– 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.”
More from The Daily Gazette:Car hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Just before China’s economic explosion, China devalued their currency over night by over 33 percent against the dollar. Countries like China are cheaters and use their bag of tricks to increase exports and inhibit imports. We are in an economic war and losing. As a result, U.S. factories close and jobs eliminated.The United States has a very large trade deficit. In January the trade deficit increased to $56.6 billion. This represents a great deal of jobs not in the United States.Our manufacturing base has been under stress and in decline for decades. Doing nothing will end badly as our manufacturing and technology go overseas. Over the decades our leaders have been blind to realize the gravity of this slow destructive change. The increased spending in welfare and social programs is an obvious result of losing this economic war.Trump and the Republicans are “juicing” up the economy by paying back campaign contributors with large tax cuts as well as increasing government spending. Projected budget deficits are now around $1 trillion per year. An economy dependent upon debt will eventually end badly. “Reforming” Social Security and Medicare has become more than a real possibility.JOHN DWORAKRotterdam Categories: OpinionFair trade is a myth. Nations use fees, regulations and product specifications, all designed to keep out imports. Nations like China subsidize Chinese companies to increase exports. As a result, Chinese corporations can sell their products below cost. A common tactic to decrease imports and increase exports has been currency exchange rate manipulation.
On youths and Sports Development, the governor who described the youth as the engine of economic growth, pointed out that Enugu State has sports talents who have won laurels within and outside the shores of the country, stressing that programmes and sponsorship are required to continue discovering and developing these youthful talents.“The committee on youths and sports development will proffer strategies for achieving this, and for engaging the youth in sports development, character building, entrepreneurship, skills acquisition and participation in good governance”, he added.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Super Eagles Captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha and former Director-General of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC), Mr. Emeka Mbah are among professionals, technocrats and experts, inaugurated on Monday by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State as members of the last batch of the sectoral ad-hoc committees to review various sectors of the state government and design roadmaps for optimized service delivery and advancement of good governance in the state.Gov. Ugwuanyi recently inaugurated the first batch of seven ad-hoc committees in the sectors of education; health; public service reform; security; justice; water and chieftaincy/ community matters.Inaugurating the remaining five sectoral committees, namely agriculture and rural development; finance, review of Internally Generated Revenue and international development partners’ funding; lands, housing and transport; sustainable environmental and urban management; and youths and sports development, Gov. Ugwuanyi listed ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha as the technical adviser of youths and sports committee and Mr. Mbah as the Chairman.
Meanwhile, Sheriff Paul Blackman is urging residents in that area to be cautious of stray dogs. He says, “While we may have the dogs that were responsible for this horrible tragedy, we won’t know for sure for a while. I want to encourage residents of Highway Park and the surrounding area to be on the lookout for any loose dogs, especially those that seem aggressive. We don’t want anyone else to be injured.”Olds is survived by five children, and was a grandfather.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that nearly one in five people who are bitten by a dog require medical attention. The CDC recommends staying still and calm if an unfamiliar dog approaches. A man in Highlands County, Florida, was likely killed by a pack of dogs that apparently bit him more than 100 times as he was taking a shortcut home, authorities say.Melvin Olds Jr., 45, was found dead before noon Thursday in a wooded area near Lake Placid, according to a news release from the Highland County Sheriff’s Office.Authorities say they have already captured six dogs in that area whose bite sizes match the wounds on Olds’ body. However, the dogs’ DNA needs to be compared with the DNA collected from Olds’ wounds in order to confirm whether those are definitely the dogs who killed him.
A South Florida man who is accused of impregnating a 13-year-old girl told investigators that he is in love with her.West Palm Beach Police this week arrested 23-year-old Mario Rubendi Recinos Lucas on four counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a victim between the age of 12 and 18.Police say the girl told detectives that she met Recinos when he moved into an apartment near where she lived, and that the had been dating for a year and a half.She added that he would take her, her sister and another child to school in the mornings, and he would visit her at home after work, according to the police report.The girl told detectives that her mom asked Recinos to get her children so that she could do chores, and that he acted as if he was taking care of them when the parents were not home.Additionally, police learned that the girl had sex with the suspect on four occasions, the first time being in July of last year, about four months after they started dating.The arrest report states that the suspect told officers that he met the girl in December of 2018 when she was 12, and he initially did not want to get involved with her. However, he felt an attraction for her and started dating her soon thereafter.Recinos said that he wanted to tell the girl’s mother, but the girl suggested he not do so, so he could avoid going to jail.He also told investigators that he wants to have a family with the girl.Police say the girl gave birth to a boy two weeks ago.
Image Courtesy: Gallo/APAdvertisement 3rouh6NBA Finals | Brooklyn VscjetmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6swk( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) bogWould you ever consider trying this?😱9igb4icCan your students do this? 🌚phtRoller skating! Powered by Firework Dean Elgar, the South African opener who scored a century on the third day of the first Test against India, has come forward to take a slack at the Indian pitches, stating that it was a hard cheese for him when he was here last time four years back.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Gallo/APThe 32 year old, who hails from Welkom, scored an excellent 160 off 287 balls with 18 fours and 4 sixes, and is the first South African cricketer to get past the 100 run mark against India in the last 9 years, as Hashim Amla was his last compatriot to score a century in test cricket against the Men in Blue back in 2010.Soon after the play was over at ACA-VDCA Stadium, Elgar spoke in an interview about his last experience getting a century in the subcontinent conditions.Advertisement “Every hundred for your country is special and emotional but I’d like to think it was probably my best for South Africa, especially in such conditions and against the powerhouse of India, the best team in the world” Elgar said to reporters.This was the 12th test century for the 315 times test cap holder, who remembered his experience playing here back in 2015.Advertisement “It’s good to contribute once again. Playing in India is very tough. The last time I was here, I was very experienced. In those four years, I have grown a lot as a cricketer. I have played county cricket, which has helped” he added.The Proteas reached 385-8 by the close of play on the third day in Visakhapatnam, and the former skipper praised his partner Quinton de Kock, who also scored a brilliant 111.“Quinny was absolutely brilliant – he’s a bit of a genius with the bat, to be honest. I’ve known him a long time as a cricketer and a person and he has so much to contribute to the team.” Elgar hailed the 26 year old. Advertisement
SHEER FLATTERY ON COURSE FOR LEWIS STAKESJerry Hollendorfer takes what he hopes will be the first step on the Triple Crown trail with Sheer Flattery when the Kentucky-bred son of Flatter runs in next Saturday’s Grade III Robert B. Lewis Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.The chestnut colt, owned in part by Hollendorfer, got up by a nose under Mike Smith to break his maiden going a mile and a sixteenth at Santa Anita last Dec. 31.Doug O’Neill, who won the Lewis in 2007 with Great Hunter, plans to enter two in the Lewis, Cecil B. DeMille winner Term of Art and the Into Mischief colt Dangerfield, named for the late, great “no respect” comedian Rodney Dangerfield.Dangerfield was a distant third behind Mastery and Irap last out in the Grade I Los Angeles Futurity on Dec. 10. Dangerfield worked six furlongs on the main track Saturday in a bullet 1:12.20, fastest of 24 drills at the distance. The Lewis offers 17 qualifying points to the Kentucky Derby, 10 to the winner, four for second, two for third and one for fourth. Peter Eurton2163029%43%$186,495 Richard Baltas4999618%49%$445,698 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.5574313%25%$338,085 FINISH LINES: Midnight Storm worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast maintrack Saturday morning in 1:01.40. The multiple graded stakes winner, seemingly at home on turf or dirt, is being considered for the Santa Anita Handicap on March 11. “Perfect” is how trainer Phil D’Amato termed the move. “I wanted one oh one and change and out in 14 or 15 (1:14 or 1:15 for six furlongs) and that’s what I got. The Handicap is on our radar but we’re keeping our options open.” There were 257 recorded works at Santa Anita Saturday, 28 on the training track . . . Santa Anita hosts the Dumpling and Wonton Festival next Saturday, Feb. 4. Patrons can snack on scrumptious Asian and Asian-inspired dumplings and wontons on Santa Anita’s trackside apron. Buy online and save at www.santaanita.com/events . . . On Sunday, Feb. 5, the day of The Big Game, live racing at Santa Anita begins at 11 a.m., allowing fans to watch The Big Game at Sirona’s Sports Bar after the races or to be home in time to view it. General admission to the track that day is only one dollar. Luis Contreras48681313%56%$286,564 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won John Sadler1955526%79%$260,234 HOPPERTUNITY SEEKS REPEAT WIN IN SAN ANTONIOHoppertunity, who won the San Antonio Stakes last year, is expected to defend his title next Saturday in the 80th edition of the Grade II San Antonio, a major steppingstone to the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Handicap at a mile and a quarter on March 11.A six-year-old full horse trained by Bob Baffert, Hoppertunity won the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park last October and was fourth in two subsequent Grade I races, the Breeders’ Cup Classic and the Clark Handicap.Also expected for the 1 1/16-mile San Antonio are Accelerate, Dalmore, El Huerfano and Point Piper. Bob Baffert2653419%46%$398,246 Jerry Hollendorfer51981018%53%$754,109 SHEER FLATTERY SET FOR ROBERT B. LEWISHOPPERTUNITY EYES SAN ANTONIO REPEATSTORMY LIBERAL 9-5 IN CLOCKERS’ CORNER Brice Blanc1954226%58%$187,870 Drayden Van Dyke5159210%31%$319,786 Martin Pedroza4767813%45%$239,958 Kent Desormeaux51117622%47%$724,363 Tyler Baze791614820%48%$567,882 STORMY LIBERAL CHOICE IN SUNDAY’S CLOCKERS’ CORNERStormy Liberal, second in the Grade III San Simeon Stakes at about 6 ½ furlongs on a “good” turf course last out on Dec. 26, is the 9-5 morning line favorite in Sunday’s $75,000 Clockers’ Corner, for four year olds and up on Santa Anita’s unique downhill course.A five-year-old gelded son of Stormy Atlantic trained by Peter Miller for Rockingham Ranch, Stormy Liberal has been second in two starts since being claimed by Miller for $40,000 last Oct. 16.The field for the Clockers’ Corner, the ninth of nine races: Horse Laugh, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Blameitonthelaw, Luis Contreras, 15-1; Snow Cloud, Santiago Gonzalez, 20-1; McHeat, Corey Nakatani, 8-1; Cape Wolfe, Stewart Elliott,12-1; Forever Juanito, Agapito Delgadillo, 8-1; Moonlight Drive, Rafael Bejarano, 5-2; Stormy Liberal, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 9-5; Tribal Fighter, Flavien Prat, 6-1; and Aotearoa, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1.Stylistics United and Indriya were scratched. Peter Miller34710421%62%$374,550 William Spawr1260250%67%$170,661 Mike Smith2061430%55%$605,940 Gary Sherlock1953126%47%$131,600 Santiago Gonzalez4367614%44%$248,636 J. Keith Desormeaux1762435%71%$368,675 Rafael Bejarano641191217%50%$616,778 Flavien Prat771791222%49%$930,343 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won (Current Through Friday, Jan. 27) Joseph Talamo51551110%41%$194,555 Stewart Elliott5576913%40%$249,025 Mark Glatt2855418%50%$190,925 Doug O’Neill586111010%47%$390,868 Philip D’Amato2874625%61%$467,640
Dr Petrus de Kock of Brand South Africa, left, with Minister Alexander Stubb of Finland. Mandela foundation CEO Achmat Dangor urged Africa’syoung people to make the future their own.(Images: Janine Erasmus)MEDIA CONTACTS • Leo MakgamatheBrand South Africa+27 11 483 0122RELATED ARTICLES• Pupils get a lesson on dignity• Empowering young people in SA• All aboard the Youth Express• Rewarding youth excellenceJanine ErasmusSouthern Africa is hosting a business delegation led by the Finnish minister of European affairs and foreign trade, Alexander Stubb. The emphasis of the trip is to promote exports and boost Finnish businesses already operating in Southern Africa, while looking for new opportunities.Stubb and his delegation are currently in Windhoek, Namibia. In South Africa they visited Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town, where they met Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus and the ministers of transport and higher education, among others.The visit was put together by global organisation Finpro, which promotes and supports Finnish companies in international markets, including South Africa. The company’s local offices are in Johannesburg.Other members of the delegation include Jussi Pajunen, the mayor of Helsinki, and representatives from the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Nokia Siemens Networks, and the Tampere University of Applied Sciences, among others.In Cape Town, the delegation took part in Helsinki Meets Cape Town, an event with a focus on the Mother City as the world design capital 2014 – Helsinki had this honour in 2012. The event is expected to provide more opportunities for partnerships between the two countries through a series of workshops, discussions and social gatherings where experiences from 2012 were shared whilst building anticipation for 2014.Other participants in the Cape Town event included Finpro, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Aalto University, and Finnish and local companies.South Africa is one of Finland’s top trading partners outside the OECD countries, a 34-nation group known as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. In terms of imports and exports, the country is Finland’s biggest trade partner in Africa.Trade is also growing between Finland and Namibia, with the annual value of Finnish exports to Namibia standing at about US$3.2-million (R28-million) over the last few years.From alienation to cooperationIn Johannesburg Stubb visited the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, which is currently undergoing renovations that will see the premises, originally Mandela’s post-presidential office, turned into a public facility with a library, discussion venue, permanent exhibition and state-of-the-art archive for the hundreds of priceless items held there.At a gathering later the same day, Stubb and his delegation took part in a discussion with the theme Africa-European economic relations: from alienation to cooperation.The dialogue was facilitated by Brand South Africa, with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, as part of Brand South Africa’s Shape the Future initiative. A number of students, among them Mandela Rhodes scholars, were also present.“There has been another shift in world politics,” said Stubb, explaining that the first major shifts came after the Second World War and the end of the Cold War. “Now we have a multipolar world, with numerous blocs such as Brics, the G8, G20, Old Russia, Southeast Asia, and so we have to adapt our trade and foreign policies accordingly. I welcome this.”The makeup of the global economy is also changing, said Stubb – currently the US contributes 23%, China contributes 10% and Africa just 2%, but this will change. The world won’t always be dominated by the West.“South Africa is one of the EU’s strategic partners, and Africa is the place where the future lies,” he said. “We in the West need to understand this.”But Africa has historically been alienated from the West because of the policies of interaction driven by paternalism, exploitation and colonialism, whereas they should be driven by cooperation.“We need to link Africa and Europe with what I call a dignified foreign policy,” Stubb asserted. “One that does not have conditions attached or that is driven by the country’s own agenda.”It’s up to the youthThe topic of conversation then turned to Africa’s young people.“Within 10 years, 60% of Africans will be under the age of 35,” said Achmat Dangor, CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation. “These are the people in which we need to invest – they literally have the future in their hands.”He said that Africans themselves must create an enabling environment for proper investment from the West and the accountable use of funding, but this means that Africans need to change the way they view themselves, so that developed nations will follow suit.“It would be wrong for us to turn away development aid,” said Dangor. “We don’t have 60 years to build up a strong regional bloc, like the EU had.”It’s up to young people to take the lead, he said.Stubb agreed, saying that he personally believed that leaders should not hang on to their posts for decades, but should relinquish them within a reasonable time so that the government does not grow stale and that young ideas are always available.Invest in us, say young peopleYoung Africans at the event then took the floor, identifying several issues that, they felt, were holding the continent back.Among these were the perceived lack of capacity for efficient project and financial management in governments; the fact that foreign aid has, in some cases, had a negative effect because it has not been managed properly or has been used as a political tool; and the continuing conflicts in many countries, which hamper young people and prevent them from becoming empowered.The issue of corruption was also raised, with some saying that all the education in the world won’t help if leaders are taking backhanders from overseas.“What can the EU do for African youth in these matters?” they asked.Impressed that Africa’s young people were so insightful and aware of the challenges facing them, Stubb promised to take their concerns to heart once he was back home. In the meantime he named certain lessons that his own country had learned, sometimes the hard way, which he felt could work in the African context too.“When we went into recession in the 1990s, we had to rethink our policies,” he said. “We poured money into education and research and development, especially in ICT – this has led to the dominance of companies such as Nokia, although that is not so much the case today. So we have to reinvent again. We are now interested in clean technology and sustainable development.”Investment in humanities and human capacity was a solution put forward by many – “invest in our education, in science, in the exchange of ideas,” said one attendee.This is the challenge of the next generation, said Dangor – to create an environment where allies such as Finland will feel comfortable to have dealings.Although there wasn’t enough time to properly unpack all the issues and put forward suggestions to tackle them, the evening’s facilitator, Petrus de Kock of Brand South Africa, promised that there would be follow-up dialogues.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest President Trump today signed the U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement, which is an important step forward with U.S. agriculture’s fourth-largest export market. The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:“Today’s signing marks the successful end to more than a year of negotiation between Japan and the United States. This agreement means sharply lower tariffs on our farm and ranch exports with the promise of more to come. And while we aren’t yet finished opening this market, the conclusion of these talks means we can now trade with Japan with the same advantages enjoyed by signers of the CP-TPP trade agreement. That’s great news.“We hope the momentum from this win carries through to the negotiations with China this week and sets the stage for similar bilateral agreements with other countries involved with the CP-TPP. We appreciate this Administration’s efforts to improve trade opportunities for farmers.”BACKGROUNDU.S. negotiators have been working to develop new trade agreements with Japan and other countries in the wake of U.S. withdrawal from the multinational Trans-Pacific Partnership process.The Japan bilateral agreement keeps intact essentially all the trade benefits the United States would have gained in Japan under TPP.The agreement immediately eliminates all tariffs on U.S. exports of sweet corn, almonds, broccoli and prunes, among other things. Other tariffs on products such as ethanol, cheese and whey, fresh cherries and other farm and ranch products will be phased out over a number of years.The U.S. will also benefit from increased export quotas on products such as corn starch, malt, potato starch, fructose and more.AFBF has further analysis concerning the agreement here: https://www.fb.org/market-intel/japan-u.s.-agriculture-agreement-could-help-u.s.-catch-up-to-global-competi.Contact: Will Rodger Director, Policy Communications Office (202) 406-3642 [email protected] Shearing Director, Internal Communications Office (202) 406-3649 [email protected] Return to Newsroom
Farmers in Punjab and Haryana have sown more cotton this season as against the corresponding period last year on expectation of better returns on the produce, experts and officials told The Hindu.In Punjab, cotton crop has been sown in nearly 4 lakh hectares and may go up by 10,000 hectares as the sowing is still going on, according to the State Agriculture department. The acreage was nearly 2.84 lakh hectares in 2018. In Haryana, farmers had sown cotton in 6.35 lakh hectares till June 6. Last year the total area under cotton was 6.61 lakh hectares.“The area in Punjab and Haryana has seen an increase this year as farmers are expecting to fetch better price. Last season the yield was good and incidence of disease was less, which has motivated the farmers to opt for cotton this year,” India Cotton Association Limited president Mahesh Sharda told The Hindu. Bt cotton In Punjab and Haryana, Bt cotton is sown in over 95% of the total area, the rest 5% cotton are usually the indigenous (desi) varieties. Cotton is usually planted from mid-April till late May in most parts of the States.Punjab Agriculture Secretary K.S. Pannu said that cotton acreage is likely to surpass the 4 lakh-hectare mark as the rise in the minimum support price last year had helped farmers fetch better returns. “After the whitefly attack in 2015, the farmers were a little reluctant to sow cotton, but after reaping a good yield last couple of years their confidence has increased,” said Mr. Pannu.Haryana Agriculture department Joint Director Jagraj Dhandi said, “the area under cotton is likely to remain the same as last year or could even surpass it as the sowing is still going on. This year the cotton sowing has been delayed as the wheat crop was harvested late on account of intermittent rains.”