Marshalltown, Oct 26 (AP/UNB) — Bernie Sanders insists he feels better than ever less than a month after heart surgery, but his return to the campaign trail this week sparked new questions about the unusually old age of the Democratic Party's leading 2020 presidential candidates.
Both Sanders, 78, and Joe Biden, 76, suggest their age isn't a major issue, but voters, particularly older voters, aren't so sure.
Gordon Lundberg, a 71-year-old retired Lutheran pastor from Ames, said candidates' health is a key issue for him because he understands how it feels to age. He's leaning toward Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts because, even though she's 70, "she's the most liberal and she's not got one foot in the grave yet."
"Bernie's just too darn old. And so is Biden," Lundberg said. "They look old, they sound old, they are old. They fall in the shower, and they get heart attacks!"
Lundberg is not alone.
Polling has suggested that a significant number of Americans believe a candidate in his or her late 70s is too old to be president. If elected, Sanders would take office having already exceeded the average U.S. life expectancy of 78.6 years, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics. Biden would be just a few months away.
Warren would be the oldest new president in history, eclipsing Trump, who himself eclipsed Ronald Reagan. Biden and Sanders would be older on their first day in office than Reagan, a two-term president, was on his last.
While Biden, the former vice president, has often laughed off questions about his age, the issue is one that Sanders has been forced to confront more directly as he returned to Iowa this week. Sanders, a senator from Vermont, is traveling with his wife and campaign manager, whose responsibilities include ensuring that he take modest precautions not to over-exert himself, takes daily walks of at least half an hour with no phone calls and sticks to a healthier diet.
"He wants to run," said campaign manager Faiz Shakir, who said he would likely accompany Sanders on the campaign trail for the next month. "Our job is to make sure he knows he's in a marathon, not a sprint."
Sanders opened up about his health during an interview at a coffee shop in Des Moines, one of several he conducted this week as he works to convince voters in the first states on the 2020 presidential primary calendar that he's physically able to beat President Donald Trump next fall and assume the demands of the presidency.
Sanders told The Associated Press that he was looking forward to "a 100 percent recovery — full recovery."
"Now I got three good arteries," he said. "And three good arteries are better than two good arteries. So, I'm feeling pretty good."
At a subsequent campaign appearance in Marshalltown, he confronted the age question directly without being asked.
"I've been criticized for being old. I plead guilty. I am old," Sanders said, sparking laughter and applause in the audience.
And at a Friday event in Newton, Iowa, he insisted that his advanced age offered some advantages. Specifically, people have had decades to study him and his policies. He has supported Medicare for All, for example, for three decades.
"Having a long record gives people the understanding that these ideas that I'm talking about, they're in my guts, they're in my heart," he charged. "This is who I am as a human being."
Many in the audience applauded the message. But after the Marshalltown event, not everyone was cheering.
Retired Marshalltown resident Ed Canade, 72, described himself as "somewhat concerned" about Sanders' age.
"I know as I age, everything isn't quite as sharp. That's the reality of age. I can feel it in my own body," Canade said. "I think Bernie's doing well for his age."
Meanwhile, Biden called his age "a legitimate question" in an interview days after entering the presidential race in April and said it's up to voters to "watch me" and decide for themselves.
Since then, Biden has not been forced to confront the age question as often as Sanders, despite frequent gaffes on the campaign trail. The former vice president has frequently appeared to mix up dates, offer outdated pop culture references and forget his words.
In a new CBS interview, Biden dismissed questions about his age, saying, if anything, it was an advantage.
"With age comes experience, with experience comes wisdom, and with wisdom comes judgment," Biden said in the "60 Minutes"interview, set to air Sunday.
He promised earlier in the month to release his health records to help demonstrate his physical readiness for the nation's top job.
While national polls suggest Biden is doing well among older voters, on the ground in the state that will hold the nation's first presidential primary contest, Democrats see age as an issue for Biden and Sanders.
Kathy Judge, a 58-year-old nurse from Ames, went so far as to call Sanders and Biden "very self-centered and very selfish by staying in the race" when, she said, there are questions over whether they're "physically capable" of finishing the run.
As an older individual herself, she said, she sees their ages wearing on them.
"Bernie Sanders has already had a heart attack! Joe Biden can't remember what day it is! Now, I can't either some days, I will admit that, but we need someone who is sharp and thinks on their feet and doesn't fumble words," said Judge, who supports 50-year-old Cory Booker, the New Jersey senator.
At a Biden event over the summer in Manning, Donna Forman, a 72-year-old retiree, said the former vice president is in her top three, along with Booker and 59-year-old Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. But the one major concern she has about Biden is his age.
"Because I know people that are old — including myself," she said. "I'm getting there. And I think Donald Trump is a perfect example of why nobody over 70 should run for anything."
Dhaka, Oct 25 (UNB) – Actor, writer and director Humayun Sadhu died at a hospital in the city early Friday.
Sadhu breathed his last at 12.30 am on Friday at Square Hospital.
Prominent cinematographer Mostofa Sarwar Farooki at 2:04am posted on his Facebook wall informing that his dearest friend Humayun Sadhu had passed away.
Namaz-e-janaza of Sadhu will be held at Rahim Metal Jame Mosque in Tejgaon after Juma prayers. He will be buried at the graveyard beside the mosque after Asr prayers.
On October 20, he was admitted to the hospital and put on life support after having a stroke for the second time.
Earlier, he was admitted to Bangladesh Specialised Hospital in Dhaka after he had his first brain stroke on September 29.
Upon evaluating his condition, doctors suggested that Sadhu needed brain surgery after the first brain stroke. His close family members then decided to take him abroad for the surgery and he was supposed to fly on October 22.
Sadhu started his career as a member of country’s renowned director Mostofa Sarwar Farooqi’s ‘Chabial’ team and debuted with the film ‘Made In Bangladesh’ as an actor.
In 2017, he debuted as a director in his critically acclaimed television drama ‘Chikon Pin er Charger’. His first book, ‘Nonai’ was published at 2019 Ekushey Book Fair.
Albuquerque, Oct 25 (AP/UNB) — Video from a police body camera appears to contradict a New Mexico hotel's story about removing country singer Gretchen Wilson following an alleged noise complaint.
The video obtained by The Associated Press in a public records request shows a confused and angry Wilson in a robe telling police she was asleep as she's asked to leave around 3 a.m. Oct 13.
The Grammy Award-winning singer told an officer in the video that she did nothing wrong.
"We don't even have a TV on. We were very quiet," Wilson said.
But the video shows a television on when police enter her room. Wilson, who sang the 2004 hit song "Redneck Woman," said she and her fiance were drinking wine and talking softly when the pair started getting phone calls about the volume.
"You must be talking about another room," she said. "It's just been a nightmare at this hotel."
A security guard told police someone reported arguing and a glass breaking. The security guard said Wilson had told the hotel to "call the cops."
But Wilson said the staff at the Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces was retaliating against her after she asked for room service and was denied. She said hotel employees only came once to her room.
An employee is then heard telling Wilson the manager decided the singer and her group could stay. But Wilson refused.
"We're not going to stay. We are not. We have been treated like (expletive) since we've been here," she said.
Heritage Hotels & Resorts, which owns Hotel Encanto, has not responded to phone messages and emails seeking comment.
Las Cruces police spokesman Dan Trujillo said officers were called to the hotel after Wilson, 46, and other guests had "worn out their welcome."
Wilson, who had performed at the Las Cruces Country Music Festival the night before, said in a statement that she was in bed when the police arrived.
"There had been no party, no music and not even a TV making noise when I was asked to leave," the statement said. "I was exhausted and upset just like anyone would be in this situation."
After she was kicked out, the musician tweeted that the hotel asked her to leave "in the middle of the night for no reason."
Maputo, Oct 25 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Chinese Film Week kicked off here on Thursday evening, bringing several renowned Chinese films such as "Happiness" and "Monster Hunt" on show.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to Mozambique Su Jian voiced hope that the Chinese films, dubbed in Portuguese, will help the Mozambican people to better understand China and promote cultural exchanges between the two countries.
"The selected films were excellently made, which have demonstrated China's long history and modern style, and reflected the current artistic level and innovation trend of Chinese film production as well," said Su.
"With the deepening of China-Mozambique friendship in recent years, cultural and people-to-people exchanges have become a new highlight in bilateral relations," he said.
"It is a moment for the people of China and Mozambique to make more friends and exchange experiences in the film industry," Ivan Bonde, director of Mozambique's National Institute of Cultural and Creative Industries, said at the ceremony.
The Mozambican government has been implementing policies to promote the cultural and creative industries, including guidelines and regulations, Bonde added.
Mozambican government officials, local students and audiences, and representatives of Chinese communities also attended the ceremony.
New York, Oct 25 (AP/UNB) — Noah Baumbach's "Marriage Story," Lulu Wang's "The Farewell" and the Safdie brothers' "Uncut Gems" led the 29th annual Gotham Awards with three nominations apiece, including best feature.
The Independent Filmmaker Project, which puts on the Gothams, announced the nominations Thursday for the December 2nd awards ceremony. The Gotham Awards are one of the first stops in Hollywood's awards season. They focus entirely on independent films as voted on by panels of journalists and filmmakers.
"Marriage Story" was also nominated for Adam Driver's performance and Baumbach's script. "The Farewell" added nods for Wang's screenplay and Awkwafina's leading performance. "Uncut Gems" also earned nominations for Adam Sandler and Julia Fox, for breakthrough actor.
Also up for best feature are Lorene Scafaria's "Hustlers" and Trey Edward Shults' "Waves."
Indie distributor A24 dominated the awards with 14 nominations, including three for "The Last Black Man in San Francisco."