Authorities issue five-day warn and order schools to close, residents to stay indoors and heavy industry to slow or halting production
Beijing authorities have declared a five-day pollution red alert, shutting schools, ordering thousands of vehicles off the roads and telling residents to stay indoors, after the Chinese capital was enveloped by a shroud of toxic smog that ought to persist until Wednesday.
Smog invades Beijing, tweeted Xinhua, Chinas official news agency, alongside a timelapse video capturing the arrival of what city officials have controversially decided to categorize as a meteorological disaster.
From the female squash champion fleeing the Taliban, to the gay popstar who became a hit back in macho Brazil, its often Canadas newcomers who can tell its most dramatic stories
The cliched threat to move to Canada because of political unpleasantness in your own country entirely hypothetical unpleasantness, of course (cough trumpfaragelepen) often seems empty. Its like a stroppy kid saying hes going to run away from home, to which the standard parental response is: Be my guest.
For the British loyalists who fled the US revolution, however, or the tens of thousands of black slaves who travelled via the Underground Railroad, or the roughly same number of conscientious objectors to the Vietnam War in the 1960s and 70s, Canada has long been a place of refuge.
Nor is emigrating to Canada just about escape. The countrys particular combination of social tolerance, relative gender equality, collaborative cultural spirit and 4.7 quadrillion trees have attracted global emigres for as long as Canada has been an independent nation. (One hundred and fifty years next 1 July, but you knew that.)
Equally cliche, perhaps, would be to suggest that each brings a story. But weve found a handful of genuinely remarkable ones. Chris Michael
Maria Toorpakai, Pakistans top female squash player
Petty Officer Lentoyi White does pushups while training with fellow Petty Officer Theresa White Monday, Feb. 29, 2016, in Coronado, Calif. The pair are trying to lose weight and improve their fitness in order to pass the Navy fitness test and avert being discharged.( AP Photo/ Lenny Ignelzi) ( Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission .)
The Navy is giving another chance to thousands of sailors who otherwise would be kicked out for repeatedly failing their physical fitness tests because they surpassed body fat limits.
The service branch loosened its body fat restrictions in January and is letting the individuals who failed their quizs three or more times to get one more opportunity to be tested this spring under the more lenient guidelines. The Navy said it has been losing too many talentedsailors. Some were resorting to liposuction, diet pills and other measures to save their careers.
The Navy let about 2,400 sailors who passed a preliminary test under the new regulations to stay in, reducing the number of failures on their records from three to one, told Navy spokesman, Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen. In the past, three failures were grounds for being kicked out. The sailors will be measured again this spring and allowed merely two failings now instead of three.
The changes are the latest by the military looking to improve its abilities to recruit and retain talented people as it builds up its cyber-warfare strategy and faces competition from a rebounding economy.
A 2014 Pentagon study found that approximately two-thirds of Americans would not qualify to enlist in the armed service as a result of health problems, obesity and the failure to complete a high school education.
Earlier this month, the court heard up to two million expats were being denied the right to take part in the referendum.
Mr Shindler – who has lived in Italy since 1982 – and other campaigners argue the 15-year cut-off is arbitrary and that rules governing UK general elections, the basis for the referendum franchise, are not being applied evenly.
His lawyers say the EU Referendum Act extends the right to vote to peers, and to Gibraltar residents who would not normally be able to take part in general elections, but not long-term expats.
Ms MacLennan said: “If British citizens maintained British citizenship, that brings with it rights, obligations and a connection with this country,” and choosing 15 years was “like sticking a dart in a dartboard”.
But the judges said they did not consider the 15-year rule was arbitrary “in any legally significant sense” and a “bright line rule” was needed to identify a point at which extended residence abroad “might indicate a weakening of ties with the UK”.
The government has welcomed the court’s ruling and says the franchise was agreed by both Houses of Parliament.
Aidan O’Neill QC, for the expats, told the court a victory for the “Leave” campaign could lead to Mr Shindler and Ms MacLennan becoming “resident aliens” in Europe.
They would no longer be EU citizens and their right to live, work, own property, and receive health care free at the point of use, could be placed in jeopardy, he said.
James Eadie QC, for the government, argued the 2015 referendum legislation did not interfere with free movement rights and was not open to challenge on EU law grounds.
The impact of a “leave” vote on those caught by the rule could not be predicted and a win for Mr Shindler and Ms MacLennan would make it impossible to hold the referendum on 23 June, as planned, he added.
In their manifesto, the Conservatives pledged to scrap the 15-year rule for expats voting in elections. The government says it remains committed to doing so, but stresses that the plan is not connected to the referendum.