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Biden faces scrutiny over reliance on executive orders

first_imgPresident Joe Biden and aides are showing touches of prickliness amid growing scrutiny of the new president’s reliance on executive orders in his first days in office. The president in just over a week has already signed more than three dozen executive orders and directives aimed at addressing the coronavirus pandemic as well as a gamut of other issues, including environmental regulations, immigration policies and racial justice. Biden has also sought to use the orders to erase foundational policy initiatives by former president Donald Trump. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says Biden’s reliance on executive action in the early going conflicts with the Democrat’s pledge as a candidate to be a consensus builder.last_img read more

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Al-Shabab attacks UAE embassy in Somalia

first_img“We targeted enemy delegates from the UAE and we inflicted casualties upon them and their forces,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, Shabaab’s military operation spokesman told Reuters.“The incident took place near the military hospital where UAE trains Somali military. Three Somali military who were on the military pick up died and several other civilians who were passing by were injured,” he added.“We have confirmed the death of six people, four of them civilians, while six others were also wounded, some seriously,” police officer Abdukadir Hassan told AFP.He said no UAE diplomats were hurt in the attack, with the Somali security staff escorting them stopping the bomber with their truck as the blast went off.The Shabab said they carried out the attack, which is believed to be the first time the al-Qaeda affiliate has targeted the UAE in Somalia. The UAE is involved in a number of security, infrastructure, development and humanitarian projects in Somalia.In the past, al Shabaab has exaggerated the number of government members it has killed, while officials have played down losses. Somalia’s Al-Shabab insurgents killed at least six people Wednesday in a suicide attack on a diplomatic convoy from the United Arab Emirates in the Somali capital Mogadishu, police and the Islamists said.last_img read more

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D’Tigers, D’Tigress can win an Olympic medal — Kida

first_imgRelatedPosts Serbia-based Nigerian basketballer slumps, dies after training NBBF celebrates Nigerian Arizona Women Basketball player of the Decade Oguchi named D’Tigers player of the decade As Nigerians count down to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, the President of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, Engr. Musa Kida, is optimistic that the senior men and women basketball teams can end up on the medals table. Answering questions from journalists, the NBBF President said their going to the Olympics is not just to add to the numbers of participating teams, but to shock the world and be among the best. With the current synergy and talents in the teams – D’Tigers and D’Tigress – he is not doubtful that they can compete with the best around the world and fly Nigeria’s flag high in Tokyo. Kida said: “D’Tigers and D’Tigresses are teams that have the true spirit of Nigerians in them, which is the spirit to win and perform optimally. “They are going to perform extremely well and may go ahead to shock the world again and this will be an excellent outing.” Being the only team sport to have so far qualified for the Games in Nigeria and the first time both teams will be featuring during the same summer Olympics (also first in Africa), expectations are high for the team to perform. Ranked number one in Africa and 14th in the world, D’Tigress will be making a return to the games after their last outing in 2004 in Athens, Greece, while the men ranked first in Africa and 23rd in the world are making return after the Rio 2016 Games. The NBBF president also recognises this and said the federation with the help of the Federal Ministry of Sports will leave no stone unturned to prepare the team well for the Olympics. Kida said: “The prospects are brighter with the Technical Crew of D’Tigers that we have right now. “The players we intend to invite include our players in the domestic league. “We are going to have an array of a formidable team and we will shock the world.” The 2020 Summer Games will hold from July 24 to August 9.Tags: D’TigersD’TigressMusa KidaNBBFlast_img read more

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Four things we learned from Manchester City v Liverpool

first_imgSane’s ninth goal for City this season came after he also played an important role in unhinging Liverpool’s defence in the build-up to Sergio Aguero’s opener.Stones’ great escapeDespite dominating the early stages, City were just 1.12cm away from suffering a potentially game-changing self-inflicted wound as John Stones atoned for his mistake in dramatic fashion.With City backing off too far as Liverpool launched their first serious attack, Salah had time to pick his pass to Sadio Mane, whose shot hit the inside of the post.City defender Stones reacted with a panicked clearance against Ederson and the ball cannoned off the goalkeeper towards his own net.It looked certain to be a farcical own goal but Stones scrambled back to hook clear of the approaching Salah.Liverpool claimed it had gone in, but goalline technology showed that a tiny portion of the ball — just 1.12cm according to Premier League statistics — hadn’t crossed the line, meaning the decision to play on was correct.“I heard it was tight. I’m just happy it didn’t go over the line! Those sort of things can change a game,” Stones smiled.By such small margins are titles won and lost.Aguero haunts Liverpool againSergio Aguero has feasted on Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium and once again the Reds had no answer to City’s lethal finisher.Aguero’s 40th minute opener extended his streak of having scored in all seven of his home league games against Liverpool.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City reignited their Premier League title challenge with a crucial 2-1 win over leaders Liverpool on Thursday.Leroy Sane’s superb second half strike handed Liverpool their first league defeat this season and moved the champions to within four points of Jurgen Klopp’s side.Here are four things we learned from the seismic showdown between the two leading title contenders:Sane makes his pointA season that started with Leroy Sane’s future at City in doubt is no longer a tale of woe for the German winger, who underlined his vast potential with the blistering winner that kept the champions’ title hopes alive.Frustrated after being left out of Germany’s World Cup squad, Sane began City’s first three league games on the bench and was then left out entirely for the trip to Newcastle amid claims Pep Guardiola was concerned by the youngster’s focus in training.The close-season signing of Riyad Mahrez from Leicester was another impediment to Sane’s progress.“It is the toughest situation I have to handle,” Guardiola said at the time.“When Sane plays he has to play well. I am pretty sure of that.”But the 22-year-old gradually regained Guardiola’s trust and returned to the team, although it wasn’t until October — when he scored four times in five games — that Sane really showed his true colours.Since then, Sane has been much closer to the buccaneering force who played a major role in their title success and City have opened talks over an extension to a contract that expires in 2021.Selecting Sane, who was signed from Schalke in 2016, for the key clash against Liverpool made it clear Guardiola had no further doubts.His faith was rewarded in the 72nd minute as he drilled a brilliant low strike past Alisson Becker and in off the far post.last_img read more

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NTSB Releases Report on Copter Crash that Killed Chris Cline, Six Others

first_imgThe National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on the helicopter crash that killed seven people earlier this month, including billionaire and North Palm Beach resident Chris Cline.The copter crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on July 4 near Big Grand Cay, Abaco, Bahamas, just one minute after takeoff. Cline’s daughter, Kameron, and her friend, Brittney Layne Searson, also died in the crash. They graduated from the Benjamin School in 2015 and were attending college together at Louisiana State University.According to the NTSB, the helicopter was flying from Walker’s Cay Airport to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport to obtain medical treatment for two passengers. It originally departed from Palm Beach International Airport and landed at Big Grand Cay sometime between 1:30 and 1:45 a.m.After passengers boarded at Big Grand Cay, the aircraft lifted again. A witness reports seeing it climb out about 30 to 40 feet and accelerate “while in a nose-down attitude.”A second witness, who was located about 1.6 nautical miles southwest of where the accident occurred, says he saw the helicopter lift to about 40 to 50 feet high, and then noticed blue and white lights spinning to the left between rotations, while the copter descended. He believes it rotated to the left three or four times. That witness then heard a “whoosh whoosh whoosh” sound, lost sight of the aircraft, and heard it crash into the ocean, the NTSB report says.After reporting the incident to the island’s “caregiver,” the witness went on his boat around 2:05 a.m. and used spotlights to begin searching the area where he thought the helicopter had crashed, but did not find anything.The NTSB says the Federal Aviation Administration issued an alert notice for the overdue flight on July 4 at about 3:21 p.m. Within 90 minutes, residents spotted the helicopter in 16 feet of water about 1.2 nautical miles north-northeast of where it had departed.The flight and data recorders are still being analyzed.last_img read more