Weary ballot counters continue four days after vote as the nation waits for results.

first_imgPhil Armstrong, the county executive in Lehigh County, said the workers were exhausted, in an interview with The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa.“I don’t know how anyone could have done this process both quickly and carefully,” Mr. Armstrong told the newspaper. “It’s just a very tedious process.” In West Chester, Pa., election workers unseal ballots under fluorescent lights, and feed them by hand into high-speed scanners, in video seen on KYW-TV in Philadelphia.They were given the weekend off and will continue counting ballots inside a university gym on Monday morning.At the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, a livestream showed ballot counters in yellow and orange reflective jackets, sitting at opposite ends of tables tabulating ballots throughout the week. Perhaps no one wants the election to end more than the vote counters themselves.With tens of thousands of ballots still to be counted and the world waiting for a final result, counters in several key states, wearing masks and gloves, were set to continue to tally votes into next week, risking their own safety as coronavirus cases in the United States hit record highs.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Four teams book semi-final places in Motielall Memorial T20 tournament

first_imgTHERE were wins for Imam Bacchus, Gunners, Walton Hall and Devonshire Castle last Sunday to book semi-final spots in the latest round of the Motielall, Jailall and Praboo Memorial T20 tournament held in North Essequibo.At the Imam Bacchus ground in Affiance, Imam Bacchus SC beat Young Stars to win by 149 runs. Batting first, the host amassed 222-6 off 20 overs with Navindra Persaud scoring a brisk 58 (9×4) along with useful contributions from National Under-19 batsman Parmesh Parsotam 47(7×4) and an unbeaten 46 (4×4, 4×6) from senior Essequibo inter-county player Wayne Osborne.Young Stars, in reply, were dismissed for 73 from 17 overs as only Suraj Lall with 25 (5×4) showing any promise at the crease. Medium pacer Ganesh Mangal took 2-11 from 4 overs as four batsmen perished via run-out.In the other match at the same venue, Gunners shot their way to a 76-run victory against Charity SC. Batting first after winning the toss, Gunners tallied 193-6 from 20 overs with 40 (4×4, 1×6) from former Essequibo inter-county captain Elroy Stephney and supported by Damion Wharton 38 (4×4) and skipper Haiman Beharry 36 (3×4, 2×6) not out.Charity SC were then dismissed for 117 in the 20th over with brief knocks of 28 (3×4) from Hassan Rahim and Vickram Kanhai scoring 20. Medium pacer Damion Wharton capped a good all-round performance by claiming 3-19 from 3 overs and former national Under-15 pacer Zavier McDonald had 2-14 from 4 overs.In the other games at the Walton Hall ground, Devonshire Castle ambushed Police to record a comprehensive 10-wicket victory.The Lawmen perished for a miserly 55 from 17 overs. Devonshire Castle in return took only 3.2 overs to reach their target with Navin Horil smashing an unbeaten 44, containing 7×4 and 2×6 to humiliate the policemen.In the second game, hosts Walton Hall recorded a 73-run win against Young Achievers. Batting first, Walton Hall rattled up 220-5 from their 20 overs with former inter-county players Navin Bahadur 51, Vishwanauth Lall 41 and Suresh Persaud 40, all contributing to the eventual total.In response, despite a fluent innings of 77 (10×4, 3×6) from Narendra Mandolall, Young Achievers could reach only 147 in 18 overs as Lall returned with the ball to capture 3-20 from 4 overs of off-spin.Meanwhile the semi-finals will be played this weekend – Imam Bacchus versus Walton Hall while Gunners will play Devonshire Castle.Both matches are scheduled for the Anna Regina Community Centre ground.The competition is sponsored by businessman Dharamdeo Lall and coordinated by the North Essequibo Cricket Committee (NECC) in memory of Lall’s three uncles who were former players from the village of Walton Hall on the Essequibo Coast. (Elroy Stephney)last_img read more