The elemental building-blocks of life arrived on Earth when it collided with a “Mars-sized planet” 4.4 billion years ago – an impact that also created the Moon, a new study has found. Read Full Article at RT.com
A US-born Iranian journalist was freed without charge on Wednesday after testifying before a grand jury. Her arrest by the FBI had sparked protests and accusations of racism against Washington. Read Full Article at RT.com
A Russian Sukhoi Su-27 fighter jet was deployed to intercept an unidentified aircraft moving towards the Russian border. The potential intruder turned out to be a Gulfstream jet collecting intelligence for the Swedish military. Read Full Article at RT.com
One man must have thought the Venezuelan crisis needed divine intervention when he tried to charge Pope Francis’ convoy carrying the Central American country’s tricolor during the pontiff’s procession in Panama. Read Full Article at RT.com
Many world leaders have used the forum to attack protectionism, populism and reactionary nationalism.
The blue hue seen in the packaging of potable drinking water (PET) bottles would be changed to transparent to help consumers see the water they were about to consume, Environment Deputy Minister Ajith Mannapperuma said yesterday.
The losses at the national carrier, SriLankan Airlines, widened during the nine months ended December 31, 2018, despite the gains at the top line level, due to currency depreciation and higher oil prices, the airline said yesterday in a statement.
An accomplice of notorious underworld figure ‘Angoda Lokka’ who operates from overseas, has been arrested by the Organized Crimes Unit officers with 1.15 kg of Kerala Cannabis at Udumulla in Mulleriyawa yesterday.
Law enforcement officers are in the search of a Turkmenistan couple suspected to be the mastermind of the heroin distribution racket that operated from a luxury apartment in Kollupitiya.
Global markets parted ways yesterday as investors were more cautious about the chances of success in China-US trade talks, and looked for direction from the ECB. The overall mood remained wary, with a rally that has characterised the start of the year stuttering due to slower Chinese economic activity, a softer global outlook, Brexit issues and the US government shutdown, which shows no sign of ending soon. US investors sold shares Tuesday after the Financial Times and CNBC said Washington had rejected Beijing’s offer of preparatory discussions ahead of the next round of high-level negotiations. Yesterday saw a sliver of respite as Wall Street opened just in the black, the Dow Jones adding 1 per cent while the tech-heavy Nasdaq rose 0.6 per cent. “We are continuing to see caution in the markets on Wednesday, with reports a day earlier regarding trade talks between the US and China only aiding that,” said Oanda analyst Craig Erlam. “Reports that preparatory talks between the US and China ahead of a meeting at the end of the month had been cancelled put a slight dampener on the mood... at a time when we’re already seeing some profit taking.” Although the White House denied the...
There are storms in teacups and then there are teacups in a storm. The social media furore over halal slaughter in Malta began as the former but threatens to morph into the latter. The fuss over a piece of non-news has swelled into an over-reaction featuring public figures, where some of the already fragile values of our republic – like pluralism, consistency and informed, rational debate – are tumbling in the swirl of hot air. It all began earlier this week when an enterprising TVM journalist, Glen Falzon, interviewed Imam Mohammed al-Sadi about halal meat – that is, meat from animals slaughtered in conformity with Islamic requirements. The short answer is that, as with Jewish kosher meat, the live animal’s throat must be cut and most of the blood left to run out. Then Imam al-Sadi added something. Slaughter by cutting, carried out by a licensed Muslim (approved by the Imam), already takes place at the national abattoir. But it takes place according to the European directive that stipulates that animals must be stunned before the cut, a stipulation that both Jewish and Muslim authorities generally find objectionable. The same European law allows for exceptions to be made on...
Social norms are what we would think are normal, as in, what we accept versus what we refute, how we dress, how we behave, how we interact with the opposite gender, how we go about our day. Some of these burn us women and yet, we usually are vehemently protective of them, being blind to consequences they bring. You will not find it easy to agree with me on this, exactly because they are norms and as such, are normal. We need to think to see beyond them. But the environment in Malta, like in other countries, is toxic and it is killing. If it touches you, you find your life impacted for good. In my opinion, you can’t change society from the top down. You need to start with yourself, take the bottom up direction. The idea is that, once you are better, and you behave better, then those around you will be affected and will change, and those around them too. The circle will grow exponentially. One of us cannot change everything, but each of us can start changing to better. Social norms need rethinking exactly with this aim in mind. They are our tool to change the world around us. We need to change so that our laws, our courts, our politicians change, for the better. The way we...
Temperatures in southern Australian neared 48 degrees on Thursday, shattering previous records as sizzling citizens received free beer to help weather heatwave of historic proportions. The Bureau of Meteorology reported temperatures of 47.9 Celsius (118 Fahrenheit) north of Adelaide, while inside the city temperatures reached 46.2 Celsius, a fraction above a record that had stood since 1939. Adelaide residents are used to sweltering days during the southern hemisphere summer, but even they could find very little relief from the oppressive temperatures. More than 13 towns across South Australia have smashed their own heat records, with some of the state forecast to see temperatures of 50 degrees by the end of the day. While thousands flocked to the beach to cool off in the surf, hundreds have taken to shopping centres to stay out of the heat. At the Red Lion Hotel, publicans gave a free beer to each of their patrons while the temperature remained above 45 degrees. Around one hundred people lined up for their free drink for over one hour. But the temperatures are also testing municipal services, with SunCity buses forced to cut their services, leaving commuters searching for...
The influx of foreign workers over the last few years helped the economy to grow at a fast rate. It seems the government and the head of State employment agency JobsPlus have no intention to question the possible negative social, economic and environmental effects of increasing dependence on foreign workers. JobsPlus executive chairman Clyde Caruana argues that foreign workers have become so ingrained into our economic system it would be unreasonable – and perhaps verging on madness – to say we can close our doors to them. While very few have insisted this country should completely bar foreign workers, many continue to wonder what studies have been made to gauge the impact on Maltese society of the influx of foreign workers, which seems to be barely controlled. Mirroring the attitude of his political masters, Mr Caruana adopts a condescending attitude when addressing people’s concern about the increasing dependence on foreign workers. However, policymakers will do well to study precedents where other small nation states like Malta were faced with a similar situation. Singapore has for long been considered as an economic model that Malta should emulate. In 2012, the Singapore...
Николас Мадуро в ночь на 24 января дал американским дипломатам 72 часа на то, чтобы покинуть страну после разрыва дипломатических отношений с США из-за решения признать лидера оппозиции временным президентом. Мадуро обвинил США в попытке устроить в Венесуэле госпереворот.
Several countries, including the US, recognized Venezuelan parliament speaker Juan Guaido as interim president
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro earlier announced severing diplomatic relations with the United States
Protesters clashed with security forces in the states of Amazonas, Barinas, Bolivar, Portuguesa, Tachira, as well as in the capital, Caracas
The Russian Defense Ministry said the Swedish reconnaissance plane was conducting a flight over the Baltic Sea with its transponder switched off
On January 23, Venezuelan National Assembly Speaker Juan Guaido declared himself the country's acting president
Some twenty-nine years ago, Mohamed Bashir Oman, was born in Somalia’s troubled capital, Mogadishu. At a time when the first shells of artillery had just begun to drop and the walls were just getting ridden with the first spray of bullets, Somalis could be seen fleeing the flashpoints of the war that had just broken out in search of safe zones.
The rise of digital media has empowered people worldwide but also enabled the spread of disinformation and demagoguery and undermined the funding of professional journalism as we know it.
Funding cuts led to imminent closure of Italy's second-largest centre for asylum seekers amid local protests.
SINGAPORE - The majority of oBike users have not yet filed claims to retrieve their deposits, the firm's liquidators revealed on Wednesday (Jan 23). But even for those who have filed claims, there is no timeline yet as to when they can get their money back, as liquidator FTI Consulting continues debt settlement talks with oBike's new majority shareholder. The bicycle operator ended its Singapore operations unexpectedly last June, after about 18 months of operating here.
Disgruntled members of The Pines club are edging towards a face-off in court with motoring tycoon Peter Kwee, as nearly 70 of them - and counting - have come together to sue Mr Kwee's company, which owned and managed the now-defunct club. These members' decision follows a Dec 20, 2018 response by lawyers of Rajah & Tann, acting for Mr Kwee's company Exklusiv Resorts, which rejected the allegations in the members' letter of demand and described their claims as «baseless» and «unmeritorious».
It is truly the case that there is nothing like a father's love for his daughter. This heartwarming story of a supportive father who wants nothing but happiness for his daughter will surely touch your hearts. A Singapore-Chinese woman by the name of Li Jinghan took to Facebook on Tuesday (Jan 22) to share her father's conversation with a Malay man, where her father revealed the reason why he allowed his daughter to convert to Islam. The 29-year-old now goes by the name of Nur Jihan Li.
Author: Thu, 2019-01-24 00:46 JEDDAH: A memorandum of cooperation (MoC) was signed on Wednesday to localize 80,000 jobs for men and women in the real estate and contracting sectors starting this year until the end of 2020. The MoC aims to increase the Saudization rate and motivate growth in the real estate and contracting sectors. It was signed by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, the Housing Ministry, the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), the Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC) and the Saudi Contractors Authority (SCA). The signing ceremony was attended by Housing Minister Majed Al-Hogail, Labor and Social Development Minister and HRDF Chairman Ahmed bin Suleiman Al-Rajhi, Deputy Labor and Social Development Minister Dr. Abdullah bin Nasser Abuthnain, and SCA Chairman Osama bin Hassan Al-Afaliq, among others. Under the MoC, the partners will work to localize human capital in the real estate and contracting sectors, providing job opportunities for Saudis, and improving employees’ skills. The MoC’s clauses provide for coordination between the relevant parties to monitor the impact of Saudization on the sectors, issue legislation and regulations to achieve targets, and increase employment rates. The partners agreed to form a joint team of specialists to develop a working mechanism, provide a detailed plan to ensure effective implementation, and submit regular progress reports. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: job contractingHuman Resources Development Fund (HRDF)Council of Saudi Chambers (CSC)Saudi Contractors Authority (SCA) Saudi Arabia goes full steam with Saudisation of sales jobsWe are increasing our local capabilities in Kingdom to help Saudization
Author: Thu, 2019-01-24 01:37 JEDDAH: A Saudi university is hitting the high notes after becoming the first in the Kingdom to offer music courses to students. Some of the country’s top professional instructors have been hired by Taif University (TU) to run training sessions in singing, poetry and the playing of musical instruments. Although the courses are not part of the city university’s curriculum, education chiefs hope the program will lead the way in developing young musical talent in the Kingdom. Makkah Gov. Prince Khaled Al-Faisal inspired the initiative a year ago, and students are already lining up to join the new music academy on the university’s main campus. The music courses will include singing training, involving tuition in vocal keynotes, pitch and sight-reading exercises, and the singing of Arabic poetry. Starting next month, experts will also be on hand to teach students how to play the lute, dulcimer and piano. TU spokesman, Saleh Al-Thubaiti, told Arab News: “TU has turned an idea into reality. The academy offers several projects, the most important of which is the Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal International Prize for Arabic Poetry.” He said that the poetry club at the TU Arab Poetry Academy had attracted more than 850 applications from students wishing to take part in poetry writing, recitation, and music, and they would be performing in concerts this semester. Al-Thubaiti said: “The poetry-writing course will focus on teaching students aspects of Arabic prosody (the patterns of rhythm and sound used in poetry) in an innovative manner.” Trainees will be given the opportunity to present their poems at special student soirees and publish their poetry in an online magazine for young people. The academy also plans to launch an annual on-campus summer gathering for young poets. Those taking part in the poetry-recitation course will learn how to recite poetry and make audio books for general listeners and people with special needs. The TU Arab Poetry Academy recently held its first matinee event when faculty members and students recited several poems. “The university campus is not all about work and textbooks,” Al-Thubaiti said. “Students are interested in other activities that can help them develop their talents and skills. We believe the university is providing an environment where students can develop themselves on various personal and academic levels.” In December last year, the poetry academy held its first concert which was attended by the university’s governor, president, academics and students. It included poetry readings and a performance of national and traditional songs by the university band. Director of the poetry academy, Dr. Mansour Al-Harthi, told Arab News that 500 students had enrolled on the music course, adding that the city of Taif had long been renowned for its musical activities. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Taif UniversityMusicEducation Saudi Arabia announces live music permits as part of ambitious ‘year of entertainment’Enthusiasts treated to Arab classical music at Dar Al-Hekma University
Thu, 2019-01-24 02:26 JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s envoy to the US urged the United Nations on Thursday to take the Houthi militia to task for “reneging on their commitments” under the Stockholm Agreement on Yemen. “The Stockholm Agreement between Yemeni parties is being violated repeatedly by the Houthis,” Prince Khalid bin Salman said in a series of tweets. He said the Yemeni government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi and the Saudi-led Coalition that is backing it have been implementing their obligation under the agreement. Signed last December in Stockholm, Sweden, the agreement is an important first step for sustainable peace and offers hope for millions of Yemenis. “(But) it takes two sides to make it work, so far, the Iran-backed Houthi militia seems determined to uphold the misery and suffering of the brotherly Yemeni people,” Prince Khalid said. “Not only did the Houthis refuse to implement the Stockholm agreement, which they signed to, but they also went beyond that and continued their armed assault including drone attacks, the shelling of residential neighborhoods & launching a ballistic missile towards KSA,” he tweeted. He also pointed to the attack on Jan. 17 that targeted a UN convoy in Yemen's port city of Hodeidah, which was blamed on Houthis. «The Iran-backed militia displayed its contempt for peace by attempting to target a UN convoy, this is a reminder that we are dealing with a lawless militia that does not care about peace or the fate of millions of Yemenis,» the envoy said. He said the UN should «name the party that failed to uphold basic confidence building measures leading up to the Stockholm agreement, and clearly identify who is responsible for the attack on the armored vehicle that was carrying chief UN monitor Patrick Cammaert.» Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: YemenHouthi militiaSaudi-led CoaltionPrince Khalid bin SalmanStockholm agreement Five experts killed clearing Houthi landmines for Saudi charity in Yemen‘Yemen’s Houthi militia using Iranian-made drone aircraft’: Arab coalition
Thu, 2019-01-24 01:51 John Pagano has been CEO of the Red Sea Development Co. (TRSDC), one of three megaprojects aimed at diversifying the Saudi economy in line with Vision 2030, since January 2018. The Red Sea development announced in July 2017 is one of the world’s most ambitious luxury tourism and hospitality projects. Pagano has more than 35 years’ international experience in the commercial property industry in Europe, North America and the Caribbean. Before joining TRSDC, he headed his own company, Old Fort Capital Investments, based in London. The firm offered strategic advice and services to landowners, investors and developers with a focus on large real estate developments. Previously, he held leading positions at the Canary Wharf development in London, where he worked from 1988 to 2005 and 2011 to 2015. Pagano was also president of the Baha Mar Development Company, based in the Bahamas, for four years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada. TRSDC recently received final approval from its board for a master plan drawn up in partnership with global design firm WATG and engineering giant BuroHappold. “With the master plan approved, we are now identifying investors and partners who are interested in working with us on realizing the objectives of the project and who share our commitment to enhance, not exploit, the natural ecosystems that make the destination so unique,” Pagano said. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: FaceOf FaceOf: Valerio Orlando, professor of bioscienceFaceOf: Ibrahim Saleh Al-Suwail, deputy governor SAGIA
Thu, 2019-01-24 04:29 King Salman received on Wednesday outgoing Brazilian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia Flavio Marega. The ambassador paid farewell to the king on the occasion of the end of his term as an ambassador of his country to the Kingdom. The reception at the Yamamah Palace in Riyadh was attended by Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir. Later, King Salman received senior officials of the Ministry of Commerce and Investment, presidents of chambers of commerce, and a number of businessmen. During the reception, the king stressed the important role of the private sector in achieving development goals in the Kingdom and raising the level of provided services. The audience was attended by Minister of Commerce and Investment Dr. Majid bin Abdullah Al-Qassabi and Governor of Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization Saad bin Othman Al-Qasabi. Main category: Saudi ArabiaTags: Saudi Arabia King Salman receives Bahraini foreign minister King Salman receives president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union
Le projet de loi de Moetai Brotherson sur l'inéligibilité à vie des élus corrompus sera examiné, le 7 mars prochain, par les députés.
Un rapport de l’Agence Nationale de sécurité sanitaire, confirme que les couches jetables pour les bébés contiennent des produits chimiques dangereux, potentiellement cancérogènes. Aucune marque ne semble épargnée. Les fabricants ont 15 jours pour revoir leur copie.
Compte rendu du conseil des ministres.
The ability to work with single-minded focus, party workers say, is what sets Priyanka apart. She began campaigning from Amethi first in 1989, and then again in 1991 when she and mother Sonia pitched for Rajiv Gandhi as Prime Minister. In 1999, after a gap of eight years, Priyanka took charge once again.