Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Politics Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper Advertisement Supported by BySarah Lyall Oct. 19, 2018 Welcome to The New York Times international election newsletter, where Sarah Lyall attempts to explain the U.S. midterms to readers outside the U.S. (and perhaps to herself). Eighteen days to go. One of the things that most perplexes and exasperates foreigners about politics in the United States, at least according to the emails you readers have been sending me, is the thorny topic of money. Why is there so much of it? What does it buy? What effect does it have? It is true that the midterm elections are awash in money, an obscene amount of it, a grand total of something like $1.5 billion with a B — and that’s before the homestretch. In contrast to the system in many other countries, where campaigns are financed mainly with public funds, candidates here can … [Read more...] about Abroad in America: ‘Why Does it Cost So Much (Insert Extreme Word of Choice) Money to Run for Office?’
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The governments of North and South Korea announced on Friday that they had agreed to open two liaison offices, one for each country, on their mutual border that would allow for “round-the-clock communication.” The offices will be located in the same building. Opening liaison offices to make direct communications between the South Korean government and the Kim regime was one of the several agreements leftist President Moon Jae-in made with dictator Kim Jong-un during their summit in Panmunjom, a border village in the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that served as the setting for two summits.The office opening occurred just days before Moon is scheduled to fly into Pyongyang for his third summit with Kim, the first held outside of the neutral territory in Panmunjom. According to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, the two countries have agreed to establish these offices in another border town, Kaesong, where Seoul had once agreed to build an industrial complex for cooperation … [Read more...] about Koreas Open Diplomatic Offices Ahead of Next Week’s Moon-Kim Summit
BRITISH weather is known for its unpredictability with glorious sunshine turning into a downpour in a few hours. And despite the UK not being known for volcanoes, deadly earthquakes or raging tornadoes, we get our fair share of Mother Nature’s fury. What is a danger to life weather warning? The Met Office issues a series of warning over bad weather, known as The Met Office National Severe Weather Warning Service (NSWWS). These range from very low to high, and as well as general warnings there are also specific warnings for rain, thunderstorms, wind, snow, lightning, ice and fog. In the general and the specific weather categories, two of the most severe warnings carry a danger to life. These are medium and high warnings, and in the former the Met Office say these may cause “injuries with danger to life”. In the highest category, it simply states there is a “danger to life”. When broken down by weather type, for rain and thunderstorms danger to life may … [Read more...] about What is a danger to life weather warning, when are they issued and what do they mean?
It's relatively easy these days to find critics of Skype, the popular online calling service that Microsoft acquired in 2011 for $8.5 billion. Former devotees routinely gripe on social media that the software has become too difficult to use. On the Apple App store and Google Play store, negative reviews of the smartphone app are piling up, citing everything from poor call quality to gluttonous battery demand.In March tech investor and commentator Om Malik summarized the negativity by tweeting that Skype was "a turd of the highest quality" and directing his ire at its owner. "Way to ruin Skype and its experience. I was forced to use it today, but never again."Microsoft says the criticism is overblown and reflects, in part, people's grumpiness with software updates. There are also other factors undermining users' affection for an internet tool that 15 years ago introduced the idea of making calls online, radically resetting the telecommunications landscape in the process.Since acquiring … [Read more...] about Don’t skype me: How Microsoft turned consumers against a beloved brand
New York’s Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is ratcheting up efforts to block immigration enforcement amid growing campaign pressure from a further-left primary rival, Cynthia Nixon. Cuomo staged a Wednesday, April 25, press conference where he announced he was sending a cease-and-desist letter to the Department of Homeland Security following the detention of an illegal-immigrant farmworker in Rome, N.Y., by DHS enforcement agents.“If they continue, the state will sue them, period … As governor, my job is to protect New Yorkers,” Cuomo said, adding that the state is also providing $10 million to fund lawyers for illegal immigrants. “We are going to put ICE on notice … [for] violation of the rights of undocumented people.” Cuomo also announced that he would bar U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from entering state buildings — such as courthouses — if they are not carrying warrants from state judges. … [Read more...] about NY Gov. Cuomo: ICE Enforcement Is ‘Alarming … Frightening … Has to Stop’