Regional partners to join major Middle East parley at UN Headquarters

A UN spokesman announced today that the Foreign Ministers of Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan will participate in tomorrow’s high-level meeting of the of the Middle East diplomatic Quartet, the partnership of the United Nations, European Union (EU), Russia and the United States that is seeking a two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.On Friday, it was announced that Quartet principals would include US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, with the EU represented by Javier Solana, its High Representative for a Common Foreign and Security Policy and Ursula Plassnik, Foreign Minister of Austria – which currently holds the EU Council presidency – as well as European Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero Waldner. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the other principal Quartet members will meet with the regional ministers tomorrow morning before holding a separate meeting in the afternoon.Following their meetings, the principals are expected to give a press conference at 5:00 p.m.The meetings come just two weeks after the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Alvaro de Soto, warned the Security Council in his latest monthly update that the Middle East had reached a volatile juncture, with donors balking at funding the Hamas-led Palestinian Government, tensions between that administration and President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah, and continued settlement expansion by Israel. read more

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Trailer Park Boys to be brand ambassadors for NB marijuana producer

Trailer Park Boys to be brand ambassadors for N.B. marijuana producer by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 24, 2016 11:20 am MDT Last Updated Nov 24, 2016 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONCTON, N.B. – Some of Canada’s most notorious dope-smoking louts will be brand ambassadors for a New Brunswick marijuana producer.OrganiGram Holdings Inc. (TSX:OGI) says TV’s Trailer Park Boys have chosen the Moncton company as their exclusive Canadian cannabis producer, business partner and brand developer.OrganiGram, a licensed producer of medical marijuana, says it will work with the Trailer Park Boys’ production company to develop branding and packaging targeted toward recreational users.“This relationship solidifies one of our strategic building blocks as we plan for the legalization of recreational use in Canada,” Ray Gracewood, chief commercial officer at OrganiGram, said in a release.The company did not reveal the financial value of the five-year deal.Louis Thomas, president of Sonic Entertainment Group, said they felt OrganiGram was a good partner from their first meeting.“We had been monitoring closely to best understand how we might be able to enter the cannabis space in Canada,” Thomas said in the release. Sonic represented TPB Productions Limited — the Nova Scotia company controlled by the three actors who play the Trailer Park Boys and own the copyright — in the transaction.The federal government has promised to introduce marijuana legislation next spring, and a committee report on the process is expected at the end this month.“We remain firmly committed to producing and supplying world-class cannabis for our increasing patient base; and we plan on maintaining that commitment in the future at OrganiGram,” said Gracewood. “But we also need to be strategic about the opportunities that will be afforded to us with the advent of recreational use in Canada.” The Trailer Park Boys John Paul Tremblay, as Julian, left, Mike Smith, as Bubbles, centre, and Robb Wells, as Ricky, right, pose for a photograph in Toronto on Thursday, November 27, 2008. Some of Canada’s most notorious dope-smoking louts will be brand ambassadors for a New Brunswick marijuana producer. OrganiGram Holdings Inc. says TV’s Trailer Park Boys have chosen the Moncton company as their exclusive Canadian cannabis producer, business partner and brand developer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette read more

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