USChina trade battle kicks off markets take it in stride

first_imgBEIJING, China – The United States and China launched what Beijing called the “biggest trade war in economic history” Friday, imposing tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods amid a spiraling dispute over technology.The Trump administration is confronting China over development tactics it says include stealing technology or pressuring foreign companies to hand it over. American officials worry U.S. industrial leadership will be eroded by Chinese plans to create tech champions in fields including robotics, biotech and artificial intelligence.Washington imposed 25 per cent duties on $34 billion of imports from China, the first in a series of possible increases that President Donald Trump says could affect up to $550 billion of Chinese goods, more than the total amount China exported to the U.S. last year.The first round targets Chinese industrial goods, not consumer products, in an attempt to limit the impact on U.S. households, but companies that rely on Chinese-made machinery or components may eventually have to pass along increased costs to customers.The Chinese Foreign Ministry said “retaliatory tariffs” also took effect, but provided no other details. The Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily said tariffs were imposed on a list of goods issued last month that included soybeans, pork and electric vehicles. U.S. soybean farmers have been particularly concerned, and the price of soybeans has plunged 17 per cent over the past month on tariff fears.Washington has “ignited the biggest trade war in economic history,” said a Commerce Ministry statement.During an official visit to Bulgaria, China’s No. 2 leader, Premier Li Keqiang, said “no one will win by fighting a trade war, yet China will take countermeasures in the face of unilateral moves.”Companies worry the dispute could chill global economic growth, but Asian financial markets took Friday’s developments in stride.Japan’s main stock index, the Nikkei 225, gained 1.1 per cent while the Shanghai Composite Index added 0.5 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng also rose 0.5 per cent.The conflict between the world’s two biggest economies reflects chronic tension in their relationship as customers, business partners, and increasingly competitors. It also is rooted in the clash between American notions of free trade and Beijing’s state-led development model.China’s ruling Communist Party has insisted on making changes at its own pace while sticking to state-directed technology development seen as the path to prosperity and global influence. Beijing has announced reforms this year including ending limits on foreign ownership in its auto industry, but none directly addresses complaints that are fueling its conflict with Washington.On Thursday, Trump said higher tariffs on an additional $16 billion in Chinese goods were set to take effect in two weeks.After that, the hostilities could intensify: Trump said Washington is ready to target an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports — and then $300 billion more — if Beijing does not yield.That would bring the total of targeted Chinese goods to $550 billion — more than the $506 billion in goods that China shipped to the United States last year.Chinese officials reject accusations they steal or force foreign companies to hand over technology. But rules on auto manufacturing and other industries require companies to work through state-owned partners, obliging them to share know-how with potential competitors.Other governments express similar complaints toward Beijing, but Washington has alienated potential allies by raising import duties on steel, aluminum and autos from Europe, Canada, Mexico and Japan. Some have responded by hiking their own tariffs on U.S. goods.Trump’s confrontational outlook applies to other trading partners as well as China, said Tai Hui, chief strategist for JP Morgan Asset Management, in a report.“This is a potential concern for the outlook of corporate investment and consumption around world,” Hui said.The official China Daily newspaper accused the Trump administration of “behaving like a gang of hoodlums.” It said they would damage the global economy unless other countries stop them.“There should be no doubting Beijing’s resolve,” the newspaper said.Forecasters say global economic growth could be reduced by up to 0.5 percentage points in 2019-20 if both sides wind up raising tariffs on $250 billion of imports.The American Chamber of Commerce in China appealed to both sides to negotiate.“There are no winners in a trade war,” the chamber’s chairman, William Zarit, said in a statement. Companies want fairer treatment but will be hurt by U.S.-Chinese tensions, Zarit said. “We urge the two governments to come back to the negotiation table.”___Complete coverage: and Superville reported from Washington. AP Writer Catherine Lucey on Air Force One contributed.last_img read more

NBC hopes that its Americas Got Talent can sink ABCs Rising Star

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NBC hopes that its ‘America’s Got Talent’ can sink ABC’s ‘Rising Star’ NEW YORK, N.Y. – NBC is fighting amateur with amateur.With rival ABC pinning much of its hopes for summer success behind the interactive new talent show, “Rising Star,” that debuted Sunday, NBC made a last-minute schedule change to distract potential viewers.NBC scheduled a special Sunday night version of “America’s Got Talent,” already established as summer’s most popular competition, to directly compete with “Rising Star.” That move prevented the ABC show from getting off to a fast start: “America’s Got Talent” had 8.1 million viewers, and “Rising Star” had 5.2 million, according to the Nielsen Co.It was closer among viewers ages 18 to 49 years old, the demographic that both networks care most about (NBC’s 2.67 million to ABC’s 1.93 million). Since viewer engagement is important to “Rising Star,” ABC said it was happy that more than a million people downloaded the show’s app, and viewers cast 5.6 million votes for the show’s contestants.The U.S.-Portugal World Cup soccer game was the most popular program on TV in the past week, although it is not counted in the prime-time rankings because ESPN’s telecast started earlier in the evening.CBS won the week in prime time, averaging 5 million viewers. NBC had 4.9 million, ABC had 4.1 million, Univision had 3.02 million, Fox had 2.95 million, Telemundo had 1.5 million, ION Television had 1.1 million and the CW had 1 million.Behind World Cup soccer, ESPN was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.59 million viewers in prime time. TNT had 2.32 million, USA had 1.95 million, The Disney Channel had 1.89 million and TBS had 1.57 million.NBC’s “Nightly News” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8 million viewers. ABC’s “World News” was second with 7 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6 million viewers.For the week of June 16-22, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.42 million; “America’s Got Talent” (Sunday), NBC, 8.12 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 7.82 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 7.67 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 6.72 million; “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 6.5 million; “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 6.42 million; “Night Shift,” NBC, 6.25 million; “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 6.19 million; “Dateline NBC,” NBC, 6.02 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online: by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2014 2:18 pm MDT read more

Female high street mannequins disturbingly thin and medically unhealthy say academics

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She wrote on Facebook: “My Biggest Girl went into town with her friend after school yesterday. They went around the shops to try to find a birthday present for another friend of theirs. Dr Eric Robinson, who led the study, said mannequins on UK high streets were ‘disturbingly thin’ The team at Liverpool University concluded that the body size of mannequins used to advertise female fashion is unrealistic, and would be considered “medically unhealthy” in humans. Dr Eric Robinson, who led the study, said mannequins on UK high streets were “disturbingly thin”.He said: “Because ultrathin ideals encourage the development of body image problems in young people, we need to change the environment to reduce emphasis on the value of extreme thinness.”As a society we should be taking measures to stop this type of reinforcement.”Their comments come just weeks after high street fashion chain Topshop hit the headlines for using emaciated-looking mannequins, which social media users compared to victims of ‘famine’. The shop had promised to stop using stick-thin mannequins in 2015.Mother Zoe Mason spoke of how her 15-year-old daughter was shocked when she saw the figures in a shop window in Herefordshire.center_img “I was quite taken aback when they first things that tumbled out of my girl’s mouth were words full of crossness. She thrust her phone under my nose and showed me this picture and said,’Look at that, Mum! I mean just LOOK at it. Me and M couldn’t believe it as we walked past! I mean, it’s not surprising that so many of my friends think they are fat or just don’t like their bodies.”Her post was been shared hundreds of times as parents agreed that the mannequins were too thin. A leading UK youth charity, branding the ultra-thin mannequins “insidious.”Denise Hatton, Chief Executive of the National Council of YMCAs, said: “Once again young women and girls are presented with an ‘ideal’ body type that’s unrealistic and unhealthy for the majority of people to achieve.”Only ever seeing one body type in fashion advertising, particularly an extremely thin body type, risks creating an insidious pressure to attempt to become something we’re not.” Female mannequins used in high street stores appear “severely underweight” and put pressure on women to be unhealthily slim, according to a new study.Researchers assessed the body size of male and female mannequins in a survey of national fashion retailers on the high street of two cities in the UK.Published in The Journal of Eating Disorders, the study found that 100 per cent of the female mannequins surveyed represented an underweight body size.The average male mannequin body size was significantly larger than the average female mannequin, and only eight per cent of male mannequins represented an underweight body size.last_img read more

Walmart offers free shipping until Dec 20 on 60000 products including electronics

first_imgWalmart has decided to give geeks across the U.S. an early Christmas present by introducing free shipping from its online store. It’s a limited offer on eligible products, but the products that come under the offer fall mainly in the electronics and toys categories.From today through December 20 around 60,000 items will qualify for free shipping if ordered via Walmart’s online store. There is no minimum purchase in place to get free shipping either.Walmart has decided to do this so as to undercut competitors who have implemented improved shipping rates, but ultimately still charge for it. You can’t beat free as Steve Nave, vice president and general manager of explains:Everyone’s trying to figure out how we can serve a customer that’s trying to save every penny they can. It’s the most competitive offer out there, and we’re pretty excited about it. Depending on how successful this free shipping experiment is Walmart look set to continue offering it after December 20 in some form. For Christmas present purchases it may mean the difference between buying from Walmart or looking elsewhere over the next month or so.Read more at NYTimes.comMatthew’s OpinionI have no issue with paying for shipping as long as it is reasonable based on the delivery time estimate, and it doesn’t go up if I order more than one product. I also always check prices on sites offering free shipping because usually the price of the products is more expensive to cover the delivery charge. There’s lots of sites that get it right, though.Walmart is huge and can therefore afford to do this. It has a solid distribution network, ships enough to get favorable delivery pricing anyway, so the cost in doing this for the next 5 weeks is going to be minimal. The gains in extra customer spending will far outweigh it.One thing that’s not completely clear when visiting is exactly which products qualify. I see the banners advertising the offer, but no list of which products get free shipping. It seems as though you need to click through to a product’s page to see if it has the “Free Shipping to Home” tag. If anyone finds a link listing free shipping items please share it in the comments.last_img read more

A Dublin landlord is offering a discount but only if you pay

first_img By Sean Murray A Dublin landlord is offering a discount… but only if you pay 12 months’ rent upfront Threshold said that requiring tenants to pay more rent upfront is on the increase. Friday 28 Apr 2017, 12:05 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 85 Comments Where a tenancy may end prematurely, there’s often a difficulty in recovering an overpayment.McCafferty said that court cases in the UK, such as a 2009 case in Grimsby where the court ruled that two months paid in advance effectively counted as a deposit, showed a precedence there for how the tenant could be protected when they pay up rent months in advance.In the UK, for example, there is a statutory deposit protection scheme but no system yet exists in Ireland, says McCafferty.While there is a provision in the Residential Tenancies (Amended) Act 2015 for a deposit protection scheme in Ireland, this has not yet been enacted.The government originally said that this would be operational by 2017, but this has so far not yet come into force.Housing AssistanceThere are also concerns over how such a practice would affect prospective tenants in receipt of housing assistance payment (Hap).Designed to replace long-term rent supplement, Hap sees local authorities pay landlords directly.Although there are limits to how much can be provided, on a case-by-case basis recipients could be granted in the region of €1,600 by Dublin local authorities towards the cost of the rent.McCafferty says there are at least two recent cases that have come to Threshold’s attention where prospective tenants in receipt of Hap have faced barriers in the form of upfront rent demands.In one of the cases, he said that prospective tenants in receipt of Hap were required to provide three months rent upfront on top of their deposit.For those receiving the payment, this was essentially a prohibitive measure on them being able to rent the property.The average person not on this payment, however, was not required to stump up so much cash upfront.In these cases, a person receiving this social welfare assistance is unable to rent a home and, even for those who are able to afford what is required upfront, there is no guarantee that they’d get their money back in the event of a dispute.“For us, it highlights how essential it is that deposit protection schemes are brought in here,” McCafferty said.In a situation where people are paying more and more rent upfront, it is likely you will have increasing numbers of disputes.Government’s solutionWhile the measures outlined in last year’s Budget aim to deal with the current cost of rent with designated “rent pressure zones”, there was no provision or limit on how much a landlord can ask for in advance of a tenancy.Minister Simon Coveney’s plans to introduce rent caps in certain towns and cities around Ireland were unveiled last October.Originally rolled out for Dublin and Cork, the new system of rent caps has been extended to all of Galway city and 23 towns across the country.It means rent can only be raised by a maximum of 4% a year in those areas, at the time of its next review.For McCafferty, however, the provision of deposit protection is essential for renters dealing with high costs, to reduce the uncertainty around monies owed that they may not get back.While we haven’t seen cases of the 12 months in advance as very common, asking renters for more money upfront is on the increase in this rental climate.While rent caps may limit the month-to-month cost of rent, requiring tenants to pay so much upfront could be excluding some people from being able to rent a home, he added.Read: These are the most expensive and cheapest areas for renting in IrelandRead: Landlords express ‘absolute outrage’ at new rent control plans Image: Shutterstock/Ingus Kruklitiscenter_img Share Tweet Email3 Image: Shutterstock/Ingus Kruklitis Apr 28th 2017, 12:05 AM Short URL 48,830 Views THERE IS AN apartment up for rent on, based in Dublin city centre.It is listed at €1,600 per month, has two bedrooms, is available to move into from August and is located in Christchurch.The lease can be flexible, with the option of signing up for one month, three months, or a full twelve months.However, this price of €1,600 per month can be only be availed of if you choose the 12 months option and if you opt to pay a full years’ rent up front.If you sign up to the year-long lease and opt not to pay it all upfront, the apartment will cost the equivalent of €2,000 a month in rent. If you opt to pay six months’ upfront, the rent will cost the equivalent of €1,800 per month.While it may appear unlikely that prospective tenants will have over €19,000 in their back pocket ready to hand over for a lease, there have been warnings around the increasing requirements for upfront rent across the country.“Not illegal, but be wary”Speaking to, CEO of housing charity Threshold, John Mark McCafferty said that “there’s nothing in law to prohibit that arrangement”.“However, we have seen more cases where tenants must pay several months upfront,” he said.McCafferty said that for tenants who enter into arrangements with a requirement to pay several months rent in advance, it leaves them at risk of not getting their money back if they leave the property before the close of the tenancy.“In situations such as this, where the tenant pays in advance, the landlord is in a much stronger position.last_img read more

Voices visions

first_imgFestival Hellenika is seeking participation in the Voices & Visions presentation evening to be held on Wednesday 4 April. Whether you are from Greek background or not, if you are a poet; contemporary writer; performing artist; crafts person; photographer; film maker, traveller or Person with a Hellenic (Greek) theme or story to tell, then Festival Hellenika 2012 offers you the chance to present your work in its Voices & Visions. You can present in English or Greek or both. For more information, or if you would like to register email or Festival Hellenika is an annual arts festival held in Adelaide in February, March, April and is dedicated to the development, promotion, celebration, and affirmation of Hellenic links in Arts, and their exciting Australian manifestations Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

NATO to continue patrolling the Aegean in search for people smugglers

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A major disagreement erupted beteween Turkey and NATO, as the agency’s defense ministers expressed their determination to continue cooperationg with the European Union in the quest to stop human smuggling across the Augean. Operation Sea Guardian will see NATO ships and planes deployed to the central Mediterranean, ready to help increase the EU’s situational awareness and provide logistical support. “Thanks to our joint efforts, together with Greece and Turkey, the flow of migrants has decreased substantially,” said  Jens Stoltenberg told reporters, the alliance’s Secretary-General, pledging to take the anti-trafficking mission to “the next level”. Not everyone is happy with this decision; Turkish officials expressed their opposition, stating that the sharp drop in refugees trying to get to Greece means there is no longer a need for warships to patrol its coast beyond the end of December. On the other hand, Greek Defence Minister Panos Kammenos welcomed the continued presence of NATO forces in the Aegean, not only for its impact on the effective reduction of refugees and illegal immigrants crossing the Aegean, but also because it is a way for the Alliance to have a first-hand account of “Turkish provocation, violation of international rules and the attempt to create a climate of upheaval between two members.” From his part, Greece’s Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas has expressed the fear that Turkey might not honor an agreement with the EU to curb illegal migration, leading to a renewed influx of migrants into Greece, where reception centers are already overcrowded.[Source: Kathimerini]last_img read more

El Camino A Breaking Bad Movie Music Trailer Shows Jesses Journey

first_img Aaron Paul: Rewatch This Key ‘Breaking Bad’ Scene Before ‘El Camino’Watch: Netflix Drops ‘Breaking Bad’ Movie Sequel Teaser There aren’t many details on the movie yet, but Aaron Paul, the actor who plays Jesse Pinkman, recently posted a picture of him wearing his old Breaking Bad suit on Instagram.“Hello old friend,” Paul wrote below the picture, which has received more than 900,000 likes so far.El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie is coming to Netflix on October 11.More on Paul: Rewatch This Key ‘Breaking Bad’ Scene Before ‘El Camino’Watch: Netflix Drops ‘Breaking Bad’ Movie Sequel TeaserBryan Cranston, Aaron Paul Tweets Tease Possible ‘Breaking Bad’ Reunion Stay on targetcenter_img El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie will premiere on Netflix next month and you can catch up on all the painful parts of Jesse Pinkman’s journey in a new music trailer for the film.Netflix dropped a new El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie trailer on Tuesday, which features the chilling vocals of R&B duo Chloe X Halle. With the trailer, fans can revisit Jesse Pinkman’s emotional Breaking Bad  moments from the beginning to the end of the series.When Jesse Pinkman is on the hot seat, he’s asked to share details on any business dealings, any personal dealings, and any criminal activity he was a witness or part of. Scenes of Jesse Pinkman and Walter White getting started in the meth lab, Jesse Pinkman throwing away his money, and Jesse Pinkman watching Andrea Cantillo get killed by Todd Alquist are shown in the trailer’s footage. The last shot is Jesse Pinkman driving away in a car to an unknown destination and this may be where El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie picks up.last_img read more

Camas woman still in hospital after Highway 500 accident

first_imgA Camas woman who was injured in a head-on traffic accident along Highway 500 on Saturday remained in a local hospital Sunday evening.Jaime L. Saemann, 45, was at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center in Vancouver, where her condition was not available. She was injured in a collision at 4:45 p.m. Saturday when her SUV crossed the center line of the highway and collided with another vehicle driven by Makayla M. Yost, 17, of Vancouver. Saemann had been reported in critical condition Saturday night. Yost suffered bruises and was treated in the hospital’s emergency room.last_img read more

Search underway for gunman in fatal Pembroke Pines shooting

first_imgPEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for the gunman in a fatal shooting that left one dead in Pembroke Pines.Ameer Mustafa was found shot to death along Southwest Seventh Street and 18th Avenue, around 4:50 a.m., on Jan. 15.A $25,000 reward is being offered to anybody with information surrounding the death of Mustafa.Broward County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $3,000 while an additional reward of $22,000 is being offered by anonymous donors.If you have any information on this fatal shooting, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for the reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Xbox One records last 5 minutes of gameplay saves 30 second clips

first_imgWhen Sony announced the PlayStation 4 it made a big deal of the sharing features the console included. With a push of the Share button on the DualShock 4, you can share up to 15 minutes of gameplay that the PS4 automatically records. However, that time limit could be reduced to as low as 7 minutes, as Sony has yet to confirm exact timing.Now Microsoft has confirmed it is including a similar feature on the Xbox One, but it only records the last 5 minutes of gameplay. The recording will happen continuously as you play and will just reserve part of the Xbox One’s hard drive to store the video data.Confirmation of the 5 minute time limit was made by Ken Lobb, creative director of Microsoft Studios. He also confirmed that when playing games online players will have the ability to say “Xbox Record.” Kinect will then interpret that and make the Xbox One save off the last 30 seconds of recorded gameplay.Why the distinction between the two types of recording? Lobb explained that the 30 seconds on-demand recording is for when you can’t stop playing because it’s an online match, but just did something really cool. It allows you to carry on playing and have the video available to edit later.The 5 minute auto recording can be accessed at any time by pausing your game. You can then edit it together however you see fit, and even record footage of yourself using the Kinect camera to include in the video as picture-in-picture. Once you’re happy, you can share the video via social services, e.g. on YouTube.The on-console recording is limited, but Microsoft does have another feature that makes up for it to some extent. And that comes in the form of Twitch integration, which allows for game streaming through the service alongside much longer broadcast recording. Basically, if you want to record your entire gaming session you should be able to just by hooking up to Twitch first.last_img read more

British actors take down antigay protesters during Manchester Pride parade

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Pride leader got hundreds of death threats in just one day in MauritiusYou could win thousands to have your own Pride float design come to lifeBirmingham Pride to expand out of gay village due to major redevelopmentRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  : eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Love beats hate, every single time | Photo: Impossible Bar, Twitter While thousands celebrated during the parade yesterday (25 August), a group of people decided to protest on religious grounds. The group waved anti-gay placards on Peter Street when they were spotted by the stars of British soap Coronation Street. The actors road on their own float in the parade.Nicola Thorp, who played Nicola Rubinstein in the show before leaving in June, decided to let the protesters know they were not welcome in Manchester.‘It’s a shame that you felt you needed to show your presence here today. You and your beliefs are not welcome here. You are not welcome to come and judge our sexuality,’ she shouted to them, according to Manchester Evening News.Nicola Thorp on the Coronation Street float | Photo: Nicola Thorp, Instagram‘We will not come to preach at your church. This is our church. Show some respect.’But while one take down might have been enough, openly-gay actor Anthony Cotton took it into his own hands. He jumped down from the float and waved a rainbow flag at the protesters. Then he kissed his boyfriend, Peter, right in front of them.The protesting group held placards with anti-LGBTI messages on them. One read ‘Be sure your sin will find you out.’ Whereas another ominous one read: ‘Pride goes before DESTRUCTION.’The others contained bible quotes about sin.Manchester Pride is the counter-protestThe soap stars weren’t the only ones letting the protesters know they have no place at Pride. The group stood outside Manchester restaurant and bar Impossible.So two of their employees stormed outside and kissed right in front of them.center_img Two Impossible staff love birds proving that LOVE ALWAYS WINS !! The place for closed minded protesters at pride is NON-EXISTENT! Have a great day everybody!!! We will see you at the bar! #gaypride2018 #pride #gay #lesbian #loveislove #LGBT @MENnewsdesk— IMPOSSIBLE Manchester (@IMPOSSIBLE_Mcr) August 25, 2018The Twitter account shared a photo of them: ‘Two Impossible staff love birds proving that LOVE ALWAYS WINS!! The place for closed minded protesters at pride is NON-EXISTENT! Have a great day everybody!!! We will see you at the bar!’The two kissers are not only bar supervisors, but recently engaged. Congratulations from GSN!More from Gay Star News: Lesbians fight against transphobia at Manchester Pride: See the best parade picsBirmingham Pride to expand out of gay village due to major redevelopmentThis priest ‘cleansed’ his city with holy water after it held a Pride paradeGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… British soap stars shouted down anti-gay protesters at Manchester Pride parade to rapturous applause.last_img read more

Fires wont extinguish summer tourism NSW

first_imgWith a state of emergency declared on Sunday, Minister for Tourism and Major Events, George Souris, said the government would be doing all it could to help communities affected by the infernos “rebuild their businesses and tourism livelihoods”. The New South Wales Government has vowed to support tourism as fires continue to rage across large parts of the state, most notably in and around the popular tourist region of the Blue Mountains. “Once the fires have been controlled, the Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, will work with local operators and community leaders to prioritise where help is needed the most.” Key to its support, will be ensuring visitors know the regions are “open for business” in the lead up to a “busy summer holiday period”, Mr Souris added. An RFS firefirghter battles a fire near Bell in the Blue Mountains. Image AAP- Paul Millercenter_img Visitors planning to travel to affected areas including Lithgow, the Blue Mountains, Wyong (Central Coast), Heathbrae (Hunter region) and Balmoral (Southern Highlands) are advised to check the latest bushfire information on the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) website and for road closures before travelling.  “Tourism is a critical part of many of these communities,” he said. Source = ETB News: M.H.last_img read more

West Bengal to revamp tourism promotion

first_imgA proposal will be sent to the West Bengal state government to start tourist trails surrounding Mother Teresa who has been declared a Saint by the Vatican.“We would request the state government to promote tourism surrounding her. They should build up promotion of Mother Teresa’s memorial,” said IATO President Subhash Goyal.West Bengal tourism department will also start a new outdoor campaign christened ‘Experience Bengal’, at the airports of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata to attract more tourists to the state. Besides, television commercials for the campaign will also be launched, featuring state Brand Ambassador Shahrukh Khan.last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling “That’s the biggest challenge because depth is so imperative in this league.” 0 Comments   Share   Trying to predict what the Cardinals will do with their cap space, aside from keeping their own free agents, is likely an effort in futility. But when it comes to trying to upgrade a roster that finished last season 7-8-1 but still has aging veteran stars in QB Carson Palmer and WR Larry Fitzgerald, surely GM Steve Keim, head coach Bruce Arians and their crew will look to add some fresh faces to the mix.The tricky part is the balancing act he must do with regards to trying to win now while not mortgaging the future.“It’s a tough double-edged sword, really, for me,” Keim told Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday as part of Newsmakers Week. “Because there are guys like Carson and Larry that you know that the end is sooner than later, so you have to try to build around them and try to, so to speak, go for it now.“But that’s our mindset every year; we’re never going to feel like we’re in a rebuilding phase.”Keim said he feels like the organization owes its fans that much, being aggressive in free agency in the draft in an effort to win.“But you also have to keep in mind that you’re going to do the right thing for the organization long-term,” he said. “That’s the biggest challenge, is to make sure that I can look in the mirror and realize that whether it’s the way we structure contracts, whether it’s the way we draft, or whether it’s the way we sign free agents, that this is the best thing for the organization not just for now, but for the next three or four years.” Your browser does not support the audio element. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories While we do not yet know the exact dollar amount of the 2017 NFL salary cap, one thing that is certain is it will rise from the $155,270,000 it was in 2016.For the Cardinals, that’s probably a good thing.According to, the Cardinals already have $136,936,103 committed to contracts for next season, which gives them nearly $35.5 million of space. The latter number places them 17th in the NFL and third in the NFC West, with the 49ers ($81.89 million) and Rams ($38.99 million) having more to spend and the Seahawks ($26.62 million) boasting less. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires We’ve already taken a look at their list of more than 20-plus free agents, and in the coming weeks we’ll likely get a bit more clarity regarding what the Cardinals plan on doing with each of them. On Friday, Keim would not commit to the team making a big splash in free agency, though he did say they will be aggressive throughout the process.Based on their current cap situation, they will have some room to work with. But how steadfast Keim will be in putting focus and resources into the 2017 season, which many see as the last in the team’s current window, is up in the air, mostly because Keim does not see it as a one-year deal.“Because you never know what’s going to happen,” he said.Keim compared it to the idea of a team drafting for need when what a team needs in April may be different than what it requires during the season.“If you look at Larry and Carson’s situation, if you’re basically saying that’s really all we have or those are the two primary players that we’re going to build around, what would happen if Carson Palmer went down in training camp and missed the season or Larry Fitzgerald went down and missed the season?” he said. “The way we build this roster is you have to look at our depth chart and you have to think to yourself when you’re building the 53 man, that any of these players could go down, or a number of them could go down, and how can we function if they do? LISTEN: Steve Keim, Cardinals general manager Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, right, celebrates with wide receiver John Brown after scoring during the second half of an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Rep Iden lauds Gov Snyder for budget focus on education

first_img State Rep. Brandt Iden today applauded Gov. Rick Snyder’s recommendation to keep education a priority in the state’s budget.“Providing a quality education to kids everywhere is fundamental to our success as a state,” said Rep. Iden, R-Oshtemo. “The governor recognizes that, and I’m proud to support his call for more focus on education in this upcoming budget cycle.”Gov. Snyder delivered his executive recommendations for the fiscal year 2016-17 budget before a joint session of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. As part of the presentation, the governor recommended an investment of $150 million to provide a per-pupil increase in the foundation allowance for schools across the state. In real terms, this investment will increase the minimum foundation allowance to between $7,511 and $8,229 per student.In addition to the per-pupil increase, the governor also recommended $15 million be provided for the expansion of career and technical education in K-12 schools, as well as $2.4 million for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives.“The STEM industry is proliferating at rates we couldn’t have imagined a decade ago. By providing more funding for STEM initiatives and technical education, we are opening doors for students to have jobs right out of school,” Rep. Iden said. “Investments like this pave the way for successful students and professionals. I want to thank Gov. Snyder for his foresight and support for our kids and their futures.”The budget is expected to be deliberated upon in coming months.### 10Feb Rep. Iden lauds Gov. Snyder for budget focus on education Categories: Iden News,Newslast_img read more

Rep Bellino receives Legislative Leadership Award from Michigan Soft Drink Association

first_img Categories: Bellino News,Bellino Photos State Rep. Joe Bellino of Monroe was recognized on May 17 by Michigan Soft Drink Association in Lansing.Rep. Bellino received the Legislative Leadership Award for his demonstrated commitment, leadership, effectiveness and stewardship on behalf of good public policy for Michigan’s citizens and the soft drink industry.“I am humbled to receive this award and am grateful for the opportunity to represent my neighbors and community,” Rep. Bellino said. “Owning a small business in Monroe for over 18 years and a lifetime working in the beverage industry has given me a unique perspective on how issues in the soft drink industry impact the people of southeast Michigan.”State Rep. Joe Bellino joined soft drink industry stakeholders to receive Michigan Soft Drink Association’s Legislative Leadership Award on May 17. 24May Rep. Bellino receives Legislative Leadership Award from Michigan Soft Drink Associationlast_img read more

Michigan Legislation Endangers Historic Districts Empowers Property Owners

first_imgShare8TweetShareEmail8 Sharescorktown / meeshFebruary 6, 2016; Detroit Free PressMichigan’s historic districts may have to deal with more red tape. Two paired bills (HB 5232 and SB 720) propose changes to Michigan’s preservation laws that would force historic districts to close or sunset unless residents or preservationists reapply for the districts’ status every ten years. The two joint bills also impose other limitations that would seriously hinder the ability of districts to retain their status as protected historic places.Among the restrictions under the new legislation, every ten years, historic districts within towns and cities, which would include Detroit’s Indian Village, Corktown, and Lafayette Park, among other places, will need to obtain approval from two-thirds of the area’s property owners as well get as a majority vote from the entire city in the next general election to renew their status.Preservationists and others, like Suzanne Schulz, the planning director for Grand Rapids, are concerned that areas unable to keep the “historic” designation would be vulnerable to the whims of property owners.“The value is that your neighbor can’t do something inappropriate,” said Nancy Finegood, director of the nonprofit Michigan Historic Preservation Network. “They can’t put up a chain link fence around their house and change the look of your block, which would affect your property value as well. There’s been research done that property values are higher in local historic districts.”According to John Gallagher from the Detroit Free Press, this legislation is part of a series of disputes by conservative lawmakers looking to put individual property owners’ rights above what’s best for the community. Indeed, Rep. Chris Afendoulis, a Republican lawmaker who sponsored the legislation, said he did so out of concern for property rights. According to Afendoulis, since the enactment of the 1970 law that established historic districts in Michigan, home and property owners have been restricted in the ways they can remodel their property. “If you live in an historic district, in some ways, you don’t have control over your property. […] If you’re not flexible, then a lot of people can’t afford to remodel their homes.”At least 78 Michigan cities and towns have historic districts within their communities, including all the major ones. Finegood estimates there are around 20,000 properties within those districts, which means there’s the potential for significant change if the legislation passes. However, the legislation assumes the problem of property owners wanting to alter their property but feeling restricted by the boundaries of a historic district is widespread. Given how easily this legislation would allow the viability of historic districts that have been in place for decades to be reevaluated, we would expect to hear complaints where preservation laws have significantly violated property owners’ rights.“It’s true that over the years we’ve heard some low-level complaints about how tough local historic boards can be in protecting the integrity of their districts,” says Gallagher in his piece. “But this proposed legislation goes way too far in trying to correct a so-called problem that is hardly a problem at all.”If concerns truly are minimal, then this proposed legislation overreaches. Among the other restrictions included in the legislation, a city’s local council could decide autonomously that it would like to abolish a local area’s historic district status.Locally, there has already been movement to stop the legislation from being passed. The Detroit City Council’s advisory staff has also recommended the Council pass its own separate resolution to limit the impact of the legislation should it pass. The bigger question, as also asked by Gallagher in his piece, is whether Gov. Snyder, who is already knee-deep in the Flint crisis, will take a stance on the bill.—Shafaq HasanShare8TweetShareEmail8 Shareslast_img read more

Where Is the Public Voice in PrivatePublic Partnerships

first_imgShare5Tweet16Share15Email36 SharesPixabay. Public domain.June 7, 2017; KCRAThis week, California governor Jerry Brown travels to China to discuss green initiatives in the company of business leaders from his state. While it’s great to see leaders who are proactive on renewable energy and other important climate change work, is the pay-to-play model really benefitting communities?In the wake of the Paris climate debacle at the White House, governors and mayors have stepped up to own the responsibility of green initiatives in their communities, as NPQ predicted they would. Nearly a dozen states and nearly 250 mayors have signed agreements committing themselves to implementing the Paris agreement criteria. Brown has been a face for these types of efforts from the beginning, but as NPQ readers know, the commitments of lawmakers are not enough here; the implementation will take place far away from state houses and city halls. For action on climate change to happen, businesses have to understand that saving the planet is in their best interests, too. From this perspective, it makes sense that business leaders would be part of the conversation about new initiatives for green energy.Thirty California business leaders are traveling with Brown in China this week. According to the Associated Press, “Most [trip attendees] paid a fee of about $5,500 on top of their travel costs to attend four days of events, including multiple private dinners and receptions with Brown, a clean energy ministerial and meetings with Chinese business and political leaders.”This sounds like a good thing, bringing leaders together who have the power to make change about energy use and other green initiatives, while lifting the burden of travel costs from taxpayers. Still, much like philanthrocapitalism, it has some potential snags.For one thing, this sounds a lot like simply buying access to the governor and his colleagues. With all the talk about money in politics in the U.S., this seems like a capitulation to the inevitability of their mingling. Americans still don’t like the idea that face-time with power brokers can be bought so explicitly; it walls off from the conversation smaller and less wealthy organizations that may be doing innovative work. It’s one thing to fight for dominance in the marketplace; it’s quite another to give the mayor or the governor a personal stake in your success.Furthermore, while Americans (at least mentally) segregate business from government, China does not do so to the same degree. In recent years, it has opened to trade and innovation, but even so, Harvard Business Review explained, “No one who has done business in China will be surprised to learn that relationships with government matter.” Does traveling with the governor, then, lend extra credibility to the businesses of those entrepreneurs? Will it be assumed that they have the backing of the public sector, when in fact the public had no say in their attendance on the trip?To be clear, this is hardly the first time that a governor has offered a pay-to-play option on his or her travel plans. Most state governments maintain several foreign trade offices, and many governors take trips accompanied by business leaders to encourage job growth in their states.Still, we must wonder: Where is the room for civil society in these conversations? When new statewide initiatives in clean energy are being developed, there will be impact on nonprofits that work in green energy, job growth, community development, and more. Are they given the opportunity to explain their considerations to state officials?As more state and local officials take ownership of big problems like climate change in the absence of federal leadership, nonprofits must pay attention to opportunities like these, where big decisions may be made. Though they’re touted as opportunities to put money in public coffers, the lack of community inclusion could be troubling.—Erin RubinShare5Tweet16Share15Email36 Shareslast_img read more