Clean Power Plan promises health benefits

first_img Read Full Story The health benefits federal officials predict would result from implementing President Obama’s proposed Clean Power Plan —which calls for reducing carbon emissions from power plants by nearly one-third of the 2005 level by 2030 —are realistic, according to Jonathan Buonocore, research associate, Center For Health and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and co-author of a study in the May 2015 issue of Nature Climate Change.In a Modern Healthcare article on August 4, 2015, Buonocore said the standards could boost health by slowing climate change, and thereby reduce the number of extreme storms like hurricanes and heat waves, which can lead to water and food shortages and deaths. Also, by boosting air quality, known as a “co-benefit,” there would be fewer premature deaths, heart attacks, asthma, and stroke.“The nice thing about these co-benefits is you get them immediately,” Buonocore said in the article.The plan, if adopted, promises to help reduce other climate-related public health issues, such as higher ozone levels, which can worsen respiratory problems like asthma, he told Wired in an August 4, 2015 article. “Ozone is usually a problem in the summer,” Buonocore said. “With climate change you’re basically extending the ozone season.”Federal officials say the Clean Power Plan by 2030 would prevent 1,500 to 3,600 premature deaths, 90,000 asthma attacks in children, 1,700 heart attacks, and 300,000 missed days of school and work.last_img read more

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China envisions a global electricity grid not unlike the Internet

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Financial Times ($):In Laos, in Brazil, in central Africa and most of all in China itself, ultra high-voltage cable technology that allows power to be commercially transported over vast distances with lower costs and increased load is justifying the construction of massive power projects. It is dubbed the “intercontinental ballistic missile” of the power industry by Liu Zhenya, its biggest backer and for a decade the president of State Grid, China’s powerful transmission utility. UHV allowed China to binge on dam building in its mountainous hinterland, then transport the power thousands of kilometers to its wealthy, industrial east coast. But by enabling this, and other projects, UHV has left western China with such a glut of power that Mr. Liu in 2016 proposed using the technology to export power as far away as Germany. Now Mr Liu is promoting UHV internationally through his Global Energy Interconnection initiative. Designated a “national strategy” and championed by Xi Jinping, China’s president, the initiative feeds into one of China’s most ambitious international plans — to create the world’s first global electricity grid. “All of this fits in with Beijing’s goals of expansion and being a global standard setter,” says Erica Downs, an expert on China and energy at Columbia University. “It is also linked to China’s intention to become an advanced industrial superpower. There is a big prestige element in this.” Advocates stress that this does not mean China would control the resulting grid but networks would be linked to allow better cross-regional allocation of power surpluses. It is no coincidence that this would resolve the problem of “trapped” power resulting from some of China’s mega construction projects in countries like Laos that lack a big enough domestic market. Some western observers see a geopolitical strategy on a par with China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a grand design that seeks to boost Chinese-led infrastructure investment in more than 80 countries around the world. “While there is certainly a commercial explanation for China’s rapid expansion in the power sector, it should also be recognized that Beijing is known to intertwine its economic, diplomatic and strategic initiatives,” says Andrew Davenport, chief operating officer at RWR Advisory, a Washington-based consultancy. “Part of the explanation for its expansion in this area is, therefore, likely the influence — and soft power gains — that accompanies increased control over an industry so fundamental to the everyday lives of citizens.” Chinese companies have announced investments of $102bn in building or acquiring power transmission infrastructure across 83 projects in Latin America, Africa, Europe and beyond over the past five years, according to RWR. Adding in loans from Chinese institutions for overseas power grid investments brings the total to $123bn. Throw in all power-related Chinese deals overseas, including investments and loans to power plants as well as grids, and the number almost quadruples. Between 2013 and the end of February 2018, total overseas power transactions announced reached $452bn, up 92 per cent from 2013 levels, according to RWR, which strips out of its calculations deals that are announced only to be subsequently cancelled. Officials and power industry analysts in China insist that it would be too simple to assume that such investments are all slated to be rolled up into a single international grid to achieve the GEI goal, which Mr Liu recently described as similar to the internet: global but not controlled by a single country.More ($): China eyes role as world’s power supplier China envisions a global electricity grid not unlike the Internetlast_img read more

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Week 17 Fantasy TE Rankings: Tyler Higbee, Austin Hooper’s matchups make great ‘starts’

first_imgLeave it to the Week 17 fantasy TE rankings to still be boring. It’s been the least volatile position all season, and those fantasy football owners who play in the NFL’s final regular season week are not catching any sort of excitement here. By this point, there’s almost no chance you’ve made your final without a solid TE, so odds are you won’t be looking to the waiver wire to stream anyone in this final week.The biggest late-season revelation at the position remains Tyler Higbee. He’s topped 100 yards in four-straight weeks, surely carrying you all the way to your title game. And it gets even better — he takes on the Cardinals in Week 17. That’s a dream matchup for Higbee, a player not many would’ve expected to win them fantasy championships but who now has a chance to. Note: These rankings will be updated throughout the week, so check back for the latest.WEEK 17 DFS:DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! GPP | FD Cash | ValuesWeek 17 Fantasy TE RankingsThese rankings are for standard, non-PPR leagues.RankPlayer1George Kittle, SF @ SEA2Tyler Higbee, LAR vs. ARZ3Austin Hooper, ATL @ TB4Travis Kelce, KC vs. LAC5Dallas Goedert, PHI @ NYG6Hunter Henry, LAC @ KC7Mark Andrews, BAL vs. PIT8Darren Waller, OAK @ DEN9O.J. Howard, TB vs. ATL10Jared Cook, NO @ CAR11Greg Olsen, CAR vs. NO12Jonnu Smith, TEN @ HOU13Noah Fant, DEN vs. OAK14Kyle Rudolph, MIN vs. CHI15Jack Doyle, IND @ JAX16Jacob Hollister, SEA vs. SF17Kaden Smith, NYG vs. PHI18Jason Witten, DAL vs. WAS19Mike Gesicki, MIA @ NE20Jimmy Graham, GB @ DET21Benjamin Watson, NE vs. MIA22Cameron Brate, TB vs. ATL23Darren Fells, HOU vs. TEN24Jordan Akins, HOU vs. TEN25Vance McDonald, PIT @ BAL26Tyler Eifert, CIN vs. CLE27Logan Thomas, DET vs. GB28Dawson Knox, BUF @ NE29Irv Smith Jr., MIN vs. CHI WEEK 17 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | D/ST | KickerJoining Higbee on the great matchup train is Austin Hooper, who’s returned to health to contribute to his fantasy owners down the stretch and now faces Tampa Bay in Week 17. The matchup for Zach Ertz against the Giants is also one worth looking forward to after Dwayne Haskins threw all over New York in Week 16.If you’ve gotten this far and need a stream, there’s no need to fear — the top target should be Dallas Goedert for the Eagles against the Giants. He had a huge Week 16 game, and with all the Philly WR injuries, Goedert is one of Carson Wentz’s top targets. You could also target the athletic Jonnu Smith for Tennessee since the Titans have chosen to finally involve him enough to make him fantasy relevant. Other options include Noah Fant (vs. Raiders) and Kaden Smith (vs. Eagles), with Smith being a two-TD hero in Week 16.WEEK 17 PPR RANKINGS:Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endOne thing to look out for, as well: Mark Andrews could sit out Week 17. The Ravens have clinched the AFC’s top seed and could choose to rest their studs. If Andrews sits, target one of the streams mentioned above (or Hayden Hurst in that case, who would be the biggest beneficiary of an Andrews absence).(Update: Be on the lookout for Zach Ertz’s status, as well, as he may be a true game-time decision Sunday. Dallas Goedert would be a strong TE1 if Ertz sits against the Giants.)MORE: Which players are sitting out Week 17?last_img read more

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Disney to furlough workers

first_imgWith it’s parks closed and no end to the coronavirus pandemic in sight, Disney has announced that it plans to furlough some of it’s workers.Walt Disney Co. made the announcement Thursday stating that it will begin the process with the first wave on April 19th.Worker’s who’s jobs are considered nonessential at this time, will be furloughed, however Disney says that the workers will still remain employees of the parks.Since the parks have been closed, the entertainment company has continued to pay it’s workers and their health benefits.In the statement Thursday, Disney says that furloughed workers will continue to receive healthcare benefits and the cost of company and employee premiums. They also stated that those enrolled in it’s program that pays college tuition can continue to take classes.Finally, Disney says employees are also able to apply for vacation time to start their time as a furloughed worker if they choose to.It is unclear how many employees will be furloughed, however, Disney employs over75,000 workers at Disney World and over 31,000 at Disneyland.last_img read more

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County to Decide Little Silver Winery Proposal

first_imgBy John BurtonLITTLE SILVER – The debate over a proposed commercial winery for a Seven Bridges Road property is moving outside the borough in early August when it will be considered by Monmouth County officials.The county’s Agricultural Development Board is scheduled to hear the controversial proposal during its Aug. 7 meeting in Freehold. The plan, submitted by Seven Bridges Winery, LLC, seeks to operate a winery and retail outlet on the property overlooking the Shrewsbury River that the owner now uses as a vineyard and residence.Seven Bridges Winery is asking the county board for its approval by asking it to issue a site-specific agricultural management practice plan.The plan, submitted to the county board and filed on Feb. 9, is requesting “an exemption of municipal site plan review” with approval under the state statute commonly referred to as the Right to Farm Act.Richard DeBlasi, the owner of the site, is “requesting the Monmouth CADB (County Agricultural Development Board) affirm that the sale of wine is an accepted farm market practice,” under state statute. “We also request that we can bottle (package) the agricultural output of the farm and establish a farm market facility (“Tasting Room”) without the expense and burden of municipal site plan review,” according to DeBlasi’s application.When the application is heard, along with those issues, the board will likely discuss matters of ingress and egress at the site because Seven Bridges Road is a county road, said Harriet Honigfeld, program coordinator for the county’s Division of Planning.DeBlasi has been growing grapes on about 5 acres of the approximately 15-acre tract he has owned for the past 10 years. A total of 12.7 of the acreage is assessed as farmland. Prior to DeBlasi owning it, the location was a farm that grew and harvested hay, according to the application.DeBlasi did not return phone calls by press time seeking comment on his move to seek county approval for his plan.His attorney, Patrick Accisano, Sea Girt, was unavailable for comment.Previously, borough officials expressed concern that forwarding the application to the county was an attempt to circumvent borough approval on a plan that has stirred some controversy locally, with a number of area residents voicing opposition, fearing a commercial operation in a residential zone, and all that would entail – additional noise, traffic.Residents who appeared before the borough council when the proposal was first floated “were uniformly against it,” Mayor Robert Neff Jr. saidThe state statute, approved in 1983, is intended to protect farms and farmers from public and private nuisance actions and unduly restrictive municipal regulations, according to the state Department of Agriculture.Early in 2012, DeBlasi appeared before the borough council on two occasions to talk about his proposal and seek a zoning change that would allow the winery as a permitted use in the area.“He didn’t get any interest from the council,” for that measure, said Neff.Without the zoning change, DeBlasi could have sought a use variance from the borough Zoning Board of Adjust­ment, which would have meant meeting a fairly rigorous legal burden to show the negatives of the project didn’t outweigh any positives it would have brought. Instead he moved to the county seeking its approval.“At the end of the day what we’re looking to do is to make absolutely sure when and if the (county) board approves this proposal, the (borough) council retains control over safety, health and welfare issues, particularly with regards to traffic and health codes that apply,” Neff saidThe Agricultural Develop­ment Board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7 in the freeholders’ meeting chambers.last_img read more

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First Look: See inside new Voodoo Lounge re-opening this Friday

first_imgLetterkenny will once again wow the rest of the country when the all new Voodoo lounge and Tessie’s Bar opens its doors this Friday evening 8th March from 6pm.An extensive renovation has seen the whole venue stripped back to the bare walls and completely transformed into something that wouldn’t feel out of place in the luxurious surroundings of Dubai or the entertainment capital of Las Vegas.No expense has been spared, extravagance has been promised – and it’s extravagance in abundance customers will definitely get. All New Voodoo Lounge & Tessie’s Bar Re Opening This Friday 8th March 6pmWayne Martin Design, the design company behind this very unique space, wanted to bring together all the aspects needed to create the perfect hospitality package under one roof, and it has certainly paid off.Certain key factors have been kept, the emphasis on quality entertainment remains firmly intact.A brand new acoustically designed stage has been created in an area that will maximize the customer experience, plus there a state of art Harmonic Design Sound System and a lighting concept that will again leave you speechless – live music will be taken to a whole new level.Not one, but two purposely built and meticulously designed cocktail bars will offer a huge range of fresh, handmade craft cocktails put together by nationally trained mixologists, there is something to match every taste on offer. All New Voodoo Lounge & Tessie’s Bar Re Opening This Friday 8th March 6pmThe injection of sport is a whole new angle for Voodoo, not previously known for its sports viewing. This has been completely flipped on its head with the investment of 3 state of the art 85in HD4k televisions and a total of 11 screens in total. Sport has now become extremely serious at Voodoo.All live sporting events will be shown on some of the largest screens in Donegal. With cutting edge technology and a red hot atmosphere, Voodoo lounge will become the top spot to experience all live sporting events.All New Voodoo Lounge & Tessie’s Bar Re Opening This Friday 8th March 6pmDue to the overwhelming success of House Wine and Tap Room’s gourmet rustic stone baked pizza service, the all-new Voodoo lounge will be providing a large range of gourmet pizzas throughout the evening. These can be sampled 7 days per week – Keep an eye out for the all new party package pizza deals and match day meal deals, guaranteed to not only fill you also impress you.No stone has been left unturned within this extra special venue, the attention to detail is breathtaking – The new Voodoo Lounge and Tessie’s Bar has been said to be a true testament to the already mind blowing standard of hospitality offered in Letterkenny.Yet again Letterkenny has raised the bar to a whole new level. All New Voodoo Lounge & Tessie’s Bar Re Opening This Friday 8th March 6pmVoodoo Lounge opens up this Friday evening from 7pm, we are all formally invited to experience the next chapter in entertainment, nightlife and luxury. Want to win a €50 voucher for Voodoo Venue? Click here to enter our Donegal Daily Facebook giveaway: www.facebook.com/donegaldailyFirst Look: See inside new Voodoo Lounge re-opening this Friday was last modified: March 7th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:reopeningtessie’s barVOODOOlast_img read more

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Why Steve Kerr is resting Stephen Curry vs. Dallas

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — For nearly the past two weeks, Warriors coach Steve Kerr and the team’s training staff mulled over a pressing question. When should the Warriors find a rest day for Stephen Curry?The Warriors (49-22) determined that moment will happen when they host the Dallas Mavericks (28-44) on Saturday at Oracle Arena, marking the first game of a home back-to-back …last_img

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Pupils get a lesson on dignity

first_imgPupils at Gontse Primary School in Soshanguve who were given a talk on dignity. Dignity Day speakers Amukelani Mayimele of Zayrah, Leo Makgamathe of Brand South Africa, Neliswa Fente from SpringAGE and Nicolaas Herholdt from Rotary.(Images: Cadine Pillay) MEDIA CONTACTS • Leo Makgamathe   Brand South Africa   +27 82 557 3483 RELATED ARTICLES • Getting needy kids hooked on books • Why we need a literate nation • Spotlight on open access learning • Instilling a love of reading • Reading to boost our self-esteemCadine Pillay Ahead of Global Dignity Day on 20 October 2012, pupils at Gontse Primary School in the impoverished township of Soshanguve in Pretoria were given a course on dignity and self-worth by community-driven leaders of South Africa.Speaking to the pupils were Amukelani Mayimele of Zayrah, the NGO that supplies books to war-torn areas in Africa, Neliswa Fente from SpringAGE, which is a movement of young South Africans determined to make a difference, Nicolaas Herholdt from Rotary, the renowned organisation of community service clubs, and Leo Makgamathe of Brand South Africa.The event took place on 9 October, and the speakers were all well-received by Gontse Primary School as the pupils enthusiastically participated in the discussion of dignity.Dignity DaysGlobal Dignity Day was founded in 2006 by the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders (YGL), who realised the one thing that everyone in the world wanted was their dignity to be recognised.Since then they have worked with many other YGLs and other partners in over 40 countries, hosting what are known as Dignity Days. This involves going to schools and communities around the world and teaching a course of dignity to youth.“The aim is to instil a new, positive, inclusive and interconnected sense of value in young people that will guide them as they grow,” says Phuti Mahanyele, YGL and chairperson for global dignity in South Africa.The session at Gontse started with the young leaders sharing their own stories of dignity and a discussion on the principles of dignity with the pupils of Gontse; the pupils then volunteered to define dignity in their own words.Playing your part with dignity “To play your part with dignity, you have to know that you are responsible for yourself,” Fente told pupils. “We are the solution to our own problems.”Mayimele, founder of Zayrah, which also seeks to alleviate poverty and inspire Africans to better their lives, then urged the young pupils of Gontse to share their thoughts on dignity. Mayimele is also a One Young World (OYW) ambassador for South Africa. OYW is an NGO that connects young people with a desire to change the world.Herholdt concluded the dialogue by sharing his experiences of dignity and the challenges he has faced when he was a young person. “In life, your dignity will always be challenged, but you have to learn how to be strong,” Herholdt said.“Accept criticism, and accept that everyone is different and important. Be strong and know who you are.”The speakers, on behalf of their companies, also donated gifts to the school in the form of learning aids and books. Pupils who took part in the session and shared their views on dignity with the others received certificates of participation.last_img read more

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Efficiency Programs Struggle to Stay Ahead of Energy Codes

first_imgI’d surely call a home built like that a high-performance home. Those specifications are part of the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), which you can read more about in Martin Holladay’s 2012 IECC overview. The 2009 IECC was a big step up from 2006, too. When we adopted IECC 2009 here in Georgia, we instituted mandatory airtightness and duct leakage testing, so we’re a step ahead on that requirement. RELATED ARTICLES An Overview of the 2012 Energy CodeEnergy Star Raises the Bar for Home Builders The Energy Star Homes Program Raises the Bar with Version 3 Smart people in the home-building industry have a saying about codes: A code-built house is the worst house allowed by law. The implication behind that statement is that if all you’re doing is meeting the code, you’re probably short-changing the people who will live in the house. The folks at the International Code Council (ICC) are doing their best to make sure that that barely-legal house is worth living in. Allison Bailes of Decatur, Georgia, is a RESNET-accredited energy consultant, trainer, and the author of the Energy Vanguard blog.center_img What about Energy Star?So, if the energy codes are getting so much better, what will happen with energy efficiency programs like Energy Star new homes? Since the mid-1990s, more than a million new homes have qualified for the Energy Star label. The reason the numbers are so high is that the program set its requirements to an attainable 15% better than the energy code. As the codes get more stringent, Energy Star gets more stringent, and home builders have begun to reassess their priorities.Is it possible that for the many builders who have participated in Energy Star and had their homes labeled with the well-known brand, satisfying the energy code will become sufficient? Will only the extreme programs, like Passive House, survive?I answer that question with an emphatic NO. It boils down to two words: adoption and enforcement. The IECC is a model code, meaning that it’s just a suggestion from the ICC. If no one adopts it, it’s meaningless. For those jurisdictions that do adopt it, the code is only as good as its enforcement.Even if the requirements were exactly the same, I’d take an Energy Star Version 3 home over an IECC 2012 home. My reason? The Home Energy Raters who qualify Energy Star homes, on average, have more training, knowledge, and skill in the process of verifying compliance with energy efficiency requirements and in finding building science problems than those who do building inspections for code. Building inspectors generally do a lot more inspections in a day, and are responsible for looking at a lot more than just the energy efficiency details, so it’s not really a fair comparison. In addition to their greater knowledge and skill in building science, HERS raters also are subject to quality assurance rules that have someone looking over their shoulder and checking their work.That’s where we are right now anyway. The ICC is pushing hard, and states are getting their acts together (well, some are). I hope that eventually the people who verify energy codes will have to meet similarly stringent training and quality assurance requirements as HERS raters. If and when we get to that point, my answer to this big question may change.What do you think? Code-minimum closes in on high-performanceIf I told you that your new home had to meet the following requirements, would you call that a high-performance home?Be pretty darn airtight (3 ACH50 for all but the two warmest climates, zones 1 and 2, and 5 ACH50 for them) and be verified with a Blower Door testHave almost no total duct leakage (4 cfm25 per 100 square feet, the same as ENERGY STAR Version 3 for leakage outside the building envelope), as verified by a duct leakage testInclude a mechanical ventilation system if the airtightness is less than 5 ACH50 (which catches all new homes except those that come in at exactly 5 ACH50 in climate zones 1 and 2)Increase attic insulation from R-30 to R-38 (climate zones 2 and 3) or R-38 to R49 (climate zones 4 and 5)Increase above-grade wall insulation from R-13 to R-20 (climate zones 3 and 4)Insulate above-grade walls to R-20 in the cavities plus R-5 continuous (e.g., 1″ XPS foamboard sheathing) or R-13 cavity plus R-10 continuous in the cold climates of zones 6, 7, and 8Install really good, double-pane, low-e windows.last_img read more

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China’s ZTE Corp. Has A Plan To Defuse U.S. Espionage Concerns

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Politics and business can be a capricious combination, and one pawn in a recent game of international brinksmanship, Chinese telecom vendor ZTE Corporation, is looking for a little fairness when judging the merits of its products and services.It would be folly to suggest that the United States and China were anything like best buds. At best (and this could be a stretch), they’re “frenemies” in their political and business relationships. The nations circle warily around each other’s interests – while simultaneously depending heavily on the other side for trade and commerce.In the midst of this friction between the two nations lie companies that claim a desire to just do business, but still find themselves cast in the role of villain based on the winds of political change. That’s what happend to telecommunications vendor ZTE last fall, when the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Intelligence fingered ZTE, Huawei and a number of other unnamed Chinese companies as creators of potentially dangerous technology.Deconstructing And Rebuilding TrustThe October report drafted by the Committee, recommended “…[t]he United States should view with suspicion the continued penetration of the U.S. telecommunications market by Chinese telecommunications companies” as a backdrop to dealing with all Chinese firms in that sector, specifically calling out ZTE and Huawei.Naturally, ZTE and Huawei denied the allegations at the time, and ZTE is now making further moves to clear its name. The Shenzhen-based firm is proposing a concrete plan to assure both private and governmental U.S.buyers that the components it sells and delivers are free of any code that might “phone home” to ZTE and its alleged connections to government intelligence agencies within the People’s Republic of China.The plan is known as a trusted delivery mechanism, an industry euphemism for pulling in a trusted third-party to check and monitor hardware and software delivered to a customer. In this case, ZTE wants to use Virginia-based Electronic Warfare Associates (EWA), a defense and logistics contractor that performs services such as transportation of toxic materials, electronic signal intelligence and incident response. Think “spook-shop” for hire, and you get the idea.Most importantly for ZTE, EWA is a known quantity for U.S. companies and could be enough to give ZTE the extra trust factor it needs to get past the accusations of the House Committee.How It Would WorkPeter Ruffoo, Director of Government Relations for ZTE USA, explained how the trusted delivery mechanism would work, when used with a hypothetical customer, such as a telecommunications carrier in the U.S.ZTE would ship the materials or code to the carrier, which would then get the products to EWA. Next, EWA would examine the components and source code within the product (be it hardware or software), reporting to the U.S. government, the customer and ZTE of any anomalous code or other problems it might find. Once cleared, the product would be shipped back to the carrier for deployment.The process Ruffo described would be used for new equipment as well as updates to software.Ruffo hopes that this solution will be enough to ease the concerns of the Committee as well as any potential customers that might have been alarmed by the recommendations of the Committee.Uphill Battle AheadIt will be an uphill battle for the company. According to Ruffo, when ZTE worked with members of the Committee throughout 2012 as the House was working on this report, ZTE offered a briefing to the Committee by EWA, which was declined.In a broader sense, the company is facing a U.S. industrial and political environment that has grown increasingly cold to Chinese incursions in the U.S. marketplace. This chilling effect, which Ruffo likened to a similar reaction to Japan’s strengthening within U.S. markets in the ’80s and early ’90s, has put a lot of Chinese companies in the position of having to defend themselves as being something other than puppets of the Chinese government.“There’s an assumption that all Chinese companies are the same,” Ruffo said, maintaining that is not the case.In reality, Ruffo emphasized, while some companies in China do have close ties to the PRC government, that is not necessarily true for all private entities in mainland China. Ruffo, as one would expect, firmly defended ZTE as an independent private organization, and pointed to the company’s efforts to be transparent and work with U.S. partners to create opportunities for profit and jobs in both companies.Tip Of The Iceberg?Ruffo also reiterated a point made by his boss Zhu Jinyun, senior vice president for North America and Europe, when he testified before the Committee in September. Zhu said that if the Committee was worried about espionage from Chinese companies, picking out just ZTE and a few other vendors was short-sighted.“As the Committee undoubtedly understands, virtually all of the telecom equipment now sold in the United States and throughout the world contains components made, in whole or in part, in China. That includes the equipment manufactured and sold by every Western vendor, much of which is made by Chinese joint-venture partners and suppliers,” Zhu testified. “We respectfully suggest that the Committee’s focus on ZTE, to the exclusion of the Western telecom vendors, addresses the overall issue of risk so narrowly that it omits from the Committee’s inquiry the suppliers of the vast majority of equipment used in the U.S. market.”It was a point Ruffo made this week too. If you ask me, the wisdom of pointing out that the potential for spying exists within virtually every electronic component sold in the U.S. today could be questioned in a political atmosphere that seems to like nothing more than use China as a convenient punching bag, but that seems to be one of ZTE’s main defenses.Overall, ZTE is hoping that the power of the marketplace will get China’s companies to be more accepted in the U.S., just as Japan was eventually accepted decades ago. But it recognizes it that’s a tough sell in the U.S. these days.“Right now, we’d like it to be more Tom Friedman and less Tom Clancy,” Ruffo lamented, comparing the very different approaches by the authors of The World Is Flat and Red Storm Rising. Image courtesy of BartlomiejMagierowski / Shutterstock. Tags:#China brian proffitt Related Posts center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

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