“See, Senator Perdue feels entitled to this U.S. Senate seat. This is the guy who hasn’t held a single public town hall meeting in six years as our senator. Just imagine being a sitting United States Senator, and he happily will sell meetings for corporate PAC checks. “He sells access to his home for corporate money. He sells lavish retreats on private islands to lobbyists for corporate PAC money, but he hasn’t seen fit to come out in public and defend his record or answer questions from the people at a public town hall meeting in six years. And then when it comes time for Senator Perdue to answer some questions in public, when it comes time for Senator Perdue to debate his opponent, he doesn’t take kindly to being asked tough questions. “And he refuses to debate in an open forum, because Senator Perdue cannot defend the indefensible, he cannot defend attacking our health care in the midst of a pandemic. He cannot defend misleading us so profoundly about a threat to our health and our prosperity, that’s taken such a human tragedy. He cannot defend being such a weak enabler of this president, who doesn’t deserve his loyalty or our support. “See, what we’re demanding, what we deserve from our leaders, what we deserve from our government, it’s not that complicated. It’s not mysterious. We believe that every single Georgia family should have access to affordable housing, affordable health care, education without debt, dignified work that pays a living wage, equal justice under the law regardless of race, and regardless of class. “It’s not that complicated. We expect our leaders to unite us to confront threats like this pandemic, to appeal to us to see what brings us together, rather than drives us apart, to remind us, y’all, that we’re all Americans, we’re all in this together. We rise or we fall together. This isn’t about red versus blue. This isn’t about party labels. This is about human lives, human decency, human rights, the human consequences of elections. “So now this race is headed to a runoff. And the people of Georgia will decide on January 5th, 2021, who represents us in the United States Senate. We have all the momentum. We have all the energy. We’re on the right side of history. Y’all ready to work?“We’re just getting started. Thank you so much for being here, I appreciate it.” It’s gonna be an uphill fight every single step of the way, like everything else over the last four years. “Thank you all so, so much for being here. It means the world to me to see y’all here. – Advertisement – “Most of all, I want to thank the amazing people of this state. The millions of Georgia voters who have stood up in record-shattering numbers to demand change for our state and change in this country.“When Congressman Lewis marched across that bridge 55 years ago to demand the sacred right to vote for all Americans, it was so that we the people could decide who represents us, could demand that our interests, our health, our prosperity, our rights, be upheld, respected, and expanded, so that we could have moments like this one, where Georgians in their millions have said, ‘enough.’ Enough incompetence, deceit, corruption, division. “Change has come to Georgia. Change is coming to America. – Advertisement – “And retirement is coming for Senator David Perdue, because the majority of Georgians have stood up to reject his request for a second term — a senator who saw fit to continue to attack our health care in the midst of a pandemic. A senator who told us that this disease that’s taken a quarter of a million American lives was no deadlier than the ordinary flu — while he looked out for himself. “A senator who has shown no spine and no independence, who has sold out our values and our interests to his donors and to this president. “Retirement is coming for Senator David Perdue. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Nov 3, 2009Vaccine production reaches 31.8 million dosesTotal H1N1 vaccine availability today reached 31.8 million doses, said US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Thomas Frieden at a briefing, up 1.8 million doses from yesterday. “We are therefore on track to hit the 10 million increase that we had been hoping for” this week, though the total is far from satisfactory, he said. He declined to predict when the US will give vaccine doses to developing countries, saying it will depend on clarification of production.http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/?date=110309CDC H1N1 informationUptake of seasonal flu vaccine may set recordThis year’s uptake of seasonal flu vaccine is “unprecedented” and may set a record, said CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden at today’s H1N1 news briefing. The CDC expects that 114 million doses will be distributed by the end of the year, but the demand may be greater still, he said. He also said there are signs of a higher vaccination rate than usual among healthcare workers, who usually have only about a 40% immunization rate.http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/?date=110209CDC H1N1 informationVirginia takes steps to keep voters healthyElection officials in Virginia, whose citizens vote for governor today, among other offices, are taking steps to avoid transmitting H1N1 influenza. According to the Associated Press (AP), voters will have hand sanitizer available at the polls and possibly cotton swabs or disposable coffee stirrers so they can avoid contact with touch-screen machines. Some sites also have backup election workers on standby.http://www.wtop.com/?nid=25&sid=1800896Nov 3 AP storyIndiana pigs get pandemic fluThe US Department of Agriculture (USDA) yesterday reported that four samples from Indiana pigs tested positive for pandemic H1N1 influenza. The samples were collected on Oct 22. Indiana’s state veterinarian said in a statement yesterday that the animals have recovered and are being monitored. He said workers who had contact with the animals had been sick with flulike symptoms before some of the pigs became ill.http://www.usda.gov/documents/FINAL_RESULTS_2009_PANDEMIC_H1N1_INFLUENZA_CHT.pdfNov 2 USDA reportGSK vaccine gets Saudi approvalThe Saudi Food and Drug Authority approved GlaxoSmithKline’s H1N1 vaccine yesterday, according to Reuters, as the kingdom readied for more than 2 million pilgrims at this month’s Islamic hajj. The vaccine is distributed under the Pandemrix brand.http://www.reuters.com/article/swineFlu/idUSL3692176Nov 3 Reuters storySouth African panel favors novel H1N1 in seasonal vaccineSouth Africa’s National Institute of Communicable Diseases has recommended that South Africa include the pandemic H1N1 virus in its seasonal flu vaccine for next year, according to News24, a South African online news service. Barry Schoub, director of the institute, said it would be up to the nation’s health department whether to follow the advice. Reports did not clarify whether the pandemic virus would replace the seasonal H1N1 strain in the vaccine or be added to it.http://www.news24.com/Content/World/SwineFlu/1255/d2c7bbf714634568a571e216f4bb6932/02-11-2009-08-14/H1N1_vaccine_in_flu_vaccineNov 2 News24 reportFDA issues guidance on diagnostic testsThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published guidance yesterday to help manufacturers develop diagnostic tests for the novel H1N1 influenza virus. Manufacturers of tests can submit a request to the FDA for an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). If granted, the EUA will allow the test to be used during the H1N1 pandemic. No H1N1 test is currently approved or cleared by the FDA.http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm188717.htmNov 2 FDA news release
Turkish drone strikes in Syria’s Idlib province killed 19 regime soldiers on Sunday, a war monitor reported, as tensions soared between Damascus and Ankara.The 19 died in strikes on a military convoy in the Jabal al-Zawiya area and a base near Maaret al-Numan city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.The report came hours after Turkey shot down two Syrian warplanes, in an escalating offensive against the Damascus regime in the country’s northwestern province of Idlib. Following weeks of violence in and around Idlib, Turkey confirmed the launch of a full military operation against Russian-backed Syrian forces after 34 Turkish soldiers died last week in an air strike blamed on Damascus.Tensions have intensified between rebel backer Turkey and the regime’s main ally Moscow, but Ankara has insisted it does not want to clash directly with Russian forces.The Syrian regime has vowed to retake the last opposition enclave in a nine-year civil war.Ankara has also pressured Europe over the conflict by opening its border for migrants already in Turkey to cross into the continent.The confrontation between Syrian forces and NATO-member Turkey has prompted worries over a wider conflict and a migrant crisis in Europe similar to that of 2015. Topics :
The €45bn Dutch metal industry scheme PME said it will improve its ESG policy by linking 10% of its assets directly to United Nations sustainability targets over the next five years.Together with the €382bn civil service scheme ABP and the €185bn healthcare pension fund PFZW, PME is the third large scheme in the Netherlands linking a substantial part of its investment portfolio to the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals.Eric Uijen, PME’s chairman, emphasised that the scheme’s return target would remain the leading principle for its investment policy.“A proper return against manageable risks and acceptable costs will be required for all investments,” he said. Marcel Andringa, executive trustee for asset management, said that setting concrete goals was a big step in PME’s responsible investment policy. The sharpened focus on ESG applies to equity, bonds, property, and private equity, according to PME.The sector scheme indicated that it would in particular focus on energy transition, waste, affordable housing, and access to financing.Andringa estimated that PME had already invested 3% into assets linked to the UN goals, including renewable energy, green bonds, and forestry, as well as real estate and equities that apply specific sustainability criteria.Last month, the metal scheme announced that it would reduce its portfolio’s carbon emissions by 25% within five years.Responding to PME’s decision, its €67bn sister metal scheme PMT said it already used the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as a guideline for its investments, but that it didn’t see added value in setting a quantative target.PMT added that it also focussed on energy transition, access to financing, and waste.As sustainable investment is still in its infancy, pension funds are co-operating over measuring the impact of such investments.PME is working together with, among others, pension managers PGGM and APG in a working group as part of a sustainability platform of supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank. The working group is developing uniform impact indicators.
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelotook public transportation again – this time via a tricycle. Last Oct. 11, the Duterte spokesmanwent on a nearly four-hour commute challenge that involved four jeepney tripsand a motorcycle ride – a “silly acceptance” of left-leaning groups’ challengefor him to take public transportation. “Nothing has changed kasi I grew into riding buses, jeepneysand tricycles,” he said. Panelo on Friday released photos ofhis tricycle ride, where he can be seen sporting a blue cap with the initialsof his official titles as presidential spokesman and chief presidential legalcounsel. Asked on the experience, Panelo saidtaking public transportation for him is no longer new since he used to commuteduring his college days. “Ordinaryo,kaya nga sabi ko nagkamali kayo ng hinamon, ordinaryo sa akin ‘yan,” headded. He said he was in Bacolod City andthat he paid a P10 fare. Photo courtesy of Bacolod City PIO MANILA – Another commute challenge. Panelo has drawn flak for saying thatthere is no mass transport crisis plaguing Filipino commuters and saying thatit is simply a traffic problem. (ABS-CBNNews/PN)
Three area cross country runners will be making their way to Terre Haute this Saturday to compete in the IHSAA state finals. Oldenburg Academy’s Curtis Eckstein will be running for the individual state championship. Last week he competed with defending state champ, Ben Veatch, of Carmel. Veatch was the winner, but Eckstein was close enough that on a neutral course he might be able to reverse this position.Shelby Pake of Greensburg will be competing at the state as well. She holds the Greensburg School record and will be trying to improve her position from last year. The other local runner competing at the state meet will be Rising Sun’s Zach Martini.Good luck to all three runners as they represent Southeastern Indiana cross country.
Columbus, IN—High school students graduating in 2020 and 2021 and their parents are invited to attend the upcoming Boilermaker VIP Night on Thursday, January 30 beginning at 4:30 pm at Purdue Polytechnic Columbus. Boilermaker VIP Night is a chance for students and families to learn more about the degree programs offered at Purdue Polytechnic Columbus. The evening will include a short presentation, a tour of classrooms, labs and student housing and the opportunity to meet staff and instructors. A light dinner will also be served to attendees. This event is free and open to all high school juniors and seniors interested in pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Robotics Engineering Technology.Students interested in attending may RSVP by contacting Whitney Ramer at email@example.com or by calling (812) 348-2027.Degrees offered at Purdue Polytechnic Columbus include four highly sought-after Bachelor’s degree programs in Computer Information Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Robotics Engineering Technology. Over 97% of Purdue Polytechnic Columbus graduates find a job in their chosen field upon graduation and earn an average starting salary of $64,587. For more information about degrees and programs at Purdue Polytechnic Columbus, click here.
Denmark international Okore suffered cruciate ligament damage in last weekend’s home defeat to Newcastle which will rule him out for the remainder of the season. The news this week came as a major blow to Lambert, who signed the player from FC Nordsjaelland in a bid to shore up a leaky defence which left his side battling relegation for most of last season. Okore faces nine months of rehabilitation and Lambert is keen to keep the youngster involved in day-to-day proceedings as he adjusts to life in a new country. “He’ll have good days and bad days because of the length of time he’s going to be out,” he said. “It’s normal because when you’re a footballer and you’re out for a long time it can weigh you down when you come into work. “But he’ll be all right because he’s got a good group around him who will help him.” “The initial injury has happened and it’s a blow to him,” said the Scot. “But in years gone by if you did your cruciate you were struggling to play again but now it’s a run of the mill thing that players come back strong and I’m pretty sure he’ll do that. “He’s only young so he’ll be fine. “He’d started the season well, especially considering he missed a big bit of pre-season, so it’s a blow for him and certainly a blow for us.” Clark, 23, and Baker, 22, must now fill in for Okore between them until at least January. But despite their occasional errors last term, their manager has full faith in both men to stand strong alongside captain Ron Vlaar. “They’re young so they’re going to make mistakes,” he said. “But towards the end of last season they were great and now they’ve had a year at it, playing consistently, they’ll be better for it. “I don’t have any problems with Ciaran and Nathan at all and I don’t need to think about bringing in any loan signings.” Press Association Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has complete faith in the ability of young defenders Ciaran Clark and Nathan Baker to cover for crocked defender Jores Okore despite their shaky moments last year.
Taking a look at the first four days of their stay in the country, the boys say there have been more positives than negatives as they intend to enjoy more of the scenery also getting more wins on the scoreboard.Small forward, Precious Ikpe said. “They are loving and friendly people it is also a developing country, and I discover that their population is not as much as Nigeria. They are all beautiful and they look like Brazilians and this country is a good tourist place because of their beautiful ocean. Some of the things I don’t like since coming is their food, it is way different from what we eat in Nigeria, they don’t eat pepper at all.”Power forward James Okemirie stated that the first thing he noticed was the way the houses looked. “I like the way their houses look, the beach which is very blue and I like their closeness to the ocean, the hills and the roads here are beautiful and they are very organized.”Esuola David, Centre said “Their houses here are not as clustered like we have in Nigeria and there is no traffic here which is different from Lagos where I live and there is constant power. What I dislike is that their food does not have pepper.”Ebuka Okpara, the team’s point guard noted that the serene environment brings a lot of positivity.” they have a very cool and healthy environment, there is no traffic, no noise, every thing is just in the right places.”None of the players have ever been out of the country before now, the boys have since found it a bit difficult to adapt to the cuisine and most times favour it when rice or pasta is served.The top four teams in each groups will qualify for the next stage of the competition while the bottom teams will play the ninth and tenth position classification match.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria players to the ongoing FIBA U-16 Africa Championship in Cape Verde have rated their experiences as awesome and life changing after four days on the coastal West African island.The Nigerian team aiming for a first two finish at the championship which will automatically qualify them for the U-17 FIBA World Cup in Sofia Bulgaria in 2020 had their first free day on Monday since arriving in Praia, the capital city of Cape Verde on Friday.The boys, sponsored to the competition on the stables of Nestlé Milo recorded their first win against the hosts on Sunday at the Vava Duarte stadium in front of a packed gymnasium cheering the home side.
A week after the women?s swim team collected eight NCAA ?A? times and 20 ?B? times, the men?s swim team will try their hand at the Big Ten Championships. Beginning Thursday, the Badgers will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to compete at the Canham Natatorium. Coming off two straight losses at the hands of Minnesota and Purdue, the men are looking to get back into the groove that helped them defeat Hawaii in their home waters back in January.?(Our guys) will have to swim fast at the Big Ten meet,? UW swimming and diving coach Eric Hansen said following the latest meet at the conference Quad Duals in West Lafayette, Ind.Wisconsin lost its first matchup versus Purdue 268-85. The next day, they fell in a similar fashion to Minnesota by a score of 265-88.?[W]e swam hard, but are still pretty beat-up from training,? Hansen said. ?They?ll have some time to rest (before the Big Ten Championships).?Some bright spots from the duals for the Badgers included juniors Scott Rice and Kyle Sorenson. Rice finished second twice against the Boilermakers before ending his meet with a third-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49:21. Sorenson also turned in a solid performance, earning fourth place in the 50-yard freestyle and also finishing seventh in the 100-yard butterfly race.Another Badger, senior Brett Koerton, took fifth place in his race, the 400-yard individual medley. The next highest Wisconsin finishers in that race were sophomore Steven Wiesner and junior Ben Bruce, who finished ninth and tenth, respectively.Top Wisconsin diver Caleb Percevecz took fourth place in the three-meter event with a 323.15 score, but finished sixth in the one-meter event with a 292.85 mark.The team has had over three weeks to recover from the duals and gear up for the Big Ten Championships. They traveled to Michigan Monday afternoon in order to acquaint themselves with the University of Michigan?s pool.The Badgers will have their work cut out for them, though. Wisconsin will again be facing Minnesota, ranked No. 9 in the nation, and Purdue, the 12th-ranked team. Moreover, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio State, Penn State and Northwestern ? all of which are ranked in the top 20 ? will also be competing against Wisconsin, who are 4-5 on the season in dual competition. The Badgers, who finished 2007 ranked 29th in the nation, will be heading into the meet at Ann Arbor as heavy underdogs.Anything is possible in a race, and the Badgers will look to make something happen. Hoping to conjure the same kind of magic that allowed them to sweep Hawaii and pull victories from Iowa, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay, Wisconsin is set to dig in at the Canham Natatorium and upset some favorites in a conference known for swimming powerhouses.? UWBadgers.com contributed to this report.