In America on edge, White House race enters final sprint

first_imgTopics : Democrat Joe Biden, his running mate Kamala Harris and Donald Trump’s vice president Mike Pence head to key swing states on Labor Day — kicking off the final stretch of the White House race in a nation battered by the COVID-19 pandemic and facing a historic reckoning on race.Trump, who rarely stays out of the spotlight for long, was remaining at the White House but announced a surprise news conference for 1:00 pm (1700 GMT), where he was expected to tout some positive financial numbers on a day dedicated to the nation’s workers. “Biggest and Fastest Financial Recovery In History,” he said in an early morning tweet. With less than two months until the November 3 election, the dueling campaigns are anything but traditional, knocked off stride by the multiple layers of turmoil.Candidates who normally would be skipping daily from state to state to speak before big crowds are limiting their movements and doing much more virtually.And the sometimes violent anti-racism protests and counter-protests — including one expected later Monday in Portland — lend an explosive and unpredictable element to the campaign.Biden headed Monday to Pennsylvania, the state of his birth, where he kicked off with a socially-distant meeting with leaders of the huge AFL-CIO trade union. At 77, he last week picked up the pace of campaigning but, citing the COVID-19 threat, has been far more cautious than Trump, who at 74 has appeared before hundreds of supporters.Still, polls show Biden maintaining a persistent, if not insurmountable, lead over Trump, with both men increasingly focusing on key upper Midwest states like Wisconsin, where polling is closer.Harris, in her highest-profile political sortie since Biden named her running mate, headed to Wisconsin on Monday where she followed in Biden’s footsteps by reportedly meeting the family of Jacob Blake — an African American whose shooting by police touched off widespread protests and rioting last month.The child of immigrant parents, the 55-year-old California senator is both the first black and the first person of Indian descent on a major-party presidential ticket. Black participation dropped in Wisconsin in 2016, and its mobilization could be key this year. Harris will also seek to appeal to the important labor vote, meeting with electrical union workers and then black businesspeople in Milwaukee. She is expected to argue that Trump’s handling of the pandemic has been incompetent, harming the economy and American workers.center_img A racial tinderbox Trump, in his news conference, seems likely to be asked about a report in The Atlantic magazine that he has frequently been dismissive of the military and its veterans, charges he angrily denies but which could be damaging, with polling shows his support waning among US troops.Up to now, the shadow of the coronavirus has produced a somewhat muted campaign, with Biden originally spending so much time in his Delaware home that Trump taunted him about coming out of “his basement.” But the sometimes violent anti-racism protests around the nation, rumbling on unabated and creating a tinderbox situation, are drawing strong words from both presidential candidates.Trump, blaming the violence on “radicals” and “anarchists,” has positioned himself as a law-and-order candidate, openly supporting some right-wing counter-protesters.Already high tensions in the Oregon city of Portland were further raised Monday by plans for a pro-Trump motorcade into the city, which has seen more than 100 days of protests and two deaths among protesters on either side.More protests were also expected in the New York city of Rochester, where a black man with psychological problems, Daniel Prude, died after being placed in a hood and forced face-down on a road by police.Five nights of protests have erupted in the city, whose mayor Lovely Warren has vowed in response to “transform” policing in the city.Biden recently issued a sharp denunciation of the violence and looting that have accompanied some protests, even while vowing to speak out against racism as the country’s “original sin.” Battling for Wisconsin votes Pence was also heading to Wisconsin — marking the first time both vice presidential candidates have spoken in the same state on the same day — to deliver remarks to an energy cooperative in the western city of La Crosse.He is expected to argue that a second Trump term would bring a strong economic revival. Wisconsin has become a dynamic electoral battleground, even more so after Blake’s shooting.Having seen Hillary Clinton narrowly lose Wisconsin to Trump in a 2016 shocker, Biden and Harris appear determined not to neglect the state’s voters.last_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang branded ‘pathetic’ for Black Panther celebration by former Chelsea star Jason Cundy

first_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 15 Mar 2019 12:48 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.7kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang donned a Black Panther mask after scoring against Rennes in the Europa League (Picture: Getty)Former Chelsea star Jason Cundy has branded Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s Black Panther inspired goal celebration as ‘pathetic’.The Arsenal striker scored twice to help Arsenal overturn a 3-1 first leg deficit against Rennes and seal a place in the Europa League quarter finals where Unai Emery’s side will face Napoli.After netting his 22nd goal of an increasingly prolific season, the Gabon international donned a mask which was placed in a bag behind the Emirates Stadium advertising boards.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe 29-year-old then proceeded to miss two sitters that could have proved costly had the Ligue 1 outfit managed to find an away goal which would have sent the tie to extra time.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTReacting to the celebration, Cundy told talkSPORT: ‘Maybe I’m out of touch with modern day footballers. Advertisement Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang branded ‘pathetic’ for Black Panther celebration by former Chelsea star Jason Cundy ‘What would annoy me is the game’s not over if they need another goal to take it to extra time.‘The first thing he does he goes looking behind the advertising boards looking for a mask.‘Behave yourself, grow up man. This is a serious competition. Looking for a mask. He looked like something out of Only Fools and Horses.‘Come on, what a pathetic thing to do.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang explains Black Panther celebration ‘I needed a mask which could represent me. It’s Black Panther. In Gabon the national team are the panthers. It represents me.’ Arsenal will face Napoli in the last eight after their comeback win against Rennes (Picture: Getty)last_img read more

VBV, APK produce top returns in Austria’s life cycle investment system

first_imgAustrian multi-employer Pensionskassen returned 6.34% on average for 2017, with a wide margin between the best and the worst, according to Mercer.Overall, the multi-employer Pensionskassen well outperformed the few remaining company pension funds in the system, which only delivered 4.07%. This brought the overall average in the second pillar to 6.13%, as previously reported. Mercer Austria’s annual detailed analysis of pension fund results was based on individual providers and different risk categories offered as part of the life cycle model.“The important thing last year was an active asset allocation as well as a constant surveillance of and reaction to the capital markets,” noted Michaela Plank, occupational pension expert at Mercer Austria. She added: “Focusing on emerging markets and alternative investments also helped boost performance.”VBV came first in the categories with the lowest equity share (under 16% allocated to equity) as well as the highest (over 40%), returning 4.61% and 8.79% respectively.APK topped the two medium-risk categories with its conservative fund gaining 6.94% and balanced fund up 7.1%.Valida produced the best return in the “active” category, for funds with an equity share between 32% and 40%.Mercer’s Plank also mentioned a “significant difference” between the best and worst returns in each category. She cited a 462 basis points difference between the best and worst performers in the “active” category.Valida was also the best performer among the eight providers of Vorsorgekassen – mandatory provident funds managing severance pay money.It returned 3% compared to the market average of 2.15%.Vorsorgekassen are restricted in their risk-taking as they have to guarantee the capital for payout at almost all times.Pensionskassen ‘should be more flexible’In its press release Mercer also called on the government to amend the legal framework governing Pensionskassen to render it more flexible.The consultancy would like to see fewer restrictions on asset allocations, such as the current 30% cap on foreign exchange exposure.Additionally, it proposed making money from pension funds available in certain circumstances, for example when needed for medical care.Thirdly, Mercer noted the Rechnungszins – the rate used to calculate contributions and pension payouts – should only be set when an individual gets closer to retirement, not at the start of employment.“During the saving phase it only leads to expectations on future pension payouts but is not relevant until retirement,” Mercer explained.Regardless of whether or not these proposals are taken up by the government, the Austrian Pensionskassengesetz rulebook will have to be amended this year to implement the IORP II directive.last_img read more

Lady Chargers Win 3-Way Golf Meet

first_imgThe North Decatur Lady Chargers won a 3-Way Golf Meet with Edinburgh and Southwestern Shelby at Edinburgh.North Decatur 222, Southwestern Shelby 237, Edinburgh 240Medalist: Sidney Parmer North Decatur 42Courtesy of Chargers Coach David Espinda.last_img

Supersand Eagles crash out of Beach Soccer World Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup: Supersand Eagles set for Portugal FIFA Beach World Cup: Nigeria draw Brazil, Portugal, Oman + All group fixtures Supersand Eagles fall again as Senegal hold on to CAF beach soccer title Nigeria’s Supersand Eagles have crashed out of the FIFA Beach World Cup following their 5-6 loss to Oman in Group D of the competition.Oman jumped into a two-goal lead thanks to Eid Al Farsi’s left-footed, curling rocket into the far corner from distance and Jalal Al Sinani’s impressive scissor kick.Emeka Ogbonna responded to the early letdown by scoring two goals and bringing the Super Sand Eagles level early in the second period.However Oman just had too much for Nigeria as goals from Mushel Al Araimi, Al Farsi and Sami Al Bulushi had them 5-2 up at the end of the second period.Ogbonna added another to complete his hat-trick before Adams Taiwo scored with a low drive into the bottom corner to bring the Super Sand Eagles back to within one.Oman captain Khalid Al Oraimi scored once again to build a two-goal cushion before Godspower Igudia finished off a well-worked team move to score for Nigeria.However it wasn’t enough and Oman were the ones letting out a sigh of relief and putting three crucial points on the board in Group D.Nigeria would hope for a win in their final group game against Brazil on Tuesday, having lost two group games in the series.Tags: FIFA Beach World CupSupersand Eagleslast_img read more

Body of a woman found in burning porta potty

first_imgAuthorities are currently searching for answers after a body was discovered in a burning portable toilet on a construction site at a home Saturday.The discovery was made by fire rescue personnel who were called to the 500 block of Horseshoe Road North due to a structure fire.When authorities put out the fire, they discovered the badly burned body of a woman inside of the porta potty.The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office are currently searching for the identity of the woman which they say may be difficult because of the condition of the body.Authorities also stated that they have not received any recent missing persons reports in the area.“We are asking anyone who may have a family member or friend, who has not been heard from and may be missing, to contact the St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office and ask for the Major Crimes Unit,” Chuck Mulligan, a Sheriff’s Office spokesman.The victim’s death and the cause of the fire are currently under investigation. Authorities ask if you have any information regarding this incident to contact the Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit at (904) 824-8304.last_img read more

Students robbed at gunpoint in off-campus home

first_imgThree USC students were held at gunpoint early Thursday morning when a group of armed robbers entered their apartment and stole thousands of dollars worth of electronics.Just before 5 a.m., one of the robbers climbed onto the second-story balcony of the 29th Street apartment and entered through an unlocked sliding door, according to USC’s Department of Public Safety.Robbery · Armed robbers climbed onto the balcony of a 29th Street student apartment and entered through the unlocked sliding door. – Dan Loeterman | Daily TrojanAfter putting his gun to a student’s head and leading him into the living room, the robber unlocked the front door for at least one accomplice.The robbers, wearing dark clothing, then woke up two other students, forced them into the living room and instructed them to lie face down on the floor.While at least one robber gathered the property — which included two laptops and some sound mixing equipment — another guarded the students, holding them on the floor at gunpoint.After they took the valuables, the men fled the scene on foot. The students called the Los Angeles Police Department immediately.DPS Capt. David Carlisle said this robbery was abnormal because of the time it occurred.“It is unusual for a robbery to occur that late in the morning,” Carlisle said.USC recently began placing security guards at some street corners near campus to reduce crime, but the guards were off duty at the time the robbery occurred.The guards were added in the wake of a series of high-profile crime incidents that occurred over the last year.LAPD robbery detectives are currently investigating. According to Carlisle, LAPD also brought in additional resources to assist in the investigation. The investigation is being led by Det. Flores of the LAPD Southwest division.Denzil Suite, associate vice president for the Office of Student Affairs, stressed the importance of staying generally alert, and said counseling and other resources are available for victims and family if needed.“This is a situation that is fairly unusual for us,” Suite said. “…But as always I think it’s a reminder we all need to be vigilant about safety at any point.”last_img read more

Leadership by seniors driving hoops success

first_imgThe term “senior leader” gets thrown around quite a bit this time of year.As we head into March Madness and prepare to fill out our brackets, it’s the senior-laden teams that are considered the safe bet. The squads with established seniors who have experienced big games and come through in pressure situations are always intriguing. And then there are teams like Kentucky who scare you to death with their blatant inexperience.But does having seniors on your team mean you have leadership? No, of course not.Look at North Carolina’s seniors this year and tell me where the leadership has been. Seniors Marcus Ginyard and Deon Thompson have been around that historic program long enough to know what it takes to win it all. And with the never-ending talent supply the Tar Heels enjoy, everyone assumes they’ll reload rather than rebuild after a championship run.But that can’t happen when your seniors get complacent and the backbone of your program looks as lost and frustrated as the five-star freshmen trying to dominate the college game like they did in high school. UNC now deservedly sits a single game out of last place in the ACC.At Wisconsin, you wont see that problem with the basketball program. While everyone can name a different reason why Bo Ryan’s teams are successful year after year (relentless defense, the swing, balanced scoring, running up and down the hill, etc.), it’s the senior presence on his teams that have made as big of a difference as any.In 2009-10, Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon were next in line.UW’s two senior guards have paved the way for another 20-plus-win season, another NCAA appearance and another top-four finish in the Big Ten.But that shouldn’t surprise anyone.The common thread in this program has been the ability of the seniors to deliver when their time comes.Alando Tucker and Kammron Taylor; Brian Butch and Michael Flowers; Joe Krabbenhoft and Marcus Landry; and now of course, Hughes and Bohannon.Each of those teams took on the identity of its senior class and, despite preseason projections insisting the Badgers can’t replace the seniors they lose, that identity has constantly been a winning one.Now this doesn’t happen at every college basketball program. With players leaving early for the pros, transferring to see more playing time or getting in too much trouble off the court to make a difference on it, this idea of a strong senior class year after year is taken for granted. It’s up to the players to take ownership of a team, and the Hughes/Bohannon combo has done just that.And the most impressive part about the leadership these two exhibited is not just the way they made their teammates better, but the way they took their own abilities to the next level heading into their final season.Hughes has improved every year in the program. His ability to connect from behind the arc has continuously grown, and we have seen him take over games with his ability to hit any shot (no matter how well defended) given to him.He’s proven to be a clutch performer, and it’s no surprise he leads the team with over 15 points per game.What was surprising was the development of Bohannon.At the start of the year I believed we had already seen the best of J-Bo. I thought he was a one-dimensional player — a streaky shooter who was decent defensively. Nothing more, nothing less. I could not have been more wrong.Not only has Bohannon been dynamite from three-point range, he has also developed every aspect of his game. He is confident driving into the lane and finishing at the rim, he has shown the ability to create his own shot with a newfound stepback in his arsenal, he is confident with the ball in his hands under pressure and he is making an impact on the defensive end.Until Jon Leuer returned from injury, Bohannon, standing at 6-foot-2, was the most feared shot blocker on the team. It seems like every other game, Bohannon comes from the weak side and swats a shot into the third row. If those hustle plays can’t inspire your teammates, nothing will.After three years in a program, it’s understandable to think a player had reached his potential, but the best part about Hughes and Bohannon is that they wanted more, and they worked for it.“I think they talked amongst themselves in the summer, because conditioning-wise, strength-wise, our guys didn’t all the sudden turn into Charles Atlas’s, but our guys are definitely stronger than they were last year,” head coach Bo Ryan said Monday. “I thought they were in better shape when we started in September, and that has to come from somewhere, some place, and it isn’t always seniors, but I think those two definitely have led the way. I think they’ve seen some results. They want to see more.”In this week leading up to the home finale, there has been a wide array of articles lauding the efforts and leadership of the two senior guards here at UW, and they have earned all of the credit they’ve received.But the performances we’ve seen from Hughes and Bohannon this season are what we expect to see from players at the end of their career here in Madison. Because at UW, senior leadership is more than just a reason to advance the Badgers in your bracket, it’s the foundation this program is built on.Max is a junior majoring in journalism. Have you been impressed with the leadership of the UW seniors? E-mail him at mhenson@badgerherald.last_img read more

Epic team photos for new Women’s National League season take social media by storm

first_imgSupreme Ladies FC won’t be left out this season… Here is their official and Reserved kits…..⚽️🏟🔥#YesweCan#Wecantwait#BringBackTheLove 💕 pic.twitter.com/pb9HOtbYxX— Matilda Dimedo ⚽⚡🌟 (@Dzifa_7) December 17, 2019 The pride of the North, Northern Ladies FC are also representing in this new kits for the 2018/2019 league season…⚽️🏟💕#Wecantwait#PrideoftheNorth#BringBackTheLove 💕 pic.twitter.com/mKyXhVpk3C— Matilda Dimedo ⚽⚡🌟 (@Dzifa_7) December 18, 2019 @ampem_darkoa ladies FC will be more beautiful this season in these new Kits⚽️🏟 #Wecantwait#Nanamma#BringBackTheLove 💕 pic.twitter.com/3vJNfAFbkp— Matilda Dimedo ⚽⚡🌟 (@Dzifa_7) December 17, 2019 While much of the media spotlight is being shone on the start of the Men’s Premier League season next week, the Women’s National League is revving up enthusiasm for the start of their own campaign.The various teams have been taking part in European-style pre-season team photoshoots which have taken social media by storm.A number of photos were posted on Twitter by Sports Journalist, Matilda Dimedo on the handle, @Dzifa_7.Some of the teams featured include the Kumasi Sports Academy Ladies, Northern Ladies FC, Ampem Darkoa Ladies FC, Prisons Ladies and Supreme Ladies FC.The players posed in their team’s first and reserve kits across various locations for some stylised shots.The new Women’s League season kicks off in the new year, on the weekend of January 17.A new logo for the Women’s League has also been outdoored.Check out a few more photos as posted by Matilda below:How about Kumasi Sports Academy ladies? Nice jerseys huh???⚽️🏟 2019/2020 season 🔥#WecantWait#wearekusa#BringBackTheLove 💕 pic.twitter.com/iDYVopF7aU— Matilda Dimedo ⚽⚡🌟 (@Dzifa_7) December 18, 2019 https://twitter.com/Dzifa_7/status/1206972149673664515/photo/2last_img read more

Clippers have come a long way, time is right to make playoff history

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> From the moment he came here from Boston, Doc Rivers has directed a very clear message to the Clippers. It boils down to this: You not only have unfinished business, you really haven’t even started.State Farm and KIA might not agree, and neither do your eyes and ears. Those of us who remember the Clippers in the Sports Arena, the NBA’s closest analog to Forest Lawn, think this club is doing spectacularly.Back then they were Guaranteed Win Night for every team that came in. They actively marketed opposing players. Except for Lakers’ games, their empty seats were plentiful. Every coach who came in could hear the clock ticking from the very first second.Two billion dollars to buy such a franchise? A capacity crowd every night in the house that Shaq built? Unthinkable. Pigs taking flight. But that revelatory Clippers team, featuring Cassell and Elton Brand, only won 46 games. The past three Clippers teams have won 56, 57 and 56 games, and four playoff series. Still, a conference final, or the NBA’s equivalent of a Final Four, is not a birthright. The Rockets, league champs in 1994 and 1995, have won only two series in their past eight playoff years. Their last visit to the Western Finals was in 1997, when John Stockton hit the big shot in Utah’s 6-game triumph.The team that has employed LeBron James has been in six conference finals in the past 10 years. That’s Miami four times, Cleveland twice, and the Cavaliers are working on a third time this season.The Heat and the Spurs have been in six of the past 10 conference finals. Detroit has gotten there four times, Phoenix and Oklahoma City three times. The Thunder actually made it in three of the past four years, which didn’t keep Scott Brooks from getting fired.So parity has been elusive in the NBA, and it really wasn’t the objective of the salary cap. It was designed to equalize financial pressure, because a number of NBA teams were on the verge of really tanking.Portland has been shut out of the Western final since 2000, and the day they threw away Game 7 to the Lakers. Golden State hasn’t been there since 1976, the year after that franchise won its only championship since it moved from Philadelphia, with Wilt Chamberlain in tow.The once-proud 76ers haven’t gotten to the conference finals since Allen Iverson took them to the Finals against the Lakers in 2001. The Wizards haven’t gotten that far since they were the Bullets, in 1979.But Rivers isn’t being unrealistic in his challenge to the Clippers. Fifteen teams, or half the league, have reached a conference final in the past 10 playoff years.Chris Paul turned 30 this month. Steve Ballmer did not invest $2 billion to watch limited success. It’s always easy to talk about Must Games, and there really hasn’t been one since D-Day. But Doc Rivers and the Clippers arrived at Staples Thursday night knowing that it’s later than you think.Three facts1. The Rockets are hitting 59.9 percent of their foul shots in this series, coming into Game 6.2. J.J. Redick was averaging 17.4 points in the first five games of the Houston series, 1.3 per game more than his regular season average.3. The Clippers were 4-0 in the postseason when they held their foes under 100 points. Since Donald T. Sterling got the Wicked Witch treatment, there are no obstacles toward a championship future. But Rivers has scorned the future as much as he has downplayed the past. The Clippers are built for this moment, this spring, and the step they were attempting Thursday night was a significant one. A victory over the Rockets would put them in the NBA’s conference finals for the first time in a history that began in the fall of 1970, with Bob Kaufman of Guilford College becoming the first star of the Buffalo Braves.With Jack Ramsay coaching, the Braves rode Bob McAdoo, Ernie DiGregorio and Randy Smith to three consecutive Eastern semifinals in the mid 70s, but lost them all. Then came the move west and the comedy portion of their program, which lasted longer than the laughs did.The Clippers had a great chance in 2006. They were tied 2-2 with Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns and had the upper hand in the first overtime of Game 5 in Phoenix.But with 1.1 seconds left, Raja Bell banged home a three-pointer over Daniel Ewing to tie it, and the Suns wound up winning. They won the series, too, with a Game 7 blowout.Sam Cassell, now an assistant coach for the Clippers, fumed as Bell shot unimpeded. There seemed little reason for Ewing to be in the game if he wasn’t going to use the Clippers’ last pre-bonus foul to apprehend Bell. “He should have knocked him in the third row with the popcorn man,” Cassell said later.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more