Barcelona interested in Sevilla youngster Jose Alonso Laraby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are interested in Sevilla youngster Jose Alonso Lara.Lara is currently a free agent after his deal expired on January 1.Diario de Seville says Barcelona are keeping tabs on the situation as the player is a teammate of Miranda and Abel Ruiz with Spain U21. However there are many teams from all over Europe in the running for the promising youngster.Lara made his first team debut last season under Joaquin Caparros, who is now Sevilla’s football director. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool midfielder Milner: Adrian has been massive helpby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool midfielder James Milner has lauded Adrian for filling in during the absence of Alisson.The Spaniard did not lose a single Premier League game after the Brazilian went down injured on the opening game.And Milner says it is a luxury to have two quality goalkeepers.”I think Adrian did fantastically well to step in at the time he did,” said Milner.”He had not trained much, he wasn’t match fit but he made some massive saves at big points in games.”He did a fantastic job and slipped straight into the squad. I can’t say enough good things about him.”But Ali, we know how good he is. How well he did in his first season and what he brings to the team, both in terms of his goalkeeping and his character – but also his ability with his feet.”He is obviously massive. He will help us again and hopefully it won’t take him too long to get back up to speed. But the job Adrian did was fantastic.”
With lots of chatter surrounding Big 12 expansion, we’ve already brought you our opinion on how the next phase of conference realignment could unfold. Now, ESPN has some intriguing information regarding which schools the Big 12 could target if it does indeed expand. According to Big 12 writer Jake Trotter, four institutions have already begun lobbying the Big 12 for consideration: Houston, Memphis, UCF and Colorado State. From Trotter:With Big 12 expansion back on the table, officials from the University of Houston, the University of Memphis, University of Central Florida and Colorado State University have been lobbying members of the Big 12’s composition committee, according to documents ESPN.com has obtained.West Virginia president Gordon Gee is one of three Big 12 presidents on the committee, which is charged with exploring expansion candidates. Documents reveal that Gee has been busy in that role in recent months, which has included a trip to the University of Houston in late November.Additionally, Trotter says FedEx, which is headquartered in Memphis, is offering major sponsorship of Big 12 football and basketball if the Tigers are added to the league. This was originally part of Memphis’ pitch to the old Big East a few years back. Documents obtained show FedEx primed to back Memphis’ Big 12 candidacy, prepared to sponsor Big 12 title game: https://t.co/Fa8jbDEbwS— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) May 10, 2016The most interesting aspect of Trotter’s report? Probably that UConn and Cincinnati are nowhere to be found, considering those are two schools many have linked to the Big 12, including us here at College Spun. Also, would Oklahoma and Texas, the two premier programs in the league, really be okay with these additions? Or would they look to bolt for greener pastures? Whatever the answer, buckle up because the realignment well may start turning fast and furiously. [ ESPN ]
Major highways in six parishes along the North Coast corridor will receive extensive cleaning and beautification during the next two years, under the Northern Coastal Highway Road Improvement Programme.The $340 million project is being funded by the Government, in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).The six parishes are Portland, St. Mary, St. Ann, Trelawny, St. James and Hanover, and the highways will receive continuous bushing and drain cleaning during the period.Another component of the project, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for which was signed on March 8, will see some 100 environmental auxiliary workers receiving special training in Ornamental Horticulture (Level 2) for six months.The MoU was signed between the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) and the National Works Agency (NWA), in St. Ann’s Bay, St. Ann.Those selected for training have worked on the North Coast Highway before. They will undergo interactive lectures and written assignments, under the direction of the HEART Trust/National Training Agency, at the end of which they will be given certificates.Addressing the official launch and MoU signing, Executive Director of the NSWMA, Jennifer Edwards, commended the participants selected for “this crucially important project.”“Participants, you have confronted all kinds of obstacles and challenges over the last year (working on the highway); challenges such as rain, sun, wasps, human and animal waste, among others, always sticking to the task. I believe that if we train our people, if we educate our people, we are not only helping them individually, their families, their communities, but indeed will contribute to the development of Jamaica,” Ms. Edwards said.“Not only will we be beautifying the North Coast, but we will beautify the South Coast and the mid island areas as well. This renewal will lead to other persons getting the opportunity for employment and also accessing the opportunity for education,” she added.She urged participants in the training programme to take the six months seriously, as the course is designed to equip them to become professionals.The training will end in August or September, and will include studies in soil conservation, operating a tractor, knowledge of pests and computer science. It will be undertaken in conjunction with the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE).By Glenis A. Rose, JIS Reporter
Bruce Dickinson, the Iron Maiden frontman who used to be a commercial airline pilot, is teaching UK residents with disabilities to fly.Dickinson is working with The Royal International Air Tattoo Flying Scholarships for Disabled People (FSDP), a charity created in the memory of flying ace Douglas Bader, a pilot who lost his legs in an aeroplane accident yet continued as a fighter pilot in World War II.Each year, FSDP provides scholarships to selected applicants with varying disabilities as a way to challenge and inspire them, to focus attention on their abilities rather than everything that they cannot do. The results show improvement in self confidence, outlook and future aspirations.“You gave my son faith in himself and the future,” says the father of one of the scholars.Another scholar was surprised by the course participants: “A bunch of interesting, gutsy people who had been thrown a stinking hand in life and come through fighting. Every one of them had turned down the offer of a bland future, filled with disappointment and disability aids, and come in search of something more”.Nearly 400 people have been awarded a flying scholarship with FSDP since its beginnings in 1983. Dickinson is one of FSDP’s Vice Patrons.Find out more here.Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest children’s literacy organization, celebrated its 50th anniversary of inspiring children to read, learn and grow by hosting a virtual birthday party at Amidon-Bowen Elementary School in Washington, D.C.Jordin Sparks reads with a student from Amidon-Bowen Elementary School during Reading Is Fundamental’s 50th AnniversaryCredit/Copyright: Kevin Wolf/AP Images for Reading Is FundamentalAward-winning singer and actress, Jordin Sparks; passionate advocate, actor and musician, Tray Chaney; and notable children’s author, Tara Lazar joined D.C. Council Members, parents, and DC Public School officials to commemorate the milestone. The event featured live performances, a Happy Birthday sing along, a children’s story read aloud and birthday cake for fourth grade students. In addition, all of the students at the school received birthday-inspired activities and free books, including Dr. Seuss’ Happy Birthday to You! and Tara Lazar’s Normal Norman. The anniversary celebration was sponsored by State Farm, who made a $10,000 donation for books for the school library.“Since 1966, RIF has been an important and influential voice in support of children’s literacy and, in partnership with a grassroots network of hundreds of thousands of RIF volunteers in schools and communities nationwide, we have impacted the lives of more than 40 million children,” noted Alicia Levi, president and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental. “Communities and government officials across the country took part in today’s celebration by issuing a RIF Day Proclamation to recognize the amazing impact RIF has on the lives of children.”The story of RIF began a half a century ago with a simple yet innovative idea – deliver free books to children who don’t have one to call their own. Since Margaret McNamara first founded RIF in 1966, the organization has become an important and influential voice in support of children’s literacy.“I love to read books and as a child, I would stay up way past my bedtime and read in my bed with a flashlight,” said Jordin Sparks. “Having the opportunity to inspire the students at Amidon-Bowen and others of all ages who tuned in proves to show just how much I believe in Reading Is Fundamental’s mission. I am incredibly honored to support them.”“I am a huge fan of Reading is Fundamental and the work they do to improve reading skills for kids,” noted actor and musician Tray Chaney. “As a father, I know first-hand the importance of reading aloud to children and helping them discover the adventures found in a good book. I truly believe we can all make a difference in the lives of young people simply by reading together.”“As a children’s author, I know not every child has a book at home to read. That’s why it was so much fun to see the kids dive in to the free books they received as part of Reading Is Fundamental’s 50th anniversary celebration,” said Normal Norman author, Tara Lazar. “Ensuring kids have access to books is vitally important to setting them on a path to read and learn and I’m so glad to be part of RIF’s rich legacy.”For schools and community organizations who were not able to join in the live broadcast, a recorded version is available on RIF.org/50. Parents, teachers and program coordinators can continue the emphasis on literacy by downloading free birthday-theme literacy activities to extend learning. In addition, book lovers can promote reading by taking an online pledge to read books to a special child in your life and downloading RIF’s free 50 e-book library provided by ustyme. Normal Norman books were supplied by Sterling Publishing and Happy Birthday to You! books were supplied by Penguin Random House to all the students at Amidon-Bowen to own and take home.
Mumbai: Jet Airways pilots body, the National Aviator’s Guild (NAG), Sunday deferred its “no flying” call to a later date, particularly when the management is scheduled to meet the lenders on Monday.Earlier in the day, the Guild, which has around 1,100 pilots as its members, decided to stop flying from April 15 in protest against non-payment of salaries since March. “It has come to our notice that there is a critical meeting planned (Monday) morning with the airline management and SBI. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”In light of the meeting, the members have requested, through their team leaders, that the call of ‘No Pay No Work’ be deferred to give the airline a chance of survival. Accordingly, as requested, the Committee would like to inform all that the decision stands suspended for the time being,” the Guild committee said in a late evening communication to its members. All pilots are still requested, however, to be present at Siroya Centre at 0930 hours on April 15 in their uniforms, it said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdaySiroya Centre is Jet Airways headquarters in Andheri suburb in Mumbai. According to NAG, it has also called upon other departments to join the gathering at the headquarters as a show of unity. An Open House will be called shortly as per the availability of the venue and the committee members, the communication added. The pilots, along with engineers and senior management, have not received salaries since January. The debt-ridden carrier has also not paid the March salary to employees of other categories as well. “As on today, we have not been paid for nearly three-and-a-half months, and we do not know when we will be paid. So we have decided to go ahead with our call of no-flying from April 15. All 1,100 pilots of NAG will stop flying from 10 am Monday,” a Guild source said earlier in the day. The NAG, which claims representation of around 1,100 pilots of the total 1,600 with the full-service carrier, had in late March called for no flying from April 1 over non-payment of salaries. However, on March 31, it deferred the agitation to April 15, saying it wanted to give more time to the new management. Jet Airways is at present under the management control of SBI-led consortium of lenders after the approval of a debt-rejig plan last month, which also led its founder chairman Naresh Goyal to quit. With PTI inputs
Updated: 10:35 PM January 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsOCEAN BEACH (KUSI) — It may be the most laid-back beach town in Southern California, but the people of Ocean Beach are not laying back anymore. Not in this case.After a series of arson fires that began in December, the O.B. Town Council called an emergency meeting get a progress report. Unfortunately, there isn’t a whole lot to report.We do know, someone torched at least 8-different spots, all of them in the ally ways. We also know we got lucky. The fires did not spread to nearby homes. The arsonist did, however, torch two motor-homes, two cars, a motorcycle and a carport.Since all the fires happened in the ally’s, only one location had a surveillance camera and the image was not clear enough to get a close look at the criminal. So the arsonist is still out there, somewhere.At this point, people in O.B. are being told to clear their allies of flammable materials. Also, install cameras, if they can afford it.Since police cannot be all places at all times, this is also a prime time for “community policing.” You’ve heard the saying, ‘if you see something, say something.”Even though there has not been a fire in about a month, the culprit is still out there and considered very dangerous.There is now a $1000-dollar reward, put forward by the people of O.B. and the Ocean Beach Town Council. Posted: January 16, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Ocean Beach, San Diego Police Department FacebookTwitter Dan Plante, Dan Plante SDPD holds Ocean Beach town hall on recent string of arson and vandalism
Cooper: “This ordinance is something I have believed in for a very long time. We have had mayors in this borough that were very qualified and we’ve had mayors that were not. So this is not an attack on this administration solely.” A public hearing will be held at the borough meeting on Tuesday. If it passes the assembly the question would go on the fall ballot for voters to decide on October 1. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough has begun to scratch the surface on a debate on whether or not to move towards a borough management style instead of the current mayor style. In a ordinance put before the borough assembly, under a manager form of government, the mayor would still be elected areawide but no longer be the chief administrator of the borough. Instead, a borough manager would be appointed by majority vote of the assembly on the basis of administrative qualifications to serve as the chief administrator. Currently, twelve of the state’s 19 boroughs employ a manager to administer day-to-day operations versus a mayor. The ordinance was introduced by Assemblywoman Kelly Cooper, and Assemblyman Hal Smalley. The mayor would serve as chair of the assembly, still be able to participate in assembly discussions, may vote on assembly actions in the case of a tie, and may veto assembly actions, according to the ordinance.
The New York Times recently adopted a similar model to that of The Financial Times—NYTimes.com visitors can now get 20 articles free a month or pay for more. The New York Times Company now has just 6,000 less paid digital subscribers, about 224,000 and about 57,000 subscribers for editions on eReaders and tablets, as initially reported by AD, though that metered model did not go into effect until this spring. “In the first half of 2011, digital and services accounted for 46 percent of FT Group revenues and content revenues accounted for 57 percent,” a news release from the group says. “The FT Group achieved good sales and profit growth in turbulent markets in the first half of 2011 and invested in a significant number of new product launches.”Mobile platforms are a growing demographic for the British based publication—about 22 percent of all traffic to FT.com is from a mobile device and account for about 15 percent of new subscriptions. There was a 4 percent increase in paid circulation across both the print and online platforms, to 585,000. The group estimates it reaches a daily audience of 2.1 million.About 60 percent of sales for Pearson come from the United States. While many publishers are still grappling with the question of digital properties and revenue, The Financial Times continues to reap positive benefits from its paid collection model, according to first half 2011 financials released Friday.The group reports that profits are up by 10 percent from the same time in 2010, with overall digital subscriptions propelling the number. The publication’s website, FT.com, saw more than a 30 percent increase in subscriptions.“At the FT Group, the changes we have made to the business model and mix mean we are well placed to grow even in tough markets for print circulation and advertising,” says a news release from Pearson, publisher of The Financial Times. “We expect digital subscriptions, now the engine of the FT Group’s growth, to continue to build steadily.”The group saw a 34 percent increase in digital subscriptions, up to 230,000, and registered users increased by 49 percent to 3.7 million. The Financial Times first launched a paid subscription model in 2001 that gave readers free access to certain content and required payment for others. In 2007, Pearson launched The Financial Times’ metered model, which holds frequency based standards. Currently, registered users can sign up and get 10 articles for free a month, though payment is required for further access.
Comments Tags Netflix’s Marvel Defenders shows were all canceled. Sarah Shatz/Netflix The sprawling beast that is Disney has, it turns out, a downside. Jeph Loeb, chief of Marvel TV, suggested he’d been left out of the loop when it came to Netflix canceling its Marvel TV shows, following the streamer’s breakup with Marvel TV overlord Disney.”The hardest part was while the situation at Netflix of which I really can’t go into other than to say that we were blindsided and the things that were to come weren’t finished yet,” Loeb said in an interview with Deadline published on Monday.In 2017 Disney dropped the bombshell that it would be pulling all its movies from Netflix by 2019 and not renewing its contract with the streamer. While it got on with plans for its own mammoth streamer, Netflix went on to cancel its Marvel TV shows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Punisher. The heroes in the first four of those shows had formed the groundbreaking Defenders crossover miniseries in 2017.Outside Netflix, many streamers that share Disney corporate parenthood currently host Marvel TV shows. Two of those on different platforms will see another groundbreaking crossover: Cloak & Dagger on Freeform and Runaways on Hulu.Loeb touched on what Marvel TV looks for in a streamer relationship. “A lot of times the reason why Marvel lands on a platform is because of the people. When they get it, when they want us,” Loeb said.Red flags come in the form of big agendas.”I’ve been on the other side of that, I’ve been the writer producer, who’s tried to work with the network, and there’s a whole agenda that’s going on that you don’t know anything about, you’re just making your show,” said Loeb, who’s written for Smallville and Heroes.In talking about Marvel TV’s embrace of animated shows, including the idea of an animated Deadpool, Loeb brought up the Defenders and confirmed he was putting together a team of heroes again but in the world of animation. This band of misfits, including Howard the Duck, will be known as the Offenders and have a place on Hulu. Loeb also confirmed Ghost Rider and Helstrom projects are in the pipeline.One thing Loeb had to clear up is that Marvel Studios, not Marvel Television, is in charge of all those Disney Plus shows coming out, like Loki and Hawkeye. He did confirm Marvel TV is going to do shows with Disney Plus, but has no announcements for us yet.Netflix and Disney did not have a comment, while Marvel TV have not yet responded to a request for comment. 7 Share your voice TV and Movies 2019 TV shows you can’t miss 50 Photos Marvel Netflix
Two suicide bombers attacked a celebration being held the night before a wedding north of Baghdad, killing 26 people, a police officer and a doctor said on Thursday.The bombings in the Al-Hajaj area, north of the city of Tikrit, also wounded 25 people, the sources said.”The first blew himself up at 8:30 pm (1730 GMT on Wednesday) amid men who were dancing during the celebration,” while the second attacked a few minutes later, a police lieutenant colonel said.The bombers detonated explosive belts, the officer said.A doctor at a local hospital confirmed the toll.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the Islamic State jihadist group carries out frequent suicide bombings targeting both civilians and members of the security forces in Iraq.IS overran large areas north and west of Baghdad, including swathes of Salaheddin province, where Wednesday’s attack occurred, but Iraqi forces backed by US-led air strikes and other support have since regained most of the territory they lost.Iraqi forces are now fighting to retake west Mosul, the largest urban bastion still held by the jihadists in Iraq.But recapturing Mosul and the other remaining parts of the country still held by IS will not eliminate its threat, and the group may increasingly turn to bombin
The government on 23 December slapped a ban on all motor vehicles from 29 December midnight to 30 December midnight. Journalists covering the 30 December national election will be able to use motorcycles, the election commission announced on Thursday, reports UNB. Asadul Haq, EC’s deputy director (public relations), said journalists would have to display the commission’s approval stickers on their bikes. EC withdrew the ban on motorcycles a week after imposing it, facing harsh criticism from the journalist community. Motorcycles are the preferred mode of transport of newsmen who often have to run on tight schedules. “Journalists have already been given stickers and cards for covering the election. They have to display the [EC] stickers on their motorcycle,” he said.
Cap: Afghanistan Afghan Muslims offer prayers at the start of the Eid al-Fitr holiday which marks the end of Ramadan at the Shah-e Do Shamshira mosque in Kabul on 15 June 2018. Phtoto: AFPAfghans greeted the beginning of Eid with prayers on Friday as the Muslim holiday dawned in peace for the first time since the 2001 US-led invasion, after the Taliban agreed to an unprecedented ceasefire.Flocking to mosques for special morning worship marking the first day of the festival, youngsters in the war-battered country expressed cautious optimism, following the suspension of fighting between Afghan security forces and the militants.“On almost every Eid we have had attacks-this is a rare Eid without violence,” Samiullah, 17, who is almost the same age as the conflict, told AFP after prayers at the Shah-e Do Shamshira mosque in central Kabul.“We are hopeful peace will come to Afghanistan.”Fourteen-year-old Sohrab Ahmad, who earns money polishing shoes outside the mosque, said he could not remember an Eid without fighting.“I believe there will be peace between the Taliban and the Afghan government,” he said.But not everyone was so hopeful.“I don’t think there will be peace in Afghanistan. We are seeing an increase in attacks on a daily basis,” Imran, 13, told AFP.Defence ministry spokesman Mohammad Radmanesh told AFP there had been no reports of Taliban attacks on Afghan forces since the start of the holiday.President Ashraf Ghani announced last week that police and troops would cease operations against the Taliban for eight days, starting Tuesday-though he warned that operations against other groups, including the Islamic State group, would continue.The Taliban said Saturday their fighters would stop attacking Afghan security forces for the first three days of Eid, the first time the Taliban had declared a nationwide ceasefire in the nearly 17-year conflict.They said they would continue attacking US-led NATO troops.Muslims across the world also celebrated Eid al-Fitr, one of Islam’s most significant holidays, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is typically celebrated by feasting and gift-giving.In the Iraqi capital Baghdad, young people treated themselves to elaborate haircuts, in a modern interpretation of the tradition of dressing up for the festival.Tens of millions of people across Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, celebrated Eid with special prayers at mosques and in public spaces, including a large gathering in front of the Bajra Sandhi monument on the predominantly Hindu island Bali.Elsewhere, hundreds of devotees-many dressed in white and wearing skull caps-turned out for prayers in front of the multi-domed Baiturrahman mosque in the Sumatran city of Banda Aceh.Others knelt for morning prayers in the shadow of one of Indonesia’s most active volcano, Mount Sinabung, which has been rumbling since 2010.
Foreign minister AK Abdul Momen. File photoForeign minister AK Abdul Momen on Thursday informed parliament that a total of 8,848 Bangladeshis are now staying in jails or detention centres of different countries, including India, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the USA, reports UNB.The minister came up with the statistics while responding to a question by treasury bench MPM Abdul Latif (Chattogram-11).As per the data, the highest 2,051 Bangladeshis are now languishing in different prisons of India, including 2,031 in Kolkata.Besides, the minister said,1,289 Bangladeshis are now staying in prisons in Saudi Arabia while1,156 in the UAE, 693 in Bahrain, 572 in Malaysia, 442 in Oman, 351 in Qatar, 316 in Kuwait, 275 In Iraq, 243 in Iran, 126 in the UK and 79 in the USA.Momen said his ministry with the help of Bangladesh embassies and high commissions is working to bring the Bangladeshis back from the jails of those countries.He said the foreign ministry usually appoints lawyers, prepare travel documents and necessary papers for either reducing the tenure of punishment or getting clemency whenever any Bangladeshi is jailed by foreign countries.
Share Stacy ThreattIt’s that time again: time for Americans to figure out how, exactly, their presidential election works. “Electoral College” searches spike every four years, just before Election Day, according to Google … and the search volume is picking up right now.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Long story short: To win the presidency, you don’t have to win the majority of the popular vote. You have to win the majority of electoral votes — that is, 270 of them.* In most states, a candidate wins electoral votes by winning the most voters.So. Win a state by just one vote, and you win all of its electoral votes (unless you live in Nebraska or Maine, which divvy up their votes a little differently).This can lead to off-kilter election results — in 2000, for example, Democrat Al Gore won the popular vote by a few hundred thousand votes, but lost the presidency by five electoral votes. So we wondered: Just how few votes would a candidate need to win 270 electoral votes?We decided to find out. A candidate only needs to win the 11 states with the most electoral votes to hit 270. Assuming only two candidates (a big assumption; see below) and that one candidate won all of those states by just one vote, and then didn’t win a single vote in any of the other states (or D.C.), how many votes would that candidate have to win? It depends on how you do the math. Either way, it’s far less than half.Initially when we did this story, we found that if you start with the biggest-electoral-vote states, the answer is 27 percent. However, we have an update: as Andrej Schoeke very nicely pointed out to us on Twitter, there’s another way to do it (via CGP Grey) that requires even less of the popular vote: start with the smallest-electoral-vote states. Our math went through a few iterations on this but by our final math, in 2012 that could have meant winning the presidency with only around 23 percent of the popular vote.The idea here is that a voter in a low-population state like Wyoming counts for a larger share of electoral votes than popular votes.And if one were to start with the largest states, it would be 27 percent. Here’s a look at that math:We’re making a lot of assumptions here — we’re using vote totals from 2012, for one thing. Moreover, we’re assuming there are only two candidates in the race.And let’s be clear about the obvious here: This kind of an extreme election isn’t going to happen. And if it did — if there were somehow a bunch of 1- or 2-vote wins, you can bet the recounts would stretch into 2017.And we’re also sure that with any number of tweaks to the math (like plugging in a third or fourth candidate), you could come up with results that are slightly-to-moderately different. But that’s not really the point here. The point is that the Electoral College can skew election results to a fantastic degree.How a 7-point win becomes a “landslide”This kind of popular-electoral vote discrepancy is why some articles about the 2008 election had to be careful to call Obama’s win an electoral landslide — he won 68 percent of the electoral vote but only about 53 percent of the popular vote.Skewed wins like this happen regularly in U.S. elections — a modest popular vote margin can yield a ridiculously large Electoral College margin. For example, in 1984, Ronald Reagan beat Walter Mondale in the popular vote by 18 points — a sizable gap, but nothing like the Electoral College walloping: Reagan won 525 electoral votes, beating Mondale by 95 percentage points.Here’s what those gaps look like in every election going back to 1960’s race, in which John F. Kennedy only squeaked past Richard Nixon in the popular vote by around 100,000 votes:Ironically, the 2000 election — whose outcome struck many people as unfair because Gore won the popular vote but not the electoral vote — also has the electoral-vote margin that most closely reflects the popular-vote margin. In that sense, one could call it one of the “fairest” elections in modern politics.Well, maybe. But then, come Nov. 9, there will be no difference for the losing candidate between getting 250 electoral votes or 150 — a loss is a loss.The difference an Electoral College makesThe Electoral College and current demographics mean that both parties often take particular electoral votes for granted: Democrats regularly win California and New York, while Republicans win Texas and Georgia (however, things have been closer than usual in those states this year).(Likewise, there are plenty of easy wins for each party at the low end of the spectrum. Wyoming is regularly Republican. Hawaii regularly votes Democratic.)And that means that candidates regularly spend a disproportionate amount of time in high-electoral-vote battleground states like Florida and Ohio as they plot their “paths to 270.” This means voters in Los Angeles or San Antonio (or Cheyenne or Honolulu) don’t get that much attention.If the Electoral College disappeared tomorrow, campaign strategy would probably shift dramatically; Democrats might campaign more in Austin, Texas. Republicans might do more outreach in conservative parts of California. Either way, the people of Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania might get some respite from the onslaught of rallies and ads every four years, as candidates try harder to win bigger parts of the country.*Before you fire off an email, yes, we know: You can still win the presidency without winning 270 electoral votes. If no candidate hits 270, then the House votes. But we’re talking outright on election night.Copyright 2016 NPR. 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The Houston Grand Opera has raised nearly $10 million to offset losses blamed on Hurricane Harvey-related flooding last year that swamped its performance venue.The Houston Chronicle reports the Wortham Theater Center should reopen this fall and feature a Sept. 26 concert with Plácido Domingo and Ana María Martínez.The opera relocated to the George R. Brown Convention Center following Harvey with performances in a makeshift theater. Opera officials on Wednesday, during the group’s annual meeting, reported a 10 percent drop in attendance but overall anticipate more funding.The Houston Grand Opera company projects losses of $15 million over three years.HGO’s regular annual operating support is expected to reach $17.2 million this summer. That’s $1.2 million more compared to a year earlier, due to 86 new patrons and trustees. Share
About 230 workers were laid off.Now with the price of oil around $70 and new steel tariffs, the company said it will reactivate most of the plant by September.Luca Zanotti, president of Tenaris’ U.S. operations, said they also use imported steel, for which they now have to pay 25 percent in duties. But the tariffs create new demand for their domestic product.“We’re not buying any steel which is not either domestic or we’re transferring bars, which is the raw material that is being used in our mill here, from our other mills around the world,” Zanotti said.Tenaris plans to hire more than 100 new employees at the Conroe plant and add another 150 workers at its seamless pipe mill in Bay City and its threading facility in Houston to support the increased production activity.Other pipe manufacturing companies are not so happy about the new tariffs.Borusan Mannesmann, which has a plant in Baytown, has said the new tariffs have already cost the company $2.5 million. It has asked the Trump administration for an exemption. X 00:00 /00:56 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Courtesy of TenarisTenaris manufactures steel pipes for the oil and gas industryTenaris’ Conroe plant largely shut down three years ago, blaming the oil downturn and record levels of “unfairly traded imports.” Share
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen View Fullscreen X 00:00 /00:00 Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaPhoto, taken across the street from Houston City Hall, August 8, 2018Mayor Sylvester Turner has scheduled a public meeting tomorrow, Wednesday January 16, with the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association (HPFFA). The mayor wants to discuss the union’s ideas on how to implement voter mandated pay raises without busting the budget and the union has accepted his proposal to meet.Mayor Turner sent an open letter to firefighters’ union president Patrick M. “Marty” Lancton last week, inviting him to discuss the union’s ideas for implementing Proposition B. That’s the ballot measure that requires firefighters get the same pay as police of similar ranks.On Tuesday afternoon, Lancton said he wrote back a series of questions, but had yet to receive any answers. “And what we asked was, ‘Will you bring your own solutions, not simply demand that us or the people in the community not only negotiate against each other or we with ourselves?’” Lancton says. “That’s not constructive.”Lancton also asked whether the mayor would cease threatening to lay off workers. Both Mayor Turner and City Controller Chris Brown say the only way the city can afford the firefighters’ raises is by laying off hundreds of city workers – including firefighters.Later on Tuesday afternoon, the firefighters union said in a statement that Lancton and union attorney Troy Blakeney will meet with Mayor Turner Wednesday “to discuss implementation of Prop B and settlement of the City’s pending lawsuit against firefighters.”In the statement, the union also announced it is seeking a court order “compelling the city to begin paying firefighters equally with police officers on a rank-by-rank basis.”In a letter sent to Ron Lewis, the City of Houston’s Attorney, Blakeney wrote: “It is not our intent to have another public debate between Mayor Turner and HPFFA President Lancton” and added the union looks forward to “gaining a better understanding of the City of Houston’s proposals and options for implementing Prop B and discussing a possible resolution of the legal actions concerning this matter.”Note: The meeting will take place at the Houston City Hall Annex at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. It is open to the public, but seating is limited. Share
For Black History Month, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is embarking on an interactive art experience for families. The goal: to display African Americans innovation and contributions related to music through the history of United States.At the concert at 11 a.m. Feb. 21, the BSO will perform, featuring artists like Duke Ellington, Scott Joplin, James P. Johnson, George Gershwin, and a choice of customary music. But the concert will include much more. According to Annemarie Guzy, the BSO’s director of education, it will be a day’s worth of events and activities for the entire family.“This concert is going to be so much fun,” Guzy said. It has so much vibrance and a lot of really interactive components. We are going to have singing from the Baltimore City College Choir, and a fantastic soprano Marquita Lister who will be singing three selections for us: two spirituals, and a song from Scott Joplin’s Opera called, Treemonisha. Then we’re also going to have some break dancers and they will be breaking to a peace called, Drums which is by African-American composer James P. Johnson who did a lot of his composing right in the middle of the Harlem Renaissance in New York.”“We’re looking at Duke Ellington for all that he did in terms of communicating with music,” Guzy said.”He really transformed the musical landscape as we know it right off with his jazz style and he’s very connected with social prejudice like James P. Johnson who really had a profound impact on him. I think it will be really fun for the audience to hear his music in this context of such and thinking of him as an innovator alongside some of our others.”If you arrive early, a pre-concert series starts at 9:45 a.m. Designed to include family members age 4 and above, there will be figures from the National Black in Wax Museum on display, as well as a break dancing workshop.You do not want to miss this groundbreaking event that will Black History alive and your family together, while celebrating the inspiring musicians and figures that helped change the future through music. “We love to have a really strong presence in the celebration of Black History Month, which is important to us here at BSO, being Baltimore-based,” Guzy said.The Family Concert portion is at 11 a.m. Feb. 21 at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. To purchase tickets simply go to www.BSOmusic.org or call the ticket office number at 410-783-8000. Charise Wallace contributed to this article.