“He’s gonna win. To all the pollsters out there, you have no idea what you’re doing,” Graham said. Republican Senator Lindsay Graham has mocked pollsters who predicted that Joe Biden was going to win the US presidential election, as he held onto his seat in South Carolina. The Senator, who is also the chairman of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, has been a vigorous defender of President Trump.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi With Ant’s IPO on hold, China emphasizes need for fintech regulation
People walk past the headquarters of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the central bank, in Beijing, China September 28, 2018. Jason Lee | Reuters – Advertisement – On Monday, the China Securities Regulatory Commission said Ant Group’s controller Jack Ma, executive chairman Eric Jing and CEO Simon Hu were summoned and interviewed by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, the China Securities Regulatory Commission, and the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.Also on Monday, regulators issued draft rules that sought to raise standards for online lending and limit the amount available for borrowing.The next day, the Shanghai Stock Exchange suspended the Ant IPO, citing the meeting and a change in the financial regulatory environment.PBOC Deputy Governor Liu Guoqiang told reporters on Friday the Shanghai Stock Exchange’s decision was made out of consideration for consumers’ interests and investors’ protection, ensuring healthy and stable development of the financial market in the long-term and in accordance with law.He also pledged that the central bank will “in accordance with the idea of regulating development and encouraging innovation, continue to carry out financial supervision according to law.” Liu said there must be equal financial innovation, protection of the economy and prevention of systemic financial risks.The two officials were speaking at a press conference on efforts to improve the financial system’s support for businesses and economic growth in China. They did not comment specifically on Ma’s controversial speech last month, which appeared to criticize regulators.Fintech’s role in a state-dominated systemChina’s state-dominated banking sector has preferred to lend to state-owned businesses, rather than privately run businesses. The argument is the private and far smaller companies lack proof for their ability to repay a loan in an environment without a standard credit score system.Smaller businesses have turned to other sources, including the off-balance sheet shadow banking sector, which refers to activities performed by financial firms outside the formal banking sector and can be subject to lower levels of regulatory oversight.More recently, big data analysis run by companies such as Ant and collaboration with banks have helped to better qualify businesses’ ability to take on loans.As of the end of June, the balance of China’s commercial banks’ consumer loans sourced from tech firms was 1.43 trillion yuan ($216.08 billion), according to the PBOC. – Advertisement – BEIJING — Just days after the abrupt suspension of Ant Group’s IPO — which was set to be the world’s largest offering — China’s financial authorities emphasized the need to ensure sufficient regulation.But they did not discourage entities from working with Ant — an Alibaba-affiliate which runs one of the two major mobile payments systems in the country, Alipay, and operates many subsidiaries for tech-driven business lending and personal investment. Ant also has many partnerships with major banks and financial institutions.Ant Group’s dual listing in Shanghai and Hong Kong was originally planned for Thursday, but it was called off just two days before then.- Advertisement – Chinese authorities stepped up efforts to improve lending to privately run, smaller businesses in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic this year. According to the PBOC’s Liu, policies such as reducing fees and deferring debt repayment have released 1.25 trillion yuan into the economy as of October, nearing the goal of 1.5 trillion yuan for the year.Chinese regulation can initially be far looser than in other countries, allowing rampant growth of an industry before cracking down harshly. One example is the peer-to-peer lending industry, in which many companies took money from investors by claiming to use technology to connect consumers with loans or high-yielding investment products before they collapsed and regulators stepped in.At Friday’s press meeting, Liu Fushou, Chief Counsel of China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, said the number of operating peer-to-peer lending companies declined from a peak of around 5,000 companies to currently three lenders, which he did not name. The scale of loans and participating individuals has declined for 28 straight months — or two years and four months, he added.“On one hand, we support reasonable innovation in the financial industry under the premise of controllable risks,” the banking commission’s Liu said. “At the same time, (we) maintain that innovation serves the real economy and must contribute to it.” At the end of October, China’s financial stability committee said at a meeting that financial technology is developing quickly, and the relationship between financial development, stability and security must be handled well.- Advertisement – “At the same time, (regarding) Ant Group, as a large privately run enterprise, we also hope everyone, in accordance with the rules and regulations, can together maintain and carry out cooperative business,” said Liang Tao, vice chairman of the China Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission. That’s according to a CNBC translation of his Mandarin-language remarks.As mobile payments and online banking emerged in China over the years, Liang said the commission had issued relevant financial industry licenses, while keeping consumers’ interests in mind.
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Kombi Bar – a great entrepreneurial and tourist story
When he was packing his things two years ago in the summer and preparing to return from the sea to his hometown of Vukovar, Vedran Barić had the idea of a mobile bar, a bar on wheels where he would come to various events from weddings to birthdays and other outdoor celebrations. outdoors in the city, and served refreshing drinks.He came up with the idea that he could make a mobile bar out of a worn-out van, so he opted for a VW van that hippies cruised in the second half of the last century from rock concerts and rock festivals to summer vacations or resting on a neglected farm. Even today, you can see these oldtimers, decorated and in running order, so Vedran has already thought about how to rearrange such a van and turn it into a van bar.”I inquired for weeks and finally found an old orange van in Zadar in a rather poor condition, without an engine and numerous parts, rotten bodywork. At that stage, my friend Dario Ištvanović joined the project, so we continued together and found a company in Osijek that would turn our hippie van into a van bar. These tasks were performed by Auto centar Buljubašić from Osijek and we are very satisfied with both the appearance and business results and how it was accepted by our clients. We painted it green and installed a bar, small refrigerators, water, electricity, water heater, sound system, TV, and we have our own power supply if we serve guests somewhere far from civilization. With the movement of the roof, the van turns into a cocktail bar”, Recalls the beginnings of Vedran Barić, adding that in several variants you can rent a van bar – with staff and bartender, drinks, organization of the whole event or just rent a van.After 10 months of work, the idea of two Vukovar residents has been realized and the van bar has been in operation since the middle of last year. “There have been several so farabout trips outside Slavonia. Kombi bar also visited Slovenia at a major event, on several occasions we also visited Zagreb, a whiskey affair in the Vintage industrial bar, and on one occasion it also served as a DJ booth at a wedding. The reactions are, wherever the Van at least appears, about the same, cell phones are taken out and the van is photographed, one stops next to it and looks around, most people are delighted. The van at least finds its way to people’s hearts and that motivates and makes us happy. We are currently engaged in Slavonia most of the time, but we also want to visit the rest of Croatia. For now, we can say that we are in the preparatory phase for next year, for which we have big plans, but we are currently focused on the agreed events. We are waiting for weddings in Osijek, Požega and Županja, cocktail street party in Osijek, Vinkovci autumn… “, Says Dario Ištvanović.They plan to make some of their own event, which they hope would become a permanent offer at various locations in Slavonia. But currently the business is mostly based on van rentals, the duo says. “We have big plans and we want to expand, so another van is planned. Small works have started on the second van, but although it is easier now, because we learned a lot from the first one, it is a project that requires a lot of time, from the procurement of parts to the modifications to the van and its equipment.”, Vedran Barić presents his plans and adds that the offer adapts to the season, but also to the needs and wishes of his guests.”Now that it is still summer, cocktails are in demand, but with the arrival of autumn, the offer will change. We will try to be a little different and offer autumn-winter versions of cocktails, various hot chocolates in alcoholic and non-alcoholic variants, teas with various additives and much more”, Concludes Vedran Barić and invites everyone to see a green van with a raised roof and a bartender at the bar stopped in nature or on the street, let them come and be satisfied with a new and unusual experience.
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Moderna gets further $472 million US award for coronavirus vaccine development
Moderna said it remains on track to be able to deliver about 500 million doses per year, and possibly up to 1 billion doses per year, beginning in 2021.The announcement about further funding came two days after the drug developer said its formula used in developing the vaccine was not covered under patents owned by Arbutus BiopharmaPfizer Inc, Novavax Inc, Britian’s AstraZeneca Plc are other few drug makers that received funding from BARDA for coronavirus vaccine development. “Encouraged by the Phase 1 data, we believe that our mRNA vaccine may aid in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and preventing future outbreaks,” Chief Executive Officer Stéphane Bancel said in a press release.BARDA’s total funding for the experimental vaccine of Moderna, the first in the United States to begin human trials of a coronavirus vaccine, is now about $955 million.The vaccine uses synthetic messenger RNA (mRNA) to inoculate against the coronavirus. Such treatments help the body immunize against a virus and can potentially be developed and manufactured more quickly than traditional vaccines.A Phase 3 study, conducted in collaboration with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will begin on July 27 and involve about 30,000 participants, according to the company. Moderna Inc said on Sunday it has received an additional $472 million from the US government’s Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to support development of its novel coronavirus vaccine.The US-based drug maker said the additional funding will support its late-stage clinical development including the expanded Phase 3 study of Moderna’s vaccine candidate.In April, Moderna had received $483 million from the US federal agency that funds disease-fighting technology, when the experimental vaccine was in an early-stage trial conducted by the US National Institutes of Health. Topics :
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Indonesia still evaluating when to reopen Bali and other tourist hot spots
Indonesia is still evaluating when to reopen Bali and other tourist hot spots to foreign visitors, noting that efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus has higher priority than the economy.Local tourism chiefs had set a goal to open Bali, Indonesia’s most visited destination, to foreigners on Sept. 11, subject to Jakarta’s approval. The island reopened to domestic tourists on July 31, under strict health protocols.Mr Erick Thohir, chairman of the national economic and COVID-19 recovery committee, said on Aug. 15: “Yesterday (Friday), we had a coordination meeting… and discussed that reopening to foreign tourists would be positive, but we must decide the right timing. Read also: What to expect from your ‘new normal’ trip to BaliMr I. Putu Astawa, head of Bali’s tourism agency, told The Straits Times in late July that the province had to strike a balance between its economic and health interests.The overall number of coronavirus cases across Indonesia’s 34 provinces totalled 135,123 as of Friday, the second highest in South-east Asia after the Philippines, while deaths reached 6,021, the highest in the region.The Philippines said it recently overtook Indonesia as the South-east Asia’s highest because it boosted testing, arguing it had a much higher testing rate relative to its population than Indonesia.Indonesia said there are increasing numbers of recovered patients, with data showing that at least 1,000 people across the archipelago have been sent home every day since mid-July after testing negative for COVID-19 twice consecutively.There were 89,618 recovered patients in Indonesia as of Friday.In a separate online discussion on Monday, the coordinating maritime affairs and investment minister Luhut Pandjaitan, who among others oversees the tourism sector, said he noticed a surge in the number of visitors to Bali and Banyuwangi in East Java two days after they reopened to domestic tourists under strict protocols, including showing proof of testing negative for COVID-19.”I went there (Bali, Banyuwangi) 10 days ago. It was very quiet. But two days after, (the number of visitors) jumped. I was worried about (a possible increase in) COVID-19 infections. But I checked a week later, it was (relatively) stable,” Mr Luhut said on Monday.He added that Indonesia would be prudent about re-admitting foreign tourists: “We are not going to reopen immediately. We must carefully select the originating countries. We are studying this carefully day to day.”Topics : “We really need foreign tourists, but we don’t want to risk having new clusters.”Reopening to foreign tourists is under evaluation. The (possible) vaccines may only be available next year.”Bali’s reopening to domestic tourists at the end of July came as the province tried to revive its badly hit economy as it continued to curb the coronavirus spread.The province had 4,024 infections as of Saturday, with 49 deaths, compared with about 3,300 infections and 48 deaths at the end of July. This article appeared on The Straits Times newspaper website, which is a member of Asia News Network and a media partner of The Jakarta Post
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Residential land showing strong growth over consecutive years
Brookwater estate is one of the many developments in Ipswich meeting strong market demand for vacant residential land. Photo — Patria JannidesFOUR consecutive years of growth shows the Ipswich residential land market is going strong.Recent research from Ray White Commercial shows that the region continues to enjoy strong growth with all major indicators showing positive results.Ray White land marketing director Jamie Martin said the results from ‘Between the Lines — Ipswich City Vacant Land Report January 2017’ showed good results for the region.“The results for Ipswich City highlight the strength of the land market in this growth region with house and land packages experiencing four consecutive years of growth,” Mr Martin said. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago“All the major indicators have shown strong positive results including sales volume increases and the continued uplift in median values, all encouraging signs for this market.”The median price per square metre for land achieved a new high of $435sq m with a median vacant land price of $192,500.“DA approvals are at normalised levels and still up over the last year, while the continued increases in registration levels highlight the depth of this market,” Mr Martin said.He said indicators such as reduced lot sizes, strong increases in land values and improved house and land package sales rates, emphasised the ongoing demand for housing in the region.“The value per square metre has increased on average 8.22 per cent per annum over the last nine years,” Mr Martin said.“Ipswich City provides 7,190ha of land suitable for residential development, with potential to deliver over 101,000 dwellings.“This region represents an important growth corridor for South East Queensland with significant scope for future residential land development opportunities.”
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Health journal to empower citizens launched in Dominica
Share Sharing is caring! Share Share Rosies and Thorns cover pageA health journal designed to assist the general public in making critical decisions concerning matters of health has been launched in Dominica.The journal dubbed ‘Rosies and Thorns’ is the brainchild of health care professional, Rosie Felix who is also the chief editor, was launched at the Prevost Cinemall in Roseau on Friday, April 19th. It will be published quarterly and this quarter’s journal will feature an exclusive interview with Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) director, Dr. Clarissa Ettienne. Copies will be available from the Art Gallery on Hillsborough Street, next to the Government Headquarters.The journal’s aim is to provide the general public with pertinent health information to assist them in making informed and timely decisions and choices about the roses which make them blossom, and the thorns which threaten their health and by extension, their life.At the launching ceremony, Mrs. Felix noted that her decision to pursue such a project is to educate women and their families in some of the same contents that she teaches to her nursing students.Chief Editor of Rosies and Thorns, Rosie Felix“I wanted to share with women in a manner to empower them to defend themselves against unnecessary physical and psychological trauma commonly experienced during child birth,” she said.Mrs. Felix said the publication will not only be for the education of childbearing women, but, “it would also meet the health education needs of the Dominican public and compliment what is already being done by the Health Promotion Unit and health professional across the world”.She admitted that the journal title; Rosies and Thorns is an unusual one, but it was deliberate to draw one’s attention.The scope of the journal will include articles within the context of the roles and responsibilities of health professionals, health care ethics and policy, patient, client and family rights and responsibilities and experiences.Well wishers at the journal launchThe chief editor also stated that the expected outcome of the journal is that people will be empowered to take greater responsibility and make sound decisions concerning their health, more effective in preventing and managing disease, as well as defending their rights for anatomy and dignified and respectful care.She noted that sometimes patients and clients rights for dignified and respectful care is violated and they feel sorry for themselves, meaning that they think if they complain the care will be the worst the next time, so they say nothing.Each issue will, include articles on men, children, environmental, maternal, mental, occupational and spiritual health. It will also feature articles on health professionals and centenarians.Dominica Vibes News HealthLifestyleLocalNews Health journal to empower citizens launched in Dominica by: – April 20, 2013 36 Views no discussions Tweet
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Shot, Cauayan local lands in hospital
As of this writing, officers of the Cauayanmunicipal police station have yet to identify the suspect and the motive in theincident. /PN The victim was rushed to the CauayanDistrict Hospital but was later transferred to the Corazon Locsin MontelibanoMemorial Regional Hospital here for medical treatment. Resident Sunny Rivera, 50, sustainedgunshot wounds on the left hand and left chest, police said. BACOLOD City – A man was shot inBarangay Poblacion, Cauayan, Negros Occidental. According to police investigators,Rivera was transporting bamboo poles on his cart when he was shot by anunidentified suspect around 5:45 p.m. on March 2.
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Rodgers: Reds have learned lessons
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits both his side and Raheem Sterling showed they had learned lessons in the 1-0 win at Burnley. After a woeful first half, when they lost goalkeeper Brad Jones to a thigh injury meaning a recall for the recently-dropped Simon Mignolet, they improved and won the match through Sterling’s 62nd-minute goal. Having watched the Reds dominate Arsenal but only draw at the weekend, Rodgers admitted the team found another way to play and win and he was also impressed by the way Sterling, criticised a fortnight ago for missing a host of chances at Manchester United, delivered the killer blow. “His development and ability to want to be better has got us the three points.” Rodgers also had praise for Mignolet despite an unexpected and less-than-convincing return to the side. “I thought he did well. There was just the once when the ball went over the line (from a Mamadou Sakho backpass),” said the Liverpool manager. “He has worked hard since he has come out of the team. He has kept a clean sheet and that was important.” Rodgers admitted he may look at an emergency loan after Jones’ injury but it seems in the short term he will call on the youth team. “We will just look at that. If he is missing out, we have young Danny Ward and he will come on to the bench,” he said. Clarets boss Sean Dyche felt his side were robbed of at least a point by the visitors. “We had our pocket pinched today with how they got away with a win,” he said. “It is a marvel the strides the group have made. It is as well as we have played, considering the opposition, since I have been at the club. “If not totally dominant, we were very dominant and yet again another marker. “The challenge is not just to be excellent but to win. “I don’t remember Tom Heaton making too many saves and I remember our back four being on the front foot. “We hit the post (via Danny Ings) and didn’t quite capitalise when it bounced out. “It is a poor goal from our standards. They win a header, put it in behind us and score. “They are fine margins at any level, particularly at this.” “We had to show a different side to us, different types of qualities to what we showed against Arsenal and Bournemouth,” said the Liverpool manager. “We didn’t play too well in the first half but we defended well, got our blocks in, stopped crosses and it didn’t come into the box. “I thought in terms of our character and resilience in the game we showed outstanding qualities when needed. “There weren’t many chances but the one clear one that came to us we put it away. We deserved three points for the character we showed.” On Sterling’s effort in rounding goalkeeper Tom Heaton, having failed against David de Gea from a similar situation at Old Trafford, Rodgers added: “It showed what a great learner he is. “He is in a position now where he will receive a lot of opportunities in that kind of situation because of his pace. “His pace will take him away from anyone and since that game he has gone away with the coaches and worked on that type of finish, both left side and right side. “He showed great composure and a great ability to learn, to beat the keeper and finished it really well. Press Association
Category: gykfyfoqloyifjyi Argentina shouldn’t look for blame, they need to look for solutions
Moscow, July 1: A curse on the songwriters Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber for that song ‘Don’t cry for me Argentina’ from their hit musical ‘Evita’. That song has been one of the recurring themes of the World Cup as Argentina limped through the group stage with a draw against Iceland, a 0-3 defeat to Croatia and a 2-1 win over Nigeria, and it got another airing on Saturday as they crashed out of the World Cup following a 3-4 defeat to France.There had been hopes in Argentina that the Marcos Rojo’s late goal against Argentina would be a turning point; a footballing line in the sand that would allow Argentina to press on and show their true footballing selves, reports Xinhua news agency.Unfortunately for Argentina and coach Jorge Sampaoli, that is what they did.That goal against Nigeria wasn’t the reality of what this Argentina side are, it was the exception and after a brave first half in which they sacrificed a forward in an attempt to swamp the midfield, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and company showed the ugly truth: Argentina are a side built around Lionel Messi and when he doesn’t function, there is nobody else to pick up the pieces.“We have the best player in the World, we tried to surround him and to be close to him and we did in some moments,” said Sampaoli after the defeat (which was much clearer than the final score suggests).The problem is he surrounded him with players such as Javier Mascherano and Enzo Perez and although you might win a fight with that duo beside you, you most certainly are not going to win the World Cup.It’s not Mascherano’s fault he came to Russia aged 33, after 5 months playing in China and in obvious decline, while Perez left Valencia a year ago with the club prepared to lose a staggering 30 million euros on what they paid for him, it’s the coach’s fault for playing them.Sampaoli was unforgivably reluctant to start Ever Banega, only putting the playmaker into the side after a rumoured dressing room revolt, while Paulo Dybala, arguably one of Argentina’s most talented players, spent most of the tournament watching from the sidelines along with Gonzalo Higuain.Higuain may have his detractors, but he would have been useful against France, pressing up the pitch and providing a challenge for the French central defenders, while Sergio Aguero actually showed what a threat he can be with Argentina’s third goal (from a Messi pass).Although the supporting cast were poor and Argentina would have struggled to have won the World Cup even with Messi at his best, it’s obvious Messi was below par: whether he was tired after a long season helping to carry FC Barcelona to a Spanish domestic double, or simply knew it was a hopeless task after dragging his country to two Copa America finals and also to Russia, there was little spark in him.Stats showed he covered around 24 kilometres in Argentina’s first three matches (compare that to Danish attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen’s 36 kilometres)… That means Messi was literally playing at walking pace…. And still he was the focal point of all Argentina’s football.Maybe in time we will discover why Messi was below his best, maybe we will understand why Sampaoli, previously a lover of attacking football, seemed to betray his footballing beliefs, maybe the coach knew deep inside he just didn’t have the talent available to him and that is the big worry.Argentina has so long been a breeding ground for great footballers, a country that has the game in its soul, with a seemingly unending factory of young talent. If that talent has suddenly dried up they are in real trouble and not Messi, nor Dybala, nor Aguero can save them from a spell in the World Cup wilderness.Now is not the time for Argentina to look for blame, it is the moment to look for a solution. IANS