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

Ireland outlines plan for auto-enrolment regime

first_imgRegina DohertyThe government has asked for ideas about “the value and the mechanism for providing a state incentive” during a consultation period, which runs to 4 November. In the draft plan it has proposed matching €1 for every €3 saved.“While this is a different arrangement to the current tax relief provisions for pensions, it is aimed particularly at people on lower to middle income brackets where the current tax relief arrangements may be less favourable than for higher earners,” Doherty said.‘The most fundamental policy reform in a generation’Providers of auto-enrolment DC schemes would be required to register with a separate new regulator, she added, which would be tasked with overseeing the implementation of auto-enrolment and licensing providers. In the draft proposal, the government has suggested limiting the number of providers to four, with three investment options each.Doherty described auto-enrolment as “perhaps the most fundamental policy reform in a generation” for Ireland’s pensions sector.“The new auto-enrolment system will, when implemented, enable people to save and accumulate sufficient assets to maintain better personal living standards in their retirement,” she said. “In this way, the combined use of public pensions and private retirement savings allows employees, employers and the state to each play a part in addressing the provision of improved retirement incomes.” Doherty emphasised that the draft proposals were subject to consultation and “should not in any way be construed as government’s confirmation of what form automatic enrolment will ultimately take”. Ireland’s government has set out a high-level plan for introducing automatic enrolment, aiming to bring an estimated 410,000 people into defined contribution (DC) pension schemes for the first time.Regina Doherty, minister for employment affairs and social protection, presented an outline yesterday, following the government’s wide-ranging pension reforms announced in March.Employees aged between 23 and 60 and earning over €20,000 will be automatically enrolled into a DC scheme, with those outside of this age group or earning less given the option to ‘opt in’.Doherty said the system would adopt a “pot follows member” approach, meaning that “regardless of the number of employments a person has, they would always have one consistent retirement savings arrangement over their lifetime”. This policy was debated in the UK in 2012 and 2013 as part of its own automatic enrolment regime, but was never introduced.The Irish government wants to introduce auto-enrolment in 2022, with employees initially contributing 1% of salary, matched by employers. This would escalate by 1% a year for both parties for the first six years, so that by 2028 workers and employers would be saving a combined 12% of salary into a pension. This would be subject to a cap of €75,000.last_img read more

Spring Turkey Hunting Season Begins Wednesday

first_imgLocal hunters are getting an early start today as Indiana’s spring turkey hunting begins. The 45th annual season lasts from April 23 to May 11.Hunters can kill one male or bearded turkey during the spring season. Hoosier hunters harvested over 11,000 birds in 89 of Indiana’s 92 counties in 2013. Indiana instituted turkey hunting in 1970. In 2010, a record 13,742 birds were taken.In recent seasons, DNR wildlife research biologist Steve Backs said harvest numbers are trending slightly downward because the turkey population in Indiana and the entire eastern United States is stabilizing. Turkey populations have grown steadily over the last 50 years after states reintroduced the birds to areas where they had been eliminated by loss of habitat and unregulated subsistence hunting.“We’re still going to have a good turkey season, but after a few decades of ever increasing harvests, our turkey population growth is stabilizing with a lower level of annual production, something seen in many other states” Backs said.Wild turkeys were eliminated from Indiana by the early 1900s. A reintroduction program from 1956 to 2004 released almost 3,000 wild-trapped birds throughout the state.Now natural disease and predators are catching up with those restored turkey populations, Backs said. Turkey eggs and poults are vulnerable to predators that range from blue jays to coyotes.“Predators eventually learn there’s something new on the menu,” Backs said.Weather could also play a role in harvest numbers. The especially frigid winter may have killed more turkeys than normal. And the slow start to spring will mean there is less vegetation in the woods than normal, making it easier for turkeys to see an approaching hunter.“Hunters are going to hear turkeys from a longer distance,” Backs said. “But turkeys are going to see hunters coming from a longer distance also.”Roughly 60,000 hunters pursue turkeys in Indiana.last_img read more

COVID-19 testing is now open to anyone in the state

first_imgStatewide —Friday afternoon, Governor Eric Holcomb announced that starting today, every OptumServe site in the state will be open to any Hoosier who wants to be tested for COVID-19. ‪The tests are free, and insurance is not required.‪To register for testing at one of these locations, call 888-634-1116 or click here to sign up online.last_img

Update on the latest sports

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud (PA’-zheh-noh) competed in his firesuit and captured IndyCar’s race on a simulated Twin Ring Motegi in Japan.Pagenaud took advantage of a frantic final 10 laps to get the victory. Penske drivers Will Power and Scott McLaughlin were racing each other for the lead and a likely victory when they came upon the lapped car of Oliver Askew, causing Power to touch McLaughlin’s car. McLaughlin was livid and actively trying to calm himself on his simulator in Brisbane when he was spun into the wall and out of contention.Pagenaud then raced Power wheel-to-wheel and the cars appeared to touch before Pagenaud took the lead. He still had to hold off Scott Dixon’s last-lap attempt to pass him for the win.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Running back Brian Hill has signed his $2.1 million tender offer to remain with the Atlanta Falcons.The restricted free agent received an original-round tender last month, giving the team a right to match any offer Hill received from another team or accept a fifth-round draft pick as compensation.Hill played in 12 games with two starts in 2019, rushing 78 times for 323 yards and two touchdowns along with 10 catches for 69 yards and one TD.INDYCAR-iRACINGPagenaud wins simulated IndyCar race — The mayor of Madrid says soccer matches and other sports events in Spain will take place in empty venues at least until the end of the summer. He says the coronavirus pandemic likely “won’t be under control” in time for events with big crowds to resume normally. The Spanish league is not expecting to resume at least until the end of May. It is working on several scenarios, including playing without fans through the fall.— Major League Soccer is putting on a five-week video game tournament starting Sunday that will be televised nationally. Each of the MLS teams involved picked a player to participate. The tournament will benefit Feeding America and Food Banks Canada.— Top-ranked men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) says he spoke with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal about working with the ATP to set up a fund to help lower-ranked tennis players financially affected by the pandemic. Djokovic described what he called a long conversation with Federer and Nadal about “how we can contribute and how we can help lower-ranked guys who obviously are struggling the most.” Djokovic talked about trying to amass somewhere around $3 million to $4.5 million to distribute, perhaps to players ranked from around 200th or 250th to around 700th.— Serena Williams’ coach says he is starting an independent tennis league to have professionals play matches without spectators starting in May at his academy in Nice, France. Patrick Mouratoglou says the plan is to live-stream 10 matches per weekend for five weekends in May and June. The ATP and WTA professional tours have been on hold since March and are suspended at least until mid-July.— The San Diego Junior Golf Association has canceled the 53rd annual IMG Academy Junior World Championships set for July 4-10. The event annually attracts more than 1,250 golfers from more than 50 countries to Torrey Pines and other San Diego golf courses. Many PGA and LPGA players faced their initial international competition at the Junior Worlds. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBASEBALL-WINKLES OBITASU, Angels skipper Winkles diesTEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Bobby Winkles was among the most successful coaches in college baseball before serving as a major league manager. Update on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — Stefanie Dolson is the first Chicago professional athlete known to have contracted COVID-19, and the second from the WNBA.The Chicago Sky center announced the news in a video that aired Friday night during ESPN’s broadcast of the WNBA draft. She said her entire family tested positive, but that only her mother became seriously ill. She says her mother was admitted to the hospital but is back home and healthy again.Los Angeles Sparks guard Sydney Wiese (wees) is the only other WNBA player to test positive for the virus.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— West Ham chief executive Karren Brady says she believes the timescale for an English Premier League return is no clearer than when the coronavirus lockdown started almost a month ago. Brady feels that complex questions still need to be answered over player training, the presence of police at matches, virus testing, hygiene and medical protocols. The EPL stated after talks with the 20 clubs on Friday that its objective remains to complete the season but added that all dates are tentative while the impact of COVID-19 develops.center_img April 18, 2020 — Socially distanced crews in New York and California are keeping horse racing on television in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic. Horse racing is one of the few sports ongoing, albeit in a limited capacity at a handful of empty tracks. But its TV presence has expanded because of the dearth of other options. The New York Racing Association helps produce “America’s Day at the Races” on Fox Sports, TVG has partnered with NBC Sports for a dozen hours of coverage each week and the hope is that the fledgling industry can stay afloat and gain more exposure.— Youth sports leagues are bracing for even bigger financial losses with no end in sight for the shutdown of activity because of the outbreak. Communities with sprawling, empty fields and arenas are losing millions of dollars with lucrative tournaments canceled or postponed. Team sports participation dipped after the 2008 recession, so officials wonder what youth sports will look like when kids begin to return to fields and courts. — An online petition addressed to Tokyo Olympic organizers and the city government has drawn tens of thousands of signatures for permission to occupy the massive Athletes Village going up alongside Tokyo Bay. The village was to be home to 11,000 Olympic athletes and 4,400 Paralympic athletes. It is largely complete and empty with the Olympic opening postponed by the virus outbreak until July 23, 2021.NFL-FALCONS-HILLRB Brian Hill signs fifth-round tender to stay with Falcons Arizona State has announced that Winkles died Friday at age 90 with family and friends by his side.Winkles became the Sun Devils’ first varsity baseball coach in 1959 and led them to national championships in 1965, 1967 and 1969. He went 524-173 at ASU while coaching such players as Reggie Jackson, Rick Monday, Sal Bando, Larry Gura and Gary Gentry. Arizona State retired his No. 1 jersey in 1972 and the field at Packard Stadium was dedicated in his honor in 2001.Winkles later managed the California Angels and Oakland Athletics from 1973-78, compiling a 170-213 record for teams that were either rebuilding or spiraling downward.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSChicago Sky’s Dolson tests positive Associated Press last_img read more

Badgers look to continue streak

first_imgBEN CLASSON/Herald photoHoping to continue its four-game winning streak, the Wisconsin women?s basketball team goes on the road to face the Michigan Wolverines Thursday. After winning all three games in arguably its toughest stretch of the season, the Badgers (15-11, 8-8 Big Ten) hope to keep their hot play going as they travel to Crisler Arena.In their game last Sunday, the Badgers shocked Minnesota on the road at Williams Arena by beating the Golden Gophers 59-57. With the win, the Badgers moved to 8-8 in the Big Ten, reaching the .500 mark for the first time this season. When it plays Michigan (16-10, 9-7), Wisconsin hopes to gain a winning record in the conference en route to a first-round bye in the Big Ten Tournament.?We?ve been paying attention to the little things that will help us win games,? senior guard Janese Banks said. ?We want to keep fighting and put ourselves in a situation to get us a first-round bye in the (Big Ten) Tournament and have good energy and momentum.?Paying attention to precise details has indeed been a key factor for the Badgers. Of their eight losses in the Big Ten, only three of them have been by more than double-digit margins.Against Michigan, the Badgers will look to count on their defensive effort to avoid another tight game.?We have to get out to their shooters,? Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said. ?We?ve got to play solid defense, box out and rebound.?In their last game against Michigan on Jan. 17, the Badgers had a sure victory in hand when sophomore Rae Lin D?Alie made a 3-pointer with less than 10 seconds remaining. However, Michigan came back when 6-foot-6 sophomore center Krista Phillips made a long shot from nearly half court to force the game into overtime.In the extra period, UW was outplayed and lost 79-73. Even prior to the game-tying shot, though, the Badgers led by double digits before letting the Wolverines back in the game.?By winning this game (against Michigan), it would make what we accomplished last week that much more powerful,? freshman forward Tara Steinbauer said. ?I think that it will give us the right kind of momentum. ? I think we need that and everyone recognizes that.?To avoid something similar to that January game, the Badgers hope to not be in the same situation at the end of the game. Instead of hoping to make a last-second shot, Wisconsin will look to dominate from the start.?We want to put ourselves in a position where when we get out to a lead, we take it and build on it,? Stone said. ?We don?t want to put ourselves in a position where we can give them a chance to get back into the game.?Against Michigan, the Badgers will be matched up against a powerful post presence of Phillips and forward Carly Benson. A key for the Badgers will be shutting down the Wolverines? post play similar to the way they stopped Minnesota?s.?Danielle (Ward) has been playing at a really high level,? Banks said. ?If she?s playing and being active, then she?ll give Phillips a run for her money. ? Phillips is gonna score some buckets, but I think Tara, Mariah (Dunham) and Britney (Heins) can defend them.?In its last game against the Wolverines, Wisconsin looked unprepared to stop Phillips and Benson inside and was forced into a close game at the finish. Stone said her team knows what to expect this time around.?We have a much better understanding of personnel this time,? Stone said. ?We know who?s a driver and who?s a shooter. ? As soon as they catch the ball we know what they?re going to do. We need to be more anticipatory this time ? we need to be more reactionary.?While their overall record is not too impressive, the Badgers are 7-2 over their last nine games and have been arguably the hottest team in the conference.?We definitely have to keep fighting,? Banks said. ?We can?t be getting complacent because we?re still playing for something. ? Those three wins last week don?t do us any good if we don?t win these next two.?last_img read more

Women of Troy routed by San Diego State

first_imgThe USC women’s basketball team went on the road for the second time this week and suffered its biggest loss of the season, an 80-46 defeat by San Diego State on Friday.Cold · Senior forward Christina Marinacci shot just 1-for-6 and scored three points against SDSU. She is averaging 6.7 points per game. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanJunior forward Cassie Harberts led the Women of Troy (3-3) with 15 points, five rebounds and three blocks. Sophomore guard Ariya Crook added 11 points for USC, which had no other player score more than four points.Guard Courtney Clements led the Aztecs (4-2) with a season-high 25 points and grabbed six rebounds, while guard Chelsea Hopkins finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and five assists.The game started out close, with the Aztecs leading 23-16 with 8:28 left in the first half. USC would take advantage of opportunities generated by offensive rebounds, cutting the score to 23-20 thanks to consecutive layups by freshman guard Brianna Barrett and senior forward Christina Marinacci. After the last media timeout of the first half, the Aztecs went on a 15-4 run, which included three 3-pointers, putting San Diego State up 38-24 at the half.“We aren’t a tournament team as of right now and we’re trying to be that tournament team,” co-captain Marinacci said last week. “When we play teams that played in the NCAA tournament, it’s gonna be really important for us to get those wins.”Harberts led USC with nine points at the half, while freshman guard Jordan Adams had three rebounds. USC shot 30 percent from the field in the half compared to the Aztecs’ 43 percent.San Diego State continued its hot shooting to start the second half, going on a 5-0 run to extend their lead to 19. After back-to-back jumpers from Harberts and Crook brought the score to 43-28, the Aztecs went on a 13-4 run to jump out to a 56-33 lead. The Aztecs would shoot 50 percent from the field in the second half, including 3-for-5 from behind the arc, and jump out to a 34-point lead, their biggest of the game, with 49 seconds to go. The Women of Troy shot 35 percent in the second half, while making the only 3-pointer attempted in the half.USC committed only 13 turnovers for the second straight game but was unable to overcome shooting 32 percent from the field, including 2 for 11 from behind the arc. The Aztecs shot 46 percent from the field and 38 percent from behind the arc, committing only eight turnovers. San Diego State also out-rebounded the Women of Troy 48-29 (19-10 on the offensive boards), marking the first time USC has been out-rebounded by an opponent all season. Both teams committed at least 14 fouls, with the Women of Troy shooting 8 of 12 from the free-throw line while the Aztecs shot 10 for 18.“Right now, it’s about this year and this group,” said USC associate coach Daron Park last week prior to the contest. “Our team is certainly different from the one last year. San Diego State is certainly different from the one last year also. It’s a great early-season test. We love playing great non-conference opponents.”Redshirt freshman forward Deanna Calhoun and sophomore guard Rachel Totten played their first minutes for USC in the loss. Calhoun picked up three fouls in seven minutes and Totten grabbed a rebound in three minutes. Neither player scored any points.USC looks to bounce back on the road against Fresno State (3-2) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. They will then return to the Galen Center on Dec. 15 at noon against Texas A&M (3-3).last_img read more

Man United’s fastest player this season revealed – and it’s not Daniel James

first_img Source: Manchester Evening News Opta have revealed the fastest Manchester United player based on top speed recorded during the club’s opening 12 Premier League matches.United have some pacey attackers in their ranks, with Daniel James, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford all capable of bursting past their opponents.Similarly, Aaron-Wan Bissaka, Paul Pogba and Axel Tuanzebe are all quick across the ground when competing with their opponents.Summer signing James, who has been described by United legend Ryan Giggs as the fastest player he’s ever seen, boasts a top speed of 35.04/km recorded from a league fixture this season.However, the flying Welshman is left playing second fiddle to one of his United attacking teammates with Marcus Rashford the fastest player in the United squad.The United No.10 has been in impressive form for the Red Devils this season, recording six goals and three assists in 12 Premier League outings.According to data collected by Opta, the Englishman was United’s quickest player in seven of their 12 Premier League outings this season, with James topping the charts in the remaining five fixtures.Rashford has registered the quickest speed of any United player this campaign, hitting a blistering 36.32km/h against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford in August.Here’s a full round-up of the quickest United player in each of their 12 Premier League fixtures this season.Fastest speeds this season (km/h)James vs Chelsea – 33.52Rashford vs Wolves – 33.33Rashford vs Crystal Palace – 36.32James vs Southampton – 34.24James vs Leicester City – 35.02James vs West Ham – 33.82Rashford vs Arsenal – 35.53James vs Newcastle United – 34.09Rashford vs Liverpool – 33.39Rashford vs Bournemouth – 33.67Rashford vs Brighton – 36.15last_img read more

Michigan residents can prevent child abuse using tax return forms

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisLansing, Mich — Michigan tax payers will have the chance to help prevent child abuse when filing their tax returns.A check–off box on the Michigan income tax return form gives residents the option to donate five dollars, ten dollars or more to prevent child abuse. Money raised will support the children’s trust fund. The fund offers help to children and families to promote health and welfare by funding local programs to prevent abuse and neglect.Michael Foley, director of the program, says the generous donations of residents are appreciated. for more information, visit the children’s trust fund campaign page through michigan.gov.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Child Abuse, income tax, MICHIGAN, taxContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Monday, February 11Next Pop-up food pantry coming to Alpena for families in needlast_img read more