October 7

USMCA may be boon for online shoppers trouble for some retailers experts

TORONTO — Canadian shoppers who like to buy products from the U.S. online have reason to rejoice about the revised NAFTA deal, but some homegrown retailers could be in for a struggle, say experts.Under the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement, Canada may increase its de minimis level — the value of product consumers can buy online without being forced to pay import duties or taxes — to $150 for custom duties and $40 for sales taxes. The U.S. had been pushing for Canada to raise their threshold from $20 to $800.The new threshold will mean Canadians will get a break on lower-cost U.S. goods that they order online , said Walid Hejazi, a University of Toronto associate professor specializing in international trade.“This is fantastic,” he said. “Canadians should be thrilled at the idea that they can now buy things from the U.S. and other countries and bring them in without paying the duties…Canadians should celebrate.”He considered the change a win for shoppers because the previous $20 de minimis level was among the lowest around the globe and had been set long before the rise of e-commerce.He said that raising the limit would boost competition between retailers, perhaps even causing prices at Canadian stores to drop as retailers try to deter shoppers from looking abroad for items.Larry Rosen, the chief executive officer of luxury menswear brand Harry Rosen Inc., said the high prices of the men’s suits and other products his company sells means it is “fairly immune” to the impact of de minimis, but he worried other retailers selling less expensive goods would see some negative affects.Under the new de minimis levels, he said if shoppers buy something from an online U.S. retailer for $39 with free shipping it will be cheaper than if you buy the item at a Canadian retailer at the same price and have to pay the harmonized sales tax.Rosen expected the deal could also cause “funny behaviour” because if you want to buy three $39 T-shirts from across the border, he said, shoppers and retailers could get crafty and realize that they can save if they buy and ship the products separately to avoid the taxes.“It is not ideal and it is not perfect. It is going to hurt some low-price retailers,” he said. “There’s definitely going to be an advantage for U.S. online retailers selling lower priced items into Canada…I am heaving a sigh of relief and saying it could have been a lot worse.”Karl Littler, the vice-president of public affairs at Retail Council of Canada, said he didn’t expect the de minimis threshold to have a significant impact on Canadian consumers because the threshold wasn’t raised as high as the Americans wanted.However, he felt the level created “an uneven playing field” between merchants operating within Canada and people shipping products in from outside.“If the federal government wants to increase the benefits for consumers, what it could do is take the customs duties off the products that Canadian merchants import,” he said. “That would make a difference.”The council has long been pushing for such a measure and on Monday, Canadian Tire Corp. released a statement prodding the government to extend the same relief to homegrown retailers.The council was intently watching NAFTA negotiations because a 2017 study it took part in found that if Canada increased its threshold to US$200, it would cause 286,224 retail or retail-related job losses, a $8.8 billion dip in labour income and an $11.5 billion drop in gross domestic product (GDP) by 2020.If the threshold was raised to US$800 as the U.S. hoped, the study said it would cause the loss of 300,244 retail or retail-related jobs, $9.2 billion in labour income and $12 billion in GDP by 2020.NPD Group, a research firm, also previously released a study that found that increasing de minimis levels to $150 will make U.S. prices “more attractive” for Canadians because many products Canadians buy online are well over the previous level.“Canadian retailers will need to continue to offer a greater breadth of assortment online to give themselves the best chance at winning over the Canadian e-commerce consumers,” said Armin Begic, the NPD Group’s retail business group director, in an email to The Canadian Press.He said his company’s study also found that over the last few years, more Canadians are choosing to make online purchases from retailers shipping from within the country, while cross-border shopping has declined.Follow @Tara–Deschamps on Twitter. read more

September 25

Colourful tulip field blooms in Norfolk

first_imgMore than 100 acres of tulips have bloomed near the village of East Winch, in Norfolk. The vibrant flowers are soon to be cut and harvested for their bulbs as their heads are thrown away.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

September 22

PICTURES The winners and losers of Budget 2014

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT SENT out a bevy of mixed messages ahead of yesterday’s Budget 2014 announcement.We would be astounded at the good news, they said, while also warning that it would be tough. Both are true…depending on which category you fall into.For bad or good, these particular groups are going to be particularly affected.WINNING: FarmersA famously strong lobby group meant that farmers were hit with no nasty surprises yesterday. There were no harsh cuts or changes to schemes for disadvantaged areas. There was also an annoucement of a €40 million investment in the beef sector, a small increase in the farmers’ flat rate addition and the extension of the Capital Gains Tax retirement relief to encourage long-term leasing of land from older to younger farmers. Image: Fran Marshall/Irish Farmers CalendarLOSING: Smokers and drinkersFrom midnight yesterday, cigarette packets increased in price by 10 cent, while beer, wine and spirits were hit with an extra 10 cent levy. And wine lovers were dismayed at another 50 cent per bottle levy on red, white and rosé. Did you know that sparkling wine is charged at a higher excise rate so the extra levy will mean an extra 81 cent on your cava and prosecco? Image: AMCWINNING: MotoristsNo petrol, diesel or motor tax increases. A rare day of peace for motorists. (Image: Byron Rollins/AP/Press Association Images)LOSING: Irish SportIreland’s sports people – professional and amateur – will be disappointed that funding levels for sport is back to 2006 levels and amounts to just €8.73 per citizen. Image: Mark StedmanWINNING: AirlinesTo encourage airlines to boost routes and traffic, the Air Travel Tax was scrapped – Ryanair was dead happy about it. (Image: Richard Drew/AP/Press Association Images)LOSING: Mums-to-BeMaternity benefit will be standarised to €230 per week for new claimants from January. Currently, it lies between €217 – €262 for women so it will mean a substantial monthly drop for many. Separated parents who share custody will also have less money. (Image: Mark Stedman)WINNING: HandymenThe home renovation incentive scheme should encourage people to hire tradesmen to help them carry out home improvements worth between €5,000 and €30,000 over the next two years. Construction groups also noted that it will hurt those tax-dodging cowboys. (Image: Shutterstock)LOSING: Medical Card Holders and PensionersThe prescription levy has increased to €2.50 per item (remember when the initial 50c was controversial?), the threshold for medical cards has been lowered to just €500 for single people…and the abolition of the Bereavement Grant has people asking do we now need to ‘die within our means’? Fianna Fáil said that even the dead aren’t safe from this government. (Image: Photocall Ireland)WINNING: Multinationals in IrelandThe corporation tax rate is here to stay. Queue whoops from Google, Intel, Pfizer et al. Nati Harnik/AP/Press Association ImagesLOSING: The world’s poorAid agencies have said that this Budget affects the poorest people in the world as Irish Aid funding was cut by €14 million. A sixth successive year of cuts means Irish Aid has seen its funding fall almost 35 per cent since 2008, according to Plan Ireland. (Image: A malnourished child cries at a field hospital of the International Rescue Committee, IRC, in Dadaab, Kenya. Schalk van Zuydam/AP/Press Association Images)WINNING: School PrincipalsThey may not place themselves in the winning category but after years of headaches, this Budget brings some respite in the form of an extra 1,250 classroom and resource teachers and €5 million to extend the reach of the books to rent programme in primary schools. There was also a promise not to increase class sizes.LOSING: Young jobseekers More dole cuts are on the way for those under the age of 26. Sinn Féin believes this Budget guaranteed one thing…and that’s emigration. (Image: Photocall Ireland)WINNING: DoctorsAnother group that would not necessarily put themselves in the ‘winning’ bracket but the idea of the free GP care for under 5s is supposed to give more access to those who find money a barrier to visiting the doctor. But the GPs will still be paid for those visits – making them busier and more active in areas they need to be. (Image: HARVEY GEORGES/AP/Press Association Images)LOSING: Third-Level InstitutesIt’s been a tough few years for Ireland’s third level instituations as they slide down international ranking systems. Today won’t have done much to cheer them up as they saw another €25 million disappear from their yearly income. (Image: Joel Tegerdine/Press Association ImagesLIVEBLOG: Budget 2014 as it happensTheJournal.ie’s Budget 2014 coverage, in fullBudget 2014: the key things to know from today’s announcementlast_img read more

September 21

Protests mar unveiling of Louis statue

first_imgDemonstrators marred the unveiling of the statue of Olympian Louis Spiridon – Greek Olympian and winner of the first modern Olympic marathon in 1896 – in Melbourne last Friday. The Berwick residents opposed the statue being erected because, according to them, the Olympian had nothing to do with the council area, nor had any connection to Australia. The Council of Casey rejected their petitions and went ahead with the statue. Approximately twenty demonstrators went along to the unveiling of the statue holding placards such as ‘Residents say NO to Spiridon statue in this park’, only 11 votes for and 1000 against’, and ‘Spiridon who?’ The statue, funded by both the State Government and the Australian Hellenic Society, was placed alongside that of fellow marathon runner and Berwick local Edwin Flack, on Berwick’s High Street. The two athletes competed against one another in the 1896 Athens Games, with Flack leading the race to then be overtaken by Louis who went on to win the marathon. The statue of Louis is being erected in commemoration of the close friendship between the two gold medallists. “The statue celebrates the proud Olympic heritage that Australia and Greece share,” said City of Casey Mayor Cr Amanda Stapledon during the unveiling ceremony. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

September 20

Tempête aux EtatsUnis la moitié du pays quasiparalysée

first_imgTempête aux Etats-Unis : la moitié du pays quasi-paralyséeUne gigantesque tempête s’abattait hier sur les Etats-Unis, bloquant le trafic sur des milliers de kilomètres et entraînant l’annulation de 10.000 vols. Pluies verglaçantes, neige et vents violents ont perturbé plus d’un tiers de la population du pays.”[Par] sa taille et son ampleur, cette tempête ne doit pas être prise à la légère”, annonçait lundi l’agence américaine de gestion des crises (FEMA). Effectivement, du Texas au Maine, sur une longueur de 3.000 kilomètres, la moitié des Etats américains ont étés touchés par la pluie, la neige et le verglas apportés hier sur les Etats-Unis par une gigantesque tempête.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plage10.000 vols ont été annulés dans tout le pays, dont 1.300 à l’aéroport O’Hare de Chicago. Les autorités ont recommandé aux habitants de rester chez eux, et de nombreuses écoles et administrations sont restées fermées. L’état d’urgence a été décrété dans l’Illinois, l’Indiana, le Missouri et l’Oklahoma, et la Garde nationale a dû secourir de nombreux automobilistes sur des routes devenues impraticables. Des  familles privées d’électricité ont été abritées dans des locaux chauffés.”Cette impressionnante tempête hivernale va être suivie d’une arrivée d’air arctique puissante”, a prévenu le service national de météorologie (NWS). La température ressentie pourrait alors être de -35 à -45°C dans le Colorado, le Wyoming, le Dakota du Nord et du Sud, le Kansas, l’Idaho et le Texas.Le 2 février 2011 à 12:56 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

September 19

SPOILERS WWE Smackdown taping results for January 9

first_img Twitter WhatsApp Smackdown Live Preview: Goldberg appears for the first time ever before Super ShowDown WWE Smackdown Results – 6/4/19 (Goldberg appears on Smackdown Live for the first time) WWE 205 Live Results – 6/4/19 (Oney Lorcan vs. Ariya Daivari, Drew Gulak returns) Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest Google+ Facebook The following was taped on Tuesday from Laredo. WWE Smackdown taping results for January 9, 2015:* Seth Rollins in-ring promo. Roman Reigns interrupts. Big Show & Rollins vs. Reigns & a partner of Reigns’s choosing announced for the main event.* Big E. def. Adam Rose* The Ascension won a squash match.* Alicia Fox def. Naomi* WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos def. Gold & Stardust and The Miz & Damien Mizdow to retain the titles.* Sin Cara def. WWE Intercontinental Champion Bad News Barrett in a Non-Title Match. Barrett laid out Cara afterwards.* Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose def. Seth Rollins & The Big ShowSource: PWInsider.com last_img read more

September 19

Main event set for NXT TakeOver Philadelphia on January 27 live on

first_imgFacebook WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events As announced on last night’s WWE NXT, Andrade “Cien” Almas defending the NXT Championship against Johnny Gargano is now set for the main event of the NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia live special on January 27 airing on WWE Network.Gargano won the title shot on last night’s episode, defeating Aleister Black, Lars Sullivan and Killain Dain in a Fatal 4-Way match.NXT posted the following backstage segment featuring Almas and Gargano from after the episode last night. NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in action Pinterest Videos Articles Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipRic Flair Pays Tribute To Late FriendVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 100.00%0:00Remaining Time -0:30 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning 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 CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Gene Okerlund Ric Flair Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Kevin Nash Shares Heartfelt Condolences For WWEs Mean Gene Okerlund 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Ian Hunter The Rock Honors Mean Gene Okerlund Now Playing Up Next Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Google+ Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Twitter Ric Flair Pays Tribute To Late Friend WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brandslast_img read more

September 16

Snowbound Vancouver couple share tale

first_imgPat Norvell says she wasn’t worried, even as one night turned to four, two feet of snow piled up outside her and her husband’s stuck SUV and their rations whittled down to a small bag of jelly beans and snow melted into drinking water.“We knew they were smart and eventually they would find us,” Norvell, surrounded by her family in the living room of her and her husband’s Salmon Creek-area mobile home and sitting in a chair far more comfortable than the one inside the green Jeep Grand Cherokee, said of her children and grandchildren. “I had no doubt whatsoever.”John Norvell said he, at times, felt dark, even as his wife remained positive. The 63-year-olds spent four nights trapped on a secluded forest road near Mount St. Helens after their Jeep hit an icy rut and slid into a ditch. The Norvells are both diabetic, and their family worried that they didn’t have insulin with them. After law enforcement officials said they couldn’t help, the family organized its own search effort and even started a Facebook page trying to get the word out.Happily, both were still in good physical condition when their ordeal came to an end Friday as John got out of the SUV and spotted other people on the remote road.last_img read more

September 15

Trial date set for man accused of opening fire at Trump National

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – A trial date has been set for a man accused of going on a rampage at Trump National Doral.The case against 42-year-old Jonathan Oddi is scheduled to begin Sept. 17. His attorneys have pleaded not guilty on his behalf.Police said Oddi walked into the resort on May 18, shouted anti-Trump rhetoric and discharged a firearm. After a brief standoff with police, he was shot in the legs and taken into custody.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

September 14

CEIR Exhibitors Spend 24B Annually On Events

first_imgAccording to the report, 99 percent of exhibitors find unique value delivered by business-to-business exhibitions, which other marketing channels cannot provide. These exhibitors assign top ranking to the value of face-to-face interactions at exhibitions, which they assign high value to when it comes to achieving priorities with marketing and sales. Overall, the report says, exhibitions capture the largest share of their marketing dollars among exhibiting companies. Direct exhibit dollars are spent in the following ways:• Exhibit space: 36 percent • Show services (material handling, installation and dismantling, electrical, furnishings, Internet, etc.): 17 percent• Travel and entertainment: 14 percent• Exhibit design (including graphics): 11 percent• Shipping: 10 percent• Promotion (pre-show, on-site and post show activities): 6 percent• Lead management and measurement (Lead retrieval equipment, post-event follow-up and tracking, etc.): 4 percent• Exhibit staff training: 1 percent• Other: 1 percent Attendees and exhibitors rank exhibitions and sales calls highest in terms of the value of face-to-face interactions, according to a separate report released by CEIR late last month, “Use and Value of Face-to-Face.” For exhibitors, exhibitions (43 percent) and in-person sales calls (44 percent) are statistically tied for first ranking, with no other option ranking close.While 47 percent of exhibitors say the Great Recession has prompted decreases in exhibiting budgets, 40 percent have reduced the number of exhibitions and 44 percent note the number or budget for private travel has decreased, according to the “Use and Value” report. Looking to the next two years, however, CEIR finds that 54 percent of exhibitors will maintain the same number of exhibitions while 24 percent plan to add events to their schedule.Source: Center for Exhibition Industry Research* Show services include material handling, installation and dismantling, electrical, furnishings, Internet, A/V, floral, food and beverage, cleaning service, etc.** Promotions include pre-show, on-site and post-show activities—collateral, advertising via all channels, sponsorships, giveaways, etc.*** Lead management and measurement includes lead retrieval equipment, post-event follow-up and tracking, etc. Face-to-face exhibitions, tradeshows and events are a huge part of business interactions, according to a new report from the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR): “How the Exhibit Dollar is Spent.” The data shows that exhibiting companies spend more than $24 billion annually on exhibiting and exhibitions.Access Intelligence’s Exhibit Designers and Producers Association (EDPA) provided CEIR with supporting data for the survey, in which 233 of 250 exhibitors participated. Access Intelligence is the parent company of EXPO.“The data in this report is a much needed resource for exhibiting companies to plan and budget the cost of their participation in events,” Doug Ducate, president and CEO of CEIR, says in a release. “It also provides a guide for organizers and service provider on the many different cost centers that comprise the overall cost of exhibiting.”last_img read more

September 13

Nebraska Delegation Governor Vow to Protect Offutt AFB

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) and the state’s three House members last week pledged to work together to attract new missions to Offutt Air Force Base’s 55th Wing and ensure the installation’s aging runway secures the necessary funding for repairs.The primary threat to the base is the poor condition of the runway, which the Air Force has rated as the worst among 17 Air Combat Command airfields. The fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill includes $7.5 million for the design of a rehabilitated or replacement runway, said Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R).“[But] the process is ongoing [to] determine the extent of runway replacement,” he said, reported the Lincoln Journal Star. Reconstruction of the runway could cost up to $125 million.Fortenberry recently formed a task force with the governor and Reps. Brad Ashford (D) and Adrian Smith (R) to advance the effort to strengthen Offutt. “The reality is that there is a lot of excess inventory” in the military, Fortenberry said, and DOD is operating on “a very tight budget.”Ricketts has demonstrated strong leadership, the House members pointed out. Last fall, the governor led a contingent of local business leaders on a trip to Washington to press the case for retention of the 55th Wing, which performs a global reconnaissance and intelligence mission, according to the story.“We’re pulling together,” Ricketts said.last_img read more

September 5

Who is Sana Dua Can she bring Kashmiris in hordes to polling

first_imgA polling officer marks a voters’ finger with ink as he casts his vote at a local polling station during Rajasthan’s Legislative Assembly election, in Jodhpur on December 7, 2018.Femina Miss India’s 2017 runner-up and lawyer Sana Dua has been signed up as the ambassador by the Election Commission in Jammu and Kashmir to urge the voters to come out and exercise their franchise. Notably, at 46.6 per cent, J&K has the worst voter turnout in the country since 1998. It is way below the national average of 60.1 per cent.Sana DuaTwitterSana Dua had voluntarily expressed her views on being associated with the J&K election exercise by asking people to exercise their right to vote. J&K’s chief electoral officer Shailendra Kumar said that the department was keen on having someone like Sana on board to motivate the voters.J&K is due to go to Lok Sabha and Legislative Assembly elections this year amid robust campaigning by political parties.  Who is Sana Dua?A fashion model, brand endorser, activist and a lawyer – the 27-year-old dons many hats. She had also represented India in Miss United Continents 2017 in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and made it to the top 10.Born in a Sikh family to an Indian Army officer in Assam in 1993, Sana has always been connected to her roots in J&K where she has actively campaigned for many causes.Besides promoting the girl child education, she has also participated in the Save Water Campaign.Sana has also practised in J&K High Court. In a recent video message as the ambassador of Election Commission in J&K, Sana said, “despite belonging to different regions, religions and backgrounds, we all are united by our constitutional right to vote which puts all citizens of India on equal footing without any discrimination.” Watch the video of Sana Dua as the brand ambassador of Election Commission here: Message of Miss India Sana Dua volunteers Brand Ambassador of ECI J&K@sanadua4 @jk_beautyatbest @missindiamag @MissIndiana_Org pic.twitter.com/NbAW9AwCuV— Jehlam Times (@Jehlamtimes) April 4, 2019last_img read more

September 3

100 British MPs for ICC referral for Myanmars military

first_imgA group of Rohingya refugee people walk in the water after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf. ReutersOver 100 British parliamentarians have said it is time for the UK to state that Myanmar’s military should be referred to ICC for their appalling ‘security operations’ against the Rohingya, described as ethnic cleansing and possibly genocide by OHCHR.”It’s time for the British government to unequivocally state that the situation in Myanmar should be referred to the International Criminal Court,” they said.The parliamentarians wrote to British foreign secretary Boris Johnson on Wednesday seeking measures in line with their call.”I’ve sent a letter to the foreign secretary signed by over 100 parliamentarians calling for an ICC referral for Myanmar’s military general Min Aung Hlaing,” Rushanara Ali MP wrote on her Facebook wall sharing the letter.She said the United Nations has now documented more than 688,000 Rohingyas who have fled to Bangladesh since the Myanmar military began their offensive against Rohingya civilians in August 2017.Medecins Sans Frontieres has recently documented almost 7,000 Rohingya civilians killed in just one month last year, including 730 children. They believe this figure is likely to be significantly higher than their initial estimates, she wrote.Rushanara said thousands of Rohingya women have also been raped by the military, security forces and by mobs and militias supported by the military.”The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights described what is happening to the Rohingya people as a military campaign in which you cannot rule out the possibility that acts of genocide have been committed,” she said, adding that there must be accountability for the horrific crimes committed against the Rohingya people.last_img read more

September 3

China to rise defence spending by 7pc

first_imgChina will raise defence spending “around seven percent” this year as it guards against “outside meddling” in its disputed regional territorial claims, a top official said Saturday, in an apparent reference to Washington.Just days after US president Donald Trump outlined plans to raise American military spending by around 10 per cent, a spokeswoman for China’s parliament told reporters that future Chinese expenditures will depend on US actions in the region.”We call for a peaceful settlement through dialogue and consultation (of the territorial disputes). At the same time we need the ability to safeguard our sovereignty and interests and rights,” spokeswoman Fu Ying said at a press conference ahead of the rubber-stamp parliament session.”In particular, we need to guard against outside meddling in the disputes.”The annual press briefing comes a day ahead of Sunday’s opening of the National People’s Congress (NPC).Fu did not specify what “meddling” she was referring to, but Beijing’s increasingly assertive stance towards its claims in the South China Sea and East China Sea have stirred alarm in the region and prompted criticism from Washington.The planned spending increase is in line with last year, when the government said 2016 outlays would increase by 6.5-7.0 per cent.The 2016 figure marked the first time in six years that spending growth did not rise into double figures.- Escalating tensions -China is engaged in a decades-long build up and modernisation of its once-backward armed forces as it seeks military clout commensurate with its economic might.But its military capabilities remain modest compared to the United States, Fu said, adding that concerns about the country’s military buildup are unwarranted.”China has never caused harm to anyone, to any country,” she said.But recent reports that Beijing may be militarising artificial islands in the South China Sea have raised concerns in Washington, which has long argued China’s activities in the region threaten freedom of navigation through the strategically vital waterways, sending ships and aircraft to pass close to the growing islands.Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Taiwan have contested Beijing’s claims.Recent satellite imagery indicates China is completing structures intended to house surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) on a series of such artificial landmasses, the Washington think-tank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative said last week.Future trends in the region “will depend on US intentions vis-a-vis the region and US activities (which) to a certain extent set the barometer for the situation here,” Fu said.”Probably fundamentally the United States is concerned that China may catch up with the United States in terms of capability, but we are a developing country. There is a huge gap between China and the US in capability.”Chinese state media said recently that China was testing the latest version of its fifth-generation stealth fighter, part of a campaign to end the West’s monopoly on the world’s most advanced warplanes.China also for the first time sent its sole aircraft carrier into the Pacific for exercise in December, according to Chinese reports.Barthelemy Courmont, a senior Research Fellow at the Paris-based French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS) said it was understandable that a modernising China would seek more advanced armed forces.”But this development also reflects Beijing’s ambition to impose its supremacy over Asia by giving itself the means of being a credible power,” he said.He warned, however, that the territorial tensions were leading to a “senseless arms race” in the region.”It’s often in reaction to China’s spending increases that neighbouring countries also decide to strengthen their military capacities,” he said.last_img read more

September 1

Nvidias Project Shield available to preorder on May 20 for 349

first_imgNvidia has today made two big announcements regarding its gaming handheld known as Project Shield. The first is that the console will now be officially known as simply Shield. The second is that a pre-order date and price has been set for the device.Shield looks like a gaming controller, but sports a 5-inch 720p touchscreen display, 16GB of on board storage, and runs a Tegra 4 SoC. Tegra 4 is currently classed as the fastest ARM processor in the world right now through its combination of an ARM Cortex A15 CPU and custom 72-core GeForce GPU. It’s basically going to easily handle any Android game you care to throw at it. The other big feature Shield has is the ability to stream games from a Windows PC, allowing you to play them away from your desk.Shield will be available to pre-order from Monday, May 20 and ships in June from GameStop, Micro Center, Newegg, and Canada Computers. As you’ve probably predicted, it isn’t cheap. Nvidia wants $349 for Shield, which is more than you’ll pay for a PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, 3DS, PS Vita, or iPod touch.Such comparisons may not matter if you genuinely see Shield as filling a gap in your gaming needs. Basically, if you are someone who plays a lot of Android games and would really like to play your Windows games while lying on a sofa, Shield is for you and may be worth the required investment. For everyone else, Shield is a pretty niche item, and an expensive one at that.last_img read more

August 30

Sony PlayStation VR to Launch Globally in October Priced at 399

first_img Sony Corp. announced on Tuesday that its virtual reality headset for PlayStation will launch globally in October for $399, a move that undercuts its biggest competitor by hundreds of dollars.Andrew House, head of Sony’s gaming division, made the announcement during a press event at the Video Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, where virtual reality gaming counterpart Oculus Rift announced its headset a day earlier.The headset, a visor-style frame with a 5.7 inch (14.5 centimeters) screen, includes 360 degree head tracking, a 100 degree field of vision and latency of 18 milliseconds between the time a user’s head moves and the time they see the correct image.House said the company wanted the highly anticipated headset released at a price point that would encourage quick and widespread adoption.”We firmly believe getting the price right is crucial to driving consumer adoption of any new technology,” House said.At $399, the package is notably less than the $599 price announced Monday by Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus Rift. Oculus will also sell bundles that include an Oculus Ready PC and a Rift for preorder in February starting at $1,499.Price is one factor but the amount of gaming content available will be “a strong factor in engaging fans,” said Tony Key, Senior Vice President of sales and marketing at game developer Ubisoft.Ubisoft’s “Eagle Flight” and “Werewolves Within” titles are both set to launch for PlayStation VR this fall.”Ultimately the customers will decide on what price point works for them as their entry point into VR,” he said.The company said more than 230 developers are building content for the PlayStation VR device and 50 games are expected to be ready by the launch date. Users can download the Playroom VR at the PlayStation store and play six free games.The company has also teamed up with development company EA Sports and Lucasfilm for a Star Wars Battlefront game that will be released as a PlayStation VR exclusive.(Reporting by Deborah M. Todd and Mari Saito; Editing by Dan Grebler and Chris Reese) This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 16, 2016 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

August 16

Tourism in Myanmar

first_imgMyanmar, or Burma, is a country in Southeast Asia, which lies on the Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea coast with Bangladesh and India to the west, China to the north, and Laos and Thailand to the east.Source: World Travel Guideslast_img

August 11

The Arizona Cardinals have been the NFLs version

first_imgThe Arizona Cardinals have been the NFL’s version of the road warriors. Bruce Arians’ team has played only one home game through the first quarter of the season — making them one of only five teams in the league to have already played three road games.The Cardinals (2-2) return home to University of Phoenix Stadium to host Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers Sunday. Linebacker Daryl Washington returns from a four-game suspension and defensive tackle Dan Williams is expected to play after missing two games due to the death of his father. Of course you can get all the daily happenings surrounding the Cardinals on ArizonaSports.com, but all week, we’ll also take you to Charlotte to find out what’s going on Behind Enemy Lines with the Panthers, who are coming off of their bye week with a 1-2 record. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   last_img read more

August 9

Presidential call to support Gesy revolution as kickoff date looms

first_imgHealth Minister Constantinos Ioannou said Thursday the government has no intention of postponing the implementation of the national health scheme (Gesy), as various sides continued to grumble 24 hours before it kicks in, including ruling Disy.“I want to make it clear once more that the health ministry and the government have no intention of postponing its implementation,” Ioannou said. “If any of the parties in parliament wishes to ask for the postponement of the scheme, it can, of course, do so and, as with everything else, it can explain it to the people.”The minister rejected suggestions the government was to blame for any delays, pointing out to the events of recent months, during which, various groups of health professionals were dragging their feet.Ioannou called on everyone involved, and political parties, to support “the biggest social change of the last 40 years.”President Nicos Anastasiades appealed for patience and understanding from everyone, adding that if necessary, changes will be made.“In essence, we are talking about a revolution, a radical change, a reform, which is exactly like the introduction of the social insurance scheme was,” he said.“Each new reform will face problems in the beginning. When the guaranteed minimum income was introduced there were problems. They were resolved in the course of time.”On Wednesday, Disy vice chairman Nicos Nouris, a pharmacist, suggested that the system would crash because of problems across the board.Nouris proposed ushering in the scheme in stages so as not to risk it crashing.Main opposition Akel questioned Disy’s “newfound sensitivity” after staying quiet throughout the election campaign.“It raises questions and great concern, not because problems are not expected,” spokesman Stephanos Stephanou said. “Our great concern stems from what had been reported extensively a few months ago about the ruling party’s intention to raise the issue of changing the Gesy’s philosophy after the elections.”Stephanou said any problems in the implementation must resolved along the lines of the existing decisions and not be used as an alibi to reverse the philosophy.In April, a report suggested Disy leader Averof Neophytou was accused of covertly telling various groups of medical professionals not to join the national health scheme as he planned to introduce reforms for a multi-payer insurance system rather than a single provider as laid out in the current legislation.The former system would keep private insurance companies at the forefront of medical payment provision.Neophytou denied the accusations, which he called “political bullying”.He conceded that “Disy and President Nicos Anastasiades himself believe that the multiple-payer insurance system is the most appropriate model. It is not a secret that some believe they have just uncovered.”He insisted however, that although Disy may have advocated for a multiple system in the past, it had chosen not to stand in the way of the single-payer system supported by the remaining seven parties so as to not deny the public a quality national health scheme.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTruthfinderEnter Any Name, Wait These Seconds, See Instant ResultsTruthfinderUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

February 28

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