By Noelani Kirschner/ShareAmerica September 02, 2020 The illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro has thrust 96 percent of Venezuelans into poverty, a new study found.The 2019–2020 National Survey of Living Conditions (ENCOVI, in Spanish), published by researchers at the Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas, shows that poverty levels in Venezuela spiked during 2019, officially rendering it the poorest country in Latin America and the Caribbean.In 2019, the average income in Venezuela was 72 cents per day. Based purely on income, the report says, 96 percent of Venezuelans live in poverty and 70 percent live in extreme poverty.“The results of ENCOVI are a sad reflection of the reality of Venezuela’s people,” said Interim President Juan Guaidó. “They are not isolated numbers, nor cold numbers, but the reflection of what we Venezuelans are suffering at this moment.”The study also calculated multidimensional poverty by looking at several other factors in addition to income, such as access to education and public services. By those measures, 64.8 percent of households in Venezuela live in poverty. In 2018, the report says, those numbers were 13 percent lower, illustrating how much further Maduro has sunk the Venezuelan economy in the past year.“Venezuela has moved considerably away from its South American peers, approaching the situation that some countries on the African continent have,” the report says.Only 3 percent of households in Venezuela are considered food secure, compared to 10 percent of households in 2018, according to the report. That means 97 percent of Venezuelans are unsure of where their next meal will come from or when it will arrive.
TONOPAH, Nev. – Both Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified features at Tonopah Speedway’s Jim Marsh Classic will pay $1,000 to win.The Saturday, Aug. 8 and Sunday, Aug. 9 main events are qualifiers for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Pre-entry for the Modifieds is $75 or $100 at the gate.The grandstand opens at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday; on Sunday, the front gate opens at 11 a.m. and the green flag flies at noon. Pit passes are $20.More information is available by calling 775 277-0282 and at the www.tonopahspeedway.com website.
Yaya Toure’s future at Manchester City has been put into serious doubt after his agent stated that the midfielder is unhappy with a birthday snub, Daily Mail reports.The now 31-year-old was irritated that no one wished him happy birthday when his birth-date coincided with title celebrations last week.Toure’s agent Dimitri Seluk said: “There is a big possibility Yaya will leave this summer. He is very upset. What happened at his birthday means the club don’t care about him. It was proof.“They can say whatever they want, ‘Oh we like him but we forgot’. Forgot? About Yaya? The player who helped you to be two-times Premier League champions? The guy who helped you win the FA Cup and League Cup?”“In a normal team, his team-mates and club would at least give him good wishes. But when you win the title and two days later you have a big party to celebrate the title and nobody comes to Yaya to say happy birthday, what more do you want?“If a player like Yaya went to Liverpool and they won the league for the first time in 24 years, Yaya would be a god in Liverpool,” Seluk told The Sun. “But at City, Yaya is no hero. He’s nobody. That’s how the club make him feel. He’s very upset and he started thinking about leaving the club. And he will leave if things carry on like this.”In other matters, City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak isn’t worried by the limitations of UEFA’s transfer cap, revealing that the side are well on their way in landing their transfer targets.The Sky Blues spent almost £100m on summer transfers last year, and Khaldoon said: “Expect the same – but even earlier. We know exactly what needs to be done.”