Drop Aaron Finch and open with Usman Khawaja: Pointing’s advice for rattled Australia

first_img Rohan Sen SydneyDecember 31, 2018UPDATED: December 31, 2018 14:20 IST Aaron Finch’s failure at the top has contributed to Australia’s downfall in this series (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFinch has managed just 97 runs in the series so far at an average of just over 16Khawaja has performed a little better with 167 runs at 27.83 with a highest score of 72Ponting also wants Australia to include batting all-rounder Marnus Labuchagne in the playing XIFormer Australia captain Ricky Ponting is of the opinion that the home side should drop Aaron Finch from the playing XI for the fourth and final Test against India in Sydney starting January 3.Ponting feels that Finch has been given a long enough rope to prove his credentials as an opener in the Test team but he has failed miserably which is why the Aussies need to think differently for the New Year Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.Ponting wants Australia to include uncapped all-rounder Marnus Labuchagne in the playing XI and open the batting with the in-form Usman Khawaja in Sydney.”I’ve seen Labuschagne has come into the line-up so to me straightaway that means Finch has to miss out and Usman will open the batting, I’d imagine,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.”That’s how it looks – Labuschagne probably bats four, (Travis) Head five and Mitch Marsh six – I think that’s the way they’re going to line up. I can’t really think what else they can do.”The selectors and the captain and coach have obviously had a long chat about what they want and what they expect. We’ll see how they line up,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.Finch has registered scores of 27, 0, 28, 11, 50, 25, 8 and 3 for a total of 97 runs in the series so far at an average of just over 16.Khawaja has performed a little better with 167 runs at 27.83 with a highest score of 72.The SCG is traditionally Australia’s most spin-friendly Test venue and Ponting believes Labuschagne could play a role as the second spinner behind Nathan Lyon.advertisement”He looked impressive a couple of times in the UAE in the Tests over there. (He) bowled well, which is something they’re probably thinking about for the SCG Test as well. To be honest I haven’t seen a lot of him I’ll reserve my judgment until I see a little more,” Ponting added.Through a chaotic few months and in the years building up to his maiden Test tour Queenslander Marnus Labuschagne has never stopped believing in the Baggy Green | @AdamBurnett09 https://t.co/l5A76UFlZo pic.twitter.com/6yFUtNbH8tcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 31, 2018The most successful Australian skipper also pointed out that the batsmen are mental mistakes while technical issues have also crept into their game.”There are mental mistakes being made and a lot of technical issues that need to be addressed pretty quickly. But they’re not going to find those (answers) in three days.”So it’s going to come down more to the mental side of things and we’ll see if they’re up for the battle or not in Sydney. There’s a still a series on the line being 2-1 down, they have to win in Sydney so let’s hope they respond really well,” Ponting concluded.With India 2-1 up in the four-match series, the focus now shifts to the fourth Test in Sydney which will offer more spin to the tweakers giving the tourists an added advantage as Ravichandran Ashwin is close to match-fitness and should return to the side for the New Year Test.Also Read | Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara difference between India-Australia: Justin LangerAlso Read | India the real deal now, can combat in Australia, South Africa and New Zealand: Allan BorderAlso Read | This is the best Indian bowling attack to come to Australia: Ricky PontingFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow Sydney TestFollow New Year TestFollow Aaron FinchFollow Usman KhawajaFollow Ricky Ponting Drop Aaron Finch and open with Usman Khawaja: Pointing’s advice for rattled AustraliaIndia vs Australia: Aaron Finch has struggled with the bat in the three Tests so far and is likely to be dropped from the playing XI, according to Ricky Ponting.advertisementlast_img read more

4 Most Underrated Bachelor Party Destinations in America

first_img America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene The “go-big-or-go-home” mentality has led many a best man down the well-meaning path of bachelor party planning failure. While classic destinations like Vegas or South Beach guarantee an over-the-top night to remember, they’re also ludicrously expensive. And, let’s face it: predictable. Why not broaden your horizons to some of the more underrated bachelor-party-worthy cities in America? Here are four we heartily endorse.Portland, OregonTo the uninitiated, Portland (Oregon, not Maine) likely brings to mind more tree-hugging vegans and organic food trucks than raging bachelor party potential. But, believe it or not, the iconic city is home to more strip clubs per capita than any other large city in the U.S. We’re not talking sleazy, expecting-the-cops-to-bust-in-at-any-minute joints either. The “gentleman’s clubs” here are as legit and upscale as you’re likely to find anywhere in the country. If you like your naked ladies with a hearty side of beef, Acropolis Steakhouse serves a mean filet and all the fixings for around $10. We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that Portland is also home to arguably the best craft beer scene in America.Key West, FloridaKey West certainly isn’t the cheapest bachelor party destination on this list, but if you’re keen on a South Florida night out, it certainly beats out South Beach and Fort Lauderdale. The three-hour drive from Miami might be one of the most convertible-worthy road trips in the country. Plan to tuck into just about any marina along the way — Islamorada is a good start — for a half-day fishing charter. A good many beachfront restaurants in the area will even prepare and cook your catch for you. Then, finish the drive south on the Overseas Highway. Duval Street is about as touristy as it gets in Florida, but he no-nonsense vibe and complete lack of pretense in iconic dive bars like Sloppy Joe’s, Irish Kevin’s, and the Green Parrot is way more fun than anything you’ll find in Miami anyway.Providence, Rhode IslandGoProvidence/FacebookSure, Boston is New England’s go-to city for just about everything. But, it’s also off-the-wall expensive. Rhode Island’s capital city has been on a serious upswing for the last decade, although it’s only within the last few years that in-the-know travelers have started taking notice. With some of the best colleges in the country, a nightlife scene that ranges from top-notch dive bars to world-class clubs, and relatively inexpensive prices all around, Providence is a solid base for any bachelor party. For waterfront drinks, head to Whiskey Republic and nearby Hot Club — both icons of the city’s day-drinking scene. For a more lively, club-like vibe, Rooftop at the Providence G and Roxy will serve you and your entourage well. When things finally (maybe?) wrap at sunrise, The Dean is the ideal hotel to faceplant till checkout time.Buffalo, New YorkVisit Buffalo NiagaraBuffalo, like its legendarily unfortunate sports franchises, gets a bad wrap — but there’s no denying the city is on the up-and-up. That translates to plenty of fantastic, hard-drinking dive bars and solid restaurants, all at dirt-cheap prices. Buffalonians are some of the friendliest folks you’ll meet anywhere in New York, so it’s easy to head out for the night without a plan — even for a bachelor party — and get into some The Hangover-esque shenanigans with the locals. If you happen to be in town during the NFL season, it’s also one of the best places in the country to catch a game. Even if you don’t care about either team on that night’s card, it’s worth going if only for the next-level (read: bachelor party-worthy) tailgating that Buffalo is known for. 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Editors’ Recommendations 11 Under-the-Radar Cities in Canada Worth Exploringlast_img read more

NASSCO Launches New Eco Tanker for SEA-Vista

first_imgzoom Californian shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO christened and launched the 50,000 dwt Constitution, the sixth ship in a series of eight eco-friendly tankers being built at its San Diego-based shipyard, on August 27.The 610-foot-long Constitution is an LNG-conversion-ready product tanker with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity.The Constitution was built for SEA-Vista, a partnership between SEACOR Holdings Inc. and Avista Capital Partners, and will be operated by U.S.-based shipping company Seabulk Tankers.In May 2016, NASSCO held a keel laying ceremony for the Liberty, one of three ECO Class tankers under the same construction contract with SEA-Vista.The construction and operation of the new ECO Class tankers are aligned with the Jones Act, requiring that ships carrying cargo between U.S. ports be built in U.S. shipyards. Construction on the Liberty began in October 2015.The new tankers, designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of Busan, South Korea, are a continuation of the ECO MR Tanker design, which includes a Ballast Water Treatment System.last_img read more

Shubenacadie Sam Says Spring Coming Soon

first_imgShubenacadie Sam says, despite today’s snow, you will soon be able to trade in your snowsuit for gardening garb. The groundhog stayed out of his burrow today, Feb. 2, predicting an early spring. Nova Scotia’s four-legged weather forecaster was the star attraction during Groundhog Day festivities at the Shubenacadie Wildlife Park. The annual event included face painting and crafts for children. The province’s time zone makes Sam the first groundhog to make a prediction in North America each year. According to tradition, if Sam sees his shadow and runs back into his burrow, the province will get six more weeks of winter. If he stays out, spring is just around the corner.last_img read more

Commission Revokes Cease Trade Order Against Halifax Company

first_imgThe Nova Scotia Securities Commission has revoked the temporary cease trade order against Soil Ecology Investment Group Limited. The company, a Nova Scotia Community Economic Development Corporation, has now filed the required continuous disclosure documents. The hearing scheduled for Thursday, May 16 has been cancelled. To view the order, visit the Enforcement Section under the What’s New page at http://www.gov.ns.ca/nssc/whatsnew.asp . The Nova Scotia Securities Commission is the provincial government agency responsible for regulating trading in securities in the province. -30-last_img read more

Agent seeks quick fix for respectful Paul Pogba

first_imgManchester: Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raiola hopes that a breakthrough in negotiations that benefits “all parties” will soon be made regarding the Manchester United midfielder’s future. The French World Cup winner has stated his desire for a “new challenge”, whilst Raiola said in an interview at the weekend that “everyone knows the willingness of Paul to move on”. Pogba has travelled with the rest of the United squad for the start of their pre-season tour to Australia despite initial claims he could boycott the trip in order to try and force through a move. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”The player has done nothing wrong. He has been respectful and professional in every way,” Raiola told UK radio station talkSPORT. “The club has known his feeling for a long time. “It is a shame other people only like to criticise without the right information, and I am also sorry that the club does not take any position against this. “Hopefully there will be soon a satisfying solution for all parties.” Despite scoring 16 goals this season, half of which came from the penalty spot, Pogba was often criticised for his contribution under both Jose Mourinho and his successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United limped to a sixth place finish in the Premier League. Real Madrid and Juventus have been rumoured as possible destinations, but should he move on, United are likely to seek a higher fee than the then world record £89 million ($111 million) they spent to buy Pogba from Juventus three years ago.last_img read more

Elaborate traffic arrangements for this year Independence Day

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police on Sunday issued traffic advisory in connection with the Independence Day Celebrations-2019.Police said that elaborate traffic arrangements around Red Fort have been made. Detailed traffic deployment will be in place to facilitate the movement of VIP vehicles, invitees and the general public to reach the place of function and also to ensure safe and smooth flow of traffic in other parts of the city. In its traffic advisory, the Delhi Traffic Police said that roads like Netaji Subhash Marg from Delhi Gate to Chatta Rail, Lothian Road from GPO Delhi to Chatta Rail, SP Mukherjee Marg from HC Sen Marg to Yamuna Bazar Chowk, Chandni Chowk Road from Fountain Chowk to Red Fort, Nishad Raj Marg from Ring Road to Netaji Subhash Marg, Esplanade Road and its Link Road to Netaji Subhash Marg and Ring Road from Rajghat to Y-Point-Hanuman Setu will be closed for general traffic from 4 pm to 10 am. and only labelled vehicles will be permitted. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Those vehicles which do not have parking labels may avoid Tilak Marg, Mathura Road, BSZ Marg, Subhash Marg, J.L. Nehru Marg and Ring Road between Nizamuddin Bridge and ISBT bridge and take the route as advised,” advisory reads. North-South traffic will follow alternative routes from Aurobindo Marg – Safdarjang Road – Mother Teresa Crescent – Park Street– Mandir Marg – Panchkuian Road – Rani Jhansi Flyover and reach their destinations in North Delhi and vice-versa. The second alternative routes from Connaught Place – Minto Road – Bhavbhuti Marg – Ajmeri Gate – Shradhanand Marg – Lahori Gate Chowk – Naya Bazar – Peeli Kothi – SP Mukherjee Marg and reach their destination in North Delhi and vice versa. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsEast-West traffic will follow alternative routes of DND – NH24 – Vikas Marg – Shahdara Bridge and Wazirabad Bridge will remain open to reach Ring Road. The other route is Vikas Marg – DDU Marg – Bhavbhuti Marg – DBG Road Boulevard Road – Rani Jhansi Flyover-DBG Road – Punchkuian Road. Police said local city buses including DTC will not move on Ring Road from 12 midnight to 11 am on August 15 between ISBT to NH-24/NH ‘T’ point (Nizamuddin Khatta) on Ring Road and take alternative route available. No cameras, binoculars, Remote Control car keys, umbrella, handbags, briefcases, transistors, cigarette lighters, tiffin boxes, water bottles, lunch boxes etc will be permitted. Geeta Colony Bridge will be closed towards Shantivan from 04.00 am to 10.00 am on August 15. Similarly, Traffic would not be permitted on lower Ring road from ISBT Kashmere Gate towards Shantivan and from IP flyover towards Rajghat. People are advised to reach early to avoid last-minute rush and inconvenience. All buses coming from Ghaziabad towards Delhi shall move via Bhopura Chungi Road from Mohan Nagar for Wazirabad Road and then towards Chandgi Ram Akhara – U-turn ISBT and enter ISBT.last_img read more

Latifa Ahrar denies having mimicked Quranic Verses

first_imgCasablanca- In a recent interview with news outlet Hesspress, Moroccan actress Latifa Ahrar denied having mocked the Quran in her previous interview with Hamid Berrada on his show Mais Encore, broadcast on Moroccan channel 2M.  A video of her interview on Mais Encore, in which the controversial actress recited what sounded like altered, mimicked verses of the Quran, has set social media ablaze, as numerous Moroccans harshly attacked the actress with incriminatory comments.Ahrar affirmed that what she recited during the interview was nothing more than poetic lines from the text of one of her theatrical roles, from a scene depicting the reverence reciters of Quran display in their recitation. According to her, the video that sparked the outrage was “cooked up” by someone who fabricated the video in such a way that she appears mocking the holy Book. Latifa Ahrar also seized the opportunity to denounce those who have been accusing her of irreligiousness, saying that “no one is qualified to judge my or others’ religious devoutness.” The Moroccan actress recited the same verses she had shared with Mais Encore’s host, and asked Moroccans to make sure to watch the entire interview, from which the controversial excerpt was taken. © Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

Concerns over Olympic clothes factory in Lanka

Next’s Sri Lanka factory employs 2,500 people making, among other items, London 2012-branded jackets, blazers, shorts and T-shirts. Employees claim they are routinely forced to work 60 hours of overtime a month. Staff also claim they have no contracts and frequently face being laid off with no notice, with management threatening to sack them if they join a union. Workers who have protested were victimised, researchers found.Typical wages for working 12-hour days were found to be about 12,000 Sri Lankan rupees a month (£58). Other abuses cited included agency staff made to work for 18 hours at a stretch – day shifts at the Next factory, followed by overnight shifts in a different factory next door. Such workers also say that their wages are often paid irregularly. Playfair says there is evidence that staff are deliberately recruited from poor areas to ensure an illiterate and compliant workforce. A spokesman for Next rebutted the Playfair allegations. Next insisted they were “categorically not true” in the case of staff workers at the factory and “almost certainly not true in respect of any temporary worker, either”. Next said those employed directly by the company were paid 50 per cent more than the Sri Lankan minimum wage, which stands at 6,750 rupees (£33) a month.A spokeswoman for Adidas said: “The Adidas Group is fully committed to protecting worker rights and to ensuring fair and safe working conditions in factories throughout our global supply chain. As part of that commitment, Adidas Group has been engaging in an open and constructive dialogue with Playfair for the past 10 years.”Brendan Barber, the TUC general secretary, said: “It cannot be right that with the huge amounts of money to be made by the International Olympic Committee and the brands that secure the lucrative Olympic sponsorship deals, the people producing the goods to be worn by sports fans, athletes and Olympic officials are earning a pittance, working excessively long hours and can’t even join a union to push for better conditions.“We’re presenting the IOC with clear evidence as to what is going wrong. Now it’s over to them to act to prevent similar abuses happening in the run-up to Rio 2016.”A spokesman for LOCOG, the organising committee for the Games, said: “We have gone further than any other major event organiser in ethical sourcing and supply management, which has been recognised in this report.”He added: “We take these allegations extremely seriously and have asked our independent monitor to carry out a comprehensive investigation and review. The outcome of this will be made public as soon as it is concluded. We have also spoken to Adidas and Next, who have assured us that they have launched an immediate investigation into these claims.”Life in the factories Kasun, 33, is employed in Next’s Sri Lanka factory ironing clothes every day from 7am to 6pm. He has been working on Olympic-branded clothes.“I have been working at this factory for the past 11 years. My salary is about 12,000 Sri Lankan rupees a month [£58], which is very difficult to manage on with a child, so I am compelled to work overtime. Due to the hardship of our economy, my wife is also working in a garment factory and our child is with his grandparents, far from the boarding house [200km away] where I and my wife are living. Most of the time we get the chance to see our child only once a month. We would like to live with our kid but our economy and this environment is not suitable for a child. I joined a strike over a wage increase in 2008 and the company suspended about 100 workers, including me. In that period I did some odd jobs to protect my family and after three months I was called back to work. But eight workers are still out of employment.”Sachini ,30, is a sewing machine operator in the same factory. She works from 7am to 7pm and produces Olympic-branded garments, among other items.“I have been working in this factory for the past 12 years. In this company they set targets unilaterally, and sometimes it is difficult to reach them; we feel they are increasing them day to day. [When targets are not met, staff are forced to stay on and work overtime.]“My village is in the dry zone of the country and I belong to an agricultural family. When my father died, I came to the [manufacturing] zone to give some support to my family, especially for the education of my younger sister.“Once I came to the zone I fell in love and got married. We lived in a private boarding house with minimum facilities and privacy. After one year my husband eloped with another worker whose living space adjoined ours and I become helpless. I was not in a position to go back to my village.“I am still helping my family and am now legally divorced. I feel so sad and intend to go back to my village soon.”Bhagya, 35, an ironing operator, works from 7am to 7pm.“I came to this factory with my sister. Since our salary is not sufficient to manage on, we are compelled to work overtime. At the end of the day we feel so tired and only have time to cook our dinner and go to bed.“Even though I have worked here for 12 years I don’t have any savings – once I have spent money on food and lodging, nothing is left. This factory treats managers and workers in two different ways: they provide transport for managers but not for the workers.” (The Independent)Names have been changed to protect workers’ identities. The claims emerged in a wider investigation into Olympic brands that found “widespread abuse of the human rights of workers” in eight factories around the world. Research by the Playfair 2012 campaign also cited allegations of mistreatment of staff working for the sportswear manufacturer Adidas in the Philippines and China. Playfair’s research into Olympic supply chains examined eight factories in Sri Lanka, the Philippines and China, with 175 workers interviewed.In China, workers for Adidas in Guangdong province complained of regularly having to work overtime above the legal maximum, with 8am to 10pm shifts not uncommon. They reported not wearing the necessary safety masks to protect them from dust because they were so fearful of missing production targets.Adidas employees in the Philippines said that pay rates were so low that at least half the workforce were forced to go to loan sharks in order to survive. They also said they were told that overtime was compulsory. In one Philippines factory, poor ventilation caused respiratory problems among garment workers. Official Olympic clothing sold by Next is claimed to have been produced in sweatshop conditions in Sri Lanka. The allegation comes days after the high street chain unveiled the formal outfits that Team GB will wear at the opening ceremony.Workers at the company’s factory in Sri Lanka allegedly receive poverty wages and are forced to work excessive overtime and to meet unrealistic, ever-increasing targets. Next denies the claims – which undermine pledges that the 2012 Games will be the most ethical yet – but has launched an investigation into conditions at the factory. None of the factories surveyed permitted union membership. At factories producing items for Adidas in China, workers were apparently told that agitating to improve conditions would result in immediate dismissal. The report will add pressure on London 2012 organisers. Last month The Independent revealed claims that Adidas Olympic kit was manufactured in Indonesian sweatshops. Next is supplying outfits for the Games’ opening and closing ceremonies as well as formal suits for Team GB and Paralympic GB. It will also supply 4,500 uniforms for officials, as well as soft furnishings and bed linen for the athletes’ village.Anna McMullen, of campaign group Labour Behind the Label, said: “When respected British brands like Next are supplying uniforms, you’d hope to see this respect mirrored in the production of the kit. Yet, paid £50 a month and exploited by labour contractors, these workers live in poverty. Next must take action to ensure workers have rights and wages that allow a life of dignity.”Anton Marcus, joint general secretary of the Free Trade Zones and General Services Union in Sri Lanka, said: “They don’t pay a living wage and they set these terrible targets, which, when reached, are automatically increased. Similarly, overtime, which should be voluntary, is compulsory for 60 hours a month. This is forced labour.” read more

Cops quiz Kotte Mayor

The police have sought details from Kotte mayor Janaka Ranawaka over a statement he had made to the media alleging that corrupt police officers were the cause for the incident at the Welikada prison.Police media spokesman SSP Priyashantha Jayakody said that the statement made by the Kotte mayor harmed the image of the police and is a threat to the peace in the Welikada area. The police also want the mayor to name the police officers who he claims are living in three storied houses which were either built or purchased from money obtained in heroin dealings. The police have asked the mayor to clarify his statement where he has said that some 20 police officers were involved in the heroin trade in Welikada. The police have also sought the assistance of the mayor to crackdown on the heroin trade he claims is operating openly in Welikada. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Trumps 15 tariffs on 112B in Chinese goods take effect

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s latest round of tariffs on Chinese imports took effect early Sunday, potentially raising prices Americans pay for some clothes, shoes, sporting goods and other consumer goods in advance of the holiday shopping season.The 15% taxes apply to about $112 billion of Chinese imports. All told, more than two-thirds of the consumer goods the United States imports from China now face higher taxes. The administration had largely avoided hitting consumer items in its earlier rounds of tariff hikes.But with prices of many retail goods now likely to rise, the administration’s move threatens the U.S. economy’s main driver: Consumer spending. As businesses pull back on investment spending and exports slow in the face of weak global growth, American shoppers have been a key bright spot for the economy.As a result of Trump’s higher tariffs, many U.S. companies have warned that they will be forced to pass on to their customers the higher prices they will pay on Chinese imports. Some businesses, though, may decide in the end to absorb the higher costs rather than raise prices for their customers.After Sunday’s tariff hike, 87% of textiles and clothing from China and 52% of shoes will be subject to import taxes.On Dec. 15, the administration is scheduled to impose a second round of 15% tariffs — this time on roughly $160 billion of imports. If those duties take effect, virtually all goods imported from China will be covered.The Trump administration has been locked in a trade war with China for more than a year, spurred by its assertion that China steals U.S. trade secrets and unfairly subsidizes its own companies in its drive to overtake the United States in such high-tech industries as artificial intelligence and electric cars.To try to force Beijing to reform its trade practices, the Trump administration has imposed import taxes on billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese imports, and China has retaliated with tariffs on U.S. exports.The president has insisted that China itself pays the tariffs. But in fact, economic research has concluded that the costs of the duties fall on U.S. businesses and consumers. Trump had indirectly acknowledged the tariffs’ impact by delaying some of the duties until Dec. 15, after holiday goods are already on store shelves.A study by J.P. Morgan found that Trump’s tariffs will cost the average U.S. household $1,000 a year. That study was done before Trump raised the Sept. 1 and Dec. 15 tariffs to 15% from 10%.The president has also announced that existing 25% tariffs on a separate group of $250 billion of Chinese imports will increase to 30% on Oct. 1.That cost could weaken an already slowing U.S. economy. Though consumer spending grew last quarter at its fastest pace in five years, the overall economy expanded at just a modest 2% annual rate, down from a 3.1% rate in the first three months of the year.The economy is widely expected to slow further in the months ahead as income growth slows, businesses delay expansions and higher prices from tariffs depress consumer spending. Companies have already reduced investment spending, and exports have dropped against a backdrop of slower global growth.Americans have already turned more pessimistic in light of the trade war. The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index, released Friday, fell by the most since December 2012.“The data indicate that the erosion of consumer confidence due to tariff policies is now well underway,” said Richard Curtin, who oversees the index.Some retailers may eat the cost of the tariffs. Target confirmed to The Associated Press that it warned suppliers that it won’t accept cost increases arising from the China tariffs. But many smaller retailers won’t have the bargaining power to make such demands and will pass the costs to customers.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press read more

Bombardiers Chinese CSeries supplier remains fullproduction risk says analyst

Bombardier’s Chinese CSeries supplier remains full-production risk, says analyst by News Staff Posted Oct 16, 2012 12:59 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Bombardier has taken steps to reduce the risk that a Chinese supplier will delay the first test flight of the CSeries, but an industry analyst who toured its facility remains concerned about its ability to produce sections of the fuselage once full production begins next year.The Montreal-based aircraft manufacturer, which hopes to begin test flights by the end of the year, recently moved production of the mid-fuselage section from Shenyang, China, to an in-house facility in Belfast.SAC Commercial Aircraft Company (SACC) continues to supply the rear fuselage section and has already shipped the first one to Mirabel, Que., where it has been joined with other sections.Although this is positive, Walter Spracklin of RBC Capital Markets said the Chinese partner remains a risk to meet full production targets.“We believe the facility’s ability to ‘repatriate back’ the fuselage components that were moved away from SACC remains a key uncertainty — as it was not made clear on this trip why SACC struggled,” he wrote in a report.Cameron Doerksen of National Bank Financial said Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) moved the mid-fuselage work in-house because SACC took on more work than it could handle and slow development progress, but intends to shift the work back for full production because of its lower costs.“The SACC building is largely empty currently, but appears to be large enough to support the originally intended work volume on the CSeries,” he wrote.The Chinese have been ramping up the complexity of parts it has delivered of the past five years for the Q400 fuselage and tail section. Doerksen expects Bombardier will pursue a similar strategy for the CSeries program.“When the work was shifted to SACC from Mitsubishi in 2007 there some initial production issues, but these were quickly resolved and SACC is now a reliable supplier on the Q400.”Doerksen said Bombardier indicated again that the first test flight of the CSeries remains on track. The schedule remains “very tight” and the analyst said the first test flight vehicle will have is rolled out by early to mid-November for the program to remain on time.“There is a high degree of skepticism that the CSeries will meet the target test flight date, but we would not consider a short delay to be a major issue for the program,” he wrote, adding that the market assumes there will be a delay of at least several months.Meanwhile, Bombardier says there are no plans at this time to resume negotiations to end a strike by 825 unionized Learjet employees in Wichita, Kan.“We’re still in a holding pattern,” said business jet spokeswoman Danielle Boudreau.The workers rejected a five-year contract that offered no raises the first year and a one per cent raise for each subsequent year. It would have retained pension plans, but increased the cost of health insurance premiums to the same level in place for more than 4,000 of Bombardier’s union and non-union employees in the rest of the United States.Boudreau said the strike is having no impact on production at this time.On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bombardier’s shares gained five cents at $3.74 in afternoon trading. read more

Iowas weekly Houdini acts bearing resemblance to 2002 Buckeye champs

The 2002 National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes are often remembered for finding a way to win through adversity. Sound familiar?The No. 4 Iowa Hawkeyes have found themselves in the same situation this year as the Buckeyes were in 2002.Iowa has been the underdog in many of their games this season, even as a Top 25 nationally-ranked team.Penn State was a 10-point favorite over Iowa on Sept. 26, Michigan was an eight-point favorite on Oct. 6, and Michigan State was favored by one point on Oct. 24.Iowa beat Penn State by 11 and Michigan and Michigan State each by two.The 2002 Buckeyes had the same problem with the odds makers, going unfavored in games against ranked teams No. 7 Washington State, No. 10 Penn State, No. 11 Michigan and No. 1 Miami.Both teams have been considered underdogs because of their inability to blow out bad teams with bad records.Iowa has four fourth quarter come-from-behind victories, two of which they were heavily favored in against Northern Iowa and Indiana. The other two came against Penn State, ranked No. 5 nationally at the time, and Michigan State.Iowa seems to be reading the blueprint of the 2002 Ohio State team that had five fourth quarter comeback victories. OSU had to go into overtime to beat both Illinois (4-7) and No. 1 University of Miami in 2002.Both teams had to rely on their defenses for fourth quarter victories.OSU had six regular-season games decided by seven points or less in 2002 while Iowa has racked up four of their own this year. In 2002, the Buckeyes had two important games decided by their defense, against No. 10 Penn State and No. 1 University of Miami in the National Championship game.OSU was forced to silence an explosive Penn State offense, which averaged 36.4 points per game, to preserve its 13-7 win.In the National Championship game, OSU held the Hurricanes out of the end zone from its one-yard line four times to win the championship. Iowa has already proven that its defense can perform similar feats. In the first game of the season, the Hawkeye defense blocked two Northern Iowa kicks in the final seven seconds of the fourth quarter that would have won the game. They also clinched the Michigan game with an interception with a minute-and-a-half remaining in the fourth quarter to seal Iowa’s victory. The overall defensive statistics for both the 2002 OSU team and the 2009 Hawkeyes are impressive. Iowa has averaged 13.5 points per game with 18 sacks, 18 interceptions and seven fumble recoveries through nine games.In 2002, OSU allowed 13.1 points per game with 32 sacks, 18 interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries in 14 games. The offensive play-calling for the teams does differ. The Hawkeyes focus on the pass, while the Buckeyes were oriented on the run. Mostly on the legs of Maurice Clarett, the Buckeyes ran over every opponent, with 2,678 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns on the ground. The Hawkeyes have relied on the arm of quarterback Ricky Stanzi, who has passed for 2,052 yards. That is only 58 yards short of OSU’s starting quarterback, Craig Krenzel, in 2002. Stanzi has also thrown 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions, surpassing Krenzel by two touchdowns but also throwing six more picks.The Iowa rushing game only racked up 1,127 yards and accounted for 11 touchdowns, much less than OSU did in both categories. The Buckeye offense was more potent, scoring 45 offensive touchdowns in 2002. The Hawkeyes are on track to score only 33 offensive touchdowns this season.Adversity within the roster is something both teams have been acclimated to as well. The 2002 Buckeyes were without explosive freshman running back Maurice Clarett at 100 percent for 3 games after he injured his shoulder against Penn State with four regular season games remaining. The Hawkeyes are without freshman starting running back Adam Robinson for the rest of the season, who injured his ankle in their win against Michigan State.Both of the teams have had similar results to this point in the season, but Iowa has three games remaining in the season, including one against OSU in Columbus on Nov. 14. The other two remaining games are at home against Northwestern and Minnesota.Iowa’s championship destiny does not lie in its hands as it did for OSU in 2002. No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Texas and No. 3 Alabama are all ahead of the Hawkeyes by considerable margins in the BCS. Two of these three teams will have to lose for Iowa to make the National Championship game and match the dream season OSU achieved in 2002. read more

Older people should be given dogs on prescription to increase activity

first_imgEven the Queen walks her dogs regularly Credit:DAVID HARTLEY/REX/Shutterstock Dog walkers at Ampthill Park near Bedford  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. “We know that physical activity levels decline as we age, but we’re less sure about the most effective things we can do to help people maintain their activity as they get older,” said lead author of the paper, Dr Yu-Tzu Wu from the University of Cambridge.“We found that dog walkers were much more physically active and spent less time sitting overall.“We expected this, but when we looked at how the amount of physical activity participants undertook each day varied by weather conditions, we were really surprised at the size of the differences between those who walked dogs and the rest of the study participants.”As adults age, they tend to become less active. In Britain it is estimated that fewer than half of older adults engage in the recommended weekly quota of at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity.The researchers also linked the findings to the weather conditions experienced and sunrise and sunset times on each day of the study and found that on colder and wetter days all participants tended to be less physically active and spent more time sitting.Yet dog walkers were much less impacted by the miserable weather and their physical activity levels were typically 20 per cent higher than those without pets. Project lead Prof Andy Jones from UEA’s Norwich School of Medicine said: “We were amazed to find that dog walkers were on average more physically active and spent less time sitting on the coldest, wettest, and darkest days than non-dog owners were on long, sunny, and warm summer days.“The size of the difference we observed between these groups was much larger than we typically find for interventions such as group physical activity sessions that are often used to help people remain active.”The team suggest that dog ownership or community schemes for dog walking could be prescribed to older people by GPs to help the get more exercise.Writing in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health they conclude that dog walking: “may have considerable potential to support the maintenance of physical activity in older adults and could form part of exercise on prescription schemes.”Where dog ownership is not possible, the researchers say the elderly should be encouraged to sign up for schemes such as Borrow My Doggy, a nationwide UK network, which allows people to walk other people’s pets.Prof Jones added: “Being driven by something other than our own needs might be a really potent motivator and we need to find ways of tapping into it when designing exercise interventions in the future.”Caroline Moye, Head of World Cancer Research Fund, added : “It’s great to see that something as simple as dog walking can help older people be more active.”Being physically active is extremely important. In fact, our own evidence has shown that it can help reduce the risk of developing a number of cancers including breast and bowel.”center_img Older people should be given dogs on prescription to help increase their outdoor activity, a new study suggests.Researchers at the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia (UEA) found that owning or walking a dog was one of the most effective ways to beat the usual decline in later-life activity.It even encouraged the elderly to get out and about in bad weather, boosting mood and improving health.More than 3000 older-adults participating in the study were asked if they owned a dog and if they walked one.They also wore an accelerometer, a small electronic device that constantly measured their physical activity level over a seven-day period.The study found that those with a pet were active for 30 minutes longer a day on average, far more than the researchers were expecting. Dog walkers at Ampthill Park near Bedford Credit: Tristan Potter / Newsteam Even the Queen walks her dogs regularly last_img read more

Video Im not ruling anything out Micheál Martin on Fine Gael or

first_imgMICHEÁL MARTIN IS not ruling out the possibility of Fianna Fáil going into coalition with either Sinn Féin or Fine Gael after the next general election but said it was not something he was focusing on at this moment.In a lengthy interview with TheJournal.ie this week, Martin said that little had changed in terms of the way politics has been conducted since the formation of the Fine Gael and Labour coalition two years ago.“There was no political change,” he said this week. “The Dáil is still the creature of government, there is no strong parliament, there is no separation between parliament and government.“We don’t bring in people from outside of the government, there’s no change to the electoral system. So people are rightly sort of disillusioned with the lack of any radical political reform.”Martin said that leading Fianna Fáil, which was in power as the country was plunged into an EU/IMF bailout less than two years but which has topped a recent opinion poll, gave him an opportunity to lead it in a different direction.“I am not ruling anything in or out at this stage. It’s far too early,” he said when asked about the possibility of going into coalition with either Fine Gael or Sinn Féin after the next general election.On coalition with Fine Gael or Sinn Féin:Current polls project that Fianna Fáil would win around 50 seats at the next election so it would need the support of one other major party in order to form a government but Martin said this was not concerning him at present.“What I am more concerned about is renewing the Fianna Fáil party and we’ve a long journey to go.“I mean I think people are jumping the gun in terms of the next election and who gets what because it’s very speculative at this stage and its based on kind of opinion polls and so on.”Martin also explained that the party’s decision to oppose the introduction of the property tax last December was based on the fact there was a mortgage arrears crisis in the country.He said that growth targets set out in the four-year-plan in 2010 did not come to fruition.“The property market is very flat at the moment. We’re not really going to help it by the imposition of the property tax at this particular point in time,” he said.On property tax and why Fianna Fáil didn’t introduce it:Martin also said that while the recent deal on the promissory note issued in respect of the former Anglo Irish Bank was a positive step the government should have asked for a debt writedown.He said that that any savings on the deficit should be put towards budgetary measures saying that there needed to be an “alleviation of the taxpayers’ plight”.“The ordinary citizen on the ground isn’t getting an respite from the major agreements that have been made between banks and governments,” he said.Asked about the rise of social media websites and their impact on politics and politicians Martin said he was keen that the government did not overreact to the advent of new media but said he had concerns about how young people are affected by it.“My one concern would be around how children and issues pertaining to children can go viral too quickly with potentially damaging consequences to the child so there’s an issue around children’s rights that concerns me,” he said.On social media: More from Micheál Martin’s interview with TheJournal.ie:Read: ‘We have an issue with suicidal risk in abortion legislation’Read: ‘I do feel a certain degree of guilt over Magdalene Laundries’Micheál Martin: I still keep in touch with Brian Cowenlast_img read more

Another sad product of emigration funerals can now be streamed online

first_imgThe entire service can also be made available online no more than two hours after the funeral service with prices for all services starting from €350.The weblink is password protected so as to ensure only people who you want to see it will see it. THE DEATH OF a family member, friend or acquaintance is a sad time for all involved, but not being able to be present at a loved ones funeral can also be upsetting.With the increase of emigration over the years, there are Irish people all over the world who are unable to travel home to Ireland to attend funerals of family members or friends.Stream onlineA newly launched service hopes to give a practical solution and allow people watch funerals live over the internet.‘Funerals Live’ is the an idea thought up by County Clare businessman Alan Foudy who says the idea behind this new venture arose after he was asked to make a DVD of a funeral service for relatives and friends of the deceased whose funeral they could not attend.“The general feeling was that a live webcast or a delayed broadcast of the service would be a better option rather than having to wait up to two weeks for a DVD to arrive by post,” he said.The idea is that wherever in the world their client may be, whether it is in Australia or the United States, Funerals Live will provide them with private weblink to a live stream of a funeral service or the option of a video recording of the entire service, including the burial, within two hours of its conclusion” explained Foudy.Permission“With the approval of the relevant parish priest and family members, I provide live streamed footage and audio of funerals in the church and graveyard subject to the availability of broadband on location.He added: Foudy said he expected that the majority of his clients will be family members or friends of the deceased who have not been able to travel to Ireland to attend a funeral, adding that the service will also be particularly useful to persons in hospitals or nursing homes who are unable to attend services.He said that privacy was paramount stating that the passwords will be private, adding that they want to offer a “professional and discreet service which respects the sensitivity of the occasion”.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Foudy said that it has proved popular so far, stating that a funeral is an important part of the grieving process with many people very disappointed when they cannot attend.Returning home “There are many people in the US without Green cards who can’t come home and if their parents die it is a big decision to make as to whether they should risk leaving and come home to attend the funeral. This way they can still feel like they were a part of it,” he said.He added that one of the clients he had was an elderly man in hospital who could not attend the funeral of his wife as he was too ill.“The family had it recorded and they brought it into him and watched it together as a family and I think that is nice, as it’s important that those grieving take part in saying goodbye in some way,” he said.Foudy said Funerals Live will hopefully create up to ten new jobs over the next 18 months as the service is rolled out.Alan Foudy from Funerals Live. (Photo: Mark Dunphy)For more visit www.funeralslive.ie.Read: How do you know if you’re at an Irish funeral?>center_img Read: This flower arrangement will make you do a double take>last_img read more

Alaska abattage dours autorisé pour réguler la chaine alimentaire

first_imgAlaska : abattage d’ours autorisé pour réguler la chaine alimentaireEn Alaska, les autorités ont décidé d’autoriser la chasse à l’ours par hélicoptère afin de réduire la population de prédateurs sur le territoire et de préserver les populations de caribous et d’orignaux en déclin.Des pièges au sol et des hélicoptères : plusieurs moyens seront bons pour empêcher les ours de se reproduire trop vite. En effet, le Département de la chasse en Alaska a autorisé l’abattage des plantigrades depuis les airs et avec la pose de pièges au sol. L’objectif visé est de réguler le nombre de prédateurs en Alaska comme l’ours et le loup pour lutter contre le déclin des populations de caribous et orignaux sur le territoire. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais cette initiative a créé la polémique, tant chez les écologistes que chez certains chasseurs, relève le journal Los Angeles Times. Pour Terry Holliday, président d’une des principales associations de chasseurs en Alaska, il est en effet nécessaire de réduire le nombre de prédateurs mais pas de cette façon :  “Ce n’est pas humain, déplore-t-il. […] S’ils veulent moins d’ours, qu’ils le fassent autrement”, rapporte le site Good Planet.info. Selon certains, les ours qui sont actuellement en hibernation ne seraient d’ailleurs pas la cause de la réduction. Les critiques évoquent ainsi la responsabilité d’une chasse trop intensive des herbivores de la région. En outre, d’autres détracteurs rappellent qu’une loi de l’Alaska de 1994 prévoit la mise en place d’une politique de management intensif. Le but de cette mesure : maximiser les espèces destinées à l’alimentation humaine, au détriment des autres.Le 23 janvier 2012 à 14:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Queen Latifah Joins 2018 Essence Festival Lineup

first_imgGRAMMY winner set to make her first performance at the summer festival in New OrleansRenée FabianGRAMMYs Apr 27, 2018 – 12:54 pm Can you believe Queen Latifah has already been gracing us with her presence for 30 years across music, film and TV? To celebrate, the GRAMMY winner will perform at the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans.Fans will get to hear Latifah run through some of her biggest hits, including the GRAMMY-winning track “U.N.I.T.Y.,” “Ladies First” and “Bananas (Who You Gonna Call?).” Though it’s her first time performing at the popular festival, which “celebrates music, entertainment, empowerment, and culture,” it’s not her first appearance at Essence. In fact, Latifah hosted the very first Essence Festival in 1995.”For the past three decades and counting, [Queen Latifah] has consistently aligned her massive platform with messages of empowerment, leadership, fearlessness, and unity among women—specifically, young women of color,” the festival wrote on their website. “She has gone on to achieve unprecedented success across multiple industries and continues to be a shining example of black excellence.”Latifah joins an already stacked festival lineup that includes Janet Jackson, the Roots, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Fantasia, Ledisi, Miguel, Daniel Caesar, and Big Freedia, among many others.The festival will be held July 5–8 in the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Tickets are available via the Essence website.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Queen Latifah Joins 2018 Essence Festival Lineup Queen Latifah Slated For 2018 Essence Festival queen-latifah-joins-2018-essence-festival-lineup Facebook Email Twitter News last_img read more

The Day the AFRO Used Wild Comedy to Fight Bias

first_imgThis article appeared in the Oct. 14, 1978 AFRO.The history of journalism is filled with any number of incidents where instead of waiting for news to happen, a newspaper went out and made it happen, thus changing the course of events.That’s what the Baltimore AFRO AMERICAN did during the turbulent 60’s when in a burst of inspired lunacy it concocted and executed what in time came to be known as “The Great Route 40 Hoax,” producing a large number of red faces among Maryland’sbumper crop of racists and hilarity throughout the rest of the country, even into the White House itself.In the summer of 1961, Maryland was having its share of racial problems, a spillover from the Civil Rights Movement that was sweeping the south.The majority of these problems were concentrated along the Maryland stretch of Route 40 that began at the Delaware-Maryland state line and ran to the outskirts of Baltimore where it turned west and continued cross country to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.Segregation was nothing new in the almost continuous strip of restaurants, diners, pizza parlors, hot dog stands and motels that made this particular section of Route 40 almost one single massive and garish neon light from end to end.It had existed quietly for more years than anyone could remember, but then came a flood of African diplomats from newly independent nations and the racism along Route 40 was forced out of the closet into public view.Quickly, the denial of service to the diplomats mushroomed into a matter of serious international proportions bringing the Federalgovernment into the picture and raising the wrath of the restaurant owners who railed at what they viewed as the intrusion of outside forces into their personal business.Traveling between their embassies in Washington and their missions to the United Nations in New York, the Black diplomats hadto use Route 40 as the most direct link between the two cities.While they rarely stopped on the northern bound leg of the trip; fatigued and hungry after spending several hours returning to Washington on the depressingly dull New Jersey Turnpike, the bright lights of Route 40 beckoned them to stop, eat and rest – and that’s when they collided with the racial traditions of the “Free State” of Maryland.After a number of them had been insulted and refused service, the State Department, which in pre-Kennedy years had not been overly concerned with the treatment meted out to dark-skinned foreign diplomats, became alarmed at the damage such incidents were doing to the nation’s relationships with African countries.In moments of candor, officials at the State Department wished privately that Route 40 would just dry up and blow away, but it wouldn’t and as one department official woefully conceded: “Those damn limousines (of the diplomats) always seem to run out of gas just as soon as they get to Maryland.”This was the kind of state Ambassador Adam Malick Sow of Chad, who had just represented his country at the UN and was on his way to present his credentials to President Kennedy, found when he stopped on June 26th at the Bonnie Brae Diner near Edgewood, Md., to fill up his car and get a cup of coffee. He never got the coffee and later, when the diner’s owner, Mrs. Leroy Merritt, explained why, she probably voiced the sentiments of most of her fellow restaurateurs: “He looked like just an ordinary run-of-the-mill n—-r to me.I couldn’t tell he was an ambassador.” The seething Ambassador was a shade more circumspect in his choice of words to describe the incident.“When I asked for coffee, the good woman said she could not serve me. She said, ‘that’s the way it is here. I cannot say how I felt.I was astonished. I was so angry. President Kennedy has made deep apologies, but these humiliations are bad.”In rapid succession, similar incidents occurred along Route 40 involving diplomats from Niger, Cameroon and Togo, and thegovernment’s face grew progressively redder as each incident provided fresh ammunition for the anti American propaganda millsof the world.Stung by this latest series of incidents and faced with the obvious fact that Maryland was not prepared to take any action on itsown, the Kennedy forces dropped the soft approach and announced that beginning on Labor Day, 1961, a special Federal task force would be sent to Route 40 to see what could be done about persuading the restaurants to change their policies toward African diplomats.But in the city room of the Baltimore AFRO, the announcement was greeted with a healthy amount of cynicism. It was clear thatthe Federal forces were not being deployed because of any strong concern about Black Americans; those forces were going out onRoute 40 to persuade the restaurant owners to serve Black foreigners, end an embarrassing situation for the State Department, and thus help America’s foreign policy.Despite the talk of a brave and marvelous New Frontier coming out of Washington and the skillful use of symbolic gestures to indicate sympathy with the spreading Civil Rights Movement – such as expressing concern over the well-being of Rev. Martin Luther King – it was evident that the Kennedy Administration possibly because of its razor-thin margin of victory in 1960 – was not ready to deal head on with the explosive domestic race issue.While sympathizing with the plight of the Africans, the reporters on the AFRO, several of whom had covered civil rights  demonstrations all across the country and risked their lives in the process, felt there was something morally lacking in the government’s efforts to end discrimination along Route 40 if those efforts did not extend to its own Black citizens.I was managing editor of the Baltimore AFRO at the time and I remember the conversations that went on in the city room in adingy ill-lighted bar across the street in Smith’s Hotel – now gone the way of all flesh – where we used to gather to share some booze and our thoughts.We were frustrated at always being the recorders of action and never the actors.Somehow out of the talk, out of the venting of ideas, came the irresistible urge to poke fun at the stupid silliness of discrimination by showing to the world that it was not so much the color of a Black’s skin that many White folks objected to so much; it was where the Black came from.I’ve never been quite sure of where the original idea came from, but come it did, and by the time the AFRO got through with it, a bitof history had been written.The idea was simple. Dress up several AFRO reporters in the proper diplomatic attire, equip them with phony accents, and youcould bet your next pay check that the White restaurant owners along Route 40 would not be able to tell them from the real article.The late Dr. Carl Murphy was publisher of the AFRO then and he was blessed with such a keen and analytical mind, that when youtook him an idea it had better be a good one, or he would wither you with a look. This idea he liked and he gave the full speedahead signal with one proviso: “You can’t have diplomats riding around in those cars you young fellows drive, so get yourself a limousine.”Picked for the leading role in the play that was about to unfold was George W. Collins, who was later to become a familiar face as aBaltimore TV newscaster. The centerpiece in the masquerade was another volunteer reporter, Herbert Magrum, short, rotund, with the heavy sounds of the open spaces of Texas still twanging in his speech.Magrum was to posed as Orfa (That’s AFRO spelled backwards) Adwuba (which meant absolutely nothing), the Minister of Finance from the non-existent nation of Gabon, located for no particular reason, except that we couldn’t come up with a better location,on the East Coast of Africa.Filling out the trio was another AFRO reporter, Rufus Well, a courtly Virginia. Dressed alike in striped pants, swallow tail coats and top hats – the epitome of sartorially correct diplomats – Collins was assigned the principal role of Loua Akulu, the interpreter,and Wells that of Dulah Okoro, the aide decamp.Collins was to speak heavily accented English and do all the talking. His companions, if they had to speak at all, were to use someform of gibberish that hopefully would pass for an African tongue.On the morning of Aug. 22, a miserable sweltering day, they began their journey.Underneath the robe and other clothes they were sweating and nervous, and for good reason.Accompanying the reporters was AFRO staff photographer I. Henry Phillips, there to record on film as much of the activities as hecould.Since the southbound side of Route 40 was where all the trouble had taken place, the group first rode up the four lane highway and then doubled back, in the vicinity of Rising Sun, toward Baltimore.The initial stop was the Madison House where Blacks had been ejected on several prior occasions when they sought service.As the car drew to a smooth halt, the hoax almost ended before it got started when, in an effort to make a regal exit, the diplomats got tangled up in the rove, attaché cases, legs and arms for several long minutes before they could sort themselves out.All the while the chauffeur, who was holding the door, desperately tried to keep a straight face while saying to himself – “Those White folks are in there probably saying ‘look at them crazy n—-rs out there playing like they’re Africans.’”However, when the group finally reached the front door, the waitress surprised them by saying ever so polite: “Good morning, how many are in your party,” with her eyes fixed in fascination on Mangrum’s mangy robe.Collins held up three fingers – as if he had been doing this kind of thing all his life – and they were escorted to a table in the main dining room. By pointing to the menu, Collins indicated they would have the day’s special – veal cutlets, mashed potatoes and green peas.Several of the White customers swirled their heads to look in amazement, but no one said anything.When Collins and the others had finished and were about to pay their bill, the hostess stunned them by asking for Mangrum’s autograph. Unable to write in any African language, Mangrum, in panic, scribbled on the back of the check: “On behalf of my staff and myself, thanks for a wonderful lunch.”And then with a flourish of supreme self-confidence, he added his name: “Orfa Adwaba, Minister of Finance, Gabon.”The hostess was still looking at the check as the three left, probably wondering how the minister, whom she had been told spoke no English, could write it so well. Score one.The Redwood Inn was next and here the greeting was a shade less cordial as the sullen manager demanded: “Who are you and where are you from.”Putting on a look of annoyance at such impertinence, Collins explained in his barely understandable English that the group was on its way to Washington for high level talks with the State Department on financial aid to help Gabon develop its principal crop – the betel nut.The introduction to the betel nut into the conversation seemed to remove whatever doubts the manager had been harboring and he ushered the three into a side dining room where they had pie and coffee, much to the amusement of the restaurant’s Black workers who with smiles creasing their faces looked into the room from time to time, probably well aware that the trio was puttingsomething over on their boss. Score two.The third stop was the Double T Diner near Baltimore where just the night before, several Black students had been thrown in jail forattempting to eat there. The manager physically barred the door and told the reporters they could be served there but only if they presented their credentials.“Credentials?” asked Collins, expressing both innocence and amazement. “What is this credentials?”“It’s a state law,” replied the manager.“Law?” echoed Collins.“You see over here (in America) we have what you call private enterprise. Private enterprise is our business, our domain, and we can do anything we feel is good for the business.” The manager lectured the trio in the ways of American capitalism.“Like not serving us,” thought Collins as he and his two companions turned away and started back toward the waiting car.Failure one.The Route 40 story appeared in newspapers all across the country and overseas, and a lot of people had a good laugh.In New York City, the now defunct Herald Tribune described the hoax as “an element of wild comedy” and reported that “wrath and hoax is still monumental on Route 40.”The AFRO was not published until several days after the hoax, but when it hit the streets it had all the details along with pictures and a headline that asked: “When is an African Not an African?”The restaurant owners were blazing mad about being made fools of, but over in Washington, Angier Biddle Duke, the head of the State Department’s Protocol Division, which had to deal with the Route 40 incidents, called the hoax “a ridiculous system.”For days after the hoax, the phones were kept busy with callers who wanted to congratulate the reporters and those who wanted tomeet them in a dark alley.Despite the adverse publicity and the federal pressures, the restaurant owners remained adamant. A few agreed to serve Africans, but the vast majority continued to keep their doors closed.The uneasy situation might have dragged on for months, but CORE, then at the peak of its power and influence announced that it planned to send some 1,500 Freedom Riders down Route 40 on Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day. Leading the riders would be the late Julius Hobson, then Eastern Regional Director of CORE, who had the reputation of delivering on everything that he promised.Behind the scenes frantic negotiations went on between the State Department, the Maryland Commission on Interracial Problems and Relations, a toothless body without any power – and the restaurant owners.At the 11th hour, actually a day before the scheduled ride, the restaurants capitulated and announced that most of them werenow willing to serve anyone. Up in New York Hobson and James Farmer, then national director of CORE, held a press conferenceto announce that the ride had been called off and to warn that:“We offer the remaining restaurants until Dec. 15 (the Bill of Rights Day) to desegregate. If not, we shall feel free to take necessaryaction.”The delayed ride actually took place on Dec. 16 and involved some 500 individuals and 100 cars – the largest Freedom Ride ever held outside the south.In most instances, the racially mixed riders were served, though not too gracefully in some of the establishments. Eight were arrested in places that were still holdouts but Farmer pronounced the ride a success and the riders departed forever.The years since then have not been kind to the highway. Late in 1963, a new turnpike was opened between Baltimore and theDelaware Memorial Bridge, making it unnecessary for motorists and truckers to use the old route and the flood of traffic that once clogged Route 40 dried up to a slow trickle.In time, the reporters who figured in the AFRO hoax moved on to other things. Collins is at Baltimore’s WMAR-TV; Mangrum is a public information officer with the Food and Nutrition Service in Washington, D.C. and Wells holds a similar position with the Department of Agriculture in the same city.Myself?I’m in New York City as director of communications for the National Urban League. None of us has ever forgotten that August day or the AFRO.A few weeks ago at our favorite meeting spot, the Sphinx Club, I asked Collins, who was sipping his usual brandy – a little milk and no ice – if he ever thought about the hoax.“Sure I do,” he answered. “We proved something out there that day and I believe we helped make Baltimore and Maryland better places. And that, ‘Ole Buddy, is what this business is all about.”Read about their encounter at Miller’s restaurant on afro.comlast_img read more

Update Death toll in horror crash outside Ladysmith KZN on Sunday increases

first_imgThe death toll in the tragic crash that occurred on Sunday (March 18) on the Helpmekaar Road in the St Chad’s area has increased to 10.Ladysmith Provincial Hospital spokesperson Thabo Sithole confirmed that seven people were admitted to hospital and sadly a female passed away yesterday (March 19).One of the survivors is currently in ICU fighting for her life.Another survivor who is currently in hospital is pregnant. It is known that both the mother and unborn child are in a stable condition. The mother is in the maternity ward.The remaining four patients are in a critical but stable condition, according to PRO Sithole.Initial story: Breaking News: 9 dead in horror crash between taxi and bakkie outside LadysmithUpdate story: Watch: Roadway now open after horror crash claims 9 lives in Ladysmith, KZNUpdate story: Traffic Update: Road still closed due to protest after 9 killed in Ladysmith KZN crash (Video Included)Update story: Update: Protest action on Helpmekaar Road after 9 killed in Ladysmith KZN crash Update story: MEC Mxolisi Kaunda releases condolences statement on 9 killed in Ladysmith KZN crashPolice are conducting an investigation into the accident. Captain Otto from the Pietermaritzburg Collision Unit is heading up the investigation.MEC for Transport, Community Safety & Liaison Mr Mxolisi Kaunda has instructed a team of forensic experts to fast-track investigations into the cause of this latest crash.“On behalf of the Provincial Government of KwaZulu-Natal, we wish to send our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the deceased, and wish those in hospital a speedy recovery,” said Kaunda.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! SHAREAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to PinterestPinterestShare to 電子郵件EmailShare to 打印PrintShare to 更多…AddThis3 AUTHOR,Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!center_img WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more