News story: National Drought Group – EA Chief Executive’s Statement

first_imgThe Environment AgencyThe Environment Agency: has permitted temporary flexible abstraction to allow rapid access to water for abstractors within environmental limits. During 2018, it received 150 requests to flex of which two-thirds were agreed. In 2019, so far the EA has received 94 requests of which 90% have been approved. has extended the licence trading map from East Anglia to Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, East Midlands and West Midlands, to help abstractors look for opportunities to potentially access other abstractors’ unused water is reviewing the groundwater and surface water position to consider if more water could be made available during peak demands – by the means of flexible abstraction and rapid trading – wherever this can be done without damaging the environment and ensuring lawful abstraction is maintained. is ensuring that the water transfer schemes it owns and operates which support public water supply, such as the Ely Ouse Essex Transfer Scheme are operating, or are ready to operate when needed. is operating compensatory pumping schemes to support low river flows and protect the environment, such as the Slea augmentation scheme in Lincolnshire. has taken proactive action to protect wildlife and the environment, for example by installing aerators on the Ouse washes earlier than normal to enhance oxygen levels to protect fish, and by loaning aerators and dissolved oxygen meters to angling clubs and fisheries across East Anglia. is continuing its enforcement activity to ensure abstractors comply with their licences to help minimise the impact on the environment. refilling their reservoirs where possible. taking action to find and reduce leaks. making water transfers around their networks and between companies to meet demand and rest some sources. taking forward a range of other work to increase the resilience of their networks, including bringing unused sources online and testing water standards. seeking to minimise the risk of unplanned outages and infrastructure failure by reviewing their assets and tackling known issues such as algal growth. working with farmers locally to identify ways to sustain and share water supplies ensuring that all potential sites are application-ready for drought permits. continuing to promote water efficiency and metering, including widening campaigns to target specific zones or groups of customers. AgricultureLow rainfall this winter and spring is causing increasing concern for water resource availability, both in surface water and groundwater abstraction for the forthcoming irrigation season, particularly in the east of England.The National Farmers Union (NFU) and farmers are working closely with the EA, Internal Drainage Boards, water companies and Defra to manage the situation and sustain farming production, including through water trading and flexible abstractions that are now in place in some catchments. Working with the NFU and CLA the EA has held five advice sessions for farmers since January 2019.The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) have produced advice for farmers on coping with drought and securing resilient water supplies.EnvironmentWe have seen some environmental issues including fish incidents, algae bloom and wildfires, comparatively early this year. Groundwater chalk streams remain vulnerable if dry weather continues and is exacerbated by high temperatures.The group noted growing concern over the potential impacts of prolonged dry weather on the environment and the cumulative effect from last year. Another dry summer could cause significant and widespread impacts on the environment.NavigationThe Environment Agency and Canal and Rivers Trust are working together to advise boaters of best practice to help conserve water in the lock systems and asking them to consider sharing locks where possible – as they always do in summer.Advice to the publicThere is enough water for all if water resources are managed properly. Everyone has a role to play in ensuring that this happens. At present the average person in the UK uses 140 litres of water a day: long term water security will require all of us to reduce that figure.The NDG reaffirmed its core message to the public: please use water wisely.Conclusions and next stepsThe Environment Agency, water companies and others agreed to sustain their efforts to ensure that water users and the environment continue to get the water they need, and to further strengthen their collaboration to this end. They agreed to stay in close touch at national and local level, and that the NDG would meet again in late July to assess the latest situation and take any further necessary measures. The National Drought Group (NDG) brings together government departments, water companies, environmental groups and others to prepare for and mitigate the impacts of dry weather by coordinating action to maintain water supplies and protect the environment.The NDG met on Tuesday 4 June, chaired by Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive of the Environment Agency, to assess the latest water resource situation and actions being taken to reduce the risk of drought this summer.Current situationAfter the heatwave last year and a dry winter, this spring again saw lower than average rainfall. Low rainfall in April and May, particularly in the East of England, has seen some river flows decline to lower than normal for the time of year. In the south and east, rainfall has not replenished groundwater stores, with levels now declining. While there is no threat to public water supply, these conditions are putting particular pressure on the environment and agriculture. It will be some time before conditions can return to normal. Rainfall over the next few weeks will not be sufficient.Position of the water companiesIt is the responsibility of the water companies to maintain supplies. Despite the lack of full recovery in the water resources position over winter, most water companies have good reservoir storage for the summer.The water companies confirmed they do not expect to need to bring in household water restrictions this summer (“hosepipe bans”) unless the next few months are exceptionally dry. One or two companies may need to apply for drought permits later this year, allowing them to take more water than usual from rivers or boreholes. While the current situation is manageable and there is no present threat to public water supplies, a third dry winter in 2019/20 would cause significant problems for summer 2020.The water companies set out the actions they are taking to ensure maintenance of supply over the coming months, including:last_img read more

The science, business of aging

first_imgExperiments in animals have extended longevity or reversed some of aging’s effects, and Church said his lab is at work on gene therapies that aim to affect all or most of the identified pathways active in aging. He said recent work has proven successful at addressing five age-related diseases: Type 2 diabetes, obesity, osteoarthritis, cardiac damage, and kidney damage.Despite the new drugs and emerging therapeutics, the health care business model to deliver them is broken, according to Sachin Jain, president and chief executive officer of CareMore Health.It’s undeniable, Jain said, that aging has become big business in America, with a plethora of products and services marketed to people hoping to stave off or treat aging’s decline. The problem, he said, is that a lot of the products miss the market of the needy elderly, who aren’t technologically savvy, don’t have disposable income, but nonetheless have rising needs.Jain said the current health care system’s incentives are misaligned from its consumers’. Hospitals, for example, make more money if their beds are full, while providers looking to contain costs, not to mention consumers who want to stay healthy, would like beds to be empty.CareMore Health, based in California, is designed to have a patient-centered focus, Jain said. The provider accepts all risk for the cost of its customers’ care and has designed its system to support people’s health. That means the system emphasizes preventive care, coordinates specialists for those who fall ill, and saves when patients stay out of the hospital.“It’s undeniable that aging has been good for business, but has business been good for aging?” Jain said. The inevitable infirmities of aging may not be so certain after all, experts gathered at Harvard Business School (HBS) say, and though few products on the market today can help turn back the hands of time, that may change soon.“I think there is a lot of wishful thinking in the field of aging, where it’s something you can eat or drink [you know, wine], or not eat [you know, starve yourself],” said George Church, Harvard Medical School’s (HMS) Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics. “I think these might have small impacts … But I think very powerful medicines are right around the corner, including gene therapy.”Church was among a handful of experts who gathered Tuesday to talk about the science and business of aging. The half-day symposium presented a dose of measured optimism that highlighted the mounting issues presented by a population that’s living longer and the progress toward understanding the biological processes that underlie aging and treating the diseases that accompany it.The session, “FUSION at Harvard University: The Science and Business of Aging,” was sponsored by the Office of Technology Development’s Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator, which supports promising research by dealing with the development gap between fundamental lab work, which often attracts government funding, and projects advanced enough to attract business support. The event was also sponsored by the Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Science Entrepreneurship at HBS, which supports fellows working on biomedical startups.Harvard President Larry Bacow introduced the session, welcoming participants and thanking philanthropist Len Blavatnik, who supports the accelerator fund and fellowship. Bacow said the accelerator has proven successful, with about half of its projects going on to attract corporate support, whether through partnerships, licensing arrangements, or startup companies.,Bacow said that Harvard’s strength is its expertise in a variety of fields that play key roles in bringing discoveries from the lab to the consumer, and that programs such as the accelerator and fellowship help bring together those with essential skills.“My late mother used to say her goal in life was to grow old, and I suspect that’s all of our goals as well: to grow old in a way that is actually healthy and productive, so we don’t suffer from the infirmities of age that have plagued literally every generation that has come before us,” Bacow said.Other speakers included Blavatnik, HBS Dean Nitin Nohria, HMS Dean George Daley, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Dean Michelle Williams, Harvard chief technology development officer Isaac Kohlberg, as well as scientists and business leaders.Richard Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging, said fruits of the push against aging have been on display since the mid-1800s, when what has become a 40-year increase in average life expectancy began. Early progress was largely due to increased survival of the very young, but in recent decades the driver has been increased survival of the old. If that trend holds, he said, by 2080 average life expectancy will reach 105.Increasing lifespans have created a very different global population profile than existed for much of human history. In 1950, Hodes said, the number of children under 5 was triple the population of adults over 65. Today those numbers are roughly equal, and by 2050 the trend is expected to have reversed, with the number of elderly far outstripping that of young children.In the U.S., those gains have not been universal, however, and life expectancy for the wealthy has risen faster than for the poor. For some groups, such as the nation’s poorest women, life expectancy has actually fallen. Suicides and overdose deaths considered due to “despair” — which in the 1950s were relatively rare — have been rising, though people with bachelor’s degrees and higher have been largely unaffected.“This is just extraordinary and rather unforgivable, since these are clearly remediable variables that affect health span and life span across the country,” Hodes said.With an aging population comes an increased elderly health care burden. Projections of dramatic increases in suffering and health care cost due to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are worrisome, Hodes said, though one positive development is that even the divided federal government has agreed that money for Alzheimer’s research is critical. Funding has tripled between 2015 and 2018, to $2.3 billion.,The high-profile failures of several Alzheimer’s drug trials in recent years have pushed researchers to examine whether intervention needs to come earlier in the course of the disease. The amyloid plaques that characterize Alzheimer’s accumulate a decade or more before symptoms occur, Hodes said, and trials are beginning to explore whether earlier intervention can be more effective.The government has been urged to undertake a public health campaign to advise people how to avoid cognitive decline, Hodes said, but a two-year review of the science showed that no intervention has evidence compelling enough to support such a campaign. Still, he said there have been promising indications that exercise, certain kinds of cognitive training, and controlling blood pressure in midlife can have positive impacts on Alzheimer’s risk. Even absent government pronouncements, he said, individuals can take into account the latest evidence to make smart lifestyle decisions.Though mainly still in the lab, work to understand the biological mechanisms of aging has made significant progress recently, Church said. Scientists have identified nine or 10 pathways that play roles in aging, and research is underway to develop interventions to head off and even reverse age-related physiological changes. Experiments in mice suggest way to thwart DNA damage from aging, radiation Partial reversal of aging achieved in mice Harvard study, almost 80 years old, has proved that embracing community helps us live longer, and be happier Control of telomerase gene appears to control process Critical step found in DNA repair, cellular aging Good genes are nice, but joy is better Relatedlast_img read more

Start Exploring and Driving the 4-Socket Opportunity

first_imgHigh-performance PowerEdge R940 server can help drive business for you and your customersIn today’s fast-changing business world, constantly increasing application and end-user demands drive many organizations to seek server performance and efficiency benefits that were typically previously only achievable with hyperscale solutions. But now the new Dell EMC PowerEdge server portfolio can deliver almost everything that IT managers are looking for – and more.The latest PowerEdge servers are built from the ground up to deliver high performance plus unmatched systems management with versatile onboard storage configurations, all of which is optimized for key enterprise applications.Perfect for powering mission-critical applicationsThe Dell EMC PowerEdge R940, our highest performing, 4-socket server, is designed to power mission-critical applications and make real-time decisions, enabling organizations to drive IT transformation.The new R940 rack server was specifically developed to provide your customers with the perfect server solution for extremely demanding, mission-critical workloads – like Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), dense virtualization analytics and very large in-memory databases.Significant performance benefitsThe Dell EMC PowerEdge R940 will be an attractive proposition for customers ranging from SMBs to large enterprises and public sector organizations. IT department heads and managers running complicated IT environments with multiple servers or storage products should be primary targets for your server refresh conversations – especially around the benefits of 4-socket solutions.The PowerEdge R940 is available with up to 24 2.5” drives and as many as 12 NVME drives – in just 3U. Inside, it’s powered by up to 4 next-generation Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors. With a scalable business architecture, intelligent automation and integrated security built-in as standard, this affordable but incredibly high-performing server delivers significant customer benefits:50 percent more NVMe than previous R930 server;Up to 48 DIMMs, totalling 6TBs of memory with up to 12 NVDIMMs;Highly optimized design, reducing footprint from 4U to 3U;Up to 28 cores per processor (27 percent increase) and increased memory bandwidth (50 percent increase).*https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyvJBUBFmfQEncourage customers to explore 4-socket opportunitiesWith the Dell EMC PowerEdge R940 server, increased performance for mission-critical applications is easily achieved without rip-and-replace system upgrades. So be sure to reach out to any customers with ageing servers that are still in active service but are now out of warranty and to lapsed customers with very old servers. Customers that require UNIX to Linux migrations will be especially interested in the benefits of 4-socket servers.Stepping up to a 4-socket solution also enables them to take advantage of dense virtualization, allowing the spin-up of multiple VMs, either for production or for development, and making it easier to maximize the utilization of the single-server environment.  Scaling up can be accomplished easily by adding RAM and/or processors. The more VMs you can get per U of rack space, the larger the potential overall savings.Start driving the conversationTo help you engage customers and promote the benefits of 4-socket servers, and the PowerEdge R940 in particular, we’ve created an introductory email for you to send out. You can also access a whole range of materials – including Battlecards, product spec sheets, product videos and technical guides – to help you steer the conversation and drive demand.Send the PowerEdge R940 Rack Server email to your customers(Translated email files are available in the Partner Playbook)* Based on Dell internal analysis, comparing the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor to Intel® Xeon® E5 v4 processor, March 2017last_img read more

Canada’s SaskPower utility looking to add 300MW of new wind in Saskatchewan

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CKRM:SaskPower wants to expand the provincial power grid by creating more wind power in the future.Minister responsible for SaskPower Dustin Duncan announced on Thursday they will open a Request for Qualification phase later this month for companies interested in building one or multiple utility-scale power facilities in the province. Joel Cherry, a spokesperson with SaskPower, explained how this phase will allow the Crown corporation to receive and review submissions from interested proponents over the next several months. A limited number of companies will then move to a Request for Proposals phase before they make their final decision.“Once we’ve selected a preferred proponent, we will inform them and award the project, that should be expected sometime late next year,” he said. “Shortly after we’ll break ground, they’ll build the facility, and it’s expected to be in service by the end of 2023.”Saskatchewan has 241 megawatts of wind power capacity from six existing wind power projects. 387 megawatts of wind power projects are currently being added at locations near Herbert, Riverhurst and Assiniboia.The completion of this project will add up to 300 megawatts to the provincial grid once it’s online.Cherry said the facility will help reach their goal of reducing the province’s greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. “The most cost-effective and efficient way to do that is through large scale utility projects like this.”More: Sask. government sets sights on building more wind power facilities Canada’s SaskPower utility looking to add 300MW of new wind in Saskatchewanlast_img read more

Brazil Hosts Navy Summit of Portuguese Speaking Countries

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo September 25, 2018 The Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) hosted the V Conference of the Navies of the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP, in Portuguese), August 7-9, 2018. The summit took place at the Brazilian Navy War College, in Rio de Janeiro. The objective of the conference was to promote dialogue, improve cooperation, and exchange organizational experiences among the navies. Delegations from the Angolan Navy, Cape Verde Coast Guard, Equatorial Guinea Navy, Mozambique Navy, Portuguese Navy, and the São Tomé and Príncipe Coast Guard participated. The theme for the 2018 summit was cooperation among the navies. Participants discussed partnership possibilities to monitor and control maritime traffic, while allowing each country to exercise sovereignty in their waters. Admiral Eduardo Bacellar Leal Ferreira, MB commander, described the conference as an opportunity to increase cooperation among CPLP navies. “The union among countries gives us the tools to counter maritime traffic, such as human and drug trafficking, terrorism, and cyber warfare,” he said at the event. More efficient navies Among the decisions reached at the conference, Brazil and Portugal vowed to provide technical support in the implementation of a maritime surveillance system for the navies and coast guards of the community. “It will be an opportunity for younger navies to acquire the capacities to guarantee sovereignty in their waters,” said MB Captain Emilson Paiva de Faria, from the Navy General Staff’s International Affairs Division. The officer highlighted the leadership role of the navies of Brazil and Portugal in increasing activities with those of CPLP. “The goal is to foster agreements to enable learning and training for others,” Capt. Paiva said. Participants also committed to advising their respective governments in defining their maritime borders and expanding continental platforms. CPLP members will also develop and increase information exchange among navies and coast guards’ maritime traffic control centers to counter maritime threats. “Currently, none of the navies can single-handedly patrol all waters against transnational crimes,” Captain Pedro Santana, commander of the Cape Verde Coast Guard, told the Brazilian Navy’s TV Marinha. “We must cooperate and create partnerships with nations to fight these crimes.” Admiral Mendes Calado, chief of the General Staff of the Portuguese Navy, also stressed on the importance of integration between CPLP countries. “In addition to the language, another element that unites us is the sea, which is a space of opportunities, and also great threats and risks to our nations,” he said. Capt. Paiva also pointed out additional noteworthy activities defined during the conference. “The delegations committed to promote the development of the ‘dual use navy’ concept, that is, for military and civilian purposes, to avoid duplication of costs and increase efficiency,” he said. “We also agreed on the creation of courses, exchanges, and internships with educational institutions and command-and-control operations of the Angolan Navy, Brazilian Navy, and the Portuguese Navy for officers and noncommissioned officers.” Cooperation protocol According to Capt. Paiva, the Portuguese Navy organized the first Conference of CPLP Navies in Lisbon, in 2008, to comply with the CPLP Cooperation Protocol in the Defense Domain of 2006. “At the time, the summit was a symposium and evolved into a conference with executive power in 2012,” the officer said. The goal of the CPLP Cooperation Protocol in the Defense Domain is to promote and facilitate cooperation among member states by systematizing and clarifying upcoming measures. According to Capt. Paiva, cooperation among the navies on maritime matters is active and efficient within the community. “The protocol is the most important document, which enables the Brazilian Navy to continue to cooperate with the navies of the CPLP countries,” he said. The biennial conference is the main discussion forum among the navies and coast guards of Portuguese speaking countries. The VI Conference will take place in 2020, in Cape Verde.last_img read more

Freeport Man Charged With Pitchfork Burglary Try

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Freeport man has been accused of trying to break down a Roosevelt woman’s door with a pitchfork, fleeing on a stolen bicycle and being caught with marijuana.Nassau County police said Michael Brown tried to break into the Forest Avenue home of the 58-year-old victim using the landscaping tool shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday.Police noted that the two know each other, but did not disclose the nature of their relationship.Officers responded and quickly apprehended the 39-year-old suspect riding a bicycle that had been reported stolen earlier the same day, police said.He was allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana at the time.The pitchfork was recovered and no injuries were reported.Brown was charged with attempted burglary, unlawful possession marijuana and criminal possession of stolen property.He will be arraigned Sunday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

HR Answers: Getting ahead of the safety curve

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » While the national conversation regarding violence in the workplace blames heightened awareness on media coverage, recent studies may provide statistical evidence supporting the perceived frequency. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 5 percent of all businesses experience an instance of workplace violence each year. For organizations with over 1,000 employees, this rate increases tenfold to 50 percent. A 2014 report from the FBI found active shooter incidents in the U.S. now occur on an average of once a month. Of these incidents, almost half occurred at a business while nearly a quarter occurred at pre-K to 12th grade schools and institutions of higher learning.Although active threats and the environments where they take place vary from incident to incident, the common threads can be woven together to create the fabric of an effective and successful safety program. The following are lessons gleaned from past experience that credit unions can use as tools for building a safety-minded workplace.Mindset to Clear the First HurdleMore often than not, active threat training is the elephant in the room. Everyone has heard of incidents but they are reluctant to take steps toward mitigation. Reasons may vary from believing it’ll make employees more fearful than empowered to worrying the training might not be “right” for the team. However, looking the other way is not the solution to any problem, much less a problem with harmful consequences.last_img read more

What will it take to hit the instant payments tipping point?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Instant payments is an innovation that doesn’t require much explanation. Getting immediate access to money is an obviously better solution than waiting for the check to arrive in the mail, or constantly refreshing a mobile banking app to see if transferred funds have been cleared for use.And, as Karen Webster noted in a recent conversation on digital disbursements with Ingo Money’s Drew Edwards, while it may not be conventional wisdom that consumers and SMBs want instant payments, it is well on its way to shifting from “nice to have” to “must-have.”“We’re seeing over and over that this is what customers want, and it’s where market leaders are heading,” Edwards told Webster. “We’re not talking about whether we’re going to hit this tipping point in the future – we’re talking about when, and we’re talking about in the next couple of years.”Getting to that tipping point is complicated, Edwards noted, and there are some big obstacles to overcome, even though market pressures are setting the pace at which companies must move to offer instant pay as an option. And, in many cases, the FinTechs are serving as the pace car. continue reading »last_img read more

Mastic Teen Gets 20 Years for Christmas Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Mastic teenager was sentenced Monday to 20 years to life in prison for his role in the shooting death of a 21-year-old man during a Medford repair shop robbery on Christmas two years ago.Cesar Figueroa pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last month at Suffolk County court.Prosecutors said the 19-year-old man and his accomplice, 21-year-old Brandon Davis of Bridgehampton, demanded cash from four people before shooting them all at Whitestar MTR on Cedarhurst Avenue on Dec. 25, 2013.Figueroa shot three people who suffered non-life-threatening injuries and Davis fired the shots that killed Bristel.Davis was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced last month to life in prison without the possibility of parole.last_img read more

Georgia Senators Inflame G.O.P. Rift in Calling for Election Official’s Resignation

first_imgMr. Raffensperger dismissed their allegations as “laughable.”“Let me start by saying that is not going to happen,” Mr. Raffensperger said of the request to resign. On Monday morning, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, who is also a Republican, said on CNN that he had seen no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the state.“We’ve not had any sort of credible incidents raised to our level yet and so we’ll continue to make sure that the opportunity to make sure every legal ballot is counted is there,” he said. Mr. Raffensperger, a civil engineer and former state lawmaker, was elected secretary of state in 2018 after receiving a glowing endorsement from Mr. Trump, who said that Mr. Raffensperger would be a “fantastic secretary of state.” Mr. Raffensperger succeeded Mr. Kemp, who was criticized by Democrats in his time as secretary of state for supporting what they described as widespread voter suppression tactics, often in the name of fighting voter fraud.As a candidate, Mr. Raffensperger also emphasized election security issues, saying he was running “to make sure that only American citizens are voting in our elections.” “I know emotions are running high,” he added. “Politics are involved in everything right now. If I was Senator Perdue, I’d be irritated I was in a runoff. And both senators and I are all unhappy with the potential outcome for our president.”- Advertisement – Some conservatives expressed fear that the volley of accusations impugning the electoral process could depress the vote among Republican voters, who might not turn out for the January runoffs if they did not trust the legitimacy of the electoral process. Some political analysts warned that such attacks could backfire with devastating consequences as the party braces for bitter showdowns between the senators and their opponents.“Trump is gonna cost the GOP the Senate,” Erick Erickson, a Georgia-based conservative commentator, wrote on Twitter on Sunday. “His supporters are internalizing that the election in Georgia was stolen so why bother even trying.” The discord has grown as the election results in Georgia, a reliably Republican stronghold in recent years, have unsettled the state and national G.O.P. With nearly all of the ballots counted, Mr. Biden leads Mr. Trump by about 11,400 votes, and Mr. Perdue and Ms. Loeffler were forced into runoff races against Democrats — pivotal elections that could determine control of the Senate.The joint statement by Mr. Perdue and Ms. Loeffler reflected the divide among Republicans in the state, but also came as many in the party have continued to back Mr. Trump as he falsely insists that the election was stolen from him. On Monday, the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, said Mr. Trump had “every right to look into allegations and request recounts.”Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican who was the former top election official before his 2018 election, sought to find middle ground on Monday. While urging Mr. Raffensperger to take seriously any charges of fraud or irregularities surrounding the election, he also did not join in any condemnation of his successor.“Given the close outcome and the record number of mail-in and absentee ballots cast in this election, this needs to be a wake-up call to the secretary of state’s office to take a serious look at any and all voting irregularity allegations that have been made,” Cody Hall, a spokesman for the governor, said in a statement on Monday. “Georgians deserve to have every legal vote counted in order to have full confidence in the outcome of our elections.” “Honest elections are paramount to the foundation of our democracy,” they added. “The secretary of state has failed to deliver honest and transparent elections. He has failed the people of Georgia, and he should step down immediately.”- Advertisement – Senators David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia took the extraordinary step of issuing a joint statement calling for the resignation of the Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, and condemning the election as an “embarrassment.”“We believe when there are failures, they need to be called out — even when it’s in your own party,” the senators said in their statement, which did not offer any specific allegations or elaborate on how they believed Mr. Raffensperger had fallen short, except to accuse him of “mismanagement and lack of transparency.”center_img – Advertisement – Updated Nov. 9, 2020, 7:57 p.m. ET ATLANTA — A rift among Georgia Republicans exploded into public view on Monday as the state’s incumbent senators, both locked in fierce runoff fights for their seats, lashed out at the Republican officials who oversaw last week’s election and leveled unfounded claims of a faulty process lacking in transparency.The all-out intraparty war erupted as the vote count in Georgia on Monday continued to show President Trump narrowly trailing President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.- Advertisement – He argued that his office had been transparent, holding regular briefings and urgently updating vote counts. He asserted that the reporting process had been orderly and lawful, and noted that his office had sent investigators to consider allegations of potential illegal voting. He noted, too, that he had a monitor appointed to oversee elections in Fulton County, home to much of Atlanta, which he called “one of our longtime problem Democrat-run counties.” With their statement, Ms. Loeffler and Mr. Perdue, who have both long professed their fealty to Mr. Trump, were essentially doubling down on that sentiment, signaling that their campaigns could be more about turning out the conservative base of Trump supporters than repositioning to the political center.In the Jan. 5 runoffs, Ms. Loeffler will face a challenge from the Rev. Dr. Raphael Warnock, the pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta; Mr. Perdue is running against Jon Ossoff, the chief executive of a media production company. None of them received at least 50 percent of the vote in last week’s election. “The voters of Georgia hired me, and the voters will be the one to fire me,” Mr. Raffensperger said in his statement on Monday. “As secretary of state, I’ll continue to fight every day to ensure fair elections in Georgia, that every legal vote counts and that illegal votes don’t count.”In an earlier briefing on Monday, Gabriel Sterling, the voting system implementation manager for Mr. Raffensperger’s office, sought to debunk the various allegations that had circulated and said Election Day had gone smoothly after long lines at times during early voting.He noted that the average wait time to vote last Tuesday was two minutes.“The facts are the facts, regardless of outcomes,” he said, adding, “In this state, this time, this election on Election Day was an amazing success.”last_img read more