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

Sophie Monk gives her Bachelorette rose away in tropical paradise

first_imgThere’s a bit of snorkelling for Sophie in Fiji waters. The Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay was home base for Sophie. The over-water villa surrounded by calm blue water at the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay.Warner Bros and Fiji Tourism confirmed the finale, which airs on Network Ten at 7.30pm Thursday, was shot amidst Fiji’s glistening white beaches, lush rainforests and countless hideaway spots. “Fiji provided a stunning backdrop for Sophie to take the final steps in her quest for love,” a Warner Bros spokesperson said in a statement. “The tropical paradise, rich in culture provided a variety of romantic experiences that set the scene and allowed Sophie to truly explore her feelings.” #Ceilinggoals – the bedroom at the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay.Tourism Fiji revealed The Bachelorette stars were at locations deemed romantic getaways, turning up the romance in the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay and its overwater “bures”. The finale also featured a whole island turned into a club – Malamala Beach Club Fiji, the lush Garden of the Sleeping Giant and the heart-shaped Tavarua Island and its famous surf spot Cloudbreak – a location on the World Pro Surf calendar and frequented by the likes of Kelly Slater. Expect breathtaking helicopter rides over stunning tropical forests and beaches and leisurely snornelling over brilliant coral reefs. Sophie ups the romance at the Malamala Beach Club which launched early this year. Sophie Monk reavels her one true love on The Bachelorette Australia. Picture: Channel 10IN one of Australia’s most anticipated television finales, The Bachelorette star Sophie Monk will reveal her new love with an exotic island paradise as her backdrop.She and the last remaining bachelors were whisked to some of the hottest real estate in the world – jawdropping locations in Fiji worthy of the most romantic of proposals – in August and have had to keep it a tight secret since then.center_img More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoIt’s easy to create romance at the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay. Can’t really tell where the ocean begins poolside at The Malamala Beach Club.Tourism Fiji regional manager Australia, Hal Caldwell, said the locations were “perfect for couples”.“For Sophie to take her final dates in the destination makes natural sense to us,” he said. “The locations were selected because they offer romance, luxury, adventure, good food, privacy and island life.”The finale was expected to be a boon for the tropical island paradise given this season of The Bachelorette has been one of the most successful ever.“The finale episode shot in Fiji provides us with an invaluable opportunity to showcase Fiji as the ultimate holiday romance destination to Fiji’s biggest tourism market – Australia.” And tropical fish galore off the warm islands. HERE’S THE LOWDOWN ON WHERE THEY STAYED: The Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay: “A five-star resort deemed “the perfect place for Sophie to reflect on her final decision”. Perched on the blue waters of Momi Bay, with over-water villas, infinity pool and a fabulous spa, and priced $737 a night ($1,189 FJD). Tourism Fiji said there were also “less-expensive options for those not starring in a television series”. WHERE DID SOPHIE GO? Malamala Beach Club Fiji: The world’s only island beach club, 25 minutes from the mainland, with white sand beaches, cabanas, infinity edge pool and views across the spectacular Mamanucas group of islands. A day pass which includes ground and vessel transfers is $104 ($169 FJD). The heart-shaped Tavarua Island Resort, famous for hosting the likes of Kelly Slater during the World Pro Surf championships in nearby Cloudbreak, upped the love factor. Credit: Tavarua Island Resort.Garden of the Sleeping Giant: One of the best kept horticultural secrets in the South Pacific with about 40 varieties of orchids and Cattleya hybrids. “It’s also an ideal location for a traditional Fijian kava ceremony” and “the perfect romantic location for any Adam or Eve”. Entry is $18.Tavarua: A heart-shaped 29-acre island, known for its world-class surf break Cloudbreak “perfect for couples or mates looking for fun and adventure”.last_img read more

Baseball Draft

first_imgIf you are not aware, Bryan Hoeing was drafted by a major league team this year.  The Arizona Diamondbacks picked Hoeing in the 32nd round.  On the Diamondback’s website they put their reasons for drafting him even though he had the ACL injury from basketball and is possibly facing surgery on his arm this summer.  They said they would have chosen him higher but they knew of his commitment to attend Louisville along with the injury situation.  They like his size and ease of which he delivers a pitch.Hoeing was not the only local athlete to be picked.  A young infielder from Madeira High School in Cincinnati went in the top ten along with UC’s first baseman.  Another top pitcher from the Indiana High School ranks also was drafted this June.  He competed at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis and was considered Hoeing’s top competitor as a high school player.Now comes the decision on the part of these young men whether they will sign.last_img read more

Pardew admits to Defoe chase

first_img The former Newcastle manager grudgingly admitted Defoe’s goal scoring prowess could ease Sunderland out of the Barclays Premier League relegation battle. “I think it’s a good move for Sunderland to have secured Jermain, I think he’s a goal scorer and Gus (Poyet) will be the first to tell you they need more goals,” said Pardew. “So it’s a good signing for them. “We tried to get Defoe, but probably a bit late in the loop on that one. “I wouldn’t say we were that close, no. “It never really got to the stage where I got to speak to Jermain, so I would say we were not that close.” Pardew managed Defoe at West Ham before the prolific striker moved to Tottenham. The 32-year-old failed to warm to life in Toronto after leaving Spurs for the MLS a year ago. Defoe is on the brink of rubber-stamping his move to Wearside from Toronto FC, with Pardew conceding Palace were forced out of the race for the former England striker. Palace have secured Arsenal forward Yaya Sanogo on loan with new Eagles boss Pardew aiming to sign another striker during the January transfer window. Press Association Pardew was forced to admit the 55-cap forward could boost Sunderland’s firepower with the Black Cats one of Palace’s main rivals in the battle to avoid the drop. The Eagles’ new manager, however, warned that Defoe must first prove he is capable of playing week on week to fulfil his Sunderland brief. “He’s still got to step in, I don’t know the last time Jermain had a run of three or four Premier League games,” said Pardew. “He’ll be asked to start every week at Sunderland, so I think he’s going to have to grasp it quickly. “But he’s a goal scorer, he opens up the goal with both feet and gets goals that (make) you question your back four, he makes you think ‘how did he get that?’ “But that’s his ability, you don’t really know which side he’s going to go, and he makes it difficult to stop him scoring goals. “I think he’ll do well for them, I think it’s a good signing. “But it’s like anything, he’ll need a goal early, all strikers need that for his confidence.” Chairman Steve Parish has not shied away from his desire for prudent transfer market dealings to safeguard Palace’s long-term future. Neil Warnock replaced Tony Pulis at the helm in August but was sacked in December after a run of one win in 11 games. Pardew is itching to make changes at Selhurst Park, but vowed not to interfere with Parish’s financial planning. “The finances are so complicated, it’s so expensive, that you have to have a realism and understanding as a football manager that the football club must always come first,” said Pardew. “Our requests and demands can only be met to the maximum that the finances will allow. “And I wouldn’t want the club to put itself at risk, particularly this club, I know it well, and we’ve had tough times in the past. “Steve needs to make those financial decisions. “I can only ask as a football manager for what I think we need. “He’s well aware we need to get a couple more players in if we can, and I don’t want to put any more pressure on him than that.” Alan Pardew has admitted he failed to convince Jermain Defoe to sign for Crystal Palace over Sunderland. last_img read more

Kobe Bryant’s daughter Gianna hoped to carry on NBA legend’s basketball legacy

first_imgHad a great trip to @uconnwbb for senior night and the retirement of basketball legend @promise50 with my baby Gigi. Thank you Gampel, Thank you Coach Geno and Cd for the warm welcome. Good luck the rest of the way 💪🏾 #mambamentality #wizenardA post shared by Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) on Mar 2, 2019 at 9:22pm PSTKobe Bryant dead at 41: Sports world pays tribute to basketball legendThe proud father filled his Instagram with Gianna’s basketball highlights. (Getty Images) Gigi at work #mambacitaA post shared by Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) on Jun 24, 2018 at 6:12pm PDTBryant would even play her one-on-one. View this post on Instagram Kobe Bryant’s daughter Gianna “GiGi” Bryant was hoping to carry on her father’s basketball legacy before the two died in a helicopter crash on Sunday.In a 2018 interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the 41-year-old spoke about his basketball-loving daughter and her aspirations to play in the WNBA. View this post on Instagramcenter_img #KobeBryant talking about his daughter Gianna’s love for the game of basketball with @jimmykimmel is the most heartbreaking thing I have seen in a long long time#RIPKobe— Stolen Football Tweets (@FootballStolen) January 27, 2020″This kid, man,” Bryant said. “The best thing that happens is when we go out and fans will come up to me and she’ll (Gianna) be standing next to me and they’ll be like ‘Aye, you gotta have a boy. You and V gotta have a boy, have somebody to carry on the tradition, the legacy.’ And she’s like, ‘I got this.'” @wnba finals rematch got us hype! A lil one on one with my baby Gigi #footwork #stringmusic #mambacitaA post shared by Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) on Sep 17, 2017 at 11:20pm PDTHe could often be seen coaching Gianna, even while attending NBA games together.#KobeBryant and daughter Gianna will be embedded in #BTSARMY memories as we lovingly adapted this sweet video and share our own stories with each other! #RIPKobe You will are remembered💜— Seven ⁷ ❄️ (@Snowflakesdrop) January 27, 2020Bryant’s relationship with Gianna went beyond the basketball court. He said she was the reason he made the film “Dear Basketball,” which won an Academy Award. View this post on Instagram “My daughter gave me the best piece of advice. I was a little worried about turning this into a film. I’d never done something like that before,” Bryant said after winning the Oscar for Best Animated Short in 2018. “We were in the house and talking about it as a family and my little 11-year-old Gianna goes, ‘Well Dad, you always tell us to go after our dreams so … man up.’ She’s 11. Man up. So I had to man up and go for it.”last_img read more