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

Man arrested for ‘acts of lasciviousness’

first_imgThe court recommended a P36,000 bail bond for his temporary liberty./PN BACOLOD City – Charged with acts of lasciviousness, a man was arrested in Barangay Buenavista, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental. The suspect was detained in the custodial facility of the Himamaylan City police station. Police officers served the warrant issued by Judge Walter Zorilla of the Regional Trial Court Branch 55 in Himamaylan City. Resident Emmanuel Cadelina, 55, was caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 9:30 a.m. on June 2, a police report showed.last_img read more

Mane strike sends Saints second

first_imgSouthampton’s incredible start to the season continued against Stoke as Sadio Mane’s strike propelled them back to second in the Barclays Premier League. Press Association In truth, had it not been for poor finishing, Ronald Koeman’s men would have won by a much grander scoreline. The Potters struggled to contain the attacking triumvirate of Mane, Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic, with the latter setting up Morgan Schneiderlin to rattle the crossbar. Saints were denied by the goal-frame again soon after when a Pelle strike came back off the post, although Mane superbly turned home the rebound – the summer signing’s first goal for the club, having seen last week’s eighth against Sunderland harshly stripped off him. Pelle saw a header come off the bar early in a much tighter second half, in which English football’s tightest defence held out for another clean sheet against a Stoke side they will face again in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday. Koeman’s men will travel to the Potteries buoyed by another victory – a result which had looked likely from the outset. Mane was the only change to the side that faced Sunderland and made a lively start, with Pelle just unable to turn home his cross-shot at the far post. Steven Davis also had an effort as Saints looked to make an early breakthrough, but it was far from one-way traffic and Fraser Forster was relieved to see a sloppy clearance deflect wide off Steven Nzonzi. Former Southampton striker Peter Crouch directed over the Frenchman’s cross as the visitors continued to press, with Victor Moses showing good skill to wriggle past several defenders before being crowded out. At the other end, Saints’ own African winger was causing havoc, with Mane giving Phil Bardsley a torrid time. Pelle could only direct into the side-netting when the Senegal international beat the right-back to the byline, although he made amends by denying Mane a goalscoring opportunity after the Italy international shot wide under pressure. Tadic’s fine pass set up that chance on what was proving another impressive display for Saints, which he would have capped with another goal was it not for a fine, low save by Asmir Begovic. The Serbian, fresh from providing a record-equalling four assists last week, then laid off for Schneiderlin, who rattled the crossbar from the edge of the box as Saints looked for an opener which arrived in the 33rd minute. Pelle saw an impressive swivelled shot come back off the post, but Mane did brilliantly to fire home the rebound off the underside of the bar Try as they might, Saints were unable to find a second before half-time, from which they returned strongly as Pelle again hit the woodwork with a powerful header from a Tadic cross. Mark Hughes brought on Mame Biram Diouf for Charlie Adam in a bid to alter the dimension of the game and, while it forced Saints into more mistakes, they were struggling to create clear-cut chances. The hosts, too, were also now struggling to break down their opponents, although were still managing to get the odd shot away. Playmaker Tadic shook off a back complaint to swivel in the box and roll an effort wide in the 66th minute, before turning provider with a corner which Pelle could only direct across the face of goal. It was another wasted opportunity, leaving the hosts susceptible to a late Stoke comeback. Diouf’s introduction had given City more of an attacking threat and, after having penalty appeals waved away, he came close to latching onto a raking Bardsley cross. It was a let-off Saints were thankful for. Defending in numbers during the closing stages, they breathed a deep sigh of relief when substitute Marko Arnautovic struck wide in stoppage time as they held out for another win. It was never going to be a repeat of the 8-0 annihilation dished out to Sunderland, but another fine team display saw Saints celebrating a fourth consecutive win at St Mary’s. Mane’s first-half strike proved the difference as Stoke were seen off 1-0, making this a better start than the 1983/84 season when Southampton finished the campaign second. last_img read more

BCB selects strong Under-19 team

first_imgAFTER a series of training sessions, the Berbice Cricket Board has named its 14-man squad to compete in the upcoming Guyana Cricket Board/Hand-in-Hand Insurance Company Under-19 cricket competitions, scheduled to start on May 17.Chairman of junior selectors Leslie Solomon, indicated through a press release that he is pleased at the level of commitment displayed by the players’ throughput the training sessions, and is optimistic that the team can win both the 50-over and three-day formats this year.Acting president of the Berbice Cricket Board, Dhieranidranauth Somwaru, told the players after their practice session on Sunday to continue the hard work, as they aim to make the national squad.He is optimistic that with the approach of the new administration, Berbice cricket at all levels will continue to rise.“The coaches are working hard, and beyond the call of duty, at all levels to ensure that the junior players are prepared and ready for the challenges ahead,” Somwaru said.The team will continue to be trained at the Port Mourant Community Centre.The full team reads: Adrian Sukwah, Steve Deonarine, Matthew Hardyal, Daniel Samaroo, Emmanuel Seecharran, Sylus Tyndall, Raymond Vanker ic, Deon Sinclair, Kevin Sinclair, Sasenarine Sukhoo, Javid Karim, Karan Arjpaul, Keith Simpson and Veramootoo Senwasane.The reserves players are: Ezekiel Kempadoo, Joshua Harrichand, Zameer Inshaan Nazeer, Antonio February, Trevon Caesar, Junior Williams and Kris Ramnarine.last_img read more