All-night Democrat talk-a-thon opposes Supreme Court pick

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. All-night Democrat talk-a-thon opposes Supreme Court pick Author: AP Published: April 5, 2017 6:01 AM EDT Updated: April 5, 2017 10:21 AM EDT center_img WASHINGTON (AP) A Democratic senator held the Senate floor through the night and was still going Wednesday in an attention-grabbing talk-a-thon highlighting his party’s opposition to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell claimed the votes necessary to change Senate rules and thwart the Democratic filibuster in a showdown that could alter the course of the Senate and the court.Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley started talking Tuesday evening and was still going more than 13 hours later as he accused Gorsuch of siding with corporations over regular people, likening Gorsuch’s approach to that of Antonin Scalia, the justice who died last year. Though Scalia died 14 months ago, Republicans held the seat open so President Donald Trump could fill it, sparking enduring Democratic fury.Merkley stood in front of a blow-up of the preamble to the Constitution, still talking Wednesday morning.He said Gorsuch “is much like his idol and role model Antonin Scalia and other far-right conservatives on the Supreme Court. And while this unbalanced approach might make for interesting reading the courtroom is not an academic paper each case involves real people with real problems.”Merkley’s lengthy speech made for drama but had no chance to change the outcome. In votes set for Thursday, Democrats will try to block Gorsuch’s confirmation, but McConnell will then change Senate rules to lower the threshold required to advance Supreme Court nominees from 60 votes to a simple majority in the 100-member Senate.“They seem determined to head into the abyss,” the Kentucky Republican said of Democrats as debate began Tuesday over Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination. “They need to reconsider.”Democrats blamed Republicans for pushing them to attempt a nearly unheard of filibuster of a qualified Supreme Court pick. Forty-four Democrats intend to vote against proceeding to final confirmation on Gorsuch, which would be enough to block him under the Senate’s existing parliamentary rules that require 60 votes to advance a nomination.But McConnell intends to act unilaterally with the rest of the 51 other members of the GOP Senate conference and change the rules to eliminate the 60-vote threshold so that it would require just a simple majority to install Gorsuch on the high court bench, as well as all future Supreme Court nominees. Asked if he has the votes to do that, given misgivings voiced by many Republicans, McConnell answered simply “yes.”Democrats tried mightily to keep the focus on Republicans’ plans to change Senate rules, rather than on their own plans to obstruct a nominee who would likely have gotten onto the court easily with no filibuster in earlier, less contentious political times.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York said, “Senator McConnell would have the world believe that his hands are tied. That the only option after Judge Gorsuch doesn’t earn 60 votes is to break the rules, to change the rules. That could not be further from the truth.”In fact, a Senate rules change does appear to be the lone route that Republicans have to put Gorsuch on the court. And despite claims from Schumer and others that Trump and Republicans could go back to the drawing board and come up with a more “mainstream” nominee, it seems unlikely that any nominee produced by Trump would win Democrats’ approval.On Tuesday evening McConnell officially filed a “cloture” motion, the procedural step designed to end debate on a nomination and bring it to a final vote. That started the clock toward a showdown on Thursday, when Democrats are expected to try to block Gorsuch, at which point Republicans would respond by enacting the rules change. The change is known on Capitol Hill as the “nuclear option” because of the potential repercussions for the Senate and the court.For the Senate, it would mean that future Supreme Court nominees could get on the court without bipartisan support, potentially leading to a more ideologically polarized court. More immediately, Gorsuch’s confirmation to fill the vacancy on the court created by Scalia’s death would restore the conservative voting majority that existed before Scalia’s death and could persist or grow for years to come.And for the Senate, lawmakers of both parties bemoaned the further erosion of their traditions of bipartisanship and consensus. Some were already predicting that they would end up eliminating the 60-vote requirement for legislation, as well as nominations. But McConnell pledged Tuesday that this would not happen on his watch.Gorsuch now counts 55 supporters in the Senate: the 52 Republicans including McConnell, along with three moderate Democrats from states that President Donald Trump won last November – Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana. A fourth Senate Democrat, Michael Bennet from Gorsuch’s home state of Colorado, has said he will not join in the filibuster against Gorsuch but has not said how he will vote on final passage.Gorsuch, 49, is a 10-year veteran of a federal appeals court in Denver, where he’s compiled a highly conservative record that’s led Democrats to complain that he too often sides with corporations without regard to the humanity of the plaintiffs before him. SHARElast_img read more

Export levy allows businesses to develop industry

first_imgThe Jamaica government says conch exporters have now been granted permission to pay the levy imposed on each pound of conch exported from the island in installments.Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Karl Samuda, said exporters had been complaining about the significant financial challenges they face as a result of increased production costs as well as investment cost in maintaining their European Union accreditation.This has resulted in a struggle for the exporters in growing market share in the extremely competitive European Union conch market. The exporters have expressed a continued willingness to pay the requisite levies, but they seek deferment of the payment in relation to the expiration of the conch harvesting for the 2016 conch season, which is not permissible under the Act,” he said.Through the passage of the Conch (Export Levy) (Special Provisions) Act revival resolution in the House of Representatives, exporters will be allowed to complete payment within three months of the date of submission of the application for an export health certificate and export license for each consignment of conch.Samuda said that the levy introduced in 2009 on each pound of conch exported has been reduced from US$0.75 to US$0.50, which will allow the exporters to expand their businesses and further develop the industry.last_img read more

New Zealand marks 100 days of coronavirus elimination

first_imgNew Zealand got rid of the virus by imposing a strict lockdown in late March when only about 100 people had tested positive for the disease. That stopped its spread. For the past three months, the only new cases have been a handful of returning travelers who have been quarantined at the border. (AP) Life has returned to normal for many people in the South Pacific nation of 5 million, as they attend rugby games at packed stadiums and sit down in bars and restaurants without the fear of getting infected. But some worry the country may be getting complacent and not preparing well enough for any future outbreaks. WELLINGTON – New Zealand on Sunday marked 100 days since it stamped out the spread of the coronavirus, a rare bright spot in a world that continues to be ravaged by the disease.center_img Customers at a cafe enjoy lunch in the sunshine in Christchurch, New Zealand, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. New Zealand marked a 100 days of being free from the coronavirus in its communities. AP last_img read more

Unik Tapi Berbahaya, Pemuda Ini Gunakan Rel Aktif Untuk Isi Ulang Baterai Ponsel

first_imgTerdengar nyeleneh namun cukup masuk akal, ketika rel kereta api dijadikan sebagai media untuk mengisi ulang daya ponsel Anda. Walaupun terdengar ekstrim, tapi setidaknya ini membuktikan bahwa jalur rel kereta api dapat dimanfaatkan untuk keperluan lain yang sama sekali tidak ada hubungannya dengan pengoperasian kereta itu sendiri. Lalu, bagaimana caranya untuk mengisi daya ponsel tersebut di rel kereta api yang masih aktif?Baca Juga: Saatnya Maksimalkan Tenaga Surya untuk Energi Terbarukan di Kereta ApiSebelum membahasnya lebih jauh, rel kereta aktif memiliki voltase listrik rendah yang dihasilkan oleh gesekan ban kereta dengan rel itu sendiri. Pemikiran sederhana itulah yang akhirnya menjadi dasar terciptanya ide gila pengisian daya listrik di rel kereta aktif. Sebagaimana yang dilansir dari laman, sebuah video yang diunggah oleh pengguna akun YouTube bernama Kreosan menunjukkan bahwa benar adanya rel kereta dapat dijadikan media untuk mengisi ulang daya ponsel Anda. Tegangan yang dihasilkan oleh rel tersebut tidaklah konstan dan sama sekali tidak cocok untuk mengisi ulang daya baterai ponsel Anda. Hal tersebut dibuktikan oleh seorang pemuda pada awal video, dimana ia mengukur arus listrik dengan menggunakan voltmeter. Angka yang ditunjukkan oleh voltmeter tersebut hanya berkisar antara 0 hingga 2,5 volt saja, itu pun tidak stabil. Maka dari itu, diperlukan perangkat tambahan yang dapat menstabilkan aliran listrik sehingga dapat memaksimalkan pasokan daya yang masuk ke ponsel Anda.Bagian dalam speaker digunakan sebagai penyearah aliran listrik sehingga daya yang dikeluarkan untuk mengisi baterai Anda pun menjadi lebih stabil. Dalam video berdurasi tiga menit tersebut, terlihat getaran speaker yang dihasilkan oleh arus listrik di rel dapat menyalakan bohlam lampu secara berkala dengan tingkat keterangan yang stabil. Tidak hanya speaker, sebuah komponen listrik lainnya juga dipasangkan untuk lebih menstabilkan aliran listrik yang masuk. Dan benar saja, ketika kabel charger dicolokkan, secara otomatis daya di ponsel Anda mulai terisi.Baca Juga: Duh! Orang-orang ini Tewas Karena Selfie di Rel KeretaWalaupun Anda punya sejuta alasan untuk tidak mengisi ulang daya ponsel di rel kereta aktif, tapi alasan keselamatan tetaplah berada di garda depan. Lagi pula beragam inovasi sudah dihadirkan untuk memudahkan kehidupan Anda. Tentu saja Anda tidak dianjurkan untuk melakukan hal gila ini karena akan membahayakan nyawa Anda sendiri.Terlepas dari semua alasan tadi, di Indonesia sendiri sudah ada yang terlebih dahulu memanfaatkan arus listrik di rel kereta sebagai media pengobatan alternatif.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… RelatedJalur Kereta di Sulawesi, Nyaris Tak Terdengar Tapi Ada Bukti Jejak Sejarahnya07/03/2018In “Darat”Bertabur Bebatuan di Sisi Rel Kereta Api, Inilah Penjelasannya!13/02/2018In “Darat”Hanoi Punya Jalur Kereta Aktif yang Instagramable Bagi Pelancong01/11/2018In “Darat”last_img read more

Argos Drop Series To Alabama-Huntsville

first_img Brenton Goebel (Photo courtesy of Pete Sintes) Share Argos Drop Series To Alabama-Huntsvillecenter_img HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —  The University of West Florida baseball team fell 7-3 and 5-3 to the University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers in doubleheader action Saturday afternoon in Huntsville, Ala.  After taking early leads in both games, late inning rallies by the Chargers downed the Argos, dropping them to 7-8 in Gulf South Conference action.In game one of the doubleheader the Argos quickly jumped out on top in the first inning on a Zach Cates RBI single through the left side which sent home Kyle Brown for the first run of the game. In the bottom half of the inning, a two homerun by the first baseman Ryan McCrory put the Chargers back out on top 2-1.The Argos would knot the game up at two in the second inning when Jimmy Boswell came around to score on a throwing error by Chargers’ starting pitcher Ryan Griffin.After a couple of shutout innings from both sides, both the Chargers and Argos would swap runs in the fifth and sixth to keep it a tie ballgame at three apiece.The Chargers broke open the game in the seventh, tacking on four runs on five hits and one Argonaut error.  The inning was capped off by a Shannon Anderson double down the left field line which brought home the fourth and final run of the inning to give the Chargers a 7-3 lead.The Argos would go down quietly the next two innings to drop game one 7-3, falling to 7-7 in GSC action.In the rubbermatch the Argos once again took an early lead, putting up two runs in the top half of the first.  Jack Materne drove in the first run of the ballgame on a line drive triple into the right center field gap to cap off the two run inning.Argos starter Kyle Ramsey shutdown the Chargers offense until the bottom half of the third when they would add four runs on three hits to re-take the lead.The Chargers added another insurance run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Jovan Pickett to give them a three run lead.  A seventh inning homer by Argos catcher Brenton Goebel got the Argos within two runs but that would be as close as they would get as they would fall 5-3.Kyle Ramsey took the loss in game two, just his second of the season.  The Argos drop to 27-19 overall and are now 7-8 in GSC play.  They will be back in action this coming weekend at Jim Spooner Field at Pelican Park to face Division I Mississippi Valley State in a three game series.For more information on Argonaut athletics or to follow along with live stats, fans can keep up with the action at One Box ScoreGame Two Box ScorePrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

UWF women’s tennis ranks No. 5 in latest ITA regional poll

first_img Laure-Eline Faure moves up five spots and now ranks No. 13 in the region in singles play after finishing the regular season 12-5. (Photo by John Blackie) Share UWF women’s tennis ranks No. 5 in latest ITA regional pollcenter_img SKILLMAN, N.J. – The University of West Florida women’s tennis team ranks No. 5 in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division II women’s tennis rankings released on Wednesday. West Florida (23-4, 9-0 GSC) won its fourth consecutive and 14th overall GSC championship last week and retains its regional ranking as they head into the NCAA DII South Regionals. Monika Kochanova (Bratislava, Slovakia) ranks No. 2 in the region in singles play after finishing the regular season 16-4. Laure-Eline Faure (Toulouse, France) moves up five spots and now ranks No. 13 in the region in singles play after finishing the regular season 12-5. Kochanova and Faure rank as the No. 2 doubles team in the south region after finishing the regular season on a 13-match win streak. West Florida will next compete in the NCAA DII South Regional on May 3-6.For information on all UWF athletics, visit #ARGOS#Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Dalton Myers | False-start fiasco deeper than Doha spot

first_imgAs a sports fan, I felt disappointed in the way the JAAA/Supreme Ventures National Athletics Championships ended on Sunday. As a sport administrator, I was left feeling sad for the amazing athletes in the women’s 100m hurdles. The truth is, no event should have ended that way. It now leaves the athletes angered by the process, and not trusting the system which is supposed to be fair. I will spend less time on the false start itself as there are rules in place to deal with false starts, faulty starts, and so on. The application of those rules, however, has come into question, and you get the sense that there is little uniformity in how several rules are applied at our championships at times. This includes seeding of races, disqualifications, timing of races, lane assignments or even lane violations. If you talk to most coaches and athletes, they express a lack of trust in the overall system as it relates to transparency. In that 100m hurdles, there were eight ladies with eight different goals, stories and dreams. Each went into that final knowing that a positive result could change her life – from the athlete just returning from injury, to the one who knows that a good time could land her an apparel contract and/or sponsorship. You may also have that athlete who is not in good form and could lose her contract. Then, there are those who would have been gunning for the national title and impressive times which could land them in the IAAF World Championship, the Diamond League, or other athletics meetings. The rewards can be significant as some deals allow for bonuses for certain times or distances, as well as placings at national championships and major events. So it’s not just the title of national champion that was at stake in what seems to be a ‘simple’ race. Additionally, with hurdles, you can never be too sure that the top-seeded athletes will come out on top because of those 10 obstacles in the race. The JAAA issued a statement indicating that “three of the seven competitors with the highest ranking [as of August 16, 2019] in the 100m hurdles for women at the time will therefore represent Jamaica”. While I can understand this decision, you can also appreciate that the new IAAF rankings can prove to be problematic. Additionally, not all seven women will have the same opportunities to travel overseas and compete in quality meets to improve their ranking, as the system is not just based on times recorded, but a number of other variables. There were various options available to the officials, and I am never a fan of decisions like these being decided in the boardroom. In my opinion, that race should have been run the same evening. You want to have your top athletes vying for positions competing under the same conditions to select your team. I am also yet to hear any of the athletes’ handlers indicating that they asked for the race to be abandoned. While I know the various camps sent their medical teams to attend to the ladies, at least seven seemed ready to compete 45 minutes later (which was the first announcement they received). Sports a business I will forever mention that sport is a business, and every event/competition must be treated as such. I have no problem if an athlete who violates either the false start rule or any other rule is given a red flag or card. What I have a challenge with is when there does not seem to be uniformity in the application of the rules. If you have been around as long as, or longer than, I have, and have watched our major events here, you can count the many times we have seen athletes ‘false start’ but were not disqualified, or were allowed to run ‘under protest.’ In moving forward, there should be a lot of introspection from all stakeholders, including athletes, officials, administrators and patrons about how we treat these events. The display at the weekend left a lot to be desired, but hopefully we learnt some valuable lessons, and hopefully all eight ladies will get another opportunity soon to showcase their talent and realise their dreams. Dalton Myers is a sports consultant and administrator. Email feedback to or tweet @daltonsmyers.last_img read more

Five players to watch at Alabama A-Day game

first_imgHere are five players to watch during Alabama’s A-Day game at 2 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa.1. Jacob Coker (QB). Alabama made the right choice at quarterback last season by going with Blake Sims instead of Coker, who had transferred from Florida State. With Sims gone, Coker was supposed to slide into the starting role, but still hasn’t full established himself as a guy. Want to see him make tough throws, get rid of the ball on time and make the right decisions with the ball.2. Kenyan Drake (RB).Derrick Henry is the main man, but Drake could very well be the difference maker in the Alabama offense. He’s coming off a season-ending leg injury, but Drake is a game changer. Alabama is thin at the running back position so Drake and Henry shouldn’t carry the ball much, but will Drake show the same explosion when he does gets his touches?3. O.J. Howard (TE). The junior tight end from Prattville has caught three touchdowns in two scrimmages. So he’s had a breakout spring. Will that carry over into the A-Day game?4. Shaun Hamilton (LB). Is he ready to start right now. The former G.W. Carver star didn’t hold up well when given a chance to play against Ohio State in the College Football Playoff. Has smarts, knows the defense, but is Hamilton up to the physical challenge?5. Da’Shawn Hand (DL). Came to Alabama as a five-star recruit, but didn’t make an immediate impact in his first year. If he’s grown as his teammates and coaches have said this spring, he’ll show flashes of that Saturday.Coach watch. Mel Tucker. The reason I didn’t name a defensive back is because Tucker was hired to take that unit to the next level. So whoever is out there in coverage Saturday, I want to see those DBs make better plays on the ball, especially on the deep ball.last_img read more

Keenum, Vikings Beat Buccaneers

first_img 720p HD 1080p HD About Connatix V56892 About Connatix V56892 Auto (360p) MINNEAPOLIS – Vikings Quarterback Case Keenum has a career day and helped Minnesota beat the visiting Tampa Bay Buccaneers 34-17 at US Bank Stadium.Minnesota started the scoring early when rookie Dalvin Cook rushed for his first career NFL touchdown.In the second quarter Keenum found a open Jarius Wright to put the Vikings up 14-3. Later in the quarter Keenum threw the ball up for Stefon Diggs. Diggs made an incredible catch to put the Vikings up 21-3 with under a minute left in the 1st half.center_img Diggs caught his second touchdown of the day early in the 3rd quarter.Diggs finished with eight receptions for 173 yards. Adam Theilen caught five for 98 yards.Cook led the team in rushing with 97 yards and a touchdown. He also had five reception for 72 yards.Keenum completed 25 of 33 passes for 369 yards and three touchdowns.Minnesota’s defense held the high powered Bucs offense in check. Minnesota intercepted Bucs starting QB Jameis Winston three times. They also held Tampa Bays running game to just 26 yards. Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip 1/1 360plast_img read more