If you illegally pass a school bus in this Canada province, you’ll have your license suspended for 3 months

Prince Edward Island is taking school safety to the next level beginning Saturday. The Canadian province said in a news release drivers who illegally pass school buses will lose their license. The new law took effect Saturday and is aimed at those drivers who pass a bus with its red lights activated. Do not pass … Continue reading “If you illegally pass a school bus in this Canada province, you’ll have your license suspended for 3 months”

Prince Edward Island is taking school safety to the next level beginning Saturday.

The Canadian province said in a news release drivers who illegally pass school buses will lose their license. The new law took effect Saturday and is aimed at those drivers who pass a bus with its red lights activated.

Do not pass a school bus when the lights are flashing. It is illegal and dangerous. Nothing is worth it. The fine for passing a school bus when the red lights are flashing is up to $5,000. pic.twitter.com/jT59aNDBGl

— Government of PEI (@InfoPEI) December 7, 2018

“We all have a role to play in keeping children safe on their way to school. This change means that drivers who ignore this law are not allowed on Island roads,” said Paula Biggar, Prince Edward Island’s transportation, infrastructure and energy minister.

    The new law means any drivers who ignore it will receive 12 demerit points on their license, which results in a three-month suspension and an additional fine of $5,000. A driver would previously get eight demerit points for such an offense.In order to reinstate the license, the release says a driver must now meet with highway safety officials, pay a $100 reinstatement fee and take a defensive driving course within six months of getting the license back. Read More

      Once the license is reinstated, the driver “is on a demerit point probation,” so any additional points within one year will lead to another license suspension, officials say.”No distraction is worth risking the life of a child,” said Jordan Brown, the education, early learning and culture minister. “I’m glad to see one more step being taken to protect our children who rely on the bus to get to school every day.”

Venezuelan baseball fans mourn death of ex-major leaguers

BARQUISIMETO, Venezuela – Dozens of Venezuelans waited in lines outside a chapel in the state of Lara on Saturday, hoping to bid farewell to former major league baseball player Luis Valbuena, who was killed in a car accident along with teammate Jose Castillo.

The corpse of Castillo was moved earlier in the morning to a different central-west state.

The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo were both former players for the Houston Astros.

They died late Thursday when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer around an object put on the road. Officials said some bandits place or throw objects on highways to force vehicles to stop so they can rob the occupants.

Yaracuy state Gov. Julio Leon Heredia said four people were detained after being found with property of the athletes.

Valbuena and Castillo were teammates on the Cardenales de Lara team in the Venezuelan winter league and were returning from a game in the capital when the crash occurred en route to the city of Barquisimeto in Lara.

No others details about the incident were available.

On Saturday, their deaths caused an outpouring of grief as fellow teammates, family members and fans wore shirts from the winter league and lined up to say goodbye.

Retired Cardenales player Robert Perez and Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera were both in attendance.

Cardenales third baseman Carlos Rivero, who survived the crash, visited the chapel wearing dark sunglasses and bore a small bruise on his forehead.

China tells Canada to release Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou or face severe consequences

China has warned Canada it will face severe consequences unless it releases Huawei Technologies’ chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who faces extradition to the U.S. after being arrested in the country last week.

Meng, 46, was taken into custody on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, on behalf of the U.S., while she was transferring flights in Vancouver, the tech company said. She’s accused of trying to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran. She is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, a former Chinese military engineer worth $3.2 billion, according to Forbes magazine.

During her bail hearing on Friday, a prosecutor for the Canadian government said U.S. charges against her have to do with Huawei using an unofficial subsidiary to access the Iran market in dealings that would contravene U.S. sanctions. The prosecutor said she is accused of fraud.

If extradited to the U.S., she could face charges of “conspiracy to defraud multiple financial institutions,” which holds a “maximum sentence of 30 years for each charge,” Reuters reported.

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Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng summoned the Canadian ambassador in Beijing and “lodged a strong protest,” a statement from China’s Foreign Ministry stated. The ministry called Meng’s arrest “extremely nasty.”

Meng Wanzhou, right, attends a bail hearing at British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver on Friday, Dec. 7, 2018. (AP)

“China strongly urges the Canadian side to immediately release the detained person, and earnestly protect their lawful, legitimate rights, otherwise Canada must accept full responsibility for the serious consequences caused,” a statement from Le stated.

It was not immediately clear what the consequences would entail.

David Mulroney, a former Canadian ambassador to China, said the consequences would probably have to do with trade.

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“The ability to talk about free trade will be put in the icebox for a while. But we’re going to have to live with that,” Mulroney said, according to Reuters. “That’s the price of dealing with a country like China.”

Chinese officials blasted Meng’s arrest, and experts warned more forceful actions could be coming.

The chief financial officer of China’s Huawei Technologies was arrested in Canada on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. (AP)

James Lewis, the director of technology policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Axios the U.S. should be prepared for a backlash and warned American tech executives to steer clear of China for now.

"If I was an American tech executive, I wouldn't travel to China this week," warned Lewis, who labeled Huawei "one of the Chinese government's pet companies" and charged the communist country's leaders wouldn't be afraid to "take hostages."

Meng will spend the weekend in jail after a Canadian judge said Friday that he needs to weigh her proposed bail conditions. The bail hearing continues Monday.

Fox News’ Katherine Lam and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.

Bolivian police search for ex-drug lord who fled clinic

LA PAZ, Bolivia – Jorge Roca Suarez, one of Bolivia's top drug lords in the 1980s who served 28 years in prison in the United States before returning to the South American nation earlier this year, has fled a medical clinic where he was receiving treatment, authorities said Saturday.

Police said an operation was underway to find Roca Suarez, who had been arrested when he returned to Bolivia in April. A judge had given a 10-day pass to the 67-year-old to seek treatment at the La Paz clinic.

Roca Suarez became a major drug lord after taking over from his uncle Roberto Suarez, one of South America's largest drug traffickers who was known as the "Cocaine King." Both men were suppliers to the Medellin Cartel then led by Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar.

"We have to confirm the escape of this person who was serving a detention ordered by a court," Fernando Rojas, deputy director of the Special Force to Fight Crime, told state news agency ABI. "Nevertheless, he had a permit granted by a judge which gave him 10 days to stay in a clinic."

A video posted by the Santa Cruz newspaper El Deber purportedly showed Roca Suarez eating in a market in the town of San Ana de Yacuma, about 690 kilometers (430 miles) north of La Paz. Authorities have yet to comment on the video.

Roca Suarez was arrested in his house in Los Angeles in 1990. He had been in prison in the U.S. serving a 36-year sentence but was given early release and returned to Bolivia this year. Authorities in the Andean, cocaine-producing country jailed him in a drug-related case.

Mexico president blasts ‘stratospheric’ supreme court wages

MEXICO CITY – The Mexican president is butting heads with the Supreme Court just one week into office after judges suspended a law that would cap public sector salaries, one of his key campaign promises.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador accused the judges of looking after their own pocketbooks and of failing to grasp the "new reality" that his administration represents. The salary cuts are part of a rebalance in government that aims to raise wages for lower income workers while chopping those of top officials.

"They themselves decide that they are going to keep receiving exaggerated, stratospheric salaries – salaries of up to 600,000 pesos ($29,000) a month – those who impart justice," Lopez Obrador complained to reporters Saturday, before repeating one of his favorite mantras: "There can't be a rich government with a poor people."

The freeze throws into question the government's 2019 budget plans, which are due on Dec. 15. The suspension is pending a definitive ruling by the court.

The Mexican Congress decreed in November that, with few exceptions, no public employee should earn more than the president. Lopez Obrador's Morena party has a majority in both houses of Congress. The National Human Rights Commission then asked the court to review the law, saying it appeared to violate the constitution.

Lopez Obrador slashed the presidential salary by more than half when he took office on Dec. 1, to 108,000 pesos ($5,300) a month.

Mexico has the lowest wages of any country in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, with a net income per capita of $1,281 per month.

The proposed salary cuts have caused great uncertainty for many public sector workers, with those who can leaving posts for jobs in the private sector.

Lopez Obrador said Saturday that he expects the legislative branch to have the final say on salaries, since they approve the annual budget.

Peruvians vote in referendum on fighting corruption

LIMA, Peru – Peruvians vote Sunday in a referendum aimed at curbing corruption as the South American nation tries to put an end to a scourge that has landed lawmakers, judges and even former presidents behind bars.

The four questions on the ballot include measures that would prohibit legislators from immediate reelection, create stricter campaign finance rules and reform a scandal-tainted council charged with selecting judges.

All but one of the proposed measures is expected to pass in a nation where trust in elected officials is abysmally low. Yet analysts caution that the referendum isn't an end-all fix to reverse decades of deeply entrenched political misconduct.

"What this referendum is potentially giving the government and maybe even the political system is a little breathing room," said Steve Levitsky, a Harvard University political scientist. "A little burst of confidence and public trust that it can potentially use to get up and running."

In recent years Peru has been jolted by the Odebrecht corruption scandal toppling the careers of some of Latin America's highest-ranking politicians. The Brazilian construction company has admitted to paying $800 million to officials throughout the region in exchange for lucrative public works contracts.

In Peru, the scandal has tainted the careers of nearly every former living president, with four ex-heads of state under probe for ties to Odebrecht.

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resigned in March after opposition lawmakers revealed previously undisclosed ties between Odebrecht and his private consulting firm. Prosecutors are also investigating former leader Alan Garcia after revelations that bribes were made during the construction of Lima's metro under his tenure. Ollanta Humala, who was briefly jailed, and Alejandro Toledo are also being probed for allegedly receiving illegal payments.

Meanwhile former first daughter Keiko Fujimori, the nation's top opposition leader and a two-time presidential candidate, is behind bars as she is investigated for allegedly laundering Odebrecht money for her 2011 campaign.

Those probes along with a series of leaked wiretaps showing judges and lawyers making backroom deals on matters as grave as the sentence for a man accused of raping a young girl have unleashed the fury of a Peruvian public fed up with corruption.

A recent survey by Latinobarometro, a respected regional polling firm, found that just 8 percent of Peruvian's trust the legislature, the lowest in the region.

"The entire system is rotten," said Gerardo Polo, 40, who works at an import company and was eager to cast his ballot on Sunday. While he conceded that the measures won't guarantee future abuses he said, "It is a scream of rage."

President Martin Vizcarra has succeeded in channeling public outrage since taking on the nation's most powerful job after Kuczynski's resignation and the referendum is considered a critical step in his bid to consolidate power. He is pushing the vote as an essential decree to "end the plague of corruption."

Three of the four measures are expected to pass resoundingly, with only one, which Vizcarra himself is no longer backing, unlikely to succeed.

The first question would allow the public to choose members of a judicial council charged with selecting judges, a measure some believe could improve accountability. The second item would make it illegal for political parties to receive money from unknown contributors or anyone with a criminal background. The third would prohibit immediate reelection, a move unlikely to illicit major changes since relatively few lawmakers serve back-to-back terms.

A final question asks voters if they favor creating a bicameral congress instead of the current one-body legislature dominated by Keiko Fujimori's party, but changes by opposition lawmakers weakening Vizcarra's executive authority have cast it into doubt.

Observers like attorney Jose Ugaz, who led a probe into former strongman Alberto Fujimori's corrupt spy chief over a decade ago, said the true test will come after the referendum, when Vizcarra will need to work to ensure the changes are fully implemented while pursuing deeper reforms over the long term.

"Peru's problems won't be solved just with a referendum," he said.

UN AIDS agency in crisis over abusive and patriarchal culture, report says

The UN agency tasked with containing HIV and AIDS is “in crisis” over “sexual harassment, bullying and abuse of power” among its leadership, an independent panel of experts has concluded.

The report was commissioned by UNAIDS earlier this year after a raft of allegations against managers, including revelations in an exclusive report by CNN. In that report, three women made allegations of sexual assault against the then-deputy director of the agency.The report is especially scathing in its assessment of the agency’s executive director, Michel Sidibe.

    Top United Nations official 'forced himself on me,' employee says “The executive director of the UNAIDS secretariat has created a patriarchal culture tolerating harassment and abuse of authority and in his interviews with the panel he accepted no responsibility for actions and effects of decisions and practices creating the conditions that led to this review,” the report said.In a statement to CNN, a UNAIDS spokesperson, Sophie Barton-Knott, said that “senior management are fully aware that there is still much work to do — across all levels of the organization, including at the senior management level.”Read More”UNAIDS is resolute in its commitment to lead by example in eliminating all forms of harassment, bullying and abuse of power at UNAIDS,” she said. In conducting their report, the independent panel of eminent lawyers and gender issues activists, conducted a survey of UNAIDS employees. More than 60% of the 678 staff participated.Nearly half of those surveyed said that they did not agree with the statement “that the UNAIDS culture is effective in preventing harassment and abuse.””There is an absence of preventive measures, and the formal and informal processes for handling complaints are slow, ineffective, and not trusted as confidential,” the report said.”Bottom line — the UNAIDS Secretariat has a problem,” the report’s authors wrote. The UN Secretary-General’s spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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        The independent panel’s chair, Gillian Triggs, told CNN on Thursday that she and her colleagues concluded that UNAIDS’ governing body “needs to consider whether the current leadership has the skills and the will to carry those reforms out.””We have been absolutely unanimous in our views,” said Triggs, an Australian human rights lawyer and professor emeritus.

US intensifies opposition to UN global compact on migration

UNITED NATIONS – The Trump administration on Friday intensified its opposition to next week's U.N. meeting to adopt a landmark pact on migration, calling it a "pro-migration" document that undermines sovereignty and warning that supporters are trying to create new international law.

The U.S. Mission to the United Nations issued the blistering three-page "national statement" on the "Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration" which is to be formally approved at a high-level meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, on Dec. 10-11.

The statement claims the compact is attempting to "'globalize' migration governance at the expense of state sovereignty" and "its pro-migration stance fails to recognize that well-managed legal immigration must start and end with effective national controls over borders."

The drafting process for the global compact was launched after all 193 U.N. member states, including the United States under President Barack Obama, adopted a declaration in 2016 saying no country can manage international migration on its own and agreed to work on a pact.

But the United States, under President Donald Trump, pulled out a year ago, claiming that numerous provisions in the compact were "inconsistent with U.S. immigration and refugee policies."

In July, 192 countries unanimously agreed on the 34-page compact — the first global document to tackle migration — after lengthy negotiations on the often contentious issue, with only the United States boycotting.

But in recent months, countries including Hungary, Austria, Israel, Poland, Switzerland, Australia and Slovakia have dropped their support and said they won't attend the Marrakech meeting.

Slovakia's Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak, the former General Assembly president who presided over the July meeting, resigned over his country's opposition to the pact but said Friday he changed his mind after support from the president, prime minister and many others.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Friday that 135 countries have informed the U.N. they are attending the Marrakech meeting, and "we also expect more of them to register on the first day of the conference." He also announced that U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will attend.

Louise Arbour, the U.N. envoy for international migration who will be chairing the Marrakech meeting, expressed great disappointment last week that some countries are reneging on their support for the compact, especially because it is not legally binding and after its formal adoption "there is not a single country that is obligated to do anything that it doesn't want to."

Dujarric called it "regrettable" but stressed Friday that "this is not a closed door" and the U.N. hopes countries "will come back and continue to participate in these discussions."

"This is a non-binding pact," Dujarric said. "This is about helping countries manage migration. This is about reaffirming the rights of countries to obviously control their own borders. It seems to defy logic to see how you can manage migration without having a global conversation."

But the U.S. statement on Friday expressed concern "that compact supporters, recognizing the lack of widespread support for a legally binding international migration convention, seek to use the compact and its outcomes and objectives as a long-term means of building customary international law or so-called 'soft law' in the area of migration."

It said the word "compact" has no agreed meaning in international law, "but it implies legal obligation."

Diplomats: US postpones meeting on North Korea human rights

UNITED NATIONS – The United States postponed a Security Council meeting scheduled for Monday to discuss human rights in North Korea because it couldn't get enough support to hold it, U.N. diplomats said Friday.

The well-informed diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity because discussions have been private, said the U.S. didn't have support from nine of the 15 council nations, the minimum number needed to hold the meeting.

North Korea's U.N. Ambassador Kim Song sent letters last week to all council members except the United States accusing the Trump administration and some supporters of trying to "stoke confrontation" instead of promoting peace efforts by calling for the council meeting.

The Security Council has discussed human rights in North Korea for the past four years. Each meeting went ahead only after a procedural vote where the U.S. got at least nine "yes" votes. Diplomats said the U.S. had eight "yes" votes this year, but couldn't persuade Ivory Coast to support the meeting.

"If we are unable to hold this important discussion this month, we hope to revisit holding this meeting in the new year," a U.S. official, who was not authorized to speak publicly, said Friday.

The official said "the U.S. remains deeply concerned with the human rights situation in North Korea" and continues to urge Kim Jong Un's regime to "begin to respect human rights, and adhere to international standards on humanitarian assistance."

In October, the U.N. independent investigator on human rights in the isolated Asian nation said Kim's summits with the presidents of South Korea and the United States have not changed his country's abysmal human rights record.

Tomas Ojea Quintana pointed to reports of "systematic, widespread abuses" of human rights and a U.N. commission of inquiry's findings in 2014 that possible crimes against humanity have been committed in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the country's official name.

Relations between the two Koreas and between the DPRK and the United States have improved since Kim reached out to South Korea and President Donald Trump early this year with a promise to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

U.S.-North Korea talks on the North's nuclear program haven't produced much progress since Kim and Trump held the countries' first summit in Singapore in June. A second summit is expected to take place next year.

Ambassador Kim's letter recalled that "until last year, the Korean peninsula was a region where possibility of an armed conflict and a nuclear war ran higher than any other region in the world."

But as a result of the DPRK's "peace-loving efforts," he said, "the atmosphere of peace and stability has recently settled down in the Korean peninsula."

"Nonetheless, to our deep surprise and regret, the Security Council is about to swim against the current trend by way of seeking to irritate a dialogue counterpart and stoke confrontation, instead of encouraging and promoting the ongoing positive developments," the DPRK ambassador said.

Ambassador Kim called the U.S. move to put the issue on the council agenda "a provocation" and demanded that human rights be discussed at the Geneva-based Human Rights Council, not the Security Council.

Ex-Colombian President Belisario Betancur dies at 95

BOGOTA, Colombia – Former Colombian President Belisario Betancur, whose bold efforts to reach a peace deal with leftist rebels in the 1980s were undone by drug-fueled bloodletting and an explosion of violence backed by state security forces, died on Friday. He was 95.

Betancur's death was confirmed by President Ivan Duque, who said on his Twitter account that the ex-president's legacy in Colombian politics, history and culture would be "an example for future generations." Betancur, who governed from 1982-1986, died in a Bogota clinic after suffering kidney problems.

Uniquely in Colombia's elite-dominated political landscape, Betancur wasn't the son of patriarchs but instead rose to the pinnacle of power from a Spartan start as the son of a poor farmer in western Antioquia state. With the aid of scholarships he earned a law degree and throughout his political career held his own as a journalist, economist and poet.

His arrival to the presidency in 1982 sparked a wave of enthusiasm that he could deliver Colombians from an armed conflict raging since the 1960s and that would go on to claim more than 250,000 lives and drive millions from their homes. He moved quickly to negotiate a truce with guerrilla groups, defying members of his own conservative party and with an everyman's touch began selling his plan for peace directly to Colombians.

But those efforts quickly unraveled as thousands of members of the Patriotic Union — a fledgling political movement tied to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia — were gunned down by right-wing groups. Later it would be discovered that many of the killings were backed by state security forces.

Another rebel movement, the Cuban-inspired M-19, accused Betancur of "treason" for going back on his peace pledges and in 1985 took control of the country's supreme court with the goal of holding a revolutionary trial against the president.

The heavy-handed response by Colombia's army didn't wait. What Colombians almost universally refer to as the "holocaust" played out in the capital's main square as a blaze consumed the night sky after troops backed by tanks and bombs stormed the Palace of Justice. More than 100 people were killed, including 11 of the 24 magistrates of the high court, although years later authorities would discover that some of the rebels and suspected civilian sympathizers were taken alive from the building by the army and disappeared.

Betancur's actions during the siege were called into question, including his refusal to take a phone call from the court president pleading for negotiations, as well as a government order forcing TV networks to interrupt coverage of the standoff and broadcast a soccer match instead.

Barely a week later another disaster would strike: the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano, which triggered a cascade of mud that buried the entire town of Armero, leaving more than 25,000 people dead. It was the worst natural disaster in Colombia's history and once again Betancur was questioned for not having ordered an evacuation in time.

The twin tragedies forever tarnished Betancur's legacy and when he left office in 1986 he largely kept out of public view. For years he maintained that he had lost control of the palace siege to his generals. The former president was absolved of wrongdoing by a congressional investigation at the time.

But he broke his silence in 2015, showing remorse for his action as then President Juan Manuel Santos was negotiating with the FARC another peace deal – this time one ending the conflict.

"If there were mistakes that I made," he said, "I ask my compatriots for forgiveness."