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21 июля, 19:41

Presidential Executive Order on Assessing and Strengthening the Manufacturing and Defense Industrial Base and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States

EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - -  ASSESSING AND STRENGTHENING THE MANUFACTURING AND DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE AND SUPPLY CHAIN RESILIENCY OF THE UNITED STATES By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Policy.  A healthy manufacturing and defense industrial base and resilient supply chains are essential to the economic strength and national security of the United States.  The ability of the United States to maintain readiness, and to surge in response to an emergency, directly relates to the capacity, capabilities, and resiliency of our manufacturing and defense industrial base and supply chains.  Modern supply chains, however, are often long and the ability of the United States to manufacture or obtain goods critical to national security could be hampered by an inability to obtain various essential components, which themselves may not be directly related to national security.  Thus, the United States must maintain a manufacturing and defense industrial base and supply chains capable of manufacturing or supplying those items. The loss of more than 60,000 American factories, key companies, and almost 5 million manufacturing jobs since 2000 threatens to undermine the capacity and capabilities of United States manufacturers to meet national defense requirements and raises concerns about the health of the manufacturing and defense industrial base.  The loss of additional companies, factories, or elements of supply chains could impair domestic capacity to create, maintain, protect, expand, or restore capabilities essential for national security. As the manufacturing capacity and defense industrial base of the United States have been weakened by the loss of factories and manufacturing jobs, so too have workforce skills important to national defense.  This creates a need for strategic and swift action in creating education and workforce development programs and policies that support job growth in manufacturing and the defense industrial base. Strategic support for a vibrant domestic manufacturing sector, a vibrant defense industrial base, and resilient supply chains is therefore a significant national priority.  A comprehensive evaluation of the defense industrial base and supply chains, with input from multiple executive departments and agencies (agencies), will provide a necessary assessment of our current strengths and weaknesses. Sec. 2.  Assessment of the Manufacturing Capacity, Defense Industrial Base, and Supply Chain Resiliency of the United States.  Within 270 days of the date of this order, the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Secretaries of Commerce, Labor, Energy, and Homeland Security, and in consultation with the Secretaries of the Interior and Health and Human Services, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, the Director of National Intelligence, the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy, the Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, and the heads of such other agencies as the Secretary of Defense deems appropriate, shall provide to the President an unclassified report, with a classified annex as needed, that builds on current assessment and evaluation activities, and: (a)  identifies the military and civilian materiel, raw materials, and other goods that are essential to national security; (b)  identifies the manufacturing capabilities essential to producing the goods identified pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, including emerging capabilities; (c)  identifies the defense, intelligence, homeland, economic, natural, geopolitical, or other contingencies that may  disrupt, strain, compromise, or eliminate the supply chains of goods identified pursuant to subsection (a) of this section (including as a result of the elimination of, or failure to develop domestically, the capabilities identified pursuant to subsection (b) of this section) and that are sufficiently likely to arise so as to require reasonable preparation for their occurrence; (d)  assesses the resiliency and capacity of the manufacturing and defense industrial base and supply chains of the United States to support national security needs upon the occurrence of the contingencies identified pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, including an assessment of: (i)    the manufacturing capacity of the United States and the physical plant capacity of the defense industrial base, including their ability to modernize to meet future needs; (ii)   gaps in national-security-related domestic manufacturing capabilities, including non-existent, extinct, threatened, and single-point-of-failure capabilities; (iii)  supply chains with single points of failure or limited resiliency, especially at suppliers third-tier and lower; (iv)   energy consumption and opportunities to increase resiliency through better energy management; (v)    current domestic education and manufacturing workforce skills; (vi)   exclusive or dominant supply of the goods (or components thereof) identified pursuant to subsection (a) of this section by or through nations that are or are likely to become unfriendly or unstable; and (vii)  the availability of substitutes for or alternative sources for the goods identified pursuant to subsection (a) of this section; (e)  identifies the causes of any aspect of the defense industrial base or national-security-related supply chains assessed as deficient pursuant to subsection (d) of this section; and (f)  recommends such legislative, regulatory, and policy changes and other actions by the President or the heads of agencies as they deem appropriate based upon a reasoned assessment that the benefits outweigh the costs (broadly defined to include any economic, strategic, and national security benefits or costs) over the short, medium, and long run to: (i)    avoid, or prepare for, any contingencies identified pursuant to subsection (c) of this section; (ii)   ameliorate any aspect of the defense industrial base or national-security-related supply chains assessed as deficient pursuant to subsection (d) of this section; and (iii)  strengthen the United States manufacturing capacity and defense industrial base and increase the resiliency of supply chains critical to national security. Sec. 3.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect: (i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or (ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals. (b)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations. (c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person. DONALD J. TRUMP THE WHITE HOUSE, July 21, 2017.  

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21 июля, 07:29

Experience Barefoot Luxury At Six Of The Best Eco-Resorts In Asia

With eco-tourism swiftly rising in popularity, here are some of the best resorts in the region where you can get closer to nature and travel sustainably.

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20 июля, 18:58

Nokia 8 'Accidentally' Confirmed By HMD

HMD Global Oy has briefly confirmed its forthcoming Nokia 8 by posting details online before swiftly taking them down.

20 июля, 16:33

Riots, strikes as India rape accused killed in custody

A man accused of the gang rape and murder of a girl in northern India has been killed in police custody, an official said Thursday, sparking angry riots in the usually tranquil Himalayan region. Hundreds

20 июля, 15:04

As Trump Waits, Republicans Fail To Reach Healthcare Deal In Late-Night Session

Republicans were unable to resolve existing differences about the healthcare bill after a Wednesday late-night meeting which ended with no deal, despite President Donald Trump’s demands that they keep trying. Party members also met with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price behind closed doors on Wednesday night to try to reach an agreement on a plan to undo former Democratic President Barack Obama's signature legislation, popularly known as Obamacare, according to Reuters. The meetings were part of an abrupt shift in strategy by Trump, who is threatening to keep lawmakers in Washington during their August recess if they don’t reach an agreement on health care after the CBO said a straight repeal of Obamacare would increase the number of uninsured by 32 million by 2026, while doubling insurance premiums in 10 years (it was unclear how much higher premiums would rise if Obamacare remains). Additionally, the CBO predicts that the bill would increase insurance premiums, with the average premium increasing by about 25% in 2018 alone. Previously, Trump said he was ready to “let Obamacare fail” and then work with Democrats on a new system after the old one collapses. Earlier, Trump had gathered 49 Republican senators for a White House lunch to try to smooth over growing dissent from a handful of the party's conservatives and moderates. He ended up castigating them for failing to agree on how to dismantle Obamacare. However, according to Reuters, conservative and moderate lawmakers are nowhere near a compromise on how to replace Obamacare. "We still have some issues that divide us," said Senator Ted Cruz, a conservative who has proposed letting insurers offer cheaper bare-bones plans that do not comply with Obamacare regulations. Republicans attending the late meeting sent their staff away to talk frankly with reporters. Senator John Kennedy said everyone was negotiating in good faith but he added he did not know if they would reach agreement. Almost all the other senators rushed off after the meeting without comment. Sen. John McCain, who was recently diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor, was of course absent, adding to Trump's challenges as he needs every healthcare vote he can get. “As it was getting underway, the nearly two dozen Republican senators were shaken by news that their colleague, veteran Senator John McCain, had been diagnosed with brain cancer.   McCain's absence from the Senate makes the job of passing a healthcare bill more difficult because leaders need every Republican vote they can get.” Democrats were swift to highlight the CBO's assessment, while Republicans remained silent. "President Trump and Republicans have repeatedly promised to lower premiums and increase coverage, yet each proposal they offer would do the opposite," Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer said in a statement. Insurers and hospitals have lobbied against a repeal, saying the limbo would increase uncertainty and their costs. "CBO projects half the country would have no insurers in the individual market by 2020 under the new repeal bill. That's a true death spiral," tweeted Larry Levitt, vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation, a healthcare research group. As discussed on Monday, moderate Republican Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Shelley Moore Capito said they oppose McConnell's plan for a repeal that would take effect in two years, thus dooming the idea. All three attended the lunch with Trump. With Democrats united in opposition to repeal, McConnell can only lose two votes from the Republicans' 52-48 majority in the 100-seat Senate to pass the legislation. Party fractures also emerged in the House of Representatives. The chamber passed a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare in May, but on Wednesday, the House Freedom Caucus, the Republican Party's conservative wing, filed a petition to vote on a straight repeal. "The House passed an Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill we are proud of and we hope the Senate will take similar action," said House Speaker Paul Ryan's spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, Meanwhile, opponents of repeal protested throughout Senate buildings on Wednesday afternoon, leading to 155 arrests, police said. Demonstrators returned in the evening to yell as senators arrived for the meeting. That may not be necessary: the Trump administration is running out of options - it can't gather the votes for straight repeal, and every new proposal is either eviscerated by the conservatives, or the moderates. Unless Republicans can devise the mother of all compromise bills, it's going to be a very boring August. 

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20 июля, 14:00

In the push to deliver on campaign promises, Interior’s energy drive looms large

Zinke has swiftly leveraged public lands and waters to promote oil, gas and coal development.

20 июля, 13:33

Budget chairman dismisses rogue amendment to block BAT

House Budget Chairman Diane Black fought off a last-minute attempt Wednesday night to preemptively bar the GOP from considering a border adjustment tax this year.In the final moments of a 12-hour budget markup, Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) abruptly attempted to offer a poison-pill amendment that would have blocked the contentious tax proposal the Freedom Caucus and other influential conservative groups oppose. In a six-minute exchange, Black swiftly shot down Sanford’s attempt, contending that the move violated rules that both parties negotiated hours earlier. The committee then advanced its fiscal 2018 blueprint by a vote of 22-14, with support from every Republican member, even some vocal critics from the Freedom Caucus. The $1.1 trillion nonbinding budget plan is now reported to the House, where it still lacks the votes for passage before the August recess, according to several GOP aides and lawmakers.Sanford said he was seeking an official assurance that GOP leaders would not include the import tax in their overhaul proposal this year. That policy, which Speaker Paul Ryan has favored, has the potential to be a major source of revenue for the GOP’s plan.“I’m not saying there’s a guarantee of a BAT going forward, but increasingly, what I’ve seen over the last couple of days, puts it in that direction,” Sanford said. “That puts myself and others on this committee in a bad spot." The Freedom Caucus had been demanding for weeks that House budget writers add a provision to the budget resolution ruling out BAT in any future tax debates. Black had repeatedly rejected the idea, arguing that the committee's job was only to provide the fast-track authority for tax reform, not to provide a recipe.Sanford said he felt “compelled” to offer the amendment after the collapse of the Senate GOP’s health care bill, which would have helped tax-writers start with a lower baseline. The chairwoman, who appeared visibly agitated, had been privately urging Sanford throughout the day not to offer the amendment, according to GOP sources.After Black blocked Sanford's amendment, several Democrats, eager to see GOP members forced into a vote on the tax policy, then intervened. “Is there any way to add an amendment?” Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) asked, before Democrats failed in an effort to use a procedural mechanism to overrule Black's decision.

20 июля, 00:51

AP Explains: What are Trump’s options in Venezuela?

The Trump administration is threatening to take “strong and swift economic actions” if Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proceeds with his plan to rewrite the nation’s constitution and consolidate power over the few remaining institutions outside the control of the ruling party. A senior administration official said Tuesday that “all options are being discussed and debated,” implying that Trump could use Venezuela’s dependence on oil exports to the U.S. as a means of pressuring Maduro to halt the July 30 constitutional assembly.

20 июля, 00:30

Trump Tries for an Obamacare Repeal Revival

The president bought some more time for the Republican health-care effort, but he hasn’t changed any minds yet.

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19 июля, 23:25

7 Ways to Torch Even More Calories on the Treadmill

You will burn more calories than ever before with these seven tips for working out on the treadmill.

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19 июля, 17:00

This Female Entrepreneur Wants To Make Travel Accessible For All

Ileaa Swift launched her firm to help folks with smaller budgets see the world. Through Swift Travel Deals, she hopes to bridge cultural gaps and open eyes by exposing clients to new places and faces.

19 июля, 16:43

One Way Or Another – Venezuela Will Send Oil Prices Up

Authored by Nick Cunningham via OilPrice.com, In a desperate bid to survive its economic meltdown, Venezuela is lobbying other OPEC members to agree to steeper oil production cuts, a move that would likely lead to higher oil prices. Venezuelan officials have reached out to their counterparts in Iran, Russia and Saudi Arabia to press them on more collective action, according to Argus Media. If there was enough interest, the next step would be an “extraordinary meeting,” which would weigh the option of cutting deeper. The rumors about deeper OPEC cuts have been floating around since June, when oil prices collapsed into the low-$40s. The markets have grown deeply pessimistic about the health of the oil market, and doubt the OPEC cuts will balance the market by the end of the compliance period in March 2018. But the behind-the-scenes effort from Venezuelan officials is notable, if only because the South American OPEC members was one of the earliest and most aggressive supporters of the original deal to reduce output. In 2016, for months the more powerful members of the cartel rebuffed Venezuelan pleas, but in the end they agreed to reductions in November after oil prices continued to wallow below $50 per barrel. The deal pushed prices above $50 for a period of time, but after six months of restraint, the market is back in sub-$50 territory. However, the urgency for higher prices is more acute now for Venezuela. Protests have spread nationwide in the South American nation as the economy contracts at a torrid rate. Violence is becoming more widespread, and the nation is suffering from political gridlock and economic and social disaster. Over the weekend, the opposition organized an informal referendum, which attracted more than 7 million votes, to oppose anti-democratic moves by the government. The vote demonstrated widespread anger and opposition towards the government’s upcoming effort to consolidate power in a July 30 vote to rewrite the constitution, a move that would weaken competing institutions like the National Assembly. The referendum opposing the July 30 vote was not recognized by the government, but it was a show of force for the opposition. There is no way out of the downward economic spiral for Venezuela in the short run without significantly higher oil prices. Argus Media reports that Venezuelan officials fear that state-owned oil company PDVSA might default “within five months if oil prices remain stuck below $50/bl in second half 2017.” The Venezuelan government and PDVSA both have a large pile of debt maturing later this year, with $4.9 billion in payments due between August and December, although two-thirds of that belong to the oil company. The key deadlines to watch are October and November – the sovereign and PDVSA have to pay bondholders a combined $3.63 billion in those two months. The problem is that cash on hand has been in freefall for the last few years, with total holdings somewhere around $10 billion. At the same time, Venezuela’s oil sector is in a state of crisis. Production has been falling for years, although the declines really started to accelerate since the market downturn that began in 2014. Production stood at 1.938 mb/d in June, down 221,000 bpd from the end of last year. The declines will continue because the state has no money left to invest in maintenance at existing fields, let alone invest in new projects. Worse, few companies are interested in investing in such an unstable environment, leaving little hope that the private sector can turn things around. There was even talk recently about the prospect of the state nationalizing some privately-owned assets, a move that would surely scare away the remaining companies doing business in Venezuela. A prominent ally of President Nicolas Maduro said that the upcoming rewrite of the constitution could include state ownership of the oil industry, comments interpreted as a threat at full-scale nationalization PDVSA was forced to issue a statement earlier this month guaranteeing the “legal security” of foreign companies operating in the country in an effort to tamp down fear that the company’s international partners would see their assets taken by the state. Indeed the company is seeking more cooperation from the private sector, not less. Without any cash to invest or maintain production, PDVSA has reportedly offered stakes in projects to companies such as Russia’s Rosneft in exchange for investment. "Imagine justifying to your board of directors that you put more money into Venezuela when there was an announcement from the president's top adviser that he was going to nationalize companies," Francisco Monaldi, fellow in Latin American energy policy at the Baker Institute at Rice University in Houston, told Reuters in an interview. Monaldi made similar comments in a separate interview with Bloomberg in early July: “It would be suicide,” Monaldi said, referring to nationalization. “It would have an enormous cost given that production has fallen so much and that about half of the country’s current output comes from these joint ventures with foreign companies.” What happens next is unclear. The government and the opposition are heading for a major clash over the July 30 vote to revise the constitution. The opposition fears a dictatorship-in-the-making. But either way the country’s economy is standing at the abyss. To complicate matters further, the U.S. government warned about “swift economic actions” if Maduro’s government moves forward with the July 30 vote. “The United States will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles,” President Trump said in a statement. The White House could target PDVSA in an effort to cut into Venezuela’s oil revenues, a move that could very well destabilize the country further. Venezuela’s roughly 2 mb/d of oil production hangs in the balance, which, if lost in some sort of sudden calamity, would certainly send oil prices sharply up.

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19 июля, 15:07

[Перевод] Что нового в Swift 4.0

Практические примеры, которые помогут вам узнать о том, что нового нас ждет в Swift 4. Swift 4.0 — это новая версия многими любимого языка программирования с новыми функциями, которые позволяют нам писать более простой и безопасный код. Вы с удовольствием узнаете, что это не так драматично как эпичные изменения в Swift 3.0 и большинство изменений имеют обратную совместимость с вашим сущетсвующим кодом на Swift. Конечно вам потребуется некоторое время для внесения изменений, но это не должно занять много времени. Читать дальше

19 июля, 15:01

Frontrunning: July 19

Republicans consider bipartisan healthcare talks (Reuters) Health Care Collapse Could Leave Trump Winless in His First Year (BBG) Republicans to Push Ahead on Repeal of Affordable Care Act (WSJ) Obscure Coal CEO Rains Money on Trump While Outflanking Rivals (BBG) GOP Tries to Regroup on Obamacare Repeal as Trump Lashes Out (BBG) Insurers start to press on subsidies (Reuters) Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. says ready to testify to Congress (Reuters) Discovery, Scripps Networks in Cable-TV Merger Talks (WSJ) Robots Take Over Retail Jobs (WSJ) Saudi King’s Son Plotted Effort to Oust His Rival (NYT) France's armed forces chief resigns after clash with Macron over budget cuts (Reuters) The Manhattan of Venezuela Parties Amid Crisis (BBG) Germany summons Turkish ambassador to protest arrests of activists (Reuters) Where’s the Volatility? Markets’ Steady Climb Defies Historic Odds (WSJ) Campaign urges U.S. public pension funds to divest from owner of Trump hotel (Reuters) Akzo Nobel Chief Quits Over Health (WSJ) The Man Who Got Americans to Eat Trash Fish Is Now a Billionaire (BBG) Morgan Stanley's profit boosted by underwriting, wealth management (Reuters) Wall Street Efforts to Improve Its Image Fail to Sway Americans (BBG)   Overnight Media Digest WSJ - U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a second, previously undisclosed talk on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Hamburg earlier this month, a White House official said. on.wsj.com/2toAJqV - Discovery Communications Inc is in talks to combine with Scripps Networks Interactive Inc, people familiar with the situation said, a deal that would unite two media companies trying to chart a course in a cable-TV industry being upended by digital consumption. on.wsj.com/2toMdKR - China's already formidable internet censors have demonstrated a new strength - the ability to delete images in one-on-one chats as they are being transmitted, making them disappear before receivers see them. on.wsj.com/2toldLJ - Daimler said it would tweak the engine software on more than three million diesel vehicles to improve emissions amid probes in the U.S. and Europe into allegations that the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars cheated on emissions. on.wsj.com/2toKCor - Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc said it temporarily closed a restaurant in Sterling, Virginia, on Monday after learning about a "small number" of reported illnesses that the company believes are likely to be from norovirus, a common virus that can be spread through food that has been handled by people who are sick. on.wsj.com/2toieTn - The Trump administration said it was prepared to impose "strong and swift" economic sanctions on Venezuela, including banning its crude oil exports to the U.S., if its president proceeds with a plan to rewrite the constitution. on.wsj.com/2to6zE6 - Crown Castle International Corp has reached an agreement to buy LTS Group Holdings LLC in a roughly $7.1 billion deal that would double its fiber-optic footprint and add key Northeast metropolitan markets. on.wsj.com/2toL3iM   FT McCormick & Company Inc, the US maker of spices, herbs and flavourings, has agreed to buy the foods business of UK consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc for more than $4 billion. It will be illegal from next year to charge customers in the UK a fee to use a credit card, the government said. The government said such fees, which can be as high as 20 per cent, would be banned from January. Wireless infrastructure provider Crown Castle International Corp said on Tuesday it would pay $7.1 billion to acquire privately held Lightower, in a deal expected to greatly expand its fibre holdings in major U.S. cities. Frankfurt's public prosecutor is ready to drop its investigation into Carsten Kengeter, the Deutsche Boerse AG chief executive, over allegations of insider trading if the exchange agrees to fines totalling more than 10 million euros.   NYT - Tim Pierotti, who once ran a consumer hedge fund for Martin Shkreli, testified that Shkreli threatened him and his family. Pierotti's testimony is at the center of one of eight fraud charges against Shkreli. nyti.ms/2tEPSPX - Facebook's WhatsApp, was partly blocked by Chinese filters, leaving many unable to send videos and photos and some also unable to send text-based messages. nyti.ms/2tEVVEp - German automaker Daimler said it would update three million Mercedes cars in Europe to reduce their diesel emissions. It said the measures would be rolled out in the coming weeks and would cost about 220 million euros. nyti.ms/2tF39bm - In a lawsuit, Uber has been accused of discriminating against New York City riders with disabilities by providing scant access to wheelchair-accessible cars at a time when ride-hailing apps are becoming a common alternative to public transit in the city. nyti.ms/2tEQkxE   Canada The Globe and Mail ** Provincial authorities issued a work permit for a controversial mining project near Williams Lake. The permit authorizes Taseko Mines Ltd to conduct exploration work at the site of the proposed Prosperity Mine, a copper-gold project that has twice failed to obtain necessary federal approvals to proceed. (tgam.ca/2u9sMVo) ** The takeover of Tembec Inc by Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc has been thrown into doubt as major shareholders of Tembec voice their opposition to the friendly $807 million deal. (tgam.ca/2u7Ahug) ** A wind-turbine-blade factory controlled by German Siemens AG is winding down operations, leaving 340 employees in Tillsonburg, Ontario, without work by early next year. (tgam.ca/2u5twcc) National Post ** Canada Jetlines Ltd a start-up airline hoping to bring affordable fares to Canadians, has set its sights on launching an ultra-low-cost carrier next summer under the leadership of a new chief executive. (bit.ly/2tpInRN)   Britain The Times Twenty-First Century Fox Inc has written to the government urging it to reject the "most blatant form of political interference" by Ed Miliband and Sir Vince Cable in its proposed 11.7 billion pound ($15.25 billion) offer for Sky Plc. bit.ly/2uAHwwO Male presenters at the BBC are twice as likely as their female colleagues to earn more than 150,000 pounds ($195,510) a year, the corporation will admit on Wednesday. bit.ly/2uALkhT The Guardian All extra charges added to payments for goods and services made by card are to be outlawed, ending a "rip-off" that costs Britons hundreds of millions of pounds a year, the government has announced. bit.ly/2uAqTBL Financial Conduct Authority chief executive Andrew Bailey said City firms were getting near to the point where they would have to take steps to move staff and other measures to ensure that they can continue to operate seamlessly once the UK leaves the EU in March 2019. bit.ly/2uAhOsD The Telegraph McCormick & Co Inc has reportedly agreed to buy Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc's food business for more than 3.1 billion pounds ($4.04 billion), a year after the Schwartz spices maker's efforts to buy Premier Foods Plc were thwarted. bit.ly/2uACnoA BP Plc is considering spinning off certain U.S. pipeline assets in the U.S. Gulf and Midwest in an initial public offering, the company said in a statement late on Tuesday. bit.ly/2uAI2ee Sky News Adam Crozier, the former ITV Plc chief executive, is being lined up to become chairman of the Vue cinema chain as it examines plans for a blockbuster sale or stock market flotation. bit.ly/2uA4Rij Foreign hackers have penetrated the UK's critical national infrastructure, including parts of the national grid, a leaked document has revealed. bit.ly/2uA4W5B The Independent The divisions tearing apart the Conservative party have been laid bare as backbench members of Parliament told the prime minister she has their backing to sack disloyal cabinet ministers. ind.pn/2uAn4fV  

19 июля, 13:25

How have you been affected by end of term 'travel chaos'?

As schools break up for the summer holiday around England and Wales we’d like to know how travel issues past and present have affected youPupils in most schools in England and Wales will break up from school at the end of this week, with many of their families planning a swift getaway to make the most of the holidays. The RAC says almost 9m people will make journeys between Friday and Sunday and that 3.4m extra vehicles will be on the roads during the expected peak of the weekend’s travel on Saturday. Airports will be busy too as families start their holidays abroad. Continue reading...

19 июля, 13:03

Republicans meet late into night as Trump demands new U.S. healthcare plan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans struggling to agree on healthcare legislation to overhaul Obamacare obeyed U.S. President Donald Trump's orders to try to swiftly reach a deal but were unable to resolve their differences in a long, late-night meeting.

19 июля, 01:55

"All Options On Table" - US Threatens Sanctions As Venezuela's Maduro Vows To Create New Constitution

The US is weighing whether to impose sanctions on Venezuela’s defense minister and several other top officials for human-rights violations, according to Bloomberg, citing officials familiar with the government’s deliberations. They added that the action was one of several under consideration by the Trump administration against President Nicolas Maduro’s government. Despite these and other threats from the US, the country’s embattled leadership remains defiant, vowing to proceed with plans for a controversial new congress despite what it called a "brutal interventionist" threat by Washington to impose economic sanctions, according to Reuters. The above-mentioned comments - pushing back against what some view as the United States meddling in the affairs of a foreign power - followed the president's threat to take "strong and swift economic actions" if Maduro goes ahead with the new body. As some have pointed out, his threats relating to Venezuela are sounding increasingly militaristic, prompting taunts from Maduro, who last month dared Trump to "send in the Marines." A vote on whether to create the new Congress is set for July 30 – a vote that is widely expected to succeed. The legislative super-body, known as a Constituent Assembly, would help Maduro rewrite the country’s constitution, ultimately helping him consolidate his authority. As Bloomberg noted, the US Treasury could announce the sanctions, which would freeze the handful  officials out of the US financial system, as soon as Tuesday, the people said. Among those named would be Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez, 54, and Diosdado Cabello, 54, a longtime ally of late President Hugo Chavez and power broker within the ruling Socialist party, they said. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro The move against top officials - potentially the third round of sanctions against Venezuelans under the Trump administration - are one offshoot of a broader U.S. probe into allegations of Venezuelan corruption that began several years ago and has resulted in some criminal charges. Other Venezuela-related measures are also in the works, the people said, adding that U.S. officials have given briefings on the potential actions in recent weeks to lawmakers including Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. Giving his government's response, Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada said the July 30 vote for the legislative super-body known as a Constituent Assembly would go ahead anyway, according to Bloomberg. Moncada say it’s “a dark day for U.S.-Venezuela relations” in a televised address.   “These are unacceptable threats” Moncada says. Venezuela will “thoroughly” review relations with US, he added.   “Nothing and no one can stop the constituent assembly.” Maduro only narrowly won election in 2013 to replace the late Hugo Chavez. Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada Even Venezuela’s neighbors have voiced their opposition to the legislative body. "The Constituent Assembly should be abandoned to achieve a negotiated, safe and peaceful solution in Venezuela. The whole world is asking for that," Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos tweeted. Emerging-market investors are also worried that the country will soon run out of cash as its foreign-currency reserves have dwindled to $10 billion, begging the question: Will Venezuela repay its debt? Even leadership change wouldn’t be enough to draw some seasoned Latam investors back into the country’s capital markets.   "We don’t want to pick up pennies in front of a steamroller. Looking at the numbers, they’ve run out of money. These guys are scraping the barrel. They had to sell ‘hunger bonds’ and do a repo transaction with Fintech Advisory Inc. That’s not a sustainable debt model." Although the fund has no exposure to Venezuela, Robert Koenigsberger says he expects the recovery value on the nation's bonds to eventually exceed 65 cents on the dollar. He compares it to Peruvian bonds, which traded in the low single digits in 1990, yet eventually were worth 125 cents through a consensual restructuring in 1996. "In 30 years, I can’t recall human conditions being so bad beneath a debt stock. When President Nicolas Maduro is gone, some people think there might be a ‘Macri of Venezuela’ that will quickly solve the problem. That’s a bit crazy because the issues are so much more dire." Maduro’s beleagured political opponents have been largely marginalized by his administration, part of the president’s clampdown on dissent amid a worsening economic collapse that has led to widespread famine as well as a breakdown in social order. In the streets of Caracas, the Venezuelan capitol, citizens have begun taking the law into their own hands. As we’ve previously reported, the number of lynchings has risen sharply over the past year. Maduro has also ratcheted up the pressure on the country’s top prosecutor, who has emerged as a top antagonist to his regime Maduro. Maduro's opponents say they drew 7.5 million people onto the streets at the weekend to vote in a symbolic referendum where 98 percent said they disagreed with the assembly plan. Polls show the ruling Socialist Party would likely be thrashed in any normal vote due to many Venezuelans' anger against Maduro and over their economic hardships. And while many question the 'unriggedness' of any former and potential election in Venezuela; wouldn't this be seen by some as "meddling" in the affairs of another country? We are sure there are Congressional probes being readied right now to question the sanctity of democracy itself as the United States steps in the middle of another LatAm crisis... because they have always worked out so well in the past.

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19 июля, 00:14

U.S. Prepared to Take Sanctions Action Against Venezuela

The Trump administration said it is prepared to impose “strong and swift” economic sanctions against Venezuela, including a potential ban on U.S. oil imports if the country’s president moves ahead with a plan to rewrite the constitution.

18 июля, 21:57

U.S. Weighs Sanctions on Venezuela

The Trump administration said it was prepared to impose “strong and swift” economic sanctions on Venezuela, including banning its crude-oil exports to the U.S., if its president proceeds with a plan to rewrite the constitution.

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18 июля, 21:56

Quincy Jones ETF: Creative or Crazy?

A new ETF on music, media and entertainment has been filed after the name of music veteran Quincy Jones. Is the approach illogical or inventive?

16 января 2015, 16:07

Итоги 2014 и прогноз на 2015

Не могла пройти мимо статьи в Ведомостях: На чем заработали и сколько потеряли инвесторы в 2014 году.  Судя по этой статье, самый высокий доход показывает т.н."инвестиции в доллар" или долларовые депозиты или наличные. Это и понятно- за счет резкого обесценения рубля против доллара , как нам говорится в статье," долларовые депозиты оказались самыми доходными (+78,7%)". Иными словами, в статье как бы намекают,что лучше доллара вы ничего не найдете,чтобы сберечь свои накопления. Я уже как-то говорила о том,что доллар - это не деньги, вот сейчас всем нам эту разницу- разницу между деньгами и финансовым иструментом- мы и узнаем. Деньги помимо расчетной функции обладают функцией накопления капитала, финансовый инструмент  обладает "инвестиционной возможностью" , являясь "инвестицией". Инвестиция в финансовый инструмент- это спекуляция, риск неизвестности получения дохода и возможной полной его потери вместе с "инвестицией", который берет на себя обладатель "инвестиции",т.е. это предпринимательский риск, который вы берете на себя, оперируя теми же валютами. Пример такого риска нам показал только что банк Швейцарии и валютные брокеры. Читаем Зерохедж Numerous FX Brokers Shutter After Suffering "Significant Losses" Following SNB Stunnerили на русском это ВестифинансШторм от Банка Швейцарии. Есть пострадавшие "Большое количество клиентов с позициями в швейцарском франке оказались в проигрышной ситуации и понесли потери намного большие, чем объем их депозитов.Брокер также сообщает, что тем клиентам, которые не смогли вовремя закрыть позиции из-за отсутствия ликвидности, он не может компенсировать потери. В Excel Markets обращают внимание на то, что даже на межбанковском рынке франк был неликвидным в течение нескольких часов после решения Банка Швейцарии". Разница валютного депозита с валютной спекуляцией на рынке форексе будет заключатся в том,что вы участвуете в этом ввиду полной интеграции российской банковской системы в валютную расчетную систему SWIFT- Россия на втором месте по интеграции банков в эту систему, поэтому все общания ЦБ РФ в том,что они подготовят альтернативу SWIFT так и останутся обещаниями. Напомню,что глава ЦБ РФ входит в американский долларовый институт Бреттон-Вуда- МВФ, поэтому ничего удивительного нет в том,что ЦБ РФ тупо выполняет все инструкции МВФ- ЦБ РФ- это одна из марионеток американской системы.МОСКВА, 16 января. /ТАСС/. "Период резких изменений курса рубля завершается, правительственные меры по поддержке национальной валюты заработали, сказал ТАСС глава российского представительства Международного валютного фонда Бикас Джоши".  Десятка стран, лидирующих по числу кредитных организаций, подключенных к SWIFT (по данным SWIFT, 2013) по факту Россия слишком глубоко интегрирована в западную систему, зависима от нее. У страны нет возможностей создать собственную альтернативную сеть (разве только на двусторонней основе с Китаем), а разговоры о переходе расчетов на внутреннюю систему, как и в случаях других предложений  власти, останутся разговорами. Вчера было озвучено,что европарламентарии требуют от Совета ЕС распространить уже действующие санкции на предприятия атомной промышленности России, а также ограничить все международные финансовые транзакции РФ. Сегодня продолжили: БРЮССЕЛЬ, 16 января. /Корр. ТАСС Александр Шишло/. Действующие санкции Евросоюза против России могут быть усилены в случае значительного ухудшения ситуации на востоке Украины. Об этом заявил в пятницу высокопоставленный чиновник ЕС, близкий к руководству институтов сообщества. Давление усиливается и разговор идет уже о полной капитуляции России перед США. Как это принято у бандитов, клиента "поставили на счетчик", например, это дело ЮКОСА МОСКВА, 16 января. /ТАСС/. С сегодняшнего дня начинается начисление процентов за несвоевременное исполнение арбитражных решений о выплате РФ $50,1 млрд бывшим акционерам ЮКОСа. Но наездом на государство дело не ограничивается. Уже против Лукойла возбудили дело о "коррупции в рамках финансирования терроризма":КИЕВ, 16 января. /ТАСС/. Служба безопасности Украины (СБУ) возбудила уголовное дело по статье "Финансирование терроризма" против бизнес-структур, входящих в группы компаний ЛУКОЙЛ и ВЕТЭК.   Если внимательно смотреть за происходящим во Франции, то можно увидеть,что Франция на этот раз выполнила роль этакого подопытного кролика, где начинают претворяться идеи будущей Европы- будущего фашизма- зомбированные марионеточные европейские чиновники и послушное население, готовое быть рабом и идти в этом на все. Все,кто мог более-менее осмыслить происходящее, были жестоко не только подавлены, но и наказаны за "инакомыслие", включая несовершенолетних. Или еще можно так сказать,что фашизм начинается с Франции и с Великобритании. В целом,на мой взгляд, глава Raiffeisen прав, говоря, что Америка не пойдет на уступки и «будет сражаться с Путиным до последнего европейца». При этом можно обратить внимание на очень похожие случаи в Армении и в Германии. В Германии, в Дрездене, активно выступала PEDIGA против мусульманской колонизации Европы. Недавно там был зарезан чернокожий юноша на фоне вот этого антиисламского движения,что послужило обвинением антиисламского движения в экстремизме. В Армении произошел очень странный случай в Гюмри, закончившийся беспорядками, при этом мы читаем: ЕРЕВАН, 16 января. /Корр.ТАСС Тигран Лилоян/. Европейский союз предоставил Армении 77,5 млн евро на продолжение реформ, проводимых при его помощи.В правительстве республики состоялась церемония "запуска" восьми соглашений, которые были заключены месяц назад по различным направлениям сотрудничества - от сельского хозяйства до территориального развития. Иными словами, похожие процессы на Украине ,с высокой вероятностью, будут запущены в Армении. Поэтому, никакого разговора не может быть ни о каком ЕВРАЗЭС- это пустышка, если никто всерьез этим не собирался заниматься. Все это фантазии россиянской элиты, которая сама никогда ничего не создавала. Военная обстановка, к которой прибавится Казказ и Азия: Сегодня США оказывают жесткое давление на Россию по трем направлениям: северному – из Прибалтики, центральному – из Польши и южному – через Румынию. То есть мы с вами наблюдаем то,как США защищают собственные интересы- вполне себе бандитскими способами, не чураясь никаких угроз и шантажа, используя в своих приемах гражданское население, убив его , запугав террором, превратив послушных в своих рабов, чтобы получить желаемое. А что Россия? Вопрос уже всем понятный- дни нынешней России уже сочтены, поэтому нам с вами стоит приготовиться к разным вариантам. Например, это отключение банков от SWIFT и попыткой переключения на внутреннюю систему. Я не исключаю невозможности работать банкам в стандартном режиме, поэтому запас  наличности должен быть дома- у каждого по возможностям. Скорее всего, в этом случае вклады получить будет проблематично. Далее. Очень вероятно,что появится натуральный обмен и бартер. Например, вспоминаем, всем известную валюту- водку. Значит, делаем запасы этой натуральной валюты. В общем, вспоминаем советское время и готовимся к сложным временам. 

26 декабря 2014, 11:49

ЦБ запустил аналог SWIFT для операций внутри России

Банк России с декабря предоставил кредитным организациям новую услугу по передаче финансовых сообщений в формате SWIFT по внутрироссийским операциям. Банки подключаются к услуге на основе договоров с Банком России.   "Новый сервис реализован в целях обеспечения бесперебойности и безопасности передачи финансовых сообщений внутри страны и является очередным шагом в направлении совершенствования системы услуг, предоставляемых Банком России", - сообщает ЦБ. Новая услуга позволит кредитным организациям передавать сообщения в форматах SWIFT через Банк России во всех регионах страны и без ограничений. ЦБ намерен обезопасить банки от возможных проблем в случае отключения системы международных расчетов SWIFT. ЕС в сентябре призвал к новым ограничительным мерам в отношении России, в том числе к отключению России от системы SWIFT. Однако сама компания SWIFT неоднократно заявляла, что не собирается отключать Россию от своих услуг. ЦБ заявил ранее, что цены на новую услугу окажутся конкурентоспособными.

05 июня 2014, 17:29

США все активнее используют юань во внешней торговле

  США вышли на третье место в мире после Сингапура и Великобритании по объемам использования китайской валюты. Все больше американских компаний переходят на юань при оплате импорта из КНР. Международная межбанковской системы передачи информации и совершения платежей SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications) опубликовала пресс-релиз "The United States jumps ahead of Taiwan as an offshore RMB clearing centre". По данным организации, со стороны США наблюдается заметная активизация в использовании китайской валюты. Общая доля юаней в торговле между США и Китаем остается сравнительно небольшой, однако динамика использования юаня в расчетах со стороны США говорит сама за себя. По сравнению с апрелем 2013 г. в этом году доля использования юаня в сделках между США и Китаем выросла с 0,7% до 2,4%. При этом, в апреле 2014 г. объем платежей США с использованием китайской валюты в годовом отношении увеличился на 327%. Общая доля платежей в юанях с американской стороны в общемировом контексте выросла с 1,3% в апреле 2013 г. до 2,6% к апрелю 2014 г. Юань в торговле США – Китай/Гонконг; США – остальной мир: Графика: SWIFT США опередили Тайвань и вышли на третье место в мире – после Сингапура и Великобритании – по использованию юаня. Майкл Мун, директор подразделения платежей SWIFT в Азиатско-тихоокеанском регионе отметил, что это очередное свидетельство растущей роли юаня в международной торговле:  “На мой взгляд, повышение объемов платежей в юанях в сделках между США и Китаем/Гонконгом – это серьезный сигнал, который будет способствовать дальнейшему использованию китайской валюты. Хотя американский доллар все еще занимает доминирующее положение в торговле между странами, тем не менее, данные говорят о том, что США все более активно используют юань для того, чтобы поддержать свои корпорации, которые хотят расширять свои производственные мощности в Китае и все чаще оплачивают продукцию своих китайских поставщиков в юанях. Это хорошие новости для дальнейшей глобализации юаня в качестве мировой валюты”.

04 декабря 2013, 01:06

Сенсация! Юань - вторая торгуемая валюта... точно? )))

Китайский юань обошел евро в рейтинге самых торгуемых мировых валют, следует из отчета Международной межбанковской электронной системы платежей (SWIFT). Коэффициент использования юаня поднялся с 1,89% в январе 2012г. до 8,66% в октябре 2013г. Опережает китайскую национальную валюту лишь доллар США, который лидирует с коэффициентом 81,08%. Между тем доля евро упала с 7,87% в январе 2012г. до 6,64% в октябре 2013г.: сейчас единая европейская валюта занимает третье место в рейтинге самых торгуемых. По данным на октябрь 2013г., больше всего в финансовой торговле юанем пользовались Китай, Гонконг, Сингапур, Германия и Австралия. Так, на долю КНР приходится 59% сделок с юанем, на Гонконг - 21%, Сингапур - 12%, Германию и Австралию - по 2%. http://top.rbc.ru/economics/03/12/2013/892600.shtml _______________________________________ РБК, мягко говоря, отжигает .... Если реально SWIFT очень любит юань и публикует ежемесячно отчеты о расчетах в нем (надеясь на активный рост роли юаня). Собственно сам отчет на основе которого и появился материал. Читаем внимательно: RMB now 2nd most used currency in trade finance, overtaking the Euro, with a activity share of 8.66%. Что именно имеет ввиду SWIFT смотрим здесь "traditional trade finance - Letters of Credit and Collections" Торговое финансирование, конкретно инкассо и аккредитивы ...как бы это далеко не "рейтинг самых торгуемых валют". 59% из них - сам Китай, ещё 21% - Гонконг, ещё 12% - Сигнапур и только оставшиеся 8% - остальные страны из которых по 2% Германия и Австралия. Причем бурный рост, скорее всего, обусловлен во многом более корректным учетом операций самого континентального Китая. Доля Китая в международных платежах в отчете на 6-й странице и составляет в октябре0.84%. Она выросла с 0.25% в январе 2012 года, до 0.63% в январе 2013 года (когда юань обогнал рубль), после этого рост несколько затормозился: март - 0.74%, июнь - 0.87%, сентябрь - 0.86%, октябрь - 0.84%. По-хорошему, с лета экспансия юаня в общем объеме платежей прекратилась ... но все ищут сенсации. P.S.: В перспективе доля юаня в платежах, конечно, должна существенно вырасти (при либерализации рынка юаню есть куда расти), но только в перспективе. P.P.S.: Кому интересно: ссылка на раздел с отчетами SWIFT