Several San Diego political and business leaders headed to Mexico City Sunday to advocate for free trade and increased infrastructure spending in Tijuana to stop sewage spills from polluting local beaches.The delegation led by the San Diego Chamber of Commerce is set to meet with Mexican leaders just days after President Donald Trump ramped up rhetoric about closing the U.S.-Mexico border -- in part to block Central America migrants from entering the U.S.The migrant crisis has lingered since last year, when thousands headed to the border seeking asylum. Last week, Trump threatened to cut off direct aid to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, where he says waves of migrants are fleeing north and overwhelming U.S. border officials.At the Cross Border Xpress pedestrian border crossing on Sunday, San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Imperial Beach Mayor Serge Dedina talked to reporters prior to catching a flight from the Tijuana International Airport to Mexico City for the three-day … [Read more...] about San Diego delegation heads to Mexico to talk trade, push for Tijuana sewer system upgrades
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Barack Obama isn’t the only one in his family making some strong post-White House style moves. While the former POTUS was lauded last week for his Rag & Bone black “44” bomber jacket, Michelle Obama has been experimenting with bold, runway-ready looks of her own: a pair of gold thigh-high Balenciaga boots here, a sexy metallic Sachin & Babi jumpsuit for the Grammys there.Even her manicure is getting into the mix.To promote her memoir, Becoming, the former first lady devoted her Instagram Stories on Wednesday to answering questions from readers. She wore a classic black suit as she spoke about parenting and her career, but it was impossible to not be distracted by her bright blue nail polish as she gestured with her hands. Behold, the ultimate Blue State beauty move.Michelle Obama, Becoming $19.49 Buy itObama’s bold nail polish choice isn’t completely out of left field. At the 2012 Democratic National Convention she lacquered up in a softer, … [Read more...] about Why everyone is staring at Michelle Obama’s hands
The Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Latest on partial shutdown of the federal government, now in its second week. (all times local):10 a.m. The White House says President Donald Trump is not reaching out to Democrats as a partial government shutdown appears set to extend into the new year.Counselor Kellyanne Conway tells Fox News Sunday that Trump is waiting for Democrats to reach out to him. She says of the negotiations: "It is with them."The two sides are at a stalemate over Trump's demand for billions for a U.S.-Mexico border wall that Democrats are intent on blocking. Trump has faced mounting conservative criticism for his inability to deliver on his core campaign promise. Recommended for you Recommended for you Recommended for you Most read 1 Secrets deals, reckless spending revise Kasim Reed’s legacy 2 Type 2 diabetes risk and breakfast: Why breakfast is important 3 For Georgia, a consolation bowl is little consolation … [Read more...] about The Latest: White House says shutdown ball is in Dem’s court
So wrote Germany’s largest weekly, Spiegel, in a piece headlined ‘Don’t Leave Us’ and published in the UK shortly before the Brexit referendum in June 2016. Germany had a €37 billion trade surplus with Britain in 2017: the main reason German exporters “need the British.” More than 10 per cent of all exported goods and services in some German regions go to the UK. The bilateral trade partnership is worth €120+ billion a year. Germany has much to lose, but also to gain, from Brexit. Britain exports €188 billion in goods to EU countries and commentators have suggested Germany could sweep up some of Britain’s share of the EU market after Brexit. “Regardless of the trade rules that will apply after Brexit, one thing is sure to come,” Annika Pattberg, director of Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI)’s London office, told daily Die Welt. "British goods are likely to lose … [Read more...] about Why Brexit is a double-edged sword for Germany: Special report
United Nations staff in Geneva during a strike day to protest against wage cuts, on 23 March 2018. Photo: Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP Industrial action by Swiss workers is relatively uncommon compared to other countries. Swiss construction workers made the Swiss headlines this week for going on strike over several issues, the most prominent being proposals to increase their retirement age. Demonstrations took place on Monday in Ticino and then Tuesday and Wednesday in Geneva. READ ALSO: Industrial action in Switzerland: Construction workers take to the streets Trade unions have warned that strikes could continue and announced that “the autumn is set to be heated”. However, such events are relatively rare in Switzerland. Why don’t the Swiss strike? Well, they sometimes do. But it’s true that strikes aren’t that common. In 2017, the Hans Böckler Stiftung published research showing that Switzerland lost only two working days per 1,000 … [Read more...] about Why are strikes so rare in Switzerland?