Industrial growth slows to 17 in January

first_imgNew Delhi: Subdued performance of manufacturing sector, especially capital and consumer goods, pulled down the growth in industrial production to 1.7 per cent in January from 7.5 per cent a year ago. The data of Index of Industrial Production, released by the Central Statistics Office on Tuesday comes ahead of the Reserve Bank’s monetary policy statement on April 4 and may increase the clamour for cut in interest rates to boost economic activities. Meanwhile, the CSO has revised upwards the growth in IIP for December 2018 to 2.6 per cent from the earlier estimate of 2.4 per cent. As per the CSO data, the growth in manufacturing sector slowed to 1.3 per cent in January from 8.7 per cent in January 2018.last_img read more

The Latest Sudanese protesters take heart from Algeria

ALGIERS, Algeria — The Latest on the change of power in Algeria (all times local):10:45 a.m.The organizers behind months of anti-government demonstrations in Sudan are welcoming the resignation of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in response to mass protests, and are expressing hope that Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir will do the same.Sarah Abdel-Jaleel, a spokeswoman for the Sudanese Professionals Association, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Bouteflika’s resignation is “a very positive achievement,” showing the “success of peaceful resistance within Africa.”She says it “definitely gives us all hope and reassurance that we must continue.”The group of independent professional unions has spearheaded demonstrations since December calling for al-Bashir to resign after nearly three decades in power.Al-Bashir has refused to step down and has launched a heavy crackdown on dissent.___9:40 a.m.Algeria is facing a new era after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s resignation — and questions about what happens next for this gas-rich country and ally to the West in fighting terrorism.Algeria’s 12-member constitutional Council is expected to meet Wednesday to confirm the departure. National television showed a frail Bouteflika handing his resignation letter to constitutional Council president Tayeb Belaiz.Algeria’s Constitution says that when a president dies or resigns, the constitutional Council confirms the leader’s absence and both houses of parliament convene. The president of the upper house is named as interim leader for 90 days while a presidential election is organized.The current upper house president is Abdelkader Bensalah, a Bouteflika ally — as is the prime minister. The protesters who drove Bouteflika out want a drastic change of Algeria’s political elite, seen as corrupt and secretive.The Associated Press read more

Presidential runoff in TimorLeste was incidentfree UN reports

According to the UN mission in the country, known as UNMIT, no security incidents were reported, the Secretary-General’s spokesperson Michele Montas said at a press briefing in New York.Voters went to the polls to select either Jose Ramos-Horta or Francisco Guterres as their nation’s president.Ballot counting has begun and provision results are set to be released either this Friday or next Monday.UNMIT has observed that the campaigning period leading up to today’s election “has been free of any serious incidents of violence and intimidation.”The initial round of polls, which were the first ever in Timor-Leste, took place on 9 April with eight candidates vying to lead the country.UNMIT is helping Timor-Leste with all aspects of the 2007 presidential and parliamentary electoral process, including through technical and logistical support, electoral policy advice and verification. 9 May 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste said that today’s presidential run-off election in the country which gained independence from Indonesia in 2002 proceeded smoothly and peacefully. read more

Calgary businessman gets five years for defrauding oil and gas company

CALGARY — The co-founder of an Alberta oil and gas company has been sentenced to five years in prison for defrauding Arcan Resources Ltd., which he established with his brother and another man.Ian Wilson Fisher, 54, pleaded guilty Tuesday to fraud over $5,000, after being charged in August 2015.According to an agreed statement of facts, Fisher was operations manager at the time and created shell companies in 2008 and then made dozens of false invoices billing close to $5 million.Defence lawyer Adriano Iovinelli said his client never denied the allegations, but “it was just about determining what an appropriate sentence would be” and reaching a joint plea deal.Crown prosecutor Steven Johnston said he hopes the penalty sends a message “if you commit fraud and steal from your employer, you’re going to the penitentiary.”Court was told Fisher splurged on himself, buying a house in the resort community of Peachland, B.C., and blowing money on drugs.Doug Penner, former CFO of Arcan Resources, said there were a number of victims and the impact on the company was immeasurable.“I lost almost all of my savings. I lost my job, the company, my career,” he said. “There’s a lot of victims besides myself personally, all the staff were painted with that brush.”Aspenleaf Energy Ltd. has since purchased the assets of Arcan.(CTV Calgary) read more

US retail sales up solidly in a sign of consumer optimism

WASHINGTON — U.S. consumers spent more at retail stores and restaurants in July, a sign that concerns over slower global growth that have roiled financial markets haven’t dampened consumer confidence.The Commerce Department says retail sales rose a healthy 0.7% last month, after a 0.3% gain in June. Online retailers, grocery stores, clothing retailers and electronics and appliance stores all reported strong gains.Consumer spending, the primary driver of the U.S. economy, remains healthy even as other sectors of the economy, such as business investment, have weakened amid growing uncertainty over the U.S.-China trade war. Job growth is steady, the unemployment rate is near a 50-year low, and wages are rising modestly, which bolsters Americans’ spending power.Even department stores reported solid sales increases despite Wednesday’s anemic earnings report by Macy’s.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press read more

Quebec vows to add light rail trains on new Champlain bridge in

Quebec vows to add light rail trains on new Champlain bridge in Montreal MONTREAL – The Quebec government vowed Friday to add a light rail system on Montreal’s new Champlain bridge, which could provide Bombardier Transportation a major contract opportunity.The span to be built by the federal government is slated to open in 2021.The province says Ottawa should contribute to the rail project’s potential $1.5 billion to $2 billion price tag, as it has on similar projects in Ontario and British Columbia.The 15-kilometre service would connect Montreal’s downtown to a major shopping development on the south shore. The line of seven to eight stops would take less than 20 minutes to complete and ease bus traffic on Canada’s busiest bridge opened in 1962.The rail system is expected to carry 32,000 passengers an hour in each direction, compared to 22,000 who now cross on dedicated bus lanes that were installed as a temporary measure in 1978.Transportation Minister Sylvain Gaudreault said the province has committed $28 million to conduct feasibility studies and other prepatory work.Ottawa hasn’t shown an openness in the past to the idea, saying Quebec would have to use existing pools of infrastructure funding.Municipal mayors and the Chamber of Commerce president who attended the provincial announcement said the rail project is essential for the region’s economic development.Railway manufacturer Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) welcomed the province’s commitment to a project that has been discussed for years.“We feel that we’re getting much closer than ever before and we feel that it’s going to be done,” said spokesman Marc Laforge.He said the company would definitely be interested in bidding on the project which could be similar to Vancouver SkyTrain or systems in Kuala Lumpur and Seoul.Depending on the type of system selected, it could carry about 29,000 passengers per hour using a four-car train, he said.In addition to using its Canadian design centres, Bombardier would likely devote several of its manufacturing sites to the project, including one in La Pocatiere, Que., that will build the city’s new subway cars.Should the project get final approval, Bombardier would likely face stiff competition from global rivals such as Alstom, its partners on the Metro project.— With files from Pierre-Saint Arnaud by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 19, 2013 4:29 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

April home sales up from March but down from year ago CREA

April home sales up from March, but down from year ago, CREA says by The Canadian Press Posted May 15, 2014 7:44 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – Canadian home sales were up from March but down from a year ago in April, signalling the lacklustre spring market will continue.The Canadian Real Estate Association said home sales were up 2.7 per cent from March to April, boosted by the Vancouver and Toronto markets, but sales through the Multiple Listings Service were down 0.3 per cent compared with a year ago and one per cent below the 10-year average.“Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto fuelled the anticipated spring pick up in national home sales in April which masked softer activity in a number of smaller markets,” CREA president Beth Crosbie said.But John Andrew, a real estate expert with Queen’s University, said the year-over-tear drop in sales was surprising and “fairly significant,” especially when you consider that home prices continued to rise.The CREA said the national average price for a home sold in April was $409,708, up 7.6 per cent from a year ago, with prices up in six of the 10 provinces.The aggregate composite MLS Home Price Index was up 5.02 per cent.“This kind of continues this trend that we’ve been seeing over the past year or so, where prices just continue to rise in most markets in Canada even though sales are actually dropping,” Andrew said.A long winter that continued until April in most cities can be partly to blame for slow sales, he added, but notes they should have picked up as the weather warmed up in the first few weeks of May.“We’re seeing a very lacklustre spring market,” he said. “Normally even if you didn’t see a lot of activity you’d see those listings in April. (Their absence) is almost an early warning that sales are going to be low.”The national sales-to-new listings ratio was 51.9 per cent in April compared with 52 per cent in March, suggesting the market was in balanced territory.Earlier this week, Investors Group created stir in the spring mortgage market when it offered a 36-month closed, variable-rate mortgage at 1.99 per cent — a move observers say could prompt other lenders to lower their rates, and continue to push house prices up.Concerns have been raised about the health of the Canadian housing market in recent months amid worries it could be overheated and headed for a fall.However, Bank of Montreal senior economist Sal Guatieri said that “outside a few lingering hotspots, Canada’s housing market is stable, if not boring, which is good in the face of dire warnings about a crash.”“Strong population growth and healthy economies are driving markets in Alberta, B.C, Saskatchewan and Greater Toronto, while the opposite appears to be weighing on activity in Quebec and much of Atlantic Canada,” Guatieri said. read more

International community must remain united to address global challenges stresses Italian leader

.In particular, he underscored the need to act against all the dimensions employed by terrorist groups, including the Internet and social media, as well as financing of terrorist activities. In his address to the 72nd general debate at the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Gentiloni also highlighted Italy’s close involvement in assisting crisis-struck countries around the world, and said that addressing such distressing situations, such as many conflicts across Africa, required dialogue and reconciliation. Turning to the heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula due to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s (DPRK) nuclear weapons development programme, he underlined that unity in the international community and determination in its response is vital. “Full implementation of the pertinent Security Council resolutions […] is crucial […] North Korea must immediately end its missile and nuclear proliferation and all provocative actions,” he said. He also noted the progress made by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – under which Iran reaffirmed that it would not seek, develop or acquire nuclear weapons – and said that it remains a “success story in the framework of global efforts to counter the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.” Further in his remarks, the Italian leader stressed the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and expressed his country’s pledge to do its part to ensure its strong implementation. Mr. Gentiloni also expressed his nation’s support for the reform plans proposed by Secretary-General António Guterres as well as his focus on empowerment of women and girls, and gender equality. Full statement available here read more

FBI exhead Comey accuses Trump administration of defaming him telling lies

By Patricia Zengerle and Susan Cornwell | WASHINGTONFormer FBI Director James Comey is sworn in prior to testifying before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., June 8, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst(Reuters) James Comey said on Thursday he was disturbed by President Donald Trump’s bid to get him to drop a probe into the former national security advisor, but the former FBI director would not say whether he thought the president sought to obstruct justice.Comey told U.S. lawmakers in one of the most widely anticipated U.S. congressional hearing in years that the Trump administration had told lies and defamed him and the FBI when the president fired him on May 9.In written testimony released on Wednesday, Comey said Trump had asked him in February to drop an FBI investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn as part of the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.“I don’t think it’s for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct. I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning,” Comey told lawmakers.FILE PHOTO: A combination photo shows U.S. President Donald Trump (L), on February 28, 2017, White House National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (C), February 13, 2017 and FBI Director James Comey in Washington U.S. on July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Lo Scalzo/Pool, Carlos Barria, Gary Cameron/File PhotoThe hearing could have significant repercussions for Trump’s presidency as special counsel Robert Mueller and several congressional committees investigate alleged Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and whether Trump’s campaign colluded with this.Russia has denied such interference and the White House has denied any collusion.Trump triggered a political firestorm when he dismissed Comey.The former FBI head said Trump’s administration had defamed him in comments made after his firing.“Although the law required no reason at all to fire the FBI director, the administration then chose to defame me and more importantly the FBI by saying that the organization was in disarray, that the workforce had lost confidence in its leader,” Comey said.“Those were lies, plain and simple,” he said.The Russia issue has dogged Trump’s first months in office, with critics saying that any efforts by him to hinder the FBI probe could amount to obstruction of justice.Some legal experts said Comey’s testimony could strengthen any impeachment case in Congress to remove Trump from office built on an allegation of obstruction of justice.Comey testified that he kept notes after meeting with Trump because “I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document.”The White House has given shifting explanations on why Trump fired Comey. Trump has called Comey a “showboat” and a “grandstander” and said he was thinking of “this Russia thing” in dismissing him.(Additional Doina Chiacu and Susan Heavey; Writing by Alistair Bell; Editing by Frances Kerry) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump goes on offensive against ex-FBI chief, calling him a ‘leaker’June 9, 2017In “World”Pressure rises on Trump as probes intensify, Republicans fretMay 17, 2017In “World”U.S. Senator Graham threatens subpoena on Trump wiretapping claimMarch 15, 2017In “World” read more

Denmark Switzerland perfect partnership for Mens EHF EURO 2022 and 2024

← Previous Story Rhein Neckar Lowen and Ilija Abutovic together until 2021 Next Story → Sergei Gorbok to get back to RK Vardar Skopje? Denmark and Switzerland have something which connect them. Both countries want to join efforts to organize spectacular Men’s EHF EURO 2022 or 2024 after the first time three-host nations tournament with 24 teams which will be organize in Austria, Norway and Sweden in 2020.Take a look on a small video presentation of “Perfect partnership”…

Ferry worries are increasing

first_imgThe newly built Blue Star Patmos ferry took to the Aegean Sea this week, linking Piraeus with the ports of Chios and Mytilene and offering a rare bright spot amid the otherwise rather dismal firmament of local coastal shipping.Traffic this summer is considerably reduced due to the general financial crisis, with ferries carrying 15 percent fewer passengers and 25 percent fewer vehicles than last year, according to sector experts’ estimates.Coastal shipping sources say the market is pinning its few remaining hopes for a rebound on the 50 days left until the end of August, the period when traffic is expected to peak.Otherwise, they warn, a great number of ships will be forced to remain permanently docked as of September or be sold abroad.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Only 18 Consumer Magazines Grew Ad Pages in 2009

first_imgKiplinger’s279.92424.81-34.1 Inc.619.80817.93-24.2 Automobile510.97799.42-36.1 Money563.02793.62-29.1 BUSINESS/FINANCE20092008% CHNG Newsweek1,116.731,506.06-25.9 Hot Rod532.50638.16-16.6 Entertainment Weekly965.871,216.39-20.6 Road & Track799.461,152.42-26.4 NEWS MAGAZINES20092008% CHNG Car and Driver805.981,031.03-21.8 Autoweek793.031,157.26-31.5 The Week659.91602.739.5 Magazine advertising revenue is down. Way down. We know this. Do we need any more reminders?Neededor not, the Publishers Information Bureau Tuesday released its 2009year-end magazine advertising report. It revealed that ad pages for2009 were down 25.6 percent, while estimated revenues closed at $19.45billion, a drop of 18.1 percent.While anyone could have guessedthat it would spell yet another quarterly decline (the 10th out of 11since PIB began reporting on a quarterly basis in mid-2007, to beexact) I couldn’t have projected (or perhaps didn’t want to) that amere 18 magazines would post ad page gains for the 12-month period. Fortune1,523.982,382.71-36.0 Time1,447.051,752.19-17.4 Forbes1,937.142,774.34-30.2center_img Entrepreneur852.33 1,043.33-18.3 OK!903.82748.74+20.7 SmartMoney387.29502.23-22.9 In Touch Weekly854.901,094.19-21.9 Harvard Business Review343.82468.67-26.6 AUTO20092008% CHNG People3,367.203,422.23-1.6 That’s right. Only 18.Thebiggest gainers among them were Time Inc.’s fashion product title PeopleStyle Watch (+24.4 percent), OK! (+20.7) and Bonnier’s Saveur (+12.6).Not far behind were Family Circle (+11.5 percent), Scholastic Parent& Child (+9.6), The Week (+9.5) and Fitness (+9.1). Kudos to all ofthem. Then, unfortunately, come the year’s biggest decliners,many of which are from the boating sector. The reported losses aredeeper than I can grasp while writing this: Boating Life (-65.8percent), Power & Motoryacht (-53.2), Boating (-53.1) andArchitectural Digest (-49.8). A TON of titles followed closely, losingwell more than 40 percent of their ad pages last year compared to 2008.Butaccording to Magazine Publishers of America’s Ellen Oppenheim, magazinespending showed improvement during the fourth quarter compared to thesame period in 2008. Ad pages during the period slipped 21.6 percentcompared to the prior year fourth quarter while revenues dropped only12.4 percent. “Magazines experienced an uptick in food spending andrelative improvement in other areas, especially in automotive.”Hopefullythis means the market has bottomed. Hopefully, this means that we’llbegin to see gains (or gradually less severe losses) in the quarters tocome.But let’s keep a perspective. The advertising pullback of2009 was so severe that many of the surviving publishers have migratedaway (in varying degrees) from dependence on advertising revenues.They’re charging more for content in print and online. They’rediversifying their product portfolio so much that print is arguably asecond-tier player in the overall mix. Some are dropping print and/orprint advertising altogether.Moving forward, I wonder howaccurate a barometer PIB’s quarterly reports will be about the healthof the consumer magazine publishing business.In the meantime, here’s a look at how a number of categories performed in terms of ad pages, title-by-title. Fast Company426.08616.24-30.9 CELEBRITY20092008%CHNG Life & Style383.82510.97-24.9 Motor Trend722.321,096.40-34.1 Star1,131.401,173.24-3.6 Us Weekly1,791.451,949.21-8.1 BusinessWeek1,247.011,882.38-33.8.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Monday Sept 05 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowIn U.S. House Race, both claim labor’s loveLiz Ruskin, APRN – Washington DCIt’s Labor Day, and in the U.S. House race, both Congressman Don Young and his Democratic challenger claim they’re getting strong support from organized labor.As waters warm, Arctic fish populations changeZoe Sobel, Alaska’s Energy Desk – UnalaskaA new report shows more fish are moving to Arctic waters.An increase in students for Skagway’s schoolEmily Files, KHNS – HainesFor more than 20 years, Skagway School was small enough that all students were taught in multi-age classrooms.Weekend shooting in Fairbanks leaves one dead, two others injuredAssociated PressThe Fairbanks Police Department is investigating a shooting inside Bojangles night club that left one person dead and two others injured early Sunday.Tanana road opensRobyne, KUAC – FairbanksAnchorage police have released the name of a second man who was found dead in a local park over the weekend.Planning underway for youth court in JuneauLakeidra Chavis, KTOO – JuneauIn August, about 30 tribal officials and community members discussed ways to get a new youth court up and running in Juneau.Pre-school Aluttiq Immersion program planned by Kodiak’s Sun’aq TribeKayla Desroche, KMXT – KodiakThe Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak has received a grant to begin an Alutiiq language program for preschool-aged children.Want to learn Tlingit? Yes, there’s an app for that.Lakiedra Chavis, KTOO – JuneauThere are only a few hundred Tlingit speakers in the world, according to linguists and researchers. In a world dominated by English, Tlingit is an endangered language.New photo id cards for Southeast tribeEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska – JuneauEnrolled members of Alaska’s largest tribal government are getting enhanced photo IDs. They can be used for border crossings and some other situations where official identification is necessary.last_img read more

BNP submits incomplete list of fictitious cases to PMO

first_imgRuling Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader (R) and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir talks before the dialogue begins. Photo: CollectedThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Wednesday submitted to the prime minister a letter containing still an incomplete list of ‘gaayebi maamla’ (fictitious cases) filed against its leaders and acvisits across the country.The BNP leaders carried the list and the letter, signed by party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, to the prime minister’s office in the morning.On 1 November, prime minister Sheikh Hasina asked the BNP leaders to submit such a list as the BNP complained about the cases, during her talks with the coalition of opposition Jatiya Oikya Front at her official Ganabhaban residence.Accordingto the letter, hundreds of false, fictitious, and politically motivated cases have continuously been filed against the BNP leaders, including the central ones, across the country for the past few years.It, the letter said, is shocking that the law enforcement implicated in cases the party’s leaders and activists, who died a long time ago, are hajj pilgrims or paralysed ones, and those who have been stying abroad for a long time.The law enforcement arrested and sent thousands of the party and its associate bodies’ leaders and activists to jail, and tortured them in the name of quizzing on remand since 1 September till 6 November, the letter said.The BNP expressed serious concerns about the incidents and requested the premier to take steps to stop arresting and harassing their men and withdraw those cases.The party argued that it is sending sending this letter along with “an incomplete list” of such cases as the prime minister requested the BNP leaders to send the list during the talks between the prime minister-led 14-party alliance and Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Front on 1 November.Another list will be sent to the prime minister in the near future, the BNP said.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s press wing officer Shamsuddin Didar, executive committee member Aminul Islam, assistant office secretary Taiful Islam Tipu, lawyer Ziauddin Zia and Shariful Islam carried the letter to the PMO where the prime minister’s personal assistant Abdul Hamid received it.last_img read more

A movement or a moment for Trumpism

first_imgSupporters listen as US president Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport in Belgrade. Photo: ReutersIn rally after rally, president Donald Trump exhorts throngs of red-hatted supporters to treat next week’s congressional elections as a referendum on Trumpism and the grass-roots movement that swept him to power.“You’re voting for me in 2018,” Trump told a raucous crowd in a late September appearance for Republican candidates in Missouri. “You’re voting for me.”The plea speaks to the challenge facing the president and his supporters: With Democrats threatening to take over the House of Representatives and key governors’ offices, the success of his legislative agenda over the next two years hinges on whether he can energize his backers around candidates who are not named Trump.This year’s election is the first real test of whether the coalition behind Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan can evolve from a diffuse, personality-driven following to an organized political force able to boost candidates outside his electoral strongholds.Reuters surveyed officials from 18 Republican campaigns, analyzed data from polling partner Ipsos and interviewed dozens of candidates, strategists and Trump supporters to assess the reach and influence of the president’s self-styled “MAGA Movement” ahead of the elections.United behind Trump’s “America First” agenda of tighter borders, protectionist economic policies and unilateralist diplomacy, the MAGA coalition swept up 2016 voters who felt ignored by Washington and welcomed Trump’s vows to upend its institutions. Today, it attracts Tea Party conservatives, evangelical Christians, gun rights advocates, and working-class voters drawn to Trump’s outsider persona.Trump’s populist base is firmly established in the mostly southern and western parts of the country where he’s most popular. MAGA supporters turn out in force for Trump-backed candidates in those areas, boosting them in opinion polls and volunteering for their campaigns. In some cases, they have taken control of state party machines, harnessing their infrastructure and money for candidates in Trump’s mold.But outside of Trump’s strongholds, the influence of MAGA supporters is more pocketed, especially in Rust Belt states, such as Pennsylvania and Ohio, and the upper Midwest. So, while Trump loyalists can tip the scales in specific US House districts in those areas, they have done less to boost Trump-backed candidates in statewide contests for governor and US Senate.With no central organization and little regard for Republican hierarchies, MAGA enthusiasts agitate largely through social media and Internet forums, such as Facebook and Reddit, the social networking site. In dozens of interviews, Reuters found their willingness to back local campaigns often has less to do with party loyalty than with helping Trump.“The 2018 elections will be a test of how popular Trump is, how popular his policies are, did we organize well or do we need to do better and improve things for 2020,” said Scott Presler, a MAGA activist in Virginia Beach, Virginia.Among the 18 Trump-endorsed Republicans running for Senate or governor in states where Trump won the presidential race by more than 10 percentage points in 2016, more than 80 percent are ahead in opinion polls, based on data aggregated by RealClearPolitics and 538.com, non-partisan websites that gather polling from multiple sources.Yet among the 16 Trump-backed candidates for Senate or governor in states where he won by fewer than 10 points, just four – a quarter – are polling ahead.`LEANING ON THEIR SHOVELS’The challenge is starkest where Trump-backed candidates are trying to flip governors’ offices and Senate seats held by Democrats, Reuters found.In states where Trump won by double digits in 2016, two of the five candidates he has endorsed in races for Democrat-held Senate and governors’ seats are leading in the polls, and two others are within a few points. But in states where Trump won by less than 10 points, all six candidates he has endorsed in races for Democratic seats are behind in recent polls, five of them by at least 10 points.Through much of the campaign season, Trump supporters in many places were “leaning on their shovels,” because they were over-confident of victory, Steve Bannon, a former Trump adviser and campaign strategist, told Reuters.MAGA loyalists have grown more energized in recent weeks, realizing Trump’s agenda “would come grinding to a halt” if Democrats capture the US House, Bannon added. “You’ve seen the establishment and the hardcore anti-establishment in the Trump base all come together.”The president remains enormously popular with that base – Reuters/Ipsos polling gives him an 84 per cent approval rate among Republicans – and more than two-thirds of those who voted for him in 2016 say they identify with MAGA ideals.Yet their views diverge on what MAGA means: while more than half equate it with strengthening the economy and tightening borders, upwards of a quarter say MAGA simply means “Donald Trump.” (Graphic: https://tmsnrt.rs/2RuhKTv)That raises questions about the future of MAGA once Trump leaves office.A TEST IN TENNESSEEOn Oct. 1, Trump whipped up a crowd of nearly 10,000 at a rally supporting Marsha Blackburn’s US Senate campaign in Tennessee, where Trump won in 2016 by 26 points.“A vote for Marsha is really a vote for me and everything that we stand for,” he told the audience.Soon after, opinion polls showed Blackburn, a US House member, pulling ahead of her Democratic opponent, former two-term governor Phil Bredesen.“We knew President Trump would be an extraordinary surrogate in East Tennessee,” Republican Party spokesman Garren Shipley told Reuters. Bredesen’s campaign dismissed the polls: “The only poll that matters is on election day,” said spokeswoman Alyssa Hansen.On Oct. 10, the president held another rally 500 miles (800 km) away with a similar message for Lou Barletta’s US Senate campaign in Pennsylvania, where Trump eked out a one-point victory in 2016. “I need you,” Trump told the crowd. “Vote for Lou!”It was Trump’s second rally with Barletta since August. But Barletta, also a US House member, trails incumbent Democratic Senator Bob Casey, and has remained behind by more than 10 points in polls.The divergent fortunes of Blackburn and Barletta reflect the challenge in harnessing Trump’s MAGA coalition.Following Trump’s victory in 2016, Tennessee’s Republican establishment embraced his agenda and welcomed his supporters. Many are volunteering now for Blackburn and other Trump-backed candidates, helping with phone banks, neighborhood canvassing and other get-out-the-vote efforts.The state party leaders who didn’t support Trump initially have “figured out they have to help him,” says Todd Fowler, who heads the local party in Johnson City, Tennessee, and serves on the state party’s executive committee. “Tennessee likes what he’s doing.”In Pennsylvania, where Trump’s 2016 win was razor-thin, his support is mostly concentrated in rural and working-class areas. Polls show Trump’s pick for governor, Scott Wagner, running well behind incumbent Democratic Governor Tom Wolf.Trump is drawing people to congressional campaigns in Pennsylvania, but they are coming “very tentatively,” says Eugene Sorrentino, 76, a retired power company technician and member of the local Republican committee in Erie, Pennsylvania.Sorrentino recently staffed a welcome tent set up by the party at a county fair and “all I heard was requests for Trump paraphernalia,” he said. The congressional races “weren’t on their agenda,” he added.’TRUMP BUMP’In Trump’s strongholds, his ability to help candidates goes beyond a bounce in the polls. Nearly all the Trump-backed campaigns contacted by Reuters reported a surge of volunteer activism – a “Trump bump” – after the president’s endorsement.In Western Pennsylvania, a corner where Trump is enormously popular, US Representative Mike Kelly says his campaign relies heavily on MAGA volunteers. Kelly’s district, redrawn this year, includes counties where Trump won by as much as 20 points in 2016, according to PlanScore.org, a nonpartisan group.Trump provides “that shot of adrenaline you need from time to time,” Kelly told Reuters as he prepared to join the president for an Oct. 10 rally in Erie.One engine for turning out Trump’s base in his stronghold regions is America First Action, a “Super PAC” allowed to spend unlimited amounts of money on elections.The group has spent more than $26 million on phone messaging and advertising in five battleground Senate races – Arizona, Montana, Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota – and across 11 congressional districts in Texas, Minnesota, Maine, Michigan, West Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, Nevada and North Carolina.It is run by Trump loyalists and relies on big donations from Republican Party stalwarts, including casino magnates Sheldon Adelson and Steve Wynn and mining engineer and businessman Robert Murray.In an 1 October memo, White House political director Bill Stepian advised congressional campaigns that the best way to capture MAGA support is to align “closely, clearly and boldly” with Trump. The president, he wrote, is “ready, willing and able to put the power and force of his coalition to work for the candidates with whom he stands, and who stand with him.”At the national level, Republican Party officials have fallen in line and embraced the president, routinely echoing Trump’s nationalist campaign themes. But for candidates in areas where the president doesn’t dominate the electorate, embracing Trump has mixed success.In Florida, where Trump prevailed by one point in 2016, he endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate and die-hard supporter Ron DeSantis before the party primary. But now, in a state that hasn’t elected a Democratic governor in 20 years, DeSantis is polling slightly behind in the general election contest against Andrew Gillum, the Democratic mayor of Tallahassee.Some Republican candidates in areas with moderate voters who view Trump less favorably have steered clear of the president, a Reuters analysis found last month.PARTY TAKEOVERMAGA supporters have become a force in many state party offices, including some states outside the president’s established southern and western strongholds.In Ohio, a swing state where Trump won by eight points in 2016, the state Republican Party selected Jane Timken, a Trump friend and loyalist, to take over as chairwoman in the wake of the election.In Nevada, where Democrat Hillary Clinton won the 2016 presidential vote, the state Republican Party has launched weekly events, such as MAGA Mondays and Trump Tuesdays, to attract the president’s supporters.Rochelle Swanson, 30, a MAGA activist in Reno who began posting pro-Trump articles and interviewing local Republican candidates on social media, was asked by a party official in July to help with voter outreach. She now aligns her social media and canvassing with the party’s messaging, she says, and “there is good unity happening.”Yet even as MAGA supporters have become woven into the fabric of the Republican Party, many acknowledge it will be a challenge to preserve their coalition and continue shaping US politics once Trump leaves office. In a Reuters/Ipsos poll earlier this month, more than a quarter of Trump voters said they did not know who would carry Trump’s vision if he leaves politics.“I don’t think anybody could take Trump’s spot,” said Jeremy Messina, a MAGA activist in upstate New York who runs a political advertising media company. “I don’t see it.”last_img

New Report Says Houston Needs To Prepare For More Electric Vehicles On

first_img Share 00:00 /00:46 Listen – / 4According to a report from Environment Texas, Houston will have about 65,000 electric vehicles by the year 2030. But it could be hard for drivers to power those vehicles unless the city adds more public charging stations. The organization’s Brian Zabcik said Houston needs to have on-street charging in neighborhoods as well as more stations near office complexes.“That is really a golden place to do a lot of charging because people are going to be at work for several hours,” said Zabcik. “Shopping malls are another obvious place. This can give businesses a competitive edge. It can be a benefit that they’re offering to their customers.”Right now Houston has about 300 places where you can charge a vehicle. The report said the city will need a total of about 2,000 stations over the next decade, along with financial incentives for setting up those stations.The Environment Texas report said electric vehicle sales nationwide were up 38 percent in 2016 and increased another 32 percent in 2017.View Fullscreen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

SeaLink Travel Group has announced a number of new

first_imgSeaLink Travel Group has announced a number of new leadership appointments as part of its new ‘One SeaLink‘ strategic plan.“We are implementing an exciting new organisational structure that will provide the company with an enhanced focus on sales and marketing, customer service, product development and new business opportunities across all of our seven business units,” said Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of SeaLink, Jeff Ellison. Donna Gauci, previously General Manager, SeaLink South Australia, has been appointed General Manager Brand and Customer Experience to drive SeaLink’s national brand and marketing strategy, including business plan development, advertising, publicity, direct consumer and online sales, new product design, research and service delivery. Richard DoyleRichard Doyle, previously Head of International Sales & Marketing, Captain Cook Cruises & SeaLink, has been appointed General Manager Global Sales and Distribution and will take on a greater national and international sales focus, working closely with major trade distribution partners.Paul VictoryPaul Victory, previously General Manager SeaLink Queensland and Northern Territory, has been appointed General Manager Business Growth and Innovation. Mr Victory will work closely with SeaLink’s regional General Managers around the country to identify new business growth opportunities whilst also focusing on key government and indigenous partnerships.Gauci, Doyle and Victory formpart of the team working under SeaLink’s newly-appointed Chief Operating Officer, Anthony Hayes. appointmentsSeaLinklast_img read more

When Seabourn Odyssey debuted in Venice last month

first_imgWhen Seabourn Odyssey debuted in Venice last month, the intimate, 450-guest vessel was hailed by one cruise expert as “game-changer.” And as its maiden season continues, one of the ways the first new luxury cruiser in over six years is actually changing the game is quickly becoming clear—by attracting younger, affluent travelers to cruise with them for the first time.Seabourn Odyssey’s first two sold-out, seven-day voyages, sailing among the Greek Isles and along the coast of Turkey, carried nearly 40 percent more first-time guests than Seabourn’s average. And those guests averaged 10 percent younger than the line&rsquos long-time loyal following—the number of guests under 45 years of age exceeded the norm by 64 percent.“From the very beginning, we designed our new class of yachts to appeal to a young, sophisticated traveler,” said Pamela Conover, Seabourn’s president and CEO. “We took the personalized service and attention to detail that Seabourn has always offered, and added features and amenities that younger guests appreciate,” she continued. “We are delighted to see our target audience flocking to Seabourn Odyssey.”Odyssey is rich in details that appeal to a new breed of upscale travelers: expansive outdoor dining venues, a state-of-the-art gym and the largest spa facility on any luxury vessel; complimentary watersports from Odyssey’s own marina; the relaxed, club-like atmosphere created by all-inclusive beverage service and open-seating dining. And there are savvy touches that delight a hip, worldly crowd, such as the avant-garde tasting menus served in the intimate Restaurant 2, the pizza oven and gelateria by the pool and the European-style coffee bar in the comfy confines of Seabourn Square.Another feature that attracts younger travelers is Odyssey’s ability to visit smaller ports such as Kotor in Montenegro or the Greek isle of Khyos that are off the usual tourist track, making for a more authentic travel experience.www.seabourn.comlast_img read more

June 30 2015photo by Tomiaki TamuraItalian Cypres

first_imgJune 30, 2015photo by Tomiaki TamuraItalian Cypress trees at Arcosanti extend straight up into the sky alongside the buildings competing in height.[Text and photos by ttmr]photo by Tomiaki TamuraThe vertical frames provided by Italian Cypress trees are matched by the horizontal frames defined by the canopy of olive tree branches, These tree combinations are very common in Mediterranean countries where the founder Paolo Soleri came from.last_img

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