White House asks US clothing companies to ‘Buy Haitian’

Hail the US government!  Lets all buy Haitian!

The Obama administration is asking the US apparel and textile industry to help Haiti get back on its feet. On Tuesday, the US trade representative, Ron Kirk, in Las Vegas at a trade show, asked US apparel and textile companies to source 1 percent of their production from the earthquake-ravaged nation.

Haitian officials say the plan, called Plus One, could make a difference in helping the country, since the nation has a history of making garments and a workforce that already has some training. American consumers would be able to tell if their underwear or T-shirts are made in Haiti, because they would have a label with an H with a positive sign in the blue and red colors of the nation.

Fisherman resuces pair from Detroit lake

A veteran of the police force, Anthony Johnson, said he was wrapping up an unsuccessful day of fishing this week when he noticed a man in the lake desperately attempting to keep his disabled friend from submerging.

The veteran policeman Johnson managed to hold onto the disabled man while the other man pulled himself into Johnson’s vessel.

Scott Rozansky, 48, then rested before helping Johnson pull the partially paralyzed man, identified as Thomas Nierzwick, 49, into Johnson’s boat.

The men became trapped alone in the lake after Nierzwick fell into the water and Rozansky attempted to rescue him.

US and Russia agree nuclear arms cuts in Moscow

warheadUS President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev have come to an initial agreement on nuclear power – an issue which has divided the nations since the Cold War.

The agreement sees a reduction in the number of nuclear warheads in Russian and US strategic arsenals to between 1,500 and 1,675 in a period of seven years and the number of ballistic missile carriers to between 500-1,100.

The new treaty is to replace the 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START 1) treaty, which was due to expire in December, and sets levels lower than those proposed in the 2002 Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty (SORT).

Whilst they remained divided over the issue of Georgia, along with US plans to install a missile defence shield in eastern Europe, Obama said the two countries were both “committed to leaving behind the suspicion and the rivalry of the past”.

The White House has said that the treaty, “commits both parties to a legally binding treaty that will reduce nuclear weapons,” and while this still leaves both countries with sufficient nuclear power able to destroy each other several times over, the opening up of a dialogue represents a huge step forward in international relations.