20 Oct

High grade dispute

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19 Oct

White House candidates, and a nation, brace for Iowa vote

first_imgMonths into the Democratic nomination marathon, after seven debates, countless rallies, bitter candidate clashes and an impeachment effort to remove the US president, Iowa on Monday holds the first-in-the-nation vote to see who challenges Donald Trump in November.More than two dozen White House hopefuls began the journey, some as early as a year ago. Eleven now remain, exactly nine months from Election Day.Despite the historically diverse field consisting of men and women of color and young candidates with little Washington exposure, the two frontrunners today are septuagenarian white men — Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden — with more than 80 years of political experience between them. The heartland state’s all-important vote will likely whittle the field further as it provides the first verifiable results in a contest deciding the party’s future direction, and its 2020 flagbearer.In a typical election year, Iowa absorbs the country’s full political attention. But this presidential cycle has been anything but normal.Looming over the process is Trump’s impeachment saga, which is coming to a climax on the same week Iowa votes.Three main senator candidates — progressives Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, and moderate Amy Klobuchar — have faced the unprecedented scenario of spending much of the past two weeks tethered to Washington for the impeachment trial, essentially leaving them to campaign in Iowa with one hand tied behind their back. A final vote on Trump’s fate, with acquittal almost certain in the Republican-led Senate, occurs Wednesday.Add January’s military scare with Iran, a stubborn trade war with China, a deadly outbreak of novel coronavirus that has set parts of the world on edge — and US Democratic hopefuls find themselves competing for headlines. Sanders ahead Sanders, running as a democratic socialist, is leading in Iowa. An Emerson College poll of Democratic voters released on the eve of the caucus shows him with 28 percent support, seven points clear of centrist Biden, the former vice president who is the national frontrunner.South Bend, Indiana ex-mayor Pete Buttigieg and Warren are about four points behind Biden in poll averages.Second-tier hopefuls Klobuchar and tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang look to outpace expectations and seize momentum heading into the next contest, in New Hampshire February 11.”This is the most consequential election, certainly in the modern history of this country… and it all begins tomorrow night,” Sanders told supporters Sunday in Iowa City.Similar scenes played out across the state this weekend as candidates made their final frantic push to convince undecided voters that they are best positioned to send the controversial incumbent packing.”I promise you: if you stand with me, we will end Trump’s reign of hatred and division,” Biden said as he rallied 1,100 supporters at a Des Moines middle school.Trump has not stood idly by. The pugnacious president has repeatedly attacked Democrats, and did so Sunday, branding Biden “Sleepy Joe” — his campaign events often lack the pizzazz of rivals — and hurling an epithet at Sanders.”I think he’s a communist,” Trump told Fox News, previewing a likely line of attack were Sanders to win the nomination. Surprises in store? Iowa’s stage is set. At 7:00 pm (0100 GMT Tuesday), nearly 1,700 schools, libraries, churches and other venues welcome the state’s registered Democrats to participate in a quirky, sometimes chaotic American ritual.Unlike secret ballot voting, caucus-goers publicly declare their presidential choice by standing together with other supporters of a candidate.Candidates who reach 15 percent support earn delegates for the nomination race. If a candidate does not meet this threshold after the first alignment of caucus-goers, their supporters can shift to other candidates, a process that potentially can reorder the rankings.Turnout is critical, and candidates and their representatives will seek to persuade voters on issues including health care, taxes and ending Washington corruption.They are also pushing their own electability, as Buttigieg did repeatedly Sunday on the stump and during TV talk shows.”I certainly think that I am better positioned to beat Donald Trump than any of my competitors,” Buttigieg told CNN.A former US Navy reservist who became a mayor at 29, Buttigieg portrays his youth and new ideas as reasons voters should prefer him over the gray-haired Biden, 77, and Sanders, 78.The caucuses could yield major surprises, as one in two Iowa voters claimed still to be undecided.Topics :last_img read more

24 Sep

Alumni Golf

first_imgLater today I will be heading for North Branch Golf Course in New Point for the Batesville Basketball Alumni Annual Golf Outing.  This event was started by Coach Garrett for two reasons:  1) He wanted to give the basketball alumni a reason to get together to renew old friendships and reminisce.  2) To use the proceeds from the event to help the basketball program.It will be fun for me to see some old and not so old faces of players who participated in basketball for Batesville through the years.  Unlike the alumni game which is held in November where young muscles are still needed, this event allows some of the older alumni a chance to participate.  Hope to see you at North Branch!last_img read more

24 Sep

Using saliva to shine cricket ball set to be banned due to COVID-19

first_img At present, the match referee cannot be from the same nation as either of the two teams playing in any of the three international formats, while the two on-field umpires and third umpire must come from neutral countries for Test matches. Given restrictions on travel and quarantine demands put in place in light of the pandemic, it was felt that insisting neutral umpires are flown in is impractical. To support the umpires, the Cricket Committee also suggested an extra video review be given to each team each innings. “We are living through extraordinary times and the recommendations the Committee have made today are interim measures to enable us to safely resume cricket in a way that preserves the essence of our game whilst protecting everyone involved,” said Indian legend Anil Kumble, chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee. read also:ICC invites creative community for a unique cricket contest International cricket has been brought to a standstill by the pandemic, but plans are afoot in England, the United Arab Emirates and elsewhere for it to return behind closed doors. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket Committee has unanimously agreed to recommend applying salvia to the ball to be banned because of the associated risk of spreading the deadly virus. Promoted Content6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Runner Who Makes Elaborate Artwork With His Feet And A MapYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More Dr Peter Harcourt, chairman of the ICC Medical Advisory Committee, offed the Cricket Committee medical advice, which included how the latest research suggests it is unlikely that coronavirus can be transmitted through sweat. Players will therefore be allowed to use sweat when seeking to shine one side of the ball under the recommendations. In the past, players known for having dry palms have frequently been chosen to take the lead on their side’s efforts to shine the ball. The recommendations will be put to the ICC Chief Executives’ Committee next month, when they are expected to be approved. The Cricket Committee also recommended that, as a short-term measure, umpires and match referees from the host nation should be allowed to officiate international matches. Loading… last_img read more

20 Sep

Suspect arrested in stabbing at Jupiter gas station

first_imgPolice have arrested an 18-year-old man that they believe is connected with a stabbing at a Jupiter gas station.Alex Seay of Palm Beach Gardens allegedly stabbed another person during a fight Wednesday night at an Exxon gas station on Indiantown Road, Jupiter police say.The victim was taken to St. Mary’s Medical Center with multiple stab bounds in his stomach and face.Alex Seay was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.Seay was booked into the main Palm Beach County jail, where he was being held on a $20,000 bond.last_img read more

20 Sep

Big Lobster Croquet Tournament set for Sept. 9-13

first_imgELLSWORTH — Woodlawn Museum will hold its Big Lobster Invitational Croquet Tournament from Wednesday, Sept. 9, through Sunday, Sept. 13.The tournament, sponsored by the Woodlawn Croquet Program, includes five days of spirited croquet play on the coast of Maine. Spectators are welcome.The tournament, also known as “the Big Lobster,” includes a unique blend of six- and nine-wicket competition in various Downeast Maine settings that offer views of Acadia National Park and Maine lobster.The “Big Lobster” is a favorite of many players and attracts some top-notch croquet players from the United States and Canada.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“It is a very unique tournament in that it uses both nine-wicket doubles and six-wicket singles play,” said Woodlawn Croquet participant and tournament manager Perry Mattson. “The nine-wicket doubles uses a variation of the Claremont Hotel Classic Tournament rules and is similar to the backyard version of nine wicket croquet played for years by many families. The six-wicket singles uses the American rules.”The event opens with a reception and barbecue for the players on Tuesday evening, Sept. 8. The first two days of the tournament are the nine-wicket rounds and will be played in Southwest Harbor.The six-wicket rounds will be at Woodlawn starting on Friday morning, Sept. 11. The six wicket championship games will be held Sunday, Sept. 13, ending around 2 p.m.This year, in addition to Maine players, participants also will come from Arkansas, Oklahoma, Florida, Missouri, Maryland, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Canada and the Virgin Islands.All are competing for the bragging rights to be named a Big Lobster Champion.The Big Lobster Croquet tournament was first organized in the 1990s by Larry Stettner, a founding member of Woodlawn Croquet and a resident of Southwest Harbor.For information or questions, contact Stettner at 266-2733 or email larryorfran@yahoo.com or tournament manager Perry Mattson at 667-9335 or newburyneckshore@gmail.com.last_img read more

19 Sep

Cricket News Rishabh Pant shatters batting records in century at Sydney vs Australia

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rishabh Pant shattered some records when he blasted his second century on day 2 of the fourth and final Test against Australia in Sydney. Pant let his bat do the talking as he boosted India towards a massive total. Pant’s century shattered plenty of records for an Indian wicketkeeper and his exploits have taken India one step closer to achieving a rare Test series against Australia in a series Down Under. The Delhi keeper shattered a new world record for wicketkeepers as he took his 20th catch of the series between India and Australia during the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. In Adelaide, he took the joint-most number of catches in a Test with 11, equaling the mark set by England’s Jack Russell and South Africa’s AB de Villiers.However, in Sydney, he created plenty of batting records. Pant became the first Indian wicketkeeper in history to score a century in a Test in Australia. The previous best was 89 by Farokh Engineer in the first Test in Adelaide in 1967. With his second century, Pant became the first Indian keeper ever to hit two centuries overseas. His previous century was in The Oval Test against England when he hit 114. Wriddhiman Saha, Vijay Manjrekar and Ajay Ratra have hit centuries in West Indies while MS Dhoni hit 148 in Pakistan. Things got better for Pant as he blasted a maiden 150, becoming the first Indian keeper and 12th overall to score 150+ in an overseas Test.Read More | Rishabh Pant, ace sledger, blasts second ton in Sydney TestIn his knock of 114, Pant also became the first Indian keeper to hit a century in England. The previous best was by Dhoni in 2007 when he blasted 92 at The Oval in a series where only Anil Kumble was the lone centurion. Pant joins an elite list of wicketkeepers who has scored more than two centuries in overseas Tests. Moin Khan and Mushfiqur Rahim are the others who have achieved this feat.Read More | India vs Australia, live cricket score: Pant 2nd ton, Jadeja hits 50Pant’s achievement in Sydney is staggering considering the fact that he is the only Asian keeper to have hit a century Down Under. His century, combined with his fine keeping and sledging, has put India on course for a famous series win Down Under.In this series, he has been involved in an epic sledging contest with Tim Paine, the Australian captain. When Paine came to the crease in Melbourne, Pant said, “We got a special guest today. Have you ever heard of a temporary captain, ever, Mayank (Agarwal)? You don’t need anything to get him out, boy. He loves to talk, that’s the only thing he can do, boy! Only, talking, talking, talking,” Pant retorted in grand style. last_img read more

19 Sep

E. Michigan seeks revenge on Ball State

first_imgSTEPPING UP: Tahjai Teague has put up 14.8 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for the Cardinals. Ishmael El-Amin is also a primary contributor, putting up 14 points per game. The Eagles have been led by Boubacar Toure, who is averaging 10.8 points and 9.1 rebounds.CREATING OFFENSE: Jarron Coleman has made or assisted on 42 percent of all Ball State field goals over the last five games. The sophomore guard has accounted for 25 field goals and 20 assists in those games.SCORING THRESHOLDS: Ball State is 0-8 when opposing teams score 70 or more points. Eastern Michigan is a perfect 8-0 when its offense scores at least 69 points and has averaged 70.7 points per game over its last three.THREAT FROM DISTANCE: Eastern Michigan’s Thomas Binelli has attempted 131 3-pointers and connected on 31.3 percent of them, and is 10 for 26 over his past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The Eastern Michigan defense has allowed only 62.1 points per game to opponents, which is the 22nd-lowest figure in the country. The Ball State offense has put up just 69.1 points through 26 games (ranked 218th among Division I teams). ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com February 20, 2020 Associated Press center_img E. Michigan seeks revenge on Ball State Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditEastern Michigan (15-11, 5-8) vs. Ball State (14-12, 7-6)John E. Worthen Arena, Muncie, Indiana; Saturday, 1 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Eastern Michigan seeks revenge on Ball State after dropping the first matchup in Ypsilanti. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 14, when the Cardinals outshot Eastern Michigan 42.6 percent to 32.1 percent and had five fewer turnovers on their way to a 69-52 victory.last_img read more

17 Sep

Trojans still with Gibson

first_imgHe might be playing professional basketball about 2,000 miles from his old college stomping grounds, but, at heart Chicago Bulls rookie Taj Gibson is still very much a USC Trojan.Surprise success · Former Trojan Taj Gibson, pictured here last year against California, was selected 26th overall by the Bulls in the 2009 NBA draft with few expectations. Gibson has surprised critics and played well. – Daily Trojan file photo“I miss going to class, meeting new people everyday and the games at the Galen Center,” Gibson said before a recent game against the Los Angeles Clippers. “I miss it a lot.”Gibson still carries a backpack, but, instead of holding school supplies, the bright pink backpack Gibson is forced to wear by his teammates as a form of NBA rookie initiation is designed to serve as a constant reminder that he is merely a first-year player.Gibson might only be a rookie, but he is not playing like one. He has started the majority of the Bulls’ games and is ranked second among NBA rookies in rebounds per game. He was also selected to play in the annual T-Mobile Rookie Challenge Game during All-Star Weekend.“Taj really brings energy,” Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said. “He is someone who plays hard, gets rebounds and knows how to score.”Part of the reason Gibson has been able to have such an immediate impact in the NBA is because he played for three years at USC under coach Tim Floyd, who was a head coach in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Hornets.“Going to USC got me mentally and physically prepared. [Coach Tim Floyd] taught me a lot about the NBA style of play,” Gibson said. “It is a big adjustment. You have to play against different guys, pay attention to details and take care of your body.”When the Bulls drafted Gibson with the 26th pick in the first round of the 2009 NBA draft, Gibson left behind an extensive legacy at USC. He helped the Trojans achieve school records with three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and 20-win seasons. Gibson was the 2009 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year. He finished his career as USC’s all-time leader in blocked shots and second on USC’s all-time rebounding list.“[Gibson] was a [three] year player at USC, which helped his maturity coming into the league,” Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said. “He is a great kid. He is always bringing effort. He will make a number of mistakes because he is young, but it is not for a lack of effort or intensity.”USC’s streak of three consecutive NCAA tournament appearances will end this season as a result of self-imposed sanctions, stemming from NCAA rule violations involving Gibson’s former USC teammate, O.J. Mayo.“I was kind of pissed,” Gibson said about his reaction to the sanctions. “I was really upset because half of the guys there this year did not have anything to do with that. There are a bunch of new guys. I felt especially bad for the seniors.”When Gibson has been in town to play against the Los Angeles Lakers or Clippers, he has gone to the Galen Center to see his former teammates.“I saw them on campus the other day,” Gibson said. “They are still keeping their heads high, trying to win the Pac-10. The team is good. They have a bunch of good players that will have a bright future in the NBA. It is a shame that, when everybody finally got healthy, they announced the sanctions.”The post positions have been an area of strength for this year’s Trojans, largely because of the experience that the players gained from competing with Gibson in practice last season.“Practicing against Taj helped me a lot,” USC forward Nikola Vucevic said. “In the beginning, when I was guarding him, there was not a lot I could do to stop him. He is a great player, and he is strong. Over time, I was able to stop him a little more. We used to play one-on-one during practice, and he would play hard, push me and foul me. It really helped me improve.”Anyone who believed distance is weakening the bond between Gibson and USC would be mistaken.“I am really looking forward to football season and seeing what [coach Lane] Kiffin is going to do,” Gibson said.To hear Seth Rubinroit’s full interview with Taj Gibson, click here.last_img read more