I f I recall correctly, I believe my fascination with Quebec began in my 10th-grade history class. It was there I first learned that Quebec City is one of the oldest European settlements in North America, founded by Samuel de Champlain, a French explorer and diplomat, on the shores of the St. Lawrence River in 1608. A clash with England in 1759 saw New France as the victor, the reason why the French language is still spoken here today and the ambiance throughout the city remains undeniably Old World European.It took many decades past that high school history class to finally make my way to Quebec City, together with my husband, Tony, to see for myself what makes this venerable city so special. First of all, Quebec City is recognized as the cradle of French civilization in North America, so it is no wonder it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985. The only walled city in North America north of Mexico, the city’s colorful past is everywhere you turn. A stroll down its … [Read more...] about Quebec City’s colorful past is everywhere you turn
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Paul Wiseman Associated Press Published 8:27 PM EDT May 11, 2019 Washington – President Donald Trump has heightened tensions with China by escalating his tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods from 10% to 25%. As a tool of national policy, tariffs had long been fading into history, a relic of the 19th and early 20th centuries that most experts came to see as harmful to all nations involved. Yet more than any other modern president, Trump has embraced tariffs as a punitive tool – against Europe, Canada and other key trading partners but especially against China , the second-largest economy after the U.S. The Trump administration asserts, and many independent analysts agree, that Beijing has deployed predatory tactics to try to give Chinese companies an edge in such advanced technologies as artificial intelligence, robotics and electric vehicles. Beijing’s tactics, the U.S. contends, include hacking into U.S. companies’ computers to steal trade secrets, … [Read more...] about Trump’s tariffs on China: What are they? How do they work?
Todd Spangler, provided by Published 3:39 am PDT, Monday, April 29, 2019 Photo: Richard Drew/AP/REX/Shutterstock Photo: Richard Drew/AP/REX/Shutterstock Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Richard Drew/AP/REX/Shutterstock Spotify Now Has More 100 Million Subscribers, Narrows Q1 Losses 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Spotify grew its paid subscriber rolls by 32% in the first quarter of 2019 — reaching 100 million Premium customers — while the streaming-music company narrowed its loss and beat Wall Street expectations on the top line. The company reported total Q1 revenue of $1.69 billion (€1.511 billion), topping Wall Street analysts’ expectations of $1.64 … [Read more...] about Spotify Now Has More 100 Million Subscribers, Narrows Q1 Losses
Jamie L. LaReau Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Jan 27, 2019 Ten years ago, Detroit was facing dark days. With the economy in the throes of the Great Recession, General Motors and Chrysler were on life support under the guidance of President Barack Obama's auto rescue task force, both headed to bankruptcy. Ford had previously mortgaged everything, including its iconic Blue Oval logo, to survive. Today, the traditional Detroit 3 are strongly profitable but face declining sales and uncertainty about how to remain dominant players as transportation technology and preferences change. The UAW contract expires in September, and production workers have said they expect their new deal to reflect recent successes. To illustrate the challenge, Ford last week reported a $3.7 billion profit for 2018 — half the 2017 level and acknowledged by company leadership as a weak year. Ford and GM are in the midst of restructuring, while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles says … [Read more...] about GM and Ford restructure to create long-term success
Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward, Associated Press Updated 5:46 am PST, Monday, January 14, 2019 In this Jan. 8, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump speaks from the Oval Office of the White House as he gives a prime-time address about border security in Washington. (Carlos Barria/Pool Photo via AP) In this Jan. 8, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump speaks from the Oval Office of the White House as he gives a prime-time address about border security in Washington. (Carlos Barria/Pool Photo via AP) Photo: Carlos Barria, AP Photo: Carlos Barria, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 In this Jan. 8, 2019, photo, President Donald Trump speaks from the Oval Office of the White House as he gives a prime-time address about border security in Washington. (Carlos Barria/Pool Photo … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Trump isn’t holed up nonstop at White House