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26 апреля, 00:41

Are South Asia’s Container Ports Competitive?

Good performance of South Asia’s container ports is a crucial for the region’s competitiveness. A new World Bank report finds that while South Asia’s ports have made improvements, there is room for continued progress as shipping still costs more and takes longer in South Asia than in some other regions. Through improving its ports, South Asia could increase its exports to create stronger economies, better jobs, and a better standard of living. Learn More: http://www.worldbank.org/southasiaports

26 апреля, 00:16

Republicans Abandon Wall Funding Demand

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Although Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) declined to detail the talks, he and other members of the Democratic leadership team seemed convinced wall funding was now off the table. With that issue settled, Democrats suggested they were making real progress toward passing an omnibus spending bill by Friday, when government funding runs out. “The president’s 11th-hour demand [for wall money] threatened to upend the progress. We’re pleased he’s backing off,” Schumer said. Schumer added that there remain a number of outstanding issue. “First and foremost, Democrats remain committed to making sure there are no poison-pill riders in this agreement,” Schumer said, referring to amendments that are intended to be politically divisive. “The fact that the wall is now off the table, Americans should breathe a huge sigh of relief,” Schumer said. “The negotiations can resume and move forward.” Trump and other administration officials had previously indicated they would demand wall funding in the omnibus spending bill, with Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney raising the possibility that Republicans would offer dollar-for-dollar funding between a wall and Obamacare subsidies for low-income people. But Democrats have been resolute that they won’t accept money for a physical border wall in any spending bill. That leaves Republicans with an obvious choice: Either abandon their demand for wall funding, or insist on the money, try to make Democrats cave, and risk a potential government shutdown. With Republicans in control of the House, the Senate, and the White House, Democrats were willing to bet that voters would blame the GOP for a shutdown ― and that a lapse in government funding would show that Trump and congressional Republicans can’t govern. In short, Republicans had hardly any leverage, and Democrats knew it. Republicans don’t have the votes to pass an omnibus bill on their own. They need at least eight Democrats in the Senate to get 60 votes, and potentially many more Democrats in the House. Democrats, lacking the votes to pass a bill themselves, have taken a hard line on the spending bill, denying Trump and Republicans a number of policy priorities, including defunding Planned Parenthood, restricting money for immigration “sanctuary cities,” and blowing up the subsidy program for the Affordable Care Act. Without those GOP wins, more and more Republicans have appeared apt to vote against the legislation, tilting further momentum toward Democrats. That has put Democrats in a position to fund their own priorities, like the Obamacare subsidies, and simultaneously troll Trump. “President Trump laid out his demands for this spending bill, and thankfully, Democrats and many Republicans in Congress have so far stood together to say ‘absolutely not.’” Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) said Tuesday. Murray continued that Trump had dropped all demands to defund Planned Parenthood, and hasn’t said “a word about the $18 billion in extreme [domestic spending] cuts that his fellow Republicans have simply ignored.” “Allow Democrats and Republicans to work together,” Murray added, “and don’t shut down the government to try to distract people from your failed 100 days in office.” There are still a number of issues for Democrats and Republicans to work out before they can reach a deal. Lawmakers have yet to settle on miners’ health provisions, Puerto Rico funding, or how much money the spending bill will deliver for Obamacare subsidies. Those unresolved issues could lead Republicans and Democrats toward another short-term funding bill for, say, a week or so. But either way, it’s clear that Trump’s most significant demand, perhaps his signature campaign promise ― the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border ― isn’t going to happen soon. That hasn’t exactly deterred Trump or his administration. Department of Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan said recently that DHS could “reprogram” existing funding to cover the cost of wall “prototypes.” “None of this is going to happen in one fiscal year,” Lapan said. Apparently not. Elise Foley contributed reporting. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

25 апреля, 23:15

McConnell Really, Really Wants Trump To Quit The Tweeting Already

WASHINGTON ― Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that he thinks President Donald Trump has been successful during his first 100 days. But he really, really wishes Trump would stop with the early morning tweetstorms. Trump has not been able to make much progress on any of his top campaign promises, including repealing the Affordable Care Act or building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. But McConnell said that Trump’s military actions abroad and his support of the GOP’s push to repeal some Obama administration regulations are examples of the president’s early successes. “I think the president is doing just fine with what he is promoting,” McConnell told reporters on Capitol Hill. “I like the Congressional review actions. I like the strike in Syria. I like the bunker buster bomb in Afghanistan,” he said, referring in the case of Afghanistan to the Massive Ordinance Air Blast bomb dropped on Islamic State caves. “I like the more assertive foreign policy.” But even in his brief summation of Trump’s 100-day start, the Kentucky legislator felt compelled to mention the tweeter-in-chief’s social media practices. “As I’ve said repeatedly, I’m not a big fan of the president’s tweeting habits,” McConnell said before downplaying the importance of those 140-character broadsides. “If you focus on what he’s actually doing, I think he’s doing exactly the right thing for the country,” McConnell said. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

25 апреля, 23:09

Embattled House Intel chair Devin Nunes gets a challenger

Devin Nunes, the California Republican congressman who sparked a national firestorm as the House Intelligence Chair overseeing the investigation into Russian election meddling, has a challenger.Charging voters are “fed up” with Nunes, Fresno County deputy district attorney Andrew Janz announced his candidacy Tuesday for California’s 22nd Congressional District seat. Janz, a 33-year-old Democrat from the Central Valley city of Visalia, challenges the idea that the GOP-dominated district's 10-point Republican voter registration advantage, or Nunes' roots in a third-generation dairy farming family, shields him from a strong challenge in 2018. Nunes, 43, a Republican from Tulare, was elected to the seat in 2002.“The notion that Devin Nunes is unbeatable is a myth,’’ Janz said in an interview Tuesday. “He’s been more concerned about defending himself regarding allegations of misusing classified information than he is with the concerns of the voters here — water, health care, and crime. He’s not talking about these things.”Nunes, the embattled chair of the House Intelligence Committee, was forced earlier this month to step aside from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election after the House Committee on Ethics announced an investigation following complaints that he “may have made unauthorized disclosures of classified information.” That announcement followed weeks of headlines in which Nunes was criticized for briefing President Trump at the White House — before the congressman briefed his own committee members, including ranking Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff — regarding what he said was information that some of the Trump election team had been the subject of surveillance regarding Russian connections.Janz is the son of immigrants — his mother from Thailand and his father from Northern Canada — who met in the Peace Corps, and English is his second language. He said Nunes, while generating those national headlines, has been out of touch with voters in a Central Valley farming district that's home to a robust immigrant community — both Latino and Asian — and has some of the highest poverty rates and unemployment in California. He charged that frustrated district residents scheduled their own town hall meeting last week to address the region's concerns, including GOP efforts to roll back the Affordable Care Act. Nunes failed to show, “and he didn’t even send a staffer,’’ Janz said. “He’s dismissed people as paid activists..but these are hard working people of the district. They’re not paid agitators.”Nunes' spokesman did not respond to immediate requests for comment.The Fresno County prosecutor describes himself as “progressive,’’ but notes that his lifelong work in law enforcement has given him a sharp perspective on public safety and criminal justice issues which are front and center in the Central Valley. Janz said his wife Heather, a marriage and family therapist, “is also a small business owner, so we understand the burdens of taxes and regulations,’’ he said. The prosecutor has his own roots in the region; he attended Redwood High in Visalia, and graduated from Cal State Stanislaus with a BA in economics and a masters in public administration before attending Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.Janz said his working class roots — his father was a laborer, his mother a hospital worker — has given him a deep understanding of the challenges facing the district's working class voters, including issues like the rising cost of education. "Both my wife and I have student loan debt, and we talk to countless young people who are not able to buy homes” or get out from under those obligations.He said that unlike Nunes, “I’m going to build a coalition of voters here — progressives, moderates and Republicans,’’ he said. “We’re not going to succumb to this national narrative that basically divides us; we’re going to talk about what unites us.”

25 апреля, 22:54

Exelixis (EXEL) Q1 Earnings: Will the Stock Disappoint?

Exelixis, Inc. (EXEL) is scheduled to report first-quarter 2017 results on May 1, after the market close.

25 апреля, 22:37

Don't Cut the Estate Tax—Raise It

President Trump's plan will likely advocate for the repeal of a tax that only the ultra-wealthy pay.

25 апреля, 21:33

P&C Insurers Lack Impetus, Interest Rate Hike Not Enough

P&C Insurers Lack Impetus, Interest Rate Hike Not Enough

25 апреля, 20:59

5 Democrats Who Could Run For President in 2020

Ryan James Girdusky Politics, America Here is a shortlist of the Democrats most likely to make a run for the Oval Office in 2020. The Democratic Party remains divided and leaderless with no clear conscious message other than “resist” and saying the word “shit” as often as possible while referring to Republicans. So whoever is nominated for the presidency not only has the job of unseating President Trump, but that person also has the task of creating a vision and mission for the Democratic Party. Here are five Democrats most likely to make a run for the Oval Office and become a leader for Democrats: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Cuomo will likely run for president. He may still be saying in interviews that he’s focused on his 2018 reelection, but his budget says otherwise. Cuomo’s budget was notably more progressive, pushing forward a plan to get free college for New Yorkers whose families earned under $150,000 a year. While it’s an idea that is embraced by progressives, Democrats in the state assembly slammed the governor because his plan would only cover thirty-two thousand students and not the million he promised. It became even more evident that the plan had to do with his presidential ambitions both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton supported the bill at different events. While Cuomo could certainly raise millions in support of his campaign and run as both a progressive who gets things done, he was able to work well with the Republican-controlled state senate. Still, progressive activists are unlikely to get behind Cuomo. More than two hundred thousand New York Democrats voted against him in the 2014 primary. He was unable to win them back in the general election and the Green Party scored an unprecedented 5 percent of the vote. Despite his support for universal higher education, Cuomo’s moderate past and veto of the 2016 legal-defense bill is unlikely to bridge the divide between him and Sanders supporters. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker Read full article

25 апреля, 20:53

Novartis Tops Q1 Earnings: Cosentyx, Entresto Boost Sales

Novartis AG (NVS) reported first-quarter 2017 core earnings of $1.13 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.10.

25 апреля, 20:50

1.1 Billion pledged in Humanitarian Aid for Yemen & other topics (Daily Briefing April 25, 2017)


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25 апреля, 20:50

UN Commission celebrates 70 years of 'connecting countries and driving progress in Europe'

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is celebrating 70 years of bringing countries across the continent together to cooperate on a wide range of issues, including trade, transport, sustainable development and food safety, which impact the daily lives of its citizens.

25 апреля, 20:40

Lack of diversity among UK senior judiciary is 'serious constitutional issue'

Report calls for structural change to fix imbalance, and says upcoming replacement of supreme court judges is an ‘unprecedented opportunity’The senior judiciary is dominated by privately educated white men and may need “targets with teeth” – if not quotas – to improve diversity on the bench, a report by senior lawyers has warned.The study by the reform group Justice is highly critical of the slow progress made towards selecting judges who reflect the UK’s ethnic, gender and social composition. That failure, it says, has become “a serious constitutional issue”. Continue reading...

25 апреля, 20:40

Afghanistan makes progress in fighting corruption, enormous challenges remain – new UN report

While enormous challenges remain, Afghanistan authorities have made headway in their fight against corruption, according to a United Nations report released today, which also finds that the country is making progress in other areas, such as restoring institutional control over the delivery of public services.

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25 апреля, 20:40

UN Commission celebrates 70 years of 'connecting countries and driving progress in Europe'

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is celebrating 70 years of bringing countries across the continent together to cooperate on a wide range of issues, including trade, transport, sustainable development and food safety, which impact the daily lives of its citizens.

25 апреля, 20:37

Cuomo hires former Christie operative Maria Comella as his chief of staff

ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat laying down markers for a potential presidential bid, has tapped a veteran Republican operative to work as a senior aide in his administration.Maria Comella, who has previously advised New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, as well as Sarah Palin, John McCain, George W. Bush and Rudy Giuliani, will come on as chief of staff. Cuomo paid Comella as a consultant last year as he put together a legislative agenda that largely focused on middle-class voters.CNN first reported the news of Comella’s hire. In a statement provided by a Cuomo spokesman, Comella said she was attracted to Cuomo’s recent actions."Right now, it is important to be an active participant in our democratic process and political party matters less than the things we can accomplish when working together. At a time of turmoil in Washington, I believe the states can and will play an important role and Governor Cuomo has the ability to find common ground when it's needed and get things done,” she stated. "I was born and raised in upstate New York and the chance to work for a governor I respect and to be part of his ambitious agenda to create upward economic mobility for the middle class and give voice to those who need it most matters more to me than partisan politics. The fact Governor Cuomo is willing to listen to different viewpoints and work with people from the other side of the aisle is something we should welcome and quite frankly should want to see happen more often."While Cuomo hired several Obama administration and Clinton Campaign veterans earlier this year, the governor’s aides noted that Comella is not the only Republican to hold a senior position in his administration. Robert Mujica, the state’s budget director, was a top fiscal aide to the Republicans who control the New York State Senate and Kelly Cummings, the Senate Republicans’ former communications director, is also a senior adviser to the governor.Comella is also said to have developed a good working relationship with Melissa DeRosa, who she is succeeding as chief of staff, when Comella worked was a top aide to Christie. DeRosa was recently promoted from chief of staff to secretary, the top aide."This administration has forged a bold progressive agenda, uplifting the middle class and providing greater opportunities for all New Yorkers," Cuomo said in a press release announcing Comella and several other administration appointments. "These new additions will strengthen our team and bring new ideas and talent to strengthen our team, and I look forward to working together to continue to move New York forward."The move drew instant jeers on social media from progressives, a constituency that has long been wary of Cuomo for a variety of reasons. And her hire is the latest chapter in the long-running saga of Cuomo and Christie, stylistically similar partisan opposites separated by the Hudson River but connected by the bi-state Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.Comella, who grew up in an Albany suburb, was one of Christie’s most important and trusted advisers, first as communications director and then as a deputy chief of staff. She masterminded the media strategy that made the Republican governor a household name across America, not to mention a top contender for the presidency. Christie biographer Matt Katz described Comella as Christie's “most important governmental aide.”She and her staff built a media contact list that stretched thousands of names long and became the stuff of legend. She worked to cultivate some of the most prominent journalists in America, a number of whom Christie would routinely text message. And even after the national scandal involving retributive lane closures on the George Washington Bridge scarred the governor deeply, Comella stayed by Christie's side, first running a super PAC to support him and eventually leading the messaging for his ill-fated presidential campaign.Comella broke with Christie last year, publicly endorsing Democrat Hillary Clinton after her former boss threw his support to Donald Trump. She said at the time that “silence isn't an option” during a carefully crafted interview with CNN, but made peace with Christie over a long dinner earlier this year, a person familiar with the meeting told POLITICO this month.Cuomo and Christie have a non-aggressive relationship that provided important cover for Christie during the Bridgegate scandal and became awkward during Cuomo’s 2014 re-election campaign. Christie at the time chaired the Republican Governors Association, but said Cuomo’s GOP opponent, Rob Astorino, was a “lost cause” unworthy of fund-raising or other support.Comella has also been assisting Paul Massey, a Republican real estate developer running against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Cuomo and de Blasio have been feuding for years, but their relationship thawed slightly when Trump emerged as a common enemy.

25 апреля, 20:25

Rebuilding Resilient Houses in Nepal

Recovery is now within sight since earthquakes hit the people of Nepal on and after April 25, 2015. World Bank Vice President for South Asia, Annette Dixon, describes the progress in rebuilding resilient housing as Nepali homeowners are receiving both financial and technical support from the Government of Nepal’s Housing Reconstruction Program. A range of development partners, including World Bank Group, are lending resources and expertise to help the government with this enormous task.

25 апреля, 20:20

We Cannot Afford Another 100 Days of Trump Without An Action Plan

As we approach President Trump’s 100th day in office, many pundits and commentators are reviewing what he has not accomplished – and rightfully so. Whether it was his promise to build the wall and have Mexico pay for it, tax reform, getting a repeal and replace health care bill to the floor and more, Trump outlined his own agenda for the first 100 days but has clearly failed to deliver. What we have seen instead is his Justice Department withdraw from a lawsuit in Texas on voter ID, announce an end to moving forward on police reform and an undermining of consent decrees. We have also witnessed increased immigration raids, threats to cut funding to sanctuary cities and the spreading of fear within immigrant communities. Trump outlined his own agenda for the first 100 days but has clearly failed to deliver. We will develop our own plan of action to protect voting rights, civil rights, police reform and other issues of grave concernAnd we have observed gender inequality, Islamophobia, stereotyping, racial inferences and very clear ways of marginalizing certain groups of people. That is why civil rights and social justice leaders, elected officials and faith leaders are converging in New York City under the leadership of my organization, National Action Network (NAN), for the first national gathering of its kind during this new Administration. On Wednesday, April 26, we will kick things off at NAN’s annual convention with none other than former Attorney General Eric Holder, followed by DNC Chair Tom Perez addressing delegates, activists, clergy, students and others from around the nation that will all convene with us over the course of the next few days. From Bernie Sanders, Gov. Cuomo, Harry Belafonte, Spike Lee, MC Lyte and Hill Harper to Mary Frances Berry, Van Jones, Shaun King, Joy Reid, Angela Rye, Michael Eric Dyson and many more, we will hear from some of the greatest minds of our time and those leading by example. We are determined not to sit back and watch the erosion of things we have personally and actively fought for. We will develop our own plan of action to protect voting rights, civil rights, police reform and other issues of grave concern, and we will hit the ground running with our own 100-day strategy to do so. We will develop our own plan of action to protect voting rights, civil rights, police reform and other issues of grave concern. Those generations that proceeded us paid a high price so that we could obtain certain rights and opportunities, and we must ensure the same – and more – for future generations. We must organize from the local community level all the way to Congressional races and for the Presidential election itself. We must have media campaigns, economic withdrawals and press our elected officials to do the right thing. In short, we must use everything at our disposal to resist. While Trump is able to guide public attention away from some egregious things taking place that impact underprivileged black and latino communities, the details are clear from the actions of Attorney General Sessions, Education Secretary DeVos and others in his Administration. We must operate now. This Administration has declared war on crime when violent crime continues to decline. Sessions ordered a review of consent decrees (that those police departments are actually in favor of), and his actions are halting reform that all sides agree is desperately needed in order to improve police and community relations. We have always been pro-police but anti-police brutality; the distinction is significant. The current Justice Department is also actively allowing laws to proceed that blatantly disenfranchise the votes of people of color, the poor and the elderly ― that is frightening at best. We can defeat Trump and his Administration’s attempts; we did it before with grassroots planning and mobilization as witnessed by the pushback against his Muslim travel ban and their attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. It is up to us to remain vigilant. We will mark the first 100 days by energizing ourselves. Some will mark Trump’s 100 days by measuring it and what he has or has not accomplished. We will mark the first 100 days by energizing ourselves. This Administration has hidden our pain, but we must not stifle or mute our voices. As we gather for NAN’s convention, people from all corners of the country, the young, the elderly and from diverse backgrounds will all collectively organize for our future. One filled with increased equality, justice and opportunity. While they may try to reverse progress and turn back the clock, we march forward. As we near the 100th day of Trump in office, we renew our commitment towards organizing and civil rights for all. The next 100 belong to us. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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25 апреля, 19:21

Automated glycan assembly using the Glyconeer 2.1 synthesizer [Chemistry]

Reliable and rapid access to defined biopolymers by automated DNA and peptide synthesis has fundamentally altered biological research and medical practice. Similarly, the procurement of defined glycans is key to establishing structure–activity relationships and thereby progress in the glycosciences. Here, we describe the rapid assembly of oligosaccharides using the commercially...

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25 апреля, 19:21

Pressure dependence of viscosity in supercooled water and a unified approach for thermodynamic and dynamic anomalies of water [Chemistry]

The anomalous decrease of the viscosity of water with applied pressure has been known for over a century. It occurs concurrently with major structural changes: The second coordination shell around a molecule collapses onto the first shell. Viscosity is thus a macroscopic witness of the progressive breaking of the tetrahedral...

25 апреля, 19:01

Jobless rate falls in Q1 in boost to economy

CHINA’S quarterly job report delivered a positive message about the world’s second-largest economy yesterday. Official data showed that 3.34 million new jobs were created in the first quarter and the