A Trump appointee stands between Biden’s team and a transition to a new administration.

first_imgA White House official pointed out, as several Trump allies have, that the transition after the 2000 election was delayed by the court fight between the campaigns of Vice President Al Gore and Gov. George W. Bush of Texas over several weeks. The official said it would be strange for President Trump to send some kind of a signal to allow the transition to start while he was still engaged in court fights.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Transition officials for President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. called on a top Trump administration appointee on Monday to end what they said was unwarranted obstruction of the money and access that federal law says must flow to the winner of a presidential election.The officials, speaking on background to reporters on Monday night, said it was nearly unprecedented for Emily W. Murphy, the administrator of the General Services Administration, to refuse to issue a letter of “ascertainment,” which allows Mr. Biden’s transition team to begin the transfer of power.- Advertisement – By law, Ms. Murphy, the head of the sprawling agency that keeps the federal government functioning, must formally recognize Mr. Biden as the incoming president for his transition to begin. It has been three days since news organizations projected that he was the winner of the election, and Ms. Murphy has still not acted.The transition officials said her inaction was preventing Mr. Biden’s teams from moving into government offices, including secure facilities where they can discuss classified information. The teams cannot meet with their counterparts in agencies or begin background checks of cabinet nominees that require top-secret access. But Mr. Biden’s aides said that the dispute in 2000 involved one state with only about 500 ballots separating the winner and loser, far less than in the current contest. In every other presidential race for the past 60 years, the determination of a winner was made within 24 hours, the aides said — even as legal challenges and recounts continued for weeks.A White House spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a question about whether Mr. Trump was willing to let Ms. Murphy begin the transition without a concession from him.last_img read more

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COVID-19: Jakarta turns sports halls into temporary homeless shelters

first_imgHe said the sports halls would also be equipped with public kitchens.”The important thing is that no one is abandoned,” he added.The economic slowdown caused by large-scale social restrictions – introduced as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak – has caused many in Jakarta, particularly the working class, to lose their jobs.Both the central government and the city administration are distributing aid to those hit hardest by the economic downturn, but concerns have been raised about the accuracy and completeness of the data used for the distribution.Topics : The Jakarta administration is set to repurpose all city-owned sports halls (GOR) across the capital into temporary homeless shelters for those who have lost their jobs and homes due to the COVID-19 outbreak.”The Jakarta administration will prepare existing facilities [and] sports halls such as this one [in Tanah Abang] as a temporary place to live for residents who are going through difficult times,” Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan said during an interview with Kompas TV at the Tanah Abang GOR in Central Jakarta on Saturday.”For example, people who can no longer afford their rent can stay in temporary shelters.”last_img read more

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Report: GDI, Seadrill in West Tucana rig deal

first_imgIllustration only: West Tucana aboard a Dockwise vessel. Image source: Maasmond Maritime/Flickr under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 licenseQatar’s Gulf Drilling International and Norway’s Seadrill have signed an agreement for the utilization of the jack-up drilling rig “West Tucana.”According to a statement sent to Offshore Energy Today, the West Tucana will be contracted to work in Qatar offshore for a firm period of 440 days with options in place for further extensions.GDI also, reportedly, announced that it has signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement with Seadrill “that provides the foundation for future synergies in Qatar’s offshore market between GDI & Seadrill,” the statement, sent by a GDI marketing manager, reads.Mubarak A. Al-Hajri, GDI Chief Executive Officer, said: “This partnership with Seadrill will lead to greater strategic and competitive advantage strengthening our position as the leader in Qatar Offshore drilling market. By bringing together Seadrill’s high-specification jack-up fleet, GDI’s diverse customer base, and our combined experience, we plan to continue delivering market-leading level of operational and safety performance to our clients.”Seadrill Chief Executive Officer  Anton Dibowitz said, “We are delighted to have signed a Strategic Cooperation Agreement and an initial contract for the West Tucana with GDI. We have the scale and high specification fleet required for work now and into the future in such an important growing market as Qatar.”Built in Singapore in 2013, West Tucana previously worked for Cabinda Gulf Oil Company Limited (CABGOC) – a Chevron company in Angola on a two-year deal.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Online channel to cover racing

first_img Leo Varadkar, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, said: “This is particularly important as it is the first joint collaboration between Horse Sport Ireland and Horse Racing Ireland and is a very valuable tool in promoting Ireland as the Land Of The Horse.” Managing director of Irish Horse TV, Len Regan, said: “We are very excited about the collaboration with HRI and HSI as it brings all equestrian pursuits together at one easily accessible source. “People can watch Irish Horse TV any time of the day or night on their PC, laptop, on their smart phone, iPhone, iPad or any other device connected to the internet so you can keep up with your favourite sport and industry news.” Irish Horse TV will cover Flat and jump racing, though not live, and will also feature the Olympic disciplines of show jumping, eventing and dressage as well as other equestrian pursuits, targeting both a domestic and an international audience. The launch was attended by more than 150 people including jockey Paul Carberry, trainer Jim Bolger, Olympic eventer Camilla Speirs and Paralympic medallist Helen Kearney. Press Associationcenter_img A new online TV channel dedicated to Irish racing and horse sport activities was launched on Tuesday at The K Club in County Kildare.last_img read more

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Man Dies After Trying to Rush Past Security Checkpoint at FLL Airport

first_imgA homeless man who apparently tried to bypass security checkpoints at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport ended up scuffling with deputies and later died at a hospital, according to the Broward Sheriff’s Office.The incident occurred at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday near the Jet Blue area in Terminal 3, officials say.Sgt. Donald Prichard stated, “The suspect had an unknown medical event and was pronounced deceased at the hospital.”Two deputies also sustained minor injuries during the security encounter at the airport.The man’s name has not been released, pending notification of his family.Prichard says the investigation is ongoing.last_img

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The Latest: Olympic qualifying for beach volleyball extended

first_imgThe Formula One team says it created a device that is easy to use and assemble in conjunction with the Italian Institute of Technology. Ferrari says it was designed in only five weeks and can be produced using easily available materials at a lower cost than normal ventilators.The ventilator has been designed to meet the typical demands of medium intensive care and the technical specifications are available as an open source project.___Players from Spanish soccer club Elche have not practiced as a protest against reduced salaries.The players for the second-division club were supposed to practice at the team’s stadium but decided to keep training at home to show their discontentment with the team’s decision not to lift the furloughs that had been put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic. The system will otherwise remain the same.Most teams qualify by earning points on the international tour. The deadline for Tokyo had been this June but now it will be June 13, 2021. Additional spots in the Olympic tournament will be decided at continental tournaments that will be held until June 27 of next year.The FIVB world tour is currently on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic.___Ferrari says it has developed a ventilator for hospitals dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: Olympic qualifying for beach volleyball extended The players at French rugby club Toulouse have offered to take a pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic.The players at the 20-time French champions say they told club president Bernard Lemaitre they are willing to accept “a significant decrease” in earnings. They did not give any figures regarding the amount of the proposed decrease.Lemaitre praised his players for their “spontaneous and unanimous” offer amid challenging economic times.He says it “further reinforces our motivation and our desire to meet the challenges of tomorrow.”The French league was canceled after the government called it off late last month. The semifinals of the Top 14 league will not be played.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Beach volleyball teams will have an extra year to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. The Portuguese soccer league says it will delay its restart until June 4.The league was expected to resume at the end of May but will wait another week so there is time to “rigorously inspect stadiums and conduct medical tests on all professionals involved” in the matches.The league says it hopes to serve as an example of “good practices” for the rest of the Portuguese society during the coronavirus pandemic.The league was stopped with Porto leading Benfica by one point with 10 rounds to go.___ Players want to resume earning full salaries now that they are back to training.The players practiced normally on Tuesday. The club says it is negotiating with them.The club used government furloughs to reduce its labor costs during the pandemic. Players had their salaries and working hours reduced by 70%.Elche was sixth in the 22-team second-division standings when the competition was suspended after 31 matches.___ May 13, 2020last_img read more

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Frank Howard’s evolution sets him up for potential NCAA Tournament impact

first_imgST. LOUIS – Frank Howard knew he probably wasn’t getting in. In seven of Syracuse’s first eight games of the season, the freshman logged single-digit minutes. Michael Gbinije manned the point for almost the entirety of every game and Howard was nearly invisible on the stat sheet, save for a 13-minute outing against Georgetown in which he scored four points.Late in the season, it’s been the mirror opposite. He’s played double-digit minutes in seven of the last eight games, including 18 in the Orange’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament opener. As Syracuse clawed back against Pittsburgh in the second half, Trevor Cooney sat while Howard took his place in the lineup and directed the offense to a comeback that fell just short.“Especially being the point guard, experience is key,” Howard said Thursday. “…I think it’s been great … that type of level toward the end of the year, it kind of builds that momentum going into the Tournament.”Howard has flashed his ability to thread pinpoint passes but also his hesitancy to take his own shot. The latter is something that’s slowly diminished with more experience, and the freshman has accumulated valuable minutes while proving to be a stable option at the point for 10th-seeded SU ahead of its matchup with seventh-seeded Dayton in the NCAA Tournament Round of 64 on Friday at 11:15 a.m. local time.“We knew that, at least I knew that, he had the ability to do what he’s doing now,” freshman Tyler Lydon said. “He’s really developed as a whole.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith Howard manning the point and Gbinije off ball, it’s given the fifth-year senior more opportunity to find his own shot and be on the receiving end of passes that set up open shots rather than vice versa.Early in the season, Gbinije at the point gave Syracuse its best five on the floor without another lineup being anywhere close to as effective. Now, Howard has proven that he can set up Cooney, Gbinije and Malachi Richardson sufficiently enough, while working to find his own shots, that Boeheim trusts him down the stretches of games.Against the Panthers last Wednesday, Howard tried to zone out that he was playing over Gbinije even though it was far from what he was once accustomed to.“At that point, you’ve just got to become a player,” Howard said. “You don’t really think about who’s in, who’s out at that point.”On Thursday, Boeheim was asked about Howard’s development and how effective he can be in the NCAA Tournament. He laughed off the question before saying “some development,” and moving on.The head coach has been critical of the freshman (when missing 10-foot floaters in the lane) and also showered him with praise (when he logged six assists in 14 minutes against Georgia Tech). For the first two-thirds of the season and at spots in the last stretch, the reviews have been mixed.But Howard’s gradual improvement has given Syracuse another option in its thin rotation, and one that’s added a dimension to an offense that can’t afford another comeback falling short.“I kind of got some comfort now so I’m a little bit more aggressive,” Howard said. “I’m trying to soak everything up.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 17, 2016 at 4:16 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

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Pac-12 announces recruitment task force

first_imgThe Pac-12 announced on Thursday that it would create a new task force aimed at solving issues surrounding the recruitment of college athletes.“We believe strongly in the educational mission of college sports and its positive impact on student-athletes,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a press release. “We are committed to taking the concrete action … to combat threats to the integrity of college athletics, and to both protecting our student-athletes and ensuring fair competition for the athletic programs in which they participate.”The announcement came one day after the NCAA created the Commission on College Basketball, which aims to fix nationwide corruption in college basketball recruiting that was revealed by an FBI investigation in September. The Pac-12 task force aims to address the issues that have been raised in multiple Pac-12 men’s basketball programs as part of a nationwide investigation by the FBI. Scott said that the conference is working to stay ahead of these issues, especially involving recruitment, in hopes of preventing them before they happen. He cited concerns with third parties — such as the agents who allegedly offered money to suspended USC associate head coach Tony Bland in exchange for influence over athletes — as a major focus of the task force.The task force will be comprise a wide range of people, including coaches, athletic administrators, student-athletes and members of commercial entities such as athletic agencies ,who are involved in recruitment. The conference has already named athletic directors Dan Guerrero and Chris Hill, former basketball coach Mike Montgomery, former football player Charles Davis and administrator Tom Jernstedt to the task force.The conference also announced four areas that will be investigated by the task force — education and issues identification; best practices and Pac-12 policy recommendations; system reform recommendations; and application of learnings to recruitment in sports beyond basketball.At the end of the first quarter of 2018, the task force will present its findings and suggestions to the conference. The conference and the NCAA will use this report to attempt to fix internal issues throughout the Pac-12.last_img read more

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Cummins collects another Puc Fada

first_imgIt was Cummins fifth title in succession after the 40 year old completed the course in 57 shots. His nearest challenger was Laois goalkeeper Eoin Reilly.The Camogie competition hasnt been decided as there was a score controversy. Waterford’s Patricia Jackman and Galway’s Catriona Daly will have to wait after the Camogie Association decided to defer announcement of a winner.last_img

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WWE SmackDown preview: Kofi to face Lesnar, The Rock returns

first_img COMMENT Friday Night SmackDown is about to make its debut on FOX in a big way as current champion Kofi Kingston defends his WWE title against the ‘Beast’ Brock Lesnar. Kevin Owens faces Shane McMahon in a high-stakes Ladder Match, the Big Dog Roman Reigns goes up against Erick Rowan and many more. SmackDown will be filled with electrifying energy as WWE legend The Rock makes his comeback to SmackDown. Not just this, there are many major matches scheduled to be played on Friday Night SmackDown. SmackDown can be watched live on Ten Sports on October 4, 2019. WWE SmackDown is scheduled to start at 5:00 am IST.  Also Read l WWE: Wrestler Rick Bognar aka ‘Fake’ Razor Ramon passes away at 49WWE SmackDown: Important matches and eventsKofi Kingston to face Brock LesnarEarlier this month, Brock Lesnar returned to SmackDown and challenged Kofi Kingston for a WWE title match in the debut show of SmackDown on FOX. Kofi accepted the challenge and Brock delivered an F-5 to the champ in return. This week Brock was seen in his Beast form as he entered the season premiere of Raw and attacked Rey Mysterio and his son Dominic. So, after everything Brock has done this week, the question arises, can Kingston slay The Beast and retain his title?Also Read l WWE: Upcoming events, schedule to keep an eye on after Hell in a CellThe Rock comes back homeFinally, The Rock will come back to SmackDown. The Jumanji and Fast & Furious star confirmed his return to the show on Twitter. The ‘Most Electrifying Man in All of Entertainment’ has provided WWE with some legendary matches on SmackDown. The Rock was also a part of the main event of SmackDown when it was first introduced two decades ago. Surely this Friday night will also become memorable as the people’s champ enters the ring.Also Read l WWE: Roman Reigns will face Erick Rowan on WWE SmackDown SUBSCRIBE TO US Adil Khan LIVE TV First Published: 1st October, 2019 13:53 IST WWE: Roman Reigns to face Erick RowanAfter a huge announcement made by Daniel Bryan on SmackDown last week, Roman Reigns will face Erick Rowan in the premiere episode of SmackDown on Fox. Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan are scheduled to face the Bludgeons – Erick Rowan and Luke Harper at WWE Hell in a Cell. The match between the two was announced by WWE on their Twitter account. Reigns will enter the ring to take revenge of all the punishments Rowan has been delivering on him for the last couple of weeks.Also Read l WWE Raw Preview: Brock Lesnar to return, Rollins to face Rey Mysterio FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE Written By Last Updated: 1st October, 2019 13:53 IST WWE SmackDown Preview: Kofi To Face Lesnar, The Rock Returns Friday Night SmackDown is about to make its debut on FOX in a special way as current champion Kofi Kingston defends his WWE Title against The Beast Brock Lesnarlast_img read more

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