Business Highlights

___Facing Trump’s tariffs, some companies move, change or waitWASHINGTON (AP) — Some are moving factories out of China. Others are strategically redesigning products. Some are seeking trade loopholes or even mislabeling where their goods originate — all with the goal of evading President Donald Trump’s tariffs on Chinese imports. But most of the companies that stand to be hurt by Trump’s tariffs are hunkering down and waiting — waiting because they don’t know when, whether or how his trade war with China will end or which countries the president might target next.___Netflix subscriber drop hints at streaming-service fatigueNEW YORK (AP) — How much is too much for streaming video? Netflix price increases during the second quarter seem to have spooked subscribers, and raise the question of how much people are willing to pay for the bevy of streaming services headed for launch this year and next.___House approves $15 minimum wage, Senate prospects are dimWASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats approved legislation Thursday to raise the federal minimum wage for the first time in a decade — to $15 an hour. But the bill has almost no chance in the Republican-controlled Senate. The increase, from what’s now $7.25 an hour, would be phased in over six years. It also raises the tipped wage to the same level. A minimum wage hike has been a top Democratic campaign promise, intended to address income inequality that’s driving the 2020 political debate.___Facebook’s Libra gets stark warning from G-7 finance chiefsCHANTILLY, France (AP) — Finance chiefs from the Group of Seven rich democracies have issued a stark warning that cryptocurrencies like Facebook’s Libra should not be allowed before “serious regulatory and systemic concerns” are put in check. France, which chaired the G-7 finance meeting, said Thursday that it is worried that encrypted digital currency could spiral out of control.___Trump: Administration to review Pentagon computer contractWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says the administration will “take a very long look” at a massive multibillion-dollar contract the Pentagon is about to award for a cloud computing system. Amazon Web Services Inc., a division of Amazon, and Microsoft Corp. are finalists for the contract estimated to be worth as much as $10 billion over a decade. Trump says he’s been hearing “tremendous complaints” from other companies that the contract was not competitively bid.___About 10,000 au pairs to get paid in class-action settlementDENVER (AP) — About 10,000 live-in childcare workers from around the world will be paid an average of $3,500 each under a class-action settlement that alleged exploitation of the mostly young women who perform the jobs. U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello gave final approval to the $65.5 million deal for au pairs on Thursday in Denver.___Union Pacific delivers 4% better 2Q profit on lower expensesOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific Corp. delivered 4% more profit in the second quarter even though it hauled less freight because it cut its expenses by 7%. Operational improvements at the railroad helped it beat Wall Street expectations. The Omaha, Nebraska-based company said Thursday it earned $1.57 billion, or $2.22 per share, in the quarter. That’s up from $1.51 billion, or $1.98 per share, a year ago.___Automaker BMW names production chief Zipse as new CEOFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — BMW has named its top production manager, Oliver Zipse, as its next CEO to lead the luxury automaker through a shift to new ways of doing business such as electric vehicles and offering cars on a per-use basis. The Munich-based company said in a news release that Zipse, 55, would succeed Harald Krueger, who said July 5 he would not seek to renew his contract when it expires next May.___South Korean political parties back Moon in Japan trade rowSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean liberal and conservative parties have vowed to co-operate to help the Seoul government prevail in an escalating trade row with Japan. After a meeting between the parties’ leaders and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, they announced plans to create a “pan-national” emergency body to respond to Japanese trade curbs on certain technology exports to South Korea. They urged Japan to withdraw the new export controls.___US stock indexes shake off an early loss and close higherNEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks reversed course from an early slump and closed higher Thursday to break a two-day losing streak after technology and bank stocks rallied. IBM rose after reporting solid results and helped lift the technology sector. Banks including BB&T and SunTrust led financial stocks higher. Medical equipment makers including Danaher helped health care stocks reverse course after an early loss. A plunge in Netflix sank communications companies.___The S&P 500 index rose 10.69 points, or 0.4%, to 2,995.11. The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 3.12 points to 27,222.97. The Nasdaq composite rose 22.04 points, or 0.3%, to 8,207.24. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks rose 4.85 points, or 0.3%, to 1,555.62.The Associated Press read more

August 2012 – EV and AFV registrations

Plug-In Car Grant: Since the launch of the Plug-In Car Grant in January 2011, there have been 2,041 eligible cars registered.Please note: this data includes only new car registrations and not commercial vehicles.For questions about these figures, or to enquire about more detailed data sets, e-mail [email protected] more information about the Plug-In Car Grant, visit the OLEV website.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT has published Electric and Alternatively-Fuelled Vehicle registration figures for August and the year-to-date.EV and AFV data table

Brock horror and science fiction expert reveals Top 5 scary films of

Trick-or-treating, Jack-O’-Lanterns and scary movies. What better way to prepare yourself for Halloween than to binge watch the Top 5 horror films of all time, according to a Brock University expert on horror cinema.Barry Grant, Professor in the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film, is internationally known for his research on horror and science fiction films and has written or edited more than two dozen books on the topic.“Horror movies aim to rudely move us out of our complacency in daily life by way of negative emotions such as horror, fear, suspense, terror and disgust,” says Grant, who’s Planks of Reason: Essays on the Horror Film released in 1984 was the first scholarly anthology on horror and helped make the genre an acceptable field of academic inquiry. “Horror addresses fears that are universally taboo and respond to historically and culturally specific anxieties.”Grant’s research explains how these films offer a release of our own (and collective) fears by providing us with vicarious, but controlled thrills.Although admittedly challenging, Grant gives his Top 5 picks for horror films in chronological order:Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931)“The film that established horror as a viable genre in Hollywood during the classic studio era and made Universal the most important studio making horror movies. With its gorgeous Expressionist design, Frankenstein and those that followed, whether they featured the Frankenstein monster, Dracula, the Wolfman or the Mummy, looked very different from the glossy kinds of movies being turned out by MGM or Paramount or the tough movies produced by Warner Bros. The film also made a star of British actor Boris Karloff, whose sensitive portrayal of the creature compensated for the drastic departures from Mary Shelley’s source novel.” Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)“The foundation of contemporary horror, its shocks are perfectly timed by director Alfred Hitchcock, who claimed he played the audience like a piano. Psycho brought horror home to middle America from exotic foreign places like Transylvania. Tellingly, the film begins in sunny midafternoon in a mundane hotel. The shower scene is the most famous sequence in film history along with the Odessa Steps sequence in Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin (1925).”Night of the Living Dead (George Romero, 1968)“George Romero’s independent film, made in Pittsburgh, shocked audiences then and retains its power even today. Romero rewrote zombie folklore, making the undead unquenchable cannibals as well, and in the process creating a new monster mythology that resonated with contemporary audiences on several levels. One by one the film assaults the genre’s conventions and the expectations we once brought to the horror experience.”The Devils (Ken Russsell, 1971)“British enfant terrible Ken Russell was known for his flamboyant excesses and violations of British propriety. Some might well describe all his films as horrifying, although he only made two actual horror films: the campy Lair of the White Worm (1988), based on a Bram Stoker novel, and The Devils (1971), based on The Devils of Loudon by Aldous Huxley. In recounting the events that transpired during the Inquisition in 17th century Loudon, the devils of the film’s title are hardly supernatural and all too real. The hysteria, collusion and corruption detailed in the film are much more frightening than any levitating beds or rotating heads.”Dead Alive (A.K.A. Brain Dead) (Peter Jackson, 1992)“There is a distinct tradition of comedy in horror, which in its more recent graphic phase has been dubbed ‘splatstick,’ a combination of the two forms. It culminates in Peter Jackson’s gorefest of sight gags, which no less an authority than Sam Raimi, director of the cult classic The Evil Dead (1981), described as ‘the intolerance of splatstick.’”To learn more about the horror genre, read Grant’s essay on Screams on Screens: Paradigms on Horror. Grant is also doing a live YouTube interview at 12:45 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31 on the topic of De-Coding Horror. read more