Praying, Dancing, Waiting: Americans Hang On for the Election’s End

first_imgPITTSBURGH — At 8:50 on Friday morning, the city of Philadelphia updated its vote tally, nudging Joseph R. Biden Jr. past Donald J. Trump in the state of Pennsylvania. The question on everyone’s mind for several interminable days immediately shifted: not ‘‘if” but “when.” The election — this tense, angry, virus-plagued and exhausting election — would soon be over.“We’re celebrating everybody’s right to vote,” said Bernadette Golarz, 36, amid the impromptu street party that broke out on Friday in front of the Pennsylvania Convention Center, where ballots were still being counted inside. “And the fact that we all showed up to put him out.”- Advertisement – “I’m not going to count my chickens before they’re hatched,” she said. “What is happening now is what I thought was going to happen,” said Rosemary Gabriel, 51, who moved from Nigeria 19 years ago to the Atlanta suburbs where she now lives and works, “because I still have faith in the American people.” “I’m sort of sick to my stomach,” said Sam Diana, a 55-year-old antiques dealer in Scranton — and a lifelong Democrat — who voted for Mr. Trump. He had been lying on the couch watching the returns for days, learning on Friday morning during a trip to Sam’s Club that his state had likely flipped to Mr. Biden. “I definitely, definitely, definitely believe it was fixed.”Beneath all this, however, lay deep and unresolved questions about what was happening in the country and in the minds of his fellow citizens.“Something’s going on in America — something scary,” Mr. Diana said. “It makes you get a lump in your throat when you think, Is this really America? Are we all partners? Why did they hate that man so much?”Across the state in Erie that same morning, Karen Moski, 67, was leaving the house for work when she learned that Mr. Biden was now ahead in Pennsylvania. Among friends the night before she had found out that her home county, a reliably Democratic stronghold that had shockingly sent most of its votes to Mr. Trump four years ago, had also turned back to blue again.“We’re getting rid of Donald Trump and that has been my goal for years,” she said, laughing at the realization that an outspoken Trump-supporting colleague would be coming into the office later that day. Perhaps Erie’s reversal was a sign the county had “probably just made a mistake” in 2016. For now, Ms. Lindemann was not celebrating. “I know he’s going to throw a 5-year-old tantrum and he’s going to turn over every table he can,” she said of Mr. Trump. “We don’t have a president yet.”There are many, like Ms. Lindemann, whose vote was personal, a first chance to answer the president for what he brought or took away from them.Nephtalie Hyacinthe, 42, a Haitian immigrant in Miramar, Fla., took her citizenship exam the day after Mr. Trump was elected in 2016. She viewed his first term as a four-year civics lesson that would help shape her political views and prepare her for the 2020 election.She studied the president, listening as he took a hard line on immigrants and hearing reports of the disparaging things he called her homeland. And so on the last day of October, Ms. Hyacinthe weighed in, casting her first vote in America for Mr. Biden at a library. As she learned this week, she had picked the likely winner.“For an immigrant, voting represents the white picket fence,” she said, her voice quaking with excitement. “This means I am an American citizen and I helped to pick our next leader.” – Advertisement – Just as Ms. Hyacinthe was discovering in her adopted country, plenty of people who have lived here from birth had learned — this week and over the past four years — that it was perhaps not the country they thought they had known. “I’ll never forget it, they were so shocked when he got elected,” recalled Kim Anzelmi, 55, of Scranton, Pa., who had assumed politics to be irredeemably rigged until the night Mr. Trump won in November 2016. That election had changed her mind about the system and what was possible — briefly. Now she is as cynical about it as ever. “Politics has been crooked since the Romans,” she said. For all that confidence in the outcome, though, she had been glued to the TV all week. “I’ve had four hours of sleep,” she said.- Advertisement –center_img There had been plenty of evidence in her life that things could change suddenly and inexplicably. Her husband, a struggling dairy farmer in Albany, Wis., had supported Mr. Trump in 2016, while she had voted for Hillary Clinton. But Mr. Trump’s trade war with China ravaged their finances, and they eventually had to sell their farm and cows. Mr. Lindemann took a construction job. This year, he voted for Mr. Biden. – Advertisement – The country has waited three nerve-racking days for news of a definite outcome. All that time, the nation’s fate has been cast, just not yet fully known, as local election offices scattered across a handful of states counted the crucial remaining ballots. Voters of both parties have stayed up late and woken up early, praying, hoping, refreshing feeds and staring at maps on the TV that never seemed to change. Updated Nov. 6, 2020, 9:01 p.m. ET But Dolores Selico, who cast a ballot for Mr. Biden on Tuesday in a high school gymnasium in South Los Angeles, was confident that whatever would transpire would be “God’s will.”When Ms. Selico voted, she wore a T-shirt bearing the face of John Lewis, the late civil rights pioneer. It was a way to honor “what our ancestors went through so we could vote,” said Ms. Selico, a Black woman who is 80 years old.Shanna Davidson, a social worker in Louisville, Ky., who also backed Mr. Biden, had seen enough to feel relief.“Today’s a good day,” she said. Still, she recognized that tens of millions of Americans voted differently from her, and would be as dejected as she was now invigorated. The election appeared so close when she woke up on Wednesday morning, she said, that “I about had a nervous breakdown.”This was the thing, though. In this strange and ongoing limbo of an uncalled election, there was still plenty of anxiety to go around. For every Biden voter like Susan Macovsky, buying bottles of prosecco at a Pennsylvania liquor store to celebrate — even if perhaps a little prematurely, she admitted — there was another, like Rachael Lindemann, relieved but still nervous. But there was no going back completely. Ms. Moski had learned things about her city over the last four years, she said, opinions that friends had about race and politics that had surprised her. Biden victory or not, Erie — and the country — would never be the same.“That was an awakening,” she said. “We have some work to do.”Campbell Robertson reported from Pittsburgh, Audra D. S. Burch from Hollywood, Fla., and Sabrina Tavernise from Stroudsburg, Pa. Reporting was contributed by Jack Healy in Denver, Jon Hurdle from Philadelphia, Tim Arango from Los Angeles, Elizabeth Dias from Washington, Will Wright from Louisville, Ky., Ruth Graham from Warner, N.H., and J. David Goodman from Houston. As the tally tediously proceeded, the president falsely declared victory and raged about conspiracy, one of his sons urged “total war” over the election, his campaign’s lawyers filed a squall of lawsuits, and crowds of supporters took to the streets demanding that election officials stop counting or keep counting depending on where they were.“I feel like things are being yanked from underneath me,” said Joel Medina, 44, a businessman from Rowlett, Texas, who cast the first vote in his life on Tuesday for Mr. Trump. He had not ruled out that Mr. Trump would eventually come out on top.Still, even some of those with deep suspicions about the election had resigned themselves to a Biden victory. It was proof, as they saw it, that in the end the swamp always wins.last_img read more

A gap in the market

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Belgium’s financial regulator authorises GE cross-border IORP

first_imgIPE understands that there have also been discussions about including General Electric’s Irish pension assets in such a pan-European fund.The Belgian government has been keen to establish the country as a host for cross-border IORPs, with the Finance Ministry expected to announce further measures in the coming weeks to make it more attractive for funds to base themselves in Belgium.Daniel Bacquelaine, the finance minister, reportedly met with MasterCard to discuss a potential cross-border fund in Belgium when he was on a trip in the US in June.  Earlier this year, the Belgian regulator said it estimated that several billion of euros of Dutch pension assets could be transferred to Belgium-based IORPs over the next year if Dutch companies followed through with their current plans.The Dutch pension fund for BP aims to relocate to Belgium this year, with the company’s Irish, Spanish and Swiss pension funds having done so already, while ExxonMobil has said it would like to relocate its Dutch pension scheme to Belgium.The FMSA’s website does not yet show an approved auditor for the GE European Pension Fund, but a daily management committee has been set up for the fund.The fund looks to have first been registered in December 2014, according to company documents. Belgium’s financial supervisory authority (FSMA) has approved a European pension fund for US multinational General Electric, understood to be the cross-border fund the company would like some of its existing Europe-based pension schemes to join. The FSMA authorised the GE European Pension Fund last Wednesday, 21 September.The fund takes the legal form of an Organisme de Financement de Pensions (OFP), Belgium’s IORP-compliant vehicle for pensions provision.GE did not return requests for comment by the time of publication, but it is well-known that the multinational has been considering launching a cross-border pension fund in Belgium, and Dutch GE-affiliated pension schemes have been debating joining such a fund.last_img read more

Swansea sign Alberto Paloschi from Chievo

first_img The former Italy Under-21 international will link up again with new Swansea head coach Francesco Guidolin after playing under his compatriot at Parma. “I’m very happy to be here,” said Paloschi on “I worked with Francesco for two seasons at Parma and we got promoted. “When I received a call from my agent to tell me that Swansea were interested it was great, but even more so because of the manager – it makes a big difference. “I know the situation of the club and, being a striker, I know the expectation is to score goals and I’ve come here to do that.” Paloschi began his career with AC Milan, making his senior debut in February 2008 under manager Carlo Ancelotti and scoring just 17 seconds after coming off the bench. He moved to Parma and Genoa before signing for Chievo in August 2011, where he scored 42 goals in 145 games including eight in 21 Serie A appearances this season. Paloschi, who will wear the number nine shirt at the Liberty Stadium, added: “It’s a great opportunity for me because every player wants to play in the Premier League. “I have always wanted to experience playing aboard and it was my dream to play in this league. “I watched Swansea when they played Napoli in the Europa League a couple of seasons ago and I know about the style of football here. The club has good facilities, a nice stadium and I’ve been told that the fans are passionate.” Press Association The 26-year-old has been signed for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance, on a three-and-a-half year deal. It is thought the fee is around £8million. Swansea announced Paloschi’s arrival on their official website and he becomes the club’s first major signing of the January transfer window. center_img Swansea have completed the signing of Italian striker Alberto Paloschi from Chievo.last_img read more

Fifa World Cup Morocco vs Iran Highlights, FIFA World Cup 2018: Own goal gives Iran massive victory over Morocco

first_imgNew Delhi: On the Day 2 of FIFA World Cup 2018, Iran and Morocco lock horns to start their journey to glory. The first game between Uruguay and Egypt went till the last minutes after Gimenez scored a late header to give Uruguay a 1-0 win! Iran vs Morocco may not have popular world-class names in their squads but they do have some real quality players like Mehdi Benatia, Belhanda, Amrabat, Shojaei, and others. This clash is extremely unpredictable and would offer a lot of twists and turns! Highlights:# Full time! Referee blows the full time whistle, Morocco dominated the game but the last moment own goal changed the results completely. Massive win for Iran!# 90+3″ GOAL! Iran gets a goal, Bouhaddouz heads it into his own net! # 90+3″ Free kick to Iran, a repeat of Uruguay vs Egypt? # 90+2″ Both the teams now look frustrated with each pasing minutes as Iran gets a Free kick!# 6 minutes of added time!# 88″ Nice one-two by Morocco but the final pass gets to no one!# 85″ Foul on Benatia as he holds his head in pain, stands up and continues the play.# 84″ Iran have used all of their subs as play continues!# 82″ Jahanbakhsh is holding his calves! He is signaling towards the dugout for a change! # Phew! The replays are even more stunning! Perfect stop that was!# 80″ SAVE! What a save! Hakim Ziyach shoots, but Beiranvand is acrobatic enough to deny him! Brilliant stuff!# 79″ Omid has been substituted after getting hurt, looks like a broken or fractured rib. # 75″ SUBSTITUTION: N.Ambrabat OUT, S.Ambrabat IN! Well, that was a name fame substitution!# 71″ The game is getting a bit clumsy here, high balls are becoming a priority as both the teams desperately look to score!# 69″ Iran’s corner was cleared away by Moroccan defense!# 68″ Both the teams are being a bit careful now, no one wants to concede a goal but wants to score one!  #64″ Moroccan defense is absolutely solid! Benatia, Saiss and Hakimi are bossing it!# 61″ Boussoufa swings the corner but Beiranvand punches it away!# 55″ Omid is down after a collision, looks to be hurt. Medical team with him now. # 54″ Free kick to Iran! Ramin takes it short# 49″ Foul on Safi by Ziyach!# 46″ Morocco has started the second half really well! Looking to attack at every possible chance!# Second half begins! For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. # Half-Time! The tempo of the game has been amazing in the first half, but the teams have looked lively with Morocco dominating the possession. Morocco 0-0 Iran# 45+2″ Morocco just passing within themselves till the Halftime whistle here. # 2 minutes of added time!# 42″ CHANCE! That was the chance of the match till now, Sardar was 1:1 with the goalkeeper but fails to score! # 41″ Benatia lays a diagonal pass towards Ziyach but its too long for him! Throw in for Iran. # 40″ Dangerous pass towards Sardar but Saiss is alert to clear it away!# 38″ Morocco enjoying possession now. The tempo has slowed down a bit! The #MAR and #IRN fans are creating an incredible atmosphere in Saint Petersburg! Obviously you can’t tell through an image on Twitter, so find out where you can watch the game live 👉— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 15, 2018# 33″ FOUL! Yellow card to El Ahmadi for a cynical foul on Sardar!# 31″ Saiss was looking for Belhanda there but his over the top pass is wayward. Goal Kick to Iran!# 29″ Harit has looked very lively here, he shoots after some great display of touches and passes. Straight at the goalkeeper though!# 25″ Belhanda shoots but Cheshmi blocks it bravely. Good effort!# 24″ Sardar was looking to volley the header from the long throw-in, but mistimes it horribly! # 22″ Looks like Iran has found the tempo to beat Morocco’s high press, they are now playing quick short passes and are distributing the ball well across the pitch!# 21″ Sardar is fouled by Benatia and JahanBakhsh takes it.# 19″ Excellent counter-attack by Iran, but the cross is disappointing at the end!# 18″ CHANCE! A flurry of shots by Morocco but Iran somehow survives! Huge moment in the game!# 17″ Bad foul by Amiri on Younes Belhanda. Free kick given!# 15″ The tempo of this game have been tremendous, both the sides are looking to attack!# 14″ Ramin is fouled there and he is not looking happy about it. Play continues!# 11″ Dangerous cross by Shojaei, but Kajoui deals with it comfortably!# 8″ CHANCE! El Kaabi shoots wide! Morocco has started really well here!# 5″ Harit showing why he is rated so highly, stepovers and a good pass by him!# 4″ Ambrabat swings in a cross but the header is wide by El Kaabi# 2″ CHANCE! Ziyach miscues a big chance! Failed to connect there!# 2″ Nice early tempo from both the sides as Morocco gets a corner.# 1″ Morocco enjoying early possession and Harit Shoots wide!# Kick Off!# The national anthems of both the nations are ON as players stand in and sing it proudly!FORMATIONS // #MARIRN Don’t forget to get the analysis from @FIFAWorldCupMAR and @FIFAWorldCupIRN in the Live Blog:— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 15, 2018Who’s backing #IRN? #WorldCup— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 15, 2018It’s been 20 years, but now they are BACK. Are you supporting #MAR?— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 15, 2018 Morocco Playing XI: Munir, Amrabat, Benatia, Saiss, Achraf, El Ahmadi, Belhanda, Harit, Boussoufa, Ziyech, El Kaabi.Iran Playing XI: Beiranvand, Rezaeian, Pouraliganji, Cheshmi, Hajsafi, Ebrahimi, Masoud, Jahanbakhsh, Ansarifard, Amiri, Azmoun.Who’s ready for Round 2? Just under one hour until we go again! #WorldCup #MARIRN— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 15, 2018Welcome to News Nation live coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2018! Day 2 of FIFA’s showpiece event continue as second game of the day is between Iran and Morocco as both the teams clash for honor and pride!  last_img read more

Football News UEFA Champions League: Barcelona struggle to 0-0 draw against Lyon

first_imgThe visitors — who started with Sergi Roberto in midfield rather than the out-of-form Philippe Coutinho — had good reason to be wary of their hosts, who have excelled in big games this season.  Lyon still unbeaten in EuropeBruno Genesio’s team had taken four points from a possible six against Manchester City in the group stage and recently won at home to Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1. They are still unbeaten in Europe this season, although this was their sixth consecutive draw. “It’s a satisfying result because it leaves us with a chance for the second leg, and we didn’t concede. If we can score at the Camp Nou we’ll have a chance of going through,” said Genesio.He admitted that he had hoped for an even better performance, but Lyon was missing their World Cup-winning captain Nabil Fekir due to suspension here. It was the 21-year-old Terrier who surprisingly started in his place, and he delivered the most exciting moment of the first half for the crowd of almost 58,000 with a thunderous strike from 20 yards out in the ninth minute that was tipped onto the bar by Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The same player later shot over at the end of a fantastic move, while Houssem Aouar had earlier been denied by the goalkeeper, but it was Barcelona who enjoyed the longer spells of possession.Ousmane Dembele — one of two Frenchmen in the away line-up — came closest for them in the first half, although their best chances came after he had been replaced by Coutinho midway through the second period. Suarez came within inches of breaking the deadlock 20 minutes from time, firing narrowly wide from Jordi Alba’s cutback. He has now gone 16 away matches without scoring in the competition.Coutinho had a powerful shot beaten away by Anthony Lopes, with the Lyon goalkeeper also frustrating Messi and Sergio Busquets as Barcelona dominated but departed without a potentially precious away goal.”It is a little bit of a disappointment, but there is still the second leg to come and we hope to do better,” said defender Clement Lenglet. At least they extended their unbeaten record against Lyon to seven matches, but there remains hope for the French club ahead of the return. Lyon: Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde shrugged off his team’s struggles in front of goal after they were held to a 0-0 draw away at Lyon in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie. The Spanish side had most of the chances at the Groupama Stadium on Tuesday, with Luis Suarez firing just wide in the second half, although it was Lyon who came the closest when Martin Terrier hit the bar early on.  Lionel Messi and co. were once again left frustrated on the road at the business end of the competition, and have now gone six away matches without winning in the Champions League knockout rounds, scoring just a single goal in that time. It is a run that goes back three years. Desperate to end Real Madrid’s recent European dominance, Barca must now finish the job when the teams meet again at the Camp Nou on March 13, but Lyon remain in the tie.Barcelona’s form needs to improve between now and then, though — they have drawn four of their last five matches in all, and have scored just once, from a penalty, in their last three outings. “We played good football, but you have to hit the target as well, and we didn’t,” Valverde said. “We are on the right road, though, and the tie is still up in the air. We will try to win it in front of our fans.” He added: “I am not happy with the result, but I am happy with the performance and with what we created. We didn’t score, but that is how it is. It is not easy to win away from home in the Champions League.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Barcelona have now gone six away matches without winning in Champions League knockout rounds.Lyon have excelled in big games in this season of UEFA Champions League.Barcelona have drawn four of their last five matches in all and have scored just once. highlightslast_img read more


first_imgThe following incidents were reported in the USC Department of Public Safety crime/incident summary between Wednesday, Aug. 26 and Thursday, Aug 27.Crimes against a personOn Aug. 26 at 11:39 a.m a student reported that a suspect approached him on 39th Place and Vermont Avenue and simulated a weapon in his pants pocket demanding money. When the student refused, the suspect did not pursue him and fled to campus. DPS officers detained the suspect and he was arrested after being positively identified by the student during a field “show-up.”Crimes against propertyOn Aug. 26 at 1:47 p.m. a staff member reported that her rear windshield was broken by pine cones that fell from a tree while the car was parked in Lot 5.Miscellaneous incidentsOn Aug. 26 at 2:24 p.m. DPS officers responded to a student who was suffering from a possible allergic reaction to something she ate. An LAFD RA unit was requested and Unit #25 responded to the John Stauffer Pharmaceutical Science Center. The RA Unit examined the student, then she was released to the officers and they transported her to HCC for medical treatment.On Aug. 27 between 6:10 p.m and 6:20 p.m DPS officers and LAFD Unit #15 responded to a fire alarm activation from a pull station at Heritage Hall. No smoke or fire was found. LAFD reset the alarm.last_img read more

Split squads will prepare for next week’s Bruin meet

first_imgWith only a week to go before the USC-UCLA dual meet, a select group of the Trojan track and field team will split up this weekend at two Southern California meets.USC will send the majority of its competing athletes to both the Tiny Lister Invitational at Cal State Los Angeles and the Triton Invitational at UC San Diego in preparation for the championship stretch of their season.While some of USC’s best competitors will rest this weekend, there is still a strong contingent of Trojans lacing up the spikes.Juniors Oscar Spurlock and Brendan Ames will run the 110-meter hurdles at Tiny Lister, and freshman Reggie Wyatt and sophomore Duane Walker will run the 400-meter hurdle race.Ames is coming off a career-best run at the Mt. Sac Relays last weekend, where he ran a 13.80 in the 110-meter hurdles.Wyatt is also fresh from a career best at Mt. Sac, where he ran a 50.45 in the 400-meter dash.For the USC women, senior Elizabeth Olear will run the 200-meter dash, the race in which she had a season-best time at last week’s Mt. Sac Relays.The women will also send their regular 4×100-meter relay team to Cal State Los Angeles.USC will only send four throwers to the Triton Invitational. Seniors Aaron Dan and Col Campbell will compete in the discus, junior Trey Henderson will compete in the hammer throw and sophomore Alex Adams will participate in both the shot put and the discus for the Trojans.last_img read more

Melton will sit out for the rest of season

first_imgUSC announced on Thursday that sophomore shooting guard De’Anthony Melton would not play for the remainder of the season. Melton has not played in any games so far this year. He was held out in the midst of an internal investigation into his involvement in the Tony Bland bribery case. The assistant coach was indicted in November. As a freshman in 2016-17, Melton impressed, averaging 8.3 points points per game. Now his career at USC is up in the air. Photo by Katie Chin | Daily Trojan“Based on information discovered through its internal investigation regarding the receipt of extra benefits, primarily to a close family friend of De’Anthony Melton, USC has concluded that De’Anthony will not compete with the USC men’s basketball team in the 2017-18 season,” the University announced on its official athletics website. Prosecutors told the Los Angeles Times they believe Melton’s family friend, David Elliot was offered a cash incentive to influence the player into signing with sports agent Christian Dawkins once he decided to leave for the NBA. Bland pleaded not guilty to the charges in November. In addition to Melton, Bland is accused of funneling payments to a companion of a different unidentified recruit in the 2018 class. Melton himself has not been accused of accepting improper cash benefits. “It’s sort of the whole impression they’re concerned about,” Melton’s attorney Vicki I. Podberesky told the LA Times. “It’s very disappointing, but not unexpected.” He will remain on scholarship, but he can no longer travel with the team. The school left a 2018-19 return open as a possibility in its announcement. At least one player did not take too kindly to the news. Junior power forward Chimezie Metu voiced his frustration with the USC athletic department on Twitter. “Punishing innocent ppl… I see what y’all on now @USC_Athletics,” Metu wrote. He followed it up by tweeting, “‘He didn’t do anything wrong but let’s suspend him bc we’re selfish and have to protect our image’… makes sense.” Last season, Melton averaged 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as a true freshman. Without him, the Trojans have a 12-6 record.last_img read more

FA cup action tonight

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal is hoping that tonight’s FA Cup fourth round tie against Derby will be the game that turns his season around.The under-fire United boss has once-again had to deny reports that he’s set to be sacked by the club after a series of disappointing performances.However, he has admitted that a defeat tonight could prove fatal to his career at Old Trafford. Kick-off tonight in Derby is at 19:55.last_img