Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 41.15 points to 15,277.82.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 22.03 points to 22,353.38.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 1.01 points to 2,504.88.The Nasdaq composite index was down 1.09 points to 6,453.55.The Canadian dollar was trading at 81.47 cents US, down from Monday’s average price of 81.71 cents US.

Annan selects two envoys to fill posts in GuineaBissau and Côte dIvoire

In an exchange of letters with the Security Council, Mr. Annan has announced the appointment of Mozambique’s João Bernardo Honwana as his Representative in Guinea-Bissau and head of the UN Peace-building Support Office in that country (UNOGBIS).Mr. Honwana, who succeeds David Stephen in the post, is Chief of the Conventional Arms Branch in the UN’s Department of Disarmament Affairs. A security and defence specialist, he has worked for the UN since February 2000 in various positions in this field.Mr. Annan has also named Abdoulaye Mar Dieye of Senegal as his Deputy Special Representative for Côte d’Ivoire, where he will work under Special Representative Albert Tévoédjrè and specialize in humanitarian affairs, development and the country’s disarmament, demobilization and reintegration programme.Mr. Mar Dieye, 52, is currently the UN’s Humanitarian Affairs Coordinator for Côte d’Ivoire and has also worked extensively for the UN Development Programme (UNDP). read more