first_imgOTTAWA — Two leading Canadian activists say voters need to think about climate change as if we are country at war against greenhouse-gas emissions.David Suzuki and Stephen Lewis plan a series of climate-change election rallies aimed at encouraging young people to stand up and speak out.Suzuki is a longtime environmentalist and Lewis is a former Ontario NDP leader and Canadian ambassador to the United Nations.The pair jokingly say they are “silverbacks,” likening themselves to aged gorillas hoping to convince young voters that their future is on the line if they don’t insist that any party hoping to form the next government make cutting emissions its top priority.Some environment leaders say they don’t know where to plant their support in an election where neither of the two leading parties have plans that would even hit Canada’s inadequate emissions-reductions targets.Suzuki and Lewis say that with time running out to avert the worst effects of climate change, they aren’t doing this to back any particular party or platform but rather to make the election itself about the issue.The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Rabat – The ski resort of Oukaimeden is expected to be redesigned in order to attract 500,000 visitors annually by 2030.In its August 16 edition, L’Economiste newspaper noted that the Wilaya of Marrakech-Safi has allocated a MAD 204 million development plan for the site.In May 2019, the headquarters of the Wilaya of Marrakech-Safi held a meeting in the presence of the Minister of Tourism Mohamed Sajid in order to review the development plan. The plan aims to make Oukaimeden a sustainable tourist destination and make it more attractive to Moroccan and foreign tourists. The plan also intends to guarantee lasting activity throughout the year, so that the ski resort’s activities go beyond the four-month period of snowfall.The newspaper also recalled the current deplorable state of the site. It specifically pointed out the difficulty of access to the resort, a unique station in Africa.According to L’Economiste, the plan considers two management models: either the creation of a Rural Development Company for mixed management or the assignment of the concession to a private operator.The goal is to proceed with a safe upgrade, a professionalization of services. The plan includes the development of the lake, zip lines, an amusement park, and a karting course.L’Economiste suggested that the national park of Toubkal and the astronomical observatory be part of the development plan. The daily also suggested facilitating access to the resort via gondolas, as is done in major ski resorts around the world.Oukaimeden is a ski resort in the Atlas mountains near Toubkal mountain, about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Marrakech, Morocco. read more


Former President Bush spent the night with survivors at a camp in the Pakistani capital, but inclement weather prevented a planned trip by helicopter to Muzzafarabad, one of the most ravaged areas in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.“Prime needs are for the relief efforts to continue to get the survivors through a predicted severe winter and then help people with reconstruction,” said the former president, who concluded his two-day trip today. “You’ve got to admire the spirit of some of these people in the camp. They want to go back to rebuild and I’m very impressed with that,” he added.UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed the former president as Special Envoy on 15 December to represent the UN system in the national and international response to the 8 October earthquake that killed more than 73,000 people, injured nearly 70,000 and left millions homeless.As part of his efforts to keep international attention focused on the plight of victims, Mr. Bush also observed a class held at the camp’s school tent, where UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) school-in-a box kits were being used.Meanwhile, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) started the second phase of its drive to protect earthquake victims against the dropping temperatures, distributing heaters and kerosene to help people in relief camps stay warm as rain and snow hit the quake-devastated north of Pakistan.More than 200 families in two camps – Old and New Bhogarmang – received the heating equipment over the weekend from UNHCR, the lead agency for camp management in the UN earthquake relief effort. This week, UNHCR plans to complete this second phase throughout eight camps in the Siran Valley and supplement its earlier distribution of tents, blankets, plastic sheets and mattresses.And in another development that will help survivors of the natural disaster, the World Food Program (WFP) today welcomed the European Commission’s €6.7 million contribution to its air and logistics operations.“By supporting WFP’s air and logistics operation, the EC will help to maintain the ongoing delivery of such critical items as food, tents, winter clothing, blankets and tools, to people desperately in need,” said WFP Executive Director James Morris. “The EC contribution is helping to ensure that all windows of opportunity will be used to distribute aid in the weeks to come.”Air operations have played a vital role in reaching people in remote locations and relief transport is relying increasingly on helicopters as ground conditions deteriorate and landslides bock roads.WFP is conducting the biggest helicopter operation in its history and in total, a fleet comprised of 14 MI -8, two MI-26 and two KA30 helicopters has been deployed. The operation received additional help from US Chinook and NATO CH53 helicopters. read more


AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil rises on US manufacturing, natural gas up 7% for the week on cold weather by The Associated Press Posted Mar 15, 2013 9:16 am MDT Natural gas and oil ended the week with solid gains, with one boosted by forecasts for colder temperatures and the other by signs that U.S. manufacturing is heating up.The price of natural gas rose six cents, or 1.6 per cent, to finish at US$3.87 per 1,000 cubic feet on Friday. That boosted its gains to almost seven per cent for the week, mainly as a result of forecasts for cold temperatures in many gas-consuming regions through the end of the month.Jim Ritterbusch, president of energy consultancy Ritterbusch and Associates, said in a note to clients that he expects natural gas to make “a run at the $4 mark early next week” assuming no change in weather forecasts.The price benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude rose 42 cents to end at US$93.45 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.It was up $1.50, or 1.6 per cent, for the week on signs of improvement in the U.S. job market and manufacturing sector. On Friday the government said a strong increase in auto output boosted U.S. factory production by a seasonally adjusted 0.8 per cent last month.Brent crude, used to price many kinds of oil imported by U.S. refineries, gained 86 cents to finish at $109.82 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.Experts said Brent’s rise was due partly to reports of lower oil exports from Iran — which is enduring sanctions from Western powers because of its nuclear program — and expectations about aggravated geopolitical tensions in the Middle East related to the upcoming visit to Israel by President Barack Obama.A weaker dollar was also supporting oil prices, making crude cheaper for traders using other currencies.In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline added two cents to end at US$3.16 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) while heating oil rose one cent to finish at US$2.94 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more


DOWNLOADEU roadmap for growthCommission develops industrial policy communicationMerkel calls for widespread adoption of financial transaction taxEU urged to give energy roadmap “global perspective”EU trade deficit for August €17.8 billionWeek aheadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)


first_imgTHE EUROPEAN COMMISSION has said that the European economy has reached a turning point.The commission says that the Irish economy will grown by 1,7 per cent in 2014 and 2.5 per cent in 2015.The commission also says unemployment is expected to decrease to 12.3 per cent in 2014 and to 11.7 per cent in 2015.The public budget balance is expected to decrease by -7.4 per cent in 2013, by -5 per cent in 2014 and by -3 per cent in 2015.Gross public debt as a percentage of GDP is expected to decrease from 124.4 per cent in 2013, to 120.8 per cent in 2014 and to 119.1 per cent in 2015.Olli Rehn, Commission Vice-President for Economic and Monetary Affairs and the Euro said that the recovery is fragile and that a complete turn around cannot be declared just yet.“There are increasing signs that the European economy has reached a turning point. The fiscal consolidation and structural reforms undertaken in Europe have created the basis for recovery. But it is too early to declare victory: unemployment remains at unacceptably high levels. That’s why we must continue working to modernise the European economy, for sustainable growth and job creation.”Read: €125m fund to boost small and medium businessesRead: Over 300 new jobs announced for Dublinlast_img read more


first_imgChelsea defender Marcos Alonso has been charged by the football Association (FA) for violent conduct after appearing to stand on the back of Southampton striker Shane Long in Saturday’s Premier League gameAfter reviewing the video footage regarding the incident, the FA have decided to charge the Spaniard for his actions with Alonso having until 6pm (UK time) on Wednesday to answer the charge.While Alonso did escape punishment from the referee Mike Dean in the match, the 27 year-old could now be facing a potential three match ban.Should the FA find Alonso guilty and sentence him the ban, then he will be unavailable for Chelsea’s important semi-final against Southampton on Sunday in the FA Cup.“Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso has been charged with violent conduct following an incident with Southampton’s Shane Long.” read an FA statement (via Irish Times).“It happened in the 43rd minute of Saturday’s game [14/04/18] and was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.“He has until 6pm on Wednesday [18/04/18] to respond to the charge.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time are referred by The FA to a panel of three former elite match officials.“Each panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence.“For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.”Southampton manager Mark Hughes was furious with how the challenge went unpunished as his side lost 3-2 against last season’s Premier League winners.“It was a poor challenge, it should have been a red card in my view.” said Hughes.“The disappointment was the officials didn’t see it, they were all within a 10 to 15 metre radius. One of them should have seen it.“It was a poor tackle, and one that could have been more severe for Shane.”last_img read more


first_imgBoth teams will face off as part of the UEFA Nations League League C match on Sammy Ofer Stadium this October 11thAs part of the newly-created UEFA Nations League tournament, Scotland will visit Israel on Tuesday.The Scottish squad is on the first place of Group 1 after a 2-0 win over Albania, while Israel fell against the Albanians on September as in on the relegation spot.“I saw their coach Andy Herzog a couple of weeks ago at the FIFA conference and they are going through a period of building a system,” Scotland’s coach Alex McLeish said to The Scotsman.“In the Northern Ireland game it looks like a drubbing, but they had chances and have a couple of dangerous characters in their center-forwards Dabour and [Tomer] Hemed.”ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.Israel was beaten by Northern Ireland 3-0 in a friendly match and Northen Irish manager Michael O’Neill gave McLeish some information on his opponents.“They have explosive wing-backs as well who go really high and there’s no doubt it won’t be a walkover. I met Michael and he gave me a bit of a rundown on them and I’m going to seek more analysis from the Irish boys,” he added.“It will be a tough game and it reminds me of going to Israel when we were trying to qualify for the 1982 World Cup and we were meant to thrash them. But the only goal came when Kenny Dalglish scored the winner from a McLeish flick on.”“They are working hard on the system and I’ll be preparing the lads for a tough game,” McLeish commented.“We go with confidence following the Albania performance. But this is where we need to build up our mentality in terms of going away from home and having the balls to go to the Israels and Georgias of the world and take control.”last_img read more


first_imgPaul Merson has heaped praises on Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno following a run of outstanding displays as the team remain on a 17-game  unbeaten streak.Leno joined the Gunners from German Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen during the summer transfer window, signing a five-year deal with the London club.There were initial doubts over whether the German shot-stopper or veteran rival Petr Cech would become the club’s first choice option in goal.But Leno has made the position his own in the last few weeks and Merson, who also played for Arsenal during his football career, has been impressed with the 26-year-old’s performances for the club.Merson said, according to Metro:“[Leno] is doing really well, isn’t he? He looks a good goalkeeper, he looks like he’s got a good temperament as well. He’s made some great saves. They’re always out of danger, he doesn’t gamble, he doesn’t go “oh I think he’s going to hit it there.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“That’s reading the game to the highest level. He’s been outstanding, absolutely outstanding.”Merson is of the opinion that Leno’s performances have ensured Cech is now far away from the starting lineup.He added: “There was talk when Cech got fit, people were wondering if he would come back in. But now you’re thinking that’s a million miles away at the moment. A million miles away.”Speaking after the 2-1 victory over Bournemouth, manager Emery said:“We’ve not lost for 17 matches but we’ve drawn some and that is not enough for us. We spoke in the week about how important today was.”“We are happy and before the match we knew it would be a difficult match and that we needed to win today to be near the top four.”last_img read more


first_imgAnybody do anything stupid yet today?Cue my critics who might say something like, “Yeah, I read your column and now I’m trying to figure out how to get that six minutes back.”Hey, don’t do stupid stuff. Whatever that might be.OK, OK, that’s a lead-in to our wildly fun Don’t Do Stupid Stuff mugs.Speaking of fun, I had a ton of it a few months ago when I opened up The Columbian on a Saturday to sell a few of the $10 mugs.Lots of folks apparently can’t make it here during the week, so — what the heck — I decided to do it again today.I’ll be here from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 701 W. Eighth St., a couple of blocks from Esther Short Park. Cash only today.So come on by. I’d love to say hi. Now, a few of you reading this might be saying, “What the heck is the editor doing, dealing with these mugs?” Am I stupid or what?Well, I would respectfully ask, why shouldn’t I be doing this? For me, it’s less about the mugs and more about the community involvement the mugs have created.last_img read more


first_imgWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Students at Florida International University held a rally on campus in opposition to President Trump’s executive orders on immigration, Friday.Florida International University enrolls over 50,000 students each year, and nearly all of these students come from culturally diverse backgrounds. Students enrolled range from first-generation U.S. citizens to those who are undocumented immigrants.Due to President Trump’s executive order to defund “sanctuary cities,” including Miami-Dade County, students fear they or their classmates can fall victim to deportation if any issue with police were to arise.Friday morning, about 20 students came together at FIU’s Modesto Maidique Campus in solidarity for a peaceful rally called “FIU Here To Stay.” The students held signs and shouted their message, “education, not deportation.”Their primary concern is for their immigrant or undocumented peers who are currently able to study at FIU because of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.The students are also asking the FIU administration to make the school a sanctuary campus, as it is known to be one of the most diverse campuses and one of the first to provide tuition equity to undocumented immigrants.“A lot of us have personal connections to it,” said student and protest organizer Galina Abdelaziz. “If not our family, then our friends and our classmates. These are people that we care about, and people that we love and people that deserve to be here, and we want to make sure that they are able to stay.” Larry Lunsford, Vice President of Student Affairs at FIU, reassured students that protecting their rights is the school’s utmost priority.“We will continue to follow current law in regard to DACA, or other federal laws that may come out, and currently, those haven’t been changed,” he explained. “We’re concerned about our student’s rights and responsibilities, and we are committed to protecting them.”The protest continued until 1 p.m. inside of a student center on campus.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


first_imgMore than $200k raised today at #WalkForWishesBroward, that’s more than 40 wishes! Wow! Go Broward! @makeawishsfla #mycommunity pic.twitter.com/VZOylGvhRh— Alex de Armas (@alexdearmaswsvn) February 4, 20177s own news anchor Alex de Armas emceed this year’s event, which raised over $200,000. More than 1,600 people participated last year.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SUNRISE, FLA. (WSVN) – A member of 7News family hosted the eighth annual Walk for Wishes in Sunrise, Saturday.The 5K walk-run, held at Markham Park, raised money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of children battling life-threatening conditions.last_img


first_img2:21 The best Android phone around? Meet the Huawei Mate 20… Post a comment Tags Andrew Hoyle/CNET Most recent headlines adorned with the Huawei brand haven’t borne good news. On Monday night, however, Huawei mobile boss Yu Chengdong had something to crow about.Huawei’s Mate 20, an acclaimed phone that boasts three rear cameras and an in-screen fingerprint sensor, has shipped 10 million units after four-and-a-half months on the market, Yu said. He made the announcement on Weibo, a Chinese social media platform. Despite virtually no presence in the US, Huawei is a worldwide powerhouse when it comes to phones. The firm sold over 200 million phones in 2018, according to Canalys, and it’s on a hot run in terms of making quality flagships. Both the Mate 20 and the P20 lines impressed us.However, the company is increasingly embroiled in a standoff with the US government. It all began early last year when the US government, out of national security fears, pressured AT&T and Verizon into backing out of new deals that would have seen them carry Huawei phones.More notably, last December Meng Wanzhou, Huawei CFO and daughter of Huawei cofounder Ren Zhengfei, was detained in Canada on orders from the US Department of Justice. Meng is accused of defrauding various financial institutions in order to covertly breach US sanctions on companies doing business in Iran. Share your voice 0 Now playing: Watch this: Similar activity from ZTE, another Chinese phone and telecommunications company, led to a bill prohibiting the US government and its contractors from buying certain telecommunications and video surveillance equipment from ZTE, Huawei and other Chinese companies. Phones, tablets and other consumer devices are only half of Huawei’s business. It’s also a telecommunications business, and some Western governments, most notably the US, are concerned that the company has or could build backdoors into the infrastructure it builds in foreign countries. The Chinese government is feared to be using these backdoors in negative ways.The situation sharply escalated last Wednesday when Huawei announced a lawsuit against the US government for the aforementioned equipment ban. In other words, don’t expect the Mate 20 to be sold through any major US retailers soon. Phones Tech Industry AT&T Huawei Verizonlast_img read more


first_imgBradley Lake Dam.(Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI)An expansion of the state’s largest hydroelectric facility is one step closer to becoming a reality. The Alaska Energy Authority’s Board of Directors approved a $46.6 million expansion of Bradley Lake at its meeting earlier this month.Listen nowThe Battle Creek project, as it’s known, will divert runoff from the Battle Glacier via a 1.7-mile pipeline, just upstream of the Bradley Lake dam.The state-owned facility serves about 70 percent of Alaska’s population through six electric utilities along the rail belt. Each utility plays a role in operating Bradley Lake, and the nearly 370-megawatt it produces each year are divvied up between Golden Valley Electric, Chugach Electric, City of Seward, Matanuska Electric Association, Homer Electric Association and Municipal Light & Power.AEA Chief Operating Officer Kirk Warren said the Battle Creek project will boost production at the site by 10 percent, but more importantly, it will help maintain water levels during the summer months.“The utilities have to maintain a minimum water level, and when it gets down to that, they will have to decrease power coming from Bradley Lake,” Warren explained. “This will allow situations where they can get more power during times where they historically haven’t been able to.”There is still plenty to figure out before the project’s expected completion in 2020, and funding is the largest hurdle. The AEA board examined five options at its meeting in early August.The board intends to seek most of its funding through New Clean Energy Bonds, federal money set aside by the Obama administration for renewable energy projects. Warren said the board is looking to secure funding this fall, and he notes that waiting any longer could lead to higher interest rates. Just a 1-percent increase could tack on $10 million to the project.“That’s the impetus for us to make the decision as quickly as possible. There’s no reason we have to believe that interest rate would ever go down,” Warren said. “So, the quicker we make a decision regarding getting that RFP on the street and locking in that interest rate, the better.”There has also been talk of the Chugach Electric Association financing the project.The wholesale price of electricity from Bradley Lake is expected to increase slightly, but hydroelectric power is typically cheaper than other traditional power sources. AEA expects that a more consistent supply from Bradley Lake will in-turn save electric utilities money.Warren said the board has already approved brush clearing along the pipeline’s path, allowing potential contractors to make site visits next month. Bidding on the project is expected to open to in October, and work is likely to begin next spring.last_img read more


first_imgFederal Reserve Board Chairwoman Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference after the Fed releases its monetary policy decisions in Washington, U.S., June 14, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua RobertsReutersThe BSE Sensex opened flat on Thursday but soon tanked as much as 180 points, Nifty slipped below the 10,100 mark and rupee hit a 10-week low as the US Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged, but signalled it expects another interest rate hike by year-end.The Fed has already raised rates twice this year.The US central bank further said it would in October start reducing it’s approximately $4.2 trillion holdings of US Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities, Business Standard reported.The policy statement and accompanying projections showed the Fed is still in the middle of a balancing act between an economic recovery that has kept US unemployment low and is gaining steam globally and a recent worrying drop in US inflation.Nifty has in last six-seven sessions managed to trade in the area of 10,131-10,115. Many market analysts believe the market is inflated as Indian equities have been rallying since that start of the calendar year even as economic growth in the June quarter slumped to a three-year low and lower-than-expected corporate earnings were reported in the first and second quarters of the 2018 fiscal.The benchmark index of National Stock Exchange (NSE) – Nifty 50 — and BSE Sensex have so far this year returned 21-24 percent.On the rupee front, the home currency opened at 64.50 a dollar and touched a low of 64.53 — a level last seen on July 12, Mint reported. The rupee has gained 6 percent so far this year.The dollar index, which measures the US currency’s strength against major currencies, was trading at 92.579, up 0.08 percent from its previous close of 92.51, the business daily reported.Even though the Federal Reserve didn’t change interest rates, the policy statement showed the it was balancing low US unemployment and a recent drop in US inflation.”In view of realised and expected labour market conditions and inflation, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 1-1.25 percent. The stance of monetary policy remains accommodative, thereby supporting some further strengthening in labour market conditions and a sustained return to 2 percent inflation,” the policy statement noted.last_img read more


first_imgNewly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in takes an oath during his inauguration ceremony at the National Assembly in Seoul on May 10, 2017. AFPSouth Korea’s new President Moon Jae-In was sworn in on Wednesday, just a day after a landslide election victory, and immediately declared his willingness to visit Pyongyang amid high tensions with the nuclear-armed North.Left-leaning Moon, a former human rights lawyer, backs engagement with Pyongyang in the quest for peace — in contrast to the threatening rhetoric from the Trump administration in recent weeks.”If needed I will fly to Washington immediately,” Moon told lawmakers after taking the oath of office in Seoul’s National Assembly building.”I will also go to Beijing and Tokyo and even Pyongyang in the right circumstances.”Moon will have a difficult diplomatic path to tread in his approach to the North, which dreams of a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States, and has vast artillery forces trained on Seoul.He also begins his term facing multiple domestic challenges, including the aftermath of the huge corruption scandal that saw his conservative predecessor Park Geun-Hye impeached and swept him to power, but leaves the country bitterly divided.”I will be a president to all people,” Moon said, promising to “serve even those who did not support me”.”I will become a president who is at eye-level with the people,” he added, saying he would talk to market traders on his way home from work.The low-key ceremony — which began with him walking into the building to a drum roll, accompanied by his wife — came hours after he was formally declared the winner of Tuesday’s election.Moon took 41.1 percent of the vote, far ahead of Hong Joon-Pyo of Park’s Liberty Korea party, on 24.0 percent, and centrist Ahn Cheol-Soo on 21.4 percent.Ahead of the swearing-in, Moon met with leading lawmakers of Liberty Korea — which advocates a hard line on the North and has repeatedly accused him of being a Pyongyang sympathiser who would “hand the whole country to the North once elected.””I’d like to show our people that all of us are moving forward together,” Moon told them, saying he would seek their opinions on matters of national security. “I am begging for your cooperation.”– Fears of conflict –Since the beginning of last year the North — which says it needs atomic weapons to defend itself against invasion — has mounted two nuclear tests and a series of missile launches.In recent months the Trump administration has suggested a military option is on the table, sending fears of conflict spiralling — although the US president changed tone last week, saying he would be “honoured” to meet the North’s young ruler, Kim Jong-Un.Moon, 64, is expected to have his first conversation with Trump in a phone call Wednesday, Yonhap news agency said, citing unnamed Seoul diplomats.He is also expected to name his prime minister, spy chief and presidential chief of staff Wednesday, his aides said.Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Moon over his election victory, saying he would be willing to work with him on a basis of “mutual understanding and mutual respect”, according to China’s official Xinhua news agency.The phrasing is Beijing’s diplomatic code for acceptance of its stance.The South’s biggest trading partner, China has been infuriated by the deployment of the US anti-missile system THAAD in the country, which it sees as a threat to its own military capability.It has taken a series of moves against South Korean firms seen as economic retaliation.last_img read more


first_img Share – / 3 A woman described as “erratic and aggressive” drove a vehicle into a U.S. Capitol Police cruiser near the Capitol on Wednesday morning and was taken into custody, police said.Shots were fired during the arrest attempt, but the incident appeared to be criminal in nature with “no nexus to terrorism,” said Capitol Police spokeswoman Eva Malecki. No one was injured. She said the U.S. Capitol remained open.Malecki described the woman as an “erratic and aggressive driver.” As police attempted to stop her, she made a U-turn and fled, nearly striking officers and striking at least one other vehicle, Malecki said. A brief pursuit followed before the woman was stopped.The incident occurred near the U.S. Botanic Garden. Malecki said shots were fired “during the attempt to arrest the suspect,” but she declined to say how many shots were fired or to elaborate further.“We’re not going to get into that right now,” she said.The incident occurred near the end of the morning rush hour and prompted a large police response just as lines of people were waiting to get into a nearby congressional office building. Streets near the Capitol were closed, and the Sergeant at Arms advised lawmakers and staff to stay away from the area.Scott Ferson, president of Liberty Square Group, a Boston-based communications firm, said he suddenly saw a dozen Capitol Police cars moving quickly toward the Botanic Garden. Ferson said he heard what sounded like three gunshots.“I heard pop, pop, pause, pop and I said ‘Oh, that was gunfire,’” he said by phone. Police called to everyone in the area to get off the street, but then things seemed to calm down and he headed to his meeting.Almost exactly one year ago, U.S. Capitol Police shot a man after he pulled a weapon at a U.S. Capitol checkpoint as spring tourists thronged Washington. The suspect was previously known to police, who last October had arrested him for disrupting House of Representatives proceedings and yelling he was a “Prophet of God.”And in 2013, Miriam Carey, a 34-year-old dental hygienist from Connecticut, was shot and killed by Capitol Police officers in her vehicle outside the Hart Senate Office Building. Officers had pursued Carey from the White House, where she made a U-turn at a security checkpoint. Her young daughter was inside the car at the time and was unharmed. Her family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Secret Service and Capitol Police.last_img read more


first_imgThe Baltimore Book Festival, the city’s annual celebration of the literary arts, returns to the Inner Harbor this weekend. This year’s festival will feature more than 500 authors, presentations on 11 stages, over 90 literary exhibitors as well as more than 3,000 books available for purchase. Some of the distinguished authors presenting at this year’s festival include Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, author of, “Tears We Cannot Stop,” and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of, “Purple Hibiscus.”Devin Allen, the photographer whose photo of the uprising was featured on the cover of Time magazine, will be one of the many speakers at the Baltimore Book Festival. (Courtesy Photo)In addition to these author appearances and book signings, the festival will feature cooking demonstrations, workshops, panel discussions, live music, children’s activities and a story book parade. Here are some of the other events happening at the Baltimore Book Festival this weekend:Black Existentialism Lends to Dystopian Afrofuturism: Authors Olu Butterfly, Jordannah Elizabeth, Jason Harris and Kaila Philo will discuss the almost nonexistent Black consciousness and existentialism in writing, and how it lends itself to dystopian stories and plot lines in Afrofuturism. Sept. 22, 5 p.m. at the CityLit stage.Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color: An examination of the violence unleashed on Black women and other women of color by a law enforcement system built around gendered White supremacy and a striking call for that system’s abolishment. Sept. 23, 2 p.m. at the Radical Bookfair PavilionThe Revolution Has Come: Power, Gender and the Black Panther Party: Author Robyn Spencer will discuss her re-telling of the history of the Black Panther Party from the perspective of the women in its rank-and-file, focusing questions of gender in the struggle for Black liberation. Sept. 23, 3 p.m. at the Radical Bookfair Pavilion.Strong in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Addiction and Redemption through Wellness: Author Quentin Vennie will share his story of addiction, depression and anxiety and the journey to healing himself which led to his memoir, “Strong in the Broken Places.” His story has inspired people who are currently struggling with addiction and mental illness worldwide.This is just a small snippet of what the three-day festival holds. The festival will be open all three days from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information go to: baltimorebookfestival.com.A Touch of LiteratiBaltimore photographer Devin Allen, whose photo of the uprising was featured on the cover of Time magazine will speak about his career and life after the picture catapulted him to national prominence. Sept. 22, 6 p.m. CityLit Stage.last_img read more


first_img Comments   Share   Most people-to-people trips have a themed itinerary like music or food. Some are offered by large travel companies, others by small nonprofits. I joined 21 artists, writers, filmmakers and photographers on a trip organized by a small group from Minnesota that traveled to four cities: Havana, Bayamo, colonial Holguin, and Santiago de Cuba, home of Cuba’s historic summer carnival, birthplace of Cuban musical legends and gravesite of national hero Jose Marti.People-to-people tours are not typical vacations. Structured itineraries include daily meetings with government-sponsored organizations and tours of schools and other institutions. Some meals were in dreary government cafeterias, but we also ate well in paladars, which are intimate restaurants in private homes. You’re not supposed to spend the day at the beach the way Canadian and European tourists do, but we did get some free time, and occasionally participants ditched the schedule to explore on their own.Our program included sightseeing and encounters with artists, writers and filmmakers, but politics was never far away. Political billboards are everywhere in Cuba, on roads, streets and in classrooms and even hand-painted on private homes, and many pay homage to Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, the Argentine revolutionary who helped Castro take power in 1959. Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Sponsored Stories Top Stories New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths But no effort was made to shield us from unpleasant realities, like the sight of crumbling buildings or women begging for money to buy milk for their children. And the tours do guarantee opportunities to meet ordinary Cubans, whose warmth, friendliness and outgoing nature leap across the boundaries imposed by the decades-long political cold-shoulder between the U.S. and their tropical island nation. When we asked about censorship and other sensitive issues, they sometimes turned our questions around to point out inconsistencies in our own government. But they also acknowledged everyday hardships, like struggling to feed their families and coping with shortages. Those connections created a travel experience that surpassed my expectations, offering glimpses of ordinary life that tourists don’t often experience.Here is a gallery of photos from the tour.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Associated PressHAVANA (AP) – Girls dressed in ruffled layers for a quinceanera. American cars, from the Eisenhower era, in tropical colors. A hand-hewn carousel with peeling paint. Young fans cheering at a baseball game.These are some of the scenes of everyday life I observed on a recent people-to-people tour of Cuba. These tours allow Americans to travel to Cuba as long as they go with a group licensed by the U.S. government to provide a “full-time schedule of educational activities.” (The U.S. government forbids unrestricted travel to Cuba, but in addition to people-to-people tours, travel is permitted for certain other groups, including Americans with relatives there, religious organizations and academics.) Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family 4 must play golf courses in Arizona 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more