First came Kuwait. Then Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Now it's the Philippines' turn. It is the latest foreign government to book rooms or host events at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C., riling critics who say such bookings are nothing more than attempts to curry favour with President Donald Trump. The Philippine Independence Day celebration set for June 12 comes as the country pushes for a free-trade agreement with the U.S. and amid international criticism of President Rodrigo Duterte for encouraging vigilante killings of drug suspects. "The Trump hotel may have some political undertones because it is associated with the U.S. president," Jose Manuel Romualdez, the Philippine ambassador to the U.S., wrote in a column in The Philippine Star newspaper earlier this week. "But since several other embassies have also held their national day celebrations at the Trump hotel which were well attended — I decided — why not do it there, too." Read more Donald Trump's … [Read more...] about Philippines government books Trump hotel as Duterte pushes for free trade deal with US
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The Prime Minister has been urged not to forget human rights issues as she jets off to China at the head of a business delegation on a mission to bang the drum for post-Brexit investment in the UK. Speaking ahead of her departure on Tuesday, Mrs May said her trip would intensify the “golden era” in China-UK relations following President Xi Jinping’s state visit to Britain in 2015. Some 50 business figures flying with the PM include chief executives of major exporters such as Jaguar Land Rover, AstraZeneca and BP as well as small firms from across the UK and representatives of universities including Manchester and Liverpool. Loading article content Mrs May is joined for the three-day visit to Wuhan, Beijing and Shanghai by her husband Philip, only the second time he has accompanied his wife on an official trip overseas. In face-to-face talks with President Xi and Premier Li Keqiang, Mrs May will discuss the stand-off over China’s nuclear-armed neighbour … [Read more...] about PM urged to not to shirk from raising human rights during China trade mission
New carriers will enter country’s market in next one year, fly mainly to far-off areas 0SHARES Share Tweet Email PHOTO: FILE KARACHI: Five new airlines are expected to venture into Pakistan’s aviation industry in the next one year in the latest sign of intensifying competition in the backdrop of an open skies policy, which may bring down passenger fares, but will pose fresh challenges to the financially struggling Pakistan International Airlines (PIA). Askari Air, Air Siyal, Go Green, Liberty Air and Afeef Zara Airways are going to enter Pakistan’s air space in a bid to take a slice of the growing air travel market. “Air traffic of the country has swelled 40% over the past five years to 20 million passengers,” Standard Chartered Pakistan Chief Executive Officer Shahzad Dada said at the recent launch of the Emirates Standard Chartered Credit Card. PIA online booking system revived after hours of suspension The current rate of … [Read more...] about Open skies policy: As five new airlines plan to enter Pakistan, PIA stands to lose
This is a premium article. You are able to read the full version because you are a Member of The Local. Thanks for joining us. Read more about what you get here. Indian developer Rameez Hussain had been living in Sweden for seven years when the Migration Agency said it could not renew his work permit due to a small error committed by a past employer. Hussain tells The Local the decision to deport him was "disappointing, unsettling and unpleasant", but not a surprise. His colleague at engineering consultancy Dynamo, Tayyab Shabab, had received a similar decision almost a year earlier, and they are just two of many. Over the past two years, the Migration Agency has been so strict in its decisions over work permit renewals that a legal framework put in place to facilitate recruitment from outside the EU has instead made life for these foreign professionals extremely unstable. The tech sector has been particularly hard hit by the deportations, as it's an industry where … [Read more...] about In depth: Why is Sweden deporting its foreign professionals?
Country now plans to pursue the presidential policy of 'global energy dominance' 0SHARES Share Tweet Email Surging shale production is poised to push US oil output to more than 10 million barrels per day. PHOTO: REUTERS HOUSTON: Surging shale production is poised to push US oil output to more than 10 million barrels per day – toppling a record set in 1970 and crossing a threshold few could have imagined even a decade ago. And this new record, expected within days, likely won’t last long. The US government forecasts that the nation’s production will climb to 11 million barrels a day by late 2019, a level that would rival Russia, the world’s top producer. The economic and political impacts of soaring US output are breathtaking, cutting the nation’s oil imports by a fifth over a decade, providing high-paying jobs in rural communities and lowering consumer prices for domestic gasoline by 37 per cent from a 2008 peak. Fears of … [Read more...] about US oil industry set to break record, upend global trade