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South Korea’s coronavirus crackdown a boon for Moon ahead of polls

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first_imgTopics : “We were terrified several weeks ago, but thanks to the government’s handling of the coronavirus, we think we will do much better than we had previously thought,” a senior ruling party official told Reuters, requesting to remain unnamed due to the sensitivity of the matter.The results of the parliamentary election could shape Moon’s ability to implement his agenda in the final two years of his administration, including looser fiscal policy aimed at creating jobs and the raising minimum wage, as well as continued re-engagement with North Korea.Moon’s Democratic Party currently holds 120 seats in the 300-seat, single-chamber National Assembly, and is seeking to secure an outright majority in the election.The main opposition, conservative United Future Party, which has vowed to lower debt and abandon engagement with North Korea, holds 92 seats and is also seeking to seize a majority.Even with the coronavirus boost, experts say victory for the ruling camp is far from assured, as economic growth remains a concern.”Many citizens are wary of the populist policy the government has been carrying out for the sake of the outbreak response and its potential economic consequences,” said Kwon Huck-ju, a professor in public administration at Seoul National University. “In times of a national disaster or crisis, the ruling camp would usually be on the defensive. But the recent slowing of the outbreak appears to have turned the tide in their favour,” said Yang Seung-ham, a professor of political science at Yonsei University in Seoul.So far, Korea has reported a total of 9,976 coronavirus cases and 169 deaths.In addition to a 11.7 trillion won ($9.45 billion) extra budget and a 9.1 trillion won ($7.35 billion) subsidy package for families, the government has put in place strict curbs to fight the outbreak, and this progress in quelling the spread has encouraged officials to go ahead with the election, even though campaigning will be different from past years.Candidates will wear masks, avoid handshakes, and greet voters individually instead of holding massive rallies.center_img South Korea’s fierce battle against the coronavirus has turned the pandemic into an unlikely boon for President Moon Jae-in and his ruling party as campaign season kicks off on Thursday ahead of parliamentary elections on April 15.By the time South Korea was hit by the first major outbreak outside of China in February, approval ratings for Moon and his Democratic Party of Korea were already battered by a stagnant economy and more than a year of domestic political scandals.The government’s stringent response to the epidemic, which was praised by the World Health Organization and other nations, appears to have reversed this downtrend: Moon’s approval ratings hit a 16-month high last week, a poll by researchers Realmeter showed while his party’s popularity was 15% higher than the conservative main opposition United Future Party.last_img read more

Wellington’s Nick Becker and Logan Woodbridge qualify for state in golf

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first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down 1983 WHS Golf team · 378 weeks ago Congrats to both Nick and Logan…Bring home the hardware… Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down whsfan · 378 weeks ago Nice job to these young men, you have made us fans very proud. Go take state! Report Reply 0 replies · active 378 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Taking the long trip to Ulysses, Wellington qualified two golfers to the Class 4A State Golf Tournament to be played in Cheney next week.Nick Becker and Logan Woodbridge both finished in the top five individually at the Class 4A Regional at Bentwood Golf Course to qualify. As a team, Wellington finished fourth with a team score of 334.Larned finished first with 324 followed by Andale at 328.  Andale won the tie-breaker with Goodland to go to state.  The top two teams qualify for state.  Our individual finished as follows:  Nick Becker 76 (3rd), Logan Woodbridge 78 (5th), Chance Russell 89, Brian Peck 91, Jake Walton 108 and Graysen DeJarnett 115.“It was a tough day from a team standpoint,” said James Ginter, Wellington head golf coach. “All of the players have worked so hard this season, but it wasn’t our day.  We are so excited and proud of Nick and Logan for their accomplishments this year and for qualifying for state.”This will be Woodbridge’s second trip to state as an individual.“I am so proud of the way he was able to battle through adversity today,” Ginter said. “He did not have his A game, yet he was still able to finish in the top 5 at our regional.  That says a lot about his character.”Ginter continued:“Wow, what a day for Nick.  For the second year in a row we have a young man who has never competed at the high school level qualify for state as an individual.  Nick finished his day only two strokes from the top medalists at the Ulysses regional.”Ginter said Becker has made amazing gains throughout the season due to his hard work and commitment.Along with Woodbridge, Becker will be placed among the tee times with the top players in the state in 4A at Cheney on Monday.“I am looking forward to watching these two young men represent Wellington High School at the 4A State Championships,” Ginter said.last_img read more