PERRYMAN: U.S.-Mexico Border region symbiotic relationship is often not well understood

first_img Twitter Pinterest PERRYMAN: U.S.-Mexico Border region symbiotic relationship is often not well understood Previous articleA SHARP LIFE: The cost of raising kids, batteries not includedNext articleMATTER OF RECORD: Feb. 23 through Feb. 28 admin Twitter By admin – March 4, 2018 Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Ray Perryman is the head of The Perryman Group and serves as a distinguished professor at the International Institute for Advanced Studies. While rich in economic diversity, the vast border region between the United States and Mexico shares many complex and inextricable linkages. Geographic proximity and centuries of interaction have brought a unique social, familial, cultural, and economic melding that transcends the two countries. In particular, since the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in the mid-1990s, the level of economic interaction has increased markedly.We recently conducted an in-depth study of the border region (more on that in future columns). One fact that is abundantly clear is that future quality of life and prosperity in the U.S.-Mexico border region (and, in fact, throughout both nations) depends on proactive efforts and working together to solve problems and take advantage of opportunities. Here are some facts about the region.The U.S.-Mexico border is almost 2,000 miles in length and includes 10 states: the U.S. states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas and the Mexico states of Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas. If the area were a single country, it would be among the five largest economies in the world. Nearly 97 million people live in the region, almost 76 million of them in the United States and more than 21 million in Mexico.The Mexican population tends to be younger, with a median age of 27 (compared to 38 in the United States). A higher proportion of the Mexican population has only completed high school/compulsory education, while the United States has a larger population that has started or completed post-secondary education.There is a wide disparity between the average monthly household income and expenditures in the United States compared to Mexico. Although average monthly income in the United States is much higher, the cost of living in Mexico is lower (though a substantial gap remains). The access to technology also varies widely, with far more people in the United States having access to computers and the Internet than in Mexico.Both the United States and Mexico are approaching or at full employment. Unemployment in the United States has been trending in the range of 4 percent, with an even lower rate of less than 3.5 percent in Mexico. Both nations’ unemployment follows the general trend of peaking in 2009 following the financial crisis and has now recovered to pre-crisis levels.The United States has a higher overall labor participation rate. The disparity is due to Mexico’s significantly lower participation rate among women (about 43 percent compared to over 57 percent in the United States). Mexico has a notably higher participation rate among men, largely reflecting the fact that Mexico’s population is younger and therefore a greater proportion of the population is of working age. Employment in Mexico tends to be concentrated in manufacturing industries, particularly in the border states.There are 48 border crossings between the United States and Mexico, organized administratively into 26 ports of entry (POE). According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2016, 5.8 million trucks crossed the border into the United States, 2.1 million of them at Laredo, Texas. More than 10,400 trains entered the United States, containing 508,300 loaded rail containers, 487,100 empty rail containers, and nearly 14,500 passengers. About 88 percent of train crossings into the United States occurred along the Texas-Mexico border, primarily through Laredo and Eagle Pass.There were also approximately 181,300 buses and 75.6 million personal vehicles that entered the United States from Mexico in 2016, for a total of 143.0 million passengers. The largest number of buses crossed at Laredo, Texas (41,900), though San Ysidro-Tijuana (13.7 million) and El Paso-Ciudad Juárez (12.5 million) had the most personal vehicle crossings. Nearly 42.2 million pedestrians also crossed the border into the United States. The busiest crossings were the San Ysidro-Tijuana and the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez, with 7.4 million and 7.0 million pedestrians in 2016, respectively.The large numbers of vehicles, trucks, trains, and pedestrians crossing the border each year are a clear sign of the strong ties between the United States and Mexico. In addition, the two nations are among each other’s top trading partners. Many issues affecting one country also affect the other, such as security concerns, infrastructure, and border crossing efficiency. At the same time, the differences between the two present opportunities to work together to improve conditions for all through increased integration and enhanced cooperation. This symbiotic relationship is often not well understood, especially in areas distant from the border, but it is an integral part of the economies of both the United States and Mexico. Local NewsBusinesslast_img read more

TCPA In 2018: A year in review

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The courts deciding issues under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in 2018 did little to provide greater clarity on how callers can effectively avoid liability for telephone calls and text messages to consumers. Until the Federal Communications Commission issues another TCPA order in light some of these court decisions, and/or the U.S. Supreme Court addresses the conflicting decisions of the various appeals courts, compliance with TCPA will depend on where you do business.What is an “Automated Telephone Dialing System”?Perhaps the area of greatest confusion and risk of liability lies with the issue of how an automated telephone dialing system ATDS is defined. The FCC 2015 order interpreted an ATDS to include equipment that has the potential ability to dial randomly or sequentially, including by the modification of equipment or adding software to provide these capabilities in the future.A number of entities, including ACA International, requested review of the 2015 order. On March 16, 2018, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in ACA International v. FCC rejected the FCC’s 2015 interpretation of an ATDS. The court ruled it is unreasonable to conclude smartphones qualify “because they have the inherent ‘capacity’ to gain ATDS functionality by downloading an app.” The focus should be on “how much is required to enable the device to function as an autodialer.”last_img read more

Adam Kownacki sets sights on Deontay Wilder after latest knockout

first_imgNEW YORK — Adam Kownacki couldn’t have scripted his co-main event performance any better Saturday night.Not only did the heavyweight score a pulverizing second-round TKO against Gerald Washington in his hometown of Brooklyn with Polish fans cheering him on, but Kownacki did it in front of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, who was in attendance at Barclays Center. The three blemishes on Washington’s career are losses against Wilder, Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller and now Kownacki, but for whatever it’s worth, “Babyface” stopped Washington the fastest. And that should give Kownacki some bragging rights over his longtime friend Miller, with the two having come up in the boxing ranks together in Brooklyn.“For sure,” Kownacki said about some of those bragging rights. “We’re happy for each other.”And now, with Kownacki staring down a possible collision course with WBC titleholder Wilder and Miller positioning himself to do the same with unified world heavyweight champ Anthony Joshua, “Babyface” and “Big Baby” could have a chance to add gold straps to their resumes this year. Imagine the bragging rights then. Don’t let the baby face fool you, @AKBabyFace is the real deal! #PBConFOX #KownackiWashington— PBC (@premierboxing) January 27, 2019 Improving to 19-0, with 15 KOs, has Kownacki thinking why not him? Why not “Babyface” vs. “The Bronze Bomber” with Wilder’s WBC strap on the line?“Watch out, man — The first Polish heavyweight champion of the world,” Kownacki told the media about his ultimate ambition during his post-fight press conference.He added: “I hope I get that fight. I hope I get a chance to prove myself.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThat hope could build into full-blown fruition, with Kownacki’s manager and advisor, Keith Connolly, revealing that he has been having talks that could put Kownacki in the ring with Wilder in 2019.“I think he has one more fight like this and the talks I’ve been having, would be he would be fighting Deontay Wilder at the end of the year — here in this building, most probably, which would be natural,” Connolly revealed to reporters.Their feeling on it is if Luis Ortiz almost beat Wilder, Kownacki could stop the champ due to him being a busier, more active puncher than Ortiz.When Sporting News spoke with Kownacki, 29, after his post-fight press conference, he sounded more than confident about doing to Wilder (40-0-1) what Ortiz let slip away: “I’ll be able to pressure him and get a stoppage.”last_img read more