York Region police have been helping the RCMP investigate counterfeit merchandise at Markham’s Pacific Mall as far back as 2005 — and say they are confused by a U.S. government report that alleges calls for assistance from local law enforcement have gone unanswered.Last week, the report on “notorious markets” called the predominantly Chinese shopping centre one of the world’s most notorious hubs for pirated and counterfeit goods. “Vendors in Pacific Mall appear to operate largely with impunity, and requests for assistance from local law enforcement have reportedly gone unanswered,” the Office of the United States Trade Representative report reads. York police say they’re unsure “as to exactly what the report refers to” in that statement, “but we continue to look into this to ensure we have responded appropriately to such requests.”“York Regional Police responds to complaints of violations of the law and we … [Read more...] about York Region police denies they ignore complaints of counterfeit goods at Pacific Mall
Vietjet makes the breakthrough decision to upgrade its standing order of 42 A320neo aircraft to the larger, more universally capable A321neo, demonstrating to the regional airline industry that it will continue on its spectacular rise and successes. Vietjet’s integration of the newest A321neo marks the first time the aircraft is available to passengers in Southeast Asia. This defines the airline’s direction as a truly new-age operator, bringing high quality flight services to an ever broader low-cost market.Showing off the very latest in engine design, advanced aerodynamics, and cabin innovations, the A321neo under Vietjet will bring much greater efficiency to this operator which already prides itself on achieving some of the best efficiency numbers in the business – as well as reducing costs, showing its strong commitment to sustainability and Green operations. The new GTF engines alone cut fuel expenses across the fleet and reduce noise by 75 per cent. It expects … [Read more...] about Vietjet confirms its leading role in the region with latest fleet modernization
It is a trend that appears — excuse the pun — to be climbing. And while York Region police aren’t sure why an increasing number of people have been found clambering up cranes on construction sites, they were worried enough to issue a public warning.The notice came Monday after four separate incidents — involving mostly teenagers — occurred over the past few weeks. It’s dangerous for both the climbers and first responders, police said in a news release. And they reminded would-be adventurers that police do not “take these incidents lightly and people engaging in this activity may find themselves facing criminal charges.”“In every case, it’s been for the most part youth entering into closed construction sites at night and climbing very tall construction cranes,” said Const. Andy Pattenden.In April, the high-profile rescue of 23-year-old Marisa Lazo off a crane in downtown Toronto dominated newscasts. She faces six criminal … [Read more...] about Rash of crane-climbers prompts York Region police to issue warning
Leaders of the six riparian countries of the Lancang-Mekong, namely China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, are to meet Wednesday and Thursday in Phnom Penh for the 2nd Lancang-Mekong Cooperation (LMC) Leaders' Meeting. On the agenda is endorsement of a Five-year Plan of Action and a declaration outlining commitment to cooperation on key issues, including shared governance of the Lancang-Mekong River. The meeting -- and China's leadership role within it -- comes at a critical time for the Mekong River; the lifeblood of the region and its people. The Mekong urgently needs meaningful cooperation that involves all riparian countries and gives due priority to environmental protection and the human rights of river-basin communities. This includes effective measures to address the transboundary impacts of hydropower dams and other developments on the basin.Infrastructure development is escalating within the Lancang-Mekong Basin, with profound implications for the future of the … [Read more...] about Can regional cooperation secure the Mekong’s future?
DAKAR: Gunmen shot dead 13 people and wounded seven others on Saturday in the forest of Senegal's southern region of Casamance, the army said. It was not clear who was responsible or what the motive was for the attack on a group of civilians searching for firewood near the town of Borofaye and about 10km from the Guinea Bissau border, said army spokesman Abdoul Ndiaye.The area is home to separatist rebels who in 1982 formed what is now one of Africa's oldest rebellions in their search for independence from northern Senegal.The Movement of Democratic Forces for Casamance (MFDC) is active in the area of southern Senegal, which is separated from the more affluent north by Gambia.The movement has been largely dormant since a ceasefire in 2014. However, many areas remain off-limits because of land mines and arms stockpiles.President Macky Sall called in his New Year address for dialogue with the rebels and a lasting peace. … [Read more...] about Gunmen kill 13 in Senegal’s Casamance region – army