California says VW clean car spending plan has shortcomings

Posted by admin on May 26, 2017 in Uncategorized |

California regulators said Volkswagen AG’s spending plan on clean vehicle infrastructure had shortcomings and that it lacked details on how it would help disadvantaged communities as well as promote hydrogen fuel cell technology.

FILE PHOTO: A U.S. flag flutters in the wind above a Volkswagen dealership in California, U.S. May 2, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

SAN FRANCISCO: California regulators said Volkswagen AG’s spending plan on clean vehicle infrastructure had shortcomings and that it lacked details on how it would help disadvantaged communities as well as promote hydrogen fuel cell technology.

The remarks in a Wednesday letter from the California Air Resources Board to VW’s Electrify America come after criticism that the German automaker’s plan, part of a deal to atone for diesel emissions cheating, could give it a competitive advantage on other vehicle and charging station makers and ignore poorer communities where the state wants to promote clean cars.

The German automaker agreed to spend US$800 million in California, part of a total of US$2 billion nationally, after it was caught secretly installing software in diesel vehicles that allowed them to emit excess pollution.

The Air Resources Board told VW’s Electrify America that its plan for the first US$200 million, 30-month tranche of the California spending plan had shortcomings.

It asked VW to explain how it would meet a requirement to spend funds in disadvantaged communities, including installing electric vehicle charging stations.

“CARB recommends that Electrify America make every attempt to attain investment of 35 percent of the first 30-month investment cycle in these communities,” said the letter, which was seen by Reuters.

It also asked VW to describe potential plans for hydrogen vehicles over the 10-year investment period, since California’s zero-emission vehicle plan includes battery-electric and fuel-cell vehicles.

Electrify America in a statement said it was committed to investing US$2 billion in line with court-approved agreements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California. It said it was reviewing the state board’s letter.

Charging station maker ChargePoint Inc praised regulators for asking VW to focus on disadvantaged communities and ensuring that VW’s efforts were complementary to other investments.

Some automakers and charging station companies object to the proposed locations of some charging stations in areas that already have many electric vehicles, concerned about competitive advantages VW could get from the program.

In its initial California spending plan, Volkswagen proposed spending US$120 million on more than 400 highways and community EV charging stations by 2019, often in high-traffic areas.

Environmental justice advocates also have pressed for California regulators to pay more attention to cleaning pollution in less affluent communities.

Under the agreement with California and the Justice Department, funds spent on education and outreach must be brand-neutral and cannot feature Volkswagen vehicles. Charging stations must be accessible to all vehicles.

(Reporting By Peter Henderson; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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Wilbur Ross seeks bigger budget for trade enforcement

Posted by admin on May 25, 2017 in Uncategorized |

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday that a US$5.5 million increase requested for the agency’s enforcement budget this year will have a “real impact” in cracking down on unfair trade practices and export security violations.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross testifies before a House Appropriations Subcommittee about the newly released 2018 budget on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S. May 25, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

WASHINGTON: U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday that a US$5.5 million increase requested for the agency’s enforcement budget this year will have a “real impact” in cracking down on unfair trade practices and export security violations.

Ross told a House Appropriations subcommittee that an additional US$4.5 million requested by the Trump Administration for the International Trade Administration’s enforcement and compliance section will fund 29 new positions whose primary focus will be the self-initiation of antidumping and antisubsidy investigations.

Ross has pledged to have the Commerce Department take the lead in launching trade cases on behalf of industries that lack the resources or the organization to pursue them.

“We will ensure that no country or foreign corporation can take unfair advantage of U.S. markets,” Ross said.

The enforcement increases are contained in the Trump administration’s fiscal 2018 budget requests, which propose deep cuts to food assistance, health care and other social programs along with increases in military spending.

Commerce also would get a US$1 million increase in funding for the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), the division that enforces export controls on sensitive technologies. Ross said this would fund 19 new special agents at the division that took the lead in an investigation that led to a criminal fine of US$1.19 billion against China’s ZTE for violating trade sanctions on Iran and North Korea.

“BIS took the lead in cracking this case open. So I am confident that these 19 additional agents, and the bandwidth they represent, will have real impact,” Ross said.

(Reporting by David Lawder; Editing by David Gregorio)

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Intsun Handheld USB Misting Fan with Personal Cooling Mist Humidifier, Rechargeable Portable Mini Misting Cooling Fan for Home Office and Travel (Blue)

Posted by admin on May 25, 2017 in Biotechnology |

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Local talent to feature prominently at Singapore’s first Apple Store

Posted by admin on May 25, 2017 in Uncategorized |

SINGAPORE: The local community, and the talent within, will be a key focus for the first Apple Store in Singapore, which opens on Saturday (May 27).

According to Ms Ashley Middleton, who heads the programming for Today at Apple – an initiative offering hands-on educational sessions at the company’s stores – the goal is to highlight the local talent, through various categories and their passions.

One of the staff at Apple Orchard Road giving a demo of how to better use the camera function on the iPhone. (Photo: Howard Law) 

In Singapore, the immediate focus will be on photography, film, coding, music, art and design, she told Channel NewsAsia on Thursday during a media preview.

This can be seen by the programmes lined up on the opening day, with Singapore Idol 3 winner Sezairi Sezali holding an acoustic performance as well as photo walks with photographer Chua Aik Beng, Ms Middleton pointed out. 

Live trees take up prominent spots within the store – to provide a sense of nature as well as rest spots for those weary. (Photo: Howard Law) 

Coding for children will also take prominence, the Apple executive added, with the Swift programming language – designed specially for the tech giant – to be taught. These sessions are catered to children from the ages of eight to 12, but during the launch of Today at Apple in the US, Ms Middleton said kids as young as four have taken part in the sessions.

The aim is to have one to two new local talent coming in to the store every week to hold these educational sessions, she said.

Art and design will be one of the main areas of focus for Today at Apple – the initiative to bring educational sessions to Cupertino’s brick-and-mortar stores. (Photo: Howard Law) 

The sessions will be held on the second floor of Apple Orchard Road store at Knightsbridge Mall, in a space called the Forum, which is equipped with a large screen and break-out tables for hands-on sessions. There are also live trees brought in from China that take prominent positions in the store. These provide shade and rest areas for participants of the sessions, as well as customers looking at the merchandise on the first floor.  

iPads and other products on display in Apple’s first store in Singapore and Southeast Asia. (Photo: Howard Law) 

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Posted by admin on May 24, 2017 in Biotechnology |

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Jakarta's former Christian governor to withdraw appeal of blasphemy sentence

Posted by admin on May 23, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Jakarta’s former Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama will withdraw an appeal against his controversial two-year jail sentence for insulting Islam in Muslim-majority Indonesia, his sister said on Tuesday.

FILE PHOTO: Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is seen inside a court during his trial for blasphemy in Jakarta, Indonesia May 9, 2017 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Sigid Kurniawan/via REUTERS/File Photo

JAKARTA: Jakarta’s former Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama will withdraw an appeal against his controversial two-year jail sentence for insulting Islam in Muslim-majority Indonesia, his sister said on Tuesday.

Fify Letty Indra, who is Purnama’s younger sister and a member of his legal team, made the comments in a news conference given by members of his family and lawyers.

Purnama, an ethnic Chinese popularly known as “Ahok”, was jailed on May 9 for a longer-than-expected jail term in a ruling that critics fear will embolden hardline Islamist forces to challenge secularism in Indonesia.

(Reporting by Fergus Jensen; Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Christian Schmollinger)

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Leader of Nigeria's ruling APC party warns of coup threat

Posted by admin on May 22, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Nigeria has paid a high price to achieve democracy and will foil any attempts by those hoping to stage a coup, the national leader of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party said on Monday.

Bola Tinubu speaks at a party meeting in Abuja Febuary 17, 2015. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

LAGOS: Nigeria has paid a high price to achieve democracy and will foil any attempts by those hoping to stage a coup, the national leader of Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party said on Monday.

Bola Tinubu’s warning came after the chief of army staff last week ordered officers to steer clear from politics and said he had received information that some soldiers had been approached by individuals for “undisclosed political reasons”.

“Just a few days ago we heard a warning that some people were trying to entice the military out of the barracks. I want to add my voice to that warning,” Tinubu, who leads President Muhammadu Buhari’s APC party, said in a speech to the state assembly in Lagos.

“Those who think they can break the democracy for which so many laboured and which too many sacrificed limb and life, are sorely mistaken. Nigeria has come too far for such a thing…. don’t think about it.”

He did not specify who he was referring to in the speech.

President Buhari, who is on his second medical leave this year for an undisclosed ailment, has been widely criticised over his handling of Africa’s largest economy since taking office in May 2015.

Nigeria has entered its second year of a recession, largely caused by low oil prices, that has seen a dollar scarcity and high inflation.

His deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, has been acting president since the 74-year-old former military ruler left for Britain on May 7.

Nigeria has been under civilian rule since 1999 after military dictatorships held power for the vast majority of the years following independence from Britain in 1960.

Buhari was also the nation’s military head of state from December 1983 to August 1985, when he was deposed in a coup.

(Reporting by Alexis Akwagyiram, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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Coop Home Goods – THE EDEN PILLOW – Ultra Tech Cover with Gusset – ADJUSTABLE Fill features cooling and hypoallergenic gel and diamond dust infused memory foam with fiber fill – MADE IN USA – KING

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