It is a great honour for me to host my 4th and last Europe Day reception in the Philippines. Four years: with happy times, with interesting times and, occasionally, also with challenging times. The EU, the world’s second biggest economy and the biggest trading power in the world, is a staunch promoter of the international rules-based system. The rule of the strongest is not for us. Within the EU, we work things out between member states through shared objectives, negotiations and agreements. Our companies work within the existing regulations written jointly by 28 MS, they don’t work to the drumbeat of the strongest. Outside the EU, we promote a similar rules-based model. We have 140 missions across the world that are all engaged in promoting cooperation within the international rules-based system – be it security cooperation, cooperation on global issues such as climate change, economic cooperation, we seek to promote mutual interests based on mutual respect. It is … [Read more...] about Europe Day 2019
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By Juan Zamorano And Kathia MartíNez The Associated Press Mon., May 6, 2019 PANAMA CITY - Panama’s Electoral Court declared opposition candidate Laurentino Cortizo the “virtual winner” in the country’s tight presidential election late Sunday. The vote followed a campaign focused on corruption and slowing economic growth in this Central America trade and financial hub and turned into the tightest presidential contest in recent years. After scrutinizing the results from 92% of polling stations, electoral court magistrate Heriberto Araúz said in a televised announcement shortly before midnight that Cortizo had a narrow lead of 2 percentage points over businessman Rómulo Roux. The unexpectedly close race pitted the candidates of the country’s two most important opposition political forces. Cortizo, of the Democratic Revolutionary Party, had 33% of the votes versus 31% for Roux, from former President Ricardo … [Read more...] about Cortizo declared ‘virtual winner’ in Panama president race
By Christopher Torchia The Associated Press Fri., May 3, 2019 CARACAS, Venezuela - After days of upheaval, Venezuela is sinking back into political stalemate. In the fourth month of their standoff, President Nicolás Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó are unable to deliver a knock-out blow as Venezuela spirals deeper into neglect, isolation and desperation. Abrupt shifts or behind-the-scenes power plays can’t be ruled out, but there is a sense that the two camps are entrenched — too strong to be dislodged, too weak for clear-cut victory. So what’s next? The opposition and its chief patron, the United States, emerged with fewer options after Guaidó, leader of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, stood Tuesday outside a military base and urged the armed forces to overthrow Maduro. The plan collapsed. Venezuela’s military commander instead pledged loyalty to Maduro, and four people died in clashes between protesters and … [Read more...] about What’s next for Venezuela after days of tumult?
BEIRUT — Five years ago, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi mounted the pulpit of a mosque in Iraq to declare himself the head of a rapidly expanding terrorist organization. Since then, his group, the Islamic State, has transfixed the world with its apocalyptic violence while he has remained a mystery. Spottings were rare. Rumors swirled that he was wounded or dead. The United States put $25 million on his head and still failed to find him. On Monday, he reappeared, leaning on a cushion with an assault rifle at his side, in a video seeking to rally his followers after the loss of the group’s territory in Iraq and Syria and its execution of one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in years, on Easter in Sri Lanka. “Our battle today is a battle of attrition, and we will prolong it for the enemy, and they must know that the jihad will continue until Judgment Day,” he said in the video. The message he intended to send was clear, analysts said: The Islamic State still exists, he is … [Read more...] about News Islamic State leader surfaces in video, vows fight until ‘Judgment Day’
By Perrin Grauer Star Vancouver Sun., April 28, 2019 VANCOUVER—More than 200 people gathered Sunday at Jack Poole Plaza in Vancouver against the backdrop of a burning Olympic cauldron for the 2019 Day of Mourning in remembrance of workers killed or injured on the job. Speakers from labour organizations and the local business community joined the family members of victims of workplace accidents to underscore the importance of workplace safety, and to advocate for increased protections for workers across the country. One of those speakers, Mike Shaw, recounted a 2013 on-the-job skiing accident, which resulted in his neck being broken. At the time, he recalled, he was told by doctors he would never walk again. Shaw, who stood proudly behind the podium on two feet in defiance of that original prognosis, was employed as a skiing coach at the time of his injury. He said his accident happened because he ignored his gut telling him something wasn’t … [Read more...] about Vancouver gathers for ‘Day of Mourning’ to remember workers killed and injured on the job