Biden’s transition team may have to sue to get access that should have been immediately provided

first_imgIn addition to the sharing of information, the official start of the transition is necessary before the mechanisms are open that allow Biden’s team to run background checks and security clearances. Without that step, they won’t be able to arrive in Washington, D.C. with a staff that’s authorized to handle the day to day affairs of government—though the lack of clearances didn’t really delay Trump, and they simply ignored the rules. The lack of background checks also didn’t seem to be a concern since Trump’s team didn’t bother to appoint people who were qualified for their roles.The possibility that Trump might not concede for weeks—or ever—means that Biden’s team is also looking at doing the last thing they want to do: start the transition with a lawsuit.Trump’s response was not completely unexpected. After all … he is Trump. So Biden’s staff had already looked into the necessary steps even before the election. That’s why Biden was able to hit the ground running on a transition office and staff who are currently not dependent on Trump’s cooperation. But the current status can’t continue forever, or even for very long. An effective transition is going to require a full exchange of information and co-location of staff to get everyone up to speed before the really quite short window (71 days remaining) closes. – Advertisement – As The Washington Post reports, it’s not just Murphy who isn’t picking up the phone when the Biden-Harris transition team calls. Officials across multiple agencies have already prepared briefing books and set aside offices especially for an incoming administration. Those offices and documents should be available right now. But they’re not. Instead, the Trump White House has spread the word not to recognize the outcome of the election or to cooperate in sharing information. Everything remains locked up until Murphy puts her signature on the paperwork. And Murphy is not about to move until Trump tells her to. On a press call Monday night, Biden’s transition staff discussed some of the information that isn’t available to them. That includes communications with foreign governments, details on national security operations, and even the no longer public data from hospitals on their status during the pandemic. All of it is critical to planning that Biden’s team needs to do well before the step into the White House. All of it is currently blocked by Trump’s refusal to move forward.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img The economy is in recession. The nation is facing a devastating pandemic. Alliances and treaties with overseas partners are in tatters. For Biden to be effective in dealing with any of it, there has to be an effective transition.So, as ABC News reports, a transition official made it clear Monday night that “legal action is certainly a possibility.” Exactly what that legal action might look like isn’t clear, simply because no one has had to take this step before. No matter how nasty elections might have been, White House residents have recognized that not just the good of the nation, but their legacy and the future of their party leaned heavily on how they responded in defeat. Trump simply does not care. last_img read more

Air and sea traffic continues to grow

first_imgSource: CBS Ukupan broj slijetanja i polijetanja zrakoplova u zračnim lukama u studenome 2019. iznosio je 5 096, što je u usporedbi sa studenim 2018. porast od 3,2%. The most significant international passenger traffic was realized with German airports, 99 thousand passengers, which is an increase of 3,6% compared to the same period last year. Ukupno ostvareno 710 kružnih putovanja stranih brodova Out of a total of 710 cruises, most trips were realized in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County (59,4%) and the Split-Dalmatia County (25,6%), which is a total of 85,0%. The remaining 15,0% of trips were made in the following counties: Zadar (6,5%), Istria (3,8%), Primorje-Gorski Kotar (3,1%) and Šibenik-Knin (1,6%). Source: CBS U studenome 2019. hrvatske zračne luke zabilježile su 351 tisuću putnika ili 9,7% više nego u istome mjesecu prošle godine, govore podaci Državnog zavoda za statistiku ( DZS ). U razdoblju od siječnja do studenoga 2019. u hrvatske morske luke uplovilo je 75 stranih brodova za kružna putovanja, s ostvarenih 710 kružnih putovanja ( +4,9% ). Na tim brodovima bio je 1,1 milijun putnika ( +8,6% ), koji su u Hrvatskoj boravili 1 413 dana ( +5,1% ).center_img The most visited seaports were Dubrovnik, Split and Zadar Najveći promet putnika ostvarila je zračna luka Zagreb s 244 tisuće putnika (porast od 5,4% u odnosu na studeni 2018.), slijedi zračna luka Dubrovnik s 57 tisuća putnika (porast od 114,0% u odnosu na studeni 2018.) i zračna luka Split s 43 tisuće putnika (pad od 19,0% u odnosu na studeni 2018.). The port of Dubrovnik (518 visits) had the most visits of foreign cruise ships, followed by the ports of Split (267 visits) and Zadar (117 visits). Porast broja putovanja, putnika i dana boravka stranih brodova za kružna putovanja. RELATED NEWS: 2019 MILLION ARRIVALS AND 21 MILLION NIGHTS IN 108,6last_img read more

Admin, students work to cut water use

first_imgIn light of a four-year drought and mandatory water use restrictions imposed earlier this year by Gov. Jerry Brown, USC administration and student groups are working closely together to cut campus water use.But at a university with more than 30 fountains and lush greenscapes, cementing behavioral changes in students, faculty and staff has proven to be the campus’ biggest roadblock.“Water conservation is something we’re struggling with immensely from a community point of view,” said Ahlia Bethea, director of the Environmental Student Assembly.The university’s biggest water hogs are residential halls, campus buildings and laboratories, according to the Office of Sustainability. ESA is working with the sustainability office and Student Affairs to launch a campaign this semester targeting Trojan water waste.The effort hopes to curb abuses such as excessive showers and sinks left on.“I’m a residential advisor and people are taking 10 minute showers [and] leaving their water running,” Bethea said. “If they were more aware of the consequences, they’d be less inclined to leave that tap on.”Students and other campus visitors aren’t the only ones being told to cut back — USC administration will soon be getting its own set of instructions from the campus’ Water Conservation Task Force. Formed last June to advise senior administration on water usage and reduction targets, the group will be providing recommendations to individual university departments in the coming weeks.Shawn Anthony Rhoads, a senior and former director of the ESA serves as an undergraduate representative on the task force. Though a large focus of the group is curbing campus buildings’ water usage, he said the university should make a concerted move to switch out its green spaces for more drought-tolerant options.“There’s no reason why USC needs grass,” Rhoads said. “We don’t need greenscape. Our university could look just as beautiful with native plants.”USC administration has shared Rhoads’s concern with landscape converting initiatives to an extent.“[Facilities Management Services] has been converting a lot of spaces into drought—resistant areas,” said Halli Bovia, the director of the Office of Sustainability. “Shrubs in place of turf, some native but mostly drought tolerant.”The campus’ fight against water waste first began a few years ago, and since then the University has reduced its usage by 14 percent per square foot.USC efforts have only risen since then, due in no small part to state and city mandatory reductions. It’s a shift in focus lauded by campus environmental activists as a change that is long overdue.“The problem is that water is really cheap, so it hasn’t been the focus of colleges until fairly recently,” Bovia said.In addition to working with the ESA, Bovia’s team just finished surveying roughly 3,500 water fixtures on campus to identify which ones could be upgraded and what savings could be made.It is little actions like these that prove to be more effective, Bovia said, than more symbolic gestures, such as draining the fountains. USC’s nearly three dozen fountains get the most audible flack from students and visitors who see them as a symbol of water waste, but those complaints may be unwarranted. The fountains constitute only 2 percent of USC’s water usage and use recirculated water.“There’s an aesthetic benefit to the fountains, and even though they use 4.4 million gallons roughly annually, it’s only 2 percent,” Bovia said.  “Students don’t understand that water is recirculated, they just think it’s a hose running.”Beyond USC’s gates, California is listening to the call to cut back. Announced last Thursday, the Golden State had a 31 percent statewide reduction—exceeding Brown’s 25 percent mandate.Now, university administration hopes USC will continue that trend.“We’re on the right track,” Bethea said. “But we can obviously do more.”last_img read more

NBA Finals 2019: 18-0 Warriors run ‘really killed us,’ Kawhi Leonard says

first_img“They went on like an 18-0 run, I believe. You can’t do that with a championship team on the other side.”I felt like our pace was good early, it was just that third quarter that really killed us. [An] 18-0 run, we can’t score no baskets, you’re not going to win no game.”Presidential welcome.#WeTheNorth | @BarackObama— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 3, 2019Toronto produced a late rally, cutting the gap to 106-104, but Andre Iguodala’s 3-pointer in the closing seconds ended Toronto’s comeback hopes.The series sits at 1-1 as it moves to Oracle Arena in Oakland, California, with Game 3 at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday.Asked about the key to winning on the road, Leonard replied: “Just coming in as one. Obviously on somebody else’s home floor, they’ve got the sixth man with the crowd.”We just have to buy into ourselves, come out hard. No mistakes, no turnovers. Just the same thing you’ve got to do at home.” NBA Finals 2019: 3 takeaways from Warriors’ Game 2 win over Raptors Klay Thompson injury update: Warriors star (hamstring) ‘questionable’ for Game 3 NBA Finals 2019: Raptors were ‘disrespectful’ to Andre Iguodala, says Stephen Curry Leonard finished with 34 points and 14 rebounds but could not help the Raptors stretch their winning run in the playoffs to six games, a sequence that included their four straight victories over the Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals.”I feel like in that third quarter we didn’t score the ball in the first five minutes, maybe four and a half minutes. That obviously led to them getting out in transition early and a lot of layups and open looks. That was pretty much the game right there,” the three-time All-Star told reporters. Related News The Warriors will hope to have Kevon Looney and Klay Thompson available after they sustained chest and hamstring injuries, respectively, on Sunday, with the latter set to undergo an MRI scan Monday.Golden State has not had Kevin Durant available yet in the series, though Leonard insists the Warriors are a tough team to beat no matter who is playing for them.”We’ve still got to go out and make shots and guard guys who are out there,” he said. “Obviously, they are missing Durant and it’s a big loss for them, but they won the game tonight.” Kawhi Leonard admitted a beyond-tough start to the third quarter “killed” the Raptors as the Warriors evened the NBA Finals.Toronto led 59-54 at halftime Sunday, but an 18-0 Golden State run out of the break turned around Game 2, with the reigning champions eventually winning, 109-104.last_img read more

Marieda Blehm, 93, Wellington: Funeral service is April 8

first_imgMarieda BlehmMarieda Blehm, 93, of Wellington, Kansas, passed away, Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at her home in Wellington.Funeral Services will be held Monday, April 8, 2013 at 10 a.m., at the Hawks-Shelley Funeral Home of Wellington. Graveside Services will be Monday at 2 p.m., in the Cashion Cemetery in Cashion, OK.Visitation will be Sunday, April 3, 2013 from 12 until 6 p.m., with the family present from 3 until 5 p.m.. at the Hawks-Shelley Funeral Home in Wellington. A memorial has been established with the Seventh Day Adventist Church of Wellington and may be left with the Hawks-Shelley Funeral Home. For further information or to send a condolence please visit Wilene Blehm was born the daughter of Henry and Katherine (Bernhardt) Blehm in Cashion, OK. She was a 1955 graduate of Cashion High School in Cashion, Oklahoma. Marieda was a missionary for several years in both the Philippines and Indonesia.She was an Elementary Teacher for the Seventh Day Adventist Schools in Davenport, Iowa and later Rock Island, Illinois. Marieda continued her pursuit of education and earned her Master’s Degree in Education in Fresno, California. She continued to teach in both Belle Plaine and Wellington Schools. Marieda was very faithful and involved in the Seventh Day Advent Church.Marieda is survived by her sister, Elota Watts and her husband J.D. of Wellington, nephews, Steven Watts and his wife Jen of Derby, KS, Richard Watts of Winfield, KS, Darryl Watts and his wife Doris of Wellington, KS and niece Susan Dunn and her husband Brian of Longmont, CO; 12 great nieces and nephews and numerous great-great nieces and nephews.Preceding her in death are her parents, sisters, Freda Sowards and Ella Weber, half sisters, Elsie Wilkinson and Anna Miller and half-brother, Joel Blehm.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, March 3, 2015

first_imgWellington Police news for Tuesday, March 3, 2015:•2:05 a.m. Officers investigated possession of depressant in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington by known suspect.•2:08 a.m. Officers conducted an outside agency assist warrant service in the 2000 block. E. 16th, Wellington.•2:09 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a wallet by a known subject in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•2:51 a.m. Chad R. Shinkle, 27, Wichita, was arrested and confined on a Kansas Department of Corrections warrant for probation violation and theft.•2:54 a.m. Kiley M. Cragun, 23, Wichita, was arrested, charged and confined with possession of depressant.•8:30 a.m. Officers took a report of a child in need of care in the 400 block W. Kansas, Wellington.•12:17 p.m. Officers conducted an outside agency assist in the 400 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•2:08 p.m. Richard J. Cabrera, 47, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with window tint violation.•5:53 p.m. Chanderselehar R. Atkuri, 24, Irving, Texas was issued a notice to appear for speeding 56 mph in a 40 mph zone.•6:25 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 1500 block N. C, Wellington.last_img read more

Man United open transfer talks as Arsenal lurk, talkSPORT told

first_imgManchester United have opened talks with Southampton as they discuss a transfer fee for Morgan Schneiderlin, talkSPORT have been told.The Frenchman is a wanted man this summer with Arsenal and Tottenham also keen on landing the talented midfielder.It appears, though, the Red Devils could beat their rivals to his signature as they’re already haggling over Schneiderlin’s fee with the Saints.talkSPORT’s south coast reporter told Kick Off: “It’s been an open secret for a while now that Morgan Schneiderlin is looking to leave and go onto the next level by playing in the Champions League.“Manchester United have opened talks with Southampton over a transfer fee, although I don’t think they’ve agreed a price yet. United are looking in the region of £20million, Southampton want £24million, so there is a bit of haggling to be done.“Schneiderlin is keen on a move to Old Trafford. Arsenal are still lurking in the background but I’m not sure Arsene Wenger is going to stump up the cash that Southampton want.”last_img read more


first_imgSJP and family spotted leaving Baskin’s Fish and Chip Shop in Dunkineely yesterday.Exclusive: Sarah Jessica Parker and her family have jetted back into Donegal and have even become GAA fans.The Sex in the City star and hubby Matthew Broderick own a holiday house in Kilcar.And the Hollywood stars have arrived back to enjoy a few days of relaxation there. The couple’s son James was even spotted wearing a brand new Donegal jersey in Dunkineely.The family enjoyed a bite to eat in the famous Baskin’s Fish and Chip Shop yesterday.And the mystery of the Donegal jersey was solved when Gareth Britton of All Sports in Donegal Town told Donegal Daily the family had been to his shop.“They called in yesterday and didn’t create any fuss at all. They have been in to us before. “They bought three or four Donegal jerseys but they didn’t get any payers names on them.“We didn’t ask them to pose for photos or anything like that. I think they just prefer to be left alone – I think that’s why they enjoy coming to Donegal and relaxing,” he said.The couple are understood to be staying in Donegal for a couple of weeks before jetting back to America. SEX AND THE CITY STAR SJP IS BACK AND TIPPING DONEGAL FOR ALL-IRELAND! was last modified: June 28th, 2014 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) Tags:donegalDunkineelyGAAkilcarmatthew brodericksarah jessica parkerSex and the Citylast_img read more