Democrats set sights on rising rival Bloomberg as debate looms

first_imgThe prospect is not sitting well with Bloomberg’s five debate rivals, who are likely to hurl searing salvos at him when they take the stage for a two-hour Las Vegas showdown starting 6:00 pm local time (0200 GMT Thursday).Sanders and others have already hammered Bloomberg hard, stressing Americans have no appetite for billionaires trying to “buy” their way into the presidential race.Bloomberg has essentially foregone the campaigning in the first four contests, including Nevada.Instead he is going all in on so-called Super Tuesday on March 3, when 14 states including California and Texas vote on choosing a Democratic nominee.The ninth Democratic debate’s other participants — former vice president Biden, former South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar, all moderates, and the more progressive senators Sanders and Warren — have castigated Bloomberg for his approach. ‘Egomaniac billionaire’ Buttigieg, asked by CNN if he thought Bloomberg was trying to buy his way in, was unequivocal.”What else do you call it when you dip into your endless reserves of millions and billions and don’t go through the process of campaigning in states like Nevada, or Iowa, or New Hampshire, humbling yourself… looking eye to eye to voters?” Buttigieg responded.Biden attacked the political affiliations of Bloomberg, a longtime Democrat who left the party to run for mayor first as a Republican, then an independent. In 2018 he re-registered as a Democrat.”He basically has been a Republican his whole life,” Biden, 77, fumed Wednesday.Sanders and Bloomberg, both 78, have also tangled in increasingly ugly ways.On Wednesday, Bloomberg spokesman Tim O’Brien accused the Sanders campaign of behaving in “Trumpy” fashion by falsely asserting that Bloomberg has had a heart attack. He did have stents installed in 2000 because of a coronary blockage but has never had a cardiac arrest. Sanders had a heart attack in October.”Those are the facts,” O’Brien tweeted. “It’s a dangerous time when Sanders goes all in with Trumpism.”While Sanders is ahead, Bloomberg is surging on the national stage. Two separate polls released Tuesday show him leapfrogging rivals to claim second spot behind Sanders, with Biden third.Buttigieg, who narrowly won Iowa and finished second in New Hampshire, will seek to show viewers that his strong early performances were no fluke. Sharp criticism For Warren, Klobuchar and Biden, the Nevada debate is a critical opportunity for them to convince voters that they belong in the race heading into the stretch.Bloomberg has his own challenge: the powerful billionaire who has long controlled his message will have to defend his record in real time against practiced politicians eager to notch a viral moment.Some of Bloomberg’s policies as mayor are facing sharp criticism.Several rivals have highlighted the stop-and-frisk police operations during Bloomberg’s mayorship that disproportionately targeted people of color.Bloomberg has apologized for enforcing the policy, and on Saturday acknowledged that he defended it “for too long” because he failed to understand the “unintended pain” it caused minorities.On the streets of Las Vegas, where protesters fighting for a union contract gathered Wednesday, some voters were rejecting a candidate who has opted to skip Nevada and other early-voting states.”He’s trying to buy votes,” said pastor Sylvester Rogers, 79. Bloomberg “should be in the race from the beginning, like every other candidate,” Rogers added. “He needs to see what our communities are about.”Topics : Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg will confront rivals Wednesday during his debut presidential debate, with Democratic competitors desperate to cut him down a peg over his sudden prominence in the race to take on Donald Trump.All eyes will be on the US media magnate as he navigates a 2020 national audience for the first time, after his astronomical spending on campaign advertising fueled a rise in polling that has sent him into the top tier of candidates.Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, will take the stage as the clear frontrunner, buoyed by a strong showing in Iowa, a victory in New Hampshire and a surge in polling with the next nominating contest just three days away in Nevada. A Washington Post-ABC News poll out Wednesday showed Sanders with a commanding double digit lead nationally, at 32 percent. Sagging former frontrunner Joe Biden, who has suffered the most from Bloomberg’s gains, was second at 16 percent, followed by Bloomberg at 14 and Elizabeth Warren at 12.  While Sanders and other White House hopefuls have spent months barnstorming early states, billionaire Bloomberg parachuted late into the Democratic contest.His surge boosts the chances of November’s election being a unique show of one septuagenarian white male New York billionaire challenging another — Trump himself.last_img read more

Study finds ESG now core strategy at private equity firms

first_img“Issues such as climate change, sustainability, consumer protection, social responsibility and employee engagement are no longer viewed solely as components of risk management, but have also gained recognition in recent years as important drivers of firm value, particularly in the long term,” the study said.Pressures to put ESG policies in place were felt most acutely in Europe, the research showed, with the Middle East, Northern Africa and Latin America region feeling less pressure from investors and regulators.But even though ESG policies were being adopted more and more, there were still some big obstacles to these being implemented, the study showed.The most notable barrier was the difficulty in collecting the necessary data, it said. Also, some respondents cited the attitude of internal managers as a barrier to implementation.“It appears that, while ESG integration has become common, there remain pockets of internal managerial resistance to the whole idea of considering such issues as relevant for investment decisions,” the study said.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to research conducted by London Business School Institutional investors are increasingly demanding that private equity partnerships have environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies in their investment processes, and ESG has now become a core strategy for the private equity firms to create value, according to a new study.In the research, conducted by the London Business School’s Coller Institute of Private Equity and supported by private equity investor Adveq, 85% of larger private equity firms – managing assets in excess of $10bn (€8.2bn) – said pressure was growing to integrate ESG policies into everyday working practices.Ioannis Ioannou, assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the London Business School, said: “The private equity industry is increasingly placing greater importance to ESG, moving it from a purely compliance and risk mitigating strategy to a key long-term strategy through which private equity firms pursue value creation.”The study was based on responses from 42 private equity firms with collective assets under management of more than $640bn.last_img read more

Married Mum and Dad Really Do Matter: New Evidence from Canada

first_imgPublic Discourse.com 8 October 2013There is a new and significant piece of evidence in the social science debate about gay parenting and the unique contributions that mothers and fathers make to their children’s flourishing. A study published last week in the journal Review of the Economics of the Household—analyzing data from a very large, population-based sample—reveals that the children of gay and lesbian couples are only about 65 percent as likely to have graduated from high school as the children of married, opposite-sex couples. And gender matters, too: girls are more apt to struggle than boys, with daughters of gay parents displaying dramatically low graduation rates.Unlike US-based studies, this one evaluates a 20 percent sample of the Canadian census, where same-sex couples have had access to all taxation and government benefits since 1997 and to marriage since 2005.While in the US Census same-sex households have to be guessed at based on the gender and number of self-reported heads-of-household, young adults in the Canadian census were asked, “Are you the child of a male or female same-sex married or common law couple?” While study author and economist Douglas Allen noted that very many children in Canada who live with a gay or lesbian parent are actually living with a single mother—a finding consonant with that detected in the 2012 New Family Structures Study—he was able to isolate and analyze hundreds of children living with a gay or lesbian couple (either married or in a “common law” relationship akin to cohabitation).So the study is able to compare—side by side—the young-adult children of same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples, as well as children growing up in single-parent homes and other types of households. Three key findings stood out to Allen:children of married opposite-sex families have a high graduation rate compared to the others; children of lesbian families have a very low graduation rate compared to the others; and the other four types [common law, gay, single mother, single father] are similar to each other and lie in between the married/lesbian extremes.The truly unique aspect of Allen’s study, however, may be its ability to distinguish gender-specific effects of same-sex households on children. He writes:the particular gender mix of a same-sex household has a dramatic difference in the association with child graduation. Consider the case of girls. . . . Regardless of the controls and whether or not girls are currently living in a gay or lesbian household, the odds of graduating from high school are considerably lower than any other household type. Indeed, girls living in gay households are only 15 percent as likely to graduate compared to girls from opposite sex married homes.…..The study’s publication continues the emergence of new, population-based research in this domain, much of which has undermined scholarly and popular claims about equivalence between same-sex and opposite-sex households echoed by activists and reflected in recent legal proceedings about same-sex marriage.Might the American Psychological Association and American Sociological Association have been too confident and quick to declare “no differences” in such a new arena of study, one marked by the consistent reliance upon small or nonrandom “convenience” samples? Perhaps. Maybe a married mum and dad do matter, after all.http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2013/10/10996/?utm_source=RTA+Regnerus+Married+Moms+and+Dads&utm_campaign=winstorg&utm_medium=emailRelated:Most gay-parenting studies are long on bias and short on hard dataLatest “Junk” Research Further Exposed – Assessing the Australian StudyWhat You Need to Know About the Mark Regnerus Study of Homosexual ParentsGrowing Up With Two Mums: The Untold Children’s Viewlast_img read more

Southampton seal $14m deal for Ghana defender

first_img Read Also: PSG prefer Mbappe, Neymar extensions over Ronaldo move “It is a very good feeling to be a Southampton player. I am very happy to be part of the club and I am looking forward to starting here,” he said. “Southampton is a club with a very rich history in developing young players, so it is a very good club for me to develop my skills and to learn a lot as a young player.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Southampton completed the signing of Ghana defender Mohammed Salisu from Real Valladolid in a £10.9 million ($14 million) deal on Wednesday. Salisu has agreed a four-year contract and is the Premier League club’s second close-season signing following their swoop for Tottenham defender Kyle Walker-Peters. Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has used the fee from Denmark midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s move to Tottenham to rebuild his defence. Salisu, 21, moved to La Liga side Valladolid from Ghana in 2017 and the centre-back quickly established himself as a first-team regular. “This is an important signing for us, Mohammed is a player who fits our profile well,” Hasenhuttl said. Loading… center_img “He is young and has a great amount of potential, but he is also someone who has the qualities to come in and help the team as soon as he is up to speed with our way of playing. “I like what I have seen of him so far in his games with Valladolid. He is strong defensively, he is calm with the ball – something that is important in our team – and he has good speed too.” Salisu revealed Southampton’s track record of developing young players convinced him to move to St Mary’s. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!How Good The CGI Effects In Those Movies Were!last_img read more

Indiana officials applaud China trade deal

first_imgIndianapolis, IN—The United States and China reached a phase one trade agreement, which was formally signed by President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He.“During my economic development trip to China in September, numerous government officials expressed a desire to secure a trade deal and President Trump has delivered. This is a great first step, especially for our Hoosier farmers,” said Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb. “We look forward to a continued mutually productive relationship with China, one of Indiana’s largest international partners.”According to a fact sheet from the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office, this phase one agreement focuses on intellectual property, technology transfer, agriculture, financial services along with currency and foreign exchange. This agreement also includes a commitment by China that it will make substantial purchases of U.S. goods and services in the coming years.“The trade deal made today in our nation’s capital will have a significant impact on our country as a whole and specifically, right here in our Hoosier state,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Secretary of Agricultural and Rural Development. “With China being one of Indiana’s top five trading partners, we are certain this deal will strengthen Indiana’s economy and provide an even greater boost to our farmers and the agriculture industry.”Agriculture highlights of the trade agreement include:China will purchase and import at least $40 billion of U.S. food, agricultural and seafood products annually over the next two yearsChina has agreed to streamline the regulatory process by implementing a predictable and science-based approval method for products of agricultural biotechnology China will expand the scope of beef products, pork products, and processed meats eligible for importationIndiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler attended the signing ceremony today in Washington D.C. Others in attendance included Vice President Mike Pence, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and other congressional and national industry leaders.“It was an honor to be invited and watch the signing of this historic deal,” Kettler said. “We are excited to further develop our relationship with China and are looking forward to the positive impact this will have on Indiana agriculture now, and in the future.”In 2017, Indiana shipped $4.6 billion in domestic agriculture products abroad, making Indiana the country’s eighth-largest agricultural exporting state. In addition to agriculture commodities, China is one of Indiana’s top export markets for hardwoods, over $55.3 million was exported in 2017. China is a crucial trading partner to the U.S., according to the USDA soybean exports to China totaled 9.4 million tons last year. The trade deal, which has been widely celebrated by the agriculture industry, is the first phase of a comprehensive agreement that will be negotiated with China, according to the Trump administration.last_img read more

Trapattoni warns of Wales threat

first_imgGiovanni Trapattoni has warned his Ireland side Wednesday night’s clash with Wales will be a friendly only in name. Trapattoni was Italy manager when they were beaten 2-1 by Wales at a sold-out Millennium Stadium during qualifying for Euro 2004. The atmosphere will be considerably more low-key on Wednesday night, but the Ireland boss remains wary of the Welsh. “This is no friendly,” he said. “I know this country. I was here many years ago with Italy, as was their scorer that night, (Craig) Bellamy. “We won in Italy but we lost over here and we know about this team, I have seen so many games and I know the Welsh players, they have a good mentality and they are international players. “After this game we can reflect, and we will know from our attitude and personality whether we are ready to play against Sweden.” Trapattoni is pleased he will not have to face Bale’s combination of pace, power and skill, but admits it is a shame for the home fans to miss out on seeing the Real Madrid target. “I am a sports fan, I have 50 years in football,” he said. “It is a shame for Wales and all football fans. He is the sort of player everyone loves. “For us it is okay and I can say we are lucky he is not playing. But I understand the situation, what is important for Bale and Real Madrid whether he goes there or not.” The Celtic rivals meet at Cardiff City Stadium with the visitors looking to build towards their crucial World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria next month. They will face a Wales side without star man Gareth Bale after the Tottenham winger was ruled out due to his foot injury, but Trapattoni is under no illusions that Wales still remain a potent threat to his side’s positive run of recent form, which has seen them lose just once in 2013. Trapattoni confirmed Keiren Westwood will start in goal with David Forde ruled out by injury, although the Italian remains hopeful the Millwall stopper and defender Sean St Ledger may be fit to face the Swedes. Norwich’s Wes Hoolahan is also handed a start, playing in the hole behind striker Shane Long. And captain John O’Shea believes the 31-year-old has the talent to make the most of his opportunity to stake a claim for a regular spot. O’Shea said: “He has developed late in his career but it has been to our benefit. The manager has slowly introduced him and we are fully aware of his talents. “The players have seen it, the manager has seen it, not just in the Premier League but every day on the training ground. Hopefully he will be a vital part for us during the latter stages of this campaign. “As a tall defender he is a nightmare as he is a tough guy. He is not afraid to take a few knocks but he does get in pockets behind the midfield four and that is what the manager will want from him tomorrow night. “Hopefully he can supply Robbie Brady, Shane Long and Jon Walters, and we know he can weigh in with a goal himself.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-DRAFTFinal chance for Hurricanes and Cornhuskers hopefulsUNDATED (AP) — Two programs that dominated college football from the 1980s through the early 2000s are still waiting to see one of their players taken in the NFL draft. Update on the latest sports Associated Press No Miami or Nebraska players were selected in the first three rounds. Miami is hoping to extend a streak of having at least one player drafted that started in 1976. Nebraska will try to avoid a second straight season of no drafted players after having its 56-year streak snapped last year. This is their last chance — the draft wraps up Saturday.Meanwhile, the Southeastern Conference is on pace to smash another NFL draft record. A year after having a record 64 players selected during the three-day, seven-round event, the SEC had a whopping 40 guys go in the first three rounds.The powerhouse conference broke the NFL record by having 15 guys chosen in the opening round Thursday and had 25 more Friday — 10 in the second and 15 in the third. Thirteen of the league’s 14 teams had at least one player drafted. Only Mississippi failed to land a player in any of the first three rounds.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBritish government in talks with sports bodies April 25, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — The British government is increasing planning with sports bodies about the resumption of events once the coronavirus national lockdown is eased.Government medical officials are involved in the talks about the logistics and health procedures required to allow sports competitions to restart.The Premier League last played a game on March 9 and has plans to try to restart from June 8 once pandemic social distancing regulations are relaxed to allow training to resume for teams and there are sufficient COVID-19 tests available.The national lockdown is currently in place until May 7. Cricket authorities have already said their sport won’t resume until July, but horse racing is currently only suspended until June.British Horseracing Authority chair Annamarie Phelps tweeted Saturday about “very welcome support for the resumption of live sport incl horseracing” from Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, linking to a front page report from The Sun newspaper about plans for events to be staged again. In other developments related to the pandemic:— Dutch top-flight club FC Utrecht is preparing for legal action to fight the Royal Netherlands Football Association decision to cancel the remainder of the league season and allocate places in next season’s European competitions based on the standings when play was halted by the coronavirus crisis. Utrecht likely will not be alone in challenging the decision that also said there would be no relegation and promotion between the country’s two top leagues. The Netherlands was the first top-tier European league to cancel the remainder of the season. Neighboring Belgium could also end its season at a meeting Monday.— English Premier League team Chelsea says it will not impose a pay cut on its first-team squad and instead will ask players to continue their support for charities during the coronavirus pandemic. Chelsea also said it will not be furloughing any full-time staff, and casual workers and match day employees are being compensated by the club through to June 30. The Blues have been in negotiations with their players about a salary reduction, reportedly around 10%, in an effort to save money during the current crisis. That is lower than the Premier League’s suggestion of 30% for all clubs but Chelsea has now decided to take a different approach.— The South Pacific island of Vanuatu (vah-noo-AH’-too) was likely the only venue in the world hosting a competitive sports final Saturday, and it was streamed live. Officials set up four cameras and commentary for the online stream on the Vanuatu Cricket Association’s Facebook site. More than 3,000 viewers tuned in at various times during a men’s 10-over exhibition match and the women’s Twenty20 final won by the Mele Bulls.— The Cape Cod League executive committee has announced the cancellation of the 2020 season, saying the unanimous vote was based on the health concerns and safety needs of all involved. The 10-team league is the top summer competition for college baseball players and was scheduled to run from mid-June until August. The league was founded in 1885 and had not missed a season since 1945, the last year of World War II.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Boeheim on cusp of joining elite company with 900th career win

first_img Related Stories Gery: Boeheim’s rapid rise from 800 to 900 wins fueled by keen eye for talent, strong recruiting classesWhen he wants: Amid grumblings of retirement, Boeheim remains steadfast in position at helm of SU Facebook Twitter Google+ The NCAA as it stands today was founded in 1906. Thousands of coaches have coached Division I basketball in thousands more games. But just two have managed 900 wins.Ankur Patankar | Design Editor | View largerOn Monday night, Jim Boeheim can become the third, joining Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight.After Saturday night’s 85-61 victory against Canisius, Boeheim told reporters that his players “don’t care about how many wins I get,” rather they were focused on the next win and nothing more. While his No. 4 Orange (9-0) preferred to focus on simply playing basketball, the enormity of the occasion was hardly lost on them. Though the numbers themselves are hardly the obsession of his players – 34 20-win seasons, nine regular season and five Big East tournament titles and 29 NCAA Tournament appearances all in 36 seasons – Boeheim’s illustrious, but unfinished legacy is admittedly part of why they play for SU.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s a team, it’s a winning tradition, winning program, something everyone wants to be a part of,” senior forward James Southerland said.That doesn’t mean the SU players will hear about the impending milestone outside of conversations with media members. Southerland and Brandon Triche each made their collegiate debuts Nov. 9, 2009 in Boeheim’s 800th win against Albany. They’d heard about the approaching 800-win mark in the buildup to the game, but Boeheim never mentioned it.“We won the game, we was all ready to get off the court,” Southerland said. “And then it was ‘Wait wait wait, 800 wins’ so we were all standing there, we was all on TV. Everyone was happy.”Players, members of Boeheim’s coaching staff and family posed for pictures at center court and the head coach was presented with a framed, oversized jersey with ‘800’ and his last name on the back.Freshman center DaJuan Coleman grew up in Syracuse, watching Boeheim’s Orange teams win again and again—he’s never had a losing season. So when the SU head coach says his team doesn’t care about his wins total, he’s not all right.“It means a lot,” said Coleman, the center who graduated high school last spring less than nine miles from the Carrier Dome. “For somebody to accomplish something like that, I’d love to be a part of it. Hopefully we get the next win.”Boeheim’s legacy is inseparable from that of the 2-3 zone. Each of Boeheim’s 899 wins meant a loss for someone else. Canisius was the most recent victim after SU’s 2-3 zone – the defense that is inseparable from the rest of his legacy – stifled the Golden Griffins into 19 turnovers and 23 points from them. CC guard Billy Baron relayed the importance of the zone from the other side of Boeheim’s success.“That’s why Boeheim’s got 899,” Baron said. “… Even when you’re driving you’re watching their hands and stuff like that. But that’s just what makes them so good.”Triche came to SU heralded as a local star and was thrown into a star-studded starting lineup. He committed 71 turnovers his freshman season, or one every 10:30 he spent on the floor. Triche frequently came under fire from Boeheim, but it made him the player he is today. And that kind of criticism is what makes Boeheim unique, Triche said, 48 hours before his coach’s first shot at 900.“I think the biggest thing is how he motivates his guys. You have to have some tough skin being a player under Coach Boeheim,” Triche said. “… Sometimes you don’t see because you’re 18, 19 years old, you’re immature, you don’t really know that it’s motivation.”Regardless of how or why he’s won, the Hall of Famer insists he’s not thinking about his next milestone. Instead, it’s the progress of this team in this season, and whatever stream of wins it can provide.Said Boeheim: “No one wants to believe me but I’m thinking nine now I’m thinking 10.” Commentscenter_img Published on December 17, 2012 at 12:44 am Contact Jacob: jmklinge@syr.edu | @Jacob_Klinger_last_img read more

Draw made for the County Senior Hurling Championship

first_imgThe draw, which took place on Sunday evening, has pitted the defending champions Loughmore-Castleiney against senior newcomers Ballina.North champions Nenagh Éire Óg face Kilruane MacDonaghs.Mid winners Drom & Inch will meet their divisional rivals Thurles Sarsfields. Kildangan will play Lorrha.Moycarkey-Borris will take on Templederry Kenyons.And Borris-Ileigh will take on Burgess.The biggest news is that there will be a repeat of both the West and South Senior hurling finals.West title holders Éire Óg Anacarty’s reward for retaining their title against Clonoulty-Rossmore yesterday is a tie against the same opposition, while Mullinahone will have to beat Killenaule, which they managed to do on Sunday as they went on to become South champions.last_img

Ex-Ghana coach Claude Le Roy facing prison sentence

first_imgPrison sentence has been requested against former Ghana and current Togo Head coach Claude Le Roy for suspected fraudulent cases.Claude Le Roy is currently on appeal in the case of transfers deemed fraudulent in the early 2000s whilst manager of French side Strasbourg.The Strasbourg public prosecutor’s office has requested suspended prison sentences and fines against him alongside then RC Strasbourg president Patrick Proisy.Claude was tried on an appeal case on Thursday for transfers of players tainted with irregularities, at the turn of the 2000s. The Court will deliver its judgment on December 18.On the last day of the hearing, Advocate General Christophe Mira requested a six months suspended sentence and 25,000 Euros of fine towards the current coach of Togo.In September 2006, Le Roy was named by the Ghana Football Association as coach of the Ghana national football team. He led Ghana to 14th position in the FIFA World Rankings, their highest position ever, but quit the post in May 2008.last_img read more