“This forum is the first of its kind. We are creating momentum to engage with each other and strengthen our fraternity with fellow Pacific countries and territories," Foreign Minister Retno L. P. Marsudi said. The Pacific Exposition, which concludes on July 14, includes a range of events from the Tourism Forum (July 11), the Business and Investment Forum (July 12), the Pacific Cultural Forum (July 13), and the Sound of the Pacific Concert (July 14). The expo was officially opened by Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, together with other Pacific countries’ leaders, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister of New Zealand Winston Peters, and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, in the presence of some 400 guests. Pacific Exposition 2019 will connect the dots between the 17,000 Indonesian islands and the thousands of Pacific islands, Australia and New Zealand, according to Retno Marsudi. During the Pacific Business and Investment Forum, the Indonesian … [Read more...] about Connecting goods and people of Pacific Southeast Asia
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Veterans buy each other beers, listen to each other’s stories, and provide a shoulder to cry on when the memories become too much. Veterans are usually eager to help, and sometimes, they even invest in another veteran’s business. Entrepreneurship comes naturally to some vets. The military trains people to be self-motivated, adaptive and relentless, the same qualities that make a great entrepreneur. Unfortunately, service members know more about small-unit tactics than business plans. They didn’t go to business school, they learned from hard knocks. Dozens of groups help troops transition to civilian life, but there is a gap when it comes to starting businesses, Anthony DeToto, a West Point graduate, banker and civilian aide to the secretary of the army, told me. DeToto, whose day job is providing financial advice, founded 1836 to help Texas veterans chase their entrepreneurial dreams. The group casts a wide net and will soon hear pitches in Houston, Dallas, San … [Read more...] about Texas veterans are looking for a few good business people
"In the past, other countries, such as Malaysia, took a cue from the toll roads built in Indonesia, but now, they have left us behind, so we must catch up with them," he noted at a dialog with editors-in-chief here on Friday. To that end, the government will continue to build toll roads, including those in North Sumatra, he noted. The construction of toll roads has helped to smooth the flow of goods and people, so that progress in all fields, particularly the economic sector, could be realized, he pointed out. By the end of 2018, the country's toll roads spanned 782 kilometers in length, and it is projected to reach 1,854 kilometers until late 2019, he stated. "The length of toll roads is still not sufficient, so we must build more toll roads in several regions, including North Sumatra," he noted. The president reiterated the need for huge investment to build toll roads for which the government invites both foreign and domestic investors to get involved in the project. At the … [Read more...] about Indonesia’s toll road development must catch up with other countries
The official manifesto for today's Women's Day marches in Spain contains references to the Second Republic, the Civil War and the fight against Franco: "faced with the right and extreme right that has placed us, as women and migrant women, as a priority target in their ultraliberal, racist, patriarchal offensive". In its editorial, El País argues for "radical equality" and traces the origins of this "fourth wave" of feminism on the first anniversary of last year's marches to "a feminist tradition rooted at least as far back as the Second Republic" in the 1930s, a now "irreversible" trend within a current context of "globalisation's broken promises" and the rise of national populism, which seeks to re-portray women as "the bearers of national essences". During a radio debate together, Vox's Rocío Monasterio rejected the Deputy PM's position, arguing the Spanish Constitution already recognises full equality between men and women, and defended the broadening … [Read more...] about ANALYSIS: Could Women’s Day change how people vote in Spain’s election?
0 Have your say From: Diane Haigh, Scalby Mills Road, Scarborough. LIKE many of your readers, I am very concerned – and confused – about the reasoning behind the current round of proposed Post Office closures which includes those in York and Scarborough (The Yorkshire Post, January 29). The main branch in my town, Scarborough, has very good disabled access and is well used, but is now threatened with closure and a subsequent transfer to WH Smith. The reason given for this move is that the WH Smith store can provide better facilities for disabled access, which I find incomprehensible as the store is already very crowded indeed and is on two floors. I can understand WH Smith welcoming the Post Office income, but wonder what will happen if their town centre stores go the way of many ‘‘high street legends’’ and start to close? It all seems to be a short-term money saving strategy on the part of the Post Office, but one without any … [Read more...] about YP Letters: Your say on the future of our high streets – listen to the people over post offices