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18 WORLD THURSDAY JULY 16 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Donald Trump. Meghan Markle during her speech to the online Girl Up Global Leadership Summit. MEGS WORLD WOKE UP CALL THE Duchess of Sussex has accused world leaders of not listening to young women campaigning for equality, justice and the environment in a web event also attended by Michelle Obama. It was Meghan Markles first major speech since she and husband Prince Harry left the royal family, in their dramatic Megxit. She urged women to drown out negative voices and not listen to those trying to bring them down. She told the Girl Up Glo bal Leadership Summit young women deserved to be heard. Those in the halls and corridors and places of power from lawmakers to world leaders to executives all of those people, they depend on you more than you will ever depend on them, she said. And heres the thing: they know this ... now many of them, better or worse, they dont listen until they have to because the status quo is easy to excuse and its hard to break. But it will pull tightest right before snapping. Millennials, she said, were setting the tone for an equitable humanity and I will be cheering you on, so will my husband, so will Archie, as you all continue marching, advocating and leading the way forward. Perseverance. WILMINGTON: Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden has unveiled an ambitious $US2 trillion ($2.9 trillion) climate change plan that would revamp the US energy sector and seek to achieve carbon pollution-free power in just 15 years. The clean energy proposal was fleshed out in a speech in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday (AEST) as the White House hopeful drew a sharp contrast with President Donald Trump ahead of Novembers election by arguing fighting climate change would be a big job creator under a Biden administration. There is no more consequential challenge today than climate change, Mr Biden said as he pledged to spend $US2 trillion over four years to promote his plan. Transforming the electrical sector to produce power without producing carbon pollution will be the greatest spurring of job creation and economic competitiveness in the 21st century, Mr Biden said. Thats why were going to achieve a carbon pollutionfree electric sector by the year 2035. The plan appears to be part of a move to win over progressive voters who might be wary of the former vice-presidents more centrist positions. Mr Trump accused him of launching a hard-left crusade against American energy. Biden in climate poll pitch Victim fund knock back A US judge has rejected a proposed civil settlement that would have created a $19 million fund for dozens of women who suffered sexual misconduct and harassment at the hands of Harvey Weinstein. The proposed deal had been announced by New York States attorney-general. But District Judge Alvin Hellerstein rejected the deal, which had been contested by several of Weinsteins victims because he was not to be required to admit any responsibility for his actions, nor was he expected to contribute any of his own money to the fund. Lawyers representing several women were angry that survivors who did not want to accept the settlement would have been prevented from pursuing other legal avenues. In February, Weinstein was found guilty of a criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree. He is currently serving 23 years in prison. NEW YORK: Disgraced socialite Ghislaine Maxwell broke down in tears as she was refused bail and will now spend the next year in prison awaiting trial on child sex charges. US District Court Judge Alison Nathan heard Maxwell was the very definition of a flight risk who used a series of alter egos to hide from authorities and lied to investigators about her vast wealth. During a video court appearance, Maxwell, 58, pleaded not guilty to child sex crimes involving her former billionaire pedophile boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein, who committed suicide in jail last August. The court heard emotional appeals from two alleged victims, one of whom said: Those of us who survived implore this court to detain her on bail. Prosecutors said Maxwell had lied to investigators about her finances and her whereabouts during their probe into Epsteins sex trafficking ring. They argued she should remain in jail ahead of her trial next year, rather than stay at the luxury hotel in Manhattan that her legal team had requested she be housed in. If guilty, Maxwell faces up to 35 years jail for six charges including grooming and re cruiting young women for sex with Epstein from 1994 to 1997. Epstein killed himself in custody after he had been charged with dozens of child sex crimes last year. Prince Andrew is among those accused of being part of Epsteins child sex scheme. Australian-based mother Virginia Giuffre Roberts has accused the Prince of having sex with her when she was underage. She says she had sex with Andrew at Maxwells London home at the behest of Epstein. The Prince strenuously denies the accusations. He says he doesnt remember even meeting Roberts. However, he may be called to give evidence at Maxwells trial. Prosecutors allege Maxwell also took part in some of the sex acts, committed across luxury properties owned by Epstein and herself in New York, New Mexico, Palm Beach and London. She also faces two perjury charges for allegedly lying under oath in a separate civil suit in 2016. Maxwells lawyers argued she should be remanded in detention in a New York hotel and that keeping her in prison exposed her to the risk of catching coronavirus. Maxwells trial date has been set for July 21, 2021. Maxwell sobs as bail bid rejected SARAH BLAKE HK status axed WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has scrapped trade preferences for Hong Kong by signing an act on Wednesday (AEST) that authorises sanctions on the citys banks and removes the formerly autonomous territorys special status. Hong Kong will now be treated the same as mainland China; no special privileges, no special economic treatment and no export of sensitive technologies, Mr Trump said. Hong Kong will no longer be able to compete with free markets. The move follows Chinas crackdown on democracy in the territory last month, sparking condemnation from the West. Far from over, red rover NASAS most advanced Mars rover, Perseverance, launches from Earth on July 30, on a mission to seek out signs of ancient microbial life on what was once a river delta threeand-a-half billion years ago. The interplanetary voyage will last six months. Should the SUV-sized vehicle touch down unscathed, it will start collecting and storing rock and soil samples, to be retrieved by a future mission and brought back to Earth in 2031. Perseverance follows in the tyre tracks of four rovers be fore it, all American, which first launched in the late 1990s. Together with satellite and surface probes, they have transformed our understanding of Mars, showing that the Red Planet was not always a cold and barren place. Instead, it had the ingredients for life as we know it water, organic compounds and a favourable climate. Scientists will examine the Perseverance samples to look for fossilised bacteria and other microbes to try to confirm if aliens did once live there.
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