Pennsylvania: Biden chips away at Trump’s lead with votes still left to tally.

first_imgWinning Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes would clinch the election for Mr. Biden, who used his Scranton roots in an appeal to win back the once-blue state that broke for Mr. Trump in 2016. Mr. Trump has aggressively challenged voting procedures in the state and is suing to halt the counting of ballots that were cast before the deadline, among other legal challenges.- Advertisement – City election officials have not provided an update as to when they will finish counting ballots, but the collar counties around Philadelphia, including Bucks County and Montgomery County, are getting closer to a full count.Workers spent the night tallying a backlog of more than one million absentee and mail-in votes, and state officials said they expected a clearer picture to emerge with the release of more results. Mr. Biden trailed Mr. Trump by about 115,000 votes as of 12:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday. PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania Democrats are growing increasingly confident that when all the votes are counted, Joseph R. Biden Jr. will have a significant lead of more than 100,000 votes. At a news conference Thursday morning in Philadelphia, Sharif Street, a state senator and vice chair of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party, said that the party thinks Mr. Biden could win by as much as 190,000 votes in the state, driven in large part by the number of votes still being counted in Philadelphia. – Advertisement – Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, condemned the legal maneuvers.“Our election officials at the state and local level should be free to do their jobs without intimidation or attacks,” Mr. Wolf said in a statement. “These attempts to subvert the democratic process are disgraceful.”Mr. Biden is expected to gain significant ground in Philadelphia and its suburbs, where vote counters were working around the clock to sort through hundreds of thousands of uncounted votes. A number of ballots also remain in more conservative counties, giving the Trump campaign hope.- Advertisement – If the race comes down to the wire, the fate of thousands of provisional ballots set to be counted next week might also be in play. Many voters who requested mail-in ballots but decided to vote in person instead and did not bring their mail ballots with them to be “spoiled,” or rendered unusable, were given provisional ballots, said Bethany Hallam, a member of the elections board of Allegheny County. At least one Republican lawsuit was filed to throw out certain provisional ballots, and Ms. Hallam expects more are coming.Mr. Trump “sent his entire legal team to Pennsylvania to try to invalidate legal votes in whatever way possible,” Ms. Hallam said. On Thursday, the Trump campaign held a brief news conference outside the Convention Center, celebrating a court order that allowed for their observers to more closely watch the ballot counting in Philadelphia. City officials quickly filed an appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which resulted in a brief pause in the count in Philadelphia. But it was quickly resumed. The state Supreme Court has not issued a decision as to whether they would accept or deny the appeal. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Bolt arrives in Australia on football quest

first_img0Shares0000The eight-time Olympic champion and the fastest man on earth admitted to being nervous about what lay ahead © AFP/File / Saeed KHANSYDNEY, Australia, Aug 18 – Usain Bolt says he’s deadly serious about becoming a professional footballer and plans to show the world what he’s capable of after arriving in Australia Saturday for a trial stint with an A-League club.The superstar athlete has been given the chance to prove his worth by the Central Coast Mariners, who have agreed to let him train with the team indefinitely in his pursuit of a playing contract. They hope to turn him into A-League material in time for the start of the 2018/19 season in late October.Bolt, wearing a Mariners scarf, was met by a media scrum at Sydney airport and said he would push himself hard to make the grade.“I always put my best foot forward and I’m going to show the world what I’m made of,” he said.“This is real,” added the 31-year-old when asked if it was simply a stunt.“I’ve said since my last season of track and field that I want to play football and I know what I can do.“I’m grateful to the Mariners for giving me the opportunity and am happy to call Australia home for now.”Fans and a media scrum were waiting for Bolt at Sydney airport © AFP/File / Saeed KHANBolt has already tried out with teams in Germany, Norway and South Africa, to no avail, since retiring from athletics last year.Despite being an eight-time Olympic champion and the fastest man on earth, he admitted to being nervous about what lay ahead in the small town of Gosford, 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of Sydney, where the club is based.“Nerves will always be there, but I’m more excited than anything else,” said the Jamaican, who is set to have his first training session on Tuesday.Mariners chief executive Shaun Mielekamp has made clear Bolt won’t be getting any special treatment, although extra security guards will be on hand and club training sessions moved to a larger venue to accommodate the legions of fans who are expected to turn up to get a glimpse of Bolt.“The one thing we’ve been really firm on is that Usain, while trialling for a contract, be treated the same as any player,” Mielekamp said this week.“Obviously, we understand the realities of having somebody of his profile. But (when it comes to football) there will be no advantages.“And that’s what Bolt wants — this is about his football journey. He’s coming here for the right reasons.”Bolt dominated sprinting since taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He went on to win a further six Olympic golds and pick up 11 world titles.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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RECEIVER PUTS TOP DONEGAL HOTEL UP FOR SALE FOR €1.5MILLION

first_imgRECEIVERS today put one of Donegal’s iconic hotels up for sale for a bargain €1.5MILLION, donegaldaily.com can reveal.Shandon Hotel at Marble Hill Strand, Port na Blagh, had a receiver appointed by the Bank of Ireland in February. He is Aiden Murphy of Horwath Bastow Charleton.Today Mr Murphy instructed Letterkenny-based estate agent Dermot Rainey of Sherry FitzGerald Rainey to sell the premises. The hotel was owned by well-known business couple Dermot and Catherine McGlade before Bank of Ireland took its legal action.The couple had added a spa centre to the facility which is very popular with tourists from the North.The hotel’s top quality restaurant and bar are also popular with people staying in the large number of caravan parks and holiday homes in the area.The complex – which includes a golf course – was once thought to be worth more than €6 million. Today the estate agent put the hotel on the open market – for a quarter of that price.Local people we spoke to in Port Na Blagh this morning were shocked by the move.“We knew the hotel was in trouble because of the receiver, but we all hoped the McGlades would somehow get it back,” said one local man.“It is very sad for them. They put their whole lives into that hotel and it is an important part of the community here.“Hopefully now there will be new owners and the hotel can continue to operate. It’s important for jobs in the area.” News of the sale breaks on the same day as the new Donegal Mayor Noel McBride – from nearby Carrigart – spoke of his hope that the county could begin to realise its full potential as a tourist destination.The hotel has 71 bedrooms, a self contained spa incorporating Hydro Vitality Pool and full range of treatment facilities, kids playhouse and activity centre, 9 Hole Pitch & Putt Course, new Leisure Centre/Gym with 17.5m Swimming Pool, spacious restaurant, McGlades Bar & Bistro and a residents lounge.Further details were posted on estate agent’s website www.sfr.ie today – the contact is Dermot Rainey on 074 912 2211 or by email [email protected] today, after the story appeared on donegaldaily.com, Mr Rainey revealed: “It’s a fine property with a lot going for it. The phone is already ringing from people who are interested.” RECEIVER PUTS TOP DONEGAL HOTEL UP FOR SALE FOR €1.5MILLION was last modified: June 30th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Bank of IrelandDermot and Catherine McGladeDermot RaineyDonegal hotel receivershipPort na Blaghshandon hotellast_img read more

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