Health of BJP stalwart started deteriorating from last two weeks

first_imgNew Delhi: On August 9 (Friday), former finance minister Arun Jaitley was admitted in AIIMS. From the last two weeks, after being hospitalised, the health of BJP stalwart started deteriorating.Several prominent leaders have been visiting the hospital in recent days to inquire about his health. President Ram Nath Kovind, Union home minister Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Jitendra Singh, Ram Vilas Paswan, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, Congress’ Abhishek Singhvi and Jyotiraditya Scindia visited him. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderJaitley had been put on a life support system. A multidisciplinary team of doctors was monitoring him. He had undergone a renal transplant on May 14, 2018 at AIIMS. In September 2014, he underwent bariatric surgery to correct the weight he had gained because of a long-standing diabetic condition. Jaitley did not contest the 2019 Lok Sabha elections presumably because of his ill-health. In May, Arun Jaitley wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which he had cited health reasons for his decision.last_img read more

Toyota to keep selling diesel models in India

first_imgNew Delhi: Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) is planning to continue to sell diesel models in the country even as prices of such vehicles are expected to go up significantly with the upcoming BS-VI emission norms from April 1 next year, a top company official has said. “We still see demand for diesel variants, and will continue to manufacture them till we have the future technology setting in,” TKM Vice-Chairman Shekar Viswanathan said. The company has even invested in a plant in India to make diesel engines which is capable of manufacturing diesel BS-VI engines with minimum investment, he added. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThis was done keeping in mind the ‘Make in India’ philosophy, Viswanathan said. TKM sells popular models such as Innova Crysta and Fortuner in the country and based on its total vehicle sales from January to July 2019, the current diesel-petrol ratio is 82:18. However, considering only the passenger car segment, the petrol-diesel ratio is close to 50:50. With diesel cars set to become costlier from next year with the implementation of stricter BS-VI emission norms, major automakers are contemplating about the future of such vehicles in their portfolios. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostMarket leader Maruti Suzuki India has already announced phasing out of diesel cars from its portfolio with effect from next year. Similarly, Tata Motors is also contemplating phasing out small diesel cars. The company, which is a joint venture between the Japanese auto major and Kirloskar group, said it has the technologies in place for various kind of electric vehicles (EV) which it can introduce depending upon the market requirements. When asked if there is a possibility to see some of the company’s global EVs making their way into the Indian market, Viswanathan said Toyota has the core electrification technologies that enable it to develop and introduce various types of electrified vehicles such as hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, battery electric vehicles and fuel cell electric vehicles. “However, the speed of market launch differs greatly depending on the country, region, road environment, energy situation and other factors,” he added. The company is closely monitoring customer needs and regulation trends as well as continuing to devote all its efforts to the development of key technologies such as the batteries that power hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles and electrified vehicles, Viswanathan said.last_img read more

Radhika Apte cast in Charlie Hunnams Shantaram series at Apple

first_imgLos Angeles: Bollywood star Radhika Apte is set to feature alongside actor Charlie Hunnam in Apple TV’s upcoming series “Shantaram”, based on Gregory David Roberts’ bestselling India-set novel of the same name. According to Deadline, Apte and actor Richard Roxburgh have been cast as series regular in the show, which hails from Anonymous Content and Paramount Television. The story follows Lin (Hunnam), a man on the run from an Australian prison looking to get lost in the teeming city of Bombay. Cut off from family and friends by distance and fate, he finds a new life in the slums, bars and underworld of India. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka Apte, 34, who most recently featured in “The Wedding Guest” alongside Dev Patel, will portray Kavita, a driven Indian journalist looking for answers. Roxburgh, 57, best known for starring in films such as “Mission: Impossible 2” and “Moulin Rouge!”, will essay the role of Detective Sergeant Marty Nightingalem, who works for the Australian Federal Police and is part of a small, elite unit trained for the pursuit and capture of escaped convicts. Eric Warren Singer of “American Hustle” fame has penned the series. Justin Kurzel will direct the first two episodes. The duo will also executive produce the show along with Dave Erickson, Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin, Paramount TV president Nicole Clemens, Andrea Barron and Richard Sharkey. The project is expected to start production next month in Australia and India.last_img read more

Police in Tangier Dismantle Irregular Migration Network

Rabat – Police in Tangier disrupted a human trafficking network on Friday evening. The network was organizing irregular migration. Police arrested four suspects between the ages of 24 and 44.A statement from the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) said that the police arrested three Moroccans and a fourth suspect of an unspecified nationality. Police also arrested 22 irregular migrants from sub-Saharan Africa.Read Also: Migration: Marrakech is a Gift to Europe’s Far-RightPolice placed the defendants in custody while  further investigation is underway. With the supervision of the public prosecutor, possible links with other criminal networks in Morocco and abroad are under investigation. Morocco has dismantled a dozen irregular migration networks throughout the year. The European Union has provided Morocco financial aid while the North African country tries to curb migration to Spain.Morocco has become not only a transit country for migrants but also sometimes a final destination, according to Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita.Bourita said there are five million Moroccans living abroad, and Morocco wants African migrants in the country to enjoy rights and good quality of life as much as it wishes for Moroccans abroad to do so.Morocco also supported the global compact for migration signed by more than 160 countries in Marrakech earlier in December.The compact promises to ease the pressure on countries that welcome and host refugees.The compact also aims to address humanitarian concerns, human rights issues, and the developmental aspects of international migration.It also seeks to protect the dignity of all migrants, regardless of their status. read more

Norfolk budget talks continue next month

Norfolk residents will learn more next month about their 2019 tax bill.Day 2 of Norfolk County’s levy-supported budget deliberations ended Thursday with an agreement to resume talks Feb. 20.Between now and then, treasury staff will provide detailed documents for the general economic data contained in the main budget binder.A month from now, councillors will have a clearer idea of how the county’s assorted departments intend to spend the millions of dollars Norfolk residents and businesses pay each year in taxes.Mayor Kristal Chopp said she is tired of flying blind on what the main budget numbers mean.“I don’t know how we can go through this budget the way it is presented,” she said.“It’s not a knock on you guys (senior staff). I know this is how you were directed.”Chopp noted that there are headings in the main budget binder with titles such as “materials and supplies” and “engineering services” that are worth millions of dollars but contain little to no detail.Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman said it is impossible for her to ask intelligent questions and propose useful changes if she doesn’t know what the general numbers mean. She looks forward to seeing department-by-department details of how county staff intend to spend the public’s money.“To wade through this process makes no sense to me,” Huffman said. “If we’re going to make a change that’s a change we need to make. I would prefer that council in the future see the drilled-down documents. This format just doesn’t work.”Council last week received some “drilled-down” documentation on some aspects of the 2019 operating budget.Port Dover Coun. Amy Martin described the documents as “beyond helpful.”Martin added she is “baffled” to think that previous councils struggled through budget deliberations in the absence of this information.Chopp wants the new council to have the same access to the treasury department’s real-time financial software as senior staff.At Thursday’s meeting, county solicitor Nicholas Loeb said that could be a problem because there is privileged information in the system that even elected officials are not allowed to see.Examples include details about contracts with private-sector suppliers that contain trade secrets and proprietary information only available to staff on a need-to-know basis.Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act also prevents municipal politicians from learning details about individuals that have accounts or business with the municipality.Chopp replied that council members are privy to a great deal of information that they are required, by law, to keep confidential. She said council can be trusted to do the same with information contained within the accounting system.“This is meant to be an open and transparent corporation,” Chopp said. “It’s a public corporation. Give us the goods on numbers.”Before Thursday’s meeting adjourned, senior staff was advised to have cost-cutting and cost-saving ideas ready for the Feb. 20 meeting. Council also imposed a temporary moratorium on non-essential hiring.At the end of Thursday’s meeting, Norfolk homeowners were looking at a 4.1 per cent increase in their residential taxes.For someone with a home with an assessed value of $233,250, this would translate into a $110 tax increase over 2018, if the draft budget were approved as is. Total taxes on such as household at this point would amount to $2, read more

Comoros elections important step in consolidation of democracy – UN chief

“The elections are an important step in the consolidation of democracy in Comoros,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson.According to the statement, following the announcement of the provisional results of the elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) today, Mr. Ban called on all stakeholders to maintain a democratic spirit and resolve any dispute that may arise from the elections through legal and peaceful means.“The Secretary-General reaffirms the commitment of the United Nations, in coordination with the African Union and other international partners, to support the Comorian people in their efforts to further consolidate democracy, peace and the rule of law for the benefit of all sectors of society,” the statement concluded.

Ill destroy your perfect little life Toyboy builder convicted for blackmailing woman

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Tell it to the judge: Braithwaite, 25, was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence  The father of one was hired to carry out building and decorating work at the woman’s home in Canary Wharf, Docklands, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.She gave Braithwaite “expensive and lavish gifts”, including a new mobile phone.He then told the woman “he owed money to others, that he had come about some drugs that he had lost and wanted £2,000 from [the victim] in order to repay that debt,” said prosecutor Satya Chotalia.Despite initially denying the claims, Braithwaite pleaded guilty to a single charge of blackmail on what would have been the first day of his trial.”The defendant had been doing some building and renovation work for the complainant and they began to have an affair,” said Thea Viney, prosecuting.”The victim was married and her husband was unwell at the time.”Mr Braithwaite sent a number of threatening text messages to her stating that if she did not pay him £2,000, which he urgently needed, he would reveal the fact that they had been having an affair to her husband and to her son.”Braithwaite was sentenced to 20 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and given a five-year restraining order preventing him from contacting his victim.He is also required to complete a 60-day rehabilitation activity and 100 hours unpaid work, as well as pay £1,500 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.Braithwaite, wearing a denim jacket and white tracksuit bottoms, laughed as he walked free from of the dock and shook hands with his barrister.Irfan Arif, defending, said: “The amount asked for was a relatively small amount in relation to what the earnings of the complainant were.”It was over a short period of time and there was no actual violence, it was only threats of violence.”Mr Braithwaite is extremely ashamed of himself. He understands he has acted extremely stupidly and foolishly in making these demands. He understands the pain that he’s caused the complainant.”Passing sentence the judge, Mr Recorder Mark West said: “Blackmail is a despicable crime. You, out of sheer greed, threatened to disclose your affair to the family members of your victim.”The extent of the distress that must have caused can only be imagined, given the family circumstances of the person concerned, which you knew only too well.”It is quite plain to me that only a custodial sentence can be justified.”Recorder West noted that Braithwaite had “no need at the time” for the £2,000 demanded, adding: “It was pure greed.” Tell it to the judge: Braithwaite, 25, was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence Credit:Central News A woman who had a two-week fling with a builder more than 20 years her junior who fixed her Canary Wharf flat was blackmailed in an attempt to keep it secret from her cancer-stricken husband.Liam Braithwaite, 25, demanded £2,000 from the 57-year-old woman to stop him revealing their affair to her husband, a court heard.He sent text messages and left voicemails threatening to “destroy your perfect little life” after his job at the flat and their two-week affair ended.One message read: “I promise, if you don’t help me out I’m going to destroy your family like mine has been destroyed.”Another read: “I don’t care if you go to the police, I’m still coming.”last_img read more

Dont say good girl to women in labour because it is disrespectful

first_imgWriting in the BMJ, they said: “Language matters as a way of respecting women’s views and ensuring that they are empowered to make decisions.“The use of insensitive language can be indicative of an underlying malaise, which reveals underlying attitudes and prejudices.“It is essential that we achieve respectful practice, ensuring that women have complete understanding and control of their own care.”The authors said recent efforts to improve communication in the NHS, with new guidelines, were welcome.“Although eyes may roll at the thought of “political correctness gone mad,” the change is well founded,” they said.  If a medical procedure doesn’t work, midwives should describe the attempt as “unsuccessful”, rather than ‘”failed”. And it also says plain English should be used instead of medical jargon.The guide also asks midwives to avoid discouraging or insensitive language, such as the phrase “terminate pregnancy”. Instead, women  should be told it is a “compassionate induction”. The new advice from the BMJ  Instead of using the term “good girl,” medics are asked to say, “you’re doing really well” to encourage a women during labour.They are also asked to avoid  the use of the phrase “big baby” in case it makes women anxious, and not to talk about “foetal distress”.Instead larger infants should be described as “healthy” while foetal distress should be described as “changes in the baby’s heart rate pattern,” they state.The advice says midwives and obstetricians should never address the pregnant woman as a “she” when they are discussing the situation at hand. The advice includes avoiding discouraging language Credit:BMJ Instead, they should always refer to her by her first name, the guide says.Professor Andrew Weeks, from the International Maternal Health Care at the University of Liverpool, Natalie Mobbs, a medical student at Liverpool, and Catherine Williams, a committee member of National Maternity Voices, drew up the new tips. Tips from the BMJcenter_img Edward Morris, vice president of RCOG, said the guide “highlights the importance of creating a culture of respect for women during pregnancy, labour and after birth.” Midwives should not say “good girl” to women in labour because it is disrespectful, according to new advice.Other words to avoid include describing a baby as big or referring to a woman in labour as “she” in the guide published in the BMJ.In the advice, the authors admitted some might think such caution was “political correctness gone mad” but said changes were needed to “instill a culture of respect” for mothers-to-be.The advice drawn up by maternity experts, has been backed by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.  Its authors said using the right language could reduce anxiety in women in labour, cutting the rates of complications. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The tips encourage midwives to say “you’re doing really well” rather than “good girl”Credit:BMJ last_img read more

Alana Cutland Body found in search for Cambridge student who jumped out

Miss Cutland, who was in her second year at the University of Cambridge studying natural sciences, had been due to spend six weeks on the trip, but cut it short after eight days after speaking to her parents,  Alison, an executive at Cranfield University School of Management, and Neil, an energy consultant.Mr and Mrs Cutland are understood to have rented the light plane intended to take their daughter and Ms Johnson from a lodge on the north of the island to Madagascar’s Ivato Antananarivo international airport, from where they would have flown to Paris and on to London.The flight took off just after 9am last Thursday and it is thought Miss Cutland managed to open the door of the aircraft around five minutes later, as the Cessna reached an altitude of 5,000 ft.In a statement released through the Foreign Office last week, Ms Cutland’s family said they were heartbroken at the death of “a bright, independent young woman”.”She was always so kind and supportive to her family and friends, which resulted in her having a very special connection with a wide network of people from all walks of her life, who we know will miss her dearly,” her family said. Alanna Cutland (right) pictured with her father Neil and mother Alison Dr David Woodman, from Robinson College, said he was “deeply shocked by the news of Alana’s death”.”In her two years here, she made a huge contribution to many different aspects of life in the college – she will be sorely missed by us all,” he said. The body of a Cambridge student who jumped out of a plane whilst visiting Madagascar is believed to have been found, nearly two weeks after the incident. The police chief who has been leading the search said local villagers found the body of Alana Cutland, 19, and it has been provisionally identified as the teenager by her hair colour, shoes and clothing.Around 400 local people and 15 police have been searching for the Cambridge University student since July 25 when she reportedly opened the door of the Cessna 182 which she was flying in and fell to her almost certain death.The body was found in a remote area 12 days after she fell on the first leg of her journey home following an eight day spell studying crabs on a conservation project.Local police chief Sinola Nomenjahary who has been co-ordinating the search for Alana said: “The body was found on the ground. It was recognised as being Alana from her clothes, hair and shoes.”The body has been wrapped in a plastic sheet and will be flown to Antananarivo tomorrow by helicopter. We have already informed the British embassy of the discovery. “The villagers have been searching for two weeks for her and they are happy that they have done their obligations and they have recovered the body.” Alanna Cutland (right) pictured with her father Neil and mother Alison Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Despite criticisms Govt adequately preparing for oil gas sector Trotman

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident not “mouthing off” committed to 100% renewable energy by 2025, despite oil find- TrotmanMay 30, 2017In “latest news”Guyana hoping to access WB loan to help build capacity in oil and gas sectorMay 15, 2018In “latest news”UG integral to capacity building of oil, gas sector- TrotmanDecember 31, 2016In “Business” Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman is adamant that contrary to the prevailing criticisms that Government is being ill-advised and is, in fact, not adequately preparing Guyana for an oil and gas sector – the Government is watching and learning from other nations.Natural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanThe Minister was at the time speaking during the opening of a geosciences technology workshop, organised by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), on Monday. According to Trotman, the Government is pursuing technical cooperation engagements like these, which can provide information with a nexus between the technical and the straightforward.He acknowledged the importance of not only considering geological developments, but economic and commercial trends. Given the size of investment needed, Trotman said that understanding the geological occurrences in other oil-producing nations was especially important.“Owing to the dynamic nature of the earth’s surface and the continental crust that we reside on, many structural changes have occurred that have allowed us to draw parallels with other onshore and offshore (oil) basins and to observe the successes and failures as we continue on this journey.”He told the gathering at the Marriott Hotel that just recently a local team attended an oil producers’ conference in Trinidad, where the importance of learning from locations with similar geology and its role in successful exploration were greatly highlighted. “When there is a thorough understanding of geology and how it affects production, we can ensure optimal resource planning, efficient utilisation, and maximum recovery and successes.” ExxonMobil’s Stena Carron harsh environment drill shipTrotman noted that Guyana would have the task of not only preparing legislative and institutional frameworks to efficiently manage the oil and gas sector in Guyana, but to also mentally prepare for the changes that petroleum production would bring. He was also adamant that Government remained committed to its green state development, alongside the oil sector.There has been a flurry of activities in the Stabroek Block, since ExxonMobil’s 2015 oil find in Guyana. In May of that year, Exxon confirmed that more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs was encountered at its Liza 1 exploration well.In late June 2016, Exxon’s drilling results at Liza 2 revealed more than 58 metres of oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs in Upper Cretaceous formations. The well was drilled to 5475 metres at 1692 metres water depth. Drilling results confirmed recoverable resources to be between 800 million and 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent. Data from the Liza 2 well test is being assessed.The company had announced that it made its third significant discovery in its drilling explorations offshore Guyana. Its partner, Hess Corporation, had noted that the Liza 3 exploratory well’s net value could be US$6.2 billion based on calculations from the Bank of Montreal (BMO) Capital Markets.Drilling on the Payara well began on November 12, 2016, with initial total depth reached on December 2, 2016. In January of this year, the oil giant had announced it had struck oil in its Payara-1 well, targeting the same type of reservoirs as the well’s Liza counterpart.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres. Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (Exxon’s subsidiary) is the operator and holds a 45 per cent interest in the Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holds a 30 per cent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest.The lesser-known Orinduik oil block has been under the administration of Eco Guyana and British company Tullow, after they signed a 10-year Petroleum Prospecting Licence and Production Sharing Agreement with Government last year. read more

EIN BERLINER Petar Nenadic joins Fuchse

← Previous Story BM Atletico Valladolid with 350,000 EUR budget in the new season Next Story → “HERCULES” GOES HOME: Milutin Dragicevic is back to RK Metaloplastika Šabac! Serbian playmaker, Petar Nenadic, will join Fuchse Berlin as already wrote yesterday. Serbian star will after Spain, Hungary, Denmark and Poland, join the team from the German capital in order to replace injured Bartolomej Jaszka, who has to miss the first part of the season due shoulder injury… Fuchse BerlinPetar Nenadic

Reporters Grammy Speech Flub Not a Stroke

first_imgWhen L.A. TV reporter Serene Branson launched into a string of unintelligible gibberish during the Grammys on Sunday night, viewers quickly leapt into action, uploading the thing all over the Web and tweeting about the bizarre spectacle. The video went viral at a mind-spinning rate. And then people began to worry. Perhaps the odd flub was something more than just a tongue-tied reporter. People started bandying about the term “stroke” a lot.After several days of speculation, Branson addressed the video on her station, KCBS. The reporter had been checked out by doctors at the UCLA  Medical Center, earlier in the week. They did a brain scan and blood work, ruling out the possibility of a stroke.During the interview, Branson revealed that she had started to get a headache prior to event. “At around 10:00 that night I was sitting in the live truck with my field producer and the photographer and I was starting to look at some of my notes,” Branson explained. “I started to think, the words on the page are blurry and I could notice that my thoughts were not forming the way they normally do.”And then she went on air. “As soon as I opened my mouth I knew something was wrong,” she continued.The incident, it turns out, was actually the result of a migraine. Branson has suffered from them since she was a child, but, she told doctors, this is the first time she had one of this magnitude.last_img read more

In unusual move Trump summons entire Senate to White House for North

first_img By Daragh Brophy Tuesday 25 Apr 2017, 8:15 AM Share9 Tweet Email Short URL IN AN UNUSUAL step, Donald Trump has summoned the entire US Senate to the White House for a briefing on North Korea.The move has prompted questions from politicians and left some of their staff mystified, according to reports in the US.Press Secretary Sean Spicer confirmed in his daily briefing that all 100 senators were being asked to a briefing by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and other officials. Trump with US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Source: Sachs Ron/CNP/ABACACongressional aides said the briefing was originally scheduled for the Capitol, but that the President suggested a change, according to Reuters. It’s unusual for the entire Senate to go to the White House, and more typical for administration officials to go to Capitol Hill.Staffers suggested to the Washington Post that the briefing’s proximity to the President might make it easy for him to “drop by”.The administration has scheduled a week of high-profile events in the run up to his 100th day in office on Saturday – and a photo of the President meeting with senators would help burnish his image on national security issues.Firing drill Separately, North Korea marked a military anniversary with a conventional firing drill today, according to reports, as the South announced joint naval exercises with a US aircraft carrier.Speculation had mounted that Pyongyang could carry out a sixth nuclear test or another missile launch to mark 85 years since the founding of its army.But no such event – which usually happens in the morning – had taken place by noon, and Seoul’s defence ministry said “no unusual development had been detected”.Instead the South’s Yonhap news agency cited an unnamed government source saying Pyongyang marked the anniversary with its “largest ever firing drill”, carried out in the eastern port city of Wonsan and presumed to have been overseen by leader Kim Jong-Un.North Korea has ambitions to build a missile capable of reaching the US mainland and tensions have soared in recent months as it carried out a string of missile tests that sparked tit-for-tat sabre-rattling between it and Washington.Pyongyang’s rhetoric always intensifies in the spring, when Seoul and Washington hold joint military drills it sees as rehearsals for an invasion.The North’s Rodong Sinmun – the official mouthpiece of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea – warned today of dire consequences in the event of a US-led pre-emptive strike.It promised “the most brutal punishment… in the sky and land as well as at sea and from underwater without any warning or prior notice”.North Korea launched two missile tests this month while US President Donald Trump and his senior aides have warned that “all options are on the table”. The nuclear-powered submarine USS Michigan. Source: Jo Jung-hoUN Security Council Trump yesterday urged the UN Security Council to consider stronger sanctions against Pyongyang.Washington has sent the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to the Korean peninsula, where it is expected to arrive – after a derision-provoking delay – later this week.The vessel will take part in joint naval drills with the South’s forces to “demonstrate Seoul and Washington’s strong determination to punish North Korean provocations”, the South Korean Navy said in a statement.They will take place in the East Sea, the South’s name for the Sea of Japan, it said, and the two allies will also begin joint naval exercises in the West Sea on today “in relation to the current security situation”.The nuclear-powered US submarine USS Michigan also made a port call to the South’s Busan today in another show of force.Trump has said the US was sending an “armada” to the Korean peninsula, including submarines.The USS Michigan is built to carry submarine-launched ballistic missiles and Tomahawk cruise missiles capable of making precision strikes against the North’s nuclear facilities, Yonhap said.But the South Korean Navy called the vessel’s visit “routine”, adding it would not take part in any joint exercises.Includes reporting from © AFP 2017Read: Elton John recovering from ‘potentially deadly’ infection >Read: Could a row over Trump’s wall cause a government shutdown? How likely is it? > 38 Comments In unusual move, Trump summons entire Senate to White House for North Korea meeting Staffers have suggested the location would make it easy for the President to “drop by”. 19,319 Views Apr 25th 2017, 8:15 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Theresa May to visit Northern Ireland at the request of the DUP

first_img As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Theresa May to visit Northern Ireland ‘at the request of the DUP’ May said that she would visit the region in the next few weeks. It will be an opportunity to reinforce the message that Northern Ireland’s place as part of the United Kingdom remains a core value of the PM. That is more important than ever given the decision by republicans to try to use Brexit to break up the UK.The UK’s decision to leave the European Union has thrown the future of Northern Ireland into doubt. If the UK leaves customs union and the single market, and doesn’t strike a deal with the EU that would confirm similar customs regulation, then a border could go up on the island of Ireland to check products and goods.If there is no deal struck between the UK and the EU (and remember that they need agreement on every issue to get a final deal) then the UK would go “crashing out” of the EU and a hard border would automatically go up.The UK government has been criticised for repeatedly saying that it would leave the customs union and the single market, and also asserting that there would be no return ro a hard border, but without putting forward any proposals on how this could be achieved.Today, Dodds said: By Gráinne Ní Aodha 10,333 Views 24 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jun 27th 2018, 4:19 PM center_img UK PRIME MINISTER Theresa May is to visit Northern Ireland in the next few weeks, she told the House of Commons today.During Prime Minister’s Questions today, the Tory leader said that the visit was related to Brexit and the collapse of the Stormont government.“We are considering a number of issues in relation to Northern Ireland at the moment, in the context of both Brexit and the devolved administration,” she told MPs.“We hope that the administration and the assembly will get back up and running.”The Stormont Assembly collapsed 18 months ago after Sinn Féin withdrew its support for the Executive over the cash-for-ash scandal. After this, a series of negotiations and talks got underway to try and get a devolved government back up and running in Northern Ireland, but to no avail.Civil servants are now making decisions to keep services in the North running – some of which are being questioned and reviewed. The absence of an Assembly means that no legislation has been put forward or debated.Westminster has already passed a budget for Northern Ireland, but there’s talk of direct rule being implemented if the current political stalemate between Sinn Féin and the DUP, the two power-sharing parties in the north, continues.The DUP is also supporting Theresa May’s minority government after a snap election in June last year.BrexitReacting to the news of the British premier’s visit, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said that May’s visit was in response to a request from his party.“The DUP invited the Prime Minister to visit Northern Ireland once again and I welcome the confirmation today that she will be taking up that invitation in the next few weeks,” Dodds said. Wednesday 27 Jun 2018, 4:19 PM The Prime Minister has been fully engaged on the issues impacting Northern Ireland, both in terms of our exit from the European Union and the block placed on a restoration of devolution by one party namely Sinn Fein.“Northern Ireland cannot continue in a vacuum. The Prime Minister’s visit will be a chance to reinforce the message that decisions must be taken in relation to our hospitals, schools and infrastructure. The imposition of red-lines on the return of devolution is impacting upon everyone who lives here.” Share42 Tweet Email Short URL last_img read more

Soybean Farmers Thankful for Final Installment of Market Facilitation Aid

first_imgU.S. soybean farmers welcomed news from President Trump Monday confirming a second payment under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Market Facilitation Program.“Soy growers are very thankful that President Trump understands the need for this payment on the full 2018 production and that the Administration will deliver the second half of the aid as promised. While it will not make our losses whole, it will certainly help offset the drop in prices we have experienced since China cut off U.S. soybean imports,” said American Soybean Association (ASA) president Davie Stephens, a soybean producer from Clinton, Kentucky. “We saw some initial sales of U.S. soybeans to China last week, which was also welcomed news and we hope a sign that the trade war could be turning a corner as a result of President Trump’s recent meeting with President Xi.”The Administration announced the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) in July as part of a trade aid package to partially offset the short-term impact of foreign tariffs on U.S. agricultural exports, including a 25 percent duty imposed by China on soybean imports. Farmers who apply under the MFP by January 15 and who have been eligible to receive payments on half of their 2018 production will now receive a payment of $1.65 per bushel on their entire harvested crop.ASA continues to advocate for a negotiated solution to the trade war that would result in China rescinding the 25 percent tariff and fully opening its market to commercial purchases of U.S. soybeans. Said Stephens, “The sooner the market opens and tariffs are rescinded, the sooner we can start to rebuild the exports we have lost this year.”last_img read more

Karnataka CM holds review meeting of new buiding of Karnataka

first_imgNew Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday reviewed progress of the work on the new building of Karnataka Bhavan in Delhi. MLAs Jagadish Shettar and Govind M Karjol, Chief Secretary to Government T M Vijayabhaskar, Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister P Ravikumar, Adviser to Chief Minister M Lakshminarayana and other senior officers were present in the meeting. Also Read – NRC in Assam to be released: list to finalize if a person is Indian or Foreigner Advertise With Us With his Cabinet yet to be constituted fully, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa is visiting Delhi for discussions with Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. Yediyurappa was sworn-in as the 25th chief minister of Karnataka on July 26, following the collapse of the Congress-JD(S) government after it lost the trust vote. However, his Cabinet is yet to be constituted. On July 29, he sailed through the confidence motion that was held through a voice vote in the state Assembly.last_img read more

Maritime ports asked to hoist signal 3

first_imgsignalThe maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local cautionary signal No 3 as the low over the northwest bay and adjoining area intensified into a well-marked low over the same area, reports UNB.It is likely to intensify further and move in a north/northwesterly direction, said a Met office warning message.Under its influence, steep pressure gradient persists over the north bay and adjoining areas.Squally weather is likely to affect the maritime ports, north bay and adjoining coastal areas of Bangladesh.All fishing boats and trawlers over the north bay have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution till further notice.They have also been advised not to venture into the deep sea.last_img

Month of Language Movement begins

first_imgMonth of Language Movement begins. Photo:BSSAs the month of the Language Movement begins today (Friday), the country’s people will pay tributes to the valiant sons of the soil who were killed during the Language Movement in February 1952, reports BSS.The Bengali nation achieved the dignity of their mother language on 21 February 1952 through the supreme sacrifice made by Salam, Shafiq, Barkat, Rafique and others during a massive movement.February is the month of mourning. Yet, it is a matter of dignity for the nation as only the Bangladeshis have sacrificed lives for their mother language.The Language Day — 21 February — is also recognised as the International Mother Language Day.A month-long book fair will also begin today. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina is expected to inaugurate the fair as the chief guest at Bangla Academy in the capital city at 3:00pm today.A two-day poetry festival titled ‘Bangalir Joy Kabitar Joy’ will also begin in the city today. Noted poet Asad Chowdhury will inaugurate the festival at Dhaka University central library.A total of 14 guest poets from nine countries will take part in the festival.last_img read more

Asia Europe 2018 lineups new from Busabout

first_img Monday, November 13, 2017 Travelweek Group Share Posted by Asia, Europe 2018 lineups new from Busaboutcenter_img TORONTO — Busabout’s new Asia 2018 program includes the new ‘Unlimited Pass’, offering clients the chance to travel once on all Busabout Asia trips within a three-month period.With the Unlimited Pass clients choose where to start and finish, and everything in between and can travel all of Southeast Asia for $65 a day. In addition to the ‘Unlimited Pass’, four of Busabout’s most popular Asian trips have been improved: the five-day Southern Thailand Adventure; the six-day Southern Vietnam Adventure; the 10-day Thai Island Hopper; and the 24-day Vietnam & Cambodia Adventure.Clients who book and pay in full by Jan. 14, 2018 can save 10% off all 2018 departures as part of Busabout’s ‘Early Booking Deals’.Meanwhile Busabout, HAGGiS and Shamrocker Adventures have launched their new 2018-19 Europe brochure, as a follow up to their first-ever Europe Preview program.Next year will see the expansion of Busabout’s Hop-On Hop-Off travel network which includes new stops through Portugal and Spain and a trip to the foodie capital of Bologna for the first time.The new program will also offer an off-the-beaten-path exploration of Eastern Europe, as well as four new Europe Winter & Festive itineraries, nine new Adventures, and a new Winter Music Festival itinerary.More news:  GLP Worldwide introduces first-ever Wellness programsClients who book by Jan. 14, 2018 can save up to 15% off the new European experiences, including 15% off all Hop-On Hop-Off passes, as part of its Early Booking Deals.The new brochure has been re-designed with the agent in mind. Plus, 95% of the brochure has been designed using UGC (User Generated Content), created from Busabout travellers to reflect real experiences. The new design allows agents to not only offer their clients even more choice than before, but also showcase real-life experiences on any given trip, says the company, adding that agents can now also sell with 100% confidence with all Europe trips ‘Book and Go’ guaranteed.“We are excited to introduce our new Europe 2018-19 program – from our new additions to the Hop-On Hop-Off network to the re-designed brochure. We now visit 47 destinations in 15 countries across Europe on our Hop-On Hop-Off network,” said Damien Bennett, Vice-President of Sales in North America for Busabout. “This year we wanted to entice our travellers in a new way, allowing them to jump right into the pages of our new brochure and easily picture themselves on one of our trips, making selling fun for our loyal agents.”More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Highlights from the new Europe 2018-19 program include: the 2-day Croatian Adventure; the 15-day Ultimate Eastern Adventure (+ Eastern Highlights and Eastern Trail); Ski Festivals – Above & Below Ski Adventure and Rise Festival; and new Hop-On Hop-Off destinations include Bologna, Austrian Alps, Zakopane, Evora, Santiago de Compostela.Now featuring 47 destinations in 15 countries across Europe. The Unlimited Pass provides unlimited stops across the entire Hop-On Hop-Off network.For more information contact Canada sales manager Adam Bobawsky at, visit or call 1-877-668-4328 and quote promo code EB1 for the Europe early booking special, or EBASIA18 for the Asia EBB. Tags: Asia Pacific, Britain & Europe, Brochures, Busabout, coach tours << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

The 47th Skal Asia Area Congress opens with a bang in Macau

first_imgThe 47th Skal Asia Area Congress opens with a bang in MacauThe 47th Skal Asia Area Congress opens with a bang in MacauOpening the Congress Skal Asia President Robert Sohn took the opportunity to acknowledge the presence of Mr Alexis Tam, Secretary of Tourism, SASC; Dr Maria Helena de Senna Fernandes, Director of MGTO; and Mr Perry Yuen, President of the Macau Culinary Association.He went on to say, “It is a great pleasure to welcome you all, on behalf of the Skal Intl Asian Area. From Skal Intl, World President Susanna Saari and CEO Daniela Otero, also two SI past Presidents, Uzi Yalon and Richard Hawkins, SI Director, Peter Morrison, two SI past Directors Jason Samuel & Andrew Wood and SI past Asia President Gerry Perez.“On behalf of the Asian Area Committee, I thank all delegates who have taken their time to be at this Congress. I especially thank Mr Antunes, President of Skal International Macau and his team who have worked very hard to make this Congress the most successful and memorable one, in view of its quality program and the number of participants. As far as I know, this Macau Congress has recorded the highest number of international delegates in recent years. This is the result of the hard work put in by President Antunes and his team.“We are eagerly looking forward to hearing the speeches to be made by renowned keynote speakers and industry professionals like Dr Mario Hardy, PATA CEO; Dra. Maria Helana de Senna Fernandes, Director of MGTO, Khun Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, Deputy Governor of TAT, Mr Grant Bowie, CEO and Executive Director of MGM China Holdings, and our very own Young Skal Members and Director Dushy Jayaweera. Their valuable words will go a long way in making this 47th Asian Congress all the more enriching.Skal Asia President Mr Robert Sohn“Among the regional areas of Skal International, the Skal Asian Area commands the largest area, stretching for more than 10,000 km from Guam in the Pacific region to Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.“Asia is the only area in the world where Skal Intl is experiencing strong growth. In the Asian region, we achieved an increase of 14.7% in the number of members, compared to one year ago and currently there are about 2,400 members in 41 Clubs in Asia. This should be noted, since especially the number of members worldwide has decreased. The newest Club No 726, Trivandrum from India is also a part of the Asian Area.”He went on to add, “If you look at the Skal statistics one year ago and today and compare the progress of Skal International and Skal Asia, you will find that in the World, the number of countries that have a Skal Club decreased by one, from 84 to 83 while there was no change to the 19 countries in Asia that has Skal clubs.“Club wise Skal International lost four clubs going down from 359 to 355 clubs while Skal Asia increased its number of clubs from 40 to 41 and in terms of membership Skal Asia increased its numbers by 311 going up from 2,114 to 2,425.“We are also proud to mention that Skal International Delhi took over the mantle of the largest Skal Club in the world. Skal Asia has the potential to grow even further. There are initiatives taking place to open Skal clubs in other countries as well. Lebanon, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam are some of the countries that are interested to join Skal Asia. Also, with the help of President Antunes and the Macau team, I hope that opening of many clubs in China will be a reality soon.“Skal Intl Macau has already organised the Skal Asia Congress on three previous occasions, initially in 1981 which was co-hosted by Skal Intl Hong Kong, then in 1996 and in 2007. With this Congress, Macao will become one of the five cities which has held that Skal Asia Congress 4 times or more, the others being Manila, Singapore, Bahrain and Colombo.“All delegates attending this Congress are encouraged to explore the wonderful attractions of Macao, enjoy the diversity of its culture and heritage, experience the hospitality of its people and, above all, indulge into its cuisine in the 2018 Macao Year of Gastronomy,” he concluded.During the opening ceremony there took place the historic signing of an MOU between PATA and SKAL INTERNATIONAL pledging increased co-operation between both associations.SKÅL ASIA: With over 2,425 members in 41 Clubs, 26 grouped in five national committees and 15 affiliated, the Skål Asian Area is the most diverse Area in the world of Skål, reaching from Guam in the Pacific Ocean more than 10,000 km to Mauritius in the Indian Ocean with clubs in 19 fascinating countries in between.Source = Andrew J WOODlast_img read more