUVs, minivans and sedans in the first two months of 2019, according to an industry group, the China Association of Auto Manufacturers. Total vehicle sales, including trucks and buses, fell 15 per cent to 3.8 million units. The drop in sales of passenger cars in January was 15 per cent. Economists and industrial analysts often combine the first two months of the year when looking at consumer activity to screen out the effect of the Lunar New Year holiday, when factories close for up to two weeks and commercial activity falls. Chinese consumers are putting off big purchases amid an economic downturn that saw growth last year fall to a three-decade low of 6.6 per cent. Trade tension with Washington is fuelling consumer jitters. The auto slump is squeezing revenue for global and Chinese automakers that are spending heavily to meet government targets to develop electric vehicles. Last year’s auto sales suffered their first decline in nearly three decades, calling 4.1 per cent from 2017 year to 23.7 million. The downturn has prompted suggestions Beijing will cut sales taxes or offer other incentives. Sales by Chinese brands fell 23 per cent to 1.3 million units in January and February, according to CAAM. Market share for Chinese brands shrank by 3 per cent compared with the same time last year to 41.8 per cent. Growth in sales of pure-electric and hybrid vehicles, which Beijing is promoting with subsidies, rose 98.9 per cent over a year ago to 148,000 units. Sales of SUVs, usually a bright spot for the industry, contracted 18.6 per cent to 141,000.last_img read more

Farooq terms NDA govts attack on Pak and Ram Mandir issue as

first_imgKadapa (Andhra Pradesh): Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and NC leader Farooq Abdullah said the country should maintain good relations with its neighbouring country (Pakistan). With this approach both the countries will prosper.The National Conference leader said it was not fair on the central government to attack on neighbouring country and assuring construction of Ram Mandir keeping in view the coming elections. Addressing an election campaign here on Tuesday along with Telugu Desam Party supremo N Chandrababu Naidu, the J&K MP said India is a place of ‘unity in diversity’, and added that the present India was not the India, which he witnessed during Gandhi regime. People were living with fear complex. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Referring to YSR Congress president YS Jaganmohan Reddy, Farooq Abdullah said Jagan met him in the past and ready to offer Rs 1500 crore to Congress high command if he was made Chief Minister of combined Andhra Pradesh. He said he wondered from where he got so much amount of money. The money belonged to people. He said if people elected such a person the state would witness drastic conditions. Addressing a road show Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said there was no protection for Muslims during Modi regime. He said voting for Jaganmohan Reddy meant voting for Narendra Modi. He expressed surprise how Jagan was supporting KCR, who was opposing Polavaram project and releasing water to Rayalaseema region. He said he would make efforts to supply water to Rayalaseema region. The TDP supremo assured to implement minority sub plan for the benefit of Muslims. He said all the national parties excluding BJP supporting Telugu Desam party. He said that Sonia Gandhi also assured to accord special category status to AP.last_img read more

Gambhir Lekhi Bidhuri and Hansraj file nomination papers

first_imgNew Delhi: In the midst of all the hustle that comes on the last day of filing nominations, South Delhi candidate for Bharatiya Janata Party, Ramesh Bidhuri filed his papers for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Delhi on Tuesday with huge crowds of supporters clogging up streets around the Saket District Magistrate’s office.On the same day, BJP’s New Delhi and East Delhi candidates Meenakshi Lekhi and cricketer Gautam Gambhir also filed their nomination papers from their respective constituencies. And with the party announcing Hansraj Hans as its North West Delhi candidate on Tuesday afternoon, he also filed his papers with just hours to spare before the nomination deadline expired. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe saffron party chose to field Bidhuri again this year after he defeated the closest rival in 2014, Col Devinder Sehrawat of AAP by more than one lakh votes. And Congress’ Ramesh Kumar could not even get close to Bidhuri’s count of 4.97 lakh. This time around Bidhuri will go up against AAP’s young gun Rahgav Chadha and Congress’ Olympic medallist Vijender Singh. While Bidhuri does have the upper hand given that both his major opponents are first-timers; it remains to be seen how he will do against Congress’ Singh, who does not need to work hard for voters to know him. Lekhi will be going up against AAP’s Brajesh Goel and veteran Congress leader Ajay Maken in New Delhi; whereas Gambhir will have to prove his worth against Arvinder Singh Lovely (Congress) and Atishi (AAP). Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsAll four candidates took out roadshows on their way to filing nomination papers and were joined by several senior party leaders such as Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari and Siddharthan. At Bidhuri’s roadshow that was clogging up the Mehrauli-Badarpur Road in Saket, senior BJP leaders who were very happy with the turnout called it a “sea of saffron”. Scores of people lined the road from Saket metro station going towards the DM’s office. Traffic came to a standstill for almost two to three hours. At the roadshow, Bidhuri thanked party workers for their support and said, “I hope for your love and affection in the coming days.” Gambhir was joined by Tiwari who said he was confident that his popularity will make him victorious in East Delhi.last_img read more

Govt Chief Calls on Sweden to Review its Position on Western

Rabat – Government Chief Abdelilah Benkirane on Thursday called upon Sweden to review its position regarding the so-called Western Sahara issue to comply with its international stature and long-standing relations with the kingdom.“It is unreasonable that a respectable country like Sweden intervenes in such an unfortunate way in the Moroccan Sahara issue, adopting a bill that provides for recognizing the so-called ghostly republic,” Benkirane told reporters on the sidelines of the weekly cabinet meeting.Moroccans are aware of the deep relations between Morocco and Sweden and Northern Europe, he said, noting that these countries know, for their part, Morocco and its borders, especially at the time when their ancestors sailed off Moroccan coasts. Benkirane stressed that Moroccan Sahrawi citizens have been, during the latest elections, more mobilized than their brothers in the North of the Kingdom, and voted overwhelmingly.This mobilization proves that the thesis of the “chimeric entity” has fizzled, he noted, calling on the international community to become more involved to turn the page on this issue, which has lasted too long. read more

Former Arsenal Player Changes His Negative Remarks About Anthony Martial

Miami – Former Arsenal player, Ray Parlour, has changed his mind on Anthony Martial after having said the French “kid” would not succeed.“I’ve been getting hammered by United fans because I said it’s a lot of money to spend on a young kid but he’s proved everyone wrong,” admitted the former English midfielder after Anthony Martial’s debut with the British club.The former English midfielder was one of those who criticized Manchester United for spending EUR 80 million to sign the French youngster. Parlour called it an “unbelievable amount” and did not believe the former Monaco player would live up the expectations.“With the money they’ve put out, I could be totally wrong, but I’m going to say miss on that one,” declared Parlour shortly after Martial’s signing with the Red Devils.Furthermore, doubting Martial’s talent, the Arsenal star affirmed, “For a 19-year-old kid, he’s not proven.”Things have changed, and Ray Parlour has taken back his negative words towards United’s new star. He now agrees that Martial is a talented player who could help the Red Devils to snatch a title.“People are likening him to Thierry Henry – he looks like a very good talent and could be a major force for United and could give them the opportunity to win the league.”The French youngster has proven he can handle the pressure of his “hallucinating” transfer amount and the attention of the media, by giving great performances so far in this season’s Premier League.Anthony Martial became the most expensive teenager in football history. read more

Chinese Woman Cycles from Morocco to Nigeria

Rabat – Female Chinese  cyclist, Huang Shuang, cycled from Casablanca, Morocco, clear to Lagos, Nigeria. What is even more impressive is that she completed her trip within five months!On Monday, February 26th, Shuang  told the news agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos o that she is convinced that anybody can achieve anything if they are determined enough Shuang states, “I am glad that I have also been able to ride from Morocco to Lagos, Nigeria. This is an indication that, irrespective of our sex, we can all achieve anything we set out to do. “My whole idea to cycle  started when, one day, I decided to embark on a cycling trip around my country, China.“After my trip around China, I was motivated to take my cycling to the other side of the world— to America, where I covered about 5,500 km in two months.“Now, I have cycled to  Lagos from Morocco, after I flying from America to France, where I cycled around Europe for four months, before taking a ferry from Spain to Morocco.”The trip began on September 6th, 2017. The cyclist says  that she always travels with money, noodles, a tent, a sleeping bag, extra clothes, and a bicycle-repair kit.  Shuang adds g that her trip was fascinating. She experienced fatigue, robbery, crashes,  and sometimes had to sleep under bridges and inside gas stations. Shuang  told NAN that she crossed the Sahara desert within six days, stumbling upon many African villages where she was well-received, and able to share meals with  the local villagers.“I happily sung and danced with children in different African villages and communities where I passed the nights or stopped to cook.“I have seen the most beautiful sunsets, the most stunning mountain views, and the most breathtaking lakes and virgin forests across Africa.My trip has also exposed me to many African children still living in poverty, hunger, and without education and basic amenities,’’ Shuang reflects.The Chinese cyclist has said she would bike to about 33 more countries over the next three years, adding that she would continue to cycle through the African continent, from Lagos to Cameroon, Gabon, the Congo, Angola, Namibia, South Africa, and other parts of the world. read more

Photo of the Day King Mohammed VI Shops for Parisian Jeans

Rabat – King Mohammed VI has appeared in another photograph, this time in the jeans shop Notify, in the sixth district of the French capital.This photo is the latest of many public photos of King Mohammed VI that have been recently circulating on social media, following the King’s successful heart surgery in Paris.Since the surgery, the sovereign has been frequently posing with admirers, including local and international fans who have publicly expressed their joy at meeting and taking pictures with the King. read more

Achraf Hakimi to Visit Young Fan Who Wore His Makeshift Jersey

Rabat – Atlas Lion Achraf Hakimi contacted a young fan and sent him several jerseys, after a picture of the 6-year-old Moroccan boy wearing an Achraf Hakimi jersey made out of plastic went viral. The boy’s family, from Sefrou, shared the picture on Facebook and asked others to spread the message, hoping it would reach Hakimi or Dortmund officials.On Wednesday, Hakimi responded to the boy and requested that the boy’s family contact him directly. Hakimi also recorded a special message dedicated to the young fan, from Sefrou, near Fez.Borussia Dortmund’s defender is currently on holiday in Paris with his girlfriend, Hiba Abouk. read more

UN Costa Rica Supports Political Solution to Western Sahara Conflict

New York –   Costa Rica reiterated on Friday before the 4th Committee of the United Nations General Assembly its support for a political solution to the conflict over Western Sahara.Speaking at the Committee general debate, Ambassador Rodrigo Alberto Carazo, Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations, reiterated his country’s “full support for the efforts of the Secretary-General and his Personal Envoy aimed at reaching a fair, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution” to the regional dispute over the Moroccan Sahara.For Costa Rica, reaching a lasting solution to this conflict is necessary to address the new challenges facing the region, hence the importance of the role of the United Nations in resolving this dispute, Alberto Carazo pointed out. read more

Moroccos 2019 Finance Bill to Decrease Some Notary Fees by 80

Rabat – The ministry delegate in charge of relations with the Parliament issued a statement on Thursday to announce an amendment that will “distinguish” the 2019 Finance Bill.According to the statement, the revised version of Article 135 of the general tax code stipulates that “promise of sale” contracts concluded before notaries will cost MAD 200, instead of MAD 1000.Individuals and businesses need notarized “promise of sale” contracts when buying and selling items of large value, such as real estate. Read also: Morocco to Raise Taxes on Soft Drinks by 50%The modified version of the Finance Bill, which includes Article 135 will be voted on in the House of Representatives before it is sent to the House of Councillors for deliberation.The amendment is one of several changes in the 2019 Finance Bill. The finance committee adopted 56 amendments including an increase of domestic consumption taxes by 50 percent on soft and non-carbonated drinks.The finance bill will also raise taxes on tobacco, specifically raising the prices on cigarette brands Marlboro and Marquise.Read also: Morocco’s 2019 Finance Bill to Raises Tax on CigarettesThe House of Representatives is set to take a final vote of the Finance Bill on Friday, November 16, at a plenary meeting.The government has approved a budget of MAD 443 billion for next year’s Finance Bill, aiming to achieve a growth rate of 3.2 percent in GDP.Both upper and lower houses of Parliament have held debate sessions on the Finance Bill. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives discussed the first part of the Finance Bill. Parliamentary committees also discussed sectoral budgets for each ministry.Today, the House of Councillors will hold two plenary meetings to discuss the second part of the Finance Bill.Read also: Morocco to Postpone Thursday’s Weekly Government Council for LGV Inauguration read more

BCIJ Chief El Khiame Morocco Shares Counterterrorism Expertise with European Partners

Rabat – Head of Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation  (BCIJ) Abdelhak El Khiame has again called for a shared responsibility and joint efforts to fight terrorism in the region.El Khiame reiterated in an interview with Italian news agency LaPressa that the war against terrorism will take a long time. “The fight against terrorism will take a long time, but if we work together with serenity and responsibility we can overcome the courge.” This is not the first time that Al Khiame has acknowledged that the issue of terrorism requires  joint work from all concerned parties.In December 2018,  El Khiame said that  terrorism threats, including that of the ISSI had not ended.He explained that social media helps terrorists to spread their ideologies easily.El Khiame also said that Morocco always offers to share its strategy in the area with European partners. He says  this has helped them to foil “several attacks in several countries, including France, Spain, Italy, Denmark, and Belgium.”“This professionalism has given more value to the Moroccan security services that are still receiving requests from their European counterparts.”Read Also: Abdelhak Khiame Explains Morocco’s Anti-Terrorism Strategy2El Khiame also denied that terrorism is linked to a specific nationality or religion.“Terrorism has no religion or nationality.”El Khiame recalled that Morocco is currently co-chairing the World Forum against Terrorism with the Netherlands.He added that Morocco, under the leadership of King Mohammed VI, has  adopted a multidimensional policy which integrates religious and socio-economic aspects to modernize security institutions.“We realized that security alone is not enough to protect young people against the risk of radicalization, and that it is necessary to fight against the factors that lead to their radicalization,” El Khiame said.The BCIJ chief referred to the“moussalaha” (reconciliation) program launched in 2018. The program  aims to reintegrate prisoners into society.Morocco’s government has eminent trust on the reconciliation program. Morocco,at the request of King Mohammed VI,  offered royal pardon to numerous defendants convicted of terror related crimes. Many former terror suspects applied to join the program.Morocco introduced the BCIJ in 2015. The bureau has monitored security threats across the country and assisted foreign security agencies in combating terrorism.El Khiame added that Morocco have been making  great efforts in the religious field through the Higher Council of Ulemas and the training of imams. This is in addition to initiatives to combat poverty and to strengthen the process of  economic development.During his interview, El Khiame recalled that Italy is among the countries with which Morocco  shared security information and experiences in this area. read more

Grains mostly lower livestock lower

Wheat for May was off 8.25 cents at 4.1850 a bushel; May corn rose 1.25 cents at 3.5325 a bushel; May oats fell 12.25 cents at $3.05 a bushel; while May soybeans lost 6.25 cents at $8.4125 a bushel.Beef and pork were lower on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Apr. live cattle was off 1.02 cents at $1.2375 a pound; May feeder cattle lost 1.80 cents at $1.4160 a pound; while May lean hogs fell .47 cent at $.8430 a pound.The Associated Press

Weekly Summary Corporate dividends name changes new listings

NEW YORK — Changes announced in corporate dividends May 13-May 17.INCREASED DIVIDENDSAdams Resources .24 from .22Arbour Realty Trust .28 from .27Barings BDC .13 from .12CNO Financial Group .11 from .10Cardinal Health .4811 from .4763Conn. Water Services .3275 from .31250Curtiss-Wright .17 from .15First Merchants .26 from .22HopFed Bancorp .23 from .07IDEX Corp .50 from .43Legg Mason .40 from .34ManpowerGroup 1.09 from 1.01Marriott International .48 from .41Materion .11 from .105National Bank Holdings .19 from .17Newmark Group .10 from .09Northrop Grumman 1.32 from 1.20Penske Automotive .39 from .38Ralph Lauren Cl A .6875 from .625Southwest Airlines .18 from .16Southside Bancshares .31 from .30Tractor Supply .35 from .31United Fire Airline .33 from .31Wynn Resorts 1.00 from .75SPECIAL DIVIDENDSFox Cl A & B .23STOCK DIVIDENDSHawthorn Bancshares 4pcg- Canadian fundsREDUCED DIVIDENDSAGNC Investment .16 from .18Ciner Resources .34 from .567OTHER CORPORATE NEWS AND LISTINGS:STOCK SPLITS THIS WEEKVisink Technologies Inc 1 for 10 reverse splitNEW STOCK LISTINGSNYSEMayville Engineering Co IncParsons CorpPostal Realty Trust Inc (IPO)NASDAQ GLOBAL AND GLOBAL SELECT MARKETSAxcella Health Inc (IPO)STOCKS REMOVED FROM TRADINGNYSEBraskem SA (to OTC)Bristow Group Inc (to OTC)Weatherford International plc (to OTC)NASDAQ GLOBAL AND GLOBAL SELECT MARKETSIndium Communications Inc 6.75pc pfd BCORPORATE NAME CHANGESAmpliPhi Biosciences Corp to Armata Pharmaceuticals IncBison Capital Acquisition Corp to Xynomic Pharmaceuticals Holdings IncBison Capital Acquisition Corp warrants toXynomic Pharmaceuticals Holdings Inc warrantsNortheast Bancorp to Northeast BankThe Associated Press read more

Thousands of Somali children at risk of dying from malnutrition UNICEF warns

13 September 2007Some 13,500 children in central and southern Somalia are severely malnourished and at risk of dying, while nearly 70,000 others suffer from malnutrition, according to a new survey by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners in the strife-torn and flood- and drought-hit Horn of Africa country. Some 13,500 children in central and southern Somalia are severely malnourished and at risk of dying, while nearly 70,000 others suffer from malnutrition, according to a new survey by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partners in the strife-torn and flood- and drought-hit Horn of Africa country. “These children urgently require attention to ensure that they survive,” UNICEF country representative Christian Balslev-Olesen said. “UNICEF is very concerned that their numbers might increase with continued civil strife, limited humanitarian access to these areas, food insecurity and a depressed economy.” Malnutrition is not new to Somalia, a country which has been riven by factional fighting and has had no functioning central government since Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime was toppled in 1991. But such critical levels in a region known as the country’s breadbasket are alarming and point to a deteriorating humanitarian situation. In fact, an earlier comprehensive nutrition survey conducted in May in the Middle and Lower Shabelle region bordering Mogadishu, the capital, had already indicated that 17 per cent of children under five years suffer from global acute malnutrition, above the UN World Health Organization (WHO) emergency threshold levels of 15 per cent. “Children and families in this region have recently gone from one shock to another, and with the next flood season around the corner, it is important that peace-building efforts are intensified to ensure that UNICEF and its partners can address the underlying causes of these problems as well as the immediate needs,” Mr. Balslev-Olesen said. UNICEF currently supports 60 selective feeding programmes in Central and Southern Somalia, treating about 15,000 malnourished children each month. But in order to scale up its activities and reach the thousands of additional children at risk, security issues must be tackled. “We appeal to all parties involved to establish peace so that we can work with communities to meet the needs of these children,” Mr. Balslev-Olesen said. Overall, the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance in Somalia has increased from 1 million to 1.5 million since January 2007. Most of those in need are children and women. read more