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first_imgFor all of his complaints, Mr. Trump has only himself and his own party to blame for the delayed vote count in a number of states.State and local Republican officials refused to let localities tally mail-in votes before Tuesday in some states. And because of Mr. Trump’s monthslong attacks on mail ballots, more Democrats than Republicans voted in that fashion, which has allowed Mr. Biden to pick up the bulk of the votes arriving in the mail. Hours later, in a stunning news conference, Mr. Trump lied about the vote-counting underway in several states, conjuring up a conspiracy of “legal” and “illegal” ballots being tabulated and claiming without evidence that states were trying to deny him re-election.“They’re trying to steal an election, they’re trying to rig an election,” the president said from the White House briefing room. He also baselessly suggested nefarious behavior in Philadelphia and Detroit, cities that he called “two of the most corrupt political places.”Mr. Trump’s remarks, mostly read off notes, were at times more valedictory than defiant. Far from insisting that he would stay in power, he used much of his appearance to complain about pre-election polls, demonize the news media and try to put the best face on Tuesday’s results, trumpeting his party’s congressional gains. He did not take questions from reporters.- Advertisement – He urged calm and emphasized that “each ballot must be counted.”- Advertisement – Mr. Biden’s advantage in Arizona, a state The Associated Press has already called for the former vice president, narrowed as thousands of votes were tabulated. But in Georgia and Pennsylvania, Mr. Trump saw his early advantage dwindle as mail-in ballots were counted.Until Mr. Trump’s remarks on Thursday night, he had not appeared in public since he used a middle-of-the-night appearance Wednesday to insist he had already won. But he has posted angry Twitter messages, and he continued to do so Thursday.“All of the recent Biden claimed States will be legally challenged by us for Voter Fraud and State Election Fraud,” he said in one message, without elaborating on what precisely that would involve. “STOP THE COUNT!” he exclaimed in another tweet.Rebuking the president, Twitter labeled some of the messages “disputed” and said they “might be misleading about an election or other civic process.”In any event, stopping the count now would only ensure that Mr. Biden wins the presidency, because he is leading in Arizona and Nevada — states that together would give him 270 electoral votes.The presidential contest was not the only tight race drawing attention. A key Georgia Senate race that could decide the majority in the chamber grew even closer as Senator David Perdue, a Republican, saw his vote share slip under 50 percent in his race against Jon Ossoff, a Democrat. If neither wins a majority, the race would head to a January runoff, setting up the prospect of a hotly contested battle for two Senate seats in Georgia. A runoff is already planned in the special election for the state’s other seat. Joseph R. Biden Jr. gained ground in Pennsylvania, Nevada and Georgia on Thursday as the slow-moving vote count in those contested battleground states moved him closer to capturing an electoral majority and defeating President Trump.As an anxious country waited to learn the winner, the two candidates emerged toward day’s end to make remarks that were dramatically different in tone and content.- Advertisement – Georgia’s Republican Party has said it plans to bring up to a dozen lawsuits in the state.In Arizona, Mr. Biden’s lead was down to about 46,000 votes, significantly less than it was on election night. There are several hundred thousand ballots left to count, with many coming from Phoenix’s Maricopa County, which was expected to release an update on Thursday evening.Adrian Fontes, the Democrat who oversees elections in Maricopa County, home to Phoenix, said that officials would continue to release updates daily at 7 p.m. Eastern, including over the weekend.“We’re plugging along and making it happen,” Mr. Fontes said. The vote count in Maricopa has grown tense, however, since several armed protesters showed up at the county office Wednesday night. On Thursday afternoon, about 200 supporters of Mr. Trump also gathered in front of the headquarters of the Arizona Republican Party after a protest earlier in the day involving about 50 Trump supporters dissipated in front of City Hall in Phoenix.Some in the crowd held signs reading “Don’t Steal Elections,” “Shame on Fox News” and “Recall Fontes.” (Fox News called Arizona for Mr. Biden on Tuesday night, inflaming Trump supporters.)Mr. Biden led by just over 11,000 votes in Nevada, but local officials in Las Vegas announced Thursday that 51,000 ballots from Clark County there were being tallied and would be announced Friday. Mr. Biden was winning the county by about eight percentage points. If he wins the bulk of the new votes, it would make it almost impossible for Mr. Trump to take the state, because about 70 percent of Nevada’s voters live in Clark County. In a brief appearance before reporters in Wilmington, Del., Mr. Biden said he remained confident that he would ultimately prevail but did not lay claim to the White House.“Democracy’s sometimes messy,” said Mr. Biden, who remained ahead in Arizona Thursday night but lost some ground there. “It sometimes requires a little patience as well. But that patience has been rewarded now for more than 240 years with a system of governance that’s been the envy of the world.” For its part, publicly and privately, the Biden campaign spent much of Thursday trying to tamp down expectations about the certainty of results in individual states, even as his supporters were on edge when the margins turned out to be far closer than many had expected.In a briefing with reporters, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, Mr. Biden’s campaign manager, acknowledged that his leads in Arizona and Nevada might tighten or otherwise fluctuate. It was a departure from her position the day earlier when she referred to a “historic victory in a place like Arizona,” though she still expressed optimism about victories in both states.“We do expect, similar to Nevada, that some of the margin will continue to close today,” she said of Arizona, a state she has focused on for months. “The story of Arizona is one where Joe Biden is going to win, but it’s going to take us time and patience as we go through the counting.”“The story of today,” she said at another point, “is going to be a very positive story for the vice president, but also one where folks are going to need to stay patient and stay calm.”Reporting was contributed by Catie Edmondson in Washington, Nick Corasaniti in Philadelphia, Richard Fausset in Atlanta, and Jennifer Medina and Simon Romero in Phoenix. In his speech, Mr. Trump expressed no concern about the protracted vote count in Arizona, a state where he has been cutting into Mr. Biden’s lead as more ballots are tabulated.Republican leaders offered no immediate response to Mr. Trump’s remarks, but a small group of maverick lawmakers in the party denounced his comments, seeking to reassure voters that there was no reason to believe the integrity of the election had been undermined.Representative Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois and a frequent critic of Mr. Trump, offered the sharpest rebuke, saying “this is getting insane” and demanding that the president stop “spreading debunked misinformation.”Larry Hogan, the Republican governor of Maryland, wrote, “There is no defense for the President’s comments tonight undermining our Democratic process.”Yet there were also Republican lawmakers who rushed to Mr. Trump’s defense, siding with him in falsely asserting that the vote counting was illegal and Democrats were trying to cheat. “Radical Dems tried to do away with law and order and are now trying to do away with law and order at the ballot box,” wrote Representative Roger Williams of Texas.center_img Updated Nov. 5, 2020, 8:30 p.m. ET On Thursday, an array of Mr. Trump’s political surrogates fanned out to some of the contested states to rally his supporters. And the president’s lawyers filed lawsuits in several states questioning the integrity of the vote count in hopes of slowing down the process. With the counting proceeding slowly in the West, much of the focus on Thursday fell on Pennsylvania, where a victory would deliver Mr. Biden the presidency no matter the results in the other states, the top election official in the state said on Thursday evening that counties were “still counting” and did not offer any timetable for when the tally would be complete.Mr. Trump’s lead in the state was shrinking as mail-in ballots were counted in the heavily Democratic cities and suburbs.The two parties held dueling news conferences in Philadelphia early in the day, with Mr. Trump’s supporters insisting his lead would hold statewide and the city’s Democrats, led by former Representative Robert A. Brady, unveiling an analysis of the remaining vote count that concluded Mr. Biden would win Pennsylvania convincingly.In Georgia, the counting of ballots in numerous counties continued to erode Mr. Trump’s advantage in the traditionally Republican state: By Thursday night, he was leading by about 2,500 votes out of nearly five million cast.Tens of thousands of ballots remained to be counted in the state late in the day, including many in Chatham County, a Democratic-leaning county along the Georgia coast that is home to Savannah, and many thousands more from Atlanta-area counties that also lean Democratic. He suffered two legal setbacks on Thursday when judges in Georgia and Michigan ruled against his campaign. But Mr. Trump notched a minor victory in Pennsylvania when a state appellate court acceded to its request to force Philadelphia election officials to grant its election observers better access to areas where workers are counting ballots. With the world watching to see if one of the most unusual presidencies in the country’s history was coming to an end, America’s patchwork of electoral laws created a confusing and angst-inducing day for both parties, to say nothing of millions of Americans eager for the campaign’s conclusion. As part of the effort to sow doubt on the state’s election, Mr. Trump’s Nevada state director sent a letter to supporters on Thursday asking them “to go on camera/on the record with the issues they faced voting this election” to “expose issues we are seeing at polling locations/clerks offices.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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first_img9.30 – 11.15 Tourist destinations – Management. marketing and branding, Patricia Yates (Visit Britain), Maja Pak (Slovenian Tourist Board), Filipa Maria Cardoso (Turismo de Portugal), Kristjan Staničić (Croatian National Tourist Board); (hotel Bellevue)11.15 – 11.30 Pause11.30 – 12.00 Sustainable tourism for sustainable destination development, Hrvoje Carić, Institute for Tourism; (hotel Bellevue)12.00 – 13.30 Meeting of tourism workers with representatives of the Government of the Republic of Croatia – Round table on the development of Croatian tourism; (hotel Bellevue)13.30 – 15.00 Lunch; (hotel Bellevue)15.00 – 18.00 Meetings, workshops and thematic presentations; (hotel Bellevue)20.05 – 21.15 Ceremonial awarding of the annual Croatian tourist awards – Top 10 of Croatian tourism; HRT1 transmission21.15 – Dinner; (hotel Bellevue)See the accompanying program, as well as other useful information here  15.00 – 16.30 Croatian Tourism Forum: Trends and forecasts: what awaits the travel industry ?, Vitalij Vladykin, Euromonitor; (hotel Bellevue)16.30 – 17.15 Performance analysis of the Croatian hotel sector 2000-2016 Emanuel Tutek, Horwath HTL; (hotel Bellevue)17.30 – 19.45 ESF – Establishment of regional centers of competence in tourism; (Hotel Alhambra; Hotel Bellevue)20.00 – 21.30 Opening ceremony of DHT2017, awarding of the annual Croatian tourist awards21.30 – Welcome cocktail; (hotel Bellevue) https://hrturizam.hr/kolumne/ Thursday, October 26th Days of Croatian tourism represent the largest gathering of tourist workers in Croatia, which gathers between 1500 and 2000 participants.In a multi-day work – professional lectures, presentations and working meetings, a traditional meeting of tourism workers with members of the Government of the Republic of Croatia is planned and a public award ceremony for individuals, representatives of the tourism industry and the best destinations. As this is the most important annual event of this type in Croatia, the ceremonial awarding of tourist prizes is planned with television coverage of the same.The organizers of the conference are the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, the Croatian National Tourist Board and the Croatian Chamber of Commerce.A special feature of this DHT will be a special boat that will be in front of the Bellevue Hotel where Slavonia will be presented as a destination, and I definitely invite you to experience the charms of Slavonia on Lošinj and learn part of the tourist offer of Slavonia. See the full program hereWednesday, October 25thlast_img read more

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first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs awarded more than $59,000 to 13 communities and organizations for quality of place initiatives through the Quick Impact Placebased Grant.This is the second year for the competitive matching grant program designed to fund placemaking and transformational projects that spark community-wide conversations and creativity.“This grant rewards creativity, ingenuity and collaboration with the end result leaving a lasting impression on communities and the Hoosiers who live there for years to come,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA. “These projects will help build stronger communities and enhance the distinctive character of local Indiana places for positive outcomes.The 13 projects that received grants were selected from the 38 submitted applications and will receive grant funds ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.For more information, visit www.in.gov/ocra/quipgrant.htm.Project summaries are provided below:Artlink Contemporary GalleriesCity of Ft. Wayne, amount awarded: $2,500This grant will create an immersive, narrative sound installation comprised of Myaamiaki voices in Little Turtle Memorial Park. Visitors will be able to hear the stores of the Myaamiaki tribe through a mobile app as they walk through park.Arts Council of Southwest IndianaEvansville, amount awarded: $5,000This grant will commission and install a gateway sculpture titled “The Marker” on Main Street in downtown Evansville by local artist, Amy Musia. The marker is an oversized stainless steel sphere with a mirror finish fashioned to look like an oversized pin, as if marking the location as a destination.Big Car CollaborativeIndianapolis, amount awarded: $5,000This grant will fund the Indy Bee Sanctuary which combines public art, urban agriculture and beekeeping. Two beehives will be a part of an open-air structure in Garfield Park, providing education on the interdependency on bees and humans, as well as a public space to relax.City of DelphiAmount awarded: $5,000This will fund the Gateway Project, which will repurpose parts of the salvaged Hamilton Street Bridge and create a new entrance archway for Delphi’s Trailhead Park and the access point to extensive local trails.City of LawrenceburgAmount awarded: $4,800This grant will fund the purchase of two permanent chess/checkers tables for Newton Park in downtown Lawrenceburg.City of MadisonAmount awarded: $5,000This project will allow local artists’ artwork to be displayed on streetlight banners throughout the Historic Arts & Cultural district in Madison.City of NoblesvilleAmount awarded: $5,000This project will create a walkable, holiday light display featuring local, vintage holiday decorations at Seminary Park adjacent to downtown Noblesville.City of RushvilleAmount awarded: $5,000This project will help create a “Fun Mobile” trailer that will be filled with not only transport games and other special event materials, but also transforms into a mobile concession stand.Preservation Society of Union City Union City, amount awarded: $5,000This grant will fund two local artists, Selina Burk and Phil Wood, to paint a mural depicting the Step Van trucks on The Art Hub building facing the alley between Columbia and Howard Streets in Union City.Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce FoundationAmount awarded: $4,995This project will fund the creation of eight custom bike racks throughout downtown Terre Haute for Indiana State University’s bike share program, with art panels detailing the city as the official birthplace of the Coca-Cola Bottle.Town of CulverAmount awarded: $2,500This project will purchase games and family activities to be used for Main Street block party events. These portable games include: a bubble machine, giant Uno, Connect 4, yard dice, checkers board, dominos, cornhole boards, foot darts and a spikeball set.Town of HebronAmount awarded: $5,000This project will construct a shaded sail-like pavilion in Novreske Park.  The applicant will also install sidewalks and picnic tables to create a shaded seating space for all who visit.Town of Highland Redevelopment CommissionAmount awarded: $5,000This project will expand the Sculpture and Art Walk by hiring local artists and students from Highland High School to create three murals. These murals will be installed on buildings located within the Highland Downtown Arts District.last_img read more

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first_imgFormer double-winning Arsenal captain Tony Adams has blasted the club’s decision to appoint Sir Chips Keswick as chairman and believes he would have been better positioned to take the role. Adams, who won four league titles and three FA Cups during a 19-year career with the Gunners, believes the club were wrong to replace outgoing chairman Peter Hill-Wood with Keswick. Hill-Wood spent over three decades as chairman but the 77-year-old stepped down due to health reasons and Adams feels the wrong successor was appointed. “Chips is a great guy but not a very imaginative choice by the owner – and he is 73,” Adams told The Sun. Press Associationcenter_img “If they just wanted a figurehead, they should have gone for me. “It would have been a better visionary decision than Chips. “They should be lining up the new manager. Chief executive Ivan Gazidis is in a tricky situation and could do with some help.” The 46-year-old Adams retired from football in 2002 with many expecting the former centre-back, who collected 66 England caps during his career, to make a successful transition into management but largely unsuccessful spells at Portsmouth and Azerbaijan outfit Gabala followed. Wenger is credited by many with extending Adams’ playing career at the top level but the Frenchman has not guided Arsenal to any silverware in the last eight seasons and Adams reckons they are still a long way off achieving such goals. “It’s time that Arsenal won something again, even the FA Cup or League Cup. But I can’t see it, to be honest,” he added. “They are still not good enough in certain areas of the team. And they are miles off the title.” last_img read more

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first_imgMesut Ozil has complete trust Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger can help make him a better player. Press Association Wenger, however, retains complete faith in the £42.5million midfielder, who is in no doubt he is at the right club and under the right manager to move his game forwards. Speaking to Esquire magazine, Ozil said: “He (Wenger) knows what he wants and I know he can bring me a step forward; he trusts me in that way and I trust him, completely. “For a team, it (a trophy) is the biggest thing to get and we got it (last season with the FA Cup), but as a player, there are other things – being the best player in the world, other cups, the Champions League. “For now, I am not making any plans for after my career. I am just really happy to be here.” Ozil will not let the constant debate over his consistency cloud his focus. The 26-year-old added: “I have been in this business so long now, I have been a professional since I was 16, 17. “I don’t care what the press thinks about me as football changes from day to day. “You can play well one day and badly the next. I’m used to it.” The Gunners’ club-record signing is currently recovering from a knee injury suffered at the start of October, and is not expected to feature again until early 2015. Ozil, who helped Germany win the World Cup last summer, has often been criticised for perceived inconsistent displays, with questions raised over whether the former Real Madrid playmaker could cope under the physical demands of the Barclays Premier League. Arsenal will resume their Premier League campaign on Saturday at home to Manchester United. The Gunners are down in sixth place and in need of a response having lost 2-1 at Swansea before the international break, which followed on from the draw against Anderlecht in the Champions League when they threw away a 3-0 advantage. England manager Roy Hodgson has allayed fears over the fitness of Danny Welbeck. The Arsenal forward, signed on deadline day from United, was substituted during the second half of the friendly against Scotland in Glasgow, but only as a precaution after a “slight stiffness” in his hamstring. Welbeck has scored five times in 12 appearances for the Gunners. Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta believes the 23-year-old can continue to grow in his new surroundings. “Danny is the perfect fit for us, [with] the kind of character he is and the kind of player he is,” Arteta said on Arsenal Player. “Personally I have been surprised by his technical capacity, the way he understands the game, his work rate. “I rate him more now than I used to and this is a good sign because normally the opposite is true when you watch a player on a daily basis. I’m glad he is with us. “He has got everything here to become one of the best strikers in the Premier League.” last_img read more

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first_img Podolski is expected to complete the formalities of his move over the weekend, and is said to have agreed to a pay-cut to help facilitate the move. “I expect so much from this adventure,” the Germany international said at the airport. “I spoke to (Roberto) Mancini and think he is a great coach. He wanted me and I am happy to be here. “I know Serie A, it’s a very competitive League. I want to help the team get into the Champions League. “Forza Inter – we hope to have a great season.” The 29-year-old had become frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities with the Gunners, and will now look to further his career in Serie A. Inter, whose initial interest was described as a “joke” by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, posted photos on their official Twitter feed of Podolski’s arrival, where he was greeted by the club’s fans and quickly draped in their blue-and-black scarf. Press Associationcenter_img Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has arrived in Italy ahead of a proposed loan move to Inter Milan. last_img read more

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first_imgA total of 6 inches of rain flooded areas near the airport since midnight so expect traffic delays.  Roads are slick from the overnight rain, so drivers should be aware and careful driving this morning.Massive flash flooding at Fort Lauderdale Airport #ClimateCrisis pic.twitter.com/6XjkWAemV0— Jeff DeLuca (@Jeff_DeLuca) December 23, 2019 The National Weather Service issued a “Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory” for North Miami-Dade and South Broward County. Some locations experiencing flooding include… Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Hallandale, Aventura and Dania Beach.The flash flood caused the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport to close for a few hours and cancel flights.Airport officials say the airport is back open and flights are resuming Monday morning, however, there are 123 flight delays and six cancellations, as of 8 a.m.Travel Advisory #4: Currently, #FLL is experiencing 123 flight delays and six (6) cancellations today in the aftermath of overnight heavy rains and flooding. Passengers are advised to check with their airline for the latest flight status. #holidaytravel #bepatient— Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Int’l Airport (FLL) (@FLLFlyer) December 23, 2019 Check with your airline if you are flying out of FLL Monday morning.As of 7 a.m., there are no delays at Palm Beach or Miami International airports.last_img read more

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first_imgROGER Federer reached a record-extending 17th Wimbledon quarter-final as young Italian Matteo Berrettini was overwhelmed on Centre Court.The Swiss great, bidding for a ninth title, needed just an hour and 14 minutes to seal a 6-1 6-2 6-2 win.Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal also continued to breeze through the draw with equally-comfortable last-16 wins.Defending champion Djokovic knocked out inexperienced Frenchman Ugo Humbert, while Nadal beat Portugal’s Joao Sousa.Serbian top seed Djokovic showed the gulf in class as he won 6-3 6-2 6-3 against world number 66 Humbert, while Nadal – only tested so far by second-round opponent Nick Kyrgios – eased to a 6-2 6-2 6-2 win over Sousa.The ‘big three’ of Federer, Djokovic and Nadal, who lead the all-time tally of Grand Slam victories with 53 major titles between them, demonstrated why they are still the men to beat with almost flawless performances on ‘Manic Monday’ – when all of the last-16 matches in the singles take place.Federer, 37, was the last of the illustrious trio to step out on court and was arguably the most impressive as he demolished 17th seed Berrettini in a one-sided contest.The Swiss second seed needed just 17 minutes to wrap up the first set, allowing Berrettini just four points as he rattled off the final five games.Berrettini’s service game was virtually non-existent – his first serve percentage ending up at 45% – and he wore a look of bemusement as Federer relentlessly punished him in front of a sympathetic Centre Court crowd.“I’ve got into a great groove and today I was able to read his serve, get returns back in and take control from the baseline,” Federer said.Federer’s cause was also helped by the Italian perhaps feeling tired after a gruelling five-set match against Diego Schwartzman in the third round, then saw Japan’s eighth seed Kei Nishikori – who he plays in the quarter-finals on Wednesday – pushed to four sets by his last-16 opponent Mikhail Kukushkin.“I think you can always lose a Grand Slam in that first week – but you can’t win it. If you get through it with energy in the tank you’re in a good position,” Federer said.“Five-setters are memorable and cool to play in but for the body it’s nice to avoid them.”Nadal has struggled to go far at Wimbledon in recent years, with fitness issues and the demands of his favoured clay-court season taking their toll on the two-time champion.A run to the semi-finals last year, where he lost to Djokovic, was the first time he had progressed past the last 16 since reaching the 2011 final.The Majorcan, whose movement was sharp against Sousa, underlined his credentials as one of the favourites with a clinical victory wrapped up in one hour and 45 minutes.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

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first_imgFollow Yasmeen on Twitter @YasmeenSerhan Ranked No. 23, USC and crosstown rival UCLA tied on the 2014 U.S. News and World Report National University Rankings released Monday night, according to the Los Angeles Times. Both schools increased one spot higher from last year, sharing the ranking with Carnegie Mellon, the University of Virginia and Wake Forest University. Last year, both Los Angeles schools shared the No. 24 ranking with the University of Virginia.Rankings are determined using multiple criteria, including acceptance rates, graduation rates, faculty and freshmen retention. However, U.S. News and World Report said their methodology for determining this year’s rankings has changed, putting less emphasis on freshmen academics and adding more emphasis to factors such as graduation rate performance and incoming freshmen SAT and ACT exam scores.Overall, the magazine said these changes have had a minimal effect on the top 50 rankings.last_img read more

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