20 Nov
2020

Facing runoffs, Georgia’s Republican senators ask the state’s top elections official, also a Republican, to step down.

first_imgMr. Raffensperger responded quickly in a statement of his own. “Let me start by saying that is not going to happen,” he said. – Advertisement – Mr. Trump has continued to falsely insist the election was being stolen from him. The move by the senators, who have both been closely aligned with the president, also underscores the infighting taking place among Republicans even as the party braces for a bitter showdown during the January runoffs. Some conservatives fear that impugning the electoral process will depress the vote among Republican voters, who may not turn out if they do not trust the legitimacy of the electoral process. “We believe when there are failures, they need to be called out — even when it’s in your own party,” the senators said in their statement, which did not offer any specific allegations or explain how they believed Mr. Raffensperger had fallen short. “Honest elections are paramount to the foundation of our democracy,” they said. “The Secretary of State has failed to deliver honest and transparent elections. He has failed the people of Georgia, and he should step down immediately.” “Trump is gonna cost the GOP the Senate,” Erick Erickson, a Georgia-based conservative commentator, wrote on Twitter. “His supporters are internalizing that the election in Georgia was stolen so why bother even trying.”In a briefing before the statement was issued on Monday, Gabriel Sterling, the voting system implementation manager for Mr. Raffensperger’s office, sought to debunk the various allegations that had circulated and said the election had run smoothly, despite long lines at times during early voting. He noted that the average wait time to vote on Election Day was two minutes — “that’s unheard of in this state, ever.”“The facts are the facts, regardless of outcomes,” he said, adding, “In this state, this time, this election on Election Day was an amazing success.” – Advertisement – Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia on Monday called for the resignation of the state’s top elections official, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, as they accused his office of failing to oversee an honest and transparent election without evidence or citing specific concerns. Their extraordinary joint statement on Monday came as a rift among Republicans in Georgia has intensified as Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s lead over President Trump has steadily grown, pushing the president’s supporters to lash out against Mr. Raffensperger, who is a Republican. – Advertisement – “I know emotions are running high,” he added. “Politics are involved in everything right now. If I was Senator Perdue, I’d be irritated I was in a runoff. And both senators and I are all unhappy with the potential outcome for our president.”Mr. Raffensperger said that the process of reporting results had been orderly and followed the law.The results in Georgia have drawn widespread notice and alarmed Republicans, as Mr. Biden is outperforming Mr. Trump by more than 10,000 votes in a state Mr. Trump won in 2016. Both senators have been forced into runoff races against Democrats, contests that could determine control of the Senate.- Advertisement –last_img read more

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12 Aug
2020

England bow out to Ireland

first_img4 October 2017 England start title defence with win over WalesEngland made a confident start to the defence of the Senior Women’s Home Internationals, beating the hosts, Wales, 5-3 at Newport.“It was a thrilling first day against tough opposition who were playing a course they all know really well,” said England captain Debbie Richards.England are aiming for their 11th overall win in this event and their fourth consecutive championship title.The team laid the foundations of today’s success in the morning foursomes. Aileen Greenfield and Julie Brown powered to a 6/4 win over their opponents, while Jackie Foster and Fiona Edmond – respectively the English senior stroke play and amateur champions – won 3/2.In the singles, Wales made a strong start but England soon got into their stride and won three of the five points on offer. Brown was again in a hurry, winning 7/5. Comfortable wins from Greenfield (4/3) and Foster (3/2) secured the match win for the European silver medallists.In the day’s other match, Ireland beat Scotland 6-2. Tomorrow England play Scotland and Wales play Ireland. “All the teams have very strong players so it will be another tough day tomorrow,” said Richards. 1 October 2017England set for defence of senior titleEngland will begin their defence of the Senior Women’s Home International title on Tuesday at Newport Golf Club, Wales.The six players who won the silver medal at last month’s European team championship are all in the side, together with Surrey’s Felicity Christine.The full team, captained by Debbie Richards of Surrey, is: Caroline Berry of Cheshire, Julie Brown of Staffordshire, Felicity Christine of Surrey, Fiona Edmond of Suffolk, Jackie Foster of Hertfordshire, Aileen Greenfield of Sussex and Lulu Housman of Middlesex.England have dominated the Senior Women’s Home Internationals since it started in 2003, winning the Sue Johnson Trophy 10 times, with consecutive wins in the last three years. The round robin competition against Scotland, Ireland and Wales continues until Thursday, 5 October.The players:Caroline Berry (Bromborough) was fifth in the British senior championship, is a past English senior champion and reached the semi-finals of this year’s event, having been top qualifier.Julie Brown (Trentham) won the 2015 British senior championship, was runner-up last year and fourth this season. She won the English senior title in 2014 and has represented England every year since then.Felicity Christine (Woking) is a past winner of the British senior title and had a top 20 finish last month. She was a quarter finalist in the English senior championship and fifth in the English senior stroke playFiona Edmond (Ipswich) was an England and GB&I international before a break of 25 years. She won the English senior title at her first attempt in May.Jackie Foster (Bishop’s Stortford) has won back-to-back English senior stroke play titles and had a top 20 finish in the British seniors.Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe) is playing only her second full season of senior golf and has been runner-up three times in English championships.Lulu Housman (Wyke Green) won the English senior stroke play title in 2015. She was a semi-finalist in this year’s senior amateur and tied 11th in the stroke play. “It was a thrilling first day against tough opposition who were playing a course they all know really well,” said England captain Debbie Richards.England are aiming for their 11th overall win in this event and their fourth consecutive championship title.The team laid the foundations of today’s success in the morning foursomes. Aileen Greenfield and Julie Brown powered to a 6/4 win over their opponents, while Jackie Foster and Fiona Edmond – respectively the English senior stroke play and amateur champions – won 3/2.In the singles, Wales made a strong start but England soon got into their stride and won three of the five points on offer. Brown was again in a hurry, winning 7/5. Comfortable wins from Greenfield (4/3) and Foster (3/2) secured the match win for the European silver medallists.In the day’s other match, Ireland beat Scotland 6-2. Tomorrow England play Scotland and Wales play Ireland. “All the teams have very strong players so it will be another tough day tomorrow,” said Richards.England will meet Ireland in title showdownDefending champions England will meet Ireland tomorrow in the title decider at the Senior Women’s Home Internationals at Newport, Wales.Both teams have a 100% record of two wins from two matches so far, with England defeating Scotland 5.5-2.5 today, having previously beaten Wales 5-3.England captain Debbie Richards commented: “It will be a big day tomorrow for both teams as the winner will lift the trophy.”England are aiming for their fourth consecutive win and their 11th overall victory in this championship.Today, the team made a great start to the match, winning all three singles. “We had a fantastic start this morning,” said Richards. “Jackie Foster and Felicity Christie started the winning streak with a 6/5 victory, closely followed by Lulu Houseman and Caroline Berry winning by the same margin. Aileen Greenfield and Julie Brown battled away after a slow start to win 3/2.”In the afternoon singles the matches were very tight and after nine holes could have gone either way. But England fought hard in the windy and cold conditions to eventually secure a comfortable win.In the other match Ireland beat Wales 6-2, having previously beaten Scotland by the same margin.Click here for full scoresImage copyright The R&A England captain Debbie Richards, commented: “It was a very tense afternoon for the captains but some amazing golf was played by all and I am very proud of the England team and it has been an honour to be their captain. Hopefully we can go one step further next year.”England, who were seeking their 11th win and their fourth in a row, shared the points in the foursomes. Julie Brown and Aileen Greenfield continued their unbeaten record with their 5/4 win, while Lulu Housman and Caroline Berry snatched a half.In the singles Brown always had the upper hand but had to go to the 17th to win her point 3/1. Jackie Foster was three down after three but battled back to win on the 17th and put England ahead.But the Irish proved the stronger players over the closing stages of the other three games. Fiona Edmond lost by one hole, Berry by two holes and Housman was defeated by a 17th hole birdie, losing 3/1.In the day’s other match Wales and Scotland halved. Final placings: 1 Ireland, 2 England, 3 Wales, 4 Scotland.Caption – Back row from left, Caroline Berry (Bromborough, Cheshire), Felicity Christine (Woking, Surrey), Julie Brown (Trentham, Staffordshire), Aileen Greenfield (Pyecombe Sussex). Front row, from left: Jackie Foster (Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire), Debbie Richards (captain, Burhill, Surrey), Fiona Edmond (Ipswich, Suffolk), Lulu Housman (Wyke Green, Middlesex). (Image copyright The R&A). England will meet Ireland in title showdownDefending champions England will meet Ireland tomorrow in the title decider at the Senior Women’s Home Internationals at Newport, Wales.Both teams have a 100% record of two wins from two matches so far, with England defeating Scotland 5.5-2.5 today, having previously beaten Wales 5-3.England captain Debbie Richards commented: “It will be a big day tomorrow for both teams as the winner will lift the trophy.”England are aiming for their fourth consecutive win and their 11th overall victory in this championship.Today, the team made a great start to the match, winning all three singles. “We had a fantastic start this morning,” said Richards. “Jackie Foster and Felicity Christie started the winning streak with a 6/5 victory, closely followed by Lulu Houseman and Caroline Berry winning by the same margin. Aileen Greenfield and Julie Brown battled away after a slow start to win 3/2.”In the afternoon singles the matches were very tight and after nine holes could have gone either way. But England fought hard in the windy and cold conditions to eventually secure a comfortable win.In the other match Ireland beat Wales 6-2, having previously beaten Scotland by the same margin.Click here for full scoresImage copyright The R&A Almost every point in the title decider was closely contested before Ireland emerged as the 4.5-3.5 winners. It was their third win in the championship, following back-to-back successes in 2012/13. The team, captained by Debbie Richards of Burhill, Surrey, is: Caroline Berry of Bromborough, Cheshire, Julie Brown of Trentham, Staffordshire, Felicity Christine of Woking, Surrey, Fiona Edmond of Ipswich, Suffolk, Jackie Foster of Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, Aileen Greenfield of Pyecombe, Sussex and Lulu Housman of Wyke Green, Middlesex.Click here for full scoresImage copyright leaderboard Photographycenter_img England captain Debbie Richards, commented: “It was a very tense afternoon for the captains but some amazing golf was played by all and I am very proud of the England team and it has been an honour to be their captain. Hopefully we can go one step further next year.”England, who were seeking their 11th win and their fourth in a row, shared the points in the foursomes. Julie Brown and Aileen Greenfield continued their unbeaten record with their 5/4 win, while Lulu Housman and Caroline Berry snatched a half.In the singles Brown always had the upper hand but had to go to the 17th to win her point 3/1. Jackie Foster was three down after three but battled back to win on the 17th and put England ahead.But the Irish proved the stronger players over the closing stages of the other three games. Fiona Edmond lost by one hole, Berry by two holes and Housman was defeated by a 17th hole birdie, losing 3/1. 1 Oct 2017 England bow out to Ireland Click here for full scores4 October 2017England will meet Ireland in title showdown Defending champions England will meet Ireland tomorrow in the title decider at the Senior Women’s Home Internationals at Newport, Wales.Both teams have a 100% record of two wins from two matches so far, with England defeating Scotland 5.5-2.5 today, having previously beaten Wales 5-3.England captain Debbie Richards commented: “It will be a big day tomorrow for both teams as the winner will lift the trophy.”England are aiming for their fourth consecutive win and their 11th overall victory in this championship.Today, the team made a great start to the match, winning all three singles. “We had a fantastic start this morning,” said Richards. “Jackie Foster and Felicity Christie started the winning streak with a 6/5 victory, closely followed by Lulu Houseman and Caroline Berry winning by the same margin. Aileen Greenfield and Julie Brown battled away after a slow start to win 3/2.”In the afternoon singles the matches were very tight and after nine holes could have gone either way. But England fought hard in the windy and cold conditions to eventually secure a comfortable win.In the other match Ireland beat Wales 6-2, having previously beaten Scotland by the same margin.Click here for full scoresCaption. England team. Back row from left: Caroline Berry, Felicity Christine, Julie Brown, Aileen Greenfield. Front row, from left: Jackie Foster, Debbie Richards, Fiona Edmond, Lulu Housman . (Image copyright The R&A ) England’s reign as Senior Women’s Home Internationals champions was halted by Ireland in a hard-fought battle at Newport, Wales.England start title defence with win over WalesEngland made a confident start to the defence of the Senior Women’s Home Internationals, beating the hosts, Wales, 5-3 at Newport.England are aiming for their 11th overall win in this event and their fourth consecutive championship title.The team laid the foundations of today’s success in the morning foursomes. Aileen Greenfield and Julie Brown powered to a 6/4 win over their opponents, while Jackie Foster and Fiona Edmond – respectively the English senior stroke play and amateur champions – won 3/2.In the singles Brown was again in a hurry, winning 7/5. Comfortable wins from Greenfield (4/3) and Foster (3/2) secured the match win for the European silver medallists.In the day’s other match, Ireland beat Scotland 6-2. Tomorrow England play Scotland and Wales play Ireland.The team, captained by Debbie Richards of Burhill, Surrey, is: Caroline Berry of Bromborough, Cheshire, Julie Brown of Trentham, Staffordshire, Felicity Christine of Woking, Surrey, Fiona Edmond of Ipswich, Suffolk, Jackie Foster of Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, Aileen Greenfield of Pyecombe, Sussex and Lulu Housman of Wyke Green, Middlesex.Click here for full scores Tags: Senior Women’s Home Internationalslast_img read more

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12 Aug
2020

FPA proposes revisions to Rooney Rule

first_imgby Rob Maadi(AP)–After minority candidates were recently shut out by NFL teams for 15 top jobs, the Fritz Pollard Alliance wants the Rooney Rule to include coordinators, assistant head coaches and club president positions.The proposal sent Jan 22 to league executives came a week after no minorities were hired for eight coaching vacancies and seven general manager openings. There are only four minority head coaches going into the 2013 season, the fewest since 2003.“I think the league recognizes that these are the challenges we are dealing with when it relates to diversity and this is a plan of action that they can accept and be willing to work with,” John Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance Foundation said. “I feel very comfortable that this will be extended into the Rooney Rule.”Robert Gulliver, the NFL’s executive vice president of human resources, said in a statement last week the hiring results were “disappointing” and anticipated making revisions.In a letter to Gulliver and Jeff Pash, the NFL’s executive vice president and general counsel, the alliance said: “We believe pipeline issues are a part of the reason we’ve seen a reduction in head coaches of color over the past few years, and this expansion will diversify the head coaching pipeline.”With teams trending toward hiring coaches with offensive backgrounds, it’s important for minorities to hold coordinator positions. Baltimore’s Jim Caldwell and Pep Hamilton, hired last week by Indianapolis, are the only minority offensive coordinators in the NFL.Caldwell, who led the Colts to a Super Bowl appearance in his first season in 2009, didn’t even get an interview for a coaching vacancy this offseason.“In this quarterback-dominated era, it seems clubs are increasingly looking for offensive coaches to fill head coaching positions in particular, and far too few minority coaches have been given offensive coordinator and play-calling responsibilities,” said Cyrus Mehri, co-founder and counsel of the FPA. “We want to see a special focus on offensive coordinator and play calling duties going forward. We have many experienced wide receiver and running back position coaches ready to be coordinators now.”Wooten said the Rooney Rule for coordinators wouldn’t apply to just-hired coaches because “it wouldn’t be fair to them” going into their interviews.“We made a differential in that the rule extends to a sitting coach when he starts to hire coordinators and assistant head coaches,” Wooten said. “It wouldn’t be fair to a coach coming in because that’s one of the real positives of a new coach when he’s sitting in that interview is to be able to tell them exactly who his staff will be and who has committed to coming with him.” OVERLOOKED–Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell speaks during a news conference at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Md., Jan. 17. The Ravens are scheduled to face the San Francisco 49ers in the 2013 Super Bowl on Feb. 3. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)last_img read more

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