September Surge: Pennsylvanians Love Online Voter Registration

first_img  SHARE  TWEET Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Innovation,  The Blog,  Voting & Elections The numbers are in and what they show is clear: Pennsylvanians are loving online voter registration (OVR) with more applications being filed online than by paper form and besting totals from the last two presidential elections.If you aren’t registered yet, stop reading this blog and do it now (or before the October 11 deadline) at register.votespa.com.Now, in September alone, a whopping 172,256 residents used OVR to register for the first time (122,021) or update their existing registration (50,235).That is about 20,000 more than the 152,912 who used a paper form last month.Combined that’s 325,168 applications, which outpaces both the 284,236 applications in September 2008 and the 186,449 applications in September 2012.Governor Wolf and Secretary of State Cortés launched OVR to make voter registration more convenient, secure and accessible. Since then, more than 675,000 Pennsylvanians have used OVR.New this year is 2Vote, a voter registration text messaging service. Simply text “PA” to “2Vote” (28683) on a smartphone and you will receive a link that provides direct access to the online voter registration application, as well as links to check voter registration status, locate your polling place and find contact information for county offices and the Department of State.The Department of State’s website votespa.com, available in English and Spanish, also offers a polling place locator and county boards of elections contact information. It also includes tips for first-time voters and members of the military.In addition, voters can familiarize themselves with the voting system they will use in their home county on Election Day.For more information on voter registration, call the Department of State’s toll-free hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) or visit VotesPA.com. By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary October 05, 2016 September Surge: Pennsylvanians Love Online Voter Registration SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Syracuse basketball recruiting: Providence transfer Paschal Chukwu to join Orange

first_img Related Stories 7-foot-2 Providence transfer Paschal Chukwu picks up Syracuse offer on visit Providence transfer Paschal Chukwu will join Syracuse, he confirmed to The Daily Orange Sunday morning. Stacey Davis of NYCHoops.net first reported the news.The 7-foot-2 sophomore picked up an offer from the Orange this weekend while visiting the school. He also visited Kansas, Michigan State and Nebraska and had several other schools in the mix.Chukwu would have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules but would have three years of eligibility left. He was ranked No. 61 in the Class of 2014 by Rivals.com and as a freshman, averaged 2.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and blocked 23 shots for the Friars.SU’s current roster includes centers DaJuan Coleman, who played 13 games in 2013-14 and none in 2014-15 due to injury, and Chinonso Obokoh, who averaged less than a point per game in 13 contests this past year. No centers have committed in either of the next two recruiting classes. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on June 28, 2015 at 8:56 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschwedscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Cisco Says Its “Internet of Everything” Is Worth $14.4 Trillion. Really?

first_imgNetworking giant Cisco predicted Wednesday that as we move into a “fundamentally mobile and video” world, the “Internet of Everything” — which combines the so-called Internet of Things with the Internet used by people and their mobile devices — will create $14.4 trillion in value and boost overall corporate profits by 21%. All by 2022.Those are some pretty big numbers, shared by Cisco executives at a press event in San Jose on Wednesday. But while the vision makes sense, quantifying the changes to be wrought by growth of the Internet of Everything seems, well, fairly abitrary. To say the least. What Goes Into $14.4 Trillion?Rob Lloyd, Cisco President, Sales and Development, broke down the $14.4 trillion figure this way:$2.5 trillion in better asset utilization$2.5 trillion in employee productivity$2.7 in supply chain logistics$3.7 trillion in better customer experience.$3 trillion in enabling new innovations. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Perhaps we can start by seeing which industries benefit first and most dramatically. According to Lloyd, the top candidates include manufacturing, the public sector, energy and utlities, healthcare, finance/insurance, transportation and wholesale/distribution.The Internet of Everything combines several trends, including the growth of connected devices, the increasing use of video, cloud computing, Big Data and the increasing importance of mobile apps compared to traditional computing applications. Lloyd did lay out numbers to support the importance of the trends. But though these are also all giant numbers, connecting them to the $14.4 trillion figure still requires a leap of faith.In terms of connected devices, he said, we’ve gone from 200 million in 2000 to 10 billion devices today, to a predicted 50 billion by 2020. On the mobile side, Lloyd said, 20 billion mobile apps were downloaded last year alone. By 2017, he added, two-thirds of mobile traffic will be video.New Levels Of Complexity To Support New UsesThat complexity will make today’s issues “look very, very minor,” and pose historic challenges to manage, Lloyd said. That statement, at least, is easy to grasp. “We’ve been warming up for this for the last five years.” The company already has a number of projects in the works demonstrating key elements of the trend, including installing smart meters and pole-top routers for BC Hydro in Canada, and a single auto plant with 50,000 IP devices. Cisco’s Sean Curtis demo’d live data from San Carlos, Calif., showing a heat map for mobile connections using “dwell time” metrics to track how efficiently pedestrian traffic was moving through the suburb’s commuter train station. Curtis said similar information mashups have been applied to San Carlos’ farmers market, offering insights into how many shoppers showed up, how long they stayed and which stalls they visited — information that would be of great use to both retailers and city planners.The next step, Curtis said, is to link that kind of data with store data as well as parking and traffic information to help shoppers optimize their experience. The idea is that eventually shoppers could see the best route to the least crowded store with the best prices on the items they were looking for.As apps like that come online, the Internet of Everything should indeed spur growth. Maybe even trillions of dollars worth of growth. Exactly how much and when, though, seems a Big Data question of the highest order. Rising Expectations, Bigger Security Issues The rise of the Internet of Everything is already changing corporate expectations, Lloyd said, not to mention who pays for technology advances. “The Internet of Everything will be driven by business funding, not just IT funding,” Lloyd said.What about security for all this connected information? Padmasree Warrior, Cisco’s chief technology and strategy officer, said “the data will be collected whether we want it to be or not. How will it be used? That is the security question.”Photos by Fredric Paul Tags:#Cisco#innovation#Interent of Things#networking Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair fredric paul Those may seem easier to grasp, but when you’re talking in trillions over decade-long time frames, it’s very hard to put much credence in calculations like these.  Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Ohio State Football Cancels Media Session, Rumors Swirling Of Possible Major Injury

first_imgNoah Brown making a great catch at Ohio State practice.Noah Brown Ohio StateUpdate No. 2: Urban Meyer has confirmed that sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown broke his leg at practice and will have surgery. Urban Meyer just confirmed for me Noah Brown has broken leg, will undergo surgery, full recovery expected. story at http://t.co/x610tIOIt0— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) August 27, 2015Update: Multiple reports state that Ohio State sophomore wide receiver Noah Brown suffered a major leg injury at practice tonight. Our understanding is that Noah Brown was injured at #Buckeye practice tonight. EMT’s responded to a call at OSU at 6:37.— Jerod Smalley (@JerodNBC4) August 26, 2015Earlier: Various Ohio State football players and coaches were scheduled to meet with the media this evening after practice. Interviews have been cancelled. According to multiple reporters at the Buckeyes’ facility, the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, the mood is extremely somber. A player was reportedly carted off the field and rumors of a major injury to a Buckeye are swirling. Bad vibes here at OSU. Interviews cancelled. Looked to be a player carted off.— Matt McCoy (@MattMcCoyWTVN) August 26, 2015It was a strange mood as soon as we walked onto the practice field. Players were all very quiet, just sitting on the bench. No jokes.— Patrick Murphy (@_Pat_Murphy_) August 26, 2015Ohio State abruptly cancelled interviews and people in this building look like they got the wind knocked out of them.— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) August 26, 2015Ohio State wide receiver Corey Smith Jr. posted the following tweet. Count yo blessings at all times NB I got bro— Corey Smith Jr (@dreamchaser_cj5) August 26, 2015That seems to be a reference to wide receiver Noah Brown, who was having a tremendous training camp.Per Corey Smith’s tweet, it sounds like WR Noah Brown, who was having an amazing camp, may have been injured.— Eleven Warriors (@11W) August 26, 2015Ohio State wide receiver coach Zach Smith has also tweeted.This is not our plan… This is God’s plan. Have to have #Faith in His plan and stay true to Him – It will all work out in the end.— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) August 26, 2015Brown, a sophomore, played in 13 games as a true freshman in 2014. He appeared to be on the verge of a breakout season this fall.  More to follow.last_img read more

MHI Forms Scrubber Pact with COSCO Dalian

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: MHI Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems signed a collaboration framework agreement with COSCO Shipping Heavy Industry (Dalian) on manufacturing and marketing rectangular sulfur-oxide (SOx) scrubbers. MHI companies say that the rectangular shape of scrubbers paves way for space saving essential for onboard installations.Based on the newly signed collaborative framework agreement, the partners will start providing the rectangular scrubber in all processes from design and manufacture to installation onboard.The rectangular SOx scrubber was developed for marine use by combining MHPS’ comprehensive exhaust gas treatment technologies, cultivated through its exhaust gas desulfurization systems for thermal power plants, with Mitsubishi Shipbuilding’s marine engineering expertise.The partnership is being pursued in anticipation of greater demand for scrubbers ahead of the IMO’s 2020 sulphur cap. Scrubbers enable owners to continue using fuel oil with 3.5 percent of sulphur content.Under the agreement, CHI Dalian will manufacture, assemble and deliver the SOx scrubbers and install them on ships.Going forward, the cooperation between CHI Dalian, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and MHPS will set to stage for the companies to ramp up sales activities of the scrubbers.last_img read more

Sports writers The sports beat itself is not the beat

To say that I am lucky to be the sports editor of Ohio State’s daily student newspaper is a gross understatement. In fact, I’m spoiled rotten. I get a front-row seat to some of the best sporting events in the country so that I may observe, chronicle and comment on them. My objective in this privileged position, as I understand it, is to help keep an unbiased history, and occasionally impart personal opinion, on the sporting happenings taking place during the relatively small window of time that I’ll be on this campus. And so, in an ideal world, I should think professional sportswriters of America have these same aims, to inform the citizenry of their publication services. At various times, and particularly in recent weeks, though, I’ve observed sports scribes taking pot shots at each other’s work, bickering about issues that only affect sports writers, and really just serving ourselves and not our respective audiences. We’ve lost our way as sportswriters. Heck, I almost lost my own way yesterday. Here’s an example: Orlando Sentinel sports columnist Mike Bianchi, prior to coming to Ohio Stadium to cover Central Florida football’s Saturday game against OSU, accused members of the Buckeyes’ football media troupe of “printing lies” and generally supporting a perceived agenda of first-year coach Urban Meyer with “fluffy” stories. “No, these charges don’t come from some paranoid politician or neurotic football coach; they come from another member of media: Me,” Bianchi wrote in a Sept. 7 column. Bianchi was firing back at a commentary from the Columbus-based website, theozone.net, which faulted him for sparring with Meyer during a Big Ten teleconference. There’s a way to debate the coverage of an event or issue, Here’s another example: OSU’s own “Twitter-gate” scandal. Like outlets and writer-personalities all over America, The Lantern reported on OSU athletics spokesman Jerry Emig’s request to media to delay tweeting content from Meyer’s press conferences until the event was over. In an email to The Lantern, Emig said the policy was intended as a courtesy to both reporters and football personnel. It was not until after the press conference, Emig said, that he was told Meyer’s press conference was being broadcast live by Columbus radio station WBNS 97.1 FM and streamed on the athletic department’s website. “I simply asked those in attendance to not tweet while an interview was taking place,” Emig told The Lantern. “Once I was reminded of (the live broadcast) – after the press conference – I realized that courtesy or no courtesy, we can’t ask people to delay tweeting. So even though many in attendance were supportive, we won’t ask to delay tweeting any longer.” The Lantern was the first to learn that this request was being lifted, and after I tweeted the news out to the world from our sports Twitter account, the news was re-tweeted by members of the media. Fan interest in that particular matter, though? I don’t think there was a morsel of it. Again, we’re talking about our audiences – there’s a market for new and social media that would take great interest in that story, but a Buckeyes’ season ticket holder? Doubtful, and it’s reckless to assume the audience will gobble up any given sportswriter’s every experience. I’ll grant you this, there was concern that our free-speech rights were being infringed upon, and that had broader appeal because of the inherent legal issues that could accompany a situation like that. But does the average OSU football fan care if it takes an extra half-hour to hear about Meyer’s assessment of his players? I think they’re just happy to consume Meyer’s brutally direct evaluation of the program, even if it arrives a bit late. Finally, we arrive at the example I almost presented to the world via Twitter yesterday. I got all hot and bothered by the fact that Meyer, speaking at his weekly press conference Monday, said he wasn’t aware of a Sunday water main explosion that caused 2,000 OSU students to be uprooted from their dormitories and displaced. I don’t want to delve too deeply into my feelings about Meyer’s lack of knowledge about the water main explosion, but you could say I was bothered by it. So I took to Twitter and saw that some were making light of the fact that Meyer was even asked a question about the water main explosion, a question I assigned a Lantern reporter to ask. Well, I had really had it at that point. I fired off tweets that hinted at my feelings about 1.) the validity of the question and 2.) how I felt about Meyer having no knowledge of this major incident on campus. Then a couple people disagreed with me – I was really, truly ready spout off. But I didn’t spout off – I had to stop. The simple fact is that some blogger’s opinion of a question asked at a press conference doesn’t matter, nor does my criticism of he or she matter. Think about it: as OSU football beat writers, we’re covering the team, not the beat itself. In that moment, as in the aforementioned cases, the beat itself became the beat and that is simply a pigheaded practice. I imagine that sports writers’ respective audiences care about our finished products – accuracy in reporting, good writing and informative content. Do we really think they care more about our own petty, online squabbles? No, of course they don’t. Does anyone care to hear me critique the sports-writing practices of UWeekly? Do you care to read about what UWeekly thinks about me? I think (and hope) you’d prefer to consume quality coverage of the teams you care about. Period. As a student journalist, my head is buried in journalism texts on a daily basis. Maybe that constant exposure to the fundamentals of journalism, and the fundamentals of sports writing, make it too easy to for me to call for all sportswriters to share my idealistic vision for this profession. Maybe I’m naïve – sometime in the future I might get so hot about someone’s column or story or a concern about my access to the teams I cover that I’ll force my frustration right down the throat of my audience. I started to on Monday before, mercifully, I stopped myself. If I ever get that close again, someone come tap me on the shoulder and tell me to get lost. Clearly, I’ll no longer be serving anyone’s interest in my own at that point. The beat itself is not the beat. The sportswriters of America themselves are not the story. Don’t forget that, and don’t let me, my colleagues at The Lantern or any other outlet forget it. read more

Manchester United plan backroom restructure

first_imgManchester United are planning to appoint a director of football as part of the club’s restructuring, according to The Guardian.United are looking to install a director of football position for the first time in the 140-year history of the club. There’s is a recognition among the club’s hierarchy that times have changed in the game of football and appointing a director of football would help the club get to the next level.The move is expected to help the club continue their football style and ethos, as well as provide a more streamlined transfer policy.United had a disappointing transfer window this summer with manager Jose Mourinho keen to sign a new central defender and club Chief Executive Ed Woodward refusing to spend exorbitant amount on that position in the team.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.The United gaffer targeted Leicester City’s Harry Maguire or Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin but Ed Woodward was reluctant to shell out money on either as he believed they won’t be an upgrade on the current crop of defenders at the club.A director of football is expected to act as the middleman between the club and manager with a preference on maintaining the club’s style and ethos. This would provide the club with a blueprint of how to recruit future managers and players.It remains unclear as to how Jose will react to the club’s proposal to appoint a director of football, especially if it takes place during his tenure.There’s understanding that the club’s Chief Executive Ed Woodward would remain in charge of transfers should United appoint a director of football.last_img read more

Cardiff distance themselves from Warnocks Brexit outburst

first_imgCardiff City have distanced themselves from Neil Warnock’s controversial outburst regarding Brexit following the team’s 0-0 draw with Huddersfield Town.The Bluebirds manager had been asked about his prospects of signing new players in January as the club seek to avoid relegation, with it then being suggested the United Kingdom’s scheduled exit from the European Union (EU) in March could make it difficult for club’s in the UK to sign players.Warnock responded by stating the UK will be better in footballing terms with Brexit, saying he “can’t wait to get out” of the EU and “to hell with the rest of the world”.Cardiff released a statement on Monday distancing themselves from the views of their manager’s.“Comments made by our manager following Saturday’s fixture are representative of his personal political stance,” the statement read, according to FourFourTwo.“These comments do not reflect the political position of Cardiff City Football Club, nor its board of directors.”AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“Warnock has been vocal in recent weeks with his criticism of the January transfer window.”During his outburst on Saturday, he said:“I think once the country knows what they’re doing, it will be straightforward [to bring new players in after Brexit].”“Any transfer window is difficult for me, not just this one. I don’t know why politicians don’t do what the country wants, if I’m honest.”“They had a referendum and now we see different politicians and everyone else trying to put their foot in it. Why did we have a referendum in the first bloody place?”“I can’t wait to get out of it [the EU], if I’m honest. I think we’ll be far better out of the bloody thing, in every aspect. Football-wise as well, absolutely. To hell with the rest of the world.”last_img read more

French Inventor Is First to Cross English Channel Using a Hoverboard

first_imgAugust 5, 2019 It took a second try, but Franky Zapata has become the first to cross the English Channel using a hoverboard. The French inventor used his jet-powered Flyboard Air to travel the 22 miles from France to England in 22 minutes, briefly landing on a boat to replace his kerosene-filled backpack. The board wasn’t slow, either — Zapata said he reached speeds up to 106 mph during his journey.The first attempt in late July literally fell short after Zapata missed the boat platform by a “few centimeters.” Zapata relied on a larger boat and platform to ensure this latest attempt would work without a hitch.This is certainly a publicity grab for Zapata’s company, Z-Air, but it could also open doors for the technology in other areas. The French military is already backing the technology as a potential logistical option or even as an attack platform. A successful long-distance trip like this could give it extra confidence in the technology, even if it does highlight the current hoverboard’s limitations.#yeswedid la seconde #tentative aura été la bonne. Traversée de la manche réussie #jobdone. Merci à tous #familyaffair #france #NeverGiveUp #flyboardair #entrepreneurs #louisbleriot #frencharmy pic.twitter.com/5ToPopHSxj— Franky Zapata (@frankyzapata) August 4, 2019 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more