UN humanitarian chief to make first visit to occupied Palestinian territory Israel

13 February 2008The United Nations’ top humanitarian official will travel to Jerusalem tomorrow to start his first official visit to the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel. John Holmes, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, will make field trips to the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and the Israeli town of Sderot during the five-day trip.Mr. Holmes is also scheduled to meet senior officials, UN staff, representatives of aid agencies and members of the donor and diplomatic community.In its latest report on the situation there, covering the week leading up to 6 February, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), reported that the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) killed four Palestinians and injured a dozen others in the Gaza Strip. Thirty-four rockets and 13 mortar shells were fired towards Israel. As a result, three Israelis, including one woman, were injured, OCHA said.In the West Bank, the IDF injured 21 Palestinians, including six children and one woman. Two Palestinian men from Hebron City carried out a suicide bombing in the Israeli city of Dimona, killing one Israeli woman and injuring six others, according to the report. read more

Rogers starts order reservations for BlackBerry 10 smartphones

TORONTO – Rogers Communications says its current wireless customers will be able to place orders for BlackBerry 10 devices starting Monday.The new BlackBerry 10 devices on offer will be “all-touch” and won’t have the physical keyboard that BlackBerry users are used to typing on.But Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) won’t be providing details on pricing, availability or specifications until early in the new year.Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) has previously said an “all-touch” version of its new phones would be released first, followed by a model with a physical keyboard shortly afterward.RIM announced separately that it’s giving an invitation-only preview of the BlackBerry 10 to more an 120 select government and private-sector customers in a variety of industries.The two announcements are part of efforts to build interest in a new generation of BlackBerrys in hopes of reviving the Canadian technology company.The BlackBerry 10 smartphones are seen as make-or-break products for Research In Motion (TSX:RIM), which has faced intense competition from the Apple iPhones and smartphones using the Google Android operating system.Shares in Research In Motion were up two cents to $13.90 in early morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Rogers starts order reservations for BlackBerry 10 smartphones by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 17, 2012 10:16 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

How Claudias Law will help the families of missing people

Claudia’s Law – officially called the Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 – has come into force today. It is named after Claudia Lawrence, and is designed to help the loved ones of missing people to deal with the administrative side of their loved one’s disappearance. Who is Claudia Lawrence?Claudia Lawrence was 35 when she was reported missing after not turning up for work as a cook at York University in 2009. Six weeks after she went missing, the police classified her disappearance as a suspected murder investigation, although no proof that she died has ever been found. Ten years on, the police are still not sure what happened to her, but believe that the public are holding back information which could provide an answer. There are several theories about what happened. Some think she might have let someone into her home the night before colleagues realised she was missing, given CCTV footage of a man walking along the alley behind her house. Others believe she may have been abducted on her way to work, as what appeared to be breakfast dishes were found in the kitchen of her house. Peter Lawrence holding a photo of Claudia  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. What does Claudia’s Law do?Claudia’s Law will come into effect in England and Wales. Campaigning efforts were led by her father Peter. It creates a new legal position of “guardian of the affairs of a missing person”, for anyone missing 90 days or more. This guardian is tasked with acting in the best interests of the absent person. Before now, there was no legal way for the financial affairs of a missing person to be dealt with by someone else if they had not been declared dead. The guardian will be able to act on their behalf, suspending direct debits for mobile phones, making mortgage payments and so on. It is more far-reaching than The Presumption of Death Act 2013, which let families take over the financial affairs of a missing person, but only if they are declared dead. Campaigners say the change will help to ease pressure on families by reducing financial and administrative stress. Peter Lawrence has said the law will reduce the “burden” on relatives . He said: “I am delighted that Claudia’s Law is coming into force.“This will make such a difference to the lives of the hundreds of families who have been waiting so long for it, enabling them to deal with their missing loved one’s financial and property affairs in the same way as everyone else is able to on a daily basis.“One less burden at a time when families are at their emotional lowest ebb will help enormously.”His campaigning efforts were backed by the charity Missing People. Susannah Drury, the charity’s director of policy and research, called the law a “triumph”.  Peter Lawrence holding a photo of Claudia Credit: Danny Lawson/PA read more