NEW YORK, N.Y. – Ebay filed a lawsuit against Amazon Wednesday, saying the online retail giant used eBay’s messaging system to steal its sellers.In the lawsuit, eBay said Amazon representatives signed up for eBay accounts and messaged sellers to get them to sell their goods on Amazon.com, which eBay said violated its user agreement. According to the complaint, Amazon representatives spelled out their email addresses and asked eBay sellers to talk on the phone in order to evade detection.Ebay called it an “orchestrated, co-ordinated, worldwide campaign” to “illegally lure eBay sellers to sell on Amazon.”Seattle-based Amazon declined to comment on the lawsuit.Both eBay and Amazon rely on independent sellers to boost their revenue, but it’s become a big part of Amazon’s growth: Last year, for the first time, more than half the items sold on Amazon were from third-party sellers.Ebay, based in San Jose, California, said it wants Amazon to stop misusing its messaging platform and to pay it an unspecified amount.
MONTREAL – The president of Air Transat is leaving the airline after five years at the helm.Tour company Transat A.T. Inc. announced Friday that Jean-Francois Lemay will leave the subsidiary in a few months.Lemay, who has been with the company for seven years, is leaving to “take on new challenges,” chief operating officer Annick Guerard says in a release.A successor hasn’t been selected.Lemay oversaw a series of changes, including reducing air costs, transforming the fleet and installing a new senior management team.Montreal-based Air Transat flies to about 60 destinations in 26 countries.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRZ)
Tickets can be purchased online, by phone at 1-877-339-8499, or in person at the Tiger Box Office Plus. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Hunters and outdoor enthusiasts from across the Peace Region will be descending on the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek as the local Sportsman’s Club hosts the 41st Annual Gun Show and Sportsman Show.As the largest gun and sportsman show in the Peace, the event will feature over 200 tables, with goods in firearms, knives, archery and ATVs. The show runs Saturday, April 7th, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 8th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Tickets are $10 for Adults in advance or $12 the day of, and $5 for youth aged 10 to 17 as well as Seniors 67 and over. Children under nine are free when accompanied by an adult.
UTV: Blue and black, 2018 Kawasaki TeryX4 800Trailer:2018 Lamar 83 x 14’ Tandem axle trailer with4’ standup mesh gate andspare tire with rim mounted on right side of the trailer.Suspect Vehicle:The suspect vehicle was described as an older model GMC Safari or Ford Astro min-van.The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information in this matter to contact police. If you have information about this incident or can assist in identifying suspects, you are asked to contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – On December 17, 2018, the Fort St. John RCMP received a report of a stolen side by side (UTV) and trailer from a business located in the area of 89th Ave/107th St, Fort St John, B.C.The theft occurred in the early morning hours on December 17, 2018. The suspect(s) damaged the fence and entered the property with a van before hooking up to the trailer and leaving the area.Description of items stolen:
The flooring will cover both the Food Bank and Thrift store which will cover approximately 9000 sqft.“We were blessed to receive a $50,000 grant to improve our building. This work is not something we could afford locally as all surplus supports the Food Bank and Family Services,” said EggiePhase I of the project was the Food Bank drop in area, as it was the most in need of repair, explains Eggie. Phase III will be the Food Bank sorting area.In May, the Salvation Army’s frontage windows received new vinyl decals to keep in theme with the new food truck.To view more on the ‘Modern Facelift’; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After a recent facelift the Salvation Army’s Thrift Store is currently closed for flooring renovations.Executive Director of the Salvation Army, Cameron Eggie shares phase II of the flooring renovations began today, Monday September 9th, 2019 with the Thrift Store. The store will reopen on Monday, September 16th with a new look and new product.Eggie explains, the flooring within the 100th Avenue location building will be upgraded in partnership with the national property department. After applying and receiving a grant to do the floors means the cost will not impact local resources.
Mumbai: From 1996 when her film Fire showcased a homosexual relationship to 2019 when a web series like ‘Made In Heaven’ has tackled the LGBTQ subject with deft, veteran actor Shabana Azmi has witnessed a change worth applauding. When Deepa Mehta’s Fire had released, the film was opposed by the orthodox sections of the Indian society. In hindsight, Shabana said: “Look, that film released in 1996. Since then if I look at the journey till ‘Made In Heaven’, which is a recent example, I have to say that space has opened up, really. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot”I always believe that films are a reflection of our society and good films can influence society. There is a relation… but there is an acceptance and that has to be applauded.” While in Fire, Shabana played a housewife named Radha who falls in love with her sister-in-law, in the American independent film Signature Move, she essayed a m other to a girl who is lesbian. The latter film is about how with time, the mother tries to be compassionate towards her child when she comes out of the closet. Shabana said: “Parental support is needed when a youngster is coming out of the closet. I would suggest a film (Evening Shadows) It is a mother-son story. “When the mother learns that her son is homosexual, she gets horrified. But later how they understand each other… that is a very beautiful narrative. Watching that film will surely lead to sensitisation.”
New Delhi: Vipin Anand has taken charge as managing director of LIC of India. He was appointed managing director vide Govt of India Notification dated 14th March, 2019. Prior to taking charge as managing director, he was In-charge of LIC’s Western Zone, headquartered at Mumbai and comprising of 23 Divisions covering the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat , Goa and Union Territories of Daman, Diu and Dadra & Nagar Haveli. Earlier, he has also headed LIC’s East Central Zone headquartered at Patna. During his service of more than 35 years with the organisation, Anand has handled several important assignments in various capacities and departments, in operations as well as at the corporate level, ranging from information technology, marketing, personnel & industrial relations to corporate communications and international operations, across different geographical locations of the country, with great success.
New Delhi: Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection rose 10.05 per cent to Rs 1,13,865 crore in April from a year-ago period, recording the highest ever monthly revenue mop-up since the new indirect tax system was rolled out on July 1, 2017, an official statement said on Wednesday. “The total gross GST revenue in the month of April, 2019 is Rs 1,13,865 crore of which CGST (Central GST) is Rs 21,163 crore, SGST (State GST) is Rs 28,801 crore, IGST (Integrated GST) is Rs 54,733 crore including Rs 23,289 crore collected on imports and cess is Rs 9,168 crore including Rs 1,053 crore collected on imports,” a Finance Ministry statement said. According to the statement, the total number of GSTR-3B returns filed for the month of March up to April 30, 2019 is 72.13 lakh. The GSTR-3B Form is a summary of outward supplies, Input Tax Credit (ITC) claimed and net tax payable. The revenue in April, 2018 was Rs 1,03,459 crore and the revenue during April, 2019 saw a growth of 10.05 per cent over the revenue in the same month last year.
Kolkata: The syndicate of Calcutta University on Thursday condemned the destruction of the bust of Pandit Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar on May 14 on the premises of Vidyasagar College, which is affiliated to the varsity.Reading out the resolution for condemnation, the Vice-Chancellor of the Calcutta University Sonali Chakravarti Banerjee said: “The destruction of Vidyasagar’s bust is a black spot in Indian history and the university community denounces this attack on our heritage.” She further said the Vidyasagar College authorities had informed the university about the incident and the varsity had assured the college of all possible assistance to reconstruct of the bust of the great social reformer. Vice-Chancellors of state universities have expressed deep concern over the vandalism and wrecking of the bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar at the Vidyasagar College. The statement jointly issued by the Vice-Chancellors asserts that such incidents were destroying the sanctity of educational institutions and striking at the root of Bengal’s eclectic cultural past. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”We express deep concern regarding the vandalism that was perpetrated on educational institutions in Kolkata and the wrecking of the bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar on the premises of Vidyasagar College on Tuesday evening,” read the statement. “Vidyasagar symbolised the spirit of the Bengal Renaissance and pioneered the movement for the spread of education and women’s empowerment.” The Vice-Chancellors urged that in the name of politics people should not tarnish the heritage of Bengal.
New York (UN) – The United Nations extended its sincere condolences to Morocco contingent as well as to the bereaved families and the Moroccan authorities over the death, on Jan. 27, of three Morocco’s blue helmets deployed under the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI).The UNSG special representative for Côte d’Ivoire and the UNOCI staff “regret to announce the death of three soldiers from Morocco, on Jan. 27, 2015, following a road accident that took place 5 kilometers away from Guiglo and offer their sincere condolences to the Moroccan contingent as well as to the bereaved families and the Moroccan authorities,” said UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric.The victims, members of the 21st Moroccan contingent of the UNOCI, were in an escort mission aboard a military vehicle and were deployed as part of the UN Mission in November. Their death brings to 86 the number of peacekeepers who have died since the beginning of the UN mission in Côte d’Ivoire in April 2004.
Rabat – A Moroccan man was arrested this Tuesday in Pamplona, northern Span for planning to travel to Syria in order to join the ranks of the so called Islamic State.A statement by Spanish Ministry of Interior identified the suspect as a 32-year-old man who owned a restaurant in the northern city of Pamplona.According to the same source, the Moroccan national reportedly used his restaurant to show and distribute IS videos and photographs. He also worked to recruit militants to travel to Syria for the group. The statement said Civil Guard intelligence started investigating the suspect after showing “clear signs of radicalization, including changing his behavior and appearance as well as his circle of friends.”The suspect’s family members had severed ties with him over his extremism, said the interior ministry.This comes only a few days after two other Moroccans were arrested in Spain over suspected ISIS links last week.The two suspects, who are both from Tangiers, were arrested in Barcelona, for spreading the ideology of ISIS via social networking sites, targeting in particular young women.
Rabat – Six suspects were arrested by Agadir’s judiciary police following the interception of a truck, which was carrying 6.6 tons of cannabis (marijuana).Investigations led to the arrest of six people, including the truck driver, the vehicle owner and the main suspect, said national police (DGSN) in a statement.Investigations are still ongoing to determine possible links between this ring and other criminal organizations and to arrest those involved in the traffic.With MAP
By Safaa Kasraoui and Sana ElouaziRabat – After spending three days in the Steenokkerzeel detention center in Belgium for allegedly not having enough money to finance his stay in the country, Moroccan professor Abdelkader Hakkou was released on Sunday. On Friday, Hakkou headed to Belgium after he received an invitation from the Free University of Brussels (ULB) in order to take part in an inter-university mission for a development cooperation project on the sustainable management of palm and date palm cultivation. After landing at Charleroi airport on Friday, Hakko was prevented from leaving the airport by the Belgian authorities, who then detained him in the closed center of Steenokkerzeel, a Dutch-speaking Belgian municipality in the Flemish Region.Authorities said that Hakkou’s papers were not in order, and that there was a refoulement procedure in place. Authorities claimed that Hakkou, who is also vice-president of Oujda’s Mohammed I University, could not afford to finance his stay in the country and thus did not fulfill the conditions for entering in Belgium.Humiliation After his release, the professor strongly condemned his detention, saying that he was “humiliated.”“I stayed all night on a metal chair, it is humiliating. It is hard to accept,” the professor told the press.Hakkou added that he was surprised by the way he was received by the airport authorities while his ULB colleagues were waiting just outside. “What a spiral of events I lived these two and a half days! It is a shame for a democratic country that respects human rights,” reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).ULB Responds to Airport AuthoritiesThe arrest shocked not only Hakkou but also the university, who strongly denounced his arrest Nicolas Dassonville, spokesperson of the university, said after his arrest was reported that “it is absolutely absurd that he is in detention. This is not the first time he has been to Belgium or Europe. It is very surprising that this is happening.”The university spokesperson affirmed then that the professor is on an official trip in the country. ”We will ensure that the professor will be released as soon as possible, because we have all the documents that prove that he is on the Belgian territory for a development cooperation project for which it is financed.”At the time, one of the professors has already visited the closed center of Steenokkerzeel to bring documents proving Professor Hakkou’s cooperation mission. ULB explained that it had “appointed a lawyer to get him out of the closed center as quickly as possible,” a procedure that led to his release on Sunday.For Yvon Englert, rector of the ULB “[Belgium] needs to open to up to the world. We especially need the university to have serene collaborations with all countries, including those from the south, and I would like to remind you that this professor is here in the context of a collaboration financed by public money, which makes the situation even more surreal.”The university rector believes that “Belgium is going the wrong way. We must stop running behind the extreme right. This is not the right track.”
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Latest on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State speech (all times local):6:30 p.m.Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will kick off a 50-event tour across Michigan following her first State of the State speech, starting in Grand Rapids with a focus on fixing the roads and making sure the workforce is adequately trained.The Democrat will attend a breakfast Wednesday with business leaders, hosted by The Right Place economic development organization in Grand Rapids. She also will tour Grand Rapids Community College.Whitmer is calling her post-State of the State events the “Home for Opportunity Tour.” Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist or Cabinet members will attend the events that will extend into March.Two of Whitmer’s top priorities include addressing deteriorating road conditions and closing a “skills gap” so workers have the training they need to fill jobs.___5:35 a.m.Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she will use her first State of the State address to focus on Michigan’s “fundamentals” — such as the roads, drinking water and workforce.The Democrat will speak Tuesday night during a joint session of the Republican-led Legislature.She plans to focus in part on the magnitude of the problem with deteriorating roads and bridges , asking drivers and businesses to give feedback on what pothole-ridden infrastructure is costing them. A detailed proposal will likely wait until she proposes her budget in March.Another major topic will be workforce development — ensuring that companies can fill their jobs with in-state workers who have the proper training. The issue applies to all workers, she says, regardless of whether they have four-year college degrees, trade certificates or something in-between.The Associated Press
BRUSSELS — Official figures show that industry across the 19-country eurozone endured in 2018 its worst year since the recession after the global financial crisis, with a broad-based slowdown across countries and sectors.Statistics agency Eurostat said Wednesday that industrial output in the single currency bloc was 4.2 per cent lower in December than the year before. That’s the worst performance since November 2009.The figure was weighed down by a bigger than expected month-on-month decline. In December, output was down 0.9 per cent against expectations for a 0.4 per cent fall.The news could ratchet up expectations that eurozone growth in the fourth quarter may be revised down from a quarterly rate of 0.2 per cent.Andrew Kenningham, chief European economist at Capital Economics, said the “risk of an outright recession has clearly risen.”The Associated Press
By Chase LacyRabat – Friday five charges of first-degree murder were filed against Capital Gazette shooter Jarrod Warren Ramos. The gunman’s bail hearing was set at 10:30 a.m. in Annapolis, Maryland. On Thursday, June 28, the gunman stormed into the office of the Annapolis-based newspaper and opened fire on the staff. The gunman shot through the glass door and, according to Anne Arundel County Police Chief William Krampf, “He entered the building with a shotgun and he located his victims as he walked through the lower level.” Staff in the small office began scrambling and hiding under their desks, hoping that the gunman would not cross their path. Staff members noted when they could hear his footsteps wandering around, the blasts of his shotgun, and when he reloaded. Staff reported that the police reaction was swift, responding to an emergency call in less than two minutes. Police entered the building and, without an exchange of gunfire, apprehended the gunman hiding underneath a desk with his gun lying beside him. Approximately 170 people evacuated the multi-office building with their hands in the air. Victims of the attack were editorial page editor Gerald Fischman, assistant editor Rob Hiaasen, reporter John McNamara, sales assistant Rebecca Smith, and features writer Wendi Winters. Two other staff members sustained non-life threatening injuries and were released from the hospital. The shooter had a tumultuous history with the Capital Gazette, filing a defamation lawsuit against the paper in 2012 because of an article written by Eric Hartley. The shooter claimed he was harmed by the article, which described his guilty conviction for criminal harassment of a woman online. The case was dismissed in 2013, and the ruling was upheld in 2015.Police reported that the suspect was not cooperative and that identifying him was difficult. They reported that he had no identification on his person and his fingerprints had been “altered.” The police reportedly used facial recognition software to identify the 39-year-old from Laurel, Maryland. The last case of journalists shot and killed came in August 2015, when Vester Lee Flanagan II killed television reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward during a live broadcast in Roanoke, Virginia. The case is one among a multitude of shootings every year in the United States, and adds fuel to the ongoing bitterly divisive political debate amongst Americans regarding gun control.
Rabat – Heetch, the famous French mobile app that provides drivers for transportation, is now available in Rabat. After successfully launching in Casablanca in November 2017, Heetch extended its services to the capital on September 17. For its first run in Rabat, Heetch began with a fleet of 200 taxi drivers.In Casablanca, the application has become established in less than a year, with a large network of partners and a fleet of 4,000 taxi drivers. “This choice has been carefully considered, since Rabat is the capital of the country and the second largest city in the Kingdom,” said Teddy Pellerin, co-founder of Heetch, in a statement issued to MAP. Rabat and the city of Sale together make the country’s second largest metropolitan area.Heetch has ambitions to extend its services all around the North African country. “We are happy to accompany the spread of Heetch to other cities in Morocco,” said Sadik Boujaera, deputy secretary general of the National Union of Taxis (UNMT).In addition, Heetch developed the “Fiddek” label thanks to a partnership with UNMT, in which Heetch is under the supervision of UMT. The “Fiddek” label guarantees criteria related to the cleanliness and the quality of service. The Heetch application, which is downloadable on iPhone and Android, will allow users to be both geolocated and informed in real time of the progress of their drivers. Heetch hopes to provide legal, safe, reliable, and user-friendly mobility.Heetch was a French start-up founded in April 2013 by Teddy Pellerin and Mathieu Jacob. It is inspired by several websites, like Airbnb and Drivy.Heetch wants to make night transportation more accessible aims at young people returning from an evening out. Eighty percent of its users are under 25.
LONDON — The Latest on the sentencing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (all times local):11:35 a.m.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has apologized unreservedly for skipping bail seven years ago and holing up in the Ecuadorian embassy.In a letter read by attorney Mark Summers, Assange says he found himself “struggling with terrifying circumstances” and did what he thought best.Assange sought asylum in the South American country’s London embassy in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning over rape and sexual assault allegations.The secret spiller faces up to a year in prison when he is sentenced at London’s Southwark Crown Court. Summers told a courtroom packed with journalists and WikiLeaks supporters on Wednesday that Assange sought refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy because “he was living with overwhelming fear of being rendered to the U.S.”___9 a.m.WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is set to be sentenced for jumping British bail seven years ago and holing up in the Ecuadorian embassy.Assange faces a maximum sentence of a year in prison when he is sentenced Wednesday at London’s Southwark Crown Court. A judge at an earlier hearing said the 47-year-old hacker’s offence “merits the maximum sentence.”The Australian secret-spiller sought asylum in the South American country’s London embassy in June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he was wanted for questioning over rape and sexual assault allegations. He faces a separate legal fight against a U.S. extradition request. American authorities have charged him with conspiring to break into a Pentagon computer system.Assange was arrested last month after Ecuador revoked his political asylum.The Associated Press
BISMARCK, N.D. — The escalating trade war between the U.S. and China is causing anxiety among rural farmers and bankers.Upper Midwest soybean farmer Jamie Beyer says these are days of “a little bit of panic.” Minnesota agriculture lender Kent Thiesse (TEE’-see) says most farmers were able to get financing for spring planting, but more federal aid might be needed to head off “serious losses” this fall.The Commerce Department says farmers’ personal income declined by $11.8 billion through the first three months of 2019. The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City says a similar pace of decline is expected in coming months.RSM chief economist Joseph Brusuelas says the farm sector might see its greatest downturn in three decades.President Donald Trump promises more aid. But the American Soybean Association says farmers are tired of being “collateral damage in an endless tariff war.”Blake Nicholson, The Associated Press
PHOENIX — Arizona’s next state budget will help pay for building additional lanes along 23 miles (37 kilometres) of Interstate 17 north of the Phoenix area in two stretches where traffic can be clogged, particularly on summer and holiday weekends and after wrecks.The project will add so-called two flex lanes that could be used for travel in either direction on 16 miles (26 kilometres) between Black Canyon City and Sunset Point Rest Area and a third traffic lane in each direction on 7 miles (11 kilometres) between Anthem and Black Canyon City.Legislation signed Friday by Gov. Doug Ducey for the fiscal year beginning July 1 provides $130 million over three years for the I-17 project. The federal government and the Maricopa Association of Governments also will contribute funding.The Associated Press