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Under Maduro, Nearly all Venezuelans Live in Poverty

first_imgBy 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.last_img read more

Spurs’ Gregg Popovich sympathetic toward Kobe Bryant

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Some of us pass away early and some live until they’re 104. That’s obviously part of everybody’s deal. But other than that, he’s somebody who’s such a competitor that he wants to compete as long as he can,” Popovich said. “He does the things he needs to do with his body, both in what he puts in his body and how he works his body out so he can play as long as possible. That’s what drives him.”And with Bryant’s determination not enough, that left Popovich offering sympathy to the Lakers’ star.“When somebody like that in that stature goes down, it’s not good for everybody,” Popovich said. “Obviously for his team, but for the league as well.” Change the channelTNT canceled its plans Friday to televise the Lakers’ home game at Staples Center against the New York Knicks on March 12. Earlier this week, ESPN dropped the Lakers’ game in New York on Feb. 1, as the two teams have a combined 19-67 record. The scheduled Lakers’ game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on March 2 had also changed for the second time in less than a week. After ABC dumped its plan to telecast the game at 12:30 p.m. and shifted the time to 6:30 p.m., ESPN has since picked up the game and will move the time up to 3:30 p.m.center_img SAN ANTONIO — Amid all the success San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich enjoyed through five NBA championship runs, there remained one central figure that made his blood pressure boil on the sideline.His name is Kobe Bryant, the Lakers’ star winning two of his five NBA championships after playing a role in eliminating the Spurs in the postseason. But with the 36-year-old Bryant having a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that could sideline him for the rest of the 2014-15 season, Popovich looked at those frustrating times with nostalgia. “I can think of a lot of shots Kobe made that basically knocked us out,” Popovich said before the Lakers (12-31) faced the Spurs (27-17) on Friday at AT&T Center. “In an odd, weird sort of way, I sort of enjoy it. When they don’t play anymore, you get to say, Wow, I got to see so and so play. He’s one of those kind of guys.”Bryant fits that mold partly because he has overcome extensive injuries in his 19-year career. In the past two years, Bryant suffered season-ending injuries to his left Achilles tendon and left knee before eventually returning. last_img read more

NBA players, basketball world react to Raptors winning first title in franchise history

first_imgWarriors star Kevin Durant also unfortunately ruptured his Achilles during the series. Related News NBA Finals 2019: 3 reasons why the Warriors lost to the Raptors Kyle Lowry scored 26 points to lead the Raptors to the victory while Pascal Siakam chipped in 26, as well. Klay Thompson finished with 30 in the losing effort but left in the third quarter with a knee injury. The Raptors are the 2018-19 NBA champions.Toronto closed out the Warriors with a 114-110 victory at Oracle Arena on Thursday in Game 6 of the Finals to win its first title in franchise history.center_img NBA Finals 2019: 7 key stats from the Raptors’ championship run Kawhi Leonard was named the Finals MVP after averaging 28.5 points and 9.8 rebounds in the six games against Golden State. He was the best player throughout the postseason.The Warriors were going for their third straight championship and fourth in the last five seasons. But, they came up just short.Here’s how the basketball world reacted to the Raptors taking home the championship:Congrats to the Raps, inspiring the youth back home wit this one for sure 🇨🇦 #ForTheWholeCountry #WorldCupNext! #LetsGoCanada— Kelly Olynyk (@KellyOlynyk) June 14, 2019The @Raptors new @nba Champs!! Congratulations @MarcGasol 💍!!!! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼#NBAFinals— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) June 14, 2019CANADA, THE @NBA TITLE IS YOURS! #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/QaCvuX5bsK— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 14, 2019Congrats Toronto!!! Crazy series— Isaiah Canaan (@SiP03) June 14, 2019Wow @Raptors unbelievable accomplishment…. So proud & way to get it done!!!#CHAMPS— Vince Carter (@mrvincecarter15) June 14, 2019What a time to be alive 🇨🇦 👏— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) June 14, 2019congrats to tornoto raptors! was a great finals!— Jordan Clarkson (@JordanClarksons) June 14, 2019Congrats to my dog @Klow7 you deserve it bro! North philly stand up!!— Marcus Morris (@MookMorris2) June 14, 2019Congrats Toronto! Well deserved! Big Spain!!!!! 👏🏾👏🏾🥳🥳— Mike Conley (@mconley11) June 14, 2019last_img read more