Joyeuses fêtes! La saison des fêtes est arrivée, ce qui signifie que les célébrations seront bientôt en cours, la famille et les amis feront leurs visites et bon nombre de personnes seront occupées à se préparer pour cette période de générosité. L’une des meilleures choses que l’on puisse s’offrir et offrir à nos amis et à notre famille cette année est la tranquillité d’esprit de savoir que la grippe H1N1 ne sera pas une raison de ne pas célébrer cette saison. Les fêtes et repas de Noël et les célébrations de bureau signifient que nous serons tous en contact direct les uns avec les autres. Pour assurer votre bonne santé pendant les fêtes cette année, suivez ces quelques conseils : Restez à la maison si vous présentez des symptômes de la grippe et demandez à vos invités de faire de même. Couvrez votre bouche avec votre manche pour tousser et éternuer. Lavez-vous les mains souvent avec du savon et de l’eau ou du désinfectant pour les mains à base d’alcool. Nettoyez les surfaces couramment utilisées telles que les poignées de porte et les robinets avant et après l’événement. Ne partagez pas vos boissons et votre nourriture avec les autres. Ne partagez pas vos verres ou vos ustensiles. N’oubliez pas de ne trempez vos légumes qu’une seule fois! Ces simples mesures vous aideront à prévenir non seulement la grippe H1N1 mais toute une gamme d’infections virales et bactériennes. Nous pouvons tous faire notre part pour réduire la propagation de la grippe H1N1, mais la vaccination demeure le meilleur moyen de se protéger. La grippe H1N1 est une maladie grave qui touche les gens de tout âge. Tout le monde est donc à risque. Nous avons vu des cas de personnes en bonne santé qui développent une maladie grave et débilitante après avoir contracté le virus H1N1, et même qui sont décédées. Quelques précautions peuvent faire toute une différence. En cette période des fêtes, pensez à la façon dont vous pouvez protéger vos proches. Passez les fêtes en famille et entre amis, et non au lit. Faites-vous vacciner. Rester au courant de la situation entourant la grippe H1N1 vous aidera également à rester en santé durant la saison de la grippe. Consultez notre site Web à l’adresse www.gov.ns.ca/h1n1/fr pour obtenir des renseignements à jour. Vous pouvez également consulter nos pages Facebook et Twitter aux adresses gov.ns.ca/facebook ou twitter.com/nsgov . Pour savoir comment prendre soin d’une personne malade de la grippe, veuillez appeler Info-Santé au 811. -30-
Rabat – “Cooperation in the fight against terrorism is unconditional.” In an interview with the Spanish news website “El Español”, Abdelhak Khiame, the Director of the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ), has warned about the danger posed by jihadists returning from zones of conflicts. Dubbed the “Terrorist Hunter” by some European media, Khiame has built an international reputation for himself as a cunning investigator, intensifying the cooperation between the Moroccan secret services and their European counterparts.In an interview with the Spanish daily, the head of the BCIJ pointed out that the Moroccan secret services said he has repeatedly warned Belgian authorities about the presence of jihadists in their country. In 2008 when Morocco successfully managed to dismantle the Bellirej cell, the Moroccans authorities had warned their Belgian counterparts of the existence of a neighborhood in Brussels “which [could] constitute a real breeding ground for terrorists.” Stressing the key role played by Morocco in the supervision and organization of religious affairs in its neighboring countries, Khiame pointed out that Morocco’s warnings sometimes fall on deaf ears.This was the case with both the Belgian and Spanish authorities, he continued. In the Bellirej case, Belgium had refused to cooperate with the Moroccan secret services, denying their request to extract and question Bellirej and Ali Aarrass, who lived in the country at the time.The BCIJ head also discussed cooperation between Morocco and Spain, warning the Spanish authorities against “laxity and permissiveness” vis-à-vis those returning from the ISIS camps.According to Khiame, Spain had also ignored the warnings of the Moroccan authorities, but when the attacks in Brussels took place, they realized that “the danger is real and that international cooperation is vital.” He added that “fortunately, I believe that the Belgians have learned the lesson and that the level of our collaboration with them is currently on the same line as with Spain.”Khiyame said that the Belgians have realized the effectiveness of the Moroccan model especially at the legislative level. “The Moroccan legislator, and I am tired of repeating it, has been very intelligent because he has put in place a reform of the Penal Code stipulating that people who return from conflict zones can be arrested and be punished with penalties up to 20 years in prison,” he said.He also added that “this vision was not accepted at the beginning with regard to the principle of freedom of movement. But what happened was that the returning jihadists were the perpetrators of the attacks and put under police surveillance. There should be no criticism of the security forces because there was no legislation that allowed them to act or at least question them about the circumstances of their journey abroad. But now they have that legal basis to do it.”As to whether there is a risk of an attack in Spain similar to that of Madrid on March 11, 2004, Khiame assured that if Morocco had such information, its would share on the spot with the authorities of the country concerned, whether or not there is formal cooperation. “These are human lives and it is a consideration that is superior to any other,” he concluded.
by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 21, 2013 7:44 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Agrium, target of activist investor Jana, reports higher Q4 earnings CALGARY – Agrium Inc., which is embroiled in a proxy fight with its largest shareholder, reported higher fourth-quarter profits and sales on Thursday.The Calgary-based fertilizer giant says net earnings for the last three months of 2012 were $354 million, or $2.34 per share, up from $193 million, or $1.20 per share, a year earlier.Sales were $3.26 billion, up from $3.18 billion.The results were helped by a $22 million recovery of previously paid and disputed guarantees for letters of credit in an AWB Ltd. investment. AWB is the Australian grain handler Agrium acquired in 2010.The quarter also included an $18 million recovery in share-based expense payment expenses.Without those items, net earnings would have been $326 million, or $2.16 per share.The earnings beat analyst expectations of $2.02 per share, while revenue came in line with Street predictions, according to Thomson Reuters.The dispute with Jana Partners LLC went public in August, after the New York hedge fund had first approached Agrium privately in May. The fund has spent $1 billion for a 6.5 per cent stake in the fertilizer giant.Among other things, Jana wants Agrium to split its retail division, which sells seeds, fertilizers and other products to farmers, from its wholesale segment.Agrium says that proposal would expose shareholders to too much risk and destroy value.Agrium’s retail segment had record sales of $2 billion during the fourth quarter, an increase of eight per cent, compared to $1.8 billion a year earlier.“The increase was primarily due to a combination of the large winter wheat crop planted, early harvest and favourable weather conditions for the fall application season in the U.S.,” Agrium said.Wholesale had sales of $1.4 billion, a slight dip from the record $1.5 billion it reported during the same quarter of 2011.Jana has also attacked Agrium for its costs, capital allocation and governance.The fund wants to appoint five directors to Agrium’s board. Its slate includes Jana managing partner Barry Rosenstein, former Liberal agriculture minister Lyle Vanclief and three men with the executive experience in distribution that the fund says is lacking on Agrium’s board.Last week, Agrium put forward two of its own candidates, former Viterra Inc. CEO Mayo Schmidt and former Deere & Co. executive David Everitt.Agrium said it had been close to reaching a compromise with Jana to put an end to what has become a bitter proxy fight, but that the hedge fund “reneged” at the “last minute.” Jana takes issue with that version of events.In an open letter to Agrium shareholders earlier this week, Jana said neither Schmidt nor Everitt have the adequate distribution experience that Agrium needs and were “pre-screened to ensure compliance with the status-quo.”The letter also took aim at Agrium’s decision to schedule its annual general meeting on April 9, a month earlier than the event normally takes place. Agrium says it wants to get the battle over with, while Jana accuses it of cutting short the debate.Agrium shares dropped 1.8 per cent to $108.75 on the Toronto Stock Exchange Thursday.