first_imgA pair of Senate runoffs in Georgia that will determine which party controls the chamber has reordered the political universe in the days since the election, influencing nearly every decision by members of both parties, including the refusal of most Republicans to recognize President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory.Senators are lining up day trips to Atlanta to campaign. Party leaders are carefully calibrating their postelection messages to frame the fight on the ground. And Mr. Biden’s transition team is tailoring its plans to two drastically different outcomes, preparing an ambitious agenda in case Democrats are able to win both races and take control of the Senate, and a more pared-back one in case they fall short.- Advertisement – The most jarring consequence has been Republicans’ refusal to challenge Mr. Trump’s false claims that he won the election. Though most leading Republicans have not repeated his claims, they have also declined to acknowledge Mr. Biden’s clear victory, fearing that doing so would enrage the president and his loyal base of supporters ahead of January.“We need his voters,” Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the second-ranking Republican, told reporters on Wednesday. “Right now, he’s trying to get through the final stages of his election and determine the outcome there. But when that’s all said and done, however it comes out, we want him helping in Georgia.” And Vice President Mike Pence told senators privately on Tuesday that he planned to jet down to Georgia next week to campaign.Democrats were seeking to rally their own voters and donors in a long-shot bid to win both races in a historically conservative state where their party has often fallen short in runoff contests.“When it comes to the Senate, it’s not over, at all,” Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, said on Wednesday. “Georgia is close.” The contests pit two Republican senators, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler, against the Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and the Rev. Raphael Warnock. But they are quickly becoming nationalized into referendums on Mr. Biden’s victory and the direction of the country.The impact was apparent throughout the Capitol. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Democrat of California, privately warned House members to watch their words in the coming weeks to deny Republicans any new ammunition to caricature the Democrats as extremists.Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, bucked up Mr. Trump and expressed outrage over Democrats insisting the president concede.- Advertisement – Senator Marco Rubio of Florida was on the ground Wednesday in the Atlanta suburbs rallying with Ms. Loeffler at a Save Our Majority Rally, an indoor event at which many attendees did not wear masks. Senator Rick Scott, the newly elected chairman of Senate Republicans’ campaign arm, is scheduled to hold a fund-raiser in the state on Thursday. The stakes are staggeringly high for both sides. With Republicans on track to control 50 Senate seats and Democrats 48, the twin runoffs on Jan. 5 will determine how much power Mr. Biden can wield in a post-Trump Washington.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_imgST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Fresh from the Under 17 Regional Title, Trinidad and Tobago are ready to defend their title in the U19 three-day tournament, set to start in St Kitts, next Monday (July 24). Guyana will also defend their 50-over title, with that format beginning on Tuesday, August 15.The three-day competition will have the teams from the six territories, while in the 50-over competition, the ICC Americas will field a team for a group of seven tournament.Four venues will be used over the next six weeks by host country St Kitts, to effectively host both formats, with competition scheduled to end, Monday, August 28.The three-day format of this tournament will see the addition of two rounds for a total of five, as opposed to the three-round format used in previous years.Following the Windies win in the Under 19 World Cup in Bangladesh last year, the team is gearing up for the World Cup Championships in New Zealand next year. Rawl Lewis, the officer in charge of youth development at Cricket West Indies notes this tournament as an important part of the calendar of events.“The Under 19 tournament is an integral part of the development of cricket in the West Indies. It is the final stage before first class cricket and many of our top players hone their skills here.”Fast-bowler Alzarri Joseph, one of the young and upcoming players on the Windies senior team is a prime example of this.Shimron Hetmeyer, former captain of the Under 19 team who secured the championship trophy last year, has also featured at the top of the order for the Windies test team as of late.Dennis Phillip, president of the St Kitts Cricket Association says that preparations are well underway and venues would have been ready for final inspection yesterday.MATCH SCHEDULEThree DayROUND 1 July 24th-26thTrinidad & Tobago v Windward Islands-ConareeLeeward Islands v Guyana-VerchildsBarbados v Jamaica -St. PaulsROUND 2 July 28th-30thGuyana v Trinidad & Tobago -St. PaulsJamaica v Windward Islands-VerchildsLeeward Islands v Barbados -MolineuxROUND 3 Aug 01st-03rdTrinidad & Tobago v Jamaica -MolineuxGuyana v Barbados -VerchildsLeeward Islands v Windward Islands -St. PaulsROUND 4 Aug 06th-08thBarbados v Trinidad & Tobago-MolineuxLeeward Islands v Jamaica -Warner ParkWindward Islands v Guyana -St. PaulsROUND 5 Aug 10th-12thLeeward Islands v Trinidad & Tobago -VerchildsBarbados v Windward Islands -St. PaulsJamaica v Guyana -ConareeONE- DayROUND 1 Aug 15thICC Americas v Guyana -VerchildsLeeward Islands v Trinidad & Tobago -MolineuxWindward Islands v Jamaica -ConareeROUND 2 Aug 17thBarbados v Trinidad & Tobago -ConareeJamaica v ICC Americas -St. PaulsLeeward Islands v Windward Islands -MolineuxROUND 3 Aug 19thGuyana v Jamaica -MolineuxWindward Islands v Barbados -VerchildsLeeward Islands v ICC Americas -ConareeROUND 4 Aug 22ndWindward Islands v Trinidad & Tobago -MolineuxLeeward Islands v Guyana -St. PaulsICC Americas v Barbados -ConareeROUND 5 Aug 24thLeeward Islands v Jamaica -VerchildsTrinidad & Tobago v ICC Americas -MolineuxBarbados v Guyana -ConareeROUND 6 Aug 26thICC Americas v Windward Islands -MolineuxJamaica v Barbados -Warner ParkGuyana v Trinidad & Tobago-ConareeROUND 7 Aug 28thLeeward Islands v Barbados -ConareeWindward Islands v Guyana -Warner ParkTrinidad & Tobago v Jamaica -Molineuxlast_img read more