Daily News Roundup

April 5, 2018

The Duke of Edinburgh is recovering after undergoing a successful hip replacement operation on Wednesday, Buckingham Palace says.
The palace said the 96-year-old husband of The Queen was “progressing satisfactorily at this early stage” and was likely to spend several days at London’s King Edward VII Hospital.
He is said to be “comfortable and in good spirits”, AP newsagency reported.
Prince Philip had suffered from hip pain in recent weeks.
Before he went into the hospital on Tuesday, he missed a number of family events, including an Easter church service with the Queen and other members of the royal family.
The British Orthopedic Association said the Duke of Edinburgh needed surgery because he had osteoarthritis.
Ananda Nanu, the board’s president, said hip replacement patients need strong pain relief after their operations.
Most people can be mobile 24 hours after surgery and increase their activity every day after that, he said.
“At the age of 96, there are slightly greater risks, but he will be looked after by an extremely skilled team,” Dr Nanu said.
Prince Philip was an avid sportsman for many years and saw active duty in the Royal Navy during World War II.
Prince Philip announced his retirement from royal duties in May and curtailed most of his charity work, although he still accompanies the Queen on occasion.
He has carried out some 22,000 solo royal engagements since Queen Elizabeth was crowned in 1952.


The US has voiced willingness to negotiate a resolution to an escalating trade fight with China after Beijing retaliated against proposed US tariffs on $US50 billion ($A65 billion) in Chinese goods by targeting key American imports.
But the Chinese ambassador to Washington says it “takes two to tango”, according tlo news.com
Just 11 hours after President Donald Trump’s administration proposed 25 per cent tariffs on some 1300 Chinese industrial, technology, transport and medical products, China shot back with a list of similar duties on major American imports including soybeans, planes, cars, beef and chemicals.
Beijing’s swift and forceful response raised the prospect of a quickly spiralling dispute between the world’s two economic superpowers that could harm the global economy.
While Trump posted defiant messages on Twitter, his administration signalled possible wiggle room.
Asked whether the US tariffs announced on Tuesday may never go into effect and may be a negotiating tactic, Trump’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, told reporters: “Yes, it’s possible. It’s part of the process.” He called the announcements by the two countries mere opening proposals.
Kudlow later told Fox News Channel: “I don’t think it’s a trade war. I think there is going to be intense negotiations on both sides.”
“I think we’re going to come to agreements,” he said, adding that “I believe that the Chinese will back down and will play ball.”
Cui Tiankai, China’s ambassador to the United States, held an hour-long meeting at the US State Department in Washington with acting Secretary of State John Sullivan.
“Negotiation would still be our preference, but it takes two to tango. We will see what the US will do,” the ambassador said afterward.


Commonwealth Games organisers have been criticised after thousands of people were left stranded at a major Gold Coast bus stop on their way to last night’s opening ceremony and there were lengthy delays trying to get home afterwards.
Some commuters were stranded at Broadbeach for up to two hours while waiting for shuttle buses to take them to Carrara Stadium, while others waited hours after the ceremony for buses to leave, even past midnight, ABC news reported.
Vicki and Wayne Graham said they were “pissed off” by the wait and the lack of communication.
“We actually want our money back, you know $380 a ticket,” Ms Graham said.
“Michelle Martin and Beth Dias said they were tired and fed up after waiting hours for a bus.
“We’re extremely disappointed and we’re extremely embarrassed because there’s people here who have come long distances, and this is the best we can do? This is a fail,” Michelle Martin said.
One woman told the ABC she was not able to get on a bus after the ceremony until 1:10am.
People have taken to social media to vent their frustration on Thursday morning.
“It can take up to 20 mins to get in and out of Suncorp Stadium [in Brisbane] … by the way they fit 10,000 more people than Carrara Andrew O’Brien posted on Facebook.

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