first_imgDavid Fitzsimmons / Arizona Daily StarBy Tom Purcell“I wanted to go to the beach, but the wife tells me we barely have the funds to go miniature golfing!”“Ah, yes, you speak of a common experience for many Americans in recent summers. According to a 2014 Google Trends report, there has been a 10 percent increase in online searches for ‘staycations,’ getaways that are close to home.”“A vacation to me is going to a beach and staying in a nice condo and forgetting all of our worries for a week or more — not driving 45 minutes to stay in some dinky motel at a lake!”“There is a reason so many families are short on funds. According to The Wall Street Journal, the economy is only growing at an average of 2.2 percent a year since 2009, when the recession ended. It is the slowest economic recovery in more than 70 years. The growth rate is more than a full percentage point lower than in the second worst recovery, which occurred from 2001 through 2007.”“But wasn’t President Obama just on the Jon Stewart show, claiming that every metric under his presidency is better than when he took office?”“That is correct, but the Tampa Bay Times’ PolitiFact took exception to some of his claims. Here’s what they said about real weekly median earnings under Obama: ‘Between the first quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2015, inflation-adjusted weekly earnings for full-time wage and salary workers fell from $348 to $344, a decline of about 1 percent. Comparing the second quarter of 2009 and the second quarter of 2015, weekly earnings fell from $342 to $337, a decline of about 1.4 percent.’”“That doesn’t sound so good.”“Median income is not doing so well under Obama, either. PolitiFact says that ‘inflation-adjusted median household income, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, fell from $54,059 in 2009 to $51,939 in 2013 — a decline of about 4 percent.’”“No wonder the wife and I are so broke.”“It gets worse. Says PolitiFact: ‘The data show that 13.2 percent of Americans were living in poverty in March 2009. By March 2014, that percentage had risen to 14.5 percent. That was down slightly from what it was in the previous three years, but not enough to match the 2009 level.’”“The wife and I are headed to the poorhouse if things don’t improve. The government is telling us there is low inflation, but making ends meet is getting harder every month. Have you seen the cost of milk, meat and produce? Costs keep going up as our income keeps going down!”“The big picture could be worse, however. GDP is up, the number of employed Americans is up, and the unemployment rate, by and large, has improved since 2009, but the fact is a measly 2.2-percent growth rate is not going to cut it. Until that is corrected, many families will lack the growth opportunities they need in their careers to put money in the bank to have the funds they need to enjoy a decent summer vacation.”“You mean like the mid-1990s?”“Yes. The National Bureau of Economic Research says the 1990s was the longest economic expansion in U.S. history. The growth rate was double what it is now. The expansion lasted 10 years, from March 1991 to March 2001.”“In the ’90s, the wife and I toured Europe and every year, we flew down to the Salesbbean. Now we get to go miniature golfing. Yippee!”“It’s very simple. Until our government gets back to pro-growth policies, staycations will be staying with us a while.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival Announces Initial 2019 Lineup: Bob Weir & Wolf Bros, Turkuaz, Billy Strings, More

first_imgSanta Cruz Mountain Sol Festival will return to Felton, CA’s Roaring Camp Meadows, set to go down on September 20th, 21st, and 22nd, 2019.On Monday, the three-day festival revealed its initial 2019 musical lineup, with performances by Bob Weir & Wolf Bros, Golden Gate Wingmen, Turkuaz, Billy Strings, Achilles Wheel, Painted Mandolin, and many more to come!A limited number of Tier 1 Saturday/Sunday combo tickets ( Friday not included in this bundle) will go on sale this Wednesday, May 1st before 12 p.m. (PST). Camping passes, single-day passes, and other combo bundles of tickets will go on sale to the general public within the month.Santa Crus Mountain Sol Festival will also offer a “Sol Train” train service from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk to Roaring Camp, and a night train back to the Boardwalk at the end of the show. For more more information, visit the festival’s SOL Train page.For more information on Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival’s 2019 event, head to the festival’s website.last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: H5N1 in Egypt and Nepal, Chinese bird market confusion, weakened smallpox vaccine, NIH funds

first_imgMar 11, 2009Egyptian baby stable with H5N1 infectionThe World Health Organization (WHO) today confirmed an H5N1 avian influenza case that Egypt’s health ministry reported yesterday, in an 18-month-old girl from Menofia governorate. She got sick on Mar 6 after she had contact with dead and sick poultry, the WHO said. She was hospitalized on Mar 9 and remains in stable condition. The WHO’s H5N1 count for Egypt has reached 58 cases, 23 of which were fatal. The global H5N1 total is 411 cases and 256 deaths.[Mar 11 WHO statement]Nepal, Egypt report H5N1 outbreaksVeterinary officials in Nepal’s Jhapa district culled about 260 poultry and destroyed eggs yesterday in response to another H5N1 outbreak, the country’s news agency reported today, according to Xinhua, China’s state news agency. The outbreak is Nepal’s second since mid January. Meanwhile, Egypt reported two new H5N1 outbreaks in backyard birds, one in chickens and ducks in Alexandria governorate and the other in chickens in Beheira governorate, according to reports from the Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR).[Mar 11 Xinhua story]Contradictory reports on Chinese live-bird marketsContradictory reports have emerged from China regarding attempts to prevent the spread of avian influenza via live-bird markets. The news websites Shanghai Daily and Sina.com report that the Ministry of Agriculture plans to close any live bird or animal markets in medium or large cities, but the ministry denied the report in a story placed in the Beijing Times and the official news service Xinhua.[March 10 Sina.com story (Mandarin)][March 10 Xinhua story]Good results reported in trial of weakened smallpox vaccineA weakened smallpox (vaccinia) vaccine grown in tissue culture triggered an immune response in most recipients in a Japanese trial, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The vaccine, called LC16m8, was used safely in thousands of Japanese infants in the 1970s. The new trial involved more than 3,200 Japanese military personnel. The vaccine induced a skin reaction in 94.4% of vaccinia-naive participants and triggered an antibody response in 90%. Among previously vaccinated volunteers, the vaccine elicited a skin reaction in 86.6% and an antibody response in 60%. No serious adverse events were reported.[JAMA article]NIH seeks stimulus grant applicationsThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced yesterday that it was accepting applications for $1.5 billion in grant money provided by the federal stimulus bill that was passed in February. The funds include $200 million in 2-year jump-start funding to address specific challenges in biomedical and behavioral research, $1 billion to improve existing research facilities, and $300 million to purchase critical research equipment.[Mar 10 NIH press release]last_img read more

Dele Alli vented his frustrations after being subbed in the defeat to RB Leipzig

first_imgDele Alli threw a tantrum after being subbed as Tottenham were left clinging to their Euro hopes. Loading… His mood failed to improve by the end of the match as replacements Erik Lamela and Tanguy Ndombele failed to find an equaliser for Spurs. It was a frustrating evening all round in north London as Mourinho’s men relied on captain Hugo Lloris to keep them in the tie with several standout saves. Mourinho added: “You can look at it and see two perspectives. One is this amazing group of guys who tried everything. Another is you see how we are at the moment. “The other team played with Werner and bring on sub after sub. This is our situation and it is like being in a fight with a gun without bullets. We did what we could do. “You have to look at our situation. If you want to make an exercise of football, you can think of a Champions League game for Barcelona without Messi, Suarez, and Griezmann or Liverpool with no Mane, Salah or Firmino, but they still have Origi. “The result is 1-0, not 10-1 – the result is open, it’s as simple as that. “We would not be the first team to lose the first game at home and win the tie away. “The thing that keeps me confident in the spirit, the mentality of my players.” Spurs will need to show the kind of guts that helped them turn things around against Ajax in last season’s Champions League semi-final if they are to progress. “We have to give a lot of credit to Leipzig, they press very high and are a very good team. Read Also:Dele Alli apologises for immature coronavirus joke “We have to stay positive, not give up, not try to find excuses, and fight to the end. We are not really happy, but we have to deal with that. Let’s hope we can create another story.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Taking his lead from the time his manager memorably lost his cool and hurled a crate of drinks into the Old Trafford turf, the midfielder launched his water bottle as he approached the bench. Alli then unlaced his left boot and angrily slammed it on the ground before putting his head in his hands.center_img The England star slung his boots, then a bottle when he was hooked as Spurs lost their Champions League last-16 first leg to Timo Werner’s penalty. But boss Jose Mourinho said: “I think he was angry with his performance, not me. I think he understands why I took him off – and the team improved.” Alli was tasked with deputising for the injured Harry Kane and Son Heung-min upfront against the Bundesliga side. But he suffered a disappointing night as Spurs struggled to fashion many clear cut chances in the first leg of their last-16 tie. And the 23-year-old’s misery was compounded when Timo Werner struck the winner from the penalty spot after Konrad Laimer was brought down by Ben Davies. Mourinho reacted to Leipzig’s away goal by subbing both Alli and Gedson Fernandes, but it was the former’s response that caught the eye. Promoted Content10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better27 Breathtakingly Beautiful Albino AnimalsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more

Ex-Trojan archer poised for Olympic gold

first_imgFor most Americans, their exposure to archery is limited to the four-year summer Olympic cycles. But on Sept. 10, a team USA and former USC archer dramatically captured a gold medal during the fourth stage of the Archery World Cup in Shanghai, making Joe Fanchin one of the rising stars in the world of archery.On target · Former USC standout Joe Fanchin is preparing for a chance to represent the United States during the 2012 London Olympics. – Photo courtesy of World ArcheryFanchin defeated Malaysian archer Khairul Anuar Mohamad to win the recurve men individual gold medal in a sudden-death shoot off.“He was good, but I could shoot better than him,” Fanchin said. “You can make a couple mistakes, [but] the match isn’t over until it’s all the way over. I still knew that I would shoot well and that I was [going to] win.”Fanchin’s journey, however, began years before his latest performance.Fanchin began practicing archery before he turned 10 years old, as his uncle, Ed Fanchin, was a bow hunter who owned acres of land in the Corona, Calif., area. The young Fanchin learned the sport by shooting a toy bow on his uncle’s property.Fanchin, however, didn’t see archery as anything more than a hobby — at least initially. He primarily shot in recreational competitions in high school. Not until he began looking at colleges did he consider the idea of pursuing archery competitively.“When I was looking at colleges, I did want to join one that had an archery club,” Fanchin said. “I knew once I got [here] USC had one, and I joined up right way. It was really small back then when we shot out at a field archery range in Pasadena.”After Fanchin joined USC in 2006, he surprised himself.  In 2007, the West Regional Collegiate Championships were held at Arizona State. Fanchin was, admittedly, surprised at the results. He won.“No one at our school had ever won something that big,” he said. “I shot pretty good, but I didn’t expect to win at all. It was kind of an eye opener as far as being able to be good at archery and go far with it.”After the tournament, he attended the national championships in Illinois, where he finished fifth overall and earned All-American honors. Following that solid performance, Fanchin began perfecting his archery more during summers. Because he was unable to practice at a traditional archery range, as there were none near his home in Oceanside, Calif., Fanchin set up a target in his garage to build strength and perfect his technique.Throughout his final year at USC, Fanchin competed in different competitions to raise his national ranking to be accepted into the year-round U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., just outside of San Diego.Last month, Fanchin participated in the third stage of the Archery World Cup in Ogden, Utah. Fanchin collected two gold medals and a bronze as a part of Team USA. But Fanchin’s true individual test came in Shanghai.Fanchin went up 2-0 early, but Mohamad fought back to tie it at two apiece. Fanchin then shot strong and moved his advantage to 4-2, but once again, Mohamad shot better and tied the match at 5-5.“I was a little bummed out it didn’t work out quite as well early on, but I was still pretty confident at that point that I would win,” Fanchin said of the late stages in the match.He shot a 10 on his next shot. For Mohamad to win, he would have needed to hit another 10. Mohamad pulled back and fired. His score was a nine.Later this month, Fanchin will be part of the team trying to take home the gold hardware at the World Cup final in Istanbul and he feels like his team’s chances are good.“My teammate Brady [Ellison] won the World Cup Final last year, which was a pretty big step for him and our country,” Fanchin said. “So he will be there as the number one ranked archer; he won the first three World Cups this year. I’m ranked second,  and I’m happy with that seed. I think it will work out well.”Though Fanchin is looking ahead 11 months to archery’s biggest stage, the Olympics, he doesn’t want to stray away from his current goals: performing well at the World Cup Final and Olympic qualifying, which begins a week after the Istanbul tournament.As the No. 6 archer in the world according to Federation Internationale de Tir l’Arc, anything less than winning gold in London next summer will be a disappointment for Fanchin.“The Olympics is really big,” Fanchin said. “I would like to win the Olympics, but right now my focus is on putting together the best archery game I can for every tournament.”last_img read more

Philip Bowcock takes full leadership of William Hill Plc

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 The William Hill board of directors has this morning confirmed that acting Interim-CEO Philip Bowcock has been promoted to the position of Group Chief Executive Officer, taking on full leadership duties of the FTSE-listed betting operator.The official appointment of Bowcock as CEO, sees William Governance end its + 8-month search for a replacement to former leader James Henderson who resigned last July due to the operator’s digital performance decline.William Hill Chairman Gareth Davis, who has led the firm’s search for a new leader commented on the appointment: “Since his appointment as Interim CEO last July, Philip has driven the business forward at real pace and we have seen important progress across our Online, Retail and international businesses over that time. Our recent results show that William Hill is now in a stronger position and Philip has outlined a clear plan to continue that momentum into the future.”Taking over William Hill leadership, Bowcock will be charged with implementing the firm’s recovery in much-changed UK and international betting sector. In its February corporate update William governance detailed that the company would implement a ‘three point’ recovery plan focusing on: recovering UK market position, continued international growth/expansion, and substantially increasing operational efficiencies.Bowcock commented on his appointment as group CEO “I am proud to be chosen to lead William Hill, a business that millions of customers trust and a brand that is synonymous with betting. During my time at the helm, I have had the opportunity to lead a passionate, talented and committed team and we have made considerable operational progress in recent months. The team and I are excited by the opportunity to keep improving our position in all our key markets whilst delivering a great experience for our customers.” StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Submitlast_img read more