На валютному ринку панує стабільність – НБУ

Національний банк України встановив опівдні 22 листопада довідкове значення курсу 24 гривні 18 копійок за долар, це на одну копійку менше за офіційний курс на сьогодні.

На міжбанківському валютному ринку сценарій останніх кількох сесій теж залишається незмінним: у перші дві-три години торгів учасники ринку піднімають котирування, згодом виходять продавці валюти, і гривня знову посилюється. Як інформує сайт Finance.ua, станом на 12:20 котирування становили 24 гривні 15–17,5 копійки за долар.

«За інформацією учасників торгів по долару, НБУ відкупив свої чергові 30 мільйонів доларів та пішов з ринку. Відбуваються операції по лотах до 1 мільйона доларів за невеликої переваги пропозиції над попитом», – вказують фахівці сайту «Мінфін».

Свого багаторічного максимуму щодо долара гривня досягла 30 вересня 2019 року, коли офіційний курс становив 24 гривні 8 копійок за долар. Цього тижня котирування перебувають дещо вище цієї позначки.

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Trump’s Visit to Apple Factory Brings Possibility of More Tariff Relief

President Donald Trump’s visit this week to a Texas manufacturing plant highlights the ongoing dance between the iPhone maker and the Trump administration over China and tariffs.The visit came as the U.S. is set Dec. 15 to raise new tariffs on imports from China, as part of its trade war with Beijing.Among U.S. technology companies, Apple has much at risk since many of its products, including the iPhone, Apple Watch and the iPad, are made in China.Two economiesThe economies of China and Silicon Valley are knitted together in complicated ways. Chinese factories make Apple products from components that come from the U.S. But Chinese factories also make some of the components for Apple’s Mac Pro, which has been made in the U.S. for years.The trade war between Washington and Beijing has put pressure on these cross-border supply chains.In July, Trump said no to Apple’s request for tariff waivers.Apple will not be given Tariff waiver, or relief, for Mac Pro parts that are made in China. Make them in the USA, no Tariffs!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2019But in September, the administration granted 10 waivers for those parts. In response, Apple said its Mac Pro would continue to be made in Texas by a firm called Flex.“I think the conversation about perhaps exempting Apple from these tariffs is a recognition that in fact that tariffs can differentially impact in a negative way various U.S. companies,” Sean Randolph, senior director at the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, said. “And if it’s a flagship company like Apple with a global brand, that becomes an issue.”WATCH: Trump’s Visit to Apple Factory Brings Possibility of More Tariff Relief
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Embed” />Copy LinkHighlighting US manufacturingFlash forward to the photo opportunity this week in Texas. With Apple CEO Tim Cook by his side, Trump toured the plant and received a plate that said “Assembled in the USA.”Referring to Cook, Trump said, “The nice part here is he doesn’t have to worry about tariffs. Because when you build in the United States, you don’t have to worry about tariffs.”During the visit, Trump appeared to take credit for the manufacturing plant. Later, he incorrectly tweeted that he had opened “a major Apple Manufacturing plant,” at the same time taking a jab at the Democrats, which was also false.Today I opened a major Apple Manufacturing plant in Texas that will bring high paying jobs back to America. Today Nancy Pelosi closed Congress because she doesn’t care about American Workers!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2019More tariff waivers ahead?Trump said he was looking at more possible waivers for Apple, which competes with Samsung, the South Korean electronics giant.“The problem we have is you have Samsung, it’s a great company, but it’s a competitor of Apple,” he said. “And it’s not fair because we have a trade deal, we made a great trade deal with South Korea. But we have to treat Apple in a somewhat similar basis as we treat Samsung.”It remains to be seen how the Trump administration uses tariffs to not only pressure China but also U.S. companies.

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Уряд звільнив голову Держенергоефективності, який працював понад 5 років

Кабінет міністрів України розпорядженням №1062 від 15 листопада звільнив Сергія Савчука з посади голови Державного агентства з енергоефективності та енергозбереження України за згодою сторін.

Іншим розпорядженням №1053 цього дня уряд вирішив провести конкурс на цю посаду на п’ять років із правом повторного призначення без конкурсу ще на один термін.

Заявки на конкурс приймаються до 2 грудня включно, а оцінювання кандидатів заплановане на 6 грудня.

Розпорядженням №1069 від 15 листопада Кабмін також тимчасово поклав обов’язки голови Держенергоефективності на головного бухгалтера управління фінансування, бухгалтерського обліку та звітності агентства Олену Товстенко.

Савчук очолював Держенергоефективності з 20 серпня 2014 року.

Державне агентство з енергоефективності та енергозбереження України – центральний орган виконавчої влади, який забезпечує реалізацію державної політики у сферах ефективного використання паливно-енергетичних ресурсів, енергозбереження, відновлюваних джерел енергії та альтернативних видів палива.

 

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US Army Examines TikTok Security Concerns

The U.S. Army is undertaking a security assessment of China-owned social media platform TikTok after a Democratic lawmaker raised national security concerns over the app’s handling of user data, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Thursday.Speaking to reporters at an event at the American Enterprise Institute think tank, McCarthy said he ordered the assessment after the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate, Chuck Schumer, asked him to investigate the possible risks in the military’s use of the popular video app for recruiting American teenagers.“National security experts have raised concerns about TikTok’s collection and handling of user data, including user content and communications, IP addresses, location-related data, metadata, and other sensitive personal information,” Schumer wrote in a Nov. 7 letter to McCarthy.Schumer said he was especially concerned about Chinese laws requiring domestic companies “to support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.”Tik Tok logo is displayed on the smartphone while standing on the U.S. flag in this illustration picture taken, Nov. 8, 2019.The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) has launched a national security review of TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance Technology Co.’s $1 billion acquisition of U.S. social media app Musical.ly.TikTok did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The company has previously emphasized its independence from China but has failed to assuage congressional concerns about the security of the personal data of U.S. citizens who use the platform and whether content on the platform is subject to any censorship from Beijing.In a Nov. 5 blog post, TikTok’s U.S. general manager, Vanessa Pappas, said that the company’s data centers “are located entirely outside of China.” She said U.S. user data is stored in the United States, with backup redundancy in Singapore.ByteDance is one of China’s fastest-growing startups. About 60% of TikTok’s 26.5 million monthly active users in the United States are between the ages of 16 and 24, the company said this year.Earlier this year, Schumer also called on the FBI and the Federal Trade Commission to conduct a national security and privacy investigation into FaceApp, a face-editing photo app developed in Russia.The potential for the sharing of army information through the use of apps was highlighted after researchers found in 2018 that fitness-tracking app Strava was inadvertently exposing military posts and other sensitive sites.In 2017, the Army ordered its members to stop using drones made by Chinese manufacturer SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd because of “cyber vulnerabilities” in the products.

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Tesla Enters Pickup Truck Market with Electric Model

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is taking on the workhorse heavy pickup truck market with his latest electric vehicle.The “cybertruck,” an electric pickup truck, will be in production in 2021, Musk said at the Los Angeles Auto Show Thursday.The pickup, which Musk said will cost $39,900 and up, will have an estimated battery range of more than 500 miles.With the launch, Tesla is edging into the most profitable corner of the U.S. auto market, where buyers tend to have fierce brand loyalty.Brand-loyal buyersMany pickup buyers stick with the same brand for life, choosing a truck based on what their mom or dad drove or what they decided was the toughest model, said Erik Gordon, a professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.“They’re very much creatures of habit,” Gordon said. Getting a loyal Ford F-150 buyer to consider switching to another brand such as a Chevy Silverado, “it’s like asking him to leave his family,” he said.Tesla’s pickup is more likely to appeal to weekend warriors who want an electric vehicle that can handle some outdoor adventure. And it could end up cutting into Tesla’s electric vehicle sedan sales instead of winning over traditional pickup truck drivers.“The needs-based truck buyer, the haulers, the towers at the worksites of the world, that’s going to be a much tougher sell,” said Akshay Anand, executive analyst at Kelley Blue Book.However, it will help Musk fill out his portfolio and offer a broader range of electric vehicles.“Elon Musk is trying to not be one-dimensional when it comes to automotive,” said Alyssa Altman, transportation lead at digital consultancy Publicis Sapient. “He doesn’t want to look like he only has a small selection. He wants to build a brand with a diverse offering and in doing that he wants to see where he could enter in the market.”Electric truck competitionMusk stands to face competition when his truck hits the market. Ford, which has long dominated the pickup landscape, plans to launch an all-electric F-150 pickup. General Motors CEO Mary Barra said that its battery-electric pickup will come out by the fall of 2021.Rivian, a startup based near Detroit, plans to begin production in the second half of 2020 on an electric pickup that starts at $69,000 and has a battery range of 400-plus miles (643.7-kilometers). The Rivian truck will be able to tow 11,000 pounds (4,989.5 kilograms), go from zero to 60 mph (96.6 kph) in three seconds and wade into 3 feet (0.91 meters) of water, the company said. Ford said in April it would invest $500 million in Rivian.Tesla has struggled to meet delivery targets for its sedans, and some fear the new vehicle will shift the company’s attention away from the goal of more consistently meeting its targets.“We have yet to see Tesla really make good on some of the very tight deadlines they imposed on themselves, and this has the added challenge of having architecture that is going to be challenging because we haven’t seen an EV pickup before,” said Jeremy Acevedo, manager of industry analysis at Edmunds.

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Horses Aid in Therapy for Children With Disabilities in Zimbabwe 

Once a week, a horse track in Harare invites children born with cerebral palsy, a neuromuscular disorder, to visit. But the children don’t simply watch the horses.     Trish Lillie of the Healing with Horses Therapeutic Centre in Harare says her organization is helping kids who cannot afford the recommended speech and physical therapies. Nov. 21, 2019. (Columbus Mavhunga/VOA)The charity is supported by donations from companies and individuals with a mission to help heal children and communities. Stanley Dzingai, 37, brings his 4-year-old child for regular sessions. 
 
“At first my son used to refuse horse therapy, but he is changed and you can see the progress,” Dzingai said. “He couldn’t stand, but now he is standing; he couldn’t sit, and now he can sit. We started recently, but we can see an improvement, a huge one,” in one month’s time. Stanley Dzingai brings his 4-year-old child for regular horse therapy sessions at the Harare site. Nov. 21, 2019. (Columbus Mavhunga/VOA)The U.N. Children’s Fund says the prevalence rate of cerebral palsy worldwide ranges from about 1 to 4 in every 1,000 live births. 
 
Christine Peta, a former disabilities professor at the University of Cape Town who now works with UNICEF Zimbabwe, said that “when some women fall pregnant, they do not go for medical checks until the day they go into labor. So if there are problems that can be prevented or infections that can be treated that can prevent cerebral palsy, those problems remain unattended, resulting in the child being born with cerebral palsy. So it is very critical to be medically checked during pregnancy.” But that might be only an ideal in countries like Zimbabwe, where the health sector has essentially ceased to function. 
 
In that case, Peta recommends speech, occupational and physical therapies for children born with cerebral palsy.  The Healing with Horses Therapeutic Centre in Harare is supported by donations from companies and individuals dedicated to helping children and communities heal. Nov. 21, 2019. (Columbus Mavhunga/VOA)She said this might be difficult to obtain in situations where money is lacking. In such instances, she said, horse riding can be the cheapest kind of therapy. “When a child has cerebral palsy, the child faces a number of problems, which include balance, their limbs can be stiff or they are unable to control movement,” Peta said. “Horse riding can stabilize or improve the balance of the body or the weakened muscles, the weak bones. So it is one of the things that I believe are organic and brilliant in addressing the issue of cerebral palsy.” Almost as important, the children, after getting acclimated, take to the therapy with glee. What child, after all, doesn’t want to ride a pony? 

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