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WalletHub: Indiana one of the best states for election day representation

first_img Twitter Facebook WalletHub: Indiana one of the best states for election day representation WhatsApp Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Pinterest “Vote!” by H. Michael Karshls, some rights reserved Indiana is one of the best states in the country when it comes to election day representation, according to a new study by Wallethub.To determine which states are most and least representative of their electorates, WalletHub utilized demographic characteristics such as age, gender, and race in its comparison of states’ voters and their electorates.Indiana had an overall voter representation of 93.21. That’s 3rd best in the entire country only behind Virginia (#2) and Maryland (#1). Indiana also has the best gender representation (99.94). About 51% of Indiana’s population is women and 49% is men.“If the people that voted mimic the entire state’s representation, that’s when you know things look like they’re supposed to. In Indiana, we saw that when it comes to race, age, and gender, the people that voted very closely mimic the state’s population. That tends to be a good thing,” said Jill Gonzalez, a Wallethub analyst.The latest numbers from the American Community Survey, which is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, say the racial composition of Indiana is 83.59% white, 9.33% African American, two or more races 2.45%, and 2.18% Asian.“So we look at the voter turnout rate and then we look at the demographics of that broken down. After that, we look at the entire state’s voter electorate (the people who can be voting) and see how that breaks down as well,” said Gonzalez. “For example, Indiana skews a little bit older than most states. The people voting who are age 45 and up have a very good showing. That means the people voting represent the state well.”The most recent numbers show 25.5% of Indiana’s population are age 25-44 and 25.2% are age 45-64.These numbers date back to the last presidential election in 2016, but Gonzalez says these numbers could look a lot different after this election.“This election is a different beast. We have more people voting early than ever before. We also have more people voting by mail than ever before, so that could change a lot of these numbers,” said Gonzalez.It’s also a nationwide trend that minorities are less likely to show up at the polls. There are several possibilities for that.“One is that they might feel ignored in politics in general, especially when they see a lot of people running that don’t look like them. They see a lot of people winning that don’t look like them. It also has a lot to do with access. We see this happening in places like Florida, for example, where registering is harder if you’re a minority voter,” said Gonzalez.South Dakota finished last in the study at 78.87. By Network Indiana – October 10, 2020 0 233 Facebook Twitter Google+ Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleTwo people taken to hospital after crash in Cass CountyNext articleNiles man sentenced for weapons-related charges Network Indianalast_img read more

Best practices writ large

first_imgOver the course of a conversation, Clayton Christensen — by turns engaged and engaging, expansive and thoughtful — will likely stumble over a word or two. On this particular occasion, it’s “grocery store,” the kind of small business his family owned and where Christensen fondly recalls weekends spent working with his dad.He pauses to explain as he searches his brain for the term. “You see, I had a stroke and lost the ability to speak,” he says, as plainly as if he were excusing a sneeze.Christensen, a Harvard Business School (HBS) professor and one of the top theorists of his time, has built a storied career by, as he puts it, telling business leaders not what to think, but how to think about running their companies. In the two years since his stroke, he’s tackled two other equally ambitious tasks: relearning how to speak, and teaching the rest of us how to think about living our best lives.The result is a deeply personal book that puts years of Christensen’s observations on human behavior to paper, a process he calls “one of the most worthwhile endeavors of my life.”“How Will You Measure Your Life?” — co-written with his former student James Allworth, M.B.A. ’10, and former Harvard Business Review editor Karen Dillon — was a labor of love for Christensen, author of the seminal business text “The Innovator’s Dilemma.”Far from offering self-help or ways-to-succeed platitudes, the book takes on life’s big questions — how to balance work and home life, how to maintain a marriage and raise children, how to adhere to ethical and moral standards — using the rigorous framework of the business models Christensen has developed over two decades.“At a fundamental level, good principles based on theory are relevant wherever you look,” he says. And just as a company has to not only measure profits and losses, but also determine whether its measures for promoting long-term success are the right ones, people need to figure out what happiness looks like to put it in reach.“How we measure things determines what we do and what we don’t do,” says Christensen, Kim B. Clark Professor of Business Administration. We may say we value time spent with our families, for example, but if we measure our success day-to-day by how much money we’re making or how quickly we’re being promoted at work, then we may not find the happy family lives we envision for ourselves.On its face, the idea may seem crass: To live a good, fulfilling life — one rich with meaningful relationships, rewarding work, and ethical behavior — simply think as the best CEOs do. But, as Christensen and his co-authors argue, applying sound theory to everyday decisions can help keep us on track.Here he invokes one of the time-tested examples of disruption, the theory that made his name: the American auto industry, which was caught off guard years ago by the creeping success of Toyota and other cheaper imports. “Never did the management of General Motors and Ford get the board and the executives together and say, ‘Guys, let’s develop a plan to drive this company into bankruptcy,’” Christensen says. “They didn’t ever intend to ruin their company. But all of those well-meaning individual decisions that made sense, it sums up to what you don’t want to do.”Just like the auto manufacturers’ strategies, our lives don’t veer off track at any particularly dramatic moment, he says — “and that’s the problem.”“Almost always, when your life falls off the rails, it wasn’t an event,” he says. “It was a process, where piece by piece, what you did seemed to be innocuous or good. Most things that turn out to be bad choices, at the time we made them, seemed to be very rational. You just can’t allow yourself to get victimized by marginal-cost thinking.”Christensen is no stranger to seeing smart, well-meaning people do just that. In his days as an HBS student and as a Rhodes scholar, he says, he met countless bright young people who have since drifted down the path toward business scandals, divorce, even prison. (The starkest example, perhaps, was that of his old HBS classmate, former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling.)For Christensen, a devout Mormon and dedicated father, temptation to stray from his principles comes in the form of work, which constantly vies for his attention. “Because my work is so interesting, it could easily consume 18 hours a day, seven days a week,” he says. Years ago, he made an agreement with his wife and the mother of their five children, the youngest of whom is now a junior in college: “I will never work on Saturday or Sunday, and I’m always out of here by 6 p.m.”  (It helps, he admits, that he’s usually at work by 6:30 a.m.)To hear Christensen’s energetic approach to his life — to hear him speak of helping others, of his faith, of tackling problems in business, health care, and education — it’s hard to imagine he was facing its end less than three years ago. In late 2009, he was diagnosed with an often fatal form of lymphoma.His cancer diagnosis lent new urgency to the end-of-the-year talk he had been giving his M.B.A. students for two decades. In “Building and Sustaining a Successful Enterprise,” typically on the last day of class, he would challenge his students to apply the theories of the course to their own lives.“At a certain point we thought, ‘We’ve been using these theories to examine companies; let’s just stick it on the mirror and use it on ourselves,’” says Christensen. “My students always came back with much deeper insight than I had ever come up with.”Allworth, the book’s co-author, took the course in spring 2010, in what many thought might be Christensen’s last semester teaching it.“If anything, I think it made him more determined to get through to us,” recalls Allworth, who put his postgraduation plans on hold to help Christensen research and write the book.That same spring, HBS invited Christensen to speak to graduating M.B.A.s at their Class Day ceremonies in Burden Hall, an event that caught the attention of Dillon, who would become the final member of the book-writing trio. Then the editor of Harvard Business Review (HBR), she decided to interview Christensen about his ideas on how to live a good life to adapt into an HBR essay.“I walked into Morgan Hall thinking only about that article, about getting it done,” Dillon says of her initial interview in the professor’s office. “I walked out an hour and a half later thinking about myself and my own life. … There were questions rattling around in my head, and I didn’t like the answers to them.”She was struck by Christensen’s engaging conversational style — “a cross between my childhood minister and Jimmy Stewart,” she jokes. “He has this lovely, good-moral-fiber, salt-of-the-earth quality. You want to be sitting on the edge of our chair with your hands on your knees.”But she was also inspired by what she calls the “intellectual challenge” of his words. In the following months, she quit her job, took up part-time freelance work, and plotted a move to London with her British husband and two children to reset her priorities. (Meanwhile, Christensen’s HBR essay went viral — it’s still the most-read article in Harvard Business Review’s history, according to Dillon.) Eventually, Christensen came calling again, and she joined work on the book, aided by “Dropbox, Skype, and Google Docs,” she says with a laugh.The writing proceeded haltingly. Just a few months after his cancer went into remission, Christensen suffered the massive stroke that affected his ability to speak. The three co-authors had already agreed the book should be written in Christensen’s voice, and the process of putting his longtime thoughts to paper became even more challenging.The writing also stimulated a fair amount of debate among Christensen, a lifelong Mormon; Allworth, an atheist; and Dillon, a “classic New England Protestant” who fell soundly in the middle.“I didn’t want to inadvertently write a book that applies only to religious people like myself,” Christensen says. “I wanted it to be fundamental enough that people across the spectrum could see real value in it.”The result is more a crash course in business theory and common-sense thinking than in moral philosophy.“One of the things that was important to us was making sure the theory was really accessible,” Allworth says, “almost like taking a minicourse of Clay’s class.”Since its publication this spring, the book has held a steady spot on a number of best-seller lists, including that of The New York Times. Christensen plans to continue his end-of-the-year classroom lecture, though he acknowledges his students now have access to a 200-page primer.“I’m worried, actually — now they can just read the book,” he says with a laugh. “I’ll have to come up with something that still excites them to think deeply about these problems.”last_img read more

Barbados Four Seasons project hit by another lawsuit

first_img Share LifestyleTravel Barbados Four Seasons project hit by another lawsuit by: – February 2, 2012 Irish oil baron reportedly slaps a lawsuit on stalled luxury development Four SeasonsBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Thursday, February 2, 2012 – Even as developers and the Barbados government explore local and international financing options to re-start the beleaguered Four Seasons project, reports coming out of Ireland are that another lawsuit has been levelled against the development.The Irish media reported this morning (February 2) that TULLOW Oil chief Aidan Heavey is suing the developers of the luxury hotel and villa complex in Barbados after construction stalled following the credit crunch.Heavey, 58, from Castlerea, Co Roscommon, was among several high-profile figures who invested millions of euro in properties at the planned Four Seasons resort at Clearwater Bay in Barbados — a development that aimed to rival the Sandy Lane resort owned by Irish businessmen Dermot Desmond and John Magnier.Many of the world’s rich and famous splashed out on deposits for the homes at the sprawling 32-acre Paradise Beach site.Early investors in the project, who it is said paid deposits of up to 40%, included Formula 1 boss Eddie Jordan, composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and ‘X-Factor’ mogul Simon Cowell.The 36 villas in the original plan were to be the ultimate in luxury living – ranging from 10,000 to 20,000sq ft each and designed to include private pools, indoor ponds stocked with small sharks, and floor-to-ceiling windows.Construction of the project stalled in 2010 as finance dried up and sales of its private villas slowed.It is reported that Universal Music’s Lucian Grange has also filed legal actions in the Barbados Supreme Court. Heavey and Grange are said to be demanding to recover deposits they put down for luxury homes at the planned resort.Heavey was among the super-rich investors in the complex, which was spearheaded by British born developer Mike Pemberton and property guru Robin Paterson.However, many of the investors are now seeking the return of their deposits after the “Platinum Coast” project stalled.Legislation was required to guarantee the liabilities of Clearwater Bay Ltd, a company controlled by the government, to facilitate the resumption of the Four Seasons Development project.The Guarantee of Loan Act allowed the repayment of some US$34m to the Bank of Scotland, which pulled out of the deal in 2009.Most recently the new man at the helm, Professor Avinash Persaud, disclosed that Paradise Beach Limited was on the verge of securing the last US$5 million needed to restart construction at Four Seasons.So far, it has secured a US$30 million investment from the National Insurance Scheme, US$5 million from Four Seasons, and US$90 million from the IDB – in addition to a US$60 million Government-guaranteed loan from the ANSA Merchant Bank in Trinidad and Tobago.Caribbean 360 News Share Sharing is caring!center_img Share Tweet 164 Views   one commentlast_img read more

Ivory Coast cocoa farmers protest at EU sanctions

first_img Share News Ivory Coast cocoa farmers protest at EU sanctions by: – February 17, 2011 The farmers say the EU is being manipulated by France.Hundreds of Ivory Coast cocoa farmers have burned sacks of beans in protest at EU sanctions intended to force Laurent Gbagbo from power.The EU, like the UN and the African Union, recognises Alassane Ouattara as the rightful winner of November’s election.Financial sanctions have been imposed on institutions seen as backing Mr Gbagbo.The country’s largest bank has ceased trading – the fifth this week.French bank Societe Generale said it was shutting down its Ivorian subsidiary SGBCI because it is “no longer able to ensure the short term supply of currency/cash to our branches”.There have been long queues of people outside banks in the main city Abidjan this week after the other banks shut down.Ivory Coast is part of the eight-country West African CFA monetary zone, with a single central bank based in Dakar, Senegal, which has refused to deal with Mr Gbagbo’s administration.Diplomats hope that Mr Gbagbo will have no option but to stand down if he is no longer able to pay civil servants, especially members of the security forces.“We reject EU sanctions on our cocoa because we are not involved in politics,” Blehoue Aka, president of the planters’ association, said at the protest outside the EU headquarters in Abidjan.“We are growers and without cocoa, we and our families risk dying,” he said as he delivered a letter of protest, reports the Reuters news agency.Ivory Coast is the biggest cocoa producer in the world and the price of cocoa has been trading at its highest levels for a year.Exporters have stopped registering new beans for export as a result of the sanctions, as well as a ban called for by Mr Ouattara.The UN-backed electoral commission says Mr Ouattara won November’s election but the Constitutional Council overruled it, citing rigging in the north, controlled by rebels who support Mr Ouattara.The long-delayed elections had been supposed to reunify the country – once the richest in West Africa – which has been divided since a 2002 civil war. 13 Views   no discussions Tweet Share BBC News Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Lomachenko stops Rigondeaux to retain WBO world title

first_img(REUTERS) – Vasyl Lomachenko retained his WBO super-featherweight title with a sixth round technical knockout of Guillermo Rigondeaux in New York City on Saturday, the impressive Ukrainian handing the Cuban-born American his first professional defeat.The highly-anticipated duel between a pair of double Olympic champions resulted in an anti-climatic finish, however, when Rigondeaux, citing a hand and wrist injury, told the referee that he did not want to continue prior to the seventh round.All three judges had Rigondeaux, who moved up two weight divisions for the bout, behind when he quit in front of a disappointed Madison Square Garden crowd, making it the fourth consecutive Lomachenko fight in which his opponent has retired.Lomachenko, the 29-year-old heavy pre-fight favourite, defended his title for a fourth time and improved his career record to 10-1 (eight TKOs), including seven knockouts.The 37-year-old Rigondeaux (17-1), who was warned by the referee several times for foul play, began telling his trainer after the third round that his left hand and wrist hurt.“This is not his weight so it’s not a big win for me,” Lomachenko, who won gold medals at the Beijing and London Olympics, told reporters. “But he’s a good fighter, he’s got great skills. I adjusted to his style, low blows and all.”last_img read more

Mirza Teletović and Nihad Đedović among Three Most Effective Players of the Championship

first_imgAlthough the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina after the first stage of the competition left the European championship in basketball, its representatives Mirza Teletović and Nihad Đedović remained among the top three most effective players in that part of championship, although they played less games than most players of other teams.Mirza Teletovic is the second one in FIBA‘s list of the most effective players with an average of 21points per game. Better than Teletović is the Swede JefferyTaylor,who achieved 0.2points more. Third on the list is the representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina Nihad Đedović, who achieved an average of 17.8 points per game.(Source: Depo.ba)last_img

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