As the transition begins, the stark contrast between Biden and Trump persists.

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first_imgFor months, Joseph R. Biden Jr. campaigned in part on a simple promise: Elect him, and the chaos and confusion, hirings and firings and the unending stream of derisive tweets would end. And in the first workday of the transition, the dichotomy in style between President-elect Biden and President Trump came once again into stark relief.Just minutes after Mr. Biden held a news conference to address his plans for confronting the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Trump announced on Twitter that he had fired his defense secretary. And he continued to be active on his favorite social media platform on Monday, offering more unsubstantiated and false claims of election fraud, as news broke of additional coronavirus cases within his inner circle, including Ben Carson, the secretary of housing and urban development.- Advertisement – Even as Mr. Biden pressed ahead with his transition plans, the Trump campaign and its allies were continuing their frenetic fight to challenge the results of the election, which Mr. Trump has lost. On Monday, the Trump campaign announced it had filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania asserting that ballots cast in person there were scrutinized more closely than those sent by mail. – Advertisement – And by the end of the evening, Attorney General William P. Barr had issued a memo authorizing federal prosecutors to investigate some allegations of voter fraud — a move that broke with the Justice Department’s longstanding policies intended to prevent law enforcement from affecting the outcome of an election. The move also prompted the Justice Department official who oversees investigations of voter fraud, Richard Pilger, to step down from his post within hours.The leadership of the Republican Party also joined Mr. Trump in refusing to concede defeat, signaling the potential for a continued struggle in the days and weeks ahead.In his first comments since Mr. Biden was declared the winner of the election, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, argued that the president was “100 percent within his rights” to challenge its outcome.- Advertisement – Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, followed Mr. McConnell on the floor and stated simply: “Joe Biden won this election fair and square.”center_img – Advertisement – By contrast, Mr. Biden and his team continued to offer measured statements as they began to sketch out their transition plan and build their team. The president-elect unveiled a 13-person virus-task force while continuing to urge Americans to wear masks and seeking to temper expectations about a virus vaccine that has shown positive early results.“It’s clear that this vaccine, even if approved, will not be widely available for many months yet to come,” Mr. Biden said about a vaccine made by Pfizer. “The challenge before us right now is still immense and growing.”last_img read more

Jurors from Breonna Taylor grand jury shed light on trial lies

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first_imgFollowing the announcement, an anonymous juror identified as “Grand Juror #1” by attorney Kevin Glogower said that the grand jury not only disagreed that certain actions taken by the police that night were justified, but that it was never given the opportunity to indict any officer for homicide.“I came out of my chair and said he just lied,” Juror #1 told VICE on how he responded to the announcement of no charges. He then filed a motion to allow the 12 jurors to speak publicly about what happened during the trial. In a rare incident of grand jury records being made public, a judge ruled that records could be released in order for jury panelists to speak publicly about the case, Daily Kos reported. Days after the motion was approved, a second juror confirmed Juror #1’s statement that charges to consider were limited.- Advertisement – Juror #2 added that he believed Kenneth Walker’s recollection of the incident (Walker, who was Taylor’s boyfriend, said the police did not knock or announce themselves before forcing their way into Taylor’s apartment, and that he fired his gun thinking they were intruders). “Each of the officers had a different story,” he said. “The only time when their story came together was when they said three phrases: ‘I don’t know,’ ‘I don’t remember,’ and ‘I’m not sure.’” He added that each also tapped their fingers on the desk after saying these phrases. “They had holes in their stories [and] they had holes in their holes.”While it is unclear if other jurors will also speak out about lies and inconsistencies present at the trial, both Juror #1 and Juror #2 have been consistent in their stories contradicting Cameron’s lies. Cameron initially tried to stop records from being released, then issued a statement last month claiming that the trial was conducted lawfully and he is “fine with the jurors speaking and making their position known.” As more of the trial inconsistencies become known and Cameron’s lies are exposed, we can only hope that Taylor will receive the justice she rightfully deserves. Both jurors spoke to VICE Media Wednesday to give some insight into how the trial took place; one even brought a notebook with notes taken during the trial. His notes depicted not only how he responded to the evidence presented, but how he processed it, giving a glimpse into how the jurors were thinking during the trial.“Cameron did not give a choice with this and we did not agree with anything he said,” the anonymous juror identified by VICE as Juror #2 said. “But I had my notes with me because I need for these people to understand I didn’t do this.”Looking at the notebook, VICE noted the phrase “covering up.” When asked about this, the juror explained that he felt the Public Integrity Unit present at the trial acted like defense attorneys for the police, giving them “softball questions” in addition to interpreting what they should be saying.- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Right-wing fraudsters attorney says they want Alan Dershowitz to testify at robocall trial

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first_imgIn this clip below, Burkman’s attorney Scott Grabel claims he has “spoken” to Alan Dershowitz by “email” and is not sure whether or not he will be able to be “retained,” but is hoping to have a place for him to speak on, once again, “constitutional law.” This is the same Alan Dershowitz whose shining catastrophic moment, the one that will likely be remembered in law history for centuries to come, was the singularly most convoluted, intellectually dishonest, and vapid attempt at arguing that Donald Trump couldn’t be impeached due to an abuse of power, while then arguing he didn’t say he said that, but that if he had said it it would be true, but it isn’t, so don’t say he said that. Daily Dot’s Zachary Petrizzo reported that Michigan Attorney General lawyer Richard Cunningham strongly opposed the motion to have a constitutional witness, before the bizarre Dershowitz revelation, because “An attorney’s role is to argue the law, it is not to testify as to what the law is.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Burkman’s lawyer is consulting with famously unscrupulous, self-aggrandizing, there is no law unless I say it’s a law, Alan Dershowitz. This is about a series of robocalls, received in various states, targeting predominantly Black and brown communities across the country, that attempted to scare potential voters away from early voting, by lying about how early voter rolls would be used to imprison people based on outstanding debts or warrants.Law & Crime reports that Dershowitz has told them that he is “not involved in that case,” referring to Burkman’s robocall fraud. Dershowitz also says that he is not involved at all with Trump election lawsuits. Burkman’s attorney, Grabel told Law & Order that “If Mr. Dershowitz isn’t working on ‘election issues’ I stand corrected.”Real scumbag shit. Makes sense that Dershowitz is involved—even tangentially. George Bernard Shaw once wrote that one should “Never wrestle with pigs. You both get dirty and the pig likes it.” In this case, everyone involved might like it. No bad press and all of that. Only the best people.- Advertisement –last_img read more

China may have more avian flu this spring, leader warns

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first_imgMar 2, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – China’s vice premier said today that China may see more bird outbreaks and human cases of avian influenza this spring, as the government announced plans for an intensive hunt for cases among wild birds on a major migration route, according to news services.The news from China came as Germany confirmed that a cat was infected with the deadly H5N1 virus and Serbia reported its first suspected avian flu case in a wild bird, among other developments.In China, Vice Premier Hui Liangyu said a “comprehensive analysis” indicates that the country is at risk for more trouble with avian flu this spring, according to an Associated Press (AP) story based on a report from the Chinese news agency Xinhua. Hui heads the national office for preventing and controlling the disease, the story said.In an Agence France-Press (AFP) report, Hui was quoted as saying, “This spring, there is still a possibility that bird flu will erupt and spread in China.” Speaking at a national teleconference, he added, “There is still a risk that the number of human cases will continue to increase.”To at least one expert, the Chinese statement sounded like a hint that avian flu in China is more widespread than the government has been acknowledging.”Many of us believe that this type of discussion by someone as high as the vice premier really indicates that this situation is already occurring,” said Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP Web site.”You don’t see these kinds of statements coming out of the government of China very often,” he added.Osterholm said he has been told there is more avian flu in China than has been reported publicly. “I can’t say the sources, but there are more [human] cases going on in China than have been released and reported to the World Health Organization. Also, there’s information from a variety of sources suggesting the level of bird infections is substantially higher than is being reported.”He said his information came from “sources on the ground in China as well as other informed government sources.”Osterholm added that China and the rest of Asia are still the place where avian flu poses the biggest risk of sparking a human influenza pandemic. “While the spread of the virus around the world is an important consideration, the potential for the ongoing mutation of the virus toward a human-to-human transmitted strain is probably more likely where the high virus density and high bird population exist, and that’s in China and the rest of Asia.”He said that all of Africa has fewer than a billion chickens, whereas China produces 15 billion a year. “That’s where the genetic roulette table for mutations is,” he said.The AP report from China said the government is setting up an avian flu surveillance system in the eastern province of Jiangsu to focus on wild birds. The system will consist of 100 monitoring stations staffed by 1,000 workers throughout the province.Experts estimate that about 3 million migratory birds will fly to Jiangsu in the next 2 months and that another 5 million birds will pass through, according to the Xinhua story cited by the AP.”Inspectors will check dead birds and test droppings, and any sign of bird flu will trigger an emergency response,” the AP reported.Meanwhile in Germany, health officials confirmed that a cat on the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen died of H5N1 infection, AFP reported today. The case is the first known H5N1 infection in a mammal in Europe.European Union (EU) veterinarians in Brussels have urged people to keep their cats indoors and dogs leashed in areas affected by avian flu, according to AFP. And a German humane society said the case has already prompted hundreds of German cat owners to leave their pets at shelters, the story said.In Serbia, authorities reported finding an H5 flu virus in a dead swan found in the northwestern part of the country, near the borders of Croatia and Hungary. Both the latter countries have had H5N1 cases in wild birds, but this would be the first known case in Serbia.Serbian officials said samples from the swan would be sent to the EU reference lab in Weybridge, England. They vowed to take precautions against spread of the virus without waiting for the test results.In Indonesia, a 13-year-old girl and her 10-year-old brother recently died of suspected avian flu in Central Java province, according to another AFP report.The girl died yesterday after being treated for 9 days at a hospital in the town of Solo, the report said. Her younger brother died a day earlier at a local hospital in their home town of Boyolali.A doctor told AFP that the children lived near a farm and both had been in contact with sick chickens.In Iraq, a woman has died of suspected avian flu in the southern province of Nasiriyah, according to another AFP report. If her case is confirmed, it would be the third one in Iraq.In southern Russia, avian flu has killed almost half a million domestic birds in the past month, despite culling efforts, according to a Los Angeles Times report today. The Emergency Situations Ministry said the H5N1 virus has killed about 495,000 birds in regions near the Caspian and Black seas, and another 220,000 birds have been killed in containment efforts.Russian Agriculture Minister Alexei V. Gordeyev said yesterday the country will begin mass vaccinations of poultry on Mar 10, the report said.Elsewhere, more infected wild birds were found in Austria and France, while authorities in the Bahamas said it was unlikely that some dead birds in a national park on the island of Great Inagua had H5N1 avian flu.last_img read more

easyJet introduces seven new routes to Croatia

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first_imgeasyJet, the leading European airline, continues to expand into the Croatian market with the opening of seven new routes from Croatia.New routes include four new routes from Pula to Basel, Liverpool, London Southend and Milan Malpensa. In this way, EasyJet expands the choice of Croatian passengers in connection with European primary destinations, as well as European tourists with Croatia.”We are very excited to launch seven new routes from Croatia next year, offering over a million points for sale during 2018 to and from Croatia. We expect a record summer next year, with more than 3.100 flights and more than 540.000 seats offered for sale to and from Croatia in July and August 2018. Since our first flight to Croatia in 2009, easyJet has transported more than 3,8 million customers , supporting the growing Croatian tourism industry.With over 46 routes from Croatia, easyJet is committed to making travel easy and affordable for our Croatian customers by offering them a wide connection with major European cities, whether it is a business trip, the so-called. city ​​break trip or visit friends and relativesSaid Ali Gayward, UK Country Manager for easyJet.This year, the airline transported a record number of passengers to and from Croatia, ie more than 910.000 passengers, which is an increase of 35% compared to the previous year. easyJet now connects Croatia with six European countries and over 23 destinations across Europe, including Amsterdam, Geneva and Paris-Orly, and currently serves 46 routes from four Croatian airports, Dubrovnik, Pula, Split and Zadar.last_img read more

Is Asia also our opportunity for tourism investment?

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first_imgWe recently wrote about current trends in tourism according to Booking.com, which should be paid attention to. Richard Clarke, an analyst at Berstein Asset Management, then proposed one of these trends as an exceptional economic opportunity – namely, investing in tourism development within one of Asia’s most populous countries, China.Surprisingly, there is a shortage of hotels and similar accommodation units in the Asian market, while at the same time a mobile and affluent middle class is developing, fascinated by Western brands. Some of the biggest players present there, the giants Marriott, Hilton, Accor and IHG are already planning to expand to a total of 64% of the total market, and just today the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announced that in cooperation with Vynn Capital, a company specializing in capital ventures in the early stages of implementation in the Southeast Asian market launched this strategically important partnership that should actively promote the tourism sector through the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation.The joint effort of Vynn Capital and the World Tourism Organization should create a framework and policy that would support technological start-ups, which recognize the possibility of developing the tourism sector of the region. Both sides will seek to motivate existing industries and actors such as hotels and gastronomic associations to adapt digital strategies, but also the private sector to technology investments. The role of Vynn Capital is to support tourism entrepreneurship and existing market players as a partner of the World Tourism Organization as the market turns to new technologies and innovations.”The World Tourism Organization is proud to partner with Vynn Capital to help us create real solutions for the much-needed digital transformation of tourism. Such partnerships are key in continuing to generate opportunities through tourism and to demonstrate that capital ventures are also crucial if we are to establish progressive sustainable development.”Said UNWTO Secretary-General Zur Pololikashvili.According to the UNWTO, the number of international visits in all regions has increased since the beginning of 2018, which continues last year’s strong trend. Significant growth is led by Asia and the Pacific, especially Southeast Asia with 10% and South Asia with 9% growth, which has already surpassed last year’s increase in international visits by 6%.”Tourism represents a great opportunity for Southeast Asia where we are witnessing the emergence of a strong middle class. Vynn Capital has recognized tourism as a key investment area and we will continue to work together with entrepreneurs and existing actors to promote the region’s tourism sector. We believe that technology organizations that focus on consumer mobility, such as Indonesia’s Travelio and Carsome, will continue to be the bearers of the economic benefits of tourism development. We have teamed up with the World Tourism Organization to raise a new generation of innovative tourism organizations in Southeast Asia. ”, said Victor Chua, one of the founders of Vynn Capital and president of the MVCA (Malaysia Venture Capital & Private Equity Association).It is certainly useful to follow the development of the situation…RELATED NEWS:CURRENT TRENDS IN TOURISM WHICH SHOULD BE ATTENTEDlast_img read more

The third edition of the sports fair and conference Sport Fest was presented

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first_imgZeljko Mavrovic The third edition of “Sport Fest”, the first Croatian and largest regional sports fair and conference, was presented at the Luda kuća theater on Wednesday. After a successful premiere in Poreč last year, Sport Fest returns to the Žatika hall from October 4 to 6. The focus of “Sport Fest” this year is the presentation of “360 ° sport”. The idea is to gather the entire sports industry for a three-day gathering and connect them through a fair and conference. Alan Balen The rich program of “Sport Fest” this year will include “Run Croatia” race, BMX competition, Red Bull events, skating, free climbing, arm wrestling competition and many other activities. This year’s conference will once again be marked by Croatian sports legends such as Željko Mavrović, Igor Blažinčić, the Sinković brothers, Line Červar, and the organizers are announcing some more surprises. An even larger number of fair exhibitors guarantees more than enough interest for all visitors, and the entire program will be completed by the “Istria & Craft Beer Festival” in the evening on the Poreč waterfront. Source / photo: Sport Fest As a large number of famous athletes were present in the audience, a short interview was held with the legendary boxer Željko Mavrović, who emphasized that “In today’s urban world and changed lifestyle, sports are the only way for many to work on their body and thus their mind. That is why “Sport Fest” is important because it promotes all forms of active life. This is especially important for children who can best grow up through sports and learn true values. I am glad that the program will be so diverse because it guarantees that every visitor will find something interesting.”center_img Thanks to the continuous support of the city of Poreč, Valamar Riviera and other sponsors and partners, the fair part of the event will be free for all visitors this year as well. Toni Hrvatin, head of destination product development at Valamar Riviera, addressed the large number of gathered visitors to the announcement and stated that “Valamar traditionally supports sports events in the destinations in which we operate because we believe in the importance of a healthy and active life and vacation, and in this way we also enrich the content for all our guests. We are extremely pleased that together with our destination partners we are sponsors of such a beautiful sports story for the second year in a row in Porec, especially after last year’s edition proved to be an extremely successful gathering of a large number of athletes, enthusiasts, clubs and federations. Fest ”in October this year to offer a rich sports program and further strengthen the tradition of sports in Porec.” Alan Balen, the executive director of the project, pointed out that “Sport Fest” has already been established as an event that covers all spheres of sports, for all interested groups. “Exactly because of that, this year the idea that leads us and the goal we are going towards is” 360 ° sport “. After the first two editions and thousands of visitors and participants, we have a very clear approach that brings quality and excellent audience response. Through 360 degrees of sports, we will cover all relevant topics, actors and trends, both at the fair and at the conference, for a unique sports weekend in Porec. Like last year, we make sure that sports fans lead a healthy life, so we prepare a large number of activities for all visitors, and of course there are annual JUMP awards and fun evening programs.” Full information and all conference details are available HERE.last_img read more

We have the first Cro card – HPB CRO Visa debit card

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first_imgThe card can be used only in the Republic of Croatia, the card is contactless, without PIN authorization for transactions up to HRK 250, there is no account management fee, and the one-time card issuance fee is HRK 50 while the card is valid for 4 years – according to HPB- And. Photo: HPB Photo: HPB / Cover photo: Pixabay, Illustration: HrTurizam.hr We need to look at the project for a minimum of 3 years, so that we can measure its success. Of course with a constant campaign, development and integration into the wider project of our tourism, not just putting it on the market and that’s it. Like any project. And today, after a lot of prolongation, we finally have the first official Cro card – HPB CRO Visa debit card. As we know, Hrvatska poštanska banka is among the first banks to sign an Agreement with the Ministry of Tourism on the implementation of measures to encourage consumption in the hospitality and tourism industry in the Republic of Croatia through the Croatian Tourist Card. The card is intended for payment of accommodation and services in tourism and catering in Croatia, rental of water transport vehicles and services of travel agencies and travel organizers One was also introduced news – funds on the card, ie transaction account can be paid by the employer or any third party, as well as the cardholder himself, by non-cash transfer of funds. Namely, as part of the Cro card, a special website should have been published earlier, on which there will be a list of various discounts that Cro card users can get. Therefore, it gives an additional motive that you are the owner of the card, ie a natural person, pay the funds yourself in order to take advantage of the discounts. All employers, craftsmen or self-employed persons can opt for the CRO Visa card and pay a fee of up to HRK 2.500 per year to their employees intended to cover the costs of catering and tourist services anywhere in Croatia. Customers whose employers decide to pay holiday pay via CRO Visa card can request the opening of a special purpose transaction account and the issuance of a card in any HPB branch – the bank points out. Of course, the whole project will not show any success this year, only if the public sector withdraws a larger contingent of cards (which was, among other things, the formula for success in Hungary) because the private sector in the current situation is struggling to survive and maintain jobs. number to be able to pay workers the amount on the Cro card. last_img read more

High speed internet will contribute to the development of tourism in Lika

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first_imgThis is one of the most financially valuable EU-funded projects in the City of Gospić in the last few decades and Gospić is the first city in Lika-Senj County to start implementing the project. The project, which started in July 2017, includes the implementation of the next generation fixed broadband access network (NGA) with a speed of 100 Mbit / s in all settlements of the City of Gospić, Otočac and Plitvice Lakes Municipality where high-speed broadband access services are currently not available. that is, in areas where operators do not plan to invest in real estate in the next three yearsnext-generation broadband access networks.   With the implementation of the project, every village and hamlet in these areas of Lika will have access to a high-speed Internet network. This is very important news for too growing tourism of Lika because the poor internet network was what guests often complained about, and the implementation of high-speed broadband access will greatly contribute to improving the quality of economic development. The City of Gospić as the project holder, along with the City of Otočac and the Municipality of Plitvice Lakes participating in the project, was approved financial resources in the maximum amount of HRK 75 million for the implementation Broadband Internet Infrastructure Development Project for the area of ​​the City of Gospić worth a total of HRK 98 million. last_img read more

Whirlpool has American consumers in a spin cycle

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first_imgSears is not what it was just 15 years ago, and is a shadow of what it was in the 1960s when its sales were almost 1 percent of U.S. GDP.Sears has been prostrated not by perfidious foreigners but also by America’s efficient, fairly recent “big box” retailers (Walmart, Home Depot, Best Buy, Lowe’s, etc.) and by Amazon.The real villains, however, are American consumers, with their persnickety search for high quality and low prices.The president has until February to exercise his vast discretion regarding things like washing machine imports.If you are wondering how presidents came to have such discretion to impose taxation on American consumers, you have not been paying attention to Congress’ creation, by improperly delegated powers, of the imperial presidency.George Will is a nationally syndicated columnist with The Washington Post who writes from a conservative perspective.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? The tariff/tax, which is designed to limit the choices of, and increase the prices paid by, American consumers would be 50 percent on all imported machines, after the first 1.2 million.U.S. customers caused the importation of about 3 million Samsung and LG washers in 2016.Back in the day, Henry Ford said people could have the Model T in any color they wanted, as long as they wanted black.General Motors’ ascent was helped by offering color choices.Until recently, purchasers of washing machines had to want white ones.And ones that loaded in the top, and signaled the end of a cycle with buzzers.Then came imports in various colors, that loaded in the front, had chimes instead of buzzers, and other features. Categories: Editorial, OpinionWASHINGTON — A household appliance will be the next steppingstone on America’s path to restored greatness.The government is poised to punish many Americans, in the name of protecting a few of them, because, in the government’s opinion, too many of them are choosing to buy foreign-made washing machines for no better reason than that the buyers think they are better.If you are wondering why the government is squandering its dwindling prestige by having opinions about such things, you have not been paying attention to Whirlpool’s demonstration that it is more adept at manipulating Washington than it is at making washing machinesIn 2006, when Whirlpool was paying $1.7 billion to buy its largest competitor, Maytag, federal regulators fretted that this would give the company too much market power.Whirlpool said: Fear not, competition from foreign manufacturers such as South Korea’s Samsung and LG will keep us sharp and benefit American consumers. Now, however, Whirlpool, which is weary of competition, has persuaded the U.S. International Trade Commission to rule that Samsung and LG should be reproached for what, 11 years ago, Whirlpool said it welcomed: competition.The U.S. market for washing machines has grown 35 percent in just five years.Whirlpool’s share of this market, although not the 70 percent it was in 2006, is still more than Samsung’s and LG’s combined 35 percent.In this happy circumstance, Whirlpool is profitable.It would, however, like to be more so, and it will be if the president accedes to the commission’s unanimous recommendation and imposes a “tariff-rate quota.”This is a tax, paid by American consumers, on imports that exceed a certain quantity that, in the government’s opinion (formed with the assistance of domestic manufacturers), is excessive.If you are wondering why the government has nothing better to do than have opinions about such things, you have not been paying attention to modern government’s vast diligence on our behalf. Competition increased, and so did Whirlpool’s reliance on the government, which in 2012 imposed duties on washing machines imported from South Korea and Mexico.Samsung and LG responded rationally, by what protectionists stigmatize as “country hopping,” moving some production to China, then Vietnam and Thailand. And now to the United States.Samsung and LG have announced plans to become domestic manufacturers.Samsung will open a manufacturing plant, with approximately 1,000 employees, in Newberry, South Carolina. LG’s plant will be near Clarksville, Tennessee.Before Whirlpool became dependent on government, it depended on Sears, which in the 1920s threw a financial lifeline to a struggling appliance manufacturer, Upton Machine Co., that became Whirlpool.According to The Wall Street Journal, as recently as 2002, when Sears sold 40 percent of the major appliances bought in America, sales through Sears generated about a fifth of Whirlpool’s revenues.In October, Sears announced that it would stop selling Whirlpool brand products because Whirlpool is powerful enough to make pricing demands that “would have prohibited us from” selling those products “at a reasonable price.”last_img read more