The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) today expressed serious concern about the recent death of a journalist in a Turkmenistan prison and urged the country’s authorities to launch a full and independent investigation into what happened.At a press briefing in Geneva, OHCHR spokesman José Luis Díaz said the agency was “very disturbed” about the death of Ogulsapa Muradova, the correspondent for Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe in Ashgabat, the country’s capital.Ms. Muradova was arrested in June, tried before being sentenced at the end of August to six years in prison in connection with illegal weapons after a trial that was largely reported to be unfair, Mr. Díaz said.He also expressed concern about the fate of two other people who were convicted on the same charges at the same time and remain in custody.Mr. Díaz urged the Turkmen authorities to conduct a thorough, prompt and independent investigation into the cause of Ms. Muradova’s death, including an independent medical examination of the body, and to make the findings public.
WASHINGTON – U.S. businesses boosted their stockpiles by a tiny amount in July while sales also showed a slight gain.Business inventories increased 0.1 per cent in July compared to June when stockpiles were up 0.7 per cent, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The July gain was the smallest since a 0.1 per cent increase in March. Sales were also up 0.1 per cent in July after a 0.3 per cent rise in June. Sales had fallen for seven straight months through February and have been posting modest increases since that time.Economists are forecasting that sales will keep rising in coming months and that will support economic growth in the second half of the year. However, they think a brief slowdown in restocking will dampen economic growth in the current July-September quarter.Overall economic growth, as measured by the gross domestic product, slowed to an anemic 0.6 per cent annual rate in the first quarter, reflecting the harsh winter, labour disruptions at West Coast ports and other factors that dampened growth.GDP rebounded to a 3.7 per cent growth rate in the April-June quarter and analysts believe growth will hold steady at around 2.5 per cent in the second half of this year, helped by stronger consumer spending.In a separate report Tuesday, the government said that retail sales increased 0.2 per cent in August after a 0.7 per cent rise in July. The August advance was bolstered by increased spending on cars and clothing.Economists believe spending will remain strong in the second half of the year, reflecting continued solid job gains. The unemployment rate dropped in August to a seven-year low of 5.1 per cent.The July increase in stockpiles reflected a 0.6 per cent gain in inventories held by retailers. Stockpiles held by manufacturers and wholesalers both fell 0.1 per cent. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Sep 15, 2015 11:24 am MDT Last Updated Sep 15, 2015 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US stockpiles edged up tiny 0.1 per cent in July, smallest gain in 4 months; sales up modestly
AS MANY AS half of all adults in Ireland have neglected to have eye health check-ups as frequently as recommended, a new survey reveals.A fifth have never had a sight test at all, and assume they have 20/20 vision. This figure rises to 36% among those aged under 35.The figures are contained in a new Behaviour & Attitudes survey of 1000 adults, released in advance of Healthy Eyes awareness week.Check-upThe week is being coordinated by the Federation of Dispensing Opticians (FODO) Ireland, the Association of Optometrists Ireland (AOI) and the Irish Association of Dispensing Opticians (IADO).Half of those surveyed had not had an eye check-up in the past two years, the recommended maximum period between examinations.FODO Ireland’s head of policy Ann Blackmore said that despite a fear of losing their eyesight, most people do not include their eyes as a “core part of their health routine”.“An eye test is a vital health check which can detect a range of health conditions for which you may be experiencing no symptoms and where early detection can prevent sight loss,” she added.The alliance of groups are warning that as the number of people aged over 65 is expected to double within decades, eye health needs to be a priority, and have flagged that many are now experiencing eye strain due to the increased use of smartphones.The Government has committed to the objectives of Vision 2020, a global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness.Debunked: Does reading in low light or staring at a screen damage your eyesight? >