Trump’s legal battles: How six cases may play out

first_imgOne clause requires all federal officials, including the president, to seek the consent of Congress before accepting any benefits from foreign states. What we know: It’s a “political hit job”, a Trump Organization lawyer said of Mr Vance’s inquiry in August 2019. Ms Carroll v Mr Trump seemed straightforward enough until September, when the US Department of Justice weighed in. What might happen next: The White House said Ms Trump’s book was full of “falsehoods”, but Mr Trump is yet to reply to the lawsuit. So what does this have to do with Mr Trump? Cohen’s testimony gave Ms James grounds to seek information about Mr Trump’s property empire. Like Mr Vance, Ms James has had to fight for that information in the courts. media captionTrump describes allegations he avoided taxes as “fake news” What might happen next: Mr Trump is expected to appeal against the demand to hand over his tax returns in the Supreme Court. There, the matter may be settled. Civil investigations like this can result in financial penalties, if evidence of wrongdoing is found. If it is, another criminal inquiry cannot be ruled out. Karen McDougal

UW women’s soccer finding its backline to be perfectly in sync

first_imgNo sport stresses the importance of communication and chemistry quite like the game of soccer.No timeouts, no huddles and everybody’s spread out. And without communication, especially in the last line of defense, any team will start to sink fast.In the back line of the Wisconsin women’s soccer team, though, you’ll find that all four players are tuned into the right frequency.Senior Taryn Francel, junior Meghan Flannery, sophomore Lindsey Johnson and freshman Catie Sessions have formed a strong sense of togetherness that has helped the Badgers keep opponents scoreless and their own offense clicking.Through their first four games, the Badgers allowed five goals, with all of them coming off of set pieces rather than in the run of play. And in the two games since, the UW defense has tightened their vice on opposing offenses by posting two consecutive shutouts – leaving opponents high and dry for the last 231 minutes of play.“I think that’s important for them to be a unit and move together,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “I think that Taryn really has a major role in that, and Flan is kind of growing into that role. They really like to control everyone in front of them, in terms of the midfielders and the forwards. I’m glad we have people willing to talk.“And I think they’re competitive. In the last couple games, they’ve dove to make blocks and thrown their bodies in front of the ball.”Led by the upperclassmen Francel and Flannery from the two center positions, the backline has proved to be a solid unit in the team’s efforts to climb out of a slow 1-2-3 start.In their last match against a dangerous UW-Milwaukee offense, the backline allowed just two shots on goal and displayed their capability of tackling as well as denying the through pass.But after losing defender and team MVP Whitney Owusu to graduation after the 2009 season, senior goalkeeper Michele Dalton felt slightly nervous about the line in front of her. But with the emergence of Sessions at left back, Dalton feels blessed to have such a sound group watch over her goal.“Off the field we get along so well, and I think that carries over into the field both in practice and in the games, so I think we just work well naturally,” she said. “That’s hard to come by, and I feel very fortunate to be able to work with the backline in the way that we do. Whitney was a big loss last year, but I think Catie Sessions has stepped into that role phenomenally well – everything seems to be working out.”Not only has the unit provided a worthy safety net defensively, but they have also been described by Wilkins as the “catalyst” for the offense, each by bringing their own unique skills to the equation.Flannery, who operates as the team’s corner kick taker, sent in a perfect lob against UW-M that allowed forward Laurie Nosbusch to head it in for the game’s only score. Johnson can make any opponent regret touching the ball last before going out-of-bounds, since her flip throw-in can drop the ball right into the goalmouth.Francel, a team captain, provides organization and leadership while Sessions, who is repeatedly noted for her speed, has shown to be reliable in advancing the ball downfield through dribbling or passing.Each defender contributes in their own way to the defense as well.“You got Catie Sessions and Lindsey Johnson on the outsides, and they bring their speed, and you have Flan and I that play center and bring more background knowledge to the game and anticipating stuff,” Francel said. “Everyone brings their own special quality.”Dalton, Francel and Sessions all mentioned, though, that the unit’s strengths mainly derive from the confidence each defender holds in one another to hustle back and cover for each other as the offense begins a counterattack.“I think the reason we’ve been so successful is because we all cover for each other,” Sessions said. “We know we need to have each other’s back, and we’ve really focused on that a lot in practice.”Francel expanded on that idea by illustrating how the confidence she puts in her teammates can allow her to take on an opposing forward with delight rather than a sense of uneasiness.“When I have good communication behind me I can just tell that it’s going to be a fun and good tackle,” she said. “You can just kind of feel that you’re going to go into it hard, and I know that they’re behind in case something happens.“It’s hard when there’s a counterattack and you’re the last defender and they’re running at you – that’s a little scarier – but when you know you have good coverage, you can trust each other.”last_img read more

Syracuse prepares to face inconsistent Virginia Tech in first ACC road matchup

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 7, 2014 at 6:15 pm Contact Stephen: | @Stephen_Bailey1 Fifty-one years ago. That had been the last time Syracuse won a regulation game with fewer than 50 points — the Orange defeated Kent State 36-35 on Dec. 1, 1962.But on Saturday, SU edged Miami (Fla.) 49-44 in its first Atlantic Coast Conference matchup as a league member. The Hurricanes’ hazardous 1-2-2 matchup zone kept the Orange without a field goal for the first 8:50 of the second half as SU’s offense had its worst stretch of the season.After the game, head coach Jim Boeheim and his players all said they expect to face more matchup zone in conference play.“We’re going to be in these types of games and we’re going to see this kind of play a lot,” Boeheim said in his postgame press conference. “We just have to be prepared and be a little bit better on offense.”Next up for No. 2 Syracuse (14-0, 1-0) in its first-ever ACC slate is a trip to Blacksburg, Va., to face Virginia Tech (8-5, 1-0) on Tuesday at 9 p.m. The grind-you-down-on-defense, tie-you-up-on-offense approach that Miami threatened Syracuse with will likely be replaced by long stints of man-to-man defense and a more trigger-happy, turnover-prone offense. The Hokies are the best three-point shooting team in the conference, but average 14.3 turnovers per game compared to the 8.9 they force.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt’s been an inconsistent season so far for Virginia Tech, with losses to Seton Hall and UNC Greensboro highlighting an injury-plagued nonconference schedule. But the Hokies beat Miami in overtime and have one of the conference’s leading scorers in Jarell Eddie at 17.4 points per game, making Virginia Tech an opponent SU can’t overlook with North Carolina looming on Saturday.“What we prepare for is their best, we don’t prepare for their worst,” Boeheim said on the ACC coaches’ teleconference on Monday. “We’d love to get it, but we don’t expect to.”What the Orange might get is a depleted Virginia Tech roster. Sophomore guard Adam Smith, junior forward C.J. Barksdale and sophomore forward Marshall Wood are all questionable for the game, VT head coach James Johnson said on the ACC coaches’ teleconference on Monday.Freshman Devin Wilson is the Hokies only healthy point guard, as the team has been limited by injury more than any other ACC team this season.“I’m not sure what this team is really capable of yet because we haven’t had everybody together yet,” Johnson said on the teleconference. “And I rarely have everyone together in practice.”When VT has looked its best this season, it’s been when Eddie gets hot. He’s shot 47 percent from long range, and has scored 20-plus points in four games this season and grabbed eight-plus rebounds in five. His outside shot has been inconsistent at times, but a 14-for-19 stretch from beyond the arc in mid-November shows the damage he can do.It’s possible, though, that the Hokies follow Miami’s lead and try to slow down their offensive sets. SU players agreed the Hurricanes’ patience on offense helped keep the Orange from finding a rhythm in its half-court sets.“It is tough to have to play defense that long, especially when they get a rebound or score, period, and then we come down and take a quick shot and have to get back on defense,” forward C.J. Fair said. “We could not really get anything going like that.”Defensively, the Hokies likely won’t use the matchup zone. They’ve primarily played man-to-man defense this year, holding opponents to just 38.2 percent shooting with above average athleticism and a relatively easy schedule.But when Virginia Tech has played strong competition, its defense has floundered.Then-No. 1 Michigan State shot 50.7 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range in the Spartans’ 96-77 win over the Hokies on Nov. 22. Virginia Commonwealth shot 42.9 percent from the field and 48.percent from 3-point range in an 82-52 win on Dec. 21.“The youth of the team is one [thing],” Johnson said, “but when you got a lineup on the floor and the guys get used to playing with each other, guys learn where guys are going to be in certain situations, where guys are more comfortable scoring on the floor and what certain guys can do — and we just haven’t had that.”So Syracuse’s rematch with a deadly matchup zone will have to wait.The Hokies pose a different challenge for the Orange, as the SU zone will be the one closing out hard on shooters and clogging the passing lanes.If it does, it will probably translate to a less organized Virginia Tech squad. If it doesn’t, Eddie and the rest of the Hokies shooters could keep VT in the game.“We really don’t prepare for a team’s highs and lows,” Boeheim said. “We just expect a team’s going to play well against us.” Commentslast_img read more

Rashid Sumaila wins Emir Cup trophy with Al Qadsia

first_imgBlack Stars defender Rashid Sumaila won his first trophy with Al Qadsia after they beat Al Salmiyah 1-0 in the  in the Emir Cup finals on Tuesday in Saudi.The Ghanaian international helped his side to lift the Emir Cup trophy for a record 16 times after managing a narrow win at the Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium.Al Qadsia thus wins their first trophy of the season after failing to defend their League title at the end of the 2014/15 League season.Sumaila has been instrumental for the Kuwaiti giants since joining the Club on loan from South African side Memolodi Sundowns.The former Asante Kotoko center-back is however expected to be handed a permanent deal as his contract ends on May 31. The young defender has been neglected by the  Black Stars coach Avram  Grant but believes  his consistent output will see him return to play for the senior national team.last_img read more


first_imgKENTUCKY DERBY DAY AT SANTA ANITA ON SATURDAY TO OFFER FANS TREMENDOUS RACING AS WELL AS A NUMBER OF EVENTS & ACTIVITIES; ADMISSION GATES TO OPEN AT 7:15 A.M., FIRST LIVE RACE AT 12 NOON SANTA ANITA TO OFFER AN 11-RACE CARD, KENTUCKY DERBY POST TIME SET FOR 3:50 PTARCADIA, Calif. (May 1, 2019)–With three Santa Anita-based colts leading the way, anticipation is running high for the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby, which will be offered via simulcast at Santa Anita this Saturday.  In order to facilitate wagering on a tremendous undercard from Churchill Downs, Santa Anita’s admission gates will open at 7:15 a.m. on Saturday, with wagering offered in the Grandstand Paddock Room.Other venues, such as the track’s FrontRunner Restaurant, Turf Terrace, Kentucky Derby Trackside Beer Festival, Sirona’s Sports Bar and Infield Area will all open at 9 a.m.With the Grade III, $100,000 Senorita Stakes serving as Saturday’s main event locally, first post time for an 11-race card at Santa Anita is at 12 noon.Fans are encouraged to visit as soon as possible, as reserved seating in all areas is selling fast and fans can still take advantage of considerable discounts by purchasing online.KENTUCKY DERBY DAY EVENTS AT SANTA ANITAKENTUCKY DERBY TRACKSIDE BEER FESTIVALEnjoy the Run for the Roses as local craft breweries and top food trucks will be part of this unforgettable event.  From a seat on Santa Anita’s storied homestretch to souvenir pennant commemorating Justify’s historic Triple Crown sweep in 2018, the day will build to a crescendo as the horses go to the gate for the most exciting two minutes in sports, the Kentucky Derby.—GENERAL TRACKSIDE PACKAGE ($35) INCLUDES:        –Eight (8) three oz. Beer Tastings        –$5 Betting Voucher        –Commemorative Justify Pennant        –Club House Admission        –Racing Program & Wagering Tip Sheet        –Access to Trackside and Grandstand seating areasNOTE:  Must be 21 or older to purchase package.  Children permitted in area, but may not purchase the online package.  Seating is not guaranteed.  Food Trucks will be located around the Kingsbury Fountain.WOODFORD RESERVE VIEWGet a trackside seat and enjoy refreshing cocktails made with Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon and savor gourmet offerings from our Woodford-infused menu and experience all the excitement from this unique spot.     Woodford Reserve View patrons will also take home a commemorative souvenir pennant, representing Justify’s run to the Triple Crown in 2018. WOODFORD RESERVE VIEW PACKAGE ($60)        –One Woodford Reserve Baldwin Buck Cocktail with Souvenir Cup                 –Justify Commemorative Triple Crown Pennant        –Choice of item from Woodford Reserve food menu, which includes: Citrus Honey Woodford Reserve Glazed Chicken Skewers with Fingerling Potato Salad.  Bourbon Braised Brisket Sandwich with Ciabatta, Apple Cider and Slaw.  Veggie Burger, with Woodford Reserve Marmalade, Avocado and Brioche.         –$5 Betting Voucher        –Access to Trackside Seating (seating is not guaranteed)        –Club House Admission        –Racing Program and Wagering Tip SheetNOTE:  Must be 21 or over to purchase this package.  No children allowed in this area.CHANDELIER ROOM PARTYEnjoy a delicious picnic buffet, join a premium whiskey tasting with a live DJ setting the perfect mood for an unbelievable day in this world famous venue that embodies the elegance and glory of Santa Anita’s founding.CHANDELIER ROOM GENERAL ENTRY PACKAGE ($55) (Seating is not guaranteed)        –Entrance into the Chandelier Room at Santa Anita (Full Service Bar begins at 12 noon)        –BBQ Picnic Buffet (Served from 12 noon to 3 p.m.):  Jalapeno Corn Bread, Traditional Caesar Salad with Parmesan/Focaccia Croutons/Light Garlic Dressing.  Country Potato Salad with Scallions/Farm Egg.  Crispy Buttermilk Chicken Tender with Sweet Honey Barbeque Sauce.  Kentucky Bourbon Pulled Pork Sliders.  Mini Corn Dogs with Bavarian Mustard.  Baked Four Cheese Macaroni/Double Chocolate Fudge Cookies/Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies/Grandma’s Sugar Cookies.        –Whiskey Tasting (12 noon to 3 p.m.)        –Live DJ        –Racing Program and Wagering Tip SheetNOTE:  Must be 21 or older and in order to maintain a standard of elegance and sophistication, we kindly request no shorts, t-shirts, sandals or baseball caps.  Jeans may be worn, but must not be torn, faded or over-sized and should be worn with a collared shirt or blazer.KENTUCKY DERBY DAY HAT CONTESTWhat’s Derby Day without a hat contest?  Join in on all the tradition, pomp and circumstance of the First Saturday in May with the Best Overall Hat Contest at The Great Race Place.  It’s FREE to enter and you could win the FIVE HUNDRED DOLLAR Cash Grand Prize with the Best Overall Hat.         –Must be 18 or older, registration begins Saturday at 10 a.m. at the registration tent located along the home stretch on the Grandstand Apron.         –Live judging will take place in-between races near the registration location.  (Visit for exact time).INFIELD FAMILY FUN ZONE         –Bring the family, pony rides, inflatables, board games, face painting and more available.  Discounts available at INFIELD PARKING AND GENERAL ADMISSION         –Easy access via Gate 6 off of Colorado Place on the track’s northern perimeter.  Bring the family and picnic in our spacious Infield, folding chairs welcome.  Easy access to wagering and television monitors.FREE CALIFORNIAN VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE SHOW IN THE INFIELD         –Vintage motorcycles, food trucks, vendors and more in the Infield (East End).  Free parking and admission via Gate 6 off of Colorado Place.For additional information on Kentucky Derby Day at Santa Anita this Saturday, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Water woes hit WBD after reduced GWI production

first_img…1 of 2 wells restoredFor the past three weeks, water supply to residents in West Bank Demerara has been severely affected after two wells operated by the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) decreased its production rate.Director of Operations Dwayne ShakoAt present, the utility company is still trying to remedy the situation and trucks are now supplying potable water, while one well still remains unfixed. The area is usually supplied by three wells in Westminster, L’Oratoire, and Onderneeming.Director of Operations at GWI Dwayne Shako explained on Friday that the L’Oratoire and Westminster wells dropped their production rate by 39,000 and 40,000 gallons of water per hour respectively. This created a serious dent in the supply chain and many households were affected.“For the last three weeks, we experienced a severe drop in production in one of the wells and by the time we attempted to do some work on that well, we experienced a severe drop in the next well,” he explained.According to the Director, the water is sourced from groundwater reserves so these problems cannot be detected instantaneously.“Because this is a groundwater source and it is coming from very deep, we would not see the effect right away. It will take many months and possible years of rain to really have any immediate effect on the aquifer. The issue really is that from time to time, because of migration of particles. We many times experience a loss in production”.On Friday morning, the L’Oratoire well was restored but the Recht Door Zee Phase Two and Onderneeming Phase Two communities remained without potable water.“The team tried really hard to get L’Oratoire back in operation and we completed that well this morning (Friday) and were able to restore service at that well. We now have a smaller part of Westminister, Dairy and the Recht Door Zee (Phase One) area that has now gotten some amount of relief but we still have the Phase Two of both the Recht Door Zee and the Onderneeming area,” said Shako.Regional Manager Denise Woolford explained that they have put plans in place to have water supplied via trucks. However, it is a limited access to cater for daily activities. Until the West Minster well is fully operational, these efforts will continue.“In an attempt to alleviate the issues being faced, we put measures in place to truck potable water in the areas. We have three different sets of tankers that will be going in and they will be working round the clock. The water that we’re providing in the area is free but we’re just asking that they conserve. This trucking is going to continue until we have West Minister back in operation,” Woolford stated.Adding to that, Shako shared that the tankers are large, resulting in technicalities to maneuver on smaller streets.“We were very skeptical about starting the water distribution because the tankers are large. In Onderneeming, the streets are small so we’ll try to stay on the main road and pump water through the streets if we can…We’ll try our best to ensure that everybody receives a supply of water,” he positioned.last_img read more