Markets update at midafternoon

On the markets at midafternoon (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was down 24.59 points to 15,065.56.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 80.69 points to 21,834.00.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 8.30 points to 2,466.15.The Nasdaq composite index was up 18.65 points to 6,394.22.The Canadian dollar was trading at 81.75 cents US, up from Tuesday’s average price of 80.83 cents US.

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Island States at UN Assembly call for stronger global partnerships to tackle

“We are particularly supportive of the recommendation for stronger and deeper partnerships between global and regional organisations to promote international peace and security” Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth of Mauritius told the Assembly’s 70th annual General Debate , lauding Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s initiative to review peace buildings mechanisms.He cited the collective efforts of the UN, the African Union (AU), the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Indian Ocean Commission and other regional economic communities in resolving the recent political stalemate in Madagascar.Similar collaboration has also enabled the AU to deploy robust operations in complex situations in Mali, the Central African Republic and Somalia, he noted.On climate change, Mr. Jugnauth said small island developing States (SIDS) like his own, which lies in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa, are particularly vulnerable to natural hazards, voicing the hope the global conference on the issue in Paris in December will succeed. “Mauritius believes that the greatest challenge to peace and security in the years to come will be climate change which requires our utmost attention now,” he declared.“Let there be a carve-out for SIDS, the most vulnerable of all the least developed countries and Africa, to enable them to implement fully the necessary mitigation and adaptation measures.Let financing be available and predictable in addition to the sharing of technology to address a collective threat.”From the Atlantic side of Africa, Sao Tome and Principe also highlighted the importance of cooperation. Foreign Minister Manuel Salvador Dos Ramos of Sao Tome and Principe addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Cia Pak“Located in the Gulf of Guinea, where we have seen a fresh outbreak of acts of maritime piracy, terrorism, drug trafficking, oil heists, and other transnational organized crimes, Sao Tome and Principe understands that the international community must combine its efforts to put a stop to such acts,” Foreign Minister Manuel Salvador dos Ramos told the Assembly.He cited various existing partnerships, both bilateral and multilateral, and the cooperation among the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Gulf of Guinea Commission (GGC) in promoting significant progress against criminal organizations in the region. On climate change, his country hopes that agreement, once it is reached, will enhance the international obligation of all signatory parties to make funds available for the continued scientific monitoring of climate issues and the transfer of technology to developing countries. From Tuvalu in the South Pacific, Foreign Minister Taukelina Finikaso noted that climate is an existential issue for his small island nation, whose highest point is only 15 feet above sea level.Foreign Minister Taukelina Finikaso of Tuvalu addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Kim Haughton“Sea level rise continues to inundate many of our small island coastlines and inundate our food plantations,” he said. “That is a security issue, an urgent one and an inter-generational one. It is an existential issue for Tuvalu and other Pacific countries and also bigger populated countries in the flood plains, and wilt displace many people.“Whilst many of our citizens are opting to migrate on their own terms because of existential issues, migration does not solve global warming and the UN does not sanction climate change migrants as refugees. That is a dilemma for us in Tuvalu.” He stressed that the Paris conference must reduce greenhouse gas emissions to keep the global average temperature rise to beiow1.5 degrees Celsius, as well as provide credible, timely public finance and clarity from developed countries to the pledges of $100 billion for climate change finances.Kiribati, a Pacific Island State straddling the Equator, stressed the need for a collective global effort to help those nations most threatened by climate change. “We cannot do it alone,” Natanaera Kirata, Minister of Public Works and Utilities said.Minister of Public Works and Utilities of Kiribati Natanaera Kirata addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventieth session. UN Photo/Kim Haughton“We call for new and accessible financial resources to assist the most vulnerable to adapt and build resilience to climate change,” he added. “We must all step up our national and collective efforts to mitigate global greenhouse gas emissions. We must urge major greenhouse gas emitters to do their part.”He said the new challenges demanded all the resources available to the global community since sustainable development and global challenges such as climate change should not be confined to the sphere of Governments only.“Let us call on those with the ability to assist and who have a contribution to make, to join in the global dialogue and more importantly, join urgent action to address this major challenge,” he declared. read more

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St Leonards shooting Man 35 arrested on suspicion of murdering a mother

first_imgPolice sealed off the sceneCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA Forensics in white boiler suits and face masks worked into the night on Friday and Saturday to gather evidence from the three bedroom property behind a cordon that forced an estimated 30 families temporarily removed from their homes.Chief Superintendent Jason Taylor said: “Officers responded immediately to reports of a shooting shortly before 7:45pm.”Two women died at the scene.”Two other women, who were also at the house, were led to safety and were taken to hospital for shock.”They are being supported by specially trained officers.”A 35-year-old man, who was known to the victims, was arrested on suspicion of murder and taken into custody where he remains.”A firearm has been recovered.”Officers from the Surrey and Sussex Major Incident Team are leading the investigation, supported by local policing teams.”We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the murders but are appealing for witnesses to contact us. Police at the scene where two women were shot dead at a house in St Leonards, East Sussex  The scene of the St Leonards shooting  Police said the attack was “not a random act” and said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the double killing.Locals described seeing armed police arrive at the scene in a 4×4, Officers clutching firearms shouted at passersby “your life is at risk”.James Butler said: “All of a sudden, police officers were shouting ‘get back, get back, your life is at risk, do not come past, turn around’.”There were police officers with guns and torches shining the light into nearby houses.”A couple of minutes later, a lady came over and asked what was going on. She was visibly taken aback by the situation, and seemed quite scared. A firearm was recovered by forensics from the sceneCredit: EDDIE MITCHELL / DAN JESSUPcenter_img “Bexhill Road remains closed at this time, and while this investigation continues I would like to thank the community for their patience.”Home Secretary and local MP Amber Rudd tweeted her condolences for the family and said:  “My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims in last night’s tragic shooting incident in Bexhill Road.”I’ve spoken to the police chief and want to commend the swift actions of the police and other emergency services in responding to this incident.”I’d like to reassure residents that as the police have said, they’ve already arrested someone in connection with this tragedy.”There’s a great community spirit amongst residents of West St. Leonards which I know will continue, helping the families and friends of the victims.” “The next thing she said to me was ‘I’m going inside, I’m not staying out here, it’s not safe’.”Another neighbour who lives at the end of the street said: “I’ve lived here 20 years and I’ve never seen anything like this before.“I was just watching a film when I saw police with machine guns running past the window.” Police are questioning a 35-year-old man on suspicion of murder after a mother and daughter were shot dead in a seaside town.The two women, aged 53 and 32, were killed inside a semi-detached home in St Leonards, East Sussex, on Friday night.Two other women, including one who is pregnant, were led to safety by officers and were treated at hospital for shock.Officers were called to the house at 7.43pm on Friday. The suspect, who police said was known to the victims, was discovered hiding in a railway underpass near the house two hours later.Forensics later recovered a firearm from the scene. 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.last_img read more

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