In US politics, height matters and Trump knows it

first_imgHe also christened the media mogul with a new nickname: “Mini Mike.”All this height-shaming is not new for the Republican leader. He also has slapped ‘little’ or ‘liddle’ (or even liddle’, apostrophe included) on a number of lawmakers of varying heights — Adam Schiff, Marco Rubio, Bob Corker, to name a few.Mini Mike is a short ball (very) hitter. Tiny club head speed. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020Indeed, Trump seems keenly aware that in America, height matters. What sets Trump apart is how unabashedly he is trying to use it to his advantage. When Donald Trump literally belittles his perceived enemies — by mocking their stature — he is weaponizing a long-standing maxim of US presidential politics: taller guys tend to win the White House.Trump — who stands at about 6’3″ (1m90) depending on which source you use — has hammered away of late at Mike Bloomberg, the former New York mayor whose campaign for the Democratic nomination is gathering pace.Bloomberg officially is 5’8”, but in recent tweets and interviews, Trump has lopped four inches off and alleged that Bloomberg asked to stand on a box during Democratic primary debates. “It is not typical of what presidents do,” said Gregg Murray, a political scientist at Augusta University in Georgia who has studied the role of height in how Americans vote.Jealousy Look back at Trump’s recent predecessors and they were all at least six feet tall, or close to it — Barack Obama, George W. Bush, his father, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, to name a few.Indeed, Americans are so caught up with the height of their leaders that during one of the 2016 Republican presidential debates, Google has said the most frequent online search was not about a policy issue. It was about how tall Jeb Bush was (answer: 6’3″).This predilection for taller leaders — more stature suggesting more strength, especially in times of strife, says Murray — is hardly a uniquely American thing.To wit, Prime Ministers Shinzo Abe of Japan and Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel are both taller than the average man in their countries. While he is not an elected leader, so is President Xi Jinping of China, who stands 5’11”. France’s Charles de Gaulle was a towering 6’5″. Jacques Chirac was 6’2″. Of course, Nicolas Sarkozy was 5’5″.But in general, experts say tall folk have an advantage in politics — and other walks of life as well.”There is overwhelming evidence that tall people have a much better chance to reach higher positions in organizations” in any country, said Abraham Buunk, a Dutch academic who co-authored a 2013 study in Leadership Quarterly entitled “Tall claims? Sense and nonsense about the importance of height of US presidents.””The advantage of taller candidates is potentially explained by perceptions associated with height: taller presidents are rated by experts as ‘greater,’ and having more leadership and communications skills,” the study said.The world’s tallest men on average are the Dutch at six feet, according to the scientific journal eLife.Buunk said he and three colleagues took note, and eventually studied American presidents, when a Canadian graduate student colleague who had always thought he was tall came to the Netherlands and “felt rather average.””We decided to examine the psychological effects of height, starting with jealousy,” Buunk wrote in an email to AFP.Elections lure tall candidatesIn the United States, in presidential elections held through 2012, the taller of the two major-party candidates won 58 percent of the time. Murray says this is largely because elections tend to lure taller people as candidates.”It’s not like we all get in a room and point to the people who are taller,” he told AFP. “Tall males are much more likely to think themselves qualified to be a leader and are therefore much more likely to put themselves forward as a leader.”In this campaign, two women are running for the Democratic nomination — Elizabeth Warren is about 5’8”, the same as rival Pete Buttigieg.Amy Klobuchar is several inches shorter — in a debate in December, she quipped that James Madison had been “a pretty good size for a president — he was five-foot-four.”In 2016, Trump’s Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton stood at about 5’5”.During one of their presidential debates that year, Trump stood behind Clinton at one point as she spoke — seen as camera-hogging clowning by some, and outright bullying by others.Murray argued that in America, at the national level at least, height is a built-in problem for women because it prevents them from looking “physically formidable” for voters seeking a leader they deem to be strong.Of course, as much as Trump tries to depict himself as taller than his opponents and says he is 6’3″, it does not always work. Just look at photos from the 2016 Republican debates — Jeb Bush is clearly taller.Topics :last_img read more

Reform of Indonesia’s sluggish manufacturing sector urgently needed: Analysts

first_imgIn addition to the closure of many factories especially in Jakarta, Banten and West Java, the decline in manufacturing growth is also a result of difficulties in the procurement of raw materials abroad.He said the country’s manufacturing industry was heavily reliant on raw materials from overseas, which were hard to get during the crisis because of lockdown measures that not only disrupted distribution but also led to the closure of many factories.Consumers were also delaying the purchase of manufactured goods that are durable and considered nonessential, with the exception of a few products such as health equipment, Yose told the Post.He believed that the trade in manufactured goods would take longer to recover from COVID-19 than from the 2008 financial crisis. “In the past, the problem was demand. Now, the problem is demand and supply.” He went on to say that for spending on manufacturing goods to return, people needed to be able to maintain a steady job with a stable income. Without that sense of security, it is possible that the demand for manufactured products would not recover even after the pandemic ended as people were still uncertain about spending.“We should take this as an opportunity for structural reform,” he said, noting how even before the pandemic Indonesia’s manufacturing industry had been stagnating and was not considered to be an attractive place for investment.Manufacturing Index (manufacturing/IHS Markit)Foreign investment has fled to neighboring countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia, which are deemed to be more competitive.According to Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data published on May 5, manufacturing growth slowed to 2.06 percent in the first quarter of 2020 from 3.85 percent recorded during the same period last year.Its contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) has also declined. In the first three months of the year, manufacturing industry accounted for 19.98 percent of GDP, a decline from 20.06 percent reported in the previous year, BPS data show.Meanwhile, data firm IHS Markit announced on May 4 that Indonesia’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI), a gauge of the nation’s manufacturing activities, fell to 27.5 in April from the 45.3 recorded in March, the worst decline in the survey’s nine-year history and the steepest drop recorded in Asia. South Korea reported a PMI of 41.6; Taiwan 42.2; Vietnam 32.7; Malaysia 31.3; and the Philippines 31.6.“We expect manufacturing industry to record only 1.5 percent growth in 2020, implying a 230-basis points [bps] reduction compared with the 2019 figure,” Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia economist Anthony Kevin wrote in an economic outlook report published on April 30, explaining that the “major setback” projected for the industry throughout 2020 would be a result of weak international trade.Aside from weakening global trade, Bahana Sekuritas pointed to falling domestic demand to contribute to the industry’s gloomy outlook: “Core inflation, a representation of aggregate demand, defied historical patterns as it tumbled during the Ramadan month,” the securities firm said in its weekly report published on May 5.Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (Indef) senior economist Aviliani expressed similar views. The downward trend in Indonesia’s manufacturing industry could carry on even after the crisis ends if there are no structural changes within the industry.“If we don’t get ourselves ready from now [and] change the structure of our industry, we will have a big problem in the future,” she told the Post, adding that the government had to be strategic in selecting the country’s top industries to be promoted in the global value chain.Government incentives, such as tax cuts had to be addressed for those selected industries, a task for the Industry Ministry and Finance Ministry to figure out, she said.Manufacturing Index (manufacturing/Bloomberg)Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) deputy chairman Bob Azam told the Post that many of its members’ cash flows could only sustain them until June.“The manufacturing sector has been pressed for three months, so by June, it needs to get back on its feet. If not, the industry will collapse, impacting employment as it’s a labor-intensive sector,” Bob said on May 6, hoping that the relaxation of social restriction measures would be accelerated so that by July 50 percent of industry could operate again and by the first quarter next year manufacturing could run at full speed.When asked about the worst-case scenario, he said it could take the industry two to three years to recover to the rate before the pandemic occurred if the handling of the crisis was ineffectiveOn April 30, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said in an online briefing that only 15,000 manufacturing companies were still operating at present out of a total of 40,000 in normal times. Meanwhile, 4.7 million workers in the sector were still working, out of 17 million workers previously.Topics : The downturn in Indonesia’s manufacturing sector is likely to continue until the end of the year as demand and factory activity will remain low even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends, analysts have warned.Centre for Strategic and International Studies economic department head Yose Rizal Damuri said that the sluggish growth of Indonesia’s manufacturing industry, which was the worst among Asian countries in April, may further decline in the coming months as demand would remain low and many factories would remain closed.“Looking ahead, manufacturing industry will indeed experience a downturn because the market is dwindling,” Yose told The Jakarta Post on May 6.last_img read more

WHO says the Americas are new COVID-19 epicenter as deaths surge in Latin America

first_imgThe Americas have emerged as the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a Tuesday briefing, as a US study forecast deaths surging in Brazil and other Latin American countries through August.”Now is not the time for countries to ease restrictions,” Carissa Etienne, WHO director for the Americas and head of the Pan American Health Organization, said via videoconference.The Americas have registered more than 2.4 million cases of the new coronavirus and more than 143,000 deaths from the resulting COVID-19 respiratory disease. Latin America has passed Europe and the United States in daily infections, she said. “Our region has become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Etienne said, as other PAHO directors warned there are “very tough” weeks ahead for the region and Brazil has a long way to go before it will see the pandemic end.Also of concern to WHO officials are accelerating outbreaks in Peru, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua.As Brazil’s daily death rate became the world’s highest on Monday, a University of Washington study warned that the country’s total death toll could climb five-fold to 125,000 by early August.The forecast from the university’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) came with a call for lockdowns that Brazil’s right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, has resisted. The current data projects COVID-19 deaths in Peru totaling nearly 20,000 by August, IHME said, indicating demand is likely to outstrip of the supply of beds in intensive care units.The latest IHME model projections see deaths rising to nearly 12,000 in Chile, 7,000 in Mexico, 6,000 in Ecuador, 5,500 in Argentina and to 4,500 in Colombia by August.One country in the region doing relatively well against COVID-19 is Cuba, where the IHME forecasts a death toll of just 82 by August while testing continues to outpace the outbreak.center_img Topics :last_img read more

How euthanasia changed Holland

first_imgIMFCanada 23 April 2015Gerbert Van Loenen, a Dutch journalist, once saw Holland’s legalization of euthanasia as one of that country’s crowning achievements.This started to change when a friend insisted that Van Loenen’s partner Niek would have been better off dead than living with a brain injury. Another acquaintance said to Neik over dinner at their house, “You chose to go on living so you have no right to whine.”These experiences led Van Loenen to wonder. Where did this attitude come from? How did it become so widely accepted that people living with disability or illness are better off dead? Is the legalization of euthanasia in the Netherlands part of the cause?Do You Call this a Life? Blurred Boundaries in the Netherlands’ Right-to-Die Laws is the result of his research. The book is an objective and exhaustive exposition of what is happening on the ground in the Netherlands with respect to euthanasia. Van Loenen traces changing attitudes through the media, medicine and the courts over time.He finds that the cultural acceptance of euthanasia has expanded alongside Dutch laws, each step facilitating the next.“The one thing you cannot do is deny,” states Van Loenen, “that the boundaries have been continually pushed back, moving the Netherlands a considerable distance from its original position.” read more

AUDIO: Bob McCoskrie on Radio Live with Mark Sainsbury re charitable status

first_imgAudio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Mark Sainsbury talks with Geoffrey Claws, a Barrister who specializes in tax and trusts, on tax breaks for charities regarding Family First losing their charitable status.–is-it-time-to-rethink-tax-breaks-for-charities-.html Mark Sainsbury talks with Bob McCoskrie, Family First NZ National Director, on the organization losing their charitable status.–family-first-to-lose-charitable-status.htmllast_img

Marolf masters IMCA Late Model field at Drive For 5

first_imgLate lapped traffic, however, allowed Marolf to pull away for his first win of the season at Donnell­son. Nezworski was second, Griffin was third, Tommy Elston was fourth with Sam Halstead com­ing home fifth. By Brian Neal Marolf and Andy Nezworski drew the front row for the 25-lap IMCA Sunoco Late Model feature, and Marolf used the draw to his advantage by leading lap one over Dustin Griffin and Nezworski.  While Marolf paced the field out front, Griffin and Nezworski battled side-by-side on numerous occasions for the runner-up spot. On lap 13, Nezworski got by Griffin for the spot and went to work on Marolf for the lead. Nick Marolf led every lap in winning the second installment of the Drive For 5 for IMCA Sunoco Late Models at Pepsi Lee County Speedway. (Photo by MF Photography)center_img Feature results – 1.  Nick Marolf; 2.  Andy Nezworski; 3.  Dustin Griffin; 4. Tommy El­ston; 5.  Sam Halstead; 6.  Matt Ryan; 7.  Denny Woodworth; 8.  Matt Strassheim; 9.  Ron Boyse; 10. Jay Johnson; 11. Darin Weisinger Jr.; 12. Ray Raker; 13. Mark Burgtorf. Round three of Drive For 5, presented by Ideal Ready Mix, Floyd’s Waste Systems, J.J. Nichting Company Case IH, Woodworth Attorney at Law, Triple Seven Trucking, Triple R Performance Engines, KQ92, and Big Country 103.1, will be July 17. DONNELLSON, Iowa (June 26) – Round two of Pepsi Lee County Speedway’s Shottenkirk Parts Ex­press Drive For 5 ended with Nick Marolf taking home $1,000. last_img read more

Beck back at Ballybrit

first_imgBeckwith Star will bid to claim the Easyfix Rubber Products Handicap Hurdle for the second year running at Galway on Monday. Eric The Grey was second to Beckwith Star 12 months ago and, rated just 2lb higher now, a big run looks likely. Dermot Weld is represented by handicap debutant Defining Year, who had his last run over timber in January 2014. He has some decent form on the level from this season and with Davy Russell now aboard, he is sure to have plenty of supporters. Gordon Elliott is represented by The Scourge (Paul Carberry) and Utmost Zeal (Jack Kennedy), and both look to have solid claims. Others to consider in this ultra-competitive contest are King Of Oriel, Theturnofthesun, Baby Jake and Rocky Court. Press Associationcenter_img The Henry de Bromhead-trained 10-year-old is rated 9lb higher than last year but Adam O’Neill takes a valuable 5lb off his back. He won over fences on his last start at Wexford and he should again give a good account of himself. last_img read more

Other Sports Hockey World Cup 2018: Netherlands stun Australia in sudden death, to face Belgium in final

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Bhubaneswar: World no. 4 Netherlands broke Australia’s dream of clinching a hat-trick of World Cup titles, beating the two-time defending champions 4-3 in sudden death in a pulsating semi-final of men hockey’s show-piece tournament. The Dutch thus took a sweet revenge of their 1-6 loss to the Kookaburras in the summit clash of the 2014 World Cup at the Hague. The match went into shoot-out after both Netherlands and Australia were locked 2-2 at the end of regulation 60 minutes. Glenn Schuurman (9th minute) and Seeve van Ass (20th) scored for the Dutch before Tim Howard (45th) converted a penalty corner and Eddie Ockenden (60th) found the equaliser for Australia just 26 seconds from the final hooter. In the shoot-off, Daniel Beale, Tom Craig and Jake Whetton scored for Australia while Jeroen Hertzberger, Van Ass and Thijs van Dam were on target for the Dutch to take the encounter into sudden death.  But it was not to be Australia’s day, as Beale’s attempt was saved by Dutch goalkeeper Pirmin Blaak after Hertberger scored to take Netherlands to their second consecutive World Cup final.  Netherlands will face Olympic silver medallist Belgium in Sunday’s summit clash after the Red Lions spanked England 6-0 in the other semi-final earlier in the day. World no.1 Australia will look for a consolation bronze medal when they take on England in the third-fourth place play-off match on Sunday.  Read More | Hockey World Cup 2018: Netherlands shatter India’s dream, register 2-1 win in quarterfinalNetherlands took time to get off the blocks as Australia did all the attacking in the initial few minutes but without much success.  After sitting back initially, the Dutchmen got into the groove slowly and had the first real scoring chance in the fourth minute through a penalty corner but Mnk van der Weerden’s flick was kept away by Australia goalkeeper Andrew Charter.  Netherlands kept up the pressure on the Australian defence and minutes later took the lead through Schuurman, who scored from close range after being set up by Jonas de Gues’ brilliant run down the right flank.  Read More | Hockey World Cup 2018: France stun Olympic champions Argentina, New Zealand knock Spain outThree minutes from the end of first quarter, Mirco Pruijser’s deflection from Netherlands skipper Billy Bakker’s long ball down the middle hit the post. Three minutes into the second quarter, Australia earned their first penalty corner but wasted it.  Netherlands and Australia traded one more penalty corner each in the next few minutes but both the teams failed to convert the chances.  Van Ass doubled Netherlands’ lead after his shot from right corner of the box went into the goal following a deflection from Australian Tim Howard’s stick. Trailing by two goals, the Australians came out with purpose after the change of ends as they attacked in numbers in search of breakthroughs.  The Dutch too matched their rivals stick for stick as the game witnessed an end-to-end battle.  Australia pulled a goal back just at the stroke of third quarter through Howard who scored from a penalty corner after their variation went wrong.  Netherlands goalkeeper Blaak had a wonderful match, inflicting brilliant saves now and then to deny the Australians.  In the 53rd minute, an alert Blaak came up with a wonderful reflex save to keep out Flynn Ogilivie’s diving effort and then five minutes later the Dutch keeper made another stunning save to deny Blake Govers from Australia’s fourth penalty corner.  But the Australians did not give up hope and fought till their last breath, which resulted in getting the equaliser just 26 seconds from full time through Ockenden and take the match into shoot-out.  last_img read more

Elton Dharry arrives to extend his string of unbeaten fights

first_imgELTON `The Bully’ Dharry has arrived in the country to do battle with his Venezuelan counterpart on the `Bad Blood’ fight card on Saturday night.This highly anticipated card is drawing interest and has spiked worldwide attention as Dharry is out to prove that his last 18 wins were no fluke. He joins Dexter ‘The Kid’ Marques, Anson Green, Shawn Corbin and Dexter ‘Cobra’ who all seek to defend Guyana’s honour against the invasion of Venezuelans, Barbadians and Trinidadians.Dharry, the WBC CABOFE and IBF Inter-Continental bantamweight champion, will face Venezuelan Jesus Vargas Garcia.Hundreds of local Venezuelans, Cubans and Brazilians have indicated that they will be out in support of their Latin fighters and it is expected that tickets will be sold out quickly. Guyanese boxing fans hoping to see this fight may be disappointed if they wait until fight day to get tickets; then our local boys will be fighting against a hostile crowd.The fighters will pay Minister Norton a courtesy visit today and the Venezuelan contingent will meet with the Venezuelan Ambassador on Friday morning.The weigh-in on Friday is going to be especially interesting as the foreign fighters intend to show that they are not intimidated by their Guyanese counterparts, and fight fans may expect fireworks from the time the Venezuelans arrive.Ticket prices are being sold at $1 000 for stands, $2 000 ringside and $4 000 VIP due to the sponsorship by Banks DIH, Fly Jamaica, Chetsons & Just 4 Kids, New Trend Auto, Hand-in-Hand, Nesha’s Flowerland, Apache Taxi, Tech 9 Security.Massy Services MoneyGram, New India, COURTS, Giftland Stores, NexGen Global, and AR Printery are also on board.For tickets or more information, fans could contact Giftland Mall, Assuria Offices nationwide or call 226-9094, 223-2153 and Facebook @ Sangre Malo.last_img

Syracuse, Duke to play at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 8

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse and Duke will kick off at 12:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Nov. 8, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Monday.The conference also said that the network will be decided after this Saturday’s games and that the options are the ACC Network or a regional sports network.The Orange (3-5, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) is coming off a 16-6 loss to then-No. 21 Clemson and will host North Carolina State this weekend. The No. 24 Blue Devils (6-1, 2-1) most recently beat Virginia, 20-13, and will play at Pittsburgh on Saturday. Duke received 108 votes, the most of any team not in the Top 25, in last week’s poll and snuck in with its one-score win over the Cavaliers.The game will be the first time the two teams meet as ACC football opponents. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on October 27, 2014 at 12:05 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more