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Voice of the Commonwealth - The Global Influencer

Voice of the Commonwealth - The Global Influencer

News from the Commonwealth

Platinum Jubilee

Queen to perform at Platinum Jubilee concert alongside Sir Elton John and Alicia Keys

LONDON (CU)_In less than two weeks, Queen Elizabeth will be celebrating her 70th anniversary of taking the throne. A series of events are scheduled...

Hopeful good weather forecast for the Platinum Jubilee!

LONDON (CU)_The long-awaited four-day bank holiday weekend marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee will kick off at 10am on Thursday, 2 June. The celebrations will...

The Queen receives disappointing news ahead of Platinum Jubilee

SURREY, England (CU)_Queen Elizabeth is an avid fan of horse racing, having spent a lifetime watching and riding horses. Therefore, the recent news coming...

‘Once in a lifetime’ opportunity to royal fans in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

LONDON (CU)_Queen Elizabeth’s passion for horses is no secret, with reports that Her Majesty has been rising since she was just three years old....

A ‘squeeze of fun’ to Queen’s Jubilee celebrations!

LONDON (CU)_In June this year, people from the United Kingdom and from across the Commonwealth will Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee, as Her Majesty is...

Australia Election 2022

New Labour PM sworn in

CANBERRA (CU)_Australia’s Labour Party returns to power after party leader Anthony Albanese was sworn in as the country’s 31st Prime Minister on Monday (23...

World leaders congratulate Albanese as some media outlets express dismay

(CU)_Australia’s Labour Party leader Anthony Albanese received an outpouring of well wishes from world leaders who congratulated him on his election victory on Saturday....

‘The last thing I say as PM’: Scott Morrison chokes back tears after conceding election defeat

SUTHERLAND, NSW (CU)_Australia’s outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison addressed the congregation of Horizon church in his home electorate of Cook just hours after conceding...

Australia’s new Prime Minister: ‘Lastnight the Australian people voted for change’

SYDNEY (CU)_Anthony Albanese on Saturday (21 May) became the fourth leader to win government for the Labour Party since the Second World War, claiming...

Backing $1 an hour pay rise, Albanese no longer a ‘loose unit’

ZUCCOLI, Northern Territory (CU)_Last week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison called his rival Anthony Albanese a “loose unit” for supporting a 5.1 per cent...

Albanese takes U-turn after declining to commit to 5.5% minimum wage rise

MELBOURNE (CU)_With runaway inflation having triggered an interest rate hike, cost of living pressures and wage stagnation have emerged as critical issues for voters...

The Opposition Leader looking to form the first Labour government in almost a decade

(CU)_This gentleman is one of Australia's longest-serving politicians who is looking to form the first Labor government in almost a decade in the upcoming...

The Australian leader hoping for another against-odds victory

(CU)_After a surprise election win in 2019 that gave him great influence over his centre-right Liberal-National coalition, this Australian politician says he had “always...

Morrison says it’s part of pandemic journey as Labour seizes on RBA’s decision

CANBERRA (CU)_As many Australians struggle with the ongoing cost of living crisis, the Labour party did not fail to seize on the Reserve Bank’s...

This campaign pledge is ‘just an attention grabber’

(CU)_The Reserve Bank of Australia this week, opened the door to the first interest rate hike in over a decade, moving away from its...

Millions of Australians will soon save $10 for common medications, PM says

CANBERRA (CU)_With less than a month to go for the federal elections, the Coalition government has made another election promise aimed at making common...

Commonwealth Map

From the Commonwealth Desk

Monitoring the impact of the pandemic on gender inequality in the Commonwealth

(CU)_The Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Action Group (CWAMAG), which was launched in May last year, was established with the objective of strengthening gender equality...

A pledge to increase investment in education

NAIROBI (CU)_The Education Ministers from across the Commonwealth participated in the 21st Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers (CCEM) in Nairobi, Kenya, this week. The...

Commonwealth Secretary-General on Earth Day: ‘Connection between planet and people has never been starker’

(CU)_The international community celebrated Earth Day on Friday (22 April), demonstrating support for the protection of the environment. This year, the event was combated...

Strengthening trade development capabilities of Pacific Islands

(CU)_For almost 15 years, Pacific island nations have received critical trade support from advisers who were deployed under the flagship Aid for Trade Hub...

Prince William leaves Commonwealth links to crown, up to the people

LONDON (CU)_The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last week completed an eight-day tour of Belize, Jamaica and the Bahamas to mark the Queen’s Platinum...

Head of the Commonwealth vows to be ‘always devoted in service’

LONDON (CU)_Prince Charles, together with the Duchess of Cornwall and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, represented the Queen at the Commonwealth Service on...

Commonwealth Day 2022: The significance of solidarity during this time of global uncertainty

(CU)_On Monday, the 14th of March, 54 countries from across the globe commemorate Commonwealth Day, honouring their shared values and rich diversity as members...

Queen pulls out of attending one of her biggest public appearances of the year

LONDON (CU)_Commonwealth Day is an annual celebration observed by the people of the Commonwealth, from the Pacific and Asia to Europe, Africa and the...

Aggression in Ukraine an assault on our fundamental principles, Commonwealth Secretary-General says

(CU)_Russian troops invaded neighbouring Ukraine last week, attacking Ukrainian troops and civilians by land, sea and air. The crisis has attracted widespread criticism from...

What does EU’s carbon tariff mean for Commonwealth members in the Asia-Pacific?

(CU)_ In July last year, the European Commission proposed the implementation of a Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) on energy-intensive imports to the bloc....

New date announced for CHOGM

(CU)_Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which triggered border closures and travel restrictions across the globe, the Commonwealth Secretariat, together with the government of Rwanda, decided...

Video of the day

Commonwealth Games

Anna Hursey – the youngest Commonwealth Games Competitor

WALES - Anna Hursey (born 22 June 2006) is a Welsh table tennis player. She is thought to be the youngest person to represent Wales at senior level...

Ami Ghia and Kanwal Thakar Singh: The two women who started India’s Commonwealth Games medal journey

India’s women were having a ball at the 2018 Commonwealth Games Down Under, bagging over half of the gold medals India have won, including...

Cathy Freeman

It’s not every day that an indigenous person can bring home a medal but that for Cathy Freeman she killed two birds with one...

ACHIEVEMENTS AND MILESTONES IN WOMENS COMMONWEALTH GAMES HISTORY

Like all Major games and events is history traditionally, women were not allowed to participate in the Commonwealth Games, they were exclusively for men. However,...

Wales at the Commonwealth Games

Wales is one of six countries to have competed in every Commonwealth Games since 1930, the others being Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand and Scotland. The Commonwealth Games is the only major sporting...

England in the Common Wealth Games

England is one of only six teams to have competed in every Commonwealth Games since the first Empire Games in 1930. The others are Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales. The Commonwealth...

Scotland at the Commonwealth Games

Scotland is one of only six countries to have competed in every Commonwealth Games since the first Empire Games in 1930. The others are Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand and Wales. The Commonwealth Games...

New Zealand in the Commonwealth games

New Zealand has competed in all of the Commonwealth Games since the first in 1930, and has won a total of 656 medals including 159 gold. The New...

Lady Commonwealth

13-year-old autistic girl swims across the Palk Strait!

DHANUSHKODI, Tamil Nadu (CU)_At 4.15.am. on Sunday (20 March), a 13-year-old autistic girl set out to swim across the Palk Strait. On any given...

India’s female Para-athletes swimming against the tide

JALANDHAR, Punjab (CU)_Being a sportswoman in India comes with societal opposition and gender discrimination, while poverty and the lack of facilities also come as...

Sri Lankan charity founder wins Commonwealth Points of Light award

KANDY, Sri Lanka (CU)_The Points of Light awards are aimed at recognising outstanding volunteers whose service is making a difference in their communities. It...

May you continue to shine like a diamond…

BRIDGETOWN (CU)_Fireworks filled the sky, as a 21-gun salute was fired and the national anthem of Barbados was played over the Heroes Square in...

The woman set to lead Caribbean island in the midst of historical change

(CU)_In September 2020, Barbados announced its intention to become a Republic, a process which involves the removal of Queen Elizabeth as the country’s head...

Elaine Thompson-Herah’s journey to becoming the fastest woman alive

(CU)_Born in the Parish of Manchester in west-central Jamaica, during her early days Elaine Thompson-Herah was a good athlete, but not an outstanding one....

‘Shuffler of the year’ inspiring thousands from her hospital bed

MONTREAL (CU)_Nadia Chaudhri is a neuroscientist born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. At the age of 17 she moved to the United States and...

Best of female leadership demonstrated during the pandemic

(CU)_Over the recent years, Bangladesh has reported a striking progress across its economic, social and political spheres. To highlight a few of the many...

‘From rags to riches’: The Queen of Dancehall calls on young women to pray hard and work hard

SPANISH TOWN, Jamaica (CU)_Grace Hamilton, known professionally as Spice, was born in Spanish Town, in southeast-central Jamaica to a family living in abject poverty....

Helping survivors in Nigeria find ‘healing and justice’

(CU)_Millions of people across the globe were confined to their homes amid the COVID-19 pandemic since the beginning of last year, and this has...

To all the strong women in South Africa: ‘May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.’

(CU)_On 9 August 1956, thousands of women in South Africa staged a march on the Union Buildings of Pretoria and staged a protest against...

Editorial

A Roadblock or Stopgap: The Functional Impact of Alternative Green Fuels Used by The Global Shipping Industry.

By Kavinda Ratnapala In 2018 the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) greenhouse gas strategy was released and made specific reference to realising “a pathway of CO2 emissions...

A main exporter to the world on the brink of being ravaged!

Ukraine, the second-largest country by area in Eastern Europe is embroiled in a state of invasion by its neighbor Russia. Ukrainian officials are preparing...

Inbound India Investment Flows: Recent Performance and 2022 Trends  

By Asia Investment Research   India has been positioning itself as a favoured destination to attract foreign direct investment in recent years and enjoyed strong...

Establishing a Representative Office in Malaysia: A Guide for Foreign Investors  

Establishing a representative office (RO) in Malaysia is often the fastest and most cost-effective way to have a legal entity and study the local...

A New Free Trade Tax Strategy To Redevelop And Incentivize The Commonwealth

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis     With the British economy now well out of Europe, and with the Johnson Government seemingly committed to replacement trade deals in emerging...

How The US, EU, UK and China Financial & Geopolitical Differences Could Be Resolved By London At The Upcoming Cop26 Glasgow Conference

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis  The EU and US media propaganda machine went into overdrive this week, based on US President Biden’s apparent ‘launch’ of the ‘Build...

The EU’s Global Gateway: A Belt & Road Alternative?

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis The EU has launched its ‘alternative’ to China’s Belt and Road for the EU, with EU Commision President Ursula von der Leyen...

The G7 Meeting in Cornwall – A Distant Corner of Britain to Set New Rules for the Four Corners of the World

By Chris Devonshire-Ellis  US President Joe Biden is a man on a mission.  He and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who’s hosting the Group of...

Diaspora News

Popular Indian Americans are investing in the US T20 cricket league!

California, USA (CU)_ According to recent media reports, popular Indian American business executives including Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen are...

Richard Verma to President’s Intelligence Advisory Board!

California, USA (CU)_ According to the White House, the advisory board is an independent component of the executive office and functions solely to assist...

Advocating recognition to contributions of African descent

ACCRA (CU)_The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) recently convened a high-level diaspora forum in the capital city of Ghana. The meeting was aimed at...

Two Indian American students among the 30 Edison Scholars

California, USA (CU)_ Pedro J. Pizarro, president and CEO of Edison International, wished the Edison Scholars, saying, “Congratulations to the 2022 Edison Scholars. They...

A new video platform launched by Indian-American entrepreneurs 

California, USA (CU)_ A team of Indian-American businessmen revealed the introduction of an online video platform named "We Must Meet" that would go beyond...

Indian-American woman becomes Defense Advisor to Kamala Harris

Texas, USA (CU)_ According to a media source, Shanti Sethi, a pioneering Indian-American Navy veteran, has been appointed as executive secretary and defense advisor...

Indian diaspora leaders commemorate the 75th anniversary of US-India ties

California, USA (CU)_  The star-studded video message honors the most illustrious and distinguished Indian Americans and Indians in America. The US embassy in New...

Ohio State Senate honors Indian director of The Kashmir Files

California, USA (CU)_ The Ohio State Senate has honored the Indian filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri with a citation appreciating his film The Kashmir Files. According...

Indian-American singer wins the Grammy for Best Children’s Music Album

California, USA (CU)_ Falguni Shah, an Indian-American singer, bagged a Grammy Award for her performance in ‘A Colorful World’ in the category of Best...

Joe Biden nominates Indian-origin political activist as the US ambassador to the Netherlands

California, USA (CU)_ According to the White House, US President Joe Biden revealed his desire to appoint Shefali Razdan Duggal, an Indian-origin political activist,...

Indian American Raj Subramaniam to take over FedEx

California, USA (CU)_ According to the latest announcement from the US multinational courier service company on Monday, Raj Subramaniam, an Indian American, has been...

Shipping and Logistics

Hydrogen On The High Seas: The Great Hope For Net-Zero Emissions

By Kavinda Ratnapala Note to the reader* This article is a supplementary essay which is to be read in tandem with a previous article on alternative green...

The Premises of Marine Propulsion: Reframing the challenge to realise net-zero GHG emissions

By Kavinda Ratnapala The global shipping industry has problems, too many to count. They range from the lack of containers in the key shipping routes...

First cruise ship arrives in Sydney after 2-year pandemic hiatus

AUSTRALIA - The first cruise ship to sail into Sydney in over two years was greeted with tug boats and water cannons.P&O Cruises Australia...

Royal Caribbean Makes a Change Passengers Will Love

CARIBBEAN - Royal Caribbean has done something that will delight cruisers. Cruise ships have an endless array of food and beverage choices. Passengers on...