Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict Nalini released on parole

first_imgChennai: One of the convicts in the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination case, S. Nalini, was released from Tamil Nadu’s Vellore jail on one month parole on Thursday.The Madras High Court on July 5 had granted a one month parole to Nalini on her plea for a six month parole to make arrangements for her daughter’s wedding.Nalini argued her case in person.The court had stipulated that Nalini should not meet politicians and media.In her plea, Nalini said every life convict was entitled to one month of ordinary leave after completing two years in prison and she had not taken the leave even once during the past 27 years she had spent in jail.Besides Nalini, the six other convicted in the case are her husband V. Sriharan alias Murugan, A.G. Perarivalan, T. Suthendraraja alias Santhan, Jayakumar, Robert Payas and Ravichandran.All the seven convicts have been in prison since 1991 after a female Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew herself up while meeting Gandhi at an election rally near Chennai.last_img read more

Hachette Book Group lays off around 2 dozen employees

first_imgNEW YORK — Around two dozen employees will be laid off in a re-organization at Hachette Book Group.The publisher announced Tuesday that various imprints would be consolidated and merged, ranging from the religious imprint FaithWords to the feminist Seal Press. Among those leaving are Hachette Books publisher Mauro DiPreta.In a statement Tuesday, the publisher said it wanted to “focus resources” in areas of growth and to “improve” its ability for future investment. Authors at Hachette Book Group include J.K. Rowling, David Sedaris and James Patterson.The layoffs come just days after parent company Lagardere announced a “sparkling” third quarter for Hachette Book Group, with sales up 5.1 per cent over the same period a year ago. Lagardere also reported sharp declines in other countries.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Opinion: Good Riddance, Christopher Ross

Majid MorceliSan Francisco – Well aware that the new United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will not keep him, Christopher Ross the Envoy for Western Sahara has thrown in the towel and resigned his post.Not surprising given his total failure in 7 years in making any progress regarding the Western Sahara question.  To the contrary, the Sahara dossier is now even worse than when he came on board to “help” the parties. Morocco’s mistake was in accepting his nomination by Ban Ki Moon.  Ross, being an American, the U.S. State Department would always have condoned his actions and would never have disagreed with one of their own no matter what decision he made.Another former American special envoy, James Baker, should have served as a vivid example for the Moroccans when he suggested in 2001 that half of the Moroccan Sahara be handed over to the Polisario — essentially giving away half the Sahara to Algeria.In 2012, Morocco finally realized that Christopher Ross was taking the side of the Polisario and Algeria and declared him persona non grata and refused to work with him. Ban Ki Moon was able to convince the Moroccan monarch to allow Ross back to negotiate the peace settlement mandated by the UN.  Again, Ross’ support for the Polisario continued, which pushed Morocco to stop all scheduled meetings with the Polisario.Mr. Ross’s apparent mission was to kill the autonomy proposal presented by Morocco. The peace plan supported by the international community with the exception of a few dictators such as the defunct Chavez of Venezuela who left his in country in ruins before his death, the 93-year-old Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, one of the poorest countries on earth, and the Algerian dictator Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the Maghreb Arab Union exterminator who is still hanging onto power even though he is too ill to govern.There is no doubt that Morocco has learned from past miscalculations and will no longer accept anyone who will not at least appreciate the autonomy proposal. The king of Morocco has already announced to the whole world that the Sahara will remain Moroccan until the end of time, and anyone who believes that Morocco will give out an inch of its territory through negotiations, should think twice before applying for the job or accepting any nomination by the new UN Secretary General.Many Moroccan observers were pleased that Antonio Guterres was selected for the post of Secretary General, and perhaps they were right to be pleased. Any European would likely be much more informed than an American about the conflict and its ramification on the entire region.Unlike Ban Ki Moon, who when he remembered in his last couple of months in office that North Africa has its own conflict, and tried to fix it, traveled to Tindouf in Algeria and erroneously called Morocco an occupying force, there appears to be  a good chance that the United Nations new Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will not repeat his predecessor’s grave mistake.The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not represent any institution or entity. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission. read more

As new drought hits Ethiopia UN urges support for Governments remarkable efforts

Showing solidarity with Ethiopia is a matter of self-interest “because the link between humanitarian and development with peace and security is growing everywhere, and to invest in building resilience of populations and to invest in the best humanitarian needs in situations of stress like the one we are facing is also to contribute to strengthen peace and security,” said Mr. Guterres, noting that a number of countries around Ethiopia are in the midst of deep crises – Somalia, South Sudan and Eritrea.In Ethiopia and beyond, development and peace and security must be tackled jointly – UN chiefDescribing Ethiopia as a “pillar of stability” in the region, he said the international community cannot allow the effect of drought to be a promoter of additional instability, social unrest, or conflict as this would have dreadful consequences “not only in relation to the conflicts in the area but in connection to displacements of populations, in a world that is so little inclined to receive more migrants, and to global terrorism that is now a threat everywhere.” With all this in mind, he urged the participants to “transform this session of solidarity in a commitment to work together not only to address the pressing humanitarian needs of Ethiopia but to join efforts in addressing the huge challenges from a development perspective, a sustainable development perspective and from a peace and security perspective the world faces today.”Just back from a three-day visit to Ethiopia to see first-hand the impact of failed rains in the southern parts of the county, Mr. O’Brien, who is the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, said that in Warder zone in Ethiopia’s Somali Region, he had witnessed the “immense impact” the drought is having on people’s lives and livelihoods.Below average rains in south and southeastern parts of the country caused by the negative Indian Ocean Dipole have led to a new “lowland” drought. Among the most affected areas are parts of Somali and Afar regions and a number of lowland areas of Oromia and SNNP regions. The new drought has led to severe shortages of water and pasture in the pastoral and agro-pastoral communities. Deteriorating livestock body condition and loss of livestock are also being reported as well as high levels of acute and moderate malnutrition. “We have no time to lose” – UN Emergency Relief Coordinator“We need to act now before it is too late,” said Mr. O’Brien, calling on the international partners to join the Ethiopian Government in funding the 2017 Humanitarian Requirements Document, which seeks $948 million to assist 5.6 million people, whose lives, livelihoods and well-being depend on support from relief partners.As effective as the humanitarian response to the 2016 El Niño drought has been, Ethiopian farmers and herders in affected areas are still living on the brink, unable to build back their livestock herds, or reinvigorate their small farms, and struggling to sustain themselves and their families, said Mr. O’Brien. “We have no time to lose. Livestock are already dying; pastoralists and farmers are already fleeing their homes in search of water and pasture; children – more often girls – are dropping out of school to support with household chores, and hunger and malnutrition levels will rise soon if assistance does not arrive on time, particularly among women who are more likely to suffer from health problems and malnutrition during droughts,” he stressed. Commending the Ethiopian Government and humanitarian partners on the response to last year’s El Niño drought that left 10.2 million people needing food assistance, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres and UN aid chief Stephen O’Brien today said the international community must show “total solidarity” with country as it faces a new drought.“This High-Level event must express our total solidarity with the Ethiopian people and the Ethiopian Government. And let’s be clear: that solidarity is not a matter of generosity. It is a matter of justice and of self-interest,” the Secretary-General told those gathered for the event, held earlier today in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on the margins of the 28th Summit of the African Union.It is a matter of justice in relation to the enormous generosity of the Ethiopian people themselves, he said, recalling that during his 10 years as UN High Commissioner for Refugees, he had witnessed the way Ethiopia became not only the largest African refugee-hosting country but the country with the most determined policy of keeping all its borders open, even in the most difficult security situations; “an example that, I would say, needs to be thought about in a world where unfortunately, so many borders are being closed.”Moreover, he said, the current crisis has not caught the Government and the people of Ethiopia unprepared, even if the magnitude of the crisis clearly is above the capacity of the Horn of Africa country to resolve. “Ethiopia has persistently applied a policy of building resilience in relation to the natural disasters that unfortunately with climate change have come to be more and more frequent and intense,” explained Mr. Guterres. A village in Ethiopia weathers the drought where many have lost their livestock. Photo: FAO/Tamiru Legesse read more

Bentley launches all new UKengineered V8 for Continental

500bhp at 6000rpm.660Nm (487 lb/ft) of torque.0-60 in 4.6 seconds.Top speed of 188mph.Eight-speed automatic transmission.Bentley Motors has launched an all new 4 litre, twin-turbo V8 engine for the Continental GT and GTC. Capable of over 500 miles on a single tank and delivering a 40% improvement in fuel economy over the W12, the new engine is efficient and sporty, hitting 60mph in 4.6 seconds.At Bentley’s Crewe HQ, it’s engineers worked to optimise power delivery and efficiency, leading to the development of a new ground breaking technology – variable displacement. This system deactivates cylinders when they are not needed – driving at a steady speed or decelerating – but under acceleration, the full V8 power is employed.Bentley’s global sales for 2011 were up 37% to 7003 cars. In Europe, the business saw sales up by over a half to 1187 cars, led by a German market which increased by 88%. In the UK, the brand increased registrations by over 5% to 1031 units.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Junior WCh 2013 TOP 16 Switzerland sent Denmark home

Sweden36:21Argentina Denmark26:29Switzerland ← Previous Story “STRUGA 2013” – HANDBALL STARTS HERE Next Story → Alfred Gislason calls for “World League” Brazil Egypt28:25Bosnia and Herzegovina IHF 20:25 Slovenia Hungary28:38Spain Germany20:21France Many surprises have seen the fans at Junior WCh 2013 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1/4 final on Wednesday will play:Croatia – Tunis (21)Egypt – France (13:30)Netherlands – Sweden (16)Switzerland – Spain (18:30)Results of TOP 16 stage: Netherlands26:25Serbia Tunisia17:29Croatia read more

WWF report shows Greece lags behind in environmental law implementation

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) rings alarm bells over Greece’s poor performance regarding environmental protection in a review of the organisation’s local branch.According to its recently released 14th annual report, which was published with support from the national NGO Nomos + Physis, the country has a disappointing record in EU environmental law implementation exhibiting non-compliance with 11 EU court rulings.Greece also accounts for 27 open cases of environmental law violation, a number only surpassed by Spain among its EU counterparts with 30 infringement cases.“The Greek state must safeguard the respect for environmental legislation and unimpeded access to this information as is appropriate to a country governed by the rule of law,” said WWF Hellas’s legal coordinator Giorgos Hasiotis. Among the shortcomings cited in the assessment were the recent east Attica wildfires, fines of up to 100 million euros imposed by the EU for non-compliance issues – mainly relating to illegal and dangerous waste disposal – as well as the lack of clarity in licensing frameworks governing seismic exploration and oil and gas extraction.During a press conference, WWF Greece chief executive Dimitris Karavelas highlighted hydrocarbon extraction as a primary threat to environmental protection urging the government to act on concerns expressed by citizens and organisations alike, while head of policy Theodota Natsou criticized the way of tackling environmental violations merely with financial sanctions as failing to support prevention and cultivate environmental awareness.The report made mention of the country’s positive developments as well, such as the expansion of the Natura 2000 Network which provides for the designation of special protection areas and conservation sites.last_img read more

Les applaudissements seraient contagieux comme une maladie

first_imgLes applaudissements seraient contagieux comme… une maladieUne nouvelle étude suédoise affirme que notre tendance à applaudir à un spectacle par exemple, ne serait pas nécessairement liée à ce qu’on en a pensé. Nous serions surtout influencé par les personnes qui nous entourent. Imaginez, vous êtes à un spectacle et celui-ci est en train de se terminer. Soudain, un tonnerre d’applaudissements résonne dans la salle… Cela veut-il dire que le public a adoré le spectacle ? Pas forcément. C’est du moins ce qu’affirme une étude menée par des chercheurs suédois et publiée dans la revue Journal of the Royal Society Interface. Ces travaux suggèrent que l’applaudissement est une pratique socialement contagieuse. Autrement dit, il suffirait que quelqu’un applaudisse dans une salle pour que tout le monde le suive. Et plus les applaudissements seraient forts, plus nous serions enclins à participer. Pour en arriver à cette conclusion, les chercheurs ont formé des groupes de 13 à 20 étudiants et les ont fait assister à une courte présentation. Durant toute l’expérience, les sujets ont été filmés sans qu’ils le sachent puis les scientifiques ont visionné les séquences. L’expérience a été répétée six fois avec la même présentation mais un public différent.Des sujets soumis à une pression sociale En observant les moments où les sujets commençaient et s’arrêtaient d’applaudir, les scientifiques ont constaté qu’il suffisait qu’une à deux personnes frappent des mains pour que tous les sujets en fassent de même. Les applaudissements agiraient alors comme une réaction en chaine, en fonction du volume de ces derniers. “La pression vient du volume d’applaudissement dans la salle plus que de ce que fait le voisin assis à côté de vous” ou de la qualité de la performance, explique le Dr Richard Mann de l’University of Uppsala. En moyenne, les sujets ont commencé à applaudir 2,1 secondes après que la présentation se soit achevée. Toute la salle applaudissait après environ 2,9 secondes et pendant 6,1 secondes en moyenne. Mais “il y avait un point de bascule”, où un certain nombre de personnes se mettaient à applaudir et étaient suivies par tous. “La pression sociale pour applaudir a augmenté proportionnellement au nombre de personnes qui le faisaient déjà”, a précisé le Dr Mann cité par BBC News. Et pour arrêter, le même principe serait observé selon les chercheurs. Autrement dit, une fois les applaudissements démarrés, il existerait également une pression sociale qui inciterait à ne pas cesser, jusqu’à qu’une des personnes présentes ne prenne l’initiative d’arrêter. C’est pourquoi la durée des applaudissements à varier d’une expérience à l’autre, soulignent le Dr Mann et ses collègues. D’après eux, cette pratique suivrait alors le modèle d’une maladie contagieuse.Mieux comprendre la diffusion des comportements À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Plus le nombre de personnes qui ont un rhume est important, plus vous avez de risque de l’attraper, relève le Dr Mann cité par LiveScience. Décrite ainsi, la découverte n’apparait pas d’une importante cruciale mais elle confirme le caractère contagieux de certains de nos comportements, chose qui avait pu être observée mais jamais vraiment confirmée expérimentalement. C’est d’ailleurs précisément ce sur quoi travaillent les scientifiques suédois.Ils cherchent à comprendre comment certains comportements comme des idées politiques, la mode ou encore le suicide, peuvent se répandre parmi les humains. Aussi, le Dr Mann et son équipe espèrent maintenant étendre leurs travaux à des comportements plus complexes afin de comprendre les facteurs qui interviennent. Les amis proches, par exemple, pourraient avoir une influence importante. Dans certains cas, le nombre de personnes parlant d’un certain sujet sur les réseaux sociaux, Facebook ou Twitter notamment, pourrait également intervenir. “Ici, nous avons cherché à savoir si nous étions plus influencés par le nombre total de personnes dans la salle ou par la personne assise à côté de vous”, ajoute le Dr Mann. Le 20 juin 2013 à 15:02 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Deputies want help IDing theft suspects

first_imgClark County sheriff’s deputies are asking for the public’s help in identifying two men suspected of stealing from the Kohl’s store in Hazel Dell.The Clark County Sheriff’s Office posted photos of the suspects Tuesday on Facebook. The post says the two men stole “multiple items of merchandise” around 2 p.m. Sunday from the store at 9312 N.E. Fifth Ave. The photos show the men looking at and holding clothing.The men drove away from the store in a green, four-door Saturn with no license plates and front-end damage, according to the sheriff’s office.Anyone with information about the suspects should contact Deputy Elijah Page at elijah.page@clark.wa.gov.last_img read more

Riise confident Liverpool can win Champions League

first_imgFormer Liverpool defender John Arne Riise is confident that the club have the potential to win this season’s Champions League after their convincing 3-0 win over Manchester City last weekThe Norwegian’s former side gave City a shock 3-0 thrashing in the first leg of their quarter-final clash with Riise, who won the Champions League with Liverpool back in 2005, now certain that Jurgen Klopp’s side can make it to the final.“This year, although it’s going to be very tight, they have a good chance of going all the way,” Riise told Sky Sports.“You have the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid and Bayern still there, and they have to go through against City.“There’s some great teams left but if they play like they did at Anfield on Wednesday there’s not many teams who could stop them.“All the other teams left will have seen that performance, it was amazing. The high pressure, the intensity in the game was unbelievable, they almost did it for 90 minutes. Liverpool proved if they are at the top of their game, they can beat anyone.“A club like Liverpool should always be in the quarter-finals, semi-finals of the Champions League and competing with the best clubs in the world.“I think the fans have been waiting for it, the players the same, it’s the best competition for a player to be involved in and you want to try to give something back to the fans when you get there.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I’m happy for Klopp. They expect a lot, and now he’s proven he can bring the club back to the Champions League.”Riise is confident that Liverpool can score at the Etihad stadium in the return leg and believes that an away goal will almost certainty put the tie beyond doubt.“City lost against Liverpool, they lost against United, Liverpool have a habit of always scoring,” Riise said.“It’s important for City not to concede, because they will have to score five then.“I think Liverpool will go through, because they’ve got that 3-0 lead, but the game is not over. We’ve seen what City can do. If they start playing as they have most of the season, keeping the ball and scoring goals, it could be a close game.“They’re good at counter attacks, which is going to be very important, and I think the main thing is not to concede a goal in the first 15-20 minutes.“The players and the club have to go into the game like any other. Probably more compact than usual, but if they get too comfortable, and City score a goal they will get nervous again.”last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For June 5 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Tuesday, June 5, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.Municipal Meetings: The Wilmington Board of Health meets at 5:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE. **The proposed detox facility — relative to its septic system — is on the agenda.** … The Wilmington Planning Board meets at 7:30pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.At Town Hall: The Metro North Regional Housing Services Office Housing Coordinator, Laurie Stanton, will be holding office hours from 4pm to 7pm in the Wilmington Town Hall’s Small Conference Room. She will assist residents with their affordable housing questions.In The Community: The Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks holds bingo — open to the public — every Tuesday. Doors open at 5pm. Pizza, hot dog and pastries are sold. Free coffee.In The Community: Angels In Motion meets every Tuesday, from 9:30am to 2:30pm, at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue).  The club provides a great opportunity for seniors to meet new friends or reacquaint with old ones. A luncheon is served as noon.  Free. Handicapped accessible.Live Music: Larry Gilbert performs at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street) beginning at 6pm.At The Library: Cookin’  The Books at noon. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Zumba at 9am. Middle School Chorus Performance at 10:30am. Mah Jong at 1pm. Gentle Yoga at 2:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Town Museum (430 Salem Street) is open from 10am to 2pm.Go Wildcats!: The WHS Girls Tennis battle Wayland at 4pm at Wilmington High in first-round state tournament action.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, September 3, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 2, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, July 16, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Unorthodox Trump faces toughest test yet in NKorea summit

first_imgGurkha police officers stand guard outside the St. Regis Hotel in Singapore, Sunday, 10 June, 2018, ahead of the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.Embarking on a self-described “mission of peace,” president Donald Trump’s seat-of-the-pants foreign policy is facing its toughest test yet as he attempts this week to personally broker an end to North Korea’s nuclear program in talks with Kim Jong Un.The impulsive American president, who just this weekend sowed chaos within the Western alliance, is set to face his match on the global stage as he prepares to meet Kim in Singapore on Tuesday.In the historic first meeting between the leaders of the technically-still-warring nations, Trump is prioritizing instinct over planning. Unlike traditional summits between heads of state, where most of the work is completed in advance, US officials say the only thing certain ahead of these talks will be their unpredictability.Ever since Trump shocked allies, White House officials and, by some accounts, the North Koreans themselves when he accepted Kim’s March invitation for a meeting, the two leaders have lurched toward an uncertain encounter that could affect millions.”It’s unknown territory in the truest sense, but I really feel confident,” Trump told reporters Saturday. “I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people and he has that opportunity and he won’t have that opportunity again.”Trump landed in Singapore on Sunday evening, about four hours after Kim arrived in the island city-state. The two are scheduled to meet for the first time Tuesday morning.Trump’s engagement with Kim fulfills the North Korean ruling family’s long-unrequited yearning for international legitimacy, itself a substantial concession after more than a generation of U.S. efforts to isolate the country on the global stage.”It’s never been done before,” Trump said. “And obviously, what has been done before hasn’t worked.”A triumvirate of forces is bringing the meeting to fruition, said Scott Snyder, senior fellow for Korea Studies and director of the Program on US-Korea Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. He describes the summit as “produced by Kim, directed by (South Korean President Moon Jae-in), and inspired by Trump.”Each man has his motivations: Hard-hitting sanctions and a desire for legitimacy brought Kim to the table. Moon’s efforts to avert a potentially catastrophic U.S. first strike pushed Trump and Kim to take a risk. And Trump is the first U.S. president willing to sit-down with Kim with so few concessions, believing his self-professed negotiating prowess will guide him though uncharted diplomatic waters.Raising expectations in advance of the meeting, Trump said the outcome will depend heavily on his own instincts. The US president said he will know “within the first minute” of meeting Kim whether the North Korean leader is serious about nuclear negotiations.”I think I’ll know pretty quickly whether or not, in my opinion, something positive will happen. And if I think it won’t happen, I’m not going to waste my time. I don’t want to waste his time,” Trump said.”This is a leader who really is an unknown personality,” Trump added of Kim. “People don’t know much about him. I think that he’s going to surprise on the upside, very much on the upside.”White House aides described Trump in the days after receiving the initial Kim invitation as being obsessed by visions of winning the Nobel Peace Prize and of using the skills he laid out in his book “The Art of the Deal” to put his mark on the global order.In recent weeks, though, Trump’s enthusiasm has been tempered somewhat by the challenge of deal-making with such an unpredictable opponent. And there are worries from the White House to East Asian allies that Trump’s desire for an agreement will lead him to accept any deal – even if it’s a bad one.Trump is dangling before Kim visions of protection, economic investment and even a White House visit, in return for a commitment to abandon his nuclear weapons program. Kim, US officials say, has agreed to put his stockpile of 50 or more weapons on the table for negotiation, but the two countries have offered differing visions of what that would entail.Despite Kim’s apparent eagerness for a summit with Trump, there are doubts that he would fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he may see as the guarantor of his survival.US defense and intelligence officials have assessed the North to be on the threshold of having the capability to strike anywhere in the continental U.S. with a nuclear-tipped missile – a capacity that Trump and other U.S. officials have said they would not tolerate.Trump reiterated his promise Saturday that the US “will watch over and we’ll protect” Kim and his government in return for him giving up the nuclear program.With his Singapore summit, Trump is looking to temporarily escape his flaring personal conflicts with key US allies over trade as well as domestic pressure like the swirling Russia probe. Acutely aware of his coverage in the media, Trump has enjoyed how the impending North Korea summit has overshadowed some of the more negative coverage of his tumultuous White House.Still, Trump’s team has not always been on the same page, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – who has been leading the administration’s efforts – more supportive, while the hawkish National Security Adviser John Bolton has been more skeptical. Bolton has been far less visible in the planning process, after a comment he made about favoring the “Libya model” for denuclearization enraged the North Koreans.Libya gave up its nuclear program at an early stage only to see its longtime dictator overthrown and killed less than a decade later.En route to Singapore, Trump left behind a trail of diplomatic wreckage as he exited the annual Group of Seven summit Saturday in Quebec, highlighting the extent to which he increasingly keeps his own counsel, eschewing the cautionary advice of aides and confident in his ability to single-handedly attempt to redraw the global order.In Canada, the US president threatened longtime allies over trade practices at a defiant exit press conference before abruptly withdrawing his endorsement of the group’s final joint statement and tweeting that host Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was “weak.””His message from Quebec to Singapore is that he is going to meld the industrial democracies to his will – and bring back Russia,” said Steve Bannon, Trump’s former campaign and White House adviser.last_img read more

First lady to promote initiatives in London Italy

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement In Italy, she will lead members of a still-to-be-named presidential delegation to the Milan Expo and highlight her program to combat childhood obesity. The Milan world’s fair opened May 1 for a six-month run with the theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”The U.S. delegation will tour the American pavilion at the expo and participate in activities to support healthier families.While in Italy, Mrs. Obama will also visit U.S. service members stationed in Vicenza as part of her work supporting military families.Unannounced cultural stops are on tap for Venice.The first lady will be accompanied by daughters Malia and Sasha, and her mother, Marian Robinson.___Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/dsupervilleapCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ErrorOK ErrorOK New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Men’s health affects baby’s health too Comments   Share   Top Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Sponsored Stories WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama plans to put an international spin on her core initiatives when she visits Europe later this month.The first lady’s itinerary includes stops in London and the Italian cities of Milan, Vicenza and Venice from June 15-21, the White House said Thursday.Her first stop is London, where Mrs. Obama will meet with students to discuss how the U.S. and the United Kingdom are collaborating to help young girls around the world attend and stay in school. She promoted the “Let Girls Learn” initiative during stops in Japan and Cambodia in March. 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

Rep Hernandez New proposal empowers the people by expanding FOIA

first_img Categories: Hernandez News,News State Rep. Shane Hernandez of Port Huron today joined a bipartisan effort to make Michigan’s state government more accountable by broadening public records disclosure laws.Hernandez joined House members unveiling legislation to make state representatives and senators subject to a law paralleling the Freedom of Information Act. The legislation also broadens FOIA to include the governor and lieutenant governor.The bills are similar to ones approved by the House last session, but the legislation did not reach the governor’s desk for approval.Michigan is one of a very few states where Freedom of Information laws do not apply to the governor’s office or Legislature in the same way they do to local governments and public schools.“We are way behind the times in this area,” Hernandez said. “These new bills are a way to empower the people, and give them the tools they need to help find out what’s going on in their state government.”The Michigan House already has moved to make more information easily available to the public. Last month, the House posted the salary of every representative and employee on its website.### 01Feb Rep. Hernandez: New proposal empowers the people by expanding FOIAlast_img read more

Rep Kahle casts vote to end driver responsibility fees

first_img Bipartisan legislative package forgives all debt 02Nov Rep. Kahle casts vote to end driver responsibility fees Categories: Kahle News,Newscenter_img State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian today voted to end driver responsibility fees by 2018 and forgive all outstanding debt.The driver responsibility fees were implemented in 2003 as a way to balance the budget while deterring potentially dangerous driving behavior. Since then, thousands of Lenawee County residents have been burdened with the fees, which meant many have had to leave the workforce because of lack of transportation or were forced to drive illegally to support their families.“The elimination of the driver’s responsibility fees is long overdue,” Kahle said. “Ending these fees will ease the financial burden on families throughout Lenawee County and give them the opportunity to get back their driver’s licenses and get back to work.”The bipartisan package of eight bills ends driver responsibility fees on Oct. 1, 2018, and forgives all debt owed in relation to the fees. Between the passage of the bill and October 1, people owing fees will be able to participate in community service or workforce development programs to fulfill their obligations.“So many of the people paying driver responsibility fees have been under financial stress and it is time to get rid of these fees,” Kahle said. “Let’s give them a fresh start, restore their driving privileges and they will have a chance to succeed.”The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.#####The bills are House Bills 5040-5046, 5079 and 5080.last_img read more

House approves Rep Millers bill protecting surviving spouses from pension tax penalties

first_img07Feb House approves Rep. Miller’s bill protecting surviving spouses from pension tax penalties Categories: Miller News,News The Michigan House today overwhelmingly approved Rep. Aaron Miller’s bill protecting surviving spouses from penalties related to the state’s pension tax.“The intent of this legislation is simple and straightforward,” said Miller, of Sturgis, after the House approved his bill. “We want to make sure a surviving spouse is not burdened with higher taxes when their older partner passes away. It’s the right thing to do so seniors, many of whom are on fixed incomes, aren’t saddled with higher and unexpected taxes after the death of their loved one.”The clarification is needed because Michigan’s tax on retirement income has three tiers based on the year a taxpayer is born. The income tax benefits often are best for those born before 1946. Pension taxes start to phase in for those born from 1946 through 1952, and the taxes are fully phased in for those born after 1952.Because of these varying taxation levels, couples with spouses in different age tiers often choose to file joint tax returns using the age of the older spouse. Miller’s bill will allow a surviving younger spouse to continue filing with the deceased older spouse’s age as long as the surviving spouse does not remarry.House Bill 5034 advances to the Senate for further consideration.last_img read more

LaSata votes to oppose proposed kayak tax

first_img Categories: LaSata News 08May LaSata votes to oppose proposed kayak tax Tags: Kayak Tax, Tourism center_img Legislator: There will be no paddle watercraft fees in MichiganState Rep. Kim LaSata today voted in support of a resolution opposing the Michigan State Waterways Commission’s proposed “kayak tax,” which would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state.LaSata said people should not be penalized for supporting the state’s tourism industry, especially considering participation in paddle sports increases at a rate of 7 percent each year in Michigan.“The ability to enjoy Michigan waterways from a paddle watercraft is one of the greatest things our state has to offer,” said LaSata, of Bainbridge Township. “I do not support any proposal that might deter participation in this wonderful pastime. The resolution we passed today sends a message to the Waterways Commission that we will not pursue a paddle watercraft tax of any kind.”The House approved the resolutions with overwhelming, bipartisan support.###last_img read more

Rep Kahle invites residents to indistrict office hours

first_img09May Rep. Kahle invites residents to in-district office hours Categories: Kahle News State Rep. Bronna Kahle of Adrian invites Lenawee County residents to join her for office hours on Friday, May 11 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Lenawee District Library, 4459 W. U.S 223 in Adrian.“I enjoy the opportunity to connect with people in the community and hear what matters most to them,” Rep. Kahle said. “I look forward to listening to our neighbors, addressing their concerns and working through solutions for the people of Lenawee County.”No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Kahle’s office at (517) 373-1706 or BronnaKahle@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

Rep Hoitenga announces district photo contest

first_img29May Rep. Hoitenga announces district photo contest Categories: Hoitenga News Rep. Michele Hoitenga of Manton announced today she will host a photo contest for residents of the 102nd District. The theme for the contest is summer fun.Three winners will be selected by the representative, and the winning photos will be displayed in her Lansing office. The photographers will be invited to join her in Lansing to unveil the pictures.“People come from all around the state to visit our region and take advantage of the excellent trails, lakes, and festivals we have to offer,” Hoitenga said. “There is no better way to decorate the office than by showing off our district.”Photos may be emailed to MicheleHoitenga@house.mi.gov or mailed to S-1386 House Office Building, P.O. Box 30014 Lansing, MI 48909. Qualified participants must live within the district that Hoitenga serves, and photo submissions should include name, address and contact information of the individual. The deadline to submit a photo is September 1.Questions about this contest may be directed to (517) 373-1747 or MicheleHoitenga@house.mi.gov.last_img read more