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Amazon: Woody Allen’s #MeToo comments wrecked movie deal

NEW YORK — A lawyer for Amazon says Woody Allen breached his four-movie deal with the online giant by making statements about the #MeToo movement that damaged prospects for promoting his films.Attorney Robert Klieger (KLEE’-guhr) told a Manhattan federal judge Friday that the company protected itself after Allen made comments that at a minimum were insensitive.The hearing was related to a lawsuit Allen filed in February seeking at least $68 million. The lawsuit says Amazon ended his 2017 contract in June.John Quinn, Allen’s lawyer, says Amazon initially claimed it was ending the deal because of allegations made against Allen decades ago, not because of his recent statements.Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, said in 1992 that Allen molested her when she was 7. Allen has repeatedly denied it.The Associated Press read more

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Provinces considering carbon pricing are watching Ontarios first capandtrade auction

Ontario Environment Minister Glen Murray couldn’t comment on his province’s expected results so close to the auction, but has previously said he didn’t think Ontario’s market would see the same problem of oversupply, because the number of available allowances will decline at a more aggressive rate.Ontario is capping emission allowances at roughly 142 megatonnes this year, declining about four per cent each year to 2020, when the Liberals hope to have achieved a 15-per-cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over 1990 levels.As the emissions cap declines, the government hopes companies have more incentive to invest in technologies that cut their emissions.Carbon market expert Nicolas Girod said he expects the first auction to be close to fully subscribed. However, some businesses may sit this one out and some may be waiting until the market is linked with the California-Quebec one, he said.“There will be…excess allowances in California, so they may be cautious about buying in this first auction, or they may not be willing to buy at too high a price in this first auction because they know that there will be excess allowances from California coming next year,” said Girod, responsible for trading and research at Clear Blue Markets.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said all provinces must set up a cap-and-trade system or impose a price on carbon of at least $10 per tonne starting next year. In Ontario, the floor price on carbon is expected to be set for auctions at between $17.50 and $18 per tonne, though demand could push the price higher.I must say I’m hoping for the best for themProvinces without a carbon tax or cap-and-trade system are weighing their options and some say they will be closely watching Ontario’s results.Nova Scotia’s Liberal government is proposing a cap-and-trade system but isn’t currently planning to link its market. It is opting instead for trading of credits among emitters within the province and proposing to not make polluters pay the full cost for the greenhouse gas emissions that are over the capped limits.Jason Hollett, the executive director of Noca Scotia’s climate change division, said the plan is to distribute credits “for free” to carbon emitters, because the province has already met Ottawa’s targeted emission requirements due to changes to its electricity generation.Most large emitters in Ontario will receive allowances for free until 2020, which the government says is meant to prevent them from moving to jurisdictions without carbon pricing.Newfoundland and Labrador will watch what happens in Ontario and may consider a cap-and-trade system in the future, said Perry Trimper, the minister responsible for the office of Climate Change. Emissions caps are being set in that province and emitters who go over them will be required to invest in a low-carbon technology fund being run by the government, or find ways to reduce their emissions.“I must say I’m hoping for the best for them and we see an opportunity in the future to join jurisdictions like Ontario and Quebec in a cap-and-trade system,” Trimper said.Ontario’s results will be made public on April 3.The Canadian Press Mark Blinch / THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — Ontario’s cap-and-trade system aimed at lowering greenhouse gas emissions begins in earnest Wednesday with its first auction, which other provinces said they will be watching closely as they consider their own carbon pricing plans.The provincial Liberal government hopes the auction — held every three months — will bring in $1.9 billion a year, or $8 billion by the end of 2020, to be invested in programs that reduce emissions and help businesses and consumers adapt to a low-carbon economy.Under the plan, businesses will have limits — or caps — on the amount of pollution they can emit. Companies that exceed those limits, which will be reduced each year, can buy permits or allowances through auctions or from other companies that come in under their limits.The cap-and-trade system, which came into effect Jan. 1, added 4.3 cents per litre to the price of gasoline and about $80 a year to natural gas home heating costs, in addition to indirect costs that will be passed onto consumers.Why Canadians are turning against carbon prices — but still support climate actionB.C. proves to Ontario Conservatives that ‘revenue neutral’ carbon taxes are a mythThe Opposition Progressive Conservatives have been critical of those added costs and party leader Patrick Brown said Tuesday he would instead bring in a “revenue negative” carbon tax, with which any increased costs to consumers would be more than offset by tax cuts.A government-commissioned analysis showed that a carbon tax would achieve more emission reductions — almost half through businesses leaving Ontario — but cost more, and an unlinked cap-and-trade model would be the most expensive option.Ontario plans to link its cap-and-trade system with a joint Quebec-California market next year. But when that happens, an estimated $466 million will leave the Ontario economy over three years, because it will be cheaper to buy allowances in those jurisdictions, the auditor general has said. Both the environmental commissioner and the auditor have said that means greenhouse gas emissions won’t actually be cut in Ontario.The most recent Quebec-California joint cap-and-trade auction saw just 18 per cent of allowances sold, with previous results of 88 per cent, 35 per cent and 11 per cent.Mark Blinch / Canadian Press read more

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Former Hague prosecutor Sri Lankas new CAA head

Meddegoda is a PC with 37 years of legal experience. He served in the Attorney General’s department (as Senior State Counsel) for nearly 20 years. Thereafter he joined The Hague’s United Nations International Criminal Tribunal’s Office of the Prosecutor as a Legal Adviser in 1994 and served for 10 years. A one-time trial attorney from The Hague’s International Criminal Tribunal (ICC) has been appointed to the helm of Sri Lankan consumer affairs authority.The Ministry of Industry and Commerce said that President’s Counsel Anura Bandara Meddegoda has been appointed as the seventh Chairman of the Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) of Sri Lanka. “I thank the Minister of Industry and Commerce Rishad Bathiudeen for appointing me. I pledge to discharge my duties to the best of my ability, to safeguard and enhance the rights of Sri Lankan consumers, manufacturers and traders,” Meddegoda said. He was appointed as Secretary Ministry of Justice and Judicial Reform in 2004 but had to skip due to his commitment with The Hague. After returning from The Hague in 2005 he continued with his private legal practice and President Maithripala Sirisena appointed him as a President’s Counsel in April 2017.The Consumer Affairs Authority (CAA) is the apex Government organization mandated to protect consumers’ interests and ensure fair market competition in Sri Lanka. It has been established under the Consumer Affairs Authority Act No.09 of 2003. read more

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Top UN officials deeply saddened after Russian airline crashes killing all on

“The Secretary-General sends his heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of the Russian Federation,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York.Echoing the sentiment, Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) also expressed sorrow after the Kogalymavia flight crashed in Central Sinai.”It was with great sorrow that we learned about this tragic accident and we express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims at this difficult moment”, said Mr. Rifai in a statement.UNWTO conveyed its heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims as well as to the Russian people on behalf of the international tourism community.According to media reports, the crash was caused most likely due to an unidentified technical failure, as there is no indication of any terrorist action. read more

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UK car production posts growth again

Export118,6711,101,76814,407122,182133,0781,223,950 ‘Commercial vehicle production looks set to grow by a further five per cent before the end of 2007, which would take the volumes to the highest level since 1998,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘It is promising to see steady growth across light and heavy commercial vehicle segments.’ Home27,565330,2087,62178,98235,186409,190 Commercial vehicle production For more please see the attached 16.0%5.9%-3.1%-3.3%13.6%4.9% 13.7%5.5%3.6%4.4%12.3%5.4% Source:CarsCommercial Vehicles Total vehicles  4.8%4.1%19.4%19.1%7.7%6.7% % of total18.8%23.1%34.6%39.3%20.9%25.1%Car Production DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) ‘November has followed the 2007 trend of growth in production, which is a testament to the investment manufacturers have made in the British motor industry,’ said Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Production is up 5.5 per cent over the year-to-date and although we aren’t yet out of the woods it is encouraging that volumes exported have remained stable.’ Total146,2361,431,97622,028201,164168,2641,633,140 % of total81.2%76.9%65.4%60.7%79.1%74.9% SMMT LtdNov-07YTD 2007Nov-07YTD 2007Nov-07YTD 2007 read more

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Ping le réseau social dApple démarre mal

first_imgPing : le réseau social d’Apple démarre malÉtats-Unis – Le réseau social d’Apple connaît des débuts difficiles. Entre maladresses, difficultés techniques et spam, Ping a pour l’instant bien du mal à convaincre.Ping éprouve bien des difficultés à faire évoluer ses membres dans un milieu sain. Le réseau social d’Apple, inauguré la semaine dernière, est tout d’abord victime du spam qui envahit ses pages. Et pour cause : l’éditeur antivirus Sophos affirme que la firme à la pomme n’a prévu “aucun filtre anti-spam”. À lire aussiA 17 ans, il tente de hacker Apple pour décrocher un emploiSi d’un côté, Ping apparaît assez étroit et fermé pour un réseau dit social, il est en revanche très accueillant pour les publicités intempestives.Mal pensé, le réseau d’Apple ne permet pas d’écouter ou de partager facilement de la musique, son but premier. D’un point de vue technique, Facebook ayant bloqué la recherche d’amis sur Ping, les utilisateurs doivent utiliser la recherche manuelle ou par mail pour retrouver leurs contacts qui, dans 99% des cas, ne possèdent pas de compte Ping. Dernier couac, mais pas des moindres : les choix musicaux de Ping, peu intéressants par rapport à ceux d’autres sites comme Deezer, Spotify ou même Facebook, qui ne se contentent pas de plébisciter des artistes déjà très (trop ?) médiatisés. Le 6 septembre 2010 à 10:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Samsung Galaxy S3 Apple Iphone 4S le duel

first_imgSamsung Galaxy S3 / Apple Iphone 4S : le duelUn peu âgé et ne présentant qu’une évolution de l’iPhone 4, l’iPhone 4S d’Apple fait-il réellement le poids face au fraîchement débarqué Samsung Galaxy S3 ?A l’occasion de la sortie très attendue du smartphone Galaxy S3 de Samsung, voici un petit comparatif entre le dernier né des smartphones Samsung et le toujours très prisé iPhone 4S d’Apple.DimensionsLe Samsung Galaxy S3 mesure 136,6 X 70,6 X 8,6 mm contre des dimensions de 115,2 x 58,6 x 9,3 mm pour le dernier iPhone en date. Le Galaxy S3 est donc plus étiré en longueur et plus fin que l’iPhone 4S. De plus, le premier présente un écran bien plus grand de 4,8 pouces contre 3,5 pouces pour le terminal d’Apple. Une différence significative. Enfin, le Galaxy S3 est plus léger : il pèse 133 g seulement contre 140 g pour le produit Apple.Verdict : Samsung Galaxy S3 – 1, Iphone 4S -0Puissance et stockageLe mobile de Samsung est doté d’un processeur Quad Core Exynos 4 cadencé à 1,4 Ghz et d’une puce graphique 4 coeurs Mali 400, cadencée comme son nom l’indique à 400 Mhz. En face, l’iPhone 4S présente un Apple A5 double-coeur Cortex-A9 1 GHz et un processeur graphique PowerVR SGX 543MP2. La différence de génération entre les deux terminaux est palpable, au moins sur le papier… Avantage logique au plus jeune : le Galaxy S3.Verdict : Samsung Galaxy S3 – 2, Iphone 4S – 0Sur la capacité, les deux appareils proposent les mêmes capacités de stockage variant de 16 à 64 Go. Match nul, donc.Verdict : Samsung Galaxy S3 – 3, Iphone 4S – 1Capteur Photo/Prise de vidéoSur ce point, les deux smartphones font clairement jeu égal. Malgré une actualité plus récente, le produit Samsung offre finalement un capteur photographique de 8 Mégapixels et non le 12 Mégapixels annoncé. Autant dire, la même chose que l’iPhone 4S. Ensuite, la vidéo pourra être lue et enregistrée en 1080p natif sur les deux appareils. Là encore, match nnul.Verdict : Samsung Galaxy S3 – 4, Iphone 4S – 2ApplicationsSelon le cabinet Research2Guidance, l’Android Market de Google propose 295.000 applications au 1er mai de cette année, contre 381.000 applications pour l’App Store d’Apple.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Si bon nombre d’applications ne sont pas utilisées d’un utilisateur à l’autre, l’offre globale penche du coté d’Apple, même si cette avance se rétrécit de mois en mois.Verdict : Samsung Galaxy S3 – 4, Iphone 4S – 3BilanLe Samsung Galaxy S3 est gagnantMême si iOS présente l’avantage d’offrir un parc d’applications colossal,le Samsung Galaxy S3 est pour l’heure ce qui se fait de mieux à l’heure actuelle sur le marché du smartphone. Samsung a frappé un grand coup en dévoilant un produit très haut de gamme mais Apple est prêt à riposter avec son iPhone 5… Le 4 mai 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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De leau de bonne qualité dans la majorité des plages de lUE

first_imgDe l’eau de bonne qualité dans la majorité des plages de l’UESelon le rapport sur les eaux de baignade européennes publié hier, les lieux de vacances de l’Union possèdent des eaux de qualité. 92,1% des sites répondent désormais aux normes de qualité minimales fixées par la directive sur les eaux de baignade.Voilà une nouvelle qui ravira les Européens à l’approche de l’été. Le rapport annuel sur les eaux de baignade européennes publié par l’Agence européenne pour l’environnement (AEE) en association avec la Commission européenne, signale que 92,1% des eaux de baignade de l’Union européenne répondent désormais aux normes de qualité minimales fixées par la directive sur les eaux de baignade. Une loi passée en 2006 qui impose notamment le respect de critères bactériologiques.”Je me félicite de ce que la qualité des eaux de baignade européennes demeure dans l’ensemble élevée et que des améliorations aient eu lieu depuis l’an dernier”, a affirmé le commissaire chargé de l’Environnement, Janez Potocnik, en présentant le rapport. En effet, le document fait état de 77,1% des sites disposant d’une eau d’excellente qualité. Cela signifie qu’elle répond aux valeurs guides les plus strictes. Les sites de baignade de Chypre, Malte, de Grèce et de Croatie ont même reçu la note “excellent”, chacun ayant plus de 90% des sites satisfaisant aux valeurs guides plus strictes.Cela représente 3,5% de plus que l’an passé. Par ailleurs, 93% des eaux de baignade littorales ont été classées “satisfaisantes” ou conformes à des valeurs impératives moins strictes, soit une augmentation de 1%. De manière générale, la qualité des eaux dans les lieux de vacances estivales les plus populaires en Europe est bonne, plus de 80% des eaux de baignade d’Espagne, d’Italie et du Portugal étant d’excellente qualité.À lire aussiSoleil : Pourquoi est-ce que l’on bronze ?Néanmoins, “plusieurs pays connaissent encore des problèmes de pollution par l’agriculture et les eaux usées, aussi devons-nous multiplier les efforts pour garantir à tous une eau propre et salubre”, précise Jacqueline McGlade, directrice de l’AEE. Le nombre de sites de baignade du littoral ne respectant pas les dispositions de la directive sur les eaux de baignade a toutefois nettement baissé, passant de 9,2% en 1990 à 1,5% en 2011.Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur le site de l’AEE : http://www.eea.europa.eu/frLe 24 mai 2012 à 15:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Samsung Wants To Kill All Galaxy Note 7s But Verizon Wont Let

first_img Samsung wants to remotely drive a stake through the heart of every Galaxy Note 7 that hasn’t exploded yet. Unfortunately, not all wireless carriers are willing to let them do it.According to Samsung reports, around 90% of the Galaxy Note 7 devices, they sold have already been returned. It’s easy enough to see why Samsung wants to disable the remaining 10%.They’ve yet to blow up on their owners and destroy yet another car or cause full thickness burns on another thigh, and Samsung would like to keep it that way.The plan they’ve come up with is to push a software update to the affected devices that will prevent them from taking a charge. Once the battery runs down, then, the phones are done. The owner can keep it around as a paperweight or finally stop prolonging the inevitable and take it back to their carrier to trade it in.There’s one hangup, of course, and it’s the same one you run into when you’re waiting for Android updates to get pushed to your phone. Carriers have to agree to push the OTA update to their customers.At least one is refusing to do that: Verizon.According to a company statement, Verizon is unwilling to leave its customers high and dry over the holiday season. “We do not want to make it impossible to contact family, first responders or medical professionals in an emergency situation,” they said.Fair point. If someone else’s Note 7 blows up on them, you want to make sure that any nearby paramedics still carrying a Note 7 can still be reached.T-Mobile will start rolling out the update on December 27th. Other carriers are waiting until January: AT&T will push the update on the 5th, and Sprint will follow up on January 8th. Stay on target Samsung’s 108MP Camera Sensor Is Coming to a Smartphone Near YouHuge Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Doesn’t Have Room For Headphone Jack last_img read more

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Vancouver port granted 485000 for trail

first_imgThe Port of Vancouver is making strides at its own waterfront project this month.A 1,200-foot path that would span the port’s 10-acre property, known as Terminal 1, was granted $485,000 by the Southwest Regional Transportation Council on Wednesday.The path connects the Waterfront Renaissance Trail, which stretches east to Wintler Park, to new trails crossing the other waterfront development, The Waterfront Vancouver, to the west.Commissioner Jerry Oliver, who serves on the council’s 14-member board, said in a statement that the grant was an important step for the port’s waterfront plans.“The port is building on its vision for the waterfront, and this grant from RTC will help us reach that vision,” he said.Terminal 1 is a mixed-use project, designed for shops, restaurants, offices and more along the port-owned property along the Columbia River, at the former Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay.The funds are the first steps for the Terminal 1, said project manager Jonathan Eder, after it was endorsed by Vancouver City Council in June. The grant will help pay for security lighting, landscaping, benches, public art and signs.last_img read more

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Action taken to reduce NonRevenue water

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 22, 2017 – Kingston – Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says advances are being made on the Kingston and St. Andrew Non-Revenue Water (NRW) Co-Management Project.“This project is supposed to last for five years.   We’re making steady progress in mapping meters and finding leaks, so we will be able to reduce non-revenue water,” he said.The Prime Minister was speaking at his quarterly press briefing held at his Devon Road offices in Kingston on September 21.   NRW refers to water that has been produced and is lost before it reaches the customer.   Losses can happen as a result of leaks, theft or metering inaccuracies.   The project is intended to improve water supply to residents and save the National Water Commission (NWC) billions of dollars in lost revenue.President of the NWC, Mark Barnett, in a JIS News interview said the project is almost at the end of its second year, and improvements have been made in non-revenue water.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister noted that in May this year, a Regional Water Financing Conference, hosted by the NWC in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), was successful in assisting regional water and sewerage utilities in the formulation and financing of action plans.These plans will result in consumers having greater access to reliable water and sewerage services at the least possible cost, taking into consideration prevailing local conditions.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister noted that rainwater harvesting systems have been installed in 10 schools, and “we’re moving towards the sustainable provision of water in areas where we cannot supply water using the conventional piped system”.“These will become good test cases to see how we can expand water by using water catchment areas and solar pumping as alternative solutions,” he said.Other water projects in the pipeline to be implemented by the NWC involve a partnership with the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) to install floating solar panels on the Mona Reservoir, and the completion of certain existing projects in Hanover, Westmoreland and Clarendon.Cabinet has also approved the NWC going to market to procure 150,000 electronic meters to be installed across the island, which is expected to begin later this year.   Further usage of technology will be employed to read metres on properties.Release: JIS Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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Rebecca Zahau Case wrap up

first_img , Updated: 6:57 PM Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Rebecca Zahau FacebookTwitter Posted: April 3, 2018 Rebecca Zahau Case wrap up 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) – The wrongful death lawsuit of Rebecca Zahau is in the hands of the jury by this afternoon. Author and Journalist Caitlin Rother joined us in studio on Good Morning San Diego outlining all the details of the Zahau case from start to finish.Rebecca Zahau was found hanged, naked, bound and gagged on July 13, 2011 at the historic Speckles Mansion in Coronado, owned by her boyfriend, pharmaceutical CEO Jonah Shacknai.Although her death was ruled a suicide by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the County Medical Examiner, the Zahau family has disputed that finding and in the wrongful death suit, alleges that 54-year-old Adam Shacknai, the brother of Zahau’s boyfriend, murdered her after a sexual assault and then staged the killing to look like a suicide.In the civil trial which began on Feb. 26, attorneys for the plaintiffs and for the defense have called a wide array of experts to testify.Both sides have used forensic pathologists to discuss the injuries suffered by Zahau. The plaintiffs’ case also involved testimony from a knot and ligature expert, a DNA expert, an expert on fingerprints and an authority on kinesiology.The defense has argued that there is no DNA or fingerprint evidence to implicate Adam Shacknai.In a case that has involved detailed evidence on DNA, fingerprints, handwriting, knots and autopsy reports, what may be the trial’s most dramatic demonstration was a life-size mannequin meant to simulate the way the body of Zahau was found hanging from a balcony of her boyfriend’s mansion in Coronado.The plaintiffs contend Zahau did not take her own life, but was sexually assaulted and murdered by her boyfriend’s brother, Adam Shacknai.As jurors looked at the mannequin, attorney Keith Greer played the recording of the 911 call in which the defendant Adam Shacknai is heard talking to the 911 operator, shortly after he said he has found Zahau hanging.When the dispatcher asks Shacknai if Zahau is still alive, Shacknai responds, “I don’t know.”The plaintiffs’ attorney told the jury, “He doesn’t come there and shake her and check her- see ‘are you alive?” He doesn’t even think about whether she’s alive or dead, until somebody says something to him. He knows she’s dead.”Defense attorney Dan Webb told the jury there is not a single witness or any scientific evidence that points to Adam Shacknai’s involvement. Webb said the plaintiffs have fashioned a theory based only on speculation and tried to pass it off as evidence.“Theories are not evidence,” Webb said.Closing arguments continue Tuesday. Jury deliberations could begin Tuesday afternoon. April 3, 2018last_img read more

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Alaska tribes health organizations join opioid suit

first_imgEmergency services respond to a call in downtown Juneau in winter of 2016. There have been nearly 70 fatal opioid overdoses in Alaska over a recent 12-month period. (File photo by David Purdy/KTOO)Alaska Native tribes and tribal health organizations have joined a federal lawsuit against the prescription drug industry over the opioid crisis.Listen nowAlaska Natives and Native Americans as a whole are fatally overdosing at a higher rate than the rest of the U.S. population. That’s according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Rob Sanderson, Jr. is a leader on the executive committee of Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. He said addiction often starts on prescription drugs. When the supply of prescription pills runs out they turn to the street.“You see people that you would never have thought would get addicted to heroin,” Sanderson said. “It’s everywhere. You see it with the rich, the poor – the in-between – you see everybody.”Nearly 450 tribes have filed briefs in support of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the opioid industry.“This is an epidemic and a crisis that is devastating Indian Country proportionally, to a much a greater degree than the crisis is having an impact in other parts of the country,” said Geoffrey Strommer, a Portland, Oregon-based attorney helping direct the tribes’ efforts.Legal experts say the federal multi-district litigation filed in Ohio involves more than a dozen states and thousands of municipalities – and now hundreds of tribes.“And that’s different from some of the other large-scale litigations that people have compared this case to, most notably tobacco litigation,” said Adam Zimmerman, a law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. He said that 1998 settlement ordered the tobacco industry to pay states more than $200 billion over 25 years.But much of that settlement went to state coffers.Alaska’s Attorney General’s office filed its own lawsuit after Gov. Bill Walker declared a public health emergency over opioids last year.Zimmerman says it’s clear tribal councils don’t want to leave it up to the states if and when it comes time to share any global settlement.“They note how tribal sovereignty is very, very, very different,” Zimmerman said, “than the kind of relationships between a city and a state government or the state and the federal government and how important it is that they have a seat at the table.”Tribal health organizations in Alaska have also filed suit.The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium – known as SEARHC – operates clinics in at least 20 communities down Alaska’s panhandle. It was among several tribal health organizations in Alaska that joined last month as a plaintiff.Strommer said tribal health organizations are on the front lines.“SEARHC, just like other health providers in the state, has seen an increase in resource allocation focused on addressing the impacts of the opioid crisis,” Strommer said.The increasingly complex opioid lawsuit is in the hands of a federal judge in Cleveland.With the list of plaintiffs growing by the week, it could even surpass the 1998 tobacco settlement to become the largest lawsuit in U.S. history.last_img read more

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Blast kills 20 in Lahore

first_imgPakistani rescue workers try to move the bodies of victims at the site of an explosion in Lahore. Photo: AFPAn explosion killed at least 20 people and injured dozens in a busy vegetable market in the Pakistani city of Lahore Monday, officials said, but the cause of the blast was not immediately clear.“(The explosion) seems like a suicide blast targeting police, but we are still ascertaining the nature of the explosion,” the city’s commissioner Abdullah Khan Sumbul said.He told AFP at least 20 people had been killed and 35 wounded.Meanwhile a spokesman for the Lahore police, Syed Hammad Shah, put the toll at 25 dead with 40 injured.Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan warned the toll could rise in a press conference held minutes after the attack.Most of the casualties were police officers and some bystanders, he said.“It is not yet confirmed if it is an incident of terrorism or an accidental explosion,” the interior minister added.Provincial law minister Rana Sanaullah also said the nature of the blast was not confirmed, but said it had appeared to target a vegetable market crowded with shoppers.Lahore has been hit by significant militant attacks in Pakistan’s more than decade-long war on extremism, but they have been less frequent in recent years.The last major blast in the city was in March last year, when 75 were killed and hundreds injured in a bomb targeting Christians celebrating Easter Sunday in a park.A bomb also killed 14 people in Lahore in February during a wave of attacks across the country, denting optimism that Pakistan’s security situation was improving.In April, seven were killed in an attack in the city targeting a team that was carrying out the country’s long overdue census.Pakistan’s security has dramatically improved since the powerful army cracked down on militancy in the wake of the country’s deadliest ever attack in 2014.That assault saw gunmen from the Pakistani Taliban storm a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar, killing more than 150 people, the majority of them children.It shook a country already grimly accustomed to atrocities and prompted the military to step up an operation in the tribal areas, where militants had previously operated with impunity.Explosions caused by gas cylinders-which are used for cooking as well as in cars-are also common in Pakistan. A blast in Lahore in February was initially thought to be a militant attack, but turned out to be a gas explosion.The city of around six million people is Pakistan’s cultural hub and the capital of its most powerful province, Punjab.last_img read more

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US Consumers to Spend 26 Billion on Music Video Subscriptions This Year

first_imgHowever, these numbers are still dwarfed by the money consumers spend on video games. In 2019, video games are expected to generate close to $39 billion in revenue in the U.S., according to the Consumer Technology Association. By 2020, games are projected to bring in nearly $42 billion.Altogether, U.S. consumers are expected to spend $401 billion on consumer electronics and services this year, which is 2.2% more than last year.But not every segment of the market is performing equally: While spending on software and services is expected to grow 14% year-over-year, hardware spending is expected to decline by about 0.3% — yet another reason why companies like Apple increasingly focus on services. Popular on Variety U.S. consumers are expected to spend a combined $26 billion on music and video subscription services this year, according to new estimates from the Consumer Technology Association. That’s up from $20.4 billion in 2018, and nearly twice the amount spent on such services in 2017.Propelled by the continued success of Apple Music and Spotify, domestic music streaming revenue alone is expected to reach $8.4 billion this year. This represents a 33% growth over 2018 results.Revenue from paid video streaming services on the other hand is expected to be up 25% year-over-year, to the tune of $17.7 billion for 2019. The Consumer Technology Association credits live TV services with some of the momentum for paid video streaming. CREDIT: Courtesy of the Consumer Technology Associationcenter_img Together, music and video streaming services are projected to generate close to $32.3 billion in revenue in 2020. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Dance is a form of Sahitya

first_imgCelebrated Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer, famed motivational speaker, acclaimed choreographer, dance scholar and top bureaucrat, Ananda Shankar opens up about her passion for dancing and how it helped her combat cancer…  How did you develop interest in classical dancing?I took up dancing at the age of four. When I was 11, I went to Kalakshetra in Chennai for a summer workshop – that’s where I developed my passion for the art. I immediately took admission there as a boarder. I trained there till the age of 17, while simultaneously pursuing private education.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A choreographer, a dance scholar and a bureaucrat; how do you juggle the different roles?Multi-tasking comes naturally to all women. The secret is to make time for the important things in life and to not give up on your passion. It is exhausting at times and that’s what makes it exciting.You incorporate a lot of dialogues in your dance performances, how challenging is that?Dance in itself is a form of Sahitya. Every production is different and comes with a flavour of its own. For instance, Jonathan Livingston Seagull, the story was in English, therefore I used English narration to bring out the essence of the story before the audiences. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHow did you overcome cancer? During those tough times, my husband was my greatest strength. He maintained a strong and positive environment. I shifted my complete focus to dance and never stopped dancing even during the chemotherapy sessions or surgery days. My passion helped me overcome the disease.  What would be your advice to those combating breast cancer in India?People are not aware enough about breast cancer. Most women tend to prioritise their families over themselves, and keep away from discussing their discomforts. Also, it’s an issue that most people shy away from talking about. My suggestion to men would be, gift a check-up, at least once in two years, to their mothers and wives after they reach the age of 40.  What made you infuse contemporary issues into the classical form of dancing?Dance to me is like any other language that I speak. I use it to share my worries and even to share humour. I have also used mythological stories in my performances to equate the present condition of women to that of the past, because they are still somewhat relevant. Share with us some of the most memorable incidents of your career?Receiving the Padma Shri from Dr (APJ) Kalam and performing before Dalia Lama were the two most memorable incidents of my career.Your advice to upcoming artists?Youngsters these days, fail to relate to classical art forms. I would suggest them not to compromise with their art at any cost.last_img read more

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Its the first day of 2017 Time for PC maintenance

first_imgIt’s the first day of 2017: Time for PC maintenance by Martin Brinkmann on January 01, 2017 in Tutorials – Last Update: January 02, 2017 – 26 commentsNow that we have made it successfully into 2017, even with that leap second scare and all, it seems like a good time to run maintenance related tasks on your PC to cut excess fat, free up storage, make it faster, and just make sure everything is in working order.While many of you have probably a good understanding of the tools and processes involved in giving a Windows PC a thorough maintenance job, knowing something and doing it are not necessarily the same things.The following guide offers suggestions on a couple of tools that you may want to run on your system today, or when time permits it.PC maintenanceYou need a couple of tools to run the jobs. These tools are my suggestions but you can use comparable programs if you prefer those.Autoruns — Probably the best program to manage autostart entries on Windows.CCleaner — A reliable program to remove temporary files to free up disk space. Make sure you download portable or slim on the download page.Malwarebytes Free — A second opinion scanner that checks your computer for malicious code.SUMo — The Software Update Monitor checks for programs for which updates are available.Veeam Endpoint Backup Free — Program to create backups of Windows and your data.WizTree — The program lists the largest files on all hard drives.Running Security checksYou may want to consider a couple of things:While you may have security software installed, it is a good idea to run a second opinion scanner from time to time. One program that I recommend for the job is Malwarebytes Free. You can run other programs however as well.You may want to check certain programs for updates. While you may block updates for some, it is a good idea to keep software up to date. Either check programs (and the operating system) manually, or use a program like SUMo for that instead.BackupI consider creating backups part of maintenance. While you may run them regularly already, I suggest you create a backup before you start the maintenance. This is done so that you may restore the snapshot if something goes wrong during maintenance.The program that I use currently to create backups is Veeam Endpoint Backup Free. You can read my review of the backup software here.Make sure you have enough free space available on another drive — preferably external — to create the backup.Managing auto-run itemsThe more items start with Windows, the slower the start becomes. While it is recommended or even required that some programs start with Windows, think security software, it is often optional when it comes to other software.Generally speaking, it may make sense to keep programs in the autostart if you use them regularly. Consider however that programs that start with Windows use resources because of this as well.Autoruns is certainly an intimidating program on first run. It throws dozens of tabs at you, and lists hundreds of entries that start with Windows.You don’t have to go through the “everything” tab, or all tabs. I recommend you check out the logon and scheduled tasks tabs at the very least.Programs are easily identifiable by their program name, description, publisher and path. I suggest you run a search if you run into identification issues.Simply uncheck an item to block it from starting with Windows.Removing junk filesThis operation requires multiple tools. I suggest you start with Disk Cleanup. The program is distributed with any version of Windows.Select Start, type Disk Cleanup, and select the result.Select the main hard drive (c usually) when prompted, and wait for the scan to finish.Select “clean up system files”, and repeat step 2. Proceed at 4 afterwards.It is safe usually to select any file option that Disk Cleanup lists. Note however that you cannot roll back to a previous version of Windows if you select to clean “previous Windows installations”.When the operation is done, run CCleaner. I suggest that you go through the options under Cleaner before you hit analyze or run Cleaner.Basically, what you do here is select the locations that you want CCleaner to scan on your system. Some options are not selected by default, saved passwords for instance for various browsers.Note that cookies and sessions will get removed by default. If you don’t want that, make sure you exclude them from the scan.Tip: you can improve CCleaner by adding support for over 1000 programs to it using CCEnhancer.Analyze displays what would get cleaned when you select “run cleaner”. It is suggested that you use that option first before you clean anything.Now run WizTree, and scan your main hard drive. This takes just a couple of seconds, and you end up with a list of folders and files that take up most of the space.The idea is to find large files on the drive that you no longer require. You can remove any file or folder (and all files it contains) by selecting the item and tapping on the Delete-key on the keyboard. Right-click works as well, and it allows you to open the folder or file, and perform other file related tasks such as cutting or copying it.Other options:10 ways to free up hard drive space on Windows.Patch Cleaner is a free program that removes orphan Windows installer files from the system to free up disk space.HardwareYou may want to check your computer’s hardware, especially hard drives with important data, to make sure they won’t die anytime soon.You can use a program like HDDExpert to display SMART values and some suggestions in regards to health, backup, temperature and space.If you want to be thorough, consider running a program like Macrorit Disk Scanner which runs surface scans to return the bad sector count to you.Now You: Have other suggestions? Feel free to post them in the comments below.SummaryArticle NameIt’s the first day of 2017: Time for PC maintenanceDescriptionThe first day of the year is as good as any, if not better, to run PC maintenance tasks to make sure your computer is running as good as it can.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Microsoft releases KB4462933 for Windows 10 version 1803

first_imgMicrosoft releases KB4462933 for Windows 10 version 1803 by Martin Brinkmann on October 25, 2018 in Windows – 17 commentsWhile Microsoft is still busy getting Windows 10 version 1809 ready for re-release after what can only be described as anything but a clean launch, it released an update for the current main version of Windows 10, Windows 10 version 1803.The cumulative update KB4462933 replaces all previous updates installed for that particular version of Windows 10. System administrators should see the update already on Windows Update, WSUS and other Microsoft Update related services.Note: While it may be tempting to install the update right away, we suggest you wait at least some days before you do so unless you have a proper backup in place or tested the update extensively before deployment on production machines.Note 2: If you install updates manually, you need to install the latest servicing stack update first on the machine before you install KB4462933 as the update will fail otherwise. The update can be downloaded from Microsoft’s Update Catalog website.KB446293KB4462933 is a big update that includes dozens of fixes but no security updates. The update brings the build of the operating system to version 17134.376 when it is installed on a device.Here is what is changed and fixed by KB4462933:Admin: sysprep /generalize failed in audit mode.Admin: Event Log service stopped responding until restart. Occurred when the event log was full and “Do not overwrite events” was selected.Admin: when calling CreateProcessWithLogonW(), Access Denied error code “0x5” was thrown on systems with more than 4 Gigabytes of memory.Admin: AccountName in the Event Log for Microsoft-Windows-Kerberos-Key-Distribution-Center source and Event ID 7  appeared corrupt sometimes.Admin: TLS 1.0 or TLS 1.1 could not be disabled when FIPS mode (Federal Information Processing Standard) was enabled.Admin: handle leaks issue when using client authentication certificates with TLS.Admin: TCP connections for apps running on Windows Container failed sporadically.Admin: App-V packages failed because of missing file or DLL errors.Admin: restore of container snapshots failed because of missing files.Admin: fixed an issue that prevented Immediate Tasks from being deleted.Admin: issue prevented Scheduled Tasks from being executed until a user logged in.Admin: Fixed reporting issue that implied incorrectly that user rights Group Policy settings were not applied.Admin: Fixed Scheduled Task issue where tasks would not execute at the expected time.Admin: System.Security.Cryptography.Algorithms reference load issue after July 10 and August 14 cumulative updates.Hardware: legacy Bluetooth Basic Rate device inbound pairing issue.Hardware: operating system stopped working when a Bluetooth device is removed.Hardware: Call Control issue that caused the audio service to stop working with error messages such as Exception error 0x8000000e in btagservice.dll, Exception error 0xc0000005 or 0xc0000409 in bthavctpsvc.dll, or Stop 0xD1 BSOD error in btha2dp.sys.Hardware: Precision touchpad issue that caused applications with child windows to stop processing mouse inputs.Hardware: multi-monitor issue that rendered an app in full-screen mode incorrectly after changing the display mode.Hardware: some applications stopped working after unplugging a tablet.Microsoft Edge: some documents did not appear in the debugger of the Developer Tools.Microsoft Edge: some extension scripts did not appear in the Developer Tools.Microsoft Edge: fixed a Microsoft Edge warning message issue when printing PDF documents.Microsoft Office: support Microsoft Office events in the “Limit Enhanced” Group Policy setting list.NET Framework: fixed Net Framework applications issue that caused apps to stop working with error “The process cannot access the file “.NET Framework: Net Framework support updated for Japanese date formats.Other: redenomination of local currency that the Central Bank of Venezuela implemented. Also, updated Venezuela currency information.Other: issues with updated timezone information.Other: fixed SharePoint Online “couldn’t open PDF” issue when printing documents.Other: Windows Defender Application Guard would not launch after servicing on Windows 10N devices.Other: Fixed clock and date fly-out in Spanish versions of Windows 10.Other: application title truncation issueOther: Windows 8.1 app stopped working when calling ProjectionManager.StartProjectingAsync API with error code 0x80070057Other: some application input text elements stopped responding.Other: fixed East Asian text input issue when creating passwords.Other: addressed leak issue during window destruction events.Other: addressed on-screen keyboard text input issue that made suggested words appear and then disappear.Other: fixed issue that prevent apps from displaying popup windows or dialog boxes when in full-screen mode.Other: Japanese Calendar view issue that caused navigation across eras to stop working.Other: addressed date format issue in the Japanese era calendar. Also fixed GetCalendarInfo when used on a Japanese era calendar.Now You: Have you installed the update?SummaryArticle NameMicrosoft releases KB4462933 for Windows 10 version 1803DescriptionFind out what is new in KB4462933, a new cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1803 that brings the version to 17134.376.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

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Merkels spokesman Germany leaving euro absurd

first_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Quick workouts for men Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Top Stories 4 sleep positions for men and what they meancenter_img Sponsored Stories Comments   Share   Seibert said “the idea that Germany could leave the euro, and that this wouldn’t be a drama for Europe, is absurd.”(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) BERLIN (AP) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman has dismissed the idea of Germany abandoning the euro as “absurd.”Steffen Seibert was asked Friday about comments by Italy’s former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi that a German exit from the currency would be “no tragedy.”Italian news agency ANSA quoted Berlusconi on Thursday as saying an exit by Germany, the region’s biggest economy, would be one possibility to help heavily indebted European countries like Italy. He said the other option would be for the European Central Bank to become the region’s lender of last resort. Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenixlast_img read more

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China India have many rivalries some areas of cooperation

first_img BEIJING (AP) — India’s prime minister is visiting China this week to build friendship between the two Asian giants despite a long history of disputes and rivalries, along with some areas of cooperation, especially in the economic sphere.HIMALAYAN BORDER DISPUTESIndia and China have disagreed for decades over which country controls two chunks of Himalayan territory. China says the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh is part of China, while India insists China is illegally occupying Aksai Chin, a rocky and largely empty region far to the northwest. The two sides fought a brief war in 1962 over the latter territory. But the disputes have been low key for years now, with both countries much more concerned about boosting cross-border trade and investment. Diplomats from the two countries now regularly discuss the territorial dispute in scheduled talks, but even if little progress is ever made, neither country seems to care very much. The difference between men and women when it comes to pain FILE- In this Oct. 21, 2012 file photo, Indian army soldiers keep watch at the Indo China border in Bumla at an altitude of 15,700 feet (4,700 meters) above sea level in Arunachal Pradesh, India. India and China have disagreed for decades over which country controls two chunks of Himalayan territory. China says the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh is part of China, while India insists China is illegally occupying Aksai Chin, a rocky and largely empty region far to the northwest. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath, file) INDIA ACCELERATES, CHINA SLOWSIndia’s economic growth rate is finally overtaking China’s — although the sheer size of China’s economy ($10 trillion) remains much larger than India’s ($2 trillion). The World Bank expects India’s economy to grow 7.5 percent this year compared with 7.1 percent for China. Last year, India’s economy expanded 7.2 percent and China’s grew 7.4 percent, the slowest annual rate in nearly a quarter century. India’s growth could accelerate further if New Delhi addresses long-standing problems such as poor infrastructure and a strangling bureaucracy. In China, the central bank has cut interest rates to try to prevent the economy from slowing too quickly. After two decades of double-digit growth that has raised incomes but also caused significant environmental damage, China is trying to nurture an economy with greater reliance on service industries, which grow at slower but more sustainable rates.REBUILDING NEPALWhen a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, both China and India sent immense amounts of aid and military forces, and both pledged long-term support in rebuilding the impoverished nation. Competition for influence in Nepal has been brewing for years, with China courting India’s traditional ally with infrastructure projects like roads and hydropower dams. Chinese annual investment overtook India’s in 2014, and Beijing persuaded Kathmandu to clamp down on anti-Tibet demonstrations. Nepal’s location between India and China makes it geopolitically strategic, as a buffer between the two Asian giants which fought a brief border war in 1962. It also shares a border with the fraught territory of Tibet, defusing tensions between China and India, where Tibet’s exiled government and Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama are based. Its water resources are also crucial to the region, with melt from its Himalayan glaciers feeding rivers in both of the neighboring countries. Sponsored Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories STRING OF PEARLSIndia is deeply unsettled over China’s growing presence in the Indian Ocean, a scenario some analysts call the “string of pearls” strategy linking China’s interests in the countries surrounding India — Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Pakistan. In Sri Lanka, off India’s southern tip, China began by building the port at Hambantota and significantly upped the stakes with a massive development project off the coast of the capital, Colombo. Then, Sri Lanka allowed two Chinese submarines to dock off its coast, threatening to derail ties between India and Sri Lanka. The two sides moved to reconcile after the election of a new Sri Lankan government that put the Colombo port project under review. However, the U.S. Defense Department predicts China will keep establishing “access points” in the area over the coming decade.THE PAKISTAN FACTORThe longtime friendship between China and Pakistan, rooted in a time when both countries were deeply mistrustful of India, has long made New Delhi nervous. The relationship has mainly gone one way, with China providing economic assistance and political backing to Pakistan. Islamabad is also anxious for an alliance it can use to balance the growing economic and political clout of India. But Pakistan also offers China a gateway to South Asia, Iran and the Arabian Sea, one of the economic beltways that President Xi Jinping has sought to build through the region. Earlier this year, during a visit to Islamabad, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said China and Pakistan have an “all-weather friendship.” Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. 0 Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies 4 must play golf courses in Arizona 5 ways to recognize low testosterone TWO BIG MILITARIESWhile India and China are both sprawling nations with similar-sized populations, China is spending $144 billion on its military this year compared to India’s $40 billion. Still, India operates two aircraft carriers to China’s one, along with conventional and nuclear submarines, latest-generation fighter jets and an array of ballistic and cruise missiles. Both China and India possess nuclear weapons. While there have been no armed clashes since 1967, China’s support for Pakistan has long been a sore point in relations. China’s military expansion, which includes the largest naval fleet in Asia and a pair of stealth fighter development programs, is seen as geared mainly toward displacing the U.S. as the dominant power in the Asia-Pacific, as well as securing territorial claims such as Taiwan and the islands of the South China Sea. India has grown close to the U.S. on defense issues and wishes to retain its status as the premier force in the Indian Ocean.COOPERATIONDespite their rivalries, the two countries have played up their cultural links — such as the importation of Buddhism into China by wandering Chinese monks more than 1,500 years ago — and have found ample room for economic cooperation. Both are members of the BRICS grouping of emerging economies, which is now establishing a formal lending arm, the New Development Bank, to be based in China’s financial hub of Shanghai and to be headed by a senior Indian banker. India also was a founding member of the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which plans to be formally established by year’s end and seeks to emulate institutions such as the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. While the sides are seeking to expand bilateral trade to $100 billion this year, China exports far more than it imports, something Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hopes to alter with increased market access for Indian goods and services.last_img read more

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