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Pennsylvania Remains Up for Grabs as Trump and Biden Assert Confidence

first_img– Advertisement – Updated – Advertisement – Mr. Biden, a Scranton native whose pitch to Democrats was always that he could woo back white working-class voters, fell short of that goal. Although he slightly narrowed margins in rural counties compared with Hillary Clinton in 2016, Mr. Trump, who barnstormed through the state’s most conservative regions, brought out even more of his base.- Advertisement – In Washington County in southwest Pennsylvania, a region that benefited economically from fracking for natural gas, Mr. Biden won a slightly larger share of the vote than Mrs. Clinton did, 38 percent versus 35 percent. But with overall turnout up significantly, Mr. Trump won 9,300 more raw votes this year than he did in 2016, while Mr. Biden added only 7,650 additional votes. The pattern appears to have repeated across central Pennsylvania.“There was no dropoff” for Mr. Trump from 2016, said Rob Gleason, a former chair of the state Republican Party, who lives in Cambria County in central Pennsylvania. “It’s pretty fantastic.” 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.No matter who ends up winning the battle for Pennsylvania, the geography and the closeness of the race revealed a state pulling ever further apart along regional and partisan lines. Suburbs outside Philadelphia and Pittsburgh that once leaned Republican have become treacherous for the party under Mr. Trump, while blue-collar counties, where Democrats used to win election after election, have moved to the populist right. Nov. 4, 2020, 6:36 p.m. ET Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, condemned Mr. Trump’s legal challenges.“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.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

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William Hill reduces cashburn as focus shifts to reopenings

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit Share StumbleUpon William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 William Hill has reduced its ‘cashburn’ and further restructured terms on its debt bonds, as the company secures full financial flexibility navigating COVID-19 headwinds.Publishing both a Q1 trading update for the unaudited 17 weeks to 28 April 2020 as well as a COVID-19 update, William Hill revealed that retail closures, a drop in sports betting markets and international coronavirus lockdowns had hampered operations during the period.The operator divided its update into a pre-Coronavirus period (the period to 10 March), and the COVID-19 impacted period (period from 11 March – 28 April).Prior to international lockdowns, group total net revenue fell by 5%. US operations continued to drive growth, with a 26% increase in sportsbook amounts wagered, and a 30% increase in total net revenues.Sportsbook amount wagered fell by 6% for the group’s online division, with a 7% growth in UK online total net revenues.In the period from 11 March – 28 April, William Hill revealed a 57% slump in group-wide total net revenue driven by a combination of retail closures, a drop in sports betting markets and international coronavirus lockdowns.The operator also confirmed that it is targeting a H2 ‘phased reopening’ of its retail estate across the UK, and is ‘carefully monitoring developments across the US in the nine states where it is in operation.The drop in online sports wagers was ‘less than anticipated’ for the group, with customers ‘continuing to place bets on alternative products such as table tennis and emerging market football’.Total net revenue in the US took the largest hit, having fallen by 90% in the seven weeks to April 28, while retail like-for-like dropped by 85%.The operator currently offers online sports betting across four states, and confirmed that it ‘will be launching online casino in the second half of the year’.Ulrik Bengtsson, CEO, commented: “William Hill has overcome many challenges in its 86-year history, and I am exceptionally proud of the team and their response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have worked hard to protect them, and in turn they have done the same for our customers.“We reacted quickly to the cancellation of sports activities and the closure of our retail estate. We took immediate measures to save costs, reduce cash outflow and minimise non-essential expenditure by negotiating with our suppliers, cancelling pay rises and executive bonuses and suspending the dividend.”William Hill also addressed previous guidance issued on COVID-19 contingency measures, revealing that each additional month of shop closures to impact core earnings by up to £15 million – which equates to approximately half of the initial estimate.The bookmaker further confirmed that it has waived its Revolving Credit Facility (RCF) covenants for 2020 – which will see William Hill defer payments on £200 million bond deferred to 2021/2022.Undertaking analysis of COVID-19 developments, William Hill stated that due to ‘limited visibility’ regarding the duration of ‘virus related restrictions’, the company would withdraw all future guidance.Instead, the betting group will focus its resources on the resumption of sports beginning with this weekend’s restart of the German Bundesliga and UK and French horseracing taking place in June.Bengtsson added: “We have preserved liquidity and amended the terms of our net debt covenant, leading to significant balance sheet headroom. This will enable us to continue to invest for growth, most notably in the US, as plans there to roll out sports betting continue apace.“Our ambition to build a digitally led, internationally diverse business of scale is proving beneficial during the disruption as our international online business has performed very strongly. We have accelerated product developments in the US in particular to ensure we are well positioned when sports activity reopens.“Our product development teams elsewhere have also excelled themselves during this period of remote working, deploying a range of important new products, most notably a gaming front end to improve navigation and speed for the UK market.“We remain focused on player safety employing ever more customer protection. We are taking care of our teams, securing as many employment opportunities as possible and we are ready to power up the business as soon as COVID-19 restrictions permit.“Our strategy for the Company remains a simple one – to win with our customers, build agile collaborative teams, and get things done – execution. We are developing products that we are proud of and that will improve William Hill’s competitiveness for the long term.”last_img read more

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Matt Nagy dodges questions about Roquan Smith’s mysterious absence; status uncertain for Week 5

first_img Gardner Minshew gets weird nickname from Leonard Fournette; group records ‘Minshew Mania’ video “He’s completely a personal issue,” he told reporters. “It’s for us something that we’re going to leave at that right now.”When pushed for more information, Nagy stood firm. Related News The Bears are staying tight-lipped regarding Roquan Smith’s mysterious absence.The star linebacker was listed as a surprise inactive less than one hour before Sunday’s 16-6 win over the Vikings for a “personal issue,” and Chicago coach Matt Nagy didn’t reveal any new details on the situation Monday. Melvin Ingram injury update: Chargers defensive end (hamstring) could miss multiple weeks, report says Falcons, Eagles finalize trade to send Johnathan Cyprien to Atlanta Smith, a 2018 first-round pick of out of Georgia, entered Sunday with 24 tackles through the first three games of the season. He was seen standing on the sidelines in a sweatsuit as he watched Sunday’s game and left the stadium without speaking to reporters.Despite Smith being deactivated, the Bears moved to 3-1 and kept pace with the Packers for first place in the NFC North.Chicago will face Oakland overseas at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in Week 5 action. “Personal issue,” he repeated. “I’m just going to say it was a personal issue. I’m not getting into anything else until… I’m just going to completely keep it at that.”Asked if Smith would play Sunday against the Raiders in London or even travel with the team overseas, Nagy reiterated the intimate nature of the situation once again.”It’s a personal issue,” he said. “It’s completely a personal issue. I’m not going to answer any more about it. That’s where it’s at right now. I understand where y’all are coming from. But I’m just out of respect for this right now, I just want to leave it at.”last_img read more

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Rep Pagel Grant recommendations will fund three local recreation projects

first_img State Rep. Dave Pagel today announced three grant recommendations from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to purchase land and develop parks and trails in Berrien County.Pagel, of Oronoko Township, said the grants will expand recreational opportunities for families in Southwest Michigan. Funding for the projects is comprised of revenue from the lease of state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.“I’m really happy the Trust Fund Board has recommended funding these three Berrien County projects,” Pagel said. “We have some of the most abundant natural resources in Southwest Michigan, and the land purchase and improvement projects will enable people to better enjoy them.”Recommended projects are:A $56,000 land purchase to acquire 12 acres contiguous to Love Creek County Park. The new land will be located on the northwestern border of the park.A proposed recreational development in Oronoko Township that includes the addition of two football/soccer fields, a concession and restroom building, a parking lot, a regional trailhead, universally accessible pathways and a section of a regional trail. The cost for the project is $278,100.Development of a wide, non-motorized pathway along the north side of U.S. 12 from the village of Edwardsburg to the Edwardsburg Sports Center in Ontwa Township. The connector path will allow safe travel from the Edwardsburg school system and the village’s existing network for walkways to the walking/running trails, playgrounds and athletic fields at the Sports Complex. The project will cost $40,000.The Legislature will consider the recommendations in 2018.##### 20Dec Rep. Pagel: Grant recommendations will fund three local recreation projects Categories: News,Pagel Newslast_img read more

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Orange plans to go ahead with a plan to exercise i

first_imgOrange plans to go ahead with a plan to exercise its option to increase its stake in video sharing site Dailymotion from 49% to 100% before finding a new American partner to invest in the company, according to French press reports.According to reports, Orange will take full control of Dailymotion and then decide how big a stake to relinquish depending on the identity of any partner it finds to develop the company.Dailymotion is reportedly also planning to open a production studio in Paris. According to the reports, the 600 square metres studio will be opened between now and the end of May.last_img

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