OSLO, Norway — On a quiet winter morning, Ingvild Rosseland walked her two dogs through a snowy forest in Huk, a public park in the capital of Norway — a country recently designated by President Donald Trump as not being a "shithole." The president used the vulgarity while referring to immigration from African nations, and told a group of lawmakers that the United States should have more people coming from places like the Scandinavian nation, according to a Democratic aide. "It's nice that people want us," Rosseland, 40, said as she walked along the frozen banks of the inner Oslo Fjord, "but I didn't react to it as a compliment." Many in Norway have been saying "thanks but no thanks" to what they perceive as backhanded praise from the U.S. president, which came the same day he had met with Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg. Gina Barstad, 31, a representative to parliament for the opposition Socialist Left Party said Trump's comments say a lot about his "lack of … [Read more...] about Norwegians to Trump: We don’t want to move to the U.S.
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By Joseph White DETROIT (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co<F.N> plans this spring to offer a diesel engine version of its best-selling F-150 pickup truck, looking to gain a marketing edge as its main rivals ramp up more efficient pickups of their own. Ford executives said they expect the F-150 diesel model with a 10-speed transmission to achieve 30 miles per gallon highway fuel efficiency, a level comparable to some midsize cars. “We’re confident we’ll get there,” David Filipe, Ford vice president of powertrain engineering, said at a briefing for media ahead of the official launch announcement. The diesel F-150 will cost between $2,400 and $4,000 more than a comparable gasoline truck, depending on the specific model, Ford executives said. The diesel engine will be manufactured at a Ford plant in Britain. Ford executives said they expect that once production ramps up about 5 percent of F-150 models will be ordered with the diesel engine. The model will be … [Read more...] about Ford to launch diesel truck to grab fuel economy edge
The Bavarian-based BMW group counts among the latecomers on the scene when it comes to setting up shop in the burgeoning Chinese auto industry. While fellow German carmaker Volkswagen began production in China in the mid 1980s and last year sold more cars in China than in its home market, BMW only formally opened its first production facility this week in Shenyang, the capital of Northeast China's Liaoning Province. A joint venture with Brilliance China Automative Holdings Ltd, the €450-million plant, which will produce both BMW 3-series and 5-series models, boasts a manufacturing system and technology as advanced as those found in other BMW factories around the world. BMW and Brilliance each hold a 50 percent stake in the BMW Brilliance Automotive Co. Ltd. joint venture, which was set up in July last year. "A milestone" Helmut Panke, BMW CEO, said the plant marked a defining moment for the company. "To build one's own production plant for the premium class deep in the Chinese … [Read more...] about BMW Moves Into High Gear in China
US lawyer Ed Fagan, who pressed Swiss Banks into compensating relatives of Holocaust survivors, has set his bespectacled sights on pressuring Swiss, US and German banks into paying billions to victims of South Africa's apartheid regime. The 51 billion Euro US-based class action lawsuit was originally announced last month and encompassed Swiss banks Credit Suisse and UBS along with the U.S.-based Citigroup. Now, Germany’s Deutsche Bank, Dresdner Bank and Commerzbank are being added – along with computer giant IBM. The banks are accused of loaning billions to the apartheid regime at a time when international economic sanctions against South Africa were in place. Fagan included IBM because the company supplied technology and equipment to South Africa during white minority rule. "Business was central to the economy that sustained the South African state during the apartheid years," Fagan said according to the Guardian newspaper. Rights groups worried about confusion The German … [Read more...] about Apartheid Lawsuit Extends to German Banks
"Continuing industrialization challenges with the wiring of production aircraft have been identified and are being tackled," Airbus parent company EADS said in a statement Thursday. "Consequently, from what is known today, there will be further delays." There have been repeated reports that Airbus underestimated the complexity of adapting the wiring in the A380 to suit the specific and different requirements of airlines which have ordered the aircraft. The wiring problems are believed to concern in-flight entertainment systems in particular. The company said it had "not finalized the schedule of deliveries or the financial impact of any delays" but it said it would provide more information within four weeks. O n e symbolic delivery expected this year Airbus has many special requests to fill from the airlines EADS had previously said a definite delivery schedule would be available by the end of September. A newspaper report on Wednesday suggested that the company … [Read more...] about More Delays Ahead For Airbus A380 Super Jumbo Jet
The forum offers you the opportunity to discuss ideas, exchange information and establish contacts with people from all over the world. Join us, write to us and enjoy reading what other Global 3000 viewers have to say. Just fill in the contact form below or send us an e-mail directly: [email protected] --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: MITUL KANSAL Country: India Here is views on the Topic " SENSE OF BELONGINGNESS ":- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Brasilien Flagge Name: Irmtraut Janzen Country: Brazil I see globalization as a trend to unite as many people as possible. This approach is done through information, data exchange and policy. The goal should be, t0o lead everybody to good, free and equitable life. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Name: … [Read more...] about The Global 3000 Forum
I'd like to comment on topics that I think should regularly be on the front pages but are not - and in many crucial cases are scarcely mentioned at all or are presented in ways that seem to me deceptive because they're framed almost reflexively in terms of doctrines of the powerful. In these comments I'll focus primarily on the United States for several reasons: One, it's the most important country in terms of its power and influence. Second, it's the most advanced - not in its inherent character, but in the sense that because of its power, other societies tend to move in that direction. The third reason is just that I know it better. But I think what I say generalizes much more widely - at least to my knowledge, obviously there are some variations. So I'll be concerned then with tendencies in American society and what they portend for the world, given American power. American power is diminishing, as it has been in fact since its peak in 1945, but it's still incomparable. And it's … [Read more...] about “Every innocent killed creates ten new enemies”
On the first day of its summit in Chicago, NATO has declared stage one of its European missile defense shield "provisionally operational." "It is the first step towards our long-term goal of providing full coverage and protection for all NATO European populations, territory and forces," NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters on Sunday. Specifically, this means that the United States has transferred command of a radar system in Turkey to NATO's command and allowed the alliance to direct the missile defense system stationed on US ships. These ships can also be placed under NATO command. Spain, Turkey, Romania and Poland have agreed to deploy key parts of the U.S. missile defense system on their soil. The White House says it expects initial operational capability by 2015, while the system will be fully functional in 2018. All 28 members of the alliance will participate in the financing. The missile defense shield has created tension with Russia, which … [Read more...] about NATO launches missile defense shield
Women were a conspicuous force when Tunisians took to the streets in 2010-11 to oust former president Zine El Albine Ben Ali. But when Ben Ali stepped down on January 14, 2011, it opened up new debates about the role of women in Tunisia. After gaining independence from France in 1956, Tunisia was one of the most progressive countries in the Arab world in terms of women's status. Women were quickly given the right to divorce and vote. In 1981, in a move to combat what was seen as an outmoded religious custom, Tunisia actually banned the hijab, or headscarf, in state offices and at universities. But with the moderate Islamic Ennahda movement having won 40 percent of the vote in the 2011 elections, some women now fear that the government may try to compel them to adhere to certain practices, traditional and otherwise. "I don't want anyone to force me to do anything," Salma, a young translator from Tunis told DW. "If I decide some day to wear a headscarf, or even a burqa, no one … [Read more...] about Women try to assert independence in post-revolution Tunisia
"Education is the central social question of this century," German chancellor Gerhard Schröder told parliament on Thursday. It was the first time ever that a German chancellor chose the topic of education and training for an official government address. And the controversial debate that followed the chancellor's speech showed that the topic is quickly becoming one of the key issues of this year's election campaign. Education for all German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder In Thursday's speech, Chancellor Schröder (photo) said qualified training was the key to the job market, to social recognition and therefore the best way to prevent joblessness. He said guaranteeing access to quality education for everyone was "the best investment in the future." With these statements, Schröder echoed an idea that's been dear to the heart of Germany's Social Democrats for decades: providing education for children from all walks of life – especially for kids with … [Read more...] about German Schools – Ripe for Reform?