2020 US primaries: New York area code canceled – politics

On November 3, 2020, the Americans will elect their new president. The Democrats started the primaries in early February with more than two dozen applicants. Little by little, all but ex-President Joe Biden withdrew their applications. In the summer, the Democrats want to officially elect their presidential candidate: the nomination party convention was originally scheduled for mid-July, but was postponed to mid-August due to the Corona crisis. On the Republican side, there is no serious competition with US President Donald Trump for the candidacy. An overview of all news and developments:

Democratic area code in New York canceled

Monday, April 27, 7:35 p.m .: The Democratic area code in New York has been canceled due to concerns about the spread of the corona virus. This was decided by the democratic members of the election board, according to US media. New York is the first US state to completely cancel the democratic primary – for the first time in its history. Numerous other states had already postponed their area codes. The area code in New York was originally supposed to take place at the end of April and was then postponed to June 23 due to the corona pandemic. Local and regional elections in the state of New York are scheduled to continue on June 23, and voters are encouraged to vote by postal vote if possible.

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Michael Bloomberg spent a billion dollars on his short campaign

Tuesday, April 21, 2:39 p.m .: Michael Bloomberg spent around one billion dollars (920 million euros) on his application for the presidential candidacy of the US Democrats within three months. This emerged on Monday from a report by the Election Commission (FEC) to fund the campaign up to and including March. The multi-billionaire and former mayor of New York funded his campaign himself and accepted no donations.

Bloomberg (78) left the race for candidacy in early March after disappointing results in the primaries after just over three months. He is one of the richest people in the world.

Biden wins area code in Wyoming after Sanders exit

Sunday, April 19, 10:07 p.m .: As the only remaining US Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden won the Wyoming area code as expected. The democratic party in the least populous state of the United States declared Biden the winner on Sunday with 72.2 percent of the vote. The left senator Bernie Sanders – who had withdrawn his candidacy on April 8 – came to 27.8 percent.

In Wyoming, there were only 14 votes for the Democratic nomination convention in August. Biden’s official freestyle as the party’s presidential candidate is expected there. Biden has almost won the party-internal race through Sanders withdrawal. However, Sanders wants to stay on the ballot papers for the remaining primaries and continue to collect delegate votes in order to at least secure content-related influence at the party conference in the summer.

For a nomination as a presidential candidate, the 1991 votes of the 3979 regular delegates are required at the Democratic Party Congress. According to calculations by the US television station CNN, Biden has already secured almost 1,300 delegate votes in the primaries.

Obama stands behind Biden in the US presidential race

Former US President Barack Obama has officially assured his former deputy Joe Biden of his support in the US presidential race. He is proud to recommend his friend Biden as president, Obama said in a video message posted on Twitter on Tuesday. Obama’s support should give Biden, the only remaining Democratic presidential candidate, a further boost. After the withdrawal of left-wing Senator Bernie Sanders, the 77-year-old is more or less a challenger to incumbent Donald Trump in the presidential election in early November – long before the primaries end.

Biden officially wins election in Wisconsin

Former Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden won his party’s area code last week in Wisconsin. The result was only allowed to be published on Monday after a judicial order. But it was just a formality anyway, because Biden’s internal rival Bernie Sanders had already announced the day after the election on April 7 that he would be out of the race. The area code in Wisconsin was the last in which Sanders had started.

The process of selecting the Democrats for their presidential candidate had been overshadowed by the Corona crisis in recent weeks. Several states postponed their primaries. It was held in Wisconsin despite great concerns. A court stopped an attempt by the Republicans to try to get a postponement there too.

Sanders supports Biden’s candidacy

Monday, April 13, 8:30 p.m .: Bernie Sanders supports the US presidential candidacy of his former democratic rival Joe Biden. “We need to band together to beat today’s most dangerous president,” Sanders wrote on Twitter and posted a joint online presence with bids. In the livestream on Monday, Sanders said: “I ask all Americans, I ask every Democrat, I ask every independent, I ask many Republicans to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy, which I support.”

Sanders called for the prevention of Donald Trump’s re-election. “I will do everything I can to make this happen.”

Trump: “This is not an exit”

Thursday, April 9, 1:30 a.m .: The US President sees the withdrawal of left senator Bernie Sanders as half-hearted. “He didn’t really get out,” Trump said at the White House in Washington. Sanders is sticking to the votes he has received so far and wants to collect more in the next primaries. “This is not an exit,” said Trump. “It’s a strange thing that’s going on.”

Sanders had said Biden would be the party’s presidential candidate and they would stand together to defeat Trump. At the same time, he announced that he would remain on the ballot papers for the remaining primaries in order to continue collecting delegate votes and thus at least gain influence over the content at the big nomination party conference of the Democrats in the summer. Trump said he hoped disappointed Sanders supporters would vote for him now. (jsa)

Sanders addresses video messages to supporters

Wednesday, April 8, 7:50 p.m .: Bernie Sanders sent a video message to his supporters. The decision to withdraw was not an easy one, said the 78-year-old. It was a “difficult and painful” decision. “If I thought we had a viable way to be nominated, I would certainly continue the campaign, but it just isn’t there.” In the current crisis in the country, he could not continue with a clear conscience with a campaign that had no chance of victory. Sanders congratulated Biden. He was “a very decent man with whom I will work to advance our progressive ideas”. Biden will be the party’s presidential candidate and they will stand together to defeat Trump, he said. The struggle for more justice continues. Instead of an all-encompassing message of support for his previous opponent, Sanders thus sent the signal that he did not really trust Biden and the party establishment when it came to the course of the party. Biden expressed respect for Sanders’ step and at the same time reached out to him and his supporters. He was aware of how tough the decision was, said Biden. Sanders put the nation’s interests and the need to defeat Trump above everything else. (jsa)

Sanders leaves US presidential race

Wednesday, April 8, 5:30 p.m .: Bernie Sanders suspends his election campaign in the race for the Democratic presidential candidacy. This was announced by his campaign helpers on Wednesday in a press release. The Vermont senator announced his withdrawal from the election campaign on Wednesday, admitting that he was too far behind rival Joe Biden after the previous primaries. He is considered the likely Democratic candidate against President Donald Trump in the November presidential election. (jsa)

Area code in Wisconsin under chaotic conditions

Wednesday, April 8, 6:20 a.m .: Despite the corona epidemic in the United States, voters in Wisconsin on Tuesday voted who should stand for the Democrats against President Donald Trump. However, the two candidates, moderate ex-vice president Joe Biden and left senator Bernie Sanders, had rejected the choice because of the health risk. Governor Tony Evers ordered a last-minute postponement of the vote on Monday, but a court reversed his order.

The circumstances surrounding the vote were chaotic. Voters had to queue for hours on Tuesday, especially long waiting times in the metropolis of Milwaukee, where only five of 180 polling stations were open due to the corona pandemic. Many thousands more people decided to stay at home to avoid contact with others. Apparently there were problems with the delivery of the postal voting documents for those who wanted to vote from home. No rapid results were expected after the polling stations closed in the evening. Because all postal votes received by the authorities by April 13 still have to be included. According to a court ruling, the result of the area code should therefore not be published earlier than next Monday. (jsa)

Governor plans to move area code to Wisconsin

Monday, April 6, 8:20 p.m .: In the US state of Wisconsin, an area code is to be postponed in the race for the US presidency because of the corona virus. Governor Tony Evers ordered the postponement on Monday by two months to June 9. His decision is likely to be challenged in court. Evers had previously spoken out against postponing the vote originally planned for (tomorrow) Tuesday. But recently, there has been growing criticism of how the area code is supposed to take place at a time when health authorities are advising against gathering people. Dozens of polling stations were already closed anyway because election workers refused to go on site. (jsa)

Democrats postpone nomination party convention

Thursday, April 2, 6.30 p.m .: Because of the coronavirus crisis, the US Democrats postpone their presidential nomination convention, scheduled for July, by one month. The party convention should now take place in mid-August in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the Democratic Party said. The meeting was originally scheduled for July 13-16. In view of the great uncertainty of the current situation, it is best to take additional time to continue to monitor the situation, it said. The security of the party participants and the people in Milwaukee is paramount.

At the party convention, the US Democrats want to officially elect their presidential candidate for the upcoming election in November 2020. Former US Vice President Joe Biden and left Senator Bernie Sanders are still in the running for nomination. Biden is clearly in the lead. However, due to the corona pandemic, the pre-selection process for the nomination of the candidate has largely stalled. (Saul)

The state of New York is also postponing the area code

Tuesday, March 31, 9.50 a.m .: Various primaries had been scheduled for March and April. However, due to the spread of the corona virus, at least eleven states have already postponed their area codes: Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and now also New York. Other states have extended their postal voting deadlines – this is also delaying the process. As of now, several primaries have been moved to June 2. If it stays that way, that June-Tuesday would be a little “Super Tuesday”.

Postponing the main election date in November would be difficult. It is set by law, so it would need a US Congressional amendment that could be challenged before the courts. In addition, only a few weeks could be won in this way. Because the further schedule is laid down in the constitution and thus even more rigid: the start date for the new congress on January 3 and the inauguration of the president on January 20. (jael)

Gabbard closes her application

Thursday, March 19, 4:30 p.m .: Now it’s officially a duel: The last woman left in the candidate field, Tulsi Gabbard, has announced the end of her campaign. The 38-year-old Hawaiian MP shared their followers via Twitter with and announced that he would like to support Joe Biden in the future.

Gabbard announced her ambition to run early and was in the race for a total of 411 days. But behind the heavyweights in the field of applicants, she could not prevail. In the end, she was only able to win two delegate votes. (bix)

Biden wins primaries in Florida, Illinois and Arizona

Wednesday, March 18, 4:20 p.m .: Former US Vice President Joe Biden is predicted to win the Florida, Illinois, and Arizona primaries in the race for the Democrats’ US presidential nomination. Before that, Biden had previously won area codes in 16 other states.

In all three states, Biden had led the way in surveys. Now the pressure on Sanders to get out of the race should increase. Actually, voting should have been done in Ohio. However, due to the spread of the corona virus, the health authority had briefly ordered to keep the polling stations closed.

US President Donald Trump, who had no serious opponent, is set as a Republican candidate, according to the numbers after the Florida and Illinois primaries. With his victories there, he achieved more than the 1,276 delegate votes required for his nomination on Tuesday, according to the news agency AP.(jael)

Joe Biden receives protection from the Secret Service

Tuesday, March 17th, 5 p.m .: Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden now receives state protection. This was announced by the competent authority, the Secret Service. Biden’s code name at the Secret Service is said to be “Celtic,” CNN reports, citing two people familiar with the matter.

The candidate himself had asked for it after incidents at his campaign events. Among other things, two demonstrators stormed on stage during his speech in Los Angeles on “Super Tuesday”. Biden’s private security service and his wife Jill Biden had warded off the demonstrators.

The Secret Service is responsible for protecting the President, the Vice President, and their families, as well as senior government officials, in the United States. He is also empowered to protect key presidential candidates. Biden’s rival Bernie Sanders has so far not applied for protection. (gal)

US states are postponing primaries

Tuesday, March 17th: The U.S. states of Maryland and Ohio postpone the presidential election. The decision was made due to a health emergency caused by the corona virus threat, Ohio governor Mike DeWine said on Twitter. Previously, Louisiana, Georgia, and Kentucky had moved the area codes in their states because of the corona crisis. A new appointment is still pending. (bix, fie)

Ohio Area Code – Health authorities close polling stations

Tuesday, March 17th: The Ohio governor is opposing the planned US Democratic primary in his state. Department of Health director Amy Acton has signed an order to shut down polling stations, Mike DeWine said on Twitter. He had previously failed to have the primaries stopped in court. The area code was scheduled for Tuesday March 17, as well as in Arizona, Florida and Illinois. DeWine argued that the Ohio election should be postponed because of the risk of contracting the coronavirus in polling stations. He had approved the postponement to June 2, but not the authority to cancel the election, as he said on Monday. (jael)

Biden also wins Democratic primary in Washington

Tuesday, March 17th: Former US Vice President Joe Biden won alongside four other states in Washington’s Democratic primary last week. Biden has a slight lead over Senator Bernie Sanders, it said from an official body. The election had already taken place on March 10, but it had taken just under a week for the votes to be counted. Sanders had hoped to win in Washington. In 2016 he won there clearly ahead of his then competitor Hillary Clinton. Biden had also won in Missouri, Mississippi, Michigan and Idaho last Tuesday. Sanders won in North Dakota. (jael)

Louisiana postpones primaries for corona virus

Friday, March 13: The U.S. state of Louisiana is postponing the Republican and Democratic area codes ahead of the US presidential election because of the spread of the corona virus. Instead of April 4, they are now scheduled to take place on June 20 to ensure maximum turnout, the head of the electoral agency, Kyle Ardoin, said on Friday. The spread of Covid-19 lung disease is an “unprecedented threat”. Louisiana is the first state to postpone primary coronavirus primaries. Elections are scheduled for Tuesday in Florida, Arizona, Illinois and Ohio.

The number of people infected with the Sars-CoV-2 virus is also increasing in the United States. According to the CDC health agency, the number of coronavirus cases is more than 1,600. More than 40 deaths have been recorded. There should be a high number of unreported cases because comparatively few tests have been carried out to date. (Saul)

Trump stops entry from the Schengen area

Thursday, March 12: To address the coronavirus in the United States, President Trump prohibits entry into the United States from many European countries. He blames Europeans for the spread of the virus. But the problem is that Trump ignores the virus crisis in his own country so bluntly, comments Torsten Denkler. He wants to win an election in autumn and therefore has nothing to do with the virus. As so often, Trump places his own interest above the well-being of the country. He could therefore be responsible for many deaths. (Saul)

Sanders wants to stay in the race despite new defeats

Wednesday, March 11th: The election evening was “obviously not a good night for our campaign,” said candidate Bernie Sanders after the “Super Tuesday II”. Still, he won’t give up. On Sunday, he wants to face his competitor for the presidential candidacy, Joe Biden, in the Democrats’ first one-on-one TV debate.

He wanted to take the opportunity to make the distinction between the two candidates clear, Sanders said. Although he had “won the ideological debate”, he was “losing the electoral debate”. Many followers would have told him that they agreed with him on many points. However, they are not convinced that he can persist in the presidential election against Trump.

Sanders turned directly to Biden. “Joe, what are you going to do?” He asked again and again, linking campaign issues such as health care reform, equality of income or mass detention. This can be understood as an indication that Sanders will withdraw if Biden approaches Sanders in terms of content. Primaries will be held in Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio next Tuesday. A total of 577 delegate votes are cast in the four elections. Biden currently leads with 837 votes, ahead of Sanders with 689 votes. (cleric)

Sanders wins in North Dakota

Wednesday, March 11th: The presidential candidate Bernie Sanders won the minor state of North Dakota in the primaries. He received more than 53 percent of the votes there, Biden only about 38 percent. Elizabeth Warren accounted for 2.5 percent. Warren was out of the race last week. Voters who voted by postal vote could still vote beforehand.

Biden won in the major area code of Michigan as well as Idaho, Missouri and Mississippi. Washington has not yet been fully counted. In the state in the northwest, Sanders and Biden were head to head on Wednesday afternoon. (cck)

Biden also wins in the important US state of Michigan

Wednesday, March 11th: Former US Vice President Joe Biden is predicted to win in the key presidential state of Michigan in the presidential race of the US Democrats. The poll in Michigan – an industrialized country in the US Midwest – was considered an important indicator of the strength of the candidates at the race. It is about the votes of 125 delegates for the Democrats’ nomination convention in July – most of the delegate votes to be given on Tuesday in primary elections in a total of six states.

Biden was also forecast to win in the states of Mississippi and Missouri on Tuesday. His win in Michigan gives Biden a special boost – and means a bitter setback for Sanders. Sanders had focused his campaign over the past few days on the vote-weighty state of Michigan, where he won in the 2016 primaries. Michigan was “very, very important” for the race, Sanders had admitted at the weekend, but at the same time emphasized that he would not give up in the event of a defeat in Michigan. (jael)

Sanders and Biden cancel campaign appearances due to corona virus

Tuesday, March 10th: The corona virus also has ramifications for the US presidential campaign. Left Senator Sanders and ex-Vice President Biden canceled scheduled campaign appearances in the US state of Ohio for this Tuesday evening (local time). This would heed the state’s warnings of large indoor events, said Sanders’ campaign team spokesman Mike Casca. At all future campaign events, decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis, the campaign team said. The cancellations fell on an important day in the race for the presidential candidacy: primary elections were held this Tuesday in six states. (Saul)

Ex-candidate Harris supports Biden

Sunday, March 8th: Former Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris, like other former allies, has the former US Vice President Joe Biden expressed their support. Harris said on Sunday that there was no one better than Biden to steer the country through turbulent times and restore truth, honor and decency to the Oval Office. Biden is good-natured, caring and listens to the American people, said the African-American politician. This will give Biden another boost shortly before the next major round of primaries. Previously, Pete Buttigieg, Michael Bloomberg and Amy Klobuchar, who had also dropped out, had called on their supporters to support Biden.

Most recently, Elizabeth Warren had withdrawn from the competition. So far, however, she has expressly left open whether she wants to recommend her supporters to vote for Sanders or Biden. Sanders told CNN on Sunday he would like Warren’s support. The 78-year-old was self-confident and said he saw himself as the strongest candidate to defeat incumbent Donald Trump in the November presidential election. However, Sanders made it clear that he would support Biden if he was nominated as a candidate – and Biden would support him if he won. The primary goal is to beat Trump.

Warren gets out

Thursday, March 5: Elizabeth Warren is ending her presidential campaign, according to several US media. The Massachusetts senator, with her more left-wing program, targeted voters groups similar to Bernie Sanders, but underperformed her expectations in the previous primaries. Even in her home state, she was only third behind Biden and Sanders on Super Tuesday. With her departure, Tulsi Gabbard is now the last remaining woman in the applicant field. However, she has fewer chances than Warren.

Joe Biden warns of a negative election campaign among Democrats

Wednesday, March 4th: After his winning streak in the primaries, former US Vice President Joe Biden warned his competitors about the presidential candidacy of the US Democrats against a destructive election campaign. “We cannot allow these primaries to turn into a campaign of negative attacks in the coming weeks,” said Biden in Los Angeles on Wednesday. That would only benefit President Donald Trump, said Biden. He wanted to overcome the division in the United States.

The only serious competitor Bidens is now the left Senator Bernie Sanders (78). Also in the running are Senator Elizabeth Warren (70), who has little realistic chance of being nominated, and Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (38), who has no chance. Sanders said on Wednesday in Vermont about the upcoming duel with Biden: “I like Joe. He’s a decent guy.” Sanders also did not want the election campaign to drift off into personal attacks. “This is the last thing the country wants.” Sanders emphasized, however, that there were major differences in content between him and Biden, for example in health policy. “This is a competition of ideas,” he said. It is about different visions for the country. The next primaries in six other U.S. states will take place next Tuesday. (mxm)

Bloomberg gives up

Wednesday, March 4th: The billionaire Michael Bloomberg gets out of the race for the Democratic presidential candidacy. This was announced by his campaign staff on Wednesday. He will now support former Vice President Joe Biden, the statement said. “I will work to make him the next president of the United States.” On “Super Tuesday”, on which 14 US states voted, Bloomberg had only been able to book the American suburb of American Samoa. The ex-mayor of New York was on the ballot papers for the first time.

Biden triumphs on Super Tuesday

Wednesday, March 4th: The US Democratic presidential nomination narrows to a duel between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders. The two fared the best on the most important pre-election day “Super Tuesday”. Especially the almost depreciated ex-vice president Biden took off. The 77-year-old, who stands for the moderate camp, celebrated surprisingly important victories in nine of the 14 states in which elections were held on Tuesday. But the previous leader Sanders from the left wing of the party was also successful and was first in California after the first counts, which will send most delegates to the nomination party convention.

Amy Klobuchar gets out

Monday, March 2nd: Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar will not participate in further Democratic primary, media reports. Instead, she will support the candidacy of Joe Biden, on whose side she already wanted to campaign on Monday. The moderate politician saw Bernie Sanders as a dangerous socialist. In New Hampshire she achieved a remarkable third place. However, their campaign lacked the necessary donations to keep up with the other candidates. It was also the fear of Sanders’ success that has now moved the moderate candidate group. Without Buttigieg, Steyer and Klobuchar, moderate Democrats in the primaries can now focus entirely on Biden or Bloomberg. (cleric)

Pete Buttigieg and Tom Steyer end presidential campaigns

Monday, March 2nd: Former South Bend, Democratic Mayor of Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, ends his presidential campaign. “The truth is that the road to our candidacy, but not our cause, has come to an end,” Buttigieg told supporters in his hometown South Bend on Sunday evening. After strong results in the first two primaries in Iowa and New Hampshire, Buttigieg had two disappointing results in Nevada, where he finished third, and last Saturday in South Carolina. Buttigieg only finished fourth behind the clear winner Joe Biden, second-placed Bernie Sanders and Californian billionaire Tom Steyer. Steyer had already announced the end of his campaign immediately after the area code on Saturday. (mxm)

Joe Biden wins in South Carolina

Sunday, March 1st: The former Vice President under Barack Obama has won the great hoped-for and necessary victory in South Carolina. After counting 86 percent of all votes, he won 48.4 percent of the delegate votes. Bernie Sanders, who leads the national polls with a clear lead in the field of democratic applicants, came in second with just under 30 percentage points. He comes to 19.9 percent. Biden’s clear victory is somewhat surprising. He had been disappointing in the previous primaries. Recent surveys indicated a much tighter result.

The billionaire Tom Steyer got out of the race on election night. Er holte zwar einen achtbaren dritten Platz. Seine 11,4 Prozent sind aber offenbar nicht genug, um ihm ausreichenden Schwung für den Super Tuesday am 3. März zu geben. In nationalen Umfragen erreicht er lediglich 2,1 Prozent. Pete Buttigieg kam mit 8,1 Prozent auf Rang vier. Elizabeth Warren erreichte lediglich Rang fünf mit 7,0 Prozent. Amy Klobuchar erreicht mit 3,2 Prozent Rang sechs. Vor allem Warren und Klobuchar werden sich jetzt fragen müssen, ob sie weitermachen wollen. Warren, Senatorin aus Massachusetts hat ein ähnliches Programm wie Sanders, konnte ihm aber bisher in keiner der jetzt vier Vorwahlen gefährlich werden. Klobuchar, moderate Senatorin aus Minnesota hingegen kann sich nur dann Chancen ausrechnen, wenn Biden schwächelt. Danach sieht es jetzt nicht mehr aus. (kler)

Coronavirus könnte Sanders im Wahlkampf helfen

Freitag, 28. Februar: Auch in den USA wird verstärkt über das Coronavirus diskutiert. Die weltweite Krise könnte bei den Demokraten dem in Führung liegenden Sanders in die Karten spielen, sagt Analyst Jochen Stanzl vom Online-Broker CMC Markets. Sanders tritt für eine allgemeine staatliche Krankenversicherung und höhere Steuern für Reiche ein. Analysten gehen davon aus, dass bei einem Wahlsieg Sanders’ Aktienkurse unter Druck geraten könnten. “Mit Sanders könnte der Sonderweg der Vereinigten Staaten (im Vergleich zur Mehrheit der westlichen Demokratien) im Bereich der Sozialpolitik beendet werden”, befindet Ulrich Leuchtmann, Devisenexperte bei der Commerzbank. Das könnte die USA weniger attraktiv für internationale Investoren machen. Im Rennen um die US-Präsidentschaftskandidatur der Demokraten wird am Samstag im Bundesstaat South Carolina die vierte Vorwahl abgehalten. (saul)

Erdrutschsieg für Sanders in Nevada, Biden auf Platz zwei

Montag, 24. Februar: Bernie Sanders hat seine Rolle als faktischer Frontrunner der Demokraten durch einen deutlichen Sieg bei den Vorwahlen in Nevada gefestigt. Der linke Senator gewann mit 47,1 Prozent aller Stimmen deutlich vor Joe Biden, der 21 Prozent der Wähler von sich überzeugen konnte. Auf Platz drei kommt Pete Buttigieg mit 13,7 Prozent der Stimmen. Damit entfallen auf Sanders 24 Delegierte, Biden bekommt neun und Buttigieg drei. Sanders führt damit vor dem Super Tuesday am 3. März deutlich vor Buttigieg und Biden. Für die kommende Vorwahl in South Carolina sehen die Umfragen den ehemaligen Vizepräsidenten Biden vorne. (bix)

Russland unterstützt in den Vorwahlen angeblich Sanders

Freitag, 21. Februar: Die Sanders-Kampagne teilte am Freitag mit, dass sie von US-Offiziellen vor etwa einem Monat über Russlands Versuche informiert wurde, den US-Senator im Vorwahlkampf der Demokraten zu unterstützen. Erst vor wenigen Tagen war berichtet, worden, dass Russland versuche, Trump bei seiner Wiederwahl zu helfen. The New York Times zufolge halten es einige aktuelle und ehemalige Mitarbeiter der US-Behörden für möglich, dass die Unterstützung Russlands für Sanders im Vorwahlkampf der Demokraten letztlich auch Trump helfen soll. Das Kalkül demnach: Sanders sei für Trump bei der Präsidentschaftswahl im Herbst ein leichterer Gegner als moderate Demokraten. Auch im Wahlkampf 2016 hatten russische Social-Media-Wahlkämpfer dem Mueller-Report zufolge die Anweisung, der Sanders-Kampagne zumindest nicht zu schaden. US-Präsident Trump hatte die Berichte über neuerliche russische Hilfe für seinen Wahlkampf als “weitere Lügengeschichte der Demokraten” bezeichnet. Sanders nannte den russischen Präsidenten in einer Mitteilung am Freitag einen “autokratischen Schuft” und warnte ihn davor, sich in dem US-Wahlkampf einzumischen. (mxm)

Bloomberg geht wegen angeblich sexistischer Äußerungen in Offensive

Freitag, 21. Februar: Unter wachsendem Druck wegen angeblich sexistischer Äußerungen geht der demokratische Präsidentschaftsbewerber Mike Bloomberg in den USA in die Offensive: Der Milliardär bot am Freitag an, Verschwiegenheitserklärungen seines Konzerns mit drei Frauen aufzuheben, damit diese über seine angeblichen Bemerkungen Auskunft geben könnten. Wegen der Verschwiegenheitserklärungen war Bloomberg bei einer Fernsehdebatte am vergangenen Mittwoch von seinen demokratischen Mitbewerbern scharf angegriffen worden. Die Senatorin Elizabeth Warren forderte Bloomberg auf, alle Frauen, die öffentlich über ihre Vorwürfe gegen ihn reden wollten, aus den Vereinbarungen zu entlassen. Bloomberg hatte diese Forderung in der Debatte noch zurückgewiesen. “Sie haben diese Vereinbarungen unterschrieben, und wir werden damit leben”, hatte Bloomberg geantwortet. Das Publikum hatte Bloomberg daraufhin ausgebuht. (mxm)

Bloomberg wird bei TV-Debatte scharf attackiert

Donnerstag, 20. Februar: Die Konkurrenten des Milliardärs haben sich auf das erste Aufeinandertreffen mit ihm im TV offenbar besser vorbereitet als Bloomberg selber. So warf ihm Elizabeth Warren Sexismus vor und dass er Frauen mit Verschwiegenheits-Übereinkommen mundtot gemacht hätte. Er weiß darauf wenig Antworten. Doch Warren greift nicht nur ihn an, sondern auch Bernie Sanders und Pete Buttigieg, berichtet Thorsten Denkler. (bix)

Michael Bloomberg erstmals für TV-Debatte qualifiziert

Donnerstag, 19. Februar: Der US-Präsidentschaftsbewerber und Milliardär Michael Bloomberg nimmt an diesem Mittwoch (nach deutscher Zeit in die Nacht auf Donnerstag) bei einer Fernsehdebatte mit anderen demokratischen Bewerbern teil. Bloomberg war erst spät in den Wahlkampf eingestiegen und will sich erstmals am Super Tuesday zur Wahl stellen. Am 3. März wählen 15 Staaten und die Demokraten im Ausland gleichzeitig. Eine US-weite Umfrage sieht Bloomberg derzeit mit 19 Prozent Unterstützung auf dem zweiten Platz hinter Sanders mit 31 Prozent. (cck)

Bennet und Yang geben auf

Mittwoch, 12. Februar: Unmittelbar nach Abschluss der zweiten Vorwahl im Rennen um die Präsidentschaftskandidatur der US-Demokraten haben zwei weitere Bewerber das Handtuch geworfen. Nach der Schließung der Wahllokale in New Hampshire erklärte der Unternehmer Andrew Yang, die absehbaren Resultate seien “nicht das Ergebnis, für das wir so hart gekämpft haben”. Es gebe derzeit keinen Weg mehr für ihn, sich die Kandidatur der Partei zu sichern, erklärte Yang vor Unterstützern.

Auch Michael Bennet gab seinen Rückzug bekannt. Der 55-jährige Senator aus Colorado hatte gehofft, sich bei der zweiten Vorwahl von den anderen moderaten Kandidaten Biden, Buttigieg und Klobuchar absetzen zu können. Beide, Yang und Bennet, erklärten, sie würden den siegreichen Kandidaten der Demokraten unterstützen, um Donald Trump ablösen zu können.

Am Mittwoch stieg auch der frühere Gouverneur von Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, aus. Er war der letzte afroamerikanische Politiker im Bewerberfeld gewesen, das jetzt noch acht Politikerinnen und Politiker umfasst. (bix)

Sanders siegt in New Hampshire

Mittwoch, 12. Februar: Im Falle von New Hampshire erweisen sich die Prognosen und Umfragen vor der Vorwahl als korrekt: Bernie Sanders hat die Primary in dem Ostküstenstaat für sich entschieden, allerdings nur mit einem knappen Vorsprung. Nach Auszählung von 90 Prozent aller Stimmen lag Sanders knapp 1,5 Prozent vor Pete Buttigieg, der eine Woche zuvor die Vorwahl in Iowa für sich entschieden hatte. Damit gehen neun Delegiertenstimmen an jeweils beide Kandidaten. An Platz drei steht Amy Klobuchar, die noch sechs Delegierte für sich gewinnen kann. Die mitfavorisierten Elizabeth Warren und Joe Biden gehen leer aus. (bix)

Team Sanders verlangt Teilprüfung der Iowa-Ergebnisse

Montag, 10. Februar: Iowa wird voraussichtlich 14 nationale Delegierte für Pete Buttigieg zum Nominierungsparteitag im Sommer entsenden – zwei mehr als für den linken Senator Bernie Sanders. Das geht aus weiteren Ergebnissen hervor, die die Demokratische Partei in Iowa am Sonntag veröffentlichte. Sanders werde zwölf Delegierte erhalten, die drittplatzierte Elizabeth Warren acht, der ehemalige Vizepräsident Joe Biden sechs und Amy Klobuchar einen einzigen.

Ein offizielles Endergebnis gibt es nachwievor nicht. Das Team von Sanders will eine Teilprüfung der Ergebnisse verlangen. Bei dem Prozedere handelt es sich nicht um eine Neuzählung. Vielmehr wird dabei die Stimmenauszählung geprüft, um sicherzustellen, dass einzelne Resultate richtig addiert wurden. (saul)

Kein endgültiges Ergebnis in Iowa

Freitag, 7. Februar: Vier Tage nach dem ersten Caucus der US-Vorwahlen gibt es in Iowa immer noch keinen eindeutigen Gewinner. Das hat zweierlei Gründe: Zum einen gab es technische Probleme bei einer App der Demokraten, die das Auszählen vereinfachen sollte, es aber noch viel komplizierter gemacht hat, weswegen bei der kommenden Vorwahl in Nevada wieder das althergebrachte Verfahren eingesetzt wird. Zum anderen gibt es – kaum zu glauben – in einem Bezirk immer noch kein finales Ergebnis. Bernie Sanders und Pete Buttigieg sehen sich zudem beide als Sieger der Vorwahl. Nun gibt es Stimmen, die eine Neuauszählung fordern, doch auch das ist kompliziert. Nach derzeitigem Stand käme Buttigieg auf 13 Delegiertenstimmen, Sanders auf 11, Elizabeth Warren auf sieben und Joe Biden auf 5. Das kann sich aber auch noch ändern. (bix)

Republikanischer Präsidentschaftsbewerber Walsh beendet Kampagne

Freitag, 7. Februar: Der frühere US-Kongressabgeordnete Joe Walsh steigt aus dem Rennen um die Präsidentschaftskandidatur der Republikaner aus. “Ich beende meine Kampagne, aber unser Kampf gegen die Sekte von Trump hat erst begonnen”, erklärte der konservative Radio-Moderator am Freitag auf Twitter. Er sei entschlossen, alles zu tun, um Trump im November zu schlagen. Walsh hatte bei der ersten Vorwahl der Republikaner in Iowa Anfang der Woche wie Trumps anderer Konkurrent Bill Weld lediglich etwas mehr als ein Prozent der Stimmen bekommen. (saul)

Buttigieg liegt in Iowa knapp vor Sanders

Freitag, 7. Februar: Drei Tage nach der Wahl sind die Wahlbezirke komplett ausgezählt. Der frühere Bürgermeister Pete Buttigieg hält seinen knappen Vorsprung vor dem linken Senator Bernie Sanders, wie aus den Zahlen hervorgeht, die die Demokratische Partei veröffentlichte. Auf dem dritten Platz liegt die Senatorin Elizabeth Warren, dahinter auf einem schwachen vierten Platz der frühere Vizepräsident Joe Biden, der auf nationaler Ebene als Favorit gilt. Nach der Wahl am Montag gab es Probleme mit der Auszählung. Die Ergebnisse können noch angefochten werden. Der Fernsehsender CNN will nach eigenen Angaben erst nach dieser Frist am Freitag einen Sieger küren und auch erst dann, wenn es keinen Antrag auf Überprüfung gibt. (cck)

Wahlchaos bei den Demokraten

Dienstag, 4. Februar: Im US-Bundesstaat Iowa haben Republikaner und Demokraten über ihre Wunschkandidaten für die Präsidentschaftswahlen im Herbst abgestimmt. Bei den Republikanern gewann klar Präsident Donald Trump, allerdings auch ohne ernstzunehmenden Gegenkandidaten. Bei den Demokraten stehen die Ergebnisse auch Stunden nach den Abstimmungen noch nicht fest. Bei der Übermittlung soll es große Pannen gegeben haben. Mehr Informationen zur Vorwahl in Iowa. (saul)

Duell beim Super Bowl

Montag, 3. Februar: Es ist eines der größten Fernsehereignisse der Welt: der alljährliche Super Bowl, das Endspiel der Football-Liga NFL. 100 Millionen Amerikaner schauen zu, 30 Sekunden TV-Werbung kosten 5,6 Millionen Dollar. In diesem Jahr spielten auf dem Rasen die Kansas City Chiefs gegen die San Francisco 49ers. Und in der Werbepause kämpfte Donald Trump gegen Michael Bloomberg. Nachdem der Milliardär Bloomberg für zehn Millionen Dollar Sendezeit für seinen Wahlwerbespots eingekauft hatte, zog Trump nach. Für Bloomberg, der spät ins Kandidatenrennen der Demokraten eingestiegen ist, war es sicher ein wichtiger Moment. Wie das Duell der Politiker ausgeht, wird sich natürlich erst im Laufe des Jahres entscheiden. Auf dem Rasen jedenfalls gewann Kansas City. (ghe)

Delaney zieht sich aus dem Rennen zurück

Freitag, 31. Januar: Der ehemalige Abgeordnete John Delaney, hat seine Bewerbung zurückgezogen. Er gab für die Kandidatur sein Amt im Repräsentantenhaus auf, wo er die Bürger im 6. Wahlbezirk von Maryland vertrat und eher als Hinterbankler galt. Zuvor war Delaney Geschäftsmann, der zwei Unternehmen mitgründete, die es bis an die New Yorker Börse schafften. Er gehört zum Parteiestablishment, seine Kandidatur verlief eher unspektakulär. (cck)

Kampf zwischen den Demokraten und gegen Trump

Montag, 27. Januar: Während das Rennen zwischen den Demokraten in den landesweiten Umfragen enger wird, verfolgen die bereits gewählten Demokraten im Kongress in Washington ein Projekt: Das Impeachment gegen US-Präsident Trump. Die Wahrscheinlichkeit, dass die erforderliche Zweidrittel-Mehrheit im Senat zustande kommt, ist sehr gering, doch ein Ziel versuchen die Demokraten dennoch zu erreichen: Die aus ihrer Sicht unlauteren und unrechtmäßigen Handlungen des Präsidenten vor den Wählern offenzulegen und ihm so im Hinblick auf die Wahlen am 3. November zu schaden. Dabei hilft ihnen auch, dass Trumps ehemaliger Nationaler Sicherheitsberater John Bolton plant, ein Buch zu veröffentlichen, dessen Inhalt den Präsidenten im Bezug auf die Ukraine-Affäre schwer belastet. (bix)

Letztes TV-Duell vor den Vorwahlen

Mittwoch, 15. Januar: Knapp zwei Wochen vor dem Beginn der ersten Vorwahlen in Iowa trafen die Bewerber der Demokraten noch einmal vor laufender Kamera aufeinander. Dabei fehlte allerdings Michael Bloomberg, der auch erst beim Super Tuesday zur Wahl stehen wird. Nachdem sich Bernie Sanders und Elizabeth Warren bei den Diskussionen im Herbst noch schonten, attackierten sie sich nun erstmals direkt. Dabei dominierte die Frage, ob eine Frau überhaupt in der Lage sei, US-Präsident Trump ernsthaft herauszufordern. Warren entzog sich dieser Diskussion und verteilte stattdessen Spitzen gegen Sanders und Biden. (bix)


Spain – doctor instead of striker – sport

Diego Cervero has already scored six goals for his third division club this season. But he also studied medicine – and now wants to help.

Diego Cervero has scored many goals in his life. 43 for the Spanish second division club Real Oviedo, 24 for CD Mirandes, 13 for UD Logroñés. Six times in six games, the number of times he has scored this year since playing for FC Barakaldo in the third division. But scoring goals is only part of his life. “Medicine,” he says, “is a calling.”

Many footballers help in the Corona crisis with donations, some also help with deeds, Javi Martinez from FC Bayern went shopping in Grünwald with the Red Cross. But Cervero, 36, wants to go beyond that. In his team he is called “Doc”. He has a degree in medicine. And that’s why, he told the British Guardian, he feels like he has to help. As a doctor.

On March 11, he and his teammates were sent to the club in quarantine. “When I spoke to my father, who had been a doctor for 45 years, and to medical colleagues, I realized: Damn it, that’s bad,” he says. His father was also a professional athlete: Rafael Cervero, as a hammer thrower, had ambitions in the 1950s to qualify for the Olympic Games – then he decided to pursue a career as a doctor.

Diego Cervero, the son, also focused his career on studying medicine, at least that is what his resume suggests. He studied at the university in his hometown of Oviedo for seven years. Because he has always worked as a professional footballer so far, he has not yet received a license and has no practical experience as a doctor. “But this is no longer important. Because more people are needed in the health care system, the authorities changed the legal situation at short notice and I could also help,” he says. Already in mid-March he offered his medical support for the Corona crisis publicly on the FC Barakaldo channels on social media.

He then showed that he was really serious about this offer. He not only posted the video with his offer of help on social media, but also made numerous phone calls, wrote emails and letters to hospitals, health authorities, universities and other medical institutions. “I don’t have the knowledge of a normal doctor, but I can do anything: drive around beds, change dressings, make calls, measure temperatures, clean,” he says. “I would go anywhere,” yes, even to England, he replied Guardian to the corresponding question.

So far he has not received a positive response. Several authorities thanked him for his offer, but said that they currently do not need anyone else. But Cervero will probably continue to offer his help. And he obviously doesn’t think about playing football again.

He was in good shape before the season break, one of his goals he shot spectacularly from just behind the center line in early February. But when he talks about the football industry’s plans to restart operations with numerous safety precautions and a large number of corona tests, he asks: “What about the grandma who needs the test much more urgently?”


Astronomy: Star Betelgeuse shines again – knowledge

After a strange phase of darkness, the giant star Betelgeuse found its way back to normal brightness. Some had hoped for a stellar spectacle.

One of the achievements of modernity is that you can not only follow people on social networks, but also stars. A particularly prominent celestial body has the Twitter name @betelbot. Almost every day the star Betelgeuse tweeted there, which is called Beteigeuze in German due to a historical typing error. It is the left shoulder star of Orion seen from Earth and one of the most striking illuminated signs in the night sky. Now @betelbot has reported that it has regained 100 percent of its former brightness.

This is worth mentioning in that the giant star, a red supergiant with a 700-fold sun diameter, had lost considerable brightness in the past few months. At times his glow had dropped to a third of the normal values. The weakening had led astronomers to speculate: Was Betelgeuse on the verge of an explosion? Would he exhale his star existence as a supernova? It would be a violent spectacle that would be visible to the naked eye for weeks on earth.

Betelgeuse’s last rise would be as bright as the moon seen from Earth. Not only would the light be visible, elementary particles such as neutrinos would also hit the earth in tremendous masses, as would X-rays. This bombardment could largely stop the earth’s magnetic field and air envelope, but chemical changes in the stratosphere would be just as likely as damage to satellites and spacecraft.

But now the spectacle is probably canceled. Celestialists assume that the star, fluffed up to form a gigantic gas ball, wobbles like a cloud of smoke that is heated from the inside. Betelgeuse is almost a billion times the volume of the sun, but is only 20 times as heavy as it is. It is therefore almost a mixture of a star and a gas cloud. So it was presumably dust that floated like gas bubbles in a saucepan from the hot center of the star on its periphery. This also speaks for the fact that Betelgeuse hardly got cooler during its darkening, which can be seen from its light spectrum. If the star had started to inflate, possibly as a prelude to its self-destruction, the light spectra would have to reveal a considerable cooling.

It will take a few thousand years before Betelgeuse dies of natural star death. But then Orion’s shoulder will not burn inconspicuously, but will burst in a huge detonation. The rest of the matter will collapse without the radiation pressure from the hot inside of the star and condense so that a black hole remains. Until then, Betelgeuse is a teaching example in which astrophysicists study how a star of this size ends its existence. @Betelbot continues to tweet the latest developments. Behind it is the American Association of Observers of Variable Stars.


Sun Yang – side note doping ban – sport

Sun Yang has been banned from doping for eight years. Nevertheless, the Chinese Swimming Federation is said to have invited him to a training camp.

Sun Yang can still make his way. He can go to the public swimming pool and train arms, he can go jogging and sweat otherwise; Such a doping ban does not preclude you from keeping fit. However, what it already forbids: That you let yourself be guided by licensed trainers and that you come to new peak times in club or association form. Which is why there is now new excitement about the three-time Olympic gold medalist Sun Yang, who received an eight-year ban from the International Court of Justice (Cas) at the end of February: Apparently, the Chinese Swimming Federation still invited him to a training camp that China’s swimmers fit for them Olympic Games.

The newspaper published the relevant document Beijing Youth DailyThe name of the 28-year-old was also on the list of athletes who were supposed to meet between April and the end of June. The editor-in-chief of the magazine Swimming world reported the alleged violation to the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), a short time later the Chinese Swimming Federation published a new document: The first invitation sent was invalid, Sun Yang was serving his sentence as prescribed. This is not the end of the matter, Wada is investigating the case. “We are contacting the relevant authorities to discuss the facts of the matter,” Wada told AFP.

It is an incident that fits the image that Sun Yang and the Chinese association sometimes present in their sport: Accepting authorities in world sport and their rules is not always their thing. The judges saw that the freestyle specialist had a blood sample taken in September 2018 smashed with a hammer because he thought the testers were unauthorized as manipulation and not just as a refused doping control. This brought the multiple world champion the long ban after he had been pulled out of traffic in 2014 for doping.

The Chinese Swimming Federation reacted to the ruling at the end of February with misunderstanding that the test agency had “employed unprofessional, unaccredited persons to carry out the tests at Sun Yang”, and was “deeply disappointed” that the Cas had not taken note of this fact, the association published in a statement at the time. The association apparently did not acknowledge that it is not only forbidden, but also throws a bad light on your own work to treat Sun Yang with the invitation as if the verdict had never been reached.

Sun Yang himself wanted to appeal to the Swiss Federal Supreme Court against the ruling, which will only take effect if procedural errors have occurred before the Cas. Due to the corona pandemic, the original 30-day period has been extended by another 30 days, so there is still time until the end of April. Otherwise Sun Yang’s career would be virtually over.

The competition is astonished not only because of the association’s denial of reality, but also because of the training opportunities in the Far East: While training in the rest of the sports world is only sporadic, China is already planning a three-month training camp in summer. If the postponed Olympic Games actually take place next year, the swimming world will have a lot to work on.


Alphonso Davies at FC Bayern – grin under the mask – sport

Alphonso Davies has earned a regular place at Bayern at his own top speed. He is the most successful transfer from Hasan Salihamidzic, now he has extended – the sports director is really proud.

Before the first contract, which Bayern signed with Alphonso Davies, Hasan Salihamidzic had to look in the eye for a long time. The details were negotiated, but because Davies was a minor then in summer 2018, his parents had to sign. So a FC Bayern delegation flew to Edmonton, at the airport they met Davies, his advisor, his parents. After the Bavarians had explained their plans when only the parents’ signature was missing, several participants report that Victoria Davies looked at Salihamidzic, the sports director of the Munich. And she asked him if the club would make sure that her son also got one good boy stay. Salihamidzic said yes. A signature later, Alphonso Davies was a FC Bayern player.

The now 19-year-old Davies, everyone at Bayern agrees, has remained a good boy, as left-back he is the discovery of the season, he runs and runs and runs, always at top speed, never seems to slow down. At the end of February, at Chelsea FC, he prepared a goal with a solo over half the field, then amazed the whole of Europe. The man who impressed with speed did another feat last week. Thanks, among other things, to a signature under another Davies contract, the turmoil that had existed at the beginning of the week at Bayern quickly disappeared again.

Neuer dominated the headlines, but only until Monday afternoon

Last weekend there was a lot of excitement among the Munich team as captain Manuel Neuer in the picture complained of betrayal of secrets in his current contract negotiations. His dissatisfaction had probably been directed against Salihamidzic, who had negotiated with the board member Oliver Kahn for the club.

Neuer dominated the headlines, but only until Monday afternoon. Then FC Bayern announced that Davies had extended by two years until 2025. A photo was also attached to the news: Davies, Salihamidzic, Kahn and CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge are sitting at a table, in front of them is a Davies jersey with the bold number “2025” – and all four wear exemplary face masks. At Salihamidzic you still think you can see a grin.

“Alphonso is an integral part of this team,” said the sports director on the phone on Friday. “He has impressively demonstrated his talent, he went from 0 to 100 with his speed, his enthusiasm, his urge to move forward.” Salihamidzic does not deliver these sentences without a good dose of pride. Davies is be Player, he got it, even against international competition. Just in a week in which the captain Neuer expressed his mistrust of the club management (“employees in management positions”), it is good for Salihamidzic to speak about the player who can be considered the most successful transfer of his three years as sports director. “We hoped that he would be at this level so quickly, but we didn’t expect it to be so short of time – and his performance this season is really impressive, it’s not everyday,” says Salihamidzic.


Comment – frogs are not enough – sport

Sports beyond football have a much bigger problem: they often cannot afford ghost events. Many clubs and organizers face huge problems.

All friends of athletics will get to see a bit of Olympic core sport this summer. The meeting in Oslo on June 11th is slated to take place with a few tiny Corona adjustments. The Norwegian Karsten Warholm, world champion over 400 meter hurdles, wants to try the unofficial world record for the rarely run 300 meter hurdles – but without competitors. In addition, the outrageously talented Swede Armand Duplantis, 20, who has held the world record in pole vaulting at 6.18 meters since February, meets his predecessor: the not so outrageously strong Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie. However, only Duplantis will climb in the air in Oslo, Lavillenie should submit his experiments from afar: on his plant in his own garden in Pérignat-lès-Sarliève. Oh yes, spectators are unfortunately not allowed in Oslo. So it somehow fits that the organizers have renamed their meeting, which has been known as “Bislett Games” since 1965, as “Impossible Games” for this year’s edition.

While football is currently debating whether to play its ghost games with or without protective masks, the rest of the industry has completely different problems. She can’t afford ghost sports without a paying clientele in the long run – the TV presence and the corresponding monetary donations have long since grabbed the big football business. This is one of the reasons why handball and volleyball players prefer to break off the season than to play in empty halls, which is also why the athletes have had many meetings and now also called off their European Championship, which was to take place in Paris at the end of August.

It is a health issue, of course, especially since France is still subject to strict exit restrictions. But it is also a question of the business model, which would be difficult to waver without public participation.

It sounds like it is hanging down, but even the great sport has often drawn its strength from working together. The marathon in Berlin, for example, which has been one of the biggest performances in the commercial sports opera for years, could only get so big because the Sport-Club Charlottenburg e.V. and its volunteers poured the foundation for it. From the American football operation of Wolfenbüttel Black Wolves to the Alpine Ski World Cup in Garmisch: They all need, more or less, the spectators, the income from the sale of sausages, cakes and raffles – because that is the only way to finance the coaches for the youngsters from which the future top athletes grow, which in turn depend on the starting and prize money of these smaller and larger competitions. For an industry that has had to move closer together in recent years to survive, the legally prescribed distance is all the more dangerous. And if it went on like this, the empty competition calendar of the professionals would only be a harbinger of a large, feared clearcut. One who would also find sport in its function as a cultural good.

But the entertainment scene is already affected. The Ryder Cup of well-to-do golfers could also be financed without an audience. But anyone who has ever surfed that mood carpet, kindled fans at a national competition or even in added time on Anfield Road – knows how clinically a sport would be without an audience. The four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel recently spoke out against the ghost races that Formula 1 is now planning for the beginning of July. Vettel said that he had already seen such “boring” races. He was probably thinking of that one in Korea, where they raced through a drained swamp, in which there were frogs, but no people. The viewers would be missing even those who would otherwise race past them with 300 things.


Olympia – Painful Objectivity – Sport

Postpone the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 by another year? “Absolutely not,” say the organizers. But a well-respected Japanese virologist sees it differently.

Yoshiro Mori is used to unreasonable demands. He was never squeamish himself during his political career, in which he once made it to the Prime Minister of Japan. “The heart of a flea, the brain of a shark” was once attributed to him. Now he is 82, allegedly suffering from cancer and heads the organizing committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo – you have to have the qualities of a recipient. A few weeks ago he rejected a question as “outrageous”. The transfer of the games from summer 2020 to summer 2021 was still pending, and someone wanted to know whether Mori could even tolerate more work in office. But otherwise he appears calm in the storms of this time, which have long raised the question of whether it would be possible to postpone the summer games that were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mori is very clear on the subject: “Absolutely not,” he says with conviction.

You can understand that: It wasn’t that long ago that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Japanese government ruled out any changes to the plan despite the Corona virus. The move to 2021 has only been clear since March 24. And just a month later should you immediately overturn the new plan that you don’t have yet? Difficult.

The IOC and the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee are working on the mammoth task of lifting the world’s largest sports festival from one summer to the next. There is now a joint statement on the basic lines of the project. Tokyo 2020 and IOC have formed a steering committee chaired by the usual chairpersons, Yoshiro Mori and the Australian IOC Coordinating Commissioner John Coates. Tokyo 2020 and IOC have each formed a task force. That of the Japanese bears the sober title “New Launch”, restart, the IOC crew chose an expression of self-encouragement: “Here we go”, let’s go. More concrete plans for cost-conscious laying are said to be available in May.

Not every country in the world will have the virus under control in the summer of 2021, says Kentaro Iwata

But outside of the Olympic Circle, the world keeps turning. Awareness prevails that the pandemic will not end so quickly. Politics and science struggle for perspectives. And Japan’s virus management is criticized, even if the crisis here does not seem to be as great as in Europe or America. In March it still looked as if the island nation had total control of the corona virus. But since the move, the number of confirmed infections has risen to over 12,500; the number of deaths exceeded 300 for the first time on Friday evening.

Doctors complain about overloaded emergency admissions, hospitals reject patients. Internationally experienced experts suggest that the Japanese government should finally expand its test program. So no longer just test people for the coronavirus who, according to the authorities, need a test, but many more so that those who show no or only mild symptoms can be sent to medical isolation. But the Japanese authorities don’t. The mortality rate does not suggest that there are many hidden cases, a government press conference on Covid-19 said.

And now and then the outside experts also come up against the question of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. For example, British health expert Brian McCloskey, who told Reuters that it was “premature” to talk about another move. McCloskey was chief medical services planner at the London Games in 2012 and is involved in mass events within the World Health Organization (WHO). “Even without a vaccine, there are mitigation measures we can take to keep the games safe.”

Virologist Kentaro Iwata, on the other hand, said at an online press conference this week: “Honestly, I don’t think it’s likely that the Olympics will take place next year.” Iwata had an internationally acclaimed online presence earlier this year when he described the Japanese Ministry of Health’s quarantine management on the Diamond Princess cruise ship with 3,700 people on board as “chaotic”. At the time, he certainly upset many Japan fans and right-wing radicals against him, although he explained his criticism professionally. Now he meets the Olympic family with his painful objectivity. A prerequisite for summer games is that the corona virus is under control all over the world. “Unlike other sporting events with 40, 50 or 60 nations, the Olympics bring together hundreds of countries,” he says, “Japan could be able to have the disease under control by next summer, I wish so. But I do don’t think that will be possible anywhere on earth. ” That is why Iwata does not believe in games next year – “unless they are held with a completely different structure, for example without spectators or with a limited number of participants”.

International understanding as a health risk – difficult to swallow. And the Japanese government has to think about the economic consequences. The relocation is likely to cost several billion US dollars after only 12.6 billion have been spent on direct preparations alone – another relocation, a cancellation would be even more expensive. The Olympics were part of a growth strategy. The money issue is sensitive. This week, the IOC deleted a sentence from Prime Minister Abe’s pledge from its website after the Japanese complained.

“Technically difficult” is an appointment in 2022, says old Mori, and has another argument for moving to 2021: “The prime minister has decided that a year would be good.” The IOC also shifts responsibility to Abe and the Japanese sponsors: “Our Japanese partners and the Prime Minister have made it very clear that they cannot manage a relocation beyond next summer.” And so everyone is working feverishly into an uncertain future. Construction vehicles boomed at the planned shooting sports center in Asaka on Friday.


Anti-doping fight: successes where the pressure is greatest – sport

World record holder, world champion, Olympic champion: The doping hunters in athletics have been striking for a while with remarkable results. Sometimes the brisk urge to educate people leads too far.

A few days ago Daniel Wanjiru was also hit. The Kenyan, best time 2:05:21 hours, had won the prestigious pregnant marathon in London in 2017. Later, the World Athletics Association’s doping hunters encountered irregularities in its so-called blood passport. They recently suspended Wanjiru until further notice.

Or Ruth Jebet, one of the most prominent cases in recent weeks. The Kenyan, who has been racing for Bahrain since 2013, held the world record for over 3000 meters of obstacles for a while; in 2016 she won Olympic gold in Rio. She was last banned for four years: she was exposed to the blood accelerator Epo during a training check in Kenya.

Or Robert Wagner. Formerly manager of the convicted sprinter Ben Johnson, most recently responsible for the twice convicted Justin Gatlin. Wagner had assured undercover reporters at the Florida training camp three years ago that he could of course get them doping substances. He also told how deeply the fraud was still rooted in athletics: Gatlin dope, like all US sprinters, “they have to do it”. Wagner later claimed that he had said nonsense to impress the reporters, but the Austrian was now retrospectively banned for two years. According to the verdict, Wagner was grossly negligent.

Many athletes caught are greats of the sport

The global anti-doping system may be almost idle right now – the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), as the anti-doping department of athletes is now called, continues to report successful investigations. She now benefits from the fact that she has not only caught a few backbenchers for a while, as is often the case in the high-performance industry. Above all, she has an eye on the world leaders, that is, the clientele where benefits, premiums and the pressure to defraud are greatest. Canadian Brett Clothier, who has led the AIU since its cornerstone was laid in 2017, said the New Zurich newspaper a year ago: “We catch world record holders, world champions and Olympic champions.” Truly not many associations can say that, which are usually in a serious conflict of interest: as a marketer and fraud investigator in one.

Three years ago there was also a heavy shadow over the athletics, which ex-world association boss Lamine Diack had excited. His successor Sebastian Coe ordered the doping hunters, who covered up various doping cases under Diack, a more independent structure – even if the AIU is still sponsored by the Coes Association with an annual contribution of around eight million euros. But the first grades were quite respectable, the investigators disclosed almost 350 doping cases in 2018 and even more in 2019, as the AIU confirmed on request.

The catch quota is still in the lower single-digit percentage range; a Lausanne study recently calculated a fraud rate of 18 percent in athletics – only in the endurance sector. But many sports associations cannot even reach the AIU values. And the investigators are not only targeting doping athletes, but also trainers, supervisors, officials. In other words, the environment that often gives athletes the decisive push into fraud.


Norbert Blüm died at the age of 84 – politics

Former Labor and Social Affairs Minister Norbert Blüm is dead. His son says that he died at the age of 84.

Former Labor and Social Affairs Minister Norbert Blüm is dead. He died at the age of 84, his son said on Friday to the German Press Agency in Bonn. Since 2019, Blüm was paralyzed due to blood poisoning on the arms and legs and was in a wheelchair.

Blüm was the only minister to accompany Chancellor Helmut Kohl throughout the 16 years of his reign (1982-1998) in the cabinet. In the black and yellow coalition, depending on the political location, it was considered a “social conscience” or “social fig leaf”. His most sustainable achievement was the introduction of long-term care insurance in 1995.

A poster campaign from 1986 was particularly remembered: Blüm was photographed in his smock in front of an advertising column, on which a poster was emblazoned with the saying: “Because one thing is certain – the pension”. The shortened sentence “The pension is safe” became a proverb.

The worker son from Rüsselsheim, born in July 1935, was a trained toolmaker. He did his Abitur at the evening high school, studied philosophy, history and theology. In 1968, his political foster father, the CDU social politician Hans Katzer (1919-1996), made Blüm, who was also an IG Metall member, the chief executive of the CDU social committees. From 1977 onwards, Blüm headed the Christian Democratic Workforce (CDA) for ten years.

After retiring from federal politics, Blüm continued to be socially involved, wrote books, appeared as a talk show guest on television and even did cabaret. Blüm had been married to Marita Blüm since 1964, whom he had met during his studies. The couple had three children: two daughters and son Christian, who is a member of the Kölschrock band Brings.


Corona worldwide: Czech Republic removes restrictions – politics

The Czech government has been around for weeks Exit restrictions surprisingly lifted. This will apply from Friday, said Health Minister Adam Vojtech late Thursday evening in Prague. Since March 16, citizens have only been allowed to go to work, to go shopping, to the doctor or to go for walks in green areas. The minority cabinet thus reacted to the current decision of a court in Prague, which had declared the previous measures illegal for formal reasons. “We respect this verdict,” said Vojtech of the populist ANO party, head of government and multi-billionaire Andrej Babis. Meetings with more than ten participants were prohibited.

The lifting of the exit ban for Czech citizens is also lifted. Upon return, they must submit a negative test for the coronavirus or in a 14-day quarantine. According to the Ministry of the Interior, the extensive freeze on entry remains – with new exceptions for business people from EU countries. The cabinet also decided to make it easier for Czech commuters who work in Germany or Austria. You can now cross the border every day if you can submit a new, current test for the corona virus every 14 days.

Indonesia bans domestic air traffic

The Indonesian government has now banned trips to the festival of fasting. The Islamic month of fasting Ramadan ends on May 23 with the festival Eid al-Fitr. Last year, around 15 million Muslims from the Jakarta capital region drove home. Such a wave of travel should now be prevented because of the risk of infection.

For this reason Indonesia now bans all domestic air traffic. The ban applies from April 24 to June 1 and includes both scheduled flights and private jets. President Joko Widodo is turning around. At first he had given permission for the festivities, but with the condition that the believers would then have to isolate themselves at home. Afterwards, he said that mass transport would be completely prohibited. Islamic scholars had previously said that such trips during a pandemic were “haram”, that is, prohibited. With more than 260 million inhabitants, the island nation is the most populous Muslim country in the world. So far, there are 7135 infections in Indonesia with the pathogen Sars-CoV-2, which can trigger the lung disease Covid-19. 616 people died.

Trump suspends green card issuance for 60 days

US President Donald Trump has signed an order that will make immigration to the United States much more difficult in the wake of the Corona crisis. The order will “ensure that unemployed Americans will be first in line when our economy reopens,” Trump said at a White House press conference. Many US citizens have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic.

The suspension essentially applies to migrants who apply for a permanent green card residence permit. A green card is a document of identification from the USA, which usually includes a permanent residence and work permit for ten years. There are different ways to get them, for example through a job or by drawing lots. Around a million people received a green card last year. The green card is suspended for 60 days, but there are a few exceptions. This includes immigrants who are already in the country, those with valid immigrant visas, doctors and nurses, as well as the spouses and unmarried children of US citizens. Temporary residence permits are not affected by the changes.

Two domestic cats are infected in the state of New York

For the first time, the authorities in the United States have one Covid-19 disease in pets proven. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are in the state of New York two domestic cats tested positive for the virus been. The animals had slight breathing problems and would probably recover, the agency said.

It is believed that they have become infected in people in their households or in the neighborhood. Experts suspect that some animal species are infected with the corona virus in humans, but cannot transmit it back to humans. There is no evidence that pets played a role in the spread of the virus in the United Statesthe health authority said. Experts recommend that pet owners suffering from Covid-19 avoid contact with pets as much as possible and wear a mouthguard when feeding them.

Müller wants to help developing countries with more than four billion euros

Development Minister Gerd Müller demands another three billion euros from the federal budget to combat corona in the third world. The immediate program planned so far from the development budget for more than one billion euros “alone will not be enough to counter the global crisis,” says the CSU politician to the newspapers of the “Funke Mediengruppe”. There is “a further immediate need of three billion euros for emergency aid for basic services”, especially in refugee regions. He had registered these funds for the supplementary budget for 2020.

The pandemic is developing into a global health, food and economic crisis in the immediate vicinity of the European Union, warns Müller. “We have to prevent hospitals and then entire states from collapsing. The consequences would be dramatic: hunger, unrest and ultimately uncontrollable refugee movements.” The aid concept from the development ministry, which is available to the newspapers, provides for investments of 800 million euros each in health care and food security in particularly poor countries. The provision of protective clothing and mobile hand washing systems is just as much a part of this as investments in water supply and the distribution of food.

Brazil’s health minister plans to present “Corona exit plan”

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The new Brazilian Minister of Health Nelson Teich has announced a relaxation of restrictions on public life in the Corona crisis. The government would present a corresponding policy for cities and states within a week. “It is impossible for a country to survive a year, a year and a half if it stands still,” said Teich. “Social distancing is a natural measure and logical at the beginning, but it cannot be used without an exit plan.” Even if the number of people infected with corona in his country were 100 times higher than announced by the Ministry of Health, that would only be two percent of the population.

On the critical situation in the city of Manaus pond did not die in the Amazon region. The health system there has already collapsed and a refrigerated container for storing corpses has been set up in front of a large hospital. President Jair Bolsonaro had appointed the oncologist last Thursday to succeed Luiz Henrique Mandetta. The latter was dismissed in the dispute over the correct handling of the corona virus.

Four days curfew in Turkey

In more than 30 Turkish cities and provinces, including in Istanbul and Ankara, is open in the night from Wednesday to Thursday extensive exit ban came into force. The government had curfewed twice over the weekend because of the corona pandemic. The current ban covers four days: from Thursday, which is a national holiday in Turkey, to the Friday bridging day on which Ramadan begins in the evening and until Sunday evening.

Most people who are younger than 20 or older than 65 and chronically ill have previously been banned from going out. Some shopping opportunities should remain open on Thursday and Friday at least half a day. In addition, clinics, pharmacies, bakeries and other service providers classified as important may work on weekends. Fasting in Ramadan will also be prohibited in large groups, as the Home Office ordered on Wednesday. In addition, the drummers who move around the houses at night to wake up the faithful before sunrise are not allowed to collect donations at front doors.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said Wednesday night that the virus was “under control”. Almost 3,100 new infections were registered – not as little as since the beginning of April, the day before there were more than 4,600. In total, almost 99,000 corona infections were reported in Turkey by Wednesday evening, according to Johns Hopkins University figures, and there were nearly 2,400 deaths.

Army to help fight pandemic in South Africa

In the fight against the corona virus the South African government is calling on tens of thousands of soldiers. A letter to Parliament confirmed by the Ministry of Defense indicates that 75,000 soldiers should be active by the end of June. President Cyril Ramaphosa justifies this by maintaining order and border controls. At the same time, he announced in a TV speech to the nation a billion-dollar aid package in the amount of the equivalent of 25 billion euros – about ten percent of the gross domestic product. In South Africa, more than 3,400 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed and at least 58 people have died.

Israel suspends cell phone surveillance for quarantine control

A parliamentary committee in Israel stops the further Use of cell phone data to monitor quarantine requirements. “The big damage to privacy outweighs the benefits,” Ayelet Shaked of the Foreign and Defense Committee wrote on Twitter. The government initially implemented the measures for a month. The consent of Parliament should be necessary for an extension.