Show Comments ▼ Big data bet shows promise for WANdisco boss David Richards whatsapp whatsapp Monday 19 January 2015 8:26 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 50 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementIf Your Dog Eats Grass (Do This Every Day)Ultimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive Supplement Tags: NULL More From Our Partners Colin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Share Express KCS WANDISCO, the Sheffield-based firm that specialises in big data products for companies, yesterday said its fourth quarter sales bookings rose eight per cent to $4.7m (£3.09m), boosted by growth in its big data business.Despite total bookings for the year rising 18 per cent to $17.4m, shares of loss-making WANdisco slumped 5.13 per cent to 462.5p after the trading update yesterday.“Our fourth quarter sales mark an increase in momentum in our big data business, as successful production trials have led into some significant contract wins in a short period of time,” said chief executive David Richards. “Alongside our new customer wins, our first contract expansion by an existing customer was particularly encouraging.”WANdisco counted five new customers in the fourth quarter, including Zurich Insurance and Elektrobit Automotive, which drove growth as well as existing customers like British Gas, which is currently entering into a new subscription valued at $750,000.“We believe that many of our new Big Data customers will go on to expand significantly their WANdisco solutions as they take more and more data into their mission-critical applications,” said Richards. In its interim results in September WANdisco posted losses of $18.5m. Shares in the group have fallen 57 per cent in the past year.
Show Comments ▼ Ed Miliband’s claim to economic credibility has suffered a setback after the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said Labour’s manifesto launch left the public none the wiser about how they will balance the current budget.At a speech in Manchester, Miliband set out Labour’s offer to the electorate ahead of the General Election and attempted to regain a reputation for fiscal responsibility with a guarantee that no Labour policies would require additional borrowing. But Labour’s commitment to only eliminating the deficit for current spending and not the overall budget by the end of the Parliament, means there is no specific date for when the party will bring the budget back into balance.The IFS says the plans would leave Labour making between £18bn worth of cuts or none at all. The electorate may question Labour’s Damascene conversion to fiscal prudence if they leave the door open to making no cuts in public spending.Director of the IFS, Paul Johnson, said: “Literally we would not know what we were voting for if we were going to vote for Labour.”Miliband’s pledge to slash the deficit for current spending would give a future Labour government significant room to borrow for investment – close to £30bn based on today’s investment levels.George Osborne was quick to capitalise on Johnson’s comments. He said:Today Ed Miliband failed to provide a credible economic plan and nobody will be fooled.There were no new ideas for Britain, and if you read the small print independent experts like the IFS have confirmed he would run a deficit every year. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUnify Health LabsRandy Jackson: This 3 Minute Routine Transformed My HealthUnify Health Labszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorBridesBlushThis Is Why The Royal Family Kept Quiet About Prince Harry’s Sister BridesBlushOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent Express whatsapp Monday 13 April 2015 9:43 am Share Labour manifesto: Ed Miliband offers no more clarity and electorate won’t know what they’re voting for, says IFS Tags: General Election 2015 More From Our Partners Kansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org whatsapp Jeff Misenti
whatsapp The number of people heading to the high street has fallen again, new figures reveal, as one minister called for parking charges to be scrapped in an attempt to halt the decline of town centres around the country.Footfall fell 2.8 per cent on the same month last year on the high street and 2.4 per cent at shopping centres, while a 2.8 per cent rise in visits to retail parks helped moderate declining shoppers overall to 1.5 per cent, the latest Brtish Retail Consortium (BRC) Springboard figures show. “Retail Parks have seen another increase in shopper numbers this month – which is good news for the retailers operating in these areas,” said BRC director general Helen Dickinson. “However, the fundamental shift in the way people are shopping seems to be driving the sustained reduction in shopper numbers to both high streets and shopping centres. This is a clear demonstration that the re-invention of the high street is far from complete.”Diane Wehrle director of markets and insight at retail analyst Springboard, said the decline was not “hugely detrimental, however, it belies the long-term decline in the attractiveness of urban retail destinations to shoppers”, blaming the continued dwindling shopper numbers on the rise and rise of online trading.”Communities minister Marcus Jones last week called for councils to scrap parking fees as they act as a deterrent to shoppers. “Unfair parking fines push up the cost of living and undermine high streets. Instead, councils should be focusing their efforts on supporting our town centres and motorists, not by raising money through over-zealous parking enforcement,” he said. whatsapp Lynsey Barber Monday 20 July 2015 12:05 am Share High street shopper numbers continue decline as they head online Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼
Tuesday 22 September 2015 12:40 pm Needing the loo makes you a better liar whatsapp Share If you’ve ever needed a simple trick to make your fibbing a little more convincing, scientists have found an answer.We’ve already learned that little white lies can make you a better negotiator, now you just need to drink up, wait a little while, then start the spiel, as researchers say needing the loo makes you a better at it. The new study found people were able to spot a lie being told in only 30 per cent of cases when someone needed the loo, compared to 70 per cent of the time when they didn’t.The strange explanation? What’s known as the inhibitory spillover effect, PopSci explains.If you’re focused on controlling yourself in one area – needing the toilet in this case – you are more easily able to do the same on another task – in this case lying.The same effect has also been found to increase willpower and make you more decisive. Lynsey Barber Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictUndoPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunUndoComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndoGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesUndo Video Carousel – cityam_native_carousel – 426 00:00/00:50 LIVERead More whatsapp Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org
Regional Victoria A Step Closer To Four Stream Recycling VIC PremierThe Andrews Labor Government is fast-tracking development of regional and rural recycling infrastructure as it streamlines kerbside recycling across the state, while keeping jobs in local communities.Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio today announced $20 million to support rural and regional councils as they work towards a four bin, or four service, recycling system that separates household waste into: rubbish, recycling, glass and green waste.Councils will use the funding to upgrade recycling transfer stations and drop-off points for separated glass and organics as we set up the new four stream household waste recycling service across the state.This will both keep jobs in the local regional community, while also reducing the amount of waste that travels to metro Melbourne for sorting.This funding puts the needs of rural and regional communities at the forefront of statewide reforms to our recycling system and will stimulate local economies and create jobs.A consistent statewide approach to separation of waste in Victorian households will significantly increase the quality of recycled material and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.Reform of household recycling across the state is a key initiative of Recycling Victoria – A New Economy, our plan to transform the waste and recycling system. The Labor Government has so far invested $515 million to deliver these once in a generation reforms and build Victoria’s circular economy.In partnership with local councils the Labor Government will deliver a recycling system the communities can rely on through better household recycling, improved infrastructure, and stronger industry regulation.The funding is open to 48 rural and regional councils the funding is available from 12 February until 26 March. For more information www.vic.gov.au/recycling.As stated by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio“We are revolutionising recycling across Victoria. By separating household waste into four categories, we’re making the most of the material and making sure we reduce the amount of rubbish going to landfill.” “Our recycling reforms mean that every household can do their bit reducing waste and making sure that recycling is a part of daily life.” “We know every council works a bit differently and has a unique community. That’s why this funding recognises that there isn’t a one-size fits all recycling solution for rural and regional councils across Victoria.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Andrews, AusPol, Australia, circular economy, climate, climate change, community, environment, Government, industry, Industry regulation, infrastructure, local council, Melbourne, Minister, recycling, regulation, Victoria
Impact of latest COVID-19 restrictions on Council services 27 May The Victorian Government’s announcement today of circuit-breaker COVID-19 restrictions from midnight tonight through to midnight on 3 June, will impact Council services and facilities.Essential services will continue to operate, but most Council facilities will be closed to the public for the duration of the current lockdown period.From 5pm this evening the Shire offices in Greensborough will be closed. However our call centre will continue to operate during its usual business hours of Monday to Friday 8.30am-5pm.The Recycling and Recovery Centre will be open for essential workers, while the Reuse Shop will be closed.Maternal and Child Health Services, Early Childhood services and playhouses will continue to operate.Here is an overview of how Council services will be affected:As of 5pm today the Shire offices will be closed to the public. From tomorrow, Council’s Customer Service call centre will operate remotely. Community facilities, including Edendale Farm, leisure centres, sports grounds and pavilions as well as other sporting facilities, will be closed to the public. Council halls and venues for hire, as well as buildings leased to community groups will be closed. Services, including kerbside waste collection and hard waste collection will continue to operate. Recycling and Recovery Centre will remain open to permitted staff while the Reuse Shop will be closed. Construction and essential maintenance will continue. All Council volunteer services and programs have been suspended – unless they can proceed virtually. Maternal and Child Health services, Early Years services and playhouses will continue to operate. Libraries will be closed but Eltham Library will operate a click and collect service. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:business, childhood, community, council, covid-19, Edendale, Eltham, Government, health, health services, hire, Impact, local council, lockdown, Nillumbik, Nillumbik Shire Council, recycling, sports, Victoria
Photo: Dave ReidPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller (right), looks on as Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Antony Anderson is introduced to Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK), the Rt. Hon. David Cameron (third right), by British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency David Fitton (left). Prime Minister Cameron arrived at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston, today (September 29) for a two-day official visit. Story HighlightsA 21-gun salute by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) greeted Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK), the Right Hon. David Cameron, as he arrived in the island, today (September 29), for a two-day official visit.Accompanied by the UK’s Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, Mr. Cameron was met at the foot of the aircraft by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; and British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency David Fitton.The Prime Minister is scheduled to leave the island after his address to Parliament. RelatedJamaican Embassy Promoting Business Opportunities in Venezuela A 21-gun salute by the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) greeted Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (UK), the Right Hon. David Cameron, as he arrived in the island, today (September 29), for a two-day official visit.Accompanied by the UK’s Secretary of State for International Development, Justine Greening, Mr. Cameron was met at the foot of the aircraft by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller; and British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency David Fitton.Following the welcome, the UK anthem was played. Mr. Cameron then inspected the JDF’s guard of honour, after which the Jamaican anthem was played.Mrs. Simpson Miller then led him to a receiving line, where he was greeted by Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Andrew Holness; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Michael Peart; President of the Senate, Floyd Morris; High Commissioner to the UK, Her Excellency Aloun Ndombet Assamba; Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla; Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding; Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill; and State Minister for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown.After leaving the airport, the British Prime Minister headed to the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Lyme Bay, at Kingston Wharves, for a secure briefing.He will also participate in a floral tribute in honour of soldiers of World Wars I and II; hold bilateral discussions with Mrs. Simpson Miller; and address a joint sitting of Parliament on September 30.The Prime Minister is scheduled to leave the island after his address to Parliament. RelatedLink between Maritime Transport and Trade Emphasised UK Prime Minister Arrives Foreign AffairsSeptember 29, 2015Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards RelatedJamaica Fully Supports UN 2030 Agenda UK Prime Minister ArrivesJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisements
HomeFeaturedRep. Pelosi: 4-year maximum in speaker post is ‘a long time’ Dec. 14, 2018 at 4:59 amFeaturedNewsRep. Pelosi: 4-year maximum in speaker post is ‘a long time’Associated Press2 years agoapNewsNancy Pelosi. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia. ALAN FRAMAssociated PressRep. Nancy Pelosi shrugged off suggestions Thursday that she weakened herself by agreeing to limit her tenure as next House speaker to a four-year maximum in a deal that clears the way for her to be elected to the post for the new Congress.“That’s a long time,” she said at a news conference a day after she and seven insurgents who’d been pushing for younger leadership announced their pact.For weeks, the 78-year-old California Democrat had resisted opponents’ demands that she step aside or restrict how long she’d serve, saying limits would make her a lame duck and sap her bargaining clout. But on Wednesday, she relented and struck a deal that all but guarantees she’ll be elected when the House votes on its new speaker on Jan. 3.“What, four years? No, I don’t think that’s a lame duck,” she told a group of reporters afterward.Democrats widely agreed that the pledge meant Pelosi had clinched a comeback to the post she held from 2007 until January 2011, the last time her party ran the House and the first time the speaker was a woman.Wednesday’s accord gives Pelosi a clear path to becoming the most powerful Democrat in government and a leading role in confronting President Donald Trump during the upcoming 2020 presidential and congressional campaigns. It moves her to the cusp of steering next year’s diverse crop of House Democrats, with its large number of female, minority and younger members.The agreement also ends what’s been a distracting, harsh leadership fight among Democrats that has been waged since Election Day, when they gained at least 39 seats and grabbed House control for the next Congress. It was their biggest gain of House seats since the 1974 post-Watergate election.To line up support, Pelosi initially resorted to full-court lobbying by congressional allies, outside Democratic luminaries, and liberal and labor organizations. She cut deals with individual lawmakers for committee assignments and roles leading legislative efforts.But in the end, she had to make concessions about her tenure to make sure she’ll win a majority — likely 218 votes — when the new House votes. Democrats are likely to have 235 seats, meaning she could spare only 17 defections and still prevail if, as expected, Republicans all oppose her.Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., a dissident and friend of Pelosi’s, said the two began seeking middle ground after she called him around Thanksgiving. He told reporters that the two spoke a dozen times before the agreement was reached.“I think the change has started,” Perlmutter told reporters. He said that, meanwhile, Democrats have a leader “who’s going to be really good at the helm during some tumultuous times.”Rep. Linda Sanchez, D-Calif., another lawmaker who wanted fresh leadership, said no one wanted to directly challenge Pelosi because “she’s tough, she’s good, she’s a woman, she’s done it before.” Sanchez said Pelosi has led Democrats so long that “it’s sort of ingrained” and “it’s hard to overcome that.”Under the deal, House Democrats will vote by Feb. 15 to change party rules to limit their top three leaders to no more than four two-year terms, including time they’ve already spent in those jobs. There is no guarantee that Democrats will formally approve the plan, but Pelosi embraced it anyway.“I am comfortable with the proposal and it is my intention to abide by it whether it passes or not,” Pelosi said in her statement.Pelosi’s opponents have argued it was time for younger leaders to command the party. They also said her demonization as an out-of-touch radical in tens of millions of dollars’ worth of Republican television ads was costing Democrats seats.While some Democrats are still certain to vote against Pelosi — including incoming freshmen who promised to do so during their campaigns — most Democrats have remained solidly behind her. She’s been a strong fundraiser and unrelenting liberal who doesn’t shy from political combat, and her backers complained that her opponents were mostly white men who were largely more moderate than most House Democrats.Pressure to back Pelosi seemed to grow after she calmly went toe-to-toe with Trump at a nationally televised verbal brawl in the Oval Office on Tuesday over his demands for congressional approval of $5 billion for his proposed border wall with Mexico.“We are proud that our agreement will make lasting institutional change that will strengthen our caucus and will help develop the next generation of Democratic leaders,” the rebellious lawmakers said in a written statement.To be nominated to a fourth term under the agreement, Pelosi would need to garner a two-thirds majority of House Democrats. Several aides said they believed restlessness by younger members to move up in leadership would make that difficult for her to achieve.The limits would also apply to Pelosi’s top lieutenants, No. 2 leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and No. 3 leader James Clyburn of South Carolina. Both are also in their late 70s.Perlmutter was among 16 Democrats who had signed a letter demanding new leadership but who ultimately helped negotiate the deal with Pelosi.Joining Perlmutter in saying they would now back her were Democratic Reps. Seth Moulton of Massachusetts; Tim Ryan of Ohio; Bill Foster of Illinois; Sanchez and Rep.-elect Gil Cisernos, both of California; and Filemon Vela of Texas. 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How will the US-China war of words and tariffs play out?President Trump’s administration is upping the ante with China. Ever since he moved into the White House, Trump has regularly injected bellicosity into the dialogue with China. There have also been several moments of professed bonhomie. That is in piece with the current US administration; it is hard to decipher its moves and even harder to predict the next bend in the road. But of late, the level of anti-China rhetoric has reached new levels, and it appears that this time a point of no return may be imminent. Or is it?Earlier this week, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told media that the Novel Coronavirus had originated from a laboratory at Wuhan. The implication is damning. It means that Chinese scientists were the deliberate creators of the deadly virus that has brought the world on its knees. It debunks the original story of its origin from a bat or some other animal on sale in a market in Wuhan. It also wiggles a finger at China for its opaqueness in dealing with the world community. Mike Pompeo did not doubt this assertion in the slightest. There is ‘significant evidence’ supporting his allegation, he mentioned. Notably, the president himself had aired the same view a few days ago. It is equally notable that none of the US intelligence agencies has supported this claim.Sceptics point out that blaming China may be a distraction to cover the domestic bungling in handling the crisis. But, of course, the war of words did not start recently.Even before the arrival of COVID-19, Trump had unleashed a tariff war on China. The long-drawn campaign, in which China has given back almost as good as it got, began in January 2018 with hiking of tariffs on solar panels and washing machines. What has followed is a sequence of back and forth of retaliatory steps, interspersed with strange moments when the president would suddenly invoke personal friendship with the Chinese premier. Initially, he even praised China’s handling of the pandemic. Notwithstanding this erratic trajectory, most experts will agree that the overall relationship between the two economic powers is on a slide. Some would even predict a confrontation.Where is all this heading? As is the case with everything else coming out of the US administration, it is impossible to read the leaves on this issue. But a few points can be made with reasonable certainty.After the tumult and uncertainty of COVID-19 begin to settle, China will vigorously protect its turf. There are apprehensions in China – well-founded, one may add – that the country’s reputation has taken a severe knock. Indeed, its credibility as a global partner has come under a cloud. China will not allow this perception to persist. The US stratagem to attack China is further complicating matters for the latter, and it will be surprising if China did not contest it at every step. The tariff war may intensify, or the US may begin to renege on its One China policy to rile its opponent, but China will stand up to it. This jousting is likely to cause tensions in the world.There is talk of the flight of industries from China to elsewhere. The prospect makes it imperative for China to step up its defensive game. It can, however, be anticipated that that the industries will not leave at the pain of increasing manufacturing costs elsewhere and, therefore, the prognosis is not final by any means.China is also likely to step up its diplomatic offensive, reaching out to the more impoverished nation with help. It will proactively vie for influence around the globe. Signs of this have been all too visible during the present Coronavirus pandemic. As the Guardian recently reported, China has reached out with donations of ‘coronavirus testing kits to Cambodia, sent planeloads of ventilators, masks and medics to Italy and France, pledged to help the Philippines, Spain and other countries, and deployed medics to Iran and Iraq’. The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, made it clear what the Chinese strategy might be when he said to the head of one of the benefactor countries, “sunshine comes after the storm”.If the recent US actions are an indicator, the issue will subside after some blowing hot and cold. Isn’t that what happened vis a vis Mexico? Isn’t that how the ‘fire and fury’ with North Korea played out? Isn’t that how the aggression against Iran appears to have stalled? Indeed, hardly any threat has been backed by robust action.There may be no train wreck waiting to happen. But the world will have to bear a fair amount of anxiety before the narrative plays out. When that happens, the US and not China may have lost even more ground.