zoom Croatian investment corporation KERMAS Group intends to buy Arctech Helsinki Shipyard (AHS) in Finland from Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC confirmed to World Maritime News.KERMAS plans to acquire a 55 percent stake from USC, becoming a majority shareholder of the Finnish shipyard, the group told World Maritime News separately.“Our intention is to make a remarkable investment in AHS by directed share issue which, if realized, will entail the KERMAS Group holding 55 percent of AHS. The amount of investment is currently discussed and cannot be disclosed before closure of the deal,” KERMAS said.As informed, the share issue will be carried out in 2018 immediately after the parties finalize all corporate approvals.Arctech, fully owned by USC, specializes in Arctic shipbuilding technology, building icebreakers and offshore vessels. With this acquisition, AHS and Croatian Brodotrogir Shipyard Trogir (HBT), part of KERMAS, “are joining forces to gain a larger market share of the international shipbuilding market.”“As a natural extension of current joint active cooperation, AHS and HBT have decided to join forces to gain a larger market share of the international shipbuilding market. The primary objective of the cooperation is to be able to better meet the future needs of the growing market for cruisers and multipurpose vessels, such as tanker-icebreakers, floating docks, and chemical tankers,” KERMAS explained.The group added that the building and co-design cooperation between AHS and HBT started in February 2017. The shipyards are currently jointly building an “innovative” gas-condensate tanker-icebreaker newbuilding.Only two months ago, KERMAS expressed its interest in joining the ownership structure of another shipyard, Uljanik. The financially-troubled shipyard is to undergo a restructuring process after the European Commission approved the loan provided by the country’s government. The shipyard needs to find a new strategic partner in the following six months. Apart from KERMAS, Italian Palumbo Group is also interested in Uljanik.The acquisition of both shipyards would bring KERMAS “a big synergy”, Danko Koncar, owner of KERMAS, was cited by Slobodna Dalmacija as saying.Kermas has investments in renewable energy, real estate, marina development, agriculture and shipbuilding. The corporation entered the shipbuilding business in 2013 when it acquired the Croatian state-owned Brodotrogir shipyard.World Maritime News Staff
Sixty-three Emergency Health Services staff members with between 20 and 40 years’ experience were recognized today, May 24, for their service. “When Nova Scotians need urgent medical care, paramedics, nurses and medical communications officers with Emergency Health Services are there to help,” said Health and Wellness Minister Leo Glavine. “They have the training and experience to respond in emergencies and save lives. More and more, they are also working in collaborative health-care teams to improve the care we offer in communities. We are all grateful for their expertise.” During the ceremony, Kevin Davidson, a country music singer and paramedic receiving his 20-year award, performed his song When Those Sirens Are Gone. In addition to the regular long service medals, a special long service award was presented to Carolyn Desjardins on behalf of her husband, Craig Desjardins, a regional support supervisor in the northern region of the province. Mr. Desjardins passed away suddenly last August, at age 41. Paramedics and others who have worked for Emergency Health Services to Nova Scotians for 20 years or more are eligible for the EHS Long Service Award.
[polldaddy poll=6386631]Debate Part IIDebate Part IIIDebate Part IVAPTN National NewsWINNIPEG–Six of the eight candidates vying for the role of national chief of the country’s most influential First Nations organization squared-off in a debate which aired Thursday.The hour-long debate featured incumbent AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo, Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus, Ryerson University professor Pam Palmater, Manitoba lawyer Joan Jack, former Roseau River First Nation chief Terry Nelson and former Treaty 3 grand chief Diane Kelly.Technical difficulties kept Mohawk activist Ellen Gabriel from participating in the debate via Skype from Geneva. George Stanley, regional AFN chief for Alberta, was unavailable to participate.Only chiefs can vote in the AFN election for national chief and the vote will be held in Toronto next Wednesday.Atleo, who participated in the debate from Ottawa, stuck to his message of being the unity candidate and ignored the pointed criticism from some of his challenges.“I think, as national chief over the last three years, of all the moments spent with families and with the kids especially. I think about Jaden, a 10 year-old boy in a northern remote community that I had a conversation with in his, really, one-room shack with no running water and no electricity and a slop pail out on the front porch,” said Atleo. “We have to achieve change for the Jadens across our respective territories that must compel our work going forward.”Palmater, however, directly attacked Atleo and the AFN under his leadership.“The status-quo is killing our people…various communities across the country are in crisis mode and we are not calling it a crisis at the AFN,” said Palmater. “The policy of appeasement at the AFN has not gained the AFN, or anyone else, any favours.”Nelson took a different tact, while avoiding direct criticism of Atleo, he said the chiefs needed to send a message that they are not afraid of Ottawa.“The AFN really messed up at the so-called Crown-First Nation gathering (in January)…They treated Harper as God, the chiefs were muzzled and what happened is you have massive cuts,” said Nelson. “People have to quit being afraid….the Americans are on our side, if you don’t get the Americans on your side, you are not going to get anything from Canada.”Jack presented a starkly different vision for the AFN, saying the organization had to again reconnect with people in First Nation communities, prioritizing Indigenous languages, and let the regions drive the national organization’s agenda.“Most of the people in our communities don’t understand they just get continually left behind by all of these discussions somewhere else,” said Jack. “The regions of the AFN must be empowered so they implement solutions that meet their own needs in their own territories.”Kelly highlighted her experience as Treaty 3 grand chief saying she was both connected to the traditional teachings and the demands of dealing with the governments of the day.“I have a long history of being educated by our elders about the spirit and intent of our treaties,” said Kelly. “It’s not about just going to government with our hand out, we can’t do that anymore…we have to just take action, we have to assert our inherent jurisdiction our inherent rights.”Erasmus portrayed himself as the candidate who could bring a smooth shift in the current direction of the AFN to take a stronger stand on rights.“Canada really has no jurisdiction over us whatsoever…the Canadian government is a lesser authority, the legislation they are trying to apply to us is illegal,” said Erasmus. “People know who I am. I think they are comfortable with me in this position and they know I am capable of doing the job.”
Gary Dimmock is a senior reporter with the Ottawa Citizen. While at Rideau High School the twins said they were kept apart. Carlos excelled in sports, including boasting he ran a 12.6 second 100-metre dash at 17. He also says he was naturally gifted at hockey, football and volleyball, but lacked the guidance to take it further.He also describes himself as the kid “hiding in the corner” at school. When he graduated high school he didn’t know what to do.He got a job laying tile for a construction company. He didn’t like making $11-an-hour and quit, but says he was good at it.Then he started selling cocaine at about 19.“I just looked at my family and I’m like ‘I’m supposed to be a drug dealer.’ I started being a hustler,” Carlos says.That escalated to pimping women in the sex trade, even himself to “cougars”. “I started at a half-ball (couple grams) and worked my way up to a half-bird (half kilogram),” he says, proudly.He lived in the “spotlight.” Had girls, and felt like he was big deal with money.He claims to have owned multiple vehicles and woke up counting stacks of cash. But at around 23 he felt something was missing and he had been snorting his own stash for a while. He was becoming his father.“I realized I’m a piece of shit. I’m a piece of shit. I hate myself … and I was on a path of destruction,” he says.Meanwhile, his brother had found Islam after years of abusing drugs since the age of 12. “In my 20s, my life started changing around and I discovered Islam and started changing my life for the better,” Ashton says. When they were both about 12 they said their mom wanted nothing to do with them. They went to live with their grandmother Linda Brennan, their father’s mother, in Ottawa’s rough Overbrook neighbourhood.There they got food and clothes – but both said that is about it. They also learned “the Game” as their grandmother was a drug dealer.Around this time Ashton and Carlos, who had been “twin tight” as kids, became polar opposites. Ashton fell into drugs, selling and using. He was angry at the world.“I used (drugs) as an outlet to vent my frustrations and my depression and my stress,” he says. “It was easier to go pick up a crack scale, go grab crack and chip it down.”Carlos would stay in his room and play video games.“This is when life gets better, but kind of shittier at the same time. Moved in with my grandma, had all the junk food, anything we wanted, we got … but we lived in a smoke chimney and a drug house. People think it’s cool, but it’s not cool. I would never want any child to have to experience what I did,” he says.He recalls one day police kicked his grandmother’s door in yelling “the pharmacy is closed” in a drug raid.He also can’t forget the day his grandmother’s dog was knifed to death. (Ashton Larmond, left, and his twin brother Carlos.)Kenneth Jackson and Gary Dimmock APTN National News Ashton Larmond was a little boy when he walked in the bathroom of his home and saw a man trying to drown his mom in the tub.He had her by the hair plunging her head in the water.Then she saw Ashton – standing at the door.“She looked at me,” he said. “I remember the look on her face.“She said, ‘It’s okay, sweetheart.’”He ran away and police came.He fought tears recalling the memory of his childhood.It’s just one of many he and his twin brother Carlos Larmond recall growing up in – as they call it – the gutter of Ottawa.That’s before the entire country knew their names after they were nabbed by RCMP on terrorism charges in January 2015 for wanting to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).Both pleaded guilty in August – Ashton was sentenced to 17 years and Carlos, seven. The judge likened their extremist Islamic belief to worshiping the devil. But the judge heard little of the life the brothers came from.That’s because there was no pre-sentence report or, in the twins case, a report that highlights Gladue principles – something the Supreme Court of Canada said all lower courts must take into account when the liberty of an Indigenous person is at stake.The brothers claim to be Algonquin and were interviewed by a Gladue report writer shortly after they were arrested.Recordings of those interviews have never been heard – not by the RCMP or the twins’ lawyers – until now.The exclusive recordings make up this story, along with confidential RCMP documents, obtained by APTN National News and the Ottawa Citizen that show how two Ottawa kids got swept up in the madness of ISIL.Ashton and Carlos Larmond were born about 18 minutes apart on Nov. 21, 1990 in Ottawa.Their mother Michelle Ruthven lives in Ottawa but hails from Texas and, as the brothers put it, is “all-American.”Their father Anthony Larmond is from Pembroke, Ont., but grew up in Ottawa. His family line can be traced to the Algonquin in the Ottawa Valley, and the boys, despite now being Muslim, identify as Algonquin and obtained membership cards with the non-status Algonquins of Ontario – a group fighting the federal government for land in the valley. Almost from the beginning the boys arrived into a world “set up for failure.”Dad was a drug dealer who became a drug addict. He robbed banks to pay for his habit. He just wasn’t any good at it.He has spent most of his life behind bars. In fact, when his sons were arrested he was in a halfway house in Toronto on his latest bank robbery conviction. He broke his parole shortly after and blamed his kids for it. Carlos reached out to his brother who had been trying to get him to join his faith.But by then the RCMP were already on to Ashton.In the summer of 2013, the RCMP intercepted conversations between Ashton and John Maguire, a fellow Ottawa young man who flew overseas and joined ISIL in December 2012. In those discussions, Ashton told Maguire he wanted to join him.According to RCMP documents, Ashton’s mother called the Ottawa police in September 2013 saying her son wanted to go kill for terrorists. Days later Ashton’s passport was revoked as he had bought a ticket overseas.It’s not clear how the RCMP was keeping an eye on Ashton as the months passed.It wasn’t until February 2014 that the RCMP finally approached Ashton who was living at the Salvation Army shelter in downtown. He denied wanting anything to do with terrorism. Ashton was convinced the RCMP was watching him after, but documents don’t suggest it. The RCMP doesn’t appear to take Ashton serious until after a lone shooter gunned down a reservist guarding the National War Memorial in October 2014, then stormed Parliament Hill with ease before being gunned down inside Centre Block by security and the RCMP.It was then that the RCMP launched Project Slipstream focusing on Ashton and several other local men. Around that time Carlos accepted his brother’s extremist views – just a few months before their eventual arrests.“I got off drugs like two months before and then I got arrested and boom,” Carlos says. Despite the charges he was facing, he adds, “My mental state today is way different than it was … when I was all strung out. What really helped was my spiritual healing.”The RCMP used an informant to get inside Ashton’s circle who recorded the brothers talking about joining ISIL. To date, that informant has been paid nearly $800,000 for his work against the brothers.Carlos, who describes himself as “the smart one” of the brothers, was secretly recorded by the informant that he thought it was best they stayed in Canada and laid low. But on Jan. 10, 2015, Carlos was arrested trying to board a plane in Montreal to overseas and join ISIL – something he now can’t believe he was going to do, according to comments made by his lawyer after sentencing.Ashton was also arrested despite not having a passport, as he had planned an elaborate trip through the Arctic to join his brother. A few days after their arrest Maguire was reported to have been killed fighting for ISIL.Gladue report writer Mark Marsolais met with the Larmond brothers in April 2015.The twins met with Mark Marsolais about a month following their arrest. It was a quick meeting, basically Marsolais introduced himself and said he wrote Gladue reports for Indigenous people facing incarceration in Ottawa.The brothers said they were Algonquin and agreed to be interviewed thinking it would help them get bail, which they did not get.In April 2015, Ashton was interviewed once and Carlos, twice. In total, they spoke for over three hours describing their chaotic lives and stressing if they had any sort of guidance growing up they wouldn’t be where they were – something the Supreme Court calls Gladue principles.“Terrible,” is how Marsolais described their lives. “Product of their own environment. They had a terrible life. They were brought up in a dysfunctional family. They were basically set up for failure right from the get-go.”Marsolais said he lost contact with the brothers shortly after interviewing them. Both were moved out of Ottawa for safety reasons. He said no one followed up with him to complete the reports, which he agreed to do for free, and believes the judge could have benefited from reading a report on the brothers.The day they were sentenced the court did hear a bit about their lives according to Ashton’s lawyer Joe Addelman.Addelman said he reminded the judge the brothers are Indigenous and Gladue principles needed to be applied, but that is as far as it went.The judge came back within an hour and gave his indictment, and found Ashton was clearly the leader.During the jailhouse interviews, the brothers admit they have limited knowledge of their Indigenous history and Carlos says he always asked his grandmother about his Algonquin family, but it was never part of their life.Ashton blames residential schools and other issues with colonization as to why his family was disconnected from its past. Both say when they get out they want to go live “on the reserve.”“If I do get a Native piece of land on the reserve I’d like to build my own little log cabin and live peacefully,” says Carlos.But he wants his story told.“This is an original story … I’m going to let the world know what my story is,” he says. email@example.comKenneth Jackson is a senior reporter with APTN National News. (Carlos speaks about his father in prison to Gladue report writer Mark Marsolais. Caution: strong language.)Their mother struggled raising two “hyper boys” and moved them around a lot. From Ottawa to Texas, then to Oshawa and back to the Ottawa area.Both of them recall not having much, and when in Oshawa they would eat old potato chips from dumpsters. Early school life saw them in special needs classes from Grade 4 to 8. “Food was never around. That was a luxury for us,” Carlos says on audio-tape. “A family is like a luxury for me and people take it for granted. These people in this prison (Ottawa’s local jail where they were held at the time) have a family, a father, grandparents are all connected. These criminals – and these losers – and I’m like what is wrong with you? You have something I never had that I would trade everything in the planet for.” Carlos is haunted by memories of when he was with his mom – where he and his brother suffered unspeakable abuse by men they looked to for guidance.
Women in rural areas will be trained in husbandry techniques designed to improve food security and household incomes over the next three years with the goal increasing egg production by a minimum of 45 million eggs in the first year alone through improved feed and medical care. Poultry production in Afghanistan is almost exclusively a family-based women’s activity, and the women will be given improved pullets and a starter kit of supplies for increasing production. After a training period of five months, they will be organized into producers groups for collaboration and supply distribution, through which FAO will provide feed, pullets, poultry vaccination programs, health services and training in marketing skills. The projects are funded by Germany and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Since 1998, FAO has trained 16,000 women in poultry production in and around Kabul, Logar, Jalalabad, Parwan, Kandahar, Badakshan and Mazar-i-Sharif.
by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 9, 2016 10:27 am MDT Last Updated Dec 9, 2016 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Sales of Crown drilling rights in Alberta have fallen to their lowest levels in 39 years.Statistics posted on the Alberta Energy website this week, following the last auction of 2016, show that oil and gas producers paid $137 million this year for the right to drill oil and gas wells on land where the province owns the mineral rights.That’s the poorest showing since the province adopted its current auction system back in 1977 and worse than the previous low of $149 million in 1992. The average price paid per hectare in 2016 was $146.Five years ago, in 2011, the province had its most lucrative year ever, racking up $3.5 billion from drilling rights auctions at which bidders paid an average of $860 per hectare while trying to nail down positions in the attractive Montney and Duvernay formations.Oilfield services analyst Aaron MacNeil of AltaCorp Capital Inc. said companies in Alberta haven’t been bidding because most have more land in inventory than they can afford to develop given current lower commodity prices.In its budget last spring, the Alberta government estimated it would collect revenue of just $95 million from land sales in the 2016-17 fiscal year ending next March, rising to $157 million the following year.Online statistics show sales of Crown drilling rights are also down this year in B.C. and Saskatchewan, although year-end totals are not yet available. Alberta Crown drilling rights auctions deliver lowest payoff in 39 years
How will your favorite NBA team do this year? See all of our predictions for the 2016-17 season » There is little reason for the casual NBA fan to pay attention to the Denver Nuggets this season. They are a bad-to-mediocre team with a ceiling of mediocre-yet-interesting. Where they fall along that spectrum will probably depend on what becomes of Emmanuel Mudiay.Mudiay, who skipped college ball in favor of getting paid as a pro in China, looked like a steal as the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 draft. He walked into the starting point-guard position in his rookie season and went on to play 30 minutes of horror-show basketball every night. And, yet, because of the quirks of his position, his obvious talent and some promising stats papered over by the all-around badness, Mudiay remains a tantalizing prospect despite having one of the worst rookie seasons in recent memory.The baseline stats belie just how bad he was: Mudiay averaged 12.8 points and 5.5 assists per game while shooting 36 percent from the floor and 32 percent from behind the arc. Dig a little deeper and it starts to look worse: His turnover rate was just a hair under 18 percent, and he finished the year with his win shares per 48 at a tidy -0.049. That’s not good! It is in fact very bad!How does a supposed phenom have a season that bad? By having no idea how to put the ball in the basket. Among qualified players, Mudiay ranked dead last in both effective field goal percentage and true shooting percentage. He somehow managed to put up worse shooting numbers than Kobe Bryant, who spent the season heaving up as many shots as possible despite his body being held together by bungee cords. Bryant at least had the excuse of being a shameless gunner and 700 years old. Mudiay managed to be a black hole despite taking 200 fewer shots than Old Man Bryant. This isn’t to say that Nuggets fans should be feeling great about Mudiay’s future as he heads into his second season running the offense. The inclusion of Westbrook, Mike Conley and John Wall in the comparable players section of his CARMELO comps will surely induce a few fist pumps, but the sight of Sebastian Telfair and Brandon Jennings should leave them in a cold sweat.Whether Mudiay is able to overcome his growing pains and carry his second-half improvements into this season won’t mean much for the Nuggets’ immediate future — they’re likely a long shot for the playoffs even if Mudiay is great — but it means everything for their long-term plans. Aside from Mudiay and Nikola Jokic, this is a roster almost entirely made up of solid but uninspiring players. Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Will Barton are fine basketball players, but they aren’t a group that’s equipped to turn the Nuggets into a consistent playoff contender.In the coming years, the Nuggets will have to choose which of their good-but-not-great players are worth keeping around and which are better jettisoned. But none of those decisions will matter if the team can’t find a true star or two to anchor the roster. Jokic looks like he’s ready to play the part, but so much still depends on what becomes of Mudiay. At this point, one timeline sees him developing into an oversized point guard with a passable jumper who can use his speed, strength and vision to control the game. The darker timelines see him slogging through a disappointing NBA career, launching jumpers from a trebuchet and never quite catching onto the rhythm of the game. Mudiay will be much closer to one of those destinies at the conclusion of this season, which means it’s probably going to be a very good or very bad year for the Nuggets.Check out our NBA predictions. An optimist would point out that Mudiay’s shooting improved in the second half of the season; he shot 39 percent from the floor and 36 percent from 3-point range after the All-Star break. A pessimist would dunk on that optimist’s head by reminding everyone that shooting was far from Mudiay’s only problem — he created just 0.64 points per possession for his team as a pick-and-roll ball-handler last season, a rate that was nearly doubled up by Steph Curry (1.11) and lagged behind less lofty competition like Jimmy Butler (0.89) and Jamal Crawford (0.82).Rookies often take a while to find their stroke — Kris Dunn shot 24.2 percent over his last five preseason games — but what makes Mudiay’s shooting stats so ugly is that they weren’t just the result of a broken jumper. He struggled just as much around the basket. He made only 44 percent of the shots he took less than five feet from the rim, a full 15 points below the league average. According to NBA.com, Mudiay made 7.6 drives to the basket per game and converted just 38 percent of the shots he took at the end of those drives. This would maybe be understandable if Mudiay were the size of, say, Earl Boykins and built like a dachshund, but he’s a 6-foot-5 point guard who weighs 200 pounds. Driving to the hoop and finishing strong is supposed to be, like, his whole thing.If Mudiay were a center or power forward coming off a rookie season this rotten, I imagine that he would have already been written off as an Anthony Bennett-style bust, but point guards are evaluated a little differently. The inherent difficulties of the position are going to produce some ugly statistics in the first season, and the problems that rookie point guards have — unfamiliarity with the speed of the NBA, poor shooting, high turnover rate — are usually the kinds of problems that can be solved. Remember when Russell Westbrook’s effective field goal percentage was .414 in his first season? That’s why FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection model ranks guys like Marcus Smart and Elfrid Payton so highly.This goes a long way toward explaining why CARMELO is relatively bullish on Mudiay as well, projecting him to dig his way out of the basement and be a solid contributor within a few seasons: And don’t forget that for all Mudiay’s failings, he’s had his moments. It was highlights like this that made him a lottery pick to begin with:
Weir Minerals have announced a long term strategic cooperation agreement with international technology group ANDRITZ to supply equipment for processing tailings in the mining industry. As part of this agreement, ANDRITZ will supply proven separation and dewatering technologies, thus enabling Weir Minerals to offer complete tailings solutions to its customers.“The tailings market is experiencing growth driven by environmental and governmental pressures. We understand our customers are under increased pressure to further improve the management of their mine tailings, which is why we have partnered with ANDRITZ. We are industry leaders in mineral processing equipment, with well known brands Warman®, GEHO® and Cavex®, all of which are backed by our global service footprint. Our capabilities, teamed with ANDRITZ extensive knowledge on tailings thickening, will ensure our customers receive a complete tailings solution,” states Ricardo Garib, Weir Minerals Division President.“Our separation technologies have been proven in a large number of industries, such as food and beverage production, chemicals, biomass, organic waste, and mining. We are very proud to work with Weir Minerals, who operate in over 70 countries worldwide and in the most remote locations, and to contribute to their offering of sustainable and value-added tailings solutions with our expertise and product know-how,” says Olaf Müller, Business Area Manager of ANDRITZ Separation.For a number of decades, Weir Minerals has been providing mines around the world with sustainable and cost-effective solutions for the management, disposal, and recycling of mine waste. The renowned GEHO® positive displacement pumps transport ores, minerals, and tailings under extreme conditions, while minimising both water and energy consumption at the same time.In 2016, Weir Minerals opened the Weir Technical Centre, which has enhanced the company’s global tailings offering by developing and testing pipeline and tailings solutions as well as manufacturing specific tailings-based products.“Weir Minersls take the lead in providing reliable tailings solutions that ensure the health and safety of everyone on site and in the communities where they operate, as well as minimising any impact on the environment.”Garib adds, “This latest agreement complements our overall tailings offering and enables us to provide our customers with a complete tailings solution. Under the brand name IsoDry, we will now offer customers a range of mechanical separation technologies, such as thickeners, filter presses, centrifuges, and vacuum belt filters.”Dry stack deposition removes harmful waste by-products to create a compacted dry cake that can be disposed of safely. The process is safer than alternative solutions and better for the environment, allowing for improved recovery of process chemicals and giving back clean water. Weir Minerals take their solutions offering one step further by providing sustainable management that sees tailings converted into effective products, reducing costs as well as risks for operators.“Dry stacking of tailings is achieved by using a combination of belt, drum, stacked pressure plates, and vacuum filtration systems. We are thrilled that we can now offer this option to our customers and optimise the performance and efficiency of their tailings process.Our unique ability to specify the manufacture and transport of backfill products from tailings and the recovery of water from tailings slurries can significantly help our customers reduce costs and risks. Our tailings product offering with world-renowned performance combined with our global service footprint will ensure that our customers receive high-quality tailings solutions,” Garib concludes.
EVER WANTED TO send money to someone via email?The opportunity could be on its way as Google has rolled its Google Wallet service into Gmail, so people can now attach a sum of money to their message.The feature is being introduced for US users over the next few months, but as of yet there is no news on the date that Irish users will be able to access the new service.From paying rent to booking a holiday, the service has a huge range of uses.If your bank account is linked to Google Wallet, or if you have money in your Google Wallet balance, it is free to send money to people. But if you use your linked credit or debit card, there are added fees.Here’s the video that explains more about how the new system works:(Google/YouTube)You must be over 18 to use the feature, and you can also buy purchase protection to cover you in case of unauthorised payments.Would you send money over Gmail? Poll Results: No (600) Maybe (392) Yes (459) YesNoMaybeVoteRead: Court says Google’s auto-complete ‘can be defamatory’>Read: The 25 most popular free iPhone apps of all time>
Battery-sipping e-ink displays have yet to make their presence felt in the world of smartphones, but YotaPhone is looking to change that. The Russian creation features a full-color 1280×720 LCD on the front and a 200DPI e-ink display on the back that’s driven by custom software (both measure 4.3 inches and are protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass). By splitting duties between the two displays, the YotaPhone’s battery life can be extended by as much as 50% — without resorting to Motorla’s Droid Razr Maxx strategy.The energy-saving e-ink display does come with a catch: it’s not built to run standard Android apps. Only the lower portion of the screen is touch-enabled, and it’s driven by custom software. That’s not a bad trade-off for the daylight readability and improved efficiency. You probably wouldn’t want to run most of your favorite apps on an e-ink display anyway because of its much slower refresh rate and complete lack of color.As for the rest of the YotaPhone’s hardware, there’s a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB of RAM, and a minimum of 32GB of internal storage. A 12-megapixel camera adorns the e-ink side of the phone while a 720P-capable cam faces front for all your Google+ Hangout and Skype video chat needs. On the wireless connectivity side of things, the YotaPhone supports LTE.The YotaPhone is set to launch in Russia first, though not until the third quarter of 2013 and discussions are under way with US and European carriers as well. With nearly a year to go before launch, don’t be surprised if those specs change. If they don’t, however, it could mean that the phone will be positioned as a mid-range phone with a more modest price tag.More at Engadget
32 Comments Family calls for improved cardiac services at Waterford after man dies during ambulance transfer His sister says Thomas Power (40) wouldn’t have died had the cath lab been open on Sundays. Image: RollingNews.ie A MAN DIED during an ambulance transfer between hospitals in Waterford and Cork at the weekend, the HSE has confirmed.His family has said Thomas Power (40) would still be alive had the cath lab been open at University Hospital Waterford when he sought help on Sunday.There has been a long-running campaign for increased cardiac services at the hospital, and for increased hours of operation for the existing lab. A catheterisation lab helps visualise arteries and treat any heart problems found.Speaking to Joe Duffy on RTÉ’s Liveline yesterday, Catherine Power explained how Thomas had gone to his local hospital suffering from pains in his chest.Thomas’s wife called Catherine to tell her that he was being transferred to Cork, as the cath lab wasn’t open at the time.They expected him to be in Cork for the night, but weren’t too concerned as “he’s a healthy man,” his sister said.Catherine learned in a later phone call that her brother had died in an ambulance around 30 minutes after leaving hospital in Waterford.University Hospital Waterford confirmed in a statement that a male patient who was in transit to Cork, following an initial assessment at its emergency department, was pronounced dead on arrival at CUH.The hospital said it extended its sympathies to the family of the deceased.“We had to go down to Cork and see him and identify him – just be with him and say our goodbyes,” his sister told Liveline. It took us three hours… How is an ambulance meant to get down here on these bad roads and we have a cath lab sitting there empty at weekends?Catherine, who told the programme she had called in to raise awareness of the issue, called for the lab to be opened at weekends.Thomas was newly married, she said – and his wife is expecting their first baby.The campaign for a second cath lab at Waterford was the focus of a major political dispute last year. Local TD John Halligan – a junior minister – has long campaigned for increased cardiac services at the hospital, and the Independent Alliance member’s demands put his membership of the government in doubt.A consultant cardiologist commissioned to conduct an independent review of cardiac services at UHW found that there was no need for a second such lab. He did, however, recommend investment in the existing lab.Halligan announced in January he had secured a mobile cath lab for the hospital. The HSE is expected to seek tenders for the mobile lab this week.Read: Cholesterol-lowering vaccine could be available in six years >Read: Paris police van attack: Four family members of assailant detained > By Daragh Brophy https://jrnl.ie/3453235 Share361 Tweet Email2 11,847 Views Image: RollingNews.ie Jun 20th 2017, 8:11 AM Tuesday 20 Jun 2017, 8:11 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
EA ruining Peggle with new pay-to-play pricing structurePlants Vs Zombies: Garden Warfare quick review Stay on target Plants vs Zombies was a cute mobile game that has since become as giant as a redwood tree. The tower defense-like title has not only gotten a sequel but even a spin-off series in Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare. Crossing over into the third person shooter genre wasn’t enough for this franchise, however, as it is now getting a collectible card battle game similar in style to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Behold — Plants vs Zombies Heroes.Players will take on the role of a Plant or Zombie hero and use hundreds of cards based on characters from the franchise. The game features a campaign mode with 80 adventures and 400 levels. Those who want to compete against real opponents can face off against friends (or random strangers) online in ranked or unranked multiplayer matches.According to the game’s senior producer, Brian Lindley, Plants vs Zombies Heroes started off as a prototype card game that he and his team created to play during their spare time. Over time, it became a more fleshed out collectible card game full of secrets, depth, and strategy. Since the team was having such a blast playing it, they decided to create a full-blown game that everyone could enjoy.To celebrate the launch of Heroes, Plants vs Zombies 2 and Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 will have their own “Lawn of Doom” events. These will have Halloween-inspired levels, costumes, items, and bosses.The Plants vs Zombies franchise has proved that it can succeed by having games in vastly different genres so there is no reason to believe that Heroes won’t be another winner. The fact that collectible card games are a big thing these days should also be a big help. Don’t be surprised if this game becomes as popular as Hearthstone was when it first released.Plants vs Zombies Heroes is available now on iOS and Android.
By Rosa Pryor, Special to the AFROHello dear friends of mine; hope your last weekend was as fun and adventurous as mine was. I did go to the Arch Social Club event on Pennsylvania and North and it was absolutely fantastic. First as you walk up to the building, it was cleared of any riff-raff hanging around the door or in the area, the décor’ of the lounge was beautifully decorated; the tables and chairs were covered in white and blue and the entertainment was great.Renowned Nationally Known, Louis Hayes Quintet with Allyn Johnson, Theljon Allen, Paul Carr and Michael Bowie will be performing 6-10 p.m., Oct. 26, at the Caton Castle Lounge, 20 S. Caton Avenue in Baltimore; presented by Ruth Blinsky, jazz promoter. (Courtesy Photo)This was the first of their musical series. Keep reading my column, and I will let you know when the next event is coming. My Boo-Boo and I also attended the Big Band Cabaret given by St. James Academy in Ellicott City checking out Phil Butt’s Big Band. It too was very nice; the music took you back to the 40’s the “swing-dancing days.” It was very well attended. And we also had a ball at the WMEL Radio event. This R&B show was off the hook! DJ Mel and WMEL Radio outdid themselves. Two thumbs up! Mel.Roderick C. Demmings Jr., pianist, will entertain you, 7 p.m., Nov. 2, at the First Baptist Church of Baltimore, Social Hall, 4200 Liberty Heights Avenue. Free admission. Food will be on sale.I just love the fact that Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington Street in Baltimore continues to cater to our community. They are having their “4th Annual Trick or Treat” event, 2-4 p.m., Oct. 27, which will be a great day to support our community’s children and have a little fun too. This year they will have their and my good friend, magician, John Carrington, who is also with Heaven 600 and been a supporter and performer of the market for many years. This event will be in the Lexington rooms so they can utilize the space for three different craft stations, a slime making demonstration, and a smoothie demonstration; magic show, balloon characters, create a mask and candy give-aways throughout the market.“Big Shirley” Allen Belton and Mr. Disco is hosting a Jazz Cabaret, 4-8 p.m., Nov. 3, at the Monumental Elks Lodge #3, 1528 W. Madison Avenue with free dinner and B.Y.O.B. For more information, call 443-942-6580. (Courtesy Photo)Lexington Market also offers “Artistries Market featuring local artists offering Afrocentric Items, fine jewelry, accessories and home décor every first Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. No need to call them, just go and take the children and grandchildren and have fun.Well-known Baltimore Personality, William “Tank” Hill is now in Maryland General Hospital, Room #403. Send a card, stop by and say hello and keep him and his wife Pungie in your prayers.Before I leave you, my “Boo-Boo” and I want to give our condolences to our friend and journalist sister, Valerie Fraling for the loss of her mother. I attended the viewing and saw so many people from all walks of life sharing their love for the well-known columnist.Well, my dear followers and friends, I am out of space and time, but remember if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, I’M MUSICALLY YOURS.
November 5, 2013 Apple Inc. is interested in sapphires. No, the tech giant isn’t getting into the jewelry business. It has plans to build a manufacturing facility in Mesa, Ariz. to create sapphire material likely to be used in production of Apple devices.The news was announced by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who hailed the technology company’s choice as a significant capital investment in the state that will create at least 700 permanent jobs and 1,300 construction jobs.”Apple will have an incredibly positive economic impact for Arizona,” Gov. Brewer says. “Their investment in renewable energy will also be greening our power grid, and creating significant new solar and geothermal power sources for the state.”Related: 10 Questions to Ask When Shopping for Your Next SmartphoneApple is partnering with Merrimack, N.H.-based GT Advanced Technologies to open the manufacturing plant. GT says it specializes in innovative crystal growth equipment solutions for a number of industries, including consumer electronics. In addition to occurring naturally, sapphire material can be manufactured for industrial purposes.Apple will give GT a prepayment of $578 million which will be repaid over the course of five years, beginning in 2015, GT says. Apple will own the facility but GT will own and operate the production furnaces.So far, Apple is mum about what exactly it will be manufacturing, but reports have speculated that the sapphire material could be used in screen production for devices like iPads and iPhones.Related: Apple Sells Record Number of iPhones 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »
Listen Now Though it may be slightly later to the set-top box party, Amazon is looking to differentiate itself from competitors with a video streamer you can talk to.The ecommerce giant unveiled its long-anticipated Fire TV during a press event in New York this morning — on the very day that the $99 box will be available to ship.And Amazon vice president Peter Larsen took the opportunity to knock the clunky navigation, laggy buffering and closed content ecosystems of competing boxes, as he described them — including those of Roku, Apple TV and Google Chromecast.Related: Amazon Is Now Accepting Returns Through its LockersTo address these issues, Amazon has amped up Fire TV’s specs with a quad-core processor for “three times the processing power of Apple TV and Roku” as well as four times as much memory.To avoid excessive buffering, an Advanced Streaming and Prediction (ASAP) feature “dynamically adapts to your viewing habits,” Amazon said.Perhaps most markedly, quipped Jeff Bezos in a letter on Amazon’s website, “Fire TV has voice search that actually works” — as well as a zany commercial starring Gary Busey to illustrate how viewers can speak the names of titles, actors or genres into their remotes.Related: Aereo to Supreme Court: Our Streaming TV Service ‘Falls Squarely Within the Law’The thin, black, square, 4-inch box represents the latest foray by Amazon into the hardware space following the launch of its revolutionary Kindle family of devices (which also tout a fire-themed name.)While Amazon already offers its own video-streaming service, Amazon Prime — and develops proprietary content via Amazon Studios — Fire TV’s content partners at launch time will include Netflix, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Showtime Anytime and many more, though notably not HBO GO.In addition to 200,000 TV episodes and movies, Fire TV is also throwing over 100 games into the mix. A Fire Game Controller will be sold separately for $39.99, and both free and paid games will be available for an average price of $1.85.Users can also stream “millions” of songs from services like Pandora, iHeartRadio and more.Related: Apple and Comcast in Talks to Create Priority TV Streaming Service 2 min read Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer April 2, 2014
April 3, 2018 “The future is right now — it’s just unevenly distributed.” — William GibsonI am writing from inside the tech bubble to let you know that we are coming for your jobs.I recently met a pair of old friends for drinks in Manhattan. One is an executive who works at a software company in New York. They replace call center workers with artificial intelligence software. I asked her whether she believed her work would result in job losses. She responded matter-of-factly, “We are getting better and better at things that will make large numbers of workers extraneous. And we will succeed. There needs to be a dramatic reskilling of the workforce, but that’s not going to be practical for a lot of people. It’s impossible to avoid a lost generation of workers.” Her confidence in this assessment was total. The conversation then quickly shifted to more pleasant topics.Related: The How-To: Using Chatbots As A Tool For Customer ServiceI later met with a friend who’s a Boston-based venture capitalist. He told me he felt “a little uneasy” about investing in software and robotics companies that, if successful, would eliminate large numbers of jobs. “But they’re good opportunities,” he noted, estimating that 70 percent of the startups he’s seeing will contribute to job losses in other parts of the economy.In San Francisco, I had breakfast with an operations manager for a large tech company. He told me, “I just helped set up a factory that had 70 percent fewer workers than one even a few years ago would have had, and most of them are high-end technicians on laptops. I have no idea what normal people are going to do in a few years.”Normal people. Seventy percent of Americans consider themselves part of the middle class. Chances are, you do, too. Right now some of the smartest people in the country are trying to figure out how to replace you with an overseas worker, a cheaper version of you or, increasingly, a widget, software program or robot. There’s no malice in it. The market rewards business leaders for making things more efficient. Efficiency doesn’t love normal people. It loves getting things done in the most cost-effective way possible.A wave of automation and job loss is no longer a dystopian vision of the future — it’s well underway. The numbers have been telling a story for a while now that we have been ignoring. More and more people of prime working age have been dropping out of the workforce. There’s a growing mass of the permanently displaced. Automation is accelerating to a point where it will soon threaten our social fabric and way of life.Experts and researchers project an unprecedented wave of job destruction coming with the development of artificial intelligence, robotics, software and automation. The Obama White House published a report in December 2016 that predicted 83 percent of jobs where people make less than $20 per hour will be subject to automation or replacement. Between 2.2 and 3.1 million car, bus and truck driving jobs in the U.S. will be eliminated by the advent of self-driving vehicles.Read that last sentence again: The government is confident that between 2 and 3 million Americans who drive vehicles for a living will lose their jobs in the next 10 to 15 years. Driving a truck is the most common occupation in 29 states. Self-driving vehicles are one of the most obvious job-destroying technologies, but there are similar innovations ahead that will displace cashiers, fast-food workers, customer service representatives, administrative assistants and even well-paid white-collar jobs like wealth managers, lawyers and insurance agents, all within the span of a few short years. Suddenly out of work, millions will struggle to find a new job, particularly those at the lower end of the skill ladder. Automation has already eliminated about 4 million manufacturing jobs in the U.S. since 2000. Instead of finding new jobs, a lot of those people left the workforce and didn’t come back. The U.S. labor force participation rate is now at only 62.9 percent, a rate below that of nearly all other industrialized economies and about the same as that of El Salvador and the Ukraine. Some of this is driven by an aging population, which presents its own set of problems, but much of it is driven by automation and a lower demand for labor.Each 1 percent decline in the labor participation rate equates to approximately 2.5 million Americans dropping out. The number of working-age Americans who aren’t in the workforce has surged to a record 95 million. Ten years into the nation’s recovery from the financial crisis and 95 million working-age Americans not in the workforce — I’ve taken to calling this phenomenon The Great Displacement.Related: Learning to Work With Robots Is How You Can Save Your JobThe lack of mobility and growth has created a breeding ground for political hostility and social ills. High rates of unemployment and underemployment are linked to an array of social problems, including substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse and depression. Today 40 percent of American children are born outside of married households, due in large part to the crumbling marriage rate among working-class adults, and overdoses and suicides have overtaken auto accidents as leading causes of death. More than half of American households already rely on the government for direct income in some form. In some parts of the U.S., 20 percent of working age adults are now on disability, with increasing numbers citing mood disorders. What Americans who cannot find jobs find instead is despair. If you care about communities and our way of life, you care about people having jobs.This is the most pressing economic and social issue of our time; our economy is evolving in ways that will make it more and more difficult for people with lower levels of education to find jobs and support themselves. Soon, these difficulties will afflict the white-collar world. It’s a boiling pot getting hotter one degree at a time. And we’re the frog.In my role as Founder of Venture for America, I spent the past six years working with hundreds of startups across the country in cities like Detroit, New Orleans, Cincinnati, Providence, Cleveland, Baltimore, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Birmingham, Columbus, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, Charlotte, Miami, Nashville, Atlanta and Denver. Some of these places were bustling industrial centers in the late 19th and 20th centuries only to find themselves faced with population loss and economic transition as the 20th century wound down. Venture for America trains young aspiring entrepreneurs to work at startups in cities like these to generate job growth. We’ve had many successes. But the kinds of jobs created tend to be very specific; every business I worked with will hire the very best people it can find — particularly startups. When entrepreneurs start companies and expand, they generally aren’t hiring a down-on-his-or-her-luck worker in need of a break. They are hiring the strongest contributors with the right mix of qualities to help an early-stage company succeed. Most jobs in a startup essentially require a college degree. That excludes 68 percent of the population right there. And some of these companies are lifting further inefficiencies out of the system — reducing jobs in other places even while hiring their own new workers.Related: AI and Robots Are Coming for Your Job. Here’s What You Need to KnowThere’s a scene in Ben Horowitz’s book The Hard Things about Hard Things in which he depicts the CEO of a company meeting with his two lieutenants. The CEO says to one of them, “You’re going to do everything in your power to make this deal work.” Then he turns to the other and says, “Even if he does everything right, it’s probably not going to work. Your job is to fix it.” That’s where we’re at with the American economy. Unprecedented advances are accelerating in real time and wreaking havoc on lives and communities around the country, particularly on those least able to adapt and adjust.We must do all we can to reduce the worst effects of the Great Displacement — it should be the driving priority of corporations, government and non-profits for the foreseeable future. We should invest in education, job training and placement, apprenticeships, relocation, entrepreneurship and tax incentives — anything to help make hiring and retaining workers appealing. And then we should acknowledge that, for millions of people, it’s not going to work.In the U.S. we want to believe that the market will resolve most situations. In this case, the market will not solve the problem — quite the opposite. The market is driven to reduce costs. It will look to find the cheapest way to perform tasks. The market doesn’t want to provide for unemployed truck drivers or cashiers. Uber is going to get rid of its drivers as soon as it can. Its job isn’t to hire lots of people — its job is to move customers around as efficiently as possible. The market will continue to throw millions of people out of the labor force as automation and technology improve. In order for society to continue to function and thrive when tens of millions of Americans don’t have jobs, we will need to rethink the relationship between work and being able to pay for basic needs. And then, we will have to determine ways to convey the psychic and social benefits of work in other ways.There is really only one entity — the federal government — that can realistically reformat society in ways that will prevent large swaths of the country from becoming jobless zones of derelict buildings and broken people. Non-profits will be at the frontlines of fighting the decline, but most of their activities will be like Band-Aids on top of an infected wound. State governments are generally hamstrung with balanced budget requirements and limited resources.Related: Peter Thiel: Luck Is Just an Excuse For Not Working Hard EnoughEven if they don’t talk about it in public, many technologists themselves fear a backlash. My friends in Silicon Valley want to be positive, but many are buying bunkers and escape hatches just in case. One reason that solutions are daunting to even my most optimistic friends is that, while their part of the American economy is flourishing, little effort is being made to distribute the gains from automation and reverse the decline in opportunities. To do so would require an active, stable, invigorated unified federal government willing to make large bets. This, unfortunately, is not what we have. We have an indebted state rife with infighting, dysfunction and outdated ideas and bureaucracies from bygone eras, along with a populace that cannot agree on basic facts like vote totals or climate change. Our politicians offer half-hearted solutions that will at best nibble at the edges of the problem. The budget for Research and Development in the Department of Labor is only $4 million. We have a 1960s-era government that has few solutions to the problems of 2018.This must change if our way of life is to continue. We need a revitalized, dynamic government to rise to the challenge posed by the largest economic transformation in the history of mankind. The above may sound like science fiction to you. But you’re reading this with a supercomputer in your pocket (or reading it on the supercomputer itself) and Donald Trump was elected president. Doctors can fix your eyes with lasers, but your local mall just closed. We are living in unprecedented times. The future without jobs will come to resemble either the cultivated benevolence of Star Trek or the desperate scramble for resources of Mad Max. Unless there is a dramatic course correction, I fear we are heading toward the latter.Related: Emerging Ethical Concerns In the Age of Artificial IntelligenceOur society has already been shaped by large-scale changes in the economy due to technological advances. It turns out that Americans have been dealing with the lack of meaningful opportunities by getting married less and becoming less and less functional. The fundamental message is that we are already on the edge of dystopia, with hundreds of thousands of families and communities being pushed into oblivion.Education and retraining won’t address the gaps; the goalposts are now moving and many affected workers are well past their primes. We need to establish an updated form of capitalism — I call it Human-Centered Capitalism or Human Capitalism for short — to amend our current version of institutional capitalism that will lead us toward ever-increasing automation accompanied by social ruin. We must make the market serve humanity rather than have humanity continue to serve the market. We must simultaneously become more dynamic and more empathetic as a society. We must change and grow faster than most think possible.When the next downturn hits, hundreds of thousands of people will wake up to do their jobs only to be told that they’re no longer needed. Their factory or retail store or office or mall or business or truck stop or agency will close. They will look for another job and, this time, they will not find one. They will try to keep up a brave face, but the days and weeks will pass and they will become more and more defeated. They will almost always blame themselves for their lot. They will say things like, “I wish I’d applied myself more in school,” or “I should have picked another job.” They’ll burn through their meager savings. Their family lives and communities will suffer. Some will turn to substance abuse or watch too much TV. Their health will slip — the ailments they’ve been working through will seem twice as painful. Their marriages will fail. They will lose their sense of self-worth. Their physical environments will decay around them and their loved ones will become reminders of their failure.Related: Should Tipped Minimum Wage Still Exist?For every displaced worker, there will be two or three others who have their shifts and hours reduced, their benefits cut and their already precarious financial lives pushed to the brink. They will try to consider themselves lucky even as their hopes for the future dim.Meanwhile, in Manhattan and Silicon Valley and Washington D.C., my friends and I will be busier than ever fighting to stay current and climb within our own hypercompetitive environments. We will read articles with concern about the future and think about how to redirect our children to more fertile professions and livelihoods. We will retweet something and contribute here and there. We will occasionally reflect on the fates of others and shake our heads, determined to be among the winners in whatever the new economy brings.The logic of the meritocracy is leading us to ruin, because we are collectively primed to ignore the voices of the millions getting pushed into economic distress by the grinding wheels of automation and innovation. We figure they’re complaining or suffering because they’re losers.We need to break free of this logic of the marketplace before it’s too late.We must reshape and accelerate society to bring us all to higher ground. We must find new ways to organize ourselves independent of the values that the marketplace assigns to each and every one of us.As Bismarck said, “If revolution there is to be, let us rather undertake it not undergo it.” Society will change either before or after the revolution. I choose before.We are more than the numbers on our paychecks — and we are going to have to prove it very quickly.—This is an excerpt from Andrew Yang’s The War on Normal People, published by Hachette on April 3rd. To pre-order a copy click here. 14 min read Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How Success Happens Listen Now
China: Dongfang sees lower profit in 2018 but reco … China retaliates against U.S. with higher tariffs … December 03 , 2018 China and the U.S. have agreed to hold off on implementing the next wave of tariffs that had been set for Jan. 1, in order to discuss and negotiate future commercial relations.U.S. President Donald Trump reached the agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit that took place last week in Buenos Aires.”President Trump has agreed that on January 1, 2019, he will leave the tariffs on US$200 billion worth of product at the 10% rate, and not raise it to 25% at this time,” a White House release said.”China will agree to purchase a not yet agreed upon, but very substantial, amount of agricultural, energy, industrial, and other product from the United States to reduce the trade imbalance between our two countries. China has agreed to start purchasing agricultural product from our farmers immediately.”The two presidents have agreed to begin negotiations on structural changes with respect to forced technology transfer, intellectual property protection, non-tariff barriers, cyber intrusions and cyber theft, services and agriculture, the release said.Both parties agreed that they will endeavor to have this transaction completed within the next 90 days, it added.However, the statement said that if at the end of this period of time the parties are unable to reach an agreement, the 10% tariffs that the US has implemented will be raised to 25%.“This was an amazing and productive meeting with unlimited possibilities for both the United States and China. It is my great honor to be working with President Xi,” said Trump.Xi was quoted as saying: “Only with cooperation between us can we serve the interest of world peace and prosperity.” Canada: With cherry trees in bloom, company foreca … Trump and Xi offer concessions in trade talks but … You might also be interested in
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