Canada’s factory sales drop four times more than expectedBank of Canada says household debt, housing price crash remain major concern for economy”Essentially, all the early 2014 gains have now been wiped and volume sales are back to their average of 2012 and 2013, when they were going nowhere, said Jimmy Jean, senior economist at Desjardins. Will not help the BoC rotation sequence. Said that weak factory sales create the risk that gross domestic product may have shrunk again in April, which would mark the fifth contraction in six months.
Get daily updates directly to your inboxSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribing!A hard line mayor in the Philippines known for parading drug suspects in public has been shot dead by a sniper during a flag raising ceremony in front of horrified employees.The murder of Mayor Antonio Halili, of Tanauan City in Batangas province, south of the capital Manila, was caputured in a chilling Facebook Live video.Mayor Halili, who was linked to drug gangs despite publicly cracking down on some mobsters, was gunned down by an unidentified attacker and died on the way to hospital.Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde said: “They did not see anybody approach him. They just heard a gunshot so the assumption or allegation was it could have been a sniper shot.”Mastermind of fraudster family who conned from pensioners returns to luxury lifestyleDozens of employees and officials scrambled to safety when the gunfire rang out as they were singing the national anthem outside city hall.The bullet hit a mobile phone in Halili’s coat pocket and then pierced his chest, police said.Officers were scouring a nearby elevated grassy area, where the gunman may been standing when he fired the shot.Police, however, also linked Halili to illegal drugs, an allegation he strongly denied.He said at the time that he would resign and would be willing to be publicly paraded as a drug suspect if police could come up with evidence to support the allegation.Since Duterte took office in 2016, more than 4,200 drug suspects had been killed in clashes with police, alarming human rights groups, Western governments and UN rights watchdogs.Human rights groups have reported much higher death tolls, although Duterte and his officials have questioned the accuracy of those reports.Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to evacuate citizens from Kuwait after migrant worker found dead in freezerHalili’s killing came a few weeks after a Catholic priest was shot dead while preparing to celebrate Mass in a village chapel in northern Nueva Ecija province.Senator Panfilo Lacson, a former national police chief, urged the police to impose stricter firearms control in light of the killings.”The killing of priests, prosecutors, and former and incumbent local officials in broad daylight and in full view of the public may be suggestive of the impunity and brazenness of those responsible for such acts,” he said.”The Philippine National Police should feel challenged, if not taunted,” he said. “And they must immediately consider stricter firearms control strategies before similar killings could reach ubiquitous levels.”.