Possibility of including Huawei in trade deal with China Trump

first_imgWashington: There is a possibility of including Huawei in the ongoing trade deal with China, US President Donald Trump has said, days after signing an executive order that effectively barred the Chinese telecom giant from the American market. Shenzhen-headquartered Huawei, a rapidly expanding leader in 5G technology, buys about USD 67 billion worth of components each year, including about USD 11 billion from the US suppliers, according to estimates. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ The world’s two largest economies are locked in a trade war since Trump imposed heavy tariffs on imported steel and aluminium items from China in March last year. In response, China imposed tit-for-tat tariffs on billions of dollars worth of American imports. Escalating the trade tension, Trump signed an executive order on May 15 barring American companies from installing the foreign-made telecom equipment posing a national security threat, a move apparently aimed at banning Huawei from US networks. Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in China “There’s a possibility (of including Huawei in the trade deal). I think probably a good possibility,” Trump told reporters at the White House responding to a question on the status of negotiations with China and Huawei. The United States is “very concerned” about Huawei from a security standpoint, he said. “I don’t know how China can do this because I’ll be honest, we are getting hundreds of millions of dollars brought into our country. We’ve never gotten USD 0.10. We are getting hundreds of billions of dollars coming into our country,” he said. On Thursday, Trump announced that he has directed his Agriculture Secretary to provide USD 16 billion in assistance to America’s farmers and ranchers. “It all comes from China,” he said. “We will be taking in, over a period of time, hundreds of billions of dollars in tariffs and charges to China and our farmers will be greatly helped. We want to get them back to the point where they would have had if they had a good year. This support for farmers will be paid for by the billions of dollars our treasury takes in,” he said. Months of negotiations on a trade deal broke recently after China, the US alleged, went back on its commitment. “Not so long ago during the time of our negotiation and China broke the deal with us… that’s fine but during that time of negotiation if everyone remembers we had periods where China would target our farms, right? They would actually target. “They took an ad in a newspaper from Iowa, a big ad, said lots of bad things about the administration, about the fact that we are negotiating to tough, we are not going to make a deal. But they steal intellectual property by the billions. Somebody estimated it at USD 300 billion,” he alleged. Trump said he cannot let that happen. The US economy is booming, the country is prospering and now is the time to insist on fair and reciprocal trade for US workers and farmers, he said. At the same time, he remained hopeful that the trade deal with China could happen soon. “If it happens, great. If it doesn’t happen that’s fine. That’s absolutely fine. And I look forward — I will be seeing President Xi at the G20 very shortly,” he said. “In the meantime and may be for a long time I appreciate the incredible bipartisan support that my administration has had on trade and trade policy especially as it pertains to placing very massive tariffs on China,” he said adding that these tariffs are paid for largely by China. “China subsidises a lot of businesses and China came out and in subsidising the business they pay for a big portion of that tax. But right now a lot of companies are moving out of China because of the tax. They are moving to nontariff countries. So it’s a bad thing for China. We don’t want that but that’s just the way it works out,” Trump said. Trump has been demanding that China reduce the massive trade deficit which last year climbed to over USD 539 billion. He is also pressing for verifiable measures for protection of intellectual property rights (IPR), technology transfer and more access to American goods to Chinese markets.last_img read more

WP Kinsella Canadian Author Who Inspired Field of Dreams Dies at 81

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement “He essentially told me a few weeks ago, ‘I am not going to be here much longer, so whatever questions you’ve got, let’s get them done,’” Mr. Steele said in an interview. Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement W.P. Kinsella, the Canadian novelist whose writing about baseball was the basis for the 1989 film “Field of Dreams,” died Friday at 81 with the help of a doctor acting under Canada’s new physician-assisted suicide law, his literary agent said in a statement.“He was a dedicated storyteller, performer, curmudgeon, an irascible and difficult man,” said Carolyn Swayze, his agent, adding Mr. Kinsella persuaded her to become a literary agent. “His fiction has made people laugh, cry, and think for decades and will do so for decades to come.”Mr. Kinsella’s health had taken a sudden turn for the worst due to his struggles with diabetes; he had been in the hospital for the past two weeks, said Willie Steele, an English professor at Nashville, Tenn.’s Lipscomb University who has been working on a biography of Mr. Kinsella since 2012. Mr. Steele said he knew Mr. Kinsella was pursuing physician-assisted death. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

Some of the most active companies traded Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,544.24, up 42.04 points).Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G). Materials. Down 33 cents, or 2.16 per cent, to $14.92 on 87.9 million shares.Prometic Life Sciences. Inc. (TSX:PLI). Health care. Down one cent, or 16.67 per cent, to five cents on 18.3 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Up 17 cents, or 3.14 per cent, to $5.58 on 12 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 13 cents, or 1.1 per cent, to $11.95 on 10.3 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Up $1.56, or 2.81 per cent, to $57.11 on 10 million shares.Aprhia Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Down $1.11, or 9.59 per cent, to $10.47 on 9.6 million shares.Companies reporting:Quebecor Inc. (TSX:QBR.B). Down 19 cents to $32.94. Quebecor CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau questioned the power of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission in its quarrel with Bell and tried to blame the regulator for a potential termination of TVA Sports. CRTC chairman Ian Scott reiterated its role in “protecting Canadians” who are “victims of this dispute” but Peladeau raised doubts about the commission’s power to force the service to continue. He said the channel may be forced to close unless it gets better royalties because it has lost lots of money with the Montreal Canadiens missing the NHL hockey playoffs.Metro Inc. (TSX:MRU). Down 73 cents to $49.65. Metro Inc. reported strong food sales amid higher prices for fresh fruit and vegetables in its most recent quarter, though the company expects produce costs to moderate close to summer. The grocery-and-pharmacy chain said it earned $121.5 million during its second quarter, up from a profit of $106.9 million a year ago. Sales totalled $3.7 billion, up from $2.9 billion. Excluding the Jean Coutu Group, Metro said sales were up four per cent compared with a year ago. Pharmacy same-store sales gained 1.1 per cent. The company also announced that Francois Coutu will retire as president of its pharmacy division on May 31 and be replaced by Alain Champagne. The Canadian Press read more

Closing Bell TSX closes lower ends week higher on economic optimism

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed lower Friday at the end of a positive week where indications that the U.S. economy didn’t take a major weather-related hit this winter helped ease the prospect of higher interest rates.The S&P/TSX composite index was 26.07 points lower at 14,335.76.The Canadian dollar was ahead 0.26 of a cent at 89.21 cents US in the wake of a better than expected reading on retail sales for January and slowing price pressures.Statistics Canada said retail sales were up 1.3%, against the 0.7% rise that had been expected.U.S. markets were also off the best levels of the session even as data suggested that the America’s economic growth should bounce back following a harsh winter.The Dow Jones industrials dropped 28.35 points to 16,302.7, while the Nasdaq fell 42.5 points to 4,276.79 and the S&P 500 index was down 5.58 points at 1,866.43.The U.S. Conference Board’s index of leading indicators rose in February by the largest amount in three months. And a key manufacturing reading, the Philadelphia Fed’s manufacturing index, rebounded in March from a negative reading in February.The data helped persuade investors that the U.S. economy is strengthening to a point where it can withstand higher short-term interest rates.“(The data) could have been a whole lot worse — all the talk earlier was that it was going to be a lot worse,” said Fred Ketchen, manager of equity trading at ScotiaMcLeod.“But when they finally get down to the numbers, they escaped a bit, we escaped along with them and it gives you a good feeling.”Federal Reserve chairwoman Janet Yellen said Wednesday that the U.S. central bank could begin raising short-term rates six months after it halts its bond purchases around year’s end. The Fed has been steadily cutting back on those purchases, a key element of stimulus that had kept long-term rates low, since December.The tech sector fell 1.75% and BlackBerry (TSX:BB) shares dropped 42 cents to $10.19 as it announced the sale of a majority of its real estate holdings in Canada. Terms of the deal and the buyer were not disclosed.The gold sector fell about 0.7% even as the April gold contract gained $5.50 to US$1,336 an ounce after four days of declines as traders hoped the Ukraine crisis wouldn’t worsen.The industrials sector was down 0.6%. Conductors, yard workers and other train workers at Canadian National Railways (TSX:CNR) have rejected a second tentative contract, prompting the company to suggest the talks go to a form of binding arbitration. Its shares were down 71 cents to $62.13.Economic optimism sent oil and copper higher, with May copper up two cents to US$2.95 a pound. The base metals sector gained 1.47%.The May crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up 56 cents to US$99.46 a barrel and the energy sector rose 0.48%.The consumer staples sector was ahead 0.62% as Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) received approval from the Competition Bureau for its $12.4-billion purchase of Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. (TSX:SC), on the condition that it sell 18 stores and nine pharmacies. Loblaw shares rose 79 cents to $47.01 and while Shoppers gained 57 cents to $61.18.Worries about Chinese growth and the Ukraine crises had depressed markets last week but the TSX ran ahead this week by 108 points or 0.76%, held back by sliding gold stocks. The Dow industrials advanced 237 points or 1.48%.The Canadian Press read more

FBI no evidence threat against schools is credible

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ)- The FBI in Louisville says it is aware of threats made online against Kentucky schools and Arkansas schools, but it says there is no evidence the threats are credible.Still, the FBI says if you see something suspicious online or off, call police or the FBI.

Whos who in Archies social circle from palace playdates to school with

For any royal child, having a great band of cousins and trusted friends to grow up with is crucial. When fashionable acquaintances and romantic flames fall by the wayside, when scandal hits and you are forced to retreat inside your inner circle, when all the world is watching your every move and mistake — it is the old pals and cousins who have known you for years that you need close by. All the Queen’s grandchildren appear to have grown up thick as thieves and share many mutual friends. Now, this latest generation are growing up in what is in many ways a vastly different institution to the version of the Firm their parents inhabited as children. But though the young royals will be met with new… read more

Les cacatoès peuvent se représenter les objets cachés à leur vue

first_imgLes cacatoès peuvent se représenter les objets cachés à leur vueLes cacatoès de Goffin peuvent se représenter les objets qui leur sont invisibles, révèlent des chercheurs autrichiens. Ils peuvent même réussir des tests plus facilement que des enfants humains. Des capacités qui seraient peut être à mettre en lien avec leur faculté de vol.Comment sait-on que des friandises se trouvent à l’intérieur d’une boîte, ou que les voitures vont ressortir de l’autre côté d’un tunnel ? C’est grâce à ce qu’on appelle la “permanence de l’objet”, c’est-à-dire notre habileté à concevoir les objets qui nous entourent et à savoir qu’ils existent, même quand ceux-ci ne sont plus visibles. Mais cette faculté avancée est loin d’être réservée à l’homme comme le démontrent des chercheurs de l’université de Vienne qui l’ont mise en évidence chez les cacatoès de Goffin. Des oiseaux dont la faculté est même comparée à celles des grands singes et des enfants de 4 ans.Trois tests visuels Pour tester la mémoire spatiale des cacatoès, les chercheurs ont utilisé des tests simples inspirés des travaux de Jean Piaget, célèbre psychologue du développement qui proposa ses théories dans les années 50. Dans toutes les expériences, une récompense (de la nourriture) est placée sous un objet, à la vue de l’oiseau.Le premier test consiste à placer 3 obstacles alignés devant l’objet. En le faisant passer derrière les écrans, on peut ou pas cacher la récompense derrière ceux-ci (un peu le même principe que les tours de magie avec une balle cachée sous 3 gobelets). En montrant à chaque fois le dessous de l’objet, si la récompense disparait, cela signifie que l’objet est resté derrière l’obstacle.Le deuxième test est celui de la transposition. C’est ici le même principe que le tour de magie, 3 objets sont mélangés, un seul contient la récompense. Le troisième test est la rotation. Les 3 objets sont placés sur un support tournant. Une fois arrêté, l’oiseau doit retrouver celui qui contient la nourriture. Enfin le test de la translocation, cette fois c’est l’oiseau qui tourne autour des 3 objets.Tous ces tests peuvent être réalisés par un enfant, le plus simple étant le premier qu’ils réalisent avec succès dès deux ans, le plus compliqué la translocation qui n’est réussi qu’à partir de 4 ans.Pas les mêmes difficultés que chez les humainsDans leur étude, parue dans la revue Journal of Comparative Psychology, les chercheurs ont travaillé avec 8 cacatoès de Goffin (Cacatua goffini), une espèce remarquablement intelligente et très bon modèle pour les expériences cognitives. Birgit Szabo, qui a participé aux expériences, explique “la majorité des 8 oiseaux ont spontanément résolu les tests de transposition, de rotation et de translocation, alors que seulement deux ont réussi le premier test piagétien”. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Un résultat intéressant car opposé aux résultats humains, où ce premier test est le plus simple. Selon les chercheurs, cela pourrait s’expliquer par l’habilité des oiseaux à voler. En effet, le vol requiert des capacités spatiales importantes, et donc les tests où les objets se déplacent seraient plus faciles pour un cerveau d’oiseau. Néanmoins, les résultats obtenus étonnant tout de même les chercheurs. Thomas Bugnayer, professeur à l’université de Vienne, commente ainsi : “Que les Goffins puissent résoudre les tests de transposition, rotation et translocation représente un résultat étonnant. Ces tests demandent une grande capacité cognitive et mémorielle, et cela va nous demander de nouveaux tests comparatifs afin de comprendre leur intérêt biologique et écologique”.(Crédit photo : Alice Auersperg)Le 4 août 2013 à 18:48 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

State appeals court orders San Diego to pay city workers over pension

first_imgState appeals court orders San Diego to pay city workers over pension case KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom March 26, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Posted: March 26, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A state appeals court panel Monday ordered the city of San Diego to compensate city workers who lost their pensions following a voter-approved pension reform initiative that was illegally placed on the 2012 ballot.The three-justice panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal ruled that workers whose pensions were replaced by a 401(k)-style plan, per 2012’s Proposition B, should be paid the difference between what they would have received via the original pension system and the current system, plus 7 percent annual interest.While the justices ruled that the city must pay employees to make up the difference, it did not agree with a union request to invalidate Proposition B, which the court said would need to be litigated in a separate lawsuit.The suit brought upon by labor union groups argued that then-Mayor Jerry Sanders violated the state’s collective bargaining law by not meeting with the affected city unions’ leaders before putting the ballot measure before voters. Proponents said the switch from a guaranteed pension to a 401(k) would save the city millions. The measure was approved by 65 percent of voters.In 2015, the Public Employment Relations Board ruled that Sanders’ involvement in the Proposition B campaign constituted an unfair labor practice, but their decision was overturned by the Fourth District appeals court in 2017 following an appeal from the San Diego City Council.The state Supreme Court overturned the appeals court’s ruling last year, while the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last week that it would not hear the case, leaving the lower court’s ruling in place.Former City Councilman Carl DeMaio, who took part in authoring Proposition B, issued a statement saying that “Prop B Pension Reform is a citizens initiative that is protected under the California Constitution, and we continue to assess all of the legal remedies afforded to prevent it from being illegally overturned.” last_img read more

Drones vie for role in wildfire fight

first_imgK-MAX helicopters (Photo: Lockheed Martin)This year was a near-record fire season for Alaska and the entire Western U.S. In the Lower 48, aircraft fighting fires were repeatedly grounded when gawkers flying their own drones were spotted in the skies. They’re a danger when they intrude on the airspace, but unmanned aircraft can also be an asset in firefighting and efforts are underway to bring more pilotless aircraft to the fight.Download AudioIn Idaho last week, Lockheed Martin, the Interior Department and the Forest Service demonstrated how unmanned K-MAX helicopters might help.They programmed one to hit certain GPS coordinates, and Lockheed supplied video showing the chopper essentially flying itself over a simulated fire. It scooped buckets of water from a lake and released them over the landscape to create a wet line, then delivered multiple loads of cargo and came back to base.The K-MAX is a full-size chopper. Some versions are flown by an on-board pilot, but the Marines have used the unmanned model to carry supplies in Afghanistan. John McMillan of Lockheed Martin says the ability of the K-MAX to fly a pre-programmed route allows it to be very precise, and eliminates human variables. That’s important in fighting wildfires.“Whenever you do line-building you want to be able to hit a spot and be able to create a continuous line of water, to create that barrier,” he said.Lockheed says, someday fire crews might climb into an unmanned aircraft for emergency evacuation.The Interior Department hopes to test the K-MAX over a prescribed burn, and maybe try them in a real fire as soon as next summer.Bill Gabbert fought fires for both the Forest Service and the National Park Service for more than 30 years. He says the utility of the $10 million K-MAX is promising but still uncertain.“Well so far they haven’t used it on an actual fire. So it’s certainly not a game-changer yet,” said Gabbert, now publisher of a website called Fire Aviation.  “Maybe in a decade or two, if they advance the technology a great deal and work out some issues that need to be resolved, such as the safety of firefighters on the ground, it could be a useful tool.”Gabbert says the K-MAX could be flown by a pilot during the day, and then fly autonomously once the sun goes down, because most firefighting aircraft can’t work in the dark.“The fixed wing air tankers do not drop water at night, so adding some water-dropping helicopters at night would be very helpful,” he said. “The fires move more slowly at night, so being able to attack them from the air while they’re moving slowly could be very helpful.”Nighttime is when smaller unmanned airplanes took to the skies over the Funny River Fire, a blaze that burned through 200,000 acres of the Kenai Peninsula in 2014.“So at 11 p.m. we would launch these unmanned aircraft and we would fly all night,” says Marty Rogers, director of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Rogers also led the team that launched  40-pound ScanEagles  to gather intelligence over the Funny River fire.“At 0700, when the new firefighter shift came on board they could actually go directly to those hotspots, which were GPS referenced, and we provided infrared imagery of those locations.”Rogers says the technology has proved its worth in firefighting. But, when the Sockeye Fire raged in the Susitna Valley this summer, the drones weren’t deployed. Rogers says it points to one of the biggest limitations on using the technology in firefighting: With so many agencies involved, managing what’s in the sky over a fire is incredibly complex.“The use of unmanned aircraft right now as it relates to wildfire has much more to do with there being methodologies that are well understood between the agencies, processes between the agencies, to allow for the safe integration of the unmanned aircraft into the airspace,” he said.Lack of that kind of planning apparently doomed an earlier Forest Service attempt to deploy drones. The agency spent $100,000 in 2007 to buy two Sky Seer aircraft. The equipment sat unused for at least seven years. The Forest Service said it had trouble getting FAA permission to fly them.Rogers says the K-MAX helicopter might be most useful in delivering supplies to firefighters. He says he’s also got his eye on an unmanned amphibious water bomber that a Spanish company is testing in Iceland.last_img read more

AK The end of Wrangells king salmon derby leaves locals longing

first_imgDuring the derby, sports fishermen weight their king salmon one to the docks in town for a chance to win up to $6000. (Photo courtesy of the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce) While Curley may sound like the grinch, he’s not disgruntled by the folks in Whoville managing to have fun this summer. He’s had an event that he loves stolen from him. And he can’t forget it. “Obviously we saw a large decrease in participation between the two derbies,” said Alicia Holder, director of the Wrangell Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the event, with help from Curley and other volunteers. Jeff Angerman agrees. Catching a king salmon, which can run anywhere from 20 to 50 pounds, is a thrill. There’s really no substitute. Wrangell found out the hard way when it tried an alternative: A coho derby. King salmon fishing in Alaska is political — but for those who can’t do it this summer, it’s also personal. “But now there’s nothing to fish. So people just have to go boating to go boating,” Shawn Curley said. He’s not bothering to put his boat in the water. Curley doesn’t want to give up on his favorite fishing hole as his final resting place, but he says if there’s no opening day of the free for all competition, it’s just an ordinary day at Babbler Point. This is the second year Wrangell has not had its king salmon derby. After 64 years, it was cancelled when record-low returns to Southeast’s major rivers caused the state to impose deep restrictions on all harvest — not just sport fishing. So Wrangell residents are finding other reasons to go for a boat ride or just be outside. “That was my only goal in life was to win the derby. I didn’t want to change the world or raise any kids or cure cancer. I just wanted to win the derby one freakin’ time,” Curley said. A young couple and their friend are right behind Hoyt in a handmade river scow. They’re going up the Stikine River to see some wildlife, check out the hot tubs and catch a buzz. “If you were to start adding up plane tickets and boats and motors and fuel and groceries, and of course in our instance fishing tackles, rods and reels and all the rest. I’m sure the derby probably generates about seven figures just in the 30 days that it’s operating,” Angerman said. “So that’s a big hit for our little town.” Last year’s coho derby was held over four weekends, and saw none of that Christmas-morning energy Curley talks about. Ticket sales confirm this. The last king derby brought in $22,000. The coho derby made a quarter of that. “And then they’d dump my ashes and shoot guns and howl at the moon, and that’s where I would be. But I don’t know what I’m going to do now, I need to re-write a new will,” he said. “Right now, Saturday, it’d be the second week of the derby. As flat calm as it is, there’d be so many boats right now, coming and going,” Curley said. “Instead no one’s out fishing at all, just that blue heron, he’s fishing.”center_img Like most merchants, Angerman has a pulse on the town as a business owner and lifelong resident. Curley helps organize the derby. He grew up fishing creeks down south, wherever he could. He came to Wrangell to attend his sister’s wedding and never left. That was 23 years ago, and Curley has long since acquired the taste for king salmon. And he’s almost had it. But in an event that lasts a full month, there is no such thing as a secure lead. But without a win, he still hoped to make his mark on the tradition. When he dies he wants his remains placed at Babbler Point — on opening day of the Wrangell King Salmon Derby. On Saturday plenty of folks in Wrangell are at Heritage Harbor, ready to get off the island for a bit. Holder doesn’t think the coho derby will ever be as big, but it’s important to keep the event alive. She says it’s for her clients, the local businesses. He runs Angerman’s, a local store for fishing gear and attire that he and his wife have owned for 20 years. For the second year in a row there will be no king salmon derby in Wrangell. For 30 days, everyone tried to catch the biggest king salmon for the shot at a $6000 cash prize, and the glory. While most agree that protecting the run up the nearby Stikine River is critical, the absence of the derby nevertheless has left a king-salmon sized hole in some hearts. A big hit for businesses, and for the vibe in town. Everyday the top contenders are announced on the radio. Couples and families make plans to get out on the water as much as possible. Curley says he’d spend 14 hours fishing in a single day, easily. Andy Hoyt is about to take off on his boat and head to Point Baker. It’s the first boat ride of the season for him. “We’re missing our salmon derby that’s for sure,” Angerman said. “It’s kind of like Christmas morning coming and going and then there’s no Christmas, there’s no presents, there’s no tree. It just came and went,” Curley said. “Because we want to see people getting out and spending money in Wrangell,” she says. “We want that revenue for our local businesses. It’s really important and makes a big difference.” “Catch something huh? Too funny,” Hoyt said. ” I really wish there was a king derby going on right now, especially this weekend.last_img read more

Is your smartphone slowly taking you towards blindness

first_imgIs this only happening in developed countries? Absolutely not. Dr. Rahil Chaudhary, from Eye7 Chaudhary Eye Centre says that “This problem is not dependent on any location. The smartphones and laptops have now reached every part of the world. Most of the smartphones and laptops are made in China. The problem is caused by the blue light that is not blocked by the eye”.This has given birth to a new term called the Transient Smartphone Blindness.Why is this Blue Light so Dangerous?The blue light penetrates through the eye’s cornea, unlike other types of lights, because the lens or the cornea cannot block it due to its nature. In severe cases, this would slowly cause the vision to blur and eventually results in its loss. The whole process, popularly known as macular degeneration, is a common retinal problem where a small part of the retina, known as the macula, is severely damaged.What Can You Do About It? Do Not Use a Smartphone or a Laptop Just Before Sleeping – The blue light not only harms the eyes but affects the sleep as well. It sends some signals to the brain which makes it believe that it is still daylight. This is the primary reason of people not sleeping properly after prolonged usage of smartphones and laptops just before sleeping.Wash Your Eyes at least 4 Times a Day – Washing your eyes can prove to be very healthy for them. One must always wash their eyes with clean water. This keeps the eyes dirt free and hydrated. It also helps in taking away the strain from the eyes.Limit Your Screen Time – Be it any type of screen, the less you stare at it, the healthier your eyes will be. One can also follow the 20-20-20 Rule that says after every 20 minutes, for 20 seconds, one must take a look at an object that is 20 feet away. Also, the use of screen filters, that block blue light, can be an alternative if there is absolute necessity of higher screen time.Use the Most Appropriate Pair of Glasses or Lenses – The glasses or lenses that block the blue light are easily available in the market. As a best practice, one should always consult an ophthalmologist before deciding upon the type of eye glasses or lenses to use. A usual day of a corporate employee involves about 3 to 8 hours of phone usage depending upon they type of work they do. The case of a businessman is no different. Some businessmen have a phone usage time of 8 to 12 hours which can be very critical.How is this Associated with Blindness?The smartphones, laptops and desktops emit a peculiar type of light known as Blue Light. As per the research done by the scientists from University of Toledo, if a human eye is exposed to this blue light for a long time, due to the usage of smartphones and laptops or otherwise, it could slowly result in age related macular degeneration. Macular Degeneration is the primacy cause for loss of vision in people. This affects people of all ages.center_img People all over the world have been so addicted towards the use of smart phones that they are spending more time on a daily basis using them for making calls and working on apps.Increasing Smartphone UsageA usual day of a working individual starts with the use of smartphone and ends with it as well. Here is what the schedule of one of the employees, we spoke with, in a multi-national company looks like:Waking Up in the Morning – Looking at the smartphone to check emails, important messages, phone calls etc.While Freshening Up – Looking at the smartphone to browse apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, LinkedIn, Instagram etc.While Going to the Office – Getting directions from GPS (Google Maps), making or receiving official calls, browsing apps etc.While Working in the Office – Constantly doing things related to office work and making or receiving calls.While Coming Back from Office – Getting directions from GPS (Google Maps), making or receiving official calls, browsing apps, watching a Netflix series or a movie etc.While Having Dinner – Looking at the smartphone for office updates, chatting with friends using different apps, watching news on YouTube.Before Sleeping – Looking at the smartphone to check emails, important messages, browsing different apps etc.last_img read more

Quibi Has Already Booked 100 Million in Ad Sales Jeffrey Katzenberg and

first_img Related Will Forte, Kaitlin Olson to Star in Quibi Comedy Series Quibi, the ambitious short-form video venture from Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman, has sold $100 million in upfront ad inventory with six advertisers ahead of its April 2020 debut.Advertisers that have committed ad spending to Quibi include Google, Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, Walmart, Progressive and AB InBev, according to the company. The $100 million in deals represents two-thirds of Quibi’s $150 million in first-year ad inventory.Whitman, in an interview at Variety Studio at Cannes presented by Inscape & iSpot.tv, said Quibi inked the deals after going to pitch marketers starting in the February. “What we aspired to do was build a platform that advertisers would love,” she said. “We wanted to get a small number of innovative, iconic brands to help us do that.”Asked how Quibi was able to book the deals, Katzenberg quipped, “I got Meg Whitman — that’s what I did,” referring to the former CEO of HP and eBay. “She closed the deals. My job was easy.” “It’s a safety net,” Katzenberg said about the additional funding. “You want to look for funding when you don’t need funding.” The L.A.-based company currently has about 160 employees.Katzenberg asserted that Quibi’s mobile-only approach — delivering premium content in snackable episodes throughout the day — makes it very different from other streaming players like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video or upcoming services like Disney Plus and WarnerMedia’s subscription VOD package. “Mobile video is the white space,” he said. Whitman added, though, that Quibi users will be able to cast shows from their phones to TVs.Quibi (a portmanteau of “quick bites”) has announced a slew of projects from partners including Guillermo del Toro, Antoine Fuqua, Sam Raimi, Jason Blum, Steven Soderbergh, Catherine Hardwick, Anna Kendrick, Doug Liman, Laurence Fishburne and Stephen Curry’s Unanimous Media. Steven Spielberg is creating “After Dark,” a horror series users will be able to watch only between sundown and sunrise local time, and Quibi also has ordered shows featuring Tyra Banks, Chrissy Teigen, Don Cheadle and Idris Elba as well as a remake of MTV’s “Punk’d.”According to Katzenberg, Quibi is paying production partners cost plus 20% — up to $6 million an hour. Quibi will license the episodic versions of the projects exclusively for seven years, while the creators will have rights to a film-length version after two years to shop to other distribution channels.Quibi won’t include any licensed content. That’s because it wants premium originals specifically produced for mobile viewing, according to Katzenberg. He said he doesn’t plan to produce any shows himself for Quibi. “I’m a curator,” he said.center_img Havas, The Trade Desk, and Inscape Execs Talk Creating Meaningful Advertising Content Each of the initial ad clients are category-exclusive, according to Whitman (i.e., P&G is the sole consumer packaged goods advertiser). Quibi is looking to sign perhaps two or three more such deals. It won’t sign a telecom advertiser, though, because Quibi is in the midst of negotiating an exclusive distribution deal with a U.S. wireless provider, Whitman added. Hollywood movie studios, most of which have invested in Quibi, also will be advertisers on the service.Quibi has set April 6, 2020, as its launch date. The mobile-only subscription video service will include premium scripted and unscripted content, chunked into sub-10-minute episodes. Quibi will cost $5 monthly with ads and $8 for an ad-free tier.Quibi is offering advertisers what it claims will be an uncluttered environment: The version of the service with ads will include a single, non-skippable preroll ad (of 6, 10, or 15 seconds) that runs before Quibi episodes. The company also is developing other new ad formats.If Quibi fails to deliver on audience guarantees it’s made to upfront advertisers in the first year of operations, it will provide make-goods, Whitman said.For the launch next April, Katzenberg said Quibi is plotting a big kick-off event. “We’ve been talking about some interesting ideas — sort of a convergence of South by Southwest meets Sundance meets the Golden Globes,” he said. “And I say that because we have talent from movies, from television, from sports, from fashion, from beauty… from news, because Quibi is in all of those areas.”The company has raised $1 billion from investors including Disney, NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Viacom, WarnerMedia, Lionsgate, MGM, ITV and Entertainment One. Quibi forecasts spending a little over that amount — $1.1 billion — on content in Year One, Whitman said, with a target of some 7,000 short-form episodes. The company is seeking to raise an additional $500 million, either later this year or early 2020, which will take the company to breakeven, Whitman said.last_img read more

Ruskin Bonds latest decodes happiness

first_imgIn his latest literary feat, popular author Ruskin Bond has attempted to crack the code to what all human kind strives for – happiness. He has wrapped a handful of his own pithy observations and of great personalities he admires, in a pocket-sized anthology that is “a miscellany for all seasons, to cherish and to share.” For Bond, who has perennially sought happiness in the mountains and the trees that envelope his little hutment in Landour-Mussoorie, “Happiness means different things to different people.” “Rakesh is happy behind the wheel of his car; the last place where I would be happy, having once driven through a garden wall in Friends Colony in New Delhi,” he writes in the introduction to ‘A Little Book of Happiness,’ published by Speaking Tiger. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It is perhaps the subjectivity of the emotion and mankind’s incessant search to attain it, that the 81-year-old author decided to give a piece of his mind and heart to his readers. He tells them what makes him happy – curling up with a P G Wodehouse or a Charles Dickens on a rainy day, completing a story or a poem.“I’m quite happy on a rainy day because then I can curl up on a sofa, visit Blandings Castle with P G Wodehouse, enjoy a village cricket match with Pickwick and his Dickensian friends, or go rowing on the Thames with Jerome K Jerome’s three men and a dog. As a writer I am also happy when I have completed a story or poem or essay and feel pleased with it,” he writes. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFeeling “pleased” is imperative, according to him. “Failed creations make me unhappy,” he writes. Bond’s first advice towards achieving happiness is, “To find happiness, look halfway between too little and too much,” It is followed by an African proverb that draws an analogy where, “Happiness is as good as food.” He goes on to tell his readers from his experience how for most of his life, he relied on his instinct rather than intelligence and found himself in a “modicum of happiness.”  “Life hasn’t been a bed of roses. And yet, quite often, I’ve had roses out of season,” writes an optimistic Bond. The book is peppered with the words of wisdom by stalwarts from different walks of life – authors, political leaders, scientists. Some of them include – Jane Austen, Dalai Lama, Charlotte Bronte, Osho, Pablo Neruda, Sylvia Plath, Stephen Fry, Benjamin Franklin, Leo Tolstoy, Oscar Wilde, William Shakespeare, and Rumi among others.According to the author, who has written extensively for children, a sense of satisfaction obtained from the vocation one practises is indispensable, for it is also a source of happiness. The author seems to have consciously left a couple of empty pages titled “Notes” after every few entries, perhaps for the reader to jot down their own musings on happiness and add to the book.last_img read more

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first_img Videos | Artificial Intelligence | July 03, 2019 VIDEO: Artificial Intelligence May Assist in Pediatric Imaging Sudhen Desai, M.D., FSIR, read more Video Player is loading.Sudhen Desai explains how deep learning might assist pediatric imagingPlay VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:21Loaded: 1.95%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:21 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more center_img Related Content Technology | May 24, 2013 Varian Receives FDA Clearance for Nexus DRF Digital X-Ray Imaging System Varian’s Nexus DRF Digital X-Ray Imaging System has the ability to interface with a variety of image receptors. Feature | Information Technology | June 27, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr Smart Algorithm Extracts Data from Radiology Reports Radiology reports may contain information essential to figuring out a patient’s condition. read more May 24, 2014 — Varian Medical Systems received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Varian’s diagnostic X-ray image processing workstation that combines radiographic/fluoroscopy (RF) and digital radiography (DR) capabilities on one platform.  Varian’s Nexus DRF Digital X-Ray Imaging System has the ability to interface with a variety of image receptors, including CCD cameras and commercially available flat-panel image detectors. “Nexus is Varian’s 6th generation image processing platform,” said Carl LaCasce vice president and general manager for Varian’s Imaging Products business.  “It’s an updated platform designed to provide our customers with a universal system that addresses both dynamic and static imaging modalities, as well as CCD camera based fluoroscopy.”The Nexus system enables an operator to acquire, display, process, transmit, export or print high-resolution X-ray images.  The image processing algorithms make it possible to bring out diagnostic details that can be difficult to see using conventional imaging techniques.  The major system components include an image detector, a computer, a high-resolution monitor and Varian’s image processing software.  Each system can be set up to process data from multiple receptors and detectors.“By integrating both RF and DR capabilities on the Nexus console, we seek to provide our OEM partners with a standardized platform to optimize workflow and reduce time to market and equipment costs,” said LaCasce.For more information: www.varian.com  FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more last_img read more

Tourism industry will continue fight against backpacker tax

first_imgATEC Australian Tourism Export CouncilTourism industry will continue fight against backpacker taxThe Australian Tourism Export Council (ATEC), is extremely disappointed the Government will push ahead with its decision to raise taxes on backpacker visitors, who will now pay a marginal tax rate of 32.5% from their first dollar earned, further encouraging them to take their holiday in New Zealand.“This budget locks in a tax which will deliver a negative result for Australia’s tourism industry and which will drive our backpacker visitors into the arms of our New Zealand competitors,” ATEC Managing Director, Peter Shelley said following today’s Federal Budget release.“Over the past few months ATEC has worked alongside other concerned industry representatives to find alternative solutions to this tax, and we met the Government’s deadlines and demands to work with them on a negotiated outcome.“Tonight we have had no alternative proposal and, instead, face a further decline in the number of working holiday maker visitors compounding an already apparent labour shortage for tourism businesses in regional and remote Australia.“Australia’s tourism industry will not stand by and watch as the Turnbull Government introduces a tax that sends out a message that working holiday makers are not welcome – a message that is in stark contrast to the growth-focused approach taken by New Zealand.“This is an issue which will not go away and one we will be pushing hard during the upcoming election.”Mr Shelley said innovations in visa processing, including new user-pays, fast-tracked visas for India and the UAE, along with three-year multiple entry visas for India, Thailand, Vietnam and Chile were welcome.“ATEC is pleased to see the Government has heeded industry’s advice and retained visa fees, and the Passenger Movement Charge at current levels and also provided premium processing at airports which will help to us to engage the international luxury market.“We welcome the support of Trade Minister Ciobo in working to retain the Government’s funding commitment to Tourism Australia, which will help to keep Australia competitive in what is an increasingly aggressive market.”“With our overall tourism exports achieving extraordinary rates of growth and contributing significantly to our export income, we need to be embracing and strengthening the opportunities offered by Australia’s export tourism industry.“With outstanding results such as an 8% year-on-year increase in international visitor numbers, 18% growth in expenditure and a forecast to reach export earnings of more than $42 billion a year in the next 5 years, we should be doing all we can to build on all our market segments.“While Australia is a highly desirable destination for international visitors, the enormous global growth in travel means we face stronger competition from an increasing number of countries who see the economic value of gaining a greater share of the market.”Source = Australian Tourism Export Councillast_img read more

Lawmakers praise ARAUCO expansion new jobs

first_img State Rep. Bruce Rendon and State Sen. Darwin Booher applauded ARAUCO’s plans to build the largest continuous particleboard press in North America, and generate an estimated 250 permanent jobs.Rep. Rendon and Sen. Booher, along with other community leaders, worked together to  grow support for the project by ensuring that the proper individuals were made aware of the significance of the $325 million development and the positive effects that it would have locally.Rep. Bruce Rendon, R-Lake City, said the expansion was a long-time coming, and praised the company for their contribution to the community.“This was a huge collaboration amongst community leaders,” said Rep. Rendon. “We were all in it to win this opportunity for our community. A lot of hard work was done on this project.”Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, also expressed his support for the project.“I am thankful ARAUCO has chosen to expand its business in our community and appreciate all of the hard work that went in to making this happen,” said Booher, R-Evart. “The new facility will leverage Michigan’s vast forestland, boost our strong timber industry, and continue the storied history of our state’s great manufacturing heritage.”Ground-breaking is estimated for late 2016, with the rollout of the first panel during the latter part of 2018.### Categories: Rendon News 17Sep Lawmakers praise ARAUCO expansion, new jobslast_img read more

Rep Kahle introduces plan to boost clean fuel technology in Michigan

first_img Rep. Bronna Kahle recently introduced a plan to boost the development of technology associated with clean fuels while helping revitalize Michigan communities.Kahle’s proposal would make research and development related to powertrains using clean fuels and electric vehicles eligible for community revitalization incentives. The goal is to spark private investment and create jobs through electric vehicles and other clean mobility technologies such as compressed natural gas.“This is another logical step in continuing and broadening Michigan’s economic comeback,” Kahle said. “Our plan promotes job creation, community revitalization and clean fuels – three positive goals that can be accomplished together with the right strategy.”Kahle’s legislation would broaden the Michigan Strategic Fund’s community revitalization incentive program to include advanced propulsion and mobility technologies vital to the development of power trains that use clean fuel.It could assist innovative companies such as Venchurs Vehicle Systems in Adrian, which provides compressed natural gas fleet conversions for many Michigan companies.“The clean fuel ecosystem needs to be supported for all of us here in Michigan so we can continue to provide jobs and compete with neighboring states,” said Jeff Wyatt, CEO at Venchurs Vehicle Systems. “This industry continues to be important and is clearly at the top of the agenda for the automotive industry going forward. We are grateful for Rep. Kahle’s proposal to promote the clean fuel industry because it will help both our environment and our economy.”House Bill 6328 was referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for consideration.##### Categories: Kahle News,News 12Sep Rep. Kahle introduces plan to boost clean fuel technology in Michiganlast_img read more

The Day We Fight Back Will Be More Than One Day

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares February 11, 2014; NewsweekNewsweek reports that the Internet protest of NSA surveillance launched yesterday saw more than 5,000 websites participate through placing memes and banners on their sites. The effort was launched by Demand Progress as “The Day We Fight Back” and was backed by a broad coalition of activist groups and companies, including Access, Demand Progress, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, Free Press, BoingBoing, Reddit, Mozilla, ThoughtWorks, and many more.David Segal, executive director of Demand Progress, which he cofounded with Aaron Swartz, said: “Today the greatest threat to a free Internet, and broader free society, is the National Security Agency’s mass spying regime. If Aaron were alive he’d be on the front lines, fighting back against these practices that undermine our ability to engage with each other as genuinely free human beings.”As the protest got started many were likening it to the SOPA/PIPA protests, but as Brian Fung of the Washington Post writes, “today’s protesters face the much more challenging task. In 2012, protesters were trying to stop what they viewed as a bad bill. Today, they’re trying to push a positive legislative agenda. How the demonstrators fare could tell us a lot about the challenges of online organizing, as well as about the future of Internet protest.”Still, he suggests, “Today’s protesters benefit significantly from the fact that the USA Freedom Act has already been introduced in Congress and has lawmaker support. They’re also backed by the tech companies that have substantial lobbying power on the Hill. If the bill passes, activists will be able to claim that their efforts at Internet organizing contributed in some measure to actual legislation, adding momentum for further actions down the road.”For those unfamiliar with the USA Freedom Act, here is how the ACLU summarizes it:The legislation seeks to rein in the NSA by doing the following:End the bulk collection of Americans’ records shared with third parties and put reasonable limits on Patriot Act powers targeted at people in the United States. The new restrictions would apply not only to phone records collected under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, but national security letters and pen registers that have also been abused.Amend the 2008 FISA Amendments Act to require that the government obtain a court order before using information about Americans collected during foreign intelligence operations.Increase transparency by allowing communications providers to disclose the number of surveillance orders they receive, mandate the government publish how many people are subject to surveillance orders, and make public significant FISA court opinions since July 2003.Create a public advocate that could advise the secret surveillance court in certain cases.Some believe that these steps are fine, but insufficient, as this fight may be one that will be waged on many battlefields over the next few years. According to Roy Singham, chairman of the global technology company ThoughtWorks, “Aaron showed us that being a technologist in the 21st century means taking action to prevent technology from being turned against the public interest. The time is now for the global tribe of technologists to rise up together and defeat mass surveillance.”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Tax Law Hilarity—Are You Feeling It Yet

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesApril 14, 2014; WBUR, “Cognoscenti”Joseph Darby, tax lawyer cum sportswriter, thinks that the Internal Revenue Code is one of the most unintentionally hilarious books ever written. For those of you who from time to time struggle with its vagaries with regard to nonprofit corporations, this might not resonate, but it’s all in how you look at it.For instance, he writes:“We all value clarity in the written word. Code Section 509(a) provides the following definition of a ‘private charity’: For purposes of paragraph (3), an organization described in paragraph (2) shall be deemed to include an organization described in section 501(c)(4), (5), or (6) which would be described in paragraph (2) if it were an organization described in section 501(c)(3).”He says there are also many useful definitions in the code you may be able to make use of in day-to-day life, as in the following found in Code Section 168(i)(2)(B):(B) COMPUTER OR PERIPHERAL EQUIPMENT DEFINED. — For purposes of this paragraph–(i) IN GENERAL. — The term “computer or peripheral equipment” means–(I) any computer, and(II) any related peripheral equipment.”He also observes, “The average Internal Revenue Code sentence is written in a style that places special emphasis on maximizing the ratio of words to periods. Maybe at one point in time the Government Printing Office charged extra for periods compared to other letters and symbols—I don’t know. In all events, nowhere are the sentences longer, the dependent clauses more dependent, the independent clauses more independent and tangled, the participles more dangling and the gerunds more wildly off the reservation than in the tax law of our land.”And in illustration, he points to former Code Section 341(e)(1), dealing with so-called “collapsible corporations.” He says it was repealed in 2003 but “is just too impressive an example of Congress’s writing flair and verbal panache to be ignored.”For purposes of subsection (a)(1), a corporation shall not be considered to be a collapsible corporation with respect to any sale or exchange of stock of the corporation by a shareholder, if, at the time of such sale or exchange, the sum of – (A) the net unrealized appreciation in subsection (e) assets of the corporation (as defined in paragraph (5)(A)), plus (B) if the shareholder owns more than 5 percent in value of the outstanding stock of the corporation the net unrealized appreciation in assets of the corporation (other than assets described in subparagraph (A)) which would be subsection (e) assets under clauses (i) and (iii) of paragraph (5)(A) if the shareholder owned more than 20 percent in value of such stock, plus (C) if the shareholder owns more than 20 percent in value of the outstanding stock of the corporation and owns, or at any time during the preceding 3-year period owned, more than 20 percent in value of the outstanding stock of any other corporation more than 70 percent in value of the assets of which are, or were at any time during which such shareholder owned during such 3-year period more than 20 percent in value of the outstanding stock, assets similar or related in service or use to assets comprising more than 70 percent in value of the assets of the corporation, the net unrealized appreciation in assets of the corporation (other than assets described in subparagraph (A)) which would be subsection (e) assets under clauses (i) and (iii) of paragraph (5)(A) if the determination whether the property, in the hands of such shareholder, would be property gain from the sale or exchange of which would under any provision of this chapter be considered in whole or in part as ordinary income, were made – (i) by treating any sale or exchange by such shareholder of stock in such other corporation within the preceding 3-year period (but only if at the time of such sale or exchange the shareholder owned more than 20 percent in value of the outstanding stock in such other corporation) as a sale or exchange by such shareholder of his proportionate share of the assets of such other corporation, and (ii) by treating any liquidating sale or exchange of property by such other corporation within such 3-year period (but only if at the time of such sale or exchange the shareholder owned more than 20 percent in value of the outstanding stock in such other corporation) as a sale or exchange by such shareholder of his proportionate share of the property sold or exchanged, does not exceed an amount equal to 15 percent of the net worth of the corporation.In case you lost count, the previous passage contains 342 words and only one period. Impressive!—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Harvard Dining Hall Workers Strike Concludes with Surprising Results

first_imgShare126Tweet4Share5Email135 SharesIMG_0854 / stand4securityOctober 26, 2016; Chronicle of Higher EducationOn Tuesday, we reported in our nonprofit newswire that the dining hall workers at Harvard had reached a “tentative agreement” with the university. And yesterday, we heard word that the contract essentially required no concessions of the workers. They got what they asked for: at least $35,000 a year and coverage of what were to have been additional healthcare costs. Wages will be retroactively raised by more than 2.5 percent a year.“We achieved every goal without exception, with no concessions to Harvard,” Unite Here Local 26 President Brian Lang said.We wonder what went on behind the scenes. Did a donor, or two or three, express moral indignation after that article by one of the dining hall workers appeared in the New York Times? Was it the support for the strikers voiced by the Boston and Cambridge City Councils, or the juxtaposition of the poverty they were studying with a new multimillion-dollar grant with the poverty they were abetting? Was it the Boston Globe’s editorial board making its opinion known? Or was it a combination of all of the above, with a generous portion of student activism thrown in? More than 500 students organized by the Student Labor Action Movement (SLAM) walked out of class on Tuesday in support of the strikers.Katie Lapp, Harvard’s executive vice president, commented in a statement that the five-year agreement “represents a fair and reasonable resolution to negotiations. […] The university has sought a resolution that maintains superior compensation for our dining workers, acknowledging their role as integral members of the Harvard community.”The Harvard Crimson describes the moment that the union negotiators walked out to greet those still protesting at 1 am or thereabouts on Tuesday morning.Abhinav Reddy, a School of Public Health student and graduate student union organizer, described the final moments of the night. Local 26’s bargaining team joined the demonstrators remaining outside, he said, and “everyone gathered back up and started chanting.”“You could just see it on their faces before they even said anything,” Reddy said. “And everybody was like screaming and yelling, and then they said ‘we won, we got it.’”SLAM member Grace F. Evans ’19, also present at the negotiations’ conclusion, said workers came out of the building visibly emotional before Lang announced to the assembled crowd of supporters that the union had “won.”“It was a really emotional moment,” she said. “The workers were crying but Brian Lang was smiling, so we knew it was good news.”Here is an excerpt from the Boston Globe editorial:Although the labor standoff in Cambridge involves one of the world’s most prestigious universities, it follows a familiar pattern: a large institution trying to save money on the backs of its lowest-paid workers…The editorial brought up the tax breaks given to the institution by Boston and Cambridge and its responsibility to the regional economy, and then it concluded…The timing of the strike packs at least a bit of irony at a university renowned for its study of income inequality and poverty.“Here we have a benefactor who’s donated $2 million to study race relations when an endemic outcome of centuries of racism is protesting outside Harvard’s windows,” says Sandhira Wijayaratne, a Harvard Medical School student who’s part of the Racial Justice Coalition on campus supporting the cafeteria workers’ strike. Many of the cafeteria workers are immigrants, and more than half identify as people of color.“If the university really wants to demonstrate its commitment to racial equity, a strong first step would be to pay its dining workers fairly and provide them with affordable health insurance.”He’s right.Your move, Harvard.Harvard’s concession comes just as Tufts janitors are facing a strike vote. Overall, the question that has been long brewing regarding the responsibility of such nonprofits to play fair with their employees and local communities is being called by Congress and local communities alike.—Ruth McCambridgeShare126Tweet4Share5Email135 Shareslast_img read more