by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 17, 2012 5:06 pm MDT Loonie lower as worldwide economy takes focus after US Fed stimulus last week TORONTO – The Canadian dollar moved lower on Monday as enthusiasm faded over the unveiling of a third round of economic stimulus by the U.S. Federal Reserve last week.The loonie ended the day off 0.48 of a cent to 102.49 cents U.S.A report from Statistics Canada said that foreign interest in Canadian securities bounced back in July, with non-resident investors buying $6.7 billion of equity and debt, which followed a large sale of $7.8 billion in June.Statistics Canada said Canadian investment in securities abroad was also up in July, strengthening slightly to $4.6 billion — split evenly between stocks and bonds.Meanwhile, a meeting of the 17 eurozone finance ministers over the weekend showed it will take months of negotiations and preparation to set up a new European banking union.Eurozone countries are, among other things, divided over how many banks should be supervised by a new authority with the ability to bail out the lenders directly.Creating a European banking union is important to ease concerns that bank failures might bring down the government finances of financially weak states such as Spain or Italy.North American markets digested the latest developments and pulled back on some of the gains that had characterized trading last week.In commodities, the October crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange fell $2.38 to end the session at US$96.62.Copper prices for December were down 3.5 cents to US$3.80 a pound. Copper, viewed as an economic barometer because it is used in so many industries, surged 19 cents last week.Gold closed down $2.10 at US$1,770.60 an ounce.Sentiment on the Canadian housing market also pulled back as the Canadian Real Estate Association cut its forecast for home sales this year and next and lowered its national average price forecast, partly due to revised mortgage lending regulations implemented last month.In its outlook for the year, CREA said Monday that home sales are now forecast to rise by 1.9 per cent to 466,900 units in 2012, but slip by 1.9 per cent to 457,800 units in 2013.The national average home price is forecast to rise by just 0.6 per cent to $365,000 in 2012 and edge lower by one-tenth of one per cent to $364,500 in 2013. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“The trend of arrest and detention of journalists and other media workers seems to indicate an intention to intimidate or harass journalists and media owners which inevitably leads to self-censorship or to media workers eventually leaving the profession,” says the report produced jointly by the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).Al-Shabaab has prohibited all media to operate in areas under its control but state actors are main perpetrators of violations against media workers and political activists, the report says“Somalia has made great progress in recent years, after decades of conflict and violence,” said Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia and head of UNSOM, Michael Keating, in an OHCHR news release. “But Somalis continue to suffer multiple human rights deficits. They need and deserve accountable institutions.”“Strong, independent and critical journalism is a vital element of any democratic State,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. “Attacks against individual journalists and media organizations have a deeply corrosive impact on democracy, with profoundly negative repercussions on freedom of expression and human rights in general.”The UN human rights chief urged the Somali authorities, both at the Federal and State levels, to take prompt action and ensure that all violations of the right to freedom of expression, including the various serious attacks perpetrated against media workers, are fully investigated, irrespective of the identity of the perpetrators.The report says that 2016 represents a “critical juncture in Somalia’s political transition,” and highlights the encouraging progress towards more inclusive elections and accountable government since 2012, including the rebuilding of State institutions and the adoption of important new laws, including one on political parties and one on the creation of an independent National Human Rights Commission.The report, however, states that freedom of expression, which plays a central role in the building of democratic States, especially in times of political transformation, remains significantly limited, documenting 120 cases of arbitrary arrest and detention of media workers between January 2014 and July 2016.Despite the “vibrant media culture” in Somalia – which hosts more than 90 media outlets and scores of websites and blogs – numerous violations aimed at journalists and political leaders are documented, including killings, attacks, arbitrary arrests and detention, intimidation, harassment, closure of media outlets, confiscation of equipment and blocking of websites.30 journalists killed between August 2012 and June 2016The dangers facing media workers and public figures are illustrated by the killing, between August 2012 and June 2016, of a total of 30 journalists and 18 parliamentarians in Somalia.Al-Shabaab has prohibited all media to operate in areas under its control and has been targeting media workers across the country, the report says. But federal and state-level security forces, including the National Army, the Police and the National Intelligence and Security Agency, are main perpetrators of violations against media workers and political activists. Radio Shabelle has been particularly targeted, with five serious incidents between 2013 and 2015. The report states that the authorities have made very limited efforts to investigate and prosecute such violations.The report stresses, among other things, the need to strengthen the justice system to better protect freedom of expression. Since January 2015, only ten of the 48 journalists and media workers who have been arrested have been brought before a court, it states.
She said she remembered thinking: “‘have we just gone from having two index patients [to] having something that actually could become all-consuming and involve many casualties?’ because we really didn’t know at that point.” Sergei and Yulia Skripal photographed having a meal while fit and healthyCredit:supplied by pixel8000 Members of the emergency services in green biohazard encapsulated suits afix a tent over the bench on which the Skripals were foundCredit:BEN STANSALL /AFP All three have now been discharged, with Mr Skripal leaving hospital the most recently, on May 18, after 10 weeks of treatment.In her first appearance since leaving hospital, Ms Skripal spoke to the news agency Reuters at a secret London location last week. She said she felt she and her father were “lucky to both have survived this attempted assassination”. Medical staff also said they had no idea of the future prognosis for any of those affected by the nerve agent. Dr Christine Blanshard, medical director at the hospital, told the programme, “the honest answer is we don’t know”.The medical team at the hospital had also been helped by their proximity to Porton Down laboratory, they revealed, as it offered to carry out testing and give advice on the best therapies. Dr Duncan Murray, head of the intensive care department, said “international experts” had helped the three to recover, alongside the “excellent teamwork by the doctors, fantastic care and dedication by our nurses”. The doctors who treated the Skripals following the Salisbury Novichok attack did not believe the former Russian spy and his daughter would survive, they have revealed. Medics at Salisbury District Hospital said that the prognosis for Sergei and Yulia Skripal was not good when they first arrived in the Accident and Emergency department on March 4 after collapsing on a park bench in the city. Dr Stephen Jukes, Intensive Care consultant, told BBC Newsnight: “When we first were aware this was a nerve agent we were expecting them not to survive. We would try all our therapies. We would ensure the best clinical care. But all the evidence was there that they would not survive.”He added that the medical team initially thought the pair had succumbed to an opioid overdose, but the diagnosis quickly changed to nerve agent poisoning. They were heavily sedated and given large doses of drugs designed to help their bodies produce a key protective enzyme. She added: “I don’t want to describe the details, but the physical treatment was invasive, painful and depressing.” Staff were concerned that the illness could spread, particularly after PC Nick Bailey, a police officer who became unwell after visiting Mr Skripal’s home, was also brought in for treatment. Lorna Wilkinson, the Director of Nursing at the hospital, said: ” “I suppose the key marker for me was when the PC [Nick Bailey] was admitted with symptoms – there was a real concern as to how big could this get.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The British government has accused Russia of being behind the attack, expelling 23 Russian diplomats in retaliation. It has denied any involvement and expelled British diplomats from Moscow, as well as questioning the legitimacy of Ms Skripal’s statement. In a statement, it said: “The UK is obliged to give us the opportunity to speak to Yulia directly in order to make sure that she is not held against her own will and is not speaking under pressure.”