Daily Archive: January 6, 2018

Jan
06

Report: SEC Probing Kushner Company Role In Visas-For-Money Program

Report: SEC Probing Kushner Company Role In Visas-For-Money ProgramAs Donald Trump battles to build a wall to keep Mexican immigrants out of America, the Securities and Exchange Commission is probing the real estate company owned by the family of his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and its link to a lucrative federal visa program, The Wall Street Journal reported.


Jan
06

Christians are at risk of being driven out of the Holy Land | Patriarch Theophilos III

For millennia, Jerusalem has been hallowed ground for all religions. But the activities of radical settler groups are putting this peaceful status quo at risk

Today, 7 January, is Christmas, according to the Orthodox Christian calendar. And Orthodox Christians are keeping the feast in the Holy Land, where Christmas – and Christianity – began.

Much attention has been paid recently to political decisions recognising Jerusalem in one light or another. The media attention highlights the seemingly intractable political struggle here. But as well as the threat to the political status quo, there is a threat also to the religious status quo, a threat instigated by radical settlers in and around Jerusalem, the heart of Christianity. And one group that has always been a pillar of society in the Holy Land – Christians – seems to have been rendered invisible in this standoff.

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Jan
06

A new high street can’t save a town – but jobs and trains will

Revamping shops to prop up a town centre is the wrong approach: retailing will improve on its own if cities can attract employers or prosperous commuters

If Christmas showed us anything, it is that the high street is dying in most of our towns and many of our cities. Figures emerging from the main high-street shops covering the Christmas trading period show that a combination of falling disposable incomes and internet shopping seriously dented sales.

Next was one of the first fashion retailers to reveal that its festive cheer had all been online, where sales rose 13.6%. Its high-street stores suffered a 6.1% slump.

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Jan
06

Bright spot for Trump in 2017, job creation faces new challenges

Bright spot for Trump in 2017, job creation faces new challengesPresident Donald Trump can point to at least one important success in his first year: the number of jobs grew and the unemployment rate fell in 2017.


Jan
06

South Korea Has Its Own Massive Artillery That NATO Loves (and North Korea Hates)

South Korea Has Its Own Massive Artillery That NATO Loves (and North Korea Hates)In December 2017, Norway announced it would purchase twenty-four K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers from South Korean firm Hanhwa for $215 million, with an option for up to twenty-four more in the future. The K9 edged out an upgraded M109 howitzer offered by the Swiss firm RUAG and the German Panzerhaubitze 2000, which has a similar main gun and performance profile, but a slightly faster rapid-fire rate compared to the K9. This marks just the latest success of the South Korean howitzer system, which is already serving with Turkey and will soon enter service with three other NATO countries, as well as India and Finland.


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