With a lead in Pennsylvania, Biden nears victory in the state and the election.

first_imgMr. Trump has baselessly insisted that post-Election Day tallies showing Mr. Biden leading in battleground states, including Pennsylvania, were the result of fraud, and has vowed to challenge them in court. His campaign showed no sign of an imminent concession Friday morning. “The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final,” a lawyer for the Trump campaign said in a statement.Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia dismissed those accusations on Friday.“While some including the President continue to spew baseless claims of fraud, claims for which his team has not produced one iota of evidence, what we have seen here in Philadelphia is democracy, pure and simple,” Mr. Kenney said.Andrew Bates, a spokesman for the Biden campaign, said that if Mr. Biden won the election and Mr. Trump refused to concede, “The United States government is perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House.” Mr. Biden had steadily erased Mr. Trump’s early lead in the state — at one point, the president led by half a million votes — as ballots, mostly absentee and mail-in votes, were counted over the past few days. Most of the remaining uncounted votes in the state are in Democratic-leaning areas.At a news conference on Friday afternoon, Philadelphia elections officials said that they would have another update of 2,000 to 3,000 ballots on Friday afternoon, and that they had about 40,000 ballots left to count in the city. “We believe when the votes are counted, it’s pretty clear that Joe Biden’s going to be president of the United States, because he’s going to win Pennsylvania,” said State Senator Sharif Street, the vice chair of the state Democratic Party, on Thursday. PHILADELPHIA — Joseph R. Biden Jr. took the lead over President Trump in Pennsylvania on Friday morning as Democrats grew increasingly confident that he would win the state and with it the presidency: The state’s 20 electoral votes would put Mr. Biden, who has 253 electoral votes, past the 270-vote threshold for victory.By late Friday morning, after more votes were counted from Philadelphia and other counties that have supported Mr. Biden, he led Mr. Trump by more than 13,000 votes.- Advertisement – The remaining ballots “generally fall into one of three categories: those that require a review, provisionals and U.S. military overseas ballots,” said Lisa Deeley, one of the city commissioners in Philadelphia in charge of elections. “I would estimate there’s approximately 40,000 remaining to be counted.”- Advertisement – “We can also tell you that it may take several days to complete the reporting of that,” Ms. Deeley added.On Thursday, Kathy Boockvar, the Pennsylvania secretary of state, told CNN that the “overwhelming majority” of the state’s remaining votes would be counted by Friday. Pennsylvania Democratic officials have said their analysis of the uncounted votes gave them confidence that Mr. Biden would win the state by a substantial margin.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Tokyo Olympics ‘lagging behind’ sustainability standards: WWF

first_imgTokyo: The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is falling “far below the global best practice” in sustainability, despite organisers placing it among the top priorities of the event, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has said.Organizers in January 2016 established a code for procuring resources and services, however, the WWF believes that Tokyo 2020 is “lagging far behind” its goal of the next Olympics being at the “forefront in the field of sustainability,” according to the environmental organization in a letter sent to the International Olympic Committee and published Monday, reports Efe news.“The committee working on the sourcing protocols for commodities like timber, fishery products, paper and palm oil has finalized standards that are far below the global best practice and inappropriate for a global event such as the Olympics,” said WWF-Japan Chief Executive Officer Ron Tsutsui in the letter.The organising committee “produced protocols that fell far below globally accepted sustainability standards” and showed “little regard for the expert advice they sought from the Working Group they set up to assist in developing world class protocols,” he added, describing it as “deeply concerning”.“As an active member of the Working Group and as an environmental organization committed to protecting our natural world, we felt we had no choice but to write to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to raise our serious concerns,” said Tsutsui.Among the specific requests made by WWF to the IOC are to disclose the origin of all the raw materials procured for the Games, as well as to conduct an external review on sourcing codes and its performance in sustainable sourcing.The NGO said that high profile events like the Olympic Games “have the opportunity, and duty, to lead and be truly sustainable” when it comes to using and consuming natural resources in a sustainable way, as well as to “leave a legacy for Japanese society to transform to be more sustainable”.In its sustainability plan, the organizing committee states that it will comply with all current regulations, in addition to taking into full consideration the impact of its policies from the point of view of climate change, the scarcity of natural resources or loss of biodiversity, business practices and human rights. IANSAlso Read: Aim to make Tokyo Olympics carbon neutral: IOC President Thomas BachAlso Watch: Tinsukia MLA Sanjay Kishan given a warm welcome on his return to his hometown.last_img read more

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Fort St. John RCMP search for stolen Polaris Ranger

first_imgThe Fort St. John RCMP are searching for a stolen Polaris Ranger 900 side by side.  On August 25th, the RCMP received a complaint that the Ranger had been stolen from 8200 block of 95th Avenue on the night of August 23.The Polaris Ranger was last seen in a wooded area to the west of 72nd Street in Fort St. John on August 24.  The Ranger is described as being blue in colour with black rims, 2-inch lift and a custom made rear bumper.The Fort St John RCMP are requesting anyone who may have information in regards to this theft to please provide the information to the Fort St John RCMP by contacting 250-787-8100.- Advertisement -If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or via the web at www.crimestoppersfsj.ca. They are open 24/7. You do not have to give your name, address, or your telephone number. You do not have to testify in Court. A cash reward of up to $2000.00 may be paid for any information that leads to an arrest and charge.last_img read more

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