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Articles from the June 3, 2019 edition

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  • Tariffs: Mexican Foreign Minister to Meet Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Washington on Wednesday

    Andrea Sosa Cabrios, and Shabtai Gold, dpa|Jun 3, 2019

    Mexico City/Washington (dpa) – Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Friday said a summit will take place in Washington on Wednesday to "solve the dispute" between the two countries after US President Donald Trump announced plans to impose tariffs on Mexican imports. "There is willingness to hold a dialogue. We will be firm and we will defend the dignity of Mexico," Ebrard said in a tweet, adding that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will attend the meeting. Trump on Thursday announced a 5...

  • Hi-fi: Wife Wants You to Throw Out Old Electronics, But One Man's Junk Is Another Man's Treasure

    Sven-Hendrik Hahn, DPA|Jun 3, 2019

    (dpa) – For many it's a dream to own a classic hi-fi system and you'll find plenty of offers if you look online or in second-hand marketplaces. But there are some important points to bear in mind before putting your money down. For one thing, Japanese systems from the 1990s are cheap, but in the eyes of experts they're rarely worth buying. At that time quality and prices fell sharply. On top of it all, spare parts are very hard to find today. Instead you're better off buying high-quality, but c...

  • Canadian Garbage Scow Departs the Philippines, Heading to Return Trash to Canada

    Girlie Linao, DPA|Jun 3, 2019

    Manila (dpa) – A cargo ship carrying rubbish dumped in the Philippines by Canada more than five years ago, causing a diplomatic row, left the South-East Asian country on Friday. The Liberian-flagged MV Bavaria, a private ship hired by the Manila government, set off from Subic Bay port, 50 miles north of Manila, to Vancouver with 69, 20-ton containers. The ship will take more than 20 days to reach the Canadian city, said Wilma Eisma, chairman and administrator of the Subic Bay Metropolitan A...

  • Trump Slaps 5% Tariff on All Mexican Imports, Until Mexico Helps Prevent Illegal Immigration

    DPA Wire Service|Jun 3, 2019

    Washington (dpa) - President Donald Trump on Thursday announced a 5-per-cent tariff on all goods imported from Mexico to pressure the country into stopping illegal immigrants from entering the US. In a statement, Trump said Mexico's "passive cooperation" with the flow of illegal immigration was an "emergency and extraordinary threat to the national security and economy of the United States." The tariff will be imposed on June 10 and be raised to 10 per cent on July 1 "if the crisis persists,"...

  • Pets or Wild Animals Could Transmit Typhus to People in Los Angeles County

    Observer Staff|Jun 3, 2019

    A spokesman for the Los Angeles County Dept of Public Health, confirms two cases of typhus in Santa Monica in the last year. He said they have found typhus in Santa Monica in the past, on rats, feral cats and opossums. It has not recently found cases in people. There is a concern that they could be transmitted from the animals to people sleeping in the park, by way of fleas. Another concern is shelter workers, who could contract disorders from animals. The County does test rats in parks in San G...

  • Underground fire causes Electrical Power Outage Across a Wide Area of Santa Monica Thursday

    Observer Staff|Jun 3, 2019

    Electrical power was out across a wide area of Santa Monica Thursday afternoon beginning just after 2 PM. Power was restored to some areas just after 5 PM Pacific standard time. Ground zero for the power outage appeared to be an underground fire in an electrical vault. Edison crews were working in the alley on Arizona Avenue between Lincoln and Seventh Street. The Chase bank at seventh and Wilshire closed early as did the coffee bean and tea leaf on Ninth Street. The area of the power outage...

  • Santa Monica City Council Decides to Spend $800 Million to Combat Global Warming Locally

    Samuel Alioto, Observer Staff Writer|Jun 3, 2019

    Update: Response by Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole to this article: Almost without fanfare or notice, the City of Santa Monica has voted to spend $800 Million over ten years to reduce its carbon foot print. This is $8,000 per resident, or about 3 times the City's annual budget. It's more money than it would take to build an aircraft carrier, or 1600...

  • Ben & Jerry's Vows to Win the Race to Market the First Cannabis Infused Ice Cream

    DPA, Wire Service|Jun 3, 2019

    Washington (dpa) - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is on Friday holding its first public hearing on cannabidiol, better known as CBD, which has flooded US markets - despite an opaque legal status - as a way to alleviate anxiety and inflammation The compound, which comes from hemp or marijuana plants, has exploded in popularity in recent years, with CBD already available in sweets, oils and cosmetics The FDA has said some companies are marketing CBD with dangerously exaggerated health b...

  • New President of El Salvador Promises to Fight Trump's Border Wall

    Jun 3, 2019

    Buenos Aires (dpa) - Nayib Bukele, a 37-year-old businessman, was sworn in on Saturday as the new president of El Salvador. The conservative politician is the youngest head of state in the history of the Central American country. Bukele promised in his swearing-in address that he would fight against "every barrier, against every wall" in order to achieve a transformation in the country plagued by violence and corruption. "I will rule for the 7 million Salvadorans in the country and the 3...

  • Four injured after cruise ship rams into tourist boat in Venice

    Emilio Rappold and, Annette Reuther, dpa|Jun 3, 2019

    Rome (dpa) - A cruise ship rammed into a moored tourist boat as it docked in Venice on Sunday, leaving at least four people with minor injuries, according to city officials. The ship, which dwarfed the other vessel, crashed as it came into the San Basilio cruise terminal in the popular lagoon city. The people injured were all taken to an area hospital, aid Venice officials. Dramatic footage of the collision appeared to show some people falling into the water as the smaller boat was hit. The...

  • President Trump, Melania to meet the Queen, Outgoing British Prime Minister Theresa May

    Jun 3, 2019

    Washington (dpa) - US President Donald Trump will begin the first day of his three-day visit to Britain on Monday by meeting with the royal family and lunching with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. The visit, planned months ago to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings, comes as Britain remains in the throws of the Brexit process and British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to resign her position on Friday. Even before arriving, Trump had already waded into the...

  • China silent as Hong Kong holds vigil 30 years after Tiananmen Square

    DPA Wire Service|Jun 3, 2019

    Beijing (dpa) - Thirty years after a bloody crackdown on students and democracy activists in Beijing's Tiananmen Square, one of modern China's most defining events was set to go unobserved on Tuesday. However, outside of the mainland, the massacre is officially remembered in Hong Kong and Macau, two former European colonies that returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1997 and 1999. Hong Kong, an autonomous territory, has held a candlelight vigil annually since 1990. This year's vigil is expected to...