Commonwealth Games gold medallist Nayanmoni Saikia (Assam) was a picture of confidence on the opening day of the high-profile Lawn Bowls competition in the 36th National Games, comfortably winning two singles matches and one team game at the Kensville Golf and Country Club on Wednesday. Nayanmoni Saikia started the day with an emphatic 23-0 victory over Gujarat’s Vaishali Makvana in a Group A contest and ended it with a 21-10 win over Beena Shah of West Bengal. In between, she joined her Assam teammates to post a 33-3 verdict against Manipur in the Fours competition. ALSO READ| Teams From 15 States Ensure Record Participation at 6th SNBP All-India Hockey Tournament for Boys’ Under-16 A member of the Indian Fours team which made history in Birmingham last month, Nayanmoni Saikia is delighted that her sport is drawing a lot of attention. “The gold medal provided the impetus for Lawn Bowls. But we have to make sure that our win wasn’t a fluke. We have to keep performing to … [Read more...] about 36th National Games Roundup: CWG Lawn Bowls Gold Medallist Nayanmoni Saikia Stars on Day 1
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In political writing about the federal judiciary, there is a convention to treat the partisan affiliation of a judge or justice as a mere curiosity, to pretend that it does not matter that much whether a jurist was nominated by Ronald Reagan or Bill Clinton or George W. Bush or Barack Obama so long as he or she can faithfully uphold the law. The issue with this convention, as we’ve seen in the legal drama over the classified materials found in President Donald Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago, is that it isn’t equipped to deal with the problem of hyperpartisan, ideological judges who are less committed to the rule of law than to their presidential patron. In particular, this way of thinking about federal courts isn’t equipped to deal with the problem of Trump judges. In the case of the documents, the judge in question is Aileen Cannon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, nominated by Trump in the spring of 2020 and confirmed by the Senate (with 12 Democratic … [Read more...] about The Wrong Trump Judge at the Right Time Can Wreak Havoc
For four long years, the United States was run by a “sophisticated parrot,” as campaign aides reportedly called him. Rather than asking a high-ranking general to further elucidate a concept he didn’t quite grasp, Donald Trump, the nation’s commander-in-chief, instead “shouted down the teachers.” When preparing to debate sensitive issues such as transgender rights, he inquired as to whether the subject of one hypothetical scenario was “cocked or decocked.” And while certain people believed Trump had a malign intent in many of his decisions, such as impulsively tweeting out a classified image in 2019 of an Iranian missile launch facility, others “believed he was operating with the emotional development of a 12-year-old,” playing fast-and-loose with state secrets “to get attention for himself.” “If you take out the classification that’s the sexy part,” Trump allegedly responded to horrified advisers at the time.That’s all according to Confidence Man: The Making of Donald … [Read more...] about Bomb Mexico, Fire Javanka: All the Wildest Bits From Maggie Haberman’s New Trump Book
Gail Collins: Bret, which do you think is more of a threat to Donald Trump’s political future, the classified document drama at Mar-a-Lago or the legal challenge to his businesses in New York? Bret Stephens: Gail, I suspect the most serious threats to Trump’s future, political or otherwise, are Big Macs and KFC buckets. Otherwise, I fear the various efforts to put the 45th president out of business or in prison make it considerably more likely that he’ll wind up in the White House as the 47th president. How about you? Gail: Sigh. You’re probably right but I’m still sorta hoping New York’s attorney general can hit him in the pocketbook. He’s super vulnerable when it comes to his shady finances — I’m even surprised he can find lawyers who have confidence they’ll keep being paid. Bret: No doubt the Trump Organization was run with the kind of fierce moral and financial rectitude you’d expect if Elizabeth Holmes had been put in charge of Enron. But the essential currency of … [Read more...] about Does It Matter That Investigators Are Closing In on Trump?
Former Trump administration official Kash Patel has defended his use of a slogan used by QAnon followers who falsely believe cannibalistic pedophiles control world events. Patel, who previously served as chief of staff to then–Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, defended his use of the phrase "where we go one, we go all" during an appearance on a podcast hosted by QAnon supporters. The phrase, shortened to "WWG1WGA." is regularly used as a rallying cry by followers of the conspiracy theory. Many followers of the unfounded conspiracy theory believe Donald Trump is secretly in a battle against a global cabal of satanic cannibalistic pedophiles made up of politicians, celebrities and business leaders. QAnon followers have previously been involved in violent incidents, harassment campaigns and killings after one supposed adherent shot his wife and one of his daughters in Walled Lake, Michigan, on September 11. Speaking with QAnon podcast host Jeffrey Pedersen on … [Read more...] about Ex-Trump official defends using QAnon slogan: “What’s wrong with it?”
Qatar Airways and British Airways have completed the latest phase in the expansion of their partnership, offering global connectivity between more countries than any other airline joint business. The airlines have added 42 new countries to their shared network, including Italy, the Maldives, Norway, Singapore and Sweden, giving passengers enhanced access between destinations in Europe and the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Oceania. Customers will now benefit from even greater choices in prices and schedules with options for direct flights as well as connections via hubs in London and Doha. This is all part of Qatar Airways and British Airways’ plan to “Move Further Together” by enhancing the joint network and providing passengers with the best of both airlines. The expansion will enable seamless connecting journeys on single tickets through Doha and London, bringing the total number of destinations served by the two airlines to 185 across more than 60 countries. The complementary … [Read more...] about British Airways, Qatar Airways Complete Airline Joint Business Expansion
In Iraq this past spring, the air sometimes was orange. Not the sky, the air. It looked like what I imagine Mars looks like from the planet's surface. Dust was the culprit, and it was everywhere. One day in May, the Health Ministry declared an emergency, schools were shuttered, Baghdad's governor suspended work and several provinces mandated a public holiday to keep people safe. Iraqis have dealt with a lot over the last 50 years—a brutal dictator followed by a bloody war followed by savage terror at the hands of ISIS . Climate change may be what dominates our next 50 years. In fact, it's dominating our lives right now, and we need help addressing it. The U.N. puts Iraq in the top five countries most impacted by climate change. Look where we're starting from. Over two weeks this summer, the lowest high temperature was 99 degrees Fahrenheit, and the highest high was 115 degrees. The lowest the temperature got was 79 degrees, and that was in the wee hours of one morning. … [Read more...] about Dust storms, climate change hammer Iraq | Opinion
Sign up to our free sport newsletter for all the latest news on everything from cycling to boxing Sign up to our free sport email for all the latest news St Helens chief executive Mike Rush is confident the Super League champions can continue to smash records as he prepares to announce a successor to head coach Kristian Woolf. Woolf ended his three-year spell in the Saints hot seat on a high with a third straight Super League Grand Final victory, courtesy of their 24-12 success over Leeds at Old Trafford on Saturday evening. Woolf, who will become assistant to Wayne Bennett at new NRL franchise Dolphins in 2023, built on the success of his predecessor Justin Holbrook at Saints as they became the first team to win four Grand Finals in a row and lay claim to be the best team in the club’s history. “That’s probably for the media to speculate about,” Rush said. “It’s hard to compare an era because from 2006 to 2010 there were some phenomenal … [Read more...] about St Helens Grand Final dominance down to squad continuity, says chief Mike Rush
Patients who have been vaccinated against the monkeypox virus were 14 times less likely to become infected than those who had not been vaccinated, according to initial data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday, which public health officials say should provide “a level of cautious optimism” that the vaccine may help slow the spread of the virus Dr. Rochelle Wolensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters on Wednesday that the first data on the vaccine’s effectiveness is a strong, if early, indicator that the Biden administration’s strategy on the viral outbreak is working. “There have been limited data on how well the Jynneos vaccine performs against monkeypox in real-world conditions,” Wolensky said. “These early findings and similar results from studies and other countries suggest that even one dose of the monkeypox vaccine offers at least some initial protection against infection.” Since the emergence … [Read more...] about Public Health Experts Express ‘Cautious Optimism’ Monkeypox Vax Is Slowing Spread of Disease
More from our inbox: Treating U.S. Politics as a Big Joke: ‘Frightening’ What Moderate Republicans Should Do Sweaters for Ukraine A Paper for the Elite? To the Editor: Re “ As Eligibility Expands, Is Assisted Death Too Easy in Canada? ” (news article, Sept. 19): Suicide is a terrible word, but it is not always a terrible act. The Canadian woman tortured by constant pain looks forward to the assisted suicide her country allows her. Thirty-nine years ago, in New York, my mother was the grateful recipient of an assisted suicide, although it was illegal in the U.S. and still is, in New York and in all but 10 states and Washington, D.C. And even where it’s legal, you have to be patient and wait until the government gives you the OK. But Canada even allows certain applicants to speed up their assessments, although some Canadians don’t approve of that. Given the fast growth of her cancer, my mother was close to death, but in her opinion not close … [Read more...] about Is Assisted Suicide Too Accessible?