Canadian injured in Times Square car attack in very critical condition

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – New York City police say a Canadian woman remains in very critical condition a day after a speeding car slammed into pedestrians in Times Square in what authorities said was a deliberate attack.Assistant chief William Aubry says the 38-year-old woman is among seven people still in hospital following the incident in which a teenage tourist was killed and almost two dozen other people injured.Authorities have provided no further details about the Canadian.Aubry says three others remain in critical condition with head injuries, while a fourth person was being treated for a collapsed lung and broken pelvis.A prosecutor says the driver, who faces felony murder charges for plowing into the pedestrians on the sidewalks, told authorities he wanted to “kill them all” and that police should have shot him to stop him.Police say the man, Richard Rojas, 26, also told responding officers Thursday after he crashed his Honda Accord into protective barriers that he had smoked marijuana laced with PCP — also known as angel dust.Officials were awaiting toxicology results, though police said Rojas “had glassy eyes, slurred speech, and was unsteady,” during his arrest, according to the complaint.Rojas, wearing the same red T-shirt and jeans he was wearing when he was arrested, appeared subdued during a brief court appearance Friday where prosecutors detailed a felony murder charge. He didn’t enter a plea.His lawyer and weeping supporters had no comment. He’s due back in court next week.Authorities said Rojas drove from the Bronx to Times Square, where he sped into the bustling Crossroads of the World, hitting nearly two dozen people on the sidewalk before steel security barriers finally stopped him.Alyssa Elsman, 18, a tourist from Portage, Mich., was killed. Her 13-year-old sister was injured.Rojas enlisted in the Navy in 2011 and was an electrician’s mate fireman apprentice. In 2012, he served aboard the USS Carney, a destroyer. Navy records show that in 2013 he spent two months at a naval prison in Charleston, S.C. They don’t indicate why.He spent his final months in the navy at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., before being discharged in 2014 as the result of a special court martial, a navy official said.last_img read more

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Cautious optimism in the energy sector following drilling forecast

first_imgIt’s an oil and gas forecast that has long been seen as an economic barometer for Calgary, Alberta and to a larger extent Canada. Late Tuesday, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada (PSAC) revealed they expect 7,000 wells to be drilled in the coming year, almost 4,000 of them will be in Alberta. President and CEO Mark Salkeld says investors are concerned, more needs to done to reassure them about the energy sector. Until we can get our oil to tide water, Salkeld says we’ll see more crude being shipped by rail. “We’ll definitely see an increase in movement of oil by rail, we’ll do everything it takes to get our oil offshore to other markets, I mean we’re missing on the world price because we only have one customer,” he said. Despite its woes, Ben Brunnen with the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says the sector is doing its fair share to help the Canadian economy. “It (forecast) is a good thing in the sense that we see some stability, some predictability and it’s an indication that going forward from an economic perspective, we’ll continue on the same trajectory,” said Brunnen. Although those figures are slightly higher than last year, 7,900 wells is still 30 per cent below figures we saw in 2014.last_img read more

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With better stoves UN aims to cut risk of murder rape for

The Safe Access to Firewood and Alternative Energy in Humanitarian Settings (SAFE) stoves initiative organized by the World Food Programme (WFP) and other UN agencies, will be rolled out next year to reach eventually up to 6 million refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and returnees in 36 nations, where they are forced to walk further and further into the bush into unsafe areas to collect firewood.“Women and girls should not have to risk their lives and dignity, and precious trees should not be lost, in the simple act of trying to cook food for their families,” WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said. “The SAFE stoves launch will help protect them and the environment with practical and urgently needed solutions.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also welcomed the project at an event in Copenhagen held on the sidelines of the UN climate change talks.He described the initiative as showing “a virtuous circle in action, thanks to technology – environmental protection… improved safety for women… access to clean energy for the poor… enhanced climate security.”The project “is a simple, inexpensive and win-win solution… [that will] provide immediate, tangible benefits to their users,” he added.WFP researchers have found that some women spend a full day’s wages on firewood alone. Others sell off food rations to purchase fuel. The SAFE project will scale up distribution of fuel-efficient and “improved mud” stoves to assist almost 100,000 women in North Darfur. These stoves consume less firewood and lower health risks associated with smoke.In Uganda, WFP will focus on refugees and pastoralists in the drought-hit Karamoja region. It will provide more than 35,000 households and 50 schools with fuel-efficient stoves, as well as helping women to find other sources of income.Project partners include the Women’s Refugee Commission, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Environment programme (UNEP). 16 December 2009The United Nations today launched a pilot project to provide fuel-efficient stoves to some 150,000 women in Sudan and Uganda to cut the risks of murder, rape and other violence they face in gathering firewood, while at the same time protecting the environment. read more

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New Zealand hails promises made by Mangala

“They constitute a significant step towards genuine reconciliation and political devolution for Sri Lankans, something New Zealand has been encouraging. New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully has welcomed the Sri Lankan Government’s announcement it will establish a Truth and Reconciliation Commission to help the country recover from its decades-long civil war.“New Zealand welcomes the measures announced by the Sri Lankan Foreign Minister, Mangala Samaraweera at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva this week,” McCully said in a statement. “The policies announced, such as establishing an office to assist people who lost family members in the civil war and negotiating a new Constitution that reflects Sri Lanka’s ethnic and religious diversity, demonstrate a serious and constructive approach to resolving some of the most challenging issues facing the country. “We expect these measures will help reconciliation and devolution, particularly among Tamil communities in the North and East of the country,” McCully said. read more

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Oil dips below 43 per barrel marking 10month low

The oil outlook became slightly gloomier, Tuesday morning, as world markets traded crude below $43 per barrel, for the first time since August, 2016.One Canadian economist said a sustained 10-month low would not help short term oil confidence in Alberta.“Frankly, Canada is a bit of the story here,” BMO Chief Economist, Doug Porter told 660 NEWS. “There is an underlying strength in Canadian production and it looks to actually increase over the next couple of years.”There were several factors at play: global oversupply, a June OPEC deal, and rebounding Canadian production. “I think there are some concerns that the OPEC deal might, or OPEC’s resolve could weaken as we continue to see relentless gains in U.S. production and at least a temporary bulge in inventories,” Porter qualified. “In the wake of the OPEC deal, which the market gave a bit of a thumbs down to,” Porter explained, “in the last week, we’ve see that weakness accelerate.”“With oil prices retreating again, this could deliver a bit of a blow to Alberta, just as it looked like there was some light in the tunnel for the province,” he said, referencing the apparent rebound from 2016 woes.And, while the Tuesday tumble was noticeable, it is not a complete dimming of the light at the end of that tunnel. Porter said time would provide the best perspective. “If [oil] actually does break below $40 [per barrel] for more than, you know, a day or two, I think that’s going to ring some alarm bells,” he admitted, reminding market watchers, that hasn’t happened yet. “If it stays in the low $40s for, let’s say, a month, I think it does change the conversation, somewhat.”Until now, the conversation had been quite positive. “The latest consensus I saw, among Wall Street forecasters, was for an average oil price in the mid to high $50s, for 2018,” the economist confirmed. Porter said sustained low trading would lend to maintaining low Bank of Canada interest rates, and has added to a decline in the Canadian dollar. STOCK PHOTO/FREEIMAGES.COM AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Tanya Blakney Posted Jun 20, 2017 10:07 am MDT Oil dips below $43 per barrel, marking 10-month low read more

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TWO DROWNED Birthday girl uncle drowned at Rockstone

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRockstone tragedy: Body of uncle still missingOctober 31, 2017In “latest news”Preparations moving apace for eighth Rockstone Fish FestivalOctober 19, 2013In “Local News”Heart-breaking search continues for T&T girl, step-dadAugust 8, 2016In “latest news” …during outing at Fish FestivalThe 12th annual Rockstone Fish Festival ended abruptly on Sunday following the death of a teenager and her uncle who are suspected to have drowned in the vicinity of Golden Beach in Region 10.Dead are 13-year-old Yasha Prince of Bagostown, East Bank Demerara and 50-year-old Gavin Moses who resided on the West Coast of Demerara.The 13-year-old was celebrating her birthday and travelled to the fish festival to celebrate with her family. Moses celebrated his birthday on Saturday.Based on reports received, upon spending some time at the fish festival, the now dead teenager and her uncle along with other relatives boarded a private boat at the Rockstone waterway and travelled to the Golden Beach to take a swim. The golden beach is near Rockstone.After about an hour on the beach, Prince and two cousins including Thalia Clarke were diving in the water and suddenly drifted in the deeper part of the river.Clarke told this news entity that after she realise Prince and her sister were going into the water she went to assist but only managed to save her. She explained that after she raised an alarm, her uncle, Gavin Moses came to assist but after pushing Prince onto shore, he went down and was still missing up to late this evening (Sunday).A scene Sunday afternoon at the Rockstone Fish Festival after news spread of the drowning“We try to do CPR but she was already dead…We rolled her over and start press her stomach but she remained motionless”, Clarke said.Her uncle, she noted, reportedly called out to some guys who were close by but they were unresponsive. She is of the brief that if the guys had come to their assistance, they would have managed to save the duo.The girl’s body being removed from the sceneAnthony English, another patron who was at the beach said he heard the screams and went to assist but as he was doing so, the now missing man held on to him and was pulling him down into the water and as such, he had no alternative but to save himself.He said that the teenager was already dead but the man never made it to shore. A health worker at the scene explained that she was at Rockstone water front when she received the message of the unfortunate incident.She, along with members of the Rockstone Tourism authority and police ranks,  rushed to the area where she saw Prince in a motionless state and upon checking, there was no pulse.However, the body of the teenager was taken to the Linden Hospital Complex where doctors confirm her death. read more

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Modular Mining selected for implementation at Asarco Mission mine

first_imgModular Mining Systems’ DISPATCH® 6 Fleet Management system (FMS) has been chosen to replace the current Leica/Jigsaw system at Asarco Mission mine. Mission mine is part of the Mission Complex, which also contains the Eisenhower, Pima, Mineral Hill, and South San Xavier properties, and North San Xavier mine, in Sahuarita, Arizona.In operation since 1961 and with a reserve life extending to 2033, the Mission open-pit copper mine reported copper concentrate production of 133.9 Mlb for 2014.In conjunction with the DISPATCH 6 FMS, Mission will implement Modular’s ProVision® 3 Machine Guidance solution for drills, shovels and loaders. To augment the capabilities of the FMS, the mine has also selected the Prestart, Blending, Lineup Management, Fuel Service, Crusher, Water Truck, and Speed Management, add-on modules. The technologies will be used on nearly 40 trucks, drills, shovels, loaders, and auxiliary units.“We are eager to apply Modular’s proven, integrated technology to reduce our cost per tonne mined and price per pound produced during these trying times,” said Bjorn Meyer, Mine Manager at Mission. “Longer term, we see many opportunities to participate in the development and testing of Modular products.”The mine, located in close proximity to Modular’s headquarters and the proving grounds operated by Modular’s parent company, Komatsu, will also become an instrumental development site for Modular.“Modular has a long-standing relationship with Asarco and Grupo Mexico, and we are excited about expanding the relationship to the Mission mine,” said Greg Lanz, General Manager, North America, at Modular. “The proximity to Tucson will allow us to conduct real-world testing, providing us valuable customer feedback and insights into the deployability, usability, and supportability of our products,” he added.The simultaneous commissioning of the DISPATCH FMS and ProVision 3 solution is slated to begin in mid-2016.last_img read more

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Kelleher Dept of Health ringfence claim strikes fear into me

first_imgMINISTER OF STATE Kathleen Lynch was questioned this afternoon on last night’s decision to axe the mobility allowance and motorised transport grant and replace them with an as-yet-undecided alternative.During topical issues in the Dáil, Deputies Billy Kelleher and Caomhghín Ó Caoláin both questioned the Minister on the decision, with Ó Caoláin saying he believed “the only conclusion to be drawn is this is another cutback by another name”.Kelleher said:When I hear the Department of Health saying they will ringfence funding, you know, it strikes fear into me. Because last year we were given a commitment that mental health funding was ringfenced and it wasn’t, it was snaffled and put into the budgetKelleher added:If the best brains in the Department of Health couldn’t come up with it in two years, you are now asking an independent review to come up with a solution in four months. It’s a heartless cut, Minister.Lynch said the issue should have been dealt with long ago.DisappointedSeán Moynihan, CEO of ALONE, said they are “hugely disappointed” and they are demanding that the new scheme to be put in place will allow equal access to all sectors of society where a need has been assessed.A figure of between €170 – €300million has been quoted in order to allow access to the scheme to over 65s.  We’re unclear as to how these figures were arrived at, as this would equate to approximately 100,000 older people applying for the scheme, which we completely reject.  We work with hundreds of older people on a daily basis and are aware of only two or three people in receipt of this allowance.Concluding, he commented: “What we’re hearing is that there is a slightly ageist agenda, and we’re calling on government to allow all those who are assessed as having a need, no matter what age, to have access to the scheme.”Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Social Protection, Willie O’Dea TD, says the news is “another slap in the face for the most vulnerable”.The Center for Independent Living said it is appalled at the announcement. Michael McCabe, chairperson of Center for Independent Living, described it as “an absolutely outrageous attack on the rights of people with disabilities and flies in the face of the National Disability Strategy”.He said that “instead of accommodating the inclusion of people with disabilities in the community this will lead to greater exclusion and isolation especially for those living in rural areas”.Read: ‘Every other option was illegal’ – Minister defends disability payments cut>Read: ‘A sick bureaucratic monster’ – Department slammed after disability payments axed> What should have happened was the scheme should have been allowed to continue for time being, and an independent review group would have been set up to come up with the solutions to the problems…last_img read more

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The Power Loader exoskeleton amplifies human strength

first_imgScience fiction (and anime!) has been teaching us about mechs for roughly, ever. Generally, they’re a huge exoskeletal rig that a human sits in the chest or head cavity of while piloting it, which makes them a little inconceivable to build in current times. However, perhaps the most iconic mech, the Power Loader from Aliens, is the most conceivable based on its size. Panasonic subsidiary Activelink is developing a power amplification exoskeleton, also called the Power Loader, which can freely use power beyond human strength.In Aliens, the Power Loader isn’t too large or cumbersome, though it is bigger than Activelink’s backpack-with-arms-and-legs unit. The concept behind the unit isn’t quite revolutionary, in that it uses sensors to notice a human’s force input, then uses its motors to match the human’s intent with machine strength. But that doesn’t make it any less awesome. Basically, you make a lifting motion, and the Power Loader makes the same motion, except with its superior machine strength.Activelink’s goal is to make Power Loader something that a pilot gets into, rather than wears, though after watching the video of a pilot wearing the backpack-style unit, I feel there might be some semantics to argue over.So far, the developers say the Power Loader is capable of carrying around 110 to 132lbs (50 to 60kg), but can still move with agility with the help of motors placed in the unit’s legs, knees, and hips. One of the arms in development can carry 66lbs (30kg). Activelink is also considering a much larger version of the unit, which looks much more like the Power Loader from James Cameron’s movie.Like all amazing technology that makes us feel like we’re living in a movie, there isn’t any solid release date, but I can only hope we’ll be fighting murderous aliens while wearing big robot arms sometime soon.via DigInfolast_img read more

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Associate of murdered gang leader David Byrne arrested as gardaí foil gangland

first_img http://jrnl.ie/3450374 Sunday 18 Jun 2017, 11:10 AM Jun 18th 2017, 11:10 AM 34,345 Views Share50 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Garreth MacNamee 22 Comments Image: RollingNews.ie Associate of murdered gang leader David Byrne arrested as gardaí foil gangland murder Armed gardaí became suspicious when a car tried to avoid their checkpoint. AN ASSOCIATE OF murdered Kinahan gang leader David Byrne has been arrested as gardaí stopped what they believed to be an attempt on the life of a senior member of the Hutch gang.While carrying out a checkpoint in the North Strand area of the north inner city on Friday night, gardaí became suspicious of car in the area which was subsequently stopped and searched.This led to the search of another car nearby from which a handgun was recovered. One of the cars contained balaclavas, a loaded Glock handgun and a container of petrol.Officers believe the men were targeting a senior member of the Hutch gang who lives nearby as retaliation for the murder of Michael Keogh who was shot dead in his car on Dorset Street earlier this month.AttackThe homes of James Gately and the now de-facto leader of the Hutch gang were within a kilometre of the arrests. Gately has already survived an attack on his life. He was shot a number of times as he sat in a filling station car park in Clonshaugh, north Dublin, last month.One of the arrested men, a 24-year-old from the northside is known to gardaí for minor crimes. He is seen as a hired hand who now has links to one of the biggest suppliers of cocaine and heroin in the Glasnevin, Ballymun and Finglas areas.An attack on the Hutch gang was imminent, according to well-placed sources. However, they expect another attempt in the coming days.Gardaí believe that there are at least 24 members of the extended Hutch family who are at a serious risk of retaliation from the Kinahan cartel following the murder of Michael Keogh.TargetsThat number includes women who are believed to have nothing to do with the feud itself but happen to be related to targets of the Kinahan gang.Some innocent people, who have attempted to change their surname, have already fled the area.While there are 24 Hutches at risk, this does not take into account their partners or older children who could also find themselves in harm’s way.Gardaí fear the Kinahan’s retaliation will be as quick and severe as it was following the murder of David Byrne at the Regency Hotel in February 2016.The exodus of potential targets from the north inner city is also becoming a headache for officers who are trying to keep track of their movements.Read: Man shot dead in Dublin was accused of ‘burning out homes of Hutch family members’ > Short URL Image: RollingNews.ielast_img read more

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Free un forfait mobile tout illimité à 50 euros

first_imgFree : un forfait mobile tout illimité à 50 euros ?Le patron de Free a annoncé que le prochain forfait mobile tout illimité proposé par son groupe ne coûtera que 50 euros par mois.Si l’information se confirme, les opérateurs historiques vont prendre un sacré coup derrière la tête. Dimanche, durant l’émission Capital de M6, le patron de Free, Xavier Niel, a annoncé que l’offre illimitée Free Mobile, qui comprendra le téléphone, Internet, la télévision mobile et les SMS, coûtera environ 50 euros mensuels. Une offre qui risque de mettre la concurrence dans l’embarras, leurs offres équivalentes oscillant entre 50 et 120 euros. Mais pour 50 euros, c’est juste une à deux heures de communication qui sont au programme…Si Xavier Niel a l’habitude d’annonces fracassantes qui ne se sont pas toujours réalisées, cette dernière a quand même de quoi inquiéter Orange, SFR et Bouygues Telecom. Il leur reste jusqu’à janvier 2012, date de l’arrivée de Free Mobile sur le marché, pour trouver une parade. La guerre des opérateurs de téléphonie mobile ne fait que commencer… Le 5 avril 2011 à 15:49 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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WORLD BANK PRESIDENT TO MEET WITH MINISTERS OF FINANCE AT SUMMIT

first_img 15,000 Youth To Benefit From US$20 Million Digital And Animation Project Recommended for you Related Items:carbbean finance ministers, Jim young kim, summit, world bank Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppWASHINGTON, D.C., Oct. 13 (Jamaica Information Service) –President of the World Bank, Jim Young Kim, is to meet with Caribbean Ministers of Finance and Governors of central banks at a summit early next year, to examine how the bank can assist with formalizing projects related to debt overhang, slow growth, climate change and high electricity rates.President Kim, who met with Ministers of Finance as well as Governors of central banks from the Caribbean who are attending International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank meetings, at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., on October 12, said there is an urgent need for the World Bank to meet with the Ministers of Finance to develop a strategy to assist Caribbean countries.“We are very much concerned about the Caribbean and we are ready to assist in any possible way, once we can create the programme which will be beneficial to all,” he said.Mr. Kim said he is aware that the Caribbean is going through a difficult time, and he encouraged the Caribbean Finance Ministers to meet among themselves to examine possible proposals they can present at the summit.The proposal by the World Bank President to host the summit of the Caribbean Finance Ministers, came as a result of a request from Minister of Finance and Planning, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, who is concerned that the high debt of Caribbean countries as well as debt overhang, slow growth, climate change and high electricity rates will hinder progress.The Minister emphasized that there is an urgent need for these matters to be addressed and for concessional financing, in terms of debt restructuring. Jamaica And World Bank Sign US$105 Millions Loanslast_img read more

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2 arrested for robbing tourist in Miami Beach

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Two people have been arrested for robbing a tourist in Miami Beach earlier this month.Police arrested 37-year-old Jonathan Peters and 29-year-old Tuesday Grillo for allegedly robbing a tourist from Poland in Miami Beach on Aug. 13.Police said the victim was returning to her rental property when Peters followed closely behind, attacked and robbed her.Peters grabbed her cell phone, ID and cash before reuniting with Grillo, his alleged accomplice.Investigators said Peters attacked the victim while Grillo stood as a lookout.Both Grillo and Peters are being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Maren Morris On Elton John Crossing Genres As A Soulful Chameleon

first_imgNews 7 Elton John Songs From The Screen & Stage All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John Elton John To Be Honored At GRAMMY Salute Concert Who’s On The Elton John Cover Albums? Little Big Town On Paying Tribute to Elton John Elton John Talks GRAMMY Special, Tribute Albums All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Connection To Elton John Elton John Picks His Own Favorite Albums NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 4, 2018 – 2:44 pm Maren Morris: Elton John’s Soulfulness Has Power Maren Morris: Elton John’s Soulfulness Has Power Ed SheeranPhoto: Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images Twitter https://twitter.com/RecordingAcad/status/979178842123272203 7 Elton John Songs From The Screen & Stage Elton John Picks His Own Favorite Albums Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Connection To Elton John Elton John To Be Honored At GRAMMY Salute Concert Kesha On Growing Up Listening To Elton John Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Connection To Elton John Little Big Town On Paying Tribute to Elton John Who’s On The Elton John Cover Albums? Neil Patrick Harris: What’s His Elton John Secret? Ed SheeranPhoto: Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images Kesha On Growing Up Listening To Elton John Prev Next The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” Elton JohnPhoto: Michael Kovac/Getty Images Little Big Town On Paying Tribute to Elton John Shawn Mendes On Covering Elton John With SZA Shawn Mendes On Covering Elton John With SZA 1⃣. Wrote songs for @TheTimMcGraw and @kelly_clarkson 2⃣. Won a GRAMMY at the 59th #GRAMMYs in 20173⃣. First country act to top #Billboard’s Dance/Mix Show See how GRAMMY winner @MarenMorris is carrying the torch forward for female #country artists: https://t.co/SkKp1VjaC8 pic.twitter.com/gO0QiFH0sI— Recording Academy / GRAMMYs (@RecordingAcad) March 29, 2018 5 Charities Elton John Supports Elton JohnPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Shawn Mendes On Covering Elton John With SZA All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John Email The country artist praises John’s soulful essence and his power to “dip into any genre easily” and sustain his music’s impact across decades Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Apr 4, 2018 – 2:49 pm Maren Morris, winner of Best Country Solo Performance at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for “My Church,” sees Elton John from her perspective as a country artist with added gratitude for his personal support. Elton John Talks GRAMMY Special, Tribute Albums The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” “He’s a chameleon,” said Morris. “He can really dip into any genre, easily, because he has that soul there. I think he’s taught me if I keep that intact, you can do whatever you want over the decades with your music.””Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute” will feature performances by some of music’s biggest names, including Alessia Cara, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Chris Martin, Shawn Mendes, Maren Morris, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, and SZA.Tune in April 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT for this two-hour concert special, only on CBS. Elton John Talks Bernie Taupin, Fatherhood & More 5 Charities Elton John Supports Elton JohnPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Neil Patrick Harris: What’s His Elton John Secret? Why Alessia Cara Sang The Blues For Elton John Kesha On Growing Up Listening To Elton John Elton John To Be Honored At GRAMMY Salute Concert Elton John Talks GRAMMY Special, Tribute Albums Elton John Talks Bernie Taupin, Fatherhood & More 7 Elton John Songs From The Screen & Stage How Did Elton John Help Ed Sheeran? How Did Elton John Help Ed Sheeran? How Did Elton John Help Ed Sheeran? Ed SheeranPhoto: Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images Neil Patrick Harris: What’s His Elton John Secret? Elton JohnPhoto: Michael Kovac/Getty Images Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Facebook Maren Morris On Elton John Crossing Genres As A Soulful Chameleon Maren Morris: Elton John’s Soulfulness Has Power 5 Charities Elton John Supports Elton JohnPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” Maren Morris: Elton John’s Decades Of Soulfulness maren-morris-elton-john-crossing-genres-soulful-chameleon Why Alessia Cara Sang The Blues For Elton John Elton John GRAMMY Special Elton JohnPhoto: Michael Kovac/Getty Images Why Alessia Cara Sang The Blues For Elton John Elton John Talks Bernie Taupin, Fatherhood & More Who’s On The Elton John Cover Albums? Maren Morris: Elton John’s Soulfulness Has Power The GRAMMY Camp alum chose “Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters,” from John’s 1972 Honky Château album, to perform on the April 10 TV concert special “Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A GRAMMY Tribute.”This particular song perfectly illustrates how the legend impacted her own songwriting and career in music. “I thank the Lord for the people I have found” was Bernie Taupin’s lyric at the center of the song’s embrace of solitude and reflection, while surrounded by the urban hustle of New York. Morris’ enthusiasm reflects a similar gratitude.”Elton was one of the really early supporters of my career and my music,” Morris said. “I was honored to be asked and just celebrate him because he’s so influential on so many different genres of artists.”The first lines of “Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters” are a tip of the hat to soul singer Ben E. King’s hit “Spanish Harlem,” comparing a young lady to a beautiful rose. But Taupin’s lyric takes a darker view of struggling to grow in the urban setting, asserting that “rose trees never grow in New York City.” Although the song isn’t one of John’s many chart hits, it emerged through the years as a favorite, illustrating John and Taupin’s ability to touch on deeper themes while penning a rousing ballad. Elton John Picks His Own Favorite Albumslast_img read more

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NEIGHBOR NEWS Whats Making Headlines In Tewksbury

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Ever wonder what’s making news next door in Tewksbury? Bill Gilman, editor of Your Tewksbury Today, has the answer!Below is a collection of top Tewksbury stories, primarily written by Gilman, that were recently published on his popular website.Top Tewksbury Stories (April 30-May 7):Three Arrested, As Tewksbury Police Make Major BustTewksbury Announcing New Rate And Term For Its Community Choice Power Supply ProgramTewksbury Family Summer Concert Series Announced!FREE Women’s Self-Defense Class Offered By Tewksbury PoliceTewksbury Police Present: ‘The Truth About Vaping’ Your Tewksbury Today is Tewksbury’s premiere online hyperlocal news source. Follow YTT on Facebook and Twitter.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”NEIGHBOR NEWS: What’s Making Headlines In Tewksbury?In “Community”last_img read more

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Dutch NGOs reassures support for SDG

first_imgAmbassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal presents keynote speech. Photo: CollectedNGOs from the Netherlands assured that they would continue their support to Bangladesh for achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs) within the stipulated time.They came up with the pledge at a seminar titled “Bangladesh NGO network and friendship meeting: Towards a dynamic Bangladesh” hosted by the Bangladesh embassy in The Hague, with support from a Dutch NGO, Niketan, on 22 September on the embassy premises.Around 50 representatives from more than 35 Dutch NGOs of different sizes, which are active in Bangladesh, participated in the meeting, said a press release issued by the embassy.The meeting was moderated by Istiaque Ahmed, first secretary of the embassy.Bangladesh ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal opened the meeting with a keynote speech. He highlighted child marriage, woman empowerment, income inequality etc and urged NGO support in achieving the SDGs.Terming the SDGs to be challenging for a country like Bangladesh, he called for multi-stakeholder approach for inclusive development and stressed on mobilizing domestic and international resources to achieve the SDGs.Ambassador Belal urged the Dutch NGO’s to be part of the development works going on in Bangladesh. He also explained government’s initiatives like developing special economic zones for the foreign investors with all facilities.He also briefed the audience on the Rohingya crisis and called for moral support.Counsellor of the embassy Kazi Russel Pervez highlighted the current status in working condition in Bangladesh and the relevant government policies. He briefed the audience about the stable political situation prevailing in Bangladesh. Counsellor Russel also explained government’s “zero tolerance” against terrorism and extremism.Senior Policy Officer of Netherland’s foreign ministry Jan de Boer welcomed the initiative of Bangladesh embassy.Former first secretary of Dutch embassy in Dhaka, Ella de Voogt, stressed on better coordination of Dutch development organisations in Bangladesh.In the face of Dutch policy shift from aid to trade for Bangladesh, she advised all to wait for the new government to be formed in the Netherlands and new foreign trade and development cooperation minister to take over.She acknowledged to have a very good relation with the Bangladesh government from during her days at Dutch embassy in Dhaka and assured the NGOs to support them in liaising with the government agencies.Later, Niketan board member Astrid Frey conducted the plenary session in the meeting where the participants were invited to talk about the success they achieved and the contribution they made. The NGOs also talked about the opportunities and challenges in Bangladesh.Diaspora development organisation BASUG representative Bikash Barua Chowdhury stated that they have built awareness among the migrant workers to send remittance through banking channel.From JW Support Joke Wittekok has explained her organisation’s work in supporting orphans in continuing education and finding out employment.Maarten from Diva Worldwide shared the story how he opened a production house in Dhaka to develop online contents by the young ICT professionals of Bangladesh.Maarten welcomes women developer participation in his expanding works. The Hunger project representative Catelin shared their activities in the fields of child marriage and leadership development where women volunteers are heavily involved.Save the Children representative Mahua talked about their activities in child rights governance and financial inclusion.J.U Litton from Bouwen aan Bangladesh shared his experience in working in child education and disaster management sectors.He also said that now they are working to support the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.Saidul from Stichting Jongerenhulp said that they wish to work with senior citizens in Bangladesh.The participant NGOs highly appreciated the initiative of the embassy in building bridge between the government and the development partners.All of them termed Bangladesh as a very friendly country for the foreign NGOs. They termed Bangladesh ‘a land of opportunities’ owing to its young and energetic people.As finishing remarks Ambassador Belal urged all for introducing the best practices of the Netherlands in Bangladesh especially in agriculture.He also requested support from all concerned for implementation of Delta Plan 2100, the flagship Dutch Bangla Project.Embassy has a plan to host this kind of meeting at least once in a year.last_img read more

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Civil society demands safe road

first_imgDiya Khanam Mim (L) and Abdul Karim Rajib are killed in a road accident on airport road in Dhaka on 29 July. File PhotoDifferent civil society organisations on Friday formed a human chain to press home their 21-point demand, including punishment of those responsible for the death of two college students in the city’s airport road area on 29 July.The organisations, including Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon (BAPA), Nagorik Odhikar Songrokkhon Forum, Doctors of Health and Environment and Work for a better Bangladesh Trust under the banner of Nagorik Samabesh formed the human chain in front of National Museum in Shahbagh intersection area around 11:00am.Their other demands include—providing compensation to the families of the deceased and ensure treatment of those injured in the accident, stopping torture on students during their ongoing agitation programme, amendment to Motor Vehicles Ordinance, 1983, stopping plying of vehicles on wrong route, identifying fake licence holders and taking action against them, stopping operation of unfit vehicles and forming a supervision committee for monitoring the transport sector.last_img read more

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Evangelical financial watchdog faces scrutiny over backing of errant megachurch

first_img News Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email TagsChuck Grassley Dan Busby ECFA Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability Harvest Bible Harvest Bible Chapel homepage featured James MacDonald,You may also like By: Bobby Ross Jr. Share This! Citing inclusion of LGBT clerics, Anglican bishops in Africa to shun Lambeth Conferenc … Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 By: Bobby Ross Jr. As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This!center_img Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — About five years ago, the Village Church of Barrington, a congregation northwest of Chicago with a $1.8 million annual budget and average weekly attendance of 600, decided to become accredited with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.ECFA — founded in 1979 to promote financial integrity in Christian ministries and avert heightened government regulation in the wake of televangelist scandals — claims nearly 2,400 members.Those member churches and nonprofits receive more than $29 billion in annual charitable donations from 20 million donors, according to the Virginia-based ECFA.The Village Church already allowed members to review its books and prided itself on having a transparent approach to finances.Joining ECFA would help cement its commitment to transparency.“We thought it would give donors confidence to know that we were doing things by the book,” said David Jones, the Village Church’s senior pastor.ECFA logo. Courtesy imageBut now — amid scrutiny over ECFA’s years-long failure to identify financial misdeeds at Harvest Bible Chapel, a Chicago-area megachurch that fired its founder and senior pastor, James MacDonald, earlier this year — the Village Church is rethinking its relationship with the Christian watchdog group.In December, ECFA issued a statement saying that Harvest was in compliance with its rules. Not long afterward, church officials admitted misleading ECFA.Recently ECFA’s board terminated Harvest Bible Chapel’s membership.“As we’ve watched this whole Harvest thing unfold, our deacons have been discussing whether to renew it or not,” said Jones, a former Harvest Bible Chapel staff member who left the megachurch nine years ago with concerns about what he describes as “power being misused” and “hypocrisy in the upper levels of leadership.”“I think we see it as a liability rather than an asset, so why would we pay them money for something that could raise negative questions?” the pastor said.“So our deacons have not made the final decision, but I would be shocked if they renewed it next year. The consensus seems to be getting rid of that.”Dan Busby, ECFA’s president since 2009, referred Religion News Service’s request for an interview to a public relations firm.Karen Dye with Guardian PR + Events said Harvest Bible Chapel is “conducting an external review by a forensic accountant.”“Out of respect for that process and until that report is public, ECFA will not be participating in any interviews,” Dye said in an email to RNS. She declined, too, to make Busby available to answer more general questions about ECFA’s history and purpose.In April, ECFA terminated Harvest Bible Chapel’s membership, pointing to “significant violations” of several of its financial standards. The group had suspended the megachurch the previous month after church leaders admitted “a lack of financial control and oversight” under MacDonald. In March, ECFA said that “new information” led the watchdog group to investigate whether the church had violated ECFA’s financial standards.Journalist Julie Roys. Courtesy photoBut critics, including Julie Roys, a Chicago-area freelance journalist whom MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel sued last year in an attempt to stop her negative reporting, say ECFA ignored “glaring improprieties” in the church’s finances for way too long.In the defamation lawsuit filed in October in the Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago against Roys and bloggers critical of Harvest, the church touted its approval for full accreditation by the ECFA board in September 2013, “following a full financial review by their president and treasurer.”The church’s lawsuit petition argued that the ECFA accreditation “established with finality the immense integrity undergirding all financial matters at Harvest Bible Chapel.”However, the plaintiffs in January dropped the lawsuit against Roys and two bloggers for a website called The Elephant’s Debt. That action came after the court ruled that documents subpoenaed in the case could be made public. Later, Roys received a $50,000 settlement, mainly to cover her legal fees, she told RNS.In late April, with a new leadership team and elder board in place, the church apologized to Roys as well as bloggers Scott Bryant and Ryan Mahoney and their wives — who also were sued — and said the lawsuit “was a sinful violation of 1 Corinthians 6 and biblically should not have been pursued.”Still, Roys remains dismayed with ECFA’s role — or lack thereof — in her effort to shine a light on MacDonald and Harvest Bible Chapel.“I guess I initially expected them to be an ally,” Roys said of ECFA. “I was just stunned that there wasn’t any answering of the things that I brought up.”In December, ECFA issued a statement vouching for Harvest Bible Chapel’s financial integrity, saying the association’s staff made an on-site visit to the church and confirmed its compliance with “compensation-setting and related-party transactions.”“Harvest Bible Chapel is in full compliance with each of ECFA’s Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship and remains a member in good standing in ECFA,” the statement concluded.Four months later, in terminating Harvest’s membership, ECFA said its December statement “would not have been made if Harvest Bible Chapel had shared all crucial information with ECFA.”Rusty Leonard. Coutesy photoThe public statements by ECFA — which gives its mission as “Enhancing Trust in Christ-Centered Churches and Ministries” — have failed to satisfy Rusty Leonard, founder and CEO of the donor advocacy organization Ministry Watch, based in Charlotte, N.C.“For people who are paying attention, they’ve lost a ton of credibility,” Leonard said. “It’s not just a one-time thing. We’ve had two rather gigantic blowups that came on their watch.”Besides the Harvest case, he cited Gospel for Asia, whose membership ECFA terminated for cause in 2015, according to Christianity Today.That organization later was sued over how it handled donations, with critics saying it misled donors on how their money would be used. The group recently agreed to refund $37 million in donations without admitting wrongdoing as part of a settlement with plaintiffs.ECFA depends on funding from its members, based on the size of their budgets.Harvest, for example, would pay roughly $10,000 a year for its accreditation, based on ECFA’s online fee schedule. However, Leonard said he has more respect for ECFA than to suggest its failure to uncover Harvest’s problems sooner had to do with relying on its membership fee.Nonetheless, Leonard said ECFA support of Harvest was troubling.“It looks really bad,” he said.“From ECFA’s perspective, waiting this out, waiting for the news cycle to blow over and hoping they don’t have any more incidents pop up anytime soon, is probably their strategy,” he said. “But it would be better if they came out and acknowledged their shortcoming and said, ‘This is what we’re doing, and this is how we’re going to make sure it doesn’t happen again.’”Frank Sommerville. Courtesy photoBut Frank Sommerville, a Texas-based attorney, CPA and editorial adviser for ChurchLawandTax.com, defends the mission and purpose of ECFA.“It’s not perfect by any means because it’s voluntary,” Sommerville said. “But the goal was to create a gold standard, for lack of a better word, for people to know that these entities, these Christian organizations, have met the minimum standards. So as a donor, you can trust them.”ECFA isn’t in the business of revoking memberships, Sommerville said. It’s in the business of bringing members into compliance.“Their role is, if you’re not in compliance, if it’s out of ignorance, you work with them to bring them into compliance,” Sommerville said. “I don’t see that anybody wins by just revoking their membership if they’re not in compliance.“There’s a lot of due process to make sure that revocation isn’t taken lightly,” he added. “Some people want to criticize it, but I don’t think acting swiftly in that area is a smart business model. You want to make sure you have the facts right. You want to make sure that particular member understands where they’ve messed up or where they haven’t met the seven standards, and they can figure out if they really want to operate with integrity.”Like Sommerville, Timothy Murphy, an Indianapolis-based CPA who works with nonprofits, including faith-based entities, voiced confidence in ECFA’s leaders, saying “they’re very much focused on what’s good for the kingdom.”“I think my concern is whether this Harvest situation casts doubt on what they do,” Murphy said. “I think it’s important, if mistakes have been made, you own up to it — you step up and move on.”As Sommerville sees it, ECFA remains a better option for promoting financial accountability in Christian ministries “than anything else that’s out there.”He prefers voluntary accreditation, he said, rather than the government creating new “bureaucracies and administrations” to police religious groups’ finances, a possibility ECFA has lobbied against.Former senior pastor James MacDonald, top right, preached at Harvest Bible Chapel. Video screenshotIn 2012, the ECFA created a special commission to look at financial accountability for religious groups. That commission was set up in response to a request for recommendations from Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, after he concluded a three-year investigation into alleged lavish spending by six prominent broadcast ministries in 2011.The group issued a 91-page report that recommended more voluntary transparency by religious groups. It opposed the idea that churches and certain church-affiliated organizations should be required to file Form 990 information forms with the IRS, as tax-exempt organizations generally must do.As a result of that report, ECFA in 2013 strengthened its standards concerning compensation and transactions, according to an article in Christianity Today’s Church Law & Tax publication.“Moral compromise and financial mismanagement — only amplified in the media — have caused many people to lose trust in some of our nation’s most respected institutions, the church included,” said that article, co-written by Busby six years ago. “This in turn leads to additional barriers to carrying out the Great Commission.”David Jones, senior pastor of Village Church of Barrington, Ill., says his congregation northwest of Chicago is likely not to renew its accreditation with the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability. Courtesy photoBut now, the worry for Jones — the Village Church of Barrington pastor — is that ECFA accreditation itself could harm his congregation’s ability to fulfill its calling.Christians who have left Harvest Bible Chapel make up roughly one-third of the membership at Jones’ church, which is affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America.“It struck me that ECFA is little more than a rubber stamp. They’re relying on you to do an audit well, and as long as you’re ethical and upright, the seal means something,” Jones said. “I think they showed with the Harvest situation that you can cheat the system.“So if that’s the case, if ECFA cannot catch that kind of thing, what’s the purpose of the seal?” he added.“In fact, I became concerned that some of these people leaving Harvest and coming to us might find out we were accredited by ECFA and look at that as a negative against us — as if we were trying to cover something up, which of course we aren’t doing.” Share This! 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FACT CHECK Trump Touts Low Unemployment Rates For AfricanAmericans Hispanics

first_img Share Andrew Harnik/APPresident Trump boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on Monday, to travel to Nashville, Tenn., to address the American Farm Bureau Federation. In the speech, he repeated a claim about the unemployment rate.The job market is strong right now, with a 4.1 percent unemployment rate, and President Trump knows it. On Monday, he twice bragged about the latest jobs report, but he focused in on minorities in particular.In the morning, he did it on Twitter, citing that black unemployment is “the lowest ever recorded in our country.” And he jabbed: “Dems did nothing for you but get your vote!”African American unemployment is the lowest ever recorded in our country. The Hispanic unemployment rate dropped a full point in the last year and is close to the lowest in recorded history. Dems did nothing for you but get your vote! #NeverForget @foxandfriends— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2018And then at a speech to the American Farm Bureau Federation, he did it again, saying, “African-American unemployment is the lowest it’s ever been in the history of our records.”This is the third time in as many days that the president has cited black unemployment figures. On Saturday, he also tweeted about the numbers.Presidents often take credit for a strong economy, and Trump fits that mold, touting jobs and stock market numbers regularly. So we decided to fact-check Trump on this claim: Is he right, and are these numbers his doing?The claimBlack and Hispanic unemployment are at or near record lows.The short answerTrump’s numbers are right, but it’s generally a stretch for presidents to take credit for job creation.The long answerTrump is right that African-American unemployment hit a record low in December. The unemployment rate for black Americans is currently 6.8 percent, the lowest level recorded since the government started keeping track in January 1972.And he’s also right that the Hispanic unemployment rate is down a point over the last year — it was at 4.9 percent in December, down from 5.9 percent in December 2016. That is close to a record low, though it’s also up 0.1 point from November.But still, fact check: true on Trump’s numbers.However, that’s not all Trump is doing in this tweet. He is implying that he caused these low African-American and Hispanic unemployment rates.And a big problem with that claim is that those rates had been falling for long before Trump took office, and their declines don’t appear to have picked up speed. This implies that there’s nothing specific that Trump did to change this rate.Indeed, both of these rates have been falling relatively steadily since around 2010, early in President Obama’s tenure in the White House.So have the unemployment rates for all races and ethnic groups tracked by the Labor Department. In general, these unemployment rates tend to move together. So while Trump called out the African-American and Hispanic unemployment rates, they haven’t changed in any remarkable way, relative to other groups’ unemployment rates.Separately, the president’s Council of Economic Advisers touted the unemployment rate of other demographic groups on Friday, shortly after the latest jobs report was released.“The overall unemployment rate, which by October had dropped to 4.1 percent, represented a 17-year low by year’s end,” they wrote. “The benefits of the low rates were felt broadly, resulting in unemployment rates for America’s veterans, African-Americans and Hispanics that reached historic lows in 2017.”The total unemployment rate is quite low, at 4.1 percent. That’s not a record, but for comparison with that African-American rate, it is near its lowest point since 1972.So Trump here is trying to make a political point — one that he has made before — seeming to tell minorities that they should support him more than they do. But then, the president has a decidedly uneasy relationship with black Americans, as NPR’s Brakkton Booker wrote on Saturday, and his rhetoric on immigration has also upset some Hispanics.This leads to the bigger question of how much Trump has to do with any of this job growth, regardless of race or ethnicity.By the jobs numbers themselves, it doesn’t look like he has changed much here. In fact, the average job creation in Trump’s first year is slightly lower than it has been in prior years. Employers added 171,000 new jobs each month, on average, in 2017. In 2016, that figure was 187,000, and in 2015, it was 226,000.It is possible that the tax plan that Trump recently signed into law will inspire employers to hire more. Businesses could conceivably plow some of the money they save on their taxes thanks to that plan into job creation. In a late-November Yahoo poll of more than 1,200 business owners, half said the new tax plan would make them more likely to hire.Then again, a majority of economists polled by the University of Chicago predict that long term, the tax plan won’t lead to higher economic growth.It’s not that Trump has had zero effect on the economy. Though a strong global economy has been the main reason stocks are climbing ever higher, as NPR’s Jim Zarroli reported in December, the president’s agenda of deregulation and cutting corporate taxes has also likely very played some part in pushing stocks ever higher.But the case that Trump has therefore significantly boosted job creation through the stock market isn’t particularly strong, says one economist.“To the extent that that affects business decisions, it may be that the president is having some impact on employment,” said Michael Strain, director of economic studies at the American Enterprise Institute. “But it’s very important not to overstate that.”There’s also a bigger problem with the idea that Trump has created all these jobs — presidents don’t have much immediate control over the economy, period.It’s true that they push policies or make hires that can affect economic performance — George W. Bush first appointed former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who helmed the central bank as it worked to pull the country out of recession; and President Barack Obama signed the 2009 stimulus. It’s also true that at the end of any given president’s tenure, we look at the job market under that president.But there’s so much about the economy that presidents don’t control — business cycles and other countries’ economic health, for example. The White House also can’t control broader macroeconomic trends, like the U.S. economy’s long-term shift from goods-producing to service-based industries.Indeed, a 2015 paper from Princeton economists Alan Blinder and Mark Watson found that while the economy has tended to grow faster under Democratic presidents, policy actions don’t appear to account for that difference.“Democrats would probably like to attribute a large portion of the D-R growth gap to better fiscal (and perhaps monetary) policies, but the data do not support such a claim,” they wrote.So could a president — with Congress’ help — target communities with particularly high unemployment? Yes, says one expert — particularly in one policy area Trump already has been championing.“There needs to be a deliberate attempt to retrain and recruit people into the economy through infrastructure programs,” said Andre Perry, a fellow in the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.While the unemployment rate is relatively low — near what economists call “full employment” — it remains true that the black unemployment rate is always much higher than the national rate. He believes that targeted infrastructure policy could reduce that gap, helping disadvantaged Americans get back to work.“Full employment means nothing to black folk in Baltimore or St. Louis or Pittsburgh,” Perry said. “For far too long, black unemployment has been the sacrificial lamb of full employment, and so again, if there is an infrastructure plan put on the table, it should be targeted at populations in areas that are largely out of work. [And] not only inner-city black America; it’s also rural white men who are being left behind by the economy.”If that’s true, it seems likely to remain a hypothetical. Democrats and Republicans alike champion the idea of infrastructure, but partisan divides on how to do it remain so wide that passing an infrastructure package this year would most likely be a heavy lift.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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