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Millions of illegal migrants face expulsions

President Trump announces the expulsion of “millions” of illegal migrants next week. He also said that Guatemala was “ready to sign an agreement” obliging migrants entering its territory to apply for refugee status there rather than in the United States. The latter face an influx of migrants from Guatemala and other poor Central American countries affected by gang violence.

Donald Trump, who has used the term “invasion”, has made the fight against illegal immigration one of his administration’s priorities. During his election, he had promised to erect the  “wall” on the border between the United States and Mexico. A promise that has long faced funding problems.

This week the United States also confirmed that it would not provide new financial aid to Central American countries until it implemented “concrete actions to reduce the number of illegal migrants arriving. at the US border.”

 

 

 

 

Japanese youth seeks for changing jobs

About half of new recruits who started working in April 2019 in Japan said they expect to have left their companies within 10 years, a survey revealed.

In the online survey conducted in early May this year to which 800 new graduates responded, 46.9% said they would work at the companies they had just joined for 10 years or less, while only 21.8% said they would stay until the age of retirement, recruiting service firm Mynavi Corp. announced.

Among those not wanting to work at their companies for a long time, 44.4% said would leave due to events such as marriage and childbirth and consider new work options, while 29.7% said they hope to boost their career by changing jobs.

When asked how long they expect to work at their company, 22.2% said no longer than three years, 14.9% four to five years and 9.8% six to 10 years.

The respondents were 400 men and 400 women aged 22 and 23.

Mynavi said many in their 20s have positive views about changing jobs. “It is becoming increasingly usual to work while rearing a child and many people seek environments that enable them to manage both” work and family, a Mynavi official said.

“More workers also try to achieve self-growth by not just depending on one workplace at a time when the premise of lifetime employment is no longer a given,” he added.

Kazakhstan elections “tarnished” by violations

“Presidential elections took place in the Republic of Kazakhstan on 9 June 2019 with Kassym-Jomart Tokayev voted into his first term as President. According to the preliminary findings of the internationally-recognised OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission, the election offered an important moment for potential political reforms, but it was tarnished by clear violations of fundamental freedoms as well as pressure on critical voices. There were widespread detentions of peaceful protesters on election day” reads the text of the European External Action Service (EEAS) spokesperson statement.

“Overall, the OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission recognised that elections were administered efficiently by the Central Electoral Commission, but significant irregularities were observed across the country, including cases of ballot box stuffing, group voting and series of identical signatures on voter lists. The count was also negatively assessed in more than half of observations.

“In the light of the shortcomings reported by the OSCE/ODIHR Mission, we expect Kazakhstan to address these violations, as well as the controlled legal and political electoral framework, as they run counter to the country’s OSCE commitments and international obligations. In the framework of our Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Kazakhstan, the European Union stands ready to further support reforms to strengthen the promotion and protection of fundamental freedoms and human rights, the respect for democratic principles, the rule of law and good governance.”

“We look forward to working with the new President in this regard, as well as to advance EU-Kazakhstan relations more broadly.”

Everest climbing claims more lives

As many as seven people have died on the mountain this week, while incredible images show 200 hundred climbers lining up in an attempt to reach the top of the world’s tallest peak.

 

An experienced Everest mountaineer and author, Pat Falvey, says that kind of congestion can create lethal conditions for the climbers, Irish Examiner reports.

Public concerns are being raised over dangerous unregulated tourism causing traffic jams in Himalaya at the summit of Mount Everest (8,848 m) amid the death toll among climbers continues to rise.

Galway man Kevin Hynes died in his tent on the mountain this week, just a week after Trinity College Professor Seamus Lawless from Wicklow went missing.

It is creating great danger, I don’t know if there is anything they can do about that other than to restrict the numbers every year”,  Mr.Falvey explains. “But it is the cash cow for both Nepal and Tibet in relation to getting fees”.

However he finds it would be controversial to restrict tourism there,  he continues, because it is the highest mountain in the world, and  “people will want to ascend it.”

AMENDED:  “Nepal’s Ministry of Tourism has issued 375 Everest climbing permits for the 2019 spring season; on the North side, there are reportedly 144 foreign climbers. It’s illegal to simply show up at base camp with a climbing permit, pitch a tent, and try to climb the mountain. All foreigners must climb the mountain through a locally licensed logistics company, which supply base camp accommodations, meals, and basic bathroom facilities”.

There are three to four local workers to supply services to each tourist living in base camp —either climbing sherpa working on the mountain itself or base camp staff—the cooks, dishwashers, servers, and team managers who all look after the guided clients, National Geographic reports.

Image below: Everest camp “urban” luxury – Dome tent with belle vue.

Dome tent iinterior An average cost when climbing the Everest with a Western agency is $45,000 and above. With a local Nepali operator it can be between $25,000 and $40,000. The cost includes the royalty fee of $11,000 for the peak. 

Taiwan endorses same-sex marriage

Taiwan’s legislature passed a law allowing same-sex marriage, a first for Asia. The vote allows same-sex couples full legal marriage rights, including in areas such as taxes, insurance and child custody. Taiwan‘s Constitutional Court in May last year said that the constitution allows same-sex marriages and gave parliament two years to adjust laws accordingly. Taiwan’s acceptance of gay and lesbian relationships began in the 1990s when leaders in today’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party championed the cause to help Taiwan stand out in Asia as an open society.

Despite the spread of same-sex marriage in a few regions since 2001, gay and lesbian couples are permitted to marry in only about two dozen of the world’s nearly 200 countries.

The bill will be signed into law by President Tsai Ing-wen before the deadline of May 24 set by the Constitutional Court.

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American States restrict abortion rights

Gov. Kay Ivey signed the controversial Alabama Human Life Protection Act, which outlaws almost all situations to perform abortions in the state, a day after the Republican-controlled Senate voted to send her the bill without adding exceptions for victims of rape and incest despite pleas from their Democratic colleagues.

As a result of the new Act, doctors in the state could face up to 99 years in prison for performing an abortion unless a woman’s health is at “serious” risk.

To the bill’s many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians’ deeply held belief that every life is precious and that every life is a sacred gift from God,”  Gov.Ivey said in a statement.

Ivey added that the bill, which will take effect in six months, “closely resembled an abortion ban that has been a part of Alabama law for well over 100 years.”

A number of states across the country have adopted restrictive abortion measures, with the Alabama voting to effectively ban the procedure entirely unless the mother’s life is at stake.

Sixteen (16) states have passed or are currently considering abortion bans once a fetal heartbeat is detected about six weeks into pregnancy. Four (4) states have approved so-called heartbeat abortion laws.

Proponents of the measures have said they hope to trigger a legal battle that could eventually lead the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision legalizing abortion.

At present, experts insist some prosecutors must push against the states’ actions on abortion by refusing to enforce them.

Juncker congratulates Emperor Naruhito

The president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker congratulates on His Imperial Majesty Naruhito on his accession to the throne. “My best wishes for a long, peaceful & prosperous reign. There could be no better occasion than the beginning of a new Japanese era, Reiwa, to further develop our friendship & our harmonious relations” Juncker wrote in his Twitter microblog.

Previously the president of the European Council Donald Tusk suggested the name of the new imperial era #Reiwa  could become the motto of the EU-Japan relations.

Emperor Naruhito has ascended to the Chrysanthemum Throne as the 126th ruler of his dynasty, and Japan’s first modern monarch, taking his nation into a new era.

The EU and Japan’s Economic Partnership Agreement entered into force on  February 1, 2019. EU firms already export over €58bn in goods and €28bn in services to Japan every year. 

The agreement secures the opening of services markets, in particular financial services, e-commerce, telecommunications and transport. It furthermore:

  • facilitates to EU companies access to the procurement markets of 54 large Japanese cities, and removes obstacles to procurement in the economically important railway sector at national level;
  • addresses specific sensitivities in the EU, for instance in the automotive sector, with transition periods of up to 7 years before customs duties are eliminated.
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