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first_imgThe government made the commitments in the so-called Speech from the Throne, in which it outlined its plans and made clear the need to protect Canadians from COVID-19 as new cases spike, reaching 146,663 total cases and 9,234 deaths on Tuesday.In a rare national address on Wednesday evening, Trudeau said a second wave was under way in the four biggest provinces.”We’re on the brink of a fall that could be much worse than the spring,” he said. The government, he added, “will have your back, whatever it takes.”The range of promises and mentions of significant investments could upset markets showing signs of nervousness about soaring budget deficits and debt. Canada lost one of its coveted triple-A ratings in June when Fitch downgraded it for the first time, citing the spending. The Canadian dollar extended its decline after the speech, touching 1.3384 to the US dollar, or 74.72 US cents.In his address, Trudeau said low interest rates meant Ottawa could afford the promised spending.”Doing less would mean a slower recovery and bigger deficits in the long run,” he said, adding that long-term spending would be fiscally sustainable.Spending measures already announced mean Canada’s budget deficit this fiscal year is forecast to hit C$343.2 billion ($256.5 billion), the largest since World War Two.Ian Lee, associate professor of management at Ottawa’s Carleton University, said the speech represented a “very high-risk bet” by Trudeau.”He’s gambling this massive increase in expenditures is going to generate very substantial growth,” he said by phone.COVID-19 cases rising rapidlyThere has been an average of 1,123 cases reported daily over the past week, compared with a daily average of 380 cases in mid-August. Canadians are now more worried about COVID-19 than they have been since April, an Abacus Data poll showed.The throne speech is a parliamentary measure of confidence and given that the Liberals only have a minority in the House of Commons, they will need the support of opposition legislators to avoid being toppled and plunging the country into an election.The left-leaning New Democrats – who had indicated they might vote in favor – said the proposals did not offer enough support to Canadians.Party leader Jagmeet Singh said he did not want to force an election, adding his team would take “a lot of time” to decide what to do. A formal vote is likely next month.The Conservatives, the largest opposition group, confirmed expectations they would not back the government.”We don’t want to see more words. We need action,” said deputy leader Candice Bergen.The Trudeau government said it was sticking to the goal of fighting climate change and promised money to retrofit buildings and make zero-emissions vehicles more widely available.The Liberals also vowed to make significant investments in childcare and said they would extend an existing wage subsidy measure until next summer. The speech made no specific spending commitments or fiscal projections, some of which will be disclosed in a fiscal update later this year. Canada’s Liberal government, insisting on Wednesday that “this is not the time for austerity,” promised major new investments and initiatives to help the country battle back from the coronavirus pandemic even as a new wave of infections looms.The administration of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which has already unveiled hundreds of billions of dollars in aid for people and businesses, promised a plan to recover more than a million jobs lost during the crisis.”This is not the time for austerity,” it said. “Canada entered this crisis in the best fiscal position of its peers.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_imgFollowing the picture incident, Gundy appeared in a video with running back Chuba Hubbard in which he walked back his support of OAN and pledged changes in his program. OAN isn’t letting him distance himself without a fight, though, keeping a story the coach would like to put past him.On Saturday, OAN correspondent Chanel Rion wore an Oklahoma State shirt to a Tulsa, Okla., rally for president Donald Trump and called out Gundy and Hubbard on Twitter, asking to interview them about “why exactly Hubbard and the rest of the team believes that OAN is ‘disgusting.'” Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is finding it difficult to backtrack from his controversial support of far-right media organization One America News Network (OAN) or overcome accusations of past racially coded comments aimed at former players.A picture of Gundy wearing an OAN shirt emerged last week and prompted many members his team to speak out against him on social media. OAN is anti-Black Lives Matter and regularly peddles conspiracy theories. MORE: LB done with Texas after fan response to protestsOAN reporter Chanel Rion waits in the security line for the Trump Rally in Tulsa. She wanted to show OSU support. #okstate @ChanelRion pic.twitter.com/ZUtAcj0Rff— Sarah Phipps (@sarahcphipps) June 20, 2020More from @ChanelRion. She would like to have a sit down with the team. #okstate pic.twitter.com/mZ7zsNxDKU— Sarah Phipps (@sarahcphipps) June 20, 2020Even after Gundy appeared in the video with Hubbard to cool tensions last week, it’s possible hard feelings could linger. While criticism from his active players died down, former players seemed unconvinced Gundy was really willing to change his approach to racial issues.Racial inequality — specifically in regards to police use of force — has been a central issue in the U.S. over the past month, leading droves of people into the street to protest. The movement has inspired student-athletes across the country to speak up about how their schools make black students feel.last_img read more

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Detroit Pistons guard Ish Smith (14) is fouled by Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson (20) while driving to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)DETROIT, Michigan—Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy was worried that his team might suffer a letdown after going to Boston and beating the first-place Celtics.It didn’t take the Pistons long to end his worries.ADVERTISEMENT Sterling scores in injury time, City beats Southampton The Pistons led by as many as 33 points in the first half and went on to win their third straight game, beating the Phoenix Suns 131-107.Detroit beat the Celtics 118-108 on Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I thought it was very impressive to come out and play the way we did tonight after a huge win on Monday,” Van Gundy said. “We were really on it from the start defensively, and we were moving the ball and playing with energy on offense.”Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley each scored 20 points, and Andre Drummond had 13 points and matched a career best with seven assists in Detroit’s highest-scoring game of the season. The Pistons improved to 14-6 overall, 8-2 at home in their first season at Little Caesars Arena, and 7-1 against the Western Conference. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES “We weren’t as sharp as we needed to be against that team,” Phoenix coach Jay Triano said. “They had a day to prepare and we didn’t, and they went right past us and made every play they wanted to make.”Harris scored 14 points and the Pistons had a season-best 36 points in the first quarter. Detroit shot 62.5 percent in the period to build a 17-point lead.Phoenix continued to struggle in the second, falling behind by 32 points. Detroit led 69-41 at halftime, outshooting the Suns 63 percent to 44.7 percent. Harris had 16 points in the half, and Reggie Jackson added 15.“We have a lot of guys who are making winning plays right now,” Pistons rookie Luke Kennard said. “Reggie is playing great basketball, and when he does that, we can be a really good team.”The Pistons led by as many as 36 in the second half.“We didn’t guard anyone in the second half, which you don’t like to see, but they really never cut into the lead until the last few minutes,” Van Gundy said. “We were still playing well offensively until the end.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was easy to get fired up for our last two games, but we had to find a way to bring energy to ourselves tonight,” Jackson said. “We locked in and stayed with the game plan and our fans were amazing. We were more mature in our approach.”Devin Booker led the Suns with 22 points, and rookie Josh Jackson had a career-high 20.“I definitely feel like I’m progressing,” Josh Jackson said. “It’s a learning curve, and that takes times, but our team has nothing but time.”Phoenix has lost four out of five and is 1-2 on a six-game trip.The Suns were coming off a 104-99 victory in Chicago on Tuesday night, while Detroit had Tuesday off after the win in Boston.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgThe Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa is one organisation educating the public on how we can care for the environment. (Images: WESSA, via Facebook)For more than 90 years the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa) has helped start and support wildlife conservation programmes across South Africa, and works to get the public more involved in caring for the planet.Wessa initiates many environmental efforts, many of which it also supports.These include the Eco-Schools programme run by the Foundation for Environmental Education. Developed to teach schoolchildren about caring for the environment, the programme is aimed at ensuring the future survival of South Africa’s ecosystems.Wessa is also involved in environmental skills development programmes for to individuals, corporations and the government. Its wide range of education courses help address the shortage of skills needed to drive the green economy.Wessa, through its Rhino Initiative, appeals to the public to help them combat poaching in South Africa.THE WESSA RHINO INITIATIVEOne of the biggest nature conservation issues in Africa is rhino poaching. The slaughter of our rhinos has led to the steady decline in rhino numbers in the wild. Without the support of the public, these magnificent animals face extinction.This is why Wessa, through its Rhino Initiative, appeals to the public to help them combat poaching in South Africa.Established in 2010, the initiative’s aim is to raise funds and awareness among South Africans in the hopes of changing attitudes towards conservation – to ensure the animals are still around for generations to come.If you want to help Wessa save rhinos in South Africa, visit the Wessa Rhino Initiative website for details on how to donate to the cause. You can also contact Chris Galliers, the initiative’s unit leader, on 033 330 3931 or 079 504 4296, or at [email protected] INVOLVED WITH WESSAIf you or anyone you know shares Wessa’s passion for nature and want to help them, have a look at their get involved page.The page has details on how to volunteer your time at Wessa’s projects and donate money to help them with day-to-day expenses.You can also get in touch with the organisation on 011 462 5663 or via email at [email protected] The contact details for their other offices across the country are available on their contact us page on their website.WESSA’s wide range of education courses help address the shortage of skills needed to drive the green economy.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

first_imgJazz drummer Kesivan Naidoo’s composition “Freedom Dance: Toyi Toyi” was inspired by Nelson Mandela. (Image: Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival) “Freedom Dance: Toyi Toyi” is interspersed with samples of Mandela’s speech made on the day of his release from prison. (Image: ANC Archives) MEDIA CONTACTS • Kesivan Naidoo  +27 73 169 0854 RELATED ARTICLES • Mandela’s head rises in Howick • Music awards to recognise composers • South African music • Jazz Day to break down barriersShamin ChibbaThe first time Kesivan Naidoo saw Nelson Mandela on television was 23 years ago, when the former president was released from prison. The jazz drummer was just 10 years old at the time and was oblivious to how that moment, 11 February 1990, would shape the way he made music in his adult life.Now 34, Naidoo, who is a regular headline act at jazz concerts and festivals, including the National Arts Festival now under way in Grahamstown, commemorated that moment by composing a jazz medley titled Freedom Dance: Toyi Toyi.He was sitting with his grandmother and parents in their East London home when Mandela addressed an elated crowd from the balcony of Cape Town’s City Hall. “I remember everyone at home in tears. We were happy and heartbroken at the same time. And I remember the first thing my mother said to me was: ‘You can now go to any school you want.’”Nearly two decades later, Naidoo started writing Freedom Dance: Toyi Toyi after watching the documentary Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony, in 2009. The film is about the role of music in the struggle against apartheid. File footage of Mandela’s release in the film took Naidoo back to that moment in his family’s home and inspired him to pen the song. Freedom Dance earned him the 2009 Standard Bank Young Artist Award at the National Arts Festival. “The piece came out of a basic melody. It was mainly free jazz which allows for some improvisation,” he says. As with many jazz compositions, it has since evolved and taken on many forms. Some versions are interspersed with samples of Mandela’s speech made on that day.Besides it being a “movement towards freedom”, Naidoo intended his composition to be a critique on how modern South Africans have removed themselves from their past. “The song asks the question: are we on a mission or not? Our leaders have forgotten what the country has been through to get to where we are now. I am sceptical about where their allegiances lie.”Naidoo explains that although freedom has been achieved, the struggle is not over. Instead, South Africans are now battling less obvious “enemies” such as greed and corruption. “Back then, we were battling apartheid, which was more obvious. Now, the enemy has changed its face and is more subtle. The victory will come when there is no more poverty and we have an equal chance of opportunities.”Social awarenessHis family was politically and socially conscious, and this awareness is reflected in the music Naidoo makes today. His granduncle, Marcus Solomon, who was imprisoned on Robben Island for 10 years, was particularly responsible for raising Naidoo’s awareness of the social ills of apartheid.Solomon used the 1987 film, Cry Freedom, in which Denzel Washington plays Black Consciousness Movement leader Steve Biko, to help teach Naidoo about the past. “He gave me a good understanding of what apartheid was at that young age.”The musician credits his friend, the late Reece Timothy, for encouraging him to become a jazz drummer. However, it was after meeting Alan Webster that his jazz education broadened. Webster, the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival director, introduced Naidoo to John Coltrane’s Blue Train album, which started his musical education. “That was how I got into the history of jazz and learned the music.”At present, Naidoo is putting together The Bridge, a big band ensemble consisting of South African, Swedish and American artists. He is also working on a science-fiction inspired piece named Contact, which is based on American astronomer Carl Sagan’s fictional novel of the same name. “Science fiction gives complex messages in a creative way. I write music based on imaginary scenarios.”The message of Contact, he says, is about the unfamiliarity you experience when you first meet people from upbringings different from your own. “When we meet people from different backgrounds they seem alien to us. But if we make an effort to know each other, we will notice we are not that different and we can relate to each other.”It is a message that is reflected in Naidoo’s life as a jazz musician. Through his music he has met and played alongside numerous artists from various backgrounds, including Abdullah Ibrahim, Miriam Makeba, Bheki Mseleku and Jimmy Dludlu. Yet he feels he has only had the opportunity to play with these jazz legends because of Mandela’s activism against apartheid and the subsequent freedom it brought. “I have a lot more opportunities that many of my older colleagues did not have when they were making music in the past.”last_img read more

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry, Security “That’s a good point — I must admit I thought this myself while writing this up — and then I forgot about it again — it may be that all SED does is to stop other people accessing/reading your data, but it doesn’t prevent Malware (or maybe it does) — l Continue Reading Previous Make With AdaNext How to run your own secure IoT cloud server for $8/year June 29, 2016 at 1:36 pm June 29, 2016 at 3:08 pm “I don’t believe that an encrypted drive will do anything to prevent malware or ransomware. When it is installed in your PC and you are logged in and running, it is effectively no longer encrypted from the view of the operating system, where the malware a LeighdePaor says: June 30, 2016 at 3:53 am June 29, 2016 at 8:05 am “Hi Max, the security of an SED is only really for 2 major situations:n1: when someone tries to take a drive out of a computer and read it’s content on another computer in order to bypass any account security on the computer or BIOSn2: when someone tries “Now I think I understand what I sound like when I talk to my wife.nnAre you talking about the SSD in my Tower Computer on my desk? If so, all I remember about it is that it’s an SSD … the “TCG Opal 2.0 + IEEE-1667” just went “whoosh” right over my “Hi there — thanks so much for this feedback and link — Max “ “I just heard back from the SED experts at Virtium who spake as follows:n nHow does using an SED protect you from ransomware? SEDs do not protect from ransomware; that’s what firewalls and virus-protection software do. Self-encryption protects data at r realjjj says: “You listed your components in an article about VR so yeah i was talking about your desktop.nnThe point was that your SSD has encryption too, just not enabled by default.” Log in to Reply Clive”Max”Maxfield says: “If i remember correctly you have an Intel SSD Pro 2500 and it supports TCG Opal 2.0 + IEEE-1667.” Yoda1 says: Log in to Reply “How does using an SED protect you from ransomware? I’m under the assumption that the ransomware used it’s own AES key to encrypt the data, as it’s being written to the drive (and now double encrypted by SED). Does SED know what it’s encrypting/storing, Clive”Max”Maxfield says: Log in to Reply Max The Magnificent says: June 29, 2016 at 8:40 pm August 10, 2016 at 4:59 pm Clive”Max”Maxfield says: Max The Magnificent says: June 29, 2016 at 8:43 pm June 30, 2016 at 1:41 pm I don’t know about you, but I’m becoming increasingly nervous about all of the malware that’s out there. I hate the thought of some nefarious person roaming around my computer “touching” my data with their sticky metaphorical fingers.There are numerous types of malware, but one I think of as being particularly slimy and nefarious is ransomware. One type of ransomware locks your system down and then displays messages coaxing you into paying a ransom in order to have your machine unlocked. Another type encrypts all of your data files on your hard drive, forcing you to pay a ransom in order to receive the decryption key.I hate this stuff. I wish that the authorities would (a) treat this as a major issue, (b) invest whatever resources it takes to track the originators down, and (c) impose serious sanctions on the perpetrators, ranging from lifetime imprisonment to castration, or both. I tell you, if the people creating and deploying malware knew that this level of punishment was on the cards, I think we’d see a lot less of it. Of course I may be wrong, but in the spirit of scientific enquiry I say let’s try it for a few years and see what happens.In my case, all I really have on my system is the columns I’m currently writing and archives of old articles and books — along with photos of my family, friends, and hobby projects — which means I really don’t have much that would be of interest to anyone else. I daren’t even think how I would feel if I was in charge of securing and protecting military, commercial, and industrial data.All of which leads us to the concept of self-encrypting drives (SEDs) — a type of hard disk drive (HDD) or solid state drive (SSD) that automatically and continuously encrypts the data on the drive without any user interaction.But where do you find this type of beast? Well, I recently heard from the folks at Virtium that they’ve just announced their StorFly SED SDDs boasting support for AES-256 encryption.(Source: Vitrium) “Virtium’s new SED SSDs are a perfect fit for embedded systems that require encryption in addition to our leading small-footprint, industrial-temperature, high-endurance, and low-power storage innovations,” said Scott Phillips, vice president of marketing at Virtium. “These encryption solutions support multiple SATA form factors, including 2.5″, 1.8″, Slim SATA, mSATA, M.2, and CFast. Additionally, they support all three StorFly classes – CE (MLC), XE (industrial-grade MLC) and PE (SLC). This new, broader array of SSD offerings provides OEMs and system designers with industrial security solutions not previously available without significant compromises to reliability. And while the consumer and enterprise markets may offer encrypted SSDs, they may not support the industrial temperatures, shock/vibration requirements and product longevity that Virtium’s new SEDs do.” A Virtium SED uses random AES encryption keys that are generated at product initialization (leveraging the drive controller’s integrated random number generator), which are hashed and then stored within the drive itself. These keys are subsequently used in conjunction with the integrated AES encryption engine to encrypt and store the host data on the NAND flash without burdening the host system (unlike software-based encryption solutions). The encryption keys are non-retrievable and cannot be changed without the complete loss of the data on the SSD.Virtium’s new StorFly SEDs are Trusted Computing Group Opal 2.0-compatible and support hardware and software initiated crypto-erase and block-erase features that satisfy requirements of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-88 Revision 1 Guidelines for MediaSanitization. These features are persistent through power interruption cycles.For more information to Virtium’s new StorFly SEDs and its broad portfolio of solid state storage and memory solutions, visit www.virtium.com, call 888.847.8486, or email . CDSmith69 says: July 5, 2016 at 2:26 pm Log in to Reply 10 thoughts on “Secure your data with self-encrypting drives (SEDs)” realjjj says: Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Log in to Reply “Arrgggh — gnashing of teeth and rending of garb — I wish we lived in a world where security and encryption (and passwords) wasn’t necessary because people simply wouldn’t think of doing bad stuff — but maybe all of this is necessary to prepare us again Log in to Reply August 10, 2016 at 6:33 pm Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.last_img read more

first_imgEverton boss Silva has three matches to save jobby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva has been handed three matches to save his job.The Daily Star says Silva has been told he has the next three matches to save his job on Merseyside.The Portuguese manager has endured a nightmare start to the season with the Toffees, taking just two victories from eight matches played.Everton, at this early point in the season, find themselves in the relegation zone and Silva has been told time is running out.Silva believed he would be sacked during the international break, following Everton’s lacklustre defeat by Burnley.Crisis talks are said to have taken place at Goodison, during which Silva was informed the results of the next three games would have large bearing on his future. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgPARIS – The state of Minnesota lost its bid to host what would have been the first world’s fair on U.S. soil in almost 40 years when the organization that oversees the events voted Wednesday to make Argentina’s capital the site of one planned for 2022-2023.The Trump administration has sought to boost American interest in world’s fairs, international displays of ingenuity that in the past brought the world the Eiffel Tower, the Ferris Wheel and Seattle’s Space Needle.But in its latest vote, members of the Bureau of International Expositions, based in Paris, picked Buenos Aires over rivals Bloomington, Minnesota and Poland’s third-largest city, Lodz, to host a specialized World Expo.Argentinians at the vote literally jumped for joy as the result was announced — and then started handing out white-and-blue soccer t-shirts with star Argentinian player Lionel Messi’s name on them.Delegates donned the t-shirts on top of their suits as members of the Argentinian bid team hugged and kissed each other in excitement and relief.It will be the first expo in Latin America under the auspices of the BIE, which began operations in 1931.Full-scale World Expos that last six months are now held every five years, while three-month expos devoted to specific themes take place in intervening years.The U.S. delegation was clearly disappointed, but the government was undeterred. The State Department said it “looks forward to working with other U.S. cities and states interested in bidding to host a future World’s Fair.”The Minnesota bid committee and the U.S. State Department congratulated Argentina on its selection.“I’m confident we’ve done nothing but good for our region, and for the advancement of the theme Healthy People, Healthy Planet,” board member Marilyn Carlson Nelson said in a statement.Gov. Mark Dayton said the committee “put our state’s many accolades on the world stage, and demonstrated again why Minnesota is such a world-class place to live, work, and innovate.”Minnesota had proposed a health-focused expo to capitalize on the state’s world-class medical institutions and medical device makers.The Polish delegation looked especially grim after the defeat of its bid, on the theme of how post-industrial cities can reinvent themselves.Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie said Buenos Aires’ bid is aimed at showing creative ways that smartphones and other increasingly accessible technology can “give people around the world an opportunity to have better lives.”“We are very happy not only for my country but for South America,” Faurie told reporters in Paris as he invited countries around the world to mount exhibits at the expo.Argentina’s organizers hope the event will attract at least 6 million visitors.Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, is set to host the next full World Expo in 2020. A specialized expo focused on energy was held this year in Kazakhstan’s capital, Astana.___Karnowski reported from Minneapolis.last_img read more

first_imgSINGAPORE – The annual gathering of Southeast Asian leaders began Tuesday with a warning from the host, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, about threats against international rules that underpin world stability and economic growth.“The international order is at a turning point,” Lee said at the opening ceremony of the summit of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations.“The existing free, open and rules-based multilateral system, which has underpinned ASEAN’s growth and stability, has come under stress,” Lee said.U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy and his resistance to multilateral agreements and institutions are viewed as an affront and a challenge in a region whose modern economies are largely driven by global trade.Among issues on the agenda for ASEAN and other leaders attending meetings in Singapore this week, including U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence, are talks on a new regional trade pact that would commit member countries and others in the Asian-Pacific region to opening markets further.Lee said ASEAN and other participating countries including India and China, but not the United States, have made “substantive progress” on the market-opening initiative, called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.However, it’s unclear if a deal will be reached in Singapore. Participants say India, for one, is balking at opening its markets wider to imports from China under the accord.Trump is staying away from the Singapore summit, and also from the annual meetings of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum that will begin later this week in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.Chinese leaders are busy burnishing their own free trade credentials as they speak out against Trump’s efforts to get Beijing to change policies aimed at making Chinese industries leaders in advanced technologies.Three days after taking office, Trump pulled out of a Pacific Rim trade initiative, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. He has ordered punitive tariffs on billions of dollars of Chinese products, among other measures, to address complaints over the U.S. trade deficit, China’s technology policies and other market access issues.“All countries are linked in the same industrial chain in the world today and China and the U.S. are an important part of it. No one wants or expects to see an interruption of it,” Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Tuesday in a lecture on the sidelines of the summit.ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.The globalization of manufacturing has been a key factor driving dynamic growth in the regional economy, which has more than doubled in size since 2007 to $2.8 trillion in 2017.The momentum must be in the direction of more, not less, open trade, said Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.Otherwise, he warned, there could be a “domino effect” in which countries engage in increasingly protective measures against their rivals.Inward-looking, protectionist policies have gained ground in ASEAN as elsewhere, he said.“This is not the time to close our doors by invoking trade protectionism measures but instead we should be actively engaged in finding amicable solutions,” Mahathir said. “It is now that we must continue to expand our intraregional trade and deepen the economic integration within ASEAN.”While talks on the ASEAN-centred trade accord stumble along, the 11 countries that have remained in the Trans-Pacific Partnership are preparing to inaugurate their revised trade deal.Renamed the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, it is due to take effect on Dec. 30.Several other economies are hoping to join the pan-Pacific accord, including the Philippines and South Korea.Japanese media reported that Taiwan’s representative in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, former chairman of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Morris Chang, plans to ask Japan to back the island’s request to also become a member.___Associated Press video journalist Jerry Harmer contributed to this report.last_img read more

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — Target Corp. has agreed to pay $3 million to resolve allegations that it violated rules of Massachusetts’ Medicaid program.Federal and Massachusetts authorities allege that Minneapolis-based Target violated federal and state False Claims Acts by automatically refilling Medicaid recipients’ prescriptions and seeking payment from Medicaid.Massachusetts is among several states that prohibit pharmacies from automatically refilling Medicaid prescriptions without the beneficiary’s explicit request. The policy is designed to prevent wasted or unnecessary prescriptions that would be reimbursed with taxpayer funds.Authorities say Target pharmacies knowingly and routinely enrolled MassHealth beneficiaries in the auto-refill program, then billed MassHealth. The practice continued until Target sold its pharmacy business to CVS Health in late 2015.Target didn’t reply to a message seeking comment, though authorities say the company denied wrongdoing. There has been no determination of liability.The Associated Presslast_img read more