The Kensington Review

6 February 2008

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Super Tuesday Resolves Nothing -- Super Tuesday in American politics was supposed to separate the wheat from the chaff once and for all. It did nothing of the kind. While Senator John McCain (R-AZ) rolled up his delegate count, he didnít run the table, and he stands about halfway to the nomination. Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR) rallied his campaign to a few victories in the south, and Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) discovered some strength in the west. On the Democratic side, Senator Barrack Obama of Illinois seems to have won more states that New Yorkís Senator Hillary Clinton, but she managed to carry New York and California. The overall result is a muddle.

World Bank Says Arab Education Lagging -- A new report from the World Bank on the state of education in the Arab world makes for rather depressing reading. The Middle East and North Africa [MENA] region hasnít seen the improvements in literacy and secondary school and university attendance in the last several years that Latin America and Asia have. The problem, says the bank, is the lack of incentives and public accountability.

US Service Sector Contracted in January -- This journal is beginning to have second thoughts about the possibility of a recession in the US this year. Classically defined as two consecutive quarters of negative economic growth, a recession is still not inevitable. However, with the Institute for Supply Management's report on the service sectorís business activity released yesterday, one is beginning to feel less confident.

Insurance Worries Cancel Riponís Pancake Race --Ripon in North Yorkshire isnít Rio or New Orleans. For Shrove Tuesday (as Anglophones know Mardi Gras), the folks up there tend to keep their clothes on and the drinking remains at normal levels. They do, however, have a team of choristers and clergy take on the businessmen and women in a pancake race. Or rather, they did. This year, the 600-year-old event was cancelled due to insurance risks.

© Copyright 2008 by The Kensington Review, Jeff Myhre, PhD, Editor. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written consent. Produced using Fedora Linux.

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