Deadline Approaching For Alaskans To Register To Vote In November

first_imgState Elections Director Josie Bahnke: “We highly encourage voter participation in the General Election and ask all Alaskans to remind their friends, families and neighbors to register to vote now or double-check their registration information to make sure it reflects where they currently reside ahead of the statutory deadline.” Alaskans can check their voter registration status at myvoterinformation.alaska.gov or by contacting a Division of Elections regional office. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaskans have until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, October 7, to register for the November 6 general election, according to the state Division of Elections. The November ballot will feature a three-way race for governor between Mark Begich, a Democrat, Mike Dunleavy, a Republican, and incumbent Governor Bill Walker, an independent. People who need to register to vote or update their registration information can do so in person at a regional office or online at voterregistration.alaska.gov.last_img read more

Construction Effort Taking Shape on Guam ahead of Marine Corps Realignment

first_imgThere are clear signs that many of the construction projects needed to ready Guam to host more than 4,000 Marines are moving ahead. Work is still in the early stages at the site of the planned Marine Corps Base Guam, but military leaders are pleased the effort appears to be on track, reports Stars and Stripes. “It is clearly moving forward,” said Capt. Daniel Turner, commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Marianas. Japan is paying about $3 billion of the $8.7 billion price tag for the undertaking, which does not have a firm deadline for completion. Current plans call for the Marines to relocate from Okinawa between 2022 and 2026. About $500 million worth of projects have been completed on the island, including a new parking apron for Marine aircraft and an aviation maintenance hangar at Andersen AFB. A utility and site improvement project has been completed at Apra Harbor. DOD also is funding off-base projects, including $50 million for the island’s commercial port, $125 million for wastewater treatment upgrades, road projects between Naval Base Guam and the northern part of the island, and $30.6 million for sewer improvements.While the lion’s share of the effort lies ahead, officials say one of the key obstacles has been navigated — satisfactorily addressing residents’ concerns over the pace of construction and its environmental and cultural impacts.Photo courtesy of the Navy Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

STATE REP RACE Dave Robertson Pina Prinzivalli React To Primary Victories Democratic

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — State Representative candidates Dave Robertson (D-Tewksbury) and Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury) won their respective primaries on Tuesday night. While Prinzivalli’s victory was a foregone conclusion after her only Republican competitor dropped out of the race, Robertson’s fate was anything but certain.Robertson’s ReactionFormer Miceli Chief of Staff Dave Robertson (1,341 votes, 26.5%) survived a grueling 5-candidate Democratic primary, defeating former Wilmington Selectwoman and School Committee member Judy O’Connell (1,242 votes, 24.5%), longtime Wilmington Selectman Mike McCoy (1,100 votes, 21.5%), Tewksbury Selectman Mark Kratman (879 votes, 17%), and Wilmington Democratic Town Committee Chair Erika Johnson (533 votes, 10.5%).While Robertson finished second in his hometown of Tewksbury (behind Mark Kratman) and third in Wilmington (behind Judy O’Connell and Mike McCoy), he was able to cobble together enough support across both communities to ultimately come out on top. He defeated runner-up Judy O’Connell by just 99 votes, representing 2% of the vote.“I’m honored and humbled by this victory,” Dave Robertson told Wilmington Apple shortly after hearing the results. “The towns of Wilmington and Tewksbury put their faith in me. Now is my opportunity to win their trust and votes again in the general election. I look forward to putting my head down, getting back on [the campaign trail], and continuing to fight for the residents of the 19th Middlesex.”“I don’t want to speak for all the candidates, but I think we were all confident and cautiously optimistic. To say I was 100% confident would be arrogant,” explained Robertson. “I adopted the philosophy that I’m always 20 percentage points behind. It’s what kept me going when, for example, I knocked on doors for 6-7 hours on Saturday, and there was one more dead-end street to go with just 3 houses on it, but I decided to [finish the canvass] because those residents deserved the opportunity to [tell me their concerns].”Robertson quickly credited his campaign team as the driving force behind his victory.“As cliche as it sounds, I attribute my win to my campaign team, without a doubt,” said Robertson. “And I don’t just mean my Campaign Manager Gary DePalma and my Campaign Treasurer Jesse Fennelly, I mean all the volunteers. I had people take as many as 100 Dear Friends postcards, show for an hour to hold a sign, make 20 phone calls, etc. Without all of them, I couldn’t get my message out there.”“And I certainly attribute my win to the good folks of both towns who stepped forward and put their faith in me,” stressed Robertson.Over the next nine weeks, Robertson intends on focusing his campaign on the issues Wilmington and Tewksbury care most about it. He specifically noted infrastructure improvements (particularly as it relates to Route 38), smart economic development, support for the school systems (both in terms of improved facilities and support of teachers), and more affordable housing opportunities for seniors looking to downsize as well as for first-time homebuyers.Prinzivalli’s ReactionPina Prinzivalli, a branch manager at a local bank, cruised to victory in the Republican primary under unique circumstances. Prinzivalli’s Republican rival, Tewksbury Finance Committee member Erin Buckley, dropped out of the race several weeks ago. Due to the timing of her announcement, however, Buckley remained on the ballot. Nevertheless, Prinzivalli (1,844 votes), took care of business, defeating Buckley (723 votes), 72% to 28%.“I want to thank the voters of Tewksbury and Wilmington who delivered a big victory for my campaign in the Republican Primary, but more importantly a victory for the taxpayers who want to move the 19th Middlesex District in a new direction,” said Prinzivalli in a written statement. “Over the years, the status quo on Beacon Hill has made it increasingly difficult to live, work, and raise a family in Massachusetts.  We continue to see the majority party wanting to raise taxes and prioritize illegal immigrants by trying to make Massachusetts a Sanctuary State.  We can’t afford to continue on that path.  We need a bold Republican voice on Beacon Hill.  Someone who isn’t going to be afraid to stand up and say ‘no.’”“As I said from the start of my campaign last October, I’m not a career politician, nor am I looking to become one.  I’m a career professional, a hardworking taxpayer like everyone else,” added Prinzivalli. “And as someone who is getting married next year and planning to start a family of my own, I want to help create a new path for working families in Tewksbury and Wilmington, a path that will put us, the taxpayers first.”The Other Candidates RespondThe losing candidates from Tuesday’s primary took to social media on Tuesday and Wednesday to publicly thank their supporters.“I entered this race back in May to fill a void. Growing up in Wilmington, I was constantly told that this was a conservative district. Well tonight, after months of hard work knocking doors, attending community events, phonebanking and talking about the issues, I received 533 votes in the Democratic Primary for State Representative in the 19th Middlesex District,” wrote Erika Johnson (D-Wilmington).“I am a proud progressive Democrat. I ran my campaign as my authentic self. To everyone who supported me, volunteered, donated, and voted, thank you! The response I received from people today renewed my spirit. I urge everyone who voted for me or who supports true Democratic values to get involved in the Wilmington Democratic Town Committee“, added Johnson. “I may have lost but I’m not going anywhere; I will continue to amplify my bold, progressive voice to contribute to the greater good.“I just wanted to say thank you for all of the support through phone calls, emails and texts yesterday and this morning regarding the campaign and last evening’s results,” wrote Judy O’Connell (D-Wilmington). “Team Judy came up short on this one and I offer my congratulations once again to David Robertson as I did personally via phone last night.”“I was very pleased with the hometown love as reflected in the 01887 vote tally and I thank my Tewksbury supporters of course as well,” continued O’Connell. “I have learned so much from this experience and I will always be so appreciative of the many who have been there for me every step of the way! With people like you in my life, I woke up today feeling like a winner in the most important ways that politics can never provide. From the bottom of my heart I thank you! Till next time.”“Thank you everyone for your support, friendship and faith that you showed me during the campaign,” wrote Mark Kratman (D-Tewksbury). “I had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people in our communities and for that I am greatful. Good luck to the 3 remaining candidates. Let’s all work together to make our community better for everyone.”Mike McCoy (D-Wilmington) took it one step further, showing up to Dave Robertson’s campaign victory party at Wamesit Lanes in Tewksbury to personally congratulate him. McCoy shared the photo on social media.Mike & Danielle McCoy congratulating Dave Robertson Robertson’s campaign manager Gary DePalma tells Wilmington Apple he is considering organizing a ‘Unity Breakfast’ so that all five former Democratic primary candidates can “come together, talk things out, and make sure we’re all on the same page.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBREAKING NEWS: 19th Middlesex State Rep Election Results Are In — Dave Robertson WinsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: 1 Candidate Drops Out, 8 Return Nomination Papers To State Before DeadlineIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”last_img read more

IPL 2019 KXIP vs DC Gayles biggest threat KL Rahuls favourite bowler

first_imgAfter holding their nerves and toppling Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals will take on Kings XI Punjab, another side which is riding high on confidence after getting the better of Mumbai Indians. As is always the case, it will be a matter of matchups between key players on both sides and which captain gets his combinations right.We try and identify three key player battles which can determine the course of this match:Chris Gayle vs Chris Morris Chris Gayle and KL RahulIANSChris Gayle seems to be a man on a mission this IPL, he has looked a million dollar every time he has taken guard. After announcing his arrival with a blazing 79 in the first match, the Jamaican has been giving KXIP good starts in the next two matches.However, Shreyas Iyer has a certain Chris Morris up his sleeve and he should get him on as soon as Gayle takes guard. The South African has bowled 34 deliveries to Gayle, has given away 40 runs and has picked the Jamaican on three occasions. A battle which could be pivotal in the match.Rishabh Pant vs Mujeeb ur RahmanFor some strange reason, Mujeeb has not been getting game time in the last two matches, but considering his record against Rishabh Pant, Ashwin will be tempted to include him in the side for this particular fixture.Mujeeb has bowled three balls to Pant, has given away four runs and has picked him up twice. Although Pant is a different batsman this season, the mystery of Mujeeb should be used against him, especially when he is looking to break free.KL Rahul vs Amit Mishra File photo of Kings XI Punjab players in IPL 2018.IANSThe graph of Amit Mishra, the leg spinner has been going down over the past few seasons. Although he needs just a single wicket to reach 150 wickets in the IPL, his form has not been as consistent.Also, his record against KL Rahul is nothing to write home about. Rahul has absolutely feasted on Mishra’s leggies. He has smoked him for 47 runs in 17 balls, and this is where Iyer should be careful in adjusting his field and devising tactics. We also take a look at the predicted XI of the two sides:Kings XI Punjab: 1 Chris Gayle, 2 KL Rahul (wk), 3 Mayank Agarwal, 4 David Miller, 5 Sarfaraz Khan, 6 Mandeep Singh, 7 R Ashwin (capt), 8 Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman, 9 M Ashwin, 10 Ankit Rajpoot/Mohammed Shami 11 Andrew TyeDelhi Capitals: 1 Prithvi Shaw, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 4 Colin Ingram, 5 Rishabh Pant (wk), 6 Hanuma Vihari, 7 Chris Morris, 8 Harshal Patel, 9 Amit Mishra/Axar Patel, 10 Sandeep Lamichhane, 11 Kagiso Rabadalast_img read more

2 exIGPs get bail in grenade attack case

first_imgShahudul Haque and Ashraful HudaThe High Court on Monday granted six-month bail to former Inspectors General of Police (IGP) Ashraful Huda and Shahudul Haque, who were convicted in a case filed over 21 August grenade attack, reports UNB.The High Court bench justice Sheikh Abdul Awal and justice Bhishmadev Chakrabortty passed the order after hearing on their appeals.Lawyers Mohammad Arsadur Rouf and Jamilur Rahman stood for the IGPs.Arsadur Rouf said that now there is no bar to their release from jail.Earlier on 13 January, the High Court accepted the appeals of 44 convicts, including 18 condemned ones, for hearing in the 21 August grenade attack cases.On 10 October, a speedy trial tribunal sentenced 19 people, including former state minister for home Lutfozzaman Babar and former deputy minister for education Abdus Salam Pintu, to death while 19 others, including BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman, to life imprisonment in two cases filed in connection with the 21 August grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the capital in 2004.Besides, 11 people were awarded different jail terms in the sensational cases.Among the convicts, former Inspectors General of Police (IGP) Ashraful Huda and Shahudul Haque were sentenced to four years jail and fined Tk 50,000 for harbouring the offenders under two separate sections of the case.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday August 24

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uNational politics with political commentators Catalina Byrd and Sean Breeze, including a not so secret meeting between VP Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren as Biden continues to contemplate a 2016 run for the Democratic nomination. Additionally, we’ll discuss the ACLU protests petty crime arrests in Baltimore and the law enforcement reform work group in Annapolis.  It’s all coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Free DC Forum Pushes for STEM Diversity

first_imgBy Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROAn upcoming public forum aims to groom more Blacks, Latinos, women and other marginalized groups for careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medical fields.The free, one-day forum, “Changing the Face of STEM: A Transformational Journey,” starts June 12 and will be held at the National Academies 2101 Constitution Avenue NW.Crystal Emery, an award winning, New Haven, Connecticut-based director, author and head of the nonprofit production company URU: The Right to Be Inc., organized the forum to spur underrepresented groups to pursue STEM fields. (Courtesy photo)The event brings D.C.-area residents and students together with scientist, doctors technologists, academics and corporate leaders for hours of one-on-one mentoring, science workshops, discussions and more.Noted guests include computer scientist Juan E. Gilbert, NASA aerospace engineer Sabrina N. Thompson, former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge as well as Johnathan M. Holifield, head of the White House initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.The forum, which will create action plans for additional STEM initiatives, concludes with a roundtable discussion featuring all of the notables.Crystal Emery, 57, an award winning, New Haven, Connecticut-based director, author and head of the nonprofit production company URU: The Right to Be Inc., organized the forum to spur underrepresented groups to pursue STEM fields and become global innovators — URU’s goals are fostering communication and understanding among diverse economic and racial socioeconomic groups and creating a more equitable and humane world.Right now, people of color are vastly underrepresented in STEM fields, though they comprise 35 percent of the U.S. population. Jobs in STEM fields are on the rise and Emery organized the forum as a way to give marginalized groups a seat at the table.“If we’re not creating a workforce that can answer those demands, we’re in trouble,” Emery told the AFRO. The problem has to be addressed by all stakeholders.”“They need to see and know that people who look like them are doing incredible things in STEM — at the forum, kids will get to build robots, use stethoscopes and make perfume.”Black children, she said, might be inspired by trailblazers like Mark Dean, who co-invented personal computers (PCs), for IBM, holds three out of nine of IBM’s original PC patents and 20 patents on his own.And when Black children see someone who looks like them showing them how to use a microscope, that “becomes a reality, not just some unrealistic dream,” she said.At the forum, Emery will also screen two of her films: “The Deadliest Disease in America” and “Black Women in Medicine,” which each explore the intersection of medicine, health and race in the United States.Emery’s nonprofit is holding the forum in conjunction with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The forum comes on the heels of the campaign’s 2017 launch, which drew more than 300 STEM professionals, policymakers, students, educators and others.Emery, who happens to be quadriplegic and struggles with diabetes and a form of muscular dystrophy, likes to say she can’t use her hands, but she can use her mind.She’s hopeful the youth see that nothing can nothing can stop them from achieving greatness.“We look at the mountain and we think about how big it is and we always think about what we don’t have,” Emery said. “What I think about is how big the mountain is, but you can only get up it step by step.”Registration for the forum is on URU The Right to Be Incorporated’s website.last_img read more

Audits Finds PGCPS Not Complying with State Laws

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comAccording to a report released by the Maryland Department of Legislative Audits, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) didn’t properly follow the procedures to adequately document and justify its spending, while awarding over $80 million in contracts to vendors.This audit concluded PGCPS didn’t follow state law and calls for changes in its procedures to justify the expenditures for future contracts.  It cited previous failures in procurement documentation, personnel and payroll transactions, human resources and “identified security and control risks that existed” within computer systems and networks.According to a recent audit, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) did not properly follow the procedures to comply with spending. (Courtesy Photo)PGCPS was found to not have provided the required documentation for 13 of 15 “sole source” contracts totaling $6.8 million.  The school system was also cited for its inability to validate using Intergovernmental Cooperative Purchasing Agreements (ICPA) for a contract that purchased goods and services amounting to almost $35 million since 2014.“Our audit disclosed that in a number of financial areas, PGCPS needs to establish better procedures and internal controls and ensure those processes are effectively operating to comply with its policies to control cost,” wrote legislative auditor Gregory A. Hook.One of the specific procedural findings involved the lack of rationale in salary increases for executive employees or the need to report them to the Prince George’s County School Board.  During fiscal year 2017, the audit surmised, 13 executive employees were awarded raises between two and 20 percent, which amounted to $157,103.  The review also disclosed “a general lack of justification for 11 of the 13 employees” who received those pay increases.Supervisors also had the ability to change time cards and reward overtime unilaterally through the automated payroll system without an independent review.  Nearly 400 principals and administrators were not adequately limited when choosing to give addition overtime employees and there was no oversight.The audit also concluded PGCPS didn’t get the required school board approval for awarding contracts to vendors who were not the lowest bidders nor the most qualified based upon the bid evaluation results.   Over $43 million for 32 contracts were not submitted to the school board for approval either.  Their use of a facility project delivery method called Job Order Contracting (JOC) “did not follow the best practices for selecting pre-approved vendors for task orders.”  JOC allows for the school system to quickly maintain, rehabilitate or construct buildings while upgrading mechanical systems. PGPCS started using JOC in 2012 and there have been over $95 million in contracts that have been awarded for 130 tasks.Perhaps the most glaring of the recent audit’s findings was that PGPCS had not satisfactorily completed most of the tasks from a February 2014 audit where it was found deficient.  Fourteen of the 23 necessary improvements remain unaddressed in the five years since.They include tightening internal controls over payroll and personal transactions, ensuring proper documentation, justifying spending on procurements and implementing cost-saving practices on its bus fleet.The timing of the audit couldn’t have been worse for the embattled school system, who had it’s credibility scrutinized a week earlier after questions arose regarding physical conditions Parkdale High School in Hyattsville.  Broadcast reports showed pictures of bathroom conditions that were described by one teacher as a “jail cell,” and video clips of mice in classrooms that were posted on social media.In response to the 2019 audit, PGCPS Interim CEO Dr. Monica E. Goldson concurred with all 19 audit findings and promised “to work diligently to rectify the identified deficiencies.”“As we implement these recommendations, we will continue to report quarterly (on our website) to update stakeholders on our progress,” Goldson wrote.FOX 5 News D.C. reported the school district’s director of purchasing is no longer employed as of March 29.last_img read more

Fujitsu Introduces First 4Channel HDMI Connector Ports

first_imgFujitsu LTD – Embedded FRAM w/4-Channel HMDI Ports This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Fujitsu Introduces First 4-Channel HDMI Connector Ports (2007, November 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-11-fujitsu-channel-hdmi-connector-ports.html In a blink of an eye Fujitsu has solved the costly problem of having to have separate memory on each of the HDMI ports. Fujitsu has produced the first embedded FRAM for digital TV that allows simultaneous use of a 4-Channel HDMI connector ports. The HDMI connector ports are used for running DVD recorders, camcorders, video gaming consoles, that store high resolution data and are read by audio visual devices when used with digital televisions. In use the new Fujitsu LSI in digital TVs allows high-speed factory programming of Expanded Display Identification display data. This breakthrough provides a cost saving in the overall production by reducing the number of the parts and reducing mounting space. In practice the evolution in HDMI, a digital multi-media interface has created high-quality video and audio output. The HDMI connector when used allows devices that create output to read the display data, like the display resolution and then automatically adjusts their output to produce the best display. The memory function for display devices which need four EPROM cells can now be handled by one cell. The key specifications are a memory capacity of 256-byte. The interface is DDC 4-Channel. The package is TSSOP 16-pin. The key savings besides parts and space is the reduced labor costs involved in the factory programming process. In turn this will potentially reduce the costs of producing digital televisions. Fujitsu is a leader in the field of IT and communication solutions headquartered in Tokyo, Japan with offices around the world. Fujitsu plans to demonstrate and show the innovation named MB85RF402 at the Embedded Technology Trade Show on November 14-17, 2007 in Yokohama, Japan. It is currently available for sample shipments and has a million unit per month sales target. Fujitsu has introduced the world´s first embedded FRAM for digital TVs that allow simultaneous use of a 4-Channel HDMI connector ports. The innovation will reduce the number of pars, mounting space and programming labor costs. It is expected to reduce the costs of digital TVs. New HDMI Chip Enables High Definition Display of Standard Definition Video Content and Digital Photos on HDTV Explore furtherlast_img read more