America appears to once again be divided on an international issue, as a split over whether the talks with Iran have a positive or negative outlook proves to be a divisive issue. In this newest hot-button issue, the Iran talks were reported on by CNN with “optimism” from Switzerland in its report. “It is a good deal, a deal that meets our core objectives,” President Obama said from the White House Rose Garden. “This framework would cut off every pathway that Iran could take to develop a nuclear weapon.” On FOX News, the claims were that the U.S. negotiation team, lead by the Vice President, had “caved” on issues to keep the U.S. and the World safe. Popular right-wing pundit Sean Hannity repeated “A deal with the Devil” ad-nauseum on his television program. Diplomats from both sides of the meeting said that progress had been made, but admitted there was still little that had been fully resolved. Instead, there appears to have been bullet-points taken under strong consideration, and noted as the framework for what the deal would need to look like. According to CNN, Iran must reduce its stockpile of enriched uranium by 98 percent overall. In return, Europe and the U.S. would lift sanctions on the country. From http://usfinancepost.com/us-media-split-on-iran-talks-as-small-steps-are-made-24638.html
Services sector expands on back of finance, health and retail – Finance and insurance services was the dominant force driving growth, up 4 points to a booming 73.
The services sector expanded in March, albeit only just, as financial services, health and retail led the way. The Australian Industry Group’s Performance of Services Index declined by 1.5 points in March but, at 50.2, remained just above the key 50-point level that separates expansion from contraction. Finance and insurance services was the dominant force driving growth, up 4 points to a booming 73. Health and community eased slightly last month, but remains well in expansion at 57.5, while retail trade rose 2.9 points to 52.6 – the first time that sector has expanded in six months. Personal and recreational services also rose in March, ending three months of contraction, but hospitality contracted for a fifth straight month, while wholesale also continued declining, and communications slumped 9.5 points to 33.8 and has been contracting since December 2011. The sub-indices for sales, employment and new orders all expanded last month, but all three were only just above 50 points. Deliveries and stocks both fell. From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-07/services-sector-expands-on-back-of-finance-health-and-retail/6374448