On Tuesday, Twitter for the first time prompted readers to check the facts in tweets sent by US President Donald Trump, warning his claims about mail-in ballots were false and had been debunked by fact checkers. US President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to close down social media platforms after Twitter labelled two of his tweets “unsubstantiated” and accused him of making false claims.”Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen,” Trump tweeted. Topics : In a tweet responding to the company’s move, Trump accused the company of interfering in the 2020 presidential election. “Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!” he said.The blue exclamation mark notification prompted readers to “get the facts about mail-in ballots” and directed them to a page with news articles and information about the claims aggregated by Twitter staffers.Trump pushed back again on Wednesday saying “we can’t let large scale Mail-In Ballots take root in our Country. It would be a free for all on cheating, forgery and the theft of Ballots.”Whoever cheated the most would win. Likewise, Social Media. Clean up your act, NOW!!!!” The president also accused social media platforms of interfering in the last election, saying “we saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016.””We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that happen again.”The president has long used Twitter as a platform to spread abuse, conspiracy theories, false information and insults to his 80 million followers.Before being elected in 2016, he built his political brand by supporting the “birther” lie that Barack Obama, America’s first black president, was not born in the United States and therefore was not eligible to be president.And he has recently ignited another storm with an attempted character assassination of MSNBC TV host Joe Scarborough by spreading the baseless rumor he murdered an aide.
Topics : The students will be supervised by 178 lecturers and 16 regional coordinators virtually.“They have also received a briefing on online platforms for farmers, waste management as well as online village development planning,” Irfan said in a statement.Salsabila Ramadhani, a student of the university’s School of Engineering, said she appreciated the university for holding the program online due to the danger of the coronavirus disease.“I don’t want to lose time. We don’t know when the pandemic will come to an end,” Salsabila said. “This [the virtual KKN program] is for the best of all.”Read also: Teachers go extra mile to teach students as schools remain closedEducation and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim, who spoke at the KKN inauguration ceremony, appreciated UGM for the innovation, which was important in protecting the health of the students as well as local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.While praising various themes chosen by the program participants to assist the community in facing the pandemic, Nadiem urged the students to help teach elementary school students who face difficulties in learning due to the outbreak.“I hope students of UGM and students from other universities help elementary school students to study from their respective homes by becoming their mentors,” the minister said. Read also: KKN community work program goes online amid pandemicUGM rector Panut Mulyono said the KKN program, which aimed to develop the students’ understanding of problems in local communities, had to be done online to prevent further COVID-19 transmission between the participating students and the communities.“We don’t want to halt students’ study progress, while also taking into consideration the health and safety factors,” said Panut.Separately, the university’s community service director Irfan Priyambada said the students applied several themes to their community work, such as promoting a healthy lifestyle, developing tourism in villages, strengthening people’s finances and preparing village communities ahead of the so-called new normal period. Thousands of of Gadjah Mada University (UGM) students in Yogyakarta participated in the seventh wave of the university’s virtual compulsory community work (KKN) program, which focuses on helping local communities face the so-called new normal period.The KKN program started on Monday, with 4,505 students participating in the virtual community work to assist 263 villages until Aug. 18. This is the seventh batch of participants in UGM’s virtual KKN program, with the first batch being sent in March.Traditionally, the KKN program sends participating students to live on-site for about two months. However, due to the pandemic, the students can only do community services from their respective dormitories, rented rooms or houses.
The Tanoto Foundation is a philanthropic organization focusing on education founded by forestry tycoon Sukanto Tanoto. Meanwhile, the Putera Sampoerna Foundation is deemed by many to have a connection to tobacco giant PT Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna.The decision to include the two foundations in the program, however, has outraged the Indonesian Teachers Association (PGRI) and the two-largest Muslim organizations in the country, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah. They have expressed their objections and withdrawal from the program.“The ministry’s criteria for selecting participants are unclear,” PGRI chair Unifah Rosyidi wrote in a statement on Friday.Read also: Home learning hindered by technology gap, Nadiem acknowledges Education and Culture Minister Nadiem Makarim has come under fire after several organizations voiced their concerns over the involvement of private enterprises in the ministry’s latest teacher training grant program.The Mobilization Organization Program (POP) is part of the minister’s Freedom to Learn initiative that aims to improve the quality of teachers by involving communities and organizations. The ministry had selected 156 out of 4,464 organizations that registered for the program. Among them were the Tanoto Foundation and the Putera Sampoerna Foundation. She added that the ministry should reallocate the program’s budget to help poor students and teachers by providing better infrastructure, especially in rural areas amid school closures during the COVID-19 outbreak.“We don’t think the program can be implemented effectively and efficiently. It’s better to avoid undesirable consequences,” Unifah went on to say.The three organizations were selected to participate in the “Elephant” category of the program, making them eligible for the largest grant of Rp 20 billion (US$1.3 million) to train teachers at 100 schools. Tanoto and Sampoerna foundations were also selected in the same category.The NU’s Maarif Institute chairman, Arifin Junaidi, echoed Unifah’s concern: “It turns out that there are many unqualified organizations and foundations.”Meanwhile, Muhammadiyah’s elementary and middle education assembly chairman, Kasiyarno, said corporate social responsibility (CSR) institutions should not participate in the government’s program.Read also: Distance learning threatens to exacerbate education inequality in IndonesiaIslam-based political party politicians also criticized the ministry’s decision, saying organizations with investors should not participate and get support from the state budget.“Organizations with strong backup don’t need state budget assistance,” National Awakening Party (PKB) chairman Muhaimin Iskandar said.National Mandate Party (PAN) executive Saleh Daulay called on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to replace Nadiem, saying the government needed a minister who understood the country’s problems in education.“It’s no surprise that Muhammadiyah and NU decided to withdraw from the program. […] [Nadiem] doesn’t understand the history of these organizations in Indonesia,” said Saleh.According to the ministry, the program has three funding options: a fully-funded scheme sourced from the state budget, matching funds scheme and self-financing scheme.Tanoto Foundation spokesperson Haviez Gautama said the foundation would choose the self-financing scheme upon participating in the program, while asserting it had no connection to the corporations owned by its founder.“The Tanoto Foundation will invest more than Rp 50 billion [from 2020 to 2022]. We won’t use the government’s money or state budget,” Haviez said, adding that the foundation had proposed no funding in its proposed budget plan for the program.While reaffirming that the foundation had no connection to the tobacco company, Putera Sampoerna Foundation spokesperson Ria Sutrisno said it had chosen the matching-fund scheme upon participating in the program.“We chose a partnership scheme with various parties as our commitment to collaborate in advancing education,” Ria said, as quoted by tempo.co.The foundation has allocated around Rp 70 billion for teachers improvement and Rp 90 billion for education access improvement. Ria, however, did not reveal the amount of funding it would receive from the state budget to run its program. Read also: Pak Nadiem, please send the kids back to schoolResponding to the criticism, Minister Nadiem said the ministry would evaluate the program before its implementation. His office would involve the community and state institutions during the evaluation, he went on to say.“We have to make sure this program is done with accountability and integrity,” Nadiem said during a press briefing on Friday evening.He added that the evaluation would focus on the integrity of the selection process, credibility of selected organizations and the organization’s effectiveness in running the program during the COVID-19 epidemic. “We will also involve parties that have a history in advancing education in the country,” the minister added.Topics :
At the same time, the MSCI World index fell by 1.6% amid geopolitical concerns over the UK’s withdrawal from the EU and the US-China trade dispute.FTSE 350 DB scheme assets and liabilitiesChart MakerCharles Cowling, actuary at Mercer, said the decision by UK prime minister Boris Johnson to suspend parliament from next week made a no-deal Brexit look “increasingly likely”.“Facing a potential sterling crisis and a spike in inflation, trustees and sponsors would be wise to prepare for political volatility and very difficult financial markets,” Cowling said.“Combined with downward pressure on interest rates, as president Trump increases pressure on the Federal Reserve to cut rates far more aggressively, the months ahead could see serious implications on scheme finances and risk. “Trustees will also be looking nervously at to see how employer covenants are affected by a no-deal Brexit. Against a very uncertain backdrop, trustees will have real challenges in making effective decisions. It’s important that they examine the risks they are taking and work through various scenarios to establish whether their schemes face material dangers.“In particular, trustees should look at the investment risks they are running. Many schemes should consider putting in place pragmatic mitigating measures and investment de-risking at the earliest opportunity.” UK DB pension schemes – funding level (%)Chart MakerDutch pension funds were also affected by market volatility in August, making cuts to benefits more likely from next year. The aggregate funding shortfall across the UK’s biggest listed companies’ pension schemes rose by a third during August’s volatile markets, according to Mercer.Data from the investment consultancy showed FTSE 350 companies’ defined benefit (DB) schemes had a combined deficit of £67bn (€73.4bn) at the end of August. This marked an increase of £16bn since the end of July – the biggest month-on-month increase this year.The shortfall was the largest recorded for nearly two years, according to Maria Johannessen, partner and corporate consulting leader at Mercer. She added that under-hedged schemes “took the lion’s share of the deficit hit” as currency market volatility hit the value of sterling.The combined funding ratio declined less dramatically, from 94% to 93%, as assets rose to £847bn and liabilities reached £914bn. During the month corporate bond yields fell by 0.3%, pushing up the value of fixed income assets but also driving up liabilities.
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By Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (June 1) – The Davenport Speedway kicked off the month of June in style Friday with three IMCA drivers collecting their first local feature wins of the season.In Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Model action, Chuck Hanna stole the show. Hanna easily won his heat race and then dominated the feature, leading 23 of the 25 laps.Hanna took the lead from Joe Ross on lap three and never looked back. Matt Ryan moved up through the field to record a second place finish. Joe Ross, Andy Nezworski and Rob Toland, completed the top five.The Eriksen Chevrolet IMCA Modified feature had a similar story. A lap six restart gave Eric Barnes the opportunity to pass Craig Crawford for the lead. Barnes led the rest of the way. Bryce Garnhart came from mid-pack to finish second, while Chris Zogg went from deep in the field to take third.Craig Crawford held on to fourth with Bruce Hanford completing the top five.Jared Waterman won his first Hawkeye Auto IMCA Northern SportMod feature of the season. Mike Haines jumped out to the early lead in the race. Waterman took the lead and started to pull away. Following Waterman to the checkers were Mike Haines, Mike Adam, and Kyle Eller in that order. Henry Carson rounded out the top five.Next Friday, June 8, brings the IMCA SportMod Challenge to the Davenport Speedway. $2,000 awaits the winner of the SportMod main. Weekly point racing will be held in all other classes.
RelatedPosts Serbia-based Nigerian basketballer slumps, dies after training NBBF celebrates Nigerian Arizona Women Basketball player of the Decade Pray for Nigeria during Ramadan — NBBF The leadership of the Nigeria Basketball Federation has commended the International Olympics Committee’s decision to postpone the Tokyo Summer Olympics for another one year as the world combats the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement issued by the NBBF President, Engr. Musa Kida, he commended the IOC for taking such a bold but difficult decision to postpone an iconic event for the good and safety of the world. According to him, this is one of the major decisions taken across the globe necessary for tackling the pandemic that has continued to threaten human existence. Kida said: “Postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is the right step taken at such a critical time because as the saying goes, nothing is worth human life. “We know this decision will come at an additional cost to sponsors, vendors, the government of Japan, participating countries and their athletes, but it is a necessary step.” Kida said if we have to protect the human existence as it is currently known, there is need for governments around the world to come around, unite and fight the pandemic, which till now has no known cure. He said: “It is crucial for basketball players in Nigeria and abroad to know the importance of social distancing and self-quarantine as being promoted by the World Health Organisation and medical personnel as a key step in breaking the chain of the viral infection. “At this crucial time, we must realise that only those who are alive can play basketball. “We must place premium value on our lives and pay attention to our hygiene. “Constantly washing of hands and the use of sanitizers can also stem the spread.” Kida said being socially responsible will make the world a better place and reduce the spread of the viral infection. The senior basketball men and women teams of Nigeria have qualified for the 2020 Olympics earlier scheduled for the iconic city of Tokyo between July 24 and August 9, 2020.Tags: 2020 Olympics PostponementNBBF
London: England all-rounder Ben Stokes has revealed that it was David Warner’s constant efforts to break his concentration that egged him on further en route his epic unbeaten 135 in the Ashes Headingly Test.“I had extra personal motivation due to some things that were said to me out on the field on the evening of day three when I was trying to get through to stumps,” Stokes revealed in an extract published in Daily Mirror.“A few of the Aussies were being quite chirpy, but in particular David Warner seemed to have his heart set on disrupting me,” he said.“He just wouldn’t shut up for most of my time out there. I could accept it from just about any other opponent. Truly. Not from him, though.“The changed man he was adamant he’d become, the one that hardly said boo to a goose and even went as far as claiming he had been re-nicknamed ‘Humble’ by his Australia teammates, had disappeared. Maybe his lack of form in his new guise had persuaded him that he needed to get the bull back,” he added.Stokes helped England snatch victory from the jaws of defeat with that epic knock as England squared the five-match series at 1-1.England was shot out for 67 in the first innings and were 286-9, still needing 73 more runs to win with a target of 359 when No. 11 Jack Leach walked out to bat and joined Stokes at the crease to share a historic stand and take England over the line.Talking more about how Warner tried to get under his skin, Stokes said the fact that the southpaw did not get runs in the Ashes put him under more pressure to contribute in some way.“Although he’d enjoyed a prolific World Cup campaign, he had struggled with the bat at the start of the Ashes and was perhaps turning to his old ways to try to get the best out of himself. The nice-guy act had done nothing for his runs column.“I muttered ‘Bloody Warner’ a few times as I was getting changed. The more time passed, the more it spurred me on. All kinds of ideas of what I might say to him at the end of the game went through my head. In the end, I vowed to do nothing other than shake his hand and say ‘Well done’ if I could manufacture the situation.“You always shake the hands of every member of the opposing team at the end of a match. But this one would give me the greatest sense of satisfaction,” he said. IANSAlso Read: David Warner’s daughter wants to be Indian captain like Virat KohliAlso Watch: India’s First PM Jawaharlal Nehru’s 130th Birth Anniversary observed
“Our quest for almond milk needs your help!” begins USG’s most recent survey.The organization is conducting a survey regarding milk choices at both on-campus Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf locations, as well as the on-campus Starbucks, formerly known as Trojan Grounds. The survey began Sept. 10 and will run until Sept. 24.Support for the idea of offering almond milk at on-campus coffee shops began within the USG office. Members of USG showed interest in having the extra choice, which initiated a focus group. As a result of the growing initiative, Assistant Director of University Affairs Danielle Norton, a sophomore majoring in business administration with an emphasis in cinematic arts, created the survey to provide USG with more opinions from the greater student body.“The survey was really to gage opinion and find out what students are really interested in,” USG Senior Director of Communications Olivia Diamond said. “If it turns out that students aren’t interested, then we’re on to the next issue.”A few hundred students participated in the survey during its first week. Questions on the survey range from students’ milk preferences to if they would be willing to pay an extra fee for almond milk.Some students fully supported the almond milk initiative.“I think that’s a great idea,” said Nicole Mata, a junior majoring in health promotion and disease prevention. “Coffee Bean and Starbucks already have the options to substitute milk for soy milk, so they should carry almond milk, too.”Others did not seem so excited.“There are five billion choices for how to make your coffee, and they’re just adding to the list,” said Lindsay Gibson, an undecided sophomore. “They already have soy, and that’s what kids drink if they’ve got a problem with milk.”Health concerns, however, go beyond those who are lactose intolerant. Almond milk, which is made from ground almonds and water, has several health benefits. Because it does not contain lactose, soy or casein, a milk product similar to gluten, almond milk is suitable for students who are allergic to more than just regular milk.It also does not contain any animal products and is consequently a favorite of vegetarians and vegans.Even non-allergic omnivores sometimes prefer almond milk because it contains fewer calories than dairy and soy, or simply because they find it tasty.“It’s just like any other health trend,” Norton said. “Almond milk is popular, especially in the girl world. So when people started talking to me about it, I got really excited.”Though the results of the survey haven’t yet been tallied, some said they don’t think the demand will be there.“I have mentioned it to some of the clients here, but when I said it would be possibly a dollar more, they did not like the idea,” said Max Lopez, the manager of the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf at the School of Cinematic Arts. “I’m not opposed to trying to bring it in. I haven’t had a lot of requests or specific requests because [people are] happy with the soy option we have.”At the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, a “regular” cafe vanilla costs $3.75. If Lopez’s estimate that almond milk will cost an extra dollar is correct, the total cost of a 16 ounce drink would be close to $5.Some students were less concerned with the actual issue of almond milk, than the fact that they believed there were more pressing issues, such as unhealthy food options in general and the abundance of plastic and paper to-go containers.“By no means are we investing large amounts of resources in this [almond milk],” Director of University Affairs Andrew Menard said. “We got a lot of exciting projects going on this semester. This is just a small little focus group.”Some other projects that University Affairs is currently pursuing include putting new windows and blinds in university housing, adding printers and weight racks in dormitory buildings and reserving parking on game days for commuter students.“I think USG likes to conquer the big things, but if we hear something small that maybe we could fix, we’re more than willing to listen,” Norton said.Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan
Tags: Drax Golf Club, England Golf Awards, Liam Ridgill, Young Ambassador of the Year What does it mean to win an England Golf Award? What difference does it make? As we search for our 2019 winners, we set those questions for Liam Ridgill, our 2018 Young Ambassador of the Year.Liam is the captain of Drax Golf Club in Yorkshire, taking on the role at the age of just 23! He is the youngest captain in the club’s history and the only person to have been both junior and club captain.Winning the award has had a great influence on his year. He explains:“The award came a catalyst for success, not only personally but for the club and more importantly in my eyes, the game as a whole. I have always aimed to help modernise the game and attract younger players to all golf clubs. After all, it is a fantastic social sport that has served me well since picking up my first 7-iron at the age of eight.“I’m happy to say that through further initiatives from members’ benefit schemes and other developments at the club, we have seen 34 new members this year – with the majority never been members of golf clubs before!“While it has been fantastic welcoming new players to the game, I have tried to focus on keeping people playing and involved in the sport. In the busy 21st century, some of us unfortunately don’t find the time to play golf, mixing it with work and family time. This is why in March 2018 we at Drax introduced “Sticks at 6”.“It was a new 9-hole social gathering which was run by myself every Wednesday from March to mid-September to encourage people to pick up their clubs for 9 holes at 6pm.“This was also a great way to integrate new members with longer serving members of the club. Two of the new members, off the back of our first Sticks at 6, managed to reach the semi-finals of our doubles knockout competition.“From the success of this year, I encourage all clubs in England to host their own Sticks at 6 and keep their members engaged with the club.“As you can imagine, being a club captain at such a young age has been a happy challenge. However it has now put me in good stead, along with the award, to start looking at the future of golf in terms of junior players.“When I first joined Drax as a 12 year old, we had 40+ juniors. Sadly, over the years the number has unfortunately dwindled. My focus for 2019 and the following years will be around encouraging and supporting the younger generation of players and trying to encourage those of school/university age to take up the sport we all know and love.“I’m hoping to draw on the award to show people of a young age that golf is a game for everyone. I believe that England Golf has fantastic values that can be relayed to a wide audience using all forms of social media. Drax members have come to embrace platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and it is now an invaluable part of our marketing strategy.”Know someone equally deserving for 2019? Nominate now for one of these categories:Most Welcoming Club of the Year, sponsored by HowDidiDoLifetime Service AwardVolunteer of the YearYoung Ambassador of the Year, in association with The Golf FoundationCoach of the Year, sponsored by The PGACounty of the YearInnovation Award, sponsored by Players 1stTo find out more click here. Nominations close at midnight on Friday 30 November 2018.Caption: Liam Ridgill (right) is pictured with TV presenter Dan Walker (left) and Brendon Pyle, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundation. 13 Nov 2018 What does it mean to win an England Golf Award?