But the strategy also carries some risk. Telling Trump supporters the election process is rigged in Georgia could dissuade them from voting in the runoffs. And the anger over Mr. Raffensperger’s treatment is simmering among some longtime Republicans. The result was record turnout in Georgia and smooth in-person voting on Nov. 3.Andrea Young, the executive director of the A.C.L.U. of Georgia, praised Mr. Raffensperger’s handling of this year’s general election and characterized this week’s criticism as “voter suppression 2.0.”“As a child of the South,” she said, “it just sounds like too many Black people voted and we don’t like it.”But now those numbers are being questioned. Mr. Raffensperger said he only wanted to inspire trust in the system, even as it appeared to be slipping away.“At the end of the day, half the people will be happy. Half the people will be sad,” he said. “But what our goal is, is that 100 percent of the people have confidence in the result of the elections.”Richard Fausset reported from Atlanta, and Stephanie Saul from New York. Danny Hakim contributed reporting from New York. Now Mr. Raffensperger, a civil engineer and a numbers guy who received high marks from national experts on the smooth election operations in Georgia on Nov. 3, finds himself defending an electoral process that he said has no reason to be mistrusted.- Advertisement – Criticism has come from Mr. Trump and the state’s senators, Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, who are each facing competitive January runoffs that could determine control of the Senate. The senators declared in a joint statement on Monday that Mr. Raffensperger had “failed the people of Georgia” and did not deliver “honest and transparent elections.”“I was fully expecting it to come from the one side,” Mr. Raffensperger said of the criticism. But, he added, “not from your own ranks.” It was a twist that few saw coming.- Advertisement – ATLANTA — Brad Raffensperger, the beleaguered top elections official in Georgia, considers himself the most loyal of Republicans. There was no question which candidates he would support in last week’s election.“I’ve only ever voted for Republicans,” Mr. Raffensperger said in an interview in his office at the State Capitol on Tuesday. “I’ve been a Republican, or conservative, you know, since I was a teenager.”- Advertisement – Shortly after Ms. Abrams’s loss, an organization she founded, Fair Fight Action, filed a lawsuit that claimed the state had dropped more than 100,000 inactive voters from its rolls. As a result of the lawsuit, 22,000 were reinstated.Last year, state lawmakers passed legislation that lengthened how long registered voters could be inactive before their names could be purged. The Legislature also virtually eliminated a rule that signatures on voter registration cards had to be matched to other records.Fair Fight Action has continued to take a central role in criticizing Mr. Raffensperger’s election policies in a state where Republican dominance has been challenged by a resurgent Democratic Party, fueled in part by changing demographics.In April, Lauren Groh-Wargo, Fair Fight Action’s chief executive, criticized Mr. Raffensperger after he announced the creation of an absentee ballot fraud task force, anticipating the widespread use of such ballots during the pandemic.When Mr. Raffensperger took office last year, he inherited litigation that challenged the safety of the state’s voting machines, claiming they were vulnerable to hacking, and was charged with introducing a new system. Its complexity — combined with no-shows by hundreds of poll workers who feared catching the virus — led to a meltdown during Georgia’s primary in June, with machine malfunctions and long lines. This week, other Republicans have also raised questions about the election process that Mr. Raffensperger has overseen. Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican and the former secretary of state, said Mr. Raffensperger needed to take “a serious look” at allegations of irregularities. All members of the 2021 House Republican delegation from Georgia made a similar request. Updated Nov. 11, 2020, 7:48 p.m. ET – Advertisement – In his office on Tuesday, Mr. Raffensperger, a tall, silver-haired man with an austere mien, seemed both calm and cautious as he described Georgia’s predicament — as well as his own. Sometimes he looked to Jordan Fuchs, the deputy secretary of state, who reminded him of the first words of answers they had apparently rehearsed.Asked if he thought he was being thrown under the bus by fellow Republicans, he took what seemed like subtle digs at Mr. Trump, who on Wednesday was trailing Mr. Biden by about 14,000 votes in Georgia, and Ms. Loeffler and Mr. Perdue.“Well, in Georgia, you have to win over 50 percent, and then you’re not in a runoff,” he said of the senators. “And if you win big, this wouldn’t be an issue.”The attacks on Mr. Raffensperger have cracked the facade of Republican unity before some of the most important runoff elections in recent American history. They also appear to be a way for Ms. Loeffler and Mr. Perdue to curry favor with Georgians who, like the senators, are devoted fans of the president and outraged about the vote count. Hoping to avoid a similar disaster during the general election, county officials, aided by the state and nonprofit groups, began a massive poll worker recruitment effort and Mr. Raffensperger vowed to send technicians to every polling site on Election Day. Voters across Georgia were inundated with the message that they should vote by absentee ballots or at early voting sites. Leo Smith, a consultant with Mr. Raffensperger’s office and a former director with the state’s Republican Party, called the criticism of the Georgia vote “an insult to those hard-working, committed Republicans who oversaw the election.” In an interview, Mr. Smith described Mr. Raffensperger’s critics as “people who were caught in this poor leadership from a petulant president who has lost, and is using his loss to bully other Republicans into complying with conspiracy theories about voting.”Mr. Raffensperger, 65, began his political career on the City Council in the affluent northern Atlanta suburb of Johns Creek. In public, he exhibits a kind of punctilious blandness, with a voice that rarely rises above the dispassionate tone of a functionary behind the desk at a Department of Motor Vehicles office.Even so he is considered highly ambitious, and observers note that Mr. Kemp showed how the secretary of state’s office could be used as a springboard. Indeed, since taking office in January 2019, Mr. Raffensperger, the secretary of state, has been a target for Democrats in Georgia’s high-stakes, passionate and bitterly partisan voting wars.In his nearly two years on the job, he has championed policies to guard against a threat of voter fraud that Democrats say hardly exists. He has been the subject of multiple lawsuits, and of television ads blaming him for presiding over a botched June primary that left voters waiting for hours in long lines. Democrats have also accused him of “state sponsored voter intimidation.” The Trump campaign, however, has continued to claim that much went wrong in Georgia’s elections, part of a broader narrative of national voter fraud that has been almost uniformly rejected by elections officials from both parties.On Tuesday, the campaign and the Georgia Republican Party sent Mr. Raffensperger a letter claiming “hundreds of reports of voting discrepancies,” including “tens of thousands of ballots being unlawfully counted.”The letter demanded, among other things, a hand recount of the nearly five million votes cast. It also asked that Mr. Raffensperger “trace the chain of custody of the ballots from printing to sending, from receipt to counting” in an election that, because of the coronavirus pandemic, involved hundreds of thousands of mail-in absentee ballots — not unlike the situation in dozens of other states.On Wednesday morning, Mr. Raffensperger announced a hand recount of ballots in all 159 counties, an order that applies only to the presidential ticket. Even if Mr. Trump were to win Georgia, Mr. Biden has already won the national election. Mr. Raffensperger said he had no plans to step down, and emphasized that the statewide vote count was legitimate. There may have been “isolated incidents” of irregularities, he said in the interview this week, and his office was investigating those.“But we have not heard of any widespread voter fraud,” he said. After his City Council stint, Mr. Raffensperger, who is married and has two living adult sons and a third who died in 2018, spent a few years in the State Legislature. In his 2018 bid for the secretary of state, he lent his campaign hundreds of thousands of dollars, telling voters he would focus on “protecting our elections,” particularly from immigrants who entered the country illegally.He did not garner more than 50 percent of the vote and ended up in a runoff with a Democrat, former U.S. Representative John Barrow, at a time when much of the nation had begun asking whether Georgia’s election system was truly fair.A few weeks earlier, Stacey Abrams, a rising star in the Democratic Party, had narrowly lost to Mr. Kemp in her bid to become the state’s first Black governor. Along the way, she and her supporters had argued that Mr. Kemp had been helped by voter suppression tactics he had engaged in as secretary of state.
190 Kings Rd, Mysterton, has undregone a total renovation.WHEN Matt Pinney and his wife purchased 190 Kings Rd, Mysterton, just under six years ago, never could they have imagined the legacy they would leave behind.Built in the 1940s, this four-bedroom, two-bathroom piece of Townsville’s history has been lovingly restored by the Pinneys, who have added their own, modern twist.“I just think the owners have done an amazing job retaining the history and charm of the home,” Explore Property Townsville agent Giovanni Spinella said.Having purchased another property in the area, the Pinneys and their two children, aged 15 and 12, had initially planned to flip the residence, but fell in love with the location along the way. The new kitchen.“The plan was to renovate and move on in a shorter amount of time,” Mr Pinney said. “But we fell in love with the location and the property itself, hence the extended stay.“Seeing the change from what it was to what it is now … it was very rewarding to see a plan coming together. This has been our kids favourite family home.”Mr Pinney, an electrician who has worked locally for a number of years, said it was his wife who first saw the potential in turning the old house into a loving home.“(At the time) we were renting around the corner and my wife saw that it was for sale,” he said. “We were looking at purchasing a house to renovate, particularly in this area and this is what caught her eye. The open-plan living spaces.“Initially, it took quite a bit of convincing from her that this would be the perfect property for us as it was an unusual floorplan to start, (so) many discussions were had and rough plans were drawn prior to purchasing.”The Pinneys ended up deciding to redesign their 1113sq m block to accommodate split levels, with retaining walls, established gardens and foliage surrounding the residence.“Everyone that visits the house generally falls in love with it,” Mr Pinney said, with the interiors retaining their original cornicing and ceiling rose.“We have changed a lot from when we moved into the house; way too many things to paper. We have made major changes such as moving the living spaces around and installing a new kitchen and bathrooms.“Smaller changes we made include new plasterboard walls throughout, all new aircons throughout, new paint inside and out, the installation of a 5kW solar system and pool deck, just to mention a few things.” The home still has its historical charm.Despite having added a modern touch to the ageing property, the Pinneys ensured they didn’t take away from its historical charm.“They have been really mindful around the period,” Mr Spinella said.“(The Pinneys) have made sure that the home now has a renovation that also compliments the original features which I think has been done amazingly.”“They saw the vision in it originally.”When asked to name is favourite features about the property, Mr Pinney said there were a few. “We love to garden and have had the luxury of being able to make our own changes while utilising existing established trees,” he said, referring to the existing size of the block.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“There is still ample amount of space for the kids to kick a footy around, even with having an in-ground pool in the yard. The home’s inground pool.“The house is set back 14m from the front boundary; this reduces noise that would usually come from traffic and also allowed us to have a large yard and garden out the front, utilising the afternoon shade.“The area is also consistent for large, established trees that provide a barrier or screen to neighbouring properties, as does the large fence out the front.“Finally, the location. We have been very lucky to have very friendly and welcoming neighbours. We have built some great friendships over the years; we will miss this about the house but will still be able to maintain our friendships with them.” There is plenty of space for outdoor entertaining.Suited to a range of buyers and with the auction set to be held online on Tuesday, May 19, Mr Spinella said feedback from inspections had already been positive, with some potential interest also garnered from interstate buyers. “Mysterton is one of the suburbs in Townsville that’s well known; it does hold a bit of nostalgia and has a lot of beautiful period homes like this one. “It is a very unique little pocket; it’s a very small suburb so, it has some good features going for it.“If you have been searching for a home to warm your heart, then you must see and feel this home.”
Aberdeen-based Viewport3 is set to roll out a new remote data capture service for the energy sector, giving it the capability to collect and process 3D data from offshore via remote working arrangements.The technique involves providing divers and ROV personnel with instructions for the task along with remote support, allowing them to collect the data and submit to Viewport3 for processing and analysis.Over the course of the development phase, Viewport3 has refined the service in order to ensure customers are capable of retrieving the correct data.Co-director of Viewport3, Richard Drennan, explained: “Each project we embark on is the result of a 2-way conversation with our customers – they need answers to a specific question, which we can provide by scanning the relevant object, and processing the data into a 3D model and typically also a detailed but simple dimensional report. This remote service is no different. While it isn’t appropriate in every single set of circumstances, or for all accuracy requirements, there are many instances where we determine that the best camera for an urgent 3D scanning task, is the one you have available to you at the time.“Remote capture adds value across the board. We are in the unique position of being able to use cameras that are currently fitted to the ROV, or which divers have otherwise readily available, meaning we can get to work very quickly. The volume and quality of the information we can retrieve remotely can save our customers multiple offshore campaign days and streamline future inspection tasks.”Co-director, Chris Harvey added: “Oilfield and marine operators are in possession of a valuable untapped resource in their back-catalogue of legacy digital video and stills. Once we have digitally processed these, our customers can review the information in 3D, and make business critical decisions about asset integrity, without the need for an offshore campaign. This is advantageous at the best of times, but particularly so during this period of uncertainly and restriction of movement.“There have been instances where we’ve answered every one of the client’s questions, based on video taken years ago. We work hard to ensure that complex data-sets and analysis results are simple to understand and aid inclusive project discussions at all levels. All of our project outputs are customer-defined and issued in a manner that answers the questions clearly and promotes increased understanding of technical challenges.”
Sharing is caring! LifestyleRelationships Focus on the Positive: 10 DO’s for a Successful Relationship. by: – June 6, 2011 Share Share 38 Views no discussions Tweet Share Agyness Deyn and Orlando Bloom Photo: Terry Richardson, Me & CityI recently came across an article in Psychology Today that made one very interesting point about relationships: people need to stop listening to the dont’s and start focusing more on the do’s. It’s not exactly a novel idea, but it’s a pretty good one – and one that most jaded people in relationships tend to ignore. The author goes on to talk about something called, “approach orientation, moving toward what’s good, rather than moving away from what’s bad.” How many times do you find yourself focusing on all the things that are wrong with your relationship, usually ready to hightail it out of there at the first sign of trouble. Instead, it wouldn’t kill us to focus on the good, strengthening the parts that are actually working – It’s all about “maximizing positives.” Here are 10 expert DO’s from some leading positivity-oriented psychologists. DO be greatful “Gratitude helps remind us of the good qualities in our partners. We get into these routines and start taking our partners for granted… But gratitude can work as a booster shot, injecting positive emotion into the relationship.” – Sara Algoe, a psychologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel HillDO poke fun at each other“Playfulness is one of the first casualties of a busy life. You have to keep it alive by having fun, joking around, using silly nicknames… Couples who teased each other in the heat of a conflict felt more connected after the fact.” – Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology at University of California, BerkeleyDO capitalize on good news“We expect our partners to provide us with a shoulder to cry on when times are tough–but how couples behave during good times might be even more important. Partners who respond enthusiastically to each other’s successes, report greater relationship satisfaction over time.” – Shelly Gable, researcher at the University of California, Santa BarbaraDO idealize each other “We may think putting our mates on a pedestal is unrealistic—but in fact, partners who idealize each other wind up happier. Partners in the most satisfied couples rate their mates more positively than the mates rate themselves.” – Sandra Murray, a psychologist at the University at Buffalo (SUNY)DO find your ideal self – in your partner “Called the Michelangelo effect, since partners can help sculpt each other’s best selves by affirming each other’s efforts at self-improvement. The aspiring fitness buff, for example, appreciates her athletic partner’s reminders to work out.” – Caryl Rusbult, psychologist at the Free University of AmsterdamDO notice what’s new about your partner “You feel like you’ve captured who this is in your mind, so you hold them still, but they’re actually growing and changing all the time. Once we think we know another person so well that we don’t pay attention to them anymore, the person stops being seen.” – Ellen Langer, psychologist at Harvard University DO be greatful “Gratitude helps remind us of the good qualities in our partners. We get into these routines and start taking our partners for granted… But gratitude can work as a booster shot, injecting positive emotion into the relationship.” – Sara Algoe, a psychologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel HillDO poke fun at each other“Playfulness is one of the first casualties of a busy life. You have to keep it alive by having fun, joking around, using silly nicknames… Couples who teased each other in the heat of a conflict felt more connected after the fact.” – Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology at University of California, BerkeleyDO capitalize on good news“We expect our partners to provide us with a shoulder to cry on when times are tough–but how couples behave during good times might be even more important. Partners who respond enthusiastically to each other’s successes, report greater relationship satisfaction over time.” – Shelly Gable, researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara20 Things Girls Want Boys To DoDO put it in writing “When participants wrote about their relationships for 20 minutes at a time for 3 days, they were more likely to be together 3 months later. They also expressed more positive emotions in instant message conversations with each other.” – A University of Texas studyDO provide support in secret “Overt social support carries a cost: Partners feel obligated, which leads to more stress… The most effective support was actually ‘invisible.’” – Niall Bolger, a psychologist at Columbia UniversityDO get back in touch “Cultivating ‘body sense’ awareness on one’s own and with one’s partner is essential, not only for a good sexual relationship but during any close encounter,” – Alan Fogel, a psychologist at University of Utah DO look after yourself “If you’re going through a rough patch, often the most effective thing that you can do is to lovingly remove your attention from the relationship–period…Forget about what the other person is doing badly, or isn’t doing, and focus on taking positive action in your own life instead.” – Susan Biali, wellness coach and author of Your Prescription for Lifeby StyleCaster
North Vernon, In. — The Indiana State Police and the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department investigated a crash that took one life Monday morning near State Route 750 and County Road 200 North.The report says Christean M. Price, 51, of St. Paul, was eastbound on State Route 750 around 8:45 when she crossed the centerline and collided with a car driven by Angela Abston, 49, of St. Paul. The Price vehicle landed on its side in the roadway and the Abston vehicle left the north side of the roadway before coming to a stop.Abston was pronounced dead at the scene. Price was airlifted to anIndianapolis hospital with serious injuries. Four passengers with Price suffered minor injuries.State Road 750 was closed for about four hours during the cleanup and accident reconstruction.The Indiana State Police were assisted by the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department, North Vernon Police Department, Jennings County EMS, Jennings County Fire, Indiana Department of Transportation, North Vernon Street Department, Jennings County Coroner’s Office, and Pearson’s Wrecker Service.
Karen Wright & Zoi DelucioCanaan, In. — Two Canaan Community Academy have been recognized in the 28th Zaner-Bloser National Handwriting Contest. Students in kindergarten through second grade compete in the manuscript (print) category, while students in grades three through eight compete in the cursive category. All students write the required sentence, “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” because it contains every letter of the alphabet. Judges select winners based on the shape, size, spacing and slant of their letters.First-grade teacher, Karen Wright was recognized, receiving an etched glass diamond. Her student, Zoi Delucio is the state level manuscript winner. She was presented with a medal commending her manuscript handwriting. Fourth-grade teacher, Angie Hutchinson, was recognized too. She also received an etched glass diamond award. Her student Kaylee Seebauer, is the state level cursive writing winner. She received a medal commending her cursive writing.Angie HutchinsonKaylee SeebauerThis is the fifth consecutive year that Canaan Cougars have been recognized as state-level winners.“Students who have legible handwriting gain lifelong advantages in their daily school work, on standardized tests, and throughout their high school, college and career experiences,” said Zaner-Bloser President Lisa Carmona. “Since we started this contest 28 years ago, the number of participants from schools across America has increased. That great response shows that teachers and their students recognize the advantages handwriting has on their overall academic success.”State level winners in each grade move on to the national competition, where they vie for the chance to be named the Grand National Champion.
RelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike FIFA has proposed that teams should be allowed to make up to five substitutions per match, instead of the usual three, as a temporary measure to help cope with potential fixture congestion in the aftermath of the novel Coronavirus outbreak.Football has been at a standstill since mid-March but many leagues and federations are still hoping to complete the season but to do so they would have to cram fixtures into a shorter period than usual once play re-starts. The proposal for more substitutes would have to be approved by soccer’s rule-making organisation IFAB and the final decision would rest with competition organisers, the sport’s global governing body said in an emailed statement to Reuters.“One concern in this regard is that the higher-than-normal frequency of matches may increase the risk of potential injuries due to a resulting player overload. Each team would now be given the possibility to use up to five substitutions during the match, with the possibility of an additional substitution remaining during extra time, where relevant,” it explained.FIFA added that the substitutions would have to be made in a maximum of three slots plus the halftime interval.The measure would apply to this season and next season plus all international matches until December 31 next year.FIFA said that “football should only resume when the health authorities and governments say it is absolutely safe and non-disruptive of health services being delivered to the populations.” Reuters/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusFIFAIFAB
RelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th Omeruo welcomes second child Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia has unveiled former Super Eagles’ Assistant Coach, Imama Amapakabo, as the club’s new head coach.The unveiling of the new coach was performed at the Umuahia Township Stadium, Umuahia on Wednesday. Speaking at the unveiling ceremony, the elated coach expressed confidence on the ability of the Umuahia Warlords in making maximum impact in the league next season.The former Rangers International of Enugu tactician pleaded for support from all and sundry, saying the task of taking Abia Warriors Football Club to the next level is collective.Amapakabo led Rangers International of Enugu to their first league title win in 2016 after 34 years.He was Assistant Coach to the Super Eagles at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.Imama signed a two-year contract with the Abia Warrior team. He promised to work tirelessly to lead the team to glory in the new season.Tags: Abia WarriorsImama AmapakaboRangers InternationalSuper EaglesWorld Cup
The Chilean has been heavily linked with the vacant managerial position at Manchester City, after they sacked Roberto Mancini. Pellegrini led the Spanish side to the quarter-final of the Champions League this season, while they are currently sixth in the Primera Division, however he has left for “sporting reasons” with two years left on his contract. Pellegrini said on the club’s official website: “Everyone has the right and obligation to follow his path and Malaga has to take another. The club has the need and the obligation to have a realistic project. Malaga has a story without Manuel Pellegrini, and (is) also going to have a future without Manuel Pellegrini. (I have) an eternal gratitude to the club’s owners, who trusted me blindly.” Malaga have confirmed that Manuel Pellegrini will not be in charge of the club next season. Pellegrini confirmed he was leaving La Rosaleda earlier on Wednesday. “My coaching staff and I have separated from Malaga but our union with this city will be eternal,” he said. “We had a time with the club that was very rewarding. Everyone has the right to move on. “Sunday will be my last match at La Rosaleda and will be very exciting for me. I’m not leaving due to the matter of money but looking for a project that allows me to develop my profession conveniently.” The most convenient project could well be at City, who have been seeking a new boss since Mancini’s departure earlier this month. Pellegrini’s name was being linked with the Blues before the Italian’s exit on May 13, although the Chilean denied a deal had already been done following the goalless draw with Sevilla on May 12. “I deny here and now being the new coach of Manchester City, I haven’t signed any agreement with anybody,” Pellegrini said on his club’s official website at the time. “I’ve been fortunate enough, and very proud, that every year the big clubs have shown an interest in me. “I have an agreement with Malaga not to talk to anyone and nothing has been agreed with any other club. I hope in the coming weeks that things will become a little clearer about what is going to be the future here at this club.” Press Association