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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem taking swings at potential 2024 rivals

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 18 months before the first presidential primary of 2024, most potential Republican candidates are just getting a sense of the political landscape, tiptoeing through early voting states and trying to make friends in key places. Then there’s Kristi Noem.

The South Dakota governor has come out swinging as she tries to carve a niche among an early crowd of possible GOP rivals for the White House. Her combative style, no surprise to those who follow her, is evidence of how competitive the nomination race will be if Donald Trump stays on the sidelines.

Noem charged into Iowa on Friday singing a battle hymn and armed with barbed comments for her fellow GOP governors. At a conservative gathering in Des Moines, she told the crowd she “really hates this America” under President Joe Biden’s leadership, then led them in singing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

But Noem didn’t just take aim at political foes. She also unleashed sharp-edged comments on those within her own party, accusing fellow GOP governors of “rewriting history” by claiming they kept their states open during the pandemic.

“To pretend that they didn’t take actions that they had no authority to take isn’t standing on truth,” she told reporters Friday.

It’s easy to see why the 49-year-old governor, who is known as a scorched-earth campaigner in her home state, is elbowing out anyone trying to claim a more hands-off approach to the pandemic. She doesn’t have the experience of working alongside Trump, like Mike Pence, Nikki Haley or Mike Pompeo – all of whom have visited the presidential-proving ground of Iowa in recent days. Other potential rivals like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott have the advantage of governing states that figure prominently in national politics.

The pandemic was rocket fuel for Noem‘s political rise. While she had been laying the groundwork to build a national profile and looking for ways to make South Dakota a testing ground for conservative policies, she jumped on decrying coronavirus restrictions early.

Conservatives nationwide have since made efforts to try to halt the pandemic’s spread into a favorite punching bag. At the Family Leadership Summit, where Noem spoke alongside Pence, Pompeo and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, speakers warned that government restrictions were eroding personal liberties. DeSantis has even begun selling “Don’t Fauci My Florida” merchandise to raise money for his gubernatorial reelection campaign, taking aim at another favorite target, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Noem didn’t mention DeSantis by name during a Sunday speech at another conservative conference in Texas, but seemed to single him out when she accused other GOP governors of “pretending” they didn’t shut down their beaches.

“All I’m saying is that we need leaders with grit. That their first instinct is to make the right decision,” Noem told the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

But as an early wave of virus cases hit her state in the spring of last year, Noem initially showed a willingness to step in and use the force of her office. She declared an emergency and told schools to close, urged a meatpacking plant to temporarily shutter after an outbreak among workers, and even issued a stay-at-home order in two hard-hit counties for people over 65 or vulnerable to the virus.

While Noem never ordered businesses to close, many did so anyway. And city leaders, frustrated with Noem‘s inaction, issued their own orders that forced many to shutter for weeks in the spring.

As the response to the virus became increasingly politicized, however, Noem moved to the forefront of governors railing against government orders. By June of 2020, her message had shifted: “More freedom, not more government is the answer.”

With an eye on the economic and mental health ripple effects of the pandemic, she frequently touted the fact that her state has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation and a growing economy.

But even as virus cases and deaths surged last year, she refused to urge people to wear masks in public. Instead, the state spent more in federal coronavirus funds on an ad campaign inviting tourists to visit than it did on public health advertising.

As her appearances on Fox News increased, conservatives across the country began suggesting she run for president. Noem has demurred when asked publicly about her White House ambitions and says she is focused on next year’s gubernatorial campaign. But recent actions – from registering a federal political action committee to hitting the nationwide speaking circuit – show she has her sights set beyond South Dakota.

It’s not clear how her record on the virus would play beyond the Republican base. South Dakota recorded the nation’s 10th highest COVID-19 death rate. Although some states with far more aggressive approaches to mitigating the pandemic saw similar outcomes, South Dakota had the worst mortality rate in the Midwest. But that hasn’t stopped Noem from bragging about it.

“When I ran for governor I ran on it being an example to the nation,” she told the crowd Friday. “I had no idea that that was going to happen through a pandemic.”

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South Dakota’s Noem takes aim at potential 2024 rivals




South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks during the Family Leadership Summit, Friday, July 16, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks during the Family Leadership Summit, Friday, July 16, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — More than 18 months before the first presidential primary of 2024, most potential Republican candidates are just getting a sense of the political landscape, tiptoeing through early-voting states and trying to make friends in key places. Then there’s Kristi Noem.

The South Dakota governor has come out swinging as she tries to carve a niche among an early crowd of possible GOP rivals for the White House. Her combative style, no surprise to those who follow her, is evidence of how competitive the nomination race will be if Donald Trump stays on the sidelines.

Noem charged into Iowa on Friday singing a battle hymn and armed with barbed comments for her fellow GOP governors. At a conservative gathering in Des Moines, she told the crowd she “really hates this America” under President Joe Biden’s leadership, then led them in singing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

But Noem didn’t just take aim at political foes. She also unleashed sharp-edged comments on those within her own party, accusing fellow GOP governors of “rewriting history” by claiming they kept their states open during the pandemic.

“To pretend that they didn’t take actions that they had no authority to take isn’t standing on truth,” she told reporters Friday.


South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks during the Family Leadership Summit, Friday, July 16, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem speaks during the Family Leadership Summit, Friday, July 16, 2021, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

It’s easy to see why the 49-year-old governor, who is known as a scorched-earth campaigner in her home state, is elbowing out anyone trying to claim a more hands-off approach to the pandemic. She doesn’t have the experience of working alongside Trump, like Mike Pence, Nikki Haley or Mike Pompeo — all of whom have visited the presidential-proving ground of Iowa in recent days. Other potential rivals like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott have the advantage of governing states that figure prominently in national politics.

The pandemic was rocket fuel for Noem’s political rise. While she had been laying the groundwork to build a national profile and looking for ways to make South Dakota a testing ground for conservative policies, she jumped on decrying coronavirus restrictions early.

Conservatives nationwide have since made efforts to try to halt the pandemic’s spread into a favorite punching bag. At the Family Leader Summit, where Noem spoke alongside Pence, Pompeo and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, speakers warned that government restrictions were eroding personal liberties. DeSantis has even begun selling “Don’t Fauci My Florida” merchandise to raise money for his gubernatorial reelection campaign, taking aim at another favorite target, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Noem didn’t mention DeSantis by name during a Sunday speech at another conservative conference in Texas, but seemed to single him out when she accused other GOP governors of “pretending” they didn’t shut down their beaches.

“All I’m saying is that we need leaders with grit. That their first instinct is to make the right decision,” Noem told the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

But as an early wave of virus cases hit her state in the spring of last year, Noem initially showed a willingness to step in and use the force of her office. She declared an emergency and told schools to close, urged a meatpacking plant to temporarily shutter after an outbreak among workers, and even issued a stay-at-home order in two hard-hit counties for people over 65 or vulnerable to the virus.

While Noem never ordered businesses to close, many did so anyway. And city leaders, frustrated with Noem’s inaction, issued their own orders that forced many to shutter for weeks in the spring.

As the response to the virus became increasingly politicized, however, Noem moved to the forefront of governors railing against government orders. By June of 2020, her message had shifted: “More freedom, not more government is the answer.”

With an eye on the economic and mental health ripple effects of the pandemic, she frequently touted the fact that her state has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation and a growing economy.

But even as virus cases and deaths surged last year, she refused to urge people to wear masks in public. Instead, the state spent more in federal coronavirus funds on an ad campaign inviting tourists to visit than it did on public health advertising.

As her appearances on Fox News increased, conservatives across the country began suggesting she run for president. Noem has demurred when asked publicly about her White House ambitions and says she is focused on next year’s gubernatorial campaign. But recent actions — from registering a federal political action committee to hitting the nationwide speaking circuit — show she has her sights set beyond South Dakota.

It’s not clear how her record on the virus would play beyond the Republican base. South Dakota recorded the nation’s 10th highest COVID-19 death rate. Although some states with far more aggressive approaches to mitigating the pandemic saw similar outcomes, South Dakota had the worst mortality rate in the Midwest. But that hasn’t stopped Noem from bragging about it.

“When I ran for governor I ran on it being an example to the nation,” she told the crowd Friday. “I had no idea that that was going to happen through a pandemic.”

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If Samsung’s budget Galaxy S21 is this good its Android rivals will be very afraid

Samsung may have just launched its new budget Galaxy M32 but something much better could be coming soon for those who don’t want to splash out on a flagship device. Rumours about the new Galaxy S21 FE (Fan Edition) have been swirling around the web for months but a new leak may have just revealed all about Samsung’s upcoming release and it looks super exciting.

According to a report from the ever-reliable team at SamMobile, the S21 FE could arrive packed with flagship features including the latest greatest Snapdragon 888 processor which will make it as powerful as most premium devices on the market.

Users also look set to be treated to a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O display which gets a silky-smooth 120Hz refresh rate for stutter-free scrolling.

Other features could include a very fast-refilling battery which will be boosted via a 45W charger and we’re expecting some impressive camera specs with the S21 FE capable of shooting 4K videos along with snapping landscape images via its wide-angle lens.

Like all of Samsung’s recent devices, expect it to connect to 5G data speeds and feature a water-resistant design.

Samsung recently revealed more about its upcoming Galaxy Watch launch which will arrive featuring a new Google WearOS-style operating system.

During the event, Samsung teased that it will release full details during an Unpacked event in the Summer.

August is usually the time when the firm reveals its next set of new gadgets and an S21 FE could launch alongside that watch.

George Russell fires warning to Max Verstappen and rivals about future Mercedes move

Still, there is a widely-held belief that the youngster will get another chance with Mercedes in a deal which former world champion Damon Hill thinks is ‘done’.

Hamilton’s current team-mate, Bottas, is lagging far behind the 36-year-old in the driver’s standings after a series of poor performances which have negated his ability to perform as an effective wingman.

Conversely, Dutch rival Max Verstappen has benefitted from the much-improved Sergio Perez at Red Bull as the pair have claimed all of the last five Grand Prix victories between them.

Those favourable results leave Verstappen 32 points clear at the top, giving Hamilton a serious challenge if he is to work his way back towards a record-breaking eighth world title.

Author: Charlie Gordon
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Virgin Media O2 customers treated to a vital free speed boost that rivals EE

Virgin Media and O2 joined forces back in June and the newly formed company is already pushing out some big changes. With millions of us staying in the UK this summer, the firm has started boosting its mobile signal in a swathe of popular destinations which should mean a better, faster and more reliable connection.

Virgin Media O2 is boasting that, so far in 2021, it has delivered a 4G network boost in 31,300 postcodes and that’s not all as it has also upgraded almost 600 cell sites at popular UK holiday hotspots such as Bognor Regis, Bath, Falmouth, Plymouth, Cambridge and Stirling. These upgrades have been put in place to help cope with that added demand as millions of Britons are expected to stay in the UK this year for their summer breaks.

Along with that 4G boost, there is also an improvement to the latest 5G signals with an upgrade that should mean more people can get access to these superfast speeds. Virgin Media O2 says it has continued to roll out its 5G network, focusing on strengthening its coverage in towns and cities while introducing the next generation network to tourist hotspots such as Edinburgh Castle, Bournemouth Pier, Tynemouth King Edwards Bay and Llandudno West Shore.

Also benefitting from new outdoor 5G connectivity are a range of museums and galleries, including the V&A Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Natural History Museum, the Mary Rose Museum, York Castle Museum and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

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If you weren’t already aware, 5G is capable of beaming the web to phones at speeds of over 300Mbps which is around five times faster than the UK’s average fixed-line broadband speeds.

You will need a 5G-ready phone to access this network technology but almost all new devices including the latest iPhone 12 are now compatible.

Speaking about the update, Jeanie York, Chief Technology Officer at Virgin Media O2 said: “After a year like no other, we know how important it has been to stay connected. That’s why we’re committed to providing our customers with reliable connectivity all across the UK – as shown by our £448m investment on newly released spectrum – to increase capacity in our network and power the technology of the future, as well as spearheading the Shared Rural Network.

“The numbers speak for themselves, with over 31,300 postcodes receiving a 4G network upgrade this year, hundreds of tourist hotspots boosted and a real focus to improve our 5G experience where people need it most.”

Of course, it’s not just O2 that’s aware of people not jumping on planes in 2021. EE also recently announced a similar boost that’s aimed at making sure that users get faster internet speeds during this year’s staycation boom.

EE says it has upgraded its 4G network in Blackpool, Bournemouth, Brighton, Dawlish, Gt Yarmouth, Isle of Sheppey, Maldon, Porthcawl and Rhyl with 16 more locations getting the boost later this summer.

Along with that 4G upgrade, EE is also switching on its next-generation 5G signal in several coastal towns and cities including Ayr, Blackpool, Brighton, Paignton, Poole, Porthcawl, Southend-on-Sea, Swansea and Weston-Super-Mare

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Jack Grealish has ‘scary’ warning for England’s Euro 2020 rivals ahead of Ukraine clash

Jack Grealish has warned England’s remaining rivals at the Euros their firepower is “scary”. The England super-sub branded Harry Kane the “best player I have ever played with” and told Euro 2020 quarter-final opponents Ukraine that Gareth Southgate is sifting through an embarrassment of attacking riches ahead of Saturday night’s clash in Rome.

“You have got six players that play either side of Harry that, in reality, could play for most clubs in the world,” said Grealish.

“Myself, Jadon [Sancho], Marcus [Rashford], Raheem [Sterling], Phil Foden and Bukayo [Saka]. That’s scary how good us six are. That’s not being big-headed or nothing. That is just the truth.

“Gareth has all these attacking players that play week in, week out at their clubs. But he can’t play all six of us. He can’t play everyone.”

Despite Southgate’s cautious set-up and England’s modest tally of four goals in four games at the tournament, Grealish feels the side has the potency to unsettle any team.

But he cautioned against over-confidence after the win over Germany on Tuesday and predicted England will be a team with a target on their backs.

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“It would be unbelievable, wouldn’t it a final at Wembley but there’s been so many games that you wouldn’t expect that have gone a different way this Euros so far,” he said.

“Honestly, I think people would probably want to beat us because of who we are as well.

“I feel we just need to take each game as it comes, because I do know that Saturday will be a tough, tough game.

“It’s our first game away from Wembley in this tournament. It’s going to be different.

“We were over the moon when we beat Germany but it’s time to shift our focus on to Saturday’s game and we did that the moment we came in.

“It’s a knockout game and Ukraine are a good side. They are not here for no reason.”

A dishevelled Grealish belatedly emerged at St George’s Park on Thursday with apologies for being an hour late. He had been taking an afternoon nap, a daily ritual.

“I try and get fans off their seats. I try and attack as much as possible and I think that’s what fans want to see. I know what I am good at. I try and be as positive as possible all the time, no matter who I am coming up against. Whether it’s the lowest ranked team or the highest,” he said.

“It’s obviously one of the best feelings ever when they’re calling for your name.

“It’s nice when Villa fans are doing it, but you kind of expect it because you are one of them. But when it’s England fans, it’s different. Honestly it’s an unbelievable feeling.

“I always try and play with a smile on my face because I’m doing what I love. But then again, I think if I wasn’t a footballer and I was just with my mates and stuff I would just love to be doing what they’re doing. I’d be traveling everywhere watching England, being in pubs and stuff. I’d f***ing love it.”

If he hadn’t made it as a footballer, he could have followed his dad into plastering – although that wouldn’t have been his preferred avenue.

“Club promoter in Tenerife. Or Ibiza. I would be getting everyone into the club!” he said.

Grealish switched back to fan mode after the win over Germany when he got back to England’s Staffordshire base late on Tuesday night.

“I didn’t sleep until 4. I can never sleep after games. I was just sitting in my room and luckily the game was back on my TV in the hotel so I just whacked it on. I watched the whole lot,” he said.

“I saw some people say Germany it was an average Germany side. I don’t think it was at all. They had brilliant players all over the pitch.

“It was unbelievable in the dressing room. It was obviously good vibes as you can expect.”

The show rolls on to Rome with England strong, confident and united.

“It’s like a group of friends playing together,” said the Aston Villa captain. “You have rivalries on a Saturday and then you come here and people are getting on like a house on fire. I didn’t think I would ever be hugging a Blue in Jude (Bellingham).”

Author: Neil Squires
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Warzone World Series Teams, Captains, Twitch Rivals Start Time update

UPDATE: The Warzone World Series kicks off at 10pm BST on Wednesday, June 23, and the Captains have now made their full draft picks. Names for the official World Series Teams can be found in the Twitter embed below.

ORIGINAL: Gamers have been invited to watch the first Warzone World Series unfold via the Twitch Rivals channel, starting on June 23.

Wednesday will see teams of famous COD gamers go head-to-head as part of a prize-winning tournament. The good news is that we already know who will be leading these teams, with the Warzone World Series Captains list featuring the following players:

Nadeshot – Former Call of Duty pro and current Call of Duty League team owner

TimTheTatman – Streamer and leader of the Tatman Army

Swagg – FaZe Clan’s Nuke Squad member.

TheDanDangler – Detroit native and Warzone rising star.

Aydan – The Warzone player with the most prize winnings in the world to date.

It should be noted that Aydan will enter the event with 100 Thieves duo Rhys “Rated” Price and elite Operator and community tournament organizer HusKerrs.

The World Series Captains will be battling it out over a chosen format to grab a slice of the $ 200,000 prize pool, which will be available to the top-performing trios.

An additional $ 100,000 will also be split through Captain Team placements in the Captain’s Cup.

A message from Activision adds: “They will enter this weekend with their own trio and draft out the rest of their Captain’s Team on June 22.

“Who will be picked first is anyone’s guess: from current Call of Duty League pro players, including the incredible T2P duo on Damon “Karma” Barlow’s squad, to other top Warzone competitors and even a professional football player, it’s a stacked draft like never before seen in Warzone.

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“Although the draft will set expectations for all 50 trios, they’ll still have to prove themselves across all six games in Verdansk. Will Aydan and his trio trounce not only the other Captain squads but also the rest of the field?

“How will the current Call of Duty League pros fare against some of the best Warzone streamers in North America? And when the dust settles this week, who will step up for Europe at the next event later this summer?”

The full Warzone World Series Team List will be revealed today and it won’t be long before the full competition kicks off.

WARZONE WORLD SERIES START TIME

According to Activision, the Call of Duty Warzone World Series Start Time has been set for 10pm BST on Wednesday, June 23.

For gamers in North America, the Warzone World Series will be kicking off at the earlier time of 2pm PDT.

The tournament has an official end time of 4am BST on Thursday, June 24, so expect plenty of game time to be shown.

Gamers will want to tune into the Twitch Rivals channel to catch all the latest action, although more is being planned.

The World Series of Warzone (WSOW) will be a 4-part series, with two events in NA and two events in EU over approximately a 6-month period.

So even if you miss what happens this week, there should be plenty more action to catch in 2021.

The rules for the Warzone World Series are as follows: Chosen game mode will be Battle Royale Trios (private lobby) with six games played.

Scoring Format – Teams earn points during each game based on placement and kills. Teams are ultimately ranked based on their cumulative score. There will be one Point per Kill during the World Series.

Placement and Kill Multiplier

  • 1st – 2.0x
  • 2-15th – 1.5x
  • 16th+ – 1.0x

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Adams Clashes With Rivals on Last Weekend of Mayoral Campaign

The leading candidates for mayor of New York City barreled into a frenzied final day of early voting on Sunday, a swirl of primary campaign activity marked by creative retail politicking and deepening acrimony between the race’s presumed front-runner, Eric Adams, and the rest of the field.

While the campaign trail was studded with lighthearted moments — Kathryn Garcia did yoga in Times Square; Maya D. Wiley hula-hooped — there were also serious clashes stemming from Ms. Garcia’s late alliance with Andrew Yang, leading Mr. Adams and his surrogates to question the integrity of the election, with two days until the June 22 primary.

Allies of Mr. Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, went so far as to baselessly claim that the appearance of an alliance between Ms. Garcia and Mr. Yang amounted to voter suppression — even though such alliances are common in elections with ranked-choice voting.

This is the first mayoral election in New York City that is using ranked-choice ballots, allowing voters to support up to five candidates in order of preference.

Ms. Garcia, a former sanitation commissioner, made another appearance with Mr. Yang, a former presidential candidate, on Sunday, but insisted again that did not mean she was backing his campaign.

Rather, she suggested, their joint appearances, on campaign literature and in person, were a calculated attempt to get Mr. Yang’s voters to rank her second.

In contrast to a number of her rivals who began the day in church, Ms. Garcia started with yoga in Times Square, and then visited Zabar’s on the Upper West Side and a greenmarket near Central Park, a schedule that might resonate with many a well-heeled Manhattanite.

The schedule reflected the importance of Manhattan to Ms. Garcia’s strategy, but it also underscored her challenge: to draw voters from beyond Manhattan and Brownstone Brooklyn. She has openly acknowledged that her appearances this weekend with Mr. Yang represented one tactic to expand her support. She spent time later Sunday in the Bronx, the borough with the largest Latino population.

With early voting winding down Sunday evening in preparation for Tuesday’s primary, voters streamed into polling sites in the five boroughs.

As of Sunday evening, 192,000 New Yorkers had participated in early voting.

Among them was Tom Werther, a retired police officer who carries a gun and thinks crime is the dominant issue of the day. On Sunday, he turned up to vote at the YMCA in Rockaway, Queens, but his first choice for mayor was not Mr. Adams, a retired police officer who also carries a gun and thinks crime is the dominant issue.

It was Ms. Garcia who impressed Mr. Werther as “articulate” during a recent meet-and-greet nearby. He ranked Mr. Yang second, and Mr. Adams third.

The final day of early voting happened to coincide with Father’s Day. Mr. Yang, a father of two, could be found tapping into his natural exuberance while posing for selfies on Sunday morning in Forest Hills, Queens.

Throughout his campaign, Mr. Yang has seemed happiest when he has been campaigning in person, surrounded by selfie seekers — a testament to the national name recognition and powerful social-media game that he hoped would drive him to City Hall.

But as he withstood the natural scrutiny accorded to front-runners, his standing in the polls diminished, and his tone darkened. In recent weeks, he has spoken ominously about the perils of voting for Mr. Adams, someone whom Mr. Yang considers ethically dubious and who is now leading the polls.

On Sunday, Mr. Yang’s original, crowd-pleasing spirit, the one he exhibited while vowing to be New York City’s cheerleader, was again on display.

Matthew Rubinstein, 19, attributed his vote for Mr. Yang to that energy.

“You see Andrew Yang going here, Andrew Yang going there,” said Mr. Rubinstein, who grew up in Forest Hills. “He’s on my TikTok, he’s on my Instagram. He’s everywhere, you know? He’s just more for the people.”

Mr. Adams and his allies continued to voice concern that by aligning their campaigns, Ms. Garcia and Mr. Yang were trying to disenfranchise Black and Latino voters.

Outside of a church in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Mr. Adams said it was disrespectful for Ms. Garcia and Mr. Yang to campaign together on Juneteenth.

“While we were celebrating liberation and freedom from enslavement they sent a message and I thought it was the wrong message to send,” Mr. Adams said. “Yes, Andrew, you are a person of color and the Asian community realizes that I am the strongest voice for people of color in this city.”

At a campaign stop in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan, Mr. Adams was asked to respond to the voter disenfranchisement some of his boosters have claimed and he declined, even though his campaign sent out the statements.

Mr. Yang and Ms. Garcia both disputed Mr. Adams’s assertion, and so did Ms. Wiley, who is Black. She said that candidates were going to make different decisions about strategy under ranked-choice voting.

“I will never play the race card lightly unless I see racism, and I’m not calling this racism,” Ms. Wiley said.

She also defended the ranked-choice voting system after Mr. Adams again raised concerns about it. Good-government groups praise the new system as an advance for democracy, by no longer allowing candidates to split the vote and by eliminating the need for costly runoffs. Mr. Adams has long condemned the new system and his allies filed a suit to forestall its implementation that failed in court. Many voters have also expressed confusion about the system.

Ms. Wiley, who supports ranked-choice voting, said Mr. Adams must be afraid of her momentum if he was complaining about the system.

“I believe that ranked-choice voting is better for democracy, period — whoever people vote for,” Ms. Wiley said.

For his part, Mr. Yang suggested he was in fact campaigning with Ms. Garcia to prevent an Adams victory. He has repeatedly cast doubt on Mr. Adams’s moral probity as the borough president has faced residency questions and scrutiny over tax and real estate disclosures.

Later in the day, the central argument of Mr. Adams’s campaign — that the rise in street violence necessitates someone with his level of experience in policing — appeared to hit home in a personal way. The campaign used Twitter to announce that one of its volunteers had been stabbed; a week ago, the campaign said that a handgun was discarded in front of Mr. Adams’s campaign office in Brooklyn after a fight.

Scott M. Stringer, the city comptroller, kept a relatively low profile on Sunday, though he did make an afternoon appearance with his wife and two sons on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and again in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Mr. Stringer’s campaign faltered after two women accused him of sexual misconduct from decades ago.

Still, as he stopped to talk to voters on Sunday, many of them greeted him enthusiastically, and he sounded optimistic about his path to victory.

“As you can see on the streets, the reaction is great,” he said.

Reporting was contributed by Emma G. Fitzsimmons, Katie Glueck, Michael Gold and Jeffery C. Mays.

Author: Dana Rubinstein
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Sainsbury Delivery: Tesco rivals with one-hour delivery

Sainsbury Delivery

Sainsbury Delivery Tesco has said that the initial trial of its Whoosh delivery service will be available for customers in selected postcodes around its Wolverhampton Willenhall Express store. The supermarket giant will then assess potential opportunities to expand the model nationwide.

Customers will also need to spend £15 on groceries, otherwise Tesco will charge an additional £2 on top of the £5 delivery charge.

Tesco online managing director, Chris Poad said: “Customers are telling us that they would welcome the addition of a 60-minute delivery to their door option as part of our online grocery service.

“We’ll use the pilot to understand how Whoosh could work best for both our customers and our colleagues.”

Taking to social media to share their thoughts, some customers who had managed to make use of the service, explained their experience.

One person said: “Super speedy. Ordered and sent out for delivery within 30 minutes.”

Another wrote: “It’s about time Tesco launched something like this, I use Sainsbury’s version and this is well needed, it’s amazing.”

The supermarket giant has also expanded its normal delivery service throughout the pandemic, with 1.5million more slots available for customers.

It has shared plans to add even more slots as it will open more urban fulfilment centres (UFC).

A statement read: “These UFCs will enable us to provide access to more delivery slots for customers with an increased rate of picking – a scalable, efficient option to fulfil ongoing customer demand.”

Tesco also offers a Delivery Savers scheme, where customers pay £7.99 to have access to the best delivery slots.

The service also allows shoppers to book slots up to four weeks in advance.

Customers can also still pick up their groceries via Click + Collect at stores across the country.

The service will cost £1.50 for a minimum order value of £25.

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Can I get a Sainsburys delivery?

Sainsbury deliver 7 days a week* with convenient delivery times with standard 1-hour slots or flexible Saver slots. You can check if we deliver to your area on our Groceries page. You can also purchase our delivery pass saving up to £126 per year* visit sainsbury delivery pass page to find out more.

Sainsbury deliver on all UK Bank Holidays, however do not deliver on Public Holidays.