Rand Paul owns self once again over election security

first_imgIn June, 2019, they blocked legislation requiring presidential campaigns to report offers from foreign government for election assistance to the FBI. Nope. Trump might have needed Putin, so no go there. They did it again a few months later, blocking three different bills that would have helped states beef up their security and try to limit foreign interference.They even blocked a bill sponsored by one of their own members, Sen. Marco Rubio, to deter foreign interference with the promise of harsh sanctions, and two more to boot.So spare us the scaremongering now, Rand and every other Republican. We dodged a bullet this time. States were able to mostly scrabble together their elections, and the fact that it was so hugely mail-in, the possibilities for Russian hacking were minimal. That’s no thanks at all to any Republican.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – After the pandemic hit, Democrats in the House and Senate tried to pass legislation to help states deal with what Paul and Republicans are screaming fraud over now—a massive wave of mail-in ballots spurred by voter safety concerns over COVID-19. That included funding specifically for risk-limiting audits, $20 million for it, in fact. Mitch McConnell wouldn’t even think about bringing that to the floor. Republicans called it part of her “liberal wish list.” Securing elections from the supposed “fraud” they’re now trying to hype.Before the pandemic, the issue that was topmost in was foreign election meddling. Special counsel Robert Mueller warned about it in the summer of 2019. FBI Director Christopher Wray warned about it earlier this year. But for a solid who years, McConnell and team had been fighting even modest efforts to prevent it.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Luke Walton finds it ‘tricky’ integrating Jose Calderon into Lakers’ lineup

first_img“We’d love to find opportunities to get Jose out there,” Walton said. “If it comes, we’ll give it to him.”Similarly, Lakers reserve forward Tarik Black received healthy scratches for three games after missing nine of the previous 10 games because of a sprained right ankle. Walton did not want to disrupt consistent play from Lakers reserve forward Thomas Robinson. Black played on Sunday against Toronto. As for Calderon, Walton planned to feature him late in Friday’s game against Dallas. Then he decided otherwise as the Lakers struggled with another third-quarter start. “I was hopeful we would be able to meet that challenge and fight back with some of the young guys,” Walton said. “It didn’t work out like that. That would’ve been a good opportunity to get Jose out there.”Whenever Calderon gets out there, Walton said he will have “no restrictions. Yet, Walton said he will proceed cautiously with Calderon, whom the Lakers acquired last offseason from Chicago for cost-cutting purposes. LOS ANGELES >> In theory, the Lakers value veteran reserve point guard Jose Calderon for his experience and ability to play in spot minutes.In reality, Lakers coach Luke Walton has not found many instances recently to grant Calderon that playing time. After nursing a strained right hamstring that sidelined him for 10 games, Calderon returned to the active roster only to have four healthy scratches entering Sunday’s game against Toronto at Staples Center. Calderon has averaged 4.7 points on 48.1 percent shooting and 2.6 assists in 13.9 minutes through 14 games. Despite calling Calderon “ready,” Walton said he has found it “tricky” to integrate the 32-year-old veteran into the lineup for a few reasons.Walton does not want to disrupt the tandem between reserve guards Lou Williams and Jordan Clarkson. Williams ranks first in the NBA in bench scoring (18.6 points per game), while Clarkson has fared fifth overall (14.2) among players that have played as reserves for at least 12 games. Walton also has moved rookie forward Brandon Ingram to point guard at times to take advantage of his size (6-foot-9, 190 pounds) and to develop his ball-handling skills. “It’s not the total minutes, but more how many minutes in a row he plays,” Walton said. “You don’t want to play him for 12 straight minutes. In my opinion, that’s when you’re more likely to get hurt and fatigued when you try to make moves with an older body.”Back in sightIn what has become her familiar game-day ritual, Lakers president Jeanie Buss watched Sunday’s game in her seat a row behind the courtside fans across from the team’s bench. It marked Buss’ first appearance since she and Knicks president and former Lakers coach Phil Jackson announced they ended engagement plans that were first made four years ago. Buss, who had dated Jackson since 1999, was not in her customary seat last week against Utah and Dallas. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

20 new dental assistants graduate

first_imgTwenty new dental assistants have graduated from the Division of Health Science Education’s one-year Dental Assistant Programme.Speaking at the simple graduation ceremony, Programme Coordinator Debra Patterson-Skeete pointed out that the training allows for graduates to have practical experience in dentistry.The new dental assistantsShe said that the assistants have been introduced to dental X-rays and so “they are well capable of doing correct infection control methods”.The graduates hail from Region One (Barima-Waini), Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice), Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni), Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) and Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice).The best graduating student from the programme was Nafeeza Benn of Berbice. In addressing her peers, she spoke of the many challenges and sacrifices she had to make to successfully complete the programme.“I had to leave my family and my comfortable home and sometimes late at nights I had to study…sometimes I wanted to go out and then you had exams so I had to study for my exam and today to be the top student is a dream come true,” Benn said.Copping the most improved student was Dwayne Barry. Barry said he always wanted a career in the dentistry field and with the help of his family he was able to pursue.Some of the areas covered in the course included training in sterilisation, patient care, ethics & communication, anatomy, oral health promotion and care of equipment among other areas.last_img read more


first_imgEd SheeranEd Sheeran has given Dublin/Dongal singer Eoin Glackin his seal of approval, tweeting to his 15 million followers that the musician was “smashing it”.Eoin, whose mum is Eileen McDaid from Ramelton,  met Ed at a Jamie Lawson gig in New York City earlier this week, where he passed along his album in hopes that the singer-songwriter might listen to it.And it looks like the megastar was impressed with what he heard after he sent the following tweet. He said: “I was at a mate of mine’s gig, Jamie Lawson.“He’s about to release an album on Ed‘s label [Gingerbread Records], so Ed was at the gig.“I just walked over – I had an album with me – and I just gave it to him.“He was cool about it, I didn’t want to hassle him too much. “He just took it off me and was just like ‘Thanks man’.“I didn’t think he’d really listen to it, but I guess he did.”Following the gig, the singer gave Eoin’s album a listen – and decided to get in touch via social media.“I’m listening now. Keep writing and keep smashing it.”Eoin shared a snap of the Tweet on his own account, before responding to the 24-year-old chart-topper. He replied: “Cheers Ed.“Much appreciated. See you down the road.“Great gig from Jamie too.”The singer will take to the stage at the Workman’s Club in Dublin on November 19. ED SHEERAN TELLS DONEGAL SINGER TO ‘KEEP SMASHING IT’ was last modified: October 5th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more