Top Republicans Decline to Acknowledge Biden Win as Trump Refuses to Concede


first_imgPrivately, the president’s advisers, several of whom have quietly been candid that the chances of success in any challenge to the election outcome were not high, were grappling with how to get him to bow to the reality that he had lost. Those comments reflected the advice of some of Mr. Trump’s top advisers, chiefly Rudolph W. Giuliani, his personal lawyer, who were urging him on Sunday to continue to fight the results.A remarkably small number of Republicans called for the country to move on.“Though we have political differences, I know Joe Biden to be a good man, who has won his opportunity to lead and unify our country,” Mr. Bush said in a statement.In addition, three Republican governors of blue states — Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Larry Hogan of Maryland and Phil Scott of Vermont — and at least seven House Republicans acknowledged Mr. Biden’s victory.They included the centrist Representatives Tom Reed of New York and Fred Upton of Michigan; Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who has been an outspoken critic of Mr. Trump; and four lawmakers who will not be returning to Congress next year: Representatives Paul Mitchell of Michigan, Will Hurd of Texas, and Francis Rooney of Florida, who are retiring, and Representative Denver Riggleman of Virginia, who lost his primary this year.Representative Don Young of Alaska, whose race remains undecided after a more difficult than expected re-election bid, said he wished “the president-elect well in what will no doubt be the most challenging chapter of his political career.”“It is time to put the election behind us, and come together to work for a better tomorrow for our nation,” Mr. Young said in a statement. “It’s time for the president’s lawyers to present the facts, and it’s time for those facts to speak for themselves,” Mr. Blunt, the chairman of the Rules Committee, said on ABC’s “This Week.” “It seems unlikely that any changes could be big enough to make a difference, but this is a close election, and we need to acknowledge that.”- Advertisement – Updated Nov. 8, 2020, 3:58 p.m. ET – Advertisement – Their reactions suggested that even in defeat, Mr. Trump maintained a powerful grip on his party and its elected leaders, who have spent four years tightly embracing him or quietly working to avoid offending him in a way that could alienate his loyal base. For many prominent Republicans, the president’s reluctance to accept the election results created a dilemma, making even the most cursory expression of support for Mr. Biden seem like a conspicuous break with Mr. Trump.Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri was the most senior Republican to suggest that Mr. Trump had lost and cast doubt on his allegations of a stolen election, but he stopped short of referring to Mr. Biden as the president-elect in an exceedingly careful television interview. On “Fox News Sunday,” Mr. Romney provided a contrast to many of his Republican colleagues. He said that he believed it was “appropriate” for Mr. Trump to pursue recounts and legal challenges in certain battleground states, but cautioned against widespread condemnations of the American system of elections.“It’s important for the cause of democracy and freedom that we don’t allege fraud and theft and so forth, unless there’s very clear evidence of that,” Mr. Romney said. “To date, that evidence has not been produced.”Mr. Romney noted that he had had a legal team ready to challenge the results of the 2012 election when he was the Republican nominee, but decided not to go forward once he saw such efforts would be futile.“At some point, truth, freedom and democracy have to ascend,” he said, “and you step aside.”Maggie Haberman and Peter Baker contributed reporting. “Why would you call the presidential race first?” he asked.Likewise, Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina urged Mr. Trump to refuse to concede and fight on. WASHINGTON — More than 24 hours after President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. was declared the winner of the election, the nation’s Republican leaders and scores of party lawmakers refrained on Sunday from acknowledging his victory, either remaining silent or encouraging President Trump to forge ahead with long-shot lawsuits to try to overturn the results of the election in battleground states.Even as some prominent figures in the party including its only living former president, George W. Bush, publicly congratulated Mr. Biden, the vast majority of Republicans declined to offer the customary statements of well wishes and support for the victor that have historically been standard in American presidential elections. Instead, they followed the lead of Mr. Trump, who has refused to concede and claimed that the election was stolen from him.- Advertisement – “Do not accept the media’s declaration of Biden,” Mr. Graham, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said on Fox News on Sunday morning. He called the election “contested” and urged: “Do not concede, Mr. President. Fight hard.” “I look forward,” Mr. Blunt added, “to the president dealing with this however he needs to deal with it.”At the White House, there was little indication that Mr. Trump was dealing with it at all. As he played a second consecutive day of golf at his private club outside Washington, the president recirculated a groundless claim by Newt Gingrich, the former Republican speaker of the House, who told Fox News, “I think that it is a corrupt, stolen election.” – Advertisement – On Friday, a large group of them met with the president in the Oval Office to discuss the way forward. After another meeting at Mr. Trump’s campaign headquarters on Saturday, where political aides laid out the small chances of changing the outcome of the race, Jared Kushner, the president’s senior adviser and son-in-law, asked the group to go to the White House to outline it for Mr. Trump, according to people briefed on the meeting.The silence from many leading Republicans cut both ways for the president. While it allowed Mr. Trump to continue the fiction that he had not lost, it also left him to battle against the election results without the full, vocal support of his party behind him. Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, has declined to say anything since Friday, before the election results were known, when he released a generic statement encouraging officials to “count all the votes.” No member of his leadership team has either, apart from Mr. Blunt’s carefully worded statements on Sunday.At the same time, just two Republican members of the Senate — Mitt Romney of Utah and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska — and a handful of members of the House had acknowledged Mr. Biden’s win by Sunday afternoon, while others were trying to cast doubt on the results.“Every legal challenge should be heard,” said Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the House minority leader. “Then and only then will America decide who won the race.”Speaking on Fox News, Mr. McCarthy questioned why news media outlets had called the presidential race for Mr. Biden, who was leading by tens of thousands of votes in key battleground states, before drawing a conclusion about undetermined contests in competitive House districts — many of those in deep-blue California and New York — where thousands of mail-in ballots remain uncounted.last_img read more

DeepMind would have ‘probably failed’ without Google, says investor


first_imgGoogle Deepmind head Demis Hassabis speaks during a press conference ahead of the Google DeepMind Challenge Match in Seoul on March 8, 2016.Jung Yeon-Je | AFP |Getty Images | Getty Images DeepMind set out to crack artificial general intelligence (AGI), which is often referred to as the holy grail in AI. But, Sheikh said: “The concern, the question marks, have always been in commercialization … How do you do it?”While Google has found uses for DeepMind’s AI, its technology has not been widely applied elsewhere. It has partnered with the U.K. National Health Service but the size and scope of the project is relatively limited. DeepMind was also in talks with electricity grid operator National Grid, but ultimately it came to nothing.The Google acquisition gave DeepMind access to vast amounts of computing power that Google has across its data center network, which has allowed it to train AI models to do things like play abstract strategy board game Go. It also gave the start-up access to engineering talent, and a steady stream of finance. DeepMind costs Google’s parent company Alphabet hundreds of millions of dollars every year. In 2018, it made a loss of £470 million ($622 million), up from £281 million in 2017 and £127 million in 2016. Its losses are growing because it continues to hire hundreds of expensive researchers and data scientists but isn’t yet generating any significant revenue.Jon Crowcroft, a computer science professor at the University of Cambridge, told CNBC that it’s hard to see a business case for DeepMind’s scale and burn rate.“A normal investor would be looking at big customers and an income stream well before now,” Crowcroft said. “They have developed techniques and prototype tools that could lead to that, but [there is] a long way between lab and reality.”Another industry source, who did not wish to be named due to the sensitive nature of the matter, agreed that DeepMind would have eventually needed a big tech parent to survive indefinitely. “The company is engaging in research, not products, and wouldn’t be able to obtain indefinite VC funding without eventually having a business model,” they said, adding that Google is an excellent fit.“Google is large enough and AI is fundamentally important enough for its (highly profitable) business model that having DeepMind as a subsidiary makes solid commercial sense,” the source added. “If you think about DeepMind on its own today, DeepMind would have probably failed as a company because you wouldn’t be able to commercialize anything.”A DeepMind spokesperson said: “We chose Google as a partner because it was clear they were as passionate about AI as we were and since then our partnership has gone from strength-to-strength in pursuit of our shared long-term ambition for responsible and impactful AI.”Sheikh, who claims to be a friend of the company’s CEO and co-founder Demis Hassabis, said there were concerns about how DeepMind was ever going to make money from the beginning. “We spent five years in close discussions about this whole DeepMind thing,” he said.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img – Advertisement – LONDON — One of DeepMind’s first investors believes the artificial intelligence company wouldn’t be around today if it hadn’t been acquired by Google.Founding investor Humayun Sheikh, who held 43,750 of DeepMind’s 3,386,754 shares in 2011, told CNBC that the London AI lab would have “probably failed” if Google hadn’t bought it for a reported $600 million in 2014. Facebook was also interested in buying DeepMind but ultimately the company accepted Google’s offer.“Commercialization for any AI based company is very difficult, unless you get absorbed by a big corporate,” said Sheikh, who now runs his own AI business called Fetch.ai, on a call last Friday. – Advertisement –last_img read more

The removal of ATMs from the historic core has begun in Dubrovnik


first_imgLinked news: Photo: City of Dubronvik Photo: City of Dubrovnik The city of Dubrovnik is the first Croatian city to regulate the issue of setting up ATMs with their acts, which began to ruin the appearance of UNESCO’s monumental heritage with excessive numbers. These are ATMs that the owners themselves decided to remove in accordance with the Decision based on the Amendments to the Decision on Communal Order, which the City of Dubrovnik prescribed a ban on placing ATMs and other devices in openings in buildings in the historic center. Some have already decided to remove improperly installed devices themselves and thus avoid paying high fines. Penalties will be issued on a daily basis in case of non-compliance with the Decision, and can go up to HRK 200.000 million for legal entities and up to HRK XNUMX for natural persons.center_img Two ATMs that were set up in Široka Street without the permission of the conservator and for which the Municipal Police of the City of Dubrovnik issued a Decision on removal, were removed from this location. As they point out from the city of Dubrovnik, after the adoption of the decision by the City Council, administrative procedures were carried out which included ATMs without valid approvals. After the expiration of the 30-day deadline, if the decision is not followed, the Municipal Police of the City of Dubrovnik will repeatedly punish violators. AFTER DUBROVNIK AND ROVINJ INTRODUCED SPECIAL CONDITIONS FOR THE INSTALLATION OF ATMS IN THE OLD CENTER FROM NEXT SUMMER, DAILY FLIGHTS BETWEEN DUBROVNIK AND PHILADELPHIA ARE INTRODUCED last_img read more

Arsenal making progress on Bukayo Saka contract talks amid Man Utd & Liverpool interest


first_imgYoungster Saka has Arsenal fans going crazy over him (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are in a hurry to get 18-year-old wonderkid Bukayo Saka to sign a new five-year deal, according to reports.The England youth international has impressed in his debut season for the north London club, with his seven assists in all competitions.Saka produced a dazzling piece of skill to set up Nicolas Pepe for Arsenal’s second goal in their 4-0 win against Newcastle United on Sunday and earned the man of the match award.The versatile winger has only 18 month remaining on his current deal. and reports last weke claimed that the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool are both preparing to snap up the teenager if he becomes available.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBut, according to David Ornstein of the Athletic, Arsenal executives are pushing hard to ensure Saka commits his long-term future to the north London club. “Whoops…” 😂Bukayo Saka relives his nutmeg and assist for Arsenal’s second goal v Newcastle📱 Recap #ARSNEW here: https://t.co/2yatcOdwmC pic.twitter.com/Q9chUYkDLu— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 16, 2020 Arsenal making progress on Bukayo Saka contract talks amid Man Utd & Liverpool interest Metro Sport ReporterMonday 17 Feb 2020 5:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Advertisementcenter_img Saka is still on the first professional contract he signed when transitioning from the Under-23’s squad in September 2018, earning him a reported £3000-a-week.The rumoured interest has urged Arsenal chiefs Huss Fahmy, Raul Sanllehi and Edu Gaspar to move quickly.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAccording to the report, an agreement with the winger is not imminent, but the process is moving along quickly, with more talks due to take place this week.Although naturally a forward player, Saka has been filling in at left-back. After Sunday’s victory, Gunners boss Mikel Arteta praised his confidence on the ball.The Spaniard told Sky Sports: ‘He takes responsibility, he takes risks in the final third. He is a player who wants to make an impact, he has courage.’MORE: Martin Keown rates Arsenal’s top-four chances after Newcastle United thrashingMORE: Matteo Guendouzi axed from Arsenal squad over heated row with Mikel Arteta Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Olivier Giroud full of praise for Serge Gnabry after ex-Arsenal teammate destroys Chelsea


first_imgBayern take a heavy lead back to Germany but Giroud still holds hope of a comeback (Getty)‘I played with him at Arsenal. At 16, he was not mature enough but obviously at 16 nobody is,’ Giroud told reporters after the game.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘But the way he improved is amazing and he is doing so well since the last two or three years now.‘I’m happy for him because he deserves it and he’s a good guy who has worked a lot.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He’s been very good tonight also, so it’s good for him and we need to bounce back on Saturday.‘It’s very disappointing today, but I understand sometimes you try but they were too good for us.’On Chelsea’s chances of turning the tie around in the second leg at the Allianz Arena, Giroud continued: ‘It’s going to be almost impossible but we need to go there with belief and to believe that we are going to score.‘You never know, you know. They scored three goals here and if we score three and don’t concede, you know. I’m not joking. We have nothing to lose and we’re going to play our game with more.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Willian admits he could leave Chelsea over problem with contract offerMORE: Arsene Wenger claims Chelsea broke ‘rule number one’ in Bayern Munich defeatMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 26 Feb 2020 7:58 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link516Shares Advertisement Comment Olivier Giroud full of praise for Serge Gnabry after ex-Arsenal teammate destroys Chelsea The German attacker left Arsenal in 2016 and has thrived ever since (Picture: Getty)Olivier Giroud had mixed emotions after Chelsea were put to the sword by Bayern Munich and Serge Gnabry on Tuesday night, admitting he was pleased to see his old Arsenal teammate doing so well.The German attacker – who left north London in 2016, spending a year at Werder Bremen before joining Bayern – scored two fantastic goals as the Bundesliga champions secured a 3-0 victory in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash.Giroud was full of praise for man-of-the-match Gnabry afterwards and, reflecting on his departure from Arsenal, says he was not ‘mature enough’ to make it with the Gunners at the time. Advertisementlast_img read more

Swiss roundup: PK Post quits Ethos following governance concerns


first_imgSBB S-bahn to Zurich While PK Post was hoping for amendments to this situation, it ended its membership in the Ethos foundation as per year-end 2017.“The shares the PK Post is holding in Ethos will be put up for sale,” the Pensionskasse confirmed in a press release.The pension fund also explained that its decision was based on statements made by Ethos regarding the conflict and threats made by Biedermann to take legal action against Bruderer Thom for her leaving the trustee board.“Given the shortcomings in corporate governance Ethos’ credibility is severely weakened,” PK Post said.Railways scheme reports 5.4% returnMeanwhile, the CHF17bn PK SBB – the pension fund for Swiss federal railways – reported a 5.4% investment return for 2017.While this was 60 basis points above its own benchmark, it was lower than the market average of around 7.5%. “The result reflects the cautious asset allocation policy as the pension fund has a low risk capacity,” PK SBB noted in a press release.Only around 17% of the scheme’s portfolio was invested in equities at the end of the year, due to the “high share of retirees” in the fund’s membership and “a continued lack of buffers”.The positive returns, however, helped to push the funding level from 104.6% to 107.3% year-on-year. The trustee board at the CHF16.7bn (€14.4bn) pension fund for the Swiss postal services has decided to end its membership of the shareholder engagement platform Ethos.However, should Ethos make amendments to its management structure before the annual general meeting in mid-June 2018, PK Post said it was “prepared to resume the dialogue – even with regards to a possible renewed cooperation”.Late last year, Françoise Bruderer Thom, managing director of PK Post, quit her seat on Ethos’ trustee board in protest at the association’s governance. She demanded the resignation of Dominique Biedermann as president of the supervisory board. Bruderer Thom and other critics claimed his position was incompatible with his wife Yola’s role as head of Ethos’ corporate governance department. last_img read more

Squatter Regularisation Programme touches the lives of over five hundred families


first_imgHon. Minister for Lands, Housing, Settlements, and Water Resource ManagementThe Honourable Minister for Lands, Housing, Settlements and Water Resource Management, Reginald Austrie, has said that the Squatter Regularisation Programme has impacted on the lives of hundreds of families.The Government of Dominica introduced the programme in an effort to provide nationals who had been squatting on Government properties for decades to actually own these properties by purchasing it from Government at one dollar per square foot.The Housing Minister spoke of the impact of the programme when he addressed Parliament last week.“For this financial year, we have taken care of seventy-two (72) families added to the four hundred and eighty-three (483) that had been done before. So to date, this Government has given five hundred and fifty-five (555) families land at one dollar EC (XCD$1.00) a square foot. I have made the point that these lands cost between five and eight dollars a square foot. As a result, we have not only given them a piece of land at a dollar a square foot, we have also given them money because one from eight is seven.”Minister Austrie however made an appeal to the beneficiaries of the Squatter Regularisation Programme to pay the monies owed to the state.“People should make an effort to pay up. We have to pay. After all, this is the State property; it is not Skerrit property or the Dominica Labour Party property and say, “So because I am a Labourite, I am not paying”. This is Dominica’s property. We believe that if you pay your one dollar a square foot, it gives us an opportunity to assist somebody else so some other people who are in a similar or worse position can benefit. So I want to put out an appeal and not only for the one dollar square foot people, but everybody should pay. Because people have a habit, it is Government thing so they are not paying for it but they have to pay otherwise, we will be forced to institute measures to force people to pay. While we will continue to do everything we can do to ensure that persons get land and everybody owns a piece of Dominica, we must not take advantage of the situation.”GIS News Share 13 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Squatter Regularisation Programme touches the lives of over five hundred families by: – July 5, 2011last_img read more

Kane buoyed by timely hat-trick


first_img The 21-year-old’s scarcely-believable rise continues apace, with the Chingford-born forward making it 29 goals in all competitions with his treble against Leicester on Saturday. Kane’s performance helped inspire out-of-sorts Tottenham to a 4-3 win and saw him move top of the top-flight scoring charts – a remarkable feat considering the first of 19 league goals did not arrive until November 2. It capped a whirlwind few days for the striker, who on Sunday is meeting up with the England senior squad for the first time ahead of the matches with Lithuania and Italy. “I can’t wait,” Kane said. “It has been a dream to be called up but obviously I want to go and play. “There is great competition for places and hopefully I can just do my best whilst I am away and see what happens. “(I want to play for England) like any boy would. That’s what I want to do. “There is great competition and I have to keep working hard if I want to get a place in the team.” Kane insists he is able to savour such moments, despite so many things coming “thick and fast”. It is form he wants to keep up and, as much as he wants to impress for England, retains a focus on club matters. Saturday’s win kept Spurs’ hopes of a top-four finish alive and was the perfect response to their insipid display in the 3-0 defeat at Manchester United. Press Association “Obviously we all know that was a poor game from us,” Kane said, speaking to Sky Sports. “There is no hiding away from that, but it is how you react. “I’ve always said we’ve got a great bunch of lads here and again we’ve proved that. We’ve come back with a great win today. “We have got a great squad, we all enjoy it. We’re loving every minute, obviously we want to keep the wins coming and see how far we can get up the table.” The emotions those connected to Leicester are feeling could not be much different. The Foxes are seven points from safety with only nine matches left after the harsh defeat in north London. City’s performance belied that of a side rock-bottom of the standings and manager Nigel Pearson praised his players’ character afterwards. “It’s a very disappointing result for us because I think we deserved more,” he said. “I don’t think we deserved to be on the receiving end of a defeat today. “To be 2-0 down after 13 minutes and really stretch one of the top sides away from home all the way to the end is a measure of the commitment that the players have shown today. “To a man I thought they were really excellent in terms of how they went about trying to win the game.” Harry Kane is “loving every minute” right now as the Tottenham striker prepares to meet up with England for the first time buoyed by a maiden Premier League hat-trick.last_img read more

PBSO sergeant dies during honeymoon


first_imgPalm Beach County, along with family members and friends are in mourning after the sudden loss of a hero.Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) Sergeant Tammy Davis-Partridge died on Oct. 7 while on her honeymoon in Las Vegas.The 32-year-old Sergeant and her husband, Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Andrew Flink, were married just three days before her unexpected death.(CBS12)Sgt. Davis-Partridge’s body was discovered in the bathroom of their Luxor Hotel room, according to the Clark County Coroner’s office.Christopher Davis-Partridge, Tammy’s brother, told CBS12 that his sister took great pride in her job and always went out of her way to help others.He also described his sister as “the life of the party.”“I got to do the father-daughter dance with her and walk her down the aisle because we don’t have a father,” he said. “When I was dancing with her, she was laughing and cracking up; it was typical Tammy.”“She was sweet, she was funny, and she was the life of the party,” he added.Sgt. Davis-Patridge’s cause of death has not been released at this time.She served her department for over eight-years and made history in February of 2018 as the youngest female to be promoted to the rank of Sergeant in her division.(CBS12)last_img read more

SA 10km title up for grabs as Peruvians are a no-show


first_imgTHE race for the men’s title of the Guyana-leg of the South American 10km Classic has been blown wide open with the news that defending champion Peruvian Yerson Orellana, and his compatriot Luis Ostos, will not be here for the race which gets underway today at 16.00hrs.This news comes on the heels of Guyana’s top distance athlete and champion of the Suriname-leg of the race, Cleveland Forde earlier this week revealing that he will not be a part of today’s line up vying for the title.According to president of the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Aubrey Hudson,the Peruvian contingent was unable to secure flights to get to Guyana in a timely manner, so instead decided to forgo the race.“They won’t be here. There were some complications in getting them here on time so they opted not to take part.When they looked at the travel time to get here, and when they would have had to leave, and when they were getting flights if they came,they would have gotten here sometime midday [today], and it would have been too hard for them to compete right after that.” Hudson related.It was only last year that Orellana and Ostos overwhelmed Guyana’s ’Little Kenyan’ when they placed first and second respectively,thereby ending Forde’s eight year dominanace of the event. Forde ultimately ended up finishing fourth after he was also unable to overcome Trinidad and Tobago based Kenyan, Kenneth Rotich. Rotich will also not be here.With all these leading athletes absent, it now leaves the race wide open for other top athletes like Trinidad’s Curtis Cox, who lost to Forde at the Caricom 10km back in July, as well as local boys Cleveland Thomas and Winston Missigher, who have continuously been hindered by Forde in their quest for a 10km title.Thomas and Missigher recently placed second and third respectively at the Suriname-leg of the Classic. The Classic is a three-part event with races in Guyana, Suriname and Panama. Today’s episode will mark the final leg of the race.Both Thomas and Missigher are confident ahead of their performance today, more motivated than ever at the thought of perhaps claiming their first title. Both are sorry at not having the kind of competition that Forde and the Peruvians would have brought to the table but as always are still working toward a title.“I put a lot of work into preparing for this race so I’m going into this race very confident and looking to do well,” said Thomas.Meanwhile, on the distaff side, Suriname’s Tonya Nero is back and will try to defend her title.However, Guyana’s Euleen Josiah-Tanner will not be there to challenge Nero. However,there will be others from Guyana like Ashanti Scott,who could perhaps take the opportunity to step up to the plate;there will also be Surinamese Genelva Dika.Today’s event is expected to have the participation of over 50 athletes.last_img read more