Military drills a show of force t3 4 wristbandso Taiwan

South By Southwest (Sxsw) Music Festival Austin, Texas One part grimy dive bar and one part hip live music venue, Off Broadway walks a thin line. The St. Louis venue isn"t so ghetto and grungy that it scares off well known out-of-town groups, and it"s not so pristine and sterile that it seems awkward to watch a local garage band play there on a Wednesday. For those who live in or near St. Louis and have developed a taste for punk, indie rock and Stag, Off Broadway may be the best music venue around. JON AUER: I spent a couple of weeks in Minneapolis making a record with a band called The Melismatics who I think are fantastic. Beyond the music, they also inspired me with their work ethic with was superlative. I also just played with a band while I was recently in Singapore called Typewriter who I had a great time with. We played together, some of my songs, some of theirs, kind of a musical cultural exchange at a big festival wristbands there. Of course, there are goals that have to do with physical measurements (weight, body fat percentage, size), and other goals that might have to do with your performance, like running a certain time or distance. Another type of goal might be to get yourself geared up for a future event or challenge, like a 10k run, or a full or 1/2 marathon, or a triathlon, or a "Tough Mudder" event wristbands, or a long distance cycling event, or a 3-day walk, and so on. You could even schedule a vacation where you"ll be active, like climbing, or surfing, or skiing, or white water rafting, or hiking. You get the point. Saturday"s festival is geared toward the whole family, and admission is free for all. "Celebrate Downtown, C"Mon" will be held at 5th & Maine in downtown Tulsa. Musical talent will include Mary Cogan, Rochelle Chambers, David Skinner Band, WallStreet, Eldredge Jackson, and Jeff Shadley Group. Hosted on Woolaroc Ranch"s historic grounds, the KidsFest features live entertainment, events, games, wagon rides, and crafts. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the parochial grounds and the beauty of the Osage Hills. The Woolaroc Museum has several historical art pieces and memorabilia. The Ranch also sport wristbands a Wildlife Preserve. Fishing is another popular pastime in Lorne. Beach fishing can be good but most anglers seem to prefer the Lorne pier where you can catch just about anything. Whiting and Flathead are a common catch and in winter you can get on to a school of Snapper. Squid can also be caught by jigging at the end of the pier. If you don"t have any luck there is no need to worry because the local fishing co-op is right near the pier and they do very good fish and chips. AB: The music industry is changing every day. There are a lot of reasons we do it. One reason is obvious: publicity. Being active on social media gets our name out there, which gets us more fans. We use it as a promotional tool. But first and foremost, the internet makes bands more accessible to music fans. I wish we were young at this time so that we can connect to the artists we follow. We just feel like it"s the least we can do for our fans that support us. We try to reply to every single fan. It is very rare that we don"t answer a fan.
The aircraft carrier CNS Liaoning leads its battle group on its first combat exercise in the western Pacific on Friday. [Hu Kaibing/For China Daily]

Beijing will take further action to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity if Taiwan separatists continue to carry out secession activities, a senior mainland official warned on Wednesday in Beijing following recent military drills in the Taiwan Straits.

Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, spoke in response to a question during a news conference about whether "military force for reunification" should be employed.

"The recent live-fire drills carried out by the People"s Liberation Army have sent an explicit and clear message-we aim to pursue peaceful reunification with sincerity and great efforts, but we have the resolve, the confidence and the ability to defeat secessionist attempts in any form, to safeguard national sovereignty and territorial integrity," Ma said.

Last week, the PLA Ground Force and Air Force conducted live-fire exercises and several training operations in the Taiwan Straits.

Ma said the drills targeted a "Taiwan independence" force, and the government aims for a peaceful and steady cross-Straits relationship and to protect the common interests of people on both sides of the Straits.

"It (the live-fire drill) is a warning to the United States, to Tsai Ing-wen and Lai Chingte," said Wang Hailiang, a researcher of Taiwan studies at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.

Tsai is the island"s "president" and Lai is the "premier".

"The message is clear. The statement made by the Taiwan affairs office is very sharp and it has sent a strong and clear signal. ... Further military activities can be carried out around Taiwan if the tension escalates," he said.

A series of military and political events between the US and the island-such as whether US Marine Corps units protect the new site of the American Institute in Taiwan-will take place in May and June, Wang said.

"If the US and Taiwan have recognized the signal from the mainland"s military drill, they should keep a low profile to avoid incurring Beijing"s anger," he said.

Spokesman Ma Xiaoguang said on Wednesday, "China has always objected if countries with a diplomatic relationship with China establish any form of official or military connection with Taiwan," commenting on remarks that US Marines may guard the AIT.