WASHINGTON - It's official. President Donald Trump and China have agreed to a "phase one" trade deal after 21 months of wrangling and pain. Trump tweeted that the agreement is "large" and "amazing" on Friday. In a rare news conference, Chinese officials emphasized that it is "based on equality" and a win-win for both sides. And though both camps were quick to praise the deal, the text of it has yet to be released. So far, neither side has even released a fact sheet, a reminder that much remains in flux. What we know so far is this: Trump agreed to scale back some tariffs (which was China's top demand and was cheered on Wall Street). In exchange, China said it will buy more U.S. farm products (which Beijing had wanted to do anyway), enhance its intellectual property protections and allow U.S. banks and credit card companies full access to China. The emerging consensus is that this deal helps Trump's 2020 election prospects. On the actual substance, he got China to give a little, but not … [Read more...] about Key takeaways from Trump’s ‘phase one’ China trade deal
close Video French government reveals changes to pension plan amid strikes Pension plan announcement comes on 7th day of transportation strikes. France’s prime minister announced a pension overhaul on Wednesday that would increase the retirement age for the country’s youngest citizens, as strikes pressed on throughout the country for the seventh day. Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said the reforms are necessary to create a "fairer" system that “will be the same for everybody.” The government has said the current complex pension system is unsustainable. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe delivers his speech Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019 in Paris as he unveils proposals on pension reforms. (Thomas Samson/Pool via AP) The plan was announced one day after more than 300,000 people protested across the country, causing a logjam of some 285 miles of traffic in Paris. All metro lines except two were closed and many train routes were … [Read more...] about France raises retirement age, offers concessions for ‘fairer’ system as pension-reform protests drag on
Photo: PRWeb Photo: PRWeb Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: PRWeb Mediaplanet and Actress Glenn Close Team Up for Mental Health Awareness 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Mediaplanet’s Mental Health campaign, found within USA TODAY and online, helps shed light on the pressing need for more mental health support in the United States. NEW YORK (PRWEB) December 11, 2019 Mediaplanet recently announced the launch of the most recent edition of the “Mental Health” campaign. This campaign will educate readers on the importance of destigmatizing mental health and ensuring that those affected get the help they need. Now is a critical time to continue discussions surrounding these subjects, as 1 in 5 adults in the United States has a mental … [Read more...] about Mediaplanet and Actress Glenn Close Team Up for Mental Health Awareness
Hong Kong (CNN Business)A self-destructing robot will be sent into orbit on the world's first space cleanup mission, European scientists announced Monday, a fresh approach to fixing up the galaxy's junk graveyard. Our orbit is filled with garbage, including chunks of dead satellites, discarded rockets, and paint flecks that have fallen off them. The mission, named ClearSpace-1, will take the first step in tidying up this extraterrestrial wasteland, according to the European Space Agency (ESA). A four-armed robot, developed by Swiss startup ClearSpace, will latch onto debris before diving back down to Earth, where both machine and junk will "burn up in the atmosphere," according to the ESA. Satellite captures space junk for the first time The robot's mission will target a cone-shaped part of an ESA rocket that was left in space in 2013. If all goes well, follow-up missions will target larger objects, before eventually trying to remove multiple pieces of junk at once. "This is … [Read more...] about Europe is sending a robot to clean up space. Why is the junk there in the first place?
Picking out toilet partitions, fixtures, sinks and mirrors for an airport bathroom apparently isn’t as simple as it might seem — it took Denver International Airport and the contractors on its massive terminal renovation more than 14 months to settle on the final restroom design. Same with the walls throughout the terminal: After DIA officials opted early on to use laminate and another material for wall coverings, they decided in December 2018, as the design was being set, to change to acrylic “solid surface” panels for 200,000 square feet of walls. It then took more than four months to make the final choices, including whether the panels should be seamless. When DIA and the city terminated Great Hall Partners’ public-private partnership contract in August, the airport blamed the contractors, saying budget-busting cost increases and delay projections on the $650 million project were out of proportion with requested changes and other disputes. But a deep … [Read more...] about Fired Denver airport contractors’ claims raise questions about oversight as massive project restarts