Province Police Launch Operation Christmas

first_imgThe province is joining with police to make Nova Scotia roads safer for travelers this holiday season. Law enforcement agencies across the province are teaming up today, Nov. 23, in New Glasgow to launch Operation Christmas. The annual campaign is aimed at reducing impaired driving and encouraging motorists to practice safe winter driving. To signify the start of Operation Christmas, checkpoints targeting impaired drivers will be set up throughout New Glasgow. There will be an increased number of checkpoints across the province throughout the holiday season. “I have said it many times before, there is zero tolerance for impaired drivers in Nova Scotia,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “Everyone has a role to play to ensure those who drink don’t drive. By planning ahead to get home safely and making sure others do the same, lives will be saved.” Impaired driving is one of the leading causes of preventable death and serious injuries on Nova Scotia’s roads. In 2011, 19 Nova Scotians died in alcohol-related automobile collisions. “Mothers Against Drunk Driving appreciates the opportunity to participate with law enforcement, responders and other highway safety partners as part of Operation Christmas,” said Susan MacAskill, MADD Atlantic regional manager. “Today’s provincial launch means police will conduct an increased number of sobriety checks in their own communities over the holidays. We are asking motorists to exercise responsible choices and drive safe and sober.’ New Glasgow Regional Police Service is partnering with Pictou County RCMP, Stellarton Police Service and Westville Police Service to host Operation Christmas 2012. “Operation Christmas is a shared responsibility between law enforcement and the community to eliminate all injuries and deaths due to impaired driving during the holiday season,” said New Glasgow Regional Police Service Chief Delaney Chisholm. “Operation Christmas is a great opportunity for road safety partners to remind motorists about the importance of planning ahead to ensure everyone gets home safely.” The Criminal Code makes it illegal to drive with a blood-alcohol level above .08. Nova Scotia imposes administrative penalties, including a minimum seven-day licence suspension, for motorists who are driving with a blood-alcohol content of .05 to .08. With winter only weeks away, Nova Scotia motorists are also reminded to prepare for winter driving conditions. “Canadian Tire welcomes the opportunity to be part of an important program like Operation Christmas,” said Tom Mara, associate dealer of New Glasgow Canadian Tire. “With the holiday season upon us and winter weather just around the corner, it is imperative the we prepare our vehicles for safe winter travel. Snow tires and preventative maintenance items such as battery testing, wiper blade replacement and stocking the car with emergency roadside kits will ensure we all arrive at our destination safely.”last_img read more

China to Establish Economic Zone in Fez

Rabat – Morocco signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with China on Friday to set up an economic zone in Fez, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). The agreement was signed between the Fes-Meknes Regional Investment Center (CRI) and the China Association for Industrial Cooperation (CAIC).CRI and CAIS aim to strengthen the ties between the two countries by signing an agreement for the creation of an economic zone in Morocco’s spiritual city, Fez. The MoU was signed by Rachid Aouine, CRI’s director, and Chongsheng Zhao, CAIC’s Secretary General. The agreement includes different sectors, including aviation, the automotive industry, agriculture, health, and renewable energies.The signing ceremony was marked by the attendance of Said Zniber, the Wali of the Fez Meknes region. Zniber said praised the efforts made by the Moroccan and Chinese project representatives.The Wali called on institutional and economic actors to accompany the implementation of the “strategic investment program,” in line with the 2016 royal visit to China, which reinforced the bonds between the two countries. Aouine said that these projects will have a “strong impact” on employment and economic growth in the Fez-Meknes region.Mohad Lansr, president of the Fez-Meknes region, said that the MoU is the beginning of a joint cooperation.Bilateral relations between China and Morocco were reinforced after King Mohammed VI paid an official visit to China in 2016, when the King chaired a signing ceremony of several bilateral agreements with Chinese President Xi Jinping.During the royal visit, Xi said that “building a strategic partnership is a milestone in the development of bilateral ties.” He added that China has always attached an importance to Sino Moroccan relations, explaining that the republic sees Morocco as an important regional partner. read more

Likely impact of Thai kings death on economy unclear

Likely impact of Thai king’s death on economy unclear by The Associated Press Posted Oct 13, 2016 8:49 am MDT Last Updated Oct 13, 2016 at 9:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BANGKOK – Thailand’s stock market and currency were shaken as long-ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s health worsened this week.After his death Thursday at age 88, the outlook remains murky. Here are a few of the key factors and indicators to watch for:SHARE PRICES: Thai stocks slid after the Royal Palace announced that Bhumibol’s condition was unstable, the first time it had used that phrase regarding the king’s health. On Wednesday the benchmark fell nearly 7 per cent but ended down 4.1 per cent. The market could be roiled by a sell-off of assets by palace officials or other members of the political elite.THAI BAHT: Thailand’s currency was trading at 35.23 baht to the U.S. dollar on Friday, down 1.3 per cent from a day earlier. It fell 1.1 per cent on Wednesday and 0.2 per cent on Thursday. But such gyrations do not compare with the baht’s meltdown under speculative attacks that triggered a region-wide financial crisis in 1997. Analysts say they expect the Bank of Thailand is prepared to intervene, if need be, to support the baht.ECONOMY ON EDGE: Bhumibol was a constitutional monarch with no formal political role, but was seen as a unifying figure amid Thailand’s perennial political turmoil. Many analysts expect the country to remain calm, as Thais focus on mourning and avoid trouble with the military junta. But there is concern over the succession, since the king’s son, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, has not earned the same respect as his father.POLITICS: Concern over the royal succession has been entwined with political upheavals in the past decade, as royalists manoeuvred to control the process, instead of certain politicians whose fealty to the monarchy they doubt. In a report, the Eurasia Group said a general election scheduled for 2017 would likely be pushed back to 2018. The overall impact on the business environment, it said, would likely be limited to a 100-day period of mourning that would follow his death.RECENT TRENDS: Thailand’s economy is heavily dependent on exports, and thus vulnerable to weaker demand in major markets like China and the U.S. The country has been lauded for its progress in reducing poverty, from about two-thirds of the population to just over 10 per cent, according to the World Bank. Growth could fall short of forecasts of about 3 per cent if decision making slows and consumption falls while Thais mourn the king’s passing. But contrary to some expectations, bars did not close after the king’s death was announced Thursday and financial markets were open Friday, suggesting the country’s leaders are keen to avoid economic disruptions.UNCERTAINTIES: While most analysts expect Thailand’s transition to be smooth, the divide between its affluent urban centres and poorer rural areas is a constant source of instability. The military has overthrown civilian, democratically elected governments twice in the past decade, though the situation has been relatively calm since the last coup in 2014. Fresh protests could hurt the tourism sector, which accounts for a tenth of the GDP. Past unrest already has damaged the country’s competitiveness, as infrastructure projects stalled and investors held back, wary of uncertainty. “The lack of investment is undermining the economy’s future productive capacity,” Krystal Tan and Gareth Leather of Capital Economics wrote in a recent report. “The bottom line is that it is difficult to be upbeat about Thailand’s medium-term outlook until the political picture becomes clearer.” read more