Video PlayerClose AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- Citywide celebrations of the Chinese Lunar New Year continued in New Zealand's biggest city of Auckland on Thursday night, with a special lantern show attracting tens of thousands of citizens. As night fell, the Auckland Domain came to colourful life as over 800 handmade lanterns shone around trees and pathways. Each one was transported from China and had a story to tell. As New Zealand's largest cultural festival, the 20th annual Auckland Lantern Festival kicked off on Thursday night to usher in the Chinese Lunar Year of the pig. Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy inaugurated the festival after cheering "Happy New Year" in Chinese. "Lantern Festival has its roots in China some two thousand years ago, but its purpose of bringing people together to enjoy a special moment of wonder and celebration transcends barriers of language, culture and time," said the governor. "It's also a wonderful opportunity for friends, families and … [Read more...] about Feature: Lantern festival lights up New Zealand’s Auckland
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico’s main stock index closed out its worst quarter in over 17 years on Monday, dragged down by doubts about how the new leftist government will manage the economy as well as concerns over global growth and trade. A worker cleans the glass doors of the building of Mexico's Stock Exchange in Mexico City, Mexico December 28, 2018. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril The S&P/BMV IPC stock index .MXX lost 15.89 percent in the fourth quarter, its steepest drop for a three-month period since the third quarter of 2001, when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks hit the United States. That quarter the market fell by nearly 19 percent. Before taking office earlier this month, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador rattled financial markets when on Oct. 29 he said he would scrap a partly built $13 billion new Mexico City airport on the basis of a straw poll that was widely criticized. The decision kicked off a dispute with some bondholders of debt issued to finance … [Read more...] about Mexico stocks post worst quarter in 17 years, government weighs
By AFP More by this Author BeijingChina's demand for donkey skins to make a traditional medicine could wipe out more than half the world's donkey population in the next five years, researchers said Thursday.Nearly five million skins are used every year to make ejiao, a gel believed in China to be a remedy for troubles ranging from colds to ageing, putting enormous strain on donkey populations around the world, Britain-based animal welfare group Donkey Sanctuary said in a report.Ejiao was once the preserve of emperors but is now highly sought after by a burgeoning middle class, with production growing 20 percent each year between 2013 and 2016, Donkey Sanctuary said.China's domestic donkey population has collapsed by 76 percent since 1992, and the country imports most of the donkey skins it uses, mainly from traders in South America, Africa and Asia.ANIMAL CRUELTY Related Stories The gold Chinese get from donkeys Advertisement There are currently around 45.8 million donkeys … [Read more...] about China ‘medicine’ demand threatens world donkey population: report
With Dengue related deaths mounting in Kolkata and the districts of West Bengal, the capital city’s civic body on Thursday launched an experiment with a ‘destroyer’ drone that not only takes photos of possible mosquito breeding sites but also collects water samples and sprays insecticides.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said two days ago that 23 people had died due to dengue across West Bengal. Unofficially, however, the figure has crossed 45 and more than 40,000 people have been affected since January by the vector-borne disease.According to official figures, at least six people have died in Kolkata till Thursday and more than 3,000 people have been affected. Though dengue related cases are reported round the year, the number of patients started rising since October, making it a political issue for opposition parties with opposition Bharatiya Janata Party holding protests in the state capital.“The drone, named ‘Vinash,’ is equipped to collect water … [Read more...] about In Bengal, drones to collect samples, spray insecticides to combat dengue
Source: https://www.stockfreeimages.com/6066759/Beating-the-Market-vector.html Polls showed that the bad shake the American working class had been getting from global competition and the influence of Wall Street on American politics had been major drivers behind both the competitiveness of Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries and the success of Donald Trump in the Republican primaries and general election in 2016. Yet Trump and the Republicans have just delivered America’s rich what may well be the biggest one-time shot in the arm ever, in the form of a 14-point cut in the corporate tax rate with no countervailing high-end income tax increase. Did you know that all on its own, the corporate tax rate cut can account for an increase of 21.5% in the value of the stock market? With the top 20% of Americans, by wealth, already controlling more than 70% of household wealth in the U.S., the top 1% controlling about 40% of total wealth, and the lion’s share of traded … [Read more...] about Up with the Wealth Gap!