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Schools and businesses across the US will shutter for the ‘Day Without a Woman’ strike
Leanna Garfield,Business Insider 10 hours agoOn March 8 — in celebration of International Women’s Day and in defiance of the Trump administration — women and gender non-conforming people around the country will go on strike for A Day Without a Woman.The strike was planned by the same organizers as the Women’s March, a worldwide protest in January that had millions of participants around the world.For women who can’t miss work, the organizers say they can wear red in solidarity and avoid shopping (except at women or minority-owned businesses). Organizers are also planning walkouts, rallies and marches in cities around the US.Several businesses and schools have announced that they will close in anticipation of the strike.So far, all 18 public schools in Alexandria, Virginia; Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools in North Carolina; and the Maple Street preschool in Brooklyn have said they will shutter. The New School in New York City says it will offer flexibility for students and teachers if they wish to participate. Over 300 Alexandria Public School staff members have asked for the day off, according to the district website. Approximately 12,300 students will stay home in North Carolina, and the day will be optional for teachers, according to The New York Times.”It is my determination that we will not have enough staff to safely run our school district,” Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools’ interim superintendent, Jim Causby, said in a note.A number of businesses have also said they will close or show support in other ways, including Violette Bakery and Belly Wine Bar in Boston, Pizzeria Paradiso in DC, and Brick House Art Gallery and Tres Hermanas Mexican Restaurant in Sacramento. Organizers are encouraging men to help with domestic responsibilities and to rally alongside women for various issues, including equal pay and paid parental leave.
Sudan expresses ‘deep regret’ over new US travel ban AFP 18 hours agoKhartoum (AFP) – Sudan expressed „deep regret and discontent” on Tuesday over US President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban barring its citizens from travelling to the United States.”The ministry of foreign affairs expresses its deep regret and discontent over the executive order issued by the American president,” a statement said.On Monday, Trump signed a revised ban on refugee admissions and new visas for travellers from six Muslim-majority nations, among them Sudan.It came after a first ban was frozen by US federal courts.The new executive order suspends refugee admissions for 120 days and halts new visas for travellers from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan. Iraqis who had been targeted by the original ban were not included.Sudan said it renews its „condemnation” of the order as it comes despite Khartoum engaging in talks with Washington on fighting regional and international terrorism.”These negotiations confirmed that Sudan plays a big role as a partner in fighting terrorism that endangers people of both countries and of the world,” the foreign ministry said.Urging Washington to drop Khartoum from its blacklist of state sponsors of terrorism, the ministry said the US adminstration should review the „harsh decision” taken against Sudanese citizens.”Sudanese citizens have never been involved in any crimes or terrorism in the United States,” the statement said.Before leaving office, president Barack Obama eased decades-old sanctions against Sudan, but kept Khartoum on the blacklist.Sudan was designated a state sponsor of terrorism in 1993 and has been subject to a US trade embargo since 1997 over its alleged support for Islamist groups.Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was based in Khartoum from 1992 to 1996.Washington believes Khartoum’s terror ties have ebbed, but has kept sanctions in place because of the scorched-earth tactics it has used against ethnic minority rebels in Darfur.An end to fighting in Sudan’s hotspots — Blue Nile and South Kordofan states as well as the Darfur region — had been set as a precondition for sanctions being lifted.According to the United Nations, 300,000 people have been killed and 2.5 million displaced since the Darfur conflict erupted in 2003.Veteran President Omar al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide related to the conflict in Darfur. He strongly denies the chargesKhartoum said it was keen to improve relations with Washington.”Sudan renews its commitment to continue a bilateral dialogue in order to reach fu
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World China Is Quietly Profiting From the Russia-Ukraine Standoff: Here’s How — The Motley Fool The Motley Fool Mon, Mar 6 9:35 AM PSTMuch to the chagrin of the United States, China has the innate ability to negotiate major energy deals in the midst of conflict. PetroChina’s (NYSE:PTR) state-run parent company, China National Petroleum, or CNPC, was the first oil company to secure a contract in the Iraqi oil fields following the fall of Saddam Hussein, and today both it and CNOOC (NYSE:CEO) are two of the most active oil comapnies there.With Russia and the West at a standstill over the recent events in Ukraine, it appears that CNPC is about to seal another energy coup. Let’s look at this deal and what it means for the future of energy around the world.The high price of economic growth China is the most energy-hungry country in the world. Last year it passed the U.S. as the largest oil importer, and it imports over 40% of its natural gas. This sort of energy bill can get expensive, especially since so much of the price of natural gas is indexed to oil versus being bought at market prices, like here in the United States. PetroChina, which imports over two-thirds of China’s natural gas, pays about $13.60 per thousand cubic feet for natural gas. This is more than double the current spot price in the United States, which itself is at a four-year high.Trying to fuel the world’s second largest economy with energy bills this expensive is getting prohibitive, so it’s no wonder that these companies will jump at any opportunity to sign a deal that could potentially lower imported energy costs.Enter the standoff between Russia and the West The escalating standoff between Russia and Ukraine is making both sides a little apprehensive. Russia is far and away the largest supplier of natural gas to Europe, and the pipelines that run through Ukraine are responsible for 34% of all imports. Europe wants to diversify its energy sources exactly because of events such as the ones in Urkaine. For Russia, it will be even harder to find a client as large as Europe. It is the destination for 65% of Russian natural gas exports, and any disruption of that flow could put a pretty big hole in the Russian budget. The most logical step for Russia is to send its gas East, and what better customer than China? This Russia-China gas deal has been in the works for over 10 years, and every time neither side has come to an agreement on price. PetroChina has firmly held that it will not pay more than what Europe pays for gas — about $10.50 per million BTU. Russia’s Gazprom, the nation’s largest natural gas company and the only one with export pipelines, says that the development of the Siberian fields as well as the $22 billion to construct a pipeline between the two nations would require natural gas prices above $13.50 per million BTU to make it financially feasible. Today, though, Russian officials have stated that a deal will be in place when President Vladimir Putin visits China in May, which probably means that Russia will bend to Chinese demands. Also, negotiations are taking place to develop alternative-energy projects in Crimea, less than a month since Russia had annexed the region. All of this is happening even after China bought agricultural land in eastern Ukraine roughly the size of Massachusetts last year.What a Fool believes For the United States, moves like the ones China has made are rather frustrating — not because they secure natural resources, but because they undermine foreign policy. If Russia sings both a gas deal and an alternative-energy development project in Crimea, it both eases the pain in the event of tighter sanctions on Russia’s energy market and tends to give further legitimacy to Russia’s new claim on the Crimean peninsula. From China’s perspective, though, this is just good business. 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members of Osama Bin Laden’s family died after their pilot became „overwhelmed” as he approached Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire, a court has heard. A jury returned a narrative verdict at the inquest into the deaths of the family and pilot. North Hampshire Coroner’s Court was told the plane overshot the runway and burst into flames. Coroner Andrew Bradley heard the victim’s bodies were „incinerated”. The jet the victims were on crashed into a car auction site next to the airport in July 2015. Bin Laden’s brother-in-law, Zuhair Hashim, 56, half-sister, Sana Mohammed Bin Laden, 53, and her mother Raja Bashir Hashim, 75, were killed along with pilot Mazen Al-Aqeel Da’jah Salem, 58. Det Sgt …7 March 2017 From the sectionHampshire & Isle of WightImage copyrightPAImage captionThree members of Osama Bin Laden’s family died after their pilot became „overwhelmed” as he approached Blackbushe Airport in Hampshire, a court has heard.A jury returned a narrative verdict at the inquest into the deaths of the family and pilot.North Hampshire Coroner’s Court was told the plane overshot the runway and burst into flames.Coroner Andrew Bradley heard the victim’s bodies were „incinerated”.Image copyrightPAImage captionThe jet the victims were on crashed into a car auction site next to the airport in July 2015.Bin Laden’s brother-in-law, Zuhair Hashim, 56, half-sister, Sana Mohammed Bin Laden, 53, and her mother Raja Bashir Hashim, 75, were killed along with pilot Mazen Al-Aqeel Da’jah Salem, 58.Media caption‘Bin Laden family on Blackbushe Airport crash plane’Det Sgt Paula James of Hampshire Constabulary told the jury they all survived the crash impact but were „incredibly charred” by the fire and had to be identified using dental records.The family had been travelling from Milan, Italy, having attended a wedding in Lake Como.Sana’s brother Saad Bin Laden told the court his last communication was a picture of all three of them sent that morning via WhatsApp.Image copyrightTUBMAN THOMASImage captionImage copyrightAIRTEAMIMAGES.COMImage captionA report previously published by the Air Accidents Investigations Branch (AAIB) said emergency warnings prior to landing may have „saturated the pilot’s mental capacity”.The report added the aircraft, a Saudi-registered Phenom 300, landed too far down the runway because it was travelling 40 per cent faster than the recommended speed.AAIB inspector Afandi Darlington told the inquest the Bin Laden family were found close to the plane door. The investigation didn’t identify a technical cause for the accident.’Horrendous noise’A jury in Basingstoke heard evidence from the accident, including an eyewitness account.John Goodey, who was working at a car auction site next to the airfield, said: „It flew over the fence, it was bouncing on all the roofs of the cars. The noise was horrendous.”He said he could see wires sparking off the back of the aircraft before it exploded.Concluding, Mr Bradley said: „Blackbushe is not an all-singing, all-dancing airport and instructions from the control tower are not what you would get from Heathrow and Jeddah.”He was approaching too fast, touching down at the wrong point, he’s making a decision to continue with his landing until it’s too late.”In a statement, the Bin Laden family said they were „devastated by this great loss, but nonetheless accept it was God’s will to lose them”.”We accept the findings of the inquest and we would like to thank our friends and family for their continued support throughout this difficult time.”Image captionAl-Qaeda leader Bin Laden claimed responsibility for the 11 September 2001 attacks in the US and is believed to have had more than 50 brothers and sisters and many stepmothers.The Bin Laden family disowned Osama in 1994 when Saudi Arabia stripped him of his citizenship because of his militant activities. He was killed by US special forces in Pakistan in 2011