Obama helps raise $11 million in first campaign event for Biden’s White House bid

first_imgFormer US President Barack Obama on Tuesday made his first campaign appearance alongside Joe Biden since endorsing him for president in April, helping raise more than $11 million for his former No. 2 as he exhorted supporters to meet the “urgency” of the moment.”I appreciate all of you being on this call,” Obama said at a virtual fundraiser. “But man, this is serious business. Whatever you’ve done so far is not enough.”The virtual fundraiser collected $7.6 million from 175,000 grassroots contributors. Obama and Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, also hosted a private online portion for high-dollar donors, which was not open to reporters and brought in more than $3.4 million. Topics : Trump, who has been campaigning for a second term since 2017, still has far more cash on hand ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.His campaign noted in a statement that it raised more than $10 million last weekend, when the president appeared in Oklahoma for his first live campaign rally since the outbreak erupted.”There is no enthusiasm for Joe Biden,” said Tim Murtaugh, a Trump campaign spokesman.’Mean-spirited’Obama, who has only occasionally criticized Trump since leaving office in 2017, faulted his successor’s behavior several times on Tuesday, saying he “exploits” divisions among Americans and calling his approach to governing “mean-spirited.””There is no disconnect between the urgency of this election and the political moment and what has been happening on the streets,” said Obama, referring to the civil rights protests that have swept across major cities since George Floyd, a Black man, died last month after a white Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.Obama also criticized Trump for ignoring advice from public health experts on how to handle the coronavirus and for giving cover to authoritarian governments by attacking the free press and advocating military force against protesters.”There’s a big contest, not just in this country but around the world, about who we are,” Obama said.Biden, who has an extensive foreign policy record both as a US senator and as vice president, said he would pick up the phone on his first day in office with a simple message to allies around the world: “America is back.”As the event ended, Obama said: “Love you, Joe.””Love you too, pal,” Biden responded.center_img The haul was the most for any Biden campaign event, coming on the heels of the Democratic Party and Biden’s campaign outraising Republican President Donald Trump in May for the first time.Tuesday’s fundraiser showed the drawing power of Obama, who remains overwhelmingly popular among the Democratic base and who will be counted on as a key campaign figure this autumn.It also highlighted the dramatic changes the coronavirus pandemic has wrought on traditional campaigning, with the two politicians sharing a split screen from their living rooms, while supporters tuned in via livestream.Early in the 2020 campaign, Biden’s weak fundraising numbers compared with some of his Democratic competitors were a source of concern. But his fundraising from donors has picked up in recent weeks as his lead in national opinion polls grew and the country reacted to incidents of police brutality.last_img read more

Trump reportedly nervous about economy, re-election

first_imgPresident Trump is reportedly “nervous” about the economy and how it could affect his chances for re-election.According to the Washington Post, Trump spent part of his New Jersey vacation phoning business leaders and financial executives to discuss fears of a looming recession.Furthermore, the Post reported top administration officials had not done any planning for the possibility of an economic downturn.Trump often blames negative economic news on the Federal Reserve and its reluctance to aggressively cut interest rates.last_img

Kuznetsova edges Pliskova to reachWTA semis in Singapore

first_imgBy John O’BrienSINGAPORE,(Reuters)-Svetlana Kuznetsova claimed her second titanic victory in a row when the Russian outlasted Karolina Pliskova 3-6 6-2 7-6(6) in a thrilling White Group encounter at the WTA Finals to reach the semi-finals yesterday.In the second pool match, Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska got her title defence back on track with an accomplished 7-6(1) 6-3 victory over French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, a result that eliminated the Spaniard.After battling toe-to-toe for two hours and 17 minutes, Kuznetsova collapsed in a heap on the court after sealing victory on her fourth match point with a backhand winner down the line to finally break the Czech’s resistance.“With all the support of the crowd and my team, I couldn’t afford to let myself and everybody down so I had to fight,” twice grand slam winner Kuznetsova said.“I haven’t been at my best in recent years but something changed this year… I enjoy my game, I enjoy the crowd and I feel blessed to be playing the best players in the world.”Kuznetsova was the final qualifier for the elite eight-woman event when she successfully defended her Kremlin Cup title on Saturday and the world number nine has shown incredible staying power to first outlast Radwanska on Monday and now Pliskova.The victory had put Kuznetsova on the verge of sealing a semi-final spot at the year-end championships for the first time in six attempts and her berth was assured when Radwanska beat Muguruza in the late match.Pliskova started confidently, pushing her opponent around the court with her booming forehand and holding comfortably despite struggling to find her range with the first serve, the Czech edging ahead first with a break in the fourth game.IMPRESSIVE FIGHTBACKAs in her win over Radwanska, Kuznetsova grew into the match and grabbed her first break in the seventh game but the Czech struck back immediately to regain the initiative.The big-serving Pliskova consolidated the break with the easiest of holds, rattling through her next service game without dropping a point as she sealed the opening set in 33 minutes.Kuznetsova was still moving tentatively and Pliskova took full advantage to forge another break of serve in the first game of the second set but the Russian found her rhythm as her opponent wavered to stage an impressive fightback.The 31-year-old Russian broke back immediately to prevent Pliskova from running away with the contest and then reeled off five of the next six games to send the match into a decider.With both players emerging from three-setters on Monday the fatigue finally kicked in and neither was capable of holding serve, so after combining for eight breaks in the set, it was only fitting the match would be decided in a tiebreak.Service woes also littered the match between Radwanska and Muguruza with three breaks apiece sending it into a tiebreak which Poland’s world number three sealed with a spectacular backhand winner as she captured the last six points in a row.Radwanska shrugged off an early break in the second set to overwhelm Muguruza with exceptional shot-making and brilliant service returns, closing out the 96-minute contest on her first match point with her sixth break of the match.Radwanska and Pliskova meet on Friday with the winner advancing along with Kuznetsova to the semis.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgWOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-INDIANA-GORTONBea Gorton, Indiana’s 1st women’s hoops coach, dies at 73BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The first women’s basketball coach at Indiana, has died. Bea Gorton was 73.Gorton still has the best winning percentage in school history at .738 and holds the distinction of coaching the program’s only All-American, Debbie Oing. ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan forward Isaiah Livers has announced that he was removing his name from NBA draft consideration and will return to the Wolverines for his senior season, saying he was excited to come back to Ann Arbor. Livers has started 46 games in three seasons at Michigan. He led the Wolverines in scoring last season at 12.9 points per game, although he was limited to 21 games because of injury problems.EARNHARDT-PLANE CRASHDetails released in crash of plane carrying Earnhardt Jr.UNDATED (AP) — New details released by the National Transportation Safety Board show Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a pilot struggled to open an airplane’s wing emergency exit as the aircraft began to burn and fill with smoke before the race car driver and his family managed to escape from the main door during a 2019 crash in Tennessee. Documents released Thursday by the NTSB provide pilot, passenger and witness statements about the Aug. 15, 2019 plane crash at an airport in Elizabethton, Tennessee. Earnhardt was with his wife, 15-month-old daughter, two pilots and the family dog when their Cessna crashed. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPGA-MEMORIALBig finish gives Woods hope of making cut at MemorialDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Tiger Woods was teetering on the cut line as the second round of the Memorial was drawing to a close. Woods followed Thursday’s 1-under 71 with a 76 that puts him at plus-3 in his first PGA tournament since the coronavirus pandemic. He missed a pair of 3-foot putts, took a double bogey from the fairway before a birdie-par finish gave him a chance to play this weekend. Woods is a five-time winner at Muirfield Village, but his current 36-hole total is his worst since his first time playing it 23 years ago.Ryan Palmer fired a 68 to pull into a tie for the clubhouse lead with Tony Finau (FEE’-now) at 9 under. Jon Rahm is one stroke back.MLB-NEWS5 more Major League Baseball players positive UNDATED (AP) — Five more baseball players tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, raising the total to 80 since testing started in late June. Major League Baseball and the players’ association said six out of 10,548 samples were new positives in the week ending Thursday, a rate of 0.05%. The week included a five-day span with no new positive tests. Including the initial intake screening that started in late June, 93 of of 21,701 samples have resulted in new positives, a rate of 0.4%. The positives included 80 players and 13 staff members. In other MLB news:— A top Canadian government health official says problems remain with Major League Baseball’s proposed plan to play in Canada amid the coronavirus pandemic. Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Njoo said the federal government is still looking very closely at the proposals by MLB and the Blue Jays, who have been given clearance by Ontario and Toronto officials to play at Rogers Centre. Njoo credits the Blue Jays for their willingness to live in a quarantine environment while they host games. More than 300 Division I football games have been canceled or postponed because of the pandemicUNDATED (AP) — A total of 315 Division I football games have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Associated Press research, 102 Football Bowl Subdivision games are off. That number is 255 for the Football Championship Subdivision. Included in those numbers are 42 matchups between FBS and FCS teams. The Colonial Athletic Association, Ivy League, Patriot League and MEAC (MEE’-ak) have canceled or postponed their seasons. The Big Ten and Pac-12 have canceled nonconference games. The CAA is allowing its members to play as independents this season.A total of 223 Division II games are off.In other college sports developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic: July 17, 2020 Vasilevskiy now has a shot at becoming the first back-to-back winner of the NHL’s top goalie award in 12 years. He finished with an NHL-leading 35 wins, which included a 21-game stretch in which he went 19-0-2Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyk (HEH’-leh-buhk) and Boston’s Tuukka (TOO’-kuh) Rask round out the list of finalists released on Friday following a vote by the league’s general managers.In other NHL news:— Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson says a preliminary assessment shows storm damage to Rogers Place is not structural and the arena will be able to hold upcoming NHL games. Iveson says Thursday night’s flooding and damage to the arena’s roof caused “cosmetic” damage. Edmonton and Toronto were chosen as the hub cities for the playoffs that were suspended when the pandemic hit in March. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTScenter_img — Indiana University has put its voluntary football workouts on hold after six participants tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Athletic department protocols require each person with a positive test to self-isolate until further notice as contract tracing begins. Anyone deemed to be in close contact with someone who has tested positive also will be quarantined.— Southeastern Conference schools will honor the scholarships of athletes who opt not to participate in fall competition because of concerns about COVID-19. The SEC says athletes will remain in good standing with their team. The league said it will determine later if the policy should be extended at least to the spring semester.— The Atlantic 10 Conference is postponing its fall sports season, which includes soccer, cross country, field hockey and women’s volleyball. The conference announced it will try to play those sports in the spring semester, and has agreed to a “look-in” window during September to evaluate whether it is possible to conduct shortened, conference-only seasons in fall sports.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-MICHIGAN-LIVERSMichigan’s Livers forgoing NBA, returning to Wolverines TOKYO-COMPETITION SCHEDULETokyo Olympic venues lined up, schedule remains the sameTOKYO (AP) — The 42 venues for next year’s delayed Tokyo Olympics have been secured and the competition schedule will remain almost identical to the one that would have been used this year.The Athletes Village and the main press center have also been lined up for 2021.That was the message delivered Friday to IOC members by Tokyo organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori and CEO Toshiro Muto. They spoke from Japan to a full session of the IOC membership meeting online. Associated Press Estimates in Japan say the delay will cost $2 billion to $6 billion, with Japanese taxpayers picking up most of the bills.IOC MEETINGBach warns against Olympic boycotts, seeks re-electionGENEVA (AP) — International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is warning against Olympic boycotts. China’s human rights record is an expected target ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Some lawmakers and diplomats have criticized China for its detention and treatment of its Muslim minority Uighur people and pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong. The issue is personal for Bach, who won a gold medal in team fencing at the 1976 Montreal Olympics but could not defend the title when West Germany joined the United States and others in refusing to send teams to the 1980 Moscow Games. Bach also confirmed he will seek re-election as IOC president next year. Update on the latest sports — Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo) has returned to the field after missing nearly two weeks with COVID-19. LeMahieu was not in the lineup for Friday’s intraquad game but hit in a batting cage and was to take grounders on the field. Manager Aaron Boone wants LeMahieu to build up his legs and said it’s not clear whether he will be ready for Thursday night’s opener at Washington.— Los Angeles Angels right-hander Justin Anderson will have Tommy John surgery. Anderson was a candidate for a spot in the Angels’ bullpen after going 3-0 with a 5.55 ERA in 54 appearances last season. He recently had an MRI that showed a torn ligament in his right elbow. NHL-NEWSNHL announces 3 finalists for the Vezina TrophyUNDATED (AP) — Tampa Bay netminder Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) has been selected as a Vezina (VEH’-zih-nuh) Trophy finalist for the third consecutive season.last_img read more

TTFA turns to High Court in fight against FIFA takeover

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – The ousted executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) has turned to the High Court here in its fight against FIFA’s decision to replace it with a normalisation committee.The William Wallace-led United TTFA team said in a statement on Monday that it chose to go this route “after long and hard deliberations”, after withdrawing its appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which it claimed had displayed bias against football’s world governing body.“United TTFA assures the football community and the people of Trinidad and Tobago that we have carefully considered the options, the potential risks and the beneficial outcomes of this struggle to defend the sovereignty of our country and our football,” the team of Wallace, Clynt Taylor, Susan Joseph-Warrick, Joseph Sam Phillip, Anthony Harford and Keith Look Loy said.“We are guided by the principles of freedom and democracy enshrined in the supreme and governing law of Trinidad and Tobago – the Constitution – under which TTFA is established.”The association had complained that the Switzerland-based CAS appeared to be taking sides, pointing out that the TTFA was asked to pay all the fees for the arbitration – in contravention of the court’s regulations which require that the parties split the cost, which FIFA refused to do – and that the court had accepted FIFA’s request for the case to be heard by three arbitrators which tripled the costs associated with the appeal.The embattled TTFA team said they therefore decided to lodge a brief with the local High Court.They are asking the court for: a declaration that FIFA’s removal of the TTFA executive, which was elected to office on November 24, 2019, is null, void and of no legal and/or binding effect; a permanent injunction preventing FIFA from interfering in, and/or seeking to override the fair and transparent democratic processes of the TTFA and/or from attempting removing the duly elected executive from office; and a permanent injunction preventing FIFA and/or its agents and/or assigns and/or servants from interfering in the day-to-day management of the TTFA, including the association’s bank accounts and real property.The latter request comes as the TTFA and the FIFA-appointed normalisation committee fight for control of the association’s accounts at First Citizens Bank.In March this year, FIFA replaced the TTFA executive with a committee led by local businessman Robert Hadad, on the grounds that a FIFA/CONCACAF fact-finding mission had uncovered financial mismanagement and massive debt that left the local body facing “a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity”. FIFA had said such a situation put the association and development of football in the country at risk and corrective measures needed to be applied urgently.However, in the statement on Monday, the executive insisted that within four months of entering office, it had discovered and raised that issue and submitted a report to FIFA outlining how it intended to deal with it.“Ironically, our discovery is one of the two reasons FIFA used to remove us from office. Even more ironically, FIFA conducts an annual audit at the TTFA and would have done so for the previous four years and never discovered this issue – or, if it was discovered, never demanded that it be fixed.“… The real reason for FIFA’s unwarranted and illegal interference in TTFA’s internal business is its desire to cover up the financial mismanagement and illegal actions of the last administration,” it charged.Among the issues which the executive highlighted were: the David John-Williams-led administration’s failure to provide contracts for the expenditure of TT$16 million (1 TT dollar = US 16 cents) on the Home of Football, the issuance of dozens of bounced cheques against TTFA accounts, and failure to pay to relevant statutory authorities, the sum of TT$4M deducted from employees’ salaries.“The truth is that over the years, and certainly the David John-Williams years (2015-2019), FIFA showed no interest in good governance and proper financial management for the association, or in its ballooning debt,” it added.The TTFA executive insisted that FIFA was therefore complicit in the creation of the “financial quagmire” that plagues the association.The association’s debt stands at approximately TT$50M.last_img read more

Syracuse’s defense suffers setback after 7-goal North Carolina outburst

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ After allowing only one goal combined against then-No. 19 Clemson and then-No. 18 Wake Forest, Syracuse’s defense was playing the best it had all season. Then it wasn’t.“It exposed us,” Taylor Bennett said. “We’ve never been in that situation before.”The Orange (5-4-2, 0-2-1 ACC) allowed seven goals to then-No. 5 North Carolina last Saturday after allowing only two scores in the six games prior. Still, the back line was no match for an offensive power like the Tar Heels. The Orange defense was a strong point early on in ACC play, riding its best conference start since 2014 before UNC, and hopes the blowout loss was just a blip.“It was very deflating, they were just dominant in every aspect,” head coach Phil Wheddon said. “We struggled to cope with that.”The seven goals were equal to the amount Syracuse allowed in the previous nine games combined, dating back to its second game of the season against then-No. 21 Connecticut.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd though Syracuse’s defense has yet to do enough to single-handedly grab a win, it has held its own against ranked opponents this year. Still scoreless in conference play, one of the Orange’s strongest performances this season came against Clemson, holding the Tigers to just five shots on goal.In the drubbing to UNC, Wheddon said, all the Tar Heels goals, even those given up by SU’s backup goalkeeper, Lysianne Proulx, were quality finishes that SU couldn’t get to quick enough.“They scored three headers,” Wheddon said. “When you give players of that caliber that time and space, that’s what happens.”A disparity in shots against UNC put the Orange in a position it hadn’t been in previous ACC games (26-8, 18-4 on goal). Senior goalie Courtney Brosnan, who is still posting a career high in save percentage, was forced to make a season-high 11 saves, just four short of her career record.The North Carolina team the Orange faced on Saturday is the best Tar Heels team Brosnan has ever seen, she said. Brosnan faced relentless pressure in the game, with UNC overloading the back end of the Syracuse defense.“It’s tough when you’re facing pressure for 90 minutes,” Brosnan said.Bennett doesn’t think that the Orange should take away too many negatives from the game. After the loss, she still remains hopeful and thinks that, despite the lopsided affair, SU should be able to compete with a team the caliber of North Carolina.The performance at North Carolina, Wheddon said, doesn’t define Syracuse as a team. He mentioned that teams around the ACC, notably Clemson and Wake Forest, “speak very highly” of the Orange.“They know what we are capable of,” Wheddon said.Syracuse just has to show it. Comments Published on October 4, 2017 at 9:42 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearylast_img read more

Eleven killed, others injured in Haiti crash

first_imgAt least 11 people were killed and several others injured following a vehicular accident in the south of the country on the weekend.The Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) said the accident occurred in the department of Cavaillon, killing 11 and injuring 15.The DPC said that exact circumstances of the accident are unknown .And the police also reported that on Saturday night, three boys aged between 12 and 14 were killed after they were struck by lightning while playing football. Four others were also wounded.“The injured were taken care by the health center nearby and one of them had to be transferred to the University Hospital of Mirebalais,” the authorities added.last_img

British racing could face £193m set back due to COVID-19 suspension

first_img Related Articles Share Submit Share Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon British racing has predicted that it could face revenue losses of £193 million if the sport is shut down until July, a letter from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has revealed.As reported in the Racing Post, a letter from the BHA to trainers confirmed that the sporting authority has sought assistance as part of an “industry-wide lobbying effort that is aiming to gain political backing for the financial support package”.The predicted loss accounts for approximately 13% of the sport’s annual revenue, and could result in ‘significant economic and social hardship’ for the sport.The BHA confirmed the cancellation of racing fixtures in March due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with the closure expected to last until the end of April.With suggestions that racing could be suspended until the end of June, in that time 471 fixtures will have been cancelled, 25 days of which are festivals.Emma Lavelle, president of the National Trainers Federation, said: “It’s big figures and, quite simply, the sooner we start racing then that’s when we can start to generate revenue for everybody.“It’s going to have to be clear from the government what is acceptable. That’s the key thing, but that’s only going to happen when the situation with coronavirus is on a better footing than it is at the moment.“It’ll be massive that we will come together. All of us want to get going, as and when it is safe to do so. What’s happened is tough on racecourses, trainers, owners, stable staff and the country as a whole – we’re in this together. We need to be ready to go so that we can put something positive on when we can.“We should be approaching the councils to make sure we put in and ask for all the benefits that are out there for us. There’s a lot happening and I think we have to be measured to what we’re asking for, so we make sure we put our case across but that we are keeping in mind the bigger picture.“We want to preserve the sport for all of our members, whether they’re big, middle-sized or small. There’s the horses too, we need to remember that the welfare of horses are paramount and that the finances are there to do that.”last_img read more

UEFA Europa League draw results: Swansea handed tough group

first_imgSwansea will meet Valencia in a tough Europa League group, while Tottenham Hotspur face an interesting clash with Anzhi Makhachkala.Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup will be ruing the outcome of the Europa League draw, with the Swans in one of the toughest groups possible. Alongside Spanish side Valencia, they play Russians Kuban Krasnodar, who knocked Feyenoord out in qualifying.Contrastingly, Tottenham Hotspur boss André Villas-Boas won’t be too disappointed with his side’s draw. They should get through the group pretty comfortably, with their toughest match being against Anzhi Makhachkala. With Anzhi having had their squad stripped bare this summer, not even that should concern Spurs too much.FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic will come up against Rubin, Maribor and Zulte Waregem, while Italian giants Fiorentina face Dnipro, Paços Ferreira and Pandurii. Sevilla and Freiburg could be an interesting match in Group H, while Lyon meet Real Betis in Group I. Here’s the draw in full:Group A: Valencia, Swansea, Kuban, St GallenGroup B: PSV Eindhoven, Dinamo Zagreb, Chornomorets Odesa, Ludogorets Group C: Standard Liège, Salzburg, Elfsborg, EsbjergGroup D: Rubin, Wigan Athletic, Maribor, Zulte WaregemGroup E: Fiorentina, Dnipro, Paços Ferreira, PanduriiGroup F: Bordeaux, APOEL, Eintracht Frankfurt, Maccabi Tel AvivGroup G: Dynamo Kyiv, Genk, Rapid Wien, Thun Group H: Sevilla, Freiburg, Estoril, LiberecGroup I: Lyon, Betis, Guimarães, RijekaGroup J: Lazio, Trabzonspor, Legia, ApollonGroup K: Tottenham, Anzhi Makhachkala, Sheriff, TromsøGroup L: AZ Alkmaar, PAOK, Maccabi Haifa, Shakhter Karagandylast_img read more

Zakkour, Nyaho disagree on origins of Hearts infighting

first_imgTwo titans of Hearts history, Harry Zakkour and Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe agree their club is in crisis, but not on the origins of the current problems.Hearts are now in the relegation zone of the league with just eight matches to go. And even without sacked coach Herbert Addo, the losses keep piling up.Former chairman Zakkour met with some other past executives of the club last week to deliberate on the best way forward for the club and now says the disunity is causing the team points.”The club is not sitting well and we all know and even the board members are not united, we have found out that they are not one and some of them do not even go for meetings,” he told Asempa Sports.”When I was chairman of the team I travelled with them all over the country and even beyond. [Look at] the current board members, how many of them travel with the team to know what exactly is the problem?””I don’t want to see Hearts relegated so I’m pleading with the board members to sit up because we don’t want to see our dear club go down.” In their current situation, Hearts’ next five games do not inspire hope, as they play Hearts of Lions, Edubiase, Kotoko, Liberty and Bechem United.Nyaho’s takeCurrent board member  Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe (above, pictured) also agrees with the sentiment that in-fighting is a mjor problem, but feels people like Harry Zakkour are not helping matters.”Unfortunately, our detractors, rather than being part of the solution, choose to be part of the problem by making pronouncements that crush the team’s morale,” he told Graphic Sports in an interview at the weekend. “What we see is our people who want the team to fail, and, therefore, constantly attack the board and management. This is not healthy,” Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe said.”What the club needs now is to close ranks and support the players, management and board to succeed.The former Hearts chairman is adamant that the team’s current leadership are doing the best they can under the circumstances. “The current board is made up of committed Phobians who meet regularly to find innovative solutions to the challenges facing management and the club as a whole. We provide management with timely directions without interfering with the day-to-day operations.”What we need is the patience to navigate through the challenges,” he said. –Follow Benedict on Twitter: @KwesiBenedict. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtaglast_img read more