first_imgAdvertisement 2019 Junos Host Sarah McLachlan (Photo by CARAS) Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Pictures from tonight’s 2019 Juno Awards Red Carpet and the Gala Dinner (which was held on Sat. March 16th) Jann Arden David Foster (Photo by Lars Hagberg) Tyler Shaw Tessa Virtue Corey Hart and his wife on the red carpet – Junos 2019 2019 Junos Host Sarah McLachlan (Photo by CARAS) Junos Host Sarah McLachlan on the red carpet Junos Host Sarah McLachlan has arrived Junos Host Sarah McLachlan has arrived The Arkells on the red carpet Killy and Andi Rick Mercer on the red carpet (Juno Awards 2019) Corey Hart at the Juno Awards TD VIP (wearing sunglasses at night) Gabby Geneva on the red carpet for the Juno Gala Dinner (Sat. March 16th – London) Junos Gala Dinner Song Writers Circle Your favourite Canadian artists have a front row seat for the #JUNOS⁠ ⁠ last_img read more

White buffalo calf slaughtered skinned

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s the second time in two months that Sioux Tribal members in the United States have been outraged by the deaths of animals they consider sacred.This time on a ranch in Texas owned by a Lakota a rare white buffalo calf was found dead and skinned.APTN National News reporter Meagan Fiddler has this story.last_img

APTN viewers have their say on the news of the day

first_imgAPTN National NewsAPTN National News viewers have a lot of thoughts, insight and opinions about the news of the day.Here is what some had to say about stories aired this week.last_img

Winnipeg folk festival may deal with headdress issue next season

first_imgAPTN National NewsAccording to officials at the Winnipeg folk festival, its mandate is to create experiences through the celebration of music and people.But this year, one festival go-er may have taken the celebration too far.APTN’s Jaydon Flett explains.jflett@aptn.calast_img

MMIW supporters help in the search of missing Caucasian woman in Winnipeg

first_imgAPTN National NewsA small group of Indigenous activists are lending a hand in the search of a missing Winnipeg woman.The missing woman, 57, is Caucasian but the missing and murdered Indigenous women activists want to help bring the family closure.APTN’s Jaydon Flett has the story.last_img

Distraught Innu leader issues poignant plea for troubled youth after sons death

first_imgThe Canadian PressST. JOHN’S, N.L. — One of Labrador’s most outspoken Indigenous leaders buried his 16-year-old son last week.Simeon Tshakapesh, deputy grand chief of the Innu Nation, says his boy, Thunderheart, took his own life May 24 after two years of treatment for solvent abuse – much of which took place far from his home in Natuashish.“He was in the system and he took his life,” Tshakapesh said in an interview Wednesday. “He was damaged physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally. He wasn’t the same. He couldn’t recover.”Despite his deep sorrow and anger, Tshakapesh is now calling on the federal and provincial governments to dramatically alter the way they treat Indigenous youth with substance abuse problems.In particular, the deputy chief says he wants funding for a multicultural youth treatment centre to be built in central Labrador.Earlier in the day, he released an open letter that includes an intensely raw account of how the Innu of Labrador have suffered over the years. The poignant missive also makes it clear that Tshakapesh believes the province’s Department of Children, Seniors and Social Development failed his son.“The question for me now is, how did the system fail him so badly and what can be done to change this situation?” Tshakapesh asks in the letter, which offers a solution.He said he wants to see the provincial and federal governments invest in an Innu-led project that would put an end to the removal of children and youth from their communities.While the removal process may keep vulnerable youth safe and sober, it also destroys connections to their family, language, and community, Tshakapesh said.“Improving a child’s present while not actually preparing them to return to the world from which they were taken can have very tragic consequence,” the letter said. “Their reintegration into family and community is extremely difficult, if not impossible under these circumstances.”Speaking from St. John’s, N.L., Tshakapesh said his son spent a great deal of time over the past two years at treatment centres in Regina and Grand Falls-Windsor, in Newfoundland, where he was prescribed anti-depressant pills. He said two of his nephews followed a similar path. Both took their own lives in the past two years.“It’s time that we not allow our youth to be sent out of province … and it’s time the federal government and the provincial government provide … care within our own territory,” he said in the interview.Tshakapesh says future treatment programs must focus on helping children and youth learn how to survive off the land in the wilder corners of Labrador, a process that would revive the proud history of the Innu as nomadic hunters.Tshakapesh says there’s plenty of evidence to suggest the Innu in general gain a sense of purpose and fulfillment when they are out on the land, doing what their ancestors did for thousands of years.“I have been told that in town the Innu appear downcast and morose,” he said. But when his people are on the land, “they come alive.”“I believe that this is because for millennia the land itself was our home and it became part of who we are. To an Innu, all of Labrador is their living room.”To explain why hunting, trapping and living in the bush is so important to the Innu, Tshakapesh opens his letter with a brief description of how his ancestors continued to hunt in Labrador’s interior in the winter and fish on the coast in the summer until the 1960s when the first permanent villages were settled.The Innu leader said the radical change in lifestyle led to a growing dependence on social assistance, and he argues that families were harmed by sending their children away to school, where their native language was lost.Tshakapesh also mentions the island village of Davis Inlet, which was thrust into the international spotlight in 1993 when video recordings of suicidal, gas-sniffing kids exposed a level of desperation and squalor that few Canadians knew existed in their own country.He would later become chief of the village, and in 2001 he was behind an emergency plan that saw 35 Innu youth sent to St. John’s, Newfoundland for addictions treatment.“It was a big mistake, but our hands were tied at that time,” he said. “We had no resources. We had no facilities.”In 2002, the federal government relocated the residents of Davis Inlet to new homes in nearby Natuashish, but Tshakapesh said alcohol continues to flow in the officially “dry” community. He also described a range of street drugs from pot to cocaine.Last month, Tshakapesh went public about the return of gas sniffing, with kids as young as 11 inhaling the noxious fumes to get high, after two boys were injured in a fire.In a statement Wednesday, Health Canada said it was “deeply concerned” about recent suicides and solvent misuse in Natuashish, and has offered help.“Health Canada has also been actively collaborating in partnership with the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and the community on an action plan to provide immediate assessment and addiction treatment services to those in need. Health Canada will facilitate transportation as individuals are identified,” said spokesman Eric Morrissette.Sherry Gambin-Walsh, the minister of Children, Seniors and Social Development for Newfoundland and Labrador, said in a statement Wednesday governments are undertaking multiple programs to help Innu communities.“The health and well-being of children and youth depends upon a safe, secure and nurturing environment at home and in the community, which is best achieved by the cooperation of all parties. We are committed to continuing our efforts to collectively find solutions to these complex and critically important issues,” said read more

Justice minister to examine jury selection after Saskatchewan verdict

first_imgAPTN NewsThe Liberal government is planning a “broad-based review” of the criminal justice system after an all-white jury delivered a not-guilty verdict in the shooting death of Colten Boushie.Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said the review will include peremptory challenges, which allow Crown and defence lawyers to reject potential jurors without stating a reason.The jury acquitted Gerald Stanley – a white Saskatchewan farmer – in the death of the 22-year-old Cree youth on Friday. Critics say the defense team used its set of peremptory challenges to strike out Indigenous people from the jury pool.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Indigenous people are “significantly underrepresented” in jury pools, but overrepresented in prisons.“We have a problem. We have much we need to do together to fix the system in the spirit of reconciliation,” he said during question period in the House of Commons on Monday. “That’s exactly what we’re going to be doing.”NDP MP Charlie Angus called on the Liberals to cut the platitudes and fix the “huge legal inequity” that Indigenous peoples face.“When the justice system fails an individual, there’s appeals, there’s legal precedence,” he said. “But when justice fails a people, it is incumbent upon leaders to take a stand because, let’s be clear, this system didn’t just fail Colten Boushie. This system has failed Indigenous people all the way back to Poundmaker and it has to stop.”Angus was referring to Chief Poundmaker who was convicted of treason following the North-West Rebellion in 1885. He died just over a year later despite professing his innocence.Wilson-Raybould and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale are scheduled to meet with the Boushie family and the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations on Tuesday.last_img read more

Book on history of northern radio in Saskatchewan published

first_imgPriscilla WolfAPTN NewsA book on the history of northern radio airwaves in Saskatchewan has been published.Part of the past of radio in the province has a connection to APTN.pwolf@aptn.calast_img

Runaway 7yearold girl sneaks onto plane at Geneva airport

first_imgGENEVA – A Geneva airport spokesman says a runaway 7-year-old girl slipped through security checks and onto a plane without a boarding pass before being spotted by a crew member and handed over to police.Bernard Stampfli said Wednesday that authorities were enhancing measures to ensure that children are accompanied by adults when passing through security checks.In the incident Sunday, the girl, who was not identified, initially slipped away from her parents at Geneva’s main railway station and travelled by train to the airport. Stampfli said the girl repeatedly “took advantage of her small size” and employed a “ruse” to make it look like she was travelling with adults ahead or behind her.After a first attempt failed, she tried again and succeeded — getting aboard an EasyJet flight to Corsica.last_img read more

Takata acquired by Key Safety Systems president resigns

first_imgTOKYO – Takata Corp., the Japanese air bag maker embroiled in a massive global recall linked to at least 22 deaths, said Thursday that its president has resigned now that its acquisition by U.S. mobility safety company Key Safety Systems has been completed.Takata’s president, Shigehisa Takada, said in a statement that as of Wednesday he was succeeded by Yoichiro Nomura, its chief financial officer.Takata went into rehabilitation proceedings last year, slammed by the massive costs and sales damage from defective Takata air bag inflators, which can explode with too much force and spew shrapnel at a vehicle’s drivers and passengers.At least 22 deaths and more than 180 injuries have been linked to the defect. Some 50 million Takata air bag inflators have been recalled in the United States and millions more globally. But many repairs still remain undone.Takada said he was stepping down because the transfer to Key Safety Systems, based in Auburn Hills, Michigan, was complete.“We again express sincere apologies to our customers, creditors, shareholders and many others for the great deal of inconvenience related to our air bags,” he said.Chinese-owned Key Safety Systems is a leading maker of seatbelts, which Takata also makes.It paid $1.6 billion (175 billion yen) in a deal under which Key gets all Takata assets aside from those making replacement air bag inflators. Takata will continue to run those operations until they close.Takada is the grandson of the company’s founder. The defect scandal set off calls for him to step down.The Takata name will disappear after the new company is rebranded as Joyson Safety Systems, according to Key Safety Systems, whose parent company is Joyson Electronics, headquartered in Ningbo in eastern China.“We are excited about the opportunities created through this combination,” Joyson Safety Systems Executive Chairman Jeff Wang said of bringing together Takata and Key Safety Systems.“And we are committed to providing safety solutions of the highest quality and reliability to drive the next generations of mobility.”The acquisition of Takata won antitrust clearance and bankruptcy court approvals in various countries, he said.The company said it plans to be a global leader in auto safety as well as other mobility systems, including steering-wheel technology, air bags and seatbelts.Various lawsuits are pending in U.S. courts against Takata, including several class action lawsuits that allege automakers knew about the dangers of the defective air bags ahead of the recalls.Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to create small explosions to inflate air bags. But the chemical can deteriorate when exposed to high temperatures and airborne moisture. That causes it to explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister and hurling shrapnel.Earlier this year, Takata reached a $650 million deal in the U.S. to settle consumer protection claims from 44 states and Washington, D.C.____Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at work can be found at read more

From hot to not The Baloney Meter weighs in on Scheers economy

first_imgOTTAWA – “Justin Trudeau inherited a booming economy, but he’s squandering it. His uncontrolled spending and tax hikes is making life harder for Canadians. It’s time for a Prime Minister who puts taxpayers’ interests first.” — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, Twitter, July 15, 2018———In a tweet this week, Scheer took aim at Just Trudeau’s record since 2015, arguing the prime minister “inherited a booming economy,” but is “squandering it” through “uncontrolled spending and tax hikes.”His tweet added a graphic noting a net loss of 17,000 jobs in Canada so far this year, compared to almost 1.3 million created in the United States.So has Trudeau turned a roaring economy into slow simmer?Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).This one earns a rating of “a lot of baloney.” Here’s why.THE FACTSThe Liberals took power in November 2015.The Canadian economy saw two consecutive quarters of contraction at the start of 2015, meeting the definition of a technical recession, before showing some growth again.Canada’s economy ended the year with real GDP growth of one per cent. World Bank figures show growth in subsequent years was 1.4 per cent in 2016 and three per cent in 2017. The Bank of Canada estimated in its July monetary policy report that the Canadian economy would grow on average annually by two per cent between 2018 and 2020.The Liberals promised to run deficits of $10 billion in each of their first two years to finance infrastructure work to prod economic growth, but have blown past those spending promises while increasing taxes for higher income earners and cutting them for others.Statistics Canada data show a recent decline in the number of people employed in Canada. Employment fell by 17,100 positions between the almost 18.63 million recorded in June 2018 and the almost 18.65 million in December 2017. In the United States, Bureau of Labor Statistics figures show an total increase of 1.29 million jobs between January and June.THE EXPERTSThe economy in 2015 was hurting from plummeting commodity prices beyond the control of the previous Conservative government, said Randall Bartlett, an economist with the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Democracy at the University of Ottawa. The economic rebound in 2017 was largely linked to a rebound in oil prices, he said.“That was not inheriting a booming economy, quite frankly. The economy was not doing well at all.”As for Scheer’s claim that Trudeau’s reckless spending undermined Canadians’ prosperity, economists say some kinds of government spending are more supportive of growth than others.Infrastructure, for instance, has a far-reaching multiplier effect, both in the short term and in the long term, said Brenda Spotton Visano, a professor of economics and public policy at York University in Toronto.“I have no problem paying taxes if I am confident in the government’s decision on where to spend it,” she said.Charles Lammam, director of fiscal studies with the Fraser Institute, warns it would be a stretch to link any immediate changes in the country’s economy to the actions of one government. The federal budget is “a drop in the bucket” relative to the size of the economy, he says, but adds governments “can affect the economic environment through their policies at the margins.”Sheila Block, a senior economist from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, issues a similar warning about comparing Canadian and American job figures: There are slight differences in methodology, and the size of the U.S. economy means its jobs figures will be larger than Canadian numbers.Block says since November 2015, when the Liberals took office, the country has added about 642,000 jobs. The jobs figures between December 2017 and June 2018 are a unique reference period zeroing in on an employment decline, Block said.“Comparing just one month without looking at it in context…you’re kind of cherry picking a number,” she said.THE VERDICTEconomists are in general agreement that Canada was not roaring in 2015, but differ on the impacts of Liberal policy. The math on the job figures is factually correct but lacks context. Scheer’s tweet overall has “a lot of baloney.”There are signs, though, that the Liberals should not take the current economic climate for granted. Slowdowns in business investment, uncertainty about trade, and concerns about household debt as interest rates rise are among the red flags Canada may be on the downside of the economic cycle.“I’m worried about our economic prospects,” Lammam said.“I don’t particularly think there is anything to cheer about based on the 2017 numbers because the fundamentals don’t show a good and strong long-term economy.”METHODOLOGYThe Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:No baloney — the statement is completely accurateA little baloney — the statement is mostly accurate but more information is requiredSome baloney — the statement is partly accurate but important details are missingA lot of baloney — the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truthFull of baloney — the statement is completely inaccuratelast_img read more

Videotron sues Bell for 785 million over actions of travelling sales reps

first_imgMONTREAL – Videotron has launched a $78.5-million lawsuit against its telecom rival Bell Canada for allegedly contravening Quebec’s consumer protection law in its efforts to recruit new customers.The Quebec-based company says Bell’s travelling sales representatives flout the law by exploiting a loophole that allows them not to provide these clients with written contracts at the door if they are concluded at a distance.Videotron alleges in the 11-page statement of claim filed in Quebec Superior Court that Bell sales reps don’t have the required permits.It also claims Bell sellers call another representative on the phone who takes the order and finalizes the contract, thereby avoiding the need to immediately provide a written contract to the new customer.Videotron says Bell’s actions put it at a competitive disadvantage by increasing Bell’s chances to convince more customers to sign a contract.Bell declined to comment because the matter is before the courts.Companies in this story: (TSX:QBR.B, TSX:BCE)last_img read more

DOJ approves 69B CVS HealthAetna merger with conditions

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – The proposed $69 billion merger between CVS Health and Aetna is getting a greenlight from the Department of Justice, with some conditions.The Justice Department on Wednesday approved the deal on the condition that Aetna moves ahead with its plan to sell its Medicare Part D prescription drug plan business, resolving some anti-monopoly issues.Aetna announced last month it’d sell the business for an undisclosed amount.CVS announced plans to buy Hartford, Connecticut’s Aetna late last year. The deal is expected to give the Woonsocket, Rhode Island, drugstore chain a bigger role in health care, with the companies combining to manage care through CVS stores, clinics and prescription drugs.last_img

Help Support the Child Development Centre this March

first_imgWith one of the highest birth rates in Canada, new parents in Fort St. John can sometimes be faced with unique challenges, this is where the Child Development Centre can help. The CDC works with families in Fort St. John and the North Peace who have children with developmental difficulties.Each year the CDC works with hundreds of children in our region and as this community grows, they also need to grow.The goal this year is to raise over $100,000 with part of that going towards the purchase of sound-proofing in the gymnasium and intercom systems in the observation rooms. The Child Development Centre needs your help, so they can continue to meet the growing needs of this community. For more on what the CDC does, visit You can help by donating to the 15th annual Arctech Welding and Machining A Day for the Kids. You can donate online, by calling 250-787-7100 or you can donate in person when the fundraiser gets underway at 6 am on March 7th, live from Safeway.You can also make a pledge a performer in the annual talent show. The 45th Annual CDC Talent Show will take place Friday, March 8th at the North Peace Cultural Centre. The show is free, but of course, they will be looking for your donations. It all starts at 6 pm and will also be broadcast live on presented by the Fort St. John Co-op.last_img read more

Government of Canada Working Group on Canola to restore the market

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – The Government of Canada Working Group on Canola held its first meeting on April 4.The Government says the meeting is to resolve the market access issue affecting Canada’s canola seed exports to China.According to the Chinese Government, the recent halt of imports of Canadian canola is due to pest-related issues. “It is imperative that we find a science-based solution to this issue and we look forward to getting a response from Chinese authorities regarding the proposed Canadian delegation. Resuming canola seed exports with China is the canola industry’s top priority. It is essential for our farmers and their families, and for our entire agricultural industry.”The Working Group says they will continue to meet regularly to closely monitor the situation and collaborate to resolve this issue. During the meeting, representatives discussed the importance of focusing on a science-based solution to resolve this issue.The Group also touched on future opportunities to expand into new markets for canola and reviewed support available to affected producers.The Working Group is co-chaired by the deputy minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the president of Canola Council of Canada and its membership includes the president of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the president the Canadian Canola Growers Association, deputy ministers from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.According to Government statistics, Canada is the number-one producer and exporter of canola in the world, accounting for approximately $11 billion of the country’s exports each year.In addition to the working group, the Canadian Government has called for in-depth technical meetings with Chinese officials, proposing to send a delegation of Canadian plant health experts to China to meet face-to-face with their counterparts, in order to identify a science-based solution to this issue as quickly as possible.Canola Council of Canada President, Jim Everson, says resuming canola seed exports with China is the canola industry’s top priority as it is essential for the entire agricultural industry.last_img read more

Doig River First Nations Visibility Project

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Doig River First Nations has started their Visibility Project at City Hall where the First Nations are using high-resolution window stickers featuring beaded artwork to be displayed throughout the community.Doig River First Nations wanted a symbol/image that best represented the FSJ Beaver Band, the original people. Beadwork was consistent in all the work Indigenous woman do, expressed Gary Oker, Doig River First Nations, and so the project also honours the importance of Indigenous women and the stories and love that is represented in beaded works of art.The art form of traditional beading has been important to the culture as decoration and has been a part of society for a long time shares Oker. Beads and beading were sought out as a way to trade as their beauty holds value, even today. This project is a way to share the kindness and love that would be put into a piece of beaded art by encouraging the town to participate and share the symbology and representation of Indigenous artworks, shared Oker.City Hall already has three images and next will be the Airport, Oker is asking the community to reach out to participate and the First Nations will come out and hang the beautiful art in business or organizations windows.You can call (250) 827.3776 for more information on the project.last_img read more

UPDATE – Two people dead after hit and run on 98th avenue

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP have confirmed that two adults have been found dead after a hit and run on 98th avenue between 100 street and 102 street. UPDATE – The suspect that allegedly hit two people Wednesday night has turned himself in to Police. Read more here: This is a developing story, and we will share updates as they become available.center_img The RCMP said in a tweet that the suspect vehicle fled the scene.  They have not provided any more information about the vehicle.  The RCMP will provide an update at 10 a.m. Thursday.2 of 2. All we can confirm right now is 2 adults are deceased and the suspect vehicle fled the scene. More details will be released around 10:00 am tomorrow. Investigation in is infancy.— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) September 19, 2019RCMP say they received a call just after 7 p.m. about a hit and run.  The road between the Lakeview Inns and Suites and Motel 6 remains closed for the police investigation.File 2019-9397 Today around 7pm we received a report of a pedestrian motor vehicle incident in the 10100 block of 98th Ave. 1 of 2.— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) September 19, 2019The public is asked to stay away from the area while they work to complete their investigation.If you have any information about this incident, contact the RCMP at 250-787-8100.last_img read more

Investment in equity MFs drops 35 to Rs 111 lakh crore in

first_imgNew Delhi: Investors pumped in more than Rs 1.11 lakh crore in equity-oriented mutual fund (MF) schemes in 2018-19, a decline of 35 per cent compared to Rs 1.71 lakh crore inflows in 2017-18, according to the industry data. However, this was the fifth successive year of net inflows in equity mutual funds, according to the Association of Mutual Funds in India’s (AMFI) data. In 2017-18, the markets were on a roll but in 2018-19 the markets were very volatile due to various factors, including border tensions with Pakistan, AMFI Chief Executive Officer N S Venkatesh said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThere was a steep correction in small and mid-cap stocks also. The market volatility and corrections pulled down net inflows in the equities in 2018-19, he said. “But despite that the current inflows of Rs 1.11 lakh crore is a substantial investment by the mutual fund industry into the equities segment which is more than FII investments into the country,” he added. The flows into equity funds in 2018-19 were lower than the flows in 2017-18 primarily due to the equity markets displaying a fair bit of volatility which made some investors take a break from making fresh equity investments, said Kaustubh Belapurkar, manager research, Morningstar. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAccording to the AMFI data, net inflows into equity funds, which also include equity-linked saving schemes (ELSS), were Rs 1,11,423 crore in 2018-19 as against Rs 1,71,069 crore in the preceding fiscal. Net inflows in these funds were Rs 70,367 crore in 2016-17, Rs 74,024 crore in 2015-16 and Rs 71,029 crore in 2014-15, respectively. However, they had witnessed a net outflow of Rs 9,269 crore in 2013-14. The assets under management (AUM) of equity MFs stood at a record high of Rs 7.73 lakh crore at the end of March 2019 as against Rs 7.50 lakh crore in March 2018, an increase of 3 per cent. During 2018-19, the SIP (Systematic Investment Plans) accounts grew by 51 lakh to 2.62 crore from 2.11 crore in March 2018. Besides, SIP contribution to the industry surged to Rs 92,693 crore in 2018-19, from Rs 67,190 crore in the preceding fiscal.last_img read more

Moderate earthquake hits China

first_imgSHANGHAI – The earthquake occurs 100 km from the Three Gorges Dam, but does not cause any damage to it.A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook the Enshi Miao Autonomous Prefecture of central China’s Hubei Province at 1:04 p.m. (Beijing time) on Monday.Chinese Xinhua News Agency reported that the earthquake at a depth of 5 km occurred 100 km from the Three Gorges Dam. The dam did not sustain any damage and continued to function regularly.last_img

Marrakech GES2014 Biden Launches J Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative

Marrakech-  US Vice President Joe Biden announced, here Thursday, the launch of the J. Christopher Stevens Virtual Exchange Initiative to promote exchanges between American and MENA region youth.Launched in honor of Christopher Stevens, former US ambassador to Libya killed in September 2012 in Benghazi, the initiative, which will kick off in Morocco with the launch of a pilot project early 2015, aims to enhance the capacity of young people to take up local and global challenges through promoting their connectivity, Biden said in a speech at the opening ceremony of the 5th Global entrepreneurship summit, held in Marrakech on November 19-21. The United States are committed to the emergence of a new generation of open and future-oriented young people, the US vice-president said, adding that this initiative, the result of a multilateral partnership between private and public sectors, will contribute to consolidating bonds between young people in the USA and the MENA region, building on the valuable contribution of new information technologies. In this respect, the program will strive to lay the groundwork for exchanges between young people especially in the field of education. More than a million young people will benefit from this initiative whose ultimate goal is to overcome the problems related to misunderstanding.The US vice-president said, in this context, that a number of countries have expressed their desire to partner with the United States in this initiative.So far, Morocco, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have signed financial commitments totaling more than $ 31 million over the next five years as part of the initiative, which will involve foundations and private sector partners, Biden said.Joe Biden, who led the US delegation to the 5th Global Entrepreneurship Summit, had also met with young entrepreneurs taking part in this international summit on the challenges of innovation, free enterprise and sustainable development. read more