Survey: Coronavirus to blame for dragging down Iowa, Midwest economy

first_imgOMAHA — Fears about coronavirus slowed Iowa’s economy during February, along with the overall economy across the Midwest, according to a Creighton University survey of business leaders and supply managers in nine states.Creighton economist Ernie Goss says the impact on commerce is critical, as the virus has infected tens of thousands of people around the world, with more than three-thousand dead.“We asked the supply managers, and these are men and women that are buying goods from abroad in many cases and domestically, four out of ten, 40% of supply managers indicated negative impacts from the coronavirus,” Goss says. “That’s a real concern for the regional economy going forward.”The illness originated in China and that’s where tens of millions of people are quarantined, with factories of all sorts temporarily closed. Goss says that’s gumming up the gears that would ordinarily keep manufacturing moving.“Twenty-seven percent said they’d switch vendors, actually switch vendors because of the coronavirus,” Goss says. “That’s a real concern if this coronavirus is, if we see do that in the U.S. popping up more so than what we’ve seen thus far.” On the plus side, Goss says some of those supply managers who said they’re switching vendors are switching to -domestic- vendors.The stock market tumbled last week over fears about the virus and Goss says it’s brought about a quick response. “We’re seeing businesses and individual investors looking for safety, safety is the number-one concern right now, not the rate of return,” Goss says. “Where do you go for safety? Gold. Gold prices are up. Where else do you go for safety? U.S. Treasury bonds, pushing up prices and yields down.”Goss says hiring across the region is down as businesses continue to struggle to find qualified workers.The monthly Creighton survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.last_img read more

Russell looking to put on a show at Penns

first_imgJanieve Russell remains confident of excelling again at the upcoming Penn Relays, which will be held at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, from April 28-30.”They (fans) are expecting great times. They are expecting a show and I am just going out there to use Penn Relays as a training ground again,” said Russell.Russell, a University of Technology (UTech) student, competed at Penns for eight years – five for her alma mater Holmwood Technical and three years for UTech.”I have a lot of experience. Penn Relays is very cold and thing, and a lot of athletes are not used to the climate because they are always in the tropical area, and to know that I have been travelling to Penn Relays for eight years, I know the feeling, the crowd and the atmosphere that we are going into,” Russell observed.While clocking a personal best in the 2015 World Championships last year, Russell not only reached the final, but placed fifth with a lifetime best of 54.64 seconds.”Yes, I am ready. There is a lot of expectation from other athletes and your fans and people who are looking out there and saying she is a World Championship finalist and she is representing her school,” said Russell.”They are expecting great times. They are expecting a show and I am just going out there to use Penn Relays as a training ground again.”She added: “The 4×400 will help with my endurance and the 4x200m will help with my speed. I am just going out there confident and just ready to perform.”So it’s a good feeling to know that I am well prepared and just going out there to showcase,” she told The Gleaner in an interview after FLOW Foundation gave a 16 per cent increase of $4 million and 30 thousand to 28 high school and tertiary institutions to offset costs associated with competing at the event, at their head office on Half-Way Tree Road on Tuesday.OTHER ATHLETESThere were a number of other outstanding athletes present.Calabar High’s sensation, Christopher Taylor, who will compete at his first Penn Relays, said: “I feel very excited. I am gonna go out there and do the best for my school.”Also, the Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha) Zinedine Russell, who finished second overall in the girls Open heptathlon at Champs, said: “I am looking forward to getting the plaque for my school.”She will compete in the 400m.last_img read more

Brathwaite in top 20 after third Test heroics

first_imgDUBAI, UAE (CMC):Opener Kraigg Brathwaite’s monumental performance in the third Test against Pakistan has seen him vault into the top 20 of the International Cricket Council Test player rankings.The 23-year-old right-hander jumped 13 places to a career-best 19th spot in the latest batting rankings released yesterday to be the only West Indies batsman in the top 20.Brathwaite became the first opener to remain undefeated in both innings in a Test with 142 and 60, respectively, as West Indies beat Pakistan by five wickets in Sharjah for their only victory of the limited overs and Test series.The Windies vice-captain was joined by wicketkeeper-batsman Shane Dowrich, who moved up 27 spots to a career-best 58th, following his outstanding performance in both inningsDowrich made 47 in the first innings and an unbeaten 60 in the second, and it was his aggressive batting as part of an 87-run, unbroken sixth-wicket partnership that saw West Indies complete a successful run chase early on the final day.Roston Chase, who scored a half-century in the first innings, has risen four places to 82nd in the rankings.Australian Steve Smith, meanwhile, remains on top of the batting rankings, with South African Hashim Amla and New Zealander Kane Williamson moving up one place each to second and third, respectively.In the bowling rankings, leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo has also enjoyed a measure of success, jumping seven places to a career-best 29th spot after taking seven wickets in the third Test.His captain, Jason Holder, also tasted upward movement, leaping 12 spots to 47th following his maiden five-wicket haul in the second innings in Sharjah.The top three in the rankings remain unchanged, with off-spinner Ravi Ashwin topping the pile, with South African Dale Steyn second and Englishman James Anderson third.last_img read more

Hornets agree to trade Howard to Nets for Mozgov

first_imgView comments The 32-year-old Howard played only one season for Charlotte, averaging 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. He is due to make $23.8 million this season, the final year of his contract.Brooklyn will be Howard’s fourth team in as many seasons. He had pushed for a trade from Orlando to the Nets during the 2011-12 season in hopes of joining Deron Williams, then changed his mind and recommitted the Magic, who instead dealt him to the Lakers that summer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAfter later spending three seasons with the Houston Rockets, Howard was acquired by his hometown Atlanta Hawks in 2016 as a free agent and signed a three-year contract. But he wore out his welcome after one season and was dealt to Charlotte. The Hornets, in the midst of a major organizational shake-up, having already replaced their general manager and coach, could be on the verge of shaking up their roster, too.Howard struggled to mesh with guard Nicolas Batum, and the Hornets failed to make the playoffs despite what former coach Steve Clifford considered the team’s most talented roster in half a decade. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Suarez sends Uruguay, and Russia, to last 16 at World Cup MOST READ This is a reunion of sorts for Mozgov. Recently hired Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak signed Mozgov to a four-year, $64 million deal in 2016 when both were with the Los Angeles Lakers.While the move allows the Hornets to unload Howard’s contract and save about $7 million under this year’s salary cap, it is a bit of a gamble because Mozgov has two years remaining on his current deal at $16 million per year.Mozgov’s numbers pale in comparison to Howard’s.He played in only 31 games last season for the Nets, averaging 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds. Acquired along with D’Angelo Russell, Mozgov began the season in the starting lineup but quickly fell out of the rotation entirely on a team that preferred to play small and shoot 3-pointers.The 7-foot-1 Mozgov has not played a full 82-game season since 2013 and has averaged in double figures only once during his eight-year NBA career. By contrast, Howard has averaged 17.4 points, 12.7 rebounds and two blocks per game since joining the league in 2004.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this April 8, 2018, file photo, Charlotte Hornets’ Dwight Howard (12) kisses the basketball before the start of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Charlotte, N.C. A person familiar with the situation says the Charlotte Hornets have agreed to trade eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov and two future second-round draft picks. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday, June 20, 2018, because the teams have not announced the trade and the league has not yet approved it. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Hornets have agreed to trade eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard to the Brooklyn Nets for center Timofey Mozgov and two second-round draft picks, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.The Hornets will get the Nets’ second-round pick Thursday night (45th overall) and a second-round pick in 2021, the person said. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the teams have not announced the trade and the league cannot approve the deal until the trade moratorium ends on July 6.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding His rim protection should help what has been a poor defensive team and he could help in the pick-and-roll with Russell and Jeremy Lin, but the biggest incentive to the Nets is likely for salary reasons with Howard’s contract expiring after next season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

‘Practice Gratitude with Better Attitude,’

first_imgFormer Minister of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Rev. Dr. Lawrence Bropleh, has appealed to Liberians to practice high degree of gratitude with better attitudes.Rev. Dr. Bropleh made the utterance last Sunday at a Pastor Appreciation Day program at the Mount Galilee United Methodist Church, in Lower Harlandsville Township, outside Buchanan City, in Grand Bassa County.Rev. Dr. Bropleh,  who preached on the theme: “Gratitude with  Better Attitudes,” from Galatians 6:6-10 called on Christians, especially Liberians to share all good things  they have with each other without any form of discrimination so that God can bless and reward them.“Be not deceived. God is not mocked, for whatsoever a man soweth thatshall he also reaps,” he said.He urged Liberians to be generous and hospitable as well as being dedicated and committed to love and share with their fellowmen for oneness in Jesus Christ and should not only do for public sentiment, but must do good for people to consider them to be Christian.He cautioned Liberians not to join other people to talk evil against their leaders and fellow men especially those who have previously done well for them.“Be your brother’s keeper,” he said, “in time of trials, temptations and tribulations in order to fulfill the law of Christ. When one thinks about himself and no one else, when he is nothing, deceives himself, therefore we must desist from selfishness and practice ‘general spirit with generosity”During the colorful occasion, 13 pastors of the church received honors of appreciation for their devotion and numerous contributions toward the church.On behalf of his fellow honorees, Rev. G. Roosevelt Goah, Sr. acting pastor and superintendent of the St. John River district of the United Methodist Church Liberia Annual Conference (UMC-LAC) thanked officials and members of church for remembering their contributions towards the upliftment of the church during the year under review.The honorees were later pinned and given gifts by their respective relatives and friends from various departments of the churchShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bantam Flyers win over DC

first_imgFt. St, John Bantam Flyers, won a hard fought game against the Dawson Creek Canucks on Saturday. The score was 0 – 0 after the first period and 4- 2 for the Flyers after the second period. Final score was 7 – 4. Goal scorers for the Flyers were Tyler Cresswell, Blair Karasiuk, Jade McMullin, Logan Daneluk, Dallas Trim, and Brent Loewen.- Advertisement –last_img

Ligue 1 star pens new deal to rule out Arsenal or Tottenham move

first_imgArsenal and Tottenham target Michy Batshuayi has put an end to speculation over his future by signing a new contract with Marseille.The striker had been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League after a string of eye-catching displays this season.The Belgian has scored 14 goals in 24 appearances this term, putting Arsenal and Spurs on alert, but Marseille have acted quickly to prevent any January bids from coming in by offering him fresh terms.Batshuayi’s deal is set to keep him at the club until 2020, although Marseille are aware clubs may return with higher offers in the summer should his form continue. Michy Batshuayi 1last_img

Budget issues at Cal Poly raise concerns

first_imgPOMONA – Concerns over cuts to Cal Poly Pomona’s budget have prompted calls for more transparency in the university’s budget process, and for the re-establishment of a budgeting committee that would include faculty participation. Gwen Urey, president of the Cal Poly chapter of the California Faculty Association, said some faculty feel the university is experiencing budget problems that may be the result of past spending decisions on the part of Cal Poly administrators. Another factor may be lowered availability of state funding for the campus, but until faculty members can sit down and look at the university’s finances that won’t be known, Urey said. Faculty can play a part setting priorities for the campus and determining “how to make the core schedule (of classes) get the priority it already has,” she said. The university was on the verge of making deep cuts in the course schedule of the mathematics and statistics department, but was able to avert them Oct. 26 after intense objections by faculty and students. But administrators said avoiding slashing the department’s class schedules will mean cuts in other areas. On Friday afternoon, University President Michael Ortiz sent out a message to faculty and staff saying he has directed Ed Barnes, Cal Poly vice president of administrative affairs and chief financial officer, and Provost Herman Lujan to carry out an internal review of the budget and expenditures of the College of Science. The mathematics and statistics department is located within that college. Barnes said Ortiz has made a commitment to provide a means by which faculty can have input into academic budgeting. “By Jan. 31, we’ll roll out some process,” Barnes said. Exactly what that process will look like is still being developed, he said. The administration has made a commitment to offer all classes students require, Barnes said, and refrain from making cuts in academic programs. Where future cost cutting will take place is still being worked out, he said. Faculty members have said the university received about $15 million more than it did next last year and would like to know how that extra money is being spent. Mark Lopez, Cal Poly’s director of budget services, said Cal Poly did receive additional funding from the state this academic year but the vast majority has gone to cover salaries and benefits for faculty. Cal Poly Pomona, like others in the California State University system, receives funding from the state based on full-time enrollment figures, administrators said. The universities project enrollment and receive state budgets funding based on those figures. However, if a campus receives more students than it expected, it can take as much as a year before the funding catches up, Barnes said. (909) 483-9336 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The budget issues are also being discussed by the campus’s Academic Senate. “This is something of concern to all of us,” said John Self, chairman of the campus Academic Senate. Self said Academic Senate leaders believe getting faculty involved in the budget process would shine light on the school’s financial status. “When things aren’t known, what you tend to do is think the worse,” Self said. For the faculty to have a part in the budget is in “everybody’s best interests,” he said. last_img read more

Donegal Homeland Stores excel in Customer Service Excellence

first_imgBUSINESS: The Homeland stores in Creeslough and Letterkenny (Ballyraine) last week were recognised by Customer Service Excellence Ireland for their consistency of great service to their customers.Homeland is a brand operated by Aurivo and in total there are 37 Homeland stores across the counties of Donegal, Sligo, Mayo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Westmeath and Galway.They consist of former Donegal Creameries and Connacht Gold outlets with a dominant Agri-base customer. Although strong in the farming sector, Homeland has moved considerably into the Homeware and DIY market with an impressive product range which has widened its customer base.Staff at Creeslough and Letterkenny are part of an overall customer service programme which includes training and ongoing measurement of standards all aimed to capture great service in action in their stores.Donegal Homeland Stores excel in Customer Service Excellence was last modified: August 29th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessCustomer Service ExcellencedonegalHomelandnewsStoreslast_img read more

Woman robs Subway store of $200, flees

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Stanley said the restaurant is equipped with surveillance cameras, and the footage was under review. Anyone with information on the case can contact the Santa Clarita sheriff’s station at (661) 255-1121. (661) 257-5253 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – A woman held up a Subway restaurant at gunpoint late Wednesday, and escaped with about $200, county sheriff’s officials said. The robbery occurred just after 11 p.m. in the 24700 block of Valley Street, sheriff’s Lt. Diane Walker said. Two employees and a customer were present. “She entered the location with the gun out,” sheriff’s Detective Dan Stanley said Thursday. “She ordered the employees to give her the money from the register.” No one was injured. The suspect, described as a heavy-set woman in her early 20s, escaped the scene on foot. last_img read more