Home Office minister says he’d eat chlorinated chicken in UK

first_imgSecurity minister James Brokenshire did not reject the idea that he would eat chlorine-washed chicken, if authorities in the UK gave it the green light, telling LBC he was “not a food expert”. Minister James Brokenshire says he would eat chlorinated chicken in UK A Home Office minister has refused to rule out eating chlorinated chicken if it were sold in the UK after Brexit’s transition period ends. “We’ve got a clear position in this country that it is illegal to sell chlorine-washed chicken, illegal to sell beef treated with hormones. We’ve no plans to change those things,” he told Sky. whatsapp Asked about the government’s stance on chlorinated chicken during the Sunday morning broadcast round, environment secretary George Eustice stressed the government was committed to high standards for food safety and for animal welfare. But he refused to give an absolute assurance that the current rules would remain. This morning the Prime Minister’s spokesman referred to Eustice’s comments, adding: “The UK has long been a world leader on food safety and animal welfare… We have been clear will uphold those standards after we leave the EU.” Chicken is at the heart of future trade talks (AFP via Getty Images) Sources indicated that the question of whether to back practices such as peracetic acid – which is more commonly used by US poultry farmers than chlorine washes – was on the radar. Tags: Brexit In a separate interview with the BBC, Eustice said there was “room for a sensible discussion” with the US on lactic acid washes. whatsapp Share Catherine Neilan Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreakerUndobonvoyaged.comThese Celebs Are Complete Jerks In Real Life.bonvoyaged.comUndoMisterStoryWoman files for divorce after seeing this photoMisterStoryUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily FunnyUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoDefinitionThe Funniest Yard Signs EVER WrittenDefinitionUndoNoteableyJulia Robert’s Daughter Turns 16 And Looks Just Like Her MomNoteableyUndoBeach RaiderMom Belly Keeps Growing, Doctor Sees Scan And Calls CopsBeach RaiderUndoArticles StoneTeacher Throws Marine Out, He Gets The Last LaughArticles StoneUndo More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com His comments come after City A.M. last week exclusively revealed that the government was considering taking its own stance on food safety at an upcoming WTO meeting on sanitary and phytosanitary standards (SPS). Monday 24 February 2020 1:21 pm Show Comments ▼ Chicken is at the heart of future trade talks (AFP via Getty Images) Also Read: Minister James Brokenshire says he would eat chlorinated chicken in UK last_img read more

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‘Progress’ on plans to provide Adult Diabetes Insulin Pump Clinic in Portlaoise

first_img Facebook TAGSdiabetesinsulinPortlaoise HospitalSean Fleming TD Previous articleREVEALED: Laois’s Top 25 Instagrammers for 2020Next articleLaois TD says Government ‘failure to address childcare needs of healthcare workers is inexcusable’ Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Electric Picnic Home News ‘Progress’ on plans to provide Adult Diabetes Insulin Pump Clinic in Portlaoise News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Alan Hartnett – 16th May 2020 Laois TD Sean Fleming says that progress is being made to provide an adult diabetic insulin pump service in the General Hospital in Portlaoise.The Fianna Fail TD says there are over 6,000 people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in the region who are in urgent need of access to an insulin pump which is currently not available locally and people have to travel to Dublin to attend clinics.This is something that he believes is ‘totally unfair’ and he wrote to the HSE who, via Portlaoise Hospital General Manager Michael Knowles, says that the matter will be progresses as soon as funding is received. Mr Fleming said: “I raised this matter with the Minister for Health recently.“The hospital management in Portlaoise have confirmed to me that they are progressing the recruitment process for an Advanced Nurse Practitioner to complement the existing staff and provide a full service in Portlaoise.“It is good to recognise that the hospital in Portlaoise is pushing for this facility and this will help progress the provision of an insulin pump once funding is available.“I am raising this matter again with the Minister for Health to ensure funding is provided at the first available opportunity to improve services for people with diabetes in Portlaoise which serves Laois, Kildare, Carlow and Tipperary.”SEE ALSO – Remembering the great Heath ladies football team that won two All Ireland club titles in the 1980s Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Pinterest Twittercenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter ‘Progress’ on plans to provide Adult Diabetes Insulin Pump Clinic in Portlaoise News WhatsApp Electric Picnic Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Facebook Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival last_img read more

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Pyongyang was to become “Kim Il Sung City”

first_imgNews Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] News By Daily NK – 2005.02.21 5:40pm Pyongyang was to become “Kim Il Sung City” SHARE Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak center_img [imText1]The sudden death of Kim Il Sung brought many changes in North Korea. The hereditary power was a ‘fait accompli’ but for the perfect heredity, last rearrangements were needed.Drinking was forbidden or having any kind of ceremonial occasions during the period where the memory of Kim Il Sung was to be cherished. Those who did not abide by such new laws were punished for delinquency, regardless of any reasons. Countless people were expelled as a result.The followers of Kim Il Sung came up with many new ideas for Kim Jong Il. One of the ideas was to change the name of capital city from ‘Pyongyang’ to ‘Kim Il Sung City.’ Kim Jong Il had done a lot for the nation so those brilliant achievement where to be immortalized. There are cities named after leaders such as ‘Leningrad’ and ‘Stalingrad’ in the former Soviet Union and ‘Ho Chi Minh City’ in Vietnam, so changing the name ‘Pyongyang’ to ‘Kim Il Sung City’ was a “fresh” idea that can get good marks from Kim Jong Il.On the other hand, the idea faced opposition from the followers of Kim Jong Il. While China is inventing a false history of Goguryeo where disputes over territory thousands of years ago are still creating (academic) confrontation, some insisted they have to restore the former territory of Goguryeo before they change the city name to ‘Kim Il Sung City.’ As Kim Il Sung is ‘the chief magistrate’ who pushed for the international spread of communism, he has to be the universal chief magistrate.Moreover, some of them also claimed that Seoul has to be called the ‘Kim Il Sung City’ after reunification. In the end, the plan for ‘Kim Il Sung City’ was put off because the idea of changing Seoul as ‘Kim Il Sung City’ and Pyongyang as ‘Kim Jong Il City’ seemed even better. Kim Jong Il decided to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to change Kumsusan memorial palace to ‘corpse palace’ and mummify the dead body for permanent conservation. While this was taking place, mass deaths occured due to starvation caused by the food crisis and people had to jump over the dead bodies on the streets at that period in North Korea.Innumerous Universities Named by PersonNorth Korea set Dangun as the father of Chosun and Kim Il Sung as the father of socialist Chosun when they determined the historical era and calling it to be “years of Juche”. The name of “years of Juche” was published by the government ordinance of the North Korea central party after the death of Kim Il Sung. Senior Citizens usually had a hard time understanding the ‘10th year of Juche’ so they counted with their fingers from the birth year of Kim Il Sung(1912) to figure out that it is 1921.There are many traces of the cult of personality wishing for ‘eternal life.’ The aim of all those lettering worships for Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il on Gumgang Mountain and Myohyang Mountain are desires for eternal life. Communists in North Korea rename the city, universities, and theaters after those who are dead. Kim Chaek City, Kim Jung Suk district, and Kim Hyung Jik district are the examples of the changes in name . In the case of universities, there are innumerable examples like Cha Gwang Su university, Kim Chaek University of Technology, Kim Chul Joo Educational University, Jang Chul Gu University, and so on. There was a person who graduated from Pyongyang Business University who did not know the name of the university had changed to ‘Jang Chul Gu University,’ called the department of education and go though the whole performance. The name of Hamkyongnam-do Younghung-gun purported Lee Sung Kye changed overnight. Kim Jong Il did not value highly the withdrawal of troops by Lee Sung Kye. As soon as Kim Il Sung knew Lee Sung Kye named his hometown as Younghung for ‘thrive for ever’ (young-won-he-hung-ha-ra : in Korean), Kim Il Sung ordered the name to be changed immediately. Younghung Gun became Gunya Gun, Ohro Gun in Hamkyung province became Young Gwang Gun, and Teojo Gun became Nakwon Gun by this reason. There is no more to be said about the fabrication of history, that the father of the Korean nation is Dangun and the father of Socialist Chosun (Korea) is Kim Il Sung. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest News North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

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Forced labor prescribed for North Korea’s malnourished street children

first_img SHARE NewsEconomy AvatarMun Dong HuiMun Dong Hui is one of Daily NK’s full-time journalists. Please direct any questions about his articles to [email protected] North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Forced labor prescribed for North Korea’s malnourished street children North Korea’s street children, known as kkotjebi, held by the state in designated facilities are being subjected to forced labor and suffering from malnourishment because holding facility staff are stealing from their food rations, according to sources inside the country.  “I recently saw a security officer tell a street child that he would provide them with something to eat as he took them away,” said a North Hwanghae Province-based source on August 16. “The children don’t resist, but they are taken to farms and forced to work.” He added, “When the authorities gathered everyone to plant cabbage last August, street kids in their late teens were also mobilized. The kids worked and got their own share of vegetables to eat, but they looked so pitiful being forced to work like that.”North Korea may have violated the clause in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child pertaining to the prohibition of forced labor of children under the age of 18. North Korea signed the treaty in 1990. However, there is a need to more closely examine whether North Korea violated the treaty, experts say.“There may be cause to argue that North Korea has forced children under 18 to work and thus violated the treaty,” said International Coalition to Stop Human Rights Crimes in North Korea Secretary-General Kwon Eun Kyoung. However, she added, “We would need to confirm whether the street children in question were under 18 and whether they were actually forced to work or received fair payment for their labor.” Daily NK recently reported that many street children in North Korea were no longer dependent on begging to obtain food and some were getting paid for work they were doing, a relatively recent development. Other sources reported that street children are facing terrible conditions in the holding facilities and are suffering from malnourishment. “Some facilities do a good job of following the orders sent down by the central government, but others are in extremely poor condition and essentially like prisons,” a source in South Hwanghae Province said. “The children beg or try to find things to eat on the streets, but once they enter the facilities, they’re unable to eat and just work all day.” They are supposed to be given a fixed amount of 400 grams of food provisions per day, but the facility staff take some of it for themselves, he said, adding that “the children are in such poor nutritional condition that their faces are emaciated.” The 2018 White Paper on North Korean Human Rights published by the Korea Institute for National Unification cites defector testimony saying that there are many cases in which street children run away from holding facilities due to the poor conditions and overly strict rules imposed by facility staff. There are no street children in Pyongyang and other select areas largely due to crackdowns on their presence, a source in the capital city reported. But they can still be seen in areas outside of Pyongyang and other major cities. “In Pyongyang or Wonsan (Kangwon Province) there are no street children but that’s because the state has cracked down on them. There aren’t a lot of street children at the train stations and markets in the provinces, but they’re sometimes there,” she said.“Street children roaming around in groups of three or four can be seen in poorer areas of the country. Some of them even look like they’ve almost reached adulthood.”center_img News News Facebook Twitter By Mun Dong Hui – 2018.08.20 5:52pm Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again last_img read more

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Govt and ISCF Officers Sign Two-Year Wage Agreement

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Officers in the Island Special Constabulary Force (ISCF) have received wage increases of 25.5 per cent for the two-year contract period 2006 to 2008.As contained in the heads of agreement, which was signed yesterday (Nov.1) at the Ministry of Finance and Planning in Kingston, the officers, from the rank of Assistant Commander to Deputy Commandant, will receive a 19 per cent increase in year one and a further 6.5 per cent increase in year two.The agreement is similar to that signed with rank and file members of the ISCF last month.The officers will begin to receive their new salaries in November, with retroactive amounts to be paid in December.Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Fitz Jackson, who signed the agreement on behalf of the government, informed that in addition to the improved wages, the officers would also receive a 75 per cent increase in death benefits from $4.5 million to $6 million; and increases in education benefits, uniform, housing and driving allowances, as well as other technical allowances.Chairman of the Island Special Constabulary Force Officers Association (ISCFOA), Deputy Commandant Neville George, noted that the officers have agreed to accept the wage package, which was reasonable.“We know that security is not cheap and we need better pay in order to sustain our standard . but in the interest of the nation, we accepted this increase. We believe that this is reasonable.”He recommended that at the end of each year, police officers should receive a bonus in addition to their regular pay, as well as better pension benefits after they have served for more than 30 years. RelatedGovt and ISCF Officers Sign Two-Year Wage Agreement RelatedGovt and ISCF Officers Sign Two-Year Wage Agreement Govt and ISCF Officers Sign Two-Year Wage Agreement UncategorizedNovember 2, 2006center_img Advertisements RelatedGovt and ISCF Officers Sign Two-Year Wage Agreementlast_img read more

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Move to Access Financing from Multi-Laterals Paying Dividends – Shaw

first_imgRelatedMove to Access Financing from Multi-Laterals Paying Dividends – Shaw RelatedMove to Access Financing from Multi-Laterals Paying Dividends – Shaw RelatedMove to Access Financing from Multi-Laterals Paying Dividends – Shaw Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Audley Shaw, has said that Government’s major policy shift away from expensive loans from the international commercial markets to increased reliance on multilateral lending agencies, is paying significant dividends for the country.The Finance Minister, who was speaking in a national broadcast on Sunday night (Nov.23), said that loans amounting to some US$300 million have already been secured and a further commitment of US$110 million is due in two weeks, with substantial additional commitments going forward.He further disclosed that by February of next year, significant additional flows are expected from the World Bank and the Caribbean Development Bank.While emphasizing that the pace and timeliness of the shift has been influenced by the unfolding international financial crisis, Mr. Shaw explained that, “long before the current crisis, we indicated our intention to re-engage and significantly expand our relationship with the multilateral lending agencies, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Caribbean Development Bank and our bilateral partners like the European Union. This re-energizing of our relationship with these institutions has given us access to hundreds of millions of foreign exchange flows, which has proven to be vital in the face of the global financial crisis.”The Minister informed that some of this funding will replace the flows that the government had hoped to access from the private capital markets, which are now closed to most emerging market countries.According to the Finance Minister, significantly increasing access to financing from the multi-laterals makes sense, since their lending rates are considerably lower and more stable than the commercial markets. The challenge, he said, since loans from these agencies are largely policy-based loans, “is to harmonize our domestic policies, especially those dealing with fiscal and administrative reform, with the lending policies of these agencies. This is not a difficult exercise because there is a convergence of policies given this government’s commitment to good governance.”With respect to Jamaica’s credit-worthiness, the Minister informed the nation that Jamaica remains on good terms with all International Financial Institutions, including the International Monetary Fund, which completed its semi-annual visit to Jamaica last Friday. “In this calendar year, we have had goodwill visits from the leadership of the World Bank, Caribbean Development Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. In early December, the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Mr. Dominique Strauss-Khan, will add to this support by visiting us as part of a three-country tour, which includes the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica,” he informed.In harmony with the renewed focus on multilateral institutions, the Minister explained that the government is embarking on a set of major reforms aimed at achieving higher economic growth, with fiscal sustainability and debt reduction at the cornerstone of the new reform agenda.The four main pillars of the programme entails: promoting fiscal sustainability through greater control of public sector balances and debt; increasing the efficiency of government’s financial management and budget processes; improvement in tax policy and administration geared toward a more simplified, equitable and efficient tax system to boost revenue flows; and improvement in public sector productivity, efficiency and responsiveness.He also noted there is solid support for the Government’s reform programme from the International Development Partners (IDPs), which have expressed their willingness to provide resources to replace some high cost commercial debts on better terms, as well as technical assistance to undertake the identified reforms and to strengthen capacity within the public sector.Urging Jamaicans to use this time of challenge as an opportunity to develop and grow, the Minister emphasized that, “we are not going to curl up and wait for the worst to pass. We are going to fight our way through this global crisis. We are going to support our productive sector and enable them to seize opportunities even in the face of adversity.” Move to Access Financing from Multi-Laterals Paying Dividends – Shaw UncategorizedNovember 25, 2008last_img read more

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Ride-hailing giants face bumpy road to profitability

first_imgHomeNewsRide-hailing giants face bumpy road to profitability Mar. 29, 2019 at 4:30 amNewsTransportationRide-hailing giants face bumpy road to profitabilityAssociated Press2 years agoali mogharabilyftmichael liedtkeride-sharetransportationUberFile photo. Ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft have redefined what we expect from transportation, hooking customers on the immediacy of on-demand rides with a few clicks on a smartphone.But whether the companies can turn their popularity into profits is a question investors are asking as both companies prepare to offer shares to the public.Lyft will give investors their first in on the ride-hailing phenomenon when the company’s stock begins trading on the Nasdaq, with Uber right on its heels.But while both companies are growing fast, they are losing money just as quickly and face significant challenges to profitability. Last quarter, Uber lost $865 million while Lyft lost $249 million.Their intense competition puts pressure on prices in a market where riders can easily switch between apps to find the best fare. Complaints by drivers over wages could put pressure on Lyft and Uber to bump their pay. And both companies are hinging future profitability on the development of autonomous vehicles, which would lower driver expenses but could take many years to reach mass adoption.“Both companies have some inherent structural weaknesses and certainly when you look within Lyft’s filing, they do not reveal any plan for addressing those structural weaknesses and migrating or creating a path to profitability in the foreseeable future,” said Stephen Beck, managing partner of cg42, a management consulting firm. “They’re just moving from venture capitalists keeping them afloat to the public markets keeping them afloat.”Unprofitable tech IPOs have been common in the past six years, and the percentage of money-losing tech companies heading into the public markets is rivaling 2000, when the dot-com bubble burst, according to data from Jay Ritter, finance professor at the University of Florida.The main difference between now and 2000 is that the startups in the current crop are more mature, with many of them having been around for a decade or more with substantial sales, Ritter said.Digital scrapbooking company Pinterest, which lost $63 million last year, recently announced plans to list its stock on the New York Stock Exchange. Also waiting in the wings are Airbnb, the short-term rental company; Slack, the messaging app and Zoom, the video conferencing company.Lyft’s IPO is proving popular with early investors. Its financial filing earlier this month highlighted the company’s impressive growth. Revenue tripled from $343.3 million in 2016 to $1.1 billion in 2017, and then doubled to $2.2 billion in 2018. Revenue per ride also increased, which some analysts saw as a positive sign that the company is getting costs under control.“The ride sharing industry story is growth, and that’s the biggest value to existing and potential investors, frankly,” said Alejandro Ortiz, research analyst at SharesPost.Lyft has been focused on core markets in North America, and has stuck to its mission of providing alternatives to car ownership, offering bike-sharing and scooter-sharing services in addition to ride-hailing.Uber has branched out, expanding into food and freight delivery and experimenting with services from a short-lived peer-to-peer helicopter service to Uber Boat. It also has a greater international presence for its ride-hailing business than Lyft, although Uber has exited some markets, often selling operations to a competitor in exchange for a piece of the remaining company.Both companies are investing in autonomous vehicle technology. Lyft has been working with Aptiv to deploy a fleet of autonomous vehicles in Las Vegas, and facilitated 35,000 rides in autonomous vehicles with a safety driver since January, 2018. Uber’s autonomous vehicle testing was suspended after one of its self-driving vehicles killed a pedestrian while a backup driver was in the car. Uber resumed testing in Pittsburgh in December.At the same time, the companies face stiff competition from General Motors and Google spinoff Waymo, which have been working in the space longer than Uber and Lyft.“It may be difficult for these guys to catch up,” said Ali Mogharabi, senior equity analyst at Morningstar Research.Meanwhile drivers, who will represent a significant cost to Uber and Lyft, are already feeling squeezed by wages. Uber recently cut drivers’ share of trip revenues, said James Hicks, an Uber driver who helped organize a driver strike in Los Angeles.“It’s infuriating because the pay was already hard enough,” Hicks said. “Uber and Lyft are both scraping the bottom of the barrel. They’re both trying to lower their prices for the drivers, while at the same time taking as much from the drivers as they can.”Uber and Lyft have been providing rides at below-cost for years in the race to gain market share and compete with traditional taxi companies.“They’ve been able to do it because there are venture capitalists and investors that have been willing to put in mountains of money and set it on fire in the expectation that they’ll make it up on volume,” said Sam Abuelsamid, principal analyst at Navigant Research. “But so far that hasn’t happened, and I don’t see any real prospect of them getting to profitability any time soon.”That doesn’t mean Lyft and Uber are necessarily doomed for failure. Other unprofitable companies, particularly in the technology industry, have pulled off high-profile IPOs in the past and still seen their stocks perform well — as long as other key measures of success such as revenue and customer growth are rising at an impressive clip.Amazon took more than four years from its IPO to turn its first quarterly profit as CEO Jeff Bezos emphasized low prices and free shipping to get shoppers hooked on the e-commerce service. It now has a market value of nearly $900 billion, vying with Microsoft and Apple for the highest in the U.S.Short messaging service Twitter went public in 2013, even though it had an uninterrupted history of losses and remained mired in red ink for several more years after that. The company has since become profitable through cost cutting and realizing other revenue streams, but its stock price is far below its peak levels.Snap, the parent company of social networking platform Snapchat, went public in 2017 and still hasn’t turned a profit while struggling to attract more users in a pattern similar to Twitter. Its stock is now hovering around $11, a sharp drop from its IPO price of $17.On the opposite end of the tech spectrum are Google and Facebook. Both waited to launch their IPOs until they were highly profitable, and have rewarded their long-term shareholders handsomely.“Wall Street eventually is going to want to see some profitability,” said Daniel Morgan, vice president and senior portfolio manager at Synovus Trust Company. “That’s what drives stocks, is growth and earnings. Not just growth and all these statistics that they’ve come up with.”AP Technology Writer Michael Liedtke contributed to this report.Tags :ali mogharabilyftmichael liedtkeride-sharetransportationUbershare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentHotel workers rally for enhanced protectionsCalifornia bills aim to counter college admissions scandalYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agolast_img read more

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Interview: Jasper

first_imgPowered by THEOplayer 2021.1.3Close Related ContentClose ShareJasper’s Cindy Patterson, chief customer officer at the IoT vendor, gives her views on growth of this heavily hyped market. Previous ArticleJolla confirms layoffs, restructuringNext ArticleJawbone cuts staff – report Play Video Related contentRelated contentShare VideoShare Video HomeVideoInterviews Interview: Jasper Playing onSubtitlesLanguageSettingsQualityAutomatic Automatic HDSpeedNormalQualityAutomaticSpeed0.250.5Normal1.251.52Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%PlayPlayMuteMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00LiveRemaining Time -0:00 Watch in VRWatch in VRdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionsSubtitlesSubtitlesUnavailable UnavailableLanguageLanguageSettingsHDSettingsFullscreenFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDone AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 23 NOV 2015 UnavailableUnavailablelast_img read more

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Senate Showdown May Pave Way for Year-End Tax Deal

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans derailed legislation Saturday to extend expiring tax cuts at all but the highest income levels in a political showdown that paradoxically clears a path for a compromise with the White House on steps to boost the economy.“We need to get this resolved and I’m confident we can do it,” President Barack Obama said shortly after the near party-line votes. The public must have “the peace of mind that their taxes will not go up” on Jan. 1, he added.Obama has signaled that he will bow to Republican demands for extending tax cuts at all income levels, and his remarks capped a day that lurched between political conflict and talk of compromise on an issue that played a leading role in last month’s elections.Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., eyeing the 2012 campaign, accused Republicans of siding with “millionaires and billionaires” with their rejection of proposals that would let tax cuts passed during George W. Bush’s presidency lapse on seven-figure incomes.Republicans noted that unemployment rose to 9.8 percent last month and said it made no sense to raise taxes on anyone in a weak economy. Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., jabbed that Democrats were undergoing a “political catharsis” in public after losing control of the House and surrendering several seats in the Senate in the Nov. 2 election.But the rhetoric subsided quickly after the votes, and Senate leaders in both parties said they hoped political clashes would give way to compromise in the next several days.Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell, the GOP leader, said he was relatively confident there would be a deal with the White House “not to raise taxes in the middle of a recession.” He said talks were continuing on the length of an extension to be enacted for the cuts that were put in place in 2001 and 2003.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said he hoped for an agreement by the middle or end of next week on legislation that would combine an extension of tax cuts with a renewal of expiring jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed.Officials have said that in addition to tax cuts and unemployment benefits, the White House wants to include renewal of several other tax provisions that are expiring. They include a break for lower- and middle- class wage earners, even if they don’t make enough to pay the government, as well as for college students and for companies that hire the unemployed.Obama later spoke with Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. A White House official said the president told them he was open to a temporary extension of the tax cuts if the Democratic priorities were included in the deal.Key lawmakers and administration officials have been at work negotiating the terms of a possible deal for several days.But many congressional Democrats privately have expressed anger at Obama for his willingness to surrender to Republican demands to let the tax cuts remain in place at upper incomes, and numerous officials said no compromise would be possible until they had engineered votes in both the House and Senate.Any deal would mean a reversal for Obama, who said in the 2008 presidential race and this year that he wanted to let cuts expire above incomes of $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for couples.In the Senate, a bill to enact Obama’s original position was blocked on a vote of 53-36, seven votes short of the 60 needed to advance. Republicans were unanimous in their opposition, and were joined by Democratic Sens. Russell Feingold of Wisconsin, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Jim Webb of Virginia and independent Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut.The second measure would have let taxes rise on incomes over $1 million. It appeared crafted to appeal to senators from states with large high-income populations, as well as cast Republicans as protectors of the rich.It was blocked on a vote of 53-37, also seven short of the 60 needed. A slightly different lineup of Democrats sided with Republicans, including Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Tom Harkin of Iowa, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia and Feingold. Lieberman also opposed it.The White House opposed the second measure bill, and given the president’s willingness to sign a bill to extend all the expiring tax cuts, there was never any doubt about the outcome of the day’s proceedings in the Senate.But Democrats said that even with elections nearly two years away, they intended to try and depict Republicans as defenders of the rich whose policies contribute to rising deficits.“Do we want to extend those tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires at a time of huge deficits. I would argue vociferously we shouldn’t, said Schumer.Referring to the 2012 elections, he said about Republicans: “I’m going to be here for the next year, next two years, to remind my colleagues that they were willing to increase the deficit $300 billion to give tax breaks to people who have income over a million dollars.”Republicans sounded alternately bemused and offended.“It is the most astounding theory I have ever seen. Raise taxes to create jobs,” said Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Democrats perhaps viewed the votes as a gift to their political constituents. But, he added, “two years of wall to wall Democratic rule has only made the situation worse” in the economy.The day’s events capped a week that included a meeting at the White House at which Obama and top congressional Republicans sat down together for the first time since the elections.Both the president and GOP lawmakers pledged afterward they would try to work together for the good of the economy, and agreed to set up a small negotiating group to discuss the tax issues.The White House, Reid and Republicans have been negotiating quietly, and McConnell made a point of saying he had been in frequent touch with the administration in recent days.In addition to tax cuts, Obama has made ratification of a new arms control treaty with Russia a priority of the postelection session of Congress, reducing his leverage with Republicans in the struggle over taxes.Senior Senate Republicans have indicated they will not try to interfere with a debate on the issue as long as government spending and tax cut issues have been resolved to their satisfaction.A two-thirds majority is required for ratification, meaning the White House will need the support of at least nine Republicans to prevail. Vice President Joseph Biden and other officials have been involved in talks with several GOP senators in hopes of lining up the votes needed. Emaillast_img read more

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EPA Concerns Intensify Over Transboundary Mining Pollution

first_img Email New information surrounding mining operations in British Columbia’s Elk River Valley has “further heightened” the concerns of environmental regulators investigating the water quality downstream in Lake Koocanusa and the Kootenai River watershed, where hazardous materials continue to leach from Canadian coal mines even as those operations move forward with planned expansions and untested water treatment technologies.In a February letter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, regional administrators pressed Canadian environmental officials to address water quality studies indicating that the Kootenai River downstream of Libby Dam is being affected by pollutants from coal mines in British Columbia’s Elk River Valley, and to disclose additional information on its plans to treat the contamination while permitting mining expansions.“New information that has recently become available has further heightened EPA’s ongoing concerns regarding water quality in Lake Koocanusa and the Kootenai watershed,” according to the letter, which refers to a study detailing the discovery of mining pollutants in fish and fish eggs in the Kootenai River. “The study provides validated information that is concerning to U.S. agencies and our state and tribal partners, and additional study may confirm and expand these troubling findings.”The findings come as the largest diversified mining company in Canada, Teck Resources Limited, expands its operations under a plan that acknowledges it will continue to exceed water quality standards, and which B.C. environmental regulators have approved.“The EPA is concerned about this projection and finds it unacceptable that the province has accepted [a plan] that will allow continued seasonal exceedances of water quality objectives into the future,” the letter states, adding that it has been seven years since a ministerial order set a goal to “stabilize and reverse increasing trends in water contaminant concentrations” in the Elk River Valley.Adding to its concerns, the EPA complained that Teck no longer intends to implement its original water quality plan, but will instead rely on a new water treatment technology that remains unproven.“Given that modeling results show U.S. and Canadian waters will continue to be adversely impacted by pollutants from Elk Valley mines, this proposed change has significant implications and raises serious concerns for the U.S. Government including federal agencies responsible for monitoring and protecting water quality,” the letter states.Concerns have spiked in both countries in recent years and attention has intensified on the Elk Valley drainage in southeastern British Columbia and on Teck, the Vancouver-based global mining giant that operates four world-class steelmaking coal mines across the border from Montana.The heavy scrutiny is centered on increasing amounts of contamination from coal waste byproducts leaching into the Elk River and its many tributaries, which drain into two bodies of water shared by B.C. and Montana: Koocanusa and the Kootenai River.Samples of fish species and water quality taken from Lake Koocanusa and other monitoring sites in the Elk basin have revealed heightened levels of selenium, cadmium, nitrate and sulphate from decades of coal mining activity.Selenium is a naturally occurring element that can become highly toxic when present in elevated concentrations. It’s known to cause deformities in fish eggs, incidents of which have been documented in the Elk and Kootenai watersheds.Recent studies, including a damning report by researchers at the Flathead Lake Biological Station, along with data samples taken locally, have prompted worries about long-term impacts to the entire watershed and its resident wildlife.For Teck, work to stanch the flow of contaminants in prized watersheds shared by both countries includes launching six new treatment projects at its mines over the next decade, an ambitious effort that company officials say is costing hundreds of millions of dollars.“The next 10 years is a pretty busy time for Teck as we work to get all that treatment online,” Carla Fraser, a Teck representative, told members of the Lake Koocanusa Selenium Technical Subcommittee, who gathered last fall for a two-day conference in Whitefish. “It’s going to require significant efforts.”Those efforts dovetail with work by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to finalize site-specific criteria for selenium in Lake Koocanusa, a standard that still has not been adopted despite levels of contamination already exceeding the recommended criteria established by the EPA.The call for action has gained urgency on the heels of the EPA study referenced in the letter, part of a collaboration among federal, state and tribal agencies to assess the Kootenai River watershed.“These data indicate upstream activities may be affecting water quality and aquatic resources in Montana and Idaho,” EPA Regional Administrator Gregory Sopkin said. “The results, particularly selenium impacts to fish, underscore the need for a more detailed understanding of water quality and continued collaboration to protect Lake Koocanusa and the Kootenai River.”Meanwhile, new reports show cutthroat trout populations in the upper Fording River, another tributary of the Elk River, have begun to collapse.The results of the 2019 Westslope Cutthroat Trout fish counts were 74% lower for juveniles and 93% lower for adults than the 2017 counts in the Fording River upstream of Josephine Falls, according to Dave Hadden, executive director of Headwaters Montana. Fish counts for juveniles were 96% lower in Harmer Creek and 25% lower in Grave Creek, while fish counts for adults were 26% lower in Harmer Creek and 25% lower in Grave Creek compared to 2018 counts. Harmer and Grave Creeks are located in watersheds adjacent to Teck’s Line Creek and Elkview Operations and flow into the Elk River just south of the confluence of the Elk and Fording Rivers. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

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