Biden was asked about canceling student loan debt. Progressives saw an opening.

first_imgBut in his answer, Mr. Biden did not explicitly say whether he supported canceling all student-loan debt. Nor did he say if he would cancel student-loan debt through executive action — animating progressives, who have been seeking to push him further left on the issue for months.- Advertisement – And Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic minority leader, said in a recent interview that he and Ms. Warren had a proposal to eliminate the first $50,000 of student-loan debt, and that he believed Mr. Biden could do so through executive action in the first 100 days of his presidency.- Advertisement – The question that the reporter asked Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Monday was simple enough: Did canceling student-loan debt figure into his plans for the economy and would he take executive action to do so?His response came during a question-and-answer session after Mr. Biden had delivered his first speech on the economy as president-elect.- Advertisement – Social media soon lit up with calls on the left for Mr. Biden to cancel all student debt, a signature policy issue championed by progressive leaders including Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. Already, the idea of canceling student-loan debt has been gaining some traction in the party. Mr. Biden himself has proposed a loan forgiveness program for workers in public service: For each year of service, for up to five years, workers would be eligible to have $10,000 of their undergraduate or graduate debt eliminated.center_img “It does figure in my plan,” Mr. Biden replied, before referencing legislation proposed by House Democrats that called for immediate forgiveness of $10,000 in student-loan debt as part of a pandemic-relief bill. “It’s holding people up,” he said about student debt. “They’re in real trouble. They’re having to make choices between paying their student loans and paying their rent, those kinds of decisions. It should be done immediately.”He then offered an overview of plans he introduced during his campaign, including ensuring that anyone whose families made less than $125,000 would have access to free education. – Advertisement – “We believe that Joe Biden can do that with the pen as opposed to legislation,” Mr. Schumer said.last_img read more


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PREMIUMDespite low airfares, people avoid travel as fears grow amid COVID-19 outbreak

first_imgMany people are reluctant to travel despite a number of travel incentives and lower domestic airfare offered by airlines amid growing fears over the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus. Fears have escalated after the government confirmed the first two cases of COVID-19 in Indonesia on Monday.Surabaya resident Ima Permatasari said she did not plan on traveling anywhere as a precautionary measure. “It’s worrisome. I will wait at least until the situation returns to normal or until the virus can be contained before traveling again, although there are big airfare discounts,” she told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Meanwhile Syesa, who works in Jakarta, is also avoiding travel as she believed crowded places, including ,tourist destinations, posed higher risks of contracting the virus.  “It’s a big no [to travel], especiall… Log in with your social account Facebook Topics : Forgot Password ? Google LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Indonesia tourism travel discount airfare Garuda coronavirus tourist-destination Bali-Airportlast_img read more

French Open attendance reduced to 5,000 fans per day

first_imgTopics : The FFT declined to comment immediately when contacted by AFP.All participating players will be housed in two designated hotels “without exception” to reduce the risks from coronavirus.Players will only have access to the tournament site on the days of their matches. They will be confined to practice courts at the nearby Jean Bouin club the rest of the time. However, the deteriorating health situation in the country and current French government regulations capping public gatherings at 5,000 forced them into a rethink. The revised number was announced by tournament director Guy Forget just 10 days ago.The main show courts, Philippe Chatrier and Suzanne Lenglen, were to be limited to 5,000 spectators apiece with Simonne Mathieu restricted to just 1,500 and no tickets sold for the outside courts.But just over a week before the competition begins, and only four days prior to the start of qualifiers, organizers face another change in plans amid a surge in COVID-19 cases nationwide.In total, only 75,000 fans will be able to visit over the course of the 15 days — a fraction of the 520,000 who attended the 2019 edition.center_img The French Open rescheduled for later this month will be limited to 5,000 spectators daily, a reduction from the 11,500 announced by organizers, the Paris police prefecture told AFP on Thursday.Earlier this month, the French tennis federation (FFT) revealed plans for the September 27-October 11 Grand Slam to allow 11,500 fans to attend each day, with the Roland Garros venue divided into three independent zones.French Open organizers in July had originally said they were hoping to accommodate 20,000 spectators per day, around “50 to 60 percent” of its usual capacity.  last_img read more

Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Michael Tripus of Stroudsburg

first_img Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag to fly at half-staff at the Capitol Complex and at all Commonwealth facilities in Monroe County in honor of Michael Tripus of Stroudsburg, Monroe County.Tripus, 65, died on Wednesday, November 28, 2018 as the result of a shooting at the Pocono Township Municipal Building, where he worked as a zoning and sewage enforcement officer.The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered immediately until sunset, Sunday, December 2, 2018, the day of Tripus’s interment. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Orders Commonwealth Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Michael Tripus of Stroudsburgcenter_img November 29, 2018last_img read more

The market is flying as buyers ramp up demand

first_imgThe home at 11 Frenchs Rd, Petrie, Brisbane.Properties in Petrie have been barely hitting the market before they’re sold, according to Mark Rumsey, sales director at David Deane Real Estate.“It’s absolutely flying — I’ve just had three properties listed last week that all sold within the week — all in multiple offer situations and all selling well beyond the listed advertised price,” he said.Mr Rumsey said the sale of 11 Frenchs Rd, Petrie for $400,000 on November 8 was typical of the hot conditions.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019Inside the home at 11 Frenchs Rd, Petrie, Brisbane.“It hit the market and sold before we even had an opportunity to show it — it was an investor up in Bundaberg — and it sold on the Friday before the first open home. It was a significant enough offer beyond the list price,” he said.The lowset home had a secure 12-month tenancy that was producing a good yield. Mr Rumsey said the renovated home was right in the investor sweet spot.“It flew out the door,” he said.Mr Rumsey said there was a good cross section of buyers in the Petrie market.“Certainly the university has had some impact but it’s a combination of families and investor. I think it’s going to keep chugging along nicely next year,” he said.last_img read more

Bulldogs Battle Cubs In Swimming

first_imgBHS Swim results at Madison High School. Girls-BHS 126, Madison 43.Girls are 29-4 on the season. (18-2 non-conference, 11-2 EIAC) Boys-Madison 102, BHS 62.Boys are 12-16-1 on the season. (7-9-1 non-conference, 5-7-EIAC)Event Winners: Girls: Em Gutzwiller 200 free/100 breast; M Poltrack 100 fly/500 free; Villani 50/100 free; and Daulton 100 back, Cox 200 IM. Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach T. J. Greene.last_img

Arlington Modified checkers fly for Patchen

first_imgToby Patchen’s Saturday night trip to Arlington Raceway paid off with the IMCA Modified check­ers. (Photo by Sarah Moriarty)ARLINGTON, Minn. (Aug. 12) – Toby Patchen made the trek from Isanti to do battle in the MN 93 IMCA Modified feature and won the Saturday main event at Arlington Raceway.Curt Lund had the lead from lap seven to the start of the white flag circuit, when he pulled off the backstretch and gave Patchen the lead. Jerry Wren tried to get around lapped traffic to challenge but settled for second ahead of Dan Menk.Chris Graf repeated as winner of The 95.7 Rock IMCA RaceSaver Sprint feature while Chad Schroeder held off Matt Speckman and Dan Mackenthun for the checkers in a spirited B&B Rac­ing Chassis IMCA Stock Car main.Jason Schroeder won his first Unhinged Pizza IMCA Northern SportMod feature and Joe Regnar led the entire Coors Light IMCA Sport Compact event.Matt Olson took the led following a late restart and won the Premier Logistics IMCA Hobby Stock feature.last_img read more

Gov. DeSantis: Feds Support Florida COVID-19 Policies

first_imgGov. Ron DeSantis announced during a second briefing Wednesday that President Trump has granted his request for a FEMA disaster declaration, which provides the state with federal funding to fight the coronavirus pandemic.In an effort to protect senior citizens, especially those with underlying health issues, DeSantis also said the surgeon general is advising those people to stay at home.“The numbers that we have, as we have expanded testing, the data is just overwhelming that if you are not in one of those two groups, your chance of suffering a fatality is extremely low,” he added.Additionally, the governor reiterated the need for travelers to from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut to self isolate if they are arriving to the Sunshine State by plane.“People are fleeing from New York (since the stay at home order was imposed Friday) … we have to take precautions here,” said DeSantis.The National Guard will meet passengers arriving on flights from New York.According to DeSantis, the federal government supports that decision, calling it a thoughtful and data-driven approach.Trump Declares FL “Major Disaster Area” for COVID-19 Funding; Cases Rise; PBSC Employee Diagnosedlast_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Jason Roy smashes special 150 in England’s clash vs Bangladesh

first_imgRoy opened up with two boundaries off Mashrafe Mortaza and followed it up with two more fours off Shakib Al Hasan. Roy and Jonny Bairstow regularly found the boundary and the partnership went past 50. Roy notched up his fifty in grand style by blasting Saifuddin straight down the ground for a six and then steering a short ball to the third man fence. Roy made serene progress and neared a century.The right-hander got to his milestone, his ninth in ODIs by flicking Mustafizur Rahman to the deep square leg fence where the fielder misfielded. Having reached the landmark, Roy proceeded to punish the bowling. Roy blasted two fours and a six off Shakib and he then took full toll of Mehidy Hasan by clobbering three consecutive sixes to reach his 150. Roy was one hit away from becoming the highest individual scorer in a World Cup but he miscued the fourth ball off Mehidy and the catch was taken as he fell for 153.Roy’s 153 was the third time he had gone past 150+ in ODIs, the most by an England batsman. His score was the second-highest in World Cups for England behind Strauss’ 158. His effort has helped England stay on course for a mammoth score. highlights New Delhi: Jason Roy had started the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 on a high with a blazing fifty against South Africa in the opening game at the Kennington Oval in London. However, the right-hander endured a torrid time against Pakistan, dropping catches and being dismissed cheaply for eight. Roy bounced back in the game against Bangladesh at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff by smashing his ninth century. The century, though, was special in many ways and it broke several records for England not only in ODIs but also in the World Cup. Roy became the third player after Joe Root and Jos Buttler to score a century in this edition and it created a record in the process.England’s tally of centuries in this World Cup is three and it is the most by the team in any World Cup. In 1975, 1983, 2011 and 2015 World Cups, England had two batsmen scoring centuries. Denis Amiss and Keith Fletcher slammed centuries in the 1975 World Cup, including the first in World Cups by Amiss when England took on India at Lord’s in 1975. In the 2015 World Cup, Moeen Ali and Joe Root blasted centuries against Scotland and Sri Lanka respectively.In 2011, Andrew Strauss hammered 158 against India in the epic tied game in Bangalore and it was the highest individual score in World Cups by an England batsman. Roy was on track to break the record and after Bangladesh inserted England in on a flat deck, the South Africa-born right-hander took a full toll after a slow start. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. England has hit the third century in the 2019 World Cup.Jason Roy’s 153 is the second-highest individual score by an England batsman in World Cups.Andrew Strauss blasted 158 against India in the 2011 World Cup, the highest by an England batsman.last_img read more