NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are opening higher on Wall Street as technology companies gain back some of the ground they’ve lost in recent days.Traders were encouraged by news that U.S. and Chinese officials spoke on the phone, raising hopes that trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies may ease.Microsoft rose 2.2 per cent in early trading Tuesday.Banks were also doing better after taking a drubbing over the past week. JPMorgan Chase climbed 1.9 per cent. Bank of New York Mellon rose 2.6 per cent after announcing an increase to its stock buyback program.The S&P 500 index rose 33 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 2,671.The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 343 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 24,771. The Nasdaq composite rose 98 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 7,119.The Associated Press
Taroudant, Morocco- Chinese authorities are targeting Muslim Uighurs with beards and veils in western China’s restive, Muslim-majority Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, according to Aljazeera. In an attempt to restrict Muslims the freedom to express themselves, the local authorities in the Muslim-majority region are rewarding locals who report their neighbors for “wearing beards.” In fact, “Informants in Xinjiang can earn up to $8,000 for reporting neighbors who wear beards, seen as a sign of Islam,” according to Aljazeera.Responding to a foreign reporter’s question about “why young men of the Uighur ethnic minority do not have beards”, a young Uighur man answered angrily: “It’s because the government doesn’t allow beards,” according to Associated Press. The Chinese government’s restrictions may be counter-productive though, as religious oppression may lead to extremism. “It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy, it’s self-perpetuating.The more they crack down on it, the more people re-Islamize. This is a pattern we see all over the world,” Joanne Smith Finley, an expert on Uighurs at Britain’s Newcastle University, was quoted by AP as saying.“The Chinese state has created a growing terrorist threat where previously there was none. It has stimulated an Islamic renewal where there wouldn’t necessarily have been one,” she added.In fact, the Chinese authorities in the Muslim-majority Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region did not stop at prohibiting Muslim clothes and beards in public.Last year, the authorities hanged the Chinese flag over the Mihrab, a semicircular niche in the wall of a mosque that indicates the qibla, the direction (Kaaba) that Muslims of the world face when praying, to force worshipers to bow before the flag every time they kneel down for their prayers.Also, during the holy month of Ramadan, the Chinese authorities imposed a ban on Muslim students, teachers, and civil servants in the northwestern province of Xinjiang from fasting.Students at Kashgar Normal College, located in the far west province of Xinjiang, were forced to eat and drink during daylight in Ramadan or face expulsion.Experts and human rights activists around the world are concerned that the infringements on personal freedom in Xinjiang could lead to extremism.
Highlights at the close Monday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,128.69, down 54.44 pointsDow — 21,513.17, down 66.90 pointsS&P 500– 2,469.91, down 2.63 pointsNasdaq — 6,410.81, up 23.06 points (record high)Currencies:Cdn — 79.92 cents US, up 0.23 of a centPound — C$1.6303, up 0.05 of a centEuro — C$1.4565, down 0.67 of a centEuro — US$1.1641, down 0.19 of a centOil futures:US$46.34, up 57 cents(September contract)Gold futures:US$1,254.30 per oz., down 60 cents(August contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$21.507 per oz., down 2.8 cents$691.45 per kg., down 90 cents
“As much as we are delighted by the safe return of the two workers to their families, we wish to emphasise the need for the safe delivery of humanitarian assistance across the country,” Mr. Al-Za’tari said in a news release issued by United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).According to the news release, aid workers Mohamed al-Monsef Ali al-Sha’lali and Walid Ramadan Salhub were delivering humanitarian assistance to areas in southwestern Libya when they were abducted on 5 June 2015 in al-Shwayrif in southern Libya. The two men worked for the Shaik Tahir Azzawy Charity Organization, an implementing partner for a number of international humanitarian agencies.“The delivery of crucial aid to those in need is a noble cause that should be shielded and made immune from all disputes,” said Mr. Al-Za’tari, recalling that hostage-taking and intentionally directing attacks against civilian personnel involved in humanitarian assistance are war crimes.Further, he thanked all those who were involved in efforts to secure the release of the two men, including the elders and officials of al-Zawiya, al-Shwayrif and Sabha, as well as the elders of the al-Magarha tribe.Lastly, Mr. Al-Za’tari urged all other communities with similar cases to follow suit and engage in efforts to secure the release of all those illegally detained.
“This is a new emergency, which requires urgent attention,” said Volker Türk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in a press release.Between January and June 2017, nearly 135,000 refugees returned to Nigeria, mainly women and children. The majority left Minawao and Kolofata refugee settlements, in the Far North Region of Cameroon.“Many of these returnees are unable to go back to their homes due to security concerns and end up being displaced again, in dire humanitarian conditions,” he added.The situation is particularly difficult in the town of Banki, where many are forced to live outdoors and have limited access to drinking water, food and medicine.“During my recent visit to the region, I was not only appalled by the scale of the humanitarian needs, but also deeply shocked at the level of trauma, social division and distrust,” said Mr. Türk, who visited both Nigeria and Cameroon over the past three weeks.“We urge the international community to pay more attention to this highly complex and challenging humanitarian and security situation,” he added.As vulnerabilities increase over time, funding is, unfortunately, lagging behind needs. So far, UNHCR has received $41.1 million from donors out of a total funding requirement of $179.5 million for 2017 for Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad.Additional funding would allow UNHCR to increase its presence in border locations and improve border and protection monitoring. The agency also plans to expand reception facilities and launch mass information campaigns to ensure that Nigerian refugees in Cameroon’s Far North have accurate and updated information on the situation prevailing in areas of return in Nigeria.Mr. Türk said that the Governments of both countries gave him assurances that action has been taken to stop involuntary returns. The first meeting of the Tripartite Commission, comprising representatives from UNHCR, Nigeria and Cameroon, is expected to take place early August. The Commission was set up after the signature, last March, of a tripartite agreement on voluntary repatriation of Nigerian refugees.It will be “a positive step forward,” Mr. Türk said.
BROWSE Baseball Hall of Fame | Roy Halladay The late Roy Halladay has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.His widow, Brandy, delivered the speech and fought back tears as she spoke. The 40-year-old Halladay was killed in a plane crash in November 2017.“I knew I was going to cry at some point. It’s overwhelming the amount of people here today,” she said. “I’m so grateful you’re here. I can’t tell you how many hugs I’ve gotten. They have extended so much love and friendship. I’m so grateful.”“The thank-yous should and could go on for days. There are not enough words to thank you. I say it a lot, but it takes a village.”Halladay amassed a 203-105 record and a 3.38 ERA and 2,117 strikeouts over 416 regular-season games and was 3-2 with a 2.37 ERA through five post-season starts, all with Philadelphia.He spent his last four seasons with the Phils and 12 seasons with the Blue Jays from 1998-2009 and became just the second pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter in the post-season, opening the 2010 NL Division Series with one against the Cincinnati Reds in the first playoff start of his career. He also pitched a perfect game that season.The family decided that there would be no logo on his plaque because both organizations meant a lot to Halladay.“He was a true competitor ready to do whatever it took to give his team the best chance to win,” Brandy said. “I think Roy would rather be remembered who he was, not how he performed on the field. I am so humbled to say thank you to all of you on Roy’s behalf.”
A Chinese conglomerate with interests in construction, cars and cafes is set to emerge as a major supplier of fresh produce to Woolworths and Coles by acquiring a significant share of Australia’s largest fruit and vegetable wholesaler, Moraitis Group. The Hong Kong-listed Chevalier Group is in exclusive negotiations to buy part of the Moraitis family’s 50 per cent stake and part of the 49 per cent held by private equity firm Catalyst Investment Managers, The Australian Financial Review reports. Moraitis, which was founded by Melbourne Cup winner Nick Moraitis 55 years ago as a potato distribution business, supplies supermarkets and greengrocers and has interests in growing, processing and packing through joint ventures with potato, onion, banana and hydroponic tomato producers. Moraitis director Paul Moraitis declined to comment on the negotiations yesterday, saying “nothing had been signed”. But sources close to the deal said Moraitis and Catalyst had been in exclusive talks with Chevalier for “some time” and a syndicate of banks led by the Commonwealth Bank had arranged financing for the deal, which was expected to value Moraitis at more than $200 million. Moraitis’s annual revenues have doubled over the past five years, reaching $517 million in the 12 months ending in June 2011. Catalyst acquired its 49 per cent stake in 2006 and has been looking for a buyer since July last year. It is believed to have had discussions with other Chinese companies such as Bright Foods, which owns Manassen and Sunbeam, and state-owned COFCO, which owns Tully Sugar. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
We’re deep into the long calm between major Marvel releases. Sure, we had Ant-Man and the Wasp in July, but it only answered one small question we had at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Namely, where the hell was Ant-Man. While it was a good answer and fueled tons of fan speculation about what would happen in Avengers 4, it didn’t really confirm anything beyond Scott Lang’s whereabouts. We have no idea what Avengers 4 will look like, or when we’ll have a better idea. To make matters more confusing, the movie may be changing after James Gunn’s firing.Yes, it’s still a big deal. Disney bowed too far right internet trolls faking concern to score political points on the internet. After a massive outcry from fans and a letter from the cast of the Guardians movies throwing their support behind Gunn, Disney did nothing. They took a meeting with Gunn to clear the air, promised to use his same script, then put the movie on hold indefinitely to find another director. That last part may have an effect on the upcoming Avengers 4. Since Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was supposed to be an early entry in Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, It’s probable that the events of Avengers 4 would lead directly into GOTG Vol. 3. With the movie on hold, that may not make a whole bunch of sense anymore.Dave Bautista, who plays Drax in the Guardians series, told Digital Spy about the weirdness of the whole situation. “It’s kind of a strange situation to be in now where we’ve lost our director for Guardians. Guardians 3 is really up in the air, and I don’t know what they’re going to do with it. It’s on permanent hold for now, and that may make a difference in what they do with our characters in Avengers 4. To be honest with you, right now I really don’t know.”Bautista also mentioned that most of his scenes for Avengers 4 have been shot, but he still has two more days of reshoots. Now, these reshoots were planned, and every movie has to go through some. It still means there’s an opportunity for Marvel to rework the Guardians’ storyline to accommodate for the missing third film. Not extremely likely with only two days of Bautista left, but possible. The actor himself doesn’t know one way or another what’s going to happen there. As much secrecy as there is with these movies, it’s possible he won’t even find out the fate of the Guardians until Avengers 4 premieres.Chris Evans in Avengers: Age Of Ultron as Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) (Photo: Jay Maidment., Marvel)In… well, not happier but more heartwarming Avengers 4 news, it’s entirely possible that Avengers 4 could mean a reunion between Peggy Carter and Steve Rogers. Which sounds fine until you realize what that could mean. Peggy died at the beginning of Captain America: Civil War. They never got to have that dance Cap promised her before he was frozen in ice. Marvel fans have been thinking of ways Steve might finally make good on that promise in the MCU since Avengers: Age of Ultron. Most theories imagine a dream sequence where they finally get that dance.With Avengers 4 being the last MCU appearance for Chris Evans, fans are thinking if it’s ever going to happen, now’s the time. Whether they meet briefly in a dream or in death, we’ll have to wait and see. Artist Boss Logic put together a stunning scene of what their long-overdue meeting might actually look like. Be warned; it’s enough to bring tears to your eyes. ‘Last Dance’ #avengers4@ChrisEvans @Russo_Brothers pic.twitter.com/PVIwseBcin— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) August 30, 2018Oh god. It’s so beautiful and so sad. As Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter dance together in an empty ballroom, you can see the longing and sorrow in both their faces. Like they know it took far too long to get here, and they’re both afraid of how soon it will end. The way their legs fade out towards the bottom could mean two things. Either this is all just a dream, and the dance will fade away, or they’re meeting in death. It’s entirely possible that Steve Rogers dies in Avengers 4. If that means he finally gets to dance with Peggy, it’ll be a bittersweet end to his story at least. Whether this fan-art pictures a dream or an afterlife meeting, I don’t know which would make me cry more.(Via Marvel)Avengers 4 isn’t the only MCU movie we’re eagerly anticipating, though. Before that comes out, we have Captain Marvel to look forward to. That’s coming up relatively soon, and fans are wondering when we’re going to see a trailer. According to a new rumor, reported by CosmicBookNews, we may be getting one sooner than you might think. It comes from YouTube personality Grace Randolph, whose information is generally pretty good. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target James Gunn Once Again Directing ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’Dark Phoenix Trailer Released & More Marvel Movie News #MCU is going to have an amazing September – I got some great insider tea today, but I was sworn to secrecy by all. But it’s good stuff about an Air Force pilot and also a cat, both of which I’m sure we’ll be talking about VERY soon… pic.twitter.com/0xts7YnATp— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) August 29, 2018So, she’s being coy here, but it’s pretty obvious who she’s talking about. An Air Force pilot is Carol Danvers, and there’s really only one MCU character that can be described as a cat. She did not say what kind of news we should expect in September, but it’s safe to say it’ll be substantial. Like, for Captain Marvel, we may finally get a trailer. Since the movie comes out in March, September, would be a natural time to start promoting it.As for the cat, Randolph clarified she was talking about Black Panther. It’s way too early to expect a Black Panther 2 trailer, as the movie hasn’t been officially announced yet. All Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige had said was they were “absolutely” going to make a sequel. There’s a lot you have to do between that and a real announcement. Like make sure the director is signed on, have a concrete idea of what the story will be, plan a release date, all that stuff. September would be a fine time to announce the sequel to Marvel’s once-highest-grossing, still most critically acclaimed movie. Especially since they’re trying to get it an Academy Award nomination. Really though, I just want to have some sense of what Black Panther 2 will be about. At least tell us who the villain is.We’ll finally get to meet Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019. After that, we get to see T’Challa again in Avengers 4 on May 3, 2019. Unless Marvel ends up moving the release date up to April again.Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland) Photo Credit: Film Frame © Marvel 2016Speaking of villains though, another rumor purports to reveal yet another bad guy appearing in Spider-Man: Far From Home. The Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel will be the first movie of Phase Four of the MCU, and that’s pretty much all we know about it right now. The most persistent rumor is that it’ll feature multiple villains. In addition to The Vulture returning, Spidey will reportedly face off against Mysterio (my personal favorite!), Chameleon (alright) and Hydro Man (did you say Hydrant Man?).The latest rumor adds one more rogue to the roster. MCU Cosmic reports that Molten Man will also make an appearance in the next Spidey flick. In the comics, his real name is Mark Raxton. He was the assistant of Dr. Spencer Smythe, who created the Spider Slayer robots. And wouldn’t you know it, Smythe is also rumored to figure into the plot of Spider-Man: Far From Home. What is the plot of this movie, seriously?Well, what we do know is that it’s shooting all over Europe, so it’s likely going to take place in multiple countries. It’s very possible that Spider-Man will have to fight a different villain in each city his class trip takes him too. That would make it hard to keep pretending he isn’t Spider-Man, which could be interesting. The rumor of Molten Man’s inclusion comes from reports of a Molten Man action figure being included in one of the toy lines for Spider-Man: Far From Home. While toy companies often make figures of characters, especially villains, that aren’t in the movies they’re based on, they have been known to spoil reveals in the past. Part of the reason it took so long to get a decent Baby Groot figure after Guardians of the Galaxy is that Marvel didn’t want a toy company to spoil what happens to Groot at the end of the movie. So this could be entirely legit.We’ll see if five enemies in one movie is too much (personally, I think it’s one too few to be truly sinister, if you get my meaning), when Spider-Man: Far From Home premieres July 5, 2019.Photo via MarvelFinally, over in the other Marvel universe, we learned something about Sony’s Venom movie that just makes more sense the longer you think about it. Rapper Eminem dropped a surprise album at midnight Friday containing what appears to be a theme song for Venom. And just… of course! Everything we’ve seen from the trailers is trying so hard to tell you how dark it is. This is a grown up superhero movie, dad! It says things like “turd in the wind!!” Of course, a movie like that would have its theme song sung by Eminem, the favorite rapper of every edgelordy teen from the early 2000s. Not that Em isn’t talented. He has a penchant for blistering fast verses, intricate rhyme structures that fold back around on themselves, and an ability to pack a track with raw emotion. He is a very good rapper, and that’s why he’s still around more than 20 years after his first album. But… there’s no denying that for much of his career, his fanbase largely consisted of angry white boys telling their dad to shut up.So really it fits this movie perfectly. And yes, the track is very much an Eminem song. It’s not bad, either. His flow is as fast and pounding as it has ever been. At 45 years old, Em is still a very good rapper.Even if some of the lyrics are a little stupid. “You Marvel that?” That’s… funny? Sure, good stuff, Em. “Eddie Brock is you, and I’m the suit so call me.” Whoa… And then there’s the chorus where he just repeats, “VENOMMMMMMM.” Cool, thanks for the reminder.Despite lines like… that, it’s a decent song, and definitely worth at least a listen. But hey, it’s better than anything I could come up with…Brock’s combined with a monster‘Cause nobody wants to see Eddie no more,They want Venom, he’s chopped liverA little of Eddie, mixed with some Hardy liquor!That’s all I got. See, I can make bad Venom puns too!We’ve got some many amazing Marvel films to look forward to. But until then, see what kicks our favorite MCU characters would rock, relive all the awesomeness of Black Panther with MovieBob, and see what a Deadpool immersion event is like. As always stay up to date on all MCU news here.
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When a guy wearing a hard hat walked into the Clark County Veterans Assistance Center, a volunteer figured it was bad news.With all the construction work downtown, Joe Fettig expected a warning that trucks and construction equipment would be blocking their stretch of Columbia Street.But the man had some great news. He had been in the office before, as a needy veteran. Fettig recalled what the man in the hard hat told him: “You guys helped me. Now I’m the foreman of a crew” working on one of the downtown projects.Judy Russel had a similar experience.“A woman veteran was living in her car with her three kids,” Russel said. “We helped her find housing and a job. She came in recently; she wanted to let us know how grateful she is, and she wants to volunteer.”There are more stories like that, and staffers will be looking to share them when the Veterans Assistance Center holds a grand reopening Saturday. The event will be from noon to 3 p.m. at 1305 Columbia St.The reopening is a chance to show off the expanded facility and to remind the community of the center’s mission.“We need your donations, and your support and your talent,” Russel said.The nonprofit center is affiliated with the county’s Veterans Assistance Fund, which is supported by county property taxes (about a penny per $1,000 of assessed valuation). Russel is the fund administrator.
QUESTION OF THE DAYWHY ARE SOME OF THE ACCUSED PERSONS CONNECTED TO THE 14TH APRIL INCIDENT RELEASED WHILE OTHERS ARE STILL REMANDED IN CUSTODY?When the prosecutor was announcing the possible discharge and release of 13 accused persons connected to the 14th April incident the court was informed that they had the option of giving an undertaking never to participate in demonstrations again and would be released whenever they do so. They were eventually released implying that they have given such an undertaking.The fact of matter is that there is a provision of the Criminal Procedure Code which has the effect of discharging and releasing an accused person conditionally to terminate a case in the best interest of the public. Public interest is material to justice. This is why the Attorney General is empowered to intervene in the public interest to file nolle prosequi and facilitate the discharge and release of accused persons without any bar to being charged on the basis of the same facts.Hence there are many legal avenues to close the chapter. The public will be informed whether three months without bail is not sufficient to put a politically motivated incident to rest and draw lessons on how to prevent its occurrence.
MIAMI (WSVN) – Jackson Memorial Hospital celebrated 100 years of providing medical care to South Florida with a special ceremony.Monday marks 100 years since the Miami hospital first opened its doors. Organizers invited current and former employees to celebrate a century in the community.“I’m very proud to have such a wonderful hospital that has grown over the years and has become the wonderful institution that we have today,” said Dr. James Jackson Hutson Jr., the great-grandson of JMH founder James M. Jackson.“I never thought I would live to see this day, that we will have all of these great things happening here,” said former JMH nurse Thelma Gibson, “and now that things have been integrated, I tell everybody about Jackson.” To commemorate #100YearsOfJackson, @JacksonHealth leadership, along with employees, and #community leaders bury a time capsule, which contains historical artifacts that represent the history and evolution of Jackson’s first 100 years. pic.twitter.com/rrlYWXSq5w— Jackson Health System (@JacksonHealth) June 25, 2018Along with a day of fun, participants buried a time capsule containing 16 items that represent the hospital’s history and evolution. The hospital plans to open the time capsule 100 years from now, in 2118.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Getty Images Some of the worst jobs in technology involve finding and stopping the spread of child sexual abuse images. They’re horrible because they require people to see images that can leave deep emotional scars. What’s more, technology is making this important job harder because cameras on phones make it easier to create more of this content which then changes hands on a vast internet black market. Elie Bursztein, who directs the anti-abuse research team at Google, says software and artificial intelligence can make it easier to find and stop the spread of these images. That’s a crucial step in rescuing children and catching perpetrators.”It’s us up to us to build transformative technology,” Bursztein said, “and keep our kids safe.”The challenge is getting harder. Child exploitation images exploded to 18.4 million in 2018, 6,000 times more than the 3,000 recorded in 1998, Bursztein said on Monday, citing data from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an NGO that tracks child sexual abuse images in the US. That’s just too much information for investigators and content reviewers to deal with efficiently, he said Monday at the Enigma Conference, a security and privacy meeting.At Google, Bursztein partners with NCMEC, as well as Thorn, a company that builds technology to defend children from sexual abuse. He believes artificial intelligence tools and software can help counter the problem by helping investigators find images faster that will lead them to solve crimes. One potential tool would analyze images and tell investigators how much useful, identifying information, such as how many features of a person’s face are visible.That would keep them from having to sift through images that might include obscured faces and allow them to focus on images that provide useful information that would help them rescue a child or catch an abuser. Another possibility is a software interface that can help investigators prioritize images, allowing them to find images that lead to breakthroughs faster. Finally, deep learning, an artificial intelligence technique, could group together related images.Technology won’t replace human investigators, who will ultimately have to review flagged images, Bursztein said. Determining whether someone is involved in a crime can’t be left to machines. “It’s a very serious accusation,” he said, adding “we have to make sure.”Bursztein also said that some techniques might help blunt the emotional wear on investigators. A technique called a “style transfer” can make images less disturbing to look at by altering a photo to look more like an illustration. That will allow the human investigator understand what’s happening in the image without exposing them to lifelike photographic detail.The technique hasn’t been tried yet so it’s unclear how effective it will be. Still, Bursztein and his collaborators applied it to explicit and violent images and found style transfers lowered the emotional impact on human content moderators by 16 percent. Internet Share your voice Post a comment 0 Tags
Myanmar police said on Saturday they had opened a murder investigation into the killing of two men that residents say appeared to have been shot in the head after they were detained by soldiers in the conflict-torn north of the country.Residents say the men were ethnic Kachin farmers who were living in camps for people displaced by conflict in Maing Hkawng, a village about 30 km (20 miles) from Myanmar’s border with China.More than 100,000 have been forced from their villages since a ceasefire between Myanmar’s army and the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) broke down in 2011.The northern conflict is separate from the Rohingya crisis stemming from western Rakhine state but the military’s campaign has similarly been beset by allegations of abuses against civilians.Ethnic Kachin men Hpaugan Yaw, 65, and Nhkum Naw San, 35, had been missing since they were taken away by the military on 31 Jan, according to residents and campaign group Fortify Rights, which interviewed two witnesses to their detention.A shallow grave containing two bodies was discovered on Thursday by a civilian search party in a forest near Maing Khawng, in Kachin state’s Mansi township. Authorities visited the grave on Friday and a doctor conducted an autopsy on the bodies.”The case has been filed at Mansi police station under section 302 (of Myanmar’s Penal Code), a murder charge,” said Thura Myo Naung, a spokesman for police in Kachin state who declined to comment further other than to say police were investigating.The Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement posted on its Facebook page the bodies had “penetration wounds on the left cheek” and the backs of their heads had “exploded”.The men went missing while herding buffalo, according to a missing person’s complaint filed on 5 Feb, said the statement, which did not mention the alleged involvement of soldiers.Military spokesman Major General Tun Tun Nyi declined to comment on the case.Fortify Rights had raised concerns about the two men last month and cited two witnesses who said they saw soldiers detain them. One witness said soldiers tried to put KIA uniforms on the men, according to the group, which kept the witnesses anonymous.Aung Myu San, a Kachin youth leader in Maing Hkawng, said the doctor’s autopsy report had not yet been made available but he had seen the bodies along with other residents.”When we personally went there to look, we saw the situation and we thought it looked like a gunshot to the mouth because the back part of the head is totally gone,” he said.Myanmar’s security forces are also accused of rape, murder and arson of Muslim Rohingya in a campaign launched in response to insurgent attacks in August in the western Rakhine state, prompting hundreds of thousands to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh.Myanmar has asked for “clear evidence” of atrocities in Rakhine, but the UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein called on Friday for Myanmar to be referred to the International Criminal Court for what he said may be “acts of genocide” against the stateless Rohingya minority.
First half growth encourages increased profits. Flight Centre Limited has raised its underlying profit before tax (PBT) expectations after achieving strong growth during the first half of the FY2012-13.Expectations were raised from the initial US$305 million-US$315 million target to US$325 million-US$340 million, in lieu of 8 percent PBT growth in the first half of the financial year.If achieved the upgraded guidance will represent a 12-17 percent increase on the US$290.4 million achieved during FY2011-12.“Year-to-date, our 10 countries are profitable and several are on track to record full year EBIT contributions,” Flight Centre Limited managing director Graham Turner said.“This includes Australia and the United Kingdom, which are typically our largest profit generators.”Australia’s leisure market has made a turn-around in the second half of FY2012-13 to more than offset the soft domestic corporate travel market.“Similarly the UK leisure business has performed well at a time when corporate clients have been down-trading,” Mr Turner said.In the United States Flight Centre’s corporate business is flourishing, now the largest individual operation in the U.S., consistently outperforming leisure and wholesale business.New Zealand is on track to record its best full year result since 2008, South African corporate is blossoming, India is suffering from local trading conditions and Canada reports soft leisure results.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: P.T.
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