UN African officials meet with coup leaders during mission to Niger

Participating in yesterday’s visit were the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, Said Djinnit, as well as representatives of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU). “The mission met with the junta leaders who reaffirmed their commitment to organize elections and return the country to constitutional order,” UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York. He added that the UN is working closely with its partners, including ECOWAS and the AU, as part of its joint efforts to help resolve the crisis in the country which began when renegade soldiers reportedly stormed the presidential palace on Thursday with the stated aim of returning Niger to democracy.On Friday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the coup and appealed for “calm and for the respect of the rule of law and of the human rights of all Nigeriens.” In addition, he stressed the UN stands ready to support initiatives aimed at peacefully resolving Niger’s political and constitutional crisis. 22 February 2010A joint mission of United Nations and African officials have met with those responsible for last week’s coup d’état in Niger as they visited the capital, Niamey, to assess the situation on the ground. read more

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Shaw beats expectations as Freedom Mobile revenue soars 60

Shaw Communications Inc. beat analyst estimates for profit and revenue as growth at its Freedom Mobile wireless business and its business services unit offset flat results at its core residential services.Since acquiring Wind Mobile, Calgary-based Shaw has spent heavily to improve the capabilities of its wireless network, which operates in the more heavily populated portions of Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia.“We continue to build momentum in our wireless business by leveraging our significant network investments and offering affordable and innovative data plans,” chief executive Brad Shaw said in a statement Monday.The Calgary-based company earned $187 million or 36 cents per share in the quarter ended Nov. 30, up from $111 million or 22 cents per share a year earlier.Its overall revenue was up 8.8 per cent year-over-year, rising to $1.36 billion from $1.25 billion a year ago. Analysts on average had expected a profit of 34 cents per share and $1.32 billion in total revenue, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Shaw’s wireless division increased revenue by 60 per cent to $273 million with 66,000 net subscriber additions, while revenue business services division grew five per cent to $147 million.Revenue from Shaw’s core residential services was flat at $936 million as it lost cable and satellite video subscribers and home phone customers, but gained internet subscribers.Analysts had expected soft results from Shaw’s residential business, which has been updating its systems amid competition from Vancouver-based Telus Corp., which is also one of Canada’s three main national wireless carriers that also competes with Freedom.Analyst Aravinda Galappatthige of Canaccord Genuity said he’s looking for signs that Shaw’s cable subscriber base will stabilize.A year ago, the company announced a major employee buyout program aimed primarily at its residential consumer business, part of Shaw’s plan to adapt to a new generation of network technology using the Comcast X1 platform.“While we are still early days in our journey towards a modern Shaw, I am encouraged by the progress we have made,” Brad Shaw said in a statement Monday. read more

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Police blotter Man facing multiple charges following theft

A 39-year-old Port Colborne man is facing multiple charges following a theft at a worksite on April 27 around 4 a.m.Police responded to a report of a theft where a man was spotted removing materials from a site in Dunnville.A man was located a short distance away and was arrested without incident.Further investigation determined he was in possession of illicit drugs.The charges he is facing are mischief under $5,000, theft under $5,000, possession of break in instruments, two counts of possession of a Schedule I substance, fail to comply with a probation order and two counts of failing to comply with a recognizance.He was held for a bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cayuga.Boat and trailer stolenA boat and trailer have been stolen from a driveway in Haldimand County.At some point between 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on April 28, a silver Sylvan Pontoon style boat and a silver Genesis MBP trailer were removed from a driveway on River Road, Cayuga.Police responded to a call about the theft around 6 p.m. after the resident noticed the boat and trailer were missing from their driveway.OPP continue to investigate is asking anyone who may have noticed any suspicious persons or vehicles, or who may have any information regarding this incident to contact them at 1-888-310-1122. read more

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