Biden racks up endorsements as Sanders goes on the attack in US presidential race

first_imgTwo former presidential rivals endorsed Joe Biden on Friday in the latest sign that the Democratic establishment is coalescing around the former vice president to stop the candidacy of Bernie Sanders, who ratcheted up attacks on his rival ahead of crucial contests next week.Former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and John Delaney, a former Maryland congressman – both onetime 2020 candidates – backed Biden, as did a slew of other Democratic officials in states soon to hold nominating contests.Sanders, who is desperate to regain some momentum after Biden’s strong ‘Super Tuesday’ showing this week, launched a full-throated attack on his rival, assailing Biden over his record on trade, abortion, gay rights and Social Security. Topics : At a news conference in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday, Sanders dug deep into Biden’s 40-year record. He criticized Biden for having opposed the rights of gay people to serve in the US military and for voting against federal funding for abortions, stances the former vice president has since rejected.”I was there on the right side of history, and my friend Joe Biden was not,” Sanders said.Sanders also lambasted Biden for supporting trade deals he said had been “a disaster for Michigan” and accused Biden of trying in the past to cut Social Security, the government-run pension and disability program.Biden, who denies ever advocating cuts to Social Security, snapped back in a tweet on Friday: “Get real, Bernie. The only person who’s going to cut Social Security if he’s elected is Donald Trump. Maybe you should spend your time attacking him.”The exchange reflects mounting tension between the two White House hopefuls. The race became a tight two-way contest after US Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ended their White House bids after disappointing showings in the Super Tuesday primaries.Sanders, 78, said he would support Biden, 77, if he becomes the Democratic nominee but insisted that only he, not Biden, could “energize the American people” enough to beat Trump.Warren’s exit meant that what had been hailed as the most diverse field of candidates in US history narrowed to a race for the nomination between two white, septuagenarian men. Tulsi Gabbard, a congresswoman from Hawaii with virtually no chance of winning, is the only other remaining Democratic candidate.On Friday, the Democratic National Committee, which oversees the party’s presidential debates, released new qualifying thresholds for the next debate in Arizona on Mar. 15. Candidates will need at least 20% of delegates awarded so far, essentially excluding Gabbard, who has won less than 1 percent.Biden’s Super Tuesday turnaround benefited as the Democratic Party establishment began mobilizing this week to try and stop Sanders, a democratic socialist. Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and US Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota dropped out of the race and endorsed Biden.The former vice president said at a private campaign event on Friday that his campaign had raised about $22 million over five days.Biden also received endorsements on Friday in other states with upcoming primary contests, including from Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan in Washington state, and Ruben Gallego, an Arizona congressman.Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois are expected to soon announce endorsements of Biden, according to a source familiar with the matter. Illinois and Arizona vote on March 17, along with Florida and Ohio.center_img The pair contest six Democratic nominating contests on Tuesday, including the big prize of Michigan, with 125 of the 1,991 delegates needed to win the nomination at stake.Sanders, a US senator from Vermont who was until recently the front-runner in the party’s race to face Republican President Donald Trump in November, now trails in delegates. A big win for Biden in Michigan would deliver another major blow to Sanders’ hopes of becoming the nominee.Ahead of Michigan’s primary, the state’s lieutenant governor, Garlin Gilchrist II, backed Biden, as did part of the state’s United Food and Commercial Workers Union, and former US Senator Carl Levin.Four other states will hold primary elections on Tuesday: Idaho, Mississippi, Missouri and Washington state. North Dakota will hold caucuses.last_img read more

Per Mertesacker says Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta taught him how to ‘man up’

first_img Comment Per Mertesacker says Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta taught him how to ‘man up’ Advertisement Mikel Arteta and Per Mertesacker were Arsenal teammates before being off-the-field colleagues (Picture: Getty Images)Per Mertesacker learned a lot about the mental side of the game from Mikel Arteta when they were teammates at Arsenal, and says they are now reaping the rewards as they work together off the field in north London.Mertesacker and Arteta arrived at Arsenal on the same day – 31 August 2011 – and played together until the Spaniard retired in 2016 and joined the coaching staff at Manchester City.Now both have hung up their boots, Arteta is manager at the Emirates while Mertesacker runs the academy and the German feels his old teammate is the ideal figure to lead the club, having experienced his presence on the field.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’m so delighted that Mikel has a place where he belongs, that’s my belief and that was my belief already as a player,’ Mertesacker told Arsenal Player.ADVERTISEMENT‘His leadership is fantastic and I felt it myself, just being vice-captain and learning from him, how to handle situations, how to man up, be the captain and show it, but as well to have the empathy and the feeling for people.‘I learned a lot from him and I can only say that our working relationship is great and our personal relationship is great, so I can see a fantastic future for us.’ Advertisement Mertesacker has worked with the first team but now runs the Arsenal academy (Picture: Getty Images)Another former player is playing a key role off the pitch at Arsenal, with Edu installed as technical director, having played for the club from 2001-05.Mertesacker feels it is important to build on the history of the club and ex-players help to do so, but knows there is a lot of work to be done to restore the side to its former glories.‘It’s just building pieces with Edu as well, so I think we’re in a fantastic position,’ continued the German. ‘We don’t take anything for granted, now is the time to really push on and make sure we come back to where we belong, and that’s the Champions League and having world-class players in the building, and having world-class young players.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘We want to build on our DNA that was developed over centuries, so we cannot forget the history and the greatness of the club. ‘We are inheriting that and we are sons of so many greats that have led this club to greatness, so it’s a big responsibility, not only for myself but for Mikel, Edu and all the great leadership we have.‘I feel we have more and more people in the right places and I feel great about it.’MORE: Bernd Leno names Arsenal teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the ‘best striker in the Premier League’MORE: Jack Wilshere reveals where he disagreed with Arsene Wenger at ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 May 2020 4:29 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link450Shareslast_img read more

Adjustment dials must be disabled, sealed on Crane ignition boxes in 2017

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – IMCA will require four ignition boxes available from Crane Ignition to have adjustment dials disabled and permanently sealed when used in sanctioned Modified, Late Model or Stock Car competition in 2017.Those ignition boxes are:Crane HI-6RC ignition part number 6000-6700;Crane HI-6N Oval track ignition part number 6000-6410 (Weatherpak Plug);Crane HI-6N Oval track ignition, part number 6000-6412 (Deutsch Plug);and Crane HI-6RN oval track ignition, part number 6000-6750 (Digital).“These ignition boxes all have adjustable RPM limits and, as a result, an issue that allows them to operate at a different RPM limit than what the box is physically set with the adjustment dials,” explained Dave Brenn, IMCA’s executive director of competition. “For 2017, these existing Crane ignition boxes will still be allowed but must have the adjustment dials disabled and permanently sealed, effectively making the box operate as a preset RPM limited box.”“After choosing the desired RPM limit, the box must have a cover plate permanently sealed with an epoxy-type adhesive over the dials,” he continued. “Silicone or other non-permanent adhesives will not be allowed.  Failure to seal these ignition boxes will result in an immediate disqualification when used in any IMCA event.”On Dec 31, 2017, all four products will be removed from IMCA’s approved ignition list.last_img read more

Ramelton wall collapse ‘a very dangerous situation’

first_imgCalls have been made for a full safety check on the river wall on Ramelton’s Shore Road after it partially collapsed last week.A large section of the wall was swept away by high tides on Wednesday last, leading to fears that more sections and parts of the nearby road could also erode away. An emergency council motion was raised by Cllr Ian McGarvey on Tuesday asking for the issue to be urgently addressed.Cllr McGarvey said that the entire wall was suspect, the wall is too low and barricades in the area are a present danger.“Don’t tell me youngsters won’t be up at the barricades,” Cllr McGarvey warned the local authority.Donegal County Council is due to send Piers and Harbour staff to Ramelton this week to begin reinstating the collapsed wall when tides are more favourable. The repairs are expected to take a number of weeks. Cllr Liam Blaney also questioned the height and safety of the wall and called for checks on the entire structure. “It is a very dangerous situation,” Cllr Blaney said.The council said the existing wall will continue to be monitored. Ramelton wall collapse ‘a very dangerous situation’ was last modified: September 12th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkenny-milford municipal districtRameltonshore roadwalllast_img read more