Biden racks up new primary wins over Sanders

first_imgAdding to nerves in a country on edge after three tumultuous years under Trump, fears of the coronavirus epidemic prompted both campaigns to cancel election-night rallies.Organizers of a live television debate scheduled Sunday, pitting the fiery Sanders and the veteran centrist Biden, likewise said they would take the extraordinary step of not allowing the usual live audience.But for Biden, the six-state contest, coming a week after his surprise comeback in voting on Super Tuesday, was a chance to demonstrate that his once dismissed campaign is in rude health.Michigan in particular — an industrial giant that Trump won in an upset in 2016 — was being targeted by Biden as a place to put down a marker ahead of the November general election. Joe Biden took another big step closer to clinching the Democratic nomination to challenge President Donald Trump, with wins projected Tuesday over leftist rival Bernie Sanders in Mississippi and Missouri, two of six states holding primaries.The Mississippi win, projected by US networks, confirmed crucial and overwhelming support from African American voters for Biden, the former vice president under the first black US president, Barack Obama.Results from four more states, including the key battleground of Michigan, were due in shortly, with Biden looking to build an invincible lead in what has become a two-man race with the self-proclaimed democratic socialist Sanders. Sanders has also acknowledged that Michigan is critical as a test of his message of revolution against the economic status quo.Biden opened primary day meeting workers at an under-construction automobile plant in Detroit, where he received cheers but also was confronted by one worker.In an exchange avidly shared online by Trump supporters, the worker, wearing a construction helmet and reflective vest, accused Biden of seeking to take away Americans’ firearms.”You’re full of shit,” an angry Biden shot back, insisting that he supports the constitutional right to bear arms. When the worker pressed the issue, Biden said with a raised voice.”I’m not taking your gun away,” he said, adding, “Gimme a break, man.” Coronavirus fears Voters came out under the growing shadow of the global coronavirus epidemic, which has infected about 900 people across the United States and killed 28.Sanders and Biden called off customary election-night rallies — both planned in Cleveland, part of another Rust Belt state, Ohio, which votes next week — in line with public health warnings from state officials.Their precaution is at odds with Trump, who has vowed to keep holding his campaign’s sometimes raucous rallies despite the concerns.Washington state, which has borne the brunt of the crisis and also was going to the polls Tuesday, votes entirely by mail — an option some experts say should become more widespread as the epidemic grows.Idaho and North Dakota were also voting.But the day’s top prize is Michigan, with its large delegate haul, status as a swing state and diverse demographics that mirror the United States. ‘Most dangerous’ president Artist and designer Cecilia Covington, 61, was the first person to vote in Precinct 123 in downtown Detroit, braving the drizzle as she arrived at Chrysler Elementary School to vote for Biden.”When he wasn’t doing well in the polls I was really concerned,” she said, adding that his stunning comeback on Super Tuesday “put my confidence back.””We’ve got to get ’45’ out of office,” she said, referring to the current president.Sanders has highlighted Biden’s support for free-trade deals to win over Michigan’s blue-collar voters, many of whom ditched the Democrats for Trump four years ago.”We are in a crisis in America, not only in the need to defeat Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in modern American history, but to take on the greed and corruption of corporate elite,” Sanders said in an ABC interview.”That is what our campaign is about. It’s very different than Joe’s.”Biden narrowly leads delegates Biden has also courted blue-collar workers, highlighting his own hard-knock childhood in Pennsylvania and Delaware.”Wall Street didn’t build America, you built America,” Biden told a rally in Detroit. “Unions built the middle class.”Biden won 10 out of 14 states that voted on Super Tuesday and holds a narrow lead in delegates to pick the nominee, although Sanders carried the most populous state of California.Trump has sought to portray Sanders as the victim of a conniving Democratic establishment, a narrative that some experts believe could depress turnout and benefit Republicans.”Going to be a BAD day for Crazy Bernie!” Trump tweeted.But Sanders supporter Frank Anderson, a 24-year-old software engineer, said he was optimistic for a victory, noting how Sanders triumphed in the 2016 Michigan primary over Hillary Clinton.”They had counted us out then, so I’m hopeful for today,” Anderson said.Topics :last_img read more

Bright coastal cottage up for grabs in Woody Point

first_imgThe home at 3 Westbrook St, Woody Point.THIS renovated coastal cottage is on a quiet street within walking distance from the beach in Woody Point. The owners bought the property at 3 Westbrook St two years ago and have transformed it into a light and bright home with timber floorboards and high ceilings.At the front of the home there is a lovely timber deck looking out over the low-maintenance lawn and quiet street.The front door opens to the spacious living area with decent-sized windows letting in natural light. The living area at 3 Westbrook St, Woody Point.Further into the home, there is a modern kitchen with white cabinetry and plenty of space for the dining table. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The master and second bedrooms have built-in robes and there is a bathroom with shower, toilet and vanity. At the back of the home, there is a second toilet and a big laundry area with plenty of storage in the built-in cupboards. The kitchen at 3 Westbrook St, Woody Point.Marketing agents Loren Mulholland and Jonathan Gordon said the home was in the perfect space to capture the cool bay breezes.“This immaculate three-bedroom renovated cottage is made for bayside living and is ready for you move straight in,” Ms Mulholland said. “Being on a quiet street in a highly sought after area, you’re sure to feel right at home as soon as you walk in.”The home is close to the beach, Woody Point Park and the Woody Point Jetty.center_img The front deck at 3 Westbrook St, Woody Point.Out the back of the home, there is a paved, covered entertainment area that looks out over the low-maintenance backyard. This is the perfect space for family barbecues and get-togethers in the summer months. The home is north-facing and is on a 455sq m block. last_img read more

Gold Coast house sets record in Hinterland estate with million-dollar sale

first_img The property set a record for its estate.Marketing agent Katrina Walsh, of Harcourts Coastal, said it was the only property to sell in the Hidden Woods Estate since the original owners snapped them up.“It’s set a record, it’s the only resale in the estate,” she said.“It had a lot of interest.”She said the buyers planned to live in the four-bedroom, three-bathroom residence, which was on the edge of a nature reserve and had panoramic valley and Hinterland views.The 4062sq m property includes a single-storey house, saltwater pool, deck, covered parking for seven cars and a work shed.A media room, billiards room with wet bar, parent’s retreat and sauna are among its standout features. It fetched more than $1 million more than what the owners paid for the block in 2010.Property records show the seven-figure deal marked one of the highest sale prices in Advancetown.A five-bedroom property on Narrowleaf Rd holds the suburb record after changing hands for $1.6 million in 2016.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:27Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:27 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy Spring 2019 is a good time to sell01:27 A luxury house at 64 Hidden Woods Drive, Advancetown, has sold in a $1.43 million deal.THE million-dollar sale of a sprawling Advancetown home has set the bar for its Hinterland estate.A local buyer splashed $1.43 million on the property at 64 Hidden Woods Drive – more than $1 million more than the sellers paid for the block in 2010, according to property records. MORE NEWS: What it takes to own a waterfallMORE NEWS: Wackiest bathtubs on the market The Hidden Woods Drive sale comes weeks after another acreage estate at Gilston sold for $2.85 million. Self-titled agency head Michael Kollosche and agent Rob Lamb handled the sale of 25 Fyfes Rd.Mr Lamb said buyers often got a lot more for their money in hinterland suburbs.Latest CoreLogic data shows Gilston’s median house price is $605,000.Advancetown doesn’t have a median house price as there haven’t been enough sales to determine an accurate figure.last_img read more

IMCA Duel In The Desert early entries top 230

first_imgNorthern SportMod drivers pre-entered for the Duel are: Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo. Steven Noland, Terra Bella, Calif. Robby Claborn, Santa Maria, Calif. Andy Obertello, Hollister, Calif. B.J. Haslam, Shelley, Idaho Chase Alves, Casa Grande, Ariz. Jack Aguiar, Tulare, Calif. Austin Arneson, Fargo, N.D. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif. Scott Saunders, Colorado Springs, Colo. Dylan Thornton, Santa Maria, Calif. Braxton Yeager, Green Rover, Wyo. R.C. Whitwell, Longdale, Okla. Rick Durica, Las Vegas Kendra Vollmer, Idaho Falls, Idaho Bob Moore, Sioux City, Iowa;  Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz. Weekend pit passes are $100. Re­served pit parking and backstretch tailgate spots are available by call­ing 702 632-8223. J.C. Elrod, San Martin, Calif. Steve Streeter, Madera, Calif. Mark Garner, Antioch, Calif. Sheyne Bradley, Casa Grande, Ariz. Bryan Renken, Gillette, Wyo. Lakota Cleveland, Rock Springs, Wyo.; Chester Kniss, Oakley, Calif. Dale Neitzel, Billings, Mont. Buddy Kniss, Oakley, Calif. Kyle Wood, Bakersfield, Calif. Austin Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz. Duane Orsburn, Hornbrook, Calif. Donald Riley, Pahrump Guy Ahlwardt, Antioch, Calif. Ryan Williams, Waxahachie, Texas Shane DeVolder, Pacifica, Calif. Jaxon Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb. Zach Fettinger, Klamath Falls, Ore. Troy Householder, Reliance, Wyo. Trevor Fitz-Gibbon, Camarillo, Calif. Jake Donnelly, Idaho Falls, Idaho Ben Stockton, Kansas City, Mo. The Duel will be broadcast by IMCA.TV. Twenty-two states and two Canadian provinces are now represented by the early Duel entries. Slade Pitt, Rock Springs, Wyo. Todd Carlock, Kingsburg, Calif. Terry Bahr, Gilbert, Ariz. Steve Boucher, Susanville, Calif. Eddie Belec, Arvada, Colo. Danny Meier, Dunmore, Alb. Chris Evoniuk, Dickinson, N.D. Doff Cooksey, Brentwood, Calif. Kersey Ferrando, Stayton, Ore. Chris Clark, Jackson, Wyo. Garrett Jernagan, Bakersfield, Calif. Cody Kuglin, Great Falls, Mont. Chris Nieman, Quincy, Calif.;  Cody Olsen, Omaha, Neb. Dick Brack, Longmont, Colo. Scott Drake, Diamond, Mo. Grey Ferrando, Stayton, Ore. Cody Thompson, Sioux City, Iowa Daniel Drury, Eldora, Iowa Jason Hilliard, Cache, Okla. Jacob Hobscheidt, Plattsmouth, Neb. Michael Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif. Heath Denney, Urda, Utah Jessie Hoskins, Longdale, Okla. Darrell Hughes II, Manteca, Calif. Albert Gill, Central Point, Ore. Jeremy Payne, Buckeye, Ariz. Brandyn Johnson, Mesa, Ariz. Robert Elliott, Clinton, Okla. Mickey Stubbings, Helper, Utah Jacob Jones, Jacob, Pocatello, Idaho Roger Bonneville, Calgary, Alb. Nick DeCarlo, Martinez, Calif. Jason Beaulieu, Campbell River, B.C. James Cecil, Bakersfield, Calif. Kellen Chadwick, Oakley, Calif. John DeMore, Spring Creek Drivers in both divisions can still enter when they arrive at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track on Wednesday or Thursday for the Nov. 13-16 Duel in the Desert. Pre-registered Modified drivers include: Luke Krogh, Dickinson, N.D. Duane Rogers, Imperial, Calif. Craig Nieman, Reno Paris Archie, Sparks Matthew Mayo, Bakersfield, Calif. Brenda Kirby, Bullhead City, Ariz. Raymond Keldsen Jr., Aromas, Calif. Brody Spangler, Dove Creek, Colo. Matthew Ratzlaff, Monte Vista, Calif. Racing starts at 4 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Top 20 Showdown races for Modifieds and Northern SportMods following the Wild West Tour join the final night’s program. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif. Christy Barnett, El Paso, Texas Logan Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif. Zack VanderBeek, New Sharon, Iowa Randy Brown, Chowchilla, Calif. Tripp Gaylord, Lakewood, Colo. A.J. Sharpensteen, Amarillo, Texas Mike O’Patik, Fort Morgan, Colo.;  Doug Rivera, Yuma, Ariz. Matthew Jenner, Vancouver, Wash. Casey Delp, Rock Springs, Wyo. Austin Ruskauff, Santa Maria, Calif. Kyle Heckman, Bakersfield, Calif. Bryan Wordelman, Salt Lake City, Utah Shane Simper, Vernal, Utah Danny Perry III, Laughlin Andy Clower, Laveen, Ariz. Freddie Plourde, Santa Rosa, Calif. Kyle Menlove, Salt Lake City, Utah Bill Cornwall, Pocatello, Idaho Drew Christianson, Minot, N.D. LAS VEGAS, Nev. – More than 230 IMCA Modified and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod drivers are officially pre-entered for the biggest event of the season in IMCA’s Shaw Race Cars Western Region. Jorddon Braaten, Central Point, Ore. Chett Reeves, Bakersfield, Calif. Travis Olheiser, Dickinson, N.D. Matt Looft, Swea City, Iowa Regan Tafoya, Farmington, N.M. Ryan Roath, Peoria, Ariz. Jason Pugh, Clovis, Calif. Danny Wagner, Bay Point, Calif. Kenny Vollmer, Idaho Falls, Idaho Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif.;  Jason Nation, Bakersfield, Calif. Bryson Curry, Laveen, Ariz.;  Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif. Tom Fraser, Antioch, Calif. Bradley Hopkins, Henderson Mikey Bell, Quitman, Ark. Theo Van De Sande, Castro Valley, Calif. Brendyn Nordyke, Holly, Colo. Isaac Sanders, Brookings, Ore. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif. Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz. Shane DeMey, Denison, Iowa Mitchell O’Patik, Canal Winchester, Ohio;  Robert Miller, Gardnerville;  Jason Hughes, Watts, Okla. Justin Foux, Red Bluff, Calif. Billy Tabor, Corvallis, Mont. Casey Renken, Gillette, Wyo. Mark Gaylord, Boring, Ore. Chris Falkenberg, Turlock, Calif. Jake Sachau, Denison, Iowa Nick Trenchard, Klamath Falls, Ore. Sean Stacy, Kearny, Ariz. Scott Brown, Meriden, Kan. Chris McKellar, Bakersfield, Calif. Brian Pearce, Oakley, Calif. Dominic Ursetta, Arvada, Colo. Michael Thing Jr., Camp, Calif. Mike Villanueva, Atwater, Calif. Brian Brennan, Rozet, Wyo. Matt Mayo, Bakersfield, Calif. Speedy Madrid, Laveen, Ariz. Mitch Machado, Rohnert Park, Calif. Jeff Streeter, Madera, Calif. Vinny Raucci Sr., Las Vegas Vinny Raucci Jr., Las Vegas Jimmy Reeves, Albert, Kan. Bill Brack, Mead, Colo. Brad Pounds, Bakersfield, Calif. Reed Payne, Idaho Falls, Idaho Jason Ferguson, Meridian, Calif. Heath Grizzle, Drasco, Ark. Brandon Schmitt, Sun Prairie, Wis. Brent Curran, Antioch, Calif. Randy Miller, San Jose, Calif. Michael Hale, West Jordan, Utah Benjamin Chukuske, Welcome, Minn. Taylon Center, Mesa, Ariz. Ricky Childress, Bakersfield, Calif. Ty Rogers, Somerton, Ariz. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark. Christopher Frisbie, White Sands Missle Range, N.M. Russell Allen, Brawley, Calif. Ryan McDaniel, Olivehurst, Calif. Matt Sanders, Brookings, Ore. Chris Morris, Taylor, Texas Shelby Frye, Casa Grande, Ariz. Anthony Merritt, Hemet, Calif. Monty Nordyke, Holly, Colo. Taylor Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz. Adam Kates, Tonganoxie, Kan. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif. Steve Bitting Jr., Phoenix, Ariz. Tim Balding, Santa Rosa, Calif. Jacob Pace, Kearny, Ariz. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif. David Pitt, Rock Springs, Wyo. Steven Bowers Jr., Topeka, Kan. Clay Daly, Salinas, Calif. Rex Higgins, Bloomfield, N.M. Shawn LaRocque, Winnemucca Dan Philpott, LaPine, Ore. Robert Sanders, Bakersfield, Calif. Kevin Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif. A minimum of $777 will be paid to start the 28-car main event and to winners of Thursday and Fri­day, Nov. 14 and 15 qualifying features. Thursday and Friday Northern SportMod qualifiers both pay $500 to win. Tate Johnson, Homestead, Mont. Michael Moore, Irving, Texas Ronnie Roy, Rock Springs, Wyo. Tanner Black, Otis, Kan. Derek Nance, Merced, Calif. Ricky Saunders, Colorado Springs, Colo. Kelly Henderson, Minot, N.D. Alex Stanford, Chowchilla, Calif. Austin Manzella, Bakersfield, Calif. Ricky Thornton Jr., Adel, Iowa Tommy Hensley, Bedford, Iowa Matt Micheli, Live Oak, Calif. Chad Melton, Mineral Wells, Texas Brian Carey, Aztec, N.M. Jarrod Mounce, Atwater, Calif. Josh Stringer, Pahrump Bill Lundock, Golden, Colo. Cody Malcom, Shelley, Idaho Chuck Delp, Rock Springs, Wyo. Justen Yeager, Green River, Wyo. Dave Pearson, Ridgecrest, Calif. Lawrence O’Connor, Port Hardy, B.C. Jeremy Richey, Medford, Ore. Wade Taylor, Spring Creek Tim Ragsdale, Merced, Calif. Joe Duvall, Claremore, Okla. Nevin Kennemore, Standish, Calif. Dennis Schoenfeld, Van Buren, Ark. Bubba Stafford Jr., Wittman, Ariz. Allen Owen Jr., Pocola, Okla. Jerry Flippo, Bakersfield, Calif. Joe Docekal, Dysart, Iowa Christina Ratzlaff, Monte Vista, Colo. Chris Delp, Rock Springs, Wyo. Alan Riley, Florence, Mont. Arie Schouten, Omaha, Neb. Cory Hemphill, Yuma, Ariz. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb. Tony Hofbauer, Huxley, Iowa Chase Hansen, Myton, Utah Crystal Hemphill, Yuma, Ariz. Brock Aeschbacher, Rigby, Idaho D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif. Coltin Jackman, Blackfoot, Idaho Mike Ziegler, Brush, Colo.  Cody Burke, Salinas, Calif. Modifieds race for $7,777 to win, Northern SportMods for a top prize of $1,777 at the 22nd annual event. Saturday night’s Modified feature is a 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier.  Collen Winebarger, Corbett, Ore.last_img read more

Broward Public Defender Reports Alarming Virus Issues in County Jail

first_imgBroward County Jail inmates who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 are reporting alarming conditions, according to the county Public Defender’s Office.The issues were raised in a letter dated Friday to Sheriff Greg Tony from Public Defender Howard Finkelstein and his chief assistant, Gordon Weekes.“We are in receipt of very disturbing information regarding the treatment of persons in the Broward County Jail who have been diagnosed with COVID-19,” Finkelstein and Weekes write.Given that there is “uncontroverted medical opinion that jails are incubators for COVID-19 because of the inability to socially isolate and provide adequate opportunity for handwashing,” the pair are asking that Tony arrange for testing for every jail employee and inmate.“Without testing, COVID-19 will quickly spread throughout the jail and your staff will become more fearful and less able to do their jobs,” the public defenders wrote.They also asked that inmates who are diagnosed with the virus or are exhibiting symptoms be closely monitored by medical personnel “at least on an hourly basis.”Inmates who are being represented by the Public Defender’s Office have reported that they are not being checked. The letter adds that two inmates in a “COVID-19 unit” at the jail were “spitting up blood” and that “requests for water and care were ignored.”In order to receive medical attention, they wrote, one of the inmates blocked a cell window to prompt a guard to come to the unit. Meanwhile, others intentionally caused toilets to flood to attract attention.When deputies entered the unit, guards were “physically and verbally aggressive and threatening.” One inmate reported that a guard pointed a Taser toward the chest of another inmate who has heart trouble, and a second guard allegedly pointed a Taser at a different inmate’s head.Gerdy St. Louis, public information officer at the Sheriff’s Office, said via email that the agency follows guidelines from the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding inmate testing.Inmates who test positive for the novel coronavirus are medically isolated, treated and monitored according to those guidelines; in addition, inmates who show “signs of acute symptoms” are transferred to a hospital.As of Saturday morning, St. Louis said, 14 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Ten of them were in custody as of midday Sunday, two have been released, one is now negative, and one of them passed away in a hospital.The jail population has been reduced due to coronavirus concerns. As of Saturday, there were 2,860 inmates, down from 3,591 on March 1.Visitors and volunteers are currently banned from visiting jails, while staff and inmates are screened before entering the facilities. All new inmates are screened for coronavirus risk factors.St. Louis said her agency has not received the Finkelstein-Weekes letter. “It appears media received the letter before we did, as I am not aware of anyone who has received it. We have heard of similar allegations from the Public Defender’s Office that were looked into and found to be completely without merit. We will review the allegations outlined in the letter and provide the Public Defender’s Office with a response,” St. Louis wrote.The Finkelstein-Weekes letter was also copied to county commissioners, the chief judge and the county administrator.Finkelstein, who is serving his fourth term as the county’s elected public defender, is not running for re-election, and is instead supporting Weekes as his replacement.last_img read more

Poll shows Proposition 23 losing support in California

first_imgA recent Field Poll has shown that California’s Proposition 23 is losing support in the polls.Proposition 23 would suspend the implementation of the Global Warming Solutions Act — AB 32 — until California unemployment is down to 5.5 percent.The latest polls show 45 percent of voters oppose the proposition, with only 34 supporting it.The proposition was introduced by Texas oil giants Valero and Tesoro, along with a refinery owned by billionaires Charles and David Koch. It would suspend the state law that requires greenhouse gas emissions be reduced to levels they were at in 1990 by the year 2020.The proposition has found little support in California. Democrats are overwhelmingly against it and Republicans seem divided on the issue.Though Republican Carly Fiorina has voiced her support for Proposition 23, Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman has said she opposes it, preferring a one-year moratorium instead of completely doing away with the clean energy bill.“Climate change is going to get worse fast,” said Mark Bernstein, managing director of the USC Energy Institute. “[Students] are young enough to see that. If Prop 23 passes, in the near-term, there’ll be less opportunities for doing things that are green.”Bernstein added that green technology is the only job industry currently expanding in the state.“Where are the jobs going to be when you guys graduate? The only sector that is growing is green technologies,” Bernstein said. “That’s where the jobs are. And it’s only there because the government is putting it in place.”Campus activist groups also oppose the proposition and protested at Valero gas stations across the state.“Clean energy is our future,” said Ryan Waters, campaign coordinator of the No On Prop 23 CALPIRG chapter at USC. “We need to do everything we can to make sure California is a leader in clean energy and clean technology.”Proponents of Proposition 23 say it will cost money to implement AB 32, which is set to start in 2012.According to arguments made in favor of the proposition in the California Voter Guide, “AB 32 will cause California households to face higher prices both directly for electricity, natural gas and gasoline, and indirectly as businesses pass costs for [greenhouse gas] reduction on to consumers.”But Bernstein said the long-term costs are nothing compared to the ultimate benefits of AB 32.“Will it cost us? In the long-term, maybe,” Bernstein said. “But by the time we get out there, technology will improve and it probably won’t cost us anything. The benefits in the near-term significantly outweigh the costs.”Micah Scheindlin, political director of USC College Democrats, agreed.“Their arguments regarding revenue are wholly wrong,” Scheindlin said. “If anything, passing Proposition 23 would stunt the growth of California’s green tech economy and therefore cost the state revenue.”The proposition’s opponents include The League of Women’s Voters and liberal college groups including California College Democrats.Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger also opposes the proposition, having originally signed AB 32 into legislation in 2006.“The effort to suspend AB 32 is the work of greedy oil companies who want to keep polluting in our state and making profits,” Schwarzenegger said after the measure qualified for the November ballot.Two advocacy groups, the Courage Campaign and CREDO Action, have called for a boycott of Valero and Beacon gas stations in order to punish Valero for providing financial sponsorship of the initiative.In the end, Bernstein said, students’ futures are in their hands.“[AB 32] is not overcoming the jobless rate yet, but it’s getting there,” Bernstein said. “I really want the students to get out and vote.”last_img read more

March Madness: NCAA Tournament East opening round preview

first_imgMarch Madness is finally here. Despite the obvious miscarriage of cosmic justice that resulted in a Badger-less tournament, it is still the best time of the year. Play-in games begin Tuesday, March 13. The National Championship falls on Monday, April 2. Between those two magical dates is a time like no other. Couches mold to fit suspiciously well to your rear-end. Your eyeballs become painfully aware you were not meant to watch that television eight hours a day. Kick back, ignore homework, loved ones and responsibilities and break out your lucky highlighter.And hey, as of now – you have a perfect bracket!Let’s do it.No. 1 Villanova University vs. No. 16 Long Island University-Brooklyn/Radford UniversitySixteen seeds don’t beat one seeds.It doesn’t look like this match-up will provide us with much more than a chance to watch Villanova tune up their game for the rest of the tournament.Villanova (30-4, 14-4 Big East) has impressive wins against Tennessee, Butler (twice), Providence (twice), Creighton (twice) and Seton Hall.The Wildcats feature two of the top players in the country in juniors Jalen Brunson and Mikal Bridges. The deadly duo is devastatingly accurate from three: Brunson shoots .413 and Bridges nails .433 of their shots from beyond the arc. Both are more than 52 percent in overall field goal percentage and averaging 19.4 and 18 points per game respectively.Coach Jay Wright will be looking to bring his perennial talented Villanova squad past either LIU (18-6, 10-8 Northeast Conference) or Radford (22-12, 12-6 Big South Conference), two teams that have not as much sniffed the kind of competition Villanova will be providing in the inaugural tournament weekend.No. 8 Virginia Tech University vs. No. 9 University of AlabamaThis is one of the most interesting matchups in the round of 64.Virginia Tech (21-11, 11-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) has one of the best resumes of any middle-seeded team in the country. The Hokies beat Duke, UNC and Virginia — three of the best teams in the nation.Tech plays a balanced, high octane, transition offensive style that allows them to average close to 80 points per game, though puts them in mediocre defensive standing. Over the course of the season, Virginia has come up short on the glass, they suffer a rebounding disparity of -1.5 per game.Where Virginia Tech is even-keeled, Alabama (19-15, 8-10 Southeast Conference) contrasts play styles by funneling their entire offense through a single man: Collin Sexton.You may remember the hilarity of a technical foul-induced three-on-five situation between Alabama and Minnesota earlier in the season. Of course, it was funny until Sexton finished the game with 40 points and almost took the Crimson Tide all the way back for the improbable win. Though in the end they fell short, nobody forgot Sexton moving forward.If Sexton is on, the lowly conference record of Alabama will hardly matter and Virginia Tech will be searching for an answer.Men’s basketball: NCAA Tournament released, March Madness begins ThursdayAfter a down year for basketball in Wisconsin, the streets will be unusually quiet in Madison this March, but that Read…No. 5 West Virginia University vs. No. 12 Murray State UniversityWVU (24-10, 11-7 Big 12) had their signature win early in the season against top overall seed UVA.The Mountaineers are famous for their full-court press, and their dogged defense held opponents to an average of 69 points per game this season.They are led by senior Jevon Carter, who was nominated to The Badger Herald’s “How is that guy still in college” All-American Team. Carter is fifth in the country in steals, averaging 2.85 per game and averages 6.6 assists per game to go with his team-leading 17 points average.Murray State University (26-5, 16-2 Ohio Valley Conference) relies heavily on their sharpshooter Jonathan Stark. He’s draining 3.5 threes per game at a 41 percent clip on his way to a 21.8 point per game average.The Racers have a healthy 13.8 average scoring margin that will be tested against the tenacious defense of the Mountaineers.No. 4 Wichita State University vs. No. 13 Marshall UniversityWichita State (25-7, 14-4 American Athletic Conference) has wins against Cincinnati, Houston and Baylor this season and is third in the country in team rebounding margin at 9.8 per game.Their leader Landry Shamet is an elite shooter (.459 three-point percentage), facilitator (5.1 assists per game) and shoots over 82 percent from the free throw line.Marshall (24-10, 13-5 USA Conference) is known as the alma mater of NBA G-League success story and shot-blocker extraordinaire Hassan Whiteside.It would seem the Herd has elected to continue to host block parties. They once again have an elite paint protector on the roster in NCAA blocks leader Ajdin Penava.They also have two 20-point per game scorers on the roster in Jon Elmore and C.J. Burks.No. 6 University of Florida vs. No. 11 St. Bonaventure University/University of California-Los AngelesFlorida (20-12, 11-7 Southeast Conference) has two wins against Kentucky and a victory against Cincinnati on the season.Despite those resume-building wins, the Gators seem rather unremarkable. Their positive scoring margin of 6.7 is barely more impressive than their negative rebounding deficit, and they look like a prime target for a surprise upset.They will wait for the victor of St Bonnies (25-7, 14-4 Atlantic 10 Conference) and UCLA (21-11, 11-7 Pac-12 Conference), two teams that are capable of pulling off a first-round shocker.No. 3 Texas Tech University vs. No. 14 Stephen F. Austin State UniversityTexas Tech (24-9, 11-7 Big 12 Conference) beat Nevada, Baylor and WVU before falling into a free-fall in the latter half of the season as a result of an injury to star Keenan Evans. Before the injury to their chief facilitator and shot-maker, Tech was 22-4 and at the top of the Big 12. Evans returned in time for the Big 12 tournament and will be back in the line up for the first round game.Nothing says March Madness like seeing Stephen F. Austin State (28-6, 14-4 Southland Conference) on the docket opening weekend. You may not know where it is, whether it existed before the NCAA Tournament or who Stephen F. Austin was (The “Father of Texas”), but we are all happy to see our friends back in the bracket.The Jacks have a 13-point scoring margin, albeit against rather weak competition, and match a balanced offense with tight defense — only allowing 68.1 points per game.No. 7 University of Arkansas vs. No. 10 Butler UniversityArkansas (23-11, 10-8 Southeast Conference) has wins against Florida and Tennessee this season and uses an efficient offensive system in which they convert on more than 40 percent of their three-point shots as a team, 47 percent of shots from the floor and drop more than 81 points per game.The tradeoff is the Razorbacks lowly defensive effort. They allow 75.5 points per game, have a negative three-point field goal deficit of .7 and allow almost 43 percent field goal percentage per game.Butler (20-13, 9-9 Big East) has wins against Villanova, Ohio State, Creighton and Seton Hall and will look to assail the weak Arkansas defense with their attack that managed to average just under 80 points a game this season. Senior forward Kelan Martin leads the way on the roster. Martin is tops on the team in points per game (20.8), three-point shooting (2.6 made per game), rebounds (6.2 per game) and blocks (.5 per game).March Madness: NCAA Tournament South opening round previewMarch Madness is finally here. Despite the obvious miscarriage of cosmic justice that resulted in a Badger-less tournament, it is Read…No. 2 Purdue University vs. No. 15 California State University-FullertonPurdue (28-6, 15-3 Big Ten) provided Badger fans with one of the few bright spots of the season earlier in the year when they lost an exciting tilt in Madison, followed by a student court storming to celebrate the upset.As a two seed in a Tournament that forgot to mail Wisconsin an invite, it would seem Purdue had the last laugh. Team leader Carsen Edwards was built for March. He’s a shoot from the hip, all-around solid player who averaged 18.5 points and is a threat to go off any given night. He’s a huge reason why Purdue finished the regular season fifth in the nation in scoring margin (15.5).Cal State-Fullerton (20-11, 10-6 Pac 12 Conference) has a negative scoring margin, turnover margin and averages lower field goal percentages from the field and from three than their opponents.Though, they do have two talented scoring guards, Kyle Allman Jr. and Khalil Ahmad, averaging 19.4 and 15.3 points per game respectively.At the end of the day, it’s March, where anything can happen. So, when push comes to shove, disregard all numbers, knowledge or wisdom and take out the dart board to make some quick, uninformed decisions.last_img read more

Barnes reacts to early Olympics exit

first_imgMeanwhile, David Oliver Joyce will be the only Irish boxer in action today.After his impressive preliminary round victory, Joyce returns to the ring later tonight to fight of Albert Selimov of Azerbaijan in the last-16 of the Lightweight division. The captain of the Irish boxing squad suffered a split decision loss yesterday in his opening bout in Rio, which means that he will be a spectator for the rest of the games.The two-time bronze medal winner revealed afterwards that he had struggled to get under the 49kg weight limit for the past two years.Former team captain Ken Egan says that Barnes had no choice but to try and compete at light-flyweight.last_img

Sheriff Kieliszewski and Terry King speak at League of Women Voters forum

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Last night the League of Women Voters held a virtual forum for Alpena County candidates. Sheriff Kieliszewski and former undersheriff Terry King sat together and answered questions from the moderator.We’ve been given permission to provide you with the closing statements from each candidate.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena County Sheriff’s Department, League of Women VotersContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena principal serves graduate her diploma after she missed the ceremonyNext Businesses and nonprofits can now apply for Michigan Small Business Restart Programlast_img