Epaper news – Isi Epaper http://isi-epaper.com/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 09:09:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://isi-epaper.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/profile-120x120.png Epaper news – Isi Epaper http://isi-epaper.com/ 32 32 Under pressure? Room temperature superconductivity paper retracted on data analysis | New https://isi-epaper.com/under-pressure-room-temperature-superconductivity-paper-retracted-on-data-analysis-new/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 08:37:17 +0000 https://isi-epaper.com/under-pressure-room-temperature-superconductivity-paper-retracted-on-data-analysis-new/ A groundbreaking paper claiming to show the first room-temperature superconductor has been retracted by the journal Nature due to concerns about its analysis of the data, following allegations the results were manipulated. Superconductors are materials that exhibit no electrical resistance and are useful for a multitude of applications, including NMR machines, quantum computing, and particle […]]]>

A groundbreaking paper claiming to show the first room-temperature superconductor has been retracted by the journal Nature due to concerns about its analysis of the data, following allegations the results were manipulated.

Superconductors are materials that exhibit no electrical resistance and are useful for a multitude of applications, including NMR machines, quantum computing, and particle accelerators. However, currently all superconducting materials require very cold temperatures (below 150K) or extremely high pressures. Room-temperature superconductors would revolutionize the way we handle electrical charge and are considered by some to be one of the “holy grails” of chemistry.

The retracted article, written by a team led by Ranga Dias from the University of Rochester, USA, and Ashkan Salamat from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, USA, was published in October 2020 and seems to have come a little closer to that goal. The team claimed to have found superconductivity in carbonaceous sulfur hydride (CSH) at a temperature of around 288K (15°C), albeit at an intense pressure of 155GPa – around 1.55 million times the pressure. earth’s atmosphere. The result was widely hailed, with suggestions it could win a Nobel Prize, and was seen as heralding a possible new era in superconductors. It has since been viewed more than 100,000 times.

The evidence for superconductivity in the hydride was based on an analysis of magnetic resistance and susceptibility data. However, questions began to emerge in November 2020, when Jorge Hirsch of the University of California, San Diego, USA requested the unprocessed susceptibility data, only to have his request denied. This resulted in Nature adding a disclaimer stating that there were “unstated data access restrictions behind [the] paper’, before the authors then published the raw data in December last year.

Hirsch, along with Dirk van der Marel at the University of Geneva, then began further investigation. Their analysis, says Hirsch, showed that the team could not have produced these results with the method described in the paper, or from the raw data they had obtained. Additionally, the duo said it was not possible to produce the team’s results “without using procedures that can only be characterized as data alteration and manipulation.” By this time, Hirsch, along with Frank Marsiglio of the University of Alberta, Canada, had also questioned the paper’s resistance data, resulting in a paper on “Questions Raised ” in Nature in August 2021.

Now the document has been removed, with Nature noting that “certain key steps in data processing – namely, applied background subtractions… used a non-standard user-defined procedure”. The details of this procedure have not been specified in the document and the validity … has been questioned. The Nature the editors conclude that “we believe that these processing issues undermine confidence in the published magnetic susceptibility dataset, and we retract the article accordingly”.

Hirsch welcomed the decision, but says the retraction notice does not address his claims. ‘Nature sounds like it accepts the authors’ claim that what they call ‘raw data’ is actually data measured in a lab, with lab equipment and a physical sample,” says Hirsch. “In fact, however, we provided Nature clear mathematical evidence that what the authors say is “raw data” is not. Hirsch called on the National Science Foundation, which funded the work, and the University of Rochester to “engage in a thorough review of the facts.”

Responding to world of chemistry, Dias points out that “the retraction request does not question the observed state of physical superconductivity of the CSH material”, only the methodology, and that the team’s results have been replicated both in terms of properties and synthesis and determining the structure used. “Not all of the authors of the article agree with the retraction,” Dias says. “We stand by our work and will resubmit the paper with the raw susceptibility data plot by Nature‘s recommendation.’

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Suit: Nursing home resident died with paper stuck in trachea https://isi-epaper.com/suit-nursing-home-resident-died-with-paper-stuck-in-trachea/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 10:46:12 +0000 https://isi-epaper.com/suit-nursing-home-resident-died-with-paper-stuck-in-trachea/ Cheryl Yewdall has spent most of her life in a Philadelphia retirement home for people with developmental disabilities. It was there, on January 26, that the 50-year-old woman was found face down in a pool of urine, suffocating on a large wad of paper that had been shoved down her throat. She died five days […]]]>

Cheryl Yewdall has spent most of her life in a Philadelphia retirement home for people with developmental disabilities. It was there, on January 26, that the 50-year-old woman was found face down in a pool of urine, suffocating on a large wad of paper that had been shoved down her throat.

She died five days later.

No one in authority has said how a 6 or 7 inch paper towel or disinfectant wipe ended up in the trachea of ​​a woman with cerebral palsy and profound intellectual disabilities. The medical examiner’s office said it could not determine the circumstances of Yewdall’s death and a police investigation resulted in no arrests.

But a lawyer for Yewdall’s mother, in a new wrongful death lawsuit, casts suspicion on an unidentified staff member at Merakey Woodhaven – and suggests Yewdall herself left a disturbing clue about how she was treated to the place she’s called home for four decades.

“She was so sweet and innocent and helpless, and she relied on them to care for her, love her and be safe,” Yewdall’s mother, Christine Civatte, said in a phone interview. “I just thought they would protect her.”

In a written statement to The Associated Press, Merakey said he “denies all responsibility” for Yewdall’s death, which he called a “serious and tragic incident.” The organization said it cooperated with state and local investigations.

“She was a valued member of the Merakey community, and we were honored to have her in our care for more than 40 years,” said Merakey, a provider of developmental, behavioral health and education services with nearly of 700 sites nationwide.

Born three months premature, Cheryl Yewdall went to live in Woodhaven as a child. She loved nursery rhymes, doo-wop music and especially Buddy Holly’s “Peggy Sue” – every time her mother put her on, Yewdall would smile, clap her hands and rock back and forth in her wheelchair.

Christine Civatte said she thought everything was fine.

But in January 2021, a year before her death, Cheryl suffered a broken leg that went undiagnosed, according to the lawsuit. Then, after an X-ray confirmed the fracture, staff did not place an immobilizer on his leg as required, telling a visiting doctor weeks later they did not know how, according to the lawsuit.

And in a separate incident, from September 2021, Yewdall allegedly suffered a black eye and a swollen cheek, which Woodhaven attributed to a fall, according to the lawsuit.

Yewdall, who had limited verbal skills, often repeated words and phrases she heard other people say, a condition called echolalia. One day, his sister asked him to say, “Hi Dad”.

Yewdall’s response, recorded by his sister on an iPhone, was chilling.

“Listen to me, a———. Calm down baby. I will kill you if you don’t calm down,” Yewdall said. “I’m going to kill you, un———.”

The clear implication, according to James Pepper, the lawyer for Yewdall’s mother, was that she was merely repeating what she had heard at Woodhaven.

“Cheryl’s account of what she heard previously and the undisputed facts of what happened to her during that one-year period (prior to her death) are consistent,” said Pepper, who included a transcript of statements from Yewdall to his sister in the lawsuit.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health threatened to terminate Woodhaven’s license after Yewdall’s death. In their review, regulators also found that the care home denied prompt emergency treatment to another resident who suffered a hip fracture and failed to protect two residents with pica, a diet in which someone consumes things that are not food, according to a state report.

The report showed that “Merakey did not have effective policies in place to prevent its residents from engaging in pica behavior,” Civatte’s lawsuit said.

Although other Woodhaven residents have struggled with pica, Pepper said, he doesn’t believe Yewdall inserted a large disinfectant wipe into his own trachea. She had a normal gag reflex and no history of pica, according to Woodhaven records reviewed by the Department of Health.

“Nobody with a gag reflex within normal limits could have put a cleansing wipe…in their trachea,” Pepper said.

Instead, the lawsuit blames someone in Woodhaven.

“Cheryl Yewdall’s lack of a history of pica indicates that a Merakey Woodhaven staff member placed the cleansing wipe in Cheryl Yewdall’s trachea,” the lawsuit states.

Philadelphia police did not respond to multiple requests for comment. The state attorney general’s office, which has jurisdiction over criminal negligence in nursing homes, declined to comment.

The state health department returned to Woodhaven on September 6 and lifted the nursing home’s termination notice, finding it had made “significant progress” in resolving the issues.

Woodhaven sent condolences to Civatte after her daughter’s death, but offered no information on how and why it happened, Civatte said. The staff invited her to collect Cheryl’s belongings: six jars of clothes, toys, dolls.

Civatte said she was still looking for answers.

“I need to know everything that happened. Every moment,” Civatte said. “I have to find out who found her. I need to know who did this.

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Here’s the latest SEC sports news from The Associated Press | Sports https://isi-epaper.com/heres-the-latest-sec-sports-news-from-the-associated-press-sports/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 07:30:03 +0000 https://isi-epaper.com/heres-the-latest-sec-sports-news-from-the-associated-press-sports/ ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The No. 1 Georgia focused on defense a season ago. Now the defending national champions have quite the attacking punch. The Bulldogs outscored their three opponents 130-10. More of the same is expected on Saturday when they host Kent State as the 44 1/2 point favorite between the hurdles. Led by […]]]>

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The No. 1 Georgia focused on defense a season ago. Now the defending national champions have quite the attacking punch. The Bulldogs outscored their three opponents 130-10. More of the same is expected on Saturday when they host Kent State as the 44 1/2 point favorite between the hurdles. Led by sixth-year quarterback Stetson Bennett, the offense deployed a plethora of weapons. Eleven players had at least one catch in South Carolina’s 48-7 loss last week. Ten players ran the ball for 208 yards. Kent State coach Sean Lewis calls the Bulldogs “a galaxy of college football stars.”

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The NCAA placed LSU’s football program on one year of probation after determining that former offensive line coach James Cregg and another former football staff member violated the recruiting restrictions during the 2020 football season. The NCAA’s Division I Violations Committee found that Cregg and a former assistant recruiting director violated restrictions against in-person contact with potential recruits during the COVID-19 pandemic and had also provided inappropriate inducements to a recruit. The committee also issued a three-year “show cause” sentence against Cregg. This order means that Cregg’s own recruiting activities would be restricted during this time if he were hired by another NCAA member program.

UNDATED (AP) – Florida and Tennessee are set to meet as the two are ranked for the first time in five years. The 20th-ranked Gators visit the 11th-ranked Volunteers in a Southeastern Conference East Division rivalry. Florida has won the last five meetings and 16 of 17. But Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson is struggling. Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker, meanwhile, leads an offense that ranks in the top 5 in the nation in points, assists and total yards. The SEC weekend action includes another Top 25 game: No. 10 Arkansas vs. No. 23 Texas A&M in Arlington, Texas.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Tenth-ranked Arkansas and No. 23 Texas A&M are both playing away for the first time this season. But neither will be on opposite campus either. The Razorbacks and Aggies will play again Saturday night at AT&T Stadium, home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Arkansas is attempting its first consecutive 4-0 starts since 1988-89. The Hogs went 4-0 last year with their first SEC win against longtime rival A&M. The Aggies had won nine straight in the series since joining their former Southwestern Conference rival in the SEC in 2012.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Coach Josh Heupel quickly learned what playing in Florida really means to Tennessee. Like 30 seconds. There hasn’t really been a rivalry over the past two decades. Florida has won five straight and 16 of the last 17. Tennessee No. 11 is feeling much more confident as a double-digit favorite looking for its best start since 2016 with fans painting a sold-out Neyland Stadium an orange-and-white checkerboard. The 20th-ranked Gators are gearing up for their third Top-20 opponent in the first month. Florida sits just above South Carolina at the bottom of the East Division of the Southeastern Conference.

UNDATED (AP) – Nick Saban wants more of the same from Alabama players in at least one respect. No. 2 Crimson Tide hopes they’ll ignore bettors ahead of Saturday night’s game with Vanderbilt, which they appeared to be doing a good job of in an obvious mismatch with Louisiana-Monroe. It might be easy for the Tide to overlook the nearly six-touchdown underdog Commodores, who have given up the last 22 meetings. Saban said his team didn’t take that approach last week. This Vandy team is off to a 3-1 start entering the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A cleaner game would really appeal to Kentuky coach Mark Stoops. Although the Kentucky No. 8 has had a good time reaching his highest ranking since 2007, he has been inconsistent. Penalties, sacks and fumbles blocked the Wildcats’ offensive flow at times, while turnovers abruptly interrupted the momentum at others. As SEC play resumes next week at No. 16 Mississippi, Stoops wants his team to stop leaving points on the court and put them on the board in Saturday night’s non-conference meeting with Northern Illinois. . The Huskies are looking to stop a two-game slide.

UNDATED (AP) – Mississippi’s defense is rightly full of confidence heading into its biggest challenge yet. The 16th-ranked Rebels have allowed just 13 points in the first three games and will host Tulsa and the nation’s top passer, Davis Brin, on Saturday. Ole Miss coach Lane Kiffin says it’s a “totally different challenge”. The Rebels outscored their first three opponents by a combined 129-19 and are favored with three touchdowns this weekend.

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Canada drops ArriveCAN: Vancouverites react to news https://isi-epaper.com/canada-drops-arrivecan-vancouverites-react-to-news/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 05:04:39 +0000 https://isi-epaper.com/canada-drops-arrivecan-vancouverites-react-to-news/ Travelers across Canada have expressed mixed reactions to news that Canada will likely drop its COVID-19 vaccine travel requirements. The federal Liberal cabinet is considering renewing mandates for COVID-19 vaccinations and mandatory random testing for travelers, a senior government official has said. The Canadian Press on condition of anonymity. The federal government gradually eased COVID-19 […]]]>

Travelers across Canada have expressed mixed reactions to news that Canada will likely drop its COVID-19 vaccine travel requirements.

The federal Liberal cabinet is considering renewing mandates for COVID-19 vaccinations and mandatory random testing for travelers, a senior government official has said. The Canadian Press on condition of anonymity.

The federal government gradually eased COVID-19 travel restrictions over the spring and summer as booster shots became more widely available in Canada.

The current measures are due to expire on September 30.

If the requirements are removed, the ArriveCAN app, launched in April 2020, will likely become “optional” as well. The app served as a tool for the federal government to screen travelers entering Canada for the coronavirus as well as to ensure they had proper quarantine plans.

Once the COVID-19 vaccination was required for travel, the app also contained traveler vaccine information.

Vancouverites React to News Canada Will Abandon ArriveCAN

Many travelers see the loosening of the rules as “progress”, noting that the process has significantly slowed tourism in the country. Others note that it has made it difficult for Canadians to return home.

Progress. Vaccine mandates and ArriveCan are out! To finish. 😉 #Canada #COVID-19[FEMININE #VaccineMandate #ArrivePeut #Liberté pic.twitter.com/a4F1OOWWpX

– Joshua Nash (@joshuadnash) 21 septembre 2022

Un voyageur basé à Vancouver a partagé une expérience négative qu’il a vécue à YVR après avoir été sélectionné au hasard pour le programme de test de voyage COVID-19 hors site. Ils affirment que « les Lifelabs manquent de personnel » et que vous « finirez par recevoir un kit de test, mais [you] can’t go there in person.”

After booking an appointment online, the frustrated air passenger says a Lifelabs employee didn’t show up. As a result, they called and were eventually “supervised” over the phone. Finally, they completed the test package and drove it to a nearby Lifelabs.

“Because the system stops [and] is ineffective you basically spent [an] incredible amount of hours (mostly a full day) for this process,” they said, noting that travelers are “penalized by [a] 24 [hour] Rush.”

#arrivecan #covidtest #Canada #canpoli Let me explain the random selection of Covid tests for the land crossing. Lifelabs is understaffed. You eventually get a test kit, but you can’t go there in person. You book a video appt online. Life Labs are not showing up for online appointments because they are understaffed. 1/2

— deb gee (@debster_92) September 21, 2022

However, many people have expressed concern that the ArriveCAN app is becoming “optional”. They say it could make it easier for the government to reapply in the future.

Some people are quick to complete the ArriveCAN application, with several describing the process as “easy”. That said, others expressed that there should be changes. Many of them say there should be a paper option.

With a dossier from the Canadian Press.

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Marietta College organizes a conference on Gutzon Borglum | News, Sports, Jobs https://isi-epaper.com/marietta-college-organizes-a-conference-on-gutzon-borglum-news-sports-jobs/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 04:32:23 +0000 https://isi-epaper.com/marietta-college-organizes-a-conference-on-gutzon-borglum-news-sports-jobs/ Robin Borglum Kennedy presents a signed copy of “Gutzon Borglum: His Life and Work” to Marietta City Engineer Joe Tucker at the reception following the lecture. Peggy Grimm is also pictured. (Photo by James Dobbs) Douglas Anderson, director of the library at Marietta College, opened the Gutzon Borglum lecture by talking […]]]>



Robin Borglum Kennedy presents a signed copy of “Gutzon Borglum: His Life and Work” to Marietta City Engineer Joe Tucker at the reception following the lecture. Peggy Grimm is also pictured. (Photo by James Dobbs)

Marietta College’s McDonough Center auditorium was packed with locals, city officials and history buffs on Saturday for the Gutzon Borglum: His Life and Works lecture.

Douglas Anderson, director of the library at Marietta College, opened the conference by speaking about the Start Westward Memorial.

“Start Westward Memorial was created as part of a celebration of the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the passing of the North West Ordinance of 1787…”, he said.

Anderson explained that the idea of ​​a permanent memorial was just one of many celebratory ideas discussed at the Marietta Chamber of Commerce in 1934. Some of the other ideas included a national contest for schoolchildren and published books.

Anderson said Borglum was designing and coordinating the execution of the Start Westward Memorial in the midst of his work sculpting the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. He introduced Blaine Kortemeyer, Deputy Chief of Interpretation and Education at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, as the first speaker of the evening to help provide background information on Borglum’s work on Mount Rushmore.

Douglas Anderson, director of the library at Marietta College, opened the Gutzon Borglum lecture by talking about the Start Westward Memorial. (Photo by James Dobbs)

Kortemeyer gave an informative presentation on the history of Mount Rushmore, which included images of the monuments’ progression over time, as well as Borglum’s role in the process and how it came about. He said Doane Robinson, a state historian of South Dakota in the 1920s and 1930s, thought people would come to see SD’s Black Hills if he could find someone to carve heroes of the West. in the mountains. Robinson sent a letter to Borglum in 1924 asking him to oversee a massive carving at Harney Peak in the Black Hills. Borglum initially declined the offer, as the location was unsuitable, and eventually settled where Mount Rushmore stands today.

“In October 1925, he dedicated the memorial to this place by planting the flag among other things above the memorial”, he said.

Kortemeyer said the original idea was to include just three presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln. It was also going to include an entablature descending the face of the Louisiana Purchase shaped sculpture with 10 dates representing the first 150 years of our nation’s history. Due to difficulties with the granite, the Jefferson sculpture was moved to Washington’s left. Theodore Roosevelt was added later.

“The memorial exhibits incredible power, all national park sites and historic sites around the world have power,” he said. “And it’s that power in place that these icons transcend that original idea and become more.”

Robin Borglum Kennedy, granddaughter of Gutzon Borglum, was the last speaker of the evening. She discussed the preservation of the Start Westward Memorial, her book, and the information she learned about her grandfather and her father, Lincoln, from digging into the past.

A letter sent to Gutzon Borglum asking him to design Mount Rushmore. It was one of several slides that Blaine Kortemeyer, deputy chief of interpretation and education at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, presented during his portion of the conference on the memorial. (Photo by James Dobbs)

“While part of the rest of the country is tearing down their statues erasing their history, your community is trying to embrace your history and you are trying to rebuild an attractive area into an example of proud heritage that for future generations is extremely admirable, she says. “You not only have a monument of a leading American artist, but the beginning of a change in your community of people working together to make it happen. It will be truly worth the time, money and effort that will be spent trying to fix everything.

Borglum Kennedy said that after her father died in 1986, she searched about 65 boxes containing photos, letters, negatives and other paper memorabilia. Her brother, Jim Borglum nicknamed her after the families “reluctant archivist”.

“After 35 years in part due to the pandemic and home quarantine, many of these boxes were finally completely cleaned out and sent to the Library of Congress and some to Mount Rushmore, I’m relieved to say. “, she says.

Borglum Kennedy says she wrote her book “Gutzon Borglum: his life and work”, because it was important to her that people understand her role and her place in history.

After his lecture, Borglum Kennedy gave Peggy and Joe Grimm, friend and president of the Start Westward Memorial Society, an ink sketch of Theodore Roosevelt that his grandfather created in 1901. A book signing reception took place. took place immediately after the conference.

Jim Borglum introduces his sister, Robin Borglum Kennedy, as the next conference speaker in the auditorium of the Bernard McDonough Center for Leadership and Business at Marietta College. (Photo by James Dobbs)

Robin Borglum Kennedy presents Peggy and Joe Grimm, president of the Start Westward Memorial Society, with an ink sketch of Theodore Roosevelt that his grandfather Gutzon Borglum created in 1901. From left, Joe Grimm, Peggy Grimm, John Kennedy, Robin Borglum Kennedy and Jim Borglum. (Photo by James Dobbs)

Robin Borglum Kennedy gives his part of the lecture on his grandfather, Gutzon Borglum, at Marietta College on Saturday. (Photo by James Dobbs)



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The Minister of Telecoms proposes a consultation document on improving the quality of services https://isi-epaper.com/the-minister-of-telecoms-proposes-a-consultation-document-on-improving-the-quality-of-services/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 11:11:46 +0000 https://isi-epaper.com/the-minister-of-telecoms-proposes-a-consultation-document-on-improving-the-quality-of-services/ House ” National ” The Minister of Telecoms proposes a consultation document on improving the quality of services Posted By: Gopi September 15, 2022 New Delhi, September 15 (SocialNews.XYZ) Communications, Electronics, Computers and Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has advised the Department of Telecommunications to send a new consultation paper to TRAI to dramatically increase QoS […]]]>

New Delhi, September 15 (SocialNews.XYZ) Communications, Electronics, Computers and Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has advised the Department of Telecommunications to send a new consultation paper to TRAI to dramatically increase QoS parameters, making them three to four times higher than they are today.

Addressing an event here on Wednesday, Vaishnaw said the telecom sector will see more reforms in the coming years, but at the same time he called on the industry to do its part and return the favor by dramatically improving the quality of service.


The minister further said that the 5G journey is going to be very exciting and noted that many countries have taken several years to reach 40-50% coverage, the communication ministry said in a statement.

“But we are aiming for a very aggressive timetable and the government has given a target of 80% coverage in a short period of time which should be achieved on schedule,” he added.

Source: IANS

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Decision of the electoral committee annulled | News, Sports, Jobs https://isi-epaper.com/decision-of-the-electoral-committee-annulled-news-sports-jobs/ Tue, 13 Sep 2022 04:04:32 +0000 https://isi-epaper.com/decision-of-the-electoral-committee-annulled-news-sports-jobs/ In a reversal of its decision last week, the county’s election committee voted to remove the referendum from the November ballot, which would have allowed voters to decide whether they wanted the county to continue using electronic voting systems. . The action was taken after the State Department sent a letter, […]]]>


In a reversal of its decision last week, the county’s election committee voted to remove the referendum from the November ballot, which would have allowed voters to decide whether they wanted the county to continue using electronic voting systems. .

The action was taken after the State Department sent a letter, after the council’s last meeting, telling the county it had no authority to put the referendum on the ballot.

“Despite the strong emotions involved, the law clearly prohibits referendums regarding whether or not to use electronic voting systems,” says the state letter.

Citing a case from Westmoreland County, the state said the use of electronic voting systems “on the results of a referendum was prohibited by the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) which requires the adoption of electronic voting systems.”

The court determined that holding a referendum “Would directly undermine the goals of the HAVA legislation, including accessibility for voters with disabilities.”

The request to put the referendum on the ballot was made by a group of concerned citizens who stressed that the people should decide how their votes should be counted – by machine or by hand. The group had submitted petitions with approximately 3,400 signatures from county voters.

A spokesperson for the group, attorney Karen DiSalvo, said the referendum would allow the “People to decide if they should keep using machines or if they should go back to manually counting the paper ballots we already use.”

DiSalvo also accused the State Department of misinterpreting the law with respect to HAVA,” as well as the law in the case cited in the court ruling.

“If you mean Kuznik is championing the proposition that we no longer need to use a referendum to remove voting machines from our county, we don’t need people to vote on that in the county of Lycoming… well, you have a few alternatives,” said DiSalvo.

The county could withdraw the referendum and vote just to get rid of the electronic voting system or the county could continue with the electronic voting system which uses paper ballots which are then scanned for tabulation but follow that with a manual tally to see if the two numbers match. The vote count would not be certified before the two matches.

“If the number of hands matches the number of machines, that’s wonderful, wonderful. That’s our official tally. That’s all we want. We want transparency in our elections,” said DiSalvo.

DiSalvo urged the election committee to “Don’t let the State Department push you around.”

“This is yet another example of State Department bureaucrats trying to take power away from the people. Don’t let them. You weren’t elected to rule over us; you were elected to be our voices. », DiSalvo told the election committee, which is made up of commissioners.

Throughout Monday’s three-hour meeting, representatives from both viewpoints – those calling for getting rid of the electronic voting system and those in favor of keeping it – voiced their opinions and argued that the integrity of the election was a non-partisan issue.

Another spokesperson calling for a return to paper ballots, Jeff Stroehmann, said he felt it had been a community effort.

“I believe it brought our community together instead of pulling us apart. I think that should be the message today,” said Stroehmann.

“We believe voter confidence has been shaken and our efforts are to help the commissioners, to help the community, to find a solution that restores the confidence of our constituents in Lycoming County,” he said.

Another suggested solution to the problem was offered by local resident Bill Miele.

“What I’m suggesting to the commissioners is kind of a middle ground with what you see between the two sides,” Miele said.

“I hope we will all agree if something is on the ballot, we want to have an educated electorate, we want to understand what is involved. All the angles, how much is it going to cost, and the question is are we going to be able to do it in 58 days,” Miele said, referring to the run-up to Election Day.

“I would say that’s not really reasonable,” Miele added.

His suggestion was that the current electronic voting system be used in the next election and then manually count each vote to see if it matches what the machines have.

Recognizing that there could be a margin of error and that it would be up to the county to decide if they wanted to continue using the current system if both totals were within that margin.

“You may say that the margin of error is not enough to justify getting rid of the machines and going to the extra cost and all that that entails”, he said.

Some of those present at the meeting were election officials who praised the current voting system, saying the dual system of having a paper ballot that is then electronically tabulated offers backup records that are saved. While others were skeptical and suspicious of the system which they believed could be hacked.

In the end, the commissioners, Tony Mussare, Scott Metzger and Rick Mirabito, voted to remove the referendum from the ballot.

“We have to have confidence in our system and I have to respect the law,” said Mussare.

He explained that the commissioners sought legal advice after receiving the letter from the State Department to see what options were available. They were told that if they continued in court, they would not win.

“We would be wasting our money – taxpayers’ money”, he added.

Metzger agrees.

“It would cost this county a substantial amount of money to lose. Our number one responsibility is to oversee the finances of this county. And I fully understand that election integrity comes first. Trust has been seriously breached,” he said.

“To have it on the ballot, the statute does not allow it. We will definitely lose the case – this comes from several lawyers. You are wasting money that we know we will lose in the long run. It is simply not good government. It’s not smart of us. That’s not why you put us here. he said.

“State law does not give county commissioners the right to put this on the ballot as a referendum,” said Mirabito.

“It would be irresponsible of us to go ahead with a court case just to say we’re going to retaliate and spend taxpayers’ money to fight a court case that we know of, based on a lawyer of several sources telling us we’re not going to win,” Mirabito added.



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The new world of digital lending https://isi-epaper.com/the-new-world-of-digital-lending/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 11:59:00 +0000 https://isi-epaper.com/the-new-world-of-digital-lending/ Finally, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) legitimized digital lending. He coined a new term to describe players in this space – Lending Service Provider (LSP). They will not lend from their own balance sheets but act as outsourcing agents for banks and non-bank financial companies (NBFCs). TO READ THE […]]]>


Finally, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) legitimized digital lending. He coined a new term to describe players in this space – Lending Service Provider (LSP). They will not lend from their own balance sheets but act as outsourcing agents for banks and non-bank financial companies (NBFCs).


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Scientists discover a planet with the potential to support life | Smart News https://isi-epaper.com/scientists-discover-a-planet-with-the-potential-to-support-life-smart-news/ Fri, 09 Sep 2022 20:10:41 +0000 https://isi-epaper.com/scientists-discover-a-planet-with-the-potential-to-support-life-smart-news/ These telesopes from the Atacama Desert in Chile were used to discover the new planet. The project also has telescopes in Tenerife, an island west of Morocco. ESO/P. Horalek Astronomers have observed a pair of exoplanets about 100 light-years from Earth, and they say one, which has never been seen before, is a strong candidate […]]]>

These telesopes from the Atacama Desert in Chile were used to discover the new planet. The project also has telescopes in Tenerife, an island west of Morocco.
ESO/P. Horalek

Astronomers have observed a pair of exoplanets about 100 light-years from Earth, and they say one, which has never been seen before, is a strong candidate for supporting life.

“The outer planet is inside what’s called the habitable zone, much like Earth is,” Amaury Triaud, who studies exoplanets at the University of Birmingham in the UK and is part of the team that made the discovery, says new scientistit is Alex Wilkins.

A planet in the habitable zone of a star might have the conditions for liquid water to exist on its surface. Of all the exoplanets discovered in habitable zones so far, this one, says Triaud new scientistis the second-best candidate to host life, according to his calculations.

The team details its findings in a forthcoming paper in the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

The promising planet is about 40% larger than Earth and orbits its star about once every 8.5 days, according to a press release. Based on its size, “we expect the planet to be rocky,” says Laetitia Delrez, lead author of the paper and an astronomer at the University of Liège in Belgium. Reverseit is Kyona Smith. “We have yet to find exoplanets as small as 1.4 Earth radius that are not rocky.”

Delrez tells Reverse that the planet is also likely tied to its star by tides, meaning it’s always day on one side and always night on the other. It’s just 3.7 million miles from its sun, while Earth orbits 93 million miles from ours, writes NPR’s Dustin Jones.

Despite its proximity to the star around which it orbits, the exoplanet could still have conditions suitable for life, explains Francisco J. Pozuelos, co-author of the article and researcher at the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia in Spain, in the press release. This is because the planet’s sun is only half the temperature of ours and about 6.5 times smaller.

Still, some traits could harm the planet’s potential habitability: It’s larger than Earth and it could receive a high level of radiation while orbiting near its star, which are two dots against it harboring life, Beth Biller , an astronomer at the University of Edinburgh in the UK who did not contribute to the research, says new scientist.

To discover the exoplanet, researchers used telescopes from a project called SPECULOOS, or Search for habitable Planets EClipsing ULtra-cOOl Stars. First, they observed this distant solar system and confirmed the existence of another planet within it, which was first spotted by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey, or TESS, according to Reverse. This planet was too close to its star to support life, but further research revealed the second, more promising planet. Reverse reports.

TESS locates planets by measuring starlight levels. When a planet passes between a star and the satellite, TESS can detect starlight fading, writes NPR. Then SPECULOOS ground-based telescopes, which have greater sensitivity to infrared light, follow up to confirm the discovery. This second look is necessary because cool stars, like the one around which the newly discovered planet orbits, mainly emit infrared light, according to Espace.comit is Robert Lea.

Next, scientists hope to use the James Webb Space Telescope to find out what makes up the planet’s atmosphere, if it even has one. Using Webb, researchers could learn more about the exoplanet’s potential to host life, for Reverse.

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Trubisky named Week 1 starter for Steelers | News, Sports, Jobs https://isi-epaper.com/trubisky-named-week-1-starter-for-steelers-news-sports-jobs/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 04:21:56 +0000 https://isi-epaper.com/trubisky-named-week-1-starter-for-steelers-news-sports-jobs/ PA. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky throws a pass against the Detroit Lions on August 28. PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin deliberately — and quite effectively — refused to announce a starting quarterback for months, even when all signs pointed to Mitch Trubisky. The longtime Pittsburgh Steelers head coach wanted to wait […]]]>

PA. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky throws a pass against the Detroit Lions on August 28.

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin deliberately — and quite effectively — refused to announce a starting quarterback for months, even when all signs pointed to Mitch Trubisky.

The longtime Pittsburgh Steelers head coach wanted to wait — as he said time and time again during the offseason and throughout training camp — the time had come. “appropriate.”

In the end, Tomlin let his players make the announcement for him, then quietly reinforced it not with his booming voice but with a piece of paper.

Trubisky will be the starter on Sunday when Pittsburgh enters the post-Ben Roethlisberger era in Cincinnati. Tomlin placed Trubisky’s name atop the depth chart Monday afternoon, just hours after Trubisky’s teammates selected him as one of Pittsburgh’s five co-captains for the 2022 season.

“I just think he’s a guy that people rally around,” said defensive tackle Cam Heyward of Trubisky, who arrived in free agency in March. “It’s all about the team. He is very involved. He understands and Coach T says so, he carries our hopes and dreams every game.”

Trubisky has said all the right things and seemingly done all the right things since signing a two-year contract for the chance to replace Roethlisberger. He reached out to returning players on offense individually and welcomed skill position players to his home in South Florida in the spring in hopes of building chemistry.

Trubisky started the spring atop the depth chart and despite a push from Mason Rudolph and rookie first-round pick Kenny Pickett — both of whom performed well throughout the offseason schedule and training camp — Trubisky never gave Tomlin many reasons to change things.

On the contrary, Tomlin reinforced the status quo.

Rudolph is listed as the primary backup, with Pickett starting his first NFL season on the third string, a move that gives Pickett time to acclimate to pro life and gives Trubisky some breathing room. Even if he struggles to return to a starting role after spending 2021 as a backup at Buffalo, the second pick in the 2017 draft is unlikely to be replaced by Rudolph in a game unless he doesn’t get hurt.

Trubisky toed the line early Monday afternoon before he was officially anointed, simply saying “you’re not gonna hear it from me,” when asked if being co-captain meant he won the job.

The response was typical of Trubisky, who made a point of diverting attention as best he could and saying as little as possible. The way he understands it, his actions will speak much louder than any words ever could.

“You just want to be that guy day in and day out that guys can seem like, ‘Hey, if I do it like this guy does, we’re going in the right direction'” said Trubisky, who went 29-21 in four seasons with Chicago.

Heyward, reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year TJ Watt, special teams ace Miles Killebrew and sophomore running back Najee Harris were also voted captains.

The 24-year-old Harris set a franchise rookie record by rushing for 1,200 yards in 2021. He quickly earned the respect of his teammates thanks to his work ethic and discipline.

“You know, he’s a guy who leads by example, who doesn’t say much” Heyward said of Harris. “But I just think he was destined to be captain. He was a guy who, when you looked at our roster, you know, he’s the cowbell. And so we had cowbells who didn’t have haven’t been captains, but that’s what he does off the pitch.

Trubisky found him recounting that Harris flew to Pittsburgh the day Trubisky officially signed. Harris gave Trubisky an overview of the team’s offense and goals for 2022 and beyond.

“He was there for me from day one” Trubisky said. “And to me, it’s the little things that people don’t see that leaders do on a day-to-day basis, having these relationships that go deeper and beyond (the surface) with your teammates. And that’s why he is what he is.

NOTES: The Steelers signed S Andrew Adams, CB Josh Jackson and LB Delontae Scott to the practice squad on Monday. … Pro Bowl WR Diontae Johnson warmed up with his teammates on Monday, but didn’t make most of the practice games. Johnson injured his left shoulder in the preseason finale against Detroit on August 28, although Tomlin said at the time there was a chance Johnson could have returned to the game if he did. was the regular season.



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