a. new video posted by syrian activists showing what looks like another chlorine gas attack in eastern butte. united in a global fight for equality women across the world hold rallies to mark international women's day. and saving the coastline of cancun the host of the world ocean summit steps up its own environmental efforts. president donald trump has imposed controversial tariffs on steel and aluminum imports into the united states but imports of steel will not be charged at twenty five percent and ten percent will chum's frequently said that free trade hurts the united states and it takes effect in fifteen days but there are exemptions at least initially for neighbors canada and mexico but at the same time a new version of the trans-pacific partnership trade deal has been signed in chile
without the united states were trying to pull the u.s. out of the tepee just three days after becoming president let's get more on this now and talk to john hendren he's live for us in washington d.c. john so there's been lots of international criticism of these terrorists what's been the reaction there in the u.s. . that's right there in the e.u. there are already talking about raising taxes on bourbon and harley davidson and levi's jeans but here in the u.s. we're really just beginning to get the reaction from an announcement that has been telegraphed in recent days but people really weren't sure about until it actually happened on capitol hill the response was immediate and negative democrat dick durbin said this was like hitting a gnat with a bomb. republican jeff flake of arizona in the senate he said that he would introduce a bill to nullify this tariff if when it's introduced fifteen days from now it looks anything like the president described it now but from the president's
perspective he was simply fulfilling a campaign promise republicans in the u.s. are usually free traders and what allowed donald trump to cross over into some of those states steel states like pennsylvania and ohio which he has promised to protect american industry so i think he felt like he had to make good on his promise this is what the president had to say today at the same time due to the unique nature of our relationship with canada and mexico where to go sheeting right now nafta and we're going to hold off the tariff for those two countries to see whether or not we're able to make the deals on nafta national security very important aspect of that deal. and if we're making the deal on nafta this will figure into the deal that we won't have the tariffs on canada on mexico now that was raucously well received by the steelworkers who were with trump at the end down from an end in those steel towns and in fairness some of those plants have started
back up there's a plant in illinois a u.s. steel plant that is starting back up after being closed for two years the problem here in the us is if you just look at this along there are tens of thousands of people who work in the steel industry and hundreds of thousands of people who work in manufacturing where they use a lot of steel the bigger problem is this is likely to set off a trade war the european union as i mentioned earlier is already talking about retaliation and there are other countries that are likely to do the same so free traders on the left and the right here are very concerned about what is means but it was a campaign promise that donald trump made in the campaign and he has now fulfilled it for it to john hendren live for us in washington d.c. john thank you well as you mentioned there the e.u. says it's prepared to counter trump towers with taxes on non steel u.s. exports such as harley davidson motorbikes peanut butter and even fruits and his reaction from brussels. european still producers in particular have had it hard
over the past few years they've lost forty thousand jobs their chlorine their way back out of a hole steel prices dropped by some forty percent just three years ago and so to have these tariffs imposed at this time just as they were starts to recover is really bad news but it's important to establish just exactly what the impact will be it's not so much the loss of market share in the u.s. the european union exports around five million tons of steel to the u.s. but that's out of a total production from the e.u. of one hundred seventy seven million tons so you can see it's actually only a small proportion of european steel that goes to america the real impact that's feared by the european union is a thing called deflection and that's where the global steel producers who would ordinarily provide steel for the u.s. markets can't because their steel is now so much more expensive in america and start to try and sell it elsewhere and the most logical place they going to try to sell it is here in the european union the european union key and that that
shouldn't happen because that would cause a collapse in the price of steel here in europe so their opinion trade commissioner silly amounts drawn has already flagged up what she intends to do and we are expected to formally announce it in the coming hours first of all to go to the world trade organization to have these american terrorist potentially ruled a lawful on the trade organization rules secondly to impose safeguarding measures effectively reciprocal tariffs to prevent these global produces places like brazil places like korea from sending their steel here instead of america and then finally the headline grabbing issue that the european union wants to do and that's to start putting punitive retaliates really tariffs on non steel american products things like orange juice things like jack daniels bourbon things like peanut butter making them much more expensive to sell here in europe it's really it's causing a real stink in brussels and it has the potential to be a full blown trade war. well let's talk to peter candelo he's chief market
economist for first standard financial that's a brokerage firm he joins us live from new york peter said these these trade tariffs are now official this was an election pledge and trump is clearly being tough on trade why now well i think you know he's basically using this as a bargaining power to get nafta the way he wants to get now after and he's made that quite clear in the of course the real question here is how does it impact the domestic economy and the global economy economy once the tariffs go into full force and i and i suspect that the markets are going to be. on edge until we get some results and of course the real key here is whether or not we're headed for a full blown trade war if that is the case then you know that
means we could be headed for isolation and isolation certainly is not a good thing for any economy and obviously being in the global economy it would be a real negative and it's an important point to make about nafta because trump says he will hold off on imposing terror some countries like canada and mexico while he negotiates a better deal on nafta so what's the thinking behind that well the thinking is simply this that if he doesn't get his way then obviously he'll pull out of nafta and if he pulls out of nafta nafta he'll impose tariffs in mexico and canada and that's not going to be good news and the point you make is that there are obviously wider fears of a global trade war with the europeans already saying they will retaliate how is that likely to play out. well you know
europe is very important but i suspect that the real culprit here is going to be china. and if we should get into a trade would what would china. i would kind of think that the u.s. stands of a chance of being the loser and not necessarily the winner and in terms of the bigger picture here getting a final thought from you i mean only experts tell us that protectionism ultimately reduces employment and increases prices for consumers many analysts argue that this won't save american jobs in the long term exactly and if we do get protectionism then i think you know we're headed for perhaps a very serious recession a recession might look that might make the great recession of two thousand and eight look like a piece of cake all right a piece of content of the new york thank you for your time well i'm just getting
reaction from canada's minister of foreign affairs she said nuff the talks and trump's new tariffs are entirely separate issues. you know our view of the nafta negotiations and section two three two are quite distinct issues section two three two is based on national security considerations and we have said from the beginning that it would be completely unacceptable for canada to be included it is logical and right for canada to be excluded on a national security basis it's inconceivable that canada which is a full partner of the us indoor and in need and is by us law a part of the defense industrial base it's inconceivable that we could represent a threat well now to the trade deal that trump didn't want to be a part of the trans-pacific partnership has been signed in chile and what's been held as a powerful move against protectionism its future wasn't out for more than a year after trump pulled the us out of it the revamped deal reduced tars for
eleven countries and connect economies worth ten trillion dollars while japan's economic minister says he hopes other countries will join the agreement in the future keep. is a historic achievement create and where i was a twenty first century in the asia pacific region. over the many seuss i read today to make the most effort to expand the experiencers entry into force and just souse implementation of this agreement if. it was sexist we could attract a number of countries and economists to this high standard and we're monster agreement in c.e.o.'s ok well a lot of america at its alysia newman has more from santiago. well nobody believed
it could happen but the comprehensive and progressive transpacific partnership is now signed a very very long name for a much shorter trade deal which now brings together three asian pacific nations minus the united states it was going to be twelve countries but the united states as we know pulled out three days after president donald trump took office now for a commerce and foreign ministers gathered here say that this is an antidote to washington's increased protectionist policies and in fact the timing of this deal that was signed just one day after the european union and the i.m.f. one president donald trump that he is on the verge of unleashing a trade war if he insists on making good on his promise to impose duties on steel and on aluminum imports into the united states lots more so to come here in the news hour including. the use of a nerve agent on u.k. soil is a brazen and reckless act you evidence uncovered of the type of poison used to try to kill
a russian double agent and his daughter. stuck with nowhere to go embassy workers caught up in the gulf crisis seek help. and serena's return the tennis legend prepares to take to the court for a comeback after giving birth job here with all the sport in italy. now syrian activists have posted video showing what looks like another chlorine gas attack in eastern comes after another video of what appears to be phosphorous bombs being dropped on the enclave syrian government forces almost three weeks into a major offensive on the rebel stronghold and they're now on the verge of cutting the territory into two isolated pockets so one hundred reports from beirut in neighboring lebanon. is intensifying pro-government forces have pushed deep inside the besieged enclave rebels are finding it increasingly difficult. to hold their ground. there has been heavy shelling extreme
levels of bombardment to help ground troops advance what she wanted billions are not spared you have got just over nine hundred people have been killed in nearly three weeks of what many describe as one if not the theosis military campaigns of the syrian war. medical workers reported yet another chlorine gas attack the government denied the claims and blamed what it called desperate rebels for distorting facts but videos appear to show victims struggling to breathe. and i was. most. used. not just the bombs. but the situation because it's it's like two thousand and thirteen when. the remaining aid supplies that were not offloaded on monday because of the
shelling were supposed to reach the besieged population on thursday but according to the international committee of the red cross the conditions on the ground did not allow that sources have told us that the russian government and the rebel factions in eastern who are holding the gauche ations over a withdrawal it may involve them one of the main rebel factions leaving two rebel controlled territories in the southern province of daraa the other main faction failing men will leave to areas under the control of turkey backed rebels in the north of the country. elicia zero also understands that international humanitarian organizations are meeting to prepare for what could be a mass evacuation even though that is not what the hundreds of thousands of people in eastern who say they want. i swear by god i will never leave our country i'll stay here till death look at the structure around you they are
asking for encounters to help them get rid of us this is inhumane and you are killing children and displacing people you are displacing the people of your own country. that has been part of the ceasefire deals reached in the past an effective surrender rebels their families and civilians who are either afraid of arrest or who don't want to return to government areas have little choice but to leave bussed out to other rebel controlled areas that is what the pro-government alliance wants to happen in eastern huta it's the deal on the table if it's not accepted it has made it clear it will push for an all out military victory. well the head of the un children's agency says the situation in eastern go to hell for children with most of the five year olds facing severe malnutrition. this is a extraordinarily violent time it's been a very bloody two months here the beginning of this year it is really hell on
ground for the children it is very difficult there are bombardments they are scared they are see death and violence at a scale that you would hope no child would see there is a lack of food and water it brings disease many of the families are crowded into small spaces and basements two dozen of the hospitals have. been destroyed and so. with the targeting of schools and hospitals that means that life as a child on the ground is very very difficult turkish soldiers working with parts of the for you syrian army have captured a strategically important town in northern syria is a free in the region there are reports of fighting in the town of jenin direst as a kurdish militia group the white b.g. tries to hold its position on official reports in the turkish syrian border. the final assault began just before nightfall on wednesday. less than twelve hours
later the free syrian army backed by the turks entered the city of genderless. doctors treated those caught up in the fighting some too young to fully understand why they were in pain. some too late to help the taking of a strategically important for the free syrian army and also the tarts it gives them control of the higher ground and also give them control of one of the main roads towards afrin city itself the final target speaking in vienna turkey's foreign minister said the operation against the cut this militia the y.p. g. called all of branch should end by me the question whether now that we have passed the critical stage use mountainous areas or captured the border control is sustained we are moving towards africa of course when we get to a friend we have to be even more careful to avoid civilian casualties our aim our target is the terrorists we are more sensitive compared to anyone else when it
comes to humanitarian aid and civilians dinda this is the biggest turn that has fallen to the f.s.a. backed by the turks since this operation was launched in january but before they can even consider moving on from here they have to take complete control of genderless first home today first we targeted the town agender us by artillery shells and took full control of the town from like e.g. fighters we've captured and killed a few of their members and one of their fighters blew himself up to spite the bravado they may not have complete control yet sporadic fighting is reported to be continuing in the tyrant the battle for free in may not be as quick or the straight forward the kurds are moving seven hundred fighters across the country away from the battle against eisel on to the front lines for the coming assault alan fischer al jazeera on the turkey syria border. britain's home secretary amber rudd says the attack on a former russian double agent in the u.k.
was an outrageous crime investigators have confirmed a rare poison was used to try to kill sergei script allen his daughter who were found unconscious on sunday the police officer first on the scene remained seriously ill but is now able to talk. the use of a nerve agent to a new case is a brazen and reckless act. this was attempted murder in the most cruel and public way people are right to want to know who to hold to account but if we are to be rigorous in this investigation we must avoid speculation we are committed to doing all we can to bring the perpetrators to justice whoever they are and wherever they may be investigation is moving at pace and this government will act without hesitation as the facts become clear in. a court in the u.k. has been shown security footage of the moment a huge fireball exploded in
a packed train carriage commuters can be seen fleeing the flames at parson's green tube station in west london last year it was shown in the trial of suspected bomber ahmed hassan the eighteen year old denies charges of attempted murder the footage shows him buying matches and batteries allegedly used to make the device which failed to fully detonate. al-jazeera has learned that a military cargo plane from the united arab emirates breached qatar yes space on sunday the plane was flying from secure wait when it entered qatari aspects without authorization for seven minutes fighter jets intercepted the plane and tried to talk to the pilot by radio but there was no response this is not the first time the u.a.e. has breached international law by violating qatari airspace in january cut off follow complaint with the u.n. about two other violations of its airspace but other r.t. military aircraft is one of four our countries which imposed a blockade on council last june well as director of policy analysis of the doha
institute for graduate studies he says the breach by the u.s. will not get in the way of efforts to end the gulf crisis over the past few weeks actually there has been some sort of reviving efforts in order to resolve the crisis we have seen generally and tony zeny last week in the region meeting or the leaders of the consent conferees and we have also seen the mediation also being revived amir of quite he sent an envoy meeting all these all these leaders but most important maybe was the. restart the globe in which the united states is stated at the end of the day all over that it will be current teaching the security solvent and territory and dignity of course thought that was in my book might be a very important development in the relationship between qatar and and the united states has actually we don't expect much out of this sort of provocation but even if this act of one of the haitian is meant to turn to be to the air force in order
to. you know in these efforts to resolve the crisis i think. we don't we don't believe that that will lead anywhere. meanwhile several workers at foreign embassies and cattle say they've been abandoned because of the nine month blockade some staff haven't worked since embassies were closed and diplomats sent home matheson reports they're seeking help from the qatari government for five years ashraf has been a driver for the saudi arabian embassy nine months ago he lost his job the embassy is one of several which shut their doors in doha when countries cut diplomatic relations and imposed a blockade on qatar last june ashraf like many other embassy staff who are diplomats is sponsored by his employer that means he can't leave qatar or work for anyone else unless his employer agrees and his employer has left the country.
and tonight it's been very tense i spent all my savings on my daughter's wedding in india and then i came back and lost my job i can't earn money i need to get my sponsor changed so i can work but i don't know how. saudi arabia and other countries including the united arab emirates and egypt cut ties with qatar accusing it of supporting terrorism which qatari leaders vehemently deny this man also used to work at an embassy which is now shut he didn't want to be identified with. the closing of the embassy affect me i can't change work because the embassy has closed there are no officials to sign my papers and now i want to work somewhere else but i can't i don't know what the future will be. for the last nine months embassy staff are being coming to qatar as human rights department they've made statements hoping that the qatari government will help to release them from sponsorship agreements with their embassies most of the people we've spoken to said they only
came here for help today because they thought the blockade was going to be over by now but it's been nine months some of them haven't been paid since june of last year others we're told are living in the embassies where they used to work and the qatari government says it is willing to help them but there's a limit to what it can do if it doesn't have permission from the embassies or the people here the most important thing is to win their freedom. and these people who belong to countries which are blockading us they've come to try to get justice that we're able to protect them and we're trying to solve their problems. some like these modern taney and have been getting support from qatari charities and blame their own governments. the mauritanian government has taken an incorrect step it has harmed its people this is a gulf war we have nothing to do with it. the stranded embassy staff
including ashley have to wait to see if they'll be allowed to restart their lives rob matheson. donald trump's former campaign manager has admitted charges of bank fraud and tax crimes he's due to stand trial in july and at the junior federal court manifolds also faces other charges in washington u.s. special counsel robert muller brought them against him as part of a wide ranging probe into russian interference in the twenty sixteen election lots more so to come here not just here including sri lanka reimpose a curfew to quell anti muslim violence as big as one of the effects on tourism. take cover for an event that attracts millions to taiwan and sport the football world is mourning the death of the talionis national footballer story more on that in sports.
hello once again a look at the weather across the americas and our disruptors north easter is basically blowing itself out now with little bit of snow still left across parts of canada but improving situation is going to take some time for flights and for road and rail transport to get back to normal but it is improving situation so fine for the towards the south atlanta seen temperatures up to fifteen degrees still some snow on the rockies and that is ahead on through to suffer a dry weather across the west generally settled back up to fourteen degrees eighteen in los angeles and the snow just about cleared from canada and there you see miami there twenty three degrees celsius but with a chance maybe the odd shower heading down into the caribbean region the strong winds here which produced some really big seas have gone so we've still got some showers here particular across the island of hispaniola and that's like to fade away as we head on through into saturday with van in cuba and sunshine in temperature twenty three is the one to two shows for panama and costa rica but
generally up through the isthmus weather conditions are looking fine maybe your chair of the yucatan peninsula but from a severe city it should be pleasant temperatures there in the mid twenty's into south america we still are some heavy showers across southern parts of his ill rio's he wanted to but further so far in the river plate with highs of twenty nine point is aries. a shining city scrouging from the rubble of a devastating more. attention president while a telegram. on warrants and all constraint of the war. in the dark any man who dares to remember. an intimate tale of repression chechnya war without trace at this time on al-jazeera. the growing up in the united states i learned that the first amendment is really
key to being the decision to bring them up to the challenge is going to be companies men and women for the resources that are available what makes al-jazeera story to me is that we just don't tell you what the subject of the story was and now the government is not going to do the one thing the demonstrators want to apologize for staff what al-jazeera does we ask the questions so that we can get closer to the truth. welcome back a quick recap of the top stories here now to syria u.s. president donald trump has imposed controversial tariffs on steel and many i'm imports despite warnings of a potential trade war mexico and canada will be temporary exempt from the new
levies while negotiations continue on a regional trade deal. the transpacific partnership has been signed in chile and what's been hailed as a powerful move against protectionism the deal would have used tires for eleven countries and connect economies with ten trillion dollars. syrian activists have posted videos showing what looks like a chlorine gas attack in eastern guta comes after another video emerged appearing to show phosphorus bombs being dropped on the young players syrian government forces are almost three weeks into a major offensive on the rebel stronghold. now anti muslim violence is continuing in central sri lanka despite the government imposing a curfew and deploying hundreds of soldiers riots and candy have killed at least two people and damaged hundreds of muslim owned businesses police say they have now arrested ten people connected to the violence including the suspected leader from candy bennett smith reports. the muslim business owners here don't need to take
to tell them who's destroying their shops and homes. nationalist groups have again been exploiting long simmering resentment among some ethnic sinhalese who think muslims dominate the economy i am seen lanka this is my country i want here and i going to die here i don't know i am free long time after that i don't know the. thing with in prison today but i am. proud of my three month. using social media rumors of alleged muslim wrongdoing spread fast and angry groups quickly for an hour before the mob came through the military and the police told the muslims living here to get out so they did when they came home and it was all over i came back to this and many of the people living here have told us that they've been left with the impression however right or wrong that the security forces weren't interested in looking after their property the local police chief
tells us they did everything they could. the government to send troops imposed a curfew and cut access to social media with the coalition administration led by prime minister rana wickramasinghe is politically weak and some have accused it of not doing enough to tackle rising nationalism it's very difficult these are going to be few question to answer because of the emotions involved it's very easy to fall from but it will give me that. that idea and something in me and then and get my emotions run riot in me maybe in the future there may be things that we can do better so. it's a topic that we have to discuss in the future. three quarters of shoreline because population is sinhalese and overwhelmingly put last but nationalist promoted long healthy is that the character of the island is under threat first from british colonialism then there was a twenty six year civil war with tamils now it's muslims and they are destroying up
with the sites and we definitely cannot stand by sinhalese as buddhist and watch as that is happening. one or two temples have been targeted but most victims of the violence are muslim the region of candy is vital to sri lanka's multibillion dollar tourist industry but it's under curfew once again but it's meant. candy let's not take a snapshot of how people around the world have been marking international women's day these were the scenes in spain's capital madrid as thousands of women joined a twenty four hour strike it's estimated more than five million people protested calling for gender equality. and a march on its knees company to rome has been led by the actress who helped launch the me to movement asia argentina call for an end to sexual harassment and for equal opportunities irrespective of gender she's accused harvey weinstein of raping her when she was just twenty one a public accusation led to hundreds of women coming forward with similar revelations from the film industry. and two prominent female have addressed the
united nations. there has been rampant sexual harassment and abuse within our industry including myself when i was sixteen years old i was assaulted by a director. on a movie and i think. one of the things i understood was a condition of my employment and the opportunities that i had was silence women are the more powerful sex ok. i'm five because i cannot believe the things i've heard women say they've been through and they still keep going day by day and handle their business and take care of the children and invest in their communities and stand up and make things and make things better for people around them well the u.n. secretary general spoke at a special event to mark the occasion says it's a pivotal moment for women's rights for their kids women have been calling for the equality that is their rights and today they are shaking the pillars of pathologic
they are telling their stories and provoking important and necessary conversations everywhere women are saying the time is no time for equality and opportunity respect and the equal representation. time for an end to violence you know hundreds of turkish woman have marred the day by calling for the release of female prisoners in syria they gather for protest on the turkish syrian border rights groups say more than thirteen thousand women have been detained since the civil war began so the reports. it's an all women can warn dozens of buses carrying women activists have been under rules for two days from istanbul to hot site on the turkish syrian border the organizers of the so-called come to school or want to remind the world of syria's forgotten women who have suffered dire conditions in syrian regime prisons and been
tortured since the war began in two thousand and eleven lawyer demand musar says' the conditions violate not only international law but also syrian law absolutely no rights and a lot of times the families have some sort of idea where they are but for the most part they don't know which security branch they are imprisoned in or which prison and for many they are forcibly disappeared which means we don't even know if they're actually detained in the prison or they have been taken hostage according to the organizers of the convoy more than six thousand seven hundred women are currently in jail at these five hundred thousand people have lost their lives in syria during the seven year conflict the british based syrian observatory for human rights says more than nine thousand were women and at least ten thousand were children thirty one year old nurul who jersey was tortured for several weeks the
police in the mask has arrested her because she was an activist in two thousand and twelve she is one of the convoys leaders for thought of the. i haven't repeatedly beaten during interrogations they did. everything including electrocution they also humiliated us and tortured us the worst moment was when i officer ordered other soldiers to rape me if i don't talk for me there was always the threat for some other girls they weren't so lucky. women in this convoy are from different religious and ethnic groups they aim to create international awareness about the violations and crimes committed against women in syrian prisons it is the least they can do on an international women's day for them and for their children no one here is expecting president bashar assad to be watching but what they are demanding is that the international community puts more pressure on his
government to act at the doorstep of syria these women call out to those in prison beyond the border we are coming to save you see them al-jazeera stumble well let's talk to ashley prachi second trip for u.s. news and world report she's also a board member of republican women for progress that's a policy organization focusing on women's representation let's talk first about the amount of massage mystic abuse that women politicians face online how worried are you about this and is it on the increase do you think. i think it certainly is especially because we have president trump in there who makes comments about women pretty much regularly which i'm not very appreciative of and that was the rhetoric that was used on the campaign campaign for which i think has been empowering a lot of women to consider running for political office because they've done more engaged in more active in the sense that they feel as though they should be more represented there should be more women running for political office whether it be
and your local school district or whether it be in the house and senate and i think that those are very important conversations for us to be having as woman for us to be lifting each other up and to be empowering one another to say we can do this and we can come together and we can really take on what has traditionally been a male dominated industry which is the political industry and we've seen the hostile to movement work its way from hollywood in silicon valley through to the media business and now it seems to be getting a lot of attention in the political world so how do you think this movement can actually go actually. i think it has a lot of power and it's one thing that you know for a while it was something that everybody was talking about it was on every major news network it was in all the papers there was a lot of commentary on it and i'm loving that we're seeing some action some headway we're seeing you know a lot of women come forward and say this is not ok we can't be silent anymore it's not ok for us to be treated this way and there are many women some of my friends
included including myself who have experienced this in the workplace there's harassment there's abuse there's all levels of it and at one point you have to say enough is enough and to start making a change as a society and this is become now a worldwide movement where of course you know some of us here in the united states are obviously very fortunate and other women in other countries are not as fortunate and they suffer and experience human rights abuses that are absolutely atrocious so i think the need to movement being brought in is certainly something that will help empower women as a whole all across the world and you talk about women's empowerment what do you think of the problem which is needed to achieve greater women's empowerment. i think one of those is what we were talking about before which is women really running for political office there's a great group out there republican women for progress that's really trying to engage at the grassroots level and they're really taking on donald trump in the rhetoric that he is saying in saying we want to take our party back and engage more women get more females to run who stand for moderate policies who are pro women and
with. but as john holdren reports the location of the meeting itself provides a cautionary tale of financial gains. for the delegates gathering to discuss how best to save the seas in the world ocean summit is a textbook example of what not to do in the very town that they flew into cancun it attracted seven million international visitors just last year but financial success has meant abandoning the principles of sustainability that the summit is trying hard to promote. also changing the way the territory west conformed into a touristic area really brought lots of problems because for example we started to lose these natural barriers for the natural disasters not only the coral reefs but also the mangroves and what do you do this transformation you cannot go back easily . mangroves have been ripped out to make way for development it reflects
a global trend more than thirty percent of the unique trees crucial for storing carbon dioxide have been destroyed worldwide cancun's lagoon and seas have been polluted that together with global warming has damaged the mess where american reefs the largest in the western hemisphere worldwide over three quarters of reefs are under threat cancun is like holding up a mirror to the world or what happens when urban development tourism explode largely unrestricted by authorities it might look good for now but environmentalist say that here and elsewhere time is running out. but just as globally here there's a local fight back going on this project is one of several farming coral to replenish the damaged reef one piece at a time it's the key to the ocean ecosystem that's had a sea face reefs and corals generates so many habitats for fish mollusks our stations it's as if they were an all races in the desert warfare or fishing
corporate is working with authorities and n.g.o.s are enforcing no catch sones the fishermen themselves monitor the protected areas and have seen biomass go up by more than four hundred percent you know this is the work or if we didn't do this now we'd only be thinking a short term little we hear of now would disappear are fairly wealthy but the state government long lacks in holding hotel isn't developers to account says it's also now on board you know you can put on these so there is a serious commitment from the government to focus on the environment because. he recognizes that tourism depends on a natural resource and symbion if we exist then tourism has been used to. just woods for now but it's a vision in line with the yangs of this global summit united effort business leaders conservationists and government before it's too late. john heilemann joins us live now from cancun john so this is the summit is meant to be all about action
and new initiatives to protect the oceans has there been anything announced today. actually just a few moments ago a few minutes ago i should say there was the creation of a trust fund which is going to administer the first insurance policy taken out on a coral reef it's the meso american reef somewhere over there off the coast of mexico it's going to be a ship insured at least the mexican portion of that against hurricanes and against storms that could damage it i'm here now with fernando cicadas who is the lead for the nature conservancy on coastal britain's. coastal repairs and coastal work for now and tell me a little bit more about how exactly is an insurance policy taken out on a reef going to work. think about it what did it but what i would have said actually a very fragile and they did it the system you're against because several damage to
their reach so it's very important that i read is that much by the u.k. as you can report it so we need money we need funding to conduct recession activities so next and then it's very active and the most american we've got set up and ensuring that we. just fund that you mentioned today to fund all the discussion activities is so important that we help the reef to be restored after you again damage ok and of course of the coast here there are a lot of different hurricanes throughout the years that have come and damage across and that stymies across as well when the reef get started. tell us what my world wide a so important. the reef actually protect the coast and you're against themselves from beach erosion from syria right they protect two hundred million people all over there was not only heating the mexican caribbean so protecting the reef restoring the protection services they provide to the economy to the people is so important therefore he saw. to have funding to help the reef to be restored after
you became. there also importing the context of the sea is well we haven't talked about is the sort of house with fish life things like that start off notice which of the basis of beaker if you actually quote i respond right so many services to the economy you mention fish industries attractions that protection so if we allow them to continue to that graduation that they have been facing for so many years we will lose one of the most important in my own diversity procedures so translating the response is so important to get the reef become healthy and not going to lose them forever this policy which is going to be the first of its kind hopefully when it gets set up that this is something that we can then take a model we can take from other reefs across the world yes the nature conservancy that's been thinking of this attack that they sang in these insurance policy deciding these charts is for me to do faster these knowledge to other countries we are really going to expand this experience to their lives american reefs the
baileys do doesn't work in my lab we're going to spend a lot of fun to the caribbean and also get a ship i see all the places where you have very valuable reefs and are protected thank you very much for that fernando so there's about three cool to use of the reefs all over the world that face direct threats just now so this is just one of the ideas it's coming out of this world ocean summit to try and deal with that problem don thank you. now nearly a million people have been left without power after a heavy dumping of snow in the northeast of the united states is the second storm to hit the east coast in less than a week more than eight hundred thousand people are enjoying widespread electricity cuts some of been without power now for almost a week heavy snow and icy roads and for state officials to close schools and canceled the night thousands of flights across the region. all right time to check on the sport his job. thanks very much north and south korea will march separately friday's opening ceremony for the winter paralympics north korea we making its
games debut in pyung china but the respective teams have opted not to replicate the joint procession seen last month the limp ace the north korea is taking part a toll is still being viewed as a major step forward rob mcbride reports. a build up event to do support for the paralympics games that often struggle in the shadow of the more popular olympics they follow. but amid the olympic goodwill generated between north and south korea these winter paralympics have an added political dimension. to the north and south are one nation and we should be united one day i see it as a positive move as a korean national. just as he saw a very successful winter olympics i believe we will see another equally successful paralympics. south korea's paralympians are being joined by a small team from north korea. a chance to help closer relations while supporting
the development of sports for athletes with disabilities. the conditions for paralympics in the north is hard we want to help develop the sports and we hope the visa paralympics can play a positive role in reunification with the men's pair ice hockey team is one of south korea's medal hopes the subject of a feature length documentary released to coincide with the games. lots of people look at us with pity but we hope they just see us as athletes. and also as inspirational role models overcoming challenges and adversity. one of the team members is a defector from north korea now wearing south korean colors choi one calc how does leg amputated when he fell from the train he'd been clinging to.
there are some people who wish for unification and some who don't i personally want i wish all those who were hurt because of the division can be healed so no doubt. the game's organizers say ticket sales all beating expectations pointing to increased interest in spite of the hype it took time for south koreans to get behind their winter olympics for once they no one it seems was more enthusiastic the hope is that same action will now carry through to support the paralympics. and if they help north south relations say the game supporters koreans will be the winners even before the first medals have been awarded rob mcbride al-jazeera three three no williams thanks her return to competitive singles action later this the say six months on from giving the full well no one is taking part in the indian wells tournament in california williams played in an exhibition event earlier this
week in preparation for her first tour event since winning the two thousand and seventeen australian open the thirty six year old will take on zarina d.s. has it event will also see the comeback of victoria the rank. well it's great to see them back to roost. for different reasons but you know obviously having the best. ever come back and play on tours something that is very special some very happy to see serene about going to be exciting to see. you know what she's going to come up with over the next few weeks and months. maria share programs already out of the eventually was beaten in straight sets by near soccer of japan sharpe over was also beaten in the first round at her last tournament appearance indo. the world of football has been remembering the life and career for italian player david a a story that here in china captain died on sunday at the age of thirty one
thanks a stories funeral has taken place in florence with representatives of every top level italian club in attendance count fourteen times by as country he died of a suspected cardiac arrest just hours before fiorentina was set to play a league match against woody name thing. also have ease the pressure on their under fire boss acevedo the gunners beat ac milan away in the first leg of their last sixteen euro pally tie goals from henrik me tyrion and aaron ramsey sealed the two know when it is a run of four straight losses winning the competition would guarantee champions league qualification for arsenal who were down in sixth in the e.p.l. the worst league campaign of bangas twenty two year reign elsewhere let's go brigid beat lokomotiv moscow three nil but there was a big upset for bruce who dortmund who lost a home and will face a tough away tie to sulzberger a good night two for the french teams in action as lille beat c.s.k.
moscow play have beaten lessee. defending women's world champions the usa have beaten england in the final game of the she believes cup of the fourteen torment also included france and germany this national lando was decided by an own goal from england believe right it's the second time the u.s. have won this title on the size of building up to next year's world cup in france sebastian vettel and for arya gaining momentum ahead of the new f one season which begins with the australian grand prix later this month the four time world champion set an unofficial track record in testing at barcelona's circuit the catalonia earlier vettel smashed daniel ricardo's lap time from wednesday finally a facon there's just one day of practice left for the team. and i thought sport for now more later joe thank you very much now old traditions modern technology have collided at this year's sky in london festival in taiwan creations from six asian
cities around display at the event which attracts millions of visitors from around the world so here is that before reports rising up the night sky this year's sky lantern festival theme is a celebration of the chinese zodiac year of the dog the main display lambton a child from the local soup tribe with a taiwanese dog to wish everyone a prosperous year ahead. the festival dates back to the tenderness to fourteen hundred years ago back in the tradition marked the end of the lunar new year break when students return to school with lanterns to be left out by the teaches as a symbol of oppression future. the festival features tech inspired elements that allow for more visitor interaction the smartphone app helps with festival navigation and provides display information along with the details of their design concept. digital temple lanterns can be lit for good fortune or digital lanterns
can be released into a virtual sky. but the traditional style lantern is still being kept alive first invented by a military strategist in china around eight hundred years ago it was brought to taiwan by immigrants and at one time mine is in ping c. use the lanterns to warn of bandits seventy one year old lingual he wants to attract tourists with his craft following in his father's footsteps he's been making sky lanterns the old fashioned way for almost thirty. tells law if we don't pass on our traditions many of those ability to a cultural heritage of doubts will be forgotten this is what keeps me going. lynches historical stories and shows visitors how to float the creations written hoax how well love and success slowly rise of. the kerosene so rice paper is expected to last
a year but as technology changes lin hopes his ancient craft last a lifetime. go for al-jazeera. all in is of course on our website address al-jazeera dot com that's it for me down trodden for now on this news hour but i'll be back in a moment a lot the day's news stacia that's what. jeanette morales was just ten years old when a devastating earthquake struck mexico city in one thousand nine hundred. the quake damaged her family's apartment and the government moved them to distend shack
around seventy families who lost their homes in that earthquake still live in this county ca going to be up at the gala the government raised our hopes and then abandon us politicians have promised that they won't allow a repeat of what happened after the earthquake in one thousand eight hundred five but the cost and complexity of housing hundreds of people living in camps is a major task and one that many people here think the government the fail. the forestry.
richard problem is something which is a geopolitical issue that's for governments and national institutions to money and the one thing refugees don't have the rights to will freely on the other boards and will freely as far and as much as they want. multinational colonialism this is of the another moment over the democratic process these companies they just want the europe's forbidden colony episode one at this time on al-jazeera. u.s. president donald trump makes good on his promise to impose tariffs on imported steel and allen minium as a pacific nation sign a deal against protectionism. alone down job of this is al jazeera live from to.