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UN wants media freedom

Asked about the Weliweriya incident, the UN spokesman said he had nothing to say on it at the moment.Meanwhile he said UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is studying a set of recommendations on how the UN should act following the lessons it has learned on its role in Sri Lanka during the war. “About freedom of the media, that is something that the Secretary-General firmly believes is hugely important.  It’s important that journalists should be able to carry out their work unencumbered and free of intimidation,” the UN spokesman said. “We need to be better prepared for action when we see, at an early stage, human rights violations.  But as I say, I would anticipate the Secretary-General would have more to say on this subject next month,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) The spokesman was asked to comment on reports that in the run-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Colombo, there has been a lot of controversy about freedom of the press. The United Nations says journalists should be able to carry out their work unencumbered and free of intimidation.UN spokesman Martin Nesirky said this in response to a question raised by Innercity Press on Sri Lanka at the daily UN press briefing held yesterday (Friday). read more

Kinder Morgans Trans Mountain pipeline woes having chilling effect on investment in

CALGARY — The suspension of work on Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project will have a “chilling” effect on overall investment in Canada, industry observers say.“Any slowdown or uncertainty regarding a pipeline is clearly a major factor impacting business investment in the energy space,” CIBC deputy chief economist Benjamin Tal said in an interview on Monday.“Energy investment is a very important part of total investment in Canada especially when it comes to rate of growth. To the extent that we see some uncertainty there, it can have a macro impact.”Kinder Morgan considering investing elsewhere as Trans Mountain looks ’untenable’Oilsands face major blow as Trans Mountain pipeline thrown into doubtShares in Kinder Morgan Canada were down about 10 per cent at $16.61, a day after it announced it was suspending all non-essential construction on the project.The move came as the TSX/S&P Capped Energy Index, which tracks Canada’s largest oil and gas industry members, was up slightly on news of rising oil prices.The pipeline company said it plans to consult with stakeholders to try to find clarity on the viability of its $7.4-billion project in view of continuing government opposition in B.C., setting a deadline of May 31 to reach a deal or consider cancelling the project.The warning ups the stakes, but shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who have watched the company’s five-year struggle to win approval and build the pipeline, said analysts at Desjardins Capital Markets in a report on Monday.“The bottom line is that the future of the TMX project remains cloudy, and yesterday’s announcement is only likely to further entrench opposition activists by providing a calendar target,” the report says.It added that Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s declaration that her province is prepared to invest in the project is comforting and suggests that the project might survive the company’s deadline.Greenpeace campaigner Keith Stewart called the May 31 deadline a power play by Kinder Morgan, whose securities filings show that the B.C. government’s opposition is only one of many obstacles.“Bad projects are bad projects, so if this redirects investment toward good projects that contribute to Indigenous reconciliation and meeting our climate commitments, then that’s a net benefit,” Stewart wrote in an email.In a statement, the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association said uncertainties created by those “who seek to subvert the rule of law” undermine Canada’s ability to attract capital to grow the economy and provide jobs for Canadians.Business investment in Canada is being diverted to the United States, Royal Bank CEO Dave McKay warned recently. He said the investment exodus is already underway, especially in the energy and clean-technology sectors, due to Ottawa’s lack of response to a U.S. tax overhaul.In a report in February, Scotiabank said delayed construction of pipelines including the Trans Mountain expansion, Enbridge’s Line 3 replacement and TransCanada’s Keystone XL is causing discounts for Canadian crude prices that are costing the economy roughly $15.6 billion a year, with the impact expected to moderate as more rail shipping capacity comes on line this year. read more

I hope that you are resting because you found life hard and

first_img 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. “I hope you can make rabbit ears and witty rhymes up there, because your loopy humour was your gift to us and now it is your gift to them.”How they will laugh. I envy them that.”Montefiore said she had always tried to look after her younger sibling.”I hope they are looking after you now in Heaven and that you are letting them, and that you heal,” she said.She concluded: “Most of all, my dearest Tara, I hope you know that we love you, with all our hearts, we really do.” It said: “My darling Tara. I hope you know how much we miss you.”From the moment you were born we were a family of five, but now we are four and that just isn’t right.”I hope you’re aware of all the lovely things people have written about you, and that you are touched, because you never believed you lit up a room or made people feel special, but you did. You really did.”I hope that you are resting, because you found life hard and now it is done.”My beloved sister, I don’t think you realised that success is never about the big things, but about the small things, and that just being you was enough.” Tara Palmer-Tomkinson in 2009 The sisters pictured arriving together for their brother’s wedding Credit:Tim Graham /Getty I’d like to share my final words to Tara, which I read at her funeral today. Thank you for your love and support x— Santa Montefiore (@SantaMontefiore) February 27, 2017 For all those who loved Tara, this is her final song, played at her funeral today. Wise, raw and poetic.— Santa Montefiore (@SantaMontefiore) February 27, 2017 Tara Palmer-Tomkinson in 2009Credit:Ian West /PA Palmer-Tomkinson, 45, died on February 8 from a perforated ulcer.Author Montefiore posted her tribute on Twitter and Facebook.She addressed the moving eulogy to her late sister, saying she knew she was there in spirit. The sisters pictured arriving together for their brother's wedding  Tara Palmer-Tomkinson’s sister has shared her emotional eulogy after the socialite was laid to rest at a private funeral.Santa Montefiore said she hoped her sister was being looked after in Heaven and that she was resting, because she “found life hard and now it is done”. Show more Montefiore, 47, said she hoped “the old Dummer dogs” had welcomed her sister because she adored the dogs and they would “make Heaven feel more like home”.”I hope the angels wrap their wings around you, because, although you shrank from embraces in life, you need to be hugged. You really do,” she continued.last_img read more