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SA’s private sector can promote migrant entrepreneurs who create jobs and skills

The private sector can contribute to migration policy development to improve business operations, boost productivity and support the economy The post SA’s private sector can promote migrant entrepreneurs who create jobs and skills appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Business, Opinion, Employment, Entrepreneurs, Policy, Migration, OECD, Private sector, Small, Medium And Micro Enterprises, Quarterly Labour Force Survey, Institute Of Security Studies, Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden play hot potato with evictions, pointing fingers over who should extend the moratorium

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Joe Biden. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images; Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images Pelosi and Biden are clashing on who should renew the federal eviction ban. "It is unfathomable that we would not act to prevent people from being evicted," Pelosi said in a statement. The White House argues its hands are tied given a recent Supreme Court ruling. See more stories on Insider's business page. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is urging the Biden ad...
Tags: Politics, New York, Supreme Court, Congress, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Economy, Cnn, Getty Images, Policy, Democrats, Missouri, House, Rent, Nancy Pelosi

A view from Canada: Defending vaccine passports

The Quebec government recently announced plans for a vaccine passport system, which, in the event of a fourth wave of COVID-19, will bar people who are not fully vaccinated from entering indoor settings such as bars, restaurants, gyms, and entertainment events.  Quebec is an outlier here: Apart from Manitoba — which issues “immunization cards” to Read more… A view from Canada: Defending vaccine passports originally appeared in
Tags: Health, Policy, Canada, Infectious Disease, Quebec, Manitoba, COVID-19 Coronavirus

USDA Secretary Vilsack says we need biofuels to Iowa crowd at USGC meeting

In Iowa, the U.S. Grains Council is holding its annual meeting in person in Des Moines, Iowa, and online, for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic and was joined by U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary in the Biden Administration, Tom Vilsack, who addressed meeting attendees about the future of U.S. agricultural trade. Vilsack began his remarks by calling the U.S. grains industry the “secret sauce” of trade and saying those in it understand the importance of partnership between...
Tags: Usda, Policy, Iowa, Biden, Illinois, Biofuels, U S Department of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, Vilsack, DES MOINES Iowa, USGC, U.S. grains council, U S ag, Ryan LeGrand, Secretary Vilsack, Jim Raben

The local and global concerns of COVID-19

The world is ill-prepared to respond to threatening public health emergencies. What is most disturbing is how our global leaders continue to lack the moral and scientific premises of health equity. At the beginning of 2020, the novel coronavirus rampaged across the globe, with many officials referring to it as the great equalizer. However, referring Read more… The local and global concerns of COVID-19 originally appeared in
Tags: Health, Policy, Infectious Disease, COVID-19 Coronavirus

EU hits Amazon with record-breaking $887M GDPR fine over data misuse

Luxembourg’s National Commission for Data Protection (CNPD) has hit Amazon with a record-breaking €746 million ($887m) GDPR fine over the way it uses customer data for targeted advertising purposes. Amazon disclosed the ruling in an SEC filing on Friday in which it slammed the decision as baseless and added that it intended to defend itself “vigorously in this matter.” “Maintaining the security of our customers’ information and their trust are top priorities,” an Amazon spokesperson said in a st...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Europe, Privacy, Tech, Spokesperson, Eu, Companies, Policy, Commission, Computing, European Commission, Luxembourg

Senators call on Biden to discuss future of the RFS

In Washington, U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Roger Marshall, M.D. (R-Kan.) led several of their colleagues in sending a letter to President Biden requesting a meeting with him and representatives of his cabinet to discuss the Renewable Fuel Standard and promote biofuels as a key solution for America’s energy and climate agenda. The Biden administration’s energy and climate agenda lacks meaningful consideration of biofuels, which contribute significantly to emissions reductions and energ...
Tags: Washington, America, Policy, Biden, Senators, Jerry Moran R Kan, Roger Marshall M D R Kan

Democrats are scrambling to renew a eviction moratorium after Biden urged extension at the last-minute

Sherrod Brown. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File House and Senate Democrats are scrambling to renew a federal eviction ban after Biden urged them at the last-minute. In a statement to Insider, a spokesperson for Sen. Sherrod Brown said he was working with Schumer on legislation. Nearly six million people are at risk of eviction starting in two days. See more stories on Insider's business page. Congressional Democrats are rushing to assemble legislation to renew a federal eviction ban ...
Tags: Politics, Supreme Court, Republicans, Congress, Senate, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Economy, Policy, Democrats, House, Biden, Brown, Congressional, Schumer

The Lost Art Of Compromise

I am heartened to see both sides of the political aisle in the US came together yesterday to agree to move forward on a $1 Trillion Infrastructure Bill. There are parts of the bill that I don’t like (asking blockchain smart contracts to send 1099s to the IRS seems nuts to me) and parts that were taken out that I think are critical (like building a nationwide EV charging network). But perfect is the enemy of the good. We have not had a functioning legislative branch at the federal level i...
Tags: Politics, Washington, US, Trends, Policy, USV, Current Affairs, Irs, Mona Alsubaei

RFA tells President Biden its members will be net zero by 2050 or sooner

In Washington, in a letter sent Wednesday to President Joe Biden, Renewable Fuels Association members from across the country memorialized their commitment to ensuring ethanol achieves a net-zero carbon footprint, on average, by 2050 or sooner. Ethanol is already cutting greenhouse gas emissions by half compared to gasoline, the letter says, but “we can—and must—do more” to decarbonize transportation fuels and combat climate change in the decades ahead. The letter comes after RFA’s board of dire...
Tags: Washington, Joe Biden, Policy, Biden, St Louis, RFA

Health literacy: the missing piece to caregiver support and empowerment

Caregiving in the United States has reached a crisis due to an aging population, a lack of investment in a professional caregiving infrastructure, and the COVID-19 pandemic. These factors pushed millions of Americans out of the workforce and into a caregiving role, particularly women. Those Americans already providing care for a loved one experienced a Read more… Health literacy: the missing piece to caregiver support and empowerment originally appeared in
Tags: Health, Policy, United States, Public Health & Policy

UK launches public consultation regarding SAF blending mandate

In the UK, the Department for Transport has launched a public consultation regarding a potential SAF blending mandate starting in 2025 with the comment period open until September 19. The consultation proposes the introduction of an obligation on fuel suppliers to reduce the carbon footprint of jet fuel used in the UK, to be achieved through greater use of sustainable aviation fuels. The DfT is seeking comments on the: need for a SAF mandate high-level ambition and design of the proposed SAF man...
Tags: UK, Policy, SAF, Department For Transport

Edtech’s venture-backed globalization pauses at China

U.S.-based edtech investors are increasingly going global, but recent regulatory crackdowns in China, which instructed local K-12 tutoring startups to go non-profit, have led to a chill among check-writers looking at the country. When I first started reporting on edtech over a year ago, U.S.-based investors often cited China as validation of the opportunity for direct-to-consumer businesses in the K-12 world. The success of Chinese edtech was used to predict the surge of U.S.-based consumer edte...
Tags: Startups, TC, Asia, Education, China, India, Tech, Policy, Venture Capital, Tencent, Edtech, Tutoring, Nyse, Reuters, Deborah Quazzo, Owl Ventures

Major medical groups back mandatory COVID vaccine for health care workers

Medical groups’ calls for COVID-19 vaccination mandates for health care workers reached a fever pitch on Monday, with the American Medical Association (AMA), American Nurses Association, and 55 other organizations joining the chorus supporting mandatory vaccination. “It is critical that all people in the health care workforce get vaccinated against COVID-19 for the safety of Read more… Major medical groups back mandatory COVID vaccine for health care workers originally appeared in ...
Tags: Health, Policy, Infectious Disease, COVID, COVID-19 Coronavirus

Instagram to default young teens to private accounts, restrict ads and unwanted adult contact

As it gears up to expand access to younger users, Instagram this morning announced a series of updates designed to make its app a safer place for online teens. The company says it will now default users to private accounts at sign-up if they’re under the age of 16  — or under 18 in certain locales, including in the E.U. It will also push existing users under 16 to switch their account to private, if they have not already done so. In addition, Instagram will roll out new technology aimed at reduc...
Tags: Security, Social, Startups, TC, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Privacy, Advertising Tech, Youtube, Artificial Intelligence, Policy, Cornell University, Northeastern University, Instagram Facebook, Janis Whitlock

National Corn Growers Association launches pro-ethanol campaign in DC

In Washington, National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) has launched a new campaign in Washington D.C., outlining the environmental benefits of corn ethanol that can be realized today. The digital campaign is made up of non-skippable video units on streaming services, video on local websites within Washington D.C. and social media marketing on Facebook and Instagram. Additionally, NCGA was the sole sponsor of the latest Agri-Pulse Podcast Deep Dive series on biofuels and sponsored content in Pol...
Tags: Facebook, Washington, Policy, Dc, Ethanol, National Corn Growers Association, NCGA, Washington National Corn Growers Association NCGA

Governors Biofuels Coalition ask Biden to Expand the Market for ultra-low carbon, high-octane fuel

In Washington, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem sent a letter to the Biden Administration pointing out the role that higher-octane ethanol could play in meeting the Administration’s climate and public health goals. Governor Walz is the chair and Governor Noem is the vice chair of the Governors’ Biofuels Coalition. The governors’ letter focuses on the timeliness of the expanded use of ethanol now: “As the Office of Management and Budget continues to review the Saf...
Tags: America, Policy, South Dakota, Biden, U S Department of Energy, Office of Management and Budget, Washington Minnesota, Kristi Noem, Walz, Tim Walz, Noem, Biden Administration

Should Medicare pay for Aduhelm?

In June, the FDA approved aducanumab (Aduhelm) to treat patients with Alzheimer’s disease using the agency’s accelerated approval pathway, despite significant concerns about the evidence regarding the drug’s safety and effectiveness. The agency’s approval decision contradicted the recommendations of its own advisory committee, which voted overwhelmingly against the evidence presented in support of the drug. Soon after Read more… Should Medicare pay for Aduhelm? originally appeared in
Tags: Health, Policy, Fda, Neurology

Prior authorization reform for health care coverage takes center stage

One of the leading reasons for provider frustration is prior authorizations. The insurance companies initially created prior authorization (prior auth) to keep down the cost of care when a service fee was the primary payment method for payers. However, it has become a hindrance for providers and staff as they spend hours waiting for authorization Read more… Prior authorization reform for health care coverage takes center stage originally appeared in
Tags: Health, Policy, Public Health & Policy

Growth Energy launches new digital ad campaign to get Congress and Biden to uphold commitments to biofuels

In Washington, Growth Energy launched a new digital ad campaign urging President Biden and leaders in Congress to stop oil industry handouts and uphold their commitments to reduce carbon emissions and support low-carbon biofuels. The ads, appearing online in the Washington Post and POLITICO, will run until August and will direct readers to an action page focused on restoring year-round sales of E15 and emphasizing the importance of strong Renewable Volume Obligations (RVOs) under the Renewable F...
Tags: Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Policy, Biden, Growth Energy, Washington Growth Energy

Stablecoins vs CBDCs

I have written about stablecoins in the past. I think they are a very important part of the crypto asset landscape. Two of the top ten crypto assets by market cap are stablecoins, Tether ($62bn) and USDC ($27bn). You don’t buy these assets to generate gains because they are price stabilized. You hold them like cash, to be able to move in and out of trades, purchase things, etc. Countries around the world are looking at stablecoins and thinking “we should issue these assets via our central ban...
Tags: China, US, Trends, Policy, Crypto, SEC, Fed, USDC, Hester, CBDC, Hester Pierce

Mitch McConnell says GOP won't strike a deal with Democrats for the US to pay its bills on time, raising risk of derailing the economic recovery

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., does a cable news interview before the start of a two-week recess, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 23, 2021. AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite McConnell ruled out GOP cooperation with Democrats to raise the debt ceiling. "I can't imagine there will be a single Republican voting to raise the debt ceiling after what we've been experiencing," McConnell told Punchbowl News. Treasury Secretary Yellen warned of an "absolutely catast...
Tags: Politics, Republicans, Congress, Washington, Kentucky, Senate, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Economy, Policy, Democrats, Gop, Treasury, Mitch McConnell, Janet Yellen

Bipartisan Senators introduce bill to end corn ethanol mandate

In Washington, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced the Corn Ethanol Mandate Elimination Act, a bill to end the corn ethanol mandate in the Renewable Fuel Standard. The mandate requires annual increases in the amount of renewable fuel that must be blended into the total volume of gasoline refined and consumed in the United States.   The bill would help reduce carbon emissions from transportation fuels by removing ...
Tags: Washington, Policy, United States, Maine, Ethanol, Susan Collins, Bipartisan Senators

India says it’s ready for 20% ethanol by 2023/24

In India, the ANI news agency reports Union Minister Piyush Goyal said 20% ethanol blending will be achieved as soon as 2023/24, even ahead of the latest 2025 target that was brought ahead further from 2030. He made the update in the context of a wider discussion on India’s overall renewable energy plans, which aims to achieve 175GW by 2022 and 450GW by 2030. In addition to pushing for up to 100% ethanol fuels in vehicles, the government is also looking to introduce electric vehicles charged ent...
Tags: India, Policy, Ethanol, Piyush Goyal, Minister Piyush Goyal, ANI news agency reports Union

D.C. Circuit Court blasts refiner arguments on RFS

In Washington, D.C., the Renewable Fuels Association welcomed the D.C. Circuit Court’s outright rejection of arguments from oil refiners that the Renewable Fuel Standard causes them economic hardship and therefore the Environmental Protection Agency should have waived their 2019 RFS obligations. The court’s rebuke of the refiners’ arguments was part of a decision published Friday regarding litigation involving many parties on the 2019 RFS volume requirements. The decision also discards arguments...
Tags: Congress, Washington, Policy, Epa, Environmental Protection Agency, East Coast, RFS, RFA, Eastern United States, Renewable Fuels Association, D C Circuit Court, Geoff Cooper, Waivers, DC Circuit Court

Diagnosis: malformation of a health care system

In recent years, we have seen a magnificent increase in the accuracy of medical diagnoses. As the most compelling example, l propose the diagnosis provided by our country’s top clinicians with regard to what ails our health care system. Seasoned veterans of outpatient clinics, emergency rooms, intensive care units, hospital wards, and operating suites, they Read more… Diagnosis: malformation of a health care system originally appeared in
Tags: Health, Policy, Public Health & Policy

Connecticut and Rhode Island governors sign laws boosting bioheat use

In Connecticut and Rhode Island, governors from both states signed graduated approaches to tackling carbon emissions into law this week through mandates requiring increased use of biomass-based heating oil, also known as Bioheat fuel, over the next decade. A similar bill in New York awaits the governor’s signature, highlighting the growing momentum Bioheat fuel is experiencing in the region. Each of the mandates differ slightly. Yet, each result in elevated blend levels of Bioheat fuel, includin...
Tags: New York, Policy, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Nbb, BioHeat, Daniel McKee, Ned Lamont, State Governmental Affairs, Floyd Vergara

Twin bills in Senate and House seek to bring back year-round E15 after Supreme Court ruling

In Washington, U.S. Senators Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, released the following statement after reintroducing the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act. The bill would extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to ethanol blends above 10 percent. It would increase market access and continue to allow retailers across the country to sell E15 and other higher-ethanol fuel blends year-round, eliminating confusion at the p...
Tags: Supreme Court, Washington, Senate, Policy, House, E15, Senate Agriculture Committee, Tina Smith, Amy Klobuchar D Minn, Deb Fischer R Neb, Cindy Axne, Chuck Grassley R Iowa John Thune, Joni Ernst R Iowa Mike

What the growing federal focus on ESG means for private markets

Anthony Cimino Contributor Share on Twitter Anthony Cimino, head of policy at Carta, works with policymakers and innovators to drive economic opportunity through expanding equity ownership and private market liquidity. The increasing regulation of ESG (environmental, social, governance) disclosure reporting may have started in the public markets, but will almost certainly have downstream effects for private market actors — for...
Tags: TC, Column, Congress, Opinion, Government, Senate, Tech, Joe Biden, Policy, Venture Capital, SEC, Private Equity, Environmentalism, Janet Yellen, GreenTech, ESG

It's starting to look like Republicans aren't going to support the bipartisan infrastructure deal

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks at a press conference alongside Senate Republicans. Alex Wong/Getty Images It appears that Republicans won't ultimately support the bipartisan infrastructure deal. At least two GOP senators who signed on are criticizing an ensuing Democrat-only spending bill that will move alongside it. Mitch McConnell hasn't said whether he backs the $579 billion agreement. See more stories on Insider's business page. Senate Republicans are mostly...
Tags: Utah, Politics, Taxes, Congress, Senate, White House, Trends, Economy, Analysis, Policy, Gop, Maine, House, Mitt Romney, Mitch McConnell, Kansas