Nirav Modi intends to appeal for bail in UK High Court

first_imgLondon: Fugitive diamond merchant Nirav Modi, undergoing extradition proceedings in the UK, intends to appeal for bail in the UK High Court after a second bail application was rejected by a lower court in London last week in the USD 1-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case.The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which represents the Indian authorities through the extradition process in the UK courts, said the 48-year-old intends to appeal against Judge Emma Arbuthnot’s decision to turn down his bail plea at the end of a hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court last Friday on the grounds that there was a substantial risk he would fail to surrender . Mr Modi intends to appeal his bail decision, but he has not yet submitted the appeal, a CPS spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday. The diamond merchant, who has been behind bars at HMP Wandsworth in south-west London ever since his first bail application was rejected on March 20, can apply for a High Court bail appeal at any time until his next remand hearing on April 26. However, his legal team must give the CPS 48 hours’ notice and the bail hearing must be listed within 48 hours of the appeal being lodged in the higher court. We are not making any comment at this time, Modi’s solicitor Anand Doobay said, in reference to plans for a bail appeal application. It remains to be seen how Modi’s legal team is able to further bolster the bail application after Chief Magistrate Arbuthnot ruled that 1 million pounds offered as security for bail as well as the offer to meet stringent electronic tag restrictions on their client’s movements, “akin to house arrest”, were not sufficient to convince her that he did not pose a flight risk. This is a case of substantial fraud, with loss to a bank in India of between USD 1-2 billion. I am not persuaded that the conditional bail sought will meet the concerns of the government of India in this case, the judge noted.last_img

From Russia With Love Bond girl Nadja Regin dies at 87

first_imgLondon: Serbia-born actor Nadja Regin, best known for starring in Bond films “From Russia With Love” and “Goldfinger”, died Monday at the age of 87. The official James Bond Twitter account shared the news on the microblogging site. “We are very sorry to learn that Nadja Regin has passed away at the age of 87. Nadja appeared in two Bond films, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE and GOLDFINGER. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time (sic),” the tweet read. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USShe was best known for her role as the mistress of Kerim Bey in “From Russia with Love” and had a smaller appearance as Bonita in the pre-credit sequence of “Goldfinger”, which featured Sean Connery as the iconic British spy. Regin also worked for the small screen and her TV roles included shows such as “The Avengers”, “Danger Man”, “The Saint” and “Dixon of Dock Green”. The actor appeared in several British TV programmes in the 1960s and also appeared in the 1964 New Zealand film “Runaway”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsIn the 1970s, she worked in select scripts for film companies including Rank Films and Hammer Films. After a decade, the actor moved away from the limelight to set up a small publishing company alongside her sister Jelena, which specialised in history and philosophy. She also wrote a novel, titled “The Victims and the Fools”, which she published under her full name Nadja Poderegin. The news of Regin’s death comes a week after her “Goldfinger” co-star Tania Mallet, 77, passed away.last_img

A terrible decision

first_imgThere is a whole host of implications and reasons to criticise the Central government’s move to ban civilian traffic movement on the nearly 300 km-stretch from Udhampur to Baramulla districts of National Highway 44 in Kashmir from 4 am to 5 pm every Sunday and Wednesday till May 31. A massive contingent of forces in small units have been deployed along the highway to enforce the ban. This decision is explained to be with the purpose of facilitating the movement of army and paramilitary convoys (they could have been airlifted) into Kashmir valley so as to ensure smooth conduct of the approaching general elections. This highway is the only stretch of road that connects Kashmir valley to mainland India. Naturally, this leads to significant disruption in the life of a common Kashmiri and also of every other civilian that would travel on that road. The plight of the local people is more serious as it covers a range of genuine situations such as medical patients, school children, traders and business owners, farmers and horticulturists, regular employees and even drivers of public transport. Also Read – A compounding difficulty Even before this highway ban draws criticism regarding its various impacts (which have already started to show since Sunday), a more legitimate and obvious question that must be raised is that why is there just one real connecting channel to India’s most strategic location. Kashmir is not a region to quarantine for its volatility for which successive Union governments have been responsible. As resolution of a dispute can have more than one ways, a territory can be brought closer by more ways than one. It stands obvious and emphasised that capitalising a situation for the gain of predominant politics takes a heavy toll on the common man. Apart from the disruption of day-to-day life of the common civilian, the economic impact of this ill-thought and senseless order on the region at large is a serious one. Kashmir was in the process of recovering from the losses from prolonged shut-down during the uprising following militant Burhan Wani’s elimination in July 2016 , and the massive floods that ravaged the region in September 2014. As trade will suffer massively, the regional economy is bound to take a hit in this election-centric politics. This short-term preventive measure will only add to the long-term detriment the Indian state has fomented in Kashmir.last_img

23yearold shot dead in Delhi over land dispute

first_imgNew Delhi: A 23-year-old man was shot dead allegedly over a land dispute in northwest Delhi’s Azadpur Mandi area early Tuesday, police said. The deceased has been identified as Akash, a resident of Mukundpur in Delhi, they said. The deceased, who used to work as a clerk at a merchant company, was killed over a dispute over possession of a land with another merchant in Azadpur Mandi, police said. According to a senior police official, the information was received regarding the incident at around 3:39 am on Tuesday following which, they rushed to the spot. Akash was rushed to Fortis Hospital where he was declared brought dead, the officer said. A case under section 302 of Indian Penal Code has been registered and the accused identified as Mohit has been apprehended. Further investigation is going, police added.last_img

Cong govt will order comprehensive probe into Rafale deal Singhvi

first_imgNew Delhi: A “comprehensive inquiry” will be ordered into the Rafale deal after the Congress comes to power at the Centre, senior party leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, indicating a criminal probe could be conducted into the multi-billion dollar contract.The role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, other government functionaries and private people will be probed, he said and exuded confidence that a Congress-led government will formed after the election results are out. “The day we come to power, just like in 72 hours or three days, loan waivers were taken care of in states (of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh), you will have a comprehensive inquiry. We have, in fact, asked for a JPC, but really speaking even an FIR and a criminal inquiry is not out of place,” he told PTI in an interview. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghAsked if the Rafale issue has struck a chord with the people on the ground, Singhvi said one would have to wait and watch for it but he was confident that people do feel “cheated”. “I have no doubt that somewhere in the psyche of the people it is embedded that yahaan daal mein kala nahin daal hi kaali hai (not just something, but everything seems to be fishy about the deal),” he said. On whether the Rafale deal will be probed if the Congress comes to power, Singhvi said Congress president Rahul Gandhi has already said so earlier. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”You can stonewall as much as you like. This is quicksand, the more you struggle the more you will get sucked inside,” he said. The Congress has alleged irregularities in the Rafale deal and claimed that Prime Minister Modi and Union ministers as well as private players were complicit in the “scam”. However, the government has dismissed the allegations of any wrongdoing in the deal with France for 36 Rafale fighter jets. On the issue of Election Commission’s alleged inaction and delay in ruling on complaints of poll code violations by Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah, Singhvi said the Congress has made 10 representations to the EC starting April 1 only related to the duo. All the 10 representations can be categorised into three categories –hate statements, dragging armed forces into cheap political debate and campaigning right next to the booth or around the booth which Modi has done in earlier years as well, Singhvi said. “How is it possible that the same EC which bans on the same principle Yogi Adityanath does nothing for 30 long days (against PM and Shah). We have told the EC why are you not deciding. We also added that non-decision is a decision itself,” the Rajya Sabha MP said. PTIlast_img

Indias first extremist was a Hindu Kamal Haasan

first_imgAravakurichi/New Delhi: Actor-politician Kamal Haasan has said independent India’s first “extremist was a Hindu”– Nathuram Godse who killed Mahatma Gandhi, stoking a controversy with the BJP on Monday asserting that an “assassin” is very different from a terrorist. The BJP also accused the Makkal Needhi Maiyam founder of indulging in “divisive politics” and following the Congress and Communists in showing Hindus “in a bad light to appease minorities”. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghAddressing an election campaign in Tamil Nadu’s Aravakurichi on Sunday night, Haasan said he was one of those “proud Indians” who desires an India of equality and where the “three colours in the tricolour remained intact”, in an obvious reference to different faiths. “I am not saying this because this is a Muslim dominated area, but I am saying this before a statue of Gandhi. Independent India’s first extremist was a Hindu, his name is Nathuram Godse. There it (extremism, apparently) starts,” he said. Haasan said he was a “self-assumed great-grandson” of Gandhi and that he had come here “seeking answers for that murder,” referring to Gandhi’s assassination in 1948. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHaasan’s comments drew sharp reactions with the state BJP unit approaching the Election Commission seeking action against him for alleged “gross violation” of the Model Code of Conduct and in New Delhi, Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman saying he does not understand the difference between an assassin and a terrorist. “It proves that he does not understand the difference between an assassin and a terrorist. An assassin is very different from a terrorist. Therefore if only he goes through the entire history and also follows up on the trial of Mahatma Gandhi he would know the difference,” Sitharaman told a press conference. She was responding to a question on Haasan’s comments in Tamil that free India’s first “terrorist” was a Hindu as he named Godse, who shot dead Mahatma Gandhi.last_img

Indian woman dies after hip surgery at Dubai hospital

first_imgDubai: An Indian woman chef has died in Dubai due to complications allegedly arising after a hip replacement surgery at a private hospital here, according to media reports. Betty Rita Fernandes, a 42-year-old mother of two, was admitted for the two-hour left hip replacement surgery at the Al Zahra Hospital on May 9, Gulf News reported. “In reference to the demise of Betty Rita Fernandes on May 9 after her surgery in Al Zahra Hospital Dubai (AZHD), we have made the family transparently aware of all the developments and ongoing reviews,” Mohayem Abdelghany, Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, said in a statement. “This incident is currently being dealt with multi-level in-depth reviews as per the hospital, Dubai Health Authority and Joint Commission International guidelines. It was also notified to the relevant authorities and DHA for their independent assessment and review and we will keep the patient’s family updated,” the statement read.last_img

Morocco Second Worldwide in Innovative Projects Provided by Microsoft Global

Rabat – According to Samir Benmakhlof, the General Manager of Microsoft Morocco, the kingdom comes in second place at the global level in the field of training and certificates of authentication on innovative projects provided by Microsoft Global.Speaking to Hespress website on the sidelines of the ninth edition of the National Education Forum, organized by the Moroccan Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training in collaboration with Microsoft Morocco, Benmakhlof emphasized that “the company’s main objective is to make modern technology users use it in a peaceful manner.”Benmakhlof added that the partnership between Microsoft and the Moroccan National Ministry of Education and Vocational Training which was launched ten years ago, has led to achieving very positive results in terms of the proper use of the means of modern technology. The training provided by Microsoft Morocco has seen the participation of 27,500 teachers belonging to 137 educational institutions, according to data reported by Benmakhlof. “Certificates provided are global certificates issued by the parent company, and entitle their holders to train other teachers and students,” said Benmakhlof.The General Manager of Microsoft Morocco said that the number of teachers who participated in the Innovative Business Program this year, has amounted to 300 teachers. In addition, three projects were selected from among the projects submitted to represent Morocco in a Microsoft’s global competition that is set to take place this year in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Religious Leadership Morocco to Train 102 Guinean Imams

Rabat- After difficult exams, the Republic of Guinea has chosen 102 young men to be sent to Morocco for a two-year training as Imams.During two years course, the Guinean men will be instructed in reciting the Quran and studying and analyzing about 150 hadith, or sayings of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).This training is part of a long-term cooperative agreement between Morocco and Guinea. 6,570 Guineans have already benefited from training in Morocco in the fields of engineering, Sharia, and medicine. Guineans are not the only ones who have benefited from Imam training programs in Morocco. Older people will participate in trainings as well.A group of Imams between the ages of 50 and 60 is expected to arrive to Morocco by next February for a similar training. Guinean young women will also be instructed in the same field.The Moroccan Ambassador to Guinea expressed his satisfaction for this initiative, and the Guinean Prime Minister also appreciated it.Edited by Timothy Filla

Morocco Deports Eight Foreigners For Undermining Public Order

Rabat – Morocco has deported eight foreigners for supporting prisoners arrested for participating in protests that took place in Laayoune, the main city of the Western Sahara, in Southern Morocco,  according to report by the Associated Press.On Thursday, Morocco’s official news agency, the Maghreb Arab Press, reported the eviction of five Spaniards, two Frenchmen, and one Belgian for their involvement in “undermining public order.”It remains unclear whether the prisoners helped by the foreigners were those arrested in November 2010 for participating in the Gdiem Izik protest camp outside Laayoune. The camp, which housed 12,000 Saharans, or Sahrawis, was set up in October 2010 to protest the living conditions of the people living in the Saharan cities under Moroccan sovereignty.A month after the protesters established the camp, the kingdom’s security forces dismantled it. The ensuing clashes caused the arrest and injury of several people and led to the death of 10 Moroccan officers and two Sahrawis, according to Moroccan officials.Last November, the Human Rights Watch called for the retrial or release of 21 Sahrawis still in prison for participating in the protests.With MAP

Moroccan Student Who Had Her Eyebrows and Hair Cut Tells Her

Fez – After two days of being subjected to horrendous physical and psychological violence before the eyes of hundreds of students at the Faculty of Science in Meknes, Chaimae comes out in a statement to Alyaoum24 news outlet to tell her story in detail. Restraining tears and with a lump at her throat, Chaimae describes the amount of violence inflicted on her by the radical leftist student group known as “The Interim Program.”Chaimae was accused of spying on the leftist group who hold a different ideology than her own. “About twenty students attacked me and dragged me from my hair to the university. I know them one by one. They used to eat and drink at the cafeteria where I work. I was out when they came to me armed with swords and dragged me from my hair to the university campus,” she said. “They called out for all students to attend the trial and they started making verdicts. Some said my hand should be severed. Others said my eyebrows should be shaved and my hair cut. Finally they decided that my eyebrows should be shaved and my hair cut,” She added.The terror the sixteen year old suffered at the hands of the ISIS-like students was tremendous. The physical wounds may heal with time, but the psychological scars would remain. “Zouhir and Zakia were the ones who executed the verdict; they beat me, and shaved my eyebrows. She tied and blindfolded me. I was crying and beseeching them to remove the blindfold, which they did. I recognized them one by one…” she said with tears in her eyes.After filing a complaint against the perpetrators, Chaimae said that the police arrested some of the “monster[s]” that attacked her and that the investigation is still ongoing. “I don’t want what I have experienced to happen to another girl. I also want that the perpetrators get their deserved punishment.”The Moroccan university has always been a theatre for ideological confrontations with a history of assassinations, murders, and violence between different ideological factions.Despite the collapse of the USSR and the emergence of a new world political order, the leftist ideology is still deeply rooted in the Moroccan university. The frequent clashes between the Islamists and the leftists inhibit the Moroccan university from achieving its goals and living up to the expectations of Moroccans.

Moroccos Prince Moulay Rachid Welcomes Baby Boy

Rabat – Prince Moulay Rachid has welcomed a baby boy that HM King Mohammed VI has baptized HH Prince Moulay Ahmed, the ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery announced Thursday.On this happy occasion, the Ministry of the Royal Household, Protocol and Chancellery presents its heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to HM King Mohammed VI, HRH Prince Moulay Rachid, his Spouse Lalla Oum Kaltoum and all members of the illustrious royal family, the ministry said in a statement read by Abdelhak Lamrini, Spokesman of the royal palace.Prince Moulay Rachid, brother of King Mohammed VI, got married with Miss Oum Keltoum Boufarès in June 2014. Oum Keltoum Boufares is the daughter of Mamoun Boufares who was the governor of Marrakech when King Mohammed VI ascended the throne in July 1999.Moulay Mamoum Boufarès, is the son of Princess Lalla Khadija, daughter of Sultan Moulay Youssef, who is the father of the late king Mohammed V, the grandfather of King Mohammed VI.

Benkirane Justifies His Call on His Party Members Not To React

Casablanca – Morocco’s appointed Head of Government, Abdelilah Benkirane, gave reasons for his call on his party members not to respond to the demonstrations following Mouhcine Fikri’s tragedy in the city of Hoceima. Since he requested his party “members and sympathizers not to react” to the protests denouncing the incident in Hoceima city, Benkirane has been severely attacked by politicians, human right activists and Moroccan social media users.During a speech he delivered in front of the members of Justice and Development Party’s (PJD) National Committee on November 5, Benkirane explained that he was afraid of a potential shift of the protests in Morocco. According to the Arabic-language news source, the PJD’s Secretary-General stated that Fikri’s death was “very painful and moving” but should not be a reason “to shift from a loss to losses.”Benkirane  said that his decision was “important and consistent,” adding that the caretaker government did not “prevent anyone from protesting in all the cities that saw marches denouncing the incident, and that no interventions to prevent it or crush it were recorded.”

EU Report on Human Rights European Parliament Rejects Amendment Hostile to

Strasbourg- The European Parliament, met in plenary session on Wednesday in Strasbourg, rejected an amendment to the European Union’s (EU) 2015 annual report on human rights, which is hostile to Morocco.The rejection of this amendment by an overwhelming majority put an end to any attempt to introduce any idea of expanding the prerogatives of the MINURSO. It also refutes the perpetual claims of alleged violations of human rights in the Sahara, put forward by the separatists.In a statement to MAP from Strasbourg, president of the Moroccan-EU Parliamentary Friendship Group, Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah, commended the new diplomatic victory of Morocco. “This rejection is the corollary of the achievements that Morocco is constantly accomplishing in many areas,” he said.He stressed the need to redouble diplomatic efforts and to work tirelessly to defend national interests and strengthen relations with the European Union in order to tackle common challenges, particularly security ones.Several MEPs told MAP that the rejection of this amendment by 388 votes reflects the European Union’s determination as to the need to work for a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution to the Sahara issue.

After Addressing Sexual Assault Rafiki Criticizes Marital Rape in the Name

Rabat – After heavily criticizing sexual assault in Muslim societies, including Morocco, blaming sexual frustration and lack of sex education, the scholar Mohamed Abdelwahab Rafiki has set his sights on “marital rape.”The former Salafi public figure said the ongoing debate in Morocco about rape – following the shocking sexual assault of a girl by a group of teenagers in bus in Casablanca–should draw the Moroccan public’s attention to another kind of rape, which takes place in the marital bed.The Moroccan scholar said in a Facebook post that society provides a “cover” for this kind of rape, with many giving it a religious “legitimization.” “Our societies, with all their male authoritarianism and despotism, allow the man to do whatever he wants with the woman’s body whether she likes it or not, as if it is an animalistic operation,” he wrote.He went on to say that this “culture” does not exist solely in “primitive male dominated societies,” but also in Muslim ones.Worse still, Rafikicontinued, is when this culture is legitimized by religion and becomes a religious order that the woman must comply with, or be seen as disobeying both Godand his prophet.He pointed to the Muslim scholars’ general opinions, based on some hadiths, that a woman who denies her husband sexual intercourse is cursed by the angels.Rafiki suggested that when a woman pleasing one’s husband, whether she wants to or not, becomes a religious order, then it enforces the false idea that it is the man alone who has lust and that the woman is a mere recipient.“On the other hand, if the woman has a desire, her husband has no responsibility to answer her want and does not sin if he refuses,” he said.

Moroccan Govt Pledges MAD 500 Million to Support LowIncome Families

Rabat – In an effort to fight poverty, one of the most challenging issues in the kingdom, Morocco’s government council has just passed a bill to broaden the list of the Family Mutual Assistance Fund’s beneficiaries.The amount of an annual assistance aid has increased from MAD 160 million to MAD 500 million, according to Moroccan daily newspaper Al Ahdath Al Maghribia. The list of beneficiaries will include poor wives, abandoned mothers, and children in need. Women who are looking after their children are also included.The new revisions form part of the draft law amending the conditions and procedures for receiving benefits from the Family Mutual Assistance Fund adopted on Thursday in a government council meeting. The amendments made by the government will also allow minors who have legal guardians to apply for the fund’s advances after the authorization of Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani.Government Spokesman Mustapha El Khalfi said that this bill aims to improve the performance of this fund, created in 2011 under the government of Abbas El Fassi.He added that this reform is also set to facilitate procedures and to strengthen the mechanism for allocating aid against fraud. The move will then require the adoption of an implementing decree, which the government should work on just after the vote on the 2018 budget bill.Two-hundred thousand orphans have been able to attend schools, owing to the contribution of this social reform that amounts to MAD 160 million per year, said El Khalfi. He added that the government will continue to improve the profitability for the assistance fund.

Moroccan Minister Calls for Prohibiting Fajr Friday Prayers in Childrens Camps

Raba – During an informal press conference Wednesday in Rabat, the Minister of Youth and Sports lambasted some religious practices during children’s holiday camps. Rachid Talbi Alami, who made a scathing attack on the performance of Al-Fajr and Friday prayers on children’s holiday camps, is said to have been particularly addressing his criticisms to scout organizations sympathetic towards the PJD (Justice and Development Party).“It is forbidden to wake children up at 3 am during holiday camps for performing Al Fajr prayer”, the minister told journalists on Wednesday.Rachid Talbi Almi, who is a known sympathizer, and member of the executive committee of the Centre-Right party RNI (National Rally of Independents), also said in his conference that “We cannot tolerate that children be expected to sit in the sun during Friday prayers.” He also announced that his ministry is working on programs aimed at countering such practices and especially conceived for holiday camps, warning that “Associations that do not respect the rules and regulations that the new programs will introduce won’t be authorized to organize holiday camps.”Some associations and observers have perceived the minister’s comments as a “not-so-veiled hostility” towards associations and youth organizations close to the PJD.Sâad Hazim, president of Ar-Rouad, one of the associations that the minister’s comments supposedly targeted, is alleged to have retorted to Talbi Alami’s remarks by saying that they are “statements full of fallacies. The first one being the allegation that those children are forced to perform Al Fajr, which is a lie.” He allegedly explained that children who take part in the activities organized by his association are not forced to do anything. “They spontaneously perform their prayers, having been used to doing so in their family homes.”“Children can’t be prohibited from praying, just as they can’t be told to pray, as many of them have not yet reached the legal age for that”, Sâad Hazim was quoted as also saying.Sâad Hazim, however, seems to share the Youth and Sports Minister’s opinion on children’s prolonged exposure to the sun during Friday prayers.“I do not remember that we ever put children in such a position.”“I am of the minister’s opinion when he lambastes the singing to children of lyrics that do not correspond to their age”, Hazim concluded, citing, by way of example, the singer Chaabi Zina Daoudia, whose lyrics and songs he deemed inappropriate and “incompatible” with a very young audience.

Suncor cites crudebyrail woes as it calls for early end to Alberta

Companies in this article: (TSX:SU, TSX:IMO)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Suncor Energy Inc. is calling on the Alberta government to make an earlier-than-planned exit from the oil curtailment program it enacted on Jan. 1 because of its “unintended consequences.”CEO Steve Williams says the program designed to draw down crude storage and free up space on export pipelines has worked too well, reducing local price discounts to the point that shipping crude by rail into the United States is no longer financially sustainable.News release: Suncor Energy reports fourth quarter 2018 results— Suncor (@Suncor) February 6, 2019The same charge was levelled last week by Imperial Oil Ltd. CEO Rich Kruger, who said his firm would cut its crude-by-rail shipments to near zero this month, a major setback in oil movements as it had been responsible for about half of Canada’s rail shipments in December.On a conference call to discuss Suncor’s fourth-quarter results, Williams said the production cuts are also having a long-term negative affect on investor confidence in Canada.The criticism came as Suncor reported a $280-million net loss in the fourth quarter of 2018, in part due to the very price discounts the curtailments were designed to reduce.READ MORE: Suncor blames western Canadian oil price discounts for net lossCalgary-based Suncor said its average realized price in Canadian dollars for raw bitumen in the quarter was just $7.96 per barrel, versus $42.80 in the fourth quarter of 2017. Its average realized price for upgraded synthetic crude was $46.07, compared with $70.55.“If you look at what’s happened, the differential corrected — and over-corrected — very quickly and the unintended consequence of that is … rail economics are severely damaged and a lot of the rail movements are stopping or have stopped,” said Williams.“That’s going to have the opposite impact to what the government wants.”The difference in price between Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend oil and New York benchmark West Texas Intermediate widened to as much as US$52 per barrel in October, but shrunk to single digits in December and January.READ MORE: Albertans rallying for solutions to oil industry woesIn order to support the higher cost of rail over pipelines, the differentials need to be higher than US$15-$20 per barrel, Imperial says.

Moroccan Mother Angrily Beats Son in Video Yells Tell Your Father

Rabat- The mother recorded her son, who appeared to be just six years old, as she ruthlessly swatted his bare skin. “Tell you father to divorce me,” she menaced while the child screamed and wailed in pain.The 33-second-long footage shows glimpses of the child’s toys lying forgotten amid the violence, as he pleads for his absent father to “come now and divorce her; she’s hitting me.”The angry mother, continuing to strike the child, said to her son: “are you two ganging up on me?” The woman’s identity has not yet been identified. Moroccans on social media, appalled, condemned her behavior as child abuse.Moroccan child’s rights organization “Matkisch Weldi” (meaning “do not touch my child” in English) denounced the violence and called on authorities to open an immediate investigation into the incident, said Moroccan news outlet Alyaoum24.

Swedish officials raid bank offices in money laundering case

COPENHAGEN — Swedish authorities were raiding the headquarters of one of Sweden’s largest banks on Wednesday as part of an investigation into whether Swedbank was connected to a massive money laundering scandal in the Baltic countries.Sweden’s Economic Crime Authority said chief prosecutor Thomas Langrot is probing whether 15 of Swedbank’s largest shareholders illegally received information about the bank’s connection to the money laundering scandal before Swedish television reported on the issue for the first time last month.Broadcaster SVT had reported that Swedbank customers had been able to funnel at least 40 billion kronor ($4.3 billion) between Swedbank and Danske Bank in Estonia.Estonia has ordered Danske Bank to shut its local subsidiary after the bank admitted massive amounts of money had been laundered.The Swedbank share dropped nearly 7 per cent in midday trading after news of the raid.The Associated Press