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Vols de drones à Gatwick : les deux personnes arrêtées sont relâchées

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La police britannique a remis en liberté, sans retenir de charges contre eux, l’homme et la femme arrêtés vendredi soir dans le cadre de l’enquête sur les vols de drones ayant fortement perturbé le trafic aérien à l’aéroport londonien de Gatwick cette semaine.

L’homme de 47 ans et la femme de 54 ans, un couple marié, selon la presse britannique, avaient été arrêtés vendredi soir à leur domicile de la ville de Crawley, située à quelques kilomètres de l’aéroport.

« Les deux personnes ont coopéré à nos enquêtes, et je peux dire qu’elles ne sont plus suspectées d’avoir joué un rôle dans les incidents des drones de Gatwick », a indiqué dimanche dans un communiqué le commissaire Jason Tingley, de la police du comté de Sussex.

M. Tingley a précisé que l’enquête se poursuit. « Nous continuons d’examiner activement des pistes », a-t-il affirmé.

Selon le commissaire, un drone endommagé retrouvé près du périmètre de l’aéroport est actuellement analysé par des experts, qui espèrent trouver des indices permettant de déterminer s’il était télécommandé de loin ou par quelqu’un à proximité.

Les autorités aéroportuaires de Gatwick ont par ailleurs annoncé dimanche qu’elles offraient une récompense de 50 000 livres sterling (86 000 $) pour tout renseignement permettant l’arrestation des responsables.

140 000 voyageurs à l’arrêt

Les activités à Gatwick, deuxième aéroport du Royaume-Uni après Heathrow, ont été paralysées pendant près de 36 heures de mercredi à vendredi dernier, en raison de vols de drones autour de ses installations.

Près de 140 000 voyageurs ont été touchés par l’arrêt des opérations de l’aéroport.

Les drones avaient été repérés mercredi soir pour la première fois, entraînant la fermeture de la piste. Jeudi, chaque fois que l’aéroport avait cherché à reprendre ses activités, les drones étaient réapparus.

Les autorités ont finalement repris le contrôle de la situation vendredi, après le déploiement par l’armée d’un matériel militaire non spécifié, qui a rassuré les autorités aéroportuaires et permis la reprise des vols.

Sur son site Internet, l’aéroport a précisé toutefois que des retards et annulations restaient possibles, consécutifs aux fortes perturbations des jours précédents.

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Ottawa unveils funding for poultry and egg farmers hurt by free-trade deals

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Canadian egg and poultry farmers who’ve lost domestic market share due to two recent free-trade agreements will soon have access to $691 million in federal cash, Canada’s agriculture minister announced Saturday.

Marie-Claude Bibeau shared details of the long-awaited funds in a virtual news conference.

“Today we position our young farmers for growth and success tomorrow,” she said.

The money follows a previously announced $1.75 billion for the dairy sector linked to free-trade deals with Europe and countries on the Pacific Rim, one that came into effect in 2017 and the other in 2018.

The dairy sector funds were to flow over eight years, and the first $345 million payment was sent out last year.

But on Saturday, Bibeau announced a schedule for the remaining payments that will see the money flow over three years — beginning with $468 million in 2020-21, $469 million in 2021-22 and $468 million in 2022-23.

Bibeau said the most recently announced funds for dairy farmers amount to an average farm of 80 cows receiving a direct payment of $38,000 in the first year.

Payments based on formulas

David Wiens, vice-president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada, said the money will help farms make investments for the future.

“I think particularly for the younger farmers who have really struggled since these agreements have been ratified, they can actually now see opportunities, how they can continue to make those investments on the farm so that they can continue on,” he said.

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Employee of Ottawa Metro store tests positive for COVID-19

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Metro says an employee of its grocery store on Beechwood Avenue in Ottawa has tested positive for COVID-19.

The company says the employee’s positive test result was reported on Nov. 25. The employee had last been at work at the Metro at 50 Beechwood Ave. on Nov. 19.

Earlier this month, Metro reported several cases of COVID-19 at its warehouse on Old Innes Road.

Positive test results were reported on Nov. 2, Nov. 6, Nov. 11, and Nov. 19. The first two employees worked at the produce warehouse at 1184 Old Innes Rd. The other two worked at the distribution centre at the same address.

Metro lists cases of COVID-19 in employees of its stores and warehouses on its website

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Tinseltown: Where 50-year-old ‘tough guys’ become youngsters again

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Audy Czigler wears glitter like a Pennsylvania miner wears coal dust. It’s on his face and hands, in his hair and on his clothing. It’s an occupational hazard that he says he just can’t get rid of.

And when he’s sifting through job applications from people wanting to work at his Tinseltown Christmas Emporium on Somerset Street W. in Hintonburg, the glitter is a consideration. For he’s not looking for people who can simply endure it; no, he’s screening for people who revel and carouse in glitter, for those for whom the 10,000th playing of I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus is as refreshing as the first, for those who believe that the 12 days of Christmas last 365 days a year. The believers.

Sure, he has heard the voices of skeptical passersby on the sidewalk outside his shop, especially in the summer months when visions of sugarplums have receded from many people’s minds.

“I hear them out there a few times a day,” he says, “wondering how a Christmas store can possibly survive year-round.

“I want to go out and tell them,” he adds, but his voice trails off as a customer approaches and asks about an ornament she saw there recently, of a red cardinal in a white heart. Where is it?

There’s scant room for sidewalk skeptics now, crowded out by the dozens of shoppers who, since October, have regularly lined up outside the store, patiently biding their time (and flocks) as pandemic-induced regulations limit the shop to 18 customers at a time.

Once inside, visitors will be forgiven for not first noticing the glitter, or even the rendition of Baby, It’s Cold Outside playing on the speakers. For there’s no specific “first thing” you notice. The first thing you notice is EVERYTHING — a floor-to-ceiling cornucopia of festivity, reminiscent perhaps of how the blind man in the Gospel of John may have felt when Jesus rubbed spit and mud in his eyes and gave him sight for the first time.

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