South Dakota governor’s Trump fundraiser appears to be funneling directly into her campaign

first_imgNBC News reports that Noem launched her “fundraising campaign” shortly after the election had been called for president-elect Joe Biden on Saturday. The site allows contributors to check the amount of their donation and includes a box to cover a processing “so 100% of my donation goes to Kristi for Governor.”Vice president of policy and litigation at Common Cause Paul S. Ryan told NBC that the chances Gov. Noem is even considering sharing the money with the Trump campaign is somewhere between zero and zero times zero. “If she were actually interested in raising money for Donald Trump’s own legal efforts, she would use a joint-fundraising committee.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Gov. Kristi Noem is overseeing the largest outbreak in the country of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks. Between her state and neighboring Republican-led North Dakota, the two states have become the first two states to “surpass 100 cases per 100,000 people.” One week after Election Day, South Dakota is looking at a 35% increase in cases, an uptick in deaths due to the virus, as well as a 46% increase in hospitalizations. That’s what electing a Republican gets you these days. Oh, and no health care, so sorry you’re sick. Gov. Kristi Noem has tried nothing and nothing has worked. last_img read more

Indonesia records spike in COVID-19 cases as govt eases restrictions

first_imgThe number of daily recorded COVID-19 cases in Indonesia has continued to increase in the past five days as the government gears up to implement the so-called “new normal” measures and eases large-scale social restrictions (PSBB).The government announced 1,241 new confirmed cases on Wednesday, surpassing the previous all-time-high of 1,043 new cases recorded the previous day, with 36 news deaths and 715 newly recovered patients also recorded. In total, the country has recorded 34,316 confirmed cases with 1,959 fatalities and 12,129 recoveries so far. The Health Ministry’s disease control and prevention director general, Achmad Yurianto, said that East Java had recorded the highest increase at the provincial level with 273 new cases, followed by South Sulawesi with 189 new cases, Jakarta (157), Central Java (139) and South Kalimantan (127).He added that 15 provinces had reported less than 10 new cases and six areas reported no additional cases.Since Saturday, the country has continued to record high numbers of new cases, with 993 recorded on Saturday, 672 on Sunday, 847 on Monday and 1043 on Tuesday. The new cases were mainly recorded in East Java, South Sulawesi, South Kalimantan and Jakarta.The spike in cases may have been caused by the central government’s and several regional administrations’ decision to gradually ease PSBB measures before eventually reopening economic activities under the “new normal” policy.  Yurianto, however, claimed that more “aggressive” contact tracing conducted by the government was the reason for the increase. “The new cases mostly came from the testing of samples sent by community health centers [Puskesmas] and regional health agencies. It has not been dominated by samples from hospitals,” he said during a press conference on Wednesday.”Overall, we can see that cases are still increasing. But if we see the distribution per province, most of them are, in fact, already in a stable condition,” he went on to say.Jakarta, one of the first provinces to ease restrictions, began its transition phase on June 5, with the capital set to gradually reopen public places, offices and factories. Governor Anies Baswedan decided to start the transition period on this date because many parts of Jakarta have now downgraded from red zones to green or yellow zones, indicating a decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases.East Java has recorded an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, with its capital Surabaya recording more than 3000 cases. Meanwhile, the governor of South Sulawesi claimed on Wednesday that there were more green zones than red zones in the province, despite the increase in daily new cases, kontan.co.id reported.Topics :last_img read more

All life’s comforts await high on the hill

first_imgThe kitchen at 23 Bahrview Drive, Bahrs Scrub.Mr Payne said the property had been a great family home.“Christmas, Easter and all those sort of things were always there. My youngest daughter was married at home and my eldest daughter had her wedding photos there, too,” he said.“At one point both girls, their husbands and one of our grandchildren were living here.”More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 One of the living spaces at 23 Bahrview Drive, Bahrs Scrub.The main house has a cinema room with theatre lounge and sound proofing, family room with fireplace, bathroom, laundry and gym on the ground level.On the second floor there are formal dining and living rooms with a granite fireplace, and an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area. All the living areas open to the wraparound veranda.The two bedrooms on this level have walk-in robes and there is a family bathroom. The property at 23 Bahrview Drive, Bahrs Scrub.THIS sprawling 7283sq m property with main house and cottage is perched high on a hill in Bahrs Scrub.Owners Ron and Donna Payne built the property at 23 Bahrview Drive 25 years ago.“I love the privacy and the nature of the home. It has everything you could imagine — swimming pool, tennis court and home cinema. It’s like a resort really,” Mr Payne said.“I like sitting on the veranda and looking at the view and enjoying the breeze. I don’t mind watching a movie in the home cinema either.” The pool at 23 Bahrview Drive, Bahrs Scrub.The property includes a tennis court, pool and sauna.The home is being marketed by John Jessop of Elders Real Estate Shailer Park. The rumpus room at 23 Bahrview Drive, Bahrs Scrub.The main bedroom takes up the entire top floor and includes built-in robes, study nook, sitting area and ensuite with corner bath, dual basins and shower.On the lower level of the cottage there is open-plan living, dining and kitchen, bathroom, veranda and two bedrooms with a walk-in robe and ensuite to one.Upstairs there is an open-plan dining and kitchen area, bedroom, lounge area and study.last_img read more

Dutch electronics giants Philips makes €600m contribution to pension fund

first_imgEven though the scheme has now surpassed the legally required financial reserves of 107% coverage, it warned that it still considered itself to be in the “danger zone”, and was therefore still deliberating over the possible indexation of pension rights.The Philips Pensioenfonds said it lost 0.3% on its 70% liability-matching portfolio – meant to finance most of its liabilities, as well as 2% inflation – during the fourth quarter.In contrast, the scheme’s 30% return portfolio generated 5.5%, thanks to well-performing equity and high-yield credit.The return portfolio, which also includes emerging market debt and property, is to bolster its financial buffers and finance any surplus inflation and longevity risk, the scheme said.The pension fund attributed the 0.2% outperformance in particular to the returns on high-yield credit and commodities. Dutch electronics giant Philips is to boost the assets of its €14.9bn pension fund with an additional contribution of €600m.It said €500m would be used to increase the coverage ratio of the Philips Pensioenfonds by 3 percentage points to 111%.The extra contribution, it said, is the result of a new collective labour agreement (CAO) between the employer and the unions.The Philips scheme reported a quarterly return of 1.3%, leading to funding of 108% at year-end, and an annual return of 0.6%.last_img read more

BlackRock accused of ‘myopic’ fossil fuel investment

first_imgA BlackRock spokesperson said the majority of its equity holdings, including those cited in the IEEFA’s report, were held through index-based exchange-traded funds and other index products, which track the investment results of third-party indices.“Index managers such as BlackRock seek to replicate the performance of the index and do not select or exclude one company over the other based on our views of a company,” the spokesperson added.“Index providers determine which companies to include in the indices they create based on the index methodology. The conclusions of this report are thus misplaced.”“A new path is needed that leads BlackRock, its clients and the global economy toward climate health and a new cycle of profitability and growth”IEEFAA source at a large asset manager backed up this view, saying that underperforming due to investment in fossil fuels was not BlackRock’s fault.“Investing in ETFs that track the stock market is particularly difficult during a period of market transition, where previously valuable sectors can become redundant,” the source added.The individual suggested a better question would have been whether BlackRock took an active bet toward fossil fuels that did not work out.Stewardship questions IEEFA has criticised BlackRock for its holdings in fossil fuel companiesIn its report the IEEFA also accused the world’s largest asset manager of a failure of stewardship across its passive investment portfolio, saying it had steered away from leading low-carbon strategies adopted by investors such as Sweden’s AP4.BlackRock had instead opted to pursue a strategy of engagement with companies, but it was “entirely questionable” whether this approach was yielding material results.IEEFA also argued that BlackRock’s board was a problem, with too many of its members in key decision-making roles having “significant ties” to the fossil fuel sector.The think tank made five main recommendations for BlackRock, including leading the way on investing in low-carbon indices and adopting a strategic use of fossil fuel divestment.“BlackRock plays a powerful leadership role in the current global investment debate over the direction of fossil fuel investing, but the direction it is largely offering is backward,” said the IEEFA.“A new path is needed that leads the company, its clients and the global economy toward climate health and a new cycle of profitability and growth.”BlackRock has faced a steady stream of criticism over its activity with regard to climate change in recent years.The anonymous source told IPE that the attention the report from the IEEFA had received in the media was more interesting than its substance “as a reflection of the scrutiny that is turning to fund managers on their decisions and the connection between rhetoric and actions”.“Some will be misplaced, but the spotlight is clearly moving in our direction,” the individual said. A think tank has accused BlackRock of costing its clients more than $90bn (€81.4bn) from a select group of fossil fuel-heavy investments – although the asset manager has challenged the methodology and findings of the organisation’s report.According to the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), BlackRock’s management of its fossil fuel holdings was “myopic”.“In holding after holding across the coal, oil and gas space around the world, weak performance over the last decade lags the market and weakens both actively and passively managed investments,” the think tank said.It highlighted the case of BlackRock’s holding in General Electric, which it said had declined by $19bn in value over a three-year period.last_img read more

Dirt Road Basketball Scores

first_imgThe 6th graders (15-4) will next be in action on Saturday, December 30th in the Greenfield Central High School Holiday Classic. Batesville 6th Grade @ Connersville Spartan Arena and Spartan BowlBatesville 32, Lawrenceburg 28After trailing at half-time 18-16 due to sharp shooting from 3 point range by the Tigers, the young Bulldogs did some sharp shooting of their own, firing 78% in the second half from the field to hold off Lawrenceburg.    Batesville shot 60% for the contest and outrebounded the Tigers 24-17 to overcome 16 turnovers and 7-18 from the free throw line.  Gus Prickel was solid as a floor general and led in scoring with 12.  Sam Johnson tallied 7, Jack Grunkemeyer 6, Conner Drake 4, and Chris Lewis 3.  Grunkemeyer had 7 rebounds and Drake 5.  Prickel had 2 assists. Batesville 39, Connersville 28The Bulldogs came out a bit flat after a hard earned victory earlier in the day and trailed Connersville 7-1.  After a time out to calm the team and refocus, the Bulldogs reeled off 8 straight to take a lead they would not relinquish.  The Bulldogs shot 41%from the field, outrebounded the Spartans 29-21, committed only 5 turnovers for the contest and were an impressive 12-18 from the free throw line to secure the victory and move to (10-0) in Dirt Road play.  Conner Drake led the team in scoring with9 points, Chris Lewis added 7, Gus Prickel 6, Sam Johnson 6, Jack Grunkemeyer 6, and Brendan Heiser 5.  Grunkemeyer had 7 rebounds, while Drake and Jonathan Buschle each had 5.  Heiser added 2 assists.                The 4th Graders (10-2) will next be in action on Saturday, December 30th in the Greenfield Central High School Holiday Classic The 5th grade Blue squad (5-5)  will next be in action on Saturday, December 30th in the Greenfield Central High School Holiday Classic. The 5th Grade White squad (0-10) will be off until after the Holidays when DRBL play resumes on Sunday, January 7th Batesville 4th Grade @ Batesville High SchoolBatesville 35, Milan 31Brayden Maple 13, Cayden Drake 6, William Kuisel 4, Caleb Mohr 4, Landon Raver 4, Ethan Schneider 2, Owen Enneking 2 Batesville 5th Grade White @ Rushville High School              Connersville White 34, Batesville White 15              Madison 34, Batesville White 8 Batesville 5th Grade Blue @ Rushville High School              North Decatur 23, Batesville Blue 21 (OT)              Greensburg 29, Batesville Blue 20 Batesville 47, Madison 14                              Brayden Maple 10, Cayden Drake 6, William Kuisel 6, Owen Enneking 4, Caleb Mohr 2, Ethan Schneider 2, Landon Raver 2 Good luck to all teams.  Go Bulldogs!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Paul Drake.last_img read more

Marvin Lewis

first_imgThere were several reasons why Mike Brown of the Bengals could have let Marvin Lewis go the past few years.  Why then did he choose this year to fire him?  From most of the reports that I heard, it was the empty seats at Paul Brown stadium that did him in.Lewis was the head of the Bengals the past 16 years.  He got the Bengals in a playoff quite a few times, but unfortunately, they did not win once they got there.  He will go down in the history books as the winningest coach in Bengal history.  Also, the Marvin Lewis Foundation was a big hit all through the Cincinnati Community, but like all pro-sports, the bottom dollar is what counts.last_img

Leinster keep pressure on Ulster

first_img Thomas Denton, Fergus McFadden, Fionn Carr, Dominic Ryan and Isa Nacewa all went over in Italy with the hosts getting on the board through Sinoti Sinoti, Daniel Halangalu and Carlo Festuccia. Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton returned from a two-month injury lay-off to add 16 points with the boot while Halangalu kicked seven points. Sexton and Halangalu exchanged penalties before Denton ran in the first try after 10 minutes. McFadden then seized on a Sexton pass to score Leinster’s second. Zebre wing Sinoti touched down in the 26th minute and Halangulu dotted down under the posts on the stroke of half-time to make it 17-17. But a Sexton penalty (44) and tries from Carr (46), Ryan (59) and Nacewa (62) arrived without an Italian response after the break. Replacement hooker Festuccia, who was later yellow carded for striking Isaac Boss, eventually found a way through six minutes from time only for Halangalu to miss the third conversion. Zebre’s 21st defeat of the season leaves them 18 points adrift of Newport-Gwent Dragons at the bottom while Leinster climbed above Glasgow ahead of fifth-placed Ospreys’ visit to Dublin on the last day of the regular season. Leaders Ulster host Cardiff Blues with Leinster hoping to capitalise on any slip-up at Ravenhill to finish top of the pile before the semi-finals begin. Leinster closed to within three points of RaboDirect PRO12 leaders Ulster as five different try-scorers settled a comfortable 41-22 win at Zebre.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe crown jewel of IndyCar now shares the race weekend calendar with NASCAR’s Drydene 400. The Indy 500 will serve as the opening act for the NASCAR Cup race at Dover International Speedway, the track better known as the Monster Mile that has suffered with dwindling attendance and had its dates shuffled around the schedule.A supersized shakeup of the schedule looms whenever NASCAR and IndyCar resume in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.In other outbreak-related developments:— Players have agreed to a deal with Major League Baseball that would preserve service time in the event this season is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the two sides have left open details of what a configured schedule would look like. As part of the agreement approved by the union Thursday night, players agreed not to challenge giving up their salaries if no games are played, except for $170 million payment management will advance in two stages. Player salary this year is expected to be in the $4 billion range. Management was given the right to cut the amateur draft in both 2020 and 2021, and to freeze the values of signing bonus money at 2019 levels. Details were divulged to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the agreement who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made. The person said teams are set to approve the roughly 17-page agreement Friday.— The company that manufactures uniforms for Major League Baseball has suspended production on jerseys and is instead using the polyester mesh fabric to make masks and gowns for hospitals in Pennsylvania and nearby states. Fanatics founder and executive chairman was watching TV last week when he was struck by the idea to turn the 360,000-square foot facility in Easton, Pennsylvania, into a factory for the COVID-19 virus fight. St. Luke’s Hospital in nearby Bethlehem reached out to Fanatics late last week about the possibility of the company manufacturing masks. — The Evian Masters women’s golf tournament has been moved to August because of the coronavirus outbreak. The event originally scheduled for July 23-26 will now be held on Aug. 6-9 at the Evian Resort Golf Club. Evian is one of the five majors on the women’s circuit. The decision was made by the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and Evian organizers.— The Russian anti-doping agency is suspending all tests for 10 days in response to measures implemented by the government to fight the coronavirus. The move comes after President Vladimir Putin told Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home next week. Tests stopped today and will resume on April 6.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 27, 2020 — Hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer has shifted from making visors for helmets to medical visors for those fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Bauer faced the possibility of closing its manufacturing plant in Blainville, Quebec, when hockey came to a halt amid the global pandemic. But engineers there instead brainstormed the idea of producing medical shields to help protect people on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.— A person with knowledge of the details tells The Associated Press that top NBA executives are having their base salaries reduced by 20% for the foreseeable future. The reductions affect the roughly 100 highest-earning executives, as the NBA joins the NHL and NASCAR in cutting salaries while competitions are on hold because of the coronavirus. The cuts are effective immediately and affect NBA employees both inside the league headquarters in New York and in global offices.— Former President Barack Obama was among more than 50,000 viewers who logged onto a coronavirus discussion between Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. When Curry asked when it might be time to start thinking about sports again, Fauci responded, “when the country as a whole has turned that corner,” and the curve that shows how the virus is still spreading nationally starts coming down.— The Colorado Avalanche say one of their players has recovered after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. The player was at home in isolation since the symptoms first appeared. The team says anyone who was known to have had close contact with the player has been notified. The Avs issued a statement saying they continue to work in conjunction with their medical staff and public health officials to do everything they can to help the Avalanche community remain safe and healthy during this time.— Three professional baseball players in Japan have tested positive for the new coronavirus but Japanese baseball officials insist that won’t impact plans to start the season next month. Hanshin Tigers pitcher Shintaro Fujinami and two teammates have become the first professional baseball players in Japan to test positive. Japan professional baseball had earlier postponed the start of its regular season amid the pandemic and was aiming for an April 24 start. Update on the latest sports Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSVirus scrubs a Memorial Day weekend traditionUNDATED (AP) — The Indianapolis 500 is now a summer event. It’s been postponed until Aug. 23 because of the coronavirus pandemic and won’t run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1945.last_img read more

Following 1st win, men’s hockey to host MTU

first_imgKRIS UGARRIZA/Herald photoEverything finally fell into place last weekend as the Wisconsin men’s hockey team picked up its first victory of the season against North Dakota. This weekend, the Badgers hope to repeat that performance in a two-game series against Michigan Tech at the Kohl Center and triple their number in the win column.“It is the WCHA, so every team is a battle,” junior defenseman Jamie McBain said. “Every team in the league is a good team, so any points you can pick up are huge. Coming off that win, we are a little relieved to know that we have one, but most importantly we have to build off it and have a great weekend.”UW started off the season competing against four top 20 teams, and MTU (2-4-0, 1-3-0 WCHA) represents the Badgers’ first game against a non-ranked opponent. With a 1-6-1 record, though, the team knows it cannot afford to rest on their laurels.“The teams that have that in the back of their mind are the teams that don’t do well and don’t come out hard,” junior forward Blake Geoffrion said of not playing a ranked team. “You have to just think about playing hard in the first period no matter who the opponent is. Ranked or unranked, drafted player or undrafted player, it doesn’t really matter. We just look at it as another game and another team we have to beat.”The Badgers went 2-1-1 against the Huskies last year and expect a similar challenge this year. While MTU may not overwhelm opponents with its talent, the Huskies play a hard-nosed, controlled game and rarely beat themselves with mistakes.“They are a real physical team; they battle hard and they do whatever it takes to win,” Geoffrion said. “They will dive to block shots; they battle real hard in all areas of the game — down low, neutral ice and on [offense]. One of their strengths is their heart and how much pride they take in that.”“These games are going to be paced and physical,” UW head coach Mike Eaves added. “Their formula for success is the fact that they work very hard, first and foremost. They play well together as a group, they are well coached, and that gives them the best chance to be successful.”The Badgers have lost six games this year mostly because a young defense and inconsistent goalkeeping have been unable to keep the puck out of the net. Last weekend, however, UW only let in five goals over the two games, marking their most impressive performance to date.The Huskies have only averaged two goals per game on the year, giving the Badgers a chance to build on their success from last weekend.“It comes down to taking time and space away,” Eaves said. “And doing your part in the defensive zone coverage. We did that much better [last weekend]. Saturday, we were able to block 26 shots, so that is a big factor as well, but basically we were much better with our time and space.”While scoring has not been much of a problem this year — UW averages 3.1 goals per game — captain Geoffrion has struggled to consistently produce points so far this season. With two goals in last Saturday’s win, however, Geoffrion may be back on track.“I had been getting my chances before, and I just stuck with it,” Geoffrion said. “I was lucky enough to get a great pass from [Jake Gardiner] on the power play, and I finished it off. … It feels great to contribute offensively, be a leader on this team and finally bury my chances. I’ll try to continue and do that — but we have a lot other guys who can score — and hopefully we will score enough to win.”last_img read more