In Islamabad Brahimi briefs Pakistani President on talks with Afghan leaders in

Mr. Brahimi, who is Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, had just arrived in Islamabad from Kabul, where he had held meetings with Afghan political leaders. After receiving a briefing from Mr. Brahimi on the outcome of those talks, President Musharraf expressed 100 percent support for the Bonn Agreement, a sentiment repeated during a later meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar, according to UN officials.Ahmad Fawzi, the spokesman for Mr. Brahimi, told reporters in Islamabad that during yesterday’s talks, Afghan leaders had indicated their understanding for a multinational force to maintain security in Afghanistan – as specified in the Bonn agreement – and have imposed no conditions on its deployment, while asking numerous questions. “There is no pressure from the UN on the Afghans and no pressure from the Afghans on the UN,” Mr. Fawzi stressed. “This is a collaborative effort. We are not going to impose anything on the Afghans.” In response to questions about claims by the Northern Alliance that the multinational force should remain outside Kabul or that it was trying to keep the number of foreign troops in the capital low, Mr. Fawzi said that nothing had been determined yet and that the force would operate in cooperation with the new interim administration in Kabul once there was a Security Council mandate for it. As for references to the Bonn agreement as being not representative of all the factions inside Afghanistan, Mr. Fawzi said that the accord had its flaws but “it is the best we could do during the time available.” He added that Mr. Brahimi had received yesterday a letter signed by General Rashid Dostum, a Northern Alliance leader, pledging his continued support for the envoy’s efforts and those of the international community to bring peace for Afghanistan. Mr. Dostum had earlier complained about the lack of seats in the interim administration for his party.“‘We will continue to support the Bonn process and we will not allow anyone or anything to hamper the implementation of the Bonn accord and the transfer of power,’” Mr. Fawzi quoted Mr. Dostum as writing. Mr. Fawzi described the letter as “a very positive development and a very encouraging one indeed.” read more

Housing starts off for third straight month in November CMHC

Housing starts off for third straight month in November: CMHC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 10, 2012 9:20 am MDT OTTAWA – Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the pace of housing starts fell in November for a third straight month.The agency says there were 17,646 actual starts last month, which translates to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 196,125 units, down from 203,487 in October.The decrease was mainly attributed to declines in single-detached and multi-unit housing construction in Ontario and British Columbia.A 45.6 per cent drop in starts in Atlantic Canada was primarily due to a decrease in multi-unit housing construction in Halifax, following higher than normal activity in October.The seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts decreased by four per cent to 174,323 units in November, with urban single starts off by 5.4 per cent to 58,606 units and urban multiple starts down 3.2 per cent to 115,717 units.November’s seasonally adjusted annual rates of urban starts fell 14.3 per cent in Ontario and 16.5 per cent in British Columbia, but rose 15.4 per cent in Quebec and 16.1 per cent in the Prairies. read more

Joseph Michael Ganino

Joseph Michael Ganino passed away in Soda Springs, Idaho on March 20, 2019 from cardiac arrest. He was born in Stamford, Connecticut on February 7, 1958 to Edna Jean Millius Ganino and Rosario Aloysius Ganino. He was the fifth of seven children. At a young age, the family moved out west to Utah. He attended schools in Emery County, Utah, and Moab, Utah but always considered Moab home.Joey was far from being materialistic; but rather a free spirit, a wanderer at heart.  His smile as well as his laugh was infectious and he had a sense of humor that would keep you laughing until your stomach hurt. He was a certified pipefitter/welder by trade and though he worked many types of jobs his passion was industrial construction which took him throughout most of the Western United States.Joey had many passions; playing his juice harp, listening and singing music at the top of his lungs, while playing the air guitar and the dash piano.  He was an adamant rock hound and collector of old bottles and eagle statues. He loved family get togethers and never turned down a good BBQ.Joey married Riata (Blondie) Holyoak in Pensacola, Florida on May 13, 1977. Together they have 2 children, Joey (Maria) Ganino II, and Jennifer (Ryan) Rudd. After 29 years of marriage they divorced but remained close friends. The last years of his life were spent in Soda Springs, Idaho where he purchased a home and lived with his girlfriend, Queeny.He is preceded in death by his parents, stepfather (Darwin Jensen), brothers (Bruno and Tony), and nephew (Brandon Curtis). He is survived by his son, Joey (Moab), daughter, Jennifer Rudd (Grand Jct., Colorado), grandchildren (Jacky Ray Ganino, Justin Ganino, Jordynn Silva, Keith Stoughton, Kiara Stoughton, Natalee Ganino, and Ryland Rudd), his brothers, Rusty (Rocksprings, Wyo.) Danny (Moab), sisters, Maria (Moab) and Susan (Ervin) Feichko, (Huntington), and many nieces and nephews.Cremation has taken place and a celebration of life will be held May 19th, 2:00 p.m. at 1183 Lance Avenue, Moab, Utah. Joey’s memory and legacy lives on through his children and grandchildren whom he fiercely loved with all his soul. He is leaving behind many broken hearts; is dearly loved and will be remembered and cherished forever. read more