Buttigieg once again hits it out of the park on Fox News, this time talking about Mitch McConnell

first_imgOn the subject of the Senate, Wallace asked if the majority leader is Mitch McConnell, won’t that hurt some of the “boldest” parts of Biden’s election promises? Buttigieg first stressed that Georgia’s runoff Senate races are likely to be extremely competitive, and if Democrats don’t win, McConnell’s caucus will have a decision to make. – Advertisement – “Is his purpose in Washington to defy the American people? Who, along with the president and the House of Representatives, will believe in expanding, not taking away health care, ensuring that the wealthy pay their fair share of taxes instead of slashing their taxes, no matter what, raising wages, treating climate change as real?” Basically, Buttigieg posited, does McConnell want to move forward with progress or stop progress?Perhaps the biggest takeaway? Just how very important the Georgia Senate special election really is. The double runoff will be held on Jan. 5, 2021.  The Georgia run-off is January 5th. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7. And give $3 right now to rip the Senate majority from Mitch McConnell’s cold dead hands. Here’s that clip.x As my colleague, Hunter, noted, the Trump administration is not expected to make any major moves when it comes to handling the pandemic before Donald Trump leaves office in January. On the other hand, as we count down the days until he takes office, Biden is likely to urge the American people to listen to health and science expert recommendations (what a breath of fresh air, eh?), including wearing face masks and practicing social distancing amid a literal global pandemic. Wallace opens the dialogue by saying that Biden claimed the American people gave him a “‘mandate for action.’” Wallace then referenced the House’s slimmer majority and what he describes as the “likelihood” of a Republican-controlled Senate. Wallace asked Buttigieg, “The question is: What mandate?”- Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – Buttigieg’s answer is nothing short of refreshing. “Well, I think he has a mandate to deliver on the winning campaign agenda that the Biden-Harris ticket offered the country. This not only earned us the support of the majority of Americans who voted for him to be the next president, but also, we should remember that those who supported him, and a remarkable number of President Trump supporters support the agenda that Joe Biden is going to lead our country forward with.In other words, the idea of getting serious on COVID and having a science-led approach, which he’s already underway on. The idea of raising wages and protecting workers. And making sure corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share in taxes. Taking climate seriously. Doing something about racial justice. As we look forward, whether we have a divided government or not, I know this. What Joe Biden wants for the country is what most Americans believe is right for this country. And that, I think, is where the real propulsion of his administration will be. Just as it’s been the propulsion of this campaign and led to this win.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

UK urges end to ‘non-essential’ contact, travel to curb virus spread

first_imgThe new advice also states that people should stay inside their homes and limit social contact for 14 days if any member of the household displays symptoms of the disease — a new persistent cough or fever.”This advice about avoiding all unnecessary social contact, is particularly important for people over 70, for pregnant women and for those with some health conditions,” the prime minister said.Johnson, flanked by his scientific experts, said the UK was “approaching the fast growth part of the upward curve” of the outbreak.He said even tougher measures would be announced in the coming days, including isolating people with the most serious health conditions for 12 weeks.Johnson acknowledged that the government was asking for “very substantial change in the way we want people to lead their lives”, adding it was “unprecedented” in peacetime. Britain on Monday stepped up its response to coronavirus, recommending household isolation, home-working and an end to mass gatherings to try to stem an accelerating outbreak.Prime Minister Boris Johnson said more stringent restrictions would follow in the coming days for those with serious health conditions to retire from society entirely for three months.The government, which has been criticized for its light touch approach to the pandemic, said however that it was still not the time to close schools. More than 1,500 cases have been confirmed in Britain and 53 people have died. But health officials said last week the number of infections could be as high as 10,000.”Without drastic action, cases could double every five or six days,” Johnson told reporters in what will become a daily press conference on the outbreak.The Conservative leader said London was worst hit and urged its residents in particular to heed advice to work from home and avoid pubs, clubs and theatres.”Now is the time for everyone to stop non-essential contact with others and to stop all unnecessary travel,” he said in a message to everyone in Britain. Topics : Schools remain open Many of Britain’s European neighbors have already sealed borders and closed schools.But Johnson said that “on balance it’s much better if we can keep schools open”, amid concerns of the impact on the workforce, particularly healthcare staff, but said this would be kept under review.Last week, the government said it would not be testing people with mild symptoms, saying that they should simply wait out the virus at home.But after the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday emphasized the importance of tests, Johnson and the medical experts insisted they were still doing this.More than 44,000 people have been tested so far and testing will be to be increased in the coming weeks.Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England said it was “absolutely critical”, adding: “We do intend to continue to scale up testing.”He added that restrictions will remain in place for some time, saying that tackling the outbreak “is going to be a marathon, not a sprint”.last_img read more

Iran’s Khamenei urges fight against ‘tragic’ virus resurgence

first_imgKhamenei’s speech was his first to MPs since the new parliament took office at the end of May, dominated by conservatives and ultra-conservatives elected in February polls. According to his official site, Khamenei praised healthcare workers for “their sacrifices”.But he also strongly criticized “some people who do not even do something as simple as wearing a mask”, saying he felt “ashamed” of such behavior. Khamenei’s comments came as infections have again been on the rise in Iran since early May.  According to figures announced Sunday, 194 deaths from the COVID-19 disease and 2,186 new cases were recorded in the past 24 hours. The health ministry announced a record 221 deaths in a single day on Thursday. In total, 257,303 cases have been reported in the country, including 12,829 deaths, health ministry spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said Sunday in a televised press conference. The rising toll has prompted authorities to make masks mandatory in enclosed public spaces and to allow the hardest-hit provinces to reimpose other measures against the virus.Iran had closed schools, cancelled public events and banned movement between its 31 provinces in March, but the government progressively lifted restrictions from April to reopen its sanctions-hit economy.On Saturday, President Hassan Rouhani said the country could not afford to shut down the economy, even as the outbreak worsened.Iran must continue “economic, social and cultural activities while observing health protocols”, Rouhani said during a televised virus taskforce meeting.But he reminded Iranians that restrictions, such as a ban on public and private gatherings, remained in place.”Gatherings, whether for funerals, weddings, parties, seminars or festivals are all harmful” to public health, Rouhani said.Authorities have previously reported the spread of the virus in areas where such bans had been ignored.On Sunday, Khamenei also told lawmakers that “parliament has the right to question… but is not permitted to insult or slander government officials”.His comments came a week after a session in which MPs heckled Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, largely over his key role in negotiating a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.The deal had given the Islamic republic relief from international sanctions in return for limits on its nuclear program, but Iranian conservatives staunchly opposed the multilateral agreement, arguing the US could never be trusted.The US unilaterally abandoned the accord in 2018 as a prelude to reimposing biting sanctions.  Iran’s supreme leader Sunday called the resurgence of the novel coronavirus in the country “truly tragic” and urged all citizens to help stem what has been the region’s deadliest outbreak.”Let everyone play their part in the best way to break the chain of transmission in the short term and save the country,” Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a video conference with lawmakers, according to his office. Iran has been struggling to contain the outbreak since announcing its first cases in February, and has reported more than 12,800 deaths since then.center_img Topics :last_img read more

E-national Team of Bosnia and Herzegovina ready for e-EURO 2020

first_imgThe e-national team members of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Feđa Đedović and Igor Zečević, who will compete in Group A, together with the teams of Germany, Spain and Romania, are also qualified for this competition.The captain of our team, Feđa Đedović, points out that the team is ready for the EURO:“We trained hard, more than expected and as much as our regular obligations allowed. We had a lot of preparatory matches, we analysed our opponents as much as we could and now, we will have the final tournament, which we are ready for. As a captain, I guarantee that we will do our best to reach the knockout phase, and everything is possible there. Honestly, I wish for at least the semi-finals, but to qualify for the EURO is a big thing considering how much is invested in E-sport in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”Igor Zečević also commented on the preparations:“We tried to use all our free time for quality training matches against the best national teams in Europe. I think we are ready and we expect to pass the group, and then maybe reach the semi-finals or the finals, why not.”About the opponents in the group, Đedović says:“Spain is one of the top 3 favourites of the championship. They have three players in their squad who play for Bayern E-sport team and one is a Barcelona member. Germany has 3 national team players who play for Schalke 04 and those two national teams are the favourites in this group, but they are teams that both Igor and I can deal with. The third team is Romania, which is underestimated, and they have one phenomenal player who can certainly win anybody and who can be an advantage for them. Romanians and us can be seen as shadow favourites in this competition.”Zečević also thinks that the group is demanding:“We are in the strongest group in the competition. A lot is expected of us, but we should be aware that the guys who play for Germany and Spain usually defend the colours of Barcelona, Bayern and Schalke 04, and their only job is to play PES. Given that they are well-paid e-athletes, and we are not at all, the difference in quality is not so great and I hope that we will show and prove that we are better and stronger than them.”The first match of the tournament, the national teams of Bosnia and Herzegovina will be played against Germany tomorrow at 12:30 h.last_img read more

Mourinho off to winning start with United

first_imgWigan, United Kingdom | AFP |Jose Mourinho’s first game as manager of Manchester United ended in a short trip and comfortable 2-0 victory over newly-promoted Championship side Wigan Athletic at their DW Stadium on Saturday.Goals early in the second half from Will Keane and Andreas Pereira secured victory for United who parted company with former manager Louis van Gaal after winning the FA Cup on their last competitive outing two months ago. It was a weakened United line-up at the disposal of their new manager given that 14 players who represented their countries in the European Championships and Copa America this summer were unavailable and have yet to return to training.Nevertheless, it is a sign of the strength in depth that Mourinho will have at his call this season that the starting line-up he selected still boasted summer signings Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, bought for a total of nearly £60 million (71.7 million euros), and England left-back Luke Shaw, returning after 10 months out of action with a broken leg.The game, arranged at short notice to give Mournho extra competition prior to his team leaving for a tour of China on Tuesday, was predictably low-key.But it still represented a winning start to his reign as United manager as the 5,500 United supporters in attendance welcomed him by chanting his name within the opening minute.The victory will doubtless have pleased their manager even if the opening goal was a gift from veteran Wigan goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen who made an appalling clearance directly to Juan Mata who squared for Keane to convert after 48 minutes. Ten minutes later, United doubled their advantage with a goal that clearly owed much to the work put in by Mourinho in his first week on the training ground with his new charges.A well-worked free-kick saw Mata pick out Ander Herrera in the Wigan penalty area and, after his shot was blocked, Brazilian Pereira was handed the simple opportunity to sweep the ball in from a dozen yards.Otherwise, the game was a typical pre-season affair, with Mourinho making seven half-time substitutions, and swapping all 11 players before the end of the 90 minutes.Interestingly, Ivory Coast defender Bailly, a new arrival from Villarreal, played longer than any other outfield player, seeing out 82 minutes of the contest, as Mourinho presumably attempts to acclimatise him to the English game.But the United manager will nevertheless have gained satisfaction, and information, from the game with the new playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan, the first Armenian to play in the Premier League, particularly bright in the ppening exchanges.His neat lay-off after eight minutes should have been converted by Memphis Depay only for the Dutchman to see his shot blocked and the same United forward was guilty of an even more glaring miss halfway through the opening period when he missed the target at the far post after more good approach play from Mkhitaryan.Indeed, it was easy to see how Mkhitaryan led the Bundesliga in assists with Borussia Dortmund last season and he might have capped his first United outing with a goal just before the interval but volleyed over from a Jesse Lingard cross.The 45-minute performance of Shaw will also have pleased his new manager as the left-back showed no ill effects from the horrific double broken leg he suffered early last season in a Champions League tie at PSV Eindhoven.Mourinho will now welcome back the remaining 14 international players to Old Trafford this week ahead of Tuesday’s departure to China where his team plays Dortmund in Shanghai and a Manchester derby meeting with City in Beijing.However, while a number of those players, including England internationals Chris Smalling, Wayne Rooney and Marcus Rashford, will travel with the squad, Mourinho has indicated they will not play in the two fixtures.Veteran newcomer Zlatan Ibrahimovic may remain in Manchester to concentrate on his fitness.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Lee-Anne Pace makes SA golf history

first_img3 April 2014 Lee-Anne Pace made South African golf history this week by becoming the first woman to be named the country’s outright Golfer of the Year at the annual Compleat Golfer Awards In 2010, Pace shared the award with Open champion Louis Oosthuizen after a watershed season that saw her finish the year ranked as the number one golfer on the Ladies European Tour. Stellar season Pace enjoyed another stellar season in 2013, finishing in second place on the Ladies European Tour’s ISPS Handa Order of Merit. She raised her winning tally in Europe to eight with victories at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open in May, the Open de Espana in July and the Sanya Ladies Open in China in October. She also finished as runner-up in the Allianz Ladies Slovak Open. In addition, Pace recorded another five top 10 finishes that helped lift her season’s earnings to €250 927. Players’ Player of the Year Pace was named the Ladies European Tour’s Players’ Player of 2013 by her peers, a distinction she also earned in 2010, and was nominated as Sports Woman of the Year at the South African Sports Awards. The Pearl Valley Golf Estate player, who also received the Women’s Professional Golf Association (WPGA) Golfer of the Year award for a fourth year running, enjoyed a superb start to her 2014 season on the inaugural Sunshine Ladies Tour. In three starts, she finished fourth at the Dimension Data Ladies Pro-Am, third in the Chase to the Investec Cup for Ladies at Glendower and second at the SuperSport Challenge. With that strong run she qualified for the season-ending finale, which was limited to the top 10 available pros on the Order of Merit, and romped to a six-stroke victory in the Investec Cup for Ladies at Sun City.Winner’s speech The 33-year-old recorded a video for this week’s Compleat Golfer Awards before she left for the United States for the season’s first Major, the Kraft Nabisco Championship in California “I suppose I should first thank the boys for not winning a Major last year,” Pace quipped. “I am incredibly honoured to have been named Golfer of the Year. To be the first female to receive this award is a privilege and honour. “I would like to thank my sponsors Investec, Cobra-Puma, Oakley and First Car Rental for their unbelievable support in 2013, and who allowed me to compete in a stress-free environment, and [they] should all share in this honour. “My appreciation also goes to my two coaches, Val Holland and James Petts, without whom this incredible season would not have been possible. “Finally, I would like to thank the Compleat Golfer for hosting these awards each year. You have been fantastic in your support of all the South African golfers and we appreciate everything you do to promote the game, especially for female players. “I hope this achievement will inspire other players and help to grow the Sunshine Ladies Tour.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Govt. told SC that arrested activists had no link to plot to kill PM: Justice D.Y. Chandrachud

first_imgSupreme Court judge Justice D.Y. Chandrachud in a dissenting opinion said that the Additional Solicitor General had stated that there was no basis to the Maharashtra government’s theory linking the five activists arrested by the Pune Police to a plot to assassinate the Prime Minister.In his opinion, Justice Chandrachud said, “Such an allegation is indeed of a serious order. Such allegations require responsible attention and cannot be bandied about by police officers in media briefings. But during the course of the present hearing, no effort has been made by the ASG to submit that any such investigation is being conducted in regard to the five individuals.”He further pointed out, “On the contrary, he [ASG] fairly stated that there was no basis to link the five arrested individuals to any such alleged plot against the Prime Minister. Nor does the counter affidavit makes any averment to that effect.”His opinion dissenting with the majority view of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A.M. Khanwilkar raises questions over the claims made by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on the day of the judgment and by the Maharashtra Police in a press conference held last month.The Supreme Court Bench had heard the petition filed by historian Romila Thapar and four others alleging that the arrest of poet Varavara Rao, lawyer Sudha Bhardwaj and activists Arun Ferreira, Vernon Gonsalves and Gautam Navlakha were made under questionable circumstances.Mr. Fadnavis, in his hurriedly called press conference on Friday morning after the apex court’s judgment, had welcomed the order and claimed that his government possessed “large number of evidences against these individuals who are conspiring against the nation, plotting the assassination of the country’s Prime Minister and pitting castes against each other”.The Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order), Maharashtra, in his press conference last month had said that the activists arrested were all working to further the designs of banned organisations that were plotting to carry out a ‘Rajiv Gandhi-like’ assassination to end ‘Modi (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) Raj’.Justice Chandrachud has also raised questions over the impartiality and independence of the Maharashtra Police. His judgment read, “All this has certainly a bearing on the basic question as to whether the Maharashtra Police can now be trusted to carry out an independent and impartial investigation.”last_img read more

Temper optimism with caution

first_imgIt may be premature to talk about India doing extremely well in the Commonwealth Games and being placed second in the medals tally. The medals we have won till now from a variety of disciplines like shooting, wrestling and weightlifting were on predictable lines. But the addition to the tally through archery (compound event), swimming (a para athlete) and even gymnastics is the real surprise.If one talks of India at the Commonwealth Games, medals have traditionally come through shooting in a big way since 1994, and the women’s hockey gold in 2002 in Manchester was surprising.Otherwise, if you look at the standard of Indian athletics, it is pitiable and expecting a medal would be unreal, though old timers still remember Milkha Singh’s sole gold medal.If India have to stay in second position, it is certain we need to increase our gold tally. The last time in Melbourne 2006, India ended with 22 gold medals.For a nation which has spent close to Rs 70,000 crore on these Games, predictions were we could end up with a tally of 50 gold medals! A few of us who heard that knew this was like speculating on the bourses.The sentiment is upbeat, though what was tipped as a certain gold medal went out of the window on Thursday when Leander Paes and Sania Mirza crashed out of mixed doubles.Having asked for the inclusion of tennis in the CWG, we hope to get gold medals from men’s singles and doubles and possibly one more medal from the women’s side.advertisementHowever, despite the euphoria over our shooting feats, I still think Ronjan Sodhi has lost two gold medals in double trap. The plusses have been from the women pistol shooters. Gagan Narang has two more events to go and even if he lands two more gold medals out of a possible four, it’s going to add to the gold rush.A gold medal from badminton is not ruled out and one can expect more from the freestyle wrestlers as well. That brings us to boxing, where Vijender Kumar is spoken of as a gold prospect.If we finish with 25 gold medals, it would be a dream come true. Yet, that doesn’t guarantee an overall second place in the medals tally.last_img read more

CASTING CALL STARS NAB A NEW ROLE

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Jacob Tremblay Joins Sequel To ‘The Shining’“Room” Oscar nominee Jacob Tremblay has joined the cast of “Dr. Sleep”, the upcoming big-screen adaptation to Stephen King’s sequel to “The Shining”. The B.C.-born actor will star alongside Ewan McGregor, who’ll portray the adult Danny Torrance, who was just a child in the original. “Dr. Sleep” is slated to hit theatres in 2020.Anna Paquin Joining ‘The Affair’Former “True Blood” star Anna Paquin will be joining Showtime drama “The Affair” for its fifth and final season. According to Deadline, the series will return after a major time jump, with Paquin to play Joanie Lockhart, the now-adult daughter of Cole and Alison. The season is reportedly set years in the future in “a climate-change ravaged Montauk,” where she must “piece together the truth about what happened to her mother and bringing the whole story full circle.”Christopher Plummer Is Bringing The ‘Knives Out’Veteran actor Christopher Plummer is in the works to join Rian Johnson’s murder mystery “Knives Out”. Plummer adds star power and talent to a movie not lacking any star power or talent. Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon and Jamie Lee Curtis are just a handful of the names involved in “Knives Out”.Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson Join ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard 2’Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson have signed on for a sequel to 2017’s “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” (which is currently in production). Salma Hayek will also return to the franchise.‘King Of The Jungle’Seth Rogen and Michael Keaton are set to star in the John McAfee’s dark comedy “King of the Jungle”. The movie will be directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. It focuses on the wild true story of the creator of the McAfee Antivirus software, who cashed-in his fortune and moved to the jungle in Belize. Advertisement By ETCANADA.COM STAFFWelcome To The ‘Addams Family’It is not all that often such close friends get to work on the same project. That is exactly the case for Martin Short and Catherine O’Hara. The two Ontario natives will join the all-star cast of The “Addams Family” animated movie.“Catherine O’Hara and I are doing voices in the ‘Addams Family’ movie that is being done now. We insisted that we record together. Because we play husband and wife. So that is always beneficial,” Short told Metro. “Catherine is a life-long friend and co-worker so it comes with a very rich short-hand. So there’s an advantage to having us two together in the same room. Often you don’t get to meet the cast members.” Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more