first_imgRepublican Senator Mitt Romney issued a scathing criticism of Donald Trump on Wednesday as he broke with his party and voted to convict the US president for abuse of power in his impeachment trial.Romney was the only lawmaker to break with his party as the Senate acquitted Trump on impeachment charges stemming from his efforts to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, the former vice president seeking the Democratic nomination to face Trump in the Nov. 3 election.”Corrupting an election to keep one’s self in office is perhaps the most abusive and destructive violation of one’s oath of office that I can imagine,” Romney said in an emotional speech on the Senate floor. Romney voted ‘guilty’ on the first impeachment charge, abuse of power, siding with the Senate’s 45 Democrats and two independents. He voted ‘not guilty’ on the second charge, obstruction of Congress.He is the first senator in US history to vote to convict a member of his own party in an impeachment trial. President Bill Clinton was acquitted in 1999 and Andrew Johnson in 1868.Romney was the Republican presidential nominee in 2012 and was elected to represent Utah in the Senate in 2018.Following the vote, Trump released a video that referred to Romney as a “Democrat secret asset” and noted his 2012 loss to Democratic President Barack Obama. Other Republican officials, including the head of the Utah state party and Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel – Romney’s niece – said they disagreed with his choice.But fellow Senate Republicans declined to criticize him.”I think Mitt’s a person of integrity,” Senator Ron Johnson told reporters. “He voted his conscience.”A former governor of Massachusetts, Romney won his 2018 Senate election with a comfortable 63 percent. Up for re-election in 2024, he could conceivably face a primary challenge in Utah.Some of his constituents came to his defense on Wednesday.”I’m proud of him for speaking up,” said Stacey Maxwell, a registered independent who owns a Salt Lake City coffee shop.MORMON FAITHAt the start of his floor speech, Romney appeared to choke back tears when he noted that as a Mormon, “I am profoundly religious. My faith is at the heart of who I am.”Romney, 72, served as a missionary in France as a young man and served as a church leader when he lived in Boston. He has generally downplayed his faith in his political career.”The president is guilty of an appalling abuse of public trust,” Romney declared.Referring to Trump’s contention that he has conducted himself in a “perfect” manner, Romney said, “What he did was not perfect. No, it was a flagrant assault on our electoral rights, our national security and our fundamental values.”This was not the first time Romney and Trump have tangled.In a tweet last year, the president called Romney a “pompous ass” after he criticized Trump for urging Ukraine to investigate Biden.Romney criticized Trump as a “fraud” during the 2016 presidential campaign, but met with Trump after his victory as he was looking to fill top administration jobs. Trump ended up not hiring Romney for any position.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgFlames engulfed the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) building on Jl. Sultan Hasanudin Dalam in South Jakarta on Saturday reported that the fire broke out on the sixth floor of the building. By 10 p.m. on Saturday, it had spread to the third floor.AGO spokesperson Hari Setiyono said the office of the assistant attorney general for intelligence and the human resources department had experienced the majority of the damage from the blaze. He said the fire would not destroy important data or documents.”We have a backup for data and documents on employment,” Hari said on Saturday, as quoted by Jakarta Fire and Rescue Agency dispatched 23 fire engines and 120 firefighters to extinguish the blaze.In response to the fire, authorities diverted traffic on Jl. Bulungan. (kuk) Topics :last_img read more

first_imgGovernment of South Australia said in their latest release that dredging at the Murray Mouth will pause for about two weeks, starting today, for annual maintenance works.Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) Water Resource Operations Manager, Jarrod Eaton, said that the dredging started in January 2015 to maintain connectivity between the Coorong and the Southern Ocean after River Murray flows were no longer sufficient to scour sand naturally from the Murray Mouth.“The short term pause in dredging is expected to have minimal impact on maintaining an open Murray Mouth,” Mr Eaton said.It is important that the Murray Mouth remains open to maintain connectivity between the river, the Coorong and the Southern Ocean, to discharge salt and other nutrients out to sea, and to maintain healthy ecosystems in the Coorong, according to the government.Dredging operations are expected to resume on January 3, 2018, in the Goolwa and Tauwitchere channels.[mappress mapid=”24706″]last_img read more

first_imgNational Post (Canada) 13 May 2013Canadians want to see more stay-at-home parents, according to a new poll commissioned by the Institute of Marriage and Family Canada as it calls for governments to overhaul their approach to early childhood care.The public opinion poll found 76% of respondents believe it is best that children under six be home with a parent. It also found almost two-thirds of respondents would rather see funding go directly to parents, rather than government-run daycare and all-day kindergarten.“We see that Canadians’ desires differ from the direction being taken by provincial governments,” writes Andrea Mrozek in the study, released Wednesday to the National Post.Ms. Mrozek, the institute’s executive director, has been a vocal critic of recent decisions to expand government daycare programs for young children — particularly the Ontario government’s implementation of all-day kindergarten and B.C. plans for $10-a-day daycare.….The study also probed preferences on government funding structures, which saw two thirds of respondents call for direct funding to parents through cash payments or tax deductions. About one third of respondents wanted to see funding go toward the public sector, including the expansion of public schools and subsidies to childcare centres.Ms. Mrozek calls current funding models “discriminatory,” due to their emphasis on public childcare programs rather than models that involve some form of stay-at-home parent. read more

first_img Press Association The England international has missed the last two matches with a knee injury sustained in training before last weekend’s match at Tottenham. Sturridge will undergo another scan on Friday but his chances of returning for Jurgen Klopp’s first home league match appear slim. “I spoke to him a few minutes ago. It is not much better at this moment,” said Klopp. “With Daniel’s injury we have to proceed day-by-day. If he can train, for example, completely normal then it is an option. “Today we have another treatment and another screening maybe because there is a little bit of fluid (inside the joint).” Press Association Sport understands Sturridge will have an ultrasound scan on his knee but it is only believed to be a minor issue. On the positive side Klopp will have forwards Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino available at the weekend after both returned from long injury lay-offs in Thursday’s 1-1 Europa League draw at home to Rubin Kazan. The Liverpool coach said: “Christian and Roberto had two training sessions with the team. Usually it is too early to bring them into the situation where you need them at 100 per cent but they did well. “I am sure it was not the best they can play so now we are a step further with them. “They are two new options and very important options for Sunday.” center_img Injury worries over Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge mean he remains a doubt for Sunday’s visit of Southampton. last_img read more

first_imgAmuneke…target glory with the Taifa Stars “We have a big job on our hands and we cannot pretend that isn’t true,” Amuneke told BBC Sport.“But no matter the task, we must give it everything we have.”“I’ve been given this opportunity because of the situation but if we all drive in the same direction I believe things will gradually improve.”It is a return to the North African nation where the former Barcelona and Sporting CP winger first achieved professional success outside of his native country.He joined giants Zamalek from Julius Berger of Lagos in 1991 and his three-year spell saw him claim two domestic league titles and the 1993 African Champions League trophy.Amuneke, who led Tanzania to their first Africa Cup of Nations since 1980, left the Taifa Stars by mutual consent following the team’s failure to progress to the knock-out stages of Egypt 2019 and has been seeking a new job.The 1994 African Footballer of the Year previously managed his country’s youth teams and Sudanese club SC Khartoum.He was the assistant coach when Nigeria won the FIFA U-17 World Cup trophy for a record fourth time in the United Arab Emirates in 2013.Two years later, he led the Golden Eaglets to a fifth U-17 World Cup title in Chile and, revered as a proven youth manager, he was swiftly promoted to coach the U-20 side the Flying Eagles.As a player, he was a key part of the Super Eagles team, scoring both goals at the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia where Nigeria beat Zambia 2-1 to secure their second African title.He also played for the Super Eagles at the 1994 World Cup – scoring memorable goals against Bulgaria and Italy.Two years after that triumph in Tunisia, he scored the winner again as Nigeria stunned Argentina 3-2 in the 1996 Olympic football final in Atlanta to become the first African football nation to win Olympic gold.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Nigeria international Emmanuel Amuneke has said that he faces a “big task” after taking over at struggling Egyptian Premier League side El-Makkasa on a deal until the end of the season at the weekend.The 49-year-old was confirmed as Ahmed Hossam Mido’s successor on Saturday to become El-Makkasa’s fourth manager in three years.The Faiyum-based outfit have struggled for form, sitting 15th in the table, just outside the relegation zone on goal difference.last_img read more

first_img Comments No. 16 seed Syracuse (7-6-4, 1-4-3 Atlantic Coast) plays Akron (11-6-2, 1-2-1 Mid-American) at Beyer-Small ’76 Field in Hamilton, N.Y. at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The Orange enter the game after falling to Virginia Tech 3-1 in the first round of the ACC tournament nearly three weeks ago. The Zips are riding a five-game winning streak that includes its 15th MAC tournament title as well as a first-round NCAA Tournament victory over Rider. The two teams met earlier this season on Oct. 1 in Akron, when Syracuse defeated Akron 3-1 thanks to a hat trick by Jonathan Hagman.Here’s what to know before Sunday’s matchup.All-time series: Akron leads, 2-1Last time they played: In October, Hagman’s three goals propelled the Orange past Akron and snapped SU’s three-game winless streak. His goals came consecutively in the 29th, 52nd and 66th minutes before the Zips’ Colin Biros scored late to give the contest its final score. Prior to this season’s game, the teams had met just twice, in 1987 and 2017. In the first meeting, Akron defeated Syracuse 2-1 in SU’s second game of the season. Last year, a goal by Ezana Kahsay was the difference in a 1-0 win by the Zips.The Akron report: Akron comes into Sunday’s game as one of the hottest teams in the country, having won five straight games after opening the season 6-6-2. The Zips have played seven games against ranked opponents this season and gone 3-3-1 in those matches, with the most recent being a win against then-No. 12 West Virginia a week ago in the midst of its conference tournament run.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThey entered the NCAA Tournament ranked No. 14 in the country in RPI and have since defeated Rider, while Syracuse was No. 19 at the start of the tournament. The Zips have the 20th-best scoring offense in the country at 1.95 goals per game, two spots ahead of the Orange. Defensively they allow 1.127 goals on average, a mark that places them 76th in the nation. Their offense features five different players with 10 points or more, led by David Egbo, with 27. Six-foot-six goalkeeper Ben Lundt leads the defense in his third year as a starter and has saved 69.7 percent off shots he’s faced this season.The NCAA Tournament is familiar territory for Akron, which is participating in the tournament for the 29th time in school history. That’s the 11th-most appearances in NCAA history but includes just one championship, won in 2010 when the Zips defeated Louisville, 1-0. On Friday, SU head coach Ian McIntyre called Akron “one of the benchmark programs in college soccer” and made sure to point out its experience in the tournament as an important part of the matchup.How Syracuse beats Akron: The Orange need to start fast against the Zips and prevent themselves from falling behind early. Syracuse hasn’t played a game since Halloween, allowing the team to recover from nagging injuries but also build up “nervous energy,” which McIntyre explained the team has been experiencing the past few weeks during practice.Akron, meanwhile, has played in four matches since Halloween and has won all but one by multiple goals. That includes its most recent match against Rider in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, in which the Zips dispatched the MAAC champions, 3-1.“It’ll be very important for us to play our brand of soccer,” McIntyre said on Friday. “Try to impose our style on a very technical Akron team that likes to dictate the rhythm of the game.”Syracuse is 9-1 in games in which it’s scored first this season. A hot start against Akron on Sunday would release some of the jitters that the Orange have been accumulating during its longest gap between games this season and go a long way towards pushing SU into the elite eight of the tournament.Stat to know: Five – The number of times Akron has made the NCAA Tournament final four, including twice in the past three years. The Zips have been one of the best programs in college soccer over the past ten years, and their experience playing in big games is something to note heading into Sunday’s contest.Player to watch: David Egbo, forward, No. 9A sophomore out of Nigeria, Egbo was recently named to the All-MAC First Team. After scoring just one goal and starting just once as a freshman, Egbo has scored a conference-leading 12 goals this year, three more than the second-most in the MAC. That total places him 15th in the country for most goals scored and 24th in total points. He has upped his performance in postseason play, scoring a goal in the conference championship against Western Michigan and pouring in two scores in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament versus Rider. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on November 17, 2018 at 7:52 pm Contact Eric: | @esblack34last_img read more

first_imgThe Jamaican had been struggling with injury before the Championships but still won the 100 metres on Sunday.100 metres silver medallist Justin Gatlin won his heat in the faster time of 20.19last_img

first_imgDOHA, Qatar, CMC – Steven Gardiner lifted the spirits of Bahamians with a convincing victory in the men’s 400 metres at the IAAF World Championships on Friday.Weeks after Hurricane Dorian deviated parts of his homeland, the 24-year-old Gardiner, whose last 400 defeat came when claiming silver at the 2017 World Championships, bided his time before unleashing a devastating burst of speed over the last 150 metres to blow away his rivals and set a national record of 43.48 seconds.It was one of two medals for the English-speaking Caribbean on the seventh day of competition at the Championships, following up a bronze for hurdler Rushell Clayton of Jamaica in the women’s 400 hurdles which was won in a world record time by American Dalilah Muhammad.Gardiner’s grandmother’s wooden house was flattened by Hurricane Dorian and his father’s home was also badly damaged, but those painful thoughts were quickly wiped away, as he gushed following his triumph.“I went through the rounds perfectly,” he said. “I can’t believe I am a world champion. I was born in the Caribbean and everyone did their best (in this race). It feels pretty good.”“It’s so big to win two medals (the other being fellow quarter-miler Shaunae Miller-Uibo) for the Bahamas after the hurricane. We did it for our country.”Pan Am Games champion Anthony Jose Zambrano of Colombia lowered his personal best of 44.55 set in the heats to record a South American record of 44.15 for silver.Fred Kerley, who recorded a time of 43.64 to win the American title in July, had to settle for bronze in 44.17.Jamaica’s Demish Gaye trimmed 0.09 from his personal best to record 44.46 for fourth, 0.08 clear of Grenada’s former World 400 champion Kirani James, who will draw huge encouragement at his return to the big time.Kenya’s Emmanuel Korir earned a respectable sixth in 44.94 with Machel Cedenio of Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica’s Akeem Bloomfield, clocking 45.30 and 45.36 respectively, completing the final order.The 26-year-old Clayton had to settle for third in the women’s 400 hurdles with a personal best time of 53.74 secs, as American Dalilah Muhammad broke her own world record to win with a time of 52.16, edging out her compatriot Sydney McLaughlin in a gripping race.Clayton and other competitors were hardly a factor in the race, as Muhammad dominated, but finished only slightly ahead of silver medallist McLaughlin.Muhammad had a narrow lead over the first 100 of the race before extending her advantage, as they came through the second bend.The two Americans opened up a large gap on the rest of the field in the second half of the race and McLaughlin, aged 20, just failed to catch her compatriot, settling for second in 52.23.The 29-year-old Muhammad, the 2016 Olympic champion, crossed the finish line 0.04 faster than the previous world record she set at the American trials in July in Iowa.In other results, Jamaica’s men crashed out of the 4×100 relays in the heats, but the women’s advanced to the final.The Jamaican men, comprising Oshane Bailey, Yohan Blake, Rasheed Dwyer and Tyquendo Tracey, clocked 38.15 and finished fifth in the first heat and were unable to book one of the two non-automatic spots.The Jamaican women, anchored by Natasha Morrison and comprising newly-minted World 100 champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Natalliah Whyte and Jonielle Smith, finished in 42.11 to win in the second heat to automatically qualify.last_img read more