Universality of global pact on mines and other explosive devices vital Ban

11 November 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for greater efforts to expand the number of signatories, especially among developing countries and States in conflict, to a global pact banning the use of mines, booby-traps and other explosive devices against civilians. Congratulating the 93 States that have consented to be bound by Amended Protocol II of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), he called on those countries that have not yet done so to ratify the pact as soon as possible.“The universality of the Protocol remains of vital importance,” he said in a message to the 11th Annual Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Protocol, taking place in Geneva. The Secretary-General commended the decision to re-establish the Group of Experts, an informal mechanism that has helped to improve understanding of the impact of improvised explosive devices on civilians and combatants alike, and urged parties to continue to make use of it. He also called on all States that have not yet done so to ratify the other international treaties in the field of mine action, including the Mine Ban Convention and the new Convention on Cluster Munitions, which is expected to enter into force in the near future.In addition, he drew attention to the grave threats to civilians posed by mines other than anti-personnel mines, which in many regions are another serious obstacle to the delivery of humanitarian aid, the return to normal civilian life after hostilities, and economic development.“Although CCW States parties have not yet found agreement on this topic, I consider it my duty to bring this issue to your attention yet again, since the grave effects of such mines continue to be felt,” he stated. read more

Air Canada reports 847 per cent September load factor up from year

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 6, 2014 5:23 am MDT Air Canada reports 84.7 per cent September load factor, up from year ago MONTREAL – Air Canada (TSX:AC.B) flights had fewer empty seats last month as the airline reported a load factor of 84.7 per cent for September, up from 83.2 per cent a year ago.The improvement came as the airline increased overall capacity by 7.3 per cent and traffic grew by 9.2 per cent.Air Canada added capacity and saw increased traffic in all of its regions except Latin America and the Caribbean where it trimmed capacity and traffic fell compared with a year ago.The airline also reported an improved load factor in each of its key regions with flights to and from the U.S. posting the largest improvement.U.S. flights had a load factor of 79.5 per cent, up from 76.4 per cent a year ago. Domestic flights saw their load factor improve to 81.9 per cent from 81.6 per cent.Transatlantic flights improved to 89.6 per cent from 87.7 per cent, while routes across the Pacific improved to 85.8 per cent from 84.8 per cent. Latin America and the Caribbean flights had a load factor of 81.1 per cent, up from 79.8 per cent. read more