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American Diary: Four days to go—The United State of Ohio

The election battleground of the state of Ohio has become a key focal point of the US elections and its election result could determine the next US President

It is quite possible that the election on 6th November, Election Day, may come down to the battleground state of Ohio. The state is President Obama’s frontline and if he can hold on to it, he will probably remain in the White House for four more years.

 

It is interesting to note that no Republican has become president without winning in Ohio. Nate Silver, of the New York Times FivethirtyEight blog, has given Governor Mitt Romney a 3% chance of becoming the US President without winning in Ohio. Such is the importance of Ohio in the presidential race, especially for Romney’s campaign.

 

At the Democrat office in Columbus, Ohio, President Obama’s campaign team is quietly confident, with seven new polls showing that the president has a two and half to four point lead in the state, with a margin of error. However, the constancy gives him Democrats’ hope. President Obama is ready to fight for every vote in every county.

 

In terms of campaign funding, Governor Romney has collected $46 million more, which was expected. Governor Romney, in a last ditch effort, is criticising the auto bailout. However, Ohio has benefitted as manufacturing jobs have returned which is good for President Obama. Unlike in Virginia, white males are supporting President Obama in Ohio. Another advantage for the president is that the Democratic Senator of Ohio is comfortably poised to retain the seat and thus would be beneficial for the President. Also, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has endorsed Obama and this cannot hurt the president.

 

On Election Day keep an eye out for Ohio.

 

(Harsh Desai has done his BA in Political Science from St Xavier's College & Elphinstone College, Bombay and has done his Master's in Law from Columbia University in the city of New York. He is a practicing advocate at the Bombay High Court.)

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Thomas Cook joins hands with MasterCard to launch “borderless prepaid card”

The “borderless prepaid card” enables travellers with the option of loading eight currencies on a single card—US Dollars, British Pounds, Euro, Australian Dollars, Canadian Dollars, Swiss Francs, Singapore Dollars and Japanese Yen

Thomas Cook (India), an integrated travel and travel-related financial services company, today launched its prepaid foreign exchange travel card in collaboration with MasterCard Worldwide.

 

The “borderless prepaid card” enables travellers with the option of loading eight currencies on a single card—US Dollars, British Pounds, Euro, Australian Dollars, Canadian Dollars, Swiss Francs, Singapore Dollars and Japanese Yen.

 

“It is a multi-currency card with a validity of five years, within which the cardholder can get the visiting country’s currency loaded on the card, thereby, saving money and time. An embedded chip and PIN ensures security and increased protection against counterfeiting and skimming card frauds,” the company said.

 

“We are now focusing more on the retail segment as we see the travel patterns in India are changing,” said Madhavan Menon, managing director, Thomas Cook (India). As per a Consumer Segmentation Study conducted by MasterCard in July 2011, 36.7% affluent Indians want to go overseas for a holiday.

 

The collaboration with MasterCard, a global payments and technology company will provide an acceptance at over 34.3 million merchant establishments, e-commerce websites and access to 2 million ATMs, Thomas Cook said.

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