China and Germany signed a collection of commercial accords valued at $23.5 billion this week. Meanwhile, the nations’ leaders publicly affirmed their commitment to a multilateral global trade order, while the United States adopts a more protectionist policy. “We both want to sustain the system of World Trade Organization rules,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a press conference. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, also present, agreed and stated protectionism must be prevented for the good of the global economy. Chinese President Xi Jinping has already pleaded for governments to maintain an open trading policy. “We reject selfish, shortsighted, closed, narrow policies, [we] uphold World Trade Organisation rules, support a multi-lateral trade system, and building an open world economy,” Xi said in an incredibly hypocritical speech from last month. While China has promised to open its market a bit, the country’s trade … [Read more...] about Trade War Watch: Germany and China Now Best Friends
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Backed by dark green trees and the shimmering surface of a lake, the two faces in the snapshot instantly grab your attention.Posing side by side, Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible sport carefree smiles.Their heads touch playfully. Lauria’s is cocked slightly back, meeting her taller friend’s at her temple.It’s the image from the high-profile case of the two missing girls that people are most familiar with. For almost 20 years now, it has circulated widely, staring out from flyers and billboards, and appearing in news stories and TV crime specials.But for those who knew the real people now reduced to crime victims in the headlines, it is both a happy and a haunting reminder.“I think about them every day and where are they? It just breaks my heart,” said Kathy Wood, their former teacher.Wood said the mystery of their disappearance hasn’t only haunted those who knew Bible and Freeman, but the entire area where they lived and died too young.“It hit … [Read more...] about Ashley Freeman loved to fish. Lauria Bible was a country girl who raised pigs. This is the story the family and friends of the missing Welch girls want to tell.
Eugenio Derbez as Leonardo and Anna Faris as Kate in the new, gender-swapped remake of “Overboard.” (Diyah Pera/MGM/Pantelion Films) In 2016, “ghostbros” joined forces to make the trailer for the all-female “Ghostbusters” the most down-voted movie trailer in YouTube history. But they could never have stopped the onslaught of gender-swap films that have followed since. “Ocean’s 8” (a remake of “Ocean’s Eleven” starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Rihanna) and “The Hustle” (a “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” remake starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson) are slated for release this year. A reimagining of “Splash” (starring Channing Tatum as a merman and Jillian Bell in the Tom Hanks role) is in the works. And this weekend, Garry Marshall’s 1987 hit “Overboard,” starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, is revisited with Eugenio Derbez as the spoiled millionaire and … [Read more...] about ‘Grumpy Old Women’? Five filmmakers suggest the gender-swap remakes they want to see.
Prom nights are supposed to be special.Matthew Davis’ prom night was better than that. It was the best night of his life, complete with a ride in a vehicle far more groovy than a limousine.If you need a reminder of how good people can be to each other, Matthew’s story is for you.Matthew is a senior at Chouteau High School. He has Down syndrome.As a toddler, Matthew became fascinated by Scooby-Doo cartoons. He was introduced to Tulsa World readers in 2015, when his mother said Scooby-Doo sparked Matthew’s imagination and aided in his development.A story about Matthew being a Scooby-Doo fanatic was brought to the attention of Tim and Dawna Wright, a Tulsa couple who own a replica of the Mystery Machine van from Scooby-Doo lore. The Wrights often bring the Mystery Machine to charity events. In 2015, they offered to surprise Matthew and take him for a ride in the Mystery Machine.At the time, it was the “best day ever.”Now it’s no better than … [Read more...] about ‘Best night ever:’ Prom night magical for Scooby-loving teen with Down syndrome
The life and career of the late Bruce Brown were celebrated Saturday night at a private, invitation-only event in Riverside.About 100 friends and family members turned out to pay tribute to the “Barefoot Maverick,” who put surfing on the map with his movie “Endless Summer” and legitimized motorcycling with the follow-up documentary “On Any Sunday.”Many at the intimate gathering had met while making the 1971 motorcycle movie. Others credited Brown and his movie with making their motorcycling careers possible.Raising their glasses in Brown’s honor were two of the three “stars” of the landmark film — racer Mert Lawwill and off-road legend Malcolm Smith, whose Riverside retail outlet hosted the weekend event.Absent was the third featured player in the movie, the late actor Steve McQueen. But also attending, in a hall decorated with memorabilia from the movie and from Smith’s decades-long off-road racing career, were dozens … [Read more...] about Bruce Brown tribute brings out ‘On Any Sunday’ friends and family