China keen to seek benefits from pandemic, distressed US assets: Report

first_img“It’s a very sophisticated strategy,” AAM President Scott Paul said in an interview. “There’s a very legitimate debate that needs to occur about the appropriate role of Beijing in the US economy, and there are reasons to be wary of including Chinese state-owned enterprises in our recovery effort.”Paul said his lobby group was working with Democratic and Republican lawmakers to strengthen and expand provisions that earmark government funds for US companies, and ensure they do not wind up in the hands of Chinese state-owned firms or investors.The group was formed in 2007 by US companies and the United Steelworkers to push for policies to expand US manufacturing.US President Donald Trump has long pledged to bring manufacturing back from overseas, but the coronavirus pandemic has sparked a government-wide push to move US production and supply chain dependency away from China. US lawmakers and policymakers should be wary of China’s moves to target vulnerable US assets and expand its market share in the wake of the global economic crisis triggered by the novel coronavirus, according to a study prepared for a US trade group and released on Tuesday.The Horizon Advisory report for the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) said the Chinese Communist Party viewed the crisis as “a chance to expand its position in US markets, supply chains and critical infrastructure.”The consultancy said Beijing used the 2008-2009 global financial crisis to accelerate its “Go Out” industrial offensive in the United States, and was positioning to benefit from a likely spike in US infrastructure spending. Topics :center_img Paul said the report showed China had identified “friendly” public officials and states including Kentucky, home of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, which has attracted increased Chinese investment in recent years.Chinese acquisitions have come under greater US scrutiny to determine their effect on national security, but takeovers could increase if the crisis left many distressed assets, as expected, he said. last_img read more

Selection of election organizers needs overhaul to ensure independence: Experts

first_imgExperts have called for an overhaul in the assessment process for General Election Commission (KPU) commissioners to ensure their independence as election organizers.Constitutional law expert Feri Amsari of Andalas University has questioned the current selection mechanism for KPU members, in which the selection committee only chooses a shortlist of candidates while the House of Representatives holds the final say on who will be selected. In 2017, the selection committee submitted a shortlist of 14 names to the House, which picked seven candidates for the roles of KPU chairman and commissioners. “The selection committee should have picked several candidates to fit the amount required to fill the seats in the KPU, with the House only confirming whether or not they will be accepted,” Feri said on Tuesday during a discussion hosted by the Indonesia Election Portal (Rumah Pemilu).“[This is] to prevent opportunities for political transactions between organizers and prospective election participants [and] conflicts of interest.”Read also: KPU presses on with December elections despite turnout concernsHe said that recent bribery cases involving KPU members should be a wake-up call to increase independence among election organizers. Most notable is the case of Wahyu Setiawan, who is currently standing trial for allegedly accepting a bribe from Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Harun Masiku. In addition to revamping the selection process, Feri said that KPU members should be guaranteed a salary and benefits until they retire to reduce the potential for graft. “Because they oversee money politics and political endowments, which can be tempting. So, it would be hard for them to maintain independence if they are not well compensated.”He also suggested that the terms for KPU chairs and members should be extended to seven to 10 years to reduce political tension. In the current regulation, the chair and members serve for five years, with the selection process being held two years prior to the general election. Network for Democracy and Electoral Integrity (Netgrit) researcher Ferry Kurnia Rizkiyansyah also pointed out some problems plaguing the selection of members in rural areas, with unscheduled recruitments spanning several waves and “last-minute additions” being common occurrences.Read also: KPU commissioner Evi Novida dismissed for manipulating vote results in West KalimantanFor example, the KPU announced seven new members for its West Java provincial representative office in October 2018, around five months before the 2019 general election. In comparison, the commission selected seven members for its Lampung provincial office in October 2019.“Selection for [KPU commissioners] should be conducted at least two years before an election,” he said during the discussion, adding that the commission should create a more orderly schedule for selecting members in rural provinces, cities and regencies.He added that knowledge about politics, law and the election mechanism should be key considerations in choosing KPU commissioners to ensure the commission’s integrity and professionalism.Topics :last_img read more

Kick back in the poolside cabana of this modern family home

first_imgOne of the numerous living areasMr Florentzos said the “tropical haven” outside included a covered patio with a tiled floor, fans and a kitchenette overlooking the in-ground pool and cabana. There are also landscaped gardens and a sun deck at the side of the home. “This immaculate home has a commanding street presence and provides you with superb privacy and great security,” Mr Florentzos said. The Dominion St home will go to auction on March 4 at 1.30pm. The pool and cabana at 4 Dominion St, Eight Mile PlainsA LUXURY home with six bedrooms is new to the market in Eight Mile Plains.LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills marketing agent Peter Florentzos said the property at 4 Dominion St began attracting attention as soon as it was listed. Spread across two levels, the home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area on the ground floor. “The stellar kitchen facility is complete with a fantastic butler’s pantry, stone benches, top-end appliances and a long breakfast bar,” Mr Florentzos said. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The open plan living, dining and kitchen areaThere is a home theatre off the living room and the dining area opens to the back patio. There is also a guest bedroom, bathroom, laundry and lounge room, which could be used as a sixth bedroom, on the first floor. Internal stairs lead up to another living room, four bedrooms and a family bathroom. The main bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite, while the other bedrooms have built-in wardrobes. last_img read more

Shearwater Joins Full Wave Consortium

first_imgShearwater GeoServices has signed a contract to join the Full Wave consortium as a late participant. The 3D anisotropic FWI code will be incorporated into Shearwater’s OpenCPS seismic processing software for use in advanced model building and depth imaging, the company explained.The OpenCPS FWI  interface will be made available to Imperial College London and oil company participants within the consortium.Professor Mike Warner of Imperial College said: “We are pleased to have another industry partner join our consortium. The FWI interface and other tools provided by OpenCPS will greatly enhance our ability to test and develop the FWI more efficiently.”Gareth Williams, chief geophysicist of Shearwater added: “Offering 3D FWI as a service is the next step in our continuing progress towards providing the highest imaging technology to our clients.”last_img read more

Debating the Redefinition of Marriage

first_imgWe had the opportunity this morning on TVNZ’s Breakfast programme to debate the redefinition of marriage. You can watch the debate by clicking the image below.We have had lots of supportive feedback, including many comments about the facial gestures going on behind me which I was unaware of! But it’s important for our campaign to show respect and humility at all times. (I had the opportunity afterwards to congratulate Tamiti Coffey on his good work hosting NZ’s Got Talent.)Thank you for your messages of support. We do appreciate the words of encouragement in the midst of a difficult battle.If you would like to support our Campaign to Protect Marriage, please click HERElast_img

Labour plans free care in pregnancy

first_imgNZ Herald 9 August 2014Pregnant women would get free dental care, doctors’ visits and prescriptions under a Labour Government in a plan to be unveiled at the party’s campaign launch.Labour officially kicks off its election push with an Oscar Kightley-hosted launch at the Viaduct Events Centre tomorrow afternoon.The Weekend Herald understands a primary healthcare package for pregnant women costing just over $10 million will be one of two policy announcements on the day.While pregnant women are entitled to some free doctors’ visits, they have to pay for non pregnancy-related care including dentists’ visits.Labour’s plan is driven by research showing a link between the health of mothers, including oral health, and the wellbeing of their children.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11306292last_img read more

Girls in Zimbabwe oppose early marriage

first_imgZimbabwe Teens opposed to early marriagesData published last year indicates one third of girls in Zimbabwe marry before their 18th birthday and five percent before they turn 15.However, the Zimbabwean government is now stepping up efforts to protect the rights of the girl child, to shield them from early marriages.Poverty is said to be a key driving factor sustaining child marriages in Zimbabwe.Parents often marry girls off, to pass on the burden of caring for them to their suitors.Bride price payments from the would be husbands offers a further incentive.Some communities also see child marriage as a way of protecting girls from experimenting with premarital sex.Dananai Chipuza a former carnival queen in zimbabwe thinks the law is a disadvantage to most girls.She says ”so many girls have great potential and it seems as if our elders at some point they are not realizing the potential. Instead they see them potential wealth makers because they are marrying them off so they can trying to eradicate poverty, which is not true”.The government is now working hard to educate  the local communities on the disadvantages that come with child marriages.Child marriages are known to deprive girls of education and opportunities.They also jeopardize their health and increase the risks of exploitation, sexual violence, domestic abuse and death or serious injury in childbirth.Its being hoped the government will enact and enforce national laws that raise the age of marriage to 18, for both girls and boys.last_img read more

Road Stars defeat Lily Valley Sharks again!

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share 11 Views   no discussions NewsSports Road Stars defeat Lily Valley Sharks again! by: – April 25, 2012center_img Tweet On Tuesday 24th, the Elvis Welding Services Road Stars defeated the Lily Valley Sharks by a final score of 81-74 pts, in game 3, of the best-of 3 semi-final playoffs. The teams came into this very important game, with the series ties at 1 game apiece, with the Sharks winning the 1st & the Road Stars, the 2nd. A victory for either team, would secure them a place in the finals. Both teams had their full squads available to them. The referees for the night were Mr. Allan Morris, Peggy & Mc’Dowe.There was a lot of hype and suspense before this game. The crowd support on hand was again excellent, and certainly showed the quality and excitement of this league. The 1st quarter opened with both teams starting on fire, scoring their 1st 6 possessions each, with the Sharks having their 1st 3 as 3 pointers. The Road Stars though, kept the lead in the closing minutes, as it had been close in the opening, with ties & lead changes. The quarter closed off with the score being 23-17 in favor of the Road Stars. The 2nd period was closer knit, with the Road Stars still controlling the game, but with the Sharks hot on their backs. Again with a lot of ties and lead changes. The Road Stars again pulled off a bit, at the ending of a quarter, but only slightly, and finishing up, with only a 3 point lead, 44-41.With the 3rd quarter opening, the game was still very much in the balance, with both teams playing their own style of basketball and doing whatever they could to control the game and get the victory. The Road Stars continued to be in control, but each time they made a run, the Sharks kept on fighting back & getting into the game. The hard work did pay off for the Road Stars as they finally got the break they were looking for and went on an 8-0 run, closing off the period leading by 13 pts, 65-52. The 4th quarter began, with a lot of noise coming from the Shark fans, urging their team to get back into the game. And this was exactly what they did, with the Sharks players stepping up their game and slowly creeping back into it. They had gotten to within 4 points after being down as much as 15, but crucial turnovers and poor shot taking, ended all hopes of the victory. The Road Stars closed off the game, winning by 7 and securing a place in the finals, against either the Fond Canie Rebels or the Upper Village Hoosiers, who squared off on Wednesday night.Top performers for Road Stars were; Julian Isles – 25 pts, 8 reb, Javeed Joseph – 17 pts, 3 reb, 3 asts, Simon “To-To” Joseph – 14 pts, 5 reb, 3 blks and Fitzgerald Daniel – 13 pts, 7 asts.Top performers for Sharks were; Ray Charles – 22 pts, 3 reb, Mathias “Bagalaw” Douglas – 18 pts, 5 reb, 3 asts, Craig St. Rose -12 pts, 4 reb, 6 asts and Lester Denis – 11 pts, 4 asts.Next game will be on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. – Fond Canie Rebels vs. Upper Village Hoosiers.By: Edgar George Sharelast_img read more

DENR chief Cimatu sent to Cebu City to oversee COVID-19 efforts

first_imgMANILA – Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) secretary Roy Cimatu has been sent in Cebu City by President Rodrigo Duterte to oversee the implementation of measures against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) there. “I fully accept your challenge you gave. Just like the orders you gave to me before, to Boracay, we changed the cesspool image of Boracay to what it is now,” Cimatu told Duterte. “He is there as the representative of the President. The President continues to have supervisory powers over local government officials,” Roque said on Cimatu. “Hopefully, the assignment will be short as possible.”/PN Cimatu, in the same public address, has accepted the new role given to him by the Chief Executive after he was previously appointed to spearhead the cleanup of Boracay Island. In an address to the public on Monday evening, President Duterte tasked the Department of Health, Department of the Interior and Local Government and the National Task Force Against COVID-19 to assist Cimatu. President Duterte has reverted Cebu City to enhanced community quarantine until June 30 due to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases and widespread community transmission in the metropolis. “I need a person in Cebu to give him a picture of what is happening there,” the President further said. “I’m sure Sec. Cimatu can look as long as he has the support and assistance of the Cebu officials, both national and local.” Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque clarified in a virtual press conference on Tuesday that Cimatu will serve as President Duterte’s representative in Cebu City. “Kayong mga taga-Cebu, it’s not that I do not trust your capability but rather it’s the penchant to go into a sort of a sisihan tapos nobody would answer for anything,” Duterte said.last_img read more

Chamber now accepting nominations for awards

first_imgBrookville, IN—The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce is now accepting nominations for awards to be given out at the Annual Dinner that will be held on Thursday, March 5 at the American Legion.  Categories for awards include Chamber Award for New Business, Business of the Year, and Award for Beautification.  All nominations need to be emailed to info@fcchamber.net or can be mailed to Chamber Award Nomination, P.O. Box 211 Brookville, IN  47012with the title of the Award, Name of Business/Organization,explanation of why you are nominating, additional information thatwould assist in determining this award.The deadline for nominations is February 21, 2020.last_img