With a small margin in Georgia, a recount is inevitable, state officials say.

first_img– Advertisement – – Advertisement – “With a margin that small, there will be a recount in Georgia,” the secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, said on Friday at the state Capitol.He added: “The final tally in Georgia at this point has huge implications for the entire country. The stakes are high and emotions are high on all sides. We will not let those debates distract us from our work. We will get it right, and we will defend the integrity of our elections.”Gabriel Sterling, an official with the secretary of state’s office, said that a pool of about 4,200 ballots — most of them absentee ballots — remained to be tallied in four counties: Floyd, Cobb, Cherokee and Gwinnett, where the largest tranche is to be counted and which contains Atlanta suburban communities that have gone from leaning Republican to leaning Democratic in recent years. The state must also deal with ballots from military and overseas voters, which will be counted if they arrived in the mail before the end of business on Friday and were postmarked by Tuesday.Mr. Sterling said that the unofficial tally of the votes could be completed by the end of the weekend.Flipping Georgia, a state last won by a Democrat in 1992, and where Mr. Trump won by more than 200,000 votes four years ago, would represent a significant political shift this year. The state has shown signs of trending blue, and when Mr. Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the state in 2016, he did so by five percentage points, a far slimmer margin than Republicans had enjoyed in previous presidential elections.- Advertisement – Stacey Abrams, who earlier this year was on the Biden campaign’s short list of potential vice-presidential candidates, was celebrated as Mr. Biden took the lead on Friday, a sign of her remarkable ascent as a power broker since her failed bid for governor of that state in 2018.Celebrities, activists and voters across Georgia credited Ms. Abrams with building a well-funded network of organizations that highlighted voter suppression in the state and inspired an estimated 800,000 residents to register to vote. ATLANTA — The presidential race in Georgia is so close that a recount is inevitable, Georgia’s secretary of state said on Friday.As of Saturday morning, Joseph R. Biden Jr. led President Trump in Georgia by more than 7,000 votes.- Advertisement – Ms. Abrams declined to comment on Friday. But in a tweet, she wrote, “My heart is full” and cited the work of other activists.last_img read more

Skytower unit price cut by $40K in almost complete tallest building

first_imgThe building was “architecturally unique”. Picture: Realestate.com.auMr Christopher said what was happening in Brisbane’s CBD was asking prices had dropped 4.4 per cent over the 12 months while rents were down 0.1 per cent in the same period.“Gross rental yield sits at 5.66 per cent for two bedroom units in postcode 4000 and the current vacancy rate is 5.2 per cent, marginally down from June’s rate of 5.25 per cent.”According to the Realestate.com.au listing, the unit was “only a walk away to QUT”.“This is an ideal investment opportunity to secure a tenant who studies full time. Current median rent for two bedroom apartments in Brisbane city is sitting at $595pw.”When completed in December, the building was expected to be a 274m skyscraper with 90 storeys topped by an infinity pool. The tower is being developed by Sydney firm Billbergia and AMP Capital, and built by Hutchinsons Builders. 1909/222 Margaret Street, Brisbane City Qld 4000. Picture: Realestate.com.au The type of view developers expect to provide in Skytower. Picture: Realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe unit was being marketed at investors targeting upmarket university renters. Picture: Realestate.com.auSQM research head Louis Christopher said this particular unit price had dropped from $520,000 in August to $480,000 now.The reason given for the unit at 1909/222 Margaret Street, Brisbane City being on the market now was “the vendor’s circumstances have changed and they need to sell the apartment”.Mr Christopher said the Skytower building was “considered architecturally a unique and modern design that stands out from the rest”.“The level 19 apartment has one bedroom plus study or second bedroom, 68sq m internal floor space, state of the art finishes and is north facing with fantastic views,” he said.This unit doesn’t have any parking, but does have access to “luxury living with resort style pools, gym, health club and spa”. Common spaces were expected to have breathtaking views. Picture: Realestate.com.aucenter_img Not a bad place to burn some calories. Picture: Realestate.com.au 1909/222 Margaret Street, Brisbane City Qld 4000. Picture: Realestate.com.auEAGLE-EYED buyers can expect to see some major discounts peep through the Brisbane CBD as developers look to clear all stock in massive apartment towers nearing completion.A brand new two bedroom 68sq m unit in Brisbane’s Skytower skyscraper has been slashed in price by $40,000. The building’s settlement date looms before Christmas when buyers who’d put deposits down in 2015 were due to pay up the full price.last_img read more

New Registrar for UWI Open Campus

first_img Share Share EducationLocalNewsTertiary New Registrar for UWI Open Campus by: – September 14, 2011 37 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Karen Ford-Warner.The University of the West Indies is pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs Karen Ford-Warner as Campus Registrar, UWI Open Campus, effective August 15, 2011.Mrs Ford-Warner, who recently served as Open Campus Alumni Relations Consultant, brings to this new post a rich and broad range of expertise and experience both nationally and regionally in the fields of education, law, public sector management and tourism. She holds graduate degrees from Columbia University Teachers’ College (M.A. in International Educational Development), and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (Masters in Public Administration) as well as an LLB Degree from the University of the West Indies and a Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School. Her undergraduate studies were pursued at Harvard University, from which she graduated with a BA (cum laude) in Sociology.For over 17 years she worked in the Tourism Sector serving in various high-level positions. She served as Executive Director of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) in Jamaica and for six years was the Deputy Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) based at its headquarters in Barbados. During a four-year tenure as Director General of the Tourism Division in the Office of the Prime Minister (now the Ministry of Tourism) in Jamaica, she was responsible for overall policy formulation and planning for tourism development, and initiated the process leading to the development of Jamaica’s Tourism Master Plan. From 2005 to 2007, she was Head of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Technology, Jamaica.A certified Mediator, she is also an attorney-at-law and was Chief Legal Counsel for the Jamaica Commodity Trading Company between 1987 and 1993. Prior to that she was acting Publications Officer at the School of Education, UWI, Mona and a teacher of English and History at St Hugh’s High School for Girls, her alma mater.She has been involved in alumni relations for Harvard University as an interviewer and mentor for undergraduate students, and was a member for four years of the Alumni Executive Council of the Kennedy School of Government.Mrs Ford-Warner sits on various boards, including the Earl Warner Trust, a foundation dedicated to the memory of her late husband, Barbadian writer and theatre director, Earl Warner, which encourages progressive Caribbean theatre and provides scholarships for students of the performing arts in the Caribbean.She is the mother of two children, Zahra aged 20 and Djavan aged 17.Press ReleaseUWI Open Campuslast_img read more

AP Source: Broncos decline 5th-year option on Garett Bolles

first_imgAP Source: Broncos decline 5th-year option on Garett Bolles May 1, 2020 Associated Press General manager John Elway didn’t draft an offensive tackle in the NFL draft last week, but he reiterated afterward that the Broncos have thrown open the job of protecting quarterback Drew Lock’s blindside.Elway said last weekend that Elijah Wilkinson and Bolles will vie for the starting job: “The best player is going to play.”Wilkinson was expected to challenge Bolles for the starting job last summer before being pressed into duty on the other side when right tackle Ja’Waun James, who had signed a free agent contract that included $32 million in guarantees, missed most of training camp and the season with a knee injury.The Broncos expect James to be ready whenever the Broncos gather for offseason workouts, something that’s uncertain because of the coronavirus. Although Bolles played better during Lock’s five-game audition to close out the 2019 season, he’s been flagged 46 times in 48 career games. Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Denver Broncos have declined the fifth-year contract option on left tackle Garett Bolles, whose career-long holding habit has alienated fans, a person with knowledge of the decision said Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Broncos weren’t discussing the decision publicly. Bolles will make $3.5 million in 2020. A fifth-year option for Bolles would have been worth about $11 million, guaranteed against injury. Bolles was penalized four times for holding in a 16-14 loss to Chicago last September and needed a police escort as he trudged off the field. Afterward, he suggested officials were picking on him. Suggesting he was the victim in his career-long penalty problem prompted Mark Schlereth, Orlando Franklin and Tyler Polumbus, three former Broncos O-linemen who are now broadcasters, to scold Bolles for either an astonishing lack of self-awareness or a disturbing lack of accountability.And it led Elway, who drafted Bolles over Wisconsin’s Ryan Ramczyk in the first round of the 2017 draft, to ask the coaching staff whether Bolles even knew what constituted holding.Bolles cleaned up his play by season’s end.___last_img read more

Lakers reach deal with Tyler Ennis

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers decided to bolster their backcourt by retaining a player they had liked. They agreed to a one-year minimum deal with Tyler Ennis, according to league sources familiar with the situation. The Lakers also have a team option on his second year.“It feels good to return to the team where I felt the most comfortable,” Ennis said in a phone interview with Southern California News Group. “I have a really good relationship with the coaching staff and the rest of the players. For me, it was a perfect fit. It took longer than expected. But it ended up working out for the best for both me and the Lakers.”The Lakers still have $4.3 million remaining in a “room exception” to finalize their roster. The Lakers had talks with veteran guards Rajon Rondo and Derrick Rose, but they chose New Orleans and Cleveland, respectively, because of anticipated heightened roles on playoff-contending teams. The Lakers had also previously met with veteran guards George Hill and Dion Waiters, only to choose multi-year deals elsewhere.So, the Lakers narrowed on the 22-year-old Ennis, who had encouraged the Lakers last season when he posted a career-high 7.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting and 2.4 assists in 17.8 minutes through 22 games following a mid-season trade from Houston. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I knew where I wanted to be from day one of free agency,” said Ennis, who said he fielded some interest from other teams. “My agent and the Lakers front office have been in contact basically from the time the season ended until now. It’s a matter of certain situations and direction they wanted to go and if they wanted an older guy or a younger guy and the way they wanted to play. It ended up working out for both of us.”Ennis will primarily play at the backup point guard spot behind rookie Lonzo Ball after fulfilling a similar job description last season behind D’Angelo Russell.Still, Ennis envisioned scenarios where he and Ball could play various positions at the backcourt, including alongside each other, to maximize the team’s versatility. The Lakers backcourt will also feature Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jordan Clarkson and Josh Hart.“With the way the league is going now, the more playmakers you have on the court at the same time is perfect,” Ennis said. “Just being able to have one of us on or both of us at certain times. It’s only going to help the team score the basketball. To have the young talent we have and two guys that can make plays for others, we’ll have some good scoring nights.”Ennis joined the many Lakers observers impressed with Ball’s play, saying “he obviously has talent already.” Ennis also praised Ball for his quick study on how to adapt to the NBA. Still, Ennis could serve as a mentorship role because of his relative experience in Phoenix (2014-15), Milwaukee (2014-16), Houston (2016-17) and the Lakers (2017-current). While Ennis said he’s open to “definitely helping out,” he anticipated a minimal learning curve because of his familiarity with Lakers coach Luke Walton.center_img “Luke knows what I can do, so I don’t have to go into a new situation and prove myself all over again, which I had to do a couple of times in my career,” Ennis said. “Just being able to know the coach has confidence in me and seeing what I can do for half a season and being able to build on it and going into training camp knowing how the guys play and the way he wants me to play.”Because of that, Ennis sounded optimistic he can finally build some stability his short NBA career.“Very similar to what I did at the end, I’ll come off the bench with energy and change the game and get guys involved and scoring when need be,” Ennis said. “I’m able to play fast, play slow and adjust to the way the game is going and the way we want to play. Anything is possible from there. I never really had the opportunity to head into a season knowing I’m going to get playing time. This is something I’ll be more confident and comfortable out there.”The Lakers also had considered free-agent guard Ian Clark after averaging a career-high 6.8 points while shooting 48.7 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from 3-point range last season with Golden State. But the Lakers are not expected to pursue him further. They have other shooting guard options in Caldwell-Pope, Clarkson and Hart.The Lakers have 14 players under contract for their regular-season roster, which is the maximum number of players they can carry for the regular season. But the Lakers also can sign another player to a two-way contract after recently doing that for guard Alex Caruso. Lakers rookie center Thomas Bryant could be a candidate for a two-way contract, which would allow a player to spend up to 45 days with an NBA team and the remaining time with its G-League affiliate. The Lakers and South Bay Lakers would split the costs on the player, depending on how long he is with each organization.The Lakers can have up to 20 players on their roster to open training camp.last_img read more

Guyana Goldfield’s workers strike

first_imgAurora Goldmines…union says workers want representation…company denies unlawfully hindering unionisationMatters have come to a head at Aurora Goldmines (AGM), owned by Guyana Goldfields, where reports have emerged of some workers going on strike over grievances related to their unionisation and severance payments.According to a source, workers at Aurora Goldmines were even threatened with having their Wi-Fi – vital to ensure they can communicate from their Cuyuni/Mazaruni location to the coast— cut off.When contacted by this newspaper, Guyana Goldfields Human Resource Manager Peter Benny denied that the company turned off the Wi-Fi to isolate workers, claiming that there are times when technical difficulties may cause them to prioritise business links over worker’s personal communication links.The human resource manager also confirmed that while there was a strike, it did not spread through the entire Aurora Goldmines operations but rather, only a part. Asked if the strike had to do with STRACON— which signed an open-pit agreement with Goldfields last year— Benny insisted that the contractor was performing.“The STRACON contractors are performing their duties,” Benny said when contacted on Tuesday morning. “There’s been a crew from the AGM who had a stand down to discuss issues that were affecting them”.According to Benny, workers have been known to call meetings among themselves to discuss grievances. Asked what issues the company has with paying severance, Benny denied that there were any.“We pay severance to all employees who are severed. All employees. There’s never a problem paying severance. Persons laid off are paid severance and redundancy, in keeping with the law,” Benny said.In a similar fashion, Benny denied that the company is deliberately hindering the process for its workers. But he noted that while the National Mining Workers Union (NMWU) is only seeking to represent workers at Buckhall, Benny stressed that the union needs to get the required percentage of support from workers drawn from its entire operation.“You can’t try to recognise a small scope of workers. The law requires that you seek to have the membership, 41 per cent of the bargaining unit. Not a part of the bargaining unit,” Benny continued.Benny was asked why the union’s President, Mining Advocate Sherwyn Downer, was not being allowed to meet workers and seek their support. Benny admitted that while the company was not averse to Downer meeting workers, it has to be off-site. He advised that an off-site meeting with works be sought by Downer.WorkersThis publication spoke to several workers attached to the Aurora site where a picture that differed from the Human Resource Manager was painted. According to one worker who works with the blasting (explosives) crew, workers have several grievances against the company.“We have a situation where there is a merger. They told us in April that we’re merging. April gone, May gone, they put a deadline to July 1 that the merger would happen and we would be paid off severance. Now when the 1st reach, we call the manager and the manager said he wasn’t aware of that and we have to go back to work,” the worker said.“We said we’re not going back to work, this has to be solved. We told them the situation is very tense. This is very disrespectful to us. The manager is saying he doesn’t know this, he doesn’t know that… now, there are about 300 workers on the ground stand down,” the employee, who spoke under the condition of anonymity, said. He added that the mills, part of the AGM operation, also stood down with them.UnionMeanwhile, President of the NWMU, Sherwyn Downer, confirmed that he is in receipt of the workers’ complaints and has been apprised of the situation at the mining camp. According to Downer, he stands ready to work to ensure a solution and noted that he will be making contact with the company and the Labour Department to facilitate a trip. Later, he noted that when he contacted the Social Protection Ministry, he was told that workers wanted to meet with the ministry and not the union, at odds with media reports.“NMWU is concerned for the welfare and safety of Guyanese workers at Guyana Goldfield….and urges the Guyana Government to intervene on behalf of Goldfield Inc. employee in the absence of a union and restore or raise the bar of confidence in the Department of Labour and Social Protection Ministry,” Downer subsequently said in a statement.last_img read more