Texan says hes selling 3Dprinted gun plans after ruling

first_imgAUSTIN, Texas – The owner of a Texas company that makes untraceable 3D-printed guns said Tuesday that he has begun selling the blueprints through his website to anyone who wants to make one, after a federal court order barred him from posting the plans online.Cody Wilson said at a news conference that he started selling the plans Tuesday morning and that he had already received nearly 400 orders. He said he’ll sell the plans for as little as a penny to anyone in the U.S. who wants them.“Anyone who wants to get these files is going to get them,” Wilson said, noting he can only sell to U.S. customers. “They can name their own price.”Wilson said that blueprints purchased through his company’s website could be downloaded on a thumb drive and shipped to buyers by standard mail, sent by email or sent by some other secure download transfer. Some of his first sales included purchases made with crypto currency, he said.Nineteen states and the District of Columbia had sought an injunction to stop a settlement that the State Department reached with Wilson’s Austin-based company, Defence Distributed, after the agency removed the 3D gun-making plans from a list of weapons or technical data that are not allowed to be exported. The states argued that online access to the undetectable plastic guns would pose a security risk and could be acquired by felons or terrorists.On Monday, U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle blocked Defence Distributed from posting the blueprints online, saying, “It is the untraceable and undetectable nature of these small firearms that poses a unique danger.”But Wilson said the ruling still allows him to sell the blueprints even if he can’t post them online for free, widespread distribution.“Regulation under the (law) means that the files cannot be uploaded to the internet, but they can be emailed, mailed, securely transmitted, or otherwise published within the United States,” the ruling said on its final page.“I’m following yesterday’s orders that direct me to sell the files,” Wilson said. “The judge was very gracious to put that in black lettering.”Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, whose office oversaw the federal lawsuit, said Tuesday that he believes the judge’s ruling makes Wilson’s latest actions illegal.“Because of our lawsuit, it is once again illegal to post downloadable gun files to the internet. I trust the federal government will hold Cody Wilson, a self-described ‘crypto-anarchist,’ accountable to that law,” Ferguson said. “If they don’t, President Trump will be responsible for anyone who is hurt or killed as a result of these weapons.”Andy Reuss, a U.S. Department of Justice spokesman, declined to comment.Wilson said he anticipates that states may try to sue to stop him from selling the plans, but that he is raising money for his legal defence. He also said he will continue to challenge the Monday court order.Wilson said he believes he could have previously sold the blueprints but didn’t because he wanted to be able to post them online for widespread, free distribution.“For many years I chose not to sell these files. I was an open source advocate,” Wilson said. “I don’t expect to make money on it.”___Bellisle reported from Seattle.___Follow Jim Vertuno on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JimVertunoFollow Martha Bellisle at https://twitter.com/marthabellislelast_img read more

GM restructuring: Production ending at Ohio plant this week

LORDSTOWN, Ohio — General Motors says the first of five North American plants that it plans to close by 2020 will end production this week.A GM spokeswoman confirmed Monday that production of the Chevrolet Cruze will come to an end Wednesday at its sprawling Ohio assembly plant near Youngstown.The plant closings are part of a major restructuring under way for the Detroit-based automaker.GM is shifting its focus to making trucks, SUVs and electric and autonomous vehicles.The plant closings in the U.S. still must be negotiated with the union so some workers at GM’s Lordstown plant in Ohio are hoping it still can be saved .The plant that employed more than 4,000 workers just a few years ago has been down to 1,400 hourly employees in recent months.The Associated Press read more

Toronto stock market in record territory again US stock market mixed

TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index pushed into record territory for another day, fuelled by gains in the materials sector offset in part by a retreat of energy stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 76.44 points at 16,828.00 in late-morning trading after hitting a new intraday high of 16,831.76 in earlier trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 32.19 points at 27,044.63. The S&P 500 index was up 0.19 of a point at 2,998.15, while the Nasdaq composite was up 1.21 points at 8,154.75.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.40 cents US compared with an average of 75.48 cents US on Monday.The October crude contract was down US$3.35 at US$59.55 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was unchanged at US$2.68 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up 10 cents at US$1,511.60 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 0.75 of a cent at US$2.63 a pound. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) read more

TSX New York indexes gain on first trading day of 2017 natural

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market ushered in the new year Tuesday by racking up a solid three-digit gain, driven by a rise in gold and metals stocks, and signs that the Chinese economy is growing.The S&P/TSX composite index soared 115.44 points at 15,403.03 after being closed since Friday for the New Year’s Day holiday observed on Monday.Gold stocks were the leading advancer on the index, climbing nearly seven per cent, as big-named miners like Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) and Iamgold Corp. (TSX:IMG) gained 2.56 per cent and 6.74 per cent, respectively. The February bullion contract was up $10.30 at US$1,162 an ounce.The bull market also extended to New York, where the Dow Jones industrial average added on 119.16 points to 19,881.76, the S&P 500 rose 19 points to 2,257.83 and the Nasdaq composite jumped 45.96 points to 5,429.08.Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones, said traders are keen on keeping the optimism in equity markets going into 2017. North American stock indexes have risen steadily since the U.S. election in early November.Fehr noted that investors continued to be buoyed by what the future will hold with Donald Trump as U.S. president, a position he will assume on Jan. 20.Trump’s impact on less regulation in the pharmaceutical and banking sectors, as well as his promise of more money for infrastructure, has the potential to drive stocks higher at the end of this year and into 2018, he said.In U.S. economic news, the Institute for Supply Management said its manufacturing index rose to 54.7 in December, its highest reading of the year and the fourth straight month of expansion. Anything above 50 signals growth.The ISM results were a bit stronger than analysts expected.The Canadian dollar showed some weakness, falling back 0.04 of a U.S. cent to 74.44 cents US, as the U.S. dollar strengthened following the release of the data.Overseas, in China, the Caixin manufacturing purchasing managers’ index advanced in December at its fastest rate in three years. The index stood at 51.9, higher than market forecasts of 50.7.In commodities, the February crude contract pulled back $1.39 to US$52.33 per barrel, as investors surveyed the impact of production cuts agreed on by OPEC and non-OPEC members coming into effect on Jan. 1.Oil prices had risen quickly at the start of the session but fell by mid-day.“It’s reality setting in. These (OPEC and non-OPEC) countries have to actually execute in terms of these freezes or these cuts,” said Fehr. “Markets are going to be a little more hesitant until there is some more evidence that indeed these countries are going to be living by the terms of the agreement.”February natural gas was down sharply, declining 40 cents at US$3.33 per mmBTU, while March copper contracts were down two cents at US$2.49 per pound.— With files from The Associated PressFollow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 3, 2017 9:31 am MDT Last Updated Jan 3, 2017 at 3:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX, New York indexes gain on first trading day of 2017; natural gas sinks read more

Womens tennis Ohio State defeats Michigan for B1G tourney title

Ohio State women’s tennis team defeated Michigan 4-0 to win the 2017 Big Ten tournament championship on April 30 in Champaign, Illinois. Credit: @OhioState_WTENThe Ohio State women’s tennis team finished off a perfect conference regular season with the 2017 Big Ten tournament championship, defeating Michigan, 4-0. The No. 4 Buckeyes lost just two sets on Sunday in the championship match to seal the program’s second overall and second consecutive tournament championship.OSU earned the doubles point with duo Anna Sanford and senior Sandy Niehaus, and the pair of senior Gabriella De Santis and Ferny Angeles Paz each winning their respective match.Senior Miho Kowase, De Santis and Angeles Paz won their singles matches to solidify the victory over the No. 10 Wolverines. No. 1 overall player sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo won her first set 7-5 and was leading 3-0 before De Santis’ championship-winning point.The Buckeyes defeated Nebraska 4-0 in the quarterfinals and took down the host Illinois in the semifinals, 4-3.OSU earned the Big Ten’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, which begins May 18. read more

Fears for 670 jobs at Liebherrs Kerry plant following strike action

first_imgTHERE ARE GROWING concerns for 670 jobs in Kerry as German firm Liebherr Container Cranes says it is re-evaluating its dependency on its Killarney operations.A strongly-worded statement from the company comes after an industrial dispute which led to the Labour Court awarding a backdated 2.5 per cent pay rise to employees.Siptu representative Marie Kennedy said the statement in relation to the Labour Court ruling is “extremely unhelpful”.The union has sought clarification from the Labour Court about the terms of its recommendation.Workers suspended a planned fortnight of industrial actions ahead of the hearing last week.“It is very worrying and Liebherr has been fantastic to Killarney and Kerry…The statement sent shivers down my spine looking at it,” said local Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin.His backbench colleague Arthur Spring told Radio Kerry that he would contact the German ambassador about the matter.Liebherr says it has already started transferring some work from its plant in Killarney back to Germany, adding that it was “most disappointed” with recent developments in Ireland.Read: “We’re not looking for a handout, we have to earn citizenship”More: Tomorrow’s Marks & Spencer strike called off following talkslast_img read more

3yearold girl reported missing in Fort Lauderdale found safe with grandfather

first_imgFort Lauderdale Police were searching for a 3-year-old girl who, they said, went missing, Wednesday afternoon.According to officials, the toddler was last seen at a home at 2221 N.W. 29th Terrace.A spokesperson for Fort Lauderdale Police tell 7News that the girl was later found with her grandfather. The mother didn’t realize that he took her to an appointment with him. It appears to be a miscommunication between the family.The search has been called off. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Vehicle access to subsistence grounds at issue in threeday trial

first_imgSuperior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg heard closing arguments on Wednesday in the case of Rosalie and Reuben Loewen versus the State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources, and co-defendants. The trial centered on vehicular access to a popular hooligan fishing spot on the Chilkoot River owned for seven years by the Loewens.The issue at the heart of this case is simple.Tlingit subsistence users say they’ve had unfettered access to the river for centuries and want to continue their traditional way of life, which has evolved to include the use of vehicles, without interference. The landowners, the Loewens, agree that traditional values and customs are important, but they just don’t want trucks driving down to the river for fear of disturbing sensitive habitat. They said fishing is fine with them, if users walk up and down the bank instead of driving. The Loewens testified first in the trial, which took place over three days in Haines and Juneau.“People can walk down there, we have no problem with pedestrian use,:” said Reuben.“There are lots of interested parties that come and use this piece of land and it’s such a key part for everybody,” said Rosalie. “It’s a key part for the Natives who have cultural and traditional practices that center around this river. It’s huge for tourists and for fishermen … and also, it’s our backyard. It’s the only land that we own and … I have to do, just the best that I know how to do.”Interveners in the case included three Native agencies. Many local Tlingit subsistence users testified on Monday and Tuesday. Sonny Williams is the president of the local chapter of the Alaska Native Brotherhood. He called the whole issue “heartbreaking.”“The Tlingit people have fished up there for a long time. They’ve always taken care of the river, before anybody came. It is a pristine place to live,” Williams said.The case shifted from the Loewens’ quest to obtain quiet title – a legal process that removes an adverse claim on a property – on part of their land to the issue of vehicle access to the river. Native users said vehicles are necessary for bringing down Elders, and hauling out the thousands of pounds of fish. The defendants also claim there is a state right-of-way that provides open, public access.Driving down in pickup trucks has become a common occurrence over the past several decades and Native users maintain it is necessary. And while the use of vehicles might be relatively recent, Tim Ackerman said Monday that historically, big pits were dug on the on the banks to store and ferment the hooligan. Nowadays, most of the harvest is hauled to Klukwan. Schlepping the buckets up the bank would be cumbersome and potentially dangerous, Ackerman said.“We don’t block access to the IGA grocery store and say ‘You can’t go in here anymore, I’m sorry,’” Ackerman told the court.Reuben Loewen says when he first noticed people driving down a few years ago, he simply went down and asked them to stop. Some did, some didn’t. Then, he said, he put up signs asking that people not drive down. But witnesses said in court they never saw the signs. They did however see rocks and logs and eventually, last year, a boulder placed in the middle of the trail. Reuben said he put the boulder on what he thinks is his property. But, with chains and a come-along, the fishermen moved the rock out of the way to access the river.Klukwan’s Sally Burattin testified that she gave the go-ahead to move the boulder. It resulted in an exchange between Burrattin and Rosalie Loewen.“The language was no good,” Burattin testified. “She called me all sorts of bad names.”But Rosalie maintained in court that she worked hard to prevent the situation from escalating.“I had handled all kinds of aggressive inquiries including those by Sally Burattin to say, pretty calmly, I don’t believe what you’re doing is right,” Rosalie told the court by phone. “And I don’t think that’s rude. I think that’s acceptable.”One of the confusing parts of this case is just how big the state’s right-of-way is. Surveys and land plats show a right-of-way of 60-feet. But, some show 30 feet and others show 100. John Bennett, a long time surveyor and right-of-way expert was called to the stand by the co-defendants. He said after copious amounts of research, he deduced that that stretch of road is subject to a 100-foot right of way. If that’s the case, only a tiny sliver of the Loewen’s land would be on the driving path to the river. But, it’s a sliver nonetheless.Loewen’s lawyer, Daniel Bruce, questioned Bennett’s conclusion asking why the Department of Transportation paperwork shows a lesser, 60-foot right-of-way.“All of the official plats and filings by the State, their official position was that it was 60 feet, wasn’t it?” Bruce asked.“That was what they were representing, you know, but sometimes they’re incorrect,” replied Bennett.“But in terms of notice to the world and the public, it was 60 feet.”“The notice via the 1983 Lutak Road right-of-way plans was that the department was representing the existing right-of-way to be 60 feet.”In closing arguments on Wednesday, Bruce said that this case isn’t about subsistence rights, but about the rights of private land ownership. Miller countered that the trail used to drive down is on a right-of-way and that because of historical use, a public prescriptive easement is warranted on other parts of the Loewen land.Now it’s in the judge’s hands. Judge Pallenberg has a maximum of six months to decide whether a public, prescriptive easement will be allowed. He’ll also have to decide on a court order for the interveners – the Native groups – that would prohibit the Loewens from interfering in the future.With hooligan season rapidly approaching, both sides agreed on Tuesday that the subsistence users can use the spot, with vehicles, to harvest hooligan this year. What will happen in future seasons remains to be seen.last_img read more

Fuel prices Modis undoing or the silver bullet for last leg

first_imgA worker fills diesel in a car as he holds 500 Indian rupee banknotes at a fuel station in Kolkata, India, November 9, 2016 [Representational Image]Reuters filePrime Minister Narendra Modi will face the real test at the hustings exactly a year from now. Too soon psephologists will chip in, and the broad agenda of the next parliamentary elections will be set. From the high decibel political cacophony will emerge the hot button issues that will decide the electoral battle in 2019.Is the milieu just right for Modi and BJP to romp home with a second inning? What are the hot button issues for the upcoming election? Is Modi capable of carrying another election on his charisma? Is he the same wunderkind on the global stage that he was four years ago? Is there still unspent political capital in his kitty? Did he earn the kind of goodwill that will stand him in good stead during a rough campaign cycle?Of course that’s a long list of questions and there’s hell lot of time before all these are dissected and discussed. At the moment, quite a few hot button issues — the usual suspects in any election cycle — are a thing of worry for Modi and his party.In the Indian context, the hot button issues seldom change — they are jobs, fuel prices, women safety, farm indebtedness, health care, water problems, corruption and the like. I doubt if anyone will seriously claim it was ideology alone that brought Modi to power four years ago.The year 2014 had offered the right setting for Modi’s rise. Ten years of the UPA had fallen into a rut. There were multiple scams, and there was a prime minister whose reticence was interpreted as weakness. India in 2014 was throbbing for change and a strong dose of nationalism. Modi was articulate, an orator who could deftly fire up imagination and sell dreams. He filled the leadership vacuum in the country and brought an outsider’s perspective to governance and development.Four years later, the landscape has changed. The electorate will demand a score card and they will scrutinise it from multiple angles. That’s primarily the reward for having been in power. That means his reign will be vetted against the same hot button basket.An analysis of all those issues is a larger project. Let’s look only at the fuel price scenario. Has the Modi government seriously understood the full import of runaway fuel prices in an election year? Either it hasn’t, or it’s powerless to turn the tide. There’s no plan to roll back free market pricing. There’s no plan to pare excise duties. There’s no reliable, coherent plan to bring fuel prices under GST although there is talk that mostly hinges around a vague “at the earliest” promise. All this means the pain at the pump is increasing. That’s a potent turn-off for vast chunks of India’s middle class voters.Petrol price in Mumbai has gone past the record high of Rs 81.75 marked in August 2014. So have diesel prices, which have a more direct impact on inflation and the prices of essential commodities.Worse off, the crude market outlook doesn’t smile on Modi anymore. Global crude prices are likely to increase this year. Global demand will be on an upswing, supported by healthier economic fundamentals. Geopolitics doesn’t augur well for a softer price regime either. On top of all that, Saudi Arabia and Russia, the two largest exporters, are joining hands to cut output and boost prices.The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) has said the price of crude can potentially go up to as much as $85 per barrel by December 2018. West Texas Intermediate crude traded at $68 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Monday. If crude rises roughly 25 percent, and if the government doesn’t do anything to cushion the impact, that eventually will lead to petrol prices hitting Rs 100.You probably don’t need psephologists to understand that this will cost any government an election. Whether Modi has built enough political capital to withstand the fuel pain will be another debate. For the ordinary voters, fuel prices are much more than a red herring. Tough days are ahead for the government to answer petulant questions.Everyone wants to know if the government will cut excise duties to ease the pain. But the government has said there no such plans now. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has said his ministry’s proposal to trim duties have been turned down by the finance ministry. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley may deftly explain why the state of the nation’s finances doesn’t allow a fuel price cut. But essentially, decisions on these sensitive topics will go down as political decisions.Maybe it’s true that the government cannot dispense with the higher oil revenues it’s got used to. Everyone knows that taxes form about half of the prices at the pump. And the current government raised the excise duty as many as nine times before trimming it once. The serial hikes in the 15 months between November 2014 and January 2016 helped the government collect Rs 242,000 crore in duties in 2016-17 compared with Rs 99,000 crore in 2014-15.These upward revisions translated into a hike of Rs 11.77 per litre for petrol and Rs 13.47 per litre for diesel. An imaginary reversal of these duties will make the fuel prices right in the popular perspective.That the government has said it will not lower duties doesn’t mean that it will never. Will it do so closer to the election? Is fuel the silver bullet Modi government has reserved for the last leg?(Views are personal)last_img read more

SASSA cards expiring get your new gold cards

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Bear in mind that the old SASSA cards will expire at the end of September 2018 and beneficiaries who currently receive cash are strongly encouraged to get their new gold cards at a post office or SASSA office in KwaZulu-Natal.Also read: Sassa pension and disability grant crisis hits Ladysmith pensioners hardAlso read: Sassa says glitches cause delay in payouts, affecting pensionersHow to get the new card? Beneficiaries need to present their ID and old white SASSA card. The new gold SASSA card offers three free cash withdrawals per month from supermarkets and it can also be used to withdraw cash from all ATMs in South Africa. The new gold SASSA card blocks deductions and does not allow them to go through.For more information, contact your nearest SASSA branch.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Troublemaker arrested for 4 fatal stabbings in St Chads

first_imgMayor Madlala gave his assurance that the perpetrator will face the full might of the law.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook andTwitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The community of St Chad’s is shocked and furious after four people were stabbed to death in the area on Saturday night and this morning (December 18), allegedly by the same man.The man, who is said to be a trouble-maker in the community, was arrested after the brutal killings of four people in a matter of hours.The man is believed to have fatally stabbed all four victims in the throat.The community, along with the ward councillor and Mayor Vincent Madlala, gathered in St Chad’s today to discuss the matter.“We, the people of St Chad’s, are furious and scared for our lives at the same time. This man has been a trouble-maker in the community and this is not the first time he has committed a heinous crime like this,” said a concerned community member.It is alleged that the suspect has been involved in cases such as rape, theft and assault in the past.last_img read more

Get on your Guate trike and ride

first_img Anna-Claire Bevan Englishman Drudge bought the rare bike, which is from the United States, on eBay two years ago. After flying up to West Virginia from Guatemala to collect it, he spent two weeks driving it back through the U.S. and Mexico.“My first stop after leaving Charleston was Memphis, Tennessee, then I drove to Lake Charles, Louisiana, on to Texas and then all the way to Matamoros, Mexico,” says Drudge, who has been riding motorbikes since he was 15 and has taught thousands of people in Guatemala how to do the same.“I stayed there for two nights and for the first time on the trip I had to buy a road map. Mexico made my eyes open; I’d been there before, but never noticed it in this way. On the trike I felt like some kind of alien. From now on I knew that I stood out. Not that the trike wasn’t noticed in the States, but it just didn’t attract the same kind of open-mouthed stares.”Dave and I set off from the center of Antigua, southwest of the capital, into the surrounding indigenous villages, meandering along open roads against the backdrop of Volcán del Agua while accompanied by a 1960s rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack. After about 15 minutes we reached Santa María de Jesús, a Sacatepéquez village in the foothills of the volcano, and stopped off to explore the area and purchase fruit in the local market.The next part of our journey took us out past women doing their laundry in the central pilas, and onto the cobbled streets of another small community, San Juan del Obispo. Our third dismount was in the colorful calles of San Pedro Hueltas, where we visited a church and an indoor market before heading back to Antigua through the dusty back streets of Guatemala’s famous cowboy-boot-making village, Pastores.Without another tourist in sight, driving a Yamaha 175 DT, a Honda 200 CTX or sitting on the back of a trike, you gain a rich insight into Guatemala “off the beaten path.”While novices can purchase a series of beginner lessons before heading off, more experienced riders can grab a helmet, a map and an instructor and explore some of Guatemala’s roads less travelled.The CATours team organizes half-day, full-day or even fortnight-long tours from Antigua to as far afield as Costa Rica and Panama. Find them online at: http://www.catours.co.uk/guatemala.html. ANTIGUA, Guatemala – There is something undeniably cool about motorbikes, cobbled streets and rock ‘n’ roll. Combine all three and you have one of the most exhilarating ways to explore Guatemala’s most popular tourist town: driving through the pueblos of La Antigua Guatemala, on the back of a trike, with The Rolling Stones blaring from the speakers.I started my adventure at CATours’ own Motocafé with a strong cup of coffee and a quick briefing of the morning’s itinerary from company owner, Dave Drudge.CATours has been specializing in creating tailor-made motorbike tours of Guatemala and beyond since 1999, offering adventurous travelers everything from driving up volcanoes to overnight beach trips and excursions across Central America.I was to be chief passenger for the day on the newest addition to the fleet of 13 motorbikes: a fierce looking, two-person, orange trike, a three-wheeled motorcycle. Perfect for those who aren’t brave enough to take the handlebars themselves, or who simply want to focus on the beautiful vistas rather than the passing traffic, the three-wheel bike gives you the luxury of being chauffeur-driven by the tour group’s experienced instructors, leaving you free to snap away at the stunning scenery you pass. CATours’ owner, Dave Drudge, bought this rare bike off eBay and flew up to the United States to collect it. He then embarked on a two-week road trip back to Guatemala. No related posts. Without another tourist in sight, motorbike tours give a rich insight into a country “off the beaten track.” Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Experts Say Fed Minutes Could Signal Hike

first_img The Federal Reserve will release the minutes of its April meeting on Wednesday afternoon, and if industry experts are on track, they could point to another rate hike on the horizon. The Fed previously raised rates from 0.75 points to 1 in March.According to Robert Kaplan, President of the Dallas Federal Reserve, employment is on the rise, but that may start to level out—and that could signal a rate hike down the line.“We are making good progress toward reaching our full-employment objective,” Kaplan wrote in a recent essay. “The most recent April jobs report showed an increase of 211,000 jobs and a decline in the headline unemployment rate to 4.4 percent. This report is consistent with the three-, six- and nine-month average gains of approximately 180,000 new jobs per month. As we move forward, I would not be surprised if the average rate of job growth slowed somewhat, consistent with a declining level of labor slack in the economy.”Neel Kashkari, President of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, agreed that recent job growth is promising, but said it’s still a long way until the country reaches full employment.”We are closer, but we don’t know how far the shore is,” Kashkari said in a press conference at the Minneapolis Fed on Tuesday.But jobs and employment aren’t the only factors that point to a rate hike. According to Kashkari, inflation is also a concern.”Right now inflation is going in the wrong direction, and so that is concerning to me,” he said.Kaplan also covered inflation in his essay, noting that “reaching our 2 percent inflation objective has been slow over the past several years.” Considering this, as well as other factors like energy, aging of the workforce, technology trends and more, Kaplan is on board with another two rate hikes in the coming year.“I continue to believe that three rate increases for 2017, including the March increase, is an appropriate baseline case for the near-term path of the federal funds rate,” he said.Kashkari was the only person to vote against the Fed’s rate hike in March, but has said he is unsure if he will vote similarly in June, when another rate hike is up for consideration.”Anything is on the table, depending on how the data comes out,” Kashkari saidIf he does vote against it, he may not be the only one. St. Louis Fed President James Bullard called the three expected rate hikes “too aggressive” last week, noting the same concerns as Kaplan and Kashkari—slowing job growth and inflation.But, Kashkari said, the Fed’s plan to cut down the bank’s balance sheet should provide a strong alternative to a rate increase, and tax reform could help as well. The Fed intends to publish its plan for trimming down its $4.5 trillion budget by the end of 2017.“I believe we should begin the process of gradually reducing the size of the Federal Reserve balance sheet,” Kaplan said. “I think it will likely be appropriate to begin this process sometime later this year.”Stay tuned to MReport for full details of the Fed’s minutes. Fed Rate Hike Federal Reserve james bullard Neel Kashkari Rate Hike robert kaplan 2017-05-23 Aly J. Yale May 23, 2017 648 Views in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newscenter_img Experts Say Fed Minutes Could Signal Hike Sharelast_img read more

agentsEvent Famil photosWendy Wu Tours

first_imgagentsEvent & Famil photosWendy Wu Tours Over 60 VIP travel agents, trade partners, suppliers and staff attended Wendy Wu Tours’ latest big bash on Tuesday night in Sydney, to celebrate the launch of WWT’s new website for agents.Agents can now book a group tour online, 24 hours a day, in less than two minutes, find all the latest prices, tour information and campaigns, and manage their ‘Bambu’ points, the company’s agent reward scheme, plus see individual commissions for each tour at the point of sale.“We have listened very carefully to our agents throughout the design process and have customised the portal with functionality specific to the trade,” said Joe Karbo, group chief executive. “As a company, we are in the process of an ambitious global digital transformation overhaul and we’re putting agents at the centre of this change by delivering a site that dramatically speeds up the booking process, provides a seamless experience and allows agents to concentrate on giving a superior service to customers.”At the official launch party Managing Director Andrew Mulholland gave away over $2000 in prizes, in his role as Emcee. “I’m really excited for the opportunities that this website offers agents to grow. Imagine, no more waiting on the phone, and you can even start a booking at your desk and finish it on the train on the way home on your mobile – it’s shortly going to be one of those simple things that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without! No other speciality wholesaler in our market has ever offered the ability to book complicated tours online, the way that Wendy Wu Tours now offers,” Mulholland said.L-R: Stephanie Dyer, WWT, Tracey Thallon, Flight Centre, Sonia Orrego, WWTAri Magoutis, Express Travel Group & Joe Karbo, Global CEO WWTDale Woodhouse, Singapore Airlines & Andrew Mulholland, MD WWTCatherine Allison, Helloworld & Vara Glover, Head of Sales WWTAndrew Mulholland and Joe Karbolast_img read more

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first_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ “They’re playing well now on both sides of the ball and leading their division. They’re front seven is as good as anybody’s and cause a lot of disturbance. It’ll be a true test for us.”“I’m going to have to do extra preparation and make sure that I’m focused and ready every snap out there on the field. We just need to play our own game and focus on the details of our own offense and try to simplify things and do them right,” said Kolb.It was frustrating for Kolb to suffer the toe injury when he did as he’s struggled to grasp the Cardinals offense in his first season with the team.“We still don’t feel like offensively we’ve played an entire game as a complete unit and that’s a big deal of ours.”“We need to get to that point so we can see how good we can be. We feel like we’re getting better in all phases,” said Kolb.It will help that Kolb makes his return at home in the friendly confines of University of Phoenix stadium.“We’ve been on the road now for what seems like a couple months,” said Kolb. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke PHOENIX – Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb expects to return to the field on Sunday against the Cowboys.“I feel really good. It was good to get back in the action. Obviously, we’ll see tomorrow how it feels after a full day like that, but I have full intention of playing,” said Kolb after going through his first full practice Wednesday since returning form injury.Kolb has missed four games since suffering a toe injury against Baltimore and will need to shake the rust off quickly to face a tough Cowboys defense. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocationcenter_img Top Stories Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Akinci submits gas cooperation proposal through UN Update 3

first_imgTurkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci has formalised a proposal he has made in the past to set up a joint committee for cooperation on hydrocarbons by officially handing it over through the UN on Saturday, and sending it to Antonio Guterres and EU heads.The manoeuvre comes just two days before the EU is set to take certain measures against Ankara in retaliation for illegal drilling for gas and oil off Cyprus, which Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu warned on Friday would backfire.Akinci on Saturday conveyed his proposal to President Nicos Anastasiades through the Coordinator of the UN Good Offices Mission Sergiy Illarionov.According to Turkish Cypriot BRT website, the aim of presenting the proposal through the UN aimed at giving Anastasiades a chance to pre-examine, and later evaluate the proposal at a tete-a-tete meeting between the leaders, which is currently in the works.It said Akinci wanted to change the hydrocarbons’ issue from one of tension and conflict to cooperation. The proposal involves the establishment of a joint committee under the supervision of the UN which would have the same number of members from both sides, and an independent observer.His proposal is also said to outline the structure, targets and methodology of the committee and includes the establishment of a fund and details on how this fund would be used. Akinci also sent the proposal to the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the EU Commission and the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, BRT said.Ankara welcomed “and fully supported Turkish Cypriot president’s joint use of hydrocarbon resources with the Greek side”, a Turkish foreign ministry announcement said.“The proposal foresees that Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots, as equal partners of the island, should cooperate on the hydrocarbon resources to which they have equal rights, including income sharing and benefit from these resources simultaneously,” the statement said.It said if accepted, the proposal “will initiate a new period of cooperation between the two sides, contribute to the development of regional peace, stability and cooperation and provide a suitable basis for the solution of the Cyprus issue”.The ministry called on all interested parties, including the UN and the EU, and in particular the other two guarantor powers, Greece and Britain, “to take this important opportunity, support this proposal of cooperation, and encourage co-operation on the island’s hydrocarbon resources”.“Our country’s commitment to protecting the equal rights of the Turkish Cypriots on the island’s natural resources as well as its own continental shelf rights in the Eastern Mediterranean is total,” the foreign ministry said.“We will continue our determined and principled stance on protecting these rights until the rights of the Turkish Cypriots are guaranteed, it added.Akinci’s proposal is likely to be welcomed by Guterres as the issue is part of what’s stalling the peace process from moving forward. In his latest report during the week, Guterres struck at a note of concern but kept his language neutral. “I have repeatedly stressed that the natural resources found in and around Cyprus should benefit both communities and constitute a strong incentive for all parties to find a mutually acceptable and durable solution to the Cyprus problem,” he said.The government has not officially responded to the report as yet but CNA, citing sources on Friday said Nicosia was unhappy that the UN chief did not come down harder on Turkey over its activities in the island’s EEZ, unlike the EU, which has stood in solidarity with Cyprus although its approved measures are not far-reaching.“Despite our best intentions to keep good neighbourly relations with Turkey, its continued escalation and challenge to the sovereignty of our Member State Cyprus will inevitably lead the EU to respond in full solidarity,” Donald Tusk, president of the European Council of ministers, said during the week.Cavusoglu said on Friday that any steps the EU would take against Ankara over Cyprus would backfire. According to Turkish news agency Anadolu, Cavusoglu said: “The steps that it [EU] would take towards us would be useless, it would backlash”.A draft text on measures against Turkey prepared by the EU, the silent approval procedure for which ended without any objections by member states, is set to be presented before the EU Foreign Affairs Council on Monday for adoption.As regards the substance of the measures, as was provided for by the texts proposed by the Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS) it is envisaged that enlargement funds of €146m from the pre-accession funds of Turkey will be cut, the investment activity of the European Investment Bank in Turkey will be frozen, the EU-Turkey aviation agreement will be frozen and a series of high-level EU-Turkey dialogues will be cancelled.But, as the bloc needs Turkey in matters such as security and migration, an EU diplomat involved in the latest discussions told Reuters any future sanctions would be limited. “It would only be targeting people linked to these specific illegal activities. We’re trying to calibrate that carefully because we need Turkish cooperation on migration, NATO, countering terrorism.”“Some member states rely on Turkey for energy transit so we must tread carefully. Don’t expect any wide economic sanctions.”Cavusoglu said the EU should not “stand behind the wrong” in the name of “so-called solidarity”. He said Turkey would take additional steps if such moves were made against it.“No one can prevent it,” he warned, blaming the Greek Cypriots for “violating Turkish Cypriots’ rights” by drilling activities without involving the latter. Cavusoglu said Ankara only began drilling activities when its warnings were not heeded.Cavusoglu was speaking at a joint news conference with his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis in Ankara. Cassis was in Cyprus earlier in the week and was given a message by the government to pass on to Ankara regarding its violation of the island’s EEZ.Cavusoglu also thanked his Swiss counterpart for always hosting the negotiations on Cyprus issue. Cassis said the two countries have enjoyed bilateral ties for nearly a century, and Switzerland wished to strengthen them further. Turkey was a very important country with which to discuss regional issues, he said.   You May LikeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityReassurance for your refugeCalifornia Earthquake AuthorityUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSUVs | Search AdsThese SUVs Will Take Your Breath Away. 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