China actively supports the work of the United Nations, firmly safeguards the international system with the UN as its core, and upholds the principles of the UN Charter with concrete actions, including fulfilling its financial obligations to the intergovernmental organization in full, on time, and without conditions. Setting a good example for other countries, China had paid its dues for 2021 to the organization by Tuesday, according to a statement released by China's UN mission that day. It had paid the "remaining assessments for seven peacekeeping operations" of the UN in late February. It is therefore not out of place for the Chinese mission at the UN, in its statement, to call on other member states to "fulfill their legal obligations, actively respond to the appeals of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and pay all assessments as soon as possible" to ensure the UN can fulfill its duties. However, this is not the first time China has made such an appeal and it is likely … [Read more...] about Crucial time for countries to pay dues for world: China Daily editorial
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In this file photo taken on March 29, 2021, people watch the Panama-flagged MV 'Ever Given' container ship as it is tugged in Egypt's Suez Canal after it was fully dislodged from the banks, near Suez city. The megaship which blocked Egypt's Suez Canal and crippled world trade for nearly a week has been 'seized' on court orders until the vessel's owners pay $900 million, canal authorities said.(Ahmad HASSAN / AFP) The MV "Ever Given was seized due to its failure to pay $900 million" compensation, Suez Canal Authority chief Osama Rabie was quoted as saying by Al-Ahram, a state-run newspaper. The Japanese-owned, Taiwanese operated and Panama flagged vessel got diagonally stuck in the narrow but crucial global trade artery in a sandstorm on March 23, setting in motion a mammoth six-day-long effort by Egyptian personnel and international salvage specialists to dislodge it. Maritime data company Lloyd's List said the blockage had held up an estimated $9.6 billion worth of cargo … [Read more...] about Egypt ‘seizes’ megaship over nearly $1 bln Suez claim
Disney Parks went full woke on Tuesday as Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro detailed the organization’s commitment to having “more representation and accountability.” Disney Parks will take a new approach that provides “greater flexibility with respect to forms of personal expression surrounding gender-inclusive hairstyles, jewelry, nail styles, and costume choices” as part of the addition of its new core “Key of Inclusion.” A Disney Parks blog, titled “A Place Where Everyone is Welcome,” detailed Disney’s recommitment to diversity, in which D’Amaro envisioned a place where cast members “feel a sense of belonging at work.” “That means cultivating an environment where all people feel welcomed and appreciated for their unique life experiences, perspectives and culture,” he wrote, calling to celebrate “allyship.” In order to create magic for everyone, we must include everyone. Our Chairman shares an update on how we’re building a Disney where all are welcome and everyone … [Read more...] about Disney Unveils ‘Key of Inclusion’ in Effort to ‘Create World Where Everyone Belongs’
COPENHAGEN: Denmark on Wednesday (Apr 14) became the first country to stop using AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine altogether over a potential link to a rare but serious form of blood clot. The decision will push back the scheduled conclusion of Denmark's vaccination scheme to early August from Jul 25, health authorities said. But that new timeline assumes it will start using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, whose rollout in Europe has been delayed over similar clotting concerns and the use of which Denmark has suspended. That shot comprises around a third of the country's total contracted supply. Results of investigations into the AstraZeneca-associated blood clots "showed real and serious side-effects," Danish health agency head Soren Brostrom told a news briefing. "We have therefore chosen to continue the vaccination programme for all target groups without this vaccine." Astrazeneca said it respected Denmark's choice and would continue to provide it with data to inform … [Read more...] about In world first, Denmark ditches AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 shot
Next A cab, they say, is the best reflection of its city. A recent Hotels.com survey has some fascinating results. E very so often we take a cab ride that becomes memorable. Hotels.com asked travellers from 23 countries across the world the cabs they loved the most. Here are the results. Image: The best taxis in the world Next Prev Next A t number 10 are the Madrid cabs. The capital of Spain fell four places from number six last year. According to Wikipedia's travel guide, Madrid cabs 'can be hard to find during late hours on weekends' and its drivers are known to 'drive you around or through crowded avenues to increase the fare'. Most Madrid cab drivers don't speak English so it helps to have your directions written in Spanish and always, always carry your hotel's address in case you're lost. Image: Madrid Photographs: Mike Schmid/Creative Commons Prev Next Prev Next … [Read more...] about Top 10: The BEST taxis in the world!
I was filled with doubt the year before I applied to my doctoral. Doubt as to what was next, doubt as to whether going back to school for another four years would lead to anything worthwhile. I found myself taking long car rides and exercising excessively because I wasn’t comfortable with my thoughts. I’d drive to neighboring cities and talk to nurses, physicians’ assistants, physical therapists, and dieticians to grasp at careers I imagined had certainty and security. Despite having my mind at ease (for a bit), with a sense of momentary direction, none of it felt right. None of those paths fit me. I was running away from doubt and that was causing me more distress. All of this sounds rather dramatic and I realize good career uncertainty is a problem most people would prefer to have. But this experience was valuable. It taught me something I have carried over to health coaching . I had to ask myself: “Am I okay feeling like this, if it means I get what I truly want?” … [Read more...] about Changing Health Behaviors? How to Deal with Doubt