APTN National NewsConsidering all the people who were responsible for overseeing the IAP system, the response to the concerns raised by Kelly Busch and others has been very slow.The Assembly of First Nations pointed out in the summer of 2010 that there were concerns.AFN Resolution 6/2010 was passed by consensus by the chiefs-in-assembly on July 21, 2010 at the annual general assembly in Winnipeg.Moved by Chief Ralph Paul, English River First Nation, SK and seconded by Chief Mike Starr, Star Blanket Cree Nation, SK, it directs AFN staff to do several things with respect to the Indian residential schools settlement agreement:* to seek a five-year extension to the settlement agreement,* to have the federal government audit existing Common Experience Payments and Independent Assessment Process (IAP) files,* to inquire into delays in recognizing schools whose former students are not yet eligible for compensation* to look into delays in appeals to the National Administration Committee (NAC),* to advocate for an Ombudsman to protect the rights of former students,* to advocate for form fillers and health supports and the eventual transfer to First Nations control,* to meet with the IAP Oversight Committee and NAC to address issues, and pursue an accountability mechanism regarding the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and national events.On March 31, Blood Tribe Chief Charles Weasel Head wrote a letter to IAP Chief Adjudicator Daniel Ish. He copied National Chief Shawn Atleo.“I write to express deep concern over reports we have been receiving that appear to raise questions about the credibility of the Independent Assessment Process,” Weasel Head wrote. “We have received reports from claimants and others who are assisting claimants that IAP files are not being handled appropriately in southern Alberta and other areas. The effect of the possible mishandling of these applications is two-fold. First individual claimants may not be receiving the financial compensation to which they are entitled. Second, claimants, many of whom already suffer from disadvantages, are not being heard in the assessment process and there is thus no real healing for them through the IAP.”He laid out the details of the allegations he was hearing from survivors and support workers.“The reports that have come to my attention are in part to the effect that there is at times little preparation work with claimants prior to IAP hearing, that information presented at hearing can be inaccurate or inconsistent with information contained in the written applications, and thus the credibility of claimants is sometimes questioned by adjudicators and claimants’ compensation is not always reflective of their actual experiences,” the chief wrote.He acknowledged that the “AFN is calling for an audit of IAP files” and called it a “laudable goal.”But then Chief Weasel Head went on to say that he was concerned about the slow pace of the reaction by the Oversight Committee to his concerns.“While that committee’s work in ongoing, it is unclear whether the committee has directly addressed the question of whether IAP claimants are receiving fair hearings and proper compensation through those hearings,” he wrote. “However, our concerns are such that that committee is unlikely to be in a position to act with any speed. Our view is that immediate steps need to be taken to protect the interests of claimants before harm is done to them.”APTN Investigates obtained the national chief’s response to Chief Weasel Head. Dated May 12, Atleo wrote that he “appreciated the concerns regarding the lack of preparation provided to claimants prior to IAP hearings that may impact a fair hearing and settlement.”“We have been successful in receiving approval for Aboriginal Support Workers whose responsibility it would be to assist IAP claimants and ensure that the IAP fairly and effectively meets the needs of claimants,” he wrote. “We are in the process of developing a work plan to implement this initiative as soon as possible.”An AFN source told APTN Investigates on June 21 that the AFN was thinking of going public with its concerns about what was happening in Alberta.“Our Regional Chief for Alberta, George Stanley, may be willing to speak to you. Yesterday, he called our office about issuing a release regarding ‘victimization of survivors by lawyers.’ I’m expecting a draft for review any time,” the source said on condition of anonymity.But that press release was never sent out.Charlene Belleau, the head of the AFN’s residential schools unit, was aware of the concerns and was busy trying to get government action, the source added.“In terms of our person who works on this file, she basically confirms a lot of the concerns you’re raising. The info on AFN advocacy for an Ombudsperson comes from a resolution [passed] last year. She states that ‘INAC believes everything is fine,’ that they considered the idea earlier but feel that the uptake indicates that everything is good. She says that the former students wouldn’t agree.”Chief Weasel Head was also pushing hard for action. His aunt, who raised him, was Annie Plume. Annie passed away on Nov. 17 after her IAP application was dismissed. Her son Tyrone Weasel Head says the dismissal happened because she was denied a translator during the adjudication hearing. Her first language was Blackfoot.Before her passing, the chief wanted to have the file reviewed and re-adjudicated. But even a man of his influence was finding it slow going.Many of the people on the Blood reserve have already passed on their complaints to the Law Society of Alberta. They are hoping that either a Law Society investigation or the investigation ordered by Justice Brown will result in cases that being reviewed and corrected if required.
The suspects fled from the scene on foot but were located with the assistance of Police Dog Services and arrested without incident.Police say that their investigation revealed that all three were involved in the earlier crimes.Three 14-year-old boys from Grande Prairie are facing various charges including multiple counts of break and enter, possession of stolen property over $5,000, possession of stolen property under $5,000, along with charges of theft of a motor vehicle, mischief, and failing to comply with conditions.The trio cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Mounties say that the incidents remain under investigation, and further charges may be laid.It’s not known when the three are due to appear in court. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Three teens are facing charges in Grande Prairie after police received a number of reports of break and enters in recent weeks.On July 19th and July 20th, the Grande Prairie RCMP received numerous calls from residents in the area of Crystal Lake Estates reporting that their homes had been broken into or vandalized.While investigating the break and enters, police encountered a stolen vehicle with three occupants.
Economic, environmental and social vulnerabilities in small island developing States (SIDS) have deteriorated during the past 10 years, undermining their capacity to achieve the globally agreed development targets, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has said, urging the international community to provide more support to those countries.External shocks, including the impacts of the global financial crisis, the food and fuel crises and climate change have exacerbated SIDS’ vulnerabilities, leaving the viability and very physical existence of some of them at stake, Ms. Migiro said yesterday, giving an overview of issues addressed at a two-day meeting on SIDS held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly’s high-level debate in New York.The meeting was convened to review the Mauritius Strategy adopted in 2005 to advance sustainable development among the vulnerable group of countries. Small island developing States face unique vulnerabilities as a result of their small size, isolation, narrow resource base, limitations on economies of scale, and high exposure to global environmental threats.The review meeting reaffirmed the need for the international community to continue to address and support the unique and particular vulnerabilities of SIDS, which were recognized at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 and underscored in Barbados in 1994 and again in Mauritius five years ago.“Substantial progress has been made in implementing the Mauritius Strategy, which is directly linked to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” Ms. Migiro said. “However, renewed efforts are needed to live up to promises and commitments made in the recent past,” she added.At the meeting, it was acknowledged that SIDS had demonstrated strong political commitment to continue to do their part in building resilience to their special vulnerabilities. However, there is a clear need to bridge the gaps in implementation with coordinated and sustainable support from the international community.Discussions highlighted a number of priorities, including: Defining measurable goals and indicators for monitoring and evaluation, and strengthening capacities for data collection and analysis; scaling up resources made available to SIDS including for meeting new challenges; enhancing strategic partnerships, and monitoring and coordination mechanisms, especially at the regional level and within the UN system, for example through the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD).Other recommendation include strengthening South-South cooperation, including among SIDS; placing a special focus on a number of sub-areas, including climate change mitigation and adaptation, biodiversity, natural disasters, sustainable energy, transport and trade, marine and coastal resources, fisheries, tourism, finance and debt sustainability.Highly vulnerable SIDS face a number of practical challenges and yet are often not eligible for special financing or other resources. In this respect, the discussions highlighted the need to develop a SIDS vulnerability index.Middle-income SIDS face special challenges in the absence of international support measures, commensurate with their high vulnerability. In this context, it was felt by many participants that consideration should be given to exploring formal UN recognition of SIDS as a special category, to be tied to preferential treatment and access to concessionary financing, debt relief, trade, special programmes, and to development assistance, without prejudice to the needs of other vulnerable economies. The review also highlighted shortcomings in institutional support for SIDS and constraints to the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy and Barbados Programme of Action. A comprehensive review of such Strategy and concrete recommendations for action are needed.Ms. Migiro said the UN, in partnership with the members of the Inter-agency Consultative Group, which includes all key UN agencies as well as inter-governmental and regional organizations, is committed to providing strong, coherent and coordinated support to those efforts. “The issues facing SIDS are truly global issues that affect us all. Let us work together to achieve in small island developing States a model of sustainable development with lessons and benefits for all,” Ms. Migiro said. 26 September 2010Economic, environmental and social vulnerabilities in small island developing States (SIDS) have deteriorated during the past 10 years, undermining their capacity to achieve the globally agreed development targets, Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro has said, urging the international community to provide more support to those countries.
4 November 2011The Security Council today deplored the failure by the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to redeploy their troops from the disputed Abyei area and urged the two countries to do so immediately and without preconditions. “The Members of the Security Council underscore that there were no preconditions for the implementations of the agreements signed by the parties including the withdrawal of forces,” the Council said in a press statement read out by Ambassador José Filipe Moraes Cabral of Portugal, which holds the presidency of the Security Council this month.The Council urged both Sudan and South Sudan to implement agreements on Abyei “in spirit and letter.”It welcomed the rapid deployment of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) and the assistance provided by Government of Ethiopia, which has enabled regular patrols to be carried out since 23 August. The 15-member UN body encouraged UNISFA to increase its patrols and enhance its air mobility.The press statement followed the briefing to the Council on the situation in Abyei on 6 and 11 October by Hervé Ladsous, the Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, including on recommendations for the expansion of UNISFA’s mandate.Both the Government of Sudan and the Government of South Sudan must extend their full cooperation to UNISFA, the Council stressed, and urged Khartoum to facilitate the mission’s deployment and to expedite the issuance of visas to personnel and grant flight permission in a timely manner.The Council stressed the need for both countries to facilitate the safe return of internally displaced persons to their villages in Abyei and to provide unfettered humanitarian access to the area.It expressed it readiness to consider additional mandated tasks for UNISFA in support of the 30 July Agreement on the Border Monitoring Support Mission between the Government of Sudan and the Government of South Sudan, and in that regard reiterated the importance of all parties fulfilling the commitments already undertaken in agreements.The members of the Council also called upon both parties to finalize the establishment of the Abyei Area Administration and the Abyei Police Service, and to continue regular meetings of the Abyei Joint Oversight Committee.
NEW YORK — Amazon is going on a hiring spree.The online shopping giant is looking to fill more than 30,000 vacant jobs by early next year, and is holding job fairs in across the country next week to find candidates.The jobs range from software engineers, who can earn more than $100,000 a year, to warehouse workers who are paid at least $15 an hour to pack and ship online orders.Amazon said all of the openings are for full time positions and come with benefits. And the company said the openings are not related to the usual increase in hiring it does to prepare for the busy holiday shopping season.The job fairs will take place Sept. 17 in six U.S. cities where it thinks it can find the strongest talent: Arlington, Virginia; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Nashville, Tennessee; and its hometown of Seattle. The company is calling it “Amazon Career Day,” and set up a website with more details: www.amazon.jobs/careerday .“I encourage anyone willing to think big and move fast to apply for a job with us,” said Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, in a statement to The Associated Press. “You’ll get to invent and see Amazon making even bolder bets on behalf of our customers.”The job fairs are a sign of the tight job market. With unemployment near a 50-year low, employers have to work harder to fill empty positions. Recently, Amazon said it would turn to its own employees to find more tech-savvy workers, offering to retrain 100,000 employees, or a third of its U.S. workforce, and help them switch to more technical jobs, like software engineering.The high number of job openings, which Amazon said is the most it’s had at one time, shows how fast the company is growing. Started as an online bookstore more than two decades ago, Amazon now produces movies, makes voice-activated gadgets and has plans to send satellites into space to provide internet service.It’s also building a second headquarters in Arlington, which it expects to employ 40,000 people in the next several years. Amazon already has more than 650,000 employees worldwide, making it the second-biggest private employer in the U.S., after Walmart Inc.The company hopes the hiring events will create some buzz and bring in candidates with the skills it needs. Thousands of people showed up for nationwide job fairs it held two years ago for warehouse workers.At the hiring events next week, Amazon said about 1,000 recruiters will help candidates apply for the jobs, prepare them for job interviews and give them more information on the roles._____Follow Joseph Pisani on Twitter at http://twitter.com/josephpisaniJoseph Pisani, The Associated Press
The third report of the Joint Verification of Political Rights by the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) and the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), released in that capital Kabul today, calls for re-doubled efforts to make sure that when voters go to the polls on Saturday they will not face threats or violent attacks.But the report’s authors say they are encouraged by “the absence so far of violence against candidates and the fact that the feared scenario of ethnic polarization has not materialized.”More than 10 million Afghans, including at least four million women, are registered to vote in the first open presidential election in their country’s history.The report hails the wide coverage of the candidates and the campaign issues by radio, television and the print media, and by the opening of campaign offices in so many of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces.But it notes the “ongoing violence and threat of violence” by the Taliban and other groups, especially in the southern provinces, where voter registration numbers are comparatively lower.”There is a possibility that intimidation and further violence by extremists could make the establishment of polling sites difficult or cause registered voters to stay away from the polling stations,” the report concludes.It also raises the problem of “the continued electoral activism” of local officials, whether civilian, police or military. This activism has included acts of intimidation and coercion.The Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, Filippo Grandi, told reporters in Kabul that “these less positive elements, perhaps inevitable after 25 years of war and which we are trying to address,” are balanced by the fact that Afghan voters now have a genuine choice and by the overwhelming desire of Afghans to create their own democratically elected government.Mr. Grandi also urged the Afghan-based media to make clear to the public that the vote is secret as “this is not something yet completely understood by the majority of Afghans.”
WASHINGTON – U.S. consumer borrowing advanced at a solid pace in August, as Americans took out more auto and student loans.The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that consumer borrowing rose by $16 billion in August, pushing the total to a fresh record of $3.47 trillion.The August advance was slightly below the July gain of $18.9 billion. In June, credit had soared by $27.2 billion, the largest increase since November 2001.Borrowing for car and student loans expanded by $12 billion in August. Borrowing in the category that covers credit cards rose by $4 billion.Economists are forecasting that consumer spending, which accounts for 70 per cent of economic activity, will remain strong in the coming months as households remain willing to take on more debt.A strong consumer sector will help to offset weakness in other parts of the economy. Manufacturing and export sales have been hurt by increased weakness overseas and a higher dollar, which makes U.S. products less competitive on foreign markets.The overall economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, expanded at a robust rate of 3.9 per cent in the April-June quarter. But many economists believe growth slowed sharply in the July-September quarter to perhaps as low as 1.5 per cent, reflecting the impact of a lacklustre global economy. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Oct 7, 2015 1:11 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 7, 2015 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US consumer credit his new record of $3.47 trillion in August, led by auto and student debt
by Jocelyn Gecker, The Associated Press Posted Dec 4, 2015 2:22 am MDT Last Updated Dec 4, 2015 at 3:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BANGKOK – Thailand, once a poster child for democracy and freedom in turbulent Southeast Asia, has careened over the past two years from one image disaster to the next.First a military coup. Then revelations of slaves in the seafood industry and other human trafficking horrors. In August, a deadly bomb struck central Bangkok. And now, the United States has declared Thailand’s aviation industry unsafe, striking at the heart of one of its biggest success stories, tourism. The cascade of bad news is striking even against the backdrop of a decade of political upheaval in Thailand.Like the repeated scandals over Thailand’s role in human trafficking, the safety downgrade revealed years of official neglect and complicity. The stiff generals who seized power last year vowed to clean up a misruled Thailand. But as problems mount on the junta’s watch, their ability to rule effectively is increasingly in doubt.“Thailand is used to having a great image in the world. Thai food, fun people, smiles and a fairytale monarchy,” said Michael Montesano, a Thailand expert at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. “That image is fading and it’s not clear what the image will be in the future.”After mass protests toppled a military government in 1992, Thailand for years after was touted as a beacon of progress in a region where authoritarian governments held sway. Its democratic credentials were shaken by a 2006 coup and the threat of military intervention that hung over subsequent elected governments.During the 18 months the generals have been in charge since the 2014 coup, Thailand has changed in ways that might not be apparent at tourist sites or Bangkok’s trendy restaurants. A promise of quick elections has been put on hold. There is less freedom and more fear.According to Human Rights Watch, the junta’s rule has sent “Thailand’s human rights situation into free fall.”It has limited freedom of expression and assembly and curbed dissent by detaining hundreds of academics, politicians and journalists for what it calls “attitude adjustment,” which involves being held, sometimes for days, at a military base, interrogated and made to sign a contract not to criticize the junta.Also troubling the country’s psyche is the poor health of its monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who celebrates his 88th birthday on Saturday. The world’s longest ruling monarch, often characterized as a key stabilizing figure in Thai politics, hasn’t been seen in public for weeks. His son and heir apparent, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, does not possess his stature or popularity.Heavy criticism was directed at the junta and police for their handling of the deadly Aug. 17 blast in downtown Bangkok, which killed 20 and injured scores. Authorities insisted the blast was not an act of terrorism, a word it feared would scare off tourists. Their calculations might have paid off. Thailand says this year’s tourist arrivals will top 30 million and set a record as the numbers of visitors from newly prosperous China swells.Yet this week, government, tourism and airline officials rushed into damage control after the Federal Aviation Administration said Thailand’s aviation industry does not meet international safety standards. The demotion to “Category 2” means Thai airlines cannot increase flights to the U.S. That ruling has no immediate practical effect because no Thai airlines currently fly to North America. Europe’s aviation regulator is expected to make a similar decision this month. Thai Airways, the financially ailing flag carrier, flies to 11 European cities.“The economy is in bad shape, political divisions have not healed since the 2014 coup, morale nationally is very low and then we get this,” Montesano said about the aviation concerns. “Tourists who are headed to the beach might not care about Thailand’s chaotic politics or corruption, but something like aviation safety is another matter.”Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, the former army chief who engineered the coup, usually bristles at criticism but this time acknowledged action was needed.“We have to admit that Thailand’s aviation industry does not meet international standards,” Prayuth said. “We have to focus on fixing this.”While the junta can’t be blamed for all of Thailand’s problems, it does seem at a loss to fix them.“Problems pile up all the time for any government, but the nature of a military government to handle complex issues and challenges is limited,” said Thitinan Pongsudhirak, director of the Institute of Security and International Studies at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University.High on the list of Thailand’s problems is human trafficking, long fueled by rampant corruption and complicity among police and other authorities, including the military.In July, the U.S. State Department identified Thailand as one of the world’s worst hubs of human trafficking. It said it was keeping Thailand on its human trafficking blacklist for a second year due to persistent abuses that were largely ignored by the government and its predecessors.The European Union is expected to decide this month whether Thailand’s human trafficking abuses are severe enough to trigger EU sanctions, which could mean significant financial losses for Thailand at a time when its economy is flagging.Some of the abuses were documented by The Associated Press during an in-depth investigation that found slavery in the Thai fishing industry which supplies seafood to the U.S., Europe and Asia. The reports have resulted in the rescue of more than 2,000 trapped fishermen.Intent on cleaning up Thailand’s image, the military government launched a crackdown this year on human trafficking. But critics say the changes, including dozens of arrests, are mostly for show.Meanwhile, the junta is trying to protect its own image amid a growing scandal over the military’s alleged corruption in the financing of a public park on army property that cost 1 billion baht ($28 million). The case has been a public relations disaster for the junta, which said cleaning up corruption was one of its major reasons for seizing power.“Thailand has always been behind international standards but the gap has widened with this government,” said Thitinan. “And solutions are in short supply.”___Associated Press Writer Nattasuda Anusonadisai contributed. US declares Thai aviation unsafe, dealing new blow to Thailand’s battered image
Fatou Bensouda told the Security Council that the “new Libya” desires to become a stable, democratic society that fully observes the rule of law and punishes perpetrators of crimes that shock the conscience of humanity.“These aspirations, while genuine and praiseworthy, are yet to be fully realized,” she said in her briefing on the situation in Libya, which the 15-member Council referred to the ICC in 2011 – the year that the country embarked on a democratic transition following the ouster of Muammar al-Qadhafi.Ms. Bensouda welcomed gains such as the draft law that would make rape during armed conflict a war crime in Libya, while voicing great concern that thousands of detainees remain in uncertain conditions in the country, with multiple and apparently well-founded allegations of torture and even killings in detention having been reported.“It is incumbent upon the Ministers of Justice, Interior and Defence of the State of Libya to speedily ensure that detainees are transferred to proper government-controlled detention facilities where they can be either charged with their due process rights fully respected, or released where appropriate,” she stated. “Torture and inhuman treatment of prisoners should have no place in the new Libya.”The Prosecutor also strongly urged the Government to surrender Saif Al-Islam Qadhafi – the former leader’s son, who has been indicted by the ICC in relation to attacks against protesters and rebels during the 2011 uprising – to the Court without further delay. “I stress the critical importance for all States to respect and implement the decisions of the Court’s judges. The obligation to surrender to the Court persons against whom arrest warrants have been issued must be respected,” she stated.In the case of former senior intelligence official Abdullah Al-Senussi, who is was also indicted for alleged crimes against humanity, the ICC had decided last month that he could be tried in Libya by the national authorities. “The challenge is now for Libya to demonstrate to the world that Al-Senussi will receive a genuinely fair, impartial and speedy trial that respects all his rights and fundamental guarantees, including the right to counsel of his choice,” said Ms. Bensouda.“It also falls upon this Council and the international community to assist Libya in this process and to ensure that justice is not only done, but is seen to be effectively done.”She pointed out that here are many others who are alleged to have committed crimes and/or who continue to commit crimes in Libya since February 2011. “Some are still inside in the country while others are abroad where they continue to use their influence to destabilise the country and pose a security threat to civilians,” she said.“It is impossible for the ICC alone to investigate and prosecute all perpetrators. Neither can Libya undertake this demanding task alone. Investigation and prosecution of the few by both ICC and the Government of Libya respectively should not result in impunity for the many.”She stressed that joint complementary efforts of both the Government and the ICC, strongly and actively supported by the international community, are therefore crucial for ending impunity in the country.“We call upon all States to assist Libya in its efforts to become a fully-fledged, secure, democratic society that adheres to the highest standards of justice,” said Ms. Bensouda. “The Libyan people deserve no less.”
“Sports have demystified racial superiority discourses, making them an important and practical instrument for combating racism,” the UN Special Rapporteur on racism, Mutuma Ruteere, told the UN General Assembly body dealing with social, humanitarian and cultural issues (Third Committee) yesterday during the presentation of his latest report .“Throughout history, team and individual sporting competitions have been based on the principle of a level playing field, with achievement not based on one’s skin colour, ethnicity or religion,” he continued, adding that sport remained “a positive symbol for social acceptance by conveying the image of multi-ethnic teams representing one nation and competing for a common goal.”Mr. Ruteere noted that although awareness campaigns launched by major world bodies such as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Federation for International Football Associations (FIFA) and aimed at preventing and tackling racism had made some impact, the scourge of racism continued to afflict the sporting world. “Regrettably, modern sports continue to be afflicted by incidents and patterns of racial violence, racial insults and racial intolerance on the field, as well as inside and outside arenas,” the Special Rapporteur observed. “In recent times, both team events, such as football, rugby, basketball, and individual professional sports, such as tennis and golf have been marred by racist acts.”In particular, the report cites numerous examples of European football-related incidents in which players were racially targeted with monkey calls and had bananas thrown at them, as well as the rising presence of far-right and nationalist groups in stadia across the continent. Elsewhere, in the tennis world, Serena and Venus Williams, both top-ranked tennis players, also reported being subjected to racially-motivated boos and cat-calls from spectators during tournaments, the report adds.In addition to the burden of ingrained prejudice, Mr. Ruteere explained that wealth inequality also contributed to the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in a range of sports and athletic activities that have been historically known as being “white” or “elite,” such as cycling, tennis, golf, equestrian events and swimming.As a result, he continued, Member States around the world should “strengthen capacity to prevent and combat racism and discrimination in sports and take appropriate measures to harness the unique potential of sports to debunk racial superiority discourses, mobilize people and convey messages about equality and non-discrimination.”
Speaking from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly, Hage Geingob, the President of Namibia, recalled last year’s commitment by UN Member States to a new agenda for Sustainable Development to “join the global drive towards ensuring a life of dignity for all.”“We are all in agreement that effective implementation of this agenda will require coherence and complementarity between global, continental, regional, national and local efforts,” he said, citing his confidence that “we will spare no effort in working to free our fellow men, women and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty.” Namibia agreed with the notion that the 2030 Agenda, the successor of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), would need, among other things, to integrate economic growth, he said. “We need to talk about inclusive growth that will translate into creation of decent job opportunities for our citizens,” Mr. Geingob continued. “In other words, we must do more to move away from the current jobless growth model that prevails in many of our member countries [and] aim to grow our economy in a sustainable and inclusive manner in order to ensure that we effectively tackle the scourge of poverty.” As a consequence of the slowdown in the global economic cycle, and a fall in commodity prices, the Namibian economy is experiencing a downturn in 2016, following robust growth averaging more than five per cent during the preceding five years. “We are mindful that in order to make a meaningful dent in poverty, we need to grow at a higher level,” underscored the President, who expressed optimism about the country’s long-term outlook as the key economic fundamentals.President Geingob said his Government remains committed to managing the economy in a prudent and responsible manner, and has already instituted expenditure, revenue and structural reform measures to address concerns raised by rating agencies about the long-term outlook of Namibia. “We would like to assure all our partners, that there is no risk that Namibia will not honour debt obligation in the near and medium term. In fact, we remain bullish about the country’s economic outlook,” said Mr. Geingob. “Moreover, we remain committed to creating conditions in Namibia that will enable full participation of the private sector in the economy.” He went on to say that Government alone could not shoulder the burden of extending development to all, underscoring the private sector’s crucial role in stimulating economic growth and job creation in the country. Mr. Geingob ended his address saying that despite the fact that humanity is facing some of the most unprecedented challenges in its history, he is confident that under the United Nations, Namibia would live up to the promise of ensuring a life of dignity for all. “Let us celebrate unity in diversity. Together as people, who realize that we belong to each other, we can bring about change in this world, through this indispensable institution the United Nations and usher in a new era of humanity, characterized by peace, unity and dignity for all the world’s citizens,” he concluded. President Geingob is among the many leaders who will address the general debate of 71st General Assembly. The Assembly’s high-level segment opened this year with the adoption Monday of the New York Declaration as the outcome of the first-ever UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants. Made up of all the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the Assembly provides a forum for multilateral discussion of international issues covered by the UN Charter.
Bullies exist everywhere: from the schoolyard to the top layers of nations.Contrary to popular belief, some types of bullying – whether it takes place in Grade 3 or on the international stage – is actually “adaptive” behaviour, says Brock University bullying expert Zopito Marini.“When we’re talking about bullying, traditionally our view is that people bully because they have some sort of deficit, some sort of bias or maladaptive development, lacking the skills for effective social interaction,” he says.“Some of the major conflicts that are going on at the moment are not maladaptive at all,” he adds. “They are totally planned, totally goal-directed and people know exactly what they want out of that process.”At the international level, says Marini, some leaders – like typical bullies – conduct a “cost-benefit” analysis of a situation and subsequently pick nations that are weaker than themselves to get what they want, which, in most cases, is control over land or the resources under that land. They also calculate that there will be very little resistance.The quest for dominance and popularity are also strong motivations, he says.Marini will be fleshing out this message on Friday, May 30 during his keynote address “What can research on bullying and civility tell us about conflict and peace?”It is one of several talks that the Canadian Peace Research Association is offering at Congress 2014, being held at Brock University this week.Marini defines “peace research” as “trying to understand how you can bring about the resolution of differences in a non-violent manner.”He says speakers in the Canadian Peace Research Association’s series will be examining “the kind of mechanisms that nations have in place to basically get along with each other.”“How do we resolve our differences, given that we are going to have differences?” says Marini. “How do we resolve them in a peaceful, respectful manner through non-violent confrontation? What happens when things go wrong?”The Canadian Peace Research Association keynote presentations during Congress 2014 at Brock University are all free and open to the public. An open discussion will take pace after each talk.* Rose Dyson “Peace Building in a Digital Age – with a focus on globalization, telecommunications, and the internet; and the enormous impact of change on public policy-making.”Wednesday, May 28; 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.Rose Dyson is an author, editor, educational consultant and a commentator on media violence, women and peace.* Metta Spencer “How to Save the World in a Hurry”Thursday, May 29; 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.Metta Spencer is professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Toronto. She was founder and coordinator of Peace and Conflict Studies Program. She is president of Science for Peace, editor of Peace Magazine, author of Foundations of Modern Sociology; Two Aspirins and a Comedy: How Television Can Enhance Health and Society; and The Russian Quest for Peace and Democracy; and more than 100 articles.* Zopito Marini “What can Research on Bullying and Civility tell us about Conflict and Peace”Friday, May 30; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Brock’s own Zopito Marini will make a special presentation on a recently developed alternative explanation for bullying as we try to understand conflict and peace.
IS BITCOIN THE new gold?Some former gold bugs certainly think so.And its value has skyrocketed in recent months.But many readers at this point are probably wondering … what exactly is Bitcoin?Robert McNally, an iOS developer at parking payment startup QuickPay, gave the following presentation to last year’s Hackers’ Conference in Santa Cruz, answering exactly that question.With his kind permission, we have republished it here. Meet Ron Fisher, the SoftBank executive who awarded WeWork a $47 billion valuation months before it delayed its $10 billion IPO Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore brownface and a turban during an ‘Arabian Nights’ themed party in 2001 A major whistleblower complaint at the US’s top spy agency involves a Trump phone call with a ‘promise’ to a foreign leader Trump signed his $147-million replacement border wall with a Sharpie
Toys “R” Us understands the true spirit of the holiday (naturally, I’m speaking specifically about Cyber Monday–we can talk more about Christmas and Chanukah, et al. at a later date, if you’d like). The toy store is offering up all manner of deals on all manner of products.Among the discounts are a few blanket deals–things like $10 off of all Kinect for Xbox 360 titles and 60 percent off of Zhu Zhu Pets. We’ve got a small sampling of some of the site’s best deals, after the jump. AdChoices广告$10 off Any Sony Move Game $10 off Any Xbox 360 Kinect Game15 Percent off of Tamatown Tama Go Figures & AccessoriesMicrosoft Xbox 360 4GB Gaming System with Free Controller $199Remote Controller with MotionPlus for Nintendo Wii $39.99 (Down from $49.99)60 Percent off of Zhu Zhu Pets
Alerte météo orange : Le Sud Ouest du pays toujours placé en vigilance crues ce samedi 01 juinDe fortes pluies se sont abattues entre jeudi et vendredi dans le Sud-ouest. Bien que l’alerte vigilance orange crue ait été levée dans la Haute-Garonne, les précipitations de la journée du 01 juin ont toutefois contraint Météo France à maintenir sa vigilance dans 5 départements. Bien que les conditions anticycloniques progressent par l’ouest du pays, Météo France estime que la situation des crues et inondations que connaît actuellement le Sud Ouest méritait encore ce matin que cette zone reste placée en vigilance orange toute la journée. Après que de fortes pluies, parfois orageuses, se soient abattues jeudi et vendredi sur l’ensemble des départements pyrénéens, Météo France, bien qu’ayant levé son alerte dans la Haute-Garonne, avait choisi ce matin de conserver son alerte orange crues dans le Tarn-et-Garonne (82), les Hautes-Pyrénées (65), les Landes (40), le Lot-et-Garonne (47) et le Gers (32). Après calculs, on aurait relevé de 40 à 130 mm de précipitations sur l’ensemble des départements, soit l’équivalent de 2 semaines à un mois de précipitations recueillis en 24 heures.À lire aussiAlerte Météo France orange : trois départements du sud-est toujours en vigilance cruesAutre point de préoccupation pour Météo France : l’Est du pays et plus particulièrement le tronçon du Rhin Grand Canal d’Alsace où l’alerte est passée ici en vigilance orange vendredi en raison de fortes pluies qui affectent actuellement la région. La prudence reste donc de mise également dans les départements du Bas-Rhin (67) et du Haut-Rhin (68).Météo France ainsi que le gouvernement recommandent donc aujourd’hui aux habitants des secteurs concernés de garder la plus grande prudence lors de leurs déplacements et de respecter les consignes mises en place.Le 1 juin 2013 à 10:57 • Guichaoua Virginie
Delfi Geli insists speculation linking Girona’s star frontman Cristhian Stuani with a surprise transfer to local rivals Barcelona has no basisThe 32-year-old has enjoyed a prolific campaign in front of goal for Girona this season with 12 goals in 17 games making him La Liga’s third highest scorer.Due to this, reports from multiple Spanish news outlets claimed that Barcelona are preparing to trigger Stuani’s €15m release fee at Girona in light of losing forwards Paco Alcacer and Munir El Haddadi.But the Girona president Geli expects to see Stuani remain at the Estadi Montilivi beyond this month’s transfer window.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“There is nothing to say about this,” Geli told Cadena Ser.“Stuani is our players, he is very happy here and we are very happy to have him here, there are no other updates.“This story does not have a basis in fact, I cannot say anything else.”Stuani scored Girona’s second goal on Wednesday night in their 3-3 Copa del Rey draw at Atletico Madrid to progress to quarter-finals on away goal difference.
SEATTLE — Fifteen mudslides hit Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks between Seattle and Everett during recent heavy rain.Spokesman Gus Melonas says the largest, which occurred early today at Everett, covered 50 feet of track up to 15 feet deep with mud, rocks and trees.Freight trains have been running sporadically. Passenger trains are on hold as a safety precaution. No Amtrak or commuter rail trains will run between Seattle and Everett until 12:30 a.m. Thursday, at the earliest.Melonas says sensors monitor steep slopes for slides and inspectors are checking the stretch of track that runs along Puget Sound under steep bluffs.Mudslides have hit track between Seattle and Everett dozens of times in recent winters. Melonas says the railroad has been working to improve ditches and culverts to protect the tracks.
2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 3 More about 2018 Audi Q7 Review • 2018 Audi Q7: Rockin’ the suburbs Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 49 Photos Car Industry 10 Photos Share your voice 26 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2018 Audi S4: The sweet spot sport sedan More From Roadshow Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Comments 81 Photos 2019 Audi Q8 review: Stop worrying and love the roof 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Tags 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Tags Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Audi Q7 is a suburban stunner Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 12 Photos 71 Photos 42 Photos 2018 Audi Q7: Rockin’ the suburbs 52 Photos 68 Photos Audi,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 69 Photos Audi More From Roadshow 18 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks Share your voice 2 Comments Luxury cars SUVs Sports Cars Crossovers Sedans 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Enlarge ImageThe Audi A4 sedan will receive a refresh this year. Antuan Goodwin/Roadshow Audi’s most important launch this year is definitely the electric E-Tron SUV, but the German automaker has a number of other products in the pipeline, as well. Speaking to members of the media at an event in Ingolstadt, Germany, on Thursday, Audi’s chairman of the board of management, Bram Schot, said the company will launch 20 new models in 2019.Specifically, in a statement released Thursday, Audi confirmed the debut of three new RS models in 2019, as well as refreshed versions of the A4 and Q7. Audi says it “is sharpening its sporty image with nine new S models” in 2019, as well.On the Audi Sport side, the company will add new versions of the RS6, RS7 and RS Q3 to the lineup. “All will take up the legacy of their successful predecessors as the sporty vanguard of the product line,” Audi said in a statement.It’s unclear which — if any — of those RS models will be sold Stateside. But considering we got the last RS7 (and it was a total sweetheart), the safe bet is to assume it’ll be offered on American soil, as well.Audi will also give what it calls an “innovation injection” to the A4 and Q7 — consider these mid-cycle refreshes. Both cars “are being upgraded with numerous innovations and an extended equipment list,” according to Audi’s statement. The company says the A4 sedan and A4 Avant wagon will get “a comprehensive evolution of the exterior lines,” — in other words, styling — as well.Mum’s the word on exactly when these models will make their debut, but Audi aims to have all of them on the road sometime this year. Audi also confirmed the release of a new Q3 Sportback, which we’ll see in 2019, as well.
“Dusk was falling and people were returning home from the fields in the village of Tongbazar of Maungdaw. Suddenly there was the sound of gunfire. Fire burst up here and there. People began to flee, saying the Myanmar army had started to open fire and was setting fire to homes there. Hundreds of people were simply running in fear and we decided to flee too. Then we heard an infant crying. It had apparently been abandoned and my wife insisted we take the baby along with us. When we reached Bangladesh, one of the camp workers told us to name the baby girl Rabeya. It was the name of a saint.”Standing at the Balukhali-2 camp for unregistered Rohingyas in Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar, Elam Bahar recounted the atrocities of the Myanmar army on 12 September in his village.Wiping his tears, he said the government was reportedly setting up a home for the orphaned Rohingya children, but he wouldn’t send Rabeya there. They would bring her up along with their two other children. His wife, standing by his side, agreed.Rabeya may have found a family and refuge, but many children who have fled Myanmar have not been so fortunate. They are not on the camp lists as they are not with any family. They are not even allocated any relief.A list of these children without any families is being drawn up, said the deputy director of the Cox’s Bazar social welfare office, Pritom Kumar Chowdhury. So far 6766 have been enlisted, though he feels the number will probably exceed 12,000.During visits to the various camps over the past eight days, the camp residents spoke of many such children. On Saturday we talked to seven such children at the Balukhali 1 camp. They have all been orphaned and mention of their parents brings tears to their eyes.Zainab is playing in a muddy puddle at the Balukhali camp. She says that the army men came to their home one night in a village next to Maungdaw and shot her mother and father they threw their bodies into the river Naf.Tears streaming down her face, Zainab said she misses her mother and father. “How will I live without my mother and father?” she cries. She recalls show she simply fled along with everyone else in the morning.Asma Begum is eight years old and is from the village Naichhapru in the Rakhine state. She said the army men came and shot her father dead one night.When her mother tried to protest, they killed her too. In the morning she came away with a neighbouring grandmother. The grandmother, Maksuda Khatun, said Asma constantly cries for her parents.Prothom Alo’s Teknaf correspondent Gias Uddin talked to orphaned Mohammed Zaker at the Leda camp in Teknaf. Mohammed Zaker said on 25 August, army personnel came and took away 27 persons of their village in Gajarbil of Maungdaw. The next day the soldiers left Zaker’s father’s dead body there.A report of the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) states that 53 per cent of the Rohingyas coming from Myanmar are women and children.According to the Cox’s Bazar administration, the number of Rohingyas there at present is 550,000. That would mean the number of women and children is 291,500. And of them, children under 5 years of age are 159,500 in number.Of then, 82 thousand are girls. IOM has said primarily they have identified 1,500 children as being without any guardians, but this number will increase.A children’s village for the orphans fleeing from Myanmar will be set up on 200 acres of land in Balukhali, Ukhia, according to the Cox’s Bazar deputy commissioner’s officer. This village for orphans will be set up by the social welfare ministry.A worker of an NGO dealing with the orphans said that many of these children were mentally disturbed. Some of them were behaving abnormally. It was imperative for them to be removed from the camps and sheltered elsewhere.*The article is rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir
US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump disembark from Air Force One upon arrival at Ezeiza International airport in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on November 29, 2018, as they travel to attend the G20 summit.G20 powers open two days of summit talks in crisis-hit Argentina on Friday after a stormy build-up dominated by US president Donald Trump’s consensus-bucking crusade to realign world trade.Shortly before the summit kicks off, Trump’s “America First” charge will bear fruit with the signing in Buenos Aires of a successor to the North American free trade pact NAFTA.The revamped accord, called the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), looks a lot like the one it replaces. But enough has been tweaked for Trump to declare victory on behalf of the US workers he claims were cheated by NAFTA.Yet, underlining that the new deal may not be quite the game-changer he professes, the signing will be executed by senior trade negotiators from the three countries rather than their leaders attending the G20.After imposing punishing tariffs on Chinese goods and threatening more to come in January, Trump also has China in his sights as he prepares to meet president Xi Jinping on the G20 margins.Following the USMCA signing, and once Argentina’s president Mauricio Macri has opened the first of the summit’s two days, a mass protest is planned for central Buenos Aires Friday afternoon.Argentines are grappling with soaring inflation and unemployment caused by an economic crisis, which has led to a deeply unpopular bailout from the International Monetary Fund.”There’s a lot of people who don’t have houses and don’t have work. They are not focusing on the people who have needs,” barber Ariel Villegas, 47, said at one protest Thursday outside the Argentine Congress building.The government is vowing zero tolerance of violence as it hosts its biggest ever international gathering, and says it has won promises from the protest organizers to keep the streets calm.CHINA URGES COMPROMISEThe G20 summit will be accompanied by an array of diplomatic initiatives with several bilateral meetings by the leaders attending, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The United States has cast talks Saturday with Xi as a deadline for China to cave on key trade concerns of Trump, who has slapped $250 billion in tariffs on the Asian power.The state-run China Daily said Friday that both sides could find a deal in Buenos Aires but warned the United States against pushing too hard on technology, amid US accusations of widespread theft by Beijing.”Should there be any other aspirations, such as taking advantage of the trade spat to throttle Chinese growth, then an agreement is unlikely to be reached,” the newspaper said in an editorial.”But a good deal means both sides walking away happy. The US should give its habitual winner-take-all approach to international relations the weekend off,” it said.German Chancellor Angela Merkel is one of the leaders due to sit down with Trump on Friday. But she will miss the summit’s opening after her plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Cologne due to a technical problem.Her temporary absence could complicate French President Emmanuel Macron’s attempts to build a European front against Trump at a meeting of EU leaders attending the G20 on Friday morning.DISPUTE ON CLIMATELate on Thursday, Macron was defiant as he rejected those who wish to confront economic challenges by being “bellicose, isolationist and closing down borders.”He also warned that France would refuse to move forward on a trade accord with South America’s Mercosur bloc if Brazil’s incoming far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, pulls out of the Paris climate accord.G20 sources said climate change was emerging as the biggest stumbling block to agreement on a joint communique in Buenos Aires when the summit concludes on Saturday.Trump has yanked the United States out of the Paris pact, and his opposition to collective action stands in defiance of scientists’ increasingly urgent warnings that the planetary threat needs policy redress now.But with a major UN meeting on climate change starting next week in Poland straight after the G20, UN chief Antonio Guterres said in Buenos Aires that “this is a make-it-or-break-it moment.”Two major summits this year, of the Group of Seven democracies and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, ended without the once-routine statements, with Trump refusing to go along with the G7 due to a feud with his host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.”Will we even have a communique? It really is an open question,” said former Canadian negotiator Thomas Bernes, a senior fellow at the Ontario-based Centre for International Governance Innovation.