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Conyers agrees to steps aside from top spot on Judiciary

first_img SHARE Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: November 26, 2017 1:13 PM EST Updated: November 26, 2017 1:27 PM EST Conyers agrees to steps aside from top spot on Judiciary WASHINGTON (AP) Michigan Rep. John Conyers, under investigation over allegations he sexually harassed female staff members, said Sunday he will step aside as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee while fiercely denying he acted inappropriately during his long tenure in Congress.In a statement, the 88-year-old lawmaker made clear he would prefer to keep his leadership role on the committee, which has wide jurisdiction over U.S. law enforcement, from civil rights and criminal justice to protections against sexual harassment.But Conyers acknowledged maintaining the position would be an undue distraction.“I have come to believe that my presence as ranking member on the committee would not serve these efforts while the Ethics Committee investigation is pending,” he said. “I cannot in good conscience allow these charges to undermine my colleagues in the Democratic Caucus, and my friends on both sides of the aisle in the Judiciary Committee and the House of Representatives.”Denying the allegations, Conyers urged members of Congress to allow “due process” before rendering a judgment.“I very much look forward to vindicating myself and my family,” Conyers said.News website BuzzFeed reported last Monday that Conyers’ office paid a woman more than $27,000 under a confidentiality agreement to settle a complaint in 2015 that she was fired from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances. BuzzFeed also published affidavits from former staff members who said they had witnessed Conyers touching female staffers inappropriately – rubbing their legs and backs – or requesting sexual favors.Conyers says he will fully cooperate with the committee, which said it will review the allegations of sexual harassment and age discrimination involving staff members as well as using “official resources for impermissible personal purposes.”At least one House Democrat, Rep. Kathleen Rice of New York, has called on Conyers to step down. Two other Democrats, Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., who is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, as well as Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., co-chairman of the largest group of congressional liberals, have said Conyers should step aside from his leadership role on the Judiciary committee.In a statement, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said she welcomed Conyers’ decision to step down from his committee leadership post.“Zero tolerance means consequences,” Pelosi said. “Any credible accusation must be reviewed by the Ethics Committee expeditiously. We are at a watershed moment on this issue, and no matter how great an individual’s legacy, it is not a license for harassment. ”She noted that the House in the coming week will vote on requiring anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for all members and their staffs and suggested that non-disclosure agreements like the one Conyers signed to settle a 2015 complaint against him should be made public.The Senate has already approved a measure requiring all senators, staff and interns to be trained on preventing sexual harassment.“We must ensure the Congress has a climate of dignity and respect with zero tolerance for sexual harassment.”It comes amid increasing attention on the issue of sexual harassment with multiple men in entertainment, media and politics facing allegations of misconduct. On the congressional level, Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota and Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore also are the subject of accusations.Earlier Sunday, Pelosi defended Conyers as an “icon” for women’s rights and told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he will do the “right thing.”“This is about going forward,” Pelosi said. “We also have to address it for every person, every workplace in the country, not just in the Congress of the United States. And that’s very important. And a good deal of that would be done by the Judiciary Committee.”Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., who sponsored legislation to overhaul the system by which sexual complaints are made and settled on Capitol Hill, agreed that Congress needs to show a greater commitment to addressing sexual misconduct. Last month, she shared her own story of being sexually assaulted by a high-level aide while she was a staffer.“This is absolutely a priority that we must focus on in terms of fixing the system,” she said on ABC’s “This Week.” ”We say zero tolerance, but I don’t believe that we put our money where our mouths are.”last_img read more

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Player who reached the ground in an ambulance with a drip…

first_imgChennai: The batting line-up of the Indian cricket team has always been rich in talent. Especially after 2000. It was a time full of Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman and Sehwag. For this reason, many talented players in domestic cricket could not even look at the senior team.Former Indian cricketer Lakshmipathy Balaji has praised such a player and his talent. Balaji was vocal about Subramaniam Badrinath being a loyalist of the Tamil Nadu Ranji team. Despite his talent, Badrinath is a player who did not get many opportunities in the Indian team. Indian cricketer R. He was speaking on Ashwin’s YouTube show.Balaji, who was also his teammate in the Tamil Nadu team, said that Badrinath was a player who went to the crease predicting even the runs he would score.Asked if he had ever heard of a batsman who said he would score a century before batting, Balaji said he had seen such a man in 2005. Balaji said Badrinath even had the ability to play bowlers. Badri says he can complete a century within an hour, even when the best spinners have bowled at some point in the game. Badri even used to say how many runs he would score against a particular bowler in a session.Balaji also said that Badri, who was once hospitalized due to dehydration, reached the ground in an ambulance with a drip and saved the team with a century. Meanwhile, after Badri left the crease, the team’s batting collapsed. With this, Badri reached the ground with a drip in the ambulance and saved the team with a century. “No one knows about this,” Balaji said.“Badri was a technically very good batsman,” Balaji said. He never lost his wicket easily. There was also another Badri. Balaji said that Badri had shown it by scoring a century in a single session in his Ranji Trophy debut match.Badrinath is the only Tamil Nadu cricketer to score 10,245 runs at an average of 54.49. He also played for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL and won the title with them.However, he played only two Tests, seven ODIs and one T20I for India.Content Highlights: Balaji lavishes praise on former India batsman Subramaniam Badrinathlast_img read more

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Connacht Overcome Cardiff In Pro 14

first_imgFirst half tries from Caolan Blade and Gavin Thornbury gave Connacht a 14-7 interval lead. Second half tries from man of the match Jack Carty and Matt Healy ensured a famous win for Andy Friend’s side, who will now play Ulster away in the quarter finals. On a dramatic afternoon in the Sportsground, Connacht have beaten Cardiff Blues by 29 points to 22 in the PRO 14 to ensure champions cup rugby returns to Galway next season. It finished Connacht  29  Cardiff Blues   22print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

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first_imgONE fan had a night to forget after missing out a whopping cash jackpot.The hopeful punter decided to spend Tuesday night playing Sky Sports’ Super 6 competition. All they had to do was pick six correct scores from the Champions League fixtures to land a whopping fee of £250,000.The player got off to a good start and later in the evening needed just Tottenham to do their part against PSV Eindhoven.As if by magic, Spurs bagged a goal in the 89th minute to make it 2-1 at Wembley, also leaving the punter surely dancing for joy at the prospect of a quarter of a million pounds.But there was late heartbreak for the Super 6 hopeful, who was denied by a late goal from none other than Porto.2 A punter has missed out on £250k after Porto scored a goal in the 93rd minuteCredit: ReutersThe Portuguese giants were already 3-1 up against Lokomotiv Moscow at home.But Brazilian playmaker Otavio couldn’t resist finding the back of the net in the 93rd minute to deny the punter the incredible jackpot prize.A tweet from Super 6 read: “No, no, no, NO. After Spurs’ turnaround, we had ONE #Super6 player winning the £250k jackpot.“Porto have just scored in the 93rd minute.”PSV fans out in force chanting ahead of Champions League clash with Tottenham at Wembley 2 Spurs’ 89th minute winner looked to have secured the jackpot before Porto struck moments laterCredit: AP:Associated PressMost Read In SportFeatureNAKED TRUTHThe most embarrassing wardrobe malfunctions in sport, including Venus WilliamsBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosLEADING BY EXAMPLEBrian O’Driscoll feels ‘too guilty’ not to wear face mask when shoppingFOND FAREWELLShane Lowry shares moving snap as he says goodbye to daughter Iris at airportVideoMAC IN ATTACKMcGregor shows off football skills as UFC star proves he’s no one-trick ponylast_img read more

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Juan Foyth has Spurs fans licking their lips after another fine performance

first_imgSPURS fans are licking their lips over the prospect of Juan Foyth after the Argentine put in another outstanding performance for his national side.The 20-year-old ace picked up the man of the match award as Argentina rolled out 2-0 winners against Mexico in a comfortable victory.3 Foyth won man of the match for his performance vs MexicoCredit: Getty Images – Getty3 The Argentine scored his first senior goal for Tottenham against Crystal PalaceCredit: ReutersFoyth had a dodgy start to his Tottenham career earlier this month after conceding two penalties in a nightmare Premier League debut.But the youngster has bounced back brilliantly since then – scoring the only goal in Tottenham’s narrow victory against Crystal Palace.And fans of the north London side will be delighted their up-and-coming centre-back is performing well for his country too.Argentina’s caretaker coach Lionel Scaloni also couldn’t hide his praise for the starlet.3 Argentina caretaker boss heaped praise on the 20-year-oldCredit: AFP or licensorsIts taken time for us to see him play but perhaps Juan Foyth could be a very good centre half!— Christian (@Christianjw92) November 17, 2018 Juan Foyth receives back to back MOTM awards for Spurs & Argentina respectively After giving 2 penalties away on Debut, Poch did what only a handful of world class managers would doTold him to forget it, and go out there and show the whole world what he can doWhat a guy 💪🏻— Pee 🇮🇪🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 (@itstartedin1882) November 17, 2018 People raved about Juan Foyth when he signed for @spurs and now I know why. The lad has serious potential and seems to get better everygame. Now gets MotM on his Argentina debut. Another masterstoke by Poch @1MickyHazard— Lee Mayes (@Mezzy14) November 17, 2018 Juan Foyth will certainly always remember November 2018. What a month. https://t.co/mkHVRlswKN— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) November 17, 2018 In the post-match conference, he said: “We are very happy with Foyth, we are talking about a great centre-back, with a great future, it was a risk to start him play but he did it very well.”What’s more impressive is the centre-back played so well in a completely makeshift defence.Spaloni decided to mix it up and start the trio of Foyth,  Villareal’s Funes Mori and Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico.Mauricio Pochettino looks to have found another dime in the 20-year-old.Neymar and Edinson Cavani clash in Brazil vs Uruguay matchfootball newsPicturedHARRY’S HEROES Kane says goodbye to Tottenham team-mates Vertonghen and VormLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLive BlogTRANSFER NEWS LIVESalah admits he could LEAVE Liverpool, how Sancho will fit in Utd XILive Blogblues newsChelsea transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeRevealedFORTUNE TELLERIncredible Hawkeye blunder saved Villa’s lives – but Smith says it was karmaNEXT SEASONAaron Connolly says ‘see you next year’ after scoring goal to end seasonLive BlogJU BEAUTYJuventus vs Sampdoria LIVE: Stream, TV channel, kick-off time, team newsPED’S GONEPedro’s goodbye to Chelsea before Roma move as Cesc takes credit for signing himBANK LAMPARDChelsea scoop £50m Euro bonus as Lamps learns ‘a million things’ in debut yearlast_img read more

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Ashes lost, coach Lehmann looks for football tickets

first_imgJust hours after his team surrendered the Ashes in abject fashion, Australia cricket coach Darren Lehmann has come under fire for turning to Twitter in search of tickets to an English Premier League soccer match.While Australia have some extra down-time after the fourth Test at Trent Bridge ended within three days, the tourists have much to ponder ahead of the final match at The Oval after losing the series to England 3-1.Some 50 miles (80 km) up the road from Nottingham, Stoke City host Liverpool in their EPL opener later on Sunday and Lehmann took to Twitter seeking help with tickets.”Would like to go to Stoke v Liverpool with a couple of people anyone help? @stokecity or @LFC can you please retweet.” the 45-year-old tweeted.With Australian cricket fans still reeling from their team’s capitulation, and the retirement announcement by captain Michael Clarke, many suggested Lehmann had more important things to worry about.”Probably not the best timing to be sending out a tweet like that, maybe take the team with u to learn their defensive game,” one respondent with the Twitter handle Ben McGrath offered.”I’ve also got some Trent Bridge Day 5 tickets to get off my hands if anyone wants :-)” said another.Lehmann later responded “Thanks so much for the abuse was asking a question that people might help. Don’t bother now! Thanks again people for being so abusive.”Only 18 months after helping Australia regain the Ashes on home soil with a 5-0 whitewash of England, Lehmann’s performance as coach and selector has come under renewed scrutiny.advertisementSelectors were heavily criticised for their surprising decision to replace allrounder Mitchell Marsh with his older brother, Shaun. Batsman Marsh failed in both innings, while the lack of his brother’s support as a fourth seamer placed the Australian pace attack under additional strain.The gambit also saw Clarke demoted to fifth in the batting order, a move seen as an act of protection for the struggling captain. Lehmann has now lost two out of three Ashes series in charge and many in Australia feel his time is up.The team are set to undergo a transformation with an influx of youth under Steven Smith, who is expected to be announced as captain after Clarke’s final Test in charge at The Oval.last_img read more

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Fan touches MS Dhoni’s feet, legend obliges with an autograph

first_imgThe Vijay Hazare trophy quarter-final between Vidarbha and Jharkhand was all about one man.Rarely has a domestic match at this venue grabbed such attendance, but with Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the centre, all the commotion was expected.With Vidarbha managing just 159, the crowd at the Air Force Sports Complex in Palam was waiting for their hero to come out to bat.Every time a batsman got out, the crowd started chanting ‘Dhoni Dhoni’ but the Jharkhand skipper wouldn’t oblige. There were other batsmen who needed the batting practice much more than the senior pro.Many were sitting close to the boundary ropes while many were trying to catch a glimpse of action from the boundary wall adjacent to the main road.Finally, one of Dhoni’s many fans jumped over the wall from outside the ground and rushed to the captain while he was at the crease.With a paper in his hand, the boy sought Dhoni’s autograph and the Jharkhand skipper obliged him. The fan, ecstatic at his achievement, couldn’t stop himself from touching the legendary Indian skipper’s feet before he was escorted out of the field of play. It seemed like a matter of great pride for the fan as he walked out with his both arms up in the air.For the rest of the crowd, Dhoni obliged them by finishing the match with his trademark six over long-on fence to take his team into the semis with six wickets in hand.last_img read more

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