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

Bank Indonesia to relax credit card regulations to fuel virus-battered economy

first_img“This is aimed at expanding the use of cashless transactions to mitigate the COVID-19 impacts,” Perry told reporters after BI’s board of governors meeting on Tuesday. “We are working to maintain macroeconomic and financial system stability, as well as [ensure] economic recovery.”The central bank decided to lower the credit card interest rate to 2 percent per month from the current 2.25 percent and slashed the minimum credit card payment from 10 percent to 5 percent of total outstanding credit.Read also: Explainer: BI to throw lifeline to Indonesia’s economy to fight COVID-19Furthermore, it will also lower the late payment penalty from the current 3 percent of the outstanding amount or a maximum Rp 150,000 (US$9.51) to 1 percent or a maximum of Rp 100,000. Households spending, which accounts for more than half of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), is expected to decline as the pandemic forces citizens to stay at home and lowers demand, as some people have lost jobs and income. According to the government’s worst-case scenario, 3.78 million people could fall into poverty and 5.2 million could lose their jobs amid the pandemic, while the economy could contract by 0.4 percent this year.The central bank has cut its benchmark interest rate twice this year by 50 basis points in total to help boost Indonesia’s economy. The lower policy rate is expected to be transmitted into lower interest rates on various bank loans, ranging from consumer to corporate credit.According to BI data, some 27 million credit card transactions amounted to Rp 25.86 billion in February, marking a slight increase from February 2019, when 26.4 million transactions added up to a total of Rp 25.81 billion.Indonesian Credit Card Association chairman Steve Martha said the regulation would directly benefit consumers that might face financial problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that it would also benefit the industry in the long run.Read also: COVID-19 batters Indonesia’s loan growth to record low“As businesses close and lay off employees while people are forced to stay at home, they may have problems with paying their credit card bills,” Steve told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. “We see some risks to the industry, and this regulation comes to ease consumers’ burden.”“We are hoping that this regulation can help credit card holders with paying their bills, so the industry could reduce the risk of rising nonperforming loans,” Steve said.Steve said the industry’s NPL was around 2 percent, adding the coronavirus pandemic “no doubt” would cause a higher bad debt ratio if not for intervention by government authorities.He admitted that the rising NPL had yet to be seen in March, but credit card transactions had started to slow compared to the previous month.The virus has infected more than 2 million people around the globe – including more than 5,500 in Indonesia, according to official data – forcing factories, shops and schools to close in various countries amid government-imposed lockdowns and social restrictions. The situation has upended supply chains, forcing companies to lay off employees and crushed demand for goods as consumers stay at home.Contacted separately, Center of Reform on Economics (Core) Indonesia research director Piter Abdullah told the Post that the relaxed regulation would have a positive impact for businesses and the banking industry, adding that it would boost consumer spending and reduce NPL risks.“Although the government has rolled out appropriate fiscal stimulus, they must not allow a protracted health crisis, because it may cause another banking crisis like in 1998,” Piter said, expressing confidence that economic policies had been aggressive enough to prevent economic meltdown.Read also: Remember these tips before using your credit cardHowever, if the government is unable to curb the virus spread, while factories and businesses remain closed and people stay indoors, such a situation could trigger a financial crisis similar to that in 1998, when borrowers defaulted on their payments and banks declared bankruptcy, Piter warned.“The 1998 NPL level of around 60 percent was caused by deep corruption, nepotism and careless debt handling, both in businesses and in the government,” Piter went on to say.“It may not be repeated this year, since the banking industry and businesses were in a healthy condition before the virus struck,” Piter said. “Thus, the government and central bank must do everything to prevent spill-over from the health crisis into a financial crisis.”Topics : Bank Indonesia (BI) will relax rules on credit cards, including lowering the maximum interest rate and late payment penalty, to boost cashless transactions and fuel economic activities during the coronavirus pandemic.BI Governor Perry Warjiyo said the regulation would serve as a stimulus for credit card holders and businesses to boost the virus-hit economy. The relaxation will take effect starting on May 1 and remain in place until the end of the year.last_img read more

Unai Emery claims Mesut Ozil did not deserve to be a substitute in Arsenal’s win over Standard Liege

first_imgUnai Emery slammed Mesut Ozil after Arsenal’s win over Standard Liege (BPI/REX)Unai Emery admits Mesut Ozil did not ‘deserve’ a place on the bench for Arsenal’s 4-0 win over Standard Liege.The Gunners eased to victory in the Europa League with two goals from Gabriel Martinelli, while Joe Willock and Dani Ceballos were also on target.Ozil was left out of the squad for the 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Monday evening and the midfielder was omitted once again by Emery on Thursday.Ozil had trained with his Arsenal teammates this week, while the 30-year-old, who is earning £350,000 a week, has played just 142 minutes across two appearances this season.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Unai Emery claims Mesut Ozil did not deserve to be a substitute in Arsenal’s win over Standard Liege Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 4 Oct 2019 1:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link633Shares Ozil has played just 142 minutes for Arsenal this season (Getty Images)‘Really I am thinking every time to decide the best players for each match and the best player for the squad to play and [who will] help us,’ Emery said after the win over Standard Liege.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘When I decide he’s not in the squad it’s because another player deserves it more.’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 CityAsked what Ozil has to do to get back in the side, Emery replied: ‘Continue working.‘Tomorrow we have training, tomorrow we have training with the players who didn’t play.‘And Sunday we have another match and we are going to decide the same, the first eleven possible.‘Our target is to win on Sunday and adapt to the difficulty of Bournemouth and carry on in the same way in each match.’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 Arsenallast_img read more

Join the club: this property comes with a golf buggy

first_img25101/3113 The Esplanade, Surfers Paradise is set to go to auction on January 28. It comes with a set of draftsman’s drawings. Perfect for boaties or fishermen.An original renovated and elevated beach home in Burleigh will be sold with a set of draftsman’s drawings. It’s ideal for “savvy” local or interstate investors, according to the property listing. 2490 The Parkway, Sanctuary Cove comes with a golf buggy for $1.149 million.FROM a new golf buggy to luxury furniture — some Gold Coast vendors are including surprise features in listings in a bid to get properties across the dotted line.Set in golfing community epicentre Sanctuary Cove, the property fits golf fans to a tee — and that’s before the extra inclusion. 113 George St, Burleigh Heads is listed via an expressions of interest campaign. The sale will also include the furniture.The $1.149 million price tag includes a brand new, two-seater golf buggy.The three-bedroom, three-bathroom residence overlooks one of the area’s two golf courses and has garaging for two cars and the buggy. Inside features a modern design including neutral decor, charcoal carpets, and travertine flooring.If playing on the water is more your style, a boutique Runaway Bay apartment comes with a marina pontoon. Unit 8 also has two large bedrooms with water views, an open style lounge, a roof top terrace and a well-appointed kitchen with walk-in pantry and island bar. 8/32 Oatland Esplanade, Runaway Bay is on the market for $1.295 million.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours ago The buyer could collaborate with an architect to redesign.“Purchase to develop or purchase to invest as this dual occupancy home and income producing property will earn you a tidy return while you collaborate with your architect to design that dream home with those never to be built out views,” the listing states.As is, the five-bedroom home is full of coastal charm and open plan living spaces.The sub penthouse of the Hilton has hit the market, and it comes complete with the Hilton furniture package. If buyers aren’t sold on the included furniture package, the views might seal the deal.The 51st floor apartment also offers ocean, city, river and mountain views through its floor to ceiling glass windows, and residents have access to the hotel’s facilities including four pools, a spa, sauna, gym, bar and theatre.last_img read more

Fantasy Injury Updates: Saquon Barkley, Le’Veon Bell, Devonta Freeman affect Week 11 waiver wire pickups

first_imgWEEK 11 DFS LINEUPS:Y! cash | Y! GPP | DK cash | DK GPP | FD cash | FD GPPTy Johnson concussion updateJohnson left Sunday’s game with a concussion. The Lions’ RB workload was split from that point on by J.D. McKissic and Paul Perkins, although McKissic had more carries and saw more action in the passing game.If Johnson is forced to miss time, McKissic is the better target in all leagues and almost certainly worth a pickup in PPR formats. At this point, it would be weird to not see Detroit bring in another veteran RB, too. WEEK 11 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerSaquon Barkley injury updateBarkley missed time in Sunday’s game to get his right shoulder checked out on the sideline, and it was reported that he went to get x-rays after the game. Giants coach Pat Shurmur didn’t elaborate on what was getting checked out. Barkley has admitted in the past couple weeks that he’s not necessarily playing at 100 percent after returning from his sprained ankle, and he rushed for one yard on 13 carries Sunday.The Giants’ Week 11 bye comes at the perfect time for Barkley, who didn’t have any of his usual explosiveness on Sunday. Even if the x-ray did show something, the bye week will allow New York to keep everything under wraps until next week, when we’ll wait for a Wednesday practice report to let us know how Barkley is doing. Wayne Gallman would fill in if Barkley is forced to miss time, and he’s not a bad free agent pickup after waivers clear this week. MORE WEEK 11:Waiver wire | FAAB planner | Trade values | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff SOSLe’Veon Bell injury newsBell missed out on some plays in the fourth quarter Sunday due to sore ribs. Bell said he was trying to avoid taking “too many carries” and wearing down his body. When asked if he’ll play in Week 11, Bell said, “Of course.”After popping up with a surprise knee injury last week, Bell appears like he’ll be OK going forward, but at this point, it’s probably time for Bell owners to handcuff him with Bilal Powell if they haven’t already.WEEK 11 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endIs Devonta Freeman going to miss Week 11?Freeman exited Sunday’s game with a foot injury in the third quarter and after initially ruled questionable to return, didn’t make it back to the field. There were no updates after the game on Freeman’s status. (Update: Freeman has a foot sprain and will undergo an MRI, per Ian Rapoport.)Brian Hill was the lead back with Freeman out of the game, and Hill scored a touchdown in the receiving game while also rushing 20 times for 61 yards. As of right now, Hill is one of the top options on the Week 11 waiver wire thanks to a highly favorable matchup against the Panthers. Saquon Barkley and Le’Veon Bell both provided slight scares for their fantasy owners Sunday, but both of their injuries appear minor (for now). Things don’t look as positive for Devonta Freeman and Ty Johnson, both of whom may miss time and would open the door for Brian Hill and J.D. McKissic, respectively, to be top targets on the Week 11 waiver wire. We have the latest injury updates heading into another big fantasy football week.Follow us at @SN_Fantasy for more news and updates.last_img read more

Clearwater parking lot shooter, Michael Drejka, sentenced to 20 years in prison

first_imgMoments ago, the convicted Clearwater parking lot shooter learned his fate.Michael Drejka was found guilty of manslaughter after fatally shooting Markeis McGlockton over a handicap parking spot outside a Clearwater convenience store in July of 2018.Thursday, the 48-year-old was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 92 days credit for time served.The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office initially did not charge Drejka, saying that he was protected under Florida’s “stand your ground” law.However, he was later charged after further investigation into the incident.Drejka attempted to use the state’s controversial “stand your ground” law in the shooting case, but it proved to be unsuccessful in swaying jurors.Drejka’s legal team has already attempted to appeal the conviction and requested a new trial, but it was denied.However, Drejka can still appeal to the higher courts.At Thursday’s sentencing, he agreed to pay 550-dollars in court costs and five-thousand-dollars in funeral costs towards McGlockton’s family.last_img read more

Child Reportedly Dies After Falling from 16th Floor of Broward High-rise

first_imgA death investigation is still underway in Hollywood, after a child reportedly died after falling from the 16th floor of a high-rise condominium in the 2400 block of South Ocean Drive over the weekend.Police and paramedics were called to the Quadomain Condomium, just south of Hollywood Boulevard, around noon on Saturday. They found the child’s body near the building.The child reportedly fell from a window in a unit on the 16th floor, although police have yet to confirm details.There are 810 units in the four Quadomain condomium complex’s 27-story towers.This is a developing story.last_img

COVID-19 Cases Rise; State Releases Data on Children with Syndrome

first_imgIn addition, the Department of Health on Friday released information on children with Multi Inflammatory Syndrome (MIS-C) connected to COVID-19 for the first time.A 2-year-old boy from Palm Beach County is among those infected, as are several other children in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The state has confirmed a total of 73,552 positive cases since the outbreak started.Gov. Ron DeSantis said Friday that he does not think the state’s gradual reopening is connected to the increase in cases.“What we’re seeing is of the people that are testing positive way more are in the (age) 25 to 45 than was happening two months ago,” according to DeSantis. “The clinical consequences of them testing positive is usually very, very modest because they are not in the high-risk groups.”As of Saturday, Florida has tested about 1.4 million people, with about 5.4 percent testing positive, according to the Department of Health.Palm Beach County: 8,325 cases425 deathsMen: 4,166; Women: 4,1531,422 hospitalizations116 new reported cases since Friday9 new reported deaths since FridayBroward County: 8,864 cases357 deathsMen: 4,242, Women: 4,3391,725 hospitalizations275 new reported cases since Friday7 new reported deaths since FridayMiami-Dade County: 21,633 cases822 deathsMen: 10,591, Women: 10,5593,460 hospitalizations761 new reported cases since Friday13 new reported deaths since FridayTesting in Florida:Total Tests: 1,371,401Positive: 73,552Negative: 1,296,861Overall Percentage of Positive Cases: 5.4% Cases of the coronavirus continue to rise in Florida as the state’s businesses and attractions gradually reopen.On Saturday, the Department of Health reported 2,581 new cases and 48 more deaths.center_img MIS-C is a complication of the coronavirus in children. Its symptoms include high fevers, abdominal pain, headaches and rashes on the skin.last_img read more