Condos postpones General Election audit due to COVID-19

first_imgAudit to be Held at Later Date Under Safer CircumstancesVermont Business Magazine Today Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos announced the 2020 post-Election audit will be temporarily postponed until such time that it can be held safely due to COVID-19 and the associated health risks posed by gathering staff and members of the public from multiple communities and households in one room for multiple hours to conduct the audit.“My planning for the conduct of the 2020 elections in Vermont has been driven by two guiding principles: preserve every eligible voter’s right to vote and protect the health and safety of voters, Town Clerks, and election workers,” said Secretary Condos.“At this time, we have been told repeatedly by national and state health experts that gathering in groups from multiple households should be avoided at all costs. After consulting with Vermont’s health experts, I have determined that in order to protect the health and safety of my staff, the Town Clerks and members of their Boards of Civil Authority responsible for bringing the ballots to us, and members of the public interested in attending the open audit process, the audit shall be postponed until such time that it can be held safely and transparently.”After every General Election, voted ballots are stored in secure, tamper-proof ballot bags and locked in the Town Clerks’ vaults, under a secure chain of custody. They must be kept for 22 months following the election.Seven randomly selected voting precincts will be included in this year’s audit: Brandon, Pownal, Randolph, South Burlington (Chittenden 7-4), Topsham, Warren and Worcester. Six of these seven towns use optical scan tabulators for the tabulation of election results, and one town (Topsham) uses hand count procedures.Every ballot cast in those precincts will be audited, and every race on those ballots will be included in the audit. Following the November 3rd election all ballots cast were sealed in ballot bags and held securely by the Town Clerks in their vaults.“Fortunately, due to the secure procedures surrounding our post-election audit process, we are in a position to be able to do what is best for the health and safety of all involved,” said Condos. “While this was a difficult decision to make, we cannot take any risks during a time that cases are increasing here in Vermont, and even more so in our surrounding states.”The postponement of the audit was authorized by Secretary Condos in a directive(link is external) he issued today pursuant to the authority granted to him by the Legislature under Acts 92 and 135 of 2020.Source: 11.25.202. Montpelier, VT – is external)last_img read more

The Friendship Bank: How and Why Even the Most Giving Friend Expects Payback

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal: For 20 years, Christina Steinorth was happy to help one of her close friends with whatever she needed—last-minute baby sitting, a drive to work when her car was in the shop, countless hours of free marriage advice (Ms. Steinorth is a licensed marriage and family therapist). She didn’t expect anything in return.When Ms. Steinorth and her husband decided to adopt a baby a few years ago, she asked her pal to write a letter of recommendation. The friend agreed enthusiastically, Ms. Steinorth says, but months went by and no letter arrived. She asked again and the friend apologized profusely, but still no letter. After several more months, Ms. Steinorth asked one more time. Her friend ignored her.…The results: “Being a helpful person feels good and contributes to better relationships and greater satisfaction and self-worth,” says Bonnie Le, a Ph.D candidate at the University of Toronto and lead researcher on the study.Even so, people with strong communal orientation aren’t completely selfless. They do expect their friends will be there if they need them. The risk they run is they won’t receive support, or they will even be exploited, by friends or loved ones with low communal orientation.Read the whole story: The Wall Street Journal More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Government hosts CREAD Consultation

first_img 400 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share LocalNewsPolitics Government hosts CREAD Consultation by: – November 29, 2018center_img Share Tweet Professor Avinash Persaud, Principal architect of the Climate Resilient Execution Agency for Dominica and member of the CREAD’s Transition CommitteeThe Government of Dominica hosted a consultation on the Climate Resilience Executing Agency of Dominica (CREAD) Bill 2018, at the Goodwill Parish Hall on Wednesday.The CREAD Bill 2018 will allow for the establishment of the Agency as Government moves ahead with its objective to make Dominica the World’s First Climate Resilient Country.Stake holder representatives from the public and private sector and civil society will attend the consultation and have the opportunity to review and discuss the draft legislation before it is taken to parliament.The objectives of the proposed bill are to promote the swift and cost-effective recovery of Dominica from climate-related disasters; to ensure that any physical and other infrastructure damaged or destroyed during a climate related disaster is reconstructed or restored to a state that is better than its state before the occurrence of that disaster; to ensure that Dominica will be more resilient to natural hazards and better able to respond to climate-related disasters; and to assist the public and private sectors and civil society to be better equipped to manage and recover from climate-related disasters.The Climate Resilience Execution Agency of Dominica (CREAD) was formed to assist in rebuilding Dominica following the passage of Hurricane Maria in September 2017.The Government will soon formalize the Agency through the enactment of the CREAD Bill 2018 in order to rebuild the island as the first climate resilient nation in the world in accordance with a Climate Resilience and Recovery Plan developed by the Commonwealth of Dominica and its partners.last_img read more

Blackwood relishes European challenge

first_imgJamaica’s senior women’s FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign might have ended at the group stage, but their performances solidified several players on the radar of the top European clubs. Defender Deneisha Blackwood is one such player, who earned a spot with Slavia Prague’s women’s team in the Czech top flight. Blackwood, who played for Navarro College, University of West Florida, and Florida Krush throughout her career, made the move to the Czech giants following her World Cup performance. With the first set of matches under her belt, the defender is enjoying life in Europe. “The language, I must say, is one of the biggest factors right now, but apart from that, it has been great, it’s a new environment,” Blackwood said recently in an interview. “As I said, I’ve been to so many places so it’s easy to adapt. It’s going good and I’m enjoying my time.” CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DEBUT Blackwood has indeed been impressing with her performances in recent matches, and got the chance to live out one of her dreams when she made her debut in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. “It was amazing, I must say,” she said. “I used to watch the boys of my team play and I was like, ‘I really want to play in this game one day,’ and for me to get my first 90 minutes, it was a good experience.” In fact, Blackwood was able to grab her first Champions League assist as her team drummed Scottish outfit, Hibernian LFC, 5-1 in the second leg of the round of 32 fixtures for a 9-2 aggregate scoreline. Slavia Prague will next face reigning English champions Arsenal Women in the first leg of the round of 16 on October 16. Blackwood is now with the Reggae Girlz, fighting for an Olympic qualification berth. The team secured an easy qualification to the Concacaf phase of qualifying, after maximum points in their Caribbean Football Union round. – Gregory Brycelast_img read more

Atlantic 10 new conference logo

first_img 456 posts Posted July 1, 2014 Link to post Members Followers 1 Atlantic 10 new conference logo Link to post SportsLogos.Net 1,390 Share on other sites “The new marks incorporate imagery of speed and strength, and are a direct reflection of the overall message developed during the “Next” campaign.”LOL Share on other sites Share on other sites 0 Link to post 16 2,488 posts Members Posted July 2, 2014 612 posts Critical Thinker Vamos Hector! Share this post kewp80 It’s not good, but its miles better than the old one.Which is very sad. 973 mattb6 Tracy MidGrady 517 5,735 posts 909 2,478 posts I’ll admit that it’s a clear upgrade but it does seem pretty bland and uninspired. That 1 serif poking the A is really bugging me! All of these new conference logo updates have been pathetic 79 517 Location:Kentucky New logo set:Old logo:Story:NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—The Atlantic 10 Conference unveiled a new brand identity Monday. The new identity includes a logo redesign, brand identity and an in-depth usage guide, a first for the A-10. Developed in conjunction with branding agency 160over90, which also produced the A-10’s nationally recognized “Next” campaign, the new logos include the primary wordmark, secondary versions of that mark and a shield for non-traditional and social media usage. The refreshed logos tie into the lineage of the previous A-10 mark, while also incorporating revised colors (PMS red 485 and PMS neutral black). The new marks incorporate imagery of speed and strength, and are a direct reflection of the overall message developed during the “Next” campaign. The marks were designed to portray the Atlantic 10’s core values of winning, success, leadership, community service and academic excellence. The league has historically been known for its grittiness and uncompromising work ethic that has led to sustained excellence in athletics and academics. “The Atlantic 10 Conference has a proud and rich history, thus it was time to redesign our logo highlighting the strength, speed and commitment of this league,” stated Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “Our branding has been updated and modernized to keep pace with our membership. I love the versatility of the new marks, including the ability of our membership to utilize the conference logos in their own approved color palette.”Source: Mods, feel free to take this down if you like. Didn’t see the College Basketball thread before I made this one. missouri tigers 909 Members 79 844 Members Share this post I don’t know if I’d call this an upgrade. The A is too off-center, especially in the pentagon secondary logo. I can tell it’s supposed to emphasis motion, but I’m just not seeing it, especially with how the 1 next to it is shaped at the top. Definitely more modern though. 16 Share this post Location:Sheboygan Falls, WI All Activity Link to post 532 posts 0 4,442 posts 225 57 0 57 “Sports Aesthetics” 677 57 Favourite Logos:San Jose Sharks, 2011-12 Washington Wizards, Buffaslug(sadly), Dallas Desperadoes, Washington Capitals Alt, LA Angels font, New Charlotte Bobcats alt, Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots 0 Sign in to follow this   Location:Saint Louis, MO 1,390 Atlantic 10 new conference logo 18 Go To Topic Listing Sports Logo News Link to post Share on other sites Posted July 1, 2014 0 mattb6 0 nuordr nuordr Link to post Share on other sites Members TrueYankee26 1,839 posts A Big Member Link to post Sports Logos Very generic. Looks like all the other new conference logos coming out. Still a bit of an upgrade though. The shield logo looks very lazy. Posted July 1, 2014 Favourite Logos:MSU Spartan Head, Kansas Jayhawk’s new rebrand, TB Buccaneers 97-13 primary, Jordan era Wizards logo,Charlotte Bobcats, Cubs Share on other sites SportsLogos.Net 0 973 kewp80 Location:Columbia, MO 844 TrueYankee26 UC! 0 677 51 51 Posted July 1, 2014 TheRicSlickcenter_img Posted July 2, 2014 Members Members 0 alxy8s 844 Don’t like the difference in height, and the shield logo is weak. Seems pretty open for combining the A and the 1 into a “/10” mark, à la B1G. Share this post Critical Thinker Members By RevNet, July 1, 2014 in Sports Logo News Members Favourite Logos:The Cross, New Orleans Saints, New England Patriots Share this post This topic is now closed to further replies. Forums Home Posted July 1, 2014 Posted July 1, 2014 Members Link to post pats2000 0 1,118 posts Location:Boaz, AL mjd77 All Activity 18 0 mjd77 Members 6,585 posts It’s not good, but its miles better than the old one. RevNet 64 Share this post Link to post 18 Location:Ohio Posted July 1, 2014 Sports Logos meetthemets 1,296 posts Posted July 1, 2014 Recommended Posts 677 Posted July 1, 2014 Share on other sites pats2000 4,667 posts Share on other sites Share this post Link to post Posted July 1, 2014 Its an upgrade but not a really good one, the old logo look liked a radio station logo. Share this post 1,390 Share this post 0 909 It is an upgrade from the previous logo, but I don’t like the slanted A whatsoever. Share on other sites Members 225 Location:Mississippi State, MS from Jackson, MS 64 Share on other sites 1 Forums Home RevNet meetthemets 64 missouri tigers Posted July 2, 2014 973 517 Members Share this post its an improved look, but somethin about the colors is throwing me off, first time i looked at it it reminds me of the arena football league logo a bit especially with the red colored a alxy8s Link to post Share this post Share this post Share on other sites 9,766 posts 225 Link to post Location:somewhere in Kansas… I almost thought it was the Falcons font. LOL. 51 Share on other sites 16 Share on other sites Share this post Sign in to follow this   Link to post 79 Location:Bowling Green, OH Followers 1 TheRicSlick Tracy MidGrady Sports Logo News Atlantic 10 new conference logolast_img read more