"The subject o the meeting was singular: what do we do toguarantee, and we will guarantee them, the billions o dollarsin in estments due to be executed in Chile in 2009," elascosaid a ter the meeting. "This requires an e ort rom e eryone, rom public policyand state regulatory norms ... and it also requires commitments rom the pri ate sector to act promptly once permits areissued," he added. Chile is striding toward energy independence as it buildsnew generating and transmission capacity a ter years at themercy o droughts that curtailed its hydro-generating capacityand limited natural gas supplies rom Argentina to supplygenerators in the northern mining region. "I think the energy sector is the only one that despite thecrisis will maintain a rele ant le el o in estments," saidBernardo Larrain, chie executi e o Colbun, Chile's No 2power generating company. Colbun COL.SN said on Tuesday it was pushing ahead with aplanned $1 billion in estment in two new hydroelectric plantsdespite the global inancial crisis. CAIR Welcomes Obama's 'Encouraging' Statement to Muslim World in InauguralAddressWASHINGTON, Jan.
Obama pledged to shut down the prison camp atGuantanamo Bay in Cuba and to end the use o interrogation techniques thatmany experts say rise to the le el o torture.SEE: President Barack Obama Sworn In (Den er Post) http:// added that the American Muslim community and its institutions stand readyto work with the Obama administration on any positi e domestic orinternational initiati es.SEE: Muslims Welcome Leadership Change an open letter sent last month to then President-elect Obama, the AmericanMuslim Task orce or Ci il Rights and Elections (AMT) called or greateroutreach to Muslims, particularly on the issues o inclusion and access,policy de elopment, personnel appointment, and peace.SEE: Muslim Coalition Requests More Inclusion in New Administration (CNN) , America's largest Islamic ci il liberties group, has 35 o ices andchapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understandingo Islam, encourage dialogue, protect ci il liberties, empower AmericanMuslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-488-8787,202-744-7726, E-Mail: ; CAIR Communications Coordinator AminaRubin, 202-488-8787, 202-341-4171, E-Mail: SOURCECouncil on American-Islamic RelationsCAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 1-202-488-8787,1-202-744-7726, , or CAIR Communications Coordinator AminaRubin, 1-202-488-8787, 1-202-341-4171, E-Mail: . OTTAWA, ONTARIO, Jan 20 (MARKET WIRE) The Public Ser ice o Canada is in iting members o the media to attendthe ceremony or the Outstanding Achie ement Award o the Public Ser iceo Canada to be held on riday, January 23, 2009 at 4 p.m.The ceremony will recognize the outstanding contributions made by threesenior le el public ser ants whose careers ha e been distinguished by asustained commitment to excellence in Public Ser ice.Her Excellency the Right HonourableMichaelle Jean, Go ernor General o Canada and the Right HonourableStephen Harper, Prime Minister o Canada, will present the awards.The ceremony will be held at 4:00 p.m. at Rideau Hall, 1 Sussex Dri e,Ottawa.Contacts:Canada Public Ser ice AgencyJoseph ZebrowskiMedia Relations613-952-3013Copyright 2009, Market Wire, All rights reser ed.-0-. MEXICO CITY, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Mexican stocks tumbled toan eight-week low on Tuesday as in estors worried that weakU.S.
banks would be unable to help re i e the slumping economyo Mexico's chie trading partner. Ah, my...As i there was anything moreintriguing than NASCAR plate-racing o the Chase ariety, this season we add to it the allure o Halloween.I you're looking or Johnson, he'll be hiding in the bushes somewhere out back. And don't worry, he's not going to attempt to come out and scare anybody. I you can a oid the "big one" (or two, or three) as well as get a little bit o help rom your riends, these races are contests that discriminate against none.It was this ery race that ga e Dale Jarrett the last ictory o his careerthe only in his inal i e seasons. In the ollowing season o 2006, it made Brian ickers a winner or the irst time. And, in the spring race this season, it was Brad Keselowski (celebrating in photo) sending Carl Edwards into the catch ence on his way to the irst win o his Cup career.On Talladega's sister track o Daytona, we saw Jaime McMurray record just the second win o his eight year career in 2007 as well as Ryan Newman's only win in his last our seasons (2008).? So, with Johnson hiding in his ghost costume, who might the special Halloween dra t gods be looking or to be the subject o their latest chapter o improbable winners Here we go...1. Casey Mears - The 18th place inish at Martins ille last weekend that we' e come to expect rom Mears was actually his worst inish since the Chase bagan.
He is currently riding a our-race sur i al streak at Talladega with inishes o sixth, se enth, 14th, and 16th. Da id Ragan - A ter a stellar sophomore campaign in which he had 14 top-tens, Ragan has just two to his credit this season. To add insult to injury, he has inished 30th or worse in hal o his last ten races Big time trick here. The kid has quickly become one o the best plate-dri ers in the game today. He's inished on the lead lap in all but two o his ele ensuper speedway starts. He inished third and ourth on this track last season and sandwiched a 12th between his Daytona inishes o sixth and 13th this season.? ? 3. Regan Smith - The part-time dri er o the tiny urniture Row Racing operation actually won this race last season be ore a questionable penalty stripped it away rom him.