Volokolamsk journal: ‘When a City of 40,000 People Gets Poisoned, They Don’t Care’

‘When a City of 40,000 People Gets Poisoned, They Don’t Care’ Photo An aerial view of the Yadrovo landfill site near the town of Volokolamsk, west of Moscow. Credit Dmitry Serebryakov/Associated Press VOLOKOLAMSK, Russia — Five years ago, Aleksei G. Stelmakh thought he had built his little wooden house in one of the best neighborhoods around Moscow. Every day he could walk out onto his porch, breathe fresh air and scan the picturesque pine forest nearby.
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By The New York Times Now, all he sees is a giant landfill, a heap of trash about 100 feet tall, so big that trucks on it look like insects. The fresh air is now s..

Body of Missing C.D.C. Employee Found in Atlanta River

Body of Missing C.D.C. Employee Found in Atlanta River Photo Timothy J. Cunningham, whose body was found Tuesday. Credit via Terrell Cunningham The body of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employee who went missing two months ago was found in a river in Atlanta on Tuesday, the authorities said on Thursday.
In February, the authorities announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the disappearance of Timothy J. Cunningham, 35. But on Thursday the authorities said there did not appear to be any signs of foul play in his death.
“Right now the preliminary cause of death is drowning, but the investigation is still open,” Dr. Jan Gorniak, the chief medical examiner of Fulton County, said at a news conference. “We do not have a manner of death or whether it is an accident or suicide or anything other than that.”
Mr. Cunningham was last seen leaving work on Feb. 12 after telling colleagues he did not feel well.
His body was spotted on Tuesday in..

Pension freedoms causing confusion and longer careers for UK's older workers, study shows

Older workers are now planning to retire later because of pension concerns, the research found
Almost two-thirds of working over-55s in the UK have admitted they are confused by the rules around pensions since the government introduced more freedom to the sector in 2015, according to a new study.
Pension freedoms, launched by the former chancellor, George Osborne, give everyone aged 55 years and older greater flexibility on how to use their defined contribution pension funds, where previously they were required to purchase annuity products with their savings.
Read more FCA adds to confusion created by Osborne’s pension freedom reforms Research from Prudential shows that 64 per cent of over-55s say they are confused by the regulations, while 82 per cent want the government to stop making changes to pension rules.
Meanwhile, 42 per cent are concerned about running out of money during retirement and 41 per cent are worried about paying for long-term care.
People are growing inc..

White House Tries to Pull Nafta Back From Brink as Deadlines Loom

Supported by Politics White House Tries to Pull Nafta Back From Brink as Deadlines Loom Photo An assembly line at a Volkswagen plant in Mexico. A new proposal would tie the North American Free Trade Agreement’s preferential tariffs to higher wages for auto workers, aimed at stopping United States automakers from shifting production to Mexico in search of cheap labor. Credit Pedro Pardo/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images WASHINGTON — After months of fraught negotiations and stalled talks, the Trump administration is aiming to announce a preliminary deal on the North American Free Trade Agreement this month, moving to resolve one trading conflict as a separate clash with China looms.
A final agreement is far from guaranteed, but the White House is revising some of its more aggressive demands, particularly related to automobiles, which had been a source of tension with Canada and Mexico. A new proposal would require an automobile to contain components made by workers earning a speci..

Trump Doubles Down on Potential Trade War With China

Supported by Business Day Trump Doubles Down on Potential Trade War With China Photo A port in Nantong, in China’s eastern Jiangsu Province, on Wednesday. Credit Agence France-Presse — Getty Images President Trump said Thursday that he will consider hitting China with an additional $100 billion in tariffs, on top of the $50 billion the White House has already authorized, escalating threats of a trade war with the Chinese that his top advisers had tried to minimize a day earlier.
In a statement late Thursday, Mr. Trump said that he was responding to China’s “unfair retaliation” against the United States, which this week outlined hundreds of Chinese products, like flat-screen TVs and medical devices, that could be subject to American tariffs. The Chinese, in response, detailed their own list of $50 billion worth of American products, like soybeans and pork, that would be hit with levies.
“Rather than remedy its misconduct, China has chosen to harm our farmers and manufacturers,” Mr…