first_imgThough the Chinese economy has grown in recent years, causing some fear that China will threaten America’s economy, a Saint Mary’s professor said China’s growth should be viewed in a more positive light.  Richard Measell, professor of Business and Economics, said China has recently surpassed both Japan and Germany to become the second largest economy in the world, increasing growth around 10 percent annually. “China, before the 1980s, was a really poor country,” he said. “[About that same time,] they put in more of a free market economy with less government control, and they let free enterprise flourish in some areas.  From that, they have really grown.  They’ve really had three decades of very strong economic growth. “ Measell called the feat “remarkable.” “It’s not unusual that underdeveloped countries would have pretty good growth patterns,” he said. “But for China to do it for so long, and for the growth to be so strong each time, it’s quite remarkable.” But Measell said some critics, especially in the United States, find China’s growth threatening. “China gets picked on a lot by politicians,” he said. “Campaigning, they say, ‘Our jobs are going to China and our younger generation is going to owe all this money to them.’ So, [China is cast] in a villain-type way.” Skeptics worry that as the economy in China increases and the United States economy struggles, more jobs will be outsourced overseas, but Measell said there are benefits to China’s economic increase. “[Americans] benefit a lot [from the growth] because we get relatively lower-cost items,” he said. “It’s sort of a win-lose thing.  Consumers win because they get lower-cost items made in China, but then the workers in the United States who could be making those items, or who might have in the past, well, those jobs aren’t here and those goods are made in China instead. “ Measell said Americans must come to terms with this reality and view the situation in a positive light. While some jobs are being lost, others are being created. “On the one side, the production for American companies is overseas, and that helps China, but those companies need other people to be [in America] to sell the items, and run the company,” he said. “So that creates jobs here.” Additionally, Measell said when China’s economy is strong, it encourages consumers to buy more American luxury goods or goods from Europe, helping to aid both struggling economies. Measell said critics also worry that this strong economy will encourage China to reconsider helping America with its national debt. “China has about 8 percent of our national debt, and [critics are] always concerned about whether China will keep on lending us money because we have a big budget deficit problem … and it seems like China has been a little bit more cautious about that,” Measell said. “But we’ll have to see how that goes.” With such success for so long, others worry China will see an economic crisis similar to Japan’s in the 1990s. Measell said he hopes this will not be the case, not just for America’s benefit, but also for the world’s. “I’m hoping this will be another good year for China, and for people to realize that that’s a good thing for Americans,” he said. “Even though China’s economy is the second largest in the world, compared to the whole world, it’s still relatively small.  If China does well, they’ll help out the rest of the world. They’ve been a positive force that way.”last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police officers rescued a pair of boaters whose canoe capsized Wednesday in Lake Ronkonkoma, police said.Two Fourth Precinct officers responded to the lake incident around 5:20 p.m., after 911 callers reported two men in distress, police said.The first officer on the scene grabbed a life ring and a rope, and darted toward the lake. A second officer tied the end of the rope around his waist and entered the lake, police said.The officers swam approximately 150 feet to where the two men were clinging to their overturned canoe, police said. Each officer grabbed a victim. Then they pulled them back toward the shore until it was shallow enough to walk, police said.The canoers were identified as 49-year-old Alehandro Avalos of Hempstead and 51-year-old Carlos Criollo of Baldwin. They were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital, where they were treated for exposure.The officers were treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.last_img read more

first_imgJames Franklin answers questions from reporters after he was introduced as Penn State’s new football coach during a news conference on Jan. 11, in State College, Pa. Franklin, who turns 42 next month, is the first permanent African-American head football ever at Penn State. (AP Photo/John Beale)STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — James Franklin grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs, a strong-willed if not exactly strong-armed high school quarterback who believed he was good enough to play at Penn State.Joe Paterno’s coaching staff didn’t exactly agree, and while Franklin’s arm led to him a decorated career at Division II East Stroudsburg (Pa.), his will led him to the place he wanted to be all along.Home.More than two decades after a futile attempt to draw Penn State’s attention as a player, the university hired the charismatic 41-year-old as its next head coach on Saturday.Franklin, who turns 42 next month, also is the first permanent African-American head football ever at Penn State.“I’m a Pennsylvania boy,” Franklin said, “with a Penn State heart.”“My dad is from Pittsburgh, so I would spend all my summers and holidays in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Franklin added.“My dad was from the Hill District, Bedford Avenue. I grew up just outside of Philadelphia in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.”.One charged with continuing the painstaking and sometimes painful rebuilding process started by Bill O’Brien, who took over in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal more than two years ago.But O’Brien bolted for the NFL’s Houston Texans on New Year’s Eve, opening the door for Franklin, who breathed life into a moribund program at Vanderbilt, winning 24 games over three seasons and leading the Commodores to three straight bowl games.More will be expected here — eventually. That’s fine by Franklin, who insists he didn’t sign the six-year contract reportedly worth around $4.5 million a season to use the Nittany Lions as a stepping stone.Franklin littered his hour-long introduction with all the right touches. Wearing a blue suit with a blue-and-white tie, he called Penn State his “dream job” and dubbed Saturday “the best day of my life” before quickly amending it to the “third best” after his wedding day to his wife Fumi and the birth of their twin daughters Addy and Shola.Pointing to his family as they watched from the front row, Franklin described himself as having “two daughters and 95 new sons.”Penn State’s new football coach James Franklin prepares to catch a football from his daughter, Addison, 5, after being introduced during an NCAA college football news conference at Beaver Stadium, Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, in State College, Pa. Holding her father’s hand is Shola, 6. (AP Photo/John Beale)Yet he knows the branches of the family tree run far deeper. He promised to reconnect the glorious past with what he believes is an ambitious future and vowed to have lunch with every provost and dean while pledging not to turn down any speaking engagement.“We’ll do everything we can to bring this community back together,” he said, “and really take pride in this program.”A pride still in the process of healing following the shocking revelations about Sandusky’s criminal behavior and the subsequent fallout that included Paterno’s unceremonious firing after 45 years at the helm. Then, there were the near-fatal NCAA sanctions that stripped the program of dozens of scholarships and barred the school from postseason competition for four years.As far as O’Brien brought Penn State in two years, leading Penn State to a 15-9 record and ushering the Nittany Lions fully into the 21st century, much work remains to be done. The standard isn’t to merely be competitive.Scanning a throng that dwarfed anything Franklin ever saw at Vanderbilt in a facility that in many ways rivals the jewels found in places like Alabama and Oregon, Franklin left little doubt as to his intentions.“Our plan is to go out and win a bunch of games,” he said, “so we can stay here a long time.”It’s something Franklin insists he planned on doing at Vanderbilt, where he produced one of the more stirring turnarounds in recent college football history.  The Commodores went 16-4 over his final 20 games, second only to Alabama over that span in the SEC. Vanderbilt won the final seven games of 2012 and the final five of 2013.And, Franklin led Vanderbilt into the final Associated Press poll each of the past two seasons, including No. 24 in the rankings released Tuesday.As impressive as Franklin’s credentials may be, Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner believes they put Franklin through the “most thorough vetting process of any search perhaps of any position at this university.”last_img read more

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe L.V. Rogers Junior Bomber started off the New Years with a solid contest south of the 49th parallel.The Bombers dropped a close 47-32 decision to the Selkirk Rangers in Junior Girl’s Varsity Basketball play Tuesday in Metaline, Washington.Josse Miller scored 23 points to lead the Rangers over the Bombers.The contest was close through three periods before Selkirk out scored LVR 12-6 in the fourth quarter to put the contest away.Lynnea Carr led the LVR charge with eight points while Kyley Mirva had seven.Jayden Roch added six points while Devyn Parker collected [email protected]last_img

first_img – 5 p.m.: Cavalier vs Waterhouse – Stadium East – 3 p.m.: Portmore United vs Harbour View – Juice Park – 3 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Humble Lion – Edward Seaga Complex – 3 p.m.: UWI FC vs Boys’ Town – UWI Bowl, Mona – 8:40 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs Rivoli United – Anthony Spaulding Complex With most people sold on the top three and writing Rivoli United and Waterhouse off as the teams to be relegated from this season’s Red Stripe Premier League, the focus will be on the fourth place, where there are about four teams in the running. Sitting in fourth place at the moment are Humble Lion who are 10 points behind third-placed Portmore United – who have 46 points. Waiting on a slip-up from the Clarendon-based team are first timers UWI FC, just two points behind on 34; Harbour View on 33; and Cavalier, the best placed on the three teams, on 30 points. Boys’ Town and Reno would possibly consider themselves in the running, too, but with their huge negative goal difference, it is highly unlikely. With the situation being what it is, none of the contenders can afford to lose. One loss for Humble Lion and a win for UWI FC could see both teams swapping places. Humble Lion’s opponents have designs of their own as they will want to keep on accumulating points to ensure that they are not caught by one of the two of Waterhouse and Rivoli. Portmore United recently broke their three-match losing streak with a win over the struggling Rivoli United. Despite the win being a narrow late one, Portmore United should still start favourites over Harbour View as they will have home advantage. If Boys’ Town report in form similar to what they did last week when they were spanked 4-0 by Montego Bay United, then UWI FC will get the better of them. That heavy loss could also have the effect of waking them up and inspiring in them the fighting spirit for which they were known in years past. The Marcel Gayle-coached UWI FC are playing with even more confidence now and must be convinced that they have what it takes to get the better of Boys’ Town, especially with the goal-scoring form of Girvon Brown and the creativity brought by Keammar Daley, who joined the club in the January transfer window. Tomorrow’s game Today’s gameslast_img read more

first_imgDavid Luiz has been recalled to the Chelsea starting line-up as part of a much-changed defence for the Champions League game in Baku, where a win would seal their place in the knockout stage.Luiz is joined at the back by Antonio Rudiger, while Cesar Azpilicueta captains the side.Chelsea start without a recognised striker, with Eden Hazard leading the attack, supported by Pedro and Willian.Youngster Dujon Sterling is among the Blues substitutes, as is Alvaro Morata.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta (c), David Luiz, Rudiger; Zappacosta, Kante, Fabregas, Alonso; Willian, Hazard, Pedro. Subs: Caballero, Cahill, Christensen, Sterling, Drinkwater, Bakayoko, Morata. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

first_img1 June 2015When Oupa Sonopi started working in the mine at the age of 25, he was never informed of the high risk of contracting tuberculosis (TB).It was only in 2010 when he was 30 years old, lying in a hospital bed, that the reality hit home. He spent one month under specialised care. Sonopi, who is originally from Free State, was out of work for six months while receiving his treatment.“Although we would hear about colleagues in the mines being treated for TB, I was not aware that the environment we worked under could be a huge contributor to me getting TB. We were not informed when we were recruited,” he says.According to Sonopi, most of his colleagues who work at the gold mines in Carletonville, a small gold-mining town 86 kilometres west of Johannesburg, suffer from airborne diseases such as silicosis, pulmonary TB and other lung infections such as chronic obstructive airways disease and lung cancer.High risk of TBData from the Department of Health indicates that about half-a-million mineworkers in South Africa and about two million former mineworkers, spread across Mozambique, South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, are at a high risk of contracting TB, just like Sonopi.They are vulnerable to lung disease because of their exposure to multiple risk factors, including their overcrowded living settlements, which usually increases the risk of infection with airborne diseases. The high rates of HIV infection as well as their exposure to silica dust in the deep mine shafts – which are often poorly ventilated – also increase the risks.Sonopi’s sentiments are shared by his colleague, 54-year-old Phumlani Skame, who is originally from Eastern Cape. Skame, who has worked in the mine for 27 years, was also exposed to TB in 2010.He partly blames the high risk miners face of contracting such diseases to the lack of proper education about the illnesses. But he also says the information around compensation for occupational diseases is often confusing.“After my hospital stay in 2010 for example, I was made to fill in forms by my employer which we took to Johannesburg. We were only told that the forms were for compensation – but since then we have never received any communication nor we do not know what happened to them.”Project Ku-RihaIt was cases like these that prompted the government to launch Project Ku-Riha at the end of May. Ku-Riha, a Xitsonga word for compensation, is being implemented by the Medical Bureau for Occupational Diseases and the Compensation Commission for Occupational Diseases (CCOD) of the Department of Health.The objective of the project is to speed up compensation to current and former mine workers who have submitted valid and compensable claims. According to Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, it is the result of collaboration and engagement between the government and eight companies currently or historically involved in gold mining.“The department has identified 103 000 active and ex-miners with compensable claims for the pneumoconiosis which includes silicosis asbestosis, TB, chronic obstructive airways disease, progressive systematic sclerosis and lung cancer among others,” Motsoaledi told reporters gathered in Carletonville on 28 May.Authorities have set aside R1.5-billion that will go towards compensation. Workers from other countries who have worked in South African mines are also eligible to apply for the fund.“Yes I am here to pay back the money,” Motsoaledi told the crowd, which included miners who received their confirmation letters for the approval of the compensation as well as unions representing the miners. But he acknowledged that compensation could never be enough to address the difficulties that the affected miners faced.Change in law“Compensation will never be enough. We need to change the laws to ensure that our miners are protected,” he said. The fund derives its income from levies paid by mines themselves.The minister said thousands of people had died without ever receiving or even being aware of the country’s Benefit Medical Examination and the autopsies their families were entitled to under the Occupational Diseases in Mines and Works Act of 1973.However, the CCOD has such a huge backlog of claims from mine workers with lung disease that it will take years to process.CCOD commissioner Barry Kistnasamy said 200 000 claims had been checked while about 500 000 were yet to be touched. A preliminary analysis of the claims held by the CCOD showed that more than half (56%) were for TB and 17% for silicosis.These claims are then assessed by the Medical Bureau for Occupational Diseases’ certification committee, which determines whether or not they qualify for pay-outs, which usually range from R3 000 to R100 000. Other work-related injuries and diseases, such as loss of limb or finger, are dealt with by the Department of Labour.Among the challenges identified in the slow processing of the CCOD funds include lack of capacity, rejection by the banks, as well as well as missing crucial information of the miners.One stop service centre“We are trying to correct that,” the minister said, adding that the government’s One Stop Service Centre for miners was proof of this commitment.The facility, which has been built specially for former miners, miners and the community of miners, provides medical, rehabilitation, social and financial support services as well as assistance with compensation, pension and provident funds. It also helps in updating a database for current and former mine workers.In addition, the centre provides health promotion services such as blood pressure screening and HIV counselling and testing as well as TB counselling and testing.There are two such one stop services – one in Carletonville and one in Mthatha in Eastern Cape – which serve hundreds of miners and former miners. Other projects include regular mandatory TB screenings for miners and mining communities.For its historically paper-based files, the commission has also begun building an electronic registry; it is hoped this will help speed up the compensation process.Compensation at last“Yes I am happy, I am very happy about this project. This is the first for us. It shows that our government and employees are committed to improving our lives,” Sonopi said. “But I am sad because some of my colleagues who were admitted to hospital with me in 2010 have since passed on leaving their young children behind. They have taken a very long time to compensate us.”But he was happy that he finally received his compensation. “For once I will not pay any debts from this money; instead I will use it on me. I will be taking out my family and enjoy even if it’s just for this one month.”Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

first_imgAs you wait for the opportune moment to make the find, you can take in the history and charm of the large square and the buildings surrounding it. The carefully preserved buildings include the City Hall, the Maison du Roi (King’s House) which is home to the City Museum, and a number of buildings that were once owned by powerful guilds in Brussels, but are now home to shops and restaurants. Each building has a distinct look showcasing both Baroque and Gothic architectural styles. You don’t have to be a celebrated French writer to be dazzled by the beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, considering that there is a geocache hidden somewhere around this major tourist attraction, a geocacher’s description of the scenery is more likely to be “Muggles, muggles everywhere!” Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Image by snowwwiper. Image by bijoucoeur. Image by Lusitana Paixão. With its impressive architecture and history, and its next-level challenge for geocaching stealth, GC4X3EZ Magna Plătĕa Bruocsellae is not only a cache you won’t want to miss, but also our Geocache of the Week.  Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world. Difficulty: 3 Terrain: 1 Location: Brussels, Belgium N 50° 50.780 E 004° 21.177 At various times around the year the Grand Place hosts major events and spectacles, such as Le Tapis de Fleurs (The Carpet of Flowers). During this event, which happens every two years in mid-August, over 500,000 begonias and dahlias transform the Grand Place into an intricately designed floral carpet. With all that the Grand Place has to see, it is no surprise that it is one of the most visited destinations in Brussels. For geocachers, the experience of visiting the Grand Place is made even more special, for what awaits them there is not only an exquisite blend of architecture and history, but also the satisfaction of another find.   Image by tigtom. As cache owner, Cazpt, mentions in the cache description, the actual container is not too difficult to find, but this geocache earns its D3 rating due to the heavy foot traffic at nearly all times of the day. Because of the number of muggles, cachers have to employ all their stealth tactics for this find. For example, you may have to stop and tie your shoes or “accidentally” drop your keys several times while scoping out the cache’s location. Traditional GC4X3EZ by Cazpt SharePrint RelatedRV 5.08 : Brugge — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 13, 2019In “Community”It’s time to get stealthy. – Atomium – stealth challenge (Expo58) (GC1EG4C) – Geocache of the WeekDecember 11, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”Top 10 Geocaches of the Week 2017December 27, 2017In “Geocache of the Week” “The Town Hall of Brussels is a jewel; a dazzling fantasy dreamed up by a poet and realized by an architect. And the square around it is a miracle.” This is how famed French writer Victor Hugo described the scenery around the Grand-Place of Brussels.last_img read more

first_imgThe spending by Premier League clubs in the current transfer window is unsustainable, Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy said on Tuesday.English top-flight teams have splashed out more than $1 billion since the end of last season but Spurs, runners-up to Chelsea in May, have not yet added to their squad.”Some of the activity that is going on at the moment is just impossible for it to be sustainable,” Levy said in New York.”We have a duty to manage the club appropriately. Somebody spending 200 million pounds more than they’re earning, eventually it catches up with you.”Spurs, who sold England right back Kyle Walker to Manchester City for 45 million pounds ($58.63 million) this month, are building a new 61,000-seater stadium, which is scheduled to open next year.”We have to find the right balance but I can honestly say it (the stadium) is not impacting us on transfer activity because we are not yet in a place where we have found a player that we want to buy who we cannot afford to buy,” Levy said.”Our position on transfers is that we have a coach who very much believes in the academy, so unless we can find a player that makes a difference we would rather give one of our young academy players a chance.”Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said the transfer spending by their rivals in the current window is “out of control”, despite the club reportedly spending over 100 million pounds.British media reports say United have spent over 100 million pounds ($130.22 million) on players in adding striker Romelu Lukaku and defender Victor Lindelof to their squad.advertisementUnited’s cross-town rivals City have spent over 200 million pounds ($260.44 million), according to British media reports, on defenders Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo, midfielder Bernardo Silva and goalkeeper Ederson.League title holders Chelsea have also spent heavily on players in the current window and have added striker Alvaro Morata from Real Madrid for a club record fee.Every club is getting good players, every club is investing a lot and some clubs are paying too much and by paying too much they create a very strange and out of control market,” Mourinho told the BBC.”But this is the reality now.”It is obvious that nowadays, especially for the strikers, the amount of money is amazing.”($1 = 0.7679 pounds)last_img read more