Abdel Nader (Phoenix Suns) with a dunk vs the Denver Nuggets, 01/22/2021
Abdel Nader (Phoenix Suns) with a dunk vs the Denver Nuggets, 01/22/2021
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Ecuador has received a donation of some 20,000 doses of the Sinovac coronavirus vaccine from Chile, Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno said on Saturday, in a sign of the stark disparities in South American countries' inoculation campaigns. Chile, one of Latin America's wealthiest countries, ranks sixth in the world for per-capita vaccine shots administered, according to Reuters data, with a quarter of the population now having received a dose.
Seattle Mariners top prospect Jarred Kelenic will be sidelined due to a strained adductor muscle in his left knee. Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said an MRI on Saturday revealed the injury. “While disappointed that Jarred will be sidelined, we are relieved that the long-term outlook is positive,” Dipoto said.
Few people of color among top Capitol Hill staff has led to a trickle of candidates in the pipeline to lobbying and public affairs jobs. Why it matters: Many industry groups and associations have an imperfect understanding of how the policies debated in Washington affect disadvantaged communities.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free“There is still a misalignment of C-suite corporate diversity commitments with the faces and voices serving those companies in Washington," said Moses Mercado, principal at Ogilvy Government Relations. "It has gotten better, but with the current pipeline of diverse talent in D.C., the time for action is now.”How it works: Most lobbyists get their start on Capitol Hill, where the hours are long, the pay is comparatively low, but the proximity to power is real. Congressional staff learn the legislative process and develop tight personal relationships and professional networks.The longer they stay on Capitol Hill, the more valuable they are to Fortune 500 companies, who need lobbyists to help them navigate thorny political issues, explain their positions to lawmakers in the best possible light, and in some instances, even draft legislation.Top lobbyists can easily make more than $1 million a year, but most make less, and nearly all are expected to contribute to the political campaigns of the lawmakers in their network, routinely writing $2,900 checks, the maximum allowed per election.By the numbers: Only 11% of the Senate's top office staff — chiefs of staff, legislative directors and communications directors — are people of color, compared to approximately 40% of the country, according to the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. On the House side, 13.7% of top staff are minorities. Compare that to Congress, where roughly a quarter of the members of the 117th Congress are people of color, according to a Pew Research Center analysis.What we're hearing: Multiple registered lobbyists of color told Axios that there aren't currently enough experienced congressional staffers to end the racial and ethnic disparities on K Street anytime soon. "It’s a pipeline problem," said Paul Thornell, a principal at Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas, a well-known bipartisan lobby and public affairs firm. "We do see some bias on the lack of people of color in top jobs in the Senate, and that leads to fewer opportunities" in downtown lobbying jobs. Thornell, who is Black, credited Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for trying to address the upstream issue by requiring Senate offices to report the racial makeup of their staffs — numbers that have been available since 2017. The other side: "The excuse that there’s no pipeline is a little bit of just that, an excuse," said Oscar Ramirez, a Democratic strategist. "There has always been a talent pool," he told Axios. "But I do think that you obviously need more numbers."The bottom line: Companies are beginning to recognize that hiring a diverse lobbying team could help them achieve their preferred policy outcomes."Having the perspective of these communities is going to be critical to passing legislation" on President Biden's to-do list, said Ramirez.More from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free
After a 2-14 season, the Jets enter 2021 with a brand-new head coach and two picks in the first round of the NFL Draft. With Trevor Lawrence likely to go first overall to the Jaguars, here’s a look at what the experts think Gang Green could do with its picks.
Against a backdrop of increasing domestic violence, survivors risk being trapped in a cycle of abuse without federal funding for child care.
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The Southeast Asian country has been plunged into turmoil since the military overthrew and detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb. 1. There were sporadic protests across Myanmar on Saturday and local media reported that police fired tear gas shells and stun grenades to break up a protest in the Sanchaung district of Yangon, the country's biggest city. Late at night, residents said soldiers and police moved into several districts of Yangon, firing shots.
Communities of color are driving population growth in states like Texas, North Carolina and Florida, but gerrymandering could limit their representation in Congress as district lines are redrawn this year based on a complicated 2020 census and just plain politics. Why it matters: When census counts are accurate and political boundaries fairly drawn, voters have more control over how their community is represented in government. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeBetween the lines: Historically, two main tactics have been used to draw districts that dilute the voices of communities of color, experts say. Cracking: By drawing lines through a large community of color, their votes are swallowed by the largely white surrounding areas and their representation is limited. Consolidating: By packing as many people of color as possible into one district, their voices and power are centralized, rather than present in multiple districts. The result is better representation but less political power statewide. What to watch: In 2013, the Supreme Court knocked out a section of the Voting Rights Act that required states with a history of racial discrimination — largely in the South — to get pre-clearance from the Justice Department before adopting their redistricting maps.The requirement shed light on gerrymandered local districts, which doesn't get the same news coverage as congressional districts. Now "there may not be anybody there to notice; bring a lawsuit," Paul Smith, VP of litigation and strategy at the Campaign Legal Center, told Axios.In addition, the Supreme Court recently blocked political gerrymandering cases from federal courts, ending legal recourse beyond state courts, except for racial gerrymandering cases.There's no straightforward solution. Different communities of color have different preferences for how they think lines should be drawn to ensure that their political voice is heard — and different groups will disagree about whether their neighborhoods should be contained in one district or split among multiple districts. What they're saying: The question is "whether those communities will actually receive that additional representation or whether districts will be drawn in a way to manipulate boundaries" to further empower white communities, Yurij Rudensky, redistricting counsel in the Brennan Center's Democracy Program.The coronavirus and the Trump administration's handling of the census during the pandemic have raised concerns about data accuracy on top of conventional undercounts of hard-to-reach groups such as immigrants. Data delays will also make the map-drawing process even more chaotic. New maps can help growing Black and brown neighborhoods elect politicians who can better represent them and address issues that affect them at the local, state and federal level.Census undercounts and partisan gerrymandering instead dilute the power of voters of color in their own communities. What you can do: "It can be incredibly powerful just to say, 'I live here. My neighbors also live here.... We want to have a representative that represents us together,'" Justin Levitt, a national redistricting expert, told Axios.The bottom line: Advocates are hopeful that this year's process will garner more public attention, forcing better accountability than in past years. More from Axios: Sign up to get the latest market trends with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free
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Boss Carla Ward admitted Birmingham City may look to permanently move away from their Damson Park ground, after being forced to play a ‘home’ Barclays FA WSL clash at St George's Park for the second week in a row.
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The major spending package is expected to be given final approval in the House next week.
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President Joe Biden has two seats to fill on the influential appeals court in the nation's capital that regularly feeds judges to the Supreme Court. Barring an improbable expansion of the Supreme Court, Biden won’t be able to do anything about the high court’s entrenched conservative majority any time soon. Justice Clarence Thomas, at 72, is the oldest of the court’s conservatives and the three appointees of former President Donald Trump, ranging in age from 49 to 56, are expected to be on the bench for decades.
A new market rally attempt has begun, but don't rush in or assume old winners like Tesla will lead. The Senate passed the Biden stimulus plan.
Mar. 6—CHAMPAIGN — A new cannabis dispensary is planned next to the popular Kam's bar in Campustown. NuEra, which also has a location in Urbana, received a building permit this week for a dispensary at 102 E. Green St., C. "It's a convenient location," Principal Officer Keith McGinnis said. "We're excited to get it open." Construction crews were busy Friday in the space. "I'm hoping to be open ...
The Recording Academy is partnering with Berklee College of Music and Arizona State University to complete a study focused on women's representation in the music industry. The organization says the data it collects “will be utilized to develop and empower the next generation of women music creators." The Grammys have been criticized over the years for awarding and nominating more men than women.
Myanmar security forces fired gunshots as they carried out overnight raids in the main city Yangon after breaking up the latest protests against last month's coup with teargas and stun grenades. The Southeast Asian country has been plunged into turmoil since the military overthrew and detained elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Feb. 1. There were sporadic protests across Myanmar on Saturday and local media reported that police fired tear gas shells and stun grenades to break up a protest in the Sanchaung district of Yangon, the country's biggest city.