Monthly Archives: August 2019

    BEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China and the United States began imposing additional tariffs on each other’s goods on Sunday, the latest escalation in a bruising trade war, but U.S. President Donald Trump said the sides would still meet for talks later this month.

    Trump, writing on Twitter, said his goal was to reduce U.S. reliance on China and again urged American companies to find alternate suppliers outside China.

    A new round of tariffs took effect from 0401 GMT, with Beijing’s levy of 5% on U.S. crude marking the first time the fuel has been targeted since the world’s two largest economies started their trade war more than a year ago.

    The Trump administration on Sunday began collecting 15% tariffs on more than $125 billion in Chinese imports, including smart speakers, Bluetooth headphones and many types of footwear.

    In retaliation, China started to impose additional tariffs on some of the U.S. goods on a $75-billion target list. Beijing did not specify the value of the goods that face higher tariffs from Sunday.

    The extra tariffs of 5% and 10% were levied on 1,717 items of a total of 5,078 products originating from the United States. Beijing will start collecting additional tariffs on the rest from Dec. 15.

    Trump on Sunday cited comments from U.S. economist Peter Morici, who claims the tariffs will not impact U.S. consumers that much given a drop in the Chinese currency, and called on U.S. companies to find suppliers outside of China.

    “We don’t want to be servants to the Chinese!” he said. “This is about American Freedom. Redirect the supply chain. There is no reason to buy everything from China!”

    Later, he told reporters that talks with China were continuing and the two sides would meet in person in September.

    “We are talking to China, the meeting is still on, as you know, in September,” he said. “We’ll see what happens, but we can’t allow China to rip us off anymore as a country.”

    Chinese state media struck a defiant note.

    “The United States should learn how to behave like a responsible global power and stop acting as a ‘school bully,’” the official Xinhua news agency said.

    “As the world’s only superpower, it needs to shoulder its due responsibility, and join other countries in making this world a better and more prosperous place. Only then can America become great again.”

    Tariffs could not impede China’s development, said the official People’s Daily of the ruling Communist Party.

    “China’s booming economy has made China a fertile ground for investment that foreign companies cannot ignore,” it said, in a commentary under the name ‘Zhong Sheng’, or ‘Voice of China’, which is often used to state its view on foreign policy issues.

    Last month, Trump said he was increasing existing and planned tariffs by 5% on about $550-billion worth of Chinese imports after Beijing announced its own retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods.

    Tariffs of 15% on cellphones, laptop computers, toys and clothing are to take effect on Dec. 15.

    The U.S. Trade Representative’s Office said on Thursday it would collect public comments through Sept. 20 on a planned tariff increase to 30% on a $250-billion list of goods already hit with a 25% tariff.

    Trade teams from China and the United States continue to talk and will meet in September, but tariff hikes on Chinese goods set to go in place on Sunday will not be delayed, Trump has said.

    For two years, the Trump administration has sought to pressure China to make sweeping changes to its policies on intellectual property protection, forced transfers of technology to Chinese firms, industrial subsidies and market access.

    China has consistently denied Washington’s accusations that it engages in unfair trade practices, vowing to fight back in kind and criticizing U.S. measures as protectionist.

    China has pressed the United States to cancel the tariff increase, but said last week that a September round of talks was being discussed between the two.

    The trade war further strains Beijing-Washington ties, already overshadowed by U.S. freedom of navigation exercises near Chinese-occupied islands in the disputed South China Sea, and U.S. support for self-ruled and democratic Taiwan, which China claims as its own.

    Trump has also linked the trade talks and the protests in Hong Kong, saying he believes the negotiations with the United States had led Beijing to be more restrained in its response to the demonstrations in Hong Kong.

    Reporting by Ben Blanchard, Judy Hua and Shivani Singh in Beijing, and Steve Holland and Andrea Shalal in Washington; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Nick Zieminski

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      (Reuters) – Wall Street’s main indexes opened lower on Wednesday after moves in the U.S. bond market brought back fears of a recession as the U.S.-China trade war drags on.

      The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI) fell 64.91 points, or 0.25%, at the open to 25,712.99. The S&P 500 (SPX) opened lower by 7.88 points, or 0.27%, at 2,861.28. The Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) dropped 28.60 points, or 0.37%, to 7,798.35 at the opening bell.

       

        WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Wednesday, the U.S. military said, a move likely to anger Beijing at a time of tense ties between the world’s two largest economies.

        The busy waterway is one of a growing number of flashpoints in the U.S.-China relationship, which include a trade war, U.S. sanctions and Taiwan. Reuters reported on Tuesday that China had denied a request for a U.S. Navy warship to visit the Chinese port city of Qingdao.

        The U.S. Navy destroyer Wayne E. Meyer carried out the operation, traveling within 12 nautical miles of Fiery Cross and Mischief Reefs, Commander Reann Mommsen, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet, told Reuters.

        Mommsen added that the operation was done to “to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law.”

        The U.S. military operation comes amid an increasingly bitter trade war between China and the United States which sharply escalated on Friday, with both sides leveling more tariffs on each other’s exports.

        The U.S. military has a long-standing position that its operations are carried out throughout the world, including areas claimed by allies, and they are separate from political considerations.

        China and the United States have repeatedly traded barbs in the past over what Washington says is Beijing’s militarization of the South China Sea by building military installations on artificial islands and reefs.

        China’s claims in the South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes each year, are contested by Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam.

         

        BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A former county health inspector in western New York has been sentenced to probation and community service for filing reports on more than a dozen restaurant inspections that he never really conducted.

        Timothy Bean pleaded guilty in June to 14 counts of official misconduct. He was sentenced Thursday to three years probation and 200 hours community service.

        His lawyer, Terrence Connors, said the lenient sentence was appropriate. He said Bean’s actions were related to personal stress.

        Erie County District Attorney John Flynn took Bean’s personal issues under consideration and didn’t seek jail time. He noted that no one was sickened as the result of a false inspection report.

        RÍO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Los líderes de las naciones del Grupo de los Siete anunciaron el domingo 25 de Agosto 2019, que se están preparando para ayudar a Brasil a combatir los incendios en la Amazonía y a reparar los daños, incluso cuando decenas de miles de soldados se alistan a luchar contra las llamas que han generado alarma en el planeta.

        El presidente francés Emmanuel Macron indicó que los líderes de las democracias más prósperas están cerca de alcanzar un acuerdo sobre cómo apoyar a Brasil. Dijo que el pacto involucraría mecanismos técnicos y financieros “para que podamos ayudarlos de la manera más efectiva posible”.

        Praying in Difficult Circumstances 

        By Evelyn Vazquez-Albino

        “But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.” (Daniel 6:10)

        We need to ask ourselves, “How important is prayer in my life? If praying to God were suddenly outlawed, would I be a Daniel and pray as he did? Is my prayer life worth being thrown into a den of lions?”

        Daniel’s time with God was apparently worth losing his life. (Daniel 6:7-10) It must have been tempting to pray only once, don’t you think? But Daniel, a man greatly esteemed and beloved by God, never missed a beat. His daily habit was to pray three times a day, and that’s what he continued to do, even when threatened with death. It was the Jews’ habit during their days in exile to open their windows toward Jerusalem when they prayed. I must admit that if I had been Daniel, I would have been tempted to close the window while I had my devotions! But Daniel didn’t care who saw him or what the repercussions would be.

        What can we learn from Daniel? We must pray regularly, no matter what. Prayer links us to God, who can keep us safe both in and out of the lions’ den. Prayer not only helps us grow in our trust in God (Daniel 6:23), it also helps others grow. (Daniel 6:25-27) The end result of Daniel’s daily prayers was testimony to Daniel’s God by King Darius himself.

        Can we be like Daniel? Do we pray heartily in the difficult circumstances of life? We could start even now! Who knows who will be touched by our prayers.

         

         

        RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s official monitoring agency is reporting a sharp increase in wildfires this year, and President Jair Bolsonaro suggested Wednesday, without citing evidence, that non-governmental organizations could be setting them to make him look bad.

        Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, a federal agency monitoring deforestation and wildfires, said the country has seen a record number of wildfires this year, counting 74,155 as of Tuesday, an 84 percent increase compared to the same period last year. Bolsonaro took office on Jan. 1.

        “Maybe — I am not affirming it — these (ONG people) are carrying out some criminal actions to draw attention against me, against the government of Brazil,” Bolsonaro said in a video posted on his Facebook account. “This is the war we are facing.”

        When asked by reporters if he had evidence, the president did not provide any.

        The states that have been most affected by fires this year are Mato Grosso, Para and Amazonas — all in the Amazon region — accounting for 41.7 percent of all fires.

        “It is very difficult to have natural fires in the Amazon; it happens but the majority come from the hand of humans,” said Paulo Moutinho, co-founder of the Amazon Environmental Research Institute.

        Moutinho, who has been working in the Amazon forests for nearly 30 years, said fires are mostly used to clean up vast areas of land for farming or logging.

        The fires can easily get out of control, especially now during the Amazon’s dry season, and spread to densely forested protected areas.

        This year, the Amazon has not suffered from serious dryness, Moutinho said. “We’re lucky. If we had had droughts like in the past four years, this would be even worse.”

        Bolsonaro, who once threatened to leave the Paris climate accord, has repeatedly attacked environmental nonprofits, seen as obstacles in his quest to develop the country’s full economic potential, including in protected areas.

        Bolsonaro and Environment Minister Ricardo Salles are both close to the powerful rural caucus in Congress and have been urging more development and economic opportunities in the Amazon region, which they consider overly protected by current legislation.

        Some NGOs, environmentalists and academics have been blaming the administration’s pro-development policies for a sharp increase in Amazon deforestation shown in the latest data from the space research institute.

        The government is also facing international pressure to protect the vast rainforest from illegal logging or mining activities. The Amazon is often referred to as the lungs of our planet because it is a major absorber of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

        Citing Brazil’s apparent lack of commitment to fighting deforestation, Germany and Norway have decided to withhold more than $60 million in funds earmarked for sustainability projects in Brazil’s forests.

        French and German leaders have also threatened not to ratify a trade deal between the European Union and Mercosur countries to pressure Brazil into complying with its environmental pledges within the Paris Climate Agreement.

        But experts say Brazilians and particularly farmers could be the first victims of excessive deforestation, as it could affect the regional climate, bringing higher temperatures and less rain.

        Meanwhile, Environment Minister Salles was booed Wednesday as he took the stage at a five-day U.N. workshop on climate change in the northern state of Bahia — an event he had tried to cancel earlier this year.

        Some in the audience shouted while waving signs reading, “Stop Ecocide” or “The Amazon is burning.”

        Sales spoke briefly, saying climate change needs to be addressed.

        “People are asking for more and more actions. … There is an acknowledgment that we are in a situation of crisis and emergency,” said Manuel Pulgar Vidal, former environment minister of Peru, who attended the event.

        Vidal, who now works for the nonprofit WWF, said the criticism directed at Salles could eventually prod the administration into taking action on climate change. “There is no room for negationism,” Vidal said.

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        Associated Press journalist Victor Caivano contributed to this report from Salvador, Brazil.

        August 2nd.
        Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw Movie 

        Ever since hulking lawman Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America’s Diplomatic Security Service, and lawless outcast Shaw (Statham), a former British military elite operative, first faced off in 2015’s Furious 7, the duo have swapped smack talk and body blows as they’ve tried to take each other down.

        But when cyber-genetically enhanced anarchist Brixton (Idris Elba) gains control of an insidious bio-threat that could alter humanity forever — and bests a brilliant and fearless rogue MI6 agent (Vanessa Kirby), who just happens to be Shaw’s sister — these two sworn enemies will have to partner up to bring down the only guy who might be badder than themselves.

        Agosto 2nd.

        Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) es un leal policía, miembro de los Servicios de Seguridad del Cuerpo Diplomático de EEUU. Por su parte, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) es un solitario mercenario, ex miembro del Cuerpo de élite del ejército británico. De entrada, no tienen nada en común. Además, desconfían el uno del otro, y los insultos y golpes entre ambos no han cesado desde que se conocieron. Eso sí, cuando el mundo se enfrente a una terrible amenaza que podría cambiar nuestro planeta para siempre, estos dos adversarios no tendrán más remedio que unir sus fuerzas. Su objetivo será detener a Brixton (Idris Elba), quien se ha hecho con una peligrosa arma biológica. Hobbs y Shaw tendrán que dejar a un lado su enemistad para salvar el mundo.

         

        August 9th.- Dora and the Lost City of Gold Movie

        Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure ever – High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey), Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Peña) and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.

        Dora y la Ciudad Perdida

        Dora (Isabela Moner), la aventurera más famosa de la televisión, llega al cine. Después de haber pasado la mayor parte de su vida explorando la jungla con sus padres, esta inquieta adolescente tiene que prepararse para la aventura más peligrosa que haya conocido: la escuela secundaria. Junto con su primo Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg) y un grupo de amigos adolescentes, vivirán una gran aventura. Su objetivo será encontrar a los padres de Dora y resolver el misterio que existe detrás de una civilización inca perdida y una ciudad ancestral hecha de oro.

         

        August 16th. – Good Boys

        After being invited to his first kissing party, 12-year-old Max (Jacob Tremblay) is panicking because he doesn’t know how to kiss. Eager for some pointers, Max and his best friends Thor (Brady Noon) and Lucas (Keith L. Williams) decide to use Max’s dad’s drone – which Max is forbidden to touch – to spy (they think) on a teenage couple making out next door.

        But when things go ridiculously wrong, the drone is destroyed. Desperate to replace it before Max’s dad (Will Forte) gets home, the boys skip school and set off on an odyssey of epically bad decisions involving some accidentally stolen drugs, frat-house paintball, and running from both the cops and terrifying teenage girls

        Chicos Buenos

        Max, Lucas y Thor son tres chicos que, a sus 12 años, se encuentran en el final de la niñez y el comienzo de la adolescencia. El trío comienza a sentir una gran curiosidad sobre por qué la gente se besa. En medio de tan importante investigación, los amigos utilizan el tron de uno de sus padres que acaba rompiéndose de forma accidental. Ahora, los ya no tan niños comenzarán una alocada aventura para reemplazar el aparato por uno nuevo… antes de que los adultos lleguen a casa.

         

         

        August 23rd. – Burn  

         Follows a lonely, unstable gas station attendant Melinda (Tilda Cobham-Hervey), tired of being overshadowed by her more confident, outgoing co-worker Sheila (Suki Waterhouse). When the gas station is held at gunpoint by Billy (Josh Hutcherson), a desperate man in need of quick cash, Melinda finds an opportunity to make a connection with the robber, regardless of who gets hurt.

        Quemadura

         Sigue a una asistenta de la gasolinera solitaria e inestable, Melinda (Tilda Cobham-Hervey), cansada de ser eclipsada por su colaboradora más confiada y saliente Sheila (Suki Waterhouse). Cuando la gasolinera es sostenida a punta de pistola por Billy (Josh Hutcherson), un hombre desesperado que necesita dinero rápido, Melinda encuentra la oportunidad de hacer una conexión con el ladrón, independientemente de quién resulte herido.

         

         

        August 30th. – Playmobil

         

        When her younger brother Charlie (Gabriel Bateman) unexpectedly disappears into the magical, animated universe of PLAYMOBIL®, unprepared Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy) must go on a quest of a lifetime to bring him home. As she sets off on a fantastic journey across stunning new worlds, Marla teams up with some unlikely and heroic new friends – the smooth-talking food truck driver Del (Jim Gaffigan), the dashing and charismatic secret agent Rex Dasher (Daniel Radcliffe), a wholehearted misfit robot, an extravagant fairy-godmother (Meghan Trainor) and many more. Through their vibrant adventure, Marla and Charlie realize that no matter how life plays out, you can achieve anything when you believe in yourself!

         

        La pelicula

        La joven Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy) se embarca en una épica aventura para encontrar a su hermano pequeño Charlie (Gabriel Bateman). El único problema es que tanto ella como él han desaparecido de su realidad y se han adentrado en el asombroso mundo animado de Playmobil. Ahora miden 7,5 centímetros y tienen que convivir con vikingos, agentes secretos, vaqueros, monstruos gigantescos, robots, hadas mágicas, piratas, motoristas, ardillas y dinosaurios.

         

         

         

         

         

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