Trump’s tariffs will hurt all Americans

first_imgThat’s the rationale Ross invoked to escape what would otherwise be American commitments under international trade law. Superficially plausible – planes are made of aluminum; tanks from steel – it’s basically bogus.A real expert on national security, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, has been decidedly cool on Ross’ protectionist project and said so in a memorandum to the commerce secretary, albeit between the lines.While Mattis said he was against countries “intentionally” using “unfair” trade practices to harm the U.S. defense industrial base – as opposed to outcompeting us, which is what some of the trading partners potentially affected by the Trump tariffs are actually doing – he also pointed out that U.S. industry can easily meet the military’s steel and aluminum needs without protection.If we must go ahead with tariffs anyway, Mattis urged, we should spare our “key allies” from “negative impact” and encourage them to join us in putting pressure on China, whose market manipulations in both steel and aluminum are real and a legitimate focus for U.S. response.However, the president gave no sign Thursday that he would heed either suggestion. On its face, his decision applies equally to hostile powers such as China and Russia and to close treaty allies such as Canada and Japan.Without major modifications, the president’s plan will encourage U.S. allies to join forces with U.S. adversaries. Mattis also urged making it clear to U.S. industry that protection would be conditional, “to set clear expectations domestically regarding competitiveness.”Instead, Trump promised a roomful of steel and aluminum executives “you’ll have protection for the first time in a long while,” adding vaguely: “You’ll have to regrow your industries, that’s all I’m asking.”Trump’s words are not always an exact guide to the policies his administration formally adopts.Already, though, the president and his commerce secretary have legitimized unilateral invocation of a “national security” exception to normal trade rules.Other countries can play that game, too; and more might try, now that the United States has set this bad example.Race to the bottom, trade war: Call it what you will, the spiral will eventually harm everyone, the United States and its metal industries very much included.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post.President Donald Trump announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports Thursday, following the recent recommendations of his secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross.Actually, Trump went a bit further, saying he would hit steel with a 25 percent levy, rounded up from the 24 percent Ross had said was necessary to keep the U.S. industry operating at the 80 percent of capacity that central planners in his department deem optimal.For aluminum, the charge will be 10 percent.Prices on everything made from steel and aluminum will go up; jobs saved by producers may be offset by jobs lost elsewhere.If that seems contradictory, consider the fact that this tax increase on raw materials comes from the same president who says the economy is booming because he cut taxes on income.Ostensibly, these added burdens on all Americans except those involved in steel and aluminum production are necessary for national security.last_img read more

COVID-19: TNI, ACT to distribute aid to affected residents in parts of Greater Jakarta

first_imgThe Indonesian Military (TNI) and humanitarian organization Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) are set to distribute up to 1,000 tons of rice and 1,000 boxes of drinks for residents affected by the coronavirus outbreak in capital Jakarta and neighboring Tangerang, Depok and Bekasi within the next one month.In the first stage, they are to give out 70 tons of rice packed in 5-kilogram sacks and some 600-milliliter bottles of water to people living in, among others, Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, Pulau Gadung, East Jakarta, Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, Kebun Jeruk, West Jakarta, Pademangan, North Jakarta, Legok, Tangerang and Bantar Gebang, Bekasi.Military personnel and volunteers with ACT would hand-distribute the assistance from door to door, Antara reported. Read also: Indonesia announces Rp 405 trillion COVID-19 budget, anticipates 5% deficit in historic move”Hopefully, our contribution can ease the burden of the public. We also hope that the COVID-19 pandemic will end soon,” TNI commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto said in a statement read out by his aide, Lt. Gen. Joni Supriyanto, at the TNI headquarters on Wednesday.He said he also appreciated the help from ACT in channeling the aid. “It’s time for us to unite and support each other.”Aside from the food assistance, the military also planned to donate 25,000 face masks and 10,000 packages of hand sanitizer as many people nationwide faced shortages of such items essential for preventing COVID-19 transmission.As of Thursday — a month since President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the country’s first two confirmed cases — a total of 1,790 people in Indonesia have been infected by the disease, with 170 fatalities, according to the government’s official count.Jakarta had half of the cases with 897 confirmed infections and 90 fatalities. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

Papuan armed group accused of shooting COVID-19 team members

first_imgMilitary and police personnel belonging to the Nemangkawi task force in Intan Jaya regency, Papua, are on a manhunt for an armed group that purportedly shot members of a local COVID-19 response team.As reported by Antara News Agency, the Nemangkawi joint task force released a statement on Saturday saying an armed group had shot two health workers affiliated with the local COVID-19 task force in Wandai district, Intan Jaya regency, on Friday at 4:30 p.m. local time.The two medical workers – identified as Amalek Bagau, 30, and Eniko Somou, 39 – were shot while delivering medical supplies to a remote area in Intan Jaya regency. The Nemangkawi task force, with the assistance of the Intan Jaya Police, managed to locate and evacuate the victims and transferred them to the Nabire General Hospital on Saturday morning, according to the statement.Read also: OPM says TNI, police shot medical workers in PapuaPapua Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. AM Kamal said Amalek had survived the incident, but was in critical condition, while Eniko had died from his wounds.“It took us about five hours to arrive at the crime scene,” Kamal said, citing difficulties in navigating the steep terrain.The case is the latest in a recent string of violence that has resulted in the deaths of civilians in the region.In April, two young Papuans, Eden Armando Bebari and Ronny Wandik, were allegedly shot to death by security forces in Mimika regency after being mistaken for members of an armed separatist group. A week before that, New Zealander Graeme Thomas Wall, an employee of gold and copper mining company PT Freeport Indonesia, was killed by gunmen in the area. (rfa)Topics :last_img read more

Yankees top Forbes’ list of richest MLB clubs

first_img Loading… Read Also: Johnson hopeful NBA can crown a champion despite coronavirus The Boston Red Sox clocked in at third at $3.3 billion, followed by the Chicago Cubs ($3.2 billion), San Francisco Giants ($3.1 billion), New York Mets ($2.4 billion), St. Louis Cardinals ($2.2 billion) and Philadelphia Phillies ($2 billion). Only the Pittsburgh Pirates and Miami Marlins dropped in value, the Pirates by 1% and the Marlins by 2%. Only the Marlins, valued at $980 million, were outside the billionaire club, according to the calculations by Forbes. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBOTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks The Los Angeles Dodgers were rated the second-most valuable team at $3.4 billion, and also posted the second-highest revenue, Forbes said. Major League Baseball may lose billions to the coronavirus shutdown, but its clubs appear to be on firm footing according to Forbes’ latest list of franchise values released Thursday.Yankee Stadium is empty now due to the coronavirus pandemic but the team that usually plays there, the New York Yankees, tops the Forbes magazine list of most valuable Major League Baseball franchises released ThursdayThe financial publication estimated that 28 of 30 MLB clubs appreciated in value in 2019. The New York Yankees once again top the list, appreciating 9% to $5 billion in total value. According to Forbes, the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys, worth an estimated $5.5 billion, are the only sports franchise in the world worth more than the Yanks. Forbes predicted that strong recent profits will “help offset any downturn from the delayed season.” MLB has indefinitely postponed the 2020 campaign, which had been scheduled to start on March 26, as health authorities urge social distancing to slow the spread of deadly COVID-19. Until the setback, Forbes said, MLB profits were at record highs thanks to flat player costs and increased revenue of $16 million per team on average. Forbes calculated that the Yankees generated $683 million in revenue in 2019.Advertisementlast_img read more

Pulis eyes January bargains

first_img Since Pulis’ arrival, the Eagles have won three games and now sit outside the bottom three on goal difference with a tantalising New Year’s Day clash at home to fellow strugglers Norwich to come. But the 55-year-old Welshman still wants to add to his squad when the transfer window opens and is determined to be as wily with his business as he has been in the past. “Every club I’ve been at, I don’t think anyone can decry me spending too much and not giving them a return on their money,” he said. “I have always prided myself in that respect and if I bring players in they will be coming in to help us initially stay in the Premier League. “If they are older players you keep the value by staying in the Premier League or they are young and they actually gain value. “At Stoke if you look at [Ryan] Shawcross, [Asmir] Begovic, [Marc] Wilson and [Steven] Nzonzi – they have all maintained Premier League football for Stoke City. “Their value now compared to what we paid at the time would have gone through the roof – if we could do the same at this football club then I would be doing somersaults. “I’m hoping and praying that one or two things will drop for us. Both in terms of players who are not in the squad or around the squad, moving them on and letting them play. That might leave us a little room to manoeuvre and bring a few in.” Pulis took over at Selhurst Park in November with Palace struggling to adapt to the Barclays Premier League following their promotion through the play-offs. His predecessor Ian Holloway went on a summer recruitment drive that saw 16 new faces enter the club, something which he believes played a part in his departure from Palace as his new-look squad failed to gel. Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis will enter the January transfer window with the experience of signing players who can not only help in the fight against relegation but also benefit the Eagles financially. Despite a turnaround in fortunes, which has seen Palace record much-needed victories over West Ham, Cardiff and Aston Villa, Pulis refuses to get too carried away with the impact he has had on the players. “I’m just concerned about the next game and the next game,” he said. “If you pat yourself on the back for having a good performance this game will kick you up the backside but if you get down and depressed you drag other people down with you. “You have to be upbeat and positive and though it affects you, you have to get over it as soon as you can – whether that is a good or a bad performance. “When I say I’m never happy – I think you can never be happy with your lot. If you are driven then you strive to improve, you mustn’t confuse that for not being happy. In respect of striving to get better all the time that is who I am.” Even being outside the bottom three bares no significance for Pulis. “It is the New Year, it is not the end of the season,” he added. “The most important thing is that we stay focused and that we prepare properly for Wednesday and the next game, until the end of the season or until we get the points to keep us in the Premier League.” Pulis will be sweating over the fitness of striker Cameron Jerome, who was forced off in the 1-0 defeat at Manchester City, but is hopeful midfield duo Stuart O’Keefe and Kagisho Dikgacoi will be involved against Norwich. Press Associationlast_img read more

‘Multi’ steamroll Kwakwani 5-1 to win Region 10 title

first_imgTHE Christianburg/Wismar Secondary School, popularly known as ‘Multi’, continued their dominance in this year’s Digicel Schools Football tournament, winning the Region 10 Zone finals yesterday as they conquered Kwakwani Secondary 5-1 at the Wisburg Secondary football ground.The Christianburg/Wismar Secondary School players celebrate after Brewley’s penalty.The team’s prolific forward Omar Brewley netted a double, while Jehu Regis, Andre Mayers and Kevin Dare scored a goal each for ‘Multi’ who also won $100 000 and will now play Mahdia in a playoff on Sunday in their attempt to reclaim the title they relinquished to Chase Academy, after holding on to it for four consecutive years.Playing in conditions not too conducive for a game of football, ‘Multi’ showed why they are the tournament’s most decorated team, displaying their superior skills and taking the lead seven minutes into the contest when Brewley scored from point-blank range .Mayers made it 2-0 with his goal in the 13th minute as the Lindeners entered the second stanza with a two-goal cushion.Just after the resumption, Regis, who has scored in every game for the champions, netted from close range to make it 3-0.Multi goalscorers (L-R) Omar Brewley, Jehu Regis, Andre Mayers and Kevin DareDespite the game basically being reduced to Water Polo because of the flooded outfield due to the heavy downpour, Kwakwani Secondary didn’t allow ‘Multi’ to have their way, as Ivan La Rose, in the 55th minute, scored the best goal of the game; a free-kick from approximately 30 yards out.While the Linden custodian could be blamed for misjudging the ball when it was airborne, La Rose’s goal certainly brought life to the Kwakwani team.Nonetheless, five minutes later, Dare made it 4-1 when he collected a pass from Brewley and wasted little time in hammering a right-footed volley that the Kwakwani keeper had no chance of stopping.In the 65th minute, Brewley converted a penalty and added his double to lead the Christianburg/Wismar Secondary to their 7th Regional title.The team played in every final of the country’s most prestigious schools football tournament, only losing in the inaugural final and last year to Chase Academy.last_img read more

CBA, J-D girls swimmers sweep West Genesee

first_imgJ-D had its own meet at West Genesee that it controlled from the outset, defeating the Wildcats 91-80 to move to 6-2 on the season.The meet started with the Red Rams’ quartet of Sofia Bebla, Amelia Hesler, Josie Coyne and Audrey Norden going 2:02.71 to win the 200-yard medley relay.Later in the meet, Bebla was victorious in the 100 backstroke in 1:09.97 to the 1:11.73 from WG’s Maggie Smith, with Hesler returning in the 200 freestyle relay to help Gwen Lister, Julia Antoine and Claire Huyck win in 1:47.67.Emily Ninestein won a pair of races, from the short 50 freestyle in 27.15 seconds to the 27.62 from the Wildcats’ Anna Ivery to a 500 freestyle where Ninestein breezed to first place in 5:57.67. Abby McGuire earned 184.83 points in diving.Huyck got a title of her own in the 200 freestyle in 2:12.46, just ahead of WG’s Taylor McFadden (2:13.84), while Coyne was second in the 100 butterfly in 1:14.06 and Lucy Heflin got second in the 200 individual medley in 2:40.12J-D and F-M  will both swim this weekend in the Salt City Athletic Conference championships at Nottingham, this after the Hornets met Syracuse City on Tuesday and the Red Rams travel to Auburn Wednesday.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story While the Fayetteville-Manlius girls swim team was off last week, Christian Brothers Academy and Jamesville-DeWitt both took their turns against West Genesee, and both prevailed.Not dropping any race in last Tuesday’s meet against the Wildcats at Le Moyne College, the Brothers prevailed 94-74, with its usual stars each winning their fair share of events.Kayla Newman went one minute, 58.60 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle and then roared to a time of 5:20.80 in the 500 freestyle as Kaitlyn Bushnell swept the sprints, going 25.54 seconds in the 50 freestyle and exactly 57 seconds in the 100 freestyle. Lauren Kelly went from a time of 2:16.47 in the 200 individual medley to a quick 1:07.71 in the 100 breaststroke as Darien Tompkins claimed the 100 butterfly in 1:00.02.In a unique 100 backstroke race, Ally Howard and Ella Zaryski finished in a dead heat, each posting 1:07.32. Sophie Menar had 194.55 points on the diving board.Roaring in the relays, CBA had Tompkins, Bushnell, Newman and Kelly go 3:45.18 in the 400 freestyle after Bushnell, Tompkins, Howard and Kelly took the 200 medley in a season-best 1:52.67, just missing the state qualifying standard of 1:52.35. Sophia Silver and Kathryn Nardella joined Newman and Tompkins for a time of 1:48 flat in the 200 freestyle relay.center_img Tags: CBAgirls swimmingJ-Dlast_img read more

Borland, Taylor ready to hit ground running together

first_imgYou would almost start to think that certain stars have to align in order for Wisconsin linebackers Chris Borland and Mike Taylor to see the field together.Taylor, a redshirt junior, and Borland, a sophomore who received a medical redshirt in 2010, have been standout defenders for the Badgers for the past two seasons, yet before last Thursday’s game versus UNLV, their mutual health had never lasted more than six plays as starting linebackers.The luckless medical history of Borland and Taylor is such an anomaly that when asked before the 2011 season opener how eager he is for the two defensemen to enjoy playing a full season together, head coach Bret Bielema responded with a more modest aspiration.“Well I’d love for a full game first,” he said. “Full practice and then a full game.”Their playing time has always been defined by injuries, starting from the beginning in 2009, when both made considerable impressions as rookies.Then a redshirt freshman, Taylor started ahead of Borland, then a true frosh himself, for the first seven games at outside linebacker before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the seventh game of the season.By that time, Taylor had already established himself as a preeminent member of the Wisconsin defense. He led the Badgers with 46 tackles and had accumulated 6.5 tackles for loss, an interception and a forced fumble by the time of his injury.But the void left by Taylor was quickly filled by Borland, who, in just six games as a starter, flashed numbers bright enough to earn him recognition as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. He finished the season with 36 tackles, 10.5 for loss, five sacks, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.With Taylor expected to make a steady recovery in time for the following 2010 season, Wisconsin appeared to have a well-fortified linebacking corps for a few years to come. But again, injuries had the two playing tag-team.Borland started the season opener – registering five tackles and a sack – while Taylor looked on from the sidelines, his right knee nearly healed.But Borland also injured his left shoulder in the opener, so a week later the two flipped positions; Taylor finally made his return from a season-ending knee injury while Borland nursed his shoulder.The third week of the season saw Borland and Taylor pair up as starting linebackers for the first time, but it lasted just six defensive snaps. Borland aggravated the left-shoulder injury, inflicting more damage, and was subsequently shut down for the year with a medical redshirt.Still slowed by his serious knee injury the year before, Taylor did manage to play out the 2010 season, absorbing a smaller injury to his left knee along the way. He finished second on the team in tackles for loss on his way to earning consensus honorable mention All-Big Ten accolades.And now in a young 2011 season, Borland and Taylor again swapped places from where they were a year ago. It is Borland coming off the season-ending injury, and it is Taylor who is coming off a season met with recognition.With Borland’s move to middle linebacker and his rehabilitation in the offseason, the two linebackers can now go back to looking forward to wrapping up running backs together.“[I’m] really eager,” Taylor said, with a grinning Borland peering around from behind his teammate to listen. “It’s something I’ve been looking forward to the past few years; it got cut short last year. When we’re both on the field we just have a tremendous amount of trust. We love playing with each other.”Against UNLV, the two linebackers led the way for defense. Borland had a team-best seven tackles while Taylor tied for second with six.But as much as the Wisconsin coaching staff is looking forward to naming the oft-injured linebackers to the starting lineup week in and week out, caution still reigns over all else.Over the course of the offseason, it was still a rare day when the two played with each other during team drills. Borland was inactive in the spring and has been in and out of team scrimmages this fall.As a precaution, all players with past ACL injuries are exempt from scrimmages during the second practice of two-a-days, and that included Taylor, who is about a year-and-a-half removed from his own. He also missed three consecutive practices at one point when soreness in his knee arose.Despite that, however, in an interview before the UNLV opener, Taylor said he’s the healthiest he’s been in quite a while, estimating his full health at 90-95 percent after spending last season between 80-85 on average.Throughout August, Bielema detailed the cautious approach to reinstating Borland to full contact, even likening the process to those reserved for serious knee injuries. That approach also included lessons on avoiding reckless tackling.The slow return to the game has tested the patience of Borland, but he knows it’s paid off.“It’s been frustrating, but I think it’s a smart play,” Borland said. “I mean, it’s worked out, I’m feeling good. But at the same time I’ve gotten enough reps to get back into the swing of things from the football aspect, so all is well right now.”Borland’s return isn’t notable for just his skill and past success at the position alone, but also because of the ripple effect it’s had on the rest of UW’s defense.After the 10th day of practice at fall camp, Bielema said that, upon watching tape of a full contact scrimmage, he noticed the defense played better with Borland on the field and even singled out Taylor as someone who “played faster.”Fifth-year senior and co-captain Aaron Henry, who plays just a few yards behind Borland and Taylor at free safety, agreed with his head coach’s assessment.“Guys are just crisper,” Henry said. “It’s just faster, we get the adjustments faster. Guys are just going out there, flying to ball faster – it’s kind of like a race to the football when he’s out there.”Collectively, and for the second year in a row, it’s back to square one for Borland and Taylor: maintaining health. Should they accomplish that, the rest will take care of itself.“The sky is the limit but it’s going to take a lot of work,” Borland said. “We’re not nearly there yet … and we got a lot of work to do but, same old. We continue to improve every day, ready to do something special.”last_img read more

Premier League big guns return to action

first_imgJurgen Klopp’s side have travelled to London to face West Ham, a side who comfortably beat them 3-0 at Anfield in August. At 3, leaders Arsenal welcome struggling Newcastle to the Emirates. Second placed Leicester go up against Bournemouth at the King Power.  Manchester United are eight games without a win, and almost two years without a victory over today’s opponents Swansea. The bottom two meet at the Stadium of Light, with Sunderland up against Aston Villa. Elsewhere, West Brom have Stoke, and Norwich play Southampton.While third placed Manchester City could end the day top of the table if they beat Watford in the late kick off, and the top two lostlast_img

Antigua Confident of Establishing Own Law School

first_imgST. JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – Attorney General Steadroy Benjamin says he will use this weekend’s meeting of the Council of Legal Education (CLE) in Jamaica to continue making the case for Antigua and Barbuda to establish a law school.“I shall be making my case to the Council that we need the law school here in Antigua and Barbuda to serve the OECS (Organization of Eastern Caribbean States) and other persons who are unable to …attend laws schools around the region,” he said on a radio program here prior to his departure for Kingston on Friday.Lobbying since 2017Antigua and Barbuda has been lobbying for the establishment of a school here since 2017 and Benjamin said he is confident that once he presents his findings and research on the issue, the Council, will eventually rule in his favor.“This Attorney general has the ability of persuading people, he was part of the negotiating team that led to the establishment of the (Fourth campus of the University of the West Indies) here. I have no doubt that when he presents our legal arguments, our capability and our ability to have the school here in Antigua then common sense will prevail.“Remember that these decisions aren’t taken lightly. The University and in this case the law school will have to be persuaded that we are in a position in terms of infrastructure, demands and capability to have the school here.“I am satisfied that once I present my arguments to the School that they will be looked at fondly,” Benjamin told radio listeners.Antigua and Barbuda is not the only CARICOM country up in arms about its students not being able to study law at the prevailing campuses.Guyana seeks own law school tooIn 2017, Guyana signed an agreement with the University College of the Caribbean (UCC) and the Law College of the Americas (LCA) as it moved to establish its own law school and ease the difficulties being experienced by Guyanese students wishing to attend the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago.Attorney General Basil Williams said the establishment of the Law School will ensure that local law students no longer have to worry about gaining acceptance to continue their legal education at the Trinidad-based facility.But the CLE and the government have been at odds over the establishment of the school and last month Williams said the government will be moving ahead with plans to establish a local law school “one way or the other”“We have a plan. I just told you with oil and gas we’ll have a law school,” Williams told a group of local law students, who had visited his office.As a result of several issues encountered with the CLE since the signing of an agreement for the feasibility study for the local law school in 2017, the Attorney General indicated that the government is mulling a law school which does not come under the CLE.“We could also model it after [The] Bahamas. They built and then they went under the umbrella of CLE,” he added.last_img read more