US election results: Trump and Biden each claim victory as lawsuits brew

first_imgmedia captionThe story of the night so far… His campaign is also hopeful they still can take Arizona. What were the other key results? – Advertisement – In the early hours of Wednesday, Mr Trump announced from the White House that he had won and said he would take the election to the Supreme Court. The BBC projects Mr Biden won Michigan. US media forecast he has won Wisconsin. No result has emerged in Pennsylvania. What legal challenges are afoot? Latest updates: Biden takes MichiganDemocrats hopes of gaining US Senate dwindleUS election results in maps and chartsTables turned as Trump voters start to worry The Democratic challenger said his campaign was feeling “very good” about Pennsylvania. Winning all three of these Rust Belt states would make Mr Biden victorious. The Trump campaign is challenging vote counts in the critical states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. The Trump campaign said the president would formally request a Wisconsin recount, citing “irregularities in several Wisconsin counties”. What are the campaigns saying? – Advertisement – Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said: “The fight’s not over. We’re in it.” Not so fast, said the campaign of Republican President Trump. read more

Escarraga lauds fruitful 14th edition of MACORP Golf Open

first_imgLOCAL pro golfer and CEO of MACORP, Guillermo Escarraga, praised the Machinery giant’s 14th annual Golf Open, which was held on Saturday at the Lusignan Golf Course..Some 58 of Guyana’s top and upcoming golfers were on show following last weekend’s Guyana Open tournament; most of them seemed to still be in good putting form.Among those who emerged with the top awards included Avinda Kishore, who bagged the awards for Best Gross and Longest Drive; Mahin Tewarim won Best Net for his Net 79 to go along with his Gross 65.Lloyd Fung-A-Fat (Net of 94 and Gross 66), Shonnella London (Net 87 and Gross 72) and Patrick Prashad (Net 76 and Gross 67) dominated their respective flights, while Videsh Persaud captured the ‘Nearest to the pin’ award as Kishore further flexed his skills to snare the Longest Drive trophy.The presentation ceremony, which was held after the tournament on Saturday evening, saw the golfers receive their spoils while the CEO warmly thanked all the participants for coming out and making the event another successful outing on behalf of the company.MACORP has been the driving force behind the club’s ongoing restoration process, dating back to 2017 when the machine company lent the LGC equipment for the purpose of developing, maintaining and improving the course.Regarding the future between the LGC and MACORP, Escarraga, one of Guyana’s top golfers and member of the LGC, said that the two entities will continue their relationship going forward.“It was a challenge (to run off the tournament) but in the end it was really successful and we look forward to many more years in this relationship with the Lusignan Golf Club”, He said.last_img read more

Finance Minister Audley Shaw racks up $64,869 cellular phone bill

first_imgFinance Minister, Audley Shaw phone bill a whopping JMD$8 MillionFollowing public outcry after it was revealed that Jamaica’s finance minister Audley Shaw racked up a J$8.3 million cell phone bill, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has announced that all Cabinet ministers will take responsibility for their telephone bills.Following an emergency meeting of the island’s cabinet at Gordon House in Kingston on Tuesday, Holness said the situation is unacceptable and must be addressed immediately.During the meeting Holness ordered an audit of all cell phone bills of Ministers and State Ministers to confirm the accuracy of information in the public domain.Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew HolnessHolness admitted that there was no standard, clear and consistent policy being applied across government regarding the treatment of communication expenses for Ministers.Read More: Jamaican Government reduces property tax ratesThe Prime Minister has directed the Ministry of Finance to review the respective policies for the provision of communication services including cell phones, operating in the various Ministries. This is to allow Cabinet to make a comprehensive decision on how communication services and expenses for Ministers are treated. Below is a copy of Audley Shaw’s phone bill from April 2016 to March 2017.A copy of Audley Shaw phone bill from April 2016 to March 2017Should phone bills be capped?In the interim, he instructed that cellular phone expenses be capped. The Ministry of Finance has been tasked to advise the Prime Minister, within a week on the appropriate amount for the cap. Any amount exceeding the cap should, therefore, be the responsibility of the respective Ministers unless otherwise approved by the Permanent Secretary.The Cabinet members have agreed that public concerns about the level of some bills are valid.Read More: Income Tax threshold increase for JamaicansIn furtherance of their Ministerial responsibility to be frugal with the public purse, notwithstanding that most of the costs incurred would have been in pursuit of the Government’s business, they have committed to reimburse the Government retroactively the difference between actual bill and the capped amount to be determined and imposed.In the meantime, the Minister of Science, Energy and Technology is being mandated to enter into discussions with telecommunications providers to devise standard cell phone and data packages for Government Ministers.last_img read more