Russia says U.S. broke international law in striking Syria, citing ‘pretext’

first_imgFederal Government | Military | Nation & World | NPR NewsRussia says U.S. broke international law in striking Syria, citing ‘pretext’April 7, 2017 by Bill Chappell, NPR Share:Updated at 2:13 p.m. ET with U.N. Security Council meeting detailsRussian President Vladimir Putin is calling the missile strike President Trump ordered against Syria on Thursday “an act of aggression against a sovereign state delivered in violation of international law under a far-fetched pretext,” the Kremlin says.At Russia’s urging, an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council began shortly after 11:30 a.m. ET Friday to discuss the attack, in which two U.S. guided-missile destroyers in the eastern Mediterranean fired 59 Tomahawk missiles at Syria’s Shayrat air base, the facility that hosted warplanes that the U.S. says carried out a chemical weapons strike in Idlib province earlier this week.The emergency session was led by U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who is currently serving as the Security Council’s president.In the past six years, Haley said, Syria has terrorized its own people and “committed criminal acts that shocked the conscience of all humanity.”She continued, “The international community has repeatedly expressed its outrage. The Joint Investigative Mechanism has found beyond any doubt that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons against its own people multiple times.”Haley then discussed Tuesday’s apparent chemical attack, saying Syria had murdered “innocent men, women, and children in the most gruesome way.”“Assad did this because he thought he could get away with it,” Haley said. “He thought he could get away with it because he knew Russia would have his back. That changed last night.”As Haley spoke, Syria’s ambassador to the U.N., Bashar Jaafari, was seen moving his translation earpiece further away from himself on the desk in front of him.“Our military destroyed the airfield from which this week’s chemical strike took place. We were fully justified in doing so,” ,” Haley said. “The moral stain of the Assad regime could no longer go unanswered. His crimes against humanity could no longer be met with empty words. It was time to say ‘enough’ — but not only say it. It was time to act. Bashar al-Assad must never use chemical weapons again, ever.”She then blamed Iran’s government for supporting Assad in Syria and said that Russia also bears “considerable responsibility” for the regime’s transgressions.Haley added that Russia has used its Security Council veto seven times to quash actions on Syria.Syria’s Jaafari spoke at the end of the session, saying that in Thursday night’s attack, the U.S. “waged a barbaric, flagrant act of aggression against a base of the Syrian Arab Air Force … using a number of missiles which led to a number of martyrs, many injured, including women and children, and wide-ranging material damage.”The strike was a violation of the U.N. charter and international norms, Jaafari said, adding that the U.S. had tried to justify its actions with “empty pretexts, fabricated arguments” about Syria’s use of chemical weapons.The ambassador insisted that Syria’s army doesn’t have chemical weapons and “would never use such weapons in any of its operations against armed terrorist groups.”Earlier in the emergency session, the U.K. ambassador to the United Nations, Matthew Rycroft, said his country supports the U.S. strike “because war crimes have consequences, and the greatest war criminal of all — Bashar al-Assad — has now been put on notice.”Rycroft called the U.S. attack a proportionate response. Later, he added that Russia “sits here today, humiliated by its failure to bring to heel a puppet dictator.”Russia’s Ambassador to the U.N. Vitaly Churkin told the Security Council that rebels and terrorists in Syria were celebrating the U.S. strike and using it as an opening for attacks of their own.Mentioning previous U.S. military actions in Iraq, Libya and Syria, Churkin told the American delegation, “Think of the consequences. Remember what you’ve produced in the Middle East.”Addressing Britain’s Ambassador Rycroft, Churkin told him, “Stop putting forward these unprofessional arguments and accusations against my country. These are not diplomatic. They are lies.”Churkin continued emphatically, “Once again, I warn you: Don’t even try to get into fights in the Arab world. Nothing will work, and nothing will be achieved. That’s why you’re getting annoyed. All Arab countries recall your colonial hypocrisy.”The U.S. strike was criticized as an extremely serious violation of international law by Bolivian Ambassador Sacha Llorenti, who referred to a copy of the U.N. charter as he said it “prohibits unilateral actions.”Llorenti also said the U.S. has a history of intervening in other nations, including in Latin America — and to illustrate his argument he held up a photo of former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2003, during his famous “weapons of mass destruction” speech at the U.N.Before the U.N. session began, Russia notified the U.S.-led coalition in Syria that it intends to suspend the “deconfliction channel” that was created to prevent unintentional encounters between U.S. and Russian forces that are operating in the same country.Tuesday’s attack on the town of Khan Shaykhun has been blamed for dozens of civilian deaths. Thursday night, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. has “very high confidence” that the attacks included the sarin nerve agent.Syrian President Bashar Assad’s office issued a statement calling the U.S. strike “an unjust and arrogant aggression.”Of Trump’s justification for the attack on Russia’s ally — saying Syria used chemical weapons to kill dozens of its own citizens — the Kremlin’s press office said that an international group had ensured that “The Syrian Army has no chemical weapons.”But that international group, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, says that while all the chemical weapons Syria had officially acknowledged possessing were destroyed in 2013, it has since deployed its fact-finding mission in Syria on “numerous occasions” to investigate repeated allegations that Assad’s regime was using chemical weapons.The OPCW says that it has confirmed with a “high degree of confidence” that Syria has previously used chlorine and mustard gas.Of the accusations that sarin had been used in the April 4 attack, the OPCW said Thursday that it was still collecting and analyzing data, classifying its inquiry as ongoing.“The OPCW cannot and will not release information about an on-going investigation,” the organization said in an update on Friday. It added, “This policy exists to preserve the integrity of the investigatory process and its results as well as to ensure the safety and security of OPCW experts and personnel involved.”The U.S. strike came after widespread claims that Tuesday’s attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Shaykhun had deployed chemical agents. Those claims were bolstered Thursday, when the Turkish government — which is allied with Syrian rebels — said autopsies of victims showed evidence of sarin exposure, as the Two-Way reported.Khan Shaykhun is roughly 60 miles from the Turkish border. After the attack, dozens of victims were brought to a border crossing where the Turkish government had set up a decontamination center, the AP reported yesterday.Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said via state-run TASS media that the cruise missile strike was reminiscent of 2003, when the U.S. led an invasion of Iraq “without the consent of the U.N. Security Council and in violation of international law.”Saying that the U.S. attack in Syria had been prompted by photographs rather than facts, Lavrov blamed “speculations on children’s photos” for the American strike. He also accused nongovernmental organizations of staging incidents to prompt a move against the Syrian government.Russia also critiqued the U.S. strike’s accuracy: Only 23 out of the 59 cruise missiles that were fired at the air base hit their target, Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said Friday, citing Russia’s data recording equipment. That’s according to TASS, which adds that Russia will now reinforce the Syrian army’s air defense system.Syria’s General Command of the Army has issued a statement calling the attack “a blatant act of aggression targeting one of our air bases.” According to Syria’s state-run news agency, the army also said that with the attack, the U.S. is now a “partner” of ISIS and other terrorist organizations that have targeted Syrian forces.As the Two-Way has reported, U.S. officials informed Russia — which launched its own military campaign in Syria in fall 2015 — of the impending missile strike. And in planning the attack, White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster said, the U.S. was careful to avoid risk to “third country nationals at that airport — I think you read Russians from that.”Today, Russia seems to be taking little solace from that effort, though Lavrov confirmed that no Russian service members had been harmed.“This move by Washington … has dealt a serious blow to Russian-U.S. relations, which are already in a poor state,” said Putin’s press service.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit this story:last_img read more

US investment firm Ares Management bids for Farrow & Ball in £300m deal

first_img US investment firm Ares Management bids for Farrow & Ball in £300m deal Ollie Gordon More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: Ares Management, a Los Angeles-based alternative asset manager, is in negotiations to buy the British paint manufacturer Farrow & Ball in a deal worth up to £300m, it was revealed yesterday.The US investment firm – owner of upmarket American department store Neiman Marcus – is thought to have bid between £250m and £300m for the Dorset-based paint maker, with a deal possibly to be completed in the coming days. If it gets across the line, the deal would mark a sizeable to return for Farrow & Ball’s current owner, the London-based private equity firm European Capital.European Capital shelled out around £80m for the paint producer in a management buyout from the family owners in 2006. The private equity firm now looks set to at least triple that investment with the company’s sale. European Capital employed advisers from NM Rothschild earlier in the year to find a buyer for the company. It is understood that a number of the world’s largest private equity outfits were involved in the subsequent auction, including the Carlyle Group, TPG and Bain Capital, with London’s 3i and Bahrain’s Investcorp also having considered bids.Both Ares Management and Euro­pean Capital declined to comment when contacted by City A.M..The bid from Ares follows on from the firm’s $110m (£63.5m) acquisition of British housebuilder London Square in July this year.Farrow & Ball was founded by former chemists John Farrow and Richard Maurice Ball in the 1930s in Wimborne, Dorset. The company now has 51 showrooms spread across the UK, Europe and the United States. Show Comments ▼ Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoNational Penny For Seniors7 Discounts Seniors Only Get If They AskNational Penny For SeniorsUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoPost FunGreat Songs That Artists Are Now Embarrassed OfPost FunUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoYahoo! SearchSearch For Car Donation For CharitiesYahoo! SearchUndoWarped SpeedCan You Name More State Capitals Than A 5th Grader? Find Out Now!Warped SpeedUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoThe No Cost Solar ProgramGet Paid To Install Solar + Tesla Battery For No Cost At Install and Save Thousands.The No Cost Solar ProgramUndocenter_img whatsapp Tags: NULL whatsapp Sunday 16 November 2014 11:29 pm Sharelast_img read more

News / Summer of discontent for shippers as late boxships pressure Europe’s crowded ports

first_img Shippers are enduring a summer of discontent as Europe’s container supply chain is stretched by a combination of tardy schedule reliability from ocean carriers and acute congestion at hub ports.Container line schedule integrity has become a thing of the past on the Asia-Europe tradelane, with carriers believing – mostly mistakenly – that shippers are only interested in one thing: price.Indeed, hardly anybody batted an eyelid as SeaIntel’s recent schedule reliability review found that the on-time performance of the six-member G6 alliance had slumped to an abysmal 41%.Moreover, even long-time schedule reliability leader Maersk Line seems to have lost momentum, stating only that in future it intends to figure in the top tier in the reliability league it regularly led.The comment from the Danish carrier was made in response to the ill-fated P3 Network, which had pitted Maersk with CMA CGM’s average reliability record and MSC’s consistently very poor on-time record.And with the resubmitted 2M alliance proposal combining the best in class with the worst of MSC, the impression is that schedule integrity and the premium Daily Maersk product is no longer a priority. Driving down unit costs in a commoditised market is king, which does not go hand in hand with keeping a ship on schedule.But once in port the alliances expect congestion-free, speedy turnaround of their ships – even though the new mega-vessels often mean a 30% increase in container exchanges.However, when crane production levels at the hub fall below par – regardless of whether the ship has made its agreed berthing window – carriers are quick to seek alternative ports and facilities which allow them to discharge and load their vessels without delay.With a year-on-year 8% cargo growth in Asian imports, bigger ships being phased-in and schedules becoming increasing flexible, Europe’s three major hub ports of Rotterdam, Antwerp and Hamburg have, unsurprisingly, struggled to cope with throughput in the past few months.Rotterdam will lose at least four calls of the G6 Loop 4 to Antwerp due to congestion at ECT, which was not helped by the terminal’s refurbishment programme.Hapag-Lloyd’s 13,169teu Ludwigshafen Express will be the first G6 Loop 4 ship to be diverted to Antwerp, scheduled to arrive at PSA Duerganck Terminal on 14 August – although given the line’s reliability figures, it remains to be seen whether it will arrive on time.Meanwhile, feeder and barge services, as well as truck and rail, will all need to be reprogrammed in the short timeframe and, not least, customs clearance must be performed to enable boxes to move off the quay.Unfortunately for Rotterdam shippers and service providers, claims for compensation for extra costs and delays are unlikely to win over carriers, which will claim force majeure.Hamburg, which has suffered congestion since the start of the year, as reported by The Loadstar, will from the middle of August be subject to a €80-per-container truck surcharge from Maersk, as a result of the backlog spreading from the terminal yards onto the city’s roads.“Due to severe traffic disruption to the port of Hamburg, all trucking has been heavily impacted by congestion and increased waiting times,” the carrier advised customers yesterday. By Mike Wackett 06/08/2014last_img read more

Deaths in Laois – Thursday, September 20, 2018

first_img Deaths in Laois – Thursday, September 20, 2018 Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Pinterest Previous articleGraiguecullen strike late to see off neighbours and reach semi finalsNext article45-acre farm in Carbury in Kildare for sale by public auction Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twitter Community By Alan Hartnett – 20th September 2018 Twitter TAGSDeaths in Laois Pinterest Council Facebook Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Margaret Baxendalelate of Grand Canal View, Kilmainham, Dublin / Ballinakill, LaoisBaxendale (nee) Margaret, September 18th 2018, late of Grand Canal View, Kilmainham and formerly of High Street House, Ballinakill, Co Laois. Peacefully in the wonderful care of the staff in Cherry Orchard Hospital. Beloved wife of the late Maurice. Margaret will be very sadly missed and fondly remembered by her nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Reposing at Massey Brothers Funeral Home, 109 The Coombe, Thursday from 2 o’clock until 6 o’clock. Funeral Mass on Friday at 10 o’clock in James Street Church, thereafter for cremation in Mount Jerome Crematorium. All enquiries to Massey Bros on 4533333.Ellen (Elsie) Black (née Doolan)Ballygall, Dublin / Portarlington, Laois / Blueball, OffalyFormerly of Lowertown, Blueball, Co Offaly and Portarlington, Co Laois. Peacefully at Beneavin Care Home surrounded by her loving family. Beloved wife of the late Paddy and devoted mother of Chris, Ellen, Joe, Phil, Martha, Gerard and the late Padraig. Elsie will be sadly missed and remembered with love by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, daughters-in-law Mary, Deirdre, Maria and Ella, son-in-law Gerry, sister Mary Keegan, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends.Reposing at her home this Wednesday the 19th between 5pm and 8pm. Removal on Thursday evening to Our Mother Of Divine Grace Church, Ballygall, arriving for 5.30pm Reception Prayers. Funeral on Friday morning after 10 o’clock Requiem Mass to Saint Michael’s Cemetery, Portarlington, arriving for burial at 1pm. Enquiries to MIchael Doyle Funeral Directors on 01-8140004.May She Rest In Peace.Peg Ward (née Dooley)Clononeen, Borris-in-Ossory, LaoisPeg Ward (nee Dooley), Clononeen, Borris in Ossory, Co. Laois, September 15, 2018 (peacefully) in the loving care of the Matron and staff at St. Vincent’s Hospital Mountmellick. Predeceased by her husband Johnny. Deeply regretted and will be sadly missed by her loving family, sons John and Michael, daughter Mary, sister Bridie, (Lalor), brother Joseph, daughters in law, son in law, grandchildren, sister in law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and friends.Reposing at her home this Sunday afternoon from 4 o’c with rosary in the house at 8 o’c. Removal this Monday morning Sept. 17th. at 10.30 o’c to St. Canice’s Church Borris in Ossory for Funeral Mass at 11 o’c with burial immediately afterwards in Derrinsallagh cemetery, Borris in Ossory.Denis (Dinny) GleesonCamross, Portlaoise, LaoisDenis (Dinny) Gleeson, Camross, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Died 13th September 2018, (peacefully) in the loving care of the Matron and Staff of St. Paul’s Ward, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick, Co. Laois. Predeceased by his brother Matt and sister Eileen. Sadly missed by his loving family, brothers P.J. and Gerry, sisters Kay, Mona, Madge and Sheila, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, cousins, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends.Reposing at St. Vincent’s Hospital Chapel on Saturday evening from 4p.m. until 6p.m. removal following Rosary to his home in Camross, where he will repose from 8.0’clock, with Rosary at 9.0’clcok. Removal on Sunday morning at 10.30a.m. to St. Fergal’s Church Camross for Requiem Mass at 11.0’clock, followed by Burial in the adjoining Cemetery. Family Flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Friends of St. Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick.Sheila Quirke (née Phelan)Hunting Hill, Castletownroche, Cork / Pike of Rushall, Laois / Mullingar, WestmeathQuirke (nee Phelan) (Hunting Hill, Castletownroche) on September 13th 2018, peacefully in the loving care of Bríd and staff of Craddock House, Nursing Home Naas. SHEILA, late of Pike of Rushall, Co. Laois and Gaybrook, Mullingar, beloved wife of the late Ned and dear mother of Walter, Tom, Catherine, Mary and the late Richard. Sadly missed by her loving family, sons-in-law Dermot and Kevin, daughters-in-law Margaret, Siobhan and Regina, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace. Reception into St. Craebhnait’s Church, Annakisha on Saturday at 2.30pm followed by Requiem Mass at 3pm. Funeral afterwards to Shanballymore Cemetery.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Wednesday, September 19, 2018 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Thursday, September 20, 2018 Deaths Facebook Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ last_img read more

NK Inks News Deal with Indonesia

first_img News News In the run up to an official visit to Indonesia this weekend by Kim Yong Nam, the head of the Supreme People’s Assembly Presidium, Jakarta and Pyongyang have reached a wide-ranging agreement to exchange news, pictures, videos, television shows and journalists.According to a press release released by the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, the deal was inked yesterday following the inaugural Indonesia-DPRK Joint Information Committee meeting in Yogyakarta by Secretary General Basuki Yusuf Iskander of the Indonesian Communications and Information Ministry and the head of the North Korean delegation to the meeting, Vice-Chairman of the DPRK Information Committee Jong Yong Chol.The Joint Information Committee was formed pursuant to an MoU signed by the two countries in 2009 and a meeting between them in Pyongyang on March 25th, 2011.P.L.E. Priatna, the director of information and media at Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry, commented in the Foreign Ministry press release, “This meeting is expected to improve already tight bilateral relations between Indonesia and North Korea. The forum is expected to serve as a bridge to expand the government-to-government, government-to-people and people-to-people contacts between the two countries.”The Foreign Ministry statement also noted that the two countries are preparing a number of other agreements to coincide with the arrival of Kim Yong Nam on the 13th, but no further details were made available. AvatarChris Green RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China Facebook Twitter NK Inks News Deal with Indonesiacenter_img News News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest By Chris Green – 2012.05.09 11:19am SHARElast_img read more

Kimchi Greens Funneled to Pyongyang

first_imgNewsEconomy US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again By Choi Song Min – 2014.11.05 2:56pm AvatarChoi Song Min News Kimchi Greens Funneled to Pyongyang News News center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR SHARE Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders Facebook Twitter North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Most areas in North Korea are facing ashortage in produce such as cabbages, radishes, and other vegetables due to theextreme lack of rainfall this year, causing collective farms around Pyongyangand some fields near the West Sea to be plowed over, according to a local source.“In the area surrounding Pyongyang, thesituation is so bad that there’s almost nothing to usefor kimjang [the making of kimchi],” the source basedin North Hamgyung Province told the Daily NK on Tuesday. “Orders have been handed down, requiring North Hamgyung to takeresponsibility for supplying kimjang vegetables for the people of Pyongyang.”The source said, “Thesevere drought that began early this year and damages from disease and insectshave ruined spring produce and also supplies for winter kimjang.” He added, “The cabinet [the executivebranch of the state largely responsible for economic policies] has ordered farmsin areas like Onsong and Kyungwon counties in North Hamgyung, where the supplywas relatively okay, to send the cabbages and radishes directly to Pyongyang.”This has led to a mass cancellation ofvegetable supplies scheduled to be handed out to military bases and statefactories and the ensuing jump in cabbage and radish prices by 500 KPW [0.06 USD as of November 5th] in themarket.Cabbages used to be 1,200-1,500 KPW [0.15-0.19 USD] perkilogram just until late last month, but that has recently jumped to 2,000 KPW [0.25 USD],according to the source. For an average five-member household kimjang, 500 kgof cabbages and 200 kg of radishes are needed, but this year with the pay-up toPyongyang on top of an already short supply, it is unlikely most families willget even half of their regular stock.In North Hamgyung Province, most familiesbegin kimjang on the 5th of this month, so household handouts need to beconcluded before that date, but this is hardly the case with the sudden orderfrom Pyongyang. Also, kimjang doesn’t begin in thecapital until the latter half of this month, and vegetables are sitting in thefields because the power shortage has prevented special transportation trainsfrom being mobilized.“The drought that lasted from springthrough all summer has caused trouble for proper sowing, and insects such asplant lice have brought on a lot of damage,” the sourceexplained. “The root cause of the ruined produce is thedrought that created a shortage in hydroelectric power and the followingdisruption in water pump operations.”After residents in the area heard about theorder from Pyongyang, some said, “We thought we wouldbe okay compared to other regions but now we get this from out of nowhere,” according to the source. Others have said, “They take everything and now they even take our cabbages andradishes? Are only people in Pyongyang considered humans?” he added.This is the second time since 2007 that theNorth has ordered an emergency supply for vegetables in Pyongyang. During thefirst incident, the supply train carrying all the kimjang vegetables from NorthHamgyung Province’s numerous counties faced a delay due toa shortage in power and resulted in thousands of tons of vegetables rotting.In the North, cabbages for kimjang areusually planted in early August and harvested late October or early November.The rainfall during this period is crucial in determining the yield of theyear. According to weather reports published by South Korea’s meteorological service, North Korea saw 89.6㎜ of rain in August, which falls short of the average 199.2㎜. Especially, areas in South Pyongan and South Hwanghae Provincesexperienced less than 30 percent of their average rainfall. September andOctober were also hit by severe dry spells with rain sprinkling only 40-50percent of the annual average.last_img read more

CSA finds widespread compliance deficiencies at smaller firms

first_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Regulators aim to root out pandemic-driven liquidity issues Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The results of the CSA’s review of 65 small firms, largely sole proprietorships or one-person shops, which was carried out between Oct. 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016, were published in a notice on Thursday that provides additional guidance for these firms to meet their obligations. The CSA’s notice reports that the regulators found 63% of firms had inadequate relationship disclosure information; 54% were found with KYC deficiencies; and 45% either failed to deliver, or provided inadequate, client statements. In addition, 71% of the firms were found to have inadequate written policies and procedures. Less common deficiencies involved firms’ business interruptions plans and succession planning, incomplete books and records, and incorrect accounting methods or procedures. “We identified that small firms can be at risk of failing to meet requirements of applicable securities legislation if they do not have: a comprehensive plan to address significant business interruptions and succession issues; monitoring systems that are reasonably likely to identify non-compliance at an early stage; and, supervisory systems that allow the firm to correct noncompliant conduct in a timely manner,” the CSA’s notice states. The CSA indicates in the notice that it intends to continue to review and evaluate firms’ compliance practices. Photo copyright: convisum/123RF Related news The Canadian Securities Administrators’ (CSA) recent compliance review of small firms such as fund managers and exempt-market dealers has found widespread deficiencies, particularly when it comes to meeting disclosure, know-your-client (KYC) and client reporting obligations. BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Keywords Compliance,  Portfolio managers,  Exempt marketCompanies Canadian Securities Administrators James Langton PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case FSCO reports decrease in insurance advisors’ compliance rates convisum/123RFlast_img read more

IFB launches continuing education platform

first_img Megan Harman Independent Financial Brokers of Canada (IFB) has teamed up with Toronto-based Smarten Up Institute to develop a new online education portal for independent financial advisors, the association announced on Monday. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Related news Much debate on new CE proposals FSCO to revamp insurance advisors’ compliance exams Former finance minister takes aim at embedded commissions, tax changes MFDA: Signature falsification still a problem Keywords Continuing educationCompanies Independent Financial Brokers of Canada Share this article and your comments with peers on social media The new portal, called IFB Academy, is set to launch on Tuesday. The platform gives financial professionals the opportunity to earn continuing education (CE) credits by taking online courses. It also provides a secure online briefcase for advisors to manage and store all of their CE accreditation and other compliance documentation from any source. “Financial advisors are held to a high standard in this country, and must undertake a certain amount of continuing education each year to maintain a license to practice,” says Nancy Allan, executive director at IFB, in a statement. “This offering expands what the IFB does for independent financial advisors at our conferences and Summits.” The online courses offered by IFB Academy are available in English and French, and include courses that are accredited by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, as well as courses that are valid towards life insurance licensing CE requirements and other certifications. Many of the courses will be offered free of charge to IFB members. More details about IFB Academy will be released at IFB’s 2017 Toronto Fall Summit, taking place on Tuesday and Wednesday at the International Centre in Mississauga. Investment Executive will be providing coverage of the two-day conference. Photo copyright: tashatuvango/123RFlast_img read more

New mobile library van set for Swan Hill region

first_imgNew mobile library van set for Swan Hill region Smaller outlying communities in Swan Hill Rural City Council are set to enjoy an expanded mobile library service thanks to $267,050 from the Victorian Government.Mayor Bill Moar said funding would be used toward the purchase and fit out of a new mobile library van.“The new van would allow Council to offer more programs and activities on visits to rural communities, expand the home delivery service for older people and attend more community events.“Replacing an older vehicle, the new van will bring improved library services to rural communities across 6,000 square kilometres, including Beverford, Boundary Bend, Lake Boga, Manangatang, Nyah, Tooleybuc, Ultima, Wakool and Woorinen.“It will include a portable veranda that can be set up for outdoor events and activities,” Cr Moar said.Cr Moar said the Mobile Library was a free resource for people living in our municipality.The new mobile library will be funded by the Victorian Governments Living Libraries Infrastructure Program and Swan Hill Rural City Council and is expected to be launched in 2022. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Beverford, Boundary Bend, delivery service, Government, infrastructure, Lake Boga, local council, Manangatang, Nyah, older people, Swan, Swan Hill, Swan Hill Rural City Council, Tooleybuc, Ultima, Wakool, Woorinenlast_img read more

Buff supporting Buffs: Helping a friend through trauma

first_img Published: Dec. 5, 2018 It can be difficult to listen to a friend open up about a traumatic experience, and harder still to know how to respond. Trauma is a personal experience, so it makes sense that people share their experiences in a very personal way.Sometimes this may go against how we think someone should respond, but it’s important to keep in mind that there is no “right” way for a survivor to respond to or cope with a traumatic event. As part of their support system, you play a critical role in a survivor’s recovery and well-being.Listen non-judgmentallyStart by believing. Listen to what your friend has to say, and let them steer the conversation. Be sure to avoid defining or labeling the situation. Instead, use the same language that the survivor uses to describe the experience.If your friend begins to feel uncomfortable, give assurance they don’t have to share more than they are willing to. If the conversation gets too emotional, suggest taking a short break to decompress, and return to the conversation after you both have a moment to collect your thoughts.Give reassuranceSurvivors often experience feelings of self-blame, doubt and shame after a traumatic experience. They may believe it was their fault or that they are wrong. In a supportive role, it is important you assure them they did the right thing, and they are not responsible for what happened. Help to validate and normalize their feelings around the event.ResourcesCU Boulder’s Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) offers advocacy and short-term counseling related to traumatic experiences. Call their office at 303-492-8855 (24/7 phone support) or learn how to get help.Moving to End Sexual Assault (MESA) in Lafayette offers workshops for survivors and loved ones of sexual assault.Safehouse Alliance for Non-violence (SPAN) in Boulder has a shelter, workshops and support for people who have or had abusive partners.Blue Bench in Denver provides a variety of services for survivors and loved ones of sexual violence and abuse.Lend a handMake an effort to help out with practical tasks, basic needs and chores. For instance, if you’re at the store, text or call your friend to see if they need anything.Additionally, ask them if they know about the resources available to them on campus such as the Office of Victim Assistance (OVA). If they need someone there with them to make a call or drop in (Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., C4C N352), offer to be there and show your support.Check yourselfWhen people share traumatic experiences with us, we often want to share our opinions on what they should do. When we do this, we take control away from the survivor.Instead, allow your friend to decide what is best, and support their decisions, even if they go against what you think is right. Avoid sharing how the situation makes you feel and using phrases like “I know how you feel.” We can never truly understand how someone feels, even if we have experienced something similar. Attaching our own feelings to someone else’s trauma takes away from that person’s own feelings and experience.Supporting someone who has experienced a traumatic event can be difficult. It’s important for supporters and loved ones to get their own support and take care of themselves. This may include seeking counseling or attending a workshop or support group.If you or a friend are struggling to cope with a traumatic event, the Office of Victim Assistance is a free and confidential resource.Categories:SafetyCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more