Alberta buying its own rail cars to move oil without feds Notley

first_imgOTTAWA — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her government will buy its own rail cars to transport more oil to market.She says her province wanted co-operation from the federal government to buy them, but with Alberta oil prices just about at record lows, it can’t wait any longer.While plans for pipelines are stalled, Notley wants other means to get the product from Alberta’s oilpatch to buyers.The deal should be done within weeks and Alberta expects the two new train sets will mean an extra 120,000 barrels of oil can be moved every day.Notley says the world price of oil is low but Alberta is suffering even more because the oil it produces is stuck far away from refineries.Notley is in Ottawa Wednesday to try to push the federal government to move faster, because Alberta’s problems are damaging the whole Canadian economy.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Nominations for 11th Annual Community Awards close Thursday at 400 pm

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Nominations for the City of Fort St. John’s 11th annual Community Awards Gala will be closing this week.Once again, residents have the option of submitting their nominations online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XNY5LYD. Nomination forms can also be picked up at City Hall, the North Peace Leisure Pool or the Pomeroy Sport Centre.The five categories for nominations are: Cultural AwardLiteracy AwardRecreation AwardHumanitarian AwardYouth Award (nominees must be under the age of 18)Mayor’s Citizen of the YearLast year, the father and son duo of Faisal Rashid and Mustafa Faisal were the recipients of the Humanitarian and Youth awards respectively. Russell Eggleston was the winner of the Cultural Award, Bo Hedges won the Recreation Award, and Cindy Dettling was named Citizen of the Year by Mayor Lori Ackerman for her work with the Safe Stop Campaign.For more information about the Community Awards, contact Lisa Rowbotham at (250) 787-5791 or LRowbotham@fortstjohn.ca.The deadline to submit nominations is Thursday, March 8th, at 4:00 p.m.last_img read more

Tej Pratap quits RJD student wing

first_imgPatna: Tej Pratap Yadav, the elder son of former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad, on Thursday announced he had quit as head of the RJD’s student wing. “I am resigning as chief of the RJD’s student wing. Those who think I am naive are mistaken,” tweeted Tej Pratap Yadav, a former Bihar Minister who has been having simmering differences with his brother and Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav. Tej Pratap Yadav added that he knew who wields what kind of influence in party affairs. His resignation is expected to hit hard the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

Disappointed that Moon Moon Sen using dead mother’s name for votes: Babul Supriyo

first_imgAsansol: BJP MP Babul Supriyo says his friendship with Moon Moon Sen goes back a long time but he is disappointed that his Trinamool Congress rival is resorting to personal attacks and also invoking her dead mother for votes. The two are locked in a straight contest in this Lok Sabha constituency, which goes to polls on April 29. “Initially, I thought being foreign educated and Suchitra Sen’s daughter, she would shy away from personal attacks. From whatever she has said in the last 10 days or so, I knew that this would happen once she starts spending time with TMC leaders… But I never expected her to do so soon,” Supriyo told PTI in an interview. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja In his office-cum-home in Mohishila, dishevelled, pouring over papers Supriyo looks tired. He says he could hardly sleep a wink on several previous nights as there was some problem that he had to deal with – be it workers being beaten up or raids being conducted by the police. “I do not want to engage in gutter politics. The entire discourse here is one of intimidation and I am not going to be part of it,” he says. Supriyo won this seat in 2014 defeating TMC’s Dola Sen while Moon Moon Sen was a giant slayer in Bankura, beating nine-time MP Basudev Acharya. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Sen has moved from Bankura to Asansol this time but Supriyo dismisses her rival’s prospects. “Will she ever be able to go back to Bankura? Why did she flee Bankura and come to Asansol. She did nothing there. Look at the social media jokes about her. “She is calling workers from Bihar police ka khabri and calling me a servant. She is invoking her dead mother for votes… It’s deplorable. Why would people vote for Suchitra Sen’s soul’s peace? When did Suchitra Sen becomes TMC’s. She has got a lot of love and adulation from the people when she was alive and rather than be happy, her soul would be very sad when she sees her daughter in a mafia party flanked by coal mafias,” argues Supriyo. Moon Moon Sen had created a storm when while campaigning in Amritnagar area here when she described the Bihari population in Bengal as “police informers”. The colliery belt of Asansol has a considerable number of non-Bengali, particularly Bihari, population. Again at another rally, Moon Moon had urged people to vote for her so it would bring peace to her mother’s departed soul. She has been using her mother’s name frequently in her campaign speeches. “I am Suchitra Sen’s daughter. When I come to Asansol, I feel her beside me,” she said in that rally. Late for his meetings, Supriyo steps out of his flat, even as dozens of people wait for him – people who need medical aid, his party workers who need his signature and even young girls waiting for a selfie. Supriyo helps out most, referring some to his office workers, as he hops into a waiting SUV. While travelling through Asansol town, Supriyo waves at people and at a petrol pump, stops to chat with the attendants, making sure to tell them that the central forces are in all booths so they should come and exercise their franchise. Coming back to Sen, Supriyo recalls how in 1992, he was part of an album by HMV where he had sung for Tapas Pal, a TMC MP, and Moon Moon Sen. “I think it was titled ‘Antakshari’ and surprisingly Tapas Pal and Moon Moon Sen featured in it and I sang all the songs. So, our friendship goes back a long time. “But now I would definitely not speak to her if I see her doing social events or while campaigning. I am absolutely disappointed and in many ways infuriated by the way she has carried herself,” he says. Sen could not be reached despite repeated calls to seek her version of their friendship. Ask Supriyo if politics has even changed him and he says, “I was always friendly. I always lived life like this. I think I have become a better person in terms of anger management, patience. So politics has helped me improve.” “I always sang ‘kuch to log kahenge’… with all my heart. But now, when I sing it, people say there is much more effect,” he says.last_img read more

Wife of former IAF Wing Commander found murdered in Dwarka

first_imgNEW DELHI: Meenu Jain, the 52-year-old wife of a former IAF wing commander Vinod Kumar Jain, was found murdered at her house in Dwarka on Saturday. Vinod Kumar Jain who works as a commercial pilot with Indigo was in the flight when the murder was reported.The father of the deceased called her on Friday evening, but she did not receive the phone. After that, her father and brother came to see her but noticed that the gate of the house was locked from outside. The duo then entered the house from her neighbour’s side and saw Meenu Jain lying on the floor unconscious. They called the police and rushed the woman to a nearby hospital where she was declared brought dead. Two mobile phones, some cash and jewellery were found missing from the house, following which a case for murder and robbery has been registered by Delhi Police.last_img read more

RR look to keep playoffs hopes alive against RCB

first_imgBengaluru: Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to give their forgettable campaign a semblance of respectability and dash Rajasthan Royals’ faint playoffs hopes in the IPL here on Tuesday. Rajasthan, with 10 points from 12 games, still have a theoretical chance to make it to the playoffs, provided they do not lose any of their remaining two matches. Also, they would require table-toppers Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals to defeat their respective opponents. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuUnder the circumstances, Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes’ absence will add to Rajasthan’s pressure, more so when Archer’s 12-ball 27 for a winning cause against Kolkata Knight Riders is taken into account. Jos Buttler, who had 311 runs and three fifties in eight innings, had also returned to England for World Cup preparations. The change in captaincy — replacing Ajnkya Rahane with Steve Smith — helped RR to an extent as this helped Rahane roar back Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Mastersto form with an elegant century, albeit in a losing cause, against Delhi Capitals. It also saw Rajasthan bring their campaign back on track by beating Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders. RR’s last win at Eden Gardens could galvanise their players to believe in themselves, after Ryan Parag led a dramatic late comeback. They, however, still need to iron out a few flaws which have plagued them of late. The failure to grab moments, which cost them the games against Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings, is one of them. The biggest positive for Rajasthan has been Sherays Gopal, who, with his googlies, deceived the likes of Virat Kohli, A B de Villiers and Shimron Hetmyer in the previous match. Sanju Samson, who had hit the first ton of this IPL, has been good. Hosts RCB will be playing for pride after their slender hopes of entering the playoffs went up in smoke with their defeat to Delhi Capitals on Sunday.last_img read more

Easter bombers visited J&K & Kerala: Lanka Army chief

first_imgColombo/ Srinagar: Sri Lanka Army’s chief has said that some of the suicide bombers who carried out the country’s worst terror attack on Easter Sunday visited Kashmir and Kerala for “some sorts of training” or to “make some more links” with other foreign outfits. It is the first time that a top Sri Lankan security official has confirmed the militants’ visit to India which had shared intelligence inputs with Colombo ahead of the attack. Nine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on April 21, killing 253 people and injuring over 500 others. In an interview to BBC, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake, Commander of the Army, divulged some details on the movements of the suspects in the region and also international links. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”They (the suspects) have gone to India, they’ve gone to Kashmir, Bengaluru, they’ve travelled to Kerala state. Those are the information available with us,” he said. Asked what activities they were doing in Kashmir and Kerala, the Army chief said: “Not exactly, but definitely in some sorts of training or to make some more links towards the other organisations outside the country”. The Islamic State (IS) terror group claimed the attacks but the government blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ). Sri Lanka banned the NTJ and arrested over 100 people in connection with the blasts. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenAsked why the threats were not taken more seriously after receiving information from India, Senanayake said: “We had some information and intelligence-sharing, situations and military intelligence on a different direction and the others were different and there was a gap that everybody could see today”. Reacting to the Lanka Army’s chief claim, Indian Central security agencies’ officials said in Srinagar on Saturday that there is no record to suggest that any of the suicide bombers had visited Kashmir. One of the officials said immigration records were re-visited after the terrorist attacks and none of the bombers had visited Kashmir. However, there could be a possibility of the bombers visiting the state using pseudonym, the official said, adding if Sri Lanka hands over some evidence, it can be verified from the ground.last_img read more

Huge fire breaks out at wedding function, no casualties reported

first_imgNew Delhi: A massive fire broke out at wedding function in North West Delhi’s Keshavpuram area on Tuesday. Delhi Fire Services (DFS) said that no casualty was reported from the spot.At the time of the incident, the place was heavily crowded. Chief Fire Officer (DFS) Atul Garg said that the wedding function was going on when the incident took place. According to the fire department around 11.04 PM, a fire call was received regarding blaze in marriage tent named Satya tent in Keshavpuram area. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAfter the message was received a total of eight fire tender rushed to the scene. “The operation was stopped in 40 minutes no casualty was reported from there,” said Atul Garg. “We cannot tell right now how many persons were there in wedding,” said an official. In another incident, a major category fire broke out in the Bawana area. The DFS said that at 3.20 PM near Vardhman mall in Bawana fire was reported. A total of 22 fire tenders sent at the spot. No casualty was reported. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAt any function in Pandal, According to DFS, there should be proper access, open space around the pandal, distance from medium and high voltage electrical installations, means of exits, materials of construction, first aid fire fighting arrangements, water storage for fighting, electrical wiring and availability of trained fire fighting staff. Remove flammable material from corridors The Delhi Fire Service has appealed to owners of public buildings providing sleeping accommodation across the national capital to remove all combustible material from their corridors and passages within two weeks. The appeal has been made through a notice issued to public buildings like hotels, guest houses, nursing homes and hospitals in view of the Karol Bagh fire tragedy at a hotel in February that had claimed 17 lives. The Delhi Fire Service stated the combustible material like carpets, furniture, wall panelling and dropped ceiling that needed to be removed from corridors, passages, staircases and terrace. It urged building owners to have all exit routes, including staircases, free of combustible material at all times.last_img read more

Harsh Vardhan denies plans to demolish unauthorised colonies

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP’s Chandni Chowk candidate Harsh Vardhan on Thursday categorically denied charges that his party had hatched large-scale plans to demolish unauthorised colonies in Delhi. The Cabinet Minister said that the Aam Aadmi Party had made these allegations to frighten a large section of the Capital’s voting population residing in unauthorised colonies.Vardhan went on to say that the allegations are baseless and have no merit whatsoever, clarifying that neither the BJP nor the Central government has any such plans. He said the Narendra Modi government is committed to providing “pucca houses” for all homeless families by 2022. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesVardhan accused AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal of spreading falsehoods to milk political gain out of it. He said, “It is the height of falsehood that Kejriwal in his statement claimed that Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari has admitted about the demolition of unauthorised colonies. Meanwhile, Sunny Deol staged a road show from Hari Nagar to Subhash Nagar for the West Delhi Candidate Pravesh Sahib Singh Verma and appealed to vote for him. At some points, traffic had to be diverted in view of a large number of people participating in the Road Show. During the Road Show, people were raising slogans “Modi Dil Se-Pravesh Verma Fir Se”. With the slogan Modi Hai to Mumkin Hai, Delhi Chale Modi Ke Saath, film star Sunny Deol launched another road show from 100 feet Chhatarpur Road in support of South Delhi Candidate Ramesh Bidhuri. The actor also staged road show from Ramdev Chowk to Bawana Chowk in support of North West Delhi Candidate Hansraj Hans.last_img read more

NCW writes to UP DGP to enforce complete ban on sale of acid

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Wednesday wrote a letter to Uttar Pradesh DGP O P Singh to enforce a ban on the sale of acid while noting that it is “disturbed” by the rise in incidents of acid attacks in the state.According to NCW’s letter, they have come across the media report of the acid attack where a woman was allegedly attacked with acid by her two brothers who later dumped her in Kot village in Greater Noida’s Dadri on May 9. “The Commission is disturbed by the rise in the acid attack in the state of Uttar Pradesh,” reads the letter. “Considering the gravity of the matter, it is requested that action be taken to enforce the ban on the sale of acid in the state and a detailed action taken report in the matter may be sent to the Commission at an early date,” NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said. In a tweet from NCW reads”The NCW has taken Suo-Motto cognizance in the matter reported by the media” Greater Noida: Two men push sister out of car, throw acid at her “urging the DGP, Uttar Pradesh @dgpup, to enforce ban on the sale of acid in the state and a team of NCW has gone to visit the victim.” The incident of throwing acid is not new. Recently in South Delhi, a 22-year-old woman has alleged that an acid attack attempt was made at her by two bike-borne men. They had threatened her to withdraw a rape case that she had slapped against a person, she alleged. In June 2018, a 40-year-old man allegedly threw an acid like substance on his wife and two daughters and then drank it to kill himself in northeast Delhi’s Karawal Nagar, police said on Sunday. The law enforcement agency claimed that initial probe asserted that regular quarrel between the couple was the reason behind the incident. In 2016, police arrested a man for allegedly throwing acid at his wife after she refused to go to her in-law’s house following marital discord. Recently, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) had issued a notice to Divisional Commissioner (Revenue) of Delhi government seeking a complete ban on the sale of acid in the city since the unregulated acid sale is a major cause for continued acid attacks on women. “Citing data from NCRB, the notice says that there have been 20 incidences of acid attack in Delhi, the third highest state after West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh,” said a press statement of Delhi Commission for Women.last_img read more

Two more Indian mountaineers die, another missing in Nepal

first_imgKathmandu: Two Indian climbers, including an Indian Army soldier, have died and another has gone missing in Nepal after one of them successfully scaled the world’s highest peak Mount Everest, the expedition organiser said Friday, days after two mountaineers from the country perished in the Himalayan nation. Army soldier Ravi Thakar, 28, was found dead inside his tent at Camp IV on Mount Everest early Friday while Narayan Singh died at Camp IV on Thursday night when he was climbing down from the 8,485-meter Mount Makalu summit, world’s fifth highest mountain. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Dipankar Ghos, 52, from Kolkata went missing from above Camp IV while returning from the Mount Makalu summit, said Mingma Sherpa, Chairman at Seven Summit Treks. A search team, which reached the area from where the climber is suspected to have gone missing, however, failed to trace him, Sherpa said. Ghos climbed Mount Everest in 2011 and has also scaled Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Lhotse, Mount Manaslu and Mount Dhaulagiri among other peaks. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad Thakar died after he suffered from high altitude sickness. “Fellow climbers found him dead inside the tent,” Sherpa was quoted as saying by The Himalayan Times. Ravi was part of an eight-member expedition led by renowned Irish climber Noel Richard Hanna. He along with other members made it to the summit of Mount Everest on Thursday morning. Another member of the same expedition Seamus Sean Lawless from Ireland slipped from the balcony area while descending from the summit point. “Fate of the missing Irish climber is still unknown,” Sherpa said. “Indian climber Narayan Singh died in Mt Makalu. He died at camp 4 while descending the summit,” Nepal Tourism Ministry official Mira Acharya told PTI. Two Indian climbers from West Bengal – Biplab Baidya (48) and Kuntal Karar (46) – died in Nepal on Wednesday due to high altitude sickness near the summit of Mount Kanchenjunga, the world’s third tallest peak. Another climber from Chile is missing from above Camp IV of Mount Kanchenjunga since Wednesday evening. Makalu is the fifth highest mountain in the world. It is located in the Mahalangur Himalayas 19-kilometer southeast of the 8,848-meter Mount Everest, on the border between Nepal and Tibet Autonomous Region, China. Hundreds of climbers flock each year to Nepal – home to several of the world’s highest mountains, to scale Himalayan peaks during the spring season that begins around March and ends in June.last_img read more

Ban Ki-moon Declares ‘Full Supports’ for COP22 Success

New York – Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar said, Thursday in New York, that the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declares his full support for the success of the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), be held next November in Marrakech.“Ban Ki-moon will be present. He gives his full support for the success of the COP22,” said Mezouar, who was speaking at a press conference, held on the sidelines of the 71st session of the UN General Assembly.He also said that the Marrakech Conference will be a “major turning point,” that will contribute to the development of a structured and detailed agenda of action to address climate change, humanity’s greatest environmental threat. Mezouar, who is also president of the COP22, noted, in this regard, that Morocco is determined more than ever to contribute to this collective awareness to save the planet. read more

Instagram removes gay Muslim comics after Indonesia warning

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Instagram has removed an account that published comic strips depicting the struggles of gay Muslims in Indonesia following a frenzy of moral outrage online in the world’s biggest Muslim nation.The Ministry of Communications said Wednesday the account under the username Alpatuni was pornographic and it was closed after the communications minister wrote a warning letter to Instagram.The comics depicted gay characters facing discrimination and abuse, which has become increasingly common in Indonesia since late 2015 when conservative politicians and religious leaders began a campaign of portraying lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as a threat to the nation.An account of the same name on Facebook, which owns Instagram, was also no longer accessible.The Associated Press read more

Italy Sentences Moroccan Nabil Benhamir to 5 Years for Terrorism Plot

Rabat – Police arrested the 29-year-old man in July 2017 for abusing his former partner. A judge sought a second arrest warrant following an investigation when his name was found in the black list of foreign ISIS fighters. Italian police said Benhamir had received “the call” to action and was awaiting instructions on how to carry out terror acts for ISIS.At sentencing yesterday, the ISIS-linked suspect did not appear in person but was connected by video conference. Benhamir is believed to be an ISIS member who returned to Italy from Syria to train other ISIS members to make explosives, reported Italian outlet Giustizia News24.  Italian news outlets reported that the police investigation found instructions for how to ignite explosives with old cell phones, one of which was in the man’s possession when he was arrested.Europol, the FBI, and the Dutch police cooperated in the investigation. read more

Muslim Rohingya Who Fled Myanmar Will Not Be Forcibly Repatriated

By Josh BabbRabat – Kalam’s announcement came as protests by the Muslim Rohingya population who fled persecution in Myanmar broke out across refugee camps in Bangladesh. The protestors said they feared more violence if they were repatriated to Myanmar. Bangladesh had originally brokered a deal with Myanmar to begin returning 2,260 Rohingya refugees from nearly 300 families on Thursday. The UN refugee agency and human rights groups criticized the move to begin repatriation, saying Bangladesh can not force the Rohingya back against their will. “The plan to begin returning the Rohingya to Myanmar comes just days after UN investigators warned of an ‘ongoing genocide’ against the Muslim minority.” The terms of the repatriation deal have yet to be made public.Read Also: Aung San Suu Kyi to be Stripped of Seventh Award over Rohingya ViolenceBeginning in August 2017 the Rohingya population in Myanmar experienced army-led violence in response to a series of attacks by Rohingya rebels on military compounds. The Myanmar military’s campaign killed more than 6,700 people and forced nearly 700,000 to flee into neighboring Bangladesh. The UN Human Rights Commission stated that there were credible reports of “massacres, murders and mass rapes,” as hundreds of Rohingya villages burned across the Myanmar countryside. The sheer scale of the crimes led many nations and human rights organizations to accuse Myanmar’s government of ethnic cleansing and genocide. Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto leader of Myanmar’s civilian government and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, has been widely criticized for failing to condemn or even acknowledge the atrocities directed against the Rohingya at the hands of Myanmar’s armed forces. In a stunning rebuke Amnesty International revoked Aung San Suu Kyi’s Ambassador of Conscience award, given to her in 2012, two years after her release from a years long period of house arrest for her efforts to promote democratic reforms in Myanmar.  Writing in the Washington Post, Kumi Naidoo, the secretary general of Amnesty said, “Although her party does not control the military, Aung San Suu Kyi has allowed herself and her government to become a shield for military abuses.”Aung San Suu Kyi faced further criticism this week when she attended the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore. US Vice President Mike Pence repeatedly pressed her to protect the Rohingya, “This is a tragedy that has touched the hearts of millions of Americans.” Pence also told her Americans believe in a “free and independent press,” saying Myanmar’s jailing of two Reuters journalists last December who had been covering the massacre of the Rohingya was “deeply troubling.” Myanmar is a Buddhist-majority country and many do not accept the Rohingya as true members of Myanmar society, instead viewing them as “Bengalis” who immigrated illegally from nearby Bangladesh. Nearly all Rohingya have been denied citizenship in Myanmar since a 1982 law went into effect. read more

News industry leaders fighting back against claims by Trump

NEW YORK — With President Trump and his supporters saying journalists were “so wrong for so long” in their coverage of the Russian investigation, news industry leaders are fighting back.The latest to weigh in is Steve Coll, dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He wrote in The New Yorker magazine this week that it’s wrong to conclude journalism failed just because special counsel Robert Mueller did not charge Trump with conspiring with Russians to influence the 2016 election.Columbia awarded the Pulitzer Prize to The New York Times and The Washington Post for their Russia coverage, a prize Trump says should be taken away.Complicating the discussion is the broad definition of “news media” circa 2019.The Associated Press read more

North Dakota to sue Washington state over new oil train rule

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota is preparing to sue the state of Washington over a new Washington law targeting oil shipped by rail.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Thursday that requires a lower vapour pressure limit for crude shipped by rail than the industry standard and North Dakota requires. Inslee has made climate change a focus of his 2020 Democratic presidential campaign.The Washington bill’s sponsor, Democratic state Senate Majority Leader Andy Billig, says it’s about protecting communities from explosive derailments.North Dakota officials, though, say the Washington law would make Pacific Northwest refineries off-limits to the energy industry in North Dakota, which is the nation’s No. 2 oil producer.Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN’-juhm) says a federal lawsuit will be filed within weeks. He has reached out to other oil states about possibly joining as a plaintiff or offering supportive testimony.Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press read more

Asian shares mixed as markets await news on China-US trade

BANGKOK — Shares were mixed early Monday in Asia in the absence of fresh news on the tariffs standoff between the U.S. and China.U.S. markets will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index advanced 0.3% to 21,173.27 after visiting President Donald Trump said he expects a deal with Tokyo on trade after a Japanese election in July.Trump has been seeking a bilateral trade deal with Japan after withdrawing from the Pacific Rim trading block, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The two sides are working to close gaps over trade in farm products and autos and auto parts.“We are working on the imbalance on the trade as there has been a tremendous imbalance so that we are working on that. And I am sure that will work out over a period of the time,” Trump said. He said via Twitter that he expected an agreement in August.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng dropped 0.7% to 27,175.35 and the Kospi in South Korea fell 0.2% to 2,041.67 and the S&P ASX 200 edged 2.3 points lower to 6,453.70.The Shanghai Composite index rose 0.3% to 2,860.50 and shares in Taiwan also were higher. Shares climbed in Jakarta and Thailand but fell in Singapore.Without big data releases to drive sentiment, Trump’s 4-day visit to Japan could enliven trading, said Jeffrey Halley of Oanda.“We will almost certainly see some interesting ‘comments’ to drive volatility in Asia this week,” he said in a commentary.Stocks notched modest gains Friday on Wall Street, erasing some of the market’s steep losses from a day earlier, but not enough for the market to avoid a third straight weekly loss.Share benchmarks have swung between gains and losses as investors weigh the prospect of a prolonged trade war between the U.S. and China. Trading has been volatile since the dispute escalated earlier this month, with both sides raising tariffs on each other’s goods.Financial companies led Friday’s buying as the yield on the 10-year Treasury note reversed part of a steep slide a day earlier. It was at 2.32% as of late Friday. Rising yields boost interest rates on loans, which makes lending more profitable.The S&P 500 rose 0.1% to 2,826.06, ending the week with a 2.3% loss. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.4%, to 25,585.69. The Nasdaq composite added 0.1% to 7,637.01. Small company stocks fared better, and the Russell 2000 index climbed 0.9% to 1,514.11.Investors will likely be stuck dealing with a volatile market until the outcome in the trade dispute becomes clear.The 11th round of U.S.-China trade talks ended with no agreement. Instead, the U.S. moved to increase tariffs on Chinese goods, prompting China to reciprocate. The trade dispute escalated further after the U.S. proposed restrictions on technology sales to China.President Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects to meet with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at a summit next month in Japan. Both sides have expressed a willingness to resume negotiations, while at the same time ratcheting up antagonistic rhetoric, leaving investors confused about what happens next.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 21 cents to $58.42 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It climbed 1.7% to settle at $58.63 a barrel on Friday. Brent crude, the international standard, lost 1 cent to $67.46 per barrel. It gave up 3 cents to $67.47 per barrel on Friday.CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 109.46 Japanese yen from 109.31 yen on Friday. The euro strengthened to $1.1215 from $1.1190.Elaine Kurtenbach, The Associated Press read more

Foxconn awards contracts to ‘Wisconsin-based’ companies

MILWAUKEE — Foxconn Technology Group has awarded $13 million in contracts to three firms it describes as “Wisconsin-based.”The Journal Sentinel reports that while the two of the three companies have a presence in Wisconsin, they are headquartered elsewhere. The contracts are for work on the foundations of the display panel plant Foxconn plans to build in Mount Pleasant.Foxconn says the contracts are going to C.D. Smith Construction of Fond du Lac, Otis Elevator Company of Milwaukee and PSI Intertek of Waukesha. Otis Elevator is headquartered in Farmington, Connecticut. PSI has its headquarters in Arlington Heights, Illinois.Foxconn says the companies receiving contracts do not have to be headquartered in the state to qualify as Wisconsin-based. The company has set a goal of using Wisconsin-based businesses for 60 per cent of its contracting.___Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.comThe Associated Press read more