Judges like House court funding plan

first_imgJudges like House court funding plan Judges like House court funding plan Associate EditorThe House plan to shift funding of the courts from counties to the state passed unanimously out of both the Select Committee on Article V and the Subcommittee on Judicial Appropriations, leaving judges feeling upbeat for a change.“We are pleased with the bill overall. That does not mean we do not have a few small things that we think need some tweaking,” Sixth Judicial Circuit Judge Susan Schaeffer, chair of the Supreme Court’s Trial Court Budget Commission, told the committee’s chair, Rep. Holly Benson, R-Pensacola, on April 4.“Quite frankly, where we were and where we are, what I am saying is we have come a long way. And mostly because of Madam Chair and her openness and willingness to work with us.”On April 15, Judge Schaeffer told the appropriations subcommittee: “We’ve come a long way, and we’ve come a little further today.”Improvements to the bill, from the judges’ perspective, were the creation of a contingency fund for the trial courts for budget shortfalls and unexpected due-process costs in the funding transition, as has been provided for the state attorneys, public defenders, and conflict counsel.More importantly, a successful amendment added “case management” as another necessary item the state agrees to pay for in the funding shift.“Case management, we have determined to be an essential element of the trial court. We don’t think we can do without it,”b Judge Schaeffer told the appropriations subcommittee chaired by Rep. Joe Negron, R-Stuart.“The chief judges were up here yesterday and feel we would be in dire straights without it.”The amendment adding “case management” was offered by Rep. Juan-Carlos Planas, R-Miami, who said, “We are going to gum up the system without it.”But Benson opposed it, saying, “My concern is there is a fiscal impact we haven’t considered.. . In the interest of moving this bill forward, and presenting it for an appropriate decision in conference, I am opposed to it.”So was Negron, who said, “I think the words ‘case management’ are open to a lot of interpretation and would include issues beyond what the state should reasonably pay for.”But adding case management to the state’s responsibility was supported by Rep. Jack Seiler, D-Pompano Beach, who said: “At the start of this process, many months ago, we talked about the issue of separation of powers. I think, at times, some of our funding issues have been so drastic that we have infringed on that separation of powers by not providing the independence to the judiciary that they need to handle their own affairs and their own budget.”Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach, added his support, saying that in Dade County, the caseload is “so grave and so crushing that without this, judges will almost be unable to move the docket. I think this is consistent with the constitutional imperative we are under. And we need to figure out the best way to fund it.”Another big relief for the TCBC, Judge Schaeffer said, was retooling the makeup and role of what is called the Article V Indigent Services Advisory Board that will advise the legislature about cost containment strategies and policies, as well as qualifications and compensation standards governing such expenditures as court-appointed counsel, court reporters, and court interpreters.In earlier discussions, the members of the board were to be appointed by the governor to make binding policy decisions on due-process costs and court employees. Now, the board is advisory, and the chief justice will be allowed to appoint one-quarter of the board members. The others on the 12-member board will be appointed by the governor, the Senate president, and the House speaker.“That was a huge separation of powers issue,” Judge Schaeffer said. “There were lots of discussions and lots of give-and-take, and lots of meetings. Finally, we wanted to make it clear it wasn’t that we were trying to be aloof and say we were too good to participate. And maybe we could have taken that position. But we are a joint user of those due-process costs, along with state attorneys and public defenders and conflict counsel. They are volatile costs. For us to remain aloof and say we don’t want to be part of the solution, really, wouldn’t be right.”Now the trial courts will have important input, Judge Schaeffer said.“We can make sure they have good qualifications and reasonable fees. We believe it can work. Now, is it something the Supreme Court will be happy we gave in on? We don’t know, because we didn’t consult them on that. This is a Trial Court Budget Commission due-process cost. Of course, the chief justice gave the TCBC the rein to go negotiate. We negotiated.”Negotiations to allow drug courts to remain in the statutes as a mandatory program financed by the state were passionate, but failed in the end.Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Dania Beach, offered an amendment to put drugs courts back in, as they appear in current law.Extolling the successes of drug courts that have “exceeded expectations” in saving costs of incarceration and saving lives, Ryan said: “What we have is a system that works perfectly fine. When we were instructed by the voters that we had to take on the cost of the court system, we were not instructed to throw away, to overhaul, the programs that have operated so successfully.”Ryan’s amendment was supported by Seiler and Gelber.“We don’t want to limit all of our courts, our core courts, to the least common denominator of stuff in the tool box,” Gelber said.But Benson, Rep. Mark Mahon, R-Jacksonville, Rep. Jeff Kottkamp, R-Cape Coral, and Negron joined in defeating the amendment.“This has a $2.8 million fiscal impact,” Negron said. “The treatment that goes on, that is a therapeutic endeavor. While it’s important, it is not a courthouse function. If the counties want that function of the courts to continue, the counties can certainly pay for it.”At the end of the meeting, there was heaping of praise on Benson for shepherding the complex Article V bill through the House committee.“I am very proud of the product. It is very comprehensive and thoughtful. I wish we had more time,” Benson said, adding that there is next year to finalize details for the transition by the July 1, 2004 deadline. “Some critics would argue that the state should simply assume responsibility for the 67 county systems that exist without question, that Revision 7 to Article V is merely a funding shift,” Benson wrote in a newspaper column.“To define our mission this narrowly would have been short-sighted and a misunderstanding of the amendment.. . . This proposal, and the praise the Select Committee on Article V has received from our judiciary, makes plainly evident that the House remains committed to preserving a judicial system that works for the people of Florida; a judicial system which will be just, responsive, and responsible for our citizens.”At the Select Committee meeting, April 4, Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples, complimented Benson on her leadership and “outstanding effort.”“Notwithstanding some of what has been written in our various media about the House plan up until today, this is the first bill that we’ve considered. And I think that’s a very important issue,” Goodlette said.“We have been looking at opportunities to enhance the quality of our civil justice system. We have looked at ways we can work more closely with our clerks and with our counties. This has been a collaborative effort.”Here are some of the highlights of the House Article V plan:• The state will pay for state attorneys, public defenders, court-appointed counsel and the state courts system defined as “judges, judicial assistants, law clerks, and resource materials; juror compensation, court reporting services, auxiliary aids, appellate court facilities, interpreters, Judicial Qualifications Commission, masters and hearing officers, mediation and arbitration, basic legal materials accessible to the public, administrative services in support of these functions, offices of appellate clerks, and appellate law libraries.” Case management was added to that list in an amendment.• Specialty courts – such as drug courts – are now optional for counties. While the state will continue to fund judges, state attorneys, and public defenders, the counties must now secure other funding for costs related to specialty courts.• The clerks of courts will provide nonlegal advice assistance to pro se litigants.• Criminal defendants’ eligibility for public defenders has been made tougher by lowering the income level from 250 percent to 150 percent of the federal poverty level. Benson explained it was an attempt to make that consistent with other state public assistance guidelines. State-funded indigency examiners will be assigned to the clerks of court. And it will cost defendants a $40 fee to the clerk to apply for court-related services based on indigency. The right for an individual to have indigency determination reviewed by the court is preserved.A. Russell Smith, legislative affairs chair for the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, warned it is “going to create a pool of people who don’t qualify for the public defender but can’t afford to hire a lawyer. Ask the trial judges what happens when an unrepresented defendant in a felony case says, ‘I don’t want to plead guilty, I want my trial.’ Like a pebble in a pond, the ripple effect of this is it ends up costing far more on the back end of the system than it does to adequately fund the defense.”• Legal aid programs are included as a local requirement of the state courts system. Exempted from this requirement are counties with populations less than 75,000.“I urge my colleagues to support this,” said Gelber, who offered the amendment along with Benson, Goodlette, and Negron.“I know counties may have some consternation about making it a local requirement. But I think everybody should understand why.. . . It’s very important to note that whoever funds legal services, there should never be any question that there is support.”Goodlette explained the amendment this way: When a sentence regarding service charges in excess of certain amounts was deleted from the bill, it signaled alarm that they were eliminating funding of legal aid altogether.“And nothing could be further from our intent,” Goodlette said. “We felt it was important to insert something back in to point out that was indeed not our intent. This is the language. And if needs to be tweaked, with respect to the smaller counties of 75,000 or fewer, whether that becomes a local option rather than a local requirement, and if we have to look at issues of funding because of provisions that now provide that the clerks now receive these funds, we’ll do that. But the most important message that this amendment is designed to address is that we want to ensure not only the viability, but we want to enhance the legal aid programs at the local level. And that’s the only goal for this amendment.”Still, Rep. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, said: “I am concerned about the poorest of the poor.. . . I will support the amendment, but with a great deal of consternation, because I don’t think it fixes the problem.”Kent Spuhler, statewide director of Florida Legal Services, Inc., said: “We very much thank you for continuing to provide this opportunity so we will be able to work with our local counties. There will be great challenges to make sure it works.. . . No one partner can afford to do it all, but we hope that we can continue to work with the counties and talking to you about the state partnership. We have partnerships with the Bar and the court system. Hopefully, this will give us the window to continue in that partnership and continue to serve some of your most vulnerable citizens.”• Generally requires that fees, service charges, and court costs will be imposed as a matter of law, rather than by court order. Generally eliminates waiver of fees, charges, and costs. Preserves judicial discretion regarding the imposition of fines and penalties. Requires court clerks to enter into payment plans with those unable to pay court-related fees, charges, and costs.“For those who are found guilty in our courts, they ought to be paying. And we’re going to ensure that,” Benson said.• A draft of the bill raised the ceiling of county court civil cases from $15,000 to $30,000, but was put back to the status quo by an amendment by Negron.“I am temporarily declaring a loss on this issue,” Negron said, adding that the overall issue is that county judges are often used to handle matters for circuit judges.“I think in the next year we need to come to a conclusion to either have one tier of judges where all judges can do everything, or we need to follow the constitution that says you are county court judges and you deal with certain types of cases, or you are circuit court judges and you deal with certain types of cases. These legal fictions we’ve created of temporary assignments and appointments have blurred the distinction between the two. I think we need to revise our constitution and our statutes rather than the current system. But given the fact that we are trying to move the bill forward, I am offering this amendment to return us to the status quo,” he said.Benson said the single-tier system is something the National Center for State Courts recommended they discuss, but it would require a constitutional amendment.Goodlette added that both the county and circuit judges conferences have discussed the issue, and it would be an appropriate subject for an interim study, but not to be debated at this time.• A 13-member technology work group, made up of chief information officers, will be created to issue recommendations “to facilitate examination of data needs, access across multiple systems, and sharing of information.”“If we want a state court system,” Benson said, “we need to talk about ‘How do you share data?’” April 30, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Easter egg hunts hop into area

first_imgThe Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department will hold an egg hunt for children 14 and younger from noon to 2p.m. Sunday at Stephen Sorenson Park, 16801 E. Ave. P. There will be prizes given for best bonnet and finding the gold and silver eggs, games and a visit from the Easter Bunny. Lancaster will hold its annual Egg Hunt Eggstravaganza for children 9 and younger beginning at 9:30a.m. April7 at Lancaster City Park’s Big 8 Softball Complex, 43011 10th St. W. The event will feature children’s entertainment and Polaroid photos taken with the Easter Bunny for $3. Children can redeem the eggs they find for a bag of surprises. The hunt times are 9:30a.m. for infants to 1-year-olds on softball Field No.1; 9:50a.m. for 2-year-olds on Field No.2; 10:10a.m. for 3-year-olds on Field No.3; 10:30a.m. for 4- and 5-year-olds on Field No.4; 10:50a.m. for 6-year-olds on Field No.1; 11:10a.m. for 7-year-olds on Field No.2; and 11:30a.m. for 8- and 9-year-olds on Field No.1. Adults will be allowed to accompany infants and children up to 5 years old. George Lane Park will hold an egg hunt for children 12 and younger from 9a.m. to noon April7 at the park, 5520 W. Ave. L-8. The egg hunt begins at 10a.m. There also will be a jelly bean contest, games and prizes. Children can get a nickel from the Veterans of Foreign Wars table for each egg they find. Egg hunts also will be held April7 at Pearblossom Park in Pearblossom, 33922 121st St. E., and Everett Martin Park in Littlerock, 35548 N. 92nd St. E. Pearblossom’s event will run from 10a.m. to noon, and Everett Martin’s from 1to 3p.m. Volunteers are needed and are asked to call (661) 944-2988. The Littlerock Chamber of Commerce will be giving out prize baskets at the Everett Martin event. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Egg-citing times are approaching as the Easter egg-hunting season begins this weekend. Palmdale will hold its annual Children’s Springfest and Egg Hunt from 10a.m. to 2p.m. Saturday at Pelona Vista Park, 445 W. Ave. R-8. The event will feature egg hunts for children, kiddie rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting and, at noon, “Silly Wabbit” lawn games. In addition, photographs with the Easter Bunny, spring craft projects and surprise attraction rides will be offered at a cost of $1 to $3. The schedule for the egg hunts: 10a.m. for children 4 and younger; 10:20a.m. for children 5 and 6; 10:40a.m. for children 7 to 9; 11a.m. for children 4 and younger; 11:15a.m. for children 5 to 8; 11:30a.m. for children 9 to 12; and an 11:45a.m. free-for-all hunt for all ages. last_img read more

Warriors HQ podcast: Kevin Durant addresses New York Knicks rumors

first_img“We’re dealing with the greatest scorer in NBA history when it’s all said and done and perhaps the greatest modern dynasty in professional sports — maybe — if it sticks together and it all hinges on Kevin Durant’s decision,” Dieter Kurtenbach tells Logan Murdock on this week’s episode of the Warriors HQ podcast before launching into a response to Golden State forward Kevin Durant’s Feb. 6 walkout of a post-game press conference.Durant addressed New York Knicks rumors following Golden State’s …last_img

Mark Wolfe joins Wilson National

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Mark Wolfe of Richwood recently joined Wilson National LLC, a real estate and auction group. In his role Mark will focus on development and implementation of marketing options for customer portfolios of agricultural assets. Mark’s past experiences include a successful career in farm equipment sales and agriculture lending. Wolfe will bring a depth of experience and focus on real estate and machinery sales, valuation and marketing. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Ag Business and is a licensed real estate agent. Mark is engaged in Ohio’s agriculture industry by participating in his own farm operation with his wife and three children.Along with Mark Wilson, Mike Weasel and Brandon Wilson, Wilson National LLC welcomes Mark and the opportunity to continue serving the Ohio farm community. You can contract Mark at 740-361-6739 or [email protected]last_img read more

UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: UST looks to ‘overachieve’ anew, targets twice-to-beat

first_imgReyes, though, already has a plan on how to compensate for his missing stars in place.“The good thing is, we already knew that Ria and EJ won’t be with us for Season 80 long before the tournament started,” said Reyes.“We have prepared for what happened. And a similar thing happened before when Pam [Lastimosa] got injured in my first year. So we already have second options lined up and Carla Sandoval will be the one taking EJ’s place.”And even though Reyes won’t be having Laure and Meneses, he still has one more explosive trick up his bulging sleeve—Cherry Rondina.UST’s loudmouthed personification of kinetic energy will be Reyes’ main cog as he prepares to unleash Rondina come Season 80.Reyes said that Rondina was almost grounded when he assigned the captainship to the Cebuana in Season 79.And now that senior Shannen Palec has the underline on the jersey number, Reyes believes Rondina will be unbound of any burden except from producing the much-needed offensive power.“Actually right now, I’m just observing Sisi [Rondina’s nickname] on how she trains, on how she performs, if there’s something wrong,” said Reyes. “I don’t want to burden her with any issues of the court, and I just want her to concentrate on playing.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Reyes, who is an alum of UST, first led the Golden Tigresses to a 5-9 record in Season 78 then to the third seed in Season 79 with a 9-5 record.UST’s sudden rise saw them face La Salle in the Final Four but eventually bowed to the eventual champions in four sets.“My press release has always been that we will go for the twice-to-beat advantage in Season 80,” said Reyes.And although Reyes already has his goals set in paper, there are two main pieces that won’t be suiting up for UST come Season 80.Season 77’s Best Blocker Ria Meneses sat out her final playing year while Season 77 Rookie of the Year EJ Laure is sidelined with a shoulder injury.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum Head coach: Kung Fu ReyesLast season: 9-5 (no.3)Key holdovers: Cherry Rondina, Carla Sandoval, Dimdim PacresKey losses: EJ Laure, Ria Meneses, Pam LastimosaKey addition: Milena AlessandriniADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH A very famous superhero has the line “up, up, and away” as one of his signature lines, and it seems Kung Fu Reyes has somewhat adapted that catchphrase but with a little twist.Because for the head coach of University of Santo Tomas, the Golden Tigresses went up and up again, and Reyes hopes they can go up another level one more time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSince Reyes took over the Golden Tigresses in 2016, the bald headed coach’s “overachieving” team has gone on an upward trajectory and the Army sergeant knows they’re not satisfied with just reaching the Final Four in Season 79.“Actually, instead of feeling pressured I’m taking this one as a challenge,” said Reyes in Filipino. “We reached the top six in my first year then we doubled our win total in my second year and ended up at third.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: NU taking road to Final Four one step at a time NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Bangalore: Pubs bar entry of Africans

first_imgOnce known as the pub capital of India, Bangalore is now earning a bad name for a racist policy that bars the entry of African nationals into pubs across the city. The Karnataka capital was one of the first cities in the country to have a thriving pub culture. In fact, it is still known for its rocking nightlife. But its reputation has taken a serious hit with pubs and restaurants across the city coming up with a bizarre racist diktat denying entry to African nationals. Pub owners say they have taken the step for security reasons. However, African nationals have been crying foul alleging it was purely because of discrimination. Samal Hakim, a Sudanese student, said, “We are feeling bad. When we want to go to some places they say ‘no, you Africans are not allowed here’. But what can we say, this is not our country. We are just foreigners.” Another Sudanese student Amin said, “I have come across these instances many times but I don’t want to say anything.” There are many like these Sudanese students who were humiliated and discriminated against. But the city’s pub owners insisted there was no prejudice behind banning the entry of African nationals. They cited security concerns as the reason for the racist order. Sanjay Raj, marketing head of Extreme Sports Bar, said, “We have to ensure that safety comes first. We had a bunch of 19 Afro-Americans who were there to party. They had a fight amongst themselves and started beating up the women who accompanied them. We have to ensure the safety of the customers and take precautions accordingly.” Several foreign nationals have been arrested recently for peddling drugs in Bangalore. Habitual offenders like Martin En Duke have been arrested thrice for the offence. Bangalore joint commissioner of police (crime) Alok Kumar said, “They have been habitual offenders. They have been carrying their operations for so many years. But in the last two-three years we have registered several cases against them.” While the managements of pubs and bars have put a diplomatic stand on the issue, the fact remains that several African nationals in the city complain about the acts of discrimination.advertisementlast_img read more

Militarys counterintelligence unit monitored Elsipogtog antifracking protests documents

first_img(RCMP tactical officers scope the situation during Oct. 17, 2013, raid on Mi’kmaq Warrior anti-fracking camp. APTN/File)By Jorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe Canadian military used its counter-intelligence unit to monitor the aftermath of last October’s RCMP raid on a Mi’kmaq Warrior Society-led anti-fracking camp in New Brunswick in preparation for the eventuality the situation went “sideways,” according to internal document obtained by APTN National News.Senior officers with Joint Task Force Atlantic, which is headquartered in Halifax, were also trying to assess who was leading the protests locally and the reaction protests planned across the country following the Oct. 17, 2013 raid, according to the documents, including email, released under the Access to Information Act.Camouflage and black-clad RCMP tactical officers wielding assault rifles dismantled a warrior-anchored camp blocking a compound in Rexton, NB, holding exploration vehicles used by a Houston-based energy firm to search for shale gas deposits near the Mi’kmaq community of Elsipogtog in New Brunswick.The raid triggered daylong clashes between the Mi’kmaq, their Acadian and Anglophone supporters and the RCMP that led to 40 arrests and the torching of several RCMP vehicles. The RCMP said it seized hunting rifles, ammunition and crude explosive devices from the warriors that day.The protests, driven by concerns the discovery of shale gas would lead to hydraulic fracturing and threaten the areas water, continued into late November and saw tires burn twice on an area highway before the company, SWN Canada, finally ended their exploration work for the season.According to the documents released to APTN National News and previous public comments by the RMCP and the military, no Canadian Forces personnel were involved in the raid. The military did provide the RMCP with space for a staging area at CFB Gagetown and the CF Moncton Detachment. The RCMP also requested the military provide its officers with field box lunches for between 60 to 100 personnel, according to a “Request for Canadian Forces Assistance” form submitted by the RCMP on Oct. 18.While the Canadian military couldn’t engage directly with the protest without an aid to the civil power request by the provincial government, the documents show individual officers were on alert even the Canadian Forces in the region did not shift posture.“My (commanding officer) just wants to have me link with you in regards to the current events in Rexton,” wrote Capt. Grant McDonald, with the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Canadian regiment based in CFB Gagetown, in an Oct. 18 email to Capt. Don MacRea, with operation services of the 5th Canadian Division Support group also on the same base. “No panic here, we just want to have the right names and phone numbers if things go sideways.”At headquarters in Ottawa, the military’s public affairs team was also put on alert.“Team, please stay close to our Blackberries this weekend,” wrote Maj. Andre E. Salloum, in an Oct. 18 email to about 12 other people. “Just in case this situation escalates, we might have to man the office.”Senior officers with joint Task Force Atlantic, headquartered in Halifax, were also trying to gather information on the ongoing local protest and the reaction-protests planned across the country.Capt. Chris Hanley, with J3 Current Operations 2, sent an email on Oct. 18 to several individuals with a list of questions about the leaders of the protests and their level of coordination.“What is the primary group (s) involved in the shale gas protests in NB? Is there any evidence that recent and planned protests are centrally directed or coordinated, or are the uncoordinated?” wrote Hanley. “Is there a direct there a direct threat to (Canadian Armed Forces) personnel/installations?”APTN National News was not provided with the email containing the answer to those questions.The Canadian Forces National Counter-Intelligence Unit, however, issued a report the same day from its Halifax detachment. The content of the released version of the report is heavily redacted. It does show that the unit was relying on three “tried and trusted” sources to gather intelligence on the situation.The military was also receiving information from Government Operations Centre, which is the central nervous system for Ottawa’s response to incidents with potential national impacts. The federal government was preparing for nation-wide protests in response to the raid near Elsipogtog and distributed a map listing all the potential actions across the country.Download (PDF, Unknown)The Government Operations Centre was also providing situational reports to the military which linked the events unfolding in New Brunswick to the Idle No More movement.“While this incident was an environmental protest, it is linked to ongoing First Nation dissatisfaction with resource development and extraction in Canada as well as general dissatisfaction embodied in the Idle No More movement,” said the [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Transcontinental closing Metropolitain printing plant in Montreal

first_imgMONTREAL – Transcontinental Inc. is closing its Metropolitain printing plant in Montreal in January.The company says it hopes to be able to offer the majority of the close to 60 workers at the plant positions at its other operations, but says there will be some job losses.Transcontinental says the decision to close the plant was due to the upcoming end of the printing of La Presse.The newspaper announced earlier this year that its last Saturday print edition will be published Dec. 30. La Presse stopped publishing a daily print edition on Jan. 1, 2016.Transcontinental (TSX:TCL.A, TSX:TCL.B) says most of the work done at the Metropolitain plant will be transferred to the Transcontinental Transmag plant in Montreal.Regional plants in Quebec City and Gatineau, Que., will also increase work.last_img read more

Asian shares fall as Huawei arrest risks ChinaUS fallout

first_imgSINGAPORE — Asian markets were broadly lower Monday after China protested the arrest of a senior executive of Chinese electronics giant Huawei, who is suspected of trying to evade U.S. trade curbs on Iran.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 slid 2.3 per cent in early trading to 21,191.23, after revised data showed that its economy shrank by 2.5 per cent in the third quarter, more than expected. South Korea’s Kospi fell 1.2 per cent to 2,051.82. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng shed 1.6 per cent to 25,660.76 and the Shanghai Composite was 0.8 per cent lower at 2,585.94. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 was down 2 per cent at 5,569.90. Shares fell in Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines.WALL STREET: Stocks tumbled on Friday on weaker-than-expected jobs growth and worries that the U.S.-China trade dispute will not be resolved within a 90-day timeframe. The S&P 500 index slipped 2.3 per cent to 2,633.08 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average gave up 2.2 per cent to 24,388.95. The Nasdaq composite tumbled 3 per cent to 6,969.25. The Russell 2000 index of small-company stocks dropped 2 per cent to 1,448.09.HUAWEI ARREST: China has slammed the “extremely egregious” detention of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou and demanded that the U.S. cancel an order for her arrest, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Sunday. Meng, who is accused of attempting to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran, was arrested in Canada on Dec. 1. In a meeting with Terry Branstad, the U.S. ambassador to Beijing, Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng urged Washington to “immediately correct its wrong actions” and vowed to take further steps based on its response, Xinhua said. The two countries recently agreed to hold off on further tariffs for 90 days while they attempt to resolve a range of issues from trade to technology development.ANALYST’S TAKE: Although the Huawei arrest “falls under the purview of independent courts, the timing of it is unfortunate and could jeopardize the truce that was just agreed,” Chang Wei Liang of Mizuho Bank said in a commentary. “Markets have correspondingly responded by reducing risk on the table, waiting to assess the extent of any political fallout.”SLOWING CHINESE EXPORTS: On Saturday, Chinese customs data showed that exports rose 5.4 per cent to $227.4 billion in November over a year earlier. This is a broad decline from the 12.6 per cent surge in the previous month. Imports gained 3 per cent to $182.7 billion, as compared to a 20.3 per cent jump in October. The numbers paint a picture of a slowdown in the world’s second-largest economy, which could weigh on global growth.ENERGY: Oil futures settled after the OPEC cartel and other major oil producers agreed to reduce production by 1.2 million barrels a day starting from January. The cuts will last for six months. U.S. benchmark crude fell 3 cents to $52.58 a barrel. It gained $1.12 to $52.61 a barrel in New York on Friday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 45 cents to $62.12. The contract added $1.61 to $61.67 a barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar weakened to 112.32 yen from 112.72 yen late Friday. The euro rose to $1.1435 from $1.1379.Annabelle Liang, The Associated Presslast_img read more