Trump must win Pennsylvania to beating Biden

first_imgGetty Images Underlying Luntz’s forecast is his assumption that Trump wins Georgia and its 16 electoral votes, as well as North Carolina’s 15 electoral votes. The other side of Luntz’s assumptions are that Biden wins Arizona’s 11 electoral votes and Nevada’s 6 electoral votes. NBC News has not made any projections in those races.That then leaves a trio of key bricks in the so-called “blue wall” that Trump won in upset fashion in 2016: Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.- Advertisement – Longtime Republican pollster Frank Luntz told CNBC on Wednesday that President Donald Trump needs to win Pennsylvania in order to have a chance at defeating Democratic challenger Joe Biden.Luntz’s comments on “Squawk Box” come as the outcome of Tuesday’s election still hangs in the balance, with neither candidate having earned the necessary 270 electoral votes to win the presidential race, according to NBC News. Biden currently has 224 electoral votes compared to Trump’s 213, NBC News reports.- Advertisement – “The three critical states, and Donald Trump would have to win two of them, at this point, are Pennsylvania, where he has a clear lead, and Michigan and Wisconsin, where it will be much more difficult for him,” Luntz said.Luntz believes Biden is in more favorable positions in Wisconsin and Michigan, which have 10 and 16 electoral votes, respectively. NBC News has not made a projection in either Michigan or Wisconsin.“We could have a situation I think the most likely outcome — is that whoever wins, wins with less than 280 electoral votes, which means they’re only one state away on either side,” Luntz added.Earlier Wednesday morning, Trump falsely claimed he had won the presidential election, despite the fact millions of legally cast ballots had yet to be counted at the time of his remarks. Speaking to a room of supporters from the White House, Trump also threatened legal action, saying that “we want all voting to stop.” All polls in U.S. states had, in fact, been closed at the time.The Biden campaign pushed back vigorously on Trump’s remarks, with campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon calling them “outrageous, unprecedented, and incorrect.”“If the president makes good on his threat to go to court to try to prevent the proper tabulation of votes, we have legal teams standing by ready to deploy to resist that effort. And they will prevail,” she added in a written statement.Before Trump spoke, Biden urged patience, saying, “it’s not over until every vote is counted.”  “Donald Trump must win Pennsylvania if he’s to get to 270,” Luntz said. Pennsylvania has 20 electoral votes. While Trump currently holds a lead in the Keystone State, NBC News considers the race too early to call as a significant number of mail-in votes remain uncounted. Luntz said he believes those mail-in votes will favor Biden heavily.“I believe when all the votes are counted, this is going to be dead even, which is why it’s going to take at least the next six hours and as much as another 24 hours before we know who is the winner,” Luntz added. “It’s going to be so close in Pennsylvania that it may require a state recount.” This combination of pictures created on October 30, 2020 shows Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Covid-19 at The Queen theater on October 23, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware and US President Donald Trump addresses supporters during a Make America Great Again rally as he campaigns in Gastonia, North Carolina, October 21, 2020.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Cardinals rally to beat Dodgers, take three of four games in series

first_imgCatcher Yasmani Grandal called it “a little rough patch.”Whatever the reason, the Dodgers have lost seven of their last 11 games overall, including five of seven against the St. Louis Cardinals. The latest blow: a 4-2 loss Sunday in which the Dodgers blew a 2-1 lead over the Cardinals in the eighth inning.Juan Nicasio (1-2) was on the mound when all three runs scored. The first scored when right fielder Yasiel Puig let a Matt Holliday line drive dribble under his glove in foul territory and carom around the corner, long enough for Matt Carpenter to score the tying run from first base.The official scorer initially ruled the sequence an error on Puig, then changed it to an RBI triple for Holliday.Whatever the official ruling, the Cardinals seem to have the Dodgers’ number this season. They took three of four games in the series. Three Dodgers, three different explanations.Pitcher Zack Greinke pointed to unfulfilled potential.“The past two weeks,” he said, “we haven’t played our best baseball.”Manager Don Mattingly said the team is “not as consistent as we were early.” The measuring stick separating the two best teams (by record) in the National League may have nudged a bit farther.“We can see what it is we need to do,” Grandal said.Lately, the Dodgers simply need to score more runs.Puig’s miscue might have been the turning point in the game, but it was not the reason the Dodgers lost. They scored six runs in the four-game series, forcing their pitching to be practically perfect. Clayton Kershaw came close Saturday, allowing only one hit in eight innings before Kenley Jansen shut the door.Greinke threw 6 2/3 solid innings Sunday and left in line for the victory. He allowed six hits and only one run, a solo home run by Jhonny Peralta in the sixth inning. Greinke walked only one batter and struck out eight.Left-hander Adam Liberatore retired Kolten Wong to end the seventh inning, then walked Carpenter on five pitches to begin the eighth. Mattingly turned to Nicasio (1-2), a right-handed pitcher, to face the right-handed hitting Holliday. Carpenter might have been held to third base, and possibly second, if Puig had cut Holliday’s line drive off.Instead Carpenter scored and Holliday reached third base. A single by Peralta scored Holliday with the go-ahead run. With two outs, Mark Reynolds doubled in Peralta.Justin Turner drove in both Dodgers runs ‑ Puig in the first inning and Greinke in the third. Puig (2 for 4) and Greinke (2 for 2) each had two of the Dodgers’ seven hits.“I’m pleased with the effort we’re getting and the focus of the guys batting,” Mattingly said. “When you’re not scoring runs you’re going to be disappointed you’re not scoring, but you’re not disappointed with the effort. You’re not giving outs away.”Dodgers second baseman Howie Kendrick entered the game as part of a double-switch, his first appearance after missing the last three games with a sore left knee.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Softball Defeats Fordham, 5-2, on Final Day of USF Tournament

first_imgIn the fifth inning, senior Tasha Alexander (Eddyville, Iowa) doubled in freshman Libby Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa) to extend the lead to 4-0. Later, Alexander then scored the fifth run executing a double steal with junior Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.). In Sunday’s win, freshman pitcher Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) earned her third win at the three-day tournament and improved to 4-2 overall. Timmons pitched 6.1 innings and allowed two earned run on five hits with eight strikeouts and just two walks. Senior Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) got the final two outs in relief and earned her fourth save of the season. Next Game: Full Schedule Roster TAMPA, Fla. – The Drake University softball team defeated Fordham, 5-2, Sunday afternoon in the final game for the Bulldogs at the 2018 USF Tournament. Drake (10-4) avenged a 5-4 loss to Fordham (1-9) in extra innings on Saturday morning. SEC Network+ Live Stats PDF Box Score at Missouri 3/2/2018 – 5:30 PM Alexander, Johnson and junior Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill.) each had two hits as the team finished with 10. Senior Ashlie Chambers (Ankeny, Iowa) drove in Smith with a sacrifice fly for the game’s first run in the second inning. Later in the frame, freshman Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) slugged her first career home run, a two-run shot to push Drake’s lead to 3-0. Preview Watch Live Story Links Drake will visit Columbia, Mo. next weekend, March 2-4, for the Mizzou Tournament. The Bulldogs open the three-day tournament against host Missouri on March 2 at 5:30 p.m. Drake then faces Southeastern Louisiana and former MVC rival, Creighton, on March 3.  Drake closes the tournament with rematches against Creighton and Missouri on March 4. Print Friendly Version The Rams put two runs on the scoreboard in the sixth inning with a one-out, two-run home run, but Timmons settled in and recorded the next two outs. Fordham put runners on first and second with out in the seventh inning, but Smith came in and worked out of the jam to give the Bulldogs a 4-1 record in Tampa.last_img read more

African consumers ‘optimistic, eager to spend’

first_img14 March 2014The number of Africans at all income levels who are able and willing to buy a range of products may be larger than many companies believe, according to a new report released by US-headquartered consultancy The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) on Thursday.Africa’s booming middle class, with its recently acquired purchasing power, has been linked to the strong economic performances of many African countries since the end of the 1990s, and is driving a new wave of foreign direct investment in the continent.BCG’s 2013 Africa Consumer Sentiment Survey, which polled 10 000 consumers across eight of the continent’s largest countries, bodes well for international retailers targeting African markets, BCG principal Lori Spivey said in a statement.“According to the survey, 60 to 90 percent of consumers in each of the eight African countries we visited expressed a strong desire to buy more things every year – higher than the averages in Brazil, China, and India, and twice the percentage of consumers in developed nations,” Spivey said.“Only 30 percent of African consumers say that they already have enough things – a much lower percentage than in other developed and developing nations. This suggests a pent-up demand for new products and services.“Overall, the market for new products and services in specific African nations appears especially attractive as new consumer classes emerge,” said Spivey, who co-authored the BCG report based on the survey, titled Understanding Consumers in the “Many Africas”.‘Not just one monolithic Africa’According to the report, the BCG survey supports the theory of not one but many consumer classes emerging across the continent, showing that while brands are powerful in Africa, favourite brands vary by country and age group.“Our research reinforced the fact that there is not just one monolithic Africa,” said BCG partner Stefano Niavas, also a coauthor of the report. “Rather, the continent is a collection of many different countries, markets, and consumers with sometimes similar aspirations but often different and specific needs.”Africans ‘knowledgeable, diligent’ consumersThe survey also found that African consumers are highly brand conscious compared with consumers in other countries around the world, reporting a strong and complex emotional connection with their favourite brands.Almost 70 percent of people survey said they feel that brands represent who they are, validate and communicate their personal values, and provide a sense of belonging, compared with only 40 percent of consumers in Brazil, 29 percent in China, and 24 percent in developed markets.One unexpected finding of the survey, according to BCG, is that brands remain important in Africa even as people’s income declines.“African consumers are both knowledgeable and diligent in their decision-making process: 70 percent said they knew a lot about the details of the products they buy. And almost 75 percent save and cut back on spending in other areas to pay more for products that are important to them.“As a rule, African consumers will trade up for quality and trade down to economize and stretch their budgets.”While these findings suggest that many well-known global brands already have a head start in Africa, they also indicate that, to succeed on the continent, global brands will have to create “an emotional connection with target consumers along specific dimensions, such as values, beliefs, and family – even more so than in other countries”.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

The Creative Motivation Behind Deep vs. Shallow Depth of Field

first_imgThis breakdown covers a range of creative motivations behind these two aperture settings, as well as the pros and cons of using each category.Determining the right aperture for a shot is just as important as choosing the right lens. Altering your aperture changes not only the depth of field (a.k.a. the blurry background), but it also controls the emotional tone of a shot. A higher F-stop is more fitting for wide vistas, while a lower one can create a feeling of isolation.In the following breakdown, I’ve narrowed the examples into two separate categories — shallow depth of field (F0.95 – F3.5) and deep depth of field (F4 – F16). Shallow Shots (F0.95 – F3.5)Let’s begin with a shallow depth of field (also known as a narrow depth of field). This low aperture control creates the feeling of isolation between the subject you’re capturing and the world around them because the background is blurrier. The lower the number, the more your primary subject stands out from their surroundings. Using a shallow depth of field enhances the visual style, and it creates a beautiful backdrop.Cons?Despite its dreamy quality, dialing your aperture any higher than an F2.8 creates the ongoing problem of keeping things in focus. Nailing that crisp shot can become tricky since the range of attention is so narrow.Getting Dynamic with Deep Shots (F4 – F16)I’ll openly admit that I’m a sucker for shallow depth of field shots. They’re creamy, dreamy, and, well . . . just super cinematic. That being said, there are some significant perks to filming with a higher aperture setting. First off, everything is in focus. You won’t struggle to get that razor-sharp image at an F16, because there’s no depth. This is helpful if you’re using manual focus, or shooting in nature and trying to capture a massive landscape with all its beautiful details.Cons?The most obvious con for deep depth is that there’s no depth. There’s nothing to separate your subject from the background. This can make character-driven shots look ugly, due to the distraction of the background. Another pitfall comes from your dirty sensor. That’s right! Capturing anything with an F-stop higher than an F4 brings out all the nasty specs on your sensor. Since there’s no depth of field, any piece of dust resting on your sensor or lens becomes much more present in the final frame.Interested in the tracks we used to create this video?“Blue Blood” by Aulx Studio“Success Story” by Vincent ToneLooking for more on cinematography? Check these out.Choosing Aspect Ratio: A Guide to Everything You Need to KnowWhy Filmmakers and Photographers Prefer to Use Soft LightCapturing the Cinematic Moment: Creative Uses for a Color MeterWhere to Find Vintage Lenses (and Tips on How to Use Them)4 Older Cinema Cameras That Hold Up to Today’s Standardslast_img read more

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk: we want to win it all, that’s our mindset

first_imgShare via Email Share on Facebook Topics Liverpool Read more The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share on LinkedIn news Dejan Lovren denies wrongdoing after being charged with perjury Share on Pinterest “This is a great time to be a Liverpool player,” the Netherlands centre-half said after the victory against Paris Saint-Germain. “Everyone is excited, everyone wants to be a part of it and though we know the season is very long, with four competitions to play in, we want to win everything. That is basically our mindset.“You need to have ambitions, and with the size of this club and its history we are going to try to win everything. It is going to be hard, and there will be days when we have downs, but we have shown we can react to tough situations and at the moment I am not worried about anything. There is a lot of belief in this team, in the whole squad in fact. Everyone is there for each other.”center_img Liverpool have the stamina to stick to Klopp’s gameplan in PSG thriller Reuse this content Share on Twitter Read more Liverpool will meet tougher opponents this season, especially in Europe, but Van Dijk is confident that they are once again capable of taking on and beating the very top teams. “We were not in the Champions League final last season for no reason,” he said. “We already deserve respect for what we did but in football you have to keep proving yourself because it always starts again. The season has only just started and we can’t take anything for granted and get ahead of ourselves.“We have to keep working hard and stay humble. We have a tough game on Saturday with Southampton, then Chelsea and Manchester City coming up. When games come along every three days you have to be properly prepared, it’s the only way forward. That and the right mindset. I want to create memories here, I want to win things with this team, and to do that we have to have belief in our ability to beat the best teams.“If you are going to be out on the pitch and you don’t believe that, then you had better stay at home.” Liverpool have made an excellent start in both the Premier League and the Champions League, winning their first six matches of the season, and Virgil van Dijk believes the time has come to regard the club as a threat in all competitions. Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp PSG were perhaps not the greatest advertisement for £750m of Qatari investment at Anfield, though Liverpool had to start the game without Roberto Firmino and before the Brazilian came on at the end to score the winner Daniel Sturridge had stepped into the attack to supply the first goal with a confident finish. “We have good players who are not always in the team,” Van Dijk said. “Studge came in and did not just score a very important goal, he worked hard for the team. That’s the vital thing. When one player is out another needs to be there, and at the moment that is what’s happening.”last_img read more