BIARRITZ (FRANCE): French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday hosted his US counterpart Donald Trump for an unscheduled lunch ahead of the official opening of the G7 summit in southwest France to ease tensions over trade and build consensus against climate change crisis including building pressure on the Brazilian President to douse Amazon fires. Macron and Trump sat on a terrace at the ornate Hotel du Palais in the popular Atlantic resort of Biarritz, a day after Trump reiterated his threat of tariffs against French wine in retaliation for a new tax on major US tech companies. Speaking to media, Macron described Trump "a very special guest". "We actually have a lot in common," Trump said across the table to Macron, adding that they had "been friends for a long time". Trump said that at times they "go at each other a little bit" but had a "special relationship". Macron desires that the heads of Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States to focus on democracy, … [Read more...] about French President seeks to build consensus over trade wars & Amazon fire
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By Bhanuj Kappal Last week, an article in The Baffler by Liz Pelly caught my eye. Titled “Sofar, So Bad”, it’s an in-depth analysis of music events start-up Sofar Sounds, which calls itself “a global community creating space where music matters”. Founded in 2009 in London, Sofar Sounds started off as a small initiative hosting intimate ‘secret gigs’ in homes and other non-traditional venues, offering artists and fans an alternative to boisterous and annoying pub and club gigs. Ten years later, Sofar Sounds has become a global phenomenon, with over 600 shows a month taking place in 444 cities all over the world. Along the way, it has been lauded for ‘disrupting’ the live music space. And in a testament to Rafe Offer’s marketing nous, it has managed to maintain its image of a community-focused, volunteer-led initiative, despite the fact that it is now a transnational, for-profit corporation that just received $25 million in … [Read more...] about Off The Record: Tech saving the music industry from going kaput?
Whether it’s ASOS or Amazon, when it comes to shopping these days, many of us will turn to the internet. But while some people only occasionally shop online, it seems that for others the habit is becoming an addiction — so much so that experts believe that it should be classed as a “mental health condition”. An analysis of about 122 people who sought treatment for compulsive shopping found that nearly 34% of the patients showed signs of addiction to online shopping, linking it to an increased risk of anxiety and depression. Researchers from Hannover Medical School in Germany claim that the so-called ‘buying-shopping disorder’ (BSD) should have its own classification, rather than its current listing as ‘other specified impulse control disorders’. Astrid Muller, who led the study, said: “It really is time to recognise BSD as separate mental health condition and to accumulate further knowledge about BSD on the internet.” … [Read more...] about Online shopping addiction a mental illness?
Video PlayerClose KIEV, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- The first China International Import Expo (CIIE) is another step toward boosting trade between Ukraine and China, Ukrainian First Deputy Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv said on Monday. Kubiv, who heads the Ukrainian delegation to the expo, said that China and Ukraine have a potential to increase their annual trade turnover to 10 billion U.S. dollars within five years, according to the press service of the Ukrainian Economic Development and Trade Ministry. Noting that China is a strategic partner for Ukraine, Kubiv said bilateral trade has been steadily increasing this year. Last year, China was Ukraine's top trading partner in the Asia-Pacific region and the second-largest trading partner in the world, with bilateral trade turnover amounting to 7.7 billion dollars. At the CIIE, which is held in Shanghai, east China, from Nov. 5 to 10, the Ukrainian government displays a national exhibition booth featuring food, machines and high-tech products, … [Read more...] about Ukraine expects more trade with China after CIIE
The balance of power has shifted in the tug of war between climate change deniers and environmental activists. The emergence of activists like Greta Thunberg notwithstanding, ground has been ceded to the other side, irrespective of global growth slowing on account of a bruising trade war between the United States and China. According to Capgemini’s annual World Energy Markets Observatory (WEMO) report, global energy consumption increased 2.3 per cent, nearly double the average rate since 2010. This would have been less alarming had the share of non-renewables in the energy mix gone down over the years. Nearly 75 per cent of the increase in energy demand was met by oil, coal, and natural gas, causing greenhouse gas emissions to increase 2 per cent globally. The report attributes the spike in emissions to a lack of technological breakthroughs and population growth. However, global emissions had plateaued between 2014 and 2016, giving activists reason to cheer. But greenhouse gas … [Read more...] about The risk is real: Global energy consumption up by 2.3%, experts blame it on tech & population