WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Monday (Jul 29) renewed his attacks on a prominent black US lawmaker from Baltimore and slammed black civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton, further fueling racial tensions as he linked his attacks to his 2020 re-election bid.Trump's weekend remarks disparaging US Representative Elijah Cummings, a House of Representatives Democrat and a longtime civil rights champion, drew charges of racism from Democrats, an accusation Trump denied.The Republican president earlier in July attacked four racial and ethnic minority Democratic congresswomen in remarks that Democrats and a number of Republicans also called racist.On Monday, Trump again slammed Cummings and his majority-black congressional district in Baltimore over its high crime rate.Baltimore Mayor Bernard Young on Monday said Trump should take action to help US cities."My message to the president is: Stop tweeting and send federal help and federal resources to the city of … [Read more...] about Trump presses race as 2020 tactic, slams Cummings and Sharpton
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Why did elite athletes like Michael Jordan and Manchester United keep winning over and over again? A study showed they had a ‘sense for the historic.’ Perhaps the greatest separator between the best, and the rest, is an individual’s grasp of the concept of “sense for the historic.” The concept originated in a 30-year-old study of the dynasty sports teams and sports individuals. Think of Michael Jordan. Bayern Munich. Manchester United. The Los Angeles Lakers of the 1980s. Why did they keep winning over and over again? The study showed the key deciding factor is a presence of a “sense for the historic,” which, in simple terms, means a recognition that one sits at a historic juncture in life (in this case, the finals of the NBA or European Championships) and that in this case, failure is not an option. They just won’t accept failure in this all-important situation. They realize that with this situation, they may never get the opportunity … [Read more...] about Do you have a ‘sense for the historic’?
LONDON: Aston Martin will challenge for outright victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours race in 2021 with its Valkyrie hypercar, the British luxury sportscar maker announced on Friday after organisers rewrote the rules.The governing FIA, who oversee the World Endurance Championship, and race organisers Automobile Club de L'Ouest, revealed earlier that hypercar derivatives would replace prototypes as the top category from the 2020-21 season.Aston Martin will field two works Valkyries, powered by V12 normally-aspirated engines, as part of a multi-year commitment to a championship currently dominated by Japanese manufacturer Toyota.The announcement comes 60 years after Aston Martin's sole overall triumph at Le Mans in 1959 with Britain's Roy Salvadori and American Carroll Shelby.The 2021 Le Mans will also be the 100th anniversary of Aston's first entry at the Circuit de la Sarthe."I think you'd say from the brand's point of view, there's a little bit of unfinished business to be done," Group … [Read more...] about Aston Martin to race Valkyrie hypercar at Le Mans in 2021
LIVERPOOL: The church organist wanted to meet outside Liverpool's Anfield Stadium. Her name is Anne Preston, and she carried the program of a funeral she'd played the day before, as a document of something both ancient and achingly current.She wanted me to see it, so I'd understand how life, death and resurrection are so tied together with football along the banks of the Mersey River.She arrived with her husband, meeting me between the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand and the Kop, the mighty Liverpool Kop. As he went over to sort his tickets for the first leg of the Champions League semifinal in Barcelona, she produced the programme and told me about a musical request from the family.The mom made the request herself. To honor her son, whose funeral program had Anfield on the front and the club crest on the back, she wanted Anne to subtly work in "You'll Never Walk Alone" during the Mass.It's a familiar request to Anne, and to every funeral director and organist in Liverpool.At the crematorium … [Read more...] about What a Premier League title would mean for Liverpool
AKRON, Ohio — Colin Robertson wonders why he pays federal taxes on the $18,000 a year he makes cleaning carpets, while the tech giant Amazon got a tax rebate. His concerns about a tilted economic playing field recently led Robertson to join the Akron chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. At a gathering this month, as members discussed Karl Marx and corporate greed over chocolate chip cookies, it was not long before talk turned to income inequality and how the government helps the wealthy avoid taxes. “One of the benefits of taxation is taking it and using it for the collective good,” said Robertson, 25, comparing his minimal income to the roughly $150 billion net worth of Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive and the world’s richest person. “He could be taxed at 99.9 percent and still have millions left over,” Robertson said, “and I’d be homeless.” It is a topic that several presidential candidates, led by Sens. … [Read more...] about News $0 corporate tax for Amazon, profitable giants sickens US voters