Biden condemns ‘institutional racism,’ Floyd death as he reignites campaign

first_imgTopics : “He tear-gassed peaceful protesters and fired rubber bullets. For a photo,” Biden wrote, referring to Trump’s decision to use law enforcement — including military police — to clear protesters from outside the White House so he could pose for photographs at a riot-damaged church nearby. “For our children, for the very soul of our country, we must defeat him,” the former vice president said.Biden also announced in a campaign statement he would speak Tuesday morning in Philadelphia “on the civil unrest facing communities across America.”The speech will be just his third public appearance since the COVID-19 pandemic began in mid-March.  Presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden blasted President Donald Trump and denounced “systemic racism” Monday as he sought to reignite his White House campaign after weeks of coronavirus sequestration.Biden, who had met with anti-racism protesters on Sunday, took to Twitter to express his fury at his opponent’s response to the protests that have broken out nationwide over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of a white Minnesota police officer.”He’s using the American military against the American people,” Biden tweeted after the president vowed to order an army crackdown on civil unrest gripping the United States. Promise for first 100 days At the Bethel AME church, which has a black congregation, Biden wore a mask and took notes after a prayer was said.Leaders and congregation members criticized Trump, but also challenged Biden to do more for African Americans if he wins the White House in the November 3 election.Democratic House Representative Blunt Rochester, in emotional, impassioned remarks, said she appreciated Biden for “showing up.””For those who are out there complaining, we’ve got a president that ain’t even showing up, that doesn’t even care,” she said. “Come on.”But State Senator Darius Brown noted that African-Americans did not gain economically during the eight years of Biden’s vice presidency. “We’re here not only to love you, but to push you” for more support to the Democratic Party’s African-American base, he said.Biden said he would work in his first hundred days of office to address the needs of black Americans.”I promise you… that we’re going to make sure that the economic recovery deals with the institutional structures and institutional racism, but also economic structures that need to be fixed,” he said.Biden also promised that, if elected, he would create a police oversight commission in his first hundred days in office.Several people urged Biden to choose an African-American as his vice presidential running mate.”I promise you there are multiple African-American candidates who are being considered,” he said.Biden is popular among black voters, a key electorate for any Democrat hoping to win the presidency.But he is not immune to criticism.In May, he provoked backlash when he told a radio host “you ain’t black” if he was thinking of voting for Trump. Biden quickly apologized after the interview was aired.center_img ‘Systemic racism’ In a meeting with African-American religious and political leaders on Monday in which Floyd’s death figured prominently, and speaking later in a virtual town hall, Biden accused Republican Trump of fomenting racist hate and letting minorities suffer most in the novel coronavirus pandemic.”The band-aid has been ripped off this pandemic and this president,” Biden said, speaking at the Bethel AME Church in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware.”Nobody can pretend any longer what this is all about.”The church meeting was the second time that Biden, who served as president Barack Obama’s vice president, had participated in person in a public gathering since mid-March, when the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly paralyzed his campaign.”Hate just hides. Doesn’t go away. And when you have somebody in power who breathes oxygen into the hate under the rocks, it comes out from under the rocks,” Biden said of Trump.”It matters what the president says,” Biden added. “It encourages people to bring out the vitriol.”Speaking later at a virtual town hall Biden returned to the theme of racism.”There is systemic racism, white supremacy, it’s real,” he said. “You see it. I think we all see it but African-Americans see more clearly.”Floyd’s death “invoked the full weight of our history … how black lives have been devalued by society. And it’s not only intolerable but people are angry.”Biden’s remarks came after days and nights of demonstrations and riots around the country over the death of Floyd, filmed as he was pleading for air while his neck was under the white police officer’s knee.Biden said he had spoken with Floyd’s family during the past few days.During a virtual fundraiser late Monday Biden said that Floyd’s brother Philonise told him: “Promise me. Promise me we’ll have justice. Promise me people will be held accountable. Promise me that.” After facing accusations that he was out of touch by spending too much time at home in virus lockdown, the 77-year-old Biden seems to have gotten another wind and is ready to step up the pace of his campaign as restrictions relax.last_img read more

Hector Bellerin sends message to Arsenal fans after abusing Granit Xhaka

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Granit Xhaka was subjected to abuse from Arsenal supporters (Picture: Getty)Arsenal ace Hector Bellerin has begged supporters to stick with the team following an incident with club captain Granit Xhaka against Crystal Palace on Sunday.The Swiss midfielder told supporters to ‘f**k off’ after he was booed and jeered following his substitution after an hour against the Eagles at the Emirates.Unai Emery confirmed after the game that Xhaka could be stripped of the captaincy and it remains to be seen whether he’ll feature against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.Bellerin was named as one of five captains last month and could be in line to take the armband should Xhaka be demoted.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut the Spaniard has called for unity from supporters and players during a difficult period for the club.We are all humans, we all have emotions, and sometimes it’s not easy dealing with them. It’s time to lift each other up, not to push each other away. We only win when we are together. #COYG— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) October 28, 2019 ‘We are all humans, we all have emotions, and sometimes it’s not easy dealing with them,’ said Bellerin.‘It’s time to lift each other up, not to push each other away. We only win when we are together.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalWhile Bellerin is remaining diplomatic, some of Xhaka’s team-mates were less willing to sit on the fence.Sokratis says Xhaka was wrong to react in the way that he did.‘Of course Granit is the captain of the team,’ said Sokratis.‘I think the reaction from him was wrong.‘But I think also that everything that happened we lose like a family.‘The next day we’re together, I don’t have to say any more about this.’MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims ‘excellent’ Fred will be ‘important’ after spate of Manchester United injuries Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 28 Oct 2019 10:45 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares Hector Bellerin sends message to Arsenal fans after abusing Granit Xhakalast_img read more

Liam Kennedy on PIMCO: Away from it all

first_imgHe was clearly less publicity hungry than some of his former PIMCO colleagues, preferring for many years to communicate with the investing public via regular letters, whose pithy and engaging style would become a trademark. In a glimpse into his personality, those letters, dating back to the 1970s, were collated as a coffee-table book, but Gross told me he had stopped it from being distributed too widely. In any case, it is safe to assume the book is probably no longer on display at PIMCO offices.When he moved from the Midwest to California with his parents in the 1950s, little would a young Bill Gross have realised that his fortune would be made there – and in grand style. Following years spent as a professional gambler, the yet-to-be Bond King made his name as a bond analyst at Pacific Mutual, and it is a fair bet his first pay cheque was a tiny fraction of the $200m (€177.5m) settlement Gross is now seeking from his employer (and will donate to charity should he be successful).As the firm grew, so did the bonuses, latterly with pool of $1.3bn, of which Gross was guaranteed 20%. Of course, rumours of PIMCO’s Croesus-style pay have been rife for many years, which has no doubt succeeded in attracting many a talented fund manager to the shores of Newport Beach.As Gross and others explained over the years to outsiders, locating a bond fund management company in Southern California, far away from the fray of Wall Street, was a deliberate strategy. It was meant to allow fund managers to take a dispassionate view of markets and combine early morning starts with a beach lifestyle in the late afternoon when the New York dealing rooms had closed.Aside from the back-stabbing allegations and eye-wateringly high remuneration that PIMCO executives enjoy, a few things stand out. One is that Jochen Faber, as the former chief executive and architect of Allianz Global Investors, seemingly intervened in Gross’s dispute with his colleagues alongside Allianz. Despite Faber’s attempt to place PIMCO under the Allianz Global Investors umbrella as the group’s bond specialist, PIMCO did not stay for long within that constellation and now sits as an autonomous, direct subsidiary of the Allianz Group.I recall a real sense of elation in Munich in 2000 when Allianz acquired 70% of PIMCO for $3.3bn. Finally the sleepy, German-focused, third-party fund management business had the wind in its sails and was on course for global reach. The insurer also had access to world-class bond management capabilities, and PIMCO built up local capabilities in Germany to serve its parent.When it next meets, the main board of Allianz might be forgiven for wondering what it has got itself entangled with. After all, investment management is meant to a straightforward business-diversification strategy for financial services companies. Yet the industry has rarely seen such high drama. And in this climate of transparency and relative frugality, those institutional clients that have not yet pulled their assets from PIMCO might wonder whether now is not high time.Liam Kennedy is editor and editorial director of IPE IPE editor Liam Kennedy looks back to a simpler time for beleaguered asset managerWhen I interviewed Bill Gross and Mohamed El-Erian at PIMCO’s headquarters in Newport Beach in late April 2009, the world was still in deep trauma. The Lehman collapse was only just over six months past and the equity market was only just turning (although this was not perceptible at the time).El-Erian had just spoken at the Milken Global Conference, and I was to moderate a panel of leading US institutional investors, including the late Joe Dear of CalPERS and CalSTRS CIO Christopher Ailman, the next day. Dear had just started at CalPERS the previous month and joked that he could only make things get better, but investors were licking their wounds.The views of Gross and El-Erian were much in demand. PIMCO had warned about the housing market already in March 2007 and was talking about a “stable disequilibrium” when Greenspan was talking up the “Goldilocks” economy. Gross was notably keen in our interview to emphasise PIMCO’s collegiate style of decision making and communication, something he was clearly comfortable with.last_img read more

CPB: Defined benefit schemes generate 20% better outcomes than DC

first_imgDefined benefit (DB) pension funds in the Netherlands can achieve 20% better outcomes at retirement than individual defined contribution (DC) plans, according to a study by the Dutch Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB).The CPB reached its conclusion after considering the combined effect of extra returns and the hedging of interest risk on liabilities at DB schemes.At the request of pensions think-tank Netspar, the CPB compared the Social and Economic Council’s (SER) two preferred options for a new pensions contract – collective DB without guarantees and individual pensions accrual with shared investment risk, as well as individual DC contracts without risk-sharing.Marcel Lever, programme leader at the CBP, said 7 percentage points of the extra return produced by DB plans were due to shared investment risk between current and future generations, which enables DB schemes to take on more investment risk. He attributed the remaining 13 percentage points to a 25% interest hedge through swaps, on top of the interest cover through bond holdings.“At individual contracts, it is uncommon to hedge interest risk this way,” Lever said.He explained that, with interest swaps, pension funds always receive the long-term rate and pay the short variable rate.“Because the long rate is almost always higher, this construction delivers an additional return of 1.5% on average in the long run,” he said. “In most of our scenarios, a hedge of between 60% and 100% is beneficial.”Lever said it was still unclear whether an interest hedge would also apply to a pensions contract based on individual accrual with risk-sharing.“The question is whether all participants with individual contracts could provide sufficient collateral such as AAA bonds,” he said.In other news, a Dutch court has ruled that the decision of Verloskundigen, the €300m occupational pension fund for midwives, to apply a rights cut of 0.4% next year was not at odds with European legislation.In the case, brought by a pensioner who had referred to the European Charter for violation of ownership rights, the court concluded that the code did not apply, as there are no European rules for local pension systems.In the opinion of the court, a violation of the European Convention for Human Rights was not relevant either because the rights cut is covered by local law and is not disproportionate.Commenting on the ruling, Marlies Bartels, the scheme’s chair, took pains to emphasise that the pension fund had taken a balanced decision, taking the effects for all 3,730 participants into account.Last month, the funding ratio at Verloskundigen stood at 83%.last_img read more

Twelve Myths About Physician Assisted Suicide and Medical Aid In Dying

first_imgMD Magazine 7 July 2018Family First Comment: An excellent summary…#protectwww.rejectassistedsuicide.nzIntroductionIn an age of “alternative facts,” it’s hard to sort out myth from reality when it comes to so-called “medical aid in dying” (MAID), also called physician-assisted suicide (PAS). By whatever label we attach to it, this practice involves a physician’s prescribing a lethal drug for a patient with a putatively terminal illness who is requesting this “service.” Some form of MAID/PAS is now legal in 5 states and the District of Columbia.People of good conscience, including many physicians, are sharply divided on the ethics of MAID/PAS. Unfortunately, much of the support for this practice is founded on several myths and misconceptions regarding existing MAID laws and practices. Here are 12 of the most common.1. Everyone has a “right to die,” including a right to take one’s own life, acting alone or with assistance. In contrast to “liberties,” rights entail the cooperation or assistance of others.1 Mentally competent people may be at liberty to end their own lives (ie, will not be prosecuted), but there is no recognized right to suicide that involves the cooperation of others. In Washington v Glucksberg (521 US 702 [1997]), the US Supreme Court (USSC) denied that there is a constitutionally protected “right to commit suicide” or a right to PAS. To rule otherwise, the majority held, would force them to “reverse centuries of legal doctrine and practice, and strike down the considered policy choice of almost every state.”That said, the USSC has held that all competent persons have the right to refuse unwanted or “heroic” measures that merely prolong the dying process.2 Similarly, in Vacco v Quill (521 US 793 [1997]), the USSC held that there is a legal difference between withdrawal of care and provision of a lethal intervention; ie, everyone has a right to refuse medical care, but no one has a “right” to receive a lethal means of ending one’s life.2. People who request MAID usually do so because they are experiencing severe, intractable pain and suffering.Most requests for MAID are not made by patients experiencing “untreatable pain or suffering,” as data from Oregon have shown; rather, the most common reasons for requesting medical aid in dying were loss of autonomy (97.2%), inability to engage in enjoyable activities (88.9%), and loss of dignity (75.0%).3Many patients who request assisted suicide are clinically depressed and could be successfully treated, once properly diagnosed.3. In states such as Oregon and Washington, where PAS is legal, there are adequate safeguards in place to ensure proper application of the PAS law. In Oregon, reporting to the state is done solely by the physician prescribing the lethal drugs, who has a vested interest in minimizing problems. Moreover, if a physician was negligent in making the initial diagnosis or prognosis, there is no way to track this, since, by law, all death certificates will state that the person died of the putative underlying disease. At the same time, the physician is rarely present at the time the patient ingests the lethal drug, so the possibility of abuse—eg, by coercive family members—cannot be adequately assessed.The Oregon department of human services has said it has no authority to investigate individual death-with-dignity cases,4 and Oregon has acknowledged that its law does not adequately protect all people with mental illness from receiving lethal prescriptions.5 Thus, it is nearly impossible to determine cases in which, for example, terminally ill patients were pressured to end their lives by family members. A study in Michigan Law Review (2008) found that “seemingly reasonable safeguards for the care and protection of terminally ill patients written into the Oregon law are being circumvented…[and that]…the Oregon Public Health Division (OPHD), which is charged with monitoring the law…does not collect the information it would need to effectively monitor the law…OPHD…acts as the defender of the law rather than as the protector of the welfare of terminally ill patients.”6Kenneth R. Stevens Jr, MD, and William I. Toffler, MD, both of the Oregon Health & Science University, point to other actual or potential abuses in PAS-permissive states, including “physician shopping” to get around safeguards; nurse-assisted suicide without orders from a physician; and economic pressures to use PAS, such as Oregon Medicaid patients being denied cancer treatment but offered coverage for assisted suicide.7Furthermore, an investigative piece by the Des Moines Register revealed that mandatory reporting requirements were not followed by hundreds of doctors in states where MAID/PAS is legal.84. In the United States, only people with terminal or incurable illnesses are eligible for PAS.Most PAS legislation applies to an adult with a terminal illness or condition predicted to have less than 6 months to live. In Oregon and Washington State, nearly identical criteria are interpreted to mean less than 6 months to live—specifically, without treatment. Thus, a healthy 20-year-old with insulin-dependent diabetes could be deemed “terminal” for the purpose of Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act.So, too, patients refusing appropriate treatment may be deemed “terminal” under current interpretation of the Oregon law. Thus, a patient with anorexia nervosa who refused treatment could be eligible for PAS under Oregon law, even though she could recover with intensive therapy. As Swedish investigator Fabian Stahle observes, “This is in fact an alteration of the traditional meaning of the concept of ‘incurable.’”95. Slippery slope arguments against PAS are overblown. In European countries that allow PAS, there is no evidence that patients are being euthanized improperly. People with nonterminal illnesses have been legally euthanized at their own request in several countries for nearly 15 years. This has included certain eligible patients who have only psychiatric disorders. In 2002, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg removed any distinctions between terminal and nonterminal conditions—and between physical suffering and mental suffering—for legally permitted PAS. Between 2008 and 2014, more than 200 psychiatric patients were euthanized by their own request in the Netherlands (1% of all euthanasia in that country). Among them, 52% had a diagnosis of personality disorder, 56% refused 1 or more offered treatments, and 20% had never even had an inpatient stay (1 indication of previous treatment intensity). When asked the primary reason for seeking PAS/euthanasia, 66% cited “social isolation and loneliness.”Despite the legal requirement for agreement between outside consultants, for 24% of psychiatric patients euthanized, at least 1 outside consultant disagreed.10-12The United States has not been immune to the slippery slope, either. For example, in Oregon, a psychiatrist opened a fee-for-service death clinic where, for $5,000, “terminally ill patients who are eligible to take advantage of…Oregon’s suicide law can book a death that might look a lot like a wedding package.”136. The method of “assisted dying” now used in Oregon and other PAS-states assures the patient of a quick, peaceful death, without serious complications. A peaceful death is by no means guaranteed using current methods of PAS, as a recent piece by Lo pointed out14: “Physicians who support PAD need to consider how to address the potential for adverse outcomes, including longer time to death than expected (up to 24 hours or more), awakening from unconsciousness, nausea, vomiting, and gasping.”Data collected between 1998 and 2015 showed that the time between ingestion of lethal drugs and death ranged from 1 minute to more than 4 days. During this same period (1998-2015), 27 cases (out of 994) involved difficulty ingesting or regurgitating the drugs, and there were 6 known instances in which patients regained consciousness after ingesting the drugs. However, it is difficult to know the actual rate of drug-induced complications, because in the majority (54%) of cases between 1998 and 2015, no health care professional was present to attend and observe the patient’s death.157. “Death with dignity” comes down to the patient’s autonomy and the right of patients to end life on their terms.In the first place, under current legislation permitting so-called medical aid in dying, the patient is completely dependent on the judgment, authorization, and prescriptive power of the physician—hardly a state of autonomy.1 Moreover, autonomy is just 1 of the 4 “cornerstones” of medical ethics; the others are beneficence, nonmalfeasance, and justice. As Desai and Grossberg observe in their textbook on long-term care:“The preeminence of autonomy as an ethical principle in the United States can sometimes lead health care providers to disregard other moral considerations and common sense when making clinical decisions…we strongly feel that the role of the medical profession is to understand but not to support such wishes [for physician-assisted death]. Every person’s life is valuable, irrespective of one’s physical and mental state, even when that person has ceased to deem life valuable.”168. Doctors who conscientiously oppose PAS are perfectly free to refuse participation in it. In theory, the California guidelines state, “[a] healthcare provider who refuses to participate in activities under the act on the basis of conscience, morality or ethics cannot be subject to censure, discipline…or other penalty by a healthcare provider, professional association or organization.”17 However, prior to its PAS law being declared unconstitutional, physicians in California could be compelled to participate in PAS under certain circumstances.California’s health department regulation requires a state facility to provide PAS. If the request is denied, the patient has a right to a judicial hearing on the matter. If the court determines the patient is qualified, the attending physician must write a prescription for lethal drugs.18 Moreover, there is evidence that physicians are sometimes pressured or intimidated by patients to assist in suicide.79. Terminally ill people who request MAID are not suicidal and don’t commit suicide. They are dying and simply want “hastening” of an inevitable death. In contrast, genuinely suicidal people are not dying of a terminal condition, yet they want to die. This argument plays fast and loose with language, logic, and law. In fact, it turns ordinary language on its head, thereby eliminating suicide by linguistic fiat. As the American Nursing Association states, “suicide is the act of taking one’s own life,”19 regardless of the act’s context. There may indeed be different psychological profiles that distinguish suicide in the context of terminal illness from suicide in other contexts, but that does not overturn the ordinary language meaning of suicide. Thus, when a terminally ill patient (or any other person) knowingly and intentionally ingests a lethal drug, that act is, incontrovertibly, suicide.Most suicides occur in the context of serious psychiatric illness. Yet patients who express suicidal ideation in the context of a condition such as major depression rarely want to die; rather, as numerous suicide prevention websites note: “Most suicidal people do not want to die. They are experiencing severe emotional pain, and are desperate for the pain to go away.”2010. People requesting PAS are carefully screened by mental health professionals to rule out depression. Most PAS statutes modeled after the Oregon Death with Dignity statute do not require examination by a mental health professional, except when the participating physician is concerned and decides to do so. Specifically, “[t]he patient is referred to a psychologist or psychiatrist if concern exists that the patient has a psychiatric disorder including depression that may impair judgment.”21A study of the Oregon law concluded that “[a]lthough most terminally ill Oregonians who receive aid in dying do not have depressive disorders, the current practice of the Death With Dignity Act may fail to protect some patients whose choices are influenced by depression from receiving a prescription for a lethal drug.”21 In Oregon, 204 patients were prescribed lethal drugs in 2016 under the Death with Dignity statute, yet just 5 patients were referred for psychiatric or psychological evaluation.22 11. Doctors who participate in PAS are almost always comfortable doing so and rarely regret their decision.Many doctors who have participated in euthanasia and/or PAS are adversely affected—emotionally and psychologically—by their experiences. In a structured, in-depth telephone interview survey of 38 US oncologists who reported participating in euthanasia or PAS, nearly a quarter of the physicians regretted their actions. Another 16% reported that the emotional burden of performing euthanasia or PAS adversely affected their medical practice.23 For example, 1 physician felt so “burned out” that he moved from the city in which he was practicing to a small town. Similarly, reactions among European doctors suggest that PAS and euthanasia often provoke strong negative feelings.2412. For terminally ill patients, the only means of achieving death with dignity is by taking a lethal drug prescribed by one’s doctor. Just a small minority of persons with a terminal disease seek a physician’s prescription for a lethal drug. It is not clear why self-poisoning confers more dignity to one’s death than more traditional and much more common ways of dying. Many people who are dying choose to “bear with” their pain. Some seek hospice care and—in cases of severe, intractable pain—merit palliative sedation.25Some choose voluntary stopping of eating and drinking (VSED), which, according to a study involving hospice nurses, results in a more satisfactory death than seen with PAS. In fact, “as compared with patients who died by PAS, those who stopped eating and drinking were rated by hospice nurses as suffering less and being more at peace in the last 2 weeks of life.”26A form of VSED called “sallekhana” has been practiced in Jainism for centuries and is regarded as an ethical and dignified means of achieving a “natural” death.27ConclusionThe case for PAS legislation rests on a number of misconceptions, as regards the adequacy, safety, and application of existing PAS statutes. The best available evidence suggests that current practices under PAS statutes are not adequately monitored and do not adequately protect vulnerable populations, such as patients with clinical depression. The American College of Physicians,28 the American Medical Association, the World Medical Association, and the American Nurses Association have all registered opposition to PAS.It is critical that physicians inform themselves regarding the actual nature and function—or dysfunction—of medical aid in dying legislation. The first step is to recognize and challenge the many myths that surround these well-intended but misguided laws. read more

It’s Money time in SportMod Mayhem at Dodge City

first_imgBy Lonnie Wheatley DODGE CITY, Kan. (Aug. 23) – Clay Money stepped up to the occasion by racing to a $1,000 victory in Saturday night’s Inaugural 30-lap IMCA SportMod Mayhem feature event atop the 3/8-mile Dodge City Raceway Park clay oval.The high school junior from Penokee, Kan., battled past Kameron Gruber for the lead on the 14th lap then kept reigning track champion Jeff Kaup at bay over the final 10 circuits to secure his second feature win of the season at DCRP over a stout field of 33 competitors. With Money gridding the Sport Modified Mayhem main event outside the third row, Gruber outgunned Michael Shenberger to snare the early lead from the pole position. Money made his way to third behind Gruber and Angel Munoz by the time the first caution flew after four laps and then took second from Munoz on the eighth circuit. Money wasted little time closing the gap on Gruber in short order and began pressuring for the point, finally squeezing underneath in turn three on the 14th round to edge into the lead.Following a caution at the midway point, Kaup slipped by Gruber and set his sights on Money for the point. Money’s 10 car-length advantage dwindled down to just a couple of car-lengths with five laps to go. But Money picked up the pace in the final handful of laps, opening the advantage back to 10 car-lengths by the time the checkered flag flew.Kaup settled for second with Daniel Gottschalk taking command of third on the 20th round when Brandon Smith looped it in turn four and held it the rest of the way. Austin Walker was fourth with Gruber rounding out the top five.Feature results – 1. Clay Money; 2. Jeff Kaup; 3. Daniel Gottschalk; 4. Austin Walker; 5. Kameron Gruber; 6. Josh Appel; 7. Blaine Walt; 8. Brandon Smith; 9. Dustin Leonard; 10. Toby Witthuhn; 11. Daylon Bergeron; 12. Ryan Moser; 13. Tristen Barton; 14. Brian May; 15. Kevin Tabor; 16. Curtis Dreasher; 17. Angel Munoz; 18. Nate Ginest; 19. Bart Baker; 20. Jeremy Sigler; 21. Michael Shenberger; 22. Jamie French.Heat winners were Kaup, Gottschalk, Appel and Shenberger. “B” feature winners were Leonard and Sigler.last_img read more

Northstar IMCA Mod Tour set for Aug. 10-12

first_imgPRINCETON, Minn. – IMCA Modifieds race for $1,000 to win and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berths each night of the Aug. 10-12 Northstar IMCA Mod Tour.Both the Modifieds and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are at Princeton Speedway on Friday, Aug. 10 and at North Central Speedway in Brainerd on Saturday, Aug. 11.On Saturday, Aug. 12, Modifieds are at Sheyenne Speedway in Lisbon, N.D. while the Northern SportMods are at Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon.Modified features pay a minimum of $100 to start. Top prize for the Northern SportMods each night is $600 with $70 paid to start.Point funds are in place for both divisions with $1,000 going to the top drivers in the standings. Out-Pace Racing Products gives $100 hard charger awards each night.There are no entry fees and all events are draw/redraw. Pre-registration is encouraged.More information is available on the Northstar IMCA Mod Tour page on Facebook, or by emailing starts at 7 p.m. Friday, at 6:45 p.m. Saturday and at 6 p.m. on Sunday.last_img read more

Trump defends taking FEMA funds for border security

first_imgPresident Trump defended his administration’s reallocation of funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to address the ‘immigration crisis’ at the southern border.’He faced backlash as Hurricane Dorian approached the U.S. mainland.The president said the shifted funds wouldn’t be an issue in responding to Dorian, citing the storm’s change in path farther east.“Originally this was going to be a direct hit into Miami,” Trump told reporters during an Oval Office briefing on the hurricane. “We need help at the border,” he added.Last week, the Trump administration announced it would shift $271 million from within the Department of Homeland Security, including emergency relief funds, to pay for more immigration detention beds at the southern border.Democrats have slammed the decision warning it would hinter relief efforts in the U.S.The president fired back, adding, that the government would be prepared to assist Georgia, South Carolina, and other states.He also noted that Florida appeared to avoid the worst of Dorian after the storm’s path tracked away from the mainland.“We can predict the path, but so far the predicting has been really tough with this particular hurricane,” Trump said.Hurricane Dorian was downgraded to a Category 2 storm on Tuesday and moved towards the Florida coast after coming to a standstill over the Bahamas.The Bahamas seemingly sustained the worst of the storm so far with at least five people dead.“The U.S. sent a disaster response team to the Bahamas after the hurricane hit the islands, reportedly resulting in the deaths of at least five people,” the U.S. Agency for International Development said Tuesday.last_img read more

Cricket News THIS England player is relaxed over World Cup selection

first_imgJofra Archer made his ODI debut against Ireland. Jofra Archer plays for Rajasthan Royals in IPL. England will be up against Pakistan for a bilateral series.  highlights Dublin: Jofra Archer insisted he had received a warm welcome into the England set-up but stressed he would have no complaints if he failed in a late bid to make it into the tournament hosts’ World Cup squad. The Barbados-born fast bowler made his much talked about England debut in a tense four-wicket win away to Ireland in a lone one-day international in Dublin on Friday.Archer, 24, was all set to be unavailable for the World Cup until the England and Wales Cricket Board reduced its residency qualification rule from seven years to three. The Sussex star has made an impact on the Twenty20 franchise circuit but doubts have been expressed as to whether England, top of the ODI rankings, should ‘parachute’ him into their World Cup squad at this late stage. Archer showed his quality when he bowled Mark Adair with a 90mph yorker to claim his first international wicket.Before this match, several England bowlers — David Willey, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood — whose places in the World Cup squad could be threatened by Archer’s inclusion were somewhat reticent when asked about his imminent promotion to the international scene.But the new recruit insisted he had felt no hostility when joining up with Eoin Morgan’s men.”It’s been very welcoming,” said Archer, who could also play in Sunday’s Twenty20 against Pakistan in Cardiff.”Sometimes the media can get things wrong and misquote people. Since I’ve been here I didn’t feel any malice at all. It’s a really welcoming bunch of lads.”I knew most of the guys before coming here and it’s nice to come into a new team with some people you know. I’m here with a great team at a great time. I’m happy.” England selection chief Ed Smith is due to unveil his final 15-man squad for the World Cup on May 23 Willey, Wood and Woakes were named alongside Liam Plunkett and Tom Curran as the specialist seam pacemen in the preliminary pick last month.”Anyone would think about it (the World Cup) but I’ll just try to play well and hope, I guess,” said Archer.”I’ll try not to set my heart on it. Obviously the guys have been together a long time and they probably do deserve it so I won’t feel too bad if I’m left out. If I do well here it will probably put my case forward but I’m not focusing on the World Cup spot.”(With Inputs: PTI) For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

New London-AIM share issue sees Gaming Realms raise £1.1 million

first_img News UK recruits Simon Collins to lead its revamped betting & gaming division November 5, 2019 Michael BuckleyUpdating the market, London AIM-listed industry mobile games and platform developer Gaming Realms Plc has confirmed that it has raised £1.1 million (before expenses) following its subscription of +10 million new shares.Priced at 0.10p each, Gaming Realms governance details that the new subscription represents approximately 3.8% of the firms existing share capital.Updating investors, Gaming Realms detailed that the proceeds of the raised capital would used ‘to increase unique game creation to enhance the game library for both our real money gaming platform and licensing the content on our remote game server.’The firm’s latest share subscription, saw Gaming Realms managing directors Michael Buckley (Executive Chairman), Patrick Southon (CEO) and Simon Collins (founding team partner) contribute to the round.In its H1 2017 interim results, Gaming Realms governance stated that it was pleased with the firm’s outlook and expectations, having closed a busy period for the firm in which it secured major games development contracts for ITV’s popular ‘Love Island’ TV show.The new share application has been officially made with the London AIM and is expected to be cleared by 14 August. StumbleUpon Gaming Realms agrees on takeover of Bear Group February 22, 2019 Related Articles Submit Share Share No-deal Brexit “could have huge ramifications” for racing January 4, 2019last_img read more