The United States and China are at loggerheads over a long list of issues, from the cause of the novel coronavirus to Hong Kong, and trade.An overview, after Washington ordered the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston within 72 hours, accusing it of being a center for spies. In May the foreign ministry pointed to American errors in the handling of the pandemic, while Trump fired back it was “incompetence of China and nothing else, that did this mass Worldwide killing.” CoronavirusWashington and Beijing have been engaged in a war of words over who is to blame for the novel coronavirus, since Trump described it as a “Chinese” virus in March.China’s Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian retorted by suggesting that the US army might have brought the epidemic to Wuhan, the central Chinese city where it first emerged late last year.The two superpowers then cracked down on each other’s news outlets. Topics : Hong Kong Washington reacted to China’s imposition of a sweeping new national security law on Hong Kong by ending preferential trade treatment for the former British colony.It also restricted visas for Chinese officials seen as infringing on the city’s autonomy and stopped the export of sensitive technologies.China pressed ahead with the law in late June. Uighurs The United States earlier in July froze the assets and imposed visa bans on several officials from China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang over rights abuses of its Turkic speaking minority.It accused the group of “horrific and systematic abuses” in Xinjiang including forced labor, mass detention and involuntary population control.It then put 11 Chinese companies suspected of taking part in the persecution on a black list, limiting their access to American technologies and products. Washington says more than one million ethnic Uighurs and other Turkic-speaking minorities have been rounded up into a network of internment camps.China contends that the facilities are vocational education centers. South China Sea On July 2, the US Defense Department criticized Chinese military exercises around the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea, in an area also claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam.Two days later, the Pentagon said two of its own aircraft carriers had carried out drills in the South China Sea to “support a free and open Indo-Pacific”. Huawei The US has accused Chinese telecoms giant Huawei of spying for Beijing and of rights abuses by allowing the Chinese regime to carry out surveillance of dissidents. It is also accused of installing large scale surveillance technologies in Xinjiang and non respect of the embargo on Iran.Trump’s administration has stepped up sanctions against the worldwide leader in 5G and has pressured allies, such as Britain, to shun the group. Nuclear talks In early July Beijing rejected a new US invitation to join arms control talks with Russia.Trump’s administration has demanded that China take part in talks on a successor to the New START treaty, which caps the nuclear warheads of the United States and Russia — the two Cold War-era superpowers. Trade war Weary of its hefty trade deficit with China, Washington declared a trade war in March 2018. It quickly escalated with tit-for-tat punitive duties on hundreds of billions of dollars of bilateral trade.After truces and resumptions of hostilities, the two superpowers in January 2020 signed an initial accord under which China agreed to buy an extra $200 billion of US imports over two years.But earlier this month Trump said he does not plan to proceed to the second phase of the accord, as relations with China have been seriously damaged. Vaccine hacking The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in May warned healthcare and scientific researchers that Chinese-backed hackers were attempting to steal research and intellectual property related to treatments and vaccines for COVID-19.On July 21, two Chinese nationals were indicted in the US for allegedly hacking hundreds of companies worldwide.
Charlotta Dawidowski Sydstrand, AP7According to Charlotta Dawidowski Sydstrand, corporate governance and sustainability strategist at AP7, the Swedish buffer fund had identified that “weaknesses in current climate policy globally pose a risk to the long-term value growth of our pension portfolios”.“At this point in time we find it unacceptable that companies counteract ambitious climate policy, either directly or through their business organisations,” she added.“Lobbying on climate issues should be evaluated, managed and reported on transparently. We are hoping this will become a natural component of companies’ sustainability reporting.” Earlier this year investors used the occasion of a G7 summit to urge governments to do much more to both limit global warming and ensure the world was prepared for the effects of climate change. The 55 companies that AP7 and the Church of England Pensions Board have written to were selected due to their high greenhouse gas emissions and significant role in energy-intensive sectors. They include companies such as Fiat Chrysler, Rio Tinto, and Rolls-Royce.The companies were assessed by InfluenceMap, which monitors lobbying activity by companies, with the worst performers in seven industry sectors set to be the focus of the investors’ engagement. Legal & General Investment Management, the biggest UK-based asset management, and Robeco have also backed the initiative, according to a spokeswoman.The engagement programme was developed in consultation with the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), a European forum for collaboration on climate action by investor members with €21trn in assets collectively under management.Driving changeIn a document shared with the targeted companies, AP7 and Church of England Pensions said the programme’s aim was to drive change in corporate lobbying ahead of UN climate negotiations in 2020.Some targeted shareholder resolutions would be considered at companies in key sectors lobbying on climate change, they indicated.“Weaknesses in current climate policy globally pose a risk to the long-term value growth of our pension portfolios”Charlotta Dawidowski Sydstrand, AP7In a statement about the initiative, the investors also referenced the recent special report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).Published three weeks ago, this warned the world was on course for 3°C of global warming and presented the case for limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels compared with 2°C.Adam Matthews, director of ethics and engagement at the CEPB, said: “As the recent report from the IPCC clearly highlighted, the stakes are high and time is against us. It is therefore right that investors are challenging Europe’s most high-emitting companies to ensure consistency in their lobbying practices.” Two major European pension funds have challenged large companies over lobbying positions that are inconsistent with the goals of the Paris climate deal.Sweden’s SEK608bn (€62bn) AP7 and the £2.3bn (€2.6bn) Church of England Pensions Board (CEPB) have today written to the chairs of 55 European companies to push them to review the lobbying practices being adopted by their trade associations and lobbying organisations.“If these lobbying positions are inconsistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement, we would encourage you to ensure they adopt positions which are in line with these goals,” the letters continued.The investors also urged the companies to be transparent about their own policy positions and how they ensured these were implemented in their direct and indirect lobbying activities.
Two Donegal-based gardaí are set to be honoured with an award for their quick efforts in saving a woman’s life off the Fanad coast this summer.Garda Mark O’ Sullivan and Garda Gerard Doyle rushed to Ballywhoriskey Pier on June 19th when they received reports of a woman entering the water.When they arrived, Garda O’ Sullivan threw a lifebuoy to the woman and she managed to grab onto of it. The two men pulled the woman close to the pier. Suddenly, the Gardaí recognised the woman was in shock and had very little strength. Demonstrating calm in a pressurised situation, Garda O’ Sullivan entered the water to hold onto the woman, while Garda Doyle retrieved a body brace from their patrol car. This was put around the woman’s head to provide extra support.Both Garda held onto the woman until further emergency arrived and removed the woman from the water. The woman was transported to hospital and made a full recovery.The heroic work of Garda O’ Sullivan and Garda Doyle will be celebrated tomorrow at Water Safety Ireland’s National Annual Awards Ceremony in UCD.Eleven ‘SEIKO Just in Time’ awards will be presented to people from across Ireland on Tuesday. Seventeen lives were saved from drowning thanks to the efforts of the rescuers. Other recipients include 61 volunteers who will be presented with Long-Service Volunteer Awards, recognising a combined total of 1,275 years of personal service teaching swimming, water rescue and survival skills in communities nationwide.Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister for Rural & Community Development will present the ‘Seiko Just in Time Rescue Award’ to the rescuers in appreciation for saving so many lives. “It is an honour to pay tribute to these deserving award recipients”, commented Minister Ring.“Without their bravery, quick thinking and selflessness, the outcomes could have been very different. On average 124 people drown annually in Ireland and while one drowning is one too many, the figure would have been higher but for these courageous rescuers.”Top award for garda heroes who saved woman from drowning was last modified: November 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Nine-year-old Sammy and four-year-old Msizi are tuberculosis patients at Lifecare Knights hospital in Germiston. The Southern African region has the highest incidence of the disease in the world. (Image: World Lung Foundation)Janine ErasmusKwaZulu-Natal University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute have joined to establish the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV, a research centre of international standard that will focus on contributing meaningfully to the global fight against tuberculosis (TB) and HIV.The two diseases often go hand in hand, as TB is increasingly seen as an opportunistic disease that takes advantage of HIV sufferers’ weakened immune system to entrench itself. While an opportunistic disease usually only appears when the immune system is compromised, TB is now seen as such a disease in those infected with the Aids virus.According to the World Health Organisation the disease is the leading infectious killer of people living with HIV and in fact, the two are so closely connected that the term “co-epidemic” or “dual epidemic” is often used to describe their relationship.In South Africa the dual epidemic is especially virulent, as the country has the highest number of HIV-positive people in the world. Many sufferers contract the extreme drug-resistant strain of TB, which was first noticed in Tugela Ferry in 2005. In the rural KwaZulu-Natal town, 44 people contracted the deadly TB strain – all were found to be HIV positive, and all but one of them died.International centre of research excellenceHowever, there is now fresh cause for hope. The KwaZulu-Natal research institute, which has been two years in the planning, was announced simultaneously in Washington, DC, and Durban on 19 March 2009.As part of its goal of becoming an international centre of research excellence, the institute will also concentrate its efforts on producing a new generation of research scientists that, with training in the field, will be able to competently tackle African issues.The facility will be housed in a brand-new six-floor state-of-the-art BSL-3 laboratory on the campus of the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine in Durban. A BSL-x classification refers to the biosafety level of a facility, and level three applies to those facilities, whether they are of a diagnostic, teaching, research, or production nature, that work with indigenous pathogens capable of causing serious or potentially lethal disease after inhalation.Construction of the building is expected to begin in September 2009.Supporting medical researchThe non-profit Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), established in the 1953 by the late aviation magnate Howard Hughes, is one of the largest private funding organisations for biological and medical research in the US.After the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the institute is the second-wealthiest philanthropic organisation in the US with an endowment of a staggering R180.7-billion (US$18.6-billion). It is also the second-best endowed medical research foundation in the world, coming in behind the UK’s Wellcome Trust.The HHMI will invest committed R583-million ($60-million) into the KwaZulu-Natal initiative over the next decade, providing R29-million ($3-million) in grant funding and for the construction of temporary laboratory facilities in 2009.Outgoing president of the HHMI, Thomas Cech, said that it was the joint view of the HHMI and the university that substantial investment into research in the heart of the pandemics of HIV and TB will yield major discoveries, and do much to alleviate the suffering caused by these diseases.“There is no better place on the continent to conduct research into TB,” said Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, vice-chancellor of KwaZulu-Natal University. “The partnership is addressing a real problem that affects real people.”According to Robert Tjian, the incoming president of the HHMI, the project will have global benefits. “This initiative is one of the most challenging we have embarked upon in our international programme,” he said. “I look forward to seeing how the facility realises the potential for developing new strategies to combat the dual scourge of HIV and tuberculosis – both for South Africa and the entire world.”The South African institute will focus initially on four core research areas – development of rapid and more effective tests for TB, research into the characteristics of drug resistant strains of TB, analysis of the complex immune response to TB, specifically among those already infected with HIV, and a study of recurrent TB in HIV-positive patients to assess the nature of the recurrence.Do you have queries or comments about this article? 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“I fly 150,000 miles a year and have never seen anyone light up on a plane.“This has really hacked me off. These kinds of people need restricting from travelling with the general public because they are a nuisance.“Emirates also should have told this man to stop drinking.”He said the man, who was in his early fifties, drank steadily in the hours after take-off at 9.20pm and leading up to the incident.He added: “He was basically hammered. Lairy, chatting up a woman across from him. He had a very loud Manchester accent. “He was at the bar for ages and then at one point I came back from the toilet and he was in his seat with his shirt off. Who does that on a flight?“Then there was smoke in the cabin after the captain announced we were landing.“I imagine this guy is still stuck in the Middle East, I imagine he will have been banned by Emirates and I doubt another carrier would take him.”A spokesman for Emirates said: “Emirates can confirm that on flight EK020 from Manchester to Dubai on 9 December, an intoxicated passenger had to be restrained by cabin crew. The aircraft was met by security upon landing at Dubai airport. The safety of our passengers and crew is of utmost importance and will not be compromised.” As smoke from the cigarette wafted through the cabin igniting chaos amongst fellow passengers, five crew members rushed to the man to control the situation.The tipsy traveller who had been drinking at the onboard bar for at least three hours was overheard insisting he had ‘forgotten he was on a plane’ and he would ‘have a chat with the captain to apologise’.A packet of cigarettes was found in his seat pocket with one partially smoked. The man was restrained on the aircraft as others disembarkedOne passenger from Greater Manchester who was sitting in the row ahead, but who asked not to be named, told the Manchester Evening News : “This guy was a drunken buffoon. Everybody was disgusted.
By Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFTAs we’ve covered in previous posts, the adverse effects associated with children’s exposure to violence are affecting millions of U.S. children and is thought of as a national crisis. What’s more, unrecognized trauma associated with children’s exposure to violence significantly increases the likelihood that these children will engage in violence during adulthood. For these reasons, Attorney General Eric Holder has focused his attention on the Defending Childhood Initiative which aims to:[Flickr, …and this is how we do it, Susana Fernandez, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015Prevent children’s exposure to violence,Mitigate the negative impact of children’s exposure to violence when it does occur andAdvance knowledge and awareness about children’s exposure to violence.The National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence asks:“…for a collective investment nationwide in defending our children from exposure to violence and psychological trauma, healing families and communities, and enabling all of our children to imagine their safe and creative development and productive futures.” How can professionals working with military families assist in these efforts?“In order to heal and sustain recovery, these children need trauma-focused services and trauma-specific treatment.” The Importance of Trauma-informed Treatment:Treatment and services neglecting to include components of trauma-informed care for the social-emotional and behavioral problems experienced by children exposed to violence are most often not effective . In fact, treatments without trauma-informed care may worsen the child’s symptoms, causing further harm as trauma-specific treatment has three important aspects that are typically missing from standard treatments:Mixon, K. (2013). Trauma-Informed Treatment Provisions. Kacy Mixon gives eXtension.org permission to use her personal photo.Below is a list of resources showing evidence based trauma-informed treatment models that combat adverse effects of violence and psychological trauma to help children continue on a healthy developmental course.SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)Crime Solutions (includes ratings based on evidence of whether a program achieves its goals)Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Program GuidesBlueprints for Healthy Youth Development References Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). (December 2012). Report of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence. Defending Childhood, Author. (p. 27, 85, 36)This post was written by Kacy Mixon, M.S., LMFT, Social Media Specialist. She is a member of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.
There is a difference between wanting things and having goals that you are pursuing. For example, everyone wants more money. A small percentage are motivated enough by the idea to take action to produce more income. Everyone wants to be in excellent physical condition, but few are willing to invest their time and energy to do the work that produces that outcome.When you look at the results that you are producing right now, your current level of effort is what is producing those results. If you put even less effort into the results you want, you will produce even less of them, true? And, naturally, if you put more effort into what you want, you will progress towards those things.Your effort matches up precisely to your real goals.The effort you put forth to have something is indication as to how badly you want it. Even if you say that you really, really, really want something, your effort exposes the truth. You are motivated enough to have exactly the result you have now, and you are comfortable.More effort might make you uncomfortable, and you may have to give up what you know and believe to gain something different. You might have to double the time and energy, something that might also make you uncomfortable. Becoming the person that comes after the person you are not might be a scary thought, making you wonder if you will lose membership in your tribe.When you want your goal badly enough to put forth the effort to achieve it, you will almost certainly attain that goal. Given enough time and a consistent application of effort, obstacles eventually give way. Those obstacles are what prevent all who merely “want” things from having them, and they are the proving grounds for those who achieve their goals.Your effort tells the truth about your real goals. It’s okay if comfort is one of them, but where is the fun in that? Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ‘It is gonna be a classic’ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Chicken noodle or tomato? J.R. Smith didn’t serve up any explanation.Cleveland’s mercurial shooting guard declined an interview request Friday, a day after the Cavaliers suspended him one game for throwing a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View comments Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Smith did not address the team over the latest drama for a team that has had no shortage of theater this season.“I had a little discussion with him,” Lue said before refusing to say if he was the one who suspended Smith.The 32-year-old Smith, who served his suspension while the Cavs were beaten by the Sixers, had a history of fines and other issues before arriving in Cleveland by a trade in 2015. However, he’s had few problems with the Cavs and has been a key member of three straight Eastern Conference championship teams. Smith has endeared himself to Cleveland fans with his hustle and knack for knocking down big shots.But Smith hasn’t been himself this season. He’s always been a streaky shooter, but his shot isn’t falling as often. In 59 games (56 starts), Smith is averaging 8.3 points — the second-lowest average of his career — and shooting 39 percent.An emotional player and person, Smith was clearly bothered by the arrival before the season of Dwyane Wade, who briefly took his starting spot. Wade was traded to Miami at the deadline, and the move seemed to invigorate Smith.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Rodney Hood started in Smith’s place against the Sixers and scored 11 points on 5 of 14 shooting. Before Thursday’s game, Lue said Smith will return to the starting lineup following his suspension.Smith’s target, Jones, previously played for the Cavs and is in his second season as an assistant on Lue’s staff. Jones played in the NBA for 11 seasons for 10 teams.Before Thursday’s clash with Smith, the talkative Jones engaged in a lively shooting contest with point guard George Hill. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The soup toss came following Thursday’s shootaround at the team’s training facility, hours before the Cavs played the Philadelphia 76ers, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not disclosed details.Smith was with his teammates Friday — the Cavs didn’t practice, but watched film — and after getting in some extra shots, he told a team spokesman he will address the media at Saturday’s shootaround before the Cavs play Denver.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUntil then, what triggered his brothy outburst remains a mystery.ESPN.com first reported the reason for Smith’s suspension. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding
Terrence Romeo scored 11, again coming from the bench, while the usual suspects in Alex Cabagnot Chris Ross, Marcio Lassiter and Arwind Santos left their prints on the rebound and assist columns.Fajardo added 14 boards to his name after getting banged up in Game 2.TNT drew 16 points from RR Pogoy and three more double-digit performances from Jayson Castro, Brian Heruela, and Yousef Taha.Unable to summon the form that pushed the Beermen to the limit in their past two meetings, the KaTropa couldn’t do anything but watch the lead pile up. They trailed by as many as 26 in the game.But even after the emphatic victory, Austria stressed that the heaving a sigh of relief could wait.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew The league’s five-time Most Valuable Player paced the Beermen with 32 points while the sophomore forward tossed in 17 more in a highly efficient performance. Fajardo was perfect from the field, making all of his 11 attempts, while Standhardinger made eight of his total nine tries.“There’s only one thing that we all saw from this game. Defense,” coach Leo Austria told reporters. “They were all self-motivated … They knew what to do. You could see it in their faces, their eyes that they wanted to win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe rest of San Miguel’s cast made their presence felt on defense, clamping down KaTropa to just 27 points at the halfway point before cruising to the victory and forging a semifinal date with top-ranked Phoenix Pulse.“This is one of the few times we had a good start. That’s one thing we’ve been telling the team—that whenever we have a good start, everything will be fine, we sail smoothly going into the fourth quarter,” Austria said. MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel’s prolific pair June Mar Fajardo and Christian Standhardinger made light work of the TNT’s defense all game long to push the Beermen to a 96-86 decision over KaTropa for the first of the final two semifinal spots at stake in the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT UAAP men’s volleyball: Ateneo eliminates UST from Final 4 race, Adamson dumps UE Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “Phoenix is not No. 1 for nothing,” he said of his upcoming assignment who they face this Friday. “They really are contenders.”“I just hope that whatever motivations we’ve had to day, we’re able to carry over into that game,” he added.The scores:San Miguel 96 – Fajardo 32, Standhardinger 17, Romeo 11, Cabagnot 8, Ross 8, Santos 7, Lassiter 6, Tubid 5, Rosser 2, Pessumal 0, Zamar 0.TNT 86 – Pogoy 16, Heruela 10, Castro 10, Taha 10, Rosario 10, Williams 9, Bono 6, Reyes 5, A. Semerad 4, Trollano 2, Washington 2, Casino 2, Carey 0, D. Semerad 0.Quarters: 25-10, 53-27, 77-55, 96-86.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments