Presidential sweepstakes: Homestretch

first_imgWith less than one week to go for the US elections scheduled for November 8, that horse race is now in the homestretch. Even before the primaries were over, this newspaper went out on a limb and suggested that the rank outsider Donald Trump might go all the way. He went on to win the Republican nomination quite handily and then raised his poll ratings to almost equal those of his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton, who has been the very definition of a “Washington insider” that was supposed to “play” the system.However, late last month, revelations that Trump had made, under the kindest interpretation, some rather tasteless statements about women, saw his poll numbers plunge way below his opponent’s and led the pundits to virtually write him off of the race. Women, after all, comprise at least half of the electorate, and the “smart money” presumed most of them would be offended by Trump’s jaundiced view of women. But seemingly inexorably, those numbers began to climb and last week, when the FBI revealed it was reopening a probe into official emails Clinton had stored on a private server, Trump had closed the gap within striking distance.But it is important to step back and examine the reasons why Trump’s numbers started to climb upwards even before Clinton’s email scandal resurfaced. As we have pointed out in this space repeatedly, Trump is tapping into some very primal fears in the collective American psyche centred around “nativism” and “American Exceptionalism”, and these have not been evaporated away by Trump’s gaffe. Nativism – looking down on immigrants and scapegoating them for what ails the society – has actually increased since Trump entered the political fray.He has given voice to what had become “politically incorrect” for the “establishment” figures to utter in the post-Civil Rights era in the US and the 1960s’ Enoch Powell rightist rants in Britain. The nativism in Britain resulted in Brexit and whether Trump becomes President of the US or not, there will be no going back to facile assumptions that the US had entered into a “post racial” era after the election of Barack Obama to the American presidency. Trump may have toned down his explicit anti-immigrant rhetoric as he went into the stretch, but his insistence that a “wall” must be built along the Mexican border (and paid for by Mexico) is a signifier to his base that he “means business”.Hillary Clinton, on the other hand, is trapped into the liberal rhetoric of “comprehensive immigration reform” that includes regularising illegal immigrants, which is a red flag to nativists, and about which even most moderate Americans are not very passionate. Trump epitomises the “American Exceptionalism” button – that America is basically superior to other nations because of its unique history and values –- with his swagger, bluster and threats to even put allies in their “place”. And here again, while Clinton has of recent began to play this card, it has actually backfired in that some of her “moderate” supporters see the move as “pandering” to Trump.As the dust is beginning to settle, it can be seen that neither the debates nor the scandals have altered the equation between the two candidates significantly. Trump’s challenge, therefore, might not be at the level of the popular vote, but at the “electoral college”, which actually elects the President and Vice President. In the US, every state is allowed a number of “electors” depending on their population – excepting for the smaller states that must have at least three. Forty-eight of the fifty states are treated as a “winner takes all” situation for a total of 538 electors. Because of the lack of total congruity between population and electors, in 2000, Gore lost to George Bush even though he received more popular votes.With Trump emphasising Clinton’s “unsuitability” for the presidency because of what could be serious leaks from her emails, he might still win it all.last_img read more

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University of New Brunswick chemical engineering student studying in Taylor wins award

first_imgFlack will be returning to school in the winter but says she will share her experiences with friends and colleagues back home.“A lot think oil and gas for engineers but engineering students should really consider forestry. It’s an industry that offers a lot of innovative opportunities.”Flack is one of 10 Greenest Workforce Green Dream scholarship recipients. Recipients are ‘those who are sharing their expertise and learning about the industry first-hand at forest operations across the country.’ TAYLOR, B.C. – A University of New Brunswick student that came all the way to Taylor to co-op, has won a Greenest Workforce Green Dream scholarship.21-year-old Melanie Flack says she’s had nothing but a positive experience so far in northeast B.C. since arriving in Taylor to work at Canfor’s Taylor plant.“I came [to Taylor, BC] on my own so the people have been incredibly accommodating andwelcoming. It’s just been tremendous.”Prior to coming to Taylor, Flack had never been beyond Ontario borders.- Advertisement -While exploring northern B.C., Flack is also learning about the forestry industry firsthand.“I just love that [the industry is] sustainable. I believe that we need to use the resources that we have but we can use them in a way that won’t be detrimental in the future.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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Leicester 3-1 Derby: Foxes ease pressure on Claudio Ranieri in FA Cup win

first_img The Premier League side will face Millwall in the fifth round 1 Leicester provided some much-needed joy for boss Claudio Ranieri with a 3-1 win against east Midlands rivals Derby in the FA Cup.The champions, in a welcome break from their Premier League form, needed extra time to see off their Championship opponents and goals from Onyinye Ndidi and then Demarai Gray in the additional half an hour did the trick to set up a trip to Millwall in the fifth round later this month.Andy King, captain for the night, headed Leicester in front at the start of the second half but Abdoul Camara’s deflected free-kick brought Derby level just after the hour.The replay victory will be a relief for Ranieri, who on Tuesday was given the vote of confidence by the club, following a miserable run of results which has seen Leicester’s title defence descend into a relegation dogfight.Owner and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was in attendance to offer Ranieri his “unwavering support” and the Thai businessman will, in the short term at least, feel vindicated in his decision, although much bigger targets lie ahead.Ranieri’s selection dilemma ahead of the tie was whether to make wholesale changes and rest players ahead of Sunday’s crucial Premier League clash against relegation rivals Swansea, or field something close to a first choice starting line up in the hope of winning and building some much-needed momentum.It was clear, and unsurprising, where his priorities lay. The Italian made 10 changes with Ahmed Musa the only survivor from the defeat to Manchester United at the weekend.Derby also had their own agenda, securing a Championship play-off spot is their aim, and Rams boss Steve McClaren made eight changes.With so many alterations, both sides lacked fluency and chances were few and far between during the 90 minutes after Daniel Amartey looped a header onto the roof of the Derby net early on.Leicester appealed for a penalty midway through the first half following a coming together between Musa and Jason Shackell. There was contact but the Foxes forward appeared to go to ground too easily and referee Michael Jones rightly played on.Jones was asked to make another call on a spot-kick six minutes before half-time when Derby captain Richard Keogh barged over Ben Chilwell but once more the Cheshire official ignored the host’s protests.It was not until first-half stoppage time that either goalkeeper was called on to make a save, Ron-Robert Zieler bucked the trend when pushing a low Jacob Butterfield effort wide.The second half was less than a minute old when Leicester made what had looked like an unlikely breakthrough. Gray’s deep cross was headed back across goal by Marc Albrighton and King nodded the ball home from inside the six yard box.Derby equalised just after the hour mark when Camara’s free-kick, rolled into his path by Julien De Sart, flicked off Chilwell’s knee and past Zieler who had already committed himself to the initial shot.The visitors enjoyed a positive spell after drawing level but never troubled Zieler until Johnny Russell’s 80th-minute strike, which was easily smothered by the German. Immediately at the other end, King’s glancing header from Albrighton’s corner drifted narrowly wide of the far post.Leicester felt aggrieved for a third time in the match when young Derby goalkeeper Jonathan Mitchell escaped punishment for handling the ball outside of his area, after Musa was first to a pass over the top.It seemed luck was perhaps destined to be with Derby on the night as in the final minute Max Lowe, with no Leicester player in sight, calmly chested a cross against his own post.However, early in extra time Leicester led again through Ndidi. On as a substitute at the start of extra time, the January signing from Genk scored his first goal for the club just four minutes after his introduction, collecting the ball and driving forward before unleashing a shot from outside the area which flew into the net via a post.Russell came close to an equaliser with a header but Leicester were in the ascendancy and Mitchell save dwell to deny King before Gray settled it after 114 minutes, showing quick feet down the left side of the penalty box before firing a shot into the roof of the net.last_img read more

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Jonny Evans in race to be fit for Manchester City encounter with groin injury

first_img1 West Brom captain Jonny Evans faces a race to be fit for this weekend’s Premier League game against leaders Manchester City.Evans was forced out of Saturday’s defeat at Southampton due to a groin injury and, although not thought to be serious, the problem could rule him out on Saturday, the Baggies confirmed on their official website.Tony Pulis’ defensive resources are set to be tested as fellow defender Craig Dawson is still struggling with a knee injury.Scans have ruled out cruciate ligament damage, but further assessment is required to establish the exact problem, the club said.But Pulis could be boosted by the expected return to contention of forwards Oliver Burke and Hal Robson-Kanu as his side chase their first win since the end of August.Burke has been restricted to two substitute appearances since arriving from RB Leipzig in the summer for an undisclosed fee, reported to be £15million, due to a hamstring injury.Wales international Robson-Kanu missed Saturday’s defeat on the south coast because of a muscle strain.The Baggies confirmed Gareth Barry is expected to be fit to face City after being withdrawn early in the second half at Southampton, but James Morrison (Achilles) remains sidelined. Jonny Evans goes off against Southampton last_img read more

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Angry ‘Cruddersfield’ fan explodes in argument with talkSPORT’s Jason Cundy

first_imgJC: “I’m sorry, but from what I’ve seen of Huddersfield this season…”G: “Have you even watched a game this season? Name three players for me then… oh you can’t name them can you because you’ve not watched us!“*Inaudible yelling*… I’VE HAD ENOUGH OF YER!”SAM DELANEY: “George, calm down!”Listen to the exchange between Jason Cundy and George the angry Huddersfield fan IN FULL above! David Wagner’s side have endured a tough second campaign in the Premier League “Huddersfield need a change, a signing, personnel or maybe the manager.””They’re one of the worst sides I’ve seen in the Premier League.”@JasonCundy05, who called #HTAFC ‘Crudersfield’, is worried about them. pic.twitter.com/lYjs6w9zP3— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) December 27, 2018Huddersfield currently sit rock-bottom of the table having claimed just two wins from 19 games this season.And, two years after their promotion via the Championship play-offs, Cundy believes their time in the top flight is over.But George the Terriers supporter took exception to the talkSPORT host’s comments and called into Thursday’s H&J show to vent his anger…GEORGE: “Jason, there’s no need to say we’re a League One team!“We’re in the Premier League, we fought our way with no money, no budget and we’re there on merit! To call us Cruddersfield? I just want an apology!”JASON CUNDY: “An… an apology? For what? For telling the truth? Huddersfield are a dreadful team…”G: “IT’S ABSOLUTE B-S JASON!” George the Huddersfield fan was not happy with Jason Cundy 2center_img 2 A Huddersfield fan exploded with rage at Jason Cundy on air after the talkSPORT presenter branded his beloved club ‘Cruddersfield’.The former Chelsea defender, standing in as host on the Hawksbee and Jacobs show, said the ‘dreadful’ Terriers are one of the worst teams he has ever seen play in the Premier League.He also branded Huddersfield’s 0-0 draw with newly-promoted Cardiff City back in August the ‘El Crudico’. Speaking on Thursday, Cundy said: “In the first game of the season Chelsea played them, and I thought they were dreadful.“I said then they’ll go down, and I’ve not seen anything since that game to change my mind that they’re going to stay up. They’re bottom, where they belong.“Huddersfield for me, they are one of the worst sides I’ve seen in the Premier League.“They’re Cruddersfield!”last_img read more

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Donegal scientist leads project which detected mysterious radio signals from deep space

first_imgAn Irish scientist has helped design a massive telescope which has helped astronomers collect mysterious sounds from a distant galaxy.What the sounds are or why they were caused is still unknown.But the group of scientists, who are based in Canada, say the radio waves come from a staggering 1.5 billion light years away. Donegal man Jojo Boyle is a scientist and manager of the group which is based in Montreal which has helped design the CHIMES project which made the discovery.His role was to manage the construction of the telescope and the supercomputer systems.He also managed the development of the software that processes the data from the telescope.Mr Boyle gave some indication of the complexity of building such a huge telescope. He revealed “CHIME is a marvel of modern technology. It produces and searches through over 100 million GigaBytes of data per day – more data than is used by all the mobile phones in the world.“A hundred-million Gigabytes is too much data to store, so it must be processed in real time on a supercomputer that has been built inside five shipping containers right under the telescope.“Even over this short distance, it takes almost 200km of fibre optic cable to move this enormous amount of data from the telescope to the shipping containers – enough to stretch all the way from Glencolmcille to Fanad – imagine this could solve all of Donegal’s broadband issues!”Mr Boyle said he is looking forward to returning to his native Dungloe in West Donegal in March to speak to students about his work.Over the past 25 years, he has worked on and managed many world-class science projects, some for NASA and most in remote places like Arizona, Antarctica, the Arctic and now Canada. “I am looking forward to coming home in March and am excited to visit our local schools to talk my work as it is important to show young people that, even if you are from Donegal, the sky is not necessarily the limit,” he said.The CHIME observatory, located in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, consists of four 100-metre-long, semi-cylindrical antennas, which scan the entire northern sky each day.The telescope only got up and running last year, detecting 13 of the radio bursts almost immediately, including the repeater.Donegal scientist leads project which detected mysterious radio signals from deep space was last modified: January 11th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:CHIMEdonegaldungloeJojo Boyletelescopelast_img read more

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Sania Mirza is rani of racket, says SRK

first_imgHyderabad, Jul 13 (PTI) Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan today launched the autobiography of tennis star Sania Mirza titled Ace Against Odds here.”Genuinelly…I feel that the more love we show to our girls …the more love we show to our women and the more love and respect we show to our ladies … believe me, we will have many more achievements which are world class like Sanias,” the 50-year-old actor told reporters.”Have a lot of respect …geniuelly, I am telling you there are no bigger achievers than women in this world,” the “Dilwale” star said.”She (Sania) is the rani of racket,” he quipped.”Sania has done more than anyone else to make our country proud. We would remember people like P T Usha, Mary Kom and Sania Mirza who have led the way for lots of boys and girls to take up sports as a professional career and make our country even prouder,” Shah Rukh added.”I couldnt have thought of a better person to do it (the launch). All I had to do is, just say can you (SRK) please come and unveil this very special thing for me. Thats all I had to say and he is here,” Sania said.”By the grace of god, I had a long career…enetertaining career on and off the court. I am glad I am able to present it,” she added.The book captures Sanias journey of becoming Worlds No.1 player in womens doubles and the difficulties and challenges faced by her in making her dream come true.advertisementPublished by Harper Collins, the book is available on stands in all major bookstores across the country. PTI VVK NRB BS BSlast_img read more

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