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  2. the Question is "What will Trump get out of his visit to India?" He will of course look at the visits of others, and perhaps moderate his behavior based on theirs but I bet he will not follow the dress code established by Justin. What Donald Trump gets out of his trip to India Indian Americans are a growing political force in the US. Could this be part of the reason for the trip? India is gearing up to impress the visiting US President Donald Trump on his first official trip to the world's most populous democracy. Tens of thousands are expected to line the streets to greet him in Ahmedabad city, in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state Gujarat. Mr Trump will inaugurate the world's largest cricket stadium there in the presence of over 100,000 people, a spectacle expected to cost more than $13m (£10m). The visit comes as India's economy is under strain and unemployment is high. Mr Modi is facing criticism at home and abroad over Kashmir and a controversial law that fast-tracks citizenship to non-Muslim religious minorities from three neighbouring countries. "It will be a political boost and a good news story for him," says Tanvi Madan, director of the India Project at the Brookings Institution think-tank in Washington. "He will be seen in visuals standing with the most powerful leader of the world, so to speak." But the Indian subcontinent has not figured much in Mr Trump's "America First" agenda. So what's in it for President Trump, who is known to hate long trips, and what does he hope to accomplish in India, when there is no dearth of domestic and international issues at home? 1. Effort to attract Indian-American voters? The visit is being seen by many as a pleasant trip to a country where Mr Trump is not expected to face tough questions, but win some easy political points for his domestic politics. Part of the aim is to give American voters a good image to point to when thinking of Mr Trump as he seeks re-election. "The visuals will be used by the Trump campaign to make the case the President is welcomed around the world," says Ms Madan. "That he has made America great and respected, especially when some polls have said the respect for the US has gone down on the international stage." The good, the bad and the ugly: US presidents' India trips Indian American voters might pay particular attention. About 4.5 million people of Indian origin live in the US today, but despite their relatively small numbers, Indian Americans are a growing political force in the country. Those who can vote typically vote Democrat. In 2016, only 16% Indian Americans voted for Mr Trump, according to the National Asian American Survey. "Indian Americans do not believe in cutting taxes and making government smaller. They favour social welfare spending," says Karthick Ramakrishnan, a professor of public policy at the University of California, Riverside, who ran the survey. Mr Trump has sought to court the Indian-American vote in the run-up to the 2020 election. In September, he appeared next to Mr Modi at a massive event in Houston, Texas named "Howdy Modi", and declared: "You have never had a better friend as president than President Donald Trump". According to Mr Ramakrishnan, Mr Trump's efforts in reaching out to India could help boost his numbers at the margins. "I think there would be some short-term dividends but probably not to the extent that many Republicans might hope," he says. 2. Trade Deal A trade agreement with India following months of negotiations was expected to be the centrepiece of the visit - a big political win for Mr Trump if he could seal the deal. The US-India bilateral trade stands at $160bn. But hopes of an agreement have been fading for weeks as the US expressed concerns over issues like rising tariffs, price controls and India's positions in e-commerce. Immigration of skilled workers and the visa regime are other areas of concern. India wants restoration of trade concessions under a tariff system called the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), which provides additional benefits for products from least developed countries. Mr Trump terminated the GSP benefits for India in 2019. "Even a limited deal would be an important signal to industry in both countries that US and India are serious about growing trade, and they can resolve issues," says US India Business President Nisha Biswal. However, she adds: "I am not optimistic because of what I have been hearing from both governments." 3. The China Factor President Trump has made being tough on China a central piece of his political brand, and many US concerns on China like the Belt and Road Initiative, access to South China Sea, and the untrustworthiness of its vendors are shared by India. "I don't think this visit would be happening without the strategic convergence between India and the US on China, particularly their concern about the Chinese actions and intentions in that region," says Ms Madan. Media captionUS President Donald Trump is being treated to a brand new wall during his Indian trip A China-US crisis would adversely impact the Indian economy, but too much closeness between the two giants could leave India out of the equation. The American side, in turn, questions whether the Indian quest for strategic autonomy would be a hindrance to a truly strategic partnership with the US. Questions also swirl around whether India can rise as a counterweight to China in Asia or would it be sucked deeper into domestic and sub-regional politics. With hostilities rising between the US and China, Mr Trump may well find a friend in Mr Modi's India, which has been seen as willing to criticise the Chinese. 4. Defence Media reports suggest key multi-billion dollar defence deals are in the offing on Mr Trump's India visit. This may include the sale of helicopters for the navy. Before the trip, the US State department approved a possible sale of an integrated Air Defence Weapon System for $1.8bn. As India tries to diversify its list of buyers, India recognises it has not made large defence purchases from the US recently, while it has done so from the Russians and French, said an analyst "India and the US have become very close for strategic reasons. Even during the Trump years, you have seen defence and diplomatic dialogues," said Ms Madan. For Mr Trump, any chance to sell US hardware is a chance to tout to his supporters that he is boosting jobs and 'Made in America' manufacturing. 5. Building on the Trump-Modi chemistry Mr Trump is seen by many as 'transactional" leader who places a premium on personal relationships over geopolitics, and he believes that his ability to get on with foreign leaders earns him the ability to get things done. This would be President Trump and Prime Minister Modi's fifth meeting in eight months. They call each other a 'friend'. There are pictures of them hugging each other. "We are not treated very well by India but I happen to like Prime Minister Modi a lot," Mr Trump told reporters days before his trip. For Mr Trump - and Mr Modi - exhibiting a level of bonhomie can help smooth over differences when tough talks come up. In the end, it is not a trip made with a very clear set of objectives, says Joshua White of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. For Mr White, it is more likely that the impulsive Mr Trump will take his trip, shake hands and pose for pictures, "and the bureaucracy figures out what can be gained on the policy front".
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  4. I actually thought it would all sink in at some point too, but I see I was wrong. I remember working all summer and then part time during the school year to pay tuition; where was that "essentially free" college? Did I miss it? Slogans, memes, and the inability to read a calendar has not served the Democrats well so far, and it's too late for remedial mat work to make a difference now. Out of desperation, the old guard feels they have no choice but to manipulate outcomes. Look at how the media is treating Bernie and attacking his supporters.... this is coincidence is it? Look at his family history and then contemplate the absurdity of comparing him to a Nazi . This manipulation will likely provoke an uprising among those "young voters" and when that happens, they will feel betrayed by their own party.... and they will be absolutely right in that assessment. Doing the work and earning the win is boring, but in athletics, politics and warfare, it's the only sure path to victory....
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  6. MILLWOOD, Va., Feb. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Project HOPE today announced that United Airlines is donating funds to deliver desperately needed ventilators to eleven hospitals in Hubei Province, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China. The ventilators, which can... View the full article
  7. That I know but perhaps AC is looking at one proven aircraft manufacturer. Good to walk away from the MAX
  8. Looks like someone found some stones and it wasn't Justin.... Tyendinaga Mohawks say they've been given midnight deadline to clear camps
  9. LONDON, Feb. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to energy markets and climate risks, the debate around energy transition has shifted from when it will happen to what it will look like. This is the focus of a new S&P Global Platts special report, Sustainability Shift - Oil's Future in... View the full article
  10. SHANGHAI, Feb. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- WuXi Biologics ("WuXi Bio") (2269.HK), a leading global open-access biologics technology platform company offering end-to-end solutions for biologics discovery, development and manufacturing, congratulates its strategic partner Immutep, a... View the full article
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  12. This is whatt happens when society goes ABSOLUTELY NUTS!!! Careful, they walk among us and are allowed to VOTE !!
  13. A350 and the Max are in different segments.
  14. Westjet likes to do that a lot.
  15. "The order would be a mix of A321LR-XLR and A330neo." Don't forget about the 350s. Need a bunch of them too.
  16. LOS ANGELES, Feb. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Canyon Capital Advisors LLC, the investment advisor to funds and accounts (together with Canyon Capital Advisors LLC, "Canyon") that beneficially own, in the aggregate, over 9 million shares, or almost 7.0% of the outstanding common stock of... View the full article
  17. NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- After 17 successful years in Scottsdale, Bonner David Galleries announces the opening of their newest dual concept gallery Bonner David Art Boutique, located just steps from the Metropolitan Museum of Art at 22 E. 81st St. in the heart of museum... View the full article
  18. SÃO PAULO, 23 de fevereiro de 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Em agosto de 2019 foi anunciada a chegada do maior canal de notícias do mundo ao Brasil. A CNN Brasil, que tem sua estreia prevista para março deste ano, incluiu uma consultoria Visagista completa para os 48 jornalistas que estarão à... View the full article
  19. Calgary museum marks 111th anniversary of powered flight in Canada Global NewsView the full article
  20. In Justins version of Canada......
  22. SÃO PAULO, 23 de fevereiro de 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Entre as várias celebridades do tradicional Baile do Copa, realizado no dia 22 de fevereiro, no Rio de Janeiro, Renata Spallicci brilhou com uma roupa inusitada. A executiva, influenciadora digital e rainha de bateria da Barroca da Zona... View the full article
  23. RENO, Nevada, Feb. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Screening at airports using heat sensors for elevated temperatures may identify those who have later-stage symptoms of fever from coronavirus or other unrelated illnesses such as the common cold or flu. Airport tissue-sample screening should be... View the full article
  24. Wet’suwet’en solidarity protesters set up new Vancouver rail blockade, violating injunction BY SEAN BOYNTON GLOBAL NEWS Posted February 23, 2020 1:24 pm Protesters stage on a rail line in East Vancouver on Feb. 23, 2020. Justin Okines/Global News Two days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said rail blockades across Canada need to come down, a group of protesters have set up camp on a major train crossing in East Vancouver. The demonstrators gathered at the CN Rail tracks near Clark Drive and Venables Street just before noon Sunday, violating an injunction the rail company was granted by B.C. Supreme Court the last time its tracks were blocked earlier this month. READ MORE: Eyes now on Canadian police after Trudeau demands transport blockades torn down The blockade is the latest act of solidarity with Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs opposing the Coastal GasLink pipeline project through their traditional lands in northern B.C. In a statement, the group organized by Natalie Knight said it was not only protesting the actions of Coastal GasLink and RCMP, but also the various injunctions granted against solidarity protests themselves. 2:17Protesters in support of Wet’suwe’ten hereditary chiefs vow to maintain blockades ‘as long as it takes’ Protesters in support of Wet’suwe’ten hereditary chiefs vow to maintain blockades ‘as long as it takes’ “You cannot injunct justice,” Knight said. “The use of overbroad injunctions to criminalize Indigenous land defenders and our supporters reveals the colonial foundation of Canadian law. “We will continue holding solidarity actions in the streets of Vancouver until the demands of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs have been met.” More to come…
  25. Not getting stuffed, just getting agreements with those most closely involved Teck project environmental deal reached between First Nation and Alberta government BY ALLISON BENCH GLOBAL NEWS Posted February 23, 2020 1:20 pm Updated February 23, 2020 1:29 pm On Sunday, Feb. 22, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation said it had reached an agreement with the Government of Alberta regarding the Teck Resources Frontier oilsands mine project. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson A deal has been reached between the Alberta government and a First Nation that had raised environmental concerns around the Teck Resources Frontier project. In an announcement Sunday, the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation announced the agreement and expressed “support for approval of the project.” Athabasca Chipewyan Chief Allan Adam had previously called out the UCP over its failure to consult and take meaningful action on environmental concerns around the Teck Frontier mine project. “After many productive discussions, the Alberta government has responded to our concerns with a comprehensive and meaningful package of action items,” Adam said in the news release. READ MORE: First Nation chief and Alberta’s Kenney government in war of words as Teck oil mine decision nears In public letters sent on Feb. 7 to the federal government and to other chiefs, Adam highlighted environmental concerns — ranging from caribou habitat to water issues — saying the government and company had failed to consult the First Nation. In letter to Trudeau, Kenney says rejection of Teck Frontier project could be ‘boiling point’ for western alienation Teck Frontier mine not a ‘political gift’ from Ottawa: Alberta minister But now, the First Nation hails Teck Frontier as a “model” for how companies planning major projects should move forward in the future. “Given the recent discussions with the Government of Alberta and their fresh and positive approach, we reconfirm our support of the Project and encourage the Canadian government to approve the Project without further delay,” Allan said. Alberta Minister of Environment and Parks Jason Nixon said Sunday that the government had also secured agreements with the Mikisew Cree First Nation. “Together these First Nations and Alberta have been able to do what Alberta has always said we can: become true partners in prosperity by developing our resources while protecting the land and culture of our Indigenous people,” Nixon said in a news release. “To reinforce our commitment to create this wealth responsibly, we have been able to address and sustain bison and caribou habitats, protections for Wood Buffalo National Park, and we have set out a path for cooperative management of the Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland and the Ronald Lake Bison Herd,” Nixon said. READ MORE: Rejection of Frontier oilsands mine could result in $1.13B charge, Teck Resources warns Athabasca Chipewyan and the Mikisew Cree are two of 14 First Nations and Metis communities that have signed participation agreements on the Teck mine. 1:57Teck’s proposed oilsands mine generating political debate Teck’s proposed oilsands mine generating political debate The mine, planned for north of Fort McMurray, Alta., would produce 260,000 barrels of oil a day and about four million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year, for more than 40 years. The company said it would employ 7,000 people during construction and 2,500 during operation. Nixon said Sunday that he was “once again” calling on the federal government to approve the project. “The opportunity that this project presents for our Indigenous communities, our province and the thousands of jobs it would create cannot be killed for political reasons. This project has played by the rules. It has followed the process. It’s time to get it done.” 2:32Kenney has message for Ottawa on Teck Frontier Mine Kenney has message for Ottawa on Teck Frontier Mine The federal government must make a decision on the project by the end of February under the Environmental Assessment Act.
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