What happens at an Iowa caucus?
The presidential campaigns have been on full boil in Iowa for months, but the outcome won’t be known until after 7 p.m. Monday night. That’s when Iowans gather at county fairgrounds, school lunchrooms and community centers to cast the first votes of 2020.You’ve heard about the outsized importance of the Iowa caucuses. But how do they work? And what do the changes to this year’s process mean?Democratic caucus goers line up at their precinct caucus location or one of the satellite spots, including three international sites. Following a bit of party business, they divide up in groups according to...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Thai clubs start AFC Champions League campaigns
Thai League 1 sides Buriram United and Port will play in the second play-off round of the AFC Champions League on Tuesday.Thai League 1 runners-up Buriram host Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City FC, while FA Cup winners Port meet the Philippines’ Ceres Negros at PAT Stadium in one-off matches.Buriram and Port are seen as favourites in Tuesday’s matches.Buriram forward Suphanat Mueanta.Buriram will be led by forwards Supachok Sarachat, Supachai Chaided and Suphanat Mueanta who recently played for Thailand in the AFC U23 Championship.The winners of the tie will travel to Shanghai SIPG with a place in th...
The Bangkok Post
Bloomberg and Trump campaigns dish out $10 million each on Super Bowl ads
A couple of ultrawealthy New Yorkers are trying to turn the 2020 campaign into an expensive game of political football.The Trump and Bloomberg campaigns announced Tuesday they’re dishing out $10 million each on 60-second ads to be aired at next month’s Super Bowl.Michael Frazier, a spokesman for Michael Bloomberg’s campaign, acknowledged the billionaire ex-New York mayor decided to purchase the ad for the nationally televised Feb. 2 game after learning President Donald Trump’s reelection bid was angling to do the same.“When the Trump campaign decided to run an ad during the big game, the Bloom...
New York Daily News
Mega-fan campaigns for Princess Leia star in Hollywood
Los Angeles (AFP) - Dressed in white robes and sporting Princess Leia's distinctive spiral bun hairstyle, Kristin Grady walks up and down Hollywood collecting signatures on behalf of her idol.She believes the late actress Carrie Fisher deserves her own star on the Walk of Fame -- and hopes this week's new "Star Wars" film will boost her campaign.The conclusion to nine films spanning four decades, "The Rise of Skywalker" will be the last to feature Fisher, who appears posthumously in unused footage from previous episodes.Grady believes it may be Fisher's last chance to take her place alongside ...
'Emotional' Will Smith campaigns against homelessness in New York
New York (AFP) - Will Smith still feels "emotional" about homelessness years after playing a destitute man in one of his most acclaimed film roles, the Hollywood star has told charity campaigners braving a fierce New York winter night to sleep rough.Hundreds of people had gathered in Times Square on Saturday, rugged up and ready to bunk down in freezing temperatures, in a campaign to raise funds for what organizers said was record homelessness globally.Smith told the crowd that his Oscar-nominated role in "The Pursuit of Happyness" -- a 2007 biopic of a salesman forced to live on the streets o...
Tourism Ministry still owes RM107.1m for promotional campaigns - audit
The Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry still owes RM107.1 million for advertising and digital tourism promotional campaigns between 2016 and last year, according to the Auditor-General's Report 2018 Series 2.In an audit that was carried out between November 2018 and March 2019, the National Audit Department (NAD) found that the outstanding debt was due to unplanned advertising campaign and procurement without allocation by the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board (Tourism Malaysia).“The financial management for the promotional campaigns by Tourism Malaysia was unsatisfactory as the expenditure inc...
Far-right parties kick off campaigns for Europe election
Berlin (AFP) - Right-wing populist parties are gearing up to campaign for European Parliament elections next month, but policy differences and the Brexit drama threaten their dream to "unite the right".Many fear the May 26 vote will be a wake-up call for Brussels on the reality that Europe's anti-immigration and blood-and-soil patriotic forces have moved from the fringes to the mainstream.Once considered outsiders, they could now end up with one fifth or more of the seats, allowing them to shift the tone of political discourse and make a claim for legitimacy.Key players are Marine Le Pen's Nat...
Warriors Ready To Sign Andrew Bogut From Australia’s Sydney Kings Of NBL
The Golden State Warriors are expected this week to sign Andrew Bogut.Golden State Preparing To Sign BogutThe 34-year-old center is coming off an NBL MVP season in his native Australia and was a member of the first two Warriors campaigns that ended with them reaching the Finals.Once Bogut obtains a work visa and gets clearance from FIBA, he can sign a contract for the remainder of the season. His season with the Sydney Kings of the NBL wrapped up on Sunday. Sources are saying that a FIBA clearance will come at some point this week. However, receiving a visa will take longer, between seven and ...
Glitz, choppers: Madagascar politicians splurge on campaigns
Antananarivo (AFP) - Grand firework displays, giant screens and chartered helicopters -- leading contenders in Madagascar's elections on Wednesday have been battling to outdo each other with extravagant campaigning in stark contrast to the deep poverty of voters.In the capital Antananarivo, former president Andry Rajoelina flies to his campaign headquarters, which is also his television station, in a helicopter.Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who is hoping to retain power, draws big music stars to his rallies where on Sunday a drone captured the mood and relayed live visuals.Likewise, millionaire fo...
Cuba's tourism numbers rising despite US 'campaigns': government
The number of tourists visiting Cuba is rising, despite US "campaigns" to curb economic activity on the communist island, Cuban officials announced Friday.Some three million tourists traveled to the Caribbean nation between January 1 and August 9, and authorities forecast that number could jump to five million by the end of the year, compared to 4.5 million in 2017.Cuba's Tourism Ministry said the positive statistics come "despite campaigns organized and directed by the US government to reduce the flow of US visitors to our country."Destruction wrought by Hurricane Irma last year, which impact...