regionals 2013

How has the number of people living in extreme poverty changed?

The treemap above (interactive version here) illustrates how the number and distribution of people living in extreme poverty has changed between 1990 and 2013. The reduction in the number of poor in East Asia and Pacific is dramatic, and despite the decline in the Sub-Saharan Africa’s extreme poverty rate to 41 percent in 2013, the region’s population growth means that 389 million people lived on less than $1.90/day in 2013 - 113 million more than in 1990

The World Bank is pleased to release the 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals. With over 150 maps and data visualizations, the new publication charts the progress societies are making towards the 17 SDGs.

                                          THREE CHOIRS… ONE WORLD TOUR

When Cassandra July was dragged to McKinley High while visiting family to watch the Regionals Championship of 2013, an idea sprung into her head. She could take the lousy groups of misfits, whip them into shape and take them around the world to not only bring her name back into light, but save their respective schools’ Art Programs.

Thus, OHIO ON TOUR was born, with the New Directions, Vocal Adrenaline and the Dalton Academy Warblers all on board. Once each school is out for summer vacation, the show choirs (and a handful of backstage crew) are to be shipped off to New York City for bootcamp-style rehearsals to get them prepared for the biggest adveture of their lives. The tour begins in JUNE, but who’s to say that the groups of misfits can’t get into trouble before then?

                       WELCOME TO OHIO ON TOUR !

  • ALMOST ALL CANONS OPEN !
  • OCS WELCOME !
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                                          THREE CHOIRS… ONE WORLD TOUR

When Cassandra July was dragged to McKinley High while visiting family to watch the Regionals Championship of 2013, an idea sprung into her head. She could take the lousy groups of misfits, whip them into shape and take them around the world to not only bring her name back into light, but save their respective schools’ Art Programs.

Thus, OHIO ON TOUR was born, with the New Directions, Vocal Adrenaline and the Dalton Academy Warblers all on board. Once each school is out for summer vacation, the show choirs (and a handful of backstage crew) are to be shipped off to New York City for bootcamp-style rehearsals to get them prepared for the biggest adveture of their lives. The tour begins in JUNE, but who’s to say that the groups of misfits can’t get into trouble before then?

                       WELCOME TO OHIO ON TOUR !

  • ALMOST ALL CANONS OPEN !
  • OCS WELCOME !
 [ MAIN ] // [ CHARACTER DIRECTORY ] // [ APPLICATION ] // [ ASK ]
Southeast Asian Stocks Are Poised to Start Outperforming Peers

After lagging behind the wider region since 2013’s taper tantrum, Southeast Asian stocks are poised to start outperforming their peers.

That’s the view from Morgan Stanley and Nomura Holdings Inc. in research notes released Thursday and Friday respectively.

A completion of cyclical gains in earnings of technology and commodity companies, only modest dollar strength versus Asian currencies and a small deterioration in sentiment in China will benefit Asean markets over the next few months, according to Japan’s biggest brokerage. The “dovish tightening” by the Federal Reserve is supportive of emerging-market currencies in general, providing a reprieve to Southeast Asian equities, the U.S. bank said.

“Structurally, Asean’s economies do appear better placed to deliver on growth than those in North Asia,” Mixo Das, an equity strategist at Nomura in Singapore, wrote in the note. “A further rotation into emerging markets from development markets and a long-term compression of the EM vs DM valuation gap should also prove supportive.”

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The MSCI Asean index has rallied 9.7 percent this year, trailing a 12 percent advance in the MSCI AC Asia Pacific Excluding Japan Index. The Asean gauge fell 22 percent over the four years through the end of 2016, compared with an 8.5 percent decline in the wider Asian measure.

Philippines has the “cheapest” stock market in the region and is expected to outperform in 2017 as earnings outlook improves and clarity on tax reforms could help boost consumption among the middle class, Nomura’s Das said. Indonesia is also rated overweight, while Malaysia and Singapore are both seen to underperform. Das has a hold rating on Thailand.

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Meanwhile, Morgan Stanley sees the Fed’s stance on U.S. rate increases as supportive of emerging market currencies with Indonesia as the key beneficiary, equity strategists Sean Gardiner and Aarti Shah wrote in the note. Malaysia was the next preferred market, followed by Thailand, Singapore and the Philippines.

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I have been quiet about it so far but in case anyone’s wondering I spoke with some friends in Seoul recently and they have reassured me that western media is definitely blowing everything out of proportion and while it’s tense over there (and while this instance is a bit different from other past incidents between n/s Korea) most people over there aren’t seriously worried. Things like this apparently happen each year around this time and have for “many many years.” 

Evacuations were precautionary and covered a small amount of space in South Korea’s western border. North Korea sent a letter separate from their threatening ones offering the option to S. Korea to settle the matter peacefully. South Korea has already sent a letter apologizing for retaliating with shells (though Kim Jong Un apparently refused to accept it), so it seems that talks are in the works despite all the news about the possibility of skirmish.

North Korea have mobilized troops and declared a “quasi state of war.” While we won’t see the effects of this statement until, presumably, Saturday at 5PM (KST), which is the deadline for South Korea to turn off their DMZ-facing loudspeakers, consider past events and the rhetoric previously used: 

from this article: 

During a period of heightened tensions in the region in 2013, North Korea announced it had entered “a state of war” with South Korea. That situation didn’t result in military clashes.

Jamie Metzl, an Asia expert for the Atlantic Council in New York, said he thought it was unlikely that the current crisis would escalate further.

“North Korea has more to gain from conflict theater than from a conflict that would quickly expose its fundamental weakness,” he said.

I don’t write this to undermine the recent events. There has been an accumulation of conflicts between the two countries in recent months that has led South Korea to turn on their loudspeakers for the first time since 2004, in breach of an agreement between the countries, especially a land-mine explosion earlier this month that killed two South Korean soldiers and which South Korea blamed on North Korea. So it’s understandable that, at least abroad, there is considerable concern as to the outcome of this particular conflict as differentiated from conflicts of the past. 

However–the two countries are technically still at war; rather than a peace treaty, an armistice put an end to the fighting of the Korean War in 1953. Were the countries to engage in warfare again it would be a breach of armistice rather than the reinstatement of war. While this isn’t really reassuring, I mention it because the rhetoric of declaring a “quasi state of war” is basically just stating the obvious, since the two countries are already in a quasi state of war if you look at it from a purely rhetorical point of view (here I distinguish “state of war” from actual warfare with fighting/casualties etc). And right now all we have is rhetoric–no real military conflict (or warlike conditions). So, looking at it this way, all Kim Jong Un has done is put words to, quite publicly and sensationally, a condition between the countries that already exists and has existed as long as both countries themselves. 

And I will add this: that certainly, “conflict theater” is concerning. North Korea’s rhetoric is often bellicose (literally) and, well, the point of theatre is to be convincing. So it’s okay to be concerned or scared. However, when you reblog certain posts without researching or speak without true knowledge, it’s basically just fuel to the fire North Korea has sparked with its threatening communications.

Rather than spreading rumors like, “North and South Korea could be at war soon!” it seems best to remain calm, quiet, and wait for more concrete information. South Korean and American militaries are monitoring the situation and we’ll definitely hear about it if the two countries officially break ceasefire.

If you have friends in Korea and are wondering what you can do to help, reach out to them directly rather than participating in the internet’s promulgation of fear/hypersensitivity :) 

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Chace ‘Mic Write’ Morris - “Landmine”

“I swear, us black men are born into mine fields, running full speed.”

Performing at the 2013 Rustbelt Regional Poetry Slam. Our first video of the new year!