Tokyo: President Donald Trump said Monday he is not “personally” bothered by recent short-range missile tests that North Korea conducted this month, breaking with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is hosting the president on four-day state visit full of pageantry. Standing beside Trump at a news conference after hours of talks, Abe disagreed with the US president, saying the missile tests violated UN Security Council resolutions and were “of great regret.” Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’Abe, who has forged a strong friendship with Trump and agrees with him on many issues, is concerned because the short-range missiles pose a threat to Japan’s security. Trump was invited to Japan to be the first world leader to meet with its new emperor. Despite being far from Washington, he didn’t miss the chance to lob another broadside against former Vice President Joe Biden, one of the Democrats seeking to challenge Trump in next year’s presidential election. North Korea’s Kim Jong Un recently criticized Biden as having a low IQ, and Trump told the world he agreed with the authoritarian leader’s assessment. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaThe visit was designed to highlight the US-Japan alliance and showcase the warm relations between the leaders. Trump said he and Abe deliberated over economic issues, including trade and Iran, during hours of talks at the Akasaka Palace, but North Korea’s recent firing of short-range missiles emerged as an area of disagreement. When asked if he was bothered by the missile tests, Trump said: “No, I’m not. I am personally not.” The Republican president has sought to downplay the significance of the missile tests, even though his own national security adviser, John Bolton, said over the weekend that they violated U.N. resolutions. Trump continues to hold out hope of getting Kim to agree to give up his nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, despite two summits he’s had with the North Korean leader that produced no concrete pledge to denuclearize the peninsula. Trump praised Kim, calling him a “smart man” who might have launched the missiles earlier this month to “get attention.” “All I know is there have been no nuclear tests, no ballistic missiles going out, no long-range missiles going out and I think that someday we’ll have a deal,” Trump said, adding that he is in “no rush.” Trump is correct that North Korea has not recently tested a long-range missile that could reach the US. But earlier this month, North Korea fired off a series of short-range missiles that alarmed US allies in closer proximity to North Korea, including Japan. The tests broke a pause in North Korea’s ballistic missile launches that began in late 2017. Abe reiterated his previous statement that the tests were conducted in defiance of the UN.
The draft resolution has noted with concern that the National Action Plan does not adequately address all of the findings and constructive recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) of Sri Lanka.Titled ‘Promoting Reconciliation and Accountability in Sri Lanka,’ the first draft of the resolution to be submitted by the U. S. reaffirmed that it is the responsibility of the Sri Lankan government to ensure the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of its entire population. In January, the U.S. announced that a second resolution on Sri Lanka would be presented at the UN Human Rights Council sessions saying the government had failed to implement key reconciliation and human rights measures since the end of the war in 2009. Sri Lanka is to bank on the support of China against a U.S. sponsored resolution which is to be submitted before the UN Human Rights Council next month, the Xinhua Chinese news agency reported.The Sri Lankan External Affairs Ministry said that the government will first want to see the resolution which is to be submitted before the Council, after that, the respective governments will be approached in order to discuss the kind of support that Sri Lanka will require. “It is obvious that we will want all countries to support us including China who have maintained strong ties with us. However we will first await and see what the resolution states,” External Affairs Ministry spokesman Rodney Perera told Xinhua.
The Local Government institutions amended draft bill was passed in Parliament during the third reading today with 137 votes for and 49 against it.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted May 8, 2014 8:05 pm MDT BEIJING, China – China’s inflation eased in April, giving the government more leeway if needed to stimulate the slowing economy.Data on Friday showed consumer prices rose 1.8 per cent over a year earlier, down from March’s 2.4 per cent increase. The rise in politically sensitive food prices eased to 2.3 per cent from the previous month’s 4.1 per cent.Lower inflation gives Beijing more room for interest rate cuts or other moves to stimulate the economy after growth declined to 7.4 per cent in the latest quarter.Chinese leaders have ruled out more stimulus. But in a sign of concern over possible job losses, Beijing launched a mini-stimulus in March based on higher spending on building railways and other public works. China’s inflation eases in April, giving government more room to stimulate slowing economy
by Crystal Laderas Posted Nov 26, 2016 10:39 am MDT Last Updated Nov 26, 2016 at 10:42 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Christmas comes early to Kensington Horses will be trotting through the streets of Kensington, past carolers and even some parking elves. Christmas in Kensington starts Saturday, bringing with it hot chocolate and activities for families.There are more than 241 shops in the neighbourhood to get your Christmas shopping done, even for those on a small budget this year.“There’s also a few different consignment shops,” says Kensington BRZ spokesperson Ellen Parker. “For this year especially, people are often on a tighter budget because of the economic situation that we’re in.”Family activities such as free Christmas movies at the Plaza Theatre and a petting zoo are scheduled for the coming weeks. Christmas in Kensington runs weekends until December 24.