Big South Carolina win gives Joe Biden campaign new life; Super Tuesday looms

first_imgAn outpouring of black voter support propelled Joe Biden to a convincing victory in South Carolina’s Democratic primary on Saturday, resurrecting his faltering White House bid and giving the former vice president a chance to claim he is the moderate alternative to front-runner Bernie Sanders.The decisive win gives Biden a burst of momentum in the Democratic race to challenge Republican President Donald Trump, which broadens quickly with Super Tuesday primaries in 14 states in three days that will award one-third of the available national delegates.It was the first presidential primary win ever for Biden, who is making his third run at the White House. He immediately took aim at Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont and self-described democratic socialist whose surging campaign and calls for a political revolution have rattled a Democratic establishment worried he is too far left to beat Trump in November.”Democrats want a nominee who is a Democrat,” Biden told cheering supporters in Columbia, South Carolina, in a jab at Sanders. “Win big or lose, that’s the choice. Most Americans don’t want the promise of a revolution. They want more than promises they want results.”Biden beat Sanders among a wide range of demographic and ideological groups, including those who said they were “very liberal,” according to Edison Research exit polls. The polls showed Biden, vice president under former President Barack Obama, with 61% of African-American support to Sanders’ 17%.In the wake of his decisive victory, Biden was endorsed by Terry McAuliffe, a former governor of Virginia and ex-chair of the Democratic National Committee, and U.S. Representative Bobby Scott, an influential African-American lawmaker from Virginia – a possible sign the Democratic establishment was starting to coalesce around his candidacy. Biden must now hope a flurry of media attention and his name recognition will help him in Super Tuesday states, where Sanders’ prolific fundraising has helped him build bigger organizations and broadcast far more advertisements. Sanders leads opinion polls in delegate-rich California, where 3 million early votes have already been cast.Biden and all of the other Democratic contenders also will face competition for the first time on Super Tuesday from billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has blanketed the country with half a billion dollars in advertising. Bloomberg skipped the first four state primaries.But at least five states – Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Virginia – have big blocs of African-American voters that could help Biden make a comeback.Supporters listen to Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden at his South Carolina primary night rally in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S., February 29, 2020. (REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz)Biden’s dominance in South Carolina raised questions about the continued viability of most of the other contenders. Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senators Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar all were well behind in the state and have dwindling chances to mount a comeback.With 99% of the precincts reporting, Biden had 49% of the vote and Sanders was a distant second with 20%, according to official state results. Billionaire activist Tom Steyer had 11% and all of the other contenders were well behind with single digits.Edison Research estimated 530,000 votes were cast in the Democratic primary, well ahead of the 371,000 cast in 2016 and about the same number as 2008.Democratic Presidential candidate entrepreneur Tom Steyer talks with supporters as he leaves following his announcement that he is suspending his campaign at his election night party on the day of the South Carolina Presidential Primary in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S., February 29, 2020. (REUTERS/Mark Makela)STEYER DROPS OUTAs the vote count rolled in on Saturday night, Steyer, who had spent heavily in South Carolina to court African-American voters, ended his presidential bid as it emerged he was coming in a distant third.Biden desperately needed a win after poor showings in the first two nominating contests in Iowa and New Hampshire and a second-place finish in Nevada. He had viewed South Carolina, where his popularity among the state’s big bloc of black voters proved decisive, as his firewall against disaster.The resounding margin could slow the momentum of Sanders, who had grown stronger with each contest, finishing in a virtual tie for first in Iowa with Buttigieg, before notching wins in New Hampshire and Nevada.”You cannot win them all,” Sanders told supporters in Virginia Beach, Virginia. “This will not be the only defeat. There are a lot of states in this country and nobody wins them all.”Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders greets supporters at his South Carolina primary night rally in Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S., February 29, 2020. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)Biden, a mainstream Democrat with decades of experience on the U.S. political stage, was powered in South Carolina by support from a broad range of voters, including men and women, black and white, middle-aged and old, those with and without college degrees, independent, liberal and conservative, exit polls showed.The data showed Biden beating Sanders, who has touted his ability to bring out new voters, among those who were voting in a Democratic primary for the first time.Exit polls found about six of 10 of South Carolina voters said influential black congressman James Clyburn’s endorsement of Biden on Wednesday was a factor in their decision. Clyburn introduced Biden at his victory rally.”My buddy Jim Clyburn, you brought me back!” Biden told the No. 3 House Democrat before addressing supporters.Biden was projected to win at least 32 of the 54 pledged delegates in South Carolina and Sanders 11, with more to be allocated. No other candidate was projected to have won any delegates in the state. Heading into the primary, Sanders had 54 delegates, Buttigieg 26 and Biden 15.A candidate needs at least 1,991 delegates to win the nomination outright at the party’s convention in July.Exit polls showed about half of voters wanted a candidate who would return to Obama’s policies, a key argument of Biden. Nearly eight of 10 voters in South Carolina said they had a favorable view of Biden, compared with five of 10 who saw rival Sanders favorably.The polls also showed Buttigieg and Klobuchar, who had done relatively well in predominantly white Iowa and New Hampshire, had low single-digit support among black voters, raising questions about their path forward as the race moves into more diverse states in March.Warren, who finished fifth with 7%, congratulated Biden on his victory at a rally in Houston but made clear that she would go on fighting for delegates.”I’ll be the first to say that the first four contests haven’t gone exactly as I’d hoped,” she said, before urging supporters to donate to her campaign. “My campaign is built for the long haul and we are looking forward to these big contests.”Topics :last_img read more

Cold water poured on hopes German football fans can return next season

first_imgGermany’s top flight clubs lose several million euros in lost match revenue for every home game played behind closed doors.However, the number of the coronavirus are rising slightly in Germany with 436 new cases in the last 24 hours and a total of around 9,000 deaths.The final nine rounds of league matches last season were all played behind closed doors.Frizt Keller, the president of the German FA, has raised the idea of mass testing of spectators next season, but Kalayci torpedoed the idea.”The idea that, among other things, all fans in stadiums could be tested is viewed critically by the majority of ministers,” Kalayci added.”Especially because before and after the game, no one can exclude and control large crowds of people and alcohol consumption.”We currently need the testing capacity in many other areas – for example, schools, daycare centers, nursing homes, hospitals and people returning from travel.”Meanwhile, the Marburger Bund, the association and trade union for doctors in Germany, also warned against a return of fans to the stadiums.”The danger of a mass infection would be real,” chairperson Susanne Johna told the Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung newspaper.”If we are unlucky, a ‘superspreader’ would sit among the fans and the virus will spread like wildfire.”Someone may not have any symptoms at all yet, but still his throat is already full of the virus.”And with the shouting and cheering (at a game), it (further infections) can happen in a flash.”Johna says she has sympathy for the league’s attempts to bring spectators back, “but the fact that their concept would prevent infections is unrealistic, in my opinion”.She doubts fans can be expected to keep their distance during matches, because when a goal is scored, “you hug each other and don’t think of corona”.Topics : Bundesliga clubs had their hopes dampened on Monday of a partial return of football fans in stadiums when the new league season kicks off in Germany on September 18.Last week, the 36 clubs in Germany’s top two tiers agreed to a four-point proposal by the German Football League (DFL) which could see fans return to stadiums despite the coronavirus pandemic.Clubs agreed to sell personalized tickets to track spectators, no away fans for the rest of 2020, no alcohol allowed until October and fans seated only, with terraces to remain empty. The plans, however, must first be approved by the German government.Politician Dilek Kalayci, chairman of the conference of Germany’s health ministers which met Monday, poured cold water on the league’s hopes.”We do not intend to pass a resolution on the DFL’s hygiene concept,” Kalayci told newspaper Berliner Morgenpost before the conference.”Professional football is not at the top of the health ministers’ priority list.”last_img read more

Bundall mansion sells for $2.4 million in biggest sale of the week

first_img15 Daimler Drive, Bundall. 15 Daimler Drive, Bundall. 15 Daimler Drive, Bundall.A BUNDALL mansion with a resort-inspired wraparound pool has sold for $2.405 million – the biggest sale on the Gold Coast this week.The waterfront house at 15 Daimler Drive has an open-plan design, floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors revealing water views among its standout features.Sellers Tom Snow and his wife Debbie bought the property in 1998 and lived in the existing house before building their dream home seven years ago. 15 Daimler Drive, Bundall. 15 Daimler Drive, Bundall. 15 Daimler Drive, Bundall. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North7 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago15 Daimler Drive, Bundall.The pair looked at many designs before settling on theirs but had a particular focus on creating a seamless connection between the house and canalfront.It comes with all the extras you would expect of a luxurious Gold Coast home – a parents’ retreat, butler’s pantry, media room and jetty.Isaac and Maria Genc of Genc & Co negotiated the sale.last_img read more

CEE pension fund tenders infra, direct lending mandates via IPE Quest

first_imgThe investor said it was open to funds with a particular strategy, such as a focus on renewable energy, and funds with a diversified infrastructure exposure.It said it would consider hedged and unhedged investment structures denominated in US dollars.The pension fund’s return target is net 6% or more on a Euro-hedged basis, and net 8% or more for US dollars.Managers should have at least €1.5bn of assets under management for the asset class in question.The pension fund’s direct lending mandate is targeting senior secured loans to companies in the lower-middle and middle-market brackets, meaning with revenue of around $500m (€422m) or EBITDA of $100m.Managers should have at least €1bn of assets under management in direct lending.The deadline for applications is 8 December for both mandates. Applicants should state performance gross of fees to 31 October.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE Quest, Discovery, or Innovation tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE Quest , please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 3465 9330 or email . A central European pension fund is using IPE Quest to search for direct infrastructure and direct lending managers.According to searches QN-2381 and QN-2380, respectively, the pension fund wants to allocate €50m-100m to US direct lending, and €75m-100m to direct infrastructure investments.The infrastructure mandate is for equity investments in OECD countries. The pension fund said it was not yet planning co-investments and wanted a commingled private fund that makes direct infrastructure investments.The fund should be collective, although a managed account was not out of the question, the fund said.last_img read more

I deserve more Ballon d’Or awards than Messi – Ronaldo

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Juventus forward, Cristiano Ronaldo, said he deserves to end his soccer career with more Ballon d’Or awards than Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi, and hopes to establish himself as the greatest player of all time. Ronaldo, 34, has won the renowned France Football magazine trophy for the world’s best player five times – as many as Messi – but is eager for more as he moves into the twilight of his career. “Messi’s in the history of football,” Ronaldo told broadcaster Piers Morgan in an interview with Britain’s ITV on Tuesday. “But I think I have to have six or seven or eight to be above him,” he said, referring to the Ballon d’Or awards. He added: “I’d love it, I think I deserve it.” The Portugal captain said he was no friend of the Argentine, but credited his rival for helping push him further in his own career. “My relationship with him is, we are not friends, but we have shared this stage for 15 years,” Ronaldo said. “I know that he has pushed me to be a better player and I have pushed him to be a better player as well.” Ronaldo, who also played for Manchester United and Real Madrid, has five UEFA Champions League winners’ medals, and led Portugal to victory at the 2016 UEFA European Championship and 2019 UEFA Nations League tournaments. “I don’t follow the records, the records follow me. I’m addicted to the success, and I don’t think it’s something bad, I think it’s good,” Ronaldo said. “It motivates me. If you’re not motivated, it’s better to stop.”Tags: Ballon d’OrCristiano RonaldoJuventusLionel Messilast_img read more

Steve McClaren urges Mike Ashley not to hit the Newcastle panic button

first_img The Newcastle manager admitted fears he may struggle to spark a response from his players after his midweek training ground rant only ended in a 5-1 thrashing at Crystal Palace. McClaren unleashed some home truths following Newcastle’s 3-0 loss to Leicester at St James’ Park, only for his side to capitulate spectacularly at Selhurst Park. Now McClaren accepts only a united front at board level will allow him to arrest Newcastle’s slide into the relegation mire, calling on “peer pressure” to take its grip among his squad. “I think that’s the key thing, that there’s no panic,” said McClaren when asked if continued backing from Newcastle’s board would prove pivotal to Premier League survival. “If there were eight games to go then people would, but we’re not. “And that’s where experience tells. We know we’re doing the right things every day, we know we’re doing the right things, I know through experience. “Everybody knows and everybody can see that. In time that will turn around and work, at the present moment it’s not, we’re having huge disappointments that I hope will toughen us up and make us stronger in the long run.” Yannick Bolasie and James McArthur both bagged a brace with Wilfried Zaha also on target as Palace hammered hapless Newcastle. Papiss Cisse opened the scoring but the visitors crumbled after McArthur’s deflected leveller, with former Tyneside boss Alan Pardew putting one over his old club. McClaren was forced to accept he may not be able to read his players the riot act too often if the sole fruit is to slip deeper into trouble. Press Association Steve McClaren hopes Mike Ashley will back him to the hilt so he can command the dressing-room respect to win Newcastle’s relegation dogfight. “Yeah it does, it makes it harder,” said McClaren, when quizzed on whether another heavy loss leads him to question his faith in the ability to generate a reaction from his players. “But you just hope that every bad game, every bad result just makes them stronger in the end. “The players have to learn quickly. The players aren’t doing it for each other at the moment. “Sometimes it’s not about me, it’s about each other. And that’s a team. “When you’re playing, you’ve been a coach or a manager, the dressing room is about peer pressure. It’s about pride, working for each other and not letting down the man next to you. “At the present moment we’ve not got that.” McClaren refused to discuss his January transfer window plans, insisting plotting mid-season signings would still be premature at this stage. “Well we can’t do that,” said McClaren. “At the present moment the next games, Liverpool, then Spurs, then after that then after that – we’ve got games before January. “And we need to get to work and start winning games. We’re in a relegation battle, and we’ve got to make sure that we’re right into that. “The players lose heart easily: it’s not rocket science, everyone can see it and that’s what’s happening. “We’re getting setbacks and we’re not reacting well enough, and that’s what we need to turn around. The players have their own individual motivation and we have to draw that out. “We have to stay calm, keep doing the right things and keep delivering the right messages and keep saying ‘you’ve got to do this, you’ve got to do that’. “We lose when we stop doing our jobs when disappointment hits us. We can’t have that: you’ve got to keep, keep, keep, keep, keep doing your job.” last_img read more

Trump: COVID-19 Crisis Could last until July

first_imgPresident Donald Trump urged Americans to avoid traveling and gathering in public spaces in an effort to blunt the spread of the coronavirus, saying the outbreak could last into July or August.“If everyone makes this change, or these critical changes and sacrifices now, we will rally together as one nation and we will defeat the virus,” Trump said in the White House briefing room. “We’re going to have a big celebration all together.”Trump announced the new guidelines during a press briefing Monday afternoon. Officials recommended that for the next 15 days Americans avoid gatherings of more than 10 people; avoid discretionary travel; avoid eating in bars, restaurants and food courts; and work or engage in schooling from home when possible.“We’d much rather be ahead of the curve than behind it,” Trump said.The president’s comments on Monday marked his most direct appeal yet for Americans to take the virus seriously and avoid public settings where the coronavirus can be easily spread.Trump told reporters that the coronavirus could continue to factor into American life into July or August.“They think August, it could be July, could be longer than that,” Trump said, referring to answers he has gotten when consulting public health officials on the timeline. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, clarified after Trump’s remarks that the guidelines would not necessarily last until the summer months but rather that timeline was one potential trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak. “The guidelines are a 15 day trial guideline to be reconsidering,” Fauci said. “It isn’t that these guidelines are going to be in effect until July. What the president was saying is that the trajectory of the outbreak may go until then.”Trump signaled agreement with him from the podium. Trump also said he wasn’t considering a nationwide lockdown, but that “certain areas” of the country with large numbers of cases could take such measures.“At this point, not nationwide,” the president said. “We may look at certain areas, certain hotspots as they call them.”A number of state and local officials have already ordered closures of restaurants, bars, schools and other public places in order to mitigate the spread of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday evening also recommended that Americans cancel gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. Fauci urged American citizens to take the new guidelines seriously even if they seemed to go “too far.” “When you’re dealing with an emerging infectious disease outbreak, you are always behind where you think you are if you think that today reflects where you really are,” Fauci said. “We hope that the people of the United States will take them very seriously because they will fail if people don’t adhere to them,” he said. We’re not thinking in terms of recession. We’re thinking in terms of the virus,” the president continued. “Once we stop, I think there’s a tremendous pent-up demand both in terms of the stock market, in terms of the economy.”The president’s remarks came as rising fears about the impact of the coronavirus on the economy sent stock prices into freefall Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average collapsed 2,999 points, or 12.9%, to close at 20,188.52 – its second worst percentage loss in history behind the “Black Monday” crash in 1987.last_img read more

Reception in Fethard for Grand National heroes.

first_imgThe Grand National winner owned by Michael O’Leary and trained by the Fethard man romped home to victory at Aintree yesterday in a close finish.Earlier today the winning team received a hero’s welcome in O’Leary’s stomping ground of Mullingar and they will be Tipp bound this afternoon.A large crowd, expect to rival those is Westmeath is due in Fethard at 7 this evening to welcome both the local trainer, his team and of course Rule the Worldlast_img

Tanko: There will be shock inclusions for Afcon 2019

first_imgAssistant head coach of Ghana’s Black Stars Ibrahim Tanko has given indication that a number of unexpected names could gatecrash Ghana’s Afcon 2019 campaign.A provisional 30 man squad is expected to be named on the 20th of May and thus speculation is rife regarding which players will make the cut and which players will miss the trip.A number of veteran players including Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari have been recommended to national team head coach Kwesi Appiah by head of the GFA Normalisation Committee team Dr Kofi Amoah.Despite the popular names been bandied about,coach Tanko believes the technical team have a few surprises up their sleeve.We should expect a team that will help us to achieve our goal, and yes there will be a few surprises in the team which is normal.We should also expect one or two local players to make the initial 30 man squad for thetraining tour,” he told pressmen.Ghana is expected to camp in Abu- Dhabi ahead pf the Afcon in Egypt.last_img read more

Marvin Bagley III injury update: Kings rookie’s knee sprain puts ‘cloud over our locker room’

first_imgMarvin Bagley III, who sprained his left knee in the Kings’ game Wednesday night against the Bucks, was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam Thursday to determine the severity of the injury.A trainer immobilized the knee in the Kings locker room after the game. Bagley didn’t speak to the media before hobbling out of the locker room under his own power, but he did talk to teammates, according to the Sacramento Bee. “He said he was good when he was walking back (to the locker room), so that takes a little edge off to know that he’s not in too much pain,” Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein said.Bagley being helped to locker room by two teammates.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) February 28, 2019Bagley, the No. 2 pick in the 2018 draft, is averaging 14 points and 7.2 rebounds for the Kings this season.”You just tell him to keep your head up,” Kosta Koufos said. “He’s definitely an integral part of what we’re doing this year. He’s just a phenomenal player and a phenomenal person off the court, so you just want to be there as a teammate and try to help him. You have love for all of your teammates. We’re a brotherhood and we look out for one another, and you just want everybody to be healthy.” WATCH: Dwyane Wade hits impossible circus shot to beat Warriors The rookie forward was holding his left knee after getting tangled up with Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon.Marvin Bagley down, holding his left knee— Aaron Bruski (@aaronbruski) February 28, 2019Bagley had to be helped off the court by his teammates. Marvin Bagley getting the knee immobilized in the locker room, fwiw. Pretty sure that’s wise to do regardless the level of sprain.— Aaron Bruski (@aaronbruski) February 28, 2019The Kings lost at home in overtime, 141-140, and in his postgame news conference coach Dave Joerger expressed concern for Bagley.”We are certainly thinking of Marvin as we go forward,” Joerger said. “That is definitely a cloud over our locker room.” Related Newslast_img read more