Home » Posts tagged 南京新龙凤419

Sensex extends losses for second straight session

first_imgDomestic stock markets ended in losses for the second consecutive session on Tuesday amid a cautious sentiment ahead of expiry of contracts in the futures and options (F&O) segment for the month of November.While the BSE S&P Sensex fell 43 points to end at 25,775 points, the 50-share Nifty closed at 7,831, down 17 points.Investors also remain in wait-and-see mode ahead of the winter session of Parliament, which is scheduled to start this week and chances of the passage of key economic reforms in the session do not appear bright. In the monsoon session of Parliament, the Modi government was forced to delay the landmark Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, after facing strong opposition in the Rajya Sabha, where it does not have a majority.Doubts over the passage of the key tax bill in the upcoming session have arisen in the wake of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led alliance’s defeat in the recently-concluded assembly elections in Bihar that has emboldened the opposition parties.The Modi government has the required number of votes to pass the GST Bill in the Rajya Sabha, finance minister Arun Jaitley had said last week.The benchmark indices also ended lower due to weakness in global markets. While China’s Shanghai Composite index closed 1.2% lower and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index was down 1.6%.Among the BSE sectoral indices, Realty, Energy and Telecom were the top gainers, while Capital Goods, Auto and IT were the biggest losers.”It was yet another day of minor losses for the Indian equity markets on Tuesday. Participants preferred to remain on the sidelines ahead of the mid-week holiday on Wednesday and F&O expiry on Thursday. The market was quite choppy throughout the day and was unable to carry the momentum on either direction,” said Amar Ambani, Head of Research, IIFL.”The capital goods, IT and auto stocks were among the major laggards. On the other hand, realty, energy, telecom and the oil & gas stocks were among the major gainers. The mid-cap and the small-cap stocks continued to remain in demand,” he added. Markets will remain closed on Wednesday on account of Guru Nanak Jayanti.On the commodity front, gold prices rebounded by Rs 90 to end at Rs 25,740 per 10 grams, while silver prices rose sharply by Rs 350 to close at Rs 34,150 per kg.last_img read more

Continue reading

On DDay US allies look for unity and fear the Trump show

first_imgUS President Donald Trump during a Memorial Day ceremony. AFP File Photo.For a sign of how far Western politics and transatlantic relations have changed, look no further than next week’s D-Day commemorations in Britain and northern France.Five years ago, for the 70th anniversary, former US president Barack Obama travelled to France to stand with America’s allies and deliver a moving tribute to their joint sacrifice and shared destiny in World War II.In what was condemned as vulgar and disrespectful by right-wing opponents at the time, he was filmed chewing gum during one of the ceremonies — apparently to stop a craving for a cigarette.Starting from Wednesday, US president Donald Trump will attend two days of memorials in Britain and France for the 75th anniversary of the world’s biggest naval operation, which signalled the start of efforts to liberate western Europe.”It’s not the same world,” Francois Heisbourg, a former French diplomat and head of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, told AFP.While European leaders in Obama’s era would sometimes complain privately that Europe was a low priority for the US president, none ever imagined a US leader actively working to undermine the European Union.And Trump, who has cheered Brexit and is openly hostile to the idea of the EU bloc, has ripped up postwar conventions to such an extent that chewing gum at a ceremony seems like an offence from a different era.He has publicly refused a handshake with German chancellor Angela Merkel, called Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau “weak” and has humiliated British prime minister Theresa May over her strategy to negotiate Britain’s departure from the EU.On his last visit to France in November last year to mark 100 years since World War I, he left mocking the “very low approval rating” of his host, president Emmanuel Macron.Heisbourg said that “everyone will wait anxiously for the end of the ceremonies fearing a Twitter storm from Donald Trump.”Despite all this, Jeremy Shapiro, an expert on transatlantic relations at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said that relations between the US leader his Western counterparts “aren’t disastrous”.”They still want to be allies, but there isn’t that same sense of shared destiny which is what you need to land people on a beach together. There’s a sense that they can have transactions that work,” he told AFP.”Trump has caused everyone to see him in that light, and that’s how they see him,” he added.Russian president-elect Vladimir Putin takes the oath of office during a ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow on 7 May 2018. AFP- Putin absent -The commemorations of the D-Day landings, which saw 150,000 Allied soldiers storm the beaches of northern France on 6 June, 1944, will begin on Wednesday morning.Queen Elizabeth II will preside at a ceremony in Portsmouth in southern England attended by May, Macron, Trudeau, Merkel and Trump, who begins a state visit to Britain on Monday.Thousands of ships left from Portsmouth under cover of darkness 75 years ago for an invasion that signalled the start of the liberation of western Europe from Nazi occupation.British authorities have said the D-Day event will be “one of the greatest British military spectacles in recent history” involving 26 RAF aircraft and 11 Royal Navy vessels.On Thursday, ceremonies in France will continue along the wide sandy beaches where troops faced a hail of Nazi bullets and artillery shells which left 10,470 dead, wounded or missing on the first day.One notable absentee will be Russian president Vladimir Putin, who was invited to represent the Soviet Union for the first time in 2004 on the 60th anniversary of the invasion.He was also present in 2014, just as his relations with the West were collapsing over his decision to order troops into eastern Ukraine to annex Crimea.”In 2014, the attack in Crimea gave the Allies something to unite around,” Heisbourg said.The Russian leader, whose government made “sweeping and systemic” efforts to help get Trump elected in 2016 — according to an investigation by US special counsel Robert Mueller — was not invited this time.- Bridging differences -European leaders and Trump are at odds on a number of issues, any one of which has the potential to become a public source of friction at this week’s ceremonies.The US leader has repeatedly threatened to impose new tariffs on European imports, and there are also major differences on climate change, Iran’s nuclear ambitions and the civil war in Syria.The sensitive issue of defence spending is seen as one possible flashpoint, given the occasion and Trump’s past comments.The US president regularly assails European leaders for their failure to spend the equivalent of 2.0 per cent of their GDP on defence.The figure was agreed by all members of the NATO alliance, which grouped the Allies together after WWII, while Obama was still in office.”There’s a high risk that Donald Trumps uses the ceremonies to remind everyone about the dependence of Europe on the United States for its security and defence,” Heisbourg said.A source in the French presidency said Macron was hoping to use the opportunity to bridge some of his differences with Washington.The D-Day commemorations are a “good opportunity to celebrate this common victory and to explore some of the priority issues between us to try to bring our positions closer together,” an aide said on condition of anonymity.last_img read more

Continue reading

Greenbelt Murder Investigation Now Stretches Coast To Coast

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Special to the AFRO, [email protected] weekend’s shooting of a woman in Greenbelt was more than just a random act of violence, authorities say.  The death of Bettie Jenifer as she was walking from work to a parking lot was intentional and has linked her to a notorius drug ring in Baltimore and an actor in Hollywood.“Somebody wanted her dead,” said George Matthews, spokesperson for Greenbelt Police.  “It happened in broad daylight in front of multiple witnesses. And that’s very concerning, but we do not believe this was a random act.”Bettie Jenifer, wife to Nigerian actor Chris Attoh, was killed in Greenbelt, Maryland last weekend. (Courtesy Photo)As Jenifer was leaving the office of the employment agency she owned on the 6300 block of Ivy Lane in Greenbelt around 5 p.m. Friday, Greenbelt Police say a gunman chased her down and shot several times, striking her twice before she later died.  The attack was described as “brazen” by authorities since it wasn’t staged inconspicuously. “It seems to be quite a complicated situation,” Matthews said in a broadcast report.  ““The fact this was broad daylight, in front of multiple witnesses- whoever did this didn’t seem to matter to the person who committed this crime. So that in itself is extremely shocking.” As the investigation continues, Greenbelt Police are still analyzing the layers of information surrounding Jenifer’s life, her relation to Hollywood and simultaneous marriages. ABC-7 News in D.C. first reported a link between two husbands and two separate lives on both coasts.  Jenifer, who was married to Nigerian actor Chris Attoh last October in Accra, Ghana, didn’t file for divorce from her first husband Kedrick Jenifer until April 15.  Attoh is known for his role as “Kwame Mensah” in the Nigerian program “Tinsel.” He reportedly has been cooperating with local authorities although was believed to be distraught after this crime.Earlier Friday afternoon, Attoh posted a message on his social media account via Twitter which has also added to the drama of this case. Attoh tweeted, “When it comes to relationships, remaining faithful is never an option but a priority. Loyalty is ever ”“(Investigators) are aware of the tweets as well and that’s all part of the investigation,” said Mathews.Meanwhile, Kedrick Arnold Jenifer, 44, of Bowie, is serving a 20 year sentence after pleading guilty to his involvement in an elaborate cocaine trafficking scheme in 2015.  According to his plea agreement and court documents, from September 2012 until his arrest in October 2014, Kedrick Jenifer was the head of a drug organization.  He directed the collection and transportation of money from Maryland to Texas. The Jenifer organization would hide money in secret compartments in “courier vehicles” that were transported from Baltimore to Houston.  Jenifer would then fly to Houston and obtain kilograms of cocaine from a source of supply. The cocaine was transported from Houston to Baltimore in the courier vehicles and Jenifer would return to Baltimore via commercial air carrier.Kedrick was also ordered to forfeit four homes, seven vehicles including a Rolls Royce and a Ferrari, jewelry, a boat, guns and hundreds of thousands of dollars. He was also forced to relinquish ownership of a Rita’s Italian ice franchise in Baltimore that he co-owned, and which authorities alleged was used to launder money.No arrests have been made in this case and investigators remain perplexed by the absence of witness accounts despite the incident occurring in early evening hours before the sun went down.    Greenbelt police say they have no suspects and no motives. However, they are getting assistance from both local and federal agencies as they try to solve this crime.last_img read more

Continue reading