News story: Every life matters

first_img on average, 1 person a week is lost in Cumbria to suicide. More than double the number that die on the county’s roads Cumbria’s suicide rates remain higher than the national average, and a disproportionate amount of those deaths are focused on the west coast of Cumbria suicide remains the most common cause of death for men aged between 20-49 one in 15 people will make a suicide attempt at some point in their life We’re really pleased that Sellafield Ltd has supported the vital work we’re picking up. There are a number of mental health charities, and of course the NHS, who all do great work – but very importantly, we know that around three quarters of people who die by suicide are not in contact with any mental health services in the year leading up to their death. That means we need to start thinking about suicide prevention as a community-wide concern. It is friends, family, work colleagues, neighbours and our network of community and voluntary organisations which all have an important part to play in saving lives. Suicide is everyone’s business, and anyone can make an intervention which might save a life. Chris Wood, suicide safer Copeland’s development manager said: As well as making big strategic investments that help the area become more sustainable, we also donate hundreds of thousands of pounds every year to local groups at grass roots level who are doing amazing community work. Suicide Safer Copeland is exactly the kind of organisation we are proud to support, and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to help them get established. More information on Suicide Safer Copeland can be found at:Every Life Matters or on their Facebook page EveryLifeCumbria Suicide Safer Copeland will be working to reduce the stigma and increase understanding of the signs of when someone is at risk of suicide. They’ll also provide resources to increase awareness of how to practically support someone experiencing suicidal thoughts.Gary McKeating, head of community and development at Sellafield Ltd added: Suicide Safer Copeland is being led by Every Life Matters, a Cumbria Suicide Prevention Charity set up in 2018.The initiative aims to reduce the number of suicides by helping people understand when someone is at risk, providing advice on how to support someone in crisis, and signposting support services for those in crisis.Suicide Safer CopelandThe statistics around suicide in Cumbria are stark:last_img read more

Farah motors home in victorious adieu to home crowd

first_img“Emotion was high, not as high as London but it was the last time at home.“While I was racing I was just trying to think about race and who was there.“It means everything to me to be four times Olympic champion (2012/16 doubles) it is all I dreamt of as a youngster was running for Britain,” added Farah, who came to Britain aged eight with his mother and two of his brothers form war-torn Somalia.“A hobby has become a job which is what you want. Going to the road will be a new game and a new mindset, I am excited.”Jamaica’s double Olympic individual sprint champion Elaine Thompson put behind her a disappointing performance in the 100m world final to win the event in 10.93sec.“It was important to pick myself up and come back,” she said.Thompson’s bitter rival Dafne Schippers, the 200m world champion in London, finished down the field.There was to be frustration for Adam Gemili in the men’s 100m — an all British affair — as the man credited with running the decisive leg in their epic 4x100m relay world victory was disqualified for a false start.“It’s the first time that has happened to me in my career. I feel like I have let so many people down,” he said.“It’s not the world championships but I would still like to apologise.”CJ Ujah — another member of the victorious 4x100m quartet — won the race, for his fourth victory of the season on the circuit.American star Aries Merritt bounced back from his fifth place in the 110m hurdles world final — though he said it felt like a victory having had a kidney transplant just two years ago — to win the event on Sunday.The 31-year-old held off the late charge of world silver medallist Sergey Shubenkov in a race that featured six of the world finalists — though two were disqualified for false starts including Frenchman Garfield Darrien.“I wouldn’t call it good,” said Merritt. “I would say a lot of us are very tired from the championships. These gentlemen are world class so it is always good to get a win against them.”Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim produced a great jump of 2.40 metres for the world’s leading mark of the year and the newly-crowned world champion took the bar as a bonus.“I am really happy with this height,” grinned Barshim. “I am pushing for the world record and really want it.“I’m taking that bar home. I am going to store it somewhere and no one else is going to have it.”Share on: WhatsApp Birmingham, United Kingdom | AFP |  British athletics legend Mo Farah began the day taking a lap of honour in an open top Bentley and ended it by giving the crowd what they wanted in his final race on home turf — a victory.The 34-year-old, who had agonisingly fallen just short of a third successive distance world double in London last Saturday taking silver in the 5,000 metres, cruised home in the 3,000m at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting.Despite his presence the meeting was not a sell out.For a final time in Britain — he runs in Zurich on Wednesday before embarking on a road running career — Farah knelt to the ground and kissed the track before adorning himself bare-chested with the Union Jack flag.“It’s been an amazing week,” said Farah. “I have been tired but had a little downtime with family.last_img read more

Sixth Annual South Sound Wedding Show Is January 27

first_imgSubmitted by South Sound Wedding & Event MagazineThe South Sound Wedding Show is Sunday, January 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Great Wolf Lodge, minutes south of Olympia. The show is presented by South Sound Wedding & Event Magazine, a local resource guide for engaged couples planning a wedding in the South Puget Sound area.“More than one-third of engagements occur during the December – January holidays, according to The Wedding Report,” says Paula R. Lowe, show producer and publisher of South Sound Wedding & Event magazine. “We choose highly-skilled wedding professionals to be at this show. “This is the place to meet the professionals who will help you create the wedding you have always imagined.”Couples will meet caterers, DJs, wedding planners, florists, photographers, wedding cake bakers, jewelry designers and representatives from wedding and reception venues, bridal and tux shops and many others.Guests will see the latest styles during two fashion shows featuring men’s formalwear, wedding gowns, bridesmaids and flower girl dresses all from local stores. See the latest in hairstyles and makeup on local models. Fashion shows begin at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Following each fashion show, ballroom dancers will demonstrate a couple’s first dance.At the door, couples will enter to win prizes, and they will receive a complimentary copy of South Sound Wedding & Event magazine.The show is sponsored by Great Wolf Lodge, Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau and Mixx96.com.Tickets are $8 at the door.For information about the show,  visit www.southsoundweddingshow.com or www.weddingandeventmagazine.com. Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Celebrating Miracles at Christmas

first_imgBy Muriel J. SmithVic and Courtney Rossomanno and their three children will be celebrating their own little miracle this Christmas. And they know that miracle came about because of the skill of specialists, technology, and a series of incidents they can only describe as happening because of their faith. The Rossomannos have a daughter, Elizabeth, who is 2, Vic’s son, Joey, who is 15, and Victoria, who will be a year old January 13.Victoria is the miracle they are celebrating.The youngest Rossomanno was born 25 weeks prematurely two weeks into 2014, and the medical reason for that surprise birth has never been identified. Courtney had had a wonderful, healthy and happy pregnancy up until the time she suddenly went into labor and was rushed to the hospital. Victoria weighed in at a critical 1 pound, 10 ounces, stretched over a 12-inch frame. She literally could fit inside a shoebox. And she was absolutely perfect, her proud mother beams.One of the highlights for the Rossomannos will be Christmas Eve, when their relatives will be gathering at their house rather than Vic’s mother’s, Mimi Mayes, to celebrate in the Italian tradition with music, song, love and friendship…and no fewer than seven fish entrees on the Christmas Eve dinner table. Courtney is overwhelmed with the excitement of it all. “I can’t put it into words; we are always experiencing miracles.”Victoria’s miracles began at her birth when, because of her tiny size, she was admitted to the neo-natal intensive care unit at Monmouth Medical Center, her home for the next 134 days. It was a time the family and close friends rallied together to ensure both parents could visit their newest daughter every day, juggling the care for Elizabeth at the same time. It wasn’t until nine days after the birth that they could hold the infant for the first time, and then for only an hour a day. Gradually the time was increased; in the meantime, they spent their time, sometimes up to eight hours for Courtney, talking to Victoria, singing to her, going on rounds with the nurses and learning the intricacy of caring for a determined little fighter after they could take her home. Big sister Elizabeth was able to come to the hospital and visit Victoria on Easter and Mother’s Day.There was a serious setback when Victoria was 2 1/2 months old and contracted a staph infection. It was a frightening time for the young couple who were first told Victoria had meningitis; an ultra sound showed she had two brain bleeds, apparently the result of the staph infection.Treatment of that problem is highly specialized and normally would mean the infant would have to be rushed to CHOP, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. But the next of many miracles the family has experienced had already occurred. Garrett Zoeller a Morristown physician specializing in both adult and pediatric neurosurgery, had just become affiliated with Monmouth Medical Center the day before Victoria’s situation developed. And while he could see, treat, and diagnose Victoria at Monmouth, he preferred to complete the necessary surgery at St. Barnabas in Livingston, one of the other hospitals with which he is affiliated.  At under three months of age, Victoria had her first surgery.  Back once again at Monmouth, it was determined she had hydrocephalus, and two more surgeries were necessary to drain the fluids. In July, Dr. Zoeller inserted a shunt which will be permanent for Victoria, but will continue to drain fluids before they build to a crucial level.The Rossomannos, grateful and appreciative of all the help and prayers they received, reacted spontaneously when they saw a sign about the March of Dimes and its work with premature infants. They immediately launched their own fundraising campaign for the March of Dimes, raising more than $6,000 through events both at one of Vic’s restaurants… he runs several Quaker Steak & Lube restaurants in New Jersey…as well as other fundraisers. And the Rossomannos have been named the March of Dimes Family of the Year for the Jersey Shore for 2015.“We are so blessed, we have been so fortunate,” the attractive and capable mom smiles, “we believe Victoria was given to us for a reason. We feel we have to give back and help others.” They are active with Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation, Courtney took both girls to Washington, D.C. to visit with Sen. Chris Smith and other Congressional leaders to keep them better informed of the special problems premature infants face and the need for government support for foundations that help families and further education. They want to continue to inform the public of special situations, and great milestones, for children like Victoria who only have 50 percent of their total brain.They’re on Facebook at Victory for Victoria Community with dozens of photos of their happy, impish little daughter and progress notes on her growth and development, sharing information with other parents with premature children.There are the numerous visits to all kinds of therapists and specialists, Courtney admits, generally five a week. There are MRIs every two to three months to keep track of the infant’s progress. “But we were told not to expect her to have any gross motor skill development,” Courtney says, then giggles as she watches Victoria roll over, laugh, hold her bottle with great dexterity, and do everything else an average full-term 6 month old would do.The couple’s faith in God and their belief God has some special reason for giving Victoria to the Rossomannos cannot be denied. Courtney describes herself as a traditional, rather than orthodox, practicing Jew, so the children have been baptized Catholic, Vic’s religion, and the family, Courtney included, worships at St. Anselm’s Catholic Church in Tinton Falls. The family also lights the eight candles on their menorah set up in the dining room.  For both parents, whichever formal religion in which they worship isn’t the important thing, because “it really doesn’t matter….so long as God is there.”last_img read more

Nation Brand Forum 2017 inspires robust discussion and debate

first_imgThe Brand South Africa Nation Brand Forum 2017 again gathered business, government and media experts to discuss the marketing of the country’s national global reputation in light of recent geopolitical and global economic changes. The event was addressed by Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo.Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo addresses Brand South Africa’s Nation Brand Forum 2017 in Johannesburg on 5 October 2017. (Image: SA Government Flickr)CD AndersonThe Nation Brand Forum is aimed at creating an open platform for engagement between the government, business and civil society for the development of new ideas that will improve the global perception of the country. The theme of this year’s forum, held in Johannesburg on 5 October, was “Positioning the South African nation brand in an era of emerging market globalisation”.The forum was opened by Brand South Africa CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela, with a welcoming address by Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo. There were two panel discussions that put forward a number of new thoughts on nation branding and global perceptions.Brand builderDlodlo began by paying tribute to late anti-apartheid struggle stalwart Oliver Tambo. In a year in which the country celebrates Tambo’s 100th birthday, Dlodlo said it was appropriate to remember him and his legacy as a leading nation brand builder for South Africa.“It is both fitting and inspiring to recognise his role as the foremost brand architect of our new nation and country… We must be inspired by the ideals that prompted him as an ardent campaigner for human rights, an internationalist and an activist for peace and prosperity… Oliver Tambo spent his entire life pursuing the dream of building solidarity between South Africa and the world.”She also highlighted the importance of the National Development Plan’s Vision 2030, the country’s long-term socio-economic development roadmap, in developing the South African nation brand.“The [National Development Plan] envisions a South Africa where everyone feels free yet bounded to others, where everyone embraces their full potential, a country where opportunity is determined not by birth, but by ability, education and hard work… To ensure that this vision becomes a reality, we are making strides through efforts such as the Nation Brand Forum to collectively implement measures that promote the transformation of the economy and focused efforts that build the country’s capabilities, thus resulting in a reputable nation brand that attracts investment.”Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo addresses Brand South Africa’s Nation Brand Forum 2017 in Johannesburg on 5 October 2017. (Image: SA Government Flickr)Dlodlo also made special mention of the relationship between the government and the private sector, and how business’s important role in the country’s socio-economic growth and sustainability should not be underutilised: “The private sector not only raises South Africa’s global competitiveness by allowing us to break into new and emerging markets, but it also significantly improves the lives of millions of poor South Africans and their chance for economic participation.”Concluding her address, the minister reiterated the importance of the economic development of the country and all its people for successful nation branding: “If the economy grows, jobs are created, social levels improve, foreign direct investments become a reality and the economy thrives. Therefore, it is unquestionable that socio-economic national development agendas have an incredible impact on the positive [nation] branding.“Through this forum we are therefore aiming to create an intensified exchange of ideas among all sectors of society. This is a fundamental requirement for appropriate and sustainable development for any nation.”For a full transcript of Minister Dlodlo’s address, click here. Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo and Brand South Africa CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela at Brand South Africa’s Nation Brand Forum, held in Johannesburg on 5 October 2017. (Image: SA Government Flickr)Panel 1: Positioning the South African nation brand in an era of emerging market [email protected]: If South Africans talk their country down by extension they talk down the country’s products #NationBrandForum17 cc @Brand_SA pic.twitter.com/dwVwlsftC4— The eNitiaters (@The_eNitiaters) October 5, 2017The first panel was led by Brand South Africa general manager for research Dr Petrus de Kock, with contributions from Annabel Bishop, chief economist at Investec; Dr Martyn Davies, managing director for emerging markets at Deloitte; Eric Mahamba-Sithole, head of learning and development at the Industrial Development Corporation; and SAfm radio host Ashraf Garda.Watch the discussion:Panel 2: Country of origin built on the foundations of business excellence – crafting a value proposition and global strategy for a nation brand#NationBrandForum17 Panel 2 discussion focuses on crafting a value proposition & global strategy for National Brand in emerging markets pic.twitter.com/NX8sbehRqq— South African Gov (@GovernmentZA) October 5, 2017The panel was hosted by Jeremy Sampson, director of Brand Finance Africa, and included contributions from Imtiaz Patel, CEO of Naspers Video Entertainment; M&C Saatchi Abel Johannesburg group chairman Jerry Mpufane; Odette van der Haar, CEO of the Association for Communication and Advertising; and York Zucchi, entrepreneur and motivational speaker.Watch the discussion:Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Samsung’s Stock Shock Shows The Shifting Sands Of Smartphones

first_imgA giant consumer-electronics company, dependent on smartphones for its profits, sees its stock hammered even as it reports huge earnings.Last year, that company was Apple. Now, it’s Samsung, whose shares fell 3% Friday as investors worried about sales of its flagship Galaxy S4 phone.Of Samsung’s $8 billion profit, 70 percent comes from mobile devices, so the concern is understandable. But wait: $8 billion, up 47% year over year? What’s not to like?A lot, apparently.Shifting SandsThe problem for Apple and Samsung is not just fickle investors: Consumers are equally hard to please. And outside developed markets, they are very cost-sensitive. Sub-$100 smartphones from everyone from Nokia to ZTE are catching on.Smartphones and tablets are almost all screens and chips. The glass displays and the silicon processors all come from the same substrate: sand. Wrap metal or plastic casings around them, and you have a phone. As Google CEO Larry Page recently mused at his company’s I/O conference, the raw materials of smartphones don’t add up to a big bill.The value to consumers comes from software, which is why Apple rolled out a major update to iOS, its mobile-device operating system, and Samsung is trying to figure out how to differentiate its Android smartphones from other devices running the same Google-designed software.Excess SuccessWhat Samsung may be facing, too, is that it simply did too good a job getting the revolutionary technology of a modern smartphone into people’s hands. Its marketing blitz over the past year may have convinced people to buy Galaxy phones, but investors aren’t persuaded it can repeat the act. (And indeed, Samsung’s weird New York launch and subsequent campaigns seem to have done it no favors.)Is there a way out? Perhaps the answer is to stop selling sand. As hardware becomes cheaper and more commoditized, software becomes more and more important. And not operating-system software: The Android vs. iOS battle, while likely to serve as fodder for comment threads for years to come, isn’t what matters.It’s all about apps now. Apple, despite its opaque ways, has done a good job of cozying up to key developers. Samsung is making strides here, from its partnership with Dropbox to the new Accelerator offices it is opening up in New York and Palo Alto, Calif.It might help, though, if Samsung’s user interface weren’t so complicated that it needs an “easy mode.” Get the software wrong, and all you have is an expensive hunk of refined sand. Can you blame investors for worrying that that’s what they’ll get stuck holding?Image courtesy of Shutterstock. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … owen thomas Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologycenter_img Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Tags:#Android#Apple#Google#iOS#Samsung#Samsung Galaxy#smartphone#smartphones last_img read more

Black fears de Ocampo out of finals with calf injury

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMeralco finally won after dropping Games 1 and 2 of the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals but lost its starting forward Ranidel de Ocampo in the process.De Ocampo hurt his left calf in the first four minutes of Game 3 and did not return.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next De Ocampo, who was acquired by the Bolts this conference, is averaging 9 points per game in the finals.Fortunately for Meralco, Reynel Hugnatan stepped up with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting from downtown. And by the looks of it, Bolts head coach Norman Black fears de Ocampo could miss the remainder of the series.“We have a little bit of bad news, I think we probably lost Ranidel for the rest of the series with the calf injury,” said Black after Meralco beat Barangay Ginebra, 94-81, Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’ll have him checked by a doctor but he doesn’t look very good right now,” he added.The 35-year-old de Ocampo has been a vital piece to Meralco’s finals run and his absence is a big blow to the team’s bid to win the franchise’s first championship. MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:20Hidden healers treat Hong Kong protesters00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Black blasts Cone after post-game spat View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more

10 months agoLee Clark joins Tribalfootball: Newcastle & Fulham so special to me

first_imgLee Clark joins Tribalfootball: Newcastle & Fulham so special to meby Andrew Maclean10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWe here at Tribalfootballare proud to announce our new guest columnist for 2019, former Newcastle United and Fulham midfielder Lee Clark.Lee brings with him almost 30 years of experience playing and managing in the Premier League and across the Football League. As a player, Lee quite literally lived the dream. Not many players get to play for their boyhood heroes, let alone help reignite an entire city. But that’s what Clark did, having played 46 league games as a 20-year-old in Newcastle’s record breaking 1992/93 season, which ended their four-year exile from the top flight.It was a golden period for Toon. In the 1995-96 season, when Kevin Keegan’s side, dubbed ‘The Entertainers’, famously finished second behind Manchester United.The likes of David Ginola, Les Ferdinand, Faustino Asprilla and Peter Beardsley lit up St. James’ Park on a regular basis and Clark was right there alongside them. He says the experience helped raise his game to another level.”Absolutely, every training session and game really, really mattered,” Clark tells Tribalfootball. “We could never rest on our laurels even in training, you knew you had someone, senior players, internationals. “And you knew that one, you wanted to get a place in the team. And two, you wanted to keep it, which was the hardest bit. You had to perform every single day in training. I think that’s the reason why most players during that period had there most successful time of their careers, really.”In 1997, Clark crossed the north-east divide for a brief two-year stint at Sunderland under Peter Reid and helped the Black Cats lift the First Division trophy in 1999. Fulham then paid £3m for Clark’s signature in the early days of the Mohamed Al Fayed revolution. Clark secured his status as a promotion specialist when he picked up another First Division title in 2001. Wearing the captain’s armband, Clark led the Cottagers to their then-highest Premier League finish in 2003/04. Speaking about his six-years in west London, Clark says: “I love the club. The people there, the way me and my family got treated. “The six years I had there as a player were magnificent. We had a great time and I love going back. And it’s quite ironic that it’s Newcastle vs Fulham at St. James’ on Saturday. I’ll be at the game and it will be pulling on the heartstrings really because I want neither of them to be involved [in the relegation battle].”And also another club close to me where my managerial career started, Huddersfield, they’re down in the mix as well. So it’s like I don’t want any one of these three to go down, but unfortunately I think that’s the way its going to be.”There was no break from football for Clark, who immediately joined United’s coaching staff after retirement in 2006. Two years later, he would take up the manager’s position at Huddersfield, spending four successful years in Yorkshire before joining Birmingham City in 2012.Stints at Bury, Blackpool and Kilmarnock have followed and at just 46 years of age, Clark still has plenty left to give to the game.”You learn from the ups and you learn from the downs. I’m a much improved manager than I ever was from the start. And I’m wanting to get back in. I love it. I love being on the graft. I love coaching players and trying to improve them. “I’m absolutely wanting to get back in the game but you know everything has to be right for me and also its not just the U.K, I’d quite enjoy and it would be a good test to work abroad.” TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorAndrew Maclean FollowShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Brazils Temer turns to reforms but can he deliver

first_imgSAO PAULO – Overcoming an effort to try him on corruption charges, Brazilian President Michel Temer tried Thursday to move past the scandals that have dogged him, but it was unclear if he has the support to push his market-friendly reform agenda.A congressional vote late Wednesday temporarily spared Temer from trial, but it was only the latest in a series of threats to his political survival. He emerged victorious from a court challenge earlier this year to the vote that elected him vice-president, he resisted calls for his resignation when bribery allegations came to light, and he has now beaten two attempts to remove him from office and put him on trial on graft charges. Temer has called the charges against him absurd and politically motivated.With all obvious threats to his removal behind him, Temer and his advisers appeared eager to get back to governing.“It’s time to focus on what interests our people. The bridge that we are building to the future is solid, firm and resistant,” Temer said in a video posted on social media. He touted incipient economic growth, early signs of job creation and falling inflation. His chief of staff also promised that a social security reform would be passed this year.But with so much political capital spent on merely surviving, analysts are questioning whether there’s any left over to cut spending on pensions or loosen labour laws to revive Brazil’s economy, Latin America’s largest.While cheered by many investors, those proposed reforms are deeply unpopular — as is Temer himself. His approval rating is as low as 3 per cent, making him the most unpopular leader in the world, according to a recent Eurasia group survey, and not just because of scandals. Temer’s decision last week to offer steep discounts on fines for environmental infractions created an outcry, as did a watering down of the rules that combat labour abuses.Temer’s promise was always that he would use his legendary deal-making skills to modernize Brazil’s economy and drag Latin America’s largest nation out of the deepest recession it had experienced in decades. Many lawmakers who supported Temer in Wednesday’s vote cited the need to sustain the nascent economic recovery as the reason for their vote.But now, the opposite might be true, said Helio Gurovitz, a columnist with media giant Globo.The “problem is that Temer’s continuation also offers risks to the economy,” he wrote Thursday. “The principal of these is the threat to the reform agenda, especially on social security. Temer emerged from yesterday’s vote with a parliamentary base ever more weakened.”The 77-year-old Temer’s gift for horse-trading was on display in recent weeks as he shored up support by doling out local projects, plum positions and favourable decrees in a bid to avoid being put on trial for charges of obstruction of justice and leading a criminal organization. In the end, Temer got more than the votes he needed, but fewer than the last time Congress voted to spare him from suspension and trial.“That leaves Temer having accomplished very little at extraordinarily high cost,” said Matthew M. Taylor, a professor at the School of International Service at American University. “The broader reformist impetus has been blemished by association with Temer and his horse-trading.”Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who despite a corruption conviction is the front-runner for next year’s presidential race, criticized the amount of funding Temer promised to fellow lawmakers in exchange for support.“Money that’s missing for investments in the country,” he said in a tweet on Thursday.Investors, who initially cheered Temer’s rise to power, seemed uninterested in the victory. The main Bovespa stock index was down in late trading and the currency slumped against the dollar.“The financial market is not particularly worried about what’s happening with President Temer,” said Pedro Paulo Coelho Afonso, the chief of operations at the Gradual Investimentos brokerage firm in Sao Paulo.The charges against Temer stem from a mammoth corruption investigation that began as a probe into money laundering and ended up uncovering systemic graft in Brazil’s halls of power. Dozens of politicians and businessmen have been jailed since the probe launched in 2014.Prosecutors allege Brazil’s government was run like a cartel for years, with political parties selling favours, votes and appointments to powerful businessmen. They say that Temer took over the scheme when he took power last year. Because the case involved a sitting president, two-thirds of the lower house of Congress had to accept the charges before Temer could be tried. But the vote only spares Temer while he remains in office; he could still face the charges after his term ends on Dec. 31, 2018.Many Brazilians are exhausted by the seemingly endless allegations of corruption against their leaders and are holding their breath for next year’s elections.“I am confused by all these crises and accusations of corruption that come one after the other,” said Anita Ferreira Pinto, a 46-year-old housewife who was window shopping in Sao Paulo. “I no longer know what to think or what is best for Brazil.”___Associated Press writers Mauricio Savarese in Brasilia, Stan Lehman in Sao Paulo and Peter Prengaman in Rio de Janeiro and AP photographer Andre Penner in Sao Paulo contributed to this report.last_img read more