first_imgLive Oak Reading Series opens students’ minds to new ways of writing printTrump and Clinton: Where are the campaign signs? from TCU Student Media on Vimeo.In the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election, many in the TCU area have noticed something different about citizen participation in this election cycle.Throughout campaign history, voters have typically shown their support by publicly displaying which candidate they are backing. In the 2012 presidential race, Obama-Biden and Romney-Ryan logos seemed to be everywhere.Images courtesy of CNN Politics. + posts ReddIt ReddIt Previous articleStudy abroad office plans new opportunityNext articleVietnamese Student Association hosts “Born with Horn” event Hannah Gibson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history TCU students take part in adopting horned frogs Facebook Hannah Gibsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/hannah-gibson/ Hannah Gibsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/hannah-gibson/ Hannah Gibsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/hannah-gibson/ TCU students give a voice to the voiceless Linkedincenter_img Hannah Gibsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/hannah-gibson/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook TCU alumnus competes in renowned fishing tournament However, TCU student and Tarrant County GOP Hispanic Engagement Field Director Jacob Velasquez said this election season has broken the trend of propaganda posters.He said there are hardly any yard signs or bumper stickers around, at least in the neighborhoods surrounding the university.“It’s just an interesting phenomenon that’s going on,” Velasquez said. “A number of people on both sides are just sort of disinterested in the election cycle.”As an employee at the Tarrant County GOP Headquarters, Velasquez said people have refrained from purchasing yard signs for fear of vandalism or judgement.“People have been stealing signs and vandalizing signs. I’ve gone into different neighborhoods before where people say they don’t want to express their political views because they could feel retaliation from their neighbors,” Velasquez said.Other reasons for this phenomenon are plenty and varied, according to TCU political science professor Dr. Ralph Carter.Aside from vandalism, Carter said voters are not using candidate propaganda because they simply are not interested in either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.“It’s strange but it’s a sign of how polar things have gotten. I think Americans would agree we have a choice of two flawed candidates,” Carter said. “As a result of that, I think the enthusiasm level in the campaign has been muted by what it normally is.”In an interview below, Velasquez said the most discouraging part is the lack of citizen participation across the board, including voting.Early voting in Texas took place Oct. 24 through Nov. 4.Americans will still have the chance to vote on Election Day, Tuesday Nov. 8, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find a convenient voting location, visit Vote Texas.Fort Worth citizens participated in early voting in the Brown-Lupton University Union at TCU. (Sam Bruton/TCU360) Twitter Hannah is a junior broadcast journalism major and a studio art minor. She is writing for TCU 360 and will be covering Student Organizations this semester. TAGSaudioimagephotosvideo Hannah Gibson Linkedin Twitter The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive yearslast_img read more

first_img Knight is making her West End debut in The Bodyguard. Known as the Queen of British Soul, she has sold over a million albums in the U.K., scoring several top 10 hits and four gold certified albums. Knight has released six studio albums to date and her hit singles will include “Greatest Day,” “Get Up!” and “Come as You Are.” She appeared on BBC One’s Just the Two of Us and performed at London’s 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony.  The Tony-winning musical Memphis is heading to London’s West End, with Beverley Knight headlining the production. According to the Daily Mail, Memphis will open at the Shaftesbury Theatre in October. Knight is currently starring in The Bodyguard at the West End’s Adelphi Theatre and will depart the tuner on May 31; the show will remain at the venue until August, when it makes way for the stage adaptation of Made In Daghenam. Memphis takes place in the segregated ’50s, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn’t: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. The show won four 2010 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

first_img In 2011, illegal armed groups made up of former paramilitaries had a presence in 406 municipalities within 31 Colombian departments, that is, 147 more than in 2008, according to a report by a non-governmental organization. According to the Institute of Development and Peace Studies (Indepaz), “The Rastrojos [Stubble], Urabeños, Paisas, Águilas Negras [Black Eagles], and Erpac are the narco-paramilitary groups that have succeeded in consolidating their position throughout Colombia’s national territory, of which the first two have the greatest impact.” In statements to AFP, Indepaz director Camilo González said that “the analysis allows us to demonstrate that these groups have continued reproducing since 2006,” when the so-called United Self-Defense Units of Colombia (extreme right-wing paramilitaries AUC) were demobilized. González even noted that “in the last four years, there’s been a permanent presence of these groups, under different names, in 271 municipalities (out of the 1,100 that exist in Colombia).” “They inherited the [drug-trafficking] business and the areas of influence and mobility of the groups demobilized in 2006. There was a mutation, and that allows us to talk about partial and even false demobilizations. There was fraud in turning over lists [of demobilized individuals] and weapons,” he explained. The Indepaz report also notes the presence of leftist guerrilla groups and indicates that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) are active in 249 municipalities; the National Liberation Army (ELN) in 65; and the Popular Liberation Army (EPL) in seven. The report highlights the fact that “within the logic of the conflict, the FARC and ELN, the two most important insurgent groups in the country, have occasionally joined forces to confront the narco-paramilitary groups, reclaiming rural areas in the Colombian south and southwest.” Nevertheless, it adds that there are areas in the eastern part of the country, where “the existence of alliances with groups such as Erpac, in order to divide up the drug-trafficking business, is clear.” González specified that even if the FARC has fallen back territorially over the last eight years, toward the country’s south and east, that rebel group (with around 9,000 armed men) has intensified its presence in urban sectors between 2010 and 2011, by way of militias. By Dialogo February 24, 2012last_img read more

first_imgMovieGuide.org August 2014This year marks the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. It appears that poverty won that war.Jesus said you will always have the poor with you. He also said, “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat….to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”In Christ’s day, Samaritans were half-breeds who were hated. To be called a Samaritan was an ethnic slur. Yet one day, Jesus told a parable where the hero was a good Samaritan. Jump forward to our day, and the term Samaritan is synonymous with a do-gooder.In 1964, LBJ initiated the War on Poverty to help millions of Americans “escape from squalor and misery and unemployment rolls where other citizens help to carry them.”It sounds good. In fact, a book written in 1968 by a prominent evangelical said: “For the Christian the ‘war on poverty’ is not a political option. It is a lifelong battle based on the mandate of Jesus Christ, who loved the poor.”In one sense, that quote is correct on the face of it. However, in the direct political sense, it is far from correct. As they say, hindsight is always 20/20. Who should help the poor? The church, the family, the individual? Yes. The government? No.Rather than alleviate poverty in America, the War on Poverty helped increase it in the long run.https://www.movieguide.org/news-articles/50-years-war-poverty.html#.U-q-D_4cSUklast_img read more

first_imgAjax reacted to the South African Football Association disciplinary decision by announcing they will seek a court order blocking the play-offs.Ndoro played for three clubs — Orlando Pirates and Ajax in South Africa and Al Faisaly in Saudi Arabia — during the 2017/2018 season, one more than permitted by world body FIFA.The Cape Town club had seven points deducted while Platinum gained three, which reversed the positions of the clubs on the final standings.In the revised table, AmaZulu dropped out of the top eight, depriving them of a place in an eight million rand ($640,000/540,000 euros) winners-take-all knockout competition next season.Share on: WhatsApp Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Ajax Cape Town were relegated from the South African Premiership Tuesday for fielding ineligible Zimbabwean striker Tendai Ndoro, league officials said.The club, which has links to former European champions Ajax, had finished second last and were scheduled to play a promotion/relegation match Wednesday.Losing top-flight status is a massive blow to Ajax as the Premiership is the richest national football league in Africa with 30 million rand (about $2.4 mn/2 mn euros) prize money.Platinum Stars, who came last, will take the place of Ajax in the play-offs, a Premier Soccer League statement said.Second division sides Black Leopards and Jomo Cosmos complete the mini-league line-up and the top team after a double round qualify for the 2018/2019 Premiership.last_img read more

first_imgImage Courtesy: The WeekAdvertisement ahNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsdjpmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eka( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4iicWould you ever consider trying this?😱ddenCan your students do this? 🌚4iwbuRoller skating! Powered by Firework Seeing a direct goal from a corner kick is a sight to behold. From Colombia’s Marco Coll beating the legendary Lev Yashin in the 1962 FIFA World Cup, to Real Madrid talisman Toni Kroos catching Valencia FC goalkeeper off-guard last month, this near impossible way to score goals takes years of precise accuracy with the foot. But can a kid do that? Yes, a boy named Dani PK can. The 10 year old Keralite prodigy footballer had the pinpoint precision to swerve one in from the corner flag, and it is going viral all over the internet.Advertisement Image Courtesy: The WeekDani PK plays for the Kerala Football Training Centre (KFTC) club, and his unbelievable yet amazing achievement in the final match of the All Kerala Kids Football tournament, held at Meenangadi in the Wayanad district of Kerala.Dani’s shot to limelight is credited to none other than legendary Indian footballer I.M. Vijayan. The 50 year old uploaded the clip on his official Twitter handle. Check it out below-Advertisement This mesmerising corner goal wasn’t Dani’s only achievement. The youngster scored a hat trick in the final, and was also awarded ‘Player of the Tournament’ for scoring a total of 13 goals in the tournament.Currently studying in the fifth standard of Presentation School in Kozhikode, this sensational goal has earned the kid nickname of ‘Lionel’. Speaking to Indian news magazine The Week, Dani’s father Abu Hashim stated that his son is an avid football fan from a vbery young age.“Football is his favourite sport. He loves it so much that no matter how many footballs we buy him, he always asks for another,” Hashim said in the interview.Working as a photographer for Malayala Manorama, Hashim revealed that Dani’s favourite team are the catalan giants, indicating Messi is his idol: “Dani swears by Barcelona. So, no prizes for guessing who his footballing idol is.”“Every morning, Novia and I have to help him with packing his school bag as per the timetable. But he needs no alarm clock, no help to wake up or pack his football kit when he has to go for training at 6 am. Such is his love for the game,” Dani’s father concluded.Also read-Watch: New Zealand kid perfectly imitates Jasprit Bumrah’s action!Watch: Incredible young kid mirrors Roger Federer’s footwork and shot-making by watching him on TV!  Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe game was close in the first half, with Arroyo taking a six-point lead into the break after Jerry Urbano made a layup with time running out. The teams continued to play close until the end of the third quarter, when Arroyo opened up its first double-digit lead. Arroyo ended up leading by nine at the end of the third quarter. Arroyo High’s boys basketball team got its postseason started on the right foot Wednesday by keeping Garden Grove at bay for a 60-52 victory in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IV-AA playoffs. The Knights (15-12) led nearly the entire way but had to continually turn away Garden Grove’s rallies and never took a comfortable lead. “Jerry does all the little things well for our team,” he said. “He’s been our MVP over the past few games.” McCollough also praised Urbano as one of the best defenders in the Valley. The Argonauts were led by Tony Pham’s 17 points. Arroyo’s next opponent is St. Margaret’s in San Juan Capistrano on Friday. The Tartans, the top seed in the division at 19-5 overall, received a bye in the first round. “We’re not gonna lay down, we’re gonna go after them,” McCollough said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Knights opened the fourth quarter with four consecutive points for a 13 point lead. They went on to create their biggest lead, 14, and never looked back. The Argonauts didn’t relent, but their comeback attempt in the fourth quarter came up short. The Knights had three players score in double figures. They were led by Urbano, who had 20 points. Jeremy Morita had 18 and Martin Gomez 12 in the winning effort. “We got some easy baskets down on their end, and our defense played really well tonight.” Arroyo head coach Lydell McCollough said. He praised his team’s work on defense, Urbano in particular. last_img read more

first_imgIsaac Nkwe, founder of the ImfundisoSkills Development Project, with one ofhis jewellery-making students.(Image: AngloGold Ashanti)MEDIA CONTACTS• Soweto Jewellery School+27 12 734 [email protected] ARTICLES• Hair academy empowers women• Prison island to tropical paradise• Obama’s trashy Karoo treasures• Record price for SA diamondTamara O’ReillyOut of the humble beginnings of a jewellery-making project that started on borrowed space at the De Beers Cullinan mines in Gauteng has grown something of a jewellery school empire for Isaac Nkwe.Nkwe is the founder of Imfundiso Skills Development, an initiative that has seen hundreds of students from five such schools around South Africa graduate from jewellery-making courses and go on to successful careers.After graduating from the University of Pretoria, now the Tshwane University of Technology, Nkwe joined Arthur Kaplan Jewellers as a designer. In 2000, he helped establish the Atteridgeville Jewellery School.A year later in partnership with De Beers, the Department of Minerals and Energy and the then-Pretoria Technikon, he founded the Imfundiso project, operating out of the company’s diamond mine in Cullinan, east of Pretoria.“There’s an influx of people from rural areas coming to the mines every year, so the initial idea was to train the children of the mineworkers so that they could have a future,” says Nkwe. “Today we have expanded to schools in Gauteng and Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal teaching just about anyone who want to learn about jewellery making.”Impressed with the initiative, the National Lottery sponsored the opening of another school in Sekhukhune in Limpopo and in 2004 the Soweto Jewellery School in White City Jabavu opened its doors.Giving value to skillsTwo courses accredited by the Mining Qualification Authority are run annually – a six-month course for graduates from jewellery schools around the country and a two-year learnership for those without any previous experience. The latter course is a fast-track method of training unskilled, unemployed and inexperienced youths to produce jewellery and craft of fine, saleable quality within a short period of time.Working with a combination of precious metals such as gold, silver and bronze, as well as beads, wood and glass has allowed students to blend indigenous jewellery making with more contemporary styles.Apart from being taught the intricacies of jewellery making, students are also armed with business skills so that the trade learned is marketable.“Skills only have value if one can market and use them,” says Nkwe. “It is important that we teach the students here both marketing and communication skills so that they can use them to support themselves and their families.”Many success stories have emerged from this project, the most notable of them being the achievement of one of the students, Nelson Zwane, who created the necklace that Terry Pheto, actress in the South African Oscar-winning movie Tsotsi, wore to the Academy Awards.So far students have done work for government and companies looking for unique promotional merchandise as well as individuals who can make their own designs.“Jewellery is a funny business. Although we are one of the biggest producers of gold and diamonds, around 80% percent of it gets exported and turned into saleable items outside this country. Our goal is to make South Africa a jewellery-making hub because we have all the talent and resources we need right here,” says Nkwe.last_img read more

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES Russia’s Maria Sharapova celebrates a point win over Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)MELBOURNE, Australia— Maria Sharapova smacked a forehand winner — the sort she’s hit so many times, at so many key moments, over the years — to take control against defending champion Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open. Sharapova balled up her fists, shut her eyes, threw back her head and let out a yell.She showed she’s ready to be a Grand Slam factor once again.ADVERTISEMENT The 31-year-old Russian missed the tournament in 2017 during a 15-month doping suspension that was triggered by a positive doping test during the previous year’s Australian Open.Wozniacki was the No. 3 seed in Australia, a year after beating Simona Halep in the final to claim her first major championship.Next for Sharapova is a matchup against Australia’s Ash Barty, who beat Maria Sakkari 7-5, 6-1 to equal her best showing at any major tournament.“I know,” Sharapova said, “it’s going to be a tough crowd.”No. 15-seeded Barty took two nearly years off from the tennis tour after the 2014 U.S. Open and played cricket during that time.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Behind Kyle Kuzma’s heroics, Lakers top Thunder in OT without LeBron Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completioncenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Sharapova grabbed the last four games to eliminate Wozniacki 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in nearly 2½ hours Friday and reach the fourth round at Melbourne Park, building the statement-making victory with aggressive groundstrokes that gave her a 37-10 edge in total winners.“I haven’t played many matches in the last year, especially against top players,” Sharapova said. “And these are the kinds of matches I train for.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsShe cut her 2018 season short in September because of problems with her surgically repaired right shoulder.Sharapova is seeded only 30th at Melbourne Park, where she won the 2008 title for one of her five Grand Slam trophies but hasn’t been past the quarterfinals since 2015. “Her story is phenomenal,” Sharapova said. “I know she took a little break and came back and just resurged.”Against Wozniacki, Sharapova hung in there in a back-and-forth contest.Wozniacki led 3-2 in the third set after holding at love. But Sharapova finally gained the upper hand with a break for a 4-3 lead, clinched with that big forehand she was so excited about.After holding to go up 5-3, Sharapova broke yet again to end it, closing with a big cross-court backhand.“The level was quite high,” Sharapaova said. “I knew I was going to get a tough match.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man City boss Guardiola plans to target ‘vulnerable’ Liverpool keeper Alissonby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePep Guardiola sees Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson as a possible weakness.According to The Sun, Guardiola has an idea of how to disrupt the league leaders as they do battle on Thursday.And part of his plan is to perform a two man press on Alisson each time he gets the ball.The Brazilian is very comfortable on the ball, but he has made a couple mistakes in possession that have led to goals this season.City will also be very aggressive and play with a high line, despite the pace of Liverpool’s front three.If City win, they will move to within four points of the Reds at the top of the table. last_img read more

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) plans to launch two new services between Asia and Australia under a vessel sharing agreement (VSA) with three European carriers, starting from May 2017. To be jointly operated by MOL and Denmark-based Maersk Line, the new Asia-Australia Express will be a pendulum service, linking Northeast Asia to Australia and Southeast Asia to Australia.Under the VSA, MOL will operate three ships and Maersk Line will operate nine ships. The Asia-Australia Express will serve as a replacement for the existing AU2 and AAB/AAT services, according to MOL.Port rotation of the Asia-Australia Express service will be as follows: Yokohama, Osaka (Japan), Busan (South Korea), Qingdao, Shanghai, Ningbo (China), Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Fremantle (Australia), Tanjung Pelepas (Malaysia), Singapore (Singapore), Laem Chabang (Thailand), Tanjung Pelepas, Singapore, Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Yokohama.The second service, the China-Taiwan-Australia Express (CAE service), will connect China, Taiwan and Australia. The CAE service will be jointly operated by German-based Hamburg Süd, Maersk Line and Switzerland-headquartered Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC).According to MOL, the CAE service will serve as a replacement of the existing AU1 service.The CAE service will include the ports of Kaohsiung (Taiwan), Xiamen, Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian (China), Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane (Australia) and Kaohsiung.In addition, MOL’s existing NZ1 and NZ2 services will also be enhanced by adding Brisbane port of calls in NZ1 service and Sydney port of calls in NZ2 service.Separately, MSC informed about the service upgrades related to the VSA between the four shipping companies that will come into force in May 2017.MSC’s said its Wallaby Service to and from North East Asia will continue to operate the following port rotation, while maintaining the same transit times: Yokohama, Osaka, Busan, Qingdao, Shanghai (Yangshan), Ningbo, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Yokohama.The company said that the last vessel on the current VSA will be ER France, with an estimated time of arrival in Yokohama on May 2, 2017.Another MSC’s service, the Panda Service, will see improved South China coverage as a result of the additions of Xiamen and Nansha ports.The rotation of the Panda Service will be as follows: Kaohsiung, Xiamen, Nansha, Hong Kong, Yantian, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Kaohsiung.The last vessel on the current VSA will be CAP FRIO, with an estimated time of arrival in Kaohsiung on May 4, 2017, according to MSC.last_img read more

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia’s labour minister has appointed an economist to lead a commission to advise the government on boosting the province’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.Prof. Marjorie Griffin Cohen of Simon Fraser University will chair the Fair Wages Commission, which also includes Ken Peacock, vice-president at the Business Council of British Columbia, and Ivan Limpright, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union.The commission is expected to deliver a report with a timeline to raise the minimum wage within 90 days of its first meeting.The New Democrats had previously set a deadline of 2021 to raise the minimum wage but Labour Minister Harry Bains said that will now be up to the commission to determine.“We want to de-politicize this whole process so that they consult with small businesses, consult with workers, consult with the community leaders to make sure that they come back with the recommendations that will give small businesses at least a gradual, predictable, and common sense increases so they have certainty to adjust their cost of labour over a period of time,” he said.The NDP had promised to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour but after forming a government it agreed with the Green party to set up a commission that would oversee regular rate reviews.The commission will also review wages of liquor servers and agricultural workers that are tied to separate rates.Bains said the commission has also been asked to report on closing the gap between the minimum and living wage, which varies between communities.Cohen said average hourly wages in B.C. are lower than the national average.“These low wages have contributed to growing inequality and poverty for many working people and their families,” she said.The commission has a budget of $490,000 over two years, which will largely fund travel and consultations.last_img read more

first_imgWASHINGTON – A rising stock market lifted U.S. household wealth to a record $106.9 trillion in the April-June quarter, the culmination of a decade of economic recovery but a gain that is concentrated largely among the most affluent.The value of Americans’ stock and mutual fund portfolios rose $800 billion last quarter, while home values increased $600 billion, the Federal Reserve said Thursday. Total household wealth is now 2.1 per cent higher than in the first quarter, when it was $104.7 trillion.The Fed’s report came on a day when a wave of buying on Wall Street sent U.S. stocks surging and lifted both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index to all-time highs. The Dow has gained nearly 8 per cent this year, the S&P nearly 10 per cent.Household net worth reflects the value of assets like homes, bank accounts and stocks minus debts like mortgages and credit cards. The data aren’t adjusted for inflation or population growth.They also don’t reflect the experiences of most U.S. households. Stock market wealth has been flowing disproportionately — and increasingly — to the most affluent households. The richest one-tenth of Americans own about 84 per cent of the value of stocks. That’s up from 81 per cent just before the Great Recession began in late 2007.That trend is concerning to some economists, who regard such sizable disparities in wealth as unhealthy for an economy. When lower- and middle-income people don’t share much in overall prosperity, many are forced to absorb more debt and take other financial risks.“I would be happy in a world where we saw big stock increases — if stocks were more broadly distributed across the population,” said Josh Bivens, director of research at the liberal Economic Policy Institute. “The fact that is where most of the gains are going is worrisome.”In theory, greater household wealth can speed the economy by making consumers feel richer and more likely to spend. But most consumers are spending less of their wealth than they did before the recession began, economists have found.Americans are saving nearly 7 per cent of their incomes, according to Commerce Department figures. That figure has remained fairly steady for five years even as the stock market has set new highs and average home prices have increased faster than most people’s wages. That trend suggests that many people remain cautious about cashing in their wealth, economists say, perhaps because they regard it as less stable than in the past.The rising concentration of wealth among affluent and educated Americans is another factor why the nation’s increased net worth isn’t accelerating the pace of consumer spending. Richer households are less likely to spend their wealth gains than middle- or lower-income households are.America’s richest 10 per cent of households were nearly 120 times wealthier than the lower middle class in 2016, the most recent year for which figures are provided in a separate Fed report. That is up from 112 times in 2013. (The lower middle class was defined as those whose wealth placed them between the 25th and 50th percentiles of net worth.)The top 10 per cent had an average net worth of $5.34 million; for the lower middle class, the figure was $44,700.In 2008, the year the financial crisis erupted, U.S. household net worth was $58.9 trillion. Nearly a decade later, it has almost doubled.Sharp disparities in wealth also cut across racial lines. The median white household has a net worth of $171,000, according to Fed data. That’s about 10 times the typical net worth for a black household of $17,200. For Latinos, it was $20,700. (The median is the point at which half the population has more and half has less.)The Fed revised its previous quarterly data to show that household wealth was higher earlier this year than previously reported. Household wealth in the first quarter is now about $4 billion higher than was original reported, mostly because of higher pension reserves than previously estimated.___AP Economics Writer Josh Boak contributed to this report.last_img read more

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,944.09, down 68.56 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 22 cents, or 2.93 per cent, to $7.29 on 13.6 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Up one cent, or 0.45 per cent, to $2.25 on 10 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Down 13 cents, or 2.97 per cent, to $4.25 on 6.6 million shares.Largo Resources Ltd. (TSX:LGO). Metals. Down 40 cents, or 12.08 per cent, to $2.91 on 6.5 million shares.Nevsun Resources Ltd. (TSX:NSU). Metals. Down two cents, or 0.34 per cent, to $5.95 on 6 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Down four cents, or 1.64 per cent, to $2.40 on 4.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:The Bank of Nova Scotia. (TSX:BNS). Up six cents to $70.15. Scotiabank plans to sell its banking operations in nine Caribbean countries and its insurance operations in two other regional markets — and its chief executive expects more international divestments in the pipeline. The bank signed an agreement to sell its banking operations in “non-core” markets — including Grenada, St. Maarten and St. Lucia — to Republic Financial Holdings Ltd. for an undisclosed amount. The bank also said its subsidiaries in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago will sell their insurance operations to and partner with Sagicor Financial Corp. Ltd.Ensign Energy Services Inc. (TSX:ESI) Down 48 cents or 9.3 per cent to $4.70. Precision Drilling Corp. says it is entitled to a $20-million break fee after Ensign announced Tuesday that it will take control of Trinidad Drilling Ltd. by acquiring a majority of Trinidad’s shares. Calgary-based Precision, the largest driller in Canada, said the fee is owed as part of the Oct. 5 arrangement it had with Trinidad after terminating the friendly deal following Ensign’s success. Ensign says 56.38 per cent of Trinidad shares have been tendered by its Tuesday deadline. The 154.1 million shares are in addition to the 26.9 million it also owns, raising its stake in Trinidad to 66.18 per cent.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Free trade agreements with Europe and the United States prevent Via Rail from favouring Bombardier in the awarding of contracts, federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau says. Garneau reacted this morning to a report that Via Rail is preparing to award a $1-billion contract for new trains to the German firm Siemens AG. La Presse reported the Crown Corporation is negotiating the terms of the contract with Siemens after its submission beat out Bombardier Transportation and third-place Spanish company Talgo Inc. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgAnkara: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party suffered a major upset on Monday after local election results showed it lost the capital Ankara and Istanbul after a decade and half in power. Losing the country’s two major cities would be a stunning defeat for Erdogan, a former Istanbul mayor himself, whose ability to win at the ballot box has been unparalleled in Turkish history. Erdogan campaigned hard, portraying Sunday’s vote for mayors and district councils as a fight for the nation’s survival, but the election became a test for his Justice and Development Party (AKP) after Turkey slipped into a recession for the first time in a decade. The opposition CHP party candidate for Istanbul mayor, Ekrem Imamoglu, was leading by nearly 28,000 votes with most ballot boxes counted, Supreme Election Board (YSK) chairman Sadi Guven said. Imamoglu won almost 4.16 million votes while the AKP candidate, former premier Binali Yildirim, won 4.13 million. Both claimed victory in the early hours following a tight race for the country’s largest city after results showing them in a dead heat. “We want to start working as soon as possible to serve people,” Imamoglu told reporters on Monday. “We want to cooperate with all institutions of Turkey to quickly meet the needs of Istanbul.” In Ankara, opposition mayoral candidate Mansur Yavas had 50.89 per cent of votes ahead of the AKP’s Mehmet Ozhaseki on 47.06 per cent, Anadolu state agency reported, with 99 per cent of ballot boxes counted. “Ankara has won. The loser in Ankara is Ozhaseki, dirty politics has lost,” Yavas told supporters who were waving Turkish flags and setting off fireworks at a celebratory rally. But in a sign of possible turmoil ahead, AKP officials said they would challenge the alleged invalidation of tens of thousands of votes in both cities. AKP secretary general Fatoih Sahin said the party will appeal in Ankara, saying the gap between the candidates “will narrow down and I believe it will eventually turn into a positive result for us.” Speaking to supporters in Ankara after Sunday’s polls closed, Erdogan had said the election was a victory for the AKP, which along with its coalition partner, the rightwing Nationalist Movement Party, won more than 50 per cent of votes overall. The loss in Istanbul, analysts said, would be especially sensitive for Erdogan, who grew up in the city’s working-class Kasimpasa neighbourhood, and liked to tell AKP rank-and-file that victory in the city was like winning all of Turkey. “Istanbul is his heart, it’s really important for him, it is the first place they (AKP) started winning,” said Ayse Ayata, political science professor at Middle East Technical University in Ankara. “They have retained their 51 per cent majority in total, which is very important. Had they not, this would lead into a questioning of their legitimacy.” For his supporters, Erdogan remains the strong leader they believe Turkey needs and they tout the country’s economic development over the years he and the AKP have been in power. Rallying his base among more religiously conservative Turks, Erdogan had presented his opponents as enemies of the state, tarnishing them as tied to Kurdish militants of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) who have fought a decades-long insurgency.last_img read more

first_imgLondon/San Franciaco: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has rejected the call for breaking up his company, saying the size of Facebook was actually a benefit to its users and for the security of the democratic process. In an interview with French broadcaster France 2, Zuckerberg dismissed the claim made by his long-time friend and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes that it is time to break up Facebook as Zuckerberg has yielded “unchecked power and influence” far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in the government. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “When I read what he wrote, my main reaction was that what he’s proposing that we do isn’t going to do anything to help solve those issues. “So I think that if what you care about is democracy and elections, then you want a company like us to be able to invest billions of dollars per year like we are in building up really advanced tools to fight election interference,” Zuckerberg told France 2 while in Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen In an opinion piece in The New York Times on Thursday, Hughes said the government must hold Mark (Zuckerberg) accountable. “Mark’s personal reputation and the reputation of Facebook have taken a nose-dive,” wrote Hughes, who during his freshman year at Harvard University in 2002 was recruited by Zuckerberg for Facebook. Zuckerberg said that Facebook’s budget for safety this year is bigger than the whole revenue of the company when it went public earlier this decade. “A lot of that is because we’ve been able to build a successful business that can now support that. You know, we invest more in safety than anyone in social media,” reported TechCrunch, quoting Zuckerberg. Hughes wrote that Zuckerberg has surrounded himself with a team that reinforces his beliefs instead of challenging them. “Mark is a good, kind person. But I’m angry that his focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks,” he wrote. In a separate opinion piece in the NYT on Sunday, Nick Clegg, who is the Vice President for global affairs and communications in Facebook, said that success should not be penalised. “Facebook shouldn’t be broken up but it does need to be held to account,” Clegg wrote. “Hughes maintains that lawmakers merely marvel at Facebook’s explosive growth and have overlooked their own responsibility to protect the public through more competition. “This argument holds dangerous implications for the American technology sector, the strongest pillar of the economy. And it reveals misunderstandings of Facebook and the central purpose of antitrust law,” Clegg argued. Embroiled in users’ data scandals, Facebook is set to create new privacy positions within the company that would include a committee, and external evaluator and a Chief Compliance Officer. Facebook has already kept aside $3 billion anticipating a record fine coming from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) related to the Cambridge Analytica data scandal which involved 87 million users. The Facebook case is being looked at as a measure of the Donald Trump administration’s willingness to regulate US tech companies.last_img read more

first_imgColombo: The Sri Lankan authorities on Monday enforced a six-hour countrywide curfew as communal violence continued to spread in the island nation in the latest fallout from the Easter Sunday suicide bombings, which killed nearly 260 people. “The curfew has been imposed from 9 p.m. tonight to 4 a.m. tomorrow,” a police spokesperson said. Earlier in the day, the police reimposed a curfew, few hours after it was lifted, on four towns of Kuliyapitiya, Bingiriya, Dummalasuriya and Hettipola in the north western region till 4 a.m. tomorrow following a communal clash in the area. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportIt was later extended to the entire North Western Province as violence continued to spread. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also appealed for calm after the unrest broke out, especially in Kurunegala district targeting Muslims, and appealed to the public not to be swayed by false information. “I appeal to all citizens to remain calm and not be swayed by false information. Security forces are working tirelessly to apprehend terrorists and ensure the security of the country, but each time there is civil unrest, we increase their burden and hamper ongoing investigations,” he said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe Lankan government on Monday also reimposed a ban on social media following violent incidents between the minority Muslim and majority Sinhalese communities in the country . The blockade of Facebook and WhatsApp comes a day after Sri Lankan police imposed curfew in the country’s western coastal town of Chilaw where a mob attacked a mosque and some shops owned by Muslims in a dispute that started on a Facebook post by a Muslim shop owner. The violence is a new backlash from the Easter attacks where nine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels, killing 253 people and injuring over 500 others. The Islamic State terror group claimed the attacks, but the government blamed local Islamist extremist group (NTJ).last_img read more

first_imgManchester United must keep Anthony Martial at the club says Wayne Rooney.The French forward is reportedly unhappy at Old Trafford but Rooney insists the club must make sure he doesn’t leave. Rooney believes Martial is one of the best players in the league provided his manager can get the best out of him.The 22-year-old signed for United from AS Monaco in 2016 going on to have a stellar campaign with 11 goals whilst also leading the team to FA Cup glory. But his form seems to have dropped since then.Martial is expected to leave Old Trafford this summer after his agent publicly declared his client wanted out of the club.ole gunnar solskjaer, manchester unitedReport: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….With Chelsea and Tottenham lurking around the French striker, Rooney believes his old team must keep him.“I think Martial ability-wise is incredible but how do you get the best out of him.” He said via talkSPORT.“I think it’s difficult to get to know him as a person but once you can do that you’ve to keep him happy.”last_img read more

first_imgNacho Fernandez has revealed plans to see out his playing career at Real MadridThe Spanish full-back has been on the club books since the age of 11 and made his first-team debut in a 6–3 away win against Valencia in April 2011.Since then, Nacho has made 161 appearances in all competitions for Real and was a valuable member of the squad last season that sealed the Champions League title for a third season in succession.Like past greats, such as Francisco Totti and Paolo Maldini, the 28-year-old intends to remain a one-club player by seeing out the remainder of his career at the Santiago Bernabeu.“My plan is to finish my career at home,” he said in an interview with GQ, via Marca.“In the career of any athlete there are stages where you do not do everything you would like, fortunately I’ve had two spectacular years on a personal and professional level and there is no better place for me than Real Madrid.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“The demand is the highest, but my idea is to keep the pace and finish my career at home.”Nacho missed out on Spain’s golden era that saw the national side claim the World Cup title in 2010, as well as back-to-back European crowns in 2008 and 2012.The left-back made his debut for the national side in September 2013.“I would like to get rid of the thorn of the last World Cup and win an important tournament with Spain,” he said.Nacho currently has under two years left on his current contract at Real.last_img read more

first_img COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 17, 2019)   – After coaching the 2018 USA Women’s U18 National Team to a gold medal and a berth in the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup, head coach Jeff Walz (Louisville) and assistant coaches Natasha Adair (Delaware) and Cori Close (UCLA) will return to guide the 2019 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team.The USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team Committee, chaired by George Washington University head coach Jennifer Rizzotti, is responsible for selecting the U.S. coaching staff, which is approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors.”Jeff Walz, Natasha Adair and Cori Close did an excellent job last summer in leading the USA U18 National Team to a gold medal,” said Rizzotti. “We appreciate their commitment and the way in which they positively represented USA Basketball. The committee feels keeping the staff together and building on the continuity they gained working as a team in 2018 will give us the best opportunity at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup in Bangkok.”Trials to select the 12-member team will be held May 16-20 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Training camp will follow July 5-19, with the U19 World Cup competition taking place July 20-28 in Bangkok, Thailand.Players eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens, born on or after Jan. 1, 2000.This is Walz’s sixth coaching assignment with USA Basketball. Prior to the 2018 USA U18 National Team, Walz led the 2017 USA Basketball U23 National Team to a 3-0 record and a tournament title at the Four Nations U24 Tournament in Tokyo. He also helped USA Basketball to gold medals as an assistant coach for the 2014 USA U18 and 2015 USA U19 national teams and served as a court coach at the 2017 USA National Team training camp.”It has been an absolute privilege to work with USA Basketball the past four summers, and I am extremely excited to get the opportunity to do so again,” Walz said. “I had an amazing experience last summer in Mexico City as the head coach of the U18 team, and I look forward to working with this group again. Working with USA Basketball is something that I have always dreamed of doing, and I look forward to leading the U19 team. USA Basketball possesses impeccable standards and a winning tradition, and it is an honor to once again be entrusted with such an important role.”Walz recently completed his 12th season (2007-08 to present) as University of Louisville head coach. The 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year and 2019 Naismith Coach of the Year candidate holds a 331-100 (.768) career record as a head coach.In 2018-19, the Cardinals finished 32-4 overall after advancing to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Finishing 14-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference play, the Cardinals also captured their second consecutive ACC regular season title.In 2017-18, he led the Cardinals to a 36-3 record, the ACC regular season and tournament titles and the NCAA Tournament Final Four.Under Walz, Louisville has made it to the NCAA Sweet 16 nine times, the Final Four three times and to two national title games. He has coached four All-Americans, including two-time Olympic and two-time World Cup gold medalist Angel McCoughtry and Asia Durr, the second overall pick in this year’s WNBA Draft. Prior to Louisville he spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach with Western Kentucky, Nebraska, Minnesota and Maryland.Adair will undertake her third USA Basketball coaching assignment after having served as an assistant coach for the 2018 USA Women’s U18 National Team and as a court coach during the 2017 USA Basketball U19 World Cup Team trials. She recently completed her second season at the University of Delaware (2017-18 to present) where she has compiled a 35-28 (.556) overall record.”It’s a coach’s dream to stand there and represent the United States,” Adair said. “Coming off of a championship a year ago, we’re just really excited to do it again. I can’t say enough about USA Basketball and the people affiliated with it and the experience. So for me, it’s an honor.”In 2018-19, the Blue Hens finished 16-15 overall and 11-7 in the Colonial Athletic Association. On Feb. 1, Adair celebrated her 100th career win over William and Mary.In 2017-18, Adair led the Blue Hens to a 19-13 record and a WNIT appearance, which was the most wins and first postseason appearance for the program since 2013-14.Prior to Delaware, she spent three seasons (2014-15 to 2016-17) as the head coach at Georgetown University and two seasons (2012-2014) as the head coach at College of Charleston. She also spent 14 seasons (1998-2012) as an assistant coach at Georgetown (1998-99 through 2003-04) and Wake Forest University (2004-05 through 2006-07) before being promoted to associate head coach at Wake from 2007-08 through 2011-12.”I just feel like working with [Jeff and Cori] our chemistry was phenomenal,” Adair added. “Jeff was a great coach and we were able to work together. There was no hierarchy, it was just in the best interest of USA Basketball and the young ladies we work with. They are more than just colleagues, they’re friends, so I’m really excited to be back alongside them.”2019 will also be Close’s third USA Basketball coaching assignment after she was an assistant coach for the 2018 USA U18 National Team and a court coach at the 2017 USA Women’s U23 National Team Training Camp. Close recently completed her eighth season at UCLA (2011-12 to present) and has compiled an overall record of 172-99 (.635).”It’s an honor to be a part of the organization,” Close said. “I learn so much from the other coaches and colleagues that I get a chance to work with and I get a chance to help grow the game. That’s a pretty cool combination: represent your country, grow as a coach, and grow the game. That’s a trifecta of winning. I’m just really thrilled to have the opportunity to represent my country and to have a whole lot of fun in the process.”In 2018-19, the Bruins finished 22-13 overall and 12-6 in the Pacific-12 Conference and advanced to their fourth straight NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. On Feb. 10, the Bruins upset No. 17 Utah and made school history by scoring 40 points in the fourth quarter, which was the highest point tally ever in a single quarter. In the Pac-12 Tournament, UCLA beat Arizona State before falling in overtimeto No. 5 Oregon in the semifinals.”We had really great chemistry last year,” Close said of the USA U18 team. “I learned so much from them. They’ve continued to be a resource throughout this year, so it feels like we’re hitting a really cool stride going into this next summer where we hope to lead our U19s in a really good way. They really are excellent coaches, both in their x’s and o’s and the way that they care for players.”Close has led UCLA to at least 20 wins in each of the past three seasons, including 2017-18, where the Bruins finished 27-8 and reached the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Close was named the 2018 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division I Region 5 Coach of the Year, her second such honor. She also has 18 seasons of experience as an assistant coach at UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and Florida State.The USA Junior National Team Committee, in addition to Rizzotti, includes 2008 Olympic gold medalist Kara Lawson as the athletic representative; and collegiate head coaches Karen Aston (Texas), Tonya Cardoza (Temple) and Wes Moore (North Carolina State) as the NCAA representatives. FIBA U19 World Cup for WomenOriginally known as the FIBA Junior World Championship, the tournament was held every four years starting in 1985. FIBA changed its calendar in 2005 and now conducts the U19 World Cup every other year.USA women’s teams are 79-13 in U19/Junior World Cups, capturing a sixth-consecutive gold in 2015 with a 7-0 record. In 2017, USA Basketball fell four points short against Russia in the gold medal game in an attempt to capture a seventh-straight gold medal.Notable players to represent the U.S. include: Angela Aycock (1993), Alana Beard (2001), Essence Carson (2005), Tamika Catchings (1997), Crystal Dangerfield (2015, 2017), Bria Hartley (2011), Ruthy Hebard (2017), Crystal Langhorne (2005), Erlana Larkins (2005), Jantel Lavender (2007), Lisa Leslie (1989), Rebecca Lobo (1993), Maya Moore (2007), Nnemkadi Ogwumike (2009), Vickie Orr (1985), Courtney Paris (2005), Cappie Pondexter (2001), Katie Smith (1993), Dawn Staley (1989), Azura Stevens (2015), Breanna Stewart (2011 and MVP of the 2013 U19 World Cup), Diana Taurasi (2001), Morgan Tuck (2011 and 2013) and A’ja Wilson (2013 and MVP of the 2015 U19 World Cup). Story Linkscenter_img About USA BasketballBased in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and chaired by retired Gen. Martin Dempsey, USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA national teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored five-on-five and 3×3 international competitions, as well as for some national competitions and for the development of youth basketball.Connect with USA Basketball at USAB.com and on Facebook (USABasketball and USABYouth), Twitter (@usabasketball, @USABYouth, @USAB3x3), Instagram (@USABasketball) and YouTube (therealusabasketball). Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgJalpaiguri (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today stressed on a permanent solution for the problems plaguing the tea gardens in north Bengal and formed an expert committee to find out a solution. She said that the committee, under Chief Secretary Malay De, would submit its report after going through the problems at the tea gardens, thus help in finding out a solution. “I want a permanent solution for the tea gardens. Nobody has ever thought of any permanent solution regarding the problems, raging at the tea gardens, for ages. Even the Centre has failed to keep up to its promise, made prior to the last Assembly elections, about opening the closed tea gardens,” Banerjee told reporters here at the Uttarkanya. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed Today, she held a meeting with representatives of the tea gardens. She also held a meeting senior ministers such as state Labour Minister Moloy Ghatak, Arup Biswas and senior officials of her government. The state government also proposed a daily wage of Rs 176 for the tea garden workers pending finalisation of the minimum wages. This year the state government had announced two interim hikes of Rs 17.50 and of Rs nine, taking the daily wage to Rs 159. Meanwhile, the largest tea producing state of Assam, last week, had announced issuing a possible notification on an interim hike of Rs 30, with retrospective effect from March 1 this year, which would take the current daily wage of tea garden workers from Rs 137 to Rs 167. Banerjee also lambasted the culture of strike at the tea gardens and said it finished the work culture there.last_img read more