Trump threatens to adjourn Congress to push through nominations

first_imgTrump accused Democrats in the Republican-controlled Senate of stalling the nominations of several top administration officials whose appointments require hearings and Senate confirmation.Past presidents have made what are known as “recess appointments” when Congress is not in session and Trump said he may adjourn the chambers to allow him to fill vacancies.Although both the House and Senate have not been meeting amid the coronavirus pandemic they have not formally adjourned and have been holding what are known as pro forma sessions.They are scheduled to return in formal session on May 4. “The Senate should either fulfill its duty and vote on my nominees or it should formally adjourn so I can make recess appointments,” Trump said.”If the House will not agree to that adjournment I will exercise my constitutional authority to adjourn both chambers of Congress,” he said.Trump said some of the vacant positions needing to be filled were vital to the response to the coronavirus epidemic which has left more than 27,000 people dead in the United States.”Perhaps it’s never been done before,” Trump said of adjourning the House and Senate. “But we’re going to do it.”We need these people here. We need people for this crisis, and we don’t want to play any more political games.”Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution gives the president the power to adjourn the House and Senate if they cannot agree between themselves on when to adjourn.Among the vacancies Trump cited as needing to be filled was the director of national intelligence, two nominees to the Federal Reserve Board and a senior post in the Department of Agriculture.He also complained that the Senate had yet to approve his nominee to head the body which has oversight over the Voice of America broadcasting network. Trump’s nominee for director of national intelligence, Congressman John Ratcliffe of Texas, has not yet appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the first step before his nomination would be sent to the Senate floor.Jonathan Turley, a constitutional scholar at George Washington University who testified against Trump’s impeachment in Congress last year, warned the president against adjourning Congress.”This power has never been used and should not be used now,” Turley wrote on Twitter.”I have long been a critic of such recess appointments,” he said. “A pandemic should not be an invitation for pandemonium.” Topics :center_img US President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to take the unprecedented step of adjourning Congress to allow him to appoint officials whose nominations he claimed were being blocked by Democrats in the Senate.”I will exercise my constitutional authority to adjourn both chambers of Congress,” Trump told reporters at a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White Hous”I’d rather not use that power,” he said. “We’ll probably be challenged in court and we’ll see who wins.”last_img read more

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European Ports Push for Stricter ‘Polluter Pays’ Principle

first_imgEuropean ports do not want to carry the costs of “unreasonable amounts” of garbage delivered by ships, according to the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO).ESPO has welcomed proposals put forward by the European Parliament Rapporteur Gesine Meissner in the draft report of the Transport Committee on the review of the Waste Reception Facilities Directive. The draft report will be discussed during the Transport Committee meeting to be held today.As informed, the proposals are aiming to better protect the marine environment and decrease the administrative burden for stakeholders. ESPO has welcomed in particular proposals such as the definition of catering waste which would increase the quantities of recycled plastics and contribute to the targets of the European Plastics Strategy.However, European ports believe that the “polluter pays” principle, which has been the cornerstone of the EU’s environmental policy, needs to be strengthened. Introducing a fee system whereby ships would deliver unreasonable quantities of garbage, including dangerous waste for a fixed fee would be “a severe divergence from the polluter pays principle”. It risks to discourage reducing waste at the source, ESPO said.“We strongly believe however that the ‘polluter pays’ principle needs to be better reflected in the new Directive. We cannot accept a regime whereby ships are not incentivised to limit waste at the source and ports have to carry the costs of delivering unreasonable amounts,” Isabelle Ryckbost, ESPO’s Secretary General, explained.“Additionally, we oppose an automatic rebate for “green” ships. Any green rebate, if not corresponding to a real cost reduction, will have to be borne by the port authority. Not all port managing bodies have the financial ability to cover this cost and to give such rebates. We plead for an efficient, but responsible management of ship waste. We count on the rapporteur and Transport Committee members to further optimise the Directive in that sense” Ryckbost added.ESPO further said that any mandatory green rebates for waste, as presented in the Commission proposal, would prevent ports from addressing local environmental challenges. In some areas, waste pollution is a great environmental concern while in others it is air quality and emissions. Furthermore, mandatory rebates disregard the existence of different business and governance models in ports across Europe.The Commission has been preparing an EU submission to the IMO proposing a 100% indirect fee without quantity thresholds at the international level.“I regret that a submission is being introduced to the Council when Parliament has not expressed any views, and negotiations with the Council have not even started. This initiative seems to bypass the ongoing democratic process and lacks legitimacy,” ESPO’s Secretary General concluded.last_img read more

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Restrictions on medical cannabis product CBD to be removed

first_imgTVNZ One News 2 June 2017Family First Comment: Good move. Controlled. Careful. Researched. No decriminalisation of recreational marijuana.The main thing will be to monitor and research the outcomes of the use of CBD on different conditions.Associate Minister of Health Peter Dunne has announced that the CBD cannabis medicine will have restrictions on its use and prescription removed in line with other countries.Cannabidiol, or CBD as it is known, is the part of hemp usually used for medical purposes and has little to no psychoactive traits.Its use rose to prominence – and controversy – in 2015 with the case of Nelson teen Alex Renton, whose family campaigned for better access to the drug which may have improved Alex’s quality of life in his final months. “I have taken advice from the Expert Advisory Committee on Drugs (EACD) that CBD should not be a controlled drug and am pleased Cabinet has now accepted my recommendation to make this change. Therefore, I am now taking steps to remove restrictions accordingly.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/restrictions-medical-cannabis-product-cbd-removed “At present CBD products for therapeutic use are only available if approval is given by the Ministry of Health,” he said in a statement.center_img Mr Dunne announced this morning that the substance has potential therapeutic value and yet it is a controlled drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act.last_img read more

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Margaret “Margie” Gordon

first_imgMargaret “Margie” W. Gordon, 77, of Aurora, Indiana, entered into rest Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 as she wished at her daughter, Tisa’s home. After her valiant fight with ovarian cancer diagnosed in 2014, her battle resumed in Feb. 2017 as stage 4. Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in God and the love and support of family, friends and many others carried her through the past three and a half years.Today, she continues to live deep within the hearts of those who were fortunate to have met her. Margie loved unconditionally with such a giving and honest heart. Her faith was very important to her. She enjoyed visiting with friends and family, playing card games, garage sales and taking drives. Her husband’s nickname for her was “runagade”, because she was always on the go. Margie had a quiet reserved soul, whom never expected much for herself, but gave like she had millions. The only millions she had was love and that she gave unconditionally. She touched so many hearts during her time here on earth with us.She was born February 25, 1940 in Lawrenceburg, IN, daughter of the late William E. Thompson and Frances E. Thompson.Margie was the beloved wife to Scott R. Gordon of 45 years. A devoted mother to seven children; Robbin Thompson (Vicki), Vera Fugate, Aaron Gordon (Kelly), Tisa Lowe (James), Jamie Gordon, Billy Gordon, and Jill Stock (Chris). She was a cherished grandmother to eleven grandchildren and great-grandmother to seventeen great-grandchildren. Margie was a loving sister to two brothers; Robert Thompson and Rick Brewer and three sisters; Carol Baisseau, Audrey Shirley, and Debra Brewer. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Scott R. Gordon and brother, Emmett Thompson.Family and friends are invited to a visitation Monday, July 3, 2017. at 11:00 am until the time of the funeral services that will take place at 1:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana. She will then be laid to rest in Bennington, Indiana at the Slawson Cemetery next to her beloved husband.Contributions may be made to the Slawson Cemetery. IF unable to attend services please all the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

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2017 Super Nationals logo is required for entry in best appearing car contest

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – There’s no particular theme, just one important requirement for Modified and Northern SportMod drivers planning to enter the Best Appearing Car contest for their respective divisions at the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.In addition to required decals for the division, entries must incorporate the 2017 Super Nationals logo, in original and unaltered colors, in the overall design. The logo must be a minimum of 20 inches wide and 13 inches tall and located on the nose or side of the car.Golden Empire Towing of Bakersfield, Calif., awards $200 in cash to drivers of the cars judged best appearing in both divisions. Speedway Motors gives $100 gift cards to all drivers entering the contest while Sweet Manufacturing awards an ignition box to the Modified winner.Both the Modified and Northern SportMod winners will be announced during pre-race ceremonies on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Boone Speedway.last_img read more

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Poch heaps praise on two-goal Kane

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino expects Harry Kane to get even better as the striker’s superb season continued with two goals at West Brom. It was Spurs’ sixth win in eight league games but Pochettino knows such form needs to be maintained for a top-four spot to be achieved. He said: “If we show this like we did today, this performance, maybe we have the possibility to arrive (there), but we need to be consistent from here to the end of the season. “We don’t speak about that. We need to focus on the next game – step by step. To challenge in the long term we need to play every game like we did today.” Kane’s form has led to reports the club could rip up a contract signed just five months ago to replace it with an improved one. Pochettino said: “This is a club decision and the player’s decision. This is business, but Harry wants to stay with Tottenham and Tottenham want Harry to stay long term.” Pochettino played down talk of an imminent exit for Emmanuel Adebayor, who did not make the matchday squad. He said: “We have 27 players in the squad and you need to pick 18 for the game.” West Brom had a good spell in the game between Spurs’ second and third goals but head coach Tony Pulis accepted the bad start was costly. Pulis, for whom defeat was a first since taking charge early in the new year, said: “The first 20 minutes was poor. I thought we started sloppy, gave the ball away too many times and didn’t play with any tempo. “Giving them a two-goal lead was disappointing. We needed a goal but their goalkeeper was absolutely fantastic. You look at the opportunities and the chances, then look at the saves he made, especially the two before half-time, wonderful saves. “Even in the second half we had opportunities but then they get a penalty and a third one, which kills it. If we could have got a goal for 2-1 it would have lifted us and put more pressure on them. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be. It was their day.” Pulis, who gave a debut to new signing Callum McManaman, now wants to add more players before Monday’s transfer deadline. He said: “This week is a difficult week in lots of respects because of the window, trying to line up players. “It is difficult for myself but we have got to bounce back. Hopefully (on Tuesday) having brought a few in, I’ll be happy.” Pochettino said: “It is good for him, good for the team and good for us. It was a great performance. Always when the strikers score goals it is good for the team. “But I think always my focus is that a player can improve. He is young and, like other players, needs to show that he can improve. You cannot stop your improvement. “But I think that not only him, but all players showed character here. This was our challenge when we arrived at Tottenham, to show character and play in this way, like we did from the beginning.” Spurs made a superb start with Christian Eriksen continuing where he left off in the Capital One Cup semi-final in midweek to open the scoring with a brilliant free-kick after six minutes. Kane doubled the lead after 15 minutes as he showed good footwork to turn inside Andre Wisdom and then smash a shot past Ben Foster. He scored the third from the penalty spot after Joleon Lescott was penalised for handball. Pochettino said: “I am very proud of the players. I congratulate them because it was a good performance. “It was very important to start well because after the semi-final at Sheffield (United) always it is difficult, but I think from the beginning we were very aggressive and I think we played very well with and without the ball. “After 2-0 maybe we played at a slow tempo but after the second half I think we deserved it. I think at the end the result was fair.” The 21-year-old scored his 19th and 20th goals of the campaign as Spurs ran out comfortable 3-0 winners at The Hawthorns in the Barclays Premier League. Kane has emerged as one of the hottest young talents in the English game and Pochettino believes there is plenty more to come from him. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Race for Premier League glory: Arsenal head the title contenders

first_img TOTTENHAM (4th, 35 points) Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has jettisoned most of the expensive imports bought with the money from Gareth Bale’s sale and promoted hungry home-grown talent. After an early wobble, Harry Kane has found his form, and Eric Dier has matured into a commanding holding midfielder. In Dele Alli, Pochettino has landed one of the signings of the year. The 19-year-old is a robust, aggressive midfielder with an eye for a pass and a clinical finish. His international debut against France was one of the best performances by an England midfielder in the last few years. Spurs also have the best defensive record in the league. Toby Alderweireld has proven to be a shrewd purchase and Hugo Lloris continues to be one of the best goalkeepers in the division. Pochettino also seems to have instilled a great work ethic at Spurs which will be key if they are to challenge for top spot. WHAT THEY NEED TO DO IN JANUARY: Buy a striker to ease Harry Kane’s workload. Press Association With Chelsea out of the running, and Manchester United unlikely to challenge this year, Arsenal will not have a better chance of winning the title. The Gunners have had some impressive results in the first half of the season. They blew Manchester United away, scored five at Leicester and produced the most unlikely of comebacks to make the Champions League knock-out stages. But nagging doubts about Arsenal’s title credentials came to the fore when they lost 4-0 at Southampton. Mesut Ozil is producing the best form of his Arsenal career, Alexis Sanchez has scored nine goals so far this season and his work rate is phenomenal, while Hector Bellerin and Nacho Monreal have become possibly the strongest full-back pairing in the division. With Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck to come back from injury, this could well be the season Arsenal end what has become a 12-year wait for the title. WHAT THEY NEED TO DO IN JANUARY: Buy a defensive midfielder and a striker. LEICESTER (2nd, 39 points) Many tipped the Foxes for relegation, but Claudio Ranieri has continued the good form Leicester produced under Nigel Pearson towards the end of last season. In 2015 they won half of their league matches and only lost nine. Leicester began the year at the bottom of the table, but are a changed team. A testing stretch including games against Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal lies ahead. If Ranieri’s side come through that period unscathed – and reinforcements arrive in January – perhaps Leicester really could complete the biggest shock in Premier League history by lifting their first title. WHAT THEY NEED TO DO IN JANUARY: Keep hold of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez. A centre-back is also a priority as there is no guarantee Wes Morgan and Robert Huth, who have a combined age of 62, will last the distance. MANCHESTER CITY (3rd, 36 points) Many thought Manuel Pellegrini lacked the charisma to take City to the top again, but the Chilean oversaw five straight wins at the start of the campaign. Since then, City have been inconsistent, however. They have handed out a number of thrashings, most notably to Newcastle, Sunderland, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace. But they suffered damaging 4-1 defeats to Spurs and Liverpool and could also manage just a 0-0 draw at Aston Villa. Tuesday’s goalless stalemate at Leicester showed City lack a Plan B when Sergio Aguero is not firing on all cylinders. Wilfried Bony is simply not up to the task. Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling will chip in with goals now and again, but extra fire-power may be needed if City are to top the table come the end of May. WHAT THEY NEED TO DO IN JANUARY: Sign another forward and a centre-half. Arsenal, Leicester, Manchester City and Tottenham are the top four teams in the Premier League heading into the new year. Here, Press Association Sport looks at what they need to do to if they are to push for the title in the second half of the season: ARSENAL (1st, 39 points) last_img read more

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Official trial date set for Parkland school shooting suspect

first_imgOn Thursday, a Florida judge set an official trial date for the man suspected of killing 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Valentine’s Day of 2018.Accused mass murderer Nikolas Cruz will go on trial in January of 2020.According to the order from Circuit Judge Elizabeth Scherer, all pretrial motions will be heard between Jan. 13 through Jan. 24.All motions must be filed on or before Dec. 27, 2019, according to the order.The 21-year-old  is charged with 17 counts of premeditated first-degree murder and 17 counts of attempted murder.If convicted, he faces the death penalty.Related content:Prosecutor: Nik Cruz “Worse than Bundy” and Refuses to Reconsider Death Penaltylast_img read more

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Dalung, NFF, SWAN, Sports Editors Mourn Fashikun

first_imgA former sports correspondent with THISDAY, Olajide Fashikun is dead. He died yesterday after a brief illness. He was aged 54.Samuel Fashikun, younger brother to Olajide, revealed that his brother had suffered partial stroke before he was hurriedly taken to the hospital where he spent over one week.He confirmed that the family would soon meet and spell out the burial plans. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Fashikun’s partner in the Nigeria Sports Development Fund Inc. initiatedto raise funds for athletes to prepare for five sports at the 2020 Olympics, Mary Onyali-Omagbemi also confirmed his death.He was an ex-international handball player and a stakeholder in all sports.In swift reactions to Fashikun’s death yesterday, Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, expressed deep shock over his demise.“It is a very sad day for sports journalists and athletes in the country.“Jide created a platform to support athletes and stimulate performance through his mobilization of training funds to assist athletes. This made us look forward to a better podium performance in the years ahead.Today, the curtains have been drawn on that project.“Jide was a dedication journalist who went far to uphold the truth. He was a fighter, fearless, thorough and an epitome of investigative journalism while contributing immensely to grassroots sports development .I pray that God will receive him and give his wife and family the fortitude to bear this loss.”Similarly, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) prayed that God Almighty will grant the soul of Fashikun eternal rest in His bosom, and also grant those he has left behind including his immediate family the fortitude to bear the great loss.SWAN President, Honour Sirawo, who just returned from 82nd AIPS General Congress, held in Lausanne, Switzerland, equally received the news of his exit with shock.“I never imagined what I’m hearing. It’s unbelievable to hear that Jide is no more. I met with him in December when he shared his vision on how he intended to bring his wealth of experience to bear in handling the task the National SWAN choose him for. I’m deeply pained. May his soul rest in peace.”The Guild of Sports Editors has described Jide Fashikun’s demise as a huge blow to the country’s quest for sports development, as well as the push for a new Nigeria.Reacting to the death of the investigative reporter, Guild of Sports Editors’ President, Tony Ubani said Fashikun’s demise could not have come at a worse period in Nigeria’s sports development.“Fashikun was devoted to the development of Nigeria’s sports industry of which he gave his all, as a handballer, an athlete and a journalist. “Although many people did not like his methods, Fashikun was unrelenting in his quest for a better Nigeria, a disposition which often brought him at loggerheads with the establishment,” Ubani noted.Fashikun was a one-time Chairman of the Kwara State Chapter of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Sports Editor of the Herald newspaper, Managing Editor of Gong News, a senior Sports correspondent at THISDAY and a former lecturer at Kwara Polytechnic.last_img read more

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Senior hurling championship fixtures and results

first_imgPhoto © Nenagh Eire Og Twitter Account Last night saw the first of this weekend’s Senior hurling championship games played.Ballina faced Portroe in Nenagh where it finished up all square on 23 points a-piece.The final score was Ballina 2-17 Portroe 3-14. To today’s action, in the Seamus O’ Riann Senior hurling championship, in Group 2 Templederry take on Moycarkey Borris in The Ragg 6pm.Then there are three games down for decision at half 7.In Group 1 Roscrea play Newport in Toomevara.In Group 3 JK Bracken’s face Clonakenny in Templetuohy.And in Group 4 Holycross/Ballycahill take on Knockavilla Kickhams in Clonoulty.last_img read more

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