On the Blogs: U.S. Energy Transition on Display in Iowa FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Jeff Turrentine for the Natural Resources Defense Council:Whenever you encounter someone yammering on and on about the mechanical infeasibility or economic unviability of transitioning to a renewable energy economy, it’s fun to tell him about what’s happening in the Hawkeye State. Because without a doubt, Iowa is giving the lie to the cynic’s take on renewables—by showing the country that investing in wind yields multiple dividends: new jobs, cheaper energy prices, and stimulated economies, not to mention cleaner air and a smaller carbon footprint.As the longest-serving governor in American history, Republican Terry Branstad—who has been Iowa’s governor for nearly 20 years, though not consecutively—has been one of wind’s fiercest proponents since the early 1980s. In fact, it was none other than Branstad himself who signed the state’s pioneering RPS back in 1983, during the very first of his six terms. That standard directed Iowa utilities to incorporate renewables into the state’s energy mix to the tune of at least 105 megawatts of capacity.It was, at the time, an appropriately modest goal. But it would become the sturdy foundation for a long-term commitment to wind energy, one that now serves as a model for others. While no state in the country even comes close, at the moment, to matching Iowa’s wind-power yields, a number of its windswept neighbors—including Kansas, Oklahoma, and North and South Dakota—have taken inspiration from Iowa. Each of them now generates more than 10 percent of its electricity from wind.What’s so significant about that particular list of states? Lots. For one thing, all of them are dominated politically by Republicans—and conservative Republicans, at that. A number of them also have entrenched oil and gas industries that wield disproportionate power within their business and government sectors. None of them, at first glance, would seem to be the kind of state where you’d find the political establishment trumpeting the virtues of clean, renewable wind energy, and drawing attention—intentionally or not—to the many advantages it holds over coal, oil, and even natural gas.Nevertheless, that’s exactly what’s happening. In Iowa, the state’s massive investment in wind has led directly to lower energy prices; one recent report estimates that it will end up saving Iowans $3.68 billion on their electricity bills by the middle of this century. On top of that, more than 7,000 people in the state are currently employed in the manufacture and maintenance of wind infrastructure. And what’s more, most of these turbine farms are located on privately owned farmland, the long-term leases on which provide a steady extra income for farmers in this agriculture-heavy state.Most auspicious of all, Iowa provides ample evidence that large-scale investment in renewables actually attracts outside investment in those states that take it seriously—and do it right. Recently, companies like Facebook, Google, and Microsoft have injected more than $12 billion into Iowa’s economy, mainly through the massive expansion of their data centers there. Why would the tech titans of Seattle and Silicon Valley be drawn to a place best known for its rolling fields of corn and soy? Because renewable energy, in addition to being clean energy, is cheap energy—and the computer servers at the heart of our digital culture require an insane amount of it just to keep the modern world running.When the governors and legislators of neighboring states look at Iowa, they can’t help but think to themselves: Hey, the same wind that blows so hard and steadily across Iowa’s wide-open plains blows across my wide-open plains, too. How do we get in on that action?The answer, of course, is investment. Because Iowa was such an early adopter, it’s reaping the lion’s share of wind’s significant rewards at the moment. But the great thing about wind—and the great thing about all renewables, for that matter—is that it’s never too late to get on board. Terry Branstad, conservative Republican and vocal champion of wind energy, would be among the the very first to tell you that.Full item: Guess Which State Towers Over All the Others on Wind Energy?
Diálogo: Is there anything else you would like to add for our _Diálogo_readers? Lt. Gen. Casados Ramírez: As I mentioned before, the main measures are covered in these current national goals, which are the government plans. Therefore, in Guatemala we have meetings headed by our president and Commander-in-Chief of the Army Otto Pérez Molina, who directs us, establishes the necessary supervision and requirements for the proper use of units in any field, with an interest to preserve human rights in any procedure, in any operation, so that society may interpret it as a benefit not only at a personal level, but also at a national level. So this year we would like to stabilize the country, to lower at least by 20% the rate of violence generated by any factor: drug trafficking, organized crime, gangs, hired gunmen, transnational crime, and all its derivatives. Diálogo: Several Latin American countries are conferring law enforcement powers to the Armed Forces. What is your opinion regarding this issue? Do you believe this is a solution for Guatemala? Lieutenant General Hellmuth René Casados Ramírez: Within our Guatemalan Army’s scope of action, we establish current national goals such as those identified by the government plan. Basically, there are covenants that refer to the fiscal pact, the zero-hunger pact and the security and justice pact. Furthermore, we have identified the democratic and justice security axis, and this is where the Guatemalan Army, according to an institutional mandate, must provide for internal and external security, according to section 244 of the Constitution, and respond to concepts entailing national sovereignty. We are making all efforts to materialize these objectives institutionally for the wellbeing and security of our citizens through adequately managing our defense.It is as a consequence of this that we are participating in this regional security meeting in Panama City. By Dialogo June 12, 2013 Lt. Gen. Casados Ramírez: Not necessarily. It depends on the interpretation you give the issue. For example, we have a social problem that is part of the same preventive security being developed by the Ministry of Interior, with the support of the Ministry of Defense. The use of technology for the integration of the Guatemalan Control and Surveillance System, the cooperation with other countries in the hemisphere in the permanent fight against transnational organized crime, as well as the quest for a solution to reduce the rate of violence in his country were some of the concerns that Lieutenant General Hellmuth René Casados Ramírez, chief of the Guatemalan National Defense General Staff, mentioned in his exclusive interview with Diálogo during the Central American Security Conference (CENTSEC) in April 2013 in Panama City. Lt. Gen. Casados Ramírez: Yes, we are convinced that we have professional Soldiers serving the security and defense of the country. Regarding these type of threats, we are also aware that civil security forces are in charge of the leading effort, as well as having the responsibility to provide citizen, public and national security to the country. As our institutions generate forces, they become professionals; meeting minimal force standards, in terms of the amount of people necessary in their police teams, in their official media teams, hence generating their own leadership. The Constitution directs us to support this effort. Therefore, even though it is true that they might be interpreted as police tasks, what we do is support them in their public procedures, so they can conduct their law enforcement tasks with security anywhere in the country, while being supported by us. Lt. Gen. Casados Ramírez: Yes, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to participate, to give thanks for the invitation, and also thank the sponsorship that General Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, has given us. It is very beneficial and has generated concrete, positive results, which should be replicated by all of us in our countries, since we are multiple entities. I must also thank the people and the government, mainly Panama’s Ministry of Security for hosting us in this beautiful city and giving us the opportunity to observe such an advanced operation in the Panama Canal, as well as to share time with their fellow citizens. Diálogo: What are the most important measures taken by the Guatemalan Armed Forces to counter crime? Interview with Lieutenant General Hellmuth René Casados Ramírez, chief of the Guatemalan National Defense General Staff Lt. Gen. Casados Ramírez: This meeting has confirmed all the objectives we have set to continue generating the well being and security that our country needs, in addition to being aware that it is a transversal axis that involves regional and international spheres when it comes to identifying threats, through which we have identified that 55% of violent homicides in Guatemala are generated by drug trafficking. Another important percentage has to do with society’s search for opportunities for dialogue, negotiation and agreement, to prevent these issues from becoming violent scenarios that affect society as a whole. Therefore, we have come to confirm our willingness to continue cooperating in plans that have already been agreed to, in relation to the threats that have been widely identified. Transnational crime, organized crime go beyond borders and affect our economies, the free development of individuals, of nations, and in this sense, one of the best solutions is to continue on the level of cooperation, identification, intelligence, and technology so that these threats do not generate violent events such as those currently taking place in our countries. I believe that we should continue working on preventive security in Guatemala, which means that we must rescue our young people, take them back from the gangs engaged in drug smuggling. There is also a market funded by harmful products and directed towards our Guatemalan youth, hence increasing the level of violence. So we do not necessarily criminalize young people, but there are gangs that are aimed at breaking the law. I hope we can change this social problem. We have seen that our adolescents, pre-adolescents, and young people in general, are used to perpetrating violent crimes, such as hired gunmen. In order to belong to Mara 18 or Mara Salvatrucha, and be accepted as such, a young person must kill, for example, a public transport driver or his assistant, criminalizing that way the act of being in a gang. Diálogo: Please tell us what the current security priorities are in Guatemala. Diálogo: How can the cooperation and intelligence exchange between your country and the rest of the region continue to fight against organized crime? Lt. Gen. Casados Ramírez: The Guatemalan System of Control and Surveillance, known as C4I, is a very ambitious Command and control, communications and intelligence project of modern features that allow us control over domestic flights in Guatemala through radar, mainly acquired in Spain. The main fixed and rotary wing aircraft fleet in Central America is ours, and we need to accept that everyone who has aircraft and wants to conduct domestic flights must have a navigation plan, a record, flight controls, which many times are illicit or used for drug trafficking towards the interior of the country. Diálogo: How is technology used by the Armed Forces helps to counter organized crime? We know about the purchases of Super Tucanos and some radar. So yes, it is an ambitious project: the purchase of Super Tucanos from Brazilian manufacturer Embraer is moving forward, and we will soon have a technology and trainingexchange. However, Guatemala has several town halls – we have 336 municipalities that are integrated with a system of local cameras to prevent crimes. So, through the Ministry of Interior and its investigation and research institutions, we have been able to advance in this sort of investigation, as well as in wiretapping methods, regulated and supervised by the judiciary and operated by the Prosecution in Guatemala. Diálogo: Regarding gangs, are these considered a security problem? Is it illegal to be a gang member in Guatemala?
Notice Foundation applicants needed The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancy to be filled during its August 26 meeting: Florida Bar Foundation Board of Directors: Commencing immediately, one lawyer to serve remainder of a three-year term, ending June 30, 2006, on this 29-member board of directors which administers Florida’s IOTA program. Directors shall be members of the Foundation during their term(s) as directors.Persons interested in applying for this vacancy may download and complete the application online from the Bar’s Web site, floridabar.org, or may call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain an application form. Completed applications must be submitted to the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than close of business, Friday, August 5. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application. July 15, 2005 Notices Notice
continue reading » It’s been 19 months since Jason Peach moved from chief financial officer (CFO) to CEO of $200 million asset West Community Credit Union in O’Fallon, Mo.The longtime CUNA Councils member shares his road to leadership and how he has adapted his outlook and responsibilities as a result of that change.CU Mag: What’s the main message you give CFOs who are transitioning to CEO? Peach: Don’t be a CFO in a CEO body. I really enjoyed being the CFO. I also love the responsibility and the opportunity to lead as CEO, and that meant the job needed to be different. I needed to be different.You move to a different chair and you get a lot of freedom to be in a different place, and you have to be comfortable with that.I focus on delivering the message about our mission to our workforce and to our board, and put the focus on what we do every day instead of trying to make the financials work or figuring out the accounting rules.I don’t come in carrying that responsibility anymore. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derik Krauss Derik is a cofounder of BloomCU, an award-winning website design agency for credit unions. His agency’s design work has received recognition from CUNA (Diamond Award), TheFinancialBrand.com, and others. He … Web: bloomCU.com Details Credit unions constantly run promotions on their websites, but they usually do it wrong. Marketers need to tell members about deals, sell them loans, and encourage them to open accounts. However, most credit unions treat promotions like a game of Yahtzee: just roll out a promotion and hope you get a full house. Instead of rolling the dice, a better way to promote is to use strategy and data.All too often, promoting is done without any strategy or data. At BloomCU, we call thoughtless, data-less promotions “blind promotions” because they are just shots in the dark. Unfortunately, most credit union website designs are dominated by blind promotions. Blind promotions usually come in the form of untargeted ads posted on a homepage. Perhaps you’ve seen a slider that proclaims “Low Rates on Auto Loans!” There’s nothing wrong with promoting low auto loan rates. The problem is promoting auto loan rates to every single person who visits your website when most visitors aren’t interesting in buying a car right now—and aren’t going to buy car right now, no matter how good your rates are.In all but a few cases, blind promotions are just not a good idea. Instead, there’s a more strategic approach to promoting products on your website. The Logic of Blind PromotionsA blind promotion has three potential outcomes: It will align with a user’s interestsIt will change a user’s interestsIt will create a new interest Let’s take a look at the merit of these three potential outcomes.#1 Blind Promotions that Align with a User’s InterestsAligning with a user’s interests is a good goal, but blind promotions don’t achieve this goal most of the time. Chet Holmes, author of The Ultimate Sales Machine, explains that if you pick one of your products at random, only 3% of your target audience wants to buy it right now, which means the other 97% don’t want it.Let’s say someone comes to your website wanting to sign up for a checking account. When they land on your homepage, they are immediately and aggressively pitched an auto loan. As a result, they may feel uncomfortable and untrusting. A study by consumer data lab Jainrain revealed that 74% of online consumers get frustrated with websites when content (e.g. offers, ads, promotions) appears that has nothing to do with their interests.#2 Blind Promotions that Change Users’ InterestsChanging a user’s interest is an interesting goal. Why would you want to change a user’s intent, especially when you don’t know the user’s intent? If I’m coming to your website to get a mortgage, do you really want me to get an auto loan instead? In line with the well-documented buying decision process, people don’t often change their objectives because they are shown promotions. Users come to your website because they recognize needs in their lives. When a user sees a promotion that does not align with her need, she doesn’t think, “Oh, I should buy a car instead of a house.” No, she thinks, “That auto loan promotion is irrelevant to me,” and she ignores it because a car isn’t a good substitute for a house. (Though, I keep trying to persuade my wife we need to buy a self-driving car before we buy a house. Thus far, she isn’t convinced.)#3 Blind Promotions that Create a New InterestPotential outcome #3, create a new interest, assumes that introducing new promotions will create more demand for more products without getting in the way of a user’s original intent. By that logic, you should never try to align promotions with users’ interests because that would be a wasted opportunity. Instead, the best approach would be to show a new promotion to a user on every visit because every new promotion would create demand for a new product. In your experience, does that approach make sense? Not really, because people have limited bandwidth—they can do and think about a limited number of things at once. So, you’re best off helping a member get the one thing she’s interested in right now rather than trying to get her to sign up all at once for an auto loan, an IRA, a Platinum Credit Card, an Ultimate Checking Account, a personal loan, and a safe deposit box.Blind promotions resemble adsSource: Sarah’s ScribblesAnother reason to be cautious about using blind promotions is that they resemble ads (in fact, they are ads)—and people hate ads. The more traditionally “ad-like” the promotion, the more people are likely to shy away from it. According to AdKeeper, 54% of people say they have never clicked on an online ad, because they find them to be untrustworthy. Appearing untrustworthy is dangerous for a financial institution.Furthermore, only 9% of all online ads are viewed for more than one second. There is a part of most people’s brains that shuts off completely when they see an online ad; we have programmed ourselves to ignore them. The propensity to ignore ads is a phenomenon known as banner blindness.A good example of banner blindness, from UAIC. The red and yellow show where people’s eyes linger on the page. What can you do instead of a blind promotion?Rather than making your home page a place for you to tell people what they want, just listen. Help people find what they want and then sell it to them. Here’s how we explained this approach in another article about the buying decision process:When customers walk into your credit union branch, your employees don’t bum-rush them, shouting “DO YOU NEED A HOME LOAN?!?” or “WANNA BUY A CAR?!?” Instead, they probably ask something more like, “How can I help you?” This approach is so easily understood for in-person interactions, but somehow gets lost in credit union website design.The same approach that applies to in-person interactions applies to digital interactions: first, discover what a member is looking for; then, you can do a much better job of helping them. As Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, says, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.”How to do you “listen” through a credit union website design? Your home page should be simply designed and ridiculously easy to navigate. If your navigation system is well-organized, users will tell you what they want by navigating.You might also consider smart technology, like a chatbot that can guide users to specific products. We have built chatbots for a couple of credit union websites and they’ve proven to be quite effective at generating engagement. The overall key is to listen to what a user wants first, and then pitch. Once they land on your auto loans page, that’s a perfect time to sell them on your personal service and competitive loan rates. Chatbots like Sensay can help users find what they’re most interested in. If you listen and deliver a personalized experience, you’ll have even greater success. A study by MyBuy found that 40% of consumers buy more from retailers who offer personalized experiences through their marketing channels. In another study, HubSpot found that calls-to-action targeted at specific users had a 42% higher view-to-submission rate than calls-to-action that were the same for all site visitors. Great example of a personalized call to action, from AcquireConvert.At BloomCU, we set up our clients with personalization software called Persona, which collects data about users interests. Then, in real-time, Persona adapts website content based on a user’s interest. Let’s say a visitor named Carl visits your Mortgages page. Next time Carl visits the homepage, Persona shows Carl more content about home loans. Eventually, you’ll have enough data to not only show Carl personalized content, but to organize your entire userbase into different groups, all with their own data-backed interests and preferences. (You can learn more about personalization software in our previous blog post.)Is there a place for blind promotions?Despite the evils of blind promotions, there is a time and place for them. Instead of being a front-and-center player, blind promotions work better as a last ditch effort. If someone is leaving your site and you know nothing about that user, you can use a blind promotion to say “Come back. We might have something that’s interesting to you.” The most common ways people bounce from credit union websites are (1) through the online banking login and (2) by closing the tab or clicking back in the browser.With that in mind, appropriate places for blind promotions might be: Next to the login (preferably hidden until someone actually clicks a login field)Exit-intent popups (which have the potential to be very annoying if not handled tastefully) Exit Popups, like the example above, may be an acceptable way to run a blind promotion, if done tastefully. Find more examples at MaxTraffic. Blind promotions can be useful when shown at the right time and in the right place, but remember: personalized promotions are always better. If you use your credit union website design to listen to what a user really wants, and deliver it to them, they are far more likely to take action.
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Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThere is no doubt that Donald Trump has viciously ripped the scab off the wound of racism — a wound that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. meticulously tried to heal. On Jan. 20, 1986, the country celebrated the first Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. It’s a day that all presidents since Ronald Reagan have used to provide valuable service to the community and to reflect Dr. King’s legacy. However, Trump spent the day golfing while the country tried to come to grip with his demeaning and abhorrent words about people from nations that he perceives to be less than deserving of the American dream.His vicious attack on African, Caribbean and Central American countries is not out of character, because similar sentiments were expressed during the campaign and frequently throughout his first year in the White House.I care about the character of our leaders. Yet I’m no longer shocked and appalled by Trump’s childish behaviors, lack of civility and racist comments. We know that he was elected by stoking and strengthening the fears of Americans who feel that they are “losing their country.”Where are these Americans now that we are losing all decency and decorum within the highest office in the land? This is the very brand of governing in other nations that we are often so quick to criticize and disparage. It’s extremely difficult to understand how as a nation we have come to accept the dreadful behavior of the occupant of the White House.It’s simply impossible to “Make America Great Again,” when we are being ridiculed and rejected by our allies.It’s distressing to see past and current leaders compromise their moral imperative to defend the indefensible. In December 1957, Dr. King wrote, “It may be that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition is not the glaring noisiness of the so-called bad people, but the appalling silence of the so-called good people.” Where are the good people who are willing to find a cure for the wound that Trump has exposed?Maxine BrisportRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burn
But where staff must come in, companies are being urged to stagger shifts, stop people sharing desks or stationery, step up hygiene measures, keep staff canteens shut and restrict the number of people in lifts.Shop or bank branch workers dealing with customers must be protected by plastic screens, according to the recommendations — although there is no detail on what kind of protective equipment other employees might require.Britons are currently being told to stay at home unless they need to work, buy essentials or take daily exercise, but they must stay at least two metres away from other people.Maintaining this social distancing while restarting the economy brings huge problems.”It won’t work in aviation or any other form of public transport, and the problem is not the plane, it is the lack of space in the airport,” said the chief executive of London’s Heathrow airport, John Holland-Kaye.”Just one jumbo jet would require a queue a kilometre long,” he wrote in the Daily Telegraph.A total of 28,446 people have now died after testing positive for COVID-19 in Britain, almost on a par with Italy, Europe’s worst affected country.Topics : British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out his plan to ease a nationwide coronavirus lockdown next Sunday, media reports said, as new guidance emerged on how to maintain social distancing in workplaces.Stay-at-home orders imposed in late March are up for review on Thursday in Britain, one of the worst hit countries in the COVID-19 pandemic, but the government has already said the measures will be eased only gradually. New guidance drawn up with company bosses and trade unions, seen by the BBC and the Financial Times, suggests office workers will be encouraged to stay at home for months to avoid overwhelming the transport system.
“Part of the reason for that is that employers have finite resources, and so much of those resources are being diverted to try and tackle the DB deficits,” he said.JLT Employee Benefits today published research into the state of the UK’s DB market, claiming that sponsors could save up to £500m (€580m) a year through consolidating small pension schemes.Simplifying benefit structures would also reduce costs, said Wilson, allowing easier consolidation. Even small UK DB pension funds can have multiple tranches of benefits relating to when scheme or national rules were amended.The UK government attempted to simplify its pension-related legislation in 2006, but with little success. Wilson, however, said JLT’s proposals would require very little change to existing rules.“What we’re suggesting is actually making changes to scheme benefits,” he explained. “The only changes we’d be looking for in legislation would be ensuring it was not putting in any obstacles to simplifying scheme benefits in a streamlined way.”JLT has presented its report – entitled “How do we get out of this pensions black hole?” – to regulators and government.UK pensions minister Richard Harrington is expected to present a consultation on DB sector reform in the coming weeks, taking into account industry ideas and a wide-ranging report from the Work and Pensions Committee published late last year. Servicing legacy defined benefit (DB) pension schemes is a “drag” on employers’ ability to provide adequate defined contribution (DC) offerings, according to JLT Employee Benefits.John Wilson, head of technical at JLT Employee Benefits, said at a press briefing this morning that the increasing cost of DB provision was affecting corporate decisions over wages and DC pension contributions.“It’s something we can’t bury our heads in the sand about any more,” Wilson said. “People have to wake up to the fact of just how expensive retirement is.”Wilson added that some new members of DC schemes were being enrolled with “woefully inadequate” contribution levels – “sometimes as low as 1% of pay from the employer”.
The trade relations between the United States and Europe, which were on roller coaster ride over the past few months amid trade tariff threats and retaliation measures being thrown from each side, seem to be on the path of subsiding.Namely, the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Junker and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed in a meeting on Wednesday, July 25 to work toward zero tariffs and boost trade relations.“We have identified a number of areas on which to work together,” Juncker said after the meeting.“Work towards zero tariffs on industrial goods – that was my main intention – to propose to come down to zero tariffs on industrial goods.”“We have decided to strengthen our cooperation on energy. The European Union will build more terminals to import liquefied natural gas from the U.S. This is also a message for others.”As far as agriculture is concerned, the European Union promised to import more soybeans from the U.S. and agreed to work together on the reform of the WTO.“This of course is based on the understanding that, as long as we are negotiating, unless one party would stop the negotiations, we hold off further tariffs and we reassess existing tariffs on steel and aluminium,” Juncker added.Obviously the European Union, as represented by @JunckerEU and the United States, as represented by yours truly, love each other! pic.twitter.com/42ImacgCN0— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 25, 2018“Already today, the United States and the European Union have a USD 1 trillion bilateral trade relationship — the largest economic relationship anywhere in the world. We want to further strengthen this trade relationship to the benefit of all American and European citizens,” Trump said.“This is why we agreed today, first of all, to work together toward zero tariffs, zero non-tariff barriers, and zero subsidies on non-auto industrial goods.”The trade war among global powers started to break out in March 2018, when the United States imposed 25 pct tariffs on steel and 10 pct tariffs on aluminium citing national security reasons.China, one of the key trading partners of the U.S. has been among the mostly affected countries by the tariffs and has already introduced measures to retaliate. Global powers like the EU, Mexico and Canada have not been spared from the tariffs either resulting in growing geopolitical tensions on a global scale as they also turned to retaliation.Just last week, the European Union introduced “provisional safeguard measures” concerning imports of a number of steel products as a response to the U.S. steel tariffs.The dry bulk shipping and container shipping have already felt the impact of the tariffs, however, so far, that impact is subdued. However, the threat of second wave of tariffs worth USD 16 billion of Chinese imports is currently being reviewed and if they are implemented, the tanker and gas shipping industries can also expect changes to trade lanes.The US crude oil exports are most likely to be affected and these are primarily driven by China, which was responsible for 25 pct of all US seaborne crude oil exports in terms of volumes in 2017, according to BIMCO.World Maritime News Staff