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NPA partners Women Professional Group on manpower, canvasses for national development

  (TRADE NEWSWIRE): A Socio-Economic Reformer and Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority [NPA] Hadiza Bala Usman, has reiterated management position concerning developmental programmes and goals initiated by credible Women Organizations across all spheres of national endeavour  especially in the area of manpower development,TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. In a statement obtained by TRADE NEWSWIRE from I.S Nasir, on behalf of the ...

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To President Donald Trump of America:’Adopt diplomacy instead of force on North Korean stand off’-Strategic report

.‘Let Doves fly the sky instead of missiles’   Your Excellency sir, (TRADE NEWSWIRE): I humbly urge the Government of the United States of America to adopt diplomacy in place of brutal force against North Korea to address its controversial nuclear and missile programmes, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. A proverb by my highly revered elders in Yoruba land, Nigeria goes thus: ...

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Performance review: NPA MD Hadiza Usman receives report on implementation of 24-hours Port operation

  (TRADE NEWSWIRE):  A Socio-Economic Reformer and Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala Usman, has received a Joint Stakeholders Committee report on the 24-hours port operation so far implemented for performance review, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. Upon receipt of the submitted Joint Stakeholders Committee report, NPA MD had consequently put in place effective machinery to comprehensively review the ...

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France takes guns from people on list of might-be militants – minister

PARIS: France is confiscating weapons from roughly 100 people on a watchlist of potential Islamist militants, the interior minister said on Thursday, two weeks after state prosecutors said an assailant inspired by Islamic State had been a gun-club member. Minister Gerard Collomb was speaking ahead of a parliamentary vote to extend emergency search-and-arrest powers given to police after Islamist gunmen ...

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Sanctions on Qatar Could Become Permanent

  A UAE government spokesperson warned on Wednesday that Qatar’s diplomatic and economic isolation from its Arab neighbors could become a permanent state of affairs. The Saudi-led sanctions regimes include a ban on Qatari-flagged ships in Bahraini, Saudi, Emirati and Egyptian ports. “Qatar is not responding positively to [the demands] we’ve sent,” said UAE spokesman Omar Ghobash, speaking to BBC. ...

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US defence secretary says Syria appears to have heeded US warning on chemical attack

BRUSSELS: Syria appears to have heeded a U.S. warning against staging any new chemical weapons attack as no such action has been launched, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday. “It appears that they took the warning seriously,” Mattistold reporters flying with him to Brussels for a meeting of NATOdefence ministers. “They didn’t do it.” Asked whether he believed ...

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Leadership by example: NPA MD Hadiza Usman inspects 24-hour port operation from Saturday midnight till dawn on Sunday

  (TRADE NEWSWIRE): As part of efforts to ensure total compliance to the Presidential order on 24-hour port operation , a Socio-Economic Reformer and Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala Usman, has ‘led by example’ by inspecting operations at the Lagos Ports Complex, Apapa from Saturday  midnight till dawn on Sunday, TRADE NEWSWIRE reports. Following her ...

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With Whole Foods, Amazon on collision course with Wal-Mart

  CHICAGO/SAN FRANCISCO: When Wal-Mart Stores Inc bought online retailer Jet.com for US$3 billion last year, it marked a crucial moment: the world’s largest brick-and-mortar retailer, after years of ceding e-commerce leadership to arch rival Amazon, intended to compete. On Friday, Amazon.com Inc countered. With its US$14 billion purchase of grocery chain Whole Foods Market Inc, the largest e-commerce company ...

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Armed police swoop on knifeman at UK parliament

  LONDON: Armed police arrested a man with a knife at the gates of the British parliament on Friday (Jun 16), nearly three months after an Islamist terror attack in exactly the same spot. Officers swooped and fired an electric stun gun, while detectives are keeping an open mind as to whether the man had an extremist motive. At 11.10am ...

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White House says no determination yet on ‘Dreamer’ immigrants

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is still reviewing a policy set in 2012 by U.S. President Barack Obama that protects from deportation nearly 600,000 immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents, known as “Dreamers,” a White House spokesman said on Friday. “No final determination has been made,” said the spokesman, who asked that his name not be used. Rescinding ...

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Trump says no proof on ‘collusion’ with Russians

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump took to Twitter Friday (Jun 16) to insist that despite months of investigating, no proof has emerged that he colluded with Russia to tilt the 2016 presidential election in his favor. “After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my ‘collusion with the Russians,’ nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!” the US president ...

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Boeing and Huntington Ingalls Partner Up on Unmanned Subs

  Boeing has joined forces with Huntington Ingalls to develop its “Echo Voyager” prototype autonomous submarine for the U.S. Navy. Boeing is best known as an aerospace giant, but it also has decades of experience in building unmanned underwater vehicles for the military. But the Voyager takes the concept to an entirely new level, Boeing says: it is capable of ...

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NPA implements Directive on Agencies at Ports- Advertorial

  (TRADE NEWSWIRE): The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) hereby reiterates the subsistence of a 2011 presidential directive for the reduction of the number of agencies that are to operate and have physical representation at the ports to eight. The  directive communicated to the Managing Director of the NPA in a 26th October, 2011 memo from the  Federal Ministry of Transportation, ...

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Dubai tourists ‘keen on staying longer’

Dubai’s popularity as an international tourist destination is fast growing as more than 70 per cent of foreign tourists said they were keen to stay longer in Dubai and explore more. The desire to stay longer is over and above the one to two weeks’ vacation they already booked in Dubai based on the latest Arabian Falcon Holidays survey participated ...

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Emirates draws flak for bannning cabin crew from wearing Taiwan flag on uniforms

TAIPEI: Emirates, the Middle East’s largest airline, faced fierce criticism in Taiwan on Wednesday (May 31) after it reportedly banned cabin crew from wearing the island’s flag on their uniforms due to pressure from China. Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it had lodged protests with Emirates in both Dubai and Taipei. The airline’s cabin crew traditionally wear the flag ...

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Trump urges world leaders to call him on his cellphone: Report

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has raised security concerns as he urged world leaders to call him on his cellphone instead of using official channels of communication, breaking diplomatic protocol, AP reported on Tuesday (May 30). Leaders of Canada, Mexico and France were reported to have been given his personal mobile number, with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau having reportedly ...

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Golfer Tiger Woods arrested in Florida on DUI charge

WASHINGTON: Former world number one golfer Tiger Woods was arrested in South Florida on Monday (May 29) on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to media reports. Woods, who is second on the all-time list with 14 major titles, was taken into custody at about 3.00am (3.oopm Singapore time) near his Jupiter Island home ...

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China ‘strongly dissatisfied’ with G7 statement on East, South China Seas

BEIJING: China is “strongly dissatisfied” with the mention of the East and South China Sea issues in a Group of Seven (G7) statement, and the G7 allies should stop making irresponsible remarks, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said. China is committed to properly resolving disputes with all nations involved through negotiations while maintaining peace and stability in the East China ...

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IEA Says Shipping Not on Track with Emissions Reductions

  The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released its Tracking Clean Energy Progress report, saying that international shipping is not on track to meet the greenhouse gas goals of the Paris Agreement. The report highlights the overall status and recent progress in developing and deploying key clean-energy technologies. The shipping sector is a key enabler of international trade and constitutes ...

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US appeals court to hear cases that could weigh on Wall Street policing

WASHINGTON: A U.S. appeals court will weigh whether certain hiring practices at two of the country’s top financial market regulators violate the Constitution on Wednesday, in a pair of cases that could have major ramifications for the policing of Wall Street. In one case, the future structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank ...

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Fidelity to allow clients to see digital currencies on website

  NEW YORK: Fidelity Investments will allow its clients to see their holdings of bitcoin and other virtual currencies held on digital asset exchange Coinbase on the company’s website, said Chief Executive Abigail Johnson on Tuesday. The move will make the Boston-based asset manager one of a handful of large financial services firms to have integrated digital currencies into its ...

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Sea Shepherd Embarks on Shark Protection Operation

Sea Shepherd’s newly renamed vessel, the M/V John Paul DeJoria, arrived in Costa Rica on Saturday to assist the Central American country in controlling illegal fishing in the waters surrounding its Cocos Island National Park.The M/V John Paul DeJoria is a 110-foot Island class former U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat which was relaunched in January this year. Sea Sheperd is ...

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Shortsea Container Ships Carried on Semi-Sub Ship?

  SeaHorse Shipping in the U.S. has touted a plan aimed at revolutionizing container shipping and freeing shippers from the constraints and congestion caused by mega container ships and mega ports. “While carriers complain that they are losing money, it’s the shippers who truly feel the pain,” says the narrator of a video describing the system. “Ocean freight is no ...

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Daimler, Vivint Solar in exclusive deal on US home batteries

REUTERS: German automaker Daimler AG will enter the nascent U.S. market for home batteries through a collaboration with residential rooftop solar installer Vivint Solar Inc, the two companies said on Thursday. The exclusive partnership, Vivint’s first foray into energy storage, will allow the companies to compete against similar offerings from automaker Tesla Inc, solar installer Sunrun Inc, battery maker LG ...

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China, ASEAN agree on draft framework for South China Sea code of conduct

  BEIJING: China and Southeast Asian countries agreed on Thursday (May 18) to a draft framework for a long-mooted code of conduct for the disputed South China Sea, China’s foreign ministry said. China and the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) had been hoping to this year agree on the framework, 15 years after committing to draft ...

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Aerospace sector flies high on surging jet deliveries

Accelerating deliveries of large commercial airplanes, such as Airbus’ A320 and A350 and Boeing’s B737, combined with some recovery in global defence spending will drive steady profit growth and underpin the positive outlook for the global aerospace and defence industry into 2018, said a report by a top rating agency. Airliner deliveries will grow by around seven per cent in ...

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Hacker Demonstrates Attack on Superyacht IT Systems

  The recent worldwide ransomware attack on Windows-based computer systems has brought new awareness to the serious threat of hacking to corporate and government operations. For years, maritime agencies and industry groups have warned that this danger does not end at the water’s edge. Earlier this month, a cybercrime specialist working for the mobile device company demonstrated the vulnerabilities of ...

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China installs rocket launchers on disputed South China Sea island: Report

  BEIJING: China has installed rocket launchers on a disputed reef in the South China Sea to ward off Vietnamese military combat divers, according to a state-run newspaper, offering new details on China’s ongoing military build-up. China has said military construction on the islands it controls in the South China Sea will be limited to necessary defensive requirements, and that ...

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Last Two Abu Sayyaf Fighters Killed on Bohol

  Philippine security forces on the island of Bohol have killed the last remaining members of a group of terrorists who had infiltrated the island an attempt to attack tourists. “All the Abu Sayyaf Group members who landed in Bohol province aboard [three boats] in early April 2017 were all neutralized. Bohol is now cleared of Abu Sayyaf Group elements,” ...

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Hyundai Merchant Marine Getting Back on Track

  South Korea’s Hyundai Merchant Marine is expected to turnaround its finances during the second half of next year, said the company’s Chief Executive Yoo Chang-keun on Tuesday. “Our business is quickly getting back on track helped by improving business and financial conditions,” he said. On Monday, the company reported that its operating loss narrowed to $117 million in the ...

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Cyberattacks on govt sector doubled in 2016

Cyberattacks on the government sector doubled in 2016, hiking to 14 per cent from seven per cent of all cyber security attacks in 2015, according to new research. Attacks on the finance sector also rose dramatically from just 3 per cent in 2015 to 14 per cent of all attacks in 2016, said Dimension Data’s Executive’s Guide to the NTT ...

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US, EU set meeting on airline security, electronic devices

WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS: U.S. and European officials will discuss airline security issues at a meeting in Brussels next week, including possibly expanding the number of airports that ban passengers from carrying electronic devices bigger than cellphones aboard flights, a European Commission spokeswoman said on Friday. U.S. Homeland Security Department Secretary John Kelly told European ministers by phone Friday the department does not ...

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