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How will Joe Biden change US trade relations?

first_imgFor example, while President Trump viewed the World Trade Organization with suspicion and derision, there are hopes that Mr Biden will focus instead on encouraging reform and modernisation of the organisation, which policies global trade. 3: A reset of the EU trade relationship The spat between US aircraft maker Boeing and European rival Airbus over claims of unfair state help preceded President Trump. But it was he who decided to levy tariffs on $7.5bn (£5,7bn) worth of European luxuries in response. Five questions for Joe Biden on the economy‘Let’s work together!’ World reacts to Biden winFive reasons Biden won the electionWhy Donald Trump lost Chinese handbags, French wine and Scottish cashmere: all have been weaponised by President Donald Trump, the self-proclaimed tariff man. 2: Same dream, different means Ultimately, while there is potential for a change in trade stance from a new president, his bulging domestic in-tray may distract him for some time. That is likely to mean offering an olive branch to the EU, with an offer to pour (lower tariff) oil on troubled waters. Here’s five things to be aware of: Mr Biden prefers the idea of strength in numbers – a multilateral approach – by getting traditional allies onside. With US unemployment having more than doubled during the course of the pandemic, promises to bolster livelihoods on home soil have a potent appeal. Related Topics Mr Biden’s pledges include penalising US firms that move jobs abroad. And like Mr Trump, he harbours concerns over China’s ambitions and way of doing business. There is more to trade than shipping containers lining ports. That was after the UK’s proposed Internal Market Bill risked the imposition of a physical customs border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Irish border sign

Fugro Relocates French Base

first_imgFugro in France has relocated to a new office space, Espace Le Carillon, close to the central business district of La Défense in Paris.The recent office move follows on from the July 2019 merger of Fugro’s four French entities into a single business unit operating under the sole name of Fugro.This new office location brings together colleagues from local centres of geotechnical excellence to improve Fugro’s so-called ‘Triple A’ approach of acquire, analyse and advise.“This new modern office space accomplishes two important objectives. Firstly, we are closer to our strategic partners, which facilitates stronger business relationships in key sectors where we offer core expertise, such as civil engineering, renewable energy, nuclear energy, and infrastructure. “Secondly, the new office provides a more comfortable environment to our employees, who are the reason for our success in France. It is an exciting time to be part of Fugro,” said Claude Descharles, director for France and Southern Europe.last_img read more

Student-created app gets new updates, funding

first_imgOver the summer, the founders of the app, Noah Johnson, a junior majoring in business administration, and his friend Ari Gootnick, an advertising major from the University of Texas, Austin, looked at users’ responses to the app and created an updated design. Then, their developers brought the updates to life.“The main parts of the update are the messaging feature, where individual fraternity or sorority members can communicate directly or where, say, a president can send out a message to the entire chapter, and the search feature, where you can click on a certain chapter and scroll through the list of members,” Johnson said.While downloads have doubled since last semester, users still check the app mainly for its initial purpose: to stay informed about Greek social events.“I use GreekLink to help stay up to date with what’s happening on The Row, not just in my house but in other houses as well,” said Nicole Yarnold, a freshman majoring in global studies. “I think a good amount of students use it. It’s nice to know what’s going on with other chapters as well as your own.”Besides updating the app’s communication features, Johnson also spent his summer attending a Marshall program called Accelerate, Incubate, Mentor, where his app got access to capital from outside sources. His experience there, in addition to efforts to reach out to family and friends, secured funding for GreekLink.“Now we can hire a lot of people,” Johnson said. “We have people working for us to expand and market [the app], and we have developers to make changes.”Johnson said 10 new hires have been made, including two developers who will be starting shortly.The funding has also opened doors for GreekLink to reach other campuses. Indiana University and Vanderbilt University have introduced the app to their Greek communities, and the app is expected to launch at UCLA and California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo next month.To expand across the nation, Johnson and Gootnick contacted friends at other universities, where they hired campus reps. Campus reps publicize GreekLink at their own schools and to reach out to chapters’ social chairs, who have the option to share their house’s social calendar on the app.Getting GreekLink off the ground was an eight-month process, but maintaining it is also a significant time commitment, Johnson said.“If I had more time, we could respond to feedback right away and expand faster,” he said. “I’m balancing being a student and growing this company as well, so I’m kind of limited on time.”Johnson and Gootnick don’t have to do all of the work on their own, though. Johnson has received help from three professors, including Viterbi professor Ashish Soni, who has mentored Johnson on strategy and marketing every week this semester.“I think we’ve had some great progress,” Soni said. “We’ve had some crucial conversations on the vision behind the business, the size of the opportunity and how to make it a great business.”Soni was also impressed by the drive Johnson showed to develop his app.“He made more progress toward the idea than other students — he raised money, he built a product, he’d already set up users,” Soni said. “I thought he was very committed and that it was an interesting idea. The dedication he showed was great.”Last semester, Johnson said it would be his and Gootnick’s dream to reach every Greek system in the United States. Seven months later, the co-founders are closer to their goal.“Probably every week we get a school approaching us to introduce the app to their campus, and we’re going to continue to expand,” Johnson said. “It’s exciting. It’s good to know that people are using something I helped create.” Due to funding and feedback from over 4,000 users, GreekLink, a social-event app created by USC students for the Greek community, has reached two more college campuses since its debut last semester and added more features.Updates available · Noah Johnson, above, one of the founders of the GreekLink app, evaluated user responses to improve the app’s design. – Photo coutresy of Noah Johnsonlast_img read more

Liverpool offer Steven Gerrard a new contract

first_imgThe former England captain’s current deal ends in the summer, meaning he is free to sign a pre-contract with another club in January. However, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed he has offered Gerrard a new contract, but insists its a big decision for the 34-year-old“For Steven, for everything that he’s done here in the 16 years here, he’s a man that deserves the utmost respect and should be given that time to consider it, because it’s a big move,” said the Liverpool manager.“There are probably many things that Steven will have to think about in a decision like this, but it certainly won’t be money. I’ve spoken to him often and at length and that won’t be the case.”Gerrard started on the bench against Stoke last weekend ahead of speculation insisting the two had a spat. However, Rodgers has been quick to quash all such rumours.“One thing is clear, I love working with Steven Gerrard, he’s arguably the best player who’s ever played in the Premier League. I’ve enjoyed every single minute of working with him here and I hope that continues, but I need to give him the opportunity to think as long as it takes in order to decide what he wants to do next.“I saw some things on Sunday which were unfortunate in terms of rift between him and I, but if there were two words I would use to describe our relationship it would be ‘honesty’ and ‘respect’. “He’s been an outstanding player – it’s not so much the number of games that he plays now, it’s the level of the game and that’s something that I’ll work with him and look at.”last_img read more

MEDIATION II

first_imgSilent dawn, by your touch my mood metamorphosed in to this quietudeflowing from unconscious memories of hidden legends. Stagnated in the pitof all busy hearts are hissings of arms that can’t embrace anymore, voicesthat can’t shun societal evils, and lives that can’t be replaced. They were theones that birthed the dream which brought our motherland into being. Theywere also those that inspired us to rise above mediocrity and poverty. The awakeningof such moods leave blank spots in one’s day and often amputates your breathe, perhapslike that aged-fish hooked out of the water fated to feed a household of, I guess, 15 in a community that neighbors Philadelphia where leisure and forgetting drove me yesterday to observe my cherished customs-quiet time and poetrying. I paced through those colorful estatesthat don’t pay taxes. Abruptly standing motionless in a congregation of pastors,songsters, and members who were neither preaching, singing nor listening to prophecies thathad turned our Father’s temple into a house of den and “water side,” I ponderingly wondered aloud “should we question the sanity of those who had removed the ancient landmark and replaced discipline with disintegrations that spell words like teen-prostitution?” Though dark these moments of doubt and lament may seem, I trust will come a day when my country will overcome lameness and empty speeches to task itself with an honest life that obligates each one to brave the storm and dethrone his own evil and poverty. Though unemployment has increased by the purchase of insurance stickers that put some “brabes” out of job, I trust will come a day when the living will not envy the dead, plot against them and loot their homes in Palm grove, Philadelphia, and elsewhere. I also pray will come a day when the police will use the power Jesus Christ vested in them, but now dormant, to bound and cast away those legions that are abusing our brothers and sisters in the graves of the dead and even those in the cemeteries of the living either on tor-tor base and elsewhere.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hillary’s fete with Fox’s Murdoch raises ire

first_imgNEW YORK – Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, whose Fox News Channel and other conservative news outlets have been skewering Hillary Rodham Clinton for years, will host a summer fundraiser for the senator, mystifying some observers and enraging others. Especially incensed are liberal activists, who for months have decried what’s seen as a shift to a right on Clinton’s part as the Democrat contemplates a run for president in 2008. They are stunned that she is associating with a man viewed as a cornerstone of the “vast right-wing conspiracy,” the term Clinton herself coined. “Hillary, help us. Who the hell are you?” thundered Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen. Liberal blogger David Sirota complained: “The brazenness of this move is almost too much to stomach.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsNeither Clinton nor Murdoch have had much to say about the fundraiser since it was first reported this week by The Financial Times. “I think this is about New York. It’s about the kind of job that I’m doing as a senator from New York,” Clinton said Friday. Murdoch, for his part, dismissed the event as “no big deal.” “We think that she has been effective on state issues and local issues here in New York,” Murdoch said on a News Corp. earnings call. The Clinton-Murdoch alliance is not entirely new. The two have been moving toward a detente since 2000, when she won her Senate seat after a campaign that included a series of not-so-flattering Clinton headlines in another Murdoch property, the New York Post. The Post even ran a pleading headline, “Don’t Run!” before Clinton formally joined the race. Murdoch also has developed a relationship with former President Clinton, a prime target of criticism from Fox and the New York Post during his presidency. Murdoch participated in a conference of the Clinton Global Initiative last fall, and the former president is scheduled to address a gathering of News Corp. executives in California later this year. Murdoch, whose $60 billion empire is a major presence in New York, is more shrewd businessman than ideologue, and friendly relations with a powerful New York senator are in his best interest. Murdoch also organized a fundraiser for New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, during his re-election campaign in 2004. But Clinton’s motive for accepting a Murdoch-sponsored fundraiser is not quite as clear. She faces minimal opposition in her Senate race – something Murdoch acknowledged this week in an interview on Fox News. And with at least $20 million in her campaign account, Clinton doesn’t really need the money. But Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said the arrangement suits Clinton and Murdoch equally well. “She’s reaching out to a guy who’s on the right side of the spectrum, and she needs some friends there,” Carroll said. And Murdoch? “That’s simple – Hillary’s going to run for president, and she might win,” Carroll said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more