Vietnam, the host of the second summit between US President Donald Trump and DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, has grabbed international headlines for its socio-economic development as well as meticulous preparation for the summit. National flags of the DPRK, the US and Vietnam attached to a plaque with a friendship symbol of handshake are decorating many streets downtown Hanoi. Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the DPRK’s Workers’ Party of Korea, ran an article on Vietnam’s economic development on February 27, in which it hailed Vietnam’s economic potential. The article highlighted the Vietnamese Government’s efforts to accelerate economic renovation and consolidate the socialist regime, which indicated the DPRK’s interest in Vietnam’s Doi Moi (renewal) process. The same day, an article on Singapore’s Chinese-language Zaobao spotlighted Hanoi’s preparation for the rare summit on February 27-28. Both Trump and Kim received … [Read more...] about Vietnam makes int’l headlines as host for second DPRK-USA Summit
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Mark Arsenault Globe Staff January 24, 2019 PROVIDENCE — A landslide? Hardly. But in winning reelection with 53 percent of the vote in November, Gina Raimondo earned what no Rhode Island governor has achieved since 2006: a majority.In a multicandidate race, that’s a mandate, Raimondo says. And now a politician who rose to prominence by pushing pension reforms that enraged public employees is using her mandate to pursue a list of progressive policy goals: expanding a tuition-free college program, universal pre-K, raising the minimum wage, new gun safety laws, pot legalization. She is calling for more money for public schools, after a round of distressingly low student test scores.On a national level, Raimondo, 47, is the new chair of the Democratic Governors Association, a position that will require more out-of-state travel and will probably raise her … [Read more...] about She didn’t win big. But Raimondo’s reelection signals continuity amid rocky Rhode Island politics
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page James Vaznis Globe Staff January 27, 2019 By many measures, the Boston school system should be flush with cash, thanks to the city’s booming economy.Over the past decade, the parking lots and rotting piers of the Seaport District have given way to sleek office towers and luxury condominiums, and large-scale developments have sprouted up elsewhere, including the city’s third tallest skyscraper (in the Back Bay).That has pumped tens of billions of dollars into the city’s tax base, swelling it beyond $160 billion. The new revenue has allowed Boston to increase spending on city services while keeping homeowner’s taxes among the lowest in the state, a feat Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently championed in his state of the city address. Advertisement Yet earlier in January on Beacon Hill, Walsh painted a more dire picture of city finances as he … [Read more...] about Amid a booming economy, Boston’s schools seem cash poor. What’s going wrong?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Milton J. Valencia Globe Staff January 25, 2019 YenChi Chen sat nervously in the back of the Boston courtroom, his arms spread across his lap, unable to understand what the judge and the lawyers were saying – and not quite sure why he had to be there at all. The 56-year-old, who speaks no English, was in Housing Court Thursday morning fighting eviction from the Chinatown storefront where he has run his hair salon, A Salon, over the last seven years. The backdrop of the hearing was a larger concern for Chen and his supporters, one that has taken hold in neighborhoods across the city and has crept into Chinatown in recent years: that new landlords are looking to displace Chen and others for higher rents and profits amid a wave of gentrification. Advertisement The hearing Thursday provided a glimpse of an argument that plays out again and again in court … [Read more...] about A court hearing, and a look at displacement
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Travis Andersen and Danny McDonald Globe Staff January 23, 2019 The Charlestown man who allegedly kidnapped Olivia Ambrose after she left a downtown Boston nightspot on Saturday is scheduled to appear in Charlestown Municipal Court Wednesday, one day after Ambrose was found alive in the suspect’s apartment.Victor M. Pena is currently charged with kidnapping, but Boston Police Commissioner William G. Gross said that the 38-year-old could face more charges as police continue to investigate the circumstances of of Ambrose’s whereabouts over four days.Ambrose’s family reported her missing to Boston police on 5:20 p.m. Sunday after she was last seen leaving Hennessy’s, a bar near Faneuil Hall, around 11:04 p.m. Saturday, officials have said. Advertisement The investigation — which included a vigorous social media campaign spearheaded … [Read more...] about Suspect to face kidnapping charges in Olivia Ambrose case