GOP worries Trump may hurt Georgia Senate battle

first_img– Advertisement – Republicans are concerned that President Donald Trump‘s refusal to concede the presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden could have negative consequences in the battle over control the U.S. Senate, Axios’ co-founder Mike Allen told CNBC on Friday.“The conversations I have, Republicans are very worried that this foot dragging is going to hurt the real next fight,” Allen said in a “Squawk Box” interview. Instead, Allen added, they to “keep the eye on the prize, which is the two Georgia runoffs on Jan. 5.”- Advertisement – A GOP victory in only of those contests, Allen noted, would mean that Republicans would hold onto their Senate majority. Should Democrats win both Georgia seats, splitting the Senate down the middle, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris would end up holding the tie-breaking vote.“It’s very possible Republicans win both of those seats,” said Allen, a veteran Washington journalist who co-founded Politico before going on to launch Axios in January 2017. “They only need one for Mitch McConnell to stay the majority leader, but Republicans don’t want the distraction of money and attention from the president not conceding.”On Thursday, Allen reported in his widely read morning newsletter that Trump was considering launching a digital media company after his presidency, with the intention of rivaling Fox News. While Trump has leaned on the conservative friendly cable channel to reach voters, Allen said Trump has become increasingly upset with the network, evidenced by Thursday’s flurry of tweets and retweets pitching alternatives to Fox News.- Advertisement – Republicans currently hold a 50-48 seat advantage in the Senate, according to NBC News projections. The two openings are in Georgia, where the race between GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler and Democrat Raphael Warnock is going to a runoff on Jan. 5, because neither candidate secured 50% of the vote in last week’s general election. Republican Sen. David Perdue and Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff also look like they are headed to a runoff, but NBC News has yet to make an official call.The races carry significant implications for policymaking in Washington because two Democratic victories would give the party control of the Senate — along with the House and presidency. Republican pollster Frank Luntz told CNBC earlier this week that they are “the most important Senate elections in modern times.”Trump has yet to concede the presidential election to Biden, after various media organizations, including NBC News, projected the Democrat as the winner on Saturday. Trump’s campaign has been pursing a flurry of election-related lawsuits in states related to the voting process or the vote counting. Additionally, despite the president’s baseless claims, there is no evidence that widespread voter fraud occurred to advantage Biden.- Advertisement – “The president is seriously looking at is a direct-to-consumer play … where he would connect directly with his fans out there, who would pay a monthly fee,” Allen told CNBC. “Whether he starts something himself or works with an existing player like Newsmax or another conservative player, the idea is to connect directly with those fans, and let’s face it. The president needs money and he will have time. This addresses both of those.”last_img read more

Garden of England offers many paths to markets

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‘Exhausted’: Doctors at China’s virus epicenter overworked and unprotected

first_imgDoctors on the frontline of China’s new coronavirus epidemic are facing a daunting task: treat an ever-growing number of infected patients and risk getting infected themselves due to a drastic shortage of masks and other protective equipment.Tired and understaffed, medical workers have had to deal with thousands of new cases per week in Wuhan, the city at the epicenter of the outbreak that first emerged late last year.Many doctors have had to see patients without proper masks or protective body suits, resorting to reusing the same equipment when they should be changed regularly. Some have even worn diapers to avoid having to take off the equipment and make it last longer, according to a health official.One doctor at a community clinic in Wuhan said he and at least 16 other colleagues were showing symptoms similar to the new virus, including lung infections and coughing.”As doctors, we do not want to work while being a source of infection,” he told AFP, requesting anonymity for fear of reprisals.But “right now, there is no one to replace you,” the doctor explained, adding that all medical staff without a fever are expected to work. Topics :center_img “What would happen if there was no one working on the frontline?”Some 44 percent of the 42,600 cases nationwide — and the majority of more than 1,100 deaths — have been in Wuhan, home to a wild animal market where the virus is suspected of having originated before spreading between humans.The risks medical staff are facing was highlighted on Friday after Li Wenliang, a whistleblowing doctor in Wuhan, succumbed to the disease more than a month after he first raised alarm about a new SARS-like virus in the city.His death unleashed an outpouring of grief and anger on Chinese social media, with 10 academics in Wuhan circulating an open letter calling for political reform and freedom of speech.Mask deficit The deputy mayor of Wuhan said on Friday the city faced a daily shortage of 56,000 N95 masks and 41,000 protective suits.Medical staff in protective suits will “wear diapers, reduce how much water they drink, and reduce how many times they use the bathroom,” said Jiao Yahui, a top official at China’s National Health Commission.Some of them will wear the same protective suit for six or even nine hours, when they should not be worn for more than four hours in a quarantined ward, she said last week.”Of course, we don’t advocate this method, but medical staff really have no alternative,” she admitted.The Chinese government has responded by mobilizing the entire country to increase production of masks and suits.As of Monday, three-quarters of mask and suit producers had resumed work following an extended Lunar New Year holiday, said Cong Liang, an official at China’s top economic planner.China has also imported more than 300 million masks and about 3.9 million articles of protective clothing since January 24, an official said last week.The Red Cross Society of China too has received over 900 million Yuan ($129 million) in donations for epidemic relief — though it has drawn scrutiny for its lack of transparency and efficiency.”Even if we receive more masks, the number of patients increases even faster,” said a doctor at a major Wuhan hospital, who requested anonymity because she was not authorized to speak with media.Each doctor or nurse uses two to four masks each day, she explained.”The consumption of masks in the hospital is enormous,” she emphasized. “They have a permanent lack of masks.”Doctors have also been forced to don makeshift hazmat suits, which are not adequate protection against the virus, said Xu Yuan, a 34-year-old in the US who donated $5,000 in protective equipment to former classmates working at Wuhan hospitals.”As soon as he put it on, [the suit] cracked because it was too small for him,” she said, describing a friend in Wuhan — who was also forced to wear the same hazmat suit for five days.”Everyday, he disinfects it after use,” she told AFP.”He said it may have been useless, but it is still better than nothing.”Calls for helpHandling the daily deluge of new cases takes another kind of toll too, said the doctor at the large hospital in Wuhan, whose colleagues are handling confirmed cases of virus patients.”They are exhausted,” she told AFP. One of her colleagues, for instance, works at a clinic that receives 400 patients within eight hours.Many are dealing with patients “who die very quickly, whom they have not managed to save,” she said.”They have a lot of pressure,” the doctor said, adding that her hospital had set up psychological monitoring.Many Wuhan residents are worried, too, said the doctor at the community clinic.He and his colleagues receive calls from distressed community members, he said — some of whom are too afraid to leave their homes.”You can hear their calls for help, but your hands are tied,” the doctor said, describing families where patients are stuck at home without medical treatment. “There’s nothing we can do.”last_img read more

Generali Investments splits to create LDI specialist arm

first_img“This objective will be achieved through an innovative investment offering and skilled distribution capabilities,” the company said.Portfolio management at GIP would be based on the development of unconstrained and distinctive investment strategies, “leveraging on both internal and external expertise, the latter through the acquisition of specialised investment boutiques”, the company said.Last month, Generali backed the launch of Aperture Investors , an equity and credit manager with a self-described “disruptive” fee structure.Carlo Trabattoni has been appointed chief executive of GIP. He joined last year from Schroders, where he was head of retail sales for Europe.GIH, meanwhile, will continue to be led by its current chief executive Dominique Clair.In the statement, the Trieste-headquartered firm said: “The goal of this change is to further improve Generali Investments’ ability to align with the needs of investors, and to help clients achieve their investment objectives.”It said specialisation, efficiency and innovation were important in the financial sector at a time of “continuous evolution” both in the market and the regulatory framework.“With a business model based on specialisation, where each of the companies operates in clearly defined areas of competence, Generali Investments aims to best respond to different clients’ needs with dedicated skills, experienced professionals and advanced technological tools,” the company said.Generali ran €8.5bn in European institutional assets at the end of 2017, according to IPE’s Top 400 Asset Managers survey. The company ranked 36th in terms of global assets under management with €463bn. Italy’s largest asset manager is splitting in two in a revamp aimed at emphasising its specialisations.Generali Investments, the asset management business owned by Italy’s biggest insurance company, Assicurazioni Generali, yesterday said it had separated into Generali Insurance Asset Management (GIAM) and Generali Investments Partners (GIP). Support functions for both entities are provided by Generali Investments Holding (GIH), the company announced.GIAM will build on its experience of managing the assets of the Generali group, insurance companies and pension funds, offering liability driven investment (LDI) products and services. It is led up by Santo Borsellino, previously chief executive of Generali Investments Europe.Meanwhile GIP is designed to be the asset manager’s “growth engine”, aiming to expand the number of third party clients and its assets under management.last_img read more

Dominican rapper “Kayyo” releases mix tape

first_img Share 516 Views   12 comments Sharing is caring! Tweet EntertainmentLocalNews Dominican rapper “Kayyo” releases mix tape by: – March 22, 2012center_img Share Jordan “Kayo” George.A nineteen year old Dominican-born rapper and producer Jordan “Kayyo” George has released his second mix tape entitled “Remember Me” as his goal is to make a name for himself in the music industry.George who is originally from Castle Bruce began writing his own music at the age of 13, but grew to love hip hop music.He said his love for music was influenced by his brothers; Gerome “Jaffa” George and Kalvin “Yaga” George who are also involved in the music industry.Although he is still a student, George is able to manage his time effectively between his studies and music.The mix tape features Kayyo on songs with guest artist appearances from Rimz, Choeb, and Remie-D and also includes a special bonus track, Kayyo’s cover of Frank Ocean’s “Novacane”.His previous mix tapes were “Constellation,” in collaboration with Jamie “Rimz” Pollock, and now “Remember Me,” which is his first major solo project.The mix tape is presented by Coast 2 Coast in association with G-Shine Records and is available for free download.George believes that with the goals which he has set for himself that he will one day be “one of the artists who make history”.“Remember Me” is available for free streaming and download at: Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

‘Be fair to Garvin’ defence counsel begged jurors

first_img Share 32 Views   one comment Share Court gavel.Defence counsel Wayne Norde who represents Garvin George begged jurors to “be fair to Gavin” when the trial resumed on Thursday morning at the High Court of Justice.It is the prosecution’s contention that Garvin George fatally stabbed Julien Junior Joseph of Vieille Case with a scissors in Calibishie on February 5th, 2010.The state through the Director of Public Prosecutions, Gene Pestaina called eight witnesses on Wednesday, leading evidence that George confronted Joseph about an issue with a villager’s daughter and a fight ensued.One other witness who allegedly separated the fight, Yolanda “Binky” Carbon who testified for the state during the preliminary investigation and the first trial at the High Court last year, failed to attend Court on Thursday.Police constable Alvin Bazil who is attached to the office of the DPP and responsible for serving witnesses with summons to attend Court, explained to the Court that he had made several attempts to locate the witness.According to him, he went to Calibishie twice where he found her mother and sister, he visited the Calibishie Police Station where he sought assistance from these officers, visited the villages of Mahaut, Trafalgar and Jimmit where he was told she lived but these efforts were futile. The state then closed its case as Carbon was unavailable to testify.For the defence, the Defendant then chose to give an unsworn statement from the dock in which he explained that on Friday February 5th, 2010 he was “sitting by himself when Junior came and we were talking about Neefia’s daughter. He became offended and came up to my face. He had a scissors in his hand, I asked him to take it easy. He jack me, I jack him back then we began wrestling and we end up in a neighbor’s yard. In wrestling I managed to get the scissors from him and I made a wild blow defending myself. While doing so the scissors fell. He gave me a punch in my jaw. When my cousin Anderson see that he came and separated us and Junior left. I was unaware of his condition; I had no intentions of causing any harm to Junior. I was only defending myself on that day and I am very sorry for the loss of Junior. I had no intentions. I’m very sorry.”In his closing arguments, Pestaina told the jurors that they “cannot believe” the defendant’s version of self defence as he was the one who provoked Joseph when he confronted him, and pursued him even after Joseph ran away in an attempt “to avoid him”.“Self defence is very easy to say but it must make sense and it must not dwivay,” Pestaina told the jurors.“If you believe your life was in danger then you must defend yourself against an attack, but to provoke someone and then attack them cannot be self defence,” Pestaina further explained. According to him the defendant “must have loosed his cool” and the force he used against Joseph was “unlawful, unreasonable and unacceptable”.He argued further that the defence sought to make Joseph seem like a “bare back, tattoo bearing vieux negre with earrings and riding motorcycle and he deserved to die but the person who killed him was a nice fella. That’s not correct.”Norde on the other hand urged the jurors that they should “be fair” to Garvin as the investigating officer and the state failed to do so.He told them that Garvin had “nothing to prove to you” as it is the duty of the prosecution to convince you that he killed Joseph.“Make the determination on the evidence, be brave, you have to feel good about yourself, your conscience has to be clear,” Norde urged the jurors.According to him the only witness of the state who saw what happened Clement George, supported their argument that Garvin was defending himself as Joseph “struck the first blow”.He admitted that his client confronted Joseph but that his client was not the one who hit him first.“He [Joseph] jacked him, he kicked him and he [Garvin] defended himself, we are strongly contesting that Garvin was defending himself”.Norde explained to the jurors that it was his client’s “constitutional right” to choose to give an unsworn statement and this should not be taken away from him.“This case is full of holes; big carnival weekend at Toga’s Bar a popular place in Calibishie and the prosecutor brings one witness but want you to make inferences? This is a serious case; it’s not a joke. Take your time and consider the evidence and come back with a fair verdict that is not guilty, consider that Garvin was defending himself,” Norde concluded.Justice Brian Cottle will give directions to the jury when court resumes on Friday.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img LocalNews ‘Be fair to Garvin’ defence counsel begged jurors by: – May 31, 2012 Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

Local Hunters In The Woods This Weekend

first_imgMike Eckstein, of Batesville, got a buck  on the first day of firearms season Saturday.The most popular phase of Indiana deer hunting kicked off this weekend with firearms season, and it serves as a reminder to hunters: Follow the rules, practice ethical hunting behavior, and have an enjoyable, safe time in the woods.It’s estimated that at least a quarter-million Hoosiers participate in firearms season, which runs through Dec. 1.Hunters are required to have a valid deer license unless otherwise exempt.Deer licenses can be purchased at Indiana Outdoor website, at DNR-managed properties, and several local retailers.A deer firearms license costs $24 for Indiana residents, $150 for non-residents.A firearms license allows a hunter to take one antlered deer with a legal firearm. A bonus antlerless license is needed to take antlerless deer during firearms season. Bonus antlerless county quotas are set for each of Indiana’s 92 counties.Good luck to are hunters on a safe firearms season! Remember to submit your trophy pictures here to have a shot at a $100 prize through a contest sponsored by Hooker Deer Drag of Sunman.last_img read more

Neymar To Miss Copa America With Ankle Injury

first_imgRio de Janeiro: Brazilian forward Neymar will miss this summer’s Copa America after suffering an ankle injury in Brazil’s 2-0 friendly win over Qatar.On Wednesday night, Neymar limped off the pitch in the 22nd minute of the match at the Mane Garrincha stadium after appearing to injure his right ankle in a tackle. The 27-year-old was later seen in distress while being evaluated by medical staff on the Brazil bench.In a statement released on Thursday morning, Brazil’s football governing body said that Neymar had ruptured a ligament in his ankle and would not recover in time to play in the Copa America.The 2019 Copa America will be held in Brazil from June 14 to July 7. The host nation have been drawn in Group A alongside Bolivia, Peru and Venezuela. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

AAG still considering Chance for SA U-23 Championships

first_img– Bright and Williams cosidered for SA Youth ChampionshipsBy Tamica GarnettPRESIDENT of the Guyana Athletic Association of Guyana (AAG), Aubrey Hudson, says that the Association is still looking over the idea of whether or not to send athletes to the South American Under-23 Championships set to begin in Lima, Peru,this coming Friday, while Chantoba Bright and Daniel Williams are being considered for the South American Youth Championships in November.According to Hudson, the Association has been considering overseas-based Guyanese Arinze Chance, who is currently in Trinidad, studying at the University of Trinidad and Tobago for a diploma in Petroleum Engineering. Earlier,Hudson had noted that there was also consideration for another athlete, but that athlete was not named.“For The South American Under-23,the person that we were really thinking about was Arinze Chance; we were to look back at his times and compare it to what is going on in South America.However,there is another under-23 athlete(that) we were thinking about.” Hudson had said at the beginning of the month.A sprinter, Chance is known for his performances in the 200m and 400m, and earlier this year, in another section of the media, had voiced his hopes of being selected for the Under-23 Championships. Chance had noted that he wasn’t sure of the criteria for selection for the event, since none had been identified.Speaking with Chronicle Sport, Hudson clarified that with the selection of the Under-23 Championships,the Association is looking at the athletes’ performance for the the year thus far, assessing the timings produced, and comparing it with what is the usual standard at the South American event.“What we will look at is what they did at the last National Seniors or what they would have done in the year so far,and compare it with what is happening in South America, see how far off they are and see if it’s a worthy competition to send them to,where they will get medals, gain experience.Or do we just say, look, let us try to work with them and see if we can prepare them for next year’s World Championships.” Hudson added.“The thing about it is we have to look at results and see if it’s worthy of sending anybody; that’s the key area. We don’t want to expend too much funding on it when funding is limited;we prefer to spend it on an area that may be more productive, that’s why we’re looking at results of the last three South American Under-23(championships) and come up with the athletes that are going, if they’re at that caliber to make sense to send them as against sending another athlete to the South American Youth(championships).” He further explained.The South American Youth Championships is an event that caters to Under- 18 athletes. Bright was named for the event since earlier this year,when plans for her to attend the IAAF World U-20 Championships fell through. Bright specializes in the triple and long jumps, while Williams is a sprinter who favours the 200m and 400m distances.last_img read more

Zenith Women B’ball League: Final 8 Starts Friday in Lagos

first_imgThe defending champions, First Bank of Lagos, remain unbeaten in the current campaign from the Atlantic Conference and they led the four teams from Ibadan. Other are MFM, Dolphins and Asaba-based Delta Force.In the Savannah Conference played in Abuja, Air Warriors stayed true to their name as they defeated all seven oppositions to qualify for the National Finals on a high while Customs finished second.Zenith Bank sponsored league debutants, Blackgold Queens, and Plateau Rocks will also be in Lagos for the finals.The Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Ebenezer Onyeagwu, has congratulated all the qualifiers for the final phase.Onyeagwu said: “All those in Lagos for the finals are winners because other who fell in earlier stages would have loved to be in the final.“As sponsors in the past 15 years, we will continue to provide the enabling environment through the league to boost women’s basketball in the country. “We are happy that D’Tigress have won the Afrobasket back-to-back with some of those who featured in this competition and we expect more players to enter the national team through this league.” The two finalists of the Final 8 will qualify for the 2019 FIBA Africa Zone 3 Champions Cup qualifiers to be hosted in Cotonou, Benin Republic later this month.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The Final 8 of the 2019 Zenith Bank Women Basketball League is scheduled to start friday at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.This is the fourth stage of the women basketball league which is wearing a new look this year with a fresh format introduced by the Musa Kida –led board of the Nigeria Basketball Federation.Four centres- Abuja, Zaria, Ibadan and Akure hosted the first two phases with 27 teams on parade while Ibadan and Abuja hosted the third phase which was the Atlantic and savannah conference centres. Eight teams were in each of the conferences and the best four in each of the conferences made it to the final.last_img read more