Canfor Corp to temporarily curtail production at three sawmills in BC

The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:CFP) VANCOUVER — Canfor Corp. says it will temporarily curtail operations at three B.C. sawmills due to log supply constraints, log costs and current market conditions.The company says the cuts will reduce its production by approximately 40 million board feet.Canfor says its sawmill in Vavenby will be curtailed for six weeks starting on Feb. 11.Meanwhile, sawmills in Houston and Mackenzie will be curtailed for one week each in the first quarter.The cuts are in addition to the roughly 150 million board feet of production capacity that was cut by the company in the fourth quarter of 2018 and early in the first quarter of 2019 that was previously announced.Canfor has 13 sawmills in Canada.

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UN forum told that halting business involvement in human rights abuse may

“Responsible business means acting with respect for human rights, reflecting the fact that long-term business prospects are tightly coupled with society’s well-being,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, told almost 1,000 participants from 85 countries attending the gathering in Geneva, which began on Monday and ends Wednesday.Delegates are considering ways to encourage the implementation of a set of globally accepted ideas enshrined in the UN-backed ‘Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights,’ which outline international standards for preventing and addressing the risk of negative human rights impacts linked to business activity.While Ms. Pillay said the Principles recognize that “responsible governance requires the adoption of adequate regulatory and policy frameworks” to counter business-related human rights abuses, she added that enhancing legal standards “may be necessary” at national, regional or international levels.“There is a particularly pressing case for such legal developments when it comes to business involvement in gross human rights abuse,” Ms. Pillay said.The gathering marks the first high-level meeting of the Forum on Business and Human Rights, which will meet annually, and brings together governments, national human rights institutions, business associations, companies, non-governmental organizations and UN bodies.Its bid to disseminate the Guiding Principles comes after the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed them last year, and established a five-person Working Group of experts to advance their implementation.Opening the Forum, the gathering’s chairperson, John G. Ruggie, described the Guiding Principles as the “culmination of six years of extensive consultations, research, pilot projects, bilaterals in capitals, visits to company operations and neighbouring communities, together with contributions by hundreds of individuals and groups around the world.”“The idea that business enterprises might have human rights responsibilities independent of legal requirements in their countries of operation is relatively new, in large part a by-product of the most recent wave of globalization,” Mr. Ruggie added.For the chairperson, the unanimous endorsement of the Guiding Principles signalled that the time had come for a more global approach to the question of business involvement in human rights abuses.“The international community has determined, and everyone present in this room would agree, that sovereignty can no longer serve as a shield behind which governments are allowed to commit or be complicit in the worst human rights violations,” Mr. Ruggie said.“Surely the same must be true of the corporate form,” he added as he urged delegates to “let that be affirmed authoritatively, and remove all doubt.”While Mr. Ruggie said that governments were increasingly targeting corporate-related human rights abuse beyond their jurisdictions through laws with “extraterrestrial effects,” he said national courts appear “not to share a consistent understanding” when it comes to applying international standards.“These (instances) may arise in areas where the human rights regime cannot be expected to function as intended, such as conflict zones or similar sources of heightened risk, and typically the allegations involve corporate complicity in acts committed by related parties,” he said.In addition, Mr. Ruggie called for “greater legal clarity” for victims and companies alike, adding that “only an inter-governmental process can provide that clarity.” read more

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Texas Rio Grande Valley beats Texas AMCC 6859

EDINBURG, Texas — Graduate student Solomon Hainna scored a career-high 14 points, Greg Bowie II added 10 and Texas Rio Grande Valley beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 68-59 on Monday night.Tyson Smith finished with nine points and a career-high tying two blocks for UTRGV (5-3), which plays at Houston on Wednesday. Terry Winn III scored eight points with seven rebounds and four assists, and Javon Levi had points and six assists.Tied at 50 with 9:30 to go, Hainna and Winn made layups, Winn sank a pair of free throws, and Lesley Varner II turned a steal into a layup to give UTRGV the lead for good at 58-50.Myles Smith scored 20 points for Texas A&M-CC (4-3), which turned it over 17 times. The Islanders’ only lead came at 6-5 with 16:16 left before halftime on a layup by Elijah Schmidt. Texas A&M-CC travels to Knoxville to take on No. 6 Tennessee on Sunday.The Associated Press read more

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