Justice Dept.: Armed Agents Are Allowed to Oversee Ballot-Counting Venues

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Justice Department told federal prosecutors in an email early on Wednesday that the law allowed them to send armed federal officers to ballot-counting locations around the country to investigate potential voter fraud, according to three people who described the message.The email created the specter of the federal government intimidating local election officials or otherwise intervening in vote tallying amid calls by President Trump to end the tabulating in states where he was trailing in the presidential race, former officials said.- Advertisement – Mr. Donoghue, the No. 2 official in the office of the deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, sent his email about half an hour before Mr. Trump made reckless claims including falsely declaring himself the winner of the election and began calling for election officials to stop counting ballots.“We want all voting to stop,” Mr. Trump said at the White House. He said, without offering details, that his campaign would “be going to the U.S. Supreme Court” over the election count. The Trump campaign said later in the day that it was filing lawsuits in multiple states, including Michigan, to halt or protest vote counts.One state election official vowed to resist any interference or intimidation efforts by federal officials.- Advertisement – “Elections are a state matter, and we have authority as state officials over anyone trying to enter locations where ballots are being counted,” said Attorney General Maura Healey of Massachusetts. “Anything else is a radical reinterpretation of the law. States can handle elections, and we will ensure the people decide the outcome.”The election has been both unusual and charged. A historic number of mail-in ballots, prompted by the pandemic, have slowed the work of local election officials who tally them. And Mr. Trump has for months stoked fears about the integrity of the vote and amplified unfounded conspiracy theories that slow-counting states could not be trusted, intensifying his baseless accusations as the count stretched on past Election Day and his opponent, Joseph R. Biden Jr., gained an edge in key states. A Justice Department spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment.- Advertisement – A law prohibits the stationing of armed federal officers at polls on Election Day. But a top official told prosecutors that the department interpreted the statute to mean that they could send armed federal officers to polling stations and locations where ballots were being counted anytime after that.The statute “does not prevent armed federal law enforcement persons from responding to, investigate, or prevent federal crimes at closed polling places or at other locations where votes are being counted,” the official, Richard P. Donoghue, told prosecutors in an email that he sent around 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Attorney General William P. Barr also spent the months leading up to Election Day echoing the president’s dark warnings, claiming without evidence that the wave of mail-in ballots would lead to an unprecedented amount of voter fraud.He cited one example of 1,700 falsified ballots that The Washington Post found to be false. A department spokeswoman blamed an inaccurate memo from an aide.The new legal interpretation about armed officials at vote-counting locations appeared to be another example of the attorney general mirroring Mr. Trump’s public posture, former Justice Department officials said.“This seems like a messaging tactic for the attorney general,” said Vanita Gupta, the acting head of the department’s Civil Rights Division under President Barack Obama. “Lawfully, the Justice Department can’t interfere in the vote count, enter polling places or take ballots, even in the course of an investigation.”In instances where the department can secure access to ballots for any investigation, Ms. Gupta said that federal law allowed law enforcement officials to “copy and inspect, but that ballots stay in the hands of local election officials.”Justice Department officials said this week that they expected lawyers for the Trump and Biden campaigns to take on court challenges related to the election, and that the Trump administration would have little, if any, role.Election experts said that any effort by the Justice Department to blatantly interfere in the election would immediately prompt legal challenges. Still, armed officials arriving at ballot-counting locations even for investigatory purposes could intimidate or otherwise disrupt the process, they warned.“The very strong, longstanding norm is that the federal government does not seek to do anything to interfere with a state’s ability to count votes and certify elections,” said Kristy Parker, an official in the department’s Civil Rights Division during the Obama administration. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Coroner urges MPs to decide on euthanasia

first_imgStuff.co 15 October 2013A coroner is calling for Parliament to make up its mind about euthanasia after an elderly woman chose to suffocate herself with a handmade contraption in her Lower Hutt home.Widow Edna Gluyas, 85, waited for her family to leave from a visit and lay down in her bed for a final time, alone, before setting in motion the process that would kill her on August 3, 2011.Less than two hours later, her daughter returned to find her dead by what Wellington Regional Coroner Ian Smith has determined “euthanasia by suffocation”.In his report, Smith calls for Parliament to confront the issue of euthanasia – a topic that has long been dodged.“Once again this death raises the vexed issue of euthanasia and, as I have recorded in past cases, this process simply will not go away, and it will be necessary for Parliament to address this matter yet again.”Gluyas lived alone, in a suburban street in Belmont. Her husband had died in 1988. She was a firm believer in euthanasia, had attended seminars, and owned a book on the subject.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/9282506/Coroner-urges-MPs-to-decide-on-euthanasialast_img read more

BIR seizes fake cigarettes

first_imgAs of this writing, the BIR was yet todetermine the total value of the seized fake cigarettes. Boniva was renting out the house. The Bureau of Internal Revenue(BIR) Region 6 and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) raided thehouse of Emilda Boniva at around 11 a.m. after receiving reports that fakecigarettes sold to various stores here were sourced from the house. The seized 7,150 boxes of fakecigarettes were equivalent to 715 reams. Cigarette packs which sell underP50 are usually fake since the excise tax placed on cigarettes has reachedP35 already, explained Gantang. They also discovered that the serialnumbers of the boxes were similar, another indication of their being fake. According to Lieutenant ColonelAnthony Gantang of the CIDG, BIR started investigating after learning thatcheap cigarettes – sold under P50 – were proliferating in Iloilo. ILOILO City – A total of 7,150boxes of fake cigarettes were confiscated from a house in Barangay TabucSuba, La Paz district yesterday. PHOTO BY IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN BIR officials scrutinized the barcodes of every seized box of cigarettes and found out that these werecounterfeit. House owner Boliva said she did notknow the cigarettes were fake and named a certain Chua. The government has been losinghundreds of millions of pesos in excise tax yearly through the illicitmanufacture and distribution of fake cigarettes./PN “We will locate this man,” saidGantang.last_img read more

Napoli president reveals why he preferred Osimhen to Real Madrid star

first_imgRead Also: UEFA Champions League ready to restart, at long last“However, as the option for Osimhen became more concrete, we went for him.”Despite the potential for a move to Naples collapsing, Jovic will remain at the centre of Real Madrid transfer news ahead of the 2020-21 season.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 After agreeing a deal for Osimhen, the outspoken De Laurentiis confirmed Jovic was on their list of targets, but he opted against a move for the Serbian. “We met with Ramadani (Jovic’s agent) and we could have reached a deal for him, or Zenit’s Sardar Azmoun,” he told an interview with Corriere dello Sport. Loading… Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has explained why he turned down the opportunity to sign Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic, prior to signing Super Eagles forward Victor Osimhen from Lille. The Nigerian international  agreed a club record €50m switch to the Stadio San Paolo last week, with Polish international Arkadiusz Milik expected to leave before the start of next campaign. Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?But Who In The World Taught Them Those Moves? Was It Papa Bear?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketNo Good Disney Role Models For Boys?It Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last MovieThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

Man rushed for emergency surgery after vicious dog attack

first_imgA man had to receive emergency surgery for facial injuries after being attacked by a dog in Donegal Town.Gardai have confirmed the incident happened on Sunday morning last.The man was taken to Galway Unversity Hospital for specialist treatment. The dog was later taken into the care of the local dog warden and was put down.Gardai have appealed to dog owners to keep control of their dogs.Man rushed for emergency surgery after vicious dog attack was last modified: October 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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

Golf in 2010: SA’s sixth major winner

first_imgVery quickly, the golfing world learnt about the South African who goes by the nickname of “Shrek”, and he certainly won many fans with his smiling, humble demeanour. Addressing the media afterwards, Clark said: “Behind the majors this is the biggest tournament and the best field out there, and you’re always going to look at the history of the majors, but this is certainly … if there’s a number five this is it, but this is just a huge honour and everything that comes with it. Yeah, it’s a very proud day.” Lee-Ann PaceOn the Ladies European Tour, Lee-Anne Pace enjoyed a wonderful year and became the first South African to capture the Order of Merit. She also won the Players’ Player of the Year Award after receiving the most votes from her peers. Oosthuizen’s achievements were recognised by the Laureus World Sports Awards in December when he was named as a finalist for the World Breakthrough of the Year. He was the only South African to earn a nomination in any category. South African golfers provided many highlights in 2010, but none more than Louis Oosthuizen, who scored an extraordinary seven-shot victory in the British Open at Saint Andrews in July. At the end of March, Oosthuizen had secured his first European Tour victory in the Open de Andalucia de Golf in Malaga. It came only a week after he narrowly missed out on the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco. He had led heading into the final round, but ended up settling for second. By topping the Order of Merit, Pace earned herself a valuable 10-year Tour exemption. Just two weeks later, he was back in the winner’s circle after a two-shot victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Asked how it felt to win two tournaments in a row, Els said: “It’s an amazing feeling, really. It can be one of the toughest games, cruellest games in the world, and then you sit here, it’s one of the nicest games. Sapa quoted the legendary Gary Player as saying: “I wish she was my daughter.” She won an astonishing five times, in the Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open, the S4C Wales Ladies Championship of Europe, the Finnair Masters, the Sanya Ladies Open, and the Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open. In 2011, Schwartzel and Oosthuizen will contest the US PGA Tour. Ernie Els’ return to formMeanwhile, while Louis Oosthuizen enjoyed a career-best year, his mentor Ernie Els returned to the form that made him a long time world top-five-ranked golfer, and with that form came victories. In mid-March, he celebrated his first victory in two years when he conquered the Blue Monster and Doral to win the World Golf Championships-CA Championship by four shots from fellow South African Charl Schwartzel. Two-time winnerCharl Schwartzel, too, was a two-time winner. His victories were scored early in the year in South African-based European Tour events. By winning The Open, he joined Bobby Locke, Gary Player, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, and Trevor Immelman as South Africans who have had their names engraved on major trophies. The Big Easy wasn’t done winning yet and later in the year added the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Royal Port in Bermuda to his long list of career titles. He had previously won it in 1997. For many years Clark had been a consistent performer on the US PGA Tour, but inexplicably had never broken through to win. It took him 206 tournaments to do so, but it was a thrilling and deserved victory went it finally arrived. In early January he claimed the African Open at the East London Golf Club with a 20-under-par total of 272. A week later he captured the Joburg Open by a sensational six shots after shooting a seven-under-par 64 in the third round and a five-under 66 over the last 18 holes. Tim Clark’s breakthroughFor many South African golf fans, one of the moments they most savoured in 2010 was the victory of Tim Clark in The Players Championship. It was his fifth European Tour win and the third of those that had been achieved in South Africa. Major winners 22 December 2010 “To win an Open Championship is special, but to win it here at Saint Andrews is something you dream about,” he said afterwards. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Agra-Gwalior passenger train derails near Agra Cantonment

first_imgTwo coaches of the Agra-Gwalior passenger train derailed at Agra Cantonment railway station early on Saturday morning. No injury has been reported yet.Railway officials rushed to the sport but clarified that no one was injured as the train was going to the yard for cleaning. The train traffic was not affected due to the derailment, they added.This comes after series of derailment was reported in last one month resulting in Suresh Prabhu, the-then union minister for Railways, offering to resign and major overhaul in the senior management of the Railway Board.Over 25 people were killed and more than hundred were injured when Utkal express derailed at Khatauli station near Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pardesh on August 19.Similarly, three trains jumped off the tracks in Uttar Pradesh, New Delhi and Maharashtra on September 7 within a span of nine hours. The first accident occurred at 6:25 a.m. when seven coaches of the Jabalpur-bound Shaktipunj Express went off the tracks near the Obra Dam station in U.P.’s Sonbhadra district. Within hours, at around 11:45 a.m, the Ranchi-Delhi Rajdhani Express derailed near Minto bridge in the national capital, leaving one person injured. These two incidents were followed by the derailment of a goods train in Maharashtra’s Khandala at 3:55 p.m., railway officials said.last_img read more

15 days agoINSIDER: PSG president Al-Khelaifi prepared to sell Neymar

first_imgINSIDER: PSG president Al-Khelaifi prepared to sell Neymarby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is prepared to sell Neymar – but not at a loss.Both Real Madrid and Barcelona tried and failed to sign Neymar over the summer. Indeed, Barca have since confirmed they had two offers for the Brazil captain rejected by PSG.But on the set of El Chiringuito, pundit Francisco Buyo revealed the intentions of Al-Khelaifi regarding Neymar. “Al-Khelaifi wants to recover the investment made for Neymar,” stated Buyo.PSG’s owners paid a world record €222m to Barca for Neymar in 2017. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Gov’t to Implement Crash Data System

first_imgMinister without portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Dr. Morais Guy, says the Government is working to put a modern crash data system in place by 2016.The state-of-the-art system, he said, will enable the seamless transmission of information to all road safety stakeholders, “thus ensuring that critical decisions can be taken efficiently and effectively”.“It is our intention to ensure that we develop the capacity and capability to monitor and evaluate our various road safety measures, thus ensuring that we are better able to evaluate our road safety performances,” Dr. Guy stated.He was speaking on Wednesday, June 5, at the launch of National Road Safety Awareness Month, at the Total Gas Station in New Kingston.Dr. Guy informed that assistance is being provided by the International Traffic Accident Database/Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the United Kingdom (UK) Department for Transport and the Transport Research Laboratory under a twinning programme.Turning to the target of the National Road Safety Council to achieve ‘Below 240’ road fatalities this year, Dr. Guy said this is feasible, but will require that all stakeholders continue to work as a team and at the same pace.Jamaica, last year, recorded a total of 260 road fatalities, down from 308 in 2011. This represented the country’s lowest number of road casualties in almost 20 years and a successful ‘Below 300’ campaign.Dr. Guy said that the Government is doing its part, by putting in place a number of measures, among them, the modernisation of the 1938 Road Traffic Act, to adequately address the challenges in the transportation sector and to ensure that road safety issues are addressed according to 21st century requirements.The revision is in its final stages and the Act is expected to be passed during this Parliamentary year. It will address the use of mobile phones when driving and the implementation of a three-stage drivers’ licensing system, which is aimed at improving the competency of Jamaican drivers.Dr. Guy said that over the next three years, the Ministry will focus its efforts on a number of initiatives. These include the safety of vulnerable road users; strengthening the country’s capability to investigate and analyse traffic collisions; ensuring the entrenchment of Road Safety Audit Management in all road projects from preliminary phase to completion; and ensuring that all road safety processes are in accordance with the Road Traffic Safety Management Standard – ISO 39001.National Road Safety Awareness Month 2013 is an observation of the Jamaica Gasoline Retailers Association (JGRA) under the theme: ‘Alert today – Alive tomorrow…Distraction Kills!’Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Bakerlast_img read more

Virtual tour Fort St Johns newest elementary school

first_img The front entrance of the new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The front entrance of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The gymnasium stage at the new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The gymnasium stage at the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The YMCA's new daycare at the Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The YMCA’s new daycare at the Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The YMCA's new daycare at the Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The YMCA’s new daycare at the Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The YMCA's new daycare at the Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The YMCA’s new daycare at the Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The loft inside the YMCA's new daycare at the Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The loft inside the YMCA’s new daycare at the Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton Two sombrero's inside the music room of the new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton Two sombrero’s inside the music room of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton Instruments inside the music room of the new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton Instruments inside the music room of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton Acoustic dampers inside the music room of the new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton Acoustic dampers inside the music room of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton Inside the Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School's office. Photo by Chris Newton Inside the Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s office. Photo by Chris Newton Inside the Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School's office. Photo by Chris Newton Inside the Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s office. Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School's library space, or "Learning Lab." Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s library space, or “Learning Lab.” Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School's library space, or "Learning Lab." Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s library space, or “Learning Lab.” Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School's library space, or "Learning Lab." Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s library space, or “Learning Lab.” Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School's library space, or "Learning Lab." Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s library space, or “Learning Lab.” Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School's library space, or "Learning Lab." Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s library space, or “Learning Lab.” Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School's library space, or "Learning Lab." Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s library space, or “Learning Lab.” Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District #60 Assistant Superintendent of Special Projects Doug Boyd gave members of the Fort St. John media a tour of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School on Monday.The new school, which began construction less than two years ago, will be opening its doors to parents and students for the first day of school, which is taking place on Tuesday, September 4th.A photo gallery from the tour, as well as a video showing the entire tour, can be found below.last_img read more