BEIJING: The Chinese government signalled on Wednesday (May 29) that it would not follow Taiwan's example on same-sex marriage after the first legal unions in Asia were hailed by activists as a social revolution for the region.Taiwan's parliament passed a bill this month that endorsed same-sex marriage. More than 360 same-sex couples married on Friday after years of heated debate over marriage equality that has divided the self-ruled and democratic island.China, which claims Taiwan as its own sacred territory, has a thriving gay scene in major cities, but there has been little sign that the ruling Communist Party will legalise same sex marriage, despite activists pushing for it.Speaking at a regular news briefing, An Fengshan, spokesman for China's policy-making Taiwan Affairs Office, said they had "noted reports on the island" about same-sex marriage."The mainland has a marriage system of one man, one woman," he added, without further elaboration.Individual legislators have … [Read more...] about China signals won’t follow Taiwan in allowing same-sex marriage
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MONACO: Lewis Hamilton has hailed his mourning Mercedes team and says the performances of the car itself are "fantastic" ahead of qualifying on Saturday (May 25) for Sunday's 77th Monaco Grand Prix.The defending five-time world champion and his Silver Arrows team-mate Valtteri Bottas were seven-tenths of a second clear of third-placed Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari after Thursday's opening sessions."I?'m surprised," he said. "I don't know where all the time has come from - I don't know if Max (Verstappen) maybe didn't get in a time or what, but the performance we have here is fantastic."We're constantly improving this car and understanding it and understanding the tyre. I guess that's why you're seeing the performance advantage we have."A similar performance in Saturday's qualifying session would give the team a near-perfect opportunity to extend their triumphant season-opening run to six one-two finishes.On an overcast morning on the traditional rest day at the classic "blue … [Read more...] about Formula 1: Hamilton hails Mercedes car as ‘fantastic’
WASHINGTON — In modern times, presidents have rarely been church mice afraid of a little salty language. But President Donald Trump has grown increasingly willing in recent months to say in public what most of his predecessors tried to keep behind closed doors. His is the profanity presidency, full of four-letter denunciations of his enemies and earthy dismissals of allegations lodged against him. At rallies and in interviews, on Twitter and in formal speeches, he relishes the bad-boy language of a shock jock, just one more way of gleefully provoking the political establishment bothered by his norm-shattering ways. In a single speech on Friday alone, he managed to throw out a “hell,” an “ass” and a couple of “bulls****” for good measure. In the course of just one rally in Panama City Beach, Florida, earlier this month, he tossed out 10 “hells,” three “damns” and a “crap.” The audiences did not seem to mind. … [Read more...] about News President foul mouth: Trump masters the cuss
The words “affective” and “factitious” must have made such an impression on Judge Keenan that after Dr. Weld’s examination report, the postponed October 31 arraignment of Marcos was rescheduled to January 19, 1989. To repeat and rephrase Dr. Weld’s conclusions: there was no medical justification preventing the indictee, Ferdie, from travelling to New York City and face his day in court. The Marcos medical maneuvers (1) The Marcos medical maneuvers (2) Then followed the two admissions to St. Francis Medical Center. December 9, 1988 and released on December 18; and again entering St Francis on December 29 and released on January 5, 1989. While there may have been valid reasons for those hospitalizations, such validity was diminished and became suspect simply because the ailments and corresponding hospital stays also turned out to be orchestrated anticipatory events announced in advance to media both in Honolulu and in Manila. It had … [Read more...] about News OPINION: Marcos could have lived longer but…..
MOSCOW/LONDON: It was a quiet Easter holiday at the offices of major European oil companies and refiners when an email in Russian landed. "What the hell does it say?" one manager recalled thinking as he sent it to his Moscow office for translation.He was in for a shock.The letter was from the state pipeline company in Belarus, Gomeltransneft, telling oil refiners and pipeline operators in Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic that the crude heading toward them from Russia down the 5,500 km (3,400 mile) Druzhba pipeline network was heavily contaminated."We ask you to immediately take all measures to avoid potential losses and other negative consequences," said the Gomeltransneft letter dated April 19 and seen by Reuters.For the next 10 days, refiners and oil firms in Europe cut purchases of Russian oil by up to a million barrels a day - or 10 percent of European oil imports - in a major disruption to supply from the world's second largest oil exporter.The disruption … [Read more...] about How Russia contaminated US$2.7 billion of oil exports to Europe