Soldotna Council To Consider Approval Of Airport Master Plan Phase III

first_imgThe proposed Master Plan was chosen to be implemented in three phases spaced from 2017 to 2035, totaling $46,975,000. The Phase 3 draft states: “The estimated net project costs to the City for the three-phase program are $10,882,813 million after recognition of the receipt of FAA Airport Improvement Program grants.” The purchase of the 40 acres of private property along with 9 acres of Salamatof Native Association property would also allow for the realignment of Funny River Road to the east of the airport. Realignments to Funny River Road would also require closure of sections of Kenai River Avenue and Norma Avenue. The Soldotna City Council is scheduled to consider approval of the Airport Master Plan’s Phase 3 on Wednesday, January 24, during their regular meeting beginning at 6:00 p.m., in Soldotna City Hall. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-airport-plan.mp3VmJennifer-on-airport-plan.mp300:00RPd The Phase 3 draft is up for council consideration, and has a number of big changes planned for the airport. Among the top changes, the acquisition of 49 acres by the City to further develop the airport is recommended, which would pave the way for the current 5,000-foot runway to be extended by 1,000 feet.center_img Public Works Director and Airport Manager Kyle Kornelis said the Phase 3 draft was updated just before the Airport Commission voted to finalize it on December 21, 2017. Figure 9.1 in the Phase 3 draft which color codes the anticipated schedule. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council will mull over approval of their airport’s Master Plan Update Phase III this week, a draft which includes the ultimate extension of the runway, land acquisition for expansion, and possibly a public terminal. The Phase 3 draft also suggests that a public terminal building of up to 4,000 square feet might be beneficial for the city. This space could accommodate passenger and cargo facilities not based locally, along with administration offices, pilots’ lounge, food and drink services, and tourist connection services to hotels/motels and rental cars. The draft says, “The existing air taxi operators have expressed a strong interest in continuing their currentmethod of operation from their own facilities,” but the city will monitor the need for a public terminal.last_img read more

Were still as close to Doomsday today as weve ever been

first_img Comment 1 How to stop climate catastrophe | What the Future “The velocity of change across these and other technological fronts is extremely high; the international effort to manage these rapid advances has been, to date, grossly insufficient,” reads the new statement from the Bulletin.The panel also focused on the threat of climate change and the renewed rise in global greenhouse emissions following a plateau in recent years.Susan Solomon, a professor of environmental studies at MIT, said the US failure to stop a rise in carbon emissions is “simply an act of gross negligence.”While the clock did not advance closer to midnight this year after two years of inching toward the brink, Bronson and the other panelists were clear to keep the focus on doom and gloom. Sci-Tech Tags Now playing: Watch this: 6:23 Share your voice “[The 2019 time] should not be taken as a sign of stability but as a stark warning,” Bronson said.But rather than despairing and retiring to the family fallout shelter to Netflix-and-chill our lives away, the Bulletin lays the task of turning back the clock at the feet of the public.”Today, citizens in every country can use the power of the Internet to fight against social media disinformation and improve the long-term prospects of their children and grandchildren. They can insist on facts, and discount nonsense. They can demand action to reduce the existential threat of nuclear war and unchecked climate change.”Naturally, the Bulletin even includes a hashtag, because what better tool to save the world, right?Fight the Power: Take a look at who’s transforming the way we think about energy. Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers. We’re still living in the most perilous times since the end of World War II, according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists and its trademark Doomsday Clock, which remains set at just two minutes to midnight for the second year in a row.The clock is a kind of metric — midnight represents doomsday — that the organization contrived decades ago to warn “the public about how close we are to destroying our world with dangerous technologies of our own making.”  The Bulletin makes periodic announcements updating the current “time” on the clock, indicating how close we are to some sort of existential catastrophe.It’s two minutes before midnight for the second year in a row. Bulletin of Atomic Scientists In its seven decades of existence, the clock has never been closer to midnight than it is right now. It was also at two minutes before midnight in 1953, at the beginning of the Cold War and a nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union.”We have in fact entered a period we call the ‘new abnormal’,” Rachel Bronson, president and CEO of the Bulletin, said at a press conference Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.In a lengthy statement released at the same time on its website, the Bulletin laid out how this period is defined by a “devolving state of nuclear and climate security” and “a qualitative change in information warfare and a steady misrepresentation of fact that is undermining confidence in political structures and scientific inquiry.” A series of panelists at the press conference decried the erratic nature of relations between the United States and other nuclear powers like Russia and North Korea, which have often played out on President Trump’s Twitter feed.”Journalists, you love Trump’s tweets,” Jerry Brown, former California governor and the Bulletin’s executive chair, told reporters. “You love the leads that get the clicks … but the final click could be a nuclear strike.”In addition to the threats of nuclear arms, climate change and fake news, Bronson cited risks from nascent technologies like artificial intelligence and synthetic biology. 8 Photos 8 sci-fi ideas that might become science fact pretty soon (pictures)last_img read more

Chernobyl vodka is real but you cant drink it yet

first_img 18 Photos Fukushima turns to robots to fix the future Sci-Tech Bottle o’ rads? James Smith The nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl remains the worst nuclear accident in human history, leaving a 1,000 square mile region of the Ukraine uninhabitable since 1986. While some have continued to live there and tourists flock to the radioactive zone in droves (thanks to HBO’s fantastic series), the surrounding areas have been reclaimed by nature. Now, the BBC reports, a team of scientists have produced the first consumer product out of the exclusion zone since the nuclear disaster: An artisan vodka dubbed “Atomik”.The Chernobyl Spirit Company, has brewed up the vodka from “slightly contaminated” rye grain they planted within the exclusion zone. While many traditionally think of vodka as produced from potatoes, these days most vodka is made from grains such as wheat and rye. atomik-bottle-1The one, the only (literally!) bottle of Atomik. Distilled in Chernobyl.  James Smith James Smith, an environmental scientist from the University of Portsmouth, is part of the team at Chernobyl Spirit Company and has published numerous studies discussing the effects of radioactive pollutants, with a focus on accidental releases. He’s studied Chernobyl since 1990 and spent time working in Belarus, the Ukraine and Russia. “Our Atomik grain spirit came from an experiment we were doing to see how much radioactivity transferred into different crops in the Exclusion Zone 30 years after the accident,” he says, via email.The experimental plot where the grain was grown is situated about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) from the Chernobyl reactor. Part of the process also involved using water from Chernobyl’s aquifer, lying about 10 kilometers (6 miles) south of the site of the disaster. The aquifer has been shown to contain traces of radioactivity in the past.”We had the Atomik grain spirit idea as a way to firstly (hopefully) make people think more deeply about the recovery of the Chernobyl affected areas and a way (also hopefully!) to make money to help support the affected communities.”Smith has released a technical report of the creation process on ResearchGate. Part of the report discusses risks associated with the production of the vodka which he says it’s completely safe.”We had to do a risk assessment, but radioactive safety isn’t really a problem,” Smith says. “The beauty of distillation is that it takes nearly all the radioactivity out (except for natural C-14) so we hope people will be happy to drink Atomik.”However, there is one little problem. Anyone wanting to taste the nuclear nectar will have to wait because there is currently only a single bottle of the stuff in existence. Now, I know the internet will be clamoring for a taste, because humans have proven to be incredibly interested in seemingly forbidden liquids. I remember when some suggested we should drink the fluid from an ancient Egyptian sarcophagus that was discovered in 2018. I know you want to taste the not-so-radioactive drop, but you’ll have to wait.The team plan to manufacture more Atomik before the end of the year, with the aim of making a profit they can then give back to the local communities that surround the abandoned exclusion zone. To really ramp up production, the team will need to get the go-ahead from the State Agency of Ukraine for Exclusion Zone Management and from Ukrainian authorities to produce alcohol, Smith says.”Unfortunately this will be slow — we hope to begin only very small scale experimental production this year,” he notes, explaining the Chernobyl Spirit Company is “not taking orders yet.”When they do, we’ll raise a glass.    Tags 2 Share your voice Originally posted 10:55 p.m. PTUpdated Aug. 8: Adds additional comments from Smith and links to Spirit Company Commentslast_img read more

Oil Slides below 84 as Saudi Arabia Lowers Price for US

first_imgBrent crude oil fell below $84 a barrel on Tuesday, extending losses to a fourth consecutive session after top oil exporter Saudi Arabia cut sales prices to the United States.The world’s top exporter increased its December sales prices, relative to benchmarks, to Asia and Europe on Monday, but lowered prices to the United States, a smaller export market. Front-month Brent crude LCOc1 was down $1.25 at $83.53 a barrel by 0915 GMT. Brent dropped $1.08 on Monday, after falling sharply on the news from Saudi Arabia.US light crude CLc1 was down $1.15 at $77.63 a barrel. It touched a session low of $77.20, its weakest since October 2011, as its discount to Brent hovered around $6.”This is mixed news, and the fact that the positive angle has not made an impact shows that market sentiment is very negative at the moment,” said Eugen Weinberg, head of commodities research at Commerzbank in Frankfurt.Daniel Ang of Phillip Futures said in a note that the move “signalled Saudi Arabia’s intention to fight for US market share and could even show its intention to squeeze US shale producers”.But analysts at JBC Energy wrote that the pricing reflected market fundamentals and did not have a political motive.”We would strongly advocate against interpreting every month’s OSP publication in the context of ‘price war’ and ‘market share battle’ stories,” they said in a note.The absence of signs that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) could curb output in a well supplied market also continued to weigh on sentiment.The oil cartel will meet on Nov. 27 in Vienna to discuss its oil output targets for next year.Members Venezuela and Ecuador are working on a joint proposal to defend oil prices, but the United Arab Emirates oil minister said the group is “not panicking.” OPEC’s secretary general last week said the production next year would not vary much from 2014, and members Iran and Kuwait have said a cut in output at the next meeting was unlikely. “The market sentiment will stay negative until OPEC appears to be unified,” said Commerzbank’s Weinberg. “Everybody is blaming each other but nobody is willing to cut.”There is a growing lobby in the United States to lift a 40-year ban on US crude exports which if successful could ease a supply glut in the Atlantic Basin. A stronger dollar was also weighing on oil prices, making the commodity more expensive for buyers using other currencies. The dollar touched a four-year high on Monday, before slipping back slightly on Tuesday.last_img read more

Dells SecureWorks valued at 142 billion in years first tech IPO

first_imgDell Inc’s cyber security unit, SecureWorks Corp, could be valued at up to $1.42 billion in its initial public offering, the first major U.S. listing of a technology company this year.Atlanta, Georgia-based SecureWorks said on Monday its offering was expected to be priced at $15.50-$17.50 per Class A share, raising as much as $157.5 million.The share issue market worldwide plunged to a seven-year low in the first quarter, more than halving from a year earlier to $106.6 billion, as worries over slowing economic growth kept investors wary, according to Thomson Reuters data.”From such a low base, there’s only one way to go and that’s up,” Jay Ritter, an IPO expert and a professor of finance at the University of Florida, told Reuters.”I don’t expect that there’s going to be a flood of IPOs, but there will be an increasing number of companies in a variety of industries that will go public.”In the past few years, several cyber security firms such as FireEye Inc, Rapid7 Inc and Mimecast Ltd have gone public to take advantage of growing investor interest in them after a spate of hacking attacks on companies including major banks and retailers.However, shares of Rapid7 and FireEye, which popped 70-80 percent in their debut, are now trading way below their IPO prices. Mimecast, which jumped 20 percent on its listing day, has also slipped below its offering price.Ritter warned against premium pricing for stocks of cyber security firms, saying that these companies were fighting for market share, which would keep their profit growth muted.The Wall Street Journal first reported in October that Dell, the third-largest personal computer maker, had filed confidentially for listing SecureWorks, which it bought for $612 million in 2011.Founded in 1999, SecureWorks has 4,200 clients in 59 countries. The company said it planned to list its Class A common stock on the Nasdaq under the symbol “SCWX.”Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs & Co and JP Morgan are among the underwriters for SecureWorks’ IPO.last_img read more

Building the road ahead Tata Motors Q1 profit rises 42 to Rs

first_imgTata MotorsReutersAutomaker Tata Motors on Wednesday reported 42 percent rise in net profit to Rs 3,182 crore in June ended quarter of 2018 fiscal against Rs 2,260.40 crore in the corresponding quarter last year, the company said in an exchange filing.The auto major, owned by the software-to-salt conglomerate Tata Group, said its total income fell about 10 percent to Rs 59,972 crore during the quarter versus Rs 66,339 crore, same quarter a year ago. After announcing results, the company said, “First quarter results have not met our expectations.”Volume sales, including exports of commercial and passenger vehicles for the quarter stood at 1,11,860 units, down 11.8 percent when compared to the corresponding quarter last year, the statement said.In the domestic market, there has been significant de-growth in the medium and heavy commercial vehicles segment, flat light commercial segment and moderate growth in passenger vehicles segment, the company said.On a standalone basis, Tata Motors posted a loss of Rs 467.05 crore for the June quarter of 2017-18 fiscal. It had registered a profit of Rs 25.75 crore in the same period of 2016-17. Total income from operations on a standalone basis during the quarter was at Rs 10,375.32 crore as compared to Rs 11,434.91 crore in the year-ago period, down 9.26 percent.Tata Motors said its operating performance broadly reflected Jaguar Land Rover (JLR)’s lower wholesale volumes excluding China JV and continuation of higher competitive incentive levels and launch and growth costs seen in FY17. The company made a one- time gain of Rs 3,609 crore related to the changes made to JLR pension plans.Tata Motors MD & CEO Guenter Butschek said: “While the first quarter results have not met our expectations, we are working with renewed focus and energy to improve performance of our commercial and passenger vehicle businesses.” Showroom attendants polish a Jaguar vehicle at a Jaguar Land Rover showroom in Mumbai February 13, 2013. Hit by falling margins and rising capital expenditure, roaring Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) may be heading for a speed trap. Rising investment is eating into the luxury carmaker’s cash pile and raising the prospect of fresh borrowing while falling profitability is set to tip parent Tata Motors into a first drop in profits in five quarters. Picture was taken February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash (INDIA – Tags: BUSINESS TRANSPORT)ReutersBritish arm JLR reported a revenue of 5.6 billion pounds, up 244 million pounds. JLR’s profit before tax was 595 million pounds, up from 399 million pounds in the year-ago period. This included 437 million pounds one-off credit relating to recent changes designed to improve the sustainability of the company’s defined benefit pension plans, Tata Motors said.Jaguar Land Rover CEO Ralf Speth said: “We continue to deliver rising volumes and revenues across the business, reflecting strong demand for new models such as the Range Rover Velar and established global award winners such as Jaguar F-PACE.”At Wednesday’s closing shares of Tata Motors are trading at Rs 416.75 a piece, down 3.17 percent, on BSE.last_img read more

Ola electric raises 250 mn from SoftBank valuation close to 1 bn

first_imgOla electronic Vehicle Unit |Reuters IndiaOla Electric Mobility has reportedly joined the unicorn club of start-ups. The ride-hailing giant has become the second largest initiative of Bhavish Aggarwal to be valued at more than Rs 6,885 crore.Ola Electric Mobility raised a fund of about $250 million (Rs 1,722 crore) from SoftBank Group Corp. as part of its Series B round. On Tuesday, Aggarwal celebrated five years of their partnership and praised Masayoshi Son, the founder of SoftBank, on his vision of building electric vehicles for India and the world for the future of humanity.Celebrating 5 years of strong partnership, looking forward to the years ahead! I’m personally inspired by @masason vision for the future of humanity. Very excited about our partnership to build Mobility & Electric Mobility for India and the world! @SoftBank @Olacabs @OlaElectric pic.twitter.com/JwJDvFKeg4— Bhavish Aggarwal (@bhash) July 2, 2019SoftBank was allowed to infuse the funds into Ola after the Narendra Modi government asked the companies to electrify their fleet by 2025. Aggarwal, who had been opposing SoftBank’s efforts to acquire more stakes in Ola, agreed to the funding by considering the profit margins.Ola Electric Mobility aims to introduce one million electrified vehicles by 2021. The infused funds will be used for electrification, vehicle testing, and infrastructure for charging batteries.According to Live Mint, the government’s demand for electric vehicles has created a window for the investors to fund the infrastructure for maintenance and charging of the vehicles. It also states that although the upfront cost for the vehicles is high, the variable cost is lowered by 20 per cent, which makes Ola the most attractive proposition for the investors. Ola electric vehiclestwitterOla Electric Mobility, headed by Anand Shah, was a fully owned ANI Technologies. Tiger Global and Matrix Partners India had infused Rs 400 crore in the company after which ANI Technologies lost its majority share. There are some investments of Ratan Tata in the company as well.According to the estimates of Prescient and Strategic Intelligence, the electric vehicle’s market size will reach a value of about Rs 4,872 crore in 2025 from Rs 490 crore in 2017. Softbank CEO Masayoshi SonReuterslast_img read more

Donations Pour In For Harvey Victims From Major Corporations Celebrities

first_imgThough the worst is over for Houston, Harvey is leaving a legacy to the tune of billions of dollars in damages. Corporations, celebrities, and local Houstonians are pitching in to help.Companies have pledged $65 million to relief efforts as of late Wednesday morning, according to an estimate from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.According to CNNMoney’s analysis, 30 companies have donated $1 million or more by Wednesday morning, and the amount of donations continue to grow. Want to help with #Harvey? We’re taking donations in stores and online to aid in our Disaster Relief efforts. https://t.co/IPJqZn2pWD pic.twitter.com/ggNiQs95Du— H-E-B (@HEB) August 30, 2017The following list is from CNN Money with the names of corporate America companies who have donated (these numbers were accurate at publication time but are subject to change):AbbottAbbott (ABT) and its foundation the Abbott Fund are giving $1 million in grants and healthcare and nutrition products. That includes $900,000 in grants to the Red Cross, Americares and Direct Relief, and $100,000 in healthcare and nutrition products.AetnaThe Aetna Foundation (AET) announced a $100,000 contribution to both the American Red Cross and the Community Foundation of Greater Houston. It will also donate $50,000 to nonprofit Team Rubicon to assist current and future disaster relief efforts.AllerganThe Allergan Foundation (AGN) on Monday said it will donate $100,000 to the Red Cross to support victims of Harvey.AmazonAmazon (AMZN, Tech30) and Whole Foods will match cash donations made on Amazon.com up to $1 million to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief.American ExpressAmerican Express (AXP) is donating $150,000 to the Red Cross. It will match up to $100,000 in employee donations to the Red Cross.AmgenAmgen (AMGN), a biopharmaceutical company, is donating $80,000 to Direct Relief International and $20,000 to the American Kidney Fund’s Disaster Relief Program to help dialysis patients impacted by the storm.The company will also match employee donations.AppleThe tech giant made a $2 million donation to the Red Cross over the weekend, an Apple spokeswoman told CNNMoney. Apple (AAPL, Tech30) will also match employee donations 2 to 1. Users can donate to the Red Cross through iTunes or on the App Store.AT&TAT&T (T, Tech30) is contributing $350,000 to help communities following the storm, including $100,000 to the Greater Houston Community Fund, $100,000 to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Fund and $50,000 to the Coastal Bend Community Foundation in South Texas.The AT&T Foundation will match employee donations up to $50,000 each to Team Rubicon and to the AT&T Employee Disaster Relief Fund, which supports employees who live in the areas affected by the storm. (AT&T is acquiring Time Warner, the parent company of CNN.)Bank of AmericaThe Bank of America Charitable Foundation is donating $1 million to support Harvey relief efforts, including a $250,000 donation to the Red Cross. The remainder of the funds will be allocated as the company learns more about recovery needs, a spokesperson told CNNMoney.Bank of America (BAC) will also match employee donations of $1 or more until September 30. Its usual gift match minimum is $25.BayerBayer told CNNMoney it is donating $100,000 each to the Red Cross and nonprofit Direct Relief.BB&TBank BB&T (BBT) is giving $100,000 to the Red Cross of Greater Houston in Texas.BBVA CompassBBVA Compass’ foundation will contribute $250,000 to the Red Cross and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.The bank also aims to raise up to $250,000, both online and at its branches, from employees and customers for those organizations.BoeingThe Boeing Charitable Trust (BA) committed $1 million to the Red Cross for Harvey relief efforts.BMO FinancialFinancial services provider BMO Financial contributed $100,000 to the Red Cross.BPBP and the BP Foundation have donated $750,000 to assist with relief efforts. The contribution will be split equally among the Red Cross, the Community Foundation of Greater Houston and the United Way of Greater Houston.The company will also match employee contributions.CaterpillarThe Caterpillar Foundation (CAT) donated $300,000 to the Red Cross to help with immediate relief efforts for Harvey.Cheniere EnergyCheniere Energy (LNG) on Monday said it will make a $1 million donation to the Red Cross to help with relief and recovery efforts following the storm.ChevronChevron (CVX) is making a $1 million donation to the Red Cross. The oil and gas company will also match donations made to relief efforts by its employees and retirees.CignaThe Cigna Foundation is contributing $100,000 to the Red Cross. Cigna (CI) employees can also request matching funds for their donations to the Red Cross.CitiThe Citi Foundation (C) has committed a $1 million donation to the Red Cross, the company told CNNMoney.CoachThe Coach Foundation has committed $200,000 to the Red Cross. Coach (COH) will also match employee contributions.Coca-ColaThe Coca-Cola Foundation pledged $1 million to the Red Cross on Tuesday. Coca-Cola (KO) will also match employee donations made to the company’s Employee Disaster Relief Fund up to $100,000.ComcastComcast NBCUniversal (CMCSA) is giving $500,000 toward the Houston Mayors’ Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and the Red Cross. The organizations will share the donation.The company will also donate advertising time on its cable networks to these organizations to run public service announcements about how to aid with flood relief efforts.ComericaComerica (CMA), a Dallas-based bank, will donate $100,000 to the Red Cross.ConocoPhillipsConocoPhillips is making a $1 million donation to the Red Cross. Employees and retirees in the U.S. can request to have their personal contributions matched.CVSCVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation announced $200,000 in cash and in-kind product donations, including $50,000 each to the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the Red Cross, and $25,000 to the Salvation Army.CVS (CVS) will also match employee contributions up to $25,000.DiscoverDiscover (DFS) will match donations up to $500,000 for every cardholder who donates to the Red Cross via their Cashback Bonus program or makes a donation with a Discover card. The company is also matching employee donations.DisneyDisney (DIS) and ABC’s Houston TV station KTRK-TV announced a $1 million contribution to the Red Cross. The company is matching employee donations.Dollar GeneralDollar General (DG) is donating $50,000 to the Red Cross. Customers can also make a contribution in stores through September 9.DowThe Dow Chemical Company Foundation is contributing $1 million to support Harvey relief, including $100,000 each to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and Team Rubicon.Dow (DOW) is also matching employee and retiree donations up to $100,000 to the Red Cross.Enterprise Rent-A-CarThe Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation is donating $1 million to the Red Cross.ExelonExelon (EXC) is donating $150,000 to the Red Cross. The utility company will also match employee contributions up to $5,000 per person.Exxon MobilExxon Mobil (XOM) on Friday said it’s donating $500,000 to Red Cross organizations along the U.S. Gulf Coast to aid with relief efforts. On Tuesday, the company contributed $500,000 to the United Way of Greater Houston.FacebookFacebook (FB, Tech30) will match up to $1 million in donations made on its platform for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund.FedExFedEx (FDX)committed $1 million in cash and transportation support to deliver medical aid and supplies in the wake of the storm. It works with the Red Cross, Direct Relief, Heart to Heart International, the Salvation Army and Team Rubicon.FordThe Ford Motor Company Fund (F) is donating $100,000 to disaster relief efforts in Texas. It will also match up to $50,000 in contributions to the Red Cross.General ElectricThe GE Foundation (GE) has donated $500,000 to the Red Cross, a spokeswoman told CNNMoney. It will also match employee donations to participating disaster relief organizations.GoogleGoogle (GOOG) is making a $250,000 Google.org grant to the Red Cross and matching employee donations up to $250,000. Google.org also launched a matching campaign for consumers, up to $1 million.H-E-B GroceryH‑E‑B Grocery will donate $100,000 toward Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, specifically to the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Feeding Texas. Customers can also make a donation at its Texas stores.HCA HealthcareHCA Healthcare (HCA) donated $1 million to the American Red Cross.Home DepotHome Depot (HD) on Monday committed $1 million to help storm relief efforts. The donation will go to nonprofits, such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Convoy of Hope, Operation Blessing and Team Rubicon.HumanaThe Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of health insurance company Humana, (HUM) on Saturday gave a $250,000 immediate grant to the Red Cross.Intercontinental ExchangeIntercontinental Exchange (ICE) is making a $1 million contribution to the Red Cross and matching employee donations.JefferiesInvestment bank Jefferies will donate $1 million to several charities aiding in the relief effort. The firm will also donate all net trading commissions on Wednesday from U.S., European and Asia equity, fixed income and foreign exchange trading to relief efforts.JPMorganJPMorgan Chase (JPM) said it would donate $1 million to the Red Cross and other nonprofit groups providing immediate relief. The firm is also matching employee donations to these organizations.Chase will also automatically waive or refund fees, such as late fees for mortgages and credit cards, through September 10 for customers in areas severely impacted by the hurricane.Kansas City SouthernKansas City Southern (KSU) said its charitable fund will donate $50,000 to the Red Cross. The railroad company will also match employee gifts up to $25,000.KelloggKellogg Company Fund, the charitable arm of Kellogg (K), is committing $100,000 to nonprofit Feeding America to aid disaster relief efforts.Kindred HealthcareKindred Healthcare (KND) is making a $50,000 donation to the Red Cross to aid recovery efforts from Harvey in Texas and the Gulf Coast.Kohl’sKohl’s (KSS)announced a $500,000 donation to the Red Cross. The department store will also give an estimated $1 million to help Kohl’s associates who were significantly affected by the storm.KrogerThe Kroger Co. Foundation (KR) committed $100,000 to the Houston Food Bank. For every share of Kroger’s Facebook post, the foundation will donate $5 to the Food Bank, up to $100,000.LennarLennar (LEN) donated $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston Flood Relief Fund. The homebuilding company will also match employee contributions.Lowe’sThe home improvement retailer on Saturday announced a $500,000 contribution to American Red Cross Disaster Relief to help provide food, shelter and supplies to those impacted by Harvey and other crises.At Lowe’s (LOW) stores in Texas, customers can also make a donation to the Red Cross.MicrosoftMicrosoft (MSFT, Tech30) on Monday announced a $100,000 grant to the Red Cross.MillerCoorsMillerCoors is pledging at least $25,000 to the Red Cross. The company also sent 50,000 cans of drinking water to Texas, where they will be distributed by the Red Cross.MotivaMotiva, a Houston-based oil company, pledged $500,000 to organizations such as the Houston mayor’s Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund and the Red Cross.New York LifeNew York Life is donating $500,000 to support Harvey relief efforts, including $150,000 to the Red Cross and $100,000 apiece to Save the Children and Feeding Texas.The life insurance company will also match employee donations up to $150,000 to these organizations.NextEra EnergyNextEra Energy (NEE) is contributing $100,000 to the Red Cross and will match employee donations up to $100,000.PenFed Credit UnionPenFed, one of the country’s largest credit unions, will donate $50,000 to the Red Cross Corpus Christi and Houston chapters.PepsiCoPepsiCo (PEP) and the PepsiCo Foundation gave a $1 million grant to the Red Cross.PetSmartPetSmart Charities is giving $1 million to help animal welfare agencies that are working to rescue, relocate and care for pets that have become homeless due to the storm. These organizations include the Houston SPCA, the SPCA of Texas, Rescue Bank and Houston PetSet.The company is also providing in-kind donations, like pet food and supplies.PG&EPacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) (PCG) will match employee donations up to $50,000.Phillips 66Phillips 66 (PSX) will contribute $1 million to the Red Cross. The oil company will also match employee contributions up to $15,000 per person.PNCThe PNC Foundation, the philanthropic arm of PNC (PNC) bank, will contribute $250,000 to the Red Cross and match employee donations up to $100,000.Range ResourcesOil and gas company Range Resources announced a $100,000 donation to the Red Cross for Harvey relief aid.Regions BankRegions Bank (RF) is donating $100,000 to support relief efforts. The funds will be split between the United Way of Greater Houston’s Flood Relief Fund and a program to help Regions associates directly impacted by the flooding.Ross StoresRoss Stores (ROST) made a $400,000 donation to the Red Cross. The discount retailer is also accepting customer contributions in stores until September 16.SamsungSeveral of Samsung’s U.S. subsidiaries are donating $500,000 to the Red Cross. The company is also giving $500,000 worth of products, such as washing machines, dryers, laptops and tablets, to nonprofits.Sealed AirSealed Air (SEE) is making a $100,000 donation to the Red Cross. The company will also match employee contributions up to $25,000.Sempra EnergyThe Sempra Energy Foundation (SRE) will contribute $75,000 each to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and nonprofit Americares. The foundation will also match up to $50,000 in employee donations.ShellShell (RDSA) announced a $1 million donation to the Red Cross Hurricane Harvey disaster relief fund on Tuesday.Southern CompanyThe Southern Company Charitable Foundation (SO) will give $100,000 to the Red Cross. The company will also match employee and retiree donations.Stanley Black & DeckerStanley Black & Decker (SWK) announced a commitment of up to $125,000 for immediate disaster relief, including a $50,000 donation to the Red Cross and $25,000 to the Houston ToolBank. It will also match employee donations 2 to 1.StarbucksThe Starbucks Foundation donated $250,000 to the Red Cross. Customers can also make a contribution to Harvey relief efforts at any Starbucks (SBUX) store in the U.S.Stream EnergyStream, a Dallas-based home energy and wireless provider, donated $25,000 through its philanthropic arm Stream Cares to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.SunTrustThe SunTrust Foundation (STI) announced a $100,000 grant to the Red Cross.TargetTarget (TGT) is donating $500,000 to support Harvey recovery efforts, including to organizations like the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Team Rubicon.Taylor MorrisonHomebuilder Taylor Morrison (TMHC) has donated a combined $250,000 to the Red Cross Harvey Fund and to an internal Harvey relief fund. It will also match employee contributions.Tenet HealthcareTenet Healthcare Foundation (THC) contributed $20,000 to the Red Cross.Under ArmourUnder Armour (UA) donated $50,000 to assist Team Rubicon in response to Harvey.Union PacificUnion Pacific (UNP) has pledged $250,000 to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, including $100,000 to the Red Cross and $50,000 to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.The railroad company will match contributions to its employee support network through September 30, up to $100,000. It will also match donations made to the Disaster Relief Matching Gifts Program for Hurricane Harvey, where employees can contribute funding to the Red Cross, Salvation Army and other groups.UnitedHealthUnitedHealth (UNH) announced a donation of $1 million to support Texas communities impacted by the storm. The company said it’s working with officials and stakeholders in Texas to determine “how the funds can most effectively support relief efforts.”It is also offering a 2 to 1 match for employee donations toward disaster relief efforts.United AirlinesThe airline will give up to three million bonus miles to MileagePlus members who donate to disaster relief organizations such as the Red Cross or AmeriCares. United (UAL) will also match the first $200,000 raised in donations on its crowdfunding campaign.UPSThe UPS Foundation has pledged $1 million to Harvey relief efforts. This includes a combination of cash grants, in-kind transportation donations and technical expertise.UPS (UPS) will donate an additional $500,000 in cash and assistance for the post-crisis recovery phase in the coming months.VerizonVerizon (VZ, Tech30) pledged $10 million to support Harvey relief efforts. The company said it would share which nonprofits its donating to in the coming days.WalgreensWalgreens (WBA) pledged $200,000 to the Red Cross. Customers can also make a donation in stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.WalmartWalmart (WMT) and the Walmart Foundation said they would give cash and product donations of at least $1 million to organizations like the Red Cross, Salvation Army and Convoy of Hope.Waste ManagementWaste Management (WM) announced a $3 million donation to various organizations, including the Houston Mayor’s Fund and the Red Cross.Wells FargoWells Fargo (WFC) is donating $500,000 to both the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and to local nonprofits focused on relief efforts in Texas.Western UnionThe money transfer company’s foundation announced a $30,000 donation to the Red Cross on Sunday. The Western Union Foundation will also match “qualifying” contributions from its agents.Western Union (WU) will also provide free money transfers when users send funds to Texas from the U.S.Other major donations include:The NFL Foundation is matching the Houston Texans’ $1 million donation to the United Way Relief Fund to assist those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.Fans are encouraged to text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief. Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft, pledged to match $1 million in donations to The Red Cross.Leslie Alexander, owner of the Houston Rockets, initially said he would donate $4 million to Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, though later upped his donation to $10 million.Comedian and actor Kevin Hart challenged several of his celebrity friends to each donate $25,000 through a Hurricane Harvey Relief Challenge he started on Instagram. In response, Houston Texans’ defensive end, JJ Watt, has now raised $6.5 million through a campaign of his own. According to NPR, country music star Chris Young started a GoFundMe campaign for relief efforts. He began with a $100,000 donation of his own, and has now raised more than $43,000 from 595 additional donations.center_img Sharelast_img read more

An Update On Investigations At The Arkema Chemical Plant

first_imgKHOU.comFire at the Arkema chemical company in Crosby, Texas (Sept. 1, 2017).It has been nearly three weeks since the chemical fires at the Arkema plant in Crosby, Texas in the middle of rising floodwaters from Harvey.The fires have since burned out, but questions still linger about how the company will move forward from that incident and the ensuing controversy.To get the latest on the situation, we talk with Travis Bubenik, who covers energy and the environment for News 88.7.He says investigations are underway by two agencies: the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB). TCEQ is investigating air pollution impacts from the fires. The CSB will focus on the plant’s chemical process — how chemicals were stored and used at the site. Sharelast_img read more

Chief Art Acevedo Sheriff Ed Gonzalez

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listencenter_img 00:00 /11:42 Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez were both new to their roles as the region’s top law enforcement officials when the storm hit. Without missing a beat, they worked as a team to keep order in the midst of destruction. They were instrumental in letting Houston’s large immigrant community know that help was available to all, including undocumented families.Part 5 of 10-part series, “Stories from the Storm”. More at houstonpublicmedia.org/harvey. This article is part of the Stories from the Storm podcast Sharelast_img read more

The Childrens Home to Present FACES 2014 Fundraiser at Morgan State University

first_imgThe Children’s Home’s FACES 2014 celebration will take place 6 to 9 p.m., Oct. 23 at Morgan State University’s Murphy Fine Arts Center, 2201 Argonne Dr., Baltimore 21218.Approximately 200 guests in business attire are expected to gather for this chic and savory evening filled with an amazing collection of wine, chef cuisine and an assortment of incredible desserts. Guests can demonstrate their own artistic style at interactive art tables and a photo booth. They also can enjoy a one-of-a-kind dinner performance by the Morgan State University student five-piece combo band.The event highlight will be the live and silent auctions featuring a variety of special items, along with unique artwork created by the at-risk children and youth living at The Children’s Home prepared as part of a special mentorship project with Towson University School of Fine Arts.This year’s event theme is “FACES Identity Discovery – ID.” Residents in The Children’s Home’s care respond positively to art as an innovative approach to rebuilding their lives. FACES will showcase their courage for positive change, along with their innate artistic talent.FACES 2014 admission is $75/person through Oct. 10, and $100/person, Oct. 11 through event day ticket sales at the door. Proceeds will help sustain quality programs and services for at-risk children, youth and their families.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit  thechildrenshome2014.brownpapertickets.com or call 410-744-7310.last_img read more

Representative García bill to protect students officers in school gains committee approval

first_img26Oct Representative García bill to protect students, officers in school gains committee approval Legislation sponsored by state Representative Daniela R. García, which maintain the safety of students in Michigan schools, was unanimously approved today by the House Education Reform Committee.García’s legislation ensures school resource officers (SROs) can quickly respond and resolve violent incidents in schools, without the restrictions implemented in the state’s restraint and seclusion legislation signed into law in 2016.“Without this bill, school resource officers would have to wait for a second officer to respond to an incident on school grounds,” said García, of Holland. “We had testimony from Officer Joe Soto, who works with Holland Public Schools. He explained to the committee that SROs are a key part of a school campus. They help provide safety to the students, teachers and administrators while having the ability to quickly defuse an incident, and we cannot surrender that responsibility because of an unforeseen circumstance of a year-old law.”School resource officers are contracted to a school district from a law enforcement agency in the region, as Officer Soto is to the local school district from the city of Holland Police Department. In addition to Officer Soto, Holland High School Assistant Principal Kevin Griffin also testified in support of García’s bill on Oct. 19.“The testimony that the committee heard from two key individuals in Holland Public Schools will benefit the safety of everyone in Michigan’s school districts,” said García, who is a member of the Education Reform Committee.House Bill 5126, after today’s unanimous vote in the House Education Reform Committee, advances to House for its consideration.### Categories: Garcia News,Newslast_img read more

In This Issue G81 leaders step up pressure

first_imgIn This Issue. * G(8-1) leaders step up pressure on Russia… * Pound moves higher on UK inflation data… * Aussie $ and Indian rupee both higher vs. US$… * Gold off lows, but struggles to gain momentum… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Leaders of the Group of Seven increase pressure on Putin… Good day.  I made it through the first day back, and the desk was relatively well staffed so it turned out to be a pretty good day.  Currency traders were certainly busy selling dollars yesterday as weaker US manufacturing data disrupted heightened expectations of an early rate hike.  And it seemed global investors were becoming more comfortable with the political stalemate in Crimea even as world leaders, including President Obama met in The Hague. The G7 leaders pledged further measures against Russia amid growing concerns that the Crimean peninsula is just the first step toward an expanded Russia.  And the families of those unfortunate passengers of Flight MH370 were told that new evidence has led investigators to conclude the Boeing 777 crashed into the Indian ocean off the coast of Australia. A very busy start to the week, and with a plethora of data releases scheduled for later this morning, today could shape up to be just as volatile. But before we get talking about today’s data, I will recap the numbers released yesterday morning.  The Markit ‘flash’ report on the US manufacturing sector showed a slip in the Purchasing Managers Index to 55.5 in March from a reading of 57.1 in February.  The median estimate called for a reading of 56.5 and the poor number had some investors re-evaluating the consensus reached last week that rates would be heading higher in April of next year.  All economic numbers will be watched closely for any signs that the US economy isn’t performing quite as well as expected, with the thought that the ‘6 month’ window laid out by Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen would/could be extended if/when the US economy stumbles.  Funny how one piece of not so good data can switch the mood of the markets.  Last week the taper of 10 billion at each of the remaining 2014 Fed meetings was all but guaranteed, and investors were counting on a rate increase 6 months after the last of the bond buying.  But the lower than expected manufacturing number, combined with an even worse number out of China to cause some to question if the global recovery will have ‘legs’.  Investors took profits in the US currency which rose last week after many bet on a US interest rate hike in early 2015. The safe haven bid for US$ seems to have dried up also, as global currency investors seem to have gotten comfortable with the fact that the Crimea region will become part of Russia.  Ukraine has told its remaining troops to leave the region for their own safety, all but handing over the peninsula to the occupying Russian forces.  G8 members, less Russia, met at The Hague and increased the number of Russian individuals subject to restrictions.  Currency traders seemed to largely ignore the situation in Ukraine, and as long as Putin ends his expansion plans in Crimea the events will quickly become ‘old news’.  But a reported buildup of Russian troops along Ukraine’s border has some fearing that the Russian leader has new designs on Moldova, another former Soviet republic.  It is a bit sad to see just how helpless the Western leaders seem to be in standing up to Putin, not that I want to see bloodshed, but he certainly seems to be having his way right now.  While the currency markets aren’t focused on Ukraine, the equity markets seem to be spooked by these events along with the slowdown in China and an earlier than expected rate rise here in the US.  Global equity markets have been trading lower all week but may have found a bottom overnight as the European markets are all trading higher this morning. The Japanese yen continued to fall amid bets the Bank of Japan will need to boost stimulus measures in order to offset the impact of a planned tax increase.  Japan’s central bank has been desperately trying to encourage their citizens to begin spending in order to reverse decades of a deflationary spiral.  A sales tax hike scheduled for April 1 has Japanese consumers rushing out to make purchases which should help boost the BOJ’s quarterly TANKAN survey which is expected to show the headline index improved by two points during the first quarter of 2014.  But the sales tax increase, combined with worries over the global economic recovery have many economists predicting the business sentiment could shift negative during the next 3 months.  Many global investors are expecting the BOJ will launch another round of Quantitative Easing later this summer as consumer inflation continues well below the central bank’s target and the broader outlook weakens.  The BOJ will hold its next monetary policy meeting on April 7-8, and the Tankan report will be released April 1st.  I would expect Japan’s economy to contract a bit following next month’s tax hike, and that will likely spur another round of monetary stimulus by the BOJ.  Shifting the focus to Europe, the euro is drifting a bit lower vs. the US$ this morning after enjoying a full cent move higher yesterday.  A report released this morning showed German business confidence dropped for the first time in five months, reversing yesterday’s mini-rally.  The Ifo Institute’s German business climate index dropped to 110.7 in March from a reading of 111.3 during the previous month which was the highest level since July 2011.  This drop broke a five month string of increases, but the number still shows European business conditions remain fairly robust. The Bundesbank said yesterday that German orders, production expectations and an improving assessment of current economic conditions “point to a very strong growth in the first quarter.”  But the economic outlook of Europe’s major economy is certainly threatened by rising tensions in Ukraine.  German / Russian trade is fairly substantial, which is one reason Chancellor Merkel has been a bit hesitant in supporting dramatic sanctions against Russia. The pound sterling rose after a report showed UK inflation data for February were in line with expectations, increasing 1.7%.  Recent ‘color’ in the markets had predicted a weaker number, which could have led to additional stimulus measures from the BOE.  But with the number coming in as expected it helped push the pound sterling up vs. the US$ and euro.   Currency investors definitely seem to be ignoring events in Ukraine as they continue to pour back into ‘risk on’ trades.  Both the Indian Rupee and Australian dollars high yearly highs vs. the US$ yesterday.  India’s Rupee hit a 7 month high as investors became more optimistic that the election of a new government will hasten the nation’s economic recovery.  Overseas investors are pouring funds into the Indian stock market in front of these new elections, helping to spur a record-setting rally in domestic shares this month. The Australian dollar also traded to the highest level of the year vs. the US$ as investors continue to adjust to new rate expectations.  As Mike wrote last week, the RBA has made it clear that there is no need for further rate cuts, and now investors are gearing up for rate increases in the ‘land down under’.  RBA Deputy Governor Philip Lowe will be speaking later today, followed by Governor Glenn Stevens tomorrow so I would expect to see even more fireworks from the Aussie dollar over the next few days.  The markets will focus on Governor Stevens speech, as he is scheduled to talk about the economic outlook and will probably mention the Aussie’s recent strength.  The Chinese leaders pushed the renminbi higher overnight after allowing it to fall to a 13 month low last week.  The 2.8% YTD loss of the renminbi is being seen as engineered by the Peoples Bank of China who wanted to push speculators out of the market.  Many felt the renminbi was a one-way bet, as the PBOC continually allowed it to appreciate since letting it float in 2005.  A vice governor of the central bank, Yi Gang said over the weekend that the exchange rate will be more and more determined by the market and that the PBOC’s decisive role on the exchange rate will weaken.  Well I guess they will leave it up to the markets as soon as they get done ‘punishing’ the speculators!  That is the thing about Chinese leaders – they are able to do one thing and then announce that they will be doing something totally different going forward pulling a jedi mind trick on the markets “these aren’t the droids you are looking for”. I do expect the renminbi to continue to be a bit more volatile than it has in the past, with a widened trading band and more liquidity.  But I continue to believe this currency should be one of the core currencies in an investor’s asset allocation.  The Chinese economy continues to grow, and the importance of the Chinese renminbi will continue to grow at an even faster pace than the economy.  The Chinese currency will certainly one day be considered as a possible global reserve currency.   Precious metal prices fell further yesterday, with gold sinking to a one month low near $1,300 an ounce.  Last week’s hawkish comments by Janet Yellen continue to weigh on the precious metals markets, and forecasts of sharply lower prices by some of the large Wall Street banks have prompted institutional selling of bullion.  Societe Generale and other bullion banks have made recent forecasts that the price of gold will drop below $1,200 as stimulus is removed by the major central banks.  Silver traded below $20 for the first time since the beginning of February, dragged lower by gold sharp losses. But both Platinum and Palladium held on to their recent gains on supply worries.  The combination of the South African mining strike and tensions in Ukraine have supported the price of the ‘platinum group’ of metals.  Palladium actually hit it highest price since August of 2011 and is now within easy striking distance of $800 per ounce.  The focus of investors will shift to the US data this morning as we will get an indication of how the Housing markets are performing in 2014.  The S&P/Case Shiller home price index is expected to show an increase of .6% for January and a more impressive 13.34% increase in the YOY figure.  We will also see the March consumer confidence index which is expected to have increased to 78.5 from February’s reading of 78.1.  And then we will get the New Home Sales figures for the month of February which are expected to show a drop of 4.9% compared to January’s impressive 9.6% increase.  The housing numbers could still be impacted by the winter weather during the first two months of 2014, so traders will have to consider just how much of a ‘weather impact’ they want to read into these reports.  Unfortunately we won’t be clear of the ‘weather effect’ for some time, and it is interesting to see just how the numbers are received by investors.  When sentiment is positive, it seems any bad data is immediately dismissed due to ‘weather’ but I’m not sure sentiment is so positive after last week’s statement by Yellen.  It will certainly be interesting to see just how the markets react to today’s start of what will be a very busy week of data here in the US! To recap.  G7 leaders met and agreed to increase pressure on Putin in hope of preventing any further ‘land grabs’.  The yen traded lower on expectations that the BOJ will need to institute additional stimulus to offset a tax rate increase scheduled for April 1.  The euro is range bound after moving higher yesterday, and the pound sterling rebounded on UK inflation data which came in right where expected.  It was a ‘risk on’ day for currency traders as both the INR and AUD benefitted from new investors buying into these higher yielding currencies.  And the Chinese renminbi appreciated overnight, reversing the sharp fall orchestrated by the PBOC last week.  Finally, gold fell further on interest rate concerns, but Palladium hit a fresh high on supply concerns. Currencies today 3/25/14. American Style: A$ .9145, kiwi .8549, C$ .8926, euro 1.3812, sterling 1.6495, Swiss $1.1326. European Style: rand 10.78, krone 6.0372, SEK 6.4156, forint 225.62, zloty 3.0342, koruna 19.855, RUB 35.694, yen 102.22, sing 1.2693, HKD 7.7572, INR 60.50, China 6.1426, pesos 13.1677, BRL 2.3230, Dollar Index 80.058, Oil $99.92, 10-year 2.7281%, Silver $20.15, Platinum $1.430.25, Palladium $784.97, and Gold. $1,314.80. That’s it for today. We got a dusting of snow this morning, a reminder that winter is still not quite over.  It looks like it is going to be a busy day today, as I have an interview later this morning and then have to work on wrapping things up and getting back out of town.  I am speaking at the 16th Annual IU Investment Conference in Carlsbad CA later this week, so Mike Meyer will be bringing you the Pfennig for the next 3 days.  Chuck will be headed back home from spring break, and should be back in the saddle next Monday.  Thanks again for reading the Pfenning, and I hope all of you go out and have a Terrific Tuesday!! Chris Gaffney, CFA Vice President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

Editors note This story has been updated to incl

first_imgEditor’s note: This story has been updated to include comments from Juul. Popular e-cigarette company Juul’s November 2018 commitment to stop marketing its products to youth on social media may have done little to curb the brand’s reach among young people. Following intense scrutiny from public health professionals and the government, Juul announced it would try to reach fewer young people with its advertising in the U.S. The company terminated its Instagram and Facebook accounts in November 2018, and says it does not use paid social media influencers.However, according to a study published this week in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control, and interviews with several researchers, Juul’s recent efforts are unlikely to stop the spread of its products and other e-cigarette brands on youth-oriented social media. That’s because, researchers say, the Juul brand has become so ingrained in youth culture that young people advertise it organically — and third-party companies use the Juul name for exposure. The study analyzed nearly 15,000 Juul-relevant posts from 5,201 unique Instagram users between March and May of 2018. Juul itself was the author of only a tiny fraction of these posts.The researchers found that the majority of Juul-related posts were targeted toward young people; about 55% involved content related to youth culture. Over one-third of the posts were promotional in nature, and 11% contained nicotine and addiction-related content.These findings, the study authors say, show that Juul no longer drives the spread of its own products. Instead, young people and other vendors have taken to using the brand as a shorthand for youth culture, further popularizing the product — and the habit of vaping.”We’re at a point where young people are doing Juul’s job for them,” says Elizabeth Hair, a study co-author and senior vice president at the Truth Initiative Schroeder Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to ending tobacco use among youth. She says that in addition to the spread of Juul through organic posts like Spongebob memes, many third party vendors of vaping products have continued to push explicitly youth-targeted advertisements for Juul and similar e-cigarette products under Juul-related hashtags.Though Juul shut down its Instagram account after the study period, multiple researchers say this analysis remains relevant today. The study period only saw a handful of posts that came directly from the Juul company. Instead, the mix of posts was dominated by posts from consumers or from third party vendors using the Juul brand. Both consumers and third party vendors continue to post about Juul on Instagram today. In fact, since Juul closed its Instagram, the volume of Juul-related content on the platform has only increased: According to separate research conducted by Stanford University’s Stanford Research Into The Impact of Tobacco Advertising, there were 260,866 Instagram posts containing the #juul hashtag in late October just before Juul shut down its account. They’ve now more than doubled to over 522,000 as of July 3.”[Juul is a] hugely trendy topic amongst teens,” says Robert Jackler, a Stanford professor and the principal investigator of the research group that studied the explosion of #juul posts. Jackler was not involved in the BMJ study. He says JUUL’s early marketing efforts towards teens in 2015 were so successful that they took on a life of their own. “Once they lit the match, it took off like a wildfire,” he says. “The fact that Juul shut down its own social media postings had little effect.”The Stanford analysis shows how Juul’s advertising in its first six months on the market in 2015 was “patently youth oriented.” Juul pulled back from explicitly targeting youth after the initial period, but young people, affiliates and influencers quickly amplified the brand on social media channels. Use of e-cigarettes took off from 2017 to 2018: According to the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey, vaping among teens increased by 78 percent during that period, from 11.7 to 20.8 percent of high schoolers. The sharp rise in teen vaping led then-FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb to crack down on sales of vapes to kids, issuing more than 1,300 warning letters and fines to stores selling e-cigarettes to minors, as NPR reported. Today, Juul says it’s fighting third party accounts. In an emailed statement to NPR, Juul spokesman Ted Kwong said that Juul “strongly support[s] restrictions on social media marketing of vapor products.” Kwong said the company has a team monitoring third-party social media and it submits takedown requests against companies that improperly post third-party social media content related to Juul products; to date, it has succeeded in getting 25,405 Instagram posts removed, he said. The company has also recently sued one third party company, Eonsmoke, for infringement of its intellectual property. “We don’t want youth using our product,” Kwong said.The FDA has also taken enforcement actions against e-cigarette companies that market to youth online. But according to Jidong Huang, an associate professor in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University, a number of third party vendors still advertise Juul and similar e-cigarette products on Instagram.E-cigarette marketing on social media falls into a regulatory grey area, says Huang, who was not involved in the BMJ study (though he reviewed it prior to publication). “Marketing of e-cigarettes on social media is really this Wild West,” says Huang. “There is no clear guidance in terms of what companies can and cannot do.” For instance, does an Instagram ad featuring a gummy-bear flavored tobacco product only appeal to youth? Could companies make a case it could be targeted toward adults?Unlike products like cigarettes and smokeless tobacco that have had foundational federal regulations, there are currently few federal rules that govern the specific content of e-cigarette advertising, explains Desmond Jenson, staff attorney and tobacco policy expert at the Public Health Law Center at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minn. There are exceptions: E-cigarette products must add labels of specific sizes and locations stating the products are addictive, and companies are not allowed to make misleading statements about health benefits or claim their products help people “quit.” However, because the FDA has broad authority to regulate tobacco products under the Tobacco Control Act, it can police youth-focused marketing — and it has done so increasingly. This June, for example, it cited four firms that sell e-liquids for inappropriate marketing to teens on social media. Starting in 2022, the agency will also subject all e-cigarette companies to premarket review, meaning it will conduct a more thorough audit of all companies marketing these products in the country. Hair, the BMJ study coauthor, says the FDA could be doing more to restrict these companies now. Her study recommends that the federal government “focus on restricting promotional efforts for e-cigarette products, particularly on social media platforms where young people are a primary audience.”Stronger regulations likely won’t stop teens from using #juul to share angsty memes and TikTok videos on Instagram. I’ve seen first-hand how pervasive “juuling” and Juul culture is. Many of my younger relatives are frequent users, and some of my friends have made Juul-related memes and shared them with hundreds or thousands of followers.But as far as social media goes, Jackler has a suggestion. “When Juul shut down its [Instagram] handle, they didn’t do anything to prohibit hashtags,” Jackler says. He suggests Facebook (Instagram’s parent company) and other social media companies explore the idea of monitoring or shutting down popular Juul-related hashtags to quell the spread of what he calls “community harm.” Michael Felberbaum, an FDA spokesperson, says the organization does not comment on specific studies but says “the FDA is committed to continuing to tackle the troubling epidemic of e-cigarette use among kids. This includes limiting youth access to, and appeal of, flavored tobacco products like e-cigarettes and cigars, taking action against manufacturers and retailers who illegally market or sell these products to minors, and educating youth about the dangers of e-cigarettes and other tobacco products.”Susie Neilson is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk. Find her on Twitter here: @susieneilson. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

3 Ways Virtual Workers Make Organizations More Effective

first_imgVirtual Teams Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Avoiding in-office distractions can be a major plus for your company. 5 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Image credit: Tetra Images | Getty Images Enroll Now for $5 February 27, 2017 As the American workplace evolves, more and more companies are thinking of ways to increase productivity without reducing the caliber and engagement of their teams. Additionally, there is increased pressure on venture-backed startups to operate leaner until they can generate revenue. As a result, many companies are turning to virtual employees, found through sites like Upwork and similar services, to manage administrative tasks at a more sensible rate.One survey found that 64 percent of employees at international companies participate in virtual teams and that 52 percent of those teams were based outside of the company’s home country. Now that technology is bringing us closer together, it is easier than ever for companies to leverage top talent at reasonable rates from all around the world.Related: 4 Reasons While Small Companies Are Going RemoteA common misperception of virtual workers is also slowly fading as data suggests that the global workforce is becoming more skilled in English and cross-cultural work. A global HR report from SHRM details that 57 percent of English-speaking workers in Asian countries have a moderate to high proficiency in the language.Another survey indicates that 73 percent of employees believe the challenges that may come with virtual teams are overshadowed by the benefits. Perceptions of virtual work are changing, especially as more companies create positions that are completely virtual or remote.Eric Taussig is the founder and CEO of Prialto and an expert in the world of virtual employees. He is convinced that one of the main reasons virtual work is on the rise is because “today’s companies need to be super focused on doing a few things very well.” As such, companies are more readily outsourcing tasks that are not within the main scope of their business.Here are the top three ways virtual workers make executives and organizations more effective.1. Administrative efficiency.Just like a business has to focus on being excellent at a minimal number of important tasks, executives need to be effective at the tasks that create the most value for their company. “Managed teams of assistants maximize an executive’s time by optimizing their schedule, making sure they have the right information and developing detail-oriented procedures to prevent missed opportunities or oversights,” said Taussig.So why are virtual workers so effective at reducing administrative roadblocks? One reason is that remote work helps them avoid distractions that often occur in office settings. Additionally, virtual workers are often better versed in social tools that help streamline collaboration.Related: When to Hire Virtual Assistants and Outsource Help2. Providing best practices.The arrival of sites like Upwork created a marketplace that connects companies with virtual workers all around the globe. The trouble with these marketplaces, however, is they created an entirely new problem. How do you recruit, vet and hire the right talent? And then what does managing that talent look like? These issues can create more work for companies, minimizing the benefits of outsourcing administrative functions.Taussig shares that the issue is not just helping workers find employers but rather, “the issue is creating the common framework and context so that they can work together more effectively once they have found each other. That’s exactly what a managed service does. It creates the context, the use cases, and the processes so that people can be effective working together across physical and cultural distances.” Virtual assistant companies add a crucial layer of curation and management to the freelance economy, benefiting both the companies that hire them and the talent that works for them.3. Resource allocation.Global Data Analytics research found that Fortune 1000 companies from all around the world are changing their office spaces in light of recent trends in mobile work. Since employees aren’t at their desks 50 to 60 percent of the work week, offices are condensing into smaller locations, saving vital costs for other key business functions.Fortune 1000 companies are not the only ones to benefit. A lot of small to midsize companies are considering office expenditures, so reducing the number of on-site employees could help alleviate the need for larger, more expensive office spaces. This is not to say that virtual workers will always be cheap — finding good talent will always cost more — but the other costs they can save, like time and space, often make them a better option than on-site or domestic employees.Related: Going Virtual: Hiring the Right Team for the Right WorkWhen considering whether or not integrating virtual workers into your business, make sure to look at your motivations and ensure that they align with the real benefits of outsourcing that talent. Instead of evaluating the decision based solely on the percentage of payroll costs it will save, consider how much of your time, energy and management efforts will be saved and what that would mean for your business. 3 Ways Virtual Workers Make Organizations More Effective Guest Writer Sheila Eugenio 284shares Entrepreneurlast_img read more

Sites Personal Questions May Pose Security Risk

first_imgTechnology Sites’ Personal Questions May Pose Security Risk What did your maternal grandfather do for a living? What was your high school mascot’s name? Your first pet’s name?If you have an online account at a retailer like Amazon.com, you’ve probably run into such questions when opening an account or when trying to recover one of the dozens of passwords you juggle in your head. Online businesses everywhere have embraced the technique, which is called knowledge-based authentication.Theoretically, the answers to these questions are so personal and obscure that knowing them proves you are you. Experts say, however, that the technology could end up helping hackers compromise your online accounts more easily.Knowledge-based authentication doesn’t replace user names and passwords; it’s an extra layer of security on top of such schemes, since hackers who stumble across your log-in credentials won’t easily figure out the name of your high-school sweetheart. Collecting log-in information and answers to secret questions from your computer requires keylogging software, making it harder for malicious hackers to triumph.Phishers Get Close to HomeJon Fisher, whose firm, Bharosa (acquired by Oracle last year), develops questions for companies to use, says knowledge-based authentication adds a step for account access. “Phishing both those pieces of information is fairly sophisticated.”But scammers have adapted, adding secret questions to their decoy pages, says Lance James, CTO of fraud research company Secure Science. Bank phishing sites may include their own fraudulent drop-down lists that capture people’s answers, which bad guys can then use to hack real accounts.Even when hackers don’t resort to subterfuge, these nuggets of information can be easier targets than passwords. Mark Burnett, author of Hacking the Code, has observed that seemingly random questions such as “What was the make of your first car?” have a narrow list of answers–in the case of autos, 38 major makers–that hackers can use to try to break into an account, versus a vast multitude of password combinations. Next Article Add to Queue –shares Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now » 2 min read Brought to you by PCWorld Asking about your mother’s home town is supposed to help legitimate sites protect your online accounts–but experts say hackers know more about you than you might think. March 25, 2008 Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.last_img read more

These Companies Are Building an Autonomous Car Platform

first_img Add to Queue –shares Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Contributors This story originally appeared on PCMag Cars Image credit: Delphi These Companies Are Building an Autonomous Car Platform Next Article August 24, 2016 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Mobileye and Delphi Automotive are teaming up to build an autonomous driving system that carmakers can add to their vehicles as early as 2019.The companies’ so-called Central Sensing Localization and Planning (CSLP) platform is geared towards car makers that might not want to spend millions on self-driving technology R&D. With CSLP, Delphi and Mobileye will offer Level 4 or 5 autonomous driving capability, in which Level 0 is where a driver controls all aspects of the car and Level 5 is a fully self-driving car that doesn’t even have a steering wheel or pedals. Delphi and Mobileye will demo their solution at CES 2017 and start fleeting testing shortly thereafter in order to start production by 2019.The companies declined to provide exact details on the deal, though Delphi CEOKevin Clark said during a conference call that it’s worth “hundreds of millions of dollars.” Delphi and Mobileye have actually worked together on various projects for 15 years, but this effort will “build a new class of machine intelligence capable of mimicking human driving capabilities,” said Mobileye’s Chairman and CTO, Amnon Shashua.In June Mobileye announced a deal with Intel and BMW to produce self-driving cars by 2021. When asked about that today, Shashua waved off concerns that BMW might be irked to hear that other car makers will get a self-driving solution before it does. The Delphi deal is “complementary,” he said.”The goal here is to build a solution for customers and BMW is a customer,” he responded. Whatever Mobileye does with Delphi will help BMW in the long run. And while Delphi and Mobileye want a production-ready solution by 2019, it might not get into cars until 2021, depending on when car makers buy in, the same time the BMW solution would arrive.Delphi, meanwhile, was selected earlier this month to provide vehicles and compatible software for a fleet of autonomous taxis in Singapore. Trials of six Audi SQ5s will continue for three years, before the commuter program goes live in 2022.Delphi already operates a self-driving fleet in Silicon Valley, and completed a coast-to-coast autonomous trip across the U.S. last year. The company is also eyeing pilot programs in North America and Europe. Stephanie Mlot and Chloe Albanesius 2 min read Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

E2open Announces Acquisition of Averetek

first_img AcquisitionArtificial IntelligenceAveretekE2openMarketing TechnologyNewsThrough-Channel Marketing Automation Previous ArticleUS Podcast Ad Revenues Hit Historic $479 Million in 2018, an Increase of 53% over Prior Year, According to IAB & PwC ResearchNext ArticleJeff Herrera Announced as Chief Marketing Officer at Annex Cloud E2open Announces Acquisition of Averetek PRNewswireJune 4, 2019, 2:47 pmJune 4, 2019 Combination Creates the Most Comprehensive End-To-End Solution for Channel Sales & MarketingE2open, the one place in the cloud to run your supply chain, announced the acquisition of Averetek, a leader in Through-Channel Marketing Automation (TCMA), enabling companies to discover new markets, shape demand and win business through their indirect sales channels.“Companies that want to accelerate growth understand the critical role that technology plays in managing partner communities, expanding markets and driving sales by placing the right information into the hands of decision-makers at every level of the supplier organization.”This combination will give global firms unprecedented visibility and control of their indirect channel. Averetek enables manufacturers to engage their diverse reseller channels in a scalable way, providing resellers with always-on lead generation content, packaged marketing services, and proven demand creation tactics such as social media automation, event support, email marketing and web content syndication. With the addition of Averetek, E2open can now “close the loop”, providing an end-to-end solution for planning, managing and executing channel marketing activities.Marketing Technology News: Net Element Launches Blade, Fully-Automated, Artificial Intelligence-Powered Underwriting Solution with Predictive Scoring“By joining E2open, we’re able to offer global brands a broader set of tools and services that will accelerate channel growth,” said Peter Thomas, chief executive officer of Averetek, who joins E2open as their vice president of channel strategy.E2open provides the largest global channel network, connecting clients to more than 2 million channel distributors, resellers and retailers across multiple industry verticals including high tech, industrial and consumer packaged goods. Data from all parties is exchanged in real-time, harmonized to become decision-grade and used to power a complete solution suite to improve the performance of channel sales, channel marketing and channel operations. E2open’s continuing investments in Artificial Intelligence and Prescriptive Analytics help brands automate decisions at scale and operate global enterprises with unprecedented efficiency and effectiveness.Marketing Technology News: Pernix Launches Attribution Application Solution to Brings Full Transparency to Performance Marketing Programs“Data and system challenges have forced many channel organizations to make critical decisions on the basis of hunches, anecdotes and outdated assumptions,” said Maria Chien, executive advisor, channel marketing strategies of SiriusDecisions. “Companies that want to accelerate growth understand the critical role that technology plays in managing partner communities, expanding markets and driving sales by placing the right information into the hands of decision-makers at every level of the supplier organization.”“Our goal at E2open is to create a true digital supply chain that connects all parties from customer to supplier, and is enabled by intelligent algorithms, allowing companies to respond in real-time to changes in demand and supply,” said Michael Farlekas, president and chief executive officer of E2open. “With the addition of Averetek, we’ll enable brands and their reseller partners to shape demand for their products and services at scale while delivering predictable ROI to both.”Marketing Technology News: Getty Images and APO Group Announce Strategic Partnership to Provide Innovative and Integrated Text, Photo and Video Services to Companies Operating in Africa and the Middle Eastlast_img read more

California legislators advance bill to set strongest net neutrality protections in US

first_img California senators reach agreement on net neutrality bill California lawmakers advanced an ambitious proposal Thursday to prevent broadband providers from hindering or manipulating access to the internet, bringing the state closer to enacting the strongest net neutrality protections in the country. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further Citation: California legislators advance bill to set strongest net neutrality protections in U.S. (2018, August 31) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-california-legislators-advance-bill-strongest.html The legislation by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, would bring back Obama-era internet rules rolled back by federal regulators this year, the latest volley cast by state leaders already feuding with the Trump administration over immigration and climate protection policies.The proposal prevents internet service providers from blocking or slowing down websites and video streams or charging websites fees for faster speeds. But it also goes further than the old regulations and measures taken up by other states, placing new limits on certain data plans and tasking the state’s attorney general with investigating cases in which companies might be evading the rules.On the Assembly floor, Republicans argued that the state was going too far and would create a patchwork of state and federal laws that would be cumbersome on companies and hinder innovation.Assemblyman Jim Patterson, R-Fresno, a former broadcaster, argued that “light-touch regulation” had helped the internet flourish.”The overreach, the going too far here is going to be challenged for its unconstitutionality, and we are going to find ourselves in very uncertain territory,” he said.Accusing the bill’s proponents of being unable to explain net neutrality, Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, called the Democrats’ resistance to the Trump administration “embarrassing.””You are wading into an area that you have no business being in,” she said.But supporters argued that California needed to take a stand at a time when officials appointed by President Trump had rolled back consumer protections—and broadband providers were willing to profit at the expense of customers and public safety.”We are stepping up and filling the role that we need to fill because we cannot rely on this federal government to protect us when we need protection,” Assemblyman Ian Calderon, D-Whittier, said.Senate Bill 822 cleared the state Assembly with overwhelming support on a 59-18 vote, overcoming the first major hurdle after months of aggressive lobbying and online advocacy campaigns waged between internet advocates and the telecom industry that has drawn national attention. ©2018 Los Angeles Times Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. California is one of 29 states to consider net neutrality protections since the Federal Communications Commission voted late last year to reverse the Obama-era internet regulations, with FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Republicans calling for an end to the utility-like oversight of internet service providers.The rules, enacted in February 2015 and ended in June, barred broadband and wireless companies such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon from selling faster delivery of some data, slowing speeds for certain content or favoring selected websites over others.Wiener’s Senate Bill 822 would, in effect, reestablish the same regulations. It also restricts some zero-rated data plans, or package deals that allow companies such as Verizon or Comcast to exempt some calls, texts or other content from counting against a customer’s data plan.An additional proposal, Senate Bill 460, by Sen. Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, would deny public contracts to companies that fail to follow the new state internet rules. It is also expected to be taken up by the Assembly this week.Clashes between net neutrality proponents and telecom industry lobbyists heated up again last week when Verizon was reported to have slowed the speed of the Santa Clara County Fire Department’s wireless data transmission, a revelation detailed in an addendum to a federal lawsuit filed by states including California to challenge the repeal of net neutrality rules.Net neutrality has also become a rallying issue for Democrats in House races across the country.Over the weekend, Wiener accused broadband companies of using robocalls to mislead seniors about the impact of his bill, and he posted a voicemail of one such alleged call on Twitter.Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, who presented the bill Thursday, became the target of a different campaign in June, waged by net neutrality proponents condemning his Assembly committee’s attempt to throw out contents of Wiener’s bill. He faced a barrage of tweets and was captured in a viral video, as activists raised money through a crowdfunding website to place a billboard over the debacle in his district.”We all know why we are here,” said Santiago, who helped restore the bill and has since signed on as a co-author to both net neutrality proposals. “The Trump administration destroyed the internet as we know it.”last_img read more

China to impose sanctions on US firms that sell arms to Taiwan

first_imgBEIJING/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – China said on Friday it would impose sanctions on U.S. firms involved in a deal to sell $2.2-billion worth of tanks, missiles and related equipment to Taiwan, saying it harmed China’s sovereignty and national security. On Monday, the Pentagon said the U.S. State Department had approved the sale of the weapons requested by Taiwan, including 108 General Dynamics Corp M1A2T Abrams tanks and 250 Stinger missiles, which are manufactured by Raytheon.Washington said the sales would not alter the basic military balance in the region, but Beijing, a major U.S. security rival with which Washington has been engaged in a year-long trade war, has demanded the deal be revoked. China’s latest statement came as Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen was in New York en route to visit four Caribbean allies, a trip that has also incensed China. AdChoices广告A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry said the U.S. arms sale constituted a serious violation of international law and basic norms governing international relations.The spokesman, Geng Shuang, also called the sale a serious violation of the “one-China” principle, under which the United States officially recognises Beijing and not Taipei.”To safeguard our national interests, China will impose sanctions on the U.S. enterprises involved in the above-mentioned arms sales to Taiwan,” Geng said.The State Department declined to comment and the U.S. firms involved in the Taiwan arms deal did not immediately respond.It was unclear what, if any, impact the Chinese move might have, as U.S. defence contractors have been barred from dealings with Beijing since the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.While its relations with Taiwan are technically unofficial, the United States is required by law to assist Taiwan in its defence and is its main supplier of arms.China deems Taiwan a wayward province and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control.On a visit to Budapest on Friday, China’s top diplomat Wang Yi warned Washington it should “not play with fire” on the question of Taiwan.He said no foreign force could stop the reunification of China and no foreign force should try to intervene.”We urge the U.S. to fully recognise the gravity of the Taiwan question … (and) not to play with fire on the question of Taiwan,” Wang told a news conference via an interpreter.Tsai was last in the United States in March, but her transit stops this time will be unusually long and analysts said the extended stopovers, in which she will spend four nights on U.S. soil, emphasized the Trump administration’s support for her at a time when she has been under increasing pressure from Beijing.Speaking at Columbia University in New York on Friday, Tsai said it was important for the international community to support a free and democratic Taiwan, according to a transcript of her speech on the website of the presidential office. “The cultural and political differences across the Taiwan Strait only grow wider by the day; and each day that Taiwan chooses freedom of speech, human rights, the rule of law, is a day that we drift farther from the influences of authoritarianism,” she said, referring to China.The U.S. State Department has said there has been no change in the U.S. one-China policy and that it allowed such transit stops “out of consideration for the safety, comfort, convenience and dignity of the passenger.” (Reporting by Beijing bureau and David Brunnstrom and Mike Stone in Washington and Krisztina Than in Budapest; Editing by Susan Thomas and Clarence Fernandez) China 11 Jul 2019 China urges US to cancel US$3bil arms sale to Taiwan Related News World 09 Jul 2019 U.S. State Department approves possible $2.2 billion arms sale to Taiwan Related News World 09 Jul 2019 China calls on U.S. to withdraw arms sale to Taiwan {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more