Christopher Krebs Hasn’t Been Fired, Yet

first_img– Advertisement – Mr. Krebs’s team worked with states to scan and patch systems for vulnerabilities, lock up voter registration databases and voter rolls, change default passwords, turn on two-factor authentication, and print out paper backups, all to build up “resilience” in case of attack. He was protecting, he said, “the crown jewels of election administration.”When the pandemic upended everything, Mr. Krebs’s team shifted focus to securing vote-by-mail systems, despite the president’s campaign again them. That was when Mr. Krebs’s agency got in the White House’s cross hairs.- Advertisement – In interviews, Mr. Krebs countered Mr. Trump by saying mail-in voting would make the election more secure by creating a paper trail, critical for audits to establish that every legal ballot was correctly counted.It also made state registration databases more critical: an attack that froze or sabotaged voter-registration data — by switching addresses, marking registered voters as unregistered or deleting voters entirely — risked mass digital disenfranchisement. Mr. Krebs made it his personal mission to see to it that every last registration database was sealed up.When Mr. Trump called mail-in voting a “fraud” in his televised debate with Mr. Biden, now the president-elect, in September, Mr. Krebs contradicted the president at every turn, again without mentioning his name.- Advertisement –center_img “We’ve got a lot of confidence that the ballot’s as secure as it’s ever been,” Mr. Krebs told any reporter who asked.On Election Day, Mr. Krebs and senior officials held briefings with reporters every few hours to apprise them of any threats. Chad Wolf, the secretary of homeland security, a Trump loyalist and Mr. Krebs’s boss, even appeared at one to praise Mr. Krebs’s work. Despite small hiccups, Mr. Krebs reassured journalists that there was no major foreign interference or signs of systemic fraud.“It’s just another Tuesday on the internet,” he said.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Oba of Lagos, others set for Kings College 100 years Inter House Sports

first_imgRelatedPosts King’s College solicits FG support infrastructure for renewal Finalists emerge for GTBank Master’s Cup Kings’ College holds leadership session for graduating students The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akinolu, and others are set to witness the 100 years Inter House Sports of Kings College on Saturday this week. Others to grace the occasion include the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Sommy  S.T. Echono; Chairman, Sports Connect Consultancy Limited, Dr. Kweku Adedayo Tandoh; Director, Basic and Secondary, Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja and Chairman, School Based Management Committee, Alhaji Jani Ibrahim. The Director and Principal of Kings College, Lagos, Andrew Agada, who confirmed the development, said: “Sports is important for the proper education of the youth and future leaders of the nation, which Kings College stands for. “It inculcates the virtues of team spirit, emphasises acceptance of rules and ensuring fairness for all. “It keeps them fully occupied outside the classrooms and so they are less available for cultism and other negative activities, which may impair their progress. “It is also an avenue for students to relax after series of academic (brain) work. “As the saying goes: all work and no play makes jack a dull boy.”Preparation Agada said: “Staff and students have been on their toes in the last four months in spite   of the tight schedules occasioned by National competitions, which have just been concluded. “Staff at different committee levels and even parents took it upon themselves with courage and determination to put the event of the 100th edition of the Inter House sports   together. “We have extended invitation to some eminent Nigerians and even the old Boys of the College. Importance Agada said: “Students in school learn to live together irrespective of tribe, religion, and diverse culture. “Sport remains a unifying factor. “Sports also give the youths training in leadership and National Unity. “A nation whose youths are regularly occupied think less of cultism and other vices, which may impede national/personal progress.Achievements Agada said: “History had it that 1920 was a major milestone in the history of sports in King’s College. “The  years between 1920 and 1970 can be described as a Golden Era of Sports in King’s College. “Students broke records in the school and the Country. “The college was also instrumental to the establishment of Athletics Association in Nigeria in 1944. “There were competitions in all four major sports, that is Athletics, Cricket, Football and Hokey. “However, the inter house Athletics competition was one of the biggest sporting events   in the College Sporting Calendar. “From this event, so many talents were discovered, nurtured and made to represent  Nigeria, among whom was late Alhaji A.K. Amu, who in his lifetime occupied various important positions in the field of sports. “For example, he was one time Director of Sports in the Old Bendel State and member of Top Management at the National Institute for Sports in Lagos State. “Alhaji Femi Okunnu (SAN), another Old Boy, represented the country in various athletics events.”Problems Agada said: “The major problem is the lack of funds to provide equipment and upgrade the existing facilities to meet up with the ever increasing population of the college. “Inadequate human and material resources. “Lack of space is another challenge coupled with loaded curriculum. “There is therefore need for government and other stakeholders like corporate bodies, captains of industries to come to the aid of many yet to be identified talented youths of Nigeria that are in our college.Tags: Adedayo TandohJani Ibrahimkings collegeRilwan AkinoluSommy Echonolast_img read more

Belichick: Playing multiple QBs an option this season

first_imgLast Updated: 20th August, 2020 08:58 IST Belichick: Playing Multiple QBs An Option This Season Bill Belichick said he’s open to using a two-quarterback system this season, another example of how radically different the New England Patriots could look after Tom Brady’s departure WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News COMMENT Bill Belichick said he’s open to using a two-quarterback system this season, another example of how radically different the New England Patriots could look after Tom Brady’s departure.Belichick was asked about platooning his quarterbacks before Wednesday’s practice. The longtime coach acknowledged he was considering the possibility, and the Patriots later used all three of their QBs during a single scrimmage series.“I always say I’ll do what I think is best for the team, what gives us the best chance to win,” Belichick said about the prospect of rotating quarterbacks. “Whatever that is, I would certainly consider that.”The three quarterbacks competing to be Brady’s successor — Cam Newton, Jarrett Stidham and Brian Hoyer — have different, and perhaps complementary, skill sets.At 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, Newton possesses size, athleticism and running ability along with an arm that accounted for 35 touchdown passes during his 2015 MVP season.Hoyer has the most experience in the Patriots’ offense. He’s back for this third stint in New England after twice serving as Brady’s backup.Stidham has youth and potential, having beaten out Hoyer as a rookie last season to be Brady’s No. 2. His quick grasp of offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ system is exciting to the coaching staff.Playing to Brady’s strengths, the Patriots lined up with one running back, one tight end and three receivers — known as the 11 personnel grouping — more than 50% of the time last season.Belichick said using multiple quarterbacks could lend itself to different formations.“If it’s run an unbalanced line or double-unbalanced line or 23 personnel (two RBs, three tight ends) or whatever it is,” he said. “If it helps us win, then I would consider anything.”Assuming he’s fully recovered from offseason foot surgery, Newton’s mobility is something McDaniels said would be a new tool for him.“It’s certainly not something I’m accustomed to using a great deal but you use whatever the strengths of your players that are on the field allow you to use, to try to move the ball and score points,” he said.McDaniels likened it to the different body types and skills of the Patriots’ receivers and tight ends over the years, from bigger targets like Randy Moss and Rob Gronkowski to smaller ones such as Wes Welker and Danny Amendola.“Regardless of what the position is, I think you try to use their strengths to allow them to make good plays,” McDaniels said.While rotating QBs might seem like a difficult adjustment for the rest of the offense, running back James White said it’s in keeping with how New England has approached things during his six seasons.“I think coach McDaniels does a great job of being creative and dialing up new things to the strength of the players that he has,” White said. “It doesn’t matter what year it is, we always add new things to the offense and try to help us do our best out there and try to perform the best each and every week.“Sometimes it can be for a certain opponent or for a certain player on our offense. … He’s a creative mind and each year we’re going to add new things that’s going to help us succeed.”Image credits: AP FOLLOW UScenter_img First Published: 20th August, 2020 08:58 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Written Bylast_img read more