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Traffic Advisory Provincewide

first_imgProvincewide: Ferry Service Update Based on meteorological reports, provincial ferry services are expected to be impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The Tancook ferry service has already been halted. Because of expected strong winds and severe marine conditions, people who use Nova Scotia’s ferries are advised to monitor the province’s emergency road condition phone service at 511 for possible service suspensions. -30-last_img

How long should police officers abstain from pot Depends whom you ask

first_imgTORONTO – Twenty-eight days. That’s how long members of the RCMP and Toronto police have been ordered to abstain from smoking or vaping recreational pot before reporting for duty. Calgary police officers won’t be allowed to use cannabis at all while off the job.Such prohibitions have sparked a growing firestorm, with the national association representing front-line officers calling the policies “offensive” and the union for Toronto cops describing the ban as “ill-contrived” and “arbitrary.”But is demanding that Mounties and municipal police officers forego a soon-to-be legal substance for such a lengthy period justified, when there’s no similar policy governing alcohol or potentially mind-altering prescription medications?That depends on how much a person consumes and how often, said Dr. James MacKillop, co-director of the Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research at McMaster University.“So if you smoke today, within a few days it will be entirely out of your system because a single instance may be longer-lasting than alcohol but it still nonetheless will be metabolized and will be excreted,” MacKillop said from Hamilton.“If a person is a regular, frequent user, then that window gets much longer because cannabis is what’s called lipophilic, which means it’s absorbed into the body’s fat cells and then it leeches back out from the fat tissue into the bloodstream. And that’s why it’s also detectable in urine,” he said.“So if a person’s a heavy user, it may indeed be detectable for up to a month.”MacKillop said a number of studies provide evidence of lingering effects of cannabis, including one that found reductions in cognitive performance in active pot users compared to non-users, which returned to normal levels with protracted abstinence.“It’s not clear that any of those chronic effects on cognition persist after a person stops, but a 28-day washout period would be expected to eliminate virtually all of the cognitive consequences,” he said.“That’s a high bar, but optimal performance from the police or the military or airline pilots or other people in highly safety-sensitive jobs is very desirable. So it’s hard for me to disagree with policies that prioritize safety.”However, Rielle Capler, a researcher with the B.C. Centre On Substance Use, considers such lengthy periods of pre-work abstinence unreasonable based on how long the active psychoactive component of cannabis and breakdown products known as metabolites can affect the brain.“While the metabolites might still be present in the urine or blood that long, there is no connection to actual impairment,” she said Friday from Vancouver.“Impairment with cannabis depends on the mode of use, how much you use and your tolerance,” said Capler, who specializes in cannabis policy. “If you’re inhaling it, the peak impairment is about one to two hours and the impairment dissipates after three to four hours.“If you’re ingesting it, then you might start to feel impairment after an hour or two. It might peak at three or four hours, and be in your system for six to eight hours in terms of it having an effect,” she added.“If you wanted to be super cautious and conservative, you could say no consumption eight hours before work.”Capler maintains the police forces are creating a prohibition for a legal substance without the backing of scientific evidence, and that they should carefully examine the research literature on marijuana-induced impairment and revamp their policies based on the findings.Despite recreational cannabis being previously illegal, many Canadians have been toking or vaping the drug, she said. “And that’s why we’re changing the laws to coincide more with reality and not criminalize people for something that is happening.“We don’t want anybody impaired on the job — that’s very important, and I think that’s always been important.“It doesn’t become more important after Oct. 17.”— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

CAFA 2017 Something exciting happening here in the land of ice and

first_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Now, in its fourth year and after impressive exponential growth, it’s poised to become just that.“Every year, it just keeps getting better and better…. It’s a great opportunity to get the public aware that there is a Canadian fashion industry, that we have the calibre of talent that we do in this country, coast to coast,” Susan Langdon, executive director of the Toronto Fashion Incubator, told CBC News on Friday. Login/Register With: Canadian designers might be favourites of influential fashion plates like Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lopez, but the industry still has a way to go toward global recognition.Enter the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards.CAFA organizers conceived the glitzy annual event, which trumpets outstanding achievement and emerging fashion talent, as a sort of Academy Awards of Canadian fashion or yearly celebration along the lines of New York’s famed Met Gala. Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Moroccan Government to Sell Hotel Mamounia in Marrakech

Rabat – In February 2019, the government proceeded with the privatization of several public institutions. Through privatization, the government expects revenues of more than MAD 5 billion.The Mamounia Hotel, among other public institutions, is part of this initiative.The mythical palace was built in the early 1920s by French architects Henri Prost and Antoine Marchisio. It took its name from its magnificent gardens of Prince Mamoun. Surrounded by ramparts, offering beautiful views of the Atlas, with an 8-hectare garden, the hotel attracted some of the most prominent and powerful figures in the world. Winston Churchill, Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Mick Jagger, Edith Piaf, and Jacques Chirac all stayed at the palace.Originally, in the 1920s, the hotel aimed to attract mainly long-stay clientele and included only fifty rooms on one floor. The painter Jacques Majorelle (whose villa and garden are one of the major attractions of Marrakech) decorated the lounge bearing his name. After the Second World War, the number of rooms reached 100.King Hassan II began a series of renovations in the 1980s. The hotel had a fourth floor, an additional wing, and a casino, and its capacity reached 200 rooms.Read also: Conde Nast Readers Choice: Marrakech’s La Mamounia World’s Best HotelThe last major renovation was launched in 2009 by King Mohammed VI. The three years of work and decoration revisited by Jacques Garcia cost $120 million. The hotel now exceeds 200 rooms, has expanded its pool, and has a large spa. The Mamounia is an example of traditional Moroccan crafts with its zelliges (local mosaics), lanterns, ironwork, or “tadelakt” (lime wall covering tinted with pigments).The privatization of Marrakech’s jewel caused public concern. People feared that La Mamounia would fall into foreign hands. Finance Minister Mohamed Benchaaboun hastened to reassure the public that “the hotel will remain Moroccan.”It is very likely that the Moroccan State will give up only a part of the hotel’s capital. The National Office of Railways (ONCF) currently owns 62% of the hotel, the rest is the property of the Deposit and Management Fund (Caisse des dépôts de gestion) and the municipality of Marrakech. read more

UN weapons inspectors say archived vials from Iraq pose no immediate threat

30 August 2007United Nations weapons inspectors in Iraq archiving their headquarters in New York have discovered vials that may contain a potentially deadly chemical removed from an Iraqi facility 11 years ago, but they said today that the containers are properly secured and pose no immediate threat to the public. The UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) said the relevant packages were being handed over to United States authorities for removal and destruction, and a spokesperson for the UN said an investigation would soon begin into how the hazardous materials came to be in the Commission’s headquarters. Last Friday, UNMOVIC staff discovered two small plastic packages with metal and glass containers – ranging in size from small vials to tubes the length of a pen – holding unknown liquid substances, UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters. The find was made during the process of archiving UNMOVIC’s offices in New York, near the UN Headquarters building, as the Commission winds down after the Security Council terminated its mandate in June. Ms. Okabe said an initial probe revealed that the packages were recovered in 1996 from Al Muthanna, a former Iraqi chemical weapons facility, by inspectors with the UN Special Commission (UNSCOM), the predecessor of UNMOVIC. Yesterday, however, the relevant inspection report was found, and it contained an inventory of items recovered that shows one of the items may contain phosgene suspended in oil – an old-generation chemical warfare agent. Phosgene is a chemical weapon that was used widely in World War I, and in both its gaseous and liquid forms can be potentially life-threatening, causing the lungs to collapse and damaging the eyes, nose, throat and skin. It is also an industrial chemical that can be used in the production of plastics. The inventory also indicated that the other package contains nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) reference standards in sealed glass tubes. These standards are used to calibrate chemical analytical equipment. Such items would normally be transported directly to laboratories for analysis and not to UNMOVIC or UNSCOM headquarters, and the Commission said it is unaware of how the materials came to be in New York. UNMOVIC chemical weapons experts sealed the packages and placed them in a safe that was then isolated in a secured room at the headquarters. They also tested the environment surrounding the packages and found no concentration of toxic vapours in the air. The Commission has stated that it believes the packages are properly secured and the materials pose no immediate risk or danger to the public, while a subsequent sweep of the entire office revealed no further potentially dangerous materials. UNMOVIC was established by the Security Council in December 1999 to replace UNSCOM and continue the work – begun in 1991 in the aftermath of the war that followed the invasion of Kuwait – of verifying Iraq’s compliance with its obligations to be rid of weapons of mass destruction, whether chemical, biological or long-range missiles. It was also tasked with ensuring that Iraq did not reacquire these weapons. read more

Lack of funding hampers UN efforts to support droughtstricken Syrians

A huge shortfall in funding for life-saving emergency assistance to a drought-stricken region of Syria has forced the humanitarian arm of the United Nations to review its response plan for the population suffering under the three-year dry spell, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned today. The ongoing drought in north-eastern Syria has devastated the livelihoods of more than 1 million people, driving hundreds of thousands to urban areas where they face extremely difficult living conditions, according to OCHA. To date, UN assistance has centred on providing a food aid and agricultural packages to farmers and herders in a bid to keep them on their land and re-start agricultural work, particularly with the promise of rainfall during the winter months.However, with the $43.6 million drought response plan – prepared to complement Government efforts already in place – receiving less than 30 per cent of its funding by the end of February, the UN country team’s efforts to assist those in need have been severely restricted.In January, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Catherine Bragg met in Cairo, Egypt, with representatives of the League of Arab States. She encouraged the group to take a “proactive role in promoting international humanitarian coordination and funding for the various humanitarian appeals and response plans in the region.” As well as the Syrian drought response plan, there are appeals for Afghanistan ($871 million), the occupied Palestinian territory ($664 million) and Yemen ($177 million), and a humanitarian action plan for Iraq ($193 million). 8 March 2010A huge shortfall in funding for life-saving emergency assistance to a drought-stricken region of Syria has forced the humanitarian arm of the United Nations to review its response plan for the population suffering under the three-year dry spell, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) warned today. read more

Istanbul 5 explores effects of conflict and natural disasters on shelter

The session, also known as “Istanbul + 5,” is reviewing the progress made since the 1996 Second United Nations Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat II) in Istanbul, Turkey. At that conference, governments pledged to ensure adequate shelter for all and to develop safe, healthy, equitable and productive human settlements.The three-day meeting is also seeking to formulate new initiatives to help implement the Habitat Agenda, the plan of action adopted at the 1996 conference.Over 50 speakers – from governmental and non-governmental delegations – were scheduled to take part in the general debate today. At the conclusion of its session, the meeting expected to adopt a final document that will chart the work ahead in ensuring adequate housing for all. read more

Correction KenyaSandal Animals story

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 14, 2013 1:38 pm MDT Correction: Kenya-Sandal Animals story NAIROBI, Kenya – In a story May 8 about artisans in Kenya who turn old sandals into art objects, The Associated Press included two paragraphs that closely paralleled the wording of an earlier story on the subject by the Voice of America. Inclusion of such material should have been attributed to VOA.A corrected version of the story is below:Kenya co. turns old sandals into colorful objectsKenyan company turns old sandals into colorful array of toys and safari animalsBy JOE MWIHIAAssociated PressThe colorful handmade giraffes, elephants and warthogs made in a Nairobi workshop were once only dirty pieces of rubber cruising the Indian Ocean’s currents.Kenya’s Ocean Sole sandal recycling company is cleaning the East African country’s beaches of used, washed-up flip-flops and other sandals.About 45 workers in Nairobi make 100 different products from the discarded flip-flops. In 2008, the company shipped an 18-foot giraffe to Rome for display during a fashion week.Company founder Julie Church says the goal of her company is to create products that people want to buy, then make them interested in the back-story, the Voice of America reported earlier.Workers wash the flip-flops, many of which show signs of multiple repairs. Artisans then glue together the various colours, carve the products, sand and rewash them, VOA reported.Church first noticed Kenyan children turning flip-flops into toy boats around 1999, when she worked as a marine scientist for WWF and the Kenya Wildlife Service on Kenya’s coast near the border with Somalia.Turtles hatching on the beach had to fight their way through the debris on beaches to get to the ocean, Church said, and a plan to clean up the debris and create artistic and useful items gained momentum. WWF ordered 15,000 key rings, and her eco-friendly project took off.It has not made Church rich, however. The company turns over about $150,000 a year, she said. Last year it booked a small loss.But new investment money is flowing in, and the company is in the midst of rebranding itself from its former name — the FlipFlop Recycling Company — to Ocean Sole.The company aims to sell 70 per cent of its products outside Kenya. It has distributors in the United States, Europe and new inquiries from Japan. Its biggest purchasers are zoos and aquariums.One of Church’s employees is Dan Wambui, who said he enjoys interacting with visitors who come to the Nairobi workshop.“They come from far … when they see what we are doing we see them really happy and they are appreciating. We feel internationally recognized and we feel happy about it,” Wambui said.___On the Internet:Ocean Sole: http://www.ocean-sole.com read more

Mens OG 2012 Round 3 Historical victory for Argentina – France and

argentinaArgentina handballGreat Britain handballIcelandOlympic handballScandinavia Olympic title defender, France wins first “serious” match in London against Tunisia 25:19 (12:11) STATISTICS. African champion was a good rival until 45th minute, but then “Experts” took match in their own hand, expecially Daniel Narcisse with seven goals.Argentina celebrated the first Olympic victory ever at Handball Tournament over home-team Great Britain 31:19 (16:11). STATISTICSThe winner of Scandinavian derby between Iceland and Sweden 33:32 (17:13) was led by fantastic Aron Palmarsson (9). Now it is almost clear that Iceland and France, last OG finalists from Beijing will decided who will win the Group A.STANDINGS:FRANCE 6ICELAND 6SWEDEN 4ARGENTINA 2TUNISIA 2GREAT BRITAIN 0 ← Previous Story Men’s OG 2012: Denmark “3 of 3” – Serbs were close, Lindberg scored winning goal! Next Story → Men’s OG 2012 Statistics after Round 3: Čupić and Sigurdsson are TOP scorers! read more

Are you ready for 17th Balkan Handball Clasico in Celje

Season 2015/16ChL          RK Celje Pivovarna Laško : RK PPD Zagreb    20:21  (10:9)ChL   RK PPD Zagreb : RK Celje Pivovarna Laško    24:23  (8:9) Season 2013/14ChL          RK CO Zagreb : RK Celje Pivovarna Laško   24:21  (13:10)ChL          RK Celje Pivovarna Laško : RK CO Zagreb      26:20  (14:11) Season 1995 / 96 1/8 f.       RK Celje Pivovarna Laško : Croatia banka Zagreb     25:21 (11:9)1/8 f.       Croatia banka Zagreb : RK Celje Pivovarna Laško  25:20 (14:11) Season 2008/09ChL          RK Celje Pivovarna Laško : RK Zagreb   22:25 (11:16)ChL          RK Zagreb : RK Celje Pivovarna Laško   31:18 (14:6) Match between Slovenian champions RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko and best team of Croatia, RK PPD Zagreb, in Celje’s “Zlatorog” hall on Saturday (18.30 hrs) will be their 17th in the history of EHF Champions League. The two ex- EHF CL winners, Celje in 2004 and Zagreb in 1992 and 1993, are huge rivals in the battle called “Balkan Clasico”.Here are the results of all their direct encounters since 1992.Celje PL won six times, Zagreb have nine wins, and one match ended withouth winner.Season 1992 / 93 1/16 f.      RK Celje Pivovarna Laško :  Zagreb Loto (CRO)         18:17 (6:9)1/16 f.      Zagreb Loto (CRO) : RK Celje Pivovarna Laško            26:17 (13:7) Season 1997 / 98 ChL          RK Celje Pivovarna Laško : Badel 1862 Zagreb     26:21 (13:8)ChL          Badel 1862 Zagreb : RK Celje Pivovarna Laško     26:22 (14:10)1/2 f        Badel 1862 Zagreb : RK Celje Pivovarna Laško     27:20 (14:10)1/2 f        RK Celje Pivovarna Laško : Badel 1862 Zagreb 25:24 (10:10) Season 2000/01ChL          RK Celje Pivovarna Laško : RK Zagreb   29:26 (12:12)ChL          RK Zagreb : RK Celje Pivovarna Laško  22:22 (12:11) Balkan Clasico handball ← Previous Story Women’s EHF FINAL4 another three years in Budapest! Next Story → Kielce win at EHF CL start in Belarus! read more

Pressano win Italian Cup 2018

The Italian Cup trophy is in hands of Pressano! Team led by Montenegrian coach Branko Dumnic beat Bolzano 26:20 (14:9) at the final match of Cup competition which was held for 33rd year in a row.Pressano – Bolzano 26-20 (p.t. 14-9)Pressano: Facchinelli, Dallago 4, Moser M, Bolognani 1, Chistè 1, D’Antino 4, Di Maggio 5, Giongo 5, Bertolez 1, Sampaolo, Alessandrini 1, Folgheraiter, Senta 4, Moser N. 1. All: Branko DumnicBolzano: Volarevic, Moretti 4, Sonnerer 2, Riccardi, Dapiran 7, Waldner, Mittersteiner, Kammerer, Stricker 3, Sporcic 1, Gufler, Pescador, Mbaye, Gaeta 1, Innerebner 1, Turkovic 1. All: Alessandro FusinaArbitri: Simone – MonitilloPHOTO: Vanni Caputo, HANDBALLTIME.it ,  ← Previous Story BiH coach Bilal Suman about “0:10 for Swiss team”: EHF delegate was drunk Next Story → RK Vardar have new goalkeeper’s coach – Dejan Peric read more

Poisonous toad turns into a fashion accessory

first_imgONCE UPON a time a poisonous cane toad lived in the South Sea Islands, unloved and unwanted. Condemned as an ecological disaster, the Australian army was even deployed to get rid of it.Then one day a Polish designer waved her wand and the plain old cane toad turned into a… bag.Monika Jarosz’s luxury Kobja brand claims to be inspired by the fairytale idea of the “toad that transforms itself into Prince Charming”.Introduced from South America decades ago to control the native cane beetle, the cane toad may have outstayed its welcome in the South Sea Islands, but today their skins have become an expensive luxury fashion material.A friend unknowingly set the wheels of innovation in motion by giving Jarosz a stuffed frog from New Zealand as a gift.“(It) disgusted me but ended up by fascinating me,” she said.Three years later, and her luxury accessory business is producing bags, belts and purses made from whole skins, set with semi-precious stones or Swarovski crystals in place of the eyes.The leather items  are now sold in Asia, Europe and the US.A purse can cost between between €220 and €250, depending on the country, while a large bag would be priced at around €1,200.A belt from Jarosz’s collection. Image: Kobja.comJarosz came to France from Poland 12 years ago to work as a model before developing an interest in design, in particular working with unusual materials.Fascinated by the stuffed frog, she recalled that the more she stroked it the more the idea of creating something “really good like a jewel” from a similar material started to take shape.But finding skins to work with presented a problem. In vain, Jarosz made inquiries with restaurants serving frogs legs.Then she discovered the existence of the toads of the South Sea Islands where they had proliferated to such an extent they were in the process of destroying several local species.Thousands of cane toads caught by residents of Cairns, Australia in 2009 and which were euthanised by freezing in a bid to cull their poisonous reign against local wildlife. Image: AP Photo/Brian Cassey/file.Animal defence organisations had recommended that they be selectively eliminated and her website notes that they are a “non-protected species”.With the help of a taxidermist in the Australian city of Cairns, Jarosz set about transforming the skins into high fashion.After the taxidermy, the skins are tanned, dried and coloured in France, ending up in a workshop in Paris where the leather is cut, stitched, set with crystals or stones and lined with lamb or goat skin.“When I called Jean-Charles Duchene (who runs the tannery in Paris) for a quote, they thought it was a joke,” she recalled.“It was a challenge because we had to adapt to the material. The toad (skin) is denser than lamb, the dye is fixed quicker and it needs less,” she added.A cane toad in the wild in Australia’s Northern Territory. Image: AP Photo/Mark Barker, file.A symbol of fertility and prosperity in some cultures, the toad is also linked to sorcery, Jarosz added.Now sold in luxury goods shops or concept stores in Tokyo, Beijing, New York, Paris and Berlin, Jarosz’s quirky products have developed an almost cult-like following among some customers.Some even give their bags names, she said, and regularly update her with news about them.- © AFP 2013Have you seen this newt?>10 animals that were hunted to extinction>last_img read more

Price of potatoes drops by almost a third in one year

first_imgTHE PRICE OF potatoes dropped significantly in the year up to this October.The Central Statistics Office has released its annual agricultural output price index – those goods produced on Ireland’s farms – and noted a 28.8 per cent drop for potatoes year-on-year.Statistician Susan O’Connor told TheJournal.ie that the price would have been abnormally high in September of last year when supply of potatoes was down but demand still high.However, after this year’s good harvest, the supply of potatoes on the market is much higher and that’s why the price has “stabilised”.There is some fluctuation between months as the price index is based on both the early and main crop. There is an early harvest (May, June onwards) and a later one, which this year really started to show in the months of August and September. “It was a bit later alright, but the supply didn’t suffer the same as last year,” said O’Connor.Cereal prices also stabilised to a similar extent and were 28.2 per cent down in October 2013 on the September of last year.The agricultural price input index (costs of agriculture) recorded a minor drop of 1.4 per cent when October 2013 was compared with September 2013. The output index increased by half a per cent. This means that the trade index increased by 2 per cent in October 2013.Overall, on a year-on-year basis, the agricultural output price index was up 4.5 per cent in October 2013 compared with the same time last year, and the input price index was down 2.6 per cent.Milk and wool prices recorded particularly strong increases, by 20 per cent and 10.8 per cent.Payments under €125m scheme for disadvantaged farmers start today>Photos: Farmers take to Dublin to oppose possible EU cuts>The top 15 ways to eat the humble spud>last_img read more

Battle Ground school bus hits deer children on board OK

first_imgNo one was hurt when a school bus struck a deer on state Highway 503 north of Battle Ground on Monday afternoon.Battle Ground Public Schools spokeswoman Rita Sanders said there were four children on board the small bus, which was taking them home after school, when the bus hit the deer near Lewisville Park.Parents were notified and another bus came to pick up the kids, she said.last_img

Budget 2019 Raise in import duties on gold other precious metals

first_imgIndia’s Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrives to present the 2019 budget in Parliament, New Delhi, July 5, 2019.ReutersIndia has raised the import duties on gold and other precious metals to 12.5% from 10%, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in her first federal budget speech on Friday, which may boost smuggling in the world’s second-biggest bullion consumer.Shares of jewellery makers such as Titan and PC Jeweller fell as much as 5 percent after the announcement.Jewellery trade associations have asked India’s government to reduce gold import duties, which has caused a surge in smuggling.India, which vies with China as the world’s top gold consumer, raised import taxes on the metal to 10% in a series of hikes to August 2013 as policymakers attempted to narrow a gaping current account deficit and arrest a decline in the rupee.last_img read more

Japan to host 2019 G20 Saudi Arabia in 2020

first_imgJapan will host the G20 summit of leading nations in 2019, with Saudi Arabia presiding the 2020 edition, according to a statement Saturday winding up this year’s event in Hamburg.”We thank Germany for hosting a successful Hamburg summit,” it said after the summit, rocked by unprecedented violence as protestors clashed with riot police outside, “and look forward to meeting again in Argentina in 2018, in Japan in 2019 and in Saudi Arabia in 2020.”Under the terms of the revolving presidency G20 hosts can set the summit agenda and Germany this year used the opportunity to focus on development partnerships with Africa.In 2015, Turkey addressed how to tackle migration as the worst refugee crisis Europe has known since World War II threatened to overwhelm the region.last_img read more

Japan hardliner Abe open to meet Kim

first_imgPrime minister of Japan Shinzo Abe delivers a speech to the General Assembly at the United Nations during the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, 2018 in New York City. Photo: AFPJapanese prime minister Shinzo Abe, a longtime hardliner on North Korea, said Tuesday he was willing to meet Kim Jong Un after the once reclusive leader’s historic summit with US president Donald Trump.Abe, who one year ago warned at the United Nations that the window for diplomacy with North Korea was closing, took a more open but still cautious tone in his latest address to the world body.But he said that any summit would be devoted to resolving a decades-old row over North Korea’s abductions of Japanese civilians—a deeply emotive issue for much of the Japanese public on which Abe built his political career.“In order to resolve the abduction issue, I am also ready to break the shell of mutual distrust with North Korea, get off to a new start and meet face to face with Chairman Kim Jong Un,” Abe said in his UN address.“But if we are to have one, then I am determined that it must contribute to the resolution of the abduction issue.”He stressed that no summit was yet in the works—and appealed to Kim to show his own readiness.“North Korea is now at a crossroads at which it will either seize or fail to seize the historic opportunity it was afforded,” Abe said.•             Fast-changing diplomacy on NorthNorth Korea kidnapped scores of Japanese citizens in the 1970s and 1980s to train the regime’s spies in Japanese language and culture.Japan’s then prime minister Junichiro Koizumi traveled to Pyongyang in 2002 and 2004 to seek a new relationship with the current leader’s father Kim Jong Il and was told by North Korea that remaining abduction victims were dead—a stance adamantly rejected by Japanese family members and campaigners.Speculation has been rising that Abe could meet with Kim, who reportedly told Trump during their summit in June in Singapore that he was willing to talk to arch-enemy Japan.With South Korea’s dovish President Moon Jae-in also courting Kim, fears have risen in Japan that it could be shut out of any ultimate resolution on North Korea if it refuses dialogue.Trump in his own UN address earlier Tuesday pointed to his “bold and new push for peace” and saluted Kim’s courage.It was a far cry from a year ago, when Trump stunned assembled leaders by threatening to “totally destroy” North Korea and belittling “rocket man” Kim.Despite Trump’s upbeat assessment of his own diplomacy, many analysts are skeptical on how much North Korea has changed, saying the regime has already conducted the tests it needed to build its nuclear and missile programs.North Korea would be sure to press its own demand in any summit with Japan—an apology for Tokyo’s harsh 1910-1945 colonial rule over the Korean peninsula.Beyond any moral dimension to an apology, North Korea would be hoping to secure badly needed cash. Japan paid South Korea some $800 million in loans, grants and credits when it established relations in 1965.•             Hoping to avoid trade frictionAbe will meet Wednesday with Trump, with whom he quickly formed a bond after the tycoon’s shock election victory. But Japan fears growing friction with Trump over trade.While Trump has directed his fury on China, he has frequently complained about a deficit with Japan. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi have been meeting to address US complaints about trade barriers.Abe devoted much of his address to trade, saying that Japan supported 856,000 jobs in the United States—more than any country except Britain.Noting Japan’s limited natural resources, Abe said: “The very first country to prove through its own experience the principle that exists between trade and growth—a principle that has now become common sense—was Japan.”last_img read more

Fielding agents in every booth will be difficult acknowledges CPIM leadership

first_imgKolkata: At a time when the dates of the Lok Sabha polls are likely to be announced anytime, CPI(M) leaders in Bengal have realised that fielding polling agents in every booth will be the toughest job in the 2019 Parliamentary elections.In the recently concluded state committee meeting of the party, Suryakanta Misra has urged the leaders to ensure that all anti-BJP and anti-Trinamool Congress votes in Bengal are consolidated. The party’s politburo member Biman Bose chaired the two-day state committee meeting that began on Thursday. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe leaders, preferring anonymity, said though the party was targeting to consolidate anti-BJP and anti-Trinamool votes, they have understood that it is not possible for the party to field polling agents in more than 30 percent seats. There are around 77,000 polling booths in the state and five party workers are required per booth, which includes a polling agent and an election agent, their relievers and another worker who is kept as a standby. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataParty leaders admitted that after the TMC came to power in 2011, there has been massive erosion in their cadre base. Many party workers did not renew their membership. “Earlier, those who knew the areas were posted in the booths. But over the years, we have lost such cadres and it will be difficult for us to field agents in all the booths,” a senior leader said. The CPI(M) leadership is of the opinion that it will be difficult to form an electoral alliance with the Congress for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The party had got two seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Mohammad Selim was elected from Raigunj and won by 1,634 votes, while Badrudduja Khan defeated the Congress candidate in Murshidabad and won by 18,453 votes. The Congress will prefer to retain both the seats as Raigunj and Murshidabad are both strongholds of the party. Dipa Das Munshi could not win in 2014 as Trinamool Congress had fielded Sudhir Ranjan Das Munshi, brother of Priya Ranjan, who got 1.92 lakh votes. “We are assessing our own strength and formally there has not been any discussion with the Pradesh Congress till date,” said a leader of the party.last_img read more

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