Arthur Mitchell, co-founder of Dance Theatre of Harlem, dies at 84
- Mitchell was born in Harlem in New York City on March 27, 1934.
- When he was a teenager, a guidance counselor encouraged him to audition for the High School of Performing Arts, which led to a scholarship to the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet.
- Mitchell broke barriers as an African-American dancer in a major ballet company, when he joined the New York City Ballet in 1955, according to the National Endowment for the Arts.
- He became the company's first African-American principal dancer in 1962.
- Inspired by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mitchell and Karel Shook founded the Dance Theatre of Harlem in 1969, according to the theater's web site.
- He remained the artistic director until 2004.
US Catholic bishops announce new policies to police bishops
- American Catholics are reeling from a series of scandals beginning with the surprise announcement in July that a leading American cardinal had been credibly accused of abusing a minor.
- That scandal, which led to Archbishop Theodore McCarrick's demotion from the prestigious College of Cardinals, has been followed by a series of equally damning accusations, from a Pennsylvania grand jury report that found widespread evidence of sexual abuse and cover ups, to the announcement last Thursday that Pope Francis has ordered an investigation into a West Virginia bishop who has been accused of sexually harassing adults.
- McCarrick has denied the accusation about the minor and is appealing his removal from ministry at the Vatican.
- Notably, the bishops' statement makes no mention of the possibility of a Vatican-led investigation into McCarrick, which DiNardo had said he would seek from Pope Francis.
Asian Americans have 39% more income are about $1 trillion in spending power
- Asian-American population will reach 25.7 million by 2019.
- Asian-Americans had the third-largest spending of all multicultural groups is US at $825 billion in 2014.
- In 2018, Asian Americans’ consumer buying power has grown exponentially to $986 billion, up 257% since 2000, versus 97% for the total U.S. In 2022, Asian American spending power is projected to be $1.3 trillion.
- Asian Americans are active online shoppers—spending an average amount of $1,151 on internet purchases in the last 12 months, 20% higher than online spending by non-Hispanic Whites.
- In 2017, California had the largest Asian-American consumer spending with $323 billion.
- Asian Americans have more smartphones (94% vs 86% for total population) and use and own more apps and gadgets.
- Asian-Americans are the wealthiest segment of the U.S. population on a per-household basis.
- Asian Americans are the most affluent and educated of any U.S. racial and ethnic group, and have the highest average household income at $110,523.
U.S. cedes Buy American demand from NAFTA as Canada, Mexico claim credit: sources
- OTTAWA — The United States has backed down from its contentious Buy American demands for lucrative procurement projects in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the Canadian Press has learned.
- Mexico and Canada are each taking credit for standing firm against the controversial U.S. position that would have effectively limited their respective countries’ ability to bid on valuable American government infrastructure projects.
- Canada has credited Mexico with making significant concessions in its deal with the U.S. on automobiles and for permitting large wage increases for Mexican auto workers.
- But sources say Mexico has done much of the “heavy lifting” on getting the Americans to back down on its demand to limit the ability of Canadian and Mexican firms to bid on U.S. infrastructure projects, while seeking greater access for American firms to Mexican and Canadian government projects.
Trump's newest strike in the trade war with China will catch US consumers in the crossfire
- President Donald Trump's latest round of tariffs added a new dimension to the trade war with China: US consumers are going to get hit directly.
- The previous round of tariffs imposed by the president on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods focused almost exclusively on industrial goods and intermediate parts on final goods that are then sold to consumers.
- While the effect on consumers has trickled down previously, the latest round of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods constitutes a direct hit.
- But based on price changes for goods hit with tariffs in previous rounds, it is likely that at least some of the cost increase will be handed to consumers.
- Based on Shepherdson's rough math, the new tariffs could add another 0.5 percentage points to the current consumer price index — which, based on the latest CPI release, would boost the inflation gauge to 3.2% year-over-year.
3D-printed gun maker Cody Wilson charged with sexually assaulting underage girl
- Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson — known for his fight with the US government over 3D-printed guns — has been charged with sexually assaulting a minor, according to The Austin American-Statesman.
- The Statesman reports that police filed an arrest warrant for Wilson today in Travis County, Texas, alleging that a girl under 17 years old (the state’s age of consent) said Wilson paid her for sex after meeting on a site called SugarDaddyMeet.com.
- The girl later told a counselor that she had been paid $500 for sex with a 30-year-old man, and the counselor reported the incident to police, who interviewed the girl in late August and identified Wilson from his account profile pictures.
- Wilson, who describes himself as a crypto-anarchist, has fought a years-long battle to distribute blueprints for 3D-printed firearms in an attempt to make American gun regulations unenforceable.
Time running out to reach NAFTA deal, senior GOP congressman says in warning to Canada
- The sharply worded statement from Rep. Steve Scalise, the GOP House whip, echoed comments the White House has been making for weeks, as it pressured Canada to join the accord reached with Mexico.
- But coming from Congress — albeit a close ally of President Donald Trump — it marked a significant heating up of talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement.
- While Mexico made significant concessions to reach a deal that even one of its top trade officials admitted recently was less than perfect, Canada has pushed back against U.S. demands on issues like NAFTA’s dispute-resolution rules and access to the Canadian dairy market.
- Scalise’s statement reinforces the view both in the White House and on Capitol Hill that releasing a text by Oct. 1 is a real deadline — and there is no guarantee Congress would block a Mexico-only accord, said Dan Ujczo, a U.S. trade lawyer following the talks closely.
Rising US-China trade tensions 'couldn't come at a worse time': Iowa agriculture secretary
- American farmers have already been hurt by retaliatory tariffs from the U.S.-China trade war, and the ratcheting of tensions once again is unfortunate and comes at a bad time, according to Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig.
- On Monday, the Trump administration escalated the trade tussle with China by announcing tariffs of 10 percent on some $200 billion of Chinese goods.
- China previously slapped tariffs on U.S. soybeans, corn, wheat, sorghum fresh fruit as well as nuts and certain dairy products.
- Beijing also has placed hefty import taxes on American pork products which now exceed 70 percent.
- There's also concern China could slap additional tariffs on agricultural and food products previously targeted with import taxes.
- Nearly $20 billion in U.S. agricultural exports went to China last year, with more than half of that amount coming from soybeans.
Donald Trump has gravely misjudged China
- China is in any case the dominant world supplier for half of the 6,000 goods on Mr Trump's new sanctions list, so the US will struggle to find alternative suppliers.
- Beijing said Mr Trump had shown "no sincerity and good faith at all" after he imposed 10 per cent tariffs on a further $US 200 billion ($277 billion) of Chinese goods, rising automatically to 25pc at the end of the year.
- Mounting damage to the US corporate supply-chain will soon cut into Wall Street profit margins and trigger a correction in US equity markets, currently priced for perfection and trading at a higher Shiller P/E ratio than in 1929 or at the pre-Lehman peak in 2007.
- Washington hawks may be right that China's top-down system of Leninist state capitalism is incompatible with the open market economies and liberal societies of the West.
Cruz: 'if Beto wins, BBQ will be illegal'
- The day before, a Cruz campaign event on Saturday in the town of Columbus was met with tofu-serving protesters from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, prompting a warning from the Republican senator, the Austin American-Statesman reported.
- Seizing on the opportunity, Cruz thanked the protesters for bringing the issue to his event.
- "You want to talk about an issue to mobilize the people, and I'm talking everybody," he said, drawing laughter from attendees.
- In a statement, the animal rights organization said it showed up to protest comments Cruz made a week earlier about how liberals want to change Texas values.
- PETA, however, defended tofu in a statement, announcing they would be protesting Cruz's remarks about liberals' culinary intentions and would be handing out samples of the bean curd, barbecue style, outside Cruz's campaign event.