“If those ballots couldn’t change the election to make any difference to how Pennsylvania will be decided, then he doesn’t have a claim he can bring,” Deborah Hellman, a University of Virginia law professor told Bloomberg. In fact, even if he prevailed in the latest ridiculous case in federal court, in which he’s trying to get the whole of Pennsylvania’s vote tossed and with it Biden’s 20 electoral votes, he’d also have to find a way to scrabble together wins in last least one and possibly two of the other close states. “The prospects that a legal challenge in court could reverse the outcome in a way that would produce a Trump victory get harder and harder if it’s not just one state that he has to flip,” said Steven Huefner, deputy director of an election-law program at Ohio State University. “A challenge in a single state is a long shot. Then he’s got three long shots, or something, that he has to make all in succession.”This one is a Rudy Giuliani brain child, and he says they might try to do similar challenges of huge numbers of ballot in Michigan and Wisconsin. Maybe because Trump doesn’t want to pay for recounts. He can stiff his lawyers, but the states have to have the money up front to do recounts. The cases are simply groundless. “A court would not set aside the results of an election, or particular votes, based on violations of laws concerning observation of the counting process,” Michael Morley, an assistant law professor at Florida State University, told Bloomberg. He’s worked on election litigation in Florida. He knows. “Courts will not disturb election results based on unproven generalized claims about the theoretical possibility of fraud.”- Advertisement – Like in Arizona, where the Trump campaign’s allegations that voters were allowed to “overvote” on ballots and should be disqualified but weren’t in Maricopa County. There were 155,860 votes cast in Maricopa on Election Day, and of all of those, there were 180 potential overvotes on the presidential line, according to the county’s attorney, Thomas Liddy. One hundred and eighty votes. Trump is suing over 180 ballots. Biden is ahead in the state by more than 14,700 votes. Yeah, that’s a nuisance suit.There is a danger, however in the case that the U.S. Supreme Court has already meddled in. On Monday, a group of 10 Republican state attorneys general filed an amicus brief to support Pennsylvania Republicans efforts to the the court say that they—not their state’s Supreme Court—have supremacy in determining election laws. They argue that the state Supreme Court did not have the authority to extend the mail-in ballot deadline. This is playing a long game, to say a Republican legislature has ultimate say on election laws, over the state’s supreme court. That opens the possibility of Republican legislatures to further erode voting rights without the check of state supreme courts. They’re looking well beyond Trump, and the U.S. Supreme Court has given them that opening. – Advertisement –
The Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers in Denpasar, Bali, has said that there are still at least 37 migrant workers working in China, where the fast-spreading coronavirus has killed at least 213 in the mainland.“Thirty-seven Indonesian migrant workers set off to China in 2019. They mostly work as spa therapists or in the hotel business. We are still waiting for further information from the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing,” the agency’s Denpasar head, Soleh Hidayat, said on Friday as quoted by Antara.Soleh said agency data indicated that no Indonesian migrant workers from Bali were sent to China in January and, even if there were those who applied to work there, they would be restricted from travel. “Perhaps the workers have contacted their families directly,” Soleh said.He said the central government had floated an evacuation plan as authorities monitor the outbreak, which had affected flights between China and Indonesia.Soleh remained hopeful that the migrant workers in China were still healthy.“Indonesian migrant workers should immediately report to the Indonesian Embassy in Beijing in case anything happens and inform [the embassy] of their whereabouts if they are OK,” he said. (ami) Topics : Thirty-six of the migrant workers currently in China come from Denpasar and other regencies on the tourist island, including Badung, Gianyar, Jembrana and Tabanan. Only one worker originates from Banyuwangi in East Java.Of the 37 workers, 13 of them work as spa therapists and nine of them as therapists in other sectors, while the remaining work various other jobs such as operation manager, sales manager and assistant manager.Soleh, however, stopped short of mentioning whether the workers lived outside Wuhan and other cities in Hubei – the epicenter of the outbreak – or outside the virus-hit province.He said none of the families had asked about the whereabouts of the 37 migrant workers by visiting the agency’s office.
Press Association While the misfiring Balotelli, with just one goal in 10 appearances, is creating a cause for concern up front in the continued absence of Daniel Sturridge, the real worries are at the other end of the field. The introduction of £20million centre-half Dejan Lovren and £12million left-back Alberto Moreno appears to have had no effect on the Reds’ vulnerability, particularly in the air, but Rodgers insists it is an issue which is relative to the whole team. “Defensively we need to be better as a team, not just the defence and goalkeeper,” he said ahead of the visit of Hull. “We all pride ourselves on clean sheets but we need to be more competitive and aggressive in those moments as a team. “That was the disappointment against Real Madrid (a 3-0 defeat on Wednesday) and also with the goals we have conceded – a large number of them have been soft and it is our job to improve that quickly. “We need to work harder and make it better. We need to reinforce key principles in that organisation and then it’s you as a player on the field showing that competitive spirit. “The great competitors don’t get done so easily in those situations and that’s something we need to improve upon.” Balotelli is likely to keep his place for the visit of Hull as Rodgers has limited options up front. Under-fire striker Mario Balotelli’s spell in the headlines has helped deflect attention from Liverpool’s real problem but manager Brendan Rodgers knows that is something which cannot be ignored. The Reds have kept just one clean sheet in their last 18 matches and a summer overhaul of the defence has not rectified an increasingly worrying issue. This season Liverpool have conceded 19 times, two more than they have scored, and a weakness at crosses and set-pieces has contributed to some inconsistent performances and indifferent results. The 24-year-old has scored just once in 10 appearances but with Sturridge still sidelined by a calf problem the Italy international will probably start ahead of Rickie Lambert. Midfielder Adam Lallana is pushing for a starting place after impressing as a substitute in the midweek defeat to Real Madrid. Injuries have hit Hull hard in the past week, meaning big changes for the trip. Third-choice goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic is in line for only his second Premier League start with Allan McGregor (shoulder) and Steve Harper (bicep) both out, while striker Nikica Jelavic (knee) and centre-back Michael Dawson (ankle) are both missing for at least a month. Left-back Andy Robertson has a knock that is set to keep him out too, but Tom Huddlestone should be fine to play through discomfort for the third game in a row. Hull manager Steve Bruce believes Balotelli may not have been too far wrong with his famous ‘why always me?’ statement, claiming the striker has been treated as a “whipping boy” by his critics. Balotelli has been a divisive figure wherever he has plied his trade, from Manchester to Milan, and that is no different now he is with Liverpool. He has endured a slow start to his Reds career, scoring just once in 10 appearances following his £16million summer move. The Italy international was placed firmly in the spotlight after the 3-0 Champions League defeat against Real Madrid, with manager Brendan Rodgers apparently among those unimpressed with his decision to swap shirts with Pepe at half-time. But with Hull heading to Anfield on Saturday, Bruce spoke of his sympathy for Balotelli, who once celebrated a goal in the Manchester derby by unveiling a t-shirt with the slogan ‘why always me?’. “It’s not for me to comment on other people’s players but from the outside he seems to be the whipping boy at the moment,” said the Tigers boss. “That’s always a bit unfair. There’s always a scapegoat and he seems to be the one at the minute that the media are on to, and everyone else too. “I think it’s a bit unfair on the lad. “There’s always one that people pick on. I suppose the changing of the strip (didn’t help) but I thought he did okay in that game. “There’s lots been made of the changing of shirts but we’ve seen it for years haven’t we? “It’s maybe not in our DNA in the English leagues but abroad they all do it and they think it’s nothing.”
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will not break his promise to retire in 2017, even if he is offered a huge contract by a wealthy Qatari club. “I participated in the World Cup and the European Championship too. “The only wish was the Premier League. Now I am here. “Do I have to go to Qatar to earn still more money? I don’t think so. “You have to enjoy also your life and your relationship with your wife.” The only box Van Gaal is yet to tick on his to-do list is to win the Barclays Premier League. “I want to do that in (my) three years (at the club),” Van Gaal said. “If it is this year, then I am very happy. But I cannot say this year we shall be the champions. “We have to fight for it. That is the most important thing. Until the end we have to challenge for the number one. And maybe we are. “The long-term vision is to win the championship or an FA Cup or a Champions League.” One man who knows a thing or two about winning such competitions is Sir Alex Ferguson. United’s most successful manager has been giving Van Gaal advice during the second leg of the club’s tour of the United States in San Jose. Van Gaal insists he has no problem with Ferguson being around during the tour and welcomes his advice. “I don’t think (Ferguson’s presence adds pressure). I talk with him very many times,” Van Gaal said. “We eat together. He is sitting in the board, so he has to judge on me. I know that. But there is nobody in this world who can push me more than myself.” Van Gaal dismissed claims that he is breaking with United’s traditions by spending vast amounts of money on new players. The former Holland coach insists he is committed to the idea of bringing youth players through the ranks at Old Trafford. Arsene Wenger claimed recently there is “no patience” at United for developing players from within. When the Arsenal manager’s words were put to Van Gaal, he pointed out that United ended their 3-1 friendly win over Barcelona on Saturday with a team whose average age was 22. “Y ou have seen the players (on Saturday) in the second half? I think that’s very young,” he said. Van Gaal is enjoying his time in Manchester, but the 63-year-old has promised his wife Truus that this will be his last job in management and he intends to stick to his word. “I will give it (football) up (in 2017),” the United manager said. “I promised that to my wife. We have not many years together any more. That is the reason. “I have to admit I have said to her, when I met her and after our relationship seemed to be very good, that at 55 I shall quit. I am still working and next week I am 64.” There is another reason why Van Gaal is adamant he will walk away from the game that has consumed his life for the last 43 years. After experiencing success with the likes of Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Ajax, the Dutchman feels he has tested himself in the most challenging leagues in the world. Not even huge riches could persuade him to seek another contract at Old Trafford or elsewhere. “I have done everything in my career as a manager. I have been in the Netherlands, my home country, in Spain, which is a fantastic league, and Germany is also a fantastic league,” Van Gaal said. Van Gaal has been a big hit with United fans since he was appointed manager last summer. The Dutchman has restored an air of grandeur at the club since his arrival and after a successful first year in charge, United are now back in the Champions League. Press Association
SULLIVAN — Two Sumner athletes were named Downeast Athletic Conference Winter All-Stars for the 2016-17 basketball season Wednesday.Forward Kala Young was named a Winter All-Star for the girls’ team. Young, a senior, signed her National Letter of Intent to play for the University of Maine at Machias on Jan. 4. She scored 18 points against Calais on Jan. 25 and added 17 against Searsport two days later.For the Sumner boys’ team, Issiac Christiansen received the honor. Christiansen has been the Tigers’ leading scorer this season; he scored 16 points against Bangor Christian last month and had 18 points and eight rebounds against Bucksport in December. The Sumner boys also received the DAC’s team sportsmanship award.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text
PARIS, France (Reuters) – Gianni Infantino was re-elected FIFA president unopposed at the congress of world football’s governing body in Paris yesterday as he claimed to have turned the organisation from being “toxic and almost criminal” back to its core values.Infantino’s re-election was marked by a round of applause from the congress after the statutes were changed earlier in the day to no longer require a vote if there was only one candidate for the position.The 49-year-old Swiss-Italian lawyer now has a four-year mandate to try and accomplish his grandiose plans for football which were partly frustrated in his first term.He has been in charge of FIFA since February 2016, after succeeding Sepp Blatter in the wake of a damaging corruption scandal that Infantino claimed the body had now shaken off.“Nobody talks about crisis at FIFA anymore or rebuilding it from scratch. Nobody talks about scandals or corruption; we talk about football. We can say that we’ve turned the situation around,” he told the congress in a lengthy speech at Paris Expo.“This organisation has gone from being toxic, almost criminal, to being what it should be – an organisation that develops football and is now synonymous with transparency, integrity.”“Today everything is open and transparent. It is not possible at FIFA to make hidden payments or do anything unethical with our money. There is no more place for corruption,” he claimed.Infantino said FIFA’s previously precarious financial situation was now looking rosy with the organisation’s budget increased from $5 billion to $6.4bn and reserves up from $1bn to $2.75bn.This was despite increased spending on development projects in FIFA’s 211-member associations. FIFA spent $1.1bn in the period 2015-18 and will increase the sum to $1.75bn from 2019 to 2022, he added.Infantino claimed 11 areas of progress during his tenure, from financial health, women’s development, the fight against racism and a scandal-free 2026 World Cup bidding process. However, he said the implementation of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system had been his major triumph.“It’s the biggest success story. It has become an integral part of football inside one year. It doesn’t change the game, but it helps and cleans the game. It brings justice to the game. It’s not perfect but it’s very close to perfection,” he said.Infantino also used the opportunity to promote the new-look 24-team Club World Cup, which starts in two years’ time but is under threat of a boycott from Europe’s top clubs due to concerns over fixture congestion.“We know that clubs are the heartbeat of the game, they train the players. We need to offer clubs a chance to shine on a world stage and to challenge for a World Cup,” he added.
THE Guyana Amateur Powerlifting Federation (GAPF) will be sending nine athletes to compete at this year’s South American Powerlifting and Bench Press Equipped and Classic Championships, set for September 17–22, in Uruguay.Runita WhiteRunita White, Nadina Taharally, Natoya Robinson, Lisa Oudit, Bjorn Williams, Franklin Brisport, Frank Tucker, Noel Cummings and Nairanjan Singh are the athletes who are set to depart Guyana on September 15 for the Spanish-speaking South American country.In a lead-up to the team’s departure, Chronicle Sport will feature every week those medal hopefuls.Today we start with 23-year-old Runita White, the country’s National record-holder in 84+ kg category. She’s also the first woman to squat 400+ lb Unequipped at the Senior Nationals Championship 2018. She started competing in 2018, doing so in both Junior and Open categories.Name: Runita WhiteGym: Buddy’s GymTrainer: Martin WebsterAge: 23Weight Category: 84+ kgFirst Competition: Novices/Juniors National Championship 2018Squat: 145kgBench: 62.5kgDeadlift: 175kgTotal: 382.5kgSecond Competition: Intermediates/Masters National Championship 2018Squat: 165kgBench: 67.5kgDeadlift: 195kgTotal: 427.5kgThird Competition: Senior Nationals Championship 2018Squat: 182.5kgBench: 75kgDeadlift: 196kgTotal: 453.5kg
AMERICAN 15-year-old Coco Gauff proved last year’s victory over Venus Williams was no fluke when she beat the seven-time Grand Slam champion once again to reach the Australian Open second round.Gauff announced her arrival last July with victory over her “idol” Williams, 39, in the Wimbledon first round.And just like last time, she did it in straight sets, winning 7-6 (7-5) 6-3.Gauff’s celebrations were slightly delayed because she did not realise the final point had been given her way.“That was really difficult. She played really well and I was really nervous for today’s match – I was a bit shocked when I saw the draw, but glad I was able to get through it,” said Gauff, who was making her Australian Open debut.“I am feeling great. I really like this court and really like this crowd.”Gauff will play Romanian world number 74 Sorana Cirstea next.Gauff, who came through qualifying at Wimbledon and was then awarded a wildcard to the main draw at the US Open in September, was making her first appearance in the main draw of a Grand Slam as a direct qualifier. Her Wimbledon exploits meant the crowd on Margaret Court Arena were already familiar with her name and they shouted it often during the match against the former world number one.“I just want to say thank you guys so much, you were chanting my name and I only thought that would happen at the US Open, so it means a lot,” she said.Gauff had looked to be in control of the first set, breaking in the first game and establishing three set points at 5-3 and 5-4 before being forced into a tie-break, which she won when Williams hit an overhead into the net.The youngest player in the draw then raced to a 3-0 lead and went on to serve out the match, taking victory on her second match point when Williams – the oldest player in the draw – rushed to retrieve a shot at the net but could only get to it with a double bounce.(BBC Sport)
Danjuma said the claim by the reporter that the team was ‘suffering’ before the Sports Minister arrived and gave them personal cash was incorrect.“We had been paid our entitlements before the Sports Minister came. I am aghast at what the reporter was out to achieve. Was the reporter in Austria with the team to ascertain we were ‘suffering?’“No member of the Falconets’ technical crew or the playing body has any negative thing to say about the NFF. They did their very best for us and supported the team at each point during the qualifying series, the training camp and the FIFA World Cup.”On her part, Team Administrator Modupe Shabi was in shock about the claim that Head of Women’s Football, Ruth David misplaced the sum of Euro10,000.“That is fallacy. Miss David handed every money that was meant for the team to me and I did the payment to the players and officials. She did not pay anyone directly and certainly did not misplace any Euro10,000. The entire story is the imagination of the reporter or something he saw in his dream.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Chris Danjuma Head Coach of the Falconets, Chris Danjuma, has described as utter falsehood and a cluster of esoteric jargons, a story in one online publication yesterday that an official of his team claimed players and officials were not paid their entitlements before and during the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup finals in France.“I see this as a silly, mischievous story. I have spoken to my assistants and backroom staff and they all denied talking to the reporter. We were paid our entitlements for the camping in Austria and at the FIFA World Cup, and no money was lost as claimed in the story.“From the very first day I saw the reporter in our camp prior to our departure to the final training camp in Austria, I observed he was a very funny figure just looking for negative stuff to report. It is unfortunate that some persons commit their lives to trying to cause mischief and trouble wherever they see there is peace.”
Manchester United will take on Club Brugge in the last 32 of the Europa League while struggling Arsenal will face Greek side Olympiakos following yesterday’s draw in Nyon.United, who won the competition under Jose Mourinho in 2017, travel to Bruges for the first leg on February 20 before returning to Old Trafford a week later.“There is no easy team at this stage but the team is doing well and hopefully we can get a good result,” United club ambassador Park Ji-Sung told BT Sport. “A couple of years ago we won the trophy and we know how beneficial it is, particularly with qualification to the Champions League.”Arsenal are languishing ninth in the Premier League after sacking coach Unai Emery but finished top of their group in Europe and are also away in the first leg.“We are not doing so well, unfortunately in the Premier League, so this could be a route into the Champions League next year, so I’m sure it will be one of our priorities,” said Arsenal club secretary David Miles.Ajax were drawn with Spanish outfit Getafe following their surprise exit from the group stage of the Champions League, while Serie A leaders Inter Milan travel to Ludogorets.Antonio Conte’s side will be among the favourites for the competition alongside last season’s Champions League semifinalists Ajax after failing to get past Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund in Europe’s top competition.Celtic face FC Copenhagen of Denmark while Steven Gerrard’s Rangers come up against Portuguese outfit Braga.Sevilla travel to Romanian side Cluj with the five-time winners riding high in La Liga, while fellow Spaniards Espanyol travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are enjoying their first European campaign in nearly four decades.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram