DNY59/iStockBy OLIVIA RUBIN, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Dominion Voting Systems on Friday filed a defamation lawsuit against attorney Sidney Powell for what they say is her role in orchestrating a “demonstrably false” conspiracy theory about the Colorado-based voting machine company rigging the 2020 presidential election.“She has directly accused Dominion of fraud, election rigging, bribery, and conspiracy, which are serious crimes,” the company wrote in its complaint filed in D.C. federal court. “Powell’s statements have exposed Dominion to the most extreme hatred and contempt.”The suit, which is seeking nearly $1.3 billion in damages, accuses Powell of leading a pervasive campaign to spread false election theories that gained currency with President Donald Trump. A former federal prosecutor, Powell rose to become a close adviser to Trump in the closing days of his presidency, meeting with him repeatedly as he mounted increasingly desperate attempts to overturn the outcome of an election he lost by more than 7 million votes.Powell could not be reached for comment. But after the voting machine company wrote to her last month threatening a suit, she wrote on social media that she would be “retracting nothing We have #evidence They are #fraud masters!”The Dominion lawsuit lands just as those who were persistently pushing false election fraud claims have seen intensifying blowback on multiple fronts. There were media accounts Thursday that Lin Wood, who partnered with Powell on several of the lawsuits, had his Twitter account permanently banned from the social media platform. Woods could not be reached by ABC News at his law firm on Friday.Rudy Giuliani, another lawyer central to the campaign by Trump allies to push bogus claims about the election, is facing new scrutiny for his comments calling for “combat” during the Jan. 6 rally that precipitated the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that left five people dead.Giuliani defended his comments on social media, saying his “cause is to obtain an honest vote and to end voter fraud before it becomes a permanent tactic of the enabled and media protected Democrat Party.”Fueling the furor at the rally were debunked theories of a rigged election. That included the false claims about Dominion voting machines that were pushed relentlessly in courts, on social media, and in Trump’s public remarks as part of the effort to overturn the election results. In its 124-page complaint, Dominion details how the theories spread like wildfire in conservative news outlets and on social media. In multiple instances, Trump tweeted out theories and reports about the company to his 88 million followers.“Although Powell assured the public during television and radio appearances that her claims were backed by ‘evidence,’ Powell’s ‘evidence’ included declarations from a motley crew of conspiracy theorists, con artists, armchair ‘experts,’ and anonymous sources who were judicially determined to be ‘wholly unreliable,’” Dominion wrote in its complaint.Some of Powell’s most far-fetched theories alleged the company was created in Venezuela by deceased Dictator Hugo Chavez, the complaint said.Dominion wrote in its complaint that as a result of the defamatory falsehoods peddled by Powell — in concert with like-minded allies and media outlets who were determined to promote a false preconceived narrative — Dominion’s founder, Dominion’s employees, Georgia’s governor, and Georgia’s secretary of state have been harassed and have received death threats, and Dominion has suffered enormous harm.The suit marks the start of what could be an onslaught of litigation against the president and his allies, in response to their aggressive attempt to overturn the results of the November election.In recent weeks, Dominion has sent formal letters to over a dozen others, including Giuliani, White House Counsel Pat Cippilone, and Fox News, asking them to retract their statements and preserve documents in preparation for “imminent” litigation.Some conservative outlets, including Fox News and Newsmax, in recent weeks had begun airing retractions to walk back their earlier reports on Dominion as the threat loomed. Powell, though, said she would “double down” on her claims, and continued to push those conspiracies during TV interviews and on social media.Dominion has also not ruled out suing Trump himself for his role in pushing the theories about the company.“We are looking very deliberately at the statements and actions of everyone who has been involved in talking about Dominion. No one has been ruled out,” Tom Clare, the attorney for Dominion, said Friday during a call with reporters.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Bruce Provan is the new chairman of the Norfolk and Suffolk Energy Alliance (NSEA), a group created to provide a unified approach to bringing more investment into the region’s energy industry.And he believes they have invaluable work to do over the next few years, particularly as the offshore wind sector gathers momentum.”We don’t want potential investors to the region facing a variety of councils with different ideas and approaches. NSEA is an example of how Norfolk and Suffolk, Lowestoft and Yarmouth, and North Norfolk, can all work closely together,” he said.”There are massive wind farms on the way and in a couple of years there will be major contracts to be won. That’s when the action starts – and we will see the benefits of the brand we have built as the East of England Energy Zone (EEEZ).” ”As a group, we need to impress on the industry and the Government the critical importance of the EEEZ to meet the nation’s energy needs with its unique combination of assets.”Mr Provan, who represents Waveney District Council on NSEA – and has been a member since its formation – said it was already exciting to watch the workboats and helicopters moving in and out of Lowestoft to support the Greater Gabbard wind farm.He worked for 30 years in the oil & gas sector with Shell in Holland, Aberdeen and London before arriving at Lowestoft. So he is also well aware of the significant opportunities for the region’s economy from the continuing North Sea gas sector as well as the pending Sizewell C nuclear power station. ”It shows the wealth of resources in the EEEZ which is being well aired by our inward investment director James Gray and it’s great that public bodies can pursue it together. ”For example, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft ports have excellent complementary facilities capable of supporting the construction and operation and maintenance (O&M) phases of wind farms off our coast, as they have done already at Sheringham Shoal, Lincs and Greater Gabbard. Indeed, Lowestoft is the operating base for Greater Gabbard as Wells is for Sheringham Shoal.”NSEA incorporates the county councils and chambers of commerce from both counties, Waveney District Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, North Norfolk District Council, New Anglia LEP, and EEEGR, the East of England Energy Group.Press release, August 30, 2013; Image: theenergyzone
Related TopicsIndiansMLBRangersTwins Sunday was another golden opportunity for the Indians to quiet the naysayers that continue to pile on this team that they can’t beat the good teams, and that the team is simply falling apart with five weeks left in the MLB regular season.Instead, they again had a poor offensive outing, and when it counted the most, couldn’t hit a ball out of the infield with one out in the 9th in an eventual 2-1 setback to the Texas Rangers.Overall the weekend was rather painful minus Friday, as the Tribe dropped three of four to Texas, and overall on the season the team lost five of seven games to the Rangers.Add the fact that in those seven games the Indians were outscored by Texas by a margin of 39-23 (5.5 average per game for the Rangers, 3.2 average per game for the Tribe), and you can see why fans are rightfully concerned about a potential playoff showdown with the Rangers. In the season series, the Rangers outscored the Tribe 20-10 in the three games in Cleveland and 19-13 in the four games in Texas, not good if you are looking ahead to trying to beat this team in October.For the Indians, the biggest challenge may just be trying to hold off and get to October, a destination that for quite awhile this season has looked like a shoe-in.The team walks into another Monday affair with the feisty Minnesota Twins leading the division by 4.5 games over the Detroit Tigers, and now just 5.5 over the Royals, who don’t seem to be going away quietly after their World Series win less than a year ago.While their series against the Rangers was tough, there seemed to be two major bright spots. The first was (once again) the solid pitching of former Cy Young award winner Corey Kluber, who Friday went 6 innings, winning his 6th straight in the Indians only win 12-1.Sunday there was a bright spot in the 2-1 loss, that being Danny Salazar, who the team sorely needs back to pitching like he did early in the season.Salazar went 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on five hits with 10 K’s in the loss, but was much sharper than he’s been in quite some time.If he can get back to form, it would be a monster boost for a team that looked at one point to having too many good starters to know only being able it seems to count on Kluber’s start every five days.The Twins are next, and almost all Indians fans already are well aware that despite them being 49-81 and going nowhere fast in the AL Central, they also are 5-8 against them, with a big six more games against Minnesota this season.The offense is a main concern right now, with the lackluster showings in Oakland and Texas minus the game Friday, if this team wants to make the postseason, they had better not continue to remain in the slumps they seem to be currently in.Otherwise, those dreams of playoff baseball will be just distant memories when they are doing locker clean out the first Monday in October. Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loede
24 December 2015, 11:46 Home » Disciplines News » Eventing News » 2016 Holmestead All Ireland Schools Hunter Trials launched by Bertram Allen ‘Wriggle promotes teamwork and collaboration in the classroom which is reflected with the teams competing on the day,’ she said. Wriggle’s Director, Beryl Furlong, said: ‘As a provider of digital educational tools to schools across the whole of Ireland we are delighted to sponsor the All Ireland Schools’ competition where physical and intellectual skills are of paramount importance. 2016 Holmestead All Ireland Schools Hunter Trials launched by Bertram Allen Linda Dunne, principal of Colaiste Bhride, thanked Bertram for agreeing to launch the national competition. ‘To have achieved so much in one so young is an inspiring and wonderful triumph,’ said Linda. ‘We have watched his swift progress with interest and we are very grateful for Bertram to take time out of his busy international schedule to launch this important All Ireland competition. We look forward to seeing more young hopefuls follow his footsteps and go on to compete at national and international levels.’ In 2016 it is expected that more than 500 school children will take part from more than 100 schools across the country. Tags: All Ireland Schools’ Hunter Trials, bertram allen, Colaiste Bhride COLAISTE Bhride, Carnew, this week launched the 2016 Holmestead All Ireland Schools’ Hunter Trials with popular showjumper Bertram Allen. Bertram currently stands at number 6 in the world showjumping league, is a native of Wexford and a former competitor of Interschools competions. For more information, please contact Linda Dunne, Principal [email protected] or Mary Rothwell, co-ordinator [email protected]: left to rightPierre WoodsThomas DevaneyPatrick KavanaghCaitroin DoyleTara kinsellaEmer KavanaghFrankie KavanaghAidan KavanaghAoife KavanaghJulie MullinsEllen KavanaghElla ByrneBeibhinn ByrneAdults: left to rightPat Murphy (national committee)Suzanne EiversChristina Clarkin (wriggle)Bertram AllenMargaret Heffernan (Holmstead saddlery)Linda Dunne (principal)Mary Rothwell at the launch of the all ireland interschools at the amber springs hotel 23/12/15 photo by Laurence dunne Jumpinaction.net This is the first time Colaiste Bhride has been asked to host the national event. The location chosen for the demanding competition is Lisgarvan House, in Ballon, Co Carlow. The date for the event is 12 March 2016. Entry details can be obtained from cbcarnew.ie and equetraininterschools.com. Closing date will be the beginning of February. The school is gathering a range of very impressive prizes from national sponsors and there will also be advertising opportunities available. ‘The competition promises to be as exciting as ever and we look forward to witnessing the future champions of the sport,’ he said. Mags Heffernan, managing director of Holmestead Saddlery was on hand to launch the prestigious competition, along with fellow sponsor Wriggle which the leading mobile learning specialist for schools in Ireland. Wriggle was represented by Christina Clarkin. Kildare Wicklow Education Training Board (KWETB) is the third main sponsor. Holmestead Saddlery’s owner, Bill Holmes, was very happy to be a key sponsor for the 2016 Holmestead Hunter Trials. ‘We always like to associate ourselves with quality products and events and by joining with Colaiste Bhride we are continuing that tradition. At Holmestead we strive to encourage your people to take part at every level of the sport. Colaiste Bhride, formed eighty years ago next year, has a strong equestrian tradition as befits its largely rural community. In recent years the school’s equestrian teams have competed in Hickstead in the UK, winning rosettes and have also been the ‘school to beat’ in the strong Schools’ Show Jumping competition, winning multiple times in the past ten years. Over the past 35 years the competition has been keenly contested and is the most eagerly awaited event on the Hunter Trials calendar. There are three competitions on the day: Teams of 3, Senior Singles and Junior Singles and the winners each year are worthy All Ireland Champions. The All Ireland Schools’ Hunter Trials was conceived in the early 1980s as the brainchild of a small group of dedicated people; two of the original founders, Martin Kavanagh and Mrs Cairns, are still actively involved. The first event was held on the lands of Martin Kavanagh and was hosted by CBS New Ross with Rockwell College the first winners of the trophy. The competition stayed in the New Ross area hosted by local schools for the next ten years, with Laurel Hill Limerick travelling some distance and winning on three separate occasions. By 1986 a national association was established (NAST) with John Roberts as chairman and a working committee of 15 people. The event became national and over the next 29 years was hosted by schools in Kilkenny. Tipperary, Westmeath, Limerick, Waterford, Wexford, Carlow, Dublin and Laois. The National Committee sanctions the host school at its AGM, approves the selected course and is responsible for applying the rules under which the competition is run. The committee also regulates the entry fees and present the perpetual trophies on the day of the event.
Kate Derwin and Harry Allen scoop Grand Prix victories on superb weekend for Irish Youth riders in France Home » General » Kate Derwin and Harry Allen scoop Grand Prix victories on superb weekend for Irish Youth riders in France 5 May 2019, 16:56 Just 48 hours after helping Ireland win the U18 (Junior) Nations Cup at Fontainebleau in France, Athlone’s Kate Derwin and Wexford’s Harry Allen have claimed two major Grand Prix wins at the same venue.Riding The Irish Sport Horse Ahg Whiterock Cruise Down, Kate Derwin was one of just seven riders who managed to jump clear in the opening round of the U18 (Junior) 1m40 Grand Prix. Another clear against the clock in a time of 32.24 seconds saw Derwin take the winners prize – finishing over a second ahead of French runner-up Antoine Ermann.Harry Allen and Dancing Queen ZThe Irish also proved unbeatable in the U25 Grand Prix, with Harry Allen guiding Dancing Queen Z to the top of the standings. Seven combinations made it into the jump-off and a clear round against the clock in 38.49 saw Allen take victory by over two seconds. Kate Derwin was again in the prizes when finishing fourth with Luidam de La Cruise (ISH).The U14 (COH) Grand Prix saw another impressive Irish performance, with Matthew Conlon and Bally Kingdom Clover (ISH) finishing fourth.On Friday in Fontainebleau, James Kernan’s Irish team of Harry Allen, Kate Derwin, Sean Foley and Jennfier Keuhnle scored a comprehensive win in the U18 Nations Cup. Tags:
Dear Editor,I am reading the news for the day, and I see the bold headline captioned “Essequibians walk out of meeting with GPL.” It is quite a depressing scene to behold persons, utterly devastated by the constant blackouts, have as a last resort appealed to the state-owned GPL for some redress, only to be further frustrated by an endless supply of lame excuses from its representatives.It is a situation that would cause even the coolest of individuals in this country to become seriously irate. The point is: you cannot plan an event; say, a wedding, a church service, or anything for that matter, without that lingering backward thought in mind that there would be a blackout at some stage of the event. This is the naked truth, and it has tortured us these three doomed years of Coalition rule.The citizens’ utter frustration stems from the fact that, prior to 2015, all of us in this Guyana were recipients of a continuous and affordable electricity supply. With the ushering in of the Coalition and the so-called “good life”, we are now saddled with this retardation that would not go away.The plain truth, which this present regime cannot run away from, is that the PPP/C brought us out of those hellish years of the Guyana Embarrassing Corporation (GEC) into the marvellous light of success and enlightenment; but from what obtains at the present moment, we have gone right back into those PNC years of doom and gloom, where blackouts are our main concern.So what has this Government achieved in its three-plus years of illegal occupation, and the answer comes back: Nothing! As someone said, this PNC-led Coalition has chalked up on its debit side a series of failures that make the 28 years’ rule of Burnham pale into oblivion. You are talking about every conceivable sector contracting while the hard life exponentially increases.The situation is more distressing when you realise that everything in the economy functions on a power base; without it, everything grinds to a halt whenever a blackout occurs. In this regard, the economy has since been on a backward trend.Is this ‘the good life’? Is this the flourishing economy the PNC has fashioned for us? I say, “Hell, no! From all appearances, it is the horrible life!”Compare the present scenario with the progressive and visionary Amaila Falls Hydropower Project, and you will get the real picture as to where we are going. The PPP/C has left us an internationally accredited project which has been the envy of many a First World nation.Hydroelectric power generation is cheap, reliable, and environmentally friendly. It is something which, if it had been pursued, would have put all of our energy matters to rest. But the PNC, with no plans of their own in that vision-less mindset of theirs, purposefully scrapped this project and ushered in the intendant evils we now see on a daily basis. Instead of implementing this world acclaimed project, the PNC, for political expediency coupled with vindictiveness, closed that important chapter in our history.Guyana is doomed to failure. We see it and experience it in every facet of our economy. Our only hope comes from the strength and resilience in the populace out there to break away from the decadence and make an about change for the good.The Year 2020 will soon be here. Come on, people; let us get back on to the beaten path of success.Respectfully,Neil Adams
[View the story “Marcos Alonso impresses for Chelsea” on Storify] Marcos Alonso: The Spanish left-back joined Chelsea from Fiorentina in the summer Summer signing Marcos Alonso impressed Chelsea fans in the 3-0 win over Leicester City.The Premier League clash was LIVE on talkSPORT as Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Victor Moses were on the score sheet in a comfortable performance against the reigning champions.Costa and co. stole the plaudits as Antonio Conte’s men tried out a new 3-4-3 formation.READ MORE: Chelsea player ratings: How Blues players fared in the 3-0 victory over Premier League champions Leicester CityBut it was Alonso, a big-money arrival from Fiorentina, who impressed after a difficult first few weeks at Stamford Bridge.Filipe Luis, Baba Rahman, Branislav Ivanovic and even Cesar Azpilicueta – the club have gone through a lot of full-backs since Ashley Cole’s departure in 2014.But Blues fans think they have finally got their replacement for the former England international – see some fan reaction, below: 1