Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb was elected for a second term by a hefty margin as the Republican party swept the state to retain supermajority control of the state Senate and House of Representatives. Indiana, home to Vice President Mike Pence, was also one of the first states to go to President Donald Trump on election night, gaining him 11 electoral college votes.Holcomb won his reelection campaign defeating Democratic nominee Woodrow Myers and Libertarian Donald Rainwater. Holcomb first became the Republican nominee for governor in 2016 when former governor Mike Pence ran as Donald Trump’s vice president. The Associated Press called the gubernatorial race around 7 p.m. Tuesday night with 12 percent of the vote reported.Holcomb ran his reelection campaign on the promise to usher in a new era of record job commitments, record infrastructure investments and new career training opportunities. Holcomb succeeded to hold onto his supporters as the leader of the state’s coronavirus response despite some pushback on ongoing mask mandates.“Around here in Indiana… we don’t just dream big things. We do big things and we aspire to be a positive influence all along the way,” Holcomb said at a watch party with Republican supporters Tuesday night.Myers conceded to Holcomb and called him to congratulate the governor about an hour after the election was called. Myers thanked Hoosiers who supported him in a tweet shortly after.Sophomore Claire Kloska, a native of South Bend, said she was not “too surprised” Holcomb came out ahead.“Just because Indiana has had a Republican governor for the past 15 years and the general population tends to vote red, making it probably the most likely outcome,” Kloska said.Shelby Riehle, a sophomore from LaPorte, said she also was not surprised. Despite the disputes and concerns over the pandemic, Riehle said she thought conversations over the health crisis were productive.“I feel like both candidates addressed the virus considerably in their platforms,” Riehle said. “I am pleased and think [Holcomb] will continue to be a strong leader for our state.”In the general assembly, the GOP appeared as of late Tuesday night, to keep its lock on legislative control to hold onto its two-thirds majority in the House and the Senate.Though the Democratic party heavily focused its efforts on the contested attorney general seat, Republican candidate former Indiana Congressman Todd Rokita won with 60 percent of the vote against Democratic candidate former Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel.Tags: 2020 election, Attorney General, general assembly, Governor Holcomb, indiana
East Java Police have dismantled a syndicate they accuse of selling endangered animals that allegedly operated in several areas in East Java.The suspects admitted running the business over the past two years, according to the police.“We’ve detained five suspects,” East Java Police chief Insp. Gen. Luki Hermawan said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com. “They sold the animals through social media with price ranging from Rp 300,000 [US$21.80] to Rp 5 million.” The syndicate is accused of having sold several species, from birds to mammals. A rhinoceros hornbill was allegedly sold for Rp 2.5 million, a slow loris for Rp 1 million, while a salmon-crested cockatoo, a species endemic to the Seram Archipelago in eastern Indonesia, for Rp 5 million.A rhinoceros hornbill is being kept in a cage at the West Kalimantan Natural Conservation Agency. (thejakartapost.com/Severianus Endi)The police, with help from the Natural Resources Conservation Agency, reportedly confiscated 53 endangered animals – 41 alive, 12 dead — from the syndicate. The dead animals included eight cockatoos, two Javan lutung, an oriental pied hornbill and a wreathed hornbill.The suspects are to be charged under articles 21 and 33 of Law No. 5/1990 on natural resources and ecosystem conservation. The charges carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison upon conviction. (hol)Topics :
By Jeremy FoxMARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (May 1) – Team Gustin took home two feature wins Friday night at Marshalltown Speedway.Jimmy Gustin and Trent Jackson started on the front row of the Coors Light IMCA Modified feature and it was Gustin grabbing the lead. He was comfortable out front before the only race caution was displayed on lap eight for debris.Adam Larson took second away from Joel Rust and set his sights on the leader. Gustin, however, denied those challenges to take his 88th career win in the division and first at Marshalltown since April 26, 2013. Brian Irvine worked his way from 10th to third.Brandon Williams took the early lead in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature, then gave way to Ryan King on lap five.King pulled away and appeared to be going on to take his first win at Marshalltown even with lapped traffic ahead but the caution came out with three circuits left. King had Williams, 12th starting Jenae Gustin and Clint Luellen right behind.Gustin found the right lane on the restart and that allowed her to take the lead away and go on to the win. King and Jared Van Deest, rounded out the top three.In the Miller Lite IMCA Stock Cars 18 lap feature event, it was Jay Schmidt taking the lead early as the field behind was going three and four-wide in the early going. Donavon Smith worked his way from eighth to second and battled Schmidt while Michael Jaennette and Jeff Wollam battled for third.Smith took the lead away on lap six and pulled away to take the win. Jaennette took second and Steve Meyer was third.Tim Barber led lap one in the Toby K’s Hideaway IMCA Hobby Stock feature but national point leader Austin Luellen took the lead away after starting sixth. Luellen was only slowed by a pair of cautions on lap nine. Luellen took the win over Eric Stanton and Andy Hick.
“JAZ Products is happy to help IMCA racers by offering contingency awards to the top contenders of each class. These racers give it their all every season and we want to do our part to give back to them to let them know it does not go unnoticed,” said Sales Manager Bradley Jewett. “JAZ would like to wish the racers the best of luck in the 2019 racing season.” SANTA PAULA, Calif. (Feb. 7) – JAZ Products nears another sponsorship milestone in 2019, awarding more than $14,000 in product certificates to drivers in all eight IMCA divisions. Information about JAZ-manufactured seats, fuel cells, safety equipment, pit and fuel accessories in addition to race car plumbing, as well as the company network of dealers, is available at the www.jazproducts.com website, by calling 800 525-8133 and on Facebook. JAZ certificates valued at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $75 will go to the top five drivers in point standings for each of the five Modified regions. Product certificates in the same increments go to top five drivers in national point standings for IMCA Late Models, IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts. All certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office beginning the following week. Modified must display two JAZ decals in designated locations on their door panels to be eligible for point fund shares or product certificate awards. The Santa Paula, Calif., company is in its 24th consecutive season as an IMCA sponsor, notably returning to the Modified national decal program. “JAZ Products has been such a constant presence for IMCA racers for longer than a good percentage of our membership has been racing,” commented Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for the sanctioning body. “We’ve always appreciated their support and continue to do so in 2019.”
By Rawle Toney LENNOX ‘Too Sharp’ Allen’s April 11 clash with Cuban David Morrell Jr, for the World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight title at the Minneapolis Armory, is still on schedule.The 35-year-old Allen told Chronicle Sport yesterday that preparations are ongoing for the clash, despite the domino-like effect in cancellation of sporting events because of the rapid spread of the coronavirus.Allen pointed out that he has since spoken to the promoters of the event, who said that all plans are on stream and they will be taking the necessary precautions needed to ensure the health safety of the fighters and patrons at the Minneapolis Armory. In the meantime, Allen revealed, “it’s training and home for me,” as the fighter noted that he’s doing all that’s told to him by his team to stay safe and focus on the fight, especially since he’s based in New York, where it was declared a state of emergency, amid state-wide ban on all large gatherings, following their hit of the COVID-19 virus. Allen is the country’s highest ranked/rated fighter on the international scenes, vaunts a perfect ring-record of 22 wins, 14 of which came by way of TKO, as well as one draw from his 23 outings.His latest win, a unanimous-decision victory over Derrick Webster, saw him claim the WBA’s gold title at the Super Middleweight division last year.“I know that Morrell sees me as a step in his career, but that’s exactly how I see him as well. I’ve worked hard to get one step away from the top and I’m planning on taking that step in this fight,” Allen said.“We both have good technical skills, but I think I’m going to have to be the one to press the fight and take it to him. I’m thankful to have this opportunity to fight on FOX and after my performance I’m looking forward to fighting on this stage a lot more,” he added.Morrell Jr is the WBA’s No. 3-ranked Super Middleweight contender. A native of Cuba now fighting out of Minneapolis, Morrell recently joined the pro ranks after winning 130 of 132 amateur bouts.Morrell turned pro last August with a blowout win over Yendris Rodriguez Valdez at the Armory. He recently signed a long-term contract with Warriors Boxing of South Florida and Russia-based Ural Promotions.The Allen/Morell fight will be on the same card as the Jamal ‘Shango’ James (26-1, 12 KOs) versus Thomas Dulorme (25-3-1, 16 KOs) bout for the WBA Welterweight title. The bouts will be the headline events for a Premier Boxing Champions card on FOX.