U-S Ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, returned to Iowa over the weekend.Branstad gave an update on the ongoing trade dispute with China and says he isn’t sure how long the impasse will last:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/TRADE.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………”work on it” :13The former Iowa governor says President Trump is justified in putting tariffs on imports of Chinese goods into the U-S.He says China is in worse financial condition than the U-S due to the drop in that nation’s stock market and currency value.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/TRADE1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………five years” ;21Speaking at the Iowa State Fair, Branstad says it’s unfortunate American farmers have been collateral damage in the trade war and he’s unsure what it will take for China to finally cut a deal with the U-S.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/TRADE2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..”own consumer” ;23Branstad says U-S Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has been in talks with Chinese officials over the past two weeks, so the countries are trying to negotiate.Radio Iowa
Kolkata: Eight persons were killed and 16 others were injured, four of them seriously, after being struck by lightning in the state which experienced torrential rain accompanied by squall on Friday afternoon.Along with the city, South and North 24-Parganas received heavy rainfall as well. The Alipore Meteorological Office has predicted heavy to very heavy rainfall in Kolkata and its neighbouring areas in the next 48 hours. The injured were taken to SSKM Hospital where one Subir Pal was declared brought dead, while 16 others were admitted. The condition of four persons is serious, the hospital sources said. Pal had come with his wife and son to visit Victoria Memorial, when the tragedy took place. His wife and son have been admitted to the hospital. Another woman, identified as Aparna Mondal (52), died after lightning struck her while she was working in her garden in Bansdroni. She was declared brought dead at M R Bangur Hospital. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSujit Bose, Minister of State for Fire and Emergency Services, went to SSKM Hospital, talked to the doctors and inquired about the condition of the injured persons. While two were killed in the city, six died in the districts. Three members of a family were killed by lightning at Raghunathpur in Bankura. The deceased were identified as Bina Bauri, her husband Abhijit and brother in-law Sanjay. The victims were working in the field when the incident took place. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) recorded 81mm rain in Behala Flying Club till 5pm. During the same period, Mominpur, Ballygunge, Palmar Bazaar, Chetla and Kalighat recorded 75mm, 83mm, 61mm, 56mm and 56.8mm rainfall respectively. The rainfall recorded in Thanthania, Ultadanga, Dhapa, Manicktala and Dutta Bagan pumping stations was 22mm, 29mm, 35mm, 19mm and 22mm respectively, during that period. The rainfall recorded by KMC shows that South Kolkata has received heavier rainfall than Central and North Kolkata. Mayor Firhad Hakim said the intensity of rain was so heavy that there was waterlogging in some of the important roads. All the pumps are functioning to clear the accumulated water and portable pumps have also been pressed into service. A special control room has been opened in KMC, where Hakim and other senior civic officials are overseeing the exercise to clear the accumulated water. Waterlogging was reported from Shilpara and its neighbourhood in Behala, vast areas in Bhowanipore and Kalighat, stretches on Asutosh Mukherjee Road and Park Street in South Kolkata. Stretches on Chittaranjan Avenue, areas surrounding Dharmatala and Thanthania Kalibari were under water as well. Because of waterlogging the traffic movement crawled to a very slow pace, which led to massive traffic jams in both South and North Kolkata, causing severe inconvenience to commuters. Vast areas in Sector V, the state’s IT hub, were inundated following the heavy downpour. The commuters waded through the waterlogged roads to reach home. Sinjini Guha, who works at an IT firm, said: “Because of rain the app cabs became infrequent and the auto-rickshaw services were withdrawn. It was really a trying time for the home-bound commuters,” she said. Akash Basu, a resident of Khardah who studies in a private engineering college, said: “Reaching home was difficult as no transport was available.” The flight movement at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport was also hit due to the rain. Six flights could not take off due to the heavy rain. However, they left for their destination after the rain subsided.
CALGARY – The mother of a terminally ill Calgary boy who requires around-the-clock care says she is being hassled by neighbours over street parking.Melissa Huitema has a team of nurses and other professionals who take care of five-year-old Cade at home. She, her husband and three boys live on a suburban street where the single-family homes are spaced tightly together.Street parking is a “free for all,” she said. No one has driveways and garages are in the laneway.She said there have been confrontations with neighbours over the parade of care staff who park by the home.“I’ve had people come to my door and tell me that I needed to move the vehicle or they were going to hit it. I’ve had people leave notes on the vehicle asking not to park here, park there. I’ve had people saying ‘Can you not park in front of my house?’ when I’m walking out with my kids,” she said.“I’m trying to deal with other things. There’s kind of a lot going on.”She said many of those complaining are aware of Cade’s condition.“It’s just infuriating.”The Calgary Parking Authority says it doesn’t comment on specific cases, but says the street space in front of residential homes is public.The family has a wheelchair accessible spot in front of the house, but it’s open to anyone with a permit and is sometimes taken up.Huitema declined to say in which neighbourhood she lives. She said she doesn’t want to call out her neighbours or worsen tensions with them.She just wants people in general to have more empathy.“We need to be more aware of what people are going through,” she said. “You need to take a step back and think about your actions.”Huitema said she has many supportive neighbours who will leave parking spots open when they can.Cade, her middle son, has Krabbe disease which affects the nervous system. Set to turn six in November, he has lived well past the typical life expectancy of two.“Cade is completely aware of what’s going on around him, but his body is failing him,” said Huitema, who is a registered nurse.He takes 20 medications a day. He cannot swallow and is fed through a tube. His airway constantly needs to be suctioned so he does not develop pneumonia.A nurse cares for him from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., when Huitema takes over. Then, around 11 p.m., another nurse comes for the night shift.There are also often physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Social workers sometimes come by, too.Developmental specialists help Cade learn. This week, they were doing crafts and science experiments with him in the home.“They’ve taught him how to communicate. He looks to his right for yes, his left for no,” said Huitema. “He makes decisions on his own. He picks his books. The nurses even let him pick out what he wants to wear for the day.”Mezaun Lakha-Evin, with the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta, said she was flabbergasted when she heard what Huitema is dealing with.Lakha-Evin’s 29-year-old daughter, who has severe cerebral palsy, lives with her and there are constantly caregivers in her home.“Everyone in my area is very aware of the copious comings and goings of people and it’s never been an issue,” she said.She knows of some cases where a family has circulated a note to neighbours explaining why there are so many visitors. She said it’s not up to the city to step in when there’s a conflict.“You cannot mandate compassion.”