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From a small village in Tamil Nadu to the US: how a pottery-making group of women became global sellers

Shanthi started a self-help group with an aim to revive the traditional art of pottery making and market it better to generate more income. In Tamil Nadu's Tirunelveli district lies Kooniyoor , a small village marked by kaccha roads and dotted with small brick houses.
 

Australia joins U.S. and Canada in backing Venezuala’s Guaido

Australia on Monday joined the United States and major European nations in backing Venezuela ‘s opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s interim president until fresh elections are held. READ MORE: Maduro oversees military exercises as pressure mounts on Venezuelan leader President Nicolas....

Mulvaney Says Trump Is Prepared For Another Shutdown

The record 35-day federal shutdown ended when Trump gave in to mounting pressure, retreating from his demand that Congress commit $5.7 billion for a U.S.-Mexico border wall before federal agencies could resume work. The bill he signed did not provide the money Trump wanted for a barrier, which House....

Democrats uneasy about potential Howard Schultz bid

By GENE JOHNSON Associated Press. SEATTLE (AP) - For a businessman who grew a small coffee roaster into an inescapable global chain, who ensured that even his part-time workers had benefits and who has given about $150,000 to Democratic campaigns, former Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz is....

Win Streak May Continue For Malaysia Stock Market

The Malaysia stock market has tracked higher in back-to-back trading days, gathering almost 13 points or 0.7 percent along the way. The Kuala Lumpur Composite Index now rests just above the 1,700-point plateau and it has another positive lead for Monday. The global forecast for the Asian is upbeat thanks to a resolution in the U.

Taiwan Shares May Challenge 10,000-Point Level

The Taiwan stock market has climbed higher in consecutive trading days, gathering more than 120 points or 1.2 percent along the way. The Taiwan Stock Exchange now rests just shy of the 9,970-point plateau and it may add to its winnings on Monday. The global forecast for the Asian is upbeat thanks to a resolution in the U.

Singapore Bourse May Add To Its Winnings

The Singapore stock market has tracked higher in consecutive trading days, gathering more than 30 points or 0.9 percent along the way. The Straits Times Index now rests just above the 3,200-point plateau and it's looking at another firm open on Monday. The global forecast for the Asian is upbeat thanks to a resolution in the U.

SGX to propose new listing rules for more regulatory bite

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Tan Boon Gin, the chief executive officer of its regulatory arm, SGX RegCo, said that it has been “a lot more interventionist” in a bid to increase the thoroughness of not just the year-end audits, but also special audits called to further investigate potential problems of listed companies.

Stocks rise after US government reopens for now

A street sign, Wall Street, is seen outside New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City January 3, 2019. — Reuters pic. TOKYO, Jan 28 — Asian stocks advanced today as Wall Street rallied after a deal was announced to reopen the US government following a prolonged shutdown that had shaken investor sentiment.

Obesity, bad nutrition, climate change pose triple danger, commission says

Some four million deaths each year are linked to obesity, according to the Lancet Commission on Obesity. — File pic. NEW YORK, Jan 28 — Obesity, undernutrition and climate change are the biggest threats to the world population, linked by profit motives and policy inertia, a top commission said....

Reinvigorated by Trump battle, Pelosi's star shines at 78

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi after US President Donald Trump announced a deal to end the partial government shutdown on Capitol Hill in Washington January 25, 2019. — Reuters pic. WASHINGTON, Jan 28 — It was Nancy Pelosi's first big showdown as House speaker, but in the tense staring match over....

Sarawak says sad to lose para swim championship, but accepts decision

IPC president Andrew Parsons had stressed that all world championships must be open to all eligible athletes. — Reuters pic. KUCHING, Jan 28 — The Sarawak state government today expressed regret over the International Paralympic Committee’s (IPC) move to strip the state of the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships later this year.

750,000+ Celebrate the Future of the Mobility Industry at 2019 NAIAS

DETROIT Jan. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --Â The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) wrapped up a 16-day peek behind the curtain of the latest mobility innovations, including industry-shaping announcements and global reveals, all while welcoming hundreds of thousands of people from around the....

Political Roundup: Can John Tamihere 'clean house' and become mayor of Auckland?

ANALYSIS: Get ready for a more lively local government contest in New Zealand's biggest city this year. Recent local election campaigns have been relatively dull affairs. In fact, at the last elections in 2016, voter turnout slumped to the lowest level for some time – with only about 38 per cent bothering to turn out.

Records broken as heatwave fed from Australia sweeps across New Zealand

A forecast sweltering heatwave is gripping the country, breaking longtime records. Niwa said already in the Nelson region the record for the warmest minimum temperature had been broken with 24.3C recorded in Richmond. This was the warmest minimum temperature for the region since records began 157 years ago.

South Island tourism drives record NZ guest nights

New Zealand guest nights set a fourth straight annual record in November as both domestic and international tourism numbers continue to climb. A record 40.31 million guest nights were spent in hotels, motels, holiday parks and backpackers in the year ended Nov. 30, up 2.6 per cent on the same period a year earlier, according to Stats NZ.

Can NZ keep allowing private equity poaching?

New Zealand needs to decide whether it's acceptable for so many companies to be snapped up by overseas private equity firms long before those companies are developed enough to list on NZX, says Financial Markets Authority chief executive Rob Everett. "If all the best investment opportunities are....

PNP chief off to Jolo to look into blast probe

MANILA -- Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Director General Oscar Albayalde, on Monday flew to Jolo to check on the ongoing probe into the explosion that took place inside and outside a Roman Catholic church in the capital of Sulu province that left at least 20 people dead and several others wounded.

Man arrested with weed...at weed rally in San Fernando

TENSIONS ran high between police and participants at the National Cannabis rally in San Fernando on Sunday after a man was arrested with marijuana. Spectators hurled verbal abuse at police officers when they arrested the 27 year old man of Ecclesville.

Shutdowns still a legitimate tool: Opposing view 1 hour, 8 minutes | Opinion

Shutdowns are an almost uniquely American thing, a fitting spasm of officialdom given the country’s historical skepticism about government. With the increase in the number of employees affected, however, a greater strain has been placed on this mechanism that has been used, to varying effect, since the 1970s.

Lara Trump no Marie Antoinette: Opposing view

My good friend Lara Trump never told anyone that it was “ no big deal ” that federal workers were denied their paychecks by the 35 days of government shutdown. I know for a fact that she deeply empathizes with those workers and their families and has spoken from the heart every time she has been asked about them.

Make shutdowns a thing of the past: Our view

You'd think that the lesson about government shutdowns would have been learned in early 1996. That is when House Republican leaders beat a hasty and humiliating retreat from a hugely unpopular closure they had engineered to force spending cuts. And if not in 1996 then surely in 2013, when a group of....

Tiger gets moral win with surge in final round

SAN DIEGO Through 63 holes, Tiger Woods looked out of place and out of sorts during his 2019 debut while prowling some of his favorite stomping grounds in the golf world. At his beloved Torrey Pines Golf Course overlooking the Pacific, Woods failed to ignite at his annual launching pad that is the....

On Politics Ex-S.F. mayor: 'So what' if I dated Kamala Harris?

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown addressed his past relationship with Sen. Kamala Harris in a letter to the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday and acknowledged giving her appointments that furthered her career. "Yes, we dated. It was more than 20 years ago," wrote Brown, who said he had....

Search for Brazil dam survivors renews as death toll hits 58

BRUMADINHO, Brazil -- Brazilian rescue crews returned to mud-covered flats Sunday to resume the search for hundreds of people missing in the wake of a dam collapse after the operation was suspended for several hours over fears that a second dam was at risk of breach.

Prime Minister plans high-stakes gamble to win concessions from the EU and unite the Tory party

In an appeal to MPs on both sides of the Brexit divide, he writes: ‘If MPs from right across the Tory party put aside their differences, in the national interest, we can get the plan over the line.’ ‘What MPs must show now is that we have the will to compromise.

Reviewing QAD Inc. (QADA)’s and BrightView Holdings Inc. (NYSE:BV)’s results

For the past year QAD Inc. has 5.23% stronger performance while BrightView Holdings Inc. has -47.52% weaker performance. Summary. QAD Inc. beats BrightView Holdings Inc. on 8 of the 11 factors. QAD Inc. provides enterprise software solutions for manufacturing companies in the automotive, life....

Reviewing Fred’s Inc. (FRED)’s and PriceSmart Inc. (NASDAQ:PSMT)’s results

Risk and Volatility. A beta of 0.44 shows that Fred’s Inc. is 56.00% less volatile than Standard & Poor’s 500. Competitively, PriceSmart Inc.’s beta is 1.06 which is 6.00% more volatile than Standard & Poor’s 500. Liquidity. Fred’s Inc. has a Current Ratio of 1.8 and a Quick Ratio of 0.4. Competitively, PriceSmart Inc.

More than 630 students hack for change at McMaster’s DeltaHacks competition

The crushed cans of Red Bull and scattered granola bar wrappers told a tale at McMaster's Thode library. No one had been to bed yet. Hundreds of bleary-eyed students filtered out of the building Sunday — after hacking for 24 hours straight. Organized by students for students, the fifth annual....

U.S. government agencies gear up to restart operations Monday

U.S. government agencies that had largely shuttered operations for five weeks during a budget standoff said on Saturday they were moving swiftly to resume operations and compensate employees for missed paychecks, Trend reported The White House held a conference call with Cabinet department financial....

Woods finds a consolation prize without contending at Torrey

Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the 10th hole of the South Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the final round of the Farmers Insurance golf tournament Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press.
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