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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26 Aug
2020

Doc Rivers can sympathize with Mike D’Antoni’s position

first_imgThe hits were coming from all angles, and with his team unable to mount a disproving retort, all Rivers could do was sit there and take it.“Obviously it’s not fun to go through,” Rivers recalled before his Clippers played the Lakers Thursday night at Staples Center.Sound familiar?Across the corridor, D’Antoni stood outside the Lakers locker room and fielded questions about a wounded, talent-deficient team currently barreling toward one of the worst finishes in franchise history.For fans and pundits thirsty for a perpetrator, D’Antoni is the embodiment of the Lakers struggles.Maybe he’s the long-term answer for the Lakers, maybe not.But to judge him based on the flawed roster he works with these days is about as fair and foolish as Simmons demanding Rivers’ head because he couldn’t turn Allan Ray into Ray Allen.These guys are coaches, not magicians.The Lakers’ problem is a lack of talent, not a lack of coaching.And in just a few more months, the talent issue can finally be addressed.The Lakers will have a max contract to lure a top free agent and a high draft pick to add a potential impact rookie.Or maybe they trade the draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for reportedly unhappy point guard Kyrie Irving, then resist the free agent market this summer in favor of chasing Kevin Love in 2015.The point is, the luxury of payroll flexibility and a lottery pick await the Lakers.Not that it helps D’Antoni at the moment. He’s just trying to win a game.Rivers understands.“I respect anyone who goes through that because I’ve been through it.” Rivers said. “And it’s very, very difficult.”With the benefit of retrospect, we know Boston resisted outside pressure and stuck with Rivers. And history shows the following year the rebuilt Celtics rose all the way to the NBA Finals, where they beat the Lakers to win their 17th title in franchise history.In one calendar year the perception of Rivers was forever altered. He is now known as one of the great coaches in the NBA, and the Clippers ascent in the Western Conference is proof of his impact. But it wasn’t a change in philosophy that altered Rivers’ history.It was patience.And the plays he called the following year for Kevin Garnett were essentially the same he called for Brian Scalabrine.He didn’t change.The players did.“I believed in what we were doing. As far as our schemes, defensively and offensively,” Rivers said. “I knew we needed more players. But I liked what we were doing.”That conviction pulled Rivers through many a sleepless night.“You just have to believe in that,” Rivers said. “That’s the time not to question yourself.”Ironically, the draft lottery Ainge and Celtics fans pinned their hopes wasn’t a benefit.Another lesson their Lakers counterparts might want to heed.The Celtics finished with the fifth pick that summer, not the first or second. That left them out of the running for either Oden or Durant.“That was a bad moment, for sure,” Rivers said.Initially, anyway.Ultimately it moved them off Plan A and onto Plan B.Rather than build around a rookie they reached into the trade market to add proven veterans.They traded the fifth pick to the Seattle Supersonics for Allen, then traded six players to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Kevin Garnett.With a pair of future Hall of Famers now teamed with Paul Pierce, the Celtics rolled to the NBA Championship.And the perception of Rivers was forever changed.“Obviously it all fell together,” he said.Down the hall at Staples Center, D’Antoni was just trying to win a game.And maybe buy himself another season.He’s in an impossible position coaching terrible team beset by injury.You don’t have to explain that to Rivers, though.He’s been there. Upstairs in the front office, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge was feeling the heat too. But a top-heavy draft the following summer featuring college greats Greg Oden and Kevin Durant was his out card.With each loss improving the Celtics lottery chances, the Boston faithful consoled themselves with visions of Oden or Durant pulling them out of the darkness.And that bought Ainge time.It was different for Rivers, an outsider who elicited little confidence.In fact, well-known Celtics fan turned national columnist Bill Simmons penned one of the all-time spiteful articles in sports history when he sarcastically chastised Rivers and called for his firing. Prior to being anointed the respect befitting an NBA championship, Doc Rivers was — in a manner of speaking — Mike D’Antoni.It was the 2006-07 season and Rivers was the face of the perennially storied but presently horrible Boston Celtics.With the losses piling up and a proud fan base restless for a culprit, Rivers was an easy target.He had bombed previously with the Orlando Magic, and with the Celtics regressing rather than progressing there was sincere concern in Boston he was the right man for the job.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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26 Aug
2020

Lonzo Ball focuses on getting healthy: ‘If I get traded, then I get traded’

first_img“At the end of the day, you can only control the things that you can control,” Ball told The Athletic. “If I get traded, then I get traded. But I’m going to be ready to go. The goal is to be the best player I can for whichever team.”Ball was linked to rumors around the Lakers’ trade talks with the Pelicans as Los Angeles tried to land six-time All-Star Anthony Davis. Ball was among several Los Angeles players reportedly offered in negotiations, but the deal eventually fell through.  Related News Despite the rumors, Ball said he’s just working to control what he can and he’s putting an emphasis on recovering now so he can continue to build on his game this summer. “I’m very, very motivated,” Ball said. “I want to be the best I can be. I’m looking forward to this summer. I don’t look at it as added pressure, because I haven’t had a full summer yet to dedicate to myself. I have to keep working on my craft. I’m just happy that I’m going to be healthy.”It’s been frustrating. This is the second year that this has happened. But I have to stay positive, stay motivated.”Ball is in his second season with the Lakers after they selected him with the second overall pick in the 2017 draft. He has averaged 9.9 points with 5.3 rebounds this season while shooting 40.6 percent from the field. NBA wrap: Russell Westbrook, Paul George lead Thunder past Nets Lakers guard Lonzo Ball isn’t concerned about his future with Los Angeles, despite some speculation the 21-year-old will be traded away. Instead, he’s focused on getting healthy from an ankle sprain and bone bruise that ultimately cut his season short. Ball hasn’t played since Jan. 19 against the Rockets, and Los Angeles recently shut him down after undergoing a reevaluation on his ankle.last_img read more

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22 Dec
2019

Bundoran duo receive top gong at SciFest awards

first_imgNiamh Carolan and Emma Birney from Magh Ena College in Bundoran beat 150 other projects to win the Science Foundation Ireland Best Project Award which was held last Wednesday in Sligo.They now progress to the national final in Dublin where they will compete for the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Grand Award on 9 November.Their project was called ‘The Attraction of Maglev Trains’, a study into the thermos-magnetic properties of negatively accelerating objects. They were presented with their coveted prize by Dr Brendan McCormack, president, IT Sligo.Dr Bill Crowe, SciFest@ITSligo organiser, said the quality of the projects exhibited illustrated a passion for STEM among second-level students in the North West.He said: “As always, the projects entered by the students in SciFest were impressive, engaging and thought-provoking. It’s clearly evident from the high standard of research that has gone into the entries this year that second-level students from across the region are passionate about science, technology, engineering and maths. “SciFest is a competition that aims to encourage students to develop an interest in STEM, while prioritising inclusivity and inquiry-based learning. We are proud to support such a valuable programme.”The SciFest science fairs programme is a national initiative founded in 2006 to encourage a love of STEM through active, collaborative, inquiry-based learning.The programme offers an innovative way to expose students to, and enhance their understanding of, STEM subjects.IT Sligo, which has hosted the North West regional finals since 2008, was one of 16 regional science fairs taking place across the country, illustrating a surge in STEM popularity among second-level students in Ireland.Niamh and Emma will be looking to follow in the footsteps of 2017 national award winner Aaron Hannon from St. Muredach’s College in Ballina whose project “EnableArm”, a unique shaving device for people with limited hand dexterity, was named best in the country. Aaron is travelling to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania this week to represent Ireland at the International Science and Engineering Fair. The 2018 national winner will represent his or her country in Phoenix, Arizona next spring. Bundoran duo receive top gong at SciFest awards was last modified: May 15th, 2018 by Chris CannonShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalMagh Ene CollegeScifestSecondary Schoolslast_img read more

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