Trump hasn’t lost his edge, Schieffer says

first_imgThe Iowa caucuses boosted the campaigns of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, but Donald Trump remains the Republican favorite as the presidential primary race steams toward New Hampshire, veteran reporter Bob Schieffer said during a talk at the Kennedy School on Wednesday.In the Democratic contest, Hillary Clinton still holds a clear advantage for the nomination even though Bernie Sanders nearly edged her in Iowa and is poised to win Tuesday in New Hampshire, he added.Schieffer, whose 46 years at CBS included a long run as anchor of “Face the Nation,” is currently a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, with a special focus on the presidential race.Rubio’s strong third-place finish behind Cruz and Trump was Iowa’s “biggest story,” Schieffer said, adding that with his solid showing, the Florida senator calmed the nerves of Republican leaders eager to find a viable alternative to the party’s two front-runners.“The great sound you heard was a great sigh of relief from the Republican establishment when it became clear that Marco Rubio was going to run third in Iowa.”Schieffer said Iowa also demonstrated Cruz’s strength, noting that the Texas senator “had a terrific ground game out there, his people actually came out, and he won.”As for Trump, his “whole campaign has been based on ‘I am a winner,’ so when the winner loses that’s pretty big news.”Still, Schieffer said, “As of right now, I think you still have to say Trump is the favorite to get the Republican nomination.” He cited poll numbers showing the New York businessman with a strong lead in New Hampshire and an even larger one in South Carolina ahead of its Feb. 20 primary.Iowa was a “clear victory” for Sanders, Schieffer said, and the Vermont senator is positioned for a strong showing in New Hampshire, based on polls and his neighbor-state status.“But I’m not sure the Sanders campaign can go much beyond New Hampshire,” Schieffer said. He cited Clinton’s large lead in South Carolina polls, and Bill Clinton’s continuing popularity with African-Americans, who make up a large segment of Southern primary voters.Hillary Clinton “is going to march through the South and … win all those primary delegates,” he said.Clinton’s prospects in a general election are less clear, Schieffer said. He cited Iowa exit polls showing that while the former secretary of state was the strong choice of voters concerned with policy issues such as health care, she fared poorly among those citing personal qualities like trustworthiness.“And I think she’s a much better candidate than the campaign she’s been running,” Schieffer said. “It seems to me her presentation is wooden, it seems heavily rehearsed.”What Democrats have going for them, Schieffer said, is “the constant barrage of anti-immigrant talk” on the GOP side. Referring to Latinos, he said, “Anybody who thinks you can write off the fastest-growing segment of our population and think that they are going to win national office is just simply wrong.”Addressing the appeal of candidates outside the establishment, notably Trump, he said, “People are frustrated, they’re upset, they don’t feel their voices are being heard.” Cruz has also tapped into this sentiment, drawing votes from conservative Tea Party members along with evangelicals. But it is not clear how far his support extends beyond that, Schieffer said, pointing to the senator’s deep unpopularity with Republican leaders as a particular challenge.“He came to Washington and made no effort to make friends, and he succeeded beyond his wildest dreams.”Bob Schieffer: The Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary | Shorenstein CenterBob Schieffer, Walter Shorenstein Media and Democracy Fellow, veteran CBS reporter, and former moderator of “Face the Nation,” discussed this week’s Iowa Caucuses, and looked ahead to the upcoming primaries and general election.last_img read more

Buxton Cricket Academy meets Amazon Warriors, compliments of Digicel

first_imgDIGICEL CPL Cricket Series is an event that is hosted by Digicel in markets where the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 is played each year. This initiative gives young aspiring cricketers a chance to meet and learn from their ‘heroes’ and where they are encouraged and given tips by CPL players and coaches. Last Sunday, Digicel Guyana and Guyana Amazon Warriors gave 20 deserving youths from Buxton Cricket Academy a chance of a lifetime.The youths had the opportunity to meet members of the Guyana Amazon Warriors like Shimron Hetmyer, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, and Shoaib Malik among others, shortly before play.Paul and Hetmyer took the opportunity to give some encouraging words of advice to the youths. Hetmyer encouraged them to get involved in sports since he sees this as a means of staying motivated and not falling by the wayside, while Paul encouraged them to follow their dreams. “Nothing comes easy, you have to be disciplined at all times,” noted Paul.The 21-year-old player also noted that sports can be the way out of poverty, since he knows what it’s like to work hard by using sports to change your situation and urged them to “just keep training, work hard and stay focussed.”After the ‘meet and greet’ the youths got to stay and watch Guyana Amazon Warriors take on the Barbados Tridents, compliments of Digicel.“We are very pleased to be a part of this activity today, simply because providing these young people with an ‘experience’ and the possibility of changing the course of their lives through cricket is what the Digicel youth CPL series is all about,” Vidya Sanichara of Digicel said.She added, “We are giving them an opportunity to experience CPL first hand, and meet and learn from their heroes. This is the essence of cricket, to foster development and growth of tomorrow’s generation. CPL exemplifies this not only in Guyana but throughout the region and Digicel cannot be any prouder to be a part of this.”The youths ranging 13-19 years are from the East Coast corridor and come from Plaisance to Ann’s Grove.Cordel Martins, one of the club members, expressed appreciation. “It was a great experience getting to meet players of such high standards, having them tell us things that actually make sense. Cricket is a great outlet getting us off the streets.”The Buxton Cricket Academy strives to use sports as a means to give these youths a chance to focus on something positive. Martins is one such product of this, as he was once getting himself into trouble on the streets. He is now gainfully employed and has developed a passion for the game.“This is a great opportunity given to us by Digicel today. We would like to thank them for getting to meet such great players and hopefully one day some of us in turn will become players like them and get to meet youths so we can inspire them like they inspired us today,” said youth coach.In its third year the Digicel CPL Youth Series continues to foster youth engagement and development. It has been conducted in the six competing CPL countries – Jamaica, Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, St Kitts & Nevis, and St Lucia and has provided more children with the opportunity to hone their cricket skills and learn from the best talent in the game. Watch 2019 CPL games on SportsMax.last_img read more

Arsenal and Chelsea legends linked with Villa job, Spurs in major transfer boost

first_img Transfer gossip on IN DEMAND Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is interested in the Aston Villa job, after Steve Bruce was sacked on Wednesday. The Belgium assistant manager wad linked with the role in the summer. (Daily Mirror)Chelsea hero John Terry, who played for the Villa last season, is also tipped to land his first managerial role at Villa Park. (The Sun)Elsewhere, Shakhtar Donetsk manager Paulo Fonseca is among the favourites to take over at the Championship side. (Birmingham Mail) 3 Could old foes John Terry and Thierry Henry go head-to-head for the Aston Villa job? Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti moving on RANKED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Manchester United star Paul Pogba has been stopped from speaking publicly about his and the team’s troubles by boss Jose Mourinho. (Evening Standard)Mourinho is said to still have the backing of United owners the Glazers, despite the speculation over his future following the Red Devils’ poor start to the season. (ESPN)The Portuguese wants to carry on as manager, but reports claim he is concerned about his lack of support from within the club. (The Times)Gareth Southgate is set to sign a new contract as England manager. The deal will run until 2022 and will reportedly be worth £3million per year. (Daily Mail)Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey’s representatives say the Welsh midfielder has “no other option” than to leave the club during a series of Tweets, which have since been deleted – FULL STORYRadamel Falcao has been linked with a move to join David Beckham’s Inter Miami when the team joins the MLS in 2020. (Sport) LATEST Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer 3 Could David Beckham land Falcao as one of his first major signings for his new MLS team? REVEALED targets Here’s the top transfer news and football gossip from Thursday’s newspapers and online… Latest exclusives and transfer headlines:David Seaman says Manchester is blue on pitch right now, but it will take some time for Manchester City to overtake Manchester United as the bigger clubFormer Liverpool striker Dean Saunders has slammed Jose Mourinho and Paul Pogba for ‘embarrassing’ Manchester United, telling talkSPORT: ‘the whole place looks a shambles!’Steve Bruce cabbage attack: Arsenal legend David Seaman reveals shocking list of objects thrown at him by fansBurnley manager Sean Dyche says goalkeeper Joe Hart deserves to be recalled into the England squad following his strong start to the season at Turf MoorIvan Rakitic has reiterated his desire to stay with Barcelona, despite interest from Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 3 Tottenham have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain Adrien Rabiot, with reports the 23-year-old has rejected a third offer – apparently worth €7.2m (£6.38m) – to sign a new deal with the French champions. (beIN SPORTS)West Ham striker Andy Carroll is expected to make his comeback from injury after the international break, having not featured for the Hammers since May. (Daily Mirror)Bournemouth are considering a summer move for 24-year-old SPAL and Italy midfielder Manuel Lazzari. (Calciomercato)And Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour could have ended up buying Newcastle United instead of the Blues ten years ago, it has been claimed. (Manchester Evening News)last_img read more

Greek Ministry of Culture declares 2017 Year of Nikos Kazantzakis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram In a bid to remember and commemorate the writer and philosopher that was Nikos Kazantzakis, the Ministry of Culture has declared 2017 as the ‘Year of Nikos Kazantzakis’. Sixty years since his death in 1957, the International Society of Greek Writers & Artists has developed a World Literary Competition named Kazantzakia, and submissions are now open. Those interested in taking part are required to submit an original selection of unpublished work that can range from poetry, storytelling, lyrics, photography, painting or a report, all of which are required to relate back to Kazantzakis and play a role in the promotion of his memory.Submissions will be examined and judged by a five-member evaluation committee that will be comprised of well-known writers with relevant experience. Winners will be announced and awarded at an official ceremony at the City of Athens Cultural Centre on March 18, just days before World Poetry Day, thanks to the support of the Municipality of Athens, O.P.A.N.D.A.The winner and runner-up of the poetry category will also have their work published in the following issue of Literary Anthology, which will also be dedicated to Kazantzakis.COMPETITION DETAILS: – Poems should not exceed 30 lines (two minutes required recitation time) – Stories should not exceed six pages – Submissions accepted in the following languages: Chinese, Spanish, French, English, German – Work submitted should not be under review currently for another publication and should remain unpublished throughout the duration of the competition – Each project can be sent with an alias name written on the top right of each page of your submission via email to [email protected] – Include a separate document with full contact information (name, email address, mailing address, and phone number) and a short biography of maximum 250 words, including previously published works with the manuscript email submission – PDF formatting will not be accepted.The Kazantzakia 2017 deadline is January 31, 2017. For more information, visit read more