Wall St hits another record high as TSX edges up and loonie

first_imgTORONTO – Wall Street set another record high Tuesday on relatively minor movements as Canada’s largest stock index inched forward and the loonie cleared 80 cents US.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 84.07 points to 22,641.67. The S&P 500 index edged up 5.46 points to 2,534.58 and the Nasdaq composite index added 14.99 points to 6,531.71.North of the border, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index advanced 23.51 points to 15,728.51.“It’s a little sleepy today, pretty slow,” said Cavan Yie, a portfolio manager at Manulife Asset Management. “All you’re seeing is optimism in the markets being sustained.”“If you look at Canada,” Yie added, “the banks keep chugging along with share prices near all-time highs, with solid fundamentals to support them.”The TSX’s financials subsector was up nearly half a percentage point on Tuesday.Looking ahead to Friday, investors will be eyeing Statistics Canada’s labour force survey for September.RBC Economics Research has said Canadian employment is expected to continue to increase that month, rising 10,000 though this would be down from the 22,000 increase in August.“The slowing largely reflects the expectation that the gain in service-producing jobs drops to just 5,000 after the 35,900 surge in August,” it said in an investor’s note.Meanwhile, some U.S. economic reports may look abnormally weak because of the hurricanes that have recently struck the United States, such as this week’s upcoming report on hiring. But investors are expecting to see temporarily weaker numbers, which would limit the impact.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at an average price of 80 cents US, up 0.03 of a cent.The November crude contract fell 16 cents to US$50.42 per barrel and the November natural gas contract was down two cents at US$2.90 per mmBTU.The December gold contract gave back $1.20 cents to US$1,274.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was unchanged at US$2.96 a pound.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

UN aid official calls for lifting of blockade on Lebanon to allow

Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Margareta Wahlström told the Security Council that the end of the fighting five days ago has already allowed rapidly expanding access for the humanitarian community to many of the affected areas, but that the damage inflicted on road networks was making things very difficult.“Despite significant progress within the first days of the ceasefire in reaching people previously cut off from aid supplies, massive access problems remain the key obstacle to further accelerating the humanitarian response. The enormous damage to most road and bridge infrastructure leading to the south requires an immediate lift of the continuing sea and air blockade on Lebanon.” Ms. Wahlström also spoke of the danger to the returnees, who number around 400,000, of “unexploded artillery, airborne missiles, and cluster ammunition, including in residential areas and public buildings.”“In the days since the truce went into affect, reports of civilian casualties, most notably from cluster bomblets and sub-munitions, have already been reported. The contamination presents a significant obstacle to humanitarian efforts and a risk to men, women, boys and girls returning to their homes and daily activities.”The UN Mine Action Team, coordinated by the UN Mine Action Service (UNMAS), is working with the Lebanese Government and civil society on this problem, she said, while also calling on Member States to provide contributions for this vital work. Despite the challenges, the humanitarian community – both the UN and other agencies – was working closely with Lebanon’s Government on all aspects of emergency assistance, she added. Ms. Wahlstrom also highlighted the resilience of the Lebanese people and listing several key priorities for the aid effort over the next two months.These priorities include providing assistance along routes of return and to home communities, including shelter materials; securing sustained access for humanitarian convoys and speedy aid distribution to the most vulnerable; addressing the prevailing security risks for relief workers and returnees – due mainly to unexploded ordnance; and carrying out repairs to basic infrastructure.Ms. Wahlström said there has been a growing response from the international donor community to last month’s flash appeal for Lebanon, with more than $87 million received against the $165 million requested. UN agencies and partners will revise the appeal over the next week to more accurately reflect and effectively address the changing needs of the affected populations in Lebanon and Syria.In related news, the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that four UN humanitarian convoys were dispatched today in Lebanon with supplies from the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Health Organization (WHO) the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).UNHCR staff are now on the ground in the port city of Tyre, helping in the assessment of the worst damaged areas of the south, a spokesperson said in Geneva, adding that the agency will join a five-day survey led by Lebanon’s Government this weekend to determine the precise humanitarian needs.WHO, which is coordinating the health sector response in Lebanon, will work with the Lebanese Ministry of Health and the American University of Beirut over the next four days to assess some 800 health facilities to get a picture of the needs, it said today. read more

Local student hopes to help Calgarians in need of latenight snacks

Calgarians who crave a late night snack, but are too lazy or drunk to head to the store or burger joint, are in luck. A local university student is launching QuikSnax next month. Zach Shapiro, the man behind the business, told 660 NEWS, he’ll take orders for a bag of chips, some pop, or maybe even a burger from Peter’s Drive In and deliver it to your front door. “I think this is the hole in the market, basically, that I’m selling,” Shapiro said. “It could be that due to Calgary’s size, this project or similar conveniences are unavailable. Calgary’s the largest city in North America, 825 square kilometres I believe. Bigger than New York, which is 791. So it could be due to the geographical size that it’s unreliable, but we’ll find out.”He added, there isn’t anything similar in the city right now. “I’ve been in the position a lot of times that I’d use a service like this. I thought, if I had a nickel for every time I wanted snacks late at night but couldn’t or didn’t want to go out and get them,” he said. “And then I realized I could have other peoples’ nickels.” The business launches February 5.For more information, head to QuikSnax’s Facebook page. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Facebook: QuikSnax Calgary Local student hopes to help Calgarians in need of late-night snacks by Mark Strashok Posted Jan 22, 2016 4:04 pm MDT read more

Affordable housing key for development and social equality UN says on World

With 1.6 billion people living in inadequate housing, one billion of whom reside in slums and informal settlements, the United Nations is spotlighting affordable homes on today’s World Habitat Day, which also marks the official start of Urban October – a month of worldwide celebrations and citizens’ engagement in urban life worldwide. “While millions of people lack suitable homes, the stock of vacant houses is gradually increasing,” said Dr. Joan Clos Executive Director of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in a message commemorating the Day under the 2017 theme ‘Housing Policies: Affordable Homes.’ “Ensuring housing affordability is therefore a complex issue of strategic importance for development, social peace and equality,” he added. This year’s celebrations are noteworthy as they coincide with the first anniversary of the New Urban Agenda,” adopted at the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, better known as Habitat III, in Quito, Ecuador, which enshrines urbanization as an indispensable for development and a prerequisite for prosperity and growth. “It is thanks to this paradigm shift that urbanization and development are indivisibly linked one to another,” Dr. Clos said. ‘Handing over housing to the market has proved a failure’ An analysis of housing affordability over the last 20 years reveals that despite increasing demand, housing – including rentals – has been largely unaffordable for the majority of the world population. “Handing over housing to the market has proved a failure in providing affordable and adequate housing for all,” Dr. Clos continued. “We all remember well that housing was at the epicentre of the eruption of the global economic crisis of 2008, instead of being at the heart of the urban policy. Today, 1.6 billion people live in inadequate housing, of which one billion live in slums and informal settlements,” he underscored. Dr. Clos emphasized that addressing the housing needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, especially women, youth and those who live in slums, must be a priority in the development agendas. Promoting sound housing policies is also crucial for climate change, resilience, mobility and energy consumption. Which is why, the Executive Director said: “we would like to remind on this Day the importance of locating housing at the physical – and holistic – centre of our cities. “For housing to contribute to national socio-economic development and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the New Urban Agenda calls for placing housing policies at the centre of national urban policies along with strategies to fight poverty, improve health and employment,” he stressed. Each year, World Habitat Day takes on a new theme to promote sustainable development policies to ensure shelter for all – often promoting one of UN-Habitat’s focal areas such as inclusive housing and social services; a safe and healthy living environment, with consideration for children, youth, women, elderly and disabled; affordable and sustainable transport and energy; and job creation. “As we strive to create cities for all, an urgent action for achieving affordable homes requires a global commitment to effective and inclusive housing policies,” Dr. Clos concluded. read more

Womens volleyball opens Big Ten with two Top 5 opponents

Senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe attacking at the net in a regional semifinal against the University of Washington on Dec. 11, 2015. Credit: OSU AthleticsAfter a long preseason on the road, Big Ten play has finally arrived for the Ohio State women’s volleyball team, and it will not be an easy transition for the Buckeyes.  The No. 17 Buckeye “tribe” will battle No. 3 Wisconsin on Friday, followed by No. 2 Minnesota on Saturday. Both matches will send OSU on the road for the fifth weekend in a row this season. This time last season, OSU went point-for-point with each of the teams, going the full five-set distance in both matches, but with different outcomes. The Buckeyes took a loss to Minnesota, but came back four days later to take down the Badgers at St. John Arena. The veteran players on this OSU squad know exactly what to expect when the conference season rolls around. “The Big Ten is always going to be a grind every night,” said senior middle blocker Taylor Sandbothe. “You’re going into battle with some of the best teams in the whole entire country.”Sandbothe has been around long enough to face three waves of Badgers and Gophers, and this weekend will mark her fourth and final go-around to leave everything she has on the floor. “Every time we go into a Big Ten weekend — and this being my last one, it’s kind of bittersweet — but I think it’s such an opportunity and privilege to play in this conference and see this type of volleyball all the time,” she said. “I think it’s made me the player I am today.”Sandbothe and her teammates mentioned the energy buzzing in the arena for Big Ten matches.This week, both of the Buckeyes’ opponents are ranked inside the top five in the country for the average crowd attendance at their matches. Between 5,000 and 6,000 Gopher and Badger fans will pour into the arenas this weekend to cheer on the home team. The crowd’s energy is vital to any athletic event, and junior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer said she cannot wait to silence the opposing voices when her team takes the floor. “We talk about being ‘road warriors’ all the time, and kind of shutting up the fans in their house, and I think that’s so much fun,” Schirmer said. In addition to playing in front of large visiting crowds, the Buckeyes will go into battle with two teams armed with a deep arsenal of weapons. Freshman Badger Molly Haggerty has already won three Big Ten honors, and just this week, she was voted American Volleyball Coaches Association Player of the Week after the team’s performance against Texas and Texas A&M. Her teammate, Tionna Williams, also earned Big Ten recognition this week and currently ranks sixth in the nation for blocks per set. Minnesota boasts its own array of conference awards. The team’s setter, Samantha Seliger-Swenson, has earned Big Ten Setter of the Week four consecutive times already this season. The team also holds spots in the top 10 in three national statistics, including fourth in kills per set. OSU coach Geoff Carlston said his team is going into these matches ready for war. “I’m excited to see our team kind of being in that cauldron, be in that fire,” he said. “Our team kind of looks forward to the opportunity of having an us-against-them mentality and ‘arms locked in.’”The strength of these opponents doesn’t come to the Buckeyes as a surprise, but Carlston said he is confident in the preparation of his team and its mindset going into this opening weekend. “It’s not going to be an easy thing, but our team feels good about who we are and where we’re at right now,” he said. Logically, the odds are stacked against the Buckeyes, but Schirmer sees parity throughout the conference.“Being the nature of the Big Ten, you can beat anyone on any given day,” she said. “I don’t care about the rankings … it’s all about how we play and what we focus on.”OSU will take on its first Big Ten foe, Wisconsin at 8 p.m. on Friday in Madison, Wisconsin. The team will then travel to Minnesota to play the Gophers at 8 p.m. on Saturday. read more

Adam Silver Is Not A Fan Of The Sixers Strategy

Hot Takedown If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS Several months ago, Hot Takedown crowdsourced ideas from listeners about how to change the draft to stop teams from tanking. After we sent him the winning idea, Silver wrote that there is a “growing consensus that we should reform the draft lottery.” But on this week’s Hot Takedown he said that after team owners voted down a proposal for change last year, the league has decided to “park the issue” for the foreseeable future.Silver argued that the marketplace is providing the biggest pressure on teams like Philadelphia, which he said are realizing that “losing comes at an enormous cost.” Silver sees a “resetting of sorts” with the team. And he denied that he intervened and asked the Sixers to install Jerry Colangelo as special advisor.Watch a video excerpt and stream the full audio of the interview above. We’ve also provided a lightly edited transcription of the highlights below. This interview was conducted Friday, Dec. 18.Silver not a fan of Sixers strategyNeil Paine: Are you personally, as the commissioner, OK with the way that the 76ers have run their franchise the past three seasons?Adam Silver: I don’t want to answer that directly. As I said, there’s a marketplace of ideas and approaches that go into managing a franchise.Am I fan of that strategy? Put it this way: No. But does that mean that it’s not acceptable under the league rules? It doesn’t. The Sixers are a mess, and Adam Silver is not happy. The NBA commissioner joined our sports podcast, Hot Takedown, for a conversation about the structure of the draft, the perverse incentives that it creates and how his office can try to “cajole” teams like the Philadelphia 76ers into being more competitive. But he admitted that ultimately, he may not be able to reset the competitive balance of the league by tweaking the draft rules. Truth to rumors that he intervened with Sixers?Chadwick Matlin: Anonymous reports suggested that [you stepped in and pushed for the hiring of Jerry Colangelo] due to owners who wanted the situation in Philadelphia changed. Are those reports correct?Adam Silver: Those reports are not correct. Josh Harris, who’s the principal owner of the 76ers, decided on his own that he needed to change course. He and I had many conversations along the way about the utility of the strategy that he was following. And he came to the conclusion once this season began, and he saw how his team was performing on the floor, that he needed to change his strategy.Other owners were not pressuring him at all. In fact, it’s a weird dynamic in the league that while all the owners would like to see teams well operated, other owners just want to win (laughter). And so nobody was calling me and saying go call the 76ers and tell them how to beat us. The Sixers are “resetting”Adam Silver: There’s a resetting of sorts going on with the 76ers right now. And I think that ultimately may speak louder in the marketplace of teams than any tinkering we do to the draft lottery.Is it time to step in and stop tanking?Chadwick Matlin: I’m interested about when you do step in as a commissioner. You’re basically the CEO of a big multibillion-dollar corporation. At what point is it your responsibility to intervene if one of your franchises is not performing in a way that represents the league?Adam Silver: Well, I would say that there’s lots of different ways of so-called “stepping in.” There’s also cajoling and ongoing conversations that I have with owners, with team presidents, with general managers, where I’m expressing my opinion. read more

Education key to Cyprus solution

first_imgEducation is the key to solving diplomatic conflicts in Cyprus, according to the deputy director of La Trobe University’s Centre for Dialogue. Dr Michalis S. Michael, whose research has focused on the Cypriot conflict, said education was crucial to conflict resolution in the troubled region. “Education – dialogue, communication and exchange – is the key to things progressing,” he said. Last year, Dr Michael attended the Cypriot Academic Dialogue in Cyprus, where he facilitated a session and participated in many others. He said the conference, also attended by academics from Greece, Turkey, and all over Cyprus, focused on the future of Cyprus.“If you start talking, you can start trying to understand the way the other’s thoughts, beliefs and positions,” he said.“But understanding doesn’t mean you agree.”As a Greek Cypriot refugee from the island’s Turkish north, Dr Michael said without the perspective of insiders, diplomatic negotiations can be condescending. “It can be patronising, like ‘you’re two naughty boys and us more civilised people are here to teach you’,” he said. But, while he described himself as “very passionate” about Cyprus, he said it was important not to get too emotionally involved in his work. “You need to steer a neutral path, although those demarcations are very simplistic and misleading,” he said. He also visited Turkey for the first time last year, when he was invited to participate in a conference about Turkey’s role in Europe.Dr Michael studied Modern Greek and politics as an undergraduate at the University of Sydney, where he completed a Master’s Degree before he moved to Melbourne’s La Trobe University in 2000. A brief stint in politics lead him back to a career in academia, where he completed a PhD at La Trobe, and has been involved in the Centre for Dialogue since its creation in 2005. While his work is currently research-based, he said the Centre for Dialogue, which has links with universities in Greece and Cyprus, was looking at taking on post-graduate students in the future. He said studying social sciences helped him to think laterally, and encouraged people to link ideas. “I think it’s important to study anything,” he said.“But the social sciences and humanities are much more intriguing and rewarding.”He said the highlight of working in academia was the practical application of ideas.“It’s good to see academic resolutions in practice, with the issues in the context of the Green Line, the buffer zone, and with colleagues from the north and south,” he said. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Watchdog warns of rise in racist violence

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram There were more than 281 racist attacks in Greece between January 2012 and April 2013, leading to at least four murders and 400 injuries, Ombudsman Calliope Spanou informed Parliament on Wednesday.In the report delivered by the citizens’ watchdog, Spanou warned that the “rise in racist violence, the impunity of the assailants and the lack of action from state authorities are undermining social cohesion and the state’s foundations.”Spanou said that of the 281 cases of racist violence reported to the Ombudsman, 71 are alleged to have involved Golden Dawn members or supporters and 47 police officers. She called for an official register for racist offenses.Source: Kathimerinilast_img

Des chiens de laboratoire proposés à ladoption

first_imgDes chiens de laboratoire proposés à l’adoptionChaque année, 3.000 chiens environ, des beagles pour la plupart, sont utilisés dans les laboratoires français. Si nombre d’entre eux sont euthanasiés à l’issue des expérimentations réalisées sur eux, certains peuvent être adoptés. Un programme qui fait peu parler de lui a en effet été mis en place pour sauver ces animaux en bonne santé.Des milliers de chiens sont chaque année confiés à des laboratoires scientifiques, qui testent divers protocoles pour la médecine vétérinaire et la recherche pharmaceutique, la plupart du temps sur des beagles. Cette race originaire d’Angleterre, dotée de pattes courtes et de longues oreilles, est souvent choisie par les chasseurs, mais aussi pour les tests en laboratoires. “Cela s’explique par sa taille moyenne, son poil court, son caractère docile et sa robustesse” explique à NéoPlanète Karine Reynaud, membre de l’unité de recherche “Biologie du Développement et Reproduction” de l’Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d’Alfort.À lire aussiUne femme meurt après avoir été mordillée par son chiotA l’issue des protocoles de recherche auxquels ils sont soumis, la majorité de ces chiens sont euthanasiés. Mais certains sont remis en liberté et peuvent être adoptés. “Ce sont des chiens qui sont en bonne santé. C’est notamment le cas des chiens que nous stérilisons à Maisons-Alfort, ce serait inacceptable de les euthanasier alors qu’ils vont bien. Nous avons donc mis en place un programme d’adoption pour réhabiliter les chiens de laboratoire”, souligne Mme Reynaud. De tels programmes existent dans plusieurs autres pays, comme les Etats-Unis, le Canada, la Belgique ou l’Italie. Depuis le lancement de celui de l’école vétérinaire de Maisons Alfort, c’était il y a dix ans, 250 chiens ont ainsi été recueillis. Mais leur adoption n’a pas toujours été facile. Les chiens sont souvent effrayés lorsqu’ils découvrent le monde extérieur. “Certains chiens sont très timides, nous travaillons alors avec des comportementalistes pour les aider à s’adapter à la vie en ville et à venir à bout de leurs blocages. D’autres sont totalement sociables” explique Karine Reynaud toujours citée par NéoPlanète.Ces adoptions sont proposées directement par l’école vétérinaire, ou sont confiées à des associations, comme le Groupement de Réflexion et d’Action pour l’Animal (GRAAL (lien non disponible)), qui a lancé en 2005, un programme de réhabilitation d’animaux de laboratoire.Le 12 décembre 2011 à 16:27 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Thibaut Courtois circumstances at Chelsea explained

first_imgBelgian journalist Kristof Terreur has given insight into Thibaut Courtois’ difficult circumstances at Chelsea after he was absent from training on MondayThe Belgian goalkeeper failed to report back for pre-season training at the club’s Cobham training base on Monday after Chelsea decided to put talks with Real Madrid on hold until they have found themselves a suitable replacement.Courtois, who has been away on holiday following his exploits at the World Cup for Belgium this summer, appears to be getting desperate to force through a move to Real after reportedly telling new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri that he intends to leave this summer.But with just two days remaining until the English transfer window closes, time is now very much against Courtois and the 26-year-old is now to be resorting to desperate measures to make his dream move a reality.“Chelsea are searching for a solution for this situation because they have already known for a while, since January when Courtois rejected a new contract offer, that he wasn’t going to sign a new deal,” explained Terreur, via Football365.“They know his personal situation with his kids living with his former partner in Madrid, him wanting to be closer to them and pursuing a challenge in Madrid too.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“His mind has never left Madrid after he spent three years on loan over there. Still he dreams of Madrid and that’s what Chelsea know too.“Chelsea have told Real Madrid that until they have found a replacement they cannot give the move a green light.“It might end up on Thursday at four o’clock that they suddenly find a new goalkeeper.“I don’t think the club can take a gamble on letting him go for free next summer. Now they will get £30-£40m for him and they can still buy a good replacement.”Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak and Jack Butland of Stoke have been lined-up as potential replacements for Courtois at Chelsea.last_img read more

TCI mourns the passing of an education icon

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 8, 2016 – The Ministry of Education and the nation mourns today the passing of iconic educator, Louise Thomas.  Thomas had recently taken up post at the Enid Capron Primary School and died due to illness, we are told, at hospital in The Bahamas this morning. last_img

Classic General Sessions Keynote Speaker to Offer Powerful Message on Overcoming Adversity

first_imgJohn O’Leary has lived through worse than most can imagine. At age nine, a fire exploded and burned 100 percent of his body. Given a one-percent chance to live, he fought extraordinary odds.O’Leary spent five months in the hospital, underwent dozens of surgeries, lost all of his fingers to amputation and had to relearn to walk, write and feed himself. He endured, persevered and survived – largely because others emerged, served and inspired. O’Leary now lives to share the life-giving lessons from his story in hope that he can spark the extraordinary possibility of your story.O’Leary will share his story and his inspirational message:  You can’t always choose the path you walk in life, but you can always choose the manner in which you walk.Friday’s General Session on Friday, March 3 from 9- 11 a.m. is a combination of inspiration, information and insight. Comedian Mark Mayfield returns to the stage, along with the commodity organization leaders for a discussion of the hottest issues facing the nation’s soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum farmers.last_img read more

Consumer Electronics Association recognised for worklife balance support

first_imgThe US-based Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has been recognised for its commitment to helping staff achieve a healthy work-life balance.For the seventh consecutive year, CEA received a Companies As Responsive Employers (Care) Award from the Northern Virginia Family Services.The organisation, which has 150 staff, offers a flexible working arrangement that allows staff to telecommute one day a week. It also has a summer hours programme so that employees can leave work at 1pm on Fridays during the summer months.To foster health and wellbeing, CEA employees have access to a free, 24/7 onsite gym, and can also take part in boot camps, strength training and yoga classes.The organisation also runs an adoption assistance programme, which includes help with adoption costs, benefits related to the adoption process and a reimbursement of $2,500 (approximately £1,650) per child for eligible staff.CEA employees can also take advantage of a mortgage assistance scheme, which comprises a $25,000 (£16,500) unsecured loan towards a deposit on a primary residence within a five mile radius of the CEA’s headquarters.Gary Shapiro, president and chief executive at CEA, said: “We strongly believe that providing our employees with programmes, policies and benefits that promote a healthy work-life balance not only ensures our association’s and workers’ success, but also has a positive influence on the consumer technology community as a whole.”last_img read more

Critics Biggest UN summit heading toward failure

first_img New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Seth insisted that the protracted pre-conference negotiations didn’t bode poorly for the success of the event; despite the probable absences of Obama, Merkel and Cameron, it is still expected to attract some 135 heads of state and government or vice presidents, he said.That could top the 2009 Copenhagen summit, attended by 110 heads of state or government and with about 15,000 delegates.“Some want to see (the extra round of talks) as a dark cloud that shows the difficulties ahead. But it also shows the importance which all the countries attach to this outcome document and to the conference,” Seth said.For urbanist Vinicius Netto, Rio is once again resorting to stopgap measures instead of investing in lasting solutions.“Instead of addressing the serious infrastructure problems, including urban mobility, the government is proposing to unplug the city and its economy,” said Netto, a professor at the Universidade Federal Fluminense’s architecture school.The official explanations also didn’t cut it for Greenpeace’s Mittler.“There is no question that the preparations for this conference have been a shambles in every respect,” he said. “It will be very difficult for them to pretend that they have succeeded. But you can be sure that they’ll try.” A U.N. statement quoted Rio+20 Secretary General Sha Zukung slamming the text as “a far cry from the `focused political document’” called for.Sticking points include fears among developing countries that the conference’s environmentalist economic approach could stymie their economic development. Other countries have “voiced concern over accountability and implementation of the commitments made,” the U.N. statement said.“This meeting should be delivering transformational change,” said Daniel Mittler, a political director at Greenpeace who is heading the environmental group’s 11-strong delegation at Rio+20. “What is on the table is business as usual _ completely inadequate goals and a total lack of urgency.”The likely absence of top-tier leaders suggests that many governments have already written the conference off. German Embassy officials in Brasilia said earlier this week that Chancellor Angela Merkel had sent her regrets. As did British Prime Minister David Cameron, a British Embassy spokesman said. However, France’s President-elect, Francois Hollande, and Russia’s Vladimir Putin will be attending, the Brazilian government said Thursday. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Associated PressRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – The largest-ever United Nations conference, a summit billed as a historic opportunity to build a greener future, appears to be going up in smoke.U.S. President Barack Obama likely won’t be there, and the leaders of Britain and Germany have bowed out. The entire European Parliament delegation has canceled.And with fewer than six weeks to go until the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development, negotiations to produce a final statement have stalled amid squabbling. Logistical snags, too, threaten to derail the event. Though the conference’s host city, Rio de Janeiro, is also slated to stage mega-events in the 2014 World Cup final match and the 2016 Olympics, its hotel infrastructure is still woefully lacking. With a total of 33,000 beds for the estimated 50,000-plus visitors expected to flood the city for the June 20-22 summit, the mayor has resorted to asking residents to leave town and rent out their apartments to delegates.Critics contend such stopgap measures will prove too little, too late.The conference is the follow-up to the U.N.’s 1992 Earth Summit, also held in Rio, which helped put climate change on the world agenda. Twenty years later, climate change remains such a divisive subject that the anniversary conference will focus instead on the more palatable topic of sustainable development: economic growth that meets humans’ present needs without devouring resources to derail the future.But even that has proven a hard sell.Talks to hammer out the lion’s share of the conference’s outcome document have failed. The U.N. announced on May 5 that a last-ditch round of negotiations has been scheduled after two previous ones yielded a rambling, repetitive text. Top Stories Comments   Share   Obama has not yet officially declined the invitation, but a U.S. Embassy spokesman said all indications suggested the president, in the midst of his re-election campaign, would also not attend.The spiraling cost of accommodations during the conference has prompted other cancellations. The European Parliament scrapped its entire 11-person delegation because of the breathtaking rise in hotel prices, which a spokesman said were 10 times initial estimates.The average cost of a room in Rio during the conference has risen to $818 per night, according to a report this week by Agencia Brasil, the state-run news agency. And some hotels are taking advantage of the shortage of accommodations by requiring guests to book for an entire week, even if they intend to stay for just three or four nights.“The huge increase in the estimated cost of attending the summit is simply not justifiable at a time when many Europeans are faced with economic hardship,” said Matthias Groote, a German legislator who chairs the European Parliament’s environment committee.In a Twitter post, the man who was slated to head the European Parliament’s delegation, Holland’s Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, urged the Brazilian government to “control the costs to avoid a huge failure.”center_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates The stratospheric prices could even spell cuts in the Brazilian government’s own delegation. Agencia Brasil quoted House leader Marcos Maia as saying that taxpayers wouldn’t foot the housing bill for the 100 delegates slated to take part in the conference. Only those who agree to pay for their own lodging would take part, the report said.Maia also called for a parliamentary investigation into the rise in prices, and Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota told journalists the government was “worried about” it.“We want Rio+20 to be inclusive,” Patriota said, speaking Thursday in the capital, Brasilia.The logistical meltdown is shaping up as a dress rehearsal for worse problems during the World Cup in 2014, when nearly 80,000 visitors are expected, according to the city’s tourism authority. Even more people, some 200,000, are expected to visit the city during the Olympics.World Cup organizer FIFA has already expressed misgivings about Rio’s dearth of hotel rooms, even with hotel construction under way ahead of the 2014 soccer tournament. The Brazilian city is planning to build 17,000 more hotel rooms for the 2016 Olympics, 2,000 more rooms than the city had promised in its bid to host the games. ___Associated Press reporters Marco Sibaja in Brasilia and Bradley Brooks in Sao Paulo contributed to this report.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Sponsored Stories By comparison, London will offer 110,000 hotel rooms ahead of this summer’s Olympics, more than three times Rio’s current capacity.Meanwhile, with a nearly 20,000-bed shortage expected during Rio+20, according to estimates by a group representing Brazil’s hotel sector, Mayor Eduardo Paes appealed to citizens to rent out their apartments to delegates.To facilitate what the city sunnily dubbed “home guest houses,” the tourism authority had planned to launch a dedicated website by early April. The website is still not online.Paes has also pushed to have the conference dates decreed a three-day mid-week holiday, with the closure of schools and public institutions, in a bid get cars off the streets and ease the city’s notorious gridlock.Nikhil Seth, director of the U.N.’s Division for Sustainable Development, defended the government’s handling of preparations for the conference, which he said was the largest ever organized by the U.N.“We were quite happy with all the interaction we had with the local government there and with the central government and the efforts they’re making to make the logistics work,” Seth said. 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes 4 ways to protect your company from cyber breacheslast_img

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first_imgThe Latest: Prosecutors cancel Stormy Daniels meeting by Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2018 8:45 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 24, 2018 at 9:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this April 16, 2018, file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels speaks outside federal court, in New York. According to a person familiar with the matter, on Monday, June 25, 2018, Daniels will meet with federal prosecutors in New York who are investigating President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, in preparation for a possible grand jury appearance. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File) center_img The Latest on the investigation into the business interests of Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen (all times local):8:30 p.m.Stormy Daniels’ lawyer says the porn actress’ meeting with federal prosecutors in New York who are investigating President Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer has been cancelled.Michael Avenatti says he received a call late Sunday night from two prosecutors who said they were concerned about media interest in the interview and cancelled the meeting.A person familiar with the matter had told The Associated Press that the meeting planned for Monday was in anticipation of a possible grand jury appearance. They are investigating the business interests of Trump’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen.The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had sex with Trump in 2006 when he was married. Trump has denied it.___6 p.m.Porn actress Stormy Daniels will meet with federal prosecutors in New York who are investigating President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney.That’s according to a person familiar to the matter, who said Monday’s interview is in preparation for a possible grand jury appearance. The person wasn’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.They said Daniels has also turned over documents in response to a subpoena concerning the $130,000 she was paid when she signed a confidentiality agreement days before the 2016 presidential election.Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, has said she had sex with Trump in 2006 when he was married. Trump has denied it.She’s suing Trump and his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to invalidate the nondisclosure agreement.last_img read more

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