December 20, 2019

Raiders’ Antonio Brown returns, will face Denver, Gruden says

first_imgALAMEDA — He’s playing.It turns out reports of a suspension were premature. Raiders coach Jon Gruden issued a brief statement Friday and said wide receiver Antonio Brown was back with the team and the plan was for him to play Monday night against the Denver Broncos.Sure enough, Brown practiced and issued a brief statement to reporters, taking no questions.Antonio Brown’s statement. He took no questions. #Raiders pic.twitter.com/cKJC4Lmwmn — Jerry McDonald (@Jerrymcd) September …last_img

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December 18, 2019

Farming to fight child malnutrition

first_imgAn estimated 16.6% of children in thePhalombe district of Malawi are severelymalnourished, while 49.3% are generallymalnourished. The community has startedfish farming to help reduce childmalnutrition. (Image: flickr.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Gertrude Saima Blantyre Synod Development Commission +099 957 111 RELATED ARTICLES • SA’s women farmers root out hunger • Food security starts at home • SA allocates R500m for black farmers • Award for developing farmers projectNosimilo RamelaWith the help of a local aid organisation, rural communities in Malawi are fighting child malnutrition by farming fish and growing fruit trees in small orchards around their homes.According to the draft Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II (PDF, 384KB), many children suffer from high levels of nutrition disorders such as underdevelopment, wasting and being underweight. This is particularly prevalent in the country’s rural areas.Although there is still the challenge of a lack of awareness of nutrition issues among the public, there has been a drop in child malnutrition cases over the past five years, the strategy document states.Gertrude Saima, a community-based farmer from Lomoliwa village in the Phalombe district of southern Malawi, believes the significant drop in cases in their village over the past five years is due to the development of fish farms in their areas.“I can say without fear that malnutrition has been alleviated in our village. If you walk around the village you will not find malnourished children.”According to the 2010 Malawi Demographic and Health Survey, 48% of children in rural areas are underdeveloped compared with 41% in urban areas. Some 16.6% of children in the Phalombe district are severely malnourished, while 49.3% are generally malnourished.Farmers in the Phalombe district believe that with the help of the Blantyre Synod Development Commission (BSDC), these statistics will continue to drop. Saima said they now have the knowledge and means to reduce malnutrition and are motivated by the improvements they are already witnessing.“There used to be a lot of children with malnutrition in the village and we used to spend a lot of time and money in caring for them because they were always sick. Now we are seeing less and less of that.”Saima said as a community they knew it was up to them to work together to reduce malnutrition. “The answer lay in availability of land and water.”Aquaculture, fruit farmingThe community went to speak to the village chief and together they came to a decision to start rearing fish in ponds.“We had land and strength to dig the fish ponds, but we lacked the skills in managing the fish,” she said.The community then approached BSDC to seek assistance with skills for constructing fish ponds and rearing fish. The commission taught the community basic skills of rearing fish, including how to construct fish ponds properly and prepare fish feed.“Blantyre Synod also taught us how to prepare the fish so that we get better nutrition out of it,” said Saima.The organisation took community members on an educational visit to learn about integrated agriculture and aquaculture where they learned about rearing fish in ponds alongside goats and ducks on the land.BSDC also taught the villagers how to graft fruit trees. Saima said they are grateful for skills the organisation has taught them. “The village has blossoming orchards of mangoes and oranges in the backyards of most homesteads.“I never thought I would ever have fruit trees of my own. Now I have oranges right around my house and can pick one and eat it any time I want.”last_img read more

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December 3, 2019

Police raids Dera’s Delhi properties to trace Honeypreet

first_imgHaryana Police on Tuesday conducted searches in Delhi to trace jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief’s adopted daughter Honeypreet Insan against whom an arrest warrant has been issued in connection with incidents of violence following Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s conviction. The police here said that searches were being conducted at various locations to trace Ms. Honeypreet and two other key Dera functionaries, though they did not specify the places where they were carrying out the search.The Delhi Police said a team of Panchkula Police had come with an arrest warrant for Ms. Honeypreet on a tip off that she was present in a house in A Block in Greater Kailash in New Delhi. However, the raid did not yield anything, DCP Southeast Romil Baaniya said.The raid was conducted at 7:30 am and only the caretaker was found. The house was registered in the name of the Dera Sacha Sauda, Mr. Baaniya said.Police also said that any person giving any information leading to the arrest of the three and other ‘wanted’ accused in connection with the incidents of violence in Panchkula on August 25 will be suitably rewarded and his/her identity kept secret.The Haryana Police said that a court in Panchkula had on Monday issued arrest warrant against Ms. Honeypreet, Dera spokesperson Aditya Insan, and Dera’s top functionary Pawan Insan in connection with incidents of violence in Panchkula. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Haryana Police had moved an application before the court seeking arrest warrants of the three accused. Accepting the SIT’s application, the court has issued arrest warrants against them, DGP B.S. Sandhu said.“If these three continue to evade arrest, then police will again move court with a plea to declare them as proclaimed offenders,” Mr. Sandhu said.Ms. Honeypreet, who has been on the run following the conviction of Dera chief by a special CBI court in Panchkula on August 25 in two rape cases, has moved the Delhi High Court today seeking anticipatory bail. Priyanka Taneja alias Honeypreet, the adopted daughter of the jailed Dera chief, tops the list of 43 persons ‘wanted’ by the Haryana Police in connection with incidents of violence that had followed Ram Rahim’s conviction in the rape cases.Haryana Police has also been questioning arrested Dera functionaries including Dilawar Insan and Pradeep Goyal to get concrete information about her place of hiding. Dilawar, a key member of the Dera was arrested from Sonipat while Pradeep, another Dera functionary was nabbed from Udaipur in Rajasthan by Haryana Police.last_img read more

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November 27, 2019

Petron remains unbeaten; PLDT thumps Generika

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments “Kendra was tremendous, especially in the third set. She truly helped us and delivered what we need from her,” said PLDT coach Roger Gorayeb, whose wards improved to 8-4. “It’s her best game so far.”The Power Hitters also drew 18 points and 10 excellent receptions from import Grace Lazard with Aiko Urdas and Shola Alvarez combining for 21 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy MOST READ Sports Briefs P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed There’s still no stopping Petron in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix.The defending champion kicked off the second round with a dominating 25-20, 25-13, 25-21 triumph over Foton Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre to stretch its unbeaten run in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was the eighth straight victory for the Blaze Spikers, who handed the Tornadoes their seventh consecutive defeat for a 1-7 card.Stephanie Niemer had 11 points off attacks, five off aces and one off a block as Petron bucked the return of towering Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Foton’s new import, Spanish standout Milagros Collar, to continue its roll.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSantiago-Manabat flew home from an import’s stint in the Japanese pro league.Kendra Dahlke unloaded 30 points and made 16 excellent digs to power PLDT Home Fibr to a hard-earned 25-21, 20-25, 29-27, 13-25, 15-12 victory over Generika-Ayala in the other match. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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November 27, 2019

Road, sweet road! NBA away teams go 8-0 over weekend

first_imgHome teams won 71 percent of playoff games last season, the NBA’s highest such clip since 2008.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Road wins are the best, especially in the playoffs,” Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard said.The Raptors were one of the eight road winners this weekend, prevailing at Orlando on Sunday. Other Sunday road winners included Boston over Indiana, Golden State over the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland over Oklahoma City.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsOn Saturday, it was Philadelphia over Brooklyn, Denver over San Antonio, Houston over Utah and Milwaukee over Detroit.Through 30 games of this year’s playoffs, road teams are 16-14. Home teams went 3-0 on Wednesday, and went 2-12 in the four days that followed. Since the NBA went to the 16-team playoff format in 1984, there has never been a first round where road teams won more than home teams. Damian Lillard sparks Portland past OKC for 3-1 lead Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul (3) and James Harden (13) celebrate after their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)ORLANDO, Fla. — Road, sweet road.There were eight NBA playoff games this weekend, and all eight were won by the road team. It’s the first time in NBA history there were eight road playoff wins in a two-day span.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

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October 28, 2019

17 days agoWATCH: Arsenal defender William Saliba leads St Etienne fans sing-song after Lyon win

first_imgWATCH: Arsenal defender William Saliba leads St Etienne fans sing-song after Lyon winby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal defender William Saliba has been filmed singing from a microphone in front of St. Etienne’s fans following the Ligue 1 club’s win over Lyon.Saliba was immediately loaned back to France after completing a move to Gunners this summer.He was imperious in the match, which was his first league start for the season.William Saliba & Kieran Tierney both whipping out megaphones after an away win vs Spurs in 2021. I’m absolutely here for this. https://t.co/jk98LyyPzI— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) October 7, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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October 27, 2019

NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Final Edition

first_imgThe Spun's mock draft from 2016.With the 2016 NFL Draft now just weeks away, some of the top players in the class are that much closer to achieving their dreams. Pro Days are now behind us. The NFL Combine seems a distant memory. And players are now set to take center stage in Chicago beginning April 28. We’ve seen draft stocks rise and fall over the past couple months, with a handful of players sneaking up in the projections. Trades and free agency likely changed a few things, too. It’s impossible to know what teams think about each player – but, like everybody else, we can take a look at each team’s needs and project what they’ll be looking for on draft day; which teams will go where when it’s all said and done. And now we can take the combine into account, too. Here’s the final version of how we think the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft will shake out.1. Tennessee Titans – OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Missole miss logoWhile Florida State’s Jalen Ramsey has received quite a bit of buzz as the potential No. 1 overall pick in the draft, it’s hard to imagine the Titans don’t go after the only true offensive tackle in the class to protect franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota. So, with that in mind, Ole Miss’ Laremy Tunsil appears to be the only option. Tunsil is an immediate impact type of talent on the offensive line – something Tennessee needs desperately after giving up the most sacks in the NFL last season.2. Cleveland Browns – QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota StatendsuWith several teams expected to select a quarterback in the first round, North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz has continued to separate himself as the pick of the litter. Wentz has done everything right since beginning the pre-draft process, showing plenty of ability both on the field and on the white board. While Cleveland signed Robert Griffin III, the Browns can’t bet their season on him. They still need to take a quarterback with the second pick. 3. San Diego Chargers – CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida Statefsu logoIf FSU’s Jalen Ramsey falls to No. 3, the Chargers would be silly not to take him, especially considering the holes in their secondary. Ramsey – largely considered the best player in this draft – would be a major boost to San Diego’s defense. As versatile as they come, he played safety, corner and a hybrid nickel back during his time as a Seminole. He also returned kicks.4. Dallas Cowboys – DE Joey Bosa, Ohio Stateohio state logoWhile rumors have swirled that the Cowboys are gearing up to select Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott with their first pick, it makes more sense for Dallas to improve things on the defensive side of the ball during the first round. With that in mind, Elliott’s teammate – defensive end Joey Bosa – seems to be the perfect fit. The Cowboys’ coaching staff has recently visited the Buckeyes to hold private workouts for several players, and we believe Bosa will have his name called.5. Jacksonville Jaguars – OLB Myles Jack, UCLAuclaAs one of the best players in the entire class, Myles Jack will make any team happy. And if the Jaguars have the chance to select him at No. 5 they better pull the trigger.Jack is a machine on the football field and his versatility makes things difficult on the opposition. With the ability to rush the quarterback or drop into coverage, the former Bruin appears to be the perfect fit in Jacksonville. 6. Baltimore Ravens – DE DeForest Buckner, OregonOregon LogoOregon’s DeForest Buckner has helped his draft stock as much as any player entering the 2016 NFL Draft, and some projections have him going as high as No. 3 overall to the Chargers. But, with his size and athleticism, he almost seems destined to be a Raven. Buckner would be a perfect fit on the defensive front. Baltimore won’t pass up this opportunity.7. San Francisco 49ers – QB Jared Goff, CalcalFormer Cal quarterback Jared Goff appeared to take a step back after the NFL Combine, but he’s since gained some ground and has impressed several organizations over the last month. Goff may actually be the most fluid signal caller in this class, with plenty of accuracy and sneaky ability to escape a collapsed pocket. With continued uncertainty surrounding Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers need to slect a quarterback here and Goff will be their best option. 8. Philadelphia Eagles – QB Paxton Lynch, MemphismemphisThe Eagles are expected to have traded up to select a quarterback, and with Wentz and Goff off the board, Paxton Lynch would be a terrific option. Lynch is big, has a huge arm and has impressed during workout over the past couple months. If either Goff or Wentz are still on the board, it’s possible the Eagles go with one of them. But the Eagles should get a quarterback either way.9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB Vernon Hargreaves IIIflorida logoThe Bucs desperately need defensive help, and with DeForest Buckner already off the board, Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves III would be an excellent selection at No. 9. While not a versatile as FSU’s Ramsey, Hargreaves is probably the most natural corner in the class. A terrific cover corner who can play the boundary, Hargreaves would make Tampa Bay very happy.10. New York Giants – DE Kevin Dodd, Clemsonclemson logoThe New York Football Giants need help on the defensive side of the ball, and with so much defensive talent near the top of this class, they’ll have a lot to choose from. At No. 10, there’s already quite a bit of talent off the board, but Clemson’s Kevin Dodd may be just what they need. Dodd, who many consider the lesser of the two when talking about college teammate Shaq Lawson, has improved his stock over the past couple months. He plays with a chip on his shoulder, and Giants fans would love that.Next: Picks 11-20 ???>>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3last_img read more

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October 13, 2019

UK interest rates set to rise as inflation hits 3 per cent

first_imgLONDON – Inflation in Britain is set to rise above 3 per cent in the next month or two due to Brexit-related price increases, the Bank of England’s governor warned Tuesday, reinforcing expectations that interest rates will soon rise for the first time in a decade.Mark Carney’s comments came after official data showed consumer prices rose 3 per cent in the year to September, from the previous month’s 2.9 per cent rate. The increase, which took the rate to its highest since March 2012, was largely due to rising prices for food and transport.If it had risen further, Carney would have had to write to Treasury chief Philip Hammond explaining why inflation is more than a percentage point above the 2 per cent target and what the central bank was going to do about it.In testimony to lawmakers on Tuesday, Carney said he’s “more likely than not” to have to write that letter in October or November.It’s because of this high inflation that the bank’s rate-setting panel is expected to raise the benchmark interest rate by a quarter-point from the record low of 0.25 per cent on Nov. 2. After the last meeting, when seven of the nine members voted for unchanged rates, Carney warned a “modest” hike was likely in coming months despite Brexit uncertainties and sluggish wage growth. Investors think it’s more or less a done deal now that the bank has signalled the increase.“The bank’s credibility has been questioned following numerous false dawns on interest rate hikes,” said Ben Gutteridge, Head of Fund Research at Brewin Dolphin.A rate rise would come despite an expected easing in inflation next year and mounting evidence that the economy is faltering as the official Brexit date of March 2019 draws nearer — it is growing slower than any other Group of Seven industrial economy.The main reason why inflation spiked over the past year is the pound’s 15 per cent or so drop since Britain voted to leave the European Union in June 2016. That ratcheted up the cost of imported goods like food and energy, trebling inflation since September 2016.Carney put his weight behind the need for a transitional deal with the EU after Brexit and indicated that the outlines of a deal should be agreed on early next year to keep financial firms in particular from pushing ahead with contingency plans, including moving jobs out of Britain.“There is a limited amount that firms can do in a short period of time,” he told lawmakers. “It’s important … not too much is asked from them.”He argued that a disorderly Brexit — in which Britain leaves the EU without an agreement on what their new relations should be — is in no one’s interest. That’s especially true for financial firms dealing with complicated contracts and cross-border issues of insurance or data. Though the economic impact of Brexit will be felt most keenly in Britain, Carney said financial issues could be acute for the EU in the short run, as London is a financing hub for many European firms.Fears of a “no-deal Brexit” have ratcheted higher recently as talks between the British government and the EU have made little headway.Carney conceded that firms have become “less confident about a smooth transition” in contrast to households. That warning weighed on the pound, which fell 0.5 per cent at $1.3186.In a speech last month, Prime Minister Theresa May laid out her wish for a transition period lasting around two years after Brexit, during which Britain’s economic relationship with the other 27 EU countries will remain largely unchanged. A transition period could give both sides time to forge a longer-term relationship.While acknowledging that Brexit offers Britain the long-term opportunity to reset its economy, Carney cautioned against moving too far from EU, given that the bloc accounts for nearly 50 per cent of British exports. Those in favour of Britain leaving the EU without a deal worry that any future trade agreement could see Britain replicating EU laws, limiting the country’s sovereignty.“The bird in the hand is quite large,” Carney said.The Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development was less coy than Carney. In a wide-ranging report on the British economy, it warned that a disorderly Brexit could see the pound fall further, Britain’s credit rating downgraded and business investment dry up. By contrast, it said that abandoning Brexit, possibly through a new referendum, could yield a “significant” growth dividend.?”The United Kingdom is facing challenging times, with Brexit creating serious economic uncertainties that could stifle growth for years to come,” said Angel Gurria, the OECD’s secretary-general.In a statement, the Treasury said Britain is “leaving the EU” and that “there will not be a second referendum.”last_img read more

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October 13, 2019

Loblaw closing 22 stores launching home delivery ahead of difficult year

first_imgVANCOUVER – Loblaw Companies Ltd. is closing 22 stores and launching home delivery in two major Canadian cities, ahead of what it believes will be a challenging new year.The grocery and pharmacy giant has finalized a plan that will result in the closure of 22 unprofitable stores across a range of its banners and formats, said spokeswoman Catherine Thomas in an email, who declined to provide specific store locations. The store closures are expected to be mostly complete by the end of the first quarter next year.“We are excited about our future. But given all of the headwinds, we expect 2018 will be a very difficult year,” said Galen G. Weston, Loblaw CEO, during a call with analysts following the company’s earnings report.Canadian grocers face increasing pressure from several fronts, including discount and online retailers, and pending minimum wage increases in some provinces.Loblaw has already made several moves in recent months that some analysts attribute, at least in part, to cost pressures. The company recently announced a new handling fee on its largest suppliers and announced last month that it was laying off 500 employees from its office operations. The company did not immediately answer whether that figure encompassed the job losses from the upcoming store closures.The retailer is also doubling down on its e-commerce offerings, including launching home delivery with California-based Instacart in Toronto starting Dec. 6 and Vancouver starting January 2018.Shoppers will order from local Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore or T&T locations via the Instacart website or app and the company will deliver the food.“This is a premium service targeted at customers who are looking for the ultimate in convenience,” Weston said.Deliveries will cost $3.99 for orders of $35 or more — that jumps to $5.99 for one-hour drop off — and $7.99 for orders under $35, said Nilam Ganenthiran, Instacart’s chief business officer.Customers will also pay a 7.5-per-cent service fee, said Thomas, adding prices will be higher online than in stores and shoppers will see different sales on Instacart than in physical locations. Shoppers won’t be able to order alcohol online, or earn or redeem PC Plus points through Instacart.Loblaw, which said in 2016 it had no plans to launch home delivery due to lack of customer demand, plans to expand the program rapidly next year.In the U.S., Instacart aims to serve 80 per cent of households, said Ganenthiran. It will aim to do the same in Canada, which would require a presence in about 20 to 25 cities, he said. That could include partnerships with other grocers in the future.Canadians currently have few options for grocery deliveries, with companies like Grocery Gateway and select large chains offering the service in limited locations. Walmart, for example, announced in March it would start delivering groceries to customers living in certain parts of Toronto and the surrounding area.Most grocers, including Loblaw and Walmart, have opted to focus heavily on in-store pick-up for online orders instead. Loblaw launched its click-and-collect offering in 2014 and now offers it at nearly 200 locations. Weston said the company remains very committed to the program and is opening a new location nearly daily.However, Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods Market increased speculation that Canada’s grocers would have to step up on home delivery offerings.Weston said that recent initiatives, including combining PC Plus and Shopper Optimum points into a harmonized loyalty program beginning in February, expanding click and collect and launching home delivery, are key ingredients in the company’s strategy “to compete and win in a rapidly changing and increasingly digital world.”Loblaw reported that it more than doubled its third-quarter profit compared with a year ago as its results were boosted by the sale of its gas bar business.The retailer said its profit attributable to common shareholders totalled $883 million or $2.24 per diluted share for the 16 weeks ended Oct. 7. That compared with a profit of $419 million or $1.03 per diluted share for the same period last year.Revenue totalled $14.19 billion, up from $14.14 billion in the third quarter of 2016.The results included a $432-million gain on the sale of the company’s gas station business to Brookfield Business Partners.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

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October 13, 2019

GoPro to move production out of China over tariff concerns

first_imgSAN MATEO, Calif. — Action-camera maker GoPro says it will move production of U.S.-bound cameras out of China by the summer over tariff-related concerns.Companies have been voicing concerns over a looming trade war between China and the U.S. as both countries have been threatening tariffs against one another.GoPro did not say Monday where production was moving or how much the move would cost.The San Mateo, California-based company did say that it owns its own manufacturing equipment, so it will only be changing the physical location of where production will take place. Production of international-bound cameras will remain in China.GoPro shares slipped nearly 2 per cent to $4.88 in morning trading.The Associated Presslast_img

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