Premier Darrell Dexter is offering Sobeys CEO Bill McEwan best wishes upon his upcoming retirement. Mr. McEwan announced his retirement today, Feb. 8. “Sobeys is at the heart of business in Nova Scotia. From its roots in Stellarton to the multi-billion dollar chain that it is now, the company has been creating good jobs and growing our economy for more than a century,” said Premier Dexter. “I wish Mr. McEwan good health in his retirement and on behalf of all Nova Scotians, I thank him for his valuable contribution to the province.” Over the past eleven years, Mr. McEwan has expanded Sobeys nation-wide through a challenging retail market. Under his leadership, the company recently announced a partnership with Target, the purchase of 250 Shell gasoline stations in Atlantic Canada and Quebec, and the completion of a new head office in Stellarton. Premier Dexter said he looks forward to working with Mr. McEwan’s successor. Sobeys operates 1,300 stores across Canada, including locations in 30 Nova Scotia communities.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf (all times local):10:40 a.m.France is sending experts to help investigate drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities.French President Emmanuel Macron’s office announced the move in a statement Wednesday after the French leader spoke to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.The statement says the French experts are going at Saudi request to help “shed all light on the origin and methods” of the attacks.Macron denounced the attacks and stressed the importance of Saudi Arabia’s security.Macron’s office said Tuesday that France is continuing diplomatic efforts to reduce tensions around the Persian Gulf.Saturday’s attack targeted the world’s largest oil processing facility and a major oil field in Saudi Arabia. Yemen’s Houthi rebels claimed the attack, though the U.S. and Saudi Arabia suspect Iran was behind the assault. Iran denies being involved.___8:30 a.m.Saudi Arabia says it is joining a U.S.-led coalition to secure the Mideast’s waterways after an attack targeting its crucial oil industry.The state-run Saudi Press Agency carried a statement Wednesday morning quoting an unnamed official saying the kingdom had joined the International Maritime Security Construct.That’s a mission already joined by Australia, Bahrain and the United Kingdom.The U.S. formed the coalition after attacks on oil tankers that American officials blame on Iran, as well as Iran’s seizure of tankers in the region. Iran denies being behind the tanker explosions.The U.S. military did not immediately respond to a request for comment.On Saturday, an attack struck the world’s biggest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia.The Associated Press