Language as extreme sport: Youngsters square off in U.S. spelling bee Robert Foster of Kensington, Maryland, reacts after correctly spelling a word during the Scripps National Spelling Bee at National Harbor in Maryland, U.S. May 29, 2018 - PHOTO: REUTERS WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - At the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee this week, hundreds of youngsters will compete in a uniquely American contest that has been likened to an intellectual extreme sport, involving one of the world’s most tricky languages. The competitors, some as young as 8 years old, face a three-day obstacle course through the English language, a mash-up of Germanic and French words laced with borrowings from tongues around the world. Any of 470,000 entries in the “Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary” is fair game. Their challenge is to outlast the field by coming up with the correct spelling of obscure words that often feature any one of a number of letter combinations that form identical … [Read more...] about Language as extreme sport: Youngsters square off in U.S. spelling bee
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In a statement carried by the Korean Central News Agency, Choe Son-hui, a North Korean vice foreign minister, said that whether the June 12 summit between its leader Kim Jong-un and U.S. President Donald Trump will happen as scheduled entirely rests on the decision and behavior of the U.S. "Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States," Choe said. "In case the U.S. offends against our goodwill and clings to unlawful and outrageous acts, I will put forward a suggestion to our supreme leadership for reconsidering the DPRK-U.S. summit," she added. DPRK is the abbreviation of the North's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The threat came after South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Trump held a summit in Washington on Tuesday (local time). Trump suggested the summit with the North might not take place on June 12. North Korea has ramped up … [Read more...] about N. Korea threatens to walk away from planned summit with U.S.
China has agreed to significantly increase its purchases of U.S. goods and services, the two countries said on Saturday, but made no mention of a $200 billion target the White House had touted earlier. Beijing and Washington agreed they would keep talking about measures under which China would import more energy and agricultural commodities from the United States to close the $335 billion annual U.S. goods and services trade deficit with China. A joint statement issued at the conclusion of intensive trade talks in Washington did not indicate whether the two countries would delay or drop their tariff threats on billions of dollars worth of each country’s goods, which has sparked fears of a wider trade war and roiled financial markets. “There was a consensus on taking effective measures to substantially reduce the United States’ trade deficit in goods with China,” the joint statement said. “To meet the growing consumption needs of the Chinese people and the … [Read more...] about China agrees to import more from U.S., no sign of $200 billion figure
VSA seeks action against U.S. over steel tariff The Vietnam Steel Association (VSA) has sent a petition to relevant authorities to take action to safeguard local enterprises from the U.S. steel tariff. PHOTO: TL HCMC – The Vietnam Steel Association (VSA) has sent a petition to relevant authorities to take action, including complaints to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and counter-tariffs against U.S. products, to safeguard local enterprises from the U.S. steel tariff. In the petition sent to the Government Office, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, VSA chairman Ho Nghia Dung suggested that State agencies help steel enterprises avert losses caused by a 25% tariff on steel imposed by the U.S., news website VnExpress reports. VSA proposed that the two above-mentioned ministries work with related agencies from the U.S. to express the official stance of Vietnam towards the steeltariff, and lodge a complaint to WTO as other countries … [Read more...] about VSA seeks action against U.S. over steel tariff
VASEP says will sue U.S. this week over anti-dumping tariff on tra fishTrung Chanh and Thuy Dung Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Ha Cong Tuan describes the U.S. decision to slap antidumping tariffs on Vietnam’s frozen fish fillets as unfair and unreasonable - PHOTO: THUY DUNG CAN THO, HANOI – Vietnam’s seafood association will take legal action this week against the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) over what it terms as unreasonable antidumping tariffs imposed on tra fish products shipped stateside, an official said. Truong Dinh Hoe, general secretary of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), told the Daily a lawsuit against DOC would be filed to the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) this week to demand fair trade for local processors. Under U.S. regulations, Vietnam can prepare the file for the lawsuit within 30 days upon the issuance of the latest anti-dumping tariffs, Hoe said. On March 20, DOC … [Read more...] about VASEP says will sue U.S. this week over anti-dumping tariff on tra fish