Monday, April 16, 2018

Renew, the most credible new party in UK politics, is challenging discredited established parties in key local elections on May 3rd. Campaigning is well underway in Renew’s first test at the ballot box. While others toy with the idea of a new party, Renew candidates are already on the ground offering voters a genuine opportunity for real change. “We’re doing the hard graft of building a party now, as there’s a clear need. Standing in local elections shows we’re not just a talking shop. We’re building support from the grassroots up and working on a new agenda for the UK,” said Renew Principal James Clarke.
16 Renew candidates are vying for seats on local councils in North Tyneside in the North East, and Wandsworth, Tower Hamlets, South Ealing, Chiswick and Greenwich in London. Renew candidates are standing on a platform to stop Brexit which is harming local and national interests, so councils can better address underlying grievances and improve local communities after years of neglect.
Some are entering politics for the first time, spurred by a sense of duty and despair over Brexit and the dismal performance of government and opposition. Tom Bailey, a chartered surveyor and director of a technology company is the Renew candidate for Tynemouth. “It’s time we pushed back against the politics of fear and mistrust and handed back to residents some real control over their community, with more decisions taken at neighbourhood level on issues like traffic, development and regeneration. We need to stop throwing money at Brexit and concentrate on what matters to local people.”
Renew is also standing nine candidates in local elections in Wandsworth, a key battleground in London, where former Conservative councillor James Cousins has already defected to the party: “I left the Conservatives because they represented backward-looking factions and interests rather than the ambitions of local residents. I’m proud to lead Renew locally and offer
a genuine alternative for people no longer represented by the hijacked traditional parties.”
The party hopes to draw support from among the three million EU citizens living in Britain, who were barred from voting in the referendum but who can participate in local elections.
Renew founder Chris Coghlan is standing in Balham. “Our message to voters is not to let party politics get in the way of real change. We also encourage our valued EU nationals to vote for us in Wandsworth, so we can advocate for their interests in the face of the Conservative government’s cynical and divisive approach to Brexit.”
Daria Hass is standing in Queenstown. “After over 20 years as head teacher, and seeing the degradation of resources for housing and education, it’s time to make a difference. The wishes of local people must be heard and opportunities recreated.” The party is campaigning for more central government funding for local councils after eight years of Conservative austerity.
Council budgets have been cut by as much 40%, leaving the social and infrastructural fabric of communities in tatters. Neighbourhoods are crumbling, social care is suffering, pollution is increasing and some sports centres and libraries have been forced to close. This is happening while the Conservative government dishes more false promises and limp rhetoric about better times ahead after Brexit.
Party principals stressed those thinking of forming parties were taking too long to act. “It’s encouraging that so many people recognise the need for a new party”, explained Principal James Torrance. “At Renew, we believe the best way to break through is by bringing new voices into politics from all walks of life, people with integrity and the courage to fight for their communities. That’s what breaking the political mould means for us.”
Principal Sandra Khadhouri urged immediate action. “We’re proud to stand in elections, responding to public demand for something new. By the time other parties set up, it will be too late to offer a genuine alternative. With major parties pushing us in the wrong direction, we urge activists and donors to join us now. People deserve to know another future is possible.”
Full list of Renew local council candidates
North East
Tom Bailey –Tynemouth
Alex Jacobs – South Monkseaton
Chris Coghlan – Balham
James Cousins – Shaftesbury
Daria Hass – Queenstown
David Britten – St Marys Park
Jane Hilton – Northcote
George Hilton – Fairfield
Carolyn Poschl – Latchmere
James Blair – Nightingale
Nicky Blair – Southfields
Rest of London
Peter Ward – Elthorne, Ealing
Ese Adjekughele – Plumstead, Greenwich
Ziaur Rahman – Woolwich Common, Greenwich
Iain Howell – Chiswick Homefields, Chiswick
Spencer Wood – Weavers, Tower Hamlets
Renew is a registered political party set up by a group of independent candidates who stood in the June election 2017 on a campaign to Rethink Brexit, Renew Britain. Building on mass disaffection with existing political parties, Renew has enjoyed overwhelming support for its centrist agenda to address inequality and create a new vision for modern Britain – from a
position of strength as a full EU member. So far, the party has welcomed 3,500 volunteers and supporters and received 1000 applications to be parliamentary candidates from all over the UK – including health workers, teachers, economists, public sector workers, media. Renew is recruiting 650 credible candidates for any future election and will campaign to Remain in the
EU in a public vote on Brexit terms and conditions.
For more information, please contact Sandra Khadhouri, Principal & Director of Communications, at Renew party press office 0203 239 1692/ 07968 862195
For media interviews in North East, please contact Renew regional coordinator, tel: 07960 314537

Netanyahu for his “full” support for strike on Syria

Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his “full” support for US-British-French strikes on Syria, which he says conveyed a “message” of “zero tolerance for the use of non-conventional weapons,” according to Israeli media. During a phone call with his British counterpart Theresa May, he said that the same policy should be applied to “terrorist states and organizations” to prevent them from attaining nuclear capabilities. He then branded Iran as the main destabilizing factor in the Middle East, and warned Syrian President Bashar Assad that he jeopardizes his country’s domestic security and the stability of the entire region by hosting “Iranian bases.

Russia ready to provide transport, military police escort to OPCW in E. Ghouta, Syria

Russian military said it is prepared to provide special transport and a military police escort for inspectors of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in Eastern Ghouta, Syria. The chief of the center for the reconciliation of conflicting parties in Syria, Yury Yevtushenko, also told reporters that the center was prepared to provide assistance to ensure the security of the OPCW in Eastern Ghouta. The transport and Russian military police units may be provided “to maintain security,” TASS quoted Yevtushenko as saying.

Inauguration of TAITRA New Office

Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), Taiwan’s foremost trade promotion organisation, We request you to kindly join 17th April, 2018 at 330 PM at ITC Maurya, for the Industry 4.0 Forum/ Press Conference & Inauguration of TAITRA New Office  as per details below for 2018 India Taiwan Expo to be held in Delhi during May, 2018 and also please join the High Tea.
This press conference is focusing on introducing Taiwan Expo 2018, which is happening for the first time in India. Apart from this, there will be a session on ‘Exploring the Next Highland through Industry 4.0, AI & Co-Creation’ by Mr. Vincent Chang, Sales Head of Asia Pacific & Intercontinental Region, Advantech, where he will be sharing insights of the industry. This expo will mark the beginning of trade relationship between the two Countries.
Prior confirmation by email is must.
 Prof N K Goyal
President CMAI Association of India, Chairman Emeritus TEMA 
Member Governing Council Telecom Equipment & Services Export Promotion Council, Govt. of India
Vice Chairman, ITU APT India, Adviser Gujarat Technological University
Chairman India Trade Promotion Services, Dubai UAE,  
Director NFL National Fertilizers Ltd, Govt. of India
+91 98 111 29879, president_cmai@cmai.
2018 India Taiwan Expo
Press Conference and Industry Forum
Event Agenda
Date: April 17
Venue: Sakya (B1), ITC Maurya, NewDelhi
Media & guest registration
Emcee welcome remarks
Welcoming Remarks by Walter M. S. Yeh
President & CEO of TAITRA
VIP Speech by Mr.Som Mittal
Chairman of FICCI Electronics & White Goods Manufacturing Committee
VIP Speech by Mr. Champak Raj Gurjar
President, Federation of all India IT Associations (FAIITA)
VIP Speech by Prof. NK Goyal
President of CMAI Association of India
Photo Session
Introduction of the 2018 India Taiwan EXPO
Speech by Vincent Chang, Sales Head of Asia Pacific + Intercontinental Region, Advantech
Topic: Embracing the Industry 4.0 Opportunity
Networking & Coffee break
Michael Lin
Taipei World Trade Center Liaison Office in Mumbai
Center 1, 11 Fl., Unit 8, World Trade Center, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai 400 005


Craving for mind and soul refreshment this Summer?
Let your May revel in Caribbean style, only at “Tmrw Tday Cultural Fest!”

All India, 
Slow down, feel the white sand, taste the adventure, find treasures on the beach, find peace and revitalize your senses in this upcoming “Tmrw Tday Cultural Fest!”. Kick-starting May 1 to 6th May 2018, witness heart pumping DJs playing across while you take a plunge into the waters or as you indulge in the wanderlust in the tropical jungles.  Each day and night of your holiday, will get you grooving a little more, into the musical vibe at Negril, Jamaica!
Your seven-day roller coaster journey, packed with nature, wellness, art, music and dance, is sure to revitalise your mind, body and soul in true Caribbean shades of festivities. With a super indulgent line up including, Rasta river tours, Tribe talks, Farm to table delights, Cliff jumping & Cave swimming and much more, Tmrw Tday Cultural Fest aptly gives you a chance to skip the routine and design a sunnier day, from dawn till dusk.
Adding some more blossoms to this fun-filled programme, is the biggest fashion tour, “Style Week Jamaica” extending the Jamaican fashion hues till May 20th, 2018. This three-day of creative fever here, allow International designers to showcase exclusive accessories, blending in art and music, from all around the globe. The glamorous event is a perfect combination of local and overseas designers, edgy fashion, talented supermodels and excellent decor.
Desire, express, inspire
and soak-in the colourful Jamaican celebrations this holiday!

The team of ‘Daas Dev’ in New Delhi

Richa Chadda, Saurabh Shukla along with the team of ‘Daas Dev’ witnessed in New Delhi
   Actress Richa Chadda along with another talented actor of Bollywood Industry Saurabh Shukla were witnessed in Nation’s Capital for the promotions of their upcoming romantic political thriller film ‘Daas Dev’. Along with them actor Rahul Bhat and director Sudhir Mishra were also present in the press conference held in Hotel Le Meridien. As their film is scheduled for release on the coming 20th April, therefore the entire team interacted with media and shared their experiences and views about the movie.
   While talking about the challenges Richa faced while portraying her character of Paro in the film, she stated, “Challenges are always there especially for the movie or stories which were adapted few times and everyone knew this character was portrayed by big artists as well, so yes it was challenging, but I must say this movie is different, holding a new motive and a believable adaptation. This Paro is bit tough, I don’t feel like nowadays Paro will cry for her Dev and will run after him in a saree. She has her own style and attitude, she rides her own scooty and bikes, showcasing her dignity and respect. Its an ego thing, we won’t judge her whether she is right or wrong. This movie is a great adaptation and I am sure people will like this film.”
  On the other hand, the director of the film Sudhir Mishra shared his views on the film, he said, “I feel like this movie will target all kind of audience. Every Indian understands politics and its addiction so I think this is the most accessible of my films. And there is no problem of understanding at all. The subtext of the film, that you can fix everything your relations, work but you can’t fix love. It’s a powerful story of political addiction where love is not possible, and how you overcome your addiction and see the positive side of love.” Whereas, Saurabh Shukla and Rahul Bhat also seemed confident about their upcoming flick.
   Well, featured under the banner of Storm Motion Pictures and Saptarishi Cinevision Production, ‘Daas Dev’ also features Aditi Rao Hydari, Vineet Kumar Singh and Dalip Tahil in complex supporting roles along with Anil George, Deepraj Rana, Saurabh Tyagi with Anurag Kashyap in a guest appearance.

Let’s talk about goats: Boosting India’s goat sector could double rural incomes

New Delhi, 16 April 2018 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) is partnering with the Government of India, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Agri-solutions, to host a two-day conference starting today to discuss how to significantly improve the goat sector in rural areas, specifically in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha states.

Raising goats is an income-generating activity that has enormous potential to increase incomes and improve nutrition for resource poor households, especially in remote, tribal and ecologically vulnerable areas. It is an activity that requires minimal investment and input costs. Goats are also prolific breeders and have a good survival rate in drought prone areas.

India has the second largest global goat population and has the potential to increase its role and profits in the lucrative global goat market.

Building a vibrant goat sector in India is critical to reducing poverty, meeting the Sustainable Development Goals and India’s own rural development goal of doubling farmers’ income by 2022. In this context, the conference will bring together international technical experts and national policymakers. Krishna Raj, Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare, will deliver the keynote address. 

“We can really have an impact on poverty reduction because we can demonstrate that we can double smallholder producers’ incomes by improving their goat production and by connecting them to the increasing market demand for mutton and goat meat,” said Antonio Rota, IFAD’s Lead Technical Specialist on Livestock.

“There are various parties that are ready to invest. We would like to help producers and interested parties come together and create the kinds of lasting partnerships that support goat producers and allow them access to the untapped market as equal partners. IFAD is specialized in brokering public, private, producer partnerships. We can make a change by helping rural communities develop and improve the goat sector,” Rota added. 

The two-day event will be followed by a learning route which will include visits to locations that host the latest developments in the goat sector in the country – innovative health service delivery, commercial farming, modern processing, and links to markets.

Susan Beccio
Communications Division
Tel: +39 06 5459 2479
Mobile: +39 334 953 3030
Press release No.: IFAD/29/2018

UK New Political Part Funding : Election 3 May 2018

Renew Britain
Dear Naresh Sagar
We are crowdfunding for the Local Elections on the 3rd May
Help Renew, the UK’s new centrist political party, to put up a challenge to the established parties in this year’s local elections. 

Send a message to your MP to oppose Brexit by voting for Renew.

We are also the only credible party for defending the rights of EU citizens, who can vote in the local elections. Help us build a party for the politically homeless.

Please donate to our Crowdfunding campaign so we can print more leaflets, hand out more merchandise, have more street stalls and raise the profile of Renew (whilst staying within the agreed expenses laid out by the Electoral Commission).

Here is a copy of our Press Release which explains in more detail our Local Election campaign.

Please go to our crowdfunding website to donate:
If you want to get involved and help for the local elections please contact:
North East – Judi Sutherland 
Wandsworth – Tom Austen
London (outside of Wandsworth) James Torrance
Breaking news from Renew
Just in:Renew were at the campaign launch of the People’s Vote!We will keep you updated on our efforts for a Vote on the final Brexit deal,and how we need your help to achieve this.See you on the next Renew Rally!
Kind regards,
David Britten
Director of Operations
0203 239 1692

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