A call for a kinder capitalism

first_imgKennedy called for legislation to give less rein to corporations and fewer tax breaks to the rich, and for Congress to “finally flex its muscles and actively dis-incentivize a ‘shareholder-first’ mentality.”“We must demand a system of fair taxation that demands significantly more from those on top,” he said.He also called for opportunity to be shared more widely. Only 15 percent of last year’s government contracts, he noted, went to female- and minority-owned businesses. “That is not opportunity-restricting. It is opportunity-hoarding,” he said.Lastly, Kennedy focused on climate change as an imminent threat.“This is an arrow aimed at all of us, especially those who are historically left behind. Look at ‘Cancer Alley’ [a stretch of industrial land in Louisiana], eastern Kentucky, and Puerto Rico, where people are more likely to live near toxic facilities and have less access to the health care they need. And they’re more likely to see their jobs decimated by our changing landscape. Climate change exemplifies a government that has refused to work toward a common goal. But this is also an opportunity to put capitalism into action, heeding the call for a Green New Deal.”The goal, Kennedy said, needs to be survival and a future of shared opportunity. “That is what our broken economy demands, and what our people deserve. At this moment in our history, we are reminded what happens if we choose another path. If we choose not to act, somebody else will.”Responding to an audience question, Kennedy emphasized that he is a capitalist rather than a socialist. “I believe our capitalist system has pulled more people out of poverty around the world than any system in humankind. But from the 1980s on, that has come at the expense of the American middle class.”The solution, he argued, is a broad shift of economic direction.“We live in a country that has made it difficult to be middle class, excruciating to be poor, and downright impossible to be ‘poor and’ — poor and black, poor and female, poor and gay, poor and sick. We do not stand a chance until we come together to neutralize the weapon on which [the administration] most depends: an economy that keeps most Americans hanging on by the skin of their teeth,” he said. “That is our work; that is our challenge; that is what we must do.”The John T. Dunlop Memorial Forum was hosted by the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and co-sponsored by Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Federal insurance has helped many, but system’s holes limit gains, Harvard analysts say Related The costs of inequality: Increasingly, it’s the rich and the rest Speaking at Harvard Law School, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D., Mass.) called Monday for a new national economic agenda based on “moral capitalism” that addresses the needs of embattled workers.In recent months, Kennedy has been pushing for a fresh economic sensibility. Speaking at the John T. Dunlop Forum on the topic of “Building a Moral Capitalism,” he argued that the recent federal government shutdown represented capitalism at its least moral.“It’s a particular honor to be here after the month we’ve had in Washington,” he told a full house at Wasserstein Hall on the Harvard Law School campus.“For 35 days, the president of the United States told 800,000 federal employees to make do without their paychecks,” said Kennedy, a 2009 graduate of the Law School. “Full-time workers lined up at soup kitchens; they begged for acts of mercy at their banks. Air traffic controllers put in 10-hour shifts and then went off and worked for Uber. Workers who served government meals are still not guaranteed one cent of the pay they missed.He added, “Beneath it all is an administration that sees the livelihood of ordinary Americans as a bargaining chip they are willing to trade away. For our president, it is another notch in the belt of how he has broken every populist promise he’s ever made.”Still, he said the current problems dated to before 2016, since “Decades of trickle-down has created a tsunami.” He cited some companies for routinely shortchanging workers.“While this happens, we subject the poor to endless tests of character for their next hot meal,” he said. “And we dehumanize immigrants with one hand while exploiting their cheap labor with another.” “We live in a country that has made it difficult to be middle class, excruciating to be poor, and downright impossible to be ‘poor and’ — poor and black, poor and female, poor and gay, poor and sick.” — Joe Kennedy III The costs of inequality: Money = quality health care = longer life Economic and political inequities are interlaced, analysts say, leaving many Americans poor and voicelesslast_img read more

Paul, Yadram mentally strong to execute, says Nedd – Paul:A future star in the making – Mentore

first_imgNATIONAL youth coach, Garvin Nedd,believes West Indies under-19 selectees, Guyanese Keemo Paul and Bhaskar Yadram are mentally strong enough to execute during the 2017 NAGICO Regional Super50 tournament.The duo are part of a 14-man squad to participate in the upcoming tournament, which runs from January 24 to February 18 in Antigua and Barbados.“I expect great things from both players,” Nedd said in an exclusive interview on Friday.“Both are exceptional and talented players. They are mentally strong, so I expect them to execute well.”Nedd,who coached both players at different youth levels, also believes that the game‘s situation will play an important role for both players, in terms of their performances.“Paul is a brilliant all-rounder, and once he plays to his strength, he will come out successful. Yadram, on the other hand, is doing well for the past months. He is a free-scoring batsman and he needs to continue in that attitude, but the games situation will be key (to) how they perform,” the current national under-17 coach pointed out.Meanwhile, president of the Demerara Cricket Club (DCC), Alfred Mentore,believes Paul is a star in the making.According to Mentore, Paul, who is one of the three over-aged players selected in the squad, has a bright and good future ahead of him.“Paul (Keemo) is an exceptionally talented player, and the opportunity given to him will definitely give him a chance to express himself going forward,” Mentore said.He added, “With the likes of the Bravos and the Pollards coming to the tail-end of their international careers, players like Paul need to advertise their true potential. This is an opportunity which he needs to grab with both hands”.Bhaskar YadramMentore strongly feels that Paul is definitely a future for Guyana and West Indies cricket.The 14-member squad includes five players who were part of the team which won the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh last year.They are all-rounders Shamar Springer and Paul; middle-order batsman Kirstan Kallicharan; wicket-keeper/batsman Emmanuel Stewart; and left-arm fast bowler Obed McCoy.The West Indies Under-19s are participating in this tournament as part of their preparation for the ICC Under-19 World Cup, to be played in New Zealand next year.Springer, Paul and McCoy will not be eligible for that tournament, but have been selected as part of their future development and monitoring.The West Indies Under-19s will play in Zone A, which is based in Antigua. They will play alongside defending champions Trinidad & Tobago Red Force,along with Windward Islands Volcanoes, Kent Spitfire and host team Leeward Islands Hurricanes.Full squad: Te-Shawn Alleyne, Alick Athanaze, Joshua Bishop, Shian Brathwaite, Kirstan Kallicharan, Mikyle Louis, Obed McCoy, Matthew Patrick, Keemo Paul, Jeavor Royal, Javier Spencer, Shamar Springer, Emmanuel Stewart and Bhaskar Yadram.Team management: Graeme West (Head Coach); Tony Gray (Assistant Coach); Dwain Gill (Team Manager); Khevyn Williams (Physiotherapist); Dinesh Mahabir (Analyst); Zephyrinus Nicholas (Trainer).last_img read more

Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas suspended 80 games

first_imgStatement regarding Frankie Montas suspension:The A’s were disappointed upon learning of this suspension. We fully support MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and we will welcome Frankie back after the discipline has been served.— AthleticsPR (@AthleticsPR) June 21, 2019″The A’s were disappointed upon learning of this suspension,” the team said in a statement. “We fully support MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program and we will welcome Frankie back after the discipline has been served.”Montas, 26, had posted career bests in batting average against, strikeouts, strikeouts per nine innings and WHIP this season. Related News The Athletics just lost their best pitcher.Frankie Montas, who was in the middle of a career year with a 9-2 record with a 2.70 ERA, has been suspended 80 games for testing positive for Ostarine, a performance-enhancing substance, MLB announced Friday. Oakland is currently 40-36 and eight games back of the Astros for first in the American League West.The A’s are one game back of the Red Sox for the second wild-card spot. He was leading Oakland’s pitching staff in just about every statistical category including innings pitched (90).The Athletics will have to find someone to take his spot in the rotation and this could very well be the time for top prospect Jesus Luzardo to come up.Luzardo is just coming back from an injury, but he was in the conversation to make the team’s rotation out of spring training. But he has thrown only seven innings this season.Daniel Mengden could also get the call as he is one of the team’s more experienced rotation options. MLB trade rumors: Yankees’ Brian Cashman would do ‘whatever it takes’ to land Max Scherzerlast_img read more

Serena Williams apologized to Naomi Osaka, told to ‘continue trailblazing’

first_imgSerena Williams apologized to Naomi Osaka for her outburst in the U.S. Open final but maintains the incident demonstrated the unequal treatment received by female and male competitors.Williams went down 6-2, 6-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium last September as Osaka claimed her first Grand Slam crown. But it was her veteran opponent’s reaction on the way to being denied a record-tying 24th major triumph that stole the headlines, with Williams responding furiously to umpire Carlos Ramos handing her a game penalty after the official initially penalized her for a coaching violation.In an article for Harper’s Bazaar, the 37-year-old explained she took a long time to get over the defeat and started seeing a therapist. She concluded the potential impact upon Osaka was the root of her lingering disquiet, so reached out to the young player. Related News Sensational Serena Williams fends off Alison Riske in Wimbledon thriller “Finally I realized that there was only one way for me to move forward. It was time for me to apologize to the person who deserved it the most,” Williams wrote. “I started to type, slowly at first, then faster as if the words were flowing out of me.”Her message read: “Hey, Naomi! It’s Serena Williams. As I said on the court, I am so proud of you and I am truly sorry. I thought I was doing the right thing in sticking up for myself. But I had no idea the media would pit us against each other.”I would love the chance to live that moment over again. I am, was, and will always be happy for you and supportive of you. I would never, ever want the light to shine away from another female, specifically another black female athlete.”I can’t wait for your future, and believe me I will always be watching as a big fan! I wish you only success today and in the future. Once again, I am so proud of you. All my love, your fan, Serena.”pic.twitter.com/QAdx7HsfmI— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) September 3, 2018In a response that reduced Williams to tears, Osaka said, “People can misunderstand anger for strength because they can’t differentiate between the two,” and added, “No one has stood up for themselves the way you have and you need to continue trailblazing.”At the time, Williams complained to tournament referee Brian Earley that her punishment was disproportionate when set against male players who have behaved in the same way. Osaka’s reply sharpened her focus on this.”This incident—though excruciating for us to endure—exemplified how thousands of women in every area of the workforce are treated every day,” she continued. “We are not allowed to have emotions, we are not allowed to be passionate. We are told to sit down and be quiet, which frankly is just not something I’m okay with. “It’s shameful that our society penalizes women just for being themselves.”Reflecting upon her career struggles, Williams added: “In short, it’s never been easy. But then I think of the next girl who is going to come along who looks like me, and I hope, ‘Maybe, just maybe, my voice will help her.'”Osaka added this year’s Australian Open to her haul, while Williams progressed to the semifinals of Wimbledon on Tuesday with gripping 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over Alison Riske.last_img read more

10 months agoMan City striker Gabriel Jesus delighted to be back on scoresheet

first_imgMan City striker Gabriel Jesus delighted to be back on scoresheetby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City striker Gabriel Jesus was delighted with his brace for victory over Everton.The opener marked the striker’s first Premier League goal since August.”I tried [to score a hat-trick] but it is difficult,” said Gabriel.”I am so happy with the performance of the team. Everton have amazing players.”They played very well. I am so happy because of this. We played very well and won the game.”My confidence is back because my family is here and it helps me a lot. I need my family in this moment.”This year it [the title] will be more difficult because the clubs will play better. I think it is very important we have come back to first position.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more