– Advertisement – “I don’t think they need to know everything,” Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri, a member of the Senate Republican leadership, said of Mr. Biden’s advisers. “I think they do need to know some things, and national security would be one of them.”Democratic congressional leaders warned that Mr. Trump’s stonewalling is already doing damage to the country’s ability to deal with foreign leaders — Mr. Biden made his first contacts on unsecured telephone lines — and plans for how to handle the most high-risk period in the spread of the coronavirus and bolster the economic recovery. They added that Mr. Biden’s decades of experience in Washington will likely soften those consequences. Deprived of access to secure government communications by the Trump administration, Mr. Biden’s team of more than 500 former officials and outside experts has embraced workarounds, talking over encrypted apps like Signal to shield their conversations from the Chinese, meeting in outdoor coffee shops with government officials they once worked alongside. The conversations are circumspect, both because of rules on both sides limiting how much information Mr. Biden’s team can seek and how much executive branch officials are allowed to say, participants said.It may be weeks until Mr. Biden’s so-called agency review teams, made up of longtime government officials with deep roots in the bureaucracy, are let into the government departments that a Biden administration will run starting at noon on Jan. 20. Some issues can wait until a formal “ascertainment” is declared, giving them access to the offices and classified material.But some cannot. Mr. Biden’s team is concerned that it is being shut out of planning for distribution of a coronavirus vaccine, a massive undertaking that the incoming administration expects to inherit the moment he is sworn in. Mr. Biden’s advisers say that they understand very little about the workings of Warp Speed, the project that has vaccine distribution planning well underway. The Biden team has not had access to the details.- Advertisement – “It is most unfortunate that the Republicans have decided that they will not respect the will of the people, and let me just say: It’s like the house is burning down and they just refused to throw water on it,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California said.- Advertisement – President Trump’s refusal to allow President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his transition staff access to government offices, secure communications and classified briefings prompted growing warnings on Thursday, including from Republicans, that keeping Mr. Biden in the dark potentially endangers the country.On Capitol Hill, several Senate Republicans insisted that Mr. Biden should at least be given access to the President’s Daily Brief, the compendium of the nation’s most closely guarded intelligence secrets and assessments of threats like terrorist plots and cyberattack vulnerabilities. Their call amounted to an acknowledgment that Mr. Biden will be declared the victor in the election.- Advertisement – For now, one senior adviser to the president-elect said, the coronavirus-related teams are focusing on logistical challenges and policy questions, like how to prioritize who gets a vaccine, and how to make distribution equitable along racial and socioeconomic lines — a priority of Mr. Biden’s, but one rarely discussed by Mr. Trump. Access to the Trump distribution plan will become increasingly important “from an operational perspective,” so the Biden team can take over without any hiccups, said the senior adviser, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal transition details.The Biden team also hopes to implement a national testing strategy but will have to start from scratch, because the Trump administration does not have one. Biden advisers are seeking guidance from groups including the Rockefeller Foundation, which has drafted a national Covid-19 testing plan and is partnering with states and cities to expand testing efforts.Mr. Biden’s aides say they have been warned not to get into detailed conversations with government officials, even career officials, until they receive the formal approval that transition has begun. But there is no prohibition on talking with officials who worked for the Trump administration and left — and there are many of them. And many informal conversations between former political officials and those career government officials who stayed on have been going on for four years — and never really stopped.In many ways, what is happening now, officials said, is a reverse of four years ago — when President Barack Obama’s team was ready with detailed briefings and simulations of potential crises (including a pandemic flu), and Mr. Trump’s advisers were unwilling to receive them. read more
Published on September 14, 2011 at 12:00 pm Injuries, bumps and bruises are just things the Syracuse cross country team has to deal with on a regular basis.So while Forrest Misenti was disheartened by the fact that he suffered another injury, he is determined not to let it be detrimental to his 2011 season.For Misenti, the 2011 season begins this weekend in the junior’s first race of the season.‘I’ve been hampered with injuries for a while, and I’m getting back into normal mileage for myself, so I just want to get the feel for things this weekend,’ Misenti said. ‘Like coach said yesterday after we worked out, I just need to get the taste of racing back in my mouth.’Misenti and some of the other Orange harriers are in the process of working back up to where he left off last year, prior to injury. Twenty men and 20 women will represent Syracuse this weekend at the Colgate Invitational in Hamilton, N.Y. Some of the runners are top performers for the Orange and are using the meet to prepare for the season ahead, while others are coming off injury and approaching the meet as another hard workout and not necessarily a big race.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRedshirt senior Rebekah MacKay was the top performer on the women’s side at the Harry Lang Invitational on Sept. 3 for SU, placing second. But even she is another runner looking to get back into the swing of things after an injury.‘There were five of us that went to the last meet and we used it as almost like a workout,’ MacKay said. ‘This one is just to kind of get our nerves out for the next meet, which is more important.’Associate head coach Brien Bell described this weekend’s meet as the first early season rust-buster for the majority of the team.And although this meet doesn’t matter as far as Big East rankings or getting to nationals, the harriers are using it to develop their racing mindset for more important meets that are fast approaching.‘When you race, you get a certain level of callousness,’ Bell said. ‘Since we will be getting into the harder portion of our season towards the end of the month and through the middle of October, this is the first opportunity to go through the motions of racing.’With a lot of depth on the team this year, MacKay said she is still very hopeful that she will contribute to the team at bigger meets.The fifth-year senior actually won the women’s side of the Colgate Invitational in 2009 with a time of 21:43. After redshirting last season, she is looking forward to having a chance to score well in Hamilton again.‘I’m working hard to be top 5, to score, for every meet,’ MacKay said.Misenti has a common goal this season ? to place well in nationals. It’s a goal that he said has talked about since he was a freshman at SU.The junior said Syracuse has the potential to be a podium team this year.‘I know what I’m capable of and what I can do as long as I stay healthy,’ Misenti said. ‘So I’m really looking forward to racing and helping out the team.’Two weeks ago both the men and women’s teams placed first at the Harry Lang Invitational, which was also held at Colgate University.As always, hopes are to win every race on both the men’s and women’s side, but getting back into the swing of things and getting the nerves out are what the majority of the runners are focused on for this weekend.‘We would like to control the race and run up front,’ Bell said. ‘Hopefully we will run pretty fast, but make it feel pretty easy.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments read more
A penalty goal from Declan Dalton with the final puck of the game saw Cork reach the final of the Bord Gais Energy Munster Under-21 hurling final at Waterford’s expense last night. Dalton found the next six-minutes into injury time at Walsh Park to seal a 2-17 to 1-19 victory, and set up a meeting with Limerick in the final. That goal brought the former goalkeeper’s haul to 1-12 on the night.
I’ve played professionally since I was 15 years old. In that time I’ve experienced an amazing first chapter of my life. With 30 WTA singles titles, a world #1 ranking for 71 weeks, a WTA Finals victory, 3 Olympics, including carrying the flag for my native Denmark, and winning the 2018 Australian Open Grand slam championship, I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court. I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done. In recent months, I’ve realized that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court. Getting married to David was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis (project upcoming) are all passions of mine moving forward. So with that, today I am announcing that I will be retiring from professional tennis after the Australian Open in January. This has nothing to do with my health and this isn’t a goodbye, I look forward to sharing my exciting journey ahead with all of you! Finally, I want to thank with all my heart, the fans, my friends, my sponsors, my team, especially my father as my coach, my husband, and my family for decades of support! Without all of you I could have never have done this!A post shared by Caroline Wozniacki (@carowozniacki) on Dec 6, 2019 at 5:31am PST”So with that, today I am announcing that I will be retiring from professional tennis after the Australian Open in January. This has nothing to do with my health and this isn’t a goodbye, I look forward to sharing my exciting journey ahead with all of you!””Finally, I want to thank with all my heart, the fans, my friends, my sponsors, my team, especially my father as my coach, my husband, and my family for decades of support! Without all of you I could have never have done this!” View this post on Instagram Last year, Wozniacki revealed she had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that causes swelling of the joints and fatigue.However, she insisted her retirement was not due to health reasons, but rather her desire to focus on a series of matters away from tennis.”I’ve played professionally since I was 15 years old,” Wozniacki wrote. “In that time, I’ve experienced an amazing first chapter of my life. With 30 WTA singles titles, a world #1 ranking of 71 weeks, a WTA Finals victory, 3 Olympics [appearances], including carrying the flag for my native Denmark, and winning the 2018 Australian Open grand slam championship, I’ve accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court.”I’ve always told myself, when the time comes, that there are things away from tennis that I want to do more, then it’s time to be done.”In recent months, I’ve realized that there is a lot more in life that I’d like to accomplish off the court. Getting married to David [Lee, the former NBA star] was one of those goals and starting a family with him while continuing to travel the world and helping raise awareness about rheumatoid arthritis [project upcoming] are all passions of mine moving forward. Caroline Wozniacki, a former world No. 1 on the WTA Tour, has announced she will retire from professional tennis following next month’s Australian Open.In a lengthy Instagram post on Friday, the 29-year-old Dane, who claimed grand slam glory at Melbourne Park in 2018, said she had “accomplished everything I could ever dream of on the court.” A Melbourne swan song represents a fitting finale for Wozniacki, given the city played host to her greatest triumph.Having twice suffered the pain of defeat in a grand slam final, at the 2009 and 2014 U.S. Opens, Wozniacki ended her long wait with a gutsy three-set victory over Simona Halep that took close to three hours.Her tally of 71 weeks as world No. 1 is the ninth-highest total on the WTA Tour since the inception of computer rankings.Wozniacki last topped the rankings following her 2018 Australian Open win, but she ended this year 38th on the list, her trademark court-covering ability seemingly compromised by her rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis. read more
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