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Top Chinese diplomat urges closer ties with US under Biden

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — China’s top foreign policy adviser is urging closer ties with the U.S. under the Biden administration, while saying Washington must “effectively respect China’s position and concerns on the Taiwan issue.” Yang Jiechi said the sides will have their differences but should not allow them to derail relations. In remarks to the influential U.S. National Committee on United States-China Relations, Yang continued the positive tone China is taking toward the new U.S. administration. Under former President Donald Trump, ties sunk to a new low over differences on trade, human rights and Taiwan, the self-governing democracy that China claims as its own territory and threatens to bring under its control by military force.last_img read more

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Hillman Area Schools placed in secure mode after students talk of knife

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisHillman — Schools went into ‘secure mode’ Wednesday morning after a student overheard the word ‘knife’ in a conversation with a group of students.The situation unfolded at the elementary school just after breakfast. The student that heard ‘knife’ alerted staff and they made the executive decision to place both schools into a ‘secure mode.’ School staff searched lockers and made sure all students were accounted for. The students who were overheard talking about a ‘knife’ were sent to the office for questioning.Hillman Superintendent Carl Seiter was not at the elementary at the time, but he learned of the incident and found out why the word knife was used.“We had another student that has braces,” said Seiter. “He had brought a tool that opens up similar to a shaving blade with a hook on it to basically remove food debris.”Once this information had come out to staff, classes resumed as normal. Superintendent Seiter was happy with the way students and staff responded.“Is it serious? Is it not… you don’t have that luxury at that point,” said Seiter. “You always overreact and then you can pull back as the situation allows.”AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Braces, Hillman, Hillman Community Schools, Hillman Elementary, Hillman High School, Knife, Safety, StaffContinue ReadingPrevious Wildcat homecoming parade and tailgate party, FridayNext Hope Shores Alliance celebrates 40 years with opening of new outreach centerlast_img read more

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Alpena woman celebrates 100th birthday

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Beulah Worniak turned 100 years old on Wednesday. Friends and family gathered at the MediLodge of Alpena to celebrate the occasion. She was born in Cheboygan and around her 2nd birthday she, along with her mother and sister, traveled by train to Alpena where her father was already living.Her daughter Jane Fortner says she is extremely proud of her mom making it to 100. “It’s quite the milestone to be 100. My mom is pretty amazing,” she said. “I think some of the stubbornness in her got her to be 100. So I’m very proud of her and love her very much.”While her real name is Beulah, the birthday cake instead read “Happy Birthday Boots!” which was a nickname given to her when she was just a child. Her father couldn’t always afford new shoes for them, so he bought them men’s boots in a couple sizes too large so they would last longer. Eventually she picked up the nickname and it’s stuck with her ever since.Her daughter Jane said she was such a supportive mother, and was always there for her. “I was the one that moved out of town and traveled and lived in various locations throughout the country,” she said. “Mom and dad were always there to help me move in and put things away, even when I was married. They always came and were always there and always supportive of everything that I ever did or wanted to do.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Medilodge of AlpenaContinue ReadingPrevious City of Alpena Fire Chief explains reason for flames at DPINext Entries being accepted for the Besser Museums “Winter Blues” exhibitlast_img read more

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NBA Draft 2019: Zion Williamson overcome with emotion after being selected No. 1 overall

first_imgHe has been the most hyped player coming into the draft since LeBron James in 2003 and he knew exactly where he was going to be picked.Despite that, he couldn’t hold back tears as he spoke to ESPN after being taken first overall. Related News NBA Draft 2019: Knicks select RJ Barrett at No. 3 He talked about how his mother influenced his career and helped him get to this point.“My mom sacrificed a lot for me,” he said. “I wouldn’t be here without my mom. She did everything for me. I just want to thank her.”Zion Williamson, holding back tears: “My mom sacrificed a lot for me. I wouldn’t be here without my mom. She did everything for me. I just want to thank her.” Amazing stuff pic.twitter.com/WeN5ys1r7c— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) June 20, 2019There were rumors going around after the lottery that Williamson was upset about the Pelicans getting the No. 1 pick over the Knicks. But Thursday, there was nothing but pure joy on his face.New Orleans looks like it has gotten a special player.center_img NBA Draft 2019: Pelicans unsurprisingly select Zion Williamson with No. 1 pick How can you not like Zion Williamson?The former Duke forward and Naismith Award winner was taken first overall by the Pelicans in the NBA Draft on Thursday to the surprise of absolutely no one.last_img read more