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Koreans say no to Trump

first_imgThe Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has rejected the latest proposal by the Trump administration for a summit meeting. On Nov. 18, the DPRK Foreign Ministry said in a statement:  “Three rounds of DPRK-U.S. summit meetings and talks were held since June last year, but no particular improvement has been achieved in DPRK-U.S. relations. And the U.S. only seeks to earn time, pretending it has made progress in settling the issue of the Korean peninsula. Pyongyang, the capital of DPRK, leveled to the ground by U.S. bombs during Korean War“We are no longer interested in such talks that bring nothing to us. As we have gotten nothing in return, we will no longer gift the U.S. president with something he can boast of. If the U.S. truly wants to keep a dialogue with the DPRK, it had better make a bold decision to drop its hostile policy toward the DPRK.”When Donald Trump met with Kim Jong Un, leader of the DPRK, in Singapore in June 2018, it appeared to be a breakthrough in relations between the two countries. Certainly, Trump used the meeting to grandstand, projecting an image of a courageous leader ready to break with the past and resolve difficult issues. He repeated the gesture this February, meeting Kim in Vietnam. And in June, Trump went to the demilitarized zone dividing the north and south of Korea, daringly putting his foot across the line of demarcation.But it was all for show. The U.S. has done nothing since then to lower its very real hair-trigger threat of war on the peninsula.Modern day Pyongyang due to socialist reconstructionThe February summit in Vietnam was broken off when Trump and his hawkish “security adviser,” John Bolton, handed Kim a document that called for “fully dismantling North Korea’s nuclear infrastructure, chemical and biological warfare program and related dual-use capabilities; and ballistic missiles, launchers, and associated facilities,” according to the British news agency Reuters.Imagine the outrage in the U.S. imperialist military/diplomatic establishment if the scenario had been reversed  — if Kim had handed Trump a document demanding the U.S. dismantle its doomsday weapons that are used to threaten the whole world!The DPRK has no bases abroad. It is involved in no foreign wars. Its weapons are purely defensive — an absolute necessity in a country that knows what it’s like to be attacked by the U.S. From 1950 to 1953, every building over one story was bombed by the U.S. in one of the most uneven wars in human history.The DPRK survived because of the people’s iron determination to defend their socialist system. That’s what U.S. imperialism can’t understand — or defeat.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Reading’s changing landscape

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Women of Troy win fifth straight game

first_imgLed by junior forward Christina Marinacci’s 19 points and 12 rebounds, USC finished the game on a 10-2 run after falling behind 53-52 with just over three minutes to play.The game was back and forth in the middle stages. USC was able to goad the Huskies into 19 turnovers while only committing 11 of their own.The Women of Troy took control in the second half with a 10-1 run with 8:22 to play in the game.  USC’s bench was key in this game, with freshman guard Ariya Crook and sophomore forward Desire Bradley making key plays in the second half.  The run was thanks to a scoring drought by Washington that spanned over four minutes.Senior guard Briana Gilbreath continued her stellar play, finishing a well-rounded game with 15 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals. She also added one block.In the first half, USC out-shot Washington, making 39 percent of its shots from the floor compared to the Huskies’ 36 percent.  This led to a 34-25 halftime lead that would be depleted in the second half when Washington started off on a 6-0 run.USC was able to hang on just enough in the face of Washington’s scorching 63 percent shooting percentage in the second half.  In the nail-biting final minutes, Gilbreath put the Women of Troy ahead by making two free throws with less than two minutes left in the game.  After a crucial defensive stop on the next possession, USC scored to make it a two-possession game, effectively sealing the victory.With the exception of Stanford, USC is arguably the hottest team in the conference heading into the Pac-12 Tournament.With just one regular season left to play at Washington State, USC has now won five games in a row, a streak it  hopes to continue all the way to an NCAA tournament berth.  Such an accomplishment would be the first time in coach Michael Cooper’s tenure that the Women of Troy appear in the chase for the national championship.Tip-off for Saturday’s game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. in Pullman, Washington. USC continued its hot streak heading into the postseason with a 62-55 victory over the Washington Huskies.  The Women of Troy strengthened its position as the third place team in the Pac-12 by withstanding a cold shooting streak in the second half.Finishing strong · Freshman guard Ariya Crook scored four points against Washington Thursday. USC plays Washington State Saturday. – Luciano Nunez | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

Ravens, Steelers biggest game of season Winner still has playoff chance

first_imgULISH CARTERWhen the season began everyone expected the Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens to be battling for a playoff bid, which meant the two games they played against each other would be huge. But then the Steelers opened the season, 0-4, then the Ravens lost 4 of 5 games. Despite both teams playing the worst ball they’ve played in years, Thursday’s game will be just as big as it has always been, with the winner right back in the stick of the playoff race. Despite the extremely poor play by these two perennial powerhouses, most of the rest of the AFC have been just as bad. So bad that the two teams with 5-6 records are still in the playoff hunt. The Steelers and the Ravens are battling with the New York Jets, 5-6; Miami Dolphins, 5-6; San Diego Chargers, 5-6; and the Tennessee Titans, 5-6. All battling for the last wild card spot. The division winners will have the top four spots and right now that appears to be the Denver Broncos, 9-2; New England Patriots, 8-3; Cincinnati Bengals, 7-4; and the Indianapolis Colts, 7-4. The Kansas City Chiefs, 9-2, will most likely be one wildcard team, leaving the other six teams battling for the last spot.last_img read more

Who will be the Warriors’ opening night center?

first_imgOAKLAND – This summer, the Warriors made a splash signing polarizing center DeMarcus Cousins.The acquisition gave the team something it’d been missing: a multi-skilled big man with hall of fame level talent.However, with Cousins recovering from a torn Achilles, the youthful trio of Jordan Bell, Kevon Looney Damian Jones will try to solve an early-season challenge: finding a starting center to supplement Cousins during his rehabilitation.“I think that will unfold as we go,” said Warriors …last_img read more

Can small weeds hurt yield?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Can small weeds hurt yield?Yes. Here is why:• Plants appear to know quickly whether they have enough elbow room to grow. They are healthy and strong with plenty of space, but weak and spindly when crowded. It doesn’t matter if neighbors are corn plants or weeds.• It’s especially important to control weeds early so herbicide-resistant weeds don’t get started. As young corn seedlings, their leaves and roots are not long enough to touch other plants and ‘feel’ that they don’t have elbow room. So how do they know they have too much company?• Research studies have shown that light reflected from chlorophyll of neighboring plants signals how close those plants are to them. All green plants have chloroplast cells that capture energy from sunlight to produce sugars. Stomata or leaf openings allow them to obtain carbon dioxide from the air. They give off oxygen during the day. Roots collect water, nitrogen and other nutrients. With these ingredients plants make sugars, then starches and proteins. Eventually, these products are deposited in kernels.• It doesn’t matter that many of the plants are weeds. Corn plants see them as too much competition and make decisions early which can reduce yield potential. If weeds or other corn plants are too close, plants grow taller and are spindly. They are trying to beat other plants to sunlight.• Knowing about light reflection signals and how plants react to crowded conditions, so what can you do to create an environment for maximizing yields? First, plant high enough population so there isn’t wasted space, but don’t plant so many seeds to cause excessive competition.• Early weed control is very important to reduce light reflection from weeds. If you wait to spray until plants get taller, you decrease yield potential. Corn plants already sensed competition from weeds and programmed themselves to produce smaller ears with fewer kernels. Control weeds early or pay yield penalty later!last_img read more

3 Reasons Decentralization is the Future of Currency

first_imgJoel CommThe Functional Futurist Tags:#bitcoin#Blockchain#Cryptocurrency#currency Decentralized cryptocurrencies can’t be manipulated. There will never be more than 21 million Bitcoins in circulation. They’re currently released at a rate of 1,800 every day, and no individual or group has the power to change the release rate. Unlike fiat currency, the value of cryptocurrency is only set by the market and can’t be affected by a government decision. Blockchain – Impending Revolution in Glob… Perhaps the most outstanding reason that decentralized currencies are the future of money is that they’re truly global. Sure, there might be lots of Bitcoin miners in China. Just as decentralized currencies have no central authority that sets their value, so they also have no central location. Cryptocurrency users can send a digital coin from Nebraska to Nairobi and on to Nagasaki without ever running into trouble at an international border.This freedom to send money digitally is how the world operates now. Globally we might still be made up of nation-states — but business is global and has no borders. Business is Global and has no Boarders                                                                                                Image: Artem Beliaikin @belart84 PexelsA product made in one country will often have been assembled from parts ordered from a dozen other countries and sold to half a dozen more. The global economy needs a currency free of the control of any government, and that can be used to ensure that each of those transactions takes place smoothly. Business will always go forward to become more international. Every company wants to find new markets, and it wants as few barriers as possible, blocking its ability to sell to those markets. A decentralized currency makes doing business around the world more accessible. That’s the future of money. ToyBox and PlayTable Partner Together For Block… That makes decentralized currencies the most democratic form of money ever created. Because it’s not the currency of any country, no government decision can set its price. Decentralized currencies are entirely in the control of the people who use it. The more people who use Bitcoin to make transactions, the more demand there will be, and the higher the price will rise. But no government or body can try to counteract that pressure by producing more coins. It’s all down to the people. You Can’t Manipulate a Decentralized Currency Why is Bitcoin Soaring? Decentralized Currencies Are Truly Global Currency leaves a lot of power in the hands of government and officials whose decision-making isn’t always predictable. Related Posts Joel Comm is New York Times bestselling author, blockchain enthusiast, podcast host, professional keynote speaker, social media marketing strategist, live video expert, technologist, brand influencer, futurist and eternal 12-year old. With over two decades of experience harnessing the power of the web, publishing, social media and mobile applications to expand reach and engage in active relationship marketing, Joel is a sought-after public speaker who leaves his audiences inspired, entertained, and armed with strategic tools to create highly effective new media campaigns. His latest project is as co-host of The Bad Crypto Podcast, a top cryptocurrency show making the future of digital payments easy to understand. Decentralized Currencies are Democratic Governments have all sorts of tools at their disposal affect currency rates. If they merely print more money—as they did during the recovery from the last crash—the value of the currency will fall. If they change interest rates, they affect the supply of money available, also changing its value. Governments can also spend more taxpayer’s money, sending more of the currency to run through the economy. A lot of big claims are made about cryptocurrency in general and Bitcoin in particular. It’s going to change the world, we’re told. The foundation of those big cryptocurrency claims has nothing to do with Bitcoin’s value — or the fact that it only exists in a digital form. It’s the future of money. It’s a whole new way of thinking about currency and capital and finance. There are three main reasons decentralization is the future of currency. The future of currency will all come down to decentralization. That term is essential for changing the way currency currently operates.Decentralization is Important for Three Reasons. How Blockchain Changes Nowadays Business Securitylast_img read more

Facelift for Roaring River Early Childhood School

first_imgMONTEGO BAY – The Roaring River Early Childhood Institution has been selected as the Westmoreland parish project for Labour Day 2013.The school will see major upgrading of its bathroom facilities, ceiling, as well as the painting of walls and other refurbishing work.Mayor of Savanna-la-Mar, Councillor Bertel Moore, in welcoming the project, told JIS News that he is expecting to see a large turnout of persons giving valuable service to the school and their community on Labour Day.For her part, Principal, Lucretia Burt, expressed gratitude that her school was chosen as the parish project, noting that the refurbishing work will lift the morale of the teachers and make learning easier for the 30 students in attendance.“We are looking forward to have the improvement done on the school, and we are happy that it is the Labour Day project for the parish. It is very important to have a school like this in the community. It is the only school in the community that hosts so many children and the parents are part of the school’s work in progress and their input will be greatly appreciated,” Ms. Burt said.In the meantime, Mayor Moore informed that there has been a steady stream of persons and organisations who have been registering Labour Day projects with the Westmoreland Parish Council.The Mayor said that several pedestrian crossings will be painted throughout the parish. This, he said, will aid in the safety of children and other persons on the roadways.He further informed that a bus shed will be erected on the Llandilo road, in front of the School of Hope, and the team will finish one that was erected last year at the Sheffield All Age School.“I want to encourage all the residents in the areas that we are doing projects to come out and get involved,” he urged.“Wherever we do a project, it is for the people of the community, so we want all the communities to get involved wherever we are working on Labour  Day,” the Mayor said.He explained that the projects are geared towards protecting the most vulnerable in the various communities.  The theme for Labour Day 2013 is “Lend a Hand…Build our Land.CONTACT: GARFIELD L. ANGUSlast_img read more