Virendra Sharma, one of Britain’s senior-most Indian-origin MP, has called on the Indian government to end the uncertainty surrounding demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes for NRIs and PIOs. Related Items
Virendra Sharma, one of Britain’s senior-most Indian-origin MP, has called on the Indian government to end the uncertainty surrounding demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes for NRIs and PIOs. Related Items
As Salman Khan’s latest release Sultan races ahead to enter the Rs. 100 crore club pretty soon, it is rumoured that producer Aditya Chopra is planning to produce a sequel soon.ALSO READ: Salman Khan-starrer Sultan sets the box office on fire, ready to enter the 100 crore club ALSO READ: Sultan co-stars Salman and Anushka inspire each other to marry this year? ALSO READ: Sultan Movie Review According to a report in Pinkvilla.com, Aditya Chopra has already announced a sequel to the Ali Abbas Zafar-directorial. Reportedly writer-director Zafar has not even started writing it but the star of the film, Salman Khan, has agreed to star in the film. The Yash Raj Films chief was sure that a sequel will work at the box office because Sultan was highly appreciated by the people during the trial shows.If the Sultan sequel does happen, and if it works out, Yash Raj Films will have yet another successful franchise at their hands after the Dhoom series of film. The Dhoom franchise which began in 2004 has given us three films so far, which have collectively grossed around USD 160m at the box office, making it the highest grossing Indian film series.Sultan is having a great run at the box office. After earning Rs. 36.54 crore on its day of release (July 6), Sultan became the biggest opening day grosser of this year. The film, so far, has earned Rs. 73.74 crore at the box office and is expected to gross Rs. 100 crore soon.The wrestling-based sports drama is centered around the story of Haryanvi wrestler (Sultan Ali Khan) who falls in love with fellow wrestler Aarfa (Anushka Sharma), only to fall from grace and lose it all, before making it big as a mixed martial arts fighter.advertisementSultan is currently running in theatres worldwide.
New Delhi, Oct 29 (PTI) The Indian team may not have won medals but the youngsters have won the hearts of everyone, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today about the FIFA Under- 17 World Cup which ended yesterday in Kolkata.He congratulated England for winning the Cup while stating that all the teams had displayed their best talent during the tournament held in India for the first time.In his monthly radio programme Mann Ki Baat, Modi referred to some other recent sports events like the Asia Cup Hockey and Denmark Open Tennis tournament and hailed Indias victory in these.India won the Asia Cup after 10 years and while K Srikanth won the Denmark Open after Indonesia Open and Australia Open, he noted.Turning to FIFA Under-17, he said there was excitement among the players as well as spectators during such a big tournament.”The World Cup was hosted successfully and all the teams displayed their best talent. India may not have won the Cup but the Indian youngsters have won the hearts of everyone,” Modi said.Earlier, he tweeted, “Congratulations to the youngsters from England on winning the #FIFAU17WC. I also congratulate Spain for a spirited game.”In another tweet, he said, “#FIFAU17WC was a celebration of football, witnessing wonderful games. India was honoured & delighted to host the tournament.” PTI AKK AKK
Lava has launched a new Lava Z81 smartphone for the mid-budget phone buyers in India. The smartphone has been priced at Rs 9,499 and is available in two variants – 2GB RAM and 3GB RAM. However, only the 3GB variant is available currently. The new Lava Z81 can be bought via both offline or online channels like Flipkart, Snapdeal and Amazon.”We are extremely excited to offer yet another first from Lava to our consumers – the very stunning and powerful Z81. In an era of immense noise and clutter, it is important to be differentiated and stand out from the crowd; and our Z81 does exactly that with its Studio Mode. I am sure that our consumers will find it very valuable and enjoy the next level of smartphone photography. Z81 is a true testimony to our vision of making the valuable technologies accessible,” said Sunil Raina, President, Lava International,” Sunil Raina, president of Lava International, said in a press statement.The Lava Z81 smartphone sports a 5.7-inch HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The phone is powered by MediaTek Helio A22 chipset clocked at 2GHz paired with PowerVR GE-class GPU. Buyers can choose between the 2GB RAM and 3GB RAM variants of the phone. Both the variants pack in same 32GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card slot.The phone runs Star OS 5.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo and is supported by a 3000mAh battery. The phone comes with connectivity options including 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro-USB 2.0 port, GPS/AGPS, GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.1, FM radio, and a 3.5mm audio jack. Sensors include a fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. The phone also supports Face Unlock.advertisementComing to the camera department of the phone, the Lava Z81 comes with a 13MP rear sensor with LED flash. At the front, there is a same 13MP sensor with LED flash. According to the company, the key highlight of the camera specs is the addition of the AI Studio Mode in both front and back camera for portrait clicks. Buyers will have the option to choose between Black and Gold colour options.ALSO READ: Realme 2 Pro, OnePlus 6T, iPhone XR: Best phones to buy in November
Samsung announced the Galaxy A70 alongside the Galaxy A80 at the “A Galaxy Event” in Bangkok earlier this week. While the Galaxy A80 was understandably the star of the show thanks to its unique pop-up rotating camera, the Galaxy A70 also managed to grab some of the spotlight for its sleek and attractive design, Infinity-U display and a large battery. These features are more or less found on the Galaxy A50 as well.The Galaxy A70 will most certainly come to India before the Galaxy A80. Samsung has already confirmed the India launch of the Galaxy A70 via a dedicated microsite on the Samsung India page. In terms of hierarchy, the Galaxy A70 falls above the Galaxy A50, which was launched in India a few weeks ago. Consumers are understandably going to wonder about the differences between the two phones, which is why we decided to break it down for you in the piece.Samsung Galaxy A70 vs Galaxy A50: Design and specsThe Galaxy A70 and A50 share similar aesthetic features that make them look alike from a distance. They both come with 3D glasstic designs with gradient prism-like effect and Infinity-U waterdrop displays. Both the phones are offered in black, white and blue colours, but the A70 gets an additional coral variant as well.Both the Galaxy A70 and A50 come with in-display fingerprint sensors and face unlock for biometrics. They also support dual SIM cards with expandable storage, 3.5mm headphone jack and Type-C port.The Galaxy A70 is a bigger phone with a larger display compared to the Galaxy A50. While the Galaxy A50 sports a 6.4-inch FHD+ (2340×1080) Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy A70 gets a bigger 6.7-inch FHD+ (2400X1080) Super AMOLED display, which makes it as tall as the Galaxy S10 5G.advertisementSamsung is using a 11nm-based octa-core 2.0Ghz Snapdragon 675 chipset for the Galaxy A70 that is paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Interestingly, the Galaxy A50 gets a 2.3GHz octa-core Exynos 9610 chipset that is based on a 10m process. The A50 is offered with up to 6GB of RAM as well. While on paper the Galaxy A50 gets a faster chipset, real-world performance may be different.Both the phones ship with Android Pie with One UI on top, which means you’ll get a similar software experience that includes a redesigned UI for easier one-handed use and system-wide Night Mode.As far as the cameras are concerned, both the phones come with triple cameras on the back, but with slightly different configurations. The A70 gets a 32MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, while the A50 gets a 25MP f/1.7 main camera. Both the phones offer similar 8MP ultra wide-angle and 5MP depth cameras. Up front, the Galaxy A70 gets a 32MP selfie camera while the A50 sports a 25MP camera.The Galaxy A70 also gets a bigger battery 4,500mAh battery as opposed to the Galaxy A50 which houses a 4,000mAh capacity. Additionally, the A70 also supports fast charging up to 25W, while the A50 caps at 15W.Samsung Galaxy A70 vs Galaxy A50: Price in IndiaThe Galaxy A50 was launched starting at Rs 19,990 going up to Rs 22,990 for the 6GB RAM variant. It is available via online and offline channels. Samsung is yet to announce the price of the Galaxy A70 in India or otherwise, but we expect it to fall under Rs 30,000 given the specs on offer.ALSO READ | Tech Tips: How to transfer all contacts from your old Android or iPhone to a new smartphoneALSO READ | Realme 3 Pro launching in India on April 22, can it beat Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro?
Premier League Ex-Prime Minister Blair reveals obsession to create British football league 18:08 11/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Premier League Premiership The former Labour Party leader wanted to strengthen the bonds between the nations and developed the idea of combining the football leagues Former Prime Minister Tony Blair says he had a dream of merging Scottish and English football to create a British league.Blair, who was in power from 1997 to 2007, wanted to strengthen the bonds of the United Kingdom in the wake of the Scottish devolution referendum, leading to the creation of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.In an attempt to create a feeling of unity in the UK, Blair became “obsessed” with the idea of combining the two divisions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “I know it sounds a bit strange but I was for a time quite obsessed with the idea that, for example, for football we should be opening up the English league and the Scottish league and having them together,” he told BBC Scotland.”I always thought we should be looking at ways of making sure that people felt a connection.”I was looking for ways of making sure that as we in a sense diverged around devolution, that there were elements of convergence and I still think in the future it is important we look for that.”The idea of the two countries coming together in a football sense has been raised before.Due to Celtic and Rangers’ historic duopoly in the Scottish top flight, the Old Firm clubs have explored the possibility of joining the English system.English Football League clubs dismissed the notion last year, but Neil Doncaster, chief executive of the Scottish Professional Football League, said in June that the situation could change.“Nobody knows as we don’t have a crystal ball, but there is a willingness to embrace the concept of cross-border football,” he said.“There is an appetite for further cross-border competition including at league level across Europe and we are well positioned, having had this competition up and running.“I’d like to think any future cross-border competition would equally enhance and benefit the game for all across the British Isles.“We have to be open-minded about where the future takes us.”In the most recent clashes between club sides from the two leagues, Celtic twice drew with Manchester City in last season’s Champions League group stage, while Scotland also drew 2-2 with England in a World Cup qualifier in June. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
TagsSerie A NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say Joint official energy partner for AC and Inter Milanby Ian Ferris17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC and Inter Milan have announced A2A Energia as their official energy partner, reports, www.sportspromedia.com/.The two Serie A rivals have both agreed a deal with the Brescia-based company, confirming the agreement in a joint announcement. The length and financial terms of the partnership have not bene made public.The Milan clubs have signed several commercial deals of late, though this is the first joint tie-up of note recently.Paolo Scaroni, AC Milan chairman, said of the new deal: “Milan and A2A are brought together by strong ambition and constant evolution, this agreement has come about thanks to our club culture as a socially-progressive body that also focuses on the well-being of the area in which we work. We hope that this partnership marks the start of a constant process of growth alongside one another.”
zoom The voyage data recorder from El Faro was successfully recovered from the ocean floor late Monday evening after 10-month-long effort to retrieve it, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).The device, which was designed to record navigational data and communications between crewmembers on the ship’s bridge, is expected to reveal information about the final hours of El Faro’s voyage and the circumstances leading up to the sinking.“The recovery of the recorder has the potential to give our investigators greater insight into the incredible challenges that the El Faro crew faced,” said NTSB Chairman Christopher A. Hart, adding that this is “just one component of a very complex investigation.”“There is still a great deal of work to be done in order to understand how the many factors converged that led to the sinking and the tragic loss of 33 lives,” Hart said.Military Sealift Command’s fleet ocean tug USNS Apache departed Virginia on Friday with personnel from the NTSB, the US Coast Guard, the US Navy and Phoenix International aboard. After arriving at the accident location on Monday morning, technicians maneuvered CURV-21, a deep ocean remotely operated underwater vehicle, down about 15,000 feet to the sea floor where the wreckage of El Faro rests.The voyage data recorder will be examined while at sea by NTSB investigators aboard the USNS Apache, to assess the condition of the device and to ensure proper preservation for readout and further examination ashore, then it will be transported to the NTSB’s laboratory on or about August 12.
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday the government is considering suggestions to build a new Parliament building or to improve and modernise facilities at the existing complex.After inaugurating 36 duplex flats for members of Parliament at North Avenue here, Modi made the remark and referred to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, who had requested him during the recently concluded session that the Parliament complex must get a facelift in terms of facilities, on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Independence on 2022. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”When the session was concluding it was echoed in both houses of Parliament that on the occasion of 75 years completion of Independence there should be improvement in parliament building as well,” he said. Modi said even MPs and mediapersons have pitched for upgrading facilities at the iconic building as it is getting old. “Since the demand has come from Parliament, the government has taken it seriously. How this building can be improved and modernise or a new building is need to be constructed, the officers are brainstorming on it. I have requested them to do it early so that it can coincide with 75th Independence Day,” he said, adding that though the time is very less but it should be attempted. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KModi said it has been experienced that whenever Parliament session begins, MPs face inconvenience regarding lodging arrangements. At times hotels have to book for a long time. He further said when official accommodation gets empty, it has to be renovated. So there was a need to develop housing facility, he said, adding that this new duplex flats are a step in that regard. Modi said MPs themselves don’t need more than a single room for himself, but they want enough space for those who visit them in the national capital. Underlining that this session was very fruitful, Modi said credit should be given to all political parties, MPs and also those who chaired the proceedings in both houses of Parliament.
Rabat – 24-year-old Mehdi Benkirane is a Moroccan orphan who turned his tragedies into successful story of overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds. In order to learn more Mehdi Benkirane’s life, Morocco World News interviewed him to highlight his career and his startup organization’s main objectives.MWN: Could you please introduce yourself? Mehdi Benkirane: My name is Mehdi Benkirane, founder and president of Children of the Heart.MWN: What are your motivations behind creating this organization?Mehdi Benkirane: The drive I have for creating this organization comes from my adoptive mother. I was born as an orphan and I’ve never met my biological parents. My biological parents left me in a charity center in Fez when I was only four months old. Since I was a child, my adoptive mother used to take me to the charity center to see my orphan friends so I wouldn’t forget my roots. After many years of social work, I came up with the idea of creating a similar organization in Rabat.MWN: What are the requirements for someone who wants to join Children of the Heart?Mehdi Benkirane: Our doors are open to everyone, especially Moroccan youth because we are in dire need of youth. Joining us is very easy because we are not asking for any money upon joining, but rather basic materials like clothes, baby bottles and simple medicines. We are also trying as much as possible to provide our children with new clothing so that they don’t feel any more different from their outside friends than they already do. We really want to provide them with new items only.MWN: Do you receive any financial support from the government?Mehdi Benkirane: Unfortunately, the government does not provide us with any financial support; I only receive moral support from our Head of Governmen, Abdelilah Benkirane. I would love to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Othman Benjelloun and Mrs. Ghita Zniber for providing us with help whenever we needed it.MWN: What are Children of the Heart’s main goals or objectives?Mehdi Benkirane: We are asking the Moroccan government to ratify a proposal to protect orphans’ rights. If we protect today’s children, we will protect our future generations.MWN: Could you please elaborate more on your organization’s upcoming projects?Mehdi Benkirane: We are officially announcing today for MWN readers that we plan to inaugurate eighteen children centers across Morocco, starting in 2015 in collaboration with the National Observatory of Children’s Rights.MWN: Would you please share with our readers the best and worst moments of your life thus far?Mehdi Benkirane: To be honest with you, I wasn’t expecting this question. Well, I’d love to thank God from the bottom of my heart for my adoptive family, because I know that I’m lucky to even have a family. Eighty percent of orphans aren’t as lucky as I am and truly don’t have a home. I’m also extremely happy because I was able to finish my higher studies and achieve a dream I’ve had since I was a little boy. Since I was child, I’ve dreamed of being an animator and, Alhamdulillah, I recently accomplished this dream. I’ve started working at Société Nationale de Radiodiffusion et de Télévision (SNRT) three months ago. For the worst event in my life, I’d say that the threats I’ve recently received because of this famous movement in Morocco are probably the worst things to happen to me so far.MWN: Do you have anything special to add?Mehdi Benkirane: Love one another, be yourself, don’t let someone else to tell you what you are going to be or not going to be because God has created you and God doesn’t make mistakes.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
OSHAWA, Ont. — The head of Unifor has ruled out a potential boycott of General Motors in the campaign to save the Oshawa Assembly Plant.Speaking at a union rally in front of GM Canada’s Oshawa office, Unifor president Jerry Dias says the union will never call for an outright boycott of GM products.Last week, Unifor’s Quebec director Renaud Gagne said there were no plans to boycott GM, but that it may be a solution the union will have to consider.The union also released an Ekos Research poll last week noting that 45 per cent of Canadians support an outright boycott of GM.Dias says he supports the products union members make at GM in Canada, but objects to the company’s shifting of production to Mexico.He says the union will have a press conference on Friday as it continues its fight to save the Oshawa plant that GM plans to shut down later this year.The Canadian Press
“The legacy of Chernobyl will be with us, and with our descendants, for generations to come,” the Secretary-General said in a statement. “I appeal to Member States, non-governmental organizations and private individuals, to join with me in a pledge never to forget Chernobyl. Together, we must extend a helping hand to our fellow human beings, and show that we are not indifferent to their plight.” The nuclear disaster occurred on 26 April 1986 when two explosions destroyed a reactor at a power plant not far from the Ukrainian capital, contaminating an area of over 160,000 square kilometres with the release of 50 million units of radiation.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement today that the full humanitarian impact of the disaster is not yet known to this day, and that it may be years until many medical manifestations appear. The greatest constraint to the efforts in dealing with the crisis has been the lack of adequate funding, with Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine shouldering most of the financial burden of helping their populations. According to OCHA chief Kenzo Oshima, who is also UN Coordinator for International Cooperation on Chernobyl, those three countries should not bear the sole responsibility for dealing with the crisis.At a joint press conference at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Oshima said that the international community could and should provide tangible aid to the affected people in Belarus, Ukraine and the Russian Federation. The need for international assistance was also emphasized by the three countries’ Ambassadors to the UN — Sergei Ling of Belarus, Valeriy Kuchinsky of Ukraine and Sergey Lavrov of Russia, who also took part in the press conference. Meanwhile in Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued a statement calling the Chernobyl accident “a tragic but important turning point” in the Agency’s work. “It prompted us to focus unprecedented energies and resources to assist the affected people and help ensure that such a serious accident would never happen again,” said IAEA Director General, Mohammed ElBaradei.To deal with the aftermath of the disaster, the UN set up a 19-member Inter-Agency Task Force on Chernobyl, which, together with non-governmental organizations, provides health care to people affected by radiation, psychosocial rehabilitation, job creation for resettled families, the study of radiation’s environmental impact, waste disposal and decontamination, as well as technical support for improved nuclear safety.
Cuvée, one of the most prestigious celebrations of Ontario wine and food, will now be organized by Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI).Announced tonight at the 26th anniversary of the grand tasting, Brian Hutchings, Brock’s Vice-President of Finance and Administration, said CCOVI’s new role with Cuvée is a great fit, given the University’s strong relationship with Ontario’s grape and wine industry.Proceeds from the 2015 Cuvée wine weekend will support student bursaries and research that will benefit the Ontario grape and wine industry.“This is a terrific development,” said Hutchings. “It will ultimately support some of the very students and researchers who are crucial to sustaining and growing the industry in the future.”CCOVI has been a long-time supporter of Cuvée, and is excited to take on this organizational role says director Debbie Inglis.“CCOVI is always looking for ways to help grow the market share of Ontario VQA wine,” said Inglis. “The event will now not only showcase the best of Ontario’s wine, but will also raise funds to help the industry continue to grow.”The format will stay the same with the Cuvée Grand Tasting Gala food and wine event along with the Cuvée Enroute passport program. This year’s grand tasting featured over 50 Ontario winemakers pouring wines they selected as their personal favourite.CCOVI takes over leadership of Cuvée from the Niagara Community Foundation who has organized the event for the past 11 years. Prior to that, the event was a fundraiser for Gray Gables School.
The Ohio state baseball team celebrates the team’s Big Ten championship victory. Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter clinching an automatic bid into the NCAA College Baseball tournament, the Ohio State Buckeyes have been placed as the No. 2 seed in the Louisville regional, hosted by No. 2 national seed Louisville Cardinals. For the Buckeyes, this has been a truly spectacular season, fueled by steady contributions from both sides of the plate as they finished with a Big Ten-best record of 43-18-1. On the year, OSU ranked second in the Big Ten in runs scored with 362. The team’s offense was driven largely by their strong power numbers, where they ranked first in the Big Ten and tied for 28th in the country with 56 home runs. Another strength was the speed on the basepaths, where they ranked second in the Big Ten and tied for 18th in the country in stolen bases with 98 successful swipes.But it wasn’t just the bats that worked for the Buckeyes. The pitching staff for the Scarlet and Gray also contributed in a major way to the success of the team. OSU pitchers posted a 3.02 ERA on the season, good for second best in the Big Ten and 11th in the nation; a 1.20 WHIP, best in the Big Ten and 12th in the nation; and a miniscule 2.40 BB/9 rate, second best in the Big Ten and fifth best among all NCAA teams.In the first matchup of their regional, the Buckeyes will take on Wright State University, champions of the Horizon League. The Raiders have put together a strong season, posting a 44-15 record overall. They currently sit 36th overall with a 3.47 ERA and tenth overall with a 1.20 WHIP. Though WSU ranks 22nd overall in runs scored (424 on the season), they have few explosive aspects to their offense. The Raiders currently rank 95th in batting average (.283) and tied for 55th in home runs (46). Their offense has largely been sparked by a NCAA 20th best-91 stolen bases.That game begins on Friday, June 3 at 6 p.m. E.T.The winner of the Louisville regional will play the winner of the Vanderbilt regional in the Super Regional round.
The Ohio State football team is considering moving some of its fall camp practices away from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. Athletic department spokesman Jerry Emig confirmed to The Lantern that while nothing is definitive, a move to an off-site location is being considered. “I’m not sure exactly of the location, though,” Emig said. The Buckeyes’ first fall camp under coach Urban Meyer is slated to begin held Aug. 3, just less than a month before the team’s first game against Miami (Ohio).
NINE DOGS THAT were due to be put down at Carrick Dog Shelter earlier this afternoon have been saved.A pound in Monaghan were going to have to put down the dogs – which ranged in age from just 16 weeks to eight years old – but thankfully they’ve all been offered homes or rescue spaces after their stories appeared on TheJournal.ie on Tuesday.However, it isn’t all good news.Speaking about the last-ditch call from the Carrick shelter, spokesperson for Dogs Trust told TheJournal.ie that the fear of having to put animals to sleep because of a lack of space is a good example of what’s happening in pounds all over the country.In Ireland, 15 dogs are destroyed on average everyday. That’s 5,500 a year. To compare, in Scotland that number is just 500.A spokesperson from the ISPCA said “any sort of animal is not a suitable gift to give.“It is a big responsibility and it certainly is not something to surprise someone with, whatever time of the year it is.”Thankfully the nine dogs from Carrick have been saved but this problem is far from over.Carrick Dog shelter have got in touch with the newsteam here to say “a massive thanks from us on behalf of nine very happy pound dogs!”These nine dogs have less than 48 hours to live if they can’t be re-homed>Dog welfare group say Christmas dumping of dogs has already started>Men plead guilty to training dogs for animal fights>
Share7 Tweet Email1 By Stephen McDermott Short URL Mar 5th 2019, 7:44 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article US to scrap special status for Turkey and India in attempt to end trade war with China Certain products from the two countries will no longer be imported to the US duty-free. 18 Comments Tuesday 5 Mar 2019, 7:44 AM Donald Trump speaks at the National Association of Attorneys General in the White House on Monday Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesTHE US INTENDS to scrap a preferential trade status granted to India and Turkey which allows certain products from the two countries to be imported duty-free.The Office of the US Trade Representative announced it would end the countries’ designations as beneficiary developing countries as part of what the ‘Generalised System of Preferences’ programme.Under the programme, certain products can enter the US duty-free if countries meet an eligibility criteria, including “providing the United States with equitable and reasonable market access”.In a statement, the office said that the two countries “no longer comply with the statutory eligibility criteria” for the programme.It added that India has failed to provide assurances that it would allow the US the required market access, and “has implemented a wide array of trade barriers that create serious negative effects on United States commerce”.In response, India said the impact on its exports to the US would be minor, claiming just €4.95 billion of its €70 billion in exports to the US are covered by GSP.Meanwhile, the US said that Turkey was now considered “sufficiently economically developed” to have “graduated” from the programme, having first been designated a GSP beneficiary in 1975.Donald Trump said the country’s economy “has grown and diversified”, and noted that Istanbul has already “graduated from other developed countries’ GSP programmes”.The changes cannot take effect for at least 60 days, after the US House of Congress and the affected countries were notified, a process that started on Monday when Trump wrote letters to the speaker of the House and the president of the Senate.The move comes as the US and China seek to negotiate an exit from a costly trade war that is part of the Trump administration’s efforts to address what it views as inequitable commercial relationships with other states.Under an agreement taking shape, Beijing would lower some barriers on US companies’ operations in China and purchase large amounts American agricultural and energy goods if the United States agreed to lower most of the tariffs in return.However, reports have suggested that significant details of the deal remained unresolved.With additional reporting from – © AFP 2019 https://jrnl.ie/4524022 13,457 Views
The Vancouver pilot of a single-engine airplane remains in critical condition this morning after crashing into a hangar Saturday evening at the airport in Aurora, Ore.The pilot has been identified as Kevin R. Carr, 53. Carr also owned the plane, according to public records.Marion County sheriff’s deputies responded to the call of the crash at 5:47 p.m. The plane was a 1996 Savage-Cozy experimental aircraft.Aurora Fire Department personnel extricated Carr from the wreckage of the three-seater airplane. He was the sole occupant.A Life Flight helicopter flew him to Oregon Health & Science University hospital in Portland. He was listed in critical condition this morning, a spokeswoman said.Preliminary information indicates that the aircraft struck the roof of a hangar before coming to rest on the airport ramp, east of the runway. There was no post-impact fire.The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting an investigation.
Last time around, in 2010, David Jones went coast to coast. This time, he’s going to go clockwise along the borders of the nation.As he takes breaks from pedaling what he expects will be a roughly 12,000-mile journey, Jones will interview people and document their stories of an America that’s been battered by economic downturn for years — and perhaps is on the mend now.“On my first ride across the country, I saw an America I was unacquainted with,” said Jones, who is 56 and semi-retired. “An America whose heartland had been decimated by the economic downturn and policies enacted over the last three decades. As a result, many people were struggling to keep their businesses afloat and in fact many towns were virtually shuttered.“What struck me was the kindness, spirit and determination of the average American,” he said. “On my upcoming journey, I will tell their story.”Jones also hopes to raise $100,000 for Share, Clark County’s leading provider of services to the hungry and homeless. Jones is a past board member of Share.