For the most part American politics exists in its own bubble with its own preoccupations. But every now and then something that happens in a foreign country intrudes. And pokes its nose in. Big time. The 12 December 2019 UK General Election might be such a moment for the US Democratic Party - just as British politics imposed itself on the US presidential election on 23 June 2016, when the British people voted for Brexit. Coincidentally, Donald Trump arrived in Scotland the following day (not the day before as he has repeatedly claimed) and what the British people had just done was a galvanising moment in his campaign, a light bulb moment, as he prepared to face the American people five months later.So what should Democrats learn from the misery that befell the Labour Party last Thursday night? And more particularly can they afford to have Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren as their candidate and stand a chance of defeating Donald Trump in 2020 after the shellacking meted out to Jeremy … [Read more...] about Will UK provide light bulb moment for US Democrats?
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If a political party were to stand today on a platform of cutting financial support for low- and middle-income parents in order to pay for tax cuts for the more affluent, it wouldn’t get elected. It’s this reality that explains the paradox at the heart of modern British conservatism. Tory prime ministers and chancellors since 2010 have insisted they understand the struggle many families face in a time of anaemic wage growth and rising prices, and have promised that these families will be relatively protected from the deep spending cuts they have wielded. But their deeds betray their words: every independent analysis of budgets since 2010 shows such promises to be lies. By 2021, Conservative chancellors will have delivered more than £80bn of tax cuts a year, including £22bn a year in income tax cuts. The bulk of the proceeds have found their way into the pockets of the most affluent half of families. Meanwhile, billions of planned cuts to tax credits and benefits … [Read more...] about The Observer view on universal credit inflicting needless hardship
What are the most successful ways to make any business profitable? Finding a niche? Maybe. Driving sales? Absolutely. But there is one aspect of running a business that can transform your entire balance sheet—efficiently planning the operations. Energy-efficiency models hold the potential to not only improve operations for higher productivity, but also help save millions for any business. There are multiple cases where businesses have saved millions of rupees by making smaller changes in their processes. And energy-efficiency technologies play a crucial role in driving this change. At a time where there is intense competition in every industry, and multiple start-ups are challenging the traditional models of running a business, turning to energy efficiency for cost savings while also managing your carbon footprint can have long-standing benefits. The pros of turning towards a more energy-efficient business model clearly outweighs the hurdles that may lie in the way. But … [Read more...] about This company saved Rs 13,42,920 with a simple energy-efficient switch!
As any saver will tell you, these are bleak times. And it could be set to get worse next year. Last month, the prospect of another drop in interest rates increased when two members of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee, which decides on the official rate, called for an immediate cut. It is now expected by sections of the financial markets that the rate will drop by 0.25% next year, even though it has been at rock-bottom levels for the last decade. So what should anyone who wants to make some money from their savings to do? Stay with cash Rates on the high street vary hugely – on a balance of £10,000, the amount of interest that it is possible to earn goes from £10 to £145. The lesson? Shop around, don’t be limited by the mainstream banks, and be sure to look at those providers that may be less familiar. HSBC’s easy-access Flexible Saver will garner just 0.15% while Goldman Sachs’ online savings account will bring in 1.45%. … [Read more...] about With rates still at rock bottom, is there anything savers can do to get back up?
Google Pay which reported 55 million monthly active users in India in May has set eyes on tapping over 12 million ubiquitous kirana stores to write its next India growth story, a top company executive said on Wednesday.According to Ambarish Kenghe, Director, Product Management, Google Pay, India, more and more people are embracing Google Pay and the aim is to tap into the small and medium businesses (SMBs) and the neighbourhood kirana stores, thus empowering both the merchants and the consumers go digital in a seamless and secure way.“The idea is to empower more Indians as digital becomes new cash for millions in the country. The Unified Payments Interface (UPI) helps you pay at the neighbourhood kirana store and after leading the peer-to-peer (P2P) digital payments market, peer-to-merchant (P2M) market is we are currently looking into,” Kenghe told IANS. Nearly 90% of the retail market in the country is currently unorganised -- a market … [Read more...] about Google Pay set to tap into 12 million kirana stores in India
Additionally , provincial authorities should have mechanism to encourage travel agents to launch more unique tours, said HCMC Party Chief Nguyen Thien Nhan. Chairman of the People’s Committee in Bac Lieu Duong Thanh Trung said the Mekong delta tourism has not developed as expectation as the region falls short of specific destinations, tourist entertainment and strategies as well as mechanism to boost tourism. Sharing the same opinion, Deputy Chairman of the People’s Committee in Dong Thap Doan Tan Buu said that linkage between Ho Chi Minh City and 13 Mekong delta provinces and city for tourism growth is indispensable; however, the cooperation has not worked effectively for years. Determination to make breakthrough in tourism cooperation between Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong delta region was manifested at the seminar organized in Ho Chi Minh before. Dong Thap leader believed the seminar as significant landmark for not only tourism development but also traffic … [Read more...] about HCMC, Mekong delta link to make breakthrough in tourism