US presses WTO to stop lenient trade treatment of China

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is pressuring the World Trade Organization to stop letting China and other economies receive lenient treatment under global trade rules by calling themselves “developing” countries.Trump on Friday directed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer (LYT’-hy-zur) to “use all available means” to get the WTO to prevent countries from claiming developing country status if their economic strength means they don’t need beneficial treatment.Developing countries, deemed not yet competitive with advanced economies such as the U.S., get more time to open their economies and enjoy procedural advantages in WTO disputes.Trump said the designation lets powerhouse China and others take “unfair” advantages. If the U.S. decides the WTO has not made “substantial progress’ after 90 days, it will seek unilaterally to stop treating those countries as developing economies.The Associated Press read more


ExSubway pitchman Fogles appeal of sentence rejected

Ex-Subway pitchman Fogle’s appeal of sentence rejected INDIANAPOLIS – A federal appeals court rejected former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle’s appeal of his sentence of more than 15 years in prison Thursday for child pornography offences and illicit sexual conduct with a child.A three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the 188-month sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt in Indianapolis.Fogle, 38, pleaded guilty in November to one count each of distributing and receiving child porn and travelling to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a child. That came four months after FBI agents raided his suburban Indianapolis home in an investigation that ended Fogle’s lucrative endorsement career with Subway, which started after he lost more than 200 pounds in college, partly by eating Subway sandwiches.As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed not to seek more than 12 1/2 years behind bars, and Fogle’s attorney, Ron Elberger, argued Pratt abused her authority by giving him a sentence three years longer than that.Elberger argued before the appeals court that Pratt was unduly influenced by Fogle’s relationship with Russell Taylor, the former director of Fogle’s foundation convicted of producing child pornography. Elberger also argued Pratt based its sentence on Fogle’s fantasies rather than his actual conduct and that she based the sentence on his acquisition and viewing of pornography depicting children as young as 6 years old.“In light of the district court’s sound exercise of discretion under the disturbing facts of this case, we uphold the above-guidelines sentence as substantively reasonable,” said the opinion written by Judge Joel Flaum.A message seeking comment was left for Elberger at his office.Fogle admitted that he paid for sex at New York City hotels with girls who were 16 or 17 years old and that he had received some child pornography produced by Taylor. Fogle also paid a total of $1.4 million to his 14 victims, with each getting $100,000.Fogle is serving his sentence at the low-security Federal Correctional Institution Englewood in suburban Denver.Taylor, who headed the foundation Fogle started to fight childhood obesity, was sentenced in December to 27 years in prison after pleading guilty to 12 counts of child exploitation and one count of distributing child pornography. Prosecutors say Taylor used hidden cameras in his Indianapolis-area homes to secretly video minors. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 9, 2016 4:09 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 9, 2016 at 5:39 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more