The Unforeseen Threats to the 2020 Election: Hand Sanitizer and Bad Plumbing

first_imgIn Hidalgo County in South Texas, just across the border from Mexico, it was a technical glitch. New laptops that had been distributed to polling sites ahead of Election Day to help accommodate the region’s record-breaking turnout did not work, causing delays of up to 90 minutes on Tuesday morning.- Advertisement – Nov. 6, 2020, 3:56 a.m. ET This week saw a variety of such small-scale interruptions. In Atlanta, the culprit was leaky plumbing. Inside the arena where the Atlanta Hawks play basketball — converted into a polling place — the early-morning discovery that a burst pipe was leaking water into a room with absentee ballots delayed the count by a couple of hours. An arena staff member quickly fixed the leak, and none of the ballots were damaged, officials said.Several polling places in Louisiana were running on generators after lingering power failures caused by Hurricane Zeta, which led to a feud between local and state officials over who was responsible for sending the generators to election sites. Officials ultimately moved two polling locations to a nearby middle school, and there were no serious delays. Updated – Advertisement – Poll workers face unexpected glitches every year, but warnings about distorted tallies or delayed counts made voters and observers more on edge than usual about any oddities. None of the complications this week led to serious problems, elections officials said. Some, like the hand sanitizer incident, were the result of an election severely altered by coronavirus precautions. “They were not allowing the software program to open up to check in voters,” Yvonne Ramon, the county elections administrator, said. “And because they were scattered throughout the county, my field service technicians took off to the nearest locations. We’re a large county, so going from location to location is not an easy thing.”Ms. Ramon noted that hiccups with new technology were not unusual. But the county kept polling places open an additional hour on Tuesday night to make up for the earlier delays, and everyone who had come out to cast a ballot was ultimately able to do so, she said.In the battleground state of Wisconsin, the last few hundred votes went unreported for several hours because the Richland County clerk could not reach the clerk in the town of Willow, who had said she felt sick and then could not be reached, according to The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Willow’s 274 votes were eventually reported. In Green Bay, the count of absentee votes was briefly delayed while an election official ran over to City Hall to get more ink for the vote-counting machines.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Fraser-Price to leave MVP

first_img(SPORTSMAX) – has been reliably informed that two-time Olympic 100m gold medallist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has officially said she is parting ways with the MVP Track Club at the end of this 2015/2016 season.Fraser-Pryce, 29, who won a bronze medal in the 100 metres last week Saturday night, informed head coach MVP Stephen Francis, Wednesday night of her decision.She anchored Jamaica through to the final of the 4×100 metres relay at the Olympic Games in Rio yesterday and intends to lead the team to a gold medal in the final today.President of the MVP Track Club, Bruce James, told that he could neither confirm or deny that the decorated sprinter, who joined the club in 2007, is leaving at the end of the season following what will be her last Olympic campaign.Under the tutelage of Francis, Fraser-Pryce won back-to-back Olympic titles in 2008 and 2012.She also won World titles in the 100 metres in 2009, 2013 and 2015. She became the first Jamaican woman to win three gold medals at a global championships when she won the 100 metres, 200 metres, and anchored the Jamaican team to gold at the IAAF World Athletic Championships in Moscow in 2013.last_img read more

Black Stars of CHAN 2011 the worst ever – Caf President

first_imgA chance meeting with the President of the Confederation of African Football (Caf) has provoked the most stinging verdict on Ghana’s (local) Black Stars (class of Sudan 2011).The magnificent 5 star Burj Al Fateh hotel sits at the nerve centre of Khartoum and aptly provided the backdrop for Issa Hayatou’s remarks. Clearly puzzled by the awful performance of Africa’s number 1 ranked team, the Fifa vice President asked openly “why, why Ghana?” before describing the Black Stars team of CHAN 2011 as the worst team he had seen in his over 40 years association with African football.The point blank admission by the former 400 metres Cameroon national champion, took many by surprise. It was a frank and sincere attempt to grab some answers rather than an outright condemnation of Herbert Addo’s inexperienced players.It also afforded me a few precious moments to steal a couple of quick questions as Hayatou struggled to comprehend how a team representing Ghana could deliver so little when so much was expected.Perhaps the inspirational setting played a part in enticing the fifth president of the Caf to open up without invitation in a hotel built and financed by the Libyan government at a cost of over USD $80 million.The building has an oval curved facade and is designed to resemble a sailing boat which has come to be known as ‘‘Gaddafi’s Egg’’. In recent times, Hayatou has often been portrayed as a corrupt football dictator and he is still sore from a BBC Panorama allegation that he took a bribe of $10,000. However, the FIFA vice president claims the monies received were not illegal and were used to fund Caf’s 40-year anniversary.“This money was not for me it was for the 40th anniversary of CAF,” he said.“What Panorama also did is that they are saying I have been bribed now rather than something that happened 16 years ago.Speculation has been growing that due to age and health concerns, the Cameroonian would step down this year. So I asked him if he had anyone in mind to succeed him as President? “We are here for this new competition, dialogue and our congress so I am looking forward to it,” he said.When i pushed regarding his intention to stand for the Fifa presidency again, he replied; ‘‘I have said that at this moment we are working well with Fifa and things are moving nicely. I have no interest in challenging my friend Sepp Blatter when the time comes. We have been making progress’’ Just as I readied to ask another question, Caf vice President General Memene Seyi of Togo,who had sat silently next to Hayatou all this while, turned to his long time friend and asked; ‘‘is this an interview.’’ That was my cue to shake hands and say thank you and leave. Upon reflection, it was a priceless 10 minutes with the man who has ruled African football for over 24 years.Few however talk about the fact that Hayatou is a family man married with four children. Born in Garoua, Cameroon the son of a local Sultan, he became a middle distance runner and a physical education teacher. Hayatou had a successful career as an athlete, becoming a member of the Cameroonian national squads in both Basketball and Athletics, and holding national record times in the 400 and 800 metres.Remarkably in 1974, aged just 28, he became Secretary General of the Cameroon Football Association and Chairman of the FA in 1986. As chairman, he was chosen the same year to sit on the CAF Executive Committee and following the retirement of Ethiopia’s Ydnekkatchew Tessema from the CAF presidency in 1987, Issa Hayatou was duly elected as the fifth president in the body’s history.By Yaw Ampofo-Ankrah from Caf Headquarters – Khartoum, Sudanlast_img read more