Messi, Suarez pay tribute to sacked Valverde, describing him as ‘magnificent person’

first_imgBarcelona star, Lionel Messi and Luiz Suarez have taken to Instagram to share a heart-warming tribute to his former manager Ernesto Valverde, who was sacked by the club last week. Sharing two images of the pair side by side on the training ground, Messi thanked Valverde ‘for everything’ and described the Spaniard as a ‘magnificent person’. The Argentine tipped Valverde for success in his future endeavours, writing: ‘Thank you for everything, I’m sure you’ll do great wherever you go because besides being a great professional you are a magnificent person. ‘Good luck and a big hug.’ Luiz Suarez was quick to follow suit, taking to Twitter to release a statement saying: “Thank you very much, mister, for all the moments we live as professionals. I keep the positive thing you taught me and the great human being you are. Thanks to you and all your STAFF for professionalism. I wish you good luck with everything that comes for the future!” Muchas gracias mister por todos los momentos que vivimos como profesionales. Me quedo con lo positivo que me enseñaste y con el gran ser humano que sos. Gracias a vos y todo tu STAFF por el profesionalismo. Les deseo mucha suerte en todo lo que venga para el futuro!!! #Valverde pic.twitter.com/8cH2EBOnm4 Valverde’s position as Barcelona’s head coach was terminated after losing to Atletico Madrid in the semi-final of the Spanish Super Cup in Saudi Arabia last week, despite sitting top of the LaLiga table on goal difference and previously helping the club to two successive LaLiga titles. Valverde was the first Barca boss in 17 years to have been sacked mid-season. Regardless of his dismissal, the Spaniard wished his successor Quique Setien all the luck in the world. In a statement on Tuesday, the 55-year-old said:”My time as Barcelona coach has come to an end. It has been an intense two and a half year’s right from the start,’ “In that time I have enjoyed some joyful moments celebrating victories and trophies but also others that have been tough and difficult. However, above all, I would like to highlight my experience with the fans and the affection showed towards me during my time as a coach. “I would like to thank president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the board of directors for giving me the opportunity to coach the first team and their confidence during all this time. “I would also like to thank all the people I have worked with at the club for their support and how they treated me during the two and a half seasons, especially those who work in and around the first team and with whom I have shared so many moments at the Ciutat Esportiva and during away trips. Read Also:Messi to Valverde, You’ll be great where you go “Of course, I would like to thank the players for all their efforts that have allowed us to claim four trophies together. From this day, I wish them all the luck in the world and to the new coach Quique Setien also.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?”Chronicles Of Narnia” Fans Were Bemused To See How She Looks NowThe Best Cars Of All TimeTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?last_img read more

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Gourlay sidesteps Lampard question

first_imgChelsea chief executive Ron Gourlay refused to be drawn on Frank Lampard’s future at the club. Lampard’s Chelsea contract runs out at the end of the season when he would be free to leave Stamford Bridge after 12 years. It was reported in some outlets on Tuesday that Gourlay had suggested talks with the 34-year-old midfielder had begun over a new deal, but the club quickly claimed he had been misquoted before posting his comments on their official website. Speaking at a press conference to promote a forthcoming pre-season trip to Asia, Gourlay refused to confirm or deny talks with Lampard, and he said:”I am not prepared to discuss this (Lampard’s future) at this time. Obviously conversations must remain confidential between the club and the players at all times so that is as much as I can say.” Chelsea have previously refused to talk about any possible discussions with their players, including Lampard, and remained tight-lipped on Tuesday. Lampard’s potential exit is one of a couple of off-field issues to overshadow the club as the season enters its final quarter. Interim manager Rafael Benitez confirmed last week that his tumultuous spell in charge would come to an end at the end of the season, with some speculation he may go before then. While Chelsea’s fans have shown their desire to see Benitez leave, the opposite is true of Lampard, following his glittering career in west London. He is just one strike away from becoming only the second Chelsea player to score 200 goals for the club and is three behind Bobby Tambling’s overall club record. Lampard’s agent Steve Kutner claimed in January that the club had told him and the midfielder that he would “not be offered a contract under any circumstances”. Despite that, Lampard has remained a key part of the Blues’ first team this season. The England international has scored 13 goals in all competitions, despite playing a more withdrawn role, as the Blues continue to compete on three fronts. Chelsea currently sit fourth in the Barclays Premier League, the final Champions League qualification place, while they are alive in both the FA Cup and Europa League. At present Lampard is free to talk with other clubs about a move, with Major League Soccer side the Los Angeles Galaxy previously linked with the player, although no offers have been made public. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Ranieri finally confronts title reality… “We can win it”

first_imgAgainst Swansea, Leicester will be without leading goalscorer Jamie Vardy, who will be missing for at least one match through suspension following his controversial dismissal for two bookings — the second for diving — during the clash with the Hammers.However, having accepted an FA charge of improper conduct after confronting referee Jon Moss, the England striker could be banned for at least one further game.Ranieri added: “We know he has one match off and our preparation is without him. He trained very well and he was not happy but he enjoyed the training session.“We knew he had a suspension and then we move on.”Asked if he would like to see a change in FA rules that currently prevent appeals against two yellows, Ranieri replied: “Maybe we hope but now I don’t want to put my energy into this case. My focus is only on Swansea. It is a difficult match.”Ranieri backed England manager Roy Hodgson’s assessment that Vardy should not have been sent off for diving. “It’s not only sympathy, it’s the truth,” he added. “He is going very fast and when you touch something you lose balance. Maybe it’s not a penalty but sure it’s not a yellow card.“It’s important because Roy is an honest man and said what he watched. When a man without a (club) team says ‘in my opinion it’s this’ it’s normal.”Ranieri refused to be drawn on whether Leonardo Ulloa, whose coolly-taken last-gasp penalty rescued a point for the Foxes last weekend, would replace Vardy.“Leo deserves to play but before Leo there is a team and I think about what is the best team.”Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante are all up for England’s Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award, which will be announced on Sunda, and Ranieri has praised the trio’s achievement.“It is fantastic,” he added. “I don’t know how many times three players of Leicester were involved. Amazing.”Share on: WhatsApp Leicester, United Kingdom | AFP |Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri finally conceded on Friday that his top-of-the table side can win the Premier League title.The Italian manager has spent the entire campaign downplaying the Foxes’ remarkable ascent, initially declaring the aim was 40 points before adjusting his targets to qualifying for the Europa League and then subsequently the Champions League.With all of those milestones now safely secured, all that remains to cap an extraordinary campaign is the Premier League trophy itself and, for the very first time, Ranieri was prepared to admit his side are on the brink of history.Leicester will kick off Sunday’s match against Swansea five points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who face West Bromwich Albion on Monday.Spurs capitalised on Leicester’s 2-2 draw with West Ham last Sunday by closing the gap 24 hours later with an imperious 4-0 triumph over Stoke City which, with four games left to go, has increased the pressure on the Foxes.Publicly at least, Ranieri is retaining his trademark cool, telling reporters on Friday: “We are in the Champions League. Dilly ding, dilly dong! Come on! How big an achievement. It is fantastic. Terrific.“Well done to everyone — the owners, fans, players and staff. It is a great achievement. Unbelievable — and now we go straightaway to try to win the title. Only this remains.“I know Mauricio Pochettino (the Tottenham manager) is saying ‘keep calm’. I wanted 79 points, what we have (73) isn’t enough and now we have to fight more.”‘Moment to push’Ranieri added: “I talk to my players. Now is the right moment to push. Always I believe. I’m a positive man. If Tottenham go over us then congratulations.“But I prefer to stay five points higher! It is exciting.“Do I think Spurs win the last four? Yes. I think they win. But also we win and then..exciting — if we win the title then it is unbelievable.”last_img read more

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Harris got hate message after Ohio State loss

first_imgHarris did not divulge exactly what was written or the sender’s identity. He said he could not recall if the tweet contained any threats, and his Twitter account was deleted last week.It’s far from the first time that racially insensitive comments have been directed toward Harris, who is Black.No. 19 Miami (1-1) visits Pittsburgh (1-1) on Thursday night. Harris threw four interceptions, matching a career-worst, in Miami’s 36-24 loss to Ohio State Sept. 11.Harris used Twitter to apologize to fans for that performance, and said he skipped through many of the messages he received because they were mainly negative.“You see some things and you get kind of hurt, because sometimes it’s your fans that say the things,” Harris said. “It’ll be the ones that probably just before the game wrote you some encouraging message, then after the game say they don’t want a Black quarterback here. Stuff like that.”Miami coach Randy Shannon told The Associated Press that the Twitter ban had “nothing” to do with the comment Harris received. Later, Shannon added that while it was “disappointing” that Harris was the subject of such reaction, the coach—a Miami native and Miami graduate—said he believes the school has “a tremendous fan base.”“It’s sad that Jacory would be exposed to those types of statements. They have no place in our society and are not tolerated at the University of Miami,” Shannon said.Miami is the only BCS school in the country with Black coaches for football (Shannon) and men’s basketball (Frank Haith).Harris said he’s trying to center his energies around getting ready for Pittsburgh, not on the anonymous comments from fans, whether it was of the positive or negative variety.“It is disheartening. It’s something that you look it and it kind of brings you to tears, a little bit,” Harris said. “But at the same time, you know it’s just a comment. Nothing else will be taken after that. There will be no steps taken after that. That’s his opinion. That’s that person’s opinion. Got to live with it.” by Tim ReynoldsCORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP)—Miami quarterback Jacory Harris said he received at least one racially motivated hate message following the Hurricanes’ loss to Ohio State Sept 11.Harris said he received at least one comment on Twitter from someone saying the Hurricanes should not have “a Black quarterback,” making the revelation five days after the school told its football players to discontinue using the social messaging site. JACORY HARRISlast_img read more

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Wheeldon keeps the Ice moving in right direction

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily Sports EditorAfter being the face of Nelson Leafs’ franchise for the past five years, Simon Wheeldon pictured himself spending time this coming hockey season in a rink, watching the game he so deeply loves.However, the plan had the former European hockey star taking a position in the stands and not behind the player’s bench.That all changed during the summer when it was rumoured the Kootenay Ice Major Midget Hockey team was close to extinction. Wheeldon couldn’t see that happening and decided to make a comeback as coach of the Ice.“I heard that B.C. Hockey couldn’t find a coach and was going to cancel the program,” Wheeldon told The Nelson Daily earlier this week. “So I called B.C. Hockey and asked if I could coach the team.”Of course Wheeldon had a vested interest in this decision. His son Adam Wheeldon had played on the team last season and was most likely going to be a part of the program again.But just as luck would have it Adam Wheeldon excelled during the junior training camp season, first in Trail at the tryout of the B.C. Hockey League Smokies, and, second the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League’s Nelson Leafs. The latter thought so highly of the younger Wheeldon the coaching staff made him one of the two 16-year-old players.“(Adam) worked very hard this summer, grew a little and had some good camps,” the elder Wheeldon explained.So Simon Wheeldon once again assumes the position as coach on the eve of the Major Midget season. “I’m really encouraged by the talent of this group, especially the first year kids,” Wheeldon said when asked about this year’s edition of the Ice.“The expectations I have is to see this group of kids develop into a hockey team, get better and see what happens in the league,” he adds. “The Ice has four Nelson Minor Hockey grads on the team — defencemen Matthew Carr and Joren Johnson and forwards Carsen Willans and Dryden Hunt. Hunt played last season at Notre Dame in Wilcox, Saskatchewan.While the rest of the BCMMHL opened the season, Kootenay Ice played a pair of exhibition games against the Okanagan Hockey Association in Nelson.The Ice opened the two-game set looking pretty good after dropping a 4-3 decision. Andy Miller from Trail and Hunt, with his first of two in the game, gave the Ice a 2-1 lead after one frame. The teams were tied at 3-3 after 40 minutes.OHA scored the only goal of the third period to steal the one-goal victory.In game two, Kootenay took on the chin losing 6-1. OHA took a 2-0 lead after the first period. Hunt cut the margin to 2-1. But the visitors struck for two goals within a minute during the second to put the game away.Kootenay opens the Major Midget season Saturday in Nanaimo against the North Island Silvertips. “This is by far the youngest team in the league,” said Wheeldon, faced with the fact that most high-level local players will play for a KIJHL team — which has four franchises within a 50-mile radius. “So this kids are going to have to learn to be resilient and mentally tough to compete in this league.”Last season, the Kootenay Ice, coached by Brent Petrick, had its most successful season finishing ninth with an 11-28-1 record.The Kootenay Ice is part of the 11-team BCMMHL. Most of the Ice players are from Nelson, Trail and Castlegar with a few from the East Kootenay and Midway.The first home game for the Ice is Saturday, October 2 when Kootenay plays host to the Okanagan Rockets at the NDCC Arena.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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Will Torres and Hazard reign in Monaco?

first_imgChelsea are 16/1 with ourselves at BetVictor to retain their Champions League crown at Wembley in June despite making a great start to the new season, having added pace and youth to their ranks.The Blues are 11/8 to add to win the Super Cup in Monaco against Atletico Madrid, who are 23/10 with the draw also 23/10.Hazard has been superb.And they are now only 10/3 to land the Premier League, having been 11/2 at the start of the season, 7s for the FA Cup and 8s for the Capital One Cup.Atletico Madrid will provide a stern test and there are sure to be comparisons made between past and present Atletico strikers, with Radamel Falcao and Fernando Torres in the spotlight.Torres has been brilliant so far this season for the champions of Europe after a difficult first 18 months at the Bridge, and he is beginning to emerge from the shadows of Didier Drogba.BetVictor have come up with a market for Eden Hazard assists in the Super Cup.Hazard has taken the Premier League by storm with five assists in his three starts and the Belgian is only 10/3 to have two or more assists in what promises to be a cracking contest in Monaco.European Super Cup prices from BetVictor:Chelsea 11/8Atletico 23/10Draw 23/10Eden Hazard assists: (must start or all bets void)0 11/101 6/42 or more 10/3Torres v Falcao; 90 minute match betTorres 9/4Falcao 9/4Tie 21/20What nationality will score most goals? (only these two count)England 9/2Spain 11/20Draw 13/5One could argue that Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo is overly reliant on Torres – who is 1/2 to be top Premier League goalscorer this term – and don’t be surprised if we see another forward brought into the Chelsea squad before the transfer window closes.Torres is 11/2 to score the opener against his former club (Falcao 6s) and 33/1 to score a hat-trick, with the brilliant Eden Hazard 9/1 to net first.We have already seen managers lose their jobs at Coventry and Chesterfield so far this season and with Manchester City, Chelsea and Spurs to come in September, Mark Hughes has been backed from 9s into 7/2 joint favourite at betvictor.com along with Sam Allardyce and Nigel Adkins to be the first top-flight boss to lose or leave his job.Harry Redknapp was 12/1 this time last week to be the next manager of QPR. The former Spurs boss has been backed into 4/1 and it could be a difficult month for Sparky, beginning with a return to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday – the scene of possibly the most famous Premier League game in history.Hughes for the chop?Rangers are 14/1 to cause a shock, having come so close for so long back in May with City 1/5 and the draw at 13/2.Bobby Zamora scored a cracker in midweek and is 14/1 to score the opener on Saturday evening.Another 3-2 win for City is 25/1, although the R’s know that Sergio Aguero won’t be scoring a 95th minute winner on this occasion.QPR were the only team in the divison not to hand a single start to a player under 21 last season and some of the signings again this summer look at best short-term and at worst costly.Having been full of optimism for the Hoops this season I now worry about their long-term strategy.Fulham are 19/10 to win at West Ham in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off with the hosts 31/20 and the draw 12/5.The Hammers were poor against Swansea last weekend and Fulham look sure to have their chances. having created many at Old Trafford. That said, Fulham don’t have a good record at Upton Park.Carlton Cole has scored six goals in his last six league appearances against the Whites and is 7/1 to score the opener.I think it will end 1-1, which is priced at 11/2.For all your weekend odds check out betvictor.comCharlielast_img read more

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Delhi will soon get 6 world class skill centres, admissions to begin shortly

first_imgMarch 2019 will see six world class skill centres (WCSCs) open in Delhi, Education Minister Manish Sisodia announced on Friday. The skill centres being opened by the Delhi government will have a total capacity of 720 seats and will prepare students to acquire different professional skills. Sisodia said that a total of 25 such skill centres will be set up in Delhi, 19 of which will be made functional in August.As soon as the admission process is over, they will be started formally,” Sisodia told reporters.Importance of skill development”The central government has also been taking about skills but what they did was that they made Sachin Tendulkar stand with a plumber in an advertisement. Plumbing is a skill but hospitality, banking also have opportunities for skills. Having a skill means a youth is standing on his feet with a professional approach,” said the education minister of Delhi.He said skill is the future of education and it is important to impart skill education. He also said that entrepreneurship be also included as a skill so that the skill centres can give rise to job givers rather than job seekers.The recruitment process for the hiring of Chief Operating Officers, Master Trainers, Office Executives and Support Staff has already been initiated for the WCSCs and will be completed by February, Sisodia said.Where will the six world-class skill centres be located?All the new WCSCs will open in the existing ITIs, polytechnics, engineering colleges and universities of the Department of Training and Technical Education.”Availability of unutilised space in the existing buildings of ITIs, polytechnics, degree colleges and universities was explored by the Department. Accordingly, 25 institutes were identified where the opening of WCSCs was found feasible,” the government said in a statement.advertisementHere are the locations:Institute of Basic Business Studies (Pusa)IIT, DwarkaDelhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research UniversitySociety for Self Employment (SSE), WazirpurSSE, JhandewalanRIT RajokariIn which areas will courses be offered at these new skill centres in Delhi?As per the minister, these are the sectors wherein skill development courses will be offered:Health and WellnessIT and IT-enabled ServicesRetail ManagementHospitality and TourismAccountsBanking and FinanceAutomobileElectronicsMedia and Event ManagementProduction and ManufacturingApparelFood ProductionMore details on which centre will host which course:The Institute of Basic Business Studies will be beginning admissions to courses in retail services, hospitality operations and finance executiveThe Integrated Institute Of Technology, Dwarka will be beginning admissions for the courses of beauty and wellness consultant, computer system operator and hospitality operationsThe Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University will be beginning admissions to courses of beauty and wellness consultant, sports fitness and yoga application and sports digitisation and performance managementThe skill institute in Wazirpur will be beginning admissions to courses on food production and finance executiveThe centre in Jhandewalan will offer admission on courses in retail services and food productionThe RIT Rajokri will be offering a course to train computer system operatorsWhen will the admission process begin in these WCSCs?The admission process for the March 2019 batch in the six WCSCs will start soon, with the advertisement likely to be published next week.Announcement for these skill centres made back in 2017Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had in 2017 announced setting up of 25 WCSCs in Delhi, after the success of the first WCSC at ITI, Vivek Vihar, started in 2013.25 world class skill centres coming up in two phasesThe government plans to start the proposed 25 WCSCs in two phases — six WCSCs in Phase I and remaining 19 WCSCs in Phase II.”Under Phase I, six WCSCs are being set up with all facilities and will be launched with intake capacity of 720 in March 2019, and 720 as the second intake in the month of August 2019,” he said.The remaining 19 WCSCs at Ambedkar Institute of Technology, Shakarpur, Aryabhatt Institute Of Technology, Ashok Vihar, Bhai Parmanand Institute, Shakarpur, ITI Narela, Netaji Subhash University of Technology, Dwarka will also be made functional by August this year. Renovation and construction work at these WCSCs is currently underway.(With inputs from PTI and IANS)last_img read more

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Oklahoma State Moves Final Game of Central Michigan Series to 2022

first_imgThe final game of the Central Michigan and Oklahoma State series is being moved back four years, according to Associate Athletic Director Kevin Klintworth:Hate to be a juicy rumor killer but #okstate has not cancelled the final game of the CMU series. It’s now set for 2022 instead of 2018.— Kevin Klintworth (@KKlintworth) September 15, 2016As you might recall, the Chippewas handed OSU an upset loss at Boone Pickens Stadium two weeks ago on a hail mary-lateral as a result of a MAC officiating error that awarded CMU an untimed down incorrectly.For the current players on the roster young enough who would have had a shot at a rematch in 2018, I’m sure it’s disappointing. But maybe by the time 2022 rolls around, they will be able to put together a competent officiating crew that won’t botch the outcome of the game. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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BNP will join national polls CEC

first_imgChief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda on Wednesday said Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will take part in the next general election.”BNP officially met the election commissioner and said they will participate in the next parliamentary election,” said Nurul Huda while talking to reporters after a view exchange meeting at the deputy commissioner’s office in Tangail.BNP did not say that they will not take part in the next general election while talking before media, he said.The dialogue with different political parties is going on and the decision of deploying army in the election will be taken after the end of the dialogues as many parties have raised the issue during dialogue, he added.Replying to a question about Rohingyas refugees, the CEC said “The election commission is alert so that Rohingyas are not enlisted as voters.”last_img read more

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Sessions approved as US attorney general

first_imgSen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) during a meeting with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) discussing Sen. Sessions’s nomination for US Attorney General on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. AFP file photoThe US Senate confirmed Jeff Sessions as attorney general Wednesday, despite fierce debate about his civil rights record and Democratic concern over whether he serves as the nation’s top law enforcement officer independent from President Donald Trump.Lawmakers greenlighted the senator as the 84th US attorney general on a mostly party line vote of 52 to 47, with one Democrat, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voting with the Republican majority.When the tally was announced, many senators broke into extended applause for their colleague.Trump has harangued Democrats for slow-walking his nominees, blasting their unprecedented obstruction as a “disgrace.”He appeared particularly angered by the delay on Sessions, who as attorney general would wield enormous power regarding the administration of justice, including on the issue of voting rights.“Congratulations to our new attorney general,” Trump tweeted shortly after the vote.Sessions, widely seen as an inspiration for Trump’s anti-immigration policies, is just the sixth of 15 cabinet members to be confirmed, in addition to the cabinet-rank positions of CIA director and US ambassador to the United Nations.He takes charge of the Justice Department and its 113,000 employees amid a swirling legal debate over Trump’s most controversial White House action to date, an executive order temporarily blocking all refugee arrivals and immigration from seven mainly Muslim countries.With Trump using Twitter to bully a judge who rolled back the ban, and an appeals court weighing whether to reinstate it, debate over Sessions grew increasingly acrimonious and personal.On Tuesday night, it turned ugly. Senate Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sternly rebuked Democrat Elizabeth Warren for reading a letter written by the widow of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr that criticized Sessions’s civil rights record.“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted,” McConnell said of Warren’s violation of the chamber’s rules of decorum.Warren, a potential 2020 presidential candidate, later said: “I will not be silent about a nominee for AG who has made derogatory and racist comments that have no place in our justice system.”In 1986, Coretta Scott King wrote a letter to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee urging senators to reject Sessions’s nomination as a federal judge. His appointment ultimately failed.“Mr Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens,” King wrote.Senator Sherrod Brown expressed concern about Sessions in light of Trump’s recent executive order.“We need an attorney general who will be an independent voice beholden to the Constitution and the American people, not the president,” Brown said.‘August responsibilities’The genteel Sessions, who like the president is 70, was an early loyal Trump supporter who became a pivotal figure in his campaign and his transition team.Sessions grew up in Alabama, in the segregated South. He was a US prosecutor from 1981 to 1993, before serving as the state’s attorney general. He won a seat in the US Senate in 1996.His career was almost derailed when the Senate panel rejected him for a federal judgeship amid concerns over past comments he made about blacks, and voter rights.At his confirmation hearing last month, Sessions endured pinpoint attacks by Democrats on his civil rights record, but he insisted that “this caricature of me from 1986 was not correct.”Shortly after his confirmation he sought to assuage concerns about how he would run the department.“I fully understand the august responsibilities of that office,” he said.Sessions also recognized the heated US political debate since Trump’s election victory and urged Americans to come together.“Our nation does have room for Republicans and Democrats,” he said.But Senate Democrat Chris Murphy said he was “scared” about changes Sessions could bring.Sessions’s “history of opposing civil rights, anti-gun violence measures and immigration reform makes him uniquely ill-fitted to serve” as attorney general, Murphy said.“I want a chief law enforcement official that will be a champion of the disenfranchised and dispossessed, not a defender of discrimination and nativism.”last_img read more

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