UN envoy meets Lebanese spiritual and religious leaders on pullout of foreign

Terje Roed-Larsen, who returned to Beirut last night after his one-day visit to Syria for talks with President Bashar Al-Assad, met this morning with Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Butros Sfeir – an avid supporter of Security Council resolution 1559.On Thursday night Mr. Roed-Larsen, whose official title is Special Envoy for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1559, met separately with Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani and Sheikh Abdel-Amir Qabalan, vice-president of the Higher Shiite Council. The UN envoy briefed them on the objectives of his mission and sought their support in the implementation of the resolution.That text, adopted last September ahead of elections in Lebanon, supported polling free from outside influence and called for the withdrawal of all remaining foreign forces, the disbanding of all militias and the extension of Government control over the entire country.In an initial report, Mr. Annan said that aside from a UN peacekeeping force, the only significant foreign forces in Lebanon were Syrian. He said Syria indicated it had some 14,000 troops still inside Lebanon stationed near the border, and that it had redeployed about 3,000 other forces.The Secretary-General also reported that the Governments of both countries said the timing of further withdrawals would be determined by the security situation in Lebanon and the Middle East region and they could not provide a schedule for such action.Mr. Roed-Larsen left Beirut this afternoon for Paris, where he is scheduled to meet French President Jacques Chirac over the weekend. read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 28, 2013 5:25 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,749.90 up 50.25 points):Tuscany International Drilling Inc. (TSX:TID). Oil and gas. Down one cent, or 7.14 per cent, at 13 cents on 19.7 million shares. The energy sector shed 0.21 of point, or 0.08 per cent, to 253.18.BlackBerry (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Up 29 cents, or 1.96 per cent, at $15.09 on 12.3 million shares. The smartphone pioneer booked a fourth-quarter profit of US$98 million or 19 cents per share, reversing a loss of $125 million or 24 cents from the same period last year. It also announced that co-founder Mike Lazaridis will retire as vice chairman and director on May 1.Mood Media Corp. (TSX:MM). Advertising and marketing services. Down 36 cents, or 25.90 per cent, at $1.03 on 7.5 million shares. The Toronto-based company’s fourth-quarter loss almost quadrupled to $27.1 million from the same period a year ago while revenue jumped 51 per cent due to acquisitions, improved growth and higher recurring revenue.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down eight cents, or 2.52 per cent, at $3.09 on 4.9 million shares. The Vancouver-based company’s net income cut almost in half in the fourth quarter amid higher taxes and operating and other costs that more than offset improved revenue from gold sales.Suncor Energy (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Up four cents, or 0.13 per cent, at $30.44 on 4.4 million shares. It announced Wednesday it was not going ahead with its troubled Voyageur oilsands upgrader project, citing market conditions which have changed significantly. Suncor took a $1.49-billion writedown on Voyageur in the fourth-quarter of 2012.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up 16 cents, or 1.08 per cent, at $14.96 on 4.3 million shares. The financials sector was up 0.97 of a point, or 0.49 per cent, to 197.59 points.Toronto Venture Exchange (1,099 up 1.21 points):Longford Energy Inc. (TSXV:LFD.H). Oil and gas. Down half-a-cent , or 4.55 per cent, at 10.5 cents on 3.5 million shares.Pangolin Diamonds Corp. (TSVX:PAN). Up two cents, or 8.70 per cent, at 25 cents on 2.2 million shares.Companies reporting major news:CVTech Group Inc. (TSX:CVT). Up six cents, or 5.26 per cent, at $1.20 on 272,092 shares. The company, which provides maintenance services for power transmission and distribution lines, said it earned $3.8 million in its latest quarter as revenue, boosted by the clean up work in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy.Rogers (TSX:RCI.B). Telecommunications. Up 36 cents, or 0.70 per cent, at $51.89 on one million shares. The company says it is considering selling digital streaming of Toronto Blue Jays games and its Sportsnet channels to non-TV subscribers. read more