Deficit smaller than expected but Trudeau stands by controversial tax changes

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sounded a defiant note Tuesday as he promised to press ahead with the Liberal government’s controversial tax changes even as clear new evidence emerged to show a Canadian economy on the rebound.The Finance Department says the federal government ran a smaller deficit than the $23 billion forecast in the spring budget, ending the 2016-17 fiscal year with an actual deficit of $17.8 billion.Not surprisingly, Trudeau seized on the news as evidence of progress in the Liberal plan to grow the economy by helping middle-class Canadians — a plan that now also includes contentious new tax rules for small businesses.Trudeau stood firmly by those proposed changes, focusing on the argument that they are about making the system fair, rather than generating revenue.“We are moving forward to make the tax system fairer to stop the system that encourages wealthy Canadians to use private corporations to pay lower tax rates than the middle class,” Trudeau told a news conference in Ottawa.The proposed changes have sparked a revolt by doctors, farmers, small business owners and even some backbench Liberal MPs, who have spoken publicly about the complaints they have been hearing from their constituents.Finance Minister Bill Morneau released the controversial, three-pronged plan in mid-July, including restrictions on the ability of business owners to lower their tax rate by sprinkling income to family members in lower tax brackets, even if those family members do no work for the business.He also proposed limiting the use of private corporations to make passive investments in things like stocks or real estate and limiting the ability to convert the regular income of a corporation into capital gains, which are typically taxed at a lower rate.Trudeau said he will take the feedback into account to make sure the proposed changes specifically target the wealthy, but will not throw the entire idea out the window.“We are glad to hear people’s questions and concerns to ensure that as we move forward — which we will — on changing the system … we will ensure that we’re doing it the right way,” he said.“We were pleased to see a tremendous amount of response to our consultation paper — people with concerns, some legitimate, some less so — and we are folding them into the proposal that we will put forward, which will make our tax system fairer.”Trudeau also suggested the promised legislation would be narrowly targeted, “so that hard-working, middle-class small businesses, hard-working, middle-class farmers, do not get penalized by a measure that is aimed at wealthy Canadians.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer wasn’t buying it.“I think that this is nothing more than a cash grab that will hurt local businesses’ ability to not only retain the workers that they already have, but to create new jobs in their community,” Sheer said Tuesday.The House of Commons finance committee will not be studying the proposed changes in detail until legislation is tabled, but has agreed to hear from witnesses on the issue next week. They are inviting Morneau to appear as well.On Tuesday, Morneau made it clear that while he is listening to concerns, he will not extend the consultation period past Oct. 2.“We’ve been listening for a long time,” he said.The Liberal party promised during the election campaign to run deficits of less than $10 billion in each of their first two years in power, partly to fund a massive infrastructure program, before returning to a balanced budget in 2019.The 2016 Liberal budget — their first after forming government — blew past that promise, tripling the projected deficit and setting no timeline.“The Liberals are patting themselves on the back for the fact that the deficits they’ve created, while being much larger than the ones they had promised during the campaign, are not as bad as the ones they predicted a short while ago,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.On Tuesday, Trudeau deflected questions as to whether the better-than-expected numbers in the annual financial report would allow him to finally set a deadline for eliminating the deficit.The annual financial report released Tuesday also said program spending was $3.7 billion lower than forecast, due in part to lower-than-expected infrastructure transfer payments.Trudeau defended the pace of the program, but the government wants to make sure the projects selected will create jobs and stimulate growth.“Doing this right is what Canadians expect and that’s what we’re doing, but I can reassure people that the commitments we made to invest in infrastructure will be met,” he said, promising anything they were not able to spend this year will go out next year.— With files from Stephanie Levitz— Follow @smithjoanna on Twitterlast_img read more

16 crew rescued from cargo ship that ran aground off Turkey

first_imgANKARA, Turkey — Turkish coastal emergency teams have rescued 16 crew members from a cargo ship that ran aground off the Black Sea coast of Sile in a dramatic operation that lasted several hours.The Comoros-flagged ship, Natalia, ran aground in rough seas early Wednesday en route to Istanbul from Russia.Video footage of the rescue operation showed crew members being brought to safety one-by-one with the help of a winch system extended from the shore as high waves battered the ship. At least one crew member was seen holding a suitcase while being pulled to shore.Divers and ambulances were on standby throughout the rescue operation.The Associated Presslast_img

Pope appoints new Bishop of Trincomalee

In 1983 he entered the St. Paul’s Major Seminary, Triruchirappally, in India, where, in 1986, he finished his theological studies. He was ordained deacon 12 March, 1985 and was incardinated in the then undivided Diocese of Trincomalee-Batticaloa. He received priestly ordination on May 21, 1986, in the Cathedral of Trincomalee. (Colombo Gazette) In the years 1978 – 1981 he studied philosophy at the National Seminary of Kandy. From 1981 to 1982 he did a year of regency with pastoral work. The Pope has accepted the resignation presented by Bishop Joseph Kingsley Swampillai, from the pastoral care of the Diocese of Trincomalee, in accordance with canon 401 § 1 of the Code of Canon Law and has appointed Rev. Noel Emmanuel Christian, presently Episcopal Vicar and General Treasurer of the same diocese as the new Bishop of Trincomalee, Vatican Radio reported.Rev. Dr. Christian Noel Emmanuel, was born December 25, 1960, in Trincomalee. After secondary school, he entered the St. Joseph’s Minor Seminary. read more

Bombardier bracing for strike after Quebec rail workers reject generous offer

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 22, 2012 5:14 pm MDT MONTREAL – Bombardier is bracing for what could be a lengthy strike at its Quebec railcar assembly plant after workers rejected what the company characterized as a generous offer that raises wages and pension benefits and contained a commitment to invest in new technology.“Don’t worry, we’ve got our contingency plans and we could go a long way,” company spokesman Marc Laforge said Thursday, hours after union members massively rejected Bombardier’s “final” contract offer.He said the company has a long-term vision for the plant and has no immediate plans to transfer work to its other facilities in Thunder Bay, Ont., Plattsburgh, N.Y. and Mexico.But he said Bombardier will meet its commitment to deliver 420 Toronto subway cars and interior finishings for 706 Chicago transit cars. It also has contracts for 100 multi-level New Jersey transit cars, 54 multi-level cars for Maryland transit, along with nearly 500 Montreal Metro cars, which aren’t yet in production.Nearly 90 per cent of the votes cast at a special meeting of the workers at the rail-equipment plant in La Pocatiere, northeast of Quebec City, were against the deal.The six-hour meeting ended early Thursday morning and the results were published by their union, an affiliate of the Confederation of National Trade Unions.Subcontracting, pension and salaries have been the key issues for the 330 workers who have been without a contract since Sept. 30, 2011.The strike, which started Nov. 1, is the first at the plant in 30 years.Laforge said the offer includes a 12.5 per cent wage increase over five years, a $9-million pension plan contribution that would raise employee benefits by 18 per cent and a commitment to invest $3 million in new state-of-the-art laser welding technology that would return some jobs outsourced to the United States.The investment would allow La Pocatiere to make the aluminum roof and sidepanels for the Montreal Metro and other contracts and stop doing less specialized work with carbon steel.He said the company isn’t surprised by the contract rejection given that the union executive and negotiating team recommended such a vote.While Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) may be willing to make some adjustments, the final contract cost must be within the framework of its last offer, the company said.“The table is set and whatever agreement there is … it’s going to be within what has been put on the table,” Laforge said.“I don’t know how many employees these days are getting a raise of 18 per cent on their pension plan benefits through negotiations. That’s something pretty important and the salary raises that we’re ready to grant stand perfectly with what is given in the industry.”Union president Mario Levesque is disappointed with Bombardier’s hard stand and belief that it can settle in for a long labour dispute. He said the union is prepared to return to the bargaining table at the conciliator’s request but only if the company is willing to negotiate changes.“As soon as we get a call we are ready to sit at the table but not just to sit, we want to negotiate so things advance,” he said in an interview.Levesque also called on the company to respect terms of a 2010 letter of intent that would guarantee hundreds of jobs related to the Montreal Metro contract.“The workers want that their managers act responsibly and respectfully by honouring their signatures from that time.”Laforge said Bombardier has a different interpretation of the work that must be completed at the plant, which is part of an integrated manufacturing model that has the best chance of succeeding against the competition.He added that outsourcing beyond Bombardier Transportation’s network represents just 10 to 15 jobs and suggested the union is trying to move a grievance on the subject, which is slated to be heard next month, into the negotiations.“It (the grievance) has nothing to do with negotiations. They are trying to bring that into negotiations.”Meanwhile, Levesque said the union will respect an injunction granted late Tuesday that limits the number of picketers to 25 and requires unfettered access to the plant by about 200 non-union and management personnel.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier’s shares closed up three cents to $3.07 in Thursday trading. Bombardier bracing for strike after Quebec rail workers reject ‘generous’ offer AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Donald Trump Jr likens Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles

Donald Trump Jr. likens Syrian refugees to poisoned Skittles WASHINGTON – Donald Trump Jr. has posted a message on Twitter likening Syrian refugees to a bowl of poisoned Skittles.Seeking to promote his father’s presidential campaign, the younger Trump posted a tweet featuring a bowl of the candy Skittles with a warning.“If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful?” said the tweet on the verified @DonaldTrumpJr handle.“That’s our Syrian refugee problem,” said the post, which caused a stir and negative tweets on the internet into Tuesday.Young Trump’s tweet said, “This image says it all. Let’s end the politically correct agenda that doesn’t put America first.”His father has advocated sharply restraining immigration and has accused opponent Hillary Clinton of advocating acceptance of tens of thousands of refugees.Skittles parent company Wrigley Americas distanced itself from the tweet with a terse response opposing Trump Jr.’s premise.“Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy,” Vice-President of Corporate Affairs Denise Young said in the statement. “We will respectfully refrain from further commentary as anything we say could be misinterpreted as marketing.”The tweet came as world leaders meeting at the United Nations on Monday approved a declaration aimed at providing a more co-ordinated and humane response to the global refugee crisis, among which Syrians are a major grouping.During the campaign Trump has repeatedly called for a moratorium on accepting Syrian refugees. This is part of a more wide-ranging policy on immigrants that has ranged from an outright ban on foreign Muslim immigrants entering the United States “until we know what the hell is going on” to “extreme” vetting and an ideological test for would-be immigrants from countries and regions plagued by extremism.Clinton has said she would expand President Barack Obama’s refugee program to accept about 65,000 Syrian refugees. This would be in addition to the tens of thousands of refugees accepted from around the world every year. Clinton said she would continue with the vetting currently in place, an effort that can take multiple years to complete.Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have sought refuge in Europe while many others wait in neighbouring countries and refugee camps for the war to end or a chance to move away from the carnage. Obama pledged the U.S. would accept 10,000 Syrians this budget year, which ends Sept. 30, and achieved that number a month early. This is in addition to about 75,000 refugees from other parts of the world. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 20, 2016 12:48 am MDT Last Updated Sep 20, 2016 at 5:27 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Donald Trump, Jr., son of Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, speaks during the second day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Tuesday, July 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) read more

Correction JapanDefence story

CHIBA, Japan – In a story June 14 about Japanese military equipment sales, The Associated Press omitted the name of a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries official quoted in the story. It was Shoji Sato.A corrected version of the story is below:Japan seeks to expand arms deals with Southeast AsiaA Japanese defence official says Japan is seeking to increase its sales of military equipment to Southeast Asian nations amid growing tensions with China and North KoreaBy MARI YAMAGUCHIAssociated PressA defence official said Monday that Japan is seeking to increase its sales of military equipment to Southeast Asian nations amid growing tensions with China and North Korea.The move is part of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push to bolster Japan’s military role and its sales of defence equipment, especially in Southeast Asia, where China has expanded its own arms sales.Hideaki Watanabe, head of the Defence Ministry’s Acquisition Technology and Logistics Agency, said Japan will host a meeting Thursday with defence officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to discuss the sharing of equipment and technology.He spoke Monday at an international arms exhibit near Tokyo that was attended by hundreds of defence officials and industry leaders from around the world.Watanabe said there have been aggressive attempts by nations in recent years to change the status quo, in an apparent reference to China’s building of artificial islands in disputed areas of the South China Sea.“It is essential to maintain the open and stable sea under the rule of law,” he said. “Ensuring safety of navigation and flight contributes to the peace and prosperity of Japan and international society. Japan’s research and development of high-quality defence equipment contributes to the defence of Japan and elsewhere.”Japan’s defence industry at home is worth about 1.8 trillion yen ($16 billion) annually, a fraction of the country’s 52 trillion yen ($470 billion) auto industry.Japan had restricted arms exports under its post-World War II war-renouncing constitution, limiting joint research and development to the U.S. under a bilateral security pact. Since an easing of the rules in 2014, Japan now has joint research deals with Britain, Australia and France.In order to scale up the defence industry, Japan’s government has bolstered research funding to more than 10 billion yen ($90 million) this year.Japan has been promoting the transfer of defence equipment to Southeast Asian countries to help their maritime security capabilities amid China’s growing presence in the South China Sea, but deals have been limited to the sale of TC-90 surveillance aircraft to the Philippines.China already exports mostly low-cost military equipment to many Southeast Asian countries.The arms exhibit, sponsored by the Japanese defence, foreign and industry ministries, included panel discussions focused on missile defence. North Korea has conducted several missile tests this year.U.S. defence giant Lockheed Martin and Japanese contractors Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Kawasaki Heavy Industries were among dozens of exhibitors from around the world who had booths at this year’s Mast Asia exhibit, just east of Tokyo.Japanese manufacturers are still cautious about the prospects of military sales.Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, a maker of Aegis destroyers and fighter jets, is not expecting booming business right away, as Japan’s defence equipment sales are more focused on disaster prevention and international peace.“We want visitors to see our comprehensive and advanced technology first,” said Mitsubishi Vice-President Shoji Sato. “We are happy to provide our technology and equipment wherever they can be used for international peace.”While Japan’s defence role is still a sensitive issue for other Asian countries that still have bitter memories of Japanese wartime aggression, a greater contribution by the country is welcome as the region now faces common challenges such as North Korea, said South Korean defence expert Yoon Sukjoon, a retired navy captain who was at the exhibit.“We have a threat, a real threat from North Korea,” Yoon said, citing the North’s recent missile capabilities and nuclear development. “Japan is our neighbour. As long as we have common interests, common security concepts, there is no specific reason why we should reject military co-operation in terms of military equipment and sharing of the information of that.”___Follow Mari Yamaguchi on Twitter at her work at Visitors look at the booth of BrahMos, the India-Russia joint venture, during ” MAST Asia”, Japan’s international arms exhibit, supported by Japanese government, in Chiba, near Tokyo, Monday, June 12, 2017. The three-day exhibit, second since Japan’s 2014 easing of arms export rules, began Monday near Tokyo. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 12, 2017 3:01 am MDT Last Updated Jun 13, 2017 at 11:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Correction: Japan-Defence story read more

As Yemen conflict rages all too abundantly clear millions of civilians are

“It is far from clear that the recent intensification of fighting is producing any winners,” Mark Lowcock, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator, told the Security Council on Friday.“It is, though, abundantly clear, all too abundantly clear, who the losers are: millions of Yemenis civilians, most of them women and children, whose lives are right on the line.”Bleak humanitarian situationAcross Yemen – which was already among the world’s poorest countries before fighting erupted in 2015 – well over three-quarters of the population is in need of humanitarian assistance; some 18 million people, including women and children are food insecure, eight million of them severely-food insecure; millions of families have are without a source of income, with teachers, health and sanitation workers and public servants not paid any wages in two years.Challenges are further compounded by wave after wave of cholera outbreaks and fighting that has not only claimed civilian lives, but also severely hampered delivery of life-saving aid.Despite heavy odds, work of brave humanitarians on the ground and the support of the international donor community had been successful in keeping the situation “stable” and avoiding the “worst loss” of life, said Mr. Lowock.Aid operation could be overwhelmedHowever, two recent developments are now threatening to “overwhelm the aid operation”, he warned.“The first is a marked economic deterioration, symptomized by the depreciation of the Yemeni Rial by some 30 per cent in the last month or so,” said Mr. Lowcock, who is also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.We are already seeing pockets of famine-like-conditions … people are eating leaves because they have no other form of sustenance – UN relief chiefBecause almost all the food consumed in Yemen is imported, that depreciation translates directly into a sharp increase in the price of food, who are food insecure but who are not reached by the aid operation, he explained.“We are already seeing pockets of famine-like-conditions – including cases where people are eating leaves because they have no other form of sustenance.”The second development, continued Mr. Lowcock is the intensification of fighting around Hudaydah, choking the vital port which the aid operation and the commercial markets depend on.Heading off an impeding catastropheIn his briefing, Mr. Lowcock underscored that while humanitarian action can be scaled up, relief organizations “simply cannot look after the needs of all 29 million Yemenis.”“That is untenable,” he stressed, asking the Security Council for support in “three key areas” to prevent a complete collapse.The areas, he outlined, are:Immediate measures to stabilize the economy and support the exchange rate;Everyone with a stake in the conflict to uphold their obligations to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, facilitate aid access to vulnerable people; andAll parties to find practical solutions to key issues, including ways civilians in need of medical treatment can travel outside the country to receive it.“And, of course, and finally, the parties need to get around the negotiating table and engage seriously with the efforts of the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy [Martin Griffiths] on a positive path towards peace,” he concluded. read more

Column Can spring football really work AAF says yes

LAS VEGAS — It wasn’t exactly the NFL draft, though it was held in the middle of all the glitz that Las Vegas offers. The only positions open were at quarterback, but even quarterbacks won’t get rich soon because they will paid the same base salary as everyone else in the new Alliance of American Football league.Still, this week’s draft at the Luxor hotel-casino was a start, and an important one in the latest attempt to convince Americans they need more football. Come February — a week after the Super Bowl to be specific — some of the quarterbacks drafted will be on the field as the AAF opens its inaugural season with eight teams playing a 10-game schedule.Yes, it’s pro football in the spring, a concept that hasn’t exactly worked out before. The AAF is going where other leagues have gone to die, armed with deep pockets, low initial expectations and a financial game plan that seems to make sense, at least on paper.League backers also come with a firm belief that the NFL isn’t the only place where football can be played for pay.“The level of play will be somewhere between college and the NFL,” said Mike Singletary, the Hall of Fame linebacker who will coach in the new league. “I’m excited to see guys have a second chance, excited to see guys who really want to play, who have been working out the last two to three years to get this opportunity.”So far, the coaches are better known than the players. Steve Spurrier will be at the helm in Orlando, while Singletary — who most recently coached the San Francisco 49ers — returns to the pro ranks as head of the Memphis Express.That’s not necessarily a bad thing because the idea is that the AAF will be more of a feeder league to the NFL than a competitor of the $20 billion a year league. There’s no reason, league co-founder Charlie Ebersol believes, to compete with the NFL when the leagues will operate at different times and, for the most part, in different places.Besides, he says, there’s plenty of appetite for football year round.“There is a massive amount of people in this country who watch only one sport on television and that league only plays a set period of time,” Ebersol said. “They stop watching sports on TV the day after the Super Bowl and don’t come back until the NFL returns.”Ebersol, whose father, longtime NBC Sports boss Dick Ebersol, was one of the founders of the ill-fated XFL, has lined up venture capitalists, including billionaire Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, to fund the league’s formative years. He’s also secured a contract with CBS to televise an opening day game and the championship game, with a weekly game on the CBS Sports Network.There are business plans that rely on cost controls among players (all will sign three-year deals with annual salaries of $70,000, $80,000 and $100,000) and fans (Ebersol says a family of four should be able to go attend games for $220, all in) for stability. And rules that include no kickoffs, shorter play clocks and fewer commercial breaks mean games will be played in two-and-a-half hours.Most importantly, perhaps, all teams will be league-owned, meaning there will be no billionaire owners trying to muck things up. And, while players will have set salaries, they can make more based on fan engagement (and fan betting) and are free to leave at any time if the NFL comes calling.“We built our model based on a five to seven year plan,” Ebersol said. “The leagues that failed previously were banking on massive audiences opening night. We’re not looking to put up crazy numbers overnight. We want to build slow and steady and be a long term business over the years.”Though the league is designed to be complimentary to the NFL, the AAF may find itself in competition with another spring league in 2020. That’s when WWE tycoon Vince McMahon plans to spend $100 million to revive the XFL and offer spring football.And if spring football hasn’t been successful for any one league, it stands to reason two competing leagues can’t make it long term.Still, for one year at least, the AAF will have the spring playing field to itself. Fans in Atlanta, Birmingham, Memphis, Orlando, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Antonio and San Diego will have five home games to pick from with ticket prices as low as $15 a game.Will it work? The track record says no, but Ebersol says his league has learned from the mistakes of those who failed before.And that may be the most important factor if the AAF is to overcome the odds and succeed.____Tim Dahlberg is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him or Dahlberg, The Associated Press read more

Growing interest in seabed mining IM May issue

first_imgNautilus Minerals reports that Teck Cominco has commenced an offshore exploration program over Nautilus’ exploration tenements in the territorial waters of Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the exclusive economic zone of the Kingdom of Tonga. At the completion of this program Teck will have the right to elect to enter into joint ventures with Nautilus in up to six countries, earning between 40% and 50% (depending on the country) by the expenditure of $25 million in that specific country area. Nautilus CEO David Heydon comments “We have been working closely with Teck since late 2006 and are pleased to have them now directly managing a significant offshore exploration program. Not only are they committing to an expenditure of $12 million in 2008, they have also opened and staffed an exploration office in Brisbane with seasoned exploration personnel redeployed from their other global exploration programs. Nautilus and Teck staff are working closely together to design and implement these programs, with both groups seconding staff to assist in each other’s programs. In 2008 Nautilus and Teck are planning to contract up to six vessels, providing the opportunity for new discoveries to build our project pipeline”.Fred Daley, Vice President Exploration for Teck comments “Teck is extremely pleased to be managing such a large scale seafloor research and exploration program on behalf of the parties. Nautilus holds some very prospective tenements in both PNG and Tonga and we are excited about the prospects for new discoveries in 2008. The opportunity to work with the professionals at Nautilus, world class marine research institutes and various consulting groups will significantly advance the understanding, and potential value of, seafloor massive sulphides on the Nautilus tenements.”The initial work program in the territorial waters of PNG commenced on March 26 with a 33 day bathymetric mapping program that will be conducted from the 50 m long MV Sepura, a PNG registered and crewed vessel. This work will define areas for geophysical and geochemical follow-up in mid-2008.Nautilus is the first company to commercially explore the ocean floor for gold and copper seafloor massive sulphide deposits and, subject to timely permitting, is positioning itself to become an emerging producer in 2010. Its main focus is the Solwara 1 Project, which is located in the territorial waters of PNG in the western Pacific Ocean.International Mining’s May issue will review Nautilus, Neptune Minerals and other companies involved in seabed minerals exploration and development.last_img read more

Donald Trump expects a nice outcome from historic summit with Kim Jong

first_imgDonald Trump expects a ‘nice’ outcome from historic summit with Kim Jong Un Trump announced that he would depart Singapore by tomorrow evening, meaning his time with Kim would be fairly brief. 61 Comments Monday 11 Jun 2018, 9:09 PM Share13 Tweet Email By Associated Press Source: Donald J. Trump/Twitter WITH THE EYES of the world upon them, President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un head into their historic summit balancing the promise of peace against the spectre of a growing nuclear threat.Yet even before they met, Trump announced plans to leave early, raising questions about whether his aspirations for an ambitious outcome had been scaled back.The first-ever meeting between a US president and a North Korean leader was to kick off at 9am Tuesday (which is 7 hours ahead of Ireland) with a handshake, an image sure to be devoured from Washington to Pyongyang and beyond.Trump and Kim planned to meet one-on-one for most of an hour – joined only by translators. Then aides to each were to come in for more discussions and a working lunch. Meetings between staffs and representatives are going well and quickly….but in the end, that doesn’t matter. We will all know soon whether or not a real deal, unlike those of the past, can happen!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2018 In the run-up to the talks in Singapore, Trump had optimistically predicted the two men could strike a nuclear deal or forge a formal end to the Korean War in the course of a single meeting or over several days.But on the eve of the summit, the White House unexpectedly announced Trump would depart Singapore by tomorrow evening, meaning his time with Kim would be fairly brief. And Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to keep expectations for the summit in check.“We are hopeful this summit will have set the conditions for future successful talks,” Pompeo said, describing a far more modest goal than Trump had outlined days earlier.The sudden change in schedule added to a dizzying few days of foreign policy activity for Trump, who shocked US allies over the weekend when he used a meeting of the Group of Seven industrialised economies in Canada to alienate America’s closest friends in the West.Lashing out over trade practices, Trump lobbed insults at his G-7 host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trump left the summit early, and as he flew to Singapore, he tweeted that he was yanking the US out of the group’s traditional closing statement.As for Singapore, the White House said Trump was leaving early because negotiations had moved “more quickly than expected,” but gave no details about any possible progress in preliminary talks.On the day before the meeting, weeks of preparation appeared to pick up in pace, with US and North Korean officials meeting throughout Monday at a Singapore hotel.The president planned to stop in Guam and Hawaii on his way back to Washington.Trump spoke only briefly in public today, forecasting a “nice” outcome. Kim spent the day mostly out of view – until he left his hotel for a late-night tour of Singapore sights, including the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, billed as the world’s biggest glass greenhouse.It was a striking about-face from less than a year ago, when Trump was threatening “fire and fury” against Kim, who in turn scorned the American president as a “mentally deranged US dotard.” As it happens, the North Korean and the American share a tendency to act unpredictably on the world stage.Beyond the impact on both leaders’ political fortunes, the summit could shape the fate of countless people – the citizens of impoverished North Korea, the tens of millions living in the shadow of the North’s nuclear threat, and millions more worldwide. Or, it could amount to little more than a much-photographed handshake. Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA ImagesStill, the sense of anticipation was great in Singapore, with people lining spotless streets holding cellphones high as Trump headed to meet Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.As Trump and Lee sat down for a working lunch at the Istana house, the president sounded optimistic, telling Lee, “We’ve got a very interesting meeting in particular tomorrow, and I think things can work out very nicely.” Trump had earlier tweeted about “excitement in the air!”US and North Korean officials huddled throughout the day at the Ritz-Carlton hotel ahead of the sit-down aimed at resolving a standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal.Delegates were outlining specific goals for what the leaders should try to accomplish and multiple scenarios for resolving key issues, a senior US official said, adding that the meetings were also an ice breaker of sorts, allowing the teams to get better acquainted after decades of minimal contact between their nations.Trump’s early exit will be his second from a summit in just a few days.As he was trying to build a bridge with Kim, he was smashing longtime alliances with Western allies with his abrasive performance at the G-7. After his premature departure from Quebec, he continued to tweet angrily at Trudeau from Singapore, saying today, “Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal.”Trump advisers cast his actions as a show of strength before the Kim meeting.Alluding to the North’s concerns that giving up its nuclear weapons could surrender its primary deterrent to forced regime change, Pompeo told reporters that the US was prepared to take action to provide North Korea with “sufficient certainty” that denuclearisation “is not something that ends badly for them.”He would not say whether that included the possibility of withdrawing US troops from the Korean Peninsula, but said the context of the discussions was “radically different than ever before”.“I can only say this,” Pompeo said. “We are prepared to take what will be security assurances that are different, unique, than America’s been willing to provide previously.”The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Pompeo held firm to Trump’s position that sanctions will remain in place until North Korea denuclearises – and said they would even increase if diplomatic discussions did not progress positively.Experts believe the North is close to being able to target the entire US mainland with its nuclear-armed missiles, and while there’s deep skepticism that Kim will quickly give up those hard-won nukes, there’s also some hope that diplomacy can replace the animosity between the US and the North.While advisers say Trump has been reviewing briefing materials, the president insists his gut instincts will matter most when he gets in the room with Kim. He told reporters he thinks he will know almost immediately whether a deal can be made, saying: “I will know, just my touch, my feel. That’s what I do.”center_img Image: AP/PA Images Short URL 10,156 Views Image: AP/PA Images Jun 11th 2018, 9:09 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Le rôle des pôles dans le réchauffement climatique

first_imgLe rôle des pôles dans le réchauffement climatiqueL’hémisphère nord, de moins en moins couvert par les glaces, a perdu de sa capacité de réverbération. Une étude a révélé que la diminution de ce mécanisme qui renvoyait une partie des rayons solaires vers l’espace pouvait participer au réchauffement climatique de la planète.Des données satellites montrent que la glace de l’Arctique et du Groenland réverbérait une quantité assez faible de l’énergie solaire vers l’espace. Cette quantité a en effet beaucoup diminué entre 1979 et 2008. A l’heure actuelle, avec la fonte importante des zones de glace, le rayonnement solaire se perd dans l’eau ou sur les sols, tous deux trop sombres et absorbant les rayons.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?L’étude qui a été menée et que rapporte Reuters estime que l’hémisphère nord renvoie 3,3 watts d’énergie solaire vers la haute atmosphère, soit 0,45 watts de moins qu’en 1970. En conséquence, la chaleur absorbée augmente et le réchauffement climatique également. Les données concrètes mesurées sont beaucoup plus importantes que celles utilisées dans les calculs pour évaluer l’évolution du climat.Il s’agit-là d’un cercle vicieux puisqu’en se réchauffant, la planète amène les glaces à fondre plus rapidement, favorisant ainsi le réchauffement de la Terre et ainsi de suite. Plusieurs études envisagent même que la banquise de l’Arctique puisse fondre complètement en été d’ici quelques années. Les conséquences climatologiques, naturelles et humaines seraient catastrophiques.Le 18 janvier 2011 à 17:10 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

How to Write Batman According to the DCAU

first_imgStay on target Christian Bale Shares Cheeky Batsuit Advice for Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson Describes Trying on the Batsuit for First Time Ace is a girl about to die. She’s an incredibly powerful psychic and metahuman that has a city at its knees. She has altered reality into a shadowed fun house. For such a small person, she has the normally domineering Amanda Waller scared shitless, so she gives Batman a device that she says will kill Ace before an aneurysm unleashes a wave that alters reality and he walks calmly into the haunted brush. He comes across the girl, playing on a swing, fully aware that she’s about to die. And then he does something crazy.He sits down on the swing next to her and holds her hand.There have been dozens of interpretations of the Batman character, so I’m not here to say that there is one definitive version. Some are more entertaining than others, whether it’s a campy take on the character such as in the Adam West television show, or a darker and more psychologically disturbed Bruce Wayne like in… every recent adaptation. Some drench themselves in yellow paint in order to take down Green Lantern because they want to be the big boss or some shit (I’m still not entirely sure what happened here and I don’t think anybody does).However, no Batmen have come close to what many people consider their “canon” version of the character than the one in the 1990s DC animated universe (or the DCAU). His introduction was in Batman: The Animated Series, which began airing in 1992, and has become a template for most Batmen ever since. Since then, this version of the character–who you can assume is the same character based on the continuity between all the DCAU shows–has appeared in Justice League and in Batman Beyond, among other spinoffs and films. It’s this Batman–in his gray suit, black mask, and with the deep, soothing voice of Kevin Conroy–that is the ultimate Batman, and one that writers attempting to take over the character need to study.He can’t be all edgeFor many, this is the embodiment of Batman, and not just because for a lot of us, this was our first exposure to the character. It’s a version that exemplifies his character highlights and flaws–his sense of duty to Gotham, his high intelligence, and his ingenuity, but also his inability to get close to others, and how his dedication to his second job keeps him from accepting the cruelties that led him to this point.It’s tough to make superheroes interesting in the long run. They need to be power fantasies, but also need to be three dimensional enough to keep readers interested. The campy stores of the Golden and Silver Ages of comics don’t fly as well as they used to, so comics writers have been struggling (just look at what’s happened with Superman). It’s easy to make Batman disturbed and angsty, or an antihero. His origin story, plus his dark aesthetic, scream “I have issues!” It’s also why he’s so easy to make fun of, such as in The Lego Movie, where he’s the embodiment of edgy teens everywhere.You need tragedy to have a Batman. At this point in the character’s history you can’t really erase something that large (even if you can spin it into something else, such as in Flashpoint). What you can do is have a Batman that copes with the tragedy in his own, weird way and often fails. This is a very human trait. Trauma tends to leave its mark in the long term and Wayne wouldn’t just get over something like a double homicide so easily, especially one that is so ingrained in his person. You can’t just punch trauma in the face, and a psychological conflict can add a lot to a Batman interpretation.He’s an actual detectiveHis nickname is the “world’s greatest detective,” but you’d be surprised how often people forget that he has to do some actual detecting. This is even more pronounced in the Justice League series, where Batman is putting his stealth and technological skills to use. He manages to be a show off in regards to the other members, even though he’s in the minority of heroes without any powers. When he says that he can basically take down every member of the JLA because he knows everybody’s weaknesses you believe it because of how detailed and observant he proves to be.This is one of the things that Dawn of Justice gets correct about its depictions of the iconic hero. In this, Bruce Wayne actually does detective work. There are a few times where he seems to go in and start punching and shooting things without any foresight, but Batman is the kind of person who doesn’t just go flying into the scene of a major crime. He gets data first. Sure he’s got a lot of extremely high-tech equipment that he doesn’t share with the police department, but he does use it. Considering the image that prevails of Batman–the one of the man swooping down from a building and punching bad guys in the face–it’s rare to see a depiction of him that’s cautious and meditative.This differing of philosophies also ensures that Wayne and his prodigee, Terry McGinnis, are constantly butting heads in Batman Beyond. Terry is hotheaded and Wayne always calls for him to calm down. It’s not a unique dynamic, but it works because it’s entirely in character for Batman.He cares for childrenFor me, this is the most important thing to note when writing Batman. His interaction with Ace comes in the Justice League Unlimited episode “Epilogue,” which ties together all of these instances: Batman: The Animated Series, Justice League, and Batman Beyond. The episode sets up some other story pieces that can be ignored (mostly the retconning that made Bruce Terry’s father), but Waller’s reminiscing of Bruce Wayne highlights the most important aspect of Batman, the one that’s often missing.Bruce Wayne was a child once. He was a child that was there when he lost both his parents to violence. There’s a part of him that is still that scared kid, who feels helpless to save Gotham, which is why most of his history has seen him taking care of lost and broken kids. The Robin tradition has been mocked relentlessly, but at its core is Bruce attempting to be a father figure that he never had (besides Alfred). It’s unhealthy in a lot of ways, and despite his cautious nature with certain Robins, it’s incredibly dangerous. Jason Todd died at the hands of the Joker. In the DCAU, Tim Drake was brainwashed by the Joker and turned against his former partner. Bruce often feels guilt over these things, and he has every right to. He put small children in danger.But at his core is somebody who cares deeply about children, which brings us back to Ace. It’s on the nose, but she has a lot in common with Batman.“They got their weapon. I was cheated out of my childhood,” she tells him. So was Bruce.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Reinedin Fed expectations Iran tensions hit SP 500

first_imgNEW YORK — U.S. stocks pulled further back from their records on Friday to cap the weakest week for the S&P 500 since May.Indexes sloshed between small gains and losses for much of the day before turning lower in the afternoon after Iran said it seized a British oil tanker, the latest escalation of tensions between Tehran and the West. Reined-in expectations for how deeply the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates at its next meeting also weighed on stocks.The S&P 500 fell 18.50 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,976.61. After setting its record high on Monday, the index see-sawed mostly lower and lost 1.2 percent for the week. It’s just the second down week for the index in the last seven.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 68.77, or 0.3 percent, to 27,154.20, and the Nasdaq composite lost 60.75, or 0.7 percent, to 8,146.49.Momentum for stocks has slowed since early June, when they began soaring on expectations that the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates for the first time in a decade to ensure the U.S. economy doesn’t succumb to weaknesses abroad. The Fed’s next meeting is scheduled for the end of this month.Late Thursday, Treasury yields sank after comments by Fed officials raised expectations that it may cut rates by half a percentage point, rather than the typical quarter point. But yields climbed Friday as the market grew more convinced that the Fed will cut just 0.25 percentage point on July 31.last_img read more

Suspect arrested in connection to fatal Skyline shooting

first_img September 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: September 6, 2018 Suspect arrested in connection to fatal Skyline shooting SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A man suspected of fatally shooting a woman when she got out of a car and approached his vehicle in the Skyline neighborhood was arrested Thursday, police said.Sylvianita Widman, 27, was shot at about 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at South Meadowbrook Drive and Skyline Drive, San Diego police Lt. Matt Dobbs said.Widman and a passenger were in a car that stopped behind another car for a red light, Dobbs said. For reasons that remain unclear, she got out of the car and approached the vehicle stopped ahead.Witnesses reported hearing a gunshot, and Widman stumbled away before collapsing in a parking lot, Dobbs said. The second vehicle sped away northbound on Meadowbrook Drive.Lifesaving efforts were begun and Widman was taken to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead shortly before 6:30 p.m., Dobbs said.Robert Haywood Reed, 38 of San Diego, surrendered himself to police Thursday after a warrant was issued for his arrest, Dobbs said.Reed was booked into San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of murder and is schedule to be arraigned Friday morning. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

LiveNation Executive Michael Rapino Renews Contract

first_imgAn SEC filing has revealed the complete details of LiveNation president/CEO’s new contract renewal Brian HaackGRAMMYs Dec 18, 2017 – 1:06 pm Alongside this morning’s announcement of a new joint venture with Bowery Ballroom founders to launch the New York-centric promotion and live event booking firm Mercury East Presents, an SEC filing by LiveNation has revealed that President/CEO Michael Rapino has just inked a five-year contract renewal to stay with the company that will see him potentially earning $9 million a year, plus vested stock, through 2022.Rapino first joined LiveNation in 2005, and around that time the company launched its initial public offering at $10.75, and as of market close last week, LiveNation’s stock value sits at $42.63 a share — a four-fold increase under his leadership.Rapino’s renewed contract, which will remain in effect until Dec. 31, 2022, promises 289,505 shares of common stock, 700,000 shares of performance equity, and a base salary of $3 million per year with eligibility for a performance-based bonus of $6 million. He will also receive an additional one-time bonus of $1 million for 2017, thanks in part to his securing several high-profile acquisitions including the purchase of the Napa, Calif.-based BottleRock Festival, Israel’s Blue Note Entertainment, and today’s Mercury East Presents launch.Should Rapino be terminated by LiveNation “without cause” or if he terminates his own employment “for good reason” at any point during the contract period, he will receive a lump-sum cash payment equal to the sum of his base salary and his most recent performance bonus, multiplied by two, and the immediate acceleration of all unvested equity.Music Festivals 2018: Lollapalooza Paris Announces Headliners Twitter Email Facebook LiveNation CEO Signs 5-Year Contract Renewal livenation-executive-michael-rapino-renews-contract News LiveNation Executive Michael Rapino Renews Contract last_img read more

International VR Experiences to Compete at Paris NewImages Festival

first_img Popular on Variety “The Real Thing” and “Who We Are” are among the 19 international virtual-reality experiences set to compete at NewImages, a new Paris-based festival dedicated to international virtual-reality creations.Replacing the Paris Virtual Film Festival, this new event will boast two competition lineups: one for contemplative VR films and another for immersive/standup VR.Two prizes will be given by a jury comprising the filmmakers Hubert Charuel (whose debut feature “Petit Paysan” won three Cesar Awards), Marc Caro and Jan Kounen, as well as the producer Sophie Goupil from Les Poissons Volants and Myriam Achard.World premieres include Benoit Felici and Mathias Chelebourg’s “The Real Thing,” a VR documentary exploring urban myths in the suburbs of Shanghai; Jürgen Hansen and Pierre-Emmanuel Le Goff’s “Dans la peau de Thomas Pesquet,” following a man who has dreamed of becoming an astronaut since childhood and participates in an intensive training with American astronaut Peggy Whitson; and Manuel Lefèvre and Frédéric Gourmet’s “700 Requins dans la nuit” (pictured), an exploration of the Pacific Ocean where hundreds of sharks live and hunt. Other contemplative VR titles in NewImages’ roster include Trevor Snapp and Sam Wolson’s “Who We Remain,” shedding light on the war raging in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan, and Kuan-Yuan Lai’s “The Train Hamasen,” a fantasy short film about people from different cultures and ages who wait for a train to start a journey through time and space.Among the immersive VR experiences competing are Stéphane Barbato’s “Immersive Mugshots,” Patrick Boivin’s “Trinity,” Pete Billington & Jessica Yaffa Shamash’s “Wolves in the Walls” and Bohdon Sayre and Adam Volker’s “Manifest 99.”The inaugural edition of NewImages will have an African focus, featuring diverse VR works such as Selly Raby Kane’s “The Other Dakar,” Jim Chuchu’s “Let This Be a Warning,” Ng’endo Mukii’s “Nairobi Berries” and Jonathan Dotse’s “Spirit Robot.”The event, which is set to run April 4-8 at the Forum des Images – the former venue of Series Mania – in the center of Paris, is expecting 10,000 participants. NewImages is being organized by the Paris Virtual Reality Film Festival and the French company I Love Transmedia.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

GDP Growth Climbs to 40 in Q2

first_img July 30, 2014 553 Views GDP Growth Climbs to 4.0% in Q2 in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News The U.S. economy experienced a sharp turnaround from the first quarter to the second, fueling hopes of a rebound as the rest of the year plays out.Real gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annual rate of 4.0 percent in the second quarter of the year, according to an advance estimate released by the Commerce Department. Growth came in at the high end of a survey of economists, with the consensus forecast calling for an increase of 3.1 percent.GDP for the first quarter was also revised to reflect a 2.1 percent drop, a modest improvement over the estimated 2.9 percent contraction reported previously.The Commerce Department reported that the upturn over the latest quarter mostly reflected gains in private investment and exports as well as growing consumer spending. Increases in state and local government spending also contributed, as did improvements in both residential and nonresidential fixed investment.Acknowledging that part of the second-quarter growth is due to a rebound from a weather-weakened first quarter, Doug Handler, chief economist for IHS, said that recent trends point to better than average economic growth of 3.0–3.5 percent for the second half of this year as the labor market keeps expanding.”The data are consistent with an economy that can add 200,000-plus jobs per month for at least the next several months,” Handler said.The next employment situation report is due from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday. Economists anticipate 233,000 jobs were added to payrolls in July, which would mark six straight months of growth above 200,000.The government’s second estimate for Q2 GDP, which will offer a more complete look at data, is scheduled for release August 28.center_img Commerce Department GDP IHS Global Insight Jobs 2014-07-30 Tory Barringer Sharelast_img read more

Land Gorilla Announces Technology Integration with Black Knight

first_imgLand Gorilla Announces Technology Integration with Black Knight in Headlines, News, Technology August 9, 2018 714 Views California-based construction loan management software provider, Land Gorilla, has announced a technology integration with Black Knight’s LoanSphere and Empower loan origination systems (LOS).This integration will provide lenders with full visibility and control of their construction loan pipeline, from origination to post-close management, Land Gorilla said in a statement.Through this integration, lenders will have the ability to transfer loan data from the Empower system to Land Gorilla’s Construction Loan Manager (CLM), saving time for loan onboarding, increasing process efficiency and consistency, and reducing errors. Key benefits of the integration to Land Gorilla’s end users include:Process automation for initiating data deliveryReduced loan touch time and associated costsGreater efficiencies for loan admin teamReduced risk and legal exposureBetter consumer and builder experience“We are very excited to bring our premier technologies together in this integration to provide a more efficient experience for lenders,” said Sean Faries, CEO, Land Gorilla. “The integration between Black Knight and Land Gorilla will equip users with the transparency, risk abatement, and cost efficiencies required to be successful and meet the growing demand for construction and renovation loans.”LoanSphere Empower is Black Knight’s enterprise LOS used by lenders of all sizes to originate both first mortgages and home equity loans and lines of credit on one unified system. With its process automation capabilities, lenders can enhance data integrity, improve cycle times and lower their origination cost per loan.“The integration of the Empower system and Land Gorilla’s CLM software will benefit our mutual lender clients by helping them better manage the draw management processes for the construction period more efficiently,” said Rich Gagliano, President of Black Knight’s Origination Technologies division.Land Gorilla’s CLM software manages and streamlines all aspects of the construction loan management process—from pre-closing due diligence to post-closing draw administration.center_img Black Knight Land Gorilla Lenders LOS mortgage technology 2018-08-09 Radhika Ojha Sharelast_img read more

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