October 19

Taiwan president says wants talks with China, but not ‘one country, two systems’

first_imgTaiwan wants dialogue with China but cannot accept its proposal for “one country, two systems”, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Wednesday, calling for both sides to find a way to coexist.In a speech after being sworn in for her second and final term in office, Tsai said relations between Taiwan and China had reached an historical turning point.”Both sides have a duty to find a way to coexist over the long term and prevent the intensification of antagonism and differences,” she said. Tsai and her Democratic Progressive Party won January’s presidential and parliamentary elections by a landslide, vowing to stand up to China, which claims Taiwan as its own and says it would be brought under Beijing’s control by force if needed.”Here, I want to reiterate the words ‘peace, parity, democracy, and dialogue’. We will not accept the Beijing authorities’ use of ‘one country, two systems’ to downgrade Taiwan and undermine the cross-strait status quo. We stand fast by this principle,” Tsai said.China uses the “one country, two systems” policy, which is supposed to guarantee a high degree of autonomy, to run the former British colony of Hong Kong, which returned to Chinese rule in 1997. It has offered it to Taiwan, though all major Taiwanese parties have rejected it.Tsai says Taiwan is an independent state called the Republic of China, its official name, and does not want to be part of the People’s Republic of China governed by Beijing. Taiwan Open to Dialogue China has stepped up its military drills near Taiwan since Tsai’s re-election, flying fighter jets into the island’s air space and sailing warships around Taiwan.Tsai said Taiwan has made the greatest effort to maintain peace and stability in the narrow Taiwan Strait that separates the democratic island from its autocratic neighbour China.”We will continue these efforts, and we are willing to engage in dialogue with China and make more concrete contributions to regional security,” she added, speaking in the garden of the old Japanese governor’s house in Taipei, in front of a socially-distanced audience of officials and diplomats.Tsai said that Taiwan will continue its fight to participate in international organisations, and “bolster ties with the United States, Japan, Europe, and other like-minded countries”.Taiwan has accused China of exerting pressure to keep Taiwan out of the World Health Organization (WHO). China says Taiwan is only a Chinese province with no right to the trappings of a state.The Trump administration has strongly backed Taiwan, even though the United States recognises only China’s government, becoming another source of tension between Washington and Beijing.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sent his congratulations to Tsai on Tuesday, praising her “courage and vision in leading Taiwan’s vibrant democracy”, in a rare high-level message from Washington direct to Taiwan’s government.China cut off a formal talks mechanism with Taiwan in 2016 after Tsai first won election. China views Tsai as a separatist bent on formal independence for Taiwan.There was no immediate reaction from Beijing to Tsai’s speech.center_img Topics :last_img read more

October 6

Young professionals and families, are snapping up apartments in this Palm Beach project

first_imgThe Jefferson, Palm Beach.“While The Jefferson has wide appeal, young professionals and families, along with empty nesters, have been quick to secure an apartment that represents excellent value in a sought-after suburb, just metres from the sand,” he said. “Our buyers have predominantly come from a 10 kilometre radius of the project, with many moving from the Palm Beach rental market into the owner occupier space. The Jefferson, Palm Beach.Mr Johnstone said he and Ms Major were looking forward to moving into their fifth-level apartment in The Jefferson, which featured two car spaces and ocean aspects. “The apartment has windows and balconies in all directions so it will capture the breezes and views from all angles,” he said.The project, by Lacey Group, consists of 46 apartments across eight levels. Prices start from $410,000. Sarah Major and Scott Johnstone and Sarah Major have bought a two-bedroom apartment at The Jefferson, Palm Beach.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoFirst home buyers Scott Johnstone and Sarah Major (pictured right) have been renting in Palm Beach since 2015. The pair had been looking at older apartments when they discovered The Jefferson and signed the contract just two days after seeing the plans. “When Sarah and I decided to purchase our own home we had two prerequisites — it needed to be in Palmy and it had to be by the beach,” said Mr Johnstone. The Jefferson, Palm Beach.“We started looking for apartments that fitted our budget but could only find older ones with two bedrooms and one bathroom. “We thought we wouldn’t be able to afford a buy brand new so close to the beach for at least 15 years but we were able to secure a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment in The Jefferson and we are absolutely thrilled.” First home buyers Scott Johnstone and Sarah Major have bought a two-bedroom apartment at The Jefferson, Palm Beach. PALM Beach boutique development The Jefferson has posted sales of more than $21 million, prompting the start of construction.Tony Holland of McGrath Estate Agents is marketing the project and said 14 of the 33 apartments sold were to buyers between 25 and 45. last_img read more

September 28

‘End of an era’ as Brisbane AFL great sells beloved family home

first_imgFormer AFL player Jamie Charman with his wife, Nicky, at the home they have just sold in Teneriffe. Photo: Lyndon Mechielsen.AFL legend turned real estate agent Jamie Charman and his wife, Nicky, have sold their beloved character home in Teneriffe in a move he has described as the “end of an era”.The Ray White agent and ex-Brisbane Lions player took to social media to announce the news of the sale of the two-level Queenslander at 59 Chermside Street. Jamie Charman’s Instagram post about the sale of his home in Teneriffe. Source: Instagram. Jamie Charman’s Instagram post about the sale of his home in Teneriffe. Source: Instagram.The house, which they bought in 2013, holds plenty of memories for the couple, who were married and had their two children, Lenny and Joe, there.“Wedding, reno’s, 2 x babies, countless laughs, fun, friends all packed into 6 years. Goodbye to the ‘Wedding Cake’!” Charman said in an Instagram post. This house at 59 Chermside St, Teneriffe, has just sold. Inside the house at 59 Chermside St, Teneriffe, has just sold.The Chermside Street house has four bedrooms and two bathrooms and retains many of its traditional features, including timber floors, panelled walls and ornate ceiling roses.The designer kitchen opens up to a covered back deck surrounded by landscaped gardens. The back of the house at 59 Chermside St, Teneriffe. Former AFL player Jamie Charman with his wife Nicky and their children Lenny and Joe. Picture: Tara Croser.The home is only 100m from the Brisbane River and close to good schools and dining options.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoTeneriffe is Brisbane’s most expensive suburb with a median house price of $1.9 million, according to property analyst CoreLogic.Earlier this year, the Charmans bought a stunning, five-bedroom family home in nearby New Farm. Jamie and Nicky Charman bought this house in New Farm in April. Image: CoreLogic.When the former Brisbane Lions ruckman isn’t selling houses for Ray White in Brisbane’s affluent inner north, he and Nicky, who owns designer fashion boutique Calexico, spend their spare time designing and renovating properties.Earlier this year, the 36-year-old flipped his ninth property — a four-bedroom home at 21 Hawthorne St, New Farm, which sold for $2.275 million. The Charmans sold this house at 21 Hawthorne St, New Farm, earlier this year. The back deck of the house at 21 Hawthorne St, New Farm.last_img read more

September 28

Drewry: A career at sea ever less attractive

first_imgThe consultancy estimates that there is a global officer shortage equating to around 2% of overall demand, though presently this is masked by the temporary idling of vessels due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “The past few years have seen good industry retention rates and a generally settled employment market. However, ship operators need to beware of officer availability trends and the deteriorating attractiveness of a career at sea. Officers cannot be recruited and trained to gain the experience required in a short period of time,” concluded Harris. Skills and experience for specialist roles remain in demand and are in even tighter supply, Drewry said, adding that it expects the demand for seafarers from traditional low-cost supply nationalities to rise, further adding to inflationary manning cost pressures. The current officer shortfall to crew the global merchant fleet is forecast to widen amid reduced attractiveness of a career at sea, according to the latest report from the global shipping consultancy Drewry. Looking ahead, despite moderating fleet growth, demand for officers is expected to accelerate due to a revision in anticipated employment practices to extend leave periods and reduce tours of duty, with the resultant impact on man-berth ratios. “Seafaring is no longer the attractive occupation it once was as competition from shore-based roles intensifies and the lifestyle with its associated mental health challenges becomes less appealing,” said Drewry’s senior manning analyst Rhett Harris.  Meanwhile, net supply of officers has been slowing in recent years and is not expected to keep pace with rising demand, leading to a widening in the overall shortfall relative to merchant shipping’s requirements. However, once the merchant fleet is fully reactivated this shortfall is expected to re-emerge and represent a tightening of supply conditions compared to 2019 when the market was estimated to be in broad balance. “Further wage pressure will arise to maintain competiveness with shore-based work, particularly following the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak which highlighted the health and lifestyle risks of a career at sea. As well as wage rates the overall work-life balance dictated by tour lengths and leave rations are expected to become key considerations for employees and employers,” added Harris. The widening officer shortage is expected to put upward pressure on seafarer remuneration just when shipowners will be under pressure to trim costs in light of weak anticipated earnings. Drewry estimates that overall manning costs have flatlined in 2020 but are set to pick up over the next few years. “The Covid-19 outbreak has dealt a further blow to the occupation’s reputation with high profile news stories of stranded crews and enforced longer tours of duty.”last_img read more

September 26

Polio-like disease emerges in US

first_img Sharing is caring! Share HealthLifestyle Polio-like disease emerges in US by: – February 24, 2014 Share Tweetcenter_img 27 Views   no discussions Share US doctors are warning of an emerging polio-like disease in California where up to 20 people have been infected.A meeting of the American Academy of Neurology heard that some patients had developed paralysis in all four limbs, which had not improved with treatment.The US is polio-free, but related viruses can also attack the nervous system leading to paralysis.Doctors say they do not expect an epidemic of the polio-like virus and that the infection remains rare.Polio is a dangerous and feared childhood infection. The virus rapidly invades the nervous system and causes paralysis in one in 200 cases. It can be fatal if it stops the lungs from working.Global vaccination programmes mean polio is endemic in just three countries – Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.Polio-likeThere have been 20 suspected cases of the new infection, mostly in children, in the past 18 months,A detailed analysis of five cases showed enterovirus-68 – which is related to poliovirus – could be to blame.In those cases all the children had been vaccinated against polio.Symptoms have ranged from restricted movement in one limb to severe weakness in both legs and arms.Dr Emanuelle Waubant, a neurologist at the University of California, San Francisco, told the BBC: “There has been no obvious increase in the pace of new cases so we don’t think we’re about to experience an epidemic, that’s the good news.“But it’s bad news for individuals unlucky enough to develop symptoms which tend to be moderate to severe and don’t appear to improve too much despite reasonably aggressive treatment.”‘Emerging infection’The cases have been spread over a 100-mile diameter (160km) so the research team do not think the virus represents a single cluster or outbreak.However, many more people could have been infected without developing serious symptoms – as was the case with polio.Dr Waubant suspects similar cases in Asia could explain why California is affected, but not the rest of the US.Fellow researcher Dr Keith Van Haren, from Stanford University, said the cases “highlight the possibility of an emerging infectious polio-like syndrome” in California.He added: “We would like to stress that this syndrome appears to be very, very rare. Any time a parent sees symptoms of paralysis in a child, the child should be seen by a doctor right away.”Commenting on the findings, Jonathan Ball, a professor of virology at the University of Nottingham, told the BBC: “Since the near-eradication of poliovirus, other enteroviruses have been associated with paralysis, but these viruses usually cause a very mild cold-like illness and severe complications are very rare.“Two children showed evidence of being infected by a strain of virus called enterovirus-68, which has become strongly associated with outbreaks of respiratory illness.“Whether or not this strain of enterovirus has caused these or other cases of paralysis is possible but remains conjecture, further studies will be needed to determine this.”By James GallagherHealth and science reporter, BBC Newslast_img read more

September 24

Rotary scholarship applications available

first_imgGreensburg, In. —  Southern Indiana Rotary clubs are accepting applications for a $40,000 Rotary District Global Grant Scholarship that will enable a Southern Indiana scholar to study one to four years in a graduate program at any qualified university outside the U.S. To qualify applicants must:Maintain a residence in Southern Indiana or attend classes at a university in the District.Present a plan of graduate study and a career commitment that align with one of Rotary’s six areas of focus: (1) Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, (2) Disease prevention and treatment, (3) Water and sanitation, (4) Maternal and child health, (5) Basic education and literacy, (6) Economic and community developmentBe endorsed by a Rotary Club in District 6580 (See a list of Southern Indiana Rotary clubs at www.rotary6580.org).Provide a Letter of Acceptance (or a Letter of Affiliation) from the university where the scholar’s study will take place. (Applications may be submitted before an applicant receives an acceptance letter.)For more information and for an application click here. , go to:http://www.rotary6580.org/global-grant-scholarship.php. You’ll find an overview, timetable, club endorsement form, application and other information. Application deadline: December 20, 2018.The 2018-19 Rotary Global Grant Scholar is Rutgers University Graduate Aubrey Seader of Bloomington, Indiana.Aubrey will pursue a master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management at King’s College London. She plans to use storytelling in theater and in other communication channels to build peace and understanding among people of different cultures.Questions?  Contact Scholarship Committee members Jim Bright at jbright48167@yahoo.com or (812) 219-0228 … or Kim Gray at kimgray78@gmail.com or (812) 219-3894. Contributedlast_img read more

September 24

Spezia win promotion to Serie A for first time despite defeat

first_img Loading… However, Spezia were promoted on the tiebreaker rule of having finished higher in the table in the regular season. Spezia finished third and Frosinone eighth. The other promoted teams are Benevento, which won Serie B by 18 points, and Crotone. Spezia was founded in 1906 and last played in Italy’s first division in the 1920s, before the Serie A was formed. The team is based in La Spezia, a city along Italy’s northwestern coast with a population of less than 100,000. Read Also: FIFA unveils new rule to help players switch national teamHowever, Spezia were promoted on the tiebreaker rule of having finished higher in the table in the regular season. Spezia finished third and Frosinone eighth.The other promoted teams are Benevento, which won Serie B by 18 points, and Crotone.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Spezia have reached Serie A for the first time in history and follow Benevento and Crotone despite  Thursday’s 1-0 defeat to Frosinone in the Serie B play-off. The Ligurians lost 1-0 against Frosinone but it was enough to take them to the top flight after the 1-0 win at the Benito Stirpe last Saturday.center_img Advertisement Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day10 Of The Strongest Women In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoProfessional Female Racers Whom Even Men Envylast_img read more

September 21

Redknapp: Townsend’s future bright

first_img “He gets at people, he attacks you. They paid £10m for the left-back and he has ripped him apart. He is relentless. He just runs at you, runs at you, runs at you. He has been first-class. “It’s difficult for him back at Spurs. You’ve got (Aaron) Lennon and (Gareth) Bale there, so it will be hard for him to play regularly. He’ll have his work cut out. But he’ll be a good player for Spurs next year. He will go back there a better player. He has proved to himself what he can do. He has proved he can play in the Premier League.” Redknapp plans to attend as many Championship play-off matches as possible and is excited by the challenge of leading QPR back to the top flight at the first attempt. He added: “I’m taking a big cut in wages. Money is not everything to me. I don’t have to go to work, really. “I do it because I enjoy it, I’ve enjoyed it here and I’d like to build a team that can get back up because I like the people here, I like the chairman (Tony Fernandes) and the fans. If I didn’t have the hunger then I wouldn’t come to work. I’d stay at home and play golf every day. When I’ve had enough that’s what I will do. “But I love it. I still love the buzz of winning. Trying to win, the ups and downs of it all. My target is to get promotion next year. That’s the aim. I don’t intend to stick around for four years in the Championship. I want to build a team to try to get up. It will be hard, I’m not silly enough to think it will be easy. “It’s a tough league. With a bit of luck, if I can get some players in, change things around then we’ll give it a good go. But it won’t be easy.” Harry Redknapp believes Andros Townsend will have a bright Barclays Premier League future after proving his credentials at QPR. Redknapp has already begun to assess the npower Championship as he bids to mastermind an immediate return to the top flight for his relegated side. The Rangers boss is planning for life without the on-loan Tottenham winger, who troubled Nacho Monreal during Arsenal’s 1-0 win at Loftus Road. “He’ll be a top player,” Redknapp said of the 21-year-old Townsend. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

September 20

O’Neill accepts transfers may mean he releases players from Ireland duty

first_img O’Neill got to work with his 28-man squad at the Football Association of Ireland’s new national training centre in Abbotstown for the first time on Monday as he began preparations for the must-win Euro 2016 Group D qualifiers against Gibraltar and Georgia. However, he did so without Stoke striker Jonathan Walters, who was the subject of a rejected bid from Norwich last week, but whose future remains uncertain with the Potters keen to hand him a contract extension. Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill will not stand in the way of any of his players tying up a move to a new club over the next 24 hours or so. And O’Neill insisted he would be comfortable releasing other players if they had an opportunity to resolve their immediate future ahead of Tuesday’s 6pm transfer deadline. He said: “I said to the players beforehand that I will be prepared if somebody has to go at the last minute, either on loan somewhere, that’s fine, or if it’s a proper transfer. “The loan system is one that I think that if people are happy enough with medicals being done elsewhere, then it’s a matter of a fax machine.” In Walters’ case, the interest was strong enough to delay his arrival in Dublin. O’Neill said: “Jonny is [not here] only because there may be something happening to him. He wasn’t completely sure, but there was little point in coming here for this morning and then maybe having to travel back. “There may be something happening, although he’s not terribly sure at this minute. But while there is the possibility of something happening to him, then I think it’s best that he sees it until the transfer deadline is finished.” Only Walters and Colorado Rapids frontman Kevin Doyle, who was due to arrive from the United States later in the day, were missing as preparations for Friday night’s clash with Gibraltar in Faro and Georgia’s visit to the Aviva Stadium next Monday got under way. Ireland trounced the group minnows 7-0 in Dublin in October last year after opening their campaign with a 2-1 victory in Tbilisi during the previous month, and a six-point haul this time around is essential if they are to keep alive their hopes of qualification with world champions Germany and leaders Poland waiting in the wings as matters draw to a conclusion next month. For that reason, O’Neill insists they must approach both fixtures with the same intensity they would any other. He said: “It’s not a matter of saying the right things. This game is very important to us, and we can’t look at anything else other than trying to win the game on Friday night. “The build-up will be exactly for that. While today was gentler, it would have been regardless of who we were playing on Friday. But really it’s a matter of getting focus now. “Some players will have come in here – you know yourself – who have been doing very well at club level, one or two perhaps not that brilliantly so far and one or two who haven’t played at all, so it’s a matter of gathering together and galvanising us for the game.” The Republic currently sit in fourth place in the group behind the Poles, the Germans and Scotland after failing to gain revenge over Gordon Strachan’s men for their defeat in Glasgow when they could only draw 1-1 at the Aviva in June. O’Neill said: “We have got to the stage where we are into the second half of the group, four games left that we have to win, and it’s as simple as that. “Everybody plays the same number of games, everyone home and away, and it’s up to us now to regain momentum.” Press Associationlast_img read more