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17 days agoEverton hero Howard part-owner in Dagenham & Redbridge FC

first_imgEverton hero Howard part-owner in Dagenham & Redbridge FCby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Everton and Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard is part-owner of Dagenham & Redbridge FC.Howard, 40, who made 414 appearances for the Blues across a decade-long stint between 2006-16 – more than any other player from outside the British Isles – played the final game of his professional career on Sunday in Colorado Rapids’ 3-1 defeat to Los Angeles.With his playing days now over, Howard looks poised to be casting his eyes back across the Atlantic on a more regular basis to National League club Dagenham & Redbridge where he has been part of their US-based Trinity Sports Holdings ownership team for the past year, says the Liverpool Echo.The club, who were only formed in 1992 after a merger between Dagenham FC and Redbridge Forest, spent nine years in the Football League between 2007-16 but are currently in the National League and finished 18 out of the 24 clubs in the division last season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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The Kick-Off Times For The CFP Semifinals Have Been Announced

first_imgThe kick-off times for the two College Football Playoff semifinals have been officially announced. Clemson and Oklahoma will face off in the Orange Bowl at 4 PM EST while Alabama and Michigan State’s Cotton Bowl match-up will begin at 8 PM EST.  GAME TIME ANNOUNCED! The 2015 @CFBPlayoff Semifinal at the #CapitalOneOrangeBowl will be at 4 p.m. ET. pic.twitter.com/BZ9QrPsAxQ— Orange Bowl (@OrangeBowl) December 6, 2015It’s Official… Game time for the 80th Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic will be 7 p.m. CT on New Year’s Eve! #CottonBowl— Cotton Bowl Classic (@CottonBowlGame) December 6, 2015Start the day off with with an undefeated Clemson against a peaking Oklahoma and ring in the new year with the SEC vs. Big Ten and Saban against his old team. Yes, please.last_img read more

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Global Unveils Its Explosive 201718 Primetime Lineup Featuring Six New Dramas and

first_img7:30 p.m. 10 p.m. 8 p.m. 9 p.m. SEAL Team     7 p.m. Saturday Night Live  Advertisement Entertainment Tonight Canada TORONTO, June 5, 2017 – Today Global unveiled its 2017/18 primetime lineup featuring six new captivating and powerful dramas and four new coveted comedies joining 23 returning primetime series. With a solid 16 hours of weekly simulcast, Global’s fall schedule builds on the Network’s historic season last fall where Global celebrated #1 hit series for drama, reality, and comedy. Global is positioned for another powerhouse fall season with a robust schedule packed with unparalleled star power, entertaining and compelling storytelling, and buzz-worthy series.New dramas joining the fall schedule are SEAL Team, a military drama starring David Boreanaz (Bones) that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan, and execute the most dangerous missions; S.W.A.T., a series inspired by the 1970s television show, that stars Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) as a S.W.A.T. sergeant in Los Angeles; Wisdom of the Crowd starring Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winner Jeremy Piven (Entourage) as a visionary tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter’s murder; The Brave, a fresh, heart-pounding drama that follows a team of highly trained analysts and Special Ops forces who work together to execute missions in some of the most dangerous places in the world; and Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders starring four-time Emmy® Award-winner Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie) as lead attorney Leslie Abramson, in this gripping in-depth dramatization of the notorious murder case that explores what drove two young brothers to kill their parents, examining their upbringing and issues that brought them to that horrible moment.Global’s comedy slate adds three new series this fall including the return of one of the most successful comedies in television history, Will & Grace. As home to the original hit series from 1998-2006, Global welcomes back the fearsome foursome including Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally, and executive producers Max Mutchnick, David Kohan, and legendary director James Burrows. Brand new comedy 9JKL stars Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains) as an actor who’s newly single and returns home to live in an apartment sandwiched between his doting, meddlesome parents on one side and his brother, sister-in-law, and their new baby on the other. And Season 2 of Great News, an office comedy starring Nicole Richie (Candidly Nicole), and Canadian Andrea Martin (Working the Engels) as a stay-at-home mom who decides to return to work and lands an internship at her daughter’s news show. Kevin Can Wait 9:30 p.m. 8 p.m. 10 p.m. Entertainment Tonight Canada Saturday The Brave NCIS: LA Facebook Tuesday Great News Thursday Hawaii Five-0 7:30 p.m. Advertisement 7 p.m. 7 p.m. Chicago Fire / S.W.A.T. 9 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 11:35 p.m. 8:30 p.m. Entertainment Tonight Advertisement 7 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Entertainment Tonight Canada 8 p.m. Entertainment Tonight 11:30 p.m. 10 p.m. 10 p.m. Survivor 7:30 p.m. The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Entertainment Tonight The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Entertainment Tonight Twitter Chicago PD Bull 8 p.m. 10 p.m. 9JKL Madam Secretary 9 p.m. 7 p.m. 9 p.m. Wednesday Friday 11:35 p.m. SERIES DESCRIPTIONS FOR NEW PROGRAMMING COMING TO GLOBAL:NEW DRAMAS:SEAL TeamSEAL Team stars David Boreanaz in a military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan, and execute the most dangerous, high stakes missions. Deployed on clandestine missions worldwide at a moment’s notice, and knowing the toll it takes on them and their families, this tight-knit SEAL team displays unwavering patriotism and fearless dedication, even in the face of overwhelming odds.SEAL Team stars David Boreanaz (Bones) as Jason, Max Thieriot (Bates Motel) as Clay, Neil Brown Jr. (Insecure) as Ray, A.J. Buckley (CSI:NY) as Sonny, Toni Trucks (NCIS: New Orleans) as Diaz and, Jessica Paré (Mad Men) as Mandy.S.W.A.T.Inspired by the television series and feature film, S.W.A.T. stars Shemar Moore as a locally born S.W.A.T. sergeant newly tasked to run a specialized tactical unit that is the last stop in law enforcement in Los Angeles. Torn between loyalty to the streets where he was raised and allegiance to his brothers in blue, former Marine Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson (Moore) has everything it takes to successfully bridge the divide between his two worlds and excel at leading his dedicated team of brave men and women as they risk their lives to protect the community.S.W.A.T. stars Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) as Daniel “Hondo” Harrelson, Stephanie Sigman (Narcos) as Jessica Cortez, Alex Russell (Unbroken) as Jim Street, Jay Harrington (Benched) as David “Deacon” Kay, Lina Esco (Kingdom) as Christina “Chris” Alonso, Kenny Johnson (Chicago Fire) as Dominique Luca, and Peter Onorati (Goodfellas) as Mumford.Wisdom of the CrowdWisdom of the Crowd stars Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winner Jeremy Piven as a visionary tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter’s murder, and revolutionizes crime solving in the process. Inspired by the notion that a million minds are better than one, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jeffrey Tanner (Piven) develops “Sophe,” an online platform for publicly shared information, and recruits the original cop who searched for his daughter’s killer, Det. Tommy Cavanaugh (Richard T. Jones), to work with him. As Tanner taps into the “wisdom of the crowd,” his unexpected success fuels his determination to solve even more cases than just the one that’s personal to him.Wisdom Of The Crowd stars Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winner Jeremy Piven (Entourage) as Jeffrey Tanner, Richard T. Jones (Hawaii Five-0) as Det. Tommy Cavanaugh, Natalia Tena (Game of Thrones) as Sara Morton, Blake Lee (Parks and Recreation) as Josh Novak, Jake Matthews (Bosch) as Tariq Bakari, and Monica Potter (Parenthood) as Alex Hale.Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez MurdersStarring the incomparable Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winner Edie Falco, this new eight-episode true-crime installment of the powerhouse Law & Order franchise delivers a gripping in-depth dramatization of the notorious murder case that changed America forever. When the Menendez brothers were tried for brutally killing their parents in Beverly Hills, and their trial broadcast on TV, their story became a national obsession. Now, the first edition of this anthology series delves into the players, the crime, and the media circus, detailing the day-to-day battles of the trial and unveiling the shocking truth of what really went down when the cameras stopped rolling.Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders stars Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie).The BraveFrom Keshet Studios and Avi Nir (executive producer of Homeland) comes a fresh, heart-pounding journey into the complex world of America’s elite undercover military heroes. While D.I.A. Deputy Director Patricia Campbell (Anne Heche) and her team of analysts wield the world’s most advanced surveillance technology from Washington, D.C., Adam Dalton and his heroic Special Ops squad of highly trained undercover specialists use their unbreakable bond and commitment to freedom to save lives of innocent people and execute missions in some of the most dangerous places in the world.The Brave stars Anne Heche (Men in Trees) as Patricia Campbell, Mike Vogel (Under the Dome) as Michael Dalton, Sofia Pernas (Jane the Virgin) as Hannah Archer, Tate Ellington (Quantico) as Noah Morgenthau, Natacha Karam (Homeland) as Jasmine “Jaz” Ervin, Demetrius Grosse (Westworld) as Anthony “Preach” Carter , Noah Mills (Sex and the City 2) as Joseph J. McGuire, and Hadi Tabbal (Circumstance) as Amir AL-Rasani.NEW COMEDIESWill & GraceThat’s right, honey! A decade after their unforgettable eight-season run, comedy’s most fabulous foursome is back. Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes, and Megan Mullally reprise their infamous roles as Will, Grace, Jack, and Karen in this exclusive 12-episode event. The legendary James Burrows, director of every original Will & Grace episode, returns along with a slew of razor-sharp jabs and dirty martinis. Behold once again, from the minds of Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, TV’s wittiest ensemble ever.Will & Grace stars Eric McCormack (Travelers) as Will, Debra Messing (Smash) as Grace, Sean Hayes (Grimm) as Jack, and Megan Mullally (Bob’s Burgers) as Karen.9JKL9JKL stars Mark Feuerstein in a family comedy inspired by his real life. Josh Roberts (Feuerstein) is a new divorcé and actor between projects who moves home to New York to regroup, living in an apartment sandwiched between his doting, meddlesome parents on one side and his brother, sister-in-law, and their new baby on the other. As Josh’s family literally comes at him from both sides, he realizes he desperately needs to establish some personal boundaries, because his loving family is always going to be right there for him. Always.9JKL stars Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains) as Josh Roberts, Linda Lavin (The Intern) as Judy, Elliott Gould (Ray Donovan) as Harry, David Walton (Bad Moms) as Andrew, Liza Lapira (Crazy, Stupid, Love.) as Eve, Matt Murray (Rookie Blue) as Nick, and Albert Tsai (Dr. Ken) as Ian.Great NewsGetting along with office colleagues can be rough, but working with your mom? That’s a whole different story, and it’s the headline for Katie Wendelson (Briga Heelan), a smart, ambitious news producer at national cable news show The Breakdown. After 30 years of being a stay-at-home mom, Carol (Canadian Andrea Martin) decides that it’s never too late to follow your dreams and lands an internship at her daughter’s news show. This is Katie’s worst nightmare, until she comes to realize that with her biggest cheerleader at her side, she and her mom both might just make it after all. Sitting in the co-anchor chair at The Breakdown is Chuck Pierce (John Michael Higgins), the blowhard, difficult-to-please news desk veteran. Chuck intimidates everyone on staff except for Carol, who uses her polished mom skills to deal with him. Alongside him is Portia (Nicole Richie), the young, very hip co-host who brings a different perspective to old-fashioned journalism. Leading the news team is Greg (Adam Campbell), the dashing young executive producer. Katie’s closest friend at the office is Justin (Horatio Sanz), the laid back video editor who has seen it all and is always more than happy to dole out his zen-like advice. Rounding out the newsroom is Beth (Tracey Wigfield), the creepy resident meteorologist who is far from your stereotypical weather girl.Great News stars Briga Heelan (Love) as Katie, Andrea Martin (Working the Engels) as Carol, Adam Campbell (NCIS) as Greg, Nicole Richie (Candidly Nicole) as Portia, Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live) as Justin, and John Michael Higgins (Yes Man) as Chuck.MID-SEASON:InstinctInstinct stars Alan Cumming as a former CIA operative who is lured back to his old life when the NYPD needs his help to stop a serial killer. Dr. Dylan Reinhart (Cumming) is a gifted author and university professor living a quiet life teaching psychopathic behaviour to packed classes of adoring students. But when top NYPD detective Lizzie Needham (Bojana Novakovic) appeals to him to help her catch a serial murderer who is using Dylan’s first book as a tutorial, Dylan is compelled by the case, comes out of retirement, and taps into his old skill set. Though Dylan and Lizzie initially clash, when it comes to catching killers, they realize they will make an ideal team if they both trust their instincts.Instinct stars Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) as Dr. Dylan Reinhart and Bojana Novakovic (Shameless) as Lizzie Needham.Superior DonutsBased on the play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning writer Tracy Letts, Superior Donuts stars Judd Hirsch as an owner of a doughnut shop in Chicago who, after a half-century in business, hires young go-getter Franco who is bent on freshening the shop. With his business in jeopardy, Arthur grudgingly realizes that he had better embrace the change around him and that Franco could be exactly what he – and the doughnut shop – need to thrive.Superior Donuts stars Judd Hirsch (Independence Day) as Arthur Przybyszewski, Jermaine Fowler (Friends of People) as Franco Wicks, and Katey Sagal (Sons of Anarchy) as Randy DeLuca.Source: Numeris PPM Data, Total Canada, FL’16 (Sept 12-Dec 18/16), conventional rankers based on AMA (000), 3+ airings, excludes World Cup of Hockey and Rio Paralympics, key demos (A25-54, A18-49, F18-49, F25-54) and A18-34 unless otherwise noted, *Ind.2+, **Ind.2+ avg wkly reach, *** SP’17 std (Jan 2 – May 7/17) ranker excludes NFL & NHL playoffsSOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@Global_TV Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/globaltelevisionInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/globaltv/Global Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. 11:35 p.m. 9 p.m. Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders 11:35 p.m. The Late Show With Stephen Colbert The Late Show With Stephen Colbert NCIS “On the heels of Global’s most successful fall season in a decade, this year we have strategically selected new series that build on the Network’s momentum, creating a schedule with the most outstanding series and the brightest stars,” said Maria Hale, Senior Vice President, Global Entertainment & Content Acquisition, Corus Entertainment. “Our 2017/18 lineup combines some of the most anticipated and sought-after new series including Will & Grace, S.W.A.T., SEAL Team, and Law & Order: True Crime, joining our impressive roster of returning hits like Bull, Kevin Can Wait, Survivor, and the NCIS franchise.”The new series joining Global’s schedule are teamed with a dynamite lineup of returning hits. Last fall’s #1 drama Bull* is back on the schedule along with last fall’s #1 new comedy Kevin Can Wait. Reaching more than 5.5 million Canadians every week last fall** the blockbuster NCIS franchise – including NCIS, NCIS: LA, and NCIS: New Orleans – returns, and the power of the franchise continues with Chicago Fire, Chicago PD heating up the schedule, with Chicago Med moving to mid-season. Following Season 34 which averaged more than 2 million viewers (2+) each week***, the perennial Top 10 program and last fall’s #1 reality series, Survivor returns with its 35thseason titled Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers. And freshman drama Taken comes back to the schedule joining Global’s Friday night lineup alongside Friday night’s #1 and #2 series MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0.  Then, Canada’s #1 late-night series Saturday Night Live returns, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert – which saw a 9% growth in audience year over year*– continues weeknights on Global.Newly acquired series also join the Network’s mid-season schedule including Instinct, a drama starring Alan Cumming (The Good Wife) as a gifted author, university professor, and former CIA operative who is lured back to his old life by the NYPD when they need his help to stop a serial killer; and Superior Donuts, a comedy about the owner of a small doughnut shop that’s located in a quickly gentrifying Chicago neighbourhood. Viewers can catch up on Season 1 of Superior Donuts on CMT Canada this fall before Season 2 joins Global’s schedule in 2018. Rounding out Global’s mid-season lineup are additional returning series including fan-favourite Timeless, last fall’s #2 new comedy Man with a Plan, Season 3 of Jennifer Lopez’s gripping cop drama Shades of Blue, and Season 6 of the Sherlock Holmes procedural Elementary.GLOBAL’S FALL 2017 PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE-AT-A-GLANCEAll times are ET and subject to change. New programs bolded. The Good Place  10 p.m. Taken LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The Late Show With Stephen Colbert 8:30 p.m. The Simpsons 11:35 p.m. Sunday 7 p.m. Border Security Entertainment Tonight Canada Superstore Monday MacGyver 8 p.m. Entertainment Tonight NCIS: New Orleans Entertainment Tonight Canada 9 p.m. 8 p.m. Will & Grace Login/Register With: Wisdom of the Crowd  7:30 p.m.last_img read more

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The Guinness Six Nations Championship has selected

first_imgThe Guinness Six Nations Championship has selected AWS’s analytics, machine learning, and deep learning services to deliver a more in-depth insight into the rugby competition.As the official technology provider of the Six Nations, AWS will provide the technology behind the live broadcast of on-screen match data and statistics and power other aspects of the Six Nations Championship across the official website.The deal is designed to enhance the match experience for rugby fans around the world with seven new kinds of dynamic statistics due to be launched for the 2019 Six Nations ChampionshipThese new stats will look at scrum analysis, play patterns, try origins, team trends, ruck analysis, tackle analysis, and field position analysis.“I am excited to welcome AWS to the Six Nations family,” said Ben Morel, CEO, Six Nations Rugby. “With AWS now powering the Championship, we have the opportunity to place unparalleled innovation at the core of our rugby experience, for fans around the world.  This is a major boost for our Championship and a clear signal of our ambition to embrace innovation in all areas that will benefit our fans.”Amazon Web Services’ vice-president and managing director, EMEA, Andy Isherwood, said: “We are delighted to be working alongside one of the world’s most storied, most iconic, and most respected sporting events.”“Throughout this year’s Championship, and into future seasons, the Six Nations team will be able to develop new, advanced statistics that give unprecedented insight and understanding to the game. As we continue to add greater capabilities to our Machine Learning services, we will bring these to rugby fans, around the world.”last_img read more

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Rising prescription drug prices in focus at Rices Baker Institute June 8

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareMEDIA ADVISORYDavid Ruthdavid@rice.edu713-348-6327Rising prescription drug prices in focus at Rice’s Baker Institute June 8 HOUSTON – (May 31, 2018) – Health economist Vivian Ho will speak at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy June 8 on the rise of prescription drug prices and describe policy options to control increases being recommended by policymakers, researchers and clinicians.The event is hosted by the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences. The presentation is open to the public; the cost is $50 and must be paid upon registration.Who:               Vivian Ho, the James A. Baker III Institute Chair in Health Economics and director of the Center for Health and Biosciences, professor of economics at Rice and professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.What:             A presentation titled “Can Public Policy Control Rising Drug Prices?”When:            Friday, June 8, noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served.Where:           Rice University, Baker Hall, Doré Commons, 6100 Main St.Prescription drug expenditures are projected to reach $360.2 billion this year. Per capita spending on these drugs rose 5 percent in 2015 and 3.5 percent in 2016. The public was outraged by stories of Martin Shkreli raising the price of Daraprim by 5,000 percent and Mylan raising the price of a pair of EpiPens by 400 percent, according to event organizers. Meanwhile, the cost of the most novel anticancer drugs has risen by 400 percent over the past 10 years, and the cost of new drugs that can cure hepatitis C is tens of thousands of dollars. Ho’s presentation will explore questions about whether the prices of prescription drugs will continue to rise at extraordinary rates, whether a handful of blockbuster drugs are to blame and whether all patients will be forced to pay rapidly rising prices.The public must RSVP for the event at www.bakerinstitute.org/events/1945. A live webcast will be available at the event webpage.Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.For a map of Rice University’s campus with parking information, go to www.rice.edu/maps. Media are advised to park in the Central Campus Garage.-30-Image for download:http://news.rice.edu/files/2018/05/Ho-event-1ylr9tk.jpgImage courtesy of Rice University/123rf.com.Follow the Baker Institute via Twitter @BakerInstitute.Follow the Center for Health and Biosciences via Twitter @BakerCHB.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute ranks among the top three university-affiliated think tanks in the world. As a premier nonpartisan think tank, the institute conducts research on domestic and foreign policy issues with the goal of bridging the gap between the theory and practice of public policy. The institute’s strong track record of achievement reflects the work of its endowed fellows, Rice University faculty scholars and staff, coupled with its outreach to the Rice student body through fellow-taught classes — including a public policy course — and student leadership and internship programs. Learn more about the institute at www.bakerinstitute.org or on the institute’s blog, http://blogs.chron.com/bakerblog. last_img read more

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Historical Rent Control Ruling Is Bad for Real Estate Entrepreneurs and Tenants

first_img –shares Too many disincentives for landlords will prevent new rental units from ever making it to the real estate market. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue 6 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Image credit: Piyush Hatolkar | Getty Images Historical Rent Control Ruling Is Bad for Real Estate Entrepreneurs and Tenants Alike. Here’s Why. Guest Writer May 16, 2019 Oregon recently made real estate history, becoming the first state in the union to implement rent control statewide.I know the Oregon real estate market well since I grew up there and bought my first rental property when I was 14. Given that, I know that Oregonians mean well with this new law; they want to control the out-of-control cost of living in their state.But I have to disagree with rent control as the solution. In fact, this effort to help and support the state’s most vulnerable residents will unfortunately negatively impact them the most.Why? Because rent control simply doesn’t work. Rather, it drives down construction, discourages investment in new rental properties and generally disrupts the rental market in fundamental ways.And this is far more than just an Oregon story. Similar rent control bills have recently been considered in California, New York and Colorado as well, and the city of Chicago is working on its own related regulations.It won’t work in any of those areas either.Related: 6 Amazing Tips on Turning Real Estate Into a Real FortuneToday’s real estate market is complex and interconnected.Home ownership is on the decline and rents are ever increasing. In fact, according to a report from the Terner Center at UC Berkeley, there were 600,000 fewer “owner-occupied” homes in 2016 than there were in 2015, signaling a shift in ownership of suburban homes due to the foreclosure crisis.There are simply more renters today than in the past, and the supply of new rentals isn’t keeping up with this demand. That’s what’s driving rental affordability at the moment — there just isn’t enough supply.Tenants become the victims when landlords have their hands tied.Rent control only makes this disconnect worse by creating disincentives for builders and landlords, preventing new rental units from ever making it to the market at all.Worst of all, it eats away at today’s already old rental stock, eventually impacting tenants’ quality of life. Because it costs money to own a rental property – there are ongoing maintenance costs, management costs and of course rising property taxes to pay.What happens when landlords are unable to raise their rents in order to keep up with those costs? They stop investing in their properties, and eventually they become more and more dilapidated. No more big improvements, no more preventative maintenance, no more updates.The focus shifts instead to maximizing the rent they’re able to get out of the property, the end result is run-down, cockroach-infested buildings and homes that no one can afford to fix up because rent controls have cut off their source of capital. In that situation, everybody loses.Related: Learn How to Make Smarter Real Estate InvestmentsWorkarounds are emerging.We’re already starting to see the negative impact of the new law on tenants in Oregon, as more and more property managers are talking about removing first-time tenants after 11 months under “no cause” provisions that end after the first year of occupancy. By doing so, they’re still able to evict tenants for “no cause,” effectively allowing them to sidestep rent controls and raise their rent on the next tenant based on market rates.Just like that, tenants have lost one additional month of a place to live, all to satisfy the demands of the new rent control law.That may be the best-case scenario too, as tenants with longer-term leases are suffering even more, as landlords reduce their capital expenditures on properties in order to make sure they enjoy a positive return on their investment.It’s the economically disadvantaged who get hit the hardest by rent control. Already, I’ve been receiving numerous solicitations from real estate agents wanting to assist me in selling my Oregon rentals. Who would I sell them to? It won’t be landlords, but instead those renters who can already afford to buy. This will further reduce the number and quality of rentals in the area as nicer rentals are sold. It will also push apartment owners into converting to condos and further reducing supply for the most vulnerable. It doesn’t have to be this way.There’s a smarter solution. In fact, there’s a functioning model for affordable housing to copy that’s currently being used in Singapore. I know we have a subsidized, mixed-income model in the U.S., but it is not pervasive enough or market-driven enough. In Singapore, developers are incentivized with property tax credits in exchange for setting aside a portion of their rental units for low-income families, offering them reduced rent as part of the deal.Related: ‘Million Dollar Listing’ Real Estate Expert Ryan Serhant on How Small Businesses Can Make a Big ImpactThese aren’t your typical “low income” units either. Under the terms of Singapore’s system, the rentals are required to be part of their general inventory and cannot be isolated, lower quality or otherwise different. The city then regulates all rent, so landlords receive only one rent check from the city.The system accomplishes a couple of different goals:It mixes wealth within neighborhoods. As a result, there are no exclusive wealthy neighborhoods in Singapore and no impoverished neighborhoods, because everyone lives side by side regardless of income.Neighbors don’t know who’s who. Incomes can vary by household, but they all still live right next to each other. It’s a true melting pot.By subsidizing rents in this way, Singapore allows the local rental market to function organically, with landlords making all of the decisions about screening their own tenants, rents being set by demand and the market growing as needed. The only difference is that those tenants who meet certain economic criteria are eligible for assistance and able to live in any residential building in the city. Everything else goes for market rent.For tenants, this ensures a certain standard of care and quality for the properties they are living in.For landlords, it allows them to bring in tenants of different incomes to commingle in the same neighborhoods and buildings, without giving up the power of market rates. Those market rates and tax credits incentivize more building, which increases supply and helps keep rents from skyrocketing.  It’s a model that works in Singapore, and it’s one that’s worth considering in this country as well. Because rent control isn’t the answer for landlords, tenants, or the communities they live in.   Real Estate Joe Edgar CEO of TenantCloud Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article Apply Now »last_img read more

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Michael Dell Told to Raise Dell Offer as Carl Icahn Ups the

first_img July 3, 2013 Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Soyoung Kim, Michelle Sierra and Leela Parker 4 min read Add to Queue This story originally appeared on Reuters Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Next Article Image credit: Tech Inferno –shares Technology Michael Dell has been advised to raise his $24.4 billion offer for Dell Inc., coming under further pressure as billionaire investor Carl Icahn revealed he had committed more than $3 billion to back an alternative proposal.The PC maker’s special committee told Dell’s founder and chief executive a few days ago that he should raise his offer if he wants it to succeed, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.The special committee, which was formed to independently assess what the best option for Dell shareholders is, came to that conclusion based on its meetings with investors as well as concerns over a key upcoming recommendation by investment advisory firm ISS, the person said.ISS is expected to publish its view on whether Michael Dell’s offer, which is backed by equity financing from buyout firm Silver Lake, is in the interest of Dell’s shareholders as early as next week. A July 18 shareholder vote on Dell’s take-private plan will follow.Despite being advised by the special committee that he should raise his offer to see the transaction through, Michael Dell was non-committal, the person added, confirming an earlier report by Bloomberg News.Dell Inc. and Silver Lake declined to comment.The special committee’s move came as Icahn and his affiliates disclosed on Tuesday they had provided $3.42 billion, or 66 percent, of the debt financing to back his bid for Dell.Investment bank Jefferies & Co. provided $1.6 billion, or 30 percent of the overall $5.2 billion in committed financing with the remainder of about $179 million coming from 14 institutional funds, including pension funds and insurance companies, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.”The fact that he could not get lending from other banks suggests they are not too friendly to this,” said Steven Kaplan, a University of Chicago finance professor. “However, one must note that a few banks are locked up with the Silver Lake offer.””On the positive side, Icahn is putting a lot of money where his mouth is,” Kaplan added.Other market participants evaluating the transaction said Icahn’s move could indicate he may never have aimed to broadly distribute the deal in the first place.Calls to Carl Icahn, who runs Icahn Enterprises LP, were not immediately returned.Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management are preparing an offer that would see shareholders tender 1.1 billion shares at $14 apiece, rivalling Michael Dell’s and Silver Lake’s $24.4 billion buyout offer of $13.65 a share.The billionaire investor has said Michael Dell’s offer substantially undervalues the company. Dell’s special board committee had recommended Michael Dell’s offer to shareholders.While the financing commitment marks a crucial step forward for Icahn’s bid for Dell, it is contingent on a dozen board appointments, according to the SEC filing.Unless all 12 of the nominees proposed by Icahn and Southeastern on May 13 are elected to Dell’s board, the financing is unlikely to take place.Icahn’s proposal will also be put to shareholders only if the offer by Michael Dell and Silver Lake is not accepted by shareholders when they meet on July 18.’GAME OF CHICKEN’All eyes are now on ISS. If it moves against Michael Dell’s offer, he will be under even more pressure to raise it.”It’s a game of chicken,” a shareholder said. “Icahn’s going for the bump.”Speculation about a possible bump in the offer price began on Tuesday with a CNBC report that cited sources claiming that Michael Dell’s camp was not feeling confident that ISS will recommend his offer. An ISS spokeswoman, however, said that ISS was still working on its analysis and never signals its recommendation in advance.Another person familiar with the matter reiterated on Tuesday that neither Michael Dell nor Silver Lake have made any decision on whether to increase their offer.All sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter is confidential.The $5.2 billion financing deal put together by Icahn was shown to a mix of U.S. and foreign banks, asset managers, hedge funds and collateralized loan obligation (CLO) managers.Icahn’s proposed tender offer will be financed with $7.5 billion of cash on the balance sheet, the $5.2 billion credit facility and $2.9 billion from the sale of receivables.If Icahn’s proposal prevails, the loans would launch to a more broad range of institutional investors before September 30, or the three-month commitment period of the $5.2 billion loans, according to sources. 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Uber Agrees to Cough Up 10 Million to Settle California Suit on

first_img April 8, 2016 Reuters –shares Add to Queue 2 min read Image credit: Reuters | Lucy Nicholson Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article center_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Uber Agrees to Cough Up $10 Million to Settle California Suit on Misleading Customers Register Now » Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Uber Uber Technologies Inc. agreed to a $25 million settlement to end a civil lawsuit in California that accused the ride-sharing company of misleading customers about the strength of its background checks on drivers, prosecutors in Los Angeles and San Francisco said on Thursday.Uber must pay $10 million within 60 days, and the remaining $15 million will be waived if Uber complies with the terms of the agreement for two years, the San Francisco and Los Angeles County district attorneys said in statements.”It sends a clear message to all businesses, and to startups in particular, that in the quest to quickly obtain market share laws designed to protect consumers cannot be ignored,” San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón said.Uber welcomed the settlement. “We’re glad to put this case behind us and excited to redouble our efforts serving riders and drivers across the state of California,” it said in a statement.The case was filed in December 2014 by the two district attorneys, who alleged that Uber misled its customers about the strength of its background checks on drivers.The civil complaint also contended that Uber drivers work at airports without obtaining authorization, and in the case of San Francisco, charged a $4 extra fee to passengers traveling there, without paying anything to the airport.The agreement bars Uber from making untrue statements about its background checks and from charging airport “tolls.” In addition, the company must ensure that its fare calculations meet state measurement standards.Uber said it has already made many of the changes, including no longer callings its service the “safest ride on the road” or calling its background checks “the gold standard.”(Reporting by Anet Josline Pinto in Bengaluru and Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Fiona Ortiz)last_img read more

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The Uber of China Could IPO in 2018 Start Up Your Day

first_imgStart Up Your Day Looking for the latest headlines in small business, innovation and tech? Our Start Up Your Day recaps are posted every morning to keep you current.Prepping. The ‘Uber of China’ might be prepping for an IPO.Developed. Scientists created a see through wood as tough as glass.Rumored. Amazon might be launching its own food brands for Prime customers.Triple threat. Groups in France are taking legal action against Facebook, Youtube and Twitter, claiming the platforms do not remove homophobic, racist or discriminatory content.Do not pass go. Google plans to block flash programs in Chrome starting next year.Wait for it. A self-driving BMW is coming — but not until 2021.On the inside. Scientists have created an ingestible origami robot that unfolds itself in the stomach to patch a wound or remove objects. Staff writer. Frequently covers franchise news and food trends. May 16, 2016 Lindsay Friedman Image credit: Reuters | Jason Lee | File Photo –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Enroll Now for $5 Add to Queue 1 min read Next Article Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand The Uber of China Could IPO in 2018 — Start Up Your Day Rounduplast_img read more

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Around 550000 People Become Entrepreneurs Every Month

first_img August 4, 2016 Contributor Around 550,000 People Become Entrepreneurs Every Month 2 min read Grace Reader Add to Queue Next Article Guest Writer 2019 Entrepreneur 360 Listcenter_img 359shares Small Business Heroes The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. The rate of new entrepreneurs in the United States has been steadily growing for two years, according to a new report.The Kauffman startup index found that the rate of new entrepreneurs — or percent of non-business owning adults that started a business in a given month — has gone up from 2014, when 280 out of 100,000 adults became business owners, to 2016 when 330 out of 100,000 did. That translates to around 550,000 new entrepreneurs across the national, state and metro level every month.Two years ago, the index saw its lowest rate of new entrepreneurs in 20 years. Today, the index is at its fifth highest level.Other interesting tidbits from the report:Women in particular have seen an increase, as the rate of new entrepreneurs jumped from 220 out of 100,000 adults to 260 from 2014 to 2015.The rate of Latino entrepreneurs increased dramatically in the past 20 years. In 1996, 10 percent of new entrepreneurs were Latino. That rate jumped to 20.8 percent in 2015.There are now more older entrepreneurs than before. The rate of new entrepreneurs ages 55 to 64 increased from 14.8 percent in 1996 to 24.3 percent in 2015. With entrepreneurship on the rise, it may be time for you to get on board. Let these articles be your guide:So You Want to Be Your Own Boss… – Starting a Business …Need a Business Idea? Here are 55Entrepreneur Magazine’s Best Cities for Entrepreneurs8 Ways to Think Like an EntrepreneurLow Cost Business Ideas, How to Start a Small Business50 Habits That Prove You Were Born to Be an Entrepreneur Image credit: Shutterstock.com Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Apply Now »last_img read more

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Transplace Selects Karen Sage as Chief Marketing Officer

first_imgTransplace Selects Karen Sage as Chief Marketing Officer PRNewswireMay 30, 2019, 3:47 pmMay 30, 2019 Transplace, a leading provider of transportation management services and logistics technology solutions, announced the appointment of Karen Sage as the company’s chief marketing officer (CMO). Sage will lead the sales operations, corporate communications, and all marketing strategies and functions. She will be based out of the company’s Frisco, Texas headquarters and will report directly to CEO Frank McGuigan.#Logistics provider @Transplace names Karen Sage as #chiefmarketingofficer to lead the sales operations, corporate communications and #marketing functions [https://tinyurl.com/yyvxw99n] #logistics #3PL #supplychain #TMS“Karen is a dynamic and deeply experienced marketing executive whose leadership, insights, market expertise and creative approach will be invaluable as we move into this next stage of development for the Transplace brand,” said McGuigan. “The company is in hyper-growth mode and having a leader of Karen’s caliber ensures we continue to put our customer experience first and are able to grow and scale rapidly.”Marketing Technology News: Index Exchange Introduces Adaptive Timeout, Incorporating Machine Learning into Header BiddingSage brings more than two decades of global marketing, sales operations, product management and product marketing experience at companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500. Sage is known for accelerating revenue growth, building leadership brands and establishing strong marketing organizations globally. She comes to Transplace most recently from transportation management solutions (TMS) provider MercuryGate International, where she served as chief marketing officer. Prior to MercuryGate, she was the CMO at spend management solution provider SciQuest. She also had many leadership positions at CA Technologies and Cisco Systems, Inc.Marketing Technology News: Zebra Technologies to Acquire Profitect Inc.“Transplace has established itself as a clear leader in the transportation and logistics industry; consistently delivering impactful, measurable supply chain value to its customers,” Sage said. “With the company poised for continued growth and success, this is an exciting time to join the Transplace team. I look forward to helping to strengthen its position in the market and support company growth by enhancing and communicating its value to the industry.”Marketing Technology News: How Digital Can Save Brick-And-Mortar Retail with Customer Experience Objectives Cisco SystemsFrank McGuiganlogistics technology solutionsMarketing TechnologyMercuryGateNews Previous ArticleSmarterHQ Expands into Mobile With App Data Collection and Push MessagingNext Article7th China Internet Audio and Video Convention Focuses on New Marketing Driven by Synergy Between Content and Technologylast_img read more

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ACCAHA guideline for prevention of cardiovascular disease released

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Mar 18 2019The choices we make every day can have a lasting effect on our heart and vascular health. Adopting a heart healthy eating plan, getting more exercise, avoiding tobacco and managing known risk factors are among the key recommendations in the 2019 Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease guideline from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA). Also, it is recommended that aspirin should only rarely be used to help prevent heart attacks and stroke in people without known cardiovascular disease.The guideline, presented today at ACC’s 68th Annual Scientific Session, offers comprehensive but practical recommendations for preventing cardiovascular disease, which remains the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Nearly 1 out of 3 deaths in the U.S. is due to cardiovascular disease.”The most important way to prevent cardiovascular disease, whether it’s a build-up of plaque in the arteries, heart attack, stroke, heart failure or issues with how the heart contracts and pumps blood to the rest of the body, is by adopting heart healthy habits and to do so over one’s lifetime,” said Roger S. Blumenthal, MD, co-chair of the 2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and the Kenneth Jay Pollin Professor of Cardiology at Johns Hopkins Medicine. “More than 80 percent of all cardiovascular events are preventable through lifestyle changes, yet we often fall short in terms of implementing these strategies and controlling other risk factors.”The new prevention guideline, he said, is intended to provide a roadmap of strategies that can be used and tailored to help people without a history of heart disease stay heart healthy and, importantly, emphasize the need to identify and address personal or social barriers for doing so (e.g., income and education levels, cost concerns, lack of health insurance, access to healthy foods or safe places to exercise, life stressors).Risk AssessmentAccording to the guideline, any effort to prevent a first instance of cardiovascular disease (called primary prevention) should ideally start with a thorough assessment of one’s risk–that is, estimating how likely someone is to develop blockages in their arteries and have a heart attack or stroke or die as a result. All patients should openly talk with their care team about their current health habits and personal risk for cardiovascular disease and, together, determine the best way to prevent it based on current evidence and personal preferences.”We have good evidence now for how to identify these very high risk individuals with a physical exam and a good history, and for those at borderline risk there are additional factors that can help us determine who is at greater risk and should, for example, be on a medication like a statin earlier to prevent a cardiovascular event,” Blumenthal said. “In the past, a lot of people may have had a fatalistic attitude that they were going to develop heart problems sooner or later but, in reality, most cardiovascular events can be prevented.”The document synthesizes the best data and proven interventions for improving diet and exercise, tobacco cessation and optimally controlling other factors that affect one’s likelihood of heart problems and stroke (e.g., obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure). The document also discusses the challenges that may interfere with individuals being able to integrate better lifestyle habits.Lifestyle Change RecommendationsThe guideline underscores healthy lifestyle changes as the cornerstone of preventing heart disease and goes a step further by providing practical advice based on the latest research.”We can all do better with our dietary and exercise habits, and that’s so important when we think about wanting to live longer and healthier lives, whether it’s to see our grandchildren grow up or to stay as active as possible in older age,” Blumenthal said.Related StoriesCutting around 300 calories a day protects the heart even in svelte adultsRNA-binding protein SRSF3 appears to be key factor for proper heart contraction, survivalTeam approach to care increases likelihood of surviving refractory cardiogenic shockSome of the key lifestyle recommendations include:Eating heart healthier – choosing more vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, whole grains, and fish, and limiting salt, saturated fats, fried foods, processed meats, and sweetened beverages; specific eating plans like the Mediterranean, DASH and vegetarian diets are reviewed.Engaging in regular exercise – experts advise aiming for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercises such as brisk walking, swimming, dancing or cycling each week. For people who are inactive, some activity is better than none and small 10-minute bursts of activity throughout the day can add up for those with hectic schedules. Currently, only half of American adults are getting enough exercise and prolonged periods of sitting can counteract the benefits of exercise.Aiming for and keeping a healthy weight – for people who are overweight or obese, losing just 5 to 10 percent of their body weight (that would be 10-20 pounds for someone who weighs 200 pounds) can markedly cut their risk of heart disease, stroke and other health issues.Avoiding tobacco by not smoking, vaping or breathing in smoke – 1 in 3 deaths from heart disease is attributable to smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, so every effort to try to quit through counseling and/or approved cessation medications should be supported and tailored to each individual.Aspirin UseFor people who’ve had a heart attack, stroke, open heart surgery or stents placed to open clogged arteries, aspirin can be lifesaving. But regular use of aspirin to prevent heart attacks and stroke in healthy people isn’t as clear-cut.In this guideline, ACC/ AHA experts offer science-based guidance that aspirin should only rarely be used to help prevent heart attacks and stroke in people without known cardiovascular disease. Recent research suggests that the chance of bleeding, given the blood-thinning effect of aspirin, may be too high and the evidence of benefit–the number of heart attacks or strokes that are actually prevented–is not sufficient enough to make a daily aspirin worth taking for most adults in this setting.”Clinicians should be very selective in prescribing aspirin for people without known cardiovascular disease,” Blumenthal said. “It’s much more important to optimize lifestyle habits and control blood pressure and cholesterol as opposed to recommending aspirin. Aspirin should be limited to people at the highest risk of cardiovascular disease and a very low risk of bleeding.”Based on a simplified synopsis of the latest ACC/AHA cholesterol guideline, for primary prevention, statins should be commonly recommended with lifestyle changes to prevent cardiovascular disease among people with elevated low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels (? 190 mg/dl), Type 2 diabetes, and anyone who is deemed to have a high likelihood of having a stroke or heart attack upon reviewing their medical history and risk factors and having a detailed discussion with their clinician.DiabetesFor people with Type 2 diabetes, which is one of the strongest risk factors for cardiovascular disease, there are new data that two classes of diabetes medications, which work to lower blood sugar levels, can also cut the risk of heart attack, stroke and related deaths.The 2019 ACC/AHA Guideline on the Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease will simultaneously publish in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.Source: https://www.acc.org/about-acc/press-releases/2019/03/17/09/49/acc-aha-guidance-for-preventing-heart-disease-stroke-releasedlast_img read more

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SC to States Comply with order on cow vigilantism lynchingsSC to States

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday took exception to the fact that only 11 of the country’s 29 States, and seven union territories had filed compliance reports after it ordered them to take steps to deal with mob lynchings and cow vigilantism.A Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khawilkar and D Y Chandrachud granted the last opportunity to the defaulting states and UTs, warning if they did not file their reports within a week, then their home secretaries will have to appear in person before court.During the hearing, the Centre informed the court that an empowered Group of Ministers has been set up to consider framing a law on mob violence following the cow vigilantism verdict.The Bench was hearing a plea by Congress leader Tehseen Poonawala seeking initiation of contempt proceedings against Rajasthan officials including the Chief Secretary and the police chief for alleged violation of the top court’s verdict in the alleged lynching of dairy farmer Rakbar Khan on July 20.On July 17, the top court had said that “horrendous acts of mobocracy” cannot be allowed to overrun the law of the land and issued a slew of guidelines to deal with mob lynching and cow vigilantism.It had then also asked the Centre to consider enacting a new law to sternly deal with such incidents. SHARE Published on September 07, 2018 COMMENT crime, law and justicecenter_img courts and legal Only 11 of 29 States have filed reports on implementing the apex court’s orders SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Regional power grab attempt causes rare discord in Ethiopia coalition

first_imgADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – A failed regional coup in Ethiopia has exposed rare divisions in the alliance that has dominated the country for three decades, with two of the four ethnic parties that form the ruling coalition trading insults in a public feud.While there have been disagreements among the parties in the past, analysts described the acrimonious exchange this week between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the Amhara Democratic Party (ADP) as among the most serious yet.The two groups have shared power with two other ethnic parties since 1991 in a coalition, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF), that tolerated little dissent until Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed took power last year and launched political reforms.The new tension between them arose after a rogue militia tried to seize power last month in the northern Amhara region, ruled by the ADP. The authorities blamed the June 22 attempted regional coup on Asamnew Tsige, a rogue ADP member, killed in fighting on the outskirts of the regional capital Bahir Dar. World 23 Jun 2019 Ethiopia’s army chief, three others killed in failed regional coup World 04 Jul 2019 Ethiopia faces more conflict with ethnic group’s push for region In recent days, the TPLF has accused the ADP of having stood by while Asamnew trained and armed a militia in the lead-up to the uprising, and of having failed to denounce him since.”The TPLF would have difficulty working with its so-called sister party, which hasn’t even dared to stare the killer in the eye,” Getachew Reda, executive member of TPLF and former national communication minister, told Reuters on Thursday.The ADP responded by accusing the TPLF of being “responsible for the current political crisis in the country. The TPLF has no moral or practical ground to consider itself as the only guardian of Ethiopia,” it said in a statement late on Thursday. It gave no further details.FLYING IN THE FACE OF REALITYThe TPLF was angered earlier this week when the ADP chairman, Deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen, said an unidentified third group was behind the June uprising. The TPLF viewed the remarks as an attempt by the ADP to avert blame.”How would I feel comfortable sitting next to Demeke while his remarks are flying in the face of reality?” TPLF’s Getachew told Reuters by telephone.The violence on June 22 was the strongest challenge yet to the rule of Abiy, who in just over a year in power has rolled out a series of reforms allowing greater freedoms in what had long been one of Africa’s most repressive states.The reforms have made it possible for long-held grievances against the government’s decades of harsh rule to resurface, and have emboldened local power-brokers seeking to build support by securing more power and territory for their ethnic groups. Resulting waves of unrest have forced the government to postpone a long-delayed national census and thrown doubt over whether an election next year will be held on time.Each of the ruling coalition’s four ethnically-based parties faces increasing competition from newer, more strident parties in their own home provinces, and are having to become more assertive themselves to avoid being outflanked, analysts say. “It will be difficult for the ruling coalition to maintain its current status ahead of the upcoming election,” said Mulugeta Aregawi, a lecturer at the Addis Ababa University School of Law.William Davison, an analyst from Brussels-based International Crisis Group, said that if the tension among the parties were to break up the ruling coalition, it “would leave a major power vacuum”. But he added that it still appeared unlikely for now, “since all actors have too much to lose.” (Reporting by Dawit Endeshaw; Additional reporting by Hereward Holland in Nairobi; Writing by George Obulutsa; Editing by Peter Graff) Related Newscenter_img Related News World 29 Jun 2019 Ethiopia airs voice of alleged coup leader killed in crackdown {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more