Trump Floats Improbable Survival Scenarios as He Ponders His Future

first_imgIn a tweet on Thursday, Mr. Trump continued his attacks on his once loyal supporters, declaring that Fox News’s “daytime ratings have completely collapsed.”“Weekend daytime even WORSE,” he added. “Very sad to watch this happen, but they forgot what made them successful, what got them there. They forgot the Golden Goose. The biggest difference between the 2016 Election, and 2020, was @FoxNews!”Several Republicans expressed doubt on Thursday that Mr. Trump would ever be able to put together anything that could overtake Fox.And allies acknowledge that he could not do both a presidential campaign and create a news network at the same time, and they questioned whether he would keep up his animus toward Fox if it were to offer him a lucrative contributor deal once he is out of office.Some advisers had hoped that Mr. Trump would accept the state of the race by the end of this week, but a looming recount in Georgia may delay that. The president has told some advisers that if the race is certified for Mr. Biden, he will announce a 2024 campaign shortly afterward.The president’s goal for now is to delay certification of the election results, a process that has begun in some states. But his approach to lawsuits aimed at delaying that certification has been as scattered as his own thinking about the future. Advisers said his efforts were in keeping with one of his favorite pastimes: creating a controversy and watching to see how it plays out. By dominating the story of his exit from the White House, he hopes to keep his millions of supporters energized and engaged for whatever comes next.The president has insisted to aides that he really defeated Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Nov. 3, but it is unclear whether he actually believes it. And instead of conducting discreet requests for recounts, Mr. Trump has made a series of spurious claims, seizing on conspiracies fanned on the internet.The latest was on Thursday, when he falsely claimed on Twitter that Dominion voting machines switched hundreds of thousands of his votes to Mr. Biden, citing a report he had seen on the fringe network OANN, something even his supporters called ridiculous and a federal agency overseeing cybersecurity disavowed in a statement.- Advertisement – It was not a detailed conversation, or really a serious one, the people briefed on it said. Nor was it reflective of any obsessive desire of Mr. Trump’s to remain in the White House.“He knows it’s over,” one adviser said. But instead of conceding, they said, he is floating one improbable scenario after another for staying in office while he contemplates his uncertain post-presidency future. As a next step, Mr. Trump is talking seriously about announcing that he is planning to run again in 2024, aware that whether he actually does it or not, it will freeze an already-crowded field of possible Republican candidates. And, Republicans say, it will keep the wide support he showed even in defeat and could guarantee a lucrative book deal or speaking fees.In the meantime, Mr. Trump has spent his days toggling between his White House residence and the Oval Office, watching television coverage about the final weeks of his presidency. His mood is often bleak, advisers say, though he is not raising his voice in anger, despite the impression left by his tweets, which are often in capital letters.But the work of government has been reduced to something of a sideshow for the president. He has not made any public appearances except for a visit to Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day since an angry statement a week ago.And he has not spoken about the coronavirus pandemic or mentioned it on Twitter despite the staggering growth in positive cases and the number of West Wing aides and outside advisers who have been diagnosed with the virus in the past week.Several advisers have bluntly told Mr. Trump that the chances of changing the election’s outcome are almost nonexistent, including in a meeting with him on Saturday at the White House to which that the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, dispatched aides, even as he has generally backed Mr. Trump’s desire to keep fighting.While most Republicans have declined to publicly oppose the president, more have become vocal that the time has come, amid the growing pandemic, to allow a transition to take place.“Look, I’m worried about this virus. I’m not looking at what the merits of the case are,” said Gov. Mike DeWine, Republican of Ohio, about Mr. Trump’s lawsuits in an appearance on Thursday on CNN. “It would appear that Joe Biden is going to be the next president of the United States.” Rudolph W. Giuliani, Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer, has been a source of enormous frustration for Trump advisers. Advisers have tried to tell Mr. Trump that the fraud Mr. Giuliani is offering hope of proving simply does not exist.Mr. Trump is getting suggestions from an array of other lawyers, as well. They include Sidney Powell, the lawyer for his former national security adviser Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, who was at the Trump campaign headquarters over the weekend.Advisers have nudged the president to stop talking about “fraud” because that has legal implications that his team has not been able to back up. So Mr. Trump has taken to pronouncing the election “rigged,” one of his favorite words but one with dangerous implications in terms of how his own supporters view the election’s ultimate outcome. There is no grand strategy at play, according to interviews with a half-dozen advisers and people close to the president. Mr. Trump is simply trying to survive from one news cycle to the next, seeing how far he can push his case against his defeat and ensure the continued support of his Republican base.- Advertisement – Updated Nov. 12, 2020, 7:30 p.m. ETcenter_img A peaceful transition is not as much on Mr. Trump’s mind right now as settling scores both inside and outside the administration.White House advisers have sent warnings to any government employees who might be looking for other jobs, have placed loyalists in the upper ranks of the Pentagon, and have been open to calls for intelligence officials to declassify documents related to the investigation into a possible conspiracy between the Trump campaign in 2016 and Russian officials. At a meeting on Wednesday at the White House, President Trump had something he wanted to discuss with his advisers, many of whom have told him his chances of succeeding at changing the results of the 2020 election are thin as a reed.He then proceeded to press them on whether Republican legislatures could pick pro-Trump electors in a handful of key states and deliver him the electoral votes he needs to change the math and give him a second term, according to people briefed on the discussion.- Advertisement – And the president is considering firing the C.I.A. director, Gina Haspel, although some administration officials said he may not got through with it.The president has nursed a burning anger at Fox News for calling Arizona for Mr. Biden on election night, and has entertained suggestions from allies to start some kind of competing conservative-leaning news network, whether by trying to join forces with an existing property like OANN or Newsmax, or forming a digital network of his own, as Axios reported. Advisers say there may be additional lawsuits filed, but it is not entirely clear when. It also is not clear who is leading the legal efforts. Karl Rove, the architect of President George W. Bush’s presidency and an informal adviser to Mr. Trump, wrote in The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that “closing out this election will be a hard but necessary step toward restoring some unity and political equilibrium.”He added that after Mr. Trump’s “days in court are over, the president should do his part to unite the country by leading a peaceful transition and letting grievances go.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Helical one-two with NCP

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Arsenal chief ‘dines’ with Jose Mourinho as pressure builds on Unai Emery

first_imgAdvertisement Emery is under increasing pressure at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Robin van Persie criticised Emery last week for failing to communicate his wishes to the squad due to his poor grasp of English.AdvertisementAdvertisementMourinho, of course, has no such problem and the Arsenal board are said to be seeking a manager that can effectively communicate his ideas.Arsenal want a manager who is familiar with the Premier League and who won’t be at a language disadvantage when it comes to explaining what he wants to his players.The board have watched on as Emery has ostracised Mesut Ozil from the first team squad and Mourinho’s relationship with the German is said to be another key factor in the Portuguese’s favour.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOzil worked with Mourinho at Real Madrid and Arsenal have grown concerned by the fractures in the dressing room that has developed in recent months.Arsenal’s 1-1 draw with Watford on Saturday occurred against the back-drop of the ongoing Granit Xhaka controversy.Emery allowed the Arsenal team to pick Xhaka as their captain, but the midfielder could now be stripped of those duties after telling fans to ‘f*** off’ in a game last week.MORE: Unai Emery suggests Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could become new Arsenal captainMORE: Mesut Ozil sends message to Arsenal fans after demoralising Wolves draw Comment Mourinho is keen on linking up with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have opened talks with Jose Mourinho over replacing Unai Emery at the Emirates, according to reports.Mourinho has not worked since being sacked by Manchester United almost a year ago and is thought to be keen on replacing Unai Emery at the Emirates.Emery is under increasing pressure at Arsenal and the Times claim the Spaniard has just a few more ‘games of credit’ with the hierarchy at the club.Such is Arsenal’s seriousness about potentially bringing in a new coach, club chief Raul Sanllehi dined with Mourinho last week.ADVERTISEMENT Coral BarrySunday 3 Nov 2019 4:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.4kShares Arsenal chief ‘dines’ with Jose Mourinho as pressure builds on Unai Emery Advertisementlast_img read more

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Valencia calls LRT bids

first_imgPREQUALIFICATION BIDS were due at the end of March for construction work on the first phase of a 23 km light rail line in the Venezuelan city of Valencia. CA Metro de Valencia plans to announce a shortlist of approved tenderers in May. One contract covers a 2·3 km section of tunnel alignment with three 120m long stations, and the bidders are expected to arrange 100% financing for the work. Electrical and mechanical equipment will be supplied by the US arm of Siemens Transportation Systems under a US$80m turnkey contract backed by Eximbank. This includes provision for the second phase, which would bring the total E&M package to US$150m.Siemens will provide track, power supplies, fare collection and signalling for the initial 6·2 km section, together with 12 LRVs. These will be built at the Carson and Sacramento plants in California to the SD-400 design used by the St Louis Metrolink line.STS Inc President Jimmy D Morrison confirmed on March 11 that the company was ready to start as soon as Notice to Proceed was given – this is awaiting final details of the financial package. Target opening date is ’around 2000’, he said. olast_img read more

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Royal Mail pension CEO Hogg exits for National Grid role

first_imgHowever, the company is currently locked in heated negotiations with unions about the future structure of the scheme. Royal Mail estimates that it will have exhausted its surplus by next year. It plans to close the defined benefit scheme to future accrual from 31 March 2018, but its restructuring plans have been opposed by unions.Hogg was earlier this month elected as the new chair of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s defined benefit council.At National Grid, Hogg will work with CIO Rob Schreur, who has overseen the scheme since joining in 2015 from Philips Pensioenfonds in the Netherlands. The company sold its in-house pension scheme asset manager, Aerion, to Legal & General Investment Management in the same year.National Grid declined to comment. Royal Mail Pension Plan chief executive Chris Hogg is to leave the defined benefit scheme, IPE has learned.He is set to take over as chief executive of the £16.6bn (€18.2bn) National Grid UK Pension Scheme, according to sources familiar with the situation.Hogg joined the £9.8bn Royal Mail scheme in 2009 as head of funding, overseeing the transition from state ownership to privatisation. This involved the government taking on roughly £40bn of liabilities and £28bn of assets in 2012.Following the transfer, and with Hogg as CEO, the scheme retained responsibility for benefits accrued after 31 March 2012. It held £9.8bn in assets at the end of March this year, putting it in surplus – its funding ratio was the best in the FTSE 100 at the end of June, according to consultancy LCP.last_img read more

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South Korea Takes the Lead in Ship Orders in September

first_imgFollowing the last year’s turmoil in the sector, shipyards from South Korea won the majority of orders worldwide in September 2017 and their order backlog increased for the first time in almost a 2-year period.Specifically, the country’s shipyards bagged orders amounting to a gross tonnage of 1.46 compensated million tons, Yonhap news agency reported, referring to data provided by Clarksons Research.In September, owners placed orders for 26 new vessels at South Korean yards. These include eleven ultra large container vessels (ULCVs), ten very large ore carriers (VLOCs) and five very large crude carriers (VLCCs).Switzerland’s Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) turned to Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) for eleven 22,000 TEU containerships which will be the world’s largest boxships based on TEU capacity.In addition, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) won an order from compatriot Polaris Shipping for the construction of ten VLOCs. As World Maritime News earlier informed, the contract for the ten 325,000 dwt ships is worth KRW 910.2 billion (around USD 800 million).Another shipping company, Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM), chose DSME shipyard for the construction of its five 300,000 dwt VLCCs. The order for the tanker quintet contains options for five more ships.On the other hand, Chinese competitors clinched orders for 21 vessels with a combined gross tonnage of 890,000 tons.The biggest order, worth USD 1.2 billion, was placed by French container shipping major CMA CGM, including nine 22,000 TEU boxships.During the last month, Japan was on the third place in terms of new shipbuilding deals with fourteen ordered ships.Out of these ships, ten 82,000 dwt bulk carriers were ordered from Nissen Kaiun and the remaining four VLCCs from Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) Line.In the first nine months of the year, China ranked first with regard to order backlog with 217 vessels, followed by South Korea with 133 and Japan with 76 ships, according to Yonhap.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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MOL in pole position to provide FSRU for Hong Kong LNG import project

first_imgIllustration only. Image source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license.Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) snatched a preliminary agreement to supply a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) and accompanying services for the Hong Kong Offshore LNG terminal project. The additional services include the jetty operation and maintenance services, MOL said in a statement.MOL FSRU Challenger, with a storage capacity of 263,000 cubic meters, the largest FSRU in the world, would be deployed at the project.The FSRU was constructed at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea and is currently employed on a mid-term charter for a project in Turkey.The Hong Kong Offshore LNG terminal project will be located at the southern waters of Hong Kong and to the east of the Soko Islands.The FSRU is expected to enter into service at the project around the end of 2020 earliest after delivery and completion of commissioning. It will distribute gas to two destinations in Hong Kong, the Black Point power station located at New Territories and Lamma power station located at Lamma Island.The Hong Kong Offshore LNG terminal project is being developed to support the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government’s target of generating about half of Hong Kong’s electricity from natural gas from 2020 onward to improve air quality and environmental conditions.Planning for the project is progressing with the environmental impact assessment study for the project already submitted to the government.Discussions are ongoing to develop and reach a definitive agreement for the supply of the FSRU which will assist in improving the long-term energy security for Hong Kong.last_img read more

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USA U19 players to embed with CPL squads

first_imgMEMBERS of the USA U19 cricket team are to be embedded with a number of Hero CPL squads as the league, working closely with the ICC Americas looks to offer as many developmental opportunities as possible to the cricketers while the tournament is in Lauderhill, Florida for four regular season matches on August 5 and 6.The players will be immersed with squads during the buildup to the tournament’s matches in South Florida and during the games themselves.They will serve as net bowlers, act as 12th men during the matches, sit on the bench during games and be fully integrated into the dressing room for them to experience the atmosphere of a world-class squad in action.Awais Mubarak and Gaurav Patanker will be assigned to the Barbados Tridents, while Karthik Gattepalli and Keshav Pabbisetty will embed with the Guyana Amazon Warrriors. Meanwhile, Motak Buch and Raymond Ramrattan will spend time with the defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs.The St Kitts & Nevis Patriots will take on Sahil Patel and Sam Das.“This is an exciting opportunity to have some of the best bowlers from the USA U19 team, who recently participated in the World Cup Qualifier in Toronto last month, to develop their skills and be around some of the best players in the world,” said Ricardo Powell, USA Chairman of Selectors.Pete Russell, Chief Operating Officer of the Hero CPL is excited about the initiative.“The Hero CPL is firmly committed to supporting the development of cricket in North America and we see this is another example of that. We really hope that these young and exciting USA players get a huge amount out of this developmental opportunity,” he said.last_img read more

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Inside the world of timber sports, with the SUNY-ESF Woodsmen

first_img Published on October 22, 2018 at 12:38 am Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.edu A crowd of people stood around a rectangle of yellow caution tape. Inside, people hammered pieces of wood upright into platforms. Heather Morris, a member of the SUNY-ESF Woodsmen, and part of the women’s A team, revved her chainsaw to life. The sound overpowered the music playing in the distance as she approached the wooden block.“Competitor, are you ready?” the timer asked Morris. She nodded and began to slice.For one day in October, the grassy field across from the Nice N Easy in Tully becomes the home field for the SUNY-ESF Woodsmen team. Morris, a senior, is one of more than 25 members on the squad, which competes three to four times a semester. Athletes participate in singles, doubles and team events to earn points and help their respective teams win. Events include the fire build, cookie stack and hard hit. Saturday’s first-place finish for the women and second place for the men’s A teams came in the only home meet SUNY-ESF hosts all year, which gathered schools from across the northeast.“I was just looking at schools for lacrosse and I was looking at ESF and I was like do they have a lacrosse team and I was like nope but they have a timber sports team, that’s cooler,” Juliana Ofalt, a women’s A team member, said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLauren Miller | Asst. Video EditorFor more than 100 years, timber sports have been a part of the SUNY-ESF athletic scene. It started out as the forestry club, coach and former SUNY-ESF woodsmen team member Pat Craner said, before separating into its own team. In 2010 it became formally recognized by the school as a Division III sport, with most competitions more than two hours away.At the meets, the SUNY-ESF Woodsmen team is split into smaller teams of six — the men’s and women’s A teams, a men’s B team and the Jack and Jill team (men and women). About 15 teams in the Northeast partake in events with SUNY-ESF.Some are club teams and others receive limited funding. This results in some events running more efficiently than others. At some meets, wood sizes vary, announcers and judges aren’t up to par and times are misreported.For SUNY-ESF’s competition, Nathan Waterfield, a professional in timber sports, milled the wood. That’s the hardest part about planning the event, head coach and former Woodsmen athlete Sarah Murphy said, because competition requires barkless wood, so it doesn’t dull the saws. They use softwood like red pine and aspen as opposed to hardwoods like maple trees, because hardwoods tend to have more knots and aren’t preferable for blades.But finding wood, saws and other tools required for the sport is difficult, members of the women’s A team said. There are only a few people in the United States who know how to make the saws required, which create expensive products that take a long time to get. A single buck saw, which SUNY-ESF won as a prize after totaling the highest combined score between the men and women’s A teams, typically costs between $1,500 and $2,000.The wait time to receive different types of saws varies between six months and five years. For the high price and long wait times, the saws only last for 20 competitive uses and another 20 practice uses.“The way that we’ve been taught is that a lot of people can only saw with one person and one type of saw,” Eliza Phillips, the head steward of the Woodsmen, said. “But we’ve been trained to saw with many different types of people and different types of saws.”SUNY-ESF used the bow saw as well as the single buck saw during Saturday’s competition, which included more than 10 events.The morning portion of the meet consisted of individual events such as cookie stack and hard hit.It was in cookie stack that Morris readied her chainsaw. She cut the block horizontally, creating slices of wood – a cookie. The goal is to keep the pieces of wood stacked on top of each other while slicing them with a chainsaw. Alternating the sides she sliced from, Morris cut pieces in thicknesses varying from a CD to a VHS tape. Her precision with the chainsaw earned nine cookies, with none falling on the ground.In hard hit, Woodsmen president Ben Karlson braced himself on top of a horizontal log with a razor-sharp ax in hand. A black X on the top of the log guided each competitor. In one of the few events not timed, Karlson broke logs in as few strokes as possible. Each thud of the ax burying itself into the wood was followed by the ringing of the chainmail protective gear Karlson had strapped to his shins and feet as protection against the ax. Chunks of wood flew out of the growing notch and after 12 strikes facing one way, he turned to break open the other side. The two notches met in the middle after 27 hits, and the log broke in two.The chainmail, a knight-like metal piece of armor, covered Karlson’s shins to keep them safe during competition. During events with chainsaws, competitors wear bright orange chaps and goggles. In some events that require chopping wood, such as fire building, they wear metal booties that cover the competitor’s shoes and shins.Injuries aren’t completely preventable, though. When Murphy was an athlete on the team, a friend of hers didn’t put his chainmail on correctly. It slipped off his foot while he was participating in a chopping event. The ax split through his shoe, hitting his foot.No one was hurt on Saturday, though the team events provided a different danger. During fire build, each duo had one cookie, half a log, two tools (axes, knives, etc.), three matches and a charred can filled with soapy water. The objective: Construct a fire hot enough to boil the liquid.Teams chopped the wood and created their flammable formations on circular cookies of wood. As the fire grew, the competitors placed the can of soapy water on top and blew on the flames.Spectators yelled to the competitors: “You don’t need eyebrows, get in there. They’ll grow back.”As the heat rose, boiling water followed suit. For the winners, it took less than three minutes. Once the competitors were done, their fires were dumped into a large barrel in the middle of the competition space. The scent of bonfire filled the air.“It means a lot to have it right here on our home turf and have schools come to us,” Murphy said.By the time the final event finished, piles of wood shavings covered the grass. The breakdown of the competition field commenced. Members of the SUNY-ESF woodsmen team shoveled the shavings into wheelbarrows until the grass was visible again.Leaving their home stadium an empty field, the SUNY-ESF Woodsmen team will return back to their practice clearing in the woods. There’s more wood to chop. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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