On Wednesday, Switzerland was named 'the best country in the world' for the third year in a row because of factors including its economic and political stability. But we at The Local believe there are plenty of other (more surprising) reasons why the country is so great. Here are just seven of them. So it has happened again: Switzerland has once more been named the 'best country' in the world in the annual Best Countries report – a joint project by digital news service US News & World Report, marketing company Y&R and the Wharton School. Giving their reasons, the people behind the survey-based ranking cited the usual suspects like the country's enticing tax rates and its excellent public health and education systems. Bur while there is no denying factors like these are key in making Switzerland a great place to live, we at The Local believe there are plenty of other reasons why Switzerland deserves the "best country" crown. Here we take a (sometimes … [Read more...] about The REAL reasons why Switzerland is the best country in the world
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1 of 53 View 53 Items Ravell Call, Deseret News Ambassador Jon M. Huntsman Jr. and his wife Mary Kaye are interviewed at Spaso House in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. By Jesse Hyde | November 1, 2018 at 4:00 am MDT In a Deseret News exclusive, reporter Jesse Hyde and photojournalist Ravell Call went to Moscow to meet with U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. In a series of conversations, Huntsman reveals what happened immediately after the Helsinki summit, the tense state of affairs between the U.S. and Russia, and how a new personal health scare is putting his life and career in perspective. MOSCOW — In the early morning hours of July 17, Jon Huntsman Jr., the U.S. ambassador to Russia, boarded a plane for Brussels. He had just left the Helsinki Summit, the first official meeting between presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin. Now he was being dispatched to meet with the ambassadors of the 28 other NATO nations … [Read more...] about The last statesman: Can Jon Huntsman, Jr. keep the art of diplomacy alive in the time of President Trump?
OVER 100 hero Millies nominees were today hailed the “best in the world” at a special Downing Street reception. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson hosted sailors, soldiers and airmen, plus the civilians who support them at the PM’s residence ahead of tonight’s glittering Sun Military Awards. They have all displayed jaw-dropping “courage and heroism” over the last year in acts of bravery and dedication. Unfortunately the PM was unable to host the special drinks bash after she raced to Brussels hours earlier to thrash out a Brexit deal in Brussels. But a special message from the PM – who yesterday won her leadership confidence vote – was read by Williamson to over 120 nominees. It said: “I want to wish everyone the very best of luck for tonight’s Millies awards. “Like people up and down the country, I am always deeply struck by the courage and heroism of those nominated for these awards. “You show so clearly why our … [Read more...] about Armed forces heroes in Millies hailed ‘best in the world’ at Downing Street bash
THE Sun Military Awards are back to salute the finest Armed Forces in the world, who have again performed jaw-dropping heroics at home and around the globe. Today we showcase the elite, shortlisted by judges from hundreds of readers’ nominations. The winners, revealed tonight at Banqueting House in London, were picked by a judging panel of former top brass, Forces’ supporters and celebs. One extra award, selected by the panel, will be unveiled at tonight’s ceremony.Hero at home: unit RAF Mountain Rescue Service: This year, the RAF Mountain Rescue Service celebrated 75 years of life-saving heroics. It was created during World War Two to save downed aircrew in remote and inhospitable corners of the UK. Top brass were learning to their dismay that pilots were surviving the crash, then falling victim to the harsh environment – so the service was born. During this year, the team of volunteers has responded to 66 call-outs. They have come to the rescue of injured … [Read more...] about Here are the selfless heroes nominated for The Sun Military Awards as we salute the finest Armed Forces in the world
As the ice disappears, the Arctic is increasingly busy. More ship traffic is pouring into northern shipping routes that are now open for longer periods at the same time that demand for oil and gas is rising. The dissolving ice has become less predictable, raising the risk of ships running aground and spilling oil or stranding cargo, crew and cruise passengers. There are also worries about illegal fishing and smuggling. Even more profoundly, Arctic experts say icebreakers must fill a crucial military gap, bolstering the U.S. presence in a region where nations are jockeying for dominance. It’s one thing to handle a ship running aground, a crisis in which countries would be expected to cooperate. It might be quite another if a rival state decided to encroach on the U.S. exclusive economic zone, which extends 200 miles offshore, or step up a military show of force. The presence — or absence — of an icebreaker could then be a telling message of strength or weakness, … [Read more...] about The U.S. urgently needs new icebreaker ships to patrol the Arctic. Will Trump’s border wall get in the way?