Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has conveyed his best wishes to both Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and the Chinese people as this auspicious date approaches, and as Austria's ambassador to China, I would like to join him in expressing my warmest regards. I feel privileged to serve in Beijing as China continues to open up and introduce more international initiatives, guided by President Xi Jinping's vision of the "Chinese Dream". During the state visit of Austrian President Heinz Fischer to Beijing in March 2015, he and Xi conferred about the revival of the Silk Road - the Belt and Road Initiative - and Fischer confirmed Austria's great interest in forging a deeper partnership with China. Austria's longstanding relations with and involvement in countries in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe, as well as those in Central Asia, give Austrian companies and institutions solid foundations for third-country cooperation with China. The Bank of China opened its first Austrian branch in our capital, Vienna, on March 8, and this highlighted the relevance of Austria and its capital as a market place and financial center. China's 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) offers many opportunities for further deepening the existing bilateral trade and investment ties between our countries.
According to a recent poll by the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber, Austrian companies are confident that China's "Made in China 2025" initiative will likely lead to higher value inputs from Austrian companies to industrial processes, thus opening up opportunities for extended cooperation. In the context of China's increasing level of private consumption, Austrian companies' presence in the highend consumer goods and lifestyle sectors in China is set to increase with products ranging from specialty food items such as cheese and chocolates to winter sports equipment. Environmental issues and the move to greater resource and energy efficiency, which are major focus areas of the 13th Five-Year Plan, could also yield many opportunities for cooperation.
There are also an increasing number of city-to-city cooperation initiatives around the smart city concept, including cultural projects and major events, as well as tourism know-how and training. Austrian companies, many of them world leaders in their fields, have successfully showcased their goods and services for years at the annual ISPO Beijing winter sports fair and are forging collaborations in their various fields of expertise with Chinese partners.
Universities in China and Austria are cooperating more on winter sports and the Olympic committees of both countries are in regular communication. Building on longstanding agreements and excellent relations within the Eurasia Pacific Uninet framework, there has been increasing cooperation in science and technology over the past few years, with many joint projects carried out by Austrian and Chinese advanced research institutions. Legal cooperation between our countries will benefit from the impending conclusion of a bilateral treaty on legal assistance, which will hopefully assist in solving a number of serious fraud cases that have been detrimental to both countries.
As one of the events to commemorate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations, a dialogue was held between Austrian and Chinese scholars on the Tao Te Ching's messages regarding state craft in Vienna in mid-May. Tourism is booming: More and more Chinese tourists - more than half a million annual - are discovering Austria and they are deciding to spend more time in the country - joining outdoor and sports activities, as well as visiting the traditional cultural must-sees in Vienna, Salzburg or Innsbruck.
Austrian Airlines, with its cooperation partner Air China, currently operates direct flights between Vienna and Beijing, Shanghai and - as of September 2016 - also Hong Kong, making travel more convenient. Bilateral visits and people-to-people exchanges are intensifying, thanks to the bilateral Young Leaders Program and global Austrian Leadership Program, initiated in 2015 and 2016, respectively. Numerous partnerships between Chinese and Austrian entities on various levels, from the regional to city level, together with friendship associations, also demonstrate the strong people-to-people contact between our two countries. Austria's relations with China are solidly embedded within the EUChina strategic partnership. As an observer within the "16+1" process, Austria welcomes the positive engagement from the EU to enhance connectivity between China's Belt and Road Initiative and existing EU infrastructure development programs.
Let me conclude by expressing my deep personal gratitude to the many Chinese counterparts, officials and businesspeople, artists and journalists, and the many Chinese citizens whom I have been privileged to meet during more than four years of service in Beijing. My husband Reinhard and I have often been deeply impressed by their commitment, professionalism and dedication, and the love they profess for their great country. As early as 1956, official economic relations were established with the signing of the first non-governmental trading agreement. With the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1971, bilateral trade and economic relations improved further. The economic, legal and international framework for doing business in China has evolved dramatically over the last few years. As far as Austrian imports from China are concerned, labor-intensive and low-tech products are increasingly being replaced by highervalue items such as mobile phones, machines for data processing, optical apparatus and medical instruments.
Austrian environmental technologies have for many years made inroads into the Chinese market for water treatment, industrial air purification and renewable energy products. Consumer goods and services related to lifestyle are rapidly growing in popularity among sophisticated clients. An annual survey conducted among Austrian companies in China by Austria's official trade promotion organization, Advantage Austria, shows that cooperation between Austrian and Chinese firms now extends beyond the borders of both countries.
By utilizing existing contacts and synergies from their business in China, Austrian companies are starting to position themselves as strategic partners as well as potential suppliers for Chinese companies in international projects. Despite uncertainties relating to the restructuring of the Chinese economy, the overwhelming majority of Austrian companies remain positive about the Chinese market. Advantage Austria is committed to helping Austrian companies tap the huge potential of the changing Chinese market.
Advantage Austria is affiliated to the Austrian Economic Chamber and represents the interests of Austrian companies abroad. The writer is the head of Advantage Austria Beijing and commercial counselor at the Austrian embassy. China became Austria's fifth-largest trade partner in 2015, with a bilateral trade volume roughly 300 times the figure in 1971, and there were 18 pairs of sister provinces or cities in the two countries. China has opened two Confucius Institutes in Austria and more than 3,000 Chinese students are studying in the country. The two countries are facing new historic opportunities in relations as China and Europe are dedicated to promoting a full strategic partnership, implementing the China-EU 2020 Strategic Agenda for Cooperation, the Belt and Road Initiative, and the 16+1 cooperation. Austria's location at the heart of Europe, its history, tradition and economy have made the country a pioneer capable of playing an important role in Sino-EU cooperation. According to a Chinese saying, "It's easy for people to meet but it's more precious to know each other and even become heartfelt friends". Our two countries are different in economic size, social systems, histories and cultures, but as long as we seek common ground while maintaining our differences, and promote exchanges and cooperation at different levels on the basis of mutual respect, equality, and the win-win principle, we will see greater development in our relations as well as benefits to our countries and peoples. An Austrian orchestra performs in Shanghai this month during a visit to the East China metropolis.
So China had put out a position paper in December, 2014, saying, "We unmistakably did not want this arbitration. The court turned on its head, and said, "Ah, the position paper is going to be a plea" because they have the authority to decide each case whether they have jurisdiction or not. Everyone in the Western press believes China is really being the bad guy, and they are only getting half of the story. China never said, but they should say this: Nine Dash Line, among other things, indicate a broad sea area which there are features that are subject to the historic title claims.
You should not say historic rights or reasons, the magic word in the (UN) Convention is historic title.
I mean, Taiping (the only island occupied and inhabited by Taiwan people), is a historic title claim. Does it make sense to you to say that Xisha and Nansha belong to China since ancient times?
Now the Filipinos are having such fun of making faces at China, hiding behind the US military, thinking they are really doing something wonderful. But it engages in this sleight of hand tricks, such as what I described in respect to jurisdiction. US officials such as Assistant Secretary Danny Russel always said this tribunal ruling is going to be binding? In my view, it's an abuse of the process, where these five Europeans (judges) are passing judgment Chinese opted out of.
Group of Seven leaders voiced concern about emerging economies at a summit in Japan on Thursday as their host, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, made a pointed comparison to the 2008 global financial crisis but not all his G7 partners appeared to agree. The G7 leaders did agree on the need for flexible spending to spur world growth but the timing and amount depended on each country, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroshige Seko said, adding some countries saw no need for such spending.
Abe presented data showing global commodities prices fell 55 percent from June 2014 to January 2016, the same margin as from July 2008 to February 2009, after the collapse of the global financial services firm Lehman Brothers. Lehman had been Wall Street's fourth-largest investment bank when it filed for Chapter 11 protection on Sept 15, 2008, making its bankruptcy by far the biggest in US history. Abe hopes, some political insiders say, to use a G7 statement on the global economy as cover for a domestic fiscal package including the possible delay of a rise in the nation's sales tax to 10 percent from 8 percent planned for next April. G7 leaders were rattled by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, US President Barack Obama said, adding Trump's statements displayed ignorance and were aimed at getting headlines, not what was needed to keep the US safe and the world on an even keel. Summit pageantry began when Abe escorted G7 leaders to the Shinto religion's holiest site, the Ise Grand Shrine in central Japan, dedicated to sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, mythical ancestress of the emperor.
Abe has said he hopes the shrine visit will provide an insight to the heart of Japanese culture. On Wednesday night, Abe met Obama for talks dominated by the arrest of a US military base civilian worker in connection with the killing of a young woman on Japan's southern Okinawa island, reluctant host to the bulk of the US military in Japan. Obama opened his trip to Japan with much intrigue about his upcoming stop in the city where the United States dropped the first atomic bomb. Obama's comments on Hiroshima after meeting with Abe offered a preview of the approach he will try to take at the site of the US attack on Aug 6, 1945, that killed 140,000 people. The Japanese government frequently uses Hiroshima to pose itself as a victim of the war but seldom mention its wartime atrocities in its invasion against Asian neighbors. The surprise attack by the Japanese military on Dec 7, 1941, killed more than 2,400 people, wounded scores and led Washington's entry into World War II. As union activists disrupted fuel supplies, trains and nuclear plants during a day of demonstrations around the country, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls opened the door to possible changes but said the government would not abandon the bill, which would make the country's 35-hour workweek more flexible, among other provisions. The draft law, aimed at boosting hiring after a decade of nearly 10 percent unemployment and slow but corrosive economic decline, has escalated into the toughest challenge yet to President Francois Hollande and his Socialist government. After vacating the bridge, which typically carries about 12 million vehicles a year, union activists spread the disruption to Le Havre, driving slowly through town or briefly blocking roads on foot as cars around them honked repeatedly. Then the dock workers stormed the main square in front of City Hall, setting off multicolor smoke bombs and throwing some in fountains, kicking up plumes of water.
Fabien Gloaguen, an activist with the militant Worker's Force movement, said the government would have to back down. Valls insisted the bill is "good for workers" and small businesses, and argued that many of its critics are ill-informed of its contents. In addition to loosening rules about the 35-hour workweek, the bill makes it easier to fire workers in times of economic downturn, and weakens the power of unions to set working conditions across an entire sector.
Two months of protests escalated over the past week as unions targeted the sensitive oil industry, blocking fuel depots and refineries.
An explosion at a chemical factory in western India on Thursday killed at least two people and injured more than 120, officials said. Police say 11 people were injured in a third consecutive night of clashes with protesters supporting squatters in Spain's northeastern city of Barcelona.
A Catalonia police spokesman said dozens of demonstrators burned several trash containers and vandalized shop and bank branch fronts in disturbances that dragged on into the early hours of Thursday in the city's Gracia district.
A truck transporting garment factory workers crashed into a motorbike in southeastern Cambodia's Svay Rieng province on Wednesday evening, leaving two motorists dead and 69 garment workers injured, the Ministry of Labor said in a statement on Thursday.
The first South Korean gay couple to seek legal status for their same-sex marriage said on Thursday they would appeal a court decision rejecting their claim and urged other couples to join their struggle.
Movie director Kim JhoGwang-soo and his longtime partner Kim Seung-hwan, held a wedding ceremony in Seoul in September 2013 and submitted their marriage registration form to their local authority only for it to be rejected.
Three new pieces of debris thought to be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 have been found washed up on Indian Ocean beaches and will be examined in Australia, the transport minister said on Thursday. In its annual budget, the government forecasts that rising fiscal surpluses in coming years will allow it to begin paying down its public debt. The government plans to hike tobacco taxes by 46 percent over the next four years as it continues an ambitious campaign to eliminate smoking from the South Pacific nation by 2025. The indigenous Maori have relatively high smoking rates, and the tax plan was pushed by the Maori Party. An estimated 4,500 to 5,000 New Zealanders died from smoking-related illnesses each year and 15 percent of adults - or 550,000 people - smoked daily.
A subsidy for polluting businesses that was introduced to help them out after the 2008 global financial crisis will be eliminated by 2019.
Thirteen-year-old Siti Maryam says she suffers headaches and nausea after harvesting tobacco leaves with her bare hands during four years of working on her family's farm in Indonesia.
Maryam, who is among the thousands of children a rights group says work in hazardous conditions on farms in the world's fifth-biggest producer of tobacco, spoke to Reuters in a field near the east Java city of Probolinggo. Indonesia is one of the world's fastest-growing markets for tobacco products, with about $16 billion worth of cigarettes sold last year in the country of 250 million, an increase of 13 percent from 2014, says market research firm Euromonitor International. But a lack of information leaves families oblivious to the risks their children face while working on tobacco farms, said Margaret Wurth, a researcher for New York-based rights group.
Several big companies lack procedures to screen out tobacco that involves the effort of children working in hazardous conditions, the group said in a report on Wednesday.
The group interviewed 227 people, among them 132 children aged between 8 and 17, who said they worked on tobacco farms in four Indonesian provinces.
But the report risks generalizing the whole of Indonesia and some children do work in nonhazardous conditions on tobacco farms, said Soeseno, chairman of the Indonesian tobacco farmers' association.
Parents getting children to help is in line with cultural norms in some areas, said Soeseno, who like many Indonesians goes by one name.
Customers do not normally ask whether child labor is involved, said Suradi, a trader who buys tobacco from farmers in Probolinggo for resale. A rights organization said it contacted some of the biggest companies operating in Indonesia, such as Philip Morris International Inc, Djarum Group and PT Gudang Garam Tbk. Philip Morris welcomed the report, said sustainability officer Miguel Coleta, adding that the company sourced almost 70 percent of its tobacco through direct contracts with Indonesian farmers, versus about 10 percent four years ago. But change requires many stakeholders to cooperate, including the Indonesian government, he added. Indonesian tobacco firms Djarum and Gudang Garam did not respond to Reuters' requests for comment.
The research, led by scientists at Britain's Imperial College London, looked at attitudes to and use of e-cigarettes across Europe between 2012 and 2014. Using data from more than 53,000 people across Europe - with at least 1,000 from each country - the study also found the proportion of people across Europe who consider e-cigarettes dangerous nearly doubled to 51 percent from 27 percent. E-cigarettes are metal tubes that heat liquids typically laced with nicotine and deliver vapor when inhaled. Experts fiercely debate whether the devices can help people give up smoking and whether they are safe - with some studies raising concerns about the toxicity of some of the ingredients. Most people who reported trying e-cigarettes were former or current smokers, although the number who had never smoked tobacco but had tried them also rose. Bill Cosby's lawyers gave a blistering preview of the questions the actor's accuser will face at trial, as a judge refused to dismiss the sex-assault case at a preliminary hearing. Constand did not testify, a decision meant to spare her from being cross-examined before trial. The defense objected to Constand's absence during the half-day hearing, which marked the first time that police statements from either Constand or Cosby, 78, have been aired in public. No trial date has been set, and lawyers are expected to spend months arguing over what evidence can be used - most notably, whether other accusers can testify and whether Cosby's deposition from Constand's lawsuit can be used.
Several women have accused Cosby of drugging them and sexual assault while they were drugged. McMonagle on Tuesday suggested that Constand was having a relationship with a married man and that the pair had engaged in "petting" during a few earlier visits to his home. On the night in question, she said that Cosby urged her to take three blue pills "to take the edge off" her stress and to wash them down with wine he had poured. McMonagle argued that Constand "voluntarily" took the pills and perhaps had a bad reaction. The defense also seized on discrepancies in the three police statements that Constand gave, including her shifting memory of precisely when the encounter occurred. As for the alleged crime, she said the comedian penetrated her with his fingers and fondled her after giving her what he said was herbal medication. Actor and comedian Bill Cosby (center) leaves a preliminary hearing on sexual assault charges on Tuesday at Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Michael Rizzi was arrested at his Brooklyn home on charges of conspiring to launder the proceeds of the multimillion-dollar operation. Federal prosecutors say the company advertised on more than 50 websites with names such as Lush Playmates. The EgyptAir jet that disappeared last week did not show technical problems before taking off from Paris, sources within the Egyptian investigation committee said late on Tuesday. They said the plane did not make contact with Egyptian air traffic control, but the controllers were able to see it on radar on a border area between Egyptian and Greek airspace about 480 kilometers from Cairo. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the sources said the plane disappeared without swerving off radar screens after less than a minute of it entering Egyptian airspace.
Egypt's state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram reported on Tuesday that the plane had shown no technical problems before taking off, citing an Aircraft Technical Log signed by its pilot before takeoff.
Earlier on Tuesday, the head of Egypt's forensics authority dismissed as premature a suggestion that the small size of the body parts retrieved since the Airbus 320 jet crashed indicated there had been an explosion on board. Investigators are looking for clues in the human remains and debris recovered from the Mediterranean Sea. The plane and its black box recorders, which could explain what brought down the Paris-to-Cairo flight as it entered Egyptian airspace, have not been located.
An Egyptian forensics official said 23 bags of body parts had been collected, the largest no bigger than the palm of a hand.
But Hisham Abdelhamid, head of Egypt's forensics authority, said this assessment was "mere assumptions" and that it was too early to draw conclusions. At least two other sources with direct knowledge of the investigation also said it would be premature to say what caused the plane to plunge into the sea.
The twin offensives marked some of the most serious ground efforts against IS since the group declared its self-styled "caliphate" straddling the Syrian-Iraqi border in 2014. Territory under IS control has been steadily shrinking for months but it has carried out a wave of attacks including bombings in the Syrian government's coastal heartland on Monday that killed 177 people.
The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on Tuesday announced its largest offensive to date against IS territory north of the jihadists' stronghold of Raqa city.
The offensive was aimed at pushing IS from the province's north and securing other areas, the alliance said in statement on Twitter. Baghdad-based US military spokesman Colonel Steve Warren confirmed the assault, saying it was "putting pressure on Raqa". He said the US military would conduct airstrikes to support thousands of SDF fighters, some of whom have been trained and equipped by US forces.
Just before the SDF announcement, Russia said it would be ready to coordinate with both Washington and the SDF in an offensive for Raqa. Meanwhile, three explosions rocked the town of Banyas on Tuesday in Syria's Tartus province, about 400 kilometers west of Raqa city. Security forces were spread out throughout Banyas but there was no immediate word on casualties or the cause of the blasts.
The US rejected a Russian proposal last week for joint air operations against jihadist groups in Syria. The anti-IS coalition headed by Washington has set its sights on Raqa in Syria, as well as Fallujah and eventually IS's main bastion of Mosul in Iraq.
On Tuesday, Iraqi forces closed in on Fallujah after capturing the nearby town of Garma and cutting IS off from one of its last support areas. With forces converging, concerns grew that the estimated 50,000 civilians believed to still be inside had nowhere to go. The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday announced Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new chief, elevating a low-profile religious figure in a swift power transition after officially confirming the death of Mullah Mansour in a US drone strike. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached a deal to expand his coalition government on Wednesday by bringing in the ultranationalist Yisrael Beitenu party and appointing its leader Avigdor Lieberman as his new defense minister. A stretch of street collapsed in central Florence early on Wednesday, dropping a row of parked cars into an underground pipeline and cutting water supplies to part of the ancient city. A Swedish court upheld the arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Wednesday. A police source said they hoped to transfer "roughly the same number" of migrants as on Tuesday, when they bussed more than 2,000 to newly opened camps near Greece's second city Thessaloniki, about 80 kilometers to the south. Some 8,400 people are living in the muddy and dirty camp on the Macedonian border, which has become a potent symbol of human suffering and chaos as Europe struggles with its worst migrant crisis since World War II. The dawn operation, involving some 700 police backed by helicopter, "is continuing normally and calmly, like yesterday", said the police officer, who declined to be named. Most of those at the camp are fleeing war and misery in the Middle East and Asia and the group transferred on Tuesday included 662 Syrians, 1,273 Kurds and 96 Yazidis.
Around 100 migrants refused to enter the new center on Tuesday and headed off by foot to Thessaloniki. On Tuesday, ERT state television and state news agency ANA showed migrants patiently queuing up to board buses and being driven away, some waving at the camera.
Many carried their belongings in huge bin bags, while others piled possessions into pushchairs. It will take a week to complete the operation to clear all 8,400 people living there, the government said.
Oxfam urged Athens to guarantee migrants have "full access" to information and medical treatment.
And the transfer comes after a brutal winter of freezing rain and mud which saw many people trying to force their way across the border, sometimes resulting in violent encounters with Macedonian police. A refugee family sit in front of their tent waiting to be transferred to hospitality center, during a police operation at a camp in Idomeni, Greece, on Tuesday. The government has relaxed restrictions on self-employment in recent years in an attempt to slash the state payroll and battle economic stagnation, leading to the creation of many independent businesses from hairdressers to restaurants.
President Raul Castro said at the Communist Party Congress last month that such businesses were working "without the necessary legal recognition", under rules designed for small, family firms only. The 32-page document published on Tuesday detailed the party's plan for Cuba's economic development, stating Cubans could create "private businesses of medium, small and micro size" that would be recognized as "legal entities". Economists said this recognition might confer on businesses additional rights such as the ability to import wholesale supplies or export products. The ruling party holds a Congress every five years to evaluate progress and set the economic and political guidelines for the next half-decade. The new guidelines will not become law until approved by Cuba's National Assembly, which is due to hold in July.
Inside Armando Yera's gym, toned Cubans in tight spandex are pumping iron in front of mirrored walls and pedaling furiously on stationary bikes, a scene that looks more Miami than Havana. Yera is one of Cuba's first competitive bodybuilders and part of its budding class of entrepreneurs.
In the entryway, there are before-and-after photos of clients whose sagging bodies Yera has helped turn into chiseled statues.
Those changes are just about as gradual, painstaking and yet transformative as the ones taking place in Cuba itself, as the island opens up to the world. The bodybuilding craze started to grow after President Raul Castro launched tentative free-market reforms when he took over in 2008. Last year he reestablished Cuba's diplomatic relations with the United States - a bodybuilding haven.
Sian Chiong, a 21-year-old pop singer, is a regular at Mandy's Gym, and gives it credit for his success with the teenage girls who swoon for him and his boy band, Angeles. Musicians in today's Cuba have to please a public that "has become a consumer of image as well as music", said the muscular, immaculately coifed young star.
The late revolutionary dreamed of a Cuba of "new men" who would toss aside individualism and materialistic cares to be selfless citizens. He started bodybuilding when he was 18 and retired from competitions in 2008, but still has bulging muscles at age 56. A former customs official, he got into bodybuilding back when the only way to do it was with rudimentary equipment and a protein-rich diet. He owes much of his success to state TV, which invited him to speak about health on one of its programs.
He brought along a woman he helped to "transform" her body, plus her before-and-after pictures.
Despite its much-vaunted state healthcare system, Cuba is not immune to the global obesity epidemic: nearly 45 percent of its 11 million people are overweight or obese.
But gyms tend to draw mostly healthy young people looking to meet a set "standard" of beauty, said Dayron Delgado, a 30-year-old bodybuilder who works with Yera also as a personal trainer. A woman is coached by a personal trainer as she exercises at a gym in Havana, Cuba, on May 17. The Venezuelan bottler of Coca-Cola has halted production of the sugar-sweetened beverage due to a lack of sugar, a Coca-Cola Co spokeswoman said on Monday. Venezuela is in the midst of a deep recession, and spontaneous demonstrations and looting have become more common amid worsening food shortages, frequent power cuts and the world's highest inflation. Production of sugar-sweetened drinks has stopped, but output of diet drinks such as Coca-Cola Light and other zero-sugar beverages continued, spokeswoman Kerry Tressler wrote by e-mail.
Coca-Cola Femsa SAB, Latin America's biggest coke bottler and operator of four plants in Venezuela, added that it was hoping the nation's sugar inventories would recover "in the short term".
The bottler, which gets some 7 percent of its income in Venezuela, is a joint venture between Coca-Cola and Mexico's Femsa. Over the past several years, the combination of price controls, rising production costs, lack of foreign exchange, restrictive labor laws, and a lack of basic inputs such as fertilizer, have resulted in a drop in Venezuela's sugar cane production with fewer planted hectares and lower yields. Many smaller farmers have turned to other crops that are not price controlled and thus provide greater income.
As the worst drought in half a century delays rice planting in Cambodia, a pair of oxen on Tuesday delved into rice, corn and bean bowls at an annual plowing ceremony in an omen for good harvests for those crops in the year ahead. Annual rains have come late to Cambodia, exacerbating the drought and forcing farmers to wait before planting this year's crop of rice. Exports of Asia's staple are expected to fall well short of the 530,000 metrict tons shipped in 2015, further exacerbating a tightening rice market as drought has also hit top rice exporters India and Thailand. Watched by Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni, and a crowd of thousands in the ceremonial furrow in Siem Reap province, the two cows ate 90 percent of three out of seven snacks on offer in ornate bowls.
Each year, based on the oxen's choice of crops and the amount the animals eat, the Royal Palace astrologers forecast coming harvests and pray for regular rainfall.
But rains so far this month have been insufficient for farmers to start planting rice, said Keo Vy, a spokesman for the National Center for Disaster Management. Authorities have had to truck water supplies to 18 of Cambodia's 25 provinces, with some 2.5 million people affected by the drought, he said. Last year's exports of 530,000 tons were well below the target of 1 million tons, partly because of drought but also due to a lack of finance for millers and a global supply glut. This year shipments could be 10 percent lower again, said Kann Kunthy, chief executive of rice miller Brico, adding that farmers desperately need rain by July. Kunthy said that the industry was also concerned about the danger of floods after the drought. The strongest El Nino in nearly 20 years, which damaged crop production in Asia and caused food shortages, has ended, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said on Tuesday. Climate indicators associated with El Nino, which emerged in 2015, have now returned to neutral levels, the bureau said. A warming of sea-surface temperatures can lead to scorching weather across Asia and east Africa, but cause heavy rains in South America.
The latest El Nino caused drier than average weather which resulted in a fall in production of wheat, palm oil and rice in Asia. Farmers will now be looking for the development of a La Nina weather pattern, which brings wetter weather in Asia.

A fisherman sits to smoke on his boat at a dried up pond in the drought-hit Kandal province in Cambodia on May 13. Japan will ask US President Barack Obama to take strict measures to prevent crime by people from US military bases after the arrest last week of a US worker in connection with the murder of a Japanese woman.
Obama will visit Japan this week for a Group of Seven nations summit and he will also make a historic visit to the city of Hiroshima, which the US military attacked with an atomic bomb in 1945.
US troops have been stationed in Japan since its World War II defeat and about 50,00 remain in various bases. Abe was expected to ask Obama to ensure that strict discipline is enforced at bases and other measures are taken to prevent crime, Suga said. A 32-year-old US civilian working at the Kadena air base on Japan's southern island of Okinawa was arrested last Thursday on suspicion of dumping the body of a 20-year-old woman. Okinawa, the site of bloody World War II battles, hosts the bulk of US military forces in Japan and many residents resent what they see as an unfair burden. The island's governor, Takeshi Onaga, who was elected on a pledge to shift a big US Marines base off the island, was sceptical anything would be done on crime.
Obama's visit to Hiroshima on Friday will be the first by a serving US president to the city devastated by a US atomic bomb on Aug 6, 1945. Obama said in an interview with the NHK broadcaster on Sunday his visit would emphasize friendly ties between former enemies, and he reiterated he would not apologize for the atomic bomb attack. The city of Nagasaki was bombed three days after Hiroshima was bombed and Japan surrendered six days after that.
The SWIFT secure messaging service that underpins international banking said it plans to launch a new security program as it fights to rebuild its reputation in the wake of the Bangladesh Central Bank heist. Chief executive of the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, Gottfried Leibbrandt, was scheduled to tell a financial services conference in Brussels that SWIFT will launch a five-point plan later this week.
The attack followed a similar but little noticed theft from Banco del Austro in Ecuador last year that netted thieves over $12 million and a previously undisclosed attack on Vietnam's Tien Phong Bank that was not successful.
The crimes have dented the banking industry's faith in SWIFT, a Belgium-based cooperative owned by its users. The Bangladesh Bank hack was a "watershed event for the banking industry", Leibbrandt was scheduled to say.
SWIFT wants banks to "drastically" improve information sharing, to toughen up security procedures around SWIFT and to increase their use of software that could spot fraudulent payments.
SWIFT will also provide tighter guidelines that auditors and regulators can use to assess whether banks' SWIFT security procedures are good enough. Leibbrandt would again defend SWIFT's role, saying the hacks happened primarily because of failures at users.
Users frequently do not inform SWIFT of breaches of their SWIFT systems and even now, the cooperative has not proposed any sanctions for clients who fail to pass on information, which SWIFT itself says is key to stopping future attacks. Some critics said SWIFT should also be more active in auditing clients and be ready to cut off members whose security is not up to scratch.
Former SWIFT chief executive Leonard Schrank said it appeared that SWIFT's security efforts had not kept pace with the criminals increased sophistication and that the cooperative needed to work hard to restore its reputation. Iraqi officials said clashes between government forces and the Islamic State group outside the city of Fallujah have briefly subsided. The Iraqi troops are engaged in the third day of a large-scale military operation to drive the militants out from their stronghold west of Baghdad. In nearby city of Garma, Mayor Ahmed al-Halbosi said engineering teams are clearing booby traps from houses and government buildings on Tuesday - a day after capturing most of the town.
Colonel Mahmoud al-Mardhi, in charge of paramilitary forces, said they are still encountering pockets of resistance in Garma outskirts. Iraq launched the Fallujah offensive on Sunday, backed by US-led coalition airstrikes and paramilitary troops. Before the offensive, the United Nations called on Monday for "safe corridors" to be set up to allow Iraqi civilians to flee Fallujah.
Some 50,000 civilians in the city are at "great risk" during a campaign against IS fighters by the Iraqi army backed by militias, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said on a news conference at the UN headquarters. So I'm posing a question to The Laundress, a glamorous detergent company I've been using for the past year. There are also some really great parties happening throughout the weekend too that attendies are privy to. Spring is always that time where we clean out and clear away the dust and clutter in our lives.
I've been covering technology in fitness, fashion and health over the last 5 months and I really hope you enjoy these trend reports. Like I say in the video, we're picking 3 winners per prize category, so you have an excellent chance of winning.
In all aspects of life, I'm drawn to women who take a stand on issues, don't care about being labeled a freak and just come out and say whatever it is they feel needs to be said. Even when I'm home alone and hungry, I can cook a HelloFresh meal and save the 2nd portion for my lunch or dinner the next day. The concept of the beautifully captured campaign was that an exciting adventure could be as close as your backyard. Every trainer I got was just going through the motions, fully knowing I'd disappear on him or her once my free sessions were up. The day I went to film at KryoLife, owned and operated by Joanna Fryben,  I was actually feeling significant shoulder pain.
Cryotherapy is hailed as a cure-all and people are using it to get rid of all kinds of things like acne, cellulite, unwanted weight, inflammation, depression, libido problems, and body injuries. To be perfectly honest, the TomTom Spark Cardio + Music frustrated me at first because therea€™s a bit of set up involved. I refer to my life as a juggling act because there are so many facets of what I do that need to be in constant motion. In fact, I have more than a few waist trainers that I've been using for over a year since becoming curious about the waist training trend. As a Latina (my mother is Honduran), I'm feeling the need to spice up Thanksgiving with some Latin peppers. What follows are my favorite photographs from the day I conquered my fears with the Special Olympics of Missouri.
You might think that living in downtown Manhattan, I already see it all when it comes to high style. If you haven't been to any of Serene Social's wellness events yet, you're missing out and should definitely go to the one happening tomorrow in NYC at the launch of New York's Fashion Week. I will be there and looking forward to some heart opening rooftop yoga atop the James Hotel in Soho. So here's my Flat Stanley Skincare Secret: I seek out skincare that's packaged flat and in single servings. One of the best parts of going on a road trip adventure is everything that you see along your drive. This trip will take us to some pretty amazing places where nature makes you feel empowered and free.
Barre classes first came about in a big way in the 1950's on account of ballerina Lotte Berk. Barre fitness is all about using small movements to work trouble spots and tone every inch of your body by working multiple muscles in unison. It beats being ohm-ing indoors, especially with the cool breeze off the harbor blowing through your hair.
Earlier this summer, I spent one of the most amazing and healthiest travel weekends of my life at the Four Seasons Baltimore. I first saw a pair of Vira Suns on my yoga-instructor-friend, Lauren Imparato, during a yoga class in the middle of Times Square.
What sets this year's event apart from the last few, aside from the bearably cooler weather, was yoga-preneur Lauren Imparato leading the highly publicized morning class. After years of dealing with this issue called a€?sleevage,a€? Ia€™ve concluded that most bras Ia€™ve worn are actually the real culprits.
Before you give a listen though, I want to share my thoughts on what Katya Meyers is doing. I got in touch with the designer, Geneva Peschka from SunandDaughtersCo on Etsy, to find out more about the inspiration behind the shirt. Geneva bravely decided to act on the lessons she learned through these books and noticed her life change drastically for the better. The new Lotus Print collection by adidas Originals is urban, striking and feminine in a cool, unapologetic way.
If you're a Zumba fanatic, you should know that the cruise doesn't set sail for another 7 months from Fort Lauderdale, Florida but at least you have some time to plan, right?
And just in case you stop dancing to see where the hell you're going, the cruise will be sailing to Falmouth, Jamaica with a stop in Labadee, Haiti for a private live concert featuring the hottest Caribbean artists. While the entire Team SCA crew was not on board, 2 of its sailors were there to answer all my questions. Their sail, while impressive in it's own right, represents something far greater for women. From your clothes to accessories and gadgets, don't take a risk by wearing it for the first time on race day! FOR an exclusive womena€™s fitness class combining Surfset Fitness (the NEW surf-fitness trend) and Real Ryder Spinning (35 minutes of each). I picked out some rather loud styles for our shoot but once I got comfortable in them, I had no qualms wearing them "off-set".
Short girls are always getting brainwashed into thinking we can't pull off more eccentric looks or fashion trends that taller girls can get away with. Leave a comment below telling me which fitness myth gets under your skin and why it's soooo untrue.
If there's something you should know about me it's that I avoid tourist traps at all costs! For the sake of being accurate, let's call these dangerous deodorants what they really are, which is antiperspirants.
It's totally blowing my mind but at the same time I keep asking myself: why should this feel surreal? I typically only share my press features on my press page, but today I'm expecially THANKFUL because this issue of People Style Watch marks the 12th time I've been quoted in their magazine. One of the most classic New Year's resolutions is to start going to the gym more, which is exactly why gyms start hiking up their enrollment fees around this time. PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is an effective treatment for pain management, healing soft-tissue injuries, hair restoration treatment and cosmetic rejuvenation.
The most common PRP treatment currently is utilizing PRP in conjunction with micro needling to optimize your results and limit your down time for facial rejuvenation. Micro needling gets to the root of the situation by punching small holes on both the outer epidermis layer and the inner dermis layer of the skin. Collagena€™s primary role is replacement of dead skin cells, which means, it will replace all the dead, broken and torn skin cells in the entire area. Proper sunglasses shield the eyes from ultraviolet light that naturally comes from the sun. When it comes to risk factors for stroke, there are some we can control and some we cannot. Are you surprised eyebrows, cheeks, chin and forehead didn't make the top 5 list but three features of your mouth did? Signs you may be over breathing include sighing, moving your shoulders when you breath, breathing through your mouth, and starting your next breath as soon as you exhaled the last one. Hide your wifea€¦hide your kidsa€¦stock up on toilet paper and milk and watera€¦.Winter Storm Bucky is a-comina€™!
If stranded or even if simply plowed in and desirous of warming up your vehicle while you dig out, make certain that your cara€™s breathing system is free and clear.
If youa€™re a daily soft contact lens wearer, you know the panic of forgetting to put solution in your contact lens case. Whether you wear makeup everyday, a lot or a little, or only on special occasions here are some tips that all women should follow for a healthy face. The content contributions of Welsch Hearing Aid Company should not be considered by anyone as a substitute for medical or other hearing health professional diagnosis, treatment, advice, or recommendations. According to this neurologist, the intense craving we have for these foods from time-to-time is similar to a drug addicts craving for drugs. Currently there is legislation pending to make hearing health care more accessible to our Veterans. Due to the resultant backlog, veterans across the country are having difficulties accessing convenient and high-quality hearing care through the VA.
Within the VA system, only audiologists are permitted to perform hearing evaluations, hearing aid fittings, programming, and adjusting, and hearing aid counseling services, despite hearing aid specialists being ready and competent to provide these services.
Everyone one of you have friends or family members who have served or are serving in the Armed Services. Austria has since joined the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a founding member and our trade organization Advantage Austria cooperates with other interested chambers of commerce on a Silk Road Platform.
It is timely, therefore, that the embassy's team has been strengthened by the addition of an attachi??i?? for agriculture and environment issues. Chengdu and Vienna are both developing major new urban developments: the Tianfu New Area in Chengdu and the Aspern Seestadt Initiative in Vienna. As China prepares to host the 2022 Winter Olympics there is also a drive to broaden the appeal of winter sports to the wider Chinese public. Austria has successfully hosted the Olympic Winter Games twice, the Youth Olympic Winter Games once, and is an annual host of major world-cup races and world championship events in winter sports. At Shanghai's Fudan University, the Austrian Center recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and Technical University of Graz recently opened a liaison office at Shanghai's Tongji University. Many Austrian orchestras perform regularly in China, artworks, from both the past and present are showcased in China and Austrian artists hold many successful exhibitions.
Viennese balls - which in the past have been successfully held in Beijing and Shanghai - combine the pleasures of good music with elegant entertainment and delicious cuisine. Visa application procedures have become more customer-friendly since the Chinese government has authorized Austria to operate visa application centers in 15 locations in China earlier this year.
A new Austrian current affairs television program is broadcast live from Beijing several times a year and will contribute to increasing mutual knowledge. Austria actively contributes to the shaping of this partnership, in particular in the areas of the China-Europe Water Platform, where Austria, together with the International Center for Small Hydro Power, leads on small hydro power; or on issues of the rights of women, children and persons with disabilities.
The EU-China Summit, which will be held in July will undoubtedly further enhance the quality and intensity of the strategic partnership to which Austria continues to be fully committed. Let me also pay tribute to and thank every member of the team at the Austrian embassy in Beijing for their superb service.
In 1964, the Austrian Economic Chamber and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade laid the foundation for a very fruitful cooperation.
Several agreements - on investment protection, technical and scientific cooperation, and double taxation - were signed.
With slower economic growth and a shift toward the manufacturing of more technologically advanced products, competition has intensified considerably. In 2015, according to Austrian statistics, it passed the 11-billion-euro ($12.35 billion) threshold, making China Austria's fifth-largest trading partner worldwide. Austrian exports to China are dominated by automotive products, specialized machines, electric and electronic devices and chemicals to satisfy the demand created by China's industrial modernization.
Recently, China's plans for rural development have created a niche market for Austria's unique know-how and technologies in the fields of forestry and agriculture.
China's new enthusiasm for winter sports is perfectly matched by Austria's expertise in the manufacturing of equipment in this sector.
Austria's interest in China's Belt and Road Initiative and its membership of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank have to be seen in this context. With the growing purchasing power of its people and the intended upgrading of many industrial sectors, China remains an exciting and very attractive market. Austria's official trade promotion organization operates in over 70 countries with more than 110 offices, including seven in China. Over the past 45 years, the two countries' relations have been fruitful and benefited both Austrian and Chinese people. Travel is becoming easier with Air China and Austrian Airlines flights to Vienna from both Beijing and Shanghai. He is also a senior fellow at the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. And so they took what was an all-right "we don't want to play this game" decision by China in writing and they said, this will be a plea.
All the world thought China was being really bad because they refuse to honor this arbitration. But what I don't agree with is whereafter they (China) have not done a good job of explaining their position. By the way, if the US ever became a party of this agreement, we would have opted out as the Chinese did. Critics said he's catering to a conservative base that wants to put religion back in politics and revive traditional values. But that first visit by a sitting US president was caught up over the recent arrest of a former Marine in connection with the murder of a Japanese woman in Okinawa. Obama said the US would support having the suspect prosecuted through Japan's legal system.
Some have called for such a trip as a sign of Japan's acknowledgment of its wartime actions. He didn't elaborate on what might be changed, and insisted that the "heart" of the bill - a measure weakening the power of unions over workplace rules - should remain.
Many remain angry that the government forced the bill through the lower house of parliament without a vote because of division in the Socialist majority. Well were hardening our tone too!" an organizer shouted into a loudspeaker at the Normandy Bridge, where some 200 to 300 trade unionists and other protesters gathered to block traffic in one of many disruptions to roads around the country on Thursday. The powerful explosion, caused by a malfunction in the factory's boiler, shattered windows in buildings near the factory in Dombivli in Maharashtra state. The accident took place when the truck hit the motorbike head-on, the statement said, adding that the truck overturned in the collision, ejecting the workers.
The couple challenged the decision with a lawsuit filed in July last year, but a Seoul district court ruled on Wednesday that there was no legal basis for the challenge. Once the taxes are in place, a pack of 20 cigarettes will cost about 30 NZ dollars, about US $20, one of the highest prices in the world.
Te Ururoa Flavell, the party's co-leader, said it was the right thing to do, even if cost his constituents more money. But opponents say the measure amounts to a tax hike on businesses, and consumers will end up paying more. Children work in hazardous conditions in the tobacco industry, according to international rights groups. Under a recent state law, prosecutors can instead have witness statements read into the record. He said she was "incapacitated by her own hand, by her own drinking." And he questioned her continued contact with Cosby in the year between their encounter and her first call to police.
He ran a legitimate business that provided only companionship, defense lawyer Javier Solano told The New York Times. Air traffic controllers from Greece and Egypt have given differing accounts of the plane's final moments.
The third message came at 00:26 GMT on May 19 and showed a rise in the temperature of the co-pilot's window. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said their size pointed to an explosion, although no trace of explosives had been detected. The surprise announcement coincided with a Taliban suicide bombing near Kabul which killed at least 10 court employees in what was termed a revenge, illustrating the potency of the insurgency despite the change of leadership. The development caps a tumultuous political week that began with Netanyahu negotiating with the moderate Labor Party against a backdrop of international pressure to relaunch peace efforts with Palestine. About 200 meters of road running up to the famous Ponte Vecchio caved in when a major waterpipe it was sitting on broke, Mayor Dario Nardella said. Assange, 44, is wanted by Swedish authorities for questioning over allegations, which he denies, that he committed rape in 2010.
The migrants are tired and no longer expect the borders to be reopened," a police source said on Tuesday. Both activities were long frowned on in the country but are slowly gaining space on a changing island. Most of his clients pay $30 a month to be members - more than the average monthly salary on the island.
Cuban body builder Armando Yera opened a gym in central Havana, which is becoming increasingly popular among Cubans looking to transform their bodies. International forecasters see the arrival of La Nina weather pattern increasingly likely this year. Occasional crime by US personnel or civilian base workers infuriates Japanese people and often fuels call for the bases to go. In February thieves hacked into the SWIFT system of the Bangladesh bank, sending messages to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York allowing them to steal $81 million.
However, some finance industry executives say SWIFT has not been as active as it should be in improving security. It's sophisticated yet casual because the top flap and straps are made from a beautiful tanned leather while the rest of the bag is a coated canvas. I hiked to secret beaches, jumped into the ocean off rocky cliffs, slid down mud trails, went stand up paddle boarding and pretty much lived in a bikini the entire time. I rinsed them out with cold water at the end of each day, but when I returned back home to NYC I realized how bad they smelled. The Laundress was actually in my last #MIZ10 Quarterly Box and I trust them completely because they make the best eco-friendly laundry and fabric care. Louis and you're a blogger or content creator who wants to spend a day learning how to market yourself and build a brand and audience, then come join us! It's called SPRING 'LEAN AND DECLUTTER YOUR FIT ROUTINE and it's set to be delivered around May 20th. I recently cleaned out my clothes and shoe closet and ended up throwing a bunch of stuff away and donating the rest. I'll admit, I didn't start until the last year or two when I realized I was accumulating too much stuff. The reason I find them so relevant is because by 2020, wearable technology alone with generate over 20 billion dollars in revenue. Last night I made HelloFresh's Carmelized Onion Burger but instead of fries, the recipe included a roasted cauliflower side. It was supposed to wet your appetite for personal training and help you ease into your new gym-life. People are investing more of their paycheck in health & wellness, and seem to be more committed to their workouts than ever. But if you want the benefits of the treatment, it's worth enduring the very looooong 3 minutes.
So I was genuinely hoping to reap the benefits of whole body cryo and report back to you on how quickly it worked. Most of the ones Ia€™ve purchased or have been sent to review bite the dust in my gadget drawer at Mizzfit Headquarters.
I have what seems like a billion projects going on at once, and if I ignore one of thema€”well, you know what happensa€”the balls, the chainsaws and flaming sticks come toppling down on you and scatter. Like many of you, I saw Kim Kardashian's selfie that she took in her trainer and wondered what's this? One of my recipes is an appetizer and the other is a side dish to accompany your turkey dinner. Look for them in the canned and jar food aisle where you'd find things like stewed tomatoes, pasta sauces, etc. I'm pretty sure it was a combination of the perm's harsh chemicals (it was the early 90's afterall) and my onset of puberty.
There's an amazing event called Over The Edge that happens nationwide through the Special Olympics, and I decided to do it in St. In addition to raising awareness for this extraordinary event, I raised money to support it. To some extent that's true because of the amazing and innovative fashion sense people have here. Serene Social has teamed up with Lululemon and Suja for this gathering to kick off the calamity of fashion energy that's about to overtake the city. By the time his photographs started getting noticed through social media, it was already a passion project.
I've talked a lot about Haute Athletics this summer and love that they carry stuff you won't find elsewhere. Since there are women rockin' this style and attitude in their everyday clothing, clearly there should be activewear that expresses the same vibe! Her prodigees went on to turn barre fitness into a successful business of popular, packed classes. Quite honestly, I felt like I was hiding out, as if I had taken off for an exotic and faraway retreat. But the real highlight was scoring my room at the Four Seasons for their celebration of Global Wellness Day, which was served up as a full week of fit & healthy activities. Men don't like to be kept in the dark, because they know whatever you give them they'll have to top when it's time to shop for you.
I knew this year for Father's Day I was going to give my dad a travel bag that would help him do this. Here's the link again on Lucy's Blog :)]]>On June 21st, Athleta was the headlining sponsor of Solstice in Times Square put on by Times Square Alliance for it's 13th year.
When Katya first reached out to me and shared a bit of her life with me, I was really impressed with her background and how she left a traditional career path to pursue an endeavor her heart was stuck on (racing). She told me that over the last few years she's been doing a lot of self work and stumbled across Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein.
During my little photoshoot in NYC's Meatpacking District, locals and tourists alike kept pointing out my gear to their group. She works out with me, attends my events and has modeled for print ads (like the one above which actually never ran) and in magazines with me.
After writing about Team SCA and their amazing adventure racing around the world, I was invited on a press trip to sail with them. Just to clarify, the Volvo Ocean Race is ongoing and was in full effect while I was on this press trip, but a few crew members at a time are allowed to come off the boat for a leg of the race and rest up.
As I write this, there are some incredibly athletic and brave women sailing around the world as part of Team SCA. It stops in nine countries around the world before finishing in Gothenburg, Sweden this June of 2015. Test everything you plan on wearing for the official half marathon race day during your last few training runs.
Now that crazy party church is home to David Barton Gym and LimeLight shops where health and fashion are king and "queen" (it's in Chelsea, so I had to).

And if anyone has ever told you that knee highs only look good on girls with skinny legs, well, that's just NOT TRUE.
Personally, I just think it's a matter of choosing a pattern, color or length that best suit your legs. I like to uncover the healthiest and most active things going on in the places I travel to, and I always prefer to go off the beaten path. As I get older, I find I need to do more to preserve the firmness, the lift and glow factor of my skin. I'm feeling really grateful for 2.5 years of working with them to report on the hottest fitness trends happening nation-wide. For maximum benefit to your eyes, wear a curved, tight fitting frame with lenses that meet the ANSI Z80.3 standards.
A tinted and polarized lens can reduce overall brightness and selectively reduce glare and light scatter. Brian Puent has been an optometrist for 12 years a€“ the last six years in the Wausau area.
Some features are considered more important than others in determining if a face is attractive or not. We also know that eating more calories than we need does not improve our body's performance.
For the majority of people, an encounter with a major snow event will prove an inconvenience and minor to mid-major annoyance. The potentially deadly carbon monoxide that emits from your vehiclea€™s tailpipe will find a way out. Accumulating snow and drifting snow can pile up around your furnace exhaust pipe, your dryer vent, around anything that vents out of your home. This is a step that lots of people skip especially those who don't wear makeup everyday or don't wear much at all. A Usually it has to do with things high in carbs and oftentimes our "comfort foods" are items that contain bread.
As a result, these audiologists are being pulled away from the more complex care and services they are uniquely qualified to provide. A Second, pay attention to some everyday things like washing your hands often and coughing into your sleeve or a tissue, and then discarding the tissue. Works by Chinese artists whose theme is the denunciation of violence against women is currently on display in the Austrian residence. I am both humbled and proud to have the opportunity to make my own small contribution to the further unfolding of bilateral relations between Austria and China for the shared benefit of our peoples. In addition, partnerships between provinces and cities in both countries were established and direct flights between Austria and China were introduced. Industrial sectors which had turned out quick profits only a few years ago are now suffering due to overcapacity.
Chinese investments in Austria are also on the rise, profiting from Austria's geographic location and highly developed industry and services sectors. Given Austria's successful track record as the host of two Winter Olympic Games, many joint activities have been initiated in preparation for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and Zhangjiakou. He spent more than 30 years on maritime law studies, including being editor-in-chief of a seven-volume commentary on the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. I can say with some authority that the big item on dispute was there were those who want to subject everything to dispute settlement.
But I don't think the top bracket of the Philippines government really knew what the endgame was, because all they have done now is create bad will with China. China said: they (the Philippines) are doing this because they want to get an advantage on maritime delimitation. What happened is that journalists think they (China) claim it's internal waters or something. I think part of the reason is that people that are being paid by a lot of money by the Filipinos are taking advantage of the ignorance of people about this very complicated area.
Abe said he had no plans to reciprocate Obama's gesture by paying his own visit to Pearl Harbor.
Government spokesman Anirudh Ashtaputre said a fire at the site was contained by early evening. The minister, Darren Chester, said in a statement all three items would be investigated in connection with the disappearance of the aircraft. New Zealand is aiming to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. I get the most business, my girls make the most money, my clients are the wealthiest people in the world.
The plane kept transmitting messages for the next three minutes before vanishing, Al-Ahram said. Around 20 cars fell into the newly created ditch, awash with water, but no one was injured. Assange avoided possible extradition to Sweden by taking refuge in Ecuador's embassy in London.
To tell you more about the box (tagged #MIZ11), I've decided to answer questions sent to me by Quarterly Co and Mizzfit readers. I have a chest full of fitness gear and equiptment in my apartment, and OMG, the things I found inside of it had me rolling on the ground. Yes, it's going through it's "boutique salon" stage right now, but people have been "floating" and even installing floating chambers in their homes for the last 20 years.
But seriously, it's hard to decide which one is my favorite prize because quite frankly, I own them all.
We often take for granted the wonderful parks and historical sights within the region we live in.
A few years ago The New York Times reported that some women were studio-hopping, taking more than 1 class a day to get their fix.
It wasn't an overnight kind of relief, but the pain did completely go away about a day and half later. I know youa€™ve probably heard of many fitness trackers already but this one is the tracker of all trackers.
8 years ago I left a career in corporate advertising to pursue my dream of reporting on health & fitness. Ita€™s risky business juggling a lot in your life, but for me personally, I live for the thrill!
I reached out to Hourglass Angel (the most well-known waist training seller online) to see if I could try their products and, of course, come to my own conclusion. Again, not complaining as worse things have happened in my life, but as all wavy and curly-haired girls know, learning how to style curls is freakin' hard! Louis at The Arch so that Special Olympics athletes from my hometown can train, compete and enjoy a lifetime of their own thrills. BUT, I'm never as exposed to the world of fashion and the mind-blowing creations debuting on runways as I am during NYFW. She presented her "Search Don't Rescue" collection, which really appealed to me because I'm a huge fan of monochromatic, flowy dresses and pairings.
Graffiti Beasts leggings feature the art of real street artists whose art can be seen on the streets of Lisbon, Barcelona, Milan, New York City and many more cities across the world. Michelle Austin, founder of the Fluidity Barre, was one of her students among others like Exhale founder Fred Devito, who I interviewed HERE. You will most likely discover parts of your body that you never knew were possible to work out or even move. They have a wayfarer style (which is so classic that they're always IN) and they're made with polarized, UV400 protection lenses.
If you set a level of expectation, they will ALWAYS look forward to your gifts and rave about them in conversation. Let me guess, you know how to break a sweat but you also look forward to showing off how well you clean up and glow like a pro. Check it out because I go into detail about why these skincare products should be in your summer gym bag STAT!
This is the yearly event where yogis come together right smack in the middle of Times Square to celebrate the day the sun is at its highest position in the sky for the longest period of time. The tracker itself is a black shiny oval shaped piece that clips into a metal slip-on bracelet. But what you're paying for is great technology, an app that doesn't baffle you but inspires you and a piece of jewelry that looks good with anything you wear.
A really astounding young lady and go-getter herself, Katya Meyers, created the interview series to share what happens behind the scenes in the lives of successful health & wellness oriented professionals. Spirit Junkie and the book A Return To Love by Marianne Williamson really helped open her mind and heart to all the amazing possibilities that can happen when someone chooses love over fear.
If you know of a case that shoud be on this list, please add it to the comments section below with a direct link. It's a 5 day adventure and my sources are telling me that there will be 130 of the most famous Zumba instructors onboard including Beto Perez himself. I used to think of her as just my mom without fully worshipping everything she's accomplished. They're competing in the Volvo Ocean Race, which is considered to be the toughest sailing race in the world. It's a long trip (9 months at sea!) and it's a tremendous challenge for these women, requiring massive teamwork and goal-setting. Of course, you have to train consistently, eat right and get plenty of sleep and hydration. I teamed up with Chrissy's and my bestie, Michelle from YoGoGirls, to bring you these playful and sporty looks.
I'm 5'2" with muscular legs and I loved the way these Polka Dot Socks almost seemed to lengthen my legs. Aging lines, sun damage and sagging are major concerns of mine, and I'd like to do the most I can to prevent the visible aging process from coming on faster than it needs to. Because aluminum prevents our underarms from stinking by blocking sweat from escaping through our pores onto the surface of the skin. Since May of 2009, I've been on a mission to take everything I learned and experienced from my advertising career and turn into something truly positive that will help women embrace health & wellness. I also wanted to take a moment to tell all of you that I'm always here to answer your questions about health & wellness so feel free to contact me. The platelets release growth factors, which are responsible for almost all repair processes that occur in the body. Micro needling helps reduce the appearance of skin pore size, fine lines and wrinkles, skin elasticity and skin tone, hyper-pigmentation stretch marks and scarring. By starting this new private practice he has the ability to provide a better eye care experience for patients.
But dona€™t worrya€¦in many cases, you can easily reconstitute your shriveled up peeper cheatersa€¦it just takes a little time.
You dona€™t need to pick a€?em up to confirm, and therea€™s a good chance you will crack or break off a chunk of that lens if your handle it. The contraction and expansion of the lens in the process of it all can cause microscopic cracks and tears that can cause some issues, potentially big issues. I use a makeup remover cloth at night to remove all my makeup and wash with face wash and hot water in the morning so I always start my makeup routine with a clean face.
Some people just throw on a little powder and hit the road, but you're skipping a critical step to protect your skin.
There are a few different ways you can do this, you can use an antibacterial liquid soap and hot water, you can buy a makeup brush cleaner that you drip into the sink with hot water, or you can buy a spray to make cleaning quick and easy. 564, the Veterans Access to Hearing Care Act, which would make care more accessible for our veterans.
All this helped to boost and secure the development of trade and investment between the two countries. At the same time, Austrian companies are finding many new and exciting opportunities in a variety of sectors. Chen Weihua, deputy editor of China Daily USA talked with Nordquist in a telephone interview regarding the South China Sea arbitration case initiated by the Philippines. They think somehow they are going to stop China from building this low-tide elevation stuff. Anyway, there is only one side of the story because the Chinese have said, "Hey, we aren't going to be in this game.
If you really obey the rule of the law, you never would have said that it didn't involve the sovereignty of island or maritime delimitation and historic title. I don't think they have won the public relations fight, at least here, maybe at home, I don't know. Flight MH370 disappeared in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board shortly after taking off from Kuala Lumpur bound for Beijing.
Castor has since become a defense witness of sorts, testifying that he had a binding agreement with Cosby's lawyers that the case would never be prosecuted.
But I have this problem where I carry around heavy shoulder bags and they end up giving me the worst pains that shoot up into my neck.
As a vlogger, digital host and tv host, you could say I know a thing or two about producing video content. The category continues to evolve and expand beyond the fitness tracker we're all familiar with. The prizes I pick for each Booya Fitness challenge are based on my favorite products and gear that I've personally test out for you. I only ate half the bun and the wonderful part about the meal is that the portions are JUST RIGHT. I already have enough gadgets and gizmos in my life that if I'm going to add something to the mix, it better do something spectacular.
Let's just say I ended up falling in love with waist training, which is something I really didn't expect. I made some amazing stopsa€”this one was my favoritea€”and had a lot of time to think along the way.
You essentially have to ask yourself whata€™s next in my lifea€¦what road will I take and where do I hope it will lead me? As a fitness trend expert, I never limit myself to just fitness events because EVERYTHING is fusing together these days.
But yes, I have a FLAT approach to skincare that I want to share with you today that literally saves my life every time I travel.
Fact of my life: my toiletry bag + makeup bag + hair dryer and roundbrushes = most of the weight in my suitcase.
Ia€™m discovering new spots to work out, sharing my favorite places to unwind and scoring face-time with friends. Not only do they keep you from squinting but they'll save those precious eye corners of yours from sun damage.
The 2 pieces together are minimal and sleek in away that far out-styles FitBit, UP by Jawbone, Nike+ Fuelband and similar black band trackers. The 2 metal bracelet finishes--Midnight Purple and Brushed Gold--blend exceptionally well with silver and gold tone jewelry.
I'm honored to be a part of her series and my interview is LIVE and ready to be heard by clicking RIGHT HERE. My mom and I don't always agree on everything but she's been very supportive of my life choices and has taken great care of me throughout my life. It's going to be a fun springtime evening social, if you will, and a great chance to check out the evolution of LimeLight! Come join our healthy party with cocktails from SkinnyGirl and Juice Press, and wine sorbet from Frosae Wine Sorbae, which is basically FROZEN WINE! So I've put a little something together with a posh studio that's new to the area called Core3 Fitness. Hopefully they'll inspire you to get creative with something as simple and inexpensive as a pair of socks. So, I did for a little bit but then over time I became empowered by how great my mid-30's felt. I can't perform magic tricks but I can wear Altchek MD's Daily Moisturizer made with SPF30, Ester C and Vitamin E.
The plus side is less sweat and stink but the downside is that antiperspirants prevent the human body from doing it's job, which is to rid itself of toxins. I thought I'd share with you what I've got on my desk today: the March issue of People Style Watch Magazine and my new favorite toy, a Ball Wide Mouth Mason Jar with a fruit infuser lid! PRP is then applied and massaged well enough into the skin for the platelets to actually seep through the holes. In the long run, it harms your eyes in terms of surface scarring, cataract, and macular degeneration. There are forms of ocular surface scarring and cataract that result from the light that can a€?sneak-ina€? around the edge of a frame. His goal is to deliver the appropriate services to meet the patients needs and develop a long-term relationship with you and your family.
Have you ever considered that breathing is more critical to life than eating but just like over eating over breathing can be making us sick.
Find a good foundation that contains SPF for the added protection from the sun (don't rely on this as your only sun protection if you're going to be spending a lot of time outside).
You can't have them subject to compulsory jurisdiction if the problem is the maritime delimitation or if it is sovereignty.
If any of those three exists, and sure all three exist, then China should never be there in that arbitration.
So naturally I'm excited when I find a cute bag that works for my lifestyle and doesn't weigh me down. It's drastically changing these industries with more advanced fabrics, lighter and more funtional parts, more accurate tracking and motion sensors, and overall cooler customization.
Whether it's my boyfriend coming over to cook with me, my mom visiting from Missouri or my best friend coming to spend the weekend with me to play in New York City, I literally ALWAYS have a meal in the fridge for 2 that only takes 30-45 minutes to whip up.
And can you blame them for not caring when they know new members are taking them for joyride? Since I'm the healthy one in my familia, they count on me to contribute an interesting veggie concoction that wows their taste buds. I caught the flu somewhere between rushing to shows and shaking hands with and hugging everyone. I've been to a few of their events, but this year's New York Fashion Week 2015 showcase was one of my favorites. Fashion is going sporty on NYFW catwalks and tech is catering more than ever to wellness conscious users. Ia€™m doing it all in a 2015 Ford Explorer to celebrate Tri-State Forda€™s a€?Where To Now?a€? adventure and summer sweepstakes! My products have to be effective, easy to apply, fast working and light (on my shoulder, not just my face!).
It's challenging, modern, music-oriented, and doesn't follow all the yoga rules you're used to. Most people won't even notice you're wearing a tracker because it looks like a fancy bangle. The lotus flower is now bold, proud and sharp looking, which I personally think translates better to fitness and sport. I learned a lot from them about Team SCA's voyage, race conditions and day to day life at sea during this gorgeous afternoon spent sailing on the Hudson River.
I've been running long distances since highschool and to this day I'm still discovering new tricks for a smoother run. Going to the Big Island this past February was my 3rd time back to the wonderous state and I used a new online travel guide service called Localfu to navigate my way around like a local. The platelets stop the micro-bleeding caused by the microneedles and then the growth factors in the platelets trigger the production of a substantial amount of collagen. He believes each patient should be aware on all reasonable treatments based on the examination findings. That's right, our bodies need to breath but too much of a good thing is making us sick, fat and fatigued. Foundation also protects your skin from all the free radicals we are exposed to in the air. It's really amazing to see all the companies being born out of these kind of technological advancements.
It's been a whirlwind of a month but I'm finally back at Mizzfit headquarters blogging about all my exciting Fall adventures. Ia€™ve worked really hard to get where I am, but if you had asked me years ago whether Ia€™d be in the drivera€™s seat of my own business and reporting on womena€™s health, Ia€™d think you were nuts. I worry that I won't have what I need and as a frugalista, I don't want to buy what I already own while away from home. Most importantly they have to feel good on and revitalize my skin, whether Ia€™m running to a workout or freshening up right after one.
It's simply amazing, so I was thrilled to see her join what has become a yogi cult favorite summer event. But when it comes to fitness--my area of expertise--there's no fooling me or anyone else for that matter. She told me to choose my deodorant wisely because many popular brands pose health risks, especially to women. Check me out in Lacroix Sparkling Water's new campaign called "Start A Healthy Relationship", which can be seen on the Lacroix website and in several fitness & health publications like Oxygen Magazine. If you are going to be outdoors for any length of time put on sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself from the suna€™s rays.
By comparing and contrasting treatments and products, the patient can then make an informed decision. All sorts of junk is floating around us and absorbed through our skin, but that layer of foundation helps stop those toxins from getting through. These foods work effectively to burn off the excess fatty deposits in your body by burning more calories than what the food itself provides to your body. And under Article 298, a state can opt out if it does not want a settlement on sovereignty, China did opt out. I take a lot of criticism for being an outspoken Republican (I'm NOT anti-gay marriage or pro-life though), for wearing waist trainers and even for making a living off of social media.
That being said, I was pretty excited to see which brands would be making their debut at TechStyleNYC!
If you live on the West Coast, keep reading because I have details on an amazing fit event happening out there as well.
They either burnt out or broke after 1 drop and then it was back to the Apple store for a new one. Find out what's in store for you and please check out this Facebook Invitation (where I'd love for you to RSVP).
I want you to be informed on all the possibilities of fitness instead of believing bogus stories that discourage you. My aunt is no stranger to disease as a survivor of Melanoma tumors and having recently lost her beloved husband to Esophageal cancer, so I decided to take heed and do a little research of my own.
You are simply looking for the amount of time it takes for you to desire taking a next breath, when you would naturally breath again if you weren't pausing your breathing. Foods for burning fat can be one (or all) of the following: Food that burn more calories than the food itself provides (like celery) Food that contain nutrients that burn body fat Foods that curb the appetite and thus help you lose excess stored fat Foods that help you stay full and thus enable you to burn off unwanted body fat (like good fats and fiber rich food) And also foods that speed up the metabolism If you search fat burning foods on the internet, it will give you a lot of food lists from different diet or nutrition websites.
Even if it doesn't (and if so, I'm jealous that you've mastered being a sane packer), I think this tip might come in handy.
Many thanks to Altchek MD for all the attention and for making my skin look so great at 36 years old. And there were these five Europeans, who want to get their hands on this, they were eager to pass on their judgment on the case.
As I get older, I realize how important it is to poke around and get the inside scoop instead of just taking things at face value.
People are always judging but that's OK, I enjoy the path less traveled if it sparks my curiosity. Around the time I turned 12, my dad took me to get a "Mariah Carey" perm because I wanted Mariah's exact hair from her music video Someday. You'll eventually find yourself clicking on every square on his instagram profile much like I did. Ia€™m a sleeveless-outfit-kind-of-girl and my issue is finding a bra that makes the area where my underarm and side boob meet look shapely. I have compiled the Top 13 Fat Loss Super Foods that in my opinion if combined with proper nutrition, will aid you in burning more fat without decreasing your muscle mass. So I've whipped out a larger magnifying glass (aka camera and corresponding film team) and started doing a lot more poking around than usual.
Ita€™s frustrating when you work out as much as I do to maintain an athletic physique, to look in the mirror and spot a bulge protruding from under your arm!
I discovered there's a lot out there in the world of iPhone cases, and with a brand new iPhone 6 on my hands, I began to test. Egg whites in particular, consist of protein, zero carbs and zero fats which makes it into a great food for your weight loss program. So I reached out to him to express my fandom and whadayaknow, he's the nicest guy on earth! Oatmeal is the number one choice among all nutritionist to burn fat if you want to use complex carbohydrate.
The high fiber content keeps you satisfied for longer, which will help you reduce those mid-morning sugar cravings. They are packed with nutrients, and their high fiber content also helps to keep you fuller for longer. These fruits are filled with vitamins that again help you to energized & healthy all day long.
Almonds are high in protein and monounsaturated fat (which is a good type of fat for your body). And a handful of almonds gets you about half of your daily requirement of vitamin E and even some calcium. You can eat about 1-2 handfuls a day which will do a great job at suppressing your appetite  Green Tea The great thing about green tea is that it is good for you, but it also contains catechins which will increase your metabolism, and help you get rid of those love handles quicker. It is rich in monounsaturated fat, a type of fat that researchers are finding provide outstanding health benefits.
So, if you include these foods in your diet, it will not only provide you with the nutrition your body needs, but your body will also burn more fat than usual without even trying too hard.
It is very important to incorporate proper diet and exercise in order to achieve optimal fat loss. In my cookbook, Anabolic Cooking, I have designed recipes that incorporate these fat burning foods into great delicious recipes you can try in your own kitchen!

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