Government says it has strong international support

The Minister said that the United National Party could have formed a Government on its own after the Parliamentary election last year. The Government says it has strong international support as a result of the measures taken to establish democracy in the country.United National Party parliamentarian and Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that the Government has been able to bridge the gap between all communities. He urged the public to protect the Government and give it time as it rebuilds the country. However he recalled that it was decided that the two main political parties must join hands and form a cohabitation Government to rebuild the country.Lakshman Kiriella also dismissed the allegations being raised by the opposition on the proposed deal with India. He said that the opposition is making false claims by saying that local doctors will lose their jobs as a result of the proposed agreement.The Minister insisted that the jobs of Sri Lankan doctors is not at risk as claimed by the opposition and that the agreement will not pose any harm to the country.He said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and others in the Government have closely studied the proposal before deciding to go ahead with it. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Saddened by peacekeepers death Annan urges Eritrea to lift flight ban on

“The Secretary-General is particularly troubled that the death occurred in the circumstances when, because of the inadmissible restrictions imposed by Eritrea, the medical evacuation of the sick peacekeeper to a hospital required the use of a longer route,” Mr. Annan’s spokesperson said in a formal statement.The peacekeeper, member of the Indian contingent of UNMEE, suffered a cardiac arrest in the Temporary Security Zone (TSZ) between Eritrea and Ethiopia and was pronounced dead after having been evacuated to Addis Ababa.According to UNMEE, Lance Corporal Kamble Ramesh Annappa first succumbed in the early hours of the morning and died soon after arrival at the hospital at 1400 hours local time.“It is pertinent to not that this soldier could have been evacuated to Asmara, Eritrea in a much shorter time frame since a helicopter was available at the Battalion Headquarters in Adigrat,” UNMEE said in its briefing notes.“This trip to Asmara would have taken only 45 to 50 minutes flying time to reach the UN Level 2 hospital located in the capital,” it continued.Ethiopia and Eritrea fought a bitter border war between 1998 and 2000 and the TSZ now separates the two countries. Mr. Annan, in a recent report to the Security Council, offered a number of options for coping with the current stalemate, ranging from redeployment to total withdrawal of UNMEE.Eritrea has increased its criticism of the UN for not forcing Ethiopia to accept the border delineated in 2002, awarding Badme – the town that triggered the border conflict – to Eritrea.In addition to the ban on over flights by its helicopters, Eritrea has barred peacekeepers of certain nationalities from its territory and UNMEE patrols face restrictions on their movements. read more

Grain futures rise pork prices fall

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 9, 2013 11:18 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Grain futures rise, pork prices fall CHICAGO – Grains futures rose Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for September delivery rose 14.5 cents to $6.775 a bushel; September corn rose 18.5 cents to $5.5175 a bushel; September oats added 4 cents to $3.61 a bushel; while August soybeans rose 12.75 cents to $14.6825 a bushel.Beef prices were mixed, while pork prices fell on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.August live cattle rose 0.65 cent to $1.2272 a pound; August feeder cattle fell 0.45 cent to $1.5115 a pound; August lean hogs fell 0.38 cent to 95.17 cents a pound. read more