Reality Check Time to Get the Facts Right on TPA

first_imgTo help clear up rumors circulating about Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), the Trade Benefits America Coalition has produced a new report that explains what TPA is, how it works, and why it is an important tool to support U.S. growth and jobs. Here are the highlights according to a news release:Top 10 TPA Facts1. TPA is constitutional. Congress and the President share constitutional authority over trade and international agreements, and TPA is an exercise of Congress’s constitutional authority.2. TPA does not exclude Congress from playing a meaningful role in the negotiation and approval of trade agreements. TPA is designed to empower Congress.3. TPA does not cede to the President the ability to set U.S. trade negotiating objectives and decide whether trade agreements meet Congressional priorities for international trade. TPA enhances the power of Congress to make those decisions.4. TPA does not let the President enter into a trade agreement without Congress’s consent. The United States becomes a party to a trade agreement and is legally bound under the agreement only after Congress votes to approve the agreement.5. TPA does not result in the Executive Branch unilaterally writing legislation to implement a trade agreement. Under TPA, Congress and the Executive Branch work together to draft legislation implementing trade agreements, reflecting their shared constitutional authorities.6. TPA does not force Congress to vote on trade agreements without first having input into them and being able to fully consider them. TPA provides Congress with extensive opportunity to help shape a trade agreement during its negotiation and to consider legislation implementing the trade agreement before it is submitted to Congress for a vote.7. TPA does not undermine U.S. sovereignty. TPA and legislation implementing U.S. trade agreements protect U.S. sovereignty in trade agreements negotiated under TPA and no foreign country or dispute settlement tribunal can force the United States to change its laws.8. TPA does not allow the negotiation of trade agreements that override U.S. consumer protection, health, environmental safety, security and financial standards. Under TPA, Congress retains its authority to decide the appropriate standards for the United States.9. TPA does not undermine transparency in trade negotiations. TPA helps ensure transparency in trade negotiations.10. TPA strengthens Congress’s role in trade negotiations and the ability of U.S. trade negotiators to accomplish the objectives set by Congress.To see the full report and learn more about TPA myths and realities, click here. For more information on how trade and U.S. trade agreements benefit America, and on the importance of passing TPA, click here.last_img read more

Penton Converts Tech Group to AllDigital

first_imgAfter promotional emails were sent to readers informing them that new digital editions were replacing their print counterparts last Friday, Penton officially announced that its Technology Media Group, which publishes Windows IT Pro, DevPro, Power IT Pro and SQL Server Pro, among other brands, will go completely digital starting in May.Peg Miller, the company’s tech group leader, says the only remaining print title will be System iNEWS ProVIP, which is a high-end and high-priced journal. The Technology Media Group is one of about 18 different b-to-b verticals that Penton targets. Miller says the transition was triggered by a combination of signs. Research done with readers and advertisers indicated that interest was shifting to the digital platform and that was translating into an increase in digital edition readership. “Over the last year, we started seeing double-digit gains in our digital edition subscriptions—and those were a very basic edition without our full strategy,” she says. That strategy includes relaunching the digital editions with a richer media experience including audio and video.While Miller declined to provide details on the performance of the print brands. Nevertheless, Miller says the new production workflow is freeing up the content team from what was previously a print-centric approach. “This has liberated our content team from print-centric deadlines to think more about what the customers want,” she says. Miller also declined to offer details on any changes in subscription pricing and advertising rates, but notes that ads are being sold on more long-term schedules rather than the one-offs that made frequent appearances in the print editions. The staffing implications of the change are unclear at the moment and Miller says resources will continue to be looked at as the new digital production workflow is ironed out over the next year. Transitioning to all-digital formats has become a common occurrence for publishers, particularly in the technology vertical. But only a few years ago, that meant online-only. Now, of course, publishers have more platform options available to them. Ziff Davis Enterprise announced its “OmniDigital” strategy last October when it planned to take its brands all-digital, focusing on websites, mobile sites, tablets and digital editions. That plan had barely gotten underway when ZDE was sold to online lead-gen company QuinStreet in early February.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for May 11 North Reading Man Arrested On Assault Battery

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, May 11, 2018:A Cypress Street caller reported her house was broken into. (2:32pm)Police issued a summons to Charles A. Hurcombe (38, Stoneham) for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended Or Revoked License; Speeding; and No Or Expired Inspection Sticker. (6:09pm)A North Street caller reported a vehicle crashed into his mailbox and fence, then left the scene. Police were unable to locate vehicle. (6:17pm)Police sent several juveniles using the Shawsheen skate park on their way. (10:38pm)Police arrested Frank Dearborn (44, North Reading) for Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon; Malicious Destruction of Property Valued at Over $250; and Malicious Destruction of Property Valued Under $250. A caller reported Dearborn was causing a disturbance and threw a beer bottle during an argument. (11:38pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 7: Road Rage On Highway Ramp; Medication Stolen During Open HouseIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 27: Stranger Enters Resident’s House; Man Denies Asking Young Girls To Follow HimIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Cadillac XT6 teased ahead of Detroit Auto Show debut

first_imgEnlarge ImageThe Cadillac XT6 will offer three rows of seats. Cadillac We’ll see Cadillac’s new XT6 crossover this weekend, ahead of its official 2019 Detroit Auto Show debut. And to get The Interwebs all stoked about its big unveiling, Cadillac tweeted the teaser image you see here on Friday, showing the XT6’s front end.As you can see, the XT6 looks… like a Cadillac. That is to say, it has slim headlights, complemented by long, vertical LED running lights. The upper grille looks to be pretty large, with smaller openings around the running lights, as well as along the lower fascia.We don’t have any official XT6 details just yet, but we know it’ll be a three-row crossover, likely with either turbocharged I4 or V6 power. The XT6 will slot between the five-passenger XT5 and full-size Escalade in Cadillac’s SUV lineup, and it’ll battle the Acura MDX, Infiniti QX60 and Lexus RX, not to mention the forthcoming Lincoln Aviator.Stay tuned for the XT6’s official reveal this weekend. Tags 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Detroit Auto Show 2019 May 14 • History of the Toyota Supra, a Japanese sports car legend General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 10 Photos reading • Cadillac XT6 teased ahead of Detroit Auto Show debut Detroit Auto Show 2019 Cadillac 40 Photos Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 26 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 52 Photos Share your voice The 2019 Cadillac XT4 is a handsome luxury crossover More From Roadshow 4 GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks • 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 71 Photos Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Share your voice Feb 7 • Chevy’s full-scale Lego Silverado is plastic fantastic in Chicagocenter_img 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous More From Roadshow Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 69 Photos Car Industry Tags Feb 4 • 2020 Kia Telluride: Detroit Auto Show debut turns Super Bowl ad star Comments 18 Photos Comments See All Jan 22 • Our highlights of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Crossovers Luxury cars SUVs 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  12 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 81 Photos 4 Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 68 Photos 49 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Lincoln Cadillac Infiniti Lexus Acura,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker.last_img read more

ASEAN set to issue sternest statement on Rakhine crisis

first_imgASEAN leaders gather for a group photo during the opening ceremony of the 33rd ASEAN Summit in Singapore on 13 November 2018. Photo: ReutersSoutheast Asian nations will call for those responsible for atrocities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state to be held “fully accountable”, according to a statement prepared for a regional summit, reflecting a stronger line being taken within the group.The draft of the chairman’s statement, which was reviewed by Reuters but may change before it is delivered by host Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong at the close of meetings of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), said the situation in Rakhine State was a “matter of concern”.The Singapore government did not immediately comment on the draft statement.A final statement could be issued after the ASEAN leaders start their meeting late on Tuesday.Myanmar government spokesman Zaw Htay did not answer calls seeking comment on the summit message.A UN report in August detailed mass killings and gang rapes with genocidal intent in a Myanmar military crackdown that began in 2017 and drove hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine into neighbouring Bangladesh. It called for its commander-in-chief and five generals to be prosecuted under international law.Myanmar has denied most of the allegations in the report.Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who will be joining the summit in Singapore, has been widely criticised for her handling of the crisis.Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, ASEAN’s seniormost leader, was scathing about the Nobel peace laureate on Tuesday when asked about the situation in Myanmar.”It would seem that Aung San Suu Kyi is trying to defend what is indefensible,” the 93-year-old told reporters in Singapore. “We are very disappointed, because someone who has been detained before knows the sufferings, and should not inflict it on others.”Mahathir and Suu Kyi were seated side by side at the opening ceremony of the ASEAN summit and at a welcome dinner. TV coverage showed them studiously ignoring each other.Amnesty International said on Tuesday it had withdrawn its most prestigious human rights prize from Suu Kyi, accusing her of perpetuating human rights abuses by not speaking out about violence against the Rohingya.”We called on the Independent Commission of Enquiry established by the Government of Myanmar to carry out an independent and impartial investigation of the allegations of human rights violations and related issues, and hold those responsible fully accountable,” said the ASEAN chairman’s draft statement.The Rohingya crisis is one of the biggest man-made disasters involving a member since ASEAN was founded in 1967, and it is one of the thorniest issues yet faced by a group that traditionally works by consensus and is reluctant to get involved in matters deemed internal to its members.In July, Myanmar established a commission of inquiry to probe allegations of human rights abuses in Rakhine, which includes two local and two international members from Japan and the Philippines.The draft statement repeated ASEAN’s previous calls on the importance of the repatriation of displaced persons to Myanmar, humanitarian relief and reconciliation among communities, but went further in calling for accountability for the alleged atrocities. The strengthening of rhetoric in the draft was flagged earlier this year by Singapore foreign minister Vivian Balakrishnan who said his ASEAN peers had urged Myanmar to give the inquiry commission a full mandate to hold those responsible accountable.A source close to pre-summit discussions, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Singapore was leaning towards a stronger stance because it is the most internationally engaged member of ASEAN and feels responsibility as summit host to protect its credibility.It was not clear if all members of the grouping would back the sternest statement to date from ASEAN on the Rakhine issue.ASEAN’s Muslim-majority members – Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei – tend to take the toughest line on the Rohingya question, while Myanmar has close regional allies in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Under military control in recent years, Thailand has also provided cover for Myanmar.last_img read more