Linz, Austria headquartered voestalpine Group operates worldwide and manufactures, processes and develops high-quality steel products. It has selected Port Corpus Christi for the development of a direct reduction facility – where it will manufacture “sponge iron”. It has proposed USD700 million of investment for the new plant and will generate 150 full-time jobs in the region. Mike Carrell, chairman of the Pacific coast gateway commented, “Their operation will drive import and export cargo through the Port of Corpus Christi.” www.portofcc.comwww.voestalpine.com
Government plans for a new round of court fee rises are ‘tantamount to selling justice like a commodity’, the Law Society has said, as the Ministry of Justice acknowledged its plans would be unpopular.Under proposals announced by courts minister Shailesh Vara after parliament rose for the recess, the maximum fee for money claims would rise from £10,000 to £20,000.Fees are currently payable on 5% of the value of the claim up to a maximum fee of £10,000.Personal injury and clinical negligence claims will be excluded from the higher cap and fee remissions for those ‘of limited means’ will still apply. Fees would be introduced to the property, tax and general regulatory chambers.In the property tribunal, the government is proposing fees at low levels for the majority of applications, while setting higher fees for leasehold enfranchisement cases ‘where there are often large sums of money at stake’.Immigration and asylum chamber fees would double, with exemptions ‘to protect the most vulnerable’. There would also be a ‘general uplift’ of 10% to a ‘wide range’ of fees in civil proceedings.The measures would generate an estimated £48m a year in additional income.Vara said that ministers ‘recognise that fee increases are not popular’ but they were ‘necessary if we are to deliver our promises to fix the economy and bring the nation into surplus’.However, Law Society president Jonathan Smithers said the latest plans would ‘cripple’ individuals and small businesses trying to recover money owed to them.The MoJ also announced that, following consultations carried out by the coalition government earlier this year, it would increase fees for issuing a possession claim in the county court from £280 to £355.Fees for general applications in civil proceedings will increase from £50 to £100 for an application by consent, and from £155 to £255 for a contested application. Applications such as injunctions for protection from harassment or violence will be excluded from any increase.Fees for divorce proceedings will increase from £410 to £550. Fee remissions will be available for cases such as those involving women in low-wage households.The three measures are expected to generate more than £60m in additional income each year.Smithers said the ‘punitive’ increases were ‘tantamount to selling justice like a commodity, leaving it out of reach for many ordinary people’.However Rebecca Harling, who works in the private client team at London firm Thomas Eggar, said the court fee rises were ‘necessary’.‘It is right that those using the court system, who can afford to do so, should pay for its use,’ she said. Access to justice, she added, would not be compromised ‘as the fee remission still permits a waiver of fees or discounted court fees for those most in need’.
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The natural inclination of the tech punditry upon hearing that Google is going to sell a tablet through its own online store is to say, “This is going to be a disaster; didn’t it learn anything with the original Nexus debacle?” This is the wrong conclusion. While we are still in the general realm of mobile technology, the difference between the way consumers purchase tablets and the way they purchase smartphones is completely different. Google may be onto something. Think about it. Where can you get an iPad? Everywhere. Online. In the Apple store. At Target, Best Buy, Verizon, AT&T. Part of the beauty of Apple is its ubiquitous sales strategy and its ability to meet demand. The Kindle Fire? Available at Best Buy and through the largest online retailer in history. Google has the clout, the wherewithal and, hopefully, the product that could truly make a dent in the market by selling its own Android tablet. Smartphone Versus Tablet: Big DifferenceWhy did you buy your current smartphone? Chances are, you found a good one, thought it was a good price through your carrier and signed the next two years of your life away. The way carriers subsidize smartphones is conducive to buying the product. You are going to need cellular service anyway and it is easier to get a smartphone for $199 or less and not deal with the hassle. There was probably a good chance you were looking at some type of Android tablet at one point or another as well. The Motorola Xoom was (theoretically) sexy when it came out. But, to get a good price and data plan on it you had to sign up for a contract with Verizon. Even at that, the Xoom was still too expensive. That doesn’t even take into account that it did not live up to consumer expectations. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Apple#Google#mobile#web Image: Motorola Xoom, the original Android tabletI like a tablet with a data plan. I am in the minority of tablet-buying consumers when I say that, but it is convenient. Most people use their tablets at home over Wi-Fi. They buy a $499 iPad because it is reasonably priced and does what it promises (Apple’s marketing also helps). The Kindle Fire has sold millions of units because it is A) a cheap tablet that B) did not require a contract with a data plan. Like Apple, it also helped that Amazon is a brand that consumers trust and can generate a great deal of excitement. Amazon proved that a tablet can become a consumer hit sold primarily through online retail. Amazon does not release Kindle sales figures (of any kind), but it is likely that the vast majority of Fire sales went through Amazon.com.Most people do not buy smartphones online. Amazon and several other resellers do a fairly brisk business, but that is still usually done through a contract to one of the major carriers. The thought of buying a smartphone, off contract, for $500 or more turns consumers off. That is one of the reasons that the original Google Nexus smartphone ultimately failed. Tablets are a different entity altogether. How Google Wins With a Nexus TabletThere are several factors that will make a branded Google tablet sold online and through brick-and-mortar suppliers a success. Foremost, it needs to be a fully functional device at a good price. The rumor now is that it will be made by Asus, which may not be one of the sexier equipment manufacturers these days but does have the ability to make quality electronics. The goal for a Nexus tablet at $199 will be to make it a better device than the Kindle Fire. This needs to be the device that other Android OEMs look to and say, “this is how it is done.” That is what Google has done with its Nexus smartphone devices. The Fire, while a quality device for its intended purpose (to get you to buy digital Amazon products) is a relatively weak piece of hardware. It strips out much of the goodness of Android. Google will not do that. If Google needs to subsidize Asus (or whatever OEM makes the Nexus tablet) to reach margins on a device that has a dual or quad-core processor, GPS, camera, quality accelerometer, data connectivity and everything else that the Fire lacks, it behooves Google to do it.At this point in the game, the only way that Google can beat Apple’s iPad and Amazon’s Kindle Fire is to create a top-notch tablet with a great user interface and a price point that makes sense to consumers. Then, Android developers will get on board to develop actual tablet apps as opposed to reformatting smartphone apps for larger screens. Great hardware and the software to match. In theory, the tablet would sell itself.It is not that easy, though. Google needs to then take a page out of the Amazon playbook and sell the device aggressively online. What the Kindle Fire teaches us is that tablets can be successful as a product sold through an online store. It just has to be the right tablet, at the right time.The rumor is that the Nexus tablet will be announced at Google I/O in June. From there it will be a race to market as Microsoft’s Windows 8 devices will start going on sale this fall. If Google truly wants to box Microsoft out of the tablet market, the Nexus has to beat it to market, be the right price and get developers working to create great tablet apps. That is a lot of factors to create a distinctive product that can win in the market. Google could have done this a year ago but allowed Android partners to take the lead. Now, Mountain View realizes that it needs to be the leader, or Android tablets will always be overrun in the market. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts dan rowinski The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology
Yuvraj Singh didn’t find a place in the 30 probables list for World Cup. (Reuters Photo)The disappointments of being dropped from the World Cup probables, Royal Challengers Bangalore’s team and BCCI’s contract list has not affected Yuvraj Singh and in the current Ranji Trophy season, the left-handed batsman is out to make a statement.Yuvraj has scored three centuries from three matches and on Monday playing against Saurashtra in Rajkot scored 182. Punjab so far in this season have won both their previous matches against Haryana and Maharashtra.The southpaw presently leads the run-getters chart with scores of 59, 130, 136, 13 and 182 followed by Tamil Nadu’s Abhinav Mukund with 414 runs.Yuvraj last played an international match in April this year after selectors lost faith in his potential after a string of poor performances during the Twenty20 World Cup being held in Bangladesh.
Tottenham will activate Alderweireld clause confirms Pochettinoby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham Hotspur will activate Toby Alderweireld’s one-year extension clause in his current contract.Alderweireld was set to become a free agent at the end of the season. The decision also means Spurs have activated a clause that states the Belgian international can leave for £25m this summer.Teams must lodge their bid 14 or more days before the end of the summer 2019 transfer window in order to buy Alderweireld at that price, should he not agree to a new contract beforehand.Pochettino said of triggering the 29-year-old’s clause: “Yes, for sure. It is obvious. It is the same situation as Jan (Vertonghen).”The Belgian was a target for Manchester United in the summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
CALGARY — Credit rating agency DBRS Ltd. is warning that some of the big Canadian oil and gas companies it covers could face downgrades in their credit scores if current steep price discounts for their products continue.Such rating cuts could affect the companies’ ability to access credit to fund growth and potentially increase what they pay to service their debt.Energy senior vice-president Victor Vallance of DBRS says the wide difference between oil prices in Western Canada and on global markets is unprecedented and makes predicting energy company profitability and cash flow extremely difficult.He says the recent drop in London-traded Brent and New York-traded West Texas Intermediate oil prices make the problem even more acute for Calgary-based oil and gas producers, estimating that their credit ratings will deteriorate if discounts don’t improve significantly in the next six months or so.Like most analysts, he blames the discounts on a lack of pipeline capacity to take oil to market, adding that the constraints which initially mainly affected heavy crude grades are now also affecting upgraded synthetic crude from the oilsands and light oil.He says the difference between WTI and Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend crude has narrowed recently because more WCS oil is being shipped via rail and companies are voluntarily curtailing output to avoid low prices.“Currently the differential is very high on heavy, it’s very high on light, it’s very high on synthetic, so that’s putting a lot of pressure on cash flows and, obviously, credit metrics as a result,” Vallance said.“It’s very unusual. I’ve never seen … this disconnect between Canada and the rest of the world, unfortunately, because of the increase in supply and not sufficient enough expansion of takeaway capacity.” The Canadian Press
Washington DC: US sanctions came into effect Sunday to block Venezuela’s economic lifeline of oil exports, in what Washington hopes will be a major blow in its fledgling campaign to topple leftist President Nicolas Maduro. As of 12:01 am Washington time (0401 GMT), the United States will take action against anyone who deals with state-owned Petroleos de Venezuela, or PDVSA, or any entity in which the company holds at least a 50 percent stake. It is among a volley of steps by President Donald Trump’s administration to oust Maduro and install opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is recognized by more than 50 countries, including most in Latin America. Just Friday, the Trump administration said it would block any US assets of Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, confirming it has no desire to negotiate with Maduro, a socialist firebrand who presides over a crumbling economy but has withstood three months of intense pressure. Until the crisis, Venezuela exported 500,00 barrels a day to the United States, its largest customer, with PDVSA omnipresent, if not highly visible, through ownership of the Citgo refining and gas station chain. The United States has already moved to put Citgo under the control of Guaido, who appointed his own board.
Bargari (Pb): Congress President Rahul Gandhi Wednesday lashed out at Narendra Modi, saying the Prime Minister thinks “only person can run the country while actually it is the people who run the nation. Gandhi noted that Modi used to make “fun” of former PM Manmohan Singh “but after five years now Modi ji does not make fun of Manmohan ji.Today the country is making fun of him (Modi)”. Addressing a poll rally at Bargari in Faridkot in favour of Congress candidate Mohd Sadique from Faridkot Lok Sabha seat, Gandhi referred to sacrilege incidents in 2015 and promised strict action against those involved in desecration of religious scriptures. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework I recall coming here when your ‘dharam’ (Sikh holy book Guru Granth Sahib) was disrespected. And those who did wrong, strict action will be taken against them and I give you guarantee on this, said Gandhi. On Tuesday, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi, while addressing a poll rally in Bathinda, had lashed out at the BJP’s ally SAD over the sacrilege issue. Attacking Modi, Gandhi said here, “The PM thinks only one person can run country, but actually it is people who run it. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen Gandhi also raised the Rafale jet deal issue and dared Modi to hold a debate with him on corruption. Criticising the BJP government for demonetisation and Gabbar Singh Tax , he claimed these two decisions of Modi government had destroyed the economy and left lakhs jobless. The Congress President also hit out at Modi for not crediting Rs 15 lakh in accounts of every citizen, saying the prime minister “lied” to people on this and on giving two crore jobs.