A five-year-old leukemia sufferer has fulfilled a wish to be a superhero after San Francisco, a charity and city residents came together to let him play crime-fighting ‘Batkid’ for a day.
With the help of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, volunteers and city officials, Miles Scott was given an adventure to remember, capturing the Riddler and thwarting the Penguin in a series of orchestrated stunts organised for him by volunteers and city officials.
Miles, from Tulelake in northern California, didn’t know what was in store for him and thought he was in San Francisco on Friday to get a Batman costume so he could dress like his favourite superhero.
Instead, his day started with a television appeal from the city’s police chief, Greg Suhr, and ended with him aiding a grown-up Batman stop Gotham City’s most fiendish criminals.
“Please, Caped Crusader. We need you. And bring the Batkid,” said Suhr in a televised mock appeal.
The bashful Miles at first seemed overwhelmed, quietly working through scenarios with an adult Batman sidekick, such as defusing a fake bomb and saving a woman, as crowds in their thousands chanted of “Batkid, Batkid”.
The Batkid was given a police escort as he sped around the city in a black Lamborghini “Batmobile”, which was decorated with a large Batman insignia.
By the time he reached City Hall to receive a key to the city in front of the biggest crowd of the day, Miles was all smiles.
It seemed that everyone was in on the surprise. At Union Square, the Chronicle newspaper distributed hundreds of copies of a special edition with the headline “Batkid Saves City”.
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee later proclaimed November 15 to be “Batkid Day Forever” and the US president, Barack Obama, said in a message: “Way to go, Miles! Way to save Gotham!”
Miles was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 18 months old, but ended treatments in June and is in remission.
Miles’ father Nick Scott thanked the crowd, organisers and the city.
“This is closure for us,” Nick Scott said. “It has been a hard three years.”
Make-A-Wish has fulfilled similar wishes across the US. One child became Batman’s sidekick, Robin and another was a secret agent, said Jen Wilson, a spokeswoman for the organisation.
US Election: Trump Claims Victory Hours After Saying Biden Won
The President of the United States, Donald Trump, has declared himself the winner of the US Election 2020.
President Trump declared himself the winner of the US election in a tweet on Monday morning, November 16 by simply tweeting: “I won the election.”
I WON THE ELECTION!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 16, 2020
This came hours after he tweeted that his opponent Joe Biden “won because the election was rigged.”
He won because the Election was Rigged. NO VOTE WATCHERS OR OBSERVERS allowed, vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot!), the Fake & Silent Media, & more! https://t.co/Exb3C1mAPg
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2020
The latest vote tallies project Democratic candidate, Biden a clear winner in the state-by-state Electoral College that decides the presidency, with 306 votes against Trump’s 232.
However, President Trump has remained defiant, continuously claiming he won the election free and fair.
Former Ghana President, Jerry Rawlings Is Dead
Jerry Rawlings, a former Ghanaian president has reportedly died from suspected COVID-19 complications.
The former Ghanaian leader died at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, capital of Ghana on Thursday morning.
Rawlings led the country first as a military ruler and then as a democratically elected president between 1981 and 2001.
Rawlings initially rose to power in Ghana as a flight lieutenant in the Ghana Air Force, following a coup détat in 1979.
After initially handing power over to a civilian government, he took control again in December 1981 as Head of State.
He was re-elected in 1996 for four more years.
Rawlings left office in 2000 after exhausting Ghana’s constitutional term-limit of eight years for Presidents.
US Election Is Far From Over — Trump
Shortly after Biden was projected winner, Trump in a defiant statement expressed that the election was “far from over” and criticised Biden for “rushing to falsely pose as the winner.”
“Biden has not been certified as the winner of any states, let alone any of the highly contested states headed for mandatory recounts, or states where our campaign has valid and legitimate legal challenges that could determine the ultimate victor.
“Legal votes decide who is president, not the news media.
“Beginning Monday, our campaign will start prosecuting our case in court to ensure election laws are fully upheld and the rightful winner is seated.
“The American people are entitled to an honest election, that means counting all legal ballots, and not counting any illegal ballots,” Trump said.
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