Paul Wiseman Associated Press Published 8:27 PM EDT May 11, 2019 Washington – President Donald Trump has heightened tensions with China by escalating his tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods from 10% to 25%. As a tool of national policy, tariffs had long been fading into history, a relic of the 19th and early 20th centuries that most experts came to see as harmful to all nations involved. Yet more than any other modern president, Trump has embraced tariffs as a punitive tool – against Europe, Canada and other key trading partners but especially against China , the second-largest economy after the U.S. The Trump administration asserts, and many independent analysts agree, that Beijing has deployed predatory tactics to try to give Chinese companies an edge in such advanced technologies as artificial intelligence, robotics and electric vehicles. Beijing’s tactics, the U.S. contends, include hacking into U.S. companies’ computers to steal trade secrets, … [Read more...] about Trump’s tariffs on China: What are they? How do they work?
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PUBLISHED: 10:00 25 December 2018 Jessica Hill UWP Pamphlet pages Picture: UNIVERSAL WEALTH PRESERVATION Families are reaping back some of the missing money from an Ipswich company run by an alleged fraudster, who has just been jailed for eight months after failing to help clients track down £25m of their investments. UWP Pamphlet pages Picture: UNIVERSAL WEALTH PRESERVATIONSteven Long ran several companies under the umbrella of ‘Universal Wealth’, and had offices across the country as well as a head office in Ipswich. Using the strapline ‘Keep it in the Family’, the company promised to protect people’s assets from care home fees. When the company collapsed, it left potentially thousands of clients without direct ownership of their assets.For those with houses in trust, the solution has turned out to be relatively simple, and there are several law firms now offering to change trustees for a fee. But others who invested … [Read more...] about Some funds recovered from collapsed company that promised to protect assets from care home fees
1 minute ago Back in 2004, Disney acquired the rights to The Muppets from the Jim Henson Company. However, it wouldn't be until 2011 that the characters made a return to the big screen and the 2015 return to television didn't last very long. Disney does seem to be having some difficulty finding the right way to use these characters and one person who clearly thinks the studio just doesn't get it is Frank Oz, the man behind such iconic Muppets as Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear. He recently broke his general silence on the Disney era of The Muppets to tell people how he really feels on Twitter. Frank Oz says on Twitter that the Disney iterations of The Muppets lack depth and honesty that are intrinsic to the characters. In a followup tweet, Frank Oz praises the work of Jerry Juhl, who wrote on every episode of The Muppet Show and was also responsible for the screenplay of nearly every Muppet feature film between The Muppet Movie and Muppets From Space. Oz says that Juhl understood the … [Read more...] about Frank Oz Is Super Unhappy With How Disney Has Handled The Muppets
(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: let’s read between the lines of Marvel’s statement about Daredevil and learn how to speak publicist.) Every few years, something happens in the world of superhero entertainment that requires…massaging. Maybe a rumor crops up about casting or a character’s fate. Maybe a director or a writer drops out of a project. Maybe an entire series implodes unexpectedly. But the very nature of superhero films being based on decades of source material that is easily accessible means studios have had to thread a very small needle to keep their secrets.Enter the publicist. Ostensibly a job that is half herding cats and half schmoozer, the true core of being a great publicist is to be an accomplished liar. This is a compliment. The words publicists put forth are in the public forever and will be parsed immediately by fans and journalists … [Read more...] about ‘Daredevil,’ Netflix, and How to Read Between the Lines of a Studio Press Release
On International Women’s Day this year, The Telegraph launched Women Mean Business - a campaign to boost female entrepreneurship in Britain. In UK public life, we have women in high-profile positions: Prime Minister, First Minister of Scotland, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, and President of the Supreme Court. But in a year when we have been celebrating the roles of women in public life - marking the centenary of the right to vote - the truth is that true equality is still a way off. There are still only 26.6 per cent women on the boards of British companies, and we have a 8.6 per cent median pay gap. Plus, there are as many men named David leading a FTSE 100 company as there are women Even less attention tends to be paid to the difficulties confronting women seeking to start a business. The funding gap between male and female entrepreneurs is clear: The Entrepreneurs Network has found that just nine per cent of funding for UK startups goes to women-run businesses in … [Read more...] about Women Mean Business: How the Telegraph’s campaign unfolded