Is there a “third way” for pay day loans?

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Political junkies know that Tony Blair came to prominence in British politics by championing a “third way” for his Labor Party in which he argued that it would be true to the ideals of labor while adjusting its policies to reflect modern realities. Fascinating Henry, you say but what does this have to do with the tea in China?Well, when it comes to pay day loans, there are two competing camps. On one side are those who view these short-term loans with exorbitant interest rates as categorically evil. They see them as intrinsically exploitive and champion policies such as usury caps on the state level which make them illegal. In the other camp are those who argue that pay day loans reflect the individual choice of adults in a financial jam. The reality is that not everyone is in a position to put aside money for a rainy day.Is a “third way” possible, which both recognizes the utility of pay day loans while ensuring that they don’t become debt traps for desperate consumers? continue reading »last_img read more

QAnon Supporter Marjorie Taylor Greene Is Headed to Congress

first_imgIf you just want results… There will be a results map on The Times’s home page, and yes, the infamous needle will be back — but only for Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, the only states providing granular enough information for our experts to make educated projections of uncounted votes.If you want constant updates… Times reporters are live-blogging all day and night. This will be your one-stop shop for minute-by-minute updates: race calls, on-the-ground reporting from swing states, news about any voting issues or disruptions, and more.If you want to check in every so often… Times journalists are also producing a live briefing from roughly 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. ET, with an overview of what’s happening in the presidential race, the Senate and House races, and the voting process itself. Elsewhere, Ron Weber, a West Point graduate and lawyer in Ohio who beat three other contenders in a primary and has shared QAnon hashtags and conspiracy theories on social media, lost his race on Tuesday. Election 2020 ›How to Follow the Election Results- Advertisement – Whatever objections others had seemed to melt away after Ms. Greene won the runoff in August. Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the House minority leader, said she would be given committee assignments if elected. Senator Kelly Loeffler, who was appointed by the governor last December and is seeking a full term in a special election in Georgia, readily accepted Ms. Greene’s endorsement.Ms. Greene, for her part, has recently sought to distance herself from her most controversial views. Asked about QAnon in an interview with Fox News, she said she had chosen another path. She also tweeted that she had now accepted that the Pentagon had been hit by a hijacked plane on Sept. 11, 2001, not a missile. But it is Ms. Greene, the victorious candidate in Georgia, whose candidacy has exemplified the party’s difficulties in handling its QAnon problem. Now that she is headed to Congress, the party must decide what to do with her.“I think she will start off with a pretty short leash,” Mr. Buck said.- Advertisement –center_img Even so, he added, there is a fundamental problem: “There is no real establishment or party leadership in the way that there used to be,” and so “members of Congress have realized that there is an open playing field to be whoever you want if you can get attention for yourself.”Ms. Greene, who owns a construction company, has called QAnon “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take this global cabal of Satan-worshiping pedophiles out.” She has also made derogatory remarks about Black people, Jews and Muslims.Nearly every elected Republican in Georgia’s 14th Congressional District, where Ms. Greene was running for an open House seat, lined up to oppose her after she trounced eight other candidates in the June primary and forced a runoff. But not everyone in the party was as unwelcoming. Mr. Trump posted a congratulatory tweet after Ms. Greene’s strong showing in June, and two of his highest-profile supporters backed her: Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mark Meadows, the former congressman who is now the White House chief of staff.- Advertisement – Here’s a guide to The Times’s election night coverage, no matter when, how or how often you want to consume it. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Garmin Venu Sq, Venu Sq Music Edition Smartwatch With 6-Day Battery Life, Health Monitoring Features Launched in India

first_imgGarmin Venu Sq and Garmin Venu Sq Music Edition smartwatch has been launched in India. The Venu Sq series has over 20 inbuilt sports apps, health monitoring features including advanced sleep, and supports GPS. The smartwatch series have a battery life of up to six days in smartwatch mode and up to 14 hours in GPS mode. Venu Sq Music Edition comes with onboard music storage. The wearables were launched internationally in September and are now available in India as well.Garmin Venu Sq, Venu Sq Music Edition priceGarmin Venu Sq is priced at Rs. 21,090 in India, while the Garmin Venu Sq Music Edition is priced at Rs. 26,290. The smartwatches by Garmin are already available in the Garmin retail stores and will be available everywhere else, including e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, Flipkart, Myntra, Paytm Mall, and Tata CliQ soon. They will also be available in the following retail stores: Helios watch stores, Garmin stores, Just in Time, Lifestyle, Kamal Watch, and Malabar Watch.- Advertisement – Garmin Venu Sq Music Edition comes with onboard storage to save music tracks that you can directly listen to without using a paired phone. You can download songs and playlists on the smartwatch, including those from third-party services like Amazon Music and Spotify.The wearables come with an Innovative Body Battery energy monitoring feature that lets users monitor their energy levels. There are also preloaded workout options on the watch. Preset workouts can be downloaded from Garmin Connect that can also be customised as needed. The Venu Sq series is compatible with Garmin Coach, where free training plans are available along with a virtual personal trainer.Garmin Venu Sq series supports smart notifications and Android users can reply to messages directly from the wearable. Garmin Venu Sq smartwatches are compatible with Android and Apple devices. Users can download apps, widgets, watch faces, and more from the Garmin Connect IQ store. They are equipped with safety and tracking features as well.- Advertisement – Garmin Venu Sq is offered in three colour variants – orchid/metallic orchid, white/light gold, and shadow gray/slate. Venu Sq Music Edition, on the other hand, comes in four colour options – light sand/rose gold, navy/light gold, moss/slate, and black/slate.Garmin Venu Sq, Venu Sq Music Edition specifications, featuresBoth the Garmin wearables sport a 1.3-inch colour display. The Venu Sq series have a battery life of up to six days in smartwatch mode and up to 14 hours in GPS mode, as per the company.Garmin Venu Sq and Garmin Venu Sq Music Edition have over 20 inbuilt indoor and outdoor sports apps including yoga, Pilates, running, cycling, strength training, and more. It boasts of health monitoring features such as advanced sleep with pulse oximetry, respiration tracking, abnormal heart rate alerts, menstrual cycle tracking, stress tracking with relax reminders, and hydration tracking.- Advertisement – Are Apple Watch SE, iPad 8th Gen the Perfect ‘Affordable’ Products for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Concerned CPL to review Pollard no-ball

first_imgKIERON Pollard’s no-ball that denied compatriot Evin Lewis scoring the fastest century in the 2017 Hero CPL on Sunday, is to be reviewed, the tournament organisers said yesterday.Pollard, the captain of the Barbados Tridents, overstepped and bowled a short ball that sailed over the head of Lewis, who was on 97 from 32 balls as the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots romped to a 10-wicket victory to secure second place in the league.They faced league leaders Trinbago Knight Riders last night in a match which will determine which team will go directly to the final on Saturday.The incident has stirred much debate across the region. Some, including former New Zealand fast bowler Danny Morrison, who was providing commentary on the match, described Pollard’s actions as unsportsmanlike.“It’s a pretty disappointing way for Pollard to finish the game,” Morrison said.Cricket statistician and journalist Mazher Arshad described it as “one of the lowest acts” and “pathetic sportsmanship”.Others sided with the Barbadian, describing Pollard as ‘competitive’.CPL has decided to look into the matter.“The incident at the end of the match between Barbados Tridents and the St Kitts & Nevis Patriots on Sunday, September 3, where the match was ended with a no-ball bowled by Kieron Pollard is being reviewed by the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL),” the CPL said in a statement.“The Hero CPL is very concerned by any suggestion that the action of any player can be considered to have brought the game or the league into disrepute. Cricket owes so much of its unique appeal to the spirit in which the game is played and as a cricket tournament the Hero CPL understands the importance of fair play and good sportsmanship.”The statement did not say what, if any action, would be taken once the matter was reviewed,last_img read more

For Katie Taylor, it all starts with pre-fight prayer

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Katie Taylor will begin her title-unification fight against Rose Volante at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia on Friday night the same way she begins every fight — with her head bowed in prayer read by her mom in the dressing room.“That’s probably one of the most important parts of preparation, actually,” Taylor tells Sporting News. “My mom always comes in and prays with me before every single fight.” While the pathway toward becoming an undisputed world champ is well-lit, with Taylor aiming to not only accomplish that feat, but subsequently put her fighting legacy out of reach with some super fights, she’s not overlooking Volante at all.“She’s a dangerous opponent, she comes into this fight obviously undefeated as well,” Taylor says of the Brazilian, who will be making her U.S. debut. “I know it’s going to be a tough fight.”Perhaps her stiffest competition to date. But come Friday night, her mom’s prayer will activate the quiet storm and the ferocious warrior will be ready to fight. Join DAZN and watch Taylor vs. Volante on March 15By that point, the WBA/IBF lightweight champion’s body has long been ready courtesy of her latest, grueling training camp led by Ross Enamait. All that’s left is to enter the ring, honed in mentally and spiritually.“We’ve always believed that what Katie does has been a gift from God,” her mother, Bridget, tells SN about their Christian faith. “She’s born to box and we want to bring God into the equation, I suppose, and not to leave him out of it because we feel he’s a huge part of who she is.”In particular, Bridget says Bible Psalm 18 resonates with Katie the most. It contains the lines: “He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”“I think she identifies with it as being a fighter because it talks about training your hands for battle,” Bridget said. “There’s a lot of warrior, fighter talk in that Psalm. It’s very relational to what she does.”MORE: Katie Taylor’s next stop: Undisputed title fight on Anthony Joshua card?Definitely so. And having her mom read those words in what has become a pre-fight ritual for as long as the two could remember, is just the thing that Katie needs to go from this demure personality outside the ring to a ferocious warrior in it. And beyond boxing as well.“I think there’s nothing better than having a praying mother by your side,” Katie said. “She definitely has me in her prayers every single day — not just for boxing, but every day life.”Those aforementioned “heights” are what the 32-year-old continues to scale on the pathway to becoming an undisputed world champion. If Taylor (12-0, 5 KOs) defeats Volante (14-0, 8 KOs) and takes the Brazilian’s WBO lightweight title, the missing piece to the undisputed crown would be Delfine Persoon (43-1, 18 KOs) and her WBC strap. Taylor’s Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn even upped the ante, telling SN that a Taylor-Persoon clash could be June 1 on the Anthony Joshua-Jarrell Miller card at Madison Square Garden.Taylor has blinders on for Volante only right now, but did acknowledge her route to becoming an undisputed world champion.“There are a lot of big fights that are available for me, but I got to get ahead of Rose Volante first,” she said. “But, yeah, of course if that fight goes well, Delfine Persoon will be the perfect opponent for when I try to become undisputed champion.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearTaylor also acknowledged possible super fights with the likes of an Amanda Serrano or long-reigning undisputed welterweight world champion Cecilia Braekhus to further cement her fighting legacy.“You need to take those risks,” she implored. “You get a lot of boxers nowadays that are so concerned about the zeroes on their records. I want to be like the old-time fighters who just took the fights. The likes of Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Tommy Hearns, Roberto Duran … that era of boxing was just the best because they all fought one another. That’s the kind of fighter I want to be around, fighting whoever it is.”In a short period of time, Taylor has managed to continue to check off the feats on her to-do list of goals. Boxing before an Olympic committee paved the way for the inclusion of women’s boxing in the Olympic Games. The Irish fighter then went out and won the 2012 gold medal.Check.She became a world champion in just her seventh pro fight, before becoming a unified world titleholder two bouts later.Check and double-check.Next would be becoming undisputed ruler.MORE: Katie Taylor sees path to undisputed lightweight crownIt’s that attitude of leaving no stones unturned that has earned Taylor global respect, including from superstar men in combat sports who admire her for not only being a great women’s boxer, but great boxer, period.Conor McGregor was present for Taylor’s October win over Cindy Serrano in Boston and greeted her afterwards in the dressing room, calling her an “Irish hero,” while imploring to “demand your respect.”“I love Conor. He genuinely has my back,” Taylor says. “I love that advice he gave me to just command that respect.”Earlier this week, Anthony Joshua told Sky Sports that Taylor will capture the undisputed crown, with the unified heavyweight champ adding that he has learned a lot from watching her in action.Hearing that is flattering for Taylor.“That’s a huge honor for me to hear the best heavyweight in the world, just to hear him say those things is incredible,” she says. “To hear those words from him actually means so much.”last_img read more

Lonzo Ball likely to miss games on Lakers road trip with balky knee

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“They did more than yesterday than the day before and he says he feels good today,” Walton said, “but he is still out. … I get the call from the training staff telling me whether he will be ready to practice or not or play which obviously is not the case yet. So, I don’t expect him back.”Ball first injured his knee in overtime against Dallas on Jan. 21 when he backed down fellow rookie Dennis Smith Jr. and spun for a basket.He woke up the next day with a sore knee, which the team initially reported as a “minor” knee sprain.Ball will not play in a game until he has completed at least one full practice.“I haven’t seen him on the court doing anything,” Walton said, but they’re looking at it, still just taking it day by day to see when the knee is feeling better.” LOS ANGELES – The knee injury that has already cost Lonzo Ball five games could keep him off the court through the Lakers upcoming road trip, with Coach Luke Walton saying the rookie point guard’s return is not imminent.Walton said Ball is expected to travel on the five-game trip, which begins Friday in Chicago, but “whether he plays or not that all depends on the knee.”“We are not going to rush him back from a sore knee,” the Lakers coach said. “Once that gets better, we will get him back on the court.”Ball progressed to jogging on a treadmill on Saturday, and continued to receive treatment on his knee. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img After losing the first eight games they played without Ball this season, the Lakers have won two in a row after blowing out the Knicks 127-107 on Sunday.COLLECT YOUR BOUNTYSuni Strong played high school basketball as a teenager Palmdale, but the Space-X employee admittedly out of practice when he strode to center court between the third and fourth quarters on Sunday with a shot to win $100,000.“I’ve been building rockets so I haven’t had a chance to get to the court,” said Strong, who lives in Lancaster.His halfcourt heave in the MGM Big Shot Jackpot banked off the glass and through the net, earning the 27-year-old Lancaster resident the equivalent of two 10-day contracts in the NBA.As unlikely as that was, the rest of Strong’s own story may be crazier.In addition to his job at Space-X, he said he works as a bounty hunter and was featured last year in the since-canceled A&E show “Akil the Fugitive Hunter.”He attended the game with his nephew, Zosier, and said he was approached about shooting for the money when he entered Staples Center.“When I first walked in I said have my check ready,” he said. “I knew I was going to make it. I had to.”Asked if he called “bank,” Strong replied, “Why would I do that? I called money.”Walton said he saw the shot go in and heard “the place go nuts.” Told that Strong was a bounty hunter, the coach replied, “This guy gets better and better.”In addition to the cash, Strong left with one more wild story for his friends in Palmdale.“I’m a hometown hero now,” he said. “It was Paul George.”A JOINT EFFORTKyle Kuzma jammed his right index finger in the second quarter on Sunday, and appeared to be in significant pain on the bench. When he played only two minutes, 37 seconds in the second half, many wondered if the injury was more significant.“His hand was hurting but I took him out because of defense, not because of his hand,” Walton said.It was consistent with Walton’s theme from the game, which saw  the coach bench all of his starters in the opening minutes of the second half.Kuzma played just 11 minutes, making 6 of 8 shots for 15 points but doing – statistically – literally nothing else.The rookie forward failed to log a rebound, assists, steal or block.That likely would not have held up if Kuzma re-entered the game, which was not out of the question.“If the game went a certain way, he would have gotten another opportunity,” Walton said, “but our defense was getting every stop we needed so I didn’t see the point to change that up.”last_img read more

Yogeshwar Dutt joins BJP ahead of Haryana Polls

first_imgImage Courtesy: Twitter(@DuttYogi)/ANIAdvertisement 80hjaNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsbnkWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ekls4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 25Would you ever consider trying this?😱i7Can your students do this? 🌚3pevRoller skating! Powered by Firework Yogeshwar Dutt, the Olympic and Commonwealth medal winner is now confirmed to be joining the Bharatiya Janata Party, just a month ahead of the Haryana Legislative Assembly election to be held in 21st October, where he is likely to be a candidate.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Twitter(@DuttYogi)/ANIYogeshwar met the BJP Haryana state unit president Subhash Barala on Wednesday, who recently confirmed that the 36 year old,  who previously worked as an officer for the Haryana Police, has resigned.“Yogeshwar Dutt met with senior BJP leaders at the party HQ today. He will resign from the government service and then join the party,” Barala said, according to NDTV.Advertisement Dutt, who hails from Gohana, a city in Haryana’s Sonipat district, won the Bronze medal in the 60 kg category at 2012 Summer Olympics held in London. He also secured a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games hosted in Glasgow, where he competed in men’s 65 kg freestyle category. He was awarded the Padma Shri award in 2013.“I want to serve the people. I’ve been influenced by Modji and hence I decided to join BJP. I’ve been following him for a long time. It’s important to come forward to do good work, including sportspersons. I’m happy to be part of this family,” Yogeshwar was quoted saying after joining the saffron party.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

FUBA confirms teams for FIBA Africa U16 championships

first_img Tags: Arnold KatabiEscodata Stephen NyekoFIBA Africa U16 National Championships qualifiersGrace KwizeraHajji Santur MohammedHenry MalingaHudson SsegamwengeRonnie Mutebitop Some of the players pose for a picture with officials at Lugogo on Monday. (PHOTOS/AGENICES)LUGOGO – The Federation of Uganda Basketball Association has confirmed the teams that will feature at the FIBA Africa U16 National Championships qualifiers.The two teams are set to take part in the qualifiers that will take place in Kigali, Rwanda between June 10th and 15th, 2019.This was confirmed at a press briefing held at Uganda Olympic Committee offices in Lugogo on Monday,The press briefing had FUBA’s General Secretary Hudson Ssegamwenge, General Manager National team committee Hajji Santur Mohammed, Assistant Grace Kwizera, Arnold Katabi (PR and Marketing), Escodata Stephen Nyeko (Youth Commissioner) all present, to confirm the teams.Uganda will send both the boys (Junior Silverbacks) and Girls (Junior Gazelles), who are expected to depart on, Saturday June 8th-2019.The regional Zone V championship will also double as qualifiers for the 2019 FIBA Africa U16 Girls Basketball Championship also to be hosted by Rwanda, in August.Uganda will compete with neighboring countries including Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Egypt, Tanzania, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Eritrea and Ethiopia.The two teams have been holding regular training sessions with Boys, under coach Ronnie Mutebi (Warriors) and Henry Malinga (JKL) while the girls are under Coach Roger Sserunyigo (UMU Ravens) and Harriet Lubowa.The girls entered residential camp on Sunday at Africa Bible University in Lubowa.The confirmed SquadsBoysValentino Labeja, Musoke Muwanguzi Luswata, Karugire Mugina, Rwabogo Mumutiine Rubanza, Alex Twahili, Anguci Dralega, Mpungu Cyril Francis, Justine Evan Odoch, Moustapha Lalani, Micah Owiny Abraham, Joel Andinda, Sharma Suubi, Andrew Ssendawula, Roland Muwanguzi Waliggo, Frank Elvis Tumusiime, Adrian Nsokwa David, Adrian Nsokwa David, Adukan Elijah Obware, Harold Amara.GirlsEsther Kwagala, Mary Najjuma, Linda Aber, Shilla Lamunu, Patience Karungi, Gertrude Nyamutooro, Sylvia Nasagorwoth, Sylvia Namuddu, Rwabogo Kendagano, Regina Ajuma, Penitah Nabakooza, Patience Nantume, Gift Naluyima Bisoboka, Mary Najjuma, Alinda MutabaziComments last_img read more

England beat India by 6 wickets in lone T20 match

first_imgA win eluded India once again as they lost the lone Twenty20 International against England by six wickets at the Old Trafford on Wednesday.Sterling displays from Eoin Morgan (49) and Jade Dernbach (4/22) helped England scamper home to a six-wicket win in a tense Twenty20.Opting to bat first on a sluggish track, India made a competitive 165 all out in 19.4 over after valuable contributions by debutants Ajinkya Rahane (61) and Rahul Dravid (31).Rahane’s eye-catching 49-ball innings was studded with eight fours and Dravid playing in his first and last Twenty20 International smacked three consecutive sixes off Samit Patel to score a 31 from 21. Suresh Raina, who had a miserable Test series, also scored a useful 33 from 19.India, however, were largely done in by Dernbach’s array of slower balls and yorkers as he returned with his career-best figures of four for 22 from 3.4 overs.England made a slow start, losing debutant Alex Hales to a second-ball duck off Praveen Kumar and were 17 for one after three of their Powerplay overs.Kevin Pietersen scored 23-ball 33 but it was Morgan’s 27-ball 49 that kept England in the match.England needed 10 runs off the last over, and Samit Patel (25) and Ravi Bopara (31) held their nerves to take the team safely with three balls to spare.In the last over, umpire Rob Bailey erroneously called wide when Vinay Kumar pitched his first delivery just inside the tramlines and then Patel came up with two streaky fours and a slap over extra cover to pull England over the line.Both players were booed by Indian fans for their decision to play against their country of birth, but their turned the jeers into cheers with their unbroken partnership of 35 that secured the win for England.advertisementlast_img read more