Bush defends stance on North Korea

first_imgWASHINGTON – President Bush unapologetically defended his approach to North Korea’s nuclear weapons program Wednesday, pledging he would not change course despite contentions that Pyongyang’s apparent atomic test proved the failure of his nearly six years of effort. Bush rejected the idea of direct U.S.-North Korea talks, saying the North Koreans were more likely to listen if confronted with the combined protest of many nations. The president said he was not backing down from his assertion three years ago that “we will not tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea.” He said the United States “reserves all options to defend our friends and our interests in the region against the threats from North Korea,” a stance he said includes increased defense cooperation, especially on missile defense, with Japan and South Korea. North Korea, in its first formal statement since Monday’s test announcement, warned that new sanctions would be considered an act of war that would bring unspecified “physical corresponding measures.” North Korea’s No. 2 leader Kim Yong Nam said more nuclear tests are possible. And while the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two Koreas remained calm, North Korean troops tried to provoke guards on the southern side by spitting across the line, making throat-slashing hand gestures and flashing middle fingers, according to a U.S. military spokesman. In Washington, Democrats contended that Bush has mishandled North Korea by pursuing a strategy that led to a 400percent increase in the nation’s nuclear capabilities under his watch. “President Bush tries to talk tough, but he doesn’t act smart,” said Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. “He insists on stubbornly following policies that don’t work, and it is time for a change.” William Perry, a defense secretary under former President Clinton, said the U.S. government must abandon its desire for a new government in Pyongyang and agree to direct, one-on-one talks – even if on the sidelines of long-stalled six-party talks that also include China, South Korea, Japan and Russia. The call for bilateral negotiations was echoed Wednesday by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan from New York. But Bush again rebuffed the idea. “One has a stronger hand when there’s more people playing your same cards,” he said. “It is much easier for a nation to hear what I believe are legitimate demands if there’s more than one voice speaking.” A day earlier, Republican Sen. John McCain had said Clinton was at fault for failing to take adequate action in the 1990s to stop North Korea from developing nuclear weapons. Bush gave scant attention to that domestic blame game, repeatedly turning the spotlight back on what he called “North Korea’s provocation.” He said he learned North Korea can’t be trusted from the experience of the Clinton administration’s 1994 pact with Pyongyang, which offered energy help in return for a nuclear freeze but which the North secretly defied nearly from the start. He defended his decision to switch nearly immediately to a policy of refusing to talk with North Korea except when other regional players were also at the table. The president acknowledged the difficulty of persuading nations such as China and South Korea to drop any resistance to a tough crackdown on North Korea by the U.N. Security Council. “We share the same goal, but sometimes the internal issues are different from ours. And, therefore, it takes a while to get people on the same page. And it takes awhile for people to get used to consequences,” he said. “And so I wouldn’t necessarily characterize these countries’ positions as, you know, locked-in positions.” The United States and Japan want the Security Council to impose a partial trade embargo, including strict limits on Korea’s weapons exports, a freeze of related financial assets and inspections of cargo to and from North Korea. They prefer that the sanctions fall under the portion of the U.N. Charter that gives the council the authority to back up its resolutions with a range of measures that include military action. China is considered to have the most leverage with North Korea as its top provider of badly needed economic and energy aid. But both Beijing and Seoul worry a hard-line approach could destabilize the North and send refugees flooding over their borders. “Peace on the Korean Peninsula requires that these nations send a clear message to Pyongyang that its actions will not be tolerated,” Bush said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’But he added: “I believe the commander in chief must try all diplomatic measures before we commit our military.” The president appeared at a news conference in the White House’s Rose Garden in an effort to rescue a diplomatic drive to contain North Korea and to rebut charges he had been distracted by the Iraq war from the developing threat in Asia. Aftershocks of North Korea’s claimed nuclear test continued reverberating around the world. At the United Nations, the United States and Japan pushed China and South Korea to support a sanctions resolution that would deliver what Bush called “serious repercussions” for Pyongyang, including cargo inspections. Japanese officials, fearing for their nation just across the Sea of Japan from North Korea, took action on their own to choke off an economic lifeline for the impoverished communist nation, barring lucrative North Korean imports, most entries into the country by North Koreans and the presence of North Korean ships in Japanese ports. South Korea, which fought a war with the North in the 1950s and like Japan regards Pyongyang warily, checked its readiness for nuclear warfare. The defense minister said Seoul could expand its conventional arsenal and the Joint Chiefs of Staff recommended improved defenses. last_img read more

Stars Get Ready to Strut Their Mutts in Los Angeles

first_imgBest Friends Animal Society’s 4th Annual ‘Strut Your Mutt’, a national fundraiser benefiting hundreds of shelters and rescue groups around the country, is set to take place this Sunday, September 15th.Los Angeles offers the largest Strut Your Mutt event, with many celebrities in attendance, and has a goal of raising $500,000 for participating local rescue groups such as Best Friends Los Angeles, Angel City Pit Bulls, Kitten Rescue, Lhasa Happy Homes, and Much Love Animal Rescue. This event will also introduce Best Friends’ new, bold national call to action, Save Them All, which is focused on ending the killing of shelter pets across the country.Strut Your Mutt will take place at Woodley Park, 6350 Woodley Avenue, Van Nuys. Best Friends co-founders Gregory Castle (chief executive officer) and Francis Battista will be welcoming the support of emcee and comedian Rebecca Corry, The Los Angeles Laker Girls, Rachelle Lefevre (“Twilight”, “Under the Dome”), Juliana and Seamus Dever (“Castle”), Miguel Ferrer (“NCIS: Los Angeles”), Hartley Sawyer (“The Young and the Restless”) Concetta Tomei (“Necessary Roughness”), Shannon Elizabeth (“American Pie”), Emma Kenney (“Shameless”) and Ashley Borden (celebrity fitness trainer).Onsite registration begins at 8am, with the Dog Walk starting at 10. The festival opens up at 11, and will include Doggie yoga and massage, paw readings, shopping and more.Best Friends Animal Society is the only national animal welfare organization focused exclusively on ending the killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters. An authority and leader in the no-kill movement since its founding in 1984, Best Friends runs the nation’s largest no-kill sanctuary for companion animals, as well as life-saving programs in partnership with rescue groups and shelters across the country. Since its founding, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in shelters from 17 million per year to about 4 million. Best Friends has the knowledge, technical expertise and on-the-ground network to end the killing and Save Them All™. Visit their website at www.bestfriends.org.Best Friends Animal Society Los Angeles is working collaboratively with animal rescue groups, city shelters and passionate individuals who are all dedicated to the mission of making Los Angeles a no-kill city. As part of this mission, Best Friends hosts adoption and fundraising events, runs the Best Friends Pet Adoption & Spay Neuter Center in Mission Hills, and leads the NKLA initiative. For more information of to register for the LA event, viisit www.bestfriends.org/la for more information.last_img read more

Michael Moore Petitions For Michigans Governor To Be Arrested

first_imgWhen Rick Snyder became Governor of Michigan, he signed into law that he can overturn local election results and substitute elected mayors, city councilors and elected school boards with whomever he wants, and those appointees would answer only to the Governor (i.e. Snyder).During his second term, in April 2014, in order to save millions of dollars for buying water from Detroit, he switched the water source for Flint, Michigan from the fresh glacial water of Lake Huron to the Flint River where, says Michael Moore, “toxins from a dozen General Motors and DuPont factories have been dumped for over a hundred years.”Knowing that, Moore says Snyder’s fix was to add a chemical to the water that should clean it, but would cause the lead from the old, decaying pipes to leach into the water. Informed that a corrosive protector was required to prevent that from happening, at a cost of $100/day for three months, Snyder rejected the expense.When brown water began coming out of people’s faucets, Snyder denied that there were any problems, denied the accuracy of the findings of elevated levels of lead in the water and elevated levels of lead in children’s blood, and told the people of Flint to relax. A full 17 months went by before the Snyder administration admitted that there might be a problem with Flint’s water.Lead is toxic to humans and cannot be fully eliminated. It causes brain damage, especially to children.“I am calling upon my fellow Michiganders and seekers of justice everywhere,” Moore said in an open letter to Governor Snyder, ” to petition U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, asking her to arrest you for corruption and assault (i.e., the physical assault you committed against the children of Flint when you knowingly poisoned them).“And who will be cheering on that day when you are fitted with a bright orange jumpsuit? The poor and minority communities of Michigan who’ve endured your dictatorial firing of their mayors and school boards so you could place your business friends in charge of their mostly-black cities. They know you never would have done this to a wealthy white suburb.“You have destroyed a generation of children — and for that, you must pay.”Still outraged by what has happened in Flint, Moore wrote another open letter, this time to President Obama, asking him to come to Flint to acknowledge the tragedy.“Please consider this personal appeal,” said Moore, “from me and the 102,000 citizens of the city of Flint who have been poisoned — not by a mistake, not by a natural disaster, but by a governor and his administration who, to ‘cut costs,’ took over the city of Flint from its duly elected leaders, unhooked the city from its fresh water supply of Lake Huron, and then made the people drink the toxic water from the Flint River.”You can sign Michael Moore’s petition calling for the immediate resignation of Governor Snyder and for the FBI to arrest him here.Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

Kacey Musgraves Wins Album Of The Year For Golden Hour 2019 GRAMMYs

first_imgNews 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Facebook Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs Prev Next Kacey Musgraves Wins Album Of The Year For ‘Golden Hour’ | 2019 GRAMMYs 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Kacey Musgraves takes home Album Of The Year at the 61st GRAMMY Awards Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 10, 2019 – 8:46 pm Kacey Musgraves won Album Of The Year for Golden Hour at the 61st GRAMMY Awards. “It was really important for me to bring my version of country music to a different group of people,” she said onstage while accepting the award.By The Way, I Forgive You by Brandi Carlile, Scorpion by Drake, H.E.R. by H.E.R., Beerbongs & Bentleys by Post Malone, Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe and Black Panther: The Album, Music From And Inspired By by Various Artists were the other category nominees.Musgraves announced her arrival in 2013 with the release of her major label solo debut album Same Trailer Different Park. The album contained the hit singles “Merry Go Round,” “Blowin’ Smoke” and “Follow Your Arrow.” Musgraves was also on the pop and country charts that year as a co-writer of Miranda Lambert’s hit “Mama’s Broken Heart.”She later won her first GRAMMY for Best Country Album for Same Trailer Different Park at the 56th GRAMMY Awards. She made her debut on the GRAMMY stage that same year when she performed “Follow Your Arrow.”Full Winners List: 61st GRAMMY Awards Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images TLC Photo: Alison Buck/Getty Images Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? 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Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Email Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Twitter 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Read morelast_img read more

What Are Town Boards Committees Talking About Week of July 22 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Wilmington Town Clerk’s calendar, below are the town and school board, committee and commission meeting scheduled for the week of Sunday, July 22, 2018.Sunday, July 22No MeetingsMonday, July 23The Wilmington Community Development Technical Review Team meets at 9:30am in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.Tuesday, July 24No MeetingsWednesday, July 25No MeetingsThursday, July 26No MeetingsFriday, July 27Today is the DEADLINE to submit letter of interest to serve on the Wilmington School CommitteeThe Wilmington DPW is holding a Public Shade Tree Hearing at 9pm in Town Hall’s Auditorium. Learn more HERE.Saturday, July 28No MeetingsAll meetings are open to the public unless noted.(NOTE: While unlikely, it is possible additional meetings could be added to this week’s calendar on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.  It’s best to check the Town Clerk’s calendar mid-week.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWhat Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of July 21, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Government”What Are Town Boards & Committees Talking About? (Week of June 23, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

35 bodies found in Mexico mass graves

first_imgMexicoLocal authorities have discovered the remains of 35 people in mass graves in violent Jalisco state, on Mexico’s central Pacific coast, officials said Saturday.Prosecutor Gerardo Octavio Solis said most of the bodies were located at a ranch in the town of Zapopan.Among the dead, “27 of the bodies had been tied up when killed. And we have two people identified at this time,” Solis told a news conference.The number of dead could still rise as the forensics team wraps up processing of the site, he warned.”We are digging more than three meters deep. We are also using heavy machinery, with engineers to do structural calculations as we don’t want to weaken some of the perimeter walls,” he added.Solis said the skulls of seven other people and other human remains were discovered on the premises of a house located in Guadalajara, Mexico’s second most populous city.Families with missing kin have rushed to authorities in Jalisco asking for details on the exhumations.More than 40,000 people have gone missing and are presumed dead since Mexico’s war on drugs was militarised with federal troops in late 2006.More than 250,000 people have been killed in violent crime in Mexico since then, according to government data. The data does not say how many cases were linked to organised crime.Last year in Jalisco state alone there were 2,418 homicides.From January to March this year there were 720 murders in the state, official data show.last_img read more

This Isnt The First Time Austin Has Faced A String Of Attacks

first_imgGABRIEL C. PÉREZ/KUT NEWSOver the last three weeks, a bombing spree in the Texas capital city shared eerie similarities to a string of Austin killings from 1885 that continued for over a year.“The idea that these were crimes aimed at minority residents, in a weird way pacified people in Austin in 1885,” Skip Hollandsworth says. “And you can see it in the same fashion in the last three weeks.”Hollandsworth is the author of a 2016 book called The Midnight Assassin about the Austin serial killer in the 1880s. He’s also executive editor of Texas Monthly magazine.He says once the current series of explosions reached an upper class white neighborhood, though, everything changed. “Everybody was terrified of opening packages. They would not ride their bikes down city trails. There’s just been this sense of foreboding and fear and prickly panic.”He says these explosions lasted for three weeks, but the 1885 case stretched on for a year.“The Austin killings in 1885 became a precursor for what was to come in American society, which were these loners who felt a need to draw attention to themselves and loved the idea of creating mayhem,” Hollandsworth says. “So every city that’s had to deal with such a killer has had to deal with the same set of factors: ‘When will he strike again? Why is he striking? What can we do to stop him? And how do we stop it from ever happening again?’ And the answers are still as murky and mysterious today as they were 138 years ago.”Written by Christopher De Los Santos. Sharelast_img read more

Books restoring a legacy

first_imgThese are the times when photographs  are digital and they are saved in the latest gadgets and written works are coming in an e-book format. Film-maker and actor Aparna Sen released a book on  photography titled ‘IMAGES’ and politician Jaya Jaitly released a book on contemporary art titled ‘VOICES’ at the India Habitat Centre on Monday.Edited by art historian and curator Dr Alka Pande, the books produced under the aegis of India Habitat Centre were released to also celebrate the completion of 15 years of the Visual Arts Gallery, which has showcased and promoted some of the most seminal exhibitions over the last fifteen years. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The book ‘IMAGES’ features seven seminal essays on the evolution, growth and importance of the art of photography by names like Bandeep Singh, Robert Pledge, Nathalie Herschdorfer and Ashim Ghosh apart from featuring works of eleven photographers who have been past winners of the annual Habitat Photography award since 2003.The book ‘VOICES’ features twenty decisive essays on the Indian and world contemporary art by influential names like Nissar Allana, Jaya Jaitly, Alka Pande, Jonathan Faiers, Raj Liberhan, Diana Campbell Betancourt, Peter Nagy among others apart from featuring the top twenty exhibitions at Visual Arts Gallery over the last 15 years. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAfter the book release, eminent photographer Bandeep Singh read out excerpts from IMAGES which was followed by a book reading from his book NO COUNTRY by author Kalyan Ray. Young photographers who have been the past winners of India Habitat Centre Photography Fellowship were then awarded by Raj Liberhan, former director, IHC.Rakesh Kacker (Director, India Habitat Centre), Alka Pande (curator), Dr Linus Von Castelmur (Ambassador of Switzerland to India and Bhutan), Aparna Sen (filmmaker and actor), Jaya Jaitly (politician), Kalyan Ray (author), Bandeep Singh (photographer), Aditya Arya (photographer), Sandeep Biswas (artist), Avinash Pasricha (photographer) with wife Kiran, Madhu Jain (columnist), Humra Querishi (columnist), Harinder Singh with wife Kirandeep Kaur (art patron) among others were present on the occasion.last_img read more

7 Bangladeshi nationals held with dollars worth Rs 514 cr

first_imgKolkata: Seven Bangladeshi nationals were recently arrested at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport with a large amount of foreign currency. Officers of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) grew suspicious when the airport officials were checking bags.The money was spotted during the scanning of luggage. According to sources, on Wednesday morning, when the luggage of the flyers was being checked for a Dhaka-bound flight, the on duty Central Industrial Security Force officer had some suspicion about a few bags after he saw their images on the scanner screen. To investigate the matter, the officer decided to check the baggage physically. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAfter opening the luggage nothing suspicious was found. Later, during a thorough check a small false space were found at the bottom of the every luggage bag. Immediately, the bottom of the luggage bags were cut open and the Central Industrial Security Force officer found a huge amount of foreign currency inside them. Seven passengers were immediately detained and taken to the Central Industrial Security Force custody. They have been asked to submit valid documents in support of carrying such a huge amount of foreign currency. As they were not able to produce any document, the money was confiscated and all seven of them have been handed over to the customs authority. Later, customs authority arrested the accused persons. A source informed that the total amount of the seized money is valued at $7.43 lakh, which is worth Rs 5.14 crore. On Saturday morning, a Bangladeshi national identified as Alam Sah was arrested with $ 70,000 which is worth Rs 47.42 lakh. The dollars were hidden inside a false compartment at the bottom of his bag.last_img read more