The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are offering complimentary game tickets to any U.S. government employee currently on furlough to the 2019 Fan Powered North American tour, according to a press release. The Globetrotters have five games remaining in Tennessee, which include: Friday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m. at the FedExForum in Memphis Friday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m. at the Skyhawk Arena in Martin Saturday, Jan. 26, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville Tuesday, March 26, 7 p.m. at Freedom Hall in Johnson City “As the Ambassadors of Goodwill, we want to show our support to all those government workers whose paychecks, and by extension their families, are directly impacted,” Globetrotter President Howard Smith said in a press release Wednesday. Any U.S. government employee currently on furlough can show their valid government ID at their local box office and receive two complimentary tickets to a Harlem Globetrotter game in North America while supplies … [Read more...] about Harlem Globetrotters offer free tickets to all U.S. Government employees currently on furlough
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(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up .) Good morning. The deteriorating situation inside Philippine jails, the pleas of a Saudi asylum seeker in Thailand and the mysteries of whale song. Here’s the latest: Inside the Philippines’ overcrowded jails Since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a violent antidrug campaign in 2016, Philippine jails have become increasingly packed, ranking among the most crowded in the world. In Manila City Jail, more than 500 men sleep in a space meant for just 170. The guards are so outnumbered — one officer for every 528 inmates on a recent shift — that gangs help maintain order. “When you are detained in Philippine jails, you are being tortured,” said one member of the government’s Commission on Human Rights. Go deeper: Here’s a closer look at Mr. Duterte’s drug crackdown, in which the police have killed thousands of people. Prayers and a steel wall At negotiations … [Read more...] about Bangkok, the Philippines, U.S. Shutdown: Your Tuesday Briefing
(Want to get this briefing by email? Here’s the sign-up .) Good morning. Negotiations to reopen the U.S. government make little progress, Chinese authorities target Uighur intellectuals and the Golden Globes are about to get underway. U.S. government shutdown enters third week Negotiations over the weekend appeared to offer little hope of an immediate agreement between Democrats and President Trump over his demands for a border wall. Democratic leaders have repeatedly said they will not agree to any funding for the wall, which Speaker Nancy Pelosi called an “immorality.” And the White House is also digging in, insisting on $5.7 billion in wall funding, even as some Republicans have started calling for an end to the shutdown. Analysis: The idea of the border wall, which Mr. Trump’s advisers said they initially created to remind Mr. Trump to talk tough on immigration during his campaign, has boxed in the president. He’s now struggling to find a way … [Read more...] about Xinjiang, U.S. Shutdown, Golden Globes: Your Monday Briefing
A look at futures prices on commodities that impact the Des Moines metro area and greater Iowa. China’s economy is showing signs of trouble, eliciting mixed reactions from Americans. Typically, Chinese economic woes are a bad sign for U.S. companies, as China is a major buyer of U.S. goods like airplanes, cars, electronics, medical supplies, and agricultural products. However, China’s current weakness may be a good thing for many Americans, as Chinese economic problems could be a sign that the trade war is damaging them more than the United States, which could bring them to the bargaining table. New negotiations are scheduled for next week, which has U.S. companies optimistic about the future of a U.S.-China trade deal. This was especially true for soybean exporters, who are reporting renewed Chinese demand for the crop. Since Christmas, March soybean futures exploded from a one-month low to trade Friday for $9.21 per bushel. Shutdown Leaves Markets in the … [Read more...] about Futures File: Chinese pain, U.S. gain?
Only one of Utah's five national parks will be staffed after the new year as the state pulls back funding during the partial U.S. government shutdown. Utah Office of Tourism Managing Director Vicki Varela said Friday that a nonprofit will pay about $2,000 to $2,500 a day to keep Zion National Park open Jan. 1-5 with skeleton staffing and services such as public restrooms, clean bathrooms and trash collection. The other four parks — Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef — will remain open but without those services. Varela says those parks are expected to have fewer visitors than Zion. The state has paying about up to $7,500 a day since Dec. 22 to keep Zion, Arches and Bryce staffed through Dec. 31. The decision to leave Arches and Bryce unstaffed was made in consultation with park superintendents based on a calculation of how to make the state money go farthest and help the most visitors, she said. Zion, known for its red rock vistas and spectacular slot … [Read more...] about Zion will be only national park in Utah staffed starting 2019 amid government shutdown