Earlier on Thursday, Jones asked the House to not act on Senate Bill 915, proposed by Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, as a limited alternative to full expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but without money in the Senate budget to pay for it. … [Read more...] about Virginia’s state budget talks break down, special session likely
The timbre of an instrument (whether buzzy, warm or twangy) clearly affects how we experience music, but its role in language is less obvious. When my colleagues and I looked into the tone color of baby talk, we made some surprising discoveries. Mothers change their overall timbre when speaking to babies, almost as if they're morphing their voice into a different instrument to address these unique little listeners. … [Read more...] about Baby talk is good for youngsters, and mothers speak it all over the world
For all their aspirations to stand on even footing with the U.S. atop the global heap, the Chinese don’t envy western democracy or free-market capitalism. The technocrats that form the country’s ruling elite perceive a “failure of western states to invest in their physical or human assets, the poor quality of many of their elected leaders and the instability of their economies,” The Financial Times’s Martin Wolf wrote earlier this week. He quotes one — who participated in a weekend dialogue at Tsinghua University — as noting that “'90 per cent of democracies created after the fall of the Soviet Union have now failed.' This risk is not to be run.” … [Read more...] about The Finance 202: Beijing trade talks conclude with no progress. Get ready for a long slog.
The Vietnamese delegation to the events was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung. At the meetings, senior officials of ASEAN and partner countries shared the view that cooperation within the framework of ASEAN+3, the EAS and the ARF continued to obtain major outcomes. Building on the progress attained since the 20th founding anniversary of ASEAN+3 in 2017, the cooperation between ASEAN and China, Japan and the Republic of Korea has developed strongly, especially in economy, trade, finance, food, health care, education, and cultural and people-to-people exchange. In the face of regional and global economic changes, the countries agreed to further enhance regional economic connectivity, particularly by soon finalizing negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), make efforts to effectively carry out existing programmes and work plans, including the ASEAN+3 Cooperation Work Plan for 2018-2022, and focus on priority fields like supporting small- and … [Read more...] about Officials of ASEAN, partner countries talk regional cooperation
Although the United States initially invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to overthrow the Taliban regime, the Trump administration now supports Afghan President Ghani’s offer of a ceasefire and legitimate political recognition to carry out their activities peacefully, potentially gaining control of the country again. … [Read more...] about Taliban Renews Calls for Direct Talks with U.S.