Biden makes his first remarks to the nation as president-elect.

first_img“What is our mandate?” he said. “I believe it’s this: Americans have called upon us to marshal the forces of decency, the forces of fairness, to marshal the forces of science and the forces of hope in the great battles of our time.”Senator Kamala Harris, the vice president-elect, spoke first, telling voters that they had chosen “hope and unity, decency, science and, yes, truth.” She invoked her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, who came to the United States from India at the age of 19, and paid tribute to the women “who throughout our nation’s history have paved the way for this moment tonight.” The message, as it was throughout the campaign, was rooted more in a sense of values than in an especially ideological viewpoint, an approach that helped him build a broad coalition throughout the campaign but that will be tested in partisan Washington.Yet Mr. Biden grew impassioned as he insisted that for all of the tensions in the country, Americans still wanted to see their leaders find common ground. He promised to bring steady leadership and experience to meet the staggering crises facing the nation, most prominently the coronavirus. – Advertisement – WILMINGTON, Del. — Joseph R. Biden Jr. addressed the nation for the first time as president-elect on Saturday night, delivering a message of unity and trying to soothe the extraordinary divisions that defined the last four years in American politics.“Let this grim era of demonization in America begin to end here and now,” he said.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – In remarks before a drive-in audience in Wilmington brimming with longtime friends from Delaware, his home state, he directly appealed to the tens of millions of Americans who backed President Trump’s re-election, seeking to make good on his central campaign promise of bringing the country together. “For all those of you who voted for President Trump, I understand the disappointment tonight,” Mr. Biden, speaking at the conclusion of his third run for the presidency, said. “I’ve lost a couple times myself. But now, let’s give each other a chance. It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again.”He added, “This is the time to heal in America.”- Advertisement – “While I may be the first woman in this office, I will not be the last,” she said. “Because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.” Mr. Biden’s optimistic speech, flecked with references to faith and American history, came 48 years to the day after he was first elected a senator from Delaware. He spoke from a flag-bedecked stage outside the Chase Center on the Riverfront, an event center near the Christina River, where he invoked themes that shaped his presidential campaign. last_img read more

Ryan Fraser and Grant Hanley withdraw from Scotland squad with injury | Football News

first_img– Advertisement – UEFA: No plans to change Euro 2020 formatUEFA say it has no plans yet to change the format of Euro 2020 amid reports it is considering moving next summer’s tournament to Russia.European football’s governing body decided in March to postpone the tournament by 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic, but has so far stood by the 12-city format it had originally devised.- Advertisement – Kick off 7:45pm Fraser missed Newcastle’s 2-0 defeat at Southampton on Friday with the issue, while Hanley was ruled out of Norwich’s 1-0 victory at home to Swansea a day later.Hanley – who has 30 caps for his country – had been called up to the Scotland squad for the first time in more than two years, while Fraser was looking to add to his 14 international appearances.The news comes as a blow to Scotland, who will travel to Belgrade this week knowing that a victory over Serbia in their one-legged play-off will see them qualify for their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup.- Advertisement – Thursday 12th November 7:00pm Ryan Fraser and Grant Hanley will both miss Scotland’s crucial Euro 2020 play-off against Serbia after withdrawing from the squad with injury.Steven Reid, who is part of Scotland boss Steve Clarke’s backroom staff, confirmed the news after both Fraser and Hanley sustained hamstring problems.- Advertisement – French newspaper Le Parisien reported that installing Russia, which hosted the World Cup in 2018, as sole host for the finals was one option being considered by UEFA, with infection rates rising again across the continent.While UEFA has not ruled out changing the format, it said in a statement that it currently had no plans to do so.“UEFA intends to hold Euro 2020 in the format and the venues confirmed earlier this year and we are working closely with all host cities on preparations,” the statement read.“Given the uncertainties surrounding Covid – over which neither UEFA nor the local organising bodies have control – it is currently too early to say whether those games in June and July will have restrictions either on fans or even their staging.” As well as missing Thursday’s game at the Crvena Zvezda Stadium, Fraser and Hanley will also be unavailable for Scotland’s Nations League fixtures away to Slovakia on Sunday and Israel on November 18.last_img read more