Experts question Alberta power threats to BC as pipeline politics intensify

first_imgCALGARY – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s promise to suspend electricity talks with British Columbia over a pipeline dispute may not carry much weight, according to energy experts.Notley made the commitment Thursday in protest to B.C.’s announcement that it would at least temporarily restrict increases in diluted bitumen shipments, creating more uncertainty for Kinder Morgan Inc.’s delayed Trans Mountain expansion project.The amount of power in question is, however, relatively minor, said energy consultant David Gray at Gray Energy Economics Inc.“You’re not talking about much in the grand scheme of things, it’s not much of a weapon.”Notley gave few details on what the suspended energy talks were about, but Blake Shaffer at the C.D. Howe Institute said there have been informal talks for some time to use the full 1,200 megawatt capacity of the existing power lines running between the two provinces, rather than the 800 megawatts currently allowed.For B.C. to potentially lose up to $500 million a year on the sale of that extra power, as Notley suggested Thursday, would mean some very high assumptions, said Shaffer.“That would assume that that space were used to the fullest amount every single hour of the year, at a very high price.”BC Hydro does, however, also have the option to export power to the U.S., limiting the potential impact, said Shaffer.“They do have another opportunity in California, so I don’t know there’s going to be a true limiting of market access if that’s the intention.”The move could also mean higher rates for Alberta if they were to lose the competition, he said.“It may punish B.C., but it also potentially punishes Albertans, like any import tariff or import restriction does. They end up being kind of a consumer tax.”The loss of the potential energy imports is seen as fairly neutral, however, to Alberta’s large-scale power consumers, since they hadn’t been expecting any, said Vittoria Bellissimo, executive director of the Industrial Power Consumers Association of Alberta.“From an industrial consumer perspective, it’s essentially business as usual. We didn’t know this was a formal thing that could really happen, and here we are being told it’s not a thing.”Notley has called B.C.’s move to restrict increases in bitumen shipments unconstitutional, and has called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to act decisively to end the dispute.Trudeau once again voiced his support for the project at a town hall meeting in Nanaimo, B.C., Friday, where he faced persistent heckling from a raucous crowd.He said Canada has to protect the environment and encourage economic development at the same time, which has guided the federal government’s approach on Kinder Morgan’s project.The Alberta government has been pushing strongly for the Trans Mountain expansion project to be built so that energy producers in the province would have more options when selling crude, while the B.C. government has vowed to stop it over environmental concerns.last_img read more

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As Kosovo nears final status decision UN mission organizes outreach meetings

The activities, including town hall and youth meetings, public gatherings and round table discussions have been organized and facilitated by the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) Multi-Ethnicity and Outreach Unit as part of the Office of the Strategy Coordinator (STRATCO) in its efforts to help Kosovo society attain a better life in line with European and international standards. This includes bringing to the forefront the role the majority population plays in integrating minorities in the province where Albanians outnumber Serbs and others by 9 to 1, with an emphasis on the so-called Standards, eight targets that include building democratic institutions, enforcing minority rights, creating a functioning economy and setting up an impartial legal system. “By coordinating the efforts to promote Standards implementation and in the outreach process for minorities, UNMIK has analyzed, evaluated and offered guidance on ways to ensure that Kosovo becomes a vibrant multiethnic society,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative Joachim Rücker said. The meetings come as Mr. Ban’s Special Envoy for the status process Martti Ahtisaari continues discussions with Serbia and the province’s ethnic Albanian-led government on a plan he presented earlier this year, which would give Kosovo the right to govern itself and conclude international agreements, including membership in international bodies, under international civilian and military supervision to help to ensure peace and stability. The plan does not specifically mention independence, which Serbia rejects but which many ethnic Albanians seek, and Mr. Ahtisaari reported last week that the sides remain “diametrically opposed” on his proposals. Following further talks he plans to present a further version to the Security Council by the end of the month. Asked last month whether he would characterize his proposals as independence in all but name, he said both sides were interpreting them as meaning independence supervised by the international community, but he would make “a very clear statement on that” when he presents the final version. 7 March 2007The United Nations mission in Kosovo is arranging dozens of outreach meetings focused on the integration of minorities and good governance as the Albanian-majority Serbian province which the world body has run since Western forces drove out Yugoslav troops in 1999 amid ethnic fighting nears a decision on its final status. read more

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Red sanders smuggling mafia to Sri Lanka revealed

The arrest of a Tamil Nadu Kurnool-based lorry driver and seizure of 1.5 tonnes of red sanders logs worth over Indian Rs. 2 crore in the international market by the Tamil Nadu CID (Organised Crime) police in Ramanathapuram district (TN) on Monday night threw fresh light on the links of the red sanders smuggling mafia to Sri Lanka.A parcel van with A.P. registration was about to reach a coastal village in Ramanathapuram district, when the CID police led by inspector Rajesh intercepted it and seized the material, besides arresting its driver Balakrishnudu (35) of Kallur locality of Kurnool district. The official contacted the AP State Red Sanders Anti-Smuggling Task Force (APSRSASTF) officials in Tirupati and passed on the information regarding the seizure of the contraband material. During interrogation, the T.N. police got information that it was a regular feature that some members of the red sanders smuggling network were operating between Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu through Karnataka. Ramanathapuram, the district close to the Sri Lankan coast, remained the ideal destination for the smugglers. The agents would pick up the stocks and facilitate smuggling of the precious wood to some specified locations along the Sri Lanka’s coast. Small ferries and fishing boats are said to be deployed to finish the deals. In the present case, Balakrishnudu had initially reached Tuticorin to unload the stock before reloading it for Sri Lanka destination. However, due to Coast Guard surveillance he had to reach Ramanathapuram, where he was apprehended. The logs were skilfully arranged beneath the onion bags to avoid detection at inter-State checkposts. Speaking to The Hindu, Circle-Inspector (Organised Crime-TNCID) Rajesh said the consignment was set to reach Sri Lanka. “Though it is for the first time that we have made seizures of the red sanders in this case, we have information that regularly the goods [logs] would be coming to various locations in Ramanathapuram district,” he said. The Task Force chief Inspector General of Police M. Kantha Rao on receiving information from the TN police directed a team of senior police personnel to follow-up the matter and track the possible exit routes from A.P. towards T.N. coastal districts.“The network’s links with Sri Lanka will be further probed. On a number of occasions, the Task Force tracked the vehicles with red sanders logs sneaking into Tamil Nadu, and successfully brought back the seized logs to our godowns,” he said. read more

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US trade deficit drops to 388 billion in March as flow of

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2013 8:36 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US trade deficit drops to $38.8 billion in March as flow of crude oil falls to 17-year low WASHINGTON – The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in March for a second month as the daily flow of imported crude oil dropped to the lowest level in 17 years. The deficit with China hit a three-year low.The overall trade deficit decreased to $38.8 billion, an 11 per cent drop from February’s $43.6 billion, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.Exports fell 0.9 per cent to $184.3 billion as sales of machinery, autos and farm products all declined. Imports fell 2.8 per cent to $223.1 billion, led by a 4.4 per cent drop in foreign petroleum. Crude oil imports averaged just 7 million barrels per day, the lowest since March 1996.A smaller trade gap can boost overall economic growth as American companies earn more from overseas sales while U.S. consumers and businesses spend less on foreign products.For the first three months of this year, the trade deficit is running at an annual rate of $507.7 billion, 5.9 per cent below last year’s deficit of $539.5 billion. Economists are looking for the deficit to narrow slightly this year, in part because they expect continued gains in U.S. exports.Analysts said the lower-than-expected deficit in March will likely give a slight boost to overall economic growth for the January-March quarter. The government’s first estimate put economic growth at 2.5 per cent in the first quarter but some analysts said that could be revised up to perhaps 2.7 per cent because of the lower trade deficit in March.The politically sensitive deficit with China shrank 23.6 per cent in March to $17.9 billion, still far above the imbalance with any other country.Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics, said there was a good chance the big drop in the deficit with China would be reversed in April because much of the improvement reflected the disruption of shipments of Chinese goods to the United States over the Lunar New Year holiday in China.The deficit with the European Union grew 13 per cent in March to $9.9 billion even though U.S. exports to the region rose 14.4 per cent. But for the year, U.S. exports to Europe are down 8 per cent compared to the same period in 2012, reflecting the impact of a recession in the 17 European Union countries that use the euro.The European Central Bank announced Thursday that it was cutting its benchmark interest rate to a new record low in an effort to stimulate growth in the 17 European countries that use the euro currency.The Institute for Supply Management reported Wednesday that its index of U.S. manufacturing activity expanded at a slower pace in April, held back by weaker hiring and less company stockpiling. That raised worries that overall economic growth may slow this spring.The manufacturing index slipped to 50.7 in April. That’s down from 51.3 in March and the slowest pace this year. A reading above 50 indicates expansion. A measure of export orders in the ISM survey grew at a slower pace in April.Exports of industrial machinery, telecommunications equipment, computers, autos and farm products such as soybeans were all down in March although sales of civilian aircraft were up.Imports of foreign-made autos dropped by $771 million in March and imports of toys and games were down $1 billion.The U.S. economy is being hurt this year by tax hikes and spending reductions designed to curb huge federal budget deficits.The Federal Reserve at its meeting Wednesday stood by its aggressive efforts to stimulate the economy and reduce unemployment and held out the possibility that it is prepared to do more if growth doesn’t rebound from the current soft patch which the central bank blamed in part on the government’s tax increases and spending cuts to curb the deficit.Many economists believe if the government’s across the board spending cuts, known as a sequester, are not lifted, growth in the current April-June quarter and the rest of this year will come at a lacklustre 2 per cent or less. read more

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UN agencies urge end to potentially deadly – but preventable – lead

Pregnant mothers and young children in the developing world are exposed to high levels of lead through unsafe paints, particularly in colours yellow and red where lead is added as a pigment, United Nations environment agency today reported amid International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action.“In this day and age, it is quite frankly breathtaking that parents painting their child’s nursery a cheerful red, or handing their child a colourful toy may, through no fault of their own, be exposing that child to a pernicious and damaging toxin: lead,” said Nick Nuttall, Spokesperson and Director of Communications at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The study finds that the majority of the paints tested would not meet regulatory standards established in most highly industrialized countries – for example, 90 parts per million (ppm) in the United States and Canada – and that some contain astonishingly high and dangerous levels of lead. The study analyzed enamel decorative paints from nine countries: Argentina, Azerbaijan, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Tunisia and Uruguay.“This report seeks to catalyze action by raising awareness among Governments, manufacturers and consumers not just that the problem exists, but that there are cheap and safe alternatives to lead already in use that can lift this health burden in a very short time,” Mr. Nuttall said. The report also found that few countries have established regulatory frameworks for lead paint, but those that do, generally exhibit lower lead paint levels. Worldwide, 30 countries have already phased out the use of lead paint. The Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint, co-led by the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and UNEP, has set a target of 70 countries by 2015.International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action, which the Global Alliance is running through 26 October, focuses this year on the important of avoiding lead paint and using safe alternatives in order to prevent children from being harmed by lead poisoning.Exposure to lead paint can be particularly grave among children, especially those living in low and middle-income countries which account for 99 per cent of children affected by high exposure to lead, WHO reported.An estimated 143,000 deaths per year result from lead poisoning, often linked to lead paint, while some 600,000 new cases of intellectual disabilities are linked to childhood lead exposure.“Lead poisoning remains the number one environmental health concern for children globally and led paint is a major flashpoint for children’s potential lead poisoning,” said WHO’s Director of Public Health and Environment, Dr. Maria Neira.Meanwhile, UN chemical experts have recommended the phase out of two industrial chemicals, with uses ranging from wood preservation to pest control, due to human health risks.The Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee, a subsidiary body of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), recommended the inclusion of polychlorinated napththalenes (PCN) and hexachlorobutadiene (HCBD) to the UN-backed major treaty banning hazardous chemicals.Every human in the world carries in his or her body traces of POPs, which circulate globally through a process known as the “grasshopper effect” and include chemicals which are agents that that can kill people, damage the nervous and immune systems, cause cancer and reproductive disorders and interfere with normal infant and child development.POPs released in one part of the world can, through a repeated process of evaporation and deposit, be transported through the atmosphere to regions far away from the original source. They are readily absorbed in fatty tissue of fish, predatory birds and mammals through the food chains.Both chemicals have been recommended for listing in Annexes A and C to the Convention, thus targeting their intentional production, as well as unintentional releases of the chemicals.The recommendations will be sent to the Parties to the Stockholm Convention for consideration at the seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties, scheduled to be held from 4 to 15 May 2015 in Geneva. read more

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First quarter of 2018 to focus on SOPs says Local Government

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEnsuring ‘high integrity’ of govt nominees holding up LGC -HarmonNovember 25, 2016In “latest news”Communities Minister should take responsibility for ‘chaos’ at LGC, says Ganga PersaudFebruary 19, 2019Similar postRose Hall Town Council instructed by LGC to rescind hiring of Town ClerkApril 20, 2018In “latest news” The recently established Local Government Commission (LGC) says that while it has been busy, much of its time is currently being spent on ensuring the operationalization of its functions in early 2018.The members of the LGC include Mortimer Mingo, Clement Corlette, Marlon Williams, Jo Ann Romascindo, Andrew Garnett, former Ministers of Local Government Norman Whittaker and Clinton Collymore and former Town Clerk of Georgetown, Carol Sooba.President David Granger and the newly sworn-in Commissioners to the Local Government Commission at State HouseThe Commission said it held nine Statutory Meetings during the period of October to December 19, 2017, with primary emphasis of these meetings being the establishment of its Institutional Framework.To that end, the LGC said that it sees “as an integral function the establishment of regulations for the conduct of its affairs and Standard Operating Procedures [SOP’s] for the conduct of the business of the Commission which will guide this entity’s operations even beyond the life of this current Commission. Since this is Guyana’s first such entity, the establishment of proper and effective guidelines of this nature is an imperative which will engage the Commission in the first quarter of 2018.”Moreover, the Commission explained in a statement that it has earmarked a location for the establishment of its operations in Georgetown consistent with the requirements of the Act, and has advertised for the key personnel that would allow its work to progress.An important aspect of the Commission’s Work Plan for 2018, the LGC said, will see the commencement of an extensive outreach, familiarisation programme of visits / meetings to the Ten (10) regions of Guyana.“The purpose of the meetings will be to engage its constituents namely RDCs; Municipalities; NDCs; Amerindian Councils on Policy and Implementation framework on Taxation and other Revenue measures; Protection of the Environment; Service Delivery; Human Resource Development and other related areas mutually identified.”According to the LGC, their initial meetings have also served to allow for the preparation of the Commission’s budget and the allocation of resources in keeping with Section 24.1 of the Local Government Act No.18 of 2013, which states that “The Commission shall determine its own annual budget for submission to the Minister of Finance for inclusion in the annual budget presented to the National Assembly.”The LGC has been allocated $110M in the 2018 Budget, with an additional $1B to be transferred to NDCs and the nine Mayoralties and a further sum of $200M allocated towards improving the City of Georgetown. read more

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Facebook adds facial recognition to photo tagging

first_imgIf you upload photos to Facebook there is a good chance you also tag your friends and family in them. Tagging photos is an easy way to share your photos, but can be a time consuming process if you’re uploading a number of them at once. Incredibly, people add more than 100 million tags to photos on Facebook every day.To help streamline the process, Facebook implemented group tagging back in October. Group tagging, as the name implies, allows users to type one name and apply it to multiple photos of the same person. Now, Facebook has implemented software to take photo tagging to the next level by offering a feature called tag suggestions.Tag suggestions uses facial recognition technology to match new photos you may have uploded to older photos which you have already tagged people in. Similar photos are grouped together and if possible the name of a person is suggested to tag the photos. By accepting the suggested name or manually typing one for the grouped photos, you save the time and effort of having to tag each photo manually. Of course, some people may have privacy concerns with the notion that Facebook’s facial recognition technology allows their name to be suggested automatically for photos.To address any such concerns, Facebook has given users the ability to prevent their names from being used with the tag suggestions feature. To block your name, simply click “Customize Settings” and “Suggest photos of me to friends.” At that point, you will once again be anonymous, though friends will still have the ability to type your name in manually.Read more at the Facebook BlogBrian’s OpinionI have no doubt that many people will focus on the notion that this new facial recognition technology is yet another invasion of privacy by Facebook. First, I’d like to point out that Facebook is a voluntary service that people can opt in and out of at anytime. Sometimes the same people who are so critical of Facebook as it relates to privacy are the service’s biggest users.Casting aside those hypocrites and recognizing the fact that Facebook is giving users the ability to turn off tag suggestions for their name, you have to appreciate how innovative this new service is. Facebook is all about making connections and sharing experiences online. One of the best ways to do that is by tagging people in photos, but let’s be honest it can be a chore. The implementation of tag suggestions offers an automated way to make the process simpler which will encourage those who typically don’t tag photos to begin doing so.People can try to villainize Mark Zuckerberg all they want. At the end of the day the dude is a billionaire and Time’s Man of the Year for a reason. He has completely transformed the way people connect online as demonstrated by the 500 million people using Facebook. Best of all, his company is continuing to find new ways to allow people to connect even easier with tag suggestions being the latest example.last_img read more

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This Mini Strandbeest is hamsterpowered

first_imgIf you have ever seen a Strandbeest in motion, you know they are a visual symphony of kinetics and aesthetics, like a fine piece of art in motion. In addition, these walking works of art can be solar powered, wind-driven, or even motorized.Not leaving well enough alone, though, the folks at Crabfu Artworks received a mini Strandbeest in a copy of Gakken magazine to play around with. And after having considered many applications to drive the tiny walker, only one unique idea came to the surface – to make the device hamster powered.So after some quick modifications to the Strandbeest and the addition of a hamster ball, chain, and gears, a new Hamster Powered Strandbeest was born and all it needed now was a brave pilot to drive it.Thankfully for us, Princess the Hamster stepped up for the challenge to take this walker for a test run.Read more at Crabfu Artworks, found via Geeks are Sexy.last_img read more

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Belle Corp subsidiary extends equipment lease deal in wake of Duterte lifting

first_imgPacific Online Systems Corporation, a subsidiary of Melco Resorts’ Philippines partner Belle Corp, says it has extended the term of its Equipment Lease Agreement with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) for 12 months from 1 August 2019.The extension is described by Pacific Online as a stop-gap measure to ensure the unhampered lotto operations of PCSO while it completes the bidding process for a new PCSO Lottery System. Load More 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status Philippines rejects China’s call to ban online gambling China gives Philippines iGaming reprieve but POGOs not safe yet RelatedPosts Those plans were temporarily thrown into disarray last week when Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte suddenly shut down all gaming operations of the PCSO – amounting to more than 21,000 outlets nation-wide – alleging widespread corruption within its ranks. He subsequently lifted the ban on lotto operations, which account for almost 5,200 outlets.Only days before Duterte’s initial ban, Belle Corp had revealed a 49% decline in Pacific Online’s revenues in the six months to 30 June 2019 to Php559 million (US$10.9 million) due to competition from the Small Town Lottery.last_img read more

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ABM Sees Revenue Fall But Some Former Members Return

first_imgThe annual report says ABM events were profitable in fiscal 2010, contributing $160,000 to the bottom line, with ABM’s Spring Meeting generating $210,970, up from $195,625 in fiscal 2009. American Business Media reported total revenue of $3.2 million for fiscal 2010 (ended June 30), down 41.8 percent from total revenue of $5.5 million in 2009. Membership dues drove much of the decline, falling from $3.4 million last year to just over $2 million this year.However, the association says several former members returned to the fold over the past year, including Bloomberg, Cygnus, Quadrant HealthCom, DTN/The Progressive Farmer and SourceMedia.The annual report says that ABM finished “near its breakeven budget for 2010.” Operating income was about $90,000 before unbudgeted transition costs related to the departure of former CEO Gordon Hughes, and the search for a new CEO (ABM named Clark Pettit president and CEO in July). ABM says it saw a net gain of $109,000.Expenses for member services dropped 41 percent from $3.4 million in fiscal 2010 to $2 million this year, while marketing spending dropped from $1.3 million last year to $333,785 in fiscal 2010. Spending on Washington representation grew 5 percent to $376,411, driven in part by the battle over the Postal Service’s attempt to raise rates for 2011. last_img read more

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Raft capsizes near North Slope two Nevada women dead

first_imgA raft carrying at least 10 people capsized during a guided trip on Alaska’s remote North Slope, leaving two Nevada women dead.Download AudioThe North Slope Borough says in a statement the victims were 69-year-old Cheryl Minnehan and 67-year-old Karen Todd. Hometowns and more information, including whether this was a tourists outing, were not immediately available.The borough’s Department of Search and Rescue received a report Wednesday of two people missing after a boat capsized on the Kongakut River, about 75 miles south of Kaktovik.Kaktovik is a small community on the Beaufort Sea, off Alaska’s northern coast, about 625 miles north of Anchorage.The borough and the Alaska Air National Guard safely recovered eight other people and took them to the community of Deadhorse. The guard found the bodies of the missing rafters Thursday.The North Slope Police Department is investigating the deaths.last_img read more

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Iditarod board approves rule changes for dog deaths in race

first_imgThe board for Alaska’s most famous sled dog race has approved a rule change that will kick mushers out of the race if their dogs die while on the trail.Listen nowThe Iditarod Trail Committee board debated and eventually approved the change at its meeting in Anchorage on Friday.Officials added the caveat that if a dog’s death “was caused solely by unforeseeable forces,” then a musher may be allowed to stay in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.The rules previously allowed the decision of withdrawing a musher to be left up to the race marshal and the marshal’s judges.The board also approved a change that caps teams at 14 dogs at the starting line. Each team was previously allowed up to 16 dogs.last_img

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Xi is not new Mao China neoMaoists

first_imgPeople cross a street in front of posters depicting late Chairman Mao Zedong (R) and China`s President Xi Jinping in Shanghai, China on 1 March 2016. REUTERS File PhotoA fringe group of hard-line conservatives who long for the way things were under communist China’s founding leader, Mao Zedong, have welcomed president Xi Jinping’s “new era” of socialism and its renewed emphasis on equality.Their enthusiasm only goes so far, though. They don’t want to put Xi on the same pedestal as Mao.At the ruling Communist Party’s leadership conclave that wrapped up this week, Xi laid out a confident vision for a proud and prosperous China, with the party firmly in control, and cemented his authority as the country’s most powerful leader since Mao took power in 1949 and declared the founding of modern China.Delegates praised Xi using Mao-era honorifics, and he became the first serving Chinese leader since Mao to have a named ideology written into the party charter, signaling that it will be in effect beyond his second five-year term, which began this week.“Their similarity is that they both want to rejuvenate the Chinese nation, they both want an independent, powerful, new China,” Song Yangbiao, a Beijing-based neo-Maoist freelance journalist, told Reuters.“Chairman Mao freed the Chinese people from the oppression of the West, while Xi Jinping has dedicated himself to giving new China a greater voice on the global stage,” he said.ADVERTISINGBut Song said that it was “not realistic” to revive Mao’s party chairman title and confer it on Xi. That elevation is a possibility that has been floated, according to some sources with ties to the leadership.“Chairman Mao’s authority was built from a long and arduous struggle. Xi’s power came from the bureaucracy in a time of peace. The history is totally different,” he said.Some mainstream party cadres at the congress did not have such reservations. Many called Xi a wise and great “lingxiu”, or leader, an honorific only used for Mao Zedong and his short-lived successor Hua Guofeng.Bayanqolu, party chief of northeastern China’s Jilin province, went so far as to call Xi “party helmsman”, a term not in general use in senior Communist Party circles since Mao, who was called the “Great Helmsman”.“Accepting Xi as a powerful leader, accepting him as the most powerful leader since Mao, is a necessary trait of Xi’s new era,” said Sima Nan, a television pundit, blogger and defender of Mao and the Communist Party. “Look at how much he has said, how much he has written, how many people he has met – when does he have time to sleep?” he said in reference to Xi.AWKWARD LEGACYChina has an awkward relationship with Mao’s legacy.Mao is still officially venerated by the Party as the founder, with a huge portrait overlooking Tiananmen Square and his face on every yuan banknote. But he is disliked by many intellectuals and others in China, who consider him personally responsible for the tumultuous decade-long Cultural Revolution and economic policies that caused famine and killed millions.State media sometimes say that what Mao did was 30 per cent negative and 70 per cent positive.Neo-Maoists dismiss criticisms of Mao as smears by Westerners and revisionists, and the group vociferously defends Mao and his policies in articles online, with occasional public shaming of those who slight his legacy.In January, a professor in central China was sacked from a university after Maoists protested a social media post in which he said Mao was responsible for millions of deaths.While Xi has not lavished praise on Mao or his policies, he has defended his “mistakes” and has drawn a line against attempts to revise the Party’s official history, pleasing the neo-Maoists.He has also borrowed from Maoist imagery, rhetoric and campaigns to enforce discipline on cadres, garner public support and strengthen the party’s leading role in society.“Party, government, military, civilian and academic, east, west, south, north and centre, the Party leads everything,” Xi said during his speech to open Congress.last_img
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Fear of Crying plaguing parents who fly with young kids

first_img“Fear of Crying” plaguing parents who fly with young kids“Fear of Crying” plaguing parents who fly with young kidsMany Australian travellers have experienced that feeling of dread when being seated next to a crying baby or an overly energetic toddler on a long-haul flight. Passengers become instantly annoyed and parents get anxious. A new national study of 1,100 Australian travellers commissioned by Travelzoo® (NASDAQ: TZOO), a global travel deal site with exclusive offers for members, reveals what passengers and parents are really thinking when there’s a noisy child on the plane.Seven in 10 (69 percent) respondents said they’ve had a flight ruined by a crying baby or misbehaving child and 24 percent said sitting next to young children on a plane is the most annoying aspect of flying. It’s not only the surrounding passengers that feel the impact of an unruly toddler who won’t stop kicking the back of your chair or yelling in the cabin at 2am. Unsurprisingly, it also takes a toll on the parents, with over half (55 percent) of parents surveyed admitting that going on holiday with young children is more stressful than being at work!It appears travelling parents are enduring what can be a highly stressful or embarrassing situation without much sympathy from fellow travellers – only 20 percent of respondents feel they are sympathetic to what parents go through and almost three-quarters (72 percent) of Australians would like to see family-only sections introduced on flights where kids would be free to roam and play without judging looks or murmurs from other passengers. Similarly, over half (54 percent) of parents polled said they would pay more for family-friendly services on flights such as crèches, on-board nannies and kids’ activities.Jacqui Timmins, Travelzoo’s General Manager in Australia, says: “Whilst family-only zones on planes aren’t likely to happen any time soon due to the complexities of budgetary, legal and logistical issues, the industry is becoming increasingly aware of meeting the needs of travelling families. Two airlines are already easing the stress of travelling with children, and those are Etihad Airways and Qantas Airlines. Etihad Airways offers a free Flying Nanny service on long-haul flights to help parents have a smoother flight and Qantas Airlines has created Family Zones in select Qantas Club lounges, which helps children drain out their excess energy before boarding.”“More importantly, the long-term benefits of travelling with your kids far outweigh the minor stresses parents experience along the way,” says Timmins.  “Research suggests holidaying with your kids can have a long-lasting impact on their happiness later in life and actually advance brain development in children. The results of the survey present an opportunity for the wider travel industry to find innovative ways to make family travel easier and less stressful.”Children scream and cry when they get bored and/or tired, and parents shouldn’t dread the first part of their holiday so much. With this in mind, Travelzoo’s deal experts have put together their top five hacks for travelling with young kids 38,000 feet up!1.    Try to get toddlers to expend as much energy prior to boarding. If they can walk, let them walk through the airport as much as possible. Play games with them at the airport that exert energy.2.    With babies, use a dummy or bottle during take-off or landing to help avoid ear discomfort.3.    Schedule flights around the nap times or sleep cycles of your kids – or try to change their sleep patterns the day before to manipulate it so they sleep during the flight.4.    Ask your airline if they can arrange a free “meet and assist” on your flight, especially if travelling alone with kids. A staff member will meet you as you come off the plane and help you through the airport and baggage collection; you may also get early boarding depending on the airline.5.    Try introducing yourself and your children to passengers at the start of a long flight and ask them in advance to let you know if at any point they’re being disrupted.About the ResearchThe Travelzoo Survey was completed by 1,141 consumers in Australia who responded to an online questionnaire. The questionnaires were completed in July 2017.About TravelzooTravelzoo® provides our 28 million members insider deals and one-of-a-kind experiences personally reviewed by one of our deal experts around the globe. With more than 25 offices worldwide, we have our finger on the pulse of outstanding travel, entertainment and lifestyle experiences. For over 15 years we have worked in partnership with more than 2,000 top travel suppliers—our long-standing relationships allow us access to the very best deals.Travelzoo and Top 20 are registered trademarks of Travelzoo. All other names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.Source = Travelzoolast_img read more

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