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Joe Biden easily wins Florida Democratic primary

first_imgFormer vice president Joe Biden easily won the Florida primary on Tuesday, widening his lead over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, TV networks said.Biden had a huge lead over Sanders with most of the vote counted in Florida, the largest of three states holding primaries on Tuesday under the shadow of the coronavirus outbreak, CNN and MSNBC said.With 87 percent of the precincts reporting, Biden, a 77-year-old centrist, was leading Sanders, a 78-year-old self-described democratic socialist, by 61 percent to 22 percent. Biden also tops the polls in the other two states voting Tuesday — Arizona and Illinois.Victories there could give him an all-but insurmountable lead over Sanders in the race to decide who will top the Democratic ticket against President Donald Trump in November.A fourth state — Ohio — had also been scheduled to hold a primary on Tuesday but Governor Mike DeWine declared a “health emergency” because of coronavirus and voting was postponed.The coronavirus outbreak is also expected to have had a significant impact on turnout in Florida, Arizona and Illinois.Topics :last_img read more

How a 16,000-strong religious gathering led Malaysia to lockdown

first_imgA National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) officer wearing a hazardous materials suit walks through a health screening area of the Air Disaster Unit (ADA) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, Malaysia, on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (Bloomberg/Samsul Said)Religion and race are closely linked in Malaysia where one must profess to be Muslim to belong to the Malay majority. Both issues play a central role in the nation’s politics, with the latest power struggle pitting former premier Mahathir Mohamad’s multiracial coalition against Malay Muslim-majority parties backing Muhyiddin Yassin, who insisted that he is prime minister to all in his first televised speech. The country maintains a range of preferential policies, including housing and education quotas, for Malays and indigenous people.Malaysia’s handling of the outbreak has been complicated by the political upheaval in late February. While former leader Mahathir is a veteran with more than two decades spent as prime minister in two stints, Muhyiddin is only weeks into the role with a cabinet composed of many first-time ministers including for the health portfolio.Representatives for the prime minister’s office and the health ministry weren’t immediately available for comment. The struggle to contain infections linked to a religious gathering has led Malaysia to resort to sweeping restrictions on people’s movement, underscoring the challenge of upholding religious rights in fighting a pandemic.More than half of the country’s 673 confirmed cases, the most in Southeast Asia, were linked to an event that ran from Feb. 27 to March 1 attended by about 16,000 people at a mosque near Kuala Lumpur. Neighboring countries Singapore and Brunei have also reported cases that could be traced back to the gathering. A 34-year-old Malaysian man who attended the event died on Tuesday, one of only two fatalities in the country.Amid a global pandemic where social distancing is a key tool in the fight against its spread, the avoidance of large gatherings is challenging attitudes to religious and other freedoms. While Singapore immediately shut all mosques for cleaning, Malaysia was slower. The Muslim majority country had to secure a series of approvals from Islamic leaders and navigate the authority wielded by its 13 states. Health authorities also struggled to track down those who were at the gathering, echoing the challenge faced by South Korean authorities. People line-up buy a ticket at the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Tuesday, March. 17, 2020. (Bloomberg/Samsul Said)Border closuresPolitical sensitivities surrounding closure of places of worship starts to fade as the outbreak becomes a global concern, said Awang Azman Awang Pawi, an associate professor who studies socio-culture in University of Malaya.“More important is whether the new government is successful in its measures within these two weeks,” he said. “If it fails, it will be blamed for having a weak strategy to counter the virus.”When Singapore closed its mosques on Thursday, Malaysia stopped short of canceling mass Friday prayers. Mosques were instead asked to shorten sermons and provide face masks while those with symptoms of the illness were exempt, instead of banned, from attending prayers.It was only on Sunday, after the number of cases surged by 80%, that the government held a special meeting with Islamic leaders. They agreed to call off all activities at mosques for 10 days, then had to seek the approval of Malaysia’s king before announcing the decision the following day.The order was effective immediately in the country’s federal territories, which includes the capital Kuala Lumpur and offshore financial hub Labuan, but religious leaders in each of the nation’s 13 states retained the prerogative to decide on the implementation.Late on Monday, Muhyiddin announced sweeping bans on incoming visitors and Malaysians traveling overseas, as well as widespread closures of shops, schools, some public services and all places of worship — except for mosques and prayer houses known as surau, which must follow the Sunday agreement of Islamic leaders.Vehicles line up to enter Singapore from Johor on the Woodlands Causeway, hours before Malaysia imposes a lockdown on travel due to the coronavirus outbreak March 17, 2020. (REUTERS/Edgar Su)On Tuesday evening, hours before the border closures, thousands of its citizens drove across the causeway to neighboring Singapore, where many commute to work each day. Across the country, people rushed to take buses and trains to return to their hometowns after the police said it would require special permits for interstate travel — an order it rescinded hours later.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Garuda plans to open direct flights to Bali from US, France, India to boost tourism

first_imgUnder the plan, Bali, Indonesia’s long-time main tourism hub, would be the entry point for tourists, not the capital Jakarta.“We’ll also fit the schedule to accommodate tourists with morning arrivals and evening departures, so they can spend most of their time on the island,” Irfan added.Tourism has been one of the sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 outbreak. Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport saw an almost 100 percent decrease in foreign tourist arrivals in May, compared to the same month last year, while Indonesia saw a 86.9 percent dip in overall foreign tourist visits in May, welcoming 163,646 tourists, compared to May 2019.Bali’s airport accounted for more than half of foreign tourist arrivals via air gates and 38 percent of overall foreign tourist arrivals in 2019, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show.It is also high on the wish lists of many holidaymakers seeking to travel after the pandemic. According to Dutch online ticketing company Booking.com, Bali was listed among the most desirable tourist destinations by people in lockdown around the world in March and April.Garuda itself saw a 30 percent year-on-year slump in revenue to US$768.12 million in the first quarter from $1.1 billion in the same period last year. As a consequence, it booked a $120 million loss compared to the $20.48 million profit recorded in the January to March period of 2019.The airline launched a direct flight between Mumbai and Denpasar in 2018, which was later closed in 2019.Topics : National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia plans to open direct flights to Denpasar, Bali, from the United States, France and India in an attempt to boost the country’s tourism that has been battered by the pandemic.The direct flights will connect Bali with American cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco and Indian cities like Mumbai and New Delhi as well as France. The airline is currently in talks with the State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Ministry and the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry regarding the plan, according to Garuda president director Irfan Setiaputra.“Garuda and the Tourism Ministry have agreed that the only way to boost foreign tourist visits is by introducing direct flights to Denpasar. Hopefully, we can make it through this crisis and start direct flights from countries that have large spending capabilities,” he said during a hearing with House of Representatives’ Commission X overseeing tourism on Tuesday.last_img read more

Arsenal set to miss out on signing Yannick Carrasco

first_imgArsenal set to miss out on signing Yannick Carrasco Carrasco is keen to leave Chinese club Dalian Yifang (Getty Images)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 CityAdvertisementAdvertisement‘It’s very unlikely he’ll move, as Dalian Yifang have formally taken him off the market,’ Pastorello told Sky Sport Italia.‘His name could be back in the headlines over the summer.‘In truth, the negotiations never really started. There were some shows of interest from Italy, but we never went beyond that.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 31 Jan 2019 9:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Arsenal have held talks to sign Yannick Carrasco (Getty Images)Arsenal are set to miss out on signing Yannick Carrasco as the Belgian winger has been taken off the market by Chinese club Dalian Yifang.The Gunners are looking to sign a new winger and have targeted moves for both Carrasco and Inter’s Ivan Perisic.Perisic had asked to leave Inter but the Serie A club are not willing to approve a loan deal, so Arsenal are unable to sign the Croatia international this month.Carrasco, meanwhile, is keen to leave China and Arsenal have been in talks with Dalian Yifang over a potential loan deal this week.ADVERTISEMENTBut Federico Pastorello, who is an intermediary who has worked on behalf of AC Milan and Inter, claims the Belgium international will not be moving before Thursday’s 11pm deadline. Commentlast_img read more

Life expectancy could break through 120-year ceiling, ABP warns

first_imgABP cited a growing need among Dutch workers for clear and tailor-made information, not only from pension funds but also employers, and pointed to an increasing focus on cost reduction – particularly by asset managers – facilitated by increasing transparency.As a consequence, pension funds are already divesting from high-cost asset classes, such as hedge funds and private equity, ABP said, adding that low-cost pension vehicles were emerging, and that pension arrangements were likely to be simplified and made more uniform.The Netherlands’ largest pension fund also warned that increasing “individualisation” in society, combined with an ageing population, was putting pressure on the much-touted principles of collectivity and solidarity, and that the call for freedom of choice for pension accrual was getting louder.However, it argued that a thorough explanation of the material advantages of collectivity and solidarity could help reverse this trend, and that improved management of individuals’ data could help produce tailor-made pension products.ABP said it expected the government to decrease tax-facilitated pensions accrual further, resulting in participants looking for additional pension saving.This, in turn, will accelerate the development of defined contribution products, it said.The civil service scheme, which has 2.8m participants, underlined that pension funds must also prepare for increasing flexibility in the labour market, with more job changes and more self-employed workers.ABP said population ageing would require an increasingly defensive investment mix, with lower expected returns, and warned that the growing mobility of capital would weaken the benefits of diversification.Consolidation among Dutch pension funds is to continue apace, particularly among company schemes, while cost-cutting on pension arrangements and the increase in the official retirement age will increase the “uniformity” of pension plans, it said.“There could be no more than 100 pension funds left in 2020,” it said. Dutch pension funds must prepare themselves for ever-increasing longevity, possibly even through the “120-year ceiling”, following improved medical techniques, according to civil service scheme ABP.Commenting on a number of trends likely to affect the industry in the coming years, ABP said pension funds must look at ways of spreading the effects of longevity evenly across the generations.The €334bn pension fund also highlighted the growing importance of socially responsible  investment and said it was convinced that including ESG factors could help improve investment results.“Factoring in ESG,” it said, “will lead to improved transparency of investments from both pension funds and companies they invest in, possibly resulting in less complex investments or specific sustainable investments.”last_img read more

Tougher laws on sexual exploitation of children

first_imgStuff co.nz 2 April 2015Sexual exploitation of children will be punished more severely after a new law passed a final parliamentary hurdle.Those found to have supplied, distributed or made an “objectionable material” face a maximum 14 years in prison, up from 10.The penalty for possession, import and export also increases, from five years to 10.And those convicted of a child exploitation material offence will almost certainly go to jail, under the Objectionable Publications and Indecency Legislation Bill.The bill also targets paedophiles who attempt to “groom” under-16s online by establishing a new offence of “indecent communication with a young person”.It will apply to texts, verbal and any other communications.And it closes a legal loophole, ensuring that Kiwis who assist foreigners in sexual exploitation of children overseas can be prosecuted here.Justice Minister Amy Adams said the new law, which was supported by all parties,  sent “a clear message that activities which sexually exploit children are abhorrent and will not be tolerated”.It would work to protect children who were often re-victimised by the knowledge that images of their abuse could be shared over the internet for years to come, she said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/67601695/tougher-laws-on-sexual-exploitation-of-childrenlast_img read more

Antique kicks off Children’s Month celebration

first_imgCepe urged local officials to allocatefunds for projects that will make their barangays and institutionschild-friendly.       The Child Development Pre-SchoolCongress will be held on the 3rd week of November to showcase the talents ofyoung children.  Juliana Cepe, provincial planning anddevelopment coordinator, emphasized the need to pursue children’s rights andthe implementation of an ordinance that will ensure the participation,protection, survival, and development of children.          There will also be advocacy sessionsfor children of overseas Filipino workers and student leaders on various topicssuch as cyber-crime, mental health/expression, financial literacy, andmigration realities, among other topics.(Witha report from PIA-Antique/PN) Other activities for the Children’sMonth include a quiz contest, poster-making contest and disaster simulationexercise in some selected schools. In the observance of the children’s month, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Antique has approved Provincial Ordinance No. 2019-184 enacting the 2019 Children’s Code on Monday, emphasizing the need to pursue children’s rights. WALL STREET INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE Since then, the presentation of theState of the Children’s Report, to be delivered by Gov. Rhodora Cadiao on Nov.29, was made an annual undertaking of the provincial government.   The provincial government here hasbeen actively working on the development of its child-friendly communities wayback in 2000, during the implementation of Country Program for Children wherethe province was the pilot area of the United Nations Children’s Fund. SAN JOSE, Antique – The SangguniangPanlalawigan here has approved Provincial Ordinance No. 2019-184 enacting the2019 Children’s Code on Monday in the observance of the children’s month.  last_img read more

Clay County canceled for tonight

first_imgSPENCER, Iowa (July 8) – Due to wet track conditions, tonight’s (Friday) races at the Clay County Fair Speedway have been canceled.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing action will continue next Friday with the Arnold Motor Supply Crank It Up Clash. Both Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars race for $1,000 and four Hoosier tires.If not already vote eligible, the Modified winner will be added to the ballot for the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational.last_img

Martin extends Norwich stay

first_img “Since I first arrived here it has gone unbelievably well and I feel really settled in the area. “I am happy playing for this club and I have got a great relationship with the players, staff and the supporters, and I’m just delighted to be here for another three years.” Norwich manager Chris Hughton feels the move repays the player for his services in helping keep the club in the Premier League again last season. “It is about players earning a new deal and I am delighted to be extending Russell Martin’s contract,” said Hughton. “Russ has played his full part not just in helping us to achieve our finishing position last season, but of course in the club’s massive successes over the previous three seasons and he has certainly earned his new contract.” Scotland international Martin, 27, joined Norwich from Peterborough in January 2010 following a successful loan spell and was an integral part of the side which secured promotion to the top flight under former manager Paul Lambert. “I am extremely delighted – everyone knows how I feel about playing for this football club,” Martin said on www.canaries.co.uk. Press Associationcenter_img Norwich defender Russell Martin has signed a new three-year contract.last_img read more

Lough leads Drinmore contenders

first_img Press Association John Kiely’s Galway Plate winner Carlingford Lough is one of eight possibles for Sunday’s Bar One Racing Drinmore Novice Chase at Fairyhouse. Henry De Bromhead has always spoken of Sizing Rio in glowing terms and his two wins over fences have also come with the minimum of fuss. Don Cossack lost little in defeat behind Morning Assembly and his fellow Gordon Elliott-trained runner Shrapnel sets a decent standard, too. Clar Na Mionn and Gold Bullet may also run. center_img The seven-year-old nearly defied a 14lb higher mark in the Kerry National when second to White Star Line and is now rated 150. Dessie Hughes’ Art Of Logistics has won both of his outings this term while Noel Meade’s Road To Riches claimed victory on his chasing debut at Naas. last_img read more