Joe Biden is projected to win

first_imgPolling averages had indicated Biden held a lead in the state.The state voted for Republican presidential candidates from 1972 to1988 before flipping to Democratic winners from 1992 to 2012. Then in 2016, Trump narrowly defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Michigan by just 0.2% — the closest popular vote margin of any state that election.This is breaking news. Check back for updates. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden delivers remarks about health care at Beech Woods Recreation Center October 16, 2020 in Southfield,m Michigan.Chip Somodevilla | Getty Imagescenter_img Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is projected to win the state of Michigan, NBC News reported Wednesday.The projected victory for the former vice president comes in yet another state that incumbent President Donald Trump had won in 2016.Michigan has 16 Electoral College votes. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Govt to secure staple food stocks as dry season approaches

first_imgHowever, the ministry acknowledged six provinces experienced rice supply shortages last month, including Riau, Riau Islands, Bangka Belitung Islands and North Maluku, whose stocks were over 25 percent less than demand.“If there is a province facing shortages, we have to be careful and pay utmost attention, reminding ourselves about the distribution amid the COVID-19 outbreak,” Syahrul, a Nasdem Party politician, said in an online briefing on Tuesday.The Agriculture Ministry and the State Logistics Agency (Bulog), the government body tasked with securing national staple food stocks, has since addressed the shortages by distributing products from provinces with excess supplies to those facing shortages.However, on top of the looming risk of drought, the country’s food supply chain currently faces logistical disruption caused by the social restrictions to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. Some 30 percent of the country’s regions face a worse-than-usual dry season this year, said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Tuesday, referring to data from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).The President, therefore, instructed the government to store rainwater and start filling reservoirs, retention ponds and other artificial water-storage places.“Water supply in centers of agricultural production is key,” Jokowi said in an online briefing on Tuesday. “We have to make use of the remaining rain right now, ensure farmers continue harvesting while complying with the health protocols.”To ensure enough stocks of garlic, beef and sugar until June, the Food Security Agency reported that it would expedite imports.The Coordinating Economic Minister, Airlangga Hartarto, reported on Tuesday that firms had procured 94,000 tons of garlic from China in April and estimated they would import 78,000 tons more this month.As a result, the average price of garlic declined by 5 percent to Rp 42,650 (US$2.62) per kilogram last month compared with the price in March.In late April, the President also stated that 30 provinces faced shortages of sugar and 31 provinces faced shortages of garlic, which resulted in soaring prices.The average price of sugar rose by 9.6 percent to Rp 18,250 per kg between March and April, way above the government’s price ceiling of Rp 12,500 per kg, data from the Information Center for Strategic Food Prices (PIHPS) show.In response to the anticipated dry season, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s Indonesia office (FAO Indonesia) has discouraged people from stockpiling food at home and buying too much fresh food at one time as products may spoil.Topics : Facing the possibility of a prolonged dry season, the government has pledged to maintain the supply of staple foods and the stability of food prices.On Tuesday, Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo stated that the national stock of 11 key food products, including rice, would be sufficient to meet the nationwide demand until June.The rice stock is expected to stand at 14 million tons between April and June, exceeding the estimated consumption of 7.6 million tons within those three months.last_img read more

Huskies drop 5-1 decision to Fairview

first_imgAfter the opening period between the Fort St. John Huskies and Fairview Flyers it appeared as though those in attendance were in store of a great night of hockey. Unfortunately for the home town fans the Huskies weren’t able to build off of a solid first period and wound up losing 5-1 after various miscues and penalty trouble.After the opening 20 minutes the game was tied at one with the Huskies enjoying a healthy edge in shots at 12-6. They’d only manage 11 shots the rest of the game.Head coach Gary Alexander said the physical tone established early in the game didn’t carry over into the final 40 minutes and that coupled with penalties sealed the Huskies fate.- Advertisement -“We came up with a few penalties that cost us some momentum and then we kind of gave up on overpowering them. We didn’t take the game to them anymore after that first period so they were allowed to pretty much do whatever they wanted out there. We weren’t physical enough and we weren’t hungry enough,” he said.Despite not being as physical as he would have liked, Alexander did say the desire to work hard was there in the game from his club but when playing the league’s top team it just want enough considering how the game unfolded.“They just didn’t physically take the game to them after the first. They worked hard, don’t get me wrong. I thought the effort was there but they just physically backed off. They got a couple of goals and we got frustrated and took some silly penalties. Some of them were a little bit soft but you’ve got to take that in stride and keep on trucking and we didn’t do that. We didn’t persevere.”Advertisement Scoring for the Huskies was Cayle Bell.Next up for the team is two games on Friday and Saturday against Beaverlodge and Sexsmith respectively.last_img read more