Following the Venezuelan opposition's attempt to hijack power by declaring Juan Guaido an interim president, the US, which has recognised the self-proclaimed leader, introduced unilateral sanctions against Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA on 28 January, planning to block $7 billion in the firm's assets. In response, Beijing lambasted Washington's move: "We oppose unilateral sanctions", a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman pointed out, adding that China will continue to maintain cooperation with Caracas. © REUTERS / Manaure QuinteroLima Group Seeks Contact With Russia, China on Venezuela Crisis – Guaido’s EnvoyIn December 2018, Reuters reported that PDVSA subsidiary the Venezuelan Petroleum Corporation (CVP) and the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) had doubled production in the previous seven months and were due to "slow a freefall in Venezuela's output". The PDVSA and CNPC have maintained a joint … [Read more...] about Venezuela Might Mutate Into Yet Another US-China Battlefield – Historian
Last month’s coverage of the centenary of the signing of the Armistice to end the First World War prompted Peter Overton to write in. Peter, from Derby, wanted to share his great, great uncle William Ernest Bricknell’s First World War service. William was born in 1895 to William Martin and Eliza Ann Bricknell (nee Henson), who were living in Bridge Street, Derby. He enlisted with the 1/5th Sherwood Foresters, reaching the rank of Corporal and was badly wounded and taken prisoner of war at Gommecourt on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, July 1, 1916. Peter said: “Uncle Bill was wounded in two places after leaving his trench during the assault. He was shot in the wrist and suffered a serious wound to a buttock cheek. "He was lying on the ground near to the second line of German trenches when a German patrol came across him sometime later. “He later told his family that he was found by a young German soldier and an older one. "The younger soldier went to … [Read more...] about Sherwood Forester’s life saved by German as he lay injured on Somme battlefield
Ryan Dawkins from Tring went on a journey to the Battlefields of World War One for the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One, to search for the grave of his Great Grandfather. Ryan's grandfather, Lance Corporal Reginald John Boyes died aged 29 fighting on the Menin road (which is where the Menin Gate now is ) on the outskirts of Ypres. This was the battle of Passchendale in the Ypres Salient. He was killed in action on October 3 1917, and is buried at Poelcapelle British Cemetery, in Belgium. Ryan's mum, Jo Dawkins posting to facebook last weekend the story of Ryan's journey has got hundreds of likes and has gone viral. Ryan goes to Tring School, and a group of the year 11's this year were taken to the battlefields of World War One to pay tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Jo said: "I am really proud of Ryan for going to pay his respects to the fallen. "Ryan is very into history, and is also a member of the RAF cadets so this was a dream holiday for him. … [Read more...] about Schoolchild’s World War One battlefield journey to find Great Grandad
And so, in the fifth year of the Great War, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, the guns at last fell silent. That is how Britain will probably think of the centenary of 11 November 1918. As a clean, crisp end to the costliest war in this country’s history. As an opportunity to remember the suffering of those who died and the pain of those who were bereaved. And a chance to tell poignant stories of the moment when the Great Silence finally descended. At Malplaquet in Belgium, the 11th battalion of the Manchester Regiment had formed up at first light and marched to the front, ready to go over the top yet again. Suddenly the commander and senior officers ran up and down the line, talking to the men. Cheers rang out; caps were thrown in the air. As the Tommies returned to the village, firing off signal rockets, a squadron of British planes swooped over, looping the loop. At other places on the front line, the mood was often one of anti-climax. … [Read more...] about ConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightConsumerBusinessSpotlightDid the end of the Great War come too soon?
News / UK and world by Press Association October 30, 2018, 4:43 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A convicted IRA member suspected of involvement in the Hyde Park bombing has said he does not intend to take part in a High Court claim brought against him by the victims’ families. Relatives of the four Royal Household Cavalrymen who died in the July 1982 blast are suing John Downey, who has always denied involvement in the attack. Squadron Quartermaster Corporal Roy Bright, 36, Lieutenant Dennis Daly, 23, Trooper Simon Tipper, 19, and Lance Corporal Jeffrey Young, 19, were killed by a car bomb as they rode through the central London park to attend the Changing of the Guard. Mr Downey was charged four years ago with the murders, but the prosecution at the Old Bailey collapsed. Family members of those killed launched legal action against Mr Downey after the collapse of the trial. During a brief hearing on Tuesday, Master … [Read more...] about Hyde Park bombing suspect does not intend to take part in High Court case