COPENHAGEN - Greenland on Friday dismissed the notion that it might be up for sale after reports that US President Donald Trump had privately discussed with his advisers the idea of buying the world's biggest island. "We are open for business, but we're not for sale," Greenland's foreign minister Ane Lone Bagger told Reuters. Trump is due to visit Copenhagen in September and the Arctic will be on the agenda during meetings with the prime ministers of Denmark and Greenland, an autonomous Danish territory. Talk of a Greenland purchase was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. Two sources familiar with the situation told Reuters that the notion had been laughed off by some advisers as a joke but was taken more seriously by others in the White House. Danish politicians on Friday poured scorn on the idea. "It has to be an April Fool's joke. Totally out of season," former prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said on Twitter. "If he is truly contemplating this, then this is final proof … [Read more...] about Greenland tells Trump it is open for business but not for sale
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LONDON : Britain said yesterday that Iranian military vessels tried to "impede the passage" of a British oil tanker but were warned off by a British warship in a dramatic escalation of tensions with Teheran in the Gulf. The incident in the Strait of Hormuz occurred on Wednesday after US President Donald Trump ramped up his administration's pressure further by warning that sanctions against Iran would be "increased substantially" soon. CNN had reported that Iranian boats attempted to seize the British tanker but were driven off by a Royal Navy frigate. The British Defence Ministry said the Iranian boats tried to "impede" a commercial vessel, British Heritage, owned by British energy giant BP. "Contrary to international law, three Iranian vessels attempted to impede the passage of a commercial vessel, British Heritage, through the Strait of Hormuz," it said in a statement. "HMS Montrose was forced to position herself between the Iranian vessels and British Heritage and issue verbal … [Read more...] about Britain says its warship had to warn off Iran military vessels
DILG to probe ex-Cebu mayor for removing fixtures Romina Cabrera (The Philippine Star) - July 2, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines — The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will conduct an investigation into the removal of the fixtures at the mayor’s office at the Cebu City hall. DILG spokesman and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said former Cebu mayor Tomas Osmeña’s act could have been done in bad faith and affect the delivery of public services to residents of Cebu City. Osmeña left the office bare, including floor tiles, rendering the office “unusable and completely bare.” While Osmeña could have filed a claim for indemnification over the immovable improvements he introduced to the office, he could be held liable for clearing the whole office, Malaya said. “To strip the mayor’s office of everything is strange, uncalled for and could expose the … [Read more...] about DILG to probe ex-Cebu mayor for removing fixtures
Supreme Court Justice Antonio T. Carpio believes that it was not a collision of fishing vessels that happened on June 9 in Reed Bank (Philippine name: Recto Bank; Chinese name: Liyue Tan), 80 nautical miles off Palawan and within the Philippine Exclusive Economic Zone. It was a Chinese militia ship ramming a Philippine fishing vessel. “China’s maritime militia vessels have reinforced steel hulls purposely for ramming fishing vessels of other coastal states. No other coastal state has fishing vessels purposely designed for ramming other fishing vessels. Captains of ordinary Chinese fishing vessels do not engage in ramming for fear of inflicting damage to their own vessels. It is thus highly likely that a Chinese maritime militia vessel rammed the Filipino fishing vessel F/B Gimver 1,” Carpio said in a statement. The statement from Chinese Embassy in Manila insisted that it was "a Chinese fishing boat from Guangdong Province, China” and identified it as … [Read more...] about OPINION: Why is there a Chinese military vessel in Reed Bank?
The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry’s Illegal Fishing Task Force (Satgas 115) recently sunk three foreign vessels captured for fishing illegally in Indonesian waters off Belawan, Medan, North Sumatra. The Malaysian-flagged, Myanmar-flagged and Thai-flagged vessels, were sunk on Saturday following three separate arrests by the ministry’s Marine and Fisheries Resources Surveillance Director General (PSDKP) and the North Sumatra Water Police between August and December last year. Satgas 115 deputy chief Yunus Husein said the vessels had been seized as evidence of illegal fishing practices in the country’s waters. In 2019 alone, courts ordered 51 vessels to be sunk for the crime. “We have sunk 503 vessels for operating illegally by May 9, 2019, and we will continue to carry out this activity,” Yunus said. The government, he said, was very committed to upholding the law and deterring illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, particularly by … [Read more...] about Indonesia sinks three foreign vessels for illegal fishing