Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page James Pindell Globe Staff May 18, 2018 In the aftermath of the 2016 election — in which at least one foreign country successfully penetrated our voting systems — election security has been top of mind for officials at both the national and local level.There’s been much discussion over what must be done to ensure the safety of our ballots looking forward. But what actual steps have been taken? That’s a mixed bag.A forensic analysis by the federal government of election systems following the 2016 election found that in ways large and small, hackers were able to gain access to data in at least 21 states. If you’re wondering, the only New England state on that list was Connecticut. For the most part, that hacking meant finding a way to look at voter data before Election Day in hopes of altering the voter rolls and creating confusion at the … [Read more...] about After 2016, what are New England states doing to prevent election hacking this year?
England’s World Cup preparations are usually accompanied by the ritual of divisive debates and the raising of expectations to stratospheric levels — neither of which have helped in their 52-year wait for the trophy. Yet England manager Gareth Southgate has skilfully found a way to neutralise the issues which so often cause rancour and tension and has adopted a relaxed tone, which lowers expectations while maintaining the right level of ambition. For instance, there is not the traditional debate over who will be the captain because Southgate does not appear to give great priority to the formality of who wears the armband. “We’ve been through a process of developing leaders in the group, more voices in meetings and don’t feel it’s the captain who is the only one who can make decisions and speak first,” Southgate said during a news conference on Thursday. “When we’ve been more successful like in (Euro) ’96 we had six or seven … [Read more...] about Smooth Southgate avoiding usual England World Cup pitfalls
ENGLAND ace Raheem Sterling has appeared in court with his ex-girlfriend the day after he was named in the World Cup squad. The winger was spotted with Melissa Clarke as they both made their way into the private hearing in Liverpool this afternoon. Sterling, who had a tumultuous relationship with Melissa, looked casual in a white polo shirt and jeans. His ex, who wore a white and black striped top, a blazer, black jeans and trainers, ignored the Manchester City star as they walked through security. The pair waited more than two hours for the case to be called but it isn't clear why they were both in court today, Mail Online reports. Sterling, who earns £200,000 a week, was yesterday named in Gareth Southgate's England World Cup squad at the tournament in Russia next month. He tweeted yesterday after the line up was announced, saying: "Amazing feeling to be named in the @England squad, for this summers World Cup in Russia!! #DreamsIntoReality #GodIsGood". Sterling proposed to Paige … [Read more...] about Raheem Sterling in court with ex-girlfriend a day after being named in England World Cup 2018 squad
By Simon Evans LONDON (Reuters) – England’s youthful World Cup squad is not the result of a policy to pick young players but simply a question of choosing the best talent in the best form, manager Gareth Southgate said on Thursday. Southgate, the former England Under-21 coach, was also quick to dismiss talk of Russia 2018 being used as a chance for his young squad to gain experience as he explained the thinking behind his decisions. “We’re picking them not because they’re young, but because they are the best in their positions. We know they’re not the finished article. That’s where we are at the moment,” he told a news conference, acknowledging that the dominance of foreign players in the Premier League was another factor. “As a country, we pick from 33 percent (of the Premier League’s players). It is quite a unique situation. “OK, maybe it’s brave to take players without a number of caps, but we have to give these … [Read more...] about Youngsters were best England had, says boss Southgate
(Reuters) – Liverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold said club manager Juergen Klopp surprised him with the news of his inclusion in England’s 23-man squad for the World Cup. The 19-year-old has had an impressive breakthrough campaign for Liverpool, featuring in nine Champions League matches, including the quarter-final win over Manchester City and the semi-final victory against AS Roma, and 19 league games. “I found out this morning, just before we came out to Marbella. The manager came and spoke to me just as we were getting on the plane,” Alexander-Arnold, currently in a training camp in Spain, told Liverpool’s website https://www.liverpoolfc.com. “He asked me if I knew anything about the squad or anything yet. I said, ‘no’ and he said, ‘Have you got anything planned around the time of the World Cup?’ I was like, ‘No, no holidays or anything… “He said to me, ‘OK, good… You’re in the … [Read more...] about Klopp surprised Alexander-Arnold with England call-up news