Trump’s lack of trade policy took the U.S. out of the world discussion. What’s Biden do now?

first_imgNow it’s up to Joe Biden’s team to figure out how to sort all of that back out again, and nobody is quite sure how much sorting it is going to take, or whether the long-lasting damage will become, in the end, a permanent shift of power. Over the weekend the “world’s largest trade deal,” the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, was inked between 15 Asian nations, including China, Japan, and South Korea. For the most part, it is limited to slashing the region’s tariffs; the United States’ own priorities of intellectual property protection, minimal worker or environmental protections and the like aren’t taken on. Experts, however, see it as another sign that the world is moving on from a time when the United States was the singular world-dominant trade and diplomatic force.If the United States isn’t going to involve itself in trade deals, it’s not that trade deals won’t be happening. They just won’t include us.What happens next, then, is a bit of a mystery. Biden is a union supporter and is expected to center labor concerns in any forthcoming trade pacts. Climate considerations will also play a big role, as they should for team It’d Be Nice To Keep Being Alive In General. It’s likely Biden’s team will attempt to rejoin world partnerships, possibly after a rather lengthy apology tour for you-know-what.- Advertisement – What’s less clear is whether the United States still has the clout to pull off agreements quite as much to our liking as we did even a decade ago. We remain an economic power; when it comes to raw diplomacy, however, we ran up quite the deficit in the Trump years. After going from Clinton to Bush to Obama to Trump to Biden, cough, it feels like the rest of the world is losing a bit of patience in trying to decipher just what the hell is going on over here. Everyone else in the administration was left to their own devices, which meant a department-by-department hodgepodge of lobbyist-friendly looting, arch-conservative destroy-the-governmentism, and one guy who carried a whip around the office to threaten the people doing the actual work. That was the unsaid agenda of all involved: When at all possible, be an enormous asshole. There was no particular rationale behind it, but all of conservatism seems to require being an asshole as general device and strategy. It’s why Steve Bannon made it into the Oval Office, and why Steve Bannon is now fending off an indictment for fraud.When it came to trade policy, all of these sub-ideologies came together with some base-friendly racism, and behold: The Donald Trump trade policy consisted of not having a trade policy. Nations that pissed him off for some reason would be slapped with tariffs. The Obama-era Trans-Pacific Partnership was axed. That was it. Secretary of state so-and-so and his replacement traveled the world, their jobs made easy by the knowledge that literally anything they did or said would be undone by Trump a few days later for the purposes of his own momentary pleasure, and that was it. There were no new deals, only tariffs and retaliatory tariffs. And then, the pandemic.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Australia virus cases dive to 5-week low

first_imgThe country’s most populous state, neighboring New South Wales, reported just one new case as an emergency cabinet of state and federal leaders discussed the prospect of relaxing closures of state borders that have been in place for months.”Today’s meeting of national cabinet came during what I would describe as a week of increased hope,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison told a televised news conference.”We’re doing better than most and many of the developed world in this situation.”Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said new case numbers in his state had fallen faster than he expected after the state imposed a nightly curfew and shuttered many businesses. Topics : “We are all pleased to see a ‘one’ in front of these additional case numbers,” Andrews said. “To be at this point shows that the strategy is working.”With cases in Victoria declining and low or zero levels of infections elsewhere – some states had yet to report daily figures by mid-afternoon – business leaders have called for an easing of internal travel restrictions to alleviate the blow to business and the economy.Many states have closed their borders to prevent the spread of infection, and Queensland’s premier said earlier this week its border won’t reopen to any states with cases of community transmission.However, Prime Minister Morrison said Queensland had now agreed to relax a ban on interstate travel for people seeking health services. He said he would call for an agreed definition of a “hot spot” so the authorities and travellers could understand who was, or was not, allowed to travel interstate.Qantas Airways Ltd said this week that state border closures were severely hampering a recovery in the domestic aviation market, while retail group Wesfarmers said the restrictions were causing “enormous hardship”.Other than the Victoria outbreak, Australia has largely avoided the high casualty numbers of many other nations with just under 24,500 infections and 472 deaths linked to the virus. center_img Australia headed for its lowest daily increase in coronavirus infections in five weeks on Friday as the hotspot state of Victoria neared the midway point of lockdown, prompting the prime minister to hail “a week of increased hope”.While the rest of Australia eases restrictions, the home state of a quarter of its population is in a six-week lockdown due to a second wave of virus infections.Victoria reported 179 new cases in the past 24 hours, from 240 a day earlier and down from over 700 a day two weeks ago. The state reported nine deaths.last_img read more

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European investor seeks manager for $150m equity mandate [updated]

first_imgAn unnamed European institutional investor is looking for a manager for a $150m (€129m) global developed markets equity mandate via IPE Quest.According to search QN-2474, the manager should have at least $1.5bn of assets under management for the asset class, and $10bn as a whole for the firm.The investor is open to all management styles but has indicated a preference for a “systematic enhanced index” strategy.The benchmark should be MSCI World. The investor has specified a minimum tracking error of 0.5% and a maximum of 2%. Managers should have a track record of at least five years for the strategy. The investor said it would accept backtested performance data, but the strategy should still have a live track record of more than three years.Interested parties have until 25 September to apply, and should state performance net of fees to 31 August of this year. [This story was updated on 18 September with additional information from the investor.]The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com.last_img read more

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ABN Amro pension fund to focus on climate SDGs

first_imgIn addition, the ABN Amro pension fund also implemented ESG integration in its credit portfolio last year, reducing its carbon footprint by 40% compared to its benchmark.Roest said the fund had no further plans to focus on additional SDGs, adding, however, that its sustainability policy “is constantly subject of change”.Following the outcomes of the online survey of its 44,500 active members and pensioners, which had a response rate of 16%, the ABN Amro pension fund also decided to exclude producers of controversial weapons and tobacco makers from both its credit and equity portfolios.Disagreement with ABN Amro bankThe pension fund also said it disagreed with ABN Amro bank about the latter’s annual contribution to the fund’s administrative costs. Until the conclusion of a new collective labour agreement in September last year, the bank contributed a fixed amount of money each year.The bank said the pension fund is entitled to a lower financial contribution as of 2020 following the conclusion of the collective labour agreement.The scheme was not a party to this, and claims the financial contribution cannot be reduced without its permission. The conflict has now been relayed to an independent arbitration institute, which will give a binding verdict on the matter.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The ABN Amro pension fund plans to pay specific attention to the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs) focusing on climate and energy. The €32bn scheme’s decision followed an online survey among its members.The pension fund said it had named SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy) and SDG 13 (climate action) as “specific areas of attention” in its investment policy.Maarten Roest, head of investments at the Dutch scheme, declined to give any details on the effects on the fund’s investment portfolio as the new policy is currently being implemented.The step follows an earlier measure of the fund to reduce the carbon footprint of its equity portfolio by 50% in 2022 compared to 2017 levels. Two years on, the fund has integrated environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria and cut emissions by half.last_img read more

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YMCA offers free Women’s Self-Defense Class

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Southeastern Indiana YMCA will conduct a Women’s Self-Defense Class on Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to noon. The free class will teach the basics of self-protection including S.A.F.E. Way techniques.Advance registration is appreciated. Please call 812-934-6006.last_img

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Fans ask Pardew: ‘Lead by example’

first_imgNewcastle fans have called upon manager Alan Pardew to “lead by example” as he awaits a call from the Football Association. Press Association Bevan told BBC Radio Five Live’s Sportsweek programme: “The buck stops with Alan. It’s unacceptable, it’s inappropriate and it’s insupportable from every perspective, and Alan knows that. “He immediately realised the serious error, (made) sincere apologies to all parties and obviously (has) deep regret. “It was good to see Steve Bruce’s reaction and Hull accepting (Pardew’s apology), but Alan does need to think hard about how not to put himself in that position again.” The incident came as Newcastle eased themselves to 43 points with an excellent away victory, their second successive win after a run of three defeats. Pardew, who issued a swift apology after the match, is not due to face the media this week as the Magpies have no fixture at the weekend. Pardew seems certain to be hit with an FA charge after allegedly head-butting Hull midfielder David Meyler during his side’s 4-1 Barclays Premier League victory at the KC Stadium on Saturday. The incident over-shadowed one of the Magpies’ better performances of an eventful season, and Mark Jensen, editor of online fanzine www.themag.co.uk, has bemoaned the fact that his actions detracted from what should have been a good afternoon for the club. Jensen said: “Pardew does seem to stand on the touchline for virtually the whole match. “Some people say he loves being the centre of attention. I don’t know if that’s true or whether he just wants to have the best view of the game. “But whatever it is, you look to the manager to lead by example and when you have fans running on the pitch, like one did during the Sunderland game and he ends up in court and fined, it does leave the club open to criticism. “For me, the saddest thing is Newcastle played better than they have for about two months, but naturally all anybody wants to talk about is that incident.” Pardew was sent to the stands by match referee Kevin Friend, whose report is likely to be considered by disciplinary chiefs on Monday. His club has already fined him £100,000, although Press Association Sport understands his job is not in jeopardy. However, it is not the first time the 52-year-old’s touchline antics have landed him in trouble and it would be no surprise if the FA handed him a lengthy ban and another fine. League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan has condemned Pardew’s latest misdemeanour and described his behaviour as “unacceptable”. last_img read more

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Cricket News WATCH: MS Dhoni’s daughter Ziva has special message for voters

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Iconic cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni took time out of his hectic IPL schedule to cast his vote alongside his family, here Monday. Dhoni reached the polling station less than 24 hours after leading Chennai Super Kings in an IPL game against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali.After casting his vote, Dhoni also put up a short video on social media with daughter Ziva, who told his father’s legion of fans to “go and vote just like Mumma and Papa did”. On Tuesday in Chennai, he will lead CSK against Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 1 of the IPL.On this ocassion, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s daughter Ziva said, “Go and vote, just like mumma (mom) and papa (dad) did.” Here’s the Instagram post: last_img read more

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Syracuse earns No. 8 seed, will face 9th-seeded Nebraska in Columbia, South Carolina

first_img Published on March 16, 2015 at 7:33 pm Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (21-9, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) has earned a No. 8 seed in the Greensboro Region of the NCAA tournament and will play No. 9-seed Nebraska on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Columbia, South Carolina. The game will be televised on ESPN2.If Syracuse defeats the Cornhuskers (21-10, 10-8 Big Ten), it will advance to play the winner of No. 1-seed South Carolina and No. 16-seed Savannah State, a game that will take place on Friday at 5 p.m.“We understand that going to the (NCAA) tournament three years in a row is big, and that’s what we want to do every year is to get into the tournament and have a chance to win the national championship,” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “We’re very excited about the opportunity.”Hillsman said that he knew some about the Cornhuskers before the announcement was made and quickly researched them before he spoke to the media. Hillsman said he knows Nebraska is a good rebounding team and a “decent” 3-point shooting team.The Cornhuskers will be without leading scorer Rachel Theriot, whose season ended early because of an ankle injury she suffered in practice on Feb. 3. The guard underwent surgery on Feb. 19 and missed Nebraska’s final eight regular-season games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“As soon as you get the draw, you go and do a little bit of homework,” Hillsman said. “… I’ve seen them some. They’re a very good basketball team, so we’ve got a really, really tough game ahead of us.”If SU advances past the Cornhuskers, it may have a rematch with South Carolina, which beat the Orange 67-63 on Nov. 28 in the championship game of the Junkanoo Jam in Freeport, Bahamas. The Orange, though, led by 10 points with seven minutes to go in regulation.The Greensboro bracket also features a pair of ACC foes in second-seeded Florida State and No. 4 seed North Carolina. The Orange fell to the then-No.9 Seminoles 62-52 on Feb. 2 in Tallahassee and upset the then-No. 13 Tar Heels 61-56 on Feb. 5 in the Carrier Dome.“We’re going to be ready for this game,” Hillsman said. “Obviously, it’s Monday. The game is Friday, so we have plenty of time to get our legs under us and prepare.” Commentslast_img read more

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Word on the Street: What do you like about Alpena’s Brown Trout Festival?

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisReporter Lauren Mixon asks people in Alpena what they like about Alpena’s Brown Trout Festival.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Brown Trout, Brown Trout FestivalContinue ReadingPrevious Besser free family fun day this weekend will encourage S.T.E.A.M learningNext John Hopkins Graduate students extend an invitation to NOAAlast_img

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Hoffarth on the media: Just when it looked like the clock might run out on DodgerBlues.com

first_imgRelated Articles But then Game 7 played out Wednesday night.Segal had the Dodger Blues all over again.“Despite the skepticism the team trained me to have, and how I had protected myself over the years, going into Game 7 I thought they were going to win,” admitted the 42-year-old landscape architect, married and with three young daughters living in the San Fernando Valley.“At least, for about a minute and a half.”That’s about all it took for Yu Darvish to give up a couple of runs to the Houston Astros in the first inning. Three more runs in the second inning. Then the Dodgers bats went silent.Segal felt duped all over again.“Suddenly the Dodgers looked dead, and sloppy, and familiar to me,” continued Segal, who watched it at a nearby bar full of fans who apparently seemed more apathetic as the game devolved.“It was the ultimate hurt. They beckoned me back in and kept saying, ‘Come, come closer …’ And I knew better … I wasn’t going to do it. But I was suckered in and the next thing I knew, they were kicking me in the nuts, slapping me in the face, turning me around and, ‘Saying go away, come back next year’.”FANNING THE FLAMESEnough Dodgers fan-driven websites have come and gone over the last dozen years, each serving pretty much the same purpose – a place to post “citizen-filtered journalism” and litter it with a bunch of selfies about the team’s on-field performance. Over time, some of these site “editors” have managed to procure a media credential from the team, get some press box space, then pound away on their keyboards to emote even more passion into cyberspace.Segal’s site was unpleasantly and thankfully a bit different.It had an honest snark and bark from his seat in the park, in front of his TV set or where ever he decided to take in a contest. It cursed. It had self-created graphics and references to obscure players and events.It felt authentic to a degree where, if it didn’t always take itself seriously, it acknowledged the abuse a real fan has to endure if he or she is to truly be “true blue.”As a single guy with a communications degree from UC San Diego, Segal also kept everything anonymous, just adding to the mystique.Was it coming from someone inside the organization? A comedy writer trying to stay sharp by using fodder from the Dodgers’ futility under the post-O’Malley and pre-Guggenheim Group ownership that was ripe for ridicule?“I’ve been a cynical Dodgers fan since birth – it’s a deep obsession that runs in my family,” explained Segal, also a huge Howard Stern fan who grew up in West L.A. and, if falling asleep before the game ended, would find a note from his parents awaiting him the next morning with all the highlights before he went to school.“I would always take it emotionally hard when they weren’t doing well.” One down for SBVC, 3 to go As the owner, gatekeeper, and lamentation provocateur of this website “for the frustrated Los Angeles Dodgers fan,” with the intent of  “celebrating the futility, disappointment and humor” of the franchise for more than 10 years, Segal sort of gave up on the whole project in 2012. But he was willing to swim back to shore one last time considering the recent circumstances.As he would later show on his Twitter account, Segal had created a “Game Over” graphic through Photoshop that he was prepared to slap over that clock this week with the exact digits marking the time between the Gibson homer and the Dodgers’ clinching the 2017 World Series. It was enough channeled angst to where he got to know the college dorm maintenance guy – he had to frequently come over to fix holes in the wall that Segal created out his frustrations from watching the Dodgers’ flounder.Writing newspaper letters to the sports editor was one way to challenge his creative angst, so eventually Segal decided to register the domain name for DodgerBlues.com, as well as a few others, in 1999, not knowing what to do with them. In 2001, with not much competition or clutter, he started a somewhat therapeutic process of posting his rants and watching the community react.“A lot of people saw it as a ‘Dodger bashing’ site, when it was really just generating dialogue as an outlet for many people,” said Segal. “The fans who understood it cared enough to be angry, not passive, during that time. I don’t think my anger was balanced with a lot of positivity, which is just part of my personality, but back then, there really wasn’t a lot of good stuff going on with the organization.”Segal caught wind that some players on the team enjoyed the daily posts, and none ever fought back or tried to track him down to out him.  Mainstream media sites picked up on it and referenced it. If one did a Google search for “Dodgers” during the peak years when some 4,000 a day read it, Segal’s site would often come up third in line after the team’s official site and ESPN’s Dodgers-related site, a testament to whatever binary analytics were breaking in his favor.The desire to get married and start a family – his future wife didn’t even know for awhile that he ran this site — precluded him from spending all those hours watching, writing and rewriting. Then, Mark Walter’s group came in to run the show. More Dodger sites like ThinkBlueLA.com or TrueBlueLA.com, DodgersDigest.com or SonsOfSteveGarvey.com popped up.“I couldn’t compete with all the others,” Segal admitted, “and I didn’t want to.”The non-subscription site never made money, either, so there was that reality, even if he sold enough ads and T-shirts to get slapped with a couple of cease-and-desist orders from MLB for logo infringement. Segal felt almost an obligation to keep it going because of the response even if he was essentially done with it.Like a reliquary of resistance, the residue of his work remains as an archaeological dig,  available to read at the same URL he continues to pay about $15 a year to keep. Storage space from his wife’s business site as well as her hosting package apparently keep it from completely disappearing.And there’s that clock, kept alive like the beating heart of a cyberspace-organism that will never go away as long as the domain name bills are paid up.‘A CLEAN BREAK’Segal said that for the last five years since he stopped doing the site “I did a good job of detaching myself from the team,” which was aided and abetted a bit by having DirecTV during the SportsNet L.A. distribution debacle.But as the team started generating championship expectations, his fandom was rekindled. Maybe there could be some closure.“That would have made it a clean break,” he said. “And made things easier for the rest of my life.”Instead, this past World Series was “the ultimate tease,” he says. “It just feels like things are status quo again. I’m bummed out. I fell for it.“Now I’m stuck.”Stuck in a sense that he has no time or desire to even do much more with the website or on social media, even if Twitter has become an easier media-ready platform to keep the vibe alive, still rather anonymously until he agreed at this point to reveal his identity.“People are asking if I’ll bring the site back. I remember back then when even if things were good, I think I found a way to focus on things that weren’t, which is kind of sick, and twisted, and unhealthy. But that’s me.“I’m proud of that site. I still consider myself a hard-core Dodgers fan because I’ll never follow another team, regardless of how much time I have to devote to it. What I realized was this last month has been an amazing distraction considering all that’s going on in the world with politics and natural disasters and mass shootings.“I was skeptical that I could get into the playoffs because it seemed too trivial to me. I went to the first divisional series game, and it was trivial – but it was also necessary. It was something to get excited about and forget everything else. Being a fan again was a great thing.“I always expect the worst and am surprised by the best. But I saw what it’s done for me over the last few weeks just for my own attitude. There was something there – a vibe, a comfortable feeling, that I haven’t seen or felt for a long time in L.A. And now with a few days to look back on it, it was such a great World Series.“I may even try to watch more games next season.”If only to keep that clock mocking the passing of time and a Dodgers fan’s patience. A clock continues ticking on the top right corner of the DodgerBlues.com home page, marking “the time since the last meaningful Dodger moment.”That would be Kirk Gibson’s 1988 World Series Game 1 walk-off homer that sparked the team to a championship. Thus, the digital numbers read T-plus 29 years … wait, the days and hours seem …“I know, somehow it’s off by about 20 days now,” Josh Segal admitted, dipping another tortilla chip in the hot sauce at a Sherman Oaks Mexican restaurant over lunch. “I don’t know what happened or how to fix it.”That’s a minor glitch.center_img Look who’s back More media notes at www.insidesocal.com/tomhoffarthMEASURING MEDIA MAYHEMWHAT SMOKES* We see the same theories rehashed ad nauseum about why NFL ratings aren’t as robust as usual. Anthem protests? Millennial viewing habits? With ratings reported to be down 5 percent from last year and 15 percent from 2015, a Wall Street Journal piece this week re-purposed through AwfulAnnouncing.com quoted CBS Sports chair Sean McManus as agreeing in the premise that the sport “has clearly diluted the Sunday afternoon packages … it’s simple mathematics” because of airing games on Thursday night, plus more early-morning games from London. CBS is part of that Thursday night package, and this is somewhat of a pivot from how McManus justified his network’s involvement in expanding coverage a years ago. Ponder that with Peyton Manning over a slice of Papa John’s pizza.WHAT CHOKES* ESPN president John Skipper decided to update the company’s 2011 social media guidelines and policies with another memo this past week, this time making it more clear that employees “do not break news on social platforms” because it must be vetted through editors first. Also, avoid commenting on social issues. It all seems reasonable. Yet, despite a clear and present danger of having all this down in black and white, it drew a Twitter response from former ESPN employee and current editor of TheRinger.com Bill Simmons: “Here’s our @ringer social media policy: ‘Feel free to be a human being on the internet’.” Sure. See how long that lasts. College campus upgrades earn kudos Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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