Trump snubs Senate Republicans in Georgia after they sold their souls to him

first_img“I want to reiterate that the procedure that has been outlined by the secretary of state at our request is not part of a political strategy, but the absolute best opportunity to determine exactly what happened in the state,” said Trump campaign counsel Stefan Passantino.That’s what happens when you sell your soul to the devil.  In fact, Trump is doing nothing but sucking energy, attention, and money away from their reelections. He hasn’t agreed to make any trips to the state yet. He’s tweeted only narrowly about the Georgia recount but not its runoffs. Trump’s campaign has also been soliciting donations to supposedly contest the election (but actually settle debts), and he has established a leadership PAC to vacuum up grassroots donations moving forward. Politico reports Republicans have grown “frustrated that the GOP’s preeminent figure is leaving his party in the lurch at a critical moment.” What’s fascinating is that any Republicans at all were under the impression Trump cared about the party. Apparently, some are invested in trying to convince Trump that his self interests actually align with the party’s interests.   – Advertisement – “Several people have told him it’s important Loeffler and Perdue win because they will help keep his legacy intact. We’ve made the point to him that Republicans slowly dismantled parts of Obama’s legacy when we had control of the Senate in 2016 and a Democratic Senate would do the same to Trump,” a Republican close to Trump told Politico.Good luck with that. The only legacy item Trump cares about is trying to overcome his loser status so he can keep masses of people in thrall to him. That and not going to jail are likely the only two things that ever enter his mind. Trump has never given a lick about governing and therefore couldn’t care less about the fates of Loeffler and Perdue. For now, the only people in Trump’s orbit who have given any attention to the Georgia runoffs are Don Jr. and Mike Pence. In fact, on a call with reporters Wednesday, Trump’s campaign explicitly divorced its own recount efforts from the Senate runoffs.  – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

Pile of bodies linked to coronavirus found at US nursing home

first_imgThe cause of death of the 17 has not been confirmed but 68 people have recently died at the facility, and 26 of those tested positive for COVID-19, the Times reported.Police did not confirm the number of bodies found. But in a statement posted on the Andover police Facebook page, one of the home’s owners, Chaim Scheinbaum, said the morgue, which normally houses four bodies, “never had more than 15 present” on Monday.”The staff was clearly overwhelmed and probably short-staffed,” Andover Police Chief Eric Danielson told CNN. US police found 17 bodies piled up in a nursing home morgue in New Jersey, media reported Thursday, highlighting how the coronavirus outbreak is overwhelming long-term care facilities.Officers in the small locality of Andover, around 80 kilometers west of New York City, discovered the bodies following an anonymous tip-off, according to The New York Times.The discovery came on Monday at the Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Unit — one of the largest care homes in New Jersey, a state badly hit by coronavirus. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said he was “outraged” that bodies had been allowed to pile up and ordered an investigation.COVID-19 has killed more than 32,000 people across the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University, with New Jersey the worst-hit state after New York.The outbreak has reportedly claimed thousands of lives in retirement homes, spotlighting how vulnerable the elderly are to the illness.center_img Topics :last_img read more

What conditions qualify for medical marijuana treatment in New York?

first_imgSun Times 13 January 2016New York’s medical marijuana program rolled out Jan. 6 with one of the strictest programs of all 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana.New York’s medical marijuana law only allows non-smokable forms of marijuana, such as edibles or liquids that can be ingested orally, and patients are not allowed to grow their own cannabis at home.Only a handful of “severe, debilitating or life threatening” health conditions are currently eligible for medical marijuana treatment in New York.On Monday, New York Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker announced that the state would not be expanding its list of medical marijuana eligible health conditions to include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Alzheimer’s disease, muscular dystrophy, dystonia or rheumatoid arthritis, as reported by High Times.Zucker said more evidence was needed before health officials could add these conditions to the state’s list of medical marijuana qualifying conditions.http://extract.suntimes.com/information-resources/10/153/12263/new-york-medical-marijuana-qualifying-health-conditionsKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

PM Nagamootoo congratulates Skerritt and Dr Shallow on CWI victory

first_imgFOLLOWING their 8-4 victory on Sunday which saw Ricky Skerritt becoming Cricket West Indies President and Dr. Kishore Shallow gaining the Vice-President post, Guyana’s Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo offered congratulations yesterday.Skerritt and Dr. Shallow defeated Dave Cameron and Emmanuel Nathan, both by 8-4 margins, at Sunday’s election in Jamaica.The Prime Minister started his letter by saying “I offer warm congratulations to you and Dr. Kishore Shallow on your election to the Presidency and Vice-presidency of Cricket West Indies (CWI)”.He continued; “I am aware of your background in West Indies cricket administration and experience in government, which will serve you during your term. All Guyanese wish you every success as you endeavour to provide leadership, vision and direction in the administration of our premier regional sport.”On another note, Prime Minister Nagamootoo said; “we look forward to the healing of strained relationships with players and other stakeholders.”“We are impressed with your ‘Cricket First’ plan, and look forward to its full execution regionwide. As you are aware, the Guyanese people are passionate and unwavering fans of West Indies cricket and look forward to annual international cricket in our country.In this regard, we look forward to engaging with you, Dr. Shallow and the CWI Board, soonest on matters of mutual interest towards the development and growth of West Indies cricket.”In closing, PM Nagamotoo declared; “our government is also keen on forging a stronger and mutually beneficial working relationship with CWI at the bilateral level, and on matters which engaged the attention of the CARICOM Sub-Committee on Cricket, and the role of the sport in the region”.last_img read more

Syracuse tries to capitalize on scoring opportunities

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 3, 2013 at 1:02 am Contact Eric: esriter@syr.edu In Friday’s exhibition game against Guelph, Syracuse’s offense seemed to be a bit unorganized. Players threw pucks at the net, with little to no semblance of order. “The girls were just trying to get shots on net,” head coach Paul Flanagan said. “It was kind of a point of emphasis to just get shots on net to get some rebounds and get some ugly ones.” The Orange showed its youth against University of Guelph, and Flanagan said the team will improve with time. SU opens the season on Friday at 7 p.m. at Northeastern and follows it with a 2 p.m. matchup with New Hampshire on Saturday. Flanagan expects that as the season goes along, more and more structured plays will take form.“It is a work in progress,” Flanagan said, “I would like to think some of the veterans will be a little more selective than just throwing it on net. I still understand if you’re a rookie just getting a shot on net until they get that confidence.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAgainst Guelph, Syracuse registered 34 shots but only tallied three goals. This, Flanagan says, may be a result from the lack of power play success. “We spent a lot of time on the power play,” Flanagan said “Just kind of breaking things down. Trying to keep it basic and moving the puck quickly.”Syracuse is coming off of a 20-15-1 record last year, but has six freshman forwards this season. So, the Orange will rely heavily on veterans such as captain Margot Scharfe and winger Nicole Ferarra, Flanagan said.In Friday’s matchup, Syracuse will face Northeastern, a team that went 23-11-2 on the season and made it all the way to the Women’s Hockey East Association title game. The Huskies have also cruised to four straight winning seasons, meaning it will be a tough matchup for sure, Scharfe said.In its last three matchups against Northeastern, Syracuse is winless. The Orange was outscored 14-8 and lost the last two games 5-2. SU’s other opponent, New Hampshire, is a less decorated program, but the Orange will still need to find better chances, something that the team struggled with last week, Flanagan said.Neutral zone play is key to getting out in transition, which is one thing he wants to work on heavily in practice to create breakaways and odd man rushes to the net. These breakaways on offense can help Syracuse get off to a quick start to the season.“I think if we are smart on a breakout, we can find the stretch person,” Ferarra said. “Breakaways will definitely be a possibility.”Although Syracuse has never beaten Northeastern, there is no shortage of confidence brewing in the locker room. “I think they can be a little bit overconfident when it comes to playing us,” Scharfe said, “so I think we can be pretty good underdogs this weekend.” Commentslast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar feels yo-yo test shouldn’t be only criterion for selection

first_imgSachin Tendulkar weighed in on the yo-yo test debate and said that the results of the test shouldn’t be the sole criteria for selection in the Indian cricket team.The yo-yo Test has led to players like Mohammed Shami and Ambati Rayudu being omitted from the squad for the one-off Test against Afghanistan and England tour respectively. While Shami’s exclusion didn’t lead to a fuss, Rayudu’s did put the Indian team management under the scanner.Former players and pundits were not in agreement with the team’s decision to drop a player, who scored over 600 runs in IPL 2018 and earned a place in the Indian middle-order that is still looking for a No. 4 batsman with less than a year to go for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.Speaking about the issue, Tendulkar said that fitness is important but the ability of the player should also be considered before making a decision.”I feel certain fielding standards are critical. Now I haven’t done the Yo-Yo Test. We had the beep test, which is more or less similar,” Tendulkar was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.”But that shouldn’t be the only criterion. It should be a mixture of fitness and also looking at the ability of a player. I think Yo-Yo test is important but also looking at the ability of the player and how fit or unfit the player is.”Earlier, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also said that a cricketer should be selected on the basis of his skill and not because of the new fitness criteria.advertisement”There is this new drama of Yo-Yo test, which for me does not exist in cricket. This is for footballers and hockey players because in this test, you can run forward once and then run back, which never happens in cricket. And because of this test a very in-form batsman like Ambati Rayudu could not make his place in the Indian team.”I don’t feel Yo-Yo test is the parameter of selection and it should not be. Your form, your skills, that should be the most important thing and there should be a fitness criteria that the whole team can do together,” Bhajji said.Former Team India opener Aakash Chopra was also of the opinion that players should be given time to prove their fitness if they are selected in the Indian cricket team.”If Virat Kohli fails the test, will you drop him? So if a player does not even get time it is weird. To Kohli, you will even give him 2 weeks because you want him to play. So if a player is not afforded time, it is unfortunate,” Chopra said on Sports Tak.Former India captain Azharuddin also agreed with Harbhajan and Chopra, stating that match fitness should be taken into account for some players rather than how they perform in the yo-yo test.According to Azhar, even a lot of the stalwarts of the past including current India coach Ravi Shastri wouldn’t have passed the test had it been a selection criteria in the past.”It’s true that there has to be a fitness level but there are some players who cannot do a lot of fitness exercises because their bodies don’t allow it. For example, I was quite fit but if I was asked to touch my toes, I could not do that. But when the ball came, I used to field better than most.”If you tell Sunny bhai (Sunil Gavaskar) to do Yo-Yo test, he just won’t be able to do it. Many of our master players cannot do it. So for some players, match fitness should be kept in mind because the fitness of each player is different.”I feel it gets embarrassing for players. They should be told before that you have failed in the yo-yo test and you will not be selected. That will be fine but the players’ ability should also be looked at.”If you have set a fitness parameter like the coach (Ravi Shastri) is saying, the coach could have never passed that yo-yo test. There should be more thought given to this fitness test,” Azhar said.However, all this has had little effect on the team management as Team India coach has made it clear that the Yo-Yo Test is here to stay.”I think it’s a combination of both ability and fitness. If you are fit, you can enhance that ability. That is one thing that has been emphasized on while designing the Yo-Yo fitness Test. And it is here to stay. Whoever thinks it’s a one off thing, he is sadly mistaken and that person can take a walk,” Shastri said.advertisement”The philosophy is simple. You pass the test, you play. You don’t, you sit. So this is not going to go anywhere. The captain leads from the front, the selectors the management are on the same page. And the boys have responded extremely well.”last_img read more