Young men point at an electoral college map at an event at Lulu Bar on November 04, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand hosted by the United States Embassy and the NZ U.S Council to watch the results of the 2020 U.S election come through. on November 04, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand.Lynn Grieveson | Newsroom | Getty Images It looks like the Blue Wall held this time.Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will carry Michigan and Wisconsin, two of the states that propelled President Donald Trump to the White House four years ago, according to NBC News projections.Those expected wins leave Biden with 253 electoral votes, just shy of the 270 he needs to win the 2020 presidential election. All eyes have turned to the 20 electoral votes in Pennsylvania, a state too close to call as it tallies its final ballots.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Democrats saw reclaiming the Midwest as their clearest path to denying Trump a second term. Fueled by a strong performance in rural areas, Trump carried both Michigan and Wisconsin in 2016 in the first wins there for a Republican since 1988.Preliminary, unofficial results show Biden could flip as many as four counties across the two states that Trump won in 2016. His success in turning narrow Democratic losses four years ago into close wins this week came from running ahead of Hillary Clinton in key counties. – Advertisement – In Michigan, Biden leads by roughly 147,000 votes, or 2.6 percentage points. Trump carried the state by just under 11,000 votes in 2016.- Advertisement – Wisconsin looks like a closer race than Michigan. Biden leads by about 20,000 votes there, compared with Trump’s roughly 23,000-vote margin of victory in 2016.The state’s most populous city of Milwaukee gave Biden a major boost. He picked up about 69% of the vote in Milwaukee County versus Clinton’s 66%, and gained roughly 20,000 net votes.Biden saw major gains in Dane, the home of the state capital Madison and the University of Wisconsin. He improved on Clinton’s margin there by about 5 percentage points, or roughly 35,000 votes.Biden also saw about a 5 percentage point, or more than 7,000-vote, improvement in crucial Waukesha County west of Milwaukee.Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube. Success for Democrats in Michigan starts with the state’s most populous city of Detroit. Biden’s margin of about 37 percentage points in Wayne County, where Detroit sits, is about the same as Clinton’s was in 2016. Still, he saw margin of victory of more than 320,000 votes in the county.Measured by how much he improved on Clinton’s 2016 margins, Biden fared better elsewhere. In Oakland County in Detroit’s suburbs, he performed 6 percentage points better — good for about a 55,000-vote swing.In Washtenaw County, which includes the college town of Ann Arbor, he outperformed Clinton by about 5 percentage points, or roughly 23,000 votes. In both Ingham — which includes the state capital of Lansing and another college town in East Lansing — and Kalamazoo Counties, Biden saw a shift of more than 5 percentage points or 10,000 votes.
Pieter Omtzigt, CDAAt the time, Koolmees said that pension funds were entitled to reclaim wrongfully paid benefits in case of mistakes, while promising to give the issue a more thorough assessment when future legislation for pension communication was evaluated.Omtzigt’s motion also stipulated that the pensions statement should mention how flexible pension rights were, and that rights cut were possible if pension funds were significantly underfunded.However, liberal party VVD and right-wing religious party ChristenUnie – both members of the four-party governing coalition – opposed the motion.“It ignores the conditional character of pension claims and would make rectifying mistakes impossible,” argued Roald van der Linde, MP for the VVD.He said he was concerned that the result would be a number of disclaimers on the uniform pensions statement – “exactly something we don’t want”.The Pensions Federation, which represents the country’s pension funds, said it wanted to retain the possibility of rectifying administrative errors “at least for mistakes made elsewhere”.Such mistakes shouldn’t come at the expense of the collective nature of a pension fund, the industry organisation said.Rogier de Haan, ombudsman for Omroep MAX, the broadcaster for over 50s that ran a programme about the issue, said he wanted to bring the case to court together with a group of affected members.In the opinion of pensions lawyer Jim Kaldenberg, such a claim could be successful, given existing precedents. Last week, Omtzigt asked Wouter Koolmees, the minister for social affairs, how it was possible that participants could not have legal guarantees for pensions that had already been paid. The Dutch parliament wants pension fund annual statements to be legally binding, removing the risk that pension funds can reclaim benefits they have paid out in error.A large majority supported a motion to allow pension fund members to derive legal guarantees from their statements. It was tabled by Pieter Omtzigt, MP for the Christian Democrats (CDA).The motion was triggered by civil service scheme ABP’s attempt to adjust benefits incorrectly paid to approximately 1,000 participants. As many as 700 received too much.ABP had established the payments based on data provided by social security body SVB, which later turned out to be incorrect.
… Aidan O’Brien most successful trainer in history of the famous flat race LONDON, England (Reuters) – Serpentine produced an electrifying display of front-running to claim a shock win at the Epsom Derby yesterday as Aidan O’Brien became the most successful trainer in the history of the famous flat race.The 25-1 shot opened up a huge lead on the field and they could not respond as Serpentine, ridden by Emmet McNamara, never looked like being caught.There were no spectators to witness it, however, with the re-scheduled race being run behind closed doors because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Had there been, they might have been stunned into silence as Serpentine only won his first race a week ago. Pre-race favourites English King and Kameko were run out of contention with Khalifa Sat (50-1) finishing second and Amhran Na Bhfiann (66-1) third in one of the most surprising results in the race’s recent history.“I think I got a bit of a freebie really,” McNamara said. “It is surreal really I can’t believe it. I just have a huge amount of gratitude for Aidan O’Brien.” It completed a memorable day for O’Brien who earlier celebrated victory in the Oaks when Love came home first.The Oaks and Derby were run on the same day for the first time in their history as a result of the pandemic which shutdown horse racing from March to June. The 241st running of the derby, the most prestigious flat race in the sport, will always be remembered for the eerie atmosphere that replaced the usual carnival which attracts 100 000 punters to the course and thousands more to the surrounding Downs.Rather than the usual wall of sound at the finish line, McNamara sped to victory in silence. “I couldn’t hear anything, all I could hear was the horse breathing,” he said. “I couldn’t really look, but I knew I was clear.” It was the first winning ride for McNamara since October.“I was saving myself,” he joked. It continued an incredible few weeks for O’Brien since the resumption of racing as Love also won the 1,000 Guineas.Due to strict health protocols which meant only a limited amount of people were allowed at the course, O’Brien watched the action remotely on TV. “He has great pedigree, we always felt that he was going to stay very well,” he said. “It was an incredible ride by Emmet.”