Sanders votes no on bailout, amendment defeated

first_imgWASHINGTON, October 1 The Senate tonight voted 74-25 for a $700 billion Wall Street bailout.  If a bailout is needed, if taxpayer money must be placed at risk as we bail out Wall Street greed, the people who pay for it should be the millionaires who benefited most from Bushs reckless economic policies, not the struggling middle class, Sanders said. Sanders proposed a five-year, 10 percent surtax on  families with incomes of more than $1 million  year and individuals earning over $500,00 to raise $300 billion to help bankroll the bailout. v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}.shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) } Sanders: No on Middle Class Bail Out of Wall Street    ### Sanders amendment was defeated on a voice vote. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) voted against the bill that would put Wall Streets burden on the backs of the American middle class.last_img read more

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Colombia Takes First Place; U.S. is Runner-Up in Fuerzas Comando 2018

first_imgBy Marcos Ommati/Diálogo and Special Operations Command South Public Affairs July 27, 2018 When Diálogo asked Colombian Army Brigadier General Juan Pablo Forero what team he was rooting for, the head of the Exercises and Coalition Affairs directorate at U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), said: “I know that now I have two countries to cheer for, but Colombia will always be first, with the United States coming in close second.” The conversation took place on the eighth day –July 23rd– of Fuerzas Comando 2018, and Gen. Forero was spot on. Two days later, the competition ended with the Colombians winning the trophy, with 2,885 points, and the United States in second place, with 2,605 points. Ecuador, Brazil, and Honduras followed with a slight point difference between each other. Nine days of competition Military and police Special Operations Forces from Argentina, Belize, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Trinidad and Tobago also participated in the event from July16-26, 2018. The grueling nine-day competition tested the elite forces in physical fitness, weapons marksmanship, aquatic skills and tactical capabilities, concluding with an award ceremony on July 26th to recognize the top team in each category. “It’s a great honor to be here,” said U.S. Army Colonel Brian Greata, deputy commander of Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH). “This competition gives us the opportunity to establish and strengthen relations with special operations professionals in our region facing criminal and terrorist challenges.” Panama hosted the 14th iteration of Fuerzas Comando for the first time in 2018.The multinational SOUTHCOM-sponsored and SOCSOUTH-directed Special Operations Forces competition took place in Panama’s Police Academy. Senior Leader Seminar A Senior Leader Seminar took place simultaneously to the competition. During the 2018 edition, senior military and government officials from more than 20 nations gathered in Panama City, July 23rd-25th, to discuss opportunities to enhance regional and hemispheric cooperation and the impact transnational, transregional threat networks have in regional security and stability. Alexis Bethancourt, minister of Public Safety of Panama, opened the event and expressed the importance of facing the challenges of the future by creating a system of collective security to counter threats from terrorism, drug trafficking, and transnational organized crime.The main goal of the event, he added, is to seek strengthened solutions through cooperation mechanisms to defend the Western Hemisphere. “Hemispheric security is a joint commitment, and forums such as this are very important for an open dialogue and exchange,” he said. “Fuerzas Comando is extremely valuable for the relations between the members of the Special OperationsForces of different countries, and an opportunity to strengthen the ties of friendship and the exchange of information between them,” Paraguayan Army Major General Eulogio Ramón Nortega Peña, commander of the First Infantry Division and a Fuerzas Comando veteran, told Diálogo. Paraguay hosted the event in 2006 and 2017. The exercise and Senior Leader Seminar strengthen regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness, and interoperability of Special Operations Forces in the Western Hemisphere. Fuerzas Comando takes place annually in rotating partner nations since 2004 for a display of physical fitness, weapons marksmanship, tactical capabilities, teamwork, and cooperation.last_img read more

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Local senior residents look to make a friend through pen pal program

first_imgThrough pen pals, residents will be able to establish more meaningful connections with those outside the facility. Alice Callahan, a resident, says she loves movies, games, and family. She hopes through pen-palling, she can learn more about her new friends. “It really affects the activities department’s ability to engage with our residents and in-group settings. All of our activities are now one-on-one individual settings,” said Absolut Care Activities Director Jim Conklin. Dropping a letter in the mail to a new friend, can make a world of a difference for these residents. Absolut Care staff are now getting creative with their activities, including games like “doorway bingo”. Residents enjoy the classic game from the comfort of their own rooms. Now, they are turning to an old fashioned way of communication, writing letters. ENDICOTT (WBNG) — During the pandemic, senior care facilities across the Southern Tier have been on lock down, with many residents isolating as much as possible. “We felt this would be a good way to get some spirit into the building from the outside, get the community engaged, and get the residents engaged with the community,” said Conklin. “I received letters from the L.O.V.E. program, and that was very nice. The things these young people wrote on the cards was just amazing,” said Callahan. “[I like] getting pictures from them, I have pictures of my family on it,” said Callahan. “I collect giraffes, I’ve had quite a few of those brought in from home.” If you are interested in becoming a pen pal, you can send a letter to Absolut Care in Endicott and attention the person you would like it to go to. The address is 301 Nantucket Drive Endicott, NY 13760.last_img read more

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Creighton and Boyd make further inroads in Belfast

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On brink of coronavirus crisis, Japan PM offers masks, gets social media roasting

first_img“I am wearing one too, but these cloth masks are not disposable,” Abe said. “You can use soap to wash and re-use them, so this should be a good response to the sudden, huge demand for masks,” he said, noting domestic production of disposable masks would likely rise to 700 million in April from 600 million last month.Twitter users were scathing, with the hashtag “#AbeMask” the top trend early on Thursday. “Is the Japanese government for real? This is a total waste of tax money,” wrote a user with the handle Usube.Government ministers including Abe have said it was not yet time to declare a state of emergency that would provide authorities more legal clout to tell residents to stay home, close schools and take other steps, but would not allow penalties in most cases for those who defy the requests.Though small compared with outbreaks in the United States, Europe and China, coronavirus infections are on the rise in Japan – with some 2,500 confirmed cases as of Thursday morning and 70 deaths – prompting growing expressions of concern among social media users. Abe first appeared in public wearing a mask on Tuesday. He wore a loose cloth mask for parliamentary committee meetings the following day, sitting beside Finance Minister Taro Aso, who appeared visibly uncomfortable in a disposable paper mask and removed it to talk – in contravention of recommended procedures.After news of the offer, some Twitter users posted doctored photographs of Abe wearing two masks, one over his mouth and another over his eyes. Others listed nations that are distributing subsidies to each household and said they’d rather just get money.The offer of two masks per household also attracted scorn.”If your family has more than two people, what are you supposed to do – fight over them?” posted user Yosuke.The proposal also came in for caustic satire in yet another subtitled version of the global meme based on the German war film “Downfall”. The clip, which shows a distraught Adolf Hitler being told, “This is not an April Fool’s joke”, had 1 million views as of Thursday morning, and was retweeted by the Japanese Communist Party’s second-in-command, Akira Koike. Facing calls to declare a coronavirus state of emergency, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was flamed on social media on Thursday for instead offering people free cloth masks, pointing to growing frustration for some over his handling of the crisis.Abe’s offer of masks – two per household – came the day after experts had warned Japan was on the brink of a medical crisis as cases rose around the nation, especially in Tokyo. The prime minister said on Wednesday Japan was “barely holding the line” in its battle against the virus.The prime minister launched his offer to send cloth masks out while wearing one at a meeting of a government task force late on Wednesday. The masks will be sent to each of Japan’s more than 50 million households starting the week after next, with areas seeing a spike in cases getting priority.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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FIFA relaxes rules on release of players for internationals

first_imgClubs will not  be obliged to release their players if there is a mandatory quarantine in the country where the club is based,in the country where the international will take place or there are travel restrictions between the two locations and there are no specific exemptions for the players. The ruling applies to the men’s international window from August 31 to September 8 and the women’s window from September 14-22.FIFA had already decided that internationals in those slots  could only take place in Europe.  FIFA on Monday relaxed the rules on the release of players for the upcoming international window “in light of the recent evolution of the coronavirus pandemic”.Clubs are usually obliged to release players to national teams during those parts of the calendar reserved for international games, however quarantine rules in many countries will make travel impractical, FIFA said in a statement.”Many national governments have again implemented travel and immigration restrictions due to a renewed increase in COVID-19 infections. Some of these measures directly impact international competition, such as mandatory periods of quarantine or self-isolation and travel restrictions,” the statement explained.  Topics :last_img read more

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Jonathan Dinzeyi ‘really excited’ to join Arsenal after being released by Tottenham

first_imgJonathan Dinzeyi ‘really excited’ to join Arsenal after being released by Tottenham Advertisement Former Tottenham defender Jonathan Dinzeyi has completed a move to Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal new boy Jonathan Dinzeyi says he’s ‘really excited’ to embark on a new chapter of his career after being released by Tottenham earlier this summer.The 20-year-old centre-back became the fourth player to join Arsenal’s academy ranks over the last week following the arrivals of George Lewis, Salah-Eddine and Tim Akinola. Dinzeyi, capped by England at Under-18 level, failed to break into Spurs’ first-team under Mauricio Pochettino or Jose Mourinho and was let go by the north London club last month. Comment Dinzeyi has been capped by England’s U19sDinzeyi will join up with Arsenal’s Under-23 squad and the youngster is looking forward to teaming up with the likes of Tyreece John-Jules and Folarin Balogun.‘I’ve played against them a few times and they’re really good. ‘I’m looking forward to playing with them this time!’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe defender added: ‘Right now I just want to start as many games as possible with the Under-23s and in the long run hopefully be involved in some cup fixtures with the first team. ‘Who knows what could happen after that? It’s just about proving myself with the Under-23s right now and taking any opportunity that’s given to me.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal transfer target Philippe Coutinho speaks out on his future after winning Champions LeagueMORE: Arsenal’s £27m signing William Saliba billed as mix of Virgil van Dijk and Raphael Varane by former coach Arsenal academy boss Per Mertesacker is overseeing a recruitment drive this summer (Picture: Getty)Asked to describe his playing style, he replied: ‘I’m a ball-playing centre-half. ‘I love to tackle and win headers and keeping clean sheets for me is vital. If I don’t then it really hurts me. ‘I just love doing my job.’ Metro Sport ReporterMonday 24 Aug 2020 2:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares The young centre-back is raring to go with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s academy, led by Per Mertesacker, have been on a recruitment drive this summer and immediately made their interest known when it became clear Dinzeyi would be leaving their bitter rivals. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘It’s a great feeling,’ Dinzeyi told Arsenal’s official website. ‘Arsenal is a massive club and they were actually the first club I supported as a child. ‘They have a great history and with the new manager coming in who likes to play a lot of young players, I think it’s a great opportunity for me to show the fans and the coaching staff what I’m about. ‘I’m really excited to get started now.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

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Queensland’s best holiday homes — where your kids would rather be these school holidays

first_imgOceans Edge, Port Douglas, is one of the tops picks for school holiday homes in Queensland. Picture supplied.EVER wondered where you’d end up if you let the kids pick your holiday destination?With school holidays underway in Queensland, new research by holiday rental site Stayz® has revealed the top holiday destinations in the state and the ultimate holiday homes for families.The findings of the Stayz Kidpinion Study reveal 95 per cent of kids are having a say in where the family goes on holiday, with technology driving the inspiration.According to our little darlings, the ultimate family getaway involves everything from palm trees to poolside rentals and theme parks to tree houses.Here are their top picks in Queensland and why:Bedarra Island Treetop Hideaway, Bedarra Island — Treehouse stay— Pool— BeachBedarra Island Treetop Hideaway, Bedarra Island. Picture supplied.Pavilion In Kewarra, Kewarra Beach— Pool— Fish pond— Close to the beach— Three bedrooms so everyone has their own spacePavilion in Kewarra, Kewarra Beach. Picture supplied.Hamptons Beachfront, Gold Coast— Pool— Beach— Close to theme parks— Five bedrooms so everyone has their own spaceHamptons Beachfront, Gold Coast, is one of Queensland’s top holiday homes according to kids. Picture supplied.Noosa Waterfront, Noosa— Pool— Water activities— Close to the beach— Four bedrooms so everyone has their own spaceNoosa Waterfront, Noosa, is one of the top picks in Queensland for school holiday homes. Picture supplied.Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox hereLake House Waterfront, Noosa Heads. Picture supplied.Lake House Waterfront, Noosa HeadsMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours ago— Pool— Beach— Five bedrooms so everyone has their own spaceLake House Waterfront, Noosa Heads, is one of Queensland’s top holiday homes. Picture supplied.Ocean’s Edge, Port Douglas— Pool— Water activities— Games room— Close to the beach— Three bedrooms so everyone has their own spaceOceans Edge, Port Douglas, is one of the tops picks for school holiday homes in Queensland. Picture supplied.Broadbeach Waterfront, Gold Coast— Pool— Beach— Near to theme parks— Water activities— Five bedrooms so everyone has their own spaceBroadbeach Waterfront, Gold Coast, is one of Queensland’s top holiday homes. Picture supplied.Riverhaven, Noosa Heads— Pool— Three bedrooms so everyone has their own space— WaterfrontFollow Liz Tilley on Twitter @liztilley84last_img read more

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Netherlands leapfrogs Australia as Denmark remains atop Melbourne Mercer

first_imgThe Netherlands has leapfrogged Australia in the 2015 Melbourne Mercer Global Pensions Index, coming second only to Denmark in the global ranking of pension systems.Both the Dutch and Danish systems were highlighted as “first class” in the seventh edition of the survey, while Sweden rose from sixth place to tie for fifth with Switzerland, and Finland fell to sixth.Finland, despite slipping in the ranking, retained the highest overall sustainability ranking of 92.4 – an increase over the 91.1 calculated in 2014, which at the time was the highest score awarded in the sub-index.The 25 countries’ scores were calculated by assessing a pension system’s adequacy, sustainability and integrity, with each of the three categories given a weighting of 40%, 35% and 25%. Finland (4)73.0 Country (2014 ranking)Score The UK, which ended mandatory annuitisation, narrowly retained its ninth-place ranking, nearly dropping out of the group of six countries deemed to have a sound system.Unlike 2014, which saw Ireland and Germany tied for 12th place, Ireland pulled ahead to claim 11th, increasing its score by less than 1 point, while Germany’s score dropped 0.2 points to 62.France came 13th, improving on its 2014 ranking, while Poland remained 15th.Austria, meanwhile, slipped one spot to 18th, ahead of Italy, the last-ranking European country at 20th.Top 10 countries within 2015 Melbourne Mercer Global Pensions IndexTop 10 countries within index Denmark (1)81.7 Australia (2)79.6 Chile (8)69.1 Canada (7)70.0 Netherlands (3)80.5 UK (9)65.0 Italy saw its ranking decline by one, despite its score increasing to 50.9.The report once again urged the country to increase participation in occupational schemes and the level of contributions among participants.Top-ranking Denmark was also presented with a number of reform suggestions, with the report proposing changes that would better protect accrued benefits in the event of fraud at a pension provider.The report, which has added two countries to its index in recent years, is likely to resume the practice next year, author David Knox told IPE.Knox, a senior partner at Mercer in Australia, cited Spain as one of next year’s potential European entrants.He added that Latin American countries could join as well in the coming years.For the first time, the report examined data gathered over the past seven years, investigating how the systems improved key areas, including time spent in retirement, since the first report was published in 2009.“During this six-year period, five countries – namely Australia, Germany, Japan, Singapore and the UK – have increased their current pension age, which acted to offset the increase that would have otherwise occurred from increasing life expectancies,” the report said. “Despite these increases, life expectancy has increased at a faster rate, thereby lengthening the period of retirement.”The report also examined the level of government debt built up by all participating countries, noting that a number of countries had sought to cut expenditure.“Such developments may improve the sustainability of the pension system,” the report said, “but, inevitably, some of these changes also affect the adequacy of the pension itself.“This highlights the natural tension in all retirement income arrangements between adequacy and sustainability.” Singapore (10)64.7 Sweden/Switzerland (6/5)74.2last_img read more

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Sports Minister  lifts Junior Olympic Triple Jumper

first_imgFortune has smiled on young Nigerian Junior Olympic Triple Jump athlete Ineh Oritsemeyiwa with the Minister of Youth and Sports Mr Sunday Dare providing him ticket to pursue further study side by side with sports through scholarship in the United States. Promoted ContentWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best Car Manufacturers In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing LocationsThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should See Also in 2018, he competed at the Africa Senior Championship in Athletics Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria where he finished 7th overall with a distance of 16:09m This was due to the fact that he took just one jump because he had pains on his ankles “. Latter in the same year, he qualified for the Youth Olympics Games in Buenos Aires Argentina where he clinched a silver medal in the triple jump with a distance of 16:34m to further extend the Africa Youth record . Oritsemeyiwa jets out to the United States of America to continue his sports and academics at the William Carey University, Hattiesburg, Mississippi . Read Also:2020 Olympics: Sports Minister plans with Presidents of Federations on Nigeria’s successful outing He is one of the athletes Nigeria will be relying on for medal in Tokyo. The trip would grant him further exposure to state of the art facilities that would enhance his chances of winning a medal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… L-R Mary Onyali , SA,SPORTS,YOUTHS and Sports Minister Mr Sunday Dare ,Triple Jumper Ineh Oritsemeyiwa and Football Ambassador Daniel Amokachi during a thank you visit to the Minister by Oritsemeyiwa in Abuja. The Minister facilitated his trip after two failed efforts at securing visa and ticket due to financial constraints.Speaking when the athlete paid the Minister a thank you and farewell visit in his office in Abuja,Dare urged him to be a good Ambassador of Nigeria by staying focused as he prepares for the Olympics in Tokyo. Oritsemeyiwa, born on 17th March 2001, represented Nigeria in triple and long jump at the Youths Olympics in Argentina in 2018 where he won silver. He competed at the Africa region ll games in Ghana where he won a gold medal in triple jump boys and a silver medal in the long jump. He also competed at the 2018 National trials in Abuja where he won both long jump and triple jump . He also represented Nigeria in the long jump and triple jump at the 2018 Africa youth Games in Algiers, Algeria where he clinched a gold medal in the triple jump with a distance of 16:22m, an Africa youth Record cthough not yet rectified . He also won a silver medal in the long jump with a distance of 7:36m .last_img read more

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