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Sheriff: Border Fence Helped Cut Crime in Yuma by 91 Percent
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2019-01-17    0 views
YUMA, Arizona—Right along the southwest border, sheriff’s departments are left picking up the pieces in the wake of cross-border crime. It then spreads beyond the border.

Consequently, sheriffs need a bigger seat at the table during border security discussions, said ex-Marine and Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot.

“We all too often see interviews in Washington [with] mayors and governors but, no offence, they are not the ones that are down here on the border,” Wilmot said in an interview at his office on May 25.

“They are not the ones that are investigating the crimes. They are not the ones out here when it’s 120 degrees, processing a crime scene where 14 people were left to die in the desert.”

Wilmot has witnessed it all in his 30-plus years with the sheriff’s department. He knows a vulture will peck a human body down to nothing but bone, because he has seen it. He knows bandits follow the smugglers over the border and rape the women before running back to Mexico, because he is left with the victims. He knows the cartels will commit any crime to get drugs and humans across the border.

Yuma County is 5,522 square miles—larger than the state of Connecticut—and it shares 126 miles of border with Mexico. California and its Imperial Sand Dunes are just a mirage away on the western border beyond the Colorado River.

The Yuma Border Patrol Sector used to be the worst in the country for illegal crossings, until it became a poster-child for the effectiveness of a border fence.

In 2005, before the fence, more than 2,700 vehicles crossed the Colorado River and open deserts, loaded with illegal immigrants and drugs, according to Border Patrol numbers.

Apprehensions steadily increased to more than 138,000 in fiscal 2005.

“Yuma battled entrenched smuggling groups for control of the border,” said Border Patrol in a video. “Mass incursions often left agents outnumbered 50 to 1. Agents were assaulted with rocks and weapons daily.”


A line of trucks await inspection by the Mexican military in Mexico can be seen through the border fence on the U.S.–Mexico border near Yuma, Ariz., on May 25, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Following the Secure Fence Act of 2006, Yuma tripled manpower and added mobile surveillance, as well as fencing and vehicle barriers.

Yuma went from having 5.2 miles of fencing to 63 miles, and subsequently saw an almost 95 percent decrease in border apprehensions by 2009, when Border Patrol made about 7,000 arrests.

Ancillary Crime Down 91 Percent
It also directly affected what the sheriff’s department had to deal with.

“We were able to reduce [ancillary crimes] by 91 percent,” Wilmot said. “The deaths in the desert, the rapes, the robberies, the homicides, the burglaries, the thefts.”

But the fence was only one part of the equation, said Capt. Eben Bratcher. The other part, under Operation Streamline, was 100 percent prosecution of illegal border crossers.

“If you did try to cross and you got caught, you were held accountable. There were consequences,” Bratcher said. “So the combination, the fence slowed them down, but they are going to find a way over it, under it, through it, whatever. But the real issue was, when you got caught, you went to jail. It stopped.”


Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot (R) and Capt. Eben Bratcher talk about border security in the sheriff's office in Yuma, Ariz., on May 25, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Bratcher said that before the fence and Operation Streamline, the area was out of control.

“My patrol guys would be out there, and we're trying to do our primary job, which is community safety and investigating crimes, and we would encounter people who were being smuggled or sneaking across, every night,” he said.

“If you tried to pull over a van that had the windows spray-painted black, you were absolutely ensured that there was going to be a vehicle pursuit coming because they would just take off, and over and over and over again we experienced that. Several horrible crashes, multiple people dying—and not just the people that were smuggling and being smuggled—but i
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Sheriff: Border Fence Helped Cut Crime in Yuma by 91 Percent
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2019-01-17    0 views
YUMA, Arizona—Right along the southwest border, sheriff’s departments are left picking up the pieces in the wake of cross-border crime. It then spreads beyond the border.

Consequently, sheriffs need a bigger seat at the table during border security discussions, said ex-Marine and Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot.

“We all too often see interviews in Washington [with] mayors and governors but, no offence, they are not the ones that are down here on the border,” Wilmot said in an interview at his office on May 25.

“They are not the ones that are investigating the crimes. They are not the ones out here when it’s 120 degrees, processing a crime scene where 14 people were left to die in the desert.”

Wilmot has witnessed it all in his 30-plus years with the sheriff’s department. He knows a vulture will peck a human body down to nothing but bone, because he has seen it. He knows bandits follow the smugglers over the border and rape the women before running back to Mexico, because he is left with the victims. He knows the cartels will commit any crime to get drugs and humans across the border.

Yuma County is 5,522 square miles—larger than the state of Connecticut—and it shares 126 miles of border with Mexico. California and its Imperial Sand Dunes are just a mirage away on the western border beyond the Colorado River.

The Yuma Border Patrol Sector used to be the worst in the country for illegal crossings, until it became a poster-child for the effectiveness of a border fence.

In 2005, before the fence, more than 2,700 vehicles crossed the Colorado River and open deserts, loaded with illegal immigrants and drugs, according to Border Patrol numbers.

Apprehensions steadily increased to more than 138,000 in fiscal 2005.

“Yuma battled entrenched smuggling groups for control of the border,” said Border Patrol in a video. “Mass incursions often left agents outnumbered 50 to 1. Agents were assaulted with rocks and weapons daily.”


A line of trucks await inspection by the Mexican military in Mexico can be seen through the border fence on the U.S.–Mexico border near Yuma, Ariz., on May 25, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Following the Secure Fence Act of 2006, Yuma tripled manpower and added mobile surveillance, as well as fencing and vehicle barriers.

Yuma went from having 5.2 miles of fencing to 63 miles, and subsequently saw an almost 95 percent decrease in border apprehensions by 2009, when Border Patrol made about 7,000 arrests.

Ancillary Crime Down 91 Percent
It also directly affected what the sheriff’s department had to deal with.

“We were able to reduce [ancillary crimes] by 91 percent,” Wilmot said. “The deaths in the desert, the rapes, the robberies, the homicides, the burglaries, the thefts.”

But the fence was only one part of the equation, said Capt. Eben Bratcher. The other part, under Operation Streamline, was 100 percent prosecution of illegal border crossers.

“If you did try to cross and you got caught, you were held accountable. There were consequences,” Bratcher said. “So the combination, the fence slowed them down, but they are going to find a way over it, under it, through it, whatever. But the real issue was, when you got caught, you went to jail. It stopped.”


Yuma County Sheriff Leon Wilmot (R) and Capt. Eben Bratcher talk about border security in the sheriff's office in Yuma, Ariz., on May 25, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
Bratcher said that before the fence and Operation Streamline, the area was out of control.

“My patrol guys would be out there, and we're trying to do our primary job, which is community safety and investigating crimes, and we would encounter people who were being smuggled or sneaking across, every night,” he said.

“If you tried to pull over a van that had the windows spray-painted black, you were absolutely ensured that there was going to be a vehicle pursuit coming because they would just take off, and over and over and over again we experienced that. Several horrible crashes, multiple people dying—and not just the people that were smuggling and being smuggled—but i
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Breadth and Depth Inexhaustible
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2019-01-16    0 views
Ronald Dent, former owner of Manpower International, a subsidiary of Manpower Group, appreciated the spiritual elements, the common theme of peace and love, and the diversity of culture depicted in the performance.

"It depicted so many of the different little differences, between the north and the south and the east and the west, in years ago versus nowadays," said Dent.

"That's why it's nice to have it here, so everybody can experience it," he said.

"It reminds me of my own religion, I’m Christian and it’s the same thing that we have, we know we have a being above us and we all one day hope that our lives will be pure enough to reach that level."

Richard Eng, Vice President of UBS-Wealth Management, felt he learned a lot about traditional Chinese culture through the performance.

"Classical dance was, beautiful, wonderful," said Eng. "I like the fact that the music that went behind it, was very good. Everything was tied to heaven. Which I thought was really wonderful."

"Well I, I'm already a Christian, and I believe the creator, I believe in Jesus Christ so that was part of what I believe," he said. "I always have God in my nature and I believe everyone should really believe in God and because that's where we came from, I like the fact that you believe that we are all from divine, from heaven."

"Well I like the music, and it was very soothing, and especially the Chinese instruments like the and the pipa and the erhu, and I love the individual performance," said Eng. "And the singing by the soprano, I thought was wonderful too."

The rich culture and history portrayed in the performance was both wondrous and impressive to the audience members.

"I thought it was spectacular, the dancing was wonderful," said Raymond Gambardella, Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon. "I was particularly impressed with the orchestra, was just magnificent and the singing pieces, and the piano solos with the vocalist were very, very well done, but just the spectacle of it. It was so beautifully done. And I really think we learned a little something about the Chinese culture today that I'm very pleased to have come and been able to do that."

"The depth and the breadth of it, it's just almost inexhaustible to see the ... looking back in the history of the dance and, how it progressed and how it’s still so vibrant, to me was very heartening," said Gambardella. "Go see it. Yes, you won't be disappointed."

"If you want to hear and watch classical Chinese dance, combined with music. Attend the show," said Eng.
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Film Producer Returns to See Shen Yun, Enjoy All New Production
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Film Producer Leif Bristow and his wife, Agnes Bristow, have made TV series such as “Wildlife Quest” and dramas like “Rising Suns.” Mr. Bristow is also a director at Ontario District Council. They have attended Shen Yun several times throughout the years.

“I always feel uplifted when I come to see the show,” Agnes said. “It’s very rich and everything you can imagine. The music is so beautiful and when I’m sitting in the audience, I feel like I’m transported somewhere else.

“It was humorous. It was visually beautiful. The choreography is magnificent as always.”

“I love this performance,” Leif said. “It was quite exceptional.

“Listening to the Erhu, it was one of the most beautiful solos I’ve heard in a long time. It was really captivating.”
The couple watched the performance at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre in Canada on Jan. 12. They said after watching the all-new production that there is always more to appreciate in the choreography and artistry of Shen Yun performances.

“I kept noticing how beautiful and unique each dance sequence, the wardrobe and costumes were,” Leif said.

“They’ve really done it really elegantly. The blend of colors, the style of coloring, and just integrating the costumes into the dances is really beautiful.”

China had a culture built on beliefs from Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Ancient Chinese believed their culture was a gift from the heavens. According to its website, the traditional culture presented in Shen Yun is what the current communist regime has systemically tried to destroy since it took power in 1949.

“It’s such a different art form,” Leif said, “especially for most audiences around the world today because you’re dealing with an art form that goes back so many thousands of years.”

“What the arts are supposed to do is beyond entertain,” he said.

“If through the arts we can open the imagination, or cause people to have a question, or to want to research or to learn more, then it’s a great way to open the door for somebody who might go back, ‘Oh, I gotta go learn more about this’ or just go research that period.

“If you don’t research your history, you’ll always fail on the future.

“History and tradition are important because it’s those elements of our cultural history and who we are as a people that help us progress forward in the future and become what we convey to the world.”

NTD News, Canada
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Shen Yun Elicits Thoughts of a Higher Purpose
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2019-01-14    0 views
New York-based Shen Yun performed at the International Convention Centre(ICC) in Birmingham, U.K., on Jan. 12, as part of its 2019 world tour in which six equally sized companies will travel to over 100 cities. After watching Shen Yun, corporate finance lawyer Gareth John said the performance was “very spiritual.”

"Amazing, absolutely stunning. The colors, the vibrancy, the dancing, really spectacular and very spiritual I think as well," said John. "I just think the movements so pure and the dance and everything and the music, is quite touching."

He said he particularly enjoyed the dance story of “Visiting Chang’e at the Moon Palace,” and was impressed how the 3D background integrated into the storytelling.

“I thought it was extremely clever. And also made us think that we’re not just here on Earth, we’re part of a bigger universe. We need to think bigger,” John said. “We’re not just here on Earth, are we? We’re part of a bigger picture. This is fascinating. “It’s a very spiritual performance and makes you think on a bigger level.”

"It's just an amazing experience, isn't it? It's inspiring, to see how much athleticism goes into it and how precise everything is," said Dave Reece, an automotive industry consultant. "As a business consultant, my job is about process and precision and this is just mirrors everything that I go through in business life. I think it's great, I mean, this dance and performance is fantastic."

"It's wonderful, it's great to see the movement, the athleticism, and the choreography, just how they're all together and then shows as one," said Alan Wisdish, a civil engineer at Atkins. "It's really brilliant."

In China, teachings from Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism have been passed down for millennia, forming the basis of Chinese moral philosophy. These ideas include the harmony between man and nature, and divine retribution. Audience members said values like these are as relevant to today as they were in ancient China.

"It's a good theme," Wisdish added. "It's good to show some of the traditional Chinese culture and how Chinese has been for a long time, show some Chinese humor and some of the spiritual they have, it's fantastic."

"If you stop and think and spend the time to think about what is life about," said Mark Jones, a director at EDM Plus (UK) Ltd. "What do we want in life, then things are fairly basic and simple. We just make life difficult ourselves."

NTD News, London
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YELLOW VEST PROTESTS:TEAR GAS
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2019-01-12    4 views
Paris police fired water cannon and tear gas to push back "yellow vest" demonstrators from around the Arc de Triomphe monument on Saturday, in the ninth straight weekend of protests against French President Emmanuel Macron's economic reforms.

Thousands of protesters in Paris marched noisily but mostly peacefully through the Grands Boulevards shopping area in northern Paris, close to where a massive gas explosion in a bakery killed two firefighters and a Spanish tourist and injured nearly 50 people early on Saturday.

But small groups of demonstrators broke away from the designated route and threw bottles and other projectiles at the police.


Protesters wearing yellow vests take part in a demonstration by the "yellow vests" movement near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, January 12, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
Around the 19th-century Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs Elysees boulevard, riot police fired water cannon and tear gas at militant protesters after being pelted with stones and paint, witnesses said.

Groups of protesters also gathered on and around the Champs Elysees, the scene of disturbances in recent weeks, many of them calling loudly for Macron to resign.


Protesters walk through tear gas during a demonstration of the "yellow vests" movement near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France, January 12, 2019. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann
"Macron, we are going to tear down your place!" one banner read.

The Interior Ministry estimated that there were a maximum of about 84,000 demonstrators nationwide on Saturday - more than the 50,000 counted last week but well below the record 282,000 estimated on Nov. 17, the first day of the protests.

In Paris, the ministry counted 8,000 demonstrators, more than in the past two weekends, when authorities tallied just 3,500 people on Jan. 5 and only 800 on Dec. 29.

Much of central Paris was in lockdown on the first week of post-Christmas sales, with bridges across the Seine river closed and official buildings such as parliament and the Elysee presidential palace protected by police barriers.

In Paris, 156 "gilets jaunes" (yellow vest) protesters were arrested, some for carrying objects that could be used as weapons, police said. As of 2000 GMT, 108 remained in custody. Nationwide, 244 people had been arrested, of which 201 remained in custody.

By nightfall, there had been no looting or burning of cars as seen in previous weeks and traffic circulation had resumed around the Arc de Triomple area.

National Debate
There were also thousands of marchers in the cities of Bordeaux and Toulon in southern France as well as Strasbourg in the east and the central city of Bourges.

Bourges authorities said nearly 5,000 yellow vests stuck to the designated demonstration area. The historical city center was off-limits for demonstrators, but some 500 protesters made their way to the center where they scuffled with police and set garbage bins on fire.

Many businesses in Bourges had boarded themselves up to avoid damage and authorities had removed street furniture and building site materials that could be used for barricades.

In Strasbourg, up to 2,000 demonstrators gathered in front of the European Parliament building and later marched to the center of the city on the Rhine river border with Germany. No serious violence or looting was reported there.

More than 80,000 police were on duty for the protests nationwide, including 5,000 in Paris.

The "yellow vests" take their name from the high-visibility jackets they wear. Their rage stems from a squeeze on household incomes and a belief that Macron, a former investment banker seen as close to big business, is indifferent to their hardships.

Macron, often criticized for a monarchical manner, is to launch a national debate on Jan. 15 to try to mollify the yellow vest protest, which has shaken his administration.

The debate, to be held on the internet and in town halls, will focus on four themes - taxes, green energy, institutional reform and citizenship. But aides to Macron have said changing the course of Macron's reforms aime
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Award Winning Dermatologist Impressed By Shen Yun Performance in New York
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Shen Yun New York Company starts its tour in New York with 13 sold out performances.

Norman Goldstein a Clinical Professor of Dermatology watched the performance with his wife Ramsay Goldstein, on Jan. 10.

"It was outstanding," Mr. Goldsein said.  "I like the way that people on stage would go to the screen and back, and come from the screen back on stage."

Dr. Goldstein has been practicing dermatology for 58 years. He has won many awards including the Prevention of Skin Cancers award. Recently he was named the “Leading Physician of the World” by The International Association of Dermatologists

"My heart was pounding, and as a physician I know it wasn't wrong. But I was so excited about this, and [there were] new things with every performance, every part of it was new and exciting," he added.

"The show is the best show I have ever seen," Mrs. Goldstein said.

Mrs. Goldstein is a former ballerina. After watching Shen Yun, she was blown away by the skills of the dancers.

"They're beyond belief, they look like they’re being… like they are marionettes...but they don’t," she added.

Shen Yun’s mission is to revive traditional Chinese culture through the arts, starting with its connection to the divine.
Virtues like loyalty, filial piety, and righteousness, which play out in Shen Yun’s performances, are a manifestation of that divinity in China’s ancient culture.

"I loved it, I cried. It helps to think there's a greater glory," she said. The sensitivity, intellect, the knowledge through 5000-years [and that] all comes out in their performance."

"We have to keep the culture, keep the memories, keep the stories, and this [performance] helps," said Mr. Goldstein.

NTD News, New York
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Award Winning Dermatologist Impressed By Shen Yun Performance in New York
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Shen Yun New York Company starts its tour in New York with 13 sold out performances.

Norman Goldstein a Clinical Professor of Dermatology watched the performance with his wife Ramsay Goldstein, on Jan. 10.

"It was outstanding," Mr. Goldsein said.  "I like the way that people on stage would go to the screen and back, and come from the screen back on stage."

Dr. Goldstein has been practicing dermatology for 58 years. He has won many awards including the Prevention of Skin Cancers award. Recently he was named the “Leading Physician of the World” by The International Association of Dermatologists

"My heart was pounding, and as a physician I know it wasn't wrong. But I was so excited about this, and [there were] new things with every performance, every part of it was new and exciting," he added.

"The show is the best show I have ever seen," Mrs. Goldstein said.

Mrs. Goldstein is a former ballerina. After watching Shen Yun, she was blown away by the skills of the dancers.

"They're beyond belief, they look like they’re being… like they are marionettes...but they don’t," she added.

Shen Yun’s mission is to revive traditional Chinese culture through the arts, starting with its connection to the divine.
Virtues like loyalty, filial piety, and righteousness, which play out in Shen Yun’s performances, are a manifestation of that divinity in China’s ancient culture.

"I loved it, I cried. It helps to think there's a greater glory," she said. The sensitivity, intellect, the knowledge through 5000-years [and that] all comes out in their performance."

"We have to keep the culture, keep the memories, keep the stories, and this [performance] helps," said Mr. Goldstein.

NTD News, New York
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Human Rights Activist Benedict Rogers: Shen Yun Demonstrates 'China’s Rich Ancient Civilization'
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2019-01-11    0 views
Human rights activist and China expert Benedict Rogers saw Shen Yun for the second time at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking, United Kingdom, on Jan. 9, 2019, having seen the show when it was last in the UK in 2018.

“It’s stunning,” Rogers explained. “The costumes are amazing, but the skill of the performance as well is really extraordinary. And also the animation behind them and the music, it’s a really amazing, beautiful performance.”

"Last year, obviously I didn’t know quite what to expect, this year I had a better understanding of what to expect, but still I had a sense of excitement and anticipation and I was delighted looking forward to seeing it."

Rogers has extensive experience in global human rights issues. He is a co-founder of the International Coalition to Stop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea, the Deputy Chair of the Conservative Human Rights Commission, and founder of Hong Kong Watch.

“The performance was both wonderful and uplifting, but also moving and challenging as a reminder of both the beautiful history of China but also the problems that are existing in China today,” Rogers added.

Under the current Chinese communist regime, traditional morals and faiths have been nearly destroyed. The meditation discipline of Falun Dafa is based on the values of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance; but the communist regime feared the enormous popularity of the practice and began to persecute it in 1999.

“It really brought home to me what’s happening,” he said.

“It’s really important to remind people today that China is not the Chinese Communist Party,” he said. “The Chinese Communist Party and the country of China are two different things, and the country of China has a beautiful, rich, ancient civilization and culture."

“It’s very important to bring that to the world so that despite the Chinese Communist Party’s attempts to eradicate it, the world can know the true history and civilization of China.”

Rogers added, “We shouldn’t believe everything that the Chinese Communist Party says about China, we should look to China’s rich ancient civilization.”

NTD News, London
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Human Rights Activist Benedict Rogers: Shen Yun Demonstrates 'China’s Rich Ancient Civilization'
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Human rights activist and China expert Benedict Rogers saw Shen Yun for the second time at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking, United Kingdom, on Jan. 9, 2019, having seen the show when it was last in the UK in 2018.

“It’s stunning,” Rogers explained. “The costumes are amazing, but the skill of the performance as well is really extraordinary. And also the animation behind them and the music, it’s a really amazing, beautiful performance.”

"Last year, obviously I didn’t know quite what to expect, this year I had a better understanding of what to expect, but still I had a sense of excitement and anticipation and I was delighted looking forward to seeing it."

Rogers has extensive experience in global human rights issues. He is a co-founder of the International Coalition to Stop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea, the Deputy Chair of the Conservative Human Rights Commission, and founder of Hong Kong Watch.

“The performance was both wonderful and uplifting, but also moving and challenging as a reminder of both the beautiful history of China but also the problems that are existing in China today,” Rogers added.

Under the current Chinese communist regime, traditional morals and faiths have been nearly destroyed. The meditation discipline of Falun Dafa is based on the values of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance; but the communist regime feared the enormous popularity of the practice and began to persecute it in 1999.

“It really brought home to me what’s happening,” he said.

“It’s really important to remind people today that China is not the Chinese Communist Party,” he said. “The Chinese Communist Party and the country of China are two different things, and the country of China has a beautiful, rich, ancient civilization and culture."

“It’s very important to bring that to the world so that despite the Chinese Communist Party’s attempts to eradicate it, the world can know the true history and civilization of China.”

Rogers added, “We shouldn’t believe everything that the Chinese Communist Party says about China, we should look to China’s rich ancient civilization.”

NTD News, London
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Retired Judge Quentin Kopp Attends Shen Yun for the Fifth Time
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Quentin L. Kopp, a retired judge who served as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and in the California State Senate, saw Shen Yun perform for the fifth time in San Francisco on January 6.

The 90-year-old returns annually because Shen Yun puts on an all-new program every year. The dancers’ and singers’ skill level impresses him the most.

“In addition to that with the now patented technology, it achieves almost magical forms of entertainment and surprise,” said Quentin L. Kopp. “Which makes me open my eyes wider then they were. As dancers emerge from a picture of what is obviously attractive parts of China.”

The combination of the digital backdrop and performers aids the storytelling pieces. The retired judge experienced joy and seriousness while watching some programs which portrayed the oppression of Falun Gong practitioners.

“It does convey adequately in my opinion to those of us who know the kind of discrimination, practiced against the practitioners of Falun Gong in mainland China,” Kopp added. “I think those stories are testimonial to the fact that communist China is an authoritative dictatorship. May the United States never become a communist nation. The acting is first class. It is a musical and a classical kind of artistic portrayal. But it is done in the right fashion.”

Ilene Eng, NTD News, San Francisco
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'It's a Show of Love' Artists Touched by the Beauty of Shen Yun
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After the performances in Quebec, Canada, Shen Yun continued its tour and started its performance in Montreal on Jan. 3.

Jo-Anne Laflèche, a psychologist who is also a former ballet dancer was touched by the beauty of Shen Yun, and she felt that she was brought to another universe.

"I found it absolutely sublime, I was extremely touched by the beauty of the show and by the inner character of the show," said Laflèche. "What was going on with the music was alive, and the dance was a living art, brought me into the Chinese universe, so it was really very very very beautiful."

"It's lively, it's joyful. A little fantasy too, with magic and all that, there is this aspect there too," said Ivana Fulminis, an interior designer.

“In addition to the virtuosity of the dancers, the aesthetic beauty of the decor, and the costumes and everything. There is this inner beauty that blends with the outer beauty and that for me I found to be extraordinary,” added Laflèche.

They also felt inspired after watching the performance.

"There is always an appreciation for everything exotic, colorful textures. It's really something I'm seeing tonight, it's inspiring," said Fulminis. "And maybe tomorrow I'll look at things that may be more colorful, that give you more of a taste, move away a little bit from the ordinary, from black, white and grey, and heading towards something more exotic."

"I find the colors every year or every time I see the pictures, the colors of the costumes are just beautiful. They are very exotic colors," said Terrance Lazaroff, a porter artisan.

The Chinese culture displayed by Shen Yun reminds the audience of the power of compassion.

"It's a show of love and universal love, and I found it amazing, really," said Laflèche.

NTD News, Montreal, Canada.
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'I Was Overwhelmed by the Beauty' Says Singer From Quebec
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Laurence Jalbert, a pop and rock singer, and songwriter from Quebec, watched Shen Yun performance at the Place des Arts, Montreal, on Jan. 4. She was overwhelmed by everything she saw.

"I was overwhelmed by the beauty, the synchronism, the softness, the fluidity… everything is smooth, all the time, all the time. And it feels so good, for the few hours of the performance, we were completely immersed in the pure beauty and softness," she said. "The movements, the fluidity of the movements, the beauty of the music, the orchestrations, beauty is everywhere in this show, and it's reassuring to humanity in the end."

Jalbert has been a singer for 45 years. She published her first solo album in 1990 and has won numerous Félix Music Awards in Quebec, including the annual song award and the best female singer nomination. She felt that Shen Yun has a profound meaning.

"It's great, it's overwhelming, it's touching, it's spiritual. Showing the long-standing belief from this civilization."

She was also surprised by the synchronism of the dancers, and moved by the music.

"The synchronism, and the beauty, the harmony in each of the movements. This synchronism, to know that 8 people, 10 people, 20 people move together, and it's like one and the same movement, with the clothing doing the same movements, everything is thought out. We know the work that is put in there, but as audience, we just feel the beauty and well-being," she added. "So moving, without me understanding a word and that's the magic of music, to see this two-stringed instrument whose name I forgot...it's unlimited what that instrument can get. And the voice of the soloist also when she sang…it's a very, very particular way of singing, it's always fascinated me, and while listening I had chills, I had chills all evening, on all levels I had chills. Bravo orchestra, bravo dancers, bravo choreographers, and long life to this beautiful and spiritual show."

"To all those who want to be reassured with life, to all those who need to be reassured humanely, I would say to come and see this show," said Jalbert.

NTD News, Montreal, Canada.
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Shen Yun Performing Arts Receives a Rousing Welcome to Europe
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Carrying banners, heart-shaped postcards, and Ferrero Rocher bouquets, fans gathered for the arrival of Shen Yun Performing Arts at the London’s Gatwick airport on Jan. 6.

"[Shen Yun] shows the purity of the ancient culture of China. It brings back to life, those values that we’ve maybe forgotten a bit,” said Carina Depelean, who has seen the performance in previous years.

“Ancient Chinese culture is so full of beauty and wisdom and virtue, and I think we can all learn so much from it, it’s amazing," said Victoria Ledwidge, who came to greet the performers. "The dancers are the most incredible athletes, they literally fly across the stage, and the backdrop is breathtaking, and the costume and the music it transports you to another world.”

According to its website, the heart of Shen Yun is classical Chinese dance, which was passed down continuously within the imperial palace and ancient Chinese theater. The live orchestra performs original pieces to go along with the 20 vignettes of classical Chinese dance, folk dance, story-based dances the artists perform on stage.

This year the company marks the thirteenth year that the performance has toured Europe. Their first stop is south of London, at the New Victoria Theatre in Woking from Jan. 8 to 10, with three sold-out performances.

“Classical Chinese dance has a history of thousands of years, and it is said to be descended from the heavens,” said principal dancer Vantanai Sae-Li. “[Classical Chinese dance] incorporates many Chinese values, portrayed using postures and movements. It is special because it also includes acting elements and a plethora of tumbling techniques.”

“Our melodies are flowing and fluid and very much in coordination with what’s happening on the stage,” said Trumpeter Eric Robins.

“Every year it’s new, every year it’s exciting ... there’s a lot of laughing, there’s the whole spectrum, crying, laughing, you name it, it’s all there.”

NTD News, London
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Slain Newman Police Officer Memorial Service
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2019-01-05    17 views
Funeral services held for California police officer killed in line of duty
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Trump talks border wall/gov funding with Congressional leadership
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2019-01-05    4 views
President Donald Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden that he has appointed a team, led by Vice President Mike Pence, that will meet with a Democratic group over the weekend to resolve the border wall standoff that prompted a partial government shutdown—at the same time standing firm on his funding demands.

At the Jan. 4 open press conference, Trump reiterated his calls for $5.6 billion in funding for the U.S.–Mexico border wall, after earlier talking for more than two hours with congressional Democratic leaders.

Trump said he's not willing to reopen the government until the border is secure.

"We have to get a structure built," he said, adding that they are "very firm" on the requested funding number.

Trump described the immigration situation at the Southern border as a "dangerous, horrible disaster."

The shutdown has now gone into its 14th day. Democrats have fiercely opposed meeting Trump’s border wall demands.

"We won’t be opening until it’s solved. It’s a much more dangerous problem," Trump told reporters, mentioning gangs and terrorists coming through the border. "We won’t be doing pieces, we won’t be doing it in dribs and drabs."

Meanwhile, Pence, who only spoke briefly, said that the country is "in the midst of a crisis on our southern border." It's unclear at this stage who will be part of the weekend talks. Trump only confirmed that Pence would be attending.

The president said he had told congressional leaders at the meeting that the shutdown could go on for months or years, but he told reporters he hopes "it doesn’t go on even for a few more days."

He called the meeting that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) also attended "productive," adding that they are all on the same path in wanting to end the shutdown.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. said, "There was progress today, and I look forward to solving it." Schumer meanwhile described the meeting as "somewhat contentious."

But Trump said he is not doing it for himself.

“I’m very proud of doing what I’m doing... I don’t call it a shutdown. I call it ‘doing what you have to do for the safety and the benefit of our country.’”

DACA—Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals, the immigration policy that protects individuals brought to the United States illegally as children—was also part of the discussions, although Trump did not elaborate on the details, saying he is waiting for the Supreme Court decision.

In September 2017, Trump issued an executive order ending DACA, which has been established by executive order by President Obama. A district court issued an injunction barring Trump's executive order from taking affect, and in November 2018 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the decision, which the Trump administration has appealed to the Supreme Court.

When asked if he had considered using emergency powers to build the wall without Congress, the president said he had thought about it.

"Yes, I have thought about it. We can do it, I may do it. We could call a national emergency and do it quickly," he told reporters.
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China's Huawei Punishes Employees for iPhone Tweet Blunder
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2019-01-04    0 views
HONG KONG—China’s Huawei Technologies has punished two employees for New Year greetings sent on the smartphone maker’s official Twitter account using an iPhone, an internal memo showed.
Huawei, whose P-series handsets compete with Apple’s iPhone, on New Year’s Day wished followers a “Happy #2019” in a tweet marked sent “via Twitter for iPhone.”

The tweet was quickly removed but screenshots of the blunder spread across social media.
“The traitor has revealed himself,” quipped one user on microblog Weibo, in a comment ‘liked’ over 600 times.

In an internal Huawei memo dated Jan. 3 seen by Reuters, corporate senior vice-president and director of the board Chen Lifang said, “the incident caused damage to the Huawei brand.”

The mistake occurred when outsourced social media handler Sapient experienced “VPN problems” with a desktop computer so used an iPhone with a roaming SIM card in order to send the message on time at midnight, Huawei said in the memo.

Twitter, like several foreign services such as those from Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc, is blocked in China, where the Internet is heavily censored. To gain access, users need a virtual private network (VPN) connection.
Huawei, which overtook Apple as the world’s second-largest smartphone vendor by volume in January-September, declined to comment on internal issues when contacted by Reuters.

Sapient did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent via the contact form on its website. Calls to its Beijing office went unanswered.

Huawei in the memo said the blunder showed procedural incompliance and management oversight. It said it had demoted two employees responsible by one rank and reduced their monthly salaries by 5,000 yuan ($728.27).

The pay rank of one of the employees—Huawei’s digital marketing director—will also be frozen for 12 months, it said.
It is not the first time that use of the Apple product has given cause for embarrassment.

Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of nationalistic tabloid Global Times, was mocked online last year after he used his iPhone when expressing support for Huawei and domestic peer ZTE Corp. He later said his actions were not hypocritical as foreign brands should not be discriminated against.

A number of Chinese companies have announced corporate policies in support of Chinese tech giant Huawei’s products while shunning Apple’s iPhones since Huawei’s chief financial officer was arrested in Canada earlier this month on suspicion of fraud.

Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Vancouver on Dec. 1 at the request of U.S. law enforcement. Meng is accused of fraud for allegedly lying to U.S. banks about Huawei’s relationship with Skycom, a Hong Kong-based company reportedly doing business with Iran. She was released on bail in Vancouver on Dec. 11 and faces extradition to the United States.

By Sijia Jiang. The Epoch Times contributed to this report.
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video footage shows two Georgia teen friends playing with guns before one accidentally kills
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2019-01-03    9K views
A video recorded on Snapchat shows two Georgia teens who within minutes were both dead playing with guns.

The footage shows Chad Carless, 17, and Devin Hodges, 15, each holding a gun. In the brief video, they point the gun at a friend holding the smartphone that's recording the footage.

Hodges then re-grips the gun so he's not holding it normally, but so it's dangling from his hand as he lightly holds it upside down.

The clip then re-focuses on Carless, who points the gun at the camera once again.

The footage contains several captions plastered in the middle of the frame, as many videos sent on Snapchat do.

Warning: Video footage contains disturbing content.

The first frame appears to show a pile of marijuana nuggets with the caption "Back to Back." A brief clip is shown of one of the teen's feet with a caption using a slang term.

Then, the two teens are seen with the guns as the caption box includes two symbols appearing to be associated with a Snapchat account.

The video was obtained by the Daily Mail from Bralen Bennett, 15, who went to Discovery High School with the two teens. He said he was angry that his friends were dead.

His mother Rhonda Bennett added, "'It's is very sad. My son took classes with them and he received this video just moments before the tragedy."

Sequence of Events
Officials said that the shootings took place on New Year's Eve in a makeshift shed in Lawrenceville in Gwinnett County around 3:15 p.m.

Officials said that Hodges accidentally fired the gun he was holding and that the bullet hit Carless, who was sitting next to him.

Hodges and other teens who were in the shed all fled.

“Detectives have learned the identities of the two males as well as more details into how the incidents unfolded. After multiple interviews from witnesses, detectives learned one of the males, Hodges, was showing the group a handgun when he accidentally fired a shot,” the Gwinnett County Police Department said in a statement on Jan. 1.

“The shot struck his friend, Carless, sitting next to him in the cramped shed. Carless succumbed to his injuries before help could arrive. As officers were arriving on scene, Hodges was seen running between two homes where he then took his own life with the handgun,” the statement continued.

Police officials aren't sure how the boys obtained the guns. As seen in the video, they were both handguns.

Neighbors said that the shooting was devastating.

Andrew Tran, an area resident, told WSB-TV that he used to play in the same shed where the shooting happened. “I was shocked because just thinking about it, it could have been my friends,” he said.

People who live in the area said that the shed is a popular hangout spot that was built many years ago.

“The (shed) is kind of a shack that kids hang out in, so we’re kind of like, ‘Oh my God,’” Riverlanding Circle resident Barrie Hunter told the Gwinnett Daily Post. “We’ve lived here for 18 years—this is the first crazy thing (like this) to happen.”

Another neighbor, who declined to be identified, added: “The kids used to play (in) it when they were younger. Now, what goes on—who knows.”
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‘Art Definitely Connects You to the Divine’: Shen Yun Inspires Audience With Its Messages
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2019-01-03    0 views
Dr. Logan Schneider, a clinical instructor at Stanford University, and a chair at the American Academy of Neurology, experienced Shen Yun Performing Arts at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco on Jan. 1.

"I thought it was great, it touched on many different aspects from paintings and that art form, as to women and their cultural involvement or their involvement in culture in society," said Logan Schneider, MD, Clinical Instructor at Stanford University. "It was amazing that you can encapsulate or try an encapsulate those 5,000 years of culture from way in back in history all the way up to modern times and I love the most recent one, the last one where the kids were playing on their cell phones. It was a great way to show the longitudinal history. I'm sure that each year there have something new and amazing to talk about because there is so much history in China."

According to its website, the company has a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. However, this performance is not allowed inside China. Sari Ditlevsen, a court reporter who started her own firm, said she was moved by the commitment of the artists not just to their craft, but to the culture.

"The attire that they're wearing to show us about their culture," said Sari Ditlevsen, a certified shorthand reporter and owner for Sari Ditlevsen & Associates. "It's a culture that the Lord our God made. And I think it will only benefit the Chinese. They bring a lot to us. I was surprised that this cannot be shown in China, I was surprised for them happily to talk about spirituality. There are so many things that the culture adds to us."

"It was amazing. It was really, really impressive. I mean, the colors, the techniques, the music, the feelings that you feel, everything was really impressive," said Danielle Libine, a chief encouragement officer at Deelee Consulting. "For me, it’s more the fact that the common humanity in there was really what touched me the most."

"Oh my goodness, knowing that it's meant to praise, you know the divine, Yes, I believe that is what heaven will look like, so beautiful, so elegant, so graceful, and the colors are heavenly," said Yukari Takata Schneider, CEO and Co-Founder at Roovillage. "You don't see it often combined in nature and that they took it and put it together so beautifully in a way that made sense just told you something special. Art definitely connects you to the divine."

NTD News, San Francisco, California
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‘Art Definitely Connects You to the Divine’: Shen Yun Inspires Audience With Its Messages
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2019-01-03    0 views
Dr. Logan Schneider, a clinical instructor at Stanford University, and a chair at the American Academy of Neurology, experienced Shen Yun Performing Arts at the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco on Jan. 1.

"I thought it was great, it touched on many different aspects from paintings and that art form, as to women and their cultural involvement or their involvement in culture in society," said Logan Schneider, MD, Clinical Instructor at Stanford University. "It was amazing that you can encapsulate or try an encapsulate those 5,000 years of culture from way in back in history all the way up to modern times and I love the most recent one, the last one where the kids were playing on their cell phones. It was a great way to show the longitudinal history. I'm sure that each year there have something new and amazing to talk about because there is so much history in China."

According to its website, the company has a mission to revive traditional Chinese culture. However, this performance is not allowed inside China. Sari Ditlevsen, a court reporter who started her own firm, said she was moved by the commitment of the artists not just to their craft, but to the culture.

"The attire that they're wearing to show us about their culture," said Sari Ditlevsen, a certified shorthand reporter and owner for Sari Ditlevsen & Associates. "It's a culture that the Lord our God made. And I think it will only benefit the Chinese. They bring a lot to us. I was surprised that this cannot be shown in China, I was surprised for them happily to talk about spirituality. There are so many things that the culture adds to us."

"It was amazing. It was really, really impressive. I mean, the colors, the techniques, the music, the feelings that you feel, everything was really impressive," said Danielle Libine, a chief encouragement officer at Deelee Consulting. "For me, it’s more the fact that the common humanity in there was really what touched me the most."

"Oh my goodness, knowing that it's meant to praise, you know the divine, Yes, I believe that is what heaven will look like, so beautiful, so elegant, so graceful, and the colors are heavenly," said Yukari Takata Schneider, CEO and Co-Founder at Roovillage. "You don't see it often combined in nature and that they took it and put it together so beautifully in a way that made sense just told you something special. Art definitely connects you to the divine."

NTD News, San Francisco, California
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US fires tear gas across Mexico border to stop migrants
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2019-01-01    1K views
Customs and Border Protection agents fired tear gas after migrants from a migrant caravan hurled rocks at them.

The latest altercation at the U.S.-Mexico border took place on New Year's Day in the San Diego border sector.

Approximately 150 migrants tried to illegally enter the United States by climbing over and under the border fence, but due to the high number of Border Patrol agents, about 45 turned back.

"Shortly thereafter, migrants began throwing rocks over the fence at the CBP agents and officers. Several teenagers, wrapped in heavy jackets, blankets, and rubber mats were put over the concertina wire," the Department of Homeland Security said in a statement.

"Border Patrol agents witnessed members of the group attempt to lift toddler sized children up and over the concertina wire and having difficulty accomplishing the task in a safe manner. Agents were not in a position to safely assist the children due to the large number of rocks being thrown at them."

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"To address the rock throwers assaulting agents and risking the safety of migrants attempting to cross who were already on the U.S. side, both smoke and minimal countermeasures were deployed," the agency added.

"Agents deployed smoke, pepper spray and CS gas to a position upwind of the rock throwers and south of the border fence. The deployments were not directed at the migrants attempting entry on the U.S. side or at the fence line. The rock throwers were located south of the fence, in an elevated position both above the border fence area and the incursion attempt."

The tear gas and pepper spray forced the rock throwers to flee while many of the migrants who were trying to illegally cross the border also turned back.

Agents at the border fence said that no migrants at the fence line appeared to be experiencing ill effects from the tear gas or pepper spray.

Per use of force policy, the incident will be reviewed by the Border Patrol's Office of Professional Responsibility.


Tear gas thrown by Border Protection officers on the San Diego, Calif. side of the U.S.-Mexico border causes migrants to disperse on the Tijuana, Mexico side of the border on Jan. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
November Altercation
The altercation on Monday between migrants and Border Patrol agents invoked memories of the larger confrontation on Nov. 25.

A mob of migrants from the migrant caravan stormed the border that day, trying to overwhelm Border Patrol agents.

The migrants managed to rip down part of the fence and some were making their way toward the United States when agents fired tear gas.

Some 2,000 migrants participated in the rush near the San Ysidro border crossing, a Mexican federal police officer told The Epoch Times. Most of them fled back into Mexico after the tear gas was shot. In the video, multiple migrants can be seen hurling rocks and other projectiles at Border Patrol agents.

Several days later, hundreds from the violent mob were deported by Mexico.

“Migrants who participate in these violent events who are fully identified will be deported immediately,” the Ministry of Interior said in a statement. “Such provocative acts, far from helping their objectives, violate the legal migration framework and can result in serious incidents on the border.”
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Happy New Year from Paris, London, New York
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2019-01-01    2 views
Happy New Year from Paris, London, New York
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Shen Yun Provides New Orleans Audiences With a Glimpse Into a Time-Honored Chinese Culture
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2019-01-01    2 views
Shen Yun Performing Arts promises more than just a glimpse into China’s traditional culture. And for New Orleans audiences, it’s not until they see the performance that they appreciate its uniqueness.

“It’s spectacular. I have tried to study some of that Chinese history. And this performance brings it out a lot,” said Boatner Howell, owner of Foundation Technologies “It’s wonderful.”

“Beautiful performance,” said Kenneth Decker, owner and principal and senior executive of Excalibur International LLC. “It’s obvious that all of the dancers and the whole team has put a lot of work and to put together a wonderful performance.”

“The harmony of the way that people danced together. And the individual expressions and the subtle movements and the dramatic movements, and all the bright colors and the whole culture and the musical. It all comes together. It’s amazing to watch,” said Keith Nichols. “And the music resonates within us and you can feel the emotion that the music helps you to know when to rise up and when to feel down. I don’t even know how they do it. It’s just amazing the way they kick their leg all the way to their head or they do a flip that just ‘hmmm,’ or the way they do their sleeves or just a tiny little, ‘woo.’ It just, just blows you away. It’s like I couldn’t see myself doing any of that.”

“The body language, the movements, the hands and everything, tells the story. Some of the moves are definitely technical, they’re really high technical moves,” said Robert Nichols. “And I do like the different sounds of the music. You can tell the different instruments that are being used, different things I haven’t heard before. There’s a lot to be learned from things that … when the world was just beginning and a lot of knowledge was lost. And some it needs to be taught again, because a lot of things have gone, not the right way. And maybe some, bringing back some of the traditions of things can help heal some of the things that are going on today.”

“Well, we didn’t really know what to expect. It’s been better than what we imagined, said Mrs. Howell. “And so I don’t think we can possibly tell anyone else what to expect just how good it is. You have to come and see.”

NTD News, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Shen Yun's Cultural Storytelling Impresses in Ottawa
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2018-12-31    2 views
Shen Yun Performing Arts kicked off the Canada-leg of its 2019 world tour by performing to a full house at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. People from all walks of life enjoyed the performance and said, it's an experience of the human spirit.
Simon Blouin Sirois
Trade Policy Analyst
Global Affairs Canada

It’s very colorful.

The dance, the music, was very impressed
by the soprano that’s been singing tonight.

I like the deepness of not only the voice,
but also the lyrics.

Leonard Reil
Senior Policy Adviser
Global Affairs Canada

I really enjoyed it.
It was both funny at different times.

It was stunningly beautiful.

I thought it had a lot of emotional resonance.

It was just a really interesting,
a really enjoyable performance.

Nérée St Amand
Professor
University of Ottawa

The erhu! I heard that so many places in the world,
now I’m hearing it here.

I feel like I could cry because it’s so beautiful.
It’s such a pure instrument, divine instrument.

Sarah Ives
Owner
Sarah Mae Ives Inc.

Yeah, the music was incredible.

I’d say the colors were stunning and I was surprised
that there were [was] wonderful storytelling as well.

Orest Nowakiwsky
President
Memcare Corporation

I think it does open one’s eyes to the rich culture
that China has acquired over the years.


Simon Blouin Sirois
Trade Policy Analyst
Global Affairs Canada

It’s a glance in the Chinese culture, really.

Jacob Kovalio
Associate Professor
Carleton University

It’s very educational in a sense to wider audience
because of the historical approach that it takes.

In other words, telling people,
showing people an impressive and straight

forward ways as well as very known periods
like Tang, Ming, and Qing Dynasty.

Robert Falcon Ouellette
Members of Parliament

I think it’s a very important component of the human existence.

Without spirituality, what are we?
What makes us human beings?


Nérée St Amand
Professor
University of Ottawa

When you see these beautiful movements and colors,
and music and all this and the lessons that behind this

I’m hopeful for humanity.

David Kilgour
Former Members of Parliament

And tonight’s was absolutely the best.
Even better than last year and I didn’t think that was possible.

NTD News, Ottawa, Canada
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Shen Yun's Cultural Storytelling Impresses in Ottawa
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2018-12-31    0 views
Shen Yun Performing Arts kicked off the Canada-leg of its 2019 world tour by performing to a full house at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. People from all walks of life enjoyed the performance and said, it's an experience of the human spirit.
Simon Blouin Sirois
Trade Policy Analyst
Global Affairs Canada

It’s very colorful.

The dance, the music, was very impressed
by the soprano that’s been singing tonight.

I like the deepness of not only the voice,
but also the lyrics.

Leonard Reil
Senior Policy Adviser
Global Affairs Canada

I really enjoyed it.
It was both funny at different times.

It was stunningly beautiful.

I thought it had a lot of emotional resonance.

It was just a really interesting,
a really enjoyable performance.

Nérée St Amand
Professor
University of Ottawa

The erhu! I heard that so many places in the world,
now I’m hearing it here.

I feel like I could cry because it’s so beautiful.
It’s such a pure instrument, divine instrument.

Sarah Ives
Owner
Sarah Mae Ives Inc.

Yeah, the music was incredible.

I’d say the colors were stunning and I was surprised
that there were [was] wonderful storytelling as well.

Orest Nowakiwsky
President
Memcare Corporation

I think it does open one’s eyes to the rich culture
that China has acquired over the years.


Simon Blouin Sirois
Trade Policy Analyst
Global Affairs Canada

It’s a glance in the Chinese culture, really.

Jacob Kovalio
Associate Professor
Carleton University

It’s very educational in a sense to wider audience
because of the historical approach that it takes.

In other words, telling people,
showing people an impressive and straight

forward ways as well as very known periods
like Tang, Ming, and Qing Dynasty.

Robert Falcon Ouellette
Members of Parliament

I think it’s a very important component of the human existence.

Without spirituality, what are we?
What makes us human beings?


Nérée St Amand
Professor
University of Ottawa

When you see these beautiful movements and colors,
and music and all this and the lessons that behind this

I’m hopeful for humanity.

David Kilgour
Former Members of Parliament

And tonight’s was absolutely the best.
Even better than last year and I didn’t think that was possible.

NTD News, Ottawa, Canada
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Shen Yun Orchestra Impresses San Antonio Audiences
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2018-12-30    2 views
The unique orchestra of Shen Yun Performing Arts caught the attention of John McAnelly who watched the performance at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio, on Dec. 28.

Mr. McAnelly is a Hondo councilman—a city within the Greater San Antonio area—and was once a coach for a choir and a band for school groups. He also used to sing and gave opera performances in college.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the orchestra, watching and listening [to it]. And the tuning and the erhu—I don’t know how to say it, it’s just … I thoroughly enjoyed it,” said McAnelly.

Mr. McAnelly bought the tickets for his wife as a Christmas gift and she was so touched by the Shen Yun performance that she can’t wait to see it again next year.

“This music touched my heart, and reminded me of those good times, and the beautiful music,” said Evelyn McAnelly, a retired teacher. “The dancing was flawless, the costumes were beautiful. And yes I want to come back.”

The dances of Shen Yun Performing Arts are accompanied by a live orchestra that blends the classical music traditions of the East and the West. It features ancient Chinese instruments, such as the two-stringed bowed erhu, with a full Western orchestra.

“The erhu has always to me … sounded like a wind instrument, like it breaths and it’s being reminded it’s not,” he added. “Her technique on the last note where she was drawing and then pushing, and there was no change in the sounds. [It] was amazing. I thoroughly enjoy it.”

Not only the music, but the precision and the cooperation of the orchestra was an eyeopener for Mr. McAnelly.

“Well, it was interesting to me from the Westerner’s standpoint. I had never really analyzed how much [the instruments] was doubled,” he said. “And because the trombone, and the cello, and the bassoon are doubled. So they must be perfectly in tune. I just never thought about it before.”

“What I appreciate was the fluidity, the sheer excellence of the players, and the way that the winds [instruments] melted with the other [kind of] instruments,” he added. ‘It’s just the whole thing. Because you get this … [It] seems like a unison sound, but it’s actually four or five different instruments on the same pitch.”

He also admired the skills of Shen Yun’s musicians.

“The winds [instruments] never seems to breathe. And the music is written that way. There are pauses, but the music is written [in a way] that it just flows from one to the next,“ said McAnelly.

Besides the music, the songs and the story of Shen Yun gave McAnelly a different way of thinking about life.

“I was not as familiar as I’m now with the ideas of the creator and was just reminded that it is a universal thing—of we came from somewhere,” he said. “And the words of the soprano song, I need to study that.”

NTD News, San Antonio, Texas
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Shen Yun Orchestra Impresses San Antonio Audiences
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2018-12-30    0 views
The unique orchestra of Shen Yun Performing Arts caught the attention of John McAnelly who watched the performance at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio, on Dec. 28. Mr. McAnelly is a Hondo—a city within the Greater San Antonio area—was once a coach for a choir and a band for school groups. He also used to sing and gave opera performances in college.

John McAnelly
Council Member
Hondo
“I thoroughly enjoy the orchestra

watching and listening,
and the tuning and the erhu

I don't know how to say it.
It's just ... I thoroughly enjoy it.”

Mr. McAnelly bought the tickets for his wife as Christmas gift, and Ms. McAnelly was so touched by the Shen Yun performance that she can’t wait to see it again next year.

Evelyn McAnelly
Retired Teacher
“This music touched my heart

and reminded me of those good times
and the beautiful music.

The dancing was flawless,
the costumes were beautiful

and yes I want to come back.“

The dances of Shen Yun Performing Arts are accompanied by a live orchestra that blends the classical music traditions of the East and the West. It features ancient Chinese instruments, such as the two-stringed bowed erhu, with a full Western orchestra.

John McAnelly
Council Member
Hondo
“The erhu has always to me
sounded like a wind instrument

like it breaths
and it's being reminded its not.

Her technique on the last note
where she was drawing

and then pushing and there was
no change in the sounds.

[It] was amazing. I thoroughly enjoy it.”

The precision and the cooperation of the orchestra was an eye-opener for Mr. McAnelly.

John McAnelly
Council Member
Hondo
“Well, it was interesting to me
from the Westerner’s standpoint

I had never really analyzed
how much was doubled.

And because the trombone
and the cello and the basson are doubled,

so they must be perfectly in tune,
I just never thought about it before.“

“What I appreciate was the fluidity,
the sheer excellence of the players

and the way that the winds melted
with the other instruments.

It's just the whole thing.

Because you get this...
[It] seems like a unison sound

but it's actually four or five
different instruments on the same pitch.”

He also admired the skills of Shen Yun’s musicians.
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John McAnelly
Council Member
Hondo
“The winds [instruments]
never seems to breath.

And the music is written that way.

There are pauses,
but the music is written [in a way]

that it just flows from one to the next.“

Beside the music, the songs and the story of Shen Yun gave McAnelly a different way of thinking about life.

“I was not as familiar as I'm now
with the ideas of the creator

and was just reminded that it is
an universal thing —

of we came from somewhere.

And the words of the soprano song,
I need to study that.”

NTD News, San Antonio, Texas
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Shen Yun Provides New Orleans Audiences With a Glimpse Into a Time-Honored Chinese Culture
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Shen Yun Performing Arts promises more than just a glimpse into China’s traditional culture. And for New Orleans audiences, it’s not until they see the performance that they appreciate its uniqueness.

“It’s spectacular. I have tried to study some of that Chinese history. And this performance brings it out a lot,” said Boatner Howell, owner of Foundation Technologies “It’s wonderful.”

“Beautiful performance,” said Kenneth Decker, owner and principal and senior executive of Excalibur International LLC. “It’s obvious that all of the dancers and the whole team has put a lot of work and to put together a wonderful performance.”

“The harmony of the way that people danced together. And the individual expressions and the subtle movements and the dramatic movements, and all the bright colors and the whole culture and the musical. It all comes together. It’s amazing to watch,” said Keith Nichols. “And the music resonates within us and you can feel the emotion that the music helps you to know when to rise up and when to feel down. I don’t even know how they do it. It’s just amazing the way they kick their leg all the way to their head or they do a flip that just ‘hmmm,’ or the way they do their sleeves or just a tiny little, ‘woo.’ It just, just blows you away. It’s like I couldn’t see myself doing any of that.”

“The body language, the movements, the hands and everything, tells the story. Some of the moves are definitely technical, they’re really high technical moves,” said Robert Nichols. “And I do like the different sounds of the music. You can tell the different instruments that are being used, different things I haven’t heard before. There’s a lot to be learned from things that … when the world was just beginning and a lot of knowledge was lost. And some it needs to be taught again, because a lot of things have gone, not the right way. And maybe some, bringing back some of the traditions of things can help heal some of the things that are going on today.”

“Well, we didn’t really know what to expect. It’s been better than what we imagined, said Mrs. Howell. “And so I don’t think we can possibly tell anyone else what to expect just how good it is. You have to come and see.”

NTD News, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Shen Yun Provides New Orleans Audiences With Glimpse Into China
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2018-12-29    0 views
Shen Yun Performing Arts promises more than just a glimpse into China’s traditional culture. And for New Orleans audiences, it’s not until they see the performance that they appreciate its uniqueness.

“It’s spectacular. I have tried to study some of that Chinese history. And this performance brings it out a lot,” said Boatner Howell, owner of Foundation Technologies “It’s wonderful.”

“Beautiful performance,” said Kenneth Decker, owner and principal and senior executive of Excalibur International LLC. “It’s obvious that all of the dancers and the whole team has put a lot of work and to put together a wonderful performance.”

“The harmony of the way that people danced together. And the individual expressions and the subtle movements and the dramatic movements, and all the bright colors and the whole culture and the musical. It all comes together. It’s amazing to watch,” said Keith Nichols. “And the music resonates within us and you can feel the emotion that the music helps you to know when to rise up and when to feel down. I don’t even know how they do it. It’s just amazing the way they kick their leg all the way to their head or they do a flip that just ‘hmmm,’ or the way they do their sleeves or just a tiny little, ‘woo.’ It just, just blows you away. It’s like I couldn’t see myself doing any of that.”

“The body language, the movements, the hands and everything, tells the story. Some of the moves are definitely technical, they’re really high technical moves,” said Robert Nichols. “And I do like the different sounds of the music. You can tell the different instruments that are being used, different things I haven’t heard before. There’s a lot to be learned from things that … when the world was just beginning and a lot of knowledge was lost. And some it needs to be taught again, because a lot of things have gone, not the right way. And maybe some, bringing back some of the traditions of things can help heal some of the things that are going on today.”

“Well, we didn’t really know what to expect. It’s been better than what we imagined, said Mrs. Howell. “And so I don’t think we can possibly tell anyone else what to expect just how good it is. You have to come and see.”

NTD News, New Orleans, Louisiana

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China Has the World's Worst Stock Market With $2.4 Trillion Loss
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2018-12-29    6 views
China also gave up its spot as the world’s second-biggest stock market to Japan.

The weakened Chinese economy hurt spending and weighed on consumer stocks, while a vaccine scandal and a gene-editing controversy started a sell-off in the health-care sector.

Average daily volume on both the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges fell to about $53.5 billion this year, the lowest since 2014. Only $34.7 billion of shares traded today, around 1/10 of its peak in 2015, according to a report by Bloomberg.

Moreover, all 10 industry groups on China’s CSI 300 index fell tdownhis year, the broadest decline since 2011, in contrast from last year, when all sector gauges rose.

In addition, China’s new policies on leveraged speculation has reduced the outstanding margin debt to about a third of its 2015 peak.

A total of 75 Chinese mutual funds with an equity focus liquidated this year, compared with the 88 equity mutual funds that were liquidated in total over the past 11 years.

Mainland China’s IPOs that debuted on domestic exchanges this year rose by an average of 193 percent in their first month of trading, half the return seen in 2016, the weakest performance in four years.

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Shen Yun Provides New Orleans Audiences With Glimpse Into China
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2018-12-28    0 views
Shen Yun Performing Arts promises more than just a glimpse into China’s traditional culture. And for New Orleans audiences, it’s not until they see the performance that they appreciate its uniqueness.

“It’s spectacular. I have tried to study some of that Chinese history. And this performance brings it out a lot,” said Boatner Howell, owner of Foundation Technologies “It’s wonderful.”

“Beautiful performance,” said Kenneth Decker, owner and principal and senior executive of Excalibur International LLC. “It’s obvious that all of the dancers and the whole team has put a lot of work and to put together a wonderful performance.”

“The harmony of the way that people danced together. And the individual expressions and the subtle movements and the dramatic movements, and all the bright colors and the whole culture and the musical. It all comes together. It’s amazing to watch,” said Keith Nichols. “And the music resonates within us and you can feel the emotion that the music helps you to know when to rise up and when to feel down. I don’t even know how they do it. It’s just amazing the way they kick their leg all the way to their head or they do a flip that just ‘hmmm,’ or the way they do their sleeves or just a tiny little, ‘woo.’ It just, just blows you away. It’s like I couldn’t see myself doing any of that.”

“The body language, the movements, the hands and everything, tells the story. Some of the moves are definitely technical, they’re really high technical moves,” said Robert Nichols. “And I do like the different sounds of the music. You can tell the different instruments that are being used, different things I haven’t heard before. There’s a lot to be learned from things that … when the world was just beginning and a lot of knowledge was lost. And some it needs to be taught again, because a lot of things have gone, not the right way. And maybe some, bringing back some of the traditions of things can help heal some of the things that are going on today.”

“Well, we didn’t really know what to expect. It’s been better than what we imagined, said Mrs. Howell. “And so I don’t think we can possibly tell anyone else what to expect just how good it is. You have to come and see.”

NTD News, New Orleans, Louisiana

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President Trump Meets With US Troops in Iraq on Christmas
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2018-12-26    3K views
President Trump: The other reason I'm here today is to personally thank you and every service member throughout this region for the near elimination of the ISIS territorial caliphate in Iraq and in Syria. Two years ago when I became president, they were a very dominant group. They were very dominant. Today they're not so dominant anymore (cheers). Great job. I looked at a map and two years ago it was a lot of red all over that map and now you have a couple little spots and that's happening very quickly, happening very quickly. You'll be seeing that. I want to just say great job and we'll be watching ISIS very closely
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TRUMP IN IRAQ:THANKS FOR NEARLY ELIMINATING ISIS
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2018-12-26    28 views
President Trump: The other reason I'm here today is to personally thank you and every service member throughout this region for the near elimination of the ISIS territorial caliphate in Iraq and in Syria. Two years ago when I became president, they were a very dominant group. They were very dominant. Today they're not so dominant anymore (cheers). Great job. I looked at a map and two years ago it was a lot of red all over that map and now you have a couple little spots and that's happening very quickly, happening very quickly. You'll be seeing that. I want to just say great job and we'll be watching ISIS very closely
Indonesia Tsunami: ‘Outrcy’ Over Early Warning System as 843 Injured and 222 Killed
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2018-12-26    0 views
Indonesia Tsunami: ‘Outrcy’ Over Early Warning System as 843 Injured and 222 Killed
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4 dead after car slams into oil tanker on Garden State Parkway in Toms River
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2018-12-26    1K views
New Jersey State Police report 4 dead in vehicle crash on Garden State Parkway.
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Shen Yun Connects China’s History to San Jose Audience Members
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2018-12-24    0 views
Shen Yun Performing Arts started its 9-day run of shows at Center for the Performing Arts in San Jose on Dec. 19. Audiences praised the classical Chinese dance skills from the performers.
“Oh, it’s beautiful. The great choreography, it’s beautiful, and the technology with the backdrop, it’s incredible,” said John Vlay, chief executive officer and president of Jensen Corporate Holdings Inc. “Very relaxing, very comforting, and invigorating. The dancing was great.”
“I’m loving it. This is just wonderful. It’s everything I was expecting it to be,” said Linda Lamb, principal at Lamb Design Group. “The colors, just the vivaciousness of the performance is amazing.”
“I found it impressive. They’re remarkably talented, clearly well-trained, practiced a lot, and their movements are extraordinarily refined,” said Kevin Mahoney, a financial adviser at Financial Planning Association. “And they love what they do. So in that way, it’s infectious.”
According to its program book, the company’s mission is to revive traditional Chinese culture and showcase the inner spiritual core of its tradition, which encompasses virtues such as benevolence, kindness, and honor.
“You see that connection between Heaven and Earth,” Lamb added. “And portrayed in the dance and the music very much so. Wonderful.”
”It was great. I learning a lot about the culture, the history, the original divinity coming down from heaven. It’s all put together really well.“ Vlay said.
“I really enjoyed learning so many things about the Chinese history and the customs,” said Jeannette Potts, co-founder Vista Urology and Pelvic Pain Partners at Vista Urology. “And I especially love the sense of humor. It’s a very universal appeal.”
NTD News, San Jose, California