Australian PM seeks voter redemption in by-election

first_imgPolitical polls soon rebounded, however, with Morrison lauded for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic that has seen Australia record about 8,000 infections and 104 deaths – well below other countries.”By rights, the opposition Labor party should win the seat – but he has turned his standing around dramatically since the bushfires,” said John Hewson, a former leader of the Liberal Party now headed by Morrison.”If the Liberals win, then coronavirus has changed the landscape.”Voters in Eden-Monaro – about 478 km (297 miles) south of Sydney – are voting to elect a new parliamentary member after the retirement of an opposition Labor lawmaker due to ill-health. Election campaigns in Eden-Monaro are historically tightly-fought contests. Topics : Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison will on Saturday vie to secure a 100-year first by winning a seat from the opposition at a by-election, a contest that will test how well voters believe his government has handled the dual crises of catastrophic summer bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic.The sprawling Eden-Monaro electorate on the south coast of New South Wales state was one of the worst hit by fires and some locals jeered Morrison over his handling of the deadly event when he visited the devastation.The conservative leader was widely criticized for taking his family on holiday to Hawaii as fires raged across the country.center_img While a victory for the Liberal candidate, Fiona Kotvojs, won’t change the balance of power in the national parliament, it would be a boon for Morrison, given voters usually lodge protest votes against the sitting government in by-elections.The last time the opposition lost a by-election to a government candidate was in 1920, in the West Australia state goldfields electorate of Kalgoorlie.Haydon Manning, a political science specialist at Flinders University in South Australia, said a victory for the Liberal candidate would provide strong momentum ahead of a tricky period ahead navigating an economic recovery out of the pandemic.The next federal election is due by mid-2022.last_img read more

Packers place LB Martin, CB Ento on IR, sign CB Nickerson

first_img First Published: 8th September, 2020 06:48 IST Last Updated: 8th September, 2020 06:48 IST Packers Place LB Martin, CB Ento On IR, Sign CB Nickerson The Green Bay Packers have placed rookie linebacker Kamal Martin and cornerback Kabion Ento on injured reserve and have signed cornerback Parry Nickerson COMMENT The Green Bay Packers have placed rookie linebacker Kamal Martin and cornerback Kabion Ento on injured reserve and have signed cornerback Parry Nickerson.Martin and Ento will be eligible to return after missing at least three games.The Packers didn’t specify the injuries for Martin and Ento, though ESPN has reported that Martin has a torn meniscus in his left knee.Martin, a fifth-round draft pick from Minnesota, had been competing for a potential starting spot at inside linebacker. Martin’s injury means that the native of Burnsville, Minnesota, won’t get to make his NFL debut in his home state when the Packers face the Vikings on Sunday.Ento, a 2019 undrafted free agent from Colorado, spent all of last season on the Packers’ practice squad.Nickerson played four games and made one start with Jacksonville last year and spent the rest of the season on the Jaguars’ and Seattle Seahawks’ practice squads. He played 16 games and made two starts in 2018 for the New York Jets, who drafted him in the sixth round from Tulane earlier that year.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News LIVE TVcenter_img WATCH US LIVE Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Mother charged with murder after fatally beating toddler over a dirty diaper

first_imgA mother from Georgia has been charged with murder after she fatally beat her toddler because he spoiled his diaper.The incident was reported Friday evening in Coweta County.Officials say they were contacted an area hospital after the child’s mother 23-year-old Trinity Pittman, brought her son into the emergency room with serious injuries that did not match up with the story she told them.According to the report, Pittman told officials that her 20-month-old son was injured after he fell off of a trampoline earlier in the day but did not take him to the hospital until he woke up from a nap and began vomiting and had trouble breathing.When investigators began questioning Pittman she then confessed that she hit the child several times because she was angry that he spoiled his diaper.She is now being held at an area jail without bond.last_img read more

2019 Hurricane season officially over!

first_imgSaturday, Nov. 30, marks the end of Hurricane season for 2019!According to the NOAA, the season produced 18 named storms, including three major hurricanes.The 2019 season marks the fourth consecutive above-normal Atlantic hurricane season, the NOAA says.Hurricane season for 2020 will begin on Monday, June 1.The active 2019 #HurricaneSeason is coming to an end Nov. 30 — 2019 marks the 4th consecutive above-normal #Atlantic hurricane season.How did it compare with our prediction? See via @NWS— NOAA (@NOAA) November 26, 2019 Hurricane names for 2020 thus far include Birtha, Cristobal, Dolly, and Edouard, according to reports.last_img read more

President Trump thanks Parade of Hundreds of Boaters in PBC

first_imgHundreds of boaters took to the intracoastal waterway from the Jupiter inlet south past the president’s Palm Beach residence, Mar-a-Lago on Sunday to show their support for President Trump.The president took to twitter to thank them. A Facebook page set up for the event dubbed it the “TRUMP Boat Parade.” It asked boaters participating to fly their “favorite TRUMP flag and USA Flag.”“Don’t miss this event it’s going to be ‘HUGE.’ Lets honor President Trump for all he is doing to ‘Keep America Great!’” the event page also said, referring to the president’s 2016 campaign slogan.Trump thanked the boaters in a tweet later on Sunday and vowed to “never let” them down.last_img read more

Energy Secretary Reviews Florida’s Power Grid, Warns of “Cyber Storms”

first_imgHowever, Brouillette is also concerned about threats to the nation’s power grid that most people cannot see.He is warning of so-called “cyber storms,” or hacking attacks from U.S. adversaries that can be just as dangerous to a power grid as a hurricane.“We have actors that would work very hard to disrupt portions of the distribution of electricity all throughout the country,” Brouilette adds.Still, he does not believe that any adversary has the capability to shut off power nation-wide.At President Donald Trump’s direction, the Department of Energy is now working with the Department of Defense on a task force designed to protect the U.S. power grid from hacking attacks.“I must say, it’s a daily fight,” Brouillette says. “It’s every single day and every hour of every day.” U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette says he is confident that Florida’s energy grid is prepared to withstand the next major hurricane.“The utilities in Florida are prepared for what may be an above average hurricane season,” he explains.Brouillette last month inspected the power grid’s preparedness for a hurricane and toured Turkey Point, a nuclear power station in Homestead.“As we do get ready for the hurricane season, as we do make these preparations, it’s to understand the importance of nuclear energy,” says Brouilette.Nearly two-thirds of Floridians were left without power after Hurricane Irma in September of 2017.Since that time, the state has required utility companies to change the way they plan and prepare for major storms.last_img read more