USPS mail delivery improving, but still ‘unacceptably low’: Senate Democrat

first_imgTom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images/PoolBy LUCIEN BRUGGEMAN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Mail delivery standards in parts of the country remain well below levels prior to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s cost-cutting overhaul of the Postal Service in July, a new report from a Senate Democrat found Friday, casting renewed scrutiny on the beleaguered agency and its controversial leader.“It is unacceptable that on-time mail delivery has not been restored to levels prior to the Postmaster General carelessly instituting his disastrous operational changes,” said Michigan Sen. Gary Peters, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.First-class mail across the country was delivered on-time in 85.6% of cases in mid-October, down from an average of 91% earlier this year, according to a report Peters published late Friday.After DeJoy put in place a series of measures meant to curb wasted trips for mail carriers and cut employees’ overtime, first-class mail performance plummeted to 81.5% in August, according to the report.Peters’ analysis, which collated data provided to him by the Postal Service, noted that several major cities, including Baltimore, Detroit and Philadelphia, are suffering the lowest percentage of on-time deliveries.“While the Postal Service has made some improvements since congressional oversight and federal litigation against Postmaster General DeJoy’s actions began,” Peters wrote in the report, “on-time delivery levels remain unacceptably low.”The U.S. Postal Service did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.Despite the bleak portrait painted in Peters’ report, one figure will alleviate some of Americans’ anxiety: election mail is performing well.While comprehensive data was not available, Peters wrote that “recent USPS data shows that on-time processing rates for the subset of election mail able to be tracked is above 90%.”DeJoy, a longtime logistics company executive, faced backlash within months of taking the helm at the Postal Service in June for putting in place measures that critics said would slow mail service.His changes coincided with unfounded rhetoric from President Donald Trump casting doubt on the efficacy of mail-in voting, prompting allegations that DeJoy’s overhaul might indirectly serve to support the president’s claims. The Postal Service has consistently maintained that it is committed to delivering election mail on time, but in a letter to lawmakers in August, DeJoy acknowledged that his reforms had led to some “unintended consequences.”In the intervening months, the Postal Service has suffered multiple defeats in federal courts across the country stemming from lawsuits that challenged DeJoy’s overhaul. In September, the agency said it would halt all operational changes until after November.More Americans than ever are expected to vote by mail in the upcoming presidential election. With nearly two weeks until Election Day, more than 52 million votes have already been cast and at least 85.5 million ballots have been requested, according to the U.S. Elections Project, run by University of Florida professor Michael McDonald.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Haiti: Gold Could Brighten Future

first_imgBy Dialogo July 01, 2012 Haiti’s land may hold the key to relieving centuries of poverty, disaster and disease: there is gold hidden in its hills — and silver and copper, too. A flurry of exploratory drilling in the past year has found precious metals worth potentially $20 billion deep below the tropical ridges in the country’s northeastern mountains. Now, a mining company is drilling around the clock to determine how to get those metals out. The Haitian Government’s annual budget is $1 billion, more than half provided by foreign assistance. The largest single source of foreign investment, $2 billion, came from Haitians working abroad last year. A windfall of locally produced wealth could pay for roads, schools, clean water and sewage systems for the nation’s 10 million people. Haiti’s geological vulnerability is also its promise. Massive tectonic plates squeeze the island with horrifying consequences, but deep cracks between them form convenient veins for gold, silver and copper pushed up from the hot innards of the planet. “Ultimately, I think mining is going to dwarf anything else in Haiti,” says Michael Fulp, an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based geologist who visited the drill sites. “Usually you’ve got about a one-in-1,000 chance of making a mine from the exploratory stage, but those odds are much better in Haiti because of the lack of any previous modern-day exploration and very, very promising samples.” Due to the deals struck with mining companies, Haitians should get $1 out of every $2 of profits, compared with about $1 out of $3 that most countries get from mining firms. I have just read the news and the truth is that I felt a feeling difficult to explain, a joy perhaps is a way of putting it. Since the earthquake and the devastation of Haiti, I asked myself when their fate would change and now they have found gold. Hopefully they can handle it in a responsible way, because we all know the pollution that is caused by the mining companies, and that they do not waste the money. Good luck, we are vigilant.last_img read more

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Walking his way to success

first_imgZinto Activation Group is a brandactivation company that usesunconventional routes to achieveits goals. Sifiso Dlamini, founder and CEOof Eish Hade, shows off a conceptshoe for his summer 2012 range,while his partner Nkululeko worksin the background.(Images: Ray Maota) Dlamini holds up one of his nubuckand leather sneakers.(Image: The Business Place)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sifiso DlaminiEish Hade: Founder and CEO+27 73 077 2481RELATED ARTICLES• Meet a top social entrepreneur• Changing lives one biscuit at a time• SA businesswomen making progress• Siyazama: taking the world by stormRay MaotaSifiso Dlamini, has always been a sneaker fanatic. By the time he was 12, he owned 12 pairs of footwear because he knew that in Soweto, that was how one was judged.Dlamini is the founder and CEO of an aspiring streetwear brand named Eish Hade, which is currently focusing on footwear. Eish Hade loosely translates as “oops…I’m sorry” and is a term usually used in the townships after stepping on someone’s toes.The diminutive Dlamini said: “Having a pair of sneakers in Soweto meant a lot. You were cool and every kid on the block wanted to have their pair of sneakers.“I used to sketch sneakers in my spare time instead of going to play; this is where the passion to make my own sneakers came from.”Eish Hade sneakers are handcrafted and prices range from R280 (US$30) – R500 ($60), but one can also put a personal touch to them with customisations which, depending on the fabric used, will push the price up.“My partner Nkululeko Ndlovu and I were toying around with the name of the brand when we realised what most people in Soweto would say if they stepped on someone,” said Dlamini, “and we decided to make it the name of our brand.”Early yearsDlamini grew up in Meadowlands in Soweto and attended Langlaagte Technical High School, west of Johannesburg’s CBD.This is where he was to meet his future partner Nkululeko Ndlovu, when they attended school together from 2002 – 2006.After school Dlamini ran a spaza and games shop at home to provide an income – at the same time he started taking apart old shoes to get an idea of how they are put together.Although they parted ways after matric, the pair reconnected when Dlamini realised he could turn this sneaker-making hobby into a business.Dlamini’s favourite brand of sneakers while growing up in the 1990s was the Adidas Superstar, worn by most US hip-hop artists at the time.Loxion Kulca, the first homegrown urban streetwear brand in the 1990s, was to become one of Dlamini’s influences. Loxion Kulca, slang for “township culture”, started off as a headwear brand before being a fully-fledged streetwear brand with clothes and sneakers.“When I saw how successful Loxion Kulca was I knew then that I could make my brand work,” said Dlamini.Using an old pair of sneakers that he took apart, leaving only the shell, Dlamini re-assembled it using his own material in 2008 and this was to become his concept sneaker.“I made a few other pairs which I sold to friends and family. They loved them and from these I got a lot of feedback and constructive criticism,” said Dlamini.His mother also had a big impact, supporting him by buying material and letting him use her sewing machine so he could pursue his dream.Turning Eish Hade into a businessDlamini registered Eish Hade as a company in 2009 but he had trouble getting funding to start daily operations and was still working from his room at home.In March 2009 Dlamini went to The Business Place (TBP) looking for help with training in making shoes and funding to buy equipment.TBP assists new entrepreneurs by providing them with information, referrals, training, workshops, networking and business opportunities.During a number of one-on-one consultations at TBP he was referred to ChemCity. This Sasol group company assists entrepreneurs with creating business plans to gain access to funding.They also facilitated access to training for Dlamini at African Action which manufacturers school shoes, where he learnt about producing top quality products.Eish Hade now employs five people including Dlamini.Getting working spaceIn 2010 Dlamini and Ndlovu were attending the annual Back to the City music event in Newtown in the heart of Johannesburg, and were showcasing their wares when fortune shone on them.Back to the City is a hip-hop festival that has taken place on 27 April, Freedom Day, for the past six years.At the event they met Kyle Verbeek, account executive at Zinto Activation Group, who immediately loved their products and initiated a follow up meeting with them.“Meeting Kyle was a blessing because he initiated the meeting with Michelle Combrink, the owner of Zinto Activation Group,” said Dlamini.Zinto Activation Group is a brand activation company that brings a brand to the consumer’s attention in a way conventional media would not be able to, using methods such as road shows.Dlamini said: “Michelle immediately loved our raring-to-go attitude and gave us R10 000 ($1 214) to buy material, as well as a workshop on their premises for free.”This relationship is mutually beneficial as Zinto would need branded sneakers for their activation work and Dlamini would supply them.“I get to showcase my work to other people, thanks to Zinto’s exposure which brings in money to the company. We’ve done activations for Zinto involving telecommunications company MTN, Willards, the snack company; and BIC pens,” said Dlamini.The futureDlamini and his team are currently using three old model sewing machines and are in need of new machinery to up their production.“We are currently able to make at least four pairs of sneakers a day but under pressure we can make seven to eight,” said Dlamini.Dlamini said: “If there is someone who can fund us, they can come to the site and we can evaluate according to our business model how much is needed help us.“I see this company growing and us having our own factory in 10 years, creating employment and providing skills training to others.”last_img read more

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Love, Korver lead Cavaliers past Mavericks

first_imgMOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Durant returns to court after missing a game, leads Warriors Read Next Cleveland used an 18-2 run in the first quarter to wipe out an early 10-point deficit and neither team lead by more than six points for the rest of the half. Dallas took a 52-49 lead into the break with Barnes scoring seven of his team’s final 11 points.TIP-INSCavaliers: Starting point guard Derrick Rose missed his second consecutive game with a left ankle sprain. Iman Shumpert started in Rose’s place. The team set no timetable for Rose’s return. … Tristan Thompson missed his fifth straight game with a left calf strain. The Cavs have averaged seven fewer rebounds per game with Thompson out of the lineup.Mavericks: Coach Rick Carlisle talked about the desire to have two point guards on the floor at the start and for long stretches of the game: “It’s really become a league of playmaking in the last several years, and if you don’t have a couple of those guys in there, you’re going against the grain a little bit and making it tougher to get good shots.”ADVERTISEMENT Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) drives past Dallas Mavericks center Salah Mejri (50). APDALLAS — Kevin Love had 29 points and 15 rebounds and Kyle Korver scored all 13 of his points in the fourth quarter to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Dallas Mavericks 111-104 Saturday (Sunday Manila time).The Mavericks were down by as many as 11 points in the fourth quarter and cut the lead to one on two occasions but could never take the lead.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort With the American Airlines Center crowd standing for most of the game’s final four minutes, Harrison Barnes missed a 3-pointer that would have put Dallas up by one. Korver was fouled on the rebound and made both free throws to put the Cavs up 106-102, and Cleveland clinched the game with free throws.Barnes finished with a team-leading 23 points and Dennis Smith, Jr. had 21 for Dallas, which is tied with Atlanta for the NBA’s worst record at 2-11.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLeBron James, averaging 36 points in November, had just 19, but two came on an emphatic dunk with 1:08 to play that put Cleveland up 104-100.The Cavaliers outscored the Mavericks 34-22 in the third quarter to erase a three-point halftime deficit. Love scored 13 points in the first 5:38 of the quarter, and Smith’s long 3-pointer keyed a 15-2 run and forced a Dallas timeout. View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to another edition of 60 seconds in Touch… * Aussie Mens 20’s player Mat Bird was, on the weekend, cleared of all charges of misconduct stemming from the incident-riddled Mens 20 years match at the recent Youth World Cup. After a 2 hour judiciary a relieved Bird was given the all-clear to continue to play Touch at all levels and is now looking forward to the National Touch League in March. * The NTL’s are just two and a half weeks away and the ATA office is getting hectic, with deadlines for the tournament magazine and merchandise orders coming and going. Boxes of merchandise are beginning to pile up, with ATA staff modeling various pieces of clothing for approval from Gwynne about what she’s ordered, so don’t forget to bring some spare change to Coffs because there’s some great new merchandise there for purchase. * The revised NTL draw will be uploaded onto the ATA website by the end of this week, so keep an eye out on the homepage for all the latest info on your matches, opponents and fields. * It seems that NSW Touch really should go into business as rain dancers…following the 2004 NSW State Cup last December, where they dealt with severe thunderstorms in Port Macquarie, the 2005 Junior State Cup was washed out Saturday afternoon when hail and lightning made play to dangerous for the 275 teams competing. An organizational nightmare no doubt for NSW Touch organisers, all got back on track on Sunday to decide the finals winners. * For anyone who was jumping on the internet to check out results of the NSW Junior State Cup and wondering what the go was…a lightning strike took out the phone line NSW Touch were using to upload all results! Results will no doubt be uploaded as soon as possible. * If you’ve been wondering where the ATA is at on the Management Audit, check out the latest story on the ATA homepage PROCESS WELL UNDERWAY FOR UNITARY MODEL OF MANAGMENT If you’re not keen on reading large amounts of text, check out the flow chart (in lots of different colours!) or the power point presentation, which simplifies what has been happening for the Management of Touch Football Australia wide. * For anyone interested in the Seniors selection or All Nations tournament in October this years, all information can be found on the All Nations page on the ATA site, simply click on `Tournament’ then `International Events’ then `All Nations- New Zealand 2005′. Also check out the ATA homepage for the story ALL NATIONS TOURNAMENT- SENIORS SELECTION STORY * Just to make sure you all know…the websites for all local associations can be accessed from the ATA homepage, simply by clicking on the `local’ link on the top right hand corner and then scrolling down to the relevant association. * This week’s `Local Association of the Week’ is City Touch from Adelaide. If you’re keen to see what can be done with your local association’s website, I suggest you have a look at this one…CITY TOUCH- ADELAIDE They have all the latest news, resources for all interested in Touch, a downloads section including registration and nomination forms, information on sponsors and deals for City Touch members, referee allocations and also information on weather, the weather line and their buzzword for SMS weather reports. It’s a great example of a local association website helping to promote and develop Touch in their region. * The ATA calendar is slowly building its stock, with events at a local, regional, state and national level being added. (use the calendar link on the ATA homepage to check it out.) Remember, if you have something you would like added to the calendar, simply email the details to [email protected] * After 120 votes the Mets, Sharks, Scorpions, Cobras and Rustlers are sitting on 53% approval that they will be the top 5 finishing permits at the NTL. The Cobras, Scorpions, Suns, Mets and Rustlers are the second most popular combination with 15% of the votes. Check out the poll on the ATA homepage for all the results. * Remember, all requests for assistance in getting in touch with your local newspaper of media outlet for the NTL can be sent to Rachel Moyle at [email protected] She’s ready and willing to give your Permit a hand with gaining some media coverage before, during or after the tournament. By Rachel Moyle, [email protected]last_img

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Canada introducing digital charter to combat hate speech misinformation

first_imgPARIS — The federal government says it will launch a new digital charter that will dictate how the country will combat hate speech, misinformation and online electoral interference in Canada.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement today in Paris during a speech at the VivaTech conference, an international summit that brings together startups and technology leaders.The announcement was short on details, which Trudeau says will be revealed in the coming weeks.Prime Minister of #Canada, @JustinTrudeau, calling for tech leaders and governments, to rally together against online terror.This follows, the #ChristchurchCall that was introduced yesterday at @Elysee.#VivaTech pic.twitter.com/ABpBiQ8GNZ— #VivaTech (@VivaTech) May 16, 2019But the prime minister says he’s confident the proposed framework will restore the faith of citizens while holding platforms accountable.Trudeau met with New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern earlier in the day and held a working lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron.He was set to meet Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales later Thursday.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Womens Basketball Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell named preseason AllAmerican

Ohio State then-junior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) facilitates the offense against Purdue during the Boilermakers’ 71-60 win against the Buckeyes at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 4. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerFor the third season in a row, Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell has been named an Associated Press preseason All-American.The high expectations are warranted for the senior who was a first-team All-American in 2016 and second-team All-American in 2015 and 2014. She has been honored as a first-team All-Big Ten member every season at Ohio State and was named Big Ten Player of the Year in 2015 and 2017.Last season, Mitchell led the Big Ten with 22.6 points per game and paced her team with 137 assists. As a freshman, Mitchell set the program record for most points in a season, then broke her own record the next season with 889 points. Though she has played just three seasons, the guard holds the record for most career 3-pointers (368).In the Buckeyes’ two exhibition games against Ashland and Urbana, Mitchell scored 53 points and 17 assists combined between both matchups. Mitchell’s season starts when the Buckeyes take on Stanford at 6 p.m. Friday at St. John Arena. read more

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Pellegrini praises teams headquarters

first_imgThe West Ham United’s coach said that the facilities and atmosphere at Rush Green is perfect and he believes he has everything he needs for his clubFor West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini, the team’s training grounds are just perfect and he has said he believes he has everything he needs for.The Rush Green headquarters have been praised by Pellegrini after the media reported problems there.“There are absolutely no problems with Rush Green,” he told West Ham’s official website.“It is a modern, efficient facility that enables us to do everything we need with the squad in terms of training and preparation for matches.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“The club has spent almost £10 million on training facilities over the last couple of years and that investment is set to continue,” he said.“We have excellent training pitches, which mirror the exact layout, dimensions, and quality of our home match pitch at London Stadium.”“The medical and fitness facilities are first class, and the changing areas for both the players and coaching staff are more than adequate,” he continued.“I cannot comment on what happened prior to my time here – all I know is that I have had every support from the owners and directors since arriving at the club and we are all working together with the same objectives and targets.”last_img read more

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