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Shutdown divides services into essential and non-essential

WASHINGTON (AP) Symbols of American promise have turned into emblems of American dysfunction amid a dispute in Congress over spending and immigration that has forced scores of federal agencies and outposts to close their doors. The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island have turned away visitors in New....
 

Democrats, GOP exchange charges of blame for shutdown

The fighting followed a late-night vote in which Senate Democrats blocked a House-passed measure that would have kept agencies functioning for four weeks. Republicans began the day hopeful they might pick off Democratic support for a three-week version and bring the episode to a quick end.

NFL says it will step in to provide military service games

The US government shutdown will not prevent military service members stationed abroad from watching the Super Bowl after the National Football League promised to provide access to the big game. The impasse in Washington initially threatened a blackout of the AFC and NFC Championship games on Sunday,....

Asia Pacific US shutdown exposes 'chaotic political system', China's news agency says

Donald Trump is accused of backtracking on predecessor Barack Obama’s policies. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images. The shutdown of the US government exposes “chronic flaws” in the country’s political system, China’s official news agency said on Sunday.

Pope wrapping up contentious, restive trip to Latin America

Pope Francis is wrapping up the most contested, violent trip of his papacy Sunday with a series of meetings with Peruvian church leaders and a final Mass at an air base in Peru's capital. The Mass is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of Peruvian faithful before his departure to Rome — a....

Late Wyoming surge sinks Utah State, 85-77

Logan • It’s likely than those who saw Utah State play even with Boise State on Wednesday could scarcely believe their eyes three nights later. Although Utah State ended up leading by a point with 5:50 left in the second half, the same Cowboys squad that built that advantage returned for the last....

List of 500 largest Vietnamese enterprises announced

The list of top 500 largest Vietnamese enterprises (VNR500) was announced in Hanoi on January 19, with the number of private companies in the list rising by 2.5 times in 2017 since the rankings were first made 10 years ago. The number of private companies in the top 500 largest Vietnamese enterprises list (VNR500) rose by 2.

APPF-26 final plenary session approves Hanoi Declaration

Under the chair of Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Participating APPF members also adopted amendments to APPF Rule of Procedure relating to making the Meeting of Women Parliamentarians an APPF permanent feature. The session approved the selection of Cambodia as host of....

IPU pledges cooperation with Vietnam in realising SDGs

The Inter-Parliament Union (IPU) has always been and will continue to cooperate with the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA), helping improve the country’s ability in realising sustainable development goals (SDGs), said IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong.

NA Chairwoman: Vietnam treasures relations with Mexico

Vietnam treasures the relations with Mexico and wishes to continue fostering the comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said on January 20. NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and President of the Mexican Senate Ernesto Cordero Arroyo.

Adjutant General of Oregon National Guard welcomed in Hanoi

Sen. Lt. Gen. Pham Ngoc Minh, Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army, welcomed Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, Adjutant General of the US’s Oregon National Guard, in Hanoi on January 19. Sen. Lt. Gen. Pham Ngoc Minh - Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People’s Army (R) meets Maj.

Government News 21/1

Mongolian Parliament Chairman begins official visit to Vietnam. Chairman of the Parliament of Mongolia Miyegombo Enkhbold (Source: Mongolia.gogo.mn) Chairman of the Parliament of Mongolia Miyegombo Enkhbold and his spouse have arrived in Hanoi for an official visit to Vietnam from January 20 to 23.

Dark clouds loom over Kosovo 10 years after independence Pristina (AFP) - The assassination of a prominent Serb politician has cast another dark cloud above Kosovo as it is prepares to mark the 10th anniversary of its independence.

Pristina (AFP) - The assassination of a prominent Serb politician has cast another dark cloud above Kosovo as it is prepares to mark the 10th anniversary of its independence. Unilaterally declared on February 17, 2008, the independence of Serbia's breakaway province is recognised by more than 110 countries.

Jafza Bridge now open for traffic

The Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) has opened the Jafza Bridge for traffic, linking Jafza North and Jafza South across Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. The bridge, built in collaboration with the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), will facilitate the flow of traffic between Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone and Al Maktoum International Airport.

Kabul Hotel Siege Ends With Attackers, Five Civilians Killed

The Afghan Interior Ministry says a deadly siege of a major luxury hotel in Kabul has ended, with at least three attackers dead after a 12-hour security operation. A spokesman for the ministry told RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan early on January 21 that five civilians were killed by the assailants....

Britain risks losing green protections after Brexit

A coalition of leading environmental groups said there is a ‘significant risk’ that British environmental protections will be reduced after Brexit, despite the government’s positive rhetoric, theguardian.com wrote. Greener UK, which represents 13 campaign groups including WWF, National Trust, RSPB,....

India restricts use of imported petcoke in Delhi region

As the world’s largest consumer of petcoke, India imports over half its annual petcoke consumption of about 27 million tons, mainly from the US. Local producers include Indian Oil Corp, Reliance Industries and Bharat Petroleum Corp. “Only consented and registered industrial units of NCR States....

Enemies’ failure in Syria not meaning end of plots: Iran official

Head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations Kamal Kharrazi said that failure of the enemies during military operations in Syria does not mean the end of conspiracies, as the West is seeking a new sedition. In a meeting with the deputy secretary general of Syria’s Baath Party in Damascus,....

Australia's biodiversity strategy a global embarrassment

The Sydney Morning Herald revealed that a new 13-page document had quietly replaced the old 100-page biodiversity conservation strategy just before Christmas on the Department of Environment’s website, theguardian.com wrote. Entitled Australia’s Strategy for Nature 2018-2030, the paper outlines....

Education Minister adopts title of ‘Doctor’, but is yet to be conferred with PhD

Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry, has accepted the title of ‘Doctor’, although she is yet to complete her PhD, which is being funded by taxpayers’ dollars. The Ministry of the Presidency website has listed the Cabinet post of Education Minister as ‘Dr. Nicolette Henry’.

Appoint GRA as single collecting agency for royalty, petroleum tax revenue-IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) believes that the Government of Guyana should appoint the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) as the single collecting agency for royalty and petroleum tax revenue. But as it prepares to get to that stage, the Fund says that there will continue to be great need to....

Team Benschop distances self from M&CC representative

Social Activist Mark Benschop has distanced himself from Councillor Jameel Rasul. Rasul was selected to represent Team Benschop at the level of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council, (M&CC). Team Benschop was awarded a seat on the Council following the last local government elections.

Disgruntled ‘half-day cleaners’ protest for their pay increase

More than two dozen ‘half-day cleaners’ in Linden on Tuesday expressed their dissatisfaction and disgruntlement over several issues facing them, including poor working conditions and no increase in salaries. Regional Chairman, Rennis Morian, in an invited comment on the issue of the cleaners, said,....

Inflated $69M NIS office in Corriverton… 6 years later, sections of roofing being replaced

Its construction was overshadowed by allegations of wrongdoings. In May 2016, a key audit report found that the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) building at Corriverton, in Corentyne, Berbice, that was built for $69M was really worth $38M. Now, a mere six years later, it appeared that in addition to be overpriced, poor work was also done.

ExxonMobil to build HQ, hotel, helipad, training centre, etc.

– identifies 10 acres of land from Ogle Airport Inc. ExxonMobil will soon begin developing 10 acres of land under the control of Ogle Airport Inc (OAI), the company that operates the Eugene F. Correia International Airport. Reports are that the oil company is looking to erect its headquarters there.

Overseas-based Guyanese give back to their homeland

Being a humanitarian is a noble undertaking, but persuading others to join a humanitarian drive is by far a more demanding task. It was just such a role that Asia Alli has been playing for some years now. She has been able to agitate a movement that has been allowing for many vulnerable Guyanese to....

First female elected Press Assoc. head, Nazima Raghubir, is a ‘Special Person’

It was a few days before the elections that Raghubir announced her candidacy and was elected unopposed. But now that the pomp and fanfare has ended, Raghubir revealed that the task at hand is not a simple one. “There are a whole lot of responsibilities and expectations…I think women holding public....

The Plight of the Sweeper Cleaner

The minimum wage within the Government sector has seen an increase in each of the budgets presented so far since the Coalition Government took office; however, there is a group of people who are paid by the Guyana Government, who continue to be overlooked whenever increases are paid. They provide a necessary service within the Government schools.

12:40 Venezuela Pays Tribute to Cuban National Hero Jose Marti

21 de enero de 2018, 00:40 Caracas, Jan 21 (Prensa Latina) The Venezuelan government and society will dedicate an broad program to honor Cuban National Hero Jose Marti, according to the People''s Power Ministry of Culture. On Sunday, 137 years after the arrival in Caracas of the Cuban....

12:14 Mexico: The Ghosts Looming over Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

Lopez Obrador, candidate for the July elections of the coalition Juntos Haremos Historia, or Together We'll Make History, made up of Morena and the parties of Labor and Social Encounter, is once again the most attacked between its political rivals, especially in the private media.

Quad Cities Women’s March aims to get women to the polls

"Bring an open heart and an open mind you're going to hear stories from people you might have not heard otherwise," said Laura Rodriguez, Quad Cities Women's March organizer. On the anniversary on the First Women's March in D.C hundreds turned out at Schweibert Park for the Quad Cities Women's March.
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