Trump refuses to concede, but don’t worry … someone will show him the way out

first_imgIt’s clear that Trump will continue to dispatch the crack team of Rudy Giuliani, Pam Bondi, Corey Lewandowski, and Ric Grenell to all points of the nation so they can file universally rejected complaints, seek supporters willing to wave guns at officials, and find members of his death cult who are willing to make it astoundingly clear that Trump is their second chance to be a Manson girl. As USA Today notes, there’s no law that forces Trump to concede. The fact that every other losing candidate has done so is a matter of simple dignity and a minimum degree of decency. It’s one of those traditions that helps the country move along smoothly, put the election at its back, and look forward to change. So it shouldn’t be a shocker that Trump is refusing.On this occasion, Nancy Pelosi may have put it best. “Joe Biden will be inaugurated as president of the United States on Jan. 20,” said Pelosi said. “I don’t have any anticipation that [Trump] will act in a way that is, for the first time, presidential. And why would I care?” When it comes to any race, a loser doesn’t have to admit they lost to be a loser. They just have to lose. Trump already did that.- Advertisement – In 2000, the election came down to a single state and to a margin of just 540 votes. To reverse Biden’s pending victory, Trump would need to turn back the numbers in at least four states. In Georgia, the Biden margin is going to be in the thousands. In all the remaining states, it’s likely to be in the tens of thousands. Even if the remaining ballots in Arizona somehow put Trump in the lead, and he holds on to both North Carolina and Alaska, the race will finish with 295 electoral votes for Biden, and 243 for Trump. That is his best possible outcome. “This election is not over,” says the statement from his campaign. But … the election was actually over on Tuesday. No one is still voting, they’re just counting ballots that were already inked before the deadline. Those votes say Trump is the loser. – Advertisement – The Biden campaign has provided a statement directly to this point:“As we said on July 19th, the American people will decide this election. And the United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.” Friday, Nov 6, 2020 · 3:18:12 PM +00:00 ·Mark Sumner – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Trump doesn’t have to call Biden and be gracious. He doesn’t even have to call Biden and be ungracious. He doesn’t have to call. Trump can go right on pretending that he won, right until January. Then he simply has to get out.Well, Trump may try that “going boneless” thing that toddlers do when they don’t want to get taken to bed. And that could present quite a challenge … but it will be overcome.last_img read more

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Manchester United boss rescued again by fine margins | Football News

first_img But it is all so predictable. Had 10th-placed United not beaten Brighton almost a year ago to the day, Solskjaer may have been sent his P45, but a convincing win, and two defeats in 25 to end the season, vindicated the Manchester United boss. Perhaps it was a turning point.Perhaps not, because here we are again. With three points at Goodison Park assured and an encouraging performance to match, Solskjaer – who United still consider their long-term option – lived to fight another day. The quality of their performance, including the second-longest passing move across the league this season to craft their equaliser, deserves better than being questioned as another false dawn.But the legacy they have built under Solskjaer, if not since Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure in 2013, is more conclusive. This must be what frustrates the manager the most; when the chips are really down, and it’s truly now or never, that’s when players finally pull it out of the bag.Just to labour the point, this is what Manchester United are capable of when they are at their best. “We were set-up to fail,” Solskjaer fumed to BT Sport. “We’ve been to Turkey on Wednesday night, come Thursday morning we’re back in, we’re playing Saturday lunchtime, it’s an absolute shambles. I can’t praise the boys enough for the character they’ve shown – that’s all I want to talk about.”But longer-term, all the Jadon Sanchos in the world aren’t going to close the gap on Liverpool and even Manchester City without showing this kind of backbone against, say, Crystal Palace. Or avoiding the manner of their utter humiliation by Tottenham last month.The million-dollar question is… Why is it like this? “From a distance, it looks like it’s just nice,” according to Sky Sports pundit and former Arsenal forward Paul Merson. “If I’m George Graham – and we’re a successful team – if we got beaten like United did at Arsenal last weekend, I guarantee he won’t be coming out and talking about what a great bunch of lads they are. That’s the last thing he’s saying.“It just comes across like it’s just a nice place to be.”Things being too cosy may not account for United’s wonderous form in the second half of last season, which left them at around level par with expectations and earned Solskjaer the credit he deserved.But here we are. Back to predictably unpredictable square one. The boom and bust of United’s streaky existence, just as it has been since the same since the day Solskjaer was named permanent manager.For today, it’s all smiles and rightly so. United were largely excellent. They may well go on to convincingly beat West Brom and Southampton in their next two games. Perhaps even Manchester City after that. But how long before we’re all back here again? A month, maybe three, or next season? Their defensive issues came straight to the fore as they were carved open with ease for Bernard’s opener, and they displayed the textbook attacking potency they have enjoyed against more open opponents since the manager arrived to deliver their rapid turnaround. Even before half-time, it was nothing we’ve not already seen over the last two years.But just as fine margins were used to defend the narrow defeat United fell to against Arsenal last weekend, so too did they pave their way to victory at Goodison Park. Everton’s Lucas Digne hit a post with Dominic Calvert-Lewin unmarked at 1-1, and moments before Edinson Cavani’s injury-time third, Abdoulaye Doucoure may well have earned the hosts a point had he made any decent connection with Alex Iwobi’s tee-up. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his side beat Everton 3-1Image:Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saw his side beat Everton 3-1 Those fine margins have long been the story of United’s rises and falls, especially under Solskjaer, but they cannot continue to define his reign indefinitely.- Advertisement – With pressure mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United again pulled a good win out of the bag when he most needed it – but how many times can we end up here?On the face of it, United’s 3-1 win at Everton in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off did not tell us much about Solskjaer’s side that we did not already know.- Advertisement – After Wednesday’s dire defeat in Istanbul there was little on paper to indicate the resilience they would show to avoid their worst start to a league campaign since 1987. Three points later, they are now in a better position than they were this time last season and look the potent outfit Solskjaer desires, and little surprise “character” was the word on his lips when speaking to BT Sport after the game.His side had travelled most of the way across Europe and had barely two days to prepare since their midweek shambles, but ran nearly 5km further than they had done six days ago against Arsenal. 0:39 – Advertisement – Graeme Souness says Manchester United’s players should take responsibility for their actions after their latest defeat, the 2-1 Champions League loss at Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Bruno Fernandes: Cristiano Ronaldo and Paul Scholes huge influences for Man Utd midfielder | Football News

first_img Journalist and editor of ‘United We Stand’, Andy Mitten says concerns over Manchester United’s form have not vanished but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer retains considerable support from the fans Paul Scholes Greatest goals Bruno Fernandes scored twice in a crucial 3-1 win at Everton before the international breakImage:Bruno Fernandes scored twice in a crucial 3-1 win at Everton before the international break “We had eaten, but we just stayed there to watch all of the goals of his. It was funny because I was talking to Fred, and I said to him, ‘You see what Paul Scholes is doing, you need to be more closer to the goal, because if not, you will never score!’ And then Fred, in that game, he scored twice! Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes says a number of players have had a significant influence on him, but perhaps none more so than Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo.Fernandes has had a huge impact on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield since his arrival in January, scoring 13 goals and supplying 10 assists in 21 Premier League appearances so far.- Advertisement – 3:12 “I appreciate Scholes a lot but maybe because, at that time for me in Portugal, when Scholes was playing at his best level, it was difficult for us to see English football, maybe it was because Spanish football was closer so it was more on the television, and we grew up with those names.“I think Scholes was one of the best midfielders in the world. For England, a lot of people talk about Frank Lampard because he scored a lot of goals of course, one of the best in England too, you have Steven Gerrard too, but I think Scholes is the one who makes more difference than anyone else.“And before everyone starts talking about this, I haven’t seen every midfielder in England, ok?! But I think in the last generation, those three were the three best ones, and for me Scholes was best.” – Advertisement – The Portugal international insists creating chances for his team-mates is equally as important to him as scoring goals, and says that his style of play could be compared to that of United club legend Scholes.Reflecting on midfielders he watched growing up, Fernandes told The Official Manchester United Podcast: “Maybe I’m more closer to Paul Scholes. Scholes was a guy who likes to be in the box, who likes to give an assist, who likes to score a lot of goals. – Advertisement – FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Manchester United’s win over Everton in the Premier League 1:41 “It’s funny, I remember when we were about to play Club Brugge [at home] last season, and I was in the dining room with Fred, and on the television they were playing all Paul Scholes’ goals in a Manchester United shirt [on MUTV].- Advertisement – ‘Everyone knows Ronaldo was my favourite player’Ronaldo has also played an important role in Fernandes’ development, both when he was a young boy and in recent times, as Fernandes previously said that the former Manchester United star always asks him about how he is getting on at Old Trafford.Fernandes admits that Ronaldo’s mentality and work ethic were major sources of inspiration for him growing up and says the Juventus forward’s role in the Portugal side that reached the Euro 2004 final is a key memory for him. Watch a selection of Paul Scholes’ best strikes for Manchester United in the Premier League, including his magnificent volleys against Bradford and Aston Villa EVERTON 1-3 MANCHESTER UNITED Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hit out at his side's schedule after a pressure-easing win over Everton He said: “Everyone knows Cristiano was my favourite player. I think it was a little bit of everything. When Cristiano began to take his first steps in the national team, it was in the Euros in our home country, so I was nine years old.“That year stays with everyone because we lost the final in Portugal, we saw him crying after the final, he was a young boy who was starting to shine and from there I started to watch him.“It wasn’t because he plays in my position because that wasn’t the case, but it was the way he worked every day, the mentality he had, the capacity he had to give 100 per cent in every game at a high level, for me it was like a motivation, like you always have to do better. 4:58 Fernandes says Ronaldo's winning mentality is part of the reason for his phenomenal success.Image:Fernandes says Ronaldo’s winning mentality is part of the reason for his phenomenal success “He was scoring goals every game, but game after game he was still trying to improve, get better. My mentality comes a little bit from understanding what sort of player you want to be.“Do you want to be that player who has a good season, and maybe goes up and down, up and down, or do you want to be the player who always wants to be at the top? Ok, you will have bad games for sure, everyone has – Cristiano has had bad games, 100 per cent – but the point is, coming back from a bad game.“Coming back with the mentality that is, ok I didn’t play well in that last game and I really need to do well in this one. The mentality to do better day after day is really important for me. I’m improving a lot because of this, and that was my biggest motivation.”last_img read more

Hiker Rescued From Mount Rainier Makes ‘Miraculous’ Recovery

first_imgAbout two hours after he was taken off life support, Mr. Knapinski was lying in his hospital bed, seemingly unconscious, Ms. Holen said in an interview. Before she began another round of sedation treatment, she softly said his name.His eyes sprung open, she said, and tears began streaming down his cheeks. He wiggled his toes and gave a thumbs-up. Unable to talk because of a breathing tube, he mouthed a request to speak with his mother. The weather took a turn “to whiteout conditions,” Mr. Knapinski said, adding, “I couldn’t see anything.” The last thing he remembers before losing consciousness is taking small steps down the mountain, the newspaper reported.“I’m not sure what happened,” he said. “I think I fell.”- Advertisement – “We thought with him being cold, in addition to him being a young and fit guy who was climbing a mountain before this, he was a great candidate for this aggressive treatment,” Dr. Johnson said.As his organs began to regain function, Mr. Knapinski was taken off the ECMO machine on Tuesday.That night Dr. Arbabi received a page from Whitney Holen, a trauma nurse in Harborview’s intensive care unit who was caring for Mr. Knapinski. That’s usually a sign of disaster, but Ms. Holen’s voice was full of joy when she reported that “our mountain man” had opened his eyes and was smiling, he said.- Advertisement – The life support machine that the hospital used to treat Mr. Knapinski is known as an ECMO, and it is used sparingly because it requires special training to operate, said Dr. Jenelle Badulak, an intensive care unit doctor at Harborview. It is sometimes used for coronavirus patients with lung function of less than 20 percent who are not improving with a ventilator.The treatment, however, does not guarantee recovery. But sometimes, she said, it can save a life.Dr. Johnson, who treated Mr. Knapinski, said that cooler temperatures had been shown to “protect the brain and improve outcomes after cardiac arrest, or when the heart stops.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Decline in the number of passengers in sea and air transport

first_imgThe most significant international passenger traffic was realized with German airports, 51 thousand passengers, which is a decrease of 84,0% compared to the same period last year. Passenger traffic on ferries and passenger ships fell by 42,0%, and 25,2% fewer passenger vehicles and 74,2% fewer buses were loaded and unloaded on ships compared to the same quarter of 2019. In Croatian seaports in third trimester In 2020, 10,6 million passengers were embarked and disembarked. Compared to the same period in 2019, this is a decrease of 44,0% and the lowest number of passengers in the last ten years in the observed quarter, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Circumstances that caused the spread of COVID-19 disease directly affected the decline in passenger and vehicle traffic in domestic and international traffic in Croatian seaports, as well as airports. Circumstances caused by the spread of COVID-19 disease directly affected the decline in passenger traffic at Croatian airports. In the third quarter of 2020, the return of passengers on cruise ships began, but compared to the same quarter of 2019, traffic fell by 99,5%. / / / In the first nine months, only 26 cruises of foreign ships were realizedcenter_img The largest passenger traffic was realized by Split Airport, with 75 thousand passengers (a decrease of 84,0% compared to September 2019, when 468 thousand passengers were transported), followed by Zagreb Airport, with 65 thousand passengers (a decrease of 81,3 % compared to September 2019, when 348 thousand passengers were transported), and Dubrovnik Airport, with 39 thousand passengers (a decrease of 90,3% compared to September 2019, when 403 thousand passengers were transported). AIRPORT TRAFFIC, SEPTEMBER 2020 Source: CBS / Cover photo: Pexels.com The total number of aircraft landings and take-offs at airports in September 2020 was 6, which is a decrease of 645% compared to September 56,5, when the number of landings and take-offs was 2019. In September 2020, Croatian airports recorded 209 passengers or 195% less than in the same month last year, when the turnover was 86,0 passengers.last_img read more