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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, September. 13, 2019: This year, you gain the ability to see both sides of an issue. You could find this ability overwhelming, but if used properly, you will gain. If single, you might be able to relate more easily to people, especially a touchy, potential sweetie. If attached, the two of you can choose to fight or learn to understand each other’s decisions better. You will experience a spiritual growth between you if you extend empathy. PISCES encourages you to identify with others.

 

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You might be feeling as if you need a change of pace. Give yourself permission to do just that. You have a strong sense of how to deal with a child, a co-worker or possibly a pet. You feel more secure even if you are not expressing your thoughts. Tonight: Play it cool.

 

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Zero in on what you want. A key friend comes through for you but expects you to do your share in making a situation work. Open up to suggestions. You could be more in tune with what others want than you realise. Tonight: Join friends; celebrate the weekend.

 

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Tension builds in odd ways. Much of it comes from your need to stay on top of a professional situation. You might be making demands of yourself that no one else is. Stop and rethink a decision. Tonight: A force to be dealt with.

 

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Your feelings come out in a discussion. The other party sees life a lot differently than you do. By walking in this person’s shoes, you come to a new conclusion. You will come to a point of understanding and agreement. Tonight: Consider taking off.

 

LEO (July 23-Aug 22): One-on-one relating is highlighted. Your ability to move through a problem also could be highlighted. At first, a partner might want to approach a purchase or financial agreement much differently. Do not settle; find a solution that works for both of you. Tonight: Let go and get into the spirit of the weekend.

 

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22): You cannot question your popularity. Many people come toward you. Some come for information; others seek your attention. By the end of the day, you cannot say that you have a lack of admirers and invitations. Be responsive to a close friend or loved one. Tonight: Say yes!

 

LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22): Reach out for a friend or associate. As a question comes up, you find that you have an answer to the issue at hand. You might need to convince your cohorts of the rightness of your ideas. Tonight: Out with a work associate.

 

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21): Your playfulness emerges when dealing with a fun friend, loved one or child. You seem unusually inventive and creative as you pop up with suggestions. Do not feel pressured to act in a certain manner. Tonight: A friend comes through for you.

 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): Pressure builds, and you are likely to respond to others’ demands. A family member or room-mate wants more time or something special from you, whereas a boss might want you to contribute more time to a project. You have your hands full. Tonight: Listen to your inner voice.

 

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): You speak your mind loudly and clearly. Finding agreement will not be too hard as long as everyone involved is sincere about coming up with a solution. Play with different ideas. Consider the end results. Tonight: Join the gang for TGIF.

 

AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): Be aware of the costs of continuing as you have. Though the situation and timing work on some level for you, financially you need to be careful. Do not offer up more than you can afford. Tonight: Invite a friend to join you.

 

PISCES (Feb 19-March 20): You are able to make an impression on a key person. You might be trying to get an agreement with certain people. This could involve your social life, rather than your work or something else. Tonight: All smiles.

 

(c) 2019 by King Features Syndicate Inc.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Wednesday, September 18, 2019: This year could be unusually dynamic, with you constantly making adjustments for changing situations. You have a lot of energy to put into whatever you deem worthy. If single, you draw a score of admirers. Ask yourself who suits you best. Time and dating will help you decide. If attached, the two of you often discuss travelling or opening a new frontier in your life. When involved in such projects, you become very close. TAURUS seems to be around you always. They have a style that often feels judgmental to you, even if it might not be!

 

ARIES (March 21-April 19): You experience a plethora of emotions, which triggers an unusually creative approach to a situation. Finances could easily be involved. You feel that today’s discussions and events are somehow a replay. Tonight: Loosen up your energy. Throw yourself 100 per cent into plans.

 

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You want to pull back from a hot situation, but what actually occurs is the reverse. You alternate between a well-oiled, conventional approach to a situation and a profound, transformational idea. Only you know what is acceptable. Tonight: Beam in all you want.

 

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Know when to call it a day or when to stop banging your head against the same obstacle over and over. You could discover that a more understanding approach is more workable. Respond to a call from someone you might put on a pedestal. Tonight: On top of your game.

 

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Emphasise your friendships, your direction and what you depend on. Think in terms of using your energy in a more positive vein. You will see quick results, especially involving the support of several key friends. Tonight: Find a reason to celebrate.

 

LEO (July 23-Aug 22): You might be putting someone on a pedestal while actually unsure of how this person thinks of you and what he or she expects from you. During this period of free floating, explore several different options involving a class and/or exercise. Tonight: Into the wee hours.

VIRGO (Aug 23-Sept 22): Do not hesitate to focus on a different approach to get the results you desire. You will do much better if you are spontaneous and tap into an immediate situation. Plug your energy appropriately. Tonight: Consider a mini trip in the near future.

 

LIBRA (Sept 23-Oct 22): One-on-one relating takes you down an intriguing path both intellectually and emotionally. You have an opportunity to get to know an associate more fully. Avoid expressing irritation at a situation that might be stymied. Tonight: Be discreet.

 

SCORPIO (Oct 23-Nov 21): Emphasise what is good in a friendship or specific relationship. You might be more flexible than you realise and able to make an easy adjustment to relate better at this time. Tonight: Go with a friend’s or loved one’s suggestion.

 

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22-Dec 21): Stay focused on the task at hand. Distraction could cause a snafu, which could be costly in terms of finances or time. Your serious front draws results. Go with the flow. Tonight: Play the night away, if you’re not too tired.

 

CAPRICORN (Dec 22-Jan 19): You have a unique style that defines what you do. Approaching a creative project or interlude demands your libido, energy and imagination. Do not allow another person to push you into a corner. Tonight: As you wish.

 

AQUARIUS (Jan 20-Feb 18): A loved one or partner encourages you to take a leap of faith. You do that easily, but you also want to become more recognisable. Express your concerns in a way that allows others to get it. A boss or admirer makes unexpected, heavy demands. Tonight: A force to be reckoned with.

 

PISCES (Feb 19-March 20): This period encourages you to express yourself more openly. Your words not only favour more open self-expression, but also encourage a novel approach. Take a risk if you feel it is right. Tonight: Use your psychic energy to help define which path will succeed.

 

(c) 2019 by King Features Syndicate Inc.

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WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP) — Leaders of Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement yesterday appealed directly to US lawmakers to exert pressure on Beijing, warning that an erosion of the city’s special status would embolden China’s leaders around the world.

In an appearance likely to infuriate Beijing, young people at the forefront of Hong Kong’s mass protests testified before a congressional commission in support of US legislation aimed at defending Hong Kongers’ civil rights.

“This is not a plea for so-called ‘foreign interference’ nor for Hong Kong independence,” said Cantopop star Denise Ho, whose music has been banned in mainland China for her activism.

“This is a plea for universal human rights. This is a plea for democracy. This is a plea for the freedom to choose,” she said.

Ho said China’s clampdown in Hong Kong marked a test for all who believe in a world that is “free, open and civil”.

Millions have taken to the streets of Hong Kong, initially against a now-dropped bid by its leaders to allow extraditions to the mainland. The movement has expanded into a broader pro-democracy push in the semi-autonomous financial hub where activists say freedom has been eroding.

“If Hong Kong falls, it would easily become the springboard for the totalitarian regime of China to push its rules and priorities overseas, utilising its economic powers to conform others to their communist values,” she said.

The hearing examined legislation that would end Hong Kong’s special trading status with the United States unless the State Department each year certifies that the city’s authorities are respecting human rights and rule of law.

“Beijing shouldn’t have it both ways, reaping all the economic benefits of Hong Kong’s standing in the world while eradicating our sociopolitical identity,” said 22-year-old Joshua Wong, one of the most prominent figures in an otherwise leaderless and faceless movement.

“As I speak, Hong Kong is standing at a critical juncture. The stakes have never been higher,” he said.

He warned that Chinese President Xi Jinping may take harsher action before next month’s 70th anniversary of communist China.

“Sending in the tanks remains irrational, though not impossible,” Wong said.

He also said that Carrie Lam, Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing chief executive, could take draconian measures that include shutting down the Internet or the public transportation system.

Wong warned that a baby born today would be 28 in 2047 — the date when China’s promise with colonial ruler Britain to allow “one country, two systems” expires.

“That deadline is closer to us than it appears; there’s no return,” Wong said.

“I hope that historians will celebrate the United States Congress for having stood on the side of Hong Kongers, the side of human rights and democracy,” he said.

Hong Kong protesters have rallied outside the US consulate in a bid to gain international support.

President Donald Trump’s Administration, however, has taken a low profile, with some analysts saying that a vocal US stance could feed Beijing’s attempts to brand the protesters as foreign agitators.

Beijing and Lam have already accused the United States of interference and China summoned Germany’s ambassador after Wong visited the European power.

“Blaming the US Government — and this Congress — for the protests is cowardly propaganda and not befitting a nation with aspirations of global leadership,” Representative Chris Smith said at the hearing.

The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, which enjoys wide support in Congress, would also open the way for sanctions on anyone involved in eroding Hong Kong’s status.

A related bill under consideration would ban the sale of tear gas, rubber bullets and other crowd control equipment to the Hong Kong police after concerns that Western imports abetted their crackdown.

Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican ally of Trump, hailed the Hong Kong protests as “one of the greatest people-power movements we have witnessed in recent memory”.

“It is my belief that it’s long overdue for the United States and the free world to respond,” said Rubio, co-chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China which held the hearing.

Representative Jim McGovern, a liberal Democrat who also heads the commission, said that the protesters have “inspired the world”.

“Thank you for your courage and bravery. We stand in solidarity with you,” he told them.

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PARIS, France (AFP) — With an eye on re-election, France’s Emmanuel Macron has signalled a tougher line on immigration, arguing that the Government must end its “lax” approach to prevent voters from drifting to the far right.

Setting out his priorities for the second half of his mandate on Monday evening, Macron said that his centrist Republic on the Move (LREM) party risked being seen as “bourgeois” unless it tackled the issue of immigration.

“By claiming to be humanist we are sometimes too lax,” he told a meeting of his ministers and ruling party representatives, claiming that France’s asylum laws were being “misused” by people-smuggling networks and “people who manipulate” the system.

The question for his three-year-old party, which has struggled to establish a presence in small-town and rural France, was “whether we want to be a bourgeois party or not”, Macron was quoted by party members as telling the meeting.

“The bourgeois have no problem with this (immigration). They don’t come up against it. The working classes live with it. For decades the left didn’t want to deal with this problem so the working class migrated to the far right.”

“We’re like the three little monkeys; we don’t want to see,” he said, referring to the “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” dictum represented by three monkeys with their hands over their eyes, ears and mouth.

On Tuesday, 15 lawmakers from Macron’s party appealed against “creating hysteria” about migration and in an open letter to the prime minister and interior minister urged that state medical aid benefitting “some 300,000 foreigners without papers or living precariously” be maintained.

An Ispos/Sopra Steria poll on divisions in French society published Tuesday showed that 63 per cent of respondents felt there were “too many foreigners in France”.

Anti-foreigner sentiment was strongest among working-class respondents, with 88 per cent saying there were too many immigrants.

Sixty-six per cent also said they felt that immigrants did not try hard enough to integrate.

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