Daily Archives: Mar 16, 2018

    Thinktank upgrades its growth forecast but says tit-for-tat tariffs would make international trade vulnerable

    The west’s leading economic thinktank has warned Donald Trump that a trade war prompted by US protectionism threatens to derail a recovery in global growth, which has reached its highest level in seven years.

    In its latest interim forecasts, the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said it expected the world economy to expand by 3.9% in both 2018 and 2019 – a 0.3 percentage point upgrade in each year from its last set of predictions last November.

    The OECD said investment, trade and employment were all playing a part in a broad-based expansion that has prompted growth upgrades for six of the seven G7 countries.

    US tax cuts, announced by Trump since the OECD’s November forecasts, were one reason why the growth outlook was stronger than it was four months ago, the thinktank said.

    “Growth is steady or improving in most G20 countries and the expansion is continuing,” said OECD acting chief economist Alvaro Pereira.

    Pereira added that Trump’s recently announced tariffs – 25% on imported steel and 10% on imported aluminium – had left the global economy vulnerable to a tit-for-tat trade war.

    “This could obviously threaten the recovery. Certainly we believe this is a significant risk, so we hope that it doesn’t materialise because it would be fairly damaging,” Pereira said.

      Michigan candidate Brian Ellison says giving homeless people pump-action shotguns may help deter the violent crime they face

      By: AP

      A Michigan candidate for US Senate has proposed arming homeless people with pump-action shotguns in an effort to reduce crime.

      Brian Ellison, who is running against Democratic incumbent Debbie Stabenow, says homeless people are “constantly victims of violent crime” and providing them with firearms would provide a deterrent.

      Ellison, a Libertarian who is expected to be the party’s candidate in the November midterm election, said he had settled on pump-action shotguns for practicality purposes.

      “Frankly I think the ideal weapon would be a pistol,” he told the AP, “but due to the licensing requirements in the state we’re going to have a hard enough time getting homeless people shotguns as it is.“Getting them pistols is probably next to impossible. The pistols need to be registered, people have to have addresses.”

      Carrying a concealed pistol is illegal without a permit, Ellison said, “whereas open-carrying a long gun is completely legal”.

      “So we thought that pump-action shotguns were a suitable alternative to a pistol.”

      Ellison, a former soldier who has served in Iraq, said he decided to run for office “just to try and make a difference”. As well as the shotgun plan, he would focus on minority rights and said he would oppose foreign military intervention.

      Regarding the pump-action shotguns, Ellison said he and his team would aim to “pre-qualify” homeless people who wanted shotguns and were deemed suitable candidates to own them.

      The homeless people would not be forced to carry pump-action shotguns, Ellison said.

      “The first thing that we’re gonna do is ask them if they think this is something that would benefit them. We’re certainly not trying to force anything on anybody.”

      Ammunition would be provided with the shotguns, probably in five- or six-shell magazines, Ellison said.

      More shells would be provided if the owners legitimately used their guns to defend themselves, however, if people spent their ammunition “shooting cans in somebody’s private property” then they would not be given more shells.

      Ellison said he did not think the plan was dangerous.

      “Well, are you worried about the police being armed with military weapons?” he asked.

      “I am. The world we live in is a scary world, where the police who used to dress in short-sleeved shirts and carry a revolver now have long rifles with scopes and bulletproof vests and armoured vehicles.

      “And quite frankly that scares me much more than a homeless person trying to defend themselves with a shotgun.”

        Pedestrian bridge linked to Florida International University collapses, crushing vehicles, as state’s governor vows investigation

        Four people have been killed after a newly installed pedestrian bridge collapsed on Thursday at Florida International University in the Miami area, crushing at least five vehicles.

        The 950-ton span fell directly on to a busy roadway at the university’s main Miami-area campus. Video shows vehicles underneath the bridge were hit.

        At a news briefing Thursday evening, the Miami-Dade County fire chief said four had been found deceased at the scene by first responders. Nine victims were removed “early on” and taken to hospitals, Dave Downey added, but did not elaborate on their conditions.

        Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, also spoke to reporters, saying: “Everybody is working hard to make sure we rescue anyone who can be rescued.” The governor added that an investigation would get to the bottom of “why this happened and what happened” and that anyone found responsible would be held accountable.

        Dr Mark McKenney, the chief surgeon at Kendall regional medical centre’s trauma unit, said his hospital received 10 patients, two of whom he said remained in “an extremely critical condition” on Thursday evening, one with significant head and chest injuries and one in a coma.

        Munilla Construction Management, which installed the bridge, said in a statement that the bridge suffered a “catastrophic collapse, causing injuries and loss of life”.

        There were unconfirmed reports that workers were conducting a stress test on the bridge when it collapsed, and the Miami-Dade police chief, Juan Perez, said construction workers were believed to have been on top of the structure at the time.

        The bridge connects the university with the city of Sweetwater and was installedon Saturday in six hours over the eight-lane highway, according to a story that was posted on the university’s website. It was 174ft (53 meters) long and weighed 950 tons.

        The bridge was intended to provide a walkway over Southwest Eighth Street, one of the busiest roads in south Florida. An 18-year-old FIU student from San Diego was killed while trying to cross the street near campus last August, according to local media reports.

        The White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said Donald Trump was aware of the collapse. “Our brave first responders are working feverishly to save lives,” she said at a news briefing.

        The National Transportation Safety Board said on Twitter that it was sending a team to investigate the bridge collapse.

        One witness on Thursday, speaking on CNN, said she heard “a loud bang” behind her just after she and her boyfriend had driven under the bridge and made a right turn into the FIU campus.

        “We thought maybe someone had hit us. We looked back and the bridge had completely collapsed,” Isabella Carrasco said.

        “We got out of the car. We saw police helping people, there was a construction worker injured at the side of the road. The cars were completely crushed, a lot of debris everywhere. One woman luckily made it out alive – it crushed the back of her car. She rolled forward and was able to get out.”

        A statement from FIU addressed to “members of the university community”, while the rescue operation was still under way, said: “We are shocked and saddened about the tragic events unfolding at the FIU-Sweetwater pedestrian bridge.”

        Another witness, Jonathan Munoz, a student, said he and a professor ran over after the collapse and saw “a scene of chaos”.

        “I heard people were screaming. I thought it was a car accident,” Munoz told CNN. “This intersection is very busy. There have been fatalities from students being struck; that’s why they built the bridge.

        “There were doctors from the medical school on campus who came over in their white coats, figuring out who they could immediately get to. There were police and construction workers. It was a chaotic scene. No one knew exactly what to do.”

        According to the Miami Herald, construction crews had spent several months erecting support towers on either side of the roadway, and cranes lifted the walkway into place on Saturday morning.

        The $14.2m project was funded by the US Department of Transportation.

        ¿Son el poder, la ambición, y la vanidad capaz de incrustarse en nuestra piel hasta provocar su fallecimiento?

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        Una comedia satírica de Gustavo Ott sobre el culto al cuerpo y la ambición al poder. Dirigida por Sheila M. López con actuaciones de Melinda Capeles, Smirna Mercedes-Pérez, María Pérez-Gómez y Victoria Pérez.

         

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        The City of Buffalo’s recruitment campaign for the 2018 Buffalo Firefighter Exam kicked off Tuesday.

        The firefighter exam is only offered every four years. The deadline for submitting exam applications is April 9.

        The exam will be given May 1.

        The theme of the recruitment effort is “Move Up the Ladder. Start a Career in the Buffalo Fire Department.”

        “A career with the Buffalo Fire Department not only offers an opportunity to provide a critical service to the people of our City, firefighting is also a personally and financially rewarding profession,” Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said Tuesday.

        In 2013, the last time the Buffalo Fire Department entry-level exam was given, 2,500 people took the test. The final group of 66 eligible recruits from that class began their training last month, bringing the total number of recruits hired from the 2013 exam to 249.

        Base pay for Buffalo firefighters starts at $35,000 a year, and can range up $68,461, annually.

        Applications are available through the City’s Department of Human Resources, all City firehouses, as well as City Community Centers. Applications and an Exam Guide are also available online at: http://www.city-buffalo.com.To be eligible to take the exam, candidates must:

        – Be 19 years old as of Tuesday, May 1, 2018 (the exam date), and be at least 20 years old at the time of appointment;
        -Be a full-time resident of the City of Buffalo a minimum of 90 days prior to 4/9/2018 (the exam application deadline), and continue city residency until the time of appointment;
        -Be a U.S. Citizen;
        -Have earned a H.S. diploma or GEDBe willing and able to perform physically demanding work, and able to manage stress and adverse outcomes well.

         

        A $25 exam fee is required to be paid at the time of application.

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