ROME: Italy is the United States' most reliable ally in Europe, Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said on Monday, keen to present himself as a strong, trustworthy statesman during a visit to Washington.Fresh from his triumph in last month's European parliamentary election, when his League party came top of the polls in Italy, Salvini went to Washington to burnish his credentials as a dynamic EU leader with a glowing future."At a time when European Union institutions are fragile and changing significantly, Italy wants to be the first, most solid, valid, credible and coherent partner for the United States," he said on his Facebook page.Salvini held talks with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence and visited Washington landmarks, sending home a flurry of Facebook videos and tweets to chronicle the brief trip.Salvini, who also serves as interior minister in the government, has no direct say in foreign policy, which is overseen by Italian Prime Minister … [Read more...] about Salvini proclaims Italy to be Washington’s best EU ally
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By Jennifer Wells Business Columnist Fri., May 10, 2019 There’s a twist on a Tom Waits song that keeps ringing in my head. “[S]he’s got big plans and they don’t include you.” The “she” in this case is Mary Barra. And the “you” is General Motors’ Oshawa plant. For there it was, unallocated yesterday. And here it is, unallocated today. The announcement out of the auto giant on the future of the Oshawa plant arrived a few days later than expected, but substantially affirmed the bad news announced last November and, in fact, the bad news feared by workers when Unifor last came to an agreement with GM, in the fall of 2016. Article Continued Below That contract was packaged as a big win for Oshawa, with a commitment from GM to invest $400 million to make the plant distinct among its North American peers in its ability to build both cars and trucks. Oshawa hadn’t seen truck assembly in a long … [Read more...] about GM clearly has big plans — but they don’t include Oshawa
Margaret “Maggie” Rose Glade Agusta was the first head of the Check Desk and senior mentor at The Jakarta Post. She passed away on Thursday due to anaphylactic shock after an earlier allergic reaction. Her passing shocked her colleagues and prodigies since she touched so many lives at the Post, from retired senior editors to young cub reporters. The following are words about Maggie by Post staffers, past and present: Nezar Patria (Editor-in-chief): The last time I talked with Maggie was on May 2, when she told me she was making journalism films to be screened for our cub reporters. That day, she told me she was concerned about post-election developments and the subsequent polarization. She was really committed to this nation’s history, the unfinished chapter, like with the 1965 tragedy. She said young Indonesians had to know our history so we did not repeat the same mistakes. “I am an Indonesian citizen, I love this country”. Those were the words … [Read more...] about What Maggie Agusta meant to ‘The Jakarta Post’
MANILA -- All set to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend? If we go by foot traffic in shopping malls, the number of gifts being wrapped in stores, lack of parking spaces near restaurants and packed tables at dining places, this special occasion is one of the most-celebrated by Filipinos of all ages. And why not? Most of us have mothers who have cared for us from the womb and continued to hold our hand whether we were toddlers, teens, in our 20s, 30s, 40s and older. As you toast the woman that shaped who you are today, take time to remember the many life lessons she has shared with you through the years. Looking back, I marvel at how my mom managed to do it all. She did not have a full-time job and instead chose to stay home to raise two daughters. She was the primary caregiver, cook, tutor, handy(wo)man, shopping companion among many more roles that I saw her perform everyday growing up. Now that I am raising two daughters, I am grateful that she has given me a strong role … [Read more...] about News Mothers know best (even when it comes to money)
By David Olive Business Columnist Sun., May 5, 2019 It appears the Trump administration isn’t all that interested in a deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after all. Last week, White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney was sanguine about the prospect of Congress rejecting NAFTA’s proposed replacement, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). “You could stay status quo,” Mulvaney told a California business conference. “Your real Plan Bs are either NAFTA or withdraw from NAFTA.” It might be that U.S. President Donald Trump has reverted to his years-long preference to simply kill NAFTA without replacing it. Trump won’t budge on the reasonable changes that Congressional Democrats seek to make to the USMCA agreement. He also seems determined to keep in place the steel and aluminum tariffs he applied against Canada and Mexico about a year ago. And that alone pretty much … [Read more...] about Time to say goodbye to NAFTA’s replacement?