FILE PHOTO: Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond is seen outside Downing Street in London, Britain May 7, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May will honour her promise to step down as soon as lawmakers pass her Brexit deal, finance minister Philip Hammond said in an interview published on Thursday. Hammond told London’s Evening Standard newspaper that May was “as good as her word”. Lawmakers who would like to see May stand down quickly should vote for her deal, Hammond said. He added that he would like to put Britain’s defence budget back on a “sustainable trajectory”. Reporting by Andy Bruce, editing by David Milliken … [Read more...] about May will honour promise to quit if Brexit deal passes
The former US diplomat who negotiated the release of Otto Warmbier from North Korea in 2017 has said the administration of President Donald Trump should honour the promise it made to pay $2 million for his freedom. In an interview with CNN, Joseph Yun, who was US special representative for North Korea affairs in the summer of 2017, said North Korea demanded $2 million for Mr Warmbier’s medical care after he was arrested in January 2016 for attempting to steal a propaganda poster from a hotel in Pyongyang. Sentenced in March 2016 to 15 years, North Korea claims that 22-year-old Mr Warmbier fell into a coma the same day, although they only informed the US of his condition 15 months later. Tasked with winning the release of the University of Virginia student, Mr Yun said, “As soon as the North Korean side told me that his bill for $2 million would have to be paid, of course, I contacted my boss, then Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, to ask him. “And he … [Read more...] about US should ‘honour promise’ to pay for Otto Warmbier’s release says diplomat who negotiated deal
Theresa May has staked her premiership on taking the United Kingdom out of the European Union, seeking an extension to the Article 50 process going on that goes on no later than 30 June, and heavily hinting to MPs that she will resign if the exit talks are extended into July. Or has she? The reality is that the Prime Minister has outright told MPs she will do an awful lot of things that she has not done, and has comfortably said a number of things that are untrue. She won the support of Conservative MPs in marginal seats by promising not to hold an election – a broken promise that cost some of her supporters their jobs. But in this case, what May is promising is akin to her pledging to remain a carbon-based life form: it’s not so much a pledge as a reflection of political reality. The path to a parliamentary majority for an extension past 30 June is tricky to see. The House rejected an open-ended transition, but there are still enough MPs who oppose a … [Read more...] about Theresa May’s pledge that she’ll resign if there’s a long extension is no promise at all
EASTER is nearly here, marking one of the most important days in the Christian calendar. And during Lent, other festivities will be take place before the resurrection of Jesus is celebrated. When is Good Friday? This year, Good Friday falls on Friday, April 19. In different traditions, the date is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday or Easter Friday. It marks the start of the Easter long weekend, which includes Easter Monday on April 2, 2018. The date changes every year as Easter Sunday must always fall on the next full moon after Spring Equinox. Is Good Friday a bank holiday? Good news, Good Friday is a bank holiday, so for many people it marks the beginning of their Easter weekend. Monday, April 22 is also a bank holiday, but not every workplace will give employees these two Easter dates off. Bank or public holidays do not have to be given to employees as paid leave, an employer can decide whether to include bank holidays as part of a worker’s … [Read more...] about When is Good Friday 2018, is it a UK bank holiday and which part of the Easter story does it honour?
News / Scotland by Press Association 18/03/2019, 12:02 am Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter Sarah Brown has been honoured at a charity’s Woman of Influence awards for her campaign work to educate more children around the world. Action for Children recognised Mrs Brown for her work with Theirworld, a charity she founded and now acts as chair of which aims to give children the best start in life. Theirworld also administers the Jennifer Brown Research Fund – established in the memory of her first child with husband Gordon. The shortlist for the award also featured Yvonne Greaves, head of Women in Business at NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland & Ulster Bank; Sharon Moore MBE, CTO of Government at IBM; and Corinne Hutton. Held at Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel this year, the event has raised more than £1 million to support the charity’s work in Scotland. Mrs Brown said: “I am so grateful to Action For Children … [Read more...] about Sarah Brown honoured at Woman of Influence awards