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นายประเสริฐ สินสุขประเสริฐ รองผู้อำนวยการสำนักงานนโยบายและแผนพลังงาน (สนพ.) กล่าวว่า การประชุมคณะกรรมการบริหารนโยบายพลังงาน (กบง.) ที่มี พล.อ.อนันตพร กาญจนรัตน์ รัฐมนตรีว่าการกระทรวงพลังงาน เป็นประธาน มีมติให้คงราคาขายปลีกก๊าซธรรมชาติ หรือ LPG ในเดือนพฤ
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UFOs, aliens: These are the believers

FEED - CNN - Top Stories - 50 min 32 sec ago
About 41 years ago, a man said he was abducted by a UFO while returning home from work in Arizona.
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New on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon

FEED - CNN - Top Stories - 50 min 40 sec ago
There are tons of streaming options to entertain you in May. BrBra href=http://podcast.cnn.com rel=nofollowimg src=http://podcasts.cnn.net/cnnpodcasts/feeds/images/300-situation-room.jpg/a
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Outlaw Chinese Steel

FEED - The Huffington Post - 50 min 43 sec ago

Forged with the despicable dividend of stolen trade secrets, priced with monopoly collusion, then traded with fraudulent labeling to dodge U.S. duties, steel from China violates every principle of capitalism. That’s in addition to defying both U.S. and international trade laws.


It’s outlaw steel. And last week, U.S. Steel Corp. asked the U.S. government to outlaw its import.


U.S. Steel requested this unusual intervention after China hacked into its computers, ripped off trade secrets, then used those secrets to directly compete with U.S. Steel in the American market. China is flooding the international market with excess, government-subsidized steel. That is closing mills and killing jobs from South Africa to Great Britain to North America. The United States can choose to ignore this. It can become a weakling, reliant on other nations for steel, including some, like China, that clearly are not allies. Or, the United States can act now, as U.S. Steel demands, to secure America’s industrial strength and independence. 


Graph showing Chinese steel exports rising while prices declining. Source: U.S. Steel pleading


 


U.S. Steel is the largest integrated steel company headquartered in the United States. Integrated means that it does everything from mine ore, convert iron to steel and finish steel into sheets and plates and beams. Last year, it lost $1.5 billion, even as it slashed costs by closing operations in Fairfield, Ala.; Gary, Ind.; Keewatin, Minn.; and Granite City, Ill., and furloughing more than 5,000 blue and white-collar workers.


As U.S. Steel’s petition to outlaw steel imports from China explains, there’s no amount of cost-cutting American steel companies could do to keep up with the illegal activity that’s supporting the steel industry in China.


The petition puts the racketeering in three categories.  There’s price fixing conducted through a government-established cartel called the China Iron and Steel Association. There was the theft of trade secrets that took U.S. Steel a decade to develop. And there is a scheme to duck U.S. trade duties imposed on Chinese steel involving shipping the steel to another country, such as Malaysia, and claiming it was produced there.


The petition to outlaw imports starts to read like a spy novel when it gets to the part describing the scam that Chinese steel distributors established to elude American duty payments.


Investigators knew something was fishy with Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam because steel shipments from these countries spiked after 2009 when the United States imposed duties on a certain type of steel pipe, Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) from China.


In 2009, none of these countries shipped more than 5,000 metric tons of OCTG to the United States. But the following year, Taiwan suddenly sent 50,000 metric tons. By 2012, Vietnam shipped 200,000 metric tons.


Straw buyers started talking to distributors of steel from China and got some fascinating responses. It’s all documented in the U.S. Steel pleading to the U.S. International Trade Commission.


The straw buyers asked the steel distributor for a price, then expressed concern that the quote was too high. The distributor would then offer to lower the price by duping U.S. customs officials by routing the steel through a country like Indonesia or Malaysia or Thailand, where the steel would be marked as made there – sometimes without ever leaving the original ship. That was the cheapest option.


The straw buyer would ask for documentation that the steel actually was produced by a specific company in China. The distributor often would offer to email the straw buyer a certificate from the company in China.  That, U.S. Steel asserts, means the companies in China were in on the scam.


U.S. Steel’s petition includes copies of the email offers. Here’s a sample:


“We load the casings from China mainland, and deliver to port Klang, Malaysia. Then our agent will reloaded the casing into new containers, to transport to H[o]uston. Meanwhile, they will change the documents in the name of one exporting company in Malaysia. Also they will issue the certificate of origin to certify the casings are from Malaysia origin. Thus, there will no high anti dumping duty for the customer.”

It’s not just one example. This is not a piddling case. The document includes nine instances of distributors offering to falsify documents and “trans-ship” for some of the largest steel companies in China including Baosteel, Hebei, Ansteel, Shandong, Wuhan, Shougang and Benxi.


The largest of these companies operate with the benefit of state-imposed collusion. The U.S. Steel petition describes how the government established the China Iron and Steel Association and required the biggest companies to participate. Its purpose is to help companies control the price of raw materials, share cost and capacity information and regulate prices, including prices of products exported to the United States. All of this, of course, enables them to destroy competitors.


If this sounds like a bunch of U.S. railroad and oil magnates sitting in smoke-filled rooms establishing monopolies before the Sherman Antitrust Act was passed in 1890, that’s exactly what it’s like. And that’s exactly why U.S. Steel says China’s monopoly steel should be blocked at the border. Commodities manufactured in connection with a Sherman Act conspiracy may be denied entry into the United States. 


Chart shows allegations in U.S. Steel filing against specific Chinese companies. 


Then, of course, there’s the outright theft of trade secrets from U.S. Steel by the government of China. Throughout 2010, the Chinese government subjected U.S. Steel to cyber-attacks. Then in 2011, government hackers in China hijacked information from U.S. Steel on advanced high-strength steel used in the auto industry.


Companies in China had been unable to develop this technology and were under pressure from their domestic car companies to get it. So their government stole it for them. After the theft, one of the largest steel companies in China, Baosteel, used the trade secrets to produce the specialized steel and export it to the United States in direct competition with U.S. Steel.


Two years ago, the U.S. government criminally charged five Chinese military officials with economic espionage and other offenses for hacking into the computers at U.S. Steel. In addition, the government indicted the Chinese military officials with stealing trade secrets from the computers of the United Steelworkers (USW), Allegheny Technologies, Alcoa, Westinghouse Electric and SolarWorld.


China wants to maintain civil peace and high employment by running its mills at rates that could not be sustained in a country that must worry about markets and profits. China will do anything to continue that. When duties were imposed because of China’s illegal subsidies, it contrived “trans-shipping” to defraud duty collectors. To kill competitors, it formed a cartel. When it couldn’t match quality, it stole secrets. There’s no way to stop this but to stop all of it. The United States needs a vibrant steel sector for economic and national security. Outlaw Chinese steel.

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พ่อเมืองอุบลฯรุดช่วยชาวบ้าน เดือดร้อนพายุพัดถล่มบ้านพัง

ผู้ว่าฯ อุบลราชธานี นำนอภ.สว่างวีระวงศ์ กำลังอาสารักษาดินแดน ช่วยเหลือซ่อมแซม บ้านเรือนประชาชน ที่ถูกพายุพัดถล่มบ้านพัง เพื่อช่วยบรรเทาความเดือดร้อน
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Girl's death after taking 'MasterCard' ecstasy prompts police warning

pPolice urge anyone who may have taken particular form of drug to seek medical attention after teenager died in Manchester/ppA teenage girl has died in Manchester after taking ecstasy at a sold-out clubbing event attended by up to 5,000 people, prompting police to warn others who may have taken the party drug to urgently seek medical attention./ppThe girl suffered an adverse reaction to a form of ecstasy known as “MasterCard” in the early hours of Monday at Victoria Warehouse in Trafford, Greater Manchester police said. She died in hospital a short time later./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/may/02/girls-death-after-taking-mastercard-ecstasy-prompts-police-warning"Continue reading.../a
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Girl's death after taking 'MasterCard' ecstasy prompts police warning

FEED - The Guardian - 51 min 37 sec ago
pPolice urge anyone who may have taken particular form of drug to seek medical attention after teenager died in Manchester/ppA teenage girl has died in Manchester after taking ecstasy at a sold-out clubbing event attended by up to 5,000 people, prompting police to warn others who may have taken the party drug to urgently seek medical attention./ppThe girl suffered an adverse reaction to a form of ecstasy known as “MasterCard” in the early hours of Monday at Victoria Warehouse in Trafford, Greater Manchester police said. She died in hospital a short time later./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/may/02/girls-death-after-taking-mastercard-ecstasy-prompts-police-warning"Continue reading.../a
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Japan to support Mekong countries with $7 bln over three years

BANGKOK - Japan wants to work with countries in the lower Mekong river basin and will help them improve infrastructure and bolster development with 750 billion yen ($7 billion) in aid over three years, its foreign minister said on Monday.
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Chinese Communist party suspends tycoon after Xi Jinping outburst

pRen Zhiqiang’s social media accounts blocked after he challenged president’s attempts to further restrict country’s media/ppChina has suspended an outspoken property magnate from the Communist party after he publicly questioned President Xi Jinping’s attempts to bring the country’s media to heel. /ppIn February, just days after Xi a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/19/xi-jinping-tours-chinas-top-state-media-outlets-to-boost-loyalty"demanded absolute loyalty/a from China’s party-controlled press, Ren Zhiqiang a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/28/china-muzzles-the-cannon-ren-tycoon-criticism-media-clampdown"challenged the move/a on social media. br/p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/02/chinese-communist-party-suspends-ren-zhiqiang-social-media-xi-jinping"Continue reading.../a
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Chinese Communist party suspends tycoon after Xi Jinping outburst

FEED - The Guardian - 54 min 56 sec ago
pRen Zhiqiang’s social media accounts blocked after he challenged president’s attempts to further restrict country’s media/ppChina has suspended an outspoken property magnate from the Communist party after he publicly questioned President Xi Jinping’s attempts to bring the country’s media to heel. /ppIn February, just days after Xi a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/19/xi-jinping-tours-chinas-top-state-media-outlets-to-boost-loyalty"demanded absolute loyalty/a from China’s party-controlled press, Ren Zhiqiang a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/28/china-muzzles-the-cannon-ren-tycoon-criticism-media-clampdown"challenged the move/a on social media. br/p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/02/chinese-communist-party-suspends-ren-zhiqiang-social-media-xi-jinping"Continue reading.../a
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ผบ.ทบ.วอนสื่ออย่าให้ความสำคัญกลุ่มต้านร่างรัฐธรรมนูญ

พล.อ.ธีรชัย นาควานิช ผู้บัญชาการทหารบก กล่าวถึงกรณีกลุ่มที่เคลื่อนไหวคัดค้านร่างรัฐธรรมนูญ และชักจูงในการลงเสียงประชามติ ว่า ยังรู้สึกสงสัยว่าจะออกมาเคลื่อนไหวต่อต้านกันทำไม เพราะรัฐบาลก็ทำตามโรดแมปคิดเห็นอย่างไรก็ไปลงประชามติ ในเมื่อทุกคนต้องการประชาธิ
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ศักดิ์ดาจับติ้วชนอุซเบฯกำปั้นเอเชีย

2 กำปั้นความหวัง ศักดิ์ดา รวมธรรม รุ่น 60 กก. ประเดิมเจอ นักชกอุซเบกิสถาน ส่วน ปลื้ม พบ นักชกเติร์กเมนิสถาน ในการแข่งขันมวยสากลสมัครเล่นเยาวชนชิงแชมป์เอเชีย
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Frenchman takes former employer to tribunal over tedious job

pFrédéric Desnard, 44, claims his job was so dull he suffered a ‘descent into hell’ similar to burnout, but less interesting/ppA Frenchman who claims he was given so little to do at work he suffered “bore out” is taking his case to an employment tribunal on Monday./pp Frédéric Desnard says his managerial job at the perfume company, which made him redundant 18 months ago, was so tedious he became exhausted and literally bored out of his mind./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/02/frenchman-takes-former-employer-to-tribunal-over-tedious-job"Continue reading.../a
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Frenchman takes former employer to tribunal over tedious job

FEED - The Guardian - 56 min 11 sec ago
pFrédéric Desnard, 44, claims his job was so dull he suffered a ‘descent into hell’ similar to burnout, but less interesting/ppA Frenchman who claims he was given so little to do at work he suffered “bore out” is taking his case to an employment tribunal on Monday./pp Frédéric Desnard says his managerial job at the perfume company, which made him redundant 18 months ago, was so tedious he became exhausted and literally bored out of his mind./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/02/frenchman-takes-former-employer-to-tribunal-over-tedious-job"Continue reading.../a
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อย่างเท่! ยลทรงผมไอ้เณรของเหล่าดาราชาย หลังเข้ารั้วทหาร

เดินทางเข้าไปรายงานตัวทำหน้าที่ชายไทยพร้อมได้ทรงผมทรงใหม่กันเป็นที่เรียบร้อย สำหรับบรรดาดาราชายในแวดวงบันเทิงทั้งหลาย อาทิ ชิน ชินวุฒ, ชาโน แพมเบอร์เกอร์ และ กวินท์ ดูวาล ประจำการกองพันทหารราบ มณฑลทหารบกที่ 11 (พัน ร. มทบ.11) รวมไปถึงในรายของห
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The amazing life of a surfer - in pictures

pCheck out these breathtaking images of the surfing life, from flawless waves to the charm of surfing culture, from Chris Vick, author of teen surfing novel Kook/p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/gallery/2016/may/02/the-amazing-life-of-a-surfer-in-pictures"Continue reading.../a
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The amazing life of a surfer - in pictures

FEED - The Guardian - 1 hour 40 sec ago
pCheck out these breathtaking images of the surfing life, from flawless waves to the charm of surfing culture, from Chris Vick, author of teen surfing novel Kook/p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/gallery/2016/may/02/the-amazing-life-of-a-surfer-in-pictures"Continue reading.../a
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แบ่งงานลงตัว ส.บอล ตั้งโค้ชลูกหนัง 4 ชุด

ตั้งโค้ชบอลทีมชาติ 4 ชุด 21 ปี-วรวุฒิ, 19 ปี-เฉลิมวุฒิ, 16 ปี-ชัยยงค์, 14 ปี-ศราวุฒิ ด้าน ซิโก้ เสนอแผนงานตลอดปี คิงสคัพ ประกาศชื่อ 20 พ.ค.นี้ เรียกซ้อม 29 พ.ค.ต่อไป
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