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France floats tariffs on US goods amid Airbus-Boeing dispute – Canadian Business

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PARIS — France’s finance minister says Europe is ready to impose retaliatory tariffs next year on U.S. goods as part of a long-running dispute over subsidies to plane makers Airbus and Boeing.

Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told reporters Thursday that “trade wars are good for no one,” noting damage caused worldwide by the U.S.-China trade conflict.

But he said Europe is bracing for possible U.S. sanctions over the plane subsidy dispute, and that “Americans should know that we are ready to react.”

He said he’s pushing for a “friendly agreement” with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lightizer.

The World Trade Organization ruled in May that Europe illegally subsidized Airbus, hurting U.S. competitor Boeing. The European Union has brought a similar case at the WTO accusing the U.S. government of illegally subsidizing Boeing.

The Associated Press

Tonga in national holiday to bid farewell to leader Pohiva – Canadian Business

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Hundreds of mourners packed a church service on Thursday and children stood vigil on downtown streets as Tonga took a national holiday to bid farewell to Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva at a state funeral.

During a political career that began more than three decades ago, Pohiva helped wrest power from the royal family and bring greater democracy to the small Pacific island nation. He died last week in Auckland after being medically evacuated to New Zealand. He was 78.

Former lawmaker Teisina Fuko, who attended the funeral, said Pohiva was very close to the Tongan people.

“People remembered him as a spearhead for change, for creating a more democratic government,” he said.

Children stood along the roads in the capital Nuku’alofa as Pohiva’s family and members of the Tongan royal family followed a hearse into the Centenary Church grounds. One mourner held a sign that described Pohiva as “My Hero.”

Delegations from Australia and New Zealand attended the service.

Pohiva was first elected to Tonga’s parliament in 1987. He became prime minister in 2014 and won re-election three years later. His recent tenure was marked by bouts of ill health and political unrest.

Officials say he will be remembered as a champion of democracy who helped bring about democratic reforms that were incorporated into the country’s constitution in 2010.

He was also known for his fight against global warming. Archipelagos like Tonga, which has 171 islands and is home to 106,000 people, are particularly vulnerable to rising seas.

In 2013, Pohiva became the first Pacific Islander to win the Defender of Democracy Award, presented by New York-based non-profit Parliamentarians for Global Action.

Prior to being medially evacuated to New Zealand, Pohiva had been hospitalized in Tonga for two weeks suffering from pneumonia before his condition turned critical.

Lawmaker Semisi Sika has taken over as Tonga’s acting prime minister.

Fuko said the political unrest will likely continue in Tonga as various factions vie for influence and power.

Nick Perry, The Associated Press

Markets Right Now: Stocks rise led by tech, energy – Canadian Business

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NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

9:40 a.m.

Stocks are opening with modest gains on Wall Street Thursday, led by technology and energy shares.

Microsoft rose 1.6% after it approved a $40 billion stock buyback and raised its quarterly dividend.

U.S. oil gained 1.2% to $58.76 a barrel and is up 7.1% since an attack on a major Saudi Arabia oil facility. Halliburton rose 2%.

U.S. Steel dropped 11.8% after it warned investors that its third quarter loss will be wider than anticipated.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 79 points, or 0.3%, to 27,226.

The S&P 500 gained 8 points, or 0.3%, to 3,015. The Nasdaq rose 30 points, or 0.4%, to 8,208.

Bonds rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury dropped to 1.76% from 1.78%.

The Associated Press

California looks for ways to preserve environmental clout – Canadian Business

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Trump administration’s move to stop California from setting its own emission standards for cars and trucks would undermine the state’s ability to convince the world’s largest automakers that they should make more environmentally friendly vehicles.

“We will not let political agendas in a single state be forced upon the other 49,” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said Thursday at a Washington news conference after the administration revoked the power California exercised for decades under a waiver from the federal Clean Air Act.

One California lawmaker is already working on a way to preserve at least some of the state’s environmental muscle: rebates for electric cars.

California residents who buy or lease a zero-emission vehicle can get up to $7,000 from the state. A bill by Democratic Assemblyman Phil Ting would mean people could only get that money if they buy a car from a company that has agreed to follow California’s emission standards.

California has 35 million registered vehicles, giving it great influence with the auto industry. That was evident in July, when Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that Ford, BMW, Honda and Volkswagen had agreed to follow California’s standards, bypassing the administration, which had been working on new rules.

California officials have been negotiating with other automakers to follow suit. But those talks stalled Wednesday when President Donald Trump announced, via Twitter, that he was revoking California’s authority to set its own emission standards.

Ting’s proposal, first reported by CalMatters, shows California has other ways it could entice automakers to follow its environmental lead. David Vogel, a professor emeritus of business ethics at the Haas School of Business of the University of California-Berkeley, noted California could accomplish its goals through various tax changes, which the federal government could not stop.

“Even if the Trump administration would win on this, California could use taxes to accomplish much of the same goals,” Vogel said. “The federal government would have less of an ability to challenge, because states can pretty much tax who they want.”

The California Legislature adjourned for the year last week. But before leaving, lawmakers amended a bill to include the new language so they could debate it when they return to work in January.

State officials could use the tactic to aid negotiations with Toyota and General Motors, two manufacturers that make electric cars but have so far not agreed to California’s emission standards. It’s unclear how effective the law would be, given that California’s Clean Vehicle Rebate Project has a waiting list.

A Toyota spokesman declined to comment.

Ting, through a spokeswoman, declined immediate comment. Newsom, asked about the proposal, said he would make an announcement by Friday. He did not elaborate.

Trump said his move would result in less expensive, safer cars. He predicted Americans would purchase more new cars, which would result in cleaner air as older models are taken off the roads.

“Many more cars will be produced under the new and uniform standard, meaning significantly more JOBS, JOBS, JOBS! Automakers should seize this opportunity because without this alternative to California, you will be out of business,” Trump tweeted.

Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler said at the Thursday news conference with Chao that Trump’s approach was “good for public safety, good for the economy and good for the environment.”

Wheeler also played down electric vehicles, calling them “a product that has minimal impact on the environment and which most families cannot approach”

U.S. automakers contend that without year-over-year increases in fuel efficiency that align with global market realities, their vehicles could be less competitive, potentially resulting in job losses. But most of the industry favours increases in standards that are less than the Obama-era requirements, saying their consumers are gravitating to SUVs and trucks rather than buying more efficient cars.

Top California officials and environmental groups pledged legal action to stop the Trump rollback. The U.S. transportation sector is the nation’s biggest single source of greenhouse gasses.

Trump’s claim that his proposal would result in a cleaner environment is contrary to his own administration’s estimate that by freezing economy standards, U.S. fuel consumption would increase by about 500,000 barrels per day, a 2% to 3% increase. Environmental groups predict even more fuel consumed, resulting in higher pollution.

The administration argues that lower-cost vehicles would allow more people to buy new ones that are safer, cutting roadway deaths by 12,700 lives through the 2029 model year.

But The Associated Press reported last year that internal EPA emails show senior career officials privately questioned the administration’s calculations, saying the proposed freeze would actually modestly increase highway fatalities, by about 17 deaths annually.

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Biesecker reported from Washington. Ashraf Khalil in Washington contributed to this report.

Adam Beam And Michael Biesecker, The Associated Press

Democrats to argue Republicans rushing top Labor nominee – Canadian Business

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s nominee to run the Labor Department faces a Senate confirmation hearing even as Democrats argue that they haven’t had enough time to scour his record of legal work for corporate interests.

Although Trump tweeted in mid-July that Eugene Scalia was his pick , the committee didn’t officially receive the nomination until Sept. 11, the week before Thursday’s hearing. The Republican GOP-led Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee panel has set a vote on the nomination early next week.

A Democratic aide who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and requested anonymity said Democratic lawmakers see the compressed timeframe as not allowing senators to properly investigate Scalia’s history as an attorney for dozens of clients. But a Republican aide, who also requested anonymity for the same reason, said all of Scalia’s required paperwork, which would include his financial disclosure and ethics agreements, has been available for committee members to review since late August.

Trump’s nomination of Scalia, son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, is opposed by the AFL-CIO, which has described him as a union-busting lawyer who has eroded labour rights and consumer protections. But business groups are squarely behind Scalia, viewing him as a reliable opponent of regulatory overreach and red tape. If Scalia is confirmed by the Senate, he’ll be the seventh former lobbyist to hold a Cabinet-level post in the Trump administration.

Scalia, 56, served for a year as the Labor Department’s top lawyer, its solicitor, during the George W. Bush administration. But most of his career has been spent as a partner in the Washington office of the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher firm, where he has run up a string of victories in court cases on behalf of business interests challenging labour and financial regulations.

On his financial disclosure form filed with the Office of Government Ethics, Scalia listed 49 clients who paid him $5,000 or more for legal services, including e-cigarette giant Juul Labs, Facebook, Ford, Walmart and Bank of America. Disclosure records show Scalia was registered in 2010 and 2011 to lobby for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Scalia is likely to be questioned about changes the Labor Department is making to an Obama-era rule on overtime pay. The Obama regulations were scheduled to take effect in 2016 but were put on hold by a federal lawsuit.

A revised proposal issued in March raised the annual pay threshold at which workers would be exempt from overtime to $35,308 from the current $23,660, expanding overtime pay to roughly 1 million workers. The Obama plan set the threshold at more than $47,000 and would have affected an estimated 4.2 million people.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, expressed concern Wednesday over Scalia’s record on protecting government whistleblowers . Grassley said on a call with reporters that while serving as Labor’s top lawyer Scalia argued not all disclosures made to Congress are protected under federal whistleblower laws and that the separation of powers doctrine prevents whistleblowers from disclosing certain information to Congress.

Trump’s previous labour secretary, Alexander Acosta, resigned in July. He’d come under renewed criticism for his handling of a 2008 secret plea deal with financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead last month in his cell at a federal jail in New York after a July arrest on sex trafficking charges.

Deputy Labor Secretary Pat Pizzella has been serving as acting secretary until Scalia is confirmed.

Richard Lardner, The Associated Press

Mortgage rates boosted US home sales 1.3% in August – Canadian Business

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WASHINGTON — U.S. home sales rose 1.3% in August to the highest level in 17 months, as mortgage rates near historic lows have spurred a rush of home-buying.

The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that homes sold last month at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 5.49 million units, the best performance since March 2018. Sales have increased 2.6% from a year ago. Cheaper borrowing costs have increased affordability for buyers, but they have also led to higher prices amid a shortage of properties for sale.

The median sales price climbed 4.7% from a year ago to $278,200, outpacing average wage gains.

Homebuyers have been a beneficiary from the recent economic uncertainty, as interest rates have fallen in response to slower global growth and President Donald Trump’s tariffs against China.

The 30-year mortgage rate averaged 3.56% this week, down from 4.6% a year ago, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac.

Still, the upside is limited by a decline in sales listings. There were 1.86 million properties for sale at the end of August, down 2.6% from a year ago.

The inventory crunch appears to be most pronounced in starter homes priced below $250,000, the kinds of properties that are generally affordable for first-time buyers. Sales of homes worth less than $250,000 have fallen in the past year, while sales of home priced between $250,000 and $1 million have risen.

Josh Boak, The Associated Press

CannTrust says goods returned by Alberta government cannabis firm worth $1.3M – Canadian Business

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VAUGHAN, Ont. — CannTrust Holdings Inc. said Thursday that about $1.3 million worth of its products will be returned by the Alberta government’s cannabis wholesaler and online retailer.

The Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis agency announced the returns on Wednesday after Health Canada suspended CannTrust’s licences to produce and sell pot.

CannTrust noted Thursday that Health Canada has not ordered a recall in respect of any of the company’s products.

But it said that under the terms of its agreement, the goods may be returned for any reason and it will be responsible for the cost of the goods and all expenses related to the return.

Meanwhile, PEI Cannabis said Thursday it will not consider re-stocking CannTrust products until the supplier’s license suspension is lifted.

That follows a decision by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corp., announced Wednesday, to stop selling CannTrust products and to return the product it is holding at its distribution centre.

The Ontario government’s cannabis wholesaler and retailer said in August it was returning products valued at roughly $2.9 million to CannTrust.

 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Sept. 19, 2019.

Companies in this story: (TSX:TRST)

 

The Canadian Press

LL-Partner USB Power Oppvarmet musematte Gjennomgang & Shopping Info

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Husk varmt rosa USB-oppvarmet musematte som gikk viral fjor høst? Vel, hvis du gått på det, men fortsatt føler at du kan fryse ihjel mens du arbeider i den polare virvelen som rammer alle Amerikanske kontorlokaler kommer vinteren, fant vi en enda søtere versjon av fjorårets favoritt.

Amazon selger en USB-drevet oppvarmet musematte som faktisk ser ut som en søt vinter mus. Enda bedre, dette vil ikke munch på informasjonskapsler som er smuler igjen på kjøkkenbenken. Nope, dette mus bare ønsker å elske. Han vil holde hendene varme og koselige alle jobber dagen lang, slik at du kan sjekke din parka på døren.

Bare lad den flyttbare oppvarming pad i datamaskinens USB-port eller en nærliggende stikkontakten, må du legge den tilbake i musematte, og du vil oppleve konstant, 113-graders varme som du klikk, klikk, knuse dine Powerpoint. I tillegg til en koselig grå utvendig og bredt-øye broderi, den musematte har en gummi non-slip grep nederst, så den vil ikke gli rundt når den er i bruk.

USB-Strøm til Oppvarming musematte

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Amazon anmeldere fantasere om denne søte lille fyren: “Dette kommer godt pakket med litt mitt-som musematte og en oppvarming pad som er flyttbare for de dager da det er egentlig ikke så kaldt ute.”

En annen sa: den varme kilden “fungerer bra” og ikke gjøre sine hender for varm eller svett. Så hvis du har isen kalde fingre, iskaldt office, eller bare er ute etter litt ekstra komfort i løpet av vinteren, plukke opp en av disse bedårende oppvarmet mousepads. Det vil spare deg for.

Liker du det du nettopp leste? Vil du elske vårt magasin! Gå her å . Ikke gå glipp av noe ved å laste ned Apple-Nyheter her og følgende Forebygging. Oh, og vi er på Instagram også.

Nicol Natale
Assisterende Redaktør
For øyeblikket er assisterende redaktør i Prevention.com, Nicol er en Manhattan-basert journalist som spesialiserer seg på helse, velvære, skjønnhet, mote -, forretnings-og livsstil.

LL-Partner USB Strom Beheizt Maus Pad Review & Shopping Info

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Erinnere mich an die hot pink USB-beheizte Mauspad, das ging viralen im letzten Herbst? Gut, wenn Sie weitergegeben wird, dass aber immer noch fühlen, wie Sie können zu Tode frieren, während der Arbeit in der polar vortex, die jeden befällt, der amerikanischen office space kommen im winter fanden wir eine noch niedlicher version des letzten Jahres Favorit.

Amazon verkauft eine USB-powered beheizt Maus pad, die tatsächlich aussieht wie eine entzückende winter-Maus. Noch besser, dieser wird nicht vernascht werden alle cookie-Krümel, die Links auf der Küchentheke. Nein, diese Maus will einfach nur Liebe. Er wird halten Sie Ihre Hände warm und gemütlich arbeiten alle Tag lang, so können Sie überprüfen Sie Ihren parka an die Tür.

Lade einfach die herausnehmbaren Heizkissen in Ihrem computer den USB-port oder eine Steckdose in der Nähe, legen Sie es zurück in das mousepad, und Sie werden Erfahrung Konstante, 113 Grad Hitze, wie Sie klicken Sie auf, klicken Sie auf, vernichten Sie Ihre Powerpoint. Neben seiner gemütlichen grey außen-und große-Augen-Stickerei, das mousepad hat eine Gummi-Anti-Rutsch-Griff an der Unterseite, so dass es nicht Verrutschen, während Sie verwendet wird.

USB-Strom-Heizung-Maus-Pad

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$19.98

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Amazon Rezensenten Schwärmen von diesem niedlichen kleinen Kerl: “Das kommt gut verpackt mit den kleinen Handschuh-wie Maus-pad und ein Heizkissen, abnehmbar für jene Tage, wenn es nicht gar so kalt draußen.”

Ein anderer sagte, die Wärmequelle “großen Werke”, und nicht Ihre Hände zu heiß oder verschwitzt. Also, wenn Sie eiskalte Finger, ein einfrieren Büro, oder einfach nur auf der Suche nach ein wenig extra-Komfort während der winter -, pick-up eine dieser adorable beheizten Mauspads. Es wird Euch retten.

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Nicol Natale
Assistant Editor
Derzeit eine assistant editor bei Prevention.com, Nicol ist ein Manhattan-basierte journalist, ist spezialisiert auf Gesundheits -, wellness -, beauty -, fashion -, business -, und lifestyle.

LL-Partner di Potere di USB Riscaldata Mouse Pad Recensione & Shopping Info

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Ricordate il rosa caldo USB-riscaldata tappetino per il mouse che è andato virale lo scorso autunno? Beh, se è passato, ma sento ancora come si può congelare a morte mentre si lavora in vortice polare che succede ogni ufficio Americano di spazio durante l’inverno, abbiamo trovato un’ancora più carini versione dello scorso anno preferito.

Amazon vende una USB-powered riscaldata tappetino per il mouse che in realtà sembra un adorabile inverno mouse. Ancora meglio, questo non sgranocchiare qualsiasi briciole di biscotto lasciato sul bancone della cucina. No, questo mouse vuole solo amore. Sarà lui a tenere le mani al caldo e accogliente, tutto il lavoro il giorno, in modo da poter controllare il vostro parka alla porta.

Basta caricare il rimovibili riscaldamento pad nella porta USB del vostro computer o una presa vicina, luogo nuovo mousepad, e potrete sperimentare costante, 113 gradi di calore, come si fa clic su, fare clic su, schiacciare il vostro Powerpoint. In aggiunta alla sua accogliente grigio esterno e ampia occhio di ricami, il tappetino in gomma per una presa antiscivolo sul fondo, in modo da non scivolare durante l’uso.

Di Potere di USB di Riscaldamento Mouse Pad

LL-Partner
amazon.com

$19.98

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Amazon revisori rave circa questo piccolo ragazzo: “Questo arriva ben confezionato con un po’ di mitt-come mouse pad e un rilievo di riscaldamento che è rimovibile per quei giorni in cui in realtà non è così freddo fuori.”

Un altro ha detto la fonte di calore “grandi opere” e non ha le mani troppo calde o sudato. Quindi, se avete freddo ghiaccio dita, un blocco di office, o sono solo in cerca di un po ‘ più di comfort durante l’inverno, prendere uno di questi adorabili riscaldata tappetini per il mouse. Essa vi consente di risparmiare.

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Nicol Natale
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Attualmente un assistente dell’editore Prevention.com, Nicol è una Manhattan-giornalista specializzato in salute, benessere, bellezza, moda, business, stile di vita.