October 20

Second round of ECE bidding for chosen six

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October 20

Out-of-town offices

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October 20

Nursing is out for Lend Lease

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October 20

Grosvenor makes bullish move in Spain

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October 20

7 deadly sins

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October 20

Equity takes Kent shed scheme

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October 20

Derwent Valley pushes ahead with development programme

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October 19

On the campaign trail: Biden ad slams Buttigieg, ‘What you’ve done matters’

first_imgTopics : Here is what is happening in New Hampshire on the campaign trail.After what has been a mostly affable Democratic campaign, Biden’s team pulled off the gloves and targeted the 38-year-old Buttigieg with a withering digital ad that pits Biden’s decades of experience in public life against that of the former mayor.The ad makes liberal use of popular former President Barack Obama in a belittling rundown of the ex-mayor’s small-town issues and also takes a swipe at his troubled record with African Americans.It shows Biden helping pass the Affordable Care Act while Buttigieg installed decorative lights under city bridges; Biden helping secure the Iran nuclear deal while Buttigieg negotiated lighter regulations for pet chip scanners; Biden helping save the US auto industry while Buttigieg “revitalized the sidewalks of downtown South Bend” with decorative brick. The ad, which will run on Facebook and YouTube in New Hampshire, extols Biden’s work on the assault weapons ban, while noting that Buttigieg forced out the city’s black police chief.”We’re electing a president. What you’ve done matters,” the ad says in closing.Buttigieg spokesman Chris Meagher derided the spot as Washington politics as usual that trivialized the concerns of ordinary communities. “The Vice President’s decision to run this ad speaks more to where he currently stands in this race than it does about Pete’s perspective as a mayor and veteran,” he said.Biden, 77, finished a distant fourth in Iowa and all but conceded he would lose New Hampshire in the first moments of a Democratic debate on Friday night.For months, people close to the Biden campaign had said going negative would be harmful to his political brand, which is built around empathy and optimism.But his poor finish in Iowa seems to have altered that calculus. In New Hampshire, he has been much more critical of his rivals by name. The Buttigieg ad marks a significant escalation that likely carries some risk of blowback.At a campaign event in Manchester, New Hampshire, Biden began to re-frame himself as an underdog.”I’ve never paid attention to all this front-runner talk since I entered the race.” He listed various political and personal setbacks on his life. “I know nothing comes easy.”He repeated his warning that nominating Buttigieg or Sanders would be an unacceptable risk for Democrats.In line with the ad, he made light of Buttigieg’s tenure as mayor of South Bend, saying there was a difference between managing the budget of a small city and his own work marshaling the $900 billion Recovery Act economic stimulus package through Congress after the 2008-2009 recession.Of Sanders, Biden said for all his time in Congress, Sanders had made no progress in getting his Medicare for All plan passed. “He hasn’t been able to move the ball a single inch.”The latest Suffolk University tracking poll of New Hampshire Democratic voters shows Buttigieg with 25% to Sanders’ 24%, within the 4.4 point margin of error and showing a clear split between the moderate from Indiana and the party’s progressive standard-bearer from neighboring Vermont.In the two-day tracking poll of 500 likely Democratic primary voters, Buttigieg has risen 14 points since the first poll was published Feb. 3.Warren, Sanders’ fellow liberal from next-door Massachusetts, was third with 14% and Biden finished fourth with 11%, the poll showed. The other candidates were in single digits with 7% of voters undecided.A CNN poll conducted by the University of New Hampshire Survey Center showed Sanders still holding a lead but with Buttigieg swiftly gaining on him.Campaigning far from New Hampshire, in Oklahoma City, billionaire Democratic candidate Michael Bloomberg racked up another endorsement on Saturday, this one from a Michigan Democrat elected in 2018 in a district that Trump carried two years earlier.US Representative Haley Stevens, one of 31 Democrats who represent congressional districts that Trump won in 2016. “Michigan needs an economic champion in the White House,” she declared in a statement.Another of those Democrats, former Navy helicopter pilot Mikie Sherrill, endorsed Bloomberg on Thursday, as did the former Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, who on Friday became the first high-level former Trump administration official to back a Democratic hopeful in the 2020 election.center_img Democrats scrambled to gain an edge with voters on Saturday on the last weekend before the party’s next presidential nominating contest in New Hampshire, where Pete Buttigieg began drawing fire as the candidate on the rise.The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, ended up in a virtual tie with US Senator Bernie Sanders in results that trickled in from Monday’s Iowa caucuses. Both men claimed victory, while US Senator Elizabeth Warren followed in third place and former Vice President Joe Biden trailed in fourth.The problems that plagued the caucuses overshadowed any victory bump before New Hampshire’s contest on Tuesday and cast a pall as the Democratic Party began the process of picking a nominee to face Republican President Donald Trump in November.last_img read more

October 19

Tokyo 1940: The Games that became the ‘Missing Olympics’

first_imgFears are growing that this year’s Olympics may be postponed or axed because of the coronavirus pandemic but Japan has been here before — the cancelled summer Games of 1940 were also due to be hosted in Tokyo.Japan’s military aggression in Asia forced the annulment of what became known as the “Missing Olympics” after the Games were switched to Helsinki before finally being scrapped because of World War II.Tokyo officials originally touted a bid for the 1940 Games as a way to show the city had recovered from the devastating 1923 earthquake, according to author David Goldblatt in his history of the Olympics entitled “The Games”. In much the same way, Japan has framed the 2020 Olympics as the “Recovery Games” — a chance to show the country is back on its feet after the catastrophic 2011 triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.Tokyo’s 1940 bid was spearheaded by Jigoro Kano, the founder of modern judo and first Japanese member of the International Olympic Committee, who stressed the importance of bringing the Games to Asia for the first time.”I carry a grave resolve. The Olympics should naturally come to Japan. If they don’t, the reason for this must be something unjust,” said Kano in his plea to the IOC.The Japanese had a special reason for wanting to celebrate 1940, as it coincided with the 2,600th year since the enthronement of the nation’s legendary first emperor, Jimmu. Topics : ‘Cultural diplomacy’Before the bid had been tabled, Japan in 1931 invaded the Chinese province of Manchuria and two years later withdrew from the League of Nations — the precursor to the United Nations — after the body refused to sanction the occupation.The Olympic bid was therefore also an attempt to shore up international diplomacy, according to Asato Ikeda, assistant professor at Fordham University, New York, who has written about the 1940 Games.Japan’s bid was “part of its international cultural diplomacy in order to ameliorate the relationship with the Western democratic nations, especially Britain and the United States,” Ikeda wrote in an essay in the Asia-Pacific Journal.As preparations for the Games gathered pace, a schedule was drawn up and posters were printed. The Opening Ceremony was set for September 21, 1940.There were some hiccups though, including questions about whether the Emperor could declare the Games open, as the Japanese then held him to be semi-divine and therefore unable to be seen and heard by ordinary citizens.center_img Tokyo launched an official bid in 1932 and found themselves up against Rome and Helsinki.Japan engaged in a fierce lobbying campaign that included pleading with Italy’s fascist dictator Benito Mussolini to step aside in their favor.”In the you-scratch-my-back kind of deal that has become the norm in international sports politics, Mussolini announced with unusual candor, ‘We will waive our claim for 1940 in favor of Japan if Japan will support Italy’s effort to get the XIIIth Olympiad for Rome in 1944,” wrote Goldblatt.With just Tokyo and Helsinki left standing, the IOC plumped for the Japanese capital by 37 votes to 26. ‘No other course’As diplomatic pressure grew on Japan from outside, there was increasing clamour inside the country for cash to be diverted for military purposes.Japanese diplomats at the time voiced concern in cables back to Tokyo that powers such as Britain and the United States could boycott the Games over Japan’s war-like activity.Yet, in words familiar to those following the story of the 2020 Games, Tokyo insisted the show would go on.Barker cites a cable from Tokyo City Hall to the IOC which said: “The citizens of Tokyo are doing their utmost to make the 1940 Games a success.” But the Japanese Olympic Committee eventually bowed to the inevitable and forfeited in July 1938, saying what they euphemistically called “the trouble with China” had made staging the Games impossible.”The organizing committee and the people of Japan were deeply disappointed in having to give up the Games, but, in the circumstances, no other course was open,” the “Olympic News” bulletin published in Tokyo wrote at the time.”With the worsening international relations and increasing military activities in the Asian continent, the cancellation might not have been that surprising,” Ikeda told AFP.The Winter Games, due to be held in the northern Japanese city of Sapporo, were also scrapped and the war put paid to the proposed rescheduling in the Finnish capital.The next time the Olympic torch was lit was for London in 1948, four years after the city had originally been due to host. But Japan, as a defeated power, was excluded and Helsinki staged the next summer Games in 1952.Tokyo finally became the first Asian city to host the Olympic Games in 1964. last_img read more

October 19

ONE Championship goes ahead with events despite pandemic

first_imgTopics : One Championship chairman Chatri Sityodtong said that despite the coronavirus outbreak, he and his team had decided go ahead with programs to satisfy MMA afficionados worldwide.The first event to be held during the outbreak was ONE: King of the jungle on Feb. 28 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in a closed-door and audience-free format.ONE has announced that it is gearing up to organize another four closed-door and audience-free events in Singapore — ONE: Hope on April 17 and ONE: Strength on April 24. ONE: Dreams will be held on May 1, closely followed by ONE: Inspiration on May 8Sityodtong has also announced that ONE Championship is nearly two months away from debuting the ONE Infinity Series, a special series of martial arts events featuring world champions, superbouts and global celebrities.The first installment, ONE Infinity 1, is now scheduled for May 29 at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, the Philippines, and so far, three matches have been confirmed. ONE heavyweight world champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera will defend his belt on home soil against Arjan “Singh” Bhullar.Also, ONE lightweight world champion Christian “The Warrior” Lee puts his title on the line against Iuri Lapicus, and “The Underground King” Eddie Alvarez faces Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev in a lightweight bout.center_img Last but not least, ONE also plans to launch its new series The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition, with viewers around the world likely to be familiar with the “high-stakes game of mind, body and spirit for the greatest job in the world,” where 16 contestants from around the globe vie to become ‘The Apprentice’.In this case, the winner receives a US$250,000 job offer to join ONE Championship and spend the next year working under Sityodtong as his protégé.Although the COVID-19 situation has caused job losses across a multitude of industries, ONE Championship continues to recruit and open doors for individuals to seize golden opportunities.last_img read more