Home minister to ban on-street campaign rallies, convoys for 2020 regional elections

first_imgHome Minister Tito Karnavian is set to ban on-street and large-scale campaign rallies for candidates running in the upcoming regional elections this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.He also urged all parties to prioritize the implementation of health protocols at every stage of the race, highlighting that campaign events should not invite crowds that could heighten the risk of virus transmission.”I and the General Elections Commission [KPU] will strictly ban on-street campaign rallies and convoys. Town hall meetings will also be limited to 50 people only,” Tito said in a statement on Wednesday. The Elections Supervisory Agency (Bawaslu) will fine any candidate who violates health protocols during any stage of the elections, which will be held simultaneously in the country’s 270 regions, with voting day scheduled for Dec. 9.Candidates were rather expected to use their political campaigns as a means to show their innovations and ideas in handling the impact of the pandemic, he added.Read also: Majority of public wants regional elections delayed: Surveys”We should build the big theme [for the campaign] together, [namely] the role of regional leaders in mitigating COVID-19 and its economic impact,” Tito said as quoted by tribunnews.com. In July, the KPU had urged candidates in the regional elections to refrain from hosting campaign rallies in person and instead take them online, especially if their constituencies still have a high risk of COVID-19 transmission.The commission, however, allows candidates to host in-person rallies in locations where the infection rate has slowed down. But all in-person campaign events must be held in open-air spaces and under strict health protocols, which include physical distancing and not exceeding half of the location’s maximum occupancy.Candidates are also required to obtain permission from the COVID-19 task force in their region prior to hosting a campaign rally.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo conveyed his concerns that the election would spawn new clusters of the coronavirus, as people would gather in polling stations on voting day.“Health protocols should be implemented at every stage of the regional elections. We should have elections that are safe from COVID-19. The most important thing is to assure voters that the KPU and the government are concerned about their health” Jokowi said on Wednesday. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Kamala Harris, making history as VP pick, condemns Trump’s leadership ‘failure’

first_img“But he never did,” Obama said.As a result, Trump has left America’s “worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished, and our democratic institutions threatened like never before,” Obama said.Trump responded by telling reporters that Obama had been “a terrible president.”Leave nothing to chance Former first lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton, who narrowly lost the 2016 presidential election to Trump, pleaded with voters to take nothing for granted in another tight contest.”This can’t be another woulda-coulda-shoulda election,” she said.Others on the night’s program included Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who unsuccessfully challenged Biden for the nomination, and Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives.Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who has become a gun control advocate after being shot and severely wounded in a 2011 assassination attempt, also spoke, along with Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the Parkland school shooting.Young activists addressed the dangers of climate change and Hispanic immigrants made highly emotional critiques of Trump’s policies that they said had torn apart their families.Much focus was on Obama, who remains a giant force in the Democratic establishment.Although he took a back seat during the Democratic primaries, he is now campaigning hard for Biden.”Tonight, I am asking you to believe in Joe and Kamala’s ability to lead this country out of dark times and build it back better,” he said in his speech.Trump’s ‘storm center’ Obama spoke two days after his wife, Michelle Obama, opened the convention with a scathing takedown of Trump as “the wrong president for our country.””He cannot meet this moment,” she said.Tuesday’s lineup featured two other former presidents — 95-year-old Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, 74, who called the Trump White House “a storm center.”Biden, 77, the former Delaware senator who served as Obama’s vice president for eight years, was officially nominated on Tuesday.Harris, the California senator whom Biden picked to be his vice president, will speak live from Wilmington, Delaware, Biden’s hometown and campaign headquarters.The nomination is the latest in a lifetime of firsts for the 55-year-old daughter of a Jamaican father and Indian mother who were immigrants to the United States.Harris was the first black attorney general of California, the first woman to hold the post, and the first woman of South Asian heritage to be elected to the US Senate.The Republican Party is to hold its virtual convention next week and nominate Trump to serve four more years.Trump has chosen the White House South Lawn as the location for his acceptance speech — a controversial decision given that presidents are legally required to separate their campaigning from taxpayer-funded governing.Topics : “We’re at an inflection point.”Biden, who faces Trump on November 3, is due to give his own acceptance speech on Thursday, closing a Democratic convention held wholly online and on television due to coronavirus safety precautions.Shortly before Harris spoke, America’s first black president, Barack Obama, delivered his own condemnation of Trump — and appeal for Biden’s election.Obama said that on handing over the White House to Trump in 2017, he thought the Republican “might show some interest in taking the job seriously; that he might come to feel the weight of the office and discover some reverence for the democracy that had been placed in his care.” Kamala Harris made history Wednesday when she accepted the Democratic nomination for vice president, while joining Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to condemn President Donald Trump’s profound “failure” as a leader.Harris, the first black woman on a major party’s White House ticket, accused Trump of turning “our tragedies into political weapons.” And she urged Americans to vote for Joe Biden, “a president who will bring all of us together.””Donald Trump’s failure of leadership has cost lives and livelihoods,” the former California prosecutor charged in her acceptance speech.last_img read more

Philippe Coutinho’s agent speaks out on Chelsea transfer target’s future

first_img Comment Philippe Coutinho’s agent speaks out on Chelsea transfer target’s future Philippe Coutinho is currently on loan from Barcelona at Bayern Munich (Picture: Getty)Philippe Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian insists his Arsenal allegiances will play no part in determining the Brazil international’s future.The former Liverpool star joined Barcelona from Liverpool in a staggering £140million deal in January 2018 but he failed to live up to expectations and has found consistency equally hard to come by during his current loan spell at Bayern Munich. Coutinho has recently been linked with a number of high-profile Premier League clubs, including the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham, while a possible return to Liverpool has even been mooted Joorabchian played a key role in engineering David Luiz’s move from west to north London last summer but insists all options remain open for the 27-year-old ahead of the summer window.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told Sky Sports: ‘The fact I’m an Arsenal supporter is not a secret. I don’t have any preference where the players go. I don’t try to push someone to one club or another. Everything is a possibility. Advertisement Advertisement Philippe Coutinho struggled at Barcelona following his £142million transfer from Liverpool (Picture: Getty)‘The question is what are going to be the financial conditions of all the clubs, including Barcelona and all the Premier League clubs at the end of this pandemic.’Liverpool fought tooth and nail to keep hold of Coutinho in the summer of 2017 before finally relenting the following January and have kicked on since the departure of the former Inter playmaker. And although a return to Anfield remains unlikely, Klopp revealed earlier this week that his relationship with Coutinho remains strong, despite the inconvenient timing of his departure. Speaking to Pure Football Podcast, the German said: ‘Ireally respected Phil’s switch from the first second.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 Arsenal‘Not that I do that all the time, but it felt really like ‘oh wow that could be difficult’.‘So it’s not about yes we signed a new contract only weeks before that, but it was really clear he wouldn’t have asked me for any other club – but for this club there was no chance.‘Then we had to be hard in the summer because we had no other solution. We lost Adam Lallana [to injury] in that time as well, we would have lost two players.‘That’s not possible, you cannot solve that on the transfer market.‘He was open to that [staying] and that was really cool. Then you have to be fair in the window and say we can do it, we don’t like it but we can do it.’Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Metro Sport ReporterFriday 10 Apr 2020 8:41 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link12.3kShareslast_img read more

Michael Owen makes predictions for Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United vs Tottenham

first_imgAdvertisement Owen is expecting United to edge a win over Spurs (Picture: Getty Images)Michael Owen is backing Manchester United to edge a win over Spurs, while he expects Chelsea to get the victory Crystal Palace, Arsenal to get the better of Sheffield United and Manchester City to beat Leeds United 4-1.The main match-up of Matchday 4 is United vs Spurs and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer vs the man he succeeded at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho.The two bosses have been taking digs at each other across the past week and the friction between the managers may translate into a fiery battle on the pitch. Solskjaer goes up against Mourinho at Old Trafford on Sunday (Picture: Getty Images)Former Liverpool and United striker Owen says that although he expects Mourinho’s side to be disciplined, he’s backing United to get all three points.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told BetVictor: ‘This match has the added twist that Mourinho returns to Old Trafford. These are situations he thrives in and I expect Spurs to be disciplined. ‘United have had problems of their own in their first two matches even though they managed to nick the points last week at Brighton, and I think they could have just enough to edge it here.’ Man Utd v Tottenham: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:23FullscreenMan Utd v Tottenham: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/man-utd-v-tottenham-ole-gunnar-solskjaer-press-conference-2261698/This 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.Chelsea will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing set of results, losing to Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on penalties earlier this week and drawing 3-3 with West Bromich Albion last weekend.However, Owen predicts that Frank Lampard’s side can get the job done against Crystal Palace, the team that beat United 3-1 in their season opener.He added: ‘Manchester United conquerors Crystal Palace will again quietly fancy their chances here, but I fancy Chelsea to fire and come away with the points.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsManchester City go up against Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday, with Marcelo Bielsa’s side looking for their third win in the Premier League.Owen is expecting City to put four goals past the Whites and win 4-1.Elsewhere, Arsenal take on Sheffield United at The Emirates, and with the Blades yet to win a league game this season, Owen says he ‘can’t see anything other than a home win’. The ex-England striker also predicts an easy three points for his former side Liverpool as they travel away to Aston Villa.MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer responds to Jose Mourinho’s dig about Manchester United’s penaltiesMORE: Paul Pogba urges Ousmane Dembele to join Manchester United from BarcelonaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page Commentcenter_img Michael Owen makes predictions for Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United vs Tottenham Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 2 Oct 2020 11:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShareslast_img read more

Governor Wolf Continues Four-Day Visit to 14 Northern Pennsylvania Counties

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, Pa. – Today, on the third day of a four-day, 14-county visit in northern Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf is stopping in Bradford and Mt. Jewett, McKean County; Warren, Warren County; and Marienville, Forest County.“As I have traveled the state visiting communities and listening to people working in manufacturing, schools, healthcare and tourism, it is clear that we’re working together to create jobs and improve communities,” said Governor Wolf. “It is important for the state to hear from communities in every part of the commonwealth to learn how we can support them and see the progress being made in economic development, education, and workforce training.”The governor’s first stop today was Bradford, where he and the First Lady visited Zippo Manufacturing, the family-owned business celebrating 85 years as an iconic brand in Pennsylvania.The Zippo lighter has been featured in more than 2,000 movies, stage plays and television shows over the years, and its famous Zippo “click” sound has been sampled on songs. The lighters themselves have been featured on album covers, tattooed on rockers’ skin, and wielded in Rolling Stone photo shoots.While at Zippo, the Wolfs saw the manufacturing process, talked with employees – some of whom have worked at the factory for many years – and learned about how the factory has helped the town of Bradford grow and thrive over the years.Following Zippo, the tour stopped at Kinzua Bridge State Park in Mt. Jewett, where the governor and First Lady joined Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. They met with staff of the PA Wilds Conservation Shop, managed through a public-private partnership that is increasing economic opportunities for small local producers and area artisans.After discussing the importance of Pennsylvania’s state parks for the tourism industry in rural communities, the governor visited the Kinzua Bridge skywalk, a 600-foot pedestrian walkway overlooking the Kinzua Gorge. The skywalk, constructed after the Kinzua Viaduct and once known as the longest and tallest railroad structure, was partially destroyed by a tornado in 2003.Gov. Wolf will visit Whirley-DriveWorks in Warren at 2:15 p.m., where he and the First Lady will talk with employees and tour the family-owned business. They will finish the day with a visit to the Marienville Oktoberfest at 4:00 p.m.On Saturday, Sept. 23, Gov. Wolf and the First Lady will visit Elk County, Jefferson County and Clearfield County with stops at the Elk County Visitors Center, BWP Bats, and the Harmony Grange Fair. September 22, 2017 Governor Wolf Continues Four-Day Visit to 14 Northern Pennsylvania Countiescenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Attempted homicide suspect nabbed

first_imgILOILO City – Charged with attempted homicide, a man was nabbed in Barangay Paciencia, Tobias Fornier, Antique. Resident Antonio Dolatre, 58, was taken to the Tobias Fornier municipal police station, police said. The court recommended a P12,000 bail bond for the suspect’s temporary liberty./PNcenter_img Dolatre was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 1:05 p.m. on July 14, the police added.last_img

Lady Bulldogs Tennis Team Win Over Lady Pirates

first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs defeated Greensburg in tennis by a score of 3-2.No. 1 singles: Danielle Schroeder (G) def. Sarah Hoseus (B) 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1No. 2 singles: Lydia Olsen (B) def. Olivia Slusher (G) 6-2, 6-4No. 3 singles: Ally Ritter (B) def. Tiffany Springmeyer (G) 6-3, 6-3No 1 doubles: Caroline Pratt/Claire Welage (G) def. Brooke Bradford/Kelli Hartman (B) 7-5, 6-4No. 2 doubles: Karsen Worthington/Macy Simon (B) def. Courtney Nelson/Abigail Bailey (G) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1Batesville won the junior varsity match by a score of 4-1.Winning singles matches for the Lady Bulldogs were Erin Longstreth, Gabby Cooper and Alana Pinckley. Doubles teams winning were Anna Kick/Julia Hunter and Jenna Harmeyer/Grace Heppner.Submitted by Batesville Coach Bryan Helvie.last_img

Mbappe tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Neymar risks seven-game ban, Gonzalez 10 Neymar ‘super happy’ to return to training with PSG Paris Saint-Germain and France attacker Kylian Mbappe has tested positive for Covid-19.The forward, who is asymptomatic, has left the national team squad and will not feature for the Les Bleus in their forthcoming Nations League fixture with Croatia in Paris on Tuesday, a match in which he was expected to form a forward trident along with Wissam Ben Yedder and Anthony Martial. He featured in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Sweden and scored the winning goal in that clash after breaking through a couple of challenges in the box before finishing from an acute angle.He will not, however, take part in the rematch of the 2018 World Cup final, in which he memorably found the net.“Kylian Mbappe will not participate in France versus Croatia on Tuesday evening at 20:45CET at the Stade de France,” a statement from the French FA has confirmed.“The result of his Covid-19 test carried out by UEFA on Monday morning was found to be positive. He was placed away from the group after receiving the results, at the end of training, before going back to his own home in the evening.“Like the entire delegation, Kylian Mbappe had undergone a test prior to the games of the international break. The result was negative, like the one last Wednesday, at the request of UEFA, before Sweden against France.” It also throws into doubt his immediate participation when PSG finally start their Ligue 1 campaign. Thomas Tuchel’s side are slated to play Lens on Thursday followed by Le Classique against fierce rivals Marseille on Sunday.They will then face Metz next Wednesday and have a trip to Nice slated for September 20.PSG could be severely shorthanded for their forthcoming fixtures as they are suffering from a cluster of coronavirus infections.Several stars returned from holiday having tested positive for the virus, with Neymar, Marquinhos, Keylor Navas, Angel Di Maria, Mauro Icardi and Leandro Paredes all currently laying low.Tags: ANthony MartialFranceKylian MbappeParis Saint-GermainWissam Ben Yedderlast_img read more

Dottin heads list of 21 players selected for pre-World Cup camp

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua – Deandra Dottin has been named with 20 other players by Cricket West Indies’ Selection Panel, for a pre-world cup camp from January 6 to 25 in Antigua to finalise their preparations for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.Deandra returns to West Indies Women’s duty after shoulder surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation period, which ensured her full recovery and availability for the team.Captain Stafanie Taylor, who missed the T20 International series against the visiting Indian Women in November, will also be returning, along with bowlers Shamilia Connell and Shakera Selman.CWI’s Women’s and Girls’ head selector, Ann Browne-John, said, “The panel has selected a squad showing a mix of youth and experience in preparation for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup. The recently concluded Women’s Franchise Tournament in Trinidad also gave the panel an opportunity to view the players in a T20 setting just prior to the World Cup.”Browne-John added, “Deandra Dottin seemed to return right where she left off before her injury and had remarkable performances from the first match.Shamilia Connell and Shakera Selman are also returning from injury and the panel hopes that by the time the final selection is made, for the World Cup, all players will be fit and ready.”The pre-world cup camp is scheduled from January 6 to 25, during which the final squad for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will be selected before departure to Australia. The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will take place between February 21 and March 8.The 21-member Training Camp Squad:Stafanie Taylor, Deandra Dottin, Shamilia Connell, Hayley Matthews, Aaliyah Alleyne,  Shakera Selman, Sheneta Grimmond, Kaysia Schultz, Shabika Gajnabi, Cherry Ann Fraser,  Shemaine Campbelle, Chinelle Henry, Natasha McLean, Chedean Nation, Shawnisha Hector, Anisa Mohammed, Lee Ann Kirby, Karishma Ramharack, Caneisha IsaacBritney Cooper and     Afy Fletcher.last_img read more

UW begins WCHA title defense

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald photoAfter an up-and-down regular season, the No. 5 Wisconsin women?s hockey team is excited for the start of the WCHA Playoffs. The Badgers suffered through a seven-game stretch earlier in the season when they went 1-5-1, but ended the year going 14-1-1 in their last 16 games.?One thing we have stressed to them is whether you have had a good season or a bad season, it is a fresh start,? head coach Mark Johnson said. ?Everybody is at the starting gates again, everybody?s record is identical, and everybody gets the opportunity to make a statement. We keep telling them that we need to be ready to go.?The third-seed Badgers will kick off their WCHA playoff title defense by hosting the sixth-seeded Minnesota State. UW had a lot of success this year against MSU, winning all four games and outscoring the Mavericks 15-6. The Badgers, however, are not taking the Mavericks lightly.?We try to not look ahead, no matter who we are playing,? goaltender Jessie Vetter said. ?Mankato is a very solid team, and they always play well against us. It is definitely not going to be an easy run to get past Mankato.?On offense this year, the Badgers? magic number has been three. UW has won every game when they have scored three or more goals, and they have lost or tied every game when they have scored two or less.?We have to try and win the 50-50 battles,? freshman Hilary Knight said. ?It is all about gathering the rebounds and just keep attacking.??We are obviously a good team defensively,? Johnson added. ?Therefore, if we can get three, four or five goals, we have a good chance of winning. The key for us is to be consistent, which we have been for most of the second half of the season.?The Badgers defense ? ranked No. 1 in the WCHA in goals allowed ? has been outstanding all season and must continue to excel if UW hopes to capture another WCHA title.?The main thing is we need to control the rebounds and not give the opponent second looks,? Vetter said. ?As long as I can make the first save, and then your ?D? helps you out with the second, you are going to be pretty successful.?While most of the team has playoff experience ? UW has won the past two National Championships ? the freshmen that the Badgers count on will be experiencing playoff hockey for the first time.?We are all nervous, but we are also excited,? Knight said of the freshmen class. ?The playoffs are what we work for, and our team has had success the past few years, so we want to try and keep that going.??Naturally, the freshmen are going to be nervous,? Johnson added. ?But that is what the captains and the veteran leaders are there for. The upperclassmen will have to help calm them down and get them ready for the game, but I am not too worried about it.?After finishing the season on a strong run, UW is going to try and maintain that momentum in the playoffs.?We are not reinventing the wheel now,? Johnson said. ?In the playoffs, you have to try and do all the things that you practiced during the year. Earlier in the year, we were a bit inconsistent, but now that our youth have had a full season of experience under them, we expect to compete very well.?last_img read more