Friday March 22, 2019

Yoga sessions to be a part of White House’s Easter Egg Roll

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Washington: Thousands of Americans who are expected to take part in Eastern Egg celebrations in the White House will also get a chance to attend Yoga sessions to be conducted by professionals. This will be the final Easter for the Obama Administration.

The “Yoga Garden” is among the 10 zones that are constructed for the event which will take place on Monday. Over 35,000 tickets have been issued for people to enjoy the grand festival.The White House announced a full schedule of the programs going to be held in the White House Easter Egg Roll, the biggest annual public event and a celebration of its 138th year.

The theme of the event is “Let’s Celebrate” as an honor to Obama Administration’s final Easter Egg Roll. Sports, live music, cooking stations, storytelling and of course Easter Egg Rolling will be featuring in the much awaited event. There will also be a White House Free Run for the first time in support of the First Lady’s Lets Move initiative wherein Michelle Obama will be joining 250 children on a short run to promote a healthy lifestyle for kids.

Tony Award Winning is going to be the special guest this year. Multi-Platinum Recording artist; Idina Menzel will be singing the National Anthem and performing on the Rock ‘n’ Egg Roll stage. Kids will be taught how to play sports by President’s Council on Fitness Sports & Nutrition and other players and professional coaches belonging to sports teams in the eggitivity zone. First lady Michelle Obama has also chosen the winning artwork from the White House Easter Egg Roll Design Contest held this year.

Students of Elementary and middle school from 19 states and 2 foreign countries have participated in the artwork contest relating to “Lets Celebrate” theme. Children who win the Easter Egg Roll and Egg Hunt will be given posters as a prize.

The eggs were first known to become a tradition in 1981 when the President and Mrs Ronald Reagen held a wodden egg hunt that bore signatures of renowned actress, actresses, politicians and athletes.

Credits: www.dnaindia.com

  • Aakash Sinha

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U.S. Commerce Department Recommends White House on How to Proceed with Auto Industry Tariffs

Some trade organizations also blasted the Commerce Department for keeping the details of its "Section 232" national security report shrouded in secrecy.

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Robots swing a cab and bed into place for a new heavy duty pickup truck on the assembly line where Chevrolet Silverado trucks are being built at General Motors Flint Assembly in Flint, Michigan, Jan. 30, 2019. VOA

The U.S. auto industry urged President Donald Trump’s administration on Monday not to saddle imported cars and auto parts with steep tariffs, after the U.S. Commerce Department sent a confidential report to the White House late on Sunday with its recommendations for how to proceed.

Some trade organizations also blasted the Commerce Department for keeping the details of its “Section 232” national security report shrouded in secrecy, which will make it much harder for the industry to react during the next 90 days Trump will have to review it.

“Secrecy around the report only increases the uncertainty and concern across the industry created by the threat of tariffs,” the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association said in a statement, adding that it was “alarmed and dismayed.”

“It is critical that our industry have the opportunity to review the recommendations and advise the White House on how proposed tariffs, if they are recommended, will put jobs at risk, impact consumers, and trigger a reduction in U.S. investments that could set us back decades.”

Representatives from the White House and the Commerce Department could not immediately be reached.

Auto industry, tariffs
Some trade organizations also blasted the Commerce Department for keeping the details of its “Section 232” national security report shrouded in secrecy. VOA

The industry has warned that possible tariffs of up to 25 percent on millions of imported cars and parts would add thousands of dollars to vehicle costs and potentially devastate the U.S economy by slashing jobs.

Administration officials have said tariff threats on autos are a way to win concessions from Japan and the EU. Last year, Trump agreed not to impose tariffs as long as talks with the two trading partners were proceeding in a productive manner.

“We believe the imposition of higher import tariffs on automotive products under Section 232 and the likely retaliatory tariffs against U.S. auto exports would undermine – and not help – the economic and employment contributions that FCA, US, Ford Motor Company and General Motors make to the U.S. economy,” said former Missouri Governor Matt Blunt, the president of the American Automotive Policy Council.

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Some Republican lawmakers have also said they share the industry’s concerns. In a statement issued on Monday, Republican Congresswoman Jackie Walorski said she fears the Commerce Department’s report could “set the stage for costly tariffs on cars and auto parts.”

“President Trump is right to seek a level playing field for American businesses and workers, but the best way to do that is with a scalpel, not an axe,” she added. (VOA)