“For the sake of the people of the region there must be peace and not simply further process,” B. Lynn Pascoe, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, said during the 15-member body’s monthly briefing on the long-running conflict.Mr. Pascoe said that international stakeholders were poised to step up their diplomatic engagement toward achieving a two-State solution, following the new United States administration’s commitment to vigorously pursue the creation of a Palestinian State during a recent separate meetings of the US envoy with the new Prime Minister of Israel and the President of the Palestinian Authority.Envoys of the complete diplomatic Quartet – comprising the UN, the US, the European Union and Russia – met in Ramallah on 17 April to reinvigorate the groups’ efforts, he added.In addition, the 30 March summit of the League of Arab States recommitted that group to the Arab Peace Initiative, while calling on Israel to take steps toward its implementation.However, in Gaza – which recently endured a devastating Israeli offensive with the stated goal of ending rocket fire into its southern territory – the situation remains fragile in the absence of a proper ceasefire regime, he said.“I cannot overemphasize the importance of addressing the situation in Gaza and of implementing the provisions of Security Council Resolution 1860 (2009),” he said, citing the January resolution that called for an end to the fighting.The official said that the Israeli policy of near total closure of crossing points into the Gaza Strip, in force since the Hamas take-over of the territory in June 2007, has continued, severely hampering relief and reconstruction efforts.Despite almost two weeks without violence, there were 30 rockets and mortars fired by Palestinian militants into Israel during the month, and Israel carried out two air strikes on the Strip, with smuggled explosives continuing to be intercepted by Egyptian and Israeli forces, he reported.Lack of progress in reconciliation between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas has also continued to harm the population of Gaza, he said, citing the negative effects of the Hamas take-over of hospital patient referrals.The Palestinian division has also prevented the drawing of a framework for reconstruction of Gaza, despite the $4.5 million pledged last month at the donor conference in Sharm el-Sheikh. The forces of the Palestinian Authority – which is facing continuing financial problems – has increased its security activities, and Mr. Pascoe noted that violence between Israeli settlers and Palestinians and settlement-building activity continued in the West Bank.“In addition to construction of housing units, road infrastructure is ongoing, creating further obstacles to a viable, contiguous Palestinian State,” he stressed, expressing serious concern over demolitions of Palestinian homes in Jerusalem and obstacles to Palestinian movement as well.In his presentation, Mr. Pascoe also briefly summed up the regional security situation, noting that the occupied Syrian Golan was quiet and the overall situation in Lebanon remained stable despite a number of disconcerting incidents. 20 April 2009Describing a reduction of violence between Palestinians and Israelis but with little progress made towards peace, a top United Nations official told the Security Council today that a comprehensive Middle East agreement is urgently needed.
TORONTO — A run-up in gold stocks helped send the Toronto stock market modestly higher Monday as investors nervous about the debt impasse in Washington pushed bullion prices higher.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,788.25 +29.6 0.23%S&P 500 — 1,676.12 -14.38 -0.85%Dow — 14,936.24 -136.34 0.90%Nasdaq — 3,770.38 -37.37 0.98%The S&P/TSX composite index gained 29.6 points to 12,788.25 with traders worried that the debt standoff might bring the U.S. to the brink of default.Meanwhile, the Canadian dollar was lower by 0.2 of a cent to 96.96 cents US amid a housing report that missed expectations.Statistics Canada said that Canadian municipalities issued building permits worth $6.3 billion in August, down 21.2% from July. Economists had expected a drop of 15%.On Wall Street, New York indexes were firmly in negative ground as the U.S. government entered a second week of a partial shutdown as Democrats continued to resist calls from Republicans to link funding to changes in the country’s three-year-old health-care law and to spending cuts. It’s becoming clear that the Republicans intend to extend that linkage to raising the government’s debt limit, which will be reached on Oct. 17.“Everything now is predicated on Washington,” said Quincy Krosby, a market strategist for Prudential in New York.“That is what the market is focused on completely, getting a deal done to avoid a default.”The Dow Jones industrials fell 136.34 points to 14,936.24, the Nasdaq was down 37.38 points to 3,770.38 and the S&P 500 index dropped 14.38 points to 1,676.12.Democrats insist that Republicans could easily reopen the government if House Speaker John Boehner allowed a vote on an emergency spending bill.But Boehner calls that a non-starter, saying in a Sunday television interview that “the votes are not in the House to pass a clean debt limit, and the president is risking default by not having a conversation with us.”Meanwhile, traders are beginning to worry about the potential economic damage caused by the government shutdown. BMO senior economist Robert Kavcic noted in a commentary that his firm has revised down its fourth-quarter growth estimate to 2.5% from 3% on the assumption that the shutdown will go on for three weeks.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, the gold sector was the leading advancer, up about 2.1% as investors looking for safety pushed December bullion ahead $15.20 to US$1,325.10 an ounce.“Gold will rally in periods when uncertainty is high and thus investors seek the safety of a hard asset,” observed Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets specialist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“Conversely, gold will rally when the economy is doing much better and inflation expectations are ticking back up. It’s really a sentiment asset, a reflection of fear or euphoria in the market over the short term.”Allied Nevada Gold (TSX:ANV) surged $1.09 or 27.88%, to $5 after the miner reported record gold production and sales in the third quarter. Its Hycroft mine turned out 52,198 ounces of gold.Shares in Rio Alto Mining (TSX:RIO) shot up eight cents, or 4.42%, to $1.89 after it reported a record 59,157 ounces of gold production in the third quarter.The tech sector was also supportive as shares in BlackBerry (TSX:BB) (Nasdaq:BBRY) were up 32 cents, or 4.06%, to $8.20 on the TSX. Reuters reported Friday that the smartphone maker is in talks with Cisco Systems, Google and SAP about a possible sale.The report came almost two weeks after BlackBerry’s biggest shareholder, Fairfax Financial Holdings (TSX:FFH), offered to take the company private in a deal worth about $4.7 billion.The energy sector was ahead 0.04% as the November contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell 81 cents to US$103.03 a barrel. Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) gained 60 cents to C$13.15.The base metals sector was the biggest drag, down 1.23% even as copper prices erased earlier losses to close unchanged at US$3.30 a pound. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) shed 53 cents to C$27.33.Investors also looked ahead to the start of the third-quarter earnings season in the U.S. this week. Dow components JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo report on Friday. TOP STORIESMounting mortgage debt is putting ‘our national economy at risk,’ municipalities tell Stephen HarperRemember Lehman Bros? A U.S. debt default would blow that disaster out of the waterBlackBerry shares climb on news Cisco, Google and others might be interested in all or part of companyMalaysia’s state-owned energy giant to spend $36B constructing gas plant, pipeline in CanadaWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAY ECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:15 a.m.Housing starts (Sept): Economists expect 185,000 starts, up from last month 8:30 a.m.Merchandise trade balance (Aug.): Economists expect a deficit of $700,000 UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Goods & Services trade balance (Aug): Economists expect a deficit of $39.5-billion CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESAlcoa Inc. Q1 earnings: Analysts expect 6¢ a share Yum! Brands, Inc. Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 93¢ a share
Distraught relatives slammed Indonesia’s government for not enforcing basic safety measures on passenger boats and pleaded Wednesday for a bigger search effort for more than 190 people missing since a ferry sank on a picturesque Sumatran lake early this week. The wooden vessel, overcrowded with passengers as well as dozens of motorbikes, didn’t have a manifest and disaster officials have several times raised the number of people it was carrying as family members who rushed to Lake Toba in northern Sumatra provided information.The boat was five times over its passenger capacity of 43 and equipped with only 45 life jackets, National Search and Rescue Agency chief Muhammad Syaugi told a news conference. The latest information is that 192 people are missing, he said. “What kind of government is this that can’t protect their own people from unnecessary accidents? And after the accident they’re not able to find the victims,” she said. “I beg help to everyone to quickly find my son and his girlfriend, even if their remains, please find my son, return him to me.”Divers were searching at depths of 82 feet and will deploy an underwater drone to 656 feet below the surface, Waterpau said. The 440-square-mile Lake Toba, formed out of an ancient super volcano, is a popular sightseeing destination on the island of Sumatra. It’s more than 1,312 feet deep.The search and rescue effort involving 350 personnel and at least half a dozen boats has turned up items of clothing, bags and traces of oil from the ferry but just several victims. Suwarni, whose 20-year-old son and his girlfriend were on the ferry, criticized the search and rescue operation as slow and insufficient.“Millions of questions keep me from sleeping,” she said between desperate sobs. “Why a boat for just 50 people is allowed to be loaded with almost 200 people plus dozens of motorcycles,” said Suwarni, who uses one name. Only 18 survivors have been found — in bad weather within hours of the sinking Monday evening. It’s possible many of the victims were still inside the sunken ferry, said North Sumatra province police chief Paulus Waterpau. “Many survivors told authorities that less than half of them had jumped into the water before the boat sank,” he told The Associated Press. Hisar Turnit, a spokesman for the search and rescue agency in nearby Medan, said three deaths were confirmed after two more bodies were found on Wednesday morning. Survivor Juwita Sumbayak, from Medan, said she had crossed the lake many times on the same boat but on Monday it was terribly overcrowded because of holidays for the end of the Muslim holy month. In an interview with AP, the distraught mother wept uncontrollably and called out the names of her husband and children who she believes drowned inside the boat.She said that about 20 minutes into the journey, strong high waves caused the ferry to list to the right and take on water, sparking a panic among passengers. Then it was smacked hard by more waves and an empty small wooden boat. The ferry seemed to shake, Sumbayak said, then suddenly capsized. (Courtesy CBS News)<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>
Former Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger has been medically red-flagged by NBA doctors, according to a report from ESPN.com. Doctors who examined the former sophomore forward, according to the report, said they were worried about Sullinger’s back – something that kept him out for two games including a high-profile matchup against Kansas in December. Sullinger did not immediately respond to an email request for comment from The Lantern. His father, Satch Sullinger, told ESPN’S Andy Katz that he doesn’t think the issue with his son’s back is serious. “He had a bulging area that was due to his hamstring and quads being so tight. It pulled on his hip flexor and he’s been taking care of it to loosen it. You can call it a red flag if you want. But it’s tight hamstring and tight quads,” Satch Sullinger told Katz. “He’s been to doctors, he’s doing yoga and deep tissue massage. The flexibility is helping take the pressure off the area.” The Lantern was unable to reach a number to contact Satch Sullinger on the matter. According to the report, several NBA team doctors “have reviewed the information from the NBA and have told their front office staff that Sullinger’s back issues could shorten his NBA career and some have advised their teams not to draft him in the first round.” Sullinger, who is projected to be a lottery pick in this year’s NBA Draft, has worked out with Golden State, Portland and, most recently, New Orleans. He’s scheduled to work out with Toronto, Cleveland and Detroit within the coming weeks. A Columbus native out of Northland High School, Sullinger came to OSU as a highly decorated recruit. During his two-year career at OSU, Sullinger was the 2010-11 Big Ten and National Freshman of the Year and a two-time first-team All-American and All-Big Ten selection. Sullinger was 64-10 in his career at OSU and finished with 1,281 points and 717 rebounds.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGMSA elects Shyam Nokta as new presidentApril 15, 2017In “Business”Eon Caesar is new GMSA PresidentApril 15, 2016In “Business”Measures critical to overall growth of manufacturing sector still outstanding- GMSA PresidentMarch 29, 2018In “Business” … as new Board of Directors electedIn keeping with its Articles of Association, the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association(GMSA), held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) for fiscal year 2017-2018 on Thursday,March 28, 2018 where a new Board of Directors was elected.GMSA President Shyam NoktaThe Board held it’s first meeting on April 12, 2018 to elect the Executive for the period 2018-2019.Shyam Nokta the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Environmental Management Consultants, was re-elected, unopposed, as President of the GMSA.Ramsay Ali, CEO of Sterling Products Ltd. was re-elected 1st Vice President, Ramesh Dookhoo of Banks DIH Limited as 2nd Vice President and Ms Glenis Hodge of Tropical Shipping as the 3rd Vice President.The New GMSA Board of Directors Mr Nokta, in accepting the Board’s confidence for a second term as President, indicated that his main objective over the coming year will be to further expand the membership of theorganization.He indicated that an important area of focus will be facilitating the resolution ofissues affecting members. Principal among these are issues regarding the tax regime and access to markets for locally manufactured products.Nokta further indicated that emphasis will be placed on strengthening important sub-sector bodies covering agro-processing; services;chemical and pharmaceuticals; construction and engineering; forestry and wood products; fast foods; and minerals and related products.The newly re-elected President expressed his strong interest in seeing the GMSA strengthen strategic partnerships with other Business Support Organizations (BSOs) to position the business community to maximize opportunities from new and emerging sectors such as the imminent hydrocarbon industry.He emphasized initiatives undertaken by the GMSA in the last year, such as the Ministerial Round tables and UncappeD which have had success and which will continue in the next year.The GMSA has over 100 member companies covering the manufacturing and services sectors.The Board of Directors for this fiscal year 2018 – 2019 was also elected at the AGM.The Board includes such companies as Sterling Products Ltd., Banks DIH Ltd; Edward B Beharry Group;Swansea Associates and Brass, Aluminum and Cast Iron Foundry (BACIF).The new Board of Directors are listed bellow:President Environmental Management Consultants Mr. Shyam Nokta1st Vice President Sterling Products Ltd. Mr. Ramsey Ali2nd Vice President Banks D.I.H. Ltd. Mr. Ramesh Dookhoo3rd Vice President Tropical Shipping Ms. Glenis HodgeChairman Forestry & Wood Products Sub-sector Woods Direct – Durable Wood Products Mr. Rafeek KhanChairman Agro-Processing Sub-sector Ricks & Sari Mr. Carlos MendoncaChairman Construction & Engineering Sub-sector KSM Investments Mr. Mahadeo PanchuChairman Fast-Food Sub-sector Guyana Pawnbroking and Trading Company/ Royal Castle Restaurants Mr. Brian JamesChairman Extractive Industries Sub-sector Bosai Minerals Group Maj. General Ret’d Norman McLeanExecutive Member Laparkan Freight Forwarding Ms. Yonette JeffersExecutive Member Swansea Industrial Associates Mr. Clement DuncanExecutive Member JTW Associates Management Institute Ms. Joycelyn WilliamsExecutive Member Brass Aluminum Cast Iron Foundry (BACIF) Mr. Peter PompeyExecutive Member Edward B. Beharry & Sons Co. Ltd. Mr. Raymond RamsaroopExecutive Member Guyana National Industrial Company Mr. Clinton WilliamsExecutive Member Cummings Wood Products Mr. Andre CummingsExecutive Member Global Seafood Distributors Ms. Allison Butters-GrantExecutive Member O-Squared Consulting Ms. Carol Webster
The next Philippine Mining Luncheon is to be held on Friday October 21. This is a must go to event, get a comprehensive report on the recent Mining Philippines Conference, current activities of the Chamber of Mines, and updates on the Philippine minerals industry. The speaker is Benjamin Philip G. Romualdez, President, Chamber of Mines of the Philippines. He has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Benguet Corp since June 25, 1998. Romualdez served as the Chairman of Benguet since January 9, 2009 and also served as Chairman of the Board from August 8, 1995 to October 22, 2002. He has been a Director of Benguet since May 26, 1992.The chamber is an association advancing the interest of mining, quarrying and mineral processing companies for the efficient exploration, development and utilisation of minerals in consonance with sound economic, environmental and social policies. The association consists of members coming from exploration, mining, mineral processing and services industries including professional associations. The members are united by a shared commitment to the principles of economic growth, sustainable development and as government’s partners in development.Book your ticket now by visiting our website: www.philippineminingclub.com
WASHINGTON — States that voted for Hillary Clinton in last week’s presidential election reported stronger job growth in the previous year than states that supported Donald Trump, according to data released by the Labor Department Friday. Large cities in states where voters were more likely to support Trump also lagged in job growth, a separate analysis by Jed Kolko, chief economist at Indeed, a job search website, also found. The figures add credence to the idea that economic concerns contributed to Trump’s unexpected victory. Eleven U.S. states reported healthy job gains in October, and the unemployment rate fell in seven, the Labor Department said Friday . Thirty-four states reported little change in employment from the previous month. The healthiest gains in the past year were in so-called “blue” states: Job growth was 3.5 percent in Washington state, the biggest gain nationwide. Oregon reported the next largest gain, at 3.3 percent. Other healthy increases were in Colorado, California and Nevada. There were exceptions to the trend: Florida, which supported Trump, saw hiring rise 3.1 percent in the 12 months ending in October, the third-highest total. But the smallest increases were in so-called “red” states that voted for the Republican candidate. Job growth was just 0.7 percent in Pennsylvania, 0.9 percent in Ohio and 1 percent in Wisconsin — three Midwestern states that handed 48 electoral votes to Trump.
Juventus hitman Cristiano Ronaldo has sparked an angry reaction from Real Madrid fans after he said Juventus were more of a team than his former club, Real Madrid.Ronaldo told Express:“It isn’t right to name someone specific but I can say that this is the best group in which I’ve played.“Here, we are a squad, elsewhere, some players feel bigger than the others. Instead, here, everyone is on the same level, they are humble and want to win.“If [Paulo] Dybala or [Mario] Mandzukic don’t score, they are still happy and you see them smile.“For me, it is beautiful, to feel that difference. Also at Madrid they are humble, but here I feel that sense more.Lukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“It’s very different to Madrid, here it is more of a family.”And Perez has now responded, insisting Real ARE a family club.Real Madrid President Florentino Perez has responded saying their success in both football and basketball speaks volumes.“We are champions at the same time in football and basketball, showing that nothing is impossible.“This stage of existence is thanks to the unity of Real Madrid, but you also know that there is no comfort here and we are already thinking about winning the Club World Cup.“This team will give everything again.”
null Microsoft 0 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice Tags Microsoft may support Android apps Security Software Internet Computers 6:14 Microsoft has settled bribery charges with the US Securities and Exchange Commission and Justice Department. Jason Hiner/CNET Microsoft agreed Monday to pay more than $25 million, including an $8.7 million criminal penalty, to settle charges that it bribed government officials in Hungary. The tech giant settled with both the US Securities and Exchange Commission (PDF) and the Department of Justice. Microsoft’s subsidiary in Hungary allegedly violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by providing discounted software licenses to its resellers, distributors and other third parties, according to the SEC. The discounts were then allegedly used for “improper payments” for foreign government officials to secure software license sales for Microsoft. Subsidiaries in Saudi Arabia and Thailand also gave “improper travel and gifts” to government officials through slush funds maintained by Microsoft’s vendors and resellers, according to the SEC. Microsoft agreed to pay the SEC more than $16 million without admitting or denying the changes. The tech giant also agreed to pay the Justice Department an $8.7 million criminal penalty related to the matter. Microsoft President Brad Smith sent an email to Microsoft employees after the SEC and Department of Justice announced an agreement was reached. Smith said the misconduct was limited to a small number of Microsoft Hungary employees, who have since been let go. In their place, Microsoft has put a new set of leaders at the subsidiary. Smith said the fired employees’ conduct was “completely unacceptable.” “At one level, we should all recognize that this misconduct involved a small number of employees at Microsoft Hungary, all of whom are no longer with the company. We’re fortunate to have in place today a new set of leaders at our Hungarian subsidiary who are committed to the company’s high ethical standards,” Smith said in the email. Smith also listed a number of changes the company has implemented like creating a discount transparency program for public sector sales, strengthening its anti-corruption program, and increasing its capability to prevent potential violations by using machine learning.
Lots of dogs resting in Galena, where many mushers are taking their 24 hour rests this year (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media)The huskies running today’s Iditarod bear little resemblance to the bulky sled-dogs Alaskans used to rely on year-round. As breeding programs have refined genetic lines to create dogs designed to excel at the thousand-mile winter-time race, the cost of specialization has been a lack of versatility. Decades ago, sled-dogs might have run in races, but they were also a source of labor. They helped haul everything from ice to beaver meat.Listen nowBenedict Jones was born in 1933 at a fish camp up river from Koyukuk where he’s lived most of his life. His neighbor a few miles down, George Atla—better known as the Huslia Hustler – was born just a few days later. Alaska Public Media’s Zachariah Hughes spoke to Jones at the checkpoint in Koyukuk about how sled-dogs were in the old days.
New Delhi : Security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed an improvement and the net infiltration from across the border has reduced by 43 per cent after a surgical strike was carried out on terror camps in Pakistan, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in Lok Sabha on Tuesday. Rai’s remarks came in response to a written question on whether cross-border infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir has abated after the Indian Air Force carried out surgical strike on terror camps in Balakot in Pakistan in February this year. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “Due to concerted and synergised efforts of security forces, the security situation in the state has witnessed an improvement in the first half of this year over the corresponding period of 2018. Net infiltration has reduced by 43 per cent,” he said. The minister said the central government has adopted a policy of zero tolerance towards cross-border infiltration. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us Rai said the government of India in tandem with the state government has adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain cross-border infiltration, which include multi-tiered deployment along the International Border and the Line of Control (LoC), border fencing, improved intelligence and operational coordination, equipping security forces with improved technological weapons and taking pro-active action against infiltrators. Advertise With Us Replying another question, the minister said the electric fence namely the Anti Infiltration Obstacle System (AIOS) on LoC along Indo-Pak border has proved to be a potent tool to guard against infiltration. The electricity requirements for the AIOS are being catered through power grid wherever available and through generators at other locations to ensure uninterrupted power supply, he said.
It was an anti-climax in more than one way – there was this pertinent threat of rain, India started cautiously, the batting was never hassled, they were watchful and then accelerated as India almost strolled to 336. The bowlers then took over and never allowed Pakistan any breathing space.Bhuvneshwar Kumar was absolutely brilliant with the new ball, he troubled both Imam ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman, but then landed awkwardly in his bowling stride and felt his hamstring. He had to leave the field with stiffness and never came back. This was only concern in an otherwise flawless day for Virat Kohli and company.’Doesn’t look too serious’ Virat KohliGetty imagesSpeaking at the end of the match, the skipper said that Bhuvneshwar would be out for three matches, but was confident that he will be back in time into the playing XI. He also named Mohammed Shami as an apt replacement and said, that the fast bowler was raring to go.”It doesn’t look too serious at the moment and looks like he could recover in a couple of games from now, a maximum of three games. He is going to be an important factor for us so hopefully, he can recover in time,” the skipper said at the end of the match.”But we have Shami with us and it shouldn’t be much of a worry for us. Even Bhuvi doesn’t think his niggle is too bad and that time would heal it,” he further added. File image of Bhuvneshwar KumarCHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Indian bowlers were brilliant and Vijay Shankar, who had to complete Bhuvneshwar’s overs was impressive. He picked up a wicket with his very first ball and this did not allow India to feel the pinch of Bhuvi’s absence. Kohli too used him astutely and his nagging line and length bowling did not allow Pakistan to break free.”I have to be flexible in my role, batting and bowling,” Shankar said. “I just think it was a great opportunity to make my World Cup debut against Pakistan when there would be so many people watching the game. I tried to enjoy each moment.”India have now won three matches on the bounce and will now face Afghanistan in their fifth match of the tournament on Saturday. This gives the side to take care of the few niggles which might have crept in.
Peter Englund, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, steps out of his office to announce French writer Patrick Modiano as the winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize for Literature in Stockholm on 9 October 2014. — Reuters/TT News AgencyThree members of the Swedish Academy, the body that selects the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, have withdrawn from its board in protest over the handling of allegations of sexual misconduct by a man married to another member.Academy members and authors Peter Englund, Klas Ostergren and Kjell Espmark all said separately they would no longer participate in its work. Since seats are for life it, is not technically possible to resign.The Swedish Academy in November severed ties with a man whom it had helped financially in running a cultural club in Stockholm after allegations of sexual misconduct on his part.At a time of global concern over the treatment of women spearheaded by the #MeToo movement, state prosecutors opened a preliminary investigation into the incidents, but later dropped parts of it without charges being laid.Lawyer Bjorn Hurtig, who represents the man, told Reuters his client denied all allegations.The Swedish Academy has yet to make public the results of its own internal investigation. But Englund said in a blog on Friday that a rift had grown in the body over the probe and the measures taken by the Academy’s permanent secretary in the case.He said that its assessments showed “too much regard for the individual, and too little for the statutes”.“Decisions have been taken that I neither believe in nor can defend, and I have therefore decided to no longer participate in the work of the Swedish Academy,” he said.Espmark told Reuters he backed Englund’s opinions on the matter. Ostergren did not respond to Reuters’ request for comment but said in a letter to newspaper Svenska Dagbladet he believed the Academy was failing to live up to its own code.The manager of the Swedish Academy’s office said that only Sara Danius, the permanent secretary, could comment on the case. Danius did not immediately respond to an e-mailed request for comment but an auto-reply said she was currently on leave.But in comments to daily Svenska Dagbladet, she said the Academy had decided to look into whether it could be made possible for members to formally resign while also saying she was saddened be the exit of her colleagues.“It is very sad. But I understand their reasoning,” she was quoted as saying.
1A technical-staff is seen at the Port of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates on 13 May. Reuters File PhotoSaudi Arabia said armed drones struck two of its oil pumping stations on Tuesday, two days after the sabotage of oil tankers near the United Arab Emirates, and the US military said it was braced for “possibly imminent threats to US forces in Iraq” from Iran-backed forces.The attacks took place against a backdrop of US-Iranian tension following Washington’s decision this month to try to cut Iran’s oil exports to zero and to beef up its military presence in the Gulf in response to what it said were Iranian threats.Tuesday’s attacks on the pumping stations more than 200 miles (320 km) west of Riyadh and Sunday’s on four tankers off Fujairah emirate have raised concerns that the United States and Iran might inching toward military conflict.However, US president Donald Trump denied a New York Times report that US officials were discussing a military plan to send up to 120,000 troops to the Middle East to counter any attack or nuclear weapons acceleration by Iran.”It’s fake news, OK? Now, would I do that? Absolutely. But we have not planned for that. Hopefully we’re not going to have to plan for that. And if we did that, we’d send a hell of a lot more troops than that,” Trump told reporters.Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said there would not be war with the United States despite mounting tensions over Iranian nuclear capabilities, its missile program and its support for proxies in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.”There won’t be any war. The Iranian nation has chosen the path of resistance,” he said in comments carried by Iran’s state TV. He repeated that Tehran would not negotiate with Washington over Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.The US military cited possible imminent threats to its troops in Iraq and said they were now on high alert. The US was responding to comments from a British deputy commander of the US-led coalition fighting Islamic State remnants in Iraq and Syria who said there had been no increase in the threat from Iran-backed militia.The comments “run counter to the identified credible threats available to intelligence from US and allies regarding Iranian backed forces in the region,” said Navy Captain Bill Urban, a spokesman at the US military’s Central Command.Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal a year ago and has sharply increased economic sanctions on Iran.Under the accord negotiated by Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, Iran agreed to curb its uranium enrichment capacity, a potential pathway to a nuclear bomb, in return for sanctions relief.No Hard EvidenceThe Trump administration’s sanctions are designed to choke off Iran’s oil exports in an effort to force Iran to accept more stringent limits on its nuclear and missile programs as well as to rein in its support for proxy forces in the region.US national security agencies believe proxies sympathetic to or working for Iran may have sabotaged the tankers near the UAE rather than Iranian forces themselves, a US official familiar with the latest US assessments said.The official said possible perpetrators might include Houthi rebels in Yemen and Iran-backed Shi’ite militias based in Iraq, but Washington had no hard evidence. On Monday, a US official said Iran was a leading candidate for the tanker sabotage but the United States did not have conclusive proof.Iran rejects the allegation of Iranian involvement and Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that “extremist individuals” in the US government were pursuing dangerous policies.A senior European diplomat voiced skepticism that Trump’s “maximum pressure” strategy would force Iran to capitulate.”Iran is not falling to its knees,” said the diplomat on condition of anonymity, saying Iran could resume its nuclear work and leave Washington with no option but military action.”Does Trump want to go to war with Iran especially during an election campaign year?” he asked.Democratic Party candidates are already campaigning ahead of the November 2020 US election aiming to stop Republican Trump being re-elected.Houthi Tv Claims Drone AttackHouthi-run Masirah TV earlier said the group had carried out drone attacks on “vital” Saudi installations in response to “continued aggression and blockade” on Yemen.A Saudi-led coalition has been battling the Houthis for four years in Yemen to try to restore the internationally recognised government in a conflict widely seen as a Saudi-Iran proxy war.The Houthis have hit Saudi cities with drones and missiles, but two Saudi sources told Reuters this was the first time a facility of the state-run Aramco had been attacked by drones.Aramco said it had temporarily shut down the East-West pipeline, known as Petroline, to evaluate its condition. The pipeline mainly transports crude from the kingdom’s eastern fields to the port of Yanbu, which lies north of Bab al-Mandeb.The energy minister of Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, said the latest attacks caused a fire, now contained, and minor damage at one pump station, but did not disrupt oil output or exports of crude and petroleum products.Oil prices rose on news of the attack on the Saudi pumping stations. Brent futures gained $1.01, or 1.4 per cent, to settle at $71.24 a barrel.Saudi Arabia’s cabinet said the “terrorist attack” against two Saudi oil tankers near the UAE reflected poorly on regional and international security, Saudi Press agency reported.It quoted the cabinet as saying it was the international community’s shared responsibility “to preserve maritime safety and oil tankers security in anticipation of any effects on energy markets, and the danger of that on world economy.”The UAE has not blamed anyone for what it called sabotage on the vessels. The UAE said the other tankers hit were a UAE-flagged fuel bunker barge and a Norwegian-registered oil products tanker near Fujairah, one of the world’s largest bunkering hubs just outside the Strait of Hormuz.A fifth of global oil consumption passes through the strait from Middle East crude producers to much of the world.A UAE official told Reuters the UAE was working with local and international partners from the United States, Saudi Arabia, Norway and France – which has a naval base in Abu Dhabi – to “fully investigate the incident and to identify the people or entities responsible.”
Nosipho Silinda made it through theatre week and is waiting in anticipation to see if she is going from top 32 to Top 16 of Idols South Africa.17-year-old Nosipho Nomcebo Silinda, who resides in St Chad’s, has a true passion for singing that led her to audition for Idols South Africa.She is also a learner at Harvest High school.Initial story: Ladysmith gets a golden ticket in Idols competitionEarlier this year she snagged a golden ticket to theatre week and made it into the Top 32.After several auditions, the Idols performers are narrowed down to 100 in the Theatre rounds.Semi-finalists perform live and are chosen by the audience to qualify for the round of the last 10-12 finalists.Viewers have seven hours following the broadcast of the show to vote for their favourite by phone, SMS or online. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Let’s wish her the best of luck!Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!
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With the euro zone crisis deepening, members of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) elected to stay the course in November by keeping interest rates historically low and pooling investments from agency debt into agency mortgage-backed securities. [IMAGE]The “”Federal Reserve””::http://www.federalreserve.gov/default.htm released “”minutes””:http://www.federalreserve.gov/newsevents/press/monetary/20120103a.htm Tuesday that showed most members concurring, absent one, with the need to toe the line in tandem with recent policies.Chicago Fed chief Charles Evans once more dissented from other FOMC members in arguing for “”additional policy accommodation”” capable of supplying the economy with new stimulus.The FOMC went with past decisions by agreeing to continue reinvesting agency debt in agency mortgage-backed securities. Minutes from the November meeting show that members also wanted to keep interest rates at 0 percent.Minutes framed discussions around concerns about weakening [COLUMN_BREAK]confidence in the markets as a result of any potential default by euro zone nations, even while the U.S. economy signaled that it would continue climbing out of the financial crisis.””Strains in global financial markets continue to pose significant downside risks to the economic outlook,”” the FOMC said.A series of events helped rattle financial markets in late 2011 as it appeared less likely that debt-saddled countries like Greece would pay their public debts.European Union member states coupled debt write-offs worth trillions of euros with strict austerity measures that led to ousters for the prime ministers from Greece and Italy, leading experts to speculate that the euro could fall apart ├â┬ó├óÔÇÜ┬¼├óÔé¼┼ô and destabilize a still-settling recovery for the U.S. economy in the process.To prevent any further problems, five central banks from around the world, including the Fed, coordinated a campaign that significantly eased currency exchange swaps to make borrowing on the U.S. dollar easier.Despite growing concern about the euro, minutes reflect that FOMC members expect “”a moderate pace of economic growth over coming quarters and consequently anticipates that the unemployment rate will decline only gradually toward levels”” lower than 9 percent seen in November.And how would the FOMC elect to deploy monetary and fiscal policies by the next meeting?Members agreed that as circumstances change it would “”employ its tools to promote a stronger economic recovery in a context of price stability.”” Share Fed,FOMC’s November Minutes Reflect Euro Crisis Concerns January 3, 2012 417 Views Agency Debt Agents & Brokers Debt Crisis Euro European Union Federal Reserve Inflation Jobs Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Bonds Mortgage-Backed Securities Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2012-01-03 Ryan Schuette in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing
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Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi after suffering extensive burns in the accident in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli died on Saturday as his condition deteriorated said hospital officials The toll has now risen to 36 Identifying the deceased as Santosh Kumar 40 a senior doctor from the hospital said he had suffered 90 percent burns Santosh Kumar was among the nine injured brought to the Safdarjung Hospital in the first lot late on Thursday Later three more injured during the incident were admitted to the hospital’s burns ICU Smoke billowing out of NTPC’s Unchahar Power Plant where a blast took place in a boiler in Raebareli district on Wednesday PTI At the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) six patients suffering burn injuries during the incident have been admitted Most of them have suffered extreme facial injuries In Lucknow Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath who returned from his Mauritius visit earlier on Saturday met the injured in the blast Visiting the injured at the King George’s Medical University the Civil Hospital and the Sanjay Gandhi Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences he enquired from the doctors about the condition of the severely injured labourers and directed doctors to ensure that they got the best treatment The chief minister also asked officials accompanying him to ensure that the ex-gratia to the families of the dead and financial assistance for the injured reaches them promptly and without any hassle The massive explosion took place in state-owned power plant’s Unchahar town unit on the Lucknow-Allahabad Highway on Tuesday Many were trapped when the boiler burst and a huge ball of dust rose making the rescue operations difficult Written by D K Singh | Published: September 29 2012 1:47 am Related News Tuesday morningMaharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar called up his uncle and NCP chief Sharad Pawar seeking permission to resign over the irrigation scam controversy Surprisedthe senior Pawar advised him to re-think with a cool head When he was about to board a flight to Kolkata later in the dayhe got a second call from Ajit He had made up his mindand a reluctant NCP chief had to give his assent In the ensuing daysChief Minister Prithviraj Chavan kept calling senior NCP leaders in New Delhi seeking their intervention only to be told that he himself should talk to the Deputy CM As it standsAjits resignation seems more a pre-emptive strike to insulate himself politicallygiven that PILs are pending regarding the alleged scam and public opinion is building around it And if the White Paper on irrigation casts any aspersion on his functioningthe junior Pawar could portray himself as a victim The resignation then is a smart gambit as Ajit seeks to emerge as a rallying force against the Congressgiven the prevailing sentiment in the NCPs rank and file that the Congress (read Chavan) is out to undermine the NCP and is behind the leaks embroiling NCP ministers in alleged scams Ajit also advocates a 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