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Author: Rita Payne - special to eTN

Can the European Union Still be a Guardian of the Rules-based Global Order?

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- July 10, 2020 03:05

The future of the rules-based global order & the role (if any) of the European Union in bringing it about Three former European Union leaders were invited to share their ... Read More

COVID-19 battle: How is Taiwan winning the war?

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- April 3, 2020 00:44

At a time when the world is desperate to rid itself of the dreaded COVID-19 coronavirus the World Health Organization (WHO) has been heavily criticized for not taking up an ... Read More

Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- November 21, 2019 22:24

Gross National Happiness The King of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan made international headlines when he declared that gross national happiness is the goal of the government and the economy ... Read More

Taiwan: Living in the shadow of Big Brother

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- November 9, 2019 02:28

The ability of Taiwan to survive as an independent island state has long been questioned. It occupies a precarious position in the sea to the east of the Chinese mainland ... Read More

War, Water and Peace: A wake-up call for tourism and media

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- October 11, 2019 02:15

Water and climate change are factors of War and Peace. Tourism as an industry of peace has its role.  There are many reasons why countries go to war. The most ... Read More

Northern Ireland Travel: A Celebration of Music, Fashion and Hospitality

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- August 21, 2019 00:04

A chance encounter led to a brief and enjoyable visit to Belfast. I met Geraldine Connon, one of Northern Ireland’s leading designers, at a Commonwealth fashion event in Buckingham Palace. ... Read More

Jaipur Litfest in London 2019: Tigers to Billionaires

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- June 19, 2019 00:55

Now that the Jaipur Literary Festival (JLF) in London is over, one needs a few days to reflect on what one learned from an intense weekend fizzing with ideas and ... Read More

Wimbledon 2019: Winning plans for players and spectators 

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- May 2, 2019 01:25

The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) has announced a series of significant changes for The Championships 2019 and beyond. In the buildup to the official start of the Championships ... Read More

The pulse of Brexit Britain captured by Martin Parr

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- March 20, 2019 01:05

With Britain deeply divided over Brexit, an exhibition by one of the country’s best-known and celebrated photographers, Martin Parr, vividly captures images which help one to understand what makes the ... Read More

Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- March 5, 2019 02:18

Queen Elizabeth l, Sir Francis Drake, and Sir Walter Raleigh were the celebrated figures of their age, but what did they really look like? In the years before photography and ... Read More

Historic Bingham Riverhouse reborn

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- February 14, 2019 03:04

A gem of a hotel by the Thames in west London has been relaunched. Now officially transformed into the Bingham Riverhouse after a month long overhaul each of the 15 ... Read More

Nasheed: Defending democracy from exile

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- October 23, 2018 15:48

If Mohamed Nasheed, former President of the Maldives, had been a cat. he would have used up his nine lives by now. Speaking at the School of Oriental and African ... Read More

Frieze Art Fair London 2018: Dazzling whirlwind of creativity

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- October 5, 2018 16:36

Walking into the Frieze Art Fair is like being physically swept into a whirlwind of creativity. On display are a dazzling range of work by artists from across the world. ... Read More

Brexit: The implications for India and the UK

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- August 4, 2018 21:02

One word defines Brexit and the possible impact of Britain’s links with other countries once it leaves the European Union - confusion. Read More

Fans and tourists queue early for Wimbledon 2018

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- July 2, 2018 20:39

Dedicated tennis fans, in the forms of locals and tourists, have been camping well ahead of the opening of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2018 to get their hands on coveted ... Read More

Giants of Victorian photography win Royal approval

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- March 20, 2018 22:47

A major exhibition of Victorian photography is drawing large crowds at the National Portrait Gallery in London. Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography is the first to examine the ... Read More

Loganair, Scotland’s Airline connecting Carlisle and the Lake District with the South East of England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- March 12, 2018 09:01

Travelers can look forward to flights connecting Carlisle and the Lake District with the South East of England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland from June 4, with Carlisle Lake ... Read More

UK-India economic ties set to grow post-Brexit

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- February 3, 2018 02:03

More than a hundred business leaders, parliamentarians, government representatives, and other influential figures gathered in the British Houses of Parliament for a unique event aimed at highlighting the major success ... Read More

International Peace Summit in Sarawak

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- September 7, 2017 00:32

Is sustained world peace really possible in the 21st century? This is the question being addressed at a summit in the Malaysian city of Kuching. Global figures and representatives of ... Read More

Britain reveals hidden treasures at “The Encounter”

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- July 14, 2017 00:35

The National Portrait Gallery in London has opened its first exhibition of portrait drawings by some of the outstanding masters of the Renaissance and Baroque. The drawings include some of ... Read More

Kvarner: Diversity is beautiful

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- July 12, 2017 03:11

Croatia is renowned for producing world-class tennis players. It was, therefore, appropriate that during Wimbledon fortnight, London's Queen's Club, which hosts one of the most prestigious grass tennis tournaments in ... Read More

Celebration of art in London

Rita Payne - special to eTN Rita Payne - special to eTN- July 3, 2017 22:09

Artists took over the heart of London's Mayfair district this weekend. The Royal Academy was festooned with banners and balloons. Tim Marlow, Vanessa Jackson, Charles Saumarez Smith and Kate Goodwin ... Read More