US consumer credit rose a solid $9.7 billion in December

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. consumers increased their borrowing in December by $9.7 billion, as Americans took out loans to buy autos or finance their educations. But credit card use declined for the third-consecutive month. The Federal Reserve reported Friday that the rise in total borrowing in December was down from a gain of $13.9 billion in November. The category that includes credit cards fell by $2.95 billion in December. That category has been up only three months out of the past year as households eased off on their borrowing in the midst of a pandemic-induced recession. Consumer borrowing is a closely watched indicator of the willingness of households to borrow to bolster their spending, which accounts for 70% of economic activity.last_img read more

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James Conner thinks Steelers will ‘be just fine’ in 2019

first_imgThings will be business as usual for James Conner in 2019.While speaking Monday on “NFL Total Access,” the Steelers running back said he anticipates assuming a comparable workload to the one he carried for the team in 2018 before missing the final three games of the regular season with an ankle injury. Pro Football Hall of Fame 2020: ‘Centennial Class’ likely to have 20 inductees Despite two-thirds of the “Killer B” gone, Conner is optimistic about the direction the team is heading in.”It’s early. All we had was OTAs, but OTAs were going smooth, the offense was clicking,” Conner said. “All our top guys were there. We’ll see. I think we’re going to be just fine. No diss to those guys. It’s been awesome, though, playing for each other.”The Steelers are scheduled to open training camp July 25 at Saint Vincent College, with the first practice in pads slated for July 28. “It goes week to week. The game plan will be different each week,” he said. “I know I’ll be a big part of it and have a big role. As far as specifics, we don’t play it like that.”Conner compiled 973 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns over 13 games in 2018 as he took on a larger role in the absence of fellow running back Le’Veon Bell during his contract holdout. Bell eventually signed with the Jets in March, but not before star wide receiver Antonio Brown was traded to the Raiders just days earlier. C.J. Mosley says ‘whole NFL is sleeping on the Jets’ “I’ll have a similar role. I’m healthy, first and foremost, I’m 100% healthy now. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there,” Conner said. “But we got talent in that room. We got Jaylen Samuels who’s a tremendous receiver, a talented runner. We got Benny Snell. We know the work that he did at Kentucky. He’s a hard-bodied runner, so all those guys will get touches. It’ll be fun this year just seeing those other guys being successful.”Conner noted that nothing definite has been determined and things are subject to change when training camp opens later this month. Related News Jarvis Landry returns to field, works out with Baker Mayfield, other Brownslast_img read more

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Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju responds to Nikhat Zareen’s plea to have a trial bout…

first_imgImage Courtesy: Instagram(@zareennikhat)/IANSAdvertisement r2NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsj2rlweWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eoxirk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) swuWould you ever consider trying this?😱982Can your students do this? 🌚4tmRoller skating! Powered by Firework Nikhat Zareen, the flyweight boxer from Nizamabad took it to the platform of Twitter to request a trial for the 2020 AFC Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament, in the form of an official letter to Kiren Rijiju , the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, who now has has finally prompted a reply to her petition.aAdvertisement Image Courtesy: Instagram(@zareennikhat)/IANSNikhat, the 23 year old who is currently pursuing a degree in Bachelor of Arts at AV College, wrote a formal tweet along with the official letter to the sports minister, requesting a trial in the 51 kg category against the country’s superstar pugilist MC Mary Kom to have a chance to perform at the Olympic qualifier in Wuhan, China in February 2020.The 2nd India Open International Boxing Tournament silver medalist tweeted yesterday: “All I want is a fair chance. If I’m not given the opporunity to compete what am I training for. Sports is about Fair Play & I dont want to loose faith in my country. Jai Hind.”Advertisement Her post got massive social media attention and support, including the likes of former professional shooter and Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra and Olympian Shiva Keshavan, and soon came into Rijiju’s attention.The Saffron party minister replied to Nikhat’s plea today, stating “I’ll surely convey to Boxing Federation to take the best decision keeping in mind the best interest of the NATION, SPORTS & ATHLETES. Although, Minister should not be involved in the selection of the players by the Sports Federations which are autonomous as per OLYMPIC CHARTER”Advertisement Previously, the Boxing Federation of India decided that all male World Championship medalists, but only the gold and silver female medalists will get direct entry into Olympic qualifiers, as according to them, some women boxing categories in the World Championships were not as competitive as their male counterparts. Nikhat was a victim of this policy, as her qualifier event in August was cancelled. Advertisementlast_img read more

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