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Bloomberg drops out, backs Biden in Democratic presidential race

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first_imgBillionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ended his presidential campaign on Wednesday and said he was backing Joe Biden for the Democratic Party’s nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in the November election.”A viable path to the nomination no longer exists,” Bloomberg said in a statement, having failed to deliver convincing wins in his electoral debut onSuper Tuesday despite lavish spending on campaign ads across the United States.Endorsing Biden, Bloomberg said: “I will work to make him the next president of the United States.” Since entering the race on Nov. 24, Bloomberg spent more than $500 million of the fortune he built on his eponymous media company on an ad campaign that vaulted him into the top tier of the Democratic field.After blanketing the airwaves with promises that he could defeat the Republican Trump in the Nov. 3 election, his support among Democrats and independents in public opinion polls rose to around 15% from about 5% when he entered.He hired thousands of staff and mounted a vigorous national tour focused on the 14 states that voted on March 3.But Bloomberg was dogged along the way by criticism over his past support of policies seen as racially discriminatory, including stop-and-frisk policing, which ensnared a disproportionate number of African-Americans and Latinos, as well as past sexist remarks.WARREN STILL IN RACEHis Democratic rivals attacked him in his first presidential debate on Feb. 19 in Nevada. US Senator Elizabeth Warren lambasted him for making crude jokes about women and Sanders accused him of trying to buy the election.Outside his rallies – which were often smaller than those of his rivals – protesters regularly waved signs echoing Sanders’ claim. Inside them, Bloomberg detractors and enthusiasts alike ate from tables stocked with free food.Bloomberg was assailed for his spending despite his pledge to use his personal fortune to support the eventual Democratic nominee, whoever it was. Bloomberg apologized for stop-and-frisk a few days before he announced his candidacy.When Bloomberg got into the race many months after other leading candidates, he said he was worried none of the other candidates could beat Trump.”Trump would eat ’em up,” he told CBS’s “This Morning” on Dec. 6. He increasingly pitched himself as the centrist alternative to Sanders. In the Feb. 19 debate, he described Sanders’ policies as “communism.”Bloomberg’s political fortunes initially rose after Biden, who led in public opinion polls during much of 2019, performed poorly in the first three nomination contests: Iowa, New Hampshire and Nevada.Bloomberg did not compete in those races, nor in the fourth contest in South Carolina, saying his late entry made it impossible to assemble a competitive election staff in those states.Bloomberg heavily criticized Trump, and the two New York billionaires traded insults, with Trump mocking Bloomberg’s short stature on Twitter, nicknaming him “mini-Mike.”Bloomberg earned his estimated $60 billion fortune by founding Bloomberg News, a leading purveyor of financial information for Wall Street firms.After spending much of his life as a Democrat, he switched to the Republican party in 2001 to run for mayor of New York. He became an independent in 2007, and switched back to the Democratic Party in 2018.His past as a Republican also dogged him during his presidential run. Warren attacked Bloomberg at the Democrats’ Feb. 25 debate for giving money in 2012 to support the election campaign of South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican and a key ally of Trump.Topics : His exit ended a novel electoral strategy, a vast experiment in political advertising, as Bloomberg, 78, skipped the four early-voting states and instead focused on the 14-state Super Tuesday contest.His only victory on Tuesday came in the US territory of American Samoa.Biden, 77, the former vice president, accomplished his Super Tuesday goal of muscling Bloomberg aside and consolidating support of moderates to turn the race into a one-on-one contest against the democratic socialist, US Senator Bernie Sanders.Bloomberg was winning more than 15% of the vote, enough to pick up some delegates, in Tennessee, Texas, Colorado, Utah, California and Arkansas.last_img read more

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Watchdogs urge KPK to restart key position selection over lack of transparency

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first_imgRead also: Candidates narrowed down for KPK enforcement deputy director, other positionsThe position of KPK law enforcement deputy, responsible for all legal efforts against graft suspects, has been vacant since then-deputy Firli Bahuri left the post in June 2019 to return to the National Police. He now serves as the antigraft body chairman after being selected by the House of Representatives in September 2019.“Any work on eradicating corruption carried out by the KPK must be accountable to the public,” the watchdogs wrote in a statement on Wednesday.“This selection process has increased our concern that the KPK leaders are eliminating public involvement in the battle against corruption,” the coalition went on to say, adding that such practices could violate the principle of openness and accountability stipulated in the KPK Law and Public Information Law. A coalition of civil society organizations has urged the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to start over its selection process for a key position within the commission, citing a lack of transparency regarding the whole process.The coalition — comprising Indonesia Corruption Watch (ICW), West Sumatra’s Andalas University’s Constitution Study Center (PUSaKO), the Indonesia Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) and the Indonesian legal Aid and Human Rights Association (PBHI) – pointed out that the antigraft body had yet to announce the names of law enforcement candidates despite the selection process nearing completion.The watchdogs were concerned about a hidden agenda by KPK leaders in the selection process to place certain individuals in key positions. The ICW previously also slammed the antigraft body, highlighting the lack of participation by the Financial Transaction Reports and Analysis Center’s (PPATK) in checking each candidate’s background. It said the high number of law enforcers applying for the deputy position would present a potential conflict of interest, especially when the KPK investigated suspected graft cases in law enforcement institutions.KPK spokesperson Ali Fikri said on Monday that the commission had narrowed down the number of candidates for the deputy position to three individuals. It had also selected candidates for other key positions, including investigation director and legal bureau head.Ali said the antigraft body had been inviting members of the general public to participate in the selection process by providing insights on each candidate. However, the antigraft body had yet to reveal the names of the candidates.Since Firli was inaugurated as the KPK chairman last December, the antigraft body has only carried out two arrests of high-profile graft suspects, namely Sidoarjo Regent Saiful Ilah and General Elections Commission (KPU) commissioner Wahyu Setiawan.However, the investigations in both cases had been launched when the antigraft body was led by the previous chairman Agus Rahardjo.Topics :last_img read more

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EU and China talk trade despite rifts

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first_imgEuropean Union leaders will talk to Chinese President Xi Jinping seeking trade and investment Monday, despite tensions over Hong Kong’s freedoms and Beijing’s treatment of its Uighur minority.Chinese officials, EU chiefs Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold a video-conference to replace a full summit with all 27 EU leaders cancelled because of coronavirus.China says an investment deal – already seven years in the making – can be agreed this year, but EU officials warn obstacles remain and insist they will not swallow unfavorable terms simply to cut a deal. “Even if there is a political objective to accelerate negotiations and conclude them by the end of the year, we will have this only if it is something worth having,” an EU official said.Brussels says “significant progress” has been made in talks since a similar video summit in June, and officials hope to agree a roadmap to a deal by the end of the year – they also want Beijing to improve market access for European companies.”The EU must define its own interests, and must be strong and independent of both China and the United States,” French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told the German weekly Welt am Sonntag.Brussels wants to reinforce respect for intellectual property, to end obligations to transfer technology and to reduce subsidies for Chinese public enterprises. China-US tensionsNo major breakthrough is expected on Monday but the EU side hopes to persuade Xi to give fresh political impetus to the talks – and to allow his negotiators more room to compromise.The meeting comes as ties between China and the US deteriorate, with both sides locked in fierce recriminations over trade disputes, human rights and the origins of the coronavirus pandemic.Washington and Beijing have imposed curbs on each other’s diplomats, after another tit-for-tat move in July when the two governments ordered the closure of consulates in Houston and Chengdu.Both sides have sought to enlist the EU in their spat and, during a visit to Brussels by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in June, EU diplomatic chief Josep Borrell mooted talks to forge a common transatlantic front against China.But little progress has been made on this initiative and broadly Brussels has preferred a middle path, treating Beijing as both a potential partner and a “systemic rival”.”The EU stands firm on its interests and values but also wants to cooperate with China,” a senior EU official said.Hong KongThe EU will press Xi on Hong Kong, where Beijing has imposed a controversial new security law – a move denounced by the West as an assault on the city’s freedoms.After the June summit, von der Leyen warned China would face “very negative consequences” if it pressed ahead with the law and the EU would limit exports to Hong Kong of equipment that could be used for surveillance and repression.European concerns about Beijing’s rights record are growing. During a visit by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to Berlin earlier this month, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called China out over Hong Kong and its treatment of minority Uighurs.But the European Union is far from united on how to deal with China, with some member states urging a tougher stance on rights and the environment, and others wanting to boost trade.But China as its own concerns.China announced Saturday it was banning imports of pork products from Germany after the European country confirmed its first case of African swine fever.Germany is Europe’s biggest pork producer and recently saw a surge in demand from China after it suffered an outbreak of the same disease.Meanwhile, Beijing has used its mammoth “Belt and Road” infrastructure scheme to effectively pick off investment-hungry EU member states such as Greece, Portugal and Italy.Topics :last_img read more

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Trackside home on the 1500m mark going under the hammer Hendra

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first_imgThe open plan living area at 144 Mein St, HendraThe two bedrooms have built-in robes and the toilet is separate from the bathroom. Downstairs there is a laundry, under-house parking for two cars and storage space. The home at 144 Mein St, Hendra will be auctioned on February 25 at 2pm. Watch the horse races at Eagle Farm from 144 Mein St, HendraWATCH the horses sprint along the Eagle Farm Racecourse from this beautifully presented Hendra home. The house at 144 Mein St is one of the suburb’s tightly held track-facing properties and sits on the 1500m mark of the course. The smartly renovated, two-storey home has polished timber floors, custom timber joinery and modern appointments throughout.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The lounge room at 144 Mein St, HendraA timber deck at the front of the home leads to a lounge room andon to the modern kitchen with Bosch appliances and a stone bench top. MThe open plan living and dining area at the back of the home has bi-fold windows and a sliding door that offer panoramic views of the racetrack. last_img read more

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Consortium to develop new containerships

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first_imgDubai-based Zaitoun Green Shipping has initiated, together with six major marine industry players, a consortium to collaborate in developing new levels of performance and environmental efficiency for container vessels.Each member of the consortium has an important role in developing and building “state-of-the-art” container ships featuring the highest levels of efficiency, French LNG containment specialist GTT, that is also part of the consortium, said in a statement.In addition to Zaitoun Green Shipping and GTT, the other consortium companies are: Wärtsilä, MacGregor, Carina Solutions, Winterthur Gas & Diesel and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries & Equipment.last_img

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India selectors name Pant for allthree formats for West Indies tour

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first_img..Jasprit Bumrah rested for limited- overs matchesMUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s cricket selectors on Sunday named Rishabh Pant as their preferred wicketkeeper for all three formats for next month’s tour of West Indies with the future of long-serving glovesman Mahendra Singh Dhoni still shrouded in mystery.Dhoni, 38, has been the subject of intense speculation on his retirement from international cricket over the past few days since India’s semi-final exit from the World Cup.The veteran of 350 one-dayers, who quit playing Tests at the end of 2014, has not provided even a hint of what his plans are and made himself unavailable for the trip to the Caribbean where India will play three T20s, three ODIs and two Tests.“He’s expressed his unavailability for this series,” Chief selector MSK Prasad told reporters.“We had certain roadmap and plans till the World Cup. Subsequently, we’ve laid down few more plans and we thought of giving as many opportunities as possible to Rishabh Pant and to see he is groomed.”Widely considered as the best ‘finisher’ in contemporary cricket, Dhoni has recently struggled to start his innings while his ability to put bowlers to the sword at the end has also been on the wane.Dhoni’s glovework, however, still remains top class and questions have been raised by former cricketers, pundits and local media if it was the right time for him to step away and help India groom his successor.The next 50-over World Cup is still four years away but the World Twenty20 will be held in 2020 and Dhoni enjoys unwavering support from India captain Virat Kohli who has publicly backed him on numerous occasions.“Retirement is purely individual. A legendary cricketer like MS Dhoni, they know when to retire,” Prasad said. “But what is the future course of action, what is the roadmap that we have to take is in the hands of the selection committee.“I don’t think we need to discuss anything on it, because first of all he’s not available. Second, we have already started grooming some youngsters.”With the two Tests in Caribbean kicking off the new World Test Championships, India named a full-strength 16-man squad for the series in which experienced wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha was recalled after being out injured for more than a year.His replacement Pant, 21, has used his chances well and hit a century in an Oval Test last year while also smashing an unbeaten 159 against Australia in Sydney in January.Regular Test opener Prithvi Shaw and all-rounder Hardik Pandya were out with injuries with the latter also not named in the squads for white ball cricket.Opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has recovered from his broken thumb that forced him to leave the World Cup midway but all-rounder Vijay Shankar was yet to regain complete fitness following his toe injury.India’s selectors opted to rest ace fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah for the limited-overs matches while including uncapped speedster Navdeep Saini in the squad.It appeared to be the end of the road for Dinesh Karthik in the India side with Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer included to stake their claims for the middle order batting slots.Squads:Tests – Virat Kohli (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh YadavODIs – Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep SainiT20s – Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Sainilast_img read more

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Sri Lanka Cricket ready to host India, Bangladesh in July

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first_imgBy Andrew Fidel FernandoINTERNATIONAL cricket may begin in Sri Lanka as early as July, if Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) plans to go ahead with the forthcoming series against Bangladesh and India work out.As of now, neither the BCCI nor the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have confirmed the tours, which will have to involve substantial logistical challenges, including having player quarantine measures in place, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.However, within Sri Lanka itself, curfews have begun easing, and the SLC believes their mid-year series are viable. There are fewer than 500 active cases of Covid-19 in the island – that number having remained steady for roughly two weeks.“We have made inquiries from both the India and Bangladesh boards and are awaiting a response from them,” SLC CEO Ashley de Silva told ESPNcricinfo. “As of now, those series haven’t been postponed.”It seems likely that beyond approval from the boards themselves, Sri Lanka’s government will have to get involved in lifting travel restrictions and providing bio-secure environments for the players, if the series are to go ahead. There are also serious travel restrictions to negotiate within India and Bangladesh as well. BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has said that until the Indian government gives teams permission to travel, the board cannot do much.BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury, meanwhile, told ESPNcricinfo, “We have to look at traveling restrictions in Bangladesh, and the quarantine protocols in both countries. We are in discussion [with the SLC], so all the factors will come into play. We have to be mindful of the players’ readiness, too, but that’s going to happen. The players will get back to training, but we have to figure out other details about this tour.”India were due to visit Sri Lanka in late June for three ODIs and three T20Is, followed by Bangladesh who were scheduled to play three Tests which are part of the World Test Championship.Sri Lanka has already postponed two home tours – a two-Test series against England, which may now take place in January next year, according to de Silva, as well as limited-overs series against South Africa.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

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Syracuse adds 2 former Bowling Green players to coaching staff; to begin fall camp July 30

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first_imgDino Babers has officially hired two of his former players from Bowling Green to work on his staff at Syracuse. Trent Greene, a captain linebacker for the Falcons, will serve as a defensive graduate assistant for SU’s football program. Matt Johnson, a record-setting quarterback at Bowling Green, joins as the team’s offensive quality control assistant. (Johnson announced his hire last month via Instagram.) Greene began his career as a walk-on but went on to record 248 tackles in three seasons, with 127 of them coming during Bowling Green’s Mid-American Conference championship season in 2015. Along with his football duties, he’ll work toward a master’s degree in instructional design, development and evaluation at SU.Johnson was the MAC’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2015, tossing for 4,946 yards and 46 touchdowns, both good for the highest marks in conference and school history. Since graduating, Johnson has spent time with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals and the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Last season, he coached at his high school, Bishop McDevitt in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.Carryover from Babers’ days as the head coach at Bowling Green is nothing new. Several current coaches followed Babers when he took the reigns at SU in December of 2015, including assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Kim McCloud, defensive coordinator Brian Ward and co-offensive coordinators Sean Collins and Mike Lynch.The Orange begins fall camp July 30 and opens the season against Central Connecticut State Sept. 1 in the Carrier Dome. Comments Published on July 20, 2017 at 4:29 pm Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtblosscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Wenger has no complaints over Southampton loss

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first_imgArsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Southampton deserved their win in last nights League cup quarter final at the Emirates.Shane Long started against a much changed Gunners side in a 2-0 win.Clasie and Bertrand both scored in the first half for the Saints who go on to meet Liverpool in the semi final. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says his side got the goals their performance deserved in their 4-1 win over West Ham.Ibrahimovic and Martial both scoring twice as the Reds set up a semi final with Hulllast_img

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Oyo SWAN Installs Ajimobi as Grand Patron

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first_imgSports Writers’ Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Oyo State Chapter on Thursday installed Governor Abiola Ajimobi as its grand patron.The governor was decorated by the SWAN Chairman Niyi Alebiosu alongside other executives and members of the association during a well-attended event held at Lekan Salami Sports Complex.Several other events were held at the same venue to commemorate the governor’s 69th birthday celebration.Other events include the final match of Oyo State Governor’s Cup as well as a novelty match between the State Executive Council and Oyo State House of Assembly.Mr. Niyi Alebiosu, the state SWAN Chairman said the investiture of the governor was to appreciate his contribution to sports development in the state.He said the governor has been very supportive to Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) and Crown Football Club of Ogbomoso both owned by the state government as well Russia 2018 World Cup viewing centre set up by the governor.The SWAN chairman also appreciated him for supporting the state contingent to the ongoing National Sports Festival in Abuja, where the contingents had secured several medals. Meanwhile, players and management of 3SC also appreciated and honoured the governor for his unflinching support to the team.Ajimobi in his remarks said the series of activities to commemorate his 69th birthday would foster mutual understanding, love and peace.He promised to continue to support sports development in the state, appreciating all for the honour bestowed on him.Hundreds of residents who had earlier staged a walk around the metropolis in honour of the governor had thronged the stadium to commemorate with the governor.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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