International Criminal Court investigates Libya violence in response to UN request

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said today he is investigating alleged crimes against humanity committed in Libya, including by President Muammar Al-Qadhafi and members of his inner circle, following a request from the United Nations Security Council to probe the violent crackdown on protesters. “There will be no impunity in Libya,” Luis Moreno-Ocampo told a news briefing in The Hague, where the Court is based. “No one has authority to attack and massacre civilians.” The announcement comes just days after the Security Council asked the Court to look into the violent repression of protesters, in which more than 1,000 people are reported to have been killed and many more injured as Mr. Qadhafi’s loyalists opened fire on peaceful civilians demanding his ouster.It also comes amid efforts to address the growing humanitarian situation in Libya and on its borders. The UN humanitarian office estimates that some 180,000 people have fled the fighting in Libya so far. At UN Headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convened a video and telephone conference call this morning with regional organizations and UN agencies to discuss the humanitarian situation. “The Secretary-General urgently appeals to the Libyan authorities to allow immediate and unimpeded access into Libya to determine humanitarian needs and provide assistance inside the country should it be required, including in the west,” UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters, adding that Mr. Ban intends to name a special envoy shortly.On the ICC investigation, Mr. Moreno-Ocampo said the probe will look into several incidents that have occurred since 15 February in various towns and cities across Libya. “During the coming weeks, the Office [of the Prosecutor] will investigate who are the most responsible for the most serious crimes committed in Libya,” he stated. The Office has identified some individuals with de facto or formal authority on the security forces who allegedly committed the crimes, such as Mr. Qadhafi and his inner circle, including some of his sons. The Prosecutor also noted that there are people with formal authority who should pay attention to the crimes committed by their people because if they are not preventing, stopping and punishing these crimes, they could be responsible. They include the minister of foreign affairs and the head of the regime’s security and military intelligence, among others.“We’d like to use this opportunity to put them on notice. If forces under their command and control commit crimes, they could be criminally responsible,” he stated.The Office of the Prosecutor will present its evidence to the Court’s judges, who will then decide whether or not to issue arrest warrants.During this morning’s conference call, Mr. Ban and the other participants cited a strong need for urgent relief – food, water, sanitation and shelter – for the thousands on both sides of the Tunisian and Egyptian borders due to significant population movements, as well as the need to prepare for a further possible escalation of humanitarian needs should conditions deteriorate inside Libya. The UN and its partners are working closely with authorities in Egypt, Tunisia and also Niger to meet the basic needs of those who have fled from Libya, the vast majority of whom are migrant workers. But as the situation escalates, it is evident that a much larger response is required, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stressed.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported today that a ship chartered by the agency and carrying more than 1,000 metric tons of wheat flour to the Libyan port of Benghazi has returned to port in Malta without unloading its cargo due to security concerns. “We urgently call for safe humanitarian access to Libya,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran. “This shows the scale of the challenge we face, especially if there is a need to ramp up food and other assistance in Libya.”The agency said that aerial bombardments have been reported outside Benghazi, and owners of cargo vessels are reluctant to send their ships into areas where crew members could be endangered or assets damaged. “We are exploring every possible humanitarian corridor to be prepared in case needs escalate,” Ms. Sheeran added. 3 March 2011The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said today he is investigating alleged crimes against humanity committed in Libya, including by President Muammar Al-Qadhafi and members of his inner circle, following a request from the United Nations Security Council to probe the violent crackdown on protesters. read more

US factory orders increased 07 per cent in May following 2 months

WASHINGTON – U.S. factories received more orders in May from April after two consecutive months of declines, as businesses demanded more goods that signal investment plans.The Commerce Department says factory orders increased 0.7 per cent in May.Core capital goods, such as machinery and computers, rose 2.1 per cent. That’s better than the 1.6 per cent estimated in a preliminary report a week ago and is a good measure of companies’ plans to invest.The increase left orders for durable goods at $469 billion, up 43.5 per cent from their recession low reached in March 2009. But orders are down 2.5 per cent from their post-recession high hit in December.Manufacturing has slowed this year, hurt by declining consumer and business confidence and weaker global demand. by News Staff Posted Jul 3, 2012 10:11 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US factory orders increased 0.7 per cent in May following 2 months of declines read more

Ban and Arab League chief confirm support for their joint representative on

Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi participated in the telephone call between the two men which was termed an “in-depth discussion” on the situation, according to information provided by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson. Today’s call comes amid intensive consultations carried out by Mr. Brahimi with Mr. Ban and other UN officials in New York on ending the mounting death toll and worsening humanitarian suffering in the Middle East country.In those consultations, both Mr. Ban and Mr. Brahimi expressed deep disappointment at the appalling levels of killing and destruction carried out by both the Government and the opposition and fuelled by outside powers providing weaponry to both sides.They also reportedly expressed their concern over the lack of a unified international posture that could lead to a political transition as agreed at Geneva last June.More than 60,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Syria and hundreds of thousands more have been displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began in early 2011. Recent months have witnessed an escalation in the conflict, which is now in its 23rd month and has left more than 4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. read more

AngloGold Ashantis underground gold mines looking to extensive mechanisation

first_imgAngloGold Ashanti surged back to profit in the September, third, quarter on lower costs and higher production. Reuters reports the company saying it is planning to bring its “cash-burning Obuasi operation in Ghana” back into profit by mechanising operations and cutting over 400 jobs. “It’s a necessity, let’s put it bluntly,” CEO Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan said. He says modernising the mine, which is over 100 years old, will allow “access to grades which you would not otherwise get.”The union has backed the move. “The union is very pro about this because what they want to see here in terms of mechanisation is that it improves the wage structure of the skilled Ghanian employees.” AngloGold Ashanti says the first stage of mechanisation at Obuasi yielded a 17% increase in output in the Sept quarter over the previous quarter.Overall, adjusted headline earnings (EBITDA) were $576 million, compared with a loss of $135 million the previous quarter, with production up 12% to just over 1 Moz at total cash costs of $809/oz, 10% better than the preceding quarter.Furthmore, Bloomberg reports the company will expand its use of “reef-boring technology in the first quarter of 2014 as the third-biggest producer of the metal seeks to halt a terminal decline of the industry in South Africa.“AngloGold aims to derive 10% to 20% of its South African gold using the technique within the next five years, Chief Executive Officer Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan said in a phone interview today. The Johannesburg-based company has produced 35 kg of gold using the new machines in testing at its TauTona mine, he said.”“This is a game changer, or a paradigm shift,” said Venkatakrishnan, who became CEO in May. “If we do nothing, the gold industry is in terminal decline.”Bloomberg further notes that “after more than a century as the world’s biggest gold producer, South Africa has now slumped to sixth position. Production fell by a third to 167,236 kg in the five years to 2012, according to the Chamber of Mines. China, Australia, the US, Russia and Peru have all overtaken the country.”The reef boring machines, which AngloGold has developed with its suppliers, are able to remove just the gold-bearing ore from the reef, and then backfill the void to stabilise the mining infrastructure. That means the company will have to treat less rock and can operate 24 hours a day, Venkatakrishnan said.“This opens up areas that we cannot otherwise mine,” he said. “It also opens up areas which we have left behind for infrastructure support.”The company, with 21 operations in 10 countries, is cutting jobs, spending and exploration and slowing production at higher- cost mines as it responds to a 22% decline in the gold price this year. AngloGold reduced all-in sustaining costs 11% to $1,155/oz.“People are starting to realise that this company has come $300 down the cost curve on an all-in basis,” Richard Hart, a Johannesburg-based analyst at Macquarie First South Securities, said in a Bloomberg telephone interview.last_img read more

Serbia and Germany get wildcards for Womens WCH 2015

← Previous Story EHF announced teams for CL 2015/2016 Next Story → Women’s WCh 2015: Koldinghus keeps the secret The IHF Council had decided, in its meeting in Herzogenaurach, Germany on 21 November 2014, to allocate three compulsory places plus the place of the reigning World Champion to the continent of Pan-America for the 2015 Women’s World Championship and to give the IHF Council the right to award two wild cards for the two free positions.Therefore, the IHF Council decided to award the National Federations of Germany and Serbia the wild cards for the 2015 Women’s World Championship to be held in Denmark from 5 to 20 December 2015.The draw for the 2015 Women’s World Championship will take place in Kolding, Denmark on 24 June 2015. read more

By sticking to some redundant idea of what it takes to win

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article iTunes Analysis: Ireland tried to play at Murrayfield but just weren’t good enough at it https://the42.ie/3229116 107 Comments Source: Inpho/Billy SticklandLIKE QUESTIONABLE FASHION tastes, rugby strategies too often seem just as whimsical. Initially entrenched in some simplified notion of the now, they’re then dumped after dubious overuse in ways that weren’t originally intended.When Ireland finally beat New Zealand in Chicago in early November, it felt monumental, and that a real shift had taken place, something tectonic. A duck had been broken and so with it a national predisposition to unendingly find new ways to snatch defeat from odds-on victory.While there’s no doubting the excellence of that superb result, it feels more like an outlier given Ireland’s inability to back it up since. Sure, they have beaten a poor Australian side, but that’s a team that was beaten by England on four consecutive occasions last year. The real issue seems to be that Ireland seem incapable of turning dominance into actual points on the board.Against New Zealand in Chicago, Ireland had 50% of territory and possession but were clinical and disciplined, returning five tries and conceding only four penalties. Perhaps most alarmingly though, New Zealand managed to carry the ball 514 metres against Ireland’s 194 metres, hinting at a lack of attacking incision and potency. Source: Inpho/Billy SticklandAfter the match, much was made of Ireland’s newfound positive mind-set, one that turned down normally kickable opportunities in favour of potential tries. The thinking was that if they were to beat New Zealand, they would need to score circa 35 points, as this was roughly the All Blacks’ regular points tally during the previous Rugby Championship.As a press conference soundbite, it might be interesting, but as a guiding strategy, it’s woefully misleading.Unlike golf, rugby isn’t a game played in isolation, where you compare scores only at the end. A rugby match is an 80-minute process where each small outcome affects decisions thereafter. It’s as if the dice is constantly being loaded and reloaded to skew the outcome in either direction.It’s true that concerted pressure often leads to points, but alone it doesn’t load the dice. You have to score points. That’s the problem with such simplistic notions and hypothetical scoreboards. They don’t allow for nuance and aren’t fit for purpose. Source: Inpho/Billy SticklandBack when I was playing with London Irish, I remember we were fed the same equally useless statistics to remind us how to win, as if it wasn’t already clear that simply scoring more points might do the job. Apparently there was a magical number, plucked from some biased sample of previous games, which suggested that if we conceded less than seventeen points, we would win the match.As a random statistic for discussion during one of the many rudderless team meetings, it was relatively harmless. But when it was bellowed out again the following weekend in the dressing room before the match, as a sort of actionable rally cry, it became both harmful and stupid. As a tool, it was blunt and meaningless in the moment, with only marginal value in hindsight for those pretending to sound prescient. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOOf course simplification is sometimes useful. I am doing it now to make a point, but focusing on one number and thinking that destiny lies therein is moronic. Summarising this more eloquently, a supposed law of economics, named after Charles Goodhart, warns that “when a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure.”Two weeks on from Chicago, when playing New Zealand in Dublin, Ireland enjoyed a sweeping victory nearly everywhere, except on the scoreboard. With two-thirds of possession and more than that in territory, Ireland only gave away four penalties compared to 14 for the All Blacks, two of which also resulted in sin-bins, further enabling the men in green.Yet New Zealand still managed to carry the ball for 470 metres to Ireland’s 360 metres en route to winning a bruising encounter with some to spare, 21-9. Notable again in this match was Ireland’s stubbornly positive (or overoptimistic) attitude that refused plenty of kickable penalties and came away with nothing.The same plan hadn’t just come up short, it was undone. New Zealand had scored considerably less than 35 points, but this was quickly forgotten. Source: Craig Watson/INPHOAgainst comparatively weaker opposition in Scotland last weekend, a positive Ireland were similarly defeated by themselves. Having enjoyed roughly 60% of position and possession, they failed to translate pressure into points and deservedly lost. Drop goals and kicking all available penalty options is seemingly out of vogue for no good reason.One result in Chicago has changed nothing, and certainly hasn’t affected probability. The Irish rugby team seem to believe that they have a winning strategy because it worked once when they played roulette. They would do well to consider that what separates good traders from bad isn’t the size of their wins, but the extent of their losses.By sticking to some redundant idea of what it takes to win, Ireland are losing. Time to ditch the latest trend and get back to basics.Subscribe to The42 Rugby Show podcast here: By sticking to some redundant idea of what it takes to win, Ireland are losing Former Leinster and Munster back Eoghan Hickey takes a closer look at Ireland’s gung-ho approach to getting points on the board. Share74 Tweet Email1 center_img Feb 8th 2017, 2:50 PM 21,143 Views By Eoghan Hickey Short URL Android Wednesday 8 Feb 2017, 2:50 PMlast_img read more

Amazon Web Services set to create 1000 jobs in Dublin

first_imgAmazon Web Services set to create 1,000 jobs in Dublin The roles will be spread across AWS and parent firm Amazon. Short URL By Paul Hosford Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Monday 18 Jun 2018, 12:43 PM Image: SIPA USA/PA Images 69 Comments Share226 Tweet Email4 40,575 Views INTERNET GIANT AMAZON Web Services (AWS) will create 1,000 jobs across Dublin, it has announced.The company, which offers pay-as-you-go cloud and data services will create the jobs over the next two years.The roles will be spread across AWS and parent firm Amazon. They will be based in north county Dublin, Blanchardstown and Tallaght. The new roles will be across a range of tech disciplines including big data, security and network development. “Today, we have more than 2,500 Amazon employees in Ireland supporting customers from Ireland and around the world,” said Mike Beary, AWS Ireland country manager. “There is an abundance of talent in Ireland which helped us to exceed our talent growth targets ahead of schedule. Ireland is a great place to do business, the country’s creative culture and diverse pool of technical skills make it an ideal location for our rapidly expanding business.” Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was on hand to announce the jobs, saying:“This is excellent news for Dublin. Amazon’s decision to bring another 1,000 jobs to Ireland underpins our mission to make this country an innovative, digital economy and a global leader for the tech sector. These are well paid, high quality jobs, in four locations across Dublin, meaning this announcement will bring tangible benefits right across the city.”There are currently more than 2,500 Amazon employees across Ireland and more than 1,000 engaged in data centre operations. http://jrnl.ie/4076798 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 18th 2018, 12:43 PM last_img read more

Athens Nicosia wary of Eroglu

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Officials in Nicosia and Athens gave a cautious reception to last Sunday’s election victory by Turkish-Cypriot nationalist Dervis Eroglu as the European Commission stressed the importance of momentum being maintained in peace talks. “Now that Mr Eroglu has been elected leader of the Turkish-Cypriot community, it is crucial that the settlement talks go on. The Commission encourages Mr Eroglu to continue in a constructive spirit the efforts toward a settlement and reunification,” the EC said in a statement. In Athens, Foreign Ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras sought to strike a similar note, saying it was “self-evident” that progress made so far in United Nations-mediated talks on the island should be safeguarded. Delavekouras called on Eroglu to approach talks with Cyprus President Dimitris Christofias with “a constructive outlook and clear will for a solution.” In Nicosia, the concerns fuelled by Eroglu’s election were much clearer. Cypriot government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou told reporters that his election “created serious problems” for reunification negotiations. “The election of Mr Eroglu is an unfortunate development in view of his longstanding and declared positions against a federal solution and in favor of the creation of two states on Cyprus,” Stefanou said. Eroglu himself sought to send out a positive message. “We will search for a way to reach consensus,” he told supporters after Sunday’s results were announced. But worries were fuelled by reports that there had been no communication between Eroglu and Christofias by this Monday.This is an edited text from Kathimerini English Editionlast_img read more

Bethel remembers Mary Ciuniq Pete

first_imgMary Pete fiercely protected subsistence practices. (Photo credit Mary Sattler Peltola)Mary Ciuniq Pete died November 17 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. She succumbed to complications from ovarian cancer.She left behind a huge legacy in Alaska as she worked to protect subsistence, and then later as the Director of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim Campus.KYUK spoke with several friends and former colleagues who remembered the contributions that Pete made to Alaska, and to the lives of everyone in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.Pete was born in Stebbins, Alaska, in April of 1957. She was raised practicing her Yup’ik values, which informed every part of her later career, including as an educator. Pete went on to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1984.Pete clearly valued education, and she strongly advocated for her students to succeed, especially her Indigenous ones. She was the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Kuskokwim Campus Director from 2005 until her death. Her colleague at KuC, Diane McEachern, said that Pete knew when and when not to compromise.“The times she would not compromise were usually around something important to Indigenous education or the Indigenous students, and I appreciated that. She wasn’t wishy-washy at all,” McEachern said.Pete honed those negotiating skills over the years while serving in a high-profile role in then-Governor Tony Knowles’ administration. Her substantial knowledge about subsistence caught Knowles’ eye, and he chose her to direct the Subsistence Division at the Department of Fish and Game, a role she held from 1996 to 2005. She was the first Alaska Native woman to do so which was, and still is, a huge achievement.Knowles remembered how Pete worked to protect the fisheries during a failure of the king salmon run on the Yukon River, and how she was later part of the Alaska delegation negotiating rules for managing the river under the Pacific Salmon Treaty with Canada.“It was a really difficult time because there had to be closures, and that included subsistence closures. But because of the way she handled this: she was science-based, she communicated well with the communities, and she got their understanding and support, and that is very difficult when there are tough times,” Knowles said. “Secondly, on the Yukon River there’s always a struggle to come to agreement with Canadians on the treaty that we had with them for many years, but had really not been in effect for a really long time. And I asked if she would be a lead negotiator with the Alaska team and once again, conservation was the first, protect the resource, and that’s not really necessarily the way Canadians have handled their salmon. But we were able to come to an agreement for many years, and it went a long way to providing first for the conservation of the resources, and secondly the first priority of the taking of any salmon for harvest for subsistence use.”Pete’s reputation spread to the White House. Then-President Barack Obama named her to the U.S. Arctic Research Commission in 2010. She also held leadership roles on the local level. One of her most prominent was her position on the board of the Tundra Women’s Coalition (TWC) during the 1980s. TWC advocates for domestic violence and sexual abuse victims. She also served on the state Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Michelle DeWitt led TWC for more than a decade, and gave Mary an award for her service.“If there was a perspective that was needed, or you wanted to run an idea by someone, Mary was the person to turn to in those situations. The thing I appreciate the most about Mary is she is a strong and fierce leader,” DeWitt said.And for some Alaska Native women, Pete will be remembered as a mentor. Tiffany Zulkosky, who successfully kept her seat in the state House representing District 38 this year, said that Mary helped her navigate the tricky waters of standing up for herself as an Alaska Native woman in public service.“I remember an incident where I had taken an opportunity to speak truth to power and was talking to her about that incident, and letting her know just about the context of the situation and that my voice was shaking somewhat when I was making my statement, and she told me that there was a time when she was younger and she was in a similar situation. She said, ‘My voice would shake, but my message never wavered,’” Zulkosky said.Many people remembered her deep, loving relationship with her life partner and husband Hubert Angaiak, and her vibrant love for berry picking. For Pete, there were never enough berries, and the best way to pick them was with friends and family. Bethel resident Mary Sattler Peltola had this to say about Pete’s relationship to her husband:“They both have such a great sense of humor, and both have had such a great admiration for each other,” Peltola said.Each person KYUK talked to recommended several more until dozens were on the list. The list and the memories could go on and on. Mary Pete is survived by her mother, Jeanette Pete, her husband, Hubert Angiaik, and her two adopted sons, Conor and Chase.last_img read more

Surge in Crude Oil Prices Lacks Fundamental Justification Commerzbank

first_imgCrude oil prices continued to trade higher on Wednesday, after posting about 3.5% increase in the previous trading session. But some analysts could hardly find any strong reason for the rally.”There were hardly any real reasons for the robust price increase, however, which began in the late morning without any obvious trigger,” said Commerzbank Corporates & Markets in a note.Brent crude oil rose more than 3% on Tuesday reaching $66 per barrel on the speculations that the US shale oil boom is coming to an end.”We see no fundamental justification for the current price rise, which we believe is primarily driven by sentiment and momentum,” said Commerzbank.However, a report by US Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Tuesday revealed some positive factors for oil markets.The EIA now expects the decline in US crude oil production to continue from June till the end of this year against the previous assumption of a fall in production until September.The agency sees US oil production averaging 9.4 million barrels a day in 2015 and falling to 9.3 million barrels a day in 2016, 24/7 Wall St said. EIA also expects Brent crude oil price averaging $61 a barrel in 2015 and $67 a barrel in 2016. On Monday, the EIA had projected the US shale oil output to fall in July to 5.49 million barrels, the lowest since January. It predicted oil production at North Dakota’s Bakken and Texas’s Eagle Ford – the two largest shale plays – will decline 1.3% to 5.58 million barrels a day this month.Many agencies including EOG Resources Inc, the biggest shale-oil producer in the US, hedge fund manager Andrew J Hall and Standard Chartered have estimated a fall in US oil production after crude oil prices slumped last year, Bloomberg reported.Overall, crude oil prices have rebounded by 50% from its lows of $46 per barrel hit in January this year. Oversupply concerns still remain as a drag on the oil market, as the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) refrains from cutting the output.”Reports that Saudi Arabia had only stepped up its oil output in response to higher demand was likewise interpreted positively by the market. That said, this ignores the fact that Saudi Arabia is thus preventing any reduction of the oversupply,” said Commerzbank.last_img read more

Dhaka to ensure credible inclusive polls hopes EU

first_imgEuropean Union flag Credit: EU websiteThe European Union (EU) hopes the government of Bangladesh will ensure conditions for credible, transparent and inclusive elections, reports UNB.Bangladesh also reiterated its commitment to provide all-out support to the election commission in holding free, fair, and credible election.The issues came up for discussions at the biennial meeting of the Subgroup on Good Governance and Human Rights in the framework of the EU-Bangladesh Cooperation Agreement (CA) held in Dhaka, said a joint press statement on Thursday.At the outset, the EU delegation appreciated the generous and humane role and action of the people and the government of Bangladesh for hosting the Rohingya people fleeing violence in Myanmar.The Bangladesh side requested the EU to keep providing political and other supports in returning the Rohingyas to Myanmar in safe, dignified and sustainable manner.The EU expressed its commitment to continue mobilising political support and humanitarian assistance to help bring a lasting solution to this crisis, including the safe, dignified and voluntary return of the Rohingyas.Both sides reaffirmed the commitment to strengthen cooperation in the field of human rights on the basis of shared principles and internationally recognised human rights standards.The EU recalled the importance of strengthening the rule of law, and both sides underlined the contribution of civil society to a functioning democracy. It raised concerns over the situation of human rights, in particular reports of ‘extrajudicial killings’ and ‘enforced disappearances’.The Bangladesh side in response reiterated its ‘zero tolerance’ policy to violation of laws and human rights by law enforcing agencies and the government’s commitment and continued efforts to ensure accountability, including through the capacity building of the LEAs.The two sides agreed to further enhance the promotion and protection of the rights of the persons belonging to minorities, ensuring non-discrimination in their exercise of political, economic, cultural and social rights.Bangladesh reiterated its promise to continue its engagements with the Human Rights Council, treaty bodies and other related UN mechanisms.They also discussed the link between the overall governance framework and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.To this end, the meeting acknowledged the government work and EU support on specific policies on public finance management and social protection as well as social security strategy.’Implement labour law properly’Five years after the tragedy of the Rana Plaza collapse, the EU noted the progress made so far under the Sustainability Compact, notably on safety of working places but said more needs to be done in terms of aligning Bangladesh labour legislation with international labour conventions and their implementation.It underlined the urgency to address the alleged acts of violence and harassments against trade unionists and the trade union leaders, and investigate those.The EU called on Bangladesh to ensure proper implementation of labour law in respect of registration of trade unions and urged to bringing in line with the ILO Convention on freedom of association, its draft law on Export Processing Zones.The issues related to labour rights will further be addressed during the High Level Sustainability Compact meeting to be held in June 2018 in Brussels.Both sides agreed to continue working together to address human rights challenges in the EU and Bangladesh.These issues will be discussed more at the EU-Bangladesh Joint Commission, to be held in Dhaka in the first half of 2019.Legislative and parliamentary affairs division senior secretary Mohammad Shahidul Haque led the Bangladesh delegation. It included representatives from various ministries.The EU delegation was led by Head of Division, Regional Affairs and South Asia in the European External Action Service (EEAS) Caroline Vinot.Diplomats from several European Union Member States also attended the meeting as observers.last_img read more

Was unaware of Shahs statement CEC

first_imgKolkata: Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) said on Friday that he is unaware of BJP national president Amit Shah’s statement, where he specified the time of counting the votes and announced Trinamool Congress’ landslide defeat by 2 pm after the counting gets over.Shah had said in a public meeting held at Contai in East Midnapore on Wednesday that the counting of votes will start at 9 am and by 2 pm, when the counting gets over, Trinamool will face a landslide defeat. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn this connection, the CEC was questioned how could Shah specify the time of counting the votes and when it is going to be over. In reply to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s remark that the Election Commission has become a party office of BJP, Arora said: “Nobody brought this to my notice. It is factually incorrect” and refused to elaborate on the matter. Arora’s statement that nobody had brought the matter to his notice, comes at a time when all the vernacular news channels had shown Shah’s speech live and the Chief Minister had made a scathing attack on the BJP national president for making such a statement. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBanerjee had raised the question as to how a party leader could speak about when the counting would start and when it would be over. “This is highly undemocratic and you cannot say this at a public meeting,” she had said on Thursday, adding: “How do you know when the counting of the votes will begin and when it will come to an end? Has the ECI become an office of the BJP?” After Shah’s speech, Mayor Firhad Hakim had severely criticised the BJP leader for such a statement. “They (BJP) have destroyed all the institutions in India. They have put the impartiality of ECI in question. They should take action against him,” he said.last_img read more

Mamata thanks oppn leaders for backing her

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday thanked the leaders of opposition parties, who came out in her support as she protested against the Election Commission’s decision to cut short the poll campaign duration in the state. “Thanks and gratitude to @Mayawati, @yadavakhilesh, @INCIndia, @ncbn and others for expressing solidarity and support to us and the people of #Bengal. EC’s biased actions under the directions of the #BJP are a direct attack on democracy. People will give a befitting reply,” she tweeted. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The poll panel on Wednesday cut short campaigning for the last round of voting in West Bengal, in the wake of violence between the BJP and the TMC workers in Kolkata. The campaign closing time has been advanced to Thursday 10pm in the nine Lok Sabha seats – Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Joynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Calcutta South and Calcutta North. Accusing the Election Commission of acting on the instructions of the BJP, Banerjee said the move was “unethical and unconstitutional”.last_img read more

Dreaming of a weekend trip

first_imgHot in the city? Stuck at a desk? This vision of the Monteverde cloud forest is calling to us. Where in Costa Rica are you headed (or dreaming of heading) this weekend?Read more about Monteverde in our Dispatch from Monteverde series. Or check out our “Monteverde primer: an essential guide to one of Costa Rica’s tourist gems.”Would you like to submit a photo to our #TTPicOfTheDay series? Please send horizontal photos at least 1100 pixels wide to kstanley@ticotimes.net. We’d love to see the sights with you. Facebook Comments Related posts:A family chat in Santiago de Cóbano Sun, sand, waves, dog: bliss PHOTOS: Celebrating independence in Limón Slow and steady Sundaylast_img read more

New alliance Mexico Colombia Peru and Chile

first_img Top Stories More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Associated PressSANTIAGO, Chile (AP) – There’s a new group of nations in Latin America: the Pacific Alliance, uniting Mexico, Colombia, Peru and Chile.Presidents of the four nations formally launched the economic integration pact Wednesday, and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says their first big move will be to drop visa requirements so citizens of all four countries can travel freely between them. Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Center 4 sleep positions for men and what they meancenter_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: A legacy of tradition embracing animal care and comfort through modern technology Chilean President Sebastian Pinera chose a remote mountaintop in northern Chile for the signing. The event was held at one of Earth’s most powerful deep space observatories, and Pinera said the point was to show how their countries are looking far into the future.He says the group’s goals include free trade and economic integration, with a clear orientation toward Asia.Observers at the meeting included King Juan Carlos of Spain.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Comments   Share   last_img read more

Dutch rebel arrives in Havana for peace talks

first_img Sponsored Stories Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments   Share   5 treatments for adult scoliosis Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion projectcenter_img Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day HAVANA (AP) – Colombia’s main rebel army has marked the arrival of its Dutch combatant in Cuba for peace talks with two YouTube videos. One shows Tanja Nijmeijer arriving. In the other, the 34-year-old sings and plays guitar.A delegate of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in Havana alerted The Associated Press to the music video. In it, Nijmeijer raps about how she’s earned the trip.The video segues into a ballad she sings about FARC field marshal Jorge Briceno, who was slain in a 2010 government bombing raid that Nijmeijer survived. Last month’s inauguration in Norway of talks to end Colombia’s half-century-old conflict was delayed when the rebels insisted Nijmeijer attend. She didn’t.Nijmeijer is wanted in the United States on hostage-taking and terrorism charges.The Cuba negotiations commence Nov. 15.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Top Stories last_img read more

LPS Settles With Missouri AG in Signing Errors Case

first_img Share LPS Settles With Missouri AG in Signing Errors Case “”Lender Processing Services, Inc.””:http://www.lpsvcs.com/Pages/default.aspx, announced Thursday that an agreement was reached between subsidiary DocX, LLC, and Missouri’s state attorney general Chris Koster. The agreement between the parties resulted in a dismissal of criminal charges pending against DocX.[IMAGE]In February 2012, Koster obtained criminal indictments against DocX related to its alleged role in the mortgage-document surrogate signing scandal of 2010. A release from the Missouri Attorney General’s Office (AGO) alleged that DocX earned approximately $363,000 in total revenue from the execution and filing of mortgage-related documents in Missouri from 2008 to 2010.Koster obtained the indictments for forgery and making false declarations related to mortgage documents processed by DocX in the state of Missouri. AGO alleged that DocX directed employees to falsely sign mortgage documents in the names of bank VPs without proper authorization. [COLUMN_BREAK]DocX then allegedly notarized the documents, which were filed in courthouses across the state.The terms of the settlement provide for a voluntary contribution of $1.5 million to the state of Missouri. In addition, AGO will receive $500,000 in reimbursement for fees and costs of investigation. In return, the LPS and DocX will be released from any potential liability.According to AGO’s release, LPS also agreed to cooperate with Koster in his continuing criminal investigation of DocX founder and former president Lorraine Brown. LPS terminated Brown’s employment in November 2009 and discontinued DocX’s operations in May 2010.””This settlement is an important milestone in our ongoing efforts to resolve legal and regulatory issues related to the operations of DocX, which we closed in 2010,”” said Hugh Harris, president and CEO of LPS. “”LPS remains focused on resolving all remaining legal and regulatory challenges as expeditiously as possible and is committed to ensuring that we continue to operate with integrity and compliance in everything we do.””””My office has taken the position that when you sign your name to a legal document, it matters,”” said Koster. “”The monetary disgorgement and the agreement we have reached in this criminal case with DocX should remind all mortgage-services processers that our system of titling real property will be held to a standard of accuracy and truth expected by homeowners across the country.”” Koster also expressed appreciation for LPS in taking responsibility for the actions of its subsidiary and for agreeing to cooperate in the continuing criminal investigation. August 3, 2012 411 Views center_img in Data, Government, Origination, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Defaults Lender Processing Services Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Debt Processing Service Providers 2012-08-03 Tory Barringerlast_img read more

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first_img Britain’s Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, left, shakes hands with unidentified guests druing the Anzac Day Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, in London, Thursday April 25, 2019. Anzac Day has been commemorated in London since the first anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli in 1916, when King George V attended a service at Westminster Abbey and more than 2,000 Australian and New Zealand troops marched through the streets. (Victoria Jones/Pool Photo via AP) by The Associated Press Posted Apr 25, 2019 6:27 am PDT LONDON — Prince Harry has attended a service commemorating war dead from Australia and New Zealand as he and his wife Meghan await the birth of their first child.Meghan is due to give birth soon, though the couple hasn’t revealed the due date or their birth plans.Harry was a last-minute addition to Thursday’s Anzac Day service at Westminster Abbey, attending alongside his sister-in-law Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge.Prince William is visiting New Zealand, where he has met survivors of the Christchurch mosque attacks.Harry’s attendance led bookies to shorten the odds on the baby being born in May.Rupert Adams of William Hill said bookmakers “were as surprised as everyone else that Harry decided to attend a public event as we assumed the baby was imminent.”The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prince Harry attends public event as royal baby wait goes onlast_img read more

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