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PM promises optimal support to young talents

While highly evaluating the youngsters’ products, ideas and startups, the PM held that these are useful to the society and country with practical and applicable values and that entering a university is not the only way to success, while disability cannot prevent a person from obtaining outstanding achievements in all fields.
 

Iceland's Kaupthing to sell part of Arion stake for more than $450 mln

March 19 Iceland's Arion Bank said Kaupskil ehf, a unit of Kaupthing, has agreed to sell 582.9 million shares of Arion Bank for more than 48.8 billion kronas ($450.7 million). Arion said the private placement reduces Kaupthing's stake to 57.9 percent of Arion's issued share capital.

METALS-Copper eases in thin trade, China property supports

MELBOURNE, March 20 London copper slipped on Monday in thin trade as markets digested the results of a meeting of G20 finanial leaders, but prices remained underpinned by a solid housing market in China, the world's top metals user. FUNDAMENTALS * LME: Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange had slipped by 0.

osbo family in shop cut George Osborne's family firm business rate slashed by over £3k while other shops face hikes

Tony Blair endorses George Osborne as Evening Standard editor. He told BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show: “I think it is a great thing for the Evening Standard. Why not? He is a highly capable guy and it should make politics more interesting.” The move was also backed by ex Education Secretary Nicky Morgan....

MDC-T meeting aborted as Khupe, allies confront Tsvangirai over VP appointments

MDC-T meeting aborted as Khupe, allies confront Tsvangirai over VP appointments. A Standing Committee meeting of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) led by Morgan Tsvangirai was abandoned prematurely Wednesday after the party’s vice president Thokozani Khupe confronted her boss over his....

Rand pares losses after dive in Asian trade

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s rand pared losses on Monday after dropping sharply in erratic Asian trade with dealers talking of Japanese sellers in a very illiquid market. By 0813 GMT the rand was 2.85 percent weaker at 16.78 against the U.S. dollar, stabilising after falling as much as 10.

Avalanche blows two-goal lead in third for 6-3 loss to Blackhawks

Gabriel Landeskog #92 of the Colorado Avalanche tries to get off a shot between Brian Campbell #51 and Trevor van Riemsdyk #57 of the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on March 19, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. CHICAGO For 50 minutes Sunday, the Avalanche looked like a team capable of beating just about anyone in the NHL.

'It holds us all back': Senior Reserve official slams 'dismally male' profession

Australia's starkly sex-segregated workforce will remain that way for at least another decade, as young men and women defy expectations and increasingly self-select into traditionally gendered fields of study. The proportion of female tertiary students studying traditionally "female" or "caring"....

Fines of up to $4.5 million, 10 years jail for corrupt payments to unions

Employers and union officials will face up to ten years' jail and companies will be fined as much as $4.5 million if they give or receive secret payments designed to corrupt a union official under new laws the Turnbull government will introduce. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Australians were....

The conundrum of foreign aid

Papua New Guinea isn't a place you necessarily want to linger. Its capital, Port Moresby, ranks among the most dangerous and least liveable cities in the world. Tribal fighting and sexual violence against children mar the provinces. In some areas, women accused of witchcraft are still bashed or burnt alive.

Long queues as East Timorese choose to have a say in future of Asia's newest democracy

Dili: They rode ponies, steered boats and walked for kilometres along cloud-shrouded mountain paths to vote in East Timor's presidential election on Monday. The vote will be a key to the future of Asia's newest democracy amid concerns the half-island nation's oil and gas revenues are rapidly running dry.

Venezuela: 51 percent of operating rooms in public hospitals not operational

redaccionmedica.ec José Manuel Olivares , president of the Health Subcommittee of the Venezuelan National Assembly, presented the results of the ‘ 2017 National Hospitals Survey’ , which indicates that 51 percent of operating theaters in public hospitals in that country are not Are operational and....

Peru: Woman Escapes Mudslide (VIDEO)

Flash floods take dramatic toll in Lima and northern Peru. Geographic extremes help fuel the often deadly force of the mudslides known locally as huaycos LIMA: Flash floods and landslides hit parts of Lima, leaving some communities cut off from roads on Saturday, as others in Peru fled rising....

Can Silicon Valley's autocrats save democracy?

Silicon Valley has long been mocked for this kind of “our products make the world a better place” rhetoric, so much so that some companies are asking their employees to rein it in. Still, while apps for sending disappearing selfies or summoning on-street valet parking may not exactly advance....

Street harassment is a public health problem: The case of Mexico City

There is still much to be learned about how harassment and feeling unsafe in public spaces affects the well-being of women and girls – a topic I focus on in my doctoral research at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice – but the global scale of these experiences is concerning.

Malcolm Turnbull moves on 'lawless' trade unions

'When you look at the level of penalty, it should send a very, very clear message to any employer or any union who wants to indulge in secretive payments. 'It is wrong and compromises the integrity and lawfulness of the workplace.' The pair described their announcement as a test for Mr Shorten.

We want to inspire Nepali youths to believe that politics can be noble

Mar 20, 2017- Of late, the country has seen a few new partiesmost recently the Sajha Partyclaiming to provide an alternative to the moribund mainstream political parties, and to deliver clean politics and development. It remains to be seen how successful these parties will be in their mission, but....

Rapid economic transformation

Mar 20, 2017- Nepal has set a long-term vision to graduate from the Least Developed Country (LDC) category by 2022 and attain a prosperous, middle-income country status by 2030. The National Planning Commission is leading efforts to chart a bold and time-bound economic development roadmap to attain these goals.

Energy self-sufficiency in 3 yrs, says NEA chief

Mar 20, 2017- Nepal can achieve energy self-sufficiency in three years if an efficient transmission and distribution network is put in place to handle the power generated by upcoming power plants. This is good news for an energy-starved country that imports around 370 megawatts of electricity from India.

Political Hinduism

Mar 20, 2017- The appointment of the Hindu cleric Yogi Adityanath as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh has created waves in the Indian media. It is an event that could well have significant ramifications for Nepal. Adityanath has more extensive links and stronger opinions about this country than....

Lawmakers react to self-insurance plan

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- A plan to save the state millions of dollars and self-insure its employees is being met with some push back. Gov. Scott Walker introduced the self-insurance plan as part of his two-year budget. The projected savings would go to fund other parts of the budget. Some lawmakers question the savings.

Scotland will have new independence referendum: leader

Aberdeen (United Kingdom) (AFP) - First Minister Nicola Sturgeon insisted Saturday that Scotland will have another referendum on seceding from the UK, as she blasted British Prime Minister Theresa May. At a raucous rally of her leftwing Scottish National Party (SNP), Sturgeon said May's centre-right....

VVIPs still to glide in luxury

THERE will be no immediate relief to the poor in the $100 million emergency road repairs and refurbishment programme as roads used by VVIPs will get priority, a Transport Ministry report has shown. by PAIDAMOYO MUZULU. The country’s deplorable roads condition has worsened after the country was swept by tropical Cyclone Dineo.

Diplomatic tiff looms over humiliated Indian doctors

THE three Indian medical investors, who were recently humiliated and arrested on allegations of practising in Zimbabwe without licences, have now threatened to take the matter up with their government. BY CHARLES LAITON. With authorities insisting the medical practitioners had tried to operate....

Reviving a 500-year-old dying language

Media caption Volunteers in Singapore are teaching people the Kristang language. Until two years ago, university student Kevin Martens Wong had never even heard of his ancestral tongue, let alone spoken it. The Singaporean linguist was researching endangered languages when he stumbled upon Kristang in a book.

Biggest U.S. travel show attracts Chinese tours for Silk Road destinations

As thousands of Colorado travelers flocked into the Colorado Convention Center for the 2017 Travel and Adventure Show, Joe Sinisi looked on and smiled. Sinisi started Access China Tours 21 years ago with two Beijing English professors, when China was just beginning the rampant growth that stuns tourists today.

Xinjiang to run more transnational freight trains in 2017

Freight train X9081 heading for Kazakhstan's Almaty is ready to leave a major logistics center in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, March 15, 2017. (Xinhua/Zhao Ge) This year, 300 westbound transnational freight trains will run from northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, 80 more than last year.

China to beef up real economy with innovation: vice premier

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli speaks at the opening ceremony of the China Development Forum (CDF) 2017 in Beijing, capital of China, March 19, 2017. (Xinhua/Cui Xinyu) China will remain committed to ensuring innovation drives development forward and will increase efforts to revitalize the real economy, Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said Sunday.

China works to tackle talent shortfall

Higher education reform needed to meet manufacturing job needs. Foxconn President Terry Gou on Sunday put a penetrating question to China's industry minister during a high-profile conference in Beijing, seeking answers as to how the government can bring the country's college graduates, who too often....

UK looks to learn from Chinese education

On Tuesday, the first day of the 2017 London Book Fair, the UK publisher Harper Collins Publishing signed a contract to translate and publish the math textbooks of Shanghai Century Publishing Group used in Shanghai primary schools. Beijing Youth Daily comments: The news reminds us of the 2015 BBC....

Businessmen should avoid seeking political favors: official

A senior Chinese discipline official on Saturday highlighted China's commitment to fight corruption in business and government by warning business people of the dangers of seeking political influence for financial gain. It is abnormal for entrepreneurs to ask government officials to protect their....
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