Notebook Not so black for Lace Market

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The law made simple

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The third wave

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Prelet signals hope for west London

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The revolution that wasn’t: Bernie Sanders second presidential bid falls to earth

first_imgMillions of Democrats across the country agreed with Dooley during Tuesday’s nominating contests, adding to the momentum and delegate count that has resurrected the former vice president’s campaign. Biden won at least four of the six states that voted, including the biggest prize of Michigan, dealing another blow to the “political revolution” promised by 78-year-old Sanders.Many voters said they admired the Vermont senator’s authenticity and consistent message, and like his policies, but had cast ballots strategically for Biden, the candidate they think can beat President Donald Trump in the November general election.“This isn’t the time for extreme,” said Kurt Nortin, a 55-year-old substitute teacher who saw Biden speak in St. Louis on Saturday.Sanders fell short of his primary performances against Hillary Clinton in 2016 when he pulled off an upset in Michigan and lost by a whisker in Missouri. On Tuesday he lost handily in both those states, places where he hoped to demonstrate his strength among Midwestern voters. Sanders only pulled off a win in North Dakota, a small state with few delegates. In Washington state, Biden and Sanders were in a virtual tie with more than two-thirds of the votes counted. Topics : “Last night obviously was not a good night for our campaign,” Sanders told reporters in his hometown of Burlington on Wednesday. He insisted he was staying in the race and would draw a sharp distinction with Biden in a televised debate scheduled for Sunday in Arizona.Sanders said he was winning “the ideological debate” on issues such as universal healthcare that are popular with many Americans, as well as the “generational debate” with his appeal to younger voters. Yet he acknowledged many Democrats were still choosing Biden because they believe the former vice president is the best candidate to defeat Trump.”Needless to say, I strongly disagree with that assertion,” Sanders said. “But that is what millions of Democrats and independents today believe.”Sanders had promised his platform of ambitious social programs and raising taxes on corporations and the wealthy would expand the electorate. Instead Americans of all stripes turned out for Biden: women and men, white and black voters, those with or without college degrees, and self-described liberals and moderates. Sanders only dominated among young voters and Latinos.U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders announces that he will be continuing his campaign for U.S. president at least through his March 15 debate with former Vice President Joe Biden as he holds a news conference in Burlington, Vermont, U.S. March 11, 2020. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)State after state, voters by roughly 2 to 1 said they would rather pick a candidate who can beat Trump than one they agree with on major issues, according to Edison Research exit polls in the states that voted on Tuesday as well as last week’s Super Tuesday contests.The overwhelming majority of these voters who cited beating Trump as the top priority – 61% in Michigan, 67% in Missouri, and 82% in Mississippi – voted for Biden, the polls show.It was a stinging setback for Sanders, who just two weeks ago was riding high with back-to-back strong showings in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada.Wall Street investors fearful of a government takeover of healthcare dumped shares in health insurers, while Democratic Party insiders sounded the alarm that the self-described democratic socialist would not only lose to Trump in November but would also hurt the party’s chances down-ballot.Biden, the moderate former vice president under Barack Obama, was helped in part by a wave of endorsements from moderate Democrats and former rivals, including Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar who ended their own presidential bids and rallied behind him. On the eve of the pivotal Michigan primary, former rivals Kamala Harris and Cory Booker stumped for Biden at a Detroit rally.But progressives, whose loyalties had been split between Sanders and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who dropped out of the race on Thursday, have yet to close ranks around Sanders.While nearly all of Biden’s moderate rivals endorsed Biden after ending their own presidential bids, Warren has yet to throw her support behind her longtime progressive ally.Some Warren supporters said they were unable to overcome concerns about Sanders’ electability or the perceived divisiveness of his supporters, despite agreeing with much of his policy platform.Dooley, the Michigan teacher who voted for Biden, said she liked the platforms of both Sanders and Warren. But when Warren dropped out, Dooley said her personal admiration for Sanders could not bring her to vote for him. She said she was thinking about November.“For the general population, I feel that (Sanders) might be a little too liberal, Dooley said.On Tuesday, even voters describing themselves as liberal broke for Biden in Missouri and Mississippi and were evenly split between Biden and Sanders in Michigan, according to exit polls.At the same time, many of the ideas Sanders has been taking around the country for the better part of the last five years appear popular among voters. Even in Mississippi, where Sanders was routed by a 66-point margin, 60% of voters said they favored the idea behind Sanders’ Medicare for All bill, replacing private healthcare with a single government plan for everyone.“Democrats right now aren’t necessarily voting on policies,” said Andrew Feldman, a Democratic political consultant in Washington.“The reality is they’re prioritizing electability because of the unique threat of Trump, and they’re saying that Biden is across the board more electable,” he said.Bernie Sanders closed campaign headquarters sits empty in Los Angeles, California, U.S., March 11, 2020. (REUTERS/Kyle Grillot)TAKING ON THE ESTABLISHMENTAfter losing the Democratic nomination to Clinton in 2016, Sanders built a formidable campaign apparatus for his 2020 run, bolstered by an army of devoted supporters who contributed small donations to his campaign in unprecedented numbers.It all seemed to be paying off when he emerged out of Nevada’s Feb. 22 caucuses as the clear delegate leader after three states had voted.But exuberant crowds of 10,000 people or more at Sanders’ rallies masked his narrow coalition of voters. His mostly young supporters did not turn out to the polls in large numbers, while Biden dominated among the older voters who did show up.In Michigan, even as turnout surged from 1.2 million in 2016 to an estimated 1.7 million in 2020, Sanders’ core base – voters between the ages of 18 and 29 – made up just 15% of the Democratic primary electorate, down at least 4 percentage points from four years ago.Sanders showed little interest in reaching out to the Democratic Party’s moderate wing, fueling criticism that he, and his fiercest supporters are sowing intra-party division ahead of a bruising general election battle against Trump.When Sanders’ campaign on Monday held a call with former Warren supporters to get their input on how to court those who have yet to back him, “it did not go well,” according to a person familiar with the call.The Warren supporters suggested adopting some of her policies and addressing the abusive language of some Sanders backers online, but found the campaign unwilling to take responsibility for the behavior, the person said.The Sanders campaign did not respond to a request for comment about the call.When Sanders emerged as a front-runner, Republicans began casting November’s vote as “America vs. Socialism.” Sanders’ Democratic rivals warned that his history of positive comments about left-wing governments like Cuba and Venezuela would damage the party and play into some Americans’ fears of a socialist takeover.Gary Williams, a 64-year-old physical therapy assistant from Detroit, said he did not see Sanders as a socialist, but that he had a “message for the people.”Still, Williams said he feared that with what he called the “establishment” of the Democratic Party against Sanders, Biden was a better bet to beat Trump.“If you were to ask what Biden’s message is, I don’t even know,” said Williams. He said he voted for Biden anyway.That kind of singular focus among Democratic voters was on display at Biden’s St. Louis rally.Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden hugs his wife Jill after a primary night speech at The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., March 10, 2020. (REUTERS/Brendan McDermid )Nortin, the substitute teacher, showed up wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with AOC, the acronym for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the progressive lightning rod who has challenged the party’s Old Guard and supports Sanders.But 55-year-old Nortin said he’s casting his lot with Biden with one thing in mind: “We gotta get (Trump) out.”center_img Michigan voter Monique Dooley believed in Bernie Sanders’ forceful message of support for America’s working class.So she cast a ballot Tuesday in Detroit for the Democratic candidate she believes can win back the White House: Joe Biden.“If we are going to be unified, I think we should go with him,” said Dooley, an African-American fifth-grade teacher.last_img read more

PREMIUMExperts warn it will take time for local carmakers to producer ventilators

first_imgLog in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here As the government and carmakers engage in talks on the possibility of producing ventilators, an automotive industry expert says it will take time and a long process to turn the idea into reality.A Jakarta-based automotive expert Bebin Djuana, who is also an executive with a major car producer, said that it would be quite challenging for carmakers to accept the offer from the government to produce such important health equipment.“It’s actually possible for the automotive industry to produce ventilators, but it would take time and need a lot of help from medical equipment manufacturers and the government,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Bebin said the car manufacturers needed the product’s blueprints, raw materials and production line designs before being able to start producing ventilators.“One of the most pressing issues is that of venti… Google Topics : Forgot Password ? Linkedin Facebook Indonesia industry-ministry automotive-industry medical-equipment ventilator production shortagelast_img read more

Riot police chase Hong Kong Mother’s Day protesters

first_imgRiot police chased protesters through Hong Kong shopping malls on Sunday as democracy activists launched Mother’s Day flash mob rallies calling for independence and the city’s unpopular leader to resign.The semi-autonomous Chinese city was convulsed by seven straight months of often-violent pro-democracy protests last year with millions hitting the streets. Mass arrests and the coronavirus pandemic ushered in a period of enforced calm. Topics : But with the finance hub successfully tackling its outbreak small protests have bubbled up once more in the last fortnight.Small flashmob demonstrations broke out in at least eight malls throughout Sunday afternoon prompting riot police to rush in and disperse heckling crowds of activists and shoppers.At least three arrests were made while groups of officers conducted multiple stop and searches.Live broadcasts also showed police issuing $2,000 ($260) on the spot fines to those allegedly breaching emergency anti-virus measures banning more than eight people gathering in public.center_img Hong Kong celebrates the American Mother’s Day and protester chat groups had pushed the occasion to focus on chief executive Carrie Lam, a Beijing loyalist appointee.At the start of last year’s protests, Lam likened herself to an exasperated mother — and protesting Hong Kongers to demanding children — in comments that only poured oil on the fire of public anger at the time.Authorities banned an application for a Mother’s Day march so small groups of masked protesters instead played cat and mouse with police in different shopping centers, a tactic used frequently last year.”This is just a warm-up, our protest movement needs to start again,” a university student who gave his name as “B” told AFP. “It’s a sign that the movement is coming back to life, we all need to wake up now.”Lam, who has been staunchly backed by Beijing, has record low approval ratings. She has resisted calls for universal suffrage or an independent inquiry into the police’s handling of the protests.In the New Year she vowed to heal the divisions coursing through Hong Kong but her administration has offered little in the way of reconciliation or a political solution.Arrests and prosecutions have continued apace while Beijing’s offices in the city sparked a constitutional row last month by announcing a greater say in how Hong Kong is run.Plans to pass a law banning insulting China’s national anthem sparked scuffles in the city’s legislature on Friday. Top Beijing officials have suggested opposition lawmakers who blocked the bill with filibustering could be prosecuted and have also called for a new anti-sedition law to be passed.last_img read more

Trump adviser says China making ‘big mistake’ on Hong Kong

first_imgPresident Donald Trump’s economic adviser said on Tuesday China was making “a big mistake” with planned national security legislation on Hong Kong and pledged Washington would pay expenses of US firms that wanted to shift operations from the territory or China.At the White House, spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany told a briefing Trump was displeased with Beijing over the security law and finds it hard to see “how Hong Kong can remain a financial hub if China takes over.”Trump economic Larry Kudlow, speaking to Fox News Channel, called Beijing’s actions toward Hong Kong “very disturbing.” Topics : Trump has warned of a strong reaction and national security adviser Robert O’Brien said the legislation could lead to US sanctions and threaten Hong Kong’s status as a financial hub.Kudlow also said that while Trump’s “Phase 1” trade deal with China reached in January was intact for now, the president was so “miffed” with Beijing over the novel coronavirus and other matters it was not as important to him as it once was.The US Chamber of Commerce lobbying group urged Beijing to de-escalate the situation, saying it would be “a serious mistake” to jeopardize Hong Kong’s special status.center_img “China is making a big mistake, frankly,” he told Fox Business Network separately.Kudlow said the United States would welcome back any American companies in Hong Kong or on China’s mainland. “We will do what we can for full expensing and pay the cost of moving if they return their supply chains and their production to the United States,” he said.Beijing’s proposed security law would reduce the territory’s separate legal status. China’s parliament is expected to approve it by Thursday.US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is due to release a congressionally mandated assessment on whether Hong Kong enjoys sufficient autonomy to justify continued US special economic treatment, said last week the legislation would be the “death knell” for its autonomy.last_img read more

WHO clarifies COVID-19 ‘very rare’ transmission remarks

first_imgVan Kerkhove later posted on Twitter a WHO summary on transmission.”Comprehensive studies on transmission from asymptomatic individuals are difficult to conduct, but the available evidence from contact tracing reported by member states suggests that asymptomatically-infected individuals are much less likely to transmit the virus than those who develop symptoms,” it said.During a discussion rebroadcast Tuesday on the WHO’s Twitter account, Van Kerkhove said she wanted to clarify a misunderstanding.”I was referring to very few studies, some two or three”, and answering a question.”I was not stating a policy of WHO,” she said.”I used the phrase ‘very rare’, and I think that is a misunderstanding to state that asymptomatic transmission globally is very rare. What I was referring to was the subset of studies,” she added. A top WHO official on Tuesday clarified her remarks that transmission of the new coronavirus from asymptomatic carriers was “very rare”, citing a “misunderstanding”.Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 technical lead, had said that on the basis of studies carried out in several countries, transmission of the virus by an asymptomatic person seemed “very rare”.”We have a number of reports from countries who are doing very detailed contact tracing. They’re following asymptomatic cases, they’re following contacts and they’re not finding secondary transmission onward. It’s very rare,” she told a virtual press conference on Monday. Her remarks, which were widely relayed on social media networks, sparked a reaction from part of the scientific community.”Contrary to what the WHO announced, it is not scientifically possible to affirm that asymptomatic carriers of SARS-CoV-2 are not very infectious,” professor Gilbert Deray of the Pitie-Salpetriere hospital in Paris said on Twitter.Liam Smeeth, a clinical epidemiology professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, said he was “quite surprised”.”There remains scientific uncertainty, but asymptomatic infection could be around 30 percent to 50 percent of cases. The best scientific studies to date suggest that up to half of cases became infected from asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic people,” he said.center_img Topics :last_img read more

India says 20 troops killed in deadliest clash with China in decades

first_imgBut in a statement later Tuesday the army added that 17 more critically injured were “exposed to sub-zero temperatures… [and] succumbed to their injuries”.The Indian army said earlier that there were “casualties on both sides”. China’s defense ministry confirmed the incident had resulted in casualties but did not give the nationality of the victims or any other details.The United States — which has mounting frictions with China, but sees India as an emerging ally — said it is hoping for a “peaceful resolution”, and that it was monitoring the situation closely.The UN called for both sides to “exercise maximum restraint”.Former Indian ambassador to China and foreign secretary Nirupama Menon Rao warned that “we are at an extremely worrisome juncture in the relationship”.”If not handled correctly… [this] can really escalate into something much bigger than we had initially imagined,” Harsh Pant from the Observer Research Foundation think-tank told AFP. The long-running border dispute between Asian nuclear powers India and China turned deadly for the first time in nearly half a century after at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in a “violent face-off”, the army said Tuesday.Experts warned the high-altitude clash along the Himalayan frontier was a worrying development which could escalate, following weeks of rising tensions and the deployment of thousands of extra troops from both sides.Brawls erupt regularly between the world’s two most populous nations across their disputed 3,500-kilometer border — but no-one has been killed since 1975. Topics : ‘Attacking Chinese personnel’ Beijing claimed Indian troops “crossed the border line twice… provoking and attacking Chinese personnel, resulting in serious physical confrontation between border forces on the two sides”. New Delhi’s foreign ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava hit back, saying the clash arose from “an attempt by the Chinese side to unilaterally change the status quo” on the border.The violence followed weeks of hostilities that began May 9, when several Indian and Chinese soldiers were injured in a clash involving fists and stone-throwing at Naku La in India’s Sikkim state, which borders Bhutan, Nepal and China.But just last week, China said it had reached a “positive consensus” with India over resolving tensions at the border, while New Delhi also sounded conciliatory.However, Indian sources and news reports suggested that Chinese troops remained in parts of the Galwan Valley and of the northern shore of the Pangong Tso lake that it occupied in recent weeks.The prickly relationship had already been strained when India in August revoked the semi-autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir state.That saw the Ladakh region — partly claimed by Beijing — turned into a separate Indian administrative territory.Taylor Fravel, an expert on China’s territorial disputes at MIT, said Beijing would have viewed the move as a “direct challenge to China’s sovereignty” over the area it claims.”This may have been one factor leading China to adopt a much more forward posture along the LAC [Line of Actual Control, or the frontier] in the western sector [of the border]” he told AFP.Fravel said both nations would not “want to see a major escalation”, with China’s main security priority still the US.center_img ‘Worrying’ India and China have never even agreed on the length of their “Line of Actual Control” frontier, and each side uses different frontier proposals made by Britain to China in the 19th century to back their claims. They fought a brief war in 1962 in which China took territory from India. Further deadly clashes followed in 1967, but the last shot fired in anger was in 1975, when four Indian soldiers were ambushed and killed along the dividing line in Arunachal Pradesh. In 2017 there was a 72-day showdown after Chinese forces moved into the disputed Doklam plateau on the China-India-Bhutan border.After that India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese leader Xi Jinping appeared to ease tensions at two summits.India and China meanwhile have also been engaged in a show of power in the Indo-Pacific, with New Delhi allying with the US, Australia and Japan to check China’s push in the region. Beijing and Delhi blamed each other for Monday’s clash in the precipitous, rocky terrain of the strategically important Galwan Valley, which lies between China’s Tibet and India’s Ladakh.An Indian army source in the region told AFP the incident involved no shooting but “violent hand-to-hand scuffles”. The soldiers threw punches and stones at each other, with Chinese troops allegedly attacking their Indian counterparts with rods and nail-studded clubs during the more than six-hour fight, the Hindustan Times reported.India had earlier put the toll at three dead.last_img read more