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Paris

The French president Emmanuel Macron tries with all his efforts to create new page with the French people,as France works to add new policies to quell protests,

The French government plans to cut taxes and eliminate economic disparities between urban and rural areas. The moves are in response to opinions expressed by the public in a national debate.

The "Great National Debate" involved more than 10,000 meetings in community halls around the country.

During visits to local communities, President Emmanuel Macron listened as mayors and citizens aired their grievances.

The national debate was organized in response to the "yellow vest" protests that began last November, when people took to the streets to oppose a government plan to raise the fuel tax.

The government canceled the planned tax hike, but demonstrators continue to take to the streets every Saturday. The number of participants stands at about 20,000.

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe gave a speech in Paris on Monday. He said that during the debate people expressed frustration over high taxes and over the economic gap between urban and rural regions.

Philippe said that France must implement tax cuts quickly.

Attention is now focused on whether Macron's new economic policies will bring an end to the yellow vest protests.

Tokyo 

Though the peaceful talks between US and North Korea that get a probable solution for all parts recently that pushed the hope for more talks and a true ending for all conflict in the region of the Far East ,but Japan today has announced its sanctions for other more 2 years on N. Korea by banning the trade with it .

Today Tokyo decided to extend its trade ban and other sanctions on North Korea for a further two years.The cabinet approved the extension on Tuesday.

The trade ban was due to expire on Saturday, along with a ban on port calls by North Korean ships and foreign vessels that stopped over in the North.

The measures are part of Japan's unilateral sanctions imposed since 2006, in response to North Korea's nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches.

The Japanese government plans to continue enforcing sanctions in cooperation with the United States and South Korea.

Prospects for Pyongyang's denuclearization have dimmed in recent months, after the US-North Korea summit in February ended without agreement.

Tuesday, 09 April 2019 04:26

Japanese banknotes to undergo makeover

Japan- Tokyo 

Japan will redesign its banknotes to incorporate the latest anti-forgery techniques. Finance Minister Taro Aso announced the makeover on Tuesday. The design changes will be the first since 2004.

The new 10,000-yen note will feature Eiichi Shibusawa, a famed industrialist in modern Japan. He is known as the "father of Japanese capitalism." The reverse side will feature the Tokyo train station building.

The 5,000-yen note will carry an image of Umeko Tsuda, a pioneer in women's education in Japan. She is the founder of Tsuda University in Tokyo.

The 1,000-yen note will feature bacteriologist Shibasaburo Kitasato. He developed a treatment for tetanus.

The reverse side will feature Japanese ukiyoe master Katsushika Hokusai's work, "In the Well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa." It's one of the most famous woodblock prints in the world.

The new banknotes are expected to enter circulation around 2024, featuring holograms and other cutting-edge techniques to prevent counterfeiting.

The 500-yen coin will also be redesigned around 2021.

The finance minister said banknote designs have been changed once every 20 years or so to prevent counterfeiting. He said the changes were announced now as it takes about five years to prepare the new bills.

Aso also said the three people featured on the new notes each made enormous contributions on issues that remain relevant today and are appropriate for the upcoming new Reiwa era.

WASHINGTON 

California Rep. Eric Swalwell will become the latest Democrat to enter the 2020 presidential race Monday evening in an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." NBC TV 

Swalwell confirmed in the interview that he joined the race of candidates for the presidential election 2020 

"I see a country in quicksand, unable to solve problems and threats from abroad, unable to make life better for people here at home. Nothing gets done," Swalwell says in a clip released early by the show. "I'm ready to solve these problems -- I'm running for president of the United States."

Swalwell, a 38-year-old member of the House Intelligence Committee, is a prominent voice on questions of Russian interference in U.S. elections and other investigations into the Trump administration's dealings with foreign powers.

He has also made gun control a focus of his career and is due to hold a town hall Tuesday in Parkland, Florida, the site of the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

Cameron Kasky, a survivor of the shooting who became active in the March For Our Lives movement for gun safety, was the congressman's guest at President Donald Trump's State of the Union Address and Swalwell wrote an op-ed last year saying he was inspired by the movement.

Swalwell, who was the only congressman to endorse Martin O'Malley in the 2016 Democratic presidential primary, is the 15th major candidate to the enter the 2020 race and will have a steep hill to climb since he is largely unknown at the moment.

The Californian was elected to the House in 2012 after defeating former Democratic Rep. Pete Stark, a 40-year-incumbent, in a bitter primary battle. Stark refused to debate his upstart challenger, leading Swalwell to hire an actor to impersonate him and speak only in actual Stark quotes while wearing fake bushy grey eyebrows.

As Swalwell has already reminded first-in-the-nation caucus-goers, he was born in Sac City, Iowa, before his family settled in California. He attended the University of Maryland for both undergraduate and law school before working on Capitol Hill and then returning to California to become a prosecutor and hold other local offices.

Swalwell has been a regular presence in Iowa and other early primary and caucus states and has been hiring staff to prepare for a potential presidential bid.

"The reason I would do it is because I have lived a life where I saw hard work paid off for my parents so that I could be the first in my family to go to college," Swalwell said MSNBC last month. "Today, I have two kids under two. I'm paying off just under $100,000 of student loan debt. I know why people work hard, I know what they expect it to add up to. But when I look in different neighborhoods and different floors of different buildings I see that promise of America not reaching all Americans."

source NBC

 


Cairo

The Saudi-Egyptian Digital Economy Forum was launched at Monday in Cairo ,Egypt , as it jointly organized by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Egyptian Information Technology Authority.
The forum aims for promoting technical cooperation and expanding economic opportunities, through shedding light on investment to best serve joint development goals, in the two countries, in addition to stimulate technological companies to play greater role in enhancing bilateral relations.
Over 100 firms are taking part, in the workings of the forum.

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Eng. Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha and his Egyptian counterpart Dr. Amro Talaat witnessed the signing ceremony in Cairo today of memorandums of understanding between Saudi and Egyptian companies in the field of digital economy and information technology on the sidelines of the current visit of the Saudi minister to Egypt.


Ayman Al-Falag, the executive president of the Saudi company of Thiqa (trust), currently operating in the field of smart solutions, business services and data services, and Abbas Ghanem, Executive Manager of ABG of Egypt signed the first MoU while the Deputy Manager of Bood Saudi company (dimension) for communication and telecommunication Ibrahim Al-Kharboosh and deputy chairman of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian holding company of Al-Magasa Dr. Tareq Abdulbari co-signed the second MoU.
The first MoU concerns with ways to develop smart solutions for government sector while the second deals with accreditation of electronic signatures between the two countries.


For his part, Minister Al-Suwaha, met with a delegation of Saudi students, studying in a number of Egyptian universities, in the presence of Ambassador Nuqali.
At the outset, the minister conveyed greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH Crown Prince to them and urged them to level up to the challenge and increase their academic input, to attain excel, in various scientific domains and contribute to the drive of the comprehensive national development, witnessed by the Kingdom, during such a prosper era.

Source: SPA


Cairo

The Saudi-Egyptian Digital Economy Forum was launched at Monday in Cairo ,Egypt , as it jointly organized by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and the Egyptian Information Technology Authority.
The forum aims for promoting technical cooperation and expanding economic opportunities, through shedding light on investment to best serve joint development goals, in the two countries, in addition to stimulate technological companies to play greater role in enhancing bilateral relations.
Over 100 firms are taking part, in the workings of the forum.

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Eng. Abdullah bin Amer Al-Sawaha and his Egyptian counterpart Dr. Amro Talaat witnessed the signing ceremony in Cairo today of memorandums of understanding between Saudi and Egyptian companies in the field of digital economy and information technology on the sidelines of the current visit of the Saudi minister to Egypt.


Ayman Al-Falag, the executive president of the Saudi company of Thiqa (trust), currently operating in the field of smart solutions, business services and data services, and Abbas Ghanem, Executive Manager of ABG of Egypt signed the first MoU while the Deputy Manager of Bood Saudi company (dimension) for communication and telecommunication Ibrahim Al-Kharboosh and deputy chairman of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian holding company of Al-Magasa Dr. Tareq Abdulbari co-signed the second MoU.
The first MoU concerns with ways to develop smart solutions for government sector while the second deals with accreditation of electronic signatures between the two countries.


For his part, Minister Al-Suwaha, met with a delegation of Saudi students, studying in a number of Egyptian universities, in the presence of Ambassador Nuqali.
At the outset, the minister conveyed greetings of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and HRH Crown Prince to them and urged them to level up to the challenge and increase their academic input, to attain excel, in various scientific domains and contribute to the drive of the comprehensive national development, witnessed by the Kingdom, during such a prosper era.

Source: SPA


Riyadh, SPA 

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has stressed that it attaches great importance to the fight against financial crimes in general and the crimes of money laundering, terror financing and proliferation of arms in particular, it was reported here today.


Keen to find advanced ways and methods to provide the required capabilities to combat money laundering, terror financing and arms proliferation, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has taken the necessary measures in order to develop its legislative, institutional and professional systems, in line with the international standards and requirements of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and international best practices in this regard.


This came in a speech delivered here yesterday by the Deputy President of Anti-money Laundering Permanent Committee of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Adel bin Hamad Al-Qulaish during a workshop titled "Financial investigation in support of investigations and prosecutions related to money laundering offenses" organized by the committee in cooperation with the International Monetary Fund.


Source:-SPA

 

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