The crew of the Ocean Viking said Italian authorities instructed the ship to sail to Lampedusa. By mid-afternoon it was near the island but still in international waters. It wasn't immediately clear if Ocean Viking would actually dock or if the migrants might be transferred to Italian coastguard or border police vessels and then taken ashore. The Norwegian-flagged ship, which had appealed for days for a safe port, is operated by two humanitarian groups, Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) and SOS Mediterranee. Ocean Viking carried out its first rescue, of 50 migrants who were struggling in an unseaworthy rubber dinghy launched by Libyan-based migrant smugglers, on September 8. The others were rescued the next day. Among the migrants is a one-year-old boy from Somalia. "We just heard that we have been assigned a place of safety. We are now on our way to Lampedusa," said Erkinalp Kesikli, of Doctors Without Borders. Migrants clapped with joy and excitement. "We are very … [Read more...] about Italy warns it is not softening its stance on Med migrants
Mr Deri, the leader of Shas, one of Israel's two main ultra-Orthodox parties, had gathered his party faithful in a basketball arena for a major rally ahead of Tuesday's election. Thousands of men in the audience - the party's strict religious rules bar women from the crowd - listened as he warned: "The character of the state of Israel stands before a fateful decision the likes of which we have never seen in Jewish history." For Israel's ultra-Orthodox parties, this week's vote is a referendum on the role of religion in the state. Questions of religion and secularism have become unusually prominent after Blue and White, the main opposition party challenging Benjamin Netanyahu, announced it would form "a secular unity government" if it wins. In practice, that would likely mean forming a coalition without the ultra-Orthodox parties. Since 2000, ultra-Orthodox parties have been part of government for all but five years and have used their cabinet positions to protect the community's … [Read more...] about Ballot stakes high for Israel’s devout voters
So well he may be. For the past five years he has worked in Brussels in the role of Agriculture Commissioner and has proved himself a tough operator in negotiating the controversial Mercosur deal, central to securing his new position which will involve negotiating with the UK post-Brexit, whatever form it takes, as well as navigating the choppy waters of the US-China trade wars. While the trade deal in principle between the EU and the Mercosur countries - Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay - will take years to complete, it already has cash-strapped Irish farmers fearful of hundreds of thousands of tonnes of cheap South American meat flooding into Ireland and the EU, and he and Taoiseach Leo Varakar, who nominated Hogan for the trade role, could be on a collision course over it in the future. Either way, Hogan admits his five-year stint in Brussels as Agriculture Commissioner gave him a bit of a steal in securing the new role. "In the agriculture role, I've been involved in … [Read more...] about Bruiser Hogan turns his hand to trade
State-backed mortgages boosted by extra €363m Independent.ie The Department of Housing has secured an additional €363m in funding for its State-backed mortgage scheme. https://www.independent.ie/business/personal-finance/property-mortgages/statebacked-mortgages-boosted-by-extra-363m-38497202.html https://www.independent.ie/life/home-garden/homes/article38497258.ece/454a4/AUTOCROP/h342/p27_housing.jpg Email The Department of Housing has secured an additional €363m in funding for its State-backed mortgage scheme. The Rebuilding Ireland Home Loan scheme is targeted at prospective buyers who cannot get a bank loan. It has experienced higher than expected demand since it was launched in February 2018. Please log in or register with Independent.ie for free access to this article. Log In Originally, €200m was set aside to be loaned out over a three-year period until 2020. However, due to the popularity of the scheme the Government sought extra funding. The … [Read more...] about State-backed mortgages boosted by extra €363m
A United States Air Force B2 Spirit, currently deployed to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, flies above the English countryside near Dover with two RAF F-35 jets. For the first time, UK F-35 Lightning jets have been conducting integration flying training with the B-2 Spirit stealth bombers of the United States Air Force as part of their deployment to RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, UK. The USAF deployment of the B-2s from the Bomber Task Force Europe is long-planned. Whilst deployed to the UK the aircraft will conduct a series of training activities in Europe. During this deployment, RAF F-35B Lightning fighters are conducting sorties with the USAF B-2 bombers. Both are 5th generation aircraft and this is the first time that USAF B-2s have trained with non-US F-35s. RAF Fairford routinely hosts deployments and exercises by US strategic aircraft. These regular deployments reinforce the US Air Force Europe and the Royal Air Forces unique and complementary partnership and our collective … [Read more...] about Have you seen the stealth bombers flying over Norfolk?