Positive lifestyle brand Life is Good has joined forces with World Champion Gymnast Aly Raisman to launch a new collection aimed at empowering women of all ages by celebrating courage, authenticity, kindness and unwavering optimism.World Champion Gymnast Aly Raisman has partnered with Life is Good to launch new t-shirt collectionThese new T-shirts are available today at LifeisGood.com/Aly.“Partnering with Life is Good to design this line is exciting, because their brand is based on using the power of optimism to help people live their best lives, something I believe in wholeheartedly,” said Raisman. “The line is a vehicle to help share values like kindness, courage, and authenticity, in order to empower the girls and women who inspire me every day. As simple as it sounds, I think everyone struggles with just being themselves, especially at a young age with so many unfair pressures. Embracing your uniqueness and just being kind are values I hope to support through this line and beyond.”The new Aly Tee Collection features three designs for women ($32) and girls ($20): • Power in Kindness – Celebrates our strongest muscle, kindness, with silhouette artwork in Dusty Orchid • Be Yourself – Celestial design with “Be yourself – everyone else is taken” in Night Black reminds women and girls that they are unique and beautiful in their own way • The Bravest – Pastel American flag print with “Land of the free because of the brave” in Bright Teal is a subtle nod to Aly and Life is Good’s USA pride, while also celebrating courage“According to a recent study, a girl’s self-esteem peaks when she is 9 years old, and 7 in 10 girls believe that they are not good enough or don’t measure up in some way. Life is Good and Aly want to help change that. Our brand has always been about using art to get positive, meaningful messages across,” said Lisa Tanzer, President of Life is Good. “Aly is such a positive role model, so to partner with her to inspire values that are central to our brand and also to her personal mission is really exciting for us. As Captain of the U.S. Gymnastics squad, Aly set a wonderful example for women of all ages, showing that positivity, kindness, and teamwork are a win for everyone. The messages on Aly’s T-shirts share these same important sentiments.”To learn more about the collection, visit: www.LifeisGood.com/Aly.
The Canadian PressCALGARY – TransCanada has been granted a presidential permit from the U.S. State Department that allows it to move forward on building the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline, the latest turn in fortunes for the controversial project.In granting the permit, the U.S. State Department said it concluded that Keystone XL, which is fiercely opposed by environmentalists concerned about its potential impact on climate change, would serve the national interest after considering a range of factors including energy security and the environment.“This is a significant milestone for the Keystone XL project,” TransCanada CEO Russ Girling said in a statement Friday.However, Keystone XL faces more hurdles.TransCanada (TSX:TRP) still does not have deals with all the landowners in Nebraska on the pipeline’s proposed route and it lacks a permit in that state. Protesters also promise they will try to stop the project, which would help carry Alberta crude to U.S. refineries.The Calgary-based company said Friday it would continue to work with key stakeholders throughout Nebraska, Montana and South Dakota to obtain the necessary permits and approvals to advance this project to construction.However, because the pipeline project crosses the Canada-U.S. border, TransCanada also required approvals from the president and U.S. State Department.Former president Barack Obama rejected the previous Keystone proposal, saying it wasn’t in the U.S. national interest.In response, TransCanada filed a challenge under Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement, alleging the U.S. government breached its legal commitments under NAFTA. That challenge has been discontinued, TransCanada said Friday.Donald Trump, while campaigning to be president of the U.S., had said he would reverse Obama’s decision.“While receiving the permit is a good step forward for the project that could provide visible growth in the 2020 time frame, given the prior comments and executive orders out of the Trump administration, we believe that the receipt of the presidential permit was expected by the market,” RBC Capital Markets said in a note to clients.“We note that KXL is not included in our valuation for the stock and if the project moves forward, we view that as upside.”Trump signed an executive order in his first week in office that invited TransCanada to reapply for a permit and promised a decision within 60 days. The 60-day timeline in Trump’s executive order was to expire Monday.“We greatly appreciate President Trump’s administration for reviewing and approving this important initiative and we look forward to working with them as we continue to invest in and strengthen North America’s energy infrastructure,” Girling said.The White House said Trump was expected to make an announcement about Keystone XL later Friday.Awarding cross-border pipeline permits is technically the domain of the Secretary of State. However, in this case, The Associated Press reported Thursday that the decision would come from Undersecretary of State Tom Shannon because his boss, former oil executive Rex Tillerson, recused himself from the decision.
2 August 2007A new study of the role played by pollution-filled “brown clouds” over South Asia offers hope that the region may be able to arrest some of the alarming retreat of Himalayan glaciers which provide a lifeline for billions of people by feeding the major rivers in the region, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). A new study of the role played by pollution-filled “brown clouds” over South Asia offers hope that the region may be able to arrest some of the alarming retreat of Himalayan glaciers which provide a lifeline for billions of people by feeding the major rivers in the region, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).The UNEP-supported analysis by researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, found that the clouds containing soot, trace metals and other particles from a growing cadre of urban, industrial and agricultural sources enhance solar heating of the lower atmosphere by about 50 per cent.The hope lies in reducing this pollution, which, combined with the heating effect of greenhouse gases, is enough to account for the retreat of Himalayan glaciers observed in the past half century, with serious implications for such famed rivers as the Yangtze, Ganges and Indus, the chief water supply for billions of people in China, India and other South Asian countries, the study notes.“The main cause of climate change is the buildup of greenhouse gases from the burning of fossil fuels, but brown clouds, whose environmental and economic impacts are beginning to be unravelled by scientists, are complicating and in some cases aggravating their effects,” UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner said.“The new findings should spur the international community to ever greater action, in particular at the next crucial climate change convention meeting in Indonesia this December. For it is likely that in curbing greenhouse gases we can tackle the twin challenges of climate change and brown clouds and in doing so, reap wider benefits from reduced air pollution to improved agricultural yields,” Mr. Steiner added.The study appears in a paper released in the 2 August edition of the journal Nature. “The rapid melting of these glaciers, the third-largest ice mass on the planet, if it becomes widespread and continues for several more decades, will have unprecedented downstream effects on southern and eastern Asia,” it concludes.
At the same time he said Israel’s detention and denial of entry of the independent UN human rights expert for the occupied Palestinian territory “reflects a dangerous decision by individual countries to rebuff UN mandates and UN-appointed mandate holders.”Further, Mr. D’Escoto said very serious threats have appeared on the Internet against his life and the matter is being looked into by the pertinent authorities.In a statement issued by his spokesman, he said the two actions concerning Israel are “not helpful or conducive for the climate of international harmony that he is trying to promote.”The story that he had tried to prevent Israel’s representative from speaking “could best be characterized as ‘slander’ and in any court of law this is a criminal act,” the statement said. “Information from the media attributes senior diplomatic officials in the Permanent Mission of Israel to the United Nations as the source for this irresponsible accusation,” it added, noting that Mr. D’Escoto will meet Israel’s Ambassador to the UN later today to discuss the issues.The statement said UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk was denied entry to Israel when he arrived at Tel Aviv airport with staff members from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on an official visit to carry out his mandate.“He was attempting to carry out the obligations of his UN mandate, investigating the human rights violations affecting the protected civilian population of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the territories occupied by Israel since 1967,” it added. “Most urgently he intended to investigate the rising humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip resulting from the siege of Gaza’s 1.5 million population imposed by the occupying power.”Other than two brief urgent telephone messages to the United States, Mr. Falk was held almost incommunicado for at least 30 hours and was now believed to have been put on a flight back to the US. 15 December 2008United Nations General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto today called media stories that he tried to prevent Israel’s representative from speaking on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “a malicious and absolute lie.”
External Affairs Minister Professor G.L. Peiris today briefed Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to Sri Lanka comprehensively on the current developments in the country.The briefing took place at the Ministry of External Affairs, the External Affairs Ministry said. Consuls representing foreign countries were also present.
Loonie lower amid data showing weakening housing sector, lower commodities by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 9, 2013 4:31 pm MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Wednesday amid data showing slightly fewer housing starts last month and lower oil and gold prices.The loonie was was off 0.1 of a cent to 101.25 cents U.S. as Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. reported that December housing starts came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 197,976.That was down slightly from 201,376 starts in November but still higher than the 195,000 that economists had expected.CMHC said the decline was due to fewer starts in rural areas of the country while Canadian urban starts remained stable.“Today’s data suggest that the homebuilding sector, once an engine of growth for the Canadian economy, is on a clear softening trend,” said CIBC World Markets economist Emanuella Enenajor.Commodity prices were mixed.Oil shed early gains after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a 1.3-million-barrel climb in crude supplies last week, which was actually below the 1.5- million-barrel gain that economists expected. But gasoline inventories jumped 7.4 million barrels, much higher than the 2.6 million that had been forecast.February crude drifted five cents lower to US$93.10 a barrel.March copper on the New York Mercantile Exchange was unchanged at US$3.67 a pound.February gold bullion lost $6.70 to US$1,655.50 an ounce.Bullion and gold stocks have suffered in recent days because of uncertainty about whether the U.S. Federal Reserve might end its stimulus program of bond buying in the second half of 2013. Minutes from the Fed’s latest policy meeting showed a split over how long to continue the purchases amid concerns that they could destabilize the economy.The bond buying, known as quantitative easing, has supported bullion prices because of worries the program would drive inflation higher. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
Businesses spending less on Stampede festivities this year With exactly one month until the Calgary Stampede, the party scene is usually getting amped up for the festivities.However, with the economic slowdown, some companies are tightening things up this year.While event planners aren’t seeing tumbleweeds roll through their offices, some have seen a significant drop in business.David Howard, president of the Event Group, says this hasn’t caught him by surprise; many companies who already had deposits down for entertainment and venues started pulling back in November.“Forty percent of our Stampede business has been cancelled this year corporately and moving forward, their prices and investments have gone down as well,” Howard said.Stephen Gillette, general manager of An Affair to Remember, says they’ve seen about as many bookings as last year.“From our end we don’t see a lot of new business, but we seem to have a lot of repeats. Everyone we had last year has seemed to come back to us, which is fantastic,” he said.Gillette said it caught him as a surprise, but he also admits companies aren’t going for the super extravagant parties they have in the past. by Jonathan Muma Posted Jun 3, 2015 7:02 am MDT Last Updated Jun 3, 2015 at 7:19 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
The poll was conducted on 5 April this year through U-Report, a rapidly growing youth engagement tool that provides a platform for young people from more than 20 countries.‘U-Reporters’ with an estimated age of 13 to 30 were asked, via SMS, Facebook and Twitter, a series of questions relating to the impact of bullying in their community, their own personal experiences of bullying and what they think can be done to end this type of violence.Asked if bullying is a problem, 97.2 per cent of the 468 respondents said ‘yes.’ Asked if they have been bullied, 67 per cent of the 417 respondents said ‘yes.’Those polled include youth from Senegal, Mexico, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mozambique, Ukraine, Chile, Malaysia, Nigeria, Swaziland, Pakistan, Ireland, Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Indonesia and Zambia.“Bullying, including online bullying, remains a largely misunderstood risk to the wellbeing of children and young people,” said Theresa Kilbane, UNICEF’s Senior Adviser on Child Protection.“To end this type of violence, we must improve public awareness of the harmful impact of bullying, equip teachers, parents and peers with the skills to identify risks and report incidents, and provide care and protection for victims,” she added.The poll also shows that one-third of respondents thought being bullied was normal so they did not tell anyone. The majority of respondents who reported being victims of bullying said they were bullied because of their physical appearance. Bullying was also attributed to gender or sexual orientation and ethnicity.One quarter of victims said they did not know who to tell. More than 80 per cent of respondents believe that raising awareness, including through teacher training, around helping children to feel comfortable reporting is one way to address the issue in schools.UNICEF works to engage children and adolescents on the impact of bullying as part of its global End Violence Against Children initiative, including through the U-Report platform and its #ENDViolence social media campaign.
Ohio State has gift wrapped Terrelle Pryor’s going-away present in the form of a punishment. In the last couple of days Pryor’s journey to the NFL has hit a couple of speed bumps, with his eligibility to a supplemental draft coming into question. The letter of the rule states that a player may only enter a supplemental draft if their situation changes and they are not able to participate in the next season. Technically, between the deadline to declare for the draft in January and when Pryor left the university on June 8, his situation had not changed. Technically. When the draft deadline came, Pryor was suspended for the first five games of the 2011 season. At that time the “tat-5” scandal seemed to be under control. Everything was (relatively) normal. The Buckeyes had won the Sugar Bowl The Sugar Bowl was sucked into the black hole of the sporting world. And compliance problems with head coach Jim Tressel were non-existent. Pryor had a contract with the coach to remain on the Buckeye squad for the 2011 season in exchange to play in the Sugar Bowl for nothing. While inevitably Pryor still had his doubts about the season, he still had Tressel to fall back on. One thing that is clearly evident from the transcript of Tressel’s interview from the NCAA, it’s that Pryor and Tressel were very close. Pryor depended on the coach for more than just football related issues. When all hell broke loose on March 8, Tressel received a two-game suspension from the university. A suspension that a short time later was increased to a five-game suspension. After more and more of the scandal developed, it became clear that the season was not going to be what everyone had thought it was going to be. Then on May 30, Tressel resigned (read: retired) from the university. I think it’s safe to say Pryor’s situation had changed. Seemingly following Tressel step for step, Pryor was gone a week later to pursue an NFL career. He had planned to enter a supplemental draft. The rules for a supplemental draft changed after Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar used the supplemental draft to avoid being drafted by the Minnesota Vikings. He was drafted by Cleveland in the supplemental, and since then, the rules for supplemental draft eligibility have tightened. The rule lists three reasons to let someone enter a supplemental draft: flunking out of school, graduating and deciding to leave and being kicked off the team. As of earlier today, Pryor did not meet any of these requirements, technically. Cleverly disguised as a punishment, the university did the best thing for Pryor to help him pursue his NFL dream. They sent him a letter on Tuesday banning him from all athletic facilities for five years, and declared him ineligible from intercollegiate play. The letter states that this decision was made due to his decision not to talk to NCAA investigators. “The University must declare you ineligible for intercollegiate competition,” the letter continued. “Due to your failure to cooperate, the University must also disassociate you from its athletic program for a period of five (5) years.” Sure, he won’t be able to come back to Columbus to workout at OSU’s gym in the off-season. But let’s be honest, why would Pryor ever come back to Columbus? Whether they will admit it or not, the university might as well have put a bow on that letter to Pryor, as that should be the last step for Pryor to get into the NFL. Thanks to OSU, expect Pryor to be eligible for a supplemental draft (whenever that may be).
Donaldson subsequently turned himself in at the police station and, in interview, said he had not intended to hit the boy, but scare him away.He pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to assault on a minor, and was sentenced to 120 hours community service on Monday.In mitigation, Advocate Sam McDonald, defending, said that Donaldson had been sent many message of support from islanders on social media. She added: “What has come to light is that he is a very well-respected member of this community.”Quite simply he had not had a good day. While this did not excuse Donaldson’s action, it did explain it.”Judge Graham McKerrell, sentencing, said he was prepared to treat the matter as a one-off aberration, adding: “‘One cannot go around, in any circumstances, striking 12-year-old boys.” Donaldson, pictured, said he didn’t mean to make contact but pleaded guilty to assault on a minorCredit:Ballwick Express /SWNS.com An ice cream salesman punched a 12-year-old boy after he helped himself to a free Mr Whippy, a court heard.Alan Donaldson, 58, lost his temper after the boy asked for a free ice cream – and if he could pull the dispenser handle.Guernsey Magistrates’ Court heard Donaldson replied: “Only if you want a smack.” The boy then jumped up, reached over and pulled the lever, discharging ice cream all on the floor.Donaldson, who had parked his van up at Peter Port in Guernsey, then hit the youngster with a clenched fist breaking one of his teeth, but immediately said that he had not meant to make contact.He told the boy: ‘I didn’t mean to hit you, I thought you were further away.” The boy then left with his friends and met his mother to tell her what had happened. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Now Playing Up Next Xavier Woods Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Joseph Price RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Google+ Triple H WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Twitter WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon honored with 2019 Worldz Titan Award Pinterest Facebook Amazon Faces Probe by U.S. Antitrust Officials Over Marketplace Stephanie McMahon Pitches New Career Option For Serena Williams The Miz Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns WWE Chief Brand Officer and on-screen RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon Before the WWE publicly announced their new TV distribution deals for RAW and Smackdown Live last week, Stephanie McMahon conducted an interview with The Drum. During the interview, Stephanie discussed a series of topics, including the future of Mixed-Match Challenge, if the WWE would ever sign a content distribution deal with Amazon, and more.On the idea of the WWE eventually moving their flagship programs – RAW and Smackdown Live away from traditional broadcast and cable television, Stephanie said:“Linear is still incredible important and reaches a huge audience and delivers, but absolutely, I see content moving everywhere – that’s why WWE is everywhere, because we want to be ready when that time is right,” she said.Discussing the future of the Mixed-Match Challenge, the WWE’s first web series with Facebook Watch that aired earlier this year, Stephanie said:“It had over 100 million views and it was considered a success by Facebook, we’re now in conversations to see where we go from here, but we’re nimble and flexible,”WWE ultimately re-signed with the USA Network for Monday Night RAW for five more years, and will be moving Smackdown Live over to Fox starting in October 2019, where the show will move to Fridays, but remain live.With the growth of the WWE Network and the WWE’s massive presence on social media, it stands to reason the WWE will likely grow their partnership with Facebook and be open to having a working relationship with companies like Amazon in the future. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipMadison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:34/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:32 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Videos Articles Amazon Throwing Career Fair To Fill 30,000 Jobs
Luciano Spalletti is uncertain about Radja Nainggolan’s fitness against Torino but insists Inter Milan “made the right choices” in the defeat to Sassuolo.Spalleti’s side are considered favourites to challenge Juventus for the Scudetto, but they shockingly lost 1-0 to Sassuolo in their first league game.“We can look back and recognise some things we did better than others, but we remain convinced we made the right choices against Sassuolo,” said the Coach in his Press conference.“During the match, we lacked the unity and confidence we had last year during the fight for fourth place. For new elements of our approach to work, we must also rely on those tried and tested certainties.“I know my players and the way we train will sort everything out.”Meanwhile, Walter Mazzarri’s Torino were only beaten by a last-gasp Edin Dzeko volley in the 1-0 loss to Roma.“Toro always go out there with daggers drawn. We’ve got to do well to seek a victory, whether it’s pretty or not. We must be ready to go beyond the limits.Capello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“This is a strong side, and it is, therefore, our duty to have a strong season. I don’t know if we’re the main challengers to Juve, as first, we must be the challengers to Roma and Napoli, seeing as they finished ahead of us last season.“If we just evaluate the Sassuolo match, we’re not the main challengers to anyone, as we have to do better. We’ve got to take the initiative and carry that belief to bring the result home. We are in debt with our fans, and they deserve more.”Mauro Icardi seemed isolated even when supported by Lautaro Martinez, Matteo Politano, and Kwadwo Asamoah.“He has always been a great hitman with precise characteristics, but he can do even better. In my view, if he drops deep to dialogue with his teammates, he’ll create more problems for the opposition defenders.”Radja Nainggolan missed the trip to Sassuolo with a muscular problem and could get his Inter debut tomorrow.“Nainggolan is in the squad, but we have to be wary because the supervision of the medical staff is crucial here. There are some risks, and we’ll decide what to do.“Milan Skriniar has recovered completely, and Keita Balde is at our disposal. We’ve got to keep a strong balance in the team.”
Joni Mitchell Birthday Bash Hits Theaters Feb. 7 joni-mitchell-tribute-joni-75-birthday-celebration-coming-theaters Twitter The iconic folk singer celebrated her 75th birthday in style last year, and now, for one night only, you can watch how it all went downPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 9, 2019 – 4:06 pm Joni Mitchell’s 75th birthday celebration last year welcomed a number of GRAMMY-winning performers, including Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos, Graham Nash, Seal, and James Taylor. (Not to mention the performing GRAMMY nominees: Glen Hansard, Rufus Wainwright and 61st GRAMMY Awards nominee Brandi Carlile.) Now, Trafalger Releasing is set to release a movie of the tribute concerts — The Music Center Presents Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration — to theaters on Feb. 7.Variety’s coverage of the night’s performances said, “Carlile had the bravura vocal performance of the night, effortlessly hitting the high notes of ‘Down to You’ in a casually octave-spanning fashion few others on the bill would have been down with attempting.” She also joined Kristofferson for a duet of “A Case of You.” Facebook Email Joni Mitchell Tribute ‘Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration’ Coming To Theaters https://twitter.com/TrafalgarRel/status/1083009616919912448 News Tickets are now on sale for the Feb. 7 showings. A soundtrack album will be released via Verve on Mar. 1. A Woman Of Influence: Joni Mitchell, Looking Back From 75Read more
A terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor being launched from a THAAD battery located on Wake Island in the Pacific Ocean, during the Flight Test Operational (FTO)-02 Event 2a. AFP file photoChina demanded on Tuesday an immediate halt to a controversial US missile shield hours after Washington announced that the defence system was now operational in South Korea.Washington and Seoul agreed to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) battery deployment in July in the wake of a string of North Korean missile tests.But its deployment has infuriated China, which fears it will weaken its own ballistic missile capabilities and says it upsets the regional security balance.“We oppose the deployment of the THAAD system in (South Korea) and urge relevant sides to immediately stop the deployment. We will firmly take necessary measures to uphold our interests,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing.While Beijing lashed out at the shield’s deployment, the foreign ministry expressed support for US President Donald Trump’s surprise comments that he would be “honored” to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un under the right conditions.“If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him I would, absolutely. I would be honored to do it,” Trump said in an interview with Bloomberg.Asked about Trump’s remarks, Geng said that China “has always believed that dialogue and consultation… is the only realistic and viable way to achieve denuclearisation.”“We also said many times that the US and DPRK… should make political decisions at an early date, take action and show good faith so that we can create a better atmosphere for resuming the peace talks and settling the issue,” he added.Economic backlashEarlier, US Forces Korea said THAAD is “operational and has the ability to intercept North Korean missiles and defend the Republic.”A US defence official told AFP, however, that the system has only “reached initial intercept capability”.This initial capability will be augmented later this year as additional hardware and components arrive to complete the system, officials said.The THAAD system, which is being installed on a former golf course in the southern county of Seongju, is designed to intercept and destroy short- and medium-range ballistic missiles during their final phase of flight.Beijing has imposed a host of measures seen as economic retaliation against the South for the THAAD deployment, including a ban on tour groups.Retail conglomerate Lotte, which previously owned the golf course, has also been targeted, with 85 of its 99 stores in China shut down, while South Korea’s biggest automaker Hyundai Motor has said its Chinese sales have fallen sharply.The THAAD deployment comes as tension soars on the Korean peninsula following a series of missile launches by the North and warnings from the administration of US President Donald Trump that military action is an “option on the table.”Who should pay?Further complicating matters, Trump stunned Seoul last week when he suggested South Korea should pay for the $1 billion THAAD system.“I informed South Korea it would be appropriate if they paid. It’s a billion-dollar system,” Trump was quoted as saying in a published report.“It’s phenomenal, shoots missiles right out of the sky.”Seoul retorted that under the Status of Forces Agreement that governs the US military presence in the country, the South would provide the THAAD site and infrastructure while the US would pay to deploy and operate it.Thomas Karako, the director of the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, noted that South Korea’s sole THAAD battery does not quite have the range to cover the entire country.But he called it an important first step.“This is not about a having a perfect shield, this is about buying time and thereby contributing to the overall credibility of deterrence,” Karako told AFP.“South Korea with THAAD helps communicate to the North that today is not a good day to attack. It doesn’t mean that they could not do a lot of damage—they would—but it strengthens the overall posture.”
Share World Cup soccer and backyard barbecues were set aside Father’s Day morning for hundreds of people who chose instead to descend on this small West Texas outpost that’s become famous the last 72 hours for being home to an immigration detention center for children.Lawmakers, political candidates and members of the faith-based community joined people from across the country here to express their outrage toward the Trump administration’s practice of separating immigrant children from parents who are seeking asylum.Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribuneThe tent city at Tornillo Land Point of Entry near El Paso on June 16, 2018. The facility was created to house immigrant children who were separated from their parents when they crossed the border. Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune“We decided there wouldn’t be a more powerful way to spend Father’s Day than with children who have just been taken from their fathers, children who have been taken from their mothers, children who won’t be able to be with their family,” said U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, who spearheaded Sunday’s protest with former El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar, the Democratic nominee to succeed O’Rourke in Congress. Others attending the demonstration included Lupe Valdez, the Democratic nominee for governor; Democratic state Reps. Mary González of Clint and César Blanco and Lina Ortega of El Paso; and Gina Ortiz-Jones, the Democrat challenging U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes; and Julie Oliver, the Democrat running to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Roger Williams.On Thursday, the Trump administration confirmed that Tornillo would house a detention center for immigrant children separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy. On Friday, that facility was up and running. O’Rourke said he was told Sunday morning that there are 200 minors in the center, 20 percent of whom were separated from their parents. He said the remainder of the children arrived to the border unaccompanied. But O’Rourke said that once the children are separated, they are labeled “unaccompanied” and processed that way so it’s unclear how many of them actually arrived alone.Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribuneU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, speaks to the crowd marching on the tent city where children separated from their parents at the border are being held at Tornillo Land Point of Entry, on June 17, 2018. Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribuneThe lawmakers and protesters gathered along the small road that leads to the facility and led a short march to the port entrance.Critics have repeatedly mentioned the West Texas heat and questioned why the administration would house children in an area where triple digit temperatures are common throughout the summer. González said she toured the facility and said the conditions inside are humane.Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas TribuneMarchers head towards the tent city at Tornillo Land Point of Entry to protest the tent city erected there to house children separated from their parents at the border. Ivan Pierre Aguirre for The Texas Tribune“First and foremost, no kid should be in a tent or in any facility, but I think when we think of the tent city we think of Arizona, Joe Arpaio style,” she said, referring to the former Maricopa County sheriff who used an outdoor facility for years. “That’s not the situation here. There is air conditioning, there are doctors, there are caseworkers.”But she said the administration is barring news outlets and even lawmakers from viewing the facilities to keep attention on the facilities and away from a legislative solution to the country’s immigration problem.“We’re not being told about the situation is like inside so we get caught up in tents, and not on policy,” she said.While most Texas Republicans were not going out of their way to wade into the situation, one exception was Hurd, who represents a sprawling district that covers most of the Mexican border in Texas, including Tornillo. Hurd, regularly ranked as the most vulnerable Republican in the Texas delegation, visited the tent city Saturday and came back decrying it as an unacceptable way to combat illegal immigration.Furthermore, Hurd rejected the argument that anyone but the Trump administration was responsible for the policy.“This is clearly something that the administration could change,” Hurd told CNN after the trip to Tornillo. “They don’t need legislation to change it. They don’t need Democrats in order to change it. This is a Department of Justice policy, and this is something that’s being enacted by” the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.At the Republican Party of Convention Saturday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz — who O’Rourke is challenging — lay the blame for the current situation on Democrats in Congress, not the Trump administration.“Nobody wants to see a child separated from him or his parents,” Cruz told reporters Saturday, proposing that Congress “devote substantially more resources to providing immigration judges so that if a family crosses illegally and if they have a credible claim of asylum, that claim should be processed and processed quickly, ideally immediately, so that if it is a valid claim, they get asylum granted and if it’s not a valid claim that they are returned to their home country promptly and expeditiously.“That would be a far more just outcome in terms of laws,” Cruz added. “The reasons we don’t see that right now is Democrats are filibustering those kinds of common-sense solutions that could protect kids.”Land Commissioner George P. Bush, asked about the policy Friday, also pointed the finger at Congress.“To me it’s reflective of the failures of Washington, D.C., politics,” Bush told reporters. “We need solutions, and that’s not only short-term Band-Aid fixes … but it’s also developing opportunities for folks along the border.”Asked whether children and parents should be kept together, Bush replied that he did not “want to dive into specifics,” but he raised a similar point that Cruz did, acknowledging difficulties in “triaging” various types of asylum cases.Escobar said that the El Paso-based Border Network for Human Rights has scheduled another protest for Tuesday, and that lawmakers and activists have vowed not to let up until the administration rethinks its current policies.“I feel like the rest of the country needs to be as angry as we are on the border,” she said. If the administration continues to separate families, she added, then the president will use the policy as leverage to beef up border security and build his long-promised wall.Patrick Svitek contributed to this report.
Some six million Americans tuned in to watch Australian darlings Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban as guests on a special Aussie-themed Oprah episode which screened in the United States Tuesday and in Australia last night.As images of Australia flashed across television screens in American homes, Oprah declared she had “Aussie fever” and could not wait to bring along 300 lucky American audience members (and a few million global television viewers) to the land ‘down under’.The talk show queen has never visited Australia and told Oscar winner Nicole Kidman she has always wanted to go.“I like to do things in a big way,” Oprah joked.Ms Kidman shared her favourite things about Sydney, telling Oprah, “[Sydney] is a very warm town, very friendly”.“There are many places to go and great food,” Ms Kidman said.Ms Kidman and her famous country singer husband Keith Urban will join Oprah at one of her episodes set in Sydney Opera (or ‘Oprah’) House.“Our friends Down Under are rolling out the red carpet,” Oprah said, listing activities her audience members will be experiencing, including swimming, snorkeling, shopping and visiting wineries.Oprah and her lucky travel companions were given a few tips from Australians, told that men are called ‘blokes’, women ‘sheilas’ and that men’s brief swimming trunks are called ‘budgie smugglers’, “because they look like we’ve got a…bird hidden down there”.Australian police say they are preparing for Oprah’s visit, a spokesperson for Police Minister Michael Daley telling the Herald Sun that the NSW Police Force and the NSW Government were working together to ensure Oprah will be well looked after.”While there is a range of security arrangements in place during the visit, there will be sufficient numbers of police to cover a range of contingencies,” the spokesperson said.”Police are also developing traffic and transport arrangements in conjunction with the RTA and transport agencies to minimise any disruptions.” Oprah’s got Aussie fever! Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A
Preferred Hotels & Resorts welcomed 23 new member hotels across 13 countries to its brand portfolio from May to July 2017. Travellers to the Asia Pacific now have even more options to experience #ThePreferredLife with nine new hotel members across the region.Highlights of the newest hospitality experiences within the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific portfolio include:In Tokyo, JapanCerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel – Featuring 40 stories of sophisticated guest rooms, renowned restaurants, and an abundance of amenities, the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel is a chic, luxury property just steps away from the bustling Shibuya Station and iconic attractions such as the Hachiko and Shibuya Crossing, the world’s busiest pedestrian intersection. Guests who want to stay close to “home” can enjoy traditional French Provencal cuisine overlooking the Tokyo skyline at the hotel’s restaurant Coucagno, or pay a visit to the on-site Noh Theater where traditional Japanese performing arts are regularly scheduled.Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo – This contemporary luxury hotel is nestled within a picturesque five-hectare Japanese garden located in the heart of Tokyo. The award-winning property features 267 elegant guest rooms, most with astounding views of the surrounding garden that houses historical artifacts, and a majestic three-storey pagoda dating back to the 14th century. Hotel guests can partake in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony at the on-site 100-year-old tea house, or indulge in culinary creations at one of the hotel’s nine restaurants.In Ho Chi Minh, VietnamWindsor Plaza Hotel – Offering 376 rooms replete with Medea furnishings and modern amenities, this city oasis is located in the historical District 5, otherwise known as Cholon, Vietnam’s largest Chinatown. This locale is teeming with bustling markets, ancient pagodas, and nearby iconic landmarks such as the Bến Thành markets and Reunification Palace, all easily accessible via the hotel’s hourly shuttle bus. Guests who wish to get a panoramic bird’s eye view of the Ho Chi Minh cityscape need only head up to the rooftop where the award-winning open-air Top of The Town Bar & Restaurant offers an extensive international wine list and delectable Vietnamese dishes to enjoy.Sherwood Suites – Strategically located in the heart of the city, the soon-to-be opened Sherwood Suites offers 157 well-appointed studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments and penthouses that boast stylish Italian furnishings and fully-equipped kitchens – perfect for both business guests and leisure travellers alike. Amenities include a temperature-controlled swimming pool, a restaurant serving Asian and Mediterranean cuisines, a children’s playroom, and a private cinema. Guests can hop on the hotel’s hourly shuttle bus to explore nearby attractions such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the War Remnants Museum and The Saigon Opera House. In Chengdu, ChinaMinyoun Chengdu Dongda Hotel – This stunning 333-room hotel is located high above Chengdu’s central business district between the 33rd and 48th floors of Minyoun Financial Plaza Mansion, offering all guests unparalleled views of the city and the Jinjiang River nearby. Lan Kwai Fong Chengdu, the flagship project in the Chinese Mainland by Hong Kong’s Lan Kwai Fong Group – a veritable showcase of the latest fashion trends, international cuisine and exciting entertainment options – is a short walk away. Guests who wish to sample authentic Sichuan and Cantonese dishes without leaving the confines of their home base will enjoy the hotel’s YiPalace, one of Chengdu’s top destinations for traditional Chinese cuisine.Additional properties that joined Preferred Hotels & Resorts between May and July 2017 include:From Asia PacificBiyadhoo Island Resort (South Male Atoll, Maldives)Minyoun Chengdu Kehua Hotel (Chengdu, China)WelcomHotel Coimbatore (Coimbatore, India)The Chedi (Mumbai, India)From the Americas & the CaribbeanIBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Paraiso (Playa Del Carmen, Mexico)IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bavaro (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic)Grand Polanco Residencial (Mexico City, Mexico)The Guest House of Graceland (Memphis, Tennessee, United States)Naples Bay Resort (Naples, Florida, United States)Bear Mountain Inn (Bear Mountain, New York, United States)Water’s Edge Resort & Spa (Westbrook, Connecticut, United States)Ambassador Chicago (Chicago, Illinois, United States)IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall (Montego Bay, Jamaica)From EuropeMerchants Manor Hotel & Spa (Falmouth, United Kingdom)Pestana Vintage Porto Hotel (Porto, Portugal)Hotel Bristol Palace (Genova, Italy)Allium Villas Resort (Bodrum, Turkey)Hotel MiM Sitges (Sitges, Spain)Travellers can book a stay at any of these hotels online or via their mobile device through the new iPrefer mobile app, available to members of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts iPrefer hotel rewards programme, which extends points redeemable towards free nights and other on-property expenditures, elite status, and other complimentary benefits to guests. 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The number of company registrations rose 0.9 per cent last year to 13,743, the highest figure since 2013, the Department of the Registrar of Companies and Official Receiver said.In December, company registrations, deemed an important indicator for the performance of the economy and in particular the business services sector, fell 4.6 per to 1,273, the department said in an emailed statement.The number of applications for names rose last year 7.5 per cent to 29,050 and in December 4.1 per cent to 2,237 compared to the respective period a year before, the department said. The number of certified documents issued rose 4.6 per cent to 325,387 in 2017 and 3.1 per cent to 29,276 in December.Lastly, the number of other documents submitted rose 6.8 per cent last year to 140,392 and 3.1 per cent to 14,124, the department said.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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