Lifer for CRPF jawan for killing two officers

first_imgA court in Sasram in Bihar has sentenced a CRPF jawan to life imprisonment for killing two senior officers for denying him leave in 2010. Fast-track court judge Ravindra Mani Tripathi yesterday awarded the sentence to Rahul Kumar, from Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh, who had shot dead a commandant and a sub-inspector in 2010. Kumar was part of a CRPF team that had been deployed here during the 2010 Bihar Assembly elections, additional aublic prosecutor Vinod Kumar Singh said. Kumar had applied for leave which was turned down by Commandant Rohit Raj Diwan. When Kumar misbehaved with the Commandant, he was reprimanded, Mr. Singh said. On October 9, 2010, Kumar barged into Diwan’s room where Sub-Inspector R.N. Pandey was also present. The jawan sprayed the two officials with bullets from an AK-47 rifle, Mr. Singh said.An FIR was subsequently registered at Shivsagar police station upon the complaint of CRPF Inspector Ram Lal, the additional public prosecutor said.last_img read more

Co-production of F-16s in India to figure in USAF Secys visit

first_imgFrom Yoshita SinghNew York, Aug 18 (PTI) India and the US will discuss co- producing military aircraft including the F-16s during US Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James upcoming visit to New Delhi later this month that would look at ways to deepen bilateral partnerships and take it to the “next level”.Indo-US cooperation in defence technology and trade initiatives will be the focus of her visit to India which is part of her maiden visit to four Asian countries that would also take her to Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines.She will also discuss the situation in the South China Sea besides the growing threat of terrorism.During her visit to India, she will meet Chief of Air Staff Marshal Arup Raha and Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar and will also discuss with her Indian counterparts proposals to co-produce aircraft in India in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modis ambitious Make in India campaign.”We will be looking to see how can we deepen our partnerships and how can we take it to the next level,” James said in response to a question at a press briefing here yesterdayon what her focus will be during her visit to India.She said she will discuss defence technology and follow up on the trade initiatives, which were launched during US Defence Secretary Ashton Carters visit to India in April.James replied in the affirmative when asked if she will follow up on American defence major Lockheed Martins proposals to assemble F-16s in India as well as on discussions to collaborate in bolstering Indias fighter jets and the jet engine technology working group.advertisement”I will be following up on all of those topics, discussing these counterpart to counterpart on a bilateral basis. I will be seeking the views of my counterparts, what their opinion is on the various proposals on the table and what more needs to happen to advance the ball on some of these proposals.”I am also aware of the Prime Ministers push for Make in India and the importance of creating new jobs in that sector. One of the proposals would be to co-produce certain aircraft in India and that might be one example of something that will be useful from a military standpoint but also might play into the Make in India campaign,” she said.57-year-old James, who is only the second woman to hold the post, said she would also follow up on the initiatives launched during Carters visit and the possible outcomes of it from the Air Force perspective.She, however, noted that while some proposals will move forward, others may not if they are not the right fit.Describing the Indian Air Force as a “very effective fighting unit”, she said it has been a participant over the years in “red-flag” exercise series, where the US gets together with coalition partners to train and inter-operate and “test ourselves in a high-end and very challenging difficult environment”.James added that she also looks forward to congratulating India on the “magnificent execution” of the operation undertaken to evacuate Indian citizens from South Sudan. PTI YAS SAI AKJ SAIlast_img read more

Falcao gives Brazil a pre-World Cup reality check

first_imgWC Qualification South America World Cup draws nearer for Brazil as Falcao ends Tite’s perfect record Raisa Simplicio Last updated 2 years ago 08:45 6/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Colombia vs Brasil 050917 Luis Acosta / Getty Images WC Qualification South America Colombia v Brazil Brazil Colombia World Cup The Colombian was on hand to show the Selecao they will not have things their own way after Willian opened the scoring in Barranquilla COMMENTWhile the rest of the continent toils away in qualifying, thoughts in Brazil have already turned to the World Cup. The tournament itself is the focus of Tite’s attention, as proved in an experimental line-up that took a 1-1 draw away to Colombia on Tuesday. Almost as a reminder that Russia 2018 will be a different prospect, the coach received a timely jolt of reality after his dream start in the job. Radamel Falcao’s towering header robbed Brazil of their 100 percent record in his tenure – they had won the previous nine qualifiers disputed since Tite’s arrival – and could not complain about a result that reflected each team’s performance fairly. The game was tense and scrappy throughout, with Colombia and Brazil sharing possession in Barranquilla and both enjoying chances. Alisson in the Selecao net had more work to do than usual but looked comfortable enough, while aside from a few pieces of individual magic and his assist for Willian, Neymar was closely watched and struggled to make space.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 There was nevertheless plenty to be positive about for the visitors. Facing a team fighting intensely for their own World Cup place, in the stifling 37°C heat of Barranquilla and with stars like Juan Cuadrado, James Rodriguez and Falcao on the pitch, Brazil never looked like losing. Radamel Falcao García Colombia vs Brasil Eliminatoria Rusia 2018With 10 qualifiers under his belt now, Tite has finally tasted disappointment in a competitive game. Nine brilliant victories sent the Selecao steaming into Russia and expelled from memory the dark days of Dunga, but Brazil must also remember that victory is not a foregone conclusion, especially in a World Cup. That reality check, along with a valuable look at players like Roberto Firmino, Fernandinho, Thiago Silva and Filipe Luis, who started on Tuesday but are far from regular first-teamers – Firmino the exception, as it was the unfamiliar position of centre-forward that was new to him – who will make up part of his alternative XI once in Russia, was exactly what Tite wanted, and he will leave Colombia in decent spirirs in spite of the dropped points. Brazil’s preparations for the World Cup have only just begun. Similar squad rotation will surely be witnessed in October, when the Selecao finish up their CONMEBOL campaign against Bolivia and Chile, and now there is only one goal within the ranks: to arrive in Russia in the best possible way, with all 23 players ready and willing to star at the world’s biggest football competition.last_img read more

Ninkovic: Last season just the start of success at Sydney FC

first_imgMiloš Ninković Ninkovic: Last season just the start of success at Sydney FC Cronan Yu @Cronan_Yu Last updated 2 years ago 09:32 10/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments() Milos Ninkovic Sydney FC A-League 09052017 Getty Sydney A-League The former Dynamo Kyiv man insists he is only getting started at the Sky Blues and has hailed Graham Arnold’s impact on his overall game Sydney FC playmaker Milos Ninkovic has hailed his 2016-17 season as the best year of his career and warned rivals his heroics last campaign is only a taste of what’s to come.The former Serbian international arrived at the Allianz Stadium outfit in the winter of 2015 and went on to set the A-League alight, impressing in spades during his debut season.He played a key role in the Sky Blues’ domestic double last campaign as he went on to secure the Johnny Warren Medal in the process. With Graham Arnold’s men in contention for a total of four trophies this season, Ninkovic, who was recently unveiled as No.1 in Goal’s countdown of the 20 best A-League players, claims the club’s desire to improve on a near-perfect campaign will make them even more dangerous. Article continues below 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. “It’s a great feeling to be named as No.1. I am very proud of my team and also myself as well but there is more to come from everyone,” he exclusively told Goal.”It is the best year in my career but this season will be better.”We will be better and I will be better and I think I have many things that I can improve. “I have worked very hard in pre-season to be able to back up my form and there are many things I think I will improve on this year.”Winning and improving are the main motivating factors for this year.  We have four more trophies to win this season to add to our double and we aim to perform well in AFC Champions League.”Everything is possible if you work hard and have that belief so these are the achievements I am focusing on for this season.”Graham Arnold Milos Ninkovic Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory A-League 07052017Despite several departures during the off-season, the Sky Blues look stronger than ever, securing the services of Adrian Mierzejewski amongst others.And Ninkovic revealed he is honoured to feature on the same team as the Polish international, while also praising Arnold for helping his own transition to Australian football.”Most of the players are still here and we have signed some very good players as well for this season,” the former Dynamo Kyiv man said.”Adrian is a very good player and very good with the ball and he will bring more quality in the front third of the field. I’m excited to be playing with him and the rest of the squad.”As soon as I came I had a very good relationship with Arnie, he is the only coach I have worked with for more than two years in my career so we have a very good understanding. “He has helped me a lot to adapt to A-League football and will help me to get better this year.”The reigning champions return to league action at the Allianz Stadium on Sunday where they will take on Wellington Phoenix.last_img read more

Gov’t Appoints Boards To Supervise Juvenile Facilities

first_imgStory Highlights The Boards of Visitors will give oversight to the operations of juvenile facilities, with the primary objective of ensuring that the children are protected. The establishment of the Boards of Visitors is a direct response to the Armadale tragedy on March 22, 2009. The Government is continuing on its strategic path to protect and promote the rights and well-being of the nation’s children through the establishment of Boards of Visitors for juvenile facilities.This was stated by Chief Technical Director in the Ministry of National Security, Karen Clarke-Davis, during a meeting for members of the Boards on November 21, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.The Boards of Visitors will give oversight to the operations of juvenile facilities, with the primary objective of ensuring that the best interests of the children in correctional and remand centres are protected.They will monitor the operations of the Metcalfe Street Secure Juvenile Centre; Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre; Hill Top Juvenile Correctional Centre; South Camp Juvenile Correctional and Remand Centre, and ensure that they meet minimum standards.The establishment of the Boards of Visitors is a direct response to the Armadale tragedy on March 22, 2009.Mrs. Clarke Davis said the Ministry remains resolute in safeguarding the wellbeing of all of Jamaica’s children, in particular, the 275 who are currently in the care of the Department of Correctional Services (DCS).“The Ministry accepts the task of protecting the interest and welfare of our juveniles is a mammoth one and believes that the development of our nation requires a multi-faceted and collaborative approach,” she said.She reminded the members of the Boards that they have the opportunity to influence the outcomes of rehabilitation programmes, to shape the reintegration strategy, and to contribute to the wards’ return to society as positive citizens.“We look forward to receiving your recommendations and to a cordial working relationship. The children are our future, let us provide each one with every opportunity to excel and realise their full potential,” she stated.The Chief Technical Director implored them to seek to make a difference and execute their functions with compassion, understanding and love for the children as they aim to protect their best interests.“Discharge your functions without fear or favour but be friendly. Be thorough but thoughtful, be robust but be respectful. We must seek to do all in our powers to ensure that there is never a repeat of an ‘Armadale’,” she said.Each Board, which will meet once per month, is mandated to submit reports to the Children’s Advocate, the Superintendent of the specified institution, the Commissioner of Corrections and the Minister of National Security. Each Board will meet once per month.last_img read more

Staffing Change in Premiers Office

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald’s director of communications, Sasha Irving, has decided to leave her position, effective Sept. 14. “I am always sorry to lose someone of Sasha’s calibre, but I would never ask anyone to hold back on developing their career further in whatever capacity they chose,” said the premier. “Sasha is passionate about her work, exceptionally talented, and she worked very hard for the province. She will do well in whatever she chooses and I wish her all the best.” The recruitment process for Ms. Irving’s successor will begin immediately. -30-last_img read more

Province Adds New Stroketreatment Drug to Pharmacare

first_imgNova Scotians being treated for abnormal heart rhythm caused by blood flow will have access to a new stroke-prevention drug under the provincial Pharmacare program. The province announced today, May 17, it will provide $2.5 million in funding to add the anti-coagulant Dabigatran to Pharmacare for eligible patients who need an alternative to Warfarin. Starting in June, Dabigatran, best known by the brand name Pradax, will be listed as a benefit to help prevent stroke in non-valvular atrial fibrillation patients who cannot be treated with Warfarin. “We heard from many Nova Scotians who couldn’t take warfarin but could not afford the alternative drug,” said Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald. “Starting next month, Pradax will be available to these patients to help prevent stroke.” At the usual dose, Pradax is similar to Warfarin in preventing stroke and has a similar safety profile. Unlike Warfarin, Pradax does not need to be monitored as frequently. “Working with the manufacturer and other provinces and territories, Nova Scotia established specific listing criteria that will allow eligible patients to access this medication under Pharmacare,” said Ms. MacDonald. “For many patients, this drug provides an alternative to manage risk of stroke, while minimizing budget impact concerns.” About 8,000 to 10,000 Nova Scotians are taking Warfarin for atrial fibrillation and other conditions. “I’ve been telling my patients about options to Warfarin therapy for some time now,” said Dr. Adam Clarke, a cardiologist with Valley Regional Hospital. “While I appreciate there is a cost associated with adding a new drug to the Pharmacare coverage, I applaud the government for this decision. This addition will make a significant difference for many people who could not previously get the care they needed. “I believe there will be fewer Nova Scotians having strokes this year because of this update.” Funding for Pradax is an example of how the province is taking action to get lower, fair prices for generic drugs and keep the dramatic growth of spending on drugs through Pharmacare in check. This year, government is on track to spend $6 million less on drugs because of its fair drug pricing plan. Nearly 180,000 Nova Scotians benefit from Nova Scotia’s Pharmacare program. More information about Pharmacare is available at .last_img read more

Stimac has brought lots of fresh ideas Soosairaj

first_imgNew Delhi: The Indian men’s football team is currently going through a transition period, with a number of players getting their debuts under new head coach Igor Stimac. One such player is Michael Soosairaj, who has impressed one and all over the course of the last two seasons in the I-League and then the Indian Super League. A call up to the national camp was followed by him getting selected for the final 23 for the King’s Cup 2019 in Thailand. In Thailand, Stimac went on to give as many as six debuts against a tough Curacao team in the tournament opener — Soosairaj was one of them. Also Read – Djokovic heaps praise on ‘very complete’ Medvedev The 24-year-old rated the moment of coming on as a substitute in the second half as his best moment in his playing career so far. “I remember it. The coach pointed at me and asked me to gear-up,” recalled Soosairaj. “I was nervous. But I kept on telling myself, ‘Okay, Soosai! Be cool. Do not get nervous.'” “I did feel the pressure for the first five minutes, but once I got used to the pace of the game, and it was all okay since then,” he added. Also Read – Mary Kom enters quarterfinals, Saweety Boora bows out of World C’ships This personal favourite moment, though, has come to Soosairaj after hours of toil on the training pitch and at the gym, something that Stimac has ensured that all players adhere to. “The new coach has brought in a lot of fresh ideas on how to train the players and prepare them for the style that he wants us to implement on the pitch,” said Soosairaj. “It’s not just the technical abilities that are tested, but physical attributes like strength and stamina are also given equal importance while assessing players.” “We all need to work hard for that. We were provided individual programmes. There wasn’t any room for any compromise. We have to stay fit, if we are to have a chance of making it to the team. And by saying ‘staying fit,’ I mean attaining top international fitness standards,” he continued. “In his style of play, Stimac ensures that the whole team fights together. We defend together, and we attack together.” With the Intercontinental Cup coming up, Soosairaj is hard at work in Mumbai, where the probables for the Indian squad are training ahead of the tournament. “Last year, I watched it on television from my home. But this time it’s different. I am really excited to be a part of the camp ahead of the tournament. I shall most certainly give it my all if I’m picked.”last_img read more

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for June by province

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national unemployment rate was 6.5 per cent in June. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador 14.9 per cent (14.8)— Prince Edward Island 10.2 (10.0)— Nova Scotia 8.8 (7.9)— New Brunswick 8.1 (8.4)— Quebec 6.0 (6.0)— Ontario 6.4 (6.5)— Manitoba 5.3 (5.3)— Saskatchewan 6.5 (6.3)— Alberta 7.4 (7.8)— British Columbia 5.1 (5.6)last_img

Musical mix of blues and throat singing making the rounds in Northwest

first_imgAPTN National NewsA Metis blues singer and an Inuit throat singer have joined forces to create a unique musical collaboration.Quantum Tangle is now touring the Northwest Territories.APTN’s Iman Kassam caught up with the duo before they headed out.last_img

GOP health bill offers provisions aimed at helping 2 states

first_imgWASHINGTON – Provisions shoehorned into the Republican health care bill dangle extra money for Alaska and Wisconsin, home states of one GOP senator whose vote party leaders desperately need and another who co-sponsored the legislation, according to analysts who’ve studied the legislation.The 140-page measure, which top Republicans hope to push through the Senate next week, is stuffed with language making some states winners and others losers. Aides say the legislation is still changing as leaders hunt the 50 GOP “yes” votes they’ll need to turn this summer’s jarring Senate rejection of the party’s crusade to erase President Barack Obama’s law into an eleventh-hour triumph.Alaska is home to GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who’s among a handful of Republicans who’ve not said how they’ll vote. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., is one of the bill’s co-sponsors and his support is not in question, but the episode suggests the value of helping craft of legislation.The bill was chiefly written by GOP Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and South Carolina’s Lindsey Graham. It would end Obama’s Medicaid expansion and subsidies for people buying private insurance and combine the money into new block grants for states.With all Democrats opposed, Republicans controlling the Senate 52-48 can lose only two votes if they are to succeed, leaving the bill’s fate uncertain. Generally, it would shift money from states that expanded their Medicaid programs for the poor under Obama’s statute, which tend to be run by Democrats, to the largely Republican-run states that shunned that expansion.The measure would shield Alaska from some cuts it imposes on Medicaid, according to analysts, including from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, by limiting spending to a maximum amount per beneficiary starting in 2020. The federal-state program for low earners has always automatically provided whatever money is needed for eligible recipients. Montana would also qualify for the exemption.It would also increase federal Medicaid funds for states with high American Indian populations, including Alaska, according to health care consultant April Grady.Analysts offered no figures about how much money the provisions would mean for Alaska.The provisions hardly ensure support from Murkowski, who’s said she’s studying how the measure would affect her state. The administration was pushing for her support, with Vice-President Mike Pence calling into an Anchorage talk-radio show Thursday and urging listeners to contact Murkowski and ask her to “stand with President Trump” and support the bill.According to studies released this week by Kaiser and the consulting firm Avalere Health, Alaska is among many states that would lose money overall under the bill. Alaska has unusually high health care costs because of the remoteness of many communities.The provisions do not mention Alaska or Wisconsin by name.But the bill allows a state that turned down extra federal funds to expand Medicaid under Obama’s statute to count the rejected money in determining how large its block grant will be, analysts say.Grady, Avalere analyst Chris Sloan and others said they were unaware of states other than Wisconsin that would benefit from the provision. This language could mean “potentially hundreds of millions” of extra dollars for Wisconsin, said Grady.In a written statement provided by aides, Johnson said funding formulas to correct “the grossly unfair” distribution of money under Obama’s law needed to be changed “to reflect the unique circumstances of many states, including recognizing the innovative reforms of Wisconsin.”Wisconsin is among 19 states that declined to fully expand Medicaid under Obama’s law, which also provided generous federal reimbursements. Under Gov. Scott Walker, a GOP 2016 presidential contender, Wisconsin just partially expanded Medicaid and agreed to accept smaller federal subsidies.The provision in the health care bill applies to states that expanded Medicaid only up to 100 per cent of the federal poverty level and had that expansion in effect this past Sept. 1.Since the bill’s details emerged, health industry and other groups have been lining up against it.The National Association of Medicaid Directors, representing state officials who administer Medicaid, said it is concerned the measure would have damaging consequences on state budgets. Also announcing opposition recently was America’s Health Insurance Plans, a huge health insurers’ trade group, the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association.___Associated Press writer Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar contributed.last_img read more

Weekly Summary Corporate dividends name changes new listings

NEW YORK — Changes announced in corporate dividends Mar. 11-Mar. 15.INCREASED DIVIDENDSAmerican Tower REIT .90 from .84Americold Realty Trust .20 from .1875Applied Materials .21 from .20Danaher Corp .17 from .16Gentex .115 from .11Independent Bank .44 from .38Innovative Ind Properties .45 from .35Och-Ziff Capital Mgmt .23 from .20Owens Realty Mortgage .24 from .20Switch Cl A .0294 from .0147Trinity Industries .17 from .13US Physical Therapy .27 from .23Vail Resorts 1.76 from 1.47Wyndham Destinations .45 from .41SPECIAL DIVIDENDSCapital Southwest .10Ellington Financial .14FBL Financial Group 1.50Goosehead Insurance Cl A .41J.Jill 1.15Scorpio Tankers .10Verisk Analytics .25g- Canadian fundsREDUCED DIVIDENDSArconic .02 from .06Mannatech .125 from .50OTHER CORPORATE NEWS AND LISTINGS:STOCK SPLITS THIS WEEKDropCar Inc 1 for 6 reverse splitIconix Brand Group Inc 1 for 10 reverse splitOcean Power Technologies 1 for 20 reverse splitReebonz Holding Ltd 1 for 8 reverse splitWipro ADR 4 for 3 splitX4 Pharmaceuticals Inc 1 for 6 reverse splitACQUISITIONS AND MERGERSMINIMUM VALUE $350 MILLIONAntero Midstream Partners LP – Antero Midstream GP LP (598M)Esterline Technologies Corp – TransDigm Group (4B)Nevsun Resources Ltd – Zijin Mining Group Co Ltd (1.4B)Nutrisystem Inc – Trivity Health Inc (1.3B)NEW STOCK LISTINGSNYSEAir Lease Corp 6.15pc pfdNASDAQ GLOBAL AND GLOBAL SELECT MARKETSFox Corp Cl A and Cl BSTOCKS REMOVED FROM TRADINGNYSEGazit-Globe LtdNASDAQ GLOBAL AND GLOBAL SELECT MARKETSWright Medical GroupCORPORATE NAME CHANGESAntero Midstream GP LP to Antero Midstream CorpArsanis Inc to X4 Pharmaceuticals IncThe Associated Press read more

Former Nicaraguan foreign minister set to be next General Assembly President

24 March 2008The former Nicaraguan foreign minister Miguel d’Escoto Brockmann is likely to become the next President of the General Assembly after the Latin American and Caribbean countries at the United Nations agreed to endorse his candidature, an Assembly spokesperson said today. Ambassador Aura Mahuampi Rodriguez de Ortiz of Venezuela, who serves as the current chair of the Latin American and Caribbean Group of countries (GRULAC) at the UN, sent a letter last week to the current President, Srgjan Kerim, informing him of the group’s decision, the spokesperson told reporters in New York.Under the Assembly principle of regional rotation, the next GA President – who is scheduled to start serving on 16 September this year – should come from one of the countries in GRULAC.In recent years the election of a General Assembly President has been by acclamation, with the last case of a formal vote occurring at the 46th session (1991-92), when there were three declared candidates. Assembly rules and procedures state that a president must be elected at least three months before the new session, which in the case means before 16 June.Mr. D’Escoto Brockmann, 75, served as foreign minister of Nicaragua from July 1979 to April 1990 and in February last year he was appointed special senior adviser, with the rank of minister, for foreign policies and boundary issues to Nicaragua’s current President Daniel Ortega Saavedra. read more

Ontario malls to extend hours to compete with US Black Friday

TORONTO — Some of Ontario’s biggest malls are going to be open even longer on Black Friday in the hopes Canadian shoppers will decide to stay in the country.Mall operator Cadillac Fairview Corp. says it will extend the hours at nine of its properties on Nov. 23.The move is part of an effort to keep shoppers at its malls, rather than heading south of the border for the rush of bargains on the day following American Thanksgiving.[np-related]Cadillac Fairview says retailers at its malls also plan to host Black Friday promotions.The Ontario malls participating in the longer hours are Fairview Mall, Sherway Gardens and Shops at Don Mills in Toronto. Also, Fairview Park in Kitchener, Limeridge in Hamilton, Markville in Markham, Masonville in London, and Promenade in Thornhill.Most locations will open their doors at 7 a.m., while the Toronto Eaton Centre will stay open even longer, starting at 6 a.m.The Canadian Press read more

GuineaBissau gaining ground but still at risk of major setbacks says Annan

“A strong commitment to improve the political climate continued to emerge” during the past three months, Mr. Annan said in his latest report to the Security Council on the work of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office, known as UNOGBIS.He cited progress in the national dialogue process, the efforts of Guinea-Bissau’s two major political parties to heal serious internal divisions and advances in reconciliation efforts within the defence and security forces.But Mr. Annan said the socio-economic situation is dire, with a sharp drop in revenue from the staple cashew nut crop, a poor rice harvest this season and the problem of salary arrears in the public sector combining to exacerbate social tensions.Stressing that the international community must continue to support Guinea-Bissau’s efforts to achieve political stability, the Secretary-General said he planned to revise UNOGBIS’ mandate slightly and extend its operation until the end of next year.UNOGBIS was created in 1999 to help Guinea-Bissau, one of the poorest nations in the world, emerge from the devastation of a civil war in which thousands were killed, wounded or forced from their homes.In his report Mr. Annan also called on the international community to give generously during a donors’ round table for Guinea-Bissau in Geneva in early November. read more