China has sent a flotilla of North Korean freighters loaded with coking coal back to their home ports, according to an exclusive Reuters report. Meanwhile, China has placed massive orders for the steel-making commodity from U.S. producers.
Information on the Thomson Reuters Eikon financial information and analytics platform revealed that 12 freighters were returning to North Korea.
Reuters attributed news of Chinas rejecting North Korean coal to a trading source at Dandong Chengtai Trade Co., which is the biggest buyer of North Korea’s coal.
The Dandong Chengtai said it had 600,000 tons of North Korean coal sitting at various ports and that there were 2 million tons stranded at Chinese ports to be sent back to North Korea, Reuters said.
The move reflects Chinas public commitment on Feb. 26 to join other nations in punishing North Korea for its continued nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development program. China said in February it was suspending North Korean imports for the rest of this year.
China is North Korea’s largest source of trade and aid and targeting coal imports are meant to deprive Pyongyang of an important source of foreign currency.
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As it halts imports of North Korean coal, China is increasing the amount of coal it buys from U.S. producers, Reuters said.
Buying U.S. coking coal marks a U-turn for China: No U.S. coking coal was exported to China between late 2014 and 2016. By February, coal shipments from the U.S. to China amounted to more than 400,000 tons.
Global coal supplies have tightened recently, partly as a result of China forcing domestic producers to cut output and a cyclone curbing Australian coal shipments. The effect of the tightened coal supply has driven the price of premium coking coal to three times the level it was just one year ago.
Linux will turn 25 years old on August 25, the working day Linus Torvalds sent out his fateful message asking for help with a new operating system. Im doing a( free) operating system( merely a hobby, wont be big and professional like gnu) for 386( 486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. Id like any feedback on things people like/ aversion in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat( same physical layout of the file-system( due to practical reasons) among other things ), he wrote in the comp.os.minix message committee. And the remainder, as they say, is history.
Whats particularly interesting about Torvalds note is that it was followed not by snark or derision but with general interest. While we can chalk that up to Torvalds actually having a product ready to show potential users, we are also reminded that the internet in 1991 was a far different place than it is today.
TheLinux Foundation has just released a detailed report on the OS with highlightings from the past 25 years. They write that 13,500 developers from 1,300 companies have contributed to the Kernel since the entire project went up on Git in 2005. The most interesting bit of data?
During the period between the 3.19 and 4.7 releases, the kernel community was merging changes at an average rate of 7.8 patches per hour; that is a slight increase from the 7.71 patches per hour seen in the previous version of this report, and a continuation of the longterm trend toward higher patch volumes. That means the Linux kernel is almost constantly being patched and updated all by a volunteer army of programmers dedicated to seeing the glue of the Internet succeed.
Linux now operates most of the websites you visit and runnings on everything from gas pumps to smartwatches. The OS teaches kids to program thanks to the Raspberry Pi and it helped the French police save millions of euros. Heck, evenMicrosoft is releasing code for Linux. If you cant beat em, join em.
For a bit more insight into the history of the OS, Id recommendRebel Code and Just For Fun. These books, released around the time Linux was coming into prominence, tell the fascinating narrative of Torvalds and his not big and professional side project.
A man from El Salvador in the U.S. illegally who sued San Francisco after police turned him over to immigration authorities in violation of the city’s sanctuary law is set to be awarded $190,000, his attorney said Thursday.
Pedro Figueroa-Zarceno, 33, reached the settlement agreement with the city attorney’s office, said Saira Hussain, a staff attorney at the Asian Law Caucus who represented Zarceno. The agreement must be approved by the Board of Supervisors.
Its really important for San Francisco to remain a sanctuary city not in name only but also in practice, Hussain told The San Francisco Examiner. Our hope is that the department is going to look into this further and really examine the way that the department can do more.”
Figueroa-Zarceno sued San Francisco in January for violating its sanctuary city law.
The construction worker said he went to police in December 2015 after getting a call from authorities that his stolen car had been found. Instead of helping him, he said, officers detained him and called immigration authorities.
He was taken into custody by federal authorities outside the police station and was in jail for two months. He has been fighting his deportation since his release.
“What happened to me was very unfair and it was an injustice,” Figueroa-Zerceno said. “I went into the police station to seek help and they didn’t tell me what was happening and they arrested me and treated me badly.”
City law prohibits law enforcement officers from cooperating with federal immigration officials except when violent criminals are involved.
Part of the law’s purpose was to encourage immigrants to report crimes they may be afraid of disclosing because of fear that investigating officers would turn them over to immigration authorities.
San Francisco’s sanctuary law was thrust into the national debate on immigration after the July 2015 slaying of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle.
The man charged with murder in Steinle’s slaying, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, had been released by San Francisco sheriff’s officials months earlier despite a request by immigration officials to keep him behind bars.
House Republicans took action Thursday to crack down on illegal immigrants and the cities that shelter them.
One bill passed by the House would deny federal grants to sanctuary cities and another, Kates Law, would increase the penalties for deported aliens who try to return to the United States.
Most details about her remain top secret, so much so that “Star Wars” HQ had recently uncovered two pretty obvious things: She’s a high-ranking stormtrooper, and she’s played by Gwendoline Christie, aka Brienne of Tarth from “Game of Thrones.”
Fox 17 Nashville spoke with the locations co-owner Gina Wolfe who said its a Christmas tradition to paint the window of her franchise locatings every year.
“It’s a family business which has been owned and operated by their own families for 40 years. My dad started this 40 years ago when he had a local art student paint it on his store, Wolfe told the station. My husband and I have been proprietors for 28 years and we’ve done this or something similar during Christmas each year. I guess with social media, it’s taken off.
Wolfe also reiterated the McDonalds larger than life murals have become a tradition for the surrounding neighborhood.
“We have so many people that tell us it genuinely kicks off the season for them when they see it on our stores. We are so pleased people enjoy it.”
Other adornments have included more commercialized images like characters from Charlie Brown or the Disney blockbuster Frozen, she said.
But amid the War on Christmas, the nativity scene has become a viral reach. Basels post has over 95,000 likes and 67,000 shares in just four days.
Lord bless them! In this day and age putting the spirt of the true meaning of Christmas up !!! Thank you !! commented Facebook user Mary Pruitt.
I first watched a psychiatrist for my nervousnes and depression as a junior in high school.
During her evaluation, she asked about my coursework. I told her that I had a 4.0 GPA and had filled my schedule with pre-AP and AP class. A puzzled looking traversed her face. She requested information about my participation in extracurricular activities. As I rattled off the long list of groups and organizations I was a part of, her frown creased further.
Finally, she set down her pen and looked at me, saying something along the lines of “You seem to be pretty high-functioning, but your anxiety and depression seem fairly severe. Actually, its teens like you who scare me a lot.”
When we ensure depression and anxiety in teens, we see teens struggling to get by in their day-to-day lives. We ensure grades falling, and we see involvement replaced by the following paragraph isolation. But it doesnt always look like this.
And when we limit our idea of mental illness, at-risk people slip through the cracks.
We dont watch the student with the 4.0 GPA or the student whos active in choir and theater or a member of the National Honor Society or the ambitious teen who takes on leadership roles in a religion youth group.
Nerdy Google has failed at social time and time again, so it considered buying teen sensation Snapchat. The search giant held informal talks with Snap and floated an offer of $30 billion in 2016 before Snaps last funding round, and just before its IPO this year, according to Business Insiders Alex Heath. That offer was apparently an open secret inside Snap, and was on the table after the IPO, too.
But Snaps notoriously independent CEO Evan Spiegel has apparently showed no interest in selling out to Google or anyone else. Thats despite the startups market cap slipping to around $15 billion after soaring as high as $30 billion when it IPOd in May.
News of Googles interest helped Snaps share price climb around 2.3 percent today. The uptick comes after weeks of decline due to lockup expiration finally allowing insiders to sell stock, and strong growth for Facebooks Instagram Stories and WhatsApp Status clones of Snapchat.
Google declined to comment to Business Insider and Snap told TechCrunch these rumors are false. Its possible that Googles interest was very preliminary, and likely never rose to Snaps higher ranks. Its standard for startups to explore alternative paths before taking significant funding rounds or going public.
Snap CEO Evan Spiegel (left) and his advisor and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt (right)
Googles growth-stage investment fund CapitalG ended up investing in Snap after the 2016 talks went nowhere, contributing to the round valuing the camera company at $20 billion. The organizationshave long been buddy-buddy. Google chairman Eric Schmidt was an adviser to Spiegel, Snap runs Googles office software suite and Snapchat has committed to spending $2 billion on Google Cloud hosting over the next five years.
At the time of the May 2016 choice to go with raising money instead of being acquired, Snap looked unchallenged in the full-screen Stories social media game. But in August, Instagrams soon to be wildly successful Stories clone launched, which has diverted growth, mind share and advertisers from Snap ever since.
Joining forces could be beneficial to both companies. Google would get a top social property to make up for its Google+, Buzz and Wave flops. It could also reap data about peoples social graphs, where they spend time and what topics they care about, allowing it to improve its ad targeting and measurement.
Snap would gain a deep-pocketed parent that could provide extra capital to make acquisitions and build out its R&D-heavy augmented reality technology. Machine vision and image recognition algorithms from Google Search could unlock information about whats in everyones Snaps. Googles advertising expertise and connections could boost Snaps ad revenue.
Together, they could align their Google Glass and Snap Spectacles hardware efforts to build a powerful but appealing AR device. However, Googles open, engineering-driven culture could clash with Snaps secretive, design-driven culture.
But Spiegel is the real stumbling block. He and his co-founder Bobby Murphy have configured Snaps voting rights to give them full control over the direction of the company, denying public backers any say. So even if investors would love to take the $30 billion offer thats double Snaps current market cap, they couldnt compel it to do so. Spiegel famously rebuked Mark Zuckerbergs offers to buy Snapchat, and is known for following his gut over outside advice.
As we wrote before the IPO, to bet on Snap is to bet on Spiegel for better or worse. His sixth sense for product produced ephemeral messaging and Stories, while his eye for acquisitions gave Snap Bitmoji and AR face filters. But with Snap drowning under Facebooks competition, Spiegels renegade style could see the company refuse life preservers even as it sinks.