Nexen Energy pleads not guilty in oilsands explosion that killed two workers

first_imgFORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – Nexen Energy has pleaded not guilty to eight charges stemming from a fatal explosion at the company’s oilsands site in northern Alberta.Drew Foster, who was 52 and from Niagara Falls, Ont., died at the scene.Thirty-year-old David Williams of Scotchtown, N.S., died several days later in hospital.The men were doing maintenance inside a hydrogen compressor building at the company’s Long Lake upgrader in January 2016 when the explosion occurred.Alberta Occupational Health and Safety charged the Calgary-based energy company in December.A trial date is to be set in a Fort McMurray, Alta., court on May 16.Nexen Energy is a subsidiary of the Chinese state-owned firm China National Offshore Oil Corp., or CNOOC Ltd.Some of the charges relate to whether a compressor at the site had been properly serviced and whether the workers in charge of the machine had read its operating manual and safety rules.(Companies in this story: TSX:NXY)(CJOK)last_img read more

The changing nature of Canadas forest supply as fires bugs and climate

first_imgIan Bickis, The Canadian Press Mills in the heart of Canada’s timber industry have fallen quieter this winter as wildfires and infestations made worse by climate change have made vast tracts of once valuable forest into barren stands of dead trees. After seeing record high softwood lumber prices earlier this year, Canada’s forestry industry is facing an uncertain future due to falling demand from a cooling U.S. housing market, increasingly frequent and intense forest fires and the continuing damage from pests such as the mountain pine beetle. “We’re kind of at that point in the cycle where, unfortunately, permanent reductions have to happen,” said Ed Sustar, a forestry products analyst at Moody’s Investor Service.“It’s going to be a relatively sizable part of the B.C. lumber industry, but it’s not a surprise.”British Columbia, home to close to a third of Canada’s wood manufacturing jobs, is showing the most visible effects of reduced supplies as numerous companies have cut back mill production in recent months.West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. cited timber supply shortages brought on by the mountain pine beetle for permanently cutting 300 million board feet of production, at a cost of upwards of 75 jobs in the new year, at its Fraser Lake and Quesnel sawmills. That was on top of production cuts in the last stretch of the year at a string of interior mills from log supply constraints.Interfor Corp. cut about 20 per cent of production for this last quarter, citing escalating log costs, while Canfor Corp. curtailed B.C. production by 10 per cent due to log supply constraints. Conifex Timber Inc. cut production by 15 per cent at its Fort St. James, and then by another 10 per cent for the next half year.The supply issue has, however, been looming for some time, as the large swaths of B.C. forest killed by a pine beetle epidemic decay into worthless dead stands. The tinderbox created by the outbreak, combined with warmer, drier weather, have in turn helped create back-to-back record forest fire seasons in the province.In 2017 wildfires destroyed about 1.2 million hectares of forest. This fiscal year it’s estimated at 1.4 million, compared with an average of 151,000 hectares for the 10 prior years.The decrease in the amount of healthy B.C. forest has pushed companies to expand further into the U.S. or abroad, said Sustar.“All these companies where B.C. was their base, they’re all expanding and diversifying outside of B.C., and B.C.’s become a smaller portion.”The provincially-set amount of timber that industry can harvest has already dropped by about 25 per cent in the past decade to around 52 million cubic metres, noted Sustar. B.C. government projections on the impacts of the 2017 fires alone are expected to reduce the mid-term supply by more than half in Williams Lake and 100 Mile House and by about 44 per cent in Quesnel.“We do and we will have a mid-term challenge with respect to availability,” said Susan Yurkovich, president of the B.C. Council of Forest Industries.“Fibre availability is a key issue for the industry, it’s our main product input, so of course it’s very significant.”The wild card in all of this continues to be the effects of climate change, and how much it will change the supply picture.“It’s already really created huge problems in terms of timber supply,” said Sally Aitken, a professor at the University of British Columbia. “Climate change will touch pretty much everything we do in forestry, and everything that lives in forests.”She’s studying how to create forests that will be more resilient to climate change, by selecting genetic varieties of trees that could better withstand the changes coming.The impact of climate change on the health of forests is hard to predict, however, as changing weather patterns lead to both wetter and drier conditions, while a variety of threats including insects like the pine beetle, fir beetle, spruce budworm as well as diseases and fungi get worse.Barry Cooke, a forestry researcher at Natural Resources Canada, describes the trend as climate weirding, since so many factors are at play.“You have climate changes percolating through this cascade of physical and biotic consequences,” said Cooke.His research has focused in part on Canada’s far north forests, where melting permafrost has let to what he describes as drunken trees falling over in the waterlogged soil.But he notes that government research is showing climate change impacts are coming to all areas of the Canadian woods, including the fires of the west coming east. He also sees a deterioration in the quality of the forests, as growth-rings thin and faster-growing but lower quality plants and trees mask the decline of core species.“Yeah there are a lot of trees here, but they’re not as healthy as they used to be…the forest is in a process of transforming,” said Cooke.“We are seeing growth declines in Eastern Canada, and this wasn’t predicted to happen this soon. We thought maybe in 20, 30 years we might see this, but it’s happening already.”The changing trends means lots of uncertainty for Canada’s forests going forward, said Cooke. Trees can endure wide fluctuations of weather, he noted, but their health can change suddenly once critical thresholds like moisture balance are tipped.“Everything looks fine until it’s not.”last_img read more

Syria UN agency delivers supplies to besieged camp amid unbelievable devastation

As massive crowds lined up with “row upon row of gaunt faces,” the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) distributed 450 food parcels in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk today, bringing to 7,493 the total number of food parcels distributed since 18 January. “Significantly, the UNRWA team was permitted to work from an UNRWA facility in Yarmouk for the first time since December 2012,” said spokesperson Christopher Gunness, who added: “This represents a highly encouraging step towards re-establishing full services and humanitarian access to Yarmouk.” The UNRWA team received authorisation to resume food distribution inside Yarmouk at 2 p.m. local time and proceeded from the northern Bateekhah entrance to UNRWA’s Tabgha School. UNRWA vehicles carried 450 parcels to the school, where aid was distributed for about four hours. “Despite the presence of large crowds, the distribution was orderly with no security incidents or pauses,” said Mr. Gunness, who also emphasized that UNRWA staff were permitted to manage the distribution process in its entirety, without the involvement of third parties.He said that while intense humanitarian needs remain, UNRWA welcomes this encouraging development and is assured that expanded humanitarian access will be maintained over the coming days. “The Agency stands ready to rapidly re-establish services and increase humanitarian assistance,” Mr. Gunness added. After fighting broke out late at night on 7 February, forcing UNRWA to temporarily suspend its aid deliveries, the Agency has had only intermittent access to the camp in the past two weeks. An UNRWA food parcel feeds a family of between five and eight for 10 days. There 18,000 Palestinians in the camp and an unknown number of Syrians.When partial humanitarian access was granted on 18 January and 20 February, UNRWA had successfully distributed 7,000 food parcels, 10,000 polio vaccines and a range of other medical supplements to civilians inside the camp. Prior to the armed conflict in Syria, which began in March 2011, Yarmouk – a suburb just south of Damascus – was home to over 160,000 Palestine refugees. During his visit to the camp two days ago, UNRWA chief Filippo Grandi painted a grim picture of the situation there, telling reporters later that “the devastation is unbelievable. There is not one single building that I have seen that is not an empty shell by now.”What was even more shocking was the state of the people inside. With much of the camp destroyed and passageways blocked with barricades, “the people coming from within Yarmouk appear suddenly near [our] distribution point. It’s like the appearance of ghosts. These are people that have not been out, that have been trapped in there not only without food, medicines, clean water – all the basics – but also probably completely subjected to fear,” he said.Since December 2012, fighting has caused at least 140,000 Palestine refugees to flee their homes in Yarmouk, as armed opposition groups established a presence in the area, with Government forces controlling the periphery.Starvation and illnesses exacerbated by hunger or lack of medical aid have contributed to some 100 people dying in the camp in recent months, according to UN figures. read more

UN confirms Sierra Leones Ebola flareup is over but cautions more are

“Today marks another milestone in the country’s effort to defeat Ebola,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement praising “rapid containment” of the flare-up.The UN agency made the announcement after two incubation cycles of the virus – or 42 days – passed Sierra Leone’s last confirmed patient tested negative for a second time.Commending the country’s Government, partners and people on the “effective and swift response” to the flare up, WHO said: “From nurses, vaccinators and social mobilizers to contact tracers, counsellors and community leaders, Sierra Leoneans in affected districts mobilized quickly and their involvement and dedication was instrumental and impactful.” The agency attributed the quick response to the increased response capacity at the national, district and community level and increased capability to mitigate their impact.Sierra Leone, along with neighbouring Liberia and Guinea, must not lower their guard, WHO cautioned, warning that risks of other flare-ups continue due to virus persistence in some survivors.The UN agency called for maintaining strong surveillance and emergency response, along with rigorous hygiene practices. read more

Dalibor Doder is out for 6 weeks

Dalibor DoderGWD Minden ← Previous Story C.O Zagreb and Goluza – End of story? Next Story → Thierry Omeyer at 3rd International Handball Goalkeepers Camp in Makarska! Swedish playmaker Dalibor Doder won’t be ready to help his team-mates from German GWD Minden in relegation battle in DKB Bundesliga. He suffered knee injury in the first match with new coach Sead Hasanefendic against TuS Lubbecke 34:23. “Key player” for Minden’s squad didn’t broke ligaments fortunately, so he will be out of the court only six weeks, but that means Doder will miss the most important matches of his squad in the finish of the season. read more

iPhoneConnected Hearing Aid Gives Doctor Remote Access

first_img Some hearing-impaired people visit the audiologist so often they exchange Christmas gifts every December. But thanks to GN Hearing, you can stop shopping for ear-themed coffee mugs.The Danish firm’s new ReSound LiNX 3D hearing aid and ReSound Smart Fit software allow for remote fine-tuning and updates via the cloud.Following an initial fitting at the clinic, wearers can request assistance in tweaking their settings—wherever they are. Sunbathing on a tropical beach? Spelunking in an underground cave? Watching TV in your living room? Request an adjustment from anywhere (as long as you have mobile reception).“The hearing care professional can make all fine-tunings remotely to provide a better hearing experience for the user,” GN said in a press release.GN ReSoundNo need to schedule an appointment or travel to the clinic. Cloud integration enables the doctor to stay connected, make individual changes, and push new settings to patients. Owners, meanwhile, can share feedback in real time, rather than suffering until they can make an appointment.The technology, which sounds like a hacker’s wet dream, includes an application that lets folks personalize and control their sound via an iPhone, Apple Watch, and selected Android phones.“The app empowers users to take even more control of their hearing experience through a built-in guidance and coaching feature,” according to GN. “And [it] gives users direct access to their hearing care professional for efficient optimization without the need for an appointment in a clinic.”Boasting fifth-generation 2.4 GHz wireless technology and third-gen binaural directionality, the 3D—like its LiNX 2 predecessor—prioritizes voices over ambient sounds in a noisy environment. A launch date and pricing are expected later this year; sign up online for more information.“ReSound LiNX 3D transforms the hearing care industry, meets the modern user’s high demands for superb sound quality and fulfills our company purpose of making life sound better,” GN CEO Anders Hedegaard said in a statement.A similar device, the Beltone Trust, will be released by North American firm Beltone. Stay on target Smart Eye Implant Uses Magnets To Manage GlaucomaMonitor Your Cat’s Diet in Real Time With Smart Pet Feeder last_img read more

Souness not fully convinced by Fabinho at Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool legend Graeme Souness still has some doubts over Fabinho, despite his recent promising displaysThe Brazilian midfielder arrived at Anfield last summer for £43.7m from AS Monaco, but struggled to break into the team at the beginning.Nowadays though, Fabinho has become a prominent member of the Liverpool squad and was praised for his impressive performance in their 3-1 win over Manchester United last month.But Souness still has some surprise doubts over the 25-year-old.“I believe Liverpool will bounce back,” Souness wrote in his Sunday Times column.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“They don’t have what I would call milky players. Before the season began they identified midfield as an area that needed strengthening and brought in Fabinho and Naby Keita.“I am yet to be fully convinced by Fabinho and wonder why it has taken such a long time for him to get up to speed.“He has played well since getting into the team but he still has a bit to go.“Liverpool have a team that is well equipped to deal with the challenges coming their way.”Jurgen Klopp’s side will take on Wolves in the FA Cup tonight at 20:45 (CET).last_img read more

Couple threatened man slashed during homeinvasion robbery

first_imgCouple threatened, man slashed during home-invasion robbery Posted: October 15, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Masked intruders threatened a couple with guns and slashed the male victim with a knife Monday during a daybreak residential robbery in a Corridor-area neighborhood.The 27-year-old man and 20-year-old woman awoke at their residence in the 3200 block of Bramson Place about 6:30 a.m. to find the thieves next to their bed, pointing guns at them and demanding valuables, according to San Diego police. One of the intruders held a knife to the man’s throat, Officer Robert Heims said.During the robbery, the male victim suffered several cuts, Heims said. Details on the severity of the wounds were not released.The thieves stole an unknown amount and type of items from the couple before fleeing, according to police. October 15, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Gatwick Airport to introduce bus service for 20000 onsite employees

first_imgWest Sussex-based Gatwick Airport has announced that it will be introducing a new shared bus service for the 20,000 individuals working on-site, 2,500 of whom are employed directly by the airport itself, to provide a more cost-effective, stress-free and sustainable commute.The new bus service, provided by Zeelo, has been designed to target local areas where Gatwick Airport employees are poorly serviced by existing public transport links. The benefit further aims to help the organisation achieve its goal of increasing the proportion of employees that travel to work by sustainable means to 42% by 2020.The commuter bus service will initially operate on a route between West Crawley and Gatwick Airport, with additional routes also in development. Tailored around employees’ shift patterns, early bus services are scheduled to arrive at Gatwick Airport from 5am, with a total of eight morning rides and eight evening rides a day, to provide flexibility for employees to arrive and leave work when required. The bus route incorporates two drop-off points, at the airport’s North and South terminals.The bus benefit will provide employees with a guaranteed seat and access to Wi-Fi and device charging points. Employee are able to select flexible ticket options through the Zeelo app.Gatwick Airport is launching an initial free trial of the bus service from Monday 12 August 2019. Following this, the bus service will be formally implemented from Tuesday 27 August 2019; it will then cost from £0.88 per ride for staff members.The benefit has been communicated to employees via internal social and communications portal Yammer, The Gatwick Family App, direct staff emails, social media campaigns and on-site posters and flyers. Staff have also been able to register their interest directly with Zeelo, so that the provider can assess the demand for additional routes.Emma Rees, head of surface transport at Gatwick Airport, said: “Gatwick Airport has a major focus on sustainability and this initiative further demonstrates our commitment to reducing emissions and congestion in the local area.“The new Zeelo shuttle service provides another choice for airport employees to travel to work in a more sustainable fashion, while maximising convenience and reducing travel costs.”last_img read more

Wilmingtons Wilston Johnston To Participate In American Cancer Societys Bicycles Batting Cancer

first_imgMARLBOROUGH, MA — Bicycles Battling Cancer, the only American Cancer Society event of its kind in New England, bringing cyclists and volunteers together to honor cancer survivors, to increase awareness about reducing cancer risk and to raise money to lead the fight for a world without the disease. This one-day fully-supported, non-competitive ride offers 30-, 50-, 70- and 100-mile scenic loop routes through central Massachusetts. This is the 11th year for the event.This event takes place on Sunday, June 9, 2019. Courses begin and end at Hillside School in Marlborough (404 Robin Hill Street). All courses are fully monitored with support and gear wagons. Stocked rest stops include drinks and snacks, first aid support and volunteer bike mechanics.There will be a post-ride celebration — including great food, beer and entertainment — upon the return to Hillside School. Participants, family, friends and cancer survivors are invited to celebrate at the finish line to recognize and celebrate the riders’ efforts to fight back against cancer!“I have done several charity bike rides over the years, but I have never done one that had a personal impact until now,” said Wilston Johnston, of Wilmington. Four years ago his mother-in-law, Bette ‘Nan’ Smith, passed away from lung cancer 42 days after she was diagnosed. “So, every year, from now until I hang up my biking shoes, I will be here riding for Nan.”You can donate to Johnston’s fundraising efforts HERE.“When the ride gets tough I just keep in mind that what I’m doing is nothing compared to what people go through with cancer,” added Carol Harris of Worcester, the captain for Team ImmunoGen. One of the largest teams in the event, it consists of Harris’ co-workers as well as family and friends.While her work at cancer research and drug development company got her involved with Bicycles Battling Cancer, Harris became a volunteer for Relay For Life of Marlborough Hudson after one of her friends was diagnosed and eventually passed away from pancreatic cancer. She has also known many cancer survivors.“Most recently I lost a good friend to lung cancer in 2017,” said Harris. “I ride for her, my other friend who passed from pancreatic cancer and the many others who have been lost to cancer.”Interested in participating or learning more? Call 1-800-227-2345, visit or email Riders can select their choice of distance. All riders commit to a $300 fundraising minimum and a registration fee of $60.(NOTE: The above press release is from the American Cancer Society.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAmerican Cancer Society Honors Wilmington’s Joe Martiniello For Dedication To Relay For Life EventIn “Community”Wilmington Relay For Life To Hold Halloween Family Mixer on October 22In “Community”Wilmington Relay For Life Committee Finalizes Details Of June 19 EventIn “Community”last_img read more

Using female voices for AI assistants hurts women UN report says

first_img See it “Siri’s ‘female’ obsequiousness — and the servility expressed by so many other digital assistants projected as young women — provides a powerful illustration of gender biases coded into technology products, pervasive in the technology sector and apparent in digital skills education,” reads the report. It’s titled “I’d blush if I could,” which used to be Siri’s response to being called a bitch. Apple in April updated Siri’s response to “I don’t know how to respond to that,” according to the report. The trouble, the UN report says, is that women are often left out of the technology field. Though girls may start their lives interested in tech, the numbers drop significantly by the time they reach high school. There are fewer women in the room to help develop products like digital voice assistants and prevent potentially sexist decisions. And that can cause the gender gap in tech to widen, according to the report, which discusses ways to close the gender divide in digital skills.Amazon and Apple didn’t respond to requests for comment. Microsoft didn’t have a comment.Originally published May 22, 10:27 a.m. PT.Update, 12:18 p.m.: Adds info on Google’s voice assistant; includes “no comment” from Microsoft. The battle for the best smart display: Google Home Hub… Google Siri Apple Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Tags See All Mentioned Above Google Home 8 5:29 Apple $69 How To • Make Google Home get your groceries Comments Google Home Crutchfield See It Now playing: Watch this: • Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today $99 Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot $79 reading • Using female voices for AI assistants hurts women, UN report says Walmart Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See It Share your voice 4:05 Laura Dern and team up to boost young women… Now playing: Watch this: Defaulting to Alexa instead of Alex may have larger consequences than you might think. Chris Monroe/CNET Digital voice assistants like Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant have, by default, a female voice. A new report from the United Nations says that’s a problem. These default voices reinforce the stereotype of women being “obliging, docile and eager-to-please helpers” that are “available at the touch of a button or with a blunt voice command like ‘hey’ or ‘OK,'” according to the UNESCO report, released Friday.The smart-home gadgets, which are often referred to as “she” or “her,” have no choice but to respond. Digital assistants also can’t defend against abuse, which reinforces the idea that women are “subservient and tolerant of poor treatment,” the UN report said. While Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana offer male voices, the defaults for the digital helpers are female voices. Amazon’s Alexa offers several accents, but all its voices are female. Google says that it’s developed a variety of 10 voice offerings in the US and that when customers set up a Google Home device, they have a 50-50 chance of getting either a traditionally female-sounding voice or a traditionally male-sounding voice. Tech Industry Gadgets Culturelast_img read more

Schoolgirl gangraped in Thakurgaon

first_imgProthom Alo illustrationA class-X girl has reportedly been gang-raped by four young men at Rajagaon in Sadar upazila of Thakurgaon district, reports UNB.The victim’s father filed a case with Ruhia police station on Sunday over the incident that took place on Friday night. Police arrested one of the rapists.According to the case statement, a local youth used to harass the girl on her way to and from school as well as over mobile phone.On Friday night, the youth tactfully called her out of the house. However, he along with his three other associates raped the girl in turns.Officer-in-charge of the police station Pradwip Kumar Barman said medical test on the victim was conducted at Sadar Hospital on Sunday night.He also said they were not disclosing the names of the accused for the sake of investigation.last_img read more

11 Scenarios For How The Roy Moore Saga Could Play Out

first_imgDrew Angerer/Getty ImagesRoy Moore, GOP candidate for Senate in Alabama, waits to speak during an event with supporters Thursday. Moore, who has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women, has refused to drop out.Sexual assault allegations against Roy Moore have reverberated from Alabama to Washington, D.C.Many Republican leaders have pulled their support from Moore. They include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, the head of National Republican Senatorial Committee, which is in charge of electing GOP senators.McConnell, trying to save every seat possible in an already too-narrow-for-comfort majority, is gaming out scenarios to try to hold the seat long in GOP hands as Moore faces off against Democrat Doug Jones in a Dec. 12 special election.But, speaking Friday, Kay Ivey, Alabama’s Republican governor, said she sees no reason why the election should not proceed as planned next month. And she holds many of the cards in the Moore saga. She set the election date, and in a number of scenarios, she has some discretion to appoint someone else temporarily (Luther Strange had been appointed by her predecessor) or set a new special election date. Some have looked to her to help national Republican leaders out of the jam they are in — something Ivey has said she will not do.“I will cast my ballot on December the 12,” Ivey said. “And I do believe that the nominee of the party is the one I will vote for.”She said she is voting for Moore, because “we need to have a Republican in the United States Senate” to vote for Supreme Court justices, among other things.At the same time, Ivey said, “I have no reason to disbelieve any” of the women accusing Moore of sexual assault, many of whom were underage at the time.That is the state of play as Moore has refused for more than a week to leave the race.To try to map out how the Moore saga might end, here is a look at various scenarios some political observers have bandied about.The analysis below is based on NPR’s reporting and conversations with the Alabama secretary of state’s office.Scenario 1: Moore stays in the race, and Jones winsThis is quite possible. A recent Fox poll and an NRSC poll have Moore losing support. If Jones were to win, he would become the first Democratic senator from Alabama in 20 years. A Jones win would also narrow the gap from a 52-48 GOP advantage in the Senate to 51-49, opening up an avenue for Democrats to take back the Senate in 2018.Of course, there is no telling exactly how Jones would vote. He would represent Alabama, a conservative state that went overwhelmingly for Donald Trump, and if Jones wants to have a chance at being re-elected, he likely can’t vote as a liberal.Scenario 2: Moore wins, and GOP leadership attempts to block his seatingWhile those two recent polls show Jones leading, it’s still Alabama. There are lots of Republicans in the state that Trump won overwhelmingly, so no Republican can ever really be counted out.What’s more: Automated polling has shown Moore and Jones in a tighter race. Could that mean Moore supporters would rather not tell a live pollster they’re for him but are OK simply pressing a button? That is one theory. The point is: Moore could still win.When it comes to the idea of blocking Moore from being seated if he wins, that likely wouldn’t stand. Democrats tried this in 2009 with Roland Burris. Burris was the Democrat appointed by disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who tried to sell Barack Obama’s Senate seat. Democrats refused to seat Burris, claiming his credentials weren’t in order.Here’s the Senate on presenting credentials:“Before a new senator can take the oath of office, an election certificate must be presented to the Senate to confirm that the person was duly elected. Issued by the secretary of state representing the state of the incoming member, the election certificate is affixed with the state’s official seal and is delivered to the secretary of the United States Senate for official recording.”Democrats relented, and Burris was seated a week later.Scenario 3: Moore wins and is seated, but the Senate expels him Now things start to get really complicated.Lots of powerful Republicans have lined up against Moore. Gardner, for example, has called for his expulsion should he win next month. The Senate needs a two-thirds majority to expel a member. But it’s rare. It hasn’t happened since the Civil War.A dozen members since 1980 have actually continued serving while facing indictments. Others have resigned while facing expulsion — most recently John Ensign of Nevada in 2011 and Bob Packwood of Oregon in 1995. But Moore, who shows no signs of stepping aside before the election, would likely be emboldened if he were popularly elected.Expulsion could be en vogue. Some are calling for Sen. Al Franken’s removal after an allegation of sexual assault arose against the Minnesota lawmaker Wednesday. McConnell referred two Democratic senators’ conduct to the Senate Ethics Committee for review Thursday — Franken and New Jersey’s Robert Menendez, whose corruption trial ended in a mistrial this week.McConnell would likely face pressure to at least take the same step for Moore. But the Ethics Committee generally only looks at conduct while a member was serving, not before — and the allegations against Moore are 40 years old.Scenario 4: Moore wins, the GOP relents and lets him stay Imagine a scenario in which major legislation was determined by a single vote, legislation you worked your entire career for. Imagine that a seat in a state reliably in your ideological corner suddenly went to the other party.Would you sacrifice control of Congress for … morals? Maybe.But liberal writer Jonathan Chait asks readers to ponder the following:“The Republican Establishment is trying to maneuver out of the binary choice of electing Roy Moore or putting their control of the upper chamber at risk by exploring exotic schemes, like voting to deny Moore a seat if he wins and replacing him with another appointed Republican. But if their machinations fail, they’ll be faced with a stark choice.“It’s easy to feel superior about this when opposition to grotesque treatment of teenage girls lines up neatly with your own party’s well-being. If you’re a liberal, ask yourself what you would do if the circumstances were reversed. Give the other party a Senate seat and a possible majority, and forfeit your control of staffing the Cabinet, appointing judges and passing laws you consider vital for the country’s future? Or allow one of the votes for those things to be cast by a sexual predator?”Let’s look at some of those exotic schemes …Scenario 5: The state party withdraws its support from Moore First, we should say, the state party has shown zero willingness to do this at this point. But, for the sake of what ifs, here’s how this could play out: If the party were to formally withdraw Moore’s nomination, his name would still appear on the ballot. State law says that someone can only be added or replaced on a ballot 76 days prior to an election.If Moore were to still win the most votes, his election would be a scratch. He would not be allowed to take a seat in the Senate because the state would not certify his election. (The Alabama secretary of state’s office has confirmed this to NPR.)The Senate would consider Moore’s credentials to not be in order.A new special election would be called. The governor would have to call one “forthwith,” which is vague. All that means is quickly and within a reasonable time frame to be able to pull one off, but it’s open to Ivey’s interpretation.In such a circumstance, the temporary appointment of Strange to the Senate seat could continue — even until Election Day in November 2018, according to Richard Hasen, a professor at University of California, Irvine and anchor of the Election Law Blog who has given some thought to the 17th Amendment implications. The 17th Amendment established the direct election of senators.But such a scenario might leave the Alabama GOP open to a suit by Moore or his supporters for essentially not allowing Moore’s candidacy to proceed in the Dec. 12 vote or for essentially disenfranchising Moore supporters.Scenario 6: Strange wages a write-in campaignThis has been floated by some Republicans in Washington. Strange, who was appointed to the seat when Jeff Sessions was named Trump’s attorney general, lost to Moore in the GOP primary.There is a “sore loser” rule in Alabama that says no one who runs in the primary can run on the ballot in a general election. In other words, Strange can’t run as an independent or in association with some other party that officially appears on the ballot. But that doesn’t apply here. It would be legal to wage a write-in campaign.Still, this would be incredibly difficult to pull off. Consider:1. Strange lost badly in the primary to Moore, so he does not have a deep reservoir of support with the base;2. A Strange write-in candidacy could grease the path for Jones, given it would likely split the GOP vote; and3. The last successful Senate statewide write-in effort was in 2010 when Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, did it. But that was in Alaska. The Murkowski name is well-known in the state as her father was a senator there, too. And Alaska’s population is less than 742,000. Alabama’s is about 6.5 times that.Scenario 7: Sessions wages a write-in campaignSessions would have some inherent advantages that Strange does not. It is, after all, Sessions’ old Senate seat, which he held for 20 years before stepping down to become attorney general. So he is well-known statewide.But there are a lot of pitfalls with this option, too. For one, there is no guarantee he would win. A write-in campaign is awfully difficult to pull off in a state with almost 5 million people.Also, Sessions seems to want to stay attorney general, so would he really risk being out of a job altogether?What’s more, think of the dominoes that would fall if Sessions were to go through with a run. Who could Trump nominate who would be confirmable as attorney general without a major fight amid the various Russia probes?Scenario 8: Strange resigns, and a new special election is calledPolitico notes, though, that “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his top advisers are discussing the legal feasibility of asking Strange to resign from his seat in order to trigger a new special election.”First, it’s not true that Strange resigning would “trigger” a special election. The governor would have the authority to call one if she so chose.John Bennett, deputy chief of staff at the Alabama secretary of state’s office, told NPR, “We are confident that governor’s office can call a special again in that instance,” if Strange resigned. “We maintain they [the governor’s office] have the authority to do that.”But “their legal counsel has said that [a new election] is not reasonable or practical or a good use of resources.”Cost is a major consideration. This election — between the primary, runoff and general election — has already cost the state some $15 million, Bennett said.By the way, one also has to consider that Moore could still run and win the primary again.And maneuvers like this scenario also raise the possibility (as in Scenario 5) of either Moore or his supporters suing on the grounds that he has been harmed by having his otherwise-valid candidacy terminated or that his voters have been disenfranchised.Scenario 9: Strange resigns, a new special election is not called, and the governor appoints a new senator and holds off on an election until November 2018Now, we are deep in the weeds of Machiavellian machinations.State law only says “forthwith.” That is open to interpretation, and the governor has the authority to do the interpreting. She could appoint someone to the seat, and, because of the flexibility she has in the law, could hold off until the next scheduled election, which would be Election Day 2018. Cost could be an argument she could make for going that route. (So this scenario bears some similarity to Scenario 5 — with the exception that Strange is no longer in the mix and, instead, Ivey could temporarily appoint someone else to serve until the 2018 midterms.)There is also no specified timetable in which a new special election would have to take place, Bennett noted.But the governor’s and the secretary of state’s offices are aware that changing or canceling the Dec. 12 election and creating a new special election date could present legal problems, especially with regard to disenfranchisement. Absentee and overseas military ballots have already gone out, and some have already come back. And as this scenario (like Scenarios 5 and 8) essentially terminates Moore’s candidacy, it also creates the possibility of a legal challenge by Moore.Scenario 10: Moore drops out, but still gets the most votesThis is highly unlikely. Moore has dug in, holding events with faith leaders and saying he will not drop out. His wife reiterated that Friday, too.But, for the sake of this hypothetical scenario, let’s entertain this as a possibility. It’s certainly not beyond the realm of possibility, especially if more women come forward with evidence that even he can’t refute.If this were to happen, the Dec. 12 election would still take place. Moore would still be on the ballot, because they’re already printed. No one else could get on the ballot, because we are inside the 76-day window to add or replace anyone.If Moore were to get the most votes, his election would be null and void. He would not be allowed to take a seat in the Senate because the state would not certify his election and his credentials would be considered not in order. And a new special election would be called.Scenario 11: Moore drops out, and Jones gets the most votesJones would be certified the winner, and he would take the seat in the Senate.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

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first_img Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Comments   Share   What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Arizona Cardinals special teams coordinator Kevin Spencer joined Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf show Friday morning to discuss candidates for the team’s defensive coordinator position and the pressure Coach Whisenhunt is under to hire someone quickly. Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact – / 32 Looking forward to the first practice in full pads“We’ll have pads on from here to the end. It should look like and sound like football. When that noise level goes up, people change. There’s a lot of guys that look really good in shorts and all of a sudden the noise level goes up and they disappear. And guys that don’t look very good in shorts, all of a sudden they appear because they’re football players. That’s what you want to see. You want to see those guys rise up.”Figuring out a rotation between all of his tight ends“It’ll be more tailored to what they do best because we can put two receivers out there, we could put two blockers out there, one of each or three of them. It’s a fun problem to have. It’ll be streamlined. Right now it’s just everybody play your position and there’s nothing special about it.”Figuring out reps between the two quarterbacks batting to be No. 3“Just put it on paper and go that way. Ryan (Lindley) is going to get the short end of the stick for a little bit because Logan (Thomas) is new.”Reiterates his position that he will not tolerate fighting Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Top Stories “Because the first thing you do is break your hand. Might as well punch the wall. If you want to break your hand, break your hand. Now if you want to fight, I’ll put boxing gloves on and you can fight your ass off. That’s what Coach (Bear) Bryant used to do. If a guy got in a fight, he had 18-pound gloves — they were not allowed to stop swinging.”So, how did it end“They both passed out. It only happened once.”Do you fine players if they do fight“No, I’ll cut ‘em. There’s always the threat of that. They don’t play each other. We don’t play the Cardinals.” GLENDALE, Ariz. — Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his second year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through:“The only injury report is Dan Williams has got a little bit of a swollen knee. It’s nothing serious; just get an MRI on it, check it out to make sure. It’s happened in the past. It’s an old injury. He’ll be fine.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more

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