Wednesday, June 28

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Trump and Modi: Burgeoning bromance?

Trump and Modi: Burgeoning bromance?

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Modi hails US as India's primary partner after positive meeting between two leaders at White House US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embraced each other as friends and partners Monday, pledging their quest for economic growth would strengthen rather than undermine ties between the world’s two largest democracies. While Trump’s relations with some traditional allies have got off to rocky start, he and Modi appeared to strike up an immediate rapport in their first meeting, with the pair exchanging hugs in the White House Rose Garden in front of reporters. Any differences over issues such as immigration and climate change were kept behind closed doors and they instead vowed to work more closely on issues such as combatting terrorism, the war in Afg
Macron stays in the news thanks to micro management

Macron stays in the news thanks to micro management

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French president’s media strategy hinges on rationing his public appearances to add weight to his words. Donald Trump tweets five times a day and regularly gives extended interviews. Since Emmanuel Macron became president of France last month, voters have barely heard from him. Macron has had one short conversation with a newspaper, left tweeting to his communications team and avoided direct contact with the traditional media. The glimpses the French public has had of its 39-year-old leader have largely been confined to set-piece events with foreign dignitaries, tightly controlled speeches and made-for-Facebook video clips, such as his snub to the US President at a Nato summit in Brussels. Pollsters reckoned the approach would give him a historic majority in the National Assembl
Aveo: Exploitation of the elderly rife in retirement villages

Aveo: Exploitation of the elderly rife in retirement villages

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Residents of the multi-billion-dollar retirement village industry have described buying into a retirement village as a "financial sinkhole". A joint investigation by the ABC's Four Corners and Fairfax Media into retirement village company Aveo has uncovered exorbitant fees and complex contracts. One former resident describes Aveo's business practices as "totally rapacious, I don't know how they get away with it". Fairfax Media and Four Corners spoke to current and former residents, their children, lawyers, former Aveo staff and lobby groups and found several alarming business practices at Aveo — including safety issues, misleading marketing and advertising and property sales. The joint investigation obtained numerous Aveo contracts, which included clauses some lawyers described a
Schoolboys, bus drivers skirt the rules to beat heat

Schoolboys, bus drivers skirt the rules to beat heat

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It has got so hot this summer in some places in Europe that men and boys have decided to don skirts - because rules forbid shorts. Dozens of British schoolboys at the Isca Academy in Exeter have gone to class wearing girls' uniform skirts when the head teacher would not relax the dress code banning the more suitable option: shorts. In Nantes, France, some male bus drivers showed off similar feminine attire this week to protest against the bus company's "no shorts" policy, arguing that trousers were too hot during the heatwave. The bus company, Semitan, eventually gave in - saying the men could wear shorts while the dress code was being updated to make more permanent changes, according to a local newspaper. Meanwhile, the teenage boys at Isca Academy argued that it was too h...
Donald Trump: Republicans shrug off rolling scandals to win in Atlanta in blow to Democrats’ morale

Donald Trump: Republicans shrug off rolling scandals to win in Atlanta in blow to Democrats’ morale

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A special election in Atlanta, Georgia is the latest election victory for President Donald Trump and the Republican Party. Mr Trump promised he would win so much, his side would be sick of it — but after the latest win, he was quick to rub his opponents' noses in the smell of defeat. The loss came despite Democrats spending $US30 million ($39.6 million) — the GOP also spent big — trying to take advantage of the Trump administration's rocky start to steal the traditionally Republican seat. While news of the rolling scandals and three live inquiries into allegations of coordination between Mr Trump's team and Russia are huge news inside the Beltway, Americans elsewhere may not be paying as much attention. The Republicans are up 4-0 in special elections since the inauguration and,
Queen’s speech to Parliament lacks usual pomp and ceremony, outlines Theresa May’s renewed plan for Brexit

Queen’s speech to Parliament lacks usual pomp and ceremony, outlines Theresa May’s renewed plan for Brexit

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Queen Elizabeth II has outlined the UK Government's legislative program in a speech to Parliament, after the Prime Minister slimmed down her plans and promised "humility" in negotiating Britain's exit from the European Union.The Queen carried on with her royal duties at the ceremonial opening of the new Parliament despite the announcement that her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, had been hospitalised. Buckingham Palace said Prince Philip, 96, was admitted to hospital as a precaution, for treatment of an infection. His rare absence from the state opening of Parliament added to the solemnity of an occasion cherished by many British people and replete with historical tradition. While the Queen reads the Queen's speech to politicians, it is written by the Prime Minister and her staff an
What the Theresa May government proposes to do, and what it has shelved

What the Theresa May government proposes to do, and what it has shelved

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British Prime Minister Theresa May outlined her government plan on Wednesday, promising to secure the best possible Brexit deal that secures the "maximum possible support" as the UK prepares to leave the European Union. However, a range of controversial and unpopular policies were omitted, as she attempts to pass the government plan without her own parliamentary majority. Below are some of the proposals mentioned - and omitted - in the government's policy plan: BREXIT As Britain departs the EU, the UK government plans the following: - "As we enter the negotiation phase, we will look to intensify this work in order to test and validate positions and to continue to build support from the business community as we move forward," the government said of Brexit. - A "Great Repea...
Facebook and Twitter bigger for retail in ME than globally

Facebook and Twitter bigger for retail in ME than globally

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The new study surveyed over 1,000 people in the UAE, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia DUBAI A retail report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Middle East shows that regionally, 25 per cent more people use Facebook and Twitter to find inspiration for purchases compared to globally. Approximately 64 per cent of residents in the Middle East use the social platforms for inspiration, compared to 39 per cent globally, according to the new report by the professional services firm. The latest edition of PwC’s Middle East Total Retail Survey for 2017 also showed that 51 per cent of shoppers surveyed have never used Amazon, ahead of the platform’s arrival in the UAE this year. PwC’s latest report, released on Monday, suggests that the retail sector is witnessing seismic developments with n
Dubai’s quest to join world’s fashion capitals gathers pace

Dubai’s quest to join world’s fashion capitals gathers pace

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  Dubai's quest to join world's fashion capitals gathers pace Dubai: The first steps towards developing a full-scale “Dubai Fashion Week” and then turning it into a fixture on the international fashion calendar are on. The suggestions put forward by an expert panel are now with the higher authorities for a possible go ahead. If it does so, Dubai then stands more than a good chance of creating — and sustaining — a high-profile event that would do a world of good to the emerging fashion and design industry here and in the region, according to a senior source. “A framework for a possible DFW has been suggested and hopefully it will see the light,” said Patrick Chalhoub, member of the Board of Directors at Dubai Design and Fashion Council. “There is already a Dub
US President’s lawyer says Donald Trump not under investigation, despite tweets

US President’s lawyer says Donald Trump not under investigation, despite tweets

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President Donald Trump's personal lawyer said on Sunday (June 18) that Trump is not under investigation in the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential race, a statement that appeared to contradict a comment Trump himself made on Twitter last week. Jay Sekulow, a lawyer who is part of a team hired by Trump to deal with allegations of collusion by his campaign with Moscow, made the rounds on Sunday talk shows to cast doubt on media reports citing unnamed sources - and to add nuance to a straightforward claim Trump made on Friday that he was under investigation. "The fact of the matter is the president has not been and is not under investigation," Sekulow said on CBS' Face the Nation - in one of four interviews he gave on Sunday - adding that the president ha...