WASHINGTON – In a stark reminder of the damage done by the Great Recession and of the modest recovery that followed, the median American household only last year finally earned more than it did in 1999.Incomes for a typical U.S. household, adjusted for inflation, rose 3.2 per cent from 2015 to 2016 to $59,039, the Census Bureau said. The median is the point at which half the households fall below and half are above.Last year’s figure is slightly above the previous peak of $58,665, reached in 1999. It is also the first time since the recession ended in 2009 that the typical household earned more than it did in 2007, when the recession began.Trudi Renwick, the bureau’s assistant division chief, cautioned that the census in 2013 changed how it asks households about income, making historical comparisons less than precise.Still, the Census data is closely watched because of its comprehensive nature. It is based on interviews with 70,000 households and includes detailed data on incomes and poverty across a range of demographic groups.Elise Gould, a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute, said that adjusting for the change in methodology, median income still remains below its 1999 peak. Yet she added that the census report shows that American households have made significant economic progress in 2015 and 2016.“We are definitely pulling ourselves out of the deep hole of the Great Recession,” Gould said on a conference call with reporters.Median household income rose $4,641, or 8.5 per cent, from 2014 through 2016. That’s the best two-year gain on records dating to 1967, according to analysts at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.Yet that improvement comes after a steep recession and a slow recovery that left most American households with barely any income increases. The lack of meaningful raises has left many people feeling left behind economically, a sentiment that factored into the 2016 elections.The report also showed that income inequality worsened last year, extending a trend in place for roughly four decades. Average incomes among the wealthiest 5 per cent climbed 5.5 per cent to $375,088. Average incomes for the poorest one-fifth of households, meanwhile rose 2.5 per cent to $12,943.Other measures of Americans’ economic health improved. The poverty rate fell last year to 12.7 per cent from 13.5 per cent, Census said. The number of people living below the poverty line declined 2.5 million to 40.6 million.That brings the proportion of households living below the poverty line back to pre-recession levels, though it remains about one and half percentage points higher than its lowest point, in 2000.A family of four with an income below $24,563 was defined as poor last year.And the proportion of Americans without health insurance fell to 8.8 per cent, the report showed, down from 9.1 per cent. It is the lowest proportion on record.The Census report covers 2016, the last year of the Obama administration.Robert Greenstein, president of the CBPP, argued that the agenda being pursued by President Donald Trump and congressional Republican leaders would reverse those gains.The income gains reflect mostly a rise in the number of Americans with jobs and in people working full time, the agency said. That means households were more likely to include a full-time worker. It also suggests that pay raises for those who already had jobs remained meagre.About 1.2 million more Americans earned income in 2016 than in 2015, and 2.2 million more had full-time year-round jobs.Incomes rose for most demographic groups. African-American median household income jumped 5.7 per cent to $39,490 in 2016 from the previous year, the most of any group. Among Latinos, it rose to 4.3 per cent to $47,675. For whites, the gain was 2 per cent to $65,041.Asian-Americans reported the highest household incomes, at $81,431, which was little changed from 2015.Jared Bernstein, a senior fellow at the CBPP, said the gains among African-Americans typically occur later in an economic recovery as employers widen their searches and step up hiring among traditionally disadvantaged groups.“The solid economy is helping to close racial gaps,” he said. “It won’t make them go away, but it is headed in the right direction.”The report found that the gender gap in wages narrowed last year for the first time since 2007. Women earned 80.5 per cent of men’s earnings, up from 79.6 per cent in 2015.Still, underneath the broad improvements nationwide, pockets of hardship remain. Poverty rates fell in the Northeast and South in 2016 but were mostly unchanged in the Midwest and West.Una Osili, a researcher at the Salvation Army and a professor of economics at Indiana University, said the non-profit group reported a spike in requests for health-related assistance in the Midwest last year, driven mostly by demand for opioid addiction treatment.That happened even in states like Indiana, where the unemployment rate and poverty fell, she said.In Nevada and some other Western states, the economic recovery has raised housing costs, offsetting some of the benefit of income growth.In those states, “the recovery is a good thing, but your rent is now higher,” Osili said.
London: London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been named the Politician of the Year at an annual awards ceremony held in the UK’s House of Commons complex for his ongoing contribution to the political life in the British capital. The annual Political and Public Life Awards presented by Britain’s ‘Asian Voice’ weekly newspaper here on Thursday also recognised UK defence secretary Gavin Williamson as Cabinet Minister of the Year and Indian-origin politician Priti Patel as Conservative Party MP of the Year. “Our armed forces are made strong by being made up of people of every single community and background… contributing to keep us safe,” said Williamson, on receiving his award. “I continue to be your public servant,” added Patel, a former UK Cabinet minister. Khan, 48, whose grandparents were born in India and parents migrated from Pakistan to the UK, was named ‘Politician of the Year’ at an awards ceremony held in the UK’s House of Commons complex. Among other winners from the field of politics at the event, now in its 13th year, included Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster, Labour Party MPs Dan Carden and Thelma Walker. The other award categories included International Hotel of Year which was won by India’s Leela International hotel chain. Comedian of Year award went to British Indian comedian Paul Chowdhry and Restaurant of the Year for London’s Delhi street food restaurant Hankies. “We are hosting the Asian Voice Political and Public Life Awards at a time when dissent is rife, and arguably unprecedented, in our political stage and the future of the economy hangs in the balance, perhaps perilously so,” said C B Patel, the Publisher and Editor of ‘Asian Voice’. “In the din and tumult of the current scenario, I believe it is important for us to recognise and honour leaders in our political and public life who make a tremendous contribution to preserving Britain’s enviable stature as one of the leading economies of the world,” he said. The awards are held annually to honour people who have made a special impact in the preceding 12 months, ranging from international politicians to individuals who make an impact in their local communities. Readers of the weekly ‘Asian Voice’ newspaper nominate potential winners and an independent panel of judges comprising eminent personalities from different walks of life in the UK, select the winners.
New York – Following the official announcement made by Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström on Friday that Sweden has no intention to recognize “Western Sahara” as a State, Moroccans all over the world have found “comfort” in the Scandinavian country’s position.“The government does not intend to recognize the Western Sahara and its position is consistent with the assessment of previous governments in this regard,” the Minister said, according to MAP.Moroccan political analyst and member of the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS) M’hammed Grine discussed how the position adopted by the Swedish government not to recognize the Polisario-led state supports Morocco’s plan for a resolution to the conflict. “The announcement of the Swedish Government’s rejection of the idea of recognizing the independence of the Sahara that was under discussion for several months comforts us in Morocco, because it ends the trend in some Swedish political circles to push the country to support an openly hostile position against Morocco,” Grine emphasized in a statement to Morocco World News.“This situation was the source of a great crisis between Morocco and Sweden,” the Moroccan politician said, adding “we can only welcome this happy outcome because we want Morocco and Sweden to have good relations reflecting fruitful cooperation and friendship between our peoples.”According to Minister Wallström, “the criteria required under international law to recognize Western Sahara [as a state] are not fulfilled.” Grine said he sees this as a “wise decision, because a serious country such as Sweden should not be embarking on the support of a separatist adventure doomed to failure,” he said.By virtue of the Treaty of Algeciras of April 7, 1906, all Western powers, including Sweden, signed and committed to preserving Moroccan territorial integrity when the so-called Western Sahara was part of Morocco.“Sweden did not embrace a separatist utopia, supported by Algerian hegemonic temptation completely outdated in a precarious regional geostrategic context carrying enormous risks,” Grine stressed.The PPS member pointed out that the lack of a resolution to this conflict creates a bigger threat in a “tense international and regional environment” for it poses higher “risks of destabilization in a region that is already a favorite for various destabilizing activities such as terrorism, hostage-taking and trafficking of all kinds, weapons, drugs, illegal immigration, smuggling, etc.”Sweden’s decision should be seen as a step toward the implementation of Morocco’s autonomy plan for the Sahara in order to reach a mutually acceptable political solution.“There is a deep diplomatic trend that unites more and more serious players in the international scene around the Moroccan proposal which is considered a serious and credible basis to reach a political solution to the conflict,” politician Grine said.Proponents of the Polisario separatist movement have tried their best to spread their ideology throughout African and European countries.“The actions of the opponents of Morocco’s territorial integrity have multiplied in recent times and are becoming a sort of ‘diplomatic guerrilla warfare,’ which looks more like a rearguard battle,” Grine noted.The Polisario and its supporters have tried to undermine Morocco in Africa but have turned out to be unsuccessful, according to the Moroccan politician who described Morocco’s success as a “major player in diplomacy, commerce, trade, and economy.”Grine went on to add that this time the separatists have targeted the European Union, especially the Scandinavian countries, which are unfamiliar with what is happening in Morocco,” to raise their case for recognition of the self-proclaimed SADR.According to Grine, these Northern European countries are supposedly easier prey due to “some political forces that continue to see things through stereotyped ideological blinders and filters.”“When approaching the end of the separatist myth, the opponents of the territorial unit and their base will increase their maneuvers, to keep us constant, especially vigilant and proactive,” Grine told Morocco World News.
Casablanca — When the issue of abortion was brought up in the third and final U.S. presidential debate, I sighed. “Here we go again,” I said to myself, because it was 2 A.M. in Morocco and I was adamant about having to live stream the debate. I knew what Donald Trump had to say was going to disappoint me. And it did. Trump again reiterated his pro-life stance, calling abortion “[ripping] the baby out of the womb” and Hillary again had to condemn his scare rhetoric and defend women’s rights to choose.Watching that debate unfold made me think of the status of abortion rights in my own country. I am proud of Morocco for amending the penal code in June; it finally made abortions legal in cases of incest, rape and birth defects. That said, nowhere in Morocco can you get a legal abortion if you don’t fall in one of the exempted categories detailed in the law’s latest amendment.Now before you all attack me in the comment’s section (perhaps there’s no way to avoid that part), I know we live in a Muslim country and I know that the laws of Islam are infused in the laws of this country. I was surprised, however, to find out that the majority of Islamic theologians have permitted abortion for up to 120 days from the start of the pregnancy. As for what is actually said in the Qu’ran, the killing of humans is condemned, but abortion itself is never explicitly discussed. It also says, “Kill not your children for fear of want. We shall provide for them as well as for you. Verily the killing of them is a great sin.” But after all is said and done, the debate surrounding what is considered a “human” or “child” is a messy one, and it seems like what is said in the Qur’an is not explicit in its discussion of abortion and can therefore be open to interpretation.For many pro-lifers, life begins at conception. This is why abortion remains illegal in many countries, including Ireland, Poland and many African and Middle Eastern countries. For pro-life activists and pro-life politicians, abortion at any point, however early in the pregnancy, is considered murder. As a Boston University student, I remember walking past a Planned Parenthood center on my way to a friend’s place and being stopped by a pro-life activist. “If you’re ever thinking about abortion, please call us,” she said. “Abortion is murder,” she added. She gave me a flower and a pamphlet, and I walked away.Planned Parenthood, if you haven’t heard of it, is a U.S. national non-profit that provides a whole array of health services for women, way beyond abortions. As I walked away from the woman, I felt bad for all the women who had to be walking in there, having just made the difficult decision to terminate a pregnancy for whatever reason. I also felt bad for women who were probably just going in for a routine breast exam or a pap smear, but had to be stopped by those activists before going in and listen to them bash the non-profit that was about to provide them with essential healthcare. Nonetheless, it was interesting to hear those activists’ perspectives; they seemed to really think of abortion as murder.While I can appreciate those pro-lifers’ efforts to “defend another human life,” I don’t think it’s right to call women who get abortions “murderers.” Based on scientific evidence, I’ve come to believe that a first trimester embryo is not a full-fledged human. That embryo or fetus is not sentient; it does not have feelings and, therefore, I would not qualify abortion as murder. But I know that a lot of people don’t agree. This is a deeply controversial, deeply personal topic — and that is why I’m pro-choice.I believe the woman should have the right to decide, for herself, if she considers that embryo human and if she wants to abort it or not. I don’t think the laws of a nation should impose a specific point of view on people that may have varied points of view. And while I maintain great respect for Islam as a religion and for those who choose to follow it, I also believe in the human’s and the citizen’s right to choose what they want to do with their bodies.Making abortion illegal does a few things:1) It doesn’t make it stop, it just makes it unsafe. Every day in Morocco, 600-800 women get illegal abortions, many of which are unsafe, leading to deaths that could otherwise be prevented.2) It strays away from the real problem: the lack of sex education in this country. Even though the Moroccan Ministry of National Education and Moroccan Modern Industries (IMM) signed an agreement in 2014 for the implementation of sex education in Moroccan schools, not much has actually taken place, even though 61% of Moroccans are in favor of sex education.3) It feeds the high rate of illiteracy in the country which, if you were wondering, affects approximately 30% of the population. When teenagers don’t get the sex education they need, they are bound to make mistakes. Even when they are careful, accidents happen. But because abortion is outright illegal, except for the few that are allowed, many choose to give up school. Often times, the children born out of these situations are also not able to go to school, and thus continues the vicious cycle of illiteracy, unwanted pregnancies, and so on.4) This is the most important one: It takes away a woman’s right to do what she wants with her own body. This is a major slippery slope. Call me crazy, but it feels like if men were the ones getting pregnant, abortion would probably be legal, and pills and condoms would likely be distributed in schools.Before you start typing up an angry comment about how Morocco is not the only country where abortion is illegal (I know this is the case) or about how women shouldn’t even have sex in the first place (what about men?), please consider this:I am not telling anyone what to do. I respect each person’s right to live their lives however they wish to. I am simply sharing my perspective, one that I know may not be a popular one. Finally, and most importantly, I am simply supporting a woman’s right to choose.
CALGARY — Canadian Pacific Railway says it will eliminate 130 jobs in the coming months after giving notice that it will close its locomotive repair and maintenance centre at Calgary’s Alyth Yard.The work of the Locomotive Reliability Centre will be transferred to other CP maintenance facilities, the railway said Thursday.Canadian Pacific said the decision follows the Canadian Transportation Agency’s order to cease load testing and idling in overnight operations at the 60-year-old facility.Canadian Pacific says the regulator’s move failed to recognize the around-the-clock operational requirements of the facility and restricts its ability to provide customer service.Despite the closure, Alyth Yard will remain an important CP rail yard offering non-stop railway activities, the company said.
TORONTO — One of Canada’s best-known clothing retailers, Roots Corp., announced on Wednesday its plans to launch an initial public offering of its shares.Here’s a look at the company known for its leather bags, woolly winter mitts and other outdoor clothes:1973: The year Michael Budman and Don Green founded the clothing company.116: The amount of corporate retail stores in Canada. Roots also has stores in the U.S., Taiwan and China, and ships online purchases to more than 50 countries.$282 million: Roughly the amount of sales the company generated in its 2016 financial year. The company says it plans to grow sales to between $410 million and $450 million in its 2019 financial year.29 per cent: Despite being a Canadian-born company inspired by the ruggedness of Algonquin Park, 29 per cent of the company’s sales come from outside our borders.24: The amount of new Roots stores the company may have by the end of its 2019 financial year. That includes eight- to 10-stores in Canada and 10- to 14-stores in the U.S. The company says it will also expand into new international markets, like Singapore and Malaysia.1998: The year the company first outfitted the Canadian Olympic team. Its fleece hat from that year was a big hit with celebrities and the general public. Roots continued to outfit the Canadian team several more times.181: How many so-called leather artisans work at the Roots leather factory in Toronto. Not including seasonal employees, Roots employs more than 2,200 people, most of who work at its stores.
STOCKTON, Calif. — Jalone Friday had 10 points to go with 10 rebounds and Jaren Lewis added 10 points as Abilene Christian remained undefeated on the season, beating UC Riverside 60-48 in the Tigers Thanksgiving Classic Saturday for its sixth victory.Abilene Christian has won three games in three days and is off to its best start since 1998.Both teams got off to a poor start Saturday with the Highlanders making just nine field goals and ACU eight in the first half as the Wildcats took a 24-22 lead into the break. ACU ended up making 22 of 53 (42 per cent) while the Highlanders improved to 18-of-46 shooting (39 per cent).The Wildcats were up 44-32 midway of the second half and took their largest lead after Hayden Farquhar drilled a 3-pointer to make it 50-32 with 6:50 remaining. UC Riverside could never close the gap.Dikymbe Martin led the way for UC Riverside (2-5) with 17 points. Callum McRae added 10 with six rebounds.The Associated Press
During that 2016-17 season, though, five other teams exceeded the Moreyball Rate of the 2015-16 Golden State Warriors, who had the highest non-Rockets Moreyball Rate of any team from 2012 through 2016. That incredible jump from one-sixth of the league foreshadowed what has happened since: The league’s Moreyball Rate has been rising far faster than it did during the McHale years, meaning that the Rockets’ math advantage is once again shrinking, through no fault of their own offensive priorities.While the average Moreyball Rate jumped only 3.7 percentage points from 2012 (58.1 percent) through 2016 (60.8 percent), it has rocketed (pun very much intended) all the way up to 68.3 percent in 2019. That’s a jump of 7.5 percentage points in just three seasons, compared with the four it took to erase a smaller advantage for the previous incarnation of the Rockets. And at the same time that the NBA’s average Moreyball Rate has shot through the roof, the Rockets themselves have once again stalled out. They appear to have hit a ceiling in terms of how many of their shots can really be taken from the most efficient areas of the floor.Houston’s sky-high Moreyball Rates during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons helped them to two of the most efficient offensive seasons in NBA history. During that 2016-17 campaign, the Rockets registered the 10th-best offensive efficiency in NBA history, per Basketball-Reference. During the 2017-18 season, they posted the 11th-best offensive efficiency in history. And during both seasons, the Rockets led the NBA in Moreyball Rate by a healthy margin, even while the league as a whole was catching up.This year, however, they don’t even lead the league in Moreyball Rate, marking the first time since the 2011-12 campaign that they’ve fallen out of first place. (They’ve been passed by Mike Budenholzer’s Milwaukee Bucks, who are at 82.6 percent, the highest figure that can be gleaned from the shot location data in NBA.com’s database, which reaches back to the 1996-97 season.) Amazingly, Houston’s Morey+ this season has already dropped below where it was during the 2015-16 season that inspired Morey to bring in D’Antoni in the first place. And even while they’ve cleaned up their defense a bit these past two years, the rate at which leaguewide Moreyball Rates are spiking has left their Moreyball Advantage at the lowest point it’s been in years.It seems unlikely that other NBA teams will simply stop pursuing shots from the Moreyball areas of the floor, so the league average will presumably continue to rise — if not necessarily at quite the rate it has these past few years. And with the Rockets having seemingly maxed out their own Moreyball Rates in the low 80s, it looks like the best way for them to regain the sky-high Moreyball Advantage they had in the early 2010s is by engineering their defense so that opponents simply can’t access the most efficient areas of the floor. But that’s also what every other team in the league has been trying to do to the Rockets for years, and as they’ve been showing us for quite some time now, it’s easier said than done. By attempting so many more of their shots from the most efficient areas of the floor than any other team, the Rockets created for themselves a healthy math advantage. Through shot selection alone, they essentially began each game with a small lead that their opponents needed to erase in addition to out-scoring them over the course of 48 minutes in order to win the game.For the next three seasons under Kevin McHale, however, the Rockets’ Moreyball Rate stayed fairly stagnant. They still led the NBA in Moreyball Rate during each of those seasons, but they did so with rates that hovered between 72.6 and 73.8 percent. At the same time, the league average Moreyball Rate crept upward, eating into the Rockets’ math advantage and, by extension, that small de facto lead with which they began every game.This is perhaps best exemplified by scaling their Moreyball Rate against the league average. Fans familiar with baseball statistics like OPS+ will recognize this formula: The NBA average Moreyball Rate is given a score of 100, while a team whose Moreyball Rate is 10 percent better than league average receives a Morey+ score of 110, and a team whose Moreyball Rate is 10 percent worse than league average receives a Morey+ score of 90. So, in a world where the league average Moreyball Rate is 50 percent, a team with a 55 percent Moreyball Rate has a Morey+ of 110, while a team with a 45 percent Moreyball Rate has a Morey+ of 90.Using the same formula, we can calculate that during the 2012-13 season when the Rockets had a Moreyball Rate of 73.6 percent against a league average of 57.1 percent, they had a Morey+ of 129.1, meaning they attempted shots in the restricted area or from three-point territory at a rate 29.1 percent higher than that of the average NBA team. That is a ridiculously high mark. But it was also essentially the high-water mark for the McHale-era Rockets, whose Morey+ plummeted over the next few seasons, though not through any offensive fault of their own.At the same time the Rockets’ math advantage on offense was shrinking, the same thing was happening on the defensive end of the court. During that 2012-13 campaign, the Rockets did an excellent job of limiting their opponents’ attempts from the Moreyball areas of the floor. Slowly but surely, however, they ended up yielding better and better shots, and their opponents’ Moreyball Rate crept upward at an even faster rate than the league average.The decline of the Rockets’ math advantage during that time looks even starker when pitting their offense and defense against each other. At the same time as they were shooting 29.1 percent more often from Moreyball areas than the average team in 2012-13, they were forcing opponents to shoot from those areas 3.2 percent less often than the average squad. Add those two numbers up, and the Rockets had a Moreyball Advantage of 32.2 points during that season. By the time they got to the 2015-16 campaign, however, their Moreyball Advantage had been cut by more than half (to 13.8 points).During those four years, the Rockets were the only team to have a Moreyball Rate above 68.8 percent, but the average team still gained steadily gained on them, and their ability to prevent their own opponents from getting to Moreyball areas declined as well. And it was then that Morey decided to hire Mike D’Antoni. Because if the Rockets couldn’t stop the rest of the league from following their lead in following The Math, then the next-best option was for them to take The Math to new heights.In D’Antoni’s first season, the Rockets had a Moreyball Rate of 81.8 percent, blasting the previous league highs they’d set over the prior few seasons. That 81.8 percent figure was, obviously, the highest in the NBA by far, making it the fifth consecutive season during which the Rockets led the league. Crucially, that rate bumped their Morey+ all the way back up to 128.8 — almost all the way back to where it was during that 2012-13 campaign, when the Rockets first began truly orienting their offense around The Math. Morey+ score* for the Houston Rockets 2018-19119.8– Winners of five straight games, the Houston Rockets nudged their record back up to their season-high mark of two games over .500 (16-14) with a blowout win over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night, during which they set an NBA record by making 26 3-pointers. Despite this hot streak, however, it’s still fair to say that the Rockets have not performed as expected thus far this season. When searching for reasons why that might be the case, the focus has often been on their inability to replicate last season’s switch-happy defense or the early-season injuries and suspensions they had to weather or their general offensive malaise. (If ranking fifth in offensive efficiency can be described as a malaise.) But the root of Houston’s issues may actually just be that the rest of the league is increasingly subscribing to Houston’s core beliefs, which has eaten into the team’s math advantage.To fully understand what that means and how that’s happened, we need to back up a bit. Daryl Morey has been the general manager of the Rockets since 2007, but it wasn’t until the 2012-13 season that the purest form of Morey’s basketball philosophies truly began to shine through on the floor.Coming off three consecutive non-playoff seasons and having just traded for James Harden, the Rockets re-engineered their offense to play not only to their new star’s strengths, but also to The Math. It was during that season that the Rockets began their maniacal pursuit of the most efficient shot on every single possession, turning their collective backs on years of NBA tradition by eschewing the lost art of the mid-range jumper whenever possible in favor of attempts either at the rim or behind the three-point line.It’s easy to see the benefits of that offensive strategy now — six years after the Rockets took it to what then seemed like its logical extreme — but at the time, it was not yet really accepted that this was a healthy way to construct an offense. Not everybody believed in The Math. The Rockets did, however, and they did to a degree that was then unheard of in league history.During that 2012-13 campaign, the Rockets attempted 73.6 percent of their shots from either the restricted area or three-point range, per NBA.com. (For the balance of this piece, we’ll refer to this percentage as a team’s “Moreyball Rate,” in keeping with certain segments of the basketball analytics community.) The next closest team was the Denver Nuggets at 67.4 percent, while the average NBA team had a Moreyball Rate of 57.1 percent. SeasonMorey+ score 2012-13129.1– * A rating where 100 equals the NBA average and every point above or below 100 equals a one percent change (up or down). 2013-14124.8– 2017-18126.1– 2015-16120.1– 2016-17128.8– 2014-15125.3–
The independent review details how the Church handled the case of Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Lewes who was jailed for 32 months at the Old Bailey in 2015 Credit:Helen Williams/PA Ball accepted a caution for gross indecency in 1993. The Gibb report found that Lord Carey was aware of six letters sent by members of the public making further allegations, but did not pass them on to police. He also wrote a letter to Ball’s twin brother, Bishop Michael Ball, following Ball’s caution, saying he believed he was “basically innocent”. Ball was convicted of misconduct in public office and indecent assault in 2015 after he admitted sexually abusing boys and young men. In a statement last Monday, the Rt. Rev Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford, said: “I have met with Lord Carey following the Archbishop’s letter to him. In light of Dame Moira Gibb’s review into the Peter Ball case, Lord Carey has resigned from his role as honorary Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Oxford.”Lord Carey has accepted the criticisms made of him in the Gibb review and has apologised to the victims of Peter Ball.” The son of former Archishop of Canterbury George Carey has attacked Church of England bishops for failing to support his father, who he said is the victim of “changing attitudes”. Last month the Gibb report into sexual abuse by paedophile bishop Peter Ball found that Carey was among church figures who had “colluded” with the disgraced bishop.Following the publication of the report he was asked to step down from his role as an honorary assistant bishop in the diocese of Oxford.His son Andrew Carey, a Christian campaigner and writer, said in his column in the Church of England newspaper that he was “angry and dismayed” at what had happened to his father.He wrote: “I’m struck by the absence of any public expression of sadness and sympathy for my father from the current crop of archbishops and bishops. “They certainly wouldn’t express any support for him in public because he now suffers from a disease that all bishops fear is contagious – that he has been criticised over handling safeguarding. “To be criticised for this is like the sin against the Holy Spirit – unforgiveable in the Church of England.”It’s no matter that the term ‘safeguarding’ hadn’t even been coined when Bishop Peter Ball’s crimes were first reported…Twenty-five years later you are held accountable for cultural attitudes and standards that are totally different today.” Lord Carey was the Archbishop of Canterbury in 1993, when Ball’s abuse of a young man, Neil Todd, initially came to light. Mr Todd killed himself in 2012. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Environmental campaigners have accused supermarkets of discouraging shoppers from saving the planet by making it more expensive to avoid products wrapped in plastic. Sainsbury’s was found to be charging 17p for Braeburn apples in plastic packs of six, while lose apples were 28p. Tesco Braeburn apples were 44p each loose, but work out at 32p each in a plastic pack of five. Waitrose essential tomatoes were 19p each, but bought in a plastic pack of six they were 12 pence each. Loose fruit and vegetables are often more expensive than those sold in plastic packaging, a Telegraph survey of supermarkets has found. Waitrose has started a trial which allows customers to fill up their own containers with…
Glissements de terrain : ils font 54 morts au GuatemalaGuatemala – Quatre mois après qu’une tempête tropicale a balayé le pays, faisant 165 morts et de graves dégâts, le Guatemala a dû faire face ce week-end à de meurtriers glissements de terrain. Provoqués par des pluies diluviennes, ils auraient provoqué la mort de 54 personnes d’après le dernier bilan officiel.Totalement démuni devant cette nouvelle catastrophe, le Guatemala fait face à “une tragédie nationale” a déploré dimanche le président Alvaro Colom. “Rien que ce week-end, il y a eu des dégâts comparables à ceux d’Agatha” a-t-il déclaré, faisant référence à la tempête tropicale qui a ravagé le pays en mai dernier. D’après le président, un demi-milliard de dollars sont aujourd’hui nécessaires pour faire face à la situation.Plus de 40.000 sinistrés ont été recensés dans l’ouest du pays où ont eu lieu les glissements de terrain, alors que des routes se sont effondrées et que des maisons ont été totalement ensevelies par les coulées de boue. Selon un dernier bilan officiel, 54 victimes sont à déplorer et de nombreuses autres personnes ont été portées disparues.Un premier glissement de terrain s’est produit sur la route interaméricaine, emportant un autocar, des voitures et des piétons au fond d’un ravin de 300 mètres de profondeur. Alors que des riverains se sont précipités pour porter secours aux victimes, ils ont été à leur tour ensevelis par une seconde coulée de boue.Plus de 150 sauveteurs ont été mobilisés pour tenter de retrouver les victimes avec des tracteurs et des excavateurs. Mais l’opération est pour l’instant impossible à réaliser, en raison des pluies torrentielles qui continuent de s’abattre sur le pays. Les autorités locales sont d’autant plus inquiètes que la saison des pluies vient seulement d’entrer dans sa phase la plus active. Une période qui, en général, ne s’achève pas avant la fin du mois d’octobre.Le 6 septembre 2010 à 16:00 • Emmanuel Perrin
Les îles Samoa vont changer de fuseau horaireFin décembre 2011, les îles Samoa, dans le Pacifique sud, devraient changer de fuseau horaire, suivant une décision du gouvernement local, soucieux de se rapprocher des horaires ayant cours en Australie et en Nouvelle-Zélande, ses principaux partenaires commerciaux.Le gouvernement des îles Samoa a décidé de changer de fuseau horaire à partir du 29 décembre 2011. Situées près de la ligne de changement de date, ces îles du Pacifique sud vivent actuellement selon l’horaire GMT-11, soit 3 heures de moins que la côte ouest-américaine, leur partenaire commercial privilégié… d’il y a 120 ans !À lire aussiRoi de l’imitation, cet oiseau-lyre peut reproduire le son d’un pistolet-laserLes Samoa ont actuellement 21 heures de moins que l’Australie, et 23 heures de moins que la Nouvelle-Zélande, avec lesquelles l’archipel assure aujourd’hui l’essentiel de ses échanges économiques. Après le changement, il aura 1 heure de plus que Wellington et 3 heures de plus que Sydney. Au prix, donc, d’un changement brutal de date, ce fameux 29 décembre prochain, pour se “glisser” dans un fuseau horaire qui précède ceux des deux grands pays d’Océanie.”Nous perdons deux jours ouvrés par semaine. Quand c’est vendredi ici, c’est samedi en Nouvelle-Zélande. Et quand nous sommes à l’église dimanche, ils ont déjà recommencé la semaine à Sydney et Brisbane !” : c’est ainsi que le chef du gouvernement des Samoa décrit l’ancienne situation, pour justifier le choix de la nouvelle.Le 14 mai 2011 à 19:35 • Emmanuel Perrin
POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A bicyclist was killed in Pompano Beach after, authorities said, he was struck by a driver who fled the scene, early Saturday morning.According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, the unidentified victim was riding his bike along the 800 block of Southwest Third Street, just before 1 a.m. He was crossing the Interstate 95 overpass when he was struck from behind.Detectives are asking for help finding the driver of a Dodge Avenger which is badly damaged.Investigators are withholding the victim’s name as they attempt to notify family members who live outside the United States.If you have any information on this hit-and-run, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Protestors stand preventing Mass Transit Railway’s (MTR) subway train from leaving Fortress Hill station in Hong Kong on August 5, 2019.ReutersAn estimated 200 flights were cancelled in Hong Kong on Monday, as a result of pro-democracy demonstrators calling a citywide strike. The city’s Chief Executive, Carrie Lam, warned the demonstrations are heading towards “extremely dangerous situation”.Daily transport, including eight railway lines and the airport express, was affected as several protestors blocked trains from leaving stations on Monday morning. Bus and train services were subsequently suspended by officials.Civil servants from more than 30 government departments as well as pilots, teachers, construction workers, engineers, and aviation staff have reportedly pledged to strike on Monday.Carrie Lam, a pro-Beijing leader, condemned the protests and said that the demonstrations are affecting Hong Kong’s economy and stability, in an official statement on Monday. This was the first statement she released in the last two weeks.”Such extensive disruptions in the name of certain demands or uncooperative movement have seriously undermined Hong Kong law and order and are pushing our city, the city we all love, and many of us helped to build, to the verge of a very dangerous situation,” said Carrie Lam.More than 150 flights out of the city were cancelled on Monday morning. Around 100 outbound and 100 inbound flights were cancelled as citywide protests blocked roads, prompting shops and transport services to stay shut. Why People Are Protesting Hong Kong’s Controversial Extradition Bill Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:00/2:48Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:48?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … The protests intensified on Sunday after demonstrators and police clashed once again when a flashmob was held at the Causeway Bay. Other key areas such as the cross-harbour tunnel, which is a key link between Hong Kong Island, was blocked. A police station in the outer district of Kwun Tong was surrounded and protesters reportedly shined lasers at the police and threw bricks at the compound.Violent activities such as breaking the windows of a police station in Hong Kong’s New Territories and using makeshift means to launch objects at the administration was also reported on Sunday morning.The riot police fired tear gas to disperse the demonstrators and over 44 people were arrested for participating in the demonstration.On Saturday, a 36-year-old Filipino and a 26-year-old South Korean national was detained for taking part in the protests, according to the South China Morning Post. This was the first instance of foreigners being detained since the demonstration began. Increasing tensionsIncreasing incidents of demonstration-related violence have been reported in the last few weeks, as the government continues to maintain its silence in addressing the central demand of the protestors.A complete withdrawal of the contentious extradition bill and an inquiry into the government’s handling of the crisis has been demanded by the protestors. The demonstration is also a broader political movement that questions Hong Kong’s sovereignty against the increasing pro-Beijing government and the freedom of speech and expression of the citizens of the semi-autonomous city.Lam said she had already responded to the protester’s demands. “Some people may not agree with our response… but we have considered every factor. What is in front of us is Hong Kong’s stability and future and escalated violence,” she said.Experts have claimed that the Hong Kong economy has suffered grave losses due to the protests, including its tourism industry, with falling hotel occupancy rates and markets.
Listen 00:00 /09:44 Jesse MichenerThis American Life host Ira Glass. X Ira Glass has learned seven things. It says so in all the advertising for his upcoming event at Jones Hall Saturday night (May 12). It’s called Seven Things I’ve Learned – An Evening With Ira Glass.Houston Matters host Craig Cohen has interviewed Ira a number of times over the years, and so he knew, to some degree, what to expect when the two taped a conversation him last week.So, in the spirit of his upcoming performance, Craig, in the audio above, shares with us Seven Things I’ve Learned About Interviewing Ira Glass.Lesson 1: Ira is a busy man. He, of course, produces This American Life each week. He’s also behind the popular podcast Serial, and he’s even doing movies these days. So, don’t be offended if he doesn’t know you’re interviewing him. He’s just trying to keep up.Lesson 2: He’s a total pro. And so, he’ll humor your ridiculously long-winded attempt at a question, when a less-thoughtful guest might just blurt out, “Get to the point already, Cohen!”Lesson 3: Ira will deftly deny the premise of your question while also complimenting you for asking it.Lesson 4: The interview will, at some point, take…well, a turn.Lesson 5: Ira will pull the interview back from the brink and justify the turn the conversation has taken.Lesson 6: The interview taking a turn may actually be your fault.Lesson 7: The interview isn’t really over until it’s been edited. And Ira may have some suggestions there. Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
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Cologne boasts record result with 5.98 million overnight staysTourism has again grown sharply in Cologne, with the number of overnight stays rising to 5.98 million in 2015 for the first time. This figure represents an increase of 4.3 per cent on 2014. In 2015 the share of overnight stays by visitors from outside Germany grew by 6.6 per cent relative to the previous year to 2.08 million. Meanwhile, the number of overnight stays by visitors from Germany increased by 3.2 per cent to 3.90 million. The number of arrivals and overnight stays due to business and leisure activities thus rose to a record level.“Last year’s steady increase in visitors and continued substantial growth in the number of overnight stays to almost six million underscore the great potential that the tourism industry has for Cologne as a business location,” says Elisabeth Thelen, Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Cologne Tourist Board. “The number of overnight stays has doubled since 2000. This development shows how important strategic marketing in cooperation with local and international partners is for the city as a travel destination.” Cologne Tourist Board estimates that tourism generates a gross turnover of €6.6 billion per year.The number of overnight stays in Cologne had grown by 5.1 per cent as of November 2015 and was thus in step with the growth in other major German cities such as Berlin (+5.5 per cent), Hamburg (+5.2 per cent) and Munich (+5 per cent). The ten German cities that are organized in the Magic Cities Germany marketing network registered an average increase of 3 per cent during this same period.“Cologne continued to do well last year. With the addition of 250,000 overnight stays, we have significantly outperformed our target,” says Josef Sommer, Chief Executive Officer of KölnTourismus GmbH. “Although we will face new challenges in 2016, we are optimistic. According to the travel portal TripAdvisor, Cologne is one of the Top 10 trend travel destinations in Europe this year and the city has lots to offer. We will also focus on new areas and address topics that are off the beaten track.”The high visitor numbers have also led to a high occupancy rate at Cologne’s hotels. At 15.6 per cent, Cologne’s RevPAR (revenue per available room) grew at by far the highest rate of any city in Germany. Koln TourismSource = Koln Tourism
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