Trump, South Korea's Moon to show united front despite trade differences

Trump, South Korea’s Moon to show united front despite trade differences

Trump, South Korea’s Moon to show united front despite trade differences

President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in may present a united front in North Korea at the White House on Thursday and Friday but trade tensions could penetrate their efforts to strengthen relations between the United States And South Korea.

Luna, on her first trip to the US From his arrival at the head of his country, will join Trump and his wife Melania for dinner in the White House Chamber Room on Thursday night before the Friday meetings to be applied to the nuclear program of North Korea, China’s role in the region and the THAAD missile defense system for the United States Army.

The two men are interested in building a strong relationship.

Luna wants to get used to the old businessman in New York and find common ground on how to solve the crisis by North Korea’s nuclear and missile program.

Trump wants to establish ties with a major leader in the region when he was frustrated with Beijing’s failure to control Pyongyang, despite its relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“If President Trump and I are strong friendship and trust personal ties and if we try to solve the North Korean nuclear problem based on these personal connections, I think we can get the North Korean nuclear problem resolution,” said Moon To Reuters last week.

Trade could affect the process of relationship building.

In an interview with Reuters in April Trump called the five-year KORUS trade pact between the US and Canada. And South Korea “horrible” and “unacceptable” and said to renegotiate or in the end.

“I think they have a friendly and frank discussion of the business relationship,” said a White House reporter Wednesday, noting concern about barriers to US car sales. And Chinese excess steel passes to the United States through South Korea.

The US merchandise trade deficit with South Korea has more than doubled since KORUS went into effect in 2012, from $ 13.2 billion in 2011 to $ 27.7 billion in 2016. It was planned to stimulate US exports of 10,000 Millions of dollars per year, but were lower by $ 3 billion in 2016 and 2011.

Speaking at the US Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Luna said unfair trade practices would be eradicated and that factors that limit competition, such as entry barriers and price regulation, would be “re-evaluated” Under his administration.

Another collision point in their potential talks could turn around the defense system of the high altitude zone (THAAD) that the United States deployed in South Korea in March.

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Luna, who advocated a more moderate approach to Pyongyang, expressed surprise last month after learning that four more pitchers for the controversial system had been introduced into the country. An investigation was ordered after the Ministry of Defense has not reported the move.

The system, whose installation has infuriated China, is designed to counter the threat of North Korea’s missile program. The White House said it did not expect THAAD to be an important conversation item.

Despite possible areas of disagreement, the two leaders must express a common solution to the threat of North Korea.

“The similarities in our approaches are already evident,” the White House chief said, noting that the two men had expressed their willingness to commit to Pyongyang under the right conditions.

Even once they can arise from the conditions, to initiate a dialogue, we must maintain and, in fact, increase the pressure on North Korea. This is the approach of the President of the moon; This is President Trump’s approach. “

Why one man keeps ramming his car into Ten Commandments statues on government property

Why one man keeps ramming his car into Ten Commandments statues on government property

Why one man keeps ramming his car into Ten Commandments statues on government property

In the video, the Arkansas Capitol dome can be lit up against the night sky while the Dodge Dart accelerates to 10, then 20 km / h.

“Oh, my God,” said a man as he passed the car lights. “Freedom!”

The vehicle accelerates the hill, and the last thing that happens before an accident or a large newly installed monument.

Authorities say the man in the video is Michael Tate Reed, a presumed serial destroyer of the Ten Commandments monuments.

He was arrested this morning by state police officers, according to Chris Powell, a spokesman for the Arkansas Secretary of State. Reed is charged with trespassing, first-degree property damage, and disfigurement of public objects.

This object of public interest was a three-ton granite monument that had been installed less than 24 hours before his violent death before dawn on the southwest lawn of the state capital at Little Rock.

Crews cleared the scene of the accident late Wednesday morning and took the broken pieces in storage, Powell said. Jason Rapert, a senator from the state of Arkansas who led the movement to build the monument, said a replacement has already been ordered, according to the Arkansas Gazette.
“This law will be filled, and we will raise the money to make sure it is delivered where it should be,” he told the newspaper.
Reed could not be reached for comment. Powell told The Washington Post he was not sure whether Reed had been released from prison.

According to the Associated Press, a law in 2015 requiring Arkansas to allow the display of the Ten Commandments near the capital. But groups defending a strong separation between church and state have criticized the placement of a biblical statue on the grounds of state government headquarters.

Following the announcement of plans for the Ten Commandments monument, the satanic temple pressed for a statue of the Baphomet contest, a goose-headed creature angel wings and accompanied by two sons of the sourivaient, the AP reported.

Other states have wrestled with similar controversies Ten Commandments, including Oklahoma, which installed a monument of 4,800 books on its capital camp in 2012.

In 2014, Reed drove a car into the monument, Powell said. But it was replaced and was on the ground in the capital until the state Supreme Court ruled that it had to be withdrawn, according to Abby Phillip Washington Post.

According to the World Tulsa Organization, a judge ordered Reed to receive mental health treatment after the incident. He was diagnosed with a schizoaffective disorder and was released under an agreement that forced him to continue his treatment.

An informal letter was sent to the newspaper apologizing and describing the voices in his head and his attempts to recover from mental health problems.

He also explained an incident in which the voices told him to drop his car against other cars, but destroyed a middle of the road. In the past, he entered federal buildings to spit portraits, threatened former President Barack Obama and put money on fire, according to the world.

Reed seems to refer to the Oklahoma rollover incident in a Facebook message before he was hit by the Arkansas statue.

“I firmly believe that for our salvation, we not only have faith in Jesus Christ, but by obeying the commandments of God and confessing Jesus as Lord,” he said in the post.

“But one thing I can not stand is the violation of our constitutional right to freedom guarantees us, guarantees us the separation of church and state, because no religion should represent the government.”

Cardinal Pell: Vatican treasurer denies Australia sex offences

Cardinal Pell: Vatican treasurer denies Australia sex offences

Cardinal Pell: Vatican treasurer denies Australia sex offences

He complained that he had been subjected to “relentless murder” during a two-year investigation of “false” allegations.

He said the pope had conceded that he was going to fight the charges.
The charges refer to alleged “historical” facts, police said in Victoria state.
The allegations were made by a number of people, said Shane Patton Police Commissioner Deputy.

Cardinal Pell, 76, who is based in the Vatican, told a news conference at the Holy See, “I look forward to spending my day in court.
“I am innocent of these charges being false. The idea of sexual abuse is horrible for me.”

As treasurer of the Vatican, Cardinal Pell is considered the third head of the Holy See.
The Catholic Church in the world has experienced in recent years a series of prejudicial allegations of sexual abuse by priests and claims that these cases were hidden.

What are the charges?
Victoria police said they took the decision to charge Cardinal Pell after prosecutors received a notice last month.
“Cardinal Pell faces multiple charges and there are several plaintiffs,” said Patton’s assistant to the Commissioner.

Details of the allegations have not been proven.
Deputy Commissioner Patton said the “process” and police procedures were no different from any other research.

“Cardinal Pell was treated like everyone else in this investigation,” he said.
The charges were Cardinal Pell’s legal representatives in Melbourne on Thursday.

The cardinal would have to face the Melbourne Magistrates Court on July 18, said the Patton Deputy Commissioner.
Who is Cardinal Pell?

Cardinal George Pell walks in Vatican images CityImage copyrightGETTY
Cardinal Pell has been a strong advocate of traditional Catholic values, taking a conservative stance on marriage and same-sex contraception and promoting priestly celibacy.

But his career was initially tarnished by allegations of having covered the sexual abuse of children by priests, and later himself was an abuser. He has always denied the allegations.

In 2014, Cardinal Pell was called to Rome to become head of Vatican finance, a new position created by Francis in the context of Vatican Bank scandals.

But he left a growing anger over revelations of sexual violence in children by Catholic clergy in Australia.
Cardinal Pell has repeatedly reiterated allegations of abuse of the victims of concealment and his critics have accused him of appearing distant and arrogant.

He was accused of moving a notorious pedophile priest – Gerald Ridsdale – around parishes instead of reporting it, and trying to present a casualty victim.

He denied the allegations, but said he could have done more to investigate allegations of abuse.
In 2016, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. (ABC) was issued accusations of two men who claimed that Cardinal Pell had played improperly in the 1970s.
He flatly denied the allegations, which he describes as a “scandalous defamation campaign.”

More information about Cardinal Pell
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Cardinal Pell is not only the greatest scholar of Australia, he is one of the highest officials in the Catholic world.

For two decades, she was a front-line figure in the church’s debate on controversial issues such as homosexuality, AIDS research and stem cells.
He also referred to the church’s official response to allegations of sexual abuse within its ranks to Australians during a series of investigations.

When he gave videoconference tests to a Royal Commission for abuse last year, some survivors of abuse flew all the way to Rome to see him.


Digital India is one of the most exciting initiatives taken up in recent times. It has the potential to usher in a truly participatory democracy by pro­viding access to information for all and ensuring accountability and transparency in governance. Financial inclusion, health care, education, skill training and em­ployment will all be greatly facilitated. Not all of this is new. In fact, substantial parts of Digital India were initi­ated in the past years. However, they did not get the at­tention and thrust that they deserved. One example is the very ambitious project of providing broadband connec­tivity to 250,000 village panchayats. Initiated many years ago as the National Optical Fibre Network, its progress has been dismal in relation to the planned (undoubtedly optimistic) timelines. While some of the delays may have been unavoidable, the biggest problem was managerial, worsened by poor technical design. Today, I-ways are the new highways, capable of carrying information, and much more, to every home. The broadband network is, therefore, the key infrastructure underpinning the dream of Digital India, and one hopes that the proposals of the committee that reworked the original plan are not only accepted, but executed with energy.

E-governance is another vital component. Aimed at “providing government services at your doorstep” thro­ugh digital means, this effort has sort of ambled along over the last decade. Lack of enthusiasm within some government departments and inadequate coordination among them slowed the pace, while poor connectivity and dependence on computers further stymied its pro­gress. Yet, this is one area in which there can be immedi­ate and visible benefits to the common man. The new incarnation has to now transform—in today’s scenario— in “providing services at your finger tips” (on a mobile handset) and must be executed with a sense of urgency.

Broadband connectivity can enable the delivery of education and health services to all—even in remote areas— at high quality and affordable prices.

But this requires content that is in local languages and of local relevance.

Similarly, agriculture can greatly ben­efit from first-rate and online extension services, weather information, advice, and crop and input prices. This will also correct the unequal relationship between small farmers and the mid­dle-men who buy their produce.

Livelihood and skill training, in con­junction with entrepreneurship and digital marketing, can transform the rural economy through rural produc­tion for all-India (even global) markets, while creating rural employment.

Dreams of rural IT outsourcing centres


may well become a reality.

What is now different is the synergy that is possible through various initiatives. The JAM triad is one exam­ple: a combination of financial inclusion (through the Jan Dhan Yojana), Aadhaar and the mobile opens up vast possibilities for a host of applications ranging from direct benefit transfer (payment of subsidies or pensions/schol- arships directly into the beneficiaries’ bank accounts) to money transfer. Similarly, there is a synergy between the proposed broadband network and the skills mission, with the former being the means for taking skills training to millions. With the scale of the Digital India effort, there is obviously going to be a huge market for digital hardware, and this goes with the Make in India mission.

All these possibilities will, however, remain mere pos­sibilities if critical steps are not taken. The first and fore­most is a mechanism to get the various arms of government to work in unison and with a sense of urgency. Realistically, this cannot happen unless there is a strong leadership and the ability to enforce decisions. In the Indian context, this means the involvement of the prime minister. A mis­sion council, chaired by the PM, which meets once a quar­ter is essential. In the past, such a body was ineffective, but with a PM who is very committed to driving this for­ward, one can hope that it can provide the leadership and push that is essential. Similarly, there is a need for a body to involve and coordinate with the states. This could well be chaired by the communications and IT minister, on the model of the Central Advisory Board of Education.

Indian industry has great capability in this field. A contractor relationship between it and the government will not be able to fully tap into the rich talent and man­agerial capacity of the private sector. Since public-private partnership is no longer a fashionable model, new terms of engagement will have to be crafted. As part of tapping into talent, it is essential to bring in some outside talent (professionals). There are generally serious integration issues with this and such people are effective only when they are independent, eminent in their field and, most importantly, per­ceived to have backing from the top. Aadhaar is a good example of utilising outside talent and integrating it within the government to deliver successfully.

One hopes that the potential of Digital India is not lost due to poor planning and feeble execution. The possible benefits demand that the government looks at new and innovative mechanisms to achieve the very ambitious targets.

Kiran Kamik is chairman, CI1 National Committee for Digital India Mission, and former president, NASSCOM

The possible benefits of Digital India demand that the government looks at innovative mechanisms to achieve the targets.