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

Former NFL star Albert Haynesworth thanks potential kidney donors

first_imgFormer NFL All-Pro defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth is thanking the hundreds of potential kidney donors who have offered to help him.Haynesworth, who revealed July 10 that he needs a new kidney, had been hospitalized. But in an Instagram post Thursday, Haynesworth shared a photo showing him undergoing his first dialysis treatment outside the hospital. Dolphins’ Kendrick Norton being released from hospital two weeks after arm amputation, agent says “First and foremost I want to thank each and everyone that prayed and supported me during this new ordeal, you guys are amazing,” Haynesworth wrote. “I want to also say I love you guys that are willing to give me a kidney their are no words that can describe my feelings for this blessing.” ESPN reported that after Haynesworth shared his plight July 10, Vanderbilt University Medical Center received more than 1,000 calls the first day from people offering to be a donor. Haynesworth noted in his post that potential donors will be sent a blood test to see if they are compatible and that for “my new family member (donor),” insurance and grants will cover the cost of the transplant and time missed for work. View this post on Instagramcenter_img First and foremost I want to thank each and everyone that prayed and supported me during this new ordeal, you guys are amazing. I want to also say I love you guys that are willing to give me a kidney their are no words that can describe my feelings for this blessing. Now for the update today I started my first dialysis treatments outside the hospital. I’m feeling better than the previous post since the great hospital staff of Williamson Medical pulled more than 12lbs of fluid from in and around my lungs. Now for my new family (donors) Vanderbilt will be sending you blood test that you take to a lab then send it back to Vanderbilt. After that they will give you further instructions. Oh yes for my new family member (donor) that is picked your medical expenses will be covered under my insurance and for time missed for work their are grants that Vandy will direct you to so you can get a compensation for giving this precious gift to me. I don’t know the amount but I seriously doubt it will make you rich FYI.A post shared by Albert Haynesworth (@haynesworthiii) on Jul 18, 2019 at 11:11am PDTHaynesworth, 38, played 10 NFL seasons for the Titans, Redskins, Patriots and Buccaneers. Haynesworth said that dialysis treatments have drained more than 12 pounds of fluid from around his lungs. Related News Redskins’ Josh Norman says running with the bulls in Pamplona brought him ‘peace’ and ‘joy’last_img read more

World’s oldest man dies at 112

first_imgA Japanese man who received his certificate as the world’s oldest man earlier this month has died at 112.Guinness World Records and a local funeral home said Chitetsu Watanabe died Sunday after developing a fever and difficulty breathing, according to a National Newspaper .He is survived by his five children, 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.He used to say the secret to longevity was to keep smiling.last_img

Rep Chatfield announces May June office hours

first_img10May Rep. Chatfield announces May, June office hours Categories: Chatfield News State Representative Lee Chatfield invites residents of the 107th House District to join him during local office hours for the months of May and June.“Hosting local office hours is just one way I seek feedback from the people I was elected to serve,” said Rep. Chatfield. “My staff and I have held office hours every month since my first day in office because listening and understanding the concerns of residents in the district helps me represent them better.” His May office hours schedule is:Monday, May 22Mackinac CountyEpoufette Bayview InnW5961 US-2, Naubinway, MI 497629:00 am – 10:00 amCheboygan CountyThe Trophy Shop1320 W State St, Cheboygan, MI 4972111:30 am – 12:30 pmHis June office hours schedule is:Friday, June 9Chippewa CountyWilderness Coffee2775 W M-80, Kinross, MI 4978810:00 am – 11:00 amEmmet CountyNorthwood Family Restaurant4769 Oden Rd, Alanson, MI 497061:00 pm – 2:00 pmcenter_img No appointment is necessary and there is no cost to attend. Anyone unable to attend may contact Rep. Chatfield’s office by calling (517) 373-2629, via email at or through his website at read more

Rep Vaupel proposal protects health care workers from assaults

first_img Categories: News,Vaupel News 02Oct Rep. Vaupel proposal protects health care workers from assaults State Rep. Hank Vaupel on Tuesday testified in favor of his plan adding health care professionals and medical volunteers to the protective class for criminal assault.Vaupel, of Handy Township, explained adamantly that House Bills 6203 and 6204 will make it safer for doctors, nurses and medical staff to do their jobs by providing a clear deterrent for violent actions against individuals in those fields.“Assaults are on the increase at hospitals and health care facilities and these assaults against these workers go unreported for a lot of reasons or they are not followed up on when reported,” Vaupel said. “These bills assure that assaults are treated as assaults and not just brushed away. These deterrents will give health care professionals more peace of mind in the future when trying to offer care.”From 2011 to 2013, US health care workers suffered 15,000-20,000 workplace violence related injuries and 80 percent of serious violent incidents reported in health care settings were caused by interactions with patients.Vaupel was joined in testimony by Dr. Michael Gratson of Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak and Belinda Chandler of the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians.“I have witnessed these assaults first-hand,” said Gratson, who has worked in the emergency department at Beaumont since 2010. “I’ve seen techs who have been kicked in the stomach while pregnant, broken hands, individuals who have been punched in the face and a variety of other physical injuries. A number of our emergency personnel simply no longer report these issues since they know that nothing will likely come of it and a number of experienced personnel have left the field because they fear for their own safety.”HB 6203 amends the Michigan Penal Code to provide for the added professional fields. Current Michigan law has enhanced criminal penalties if an assault takes place against police officers, firefighters, emergency medical service personnel and other fields related to first responder operations. HB 6204 updates sentencing guidelines in concert with HB 6203.Both proposals remain under consideration in the House Law and Justice Committee.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Hank Vaupel, of Handy Township, offers testimony on House Bills 6203 and 6204 before the House Law and Justice Committee. The plans add health care professionals and medical volunteers to the protective class for criminal assault.last_img read more

The global installed base of TVaddressable scree

first_imgThe global installed base of ‘TV-addressable screens’ is in the midst of a second wave of rapid expansion, driven by mobile devices, according to new research by StrategyAnalytics.The research firm said that tablets and smartphones, combined with traditional TV sets, increased the total number of TV addressable devices to 5.1 billion at the end of 2013. This is tipped to rise by another two billion TV devices – reaching more than 7 billion – by 2017.“TV’s impending death has been overstated by some commentators. The reality is that, while the television industry is changing and will look different in the future, it is very much alive. TV screens are multiplying rapidly through widespread adoption of mobile devices like tablets and smartphones, and consumers consider these screens as alternatives or supplements to traditional big TV screens,” said David Watkins, director of connected home devices at StrategyAnalytics.last_img

Russias CTC Media is set to launch a new females

first_imgRussia’s CTC Media is set to launch a new female-skewing network called CTC Love at the end of March or beginning of April, according to CEO Yuliana Slashcheva.Speaking on the firm’s fourth quarter and full year 2013 earnings call, Slashcheva said that CTC staged a technical launch on February and is currently testing the signal, advertising blocks and general operations of the channel ahead of the commercial launch.CTC Love will focus on the topics of love and relationships and target the 11-34 year-old audience, with a principal focus on 18-25 year-old female viewers, according to CTC.Slashcheva said this demographic was not largely served by CTC’s existing networks and that it will bring the firm “additional audience, additional revenues and more content delivered on different platforms.”The news came on the back of strong annual results for CTC. For the 12 months ending December 31, net income was US$152 million (€109 million), compared to US$93 million for the same period last year.Total revenues up 7% year-on-year in ruble terms to US$832.1 million. However, this was short of an 8.8% increase in the overall Russian TV ad market, due to the earlier-than-expected increase in Olympics advertising late in 2013 on the channels licensed to broadcast the 2014 Sochi Games.“We currently expect the Russian TV advertising market to grow by 5 to 8% in 2014, with the highest growth in the first quarter of the year supported by Sochi Olympics. We expect our Russian TV advertising revenues to grow in line with the market in ruble terms, and for our programming expenses to grow by less our total revenues,” said Slashcheva.She also said that the firm was making progress with the strategic objectives it outlined in November. These include growing CTC’s combined audience share, diversifying its revenue streams and expanding its digital offering.CTC recently upgraded its and websites and launched of channel apps, which Slashcheva said it aims to monetise this year.“We have made significant progress in 2013. CTC Media has delivered a solid performance, and I am particularly proud of the far-reaching improvements that we have made in several key areas such as programming, content development and digital expansion,” said Slashcheva.last_img read more