Restrictions in Srinagar after strike call by separatists

first_imgNormal life in Kashmir was affected on Saturday due to a strike called by separatist groups to protest against braid chopping incidents even as authorities imposed restrictions in several areas of the city as a precautionary measure, officials said.Schools, shops and other business establishments remained closed due to the strike called by separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik.Public transport remained off roads but some private vehicles could be seen plying in the civil lines area of the city, the officials said. The separatists had called for a shutdown against the increasing braid chopping attacks in Kashmir over the past one month.The Srinagar District Magistrate said restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC would continue to remain in force parts of the city as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incident.The areas where restrictions have been imposed are police stations Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, M R Gunj, Safakadal and partially in Kralkhud and Maisuma, he said.last_img read more

Lomachenko and Rigondeaux to meet Dec. 9

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lomachenko won gold in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics fighting for Ukraine, while Rigondeaux won his golds in 2000 and 2004 for Cuba. Both are widely regarded as two of the best amateur fighters in history.Rigondeaux is 17-0 with 11 knockouts as a pro, while Lomachenko is 9-1 with seven knockouts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ex-NBA player sentenced to prison for selling stolen guns NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Vasyl Lomachenko, of Ukraine, celebrates after defeating Nicholas Walters, of Jamaica, in a WBO junior lightweight title boxing match Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Las Vegas. APNEW YORK — Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux, who both own two Olympic gold medals, will meet Dec. 9 in the latest in a series of Saturday night fights on ESPN.Lomachenko will defend his 130-pound title against Rigondeaux, a defensive specialist who will be moving up in weight from 122 pounds to challenge for the belt. Promoter Top Rank said Friday that the fight will be held in the theater at Madison Square Garden.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Maha: Sports event called off amid row on water misuse

first_imgLatur, Mar 24 (PTI) A sports event being organised by supporters of former Maharashtra Chief Minister late Vilasrao Deshmukhs son Amit has been cancelled amid claims of misuse of water for ground work at the venue in the drought parched Latur district.Moiz Shaikh, the organiser of the Amit Deshmukh district volleyball tournament scheduled on March 28, today said the event has been called off.”Amit Deshmukh contacted us and asked us to take an appropriate decision. Accordingly, the organisers met and decided to cancel the event,” Shaikh told PTI.However, Shaik, President of Latur city unit of Congress, did not elaborate on the reasons for calling off the tournament.Earlier on March 19, authorities in Latur had imposed an order prohibiting the gathering of more than five persons in areas around 20 water storage tanks until May 31 to avoid any possible violence over water.The order, issued under section 144 of CrPC, was imposed in notified places including all tanker-filling points, public wells, tanker-plying routes and storage tanks in the district.Shaikh had yesterday dismissed the claims of using “thousands of litres” of water in the ground ahead of the event, saying the ground belongs to the government and its upkeep is their responsibility. “We had just hired it for a day,” he had said.”Around seven-eight buckets of waste water was used for sprinkling on the ground and not 2,500 litres as claimed by some,” Shaikh had said, adding such claims were being made by their political rivals.Amit, Congress MLA and Deshmukhs political heir, whose birthday was on March 21, is out of the country along with family and friends, party sources said, adding he is expected to return later this week. PTI VT NRB KISadvertisementlast_img read more


first_img4th race: The Police Trophy, 1200 M.4th race: The Police Trophy, 1200 M.Montedoro (Dr.Md.Javeed Ghatala,M/s.Chirag D.Joshi,M.Subash & P.Packiasamy) 60 A.Imran K. firstBlack Belt 57.5 C.Umesh secondStarista 57 PM.Bopanna thirdRhapsidion Rose 55 S.Kabthar fourthAll RanWon by: 9-1/4L, Length, 2L.Time: one min, 13.62 secs.Winneer trained by: Fahad K.Favourite: Montedoro(More) PTI COR BN TRK TRK AHlast_img

Port: protocol library PROFINET RT1-CCB und EtherNet/IP as one package

first_imgPort combines the so far separately offered protocol libraries for PROFINET and EtherNet/IP under GOAL into one package. Both protocols run on top of the middleware GOAL, jointly enabling customers for standard compliant PROFINET and EtherNet/IP communication. Everything is available out-of-the-box and compliant to the latest Conformance Test Software by ODVA and PNO ( Accordingly, the customer’s application can support PROFINET or EtherNet/IP out of one project. The including Design-Tools support the customer setting-up the objects in the libraries and in creating the corresponding EDS Files (EDS and GSDML).The middleware GOAL is the corresponding connector resp. anchor to the specific hardware and provides the real-world hooks to the hardware and to the environment while the protocol libraries implement the communication protocol itself and take comfort in the services, provided by GOAL. While GOAL seems to be rather a complication – in the real world (and mean world) GOAL is the enabler to address and survive reality.GOAL with PROFINET, EtherNet/IP supports the following targets: Linux: using the eth0 (or any other ethx) and done; RZ Family by Renesas: RN/N-1D, RZ/N-1S RZ/N-1L und RZ/T1; Renesas: RIN32M3 EC; ST: STM32F4x Series; TI: Tiva TM4C.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous CommAgility to accelerate development of mobile devices and base stations for 4G, 5G and private networksNext Vector: PREEvision as a reliable guide for first steps in AUTOSAR Adaptivelast_img read more

IOA asks national federations to constitute Athletes Commission in 3 months

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) The Indian Olympic Association Saturday asked the National Sports Federations to constitute their respective Athletes’ Commissions within three months or else face action. In its annual General Body Meeting here, the IOA also decided to downgrade the NSFs of equestrian and yatching to associate membership without voting rights from being permanent members for allowing individual members to vote in their elections. They have been asked to hold fresh elections within six months. Ad hoc committees were also formed for golf and Assam Olympic Association. “The House gave approval that instructions will be issued to all the NSFs to constitute Athletes Commission within three weeks. We hope all the NSFs will do this. We will take action to those NSFs which do not follow this,” IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta told PTI. “Those NSFs which already have Athletes’ Commission need not have fresh elections but those which do not have to conduct elections to form Athletes’ Commission,” he said. Regrading the downgrading of some federations, Mehta said, “We have done that on account of voting by individual members in the elections of these NSFs. IOC charter allows voting by members representing federations or state Olympic bodies and not individual members.” In another significant decision, the elections of the Kerala Olympic Association was shifted to New Delhi on the ground of government interference. Mehta said that state bodies which allowed government interference in their functioning will be banned from taking part in any national event. “If a state federation allows interference from the state government, they will be banned by the NSFs from sending athletes in national events. We have decided to issue strict instructions in this regard,” he added.advertisement The decision was prompted by some state governments having separate sports codes or similar guidelines, which interfered in the autonomy of the state sports federations, like those in Rajasthan and Bihar. Regarding the faction-ridden Gymnastics Federation of India, the IOA took the decision to hold elections within eight weeks after the High Court accepted the recommendations of the dispute resolution committee of the IOA. Top tennis administrator Anil Khanna and former president of kabaddi’s national federation Janardan Singh Gehlot were declared elected unopposed as a senior vice president and a vice president of the IOA. Both were the lone candidates for each of the posts. Khanna served as a treasurer in the previous regime headed by N Ramachandran and was also initially a presidential candidate in the polls held in December last but withdrew later to pave the way for Narinder Batra to become the IOA chief. Gehlot, a former Congress minister in Rajasthan, was president of the Amateur Kabaddi Federation of India (AKFI) for 28 years before his wife took over the job. He was made the ‘Life President’ of the AKFI but the Delhi High Court earlier this year quashed the appointment and that of his wife. He is currently the president of International Kabaddi Federation. He was elected to the post in June for a four-year term. The IOA had amended its constitution in August to increase the number of senior vice presidents to two from the current one and the number of vice-presidents to nine from the current eight. PTI PDS AHlast_img read more

Andy Murray to make singles return in Cincinnati

first_imgAndy Murray will return to singles action at the Cincinnati Open starting on Saturday after accepting a wildcard, Britain’s former world number one said on Friday.The 32-year-old three-time Grand Slam champion has not played singles since losing in the Australian Open first round in January to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, after which he had hip resurfacing surgery in a bid to salvage his career.”That feeling when you accept a wildcard for the singles in Cinci… #LetsDoThis #HereWeGo,” Murray said in a brief post on Facebook that had a picture of him celebrating a point.Murray returned to doubles action at Queen’s Club this year, winning the title with Spain’s Feliciano Lopez, and also played mixed doubles with Serena Williams and men’s doubles with Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert at Wimbledon.Also Read | What a team: Serena Williams, Andy Murray to play Wimbledon mixed doublesAlso Read | Andy Murray’s mother shares throwback picture of Wimbledon 2019 champion Novak DjokovicAlso Seelast_img read more



Race for the MSL Golden Boot

first_imgSuper League Ghaddar has one hand on the Golden Boot Ooi Kin Fai Last updated 2 years ago 15:00 30/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mohammed Ghaddar, Johor Darul Ta'zim, 02/07/2017 FMLLP Super League Johor Darul Ta’zim Mohammed Ghaddar looks set to pick up the 2017 Super League top scorer award after a fruitful season in front of goal. The 2017 Super League season is coming to a close soon, with only one round of fixture remaining in the calendar and it looks like the Golden Boot is all sewned up.With 23 goals scored in the league this season, Johor Darul Ta’zim’s Mohammed Ghaddar is on course to not only win the Golden Boot but also break the record for highest number of goals scored in a Super League season since the league was reduced to 12 teams in 2013. Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Pahang’s Matheus Alves is behind Ghaddar with 18 goals and unless he scored five goals in Pahang’s final match against Perak, he will have to concede to the Lebanese. No player in the Super League has scored five goals this season.GFX MSL Top Scorers 2013-17Ghaddar did score the majority of his goals for Kelantan earlier in the season before his move to JDT. 18 goals was plundered in by the striker before his big move to the home of the Southern Tigers. Only five league goals was scored in his time with JDT, although he has scored five goals for them in the Malaysia Cup thus far.Dramane Traore was the only other player to break the 20-goals barrier in the last five years, during the season he spent with PDRM in 2015. Last season also saw a JDT finished as top scorer with Argentine Jorge Pereyra Diaz lifting the coveted honour.last_img read more

Industry Minister Lauds Partnership to Deliver Heavy-Duty Trucks

first_img Under the collaboration, Tank-Weld Group, the largest supplier of building materials locally, through its subsidiary, Tank-Weld Equipment, will be the sole dealer for SHACMAN trucks in Jamaica. Its upgrading involved the addition of a 3,200 sq. ft. showroom; a 12-bay workshop to facilitate pre-delivery inspections, maintenance and repairs; a 3,000 sq. ft. parts department with state-of-the-art inventory management software; and an on-site in-bond facility for housing up to 50 trucks. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has endorsed the partnership forged between Jamaican firm, Tank-Weld Group and Chinese state-owned entity, SHACMAN, which manufactures heavy-duty trucks.Under the collaboration, Tank-Weld Group, the largest supplier of building materials locally, through its subsidiary, Tank-Weld Equipment, will be the sole dealer for SHACMAN trucks in Jamaica.SHACMAN Jamaica’s operations will be facilitated through Tank-Weld’s recently transformed purpose-built regional maintenance facility at Ferry in St. Catherine.Its upgrading involved the addition of a 3,200 sq. ft. showroom; a 12-bay workshop to facilitate pre-delivery inspections, maintenance and repairs; a 3,000 sq. ft. parts department with state-of-the-art inventory management software; and an on-site in-bond facility for housing up to 50 trucks.The partnership also involves JN Bank, which will provide commercial loans for persons purchasing the trucks, and is expected to go a far way in providing reliable units for local haulage contractors requiring heavy-duty vehicles.SHACMAN Jamaica was formally launched during a ceremony at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Monday (June 25).Mr. Shaw, who delivered the keynote address, described the partnership as an expansion in Jamaica’s longstanding relationship with the People’s Republic of China.He noted that while the collaboration involved the Government of China, the other partner is an “eminent private-sector company”, and described the partnership as a “fantastic initiative”.Mr. Shaw said the Government and people of Jamaica continue to be appreciative of the expanding relationship and growing partnership shared with their counterparts in China.“I am very pleased to be associated with this (launch), because this initiative is part of the march towards increased productivity in the country,” he added.For his part, Commercial Counsellor at the Chinese Embassy in Jamaica, Jianghong Fan, described the launch as a “historic moment” for the partnering stakeholders, as also relations between the countries.He noted that the Chinese Government attaches “great importance” to this relationship, “and will work with Jamaica to promote sustained and in-depth growth of our friendly partnership for common development… to deliver real benefits to our two countries and people”.Tank-Weld Equipment General Manager, John Ralston, described the partnership as “a revolution in (the local) trucking industry”.JN Bank’s Managing Director, Curtis Martin, said the institution welcomes the opportunity to provide access to financing that will enable persons to purchase the trucks.“Tank-Weld’s vast experience in construction and engineering gives it the perfect platform to deliver SHACMAN trucks to the Jamaican market. These are trucks which have proven their value across Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas,” he noted.The launch was also attended by representatives of SHACMAN’s Central and South America Regional office, headed by General Manager, Yan Xie. Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, has endorsed the partnership forged between Jamaican firm, Tank-Weld Group and Chinese state-owned entity, SHACMAN, which manufactures heavy-duty trucks. Story Highlightslast_img read more

La culture est à lhonneur lors de festivals de marque présentés en

first_imgWATERFRONT DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION – La culture est à l’honneur lors de festivals de marque présentés en septembre sur le front de mer Des festivals africain, français et littéraire se tiendront sur le front de mer d’Halifax pour la première fois en septembre. Répartis sur quatre jours, les festivals de marque sont le Bazar africain international, le Festival des cultures francophones/Francofestival et La Ruée des mots d’Halifax. Lors du lancement conjoint aujourd’hui, 30 août, les organisateurs ont souligné comment ils ont travaillé ensemble afin d’attirer des artistes qui seront en vedette dans plus d’un festival, y compris l’auteur Lawrence Hill, l’artiste de la création orale Shauntay Grant et le musicien afro-francophone Élage Diouf. « Chaque festival présente des éléments distincts et merveilleux. Ensemble, ils promettent d’offrir une riche expérience culturelle et éducative, le tout sur le front de mer », de souligner Colin MacLean, président et directeur général de Waterfront Development Corporation, un hôte de cette manifestation collective. Les trois festivals présentés sur le front de mer sont gratuits, sauf pour les concerts du Francofestival où les billets sont vendus. Le Bazar africain international est une foire commerciale animée qui offrira aux gens un goût de l’Afrique. Du 22 au 25 septembre, à Sackville Landing, les gens pourront visiter des commerçants locaux et internationaux qui proposent des produits et services culturels africains. « Les visiteurs sur le front de mer auront l’occasion de soutenir des entrepreneurs afro-néo-écossais et d’en apprendre davantage à leur sujet », précise Wayn Hamilton, directeur général de l’Office des affaires afro-néo-écossaises. Le bazar fait partie de la septième Conférence de la route du patrimoine de la diaspora africaine qui se tient au World Trade and Convention Centre du 22 au 24 septembre. Au nombre des orateurs invités cette année à ce forum international destiné à célébrer le patrimoine africain et à développer le tourisme culturel, notons Lawrence Hill, auteur du grand succès de librairie The Book of Negroes. M. Hill se joindra également au tout premier Festival des cultures francophones/Francofestival lors d’un panel en compagnie des auteurs canadiens français Aurélie Resch et Herménégilde Chiasson. Le festival marque le 20e anniversaire du Conseil communautaire du Grand-Havre et se déroule du 23 au 25 septembre à Queen’s Landing. On y trouvera de la musique de l’Acadie, du Québec et de l’Afrique, une exposition d’arts visuels, un café littéraire et des mets acadiens et libanais. « Il y a 20 ans, la communauté francophone d’Halifax se composait surtout d’Acadiens, de Québécois et de quelques Français, de dire Jules Chiasson, directeur général du Conseil communautaire du Grand-Havre. Aujourd’hui, elle regroupe aussi des francophones d’Afrique, du Liban et d’Haïti, pour ne nommer que ceux-là. C’est cette diversité que nous voulons célébrer. » Le 25 septembre, plus de 55 auteurs feront connaître leurs histoires lors de La Ruée des mots d’Halifax qui rayonnera à partir du Musée maritime de l’Atlantique. Ce rendez-vous populaire se déroulera des deux côtés du port et, pour la première fois, des lectures auront même lieu sur l’eau. « Cette année, le thème est le livre qui m’a accroché, un thème qui convient parfaitement au front de mer et à notre collaboration avec les autres festivals, souligne Colleen Ritchie, directrice générale. Nous sommes aussi très enthousiasmés par la nouvelle scène et les exposants du secteur des romans en images à Alderney Landing. » Steve Vernon, auteur d’ici et participant de longue date du festival, a lu un extrait de son livre The Lunenburg Werewolf lors du lancement. Participaient également au lancement le groupe musical d’Halifax BBQ Kings qui a offert des sonorités cajun/zydeco, des joueurs de tambours africains du Maritime Drumming Centre of Nova Scotia et la commerçante africaine Toria Aidoo. Waterfront Development Corporation est une société de la Couronne provinciale chargée du développement du potentiel stratégique des fronts de mer de Bedford, de Dartmouth, d’Halifax et de Lunenburg. Les recettes sont réinvesties dans les fronts de mer pour favoriser l’essor économique, améliorer le tourisme et refléter et protéger le patrimoine maritime. Pour des renseignements sur les activités, visitez read more

Three men claim to be newborns father at hospital

first_imgKolkata: Three men claimed themselves to be the father of a baby girl, who was born at a private hospital at Netaji Nagar on Sunday.On Tuesday, the mother said the father of the baby was her husband and the confusion ended after three day of drama at the hospital. According to sources, on Saturday, an expectant woman identified as Swapna Maitra got admitted at the private hospital. While she getting admitting, a person identified as Dipankar Pal mentioned himself as her husband on the admission documents. Maitra gave birth to a girl child on Sunday. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA twist in the situation occurred on Sunday afternoon when a person identified as Harsh Chhetri reached the hospital and claimed himself as the father of the newborn. He also came up with a marriage certificate with the woman to substantiate his claim. As the hospital authority got confused, Netaji Nagar police station was informed about the situation. The security in front of Maitra’s cabin was also stepped up. No one other than hospital staff and doctors were allowed to enter the cabin. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter the police saw the marriage certificate and was almost convinced about Chhetri’s claim, it was decided that a final inspection will be done after talking to Maitra. Police officers had wait to get a change to interact with her as Maitra was unwell. When the police and hospital authority were hopeful that the problem had been solved, another man who identified himself as Pradip Roy arrived at the hospital and claimed that he was the father of the baby on Monday. But before police could reach, he left the hospital saying that he would return with proof. A police picket was set up outside the woman’s cabin. On Tuesday, when police were mulling to conduct a DNA test of the baby, police officers were told that Maitra’s health condition was stable, they could talk to her. During questioning, Maitra said Chhetri was the father of the baby and she deliberately planned this drama to teach Chhetri a lesson over some personal problem with him. However, the last person who claimed to be the father of the newborn could not be traced. Deputy Commissioner, South Suburban Division, Sudeep Sarkar said: “The matter has been settled. No case has been lodged.”last_img read more

3 winning tickets share Saturday nights 5 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – Three ticket holders, in Ontario, Quebec and the Prairies, will share the $5 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.Each winning ticket is worth $1,666,666.The draw’s guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in the Prairies.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Aug. 1 will be approximately $5 million.last_img

New UN Sudan envoy arrives in Khartoum for meetings with toplevel officials

23 October 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s new Special Representative for Sudan arrived today in the country’s capital, Khartoum, where he is expected to hold meetings with top-level officials. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s new Special Representative for Sudan arrived today in the country’s capital, Khartoum, where he is expected to hold meetings with top-level officials.Ashraf Jahangir Qazi, who also heads the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), is expected to meet over the next few days President Omar Al Bashir, First Vice President and President of the Government of Southern Sudan Salva Kiir, and senior officials of the Government of National Unity and the Government of Southern Sudan.Mr. Qazi, a Pakistani national who was appointed last month, served previously as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq since 2004. This followed a long diplomatic career with his country’s foreign service, including postings in the United States, India, China, the Russian Federation, Germany and Syria. Diplomatic activity on Sudan has intensified in recent weeks as preparations continue for talks on the Darfur conflict scheduled to be held in Libya on 27 October. The UN Special Envoy for Darfur, Jan Eliasson, and his African Union counterpart, Salim A. Salim, have been heading up that effort. read more

Annan urges 1year extension of UN office in Sierra Leone where challenges

In his latest report on the UN Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL), which covers the past three months, Mr. Annan also recommended that the Security Council approve the temporary increase of UNIOSIL’s military and police components by 15 officers to assist in the July presidential and parliamentary polls.“While Sierra Leone continues to make progress in its peacebuilding efforts, the country still faces major challenges and will need the sustained support of the international community for the foreseeable future,” he said, referring to the reconstruction needed after the brutal and disastrous civil war of the 1990s.“I also recommend that the Security Council approve the increase of the strength of the UNIOSIL Military Liaison Team by 5 additional officers and that of the Police Section by 10 additional police officers,” he said, calling for a 12-month extension, through the end of 2007.Describing next year’s elections as a “major milestone,” Mr. Annan also called for a comprehensive assessment of the role of UNIOSIL closer to the polls, to decide when to withdraw the operation.He said that over the past three months the security situation, although still fragile, had remained stable, and he also said the country was continuing to move forward in terms of human rights but “progress in the area of economic and social rights remains limited.”“The most serious threats to the tenuous stability in the country continued to be related to the high level of youth unemployment, the poor social and economic conditions of the people, and the general public perception of the Government’s mismanagement of public resources,” Mr. Annan stated.He also highlighted the need for “considerable” support from Sierra Leone’s international partners to ensure the success of the elections, describing as a “major concern” a $7 million electoral budget shortfall. Member States should help to close this funding gap, he said.Mr. Annan also urged the Government to work closely with the UN’s Peacebuilding Commission, particularly after its decision in October to declare Sierra Leone eligible to benefit from the recently set-up multi-million dollar Peacebuilding Fund, which is aimed at assisting countries emerging from conflict to rebuild and prevent them falling back into bloodshed. Sierra Leone’s 10-year civil war began in 1991 and left thousands dead and many more with amputated limbs. UNIOSIL, the first integrated UN office established to support the peace-consolidation process, followed the completion of a peacekeeping operation in Sierra Leone that ended on 31 December 2005. It is made up of almost 300 people, comprising 82 international staff, 192 local staff and 24 UN Volunteers. read more

ADP survey Businesses added 176000 jobs in August down from June and

by Paul Wiseman, The Associated Press Posted Sep 5, 2013 8:44 am MDT WASHINGTON – American businesses added 176,000 jobs in August, a private survey showed Thursday. That was fewer than in June and July but roughly in line with the monthly average for the year.The payroll company ADP said professional and business services firms added 50,000 jobs. Manufacturers created 5,000, reversing a drop in July, and construction firms 4,000. Companies in all industries and of all sizes hired in August, ADP said.The ADP figures come a day before the Labor Department will release its jobs report for August. The department’s report will capture both private- and public-sector job growth for the month.The ADP figures often vary from the Labor Department’s official job figures. According to ADP, private employers have added an average 170,000 jobs a month this year through July. The Labor Department shows companies added an average of 196,000 new jobs a month through July.Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist for Capital Economics, said the ADP hiring figures were “broadly consistent” with economists’ expectations that Friday’s Labor report will show that private and government employers combined added roughly 180,000 jobs in August.“The job market has held up better than I would have thought,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, which compiles the ADP report. He called the job creation “remarkably consistent.”Zandi had expected hiring to be depressed by federal budget cuts that took effect in March and by employers’ preparations for President Barack Obama’s health care law.The law requires companies to provide full-time workers with health insurance or pay a penalty. In doing so, this provision provides an incentive to reduce full-time jobs, though the requirement won’t take full effect until 2015. ADP survey: Businesses added 176,000 jobs in August, down from June and July AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Chinese growth concerns help push Canadian dollar oil prices lower

Chinese growth concerns help push Canadian dollar, oil prices lower by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 12, 2014 6:39 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was lower Wednesday as Chinese growth worries pressured commodity-sensitive currencies and oil prices.The loonie was down 0.11 of a cent at 89.96 cents US.The catalyst for the latest round of concerns about growth in the world’s second-biggest economy was data released on the weekend showing a drop of 18 per cent in Chinese exports in February.Copper, viewed as an economic barometer as it is used in so many applications, has tumbled in recent days to the lowest level since mid-2010, having fallen 8.3 per cent over the previous three sessions. On Wednesday, the May copper contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange shed early losses and moved up a cent to US$2.96 a pound.But demand concerns are only part of the problem for copper.Chinese authorities gave the go-ahead late last week for the country’s first credit default, involving a manufacturer of solar panels. And another solar energy company is also in danger of default.This is worrisome because copper is used as much for financing transactions as for its industrial applications. Traders worry that a wave of defaults could result in a massive liquidation of copper on the markets, which would further depress prices.Oil prices have also headed steadily lower and the April contract in New York was down another $2.04 to US$97.99 after losing about $2.50 earlier in the week.Worries about China, along with tensions in Ukraine, pushed bullion prices higher with the May contract ahead $23.80 to a six-month high of US$1,370.50 an ounce.Traders have also kept an eye on simmering tensions between Russia and Ukraine.The U.S. Senate has prepared legislation that would impose economic penalties on Russian officials complicit in Ukrainian corruption or anyone responsible for Moscow’s military takeover of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. read more

Stronger partnerships with postconflict countries needed to ensure path towards durable peace

The UN chief told representatives at the briefing, entitled “Peacebuilding and sustaining peace: strengthening partnerships for successful nationally-owned transitions”, that the Organization is putting a stronger focus on transition periods, when the UN reconfigures its missions, or leaves a country.  The meeting was part of a process which has seen the Security Council and UN system place more emphasis on ensuring the successful closures of UN missions, following the release of a 2014 report by a group of independent experts, which said that the UN system needed to pay more attention to transitions, describing them as “frequently poorly timed and poorly managed”.The loss of life, economic devastation and reversal of development gains caused by a relapse into conflict can go far beyond a country’s borders António Guterres, UN Secretary-GeneralThe authors also noted that the drawdown of peace operations usually comes with visibly diminished political attention and a rapid drop-off in financing to continue UN engagement through a country team. This was reflected in the comments made by Mr. Guterres on Thursday, when he noted the risks inherent in mission transitions: “The international community may pay less attention to the country concerned. Strategic gains achieved during decades of international support can hang in the balance. And the loss of life, economic devastation and reversal of development gains caused by a relapse into conflict can go far beyond a country’s borders”.The 2014 report led to the adoption of Security Council and General Assembly resolutions, which recognized the importance of providing adequate resources for peacebuilding, including during the transition period during the drawdown of missions.Since then, the UN has implemented measures to improve transition planning, such as strengthening the ability of resident coordinators (the senior UN official in a particular country) to conduct conflict analysis and prevention.In his briefing remarks, Mr. Guterres said the UN’s ongoing reform process is leading to more “joined-up engagement”, from the deployment of peace missions, to their reconfiguration and eventual withdrawal.’We must prioritize partnerships’The importance of partnerships, and close collaboration between the UN and host governments in ensuring successful transitions, was highlighted in the 2018 Declaration of Shared Commitments on Peacekeeping Operations, and the UN Secretary-General’s Action for Peacekeeping Initiative, and emphasised by Mr. Guterres during Thursday’s Council session.“We must prioritize and strengthen partnerships”, he said, “with national stakeholders, across the UN system and with international financial institutions, and with Member States, for collective action to ensure their success”. Strong partnerships, added Mr. Guterres, can help avoid a drop-off in support as the UN reduces or alters its presence in a country.The UN chief gave several examples of UN peacekeeping missions in transition, that, he said, he is following closely. They include Darfur, Sudan, where local UN operations have allocated $32 million to priority areas such as the rule of law, human rights, and durable solutions for displaced people; Haiti, where the UN Country Team is working with the national government to work on priority projects; and Colombia, where the UN has supported the peace process with two successive political missions.Countries that are “healing after conflict”, said the Secretary-General, may face urgent and complex challenges, and need support to address the “root causes of conflict”, in areas such as political leadership, strong institutions, and sustainable development. He cited the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework as a “central tool” for support, helping countries to put in place reforms that ensure “atrocities and serious crimes will never happen again”.Mr. Guterres insisted that the UN’s role in transitions must be “comprehensive and coherent”, and work in an integrated way to address the drivers of conflict, which include “poverty, exclusion, inequality, discrimination and violations of human rights, exacerbated by climate change and the movement of people.” read more