Edward Snowden under armour sale , a former contractor at the National Security Agency (NSA), is seen during a news broadcast on a screen inside a train in Hong Kong June 18, 2013.(Photo:Agencies) The White House pressed Russia on Monday to exercise all options to expel Edward Snowden and slammed China for allowing the former U.S. spy agency contractor who disclosed government surveillance secrets to leave Hong Kong.
White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters it was the U.S. assumption that Snowden was still in Russia and he dismissed suggestions that the decision to allow Snowden to depart Hong Kong was a technical one.
"We are just not buying that this was a technical decision by a Hong Kong immigration official," Carney said.
"This was a deliberate choice by the government to release a fugitive despite a valid arrest warrant, and that decision unquestionably has a negative impact on the U.S.-China relationship," he said.
Snowden, who had worked at a U.S. National Security Agency facility in Hawaii, had been hiding in Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned to China in 1997, since leaking details about secret U.S. surveillance programs to news media.
He was allowed to leave Hong Kong on Sunday for Moscow. Julian Assange, the founder of anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks which is assisting Snowden, said the 30-year-old en route to Ecuador, where he hoped to gain asylum.
Carney said that U.S. officials had been in contact with Hong Kong authorities since June 10, urging them to honor Washington's request that he be arrested. Hong Kong acknowledged receipt of the U.S. request on June 17 and requested additional information about the U.S. charges and evidence on June 21, Carney said.
"The U.S. had been in communication about these inquiries and we were in the process of responding to the request when we learned that Hong Kong authorities have allowed the fugitive to leave," he said.
US President Barack Obama referred detailed questions on the issue to the Justice Department.
"What we know is that we're following all the appropriate legal channels and working with various other countries to make sure the rule of law is observed," Obama told reporters at an unrelated event on immigration reform.
Carney noted that individuals with felony arrest warrants were subject to having their passports revoked.
He said he could not comment specifically on Snowden's passport for privacy reasons but said Hong Kong officials were advised of Snowden's travel document status in plenty of time to have prohibited his departure.
Carney, who in recent weeks has studiously avoided mentioning Snowden by name, let loose from the White House podium on Monday, criticizing the former contractor for the countries he had potentially chosen for refuge.
MADRID， May 6 (Xinhua) -- Reigning Madrid Mutua Open champion Andy Murray breezed into the semi-finals of the tournament on Friday with a straight sets 6-3， 6-2 win over number eight seed Tomas Berdych.
Murray hit his best form of the competition at the right time in a dominant display which saw him drop just one point on his serve in the second set and commented afterwards that he had been working to improve his second serve.
Local favorite and number five seed， Rafael Nadal continued his progress into the semis and will face Murray for a place in Sunday' s final.
Nadal looked to be on course for an easy win when he took the first set 6-0 against Portugal' s Joao Sousa. However， following a break for rain in which the roof of the center-court had to be closed， Sousa steadied himself and fought back in the second set winning it 6-4 before Nadal won the decisive third set 6-3.
Kai Nishikori had to work hard before reaching the semi-final with a 6-7(6)， 7-6(1)， 6-3 victory against Australian Nick Kyrgios and will play the winner of the late match between number one seed Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic.
The women' s final will be played on Saturday between number six seed Simona Halep， who was the only seeded player left in a tournament of surprises and the unseeded Dominika Cibulkova.
Halep made no mistake in defeating Samantha Stosur 6-2， 6-0 in just over 50 minutes， while Cibulkova ended the fairytale of 19-year-old qualifier Louisa Chirico， who is ranked 130 in the world， 6-1， 6-1 in a match lasting just under an hour. Enditem
Finance > Insurance > Home InsuranceTips for Choosing the Right Umbrella Clothesline for Your Home
Posted by Breezecatcher in Finance on August 19th, 2016
Doing your laundry gives a sense of accomplishment that very few other household chores can match. Hanging them out to dry is in many ways, symbolic of a task well-accomplished. Freshly done laundry which has been left to air out on an umbrella clothesline smells nice and fresh. It gives you a sense of comfort, satisfaction while protecting your clothes from harsh chemicals and stains. An umbrella clothesline has become an integral part of many households. It comes in handy when there is limited space, indoors or outdoors. Furthermore, it helps save a lot of time, energy, and money in the long run.
You can use it as a permanent or a temporary structure depending on your personal requirement and preferences. Using an umbrella clothesline reduces the amount of carbon emissions in the air as it does not depend on oil, gas or electricity. It is a cost-effective and environment-friendly way of doing the laundry. Besides, you can finish the task of washing clothes while soaking in some bright sunshine.
There are various types of clothesline available in the market. Here are some tips for choosing the right umbrella clothesline for your home: