zoom The Netherlands-based APM Terminals has reported a smooth incorporation of the new Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) Verified Gross Mass (VGM) regulations for containers into its daily operations across over 70 locations during the first three days since the rules came into force. Back in 2014, the International Maritime organization (IMO) approved amendments to the SOLAS Convention which as of July 1 requires verification and documentation of export containers before they can be loaded onto vessels.In more than 70 locations around the globe, APM Terminals has started providing services including VGM Data Management, VGM Verification and VGM Generation.While the majority of VGM data is being transmitted through EDI, there are still some areas where manual processing process is required during this early implementation phase, according to APM Terminals.VGM Generation services at 46 locations across the APM Terminals portfolio have been phased in since mid-June, with thousands of containers already weighed for export loading.“We encourage shippers to consider our VGM Generation services, as they offer an additional option to shippers and minimal disruption to trade flow,” said APM Terminals Head of Inland and End User Services, John Trenchard.
OTTAWA – The federal ethics watchdog is examining the actions of Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc over the granting of a controversial clam fishing licence.The office of conflict of interest and ethics commissioner Mario Dion said Friday that confidentiality requirements limit it to revealing that a probe into LeBlanc’s conduct in relation to an unspecified licence began May 11.However, The Canadian Press has independently confirmed the investigation concerns a multimillion-dollar licence to fish Arctic surf clam in waters off Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia.Conservative MP Todd Doherty has been pressing the Liberal government for weeks about how Five Nations Clam Co., won the licence.The deal, which ended a monopoly on the Arctic clam fishery held by Clearwater Seafoods since 1999, was supposed to offer 25 per cent of the catch to local Indigenous communities as a way of promoting reconciliation and economic growth.The company, it turns out, has ties to the Liberal party and several sitting Liberal MPs, including LeBlanc himself.Court documents also suggest it may not have met some key eligibility requirements in the government’s tender process when the deal was announced.The minister should never have been involved in the deal, insists Doherty, who asked the ethics commissioner to investigate.Doherty fears the possible ramifications of the deal, as well as the message he believes it sends about how the Liberal government is managing a vital East Coast industry.“I think Canadians deserve for us to be questioning and fighting for answers,” said the B.C. MP, who plans to resume his broadsides against the Liberals when the House resumes on Tuesday.“Up until recently there was consistent rules and regulations and now it just appears that if you’ve got some … connections within the party and within the cabinet, those rules aren’t going to be applied, and that’s what we’re seeing with this.”The government issued an expression of interest, calling for proposals from Indigenous organizations in Quebec or one of the four Atlantic provinces, properly licensed and majority-owned by Canadians.Proposals representing multiple Indigenous communities would be given priority, the tender indicated.On Feb. 21, LeBlanc announced the deal had been awarded to Five Nations, describing the company as “comprised of First Nations from Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick.”In fact, at the time, the company only had two Indigenous partners: the Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick and the Nutashkuan Innu in Quebec.The Miawpukek Band in Newfoundland, which had submitted its own proposal, has launched a court challenge alleging LeBlanc breached his duty of fairness in awarding the licence to Five Nations.Court documents show LeBlanc not only knew Five Nations did not have confirmed partners in P.E.I., Nova Scotia or Newfoundland, but also indicate that even as he was approving their bid, he was urging the company to quickly rectify the problem.“Please take next steps with proponent #6 (Five Nations) and ensure that additional Indigenous communities are quickly confirmed,” LeBlanc wrote in a handwritten scrawl on the final approval document.In its proposal, Five Nations was forthright in admitting it did not yet have partners from the three other Atlantic provinces and was not yet incorporated. Indeed, the company was not officially registered in Nova Scotia until Dec. 13, 2017, records show — well past the Nov. 22 proposal deadline to submit proposals. The company was not registered in New Brunswick until Feb. 28 of this year.Five Nations is partnered with Premium Seafoods, a non-Indigenous Nova Scotia company whose president is Edgar Samson — the brother of Liberal MP Darrell Samson. A recently added Indigenous partner, NunatuKavut, is headed by former Liberal MP Todd Russell.Doherty has also drawn ties between the deal and LeBlanc himself: The Five Nations proposal said it would be headed up by Gilles Theriault, who is cousin to the minister’s wife.“We believe that there are some serious enough questions that Canadians on all sides of the country should be worried about this,” Doherty said.“I’m not saying which proposal was the strongest, but I don’t think Five Nations was the strongest by any stretch — and to be awarded this contract just from a stroke of a pen from just who you know and, perhaps, who you’re related to, is pretty shocking.”LeBlanc’s office would not make him available for an interview, but the minister has repeatedly defended the decision to award the licence to Five Nations as part of the government’s efforts to develop a renewed relationship between Canada and Indigenous Peoples.“The minister made his decision to allow for increased Indigenous participation in the fishery and we reject any insinuation to the contrary,” said LeBlanc spokesman Vincent Hughes.Big players in the fishing industry are also upset over the deal.The Fisheries Council of Canada, which represents 100 fishing companies across the country, accused the government of unilaterally taking 25 per cent of the Arctic clam quota away from Clearwater without consultation or due process.That decision has created a sense of instability in the fisheries sector, council president Paul Lansbergen told a news conference in Ottawa.“Taking away long-standing licences and quotas does not respect past investments and has eroded the sector’s confidence to invest and could undermine conservation efforts,” Lansbergen said.Clearwater, meanwhile, was doing all it could behind the scenes to hold on to its monopoly.Court documents show the company secretly offered to give up two of its four licences to an Indigenous group, but only if it could maintain control over the harvesting, processing and marketing of any seafood caught under those licences.“If the policy objective is to diversify ownership, we are committed to finding constructive solutions,” Clearwater said in a letter to LeBlanc in May 2017.“If it is to satisfy those who seek to grow their interests at our expense, then we have a problem.”— Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter
TORONTO – A debate that will see Steve Bannon, the controversial former strategist for U.S. President Donald Trump, defend the issue of populism in Toronto this week is facing growing backlash, with critics calling for the event to be cancelled.Community groups and some federal and provincial politicians have raised concerns about the Friday event, at which Bannon will argue against conservative commentator David Frum about the role of populism in the future of politics.Several organizations banded together Tuesday to call for the event, part of the Munk Debates, to be called off in light of last weekend’s deadly attack at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.They said giving Bannon a platform to express extreme views contributes to a climate of hatred that can encourage violence against marginalized or racialized groups.“We’re at an important and terrifying moment as we watch right-wing governments come into power all over the world. The hate we are witnessing is serious — in fact, it is deadly,” said Rachel Epstein of the United Jewish People’s Order.“Opposing this kind of hate and violence and the violence it fosters is not up for debate. And that is why we are asking that Bannon’s talk be cancelled, and if it is not … there would be large numbers of people there, to let him know he is not welcome.”New Democrats at the federal and provincial level have also voiced concerns about Bannon’s planned appearance at the debate.NDP MP Nathan Cullen has said that efforts must be made to ensure people aren’t given platforms to spread hate.“I trust Canadians to be able to reject that but we’ve seen so tragically the effects of those in politics, in public discourse when they spread hate, that others pick up that language and turn it into actions,” he said.That sentiment was echoed by the leader of Ontario’s NDP.“We have enough divisiveness, we have enough hate being spewed everywhere unfortunately here in Ontario, across Canada, through the United States, the last thing we need is another platform for more hate to be spewed,” Andrea Horwath said Tuesday.Debate organizers defended the event, saying it would provide valuable analysis on a pressing issue.“We believe we are providing a public service by allowing their ideas to be vigorously contested and letting the public draw their own conclusions from the debate,” Munk Debates chair Rudyard Griffiths said in a statement.“In our increasingly polarized societies we often struggle to see across ideological and moral divides. Civil and substantive public debate of the big issues of our time helps all of us better understand the challenges we face as a society and what, if anything, can be done to resolve them.”Bannon, former executive chairman of right-wing Breitbart News, was chief strategist and senior counsellor to Trump until August 2017. He was recently dropped from the speakers list at the New Yorker Festival following intense backlash and threats of a boycott by other guests.Frum, a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine, was a speechwriter for former president George W. Bush and is the author of the recent book “Trumpocracy.” He has previously said the planned debate would be an important discussion.“Liberal democracy is founded on the belief that free people can be inspired to make wiser choices by words and ideas,” he wrote in statement posted on Twitter when the debate was announced.“Mr. Bannon comes to the prestigious Munk platform because he believes his words can persuade people to follow him. I will face him there because I believe democratic ideas can defeat him.”
Rabat- Avraham Joulani, a Moroccan rabbi living in Israel, has announced that he has a project to help fight poverty in the kingdom. In an interview with American TV channel Al Hurra and on social media, Joulani said that his project aims at helping one million in poverty in Morocco.To do this, the Moroccan rabbi urged rich people to contribute with their Zakat (obligatory Muslim alms) to an account he created in Morocco for that purpose. He would then donate this money to poor families in the form of monthly vouchers. “As any Moroccan I fellow the news of my country and I watch dozens of daily videos that showcase poverty in Morocco,” the rabbi told Al Hurra’s website, explaining how he got the idea for the project.“I took part many times in charity initiatives in Israel for which millions of dollars were allocated and which were given as alms and assistance to the poor. So I told myself, why don’t we launch the same initiative in Morocco.”The Moroccan rabbi explained that he left Morocco almost two decades ago for family reasons but that he remained attached to his country of origin.When he came back to Morocco for a visit, he was struck by the increase of poverty levels in the kingdom, not only in rural areas but also in big cities such as Casablanca.To come in aid of those families in poverty, Avraham suggest giving them vouchers of MAD 500 each month to help them buy their needs.Rabbi Avraham, who likes to communicate with his fellow Moroccans on social media in Darija, classical Arabic and French, called on people to join his project and “take the matter with great seriousness and stop slumbering in self-love and start thinking about others.”“Media contributed a lot to get my humanitarian message through. I am very grateful for them,” he said in a Facebook post.“Now it is your turn as a public opinion to complete this message and work together to make this project come to life.”
New Delhi shop owner Ram Shankar Rai spends at least two hours a day going through political news and videos shared with him on social media.Rai looked intently at a flurry of videos and photos on WhatsApp about an Indian airstrike in Pakistan, including pictures labeled as militants’ corpses.There was just one problem: The photos were not of militants but of casualties of a 2005 Himalayan earthquake that killed thousands of people in Pakistan.Tackling misinformation has become one of the biggest challenges for India’s Election Commission and social media giants as the world’s largest democracy begins going to the polls this week.The Associated Press
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed little changed Monday as gold stocks continued to come back from oversold levels while strong Chinese manufacturing data that came out last week lifted base metal miners.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,760.30 -2.00 -0.02%S&P 500 — 1,656.78 -6.72 -0.40%Dow — 14,946.46 -64.05 -0.43%Nasdaq — 3,657.57 -0.22 -0.01%But the market was also pressured by declines in industrials and interest-sensitive stocks such as utilities and telecoms and closed two points lower to 12,760.3.Traders also looked to another piece of economic data that kept speculation going over whether the U.S. Federal Reserve thinks the economy is strong enough to start backing off on some of its economic stimulus.The U.S. Commerce Department reported that durable goods orders fell by a much greater than expected 7.3% in July. Economists had expected a drop of almost 4%. The showing followed a 3.9% rise in June, thanks in part to strong airplane orders.Data released Friday showed a drop in new home sales, raising questions about the strength of the recovery in the U.S. housing market. That led to speculation that the Fed might stick with its current monetary stimulus or only reduce it very gradually.The Canadian dollar closed down 0.02 of a cent to 95.21 cents US, well off early lows as the greenback weakened somewhat after the durable goods data.The U.S. dollar has advanced amid growing conviction that the Federal Reserve will start cutting back on its US$85 billion of monthly bond purchases, a move that has kept long-term rates low and supported a strong rally on many stock markets this year.U.S. indexes were negative with the Dow Jones industrials down 64.05 points to 14,946.46, the Nasdaq off 0.22 of a point to 3,657.57 and the S&P 500 index declined 6.72 points to 1,656.78.The base metals sector advanced 1% while September copper shed early advances to fall three cents to $3.32 a pound. Prices found support last week after HSBC’s purchasing managers index showed Chinese manufacturing moving back into expansion territory.“I think the turn we have seen most recently in the TSX has benefited from (the fact that) we’re starting to see very credible signs of stabilization in Europe, signs the Chinese economy may be bottoming out (and) that speaks well to commodity demand,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“This has really put some enthusiasm and some confidence back into the global investment story that is going to continue to benefit the TSX.”Thompson Creek Metals Co. (TSX:TCM) gained 19 cents to C$4.15 while First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) was up 48 cents at $18.83.The gold sector was also ahead about 1% as December gold also erased early minor gains to fall $2.70 to US$1,393.10 an ounce. Iamgold (TSX:IMG) gained 11 cents to C$7.17 and Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) improved by 25 cents to $21.52.Utilities led decliners. That component and other interest sensitive components such as telecoms have been under selling pressure while bond yields have risen since May when Fed chairman Ben Bernanke first mentioned that the central bank could start to taper its asset purchases.“As we look at utilities and telecoms, the pressure there is really a reflection of the equity markets taking cues from the bond markets, and the fact that a shift in monetary policy is really starting to be priced into the market,” Fehr said.The benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury has surged about 120 basis points since May to as high as 2.94% last week, although yields have retraced some of that run-up. On Monday, the yield for the 10-year Treasury stood at 2.79%.Fortis Inc. (TSX:FTS) declined 31 cents to $30.16 and Canadian Utilities (TSX:CU) gave back 71 cents to $33.75.The energy sector was off 0.2% as the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped 50 cents to US$105.92. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) dipped 25 cents to $35.81.Financials weakened during the afternoon as traders look to the release of earnings this week from Canada’s biggest banks. Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) and Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) post results Tuesday.On Monday, TD Bank Group (TSX:TD) said it is continuing talks with Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM) and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (TSX:CM) in connection with a possible acquisition of part of the existing CIBC Aeroplan credit card portfolio. CIBC shares rose 81 cents to $80.69 and TD gained 15 cents to $88.96.In other corporate news, Onex Corp. (TSX:OCX) and a private equity affiliate are selling their combined 60% stake in TMS International Corp. (NYSE:TMS) for US$410 million. TMS International Corp., through its subsidiaries including Tube City IMS, is the largest provider of outsourced industrial services to steel mills in North America as well as having a substantial international presence. Onex shares slipped 75 cents to C$51. 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Yet, even with so many people lacking food, water and healthcare in the south-western part of the tiny island nation where the Category 4 storm made landfall on 4 October, Dr. Nabarro told UN Radio today from Port-au-Prince that “so many excellent things are already happening […] as the people themselves are hard at work, readjusting their lives so they are protected from the elements.”They are also gathering as much food as they can and “doing everything they can to be careful with the water they drink because they know that the water from the rivers and the brooks can give rise to cholera,” said Dr. Nabarro, who for the past two months has been helping design the UN system’s new approach to cholera in Haiti.Another “positive” is the work being done by Haitian authorities, the Mayors, the officials in charge of different Departments, as well as the Civil Protection Department in Port-au-Prince. “But I have to say, this a really big challenge – a logistical challenge to get things to where they are needed because the roads are so heavily damaged and there’s a limit to what you can do with helicopters.” Dr. Nabarro went on to say that over the past four days he had seen that travelling in the interior of the country is still very difficult, and another key challenge is that there are people that are very frustrated in some areas.“Anyone who’s been affected by this kind of mass tragedy is frustrated. They are also, in some cases, scared because of disease and hunger. So yes, there is a combination of frustration and fear,” he said, adding that at the same time, getting relief to such a large number of people in such challenging circumstances is “just very difficult.” So, while there is a real willingness on the part of so many [relief workers] to help, “we have at the same time frustration on the part of ordinary people because they are not getting what they need.” Having been in Les Cayes and Jérémie, two of the hardest hit areas, Dr. Nabarro said he has talked to health workers, people in shelters, people trying to get food and other assistance, “and the basic message is: ‘Please help us. We need food and we need help […] in a more timely way.’” Some of those he met “are, in a way, quite desperate for help, and so the job for everybody here, particularly now, is to spare no effort to get the best coordination on getting the basics that people need to where they are […] in an absolutely robust way.”Dr. Nabarro said that the response must be carried out amid adequate security and communication with the public to reduce the threat of looting, which is making distribution “very difficult.”As for the cholera situation in Haiti, he said: “Cholera is here. It stalks everybody.” Yet, the disease is treatable with solid recovery rates, provided people get to treatment centres. “We are seeing cholera cases everywhere we go. What we don’t know is how many cases there are that don’t get to the centres. This is why a more detailed study [of the situation in the] interior [of the country] is so important.” He said that he believed cholera and malnutrition are the “big risks” for the people of Hait “and we recognize that in everything we do.”
Ohio State junior Hugo Di Feo returns a volley during a match against Oklahoma on March 6. Credit: Courtesy of Anne HohlerThe No. 1 Ohio State men’s tennis team shut out the No. 4 Oklahoma Sooners 4-0 on Sunday at the Varsity Tennis Center, thanks to the doubles point and single points from junior Mikael Torpegaard, sophomore Martin Joyce and sophomore Kyle Seelig.In its fifth matchup with a top-5 opponent this season, OSU improved to 16-1 overall. After falling to the Buckeyes, the Sooners dropped to 10-3 overall.In the doubles matches, Torpegaard and senior Herkko Pollanen were upset by Florin Bragusi and Spencer Papa of the Sooners to start things off. Next, OSU junior Matt Mendez and sophomore Hunter Tubert defeated Jochen Bertsch and Mason Bridegan.In the final doubles match, OSU junior Hugo Di Feo and Joyce went to a tiebreaking set against Oklahoma’s Adrian Oetzbach and Alex Ghilea, in which the Buckeyes prevailed 7-3.With Di Feo and Joyce’s win, the home team got the doubles point and went up 1-0. This marked the first doubles point for the Buckeyes in their last four matches.“We wanted the doubles point” Di Feo said. “In college tennis, the double point is huge and once we got that the guys focused and knew we had to come out strong in the singles.”OSU dominated in singles play, winning the first set on every court except for Court Two, which was lost in a tiebreaker. Torpegaard, Di Feo, Pollanen, Joyce and Seelig each went into their second set up one.Joyce won his second set 6-2 and Seelig won his 6-4 to shut out their opponents and put OSU up 3-0.The No. 1 singles player in the country, Torpegaard, was pushed to a first-set tiebreaker, which he won 8-6. Torpegaard quickly went up 4-0 in the second set and won 6-1 to get the fourth point and secure the Buckeye victory.“It’s all the same pressure,” OSU coach Ty Tucker said. “You want to get the four before the other team gets the four and that’s the way it goes.”This is the second victory over Oklahoma for top-ranked OSU this season, as they already defeated the Sooners in a sweep once this season in the round of 16 at the ITA National Indoor Championships.Two years ago, the Sooners broke OSU’s 202 home-match winning streak, making them the only team to beat the Buckeyes on home turf in 14 years.“I think it’s a little special with that, being able to get the win against Oklahoma today due to the fact that they’re the team that broke our streak,” Tucker said. “Other than that, every win is a good win and we try to play as tough a schedule as we can play.”Next upOSU will travel to Austin, Texas, for another top-10 battle with the No. 8 Longhorns on Wednesday.
He also accused politicians of “trading in fear”Credit:AFP/Getty Images We have to learn too is from the vibrancy of the Muslim faith that comes hereCardinal Vincent Nichols He accused politicians of “trading in fear” and said media stories constantly portraying immigration in a negative light were proving “corrosive of our best nature”.In an interview with the BBC, he insisted that increasingly secular British society could learn much from the faith of new arrivals whether Christians, Muslims or followers of other religions.“I think this country will benefit actually from the vibrancy of the Christian faith that many people bring here,” he said.“Of course what we have to learn too is from the vibrancy of the Muslim faith that comes here.” He added: “I think the immigration crisis is real and it needs concerted effort to address it,” he said.“It needs to be addressed realistically with resources and proper legislation, but it’s almost impossible to do that in an atmosphere in which fear and hatred are the dominant features.“It does nobody any good, this somewhat self-indulgent way in which people have begun to express themselves and their distaste and their hatred of people who they see as different.“And that is creating a culture of fear among people who have been welcomed here.” 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. British people have much to learn from the “vibrancy of the Muslim faith” of new immigrants including refugees, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has said.Cardinal Vincent Nichols said immigrants had been enduring a worsening “atmosphere of fear” in the months since the EU referendum with the members of the public casually voicing hatred in a “self-indulgent” way.