Trump approves veterans flag – an old saying flies around his ears

This flag will blow in the future under the American.

US President Donald Trump has signed the national POW / MIA bill.

The White House released a short video of the ceremony with veterans on Twitter.

It says: “With the signature of President Trump, the POW / MIA flag is now hoisted together with the American flag at certain memorials and federal buildings – including the White House and Capitol – to honor the unsung servants of our nation.”

The abbreviation “POW / MIA” stands for “Prisoners of War” and “Missing in Action”, ie for prisoners of war and US soldiers missing in battle.

While Trump's supporters are celebrating their supposed commitment to veterans, the net feels reminded of Sen. John McCain's previous statements – and is outraged.

In an interview in 2015, Trump commented on Senator McCain, who passed away last year: “He's not a war hero, he's a war hero because he's been captured, I like people who have not been captured.”

On top of that, in the current US budget for 2019, the Trump administration cut the budget for many veteran programs.

Whether the official recognition of the prisoner of war flag can soothe the displeasure?

The broadcast of November 11

Judge pronounces on Dutch IS women

The judge ruled in the summary proceedings that a group of female Syrians had filed against the Dutch State. They want the government to be forced to collect them and their children from relief camps in northern Syria.

Adoption policy for the Netherlands further investigated

There is a majority in the Lower House for a broader investigation into abuses in the adoption policy in the Netherlands.

Which measures will be taken against nitrogen?

In The Hague, the coalition talks again about the nitrogen crisis. The government parties must decide together what measures will be taken to comply with the nitrogen standard and at the same time, among other things, to speed up housing construction.

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, 22,000 kilometers of wall have been added

In the ranking of the longest walls, it is number two in Western Sahara. It is a 2-meter-high earthen wall surrounded by landmines and guarded by 120,000 Moroccan soldiers. The wall must put an end to 'the forgotten war'. That conflict concerns territory to which both Morocco and the Polisario independence movement are entitled.

But also closer to home, in Europe, more walls are being built, especially during the migration crisis in 2015. Because in countries where the fences were removed after the Cold War, they come back during that crisis.

There are also European fences outside of Europe. For example around Melilla and Ceuta, two pieces of Spanish territory against the north of Morocco.

Antarctic: in the footsteps of Charcot

November 9, 2019 in the morning. Paradise Harbor. 65 degrees south latitude. Despite the engaging name, it is suddenly much colder than yesterday, the sea more agitated and dark gray, summits hidden by the clouds. Only the glaciers exhibit their turquoise blue projections, between the flanks of blocks sometimes reminiscent of ghostly dogon villages or strange fortresses. “Ice cream crystallizes our emotions” in their book “Praise of the Ice” (Éditions Pôles d'images), Catherine and Rémy Marion. For the happiness of the readers, they deliver on 132 pages, accompanied by splendid photos, an anthology of quotations. “The whole landscape looks like a wonderful, unreal scenery: it looks like I do not know what huge palace, destined to receive fairies”, wrote Ejnar Mikkelsen (1) in 1924, in his book “Lost in the Arctic”.

As for Henri Michaux, he became almost lyrical: “Icebergs, icebergs, cathedrals without the religion of eternal winter, wrapped in the ice cap of planet Earth, how high, how pure are your cold-weathered edges”. And in a character of Jules Verne (in Captain Hatteras, 1867), other astonishing resonances arose: “Would not we say a strange city, a city of the East with its minarets and mosques under the pale glow of the moon?” Here is a long series of Gothic arches reminding us of the Chapel of Henry VII or the Palace of Parliament “. More prosaically, in the early morning of November 9, from the zodiac, we see the few wooden houses of the Argentine scientific station Amiral Brown.

F for French

Small red-brown dots on huge white background, the roof sporting the white-blue of the Argentine flag. It's a terrible story that this base has known, as Ed Webster, an American historian, tells us about this Antarctic Cruise – “Expedition of Knowledge” for Science and Future -recall the extraordinary adventures of the polar explorers. Around, in the steep rocks falling in the waters of this port of Paradise, nest cormorants and checkers Cape.

As Samantha Mcbeth, one of the specialists of the polar regions on board, tells us, the birds of these countries make the connection between land and sea. Some of them, such as scoop-beaks, fill in their unique way a specific ecological niche in the same way. ecosystem. They feed on the excrement of the penguins, or even bite the milk directly to the teat of a mother seal, even as she feeds her baby, as shown in a photo of the ornithologist Adrian.

When the ship raises anchor again, it is in the footsteps of one of the most famous navigators of this region that we advance: Jean-Baptiste Charcot. Direction Port Charcot via a channel 12 km long, named Lemaire, according to a Belgian explorer from Congo (2). We sail between mid-rocky, semi-icy mountains in a setting reminiscent of the Caspar-David Friedrich. When suddenly, in the distance, a suspicious icy tongue appears, flush with the water. Everyone wonders about the bridge on the thickness of this layer of ice, difficult to assess for an untrained eye, towards the exit of the channel? Will pass ? Will not pass? What will the commander do? As we approach this exit of the channel, while Port Charcot is nearby, imperceptibly the ship inflected its course. We will not pass. U-turn was ordered. It will be necessary to circumvent the island that we go along otherwise. Such is the law of places, intractable.

November 9 afternoon. On the rock covered with lichens that we approach on board a zodiac, is distinguished, engraved in the wall, the letter F in capital letters. F for French, the name much less known than the “Pourquoi pas? From French explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot. With these two successive sailing ships, he came here twice, on two expeditions, the first in 1903-1905, the other in 1907-1909. Both made him famous and made him the first French polar explorer of a truly scientific nature (read below interview of Rémy Marion, specialist of the polar regions and lecturer on this Expedition of Knowledge).

It is gray, we can not go down on the snow-covered hill, dominated by a cairn going back to the expeditions. “We would sink to the neck,” says Samantha McBeth, who also regrets not being able to pay a visit to the stele also enthroned on this hill, where the names of all the crew members are engraved. The zodiac pushes further. It's a shock. Here we are in front of the “iceberg cemetery”! This is the name given by the regulars to these extraordinary places. While the sky was light gray, the sea turns to anthracite gray. And a whole group of giant blocks are floating there. White cylinders, like a shed … Tables fringed with stalactites. Crystalline chaos seeming to lift giant's fingers to the sky. Blue meringues, turning to deep turquoise under transparent water. Deep arches are outlined, cliffs perfectly split as with a sharp sword of samurai. Grayscale and blue on black and white background. There are sorts of sails, improbable pyramids, faces also strange characters … Irréel, Mikkelsen wrote. Only the biting cold proves that we are not dreaming.

1. Of which a port visited by the MS World Explorer took the name (read article LINK)

2. After the Belgian Baron de Gerlache's expedition. But it was a German expedition that had discovered it in 1873-1874, led by Dallman.

“Charcot, the gentleman of the poles”

Jean-Baptiste Charcot can be considered as the first French scientific explorer of the poles, explains to Sciences and Avenir Rémy Marion, speaker aboard the MS World Explorer and specialist of the polar regions.

Sciences et Avenir: What must be remembered first of the explorer Jean-Baptiste Charcot?

Rémy Marion: Science and disinterestedness. This doctor's son, who was forced by his father to study medicine as well, a racing enthusiast and a great sportsman – he even took part in the Olympic Games – became an accomplished sailor. For his first expedition, he already assembled a scientific staff. Because he wants to make meteorological observations, measurements of magnetism, to study the marine biology – one sees it on certain photos in dialogue with penguins or to “dance” in front of them. He was a joker!

How did he organize his expeditions?

His first expedition, in 1903-1905, is one hundred percent private. He puts in his personal funds and organizes a subscription. He left Rouen with the “Frenchman” sailing and steam boat, knowing what he was going to find, based on the data collected a few decades earlier by the Belgian Baron Adrien de Gerlache. He wants to map this area. After exploring during the summer, he stays in winter with his scientists and sailors who can not read or write. This humanist asks his staff to teach others what they know. He does not want walls between them.

It stays stuck for a long time?

At Port Charcot, he found a small cove in which the boat remained embedded in the ice from April to October 1904. Nothing to do with the Weddell Sea where Shackleton's ship will be crushed later, given the enormous forces at stake in the ice at this place. He was able to navigate and map the site (using sextants), collect weather data that still serve! He measured the variations of the Earth's magnetic field etc. We must imagine the challenges to be met, at a time when recordings are not automatic and where scientists regularly have to go to their instruments themselves to take measurements. You need hypermotivated people! This expedition is a huge success.

What happens then?

On his return, the French State promises to help him. With this help and a new subscription, he will be able to build, with his experience, a new boat, still sailing and steam, more reinforced than the French. It is built in oak in Saint-Malo by the manufacturer Gauthier. On board, there will be a library, a laboratory, in short it is a real research boat. With him, he will be able to complete his cartography and all his measurements and will carry out a wintering again. He will then make a great navigation to the west.

Is it from Charcot that all these French names come in the region?

Yes, there is also Île Berthelot, Renaud, Lavoisier, the French Mount but also the large Marguerite Bay, named after his wife and of course the island Why Pas. What Charcot wanted was to map. This sailor was less “(geo) political” than those who wanted to conquer the poles and go there first. This made Scott, the Brit who arrived at the South Pole a few days after the Norwegian Roald Admunsen, that Charcot deserved the nickname “Gentleman of the Poles”.

Groko reaches agreement: Basic pension is coming

NOTE: THIS CONTRIBUTION DOES NOT CONTAIN A NON-SPEAKER OTONE Malu Dreyer, Acting SPD Chief: “That's something we've been working towards for a long time, that men and women who have worked long, 35 years and over, cared for the children or the Having educated children or caring for people, they have the opportunity to really have a pension at the end of their working hours that honors what was and is their lifetime achievement, which is why I am very happy about our compromise, because it is women who are the most important Five, four out of five people will be women in the future, and that is why this is also a strong message for women politicians. “As Social Democrats in the coalition, it has always been important for people who have worked for a long time to end up have a pension that is above basic security, and that they do not have to go to an office and spend hours on forms to reveal their whole circumstances, s that they will receive this basic pension very unbureaucratically, very close to the citizen. ” O-TON Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, CDU chief: “A solution that makes it clear: The person who has a need gets access to this new system of basic pension and the need is checked by a comprehensive income statement and income test We also agree that this is a contribution to tackling poverty in old age, but we also agreed that it is important that we prevent poverty in old age, and that is why today we have decided on a package of measures to how can we change the existing allowances for pensions on the issue of double occupational pensions, how we can do it differently, to transform the injustices that many complain, so to speak, into better regulation. “

How the climate was saved 30 years ago, except for one in Noordwijk

The international climate conference was an idea of ​​the then environment minister Ed Nijpels. He wanted to lay the basis for legally binding agreements to limit CO2 emissions.

Earlier, the world succeeded in phasing out CFCs – responsible for the gap in the ozone layer – in a few years under the leadership of the United States. Nijpels hoped that CO2 reduction could be achieved in the same way, although everyone realized that this would be a much larger task.

The United States sent environment minister William Reilly to the conference at Huis ter Duin. Reilly wanted to go far, but just before the conference he got someone from the White House to see to it that he didn't make too many commitments. That role was assigned to President George H.W's Chief of Staff. Bush, John Sununu.

Lobby oil industry

Sununu was an early climate skeptic with close ties to the oil sector. According to many people involved, he played a leading role in thwarting the climate conference in Noordwijk.

The American journalist Nathaniel Rich, author of the book Losing Earth, sees 'Noordwijk' as a crucial turning point. Until that time, optimism over the possibilities for reaching global agreements and thus preventing the worst consequences of climate change prevailed. But with the conference in Noordwijk, the lobby of the American oil industry in particular, and with it a counter-movement of climate skeptics and deniers, began, says Rich. Partly because of that, he was unable to reach agreements for many years.

In the 2015 Paris agreement it was agreed, on a voluntary basis, that the temperature could rise by a maximum of one and a half degrees until the end of this century. But experts doubt whether that is still feasible and speak of 'lost years'. They point out that since 1989, the year of the Noordwijk conference, more CO2 has been emitted than in the previous 250 years. And that the consequences of this will be noticeable for generations.

Bas (17) ended up in the hospital because of alcohol: “I was almost dead”

Mike (17), too, was just a little too cozy for a birthday. “I wasn't feeling well, and it felt like a moment to get away from it.” She was 14 at the time, and she was the only one in her group of friends who already drank. “That's why I started pouring drinks for everyone. With every drink, I thought: there could be an extra shot of vodka.”

Her friends wanted to go to a party, but Mike said she would rather go to bed. She was very drunk at that point, and her friends didn't want her to stay home alone. That is why she had to take a party on the back of the bike. Mike was not very stable anymore, and fell off her bike. “I went, hots, with my face to the ground. At the party, my friends brought me to first aid right away.”

At first aid, an ambulance and her parents were called immediately. “From that moment on it's all a bit vague. I remember that I had to pee in a jar and that the doctors stung blood. But it wasn't until the next day that I realized what had happened.” She woke up with a huge hangover.

How bad is alcohol for young brains?

Exactly how bad alcohol is for the teenage brain is still difficult to say. Eduard Klapwijk, neuropsychologist, explains how that works. “We cannot administer large amounts of alcohol to young people and see what happens. So we have to do it with research on rats. The question is then to what extent those results also apply to people.”

East of Australia still on fire, 3 dead, 150 houses burned

Australian firefighters continued on Saturday to fight a hundred catastrophic bushfires in the east of the country, which have already killed three, missing and injured, and destroyed at least 150 homes and schools.

The soldiers of the fire had managed Saturday, thanks to a slight improvement of the meteorological conditions, to take control of most of the 17 most threatening fires. But the danger is still far from being averted and thousands of evacuees still could not return to their homes on Saturday.

In Forster, a small picturesque town on the east coast, the landscape was swallowed up on Saturday by the smoke rising from several fires, while in the sky the water bombers came to the aid of the firemen.

“These guys did a hell of a lot of work,” told AFP in the nearby town of Taree, showing Don Russell firefighters who managed to stop the fire just meters from his home. His neighbor was not so happy: his house, emptied of its occupants, went into flames.

– trapped in flames –

Elsewhere, others have been trapped in flames. The body of a charred man was found in a car, another in the debris of his house, and a woman died of her burns despite doctors' efforts to save her, local emergency services said.

Several people are also missing and 30 others were injured, mostly firefighters.

In some areas, the population got stuck and was instructed to “look for shelter because it is too late to leave”.

Local radios have stopped their programs to explain how to survive a fire in the event of people being stranded in their homes or vehicles.

Given the unusual magnitude of the fires, which affect an area of ​​nearly 1,000 km along the coast from Brisbane to Sydney, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said soldiers could lend a hand to the 1,300 firefighters present on the spot.

Hundreds of civilians also volunteered to help their hard-hit neighbors.

Warmer, less windy weather on Saturday helped firefighters deal with fires in rural Queensland (NE) and New South Wales (SE). While they were still 17 Friday night, an unprecedented number, there was only a handful Saturday.

But New South Wales State Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian warned of the forecast for the coming week, “which would mean we did not have the worst,” she said.

– Powder magazine –

Australia is used to bush fires, but this year they have been extremely numerous and early. The first occurred in September from northern New South Wales to tropical Queensland.

If this start of the season is dramatic, scientists are worried for the next few months.

Climate change and adverse weather patterns have resulted in exceptional drought, low humidity, and strong winds that contribute to bush fires.

“We have never had so many fires at the same time and with such a high level of urgency,” fire chief Shane Fitzsimmons told ABC Public Television.

“We are in a powder keg on almost the entire state, and it only takes a spark to start a fire that can burn for days,” said Queensland Fire Chief Mike Wassing.

The prime minister, whose government has downplayed the threat of climate change, has evaded questions about its effect. “My only thoughts today are with those who lost their lives and their families … (…) Australia has been fighting ferocious fires for as long as Australia is a nation, and well before. will continue to do so. “

Hong Kong: Thousands of demonstrators hold vigil for dead students

After the death of a 22-year-old student in Hong Kong, demonstrators held a vigil on Saturday. Thousands of people gathered in a park near government buildings, singing hymns and laying flowers. Some of them called “revenge”. According to the authorities, the young man had fallen from the third to the second floor in a parking garage Monday morning when the police tried to stop a protest. On Friday, the 22-year-old succumbed to his injuries. The death of the student is likely to fuel the weekend protests. The rallies in Hong Kong had begun in June as a resistance to a draft bill that had since been withdrawn, which should allow for extradition of accused persons to the People's Republic of China. But the demonstrators also see general freedoms that the former British colony still enjoys.

The broadcast of November 9

The climate could have been saved in Noordwijk

We are heading for three degrees of global warming, with potentially catastrophic consequences. That could have been prevented if one crucial night of international negotiation in a hotel in Noordwijk, thirty years ago, had been successfully completed. At least that's what stakeholders and experts say. Nieuwsuur spoke among others with the then environment minister Ed Nijpels and with William Reilly, then environment minister of the US.

Watch the forgotten story of the climate conference in Noordwijk aan Zee in this video:

Members CDA and D66 come together

Government parties CDA and D66 are holding their party conferences today. These are undoubtedly mainly about farmers, nitrogen and climate measures. Under pressure from the nitrogen crisis, the coalition will have to demand sacrifices from agriculture and animal husbandry, and it seems that especially the CDA conference is going to be exciting: farmers are increasingly expressing criticism of the 'peasant party'. MEP Annie Schreijer-Pierik further intensified the discussion by threatening to leave the CDA if the party “dropped the farmers.”