Media and Trump again downplay jobless benefit claims by leaving out hundreds of thousands of people

first_img– Advertisement – What’s needed in addition to a robust stimulus package is a comprehensive overhaul of the safety net, one that includes attention to one of the worst chronic economic problems: inequality. The Economic Policy Institute has generated a set of recommendations together with other experts and activists:  The wedge between what workers are being paid and the ability we have to pay workers higher wages (or the amount of income generated in an average hour of work, also known as productivity) has grown enormously since the 1970s. Instead of going to workers, the benefits of our increasingly productive economy have gone to corporate and business executives and holders of wealth. […]This wedge is not a sad accident of apolitical market forces. It is the predictable outcome of intentional policy choices that aimed to redistribute economic leverage and bargaining power upward and away from typical workers. There was no one single piece of legislation that did this; instead it was the accumulation of dozens, if not hundreds, of policy choices made in the form of legislation, regulatory changes, and administrative decisions that consistently put a thumb on the scale of the conflict over who would see benefits from economic growth.- Advertisement – Short of a new congressional stimulus package that extends the duration the unemployed covered by both programs can collect benefits, Americans laid off in March who are still without work will see those checks from the government disappear in the middle of next month. That’s because most states provide a maximum of 26 weeks of benefits. The federal government has added 13 more weeks. For those who lost their jobs in March, that means a loss of benefits in mid-December when their 39 weeks expire.A stimulus bill before year’s end is now a possibility since Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has retreated from his Oct. 30 remark that this is “something we’ll need to do right at the beginning of the year.” At a Wednesday news conference, McConnell said, “I think we need to do it and I think we need to do it before the end of the year. I think now that the election’s over the need is there and we need to sit down and work this out. This [virus] is not going to go away until we kill it. So that’s job one.” Displaying yet another example of the bloody hypocrisy that doesn’t seem to bother the Kentucky voters who gave him another six years to carry out his agenda, McConnell added: “We need another rescue package. Hopefully the partisan passions that prevented us from doing another rescue package will subside with the election.” – Advertisement – Unfortunately, the way even the best 2020 election outcome looks now, making fresh “intentional policy choices” that transform the economy for the benefit of the vast majority of Americans who must work for a living isn’t going to be on the agenda for next couple of years. But that doesn’t mean we should shut up about it for the time being. Rather we should relentlessly pound on the need for serious changes, small ones and big ones alike, to end our chronic economic problems. Meanwhile, of course, we’ve got the acute problem created by the Pandemic Recession to deal with. Clearly, that’s going to be a fight for crumbs if McConnell has his way.  The Senate returns from recess on Monday, Nov. 9.The Wall Street Journal reported:Mr. McConnell said he would support including more funding for schools, hospitals and a popular small-business loan program, but not a more sweeping proposal that Democrats have sought. […][A]ny negotiations seem more likely to start from the narrower approach pushed by Senate Republicans. That could leave out some key Democratic priorities, such as significant aid to state governments, more detailed plans for a national coronavirus testing strategy and removal of the cap on state and local tax deductions. Republicans are more likely to back assistance for small businesses and tax credits for retaining employees.“If Republicans weren’t willing to spend more than $1 trillion even in the heat of a re-election battle, where it could benefit President Trump, I see almost no chance they would support a trillion-dollar plan after the election or next year, when there’s less political heat,” said Brian Riedl, a senior fellow at the right-leaning Manhattan Institute for Policy Research.last_img read more

Continue reading

Antique joins 2020 WVRAA Meet resumption in Aklan

first_imgDue to the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) scare, the 2020 edition of the WVRAA was rescheduled by DepEdRegional Office 6. It was originally set last month, but the 11 Chinesetourists, who were supposed to spend their vacation in the world-famous BoracayIsland, were quarantined in the Aklan Provincial Hospital as a precautionarymeasure against the deadly virus. Antiqueño delegates join the opening program parade of the 2019 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet in Roxas City, Capiz. This year, Antique will send some 500 athletes and technical officials to the WVRAA Meet 2020 in Aklan. PNA According to Department ofEducation(DepEd)-Antique Superintendent Felisa Beriong, the Antiqueño athleteswill leave on March 14 – a week ahead the WVRAA event – so that they couldpractice in the different sporting venues of the Calangcang Sports Complex inMakato, Aklan. “I encourage also the mayor and otherlocal chief executives to go see the sports event in Aklan,” she said. Cadiao, together with other governmentofficials of this province, will also attend the 2020 WVRAA Meet to give moralsupport to the Antiqueño athletes. “The provincial government of Antique isfully supportive of our athletes,” she said. She added that their presence wouldinspire the athletes to excel in their respective sporting events.(With a report from PNA/PN) For her part, Gov. Rhodora Cadiaoannounced on March 2 that the provincial government of Antique has given afinancial assistance of P5 million for its delegation’s trainings andallowances. SAN JOSE, Antique – This province willbe sending a delegation of some 500 athletes and technical officials to the2020 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet hosted by Aklanprovince on March 21-28.last_img read more

Continue reading

Football News Sunil Chhetri greater than Lionel Messi? India end 55-year pain in AFC Asian Cup football

first_imgNew Delhi: The last time India had registered a win in the AFC Asia Cup, Jawaharlal Nehru was still the Prime Minister of the country. S Radhakrishnan was the President. The year was 1964 and India had secured a 3-1 win over Hong Kong and was on the cusp of creating football history. However, the hosts at that time, Israel, secured a 2-1 win over South Korea to top the group and seal the title. Since that win against Hong Kong, India did not win any match in the AFC Asia Cup in the 20th century. In 2019, 55 years later, Sunil Chhetri and his players put in an inspired performance against Thailand to break five decades of pain.Chhetri’s brace, combined with goals from Anirudh Thapa and Jeje Lalpekhlua gave India a thumping 4-1 win over a team, who had snubbed an invitation to play a friendly against them before the AFC Asia Cup. Thailand did not want to play India and they chose China for an international friendly game and this point was not lost on Indian football fans who trolled the Thailand team heavily. Following the loss, the team sacked their coach Milovan Rajevac while India coach Stephen Constantine praised the effort of the Indian team, who are the youngest side in the competition in terms of average age with 25.Chettri, seen as an inspiration among the modern crop of Indian footballers, created his own slice of history. The Indian took his tally of goals to 67, more than Lionel Messi, considered to be the best football player in the world of Argentina, who has scored 65 goals for his country. The comparisons between Chhetri and Messi began and fans had no hesitation to say Chhetri is greater than Messi.Read More | Asian Cup: India thrash Thailand 4-1 in campaign openerHowever, Chhetri was modest about his achievement. “”Records don’t matter, it doesnt matter who scores the goals. Whoever scores the jubilation was the same. I’m glad we got all three points. It’s not even fair. The two players who are above me are completely world stars. I am a big fan of Messi and Ronaldo. There is a massive difference between them and us. There is no comparison at all,” Chhetri said.Read More | Manu Bhaker: Love for sports shoes, ‘bunking’ classes and hating AppleEven in the post-match press conference, Chhetri reiterated that his focus was on the team doing well in this competition, where they had qualified after eight long years. “I can think about my goals some ten years later. At the moment, we need to focus. The goals need to come and it just doesn’t matter who scores. You can see the jubilation and happiness whenever someone scores. I am so happy for the boys. Every one of them ran and defended for their lives,” Chhetri said.India takes on the United Arab Emirates on January 10 and the challenge only becomes tougher for Chhetri and his side. “It’s a tough pool. When we started thinking, we felt that all the others were more experienced and better than us. But the manner the boys fought, it shows a lot of character. I have said this before (that) we are a very difficult team to play against. We may not be the most technical team but we will fight till the end, and that’s what the boys showed,” Chhetri said. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Continue reading

Sanral to raise R25bn for roads

first_imgAccording to Sanral, accounting and financial management of tolled and non-tolled roads were separate because toll fees were not used to cross-subsidise non-tolled national roads, which were funded by government. “People are responding well to the disruptions due to major road works on such a large scale. We are confident that the ultimate result will be worth the wait for motorists.” Alli explained that the new Gauteng freeway network would be operating on the “user pays” principle after October 2010, with an Open Road Tolling System requiring each vehicle to carry an electronic tag. Briefing investors in Pretoria last week, Sanral CEO Nazir Alli said the agency remained on track to raise the funds needed to undertake its current programme, of which much of the civil works are scheduled to be completed by October 2010. 2 February 2009 The agency is responsible for the design, maintenance, operations and rehabilitation of South Africa’s tolled and non-tolled national roads. The country’s network of national roads currently stands at about 16&nbps;170 kilometres, and Sanral is responsible for extending the network to 20&nbps;000 kilometres by 2010. It raised more than R4.6-billion last year to fund current projects, including the major Gauteng Freeway Improvement Programme (GFIP), which will cost an estimated R20-billion. Apart from the freeways in Gauteng, Sanral’s capital investment programme includes the N2 Tsitsikama Toll Road in the Eastern Cape; the N17 East road extension in Gauteng province; the N1 South and R30 Bloemfontein-Kroonstad road; the N1 Polokwane bypass in Limpopo province; and the Marianhill extension and Dube Trade Port interchange, both in Durban. “Economic conditions are certainly tougher than they were when we began issuing debt to finance the major projects now underway,” he said. “However, indications are that investors will continue to be assured by our good market ratings and track record of efficiently maintaining the network and settling debt.” Source: BuaNews The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is to raise a further R25-billion in debt finance for upgrades and freeway construction projects over the next two years. He said he also expected the agency to complete its projects on budget, although close attention was being paid to the price of bitumen, one variable aspect that was influenced by the oil price determined by international markets. “Tolls will be deducted each time a vehicle passes under one of 38 overhead gantries set about 10 kilometres apart across the Gauteng Freeway System,” he said. “Sanral envisages that tags would be linked to bank accounts, or could be recharged at retail outlets, or through the internet.” Gauteng freeway improvement programme Alli told investors that the Gauteng freeway improvement programme was proceeding well and largely according to plan: “In any road project, there are always weather issues. However, the recent heavy rains in Gauteng have not caused any major setbacks,” he said. Alli was confident that there would be solid participation from capital markets in the company’s debt offerings. Good market ratingslast_img read more

Continue reading

It’s official: no reporting of air emissions from animal waste

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Peggy Hall, director of agricultural law, Ohio State University Agricultural and Resource Law ProgramThe U.S. EPA has posted a final rule this month clarifying that air emissions from animal waste at farms are exempt from federal regulations that require the reporting of air releases from hazardous wastes. The rule implements an order by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and revisions in the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method Act enacted by Congress earlier this year. We reported on the court case and legislation earlier this year.last_img read more

Continue reading

2019 Agriculture Challenges FAQ Webpage now live from OSU Extension

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Elizabeth Hawkins, Ohio State University ExtensionThe unrelenting rains this spring and summer have created many challenges that the farming community is now sorting through. In order to help with decisions, Ohio State University Extension has created a Frequently Asked Questions webpage. This page provides the most up-to-date answers to questions about topics ranging from the Market Facilitation Program and disaster payments to cover crops, forages, livestock concerns, management of crops that are out of sync with normal planting dates, as well as answers to more questions as information becomes available. There is also an option to submit questions that you would like answered. Webinars with more detailed information will also be shared at this site as well. The page is available at go.osu.edu/AgCrisis. Since the situation we are facing is constantly evolving, be sure to check back for the latest information available to help you.last_img read more

Continue reading

Surrounded by Gir lions, a baby is born

first_imgManguben Makwana will never forget the night of June 29. The 32-year-old gave birth to a baby in the vicinity of the Gir forest in an ambulance after midnight, surrounded by a group of lions. Even as she gave birth to a boy, 12 lions, including three males, emerged from the adjacent forests and surrounded the vehicle, blocking its passage near a remote village in Amreli district.During this ordeal, which lasted for around 20 minutes, the paramedical staff of the ‘108’ ambulance stayed calm while assisting Ms. Makwana. Chetan Gaadhe, emergency management executive of ‘108’ in Amreli, said the encounter occurred around 2.30 a.m. on Thursday when the ambulance was shifting Ms. Makwana, a resident of Lunasapur village, to the government hospital in Jafarabad town. “On the way, Ms. Makwana realised that she would give birth any time, as the head of the baby was protruding. Emergency management technician Ashok asked the driver Raju Jadav to stop the ambulance,” said Mr. Gaadhe. While Ashok contacted a doctor, the pride of lions, sensing human presence, emerged from the nearby bushes. “Though Jadav, who is a local, tried to scare them away, the lions refused to budge. Some of them even sat in front of the vehicle,” Mr. Gaadhe said. “Later, Mr. Jadav started the ambulance and moved slowly forward so that lions would give way. Seeing the vehicle move and the blinking of lights, the big cats eventually moved and gave way to the ambulance,” he said.last_img read more

Continue reading

Winning Shipping to Expand Fleet with Capesize Bulker

first_imgzoom China’s shipping firm Winning Shipping has reached an agreement to buy a 180,200 dwt Capesize vessel, the Yuritamou, according to data provided by VesselsValue.The company is buying the second-hand vessel from Japan-based Doun Kisen for a price of USD 23 million.The Capesize was constructed at Japanese Imabari Shipbuilding and handed over to its owner in January 2007.VesselsValue data shows that the 289-meter-long ship has a market value of USD 21.2 million.The Panama-flagged bulker will become a part of Winning Shipping’s current fleet of over 30 bulk carriers with a total size of more than 5.3 million dwt.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Continue reading

Scripps Health launches drug takeback kiosks

first_img KUSI Newsroom Scripps Health launches drug take-back kiosks October 23, 2018 Posted: October 23, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Scripps Health Tuesday installed three permanent drug take-back kiosks.Residents can drop off expired, unused and unwanted pills from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays at the kiosks, which are attached to Scripps’ on-site pharmacies in La Jolla, Encinitas and the Hillcrest neighborhood.Scripps is the first health care provider in San Diego County to offer annual access to prescription drug disposal services, according to Dr. Ole Snyder, physician chair of the Scripps Opioid Stewardship Program.“The safest way to dispose of unused medications is by bringing them to a take-back location, but that’s not always easy,” Snyder said. “Scripps is changing that by making this service available year-round at no cost to the public at conveniently located sites which already are visited by patients.”Scripps aims to reduce the public’s use of and dependency on opioids through the Stewardship Program. Roughly 54 million people have used prescription drugs like opioids for nonmedical reasons at least once, according to data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. In addition, 62 percent of teenagers who have taken prescription drugs recreationally say they got them from their parents’ medicine cabinets.“This issue is of great importance to Scripps Health because many of the prescription drug overdose deaths that occur in the United States each year can be traced back to pill bottles left in home medicine cabinets,” Snyder said. “Drugs that remain unused following an injury or illness can pose a dangerous risk and temptation to others in the house, including visitors and workers.”This Saturday is Prescription Drug Take Back Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, local law enforcement agencies and county officials will host collection events for unwanted prescription drugs at 44 sites across the county.Visit www.scripps.org/services/pharmacy for more information. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Continue reading

Go with the trend this Diwali

first_imgSince it’s the festive season, girls are going mad about how to get dressed up. Of course, there is no harm in being a little selective; after all who does not want to stand out from the crowd. But at the same time, it is essential to make a statement that doesn’t break the bank. Experts from various fields have come up to give you certain tips on how to balance your look this Diwali. Archana Dhankar, stylist and image consultant, Fashionforroyals.com, thinks that a dress would get too simple and a lehenga or sharara would get too jazzy. Hence, she has given a few fashion and styling tips to look your best: Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis Diwali go traditional with a tussar silk saree for an elegant look. Ditch the conventional old blouse and pair it with an off-shoulder crop top to go vogue this season. Try contrasting shades and make an attempt to incorporate the colours of the festival in your outfit. Pleat the pallu of your saree to show-off the statement sleeves of your off-shoulder crop top.For footwear, jootis or kholapuris will work best. It’s better to stay comfortable to be able to enjoy the raas-garba and other get-togethers. Comfortable in its feel, it’s just the footwear for your insanely long party nights. Just pair this right with any of your festive outfits. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTry out palazzo or trouser pants for a cocktail party look. It can be paired with different key pieces in your wardrobe. Mix it up a little by going for a modern take on the ethnic wear and go for embroidered bottoms with a short kurti.Set an ideal look for a perfect Indo-western outfit with a unique embellished jumpsuit. Wear one with sequin-work or ethnic embroidery and accessorize them with jhumka earrings, ethnic clutches or metal bangles.Jewellery Designer Pooja Nigam, who owns the brand with the same name, recommends to go with the traditional Indian jewellery this time. “Nothing beats the Indian look around Diwali. A nice saree/suit with Jadau jewellery is the best combination to get into the festive mood. But if you are experimental, then you can definitely try a fusion. Contemporary pieces with Indian attires won’t be a bad choice either.”Talking about the ongoing trends this season, she says, “It’s best to keep it elegant with the right amount of jewellery. Ongoing trend in jewellery is of chokars. You can opt for the sleek and delicate ones. If you’re wearing a heavy neckpiece then keep the earrings light or vice versa. Don’t keep both the things heavy.last_img read more

Continue reading