2017 Green Transition Scoreboard® Tracks Private Green Investments At $8.1 Trillion

Today, the latest Green Transition Scoreboard® (GTS) found that, despite Trump’s anti-green policies, private green investments now total more than $8.1 trillion USD ($8,133,456,730,370). Published annually since 2009, the GTS is a global measure of private green investment in five green sectors: 1) Renewable Energy, 2) Efficiency, 3) Life Systems (water, waste, recycling, community investing, e-learning… Read more

Tesla: Absurd level of risk, Cult of Elon Musk equal disaster

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2017 – For the better part of at least two years, I’ve more or less held my opinion and my pen in check when it comes to the absurd mythological and virtually fictional character of Elon Musk, tech god and miracle worker. That’s because all Musk has done in recent memory is promote… Read more

Chinese Takeover Bid for US-based MoneyGram Scrutinized

The financial industry is closely watching Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial’s attempt to acquire Dallas-based MoneyGram International, the world’s second biggest money transfer company after Western Union. Ant is offering $1.2 billion, more than U.S.-based competitor Euronet Worldwide. If successful, the deal would turn Ant Financial into a financial behemoth with access to MoneyGram’s vast network of… Read more

Google Will Let You ID Fake News In Your Search Results

Fake news has been a trending term among tech companies in recent months, and Google is taking a more proactive approach toward the issue. In a post Tuesday, Google announced several major changes to how it categorizes search results to stop inadvertently promoting sites with intentionally misleading or false articles. Google said the search company plans… Read more

Infographics that clearly illustrate our ecological footprints

Often, it’s hard to visualise your impact on the world, it seems like an abstract concept. We are told that are using too many resources and emitting too much CO2 but it’s difficult to say how much we are creating individually. In this time period sustainability is very important. Already, we are pushing our planet to… Read more

Wikitribune Is Wikipedia founder’s Plan To Fight Fake News

Wikipedia has always been a site to take with a grain of salt because it’s curated by the Wiki community, which isn’t necessarily composed of professionals or specialists. Now Wikipedia co-founder Jim Wales wants to launch a news service to fight fake news, incorporating that same community idea with professional journalists. Wikitribune’s crowdfunding campaign launched Tuesday… Read more

Internet Access More Important than Laundry Facilities for Apartment Dwellers

In a sign of just how important internet access is, a new survey suggests rental apartment hunters are more concerned with high-speed internet and wi-fi than they are with in-home laundry facilities. The survey commissioned by cable television and internet provider Comcast, found 34 percent of the 205 building managers, building owners and real estate developers… Read more

Unroll.me Has Been Selling Customer Data

Unroll.me, a service designed to help users unsubscribe from newsletters and emails from subscription services, has been selling user data to the very companies from which it helps users unsubscribe. The revelation about Unroll.me’s data practices came thanks to a New York Times article about Uber CEO Travis Kalanick in which it was revealed the ride-hailing… Read more

China’s strong growth ensures stable world economy: Economists

SYDNEY – Leading Australian economic experts say China’s first quarter economic results have driven the global economy to success. For the first quarter of 2017, China exceeded expectations, recording a 6.9-percent increase in gross domestic product, or GDP. The result was incredibly positive according to the James Laurenceson, deputy director of the Australia China Relations Institute… Read more

Responsible Business Week Showcases Companies Making a Positive Impact

Guest Author Amanda Mackenzie, Chief Executive, Business in the Community Business comes in for a lot of criticism, from excessive executive pay to how much corporation tax is paid, and there is a feeling that business should more accountable and trustworthy, the lack of which arguably contributed to some people’s decision to vote leave in the… Read more

It’s time to harness the power of African youth

Young people can offer the much-needed human capital to speed up economic growth and foster sustainability on the continent Africa, the continent with the biggest potential for growth because of untapped opportunities, is home to 12 percent of global oil reserves (Nigeria, Algeria, Angola, Sudan and new potential sources like Kenya); 40 percent of the world’s… Read more

Bioeconomy: One Billion Tons of Biomass

The federal agencies that provide the muscle for energy policy are finalizing plans to harness the energy from one billion tons of biomass per year. The “Bioeconomy Vision” is an effort to move biomass out of the laboratory and into the market. The goal, within the next 15 years, is production and commercialization of biofuels, renewable… Read more

Pull the plug on internet monopolies

  1. WeChat is China’s most popular mobile text and voice messaging communication service developed by Tencent. [Photo/IC] IN AUGUST 2012, THE DOMESTIC SOCIAL MEDIA APP WECHAT opened a new function called “public accounts” that allows registered users to publish their articles. Those who read an article on a public account can choose to make a payment to… Read more

Move to protect US steelmakers is against norms of world trade

A worker at a steel company in Lianyungang, Jiangsu province, in January 2015. [Photo/China Daily] Announcing that the United States will investigate whether foreign steel imports harm the country’s national security, US President Donald Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross have sent an unmistakable message to the big US steelmakers that they will protect them. National… Read more

As Farm Business Dries Up, Town Focuses on Foreign Visitors, Investors

“What can we do for you today?” asked sales clerk Josh Kness as the farmer came up to his counter. He was looking for some bolts of a particular size and gauge and within a few minutes Kness had them on the counter and completed the transaction. On almost every day of the week in rural… Read more

Donald Trump’s dollar

President Donald Trump’s assertion this week that the “dollar is getting too strong” led to a sharp decline in the value of the greenback. The market’s reaction to Mr. Trump was a reminder that presidents often get the dollar they want. This has us worried Mr. Trump and his Treasury department will pursue a weaker currency… Read more

The Real Impact of Fracking

Quora Questions are part of a partnership between Newsweek and Quora, through which we’ll be posting relevant and interesting answers from Quora contributors throughout the week. Read more about the partnership here. Answer from Ava Mohsenin, Current student at McGill University: The environmental effects of shale gas are varied—wide ranges of importance and risk level. First,… Read more

Tips For Paying Off Credit Cards

This article originally appeared on the Motley Fool. If you’re paying high interest rates, it can be tough to pay off credit card debt. Fortunately, there are an abundance of 0% APR balance-transfer offers on the market right now that can help. Here’s an overview of some of the best balance-transfer credit cards that can help… Read more

For Years College Students Provide the Homeless With Free Health Care

Stephanie Oh knows what it’s like to live below the poverty line. After graduating college with a degree in bioengineering, she volunteered for AmeriCorps and subsisted on food stamps. But today, Oh gives pays it forward by using her medical education to provide free healthcare to homeless populations. style=”display:inline-block;width:300px;height:250px” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-8420654331411867″ data-ad-slot=”1313712966″> Oh is the student director… Read more

Don’t worry, be happy: Simple tips to balance our work and lives

Don’t worry, be happy: Simple tips to balance our work and lives MISSOURI, April 2017- On the subject of moderation, Stanley Kubrick (director-The Shining) said: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Joline Godfrey (entrepreneur) expands on that saying “All work and no play doesn’t just make Jill and Jack dull, it […]

Just 21 images to help you relax on Earth Day

Just 21 images to help you relax on Earth Day Our world is crazy. It’s also beautiful. There are a lot of terrible things happening in the world right now. People around the planet are worried about politics, war, diseases and illnesses, catastrophes, and the general litany of concerns brought on by life, work, school, […]

Water, weather, new worlds: Cassini mission revealed Saturn’s secrets

Water, weather, new worlds: Cassini mission revealed Saturn’s secrets By Dan Reisenfeld, Professor of Physics & Astronomy, The University of Montana. Saturn and its rings backlit by the sun, which is blocked by the planet in this view. Encircling the planet and inner rings is the much more extended E-ring. NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute, CC BY […]

France’s overseas territories begin voting in presidential ballot

Early voting has begun in France’s overseas territories for the first round of the country’s most closely-fought presidential race in decades. This as final preparations are made ahead of Sunday’s main casting of ballots across France, where some 47 million people are eligible to take part. A blackout on opinion polls and the candidates or their… Read more

Hawaiian Attorney General Hits Back at Jeff Sessions

Hawaiian Attorney General Hits Back at Jeff Sessions Hawaii’s Attorney General Dougal Chin has hit back at U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions following his dismissive remarks about a Ninth Circuit judge “sitting on an island in the Pacific.” Sessions criticized Hawaii-based Judge Derrick Watson, who placed a temporary restraining order on two sections of Trump’s […]

Celebrate Earth Day 2017 With These Inspiring Quotes

April 22 is celebrated as Earth Day across the U.S. The annual event is meant to spread awareness about environment, reflect on the beauty of nature and preserve our surroundings. Earth Day also marks the anniversary of the start of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Gaylord Nelson, the then Wisconsin Democratic senator, founded the Earth… Read more

Impact Investing Creates New Opportunities for Social Enterprises

(3BL media/Justmeans) – Social enterprises present a unique model for global sustainability. They combine social responsibility with business strategy to scale solutions that are needed now more than ever. But to achieve scale, it is important for social entrepreneurs to find investors that share the same values. A recent study conducted by the Forum for Sustainable… Read more

YourCause Adds Innovation Leadership and High-Growth Experience with Hiring of Chief Strategy Officer, Brant Barton

YourCause LLC, the industry leader in employee and nonprofit philanthropic solutions, welcomes Brant Barton as Chief Strategy Officer, a newly created executive role responsible for product innovation as well as the company’s strategic vision for growing the reach and impact of its Global Good Network. Today this network is comprised of over 150 corporations with greater… Read more

Australia scraps skilled migrant visa to protect jobs

Two new, shorter and closed-ended temporary visas will replace the 457 skilled migrants visa program CANBERRA, Australia – The country’s skilled migrant visa will be abolished in favor of a new “Australians first” approach, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday. In a video posted on social media on Tuesday, Turnbull announced that the 457 skilled… Read more

Top 10 world’s most valuable technology brands

Two Chinese companies, Alibaba and Huawei, have been ranked in the world’s top 10 most valuable technology brands, according to the latest data from a British consulting firm, Brand Finance. According to the firm, Alibaba nearly doubled in value and is now worth $34.8 billion. Listed below are the world’s top 10 technology brands. No 10… Read more

Best Credit Cards For Cash Back, Travel And More
This article originally appeared on the Motley Fool. Hands down, we think the following credit cards are the best among the popular offers we’ve vetted. So take a moment to review our handpicked short list, including the best travel, cash-back, and balance-transfer credit cards. Sign-up bonus for a travel credit card – Chase Sapphire Preferred® No-annual-fee… Read more
New energy cars steal the show
Nearly 1,200 new vehicles are exhibited at the Beijing auto show in April 2016, and this year’s show in Shanghai will have a larger scale, with 1,400 cars to be displayed. LI WENMING / FOR CHINA DAILY Electric, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles arrive to woo audiences, report Li Fusheng and Hao Yan. One thousand domestic… Read more
Bose Headphones Could Be Spying On You Through App

Bose has been hit with a class action lawsuit that accuses the audio-maker of wiretapping its customers through its headphones app, documents uploaded by Fortune show. The company, which sells wireless headphones priced $250-$350, allegedly had access to information on customers’ listening habits without their consent. The lawsuit was filed in Illinois this week by Kyle… Read more

Hackers Target Snapchat After ‘Poor Country’ Comments
A group of hackers in India have published the personal details of what it claims are 1.7 million Snapchat users, after the company’s CEO allegedly called the country “poor.” A campaign to #BoycottSnapchat and #UninstallSnapchat also began trending on Twitter on Sunday, while shares of Snap— the parent company of Snapchat —fell to their lowest level… Read more
China’s economic growth to contribute $125b to Australian economy: Expert
CANBERRA — Strong growth of the Chinese economy, coupled with the Reserve Bank of Australia’s (RBA) decision to cut interest rates to record lows, are expected to deliver a AU$165 billion ($125 billion) boost to the Australian economy, according to Deloitte Access Economics. Recently, China reported an annual growth rate of 6.9 percent for the first… Read more
Facebook Conference Highlights International Entrepreneurs
Khailee Ng wanted name brand clothes. So, as a suburban teenager in Malaysia, he shoplifted. He could have continued with his criminal life, he said, but took a different route. Ng started to build web pages because it was a better way to make money, he told a crowd at F8, Facebook’s developer conference in San… Read more
United CEO Oscar Munoz Might Have Messed Up … Again
When Chicago airport security officers forcibly dragged David Dao from a United Airlines flight on April 9, many people on social media were quick to point out the potential racial facet of the incident, as Dao, 69, is of Asian descent. United Continental Holdings (UAL) CEO Oscar Munoz made it clear in a quarterly earnings conference… Read more
Tax System Is Unfair, Majority of Americans Say
As people across the country scramble to file their taxes before Tuesday’s deadline, a majority will be doing so under the belief that the system they are adhering to is fundamentally unfair. More Americans than not now state that neither corporations nor wealthy individuals pay their fair share of taxes, a Pew Research Center survey released… Read more
The Whole US Energy Picture in a Single Chart (Almost)
(3BL Media/Justmeans) — Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has released their annual US energy consumption chart (Click for larger image). Yes, it looks like spaghetti, but it contains a lot of useful information. It shows, on one page, how much energy we used in 2016, and specifically, what sources we got it from and what we used… Read more
What to Know About Investing in the Internet of Things
This story originally appeared on The Motley Fool. The stock market today offers investors a plethora of compelling portfolio candidates to take advantage of the Internet of Things — that is, the trend of adding internet connectivity to everyday things in our lives — ranging from early-stage businesses to massive, well-established tech juggernauts. Let’s explore the… Read more
US Sales Slump Seen as Reflection of Changes in Retail Landscape
Retail sales had their worst two-month stretch in more than two years in February and March, according to government data released Friday. The U.S. Census Bureau said overall retail sales declined two-tenths of a percent in March, driven by lower fuel prices and lower auto profits. The National Retail Federation (NRF) said the delayed issuance of… Read more
Stones’ ‘Exhibitionism’ packs nostalgic punch
CHICAGO — The Rolling Stones appearing on Chicago’s Navy Pier sounds like a latter-day Stones move: the one-time bad boys of Brit rock, drug criminals across multiple continents, the anti-Beatles, casting their lot with a carnival-midway tourist destination for the sake of another big payday. But while it is tempting to see “Exhibitionism,” the rich trove… Read more
Millennials Can’t Buy Homes Because They’re Saddled With Student Debt
While 86 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 see owning a house as more affordable than renting —and 68 percent view their first house as a “stepping stone” to a dream home — just one in five think they can make a down payment, according to a new report released Wednesday by… Read more

What United Airlines Did Was Illegal

United Airlines Dragging Passenger Off Plane Was Illegal Not only did United Airlines make millions of enemies when it forcibly removed a passenger from a Louisville-bound flight, it also acted illegally, according to attorney Brian Mahany of Wisconsin-based Mahany Law. Video emerged Sunday of aviation security officers physically removing a bloodied and screaming passenger from […]

Tonight may have been Bill O’Reilly’s final show

Bill O’Reilly, host of Fox News’ “O’Reilly Factor,” announced tonight that he would be taking a “planned vacation,” one he had planned last fall. But four separate network sources tell New York Magazine that tonight could be O’Reilly’s final show on the network. In the middle of a storm related to numerous sexual harassment claims, his… Read more

Artist Says ‘Fearless Girl’ Statue Breaches His Rights

The creator of the “charging bull” statue in Wall Street believes New York City has infringed his rights by installing a second statue next to the model without his permission. Italian-born sculptor Arturo Di Modica said the “fearless girl” statue of a young girl facing down the bull, put in place on March 7, changed the… Read more

China’s bike-sharing firms test the waters in US market

People ride shared bikes along the Chang’an Avenue of Beijing on March 10, 2017. Beijing claims to have over 200,000 shared bikes. [Photo/People’s Daily Online] China’s emerging bike-sharing operators have begun to test the waters in several US states, demonstrating China’s innovative ability to the citizens in the country half a world away. In China, once… Read more

‘Concentration Camps’ For Gays Opened In Chechnya: Reports

“Concentration camps” for LGBT people have been allegedly opened up in Chechnya where men have been tortured and killed because of their sexuality, Novaya Gazeta reported. The allegations came after a few eyewitnesses and survivors said in interviews with the Russian publication that they were arrested and detained at one of the secret prisons in Argun,… Read more

PR Nightmare: United Posts Job Listing for Public Affairs Exec

Barely 48 hours after United Airlines employees created a national scandal by dragging a doctor violently from his seat, America’s newly controversial airline posted a job listing for a Public Relations manager on District Daybook, the “premier resource for political and policy professionals in Washington D.C.” The company is seeking someone with “the courage, the creativity,… Read more

Korean brands’ strength falls

Customers look at cars at a Hyundai retailer in Tianjin. Provided to China Daily While some blame political tensions, many credit rising quality of domestically produced vehicles South Korean marques are losing ground in China as local brands in the world’s largest auto market are offering improved quality and a wider choice of SUV models. In… Read more

Yes Joins Its ‘Heroes’ in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

“And we thought we waited a long time to get in the Hall of Fame,” said Rush bassist Geddy Lee, as he and Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson delivered a moving tribute Friday to progressive-rock giants Yes at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Brooklyn. RELATED: Rick Wakeman’s piano journey into Yes, Bowie… Read more

Over 1m Chinese tourists to visit NY in 2018

Annual Chinese visitor numbers for New York are expected to exceed 1 million by 2018, according to NYC & Co, the city’s official destination marketing organization. New York welcomed a record 958,000 visitors from the Chinese mainland last year, according to statistics by NYC & Co, a 10 percent increase over the previous year, making China… Read more

GM says it’ll approach driverless cars like a startup

DETROIT —General Motors is managing its investments into self-driving cars “like a Silicon Valley start-up,” the automaker’s chief financial officer told Wall Street analysts Friday. Chuck Stevens said the automaker will save money on research and development costs after the sale of its Opel and Vauxhall brands to PSA Groupe. Meanwhile, the company is boosting its… Read more

China’s spending on robotics to hit $59.4b in 2020: IDC

Robot Jia Jia displays at the 2016 World Robot Exhibition in Beijing, Oct 21, 2016. [Photo/Xinhua] SHANGHAI – International Data Corp (IDC) reports that China will be spending $59.4 billion on robotics and related services by 2020. As the largest and the fastest growing robotics market in the world, China will account for over 30 percent… Read more

How Harvard Flunked Economics

Close In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, much of the country was enraged because not a single Wall Street hotshot—the guys who got us into the mess—was prosecuted. While there are many financiers who could have been made to take the perp walk, there’s also a case to be made that the fault lies… Read more

Designs for Trump’s border wall are here. They fall into 4 categories.

Imagine the Great Wall of China along the banks of the Rio Grande. Or maybe an animal-friendly barrier that keeps migrants out but lets roadrunners in. These are some of the designs contractors submitted this week in the first round of bids to build President Donald Trump’s promised 2,000-mile wall along the Mexican border. Chicago Tribune… Read more

Meet the Billionaires Who Run Trump’s Government

Mr. Monopoly, that mustachioed fat cat with the Taftian profile, was about as close as most Americans got to a New York City billionaire until candidate Donald Trump started flying his jet to their cities and villages last year. Now they are practically an everyday sight, because President Donald Trump has coaxed a pack of them… Read more

Checking Trump’s ‘Failing Media’ Claims

President Donald Trump is quite vocal about his disdain for many media houses, labeling them “fake news” and “failing” often, with the latter most frequently used for the New York Times (NY Times), and some other print media. But it’s not like Trump hates all media; he clearly likes Fox News, retweeting its positive stories about… Read more

World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders, Class of 2017

The World Economic Forum is now in its 47th year. It’s famous for its annual summit in Davos attended by luminaries in multiple industries. But It is also known for selecting and bringing together a yearly community of over 800 Young Global Leaders (YGL)—enterprising and socially-minded men and women, all under the age of 40. They… Read more

Responsible Business Trends 2017 – Complimentary Snapshot Report

As part of Ethical Corporation’s annual Responsible Business Trends 2017 Report we reached out approximately 2,500 global business executives to get an understanding of the top sustainability trends and issues for 2017. This snapshot highlights some key findings from our community based in Europe. Click here to download your complimentary copy Some key findings are: The… Read more

Facebook is the Walmart of the Web

This article originally appeared on The Conversation. Before the internet, people interested in body modification—not just tattoo and piercing enthusiasts, but those drawn to more unusual practices like ear pointing, tongue splitting, suspension, scarification and the voluntary amputation of limbs and organs—had a difficult time meeting others who shared their interests. The internet, of course, changed… Read more

Vladimir Putin visits Arctic to reaffirm Russia’s claim

Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited an area in the Arctic archipelago as part of Russia’s efforts to reaffirm its foothold in the oil-rich region. On a tour on the Franz Josef Land archipelago, a sprawling collection of islands where the Russian military has recently built a new runway and worked to open a permanent base,… Read more

Canadians reached out to Syrian refugees. Now they hesitate to let go.

Canada knows something about generosity. The country has opened its doors to some 40,000 Syrian refugees since November 2015. In many cases, private citizens have stepped up to sponsor the newcomers, offering their time and money to the families for one year. But many of those newcomers have now entered the critical “month 13” of their… Read more

US Tourism Down After Trump Travel Bans

The U.S. could lose $18 billion from foreign tourists because of President Donald Trump’s proposed travel bans against refugees and people from select Muslim-majority nations. Although both iterations of the travel ban have been challenged in court, the perceived underlying message — foreigners are not welcome — has been disheartening for potential international travelers, according to… Read more

Inside France And Germany’s Fight Against Fake News

Inside France and Germany’s Fight Against Fake News Russian President Vladimir Putin was speaking on the closing panel of the fourth Arctic Forum in the Russian city of Arkhangelsk on Thursday when he was asked a question unrelated to the challenges facing the region. Beginning to smile, the panel’s moderator, CNBC’s Geoff Cutmore, asked: “I […]

The government won’t protect your internet privacy, so here’s how to do it yourself

The government won’t protect your internet privacy, so here’s how to do it yourself Harm mitigation in a suddenly less secure internet Christiaan Colen via Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0 An Old Browser Logo Internet Service Providers were an integral part of privacy online. No longer, thanks to new legislation. The big money of the internet […]

Is the U.S. Heading for a Government Shutdown?

Arizona Sen. John McCain wants to hold the government hostage if military spending doesn’t increase in the next federal spending bill. McCain said Wednesday he wouldn’t vote on a funding bill that maintains previous spending levels, or a continuing resolution, even if means a government shutdown. “If that’s the only option. I will not vote for… Read more

Top 10 most valuable brands in China

Companies in the technology, banking and telecom industries have dominated a list of most valuable brands in China compiled based on a study by advertising research agency WPP and Millward Brown. The total value of BrandZ Top 100 Chinese Brands hit record levels in 2017, growing 6 percent to reach $557.1 billion in brand value. Here… Read more

Robots To Have ‘Large And Robust Negative Effects’ On Labor Market

Politicians like President Donald Trump often demonize trade deals and undocumented immigrants for their suspected downward pressure on labor and job supply, but a study published Tuesday by the National Bureau of Economic Research indicated that the economic threat of artificial intelligence may be far more serious. With the introduction of one robot per 1,000 workers,… Read more

Vote to Gut Internet Privacy Rules Provokes Backlash

A vote to repeal internet privacy rules in the U.S. has led to backlash from critics, who say it will “fundamentally undermine” online security and enable unconstitutional mass government surveillance. The vote by the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday to allow internet providers to share personal information with advertisers and other third parties without consumer… Read more

4 Young Girls on GoFundMe Have Done More for the World Than Most Adults

The old saying “girls rule, boys drool” may not be exactly true, but these four young females are making a huge difference in their communities despite their age. From providing supplies to the local homeless people or promoting literacy amongst fellow youngsters, these girls are kicking butt in ways that some adults may never achieve. So… Read more

Denmark Rids Itself of Foreign Debt For First Time in 183 Years

After Denmark pays off the final installment of a $1.5 billion loan to the United States today, it will be the first time the nation will have been without foreign currency debts since 1834. style=”display:inline-block;width:300px;height:250px” data-ad-client=”ca-pub-8420654331411867″ data-ad-slot=”1313712966″> Though the country still carries domestic debt, the improved national economy and fixed exchange rate policy makes for a… Read more

Canadian teacher in isolated Inuit community named best in the world

Berlin (dpa) – A woman working to support troubled teenagers in an isolated Inuit community in the Canadian Arctic was named the world’s best teacher on Sunday. Maggie MacDonnell was awarded the 1-million-dollar Global Teacher Prize for 2017 at a ceremony in Dubai. MacDonnell was recognized for her initiatives to tackle depression, teenage pregnancies and high… Read more

Beijing moves into all clean energy era

Unit supervisor Liu Yong of Huaneng Group shuts down the last coal-fired power plant in Beijing on Saturday. [Photo by Yuan Yi/For China Daily] Beijing shut down its last large-scale coal-fired power plant on Saturday, meaning that the capital now uses only clean energy for all electricity and heating. The measure, which was announced in the… Read more

Trump budget shifts income to upper class: it’s a good thing for all of us

WASHINGTON, March 19, 2017 – Outspoken critics of President Trump’s policies, including liberal public-policy professor and former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, object that Trump’s policies will shift income from the lower class to the upper class. Looking at the numbers, it is easy to make that correct conclusion. But this is actually a good thing,… Read more

Laissez-Faire Government Should Concern Every Citizen

If the recent news from Washington isn’t a little unsettling, maybe you should look again. A new administration has brought some unconventional thinking to the Oval Office, and the repercussions could be felt for years by American consumers. Among the changes: An executive order that whenever an executive department or agency publicly proposes a new regulation… Read more

CRRC breaks ground at $100m US railcar factory

Chinese railcar manufacturer CRRC Sifang America broke ground on Thursday in Chicago at a $100 million plant that will build railcars for the city’s transit authority and become the company’s North American hub for the assembly of railcars. In 2016, CRRC Sifang, a unit of China Railway Rolling Stock Corp, was awarded a $1.3 billion contract… Read more

Govt remains committed to economic opening-up: Vice-premier

Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli delivers a speech at the China Development Forum in Beijing, March 19, 2017. [Photo by Feng Yongbin/chinadaily.com.cn] China remains committed to its stance of economic opening-up and further improve the business environment for foreign investors, said Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli on Sunday. “China will push for more opening-up,” he told participants of the China… Read more

Clinton Hints at Comeback to ‘Shine a Light’ on Issues

Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hinted Friday that she is ready to re-enter public life. Clinton said, “I am ready to come out of the woods,” at the end of a St. Patrick’s Day speech in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in a reference to her viral photograph while hiking in the woods near her home in Chappaqua, New… Read more

FRANCE – France set to fine UBS 1.1 billion euros for tax-dodging scheme

  1. French prosecutors are demanding 1.1 billion euros from banking giant UBS because it illegally solicited wealthy taxpayers to open secret Swiss bank accounts, a French newspaper reports. Financial investigators are demanding that the world’s biggest wealth management bank pay the whole of the bail it has deposited as a fine for touting for rich clients who… Read more

Trump’s tough trade talk scores a win in battle with G20 powers

Baden-Baden, Germany (dpa) – President Donald Trump’s tough talk on trade paid off Saturday when ministers from 20 world powers meeting in Germany agreed to abandon their tradition of championing free trade and rejecting protectionism. “We couldn’t be happier with the outcome,” said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin of the two-day meeting of Group of 20… Read more

G20 ministers battle to break deadlock on trade

Baden-Baden, Germany (dpa) – Finance ministers from 20 world powers were struggling at talks in Germany on Saturday to find a common position on trade in the face of resistance from the United States. The administration of President Donald Trump is calling for the Group of 20 to drop its long-standing commitment to free trade and… Read more

Chuck Berry, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, dies at 90

Chuck Berry, one of the most influential figures in American popular music, has died at age 90. Police were called to a medical emergency early Saturday afternoon, according to St. Charles, Mo, County police, according to the department’s Facebook page. Inside the home, medics found an unresponsive man and administered lifesaving techniques, according to the report.… Read more

Apple to set up two more research centers in China

Apple CEO Tim Cook (right) speaks at the 18th China Development Forum (CDF) in Beijing on March 18, 2017. [Photo/VCG] Apple Inc is to set up two more research and development (R&D) centers in Shanghai and Suzhou, following Beijing and Shenzhen, said the head of the US tech giant. “Talents are China’s greatest treasures. Workers in… Read more

Pennsylvanians Say Pot Could Supplant Steel Industry

A Pennsylvania mayor said marijuana could successfully replacee many of the jobs lost during the downfall of the state’s steel industry. Community members in Braddock, Pennsylvania, have already requested state approval to build a marijuana cultivation site on a vacant lot that was once occupied by an industrial steel building. Town Mayor John Fetterman told local… Read more

Trump’s first budget to offer look at his vision for dismantling ‘administrative state’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, asserted a bold goal recently, sounding as if he were pitching a plot of an action thriller: “deconstruction of the administrative state.” On Thursday, as Trump releases his first budget, Americans will get a wider glimpse of what exactly that means. This earliest version of Trump’s… Read more

Private prisons aren’t the only companies making a fortune off immigration detention

Unlike President Donald Trump’s refugee and travel ban, which is now stalled in the courts, the crackdown on undocumented immigrants in the US is ramping up. That could mean we’ll see more people being sent to detention centers. For some companies, more detained immigrants mean more business. But it’s not just private prisons that stand to… Read more

Venezuela has a bread shortage. The government has decided bakers are the problem

BOGOTA, Colombia — Facing a bread shortage that is spawning massive lines and souring the national mood, the Venezuelan government is responding this week by detaining bakers and seizing establishments. In a press release, the National Superintendent for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights said it had charged four people and temporarily seized two bakeries as the… Read more

Germany Asks Facebook And Twitter To Stop Spreading Hate Speech

Facebook and Twitter and other similar social networking sites may have to pay fines up to $53 million if they fail to remove illegal content, which includes hate speeches or defamatory “fake news,” Germany’s minister of justice and consumer protection warned Tuesday. The issued warning suggests that for posts that are “obviously criminal content,” companies would… Read more

German prosecutors raid scandal-hit VW’s luxury offshoot Audi

Berlin (dpa) – German prosecutors raided on Wednesday the head office of luxury carmaker Audi, which is an offshoot of scandal hit Volkswagen. Munich prosecutors searched the Audi offices in the southern state of Bavaria shortly before the auto group’s chief Rupert Stadler presided over the premium carmaker’s annual press conference, a company spokesman said. Audi… Read more

Highlights of Premier Li’s press conference

  1. Premier Li Keqiang answers questions of reporters at a news conference during the annual two sessions in Beijing on March 15, 2017. [Photo by Kuang Linhua/chinadaily.com.cn] Premier Li Keqiang met reporters from home and abroad at a news conference on Wednesday at the end of the annual meeting of the National People’s Congress. Premier Li answered… Read more

S. Korea again tops global list of Internet connection speed

South Korea has again topped a ranking of countries in terms of Internet connection speed, according to a quarterly survey released Tuesday. South Korea’s average Internet connection speed stood at 26.1 Mbps during the fourth quarter of last year, marking the only country with a speed of over 25 Mbps, according to the survey by online… Read more

Easing of rule on auto fuel economy standards

President Trump will announce Wednesday that he’s reopening a review of Obama-era fuel economy rules, after the EPA broke an agreement with the auto industry last year and accelerated the final tailpipe emissions standards for cars and light trucks. Mr. Trump is traveling to Ypsilanti, Michigan, where he’ll grant the regulatory reprieve for the industry in… Read more

Tourists returning to Europe

Tourists are returning to Europe with that rebound evidenced by improved hotel bookings, tax-free shopping and air traffic. Security fears after attacks in Paris in 2015 and in Nice last July slammed French visitor numbers, but the latest government statistics show they rose in the final three months of last year. Particularly noticeable is an […]

Economic growth with less debt

ANALYSIS/OPINION: Remember the debt limit? It’s back, and it matters. High and rising federal debt is a key contributor to sluggish economic growth and to lost opportunity for the America people. But Washington can help unleash growth and expand opportunity by acting to control spending before increasing the debt limit again. The debt limit is an… Read more

Why powerful people fail to stop bad behavior by their underlings

By Jessica A. Kennedy, Assistant Professor of Management, Vanderbilt University. Who you gonna listen to? Ethical dilemma via www.shutterstock.com Imagine you were recently promoted at work. You now command a higher salary, lead more people and control more of the organization’s resources. As such, you have more influence over strategy, more authority to hire and fire… Read more

Financial Post Article: Retirement Age Policy Concerns

Neil Mohindra: Even the Liberals’ deficit-loving friends at the IMF think Canada needs to get serious about retirement ages The Liberal government has declined to listen to the advice of its own economic advisory council on retirement age. Perhaps the Liberals might be more willing to listen to one of its ideological soul mates, someone […]

USC professor named first African-American president of a Fed regional bank

WASHINGTON — USC professor Raphael Bostic made history on Monday when he was named president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, becoming the first African-American to lead one of the Fed’s 12 regional banks. The choice of Bostic, 50, director of the Bedrosian Center on Governance at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, comes… Read more

Energy security requires not going ‘green’

If you listen to the media narrative on climate change and “clean energy,” you’d think that the rest of the world has moved smartly and seamlessly toward 21st-century green energy, while the U.S. is the high-polluting laggard that just won’t get with the program to save the planet. Think again. The green energy revolution around the… Read more

We Need a Small Group to Steer the World Economy

This article first appeared on the Hoover Institution site. Confusion reigns over the future of our global economy. This is not surprising, given the earthquake election in the world’s largest economy and Donald Trump’s remarkable victory. Trump has a strikingly new and controversial agenda, increasingly comprehensive in its scope. Regulatory policy relief, far-reaching tax reform, an… Read more

Avoiding ‘Sanctioned Fraud’ of Credit Card Junk Fees

When William Livingstone booked a recent airline ticket from Warsaw to Madrid, he found something unusual on his bill: a $15 “credit card fee” with no explanation. It appeared his credit card was just helping itself to some of his money because it could. Why? Perhaps it was a currency exchange fee, the result of converting… Read more