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Former VP Biden wins South Carolina primary: Networks

first_imgA South Carolina victory was seen as crucial to Biden’s hopes of challenging Bernie Sanders, the 78-year-old senator from Vermont, for the Democratic nomination and the spot on the ticket in November against Republican Donald Trump.Sanders has been the clear frontrunner in the race having won both New Hampshire and Nevada after finishing in a virtual tie in Iowa with former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg.Biden finished fourth in Iowa, fifth in New Hampshire and second in Nevada and he desperately needed a win in South Carolina ahead of next week’s “Super Tuesday,” when 14 states go to the polls.One-third of the delegates who formally choose the Democratic nominee at the July party convention will be up for grabs on Super Tuesday.Topics : Former vice president Joe Biden won the South Carolina primary on Saturday, reviving his flagging campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.All of the major television networks projected the 77-year-old Biden as the winner just minutes after polls closed in South Carolina at 7:00 pm (0000 GMT).The networks did not provide any vote totals but the early projections were an indication that Biden had scored a decisive win in the state where he was counting on heavy support among African-American voters.last_img read more

Sex offending up, overall crime decreases

first_img3News 1 October 2013Police say the overall reported crime rate has decreased,  but sexual assault is bucking the trend, up 10 percent.The Statistics New Zealand figures released today show an  overall 7.4 percent decrease in crime in the 2012/13 financial year.However, sexual assaults have increased by 10.8 percent,  which Deputy Commissioner Viv Rickard is putting down to “greater trust and  confidence in police, rather than a spike in offending”.“We believe that historically sexual violence is  under-reported to authorities.“Police are heartened that victims of this type of crime are  coming forward and we want to assure them that police take all complaints of  sexual violence seriously,” Mr Rickard says.Dwelling assaults also increased by 1 percent.Family violence statistics have not been included in the  official statistics since 2001, but Mr Rickard says dwelling assaults give some  indication of domestic violence that happens.“Family violence continues to be a serious problem in New  Zealand,” he says.http://www.3news.co.nz/Sex-offending-up-overall-crime-decreases/tabid/423/articleID/315324/Default.aspxlast_img read more

Churches support Belize constitutional amendment

first_img Share Share Tweet FaithLifestyle Churches support Belize constitutional amendment by: – August 25, 2011 Sharecenter_img 19 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Prime Minister of Belize, Dean Barrow. Photo credit: belizean.comBELMOPAN, Belize — Arising out of meetings held on Monday and last Friday, the government of Belize has announced that it has secured the full support of both the Evangelical Association of Churches and the Belize Council of Churches for the Ninth Constitution Amendment Bill.“The decision of the churches came after frank discussions in which government clarified the Bill’s intentions and agreed to certain changes in order to allay publicly expressed fears and misconceptions,” the government said in a press statement.The changes will see the removal, before the Bill is brought back for passage through Parliament, of the specific language barring court enquiry into the validity of any law passed to alter the Constitution. Both church bodies were reportedly satisfied that the primary objective of the Ninth Amendment is to put into the Constitution and make unassailable government’s ownership of the essential utility services in electricity telecommunications and water.And both bodies were also said to be satisfied that this objective is entirely in the national interest and a fundamental and proper expression of Belizean sovereignty.The church leaders were convinced that the agreed trimming of the language in Sections 69(9) and 145(1) and (2) of the Bill, should put an end to any public disquiet over the Bill’s purpose and effect.For its part, the government has assured the leaders that the Bill in its new form retained all the essential provisions. Therefore, it would still guarantee the impregnability of the utilities’ nationalization.The government pointed out that the official public consultation process is still ongoing and called on the people of Belize to come out in support of the Ninth Amendment Bill. It also reiterated that additional changes to further safeguard the Bill may still be made, depending on the outcome of the consultation process.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Niehouse shares credit for regional art educator award

first_imgIMCA Stock Car and Hobby Stock Division Director and Mar­shalltown High School art teacher Kirk Niehouse ac­cepted the Western Region Secondary Art Educator Award from the National Art Educators Association earlier this month in New York City. Niehouse is pictured with Cindy Todd of the NAE.MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa – Kirk Niehouse has helped present awards to IMCA drivers at countless banquets during his 20-plus years as director of the Stock Car and Hobby Stock divisions.He was the recipient of a regional award at the most recent banquet he attended, however, early this month in New York City.An art instructor at Marshalltown High School, Niehouse received the Western Region Secondary Art Educator Award from the National Art Educators Association. He’d been nominated for the regional award after receiving the Outstanding Secondary Art Educator award from the Art Educators of Iowa.“It was just ‘Wow!’ I never expected to get an award like this,” said Niehouse, who teaches pottery and graphic design to students in grades 9-12. “I didn’t get into teaching for this kind of thing. A lot of my fellow teachers helped me get to this point. It’s not something you accomplish by yourself.”He had been nominated for the state award by another teacher. A Marshalltown High School graduate himself, Niehouse has taught in the district since 2001.Both his work in the classroom and at the race track are about education.“I’ve been with IMCA since 1995,” said Niehouse, a former Stock Car driver. “My job as a division director is about educating track officials and racers about our rules and following them.”His Art Educators of Iowa award is on a bulletin board at school. Niehouse is mulling putting the na­tional award in a china hutch at home where his best of show award from the Iowa State Fair is already on display.“When I started teaching, I never dreamed I’d win a national award like this. It was an honor just to be nomi­nated,” he said. “I’m all for kids and helping people learn about art. Getting this award is just about as good as winning Super Nationals is how I feel about it.”“Not a lot of our drivers realize that Kirk is an art teacher or that he taught driver’s ed. Not everyone who works for us is full-time,” IMCA President Brett Root said. “Kirk has been a great part of our staff. He’s very knowledgeable about the divisions and very good on rule enforcement.”“I think his teaching parleys well into his teaching drivers about our rules,” added Root. “Our Stock Car and Hobby Stock drivers are very fortunate that Kirk has been involved with IMCA for as many years as he has.”last_img read more

Rawlins rescues England with brilliant century

first_imgNAGPUR, India (CMC) – Bermudan Delray Rawlins enhanced his growing reputation when he rescued England Under-19s from a calamitous start to the second and final Youth Test with a magnificent unbeaten century against India at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium here yesterday.England lost three wickets inside the first three overs with only one run on the board but Rawlins, batting at number four, dug them out of a big hole, firstly with Ollie Pope and then Will Jacks, to finish on 124 not out as the tourists closed the day on a respectable 243 for five.Rawlins has so far struck 16 fours and two sixes and faced 254 balls.Rawlins added 98 for the fourth wicket with Pope, who made 42, and although England lost a fifth wicket at 112 when Euan Woods was out for six, the Bermudian forged an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 131 with Jacks, who finished unbeaten on 66 with 10 fours from 153 balls.Last week’s first Youth Test at the same venue ended in a draw with England pressing for victory.England, who won the toss yesterday, lost Harry Brook for one to the seventh ball of the innings, George Bartlett went to medium pacer Rishab Bhagat’s next delivery while captain Max Holden also fell for a duck in the third over bowled by left-arm medium pacer Kanishk Seth.In the first Test, Bartlett made 179 and Holden 170 as England piled up 501 for five declared in their first innings, boosted by an unbeaten 70 on debut from Rawlins.Rawlins, who is on the books of English county side Sussex, is hoping his form in India will help him break into the first team this summer. He helped his cause with an unbeaten century and a knock of 96 in a five-match one-day international series preceding the two Tests which India won 3-1.last_img read more

World’s Best T’Tennis Players Ready for Action in Doha

first_img“I am very happy to avoid my friend Xu Xin in the draw. This is my last tournament of the year, so I want to finish the year of my dreams off in style, by winning the World Tour Grand Finals for the fourth time.”Number two seed, 19-year-old Fan Zhendong, the man that Ma Long beat in last year’s World Tour Grand Final, will be out for revenge for his 2015 defeat, and will want to keep up his momentum from winning the Men’s World Cup earlier in the year.Double World Tour Grand Final champion Jun Mizutani (JPN) is making his first international appearance since winning bronze at Rio 2016, so confidence will be high for the Japanese superstar. Europe’s hopes rest with Dimitrij Ovtcharov (GER) and Vladimir Samsonov (BLR), who will be bidding for their first World Tour Grand Finals crown.Like fellow Olympic champion Ma Long, Ding Ning (CHN), is out to defend her World Tour Grand Finals title in Doha. The 27-year-old stated after seeing her draw: “All the 16 players qualified through many tough tournaments in 2016, so everyone will be strong. I will prepare my best for every match, as each match will be difficult. I am here to win, and want desperately to defend my title.”The Japanese trio of Miu Hirano, Mima Ito and Hina Hayata, fresh from their historic feat of becoming the Women’s Junior World Team Champions earlier in the week are ready to enter back into the senior stage, after all qualifying for the event here in Doha. Time will tell if they can transfer their junior form to senior success in Doha.The Seamaster Qatar 2016 ITTF World Tour Grand Finals is the most lucrative table tennis event on the globe, with only the top 16 men and women players from the 20 2016 ITTF World Tour events securing their place in Doha. In addition to the singles competition, eight men’s and women’s doubles pairs and 8 men’s and women’s under 21 players have also be making their way to Doha to compete in the event.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The top 16 men and women from the 2016 ITTF World Tour have assembled in Doha, Qatar for the Seamaster Qatar World Tour Grand Finals starting today through Sunday, December 11.The world’s best players battled through 20 World Tour events across the globe to gather enough points to qualify for the $500,000 season-ending event.As always, all eyes will be on World & Olympic champion Ma Long of China who will be the red-hot favorite to defend the title he won last year in Lisbon. The odds for the 28-year-old were slashed even more as he was drawn in the other half of his two other teammates, world number two Fan Zhendong and number three Xu Xin. This means Ma will not have to face his Chinese teammates until the final.last_img read more

Women of Troy upset Washington

first_imgThe No. 7 USC women’s volleyball team did not enter this weekend’s games at the Galen Center simply to win — it wanted to make a statement. A Friday night matchup against a No. 1 Washington team that was responsible for one of USC’s three losses was apparently the perfect opportunity for redemption.Supporting · Junior outside hitter Sara Shaw, who ranks third on USC’s team with 234 kills, delivered 15 kills against Washington at a .128 clip. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanThe Women of Troy played arguably their most thrilling game of the season Friday, knocking down the Huskies in five grueling sets before a sweep of the Washington State Cougars on Saturday night. The victories boost No. 7 USC’s record to 21-3 overall and 9-3 in Pac-12 play.“Just to win these games is extremely good,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “We wanted to get better as a team, and I think we accomplished that. We also got our confidence up to a pretty good level.”Though the Cougars gave their all Saturday night, they simply couldn’t match up with the Women of Troy, who recorded their 15th sweep of the season with a 25-13, 25-17, 25-18 victory. They were particularly dominant in the first set, as the Women of Troy built an insurmountable 21-9 lead before freshman middle blocker Alicia Ogoms knocked down consecutive kills to seal the set.The second set was a similar story, as Shaw recorded a kill to put USC up 19-9. The Cougars rebounded to make it close, but Young notched consecutive kills before an attack error gave the Women of Troy the set. The hosts put on a hitting clinic, attacking at a .600 clip in the opening frame before hitting .316 in the middle set.The final set was much tighter, as the Cougars rebounded from a 15-8 hole to come to within 16-15. The Women of Troy, however, went on a 6-1 run, highlighted by three alternating Shaw kills, the last of which sealed the match for the Women of Troy.“We played a lot of people, and we got to practice the game situations and be successful,” Haley said. “I felt like we had a successful weekend after practicing to our strengths.”Against the Huskies, the Women of Troy were once again paced by freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio, who took advantage of the five-set match by registering a career-high 30 kills and 12 digs to help take out the Huskies. Throughout both games, though, junior outside hitter Sara Shaw rose to center stage. After recording 15 kills and a career high 30 digs against Washington, she posted a career-high 18 kills against the Cougars, notching a .643 hitting percentage with no errors.“The Washington match was definitely a tough one for us, but I think it was a good five games,” Shaw said. “Coming back to win that match definitely boosted our confidence.”Against the Huskies, the Women of Troy twice had to come back from deficits to win, an unfamiliar situation considering the dominance with which they’ve been able to put opponents away from the start. After falling behind 2-1, the Women of Troy fought hard during the fourth set, taking the Huskies to an 18-all tie before registering four straight points to go up 22-20. Bricio then knocked down a powerful kill to take the set 25-23 and tie the match at two apiece.It was only fitting that the fifth and final set was as close as the others, as the teams were tied at eight before the Women of Troy ran away with it. Senior opposite Katie Fuller knocked down a kill for a 13-9 lead, after which junior libero Natalie Hagglund and sophomore setter Emily Young combined to set up Bricio for a kill to end the set 15-10 and claim the match for the hosts.“When we left Washington, we felt like we should have won, even though they beat us 3-0 up there,” Haley said. “We weren’t in sync in that match. I thought that we could have won in three [sets] over here, but we made too many errors in the beginning. However, as we kept playing we got more and more confident, so winning in five was fine.”After the perfect, two-week homestand, the Women of Troy will again hit the road, with games at  Arizona State and Arizona this weekend.“Winning on the road is extremely important for us, because we have six of our ten matches on the road in the second round,” Haley said. “We’ll take them one at a time, and we need to take them seriously and prepare for that.”last_img read more

Syracuse pushes past Penn State 2-1 in overtime to sweep weekend series

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (8-14-2, 7-4-1 College Hockey America) beat Penn State (6-11-8 3-5-4 CHA) 2-1, in overtime on Saturday at Pegula Ice Arena in University Park, Pennsylvania. SU outshot the Nittany Lions 34 to 17, but took until overtime to produce any points after a second-period goal. The Orange finishes the weekend in third place in the conference with 15 points, one spot ahead of Penn State.Despite dominating puck control in the first period (11 shots on goal to six) and earning three power-play opportunities to the Nittany Lions’ two, the Orange could not capitalize offensively. Instead, it was Penn State getting on the board first behind a Natalie Heising goal with 13:36 left in the period. Her team-leading eighth score of the year, Heising’s goal came during a power play off assists from Brooke Madsen and Katie Rankin.Syracuse wasted no time attacking Nittany Lions goaltender Hannah Ehresmann in the second period, attempting three shots in the first two minutes and putting two of them on goal. With 16:40 left in the frame the Orange finally broke through as Allie Munroe tallied her second goal of the year. The Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, native’s first score of the year came against Penn State back in November during SU’s home series against the Nittany Lions. Ehresmann stopped the Orange’s other nine shots in the period while PSU’s offense also faltered, and the teams entered the final period tied at one.After seven scoreless minutes to begin the third period, an Orange slashing penalty granted the Nittany Lions a power play. The scoring opportunity was negated, however, as was a second man-up advantage for PSU three minutes later. With five minutes left it was SU with a power-play chance, but it was killed as well and, knotted at one, the teams entered overtime.A sixth power-play for the Nittany Lions was killed with 1:36 left in the extra period, and the Orange didn’t wait long to attack PSU on the other end. After a Penn State shot deflected sharply off of Abbey Miller’s pads, Logan Hicks corralled it and shuffled it up the ice for Savannah Rennie. Rennie got behind the Nittany Lions’ defense and had a one-on-one opportunity with Ehresmann, and she made the most of her chance. Her second goal of the year with 1:06 left in the game gave SU the win and the weekend series sweep.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNext up for Syracuse is conference-leader Mercyhurst next weekend, as the Orange return home to Tennity Ice Pavilion for a series against the Lakers. SU dropped both games to Mercyhurst when the two teams met earlier this season in December. Comments Published on January 20, 2018 at 5:27 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34last_img read more

Baseball looks to bounce back against Cal State Fullerton

first_imgIn the aftermath of dropping two straight Pac-12 series to No. 7 Arizona and No. 17 Stanford — and losing six of its last seven games overall — the USC baseball team is in need of a turnaround. But the road does not get any easier this week for the Trojans (16-14), as the team collides with No. 10 Cal State Fullerton for a three-game set that kicks off on Thursday.The series opener will be played at Dedeaux Field, but the next two clashes on Friday and Saturday will take place at Fullerton’s Goodwin Field. USC has excelled at home, boasting a 12-7 mark on the season, but has struggled on the road (3-7) with no road wins in the team’s previous five tries. The Trojans’ away woes have stemmed largely from an inexperienced and inconsistent pitching staff. After giving up key late-inning runs to Stanford in the two losses last weekend, the group now collectively owns a 4.50 ERA — third-worst in the Pac-12.Despite the pitching struggles, however, there have been a few bright spots, such as freshman Chris Clarke’s seven-inning performance in USC’s 7-5 victory over the Cardinal on Thursday. “I think [the length] was huge because out in Arizona, everyone went five, and Mason [Perryman] went an inning and a third against Long Beach,” head coach Dan Hubbs said. “When you’re going four or five innings out of the pen on a Friday, it makes it a lot more difficult.”Clarke was happy to help the team but said he didn’t feel pressured to deliver when he toed the rubber for the series opener.“I just told myself to go out on the mound and have fun,” said Clarke, who now owns a 3-1 record on the season.Hubbs will need an abundance of quality innings against Cal State Fullerton. The 21-10 Titans carry a team batting average of .270 with four consistent starters hitting over .300. After losing five in a row to difficult opponents such as Long Beach State, UCLA and UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton has righted the ship and is now riding a six-game winning streak. The Titans are first in their conference with a 5-1 record so far in Big West competition.It remains to be seen if the Trojans can match their opponent’s lethal bats. While USC’s hitting looked dormant against national powerhouse Arizona, the bats seemed to slowly come back to life against Stanford. On Thursday’s wild slugfest, senior Cris Perez and sophomore Lars Nootbaar each hit home runs as the team scored seven runs.For Nootbaar, his insurance blast in the eighth inning was his team-leading fifth homer of the year, which extended the Trojans’ lead to two runs. USC followed up that performance with 12 hits on Friday and an 11-hit game on Saturday. However, the team was unable to capitalize on its scoring opportunities, continuing similar struggles with runners in scoring position that plagued the Trojans against Arizona. First pitch in Thursday’s series opener is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field before the teams meet again at Goodwin Field for the final two games, which are set to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday. After finishing up their three-game series against the defending Big West champions, the Trojans will look forward to a brief two-game home-and-home series with UC Irvine beginning next Monday. USC does not return to Pac-12 play until next Friday, when they travel to Berkeley to take on Cal.last_img read more

bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook despite dire opening

first_img Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Share DACH markets betting group bet-at-home AG has recorded double-digit declines across all topline metrics, publishing its Q1 2020 trading update.   The Frankfurt Xetra bookmaker detailed that tough Q1 trading was compounded by the abrupt postponement of European sports and continued wagering declines recorded in Poland and Switzerland.Dealing with multiple headwinds, bet-at-home saw Q1 2020 wagering volumes drop by 18% to €677 million (Q12019 – €827 million).Entering 2020, bet-at-home had warned investors of Swiss and Polish ‘regulatory disturbances’, which saw the group Q1 revenues decline by 13% to €32 million (Q12019 – €37.2 million).Despite recording lower revenues, period costs related to betting taxes and gaming fees were maintained at €5.6 million as bet-at-home recorded period net revenues of €25.5 million (Q12019 – €31 million).Closing Q1 2020 accounts, bet-at-home declared corporate EBITDA of €9 million, reflecting a 30% decline on corresponding 2019’s €12.7 million.Entering the summer months with no European sports schedule, bet-at-home has confirmed that it will revise its operating strategy as it seeks to minimise costs and limit marketing exposure.bet-at-home detailed that it will maintain its 2020 outlook despite facing multiple headwinds, with the company expecting to generate revenues in the €120-132 million range. Furthermore, bet-at-home’s board anticipates that group EBITDA will amount to €23-27 million for the financial year 2020. StumbleUpon MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 Submitlast_img read more