China expands ban on Canadian canola imports to second firmChina has banned imports from a second Canadian canola firm, its customs administration said Tuesday, the latest escalation in a burgeoning row between the two countries. Following the detection of harmful organisms in canola shipments from Viterra Inc., China's customs authority has decided to revoke the firm's company registration and suspend imports of its canola seeds, it said in an online statement. China's customs administration will "continue to strengthen the on-site quarantine and laboratory testing and identification of imported Canadian canola seeds," it added.
Refugee urges Canada to take in others who sheltered SnowdenA woman granted asylum in Canada after sheltering Edward Snowden urged Ottawa on Tuesday to take in five others who helped the fugitive former US government contractor and are facing deportation from Hong Kong. Vanessa Rodel and her seven-year-old daughter Keana landed in Toronto late Monday on a flight from Hong Kong. At a news conference the following morning, she expressed joy and eagerness to start a new life but said five others including her daughter's father and two step-siblings remain in Hong Kong awaiting an appeal decision in their cases.
Convicted drug lord Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman seeks new trialNEW YORK (REUTERS) - Joaquin Guzman, the Mexican drug lord known as El Chapo, on Tuesday (March 26) asked a US judge to set aside his conviction for smuggling tonnes of drugs into the United States and grant a new trial, saying juror misconduct deprived him of his constitutional right to a fair trial
US consumer confidence retreats in MarchWASHINGTON: US consumer confidence retreated sharply in March, confounding expectations that the rebound in the prior month would continue, according to a private survey released on Tuesday (Mar 26).
That decline, which included a more pessimistic view of current business and employment conditions ...
Exclusive: FAA says oversight needs to 'evolve' after Boeing crashesWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The acting head of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration will tell a congressional panel on Wednesday that the agency’s oversight approach must "evolve" after two fatal Boeing 737 MAX crashes since October, according to written testimony viewed by Reuters.
Golden Mile Complex up for second en bloc bid at S$800 millionSINGAPORE: The iconic Golden Mile Complex has been put up for collective sale for a second time.
The reserve price for the property is S$800 million, said marketing agent Edmund Tie & Company on Wednesday (Mar 27). This is unchanged from the previous tender which closed on Jan 30 without any ...
In Argentina, jitters return as volatility stokes political riskBUENOS AIRES/NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) - Investors in Argentina are starting to get the jitters. The gap in yield between local and U.S.-issued bonds has roughly doubled in the last month in the face of stubborn inflation and mounting peso outflows, heaping pressure on President Mauricio Macri ahead of elections later in the year. The widening spread - a barometer of perceived risks among the holders of local debt - is a signal investors are starting to price in political and market turmoil in the country, Latin America's third-largest economy.
Uber buys rival Careem in $3.1 billion deal to dominate ride-hailing in Middle EastGlobal ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc will spend $3.1 billion to acquire Middle East rival Careem, buying dominance in a competitive region ahead of a hotly anticipated initial public offering. Uber said late Monday night it would pay $1.4 billion in cash and $1.7 billion in convertible notes in a deal that gives it full ownership of Careem. The notes will be convertible into Uber shares at a price equal to $55 apiece, Uber said, marking about a nearly 13 percent increase over Uber's share price in its last financing round, led by SoftBank Group Corp more than a year ago.
Zuma's son pleads not guilty to culpable homicide in 2014 fatal car crashJOHANNESBURG: Former South African president Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane pleaded not guilty in a Johannesburg court on Tuesday (Mar 26) to culpable homicide and negligent driving relating to a fatal car accident in 2014.
Duduzane Zuma, driving a Porsche sports car, crashed into a minivan taxi on a ...
Trump wants to work with Democrats on drug prices, infrastructure: aideU.S. President Donald Trump is willing to work with congressional Democrats to lower drug prices for Americans and on infrastructure funding, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said on Tuesday. Conway said the Trump administration considered those two issues as areas of cooperation between Democrats and the Republican president. Trump said in January that he expected to see a tremendous decrease in drug prices even as drugmakers have taken steps to raise the prices of medicines starting this month.
Venezuela breaks contract to supply Brazilian state with energy - ministerBrazil Mines and Energy Minister Bento Albuquerque said on Tuesday that Venezuela had not complied with its contract to supply northern Roraima state with energy since March 7. Venezuela broke its contract with Eletronorte, a subsidiary of Brazilian state-run electricity company Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras SA, Albuquerque told a Congressional hearing, without providing details. The minister repeated that Brazil was working to start building a transmission line to connect Roraima to the rest of the Brazilian power grid in the second half of the year for completion in 2021, so that it was not reliant on Venezuela.
Conservative U.S. justices skeptical about curbing gerrymanderingSome conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday signaled skepticism toward whether judges have a role in curbing the contentious practice of manipulating electoral district boundaries to entrench one party in power. As the oral arguments continue in two major cases, it appeared the court - which has a 5-4 conservative majority - would be closely divided on whether courts can limit partisan gerrymandering, with the liberal justices appearing more sympathetic to the idea of intervening. The justices last year failed to deliver a definitive ruling on the legality of partisan gerrymandering.
U.S. consulate worker denies espionage charges at start of Turkish trialWeeping in court at the start of his trial on espionage charges, a U.S. consulate employee denied on Tuesday that he chose to contact suspected supporters of a Muslim cleric blamed for a failed military coup three years ago. The trial of Metin Topuz, a Turkish translator and fixer for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) at the U.S. consulate in Istanbul, has deepened strains in the fraught ties between NATO allies Turkey and the United States.
Ikea unveils floating shelf-inspired wall speaker ahead of April launchAfter receiving a Red Dot design award on Monday for its Sonos-powered Symfonisk WiFi bookshelf speaker, Ikea officially unveiled the floating wall speaker ahead of its April launch. Yesterday, jurors for the international product design competition Red Dot announced their 2019 winners and on the list of 1,549 designs that won a Red Dot, seven products from Ikea earned the distinction, including the Symfonisk WiFi bookshelf speaker equipped with Sonos technology. Earlier this month, Ikea announced that the first products in Sonos-powered Symfonisk product range would not be unveiled until the Feel Home exhibition April 9 in Milan.
Algeria army chief demands Bouteflika be declared unfit to ruleAlgeria's army chief called Tuesday for President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to be declared unfit to govern, following weeks of mass protests demanding the ailing leader step down. "It is necessary, even imperative, to adopt a solution to get out of the crisis which responds to the legitimate demands of the Algerian people, and which guarantees the respect of the provisions of the constitution and safeguards the sovereignty of the state," General Ahmed Gaid Salah said in a televised speech. The armed forces chief of staff, considered loyal to Bouteflika, added that the solution "is in article 102" of the constitution, under which parliament could declare the president unable to perform his duties due to serious illness.
European leaders demand win-win relationship with ChinaChina's President Xi Jinping on Tuesday attempted to dispel concern about his country's growing presence in Europe at a meeting with French, German and EU leaders who stressed their desire for a more balanced relationship. French President Emmanuel Macron was joined by Germany's Angela Merkel and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker for talks in Paris with the visiting Chinese leader which took place against a backdrop of growing tensions caused by Donald Trump's America. "Of course there are differences and competition, but it's positive competition," Xi told a joint press conference of EU-China relations.
US hits Iran Guard finance network with sanctionsThe US Treasury took fresh aim Tuesday at the international network funnelling dollars and euros to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), naming 25 individuals and entities for financial sanctions.
Burundi releases schoolgirls held for scribbling on president's portraitNAIROBI: Burundi has released three schoolgirls whose detention over accusations of scribbling on President Pierre Nkurunziza's picture in textbooks had led to an international outcry.
The three girls were the last still being held from a group of seven children arrested earlier this month in ...
EU demands scrutiny of 5G risks but no bloc-wide Huawei banEU nations will be required to share data on 5G cybersecurity risks and produce measures to tackle them by the end of the year, the European Commission said on Tuesday, shunning U.S. calls to ban China's Huawei Technologies across the bloc.
EU demands scrutiny of 5G risks but no bloc-wide Huawei banThe European Union move came despite U.S. pressure to boycott Huawei, citing fears of China using the company's equipment for espionage. The EU provided additional detail on the plans first reported by Reuters on March 22, with European digital chief Andrus Ansip saying that the measures announced on Tuesday aimed to address concerns about foreign governments using companies for espionage. Last week French President Emmanuel Macron said that Europe was wakening up to potential Chinese dominance in the region.
Venezuela blackout leaves streets empty, school and work cancelledCARACAS (REUTERS) - Venezuela cancelled work and school on Tuesday (March 26) as the second major blackout this month left streets mostly empty in Caracas and residents of the capital wondering how long power would be out amid a deepening economic and political crisis
Innoviz, Ouster raise millions for self-driving lidar sensorsIsraeli startup Innoviz Technologies said on Tuesday it raised $132 million, taking its total funding to $214 million, surpassing the money raised by sector leaders Velodyne and Quanergy, each of which is valued at around $2 billion. San Francisco-based Ouster, whose founders include a former Quanergy executive, said on Monday it raised $60 million, boosting its total funding to $90 million. Innoviz and Ouster are competing in a crowded field of more than 50 lidar startups vying to supply vehicle manufacturers and their key suppliers with the sensors.
EU presents plan for safe 5G amid Huawei suspicionsThe European Commission on Tuesday presented its plan to ensure the secure introduction of 5G telecoms networks, with suspicions hanging over Chinese giant Huawei. The United States has accused the firm of posing a security risk to western networks, because of its alleged ties to Chinese intelligence.
U.S. to expand abortion 'gag rule,' won't fund certain groups: PompeoThe Trump administration on Tuesday expanded its anti-abortion policies, prohibiting U.S.-funded organizations from supporting other groups that support abortion and forbidding the use of U.S. tax dollars to lobby for or against abortion. In 2017, Trump reinstated a policy known by critics as the "global gag rule," which requires foreign nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) that receive U.S. family planning funds to certify they do not provide abortions or give abortion advice. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday the United States will expand the policy by cracking down on NGOs that fund other groups that support abortion.
Unprecedented flooding hits Iran, forces village evacuationsGENEVA/LONDON (Reuters) - Heavy flooding continued in Iran on Tuesday as many provinces geared up for days of waterlogged misery and authorities warned of possible floods in capital Tehran as well the oil-rich south. President Hassan Rouhani promised compensation for all financial losses and called for the armed forces to help in flooded areas. "I ask the army and the Revolutionary Guards to help with removing the water and with engineering work in which they have significant capabilities and tools," Rouhani was quoted as saying on Tuesday at a meeting of a government crisis group.
Georgia court rules to extradite British speedboat killerA Georgian court on Tuesday ruled to extradite a British man who killed his date in a speedboat crash in London and gave himself up in the ex-Soviet republic after fleeing his country. Judge Arsen Kalatozishvili of Tbilisi City Court ruled that Jack Shepherd, 31, be sent to Britain after he "consented to the prosecutor's demand for his extradition," his lawyer Mariam Kublashvili told AFP. Extradition procedures could take around "three weeks" and Shepherd "will appeal the extradition in a higher court if the British authorities fail to guarantee his safety," Kublashvili added.
Anti-Semitism 'deeply rooted' in German society: prosecutorMore than 70 years after the end of the Holocaust, anti-Semitism remains entrenched in German society, Berlin's top legal expert on the matter says, admitting victims sometimes struggle to obtain justice. "Anti-Semitism has always been here," said Claudia Vanoni, who is in charge of prosecuting cases targeting Jews. Last September, following a spate of such crimes, the Berlin authorities created the post of anti-Semitism commissioner, appointing Vanoni to the role.
US hits Iran Guard finance network with sanctionsThe US Treasury took fresh aim Tuesday at the international network funnelling dollars and euros to Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), naming 25 individuals and entities for financial sanctions. The targets were front companies of the IRGC-controlled Ansar Bank and Ansar Exchange in Iran, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, that have collectively been able to move more than $1 billion for the Tehran regime, the Treasury said.
Georgia court rules to extradite British speedboat killer ShepherdA Georgian court on Tuesday ruled to extradite a British man who killed his date in a speedboat crash in London and gave himself up in the ex-Soviet republic after fleeing his country. Jack Shepherd, 31, "consented to the prosecutor's demand for his extradition and will most likely be sent to Britain next week," his lawyer Tariel Kakabadze told AFP. Shepherd was convicted of manslaughter last year for the death of Charlotte Brown, a 24-year-old woman he took on a champagne-fuelled first date on his speedboat in the River Thames in 2015.
Substitute Nakajima rescues win for Japan over BoliviaKOBE, Japan: Japan's Shoya Nakajima came off the bench to score the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Bolivia in an international friendly in Kobe on Tuesday.
The diminutive forward, who became the most expensive Japanese player when he moved to Al-Duhail in January, scored the winner in the 76th ...
Argentine Zamora suspended after failing EPO testREUTERS: Argentine Daniel Zamora, who won the mountains classification at this season's Tour of San Juan, was provisionally suspended after failing a test for the banned blood-booster erythropoietin (EPO), the International Cycling Union said on Tuesday.
The UCI records show that the 32-year-old ...
U.S. imposes sanctions on network supporting Iran's Revolutionary GuardsThe United States on Tuesday imposed fresh sanctions on a network of companies and people in Iran, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates it said was transferring billions of dollars and euros to Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards. The U.S. Treasury said it was blacklisting 25 people and entities, including front companies based in the three countries, associated with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps and the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics, or MODAFL. The targeted institutions include banks and other financial institutions, including Ansar Bank, Atlas Exchange, Iranian Atlas Company.
U.S. Supreme Court backs Sudan in USS Cole bombing lawsuitThe U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday prevented American sailors injured in the deadly 2000 al Qaeda bombing of the Navy destroyer USS Cole from collecting $314.7 million in damages from the government of Sudan for its alleged role in the attack. The decision represented a major victory for Sudan, which denies that it provided any support to the al Qaeda militant group for the attack in Yemen. Sudan was backed by President Donald Trump's administration in the case.
Extinct 'Pig-Footed Bandicoot' Galloped Around Australia Like a Wonky Little HorseScientists have discovered a new species of pig-footed bandicoot -- an extinct Australian marsupial that looks like a kangaroo, an opossum and a deer got a bit too friendly at the local watering hole -- and it's about as strange as you'd hope.Pig-footed bandicoots are long-eared, long-tailed herbivores that once scurried about the sandy, arid stretches of central and western Australia for tens of thousands of years before going extinct in the 1950s. Maxing out with a body mass of about 1.3 pounds (600 grams; roughly the weight of a basketball) and a length of about 10 inches (26 centimeters), these mammals are considered to be among the smallest grazing animals that ever lived, according to the authors of a new study published March 13 in the journal Zootaxa.With two functional toes on their front legs and only one on each hind leg, the bandicoots have a bit of an assembled-by-committee look. However, according to interviews conducted with aboriginal tribe members in the 1980s,
100 Ancient Egyptian Inscriptions Found at Amethyst Mining SiteArchaeologists have uncovered more than 100 ancient inscriptions carved into rock at Wadi el-Hudi, where the ancient Egyptians mined amethyst.In addition to the carved-rock inscription, the researchers also found 14 stele (inscriptions carved on a stone slab or pillar) and 45 ostraca (inscriptions written on pieces of pottery).Analysis of the newfound inscriptions is underway. So far, archaeologists can tell that many of the inscriptions date back around 3,900 years, to a time that modern day archaeologists call the "Middle Kingdom." One of the inscriptions mentions Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea who presided over the trial of Jesus, according to the bible. Many of the ostraca date back around 2,000 years, to around the time that Rome took over Egypt. [See Photos of the Ancient Egyptian Mining Site & Inscriptions]Amethyst became widely popular in Egypt during the Middle Kingdom, a time when the pharaohs of Egypt learned that Wadi el-Hudi is a good source for the
Ancient Garbage Heaps Show Fading Byzantine Empire Was 'Plagued' By Disease and Climate ChangeAbout a century before the fall of the Byzantine Empire -- the eastern portion of the vast Roman Empire -- signs of its impending doom were written in garbage.Archaeologists recently investigated accumulated refuse in trash mounds at a Byzantine settlement called Elusa in Israel's Negev Desert. They found that the age of the trash introduced an intriguing new timeline for the Byzantine decline, scientists reported in a new study. [The Holy Land: 7 Amazing Archaeological Finds]The researchers discovered that trash disposal -- once a well-organized and reliable service in outpost cities like Elusa -- ceased around the middle of the sixth century, about 100 years prior to the empire's collapse. At that time, a climate event known as the Late Antique Little Ice Age was taking hold in the Northern Hemisphere, and an epidemic known as the Justinian plague raged through the Roman Empire, eventually killing over 100 million people.Together, disease and climate change took a devastating
Sri Lanka's Malinga cleared to play IPLSri Lanka's limited-overs captain Lasith Malinga has been cleared to play the remainder of the Indian Premier League (IPL)season after his country's cricket board granted the paceman permission to skip the domestic 50-overs tournament on Tuesday.
'Technoference' from our phones is impacting our sleep, health, and productivity says new studyNew Australian research has found that "technoference," which is when we experience distractions in our daily life due to mobile phone use, appears to be having a negative effect on our sleep, health, productivity, and even the saftey of our driving. Carried out by researchers at the University of Queensland, the new study surveyed 709 mobile phone users age 18 to 83 across Australia in 2018, using questions taken from a similar survey carried out back in 2005. The findings, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychiatry, showed that 24 percent of women and 15 percent of men could now be classified as "problematic mobile phone users," and for 18 to 24 year-olds this figure is even higher at 40.9 percent.
Venezuela declares holiday as new nationwide blackout hitsVenezuela decreed a holiday Tuesday to cope with a new near-nationwide blackout that the government alleged was caused by an "attack" targeting its main hydroelectric plant. Caracas and other cities were without power, knocking out public transport, water supplies and leaving buildings without generators -- including many hospitals -- plunged into gloom. The outage began in the middle of Monday, sparking fear and frustration as citizens confronted anew the same paralysis that gripped the country just two weeks ago, in a vast blackout that lasted a week.
Telegram lets users delete messages from both sides of a chatOver the weekend, WhatsApp competitor Telegram announced that it has vamped up its "unsend" feature, extending users' deleting power to any message within a private chat, whether they were the sender or not, at any time. To protect user privacy even further, Telegram also introduced a way to limit how people can interact with messages of yours that have been forwarded.
12:39 AM The Japanese were very cruel during WW 2 .. never forget my mothers dearly beloved brother only brother killed by them and my mothers niece as well .. my mother had to dress up as an old woman and ran away to Punggol kampung from Chinatown because they were looking for young women .... left behind 5 young children with no father .. alot of sufferings in SE Asia and CHINA Nanjing massacre
12:39 AM Kenneth Chan if toxic chemicals or explosives chemicals were to be injected into the eggs the one handling it if not properly taken care of might kill himself/herself before attacking someone else or the enemies. A needle hole in the egg shell can cause explosion if there are ignition statics, heat up ,but before you inject toxic chemicals in, you have to empty the egg whites and yolk first. It's not An Easy Task to do that without breaking the egg shells. As for Medium Rituals Only Stupidity people believe them and Allow them to Cheat their Hard Earned Money. Curses are Ruse Created by those People who have the Intention to Cheat Those Naive and Ignorant People who are Stupid Enough to be Cheated. The person who says that I'm Cursed and need to consult A Medium to Break the Curse Will Eventually Get the Curse Themselves.
12:38 AM AS IT IS A JOURNEY IN LIFE IS ALWAYS A CHALLENGE.BUT LIKEWISE SHE NEEDS TO BE VERY WELL VERSED AND EXCEPTIONALLY FLUENT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE KESE BAHADUR,
12:38 AM See Han Wei Freedom of speech is a basic human right to speak out against the tyranny of Government. To be able to criticize and voice an opinion without fear of persecution. Throwing an egg on the other hand is an act of aggression that infringe another person's rights. It should be condemned.
12:38 AM It was reported that 490 units of Treasure at Tampines were launched last weekend.
Based on my visit to the showflat on launch day as well as information collected from various agents on the same day, there were at least 50 stacks which had either:
- At least 1 specific unit sold from each stack; and/or
- At least 1 unit from each stack which had actual price quotes given to us on-site for a specific unit in the stack; and/or
- At least 1 specific unit available for sale from each stack
All of the above-mentioned 50 stacks contain only one unit-type per stack. Assuming that none of the above stacks are only partially released, it is likely that there were minimally 550 units (50 x 11 units per stack) released. Either the math doesn't add up, or am I missing something?
12:37 AM This is politics life.. no choice... smiles.
12:34 AM Naryn Syahira made of tofu mah...cannot take blows...
12:34 AM Well said, Nurul,May Allah guide and protect you.... Hypocrisy is rampant but to know that your heart is sincere towards the Malaysians gives Malaysia an assurance... Stay Strong.
12:33 AM Authorities are just using him to set an example to the public. Whether you hate or support the ruling party, learn to respect certain boundaries. We may not see eye to eye but there’s certain boundaries that should never be crossed.
12:33 AM Everyone of us has IED throughout our life.. does that mean we can kill & burn someone when we explode? Illogical.
12:32 AM Crazy old ladies running around with Fascist ideology.
12:27 AM Eric Ong wanting change is fine but i don’t know how they are going to convince the contented ones to change their minds by kpkb’ing irrationally.
12:27 AM What! The police said that? Did he make a police report?
12:26 AM she is good but only miss out the subject politics and religions cannot mix . a religion is religion shouldn't get involve with political . I believe she is good if she only chooses only one thing . political or religions .