Annette Francis APTN National NewsA group of northern youth are hammering, sawing and sanding their way through their summer vacation.They’re in Ottawa for some hands on learning in carpentry.The course is being held at Algonquin college.“It’s prepared me for class hours doing things on our own,” said student Mikaela Vandell. “Finding our way through college, navigating and whatnot and just getting a taste of living in residence and coming to school on our own and finding our way.”Contact Annette here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Ridgen APTN InvestigatesA doctor whose prescribing practices were at the centre of several APTN stories over the past five years, has been charged with unprofessional conduct under the Medical Profession Act.Dr. Murray Davies is currently prohibited from prescribing opioids and benzodiazapines except in certain circumstances, such as working an emergency room shift.Last week, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan leveled the charges against Davies, a family doctor who also ran the methadone program in Kamsack, Sask.In April 2013, APTN Investigates reported, exclusively, several indigenous patients claimed they were over-prescribed or unduly prescribed opioids and once hooked, shuttled into the same doctor’s methadone program to get off the drugs.Some said they routinely failed drug screens but got their methadone anyway. All had concerns the methadone program wasn’t being properly run and complained they weren’t being weaned off the drug.A year after that expose, Health Canada stripped Davies of his ability to run the methadone program at the urging of the College of Physicians and Surgeons.At that time, a spokesman for the regulatory body would only say: “the College suggested he not have his authorization renewed.”They wouldn’t detail why.Davies was allowed to continue his family practice which includes the ability to prescribe opioids and other narcotics.The College’s prescription review program monitors opioid prescriptions to ensure the highly-addictive medications aren’t being improperly prescribed or over-prescribed.It confirmed to APTN Investigates back in 2013 that Davies was on their radar but would only say “we advise physicians if we have concerns with patient use … and if we have concerns about a physician’s prescribing we can ask for an explanation,” Spokesman Brian Salte said then.He added the program was designed to help doctors, not police them, and it’s “almost exclusively an educational process”.But that changed last week when the College charged Davies.“A disciplinary investigation is generally only brought if the College reaches the conclusion that educational interventions have failed or that there is some other reason that an educational approach is not appropriate,” Salte said in an email Thursday.“I cannot discuss the investigation or the reasons that the College has taken its action. Those are issues which relate to the evidence that may be considered if there is a discipline hearing.”Dr. Davies is still has his family practice and works at the community’s emergency room.If there is an admission by Davies, the penalty hearing will address the allegations which led to the College’s charge. If there is a contested hearing, the evidence will be introduced at that hearing.On ratemds.com, a website where patients can rate doctors, many posts complain about Dr. Davies’ prescribing practices, while other herald him as a “wonderful” doctor who the town is “lucky to have.”Kamsack, a hub for Cote, Keeseekoose and Key First Nations, is 80 kilometres north of Yorkton near the Manitoba-Saskatchewan email@example.com
Ashley BrandsonAPTN NewsFour of the five candidates for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) participated in a forum at Brokenhead Ojibway Nation on Wednesday.They heard from Manitoba chiefs and voiced their views on what the role of the AFN should firstname.lastname@example.org
VANCOUVER – Simons department store chain is launching a new app as part of its plan to grow its e-commerce business.“We really felt the need to close that gap between e-commerce and our physical and digital footprint,” said Peter Simons, president of the Quebec-based company.The company spent about two years working on the app, which will be available Thursday, and invested between $3 million- and- $4 million into the venture, he said.It includes a feature that allows users to upload a photo of a product they like — be it in a magazine, another store or on a passerby — and see recommendations of similar items at Simons.“It’s something that the apparel industry and the tech industry have been playing around with for some time,” said Doug Stephens, founder of Retail Prophet, a retail advisory firm.The camera is becoming the new keyboard, he said, explaining the Internet is shifting from predominantly text-based to a more visual platform.With the advent of better cameras embedded in smartphones and more capable artificial intelligence, he said consumers will grow increasingly accustomed to visual searches.The Simons app also integrates loyalty data, tracks previous in-store and online purchases, and allows shoppers to scan tags in-store for product data.The company is very focused on its e-commerce business, Simons said, and is also working on building a high-tech, robotic distribution facility in the future.He’s honed in on a 500,000-square-foot property and said the company is working to put together the technological players and financing for the project.That kind of upgrade is going to be essential for any e-commerce business, Stephens said, as businesses work to drive all inefficiencies out of the shipping process.Online retail juggernaut Amazon set the benchmark for the rest of the industry, he said. Amazon uses a robotic technology known as the Kiva system in its warehouses and offers same-day delivery in many locations, including Toronto and Vancouver.Last year, Hudson’s Bay Company (TSX:HBC) unveiled $60 million worth of upgrades to its Toronto distribution centre, including a robotics system intended to speed up deliveries.Simons said its new facility will be a huge capital investment. The company operates 15 stores in Canada, most of which are in Quebec, and is in the midst of a five-year, $200-million national expansion.But that doesn’t mean the 177-year-old company will go public any time soon, he said.“I’m trying to avoid it, because I would like to maintain the freedom that we have with our private ownership,” Simons said, saying it allows him to make choices public companies may not be able to.“I don’t know if we’d be able to make those choices that I would, that I would feel good with, that our organization would feel good with at the same time as satisfying this sort of insatiable quench for quarterly performance.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.
DETROIT – After more than a decade of making cars and SUVs — and, more recently, solar panels — Tesla Inc. wants to electrify a new type of vehicle: big trucks.The company unveiled its new electric semitractor-trailer Thursday night near its design centre in Hawthorne, California.CEO Elon Musk said the semi is capable of travelling 500 miles (804 kilometres) on an electric charge — even with a full 80,000-pound (36,287-kilogram) load — and will cost less than a diesel semi considering fuel savings, lower maintenance and other factors. Musk said customers can put down a $5,000 deposit for the semi now and production will begin in 2019.“We’re confident that this is a product that’s better in every way from a feature standpoint,” Musk told a crowd of Tesla fans gathered for the unveiling. Musk didn’t reveal the semi’s price.The truck will have Tesla’s Autopilot system, which can maintain a set speed and slow down automatically in traffic. It also has a system that automatically keeps the vehicle in its lane. Musk said several Tesla semis will be able to travel in a convoy, autonomously following each other.Musk said Tesla plans a worldwide network of solar-powered “megachargers” that could get the trucks back up to 400 miles of range after charging for only 30 minutes.The move fits with Musk’s stated goal for the company of accelerating the shift to sustainable transportation. Trucks account for nearly a quarter of transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S., according to government statistics.But the semi also piles on more chaos at the Palo Alto, California-based company. Tesla is way behind on production of the Model 3, a new lower-cost sedan, with some customers facing waits of 18 months or more. It’s also ramping up production of solar panels after buying Solar City Corp. last year. Tesla is working on a pickup truck and a lower-cost SUV and negotiating a new factory in China. Meanwhile, the company posted a record quarterly loss of $619 million in its most recent quarter.On Thursday night, Tesla surprised fans with another product: An updated version of its first sports car, the Roadster. Tesla says the new Roadster will have 620 miles of range and a top speed of 250 mph (402 kph). The car, coming in 2020, will have a base price of $200,000.Musk, too, is being pulled in many directions. He leads rocket maker SpaceX and is dabbling in other projects, including high-speed transit, artificial intelligence research and a new company that’s digging tunnels beneath Los Angeles to alleviate traffic congestion.“He’s got so much on his plate right now. This could present another distraction from really just making sure that the Model 3 is moved along effectively,” said Bruce Clark, a senior vice-president and automotive analyst at Moody’s.Tesla’s semi is venturing into an uncertain market. Demand for electric trucks is expected to grow over the next decade as the U.S., Europe and China all tighten their emissions regulations. Electric truck sales totalled 4,100 in 2016, but are expected to grow to more than 70,000 in 2026, says Navigant Research.But most of that growth is expected to be for smaller, medium-duty haulers like garbage trucks or delivery vans. Those trucks can have a more limited range of 100 miles (160 kilometres) or less, which requires fewer expensive batteries. They can also be fully charged overnight.Long-haul semi trucks, on the other hand, would be expected to go greater distances, and that would be challenging. Right now, there’s little charging infrastructure on global highways. Without Tesla’s promised fast-charging, even a mid-sized truck would likely require a two-hour stop, cutting into companies’ efficiency and profits, says Brian Irwin, managing director of the North American industrial group for the consulting firm Accenture.Irwin says truck companies will have to watch the market carefully, because tougher regulations on diesels or an improvement in charging infrastructure could make electric trucks more viable very quickly. Falling battery costs also will help make electric trucks more appealing compared to diesels.But even lower costs won’t make trucking a sure bet for Tesla. It faces stiff competition from long-trusted brands like Daimler AG, which unveiled its own semi prototype last month.“These are business people, not fans, and they will need convinced that this truck is better for their balance sheet than existing technology. It probably is, based on the specs provided, but this isn’t necessarily a slam dunk,” said Rebecca Lindland, an executive analyst at Kelley Blue Book.Musk said Tesla will guarantee the semi’s powertrain for one million miles to help alleviate customers’ concerns.
TORONTO – Bill Morneau says he understands the uncertainty surrounding NAFTA might be causing some companies to hesitate in making investment decisions.The federal finance minister made the comments today when asked about the Bank of Canada’s warning this week that elevated uncertainty over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement would drive down investment in Canada.Central bank governor Stephen Poloz says companies are becoming increasingly concerned about the unknowns of the ongoing NAFTA talks.Poloz says the uncertainty means firms may decide to redirect their investments south of the border — especially after the U.S. announced major, business-friendly tax reforms.He estimates the trade-policy uncertainty will lower investment by about two per cent by the end of 2019.Speaking in Toronto, Morneau says the concerns reinforce the argument NAFTA has been a big positive for the economy — and that the deal’s benefits are well understood by investors.“Any level of perspective change is something that causes people some pause,” Morneau said following a meeting with Mexican counterpart Jose Antonio Gonzalez Anaya.Negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the U.S. are scheduled to meet next week in Montreal for the sixth round of negotiations.Despite its concerns about NAFTA uncertainty, the Bank of Canada raised its trend-setting interest rate Wednesday for the third time since July following months of healthier-than-expected economic data.Morneau said the rate increase was a reflection of the economy’s strong run.
CALGARY – WestJet Airlines Ltd.’s announcement of a new chief executive, effective Thursday, marks an abrupt end to an eight-year run for outgoing CEO Gregg Saretsky.Saretsky, 58, is retiring just months before the airline is expected to unveil its new ultra-low-cost carrier Swoop, which has been the source of labour disputes between unionized pilots and the company.He’s being replaced by Ed Sims, WestJet’s current executive vice-president commercial, who has also been appointed to the airline’s board of directors. Sims, who has been with the company less than a year, becomes only the fourth CEO at WestJet, which was founded in 1996 as a small discount carrier.Sims joined WestJet in May 2017 after serving as CEO of Airways, New Zealand’s air navigation service provider. He also held senior positions with Tui, Thomas Cook, Virgin Groups and Air New Zealand.Saretsky’s departure caught at least one analyst off guard Thursday.“News of Mr. Saretsky’s retirement comes as a surprise to us,” RBC Capital Markets analyst Walter Spracklin wrote in a note.“Nonetheless, the change appears to be amicable and well-planned, with Mr. Sims being hand-picked and groomed for the job. We note he has an accomplished 30-year career in the tourism and aviation industries.”The airline’s stock fell about five per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange after the CEO departure announcement and a separate release stating the company is reducing some of its previously announced growth targets for the first quarter, ending March 31, including a more conservative estimate for growth in domestic capacity and revenue per available seat mile, one of its key revenue metrics.“In the near term, we may continue to see a degree of investor apprehension when considering the 1) surprise CEO retirement; 2) the unexpected downward revision to guidance; and 3) the continued complexity of launching Swoop, while embarking on its wide-body growth initiative,” Spracklin wrote.WestJet declined requests for interviews with Saretsky or Sims, and didn’t answer questions about the timing or apparent suddenness of the transition.The airline said Saretsky and the board came to an agreement that it was the right time to retire, “especially with the comfort that there is a strong successor in place.”WestJet has precedent for switching CEOs on short notice, although the transition seemed abrupt even by the company’s standards.Saretsky’s appointment as WestJet’s third CEO — after joining the company in 2009 as vice-president of WestJet Vacations — became official two weeks after his predecessor Sean Durfy announced his departure on March 15, 2010.Durfy had been WestJet president for a year before becoming WestJet’s second CEO in September 2007, succeeding co-founder Clive Beddoe, who remains chairman of the WestJet board of directors.In the announcement Thursday, Beddoe thanked Saretsky and wished him well in his retirement.“Gregg has taken WestJet to new heights during his tenure and the airline would not be in the strong position it is without Gregg’s business knowledge, drive and work ethic, and his focus on low costs,” Beddoe said.In WestJet’s statement, Saretsky said plans are well under way for the June launch of Swoop and the introduction of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.“I am proud of the many great things we have accomplished together during my time as president and CEO, and I wish WestJet well in the next chapter of its growth and evolution,” Saretsky said.Under Saretsky’s leadership, WestJet nearly doubled its fleet, launched WestJet Encore and started service to Europe.But his time as CEO also included the introduction of unions at WestJet, which had long promoted the competitive advantage of having an entrepreneurial, friendly workforce.The launch of Swoop has put the company at odds with its pilots as they negotiate a first union contract under the Air Line Pilots Association.The Canada Industrial Relations Board recently ordered WestJet to withdraw a new policy of offering its pilots — now represented by the Air Line Pilots Association — a two-year leave of absence if they go to fly for Swoop.The ALPA complained that the policy was a significant change in the company’s terms of employment and an interference with the union’s right to represent the pilots.A CIRB ruling announced Tuesday agreed that the policy could pose “substantial irreparable harm to the union” and noted that the alleged violation came during “the sensitive period of collective bargaining.”A second complaint, of unfair labour practices, has also been filed with the CIRB by the pilot union but a WestJet media represent said on Wednesday that the launch of Swoop is on track for its first flight in June.Companies in this story: (TSX:WJA)
SAN FRANCISCO — A U.S. judge overseeing a criminal case against Pacific Gas & Electric Co. asked the utility Tuesday to explain any role it may have played in a massive wildfire that destroyed a Northern California town and killed nearly 90 people.Judge William Alsup in San Francisco directed PG&E in a court filing to respond to a series of questions about power line safety and wildfires. He is overseeing a jury verdict and sentence against PG&E after a natural gas pipeline explosion killed eight people and destroyed 38 homes in the San Francisco Bay Area eight years ago.Investigators have not determined the cause of the wildfire that began Nov. 8 and tore through the town of Paradise, destroying nearly 14,000 homes and killing at least 88 people. Speculation, however, has centred on PG&E, which reported an outage around the time and place the fire ignited.Another transmission line also malfunctioned a short time later, possibly sparking a second fire.In Tuesday’s filing, Alsup said he wants to know whether any requirements in the sentence handed down last year for the 2010 pipeline blast in San Bruno “might be implicated” if the reckless operation or maintenance of PG&E power lines ignited a wildfire. He noted that the sentence required PG&E not to engage in any additional crimes.Another judge had ordered the utility to pay a $3 million fine and run television commercials publicizing its pipeline safety convictions. He also ordered an independent monitor to oversee the safety of its gas pipeline system and put the company on probation for five years.PG&E spokeswoman Erin Garvey said the utility was aware of Alsup’s notice and was reviewing it.“We continue to focus on assessing infrastructure, safely restoring power where possible and helping our customers recover and rebuild,” she said.Alsup also asked what requirements of the sentence might be affected by any “inaccurate, slow, or failed reporting of information about any wildfire by PG&E” and what steps the independent monitor has taken to improve the utility’s safety and reporting on power lines and wildfires.The judge asked for “an accurate and complete statement” of any role PG&E may have played in the Northern California fire and all other wildfires in California since its sentencing.Alsup’s questions also were directed to the U.S. attorney’s office, which prosecuted PG&E for the San Bruno blast, and the monitor overseeing its gas pipeline safety.Several fire victims have sued the company, blaming its equipment for the blaze.Sudhin Thanawala, The Associated Press
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — A large shareholder at Yelp says it’s lost patience with the review site and wants to see the company board reshuffled.In a letter released publicly Monday, SQN Investors said that it wants Yelp Inc. to add some new directors to its board, including shareholder representatives.SQN says it owns more than 4 per cent of Yelp’s shares. It says it believes “the board has failed to hold itself and management accountable for the company’s strategic and operational missteps, repeated missed earnings, lost opportunities and poor corporate governance.”Yelp says it’s committed to keeping an open dialogue with SQN. The company maintained that it’s committed to acting in the best interest of its shareholders, customers and workers.Its shares have fallen almost 10 per cent over the past year.The Associated Press
VANCOUVER, B.C. – A conservation group is suing the British Columbia government for deciding two oilpatch dams are exempt from environmental rules.The B.C. Sierra Club says foreign-owned Progress Energy built the dams in the province’s north without environmental assessments.The club alleges the government then retroactively exempted them from needing the reviews. It alleges the government’s own staff have said the dams, which are used to store water for fracking operations, clearly meet the criteria for assessments.The Sierra Club also claims the government doesn’t have the power to exempt dams from review after they’ve been built.Even if it did, the club alleges the province didn’t have enough information to make a proper decision.The government has not immediately responded to a request for comment.Research has suggested that British Columbia has dozens of unlicensed and unreviewed dams built to service fracking operations.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Last night, Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 the Fort St. John Association for Community Living (FSJACL) chosen as the recipient of the 100 Women Who Cares financial infusion of $19,200.The event held at the Lido Theatre was the largest attended event to date with over 190 members showing up to support the local community. The presenters at the event were chosen previously from a draw of 15.The Northern Environmental Action Team, FSJ Friendship Society and FSJ Association for Community Living made presentations to the full audience by sharing who they are, what they do in the community and how financial help would help their organizations. After the presentations the members cast their $100 vote in favour of the charity they want to support. With each member bringing $100 to the event, the total awarded to the chosen recipient last night was $19,200. This financial infusion can make an incredible difference for the organization receiving the funding.The 100 Women Who Care started in 2017, as a group of local women who come together for one evening to help infuse financial help into local charities. At the event, the women listen to three nominated charities who present their stories to the women. By sharing who they are, what they are doing in the community, and why they deserve the support.To view the FB Page; CLICK HERE
Mumbai: A few seconds was all it took to bring down the 30,000 sq ft seaside mansion of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, at Kihim beach in Maharashtra on Friday. The bungalow was demolished using controlled blasting, Raigad district collector Vijay Suryawanshi told PTI from the site, around 90 km from here. A large amount of dust was seen coming from the structure as it collapsed during the controlled blasts. The sprawling mansion of Modi, accused in the USD 2 billion PNB fraud case, was worth around Rs 40 crore, another official said. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Suryawanshi issued the demolition orders after the Enforcement Directorate (ED) handed over the property. On Tuesday, excavators were used to open up the pillars of the ‘Roopanya’ bungalow, to make space for fixing the detonators, the senior IAS official said. Maharashtra government last year wrote to the ED, which had sealed the bungalow, seeking a nod to demolish the property. The fixtures from the bungalow will be up for auction. Three items, a jacuzzi, a chandelier, and a Buddha statue, have been kept aside for handing over to the ED, the official said. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedThe estimated cost of the jacuzzi is Rs 15 lakh, the chandelier is worth Rs 20 lakh and the Buddha statue cost may be around Rs 10 lakh, a senior district administration official told PTI. On January 25, district officials began the demolition work using bulldozers, but found it time-consuming due to the RCC construction. On January 27, structural engineers from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Technical University conducted a survey. The experts suggested that the district officers carry out the demolition with the help of controlled blasting. Modi’s bungalow was attached by the ED following his involvement in the Punjab National Bank fraud case. It was handed over to the collector’s office on January 24, after the ED seized two trucks full of valuables from the building. The demolition of Nirav Modi’s bungalow will set the stage for a similar fate of three other bungalows in the coastal regulatory zone areas near Alibaug, an official said.
New Delhi: Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals has tied up with the Star Cricket Academy in Surrey, England to re-launch the facility as the ‘Rajasthan Royals Academy’. The centre has a state-of-the-art cricket centre named the Jarrett Centre, RR said in a press release. It is an indoor cricket training centre run by former professional batsman Siddharth Lahiri, along with his team of coaches including former England international and mentor to the academy, Keith Medlycott. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Speaking ahead of the launch of the academy, RR’s England player Jos Buttker said, “I am delighted that Rajasthan Royals are launching an academy in the UK. There is so much talent here and the learnings that can be transferred from the IPL and Indian cricket in general are immense.” Manoj Badale, lead owner of the Rajasthan Royals, added, “Education and sports go hand in hand, which helps in building strong characters and leaders. Rajasthan Royals Academy is a great way to engage the youth, develop talent, and potentially find the stars of the future.” The franchise said it is also keen to create an exchange programme across India and UK wherein the children from the UK will receive an opportunity to come to Institute of Sport, Nagpur.
Madurai: The Madras High Court rapped actor-politician Kamal Haasan for his Hindu extremist remark on Monday, observing that identifying a criminal with a religion, caste or race would definitely sow the seeds of hatred among people.Granting anticipatory bail to Haasan in a case filed over his controversial remark made at a recent poll rally, Justice R Pugalendhi of the Madurai bench of the high court also said hate speeches had become a common affair of late. Haasan, the founder of the Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM), apprehended arrest in the case filed against him over his remark made at Aravakurichi that the first extremist of independent India was a Hindu, a reference to Nathuram Godse who shot dead Mahatma Gandhi. The case has been filed on a complaint by the Hindu Munnani. The remark had triggered a controversy with the BJP, the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu and several Hindu outfits condemning Haasan. Cases have been filed against him in Tamil Nadu and New Delhi. Finding fault with Haasan for raising the issue in his campaign speech, the judge said a spark could light a lamp as well as destroy a forest. “What was required for the audience, in the election meeting, was constructive solutions for uplifting the common man and not creating hatred,” the judge said in his order.
Algiers – Sahrawis living in the Algeria-based Tindouf camps “should be free to advocate options other than independence for the Western Sahara without any imposed restrictions by the Polisario leaders,” said Saturday Human Right Watch (HRW). “The Polisario Front should ensure that camp residents are free to challenge its policies and leadership and advocate options other than independence for the Western Sahara”, said HRW, calling on the leaders of the separatist movement to “end military court jurisdiction over civilians and eradicate all vestiges of slavery”. The international human rights watchdog recalled the case of the former Polisario leader Mustapha Salma Ould who was detained in the camps after voicing support to the Moroccan autonomy plan in the Sahara. “In 2010, the Polisario detained one camp resident for more than two months after he spoke in support of Moroccan rule” while on a visit to the Sahara, pointed out HWR, noting that the front then “sent him across the border to Mauritania and barred him from returning to the refugee camps in Algeria, where his family lives.
Washington – US Vice President Joe Biden will lead the American delegation to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit slated in Marrakech on Nov. 19-21, the White House announced on Monday.Vice President Joe Biden to lead US delegation to Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Marrakech, White HouseUS president Barack Obama has announced the holding of this forum in Morocco, the first of its kind in the African continent, during his speech at the US Africa Business Forum last August as part of the first USA-Africa Summit.
Rabat – Morocco’s two most famous football teams will meet on Sunday for a new clash. Wydad Athletic Club (WAC) and Raja Club Athletic (RCA) are both thirsting for victory as the upcoming game will be crucial to win the Moroccan league.Six games away from the end of the season, the run for the Moroccan Football League title is tight. At the heart of the race are the kingdom’s two biggest clubs, Wydad and Raja.More than just Casablanca’s two football poles, Wydad and Raja have the biggest fan base all of all clubs in the kingdom. When the two clash, twice every season and occasionally in the Throne Cup, it is a national sports event. The rivalry between Wydad and Raja dates back decades, and winning the derby games is often seen by fans as more important than being crowned league champions. On Sunday’s game, however, the two Casablanca giants will be looking to kill two birds with one stone – to defeat one’s oldest foe and win three needed points towards reaching the title.Wydad is leading the Moroccan Football League table with 51 points. Raja comes second with 46 points, tying with Diffaa Hassani D’El Jadida (DHJ).Winning another three points will be a huge step for Wydad to snatch the championship away from its main rival, but even a draw will help. For Raja on the other hand, a victory is imperative to preserve its chances of winning the title.The upcoming clash is certainly not to be missed. History has proven that anything can happen during the Casablanca Derby games. While some have been disappointingly boring, others remain vivid in fans’ minds for years.No matter what, the two squads have every interest in making Sunday’s game one to remember.
SAN FRANCISCO — Apple is reducing the size of its workforce assigned to driverless car technology as the company reorganizes amid weakening sales of iPhones, its biggest moneymaker.The company acknowledged the cutbacks in a Thursday statement, without specifying the number of jobs affected. CNBC reported that more than 200 employees were dismissed from Apple’s self-driving car division, known internally as “Project Titan.”Apple says some of the employees who lost their jobs in the driverless car division have been reassigned to other parts of the company. Apple says it remains committed to helping build robotic cars, something it has been working on for several years but hasn’t made as many inroads so far in the field as Waymo, a Google spinoff that began a decade ago.The Associated Press
By Mohamed Amine RhazRabat – ThyssenKrupp Materials Services announced on Monday, February 1, the opening of a new sales and production site in Morocco. ThyssenKrupp Aerospace is a branch of ThyssenKrupp’s materials services, which is expected to open near Casablanca this summer. The new site will offer more than 2,000 square metres of warehouse space for raw materials such as aluminum, steel, and titanium in various forms and alloys. In addition, a “cut-to-size” service will allow customers to order the material in the size required.The facility will be Thyssenkrupp’s second in North Africa;Egypt was its first on the continent and the company’s 44th worldwide.Even before the official opening of the ThyssenKrupp’s aerospace facility, two supply agreements have been signed with aircraft parts Figeac Aero Maroc and ARM Group, while negotiations with other partners are ongoing.“We are pleased regarding the positive feedback from customers in Morocco,” says Hans-Josef Hoss, COO of ThyssenKrupp Materials Services. “This facility is an essential element of our future strategy of growth in the region–because of its good structure regarding the aerospace industry, Morocco offers an ideal environment.”ThyssenKrupp Aerospace is a major service provider for materials, supply chain solutions, and metals processing in the aerospace industry worldwide.Joachim Limberg, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Materials Services, stated that the new site underlines Thyssenkrupp’s ambition to be reliable and strong partner alongside their customers, highlighting “With our broad and deep experience as a system partner, we ensure that our customers can focus even more on their core business by taking on the complete management of logistics, warehousing, and supply chainsThyssenKrupp is a German multinational conglomerate specializing in the production of steel, machines, and industrial services, such as high-speed trains, elevators and shipbuilding. From its bases in Duisburg and Essen, the company has spread to over 480 locations worldwide.
NEW YORK — Apple says it’s fixed the FaceTime bug that allowed people to eavesdrop on others while using its group video chat feature. It plans to turn the service back on next week via a software update.The bug allowed some people to turn an iPhone into a live microphone while using Group FaceTime. Apple apologized Friday for the problem and says it’s is working on becoming better at responding to reports of glitches from customers.A boy and his mother in Tucson, Arizona, reported the bug but Apple did not immediately respond. Apple thanked the boy and his family in a prepared statement.The Associated Press