CALGARY – The city of Calgary is gathering input from its citizens over the next couple of weeks on proposed sites where people would be allowed to consume marijuana in public.The city has a population of almost 1.3 million people and the public sites are considered necessary because landlord and tenant agreements, condo bylaws and hotel rules can prohibit marijuana consumption.However, a municipality can approve designated areas where cannabis can be smoked, vaped or eaten.The use of recreational pot is to become legal Oct. 17.Matt Zabloski, the lead for Calgary’s cannabis legalization project, expects a lot of input.“We’re expecting a fairly big response,” he said Monday. “Obviously cannabis is becoming more and more on people’s radar and we’re assuming there’s a lot of Calgarians that are going to be very interested in what happens from here.”Four sites have been identified. All are on the edge of downtown and include green spaces and a city park. There would be strict rules at the proposed sites regarding the radius of the consumption area, signage, waste receptacles and tamper-proof ashtrays.Feedback is to be brought to a public meeting of city council Oct. 9.Under Calgary legislation a ward can only be considered for a site if it’s requested by the local councillor. In this case, all four areas are in the ward of Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra, the only one of 14 council members to make a request.“When we restricted cannabis to the extent that we did we created a situation where some citizens might not have the opportunity to legally consume a legal substance, and so we had to create an opportunity for that to happen,” said Carra.“I felt it was my duty to then figure out whether and how we could create public-use sites.”Some constituents using Twitter were giving Carra an earful Monday.“I would like you to stop inviting chaos into our neighbourhood. Your proposal is crazy-making,” tweeted Lynne Rennie. “All four proposed sites are in Ward 9 because of your personal philosophy. No other councillor wants these in their wards.”Ali McMillan questioned why cannabis could be consumed in a park but not alcohol.“You won’t let me drink wine in a park but cannabis gets a special pass? My asthma and my kids will not appreciate sharing the park with a cannabis garden,” she wrote.Carra said he isn’t surprised there are strong opinions.“It’s a little politically fraught but I’ve never really shied away from tough conversations,” he said.“This is not a black-and-white issue. This is a nuanced, difficult, fraught situation and we’re going to have an interesting conversation.”Zabloski said concern for public safety is why input is needed.“I would emphasize that by no means are these going to happen for sure at this point. We also want to hear from everybody who has the potential to be affected by it.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
BEIJING — The Latest on U.S. allegations against Chinese tech giant Huawei Technologies (all times local):2:15 p.m.China has called on Washington to “stop the unreasonable crackdown” on Huawei and other companies following the U.S. indictment of the Chinese tech giant.A foreign ministry statement read Tuesday on state TV news complained U.S. authorities “mobilized state power to blacken” some Chinese companies “in an attempt to strangle fair and just operations.” It said there was a “strong political motivation and political manipulation.”The statement says, “We strongly urge the United States stop the unreasonable crackdown on Chinese companies including Huawei and treat Chinese companies fairly and justly.”It says Beijing will “firmly defend” Chinese companies but gave no indication how it might respond to the U.S. indictment of Huawei.___12:35 p.m.Chinese tech giant Huawei denies committing any of the violations cited in a U.S. indictment that accuses the company of stealing technology, violating trade sanctions and lying to banks.Huawei Technologies Ltd. said in a statement Tuesday asked to discuss the investigation with U.S. prosecutors following the arrest of its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, in Canada in December but that request was rejected.The company noted the allegations in the trade secrets charge already were the subject of a U.S. civil lawsuit that was settled.“The company denies that it or its subsidiary or affiliate have committed any of the asserted violations of U.S. law set forth in each of the indictments,” the company statement said. It said Huawei is “not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng, and believes the U.S. courts will ultimately reach the same conclusion.”The Associated Press
The FARC have been in talks with the Government for the last 32 months, seeking to end a 51-year conflict that has made almost a quarter of a million victims. In a statement, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the announcements made by the parties represent significant progress towards reaching a final peace agreement and bring Colombia even closer to ending the hemisphere’s longest armed conflict. “The Secretary-General looks forward to welcoming President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia at the United Nations in New York and hearing his views about the way forward for the peace process,” the statement noted. Mr. Ban also commended the role of guarantor countries, Cuba and Norway, as well as of Chile and Venezuela as accompanying nations in assisting this peace process. “The Secretary-General reiterates the commitment of the United Nations to continue supporting the parties as they advance in their work toward reaching a Peace Agreement, particularly through the work of his Delegate to the sub-commission on End of Conflict,” the statement added. He also reiterated the willingness of the United Nations system to provide the support required to ensure the successful implementation of the peace agreement in Colombia for the advancement of peace, human rights and development for all its citizens. Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Zainab Hawa Bangura also commended the agreement, noting that sexual violence and other crimes against humanity, genocide and serious war crimes would not be subject to amnesties or pardons. Taking to Twitter, Mrs. Bangura, who advocates in the United Nations for eliminating sexual violence in conflict and holding perpetrators to account, said specific mention of sexual violence in the agreement is a “victory” for survivors and activists participating in the Havana talks.
Tony Harper, Head of Research Advanced System Engineering, JLR, and the Automotive Council Technology Group, outlined how the technology consensus roadmap had become an icon in itself and stressed that the Technology Group’s output in the areas of the five sticky technologies was set to increase significantly in the second half of 2012.Andrew Everett, Head of Transport, Technology Strategy Board, reiterated the role of strong collaboration in R&D and the opportunities in the supply chain, pointing to the fact that it was involved in more than 400 collaborative partnerships in the UK. TSB funding has so far totalled more than £60m with combined public sector investment valued at more than £150m. Chairing the session, Tony Harper said that a relatively low level of funding in the key technology areas could deliver exponential growth for UK companies.Catherine Coates, Director Business Innovation, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, outlined how its research portfolio in the universities sector is currently running at more than £4bn and reminded UK automotive that of its collaborative work with 2,300 businesses in the UK, around 1,000 were SMEs. She emphasised the importance of EPSRC to industry, being able to give a national picture of the big R&D investment priorities and where all the centres of excellence are based. Catherine also concluded that its investments were aligned to the Automotive Council’s five sticky technologies.John Leech, Head of Automotive, KPMG, said there were many reasons to be optimistic, with R&D employment rising in the UK. Outlining the attractiveness of the automotive industry to global investors, he explained the new Patent Box tax regime, which would see tax rates for profits driven by patents cut to 10% rather than against the mainstream corporation tax rate of 24%. He also underlined the key benefits for those working in R&D of the Above the Line R&D tax credits (ATL), which enabled R&D teams to see cash incentives for investment for the very first time. Toby Peters, CEO, Dearman Engine Company, delivered his experience of successfully securing funding for a relatively ‘left-field’ powertrain technology – developing an engine that runs on liquid air, and continued that the benefit of that funding would now see Ricardo manufacture a full demonstration model in 2013.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
The largest continental sporting and cultural gathering of Indigenous peoples had Brock alumna Marcia Trudeau-Bomberry (BA ’00) at its helm this past summer.The 2017 North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) saw 5,000 teen athletes compete in 14 sports and 2,000 volunteers, including more than 50 Brock students, come together to celebrate the diverse regions and cultures represented by the participants.Trudeau-Bomberry, the Games’ Chief Executive Officer, called the event “an amazing experience.”Marcia Trudeau-Bomberry, second from right, was honoured as the 2017 Brock Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate in the Faculty of Social Sciences during Homecoming weekend in September. She was presented the award by Alumni Association President Chris Phillips, Brock President Gervan Fearon and Interim Dean of Social Sciences Ingrid Makus.“This was a chance to see the unifying power of sport and culture, and to see Indigenous youth from across Turtle Island/North America come together to compete, learn, share and forge new friendships,” she said of the Games held July 16 to 23 in Toronto.In recognition of her many contributions to sport, wellness and Indigenous communities, Trudeau-Bomberry was named the 2017 Brock Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate in the Faculty of Social Sciences during Homecoming weekend in September.She studied communication and sociology at Brock, and later earned an MBA at Alberta’s Athabasca University.“When I got to know Marcia during her time at Brock, she already demonstrated the qualities of imagination, determination and dedication that make her such an outstanding leader in Indigenous sport and culture today,” said Marian Bredin, a professor in the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film.Once serving as Trudeau-Bomberry’s undergraduate thesis supervisor, Bredin learned a great deal from the inspired young student about the experiences of Indigenous youth in Canadian universities.“Marcia’s achievements at the Games and her commitment to young Indigenous athletes are truly inspiring,” she said.In addition to her work with NAIG, Trudeau-Bomberry has worked in communications and community development for the Aboriginal Sport Circle, and on projects such as the Aboriginal Sport Hero Torch Bearer program in partnership with the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010.She also spent many years as a director with the Aboriginal Sports and Wellness Council of Ontario, and worked in several roles for the United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising.Trudeau-Bomberry believes her studies and Brock experience as a whole helped her to understand the unique place that Indigenous people hold in society, as well as the role of media and communications in representing Indigenous people in mainstream culture and society.During her time at the University, she was involved with an Indigenous student group, participated in recreational volleyball and, after picking up a lacrosse stick for the first time on campus, played on Brock’s varsity women’s team.While there were many memorable moments at the 2017 North American Indigenous Games, Trudeau-Bomberry took particular pride in seeing women’s lacrosse included for the first time since the event’s inception in 1990.
Flytippers have illegally dumped an enormous amount of rubbish in a country lane in Staffordshire.The steaming heap appeared in the village of Yoxall on Friday afternoon, to the horror of local residents. “I have never seen anything like it in my life. It stinks to high heaven. There’s all sorts in there – food, dirty nappies – I dread to think what else.”It’s like walking onto a landfill site.”The road itself used to be the main road through the village, but it was closed off a few years ago. Piled high: horrified locals have had enoughCredit:Caters “Now we’ve got loads of heavy goods vehicles coming right through the centre of the village, they mount the pavements because there’s not enough room for them to pass.”This is just the final straw – the whole village is up in arms.” Villagers believe that the enormous mountain of waste may have been left by a HGV that dumped its load after realising it had driven down a dead end.Photographer Tony Slater snapped the pile of rubbish after he and his wife stumbled across the site while out walking.He said: “It is absolutely disgusting. Litter-ally steamingCredit:Caters 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. Blocked: The country lane near Yoxall, Staffs.Credit:Caters
Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Greene and Andre RusselOn Tuesday, history will be made in Guyana as the first of two Hero Caribbean Premiere League (CPL) play-off matches will be hosted.The first match is slated to commence at 18:00h will see the table toppers, Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) clashing with the underdogs of the tournament, the Guyana Amazon Warriors (GAW).On Wednesday, the St Kitts Patriots will take on the Jamaica Tallawahs. The four teams are entering the play-offs with the aim of securing a spot in the finals slated for Sunday, September 16 at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago.Their intentions were clearly stated as the four captains spoke with the media on Monday at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, Kingston Georgetown.The youngest of the lot, Guyana Amazon Warriors Captain Chris Green is confident after his team’s massive win over the Trinbago Knight Riders on Sunday evening.Guyana Amazon Warrior captain, Chris Green“I think the Knight Riders have been the in-form team all competition and they’ve played some really good cricket. We take a lot of confidence after last night’s clash,” Green statedThe captain then went on to state, “We obviously got out home support here which we thoroughly enjoyed this weekend and I know our teams’ really excited for what’s going to be a very good challenge.”Touching on the advantage of being a top two team, the Knight Riders Captain, Dwayne Bravo highlighted the uncertainty of going into the playoffs.Trinbago Knight Riders Captain, Dwayne Bravo“The luxury of finishing one and two you have two chances but at the same time that doesn’t give you the right to make it to the finals because you could easily have two bad games,” Bravo stated.On the other hand, the Jamaica Tallawahs Captain, Andre Russell is elated to be a part of the final four in his first stint as captain.“I’m happy to be here in the top four, you know it’s my first year as a captain so that’s an achievement for me as well.”Jamaica Tallawahs captain, Andre RusselOn a lighter note, St. Kitts and Nevis Captain, Chris Gayle revealed his preference for the cup.“Well I can tell you this, it’s going to be St. Kitts or Jamaica winning the cup. Not Guyana, not Trinidad,” the world boss disclosed.Not that the teams have indicated their intentions, it time for the grand finale. Fans continue to flock the ticketing office to purchase their tickets.Green Stand and Red Stand ticket cost $5,000 each whole Orange Stand tickets cost $3,000 each and the Grass Mound is $2,500.St Kitts Patriots captain, Chris GayleHere is another catch, once fans purchase a ticket for tomorrow’s match against the Guyana Amazon Warriors and Trinbago Knight Riders, they will 25 percent off tickets for Wednesday match up.Ticket locations are available at the CPL Office at 238 Camp & Quamina Streets Georgetown; Lot 19 Princess Elizabeth Rd Queenstown New Amsterdam; Imam Bacchus & Sons General Store, Affiance Essequibo Coast; Cellular Planet Giftland Mall; Cellular Planet Sheriff Street; Cellular Planet Rosignol; Cell Smart, Rose Hall; Cell Smart, Parika; Cell Smart, Avenue of the Republic; The Cell, Quality; The Cell, New Amsterdam; Cellular Plus, City Mall and Speed Talk, Anna Regina. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana Amazon Warriors clash with Trinbago Knight Riders in first play-off match on TuesdaySeptember 9, 2018In “Sports”CPL 2018: The rivalry continues tonight as Warriors face off against TKRSeptember 11, 2018In “latest news”CPL tickets go on sale from tomorrow in GuyanaJune 8, 2016In “Sports”
Usain Bolt just scored his first two goals with the Central Coast Mariners, but he is still uncertain if he will fulfill his dream to become a Pro.This past Friday, Jamaican Olympic champion Usain Bolt started on his first match for the Central Coast Mariners from the Australian A-League in a friendly match against Macarthur South West United this Friday.Bolt got the surprise of scoring a brace in the match and made a giant first step towards fulfilling his dream of becoming a professional footballer, which is something he has always dreamed of.The goals in question were typical of a center-forward, the first one more spectacular than the second one and it boosted the man’s confidence for the future. But Bolt still thinks that he can’t see himself as a professional football player yet.When asked if he finally considered himself as such, Bolt responded: “Until I sign, I am not saying that,” said Bolt after the friendly.“When we will sit down with the club, we will sit down and discuss that if we want to move forward and what I need to do and how we can do it.”“I’m taking it one step at a time. I’m here to prove to the world that I can be a footballer and I can push myself and see how far I can go.”“I’ll always give time to the Mariners for giving me the opportunity to prove myself to the world. I’m just excited to take it step by step and move forward.”✌️ @usainbolt☝️ Ross McCormack☝️ @Jmuzza23Sit back and enjoy all four goals from last night’s pre-season trial! 🔥 #CCMFC @FOXFOOTBALL pic.twitter.com/SyBxHmap6p— Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) October 13, 2018Central Coast Mariners chairman Shaun Mielekamp spoke about the whole process that Usain Bolt went through in order to get that first start for the club, he confirmed that they treated him as any other trialist and they are still uncertain of what will happen in the future.“Tonight just puts more attention on the discussion we would already have had. It was always part of the programme to have him play this game and we will keep talking the way we have been the whole time,” the chairman told ESPN.“We have genuinely treated Usain like we would have any other triallist. He’s been training hard with us and tonight he showed weaknesses but he also showed his strengths and got two goals, so all credit to him. Whether it sways the outcome, it’s too early to tell.”“We will now liaise heavily with our sporting director Mike Phelan, who is due back in the country shortly.”Perth Glory boss warns squad to not get starstruck by United Andrew Smyth – July 12, 2019 Perth Glory manager Tony Popovic warned his players against getting starstruck ahead of Saturday’s friendly with Manchester United.“I want to give a huge amount of credit to Mike Mulvey, to Nick Montgomery, Ray Junna and everyone who put in the extra bits to get him to this stage.”“The people here believed and were open-minded enough to give it a go. Having said that, Usain was the one who had to put it in the back of the net.”Congratulations Usain Bolt on scoring your first two goals!⚡⚽⚽ #Football @usainbolt @CCMariners pic.twitter.com/BHHJaUo7PD— Olympics (@Olympics) October 12, 2018The club has agreed to not give any official statements about Usain Bolt’s future in the club just yet, they are going to wait at least until January for that and keep giving him the proper training in order to get him as ready as possible if the opportunity presents itself.The attention that the Central Coast Mariners are getting for doing this with one of the biggest Olympic Athlete’s in history, is something that the club’s CEO is also enjoying quite a bit.“Personally, the first time I heard his name mentioned I was pinching myself and thinking: ‘I can’t believe this is happening’ and it just keeps going,” he said.“You’ve got to create moments for history to be made and that’s what has happened — maybe 10 years from now I’ll look back and think I can’t believe that happened, but honestly I can barely believe it now.””It was a big deal.”A proud @usainbolt reflects on scoring two goals in his first start with the Mariners as a special moment in his sporting career. ⚡️Full press conference 🎥 https://t.co/nRQys53RCw pic.twitter.com/6muXJcgTqC— Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) October 12, 2018How possible is it for Usain Bolt to actually become a professional football player? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
During the sixth anniversary ceremony on Monday, where a $6,000 cheque was presented to public libraries, Carrier told attendees it is good to now begin considering what can be done with the shelled space at the two sites. Related Items:doctor, healthcare, hospital, medical, patients, Tci “You know the possibility of putting a combination of hospital beds, out-patient services, out-patient services on their own, or just in-patient beds as we have in most units here. So there’s different ways of looking at how we can use that space, but it shouldn’t be done without the planning and knowledge concerning medical tourism because that would place a demand on our resources here,” explained Carrier. Carrier, in a one on one with Magnetic Media shared that there are not enough beds in Provo and too many in Grand Turk; Provo has 20 beds, Grand Turk with 10. Providenciales is running at 120% while GT is doing just half of that. Happy Hours All Weekend at Outback Steakhouse Recommended for you The ‘extra’ or ‘shelled space’ at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center is in the eastern end of the facility; while in Grand Turk, the additional capacity is found throughout the medical center. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hurricane Irma hits TCI “Well that’s a good point, and as a matter of fact on our beds here in Provo, the utilization is such that we’re usually running at 110% to 120% occupancy, which means that we’re bringing patients, their in-patient care is basically being provided to them in, I would say adequate, circumstances and environment, but in many cases we’re doubling up on the rooms, so we’re bringing another bed in a one bedroom. The rooms were developed large enough to accommodate that, but that’s how we get 120% occupancy as you actually have more patients in beds than you have the official bed count for,” said Carrier, InterHealth Canada TCI, CEO. TCI Premier & Governor gives “all-clear” after Hurricane Irma The fact that the Turks and Caicos hospitals has this extra room, which is now being used as storage, was visionary said Carrier and it opens the door to luxury medical tourism, potentially. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMore health talk, but this time on the infrastructural development of the sector which InterHealth Canada TCI CEO, Daniel Carrier yesterday explained is not a privilege, but a right for residents of any country.
Iran has reportedly asked Indian oil refiners such as Essar Oil and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) to settle its oil dues worth $6 billion in euros within six months.Following the removal of sanctions by the US, Iran has informed Indian authorities that the three-year-old mechanism, which allowed the refiners to pay 45 percent of the oil import bill in rupees, leaving the remaining amount unpaid until a finalisation of payment channels, has expired.Iran has agreed to “receive” the pending payments, which now stand at more than $6 billion, in instalments over the coming six months, sources close to the development told Press Trust of India.Central Bank of Iran’s vice-governor Gholamali Kamyab has told Indian authorities crude oil transactions would now be in euros as Iran would not be “able” to carry out settlements in US dollars.For this, Iran will open or reactivate its accounts with Indian banks. The country wants Indian refiners to transfer the money to those accounts. Iran has already opened an account with IDBI for this purpose and is looking to open another with State Bank of India (SBI).The Persian Gulf nation also wants India to settle its oil import bills through the Asian Currency Union, and has written to the Reserve Bank of India regarding this, sources told the news agency.Essar Oil and MRPL have been paying 45 percent of their crude oil import bill in rupees to the UCO Bank account of the Iranian Oil Company for the past three years. The remaining amount has stayed unsettled, waiting for a finalisation of a payment mechanism.
Road Accident logoA motorcyclist was killed as a microbus hit his vehicle in Arappur area of Jhenaidah town on Monday, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Azizur Rahman, 40, son of Habibur Rahman of Kumrabaria village of the district.Office of Jhenaidah Fire Service Station Dilip Kumar Sarkar said Azizur was returning to the town from Kushtia and as he reached Arappur area, his motorbike got hit from the behind by the microbus. He was seriously injured then.When the locals rushed him to Jhenaidah Sadar Hospital the on-duty physician declared him dead, Dilip said.The body was sent to hospital morgue for autopsy.
.Greece’s top administrative court has ruled that asylum seekers should be allowed to move freely around the country, a move that could alleviate pressure on overcrowded island refugee camps.A justice source on Wednesday said the Council of State ruling only applies to asylum seekers who arrive from now on, and is not applicable to over 15,000 people already on the islands.Chronic overcrowding in island camps where migrants can spend months after landing until their asylum claims can be processed has often led to protests and outbreaks of violence.On Tuesday, hundreds of Afghan migrants demonstrated on Lesbos island over the fate of one of their fellow nationals, who was recently hospitalised with a heart ailment.The Greek government is keen to reduce tension on the eastern Aegean islands of Lesbos, Chios, Samos, Leros and Kos, especially as the busy tourist season is about to begin.Local authorities have long protested to Athens over the issue, and have blocked state efforts to expand capacity in the camps in retaliation.So far, only ailing and vulnerable refugees such as unaccompanied minors have been allowed off the islands without full asylum approval, a process that can take many months owing to the sheer volume of applications.Until now, the migration ministry has refused to allow larger numbers of refugees to cross to the mainland, arguing that it would only encourage people smugglers to send more over.A person with knowledge of the issue, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP the government is likely to seek legal avenues to set exceptions to the court ruling.The immigration ministry said it would “study” the ruling and that it had tabled a new law “which addresses the issue.”A ministry source said the bill will be approved by parliament by the end of the month.
Japanese helicopter carrier Kaga takes part in a joint naval drill with Japanese destroyer Inazuma and British frigate HMS Argyll in the Indian Ocean. Photo: ReutersJapan’s largest warship, the Kaga helicopter carrier, sailed into Sri Lanka’s Colombo harbour this weekend, marking Tokyo’s highest profile salvo in a diplomatic battle with China for influence along the region’s vital commercial sea lanes.Japan has long provided low-interest loans and aid to Sri Lanka, helping it transform Colombo into a major trans-shipment port tapping the artery of global trade just south of the island that links Europe and the Middle East with Asia.Beijing has, however, emerged as a powerful rival across South Asia and beyond as it implements its Belt and Road infrastructure initiative.Both China and Japan are also flexing their military muscles further from home. China’s navy is increasingly venturing beyond the Western Pacific and into the Indian Ocean as it targets a world-class blue water fleet by 2050, while Japan’s military diplomacy is flourishing under Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.“Japan’s government is promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific and this deployment in the Asia Pacific is a component of that strategy,” Rear Admiral Tatsuya Fukuda, the commander of the Kaga and its destroyer escort, said in his cabin as the carrier steamed for Colombo through the Indian Ocean.“Maritime security and stability is of critical importance” to an island nation like Japan, he added.On its way to Sri Lanka, the 248 metre (814 ft) ship was shadowed by Chinese frigates in the South China Sea and carried out naval drills in the Philippines and Indonesia. It also drilled with a British Navy frigate before docking in Colombo on Sunday with 500 sailors and four submarine hunting helicopters aboard.As part of the goodwill visit, the Kaga’s crew also brought packets of colourful origami paper, crafting flowers for local children who came to tour the ship soon after it docked.TUSSLE WITH CHINAThe visit was intended to reassure Sri Lanka of Japan’s willingness and capability to dispatch its most powerful military assets to a region where China is growing in influence.“Sri Lanka, as a hub in the Indian Ocean, and upholding its commitment to a free and open Indian Ocean, welcomes naval vessels from all our partner nations, to interact with Sri Lanka’s Navy,” said Sri Lankan foreign ministry spokeswoman Mahishini Colonne. “Several navy vessels from our partner countries have visited Sri Lanka this year already and the ship from Japan, a close bilateral partner, is welcomed in the same spirit.”Sri Lanka recently agreed to cede control of the new $1.5 billion Hambantota port on its southern coast to China Merchants Port Holdings in a bid to ease the debt burden it has accumulated with Beijing.China’s Foreign Ministry denies it engages in unsustainable or unwanted lending and says the port project will help Sri Lanka become an Indian Ocean logistics hub.Tokyo’s diplomatic counter-offensive has included a visit in January by Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Kono, the first by a top Japanese diplomat in 16 years. In August, Japan’s defence minister also went to Sri Lanka and visited Hambantota.“Sri Lanka is a key country within the region and a core part of Japan’s open and free Indo-Pacific strategy. A monopoly by any country at a Sri Lankan port would run counter to that,” a foreign ministry official told Reuters, asking not to be identified because he is not authorised to talk to the media.In March, Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena visited Tokyo for talks with Abe, who despite being constrained by a constitution that forbids the use of force overseas, has sought a greater role for his military in the region.That has worried China, and could be an issue as Abe prepares to travel to Beijing to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping.“The message to China is that Japan with India and the United States and of course Sri Lanka has the capacity to engage militarily,” said Nozomu Yoshitomi, a professor at Nihon University in Tokyo, and a former Ground Self Defence Force major general who advised the Japanese cabinet.OPPOSITION AT HOMESuch naval forays are a recent change that for some veteran sailors on the Kaga was unexpected.“When I joined, we would sail out for the day and train from morning till night. I never imagined that we would be deployed on actual missions like this,” said Command Master Chief, Yasuhara Tohno, a 35 year navy veteran.The Kaga is half-way through a two-month deployment that will see it visit India next.In the last five years, Japanese naval vessels have stopped in Sri Lanka 50 times, according to Fukuda.But the Kaga’s new role as a big stick of Japanese diplomacy is for some influential military experts in Japan foolhardy because it means deploying ships away from where they are needed more.“I am strongly against it,” said Yoji Koda, a retired admiral who is now a fellow at the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies at Harvard. “Our navy was tasked to kill submarines in the Western Pacific and guarantee the safety of U.S. naval forces. That is enough, we can’t do anymore things.” Japan has one of the biggest and most advanced navies in the world with more than 40 destroyers, four helicopter carriers and around 20 submarines.“We undertake far more missions than we did in the past. That means we are stretched in some areas but it is our job to complete the job with the equipment we have,” said Fukuda, Kaga’s commander.CARRIER AMBITIONWhile arguments over the future role of Japan’s navy rage on within the MSDF and defence ministry, proponents of overseas operations appear for now to have gained the upper hand as Abe seeks a larger regional security role for his country.That could eventually lead to the acquisition of fixed wing aircraft carriers, two military officials told Reuters, asking not to be identified because they are not authorised to talk to the media.Doing so would put it in an exclusive club of countries including the United States, Russia, Britain and more recently China that able to project air power over long distances.Details on Tokyo’s plans may come before the end of the year, when Japan’s defence ministry will publish two papers outlining its security goals and military procurement plans for the five years beginning in April 2019.Separate military sources earlier told Reuters those documents will include a commitment to acquire vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) F-35B stealth fighters that could be flown from the deck of the Kaga or its sister ship the Izumo.
The exchange rate of the peso against the US dollar sold yesterday at 19.15 peso, its lowest level since December 5. The main drivers of this decrease were the weakness of the dollar in the international market and the expectation of a more conciliatory position of the Administration of Donald Trump with respect to the negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).“The appreciation of the peso was in line with a general strengthening of currencies against the US dollar, as market participants anticipate that the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan could adopt a more restrictive monetary stance in the year,” explained Gabriela Siller, for Analysis in Banco Base.The interbank dollar closed yesterday at 18.858 units, its lowest level in six weeks, according to information from the Bank of Mexico. On the day the peso gained 14.70 cents, equivalent to 0.77 percent.At the bank window, the greenback was at 19.15 units, lower than the 19.30 units on Friday at Citibanamex.The national currency accumulated an appreciation of 2.71 percent in three sessions of consecutive gains. This advance allowed it to be the best performing currency in that period, with respect to a basket of 44 currencies followed by Bloomberg.The previous week, Trump declared that he would be more flexible in the NAFTA negotiations, which has also supported the peso.The peso is likely to slow its appreciation at current levels , given the uncertainty over what progress will be made in the sixth round of NAFTA renegotiation, which is scheduled to begin next week.Likewise, the results of the presidential elections in the country will prevent the market from continuing to adopt positions in favor of the peso. The main support for the exchange rate is at the level of 18.72 pesos per dollar, said a document prepared by Siller.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
LISBON, Portugal — Portugal’s head of culture is denying a report that dozens of state-owned works of art have gone missing from public institutions.Weekly newspaper Expresso reported that the culture ministry has lost 170 works, including paintings by celebrated Portuguese artists Julio Pomar, Helena Almeida and Vieira da Silva.Culture Minister Graca Fonseca said Tuesday the government just didn’t know where the artwork is. She said works are often loaned out and that some of their locations “need to be more accurately recorded.”She added that an updated inventory of works of art is currently being compiled and that missing works are being tracked down.The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Portugal says valuable art works aren’t lost, just missing by The Associated Press Posted Jun 4, 2019 6:26 am PDT
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