first_imgThe threat goes beyond the loss of jobs, the loss of research and development tied to manufacturing, and the loss of control of an emerging industry.With growing use of Internet-connected smart technology in solar panels, having China produce and control a key energy source poses a potential national energy and cybersecurity threat.Unfortunately, the recommendations made by the ITC don’t go far enough to make up for all the damage.Our proposal for a real remedy includes tariffs as well as a minimum price for cells and modules that will make it possible for Suniva and others to start opening plants and putting people back to work in good-paying, middle-class jobs.Now that he has returned from China, Trump should deliver a strong message: American solar must compete on equal footing.Matt Card is executive vice president at Suniva, a Georgia-based solar cell and module manufacturing company.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Winning before the ITC mattered, but ultimately it is up to Trump to impose a remedy that works, and unfortunately the watered-down recommendations sent to him by the commissioners don’t do enough.Different commissioners supported different plans, which include a mix of tariffs and quotas at various levels, but all of them fell short of the stronger tariffs and quotas we know are needed to reopen factories and eventually invest in new ones to save this high-tech American manufacturing sector.To get their way, Chinese companies have joined and influenced American trade groups, resulting in a concerted lobbying and advertising campaign against an effective remedy.(Suniva has a mix of both domestic and foreign investment including from Shunfeng International Clean Energy Ltd., a Chinese company that acquired 63 percent of our firm in 2015..We think it is better to have a mix of foreign and domestic ownership employing American workers here than it is to outsource Americans jobs.)With earlier ITC rulings, China skirted past tariffs by moving companies and factories to proxy countries, laughing at the United States and continuing to steal American jobs.That’s why we filed the 201 complaint — to give the president the ability to say, “Enough is enough, we’re going to enforce fair trade and ensure American manufacturers get to compete on even footing.” Categories: Editorial, OpinionPresident Donald Trump is right to take on our national trade imbalance with China.For too long, millions of American jobs and thousands of factories have disappeared as other countries, particularly China, game the system, break the rules and flood the U.S. market with below-cost imports that are breaking the back of American manufacturing.I’ve seen it happen in the solar cell and module industry.Our company alone had to lay off hundreds of employees this spring because we can’t keep up with Chinese imports.Sadly, that same scenario has played out in nearly 30 solar manufacturing companies over the past five years – costing thousands of U.S. jobs and about $1 billion in investments. Beginning in 2006, the Chinese government has made dominating the solar industry part of its five-year economic plans, and has aggressively subsidized their manufacturers so they could sell products below what it costs to make them.Since that moment, the United States has gone from a trade surplus on this American-invented technology to a more than $8 billion annual trade deficit.We operate in the United States in a fair market, expected to make a profit and stand on our own two feet.That’s what we did, planning, always improving the technology we helped develop locally at Georgia Tech, and working with local communities where we built our plants in Norcross, Ga., and Saginaw, Mich.We did it right. But China cheated.Through hacking of U.S. companies, the theft of technology secrets and forcing prices to drop, they have all but finished off America’s solar manufacturing industry.As a result, countries the size of Montana now have more manufacturing capacity in solar than the United States does. I don’t want to keep seeing good, hardworking Americans continue to hear the same thing.And thankfully, we have a president who is willing to be tough to create fair and reciprocal trade for U.S. manufacturers.He is in the right place at the right time, and his recent visit to China couldn’t have come at a better moment.This month, the International Trade Commission (ITC) voted on remedy recommendations for Trump so he can bring U.S. solar manufacturing back to life.The commission had already ruled unanimously that cheap solar imports have flooded the U.S. market and caused significant injury, driving an entire industrial segment to the brink of extinction.The ruling and recommendations came as a result of a complaint under Section 201 of the Trade Act we filed at Suniva, joined by SolarWorld Americas — the two largest remaining U.S. solar cell and module manufacturing companies.At one time, my company employed 350 people in four states.last_img read more

first_imgIndonesia has reported the highest daily rise of COVID-19 cases for two days in a row, with 2,657 cases recorded on Thursday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 70,736.West Java recorded the highest spike with 962 new cases, followed by East Java and Jakarta with 517 and 284 cases, respectively. “The significant increase in West Java comes from the Secapa [the Army’s Officer Candidate School] cluster. In total, we’ve recorded 1,262 confirmed cases from the cluster,” national COVID-19 task force spokesperson Achmad Yurianto said during his daily press briefing.On Wednesday, West Java COVID-19 task force spokesperson Berli Hamdani told journalists that hundreds of students of Secapa in the provincial capital of Bandung had tested positive for the coronavirus during swab testing in the facility. He then declared the military academy a new COVID-19 cluster in the province, as reported by kompas.com.Read also: Interview with Governor Ridwan Kamil: West Java’s technological strides against COVID-19Yurianto added only 17 out of the 1,262 confirmed cases were getting treatment at hospitals as they started to show symptoms of fever and shortness of breath.“The remaining 1,245 cases show no symptoms,” Yurianto claimed.He added they were currently quarantined at the military school in Bandung. No one is allowed in or out of the facility to prevent further spread of the virus.Indonesian health authorities also reported that 58 more people had died from the disease, bringing the total number of deaths to 3,417. Meanwhile, 32,651 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the government’s official count.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgThe ILO estimates that there are 152 million youngsters under the age of 18 around the world in child labor, with around half in the worst forms, and 73 million doing work considered as hazardous.Some 70 percent of all child labor takes place in agriculture — two-thirds of which is unpaid family work — and is mostly poverty-related.Nearly one in five African youngsters are in child labor.”We still have a massive challenge ahead of us,” Ryder told a press conference.”The point here is that when a country takes on legal obligations to act in a certain way, that gives us real leverage to make progress.”These things really do make an enormous difference but they’re not the magic bullet — and nobody would pretend they are.”The convention was unanimously adopted in 1999, but has now been unanimously ratified.It calls for the prohibition and elimination of child slavery, forced labor and trafficking and bans the use of children in warfare, prostitution, pornography, illegal activities such as drug trafficking, and in hazardous work. “It reflects a global commitment that the worst forms of child labor, such as slavery, sexual exploitation, the use of children in armed conflict or other illicit or hazardous work that compromises children’s health, morals or psychological well-being, have no place in our society.” Topics : COVID-19 concerns The ILO said the incidence of child labor and its worst forms dropped by almost 40 percent between 2000 and 2016, as ratification spread.The sustainable development goals adopted by all UN member states in 2015 call for the end of child labor in all its forms by 2025.However, progress has slowed in recent years, particularly for children aged five to 11, and in some geographical areas.And the COVID-19 pandemic is threatening to reverse progress and result in an increase in child labor for the first time in 20 years.The pandemic has already wiped out the equivalent of more than 400 million jobs, and as vulnerability grows, families are looking for ways to supplement their incomes to survive.”The temptation of children being pushed into the market for child labor is correspondingly increased — and there is evidence that this is happening,” said Ryder.center_img 152m in child labor However, he was under no illusions that ratification equated to implementation. Every member state has ratified a United Nations convention banning the worst forms of child labor, the UN announced Tuesday, in a historic first — though eliminating such practices remains distant.The Pacific island nation of Tonga formally lodged its ratification with the International Labor Organization on Tuesday, meaning all 187 ILO member states have done so — the first convention ever to be universally ratified in the UN agency’s 100-year history.”Universal ratification of Convention 182 is an historic first that means that all children now have legal protection against the worst forms of child labor,” said ILO director-general Guy Ryder.last_img read more

first_imgFollowing a wave of major consolidation in the container shipping industry, the trend could diminish following the merger of OOCL and China COSCO Shipping, according to Clarksons Research.The start of joint operations as of April 2018 between major Japanese containership operators NYK, MOL and K-Line, as the Ocean Network Express was another milestone in the ongoing consolidation of the sector.When looking at the past 20 years, Clarksons said that there was an acceleration of this trend, with significant merger and acquisition activity.In 1998, the top 20 carriers accounted for 73% of deployed capacity globally, with the largest (Maersk) with a 7.2% share and the carrier ranked 20th (CSAV) with 1.3%. The top 20 included some famous old names, and was essentially made up of the global carriers of the day. The list of carriers ranked 21-30 also contained some carriers still well-known today: Wan Hai, Crowley, Matson and PIL (ranked 30th) as well as carriers since notably merged with others such as Safmarine, UASC, Hamburg-Sud, Delmas and MISC.However, consolidation has greatly changed the situation and the top 20 now account for 90% of all capacity, while the top 10 account for a mighty 83%. The largest carrier (still Maersk) now accounts for 19.4%, but the carrier ranked 10th (Zim) for 1.8% and the 20th (Quanzhou Ansheng) just 0.3%.“This profile is the result of an era of major consolidation, which looks like it might take a breather as and when the merger of OOCL with China COSCO Shipping is completed,” Clarksons said.“The scope of the liner companies’ cost base and the perceived benefits from economies of scale have led to a slimming of the number of major operators long considered inevitable by many.”A heavyweight top 10 carriers operates 10.4 times the capacity of the carriers ranked 11-20, compared to 2.4 times 20 years ago.last_img read more

first_imgSunday Star Times 12 August 2012Growing up with two parents in a stable family, Cassandra Faithfull never envisaged the life she now leads. She would study, work hard, find a partner, have children and own a home. But the plan broke down. As a “naive” 22-year-old, she fell pregnant and her study plans went on hold. Five years later, another child to a different father. Down the track, two more to another man.….Statistics show her married counterparts have the advantage, both in terms of income and time spent raising children. Their children are in turn statistically more likely to finish university, find good jobs, and make stable marriages. Faithfull is far from unique. A Families Commission report last week showed steady decline in two-parent families since 1976, and an almost tripling of solo-parent families between 1976 and 2006. Nine out of 10 one-parent families earn well below the median household income, and their children have significantly higher poverty rates. Nearly half of all births in 2010 were to unmarried women, compared with about 10 per cent in 1964, and research from the United States suggests half of unmarried parents living together at a child’s birth split up within five years. The push for women to get educated has made it harder for women like Faithfull to break out of the solo-parent trap. Instead, educated, well-off people are marrying, widening the gap between rich and poor families. New Zealand is becoming a society of family haves and have-nots, with marriage and its benefits increasingly confined to the prosperous. “In the past the theory was educated women would have more choice, so wouldn’t need to get married,” commission lead researcher Jeremy Robertson said. “But the trend is counter to the early theories. We didn’t really predict that.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/latest-edition/latest-news/7462170/Solo-parent-trap-widens-gap-for-rich-and-poorlast_img read more

first_imgBay of Plenty Times 18 June 2013A new report claims sex education in schools promotes sexual behaviour among young people, while not highlighting the risks – but Western Bay principals disagree. The report, R18: Sexuality Education in New Zealand A Critical Review, was commissioned by conservative lobby group Family First and written by United States psychiatrist Dr Miriam Grossman. It analysed various sex education resources and was sent to every intermediate and secondary school principal and board of trustee chair.Aquinas College principal Ray Scott said the programme his staff taught gave students the full story about sex and sexuality. Schools needed to emphasise the importance of positive relationships as well as teaching students about safe sex, he said. “The programme that is provided in Catholic schools does provide a pretty clear picture for kids. The relationship side of things is very important.” Mount Maunganui College principal Russell Gordon said he was happy sex education at his school also gave teenagers a full understanding of the issue. I’m not an expert but, speaking from our school’s context, I would be surprised if students didn’t receive a balanced message about sex.” Mr Gordon said students were taught about safe sex but they were also told there was no harm in saying “no”. “A kid needs to be given as much information as possible so that, whatever the choice is, it’s informed. That’s the whole idea to having sex education.” Sex education is compulsory in New Zealand schools until the end of Year 10. However, parents have the right to withdraw their child.http://www.bayofplentytimes.co.nz/news/Western-bay-schools-disagree-with-sex-report/1911293/last_img read more

first_imgNigerien special forces prepare to fight Boko Haram in DiffaNigeria’s army said late on Sunday that it rescued 178 people held by Islamist militant group Boko Haram in Nigeria’s Borno state, the heartland of the insurgency.Spokesman Colonel Tukur Gusau said in an emailed statement that 101 of the those freed were children, 67 were women and the rest were men.He added that a Boko Haram commander had also been captured and several militant camps were cleared around the town of Bama, about 70 km southeast of the state capital Maiduguri.Boko Haram has been waging a six-year insurgency in the northeast of Africa’s biggest economy in an attempt to establish an Islamist state adhering to strict sharia law.Nigeria’s airforce also said that it helped ground troops repel an attack by Boko Haram around the village of Bitta on the southern edge of the Sambisa forest reserve, a stronghold of the militant group.Boko HaramBitta is also west of Gwoza, a town near the Cameroonian border that was believed to be the militants’ headquarters until a major offensive was launched earlier this year by combined Nigeria, Nigerien and Chadian forces.Boko Haram was pushed out of most of the vast swathes of territory it controlled at the start of the year but they have dispersed and returned to their guerrilla tactics of hitting soft targets with bombs and raiding towns.President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed to crush the group and a multi-national joint taskforce made of 8,700 troops from Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, Chad and Benin is being set up in the Chadian capital N’Djamena to tackle Boko Haram.The force was supposed to start operations on July 31 but has been dogged by a lack of funding and political will. Buhari visited Cameroon this past week in an effort to smooth over differences over cross-border pursuit and then to Benin.last_img read more

first_imgThe Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has implemented the first phase of a multi-year tariff increase system by enforcing a 40% rise in the cost of using the state utility.Nigeria’s power grid currently supplies just over 4800 Megawatts of electricity to an estimated population of 177 million people.Here is Sophia Adengo story.last_img

first_img “I thought she was a certainty if she handled the ground and Shane said he always thought she was going to win.” Consistent mare Clara McCloud got back on the winning trail with a determined display in the Clonmel Oil Service Station Handicap Hurdle. Since her last success at Roscommon in August, Gordon Elliott’s charge had been placed on each of her three starts, including when third at Cheltenham last month. Sent off the 4-1 favourite back on home turf, Clara McCloud travelled kindly throughout in the hands of Barry Geraghty and picked up well from the final flight to take top honours by three lengths. The strong-travelling Tulsa Jack came home well to fill the runner-up spot, ahead of Make A Track in third. “She’s a nice mare and Gordon has minded her very well. She benefited from a break prior to Cheltenham and stepped up over there and stepped up again today,” said Geraghty. “She is as sweet as a nut and was fresh and well today and was able to cope with the ground which is loose but heavy.” Press Association Stay With It tried to make a race of it at the end of a testing two and a half miles, but The Bold Beckey saw her off and was well on top as she passed the post six lengths to the good. Winning trainer TJ Nagle said: “She’s only a pony but is game and has been incredibly well all the time. center_img The Bold Beckey was a 4-1 winner of the Clonmel Oil Race Day Handicap Hurdle in the hands of conditional jockey Shane Crimin.last_img read more

first_imgA Florida woman is behind bars after police say she is accused in the death of a 4-month-old who was left in her care.28-year-old Samantha Mariel Angeles De La Rosa was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count second-degree murder, and two counts aggravated child abuse.According to officials, deputies found the baby unresponsive with multiple bruises on her head, face and body when they went to the home Tuesday.When Angeles was questioned she told investigators that a toddler pulled the baby off of a changing table, causing her to fall to the floor. Police say she changed her story a few times.When autopsy reports came back, they found the baby had a fractured skull, which produced a brain bleed. The medical examiner said she died from blunt force trauma and ruled the death a homicide, the report said.After the autopsy, investigators questioned Angeles once again and she told them that on Tuesday morning, the baby started crying as she changed her diaper. Angeles said she began thinking about “how overwhelmed she is in life” and then “lost it in a split second,” the report said. She grabbed the baby by the shoulders and struck her head against the changing table, according to the report.Angles is being held without bond.,A Florida woman is behind bars after police say she is accused in the death of a 4-month-old who was left in her care.28-year-old Samantha Mariel Angeles De La Rosa was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count second-degree murder, and two counts aggravated child abuse.According to officials, deputies found the baby unresponsive with multiple bruises on her head, face and body when they went to the home Tuesday.When Angeles was questioned she told investigators that a toddler pulled the baby off of a changing table, causing her to fall to the floor. Police say she changed her story a few times.When autopsy reports came back, they found the baby had a fractured skull, which produced a brain bleed. The medical examiner said she died from blunt force trauma and ruled the death a homicide, the report said.After the autopsy, investigators questioned Angeles once again and she told them that on Tuesday morning, the baby started crying as she changed her diaper. Angeles said she began thinking about “how overwhelmed she is in life” and then “lost it in a split second,” the report said. She grabbed the baby by the shoulders and struck her head against the changing table, according to the report.Angles is being held without bond.last_img read more