Pandemic, dire economy, unrest upend US presidential race

first_img“It’s a pretty bad moment,” said Daniel Gillion, a political science professor at the University of Pennsylvania and author of “The Loud Minority.”The crises, he told AFP, have been “horrific” for African Americans, who traditionally have poorer health care outcomes, have just a fraction of the household wealth of whites, and are more likely to face police brutality.”I can’t think of a (modern-day) period where blacks have experienced such strife, such pain, such hardship,” Gillion said.Among COVID-19 victims, a disproportionate number are people of color.While Trump on Friday touted a surprise drop in the overall jobless rate from 14.7 percent in April to 13.3 percent in May, black unemployment actually rose, to 16.8 percent.The injustice that erupted into ugly view when a white police officer pressed his knee onto Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes is the latest manifestation of a systemic racism that has persisted for generations.”There’s been a knee on the neck of black America since slavery was abolished,” 30-year-old Minneapolis protester Kayla Peterson said from behind a pandemic face mask. “We’ve never really been free.”Law and orderTrump could have delivered an Oval Office address to the nation this week to smoothens tensions. Instead he has exploited discord and launched a “law and order” crusade.Trump has walled off the White House from protesters and launched fiery accusations that do little to calm the storm.”The problem,” he tweeted Thursday about recent controversial tactics deployed in Washington, “is the arsonists, looters, criminals, and anarchists, wanting to destroy it (and our Country)!”Trump’s provocative walk from the White House to a nearby church for a photo opportunity minutes after the area was forcibly cleared of protesters contained clear signals to conservative and evangelical voters in his base: security and faith remain paramount.While Trump has trafficked in division, his November election rival has blasted him as “dangerously unfit” to lead.Biden, 77, was largely absent for two months, hunkered down in his Delaware home as the pandemic played out and Trump used his bully pulpit to push to re-open the country.But the veteran Democrat is eyeing an opening by embracing a message of conciliation and reform — something that could unite the moderate and liberal factions of the Democratic Party and draw independents appalled by Trump’s strongman style.”It is long past time we made the promise of this nation real for all of our people,” Biden tweeted Friday.’Teflon man’?Experts say that despite the recent chaos, Trump does have a path to victory.”If the president is able to talk about race in a meaningful way, and if he’s able to ride the recovery in health and in the economic crisis, he’s going to look like the Teflon man,” Gillion said. “Nothing will stick to him.”Trump however has seen his poll numbers erode, particularly among two groups vital to his re-election: elderly voters and evangelical Christians.And his failure to tackle the pandemic early and his threat to unleash the military on protesters is repelling female voters.White women “are upset with Trump’s handling of the pandemic” and his lack of leadership, said Nadia Brown, associate professor of political science and African-American studies at Purdue University.”Women are also watching the protests and they are having empathy” with demonstrators.The persistent inequalities, snapshots of a shattered economy and how leaders respond “will definitely be on the mind of voters in five months,” Brown added.It doesn’t mean Biden romps to victory, either.”A cat has nine lives,” Brown said, “but Trump has 12.”Topics : Three concurrent crises scarring the United States — a deadly health pandemic, economic despair and widespread social unrest — have reframed this year’s presidential contest and prompted national reflection over racial inequality in America.Is the country on the cusp of a transformation, or will systemic inequalities exacerbated by the coronavirus crisis persist, allowing alienation and marginalization to fester?In weeks, the unprecedented strain has become the focal point of the ferocious White House campaign between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, two politicians approaching the disasters with very different strategies. It has been several generations since the country has experienced such a sharp and rapid confluence of major emergencies, a national low point that philosopher Cornell West has branded “America’s moment of reckoning.”Nearly 110,000 Americans have died of COVID-19, and tens of millions are jobless due to pandemic-prompted lockdowns.At the same time, unrest has gripped dozens of US cities where protesters demand justice over the killing by Minneapolis police of unarmed black man George Floyd.Repeated episodes of police brutality caught on camera, even as most demonstrations have been peaceful, have further laid bare the nation’s deep social wounds.last_img read more

Buyers are snapping up new and affordable homes in the north

first_img11 Caraway Court, Griffin.He received multiple inquiries for a four-bedroom home at 11 Caraway Drive, Griffin, within hours of it hitting the market last week — a trend he said was becoming more common.He attributed new shops, cafes and restaurants in the area as well as affordable prices to the suburbs’ appeal.According to latest CoreLogic market trends data, the median sale price for a house was $460,000 in Griffin, $516,400 in Mango Hill and $488,000 in North Lakes to the year, ending October 2017.As a result of the growth, Mr McDade said the market was also strong for sellers. 11 Caraway Court, Griffin.GRIFFIN, Mango Hill and North Lakes are one real estate expert’s top picks for growth in the north over the next year.Kindred agent Steve McDade said the three suburbs have always performed well but demand was increasing.“There’s been a lot of strength through North Lakes and Mango Hill and we have seen a lot of increased inquiries for Griffin,” Mr McDade said.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019“Inquiry rates have gone through the roof at all levels – from entry level to the top end of the market.”last_img read more

Rwandan spy chief to face war crimes charges

first_imgRwandan Foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo has reportedly arrived in London to discuss with UK authorities the arrest of the Director General of Rwanda’s National Intelligence and Security Services, Emmanuel Karenzi Karake.Rwanda is expected to vehemently contests proceedings seeking Kareke’s extradition to face war crime charges in Spain. A lawyer for Spanish and Rwandan victims, however, says he will be pushing to have Kareke moved to Spain as a soon as possible.Jordi Palou, who represents victims at the International Forum for Truth and Justice in the African Great Lakes, said Karake should stand trial for his alleged crimes. The arrest of Karake on Saturday, has threatened to strain Rwanda’s relationship with Britain Former DR Congo vice president found guilty of war crimes Rwandan protesters demand release of intelligence chief Related Rwandan chief of Intelligence Karenzi Karake arrestedlast_img read more

West Indies lauds success of US T20s!

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Officials hopeful that the Florida matches will prompt further interest in cricket in the US.MIAMI, United States, Friday July 06, 2012 – Officials and players have hailed the success of last weekend’s two Digicel Twenty20 Internationals between West Indies and New Zealand at the Central Broward Regional Park in Florida.West Indies Cricket Board president Dr Julian Hunte described the success of the matches as an exciting prospect for the game not only in the West Indies, but around the world.“We are delighted that the two matches in the United States were so successful,” he said.“We are extremely grateful for the major efforts undertaken by the Friends of Broward County, the United States Cricket Association, as well as Broward County itself.“We have been very impressed with the Central Broward Regional Park. The two teams were made to feel extremely welcomed by the people of South Florida, and we felt the two matches were a spectacular advertisement for the game.”Hunte expressed the hope that the matches would help spur further interest in the game in the United States.“This was a bold expansion of the Digicel 2012 Series beyond the shores of the Caribbean, and we are excited to have brought the game back to the scores of West Indies fans in North America,” he said.“Given the huge number of West Indians who live in the United States and neighbouring countries, as well as the commercial possibilities both for West Indies cricket and the game, this was long overdue.”Members of the West Indies team also hailed the success of the matches in the United States.“The atmosphere was good,” said talismanic opener Chris Gayle, whose batting in the two matches earned him the Digicel Man-of-the-Series award.“It was a huge advantage for us, the way the fans came out and supported us so that helped to make us feel relaxed and at home.”West Indies captain Darren Sammy added: “Thanks to the crowd for coming out and supporting us, it felt like we were at home.“The way the fans came out and supported us over the weekend made us feel at home. It felt like we could be in Jamaica or St Lucia, so we can safely say South Florida is ‘home’ for us.”West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said he was thrilled his side responded to the crowd support and played attractively to win the two matches handsomely.“There was a hell of a lot of people here who came to see us perform in the United States,” he said. “It was good that we could put on a good display for them and it gave us a good start to this Digicel Series against New Zealand.”Caribbean 360 News Tweetcenter_img InternationalNewsSports West Indies lauds success of US T20s! by: – July 6, 2012 Share 46 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Thanksgiving Documentary Will Focus On 1954 Impact On Area

first_imgThe Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum opened on Carr Street in Milan.The 1954 Miracle of Milan will be featured on an HBO documentary Thanksgiving evening. The documentary “Sport in America: Our Defining Stories” by HBO, Sports Illustrated and End Game Entertainment will examine how sports unite us as people and has shaped America’s character.This 95-minute special debuts on Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 28 at 6:00 p.m.The filmmakers sifted through thousands of personal stories from fans who have been part of sports’ most transcendent events to create a tapestry of stories reflecting our culture.“It examines what these events meant to us, why they moved us, why they inspired us and what they tell us about who we are,” said Milan 1954 Museum Grant Writer Tim Mollinari.The ’54 Milan Indian team accomplishment was made into the movie “Hoosiers” in 1986 and the fan base for the Milan Indians team grew even more. Today people come from all over the United States and many countries of the world to see the Milan ‘54 Hoosiers Museum and re-live the “David vs Goliath event by walking in the footsteps of the young men who did what was thought to be impossible. The museum is located at 201 West Carr Street in downtown Milan, Indiana and is packed with items from the 1954 Indiana State Basketball Championship as well as the 1986 movie.Read about the Milan ’54 Hoosiers Museum.Other featured stories on the HBO documentary will include Hank Aaron breaking the major league baseball home run record, the Boston Marathon, Jessie Owens historic achievements at the 1936 Olympics and when a hobbled Kurt Gibson hit a rocket into the right field stands to win game one of the 1988 World Series.last_img read more

Nordman wins fourth feature at Hancock County

first_imgBy Greg GrabianowskiBRITT, Iowa (July 4) – George Nordman picked up his fourth local Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature win of the season Saturday at Hancock County Speedway.Nordman started on the inside of row three before piloting his No. 90 white rig into the winner’s circle.  Levi Chipp was second with Cody Knecht placing third in the 18-car race.Kevin Stoa was the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified winner ahead of Jesse Hoeft and Josh Ruby.Point leader David Smith captured his third local feature win in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, com­ing from inside the third row. Scott Dobel won his second feature this season at Britt in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks. Devin Jones was the Mach-1 Sport Compact winner.last_img read more

Costa not intending to change

first_imgDiego Costa sees no need to change the approach which drew some criticism throughout his debut season in England. The Chelsea striker scored 20 goals as the Blues won the Premier League title, but his all-action style often provided as many talking points as his exploits in the penalty box. He was banned for three matches for a stamp on Liverpool’s Emre Can and received criticism regarding his temperament, but the Spain international sees no reason to change. “I don’t think I have done anything malicious; I’ve not had a red card so why change anything about the way I am?” Costa told a number of national newspapers. “I’ve always played this way for all the sides I’ve been with and I’ve always scored a lot of goals in this style. “The key for me is to score goals and win trophies. If I change in any way, I’m not going to be the same player. I feel very much at ease and neither the manager nor anyone else at the club has said anything to me, and at no point have I shown any lack of loyalty at all and so that is good enough for me.” Costa will have a new striker to play alongside this coming season after manager Jose Mourinho took a punt on Radamel Falcao after his difficult spell at Manchester United. The pair have played together for Atletico Madrid in the past and Costa is looking forward to their reunion. “I’ve spent a couple of seasons with Falcao and I reckon things went fairly well,” he said. “He did a lot for me and he’s a great striker. “He’s a top bloke too. He gets on very well with his team-mates and he will help us a lot off the field, in the dressing room. He is a really big-hearted guy and that’s the most important thing. “I think it’s good for us that he didn’t have the best of seasons as that’s why he’s now with us. Radamel knows the sort of manager Mourinho is. He’s a manager who is liked by players because he trusts and backs them. He doesn’t sign a player just for the sake of it.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

MDI girls fend off resilient Oceanside to stay unbeaten; DI-S also 8-0

first_imgBAR HARBOR — Winning came easy for the Mount Desert Island girls’ basketball team in December. The first game of January required the Trojans to dig as deeply as they could.Coming off a 31-point win in its previous game eight days earlier, MDI had plenty of momentum on its side as it took the court to battle an Oceanside team it had defeated by 20 points last month in Rockland. This time, a resilient Mariners squad took the Trojans down to the wire by making them work for every shot, rebound and loose ball that came their way.“This felt the most like a tournament game that we’ve had so far,” said MDI senior Hannah Chamberlain. “All the way through, it was really intense. You didn’t know who was going to win until the very end.”Indeed, with the visitors leading the game much of the way, MDI’s unbeaten start to the season appeared to be in doubt. Instead, the Trojans delivered when it mattered most to earn an important Big East Conference win.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textMDI improved to 8-0 on the season with a 44-38 win over Oceanside on Saturday in Bar Harbor. The win kept the Trojans near the top of a loaded Class B North field as the team nears the midpoint of the 2018-19 campaign.“You can’t teach experience, and one thing that happens when you’re as experienced as we are this year is that you know what it takes in those tough situations,” MDI head coach Brent Barker said. “Those things we weren’t doing in the first half — missing some open shots, missing free throws — we did them when it really came down to it in those last few minutes.”MDI’s Hannah Chamberlain drives to the basket against Oceanside’s Molly Gould during the first half of a high school girls’ basketball game Jan. 5 in Bar Harbor. Chamberlain’s five 3-pointers and team-high 17 points helped the Trojans improve to 8-0. BARRY GUTRADT PHOTOAfter Chamberlain hit a 3-pointer to give MDI a 3-2 lead on its opening possession, Oceanside went on a 9-0 run that kept the Trojans scoreless for nearly six minutes before Maddy Candage converted a layup to cut the home team’s deficit to 11-5. Olivia Gray then scored the first four points of the second to put MDI within one possession with seven minutes to play in the opening half.Chamberlain added a pair of 3-pointers later in the second quarter, but Oceanside (3-5) answered both times to stay two possessions ahead of the Trojans. MDI, though, trailed by just one at halftime after a floater from Candage and 3-pointer from Alexis Clarito cut the deficit to 21-20.MDI (8-0) then took the lead for the first time since its opening possession on a Candage 3-pointer, and the Trojans quickly built on their newfound advantage to go ahead 35-27 late in the third quarter. Yet Oceanside recovered again, coming up with eight straight points to tie the game at 35 entering the final frame.Whereas MDI had struggled at the free-throw line and near the rim early in the game, the home team found its rhythm in those areas in the final quarter. After the two teams exchanged baskets to start the fourth, Candage bookended two Julia Watras free throws with close-range jumpers to take a six-point lead over the Mariners, who fell victim to the Trojans’ aggressive defense and couldn’t recover.“That really helped us,” Chamberlain said of MDI’s defense, which allowed just three points in the fourth quarter. “When we were down, we would pick up the energy by running a press and putting pressure on them. It was important for us to be able to do that.”Chamberlain led MDI with 17 points, 15 of which came on 3-point field goals. It was the third straight game the senior, who is now shooting 42.5 percent from beyond the arc this season, had led the Trojans in scoring.“Her shooting capability makes defense spread out a little bit, which is a good thing for our offense,” Barker said. “We had that stretch there where Maddy and Julia weren’t scoring as much, and Hannah came up with those big 3s that helped us big time.”MDI’s Julia Watras goes for a layup against Oceanside’s Abby Veilleux during the first half of a high school girls’ basketball game Jan. 5 in Bar Harbor. The Trojans’ win kept them in second place behind Waterville in the Class B North standings. BARRY GUTRADT PHOTOThe game was the first of three straight at home for MDI, which is second to Waterville in the Class B North standings. The Trojans are  scheduled to host Ellsworth (7-2) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, and will play tough games at home against Orono and on the road against Hermon the following week.“We definitely have some tough games coming up, and we’ve got to continue to work and keep getting better,” Barker said. “We want to be playing our best basketball in the middle of February, and we’re getting closer to that every day.”DI-S reaches 8-0; Ellsworth beats WA, falls to HermonMDI wasn’t the only local girls’ team to improve to 8-0 over the past week as Deer Isle-Stonington reached the mark with wins over Bangor Christian and Jonesport-Beals.Against Bangor Christian last Thursday, Deer Isle-Stonington reached 7-0 with a 56-27 home victory. The Mariners then won their 24th straight regular season game dating back to Dec. 8, 2017, on Monday with a 67-50 win in Jonesport.The wins kept Deer Isle-Stonington atop the Class D North standings. The Mariners are currently 5.7 points ahead of defending state champion Southern Aroostook in the Heals.Back in Class B North, Ellsworth saw its winning streak snapped at six games with a 60-31 road loss Saturday against Hermon (8-0). The Eagles had previously defeated Washington Academy 55-36 on Friday in East Machias. Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Bio Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest Postslast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe decision came 12 hours after PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan canceled four tournaments, starting with the final three rounds of The Players Championship and its $15 million purse.The Masters had been scheduled for April 9-12. In a statement, Masters chairman Fred Ridley said he hoped the postponement puts Augusta National in the best position to host the Masters and its two other amateur events “at some later date.” It’s not clear when that would be. The private club traditionally closes in May and does not open for its members until October.The decision to delay the Masters is the latest big hit to the spring sports calendar caused by the COVID-19 oubreak, which has already caused the cancellation of March Madness and disrupted schedules across the NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball, tennis and soccer.Among other virus-related developments in sports:— NASCAR and IndyCar have postponed their weekend schedules at Atlanta Motor Speedway and St. Petersburg, Florida, due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. NASCAR also postponed next week’s race near Miami and IndyCar suspended the season through the end of April. The decision came less than 24 hours after both series said they would run this weekend without fans. The plan had been to restrict access to competitors, crews, officials and other necessary personnel. There are no major sports scheduled anywhere in North America. — The Swiss hockey league will not have a champion this season, for the first time since 1940. The league has decided to cancel the season. Games were suspended two weeks ago when the Swiss federal government prohibited large public events.— The German soccer league has suspended its season, dropping a plan to play this weekend in empty stadiums. The league board says there is an increasing number of suspected coronavirus cases affecting German clubs. Three second-division players have tested positive for the virus.— The English Premier League and the Champions League were both suspended Friday. Matches in England will be stopped until at least April 3 after five Premier League clubs said some players or staff were in self-isolation. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has tested positive for the virus, as has Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.— The Greek Olympic committee has suspended the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The committee said a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit yesterday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.— Hall of Fame basketball coach Geno Auriemma (aw-ree-EH’-muh) is calling on the NCAA to grant seniors in spring sports, such as baseball and softball, an extra year of eligibility. Auriemma says if the NCAA chooses to do that for basketball, he would support that decision as well. He also says the NCAA should waive its rules about the number of scholarships available. Auriemma says athletes whose entire seasons were canceled should have the opportunity to play again. He says with basketball, the situation is more complicated because the regular season was played.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNo rite of spring for golf: Masters postponed due to virusUNDATED (AP) — Golf’s annual rite of spring won’t happen this year. Augusta National has decided to postpone the Masters because of the spread of the coronavirus. That means there will be no golf at least for the next month. — Major League Baseball is encouraging players to go home a day after canceling spring training and postponing opening day by at least two weeks. Ballparks in Florida and Arizona were locked down as the sport considered how to proceed amid a virust outbreak that has brought the U.S. sports schedule to a standstill. Teams speculated the season might not start until sometime in May, necessitating a reduced schedule.— National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman says players and staff have been told to stay away from the rink and self-isolate during the coronavirus outbreak. Bettman says to his knowledge no players or league employees have tested positive for the virus. He told owners the first positive test result by any player would be a game-changer. The NHL has suspended its season. Bettman would not speculate on how long the hiatus might last. He remains optimistic the season will resume and the Stanley Cup will be awarded.— Boston Marathon organizers are postponing the prestigious race until Sept. 14 because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The April 20 race was expected to draw 31,000 runners and about 1 million spectators.— The London Marathon scheduled for April 26 has been postponed to Oct. 4.— The first four races of the Formula One season have been called off because of the virus. Organizers canceled the season-opening Australian Grand Prix just hours ahead f the first official practice sessions, after McLaren withdrew because one of its team members tested positive for the virus. Now the Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races have also been postponed. The China Grand Prix was postponed previously. No new dates have been set for the races but governing body FIA says it expects to begin the F1 season in May when it reaches Europe with the Dutch GP. March 13, 2020 Associated Press Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

First female referee to officiate Super Cup ready for spotlight

first_imgISTANBUL, Turkey (Reuters) – Stephanie Frappart said she will prove female officials are as competent as their male counterparts when she becomes the first woman to referee a major UEFA men’s final in the Super Cup between Liverpool and Chelsea today.Frappart, 35, will be assisted by her French compatriot Manuela Nicolosi and Ireland’s Michelle O’Neill.The trio have worked together at bigger matches – they were in charge of this year’s Women’s World Cup final in France – but there is no doubt they will be under intense focus at Istanbul’s Vodafone Park.Asked if she was afraid of being “double criticised” for any mistakes made, Frappart said it was time for female referees to show they are as good as the men.“We have to prove ourselves technically and physically that we are the same as the men. We are not afraid about (wrong decisions). We are ready,” she told a news conference.Frappart, who in April became the first female referee in France’s Ligue 1, also dismissed the idea that it was more difficult to officiate in a men’s game.“I think there is not a lot of difference because football is the same. It’s the same rules so I will do the same as the women’s game,” she added.Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said he was pleased to be part of a moment in history.“I think the game has come a long way in many ways, in terms of the women’s World Cup which we all watched this summer, in terms of how much respect the game’s getting, how many people are watching it and the interest in the game,” he said.“I think we were very slow everywhere on this and now we are trying to make strides and there’s still a long way to go but in terms of tomorrow I think it’s a huge moment.“It’s a historical moment that is one more step in the right direction.”The Super Cup is an annual match played between the winners of the Champions League and the Europa League. Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final last season while Chelsea defeated Arsenal in the Europa League final.Fourth official and Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir supported the trio, saying: “They are brave, they have courage, they don’t hesitate to give unpopular decisions – you will see tomorrow.”last_img read more