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Government announces renewed focus in crusade against invasive species

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — The B.C. government and the Invasive Species Council of B.C. have released an updated five-year strategic plan to combat invasive species, while the government also proclaimed May 2018 as Invasive Species Action Month.Invasive species are plants or animals that are not native to this province, or are outside of their natural distribution areas. Invasive plants, for example, can reduce biodiversity, increase soil erosion, alter soil chemistry and adversely affect commercial crops. Some may pose a health risk to animals and people.“Once invasive species become established, they can spread rapidly, and seriously disrupt B.C.’s ecosystems if left unchecked,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. “The close partnerships that our government has developed with the Invasive Species Council of B.C., regional invasive species organizations and several local governments have gone a long way toward managing these harmful species.” The Invasive Plant Program identifies sites where new invasive plant species have been found and responds quickly to contain and eradicate them before they become established and start spreading.The Invasive Species Strategy for British Columbia 2018-2022 includes recommendations for the management of problem species, habitat restoration, monitoring programs, regulation and policy, funding and research.“The updated Invasive Species Strategy for British Columbia demonstrates our ongoing commitment to contain the spread of invasive species in this province,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “Proclaiming May 2018 as Invasive Species Action Month will help raise awareness of how these species can affect both urban and rural environments.”Members of the public can report sightings of invasive plant species anywhere in B.C. by using the Report-A-Weed or Report Invasives BC smartphone apps, by calling 1 888-WEEDSBC (1 888 933-3722), or by using the online reporting tool available at: http://www.gov.bc.ca/invasive-species.last_img read more

Migiro travels to Thailand for regional meeting to spur development

Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro heads to Thailand this weekend to chair the latest regional coordination meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) as part of her efforts to promote development worldwide.While in Bangkok, Ms. Migiro is also scheduled to meet Thai Foreign Minister Noppadon Patama, as well as with representatives of some of ESCAP’s 53 Member States, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters today.The Deputy Secretary-General also plans to meet with UN staff based in Bangkok before she returns to UN Headquarters in New York on Wednesday.One of Ms. Migiro’s key responsibilities since assuming her post last year is to strengthen the UN’s role as a centre for development assistance and policy. 15 February 2008Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro heads to Thailand this weekend to chair the latest regional coordination meeting of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) as part of her efforts to promote development worldwide. read more

Urgent solutions needed for Bosnias displaced says UN advocate Angelina Jolie

24 August 2010Hollywood actress and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie used her recent visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina to call for practical and urgent steps to alleviate the plight of the 113,000 people who remain displaced in the country some 15 years after the end of the war. The conflict that lasted from 1992 to 1995 in Bosnia and Herzegovina forced more than 2.2 million people to flee their homes, making it the largest displacement of people in Europe since the end of the Second World War, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). To date, more than one million people have returned home across Bosnia, with UNHCR playing a major role in the return, reconstruction and reintegration process. However, there are still 113,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the country, with some 7,000 still living in collective accommodation centres created more than 15 years ago and intended only as temporary housing. “The consequences of such a tragedy cannot be undone. However, we have a responsibility to do all in our power to reduce the pain by helping those who need assistance,” said Ms. Jolie, whose one-day visit on Saturday followed a similar one undertaken in April along with her partner and fellow actor, Brad Pitt.“In doing so, we contribute to overcoming divides and building a better future for all the people of the country,” she added. The acclaimed actress and activist, who met with the Chair of the Presidency, Haris Silajdžic, and Presidency member Željko Komšic during her visit, called for urgent measures to improve the lives of the displaced, many of whom are elderly or ill and are barely able to look after themselves. She added that she looked forward to returning to the region over the coming months to continue her work. In addition to the IDPs, UNHCR also provides support to some 7,000 refugees from Croatia and those members of the country’s Roma community who are at risk of statelessness. read more

Four people of the same family killed in threewheel accident

Four people from the same family were killed following an accident involving a three-wheeler today, the Police said.The Police said that the three-wheeler had crashed into a lorry at Yatigalpotta in Galewela. Among those killed are a woman and a girl.The lorry driver was arrested. Investigations are underway. (Colombo Gazette)

US longterm mortgage rates fall sharply 30year at 360

WASHINGTON — U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell sharply this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan touching its lowest level since November 2016.Financial markets around the globe have been whipsawed by anxiety over the U.S.-China trade war, sending investors fleeing from stocks to the safety of bonds and pushing bond interest-rates to record lows.Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac says the average rate on the 30-year mortgage dropped to 3.60% from 3.75% last week. A year ago the rate stood at 4.59%.The average rate for 15-year, fixed-rate home loans tumbled to 3.05% from 3.20%.The Associated Press

New UNICEF atlas charts development disparities affecting Chinas children

In a press release marking the publication of Children in China: An Atlas of Social Indicators 2014, UNICEF warned that despite China’s “spectacular” economic development, “striking geographical disparities” continue to pose challenges to the survival, development and protection of millions of rural children across the country. “China’s tremendous progress for children and women has been an important contribution globally to reducing poverty, child mortality and meeting international development goals,” said Gillian Mellsop, UNICEF’s Representative to China.“Yet experience has taught us that we must look beyond national averages to see where disparity still exists so by disaggregating data, we can identify who the children are that are being left behind.” According to the UN agency, China boasted “remarkable” achievements in poverty alleviation, ensuring universal access to primary education, promoting gender equality and reducing child mortality for its estimated 274 million children in 2013. In addition, the country’s national under-five mortality rate declined at an average annual rate of 7 per cent – from 61 per thousand live births in 1991 to 12 per thousand live births in 2013. Nonetheless, UNICEF added, the latest figures provided by the Atlas reveal deep divergences between rural and urban areas and among eastern, central and western regions further indicating that “some children are missing out on access to health, education and protection services.” In 2013, for instance, the under-five mortality rate was 1.4 times higher in rural areas than urban ones while infant mortality was 1.2 times higher. Moreover, in poor and western regions, children are more likely to be undernourished and have less access to pre-primary education and improved sanitary facilities.Internal migration also widely affects children as many are subjected to hardships and discrimination, according to the Atlas. As children move from rural areas to China’s cities, many remain unable to attend public schools. Others have to enrol in low-quality private schools and are confronted with high fees. “In-country disparities mean that development outcomes for children and women in the poor rural areas of China are similar to those in low-income countries,” Ms. Mellsop continued. “In cities, migration and rapid urbanization present additional challenges related to urban poverty and vulnerability.”Ms. Mellsop applauded the Chinese Government’s efforts to address the inequalities and to ensure that the benefits of the country’s rapid economic growth and development reach the most vulnerable children. At the same time, she cautioned, “the sheer scale and complexity of the challenge means that progress is gradual.”“UNICEF looks forward to continued collaboration with the Government to reach children everywhere and make sure they have their fundamental rights met.” read more

Cressida Dick Stretched Met does not need more cuts

first_imgMr Khan said that even dropping the changes to the funding formula would not be enough to ensure the Met was properly resourced to deal with the threat of terrorism and rising violent crime.”The Home Office has already made the Met find £600 million of savings following cuts since 2010.”Their plans to make the Met find a further £400 million of savings on top of this over the next few years will have a big impact on policing in London,” he said.”If the Government are serious about keeping all Londoners safe then they need to guarantee that they will fully fund the Met – which means real terms increases, cancelling the planned £400 million of cuts and giving London the full allocation of national, international and capital city funds.”The outgoing chief constable of Lancashire, Steve Finnigan, said forces across the country had reached a “tipping point” as a result of past spending cuts.Mr Finnigan, the UK’s longest serving chief constable, told The Guardian he understood the need for the police to make a contribution during a period of austerity but that the cuts had been “too quick and too deep”. Cressida Dick was speaking in the wake of the Finsbury Park mosque attack Credit:ISABEL INFANTES/AFP  Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick has said the growing threat of terror in London has left her force “very stretched” and calls on the Government not to cut its budget.Ms Dick said she had made clear to ministers that the Met could not take large cutbacks to its budget.The Government is considering changing plans to change the police funding formula so that large forces like the Met do not suffer cutbacks as they attempt to tackle the threat of terrorism.  Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick visit the scene of the attack on London Bridge and Borough Market Credit:CLODAGH KILCOYNE/Reuters  Cressida Dick was speaking in the wake of the Finsbury Park mosque attack  The Home Office said no decisions had been taken but acknowledged that the proposals were the subject of active discussion.”The Government is undertaking a period of detailed engagement with policing partners and independent experts on the police funding formula,” a spokesman said.”New proposals will not be implemented without a public consultation.”London mayor Sadiq Khan has warned that the Met – which is already facing cutbacks of £400 million – stands to lose between £174 million and £700 million a year under the proposed changes, which would see more money go to smaller forces.Ms Dick told ITV News: “I am in a conversation with the Government to say, given what has happened, we actually do not need large cuts, that is for surecenter_img “I have said for many years now that there will be a time lag (on the impact of the cuts) and I think we are seeing that now. The cracks are appearing in policing,” he said.”We are at a tipping point and we need to have an honest conversation. I do think people are less safe in this country now and I say that with a really heavy heart.” Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick visit the scene of the attack on London Bridge and Borough Market  “I am sure we can become more efficient over the next few years.”I am sure we can save costs and money in parts.”But, no, I do not believe the Metropolitan Police should suffer large cuts.” 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.last_img read more

Kenyan troops in control of Westgate Mall

first_imgTHE THREE DAY siege at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi is “nearing an end”, the Kenyan Interior Ministry has said.“We’re in control of Westgate,” the ministry posted on Twitter.The move comes some 60 hours after Islamist gunmen stormed the complex and massacred at least 62 people. The al-Shabaab militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.The Interior Ministry also said that 10 people had been arrested in connection with the attack.“Our forces are combing the mall floor by floor looking for anyone left behind. We believe all hostages have been released,” the ministry added.A government spokesperson said that they believed all of the hostages had been freed.“We think that everyone has been evacuated but we don’t want to take any chances,” said Manoah Esipisu.“The special forces are doing their job and yes, I think we are near the end.”The Kenyan foreign minister added that the country was unapologetic about their relationship with Israel.“We are not going to apologise for being friends with Israel and other nations,” said Amina Mohammed.Meanwhile, it has emerged that six Britons, as well as the son of the former Kenyan ambassador to Ireland, were among the dead.“Our current best estimate is we now have six British nationals who have died in this incident,” said British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond.British businessman Louis Bawa said his eight-year-old daughter Jennah and wife Zahira were among the dead.Bawa told the Daily Telegraph that “my heart just stopped” when he was asked to identify them from photographs taken of those killed at the mall.AFP contributed additional reporting.Read: Son of former Kenyan ambassador to Ireland killed in Nairobi siegeRead: Kenyan forces storm shopping mall in ‘final’ assault on militantslast_img read more

Vanessa Redgrave The Greek people gave a lesson in humanity

first_imgVanessa Redgrave’s directorial debut Sea Sorrow was showcased as part of the 23rd Athens International Film Festival.The documentary, which chronicles the history refugees in Europe since the 20th century, was inspired by the photo that went viral in 2015 of Syrian boy Alan, who drowned while his family was crossing the Aegean sea to Greece, his little body found washed ashore in Turkey. Debuting in Cannes earlier this year in May, the result is a personal and powerful film that explores today’s global refugee crisis through the eyes of the most vulnerable – children – with the input of activists and artists from across Greece, Italy, Britain and France.The matter is one particularly close to Redgrave’s heart, revealed during the film when she recounts moments from her childhood when she together with her family relocated from London at the start of World War II. On the eve of the screening in Athens, the filmmaker was vocal during a press conference, criticising the response of European governments to the crisis while praising the Greek people for setting a positive example. Despite facing their own internal crisis, she said they had shown solidarity to refugees arriving on the shores of the Aegean islands, which she witnessed first hand during her visit to refugee centres in Greece in 2016. “I did say, and I say it in the film that the Greek people gave a lesson in humanity,” Redgrave said.The 80-year-old has dedicated Sea Sorrow to the thousands of refugees who died due to a lack of support and protection, and aims to support humanitarian groups helping refugees and their children.“I cannot live peacefully without doing something for refugees, especially for refugee children,” she said. “It’s as simple as that.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le premier vaisseau spatial solaire en orbite

first_imgLe premier vaisseau spatial solaire en orbiteLa Nasa a déployé la voile d’un vaisseau spatial destiné à capter l’énergie solaire. C’est ainsi que l’Agence spatiale américaine parvient à mettre en orbite autour de la Terre le premier vaisseau spatial solaire.L’Agence spatiale américaine vient de confirmer que le NanoSail-D, son nanosatellite, a déployé sa voile de polymère de 6,40 mètres carrés, et que celle-ci est fonctionnelle. Ce qui signifie qu’elle est apte à utiliser les radiations solaires pour générer l’énergie nécessaire à ses réacteurs.Le porte-parole de la Nasa a indiqué que pour la première fois une voile solaire était déployée en orbite basse, rapporte le Daily Mail. Le NanoSail-D devrait pouvoir se maintenir en orbite entre 70 et 120 jours en fonction des conditions atmosphériques.Grâce à la réussite de cette première expérimentation, d’autres avancées sont attendues dans le domaine. Autre expérience à prévoir, la possibilité pour un microsatellite d’éjecter un nano-satellite.Le 7 février 2011 à 20:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

La goélette Tara a terminé sa mission polynésienne

first_imgLa goélette Tara a terminé sa mission polynésienneLa goélette Tara qui sillonne depuis près de deux ans les mers du globe pour récolter des échantillons de micro-organismes planctoniques et de coraux, a terminé la mission polynésienne de son expédition baptisée Tara Océans. Celle-ci se poursuivra à Hawaï avant de rejoindre la Californie.Mission accomplie pour la goélette océanographique Tara. Mardi, celle-ci est arrivée à Papeete sur l’île de Tahiti, mettant fin à deux mois d’expédition dans les archipels de Polynésie Française, consacrée à l’étude du corail et des micro-organismes marins. Depuis le mois de juin, la goélette et son équipage de marins et scientifiques voguaient en effet sur les eaux de l’archipel des Gambier, frontière orientale de la Polynésie Française, afin d’étudier le massif corallien. L’expédition avait ensuite atteint les Marquises avant de mettre le cap sur les îles de la Société, sondant au passage la biodiversité marine dans les mers du Sud.À lire aussiUn plongeur se fait attaquer par un lion de merAu cours de cette mission, les scientifiques et plongeurs ont ainsi découvert une demi-douzaine de nouvelles espèces de corail encore non-répertoriées dans le lagon, grâce au robot-planeur sous-marin dont est équipée la goélette. Ce qui leur a au final permis de dresser un état de la biodiversité marine dans ces eaux riches en fer qui attirent une faune nombreuse et variée. Une qualité particulière qui pourrait appuyer la demande des Marquises de figurer au patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO.Les prochaines étapes de Tara-Océans  Toutefois, ceci n’était pas la première mission de Tara qui est partie de Lorient le 5 septembre 2009. Avec ses deux mâts de 36 mètres et son équipage tournant de marins, océanographes, biologistes, généticiens venus de laboratoires du monde entier, la goélette a déjà parcouru plus de 90.000 kilomètres, de l’Atlantique à la Méditerranée en passant par l’océan Indien et le Pacifique. Désormais, celle-ci s’apprête donc à poursuivre son chemin. Du moins, après avoir débarqué les plus de 2.000 échantillons de corail et de plancton prélevés en Polynésie. Prochaine étape : Hawaï où se rendra l’expédition Tara-Océans avant de traverser le “continent de plastique” du Pacifique nord, de faire escale à San Diego en Californie et d’empunter le canal de Panama à Noël prochain pour une traversée de l’Atlantique, explique l’AFP. Quant à la fin de l’expédition Tara-Océans et le retour de la goélette à Lorient, ils ne sont pas prévus avant mars 2012.Le 17 août 2011 à 19:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Les glaciers érodent la roche à une vitesse insoupçonnée

first_imgLes glaciers érodent la roche à une vitesse insoupçonnéeUne étude menée par des géologues de l’Université d’Edimbourg en Ecosse, démontre que les glaciers érodent la roche jusqu’à 100 fois plus rapidement que ce qui était jusqu’à présent pensé. Les glaciers, immenses étendues de glaces, ont dominé jusqu’à un tiers de la surface de la terrestre durant ces deux derniers millions d’années. Ces puissantes masses gelées, perpétuellement en mouvement, agissent telles des bulldozers, érodant tout sur leurs passages, y compris les roches les plus dures. C’est ainsi que sont nés notamment les fjords et les vallées alpines.Si le pouvoir d’érosion de la glace est connu depuis près un siècle, il semblerait qu’il ait été durant tout ce temps largement sous-estimé. En étudiant les fragments rocheux transportés par les rivières d’une région de la calotte glaciaire groenlandaise, des géologues de l’Université d’Edimbourg sont arrivés à une conclusion pour le moins surprenante. Selon leur étude, les glaciers seraient capables d’éroder la pierre jusqu’à 100 fois plus vite que ce qui était estimé jusqu’à présent.Leurs travaux de recherche ont consisté à mesurer scrupuleusement durant deux années, la quantité de débris de roches emportés par les cours d’eau sur une surface de 600 kilomètres carrés. Les résultats, publiés dans la revue Geology, révèlent que chaque année, les fragments issus de l’érosion forment sur l’ensemble de la surface une couche d’environ un demi-centimètre d’épaisseur. Cette strate est environ 10 à 100 fois plus grande que ce que présumaient les précédentes estimations.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Les glaciers sont capables d’éroder la roche sous-jacente beaucoup plus rapidement que ce que l’on pense” souligne à OurAmazingPlanet, Tom Cowton, auteur principal de l’étude. Cette nouvelle découverte, devrait apporter aux scientifiques un nouvel éclairage sur la formation et l’évolution à l’échelle du temps des différents paysages terrestres. Découvrez en images les glaciers étudiés au cours des travaux sur Maxisciences Le 22 mars 2012 à 14:08 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Clark County passes panhandling ordinance

first_imgClark County commissioners Tuesday approved an ordinance explicitly forbidding people from soliciting in streets, following months of discussions and a complete overhaul of what the ordinance originally proposed.The ordinance, which passed with a 3-0 vote, restricts soliciting money from motorists in public roadways. The purpose of the ordinance, which bars individuals from entering the roadway or stopping traffic to solicit money, is to cut down on those types of monetary transactions for safety reasons.“We’re trying to manage a transaction that will take place immediately on a traveled part of the roadway,” said Sgt. Randon Walker of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, who first proposed the ordinance and helped draft it.Drafting a panhandling ordinance stemmed from concerns he’d heard from residents and business owners, Walker said.Shaping an ordinance that would be constitutional took nearly a year of work.Much of an early version of the ordinance was scrapped after the American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho successfully challenged the legality of a panhandling ordinance in Boise, Idaho. That ordinance closely mirrored what Clark County proposed. But it was deemed overly broad and a violation of the First Amendment protections in publicly owned areas.The county’s original ordinance restricted solicitation at bank ATMs, in parking lots when people were exiting cars and at bus stops, among other locations that are generally open to the public.last_img read more

How Vijays saffron dhoti in Bigil poster lands his father in a

first_imgSA Chandrasekar addressing media at Capemari press meet.PR HandoutFilmmaker SA Chandrasekhar was caught in a strange situation at the press meet of his upcoming movie Capemari after a reporter raised a question pertaining to his son and actor Vijay’s look in Bigil. The veteran refused to answer the unexpected question, while stating that he would respond to the questions related to him and his upcoming flick.Before the results of the Lok Sabha election were announced in May, SA Chandrasekhar had predicted that Tamil Nadu would not wear saffron dhoti while the rest of India would, a reference to the BJP returning to power with a full majority.In the first look poster of Bigil, Vijay was seen donning a saffron dhoti. Hence, the media asked his views about his son donning it.However, SA Chandrasekhar was unwilling to take questions related to Bigil. “Please ask me questions related to me or about my movie. Why you are bringing in Vijay here….. please ask him about it. I can speak only for myself,” the 76-year old stated.SA Chandrasekhar has returned to direction with his latest film Capemari, which has Jai, Athulya Ravi and Vaibhavi in the leads. It is a contemporary subject set in the IT backdrop.He made his directional debut with Sattam Oru Iruttarai. The upcoming movie is his landmark 75 movie as a filmmaker and expected to be his last flick as a director.last_img read more

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Oikya Front to approach EC for fresh polls

first_imgOpposition coalition Jatiya Oikya Front will submit a memorandum to the election commission demanding a fresh election under a non-party caretaker government cancelling Sunday’s national election, reports UNB.Oikya Front convener Kamal Hossain said this while talking to newsmen in front of his Motijheel chamber after a meeting of its leaders.”Rejecting the so-called results, Oikya Front is demanding fresh polls under a non-party caretaker government,” he said.However, Kamal did not say when they will exactly submit the memorandum to the EC.last_img

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US hopeful for KimTrump summit as North threatens to cancel

first_imgThis combination of pictures created on March 9, 2018 comprising of an undated picture released from North Korea`s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on January 17, 2018 showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visiting the newly-renovated Pyongyang Teachers` University in Pyongyang and US President Donald Trump applauding as he stands in front of the Warsaw Uprising Monument on Krasinski Square during the Three Seas Initiative Summit in Warsaw, Poland, July 6, 2017. Photo : AFPThe White House on Wednesday voiced hope the upcoming summit between North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and US president Donald Trump will proceed as planned, as Pyongyang threatened to pull out over US pressure for “unilateral nuclear abandonment.”The comments from the North about the meeting, set for 12 June in Singapore, were the first sign of a hiccup after weeks of tentative rapprochement.”We’re still hopeful that the meeting will take place and we’ll continue down that path,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told Fox News. “At the same time … we’ve been prepared that these might be tough negotiations.””The president is ready if the meeting takes place. And if it doesn’t, we will continue the maximum pressure campaign that has been ongoing.”In an angrily worded statement, the North warned on Wednesday it may back out of the high-level summit if the United States pressures it to give up its nuclear arsenal.”If the US is trying to drive us into a corner to force our unilateral nuclear abandonment, we will no longer be interested in such dialogue,” first vice foreign minister Kim Kye Gwan said in a statement carried by state media.In that case, he added, Pyongyang would have to “reconsider” its participation at next month’s summit in Singapore.The first vice foreign minister also tore into Trump’s National Security Advisor John Bolton for drawing parallels between North Korea and Libya, calling the comparison “absolutely absurd.””We shed light on the quality of Bolton already in the past, and we do not hide our feeling of repugnance towards him,” he said.Bolton has pushed the idea of a deal with North Korea like that reached with Libya’s Moamer Kadhafi, who agreed in 2003 to the elimination of his country’s nuclear program and chemical weapons arsenal to gain sanctions relief.After giving up his atomic program, Kadhafi was killed in 2011 in an uprising backed by NATO bombing.A plea from ChinaWashington is pressing for North Korea’s complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearisation. But so far, the North has given no public indication of what it is offering, beyond a broad commitment to denuclearisation of the “Korean peninsula.” Pyongyang “made clear on several occasions that precondition for denuclearisation is to put an end to anti-DPRK hostile policy and nuclear threats and blackmail of the United States,” the North Korean minister said.In the past, Pyongyang has demanded the withdrawal of US troops stationed in the South, and an end to Washington’s nuclear umbrella over its ally.China, North Korea’s sole major ally, called for the summit to go ahead.”The situation on the peninsula has eased up, which is worth cherishing,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular briefing.Minister Kim also dismissed offers by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for US economic aid if the North denuclearises.”We have never had any expectation of US support in carrying out our economic construction and will not at all make such a deal in future,” he said.Tightrope diplomacyThe North Korean warning follows a weeks-long charm offensive that has seen Kim Jong Un hold a historic summit with the South’s president and meet twice with Chinese President Xi Jinping.Pyongyang also raised hopes ahead of the US summit by announcing it will destroy its nuclear testing site next week.Analysts said Pyongyang appeared to be trying to redefine the terms of the debate.”It’s a diplomatic tactic,” Kim Hyun-wook, professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy, told AFP, calling it “brinkmanship to change the US position.””It looks like Kim Jong Un was pushed into accepting US demands for ‘denuclearisation-first’ but is now trying to change its position after normalising North Korea-China relations and securing economic assistance,” he added.”The classic North Korean tightrope diplomacy between the US and China has begun.”US officials have repeatedly claimed credit for Washington’s “maximum pressure” policy for bringing Pyongyang to the negotiating table.Joshua Pollack of the Middlebury Institute for International Studies said Pyongyang had been irritated by the “triumphalist tone.””The North Koreans aren’t happy with what they’re seeing and hearing,” he said. “There is still a yawning gulf between expectations for diplomacy in Pyongyang and Washington, DC.”ThunderstruckKCNA also denounced the Max Thunder joint military exercises being held between the US and South Korea as a “rude and wicked provocation,” and Seoul said it had received a message cancelling planned high-level talks “indefinitely.”The two-week drills started last Friday and involves some 100 aircraft from the two allies, including F-22 stealth fighter jets.State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters it had received “no notification” of a position change by North Korea on next month’s meeting.The exercises were “not provocative” and would continue, she added.last_img

Heres Everything Coming to Amazon Prime Video in March 2019

first_imgStay on target Amazon has women-centric action-packed thrillers coming your way this March. In The Widow (available to stream starting March 1), Kate Beckinsale plays a woman who travels to the Congo to find out the truth about the death of her husband. And in Hanna (available to stream starting March 29), based on the 2011 film of the same name, Esme Creed-Miles stars in the role originated by Saorsie Ronan, as a young girl raised in the forest trying to evade a CIA agent.More to watch: Costume Quest, based on the Double Fine Productions role-playing video game, and Cold War, the 2019 Academy Award-nominated drama set in the ruins of post-war Poland.Here’s everything coming to Amazon Prime Video in March 2019.March 1A Man Called Blade (Mannaja)A Sky Full of Stars for a Roof (E per tetto un cielo di stelle)A Woman PossessedAbductionAmelia’s 25thAmerican BeautyBaba YagaBasic Instinct 2Big NightBlack Cat (Gatto nero)Black SheepBoomerangBoston Legal (Seasons 1 to 5)CarpoolCity of the Living Dead (Paura nella città dei morti viventi)Chinese Hercules (Ma tou da jue dou)Death at a FuneralDeep Red (Profondo rosso)Double JeopardyDude, Where’s My Dog?!Enter the Invincible Hero (Heugpyobigaeg)From BeneathJigKarl Rove, I Love YouLa claveLet Sleeping Corpses Lie (No profanar el sueño de los muertos)Little House on the Prairie (Seasons 1 to 9)Lone and Angry Man (Una bara per lo sceriffo)Major PayneMary Loss of SoulMurimgoriNacho LibreOverkillP.O.E.: Project of EvilPrison GirlsRambo IIIRide Out for RevengeSetupSo Young So BadStill Waiting…TapeheadsThe AmericanThe AppleThe Bank JobThe ChumscrubberThe CraziesThe Dead and the DamnedThe Four of the Apocalypse (I quattro dell’apocalisse)The Invincible Armour (Ying zhao tie bu shan)The Mighty QuinnThe New York Ripper (Lo squartatore di New York)The Practice (Seasons 1 to 9)The Unit (Seasons 1 to 4)The Widow (Season 1) Prime Original seriesUFOUs and the Game IndustryValerieVice SquadWaiting…Woman Avenger (Shi mei chu ma)Xue lian huanYin yang xie di ziYou Did This to MeMarch 8Costume Quest (Season 1) Prime Original seriesI Can Only ImagineTin Star (Season 2) Prime Original seriesMarch 10Middle MenMarch 11The Royals (Season 4)March 12AcrimonyColetteMarch 15Catastrophe (Season 4) Prime Original seriesMarch 16Speed KillsMarch 22Cold War Prime Original movieLeng zhanThe Stinky & Dirty Show (Season 2) Prime Original seriesMarch 29American RenegadesHanna (Season 1) Prime Original seriesThe DomesticsMarch 30OutlawsMore on Geek.com:Here’s Everything Coming to Netflix in March 2019Here’s Everything Coming to Hulu in March 2019Amazon Teases ‘Middle-earth Map’ for Its New ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Here’s Everything Coming to Netflix in March 2019Here’s Everything Coming to Hulu in March 2019 last_img read more

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Give Rs 15L to each Indian then think of 7th Pay Commission

first_imgKolkata: Rubbishing BJP national president Amit Shah’s statements at a party rally in Malda which stated that if voted to power in Bengal, the saffron party would implement the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission, Mayor Firhad Hakim added that before it is implemented, Rs 15 lakh should be deposited in the bank accounts of every India first as promised by the party before the 2014 elections.”BJP survives on lies and lies only,” he said while talking to newsmen on Tuesday afternoon. He added: “BJP president has urged people to vote for the party to get 23 plus seats in the Lok Sabha elections and this shows that he is living in a fool’s paradise as the party will not be able to get two seats which it had secured in the earlier polls. The BJP will get zero seats, he stated. Commenting on Shah’s statement that there is “Syndicate Raj” in Bengal, Hakim said: “There is no such thing here but those who run syndicates in Amit Shah’s state had contributed to set up BJP’s party office in Delhi.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn Shah’s allegation that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has deprived lakhs of people by not accepting the Ayushman Bharat scheme, Hakim added: “We are not going to allow political advertisements for a Central project.” Partha Chatterjee, Trinamool’s secretary general, said: “The way Shah spoke at the rally shows that he is not aware of the heritage and culture of India. The BJP has become politically bankrupt and there is erosion in their mass base as well. The leaders have understood that their end is not very far. People of Bengal will protest against their political vendetta,” he said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseComing down heavily on the BJP, Trinamool Congress spokesperson Derek O’ Brien said: “After listening to the BJP president’s speech in Malda, it’s obvious that they are very nervous. They know their days are numbered. They are politically-scared. Their speeches are low on facts and poor in taste.” He further added: “They (BJP) don’t understand the ethos of India. They don’t understand the ethos of Bengal. They are heading towards one big zero (in Bengal in the general election),” he said. “Some are saying they are desperate, some are saying they have gone mad… or is it a combination of both?” the TMC leader asked. Earlier in the day, Amit Shah addressed rally in Malda where he urged people to vote for the BJP to get 23 plus seats in the Lok Sabha polls. He said the votes will be conducted by the Central forces and the Trinamool Congress will not be able to carry out any violence. He maintained that under Mamata Banerjee’s rule, development has been stalled.last_img read more

SKorea monks offer to resign amid gambling scandal

first_img Four benefits of having a wireless security system Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Comments   Share   New Year’s resolution: don’t spend another year in a kitchen you don’t like New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths Sponsored Stories The Jogye Order says six senior monks offered to resign Thursday over the scandal.South Koreans are not allowed to gamble anywhere in the country except at a single casino in the northeast.Buddhism is the oldest major religion in South Korea. The government estimated in 2005 that Buddhists made up about 23 percent of the population.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Senior monks from South Korea’s largest Buddhist sect have offered to resign after the release of photos purportedly showing fellow monks gambling illegally.South Korean television has aired photos of eight monks huddled for a poker game at a hotel in the country’s southwest. The photos reportedly came from video footage secretly taken by another monk from the same sect and released to the media. Top Stories last_img read more

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Homeowner Appraiser Perception Gap Widens Further in August

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, Market Studies, News, Secondary Market Homeowners continued to overvalue their homes for the seventh consecutive month in August when compared with appraiser opinions.Quicken Loans reported in their Home Price Perception Index (HPPI), which compares the estimate that the homeowner supplies on a refinance mortgage application to the appraisal that is performed later in the mortgage process, that homeowner estimates were 2.65 percent higher than appraiser opinions, the largest gap in over a year.“While the month-to-month number is interesting to examine, it is not the single most important factor of the HPPI report. Instead, the focus should be on the trend, the direction it’s heading and how fast,” said Bob Walters, Quicken Loans chief economist.He added, “The perception trend of most of this year suggests homeowners may be assuming that home values have been in a steady, linear path upward,” Walters said. “In reality, home values have remained mostly flat this year, and this false assumption may be leaving homeowners disappointed when their appraisals come in.”Appraiser home values are higher than homeowner estimates in San Jose, California (+5.83 percent), San Francisco, California (+5.00 percent), and Denver, Colorado (+4.31 percent). Homeowner opinions are higher than appraiser estimates in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (-3.31 percent), Kansas City, Missouri (-2.86 percent), and Chicago, Illinois (-2.39 percent).The company also reported that national home values were almost flat in August, declining 0.05 percent from July, when values dropped 0.27 percent. Annually, home value rose 3.24 percent from August 2014, according to the Home Value Index (HVI).The HVI reviews home value trends based only on appraisal data from home purchases and mortgage refinances, producing a wide data set that is focused on appraisals.“The Northeast region stands out in the latest HVI findings. It is the only region with a drop in home values in August,” Walters said. “Moderating home values are a welcome sign to buyers, and could be especially enticing to those looking to purchase their first home.”Source: Quicken LoansClick here to view Quicken Loans Home Price Perception Index. September 8, 2015 533 Views Appraiser and Homeowner Gap Home Values Quicken Loans 2015-09-08 Staff Writercenter_img Homeowner & Appraiser Perception Gap Widens Further in August Sharelast_img read more