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first_img Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson has been taking advantage of his offseason.Peterson traveled around with his wife, and this wasn’t just a trip to the east coast or the western parts of Europe.“We went to Bali, Dubai, Hong Kong and the Maldives,” Peterson told 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station’s Doug & Wolf.He’s not done, though. When the Cardinals’ mini-camp wraps up on Thursday, he’s headed to France to vacation in Monaco. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson (21) stretches during the NFL team’s organized team activity Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) What won’t be changing for Peterson, though, is the lack of throws in his direction. Of the least-challenged cornerbacks every year, the combination of Peterson being one of the best corners in the league and the lack of a go-to corner on the other side of the field brings a lack of action his way.Peterson’s thought process has evolved on being that guy throughout his career.“Early on in my career I used to get a little bored out there and kind of take plays off and not really focus in and hone in on my craft,” he said.“Now that I’m going into year eight, now that it’s been the last three years that I haven’t really been getting tested, I just want to make sure I’m always engaged in the game.”Peterson will certainly be engaged with Holcomb’s new looks defensively, where he’s looking forward to being put in a position to succeed as a playmaker.“Coach (is) gonna put me in a position to make a lot of plays,” he said. – / 9center_img 0 Comments   Share   Related LinksCardinals players back David Johnson’s decision to skip minicampCardinals’ David Johnson skipping mandatory minicampCardinals GM Keim excited as new pieces put into place at minicampCardinals honor kitchen staffer ahead of deployment with National GuardQB Sam Bradford, Arizona Cardinals sticking to the planPeterson always wanted to see the world as a kid, seeing the ways others live across the globe.His teammate Larry Fitzgerald is known for his offseason traveling, but Peterson is not as much.“Because Larry publicizes travel,” Peterson joked. “Me, I’m just under the covers.”NEW DEFENSEThis year has an adjustment for Peterson and all of his teammates learning a new playbook and style under new Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks, offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and defensive coordinator Al Holcomb.“Honestly, I’m so excited for the strides we have been taking throughout OTAs,” Peterson said.The seven-year veteran credits the trust between Wilks and Holcomb and thinks it will translate to a very effective defense.“Coach Wilks is just letting [Holcomb] do his thing and I believe it’s just gonna allow us to line up and play fast football,” Peterson said. “I believe we will have less mistakes this year.”With Wilks implementing a 4-3, there are new opportunities Peterson’s defense didn’t have while playing in a different system.“When you’re in a 3-4 you have to do so many exotic looks to get to the quarterback,” Peterson said, emphasizing that a simplified approach will allow less thinking and more natural reactions for defenders. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Representative García votes to increase government transparency

first_img State Representative Daniela R. García, of Holland, voted today for bipartisan legislation to make state government more accountable and accessible to the people of Michigan.The 11-bill package makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act.“These bills strengthen the public’s right to see how their hard-earned tax dollars are being spent by state officials,” García said. “I voted for this legislation because I believe in transparency in state government.”The legislation is similar to a package of bills introduced last session and passed overwhelmingly by the House. The bills were not taken up by the Senate prior to the end of the 2015-16 legislative session.Michigan is one of just a few states that do not subject their legislative and executive branches to open records acts.##### 16Mar Representative García votes to increase government transparency Categories: Garcia News,Newslast_img read more

Technology provider Harmonic has partnered with Na

first_imgTechnology provider Harmonic has partnered with Nagra to deliver a cloud-based OTT video service for broadcasters and pay TV service providers that is being jointly offered by Spanish infrastructure telecom operator Abertis Telecom and Nagra. The multiscreen hosting service is in use by Spanish broadcasters for HbbTV based services.Harmonic’s ProMedia suite and Nagra MediaLive Multiscreen solution provide the Abertis Telecom-Nagra cloud service with an integrated video infrastructure capable of delivering OTT applications, including live, VOD and time-shifting, to TVs, PCs, tablets, smartphones, set-top boxes and other IP-connected devices.Harmonic said the solution will be enhanced to become a commercial deployment of MPEG-DASH.“Nagra is committed to providing flexible solutions required to cost-effectively deploy multiscreen services that address future market needs. With this MPEG-DASH and HbbTV 1.5 deployment, Nagra and Harmonic continue to lead the industry in supporting innovative television services,” said Jean-Michel Puiatti, vice-president, multiscreen products for Nagra. “The multi-DRM support provided by Nagra MediaLive Multiscreen simplifies the encryption of video content to multiple devices and lowers capital and operating costs for service providers.”last_img read more

Liberty Globalowned Swiss cable operator UPC Cabl

first_imgLiberty Global-owned Swiss cable operator UPC Cablecom is to extend its ‘Wi-Free’ free WiFi offering to the whole of Switzerland from October.Under the Wi-Free service, Cablecom internet customers enable each other to surf the net whenever they want free of charge, and can already use the Horizon Go TV everywhere app to watch TV online when they are out and about.The service makes use of the over 500,000 home WiFi clouds of its customers to enable other Cablecom subscribers to access the internet outside their homes. Wi-Free was piloted successfully in the city of St. Gallen from the end of January to the beginning of August.From mid-September to the beginning of October, Cablecom will extend Wi-Free to the whole of Switzerland. By means of a software update, Wi-Free will be added to Cablecom internet customers’ WLAN modems. Following registration via the My UPC customer portal and initial login using a mobile device, this device will then connect to Wi-Free automatically.last_img read more

Barcelonas boardwalk is lined with migrants selli

first_imgBarcelona’s boardwalk is lined with migrants selling knock-off purses, off-brand tennis shoes and soccer jerseys on blankets. Most are sub-Saharan African men, yet there are a few groups of women selling jewelry or offering to braid people’s hair. They huddle together, away from the men, and don’t interact much with the tourists walking past.At one point, a sub-Saharan woman comes by with a bag overloaded with Tupperware falling out. Two of the street sellers call her over — she pulls out a disposable plate with rice, then pours sauces and spices on top of it. After the men pay her, she walks just a few feet before another group of hawkers — known in Spain as manteros, for the manta or “blanket” they place their merchandise on — get her attention, and she stops again.”What women have started doing recently is making money feeding manteros typical African food,” says Rose Mirène Mouansie Mapiemfou, 44, who migrated to Spain from Cameroon in 2001. “They walk around with their carts during lunch time.”Mapiemfou says that while it’s difficult for undocumented migrants to find work in Spain, it’s even harder for the women who arrive. It’s the female migrants, she adds, that hold up the migrant community.Crossings from Africa to Spain increased significantly this year, making up almost half of all irregular migrant arrivals into Europe. The numbers have been rising each month, even as temperatures drop and sea crossings become more dangerous. As of Oct. 28, the last figures available, there were 10,324 arrivals that month — the highest this year so far.And 10 percent of those who cross are women, according to the International Organization for Migration. Immigration lawyers and activists say nearly every woman who makes the journey to Spain is sexually abused along the way – sometimes they come through sex trafficking mafias, who facilitate the crossing in return for a debt of tens of thousands of dollars. Women sometimes arrive pregnant or with infants conceived on their journey, often a result of rape.Mapiemfou is an exception. She came to Barcelona with a temporary visa 17 years ago, which then turned into a residency permit, and eventually led to citizenship. Today, Spain grants fewer tourist and student visas given to people from African countries — so one of the only options left is to arrive by boat.”I was an economic migrant, just like a lot of the people arriving in dinghies today,” says Mapiemfou. “But I can tell you, there’s not much difference between those who have papers and those who don’t.”She says that being a black female migrant in Spain means fighting two battles: racism and sexism. There are certain parts of town she says she can’t go to during specific times of the day. Last time she went to the touristy street of Las Ramblas after nightfall — a place known for prostitution — a Spanish man came up to her and asked her how much she charged.”I was outraged. I can’t sit in parks, or walk down the street without someone harassing me,” Mapiemfou says. “We exist, and we’re not all sex workers, and we didn’t all arrive by boat.”Gema Fernández, an immigration lawyer for the nonprofit Women’s Link, says female migrants have been made invisible to the public eye.”All the attention when it comes to immigration is placed on the male experience,” says Fernández. “So we wanted to ask: How are women arriving? What happened during their journey? And when they arrive, where do they go?”Fernández found that a lot of women who crossed from Africa without papers work in the private sphere, doing things like domestic work, agricultural work and, most often, sex work. These types of jobs, Fernández adds, puts them in an even more vulnerable situation than they were already in by being undocumented.”Every migrant goes through hardships, but the hardships for women are sexualized,” Fernández says. Throughout their journey, if they need to make more money, “men can take up odd jobs, but women have to get into sex work or borrow money in exchange for sexual favors.”Women’s reasons for migrating are often different from men’s, she adds. They generally flee gender-related violence, such as forced marriages or female genital mutilation. Other times, they’re looking for better education and work opportunities than they can find as women in their home countries. They hope that in Spain — or in Europe in general — they’ll be able to lead a more autonomous life.Yet that’s not always the case, says Fernández.”Women can fall into sex trafficking if they’ve racked up a debt,” she says. “Whether it happens along the way or once they’re already in Spain.”Áliva Díez, coordinator at the nonprofit Spanish Commission for Refugees in Madrid, says a lot of women who come through the organization were already victims of trafficking when they arrived. This year, the group has not only seen an increase of arrivals in Spain’s southern shores, but an increase of female migrants as well.”[Sex trafficking] is a phenomenon that’s very difficult to measure. The cases we see are just the tip of the iceberg,” Díez says. “When [migrants] arrive, they first go through the national police, and there’s rarely a calm moment where we can sit down with each woman and get her full story. And they’re so tired after the sea crossing, that it’s very difficult to identify a possible victim. There are many cases that are completely missed by authorities.”Women who migrant from sub-Saharan countries such as Nigeria, Guinea and Ivory Coast may spend months, sometimes years, making their way to Europe. Díez says they sometimes have “journey husbands” who protect them from other men, in exchange for having unlimited access to the woman whenever he wants.”Many of them have been subjected to sexual abuse and when they arrive, on top of mental and psychosocial trauma, their bodies begin to process the wounds suffered throughout their journey,” Díez says. “They face triple discrimination: being an immigrant, being a woman, and being poor, with few possibilities to move forward.”When Mapiemfou left Cameroon as a 26-year-old, she was looking for better work opportunities. The situation in her home country was worsening, and the privatization of resources — including potable water — was making it more difficult to make ends meet.”So why wouldn’t young people want to migrate?” she asks.Despite having papers, Mapiemfou says that finding work and renting an apartment as a black immigrant woman was extremely difficult. Nearly every job or apartment she nailed down was thanks to a friend or found through social networks.But she was fortunate to get a visa, she adds. Many undocumented women in her community prefer to get into sex work because they say it’s easier and they make more money.”Having resources available doesn’t mean that people will take advantage of them. There’s barely any information available for women to know their rights,” says Mapiemfou. “Barcelona makes itself out to be a welcoming city, Spain wants to paint itself as a welcoming country. But I’m not too convinced.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Roland Martin Suspended After Recent Twitter Remar

first_img Roland Martin Suspended After Recent Twitter RemarksBrooklyn Couple Creates ‘Uber for Housecleaning’Gary Brackett: From Super Bowl Champ to Success… be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 What are some of the biggest challenges when it comes to living sober? Where do you eat, drink, chill, hang out, and catch up with friends who are like-minded and share the same lifestyle? These challenges are amplified when you’re attending major milestone events like the Super Bowl, which is right around the corner. These types of events where alcohol is the norm can be extremely uncomfortable and in some cases a trigger for the sober.Now there is an app that will help you wade through the foamy alcoholic landscape to places that encourage sobriety. Loosid was designed with the non-drinker in mind. It connects you with a community of like-minded individuals and gives you access to tailored experiences with the common denominator being alcohol-free.Loosid provided us with some tips on how to host a sober Super Bowl 2019 party. Check out their recommendations below:Sober Super Bowl 2019 Party Menu (from Loosid)• First Down:    LA Ram’s Vegan Kale Chips    New England Clam Chowder    LA Ram’s Gold Caramel Pop Corn    New England Baked Bean Dip• Halftime Show:    New England Pizza Bagels    LA Famous Quinoa Salad    New England Patriots Lobster Rolls    LA Ram’s Vegetarian Wrap• End Zone:    Boston Crème Donuts    Malibu Açaí Bowl    New England Bread Pudding    LA Ram’s Dairy Free Frozen Yogurt• Mocktail Menu:   Patriots Famous Apple Cider   LA’s Organic Fruit Smoothie   Virgin Mary   New England Nojitocenter_img Loosid was born out of the need to unite the sober community and bring together those people in recovery and battling addiction, as well as those who choose to live a sober lifestyle for other reasons, a combined total of over 100 million people from all walks of life. Loosid’s mission is to create a comprehensive digital platform for the sober community that celebrates the sober lifestyle while at the same time providing support for those members of the community in recovery or struggling with addiction.Recovery Suite (Image: Loosid)Through Loosid, it’s easy to find other people who share your perspective, who know all too well that being sober doesn’t mean life has to be boring. Loosid makes it easy to find new friends and even new love, to find fun sober events and destinations, and to find groups in your community and beyond that promote sober living.last_img read more

Instagram Stories Is Now More Popular Than Snapchat

first_img Add to Queue Instagram Stories Is Now More Popular Than Snapchat April 14, 2017 Image credit: via PC Mag Watch out, Snapchat. Instagram on Thursday announced that more than 200 million people now use its Stories feature every day.That’s pretty impressive, considering Instagram launched the Snapchat ripoff just eight months ago, but you might be wondering why the Facebook-owned social network would call out the seemingly random number. Here’s why: rival Snapchat in its February IPO filing revealed that “on average, 158 million people use Snapchat daily.” So basically, Instagram is low key bragging that its Stories feature is now more popular than Snapchat. To be fair, Snapchat’s numbers were from two months ago, so it’s highly possible that the app’s daily active user count went up since then. Either way, it’s safe to say that Instagram Stories is giving Snapchat some serious competition.Meanwhile, Instagram also today introduced some new tools, including the ability to turn a selfie into a sticker.”When you take a photo or video and tap the smiley face, you’ll see a new sticker with a camera icon that lets you capture a mini-selfie,” Instagram explained in its blog post. You can then pin your selfie sticker to a specific spot in a video. To do that, just tap and hold the sticker, place it where you like and confirm by tapping “Pin.”Instagram also introduced “geostickers” for those in Chicago, London, Madrid and Tokyo. These are basically the same thing as Snapchat’s geofilters: cute graphic stickers that are only available in certain locations.It should also now be easier to access your favorite Instagram stickers. Just tap the smiley face and swipe right to see all the stickers you’ve recently used. Finally, when you’re recording a video using “Hands-Free” mode, you’ll now see a timer that counts down to when the video begins. Instagram Next Article Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 2 min readcenter_img Snapchat in its February IPO filing revealed that ‘on average, 158 million people’ use its app every day. Instagram Stories just beat that. This story originally appeared on PCMag Reporter –shares Register Now » Angela Moscaritolo Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more

After Bruising China Battle Uber Cedes to Rival Didi

first_img 5 min read Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand August 1, 2016 Add to Queue After Bruising China Battle, Uber Cedes to Rival Didi After a bruising two-year battle, ride-hailing firm Uber is selling its China operations to bigger local rival Didi Chuxing in a deal that will give Uber a one-fifth stake in Didi.The merged entity is worth around $35 billion — combining Didi’s most recent $28 billion valuation and Uber China’s $7 billion worth — said a source familiar with the matter who did not want to be named before the deal was made public.Didi confirmed the agreement on its official microblog, but gave no valuation. In a posting on Uber’s website, CEO Travis Kalanick said San Francisco-based Uber Technologies would have a one-fifth stake in Didi, making it the Chinese firm’s biggest shareholder. Kalanick will join Didi’s board, with Didi Chuxing chief Cheng Wei joining the Uber board.Uber will continue to operate independently, the Didi posting said. “Cooperating with Uber will give the entire mobile travel industry a healthier order and a period of a higher level of development,” it said.China has been a challenging market for Uber, which has spent billions of dollars in a price war with Didi.Both firms spent heavily to attract riders with discounts and both also raised billions in recent fundraisings. Uber is profitable in the United States, Canada and about 100 other cities.In an internal message to staff viewed by Reuters, Kalanick wrote: “Sustainably serving China’s cities, and the riders and drivers who live in them, is only possible with profitability. This merger paves the way for our team and Didi’s to partner on an enormous mission, and it frees up substantial resources for bold initiatives focused on the future of cities — from self-driving technology to the future of food and logistics.”He said Uber was operating in more than 60 cities in China and “doing more than 150 million trips a month.” Didi, however, claims 87 percent of the Chinese market for private vehicle ride-hailing.Richard Ji, Hong Kong-based co-founder of All-Stars Investment Ltd., which manages about $900 million and owns Didi stock, said the deal makes “huge sense.””Uber faces an uphill task in China especially since Didi is multiple times larger by transaction value and city coverage,” he said.”This will lead to favorable outcomes for both companies. The biggest benefit is cost savings, they no longer have to give out subsidies to drivers and passengers. It will give pricing power as the new entity will become the dominant player. That means profitability will come sooner than later.”Under the deal, Didi will also invest $1 billion in Uber, which operates globally outside China, the source said, adding to a series of deals and joint ventures Didi has struck in recent years.International ambitionAnalysts said Didi’s acquisition signals its readiness to step beyond its home market.”This clearly shows Didi’s global ambitions and its desire to work together with Uber to tap Chinese travelers, who are going out in big numbers. There’s a possibility the two could work together in other markets,” All-Stars Investment’s Ji said.Didi said in its posting it will look to expand its international business and enter markets like Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau, Japan, South Korea, Europe and Russia.Didi — itself created last year from a merger of two firms backed respectively by e-commerce giant Alibaba Group and social network firm Tencent — has invested $100 million in Lyft, Uber’s main rival in the United States.It has also formed an alliance with Lyft, India’s ride service Ola and Southeast Asia’s ride-hailing startup Grab in an effort to compete with Uber’s global dominance.The Didi deal is the latest sign that global internet and technology companies are struggling to break into China’s cut-throat market, where local entrepreneurs have built formidable businesses, partly helped by a supportive government.All of China’s technology heavyweights will be stakeholders in Didi, as Uber shareholder Baidu will gain a stake. Apple Inc. recently made a rare $1 billion investment in Didi.China last week issued guidelines that establish a long-awaited framework for the booming ride-hailing industry and remove uncertainty for firms such as Didi and Uber.It was unclear whether the deal would need to be cleared by China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), the anti-trust regulator.”Given Didi’s reported high market share, any increment would attract MOFCOM’s attention. But for the parties to seek pre-closing approval, each has to meet the minimum sales threshold. That’s where it’s unclear whether an anti-trust filing would be required,” said Marc Waha, partner at Norton Rose Fulbright.(Reporting by Heather Somerville in San Francisco, Denny Thomas in Hong Kong, Rama Venkat Raman in Bengaluru, Jake Spring and Beijing monitoring team in Beijing, and Jeremy Wagstaff in Singapore; Editing by Ian Geoghegan) –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. Uber This story originally appeared on Reuters Reuters Next Article Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Cartilage tissue engineering brings good news for patients with cartilage defects

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 11 2018Chondral defect is a kind of defect which refers to focal area damage to the articular cartilage. This defect also damages the bone which is lying underneath the cartilage. Symptoms indicating this condition might not occur immediately in life but chondral cartilage defects are very common. Damage in the cartilage may occur due to injury or due to wear and tear over many years. However, there are people who happen to develop symptoms but do not develop osteoarthritis.Related StoriesHair loss could soon be a thing of the past, say researchers3D mapping technology can monitor and track the behavior of engineered cells, tissuesFamily Doctors play key role in imparting health education on advanced therapiesThis can be attributed to articular cartilage possessing slow self-healing properties. Due to this reason, the management and the prevention of any chondral defect turns out to be challenging. Many treatments were brought into the light (for example, a shift has occurred from symptomatic treatment to structural cartilage regeneration) but all of them produced less satisfactory to poor results. Results of a few clinical trials demonstrated that cartilage defects caused by trauma, infection, congenital malformations and tumors were most commonly encountered in patients which, therefore, had a huge negative impact on the patient’s quality of life.Due to advances in modern technology, cartilage tissue engineering has brought some good news for the patients who are going through such conditions. This review presented by Lin et al. attempts to familiarize readers with the preparation techniques and types of scaffold material which is used in cartilage tissue engineering which can be used to treat chondral defects.last_img read more

Firstofitskind smartphone app predicts dietary lapses

first_imgMar 28 2019More than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight and half of them are trying to lose weight, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to a recent study, led by Evan Forman, PhD, a psychology professor in Drexel University’s College of Arts and Sciences, a first-of-its-kind smartphone app called OnTrack can predict ahead of time when users are likely to lapse in their weight loss plan and help them stay on track.”Weight loss apps are exceptionally popular,” said Forman. “However, very few people are successful at losing weight and keeping weight off, even with the help of these apps. The bottom line seems to be that it is extraordinarily difficult to stay on the weight loss plan.”Related StoriesAre DNA-based diets and personalized ‘medical foods’ the future for weight loss?Intermittent fasting may regulate blood glucose levels even without weight lossCircadian rhythm plays a part in weight lossPeople on weight loss plans often experience lapses, which can prevent successful weight loss or even lead to weight regain, according to Forman.The study evaluated the effectiveness of the app among weight loss program participants, individuals attempting to follow a structured online weight management plan from WW (previously known as Weight Watchers) for eight weeks.OnTrack uses advanced statistical methods – machine learning – to learn over time a user’s individual patterns of eating. Specifically, it learns patterns that are predictive of staying on one’s weight loss plan and patterns that are predictive of lapsing from one’s plan. When the algorithm detects the risk of lapsing is high, it sends a special coaching message that matches the reasons that someone is at risk. For example, the app can predict a person is eating late at night because of being bored at home with tempting food. The predictions get better over time as the app learns a user’s behavioral patterns.”This study is part of a line of research devoted to helping people become more adherent to a dietary prescription, which leads to more successful weight loss,” said Forman.Results showed the study was successful in three separate areas. First, participants reported high levels of satisfaction with the app. Second, OnTrack was successful at predicting lapse. Finally, over the course of the study, participants averaged a 3.13 percent weight loss and reduction in unplanned lapses.Since the study was successful, the next step is a randomized clinical trial to confirm the app’s efficacy as a weight loss tool.”Apps are particularly useful for predicting and preventing individual health behaviors. OnTrack could be utilized to facilitate greater success during self-directed weight loss attempts,” said Forman. Source: read more

Vietnam goes from trade war winner to Trump target

first_img Nation 08 Jul 2019 US not being clear of its priority targets in trade war with China For manufacturers like IREX, Trump’s recent action means they can’t sit back either.”Our sales department is looking for new markets, so if the U.S. increases Vietnam tariffs it won’t impact IREX’s business much,” said Trang, the company’s COO.- Bloomberg Markets 27 Jun 2019 Trade-war winner Vietnam is now a target for Trump’s tariffs Tags / Keywords: Economy Related News Vietnam goes from trade war winner to Trump target. HANOI: Americans are buying solar panels from Vietnam like never before, but local manufacturer IREX Energy JSC isn’t celebrating.After U.S. President Donald Trump slapped higher tariffs on China, production in neighbouring Vietnam went into overdrive. Chinese manufacturers, who face a 55% U.S. tariff on their goods, relocated some production to Vietnam, while local businesses saw a jump in orders. In June alone, U.S. imports of solar cells from Vietnam surged 656% from a year ago.That trade boom in everything from Ikea furniture to Nike Inc. shoes is now prompting more scrutiny from the US and making businesses like IREX concerned.”We are worried that the US may raise tariffs on our solar panels,” Pham Thi Thu Trang, the company’s chief operating officer, said from Ho Chi Minh City. “Though the U.S market is huge, it is a complicated market when it comes to its politics.”Communist Party-led Vietnam has steadily opened up to foreign investors over the years to become a manufacturing hub in the region, with household names like Samsung Electronics Co., Intel Corp. and Nestle SA setting up factories there. It’s that trade openness, as well as its low-cost labor and proximity to China, that’s helped Vietnam successfully navigate growing global protectionism as companies seek out refuges from the trade war.It’s very quickly climbed the ranks to become a significant U.S. trade partner. Vietnam’s annual trade surplus with the U.S. has exceeded $20 billion since 2014 and reached $40 billion last year, the highest in records going back to 1990, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. For the first five months of the year, the surplus is already 43% higher than a year ago at $21.6 billion.The Trump administration is now pressuring the nation of 97 million people to slash its trade surplus, threatening one of the world’s fastest-growing economies.Trouble began in May, when the U.S. Treasury added Vietnam to a watchlist of countries being monitored for possible currency manipulation. Then, in response to U.S. pressure, Vietnam announced a crackdown on Chinese exporters rerouting products through the Southeast Asian nation with fake Made-in-Vietnam labels to bypass Trump’s tariffs.Trump described Vietnam last month as “almost the single-worst abuser of everybody” when asked if he wanted to impose tariffs on the nation. And just last week, the U.S. slapped duties of more than 400% on steel imports from Vietnam which originated in South Korea and Taiwan.Vietnam officials have been left reeling. The government says it’s committed to buying more U.S. goods, from Boeing Co. jets to energy products to help narrow its trade surplus with the world’s largest economy. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc last week told officials to monitor U.S. reactions to the nation’s monetary policy more closely.”They are very nervous and confused. They don’t know what Trump’s next move will be,” said Alexander Vuving, a professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii.Vietnam has not been adept at responding to charges against its trading practices in Washington, where a cadre of lawyers are needed to quickly engage the government, said Nestor Scherbey, a licensed U.S. customs broker and consultant based in Ho Chi Minh City. “It’s like being charged in court and not showing up.”Cheap LabourCapital Economics Ltd. estimates that if Trump levied a 25% tariff on imports from Vietnam as he did with Chinese goods, Hanoi would see a 25% drop in export revenue, equivalent to more than 1% of the nation’s gross domestic product. That would erase the estimated 0.5 percentage-point gain it has had over the past year as a beneficiary of the trade war.Even before the trade tensions, Vietnam was benefiting from businesses looking for low-cost alternatives to China as wages there grew. That trend will likely continue, which should help to sustain Vietnam’s economic trajectory, according to Adam McCarty, chief economist with Mekong Economics in Hanoi.”It’s not going to stop the underlying economic motivation to move basic factory work from China to Vietnam,” he said. “China is getting too expensive.”Vietnam’s leaders have also long worked to buffer the country from trade shocks by hedging its reliance on any single market, including the U.S., the nation’s largest export destination. Vietnam has inked more than a dozen free trade agreements such as the just-signed deal with the European Union that will eliminate 99% of customs duties, and the revamped Trans-Pacific Partnership, which eventually provides duty-free access to markets such as Canada and Japan for many products.”Vietnam’s foreign policy for decades has been the opposite of what Groucho Marx said: he’d never want to join a club that would have him,” McCarty said. “The Vietnamese approach is to join every trade and investment club they possibly can.” Nation 10 Jul 2019 Malaysia has potential to profit from US-China trade war, says Azmin Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

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