Top UN rights official voices concern over deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe

“The scale of documented cases of rights abuses against members of opposition groups, the independent media and human rights organizations is alarming,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson said in a statement issued in Geneva. “Most recently, bills have been passed to further restrict political activity and participation, while legislation curbing freedom of expression is being considered. There is a real human rights crisis in Zimbabwe and action must be taken now, especially as elections are scheduled for March.” The High Commissioner said recent human rights breaches were aggravated by a climate of impunity that had become evident in the country, particularly since attacks against the independent judiciary have intensified. “I have noted President Robert Mugabe’s pledge at the recent Southern Africa Development Community Summit that the March elections would be free and fair and be subject to international monitoring,” Mrs. Robinson said. “But real democracy requires full respect for human rights immediately. My Office stands ready to offer Zimbabwe its support in moving towards that objective.” read more

Dow average adds Goldman Sachs Nike Visa as part of a 6company

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Dow Jones industrial average is dropping Bank of America, Hewlett-Packard and Alcoa, its three-lowest priced stocks, as part of a six-company shakeup of the most widely known barometer of the U.S. stock market.S&P Dow Jones Indices said Tuesday it will add Visa Inc., sneaker maker Nike Inc. and the investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in the first three-for-three company change to the index since April 8, 2004. The changes will take effect at the start of trading Sept. 23.S&P Dow Jones Indices manages the average and said the changes won’t disrupt the level of the 30-company index. It said a push to diversify the sector and industry group representation of the index helped prompt the changes.A small committee decides which companies are added or dropped. David Blitzer, chairman of the index committee, said the changes will bring down the weight of the other 27 stocks in the index and make it a better measure of what’s happening in the broader market.The Dow is a price-weighted index, which means its value is based on the price of a company’s stock rather than its market value.Last September, the index replaced Kraft Foods with health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc.General Electric Co. is the only original member in the Dow. The industrial giant was briefly delisted but has stayed in the index since its reinstatement in 1907.Charles H. Dow created the index with the intention of giving the stock market credibility and making investing more understandable. The original Dow Jones industrial average had 12 members and was published May 26, 1896. It featured companies such as American Cotton Oil, Chicago Gas and U.S. Rubber. Dow average adds Goldman Sachs, Nike, Visa as part of a 6-company reshuffling of index by The Associated Press Posted Sep 10, 2013 9:06 am MDT read more

IFK Kristianstad win Swedish title after 62 years

IFK Kristianstad Swedish handball legend and current NT coach Ola Lindgren won the fifth national title with IFK Kristianstad, but the first one after 52 years long break! In the traditional Swedish final of the season in front of 12.312 fans, Kristianstad beat Alingsas 28:25 (14:14) for the trophy led by outstanding Marcus Olsson, who scored 11 goals. ← Previous Story Odorhei HC win Challenge Cup! Next Story → KIF Kolding and Skjern for the Danish crown!