Positive TV

Politics

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to push ahead with painful reforms labeled, “Abenomics,” to pull Japan out of two decades of an ailing economy and political gridlock.

Speaking to a news conference Monday, a day after winning a sweeping victory in parliamentary elections, Abe said what the people really want across the country is for the economy to recover.

Abe told reporters that Japan faces a slew of difficult problems, but those issues must be tackled for the sake of the country.

[continue reading…]

A Pew Research survey released in August of 2011 showed 59 percent of adult Muslims in the United States are between the ages of 18 and 39, compared to 40 percent of adults in the general public. This large number of young adults means more opportunities for American Muslims.

The involvement of two young Muslim men in the Boston Marathon bombing was a stark reminder to American Muslims that young kids in their community could be used to spread terror and violence. Many analysts believe community leaders need to play a role in keeping kids off the violent path. Imam Johari of Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in suburban Washington said he and leaders like him are spreading the message of non-violence.

[continue reading…]

The controversial practice of fracking for shale gas has been an energy and economic boom for the U.S. But some countries look determined to avoid it and its potential environmental dangers.

Take France for instance. If you had to sum up president Francois Hollande’s position, it would be “over mon cadavre.” (My dead body in case you need a translation).

“As long as I am president, there will be no exploration for shale gas in France,” Hollande told French TV, as reported by the BBC.
[continue reading…]

In Gwangmyung, Gyeonggi Province, a mine that was shut down in 1972 and used to store fermented food, is now being renovated to host musical performances, art exhibits and movie screenings.

Gwangmyung City Government allocated 4.2 billion won to change the cave into an art center.

The average temperature inside is 12 degrees Celsius all year round.
There is a 100㎡ stage and 350 seats.

(by Hong Yong-duk, South Gyeonggi correspondent) See www.hani.co.kr for the story

A mid Wales MP is bidding to change child neglect laws that date back to the 19th Century, which he claims are now “nonsense”.

Ceredigion MP Mark Williams wants criminal legislation based on 1868 poor laws to be updated to include emotional and psychological abuse.

The original law – last changed in 1933, only refers to “wilful” physical abuse.

[continue reading…]

President Obama said Saturday that he would make a major speech on Tuesday to unveil his second-term plan to curb the causes and effects of climate change, a plan expected to include limits on carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.

“This Tuesday, I’ll lay out my vision for where I believe we need to go – a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it,” Mr. Obama said in a video released by the White House. “This is a serious challenge – but it’s one uniquely suited to America’s strengths.”

[continue reading…]

Oscar-winning actor explains why he travelled around the world to highlight the environmental problems caused by our waste

Jeremy Irons, the Oscar-winning actor, has teamed up with the British filmmaker Candida Brady to produce a new feature-length documentary called Trashed. It sets out to “discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destinations tainted by pollution”.

Ahead of its first theatrical screenings in the US later this month, Irons answered my questions about the film via email…

[continue reading…]

(Reuters) – German solar power plants produced a world record 22 gigawatts of electricity per hour – equal to 20 nuclear power stations at full capacity – through the midday hours on Friday and Saturday, the head of a renewable energy think tank said.

The German government decided to abandon nuclear power after the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, closing eight plants immediately and shutting down the remaining nine by 2022.

They will be replaced by renewable energy sources such as wind, solar and bio-mass.

[continue reading…]

U.S. President Barack Obama is calling on lawmakers to support legislation that he believes will fix the nation’s “broken” immigration system.

In his weekly address Saturday, Obama said “nobody will get everything they want” from the immigration bill being debated in the Senate. But he said the bill will strengthen border security, increase penalties against traffickers and create a pathway for earned citizenship.

The bipartisan authors of the bill say the legislation would require those in the country illegally to pay a fine, pay taxes and wait for years for a chance at citizenship. Opponents of the bill say it will amount to a de facto amnesty.

[continue reading…]

TORONTO (AP) – Canada’s economy pumped out a whopping 95,000 new jobs in May in the biggest month of employment growth in more than a decade, Statistics Canada said Friday.

The massive gain was the first major improvement of 2013 and many times greater than economists had expected, dropping the unemployment rate one-tenth of a point to 7.1 percent.

The impact on the unemployment rate would have been greater but for an almost as large increase in the number of Canadians looking for work.

[continue reading…]

LONDON — Setting the stage for this month’s G8 summit of rich industrialized countries, British Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday called for fresh approaches to help eliminate malnutrition and hunger among the world’s poorest children.

As donors, charities and officials gathered for Saturday’s Nutrition for Growth event, up to 45,000 people rallied in London demanding global leaders take specific steps to tackle hunger when they meet in Northern Ireland later this month.

Charities have linked poverty and hunger in developing countries to tax dodging by some global corporations – a topic at the heart of Britain’s G8 presidency.

[continue reading…]

The United States and China announced today that they will work together and with other countries to “phase down” the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which are extremely potent greenhouse gases. A global phaseout would be the equivalent of cutting 90 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.

[continue reading…]