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Press release: PM call with PM Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand: 17 March 2019

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first_imgA Downing Street spokesperson said: The Prime Minister spoke to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand this evening. She began by saying how appalled and shocked she had been to hear about Friday’s terrorist attack in Christchurch, and offered her condolences to all those affected. The leaders discussed the swift and exemplary response of New Zealand’s security and health services and the numerous acts of bravery carried out by police and other first responders. The Prime Minister said that the UK stands with New Zealand at this time and would provide whatever assistance is needed. Prime Minister Ardern expressed her gratitude for the support the UK has shown.last_img read more

What States Did Joe Biden Win and Lose

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first_imgIn Michigan, a spike in turnout in Detroit and its wealthy suburbs, along with shrinking support for Mr. Trump among middle-class voters, helped secure the state for Mr. Biden. About two-thirds of the predominately white counties that backed Mr. Trump in 2016 moved somewhat left four years later, and a greater share of voters in those counties backed Mr. Biden than they supported Mrs. Clinton in 2016.Battleground States Biden Kept After days of vote counting, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has amassed the 270 Electoral College votes he needed to secure the presidency.All along, it was clear that Mr. Biden’s path to victory involved flipping a handful of states that then-candidate Donald J. Trump won in 2016 while also retaining the states that Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee in 2016, won in that cycle.- Advertisement – An initial look at county-level data suggests that Mr. Biden ran ahead of Mrs. Clinton’s performance in 2016 in most parts of the state. He showed particular strength in the suburbs around Philadelphia, an area that had been trending blue in 2016 and has only grown bluer since. He flipped the state back into the Democratic column with 37,000 more votes than Mr. Trump.Michigan (16 votes) and Wisconsin (10 votes)Four years ago, Mr. Trump became the first Republican presidential candidate to win either Michigan or Wisconsin in decades when he defeated Mrs. Clinton by roughly 33,000 votes in both states combined.From the start of Mr. Biden’s presidential campaign all the way to Election Day, he and his team believed that rebuilding the Democratic “blue wall” in Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania would perhaps be the clearest and cleanest path to winning the White House. Mr. Biden also believed that the Democratic Party had to garner support from working-class and middle-class voters in Northern industrial states — those from families like the one he grew up in.- Advertisement – New Hampshire (14 votes)The Cook Political Report considered New Hampshire competitive with a Democratic lean, and it was tightly contested in 2016. But Mr. Biden won handily, by seven percentage points, and the race was called relatively quickly. That strategy paid off, as Mr. Biden rode the support in Wisconsin’s cities and suburbs to victory. He was aided particularly by massive turnout in Dane County (home to Madison) and he ate into Mr. Trump’s margins in the Milwaukee suburbs. And although it took days to learn who had won and the race was quite close, Pennsylvania indeed proved critical to the outcome. As expected, Mr. Trump jumped out to an early lead, thanks to ballots cast on Election Day, but Mr. Biden clawed back slowly and eventually overtook Mr. Trump as more and more absentee ballots were counted.- Advertisement – Minnesota (10 Electoral College votes)Mr. Trump came surprisingly close to a victory in Minnesota four years ago, and his campaign poured significant resources into the state this cycle in hopes of flipping it. Nonetheless, Mr. Biden maintained a comfortable if not insurmountable lead in Minnesota throughout much of the race, and polling there ended up being pretty spot on.Mr. Biden won comfortably, by about seven percentage points. He ran up the margins in densely populated urban counties and made significant inroads in the suburban counties that Mr. Trump won in 2016.Nevada (Six votes)Mr. Biden managed to hang onto Nevada, a state Mrs. Clinton won in 2016, but it was a nail-biter that took days to decide. Like Mrs. Clinton, he did it by winning Clark and Washoe Counties, home to Las Vegas and Reno, which account for over 85 percent of the state’s total votes. His margin of victory in Clark County was down slightly from the margin in 2016, but it was up in Washoe.center_img Noteworthy States Biden Lost Though there were many twists and turns, Mr. Biden appears to have done exactly that. Here is a quick look at the key states he won, and what we know about why he won them.States Biden FlippedPennsylvania (20 Electoral College votes)Pennsylvania has been in the spotlight for months, and it was long considered a potential “tipping-point state” — the state where victory could determine the outcome of the entire presidential contest. Elections officials had signaled all along that it would take time to count the votes there, and that a final tally would not be available on election night. Mr. Trump won the state by less than one percentage point in 2016, but polls had Mr. Biden ahead in the run-up to Election Day. Updated Nov. 7, 2020, 5:08 p.m. ET Florida (29 Electoral College votes)Perhaps no state was more closely watched this cycle than Florida, and the results there almost immediately dashed Democrats’ hopes of a blue landslide. Mr. Trump won the state by a significantly wider margin than he did in 2016, despite polling averages that showed him trailing before Election Day.More than half of the counties in Florida swung further right than they did four years ago. And although Mr. Biden did make gains in some areas of the state, he vastly underperformed in Florida’s most populous county, Miami-Dade, especially in precincts with a majority Hispanic population.Iowa (six votes), Ohio (18 votes) and Texas (38 votes)Optimistic Democrats hopeful for a blue wave saw Iowa, Ohio and Texas as potentially in play this cycle, but that proved to be wishful thinking. Mr. Trump thumped Mr. Biden by significant margins in all three conservative-leaning states, winning them for a second time.Of the three, Texas, where the president won by roughly six percentage points, ended up being the closest. Even as some white voters in urban and suburban areas moved in large numbers toward Democrats, many Hispanic voters in the Rio Grande Valley shifted decisively toward Mr. Trump.Nick Corasaniti and Reid J. Epstein contributed reporting. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Eastern Michigan QB ejected after inadvertently slapping referee

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first_imgOn fourth-and-10, his replacement, Preston Hutchinson, threw an incompletion. Pitt kneeled out the win.After the game, Glass tweeted he “let God and [his] family down!”I let God and my family down!— Mike Glass III (@mglassiii) December 27, 2019Let he who has not inadvertently struck a referee cast the first stone.marvelous ESPN Deportes call pic.twitter.com/UAghdn0AVM— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) December 27, 2019 With his ejection surely secured already, the senior decided to make it count. He began exchanging words with Pitt defensive back Paris Ford and went to issue another slap, but as he did so, referee Chris Snead stepped in between them.Eastern Michigan QB Mike Glass III was ejected after throwing punches during the final seconds of their bowl loss to Pitt. pic.twitter.com/DTPguFRtnj— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 27, 2019MORE: SN college football All-AmericansSnead received a slap to the face for his bravery, dramatically falling to the turf at about the same time as the flag he threw for the initial shove did. He eventually got up and had his hat handed to him.Glass, of course, was ejected. He finished the night 28-for-50 for 311 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception to go along with 83 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown. Eastern Michigan quarterback Mike Glass III ended his college career with a bang Thursday, throwing a pair of slaps, one of which hit a ref, to earn an ejection with 10 seconds left in the Eagles’ 34-30 loss to Pittsburgh in the Quick Lane Bowl.Glass was attempting to lead a comeback drive in the final minute when he was taken down as he threw an incompletion on third-and-10. When he got up, he swung at Panthers linebacker Cam Bright, shoving him in the facemask.last_img read more

Maguire, not money, lured Rochow to Souths

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first_imgThe former NSW Country representative was on the verge of signing with the defending premiers midway through last season but opted for a one-year deal with the Bunnies because of his relationship with Maguire.  The 26-year-old former Storm player had one season with Maguire while he was an assistant at Melbourne before the now Rabbitohs mentor moved to Wigan for a two-year coaching deal in the English Super League. “He was mainly the attacking coach and he spent a lot of time working with our back-rowers in Melbourne. He basically worked on the finer parts of attack with individual players,” Rochow told NRL.com. “I did a brief amount of work – it was nothing extensive – but I took a lot out of those moments. Rugby league is a great game where you can build connections off the smallest amounts of time with people. “When you’re making a decision to change clubs, you’ve got to look at the head coach, the playing group and where you’re going to live. “Working with a few of these players before and being familiar with Michael Maguire’s setup – and having a good chat with him and a couple of players like ‘GI’ (Greg Inglis) – that was probably the main thing that got me here. “I thought looking at the roster there was an opportunity to work and develop with some of the players.”The luckless forward was restricted to just 13 matches over the past two seasons due to bulging discs in his back as well as back-to-back broken arms that halted his time in Newcastle.  But Rabbitohs fans needn’t worry about his health, with Rochow declaring himself 100 per cent fit heading into the new season and with a point to prove at his new club.  “My injuries were unfortunate. I probably didn’t come back 100 per cent after breaking my arm, and if you’re not 100 per cent in this game you’re opening yourself up to some more injuries,” he said. “While it was frustrating, I think I dealt with it pretty well. It’s not something I want to be good at, but I am good at dealing with injuries. You learn to deal with it, and I’m extremely grateful to have some truly amazing people in my life. They always keep you positive. “I’ve done everything this pre-season – I haven’t missed any sessions – so I’m feeling really fit. I don’t feel like anything is holding me back so I’m ready to get on the field and get back into it.”Rabbitohs skipper Greg Inglis said it was good to see his former Storm teammate back on the paddock and backed him to succeed at his new club. “You knew he was going to be a player. He was one of those guys that asked questions and wanted to learn whenever possible,” said Inglis, who recalled their brief time together in Melbourne. “He just wanted to get back to playing footy [here at Souths]. He’s had little niggles over the years and I think we bought him at the right time. He’s done a great job in Newcastle. He’s an exceptional player, and off the field he ticks all the boxes.”last_img read more