US President Donald Trump's "America first" policies are testing the usually collegial G7 club WASHINGTON - Biarritz is known for big Atlantic waves, but the loudest crashing at next weekend's G7 meeting in the French resort could be the sound of US President Donald Trump and his convention-wrecking diplomacy.Annual Group of Seven summits -- bringing together the leaders of Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States -- were always the coziest of clubs for US presidents.Until Trump.At the G7 in Ottawa last year he exploded the typically stage-managed proceedings and left in a fury, engaging in personal insults over trade with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and refusing to sign the collective final statement.G7 leaders better buckle up again, warns Robert Guttman, director of the Center for Politics & Foreign Relations at Johns Hopkins University."He's going to be a bull in a china shop," Guttman said.The French hosts hope they can … [Read more...] about Will Trump take a club to the G7 club again?
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The haunting song dedicated to a handsome yak identified for slaughter touches a special chord in the mountains of Soe. Far removed from the towns characterised by concrete cubicles and noisy arguments, Soe is among the last villages yet to catch up with a modernising country. Home to 200 people living in 28 households, Soe is the smallest gewog in the country. Two days' hard trek from Shana in Paro, Soe is among the villages farthest from a roadhead. It has no access to television, radio, and newspapers. Most people have not seen any form of traditional media. Village leaders and horsemen who occasionally travel to Paro and Thimphu bring them some news from the rest of the country. Yet, things are changing, albeit slowly. Electricity reached the gewog in 2016. The gewog was connected to B-Mobile's 3G three months back. TashiCell is transporting cellular equipment to Soe for installation. Some of the 14 rickety log bridges between Shana and Soe have been replaced by Bailey bridges. … [Read more...] about WeChat brings home missing yaks in a remote Bhutan village
Sofia Zobel-Elizalde and Stella Abrera on how to raise a star Dancers wear a lot of hats: sometimes actor, always athlete, and then the time finally comes — and this Sofia Zobel-Elizalde and Stella Abrera know too well — when they take on the role of mentor. Sofia, founder of STEPS Dance Studio, and Stella, Filipino-American prima ballerina of American Ballet Theatre (ABT), met at a point in their lives when it’s no longer just about taking the stage but opening it up for a new breed of worthy dancers. “Stella sincerely wants to inspire young, up-and-coming dancers and so do I,” says Sofia. “We both share that longing to give back and that’s what I think really binds us as friends.” Sofia remembers a plane ride from years ago when she and her students were on their way back to Manila after the Asian Grand Prix in Hong Kong. There, up in the air, mighty proud of her protégés who were applauded … [Read more...] about Sofia Zobel-Elizalde and Stella Abrera on how to raise a star
THE NEW TrueID TV box is an Android IPTV box that can turn your set into a smart TV, allowing you to play games, use apps and stream movies from TrueVisions and other content providers. It’s pleasingly unobtrusive too, measuring just 115 x 115 x 22 millimetres (length x width x height). Running on the Android TV 8.0 operating system, it’s powered by an Amlogic S905X processor and it has 2 gigabytes of working memory and 8 GB of internal storage. Four GB of the storage is used for the OS and TrueID app platform, leaving some 4G space for other apps and content. The box is capable of displaying 4K video and Full HD and HD videos at a resolution of 1080p and 720p. Its video decoder is capable of decoding MPEG-2, AVC/H264 and HEVC/H.265 video coding and, as an added bonus, it can also play music files in MP3, AAC, and WMA formats. The box has an HDMI 2.0 port for connecting to your 4K or Full HD TV. To connect to your home theatre audio system, the Optical SPDIF digital … [Read more...] about Just a click away
By Elaine Smith Special to the Star Tues., April 30, 2019 Investing has a lot in common with competitive sports — both follow rules and strategies, and have uncertain outcomes. But it’s a game that investment adviser and author Eddie Ghabour, who played college baseball, wants his readers to win. “So many people are interested in financial planning and are trying to get to financial independence,” said Ghabour, author of The Common Sense Bull: The Keys to the Good Life Before & After Retirement. He’s also the co-founder and partner in Delaware-based Key Advisors Group, LLC. “Working in this industry, I have an obligation to educate and instruct them — and show them that reaching financial independence isn’t that hard. It gives me great satisfaction to help people.” Ghabour is a reluctant author; his athlete’s subconscious nags him that being in the spotlight detracts from the work done by his team. But … [Read more...] about Former college athlete applies sports strategy to personal finance