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This is how much money you need to retire by 40 in Texas, report finds

Many working adults have asked themselves whether or not they’ll be able to achieve an early retirement, but the reality is that it’s not attainable anywhere in the U.S. without a substantial nest egg (and the income to go with it). The video above is from ABC13’s 24/7 livestream. In Texas, that nest egg would have to be at least $1 million in the bank, according to a new annual report by personal finance website GoBankingRates. The report, “Early Retirement: Here’s How Much Savings Is Needed To Retire by 40 in Every State,” examined each state’s cost of living and Social Security benefits to determine exactly how much money you’d need to have stocked away to achieve an early retirement. To read the rest of this story, visit our partners at Houston CultureMap.

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How FG’s UNLOCK Initiative Will Nurture Untapped Youths Talents In Nigeria

As the Nigerian youths have long yearned for creation of sufficient empowerment programmes, the recent screening process by Fed-eral Government’s ‘UNLOCK initiative for artisans, technical, and vocational entre-preneurs’ is a pointer that President Bola Tinubu’s transformative policies will in the short run, trigger the reduction of un-employment rate in the country. Ms. Abiola Arogundade ,Senior Spe-cial Assistant to the President on Tech-nical, Vocational and Entrepreneurship Education, in a statement made available to Daily Independent, indicated that the ‘UNLOCK Initiative’ has begun the screen-ing process to select 2000 participants for its first cohort of nationwide vocational training from a pool of over 10000 entries received as at the close of the application period on February 29, 2024. According to Arogundade, “This pro-gramme is part of President Bola Tinubu’s administration’s efforts to foster entrepre-neurship across the nation and aligns with the broader vision of the ‘Renewed Hope Agenda’ to nurture untapped talents in Nigeria, irrespective of gender, age, back-ground, or literacy level. She emphasised that the programme is aimed at inclusively reaching out to arti-sans, technicians, and vocational trainees from every corner of Nigeria. “The 2,000 selected individuals who will be trained in two phases of 1,000partici-pants each, will embark on a transforma-tive two-week virtual entrepreneurship training program that has been carefully designed to impart essential skills and provide valuable toolkits to participants upon completion. This is expected to lay a better foundation for their entrepreneurial ventures. “As an added layer of excitement and op-portunity, exceptional participants within the UNLOCK programme stand a chance to receive financial grants, further assist-ing in the launch or expansion of their business endeavors”, she said. According to Arogundade, President Tinubu has started the implementation of policies measures to prioritise the es-tablishment of policies that promote job creation, entrepreneurship, and skills de-velopment. By investing in vocational training and entrepreneurship programmes by Feder-al Government, she said: “The youth can now acquire the necessary skills to con-tribute positively to the nation’s economic growth”. “The Federal Government has also started the implementation of policies that would ensure the establishment of a favorable business environment and ac-cess to finance will encourage the youth to innovate and invest, thereby reducing unemployment and enhancing economic growth”. Arogundade, the Senior Special As-sistant to President Bola Tinubu on Vo-cational and Technical Education, spe-cifically said: “The UNLOCK initiative underscores President Tinubu’s commit-ment to ensuring a thriving, inclusive, and diversified economy, as well as the importance of modernising traditional vocational training. “Initiatives like UNLOCK Programme will equip Nigerian artisans, vocational and technical entrepreneurs with the nec-essary skills to compete in today’s competi-tive regional and global marketplace while contributing to a resilient and economical-ly vibrant Nigeria through the improved skillset of our local talents. “At the heart of UNLOCK’s mission is the goal to ignite latent technical and en-trepreneurial potentials, thereby facilitat-ing participants’ contributions to national economic development and personal em-powerment”.

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NYPD officer, civilian shot during traffic stop in Queens, police say

A police officer and a civilian were shot during a traffic stop in Queens on Monday evening, the NYPD said. Officials said the officer made the stop at 1919 Mott Ave. in Far Rockaway at 5:48 p.m. when they began exchanging gunfire with the civilian. Both the officer and the civilian were in surgery on Monday evening, police spokesperson Carlos Nieves said. Their conditions were not immediately known. Mayor Eric Adams was scheduled to visit the hospital where the officer was being treated, according to City Hall. A press conference was scheduled for shortly after 8 p.m. at Jamaica Hospital, Nieves said. City Councilmember Selvena N. Brooks-Powers of Queens said she had visited the scene of the shooting Monday evening. “Details are limited at this time, but we are praying for the officer injured as we await to learn more,” she said in an emailed statement. “Streets throughout downtown Far Rockaway have been sectioned off as NYPD investigates the shooting. The public is asked to avoid the area if possible. Please be advised that buses along this route may be rerouted due to the investigation.” This is a developing story and will be updated. Bahar Ostadan and Phil Corso contributed reporting.

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Indonesia’s indigenous community, rights groups slam eviction threat over Nusantara project: ‘violation of rights’

The indigenous community living adjacent to Nusantara – Indonesia’s new capital city currently under construction in East Kalimantan – is facing potential eviction after officials signalled they would demolish homes in the area and take over their land to support President Joko Widodo’s legacy project. According to the East Kalimantan branch of the Mining Advocacy Network (Jatam), hundreds of households in the Sepaku district of East Kalimantan, which falls within Nusantara’s core government area, received letters from the new capital’s authority earlier this month asking them to tear down their houses. The buildings in the four Sepaku villages “are considered not in accordance with the Regional Spatial Planning of the Indonesian Capital City”, the letter said. The eviction threat made national headlines and was swiftly met with outcry from rights groups and opponents of the US$30 billion project, which was initiated by Widodo in 2019. “The letter from [Nusantara Capital City Authority] not only insults the rights of the Sepaku community, including the rights of the Balik tribe who live there, but also puts them at risk of losing their place of residence. This step violates the constitutional rights of citizens and the internationally recognised land rights of indigenous communities,” Usman Hamid, executive director at Amnesty International Indonesia, said in a statement. “Where did the government’s promise, to build the new capital without evictions, go?” The East Kalimantan Coalition of Civil Society, which consists of 13 civil groups, denounced the planned demolition and in a statement said “attempts to forcefully remove indigenous peoples under the pretext of violating the New Capital’s Spatial Plan is a form of genocide of Indigenous Peoples”. Preparations are already under way to transitioning the country’s seat of government from Jakarta to Nusantara before the end of Widodo’s term in October. The outgoing president revealed on February 29 that he planned to work from the new capital in “June or July, depending on when the airport and the toll roads will be finished”. Some 6,000 civil servants are scheduled to move in July, to prepare for the first Independence Day ceremony there on August 17. But it appears such preparations are coming at the expense of locals living in the area, who say they were given just seven days to follow the eviction order in the authority’s letter. They were also invited to a meeting with government officials on March 8 to discuss the letter’s contents. About 200 people, consisting of members of the Paser and the Balik – Sepaku’s two indigenous tribes – as well as immigrant residents, attended the meeting to protest against the planned demolition, said Jatam, an environmentalist and human rights group, which learned of the meeting from residents. ‘We refuse to work with it!’: Indonesians push back on country’s digital dreams The widespread outcry over the eviction order led officials to retract the letter and cancel the planned demolition for now. “There was no [seven days deadline]. We have recalled the letter, so let’s not talk about it again. There won’t be action [taken] in the month of Ramadan. If there is, we will reach out to the community,” Alimuddin, the authority’s social, cultural affairs and community empowerment deputy, said on March 14. He also said construction would continue, “but the rights of indigenous peoples are protected, there won’t be any arbitrary moves”. Local residents affected by land acquisition will be compensated in the form of payment, land replacement, or resettlement. ‘Like a time bomb’ The official’s statement did little to assuage the fears of local residents. Elisnawati, a resident in Pemaluan, one of the villages within Nusantara’s first ring – of three rings in the core government area – said the project had mentally affected her as she still feared she would be evicted and not given a land certificate. “I have been anxious, I couldn’t sleep well … There’s still a burden on our minds, it’s like waiting for a time bomb, just waiting for it to explode, we’re just waiting when the house we live in will be taken,” the 36-year-old housewife and member of the Balik tribe told This Week in Asia. Elisnawati’s neighbourhood did not receive the warning letter, but she said she and her mother remained at risk of eviction from their respective houses. In September, Elisnawati and her neighbours asked their subdistrict chief about the certainty of their ownership of the land, only to be told they could not get land certificates, “as our lands are part of the new capital’s delineated areas”, she said. The villagers asked authorities to explain the delineation of the new capital, but “the government cannot even explain what ‘delineation’ is”, Elisnawati said. The mother of four, whose family has been living in the village for three generations, said she did not agree with the eviction. “Whatever amount of compensation will be given, it is incomparable to my house … the important thing is I get to stay in my village, my house,” she said. Elisnawati said if she were evicted, she would move to her mother’s 10-hectare land in the Riko subdistrict, some 30 minutes from Pemaluan. However, she again faces uncertainty after being told her mother’s land belongs to the government and would be used to support the development of a VVIP airport. Officials plan to transform Riko and three other subdistricts into Nusantara’s satellite cities. “If the national capital project … disturbs our houses and settlements, is there a point in building a new capital?” she said. Mareta Sari, a spokeswoman of Jatam East Kalimantan, urged the government to “stop the project to open all data and information”. “The authorities must also show their spatial planning to the people, and use mechanisms that are fair to the people who live there. Second, the government must protect the local community. They are currently confused and anxious if in the near future conflict would occur and evictions would continue,” she said. Is Indonesia trying to ‘cover up’ poor foreign investor interest in Nusantara? Jakarta, however, has signalled that the construction will go on, even after the government changes. Last week, president-elect Prabowo Subianto visited the new capital to check on its progress and discuss preparations for the Independence Day ceremony. Nusantara’s development has attracted controversy since Widodo’s announcement in 2019. Jakarta has promised that only 20 per cent of its construction costs would come from the state budget and the rest would be covered by investments, either foreign or domestic. While some foreign companies have signed letters of intent to participate in the Nusantara development, total investments in the project as of January reached only US$3 billion – a 10th of its overall budget – according to the new capital’s authority.

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Coach accused of raping teen died by suicide after stepping in front of train: Cops

He was pronounced dead at the scene and it was determined that he left a suicide note behind, Cortez said, according to the New York Post. The Long Island resident’s death came as he was facing charges of third-degree rape and criminal sex act, Newsday reported. The former part-time coach at Sacred Heart Academy allegedly raped a 15-year-old girl at least twice while inside his Jeep on Feb. 7 and March 7, police and a criminal complaint reportedly said. Maser also previously coached at B&B Volleyball Club, where the victim played as well, CBS 2 reported. The club cut ties with him when the organization became aware of the allegations. RECOMMENDED VIDEO

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Mets, Yankees aren’t sweating their injured aces

TAMPA — Other than that, how was the spring Misters Boone and Mendoza? You know besides both of you losing your ace? It wasn’t exactly like asking Mrs. Lincoln how the play was, but Aaron Boone, Carlos Mendoza and their clubs have been in the strange space of losing their Opening Day starters and yet seeming quite cheery nevertheless about their pitching. As for those No. 1 starters, the clubs won’t say it out loud, but I sensed as the New York teams faced each other Monday to close spring training that they would both sign up to have Gerrit Cole and Kodai Senga by June 1. The Yankees have not yet placed Cole on the 60-day IL with nerve inflammation in his elbow, but might if they need the 40-man roster spot. Senga has what the Mets have called a moderate strain of his right shoulder capsule. Yet as “moderate” as it might be, they keep moving back his return date to even begin throwing and all signs are they will be extremely cautious with his progression. That leaves the New York clubs achy at the top, yet after arriving in Florida with questions about pitching depth and quality six weeks ago, both left for the regular season confident that they can survive and advance without Cole and Senga. Now, some version of this is probably playing throughout the MLB landscape. March is a month of optimism and generally good health and spirits when you can delude yourself that your pitching lab has brought out the best in myriad members of your group. And it should be noted that the Mets and Yankees do share this: They apparently have not shut the door on Jordan Montgomery. The Mets had a similar philosophy with Montgomery as another Scott Boras client, J.D. Martinez. They had a price in mind and if it ever fell to that they would act — as they did in signing a heavily deferred one-year, $12 million pact with Martinez. The Yankees have informed Boras what range they are comfortable with on Montgomery and the two sides did not seem in accord — even at this late date. What I heard is the Montgomery ask was originally in the Aaron Nola range (seven years, $172 million) and moved more to the Tyler Glasnow area (five years, $136.5 million). The Yanks have privately assessed Montgomery as a No. 3 starter, in part because he does not have high-end swing-and-miss stuff — so think more in the ballpark of Eduardo Rodriguez’s four years at $80 million perhaps. But the lefty has shown he can play in New York and will not be shaken in the postseason. But it isn’t like Montgomery could help any team before May 1 even if signed … now … with no spring training. Thus, the New York clubs have what they have. And both claim comfort with it. Both came to camp looking for positive signs from injured 2023 Yankees starters Nestor Cortes, Carlos Rodon and Luis Severino, and needing to establish that there is pitching depth to withstand the withering long season. Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner cited “Sevy” as the most positive development in camp, saying, “He has just had this joy in his face and his face wouldn’t look so happy all the time if his body wasn’t happy.” Severino had a 1.29 ERA in four spring starts. Like the other healthy veterans in the rotation — Jose Quintana, Sean Manaea and Adrian Houser — Severino can be a free agent after this season. So it is a big year for all of them. And, thus, a big season for the Mets to establish that they have other arms coming — for now and the future. Hefner said the Mets have “the best depth in my five years.” Tylor Megill threw well to make the rotation. Jose Butto is at Triple-A. The Mets have liked David Peterson’s progress from hip surgery and see Dominic Hamel and Mike Vasil providing back-end depth. But the two names that came up most often for future excitement were Christian Scott (“Best Mets arm I saw all spring,” in the words of one scout) who is Triple-A bound and Nolan McLean, who the organization is continuing to keep as a two-way player (third base/DH), but has more and more resonated for his stuff as a pitcher. As for the Yankees, their pseudo pitching coach, Cole, said that beyond the obvious — his injury — the good news has been that it has been “an uneventful spring” because Cortes, Rodon, Clarke Schmidt (five one-hit shutout innings Monday against a possible Opening Day Mets lineup) and Marcus Stroman have had productive, healthy springs. The praise inside and out of Yankee world for Luis Gil, who won the fifth starter’s job, has been plentiful. Gil, Clayton Beeter, Cody Poteet, Will Warren and Luke Weaver have done enough to encourage the Yankees that they have replenished even after trading a lot of pitching the past few years, including to land Juan Soto when they sent four arms to the Padres that probably pitch in the majors in 2024. And the Yanks seem to find one or more highly useful arms from nowhere for the pen annually now. So is Nick Burdi this year’s Ian Hamilton, who was last year’s Clay Holmes, etc.? “You don’t want to over-judge spring training,” Brian Cashman said. “But obviously it was nice to see Luis Gil step up and Beeter came in and did a great job and Warren had a fantastic camp and a few of our non-roster guys [Burdi is in that group] looked good. But it is a long season and we will probably have to cash in on all of them at some point.” For two teams that lost their aces, the New York clubs feel they still have enough in their decks.

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Star actor Bryan Cranston becomes public voice of MLB with new ad campaign

Emmy, Tony and Olivier Award winner Bryan Cranston is a leading face of Major League Baseball’s promotional campaign ahead of opening day for the second straight season, recording a video at Dodger Stadium highlighting several stars. The actor is the voice of an “Anything Can Happen” campaign that launched Monday after last year’s video promoting rules changes. The new ad features two-way star Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Dodgers along with fellow MVP Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Atlanta Braves, Arizona’s Corbin Carroll and Cincinnati’s Elly De La Cruz. ‘BREAKING BAD’ STAR BRYAN CRANSTON ADMITS HE WAS ‘WANTED FOR MURDER ONCE’ IN FLORIDA “Here I am at 68 years old and I’m walking around this citadel of my childhood,” he said during a Zoom interview last week. “When I first went to Dodger Stadium, it was this monolith, this magnificent, huge place.” Cranston has memories of attending games dating to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1961, the year before Dodger Stadium opened, and lists players who stick out in his mind: Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Wally Moon, Don Sutton, Duke Snider, Bill Russell, Davey Lopes, Steve Garvey, Reggie Smith, Rick Monday, Fernando Valenzuela and Kirk Gibson. His production company is named Moonshot Entertainment after Wally Moon, whose opposite-field drives over the Coliseum’s short left-field wall were dubbed Moon Shots by Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully. Cranston still has his old programs. “My little chicken scratches attempting to keep score when I was 6 or 7, and then I got better at it,” Cranston said. As a kid, Cranston envisioned himself wearing Dodger blue. He played infield at Canoga Park High School, where he said he missed a season after tearing an ankle ligament. “There was only one element that prevented me from becoming a Major League Baseball player, and that was talent,” he said with a laugh. While he was on location in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for the production of “Breaking Bad,” which aired from 2008-13, Cranston became friends with John Traub, general manager of the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “I’m finishing the day and I look at my watch, I go up there in the seventh inning,” Cranston said. “I would drive to the stadium, go through and say hello to the folks, and they’d say hello to me, and I take pictures and stuff. I got to see two innings of professional baseball players.”

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Staying home for the Worlds still means plenty of work with PWHL Toronto

“Across the three weeks we’ll probably have a little Competition Cup,” Flanagan said. “There will be a little draft – there are two captains — and they will draft the two teams and so they will be able to go head to head with a prize at the end. “We haven’t fully built it out yet but just something to keep them competitive,” she said. Anyone who has seen this team in practice when they get to those small-area games has seen just how competitive they can be. “If you are the rule keeper for some of these things, you really have to be on your toes because they are VERY competitive.,” Flanagan said. GOOD NEWS ON THE SCHEDULE FRONT What was shaping up to be a bit of bear of a finish to the schedule for PWHL Toronto got a little less burdensome yesterday with news of some modifications to the final handful of games.

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England’s Danny Care retires from international rugby

1 of 2 | FILE – England’s Danny Care celebrates at the end of the Rugby World Cup third place match between England and Argentina at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris, Oct. 27, 2023. Scrumhalf Danny Care retired from international rugby on Monday, March 25, 2024, after 101 caps in a 15-year England career. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File) Read More

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