WATFORD (ENGLAND): Nato leaders set aside public insults ranging from "delinquent" to "brain dead" on Wednesday, declaring at a 70th anniversary summit they would stand together against a common threat from Russia and prepare for China's rise. Officials insisted the summit was a success: notably, Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan backed off from an apparent threat to block plans to defend northern and eastern Europe unless allies declared Kurdish fighters in Syria terrorists. But the meeting began and ended in acrimony startling even for the era of US President Donald Trump, who arrived declaring the French president "nasty" and left calling Canada's prime minister "two-faced" for mocking him on a hot mic. "We have been able to overcome our disagreements and continue to deliver on our core tasks to protect and defend each other," Nato's ever-optimistic Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told a news conference. In a joint declaration, the leaders said: "Russia's aggressive actions … [Read more...] about ‘Nasty’, ‘two-faced’, ‘brain dead’: Nato pulls off summit despite insults
Indian firms in Britain are against a no-deal scenario, which would uproot them overnight from a single market tariff-free situation to one with customs duties under WTO rules, unless a free trade agreement is arrived at, which generally takes years to negotiate. Indian companies in Britain - and there are an estimated 800 such - would prefer not to experience a major disruption in the event of the United Kingdom exiting the European Union, otherwise known as Brexit. The country’s new prime minister, Boris Johnson, was elected by his Conservative Party on the assurance that Britain would leave the EU by October 31. There is growing apprehension the UK will crash out in a disorderly fashion without a deal. Speaking exclusively to Business Standard, Kevin McCole, chief operating officer of the UK India Business Council in London, said: “Indian businesses are looking for the UK to have a clear and close relationship with the EU that minimises changes to the current … [Read more...] about As Brexit looms, Indian cos in UK are bracing for disruptions
By Anand Datla In Feng Shui, an ancient Chinese belief sy stem, purple is considered the colour of wealth. If that assumption holds, golf was shining bright in all fifty shades of the colour in 2019. Brooks Koepka fattened his resume with another PGA Championship under his belt. There were not one, but two first time winners — Gary Woodland and Shane Lowry. Rory McIlroy won hearts with his consistency and class as he endured more pain in the Masters and then at the Open on home turf. And to top it all, life came full circle when Tiger Woods slipped into a fifth green jacket to the delirious exultation of millions of people. It was indeed a season of riches, the game spoilt by the enormous depth and electrifying performances. Envy Green Woods turned the lights on with a magnetic performance at Augusta National that rekindled his aspirations of chasing Jack Nicklaus’ holy grail of 18 majors. Despite his prolific success in majors, Woods never won a major without holding … [Read more...] about A season of riches: In 2019, golf shone bright in all fifty shades of purple
Email By Erin Handley Updated December 07, 2019 10:52:53 Photo: The cases against Yang Hengjun, left, and Van Kham Chau have invited very different responses from the Australian Government. (Supplied) Related Story: While soccer player Hakeem was locked up in Bangkok Airport last summer, the AFP missed a crucial email Related Story: Payne hits out at 'unacceptable' treatment of Australian shackled and isolated in a Chinese jail Related Story: 'Don't let them break you': Australian citizen held in Vietnamese jail denied a lawyer Map: China In a single week in January, two Australian men were swiftly arrested in Asia. Key points:Australia often engages in "quiet diplomacy" with authoritarian governments in AsiaThe Government has criticised China but remained silent on VietnamEthnic origin, and the complexity of cases, can affect how the public reacts Both faced trumped-up charges of threatening national security in communist regimes. One case — that of … [Read more...] about Locked up in foreign jails, why do some Australian political prisoners get more attention than others?
London: LuLu Group has completed investments of 300-million pound in the UK with the launch of its new Great Scotland Yard Hotel in London, within the premises of the old headquarters of the Metropolitan Police. Kerala-born NRI entrepreneur M A Yusuff Ali's Lulu group had acquired the property, in the heart of London's Whitehall area near Trafalgar Square and Downing Street, in 2015 for Rs 1,025 crores and further invested Rs 512 crores towards its makeover into a luxury hotel. The boutique offering has been created by LuLu's hospitality investment arm, Twenty14 Holdings, which says it has chosen a decor that stays true to the iconic building's Edwardian and Victorian architecture and is an ode to his history. "London is one of the world's greatest cities and the Great Scotland Yard Hotel represents its illustrious past as well as its modern significance, said Yusuff Ali, the UAE-based Chairman and Managing Director of LuLu Group International. "The hotel spotlights the city's vibrant … [Read more...] about Yusuff Ali’s new luxury hotel launched in UK at old Scotland Yard HQ