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Monday, July 31st, 2017


U.S. Millennials Outvoted Baby Boomers In 2016 Election

Millennials And Gen-Xers Outvoted Boomers And Older Generations In 2016 election

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Baby Boomers and other older Americans are no longer the majority of voters in U.S. presidential elections.

Millennials and Generation Xers cast 69.6 million votes in the 2016 general election, a slight majority of the 137.5 million total votes cast, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Census Bureau data. Meanwhile, Boomers and older voters represented fewer than half of all votes for the first time in decades. The shift has occurred as Millennials accounted for a growing share of the electorate and as those in the Silent and Greatest generations aged and died.

Millennials (those ages 18 to 35 in 2016) reported casting 34 million votes last November, a steep rise from the 18.4 million votes they cast in 2008. But, despite the larger size of the Millennial generation, the Millennial vote has yet to eclipse the Gen X vote, as 35.7 million Gen Xers (ages 36 to 51 in 2016) reported voting last year.

It is likely, though not certain, that the size of the Millennial vote will surpass the Gen X vote in the 2020 presidential election. The Millennial generation as a whole is larger than Gen X (both in absolute size and in the number of birth years it spans). In addition, the ranks of the nation’s Millennials are growing faster than older generations due to immigration, which is likely to be accompanied by increased naturalizations. As a result, Millennials are likely to be the only adult generation whose number of eligible voters will appreciably increase in the coming years.

In addition, while voter turnout is difficult to predict, the general pattern is that as a generation ages its turnout rate more closely matches that of the next older generation. Consequently, the difference in turnout between Millennials and Gen Xers is expected to narrow in 2020 (63% of Gen X eligible voters reported voting in 2016, versus 49% of Millennials).

The ascendance of the Millennial vote is noteworthy because Millennials are more likely to be self-described independents, but they also are more Democratic than older generations in their political preferences.

Among Millennials, 44% were independents in 2016, compared with 39% of Gen Xers and smaller shares of Boomers (31%) and members of the Silent Generation (23%). At the same time, Millennials lean to the Democratic Party to a much greater degree than other generations.

In 2016, 55% of all Millennials identified as Democrats or Democratic-leaning independents, while just 33% identified as Republicans or GOP-leaning independents. By comparison, 49% in Generation X, 46% of Boomers and 43% of members in the Silent Generation identified with or leaned Democratic. And on issues such as marijuana legalization and same-sex marriage, Millennials take more liberal positions than those in older generations.

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[Source: BY  / Pew Research Center ~ -/- Media Relations]
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The ‘World Aquatic Championships’ In Budapest Attracted 485 Thousand Spectators

Almost Half A Million Spectators At Five Venues

Széchenyi Chain Bridge in Budapest at night

Almost half a million, 485 thousand spectators viewed the events of the World Aquatic Championships at five venues in Budapest and Balatonfüred, Minister for National Development Miklós Seszták, President of the Organizing Committee of the World Championships which finished on Sunday said at a press conference held on Monday in the Duna Arena.

The Minister for National Development highlighted: more than 400 thousand visitors attended the supporter zones set up on Margitsziget (Margaret Island) and next to the Duna Arena. The venue on the island reached its full capacity in terms of spectators five times in two weeks, and during the men’s water polo final between Hungary and Croatia held on Saturday, not only the MAC sports field, but also the entire Margitsziget area had to be closed down.

“A great many foreigners supported their athletes at the venues, tickets were sold in the hundreds of thousands, primarily to Brits, Germans, French and Americans”, Mr Seszták said.

Mr Seszták cited the hich hotels in Budapest were fully booked, the average occupancy rate was in excess of 90 per cent during the two weeks of the World Championships, and meanwhile the average prices of rooms increased by 200 per cent.

“Two thirds of the guests specifically came to see the World Championships during this period, and they stayed four times longer than the average stay, for more than nine days”, Mr Seszták said who highlighted regarding the survey that on a scale of one to ten, the satisfaction indicator was 8.73, the sense of security averaged 8.84, and 66 per cent of foreign guests are planning to come back to Hungary.

The Minister for National Development drew attention to the World Masters Championships to begin on 7 August to which 11,711 attendees have been accredited, including 9,378 athletes, with a contingent of 6,501 swimmers, and 125 teams enrolled for the water polo tournament.

From among the members of the Organizing Committee, Minister of Human Capacities Zoltán Balog was especially proud of the opening ceremony where „culture and sports met”.

“More than five hundred dancers featured in the production who delivered the highest standards in terms of coordination and choreography, but I should also make mention of the light and sound technologies, and I believe that few countries are capable of something like this”, Mr Balog said. He added: Budapest will host the World Junior Synchronized Swimming Championships next year and the World Junior Swimming Championships in 2019. The European championships of swimming, water polo, synchronized swimming and diving will be held in the Duna Arena in 2020 which will be followed by the World Short Course Swimming Championships in 2024.

Mayor of Budapest István Tarlós highlighted: „as a born Budapest resident, it makes me especially delighted that the delegations of more than 180 countries felt at home in our capital city”. According to Mr Tarlós, the World Championships took the reputation of Budapest and Hungary to almost every corner of the world: „thanks to the superb standard of the broadcasts, we showed the world our most beautiful features, just as we would have liked”.

Balázs Fürjes, Government Commissioner for Priority Budapest Projects highlighted that 11 new official world records were achieved in the Duna Arena.

“Not including the times when people wore shark suits, this many world records had never been achieved in the year after the Olympic Games in the history of the World Championships”, he stressed. Mr Fürjes said: this is greatly attributable to the conscious Hungarian planning which was based on the study of a London firm „as in the case of a fast pool, the depth of the water, the technology of water surface tension and the flow of the water play a major part”. According to Mr Fürjes, the Hungarian nation was forged together by the World Aquatic Championships which „we did not organise merely for the sake of the World Championships, but beyond that in view of the decades to come”.


[Source: Government of Hungary (MTI) -/- Media Relations]
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U.S. Won Contract To Supply Thermal Coal To Ukraine’s State-Owned Power Generation Company

Secretary Ross And Secretary Perry Hail New Coal Deal With Ukraine

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry welcomed the announcement from the Government of Ukraine that Ukrainian state-owned power generation company Centrenergo PJSC will purchase American thermal coal ahead of the upcoming winter season.

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross:

United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross address to employees on March 1st 2017

“As promised during the campaign, President Trump is unshackling American energy with each day on the job.  This has brought enormous benefit to our nation’s coal communities, and will now also benefit an important international partner.  Today’s announcement will allow Ukraine to diversify its energy sources ahead of the coming winter, helping bolster a key strategic partner against regional pressures that seek to undermine U.S. interests. In the past, Russia has tried to choke off opposition to its ambitions by restricting the flow of natural gas to its western neighbors. Under President Trump’s leadership, I look forward to working with Secretary Perry and others in industry and government to further expand American exports in support of our goals of keeping this country safe and promoting robust economic growth.”

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry:

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“In today’s turbulent world, geopolitical turmoil can create uncertainty for nations without access to an abundance of their own natural resources. No one knows this more than Ukraine. In recent years Kiev and much of Eastern Europe have been reliant on and beholden to Russia to keep the heat on. That changes now. The United States can offer Ukraine an alternative, and today we are pleased to announce that we will.  U.S. coal will be a secure and reliable energy source for Centrenergo and its electricity customers. This announcement will also boost our own economy by supporting jobs in the coal and transportation industries. This Administration looks forward to making available even more of our abundant natural resources to allies and partners like Ukraine in the future to promote their own energy security through diversity of supply and source. Partnerships like this are crucial to the path forward to achieve energy dominance.”


  • Pennsylvania based Xcoal Energy and Resources won a contract to supply thermal coal to Ukraine’s state-owned power generation company, Centrenergo PJSC.
  • This partnership formed in response to Ukraine’s desire to diversify its energy supply which has historically been negatively impacted by the volatility of the governments whom they rely on for energy.
  • The United States provides Ukraine with a secure, reliable and competitive alternative energy source.
  • Multiple U.S. government agencies and offices were involved in making this deal a reality including the Department of Energy and the Department of Commerce.
  • XCoal has stated that it anticipates that shipments of U.S. coal are planned to arrive in Ukraine in late August or early September, just in time to stockpile fuel for the winter heating season.
  • Note: According to a recent EIA report, U.S. coal exports have increased by nearly 60 percent in the first months of the Trump Administration.


About Xcoal

Xcoal Energy & Resources is a leading supplier of United States origin metallurgical and thermal coal to customers throughout the world. Their core business is marketing low, mid, and high volatile hard coking coals from Appalachian mining operations located in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

Formed in November 2003 and privately held, Xcoal has experienced rapid/steady growth. They have consistently increased annual contract tonnage and are continuously expanding their customer base of world class integrated steel producers and thermal coal customers.

Xcoal is among the largest coal exporters in the USA with shipments via ports in Baltimore, Maryland, USA and Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA.

Headquartered in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA, Xcoal also has U.S. offices in: Baltimore, Maryland, Key Biscayne, Florida, Newport News, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and San Antonio, Texas.


[Source: U.S. Department of Commerce/Xcoal  -/- Media Relations]
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Europe – EU School Children To Receive Milk, Fruit And Vegetables

EU School Children To Benefit From Fruit, Vegetables And Milk


Children across the EU will continue to benefit from fruit, vegetables and milk at school thanks to the allocation of €250 million in EU funding for the 2017–2018 school year.

For the first time in 2017, the two so-called school schemes will be merged into one single scheme for simpler management. The aim of the scheme remains the same, however – to increase the share of healthy food in the diet of young people.

Of the €250 million EU funding agreed for 2017–2018 school year, roughly €150 million will be allocated for fruit and vegetables and €100 million for milk. They will be used not only to provide fruit, vegetables and milk to schoolchildren but also to support learning about agriculture and healthy diets as well as information, monitoring and evaluation.

An indicative allocation of the EU funding to each Member state was made based on the number of school-age children and, for the milk, also on the previous use of EU funding.

Countries have the freedom to request less, or more if additional funding is available. This is because money that is allocated to a Member state but not requested, for whatever reason, can be reallocated to other Member States by the Commission.

Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, said: “I am very pleased that the new school scheme will be introduced tomorrow. The scheme provides valuable support to millions of European schoolchildren and thousands of farmers in every Member State. Such support has proven particularly important for farmers in recent years and the increased funding will enhance the value of this support. In addition, the new scheme meets my priority of simplification through the integration of the former school milk and vegetable schemes. Finally, I am happy to be involved with an initiative with Commissioners Andriukaitis and Navracsics to promote a healthy lifestyle and I am convinced that this scheme has a valuable part to play.”

The Commission adopted the decision fixing the definitive allocation of EU funding to each Member state (breakdown in the table below).

EU funding for school year 2017–2018

Member State Definitive allocation for school fruit and vegetables (€) Definitive allocation for school milk (€)
Belgium 3 367 930 1 650 729
Bulgaria 2 677 109 1 167 367
Czech Republic 4 082 903 1 842 407
Denmark 2 386 393 1 606 402
Germany 25 826 315 10 947 880
Estonia 565 888 732 225
Ireland 2 007 779 900 398
Greece 3 218 885 1 550 685
Spain 12 932 647 6 302 784
France 17 990 469 17 123 194
Croatia 1 720 946 800 354
Italy 21 704 956 9 261 220
Cyprus 390 044 400 177
Latvia 813 091 745 497
Lithuania 1 134 661 1 091 333
Luxembourg 343 568 193 000
Hungary 3 885 599 1 972 368
Malta 372 747 144 750
Netherlands 7 063 251 2 401 061
Austria 2 946 591 1 278 933
Poland 14 985 916 11 047 202
Portugal 3 283 397 2 220 981
Romania 6 866 848 10 865 578
Slovenia 727 411 363 811
Slovakia 2 185 291 1 020 425
Finland 1 599 047 3 824 689
Sweden 0 9 245 859
United Kingdom 0 4 219 008
Total 145 079 683 104 920 317

[Source: European Commission -/- Media Relations]
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Swedish Report – Populism In Europe Remains Strong

Timbro Authoritarian Populism Index 2017

The 2017 Timbro Authoritarian Populism Index is the only Europe-wide comprehensive study that aims to shed light on whether populism poses a long-term threat to European liberal democracies.

The Index explores the rise of authoritarian populism in Europe by analysing electoral data from 1980 to the summer 2017. As data show, Authoritarian-Populism has overtaken Liberalism and has now established itself as the third ideological force in European politics, behind Conservatism/Christian Democracy and Social Democracy. Hungary, Poland and Greece are the European countries where anti-establishment parties are the strongest.

At the same time, nine European countries (including seven EU Member States) have populist parties in government. On average, around a fifth of the European electorate now vote for a left- or right-wing populist party. In other words, 55.8 million people voted for this parties during each European country’s latest general elections.

Timbro’s Annual Index

The globally aware index of populism in Europe has been released: the Timbro Authoritarian Populism Index 2017. The index charts the successes of all populist parties in Europe from 1980 to June 2017. Since 2015, support for populist parties has been record high, and since 2010, left-wing populism is growing faster than right-wing populism.

 Popularist parties are recognized in opposition to power sharing, the idea of ​​a homogeneous people with consistent interests and irreconcilable criticism of the “elite”. They have an authoritarian view of democracy that threatens many of the values ​​that have formed the core of European democracy, “said Andreas Johansson Heinö, who has written the report.

Last year, the index was noted in the magazine The Economist, and it has also been translated into several languages, including Greek, Spanish and English.

 “Peak Populism” has become a concept for those who wanted to see the adversities of Wilders and Le Pen as a sign that the populist wave reached its peak. But today populist parties have grips with Poland, Hungary and Greece. In France, populists won more votes than Emmanuel Macron in the presidential election. In Italy, Beppe Grillo’s Five-Star Movement is the largest party in the measurements, and in Sweden, Sweden’s Democrats are the second largest in almost every measure, “concludes Andreas Johansson Heinö.

The conclusions of the report in brief

  • Authoritative populism has taken over liberalism’s place as the third ideological force in European politics.
  • The voter support for populist parties remains at record levels, but has not increased since 2015.
  • Right populism is twice as strong as left-wing population, but while right-wing population has stagnated, support for left-wing populism has doubled since 2010.
  • Hungary, Poland and Greece are still the three countries with the strongest support for populist parties. The weakest is the support in Montenegro, Malta and Iceland.
  • Antidemocratic parties are still marginalized, but have received slightly increased support over the past year.



TIMBRO is a free market ‘think tank’ and ‘book publisher’ based in Stockholm, Sweden

Their mission is to promote and disseminate ideas supporting the principles of free markets, free enterprise, individual liberty and a free society.

TIMBRO was founded in 1978 and is the largest free market think tank in the Nordic countries with approximately 20 employees. Its mission is to build opinion in favor of market economy, free entrepreneurship, individual freedom and an open society.

They publish works from classic liberal thinkers such as Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek, make policy recommendations in our reports and produce films and podcasts as well as organize educational programs for young people. Many of Timbro’s employees are frequent commentators in national and international media.

Each year They complete two studies in English: Timbro’s Populist Index, which maps the rise of populist parties in Europe, and, together with the think tank Epicenter, the Nanny State Index, which maps the level of paternalism in politics.

All of their reports that have been translated to English can be found here.

Timbro is part of the European think tank network Epicenter and has close contact with the Atlas Network in the United States.

Since 2003 Timbro has been financed by the Foundation for Free Enterprise. In 2013 the foundation received a renewed grant from the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise to manage the funds in a standalone and responsible way.


[Source: TIMBRO -/- Media Relations]
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Terrorists In Pakistan Generate Financing Through Charity And Welfare Work

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100 Years Later – Remembering The Soldiers Who Died In The World War I ‘Battle Of Passchendaele’

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The battle of Passchendaele began on July 31, 1917, near Ypres in Belgium and ended on November 6 of that same year. For the British, the battle became a symbol of the senseless slaughter of World War I. After three years of pushing through Flanders, British commander-in-chief Douglas Haig launched a major offensive for control of… Read More