STANDING on the brink of collapse, Venezuela is in the grip of a hyperinflation economic catastrophe - and is becoming one of the most dangerous countries in the world. Here is what you need to know about the hard-left president how the crisis in the South American country has developed. Who is Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro? Nicolas Maduro took power as president in 2013. He was born on November 23, 1962. He is married to Cilia Flores, a lawyer and politician who replaced Maduro as President of the National Assembly in August 2006, when he resigned to become Minister of Foreign Affairs under President Hugo Chavez. He has one son from a previous marriage and three step-children from his wife's first marriage. The 56-year-old is a former bus driver and trade union leader. Why is there such criticism of his regime? Maduro has seen his country plunge into disarray and the United States has imposed sanctions, labelling him a "dictator". His government’s answer to the crisis, … [Read more...] about Who is Venezuela’s president, what happens next and how has the leadership crisis developed?
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MICHELLE Mone is a Scottish entrepreneur and Conservative peer. Here's everything you need to know about the Baroness... Who is Michelle Mone? Baroness Mone is a Scottish entrepreneur and parliamentarian. Born Michelle Allan on October 8, 1971, she grew up in Glasgow's East End as an only child after losing her younger brother to spina bifida. She founded lingerie company Ultimo in 1996 at the age of just 25 in a bid to make a comfortable, yet cleavage-enhancing bra. Together with her then husband Michael Mone they founded MJM International and built it up into a £39million business. Mone sold all of Ultimo in 2014, describing her 17 years at the helm as a "roller coaster ride". In April 2018 she expressed her disappointment that Ultimo would cease trading in the UK. Since her resignation she has launched tanning brand Utan And Tone. She has also launched her own interior design company Michelle Mone Interiors, aimed at hotels and net-worth-individuals. Who's Michelle Mone's … [Read more...] about Who is Michelle Mone, what’s her net worth, when did she become a baroness and who’s her fiancé?
CHRISTMAS is a time for families to get together to celebrate then end up sulking over who got the bigger portion of turkey and roast potatoes before fighting over the TV remote. It’s a time when new parents half kill themselves buying presents for their little ones then watch in dismay as they ignore the expensive plastic toys to play with the wrapping paper. It’s when we make ourselves feel bilious by overdosing on Christmas pudding and jumbo-sized tubs of chocolate sweeties and guzzling too much booze. It’s when teenagers stay in bed all day and roll their eyes when asked to help with the washing-up or tidy their room. But no matter how much our nearest and dearest irk and annoy us over Christmas, just imagine what it would be like without them, or having to live with the knowledge they have gone missing and you don’t even know if they are alive or dead. For anyone who has lost someone they love, the grief at Christmas is intensity … [Read more...] about Think of families who are missing a family member around the dinner table this Christmas
Differing expectations for how to manage things — such as holiday plans, child-rearing, visiting frequency, home presentation, and even work balance — can also contribute to a strained relationship. These unmet expectations, at either end, are a breeding ground for messy emotions, ranging from anger to frustration to sadness. “Unmet expectations strain all relationships, but the stakes are high in in-law relationships because they are stakeholders in your marriage, and your children if you decide to have them, as well as your household and even issues like finances,” says Dr. Durvasula. To help bridge the gap between differing expectations, make sure you and your partner are on the same page, especially on topics that are particularly contentious with your in-laws. “A united front makes a huge difference,” says Dr. Durvasula. “You do not want to be figuring things out on the fly with your spouse while in the cross hairs of your in-laws. If you … [Read more...] about How to get along (better) with your in-laws this week
FORMER Russian double agent Sergei Skripal was released from hospital in May after becoming seriously ill following a Novichok attack in Salisbury. It was feared Mr Skripal, who was convicted in his home country for selling secrets to MI6, was singled out for a state-sponsored assassination plot. Who is Sergei Skripal? Sergei Skripal was born on June 23, 1951. He was a Russian military intelligence officer who was convicted in 2006 of spying for the United Kingdom. Skripal was accused by Russian prosecutors of working for MI6 in the late 1990s and passing secrets to the British using a James Bond-style spy rock. At the time, he was serving in the Russian Ground Forces and was nicknamed "the Spy with the Louis Vuitton bag" because of his taste for luxury goods. In 2006 he was released in a spy swap and moved to the UK where he settled in Salisbury. Sergei's wife Liudmila died from cancer in 2012 and in the last two years he lost his older brother and his 43-year-old son Alexandr. … [Read more...] about Who is Sergei Skripal, how was the Novichok nerve agent used to poison him and who are the two Russian suspects in the Salisbury attack?