Trump to dominate Republican convention in bid for campaign momentum

first_imgPresident Donald Trump will try to recover momentum in his uphill re-election struggle at this week’s Republican Party convention, telling Americans that he has answers to the coronavirus pandemic, economic turmoil and racial unrest.Trump and his top aides strived over the weekend to put an optimistic spin on what will be a mostly online convention as he prepares to head Monday to North Carolina to formally launch the four-day event.”I think we’re going to see something that is going to be very uplifting and positive, that’s what I’d like it to be,” the president told Fox News. Provocative lineup The Republican convention will be Trump-centric, with each of the four days expected to feature an appearance by the president and also by at least one member of his family.Some of the guests are clearly aimed at riling up Democrats, who spent their convention last week savaging Trump as a failed leader.These include a Missouri couple who brandished firearms at a group of anti-racist protesters marching past their mansion in June — an image that quickly went viral.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to deliver a speech Tuesday in support of Trump during an official visit to Israel. Such a directly political intervention by the nation’s top diplomat while abroad would be highly unusual.The president plans to deliver his acceptance speech Thursday from the lawn of the White House, shrugging off criticism over the use of the presidential residence for campaign purposes. Help from ‘The Apprentice’ The event comes only four days after the Democrats — in a history-making all-virtual convention of their own — formally crowned former vice president Biden as the party’s presidential candidate. Trump, whose rise from New York real estate mogul to political prominence was boosted by his reality TV show “The Apprentice,” has turned to two of the program’s producers to help with convention planning, according to reports.The Republicans’ effort is expected to incorporate more live broadcasting — an approach holding both opportunity and risk — than the Democratic event.Trump is expected to try to impart the best possible spin on his efforts to battle the coronavirus, but polls show most Americans trust Biden far more than him to deal with it.The president faced further criticism over the weekend from someone uncomfortably close: his sister Maryanne Trump Barry, heard on secretly recorded tapes provided to the Washington Post describing him as cruel, a liar and a man of “no principles.”Jason Miller, Trump’s senior campaign advisor, responded angrily on NBC, saying, “It’s shameful that the Washington Post came and ran the story yesterday, literally the day after the funeral services for (the president’s brother) Robert Trump.”Miller joined other Republican aides in dismissing the Democrats’ convention, calling it a “massive grievance-fest” from a party with no “vision for the future.”The candidates are scheduled to hold three debates, the first on September 29, before Americans cast their ballots on November 3. Topics :center_img Dealing with the virus Charlotte, North Carolina is where the party originally planned to hold its convention before the pandemic intervened, forcing first a shift to Florida and then a quick reimagining of the event as mostly virtual.A few hundred Republican supporters are slated to gather in Charlotte to hear Trump speak on Monday, but Republican chairwoman Ronna McDaniel insisted that the gathering was being handled safely.”We tested everybody before they came to Charlotte. We have been testing people on-site,” she told NBC.Convention speakers includes former ambassador Nikki Haley and Donald Trump Jr. on Monday; First Lady Melania Trump and Pompeo on Tuesday; and Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday.While Democrats heard from all living former Democratic presidents as well as former presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, former Republican president George W. Bush is not expected to appear. Bush has been a critic of Trump’s. He sought to draw a sharp contrast to the just-ended Democratic convention, which he has called the “darkest, angriest and gloomiest” in history.Republicans, facing polls that give Democrat Joe Biden an eight to 10-point lead, were also hoping for a boost from Trump’s announcement Sunday of what he claimed was a “historic” breakthrough in plasma therapy against COVID-19, which has killed more than 175,000 people across the country.Trump told reporters the therapy, which has been given emergency authorization for use, shows “an incredible rate of success.” However, this went much further than his own health officials’ cautious welcome of the treatment, in which blood plasma from recovered coronavirus patients is used to treat new cases.Challenged by a reporter to explain the apparent contradiction, Trump passed the question to one of his experts, then ended the press conference.last_img read more

Rolland to referee Heineken Cup final

first_img It will be Rolland’s first Heineken final since the 2004 game between Wasps and Toulouse, with his assistants being fellow Irishman George Clancy and England’s Wayne Barnes. Top Welsh official Nigel Owens, meanwhile, will control the Amlin Challenge Cup final between Leinster and Stade Francais in Dublin on May 17. Irishman Alain Rolland will referee the Heineken Cup final between Clermont Auvergne and Toulon in Dublin on May 18, tournament organisers have announced. Press Associationlast_img

In final USC season, McQuin Baron looks for perfection

first_imgCathy Liang | Daily TrojanUSC’s all-time career saves leader, five-time MPSF Player of the Week winner and 2016 summer Olympian: Those are just some of the many titles held by McQuin Baron, the men’s water polo team’s senior goaltender. Yet, despite all the accomplishments that he has achieved throughout his years in the pool, water polo wasn’t always what he wanted to do. In fact, it wasn’t even his favorite sport when he was younger.“My dad played basketball in college and my mom played soccer and tennis,” Baron said. “I was super into soccer and basketball just because that is what my parents had played.”While neither of his parents had played water polo, one of his older brothers played for the SoCal Water Polo club team near his hometown of North Tustin, Calif. It wasn’t until Baron went with his mom to pick his brother up from practice one day that someone got him into the pool. “When I was like 7 or 8 years old … our family friend was the head coach,” Baron said. “He kinda just tossed me in there with my brother. My brother was a goalie, so I was automatically the goalie. Honestly, ever since then, it just stuck.”From then on, Baron began playing water polo, yet continued to play soccer, basketball and baseball throughout middle school. It wasn’t until high school that he finally decided to focus on water polo.“I didn’t really want to play any other sport once I got there,” Baron said. “It was an addicting sport for me once I got to that level.”Anyone who has grown up in Southern California knows that Mater Dei High School is an athletics powerhouse. Baron even recalled at one point during his time there that the school took a whole week off because so many teams had won their championships, which earned a day off of school each. It was only natural that Baron chose Mater Dei, even though his brothers had played sports at its rival, Orange Lutheran High School.“I loved it,” Baron said. “We had a 111-game win streak throughout my career [and] I won three of four championships there.”Baron’s looks back on Mater Dei as a sort of mini-college. He felt it was the best transition into playing water polo for USC that he could have asked for with the positive experience that he had and the people he met throughout his time there. However, coming to USC still was a huge transition that created a lot of pressure to do well and a tough, competitive environment that was different from the one at his high school.“Goalie is a hard position,” Baron said. “If you win a game, it usually is on the guy who scored the most goals, but if you lose a game, it is usually on your goalie. So, losing a game and then being a 17-year-old goalie for such a high-profile team … it was a difficult transition especially coming from a senior in high school where you are the oldest at the level and you hit your prime and then are back at the bottom when you come to college.”From coming in as a freshman to playing in his final season this year, Baron feels he has grown. He especially feels that playing for one of his coaches at USC who he has had all four years, Marko Pintaric as well as the national team has helped mold him into the player he is today.Even with everything he has learned and how far he has come as a player, Baron is not satisfied just yet. Having never won a championship here at USC, he and the other seniors feel as if they have something left to finish before they can leave.“We don’t want to leave here without leaving our mark on this program and leaving some type of legacy,” Baron said. “Especially coming from a team that had won six straight titles coming into our freshman year.”With the end of the season rapidly approaching, Baron is focusing on his goal to leave behind yet another legacy with his teammates by winning the national championship. At 18-1 on the season so far, the Trojans are proving they are a strong force in the pool, but they are not going to let off the gas until that trophy is theirs. Baron also has another achievement on his radar. He is just 95 saves shy of the current holder of the MPSF all-time saves, Alex Malkis. By the end of this season, two more titles could be added to his already impressive list. But by then, Baron will have already turned his eyes toward the next thing on his to-do list — an Olympic gold medal.last_img read more


first_imgHEADSTRONG MO FORZA TAKES GRADE II, $200,000 QATAR TWILIGHT DERBY BY 1 ¾ LENGTHS UNDER ROSARIO; TRAINED BY MILLER, HE GETS 1 1/8 MILES ON TURF IN 1:46.18 ARCADIA, Calif. (Nov. 2, 2019)–Rank early but composed thereafter, trainer Peter Miller’s longshot Mo Forza went from maiden winner on Sept. 29 to a Grade II stakes winner on Saturday, as he took Santa Anita’s $200,000 Twilight Derby under Joel Rosario by 1 ¾ lengths. On a picture perfect late morning in Arcadia, the 3-year-old colt by Uncle Mo got a mile and one eighth on turf in 1:46.18.Breaking from the far outside in a field of 11 sophomores, Mo Forza was rank as he came up to challenge pacesetter Kingly in the run to the Club House turn, but Rosario got him to settle into a tracking second position in the run up the backside and he overtook Kingly a furlong out to draw off in impressive fashion.“I just told Joel to get a position,” said Miller.  “There were one or two speeds, just sit behind the speed. The pace was a little slower than I thought, but he was loaded the whole way. The horse was throwing his head, but then Joel got him to settle.”One mile maiden turf winner in his sixth start here on Sept. 29, Mo Forza, a bay colt by Uncle Mo out of the Unusual Heat mare Inflamed, was off at 18-1 and paid $39.60, $17.60 and $8.00.Bred in Kentucky by (retired trainer) Barry and Diane Abrams’ Bardy Farm, Mo Forza picked up $120,000 for the win, hiking his earnings to $199,460.“He was a little rank leaving the gate, but I had him in-hand,” said Rosario, who was aboard for the first time today. “He was pulling, but not that bad. He relaxed really well on the first turn and settled into racing. This was a special win for me, since it was Barry Abrams. When I came down from Northern California, it was Barry who gave me my first opportunity and I won for him.”Irish-bred Succeedandsurpass was extra game late, outrunning Neptune’s Storm by a neck. Ridden by John Velazquez, Succeeedandsurpass was off at 7-1 and paid $8.20 and $4.60.Neptune’s Storm, who sat third the entire trip, was off as the 3-1 favorite with Ricardo Santana, Jr. and paid $3.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 23.54, 47.32, 1:11.16 and 1:34.84.last_img read more