In a judgement read out by presiding Judge Almiro Rodrigues, the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) found Dragoljub Prcac, Miroslav Kvocka, Milojica Kos, Mladjo Radic and Zoran Zigic guilty of persecution, murder and torture and sentenced the first three defendants to five, six and seven years respectively.Mr. Radic was given 20 years, mainly for rape, and Mr. Zigic was sentenced to 25 years for murder and assault as well as for crimes committed in the Keraterm and Trnopolje camps.In rendering its judgement, the Tribunal said it decided “very early on in the trial” that there existed a widespread and systematic attack against the Muslim and Croat civilian population in the municipality of Prijedor between 26 May and 30 August 1992, and concluded that crimes of persecution, murder, torture and cruel treatment were committed in the Omarska, Keraterm and Trnopolje detention camps.”Operating on the pretext that they were seeking out possible criminal enemies, the camps were merely one more cog in the machine for persecuting the non-Serb population in Prijedor municipality,” the Court said in a summary of its judgement.”This cog was, of itself, discriminatory by definition. There were not any, so to speak, Serb detainees at Omarska and those who were accused of collaborating with the non-Serb enemies,” according to the Tribunal. “Each of you, in a different way, made it possible for the cog to turn.”Meanwhile at UN Headquarters in New York, a new report by the ICTY says that the reforms undertaken by the Tribunal over the past year will enable it to try – within a reasonable timeframe – all of the accused currently held at its detention facility in The Hague, as well as those soon to be arrested.The report also says that the arrest of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and the growing willingness of countries to work with the ICTY “augurs well for a substantial, sustained improvement in future cooperation with the International Tribunal.” It warns, however, that several high-ranking officials charged with serious crimes still remain at large and calls on countries to arrest and turn them over for prosecution.The report further stresses that countries’ domestic courts must also be involved in trying the “subordinates who carried out the orders” in the ongoing effort to build peace and reconciliation in the affected States.
The World Health Organization (WHO) decided to organize its “mop up” campaign after a family from Niger brought a sick child to the nearest clinic, which happened to be in Burkina Faso.”As a result of this case, and as part of the standard procedure for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the mop up campaign was planned, targeting 294,000 children in Niger and 218,000 in Burkina Faso,” spokesman Fred Eckhard told the press in New York.Wild poliovirus cases are rare – just 483 cases worldwide were documented in 2001 – and mop up campaigns are an important part of the drive to eliminate polio, according to the spokesman.
In a report to the upcoming session of the UN Commission on Human Rights, Hina Jilani, Special Representative of the Secretary General on the situation of human rights defenders, expresses concern at the increase in cases of violations against rights activists in the past two years. “The number of confirmed or alleged violations against people involved in defending human rights have increased over the past two years, including a rise in killings, death threats and acts of intimidation” Ms. Jilani says, adding “these violations are rarely investigated properly.”Ms. Jilani notes that the principal targets of violations are human rights defenders investigating past abuses and those striving for the promotion of economic, social and cultural rights and the rights of indigenous peoples. “Journalists and religious leaders have also been targeted,” she adds.She warns, “The involvement of clandestine structures and groups and attacks against defenders and allegations of their links with state security forces is a matter of serious concern that must be addressed by the Government on an urgent basis.”The Special Representative says she is deeply disturbed by allegations concerning involvement of the National Civil Police and the military in attacks against human rights defenders. “The lack of control over military intelligence and the absence of a national civilian intelligence service make the task of investigating the alleged involvement of State agents in the violations against human rights defenders even more difficult,” she writes.Ms. Jilani says she hopes steps will be taken to prevent any resurgence of violence that could create a threatening environment for human rights defenders before elections later this year. She recommends the implementation of the peace agreements that ended 36 years of internal war as a necessary condition for a safe environment for human rights defenders and, in general, for the promotion and protection of human rights in Guatemala.
“It is reprehensible that armed and violent gangs are still acting in this manner in the northern part of Mitrovica, or any area of Kosovo,” the mission said in a statement. “UNMIK calls on all to repudiate them and their methods. They directly contradict the standards for Kosovo that responsible leaders are working to achieve.”The incident, in which one World Bank delegation member was slightly hurt, began when the delegation visited a local restaurant in mainly Serb north Mitrovica where, by chance, the ethnic Albanian Prime Minister of Kosovo, Bajram Rexhepi, paid a visit.Several unidentified people threw stones, damaging the windows. Mr. Rexhepi left and was not injured, but the delegation, while leaving by UN bus and cars, became disoriented and ended up at the North Mitrovica Hospital “where regrettably the incident continued,” UNMIK said in a statement issued after the incident on Saturday.A crowd of about 150 people gathered, the UN bus was damaged and two Kosovo police vehicles were burned. Eventually the delegation made its way safely to Regional Police Headquarters, where one member was treated for minor injuries.In today’s statement UNMIK reaffirmed that “the Prime Minister is Prime Minister of all Kosovo and can travel freely anywhere in its territory.”
The UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said during the past day rockets were fired from Lebanese territory and intensive bombing and shelling came from the Israeli side, with 15 incidents of firing close to UNIFIL locations. A position close to the village of Marwahin suffered one direct hit from the Israeli side causing material damage but no injuries. On the humanitarian front, UNIFIL said it continued to cooperate closely with the Lebanese authorities, and they have decided to set up a joint coordination centre for humanitarian activities in Tyre in the western sector, and Marjayoun in the eastern sector.As the situation in Lebanon persists, a UN spokesman said today that the safety and security of all UN personnel is a growing concern for the Organization, and contingency planning for evacuating non-essential staff and dependents of staff members has begun.So far, all UN staff and their dependents are accounted for, with the exception of one staff member and his spouse and the spokesman said all efforts are being deployed to locate them. Two staff members are reported wounded but their lives are not in danger, he added. Meanwhile, arrangements are being made to ensure continuity of UNIFIL’s key functions, he said.
‘The Voice,’ ‘Dancing with the Stars’ now out-rating long-time champ ‘American Idol’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Television’s champion for nearly a decade, Fox’s “American Idol,” now isn’t even the most popular competition show on the air.Both editions of “The Voice” on NBC and “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC had larger audiences than “Idol” last week, the Nielsen Co. said. “Idol” has been the most popular entertainment program in prime time for nine years running and appears likely to lose that perch this season.“The Voice” had 14.2 million viewers last Monday and 12.8 million on Tuesday, Nielsen said. Its showing was more impressive among the 19- to 49-year-old viewers that NBC most actively seeks; the shows ranked No. 1 and 3 on that measurement last week.“American Idol” had 12.5 million viewers on Wednesday and 11.4 million on Thursday, Nielsen said. Among the younger demographic, “Idol” outpaces “Dancing With the Stars.”The most popular show on television this season so far is CBS’ “NCIS,” and it was the same story last week: The drama led with 17.3 million viewers.CBS won the week in prime time with an average of 8.7 million viewers (5.6 rating, 9 share). ABC had 6.4 million viewers (4.2, 7), Fox had 6.1 million (3.7, 6), NBC had 5.1 million (3.3, 5), the CW had 1.4 million (0.9, 1) and ION Television had 1.1 million (0.8, 1).Among the Spanish-language networks, Univision led with a 3.4 million viewership average (1.8, 3). Telemundo had 1.5 million (0.8, 1), UniMas had 510,000 (0.3, 0), Estrella had 210,000 and Azteca 90,000 (both 0.1, 0).NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.1 million viewers (5.6, 11). ABC’s “World News” was second with 7.5 million (5.2, 11) and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.4 million viewers (3.9, 8).A ratings point represents 1,147,000 households, or 1 per cent of the nation’s estimated 114.7 million TV homes. The share is the percentage of in-use televisions tuned to a given show.For the week of April 22-28, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “NCIS,” CBS, 17.33 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 15.1 million; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 14.22 million; “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 14.15 million; “Dancing with the Stars,” ABC, 13.77 million; “Person of Interest,” CBS, 13.22 million; “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 12.78 million; “Dancing With the Stars Results,” ABC, 12.65 million; “American Idol” (Wednesday), Fox, 12.46 million; and “Castle” ABC, 11.76 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox and My Network TV are units of News Corp. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks. UniMas is a division of Univision. Azteca America is a wholly owned subsidiary of TV Azteca S.A. de C.V.___Online:http://www.nielsen.com by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Apr 30, 2013 4:08 pm MDT
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Nov 5, 2013 6:11 am MDT WASHINGTON – A measure of U.S. home prices rose only slightly in September from August, a sign that prices are levelling off after big gains earlier this year.Real estate provider CoreLogic said Tuesday that home prices increased 0.2 per cent in September from the previous month. That’s sharply lower than the 0.9 per cent month-over-month gain in August and well below the 1.8 per cent increase in July.Prices still rose 12 per cent in September compared with a year ago.Higher mortgage rates and steady price increases began to slow home sales in September. As a result, price gains have cooled off.Mortgage rates are still very low. And the average rate on a 30-year fixed loan has fallen to 4.1 per cent in the past month, down from a two-year high of nearly 4.6 per cent over the summer.“This deceleration is natural and should help keep market fundamentals in balance over the longer-term,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic.Many economists expect the housing recovery to continue, though with slower gains in sales. Still, the spike in rates over the summer has weighed on the market. A measure of signed contracts to buy homes fell 5.6 per cent in September to the lowest level in nine months.There is generally a one- to two-month lag between a signed contract and a completed sale. The sharp drop in September suggests final sales will decline in the coming months.The annual price gains are widespread, according to CoreLogic. Prices rose in all 50 states and in all 100 of the largest U.S. metro areas.Price jumped 25.3 per cent in Nevada from a year earlier, the most in any state. California (22.5 per cent), Arizona (14.6 per cent), Georgia (14.4 per cent) and Michigan (13.9 per cent) reported the next highest gains.Home prices are still about 17 per cent below the peak reached in April 2006, according to CoreLogic. US home prices rise at slower pace in September as higher mortgage rates weigh on sales
Vermilion Energy reports 3Q net earnings of $67.8 million, 67 cents a share by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 7, 2013 2:25 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Vermilion Energy Inc. (TSX:VET) is reporting second quarter net earnings of $67.8 million, or 67 cents per share.That’s more than double the $30.8 million, or 31 cents a share, in the year ago quarter.Vermilion also says it is increasing it’s monthly cash dividend to 21.5 cents per share from the current level of 20 cents.The Calgary-based oil and gas company says it continues to benefit from a diversified product mix and growing exposure to European gas markets.Year to date earnings are $226.1 million, compared with $133.7 million during the first three quarters of 2012.Vermilion says it expects to achieve average annual production volumes at the upper end of its guidance range of 40,500 to 41,000 barrels of oil equivalent.It’s original 2013 guidance of 39,000 to 40,500 was increased following both the first and second quarters due to better-than-expected results from the company’s capital program.Vermilion has interests in Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, France and Australia.
DEARBORN, Mich. – Alan Mulally is staying at Ford.The CEO, who was rumoured to be in the running to become Microsoft’s next leader, told The Associated Press Tuesday that he won’t leave the Dearborn, Mich., automaker before the end of 2014.“I would like to end the Microsoft speculation because I have no other plans to do anything other than serve Ford,” Mulally said in an interview.When asked if this should end investor concern about his departure, Mulally said, “You don’t have to worry about me leaving.” Mulally wouldn’t say if he had talked to Microsoft about becoming CEO. But he said the speculation was a distraction for Ford.Mulally is credited with returning Ford Motor Co. to profitability and changing the company’s culture, putting an end to widespread executive infighting. Mulally said he will stick with the plan to stay at Ford through at least the end of 2014. When Ford announced that plan in November 2012, it also promoted Mark Fields to chief operating officer, making him the likely successor to Mulally.Over the last few months, there have been numerous reports that Mulally was on the short list of candidates to replace Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer. Microsoft announced in August that Ballmer plans to step down as CEO.Daniel Ives, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets, said in an email that Mulally’s decision was a negative for Microsoft because he was the front-runner for the CEO job. But Microsoft wouldn’t say Tuesday if Mulally’s announcement came as a surprise.“Out of respect for the process and the potential candidates, we don’t comment on individual names,” a Microsoft spokesman told the AP.Ford shares rose 21 cents to $15.59 in after-hours trading. Microsoft shares fell 47 cents to $36.94.Mulally’s withdrawal from Microsoft’s CEO derby further shrinks the pool of company outsiders who have been touted as Ballmer’s potential successor.Steve Mollenkopf, the chief operating officer of smartphone chip maker Qualcomm Inc., was identified as a top candidate in a Bloomberg News report last month. But Qualcomm quickly squelched the speculation by announcing plans to promote Mollenkopf to CEO in March.With Mulally out of the running, some of Ballmer’s top lieutenants might have a better chance of replacing their boss. The list of internal candidates includes Satya Nadella, who oversees the Microsoft’s lucrative business of selling computer servers and online services to other companies and government agencies, and Tony Bates, who joined Microsoft in 2011 when the company paid $8.5 billion for video calling service Skype.Microsoft’s pending acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone business also has spurred talk that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will replace Ballmer. Elop left Microsoft in 2010 to join Nokia, a mobile phone pioneer that continued to lose market share to Apple Inc.’s iPhone and Android devices under Elop’s leadership.Mulally, 68, was trained as an aeronautical engineer. He spent 36 years at Boeing Co. — and was president of the company’s commercial airplane division — before Ford Chairman Bill Ford lured him to the struggling automaker in 2006. He overcame skepticism about being an outsider in the insular ranks of Detroit car guys by quickly pinpointing the reasons why Ford was losing billions each year. Just months into his tenure, he mortgaged all of Ford’s assets — including its Blue Oval logo — for a $23.5 billion loan to fund a massive restructuring. It was a prescient move that helped Ford avoid the fate of General Motors and Chrysler, which both filed for bankruptcy protection in 2009.During his tenure, Ford has earned $32.9 billion in pretax profit and its shares have more than doubled. The company expects to earn $8.5 billion before taxes in 2013. But it spooked some investors last month when it said pretax profits would be slightly lower in 2014 as it launches 23 vehicles worldwide.Mulally said Tuesday that the 2014 results will be “absolutely consistent with us investing even more in the enterprise for long-term profitable growth.”Erik Gordon, a business and law professor at the University of Michigan, said decision to stay ensures an orderly transition to a new CEO.“It’s important for a company as complex as Ford to do that,” he said.Mulally said he has allowed Fields to take over leadership of Ford’s now-famous Thursday management meetings — he’s even moved over one chair. But he still shares day-to-day leadership with Fields, concentrating more on long-term strategic issues such as meeting government fuel economy standards, connectivity of cars and trucks and rebuilding the company’s Lincoln luxury brand.“I’ve been really focused on the growth around the world,” Mulally said, pointing out expansion in China, the Middle East and Africa.His influence is everywhere at Ford. Many workers carry the wallet-sized “One Ford” cards he had printed, spelling out his expectation that employees work together to accelerate new vehicle development and profits.Mulally has been richly rewarded for his efforts, with total compensation of more than $174.45 million in his seven years at Ford. His pay has been a sore point for some workers, and UAW President Bob King once called it “outrageous.” But Mulally has defended his compensation, saying that it’s entirely tied to the success of the company.___AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke in San Francisco contributed to this story. Ford CEO Mulally puts end to Microsoft speculation, to stay at Ford at least through 2014 by Dee-Ann Durbin And Tom Krisher, The Associated Press Posted Jan 7, 2014 3:37 pm MDT FILE – In this Oct. 21, 2013 file photo, Alan Mulally, president and CEO of Ford Motor Company speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong. Ford CEO Alan Mulally said Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014 he will not leave the automaker for Microsoft and will stay at Ford at least through 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,361.83 up 27.79 points):Enterprise Group, Inc. (TSX:E). Engineering and construction. Down one cent, or 0.96 per cent, to $1.03 on 6.4 million shares.MGM Energy Corp. (TSX:MGX). Oil and gas. Unchanged at 14.5 cents on 5.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Up six cents, or 1.47 per cent, to $4.15 on 5.7 million shares. The plane and train builder issued an upbeat assessment of its financial prospects despite that the Crimean crisis is posing problems for an airplane production deal with Russia and word that it is among a number of companies being investigated alleged price fixing on public transportation contracts in Brazil.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up three cents, or 0.97 per cent, to $3.11 on 5.2 million shares.Surge Energy Inc. (TSX:SGY). Oil and gas. Up 17 cents, or 2.89 per cent, to $6.06 on 4.9 million shares.Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Up 31 cents, or 2.85 per cent, to $11.18 on 4.4 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (1,035.26 down 3.61 points):Satori Resources Inc. (TSXV:BUD). Miner. Up three cents, or 35.29 per cent, to 11.5 cents on 5.9 million shares.Renegade Petroleum Ltd. (TSXV:RPL). Oil and gas. Up seven cents, or 4.52 per cent, to $1.62 on 5.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Osisko Mining Corp. (TSX:OSK). Miner. Unchanged at $7.59 on 1.75 million shares. The company, which is fighting a hostile takeover attempt by Goldcorp. Inc. (TSX:G), says costs are going down and production is rising at its Canadian Malartic mine in northern Quebec. Goldcorp shares were down four cents, or 0.13 per cent, at $29.96 on 2.7 million shares. Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 20, 2014 3:37 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email