Slobodan Milosevic, the late President of Yugoslavia and accused architect of genocide in the Balkans, was not the victim of murder at the time of his death from a heart attack in March, the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) said today, confirming the results of earlier investigations.The court’s findings were contained in the report of an internal inquiry panel concerning the circumstances surrounding Mr. Milosevic’s death in the Tribunal’s Detention facility on 11 March 2006.The inquiry, headed by the Tribunal’s Vice-President, Judge Kevin Parker, was ordered on the same day as Milosevic’s death by Tribunal President, Judge Fausto Pocar. Mr. Milosevic was “alone in the locked cell” when he died, the report says. An autopsy with full pathological and toxicological investigations confirmed that he had died of natural causes from a heart attack. No poison was found in his body, nor did any other chemical substance present in his body contribute to his death. In addition, there were no indications of external violence.“Nothing has been found to support allegations reported in some sections of the media that Mr. Milosevic had been murdered, in particular by poisoning,” the report states. At the time of his death, Mr. Milosevic faced 66 counts of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo between 1991 and 1999. The prosecution put forward a wealth of evidence, including the testimony of 295 witnesses and the presentation of 5,000 exhibits, in arguing its case.
Born in Venezuela, Vincent Pineda has muscular dystrophy and Svetlana Kotova from Russia has a sight disability. While they come from opposite ends of the earth, with very different personal circumstances, both represent the new generation of young leaders hoping to make a difference through the drafting and, ultimately, carrying out the provisions of the proposed International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities.Ms. Kotova is minimally sight-impaired, yet growing up during the Soviet era, where the disabled were segregated from the rest of society, meant that she only had blind friends until she reached the age of 17. When she went to United States to study in a traditional school and had sighted friends, she realized that she needed to change something in her home country. She now works as legal advisor at Perspektiva, a Moscow-based organization that provides a new look at disabilities in contrast to the previous approach. “It’s about empowerment, about being independent and living independently and about not asking money from the State but asking access and asking equal rights,” she said.Living with his disability in wheelchair, Mr. Pineda could not go to school in his homeland because his family was told that it would be too costly and educating a disabled child wasn’t worth the effort. Once his family moved to the United States new doors opened for him. And his perspective was further broadened through research on other countries with strong legislation protecting persons with disabilities, particularly in Scandinavia. Mr. Pineda is now pursuing a doctorate degree and makes documentary films on disability issues. His newest film will be based on the process of drafting the treaty, which would provide an international legal standard for how countries treat people with disabilities and promote their human rights. In producing the film on the UN, Mr. Pineda hopes to create a set of images that will empower, inspire and educate people worldwide on the convention. “A law is a law, but if it’s not really understood, embraced and communicated effectively, it doesn’t do anybody any good,” he observed. The media is an important tool for both of the young leaders in their efforts to educate the public and uplift persons with disabilities. Mr. Pineda said it can serve to “empower people, inspire people and really push people to create the society in which justice and equality can prevail.” He said the issue of disability must be viewed from a broader perspective. “If you look at the link between disability and poverty, it’s very much related to the Millennium Development Goals,” he said, referring to a set of time-bound targets adopted by leaders at a 2000 UN summit for addressing a host of global ills.“People that live in poverty because of harsh living conditions acquire disabilities and people that acquire disabilities slip into poverty so it’s a vicious cycle and at the core of that is access and policies that can remove those barriers and can keep people in that cycle of poverty.”The treaty, he said, would pave the way for positive change. “If we can create the political and legal mechanisms that will allow these barriers to come down we can create the possibility for people to contribute their real talents, their real capabilities, their real visions and their real skill to making our world a better place.”Delegates from all 192 Member States and representatives of more than 90 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are involved in talks on the 33-article draft convention.At the outset of the two-week session, which began on Monday, the Chairman, Ambassador Don MacKay of New Zealand, voiced optimism that agreement was close at hand but cautioned that negotiators “are going to have to start compromising” in order to reach a final text.The convention would obligate countries, among other measures, to gradually include disability-friendly features into the construction of new facilities, promote and improve access to education and information and introduce measures that eliminate discriminatory practices against persons with disabilities.
Conceived and scheduled more than two years ago by the General Assembly, the 14–15 September High-level Dialogue follows a period of intense public attention to the cross-border movement of people, and a quickening pace of multilateral talks on international migration. Three per cent of the world’s population – or 191 million people – lived in a country other than the one in which they were born in 2005, with one third having moved from a developing country to one that is developed, one third moving from one developing nation to another, and another third originating in the developed world, according to an analysis of migration and development prepared by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (ESA).A greater share of workers moving to developed countries are college educated, and without migration the size of the labour force in the developed world will begin shrinking drastically beginning in 2010, the analysis said. A UN compilation of migration statistics from 228 countries and areas indicates that the United States leads the world as a host country, with 38 million migrants in 2005 constituting almost 13 per cent of its population. But the share of the population who are migrants is larger still in Australia (19.6 per cent in 2005) and Canada (18.9 per cent).In regional terms, however, Europe’s migrant population of 64 million in 2005 is almost 50 per cent greater than the 45 million in Northern America. Western Asia, with its oil producing nations, also hosts a considerable share of the world’s migrants, totaling 22 million in 2005.Nearly half of the world’s migrants now are women, the UN reports, and they outnumber male migrants in the developed countries.Remittances, even when used for consumption, stimulate demand and support local enterprises. As a result, the UN estimates that overall, remittances could have an impact equivalent to about half a trillion US dollars.Despite tensions in many receiving countries, more than 50 per cent of governments surveyed by the UN in 2005 expressed an intention to maintain incoming migrant flows at roughly the same level. Just about 20 per cent had as objective the reduction of incoming flows, but that share was down from 40 per cent in 1996. Six per cent of governments favoured higher levels of immigration in 2005.This week’s High-level Dialogue will focus on ways to maximize the development benefits of international migration and reduce difficulties.
“Viet Nam is at the forefront of the UN move to deliver as one. The UN family has to combine the diversity of skills and mandates present in our agencies to realize our tremendous potential as partners in development,” said Kemal Dervis, who heads the UN Development Group and is the Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP).The “One UN” pilot programme will include at least five other countries and aims to move beyond coordination to consolidating a single presence in countries, UNDP said in a press release from the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.This Viet Nam pilot programme will comprise six participating agencies: the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UNDP, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), UN Volunteers (UNV) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Other agencies are expected to join or cooperate with the programme in the near future. “There was a realization that while we were doing a good job, we weren’t being fully efficient,” said UNICEF Representative in Viet Nam Jesper Morch. “By working together, UNICEF will be able to deliver far more for Vietnamese children. It seemed obvious to embrace the idea.”The “One UN” plan envisions agencies working as one team, with the aim of avoiding fragmentation and duplication of efforts and instead ensuring a unity of purpose, coherence in management and efficiency in operations while maintaining the distinct personality, agenda, and purpose of the different agencies.Today’s announcement came after a meeting between a taskforce on UN reform and the Vietnamese Government, which also involved participating UN agencies, funds and programmes, and bilateral donors.“Viet Nam is always pushing us to do things better, to be ever more responsive and efficient, and the UN team here is working to answer that call for more effective assistance,” said UN Resident Coordinator John Hendra. “With this very exciting pilot opportunity, Viet Nam is being recognized for its openness and drive to make the UN work better. In a sense, this pilot is like bringing global reform efforts home, and the development community will be very interested in what happens here as Viet Nam is now literally at the centre of UN reform efforts.”This announcement comes nearly a month after the UN High-Level Panel on Systemwide Coherence released its report, Delivering as One, which recommended, among other things, that the UN “deliver as one at the country level, with one leader, one programme, one budget, where appropriate, one office.” Additional pilot countries will likely be announced at the end of this month.
by Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press Posted May 28, 2012 6:50 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Tom Mulcair is dialling back the NDP’s anti-oilsands rhetoric as he prepares for his first visit to Alberta’s massive, unconventional petroleum deposits.The NDP leader is to tour Suncor’s oilsands project near Fort McMurray on Thursday.The visit is akin to walking into the lion’s den for Mulcair, who has been lambasted by western premiers for blaming booming oilsands exports for artificially inflating the Canadian dollar and, as a result, hollowing out the country’s manufacturing sector — a phenomenon dubbed the “Dutch disease.”On Monday, the words “Dutch disease” did not cross Mulcair’s lips as he discussed his upcoming tour. He seemed to take pains to tone down his rhetoric, which was already much less inflammatory than the diatribes his predecessor, Jack Layton, used to unleash against the poisonous “tar sands.”After flying over the oilsands during the 2008 election, Layton blasted Prime Minister Stephen Harper for refusing to “protect the North from the toxic discharges of his friends in the big oil companies.”By contrast, Mulcair’s tour is being organized by one of those big oil companies, Suncor, in what is meant to show a more businesslike, measured approach to the issue.Mulcair insisted Monday he’s not against development; he’s only advocating sustainable development. And he stressed that applies not just to the oilsands but to natural resource projects all across the country.Western premiers and federal Conservatives have accused Mulcair of pitting the resource-rich West against the manufacturing centres in eastern Canada. In that vein, British Columbia’s ruling Liberals introduced a motion Monday asking the legislature to unanimously reject Mulcair’s assertion that “resource extraction in western provinces is bad for Canada.”But Mulcair said he’s never singled out the West.“You know you cannot find a single statement from me with regard to the West. I notice that some of those premiers are saying this is an attack on the West,” Mulcair told reporters.“What I say with regard to sustainable development applies as much in New Brunswick and it does in British Columbia. It’s a vision to include economic, social and environmental aspects every time the government takes a decision.”Mulcair maintains the environmental clean-up costs of developments like the oilsands should be paid by the companies and included in the price of their exports, which would help bring down the value of the Canadian dollar.His stance is expected to be roundly condemned once again by western premiers who are gathering for their annual meeting Tuesday in Edmonton.But Mulcair insisted he’s not trying to pick a fight with the premiers, after referring dismissively to them earlier this month as Harper’s “messengers.”“I’ve been a provincial politician, I was a minister provincially (in Quebec) so I have nothing against provincial politicians.”Rather, he said his fight is with the federal government which he accused of failing to enforce its own environmental protection legislation when it comes to the oilsands and other resource developments.Mulcair said he’s feeling “not a bit” snubbed by Alberta Premier Alison Redford, who has said she’ll be unable to meet with the federal NDP leader as she’ll be out of the province Thursday. He is scheduled to meet instead with deputy premier Thomas Lukaszuk, as well as with the mayor of Fort McMurray.He’ll be joined on his oilsands tour by the NDP’s lone Alberta MP, Linda Duncan, environment critic Megan Leslie and energy critic Peter Julian. Mulcair tones down anti-oilsands rhetoric in advance of Fort McMurray visit
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US wholesale stockpiles rose 0.2 per cent in April while sales increased 0.5 per cent by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jun 11, 2013 10:07 am MDT WASHINGTON – U.S. wholesalers increased their stockpiles in April and their sales rebounded from a big decline in March, positive signs for economic growth.The Commerce Department said Tuesday that stockpiles at the wholesale level rose 0.2 per cent in April. That followed a 0.3 per cent gain in March.Sales in April increased 0.5 per cent, the best showing since February. In March, sales had plunged 1.4 per cent.The April increase left stockpiles at the wholesale level at $504.8 billion. That’s up 4.1 per cent from a year ago and 31.2 per cent above the recession low.An increase in restocking can drive more economic growth. It means companies are ordering more goods from U.S. factories.April’s gain was led by a 1.9 per cent increase in restocking of autos and auto parts. Stockpiles of furniture, lumber and computer equipment also posted solid gains.Inventories of machinery, farm products and chemicals were down in April.The economy grew at a 2.4 per cent rate annual from January through March, up from a 0.4 per cent rate in the previous quarter.Growth accelerated in the first quarter largely because consumer spending rose at the fastest pace in more than two years. That also provided more incentive for businesses to restock their shelves after many cut back on inventory building at the end of last year.Many economists believe growth has slowed in the current April-June quarter to an annual rate of 2 per cent or less. Economists say part of that reflects a slowdown in production at U.S. factories, stemming from weakness overseas that has dampened demand for U.S. exports. Some economists also say businesses could be worried about the impact of federal spending cuts.A stronger job market has helped offset some of the weakness from the spending cuts and higher taxes.The Labor Department reported Friday that the economy created 175,000 jobs in May. The unemployment rate edged up from 7.5 per cent to 7.6 per cent, however the gain reflected more people entering the work force to look for jobs. Economists viewed that development as a healthy sign.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,030.74, up 56.09 points):Petrowest Corp. (TSX:PRW). Oil and gas. Up 10 cents, or eight per cent, to $1.35 on 12.9 million shares.EMC Metals Corp. (TSX:EMC). Miner. Down 1.5 cents, or 15 per cent, to 8.5 cents on 6.1 million shares.Belo Sun Mining Corp. (TSX:BSX). Miner. Down 1.5 cents, or 7.32 per cent, to 19 cents on four million shares.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up two cents, or 0.65 per cent, to $3.09 on 3.9 million shares.Turquoise Hill Resources Ltd. (TSX:TRQ). Miner. Down 18 cents, or 4.92 per cent, to $3.48 on 3.4 million shares.Twin Butte Energy Ltd. (TSX:TBE). Oil and gas. Down three cents, or 1.67 per cent, to $1.77 on 3.2 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (1,013.14, down 1.90 points):Elkwater Resources Ltd. (TSXV:ELW). Oil and gas. Down 19 cents, or 23.75 per cent, to 61 cents on 4.1 million shares.Keek Inc. (TSXV:KEK). Online media. Down 0.5 cents, or 3.03 per cent, to 16 cents on 3.5 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Empire Company Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A). Supermarkets. Up 59 cents, or 0.88 per cent, to $67.69 on 159,495 shares. Sobeys announced plans to close about 50 of its underperforming stores, most of them in Western Canada where parent company Empire purchased the Canada Safeway supermarket chain. Empire also posted fourth-quarter adjusted net earnings from continuing operations of $131.3 million, or $1.42 per diluted share, beating estimates of $1.29, while sales were $5.94 billion, up $1.68 billion year over year, but narrowly missing expectations of $5.95 billion. It also upped its dividend 3.8 per cent to 27 cents a share.Shaw Communications (TSX:SJR.B). Communication services. Unchanged at $26.35 on 1.9 million shares. The media giant reported quarterly earnings per share of 47 cents, two cents less than estimates. Revenue in the quarter was $1.34 billion, up one per cent year over year. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 26, 2014 3:00 pm MDT
White House press secretary Josh Earnest speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, where he answered questions including on Iran, and about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of email. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Even if Clinton email not illegal, it violated Obama administration guidance on official email AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Even if Hillary Rodham Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct official business as secretary of state was not illegal, it violated Obama administration guidance and undermined his pledge of historic transparency.Clinton’s reliance on firstname.lastname@example.org for electronic communication as the nation’s top diplomat ignited another political controversy for the presumptive Democratic presidential front-runner, who is no stranger to scandal. It was a puzzling and risky decision for a political figure who is vulnerable to criticism about trying to operate outside the rules.Clinton has yet to explain why she took the unusual step of using her own server and eschewing a State Department email address. Her silence has left the White House that vowed to run the most open government in history in the awkward position of having to answer for her electronic secrecy.For the second day in a row Wednesday, Clinton’s emails dominated the White House press briefing. Press secretary Josh Earnest carefully avoided direct criticism of Clinton while making it clear that administration policy is for government emails to be used for official business.“Very specific guidance has been given to agencies all across the government, which is specifically that employees of the Obama administration should use their official email accounts when they’re conducting official government business,” Earnest said. He added if there are occasions when personal email is used for government business, a copy should be sent to the government account so the message can be properly preserved for inquiries from the public, historians and Congress.Yet Clinton wasn’t using personal email on occasion, but exclusively, the New York Times reported this week. The Associated Press found that a business record used for her email server registered under the home address for her residence in Chappaqua, New York, as early as August 2010 under the name Eric Hoteham. That name doesn’t appear in public records databases, but Clinton once employed an aide named Eric Hothem, who was not available for comment Wednesday.President Barack Obama didn’t sign a law requiring archiving of emails from government officials until last year, after Clinton left office. But in 2011, when she was still secretary amid Google’s revelations that China tapped email accounts of U.S. officials, the White House said government officials should use government email accounts for official business.“The administration policy that is effective here is that we — all of our work is conducted on work email accounts,” said then-press secretary Jay Carney.Last year, Clinton provided the State Department 55,000 pages of emails after the department asked her and other former secretaries for records that should be preserved. Yet her advisers alone decided what would be turned over and should not, without any outside control or clarity on the process they used.Earnest said “if in fact Secretary Clinton’s team did what they say they did, and that is reviewed her email, collected all of her personal email that was related to her official government work and turned that over to the State Department so that they could properly preserve and maintain it, that would be consistent with the Federal Records Act. And that’s the president’s expectation.”Earnest also pointed out that the government runs a separate email system to exchange classified information, so classified information should never have been sent on an outside server.Jerome Reisman, a New York-based attorney experienced in government ethics, said a private server gives the operator more control over their communications and makes it more difficult to subpoena electronic records as part of investigations. But he said the private server also has a greater chance of being exposed to hackers.“This is not an issue necessarily of was it legal or was it illegal. It was wrong,” Reisman said. “It is very important. It reflects on her character. It reflects on her role. It reflects on the model she serves to the rest of public employees.”___Follow Nedra Pickler on Twitter at https://twitter.com/nedrapickler by Nedra Pickler, The Associated Press Posted Mar 4, 2015 1:15 pm MDT
by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 11, 2016 5:07 am MDT Last Updated Jan 11, 2016 at 5:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OPG to announce $12.8 billion refurbishment of Darlington nuclear reactors TORONTO – Ontario Power Generation will unveil plans Monday for a $12.8-billion refurbishment of four nuclear reactors at the Darlington generating station east of Toronto.The Canadian Press has learned the Liberal cabinet has given approval to start the rebuild of the first reactor this fall, and OPG will have to come back to the government for approval of each subsequent reactor refurbishment project.Sources familiar with the announcement say the final budget includes a $1.7 billion contingency fund in case of cost-overruns on the $4.5 billion portion of the project done inside the reactor itself _ the nuclear science work deemed as “subject to execution risk” versus the fixed contracts for the majority of the supporting infrastructure.OPG estimates it would need between 7.2 cents-to-8.1- cents-per-kilowatt-hour to recover the total cost of the refurbishment, below current averages of 9.2 cents-per-kwh, but more than privately-owned Bruce Power will be paid under a new contract.Bruce announced plans last month to spend $13 billion to refurbish six nuclear reactors at the generating station it operates under contract in Kincardine, on Lake Huron. It will be paid between 6.57-to-7.7-cents-a-kwh for the power generated by the refurbished reactors.The Liberal government wants to extend the scheduled lifespan of the reactors at both generating stations, which would normally end around 2020, by about another 30 years.OPG was “limiting risk by including contractual provisions that keep contractors and subcontractors accountable for any delays or overruns,” on the Darlington refurbishment, said one source.Bruce Power assumed all risks of cost overruns for its nuclear rebuild project, which will start in 2020, four years later than originally planned.Ontario’s only other nuclear generating station, in Pickering, is also scheduled to be decommissioned in 2020, and there are no plans to rebuild its reactors.OPG president and CEO Jeff Lyash touted the benefits of the Darlington refurbishment in a recent speech, citing a Conference Board of Canada report showing it would generate $14.9 billion in economic benefits to Ontario and create 11,800 jobs a year during the peak of construction.The government estimates there are 180 Ontario companies in the supply chain to refurbish the Candu reactors.Premier Kathleen Wynne wants to keep generating about 50 per cent of Ontario’s electricity from nuclear power, and points out that her government cancelled plans to build a new nuclear generating station, which would have cost at least $15 billion.Ontario’s opposition parties say the Liberals have made a mess of the electricity sector and have driven rates so high they are forcing companies to leave the province for cheaper-power in neighbouring provinces and states.Anti-nuclear activists like the Ontario Clean Air Alliance say nuclear projects always run over budget, and they want OPG to abandon the refurbishment plans and instead import more electricity from Quebec.Greenpeace Canada is concerned about possible accidents at nuclear generating stations, and says refurbishing the aging reactors at Darlington is not worth the risk.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter
DETROIT – One auto supplier is taking the term “ready to wear” to a whole new level.Inteva Products LLC commissioned a fashion designer to produce four gowns using the same thermoplastic material the maker of engineered components and systems places in the instrument panel surface of a host of General Motors Co. vehicles.The results were on display during a recent pop-up fashion show at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.Four models outfitted with formal dresses made from Inteva’s Inteather material strutted up and down a carpeted area, passing by dumbfounded auto show attendees as well as the GMC Yukon and Sierra, both of which feature instrument panel exteriors made of Inteather, a thermoplastic olefin material.Inteather has the appearance of traditional leather, but Inteva says it weighs less, lasts longer, and is recyclable.Inteva’s Ken Gassman, who leads the team responsible for the commercial use of Inteather, was on hand to see the models in action. He says the designer, Ferndale-based Janna Coumoundouros, did a “phenomenal job” creating the gowns.Coumoundouros says people are taken aback by the texture of the dresses, because “it looks like hard leather, but when they touch it, it’s really soft.”“Even though it’s automotive material, they’re very elegant,” she said. “They have a really classic, beautiful look to them, too, so people are very, very surprised when they find out what the material is.” In this Jan. 14, 2016 photo, a gown made of Inteather is shown at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Inteva Products LLC, a Troy, Michigan-based maker of engineered components and systems, places a thermoplastic material called Inteather in the instrument panel surfaces on a number of General Motors Co. vehicles. Inteva commissioned a fashion designer to produce four gowns using Inteather. The results were on display during a recent pop-up fashion show at the auto show. (AP Photo/Mike Householder) by Mike Householder, The Associated Press Posted Jan 22, 2016 3:05 pm MDT Last Updated Jan 22, 2016 at 7:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Designer makes gowns out of car interior material
Time Warner invests in Hulu in win for cable cord-cutters FILE – In this May 26, 2015, file photo, the Time Warner Cable corporate logo is displayed at a company store, in New York. Time Warner is taking a 10 percent stake in streaming television service Hulu, announced Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016. In addition, networks such as TNT, TBS, CNN and Cartoon Network will be available live and on-demand on the live-streaming service that Hulu’s expected to launch next year. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – In another win for cable cord-cutters, Time Warner has become the latest media company to invest in streaming service Hulu.The move could boost the viability of an online TV service that Hulu is expected to launch next year as an alternative to cable TV.Sony and Dish already operate online TV services, while Apple has expressed interest in one, according to published reports. None of those companies, however, have the networks themselves as full partners or owners the way Hulu does.Time Warner Inc., which owns HBO, TNT and TBS, took a 10 per cent stake in Hulu for $583 million in another step blurring the lines separating cable TV from internet video services. Hulu’s other stakeholders already include the parent companies of ABC, Fox and NBC — Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox and Comcast’s NBCUniversal.Time Warner said Wednesday that its networks — including TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, Boomerang and Turner Classic Movies — will be available live and on-demand as part of Hulu’s upcoming online TV service.“Consumers clearly want innovative interfaces. They want more robust on-demand capabilities and they expect a greater variety of content packages,” said Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes in a call with investors. “And we want to support services that do just that.”The company did not mention how HBO might fit in with either offering. Hulu already has a deal with CBS to carry Showtime for an extra fee, while HBO has a similar arrangement with an online TV service called Sling TV.Hulu, founded in 2006, has built a name for itself by offering the ability to stream popular shows from broadcast and cable networks, typically the day after they are shown on TV. Hulu also creates its own shows, including comedies like “Casual” and “Difficult People.” Together with Netflix, Hulu has made it easier for people to drop cable or satellite TV services completely. Current seasons of many hit shows are available for streaming.Access to live sports has been difficult without cable, though. But some of Time Warner’s networks have been strong in that area, and by including those channels in a live-streaming service, Hulu makes cord-cutting even more viable. Meanwhile, Sling TV said Wednesday they will offer NFL Network and NFL RedZone in time for the NFL season this fall, following a similar move by PlayStations Vue in July.Nomura analyst Anthony DiClemente said signing up Time Warner turns the Hulu live offering into a more “robust” product with all four big media conglomerates on board.Time Warner’s deal with Hulu comes almost a month after Comcast said that it’s adding Netflix to its X1 set-top boxes, another move from a traditional media titan collaborating with a streaming media site.There also may be more competition soon, as U.S. regulators are weighing whether to require the TV industry to allow technology companies such as Google and Apple to sell cable boxes, too. Those boxes have become a major source of revenue for cable providers, generating more than $200 per year in leasing fees in the typical U.S. household.If cable boxes are sold by technology companies, they will likely feature more Internet applications, stepping up the pressure on incumbent providers to adapt.New York-based Time Warner Inc. also announced Wednesday that net income for the April-July quarter fell 2 per cent to $952 million, or $1.20 per share, from $971 million, or $1.16 per share a year ago. Excluding one-time items, income was $1.29, beating analyst expectations of $1.16 per share, according to FactSet. Revenue fell 5 per cent to $6.95 billion, missing analyst expectations of $7.06 billion.The company attributed the revenue decline to weakness at Warner Bros., offset by growth at Turner and HBO. It boosted full-year adjusted profit outlook to a range of $5.35 to $5.45 per share. Its prior guidance was for $5.30 to $5.40 per share. Analysts polled by FactSet expect $5.39 per share.Its stock rose $2.05, or 2.7 per cent, to close Wednesday at $77.83.__AP Writer Michelle Chapman contributed to this report from New York. by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Aug 3, 2016 5:51 am MDT Last Updated Aug 3, 2016 at 4:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Spice maker McCormick buys French’s, Frank’s RedHot food brands LONDON – U.S. spice maker McCormick & Company is buying the maker of French’s mustard and other condiments in a $4.2 billion cash deal that it regards as a “perfect match.”The Maryland-based company fought off rival bidders to purchase the Reckitt Benckiser food business. The deal, disclosed Tuesday, will create a combined group with annual sales of around US$5 billion.French’s and Frank RedHot brands will become McCormick’s No. 2 and 3 brands, respectively.“RB Foods’ focus on creating products with simple, high-quality ingredients makes it a perfect match for McCormick as we continue to capitalize on the growing consumer interest in healthy, flavourful eating,” said Lawrence E. Kurzius, McCormick’s CEO.The deal is part of RB’s strategy to re-focus on consumer health and hygiene products after it bought U.S. baby formula maker Mead Johnson. The company’s brands include Nurofen, Woolite and Clearasil.“This transaction marks another step towards transforming RB into a global leader in consumer health and hygiene,” said Rakesh Kapoor, CEO of RB.Reckitt’s food business is headquartered in Chester, N.J. The company employs 450, including some 360 in Springfield, Missouri.McCormick has said it wants to strip out around $50 million in cost “synergies” after the takeover, the majority of which would be achieved by 2020.Shore Capital analyst Darren Shirley says Reckitt “is achieving a very attractive valuation for a North American food business, in our view.” by Danica Kirka, The Associated Press Posted Jul 19, 2017 5:13 am MDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2017 at 5:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“After so many families torn apart and communities razed, schools and hospitals wrecked and water systems ruined […] there still seems to be an insufficient sense of urgency among the governments and parties that could put a stop to the cruelty and carnage in Syria,” they said.In an article published in the New York Times, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP) Ertharin Cousin, UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres, Executive Director of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Anthony Lake, and the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan, said their agencies are working at overcapacity to help those affected by the violence, but stressed that finding a solution to the conflict is the only way to stop the growing needs of the population.“We ask that they use their collective influence to insist on a political solution to this horrendous crisis before hundreds of thousands more people lose their homes and lives and futures — in a region already at the tipping point,” they urged.More than five million people have been displaced by the conflict which began over two years ago with UN agencies fulfilling basic needs. In the past few weeks, the agencies have separately warned that their resources are running low, and added that without additional funds they will be forced to scale back relief efforts.Over a million refugees in neighbouring countries have been given shelter while UN agencies have helped 5.5 million Syrians get access to food, water and sanitation as well as basic health services, including vaccinations to over 1.5 million children against measles and polio. “Our agencies and humanitarian partners have been doing all we can,” the UN officials said. “But it has not nearly been enough. The needs are growing while our capacity to do more is diminishing, due to security and other practical limitations within Syria as well as funding constraints. We are precariously close, perhaps within weeks, to suspending some humanitarian support.” “Our appeal today is not for more resources, needed as they are. We are appealing for something more important than funds,” they said. “To all involved in this brutal conflict and to all governments that can influence them: In the name of all those who have so suffered, and the many more whose futures hang in the balance: Enough! Summon and use your influence, now, to save the Syrian people and save the region from disaster.”
“Education is one of the founding services that all women and girls need to access in order for us to make a difference,” the Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equity and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, told reporters during her first press conference in New York. She was appointed in July and took up the post in August. “Education is the foundation for everything we need to do to succeed,” she stressed, adding that this issue will feature prominently in the entity’s agenda as part of a push to accelerate the achievement of the anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). One of the goals is to ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka, who focused on several of her priorities for UN Women, underlined that it is not only crucial to facilitate access to education for girls but also to reduce the number of girls who drop out of school. Another key priority will be ensuring women’s reproductive health rights, she said. “I see reproductive health and reproductive rights as an essential building block on which we need to serve the women, and I see economic empowerment as another important layer. Having those layers we can then address poverty and we will be able to lead to women’s emancipation. All of these are integral,” she said.Working with men and boys is also important as they play an important role in actively fighting for the emancipation of women, she added.During the press briefing, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka noted that while it is important to empower women and have their voices be heard, it is also important strengthen national institutions to better serve women’s needs.“It is my hope and vision that together, and using the existing agreements as well as conventions, we are at a position where we can be game changers as far as supporting women’s emancipation,” she said. “Women’s voices need to be heard but the public institutions that we lead need to serve women and women must feel the service that we are bringing to them.”She added that UN Women will seek to collaborate and coordinate with organizations and institutions within and outside the UN with both the expertise and the resources to do advance women’s interests. In addition, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka said another priority in her agenda will be to increase funding for the entity. UN Women will seek to work with Member States to increase their contributions, as well explore ways to diversify funding sources from the private sector, foundations, philanthropists and individuals, she said. UN Women is currently looking to raise $100 million by the end of 2013.
“Lebanon has made a tremendous commitment to caring for children fleeing Syria, despite the increased pressure on public services such as health and education,” Executive Director Anthony Lake stated as he concluded his visit to the country.“The international community has not only a humanitarian obligation to the children but a responsibility to match Lebanon’s commitment, by investing more in services that benefit every child in this country – both refugees and those in the host communities.”Lebanon is one of several countries that have accepted people fleeing the ongoing conflict in neighbouring Syria. The fighting between the Syrian Government and opposition groups seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad, which began in March 2011, has displaced over 4 million people inside the country and sent 2 million seeking safety outside its borders. The UN estimates there are nearly 800,000 refugees from Syria in Lebanon – constituting one-fourth of the country’s population and stretching its resources to capacity. In meetings with Lebanese President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Mr. Lake reaffirmed UNICEF’s continued collaboration in the areas of health, nutrition, education, water, sanitation, hygiene and protection through programmes targeted at the most vulnerable children in some of the poorest communities in Lebanon.Particular concerns were shared about the impact of the approaching winter months, and the need for urgent action to prepare for this especially challenging period.“I have met Lebanese teachers working tirelessly to deliver a quality education to many more children than they ever imagined in their classrooms,” said Mr. Lake. “And I have met Syrian children living in tented settlements who still dream of seeing their homes and their toys again.”UNICEF and other agencies working with children affected by the conflict in Syria have warned of the long-term impact of the trauma experienced by many children, urging more attention be paid to education and psychological programmes alongside life-saving services.“We must all do more to support a generation of children who will build the future of this region,” said Mr. Lake, who arrived in Lebanon following a two-day visit to Syria. In September, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon inaugurated the International Support Group for Lebanon which is aimed at helping the country address the multiple challenges it faces, including hosting hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees.
Speaking to reporters in Geneva, WFP spokesperson Elisabeth Byrs said the difficulties spawned by deteriorating security are only compounded by drought and lack of precipitation in parts of the country, notably in the northwest, causing yet another decline in agricultural production. In addition, a lack of fuel for airplanes is hampering operations in the CAR. The United Nations air service has had to reduce its destinations by one flight a week, for all destinations. Fuel is expected to soon be brought by truck from Douala. On 6 July, 300 barrels of fuel were received by plane from Nairobi, equivalent to 600,000 litres, to maintain operations. Some 300 barrels are expected to be delivered from Douala. Despite this, she said that in June, WFP had provided food assistance to 400,000 persons. Also in June, the agency provided school meals to 65,000 children, notably in Bangui, Bouar, Bossangoa, Paoua and Kanga-Bandoro. Nevertheless, the security situation remains volatile and hampers humanitarian aid, said Ms. Byrs.Meanwhile, Mia Farrow, renowned actress, activist and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, has just completed her fourth visit to the CAR, where she saw the impact of extreme violence and met people with stories of inspiring courage. “In 2007, I made the first of what would now be four visits to the Central African Republic. I must have left a part of my heart here,” said Farrow, speaking from Bangui. “The courage and resilience of defenseless people facing shocking and unacceptable levels of violence is unforgettable and profoundly inspiring.”According to UNICEF, in the town of Boda, more than four hours’ drive from the capital, she met with internally displaced Muslim families trapped in an enclave surrounded by armed groups hostile to them, who spoke of living in constant fear of attacks. At the only school still functioning in town, some 400 children were crammed into three classrooms. Parents were volunteering to teach after most of the school’s teachers fled for their lives. In Bangui, Ms. Farrow spoke to a health worker who, for security reasons, was no longer able to get to her job at the main hospital and was instead volunteering to treat women and children in a health centre in her community.More than 2.3 million children are suffering the consequences of the crisis rocking the country, says UNICEF. Children have been directly targeted. On average, at least one child has been maimed or killed in clashes every day in the past six months. Malnutrition rates are high and the number of children associated with armed groups could be as high as 10,000, according to the Ministry of Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration. One in three children who were enrolled in the last school year did not go back to school this year.“We need the support of the international community to help provide security so that schools can be rebuilt and children can safely return to them,” Ms. Farrow said.
The agreement, which was formalized by the two organizations today in Rome, is expected to not only reduce the environmental impacts of illegal logging and mitigate climate change, but also boost the incomes and food security of forest communities by improving access to domestic and international wood markets, FAO said in a press release. Participating in the activities in Rome were Veronique Lorenzo of the European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, and René Castro Salazar, FAO Assistant Director-General for Forestry, who highlighted that the efforts will support the next phase of FAO’s Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) programme, set to run through 2020. “Thanks to global initiatives like FLEGT, illegal timber production has declined by an estimated 22 percent since 2002,” said Mr. Castro. “The new FLEGT phase offers an important opportunity for lesson sharing across sectors, as it has become increasingly clear that broad partnerships are and will be needed to achieve the global impact that is necessary to reduce forest loss, food vulnerability and mitigate climate change.” That $30 million sum includes approximately $18 million from the EU, $7.25 million from the United Kingdom and $5.3 million from the Swedish Government, FAO said. The agency emphasized that illegal logging and associated trade costs governments an estimated $10 billion to $15 billion per year in lost tax revenues, and undermines people’s livelihoods and robs them of income and food. In addition, it is responsible for the degradation of large swathes of carbon-rich forests and vital wildlife habitats, contributing to climate change and biodiversity loss. Focus on empowering small farmersA key part of the new phase involves greater collaboration with both big and small private-sector entities, in both producer and consumer countries, to address some of the bottlenecks to producing legal timber. This will involve looking specifically at empowering small and medium forest enterprises in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia, which employ some 140 million people worldwide. The idea is to help them to “go legal,” gain access to green markets and become active participants in the sustainable management of forest resources, FAO said. “New evidence confirms that FLEGT has led to improved forest governance in all targeted countries,” said. Ms. Lorenzo. “FAO continues to make a significant contribution by providing technical assistance and resources to stakeholders. This new phase is expected to scale up this work in strategic countries, in particular by engaging the private sector.” Piloting new technologies to track timberTo date, the FAO FLEGT programme has supported more than 200 projects in some 40 tropical timber producing countries throughout Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and Asia. Some of the most promising initiatives being piloted involve using new technologies to efficiently track the origin of wood. “We’ve achieved a lot, but there is more work to be done, said Julia Falconer, Senior Forestry Advisor at the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID). “Building on the success of previous phases, FAO will help smallholder wood producers, who often have difficulties verifying compliance with legality standards, gain access to green markets and improve their livelihoods.” In Colombia, for example, the programme is supporting the use of digital android applications to strengthen tracking and control mechanisms by environmental authorities and guide consumers in purchasing legal and sustainable timber. Similarly, a logging vehicle tracking system is being piloted by a partner non-governmental organization in the Congo Basin countries – including Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo – to intercept illegal timber at different stages in the forest supply chain, facilitating monitoring efforts by forestry authorities and improving accountability and traceability. FAO highlighted that owing to the multiple contributions of forests to provide jobs and income, food and medicine, and critical environmental services, the world’s new international development agenda includes their sustainable management as one of the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. FAO Assistant Director-General for Forestry René Castro Salazar (left) and Veronique Lorenzo of the European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development, at the agreement ceremony at FAO headquarters in Rome. Photo: FAO/Alessia Pierdomenico
“Astana produced, in my modest opinion, a promising step,” said Staffan de Mistura during a briefing to the Security Council in New York via video-teleconference from Geneva. A meeting in Kazakh capital, led by Russia, Turkey and Iran, saw agreement on a ceasefire between warring parties in Syria in late December 2016. The Astana talks began shortly after to bolster the ceasefire agreement brokered by the so-called “guarantor” countries. Five months later, a deal was struck to set up “de-escalation zones” in Syria to prevent incidents and military confrontation between the warring parties. These zones are expected to also give greater humanitarian access to the 6.3 million people still living the country today. And while the Astana process – which led to a “significant drop in violence,” including in aerial bombing – had been “good news,” Mr. de Mistura told the Council that the “not so good news” is that: “We have received reports of ongoing hostilities between the Government and armed opposition groups in areas such as Hama, Homs and Damascus. Some of these areas seem to be outside of the current de-escalation zones.” Meanwhile, the Special Envoy said the Government of Syria has made some significant advances against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), but he also cautioned about the “continued activities of Security Council-listed terrorist groups.” He also gave an update on the sixth round of the intra-Syrian talks, which wrapped up late last week in Geneva and have lately been held parallel to the Astana talks, whose aim to seek a political solution to the conflict.“There is still a great deal of work to be done. We are aware that important gaps remain between the parties on major issues,” Mr. de Mistura said, explaining that his team has now prepared the ground for a “real negotiation,” which he hopes will be possible before too long. For the first time, he said, he has received the consent of all parties to engage at an expert level. He said he was also pleased that all parties were receptive the UN convening a seventh round of talks, which is intended to take place sometime in June.
Finally, a seat at the climate action tableOn Saturday, Ms.Wickramanayake said: “Climate change is the defining issue of our time. Millions of young people all over the world are already being affected by it. If we don’t act now, the impact will be severe.”She praised the cliamte strike movement, saying: “We have seen how you organize your communities … Your peers and even your parents.” And after demanding for years that their voices be heard on climate, she said: “Imagine the power of the movement you have created! The leaders are now asking for a seat at your table!” The Summit, aiming to be different from the usual speaker-by-speaker UN meeting, took the form of a series of lively discussions and Q & A sessions, led by moderators and young people in sneakers rather than UN representatives. Even Secretary-General António Guterres served as “keynote listener” to a panel of young people who were not only at the frontlines of the climate emergency, but also coming up with innovative ways to combat the crisis. The over 600 attendees included 100 ‘green ticket’ winners, outstanding young climate champions chosen from around the world will receive support to participate, “Yesterday, millions of people across the globe marched and demanded real climate action, especially young people,” said Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who helped ignite a global movement. “We showed that we are united. And that we young people are unstoppable,” she encouraged fellow participants, ahead of her address to world leaders on Monday at the Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit.’Enouth is enough: No more fossile fuels!’Giving the front-line perspective, Fijian climate change action advocate Komal Kumar said her homeland was suffering greatly from the impact of a climate crisis it had contributed very little to creating. But people from her generation worldwide were “living in constant fear and climate anxiety … Fearing the future.”“Things are black and white for us: We are not insurance policies, we are human beings, we are communities. Is it too much to ask you to walk the talk, are we really looking forward to false hope?” she asked.“We demand action. Stop wasting time. Stop hindering the work [towards a sustainable future] for short term profits. Engage young people in the design of adaptation plans,” said Ms. Kumar, who warned: “We will hold you accountable. And if you do not remember, we will mobilize to vote you out.”UN Photo/Manuel EliasWanjuhi Njoroge, an activist from Kenya, highlighted progress on restoring the country’s forest cover and said that overall, youth-led climate initiatives “will cause a revolution. [And as such], we must be allowed to influence [climate] decisions. Member States must respect our freedom of expression, including online.”“This is the time for us to work together. I invite all of us to be the hummingbird that puts out the forest fire, as everyone else said it was impossible.”Thanking the UN for “including the voices of our generation in the process of building paths towards a more habitable planet,” young Argentinian climate activist Bruno Rodriguez declared climate change “the political crisis, cultural crisis of our time. Enough is enough. We don’t want fossil fuels anymore.”“The science is clear; our world leaders have an obligation to make radical change,” he stressed, adding that young climate changemakers are building a new “collective consciousness.” Turning to the Secretary-General, Mr. Rodrigues said: “Let’s stop asking world leaders to just listen to science and demand they act on science.”The day’s programme culminated in unveiling the State of Youth Platform and the ActNow platform that encourages people to take action on climate action. UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed took part in a Town Hall with the participants and high-level representatives from Governments and civil society. “Never before in history has the United Nations offered such a prominent and visible platform to young people at a political summit,” said Ms. Mohammed, stressing that: “This is testament to the fact that your generation is leading on climate action and drawing worldwide attention to the climate emergency in a way that was impossible to imagine just a little over a year ago.” My generation has a huge responsibility – UN chief GuterresFor his part, Mr. Guterres, leaving his usual formal tie behind and opting for an open collar, agreed that “one of the problems of world leaders [is that] they talk too much, and they listen too little. And … It is in listening that we learn. It is in giving the possibility for all those that represent today’s world to speak and to have their voices be part of decision-making processes that we can move forward.” While he painted a dire picture of the impacts of the climate emergency – from droughts in Africa to bleaching coral reefs and heatwaves elsewhere – the Secretary-General said he saw “a change in momentum” ahead of Monday’s Climate Action Summit, due to movements like those spearheaded by Ms. Thunberg, other grassroots activists and initiatives being undertaken “at the village level.” “I encourage you to go on … To keep your mobilization, and more and more to hold my generation accountable,” said the UN chief, adding: “My generation has largely failed until now to preserve both justice in the world and to preserve the planet. My generation has a huge responsibility. It is your generation that must make us be accountable to make sure that we don’t betray the future of humankind.” The Climate Action Summit will kick off a series of high-level events at UN Headquarters next week to drive action for people and the planet. These meetings, running alongside the UN General Assembly’s annual general debate, will see world leaders discuss progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), universal healthcare for all, and securing a broad-based development partnership for small island developing States. “We have been waiting for you!” Jayathma Wickramanayake, the UN Youth Envoy, said, welcoming the boisterous crowd of young climate leaders, who made it clear from the very start of the day-long event that global political leaders are now on notice: they must make radical changes to shift the world away from fossil fuels and towards clean energy, protect our oceans, and promote sustainable consumption.This first-ever UN Youth Climate Summit follows Friday’s global ‘climate strike’, which saw millions of young people from across the globe walk out of school and jam streets in major cities, from New York to New Delhi and Santiago to San Francisco, waving protest signs with slogans like: “Every disaster movie starts with a scientist being ignored”; and “I’m ditching school because you’re ditching the planet.” A group of young climate activists took the mic Saturday at the first-ever youth #ClimateSummit. Panelist @GretaThunberg encouraged her fellow change-makers that recent demonstrations are proof that “we are unstoppable.” pic.twitter.com/XbCIVvzLxC— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) September 21, 2019
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