JACKSON HOLE, Wyoming: Donald Trump once accused the Federal Reserve of not having a "feel" for the market and compared Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell to a golfer who can't putt, but on Friday (Aug 23) it was the US president that drove markets into the rough.Investors had anxiously awaited Powell's speech on Friday, but his continued pledge to "act as appropriate" to sustain the US economic expansion generated only tepid financial market reaction.Instead, it was Trump who threw markets for a loop, sending the Dow down more than 600 points after he said he was ordering Americans to look for alternatives to doing business in China. After US stock markets closed, Trump responded to new Chinese tariffs on US imports with another increase in US tariffs on Chinese goods.Powell has been under the intense glare of markets for months, accused of a few communications missteps as the Fed shifted from raising rates last year, to pausing and, last month, to cutting … [Read more...] about Fed’s Powell vs. Trump: Who’s got a ‘feel’ for markets now?
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By Bruce Arthur Sports Columnist Wed., Aug. 7, 2019 Let’s start with my kids. My kids love camping. They LOVE it. Yes, they get dirty and exhausted and sometimes there are mosquitos, and we have to teach them how to kill them: no hesitation if the mosquito has landed, flat-handed slap, fast, merciless. Murder them. If one has not landed yet, if it is hovering, let it land. Make it feel at home. Then smash it like your hand is a pancake-shaped asteroid. Please try to wipe off any blood on something besides clothing, or the seats in the car. You may have heard: they’re great, the outdoors. My kids love camping because my wife and I love camping. My two bachelor parties with two very different groups of friends were identical: go camping in the woods. Play cards, go swimming, drink beer, smoke cigars, make food. Just throw salt on the steak, easiest thing ever. And we’d talk and talk and talk about anything and everything, and it was the best. My … [Read more...] about Mosquitoes, marshmallows and a lifetime of memories
Mr Shin Lim, the winner of reality TV talent shows America's Got Talent Season 13 and America's Got Talent: The Champions, was initially on track to be a pianist. However, the 25-year-old American-Canadian was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) five years ago, putting a startling halt to his musical pursuits. Intensive, repetitive hand movements such as playing the piano may lead to wrist pain that might further develop into CTS. It is a common painful disorder affecting the hand and wrist. Dr Jonathan Lee, a hand surgeon at Mount Elizabeth Hospital, told The New Paper: "The syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which travels through the wrist and base of the palm, gets squeezed or compressed under a band of tissue called a ligament. What are the symptoms of CTS? The condition causes pain at the wrist, which sometimes radiates up the forearm. Sufferers may also feel numbness or tingling in the palm of the hand, radiating to the fingers. The numbness may be experienced … [Read more...] about Don’t let carpal tunnel syndrome get out of hand
Yet again Dr Frank shares with the world the devastation to his morning repast caused by my letters, and I can only commiserate with whoever has to clear up the ravages of curdled milk, sprayed coffee, regurgitated “eggy bits” and pig-in-blanket body parts with which Dr Frank decorates his breakfast table. In referring to the Irish premier’s sexuality and ethnic origins, I was carefully non-judgmental. I left it to readers to consider whether it is appropriate for a staunchly Catholic country to be led by a homosexual in a same-sex partnership, and whether a leader of immigrant origin should be free to import a further one million immigrants into a rich, unique and homogeneous culture that has endured 1,000 years of pain and suffering to secure self-government, particularly when the disaster of Ireland’s immigration policy over the last decade is blatantly apparent. But I feel I should attempt to restore harmony to Dr Frank’s household. I suggest the … [Read more...] about Don’t let Irish politics ruin your breakfast
‘Don’t let that old woman in’ Many times, it is in reinventing oneself that one finds fulfillment in life. It is sometimes in breaking away from the daily grind that one stumbles upon magic. Rica Zamora, a septuagenarian, found that magic on the dance floor. Since then, she has waltzed her way to happiness “every day of my life.” In 1980, Rica, from the well-to-do Zamora clan of Manila, moved to the US with her three children (ages seven, six and three). Rica, who took up Accounting at Assumption College, worked at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. for 28 years as a resource management officer and as a consultant for another five years. One day, while contemplating on how else to put meaning in her life, something that will challenge her both in body and mind, she thought of dancing. “In 2000, I started taking dance lessons at Arthur Murray and Fred Astaire for social dancing. After a couple of years of social dancing, … [Read more...] about ‘Don’t let that old woman in’