Your plan to give that potted Christmas tree a second life is doomed
Bringing home a sawn-off Christmas tree comes with a bad conscience for some of us. Is there really no way to keep this tree alive while bringing seasonal spirit into the sitting room.Maybe this Christmas you'll take home a potted tree to plant in the garden in the new year? Tree experts say it's a nice idea, but you shouldn't get your hopes up.Most potted trees are not meant to survive the trip to the living room, says Eberhard Hennecke, chairman of the Christmas tree producers' section of Germany's Horticultural Association in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.That's because the convention...
Govt asked to reconsider plan to scrap community title deeds
PHUKET: A large group residents have asked the government to rethink its plan to stop issuing community land title deeds, saying they need secure title to land.The request was made in a petition to Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon by about 300 people, led by members of the People’s Movement for a Just Society (P-Move), a grassroots group campaigning for land rights for the rural poor.The petition asks the government committee on policy and land resource management, which is chaired by Gen Prawit, to review a proposal to stop giving community land title deeds that is due to go before its ...
The Bangkok Post
Ludogorets' Arsenal fan Elvis Manu has plan for Spurs
Ludogorets star Elvis Manu is up for their Europa League clash with Tottenham.Manu has promised Arsenal that he will do them a favour against Tottenham on Thursday night.The forward is a self-confessed Gooner and will travel to north London to take on their biggest rivals.He told Voetbal International: “I'm a big fan of Arsenal, so I think I'll do them a favour with that. Henry, Pires, Bergkamp, Ljungberg, Lehmann.“During that time I really fell in love with Arsenal."Prior to taking on Tottenham before the international break in Europe, Manu netted a hat-trick against LASK.“A European hat-tric...
Ismaila Coulibaly has 3-year plan to reach Sheffield Utd
Ismaila Coulibaly is eyeing a move to parent club Sheffield United.The 19-year-old was signed in the summer on a five-year contract from Norwegian team Sarpsborg 08 and immediately sent out on loan to Belgium side K Beerschot VA.The club is part owned by United's owner Prince Abdullah and were promoted to the top tier last season."Club Brugge talked to my agent. A lot of people thought that I would go there, but in the end this project was better," he told Gazet van Antwerpen."I have more chance of playing time at Beerschot and the Belgian league is still one level higher than the Norwegian on...
China’s new NEV plan targets battery electrics, ‘quality brands’
China’s plan for new energy vehicles (NEV) in the next 15 years aims to promote the transition from a state-led to a market-led industry. In the eyes of the policy makers, Chinese brands should lead the way and control the domestic market. Whether the plan (in Chinese) will succeed hinges on how the government manages the phase-out of purchase subsidies after 2022.Issued by the State Council on Nov. 2, The Development Plan for the New Energy Vehicle Industry (2021-2035) leaves no doubt about China’s commitment to NEVs, calling it a “major direction in the transformation of the global automotiv...
Many Americans realized previously that Donald Trump considered himself above the law, a king ruling the nation but evading major responsibilities for running it. His handling of the Covid 19 virus pandemic reinforced the perception that he considered himself American royalty, above the fray and able to do anything he wanted. With the catastrophe of Covid decimating Americans, Trump refused to formulate any centralized plan to contain the virus, leaving it to the individual states. When asked whether he felt at all responsible for the disaster, he replied no.However, his negligence was respons...
The Moderate Voice
How Barcelona is overhauling its city center to prioritize cyclists and pedestrians
Barcelona plans to overhaul around 20 streets in the city center to make them more accessible to pedestrians and cyclists, and less friendly for drivers, who will need to steer clear of the thoroughfares. The 10-year plan also involves building new green spaces for city residents.With its latest urban plan, the city of Barcelona aims to make one in three streets in the city center more "green," giving priority to pedestrians and cyclists rather than cars.To this end, the city has launched a major overhaul of around 20 streets in the central Eixample district. The plan includes transforming int...
Hong Kong gov’t criticised over plan to give HK$5,000 to all who contract Covid-19
The Hong Kong government’s plan to give a one-off HK$5,000 subsidy to residents diagnosed with Covid-19 has been criticised as sending the wrong message to the public. The scheme – which will not be means tested – was announced on Sunday as the city saw the highest number of daily new infections in over three months.“Is this basically encouraging the public to get infected?” said democrat Roy Kwong on Facebook on Sunday.According to RTHK, Gabriel Leung – the dean of the medicine faculty at the University of Hong Kong – said that the subsidy should only be given to people whose jobs are not sec...
Hong Kong Free Press
Martin Schram: A victorious president views us from afar
My plan to sabotage, shatter and forever shame the famous democracy that Americans always brag about is going great! Unbelievably great! And the whole world is watching!Celebrating only privately inside his Kremlin inner sanctum, Vladimir Putin has surely allowed himself to think ecstatic thoughts about what all the world is watching on its news screens. You won’t see Putin fist-bumping and high-fiving. But make no mistake — Russia’s president is secretly celebrating, and he has every reason to be elated. Thanks to the incredible cult-like appeal of his top man in America, Putin has already ac...
Tribune News Service
Restructure plan for SriLankan Airlines | Daily FT
By M.H.M. Farook, FCMA (UK), CGMASeveral suggestions are being made in the media about State-Owned Enterprises. Some are of the opinion that most of the SOEs cannot be redeemed, for various reasons. SriLankan Airlines is one of the largest SOEs. The following restructure plan is to turnaround the Sri Lankan Airlines.The current financial position of the company is as per the Annual Report 2019/20.Equity and interest bearing liabilitiesThe equity of the company is Rs. 51,617.44 million. The accumulated losses as at 31 March 2020 was Rs. 326,341.48 million. Total equity of the company as at 31 M...
Daily Financial Times