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Speech: PM statement in Denmark: 9 April 2018


first_imgThank you, Prime Minister, for your warm welcome today and I am delighted to be back in Denmark.Your country is a natural partner for the UK, and – as we have discussed today – a likeminded friend and ally on a broad range of issues.This afternoon we have, as you have just heard, talked about the attack in Salisbury and the international response to Russia’s aggression, wider European and global security issues, our bilateral relationship, and Brexit.First, let me say a word on the reports this weekend of a barbaric chemical weapons attack in Douma, Syria, targeting innocent civilians – many of them children.The UK utterly condemns the use of chemical weapons in any circumstances. And we must urgently establish what happened on Saturday.If confirmed, this is yet another example of the Assad regime’s brutality and brazen disregard for its own people and for its legal obligations not to use these weapons. If they are found to be responsible, the regime and its backers – including Russia – must be held to account.The events in Douma fit into a troubling wider pattern of acts of aggression and abuse of longstanding international norms on counter-proliferation and the use of chemical weapons.In recent years, Russia’s repeated vetoes at the UN have enabled these rules to be broken, and removed mechanisms that allow us to investigate and hold to account chemical weapons attacks in Syria. This must stop.We will work closely with our allies – including at the UN Security Council later today – to ensure the international community strengthens its resolve to deal with those who are responsible for carrying out these barbaric attacks, and who allow global norms to be breached in such an appalling way.We saw a similar recklessness last month with the use of chemical weapons on the streets of Salisbury.I want to extend Britain’s gratitude for your swift and decisive action in response to this horrific attack, and in support of our shared national security.The UK’s case for holding Russia responsible for the attempted murder of Sergei and Yulia Skripal is clear.Based on our world-leading experts at Porton Down positively identifying the chemical agent as a Novichok; our knowledge that Russia has previously produced this agent and retains the capability to do so; Russia’s record of conducting state-sponsored assassinations; our assessment that they view some defectors as legitimate targets for assassination, and our information indicating that they have investigated ways of delivering nerve agents, probably for assassination, and as part of this programme have produced and stockpiled small quantities of Novichoks, the government has concluded there is no plausible explanation other than that Russia was responsible.No other country has a combination of the capability, the intent and the motive to carry out such an act.Denmark’s solidarity, along with many countries across the international community, has been invaluable in sending a strong signal to Russia that its illegal and destabilising activity will not be tolerated.And the response from Denmark and our allies in recent weeks has shown a clear acknowledgement of the shared threat Russia poses to our security on a range of fronts. This increasingly hostile behaviour has involved a sustained campaign of cyber espionage, and disruption including against Denmark.We will continue to stand up for the fundamental values that underpin our way of life. And we agreed today on the need to do more – alongside our allies – to counter the growing challenge from Russia to international security.I welcome Denmark’s leadership in co-hosting the next Ukraine Reform Conference in June. This is an important moment in consolidating international support for reform efforts and in helping Ukraine build its stability and resilience to Russian interference.The UK and Denmark continue to cooperate closely on security and defence, as we work to tackle shared challenges on our continent and beyond the borders of Europe.Nowhere is our shared commitment to Europe’s collective security more evident than in the hundreds of British and Danish troops standing shoulder to shoulder in Estonia as part of a UK-led NATO battlegroup.Our armed forces are also taking on Daesh in Iraq and Syria, working to bring long-term stability to Afghanistan, and collaborating through the Joint Expeditionary Force to respond to crises around the world.Our economic cooperation – and shared commitment to free trade – is vital to our countries’ prosperity, with our growing trading relationship worth £11 billion a year.And on Brexit, we talked today about the progress made at the March European Council on the negotiations, and about the key questions that remain to be resolved.We have also taken the opportunity to discuss what we want our future economic and security partnership to look like once Britain has left the EU.As I have said before, I am ambitious for the scale and scope of this relationship, and I want to ensure we maintain the closest possible links with our European allies.I understand that future arrangements for Denmark’s fishing industry are of particular interest to you. As an independent coastal state, we’ll want to ensure fair and reciprocal access to waters.The alliance between Britain and Denmark is rooted deeply in our shared values and a mutual desire to work together for the security and prosperity of our people.And so I look forward to working with you to make sure our close and productive ties endure long after Britain has left the EU.Thank you.last_img read more


Widespread Panic And Tedeschi Trucks Band Join Forces For Incredible Alabama Show


first_imgCheck out both setlists, via Tedeschi Trucks Band Fans and PanicStream, respectively, below:Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band at The BJCC, Birmingham, AL – 4/23/16Set: Made Up Mind, Laugh About It, Keep On Growing, Bird On A Wire, Idle Wind, Sticks and Stones, Bound For Glory, I Pity The Fool, Let Me Get By, Don’t Know What It Means, The LetterSetlist: Widespread Panic at The BJCC, Birmingham, AL – 4/23/16Set Ain’t Life Grand*, Weight of the World, Honky Red, Better Off, Proving Ground > Bust It Big, Sell Sell, Airplane > JAM > Papa’s Home > Drumz > Machine Gun Jam > Papa’s Home > Blackout Blues > Protein Drink > Sewing Machine (103 mins)Encore Gimme^ > Surprize Valley^, Me and The Devil^^, You Can’t Always Get What You Want^^^ (49 mins)* JB on Tiny Gitar (mandolin) / ^ Derek Trucks on Guitar / ^^ Derek Trucks on Guitar, Susan Tedeschi on Vocals & Guitar / ^^^ Susan Tedeschi on Vocals & Guitar, Derek Trucks on Guitar, Alecia Chakour & Mark Rivers on Vocals Last night marked the highly anticipated double billing at The BJCC in Birmingham, AL, with both Tedeschi Trucks Band and Widespread Panic performing over the course of one magical night. Tedeschi Trucks opened the show, bringing a soulful blend of music new and old. TTB is touring behind their recently-released Let Me Get By album, playing a handful of music from the new release throughout their opening set.Widespread Panic came out next, firing on all cylinders for a rockin’ one-set performance. The show opened with John Bell on a “tiny gitar” aka a mandolin, for the performance of “Ain’t Life Grand.” They kept things rolling with “Weight of the World,” “Honky Red,” and more fan-favorites throughout the set. They also kept things really loose with a “Papa’s Home > Drumz > Machine Gun Jam > Papa’s Home” segment, putting the jam in their Southern jam set.With so much star power under one roof, a collaboration was inevitable. That came during the encore, when Derek Trucks emerged with Panic for versions of “Gimme” and “Surprize Valley.” The extended encore continued with Susan Tedeschi joining on “Me And The Devil,” before the band called on vocalists Alecia Chakour and Mark Rivers for a grand finale version of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” The Rolling Stones cover was a perfect finale to a great evening of music.last_img read more


Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Welcomes Revivalists Horns At Rowdy Bonnaroo Set [Watch]


first_imgOver the weekend, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong hit the famed Manchester, Tennessee music festival, Bonnaroo, laying out a truly on-point performance in That Tent from 1 am to 2:30 am. The Baltimore-based jam and funk act pulled out all the stops for the special show, inviting Michael Girardot and Rob Ingraham, trumpet and tenor sax players for The Revivalists, out for portions of the show. The rowdy crowd, in turn, lapped up the set, with the audience spilling out well beyond the tent and singing and clapping along throughout.As Greg Ormont told Live For Live Music about the performance,Bonnaroo is the ultimate hang! After raging our late night set in front of a sea of people, we kicked it for the weekend and caught some great acts that we don’t usually see in the jam circuit like Pond, Anderson .Paak, Nile Rodgers, Reggie Watts, Thundercat, Muse, Eminem, The Revivalists, Ikebe Shakedown, Gogo Penguin, and tons more. We’re all leaving Bonnaroo super inspired to keep writing new music and pursuing our dreams. Much respect to the entire Bonnaroo team for making such a huge event run so smoothly. We know it takes a ton of work and they really knocked it out of the park.As for the show itself, one of the biggest highlights was the presence of The Revivalists’ horns, who added a little something special to the already-energetic performance. The duo of Girardot and Ingraham sat in from “The Liquid” through “Whoopie”, later reemerging for “F.U.” and “Doc”. Other highlights included in the “Space Jam” that led into “The Hop” and “F.U.”, which saw Ben Carrey and Alex Petropulos really open up.You can check out the setlist from Pigeon Playing Ping Pong’s high-octane Bonnaroo performance below. Plus, don’t miss the band’s Bonnaroo recap video, which was created by David Diller of Ninja Video and which Live For Live Music is proud to premiere and host on our YouTube channel.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Bonnaroo | Manchester, TN | 5/8/2018Porcupine, Somethin’ For Ya > Julia > Under The Sea > Julia, The Liquid*, Whoopie* > 1999* > Whoopie*, Spacejam > The Hop > F.U.*, Doc*, Horizon, Ocean Flows*w/ Rob Ingraham on Sax and Michael Girardot on Trumpet from The Revivalistslast_img read more


Australian man convicted in nearly $90M cryptocurrency scam


first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors say an Australian man has pleaded guilty to securities fraud for cheating investors of nearly $90 million by squandering money they spent on his cryptocurrency fund. Stefan He Qin entered the plea Thursday in Manhattan federal court. U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss says the 24-year-old Qin spent money from investors on indulgences and speculative personal investments. She called it “brazen thievery.” Authorities said the fraud occurred from 2017 to 2020. Prosecutors said Qin cheated dozens of investors, including many in the United States. They said the fraud was revealed last summer when Qin was having difficulty meeting redemption requests from investors. Qin faces up to 20 years in prison at a May 20 sentencing.last_img


Daily Lessons


first_imgPublic schools across Georgia are closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and many parents are scrambling to help with schoolwork. To help parents and to continue providing youth development resources to children across the state, the Georgia 4-H program is delivering daily online 4-H activities.Beginning Wednesday, March 18, lessons on a host of topics are being emailed daily, including agriculture, health and wellness, snack ideas and community service projects. Wednesdays will be dedicated to healthy living topics prepared by Burke County UGA Extension Family and Consumer Science Agent Terri Black.The daily activities can be completed at home with common household items. The free lessons are geared for youth ages five to 18 and 4-H membership is not required.The UGA Extension agents plan to send out the lessons at least through April 30.The lessons are hosted by Georgia 4-H professionals from Banks, Burke, Greene and Morgan counties. Families are encouraged to share photos of their work using the hashtag #GAPluggedinto4H.To register to receive the lessons, go to http://bit.ly/PluggedIn4H or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/plugged-into-4-h-registration-100147094656.If you have questions, contact Meridith Franks (Burke County 4-H) at [email protected] or Kelcie Gilman (Greene County 4-H) at [email protected] more information on Georgia 4-H, the youth development organization of University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, go to www.Georgia4-H.org.last_img read more


Gas companies, PLN sign deals on cheap gas supply for power plants


first_imgFour gas producers have inked deals to supply gas at below market price to several gas-fired power plants as part of the government’s plan to slash billions of dollars in energy subsidies.Producers Pertamina EP, Pertamina Hulu Energi, PT Kangean Energy and EMP Bentu Ltd. signed on Friday 11 deals with state-owned electricity company PLN to supply the gas, said the Upstream Oil and Gas Special Regulatory Taskforce (SKK Migas) in a statement.Read also: Cheap gas incentives to cost government Rp 121.78 trillion in forgone revenuePLN, the plants’ operator, is slated to buy the gas at US$6.09 per million British thermal unit (mmbtu), cheaper than what the company is currently paying at $8.21 per mmbtu.“With lower gas prices, this will reduce PLN’s electricity supply cost [BPP] and thus, create a more efficient electricity supply,” PLN spokesman Agung Murdifi told The Jakarta Post via text message on Friday.“Buyers should also increase gas consumption with the lower prices,” said Dwi Soetjipto, head of SKK Migas, an agency that often speaks on behalf of oil and gas producers in Indonesia.With Friday’s deals, PLN has secured 213.73 billion British thermal units per day (bbtud) worth of cheap gas, which is 15.4 percent of the total receivable as stipulated by Energy and Mineral Resources (ESDM) ministerial decree (Kepmen) No. 91K/2020.Read also: More companies sign deals to secure gas discountsThe Energy Ministry expects the incentive to save state coffers around Rp 20 trillion ($1.4 billion) in electricity and fertilizer subsidies each year between 2020 and 2024, which is the incentive’s lifespan.Fertilizer producers, an equally heavy consumer of natural gas, are also slated to receive the cheap gas this year, but through a different ministerial decree.A Pertamina EP official was not immediately available for comment.Topics :last_img read more