The tension between China and Taiwan is still rising.Xi warns the world: “Taiwan will be reunited with China, no one will interfere”

Yesterday evening Beijing rejected the offer of talks made by the president of the Asian island Tsai Ing-wen. The president then said today that Taiwan will strengthen its defenses so that no one can force it to accept the path traced by China without freedom and democracy.

The Taiwan independence movement is “the biggest obstacle to national reunification, a serious threat to China’s rejuvenation: it never ends well for those who forget their ancestors, betray their homeland or divide the country. They will certainly be despised by the people and judged by history ”. The peremptory tones of President Xi Jinping, echoed in the Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square, in Beijing, gave a clear representation of the woodworm well rooted in the Communist leadership because “the historical task of the complete reunification of the motherland must be fulfilled and it certainly will be. “.
Xi warned the world on the rebel island, 130 km away from the coasts of Fujian, so close and at the same time far from mainland China for institutional arrangements: never before, despite the pressure from Beijing and the almost 150 military aircraft and fighters sent to violate the defense space from 1 to 4 October.
Only the 23 million Taiwanese have the right to decide “the future and development” of the island, was the reply of the Taipei Council for Business with China: in the face of the ambitions of the Communist Party, President Tsai Ing- Wen has repeatedly reiterated that he “will neither yield nor advance”, strongly defending national sovereignty and security and continuing to deepen relations with friendly countries and maintain the “status quo of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait”.

Italy 2-1 Belgium: the Italians win the final for third place in the Nation League. Tonight the Spain-France final

Italy got off to a strong start with the acceleration of Chiesa, who tried the shot twice within 120 seconds. The first real chance, however, is for Belgium, at the feet of Saelemaekers: Batshuayi’s side and shot from inside the area that displaces Donnarumma and is printed on the crossbar. The pace remains high and – at the end of the first half – the Azzurri are very close to the advantage: Chiesa is all alone in front of Courtois (after the excellent launch by Berardi) and takes a safe shot, but the Real goalkeeper performs a miracle with your feet and sends the ball for a corner. Mancini shocked him during the break and two minutes after the return came Barella’s wonderful goal. The Inter midfielder throws a flying ‘bomb’ from the edge of the area, which bags into the low corner behind Courtois. Italy insists and doubles with rigor, procured by the Church, transformed (with the thrill) by Berardi. Belgium reacts and after two posts reopens the match with a goal from De Ketelaere, but fails to catch the Azzurri.

Italia (4-3-3): Donnarumma; Di Lorenzo, Bastoni, Acerbi, Emerson Palmieri; Locatelli, Pellegrini, Barella; Berardi, Raspadori, Chiesa. Allenatore: Mancini.

Belgio (3-4-2-1): Courtois; Alderweireld, Denayer, Vertonghen; Saelemaekers, Witsel, Tielemans, Castagne; Vanaken, Carrasco; Batshuayi. Allenatore: Martinez.

10th October: World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day (10 October) is an international day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma. It was first celebrated in 1992 at the initiative of the World Federation for Mental Health, a global mental health organization with members and contacts in more than 150 countries. This day, each October, thousands of supporters come to celebrate this annual awareness program to bring attention to mental illness and its major effects on peoples’ lives worldwide. In some countries this day is part of an awareness week, such as Mental Health Week in Australia.

World Mental Health Day was celebrated for the first time on October 10, 1992, at the initiative of Deputy Secretary General Richard Hunter. Up until 1994, the day had no specific theme other than general promoting mental health advocacy and educating the public.

In 1994 World Mental Health Day was celebrated with a theme for the first time at the suggestion of then Secretary General Eugene Brody. The theme was “Improving the Quality of Mental Health Services throughout the World”.

World Mental Health Day is supported by WHO through raising awareness on mental health issues using its strong relationships with the Ministries of health and civil society organizations across the globe. WHO also supports with developing technical and communication material.

On World Mental Health Day 2018, Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Jackie Doyle-Price as the UK’s first suicide prevention minister. This occurred while as the government hosted the first ever global mental health summit.

10th October: World Day Against the Death Penalty

The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty is an international alliance of NGOs, bar associations, local governments and trade unions that aims to strengthen the international dimension of the fight against the death penalty.

Founded in May 2002, the World Coalition is an association of more than 180 member organizations advocating for the abolition of capital punishment worldwide.

The World Coalition facilitates lobbying after international organizations and states and organizes events of international concern. It contributes to commemorating the World Day Against the Death Penalty every 10th of October. The World Coalition also encourages the creation of national or regional coalitions against the death penalty to strengthen initiatives taken in this regard.

The World Coalition is funded by its members’ contributions, the European Union, and some European governments, such as those of Belgium and Switzerland. Other institutional funders also provide financial resources for some specific projects.

On 22 June 2001, participants to the first World Congress Against the Death Penalty, an event held by French non-government organization (NGO) Ensemble contre la peine de mort, adopted the Strasbourg Declaration in the hemicycle of the Council of Europe. In paragraph 9, the signatories committed to “creat[ing] a world-wide co-ordination of abolitionist associations and campaigners, whose first goal will be to launch a world-wide day for the universal abolition of the death penalty”.

After several preparatory meetings in Paris and Brussels, organizations convened in Rome on 13 May 2002 to officially create the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty. A first Steering Committee composed of 11 members, in charge of defining the World Coalition’s political strategy, was elected then renewed at each General Assembly.

Since 2008, the World Coalition has been registered as an association under French law.

The World Coalition has made 10th of October the World Day Against the Death Penalty. The first occurrence of this annual event was celebrated in 2003. In 2007, the Committee of Ministries of the Council of Europe declared that a European Day Against the Death Penalty also be held every 10th of October, coinciding with the World Day.

♬ LP – Angels

Here is the new single “ANGELS” by the LP singer which was released two days ago, on 8 October, the springboard for the highly anticipated new album “Churches” which will be released worldwide on 3 December.

LYRIC

I’ve been looking for answers
I’ve been looking for change
I’ve been looking for dancers
In the middle of the rain
Might seem a mile away
It might seem insane
You could be a smile away
Could you feel my pain

How do I reach you
What’s underneath you
Keeping you safe and sound
Found what I’m chasing
Heart’s racing
When you’re around it feels like

Angels over me
I’ve never seen them before
But I feel angels over me
I hear them sing I love you more, I love you more, I love you more
I love you more, I love you more

Got the keys to the kingdom
And it felt like a cage
I had to look for the wisdom
Right there on the page
And are you kings and queens and in betweens
We’re okay
Staying higher than the mezzanine
We’re okay

How do I reach you
What’s underneath you
Keeping you safe and sound
If you see me
Do they see me?
When you’re around it feels like

Angels over me
I’ve never seen them before
But I feel angels over me
I hear them sing I love you more, I love you more, I love you more

It’s only a case of denial
That messes with my inner child
But you bring out the best in me and fill me with ecstasy
Like I haven’t seen in a while

I see angels
When you’re around it feels like
Angels over me
I’ve never seen them before
But I feel angels over me
I hear them sing I love you more, I love you more, I love you more

When you’re around it feels like
Angels over me
I’ve never seen them before
But I feel angels over me
I hear them sing I love you more, I love you more, I love you more
I love you more, I love you more

One week in Algarve

Travel with Emilie

Easily accessible with Ryanair, Algarve’s coastline is a must-see in Europe: a mix of culture, food and dramatic costalines, but be ready, everyone knows about it, you will not be alone!

Olhão
I landed in Faro around 8PM and ordered a Uber (13€, 15km, 17mins) to wake up by the sea in the pretty town of Olhão.
I had time for a decent cocktail with live music at P&A bar, and another couple of them with a nice view at Cervejaria Olhão Marisco.

First step next morning was a nice breakfast with a view at Gelvi Gelato and a (long, too long) walk to Quinta de Marim, part of the Ria Formosa Nature Park, the largest wetland in the south of Portugal. Entrance fee is only 2,80€. There’s a large car park but if you are by foot, don’t come with your backpack, they won’t keep it…

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #169: The Ordinary — P.A. Moed

You can find something truly important in an ordinary minute. ― Mitch Albom, For One More Day A week or so ago, we went on a morning walk through Stanley Park and wound our way to the seawall. As we approached the water, the ordinary scene was transformed into something new. People walking dogs, running, and striding […]

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #169: The Ordinary — P.A. Moed