China calls for lifting of U.S. sanctions against Iran

first_imgAmid the fight against the coronavirus COVID-19, China called on March 16 for the immediate lifting of U.S. sanctions on Iran, one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic. China’s call came in response to a letter sent by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to leaders of several countries.CodePink demonstrates in front of the Treasury Department, Washington, D.C., on March 11.Rouhani accused the U.S. government of continuing to thwart Iran’s efforts to counter the pandemic, noting that sanctions have caused around $200 billion in direct damages to Iran’s economy in less than two years. The U.S. sanctions have now severely limited Iran’s access to vital medical supplies to combat the disease.Speaking at a press briefing, China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang supported Iran’s call, noting that continued unilateral sanctions imposed on Iran have deteriorated health conditions in the country and “gone against the humanitarian spirit.” He added that the sanctions seriously affect Iran’s fight against the pandemic and limit humanitarian aid from the United Nations and other international organizations. (English.chinamil.com)China has already sent test kits and other anti-epidemic materials, plus a team of voluntary experts, to Iran.  The team is encouraging the international community to support Iran. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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US pay battle looms as gender gap widens

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. The gender pay gap widened in the US between 1995 and 2000, a study reveals.The General Accounting Office report shows that in seven of the 10 sectorsthat women workers are concentrated in, the gender pay gap deepens between maleand female managers. For example, a full-time female communications manager earned 86 cents forevery dollar a man made in the industry in 1995. This had fallen to 73 cents by2000. The figures are based on the US Department of Labor’s quarterly populationsurvey. Sectors studied include public administration, hospitals and medicalservices, and retail. www.washingtonpost.com Comments are closed. US pay battle looms as gender gap widensOn 1 Mar 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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Widespread Panic Kicks Off Chicago Run With Unexpected Opener, Traffic Cover & More Classics

first_imgLoad remaining images Another treat in the second set was the cover of Traffic’s “Dear Mr. Fantasy” that again sent everyone into elation, as it was played for the first time this year. Many sang along, and this was a tune that made us all happy.The energy continued through a great “Surprise Valley” segment of the show that contained “Protein Drink/Sewing Machine” and a brief “Drums” that saw all the musicians remain on the stage instead of exiting. “Arleen” was a great version, and it was easy to zone into Dave Schools’ catchy bass lines and follow along with his playing. From there, the band seguedc into “Hatfield,” before finishing “Driving Song” to end the second set. They encored with a beautiful “Dream Song” before rocking the place out with “Tall Boy.”The show was a great way to open Panic’s stop in Chicago. If you were lucky enough to get tickets to tonight and tomorrow’s shows, the Panic reign will continue. There is one thing all Panic fans can agree on: they will be bringing it for another two nights. On that same note, hopefully percussionist Sunny Ortiz can bring it to Wrigley Field and help those Cubbies secure a win. As any Cubs fan could sing, go Cubs go! Go Cubs go! Hey Chicago, what do you say? Panic is going to bring it today.Setlist: Widespread Panic at The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL – 5/5/16Set 1 Sharon, Chilly Water > Henry Parsons Died > Chilly Water, Cease Fire > Jamais Vu > Rock, A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, No Sugar Tonight / New Mother Nature (71 mins)Set 2 Driving Song > Angels Don’t Sing The Blues, Ain’t Life Grand, I’m Not Alone, Dear Mr. Fantasy, Surprise Valley > Protein Drink / Sewing Machine > Drums > Surprise Valley, Arleen > Hatfield > Driving Song (97 mins)Encore Dream Song, Tall Boy (11 mins)[Setlist via PanicStream.com]A full gallery of photos by Ojeda Photography can be seen below: Downtown Chicago was ready for the influx of Panic fans as the band came for the first of the three night run. It had been three years since Widespread Panic played a two-set show (April 2013 – UIC Pavilion) in Chicago, and almost five years since they have graced the halls of the very beautiful and ornate Chicago Theatre. Last night’s show proved they have no love lost for the Windy City and one of its most remarkable venues.It’s probable that many assumed that Panic would open with something more traditional, but Panic wanted to make a statement, and so they opened up with” Sharon.” Usually a song that is reserved for the second set, this is the first time that they opened a show with the tune since 1986, and even then, that show is technically noted as opening with a Jam that goes into Sharon. So even after 30+ years of doing their thing, Widespread Panic brings something new to the live show. It was a great version of “Sharon” accompanied by a beautiful lady on the LED screens. A great first set “Chilly Water” followed that contained a “Henry Parson’s Died” sandwiched inside. Newer tune “Cease Fire” was played well before slowing the tempo down quite a bit with “Jamais Vu.” That song segued into “Rock,” and it was vastly different from the former tune. “Rock” has such a hard edge and dark side to it, but singer and guitarist John Bell made sure to add a “Sweet Home Chicago” into the lyrics which incited the crowd. The juxtaposition of Rock with the song that preceded it and followed it was striking.  “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” came next; a great rendition of the Dylan staple. It was so upbeat and fun, and not as folky, that it was almost hard to recognize at first. Once the lyrics were sung, everyone in the building knew the song though. The first set closed with a “No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature” that rocked a standard but awesome first set.The second set opened with “Driving Song” that was accompanied by the widely recognized visuals of an autumn day on the screens. Newer song “Angels Don’t Sing the Blues” followed. Then they turned the energy up for “Ain’t Life Grand.” Besides it being one of my personal favorite tunes from the band, this seemed like the version that got the place absolutely rocking. It seems as if this tune is always played well in the Chicago Theatre; one would be hard pressed to find a version from the venue that isn’t absolutely rocking. The crowd also thoroughly enjoyed it because it was the loudest that they got up to that point. last_img read more

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Garaj Mahal Announces Full-Blown Return With Lineup Changes

first_imgLast year, at Element Music Festival in British Columbia, Garaj Mahal returned to the stage after a nearly seven-year hiatus. The performance was unexpected, though fans rejoiced at the fact that the wildly diverse jazz-fusion quartet was back together once again.Seemingly, the energy of the performance gave the band—comprised of Fareed Haque (guitar), Kai Eckhardt (bass), Alan Hertz (drums), and Eric Levy (keys)—new forward momentum, and in February of 2018, they announced their first shows in the United States in seven years. Following Garaj Mahal’s highly anticipated U.S. return, which happened over the weekend in Colorado, today, bassist Kai Eckhardt issued a statement on the status of Garaj Mahal moving forward.After thanking fans and promoters for encouraging their improbable reunion, Eckhardt notes that the group has received “a stream of very good offers from festivals.” However, he also adds that the group has “virtually no availability from all four members at the same time until further notice” given bandmembers’ children and other responsibilities that make scheduling difficult.After weighing the options, Eckhardt and guitarist Fareed Haque have decided to move forward with the project as co-leaders. He adds that Garaj Mahal’s lineup will still contain the original members of the group, but to make scheduling work, the group will expand to have a rotating lineup of musicians when others are unable to make it to shows:We are going to present a couple of new line-ups while at the same time keeping the original members on board as part of the family. Nobody gets fired. Instead we are expanding our inner circle to include some amazing musicians yet to be discovered by many of you. Our long time members are still our musical equals in the mix, but to the degree they are not available, Fareed and I will be in charge of navigating the ship.Following the announcement that Garaj Mahal is seemingly here to stay, albeit in less traditional lineups than expected, he notes that the group will forge forward into “a time of exploration and venture into the unknown,” adding that, “We are going to rely on the highest level of musicianship within the context of good vibes on stage. Rather than competing with our own legacy, we will allow for something new to be born from the love we have for our fans and the music.” He also explains that given that tumultuous climate in the world right now, the group must act on its mission to “to reach for unity in harmony through music.”He ends his note by thanking fans again and hoping that they will “share this journey with us, pushing the envelope and learning together with us by trial and error,” before ending with a stanza of Garaj Mahal lyrics that reiterate the band’s desire to help the world come together.You can read the full statement below, and stay tuned for performance and lineup announcements from the band in the future!Dear fans and promoters,After a seven year hiatus, the doors of the Garaj Mahal have opened once again thanks to you, our loyal fans both in Canada and the United States. It was your demand for our return that prompted promoters to reach out to us with great offers – first at Element Music Festival in BC – and then last weekend in Colorado at The Caribou Room and Psychedelic Ripple. Our reunion was highly improbable, almost impossible, but here we are.Despite our joyous reunion the future of our band ended up looking bleak because of restrictions placed on individual member’s availability. Since our early days, children have come into the mix and economic responsibilities have risen to a new level, keeping part of the team locked into other responsibilities including a year-round contract with another band.Being the band mediator made me aware of the catch 22 we are currently facing between a stream of very good offers from festivals – and virtually no availability from all four members at the same time until further notice.This left me with only one of two choices:To retire the band with a slim possibility of resurrecting it several years from now, or to co-lead with the member who was free to get on board and move ahead right now.After weighing the pros and cons, consulting with band members, agents and promoters…I asked Fareed Haque to join forces with me in co-leading Garaj Mahal.We are going to present a couple of new line-ups while at the same time keeping the original members on board as part of the family. Nobody gets fired. Instead we are expanding our inner circle to include some amazing musicians yet to be discovered by many of you. Our long time members are still our musical equals in the mix, but to the degree they are not available, Fareed and I will be in charge of navigating the ship.What fans can expect from us in the near future is a time of exploration and venture into the unknown. We are going to rely on the highest level of musicianship within the context of good vibes on stage. Rather than competing with our own legacy, we will allow for something new to be born from the love we have for our fans and the music.Out there in the world today, there is so much pain, fear, separation and conflict. Because of that we can not stay home and wait right now. Garaj Mahal has a mission to accomplish and that mission is to reach for unity in harmony through music.With appreciation and humility we thank our fans who have helped us come this far. We hope you will continue to share this journey with us, pushing the envelope and learning together with us by trial and error. We take risks. Sometimes we fall, but surely we will rise.I shall leave you with a little snippet of Garaj Mahal’s lyrics:“Rich or poor, black or white,straight or gay, religious or not,like it or not,lessons are learned in the melting pot.This is not the time to be small,this is the time to stand tall,listen to the rhythm of your heartwe all play a partin the never ending dance of life…”-Kai Eckhardtlast_img read more

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Oscar scores hat trick as Chelsea, Everton win

first_imgLONDON (AP):Oscar scored a first-half hat-trick as Chelsea cruised to a 5-1 victory at second-tier MK Dons to reach the fifth round of the FA Cup yesterday.Oscar tapped into an empty net in the 15th minute after a defensive blunder, but the Dons soon levelled when Darren Potter beat Thibaut Courtois with a heavily deflected shot from the edge of the area.Costa and Eden Hazard squandered easy chances before Oscar drilled home Chelsea’s second in the 32nd minute and then smashed in a superb third just before the break after a 25-yard (meter) run that started over on the left touchline.Hazard converted a penalty after the break and Bertrand Traore added the fifth as Guus Hiddink’s side made sure there was no risk of a cup upset.”If you play the big, big games like Arsenal, Man U, Man City, etc, the concentration is always high, automatically,” Hiddink said. “But these games, you have to be well prepared mentally, and I think we did well in the first half – although we were not finishing it off in the first 20 minutes.”Hiddink, who has engineered a solid recovery by the Premier League champions since replacing JosÈ Mourinho in December, paid tribute to match-winner Oscar.HAPPY PLAYERS”He’s playing with a smile on his face, and that’s what I like very much with the players – when they know their obligation – and also defensively, these guys know their job to do, and they do it … . It’s good to see.”Chelsea’s next opponent in the competition will not be such a pushover as the Dons, after Hiddink’s side was drawn against Premier League title favourites Manchester City in the last 16.Everton also advanced yesterday, beating fourth-tier Carlisle 3-0 in a match where fans were given a warning that racism would not be tolerated at the stadium, following a report of abusive language.The alleged incident happened after Everton opened the scoring in the second minute through Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone, who is black.A public-address system message warned fans that racist abuse would not be tolerated, and local police issued the same message on Twitter, asking anyone with information to report it.”I thought it was dealt with in a very good manner,” Everton manager Roberto Martinez told broadcaster BT Sport.Aaron Lennon, who lined up Kone’s tap-in at the far post, made it 2-0 in the 14th with another close-range strike.Ross Barkley put the result beyond doubt in the 65th with an impressive curling shot from the edge of the area that took a slight deflection.Everton are away to Bourne-mouth in the fifth round.last_img read more

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World Cup impact ‘still massive’

first_img22 April 2010R93-billion gross, 695 000 annual jobs sustained, once-in-a-lifetime profiling of the country, and 370 000 foreign tourists – a smaller number, but staying longer and spending more than originally forecast. Consultancy Grant Thornton’s post-recession projections on the economic impact of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ make for encouraging reading.“We have revised the figures post the worldwide recession and major ticket sales phases, and some of the numbers are encouraging,” Grant Thornton Strategic Solutions principal Gillian Saunders said in a statement this week.Staying longer, spending moreAlthough Grant Thornton’s projected number of World Cup visitors is 373 000, down from 483 000, it is expected that many of the visitors will stay longer and spend more.“Indications are that overseas tourists will stay an average of 18 days compared to the 14 days used in the original projections,” said Saunders. “Average overseas tourist spend per trip is also forecast to be up, at R30 200 compared to the R22 000 used before.”The average spend forecast is based on an analysis of current tourist spends in South Africa as well as dipstick surveys of potential visitors and expenditure by visitors to SA for other sporting events such as the 2009 British and Irish Lions rugby tour.Foreign World Cup visitors are expected to attend an average of five soccer matches per person, up from the 3.4 matches previously expected.This compares to an average of 2.6 matches attended by foreigners at the World Cup in Germany in 2006. Going to more matches means visitors are likely to stay in the country for a longer period and therefore, while daily spends remain similar, total trip spend increases.“It must be understood that some 105 000 of the 373 000 visitors to South Africa over this period are expected to be non-ticket holders; 85 000 of whom would come from Africa for a short visit,” said Saunders.“This 105 000 is down 16% on the 125 000 non-ticket holders projected previously.”A total of 228 500 overseas ticket holders are projected, accounting for 38% of ticket sales.Ticket sales to Africans account for only 2%, with 11 300 Africans holding tickets. Originally, African ticket holders were expected to number 48 145, a difference of -77%. Given evidence of huge interest from the continent, this indicates that there has been a failure in distribution channels and unaffordable pricing.Economic growth impactThe gross economic impact will be R93-billion, with 62% expected to be generated pre-2010 and 38% during the course of the year. Foreign tourism will account for 16% of the gross impact.The majority of economic spend comes from the government’s spend on infrastructure and some operational expenditure. This has increased significantly compared to original budgets, from R17.4-billion (2007) to R30.3-billion, with a further R9-billion or more spent by cities and provinces.Net additional economic impact in 2010 is 0.54% of GDP – comprising an estimated 0.48% from net additional foreign tourism and 0.06% Fifa spending. This is significant, since GDP growth this year is estimated at 2.0 to 2.5%, of which 0.5% is accounted for by a single event.Sustaining jobsIn terms of the World Cup impact on jobs, Grant Thornton finds the figures very encouraging.The number of annual jobs sustained in total is 695 000. Of these, 280 000 annual jobs will be sustained in 2010 and 174 000 by the net additional economic activity in this year. This is an economic measure of equivalent annual jobs sustained by this amount of economic activity, and not new jobs created.“We continue to be upbeat about the impact of the World Cup,” said Saunders. “The stadia will be full and it will be great event; the profiling of South Africa and future spin-offs have always been the real benefit of hosting an event of this magnitude.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Trump continues cabinet selections

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest President-elect Donald Trump has wasted no time in piecing together his cabinet and top officials. Trump  announced Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as his pick for U.S. ambassador to China, citing his experience on trade and agricultural issues and long-term relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping.Last month, Branstad made his seventh visit to China, meeting with the country’s agriculture minister as well as officials from Iowa’s sister province, Hebei. Trump Thursday announced Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as his pick to be administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Pruitt has been a longtime critic of EPA, including leading his state’s effort in suing the agency over its controversial Waters of the United States rule.The selections of Branstad and Pruitt have received praise from leading agriculture organizations which called their selection “good for our industry, good for agriculture and good for rural America and the country at large.” Among Trump’s nominations to cabinet posts are Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., as head of the Justice Department and U.S. attorney general; Dr. Ben Carson as secretary of Housing and Urban Development; businesswoman and education activist Betsy DeVos as secretary of Education; Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., as secretary of Health and Human Services; former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao as secretary of Transportation; businessman Steven Mnuchin as secretary of the Treasury; businessman Wilbur Ross as secretary of Commerce, retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as secretary of Defense; and retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Picked to be administrator of the Small Business Administrator is businesswoman Linda McMahon.Trump has yet to name a secretary of Agriculture, but among those being at least rumored for the post are Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback; Chuck Conner, president and CEO of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives; former Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman; Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; Ted McKinney, current director of the Indiana Department of Agriculture; former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue; former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the state’s current agriculture secretary, Sid Miller; and Iowa agri-businessman Bruce Rastetter.last_img read more

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Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, June 20, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Showers continue today and we may see a thunderstorm or two around, mostly in western Ohio, but action today will generally try to start tapering off later this afternoon and evening. Additional rains today will be from .25”-.75”, but a lot of that will be front-loaded to this morning. Today’s rain coverage will be around 80%.  We are dry statewide tomorrow, for the entire day. Temps will try to rebound a bit with the sun, and it will feel much warmer after today’s cooler surge.  Rain is back for the weekend, but not nearly to the extent that we had been fearing up to this point. We still have rain potential each day, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, but amounts and coverage are significantly lower. For Saturday and Sunday, we can see showers with a few hundredths to .4″ potential on Saturday, and then a few hundredths to .75″ on Sunday. Coverage will be around 40% on Saturday and then also 40% on Sunday. Thunderstorms have the best potential Sunday down in south central Ohio. Rains Monday can be from .1”-.6” with 75% coverage. We see some lingering showers now on Tuesday too, and will allow for up to .25″ of moisture in our forecast this morning for that period. The map at right shows rain totals through next Tuesday.  We are a little drier in our forecast for the balance of next week. We turn out partly to mostly sunny for next Wednesday and Thursday. although we cant say there wont be a couple of hiccups. On Wednesday, clouds may linger in far east and northeast Ohio.  On Thursday we won’t completely rule out a renegade shower or two in central Ohio, but nothing significant or well organized. For Friday and Saturday, all of Ohio turns out partly to mostly sunny.  So, overall, while the near term forecast is not great with a pattern that suggests still too much moisture, we are looking at slightly better conditions trying to develop Tuesday afternoon forward next week. But we have to see data continue to back that up in the days ahead. Temperatures will do no better than normal to below during this entire period. In fact, we do not look for any period over the next 3 weeks where we see above normal GDDs…meaning we have no real warm air surging in. We need heat units, but likely do not pick any more than we normally would, and probably a lot less, in the coming weeks.last_img read more

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Intruder attempted to rape an Encanto woman

first_img KUSI Newsroom May 3, 2019 Intruder attempted to rape an Encanto woman Posted: May 3, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An intruder attempted to rape a woman this morning inside her Encanto home, police said.The victim showed up at her neighbor’s house and asked the neighbor to call police shortly before 6 a.m. to report that a man had broken into her house in the 6100 block of Wunderlin Avenue and tried to rape her, San Diego police Sgt. Michael Stirk said.Details regarding the break-in were scarce, but the burglar stole the woman’s cellphone. then fled the area, Stirk said. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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